Clergy Child Molesters (102) — References/Chronology

• The Worst Things Yelled At Catholic Sex-Abuse Survivor Joelle Casteix During A Protest -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, www.ocweekly. com/ink/05/07/ best-part4.php#o4 , Vol. 10 No. 07, October 22 - 28, 2004
   CALIFORNIA: 1. Uttered outside Mater Dei: "Shame on you!" This was accompanied by what Casteix peppily refers to as the "Holy Bird."
   2. Said outside our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Ana's Delhi barrio: "Can't you just let it go?" A couple of minutes later, a man shoved one of Casteix's fellow clerical sex-abuse survivors to the sidewalk.
   3. During a protest outside Holy Family Cathedral in Orange: "Leave the poor priests alone." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:45 PM] (This is the first of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, , for Fri October 22, 2004.)
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• After 3 years of abuse crisis, U.S. bishops' head ready for a retreat -- RCC. Vatican / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic News Service, www.catholicnews. com/data/stories/ cns/0405828.htm , By John Thavis,
   ROME (CNS) -- After dealing with the sex abuse issue for almost his entire three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory said he's ready for a retreat.
   He will leave to his successor a number of long-term challenges, including renewal of seminary programs, church financial problems, outreach to victims, and review and possible revision of the U.S. sex abuse norms.
   "It will be a healing, strengthening and comforting service that the next president (of the bishops' conference) will have to provide," Bishop Gregory said in an interview with Catholic News Service Oct. 21.
   "I had to be engaged in immediate response," he said. "But the next president will have to come in and look at the long-term structures that need to be put into place."
• Lawyer says ex-priest in abuse case is terminally ill [1960s-70s Porter] -- RCC. 28 victims proven. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anchorage Daily News, 24hour/nation/ story/1759044p- 9600398c.html , The Associated Press, October 22, 2004
   NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A former priest at the center of a notorious molestation case a decade ago has incurable cancer and should not be locked up indefinitely as a dangerous sexual predator, his lawyer said.
   The attorney, Michael F. Farrington, planned to ask a judge to halt civil commitment proceedings against James Porter, who is bedridden and being managed for pain.
   Porter, 69, was convicted in 1993 of molesting 28 children during the 1960s and 1970s while he was a priest in the Fall River Diocese. He completed 11 years in prison in January but has remained in custody while prosecutors sought to have him locked up as a continued threat.
   In a motion filed with the court, Farrington said Porter may have only six months to a year to live because of the "highly aggressive" malignant tumor.
   Prosecutors said they would seek a letter from Porter's doctor verifying his condition.
   According to the defense, the tumor was found after Porter was hospitalized twice last month, first for hip pain and a swollen leg and then for kidney failure caused by dehydration.
• Diocese in compliance with protecting kids from sex abuse -- RCC.
   News-Sentinel, www.fortwayne. com/mld/newssent inel/news/local/99 88278.htm , By Kevin Kilbane,
   FORT WAYNE (IN): Bishop John M. D'Arcy of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said an audit found the diocese in compliance with national guidelines established to protect children and young people from sexual abuse.
   D'Arcy also cautioned priests and deacons in the diocese about stating or implying how people should vote in the Nov. 2 election.
   Auditors from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Office for the Protection of Children audited the diocese Oct. 11-14, D'Arcy said. The regularly scheduled audit focused on activity in the diocese during the last 14 months, particularly on efforts at the parish level to ensure a safe environment for children.
   "We were found fully in compliance."
   During the audit period, the diocese has been working to screen and perform criminal history checks on all priests, deacons, church staff, school staff and volunteers who might have contact with children, D'Arcy said. The diocese also has designed and started a program to teach children what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior by adults they might encounter at church or school.
Diocese motion denied [1950s onwards] -- RCC.
   Clinton Herald, By Warren Kitts, October 22, 2004
   CLINTON (IA) - A Clinton County District Court judge has issued a ruling which denies a motion to delay a Nov. 1 trial requested by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport. The ruling by Judge C. H. Pelton means the Davenport Diocese could be headed toward bankruptcy as early as today.
   Pelton issued his six-page written ruling late Thursday after the diocese requested a 30-day delay of the trial.
   The Nov. 1 trial is the first of 15 trials which deal with sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s. John Doe 1A filed the first of the similar cases May 19, 2003, and the rest of the plaintiffs filed their cases shortly thereafter.
   Pelton wrote in his ruling Thursday the victims contend the diocese has denied them justice for too long and that the motion to continue is "another in a long succession to delay their day in court."
   Pelton also noted the diocese and its carrier have known since April 15 that the first case is to go to trial Nov. 1 and that the other cases will be tried on a one-per-month basis. Pelton also wrote that a 30-day continuance of the Nov. 1 trial would delay all the other cases.
• Tucson Catholic priest charged with public indecency [2004 Nuñez] -- RCC.
   KVOA - 4, , 12:38PM MST, October 22, 2004
   TUCSON (AZ): A priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson is facing charges of public sexual indecency in a city park.
   Diocese officials confirmed Thursday the Reverend Francisco Nuñez has been on administrative leave since August.
   He was arrested by undercover officers in a Reid Park restroom on August 19th.
• Davenport Diocese Deals With Financial Problems -- RCC.
   DAVENPORT (IA): The first of the sexual abuse trials against the Davenport Diocese is set to begin on November first.
   But victims are worried that if the Diocese files for Bankruptcy they will not be fairly compensated.
   On Thursday, Judge Charles Pelton denied the Davenport Diocese request for a 30 day continuance for the trial set for November first.
   The Diocese was expected to file for bankruptcy on October 22nd, according to the attorney for the Diocese Robert McMongale, to fairly provide for all those who have filed suits against the Diocese. But the Diocese has yet to file for Chapter eleven.
   Attorney Robert McMonagle said, "The concern for the Bishop is that if the first five or ten trials receive judgements sufficient to exhaust the assets of the Diocese none of the other claimants would have anything left to get, the assets would all be gone."
• Judge orders pastor to stand trial on lewdness charges [2004 Bartlett] -- Church not identified. Boys. ; www.phillyburbs. com/pb-dyn/news/ 111-10212004- 386829.htmls , By HARRY YANOSHAK, Bucks County Courier Times, 5:34 AM, October 21, 2004
   FALLS (PA) - Even without positive identification from the only witness - an 8-year-old boy - a Falls pastor was sent to trial on charges he exposed himself to children at a restroom of a Bucks County park pool.
   The child, who testified in a district justice's office, said he didn't recognize W. Mark Bartlett, 47, of Blue Spruce Lane, as the man who was sitting nude and masturbating in an open stall, county prosecutor Anthony Cappuccio said.
   District Justice Jan Vislosky decided that an alleged confession plus testimony in open court from park rangers were reason enough to uphold charges of lewdness and indecent exposure and sent the case to Bucks County court in Doylestown.
   Authorities said that Bartlett had penned an admission that he had acted on an "uncontrollable urge" to masturbate as he watched boys walk in and out of the restroom at the Oxford Valley Park pool in Falls.
   Park rangers arrested him in the restroom July 8 after the 8-year-old and a 4-year-old boy complained to adults that they had seen a man exposing himself, authorities said.
• Family sues over pastor's alleged affair [2000s Coiro] -- Baptist. Woman.
   Beacon Journal, mld/ohio/news/ 9985058.htm , By Phil Trexler
   OHIO: It started with an alleged affair, a tryst between a Baptist minister and a female church member.
   It ended with a near brawl when the Akron woman's husband stood up in a church service and informed the congregation of their minister's liaison with his wife.
   The husband, Mark Canfora, and his son, Mark Jr., wound up being arrested, but they were eventually acquitted at trial. The minister, the Rev. Gary Coiro, and Canfora's wife ended the alleged affair.
   Since then, Mark Canfora and his wife, Dena, have reunited, and Coiro is no longer a minister.
   On Thursday, the tale came to Summit County Common Pleas Court when Mark Canfora, his wife and his sonfiled a lawsuit against Coiro, his former church and four Lake County police departments.
• Grand jury indicts Baptist pastor in sex case [1990s Johnson] -- Baptist. Girl.
   BATON ROUGE, La. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church on charges of illegal sexual contact with a teenage girl.
   Danny "Warren" Johnson Junior was indicted yesterday on one count each of molestation of a juvenile, sexual battery and aggravated crime against nature. Prosecutor Mark Dumaine says Johnson was the girl's youth minister at the time of the alleged sex acts.
   According to the indictment, the alleged offenses occurred during a three-year period in the late 1990s, when the girl was between the ages of 14 and 16 years old.
Maine lawyer joins Catholic reform effort -- RCC.
   Portland Press Herald, By GREGORY D. KESICH, Oct 22, 2004
   MAINE: A prominent Portland attorney will serve on a national board established by Roman Catholic bishops to monitor the church's response to the child sex abuse crisis.
   Ralph Lancaster Jr., 74, has been appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve on the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. He is one of five new members named last week to three-year terms.
   The board was formed in 2002, and has issued reports on the scandal that have been critical of the church's hierarchy. The committee's work has helped quantify the size and scope of the abuse crisis. It also examines the effectiveness of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the bishops' plan to prevent future abuse.
   In a written statement, Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the conference, said that the review board is "vitally important in assisting the bishops of the United States in dealing with crisis of the sexual abuse of minors within the church."
Work of review board reflected on by justice -- RCC. Justice Burke speaks.
   South Bend Tribune, By REBECCA S. GREEN, The Journal Gazette, Oct 21, 2004
   FORT WAYNE (IN) -- Illinois Appellate Court Justice Anne Burke Sunday spoke of her work with the National Catholic Lay Review Board here.
   The board, established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, was charged with addressing the clergy abuse scandal.
   Burke was in Fort Wayne as a guest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for the annual Red Mass for those in the legal profession at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
   After the Mass, Burke shared her perspective on the work that she and the other members of the review board have done for the past two years, after allegations of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy rocked the church and drew calls for reform.
   Burke praised Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese for his early role in addressing clergy sexual abuse while in Boston during the early 1980s.
• The Legion of Christ -- RCC.
   The Tidings, www.the-tidings. com/2004/1022/ essays.htm , by Rev. Richard P. McBrien, Oct 22, 2004
   There have been several books published on the sexual-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic priesthood since the original burst of reports in the media nearly three years ago, beginning with the dramatic disclosures in The Boston Globe in January 2002.
   One book stands alone, however, in assigning ultimate blame to the Vatican itself and to the current pontificate: Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, by Jason Berry and Gerald Renner (Free Press, 2004).
   Berry is the author of five previous books, one of which, Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children (1992), was among the first to call attention to the growing, but still largely ignored, sexual-abuse problem. Renner was for many years the staff specialist on religion for The Hartford Courant.
   The Berry-Renner book focuses on two key figures as its framework for analyzing the crisis. One serves as the hero of the story: Thomas Doyle, a Dominican priest who once served in the Apostolic Delegation in Washington, D.C. and who has been one of the most dedicated defenders and supporters of victims and survivors of sexual abuse and of their families.
   The other serves as the goat of the story: Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ, which is one of the so-called new movements in the Catholic Church that have received special attention and favor during this pontificate.
   Building upon their copyrighted articles published in The Hartford Courant in 1997, Berry and Renner detail the charge that Father Maciel was himself guilty of sexual abuse in the past by quoting nine victims of his unwanted attentions, all ex-Legionaries. The Legion has denied the allegations but the complaints have never been adjudicated by the Vatican.
   With the encouragement of the papal ambassador to Mexico, a canonical case was filed with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1998, accusing Father Maciel of "absolving the sins" of his victims in confession --- an ecclesiastical crime that has no statute of limitation. In late 1999, however, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation, halted the proceeding without explanation.
   Had Father Maciel been a priest in the United States and accused of sexual abuse by nine former students, he would have been immediately removed from ministry under the U.S. bishops' 2002 charter for the protection of youth.
   Within the Legion and the Vatican, however, the founder's status remains secure. Legionaries take vows never to speak ill of him or their other superiors and to report any member who does. Moreover, the pope personally appointed him as a representative to the Synod for the Americas in 1997 and praised him in 2001 at a sixtieth anniversary celebration of the Legion's founding.
   According to a recent article by Jason Berry in The Los Angeles Times (Sept. 26), Father Maciel continues to host dinners for "Vatican luminaries" from his current base at the Legion seminary in Rome.
   Berry's and Renner's Vows of Silence notes that the Legion has several high-profile champions within a certain segment of the Catholic community in the United States: George Weigel, renowned biographer of Pope John Paul II; William Bennett, a popular spokesman for traditional values, notwithstanding his recent involvement in high-stakes gambling; Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things magazine; William Donahue, head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; Mary Ann Glendon, a professor at Harvard Law School and a Vatican favorite; and Deal Hudson, who recently resigned as editor of Crisis magazine and as an advisor to President Bush on Catholic matters following an unfavorable story about Hudson in The National Catholic Reporter.
   Berry also cites instances where Legion members have been a divisive influence in some U.S. dioceses and parishes, noting at the same time that it has at least a few powerful episcopal supporters in this country. One, Archbishop John Donaghue of Atlanta, has given the Legion and Regnum Christi, its lay arm, "near carte blanche to teach catechism to Catholic kids who don't attend parochial schools," Berry writes.
   But another bishop took a completely different approach to the Legion back in 2002. When parents in the diocese of Columbus, Ohio, complained about disruptions created in their parochial school by members of Regnum Christi, Bishop James Griffin made a formal visitation to the parish and listened to all sides in the dispute.
   Three weeks later, he publicly barred Regnum Christi from parish property and the Legion of Christ from any role in his diocese.
   Father Richard P. McBrien is the Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. [Emphasis added.]
• Davenport Diocese may file Chapter 11 -- RCC. 38 complainants.
   Omaha World-Herald, index.php?u_pg= 1638&u_sid=1237539
   DES MOINES (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, appeared headed toward a bankruptcy filing after a judge on Thursday made a key ruling against the diocese.
   District Judge C.H. Pelton rejected the diocese's request to delay a Nov. 1 trial in the first of several lawsuits dealing with sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s.
   The diocese had asked for one more month to negotiate with its insurance company and with the lawyers for 38 men who say that, when they were minors, they were abused by priests.
   But Pelton, in a six-page ruling issued late Thursday, said church officials did not have a solid reason for asking for more time in the case, which was filed almost a year and a half ago.
   "The court finds 17 months sufficient time for the Diocese to have recognized the insurance coverage dispute and to try to resolve it," he wrote. "These circumstances certainly are not a surprise or an unanticipated event."
• Delay in sex abuse suits denied -- RCC.
   Quad-City Times, internal.php? story_id=103 7762&l=1&t= Local+News&c= 2,1037762 , By Todd Ruger
   DAVENPORT (IA): A district judge denied Thursday an effort by the Davenport Catholic Diocese to delay a series of trials on allegations of sexual abuse by priests - a delay the diocese said could help it avoid filing for bankruptcy as early as today.
   The diocese had asked District Judge C.H. Pelton to postpone the trials by 30 days so it could work further with insurance companies to reach settlements on behalf of about 40 people.
   But Pelton ruled the diocese had 17 months to recognize and resolve insurance company disputes rather than two weeks before the first trial, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.
   "These circumstances certainly are not a surprise or an unanticipated event," Pelton wrote in his ruling. "Whether or when the diocese seeks bankruptcy protection is an issue for the diocese, not for the state trial court."
   The diocese had argued that it only received the total amount of monetary demands from claimants last month.
Event to give abuse-prevention tips -- RCC.
   The Press-Enterprise, By MICHAEL FISHER, 01:01 AM PDT on Friday, October 22, 2004
   SAN BERNARDINO (CA): The Diocese of San Bernardino will host its first-ever Family Safety Fair on Sunday afternoon to educate children and parents on how to recognize and prevent child molestation and abuse.
   The free event, scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the diocese's Pastoral Center at 1201 E. Highland Ave. in San Bernardino, will include age-appropriate games to teach children to recognize abuse and protect themselves.
   The event is part of the diocese's ongoing response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis gripping the U.S. Roman Catholic Church, according to Deacon Michael Jelley, who oversees the diocese's programs to protect children and aid sexual-abuse victims.
   "What we have discovered as time has gone on is how really prevalent in society sexual abuse of children is," Jelley said, explaining that some statistics suggest that one-third of women and one-quarter of men are victims of sexual abuse by the time they leave high school.
   The fair will be run by The KidWise Institute of Oakland, a parent and professional training group that has worked with other California dioceses.
Judge denies diocese's request to delay trial -- RCC.
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 22, 2004
   DAVENPORT (IA): Church officials' threat of bankruptcy and plea for more time did not persuade a Clinton County judge to delay a Nov. 1 trial on the first of several lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse against the Davenport Catholic Diocese.
   District Judge C.H. Pelton ruled Thursday that the diocese and its insurance companies knew since April 15, 2003, that the first case would go to trial Nov. 1.
   "Seventeen months is sufficient time for the diocese to have recognized the insurance coverage dispute and to try to resolve it," Pelton wrote.
   "These circumstances certainly are not a surprise or an unanticipated event. Moreover, an insurance coverage dispute can be resolved before, during or after the first trial."
   In a hearing Wednesday, diocese attorney Rand Wonio told the judge that the Nov. 1 trial is not an option. Diocese officials would either settle all the claims before then, he said, or file for bankruptcy, possibly by today. The bankruptcy would temporarily stop legal proceedings, he said.
• DA: Grand jury got Messier info [Messier] -- RCC.
   Telegram & Gazette, www.telegram. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20041022/ NEWS/110220118/ 1008/NEWS02 ; By Kathleen A. Shaw TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
   WORCESTER (MA) - District Attorney John J. Conte said yesterday his office presented information regarding an alleged sexual abuse allegation against the Rev. Raymond P. Messier to the grand jury but the grand jury decided not to issue an indictment.
   Mr. Conte said his office received information from the state Department of Social Services and presented it to the grand jury. The grand jury also heard what he called "live testimony" of the complaining witness. The grand jury then issued a "no bill," which means it would not issue an indictment against Rev. Messier.
   No discussions were held with the Diocese of Worcester regarding this issue, he said. The diocese is required by state law and a grand jury subpoena to report any allegations of sexual misconduct, which it did in this case, he added. He said the case was never discussed with anyone in the diocese.
   Boston lawyer Carmen L. Durso on Wednesday released a copy of a letter from a DSS investigator to Rev. Messier stating that the department investigated an allegation of sexual abuse involving him and found support for the allegation.
   Mr. Durso released the letter after a statement made earlier this week by Monsignor Thomas J. Sullivan, diocesan chancellor, stating that the diocese would not pay much money to settle some of the pending civil suits because they lacked as much merit as others and the state has a $20,000 cap on such settlements because of the "charitable immunity law."
   The settlements being offered to victims of sexual abuse in this diocese are the lowest in the country and the world, Mr. Durso said at a press conference held Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court. He said some offers have been $3,000 and $7,500.
   Mr. Durso also said he received a letter from Rev. Messier's lawyer, Robert Casey of Harvard, earlier this week stating the grand jury declined to indict Rev. Messier. Mr. Durso said he did not know whether the "no bill" he was informed of was related to the DSS investigation.
   Mr. Durso, who represents three alleged victims of Rev. Messier, said the cases do have merit based not only on substance of the allegations but also a more recent investigation was done on the priest that had no connection to these alleged victims or lawsuits.
   Rev. Messier was placed on administrative leave by the diocese from his parish assignments at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Athol, and St. Peter Church, Petersham, in 2002 when allegations of misconduct were made. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:40 AM]
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Abuse Chronology:
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• Catholic teacher admits supplying child pornography. [2002-04 Vella] -- RCC. Pornography supply, possess. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   The West Australian, "Teacher, 24, spread child pornography," by Gay McNamara, with Australian Associated Press, p 16, Friday, October 22, 2004
   AUSTRALIA: A Catholic primary school teacher was one of five men who pleaded guilty yesterday to charges from Australia's biggest crackdown on child pornography.
   Alan John Vella, 24, of Caversham, admitted in Perth Magistrate's Court supplying child pornography to another person at Eden Hill in 2002.
   The Year 5 teacher at St Brigid's Primary School in Middle Swan, who was stood down without pay, also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
   He will be sentenced in the District Court on November 19.
   Guilty pleas to possessing child pornography were entered by Christopher James Burgess, 24, of Woodvale, to one count, John Raymond Peter Francis, 58, of Newman, to three counts, and Clint Houghton-Smith, 39, of Como, to one count.
   Houghton-Smith said he would plead not guilty to one count and guilty to two counts of possessing indecent or obscene material.
   Colin James Burns, 55, of Victoria Park, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography and will appear in the District Court on November 19.
   In Sydney, an administrative worker with the ... Department of Community Services ... 47-year-old man was arrested ... had worked with the department for 28 years ... raided yesterday morning ... suspended ... [Emphasis added] [See March 16, 2005] [Oct 22, 04]
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Pastor accused of improper sexual contact with teenager [2000s Nichols] -- Church on the Hill. Girl. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Towanda Daily Review, By: James Loewenstein, Oct/23/2004
   PENNSYLVANIA: The pastor of the Church on the Hill in Ulster Township has been charged with sexually molesting a female parishioner while she was under 16 years of age.
   The pastor, Wesley Allen Nichols, 44, of Milan RR1, has been charged with three counts of corruption of minors, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, and three counts of indecent assault, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
   Nichols denies wrongdoing, said the church's attorney, Daniel Barrett. The alleged victim is now 16 years old, authorities said.
   The girl told state police on Oct. 13 that for almost three years, Nichols has been kissing and fondling her at various times and locations, according to an affidavit that was filed by state police in Towanda District Court.
   The girl told state police that she considered the relationship between her and her pastor as "boyfriend/girlfriend," state police said.
   She also told state police that she talks on the phone with the pastor very frequently. Later on Oct. 13, state police interviewed Nichols and asked him about the girl's allegations. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:32 AM]
• Ex-pastor collapses after accusations [Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters.
   The Charlotte Observer, www.charlotte. com/mld/charlotte/ news/9993810.htm , By MELISSA MANWARE AND KAREN CIMINO
   NORTH CAROLINA: A former Lincoln County minister was hospitalized early Friday, just hours after millions of television viewers saw his three adult daughters tell Oprah Winfrey they had been sexually abused by him for years.
   Ted Eugene Hendrix, 66, was scheduled to go to trial Monday on sex abuse charges involving one of the daughters, but the allegations made on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired Thursday afternoon went far beyond the criminal charges Hendrix faces in court.
   The three women told Oprah their father abused them most every day for about a decade. Two of them said it started when they were 7 or 8; the other said she was about 12.
   They talked about using safety pins to secure their pajamas and waking up to find his hands in their pants. One of them said she was raped by her father on a church altar and then given communion. ...
   Hendrix was pastor at the 220-member Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church in Denver when the allegations of sexual abuse surfaced. He resigned in August 2003, a month after his daughters went to police.
Pedophile ex-priest Porter said to be dying of cancer [Porter] -- RCC.
   The Pawtucket Times, by Daniel Fowler, 10/23/2004
   NEW BEDFORD (MA): -- An oncologist for convicted child molester and former Diocese of Fall River priest James Porter is scheduled to testify next week that Porter is physically unable to appear in court and has an incurable form of cancer.
   Porter's attorney, Michael Farrington hopes that the information will be enough to get the commonwealth to halt his client's upcoming civil commitment trial.
  Superior Court Judge Robert Kane Friday issued Dr. Denis Derman a summons to appear in court at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Bristol County District Attorney's Office spokesman Joseph DeMedeiros said.
   "Why are we going to waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money on this (trial)?" Farrington asked. "He is a very sick guy. He is also (69) years old. As a result of the disease, so far he can't walk. It strikes me what is really of interest is can he possibly be thought of as a dangerous person and that is what it's really all about."
• Davenport Diocese cuts staff after judge's ruling -- RCC.
   Courier, www.wcfcourier. com/articles/2004/ 10/23/news/ breaking_news/ doc417a3c3868 634582450801.txt , Oct 23, 2004
   DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport said he would severely cut staff at the diocese headquarters after a judge made a key ruling against the diocese.
   "Two years ago, there were 44 members of the pastoral center staff," Bishop William E. Franklin said in a statement Friday. "In anticipation of a staff reduction, a few members of my staff have submitted resignations in the past weeks. I have made the difficult decision to further reduce my staff to 18. This staff reduction began today and will continue in the next few months."
   District Judge C.H. Pelton on Thursday rejected the diocese's request to delay a Nov. 1 trial in the first of several lawsuits dealing with sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s.
Porter said to have incurable cancer; seeks end to civil case [1960s-70s Porter] -- RCC. 28 victims.
   Boston Globe, By Associated Press, October 23, 2004
   NEW BEDFORD (MA) -- Former priest James Porter has incurable cancer and could die in less than a year, says his lawyer, who plans to ask a judge to halt civil commitment proceedings against the convicted pedophile.
   ''The tumor cannot be treated, and there is no cure for it at this time," defense lawyer Michael F. Farrington wrote in a motion filed in New Bedford Superior Court. ''The prognosis for survival is six months to one year."
   Porter, 69, was convicted in 1993 of molesting 28 children during the 1960s and 1970s while he was a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Fall River.
   He completed his prison sentence in January, but has remained in custody while prosecutors sought to have him locked up indefinitely as a sexually dangerous person.
   A judge ruled in April that there was enough evidence to hold a trial on the matter, but the cancer diagnosis could end the state's attempt to have him civilly committed, the Standard-Times of New Bedford reported. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:11 AM]
• Priest placed on leave after August indecency charge [2004 Nuñez] -- RCC. Most Holy Trinity order.
   Arizona Daily Star, www.dailystar. com/dailystar/ allheadlines/ 44623.php , By Stephanie Innes, Oct.22.2004
   TUCSON (AZ): A 39-year-old priest who worked in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson for the past year is on administrative leave because of an arrest on charges of public sexual indecency in Reid Park.
   Officials with the diocese on Thursday confirmed that the Rev. Francisco Nuñez, a priest who had been working at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 507 W. 29th St., has been on administrative leave since August pending a criminal case that's under way.
   Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha includes seven different chapels around the city.
   Nuñez was scheduled to return for an appearance in Tucson City Court today.
   Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas said Nuñez, a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity religious order, has been living at a house owned by his religious order in Alabama since August, but has not been working in ministry. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 04:33 AM]
• Couple charged with sex offences [2000s] Church not named. Girl. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. ; au/common/story_ page/0,4057, 11141724%5E2 761,00.html , AAP, October 22, 2004
   PERTH, W. Australia: A COUPLE who helped lead a church youth group in Perth's southern suburbs have been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a period of about 18 months, WA police said today.
   The 30-year-old man, from Rockingham, and his now-estranged 26-year-old wife, from Hillman, were arrested and charged by detectives in Fremantle.
   Police allege that at the time of the offences the two were parent leaders at the church youth group.
   Both allegedly engaged in sexual liaisons with the girl at the same time, police said in a statement.
   Police allege the attacks started when the girl was 14 years old and continued until just before her 16th birthday. [...]
   They have not been named to protect the girl's identity.
   The man and woman are due to appear in Rockingham Magistrates Court on on Monday. #
• Davenport Diocese cuts staff after judge's ruling -- RCC. 26 to lose jobs.
   WOI, Global/story. asp?S=2468613
   DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport says he will severely cut staff at the diocese headquarters after a judge made a key ruling against the diocese.
   Bishop William E. Franklin says that two years ago, there were 44 members of the pastoral center staff. He says some staff have quit in the past few weeks and he has made the decision to reduce the staff to 18.
   District Judge C.H. Pelton on Thursday rejected the diocese's request to delay a November 1st trial in the first of several lawsuits dealing with sexual abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s.
82-Year-Old Monk Faces Rape Charges [~ 1971 Kane] -- RCC. Abbey. Female.
   WHNT, NewsChannel 19's Dianna Gee, , Oct/22/04
   ALABAMA: A would-be nun claims she was raped by a monk at St. Bernard Abbey more than 32 years ago. In documents filed at the Cullman County Courthouse, the grand jury charges Ignatious Kane did engage in sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion.
   The accuser, 52-year-old Anne McInnis, went public with her story two years ago. The rape suspect is now an 82-year-old bedridden polio victim.
   In response to the charges, Abbot Cletus Meagher released this statement:
   "St. Bernard Abbey takes seriously these allegations. Any abuse, especially sexual abuse, is inexcusable. It cannot and will not be tolerated by St. Bernard Abbey."
Priest's case goes directly to trial stage [Liberatore] -- RCC.
   Scranton Times-Tribune, BY BRIAN CLARK, Oct/23/2004
   SCRANTON (PA): Lawyers on both sides of the child molestation case against the Rev. Albert M. Liberatore Jr. agreed this week that taking the matter directly to the trial stage is the right decision.
   Luzerne County District Attorney David Lupas said he was "extremely happy ... that this matter has moved forward for further court action," adding, "The manner in which it was handled allowed us to present our evidence without the necessity of subjecting the alleged victim to testifying at this juncture."
   Defense Attorney Larry Moran said the case's challenges were more appropriate in the Court of Common Pleas.
   "Father Liberatore is an innocent man and there are significant factual and legal deficiencies in the commonwealth's case," Mr. Moran, one of Mr. Liberatore's attorneys, said, adding that "the Court of Common Pleas is the best place to address those problems." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 04:11 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Sat October 23, 2004
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Sun October 24, 2004 edition follows:-
• Image of ignorance of Catholic Church -- RCC. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newsday, www.newsday. com/news/columnists/ny- nybres24401765 0oct24,0,7389557. column?coll=ny- news-columnists ; by Jimmy Breslin, October 24, 2004
   NEW YORK: At the beginning of the Alfred Smith dinner on Thursday night, an event for Catholics with money and the attitude of money, which means Al Smith wouldn't have been allowed in the door, the cardinal of New York, Edward Egan, strode imperiously into the Waldorf-Astoria towers entrance.
   Mary Ann Perry reports that she attempted to give the cardinal a flier for Catholic teachers, who were picketing across the street.
   Ms. Perry reports, and others report seeing the same thing, that the cardinal walked by her with a cold glance. He was going upstairs, where he would pose gloriously in a red cape and I guess his big ring.
   I am unsure of the precise details because I was across Park Avenue with the crowd of teachers. We were in these metal pens that the police use in an attempt to eliminate free expression by the nonrich. In this case, the pens were erected on behalf of the cardinal and his Catholic Church.
   The people in the pens were distinguished from the church in that they were of the Catholic religion, based on the Life of Christ, and the cardinal's church is a branch of a Roman corporation.
   The scene of the teachers in the darkness in pens across the street and the substantial walking to dinner under bright overhead lights was the most accurate picture of the Roman Catholic Church at this time. It showed the dumb arrogance, the foolish stupidity, the blank indifference of an organization about to lose all.
   They cannot pay their own schoolteachers, but the church bosses want the thrill of dominating a country.
   The Catholic Church has been trying with all its silent might to influence the national election. These old white-haired fat bishops and cardinals want the issue of abortion to determine the leadership of a country. That means vote for Bush.
   Both the Bush and Kerry campaigns are running Tip O'Neill campaigns: All politics is local. They make appearances on local issues and have commercials aimed at specific groups. The Catholic bishops have a national issue, abortion. And this is what they want of a nation that has itself in a war that we appear to be losing. That is some commander in chief, this Bush. It looks like we're losing to Iraq. We come with unlimited bravery and planes and tanks and artillery and the people in Iraq run around in rags and sandals and they are winning. Nobody does well in the other guy's neighborhood. But we are against abortions.
   There have been 39 American soldiers killed since Oct. 10, and who knows how many hundreds had their arms and legs blown off. The cardinal did not make one mention of the carnage. Bush is against abortion, so everything is all right.
   And that is the Catholic example of a leader in time of crisis. Some cardinal. His Al Smith dinner called for white ties and tails. The man who established his church walked in sandals and rags. Some church. The only time Christ showed any anger was when he chased the money changers out of the temple. Now they were having a night devoted to money.
   Meanwhile, the leaflet on Thursday night that the cardinal looked upon with disdain said that the teachers were being offered a 1 percent pay raise. As nearly all the teachers earn $35,000 or thereabouts, the raise doesn't do much for them. The rest of the offer from the cardinal was health care payment adjustments that would cost a teacher $2,400 a year.
   In the Waldorf kitchen, a Local 6 union guy washing dishes from the dinner gets $34,000 a year, with full medical benefits for themselves and family, and a pension of $1,250 a month.
   Over in the pens, Gertrude Zagarella, 70, said she had been teaching Catholic schoolchildren for 49 years and she now earns $43,973. She teaches at St. Paul's on East 108th Street. "First grade," she was saying. "That's all I ever do. I did second grade only one year. We get public school teachers in on Title One. One teaches reading for a couple of hours. She gets $80,000. That's between us and the regular public school job. The other on Title One does math. She gets $69,000."
   "Why do you stay?" I asked her.
   "Love. But they say they have no money to pay us. Where do they get it to pay for these molesters?"
   A woman next to her, Edwina Dunne, 73, said, "I taught 30 years. I get a pension of $583 a month."
   Gertrude Zagarella works in a place where the Catholics are desperately weak. The Catholics usually can't be near anybody of color. She has in her class Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims and maybe even the odd white. The Muslims in first grade come across the smartest, and that is something that will cause whites everywhere to gnash teeth. And Gertrude Zagarella to beam. On the dark street across from the Waldorf, she waved her union placard. Copyright © 2004, Newsday, Inc. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:31 PM]
• Cardinal James Hickey Dies at 84 -- RCC.
   Washington Post, www.washingtonpost. com/wp-dyn/articles/ A58599-2004Oct24.html , By Caryle Murphy, Sunday, October 24, 2004
   WASHINGTON (DC): Cardinal James Aloysius Hickey, 84, a champion of orthodoxy in church dogma and a compassionate shepherd of the area's half million Roman Catholics while head of the Washington Archdiocese for 20 years, died this morning at a nursing home in Washington.
   His health had been in decline for the past year.
   The tall, soft-spoken cardinal with Midwestern roots entered the seminary at age 13 and was a priest for more than 50 years. Shunning a high profile, he nevertheless became one of the most influential behind-the-scenes leaders in the American Catholic Church. At his death, he was the second eldest of 14 American cardinals. ...
   The slender, bespectacled cardinal also was one of the first U.S. bishops to recognize the seriousness of the church's problem with clergy sexual abuse of children. Most other bishops ignored the issue, taking action only after child abuse became a nationwide scandal in the church in 2002. But, as early as the late 1980s, Hickey set up policies to heighten awareness of child abuse and catch potential molesters.
   "Hickey was one of the first, I would say perhaps the second bishop I knew of who had mandatory study days and seminars for all of the priests in his diocese . . . on sexual abuse by clergy," recalled the Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, an Air Force chaplain until recently and one of the first to warn church leaders of the hidden abuse problem.
Questions raised over handling of nun abuse [Shaw] -- RCC. Sisters of Charity. Girl.
   Daily Record, By Abbott Koloff, Oct/24/04
   NEW JERSEY: Patricia Cahill says she was sexually abused by a nun when she was a child. As an adult, she says she went to at least a couple of officials with the Morris Township-based Sisters of Charity and told them about the abuse. She says nothing happened for a couple of years.
   Then she called a lawyer.
   More than 10 years after the Sisters of Charity paid her $70,000 in an out-of-court settlement, Cahill said she still is trying to come to terms with her alleged abuse. She said she has battled drug and alcohol addictions much of her life but has been sober for the past year. She has been out of work for the past three years.
   "My life has been in a spiral," said Cahill, 52, who now lives in Lancaster, Pa.
   Eileen Shaw, the nun who allegedly abused her, was removed as principal of a Catholic elementary school in Paramus 10 years ago when the Sisters of Charity say they became aware of the allegations. At first, the order's officials would not say last week what happened to Shaw after that -- until it was pointed out to them that her job description is on their Web site.
   Shaw, 71, is listed as administrator of the Caritas Community in Jersey City, a retirement home for nuns. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:57 AM]
• Diocese forces priest to resign [1985+ Coughlin, 1980s-2000 Skinner] -- RCC. Boys.
   Portland Press Herald, , By KELLEY BOUCHARD
   SOUTH PORTLAND (ME) - A Roman Catholic priest has been forced to resign after a diocesan investigation found that he failed to report sexual misconduct by a church volunteer and later allowed the man to live in the rectory of St. John the Evangelist Church. Investigators with the Diocese of Portland also concluded that the Rev. Paul Coughlin, 69, had inappropriate physical contact with a minor in 1985 while he was pastor at St. Mary's Church in Bangor.
   Coughlin's resignation was announced at Saturday afternoon Masses at Holy Cross Church on Cottage Road and St. John's on Main Street, where Coughlin had been pastor since 1996.
   Bishop Richard Malone placed Coughlin on administrative leave in early August while church officials investigated his long association with John Skinner Sr., who had been indicted for sexually assaulting a teenager.
   Skinner has since pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys he met through youth programs at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Lincoln, where he volunteered from the late 1980s to 2000.
   Monsignor Michael Henchal, pastor of St. Bartholomew's Church in Cape Elizabeth and administrator of the two South Portland parishes in Coughlin's absence, read a letter from Malone to about 200 parishioners at the 4 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross.
Survivors gather for discussion in Mobile [Bendillo, Sherlock] -- RCC.
  Mobile Register, By STEVE MYERS, Sunday, October 24, 2004
   MOBILE (AL): Across the street from the offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their advocates discussed the disease that has plagued the Catholic Church.
   Though the problem isn't receiving the attention that it did a couple of years ago, author Jason Berry said Saturday he believes the church is still experiencing internal upheaval.
   "I think it's inevitable that this pope or a future pope is going to have to sit down with a roomful of people like you," said Berry, who wrote a book about one of the first publicly known cases of widespread sexual abuse.
   Mobile has had its share of cases and allegations, such as those against Brother Nicholas Paul Bendillo, known as Brother Vic to his students at McGill-Toolen High School. Bendillo was convicted in March of two sex crimes and later pleaded guilty to eight more.
   The Rev. J. Alexander Sherlock resigned after admitting to abuse of three minors. Other priests have been accused of similar abuse, though they have not been charged with crimes.
• Daughters' actions puzzle ex-pastor [1980s Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters.
   Charlotte Observer, , By KEN GARFIELD AND KYTJA WEIR
   NORTH CAROLINA: A former Lincoln County pastor told a visitor to his hospital bed on Saturday that he doesn't understand what his three daughters want from him two days after they appeared on national television and said he had sexually abused them for years.
   Ted Eugene Hendrix, 66, was conscious and in stable condition Saturday after being hospitalized just hours after "The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired, hospital officials said.
   "The thing he expresses to me is, 'What is it they want now? My life has been destroyed,' these kinds of things," said the Rev. Hubert Clinard, who serves as interim pastor at Hendrix's former church in Denver, N.C., and who visited Hendrix on Saturday.
   Hendrix was scheduled to go to trial Monday on sex abuse charges involving one of his daughters about 20 years ago.
Editorial: Bishops must maintain policy of zero tolerance -- RCC.
   San Antonio Express-News, Web Posted: Oct/24/2004
   UNITED STATES: When you trust others to show you the right path, you expect them to exercise tremendous vigilance in sticking to that path themselves.
   That includes teachers, coaches, bosses, mentors.
   Most of all, it includes spiritual leaders.
   Rocked by scandals of sexual abuse, U.S. Catholic bishops responded firmly in 2002, adopting a policy that would bar from active ministry any priest who had molested a minor.
   The pledge was the centerpiece of a plan to restore trust in church leadership.
   During the next nine months, Catholic bishops will review the policy, deciding whether any changes should be enacted in the face of a continuing crisis.
Diocese celebrates 20 years of service -- RCC.
   Sun-Sentinel, By James D. Davis, Religion Editor, Posted October 24 2004
   PALM BEACH (FL): The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach is celebrating its 20th birthday this weekend -- a celebration of faith, service and ethnic diversity.
   But above all, it's a celebration of survival.
   The five-county diocese has weathered the resignation of two bishops who confessed to improper sexual conduct. The faithful have also stuck it out through two hurricanes that damaged more than a dozen schools and church buildings.
   Add a financial squeeze, a rise in ethnic diversity and a doubling of the number of Catholics, and you have a diocese that has learned to tough out tough times.
• Minister Ailing After Daughters on 'Oprah' [1982 Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters.
   Wilmington Star, www.wilmingtonstar. com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/2004 1023/APA/410230983 &cachetime=5 , The Associated Press
   NORTH CAROLINA: A former Lincoln County minister was hospitalized after his adult daughters went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and accused him of molesting them.
   It was unclear Saturday whether he would be well enough for Monday's scheduled start of his trial on sex abuse charges involving one of the daughters in Yadkin County Superior Court.
   The program aired Thursday, hours before paramedics were called to the home of Ted Eugene Hendrix, 66, of Denver, N.C. When medics arrived early Friday, they found Hendrix on the floor, breathing but barely able to speak.
   It was unclear whether Hendrix watched the show. A family friend declined to comment for Hendrix and his wife. [...]
   Hendrix, who was pastor of Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church in Lincoln County when the allegations surfaced last year, is charged with second-degree rape, incest, second-degree sexual offense and crime against nature. The charges stem from allegations involving one of the daughters in 1982, according to a police detective.
   Fischer said he hoped to reach a plea agreement in the case.
   On the "Oprah" show, Hendrix's three daughters said their father abused them nearly every day for about a decade. Two of them said it started when they were 7 or 8; the other said she was about 12. [...]
• South Portland priest resigns from parishes [1970s-2003 Coughlin; Skinner] -- RCC. , http://news.mainetoday. com/apwire/D85TCMT 00-296.shtml , Associated Press
   SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - A Roman Catholic priest has resigned following an investigation into his involvement with a former church volunteer who had been charged with sexual assault.
   The Rev. Paul Coughlin, 69, tendered his resignation at the request of Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The resignation is effective immediately and was being announced this weekend at the Holy Cross and St. John the Evangelist Parishes, where he had served since 1996.
   Coughlin was temporarily removed from his position in August while church officials investigated whether he put children at risk by allowing John Skinner Sr. to live with him at the St. John's rectory.
   Skinner had been indicted for sexually assaulting a teenager and has admitted abusing young people from the late 1970s until 2003, according to the diocese. He is now serving a prison term.
   The investigation found that Coughlin failed to follow church policy when he failed to report that he received information in 1989 from a minor who had been sexually abused by Skinner, and that he failed to assist the victim, church officials said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 AM]
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Abuse Chronology:
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• Did you spend time in an Irish orphanage or industrial school as a child?. -- RCC. Australia flag; Aust. National Flag Assn.  Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Sunday Times, Perth, W. Australia, p 23, October 24, 2004
   PERTH: If so, you may be entitled to counselling, compensation and education grants as part of a scheme set up by the Irish Government. If you think you may qualify, please telephone 1300 308 478. [Oct 24, 04]
Did you spend time in an
Irish orphanage or industrial
school as a child?
If so, you may be one of thousands of people who are now entitled to counselling, compensation and education grants as part of a scheme set up by the Irish Government.

The scheme makes awards to people who were resident in industrial schools and orphanages in Ireland.

If you think you may qualify, please call 1300 308 478
in strict confidence for further information.

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N.C. minister's molestation trial on hold as he is hospitalized [1982 Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Charlotte Observer, Associated Press, Mon, Oct. 25, 2004
   CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A former Lincoln County minister, accused of molestation by his three daughters during their appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," remained hospitalized Monday as his trial on sex abuse charges was scheduled to begin.
   Ted Eugene Hendrix, 66, of Denver, N.C., was listed in good condition at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. He has been in the hospital since last week, hours after the show aired.
   His trial on sex abuse charges involving one daughter about 20 years ago was scheduled to start Monday in Yadkin County Superior Court. But court officials said it was still not clear when it would begin.
   "It hasn't been determined yet, as far as his trial (beginning)," Assistant District Attorney Leigh Bricker said.
   The Rev. Hubert Clinard, who serves as interim pastor at Hendrix's former church in Denver, visited Hendrix over the weekend. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:59 AM]
• Group: Church's legal moves discouraging [Zoghby] -- RCC.
   Mobile Register, , By ROY HOFFMAN, Monday, October 25, 2004
   MOBILE (AL) : Members of an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church said Sunday that legal maneuvers by the Archdiocese of Mobile are discouraging victims from coming forward and seeking help.
   Susan Archibald, national president of The Linkup, held a news conference Sunday evening in a courtyard of the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. Flanked by a half dozen supporters identifying themselves as survivors of abuse, Archibald objected to recent efforts on the part of the archdiocese to create what she termed "a chilling effect" on those who wished to share their traumatic episodes, in confidence, with The Linkup, a Kentucky-based peer support group.
   The press conference was a response to a subpoena from the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile to Honey Weiss, director of the Mobile chapter of The Linkup, regarding documents concerning accusations of abuse by the Rev. Paul G. Zoghby.
   Last February, Linda Ledet filed a lawsuit against the archdiocese, claiming, in part, that Zoghby attempted to sexually assault her over several years. A second lawsuit, with claims against Zoghby for sexual advances, was filed in June by Stephanie Hughes.
• Critics say bishop minimized priest's actions [1980s Coughlin] -- RCC. ; http://news.maine D85UF4SO3-298. shtml , Associated Press
   SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - A co-founder of the church reform group Voice of the Faithful said Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone's words have minimized the actions of a priest accused of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
   The Rev. Paul Coughlin was forced to resign as pastor of Holy Cross and St. John the Evangelist because of "inappropriate physical contact." But Malone left open the possibility for him to return to public ministry.
   "Inappropriate physical contact?" said Paul Kendrick of Voice of the Faithful. "He is minimizing what happened to the child by simply calling it 'inappropriate physical contact.'"
   Coughlin was temporarily removed in August while the diocese investigated allegations that Coughlin let John Skinner Sr., a sex offender, live St. John's rectory in South Portland. While he lived at the rectory, Skinner was certified as a youth minister.
• Former Bangor priest resigns [1985 Coughlin] -- RCC.
   Bangor Daily News,
   SOUTH PORTLAND (ME) - A Catholic priest has resigned as head of two South Portland churches after a church investigation into his association with a man now serving a prison term for sexual abuse of a minor. The Rev. Paul Coughlin, 69, was asked to resign by Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, who informed parishioners in a letter read during weekend Masses at the Holy Cross and St. John the Evangelist churches in South Portland, where Coughlin has served since 1996.
   In his letter, Malone also referred to the church's separate review of a complaint brought two years ago against Coughlin, which alleged sexual misconduct with a minor in 1985.
   "Although no new evidence specifically regarding the 2002 complaint was found, it is now reasonable to believe there was inappropriate physical contact at that time," the bishop said in his prepared statement. "None of Father Coughlin's actions constituted a criminal offense ... However, his actions do represent ethical violations."
• Alleged clergy abuse victim tells story to newspaper [1958-60 Corbin] -- RCC. Boy.
   The Catholic Observer, www.iobserve. org/rn1022c.html , By Father Bill Pomerleau, Observer staff
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) - A Springfield man recently told a story of his alleged abuse by a long-inactive North Carolina priest to a local newspaper, which published an article last week recounting his dissatisfaction with the Springfield Diocese.
   Joseph Dougherty, 55, retired as the city's personnel director on the day he filed a lawsuit against the diocese alleging that it was responsible for harm caused to him by Father André A. Corbin Jr.
   (The Catholic Observer erroneously reported earlier that Dougherty was 59 years old).
   In the Oct. 11 Republican newspaper, Dougherty said that Father Corbin, a Palmer native, abused him when he was between 8 and 10 years old. That placed the alleged abuse between approximately 1958 and 1960.
• Local abuse activist poses as reporter in calls to dioceses [Corbin] -- RCC.
   The Catholic Observer, www.iobserve. org/rn1022a.html . By Father Bill Pomerleau, Observer staff
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) - Warren Mason, an East Longmeadow activist who has been cited as a source by several local and national news media outlets in their coverage of the clergy misconduct scandal, posed as a reporter earlier this month to obtain information from two North Carolina dioceses.
   And he told a spokesman for one of the dioceses that he is collaborating on a book with reporter Bill Zajac of The Republican newspaper.
   Mason contacted the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 9 with several questions about Father Andre Corbin, an inactive priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C., now living in Palmer.
   "He indicated he was a freelance reporter working on a book about the Springfield Diocese's handling of the abuse crisis. He told me he was working with Bill Zajac," said Frank Morock, spokesman for the Raleigh Diocese.
   Morock told The Catholic Observer that he assumed Mason was who he said he was, as he recalled an earlier call from Zajac about a lawsuit filed against Father Corbin in December.
Activist denies deception [Corbin] -- RCC.
   Republican, By CHRIS HAMEL, Monday, October 25, 2004
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) - When it comes to clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, East Longmeadow resident Warren E. Mason has never shied from criticizing the institution of faith he was reared in.
   Mason, 49, who helped persuade a local priest to protest diocesan financial support of accused clergy, has denounced the church's reaction to the scandal in letters and opinion pieces in various publications. He also has been a source for newspaper articles that have appeared in newspapers ranging from The Republican to USA Today.
   Now Mason, a salesman who also has marketing experience, is the subject of controversy himself, accused of posing as a reporter to obtain information. The issue also has raised questions about his working relationship with the lead reporter for The Republican's groundbreaking coverage of the church scandal.
   The controversy, which was the subject of an article in this week's Catholic Observer, arose last month when a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese in Charlotte, N.C., said that Mason had represented himself as a writer for The Republican and a collaborator on a book with reporter William Zajac on the Springfield clergy abuse scandal.
Bishop's action sparks anger, shock [Coughlin , 1970s-2003 Skinner] -- RCC. Boys.
   Portland Press Herald
   By JOSHUA L. WEINSTEIN, Portland Press Herald Writer
   SOUTH PORTLAND (ME) - Victims' advocates expressed disappointment and anger Sunday at the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland for the way he has dealt with a priest he acknowledges engaged in "inappropriate physical contact" with a minor. Bishop Richard Malone demanded that the Rev. Paul Coughlin resign as pastor of Holy Cross and St. John the Evangelist parishes, but left open the possibility that the priest will one day be permitted to return to public ministry.
   Paul Kendrick, who lives in Cumberland and is co-founder of Maine Voice of the Faithful, said Sunday he was horrified by the prospect and upset with much of Malone's language.
   "Inappropriate physical contact?" Kendrick said. "He is minimizing what happened to the child by simply calling it 'inappropriate physical contact.' "
   According to a church statement, Coughlin was temporarily removed from ministry this past August, while the Diocese of Portland investigated his association with John S. Skinner Sr., who has admitted to abusing young people from the 1970s to 2003, and is serving a prison sentence for sexually assaulting two boys he met through church programs in Lincoln.
The Death of a Holy Man -- Cardinal Hickey dies.
   National Review, By Peter Robinson
   WASHINGTON (DC): James Cardinal Hickey, who stepped down as archbishop of Washington in 2000, died Sunday morning at 84. Seldom eloquent, too self-effacing to convey a sense of gravitas or presence, Cardinal Hickey possessed a single attribute that made him a critical figure all the same: holiness. ...
   Yet as a prelate, Hickey proved dogged, even fierce. He compelled officials at Catholic University to ensure that those licensed to teach the faith taught the faith, ultimately forcing Fr. Charles Curran, who disavowed Catholic sexual morality, to leave the University. When the Jesuits at Georgetown University began celebrating special masses for "Dignity," a homosexual organization, Hickey forced them to stop, and when Georgetown funded a pro-choice student group Hickey not only insisted that the University to reverse itself but dedicated the masses celebrated throughout his archdiocese one Sunday to reparations to Our Lady for the offense that Georgetown had caused. The abuse of children by priests? When cases came to Hickey's attention, he turned the matter over to law-enforcement officials, making the name of each priest public. And when during the first Gulf War even otherwise clear-minded bishops such as Cardinal O'Connor of New York opposed American intervention, Cardinal Hickey instead applied to the conflict the traditional precepts of the "just war," pronouncing Desert Storm a moral undertaking. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:52 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Mon October 25, 2004
Abuse Chronology:
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Tue October 26, 2004 edition follows:-
• Priest 'exposed himself to child' [1990-92 Horan] -- RCC. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   BBC News, england/london/ 3955159.stm , 12:28 GMT, Tuesday, 26 October, 2004,
   BRITAIN: A priest stripped and exposed himself to a seven-year-old girl in his bed-sit at a church, the Old Bailey has heard.
   Cornelius Horan, 57, of Nunhead, denies gross indecency with a child between 1990 and 1992 in south-east London.
   The prosecution said the child and her mother visited Mr Horan in his room at St Anthony's Church, Penge, to learn about Catholicism.
   On the first day of the trial it was alleged the girl's mother stopped Mr Horan putting her on his lap.
   Frank McGrath prosecuting said that when Mr Horan was arrested in March this year, he admitted to police that he had been naked. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:22 PM]
Catholic Priest Accused of Indecency with Child [1991 Horan] -- RCC.
   The Scotsman, By Shenai Raif, PA News, Tue 26 Oct 2004
   BRITAIN:A Roman Catholic priest who disrupted the Olympic Marathon appeared in court today accused of indecency with a child.
   Cornelius Horan, known as Neil, took off a pair of green Y-fronts and romped around naked in front of a parishioner and her seven-old-daughter, the Old Bailey was told.
   But the encounter in his bedsit attached to St Anthony's Church, Penge, south London, led to indecency when the child touched his penis, it was alleged.
   Horan, 57, of Nunhead, south London, allegedly told police he had been naked but denied one charge of indecency with a child.
   The incident is said to have happened in the summer of 1991 when the girl was seven and Horan was an assistant priest at the church.
Money can't buy justice for abuse survivor -- RCC. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Bill Janz, Posted: Oct. 23, 2004
   WISCONSIN: People fight for justice, even when it's unattainable, probably because the battle is more important than the result. It defines who they are.
   Mark J. Salmon is one of those people. His business has suffered and so have some of his relationships, but he continues to help people who were victimized the way he was as a child.
   How can any of these people receive justice, though, when they lost their childhoods to evil Catholic priests and teachers, some of whom insisted that it was the will of God that the children permit the abuse?
   Recently, Salmon received $100,000. Is this justice? Nope, just the lottery.
  "I've got a better chance of winning the lottery again than I ever have of receiving justice from this archdiocese," Salmon said.
The diocese should settle [1970s Murray] -- RCC. $US 500,000.
   Orange County Register, Oct 25, 2004
   CALIFORNIA: Last month, the Diocese of Orange quietly announced that it had paid $500,000 to settle a lawsuit against Msgr. Daniel Murray of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport Beach, who was accused of molesting a young boy in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the diocese has been far less eager to settle the many other priest-abuse lawsuits that have been filed against the diocese, despite pledges by Bishop Tod Brown to settle the matters quickly.
   Two years ago, the Los Angeles and Orange dioceses - facing scores of lawsuits by alleged sexual- abuse victims - approached plaintiffs' attorneys and asked to negotiate a settlement to avoid litigation. The church claimed to want to settle matters quickly and let victims get on with their lives, but instead it has stonewalled and delayed.
   It has been two years and little has happened. Talks broke down during the summer and negotiations have been at a virtual standstill. Attorney John Manly, who represents 30 sexual-abuse victims, said the church has made no individual offers and has balked at providing necessary personnel information about accused priests.
   It is apparent that the church does not want to settle the cases, certainly not if the settlements mean releasing documents that show the level of culpability by church officials in tolerating and covering up for priests who raped teen-agers and children.
Where in the World is Bishop Thomas Dupre? [Dupre] -- RCC.
   Religious News Online, By Warren Mason, October 25, 2004
   SPRINGFIELD (MA): The recent indictment and subsequent dropping of child rape charges against Catholic Bishop Thomas Dupre certainly points to the inadequacy of Massachusetts laws to deal with such heinous offenses.
   Just as troubling and perhaps more telling is the Catholic hierarchy's ignorance as to the whereabouts of their not-so-good bishop and their apparent lack of concern for what he may still be doing.
   This is a Catholic hierarchy that has come to understand the seriousness of child abuse only after being threatened with criminal action; a Catholic hierarchy that removes the pedophile from ministry, yet continues to harbor him in the name of safeguarding our youth; a Catholic hierarchy that continues to pay the abuser with parishioner's funds and has the gall to call it charity.
   Maybe I've been misinformed, but isn't it charity when you reach into your own pocket and not someone else's?
• Minister accused of abuse to appear in court; Hendrix's daughters told their story on 'Oprah' last week. [1982 Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters.
   The Charlotte Observer, www.charlotte. com/mld/observer/ news/local/ 10015423.htm By KAREN CIMINO, Tue, Oct. 26, 2004
   NORTH CAROLINA: A former Lincoln County minister who was hospitalized Friday after his three grown daughters described being abused by him in graphic detail on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is expected to be in court Wednesday.
   Ted Eugene Hendrix, 66, of Denver was scheduled to go to trial Monday morning in Yadkin County Superior Court on charges of second-degree rape, incest, second-degree sexual offense and crime against nature.
   Judge William Wood left the case open until Wednesday because Hendrix was still being treated Monday at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, court officials said.
   Hendrix must be present for the trial to begin. Court officials said they were told he would be able to attend court Wednesday. If he cannot, the trial could be left open until he is released from the hospital, or continued to a future date.
• Church failed to act on sex abuse concerns -- RCC. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   ABC, au/news/newsitems/ 200410/s1228002.htm , Tuesday, October 26, 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales ombudsman has revealed a Catholic diocese failed to suspend a priest even though police were investigating sexual assault allegations against him.
   In his latest report to Parliament, ombudsman Bruce Barbour says police had concerns about the risk the priest posed to children and had conveyed those concerns to his employer - who failed to act.
   Mr Barbour says it was only after his intervention that the priest was immediately suspended from his duties by the primary school he was involved with.
   He says the priest's employer had also jeopardised the police investigation by alerting the priest to the pending charges against him. # [Emphasis added]
Weak watchdog raises abuse risk: report
   Sydney Morning Herald, By Adele Horin, October 27, 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: Failures by the agency that investigates allegations of sexual abuse against teachers and clergy are putting children in Catholic schools at risk, the NSW Ombudsman says.
   The Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, has called for the disbanding of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) because of its failure properly to carry out its job. It is meant to ensure that Catholic schools, child-care centres, foster carers and other agencies that work with children properly investigate abuse allegations, train staff in child protection laws and notify the Ombudsman of investigations.
   "We have been concerned for some time about the CCER's capacity to meet their obligations," the Ombudsman said in his 2003-04 annual report tabled in Parliament yesterday.
   The report highlights the case of a Catholic priest under police investigation for sexual assault. He was allowed to continue to work in a primary school despite the police having expressed serious concerns about the risks he posed to children. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:50 AM]
Synod adopts child protection measures -- Anglican. ; 17:46 AEST Tue Oct 26 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: A "significant" sexual abuse claim was being investigated by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, the welfare arm of the Anglican church said.
   Anglicare Council member, Archdeacon Geoff Huard, said the claim by a former resident of a Sydney Anglican children's home was being processed by the church's professional standards unit.
   However, he did not know further details.
   He said there had been a small number of complaints from people who were in Anglican institutions, and one "significant" claim was being investigated.
   "We are keen for people who have experienced hurt in the past to come and talk to us," Archdeacon Huard said in a statement.
Victims' group denied role in diocese case in Tucson -- RCC. ; Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2004
   TUCSON (AZ) - A federal bankruptcy judge denied a request Monday to allow a national advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse to represent future claimants against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.
   "My answer is 'No way,' " U.S. Bankruptcy Judge James Marlar told Barbara Blaine, national president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.
   The judge held a hearing Monday to discuss the appointment of lawyers to represent various present and potential claimants in the diocese's bankruptcy reorganization.
   The judge set a hearing for next week to settle the appointment of lawyers on behalf of those currently identified victims, minors who were victimized and future, still unknown claimants.
McFadden accused in lawsuit [1960s McFadden] -- RCC. Altar boy.
   Sioux City Journal, By Nick Hytrek, Oct 26, 2004
   SIOUX CITY (IA): The number of sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City has grown to 22.
   Delno J. Pinney III alleged in a suit filed last week in Woodbury County District Court that he was sexually abused by the Rev. George McFadden in the early 1960s while an altar boy at the now-closed St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sioux City.
   Of the suits filed against the diocese, 21 also name McFadden as a defendant. Pinney's is similar to the others. He was under age 14 when, he alleges, McFadden had inappropriate sexual contact with him.
   As others who have filed sexual abuse claims, Pinney alleges the diocese knew McFadden had a history of inappropriate sexual behavior but continued to transfer him to other parishes to cover up his actions rather than stop them. Other allegations against the diocese include negligent hiring and supervision, aiding and abetting and conspiracy.
   As a result of the alleged abuse, Pinney said he continues to suffer mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life caused by anxiety attacks, sleeping difficulty, nightmares, loss of self-esteem, loss of trust and a withdrawal from others.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Tue October 26, 2004
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Wed October 27, 2004 edition follows:-
• Key changes in bishop's abuse policy review board -- RCC. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   National Catholic Reporter, http://ncronline. org/NCR_Online/ archives2/2004d/ 102904/102904h.php By JOE FEUERHERD, Washington, Issue Date: October 29, 2004
   WASHINGTON (DC): More than two years after the U.S. bishops appointed a lay-run board to oversee implementation of their child-protection plans and investigate the causes of the clergy sex abuse crisis, it is transition time. Key members are leaving the panel, which since its inception has tried to balance its need for information and cooperation from bishops with its desire to be independent.
   On Oct. 15, Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, named five new members to the National Review Board and elevated a current member, Duquesne University Law School dean Nicholas Cafardi, as chairman of the 14-member panel.
   Among the five departing members is Anne Burke, the Illinois Court of Appeal Justice who stepped in as interim chair after the forced departure of former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.
   Others leaving the board include former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta, E.W. Scripps Co. chairman William Burleigh, and Washington attorney Robert Bennett, who is credited with shepherding to completion the "Bennett Report" on the causes and context of the crisis.
   What makes the personnel changes significant "is not just the fact that we have five new board members, but that the most visible and seemingly active board members are stepping down," said victims' advocate David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   "Our worry is that it seems to take some time before [board members] become sufficiently skeptical of the bishops. It's not so much a learning curve, as it is a skepticism curve."
   Gregory, meanwhile, is a lame duck as bishops' conference president. His three-year term, dominated by the abuse crisis, expires next month. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:21 PM]
• Parkway Voice of the Faithful comes to a cross roads -- RCC. ; http://www2. townonline. com/roslindale/ localRegional/ id=112320 ; By Ray Hainer/ Correspondent, Wednesday, October 27, 2004
   MASSACHUSETTS: With its second birthday just around the corner, the Parkway chapter of the Catholic lay organization Voice of the Faithful [VOTF] convened Monday to discuss the direction the affiliate should follow in the coming year.
   The topic of Monday's meeting at St. John Chrysostom in West Roxbury was "Where do we go from here?"
   To answer that question, about 30 members of the affiliate gathered for a brainstorming session in which they exchanged ideas for future projects and considered strategies for engaging the affiliate in both the church and community.
   In the midst of the clergy sex abuse scandal, 30 Catholics in Wellesley formed Voice of the Faithful in January 2002. The organization's Parkway affiliate was founded a year later, in January 2003, and now comprises around 175 members from the four Catholic parishes in the Parkway.
   The Parkway Voice of the Faithful has arrived at something of a crossroads, according to Rickie Harvey, one of the affiliate's founders and planning board members.
   In addition to holding monthly meetings, the affiliate comprises four committees (known as working groups in Voice of the Faithful parlance) designed to educate members about the church, support survivors of clergy sex abuse and non-abusive priests, and teach affiliate members how to recognize signs of sex abuse in children.
Not so active
   However, with the exception of the education committee, the Parkway working groups "haven't been really active" in the past year, Harvey said. The affiliate's planning board felt a new approach, one that relied less on the committees and more on monthly meetings, was needed.
   And so affiliate members sat down for Monday's brainstorming session to define their priorities for the coming year. Increased involvement in the official structure of the church at both the parish and cluster levels was at the top of the list.
   The Voice of the Faithful's primary mission is to change the structure of the Catholic Church to secure a greater role for the laity in decision-making processes.
   There was a consensus at the meeting Monday that achieving that goal would require affiliate members to participate actively in their parishes, in parish councils, finance committees and in informal parish activities such as holiday fairs.
   Even though roughly half of those in attendance were already actively involved in their parishes in some capacity, some members expressed concern that many in the church and laity alike view Voice of the Faithful as a radical group divorced from the mainstream church.
   "This issue of parish involvement is a very serious one, because we are not separate," said Alice Hennessey of West Roxbury. "If we think of ourselves as separate, that's serious. We are part of a parish and we've got to get involved in various ways."
In parishes
   Participation in individual parishes was seen as crucial, but members also indicated that the affiliate could serve to unite the parishes in the Parkway cluster, which includes Sacred Heart in Roslindale and St. Theresa's, St. John Chrysostom and Holy Name in West Roxbury.
   "The cluster is a very important idea," said West Roxbury resident Nancy Sheehan. "We have four parishes in the cluster, and each one does its own thing. We should be reaching out and doing more things together."
   Members from each of the Parkway parishes agreed to consult with their pastors, and to inquire about the possibility of opening cluster meetings, which are now private, to parishioners.
   Although many of the Parkway affiliate's undertakings are driven by the Voice of the Faithful's three-point mission statement - "to support those who have been abused, to support priests of integrity, and to shape structural change within the Church" - one of the affiliate's main thrusts has been to educate its members in the workings of the church.
   To that end, the affiliate typically invites guest speakers to its monthly meetings to illuminate various aspects of the church. Recent speakers have included authors, and a representative from St. Albert the Great, the Weymouth church where parishioners have held a high-profile "sit-in" since the parish was officially closed by the Boston Archdiocese Aug. 29.
Brown talks
   On Monday, the moderator of the meeting, Mary Celeste Brown, asked for suggestions for future speakers from members. The proposals ranged from a local nun and college professor who is an expert on governance at the parish level to Archbishop Sean O'Malley. ("Why not?" Sheehan said of the latter. "Aim high.")
   West Roxbury resident Paul Kilgarriff suggested inviting someone well-versed in the internal organization of the archdiocese. "We're talking about changing the structure of the church, but the only time we find out about various commissions and committees in the archdiocese is when we read about it in the newspaper," Kilgarriff said. "It might be nice to have somebody come in and talk about the various offices of the chancery, and how the Archdiocese functions."
   The idea of the affiliate sponsoring a guest speaker series as an educational event for the public, rather than simply inviting speakers to their monthly meeting, was also raised.
   With an eye toward the Voice of the Faithful's first stated goal, to support clergy abuse victims, Roslindale resident Peggy Sullivan proposed a letter-writing and telephone campaign to state legislators concerning the statute of limitations for crimes involving child sex abuse. The statute of limitations currently stands at 15 years, but legislation to extend the statue to 30 years was filed last year, and could be considered again in the upcoming legislative session.
   Sullivan urged her co-members to get involved. "Unless they [legislators] think people are interested, they won't put any work into it," Sullivan said.
Community projects
   Various community service projects were also discussed. Brown, noting that some parishioners in her parish had been incarcerated recently, floated the idea for a prison visitation program, and also suggested a program to identify and support victims of clergy abuse who live in the Parkway cluster.
  And finally members considered some recreational activities, such as a half-day retreat for spiritual renewal and a book club.
   Since its inception in 2002, the Voice of the Faithful has swelled from its original 30 members to more than 30,000, and boasts more than 200 affiliates throughout the world. If the enthusiasm and commitment evident among the members at Monday's meeting is anything to go by, the Parkway affiliate seems certain to flourish along with the organization as a whole. #
• Church under fire for gagging abuse victims [1945-55] -- Anglican. Institutions. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   ABC, au/news/newsitems/ 200410/s1228 597.htm , Wednesday, October 27, 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: It has been revealed victims of institutional abuse in Anglican children's homes in northern New South Wales in the 1940s and 50s have been required to sign confidentiality agreements.
   A recent Senate inquiry recommended against the use of confidentiality orders in settlements with people who suffered abuse in children's institutions.
   The settlement signed last year bans a number of men from speaking to the media about abuse they suffered from 1945 to 1955.
   The gag is surprising as the man who perpetrated the abuse in the Coventry Home in Armidale and Ohio Boys Home, in Walcha, was convicted in 1955.
   One of the man's victims, John Hill, says he felt like a lamb to the slaughter last year when he and other former boys went into mediation with the Armidale diocese.
• Abuse victims angered by church confidentiality clauses [1940s-50s Holloway] -- Anglican. Boys.
   ABC, au/am/content/ 2004/s12287 51.htm , "AM," with Nonee Walsh and TONY EASTLEY, 08:16:00, Wednesday, 27 October, 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: The use of confidentiality clauses in settlements with victims of abuse in Church institutions is again in the spotlight, with the revelation that an Anglican diocese in New South Wales prohibited about ten men from speaking publicly about their treatment they received in the 1940's and 50's.
   The use of such clauses, described as gag orders by victims groups, has been under attack for several years now.
   Nonee Walsh reports.
   NONEE WALSH: The husband of the matron of Armidale's Coventry Boys' Home and Walcha's Ohio Home was a man called "Sarge". For a decade Albert Horace Holloway subjected boys aged between 5 and 14 to horrific abuse.
   John Hill was there. He says Holloway was brutal and sadistic.
   JOHN HILL: You got twelve with the sandal on your bare backside. At one stage he resorted to putting emery paper on the sandal, gluing it to the sandal, and bashing you at an angle and then rubbing turps on your backside. And you took off out of there like a rabbit with its bum on fire.
   He used to come into the change room, swinging things around, bashing kids – "come on, you mongrels, hurry up!"
   You know, and that's just some of the light side of it.
   NONEE WALSH: In 1955 three boys ran way from the Walcha home – that finally lead to Holloway being convicted of assault, found unfit to work in a boys' home.
   John Hill feels angry at the Anglican Church because he was never contacted about his treatment. Finally he and other men got a lawyer. A settlement was negotiated just last year, but the money came with the gag order.
   JOHN HILL: First thing they want us to do is sign a document of silence. I said "this is not right, this is done after the negotiations."
   NONEE WALSH: Did you question this confidentiality clause with the Bishop?
   JOHN HILL: No. We feel that we were sheep to the slaughter on the day.
   NONEE WALSH: The Chair of the Child abuse Committee, Garth Blake, has expressed surprise that such a stringent confidentiality clause would be used when the church now understand they're not helpful to the healing process.
   The Bishop of Armidale, Peter Brain, says he now regrets the insertion of the clause.
   PETER BRAIN: Looking back at it now, it probably would have been wise for us not to have accepted that. I've talked to one man in particular who has asked me to release him from it. But my only reasoning, I think, is that it just seemed to be the right thing for us to do at the timer.
   NONEE WALSH: Do you feel now, in hindsight, that it is important for people involved in those institutions to be able to talk…?
   PETER BRAIN: I can see that now, and I've been talking with our leadership and our diocese and we're prepared to release people from that agreement, you know, in terms of being able to talk about their past hurts.
   TONY EASTLEY: That was Nonee Walsh reporting. #
Bishop lifts abuse gag order [1945-55] -- Anglican. Institutions. Boys. ; October 27, 2004
   SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA: An Anglican bishop today lifted an order which had banned 12 men from talking about their abuse at church-run homes, and admitted it had hindered one victim's recovery.
   The confidentiality order part of a settlement reached with the men, who were abused when they lived at the Coventry Home in Armidale and Ohio Boys Home in Walcha, in NSW, between 1945 and 1955.
   Under the settlement deal, the men were banned from talking to the media about the abuse they suffered.
   But the Bishop of Armidale, the Right Reverend Dr Peter Brain, lifted the order today, saying he "regretted" its inclusion.
• Pastor held for raping nursery school girl [Mohan] -- Girl. India flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   India Today (South India's leading English evening newspaper), http://news OCT/LD4.HTM , Oct 26, 2004
   A pastor who was working in a nursery school at Adambakkam, a suburb, was today arrested for allegedly raping a four-year-old girl student of the school. Police said the pastor, Mohan, had been working for the last few years as assistant to the person running the school located at Ambedkar Nagar.
   On 20 October, he allegedly took the child to a deserted place in the school and raped her. He later threatened her not to inform anyone about the incident. The traumatised child did not inform anyone at home for a couple of days but soon her parents came to know about [it].
• Minister accused of fondling woman [2004 Brown] -- Potter's House. Hypnosis. Woman. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pittsburghlive. com/x/tribune- review/trib/ pittsburgh/s_ 265873.html , Tuesday, October 26, 2004
   PENNSYLVANIA: A Braddock minister was arrested Monday for allegedly fondling a woman after hypnotizing her during counseling sessions.
   The Rev. Charles N. Brown, pastor of Potter's House church on Camp Avenue, is charged with indecent assault. Police said the incident occurred in the woman's apartment in Monroeville.
   The woman told police Brown, 33, of Penn Hills, began using hypnosis during counseling sessions in May. After she became suspicious that he was touching her inappropriately, the woman set up a video camera in June to record a counseling session.
   The video depicts Brown kissing the woman and later fondling her, according to an affidavit filed by Monroeville police.
   Brown also is a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He was suspended with pay pending further review of the allegations.
   Brown remains in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond while awaiting a preliminary hearing Nov. 9 before District Justice Walter Luniewski Jr. #
Minister/Tribune-Review reporter charged with indecent assault [2004 Brown] -- Potter's House. Woman.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Nate Guidry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wednesday, October 27, 2004
   PENNSYLVANIA: A minister who also is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter was arrested and charged with indecent assault after he allegedly fondled a woman he was counseling.
   The Rev. Charles N. Brown, 33, of Penn Hills, a pastor at Potter's House Ministries in Braddock, was arrested Monday by Monroeville police.
   He was in the Allegheny County Jail on $50,000 bond.
   A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9 before Monroeville District Justice Walter Luniewski.
   Attempts to contact Potter's House were unsuccessful. The Tribune-Review reported yesterday that Brown was suspended with pay pending further review of the allegations. Walt Kopec, the Tribune-Review human resources director, said he could not comment on a personnel matter.
Minister/Reporter Allegedly Fondles Woman Under Hypnosis [2004 Brown] -- Potter's House. Woman. ; October 26, 2004
   MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- A Braddock pastor was allegedly caught on tape by a Monroeville woman who suspected he was fondling her during home counseling sessions.
   The Rev. Charles Brown, of Potter's House Ministries, was arrested Monday for an alleged incident at a 28-year-old woman's apartment in Cambridge Square.
   The woman told Monroeville police that Brown, 33, of Penn Hills, used hypnosis during some of their meetings. She set up a video camera to record one session in June, and the tape shows Brown kissing and fondling her while she is apparently in an altered state, according to police.
   The bishop at Potter's House said Brown's resignation has been requested.
   Brown covers eastern suburbs as a beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The paper says he is being suspended with pay while the allegations are reviewed.
• Disruptive priest on abuse charge [1991 Horan] -- RCC. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Greece flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Reuters, uk/newsPackage Article.jhtml? type=topNews& storyID=610440& section=news ; By Andrew Cawthorne
   LONDON, BRITAIN (Reuters) - A former Irish priest famous for stunts that disrupted the marathon at the Greek Olympics and the British Grand Prix has denied charges on Wednesday of indecency with a schoolgirl.
   Cornelius Horan, 57, is on trial this week at London's main criminal court, accused of allowing the seven-year-old girl to masturbate him during a 1991 visit to his London apartment.
   "May God strike me dead if I allowed an innocent child to fondle my penis," a weeping Horan told the Old Bailey.
   Horan, who has not worked as a priest in a decade, achieved world notoriety during the Olympics marathon in August when he donned religious slogans and barged into Brazilian runner Vanderlei de Lima, possibly costing him victory.
   The priest also interrupted the British Formula One Grand Prix last year by running onto the track.
Priest stripped naked and chased girl (7) around his room, court hears [1991 Horan] -- RCC. Girl. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Greece flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Belfast Telegraph, By Bernard Purcell, 27 October 2004
   BRITAIN: The Kerry priest, who disrupted the Olympic marathon earlier this year, stripped naked and chased a seven-year-old girl around his room, the Old Bailey heard in London yesterday.
   The 57-year-old ordained priest, originally from Scartaglin, Co Kerry, denies committing gross indecency but admits he did strip naked when the girl and her mother - who was receiving instruction from him on conversion to Catholicism - visited him in his room.
   He had been in green underpants and a vest when they arrived and when the girl's mother expressed unease and asked him to put clothing on, he refused.
   When she sarcastically asked why he didn't take it all off he immediately did so and chased the young girl, who is now 20.
   His barrister, Julia Krish said Fr Neil Horan was in his underwear because it was an especially hot summer's day, and he also had a skin complaint and he had applied lotion which he did not want to get on his clothes.
• Priests' accuser says ' . . . it's OK to speak up'; Man alleges sex abuse occurred in the 1960s at church in Hopewell [1962-66 Summers, Roy aka Rodriquez] -- RCC. Boy. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Spain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Richmond Times-Dispatch, www.timesdispatch. com/servlet/ Satellite? pagename=RTD% 2FMGArticle% 2FRTD_BasicArticle&c= MGArticle&cid= 1031778768396&path= !news&s=1045855934842 ; by Alberta Lindsey, (804) 649-6754, , Oct 27, 2004
   VIRGINIA: Steve Kopalchick says he has been plagued by depression most of his life.
   "I've considered myself a type of person who would not stand up for myself," said the 52-year-old Chesterfield County resident.
   Now, he says, that is changing.
   Kopalchick is speaking out about alleged sexual abuse more than 30 years ago by two Catholic priests.
   He said he never talked about the alleged abuse until about two years ago. He tried once to tell his elementary school principal about it, he said, but the principal paid no attention to him.
   According to Kopalchick, when the priest sexual-abuse scandal broke in Boston in 2002, it stirred up memories of molestation he had endured from 1962 to 1966 at the hands of priests at St. James Catholic Church and elementary school in Hopewell. The school closed in 1992.
   In 2002, Kopalchick said in a recent interview, he was severely depressed. "I couldn't sleep and had bad dreams and nightmares," he said. "I lost a lot of weight."
   With help from a psychologist, Kopalchick decided it was time to identify himself and talk publicly about the abuse that he alleges began when he was 10.
Trial date yet to be set
   In August 2003, he filed a $5 million civil suit in Richmond Circuit Court against the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, alleging that two priests sexually molested him. No criminal charges have been filed.
   At the time the suit was filed, Kopalchick was identified only as John Doe. Later, he decided to attach his name to the suit and talk about his allegations publicly - including the interview that led to this article.
   Kopalchick's suit alleges that two priests at St. James Church, the Rev. Thomas M. Summers and the Rev. Andrew Roy, also known as Andres Rodriquez, assaulted him. Summers died in 1992 at age 73. Roy, who has Alzheimer's disease, retired in 1981 and lives in Spain. [...]
   Kopalchick said that during the four-year period when the abuse occurred, " 'dirty' would be a good word to describe my feelings. I felt truly scared all the time. I didn't want to discuss the abuse. Sometimes I was hurting so bad I would come home and go directly to bed."
   He said he recalled one time trying to run from Summers, who caught him and slapped him in the face. "He said if I didn't do what he wanted, he would go to social services and have me taken away from my parents.
   "I'm very disappointed in the Catholic Church. I was a victim when I was 10 to 14 years old, and I think the Catholic Church is making me a victim again. Let's push forward and let's get ready to go to trial. I refuse to be another victim of the Catholic Church." # [Emphasis added]
Priest charged with sexual assault [1969-88, 2000 Buzanowski] -- RCC. Boy.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By TOM HEINEN, , Posted Oct. 26, 2004
   WISCONSIN: Father Donald Buzanowski, a suspended Green Bay priest who has been living in Milwaukee for years, has been charged in Brown County with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy there during counseling sessions in 1988.
   Buzanowski, 62, was arrested Monday on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and had an initial court appearance Tuesday. Brown County Court Commissioner Lawrence Gazeley set a $100,000 cash bail and continued the hearing to Nov. 2.
   "I'm very pleased," said David Schauer, 26, the Marshfield man who made the allegation against Buzanowski. "It's something that I've been waiting about 16 years for." Schauer first made the allegations in 1990 but no charges were filed.
   Buzanowski served 21 months in prison after being convicted of child pornography possession in 2000. In 2002, he wrote in a letter to the pastor of a Milwaukee Protestant church where he had been helping out that he had molested 14 boys elsewhere from 1969 to 1988, according to the criminal complaint and a 2003 Journal Sentinel story.
   Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski, who was in office in 1990, said the allegations were not doubted but there was not enough evidence to prove them beyond a reasonable doubt back then.
• Theater: A cardinal's Sin: Is he the Church corporeal, or just a cog in a corporate bureaucracy? Power of Abuse -- RCC.
   The Village Voice, www.villagevoice. com/issues/0443/ feingold.php by Michael Feingold, October 26th, 2004
   NEW YORK: Over the last two decades, the gulf between Christianity the faith and Christianity the system has widened to the point where they're nearly antithetical.
   To a non-Christian, the spectacle is painful and deeply puzzling.
   The obsessive focus on secondary matters like stem cell research and same-sex marriage, pursued by some "Christian" leaders to a wildly vindictive extent, has reduced religion to an issue-by-issue political lobby, which should probably be compelled to register as such and pay taxes.
   As its coercive component increases, it seems to have increasingly less to do with the worship of the man who said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged" and "My kingdom is not of this world."
   The politicization of the church has turned all American Christians, in effect, into un-Christians. Or at least, so it seems to an outsider.
   The Catholic Church - fiscally bankrupt in Oregon and spiritually bankrupt in far too many other locales - poses a special set of problems within Christianity.
   Here the faith is in the hands of a large and increasingly corporatized bureaucracy, which has existed for over a millennium as an entity both separate from and revered by believers.
   A degree of watchful self-policing, one would imagine, would be a vital part of its day-to-day operation, especially in these transparent times.
   The faith of believers is a precious thing; for them to mistrust a synod of bishops is very different from, say, stockholders mistrusting the executives of a corporation like Enron or Tyco.
   Tragically, as we know from the headlines, the bishops have proven no more trustworthy than the CEOs, at a cost in human suffering that may be less widespread, but undoubtedly runs deeper, than the misery brought on by recent corporate disasters: Over the last four decades, we're told at the end of Sin, at least a thousand children were sexually abused by priests in the Boston archdiocese alone.
   As Sin traces the pattern of the abuse scandals, through excerpts from Cardinal Bernard F. Law's depositions under oath in the civil suits brought by abuse victims and their families, what emerges is precisely the picture of a corporate bureaucracy that has isolated itself from both the public at large and the faithful who are supposed to be its special care.
   The details of the priests' depredations don't shock; we've already read all about them.
   What does shock are the minutiae of cover-up, evasion, the eager reassignment of blame.
   Like any good corporate vice president, Law plays it the company way.
   You have to listen carefully to avoid getting lost in a small forest of "the Cardinal has asked me to reply" (to letters Law claims he never saw) and "the Cardinal was deeply sorry to hear" (about matters Law claims not to have known of till much later). [...]
   John Cullum, as Law, is apparently still struggling with his lines, as well as with the core of this deeply defended character, but his stricken silences speak monumentally. And Pablo T. Schreiber is quietly harrowing, both in his silent presence and when he finally speaks, as Patrick McSorley, an abuse victim who became a telegenic spokesman for all of Boston's sacrificed children. McSorley committed suicide last winter. His molester, Father John Geoghan, was strangled in prison by another inmate. Cardinal Law, suits against whom were settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, was transferred to Rome. He is still a cardinal, and might as easily as any other become the next pope. # [Emphasis added.]
Court to review Davenport priest abuse cases -- RCC.
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 27, 2004
   IOWA: The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear appeals in two priest abuse lawsuits against the Davenport Catholic Diocese.
   However, the high court's decision won't stop another lawsuit from going to trial Monday, lawyers said.
   Attorneys for both sides said they will continue to try to settle all 38 of the lawsuits or claims submitted for mediation.
   A lawyer for the diocese has said diocese officials will not let the first case go to trial Monday.
   If the cases cannot be settled, diocese officials have said they will file a bankruptcy petition to reorganize the diocese's finances in order to equitably settle with all the plaintiffs.
   The Supreme Court will review a July 15 decision by District Court Judge C.H. Pelton rejecting the diocese's motion to dismiss four lawsuits.
• Diocesan bankruptcies place church workers at risk -- RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter, http://ncronline. org/NCR_Online/ archives2/2004d/ 102904/102904x.htm , By PETER O'REILLY, for October 29, 2004
   UNITED STATES: The caller left her number on my answering machine and asked that I contact her ASAP. The urgency in her voice left me puzzled. I wondered what had happened and why she was so insistent that I call her back right away.
   I had known her as a nun in the early 1970s when we were both assigned to the same parish, she as a teacher in the parish school and I as assistant pastor. About 20 years ago she left her order and we largely lost contact with each other.
   "I left the convent," she once joked, "but somehow the convent never left me." Her dedication to the church is still as strong as ever.
   She continues to work in a Catholic school in the Oakland, Calif., diocese for a salary and benefits much below what she could make in a public school.
  The modest pension that she will receive on retirement will at best enable her to live the same simple life she has always lived.
   That is what she hoped for until the latest news caused her to call me in panic.
   "Have you heard that the diocese of Oakland is thinking of declaring bankruptcy? If they declare bankruptcy, what will happen to people like me? I really depend on my retirement for my mortgage and other expenses." I had no answer to give her.
   The gut-wrenching stories of the victims of abuse, the bewilderment of the bishops and the huge payments that have already been awarded have taken up all the media's attention.
   Nobody seems to have thought about the plight of the workers who make our parishes run and our schools function. There are thousands of these dedicated people whose retirements could well be at risk.
   Will their pensions be garnished [? garnisheed] along with other church assets to pay the fines? That is their great fear. The decisions of the courts can be disturbingly unpredictable at times. [...]
   Fr. Peter O'Reilly is pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Westlake Village, Calif.
• Supreme Court will hear Davenport Diocese case -- RCC.
   Quad-City Times, internal.php? story_id= 1038077&t= Gateway&c=30, 1038077 , By Todd Ruger
   IOWA: The Iowa Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear arguments on whether two men alleging sexual abuse by priests from the Catholic Diocese of Davenport failed to file their lawsuits in a timely manner.
   The order means the diocese can argue why the lawsuits over decades-old allegations of abuse - filed by a plaintiff named James Wells and by a man identified only as John Doe III - should be dismissed before coming to trial according to a statute that bars old cases from being filed.
   However, another order filed Tuesday by the state's highest court did not grant a request from the diocese to postpone a trial scheduled to begin Monday in a similar case filed a man identified as John Doe IA.
   The diocese has said it will stop that case from going to trial by either settling out of court or filing for bankruptcy.
Report: Accused priests' service widespread -- RCC.
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 26, 2004
   DAVENPORT (IA): More than half the parishes in the Davenport diocese have been served by priests accused of sexual abuse of children, according to .
   The analysis is included in an extensive new posting of diocese documents and news accounts archived on the Web site.
   Terry McKiernan, the Web site's founder, discovered that accused priests served in 56 parishes over the past 50 years. Davenport currently has 84 parishes. The information was assembled from diocesan records, listings in the Official Catholic Directory, newspaper reports and court documents.
   "It is an appalling list," McKiernan said. "We compiled detailed service records of the accused priests and have listed the towns, parishes, schools and hospitals where they served."
   McKiernan said the accounting is still only partial because the diocese hasn't released names of deceased priests about whom credible allegations of abuse exist.
Play: The Anguish Is Plausible, but His Eminence Forgets -- RCC.
   The New York Times, By CHARLES ISHERWOOD, Published: October 27, 2004
   NEW YORK: Sins come in assorted sizes, according to the Catholic Church, but it's hard to take the full measure of the misdeeds exposed in this sober play about the sexual-abuse scandal that unfolded in New England over the past decades.
   The scope of the wrongdoing is clearly too vast to fit comfortably on the shoulders of the elderly man sitting at the conference table before us.
   And yet Michael Murphy's quietly disturbing play, drawn from documentary evidence, reveals with devastating clarity the dubious role that Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the Archbishop of Boston, played in a tragedy that irreparably damaged hundreds of families, and destroyed more than a few lives.
   The parenthetical phrase in the title of the New Group's "Sin (A Cardinal Deposed)," which opened last night at the Clurman Theater Off Broadway, is a play on words.
   Cardinal Law was technically not deposed as archbishop. He resigned his position after persistent questions were raised about his stewardship during a period when, it was ultimately determined, hundreds of children were molested by priests in his archdiocese.
   The play is a theatrically unadorned re-enactment of a literal deposition given by Cardinal Law in the presence of a pair of lawyers and one of the victims of abuse pursuing a civil case against the church.
• Ex-priest faces sexual-assault charges [1988 Buzanowski] -- RCC. Boy.
   Press-Gazette, www.greenbay pressgazette. com/news/archive/ local_1838 0142.shtml , By Andy Nelesen,
   GREEN BAY (WI): Prosecutors filed sexual assault charges Monday against a former Catholic priest accusing him of molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1988.
   Prosecutors Monday charged Donald Buzanowski, 61, with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age. Buzanowski appeared in Brown County intake court Tuesday and was ordered held in lieu of $100,000. He is due back in court Nov. 2.
   If convicted, Buzanowski faces 40 years in prison.
   Buzanowski was a pastor at St. John's Catholic Church in Green Bay when the alleged molestations occurred. Buzanowski served as a counselor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School at the time.
Police probing Lavigne in Pa. [1980s Lavigne] -- RCC. Male.
   Republican, By BILL ZAJAC, , Wednesday, October 27, 2004
   SPRINGFIELD (MA): Pennsylvania law enforcement officials have initiated investigations into criminal charges against former priest Richard R. Lavigne regarding allegations that he sexually abused a minor there nearly 20 years ago.
   The district attorney offices of Dauphin and Lancaster counties are looking into allegations Lavigne brought former Berkshire County Commissioner Paul Babeu as a youth to both counties, where he allegedly sexually abused him.
   Lancaster County District Attorney Donald R. Totaro and Dauphin County Assistant District Attorney Kristen L. Weisenberger confirmed Monday investigations recently were initiated.
   "I can't comment on an on-going investigation, but I can say we found enough to go forward with an investigation," Weisenberger said.
   Babeu said he will be meeting with investigators from both counties today.
• Charges filed against former priest [1988] -- RCC. Boy.
   Post-Crescent, www.wisinfo. com/postcrescent/ news/archive/ local_18384 736.shtml The Associated Press
   GREEN BAY (WI) - A former Catholic priest already the subject of a civil lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse of a child faces criminal charges in the same case.
   Donald Lavigne,[? Buzanowski] 61, of Milwaukee, was charged in Brown County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13.
   The alleged incidents happened in 1988, when Buzanowski [?] served as a priest in the Green Bay Diocese, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.
   The boy was 10 years old at the time and was a student at Saints Peter and Paul School in Green Bay.
• Man cleared in horn case [1989 Szantyr] -- RCC.
   Telegram & Gazette, www.telegram. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20041027/ NEWS/1102702 11/1008/NEWS02 ; By Kathleen A. Shaw, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF,
   WORCESTER (MA): Richard Chesnis was found not responsible yesterday in Central District Court for violating a city ordinance regulating bullhorn use after he used the device during the installation ceremony of Bishop Robert J. McManus.
   He appeared before a clerk-magistrate to answer a complaint that he violated the ordinance when he stood outside St. Paul's Cathedral on May 14 and shouted through a high-power bullhorn about the clergy abuse scandal affecting the United States and Worcester diocese. A Worcester police officer issued a citation and told him to shut it off.
   Mr. Chesnis, a Worcester resident, was among a group of people who demonstrated in front of the cathedral to make known their concern about the scandal but he was the only one with a bullhorn.
   Mr. Chesnis, who produced a wallet card indicating he was ordained a minister of World Christian Churches in 1999, said the issue was one of free speech by a minister and he intends to keep using his bullhorn to discuss the clergy abuse scandal.
   In court yesterday, he produced a picture of the bullhorn from the original package that indicated it can be audible up to a half-mile away.
   Mr. Chesnis told the court that he was told by a police officer that he had to get a permit to use the bullhorn from City Hall. He was then "given the runaround" back and forth from City Hall to the police chief's office. When he asked for a permit, he said he was denied his civil rights and "proceeded to the scene of the cathedral."
   He is the father of a man who said he was sexually abused about 15 years ago by the Rev. John Szantyr when the priest was assigned to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. Rev. Szantyr, now living in Waterbury, Conn., was charged by District Attorney John J. Conte with indecent assault and battery against a child under 14 in connection with this case. The case is pending. The alleged victim has asked that he not be publicly identified.
Ex-priest's family comes to grips with his crimes [Christian] -- RCC.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Bill McClellan, Oct/27/2004
   MISSOURI: Carol has a hard time remembering her brother as a child. Norman was five years older, and he went into the seminary high school, which meant he left home after eighth grade. But still, shouldn't there be some memories? There aren't. Nothing concrete, anyway. Nothing that could possibly explain the man he turned out to be.
   The Rev. Norman H. Christian was ordained in October of 1961. He was first assigned to a parish in Kirkwood. Then he was moved to another parish. Then another and another.
   In January of 1986, he told his sister he was going on a sabbatical to New Mexico. Actually, he was already there when he wrote her a letter.
   His return address was in care of the Servants of the Paraclete.
   Later, the Servants would gain a certain unhappy notoriety for their efforts to cure pedophilia, but at the time, the name meant nothing to Carol. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:46 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Wed October 27, 2004
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Thu October 28, 2004 edition follows:-
• Church settles court claim by abuse victim -- RCC. Acupuncture approved. Boy. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags ; http://news. apwire/D860LO FO0-301.shtml , Associated Press, Thursday, October 28, 2004
   PORTLAND, Maine - Maine´s Roman Catholic diocese said Thursday it has paid $370 (Canadian) to settle a small claims lawsuit filed by a Biddeford native who, as a child, was sexually abused by a priest.
   The claim follows a payment of $700 (Canadian) to David Gagnon, who now lives in Ottawa. Both payments were for coverage of a therapy called Jin Shin Do, described as an acupressure treatment for chronic tension.
   In its announcement, the Diocese of Portland said it has been working to develop treatment guidelines for abuse victims.
   The goal, it said, is to facilitate payments for appropriate treatment, preserve victims´ privacy rights and allow some fiscal oversight through a pre-authorization process that would evaluate the effectiveness of treatment options.
   The new policy, which takes into account concerns raised by Gagnon, will incorporate a neutral, independent third party to review requests for adjunct therapy, according to the diocese. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:04 PM]
• Priest pleads guilty in sexual misconduct case [1996 LeClaire] -- RCC. Boy.
   East Valley Tribune, , By Gary Grado
   ARIZONA: A priest who is the former pastor of Mesa's Queen of Peace Catholic Church pleaded guilty today to sexually motivated aggravated assault, bringing his trial to a halt.
   Karl LeClaire, 48, will be placed on three years probation and could spend up to one year in jail under the plea deal, which was reached just as the second day of trial was to begin in Maricopa County Superior Court.
   Most important to LeClaire's victim was that the priest take responsibility for the crime, which wouldn't have happened if the trial had gone forward, prosecutor Rachel Mitchell said. LeClaire admitted to assaulting the now-22-year-old victim by giving him full body massages when he was 14 years old. He did not admit to touching the victim's genitals as was alleged in the indictment.
   LeClaire's attorney said his client agreed to the plea deal to put the ordeal behind everybody. "Not to have to put more people through anguish," Daniel Sheperd, LeClaire's attorney, said. Wearing an Oakland Raiders hat, LeClaire declined comment after the proceedings.
   The victim was in court and prepared to testify as attorneys hammered out the final details of the plea deal. Mitchell said it was also important to the victim for LeClaire to be treated as a sex offender. "He's in agreement with this plea," Mitchell said.
• Minister accused on 'Oprah' pleads guilty to sex abuse [Hendrix] -- Methodist. Daughters. 36 years prison.
   WMC-TV, www.wmcstations. com/Global/story. asp?S=2495298
   YADKINVILLE, North Carolina -- A former minister whose adult daughters accused him on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" of sexual molestation has pleaded guilty.
   A judge in Yadkinville, North Carolina, sentenced Ted Eugene Hendrix to 36 years in prison for taking indecent liberties with a child. He could have gotten a life term if convicted of the original charges, which included incest and rape.
   Hendrix is 66.
   The three woman told Winfrey their father molested them almost daily for about a decade. One claimed he raped her on the church altar, then gave her Communion.
Diocese settles abuse lawsuits -- RCC. 39 claims.
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 28, 2004
   DAVENPORT (IA): The Davenport Catholic Diocese this afternoon announced it has reached a financial settlement with dozens of men who have sued or alleged that they were abused as children by diocesan priests.
   The diocese and its insurance companies will pay a total of $9 million to the people who have filed 39 claims or lawsuits against the diocese. The settlement does not affect the plaintiffs' lawsuits against specific priests, which lawyer Craig Levien said would go forward.
   The settlement, announced just five days before the first abuse lawsuit was to go to trial, means the diocese avoids filing bankruptcy, which its leaders had threatened to do to avoid trial on Monday. Diocese officials said they did not want to try the cases individually because they wanted to make equitable settlements to all known abuse victims.
   In announcing the settlement, Bishop William Franklin also apologized again to victims and said he hoped the settlement would help the diocese begin to heal.
Judge says priest personnel documents should remain private -- RCC.
   San Diego Union-Tribune, By Tom Verdin, ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 28, 2004
   SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- The employment records of Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse in dozens of civil cases should remain confidential before trial, according to an order by the judge overseeing cases in Northern California.
   The order substantially modifies a tentative ruling the judge issued earlier this month, when he recommended that priests' personnel records be made public.
   Attorneys for the church then argued that those records, as well as personal information related to the alleged victims, should remain confidential during the discovery phase of the various sex-abuse civil cases.
   In the order made public Thursday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sabraw agreed with church attorneys that the privacy rights of the church outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information during the early phases of the case.
Davenport, Iowa, settles with victims of priest abuse for $9 million -- RCC. 37 claims.
   San Diego Union-Tribune, By Todd Dvorak, ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 28, 2004
   DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport agreed to pay $9 million Thursday to settle 37 claims of sexual abuse by priests - a deal that could lift any immediate threat of bankruptcy.
   The settlement averts a potentially embarrassing series of trials over the church's handling of abuse claims dating back 50 years or so.
   "This has been a tragic time for our church," Bishop William Franklin said. "It is my prayer that true healing may now begin in the Diocese of Davenport."
   The settlement, reached after weeks of negotiations, will be covered by insurance and diocesan funds, Franklin said.
   Before the settlement, the diocese had warned that it might file for bankruptcy - a step already taken by dioceses in Tucson, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.
Church settles claim by abuse victim -- RCC. Acupuncture. Boy.
   WMTW, 11:50 AM, Thursday,October 28, 2004
   PORTLAND (ME) (AP) - Maine's Roman Catholic diocese announced Thursday that it has paid $370 Canadian to settle a small claims suit filed by a Biddeford native who, during childhood, was sexually abused by a priest.
   The claim follows a payment of $700 Canadian to David Gagnon, who now lives in Ottawa. Both payments were for coverage of an unusual therapy called Jin Shin Do. It's described as an accupressure treatment for chronic tension.
   In its announcement, the diocese said it's working to develop treatment guidelines for abuse victims.
• Diocese, plaintiffs' attorney schedule news conference -- RCC. 37 victims.
   Quad-City Times, internal.php? story_id=1038 248&l=1&t= Local+News&c= 2,1038248 , By Todd Ruger
   DAVENPORT (IA): Bishop William Franklin and the attorney representing at least 37 men who allege sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Davenport will hold a joint news conference at 3 p.m. today.
   Franklin and Craig Levien will make an announcement regarding clergy sexual abuse claims at that time.
   The diocese has said it would file bankruptcy before any of the cases go to court, and the first is scheduled for trial Monday. Efforts between the two sides to reach an out-of-court settlement have been under way.
Priests' files to be kept secret [Kimball, Timmons, Gleeson] -- RCC. 160 allegations.
   The Press Democrat, By GUY KOVNER, Thursday, October 28, 2004
   CALIFORNIA: An Oakland judge handed the Roman Catholic Church a significant victory Wednesday, ruling that the public isn't entitled to see personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse.
   The order by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw gave the church most of the broad order it sought to maintain confidentiality of records involved in about 160 cases of alleged sexual misconduct by priests in Northern and Central California.
   Eleven of the cases were filed against the Santa Rosa Diocese, alleging that church officials failed to protect children from offending priests.
   The Santa Rosa lawsuits involve former priests Don Kimball, Gary Timmons and Patrick Gleeson.
• Priest pleads not guilty [2004 Coleman] -- Anglican. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, http://anglican 09/canada24.html , dated November 2004
   CANADA: Canon Ed Coleman of the parish of Hampton, diocese of Fredericton, has pleaded not guilty to charges filed by the Sussex Royal Canadian Mounted Police that he tried to pay a minor for sex on July 1. His trial has been set for early December.
   Bishop Claude Miller of Fredericton has placed Mr. Coleman on an "indefinite medical leave of absence" from his parish and diocesan responsibilities.
   "I take the report of this alleged incident very seriously," said Bishop Miller in a statement. "I am deeply concerned for everyone involved during this uncertain time -- the alleged victim, Canon Coleman, his family and the congregation of the parish of Hampton."
   Archdeacon Geoffrey Hall, executive assistant to the bishop, said that an internal review is being conducted in line with the diocese's sexual abuse policy. He also said that Mr. Coleman was undergoing a "treatment program." He declined to elaborate.
   Mr. Coleman, who is also a well-known painter in New Brunswick, is regional dean of the Kingston-Kennebecasis deanery and a member of the diocesan council. #
• The past shadows Bishop Skylstad's future [1974 onwards O'Donnell] -- RCC. 30 + boys. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Seattle Times, http://seattletimes. localnews/2002074016 _skylstad27m.html , By Jonathan Martin and Ken Armstrong, Wednesday, October 27, 2004. SPOKANE (WA): A priest has been molesting boys for decades, and his supervisor on and off from 1974 is likely to become the head of the US Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference soon.
   Some background: In his mid-20s, O'Donnell began attending St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore. There, a pattern took hold. He molested boys and admitted it to spiritual advisers, he said. He received counseling and continued molesting boys.
   While in seminary, O'Donnell says, he was fondled against his will by a priest, Reinard Beaver, who was later forced out of the ministry for sexual misconduct.
   Despite a cautionary note from seminary faculty on O'Donnell's "over interest" in youth, the church ordained him in 1971 and gave him assignments that surrounded him with boys: youth minister, coach, Catholic Youth Organization leader, Boy Scout chaplain.
The past shadows a bishop's future
   The Seattle Times, http://seattletimes. localnews/2002074016 _skylstad27m.html , By Jonathan Martin and Ken Armstrong, Wednesday, October 27, 2004
   SPOKANE (WA) - In the summer of 1974, a young priest with a history of molesting teenage boys was sent to live in a tiny, red-brick rectory with an older priest who was on his way up in the Catholic Church.
   The young priest, Patrick Gerald O'Donnell Jr., would be forced from the ministry a decade later, but not before molesting at least 30 boys by his own admission.
   The older priest, William S. Skylstad, became bishop of the Spokane diocese and is expected to be elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops next month, giving him one of the church's most powerful voices. The position would place him at the forefront of reform efforts in the clergy sexual-abuse scandal.
   But another event next month will test Skylstad's credibility as a reformer. Trial is set to begin in the first of five lawsuits accusing O'Donnell of molestation and the Spokane diocese of neglect.
   In court records, parishioners and victims have portrayed Skylstad as a pastor who failed to supervise his troubled assistant. One parishioner says she warned Skylstad three times about O'Donnell. A former altar boy says he sat in Skylstad's car and told the priest he was molested by O'Donnell. And O'Donnell now admits that he sexually abused several parish boys in the rectory, only an earshot from his pastor's quarters.
   Victims and reformers look at Skylstad and ask: Could someone so seemingly blind then have the vision so needed now?
   Skylstad (pronounced Skill-stad) says his memory is cloudy. "I wish I could recall more clearly conversations and events that happened three decades ago," he said in a written statement. "I am deeply sorry that I cannot."
   If elected president, Skylstad would advise the pope and confront such challenges as the church's financial struggles and sagging morale, both traceable to the sexual-abuse scandal.
   Last year, Skylstad wrote to diocese members about what he had learned from the scandal. One lesson, he said, was this: "I also came to understand better that there really is no such thing as a supposed consensual sexual relationship between any adult and a minor."
   When the bishops begin meeting Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C., the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests plans to protest Skylstad's possible elevation to president. "I think it's pretty clear that his record shows he doesn't get it," said David Clohessy, the group's executive director.
A problem-fixer meets a problem
   O'Donnell, through his lawyer, declined to be interviewed for this story. Skylstad, through a spokesman, also declined comment. Their accounts are drawn from depositions and, in Skylstad's case, from a written statement regarding his recollection of O'Donnell.
   Both grew up in Eastern Washington, and each became a priest. Beyond that, Skylstad and O'Donnell could hardly be more different.
   Skylstad, 70, has long played the role of problem-fixer, repairing everything from a cranky boiler to a diocese left reeling from the arrest of its bishop. The oldest of six children, he was born in the Okanogan County town of Omak, delivered on a table in the garage. His father was an apple farmer and Norwegian immigrant. At age 14, Skylstad left home to attend seminary in Ohio. Twelve years later, he was ordained.
   His early assignments reflected the church's trust in him. He was principal of a seminary for high-school-age boys near Spokane, evaluating student fitness for the priesthood. He also served on a personnel board that counseled the bishop on problem priests.
   In the summer of 1974, Skylstad, then 40, became pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish, replacing an aging priest too tired to minister to a neighborhood booming with young families drawn to the newly platted [?]cul-de-sacs on the Spokane River bluff. O'Donnell, then 31, joined him a few weeks later.
   O'Donnell was a problem that resisted fixing. The church passed him from parish to parish, from counselor to psychologist to psychiatrist, from victim to victim. The church tried individual therapy, group therapy, hypnotherapy, aversion therapy and prayer. All failed.
   O'Donnell grew up in Spokane's elegant South Hill neighborhood. He attended Catholic schools and was an altar boy and an Eagle Scout. He served in Vietnam, and it was there, with bullets ripping through his tent, that he decided to become a priest.
   "Seeing lots of death and horror made me hope that I could do something to make this world a little bit better besides just living my own life," he said.
   But even then, O'Donnell was troubled by his sexual attraction to teenage boys.
   In his mid-20s, O'Donnell began attending St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore. There, a pattern took hold. He molested boys and admitted it to spiritual advisers, he said. He received counseling and continued molesting boys.
   While in seminary, O'Donnell says, he was fondled against his will by a priest, Reinard Beaver, who was later forced out of the ministry for sexual misconduct.
   Despite a cautionary note from seminary faculty on O'Donnell's "over interest" in youth, the church ordained him in 1971 and gave him assignments that surrounded him with boys: youth minister, coach, Catholic Youth Organization leader, Boy Scout chaplain.
   O'Donnell admits molesting several boys during his early assignments. He said he was trying "to be a good leader and a good person most of the time. Then I would kind of fall."
   His last assignment before Assumption ended after his supervising priest, Walter Abel, wrote a member of the priest personnel board about O'Donnell's "pediatrician complex" and questioned O'Donnell's ability to function as a parish priest. (A former principal of the parish school said Abel told her O'Donnell was a pedophile.)
   Three weeks later, Abel wrote to the personnel board -- whose members included Skylstad -- saying it was "essential" that the church move O'Donnell quickly.
   The Spokane bishop, Bernard Topel, transferred O'Donnell to live with Skylstad at Assumption parish. "You should find it a very desirable appointment, considering the people and the pastor," Topel wrote to O'Donnell. "I am asking that you obtain the therapy that we discussed."
   But Skylstad said he doesn't recall Abel or Topel warning him about O'Donnell's troubled history, nor does he remember O'Donnell being in therapy while at Assumption parish.
   If there was any expectation that Skylstad would keep a close eye on O'Donnell, Skylstad said that was never passed on to him.
A parishioner's warnings
   Perhaps more than any other parishioner at Assumption, Rita Flynn warned Skylstad of the dangers his assistant posed.
   Flynn raised 11 children in a sprawling rambler a few blocks from the Assumption church. A lifelong Catholic, Flynn, now 78, still goes to daily Mass and prays for a dozen friends and family members.
   She once thought the world of Skylstad, who, she said, has an uncanny memory for names, faces, even anniversaries.
   In 1975, a year after O'Donnell's arrival, Flynn's sons began telling her unsettling stories. O'Donnell, they said, required schoolboys to line up and sponge their genitals in the school gym, and watched attentively. O'Donnell streaked naked with boys on camping trips. O'Donnell, one son said, "has this thing for young boys."
   Flynn took those stories to Skylstad. "Once I told him, I felt I could forget about it," Flynn said. "I had that much trust in him."
   Skylstad, she said, assured her the misconduct would end. In depositions, Skylstad said he told O'Donnell to stop the "abusive situation," but didn't investigate further, nor did he keep a closer eye on O'Donnell.
   In mid-1976, a 16-year-old altar boy told one of Flynn's sons that O'Donnell had molested him -- and O'Donnell has admitted to the allegation.
   As she had twice before, Flynn said, she immediately called Skylstad, who by now was chancellor and no longer at the parish. She arranged for the boy and priest to talk, Flynn said. The former altar boy, in a deposition, said he met Skylstad at a convenience store, then disclosed the abuse during a half-hour talk in Skylstad's car.
   Flynn, anguished, wrote one of her daughters: "Father Pat has struck again."
   The diocese, Flynn said, did not remove O'Donnell immediately after the boy came forward, so her husband forced the issue. He told Skylstad's successor: Do something about O'Donnell, or I'll tell the whole parish.
   Soon after, Flynn said, the church sent O'Donnell to Seattle for treatment.
   What now angers Flynn is Skylstad's foggy memory of events she remembers so well. Skylstad has said he doesn't remember meeting with the abused altar boy, nor does he remember Flynn's complaint about the streaking.
   "I realized [Skylstad] was not operating as a good person," she said earlier this month. "He is so much a company man that he's willing to deny reality."
   Flynn quit tithing earlier this year for the first time in her life. "I love the Lord," she said, "but I don't like the church."
Two years of preying on boys
   Rita Flynn didn't know it, but the altar boy was hardly alone.
   O'Donnell has admitted molesting at least 11 boys while at Assumption, while denying the claims of eight others who say he abused them during that time.
   By his admissions, O'Donnell victimized more boys while at Assumption than during any other period in his 15-year ministry.
   O'Donnell won parents' trust by lavishing attention on their sons, court records and interviews show. He took boys for rides in his Jeep, for cruises on his 21-foot boat, and on camping trips in the mountains. He took boys to movies and McDonald's. He was a willing babysitter.
   At a nearby pool, he offered quarters to boys to dive in naked. Losers in dice games had to disrobe. When alone with boys, he often reached down their shorts.
   O'Donnell has admitted to molesting at least three children while in the rectory itself.
   Skylstad lived on the second floor, O'Donnell below. Several men remember Skylstad coming down from his apartment and heralding his advance with, "It is just me, little old me."
   Skylstad said he doesn't remember O'Donnell taking kids on trips or owning a boat. But he does recall boys passing through the rectory.
   Children "flocked around" O'Donnell, Skylstad said. Parents liked him too.
   "They were starved for someone who would take an interest in the kids," he said.
One's rise, the other's fall
   In 1977, a year after leaving Assumption, Skylstad became bishop of the Yakima diocese.
   While there, he dealt with at least three priests accused of sexually abusing minors. In one case, he told the priest to get outpatient counseling but allowed him to remain in his parish. A residential program would have been "really very expensive," Skylstad said.
   In 1989, the church asked Skylstad to repair damage done by Spokane Bishop Lawrence Welsh, who had been arrested for drunken driving. When Welsh left for alcohol treatment, Skylstad administered the diocese. In 1990, the church named him the Spokane bishop.
   Skylstad continued to rise, and in 2001, was elected vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a customary steppingstone to the presidency. He has since met with the pope several times.
   "He's not a grandstander. He's a team player. That's the kind of person the bishops like as president, not someone who will go off on tangents or say stupid things," said Thomas Reese, editor of the Catholic magazine America.
   O'Donnell, after leaving Assumption, continued to molest boys. In 1976, when the church sent him to Seattle for treatment, he moved into the St. Paul parish in Rainier Beach, the school playground outside his door. The church allowed him to stay in ministry while getting a doctorate in psychology.
   But he molested boys while in treatment in Seattle, and after returning in 1978 to the Spokane diocese.
   In 1986, a newspaper story led to his downfall. A Spokane reporter asked the diocese for an expert on sexual abuse by priests, and was directed to O'Donnell.
   "I don't think the local church has a problem with that [pedophilia] at this point," O'Donnell was quoted as saying.
   Rita Flynn read the quote and was so outraged she sent the reporter a packet on O'Donnell. An ensuing story forced the diocese to remove O'Donnell from ministry, although he remained a priest.
   He moved to Bellevue and opened a psychology practice. This year, he surrendered his license after a man reported that O'Donnell had molested him at Assumption.
   The Spokane diocese is moving to defrock him -- an extraordinary step that requires Vatican approval.
   O'Donnell, 62, now works in the Puget Sound area as an auditor in a casino.
The toll
   On Aug. 29, 2002, Tim Corrigan was finishing breakfast at his home three blocks from the Assumption church when he saw O'Donnell's face grinning at him from the local paper. "Read it," he told his wife, Cheryl, pointing to the article.
   Men had recently begun disclosing abuse by O'Donnell. Cheryl Corrigan had long suspected Tim, a parish student during O'Donnell's tenure, had also been molested. "Tim, did Father Pat touch your privates?" she asked.
   Cheryl Corrigan had asked her husband before, and been told no. This time, Tim said yes. Then he hugged and kissed his wife of 16 years and left for work.
   Around noon, Corrigan, a 39-year-old father of three, lay down across railroad tracks. His suicide note said: "It is nobody's fault."
   That night, two of Tim's friends grieved with Cheryl. She said both shared a secret: They, too, had been molested by O'Donnell, and they had seen O'Donnell molest Tim.
   The toll from O'Donnell's abuse reaches beyond the Corrigans. Another man mentioned O'Donnell by name in a suicide note before killing himself in 1990. Other victims say they have suffered alcoholism, sexual dysfunction, isolation and chronic depression.
   The church, in court records, has said it knows of 50 cases in which O'Donnell is accused of molesting, grooming or exposing himself to boys. Although O'Donnell admits molesting so many boys he can't remember all their names, he denies abusing Corrigan.
   It took Tim Corrigan's brother, Mike, several days to tell his parents the reason for Tim's suicide. Ann and Terry Corrigan bought their house in 1962 because it abutted church property, and Terry served on church boards for four decades.
   "If you ever did an autopsy on us, you'd find Catholic in our bones," Terry Corrigan said. As for Skylstad, "We thought he was a prince of a fellow, a holy man."
   Unanswered questions have eroded their faith. Why doesn't Skylstad remember Rita Flynn warning him? Why didn't he, or other church officials, call police? Why didn't Skylstad and previous Spokane bishops stop O'Donnell?
   "We first grieved for our son Tim, then we came to grieve for the loss of faith in the church we've loved our entire lives," Terry Corrigan said. "Some day I may be able to forgive O'Donnell. But I don't know if I can ever forgive those involved in the cover-up."
A return to Assumption
   A month after Tim Corrigan's death, Skylstad returned to Assumption to answer for the damage his old housemate had caused.
   At a special nighttime meeting -- part of a series of visits to parishes harmed by abusive priests -- Skylstad apologized on behalf of the church, then touted a new clergy-abuse policy from the bishops' conference. His own diocese, he said, went further, banning priests from taking children on vacations or to their rooms.
   But parishioners weren't in the mood for policy, according to a videotape of the meeting.
   "I've been a parishioner at Assumption all my life, and I have to say, from the depths of my heart, that it truly sickens me, this thing that took place here," Bob Moore told the bishop. "Did you do everything in your power, when you found out about this wrong, to try and correct it and to protect the kids who were so harmed by the actions of this man?"
   Skylstad nodded, thanked Moore, and returned to policy. "So much of the ministry of the church deals with young people, and we have to make sure that ministry takes place in a safe environment, as safe as we can make it," Skylstad said. "It's just got to be."
   In the back of the church, a woman whispered: "Where's the answer?"
A learning curve
   The answers would come in depositions earlier this year, under questioning from lawyers representing about two dozen of O'Donnell's alleged victims.
   Skylstad said that when he learned of the altar boy's complaint, he didn't alert parishioners or police. He didn't question other boys seen in the rectory with O'Donnell. He didn't take any steps to determine if there might be other victims. "That would have been an almost impossible thing to do," he said.
   Decades ago, mental-health professionals advised the church that sexual deviancy was curable and that treatment should be sought, Skylstad and abuse experts say.
   What may appear as clear warning signs now, weren't then, Skylstad said: "It's very easy to take a revisionist approach to this whole thing."
   At one time state law required clergy to report molestation complaints to police, but they were exempted from the law in 1975.
   They are still exempt, but whether the law requires it or not, Skylstad supports notifying police.
   He also has gone further than some bishops to be open about the sexual-abuse scandal. The Spokane diocese initially asked that certain records in sexual-abuse lawsuits be kept from the public, but, unlike the Seattle archdiocese, withdrew that request after local media objected.
   Last year, Skylstad wrote a message to "unnamed victims of sexual abuse," saying: "I need and want to continue to seek ways to apologize to you. I will continue to seek to do penance and provide for reconciliation."
   O'Donnell also has expressed remorse. In July, under questioning by an attorney who represents Corrigan's widow, he said, "I just wanted to say that I'm very, very sorry for any damage I ever caused anybody. ... I'm very, very sorry for that. I'm sorry."
   Skylstad has met with some victims of sexual abuse, but not others, citing pending lawsuits.
   He also has reached out to some of the abusers. More than a quarter-century after they lived together in that tiny red-brick rectory, Skylstad and O'Donnell have talked on the telephone.
   "I simply offered an expression of prayers to him," Skylstad said, "and he in turn for me."
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• Judge drops sex charges against minister; McNeese still faces child rape, sexual battery charges in an unrelated case. [2000-01 McNeese] -- One Way Apostolic Assembly. Girls.  
   The Leaf-Chronicle, www.theleaf apps/pbcs.dll /article?AID=/ 20041026/NEWS01/ 410260306/1002 ; By REGAN LOYOLA CONNOLLY, 245-0719 or regan , Oct 26, 2004
   NEW PROVIDENCE (TN): More than half of the sex charges levied against the founder of One Way Apostolic Assembly in New Providence were dismissed in Montgomery County Circuit Court just minutes before his trial was to begin Monday.
   Jes Beard, defense attorney for the Rev. LaMonte McNeese, 44, successfully argued that six of 10 sex-related charges involving a minor girl should be dismissed by Circuit Judge Michael Jones because they violated the statute of limitations. The judge agreed.
   The remaining four were "retired," or dismissed without prejudice, by Assistant District Attorney Art Bieber. The action means the District Attorney's Office can bring those charges to trial in the future,  and Bieber said there is no time limit to do so.
   McNeese was arrested Aug. 20, 2002, and charged with 19 counts of statutory rape, eight counts of sexual battery and two counts of child rape. Eighteen of those charges were later dropped by prosecutors, and an additional six were dropped Monday, along with the four dismissed without prejudice. [...]
   McNeese still faces two counts of child rape and one count of sexual battery in an unrelated case. Those charges were handed down in a separate indictment and stem from alleged misconduct with a girl less than 13 years old in 2000 and 2001.
   Jones set that case for trial March 28 and instructed Beard and Bieber to file all related motions prior to Jan. 1 to prevent another delay. A pretrial conference date was set for March 11.
   Bieber asked that the case be transferred to Gasaway's court to avoid another situation where he has two cases scheduled for trial in two separate courtrooms.
   "This has been very difficult for me," Bieber said. "I don't want to put a second victim through what we have put (this victim) through."
   Jones denied Bieber's motion. "I am not going to put this matter on Judge Gasaway," Jones said. "We set this trial date many months ago."
   Bieber did not say if he would bring up the four retired charges.
   McNeese was convicted Oct. 1 in Stewart County Circuit Court of assault by offensive touching. The charges stem from alleged contact with the same victim named in the case set for trial in March.
Portland pastor accused in child sex case [? 2000s Pratt] -- Evangel Temple and Hope House
   KGW, By TERESA BELL, Staff, 01:20 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 26, 2004
   PORTLAND (OR): Police arrested a North Portland pastor Tuesday, for allegedly sexually abusing at least one child under the age of 12.
   Cary G. Pratt, 46, is charged with two counts of Sex Abuse I.
   Pratt, of Portland, is the pastor at Evangel Temple and Hope House, located on North Killingsworth Street.
   Police said they arrested him during a traffic stop near the intersection of North Portland Blvd. and North Interstate Ave., just before noon Tuesday, according to officer Greg Pashley with the Portland Police Bureau. (Picture -- Pratt, police mug shot)
• Priest and judge admit child sex offences -- Swedish Church. 'Girl', Sweden flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Local, www.thelocal. se/article.php? ID=555&date= 20041028 , Andy Butterworth, 10:08 BST+1, 28th October 2004
   SWEDEN: They're not the first and they won't be the last, but such stories always arouse exasperation nevertheless. A Malmö priest has been defrocked for chatting on the internet to '14 year old girls' and a judge in West Sweden has been charged with having pornographic images of children on his computer.
   The priest was asked to resign his office at a meeting with Bishop of Lund, Christina Odenberg, on Friday. On Monday, the Church authorities formally declared the priest disqualified from "performing church services".
   The priest, who is 52, married and with children of school age, has not committed any crime. But when Bishop Odenberg was presented with evidence of sexually explicit chat room conversations between the priest and two '14 year old girls', she felt she had no choice but to take action. She said:
   "This is a terrible tragedy, but there was no alternative. He has committed a grave breech of his vows as a priest and of the principles which a priest in the Swedish Church must stand for."
   The priest was caught by Mats Andersson, commissioned by the council in Trelleborg to investigate child pornography on the internet.
   "... He became increasingly vulgar and pornographic. When he revealed his identity and his fantasies and wanted to arrange a meeting, I contacted the Bishop of Lund with my information." [...]
   Meanwhile, in west Sweden, a judge has been charged by prosecutors with having hundreds of pornographic pictures and a video film on his computer. The judge reportedly admits the facts of the case. [...]
   The case came to light when the judge's old computer was stolen following a break-in in his basement. Shortly afterwards, he received blackmail threats regarding the pornographic material.
   Police have also found child pornography on the judge's new computer, which had been re-formatted. This can mean that pornographic material has been deleted. The pictures are being analysed by the police's national child pornography team.
Sources: SVT, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Göteborgs Posten #
Jury rejects sex charges against priest [Rutledge] -- RCC. Boy. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ic Berkshire By Sophia Haque, Oct 28 2004
   BRITAIN: A former Woodley Catholic priest was yesterday (Wednesday) cleared of a sex attack on a young boy nearly 30 years ago.
   Brian Rutledge, now 65, walked free from court after a jury of seven men and five women took just over two hours to acquit him of indecent assault and indecency with a child.
   During the two-day hearing at Southampton Crown Court it was alleged Rutledge lured the boy to the presbytery at St Joseph's Church in Aldershot with the promise of sweets and drinks from the tuck shop.
   The alleged victim, who is now 39, decided to report the attack to police after discussing what had happened with friends and family last year.
Priest who disrupted Olympics cleared of abuse [1991 Horan] -- RCC. Girl. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Greece flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Reuters, By Paul Majendie, 13:55, Thu 28 October, 2004
   LONDON (Reuters) - A former Irish priest who disrupted the Athens Olympics and the British Grand Prix has been acquitted of indecency with a seven-year-old girl.
   Cornelius Horan, 57, celebrated his acquittal on Thursday by doing an Irish jig outside the Old Bailey courthouse and said: "I trusted in God, justice has been done.
   "This is wonderful, the best day of my life," he said after the jury speedily acquitted him. "I now intend to go and sleep for three days."
   Horan had been accused of allowing the girl to masturbate him during a 1991 visit to his London apartment.
   "May God strike me dead if I allowed an innocent child to fondle my penis," the weeping Horan had told the court.
   His alleged victim, now 20, said long-term trauma from the incident, witnessed by her mother, made her report it to police in January of this year: "It really makes me angry that I was in that position that day and no one pulled me away."
• Priest Acquitted of Indecency [1991 Horan] -- RCC. Girl.
   The Scotsman, http://news. latest.cfm?id= 3685057 , By Shenai Raif, PA News
   BRITAIN: A priest who disrupted the Olympic marathon during a protest, was today found not guilty of indecency with a child.
   Father Neil Horan, who brought chaos to the British Grand Prix and the Athens Olympics marathon in a kilt, denied the offence which dated back to 1991.
   The prosecution at the Old Bailey alleged that Horan, 57, of Nunhead, south London, took off a pair of green underpants and chased the seven-year-old girl around his church bedsit.
   But Horan, who has not worked at a Roman Catholic church for 10 years, told the court the incident was an innocent misunderstanding.
   His actions were not sexual and the allegation was an "abominable lie".
   Outside court, he said: "It is the best moment of my life."
Sex abuse 'a problem' in the 1950s, priest admits [1950s] -- RCC. Rosminian Institute of Charity. Industrial school. Boys. Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   One in Four, by Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent - Irish Times
   IRELAND: Sex abuse of boys at St Patrick's industrial school, Upton, Co Cork, was "a problem, particularly during the 1950s" it was disclosed yesterday.
   Addressing a public hearing of the investigation committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse in Dublin, Father Joe O'Reilly recalled that a lay teacher had been removed from the school in 1954, "possibly" for sex abuse of boys, and four members of the Rosminian congregation there were removed for such reasons between 1955 and 1959.
   Father O'Reilly is provincial of the Rosminian Institute of Charity in Ireland, which ran the industrial school at Upton since it was opened in 1889 until its closure in 1966. Between 1940 and 1966 a total of 1,161 boys had been committed there, with another 43 who were "so-called voluntary". From 1950 onwards there was an average 170 to 185 boys there in any one year, he said.
Priest recalls beatings he saw -- RCC.
   One in Four, by Patsy McGarry - Irish Times
   IRELAND: A priest, who was himself resident as a child at Upton industrial school, recalled the punishment regime there as somewhat more benign when he arrived in 1953 to what it became later.
   Addressing the investigation committee, Father Michael O'Shea recalled being "really traumatised" by beatings he had witnessed there.
   He remembered one incident where a Rosminian brother beat a number of boys with a strap "across the behind as many as 20 times each". Eventually a senior boy shouted "that's enough", and invited the brother to remove his collar "and take me on". The brother stopped, more from exhaustion than anything else.
   He attributed the severity of some regimes at Upton to the type of men who were prefects or managed the school. The milder, more educated and cultured the man, the less abusive the regime. He was never aware of any sexual abuse at Upton.
Court retracts ruling to hear sex abuse cases  -- RCC.  
   Des Moines Register, By FRANK SANTIAGO and SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, October 28, 2004
   DES MOINES (IA): "Oops" was the ruling from Iowa's highest court Wednesday.
   The Iowa Supreme Court announced it made a mistake Tuesday when it said it would hear an appeal of a district judge's decision not to dismiss two sex abuse lawsuits against the Davenport Catholic Diocese.
   Actually, the court decided against hearing the appeal, said spokeswoman Becky Colton.
   She explained: Clerks routinely prepare two orders for the justices - one saying an appeal is granted and the other saying it is denied. Typing both orders speeds the process, she said.
   When Justice David Wiggins went through several orders in various cases prepared by the staff, he signed the wrong order granting the appeal.
Ex-diocese voice talks leadership -- Donna Morrissey speaks.
   Republican, By BILL ZAJAC, , Thursday, October 28, 2004
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) - More than a year after leaving the Archdiocese of Boston as its public face during the clergy sexual abuse crisis, former church spokeswoman Donna M. Morrissey is still following church events and thinking that church leaders could be doing a better job at getting out their message.
   Speaking to American International College students yesterday about public relations, Morrissey said the archdiocese could be doing a better job at communicating news regarding what she described as "the painful closing of parishes" in Greater Boston.
   "Communication is crucial to any organization, and they could be doing a better job here," said Morrissey, who has been working for the past year as director of corporate affairs for the New England Region of the American Red Cross.
   Asked by American International College student Peter J. Dillon of Springfield whether she would consider returning to work for the church, Morrissey replied affirmatively and expressed pride in the archdiocese's response to the crisis.
   "I am proud of my work during the crisis," she said.
   She cited the creation of a zero tolerance policy, the opening of a victims/survivors support and resource office and educational programs to teach about abuse.
   While she said good public relations people help develop strategies for their organizations to "do the right thing," Morrissey said she joined the Boston church when she could do "too little, too late" regarding the crisis.
   Morrissey said a year and a half of 16-hour days and the stress surrounding the crisis made her exit from the archdiocese a welcome relief.
   "I was no longer sleeping and had lost a lot of weight," said Morrissey, who decided to leave when Cardinal Bernard Law resigned in December 2002.
   "It was a new regime coming in, and I knew they were going to bring in a new team," Morrissey said.
   Morrissey recalled Law asking her to soften her references to clergy sexual abuse.
   "I told him I can't call sexual abuse anything but sexual abuse because that is what it is," Morrissey said.
   Morrissey said she discovered common ground with clergy abuse victims. She said she and victims both were angry at church leaders for not stopping abusive behavior when there was evidence that it was taking place.
   Morrissey told students her previous work as an assignment editor for a television station and other media work has helped her find interesting career choices.
   "My advice is start reading newspapers, listening to the radio and watching television. You need to know how the media works and to understand how reporters do their jobs to be effective in public relations," Morrissey said. #    [COMMENT: The fact that Law, having caused thousands to lose the Faith, was later given a sinecure in Rome evidently doesn't stop this lady from being willing to work for the same group again! COMMENT ENDS.]
• Victim rallies abused [1920s-70s]  -- RCC. Film Unholy Orders about abuse in child institutions. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn.  Scotland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Age, au/articles/2004/ 10/26/109866 7752831.html , By Paul Kalina, October 28, 2004
   AUSTRALIA and SCOTLAND: In 1998, Geraldine Gandolfo received a compensation payment for a sexual assault almost 30 years earlier by a parish priest when she was a Catholic teacher in her early 20s.
   The agreement stipulated that she not disclose the sum, and although it was never stated or suggested that her silence had been bought, she felt there was a tacit "invitation to be silent".
   With the settlement contract arrived an apology, but for Gandolfo the conjunction of money with accountability added to her grievance. "That apology could have been given many months before, when they agreed I did have a case. It is an indication of the ongoing lack of sensitivity for the finer details that those two documents come together," she says forthrightly.
   The payment and the way it was handled didn't "fit" with the experience she had endured and the effect it had on her life.
   "I wanted to do something with that money that meant something to me," Gandolfo says. "And having met many people who had been silenced over the years, and having felt very silent myself, I felt that giving other people a voice would be my contribution."
   In May 1997, the story of abuse of children in Scottish orphanages during the 1930s and '40s broke in The News of the World in Britain. Through a mutual friend, Gandolfo was introduced to 84-year-old Cath Yeomans, who, now living in Australia, had along with her sisters suffered a horrific childhood at an institution run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Glasgow.
   Recklessly, by her own admission, she suggested to Cath that she make a documentary about the Scottish claimants, who at that time were mounting what became a 450-person class action. She had never made a film and took herself to film school to learn the craft.
   Fuelled by indignation over her own treatment and the compensation cheque, Gandolfo made the documentary Unholy Orders, a deeply sobering reflection on the legacy of abuse of children in institutional care.
   Though Gandolfo has talked publicly about her sexual abuse, she says she is reluctant to do so now, only because she doesn't want the issues raised in Unholy Orders to be sidelined by her own experiences. Her connection to the people in the documentary is the difficulty of speaking out against abuse and what it's like to be silenced.
   "What survivors really want, which I discovered through making this, is to prevent abuse happening to other children. They want to be believed themselves and being believed goes a long way toward settling the past for them. The most outrage is caused by people continuing to deny that what happened to them did happen."
   She says the film is not solely about a problem within the Catholic church. "It's an issue right across the full spectrum of institutions. It just happens to be that this is a particular Catholic story, but it's not restricted to any branch of religion."
   Gandolfo herself appeared before an Australian senate inquiry into the care of children in institutions. The title of the report, Forgotten Australians, has also, much to Gandolfo's regret, become its fate. It was tabled in August and became lost in the recent election campaign.
   Gandolfo's interest was in the survivors' stories rather than the institutions under scrutiny. "I was more interested in telling the people's stories, and while that's not very flattering for the church, I was not interested in going after the church."
   She opted not to give Unholy Orders a current affairs treatment. "I feel that the church has had the public voice for a very long time and that this was a group of people they had silenced." Although she had no idea how difficult it would be to turn the story into a documentary, it seemed an achievable way to reach a wide audience, which is why she did not consider making a short film and then trying to get it on the short-film circuit.
   She went to film school and used her own money to launch the project as the time taken to pursue funds might have jeopardised it all, given Cath's advanced age.
   By Gandolfo's estimate she, her husband, friends and business associates provided about 40 per cent of the film's budget. She doesn't mask her disappointment that despite SBS's interest, neither state nor federal film agencies provided funding. Documentary maker Steve Thomas helped as a mentor.
   "Many survivors will identify with parts of this story," she says. "I'm hoping that they feel that their story is important and perhaps it will give them an opportunity if they want to start talking about it."
   She also wants the matters of the senate inquiry to "be brought forward to the public again and the whole issue thoroughly discussed, because I don't think these people have had a good telling of their story".
   Unholy Orders screens next Thursday at 8.30pm on SBS. #
Church abuse survivors group cites "chilling" effect of subpoenas -- RCC.   
   Tuscaloosa News, By GARRY MITCHELL, Associated Press Writer, October 27, 2004
   MOBILE (AL): Two subpoenas seeking information from a Mobile representative of a church abuse victims group in cases against the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile only "revictimizes" those who have survived the ordeals, the group's president said Wednesday.
   But the attorneys who issued the subpoenas for Linkup Inc. volunteer Honey Weiss said they were routine responses to litigation that involves her.
   Sue Archibald, president of the Louisville, Ky.-based Linkup, denounced the subpoenas, saying they could force the victim support organization to produce correspondence and e-mails.
   "The Archdiocese of Mobile, with this action, has sent a message of revictimization clearly in contrast to any gesture of compassion and outreach," Archibald said.

• Church abuse survivors group cites 'chilling' effect of subpoenas -- RCC.
   WKYT, Global/story. asp?S=2490248
   MOBILE, Ala. -- Two subpoenas seeking information from a Mobile representative of a church abuse victims group in cases against the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile only "revictimizes" those who have survived the ordeals, the group's president said Wednesday.
   But the attorneys who issued the subpoenas for Linkup Inc. volunteer Honey Weiss said they were routine responses to litigation that involves her. [And continues, as Tuscaloosa News article.]
• Ala. archdiocese subpoenas advocate for abused -- RCC.
   The Courier-Journal, www.courier-journal. com/localnews/ 2004/10/28ky/B2- link1028-3318.html , By Peter Smith, , Oct 28, 2004
   KENTUCKY: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, Ala., has subpoenaed documents from an Alabama representative of a Kentucky-based group that advocates for victims of sexual abuse.
   Sue Archibald, president of The Linkup group, is urging the archdiocese to reconsider, but a church official said it plans to proceed.
   The archdiocese has subpoenaed any documents containing communications between Honey Weiss, a Mobile representative of The Linkup, and Linda Ledet, a woman suing the archdiocese, alleging sexual misconduct by a priest.
   Archibald said she believes Weiss will comply with the subpoena if necessary, acknowledging that support-group members do not have the confidentiality protection that exists in doctor-client or lawyer-client communications.
• Court rescinds order after rare mistake -- RCC.   
   Quad-City Times, internal.php? story_id=10382 16&t=Local+ News&c=2,1038216 , By Todd Ruger,
   IOWA: A spokeswoman for the Iowa Supreme Court said Wednesday that an "honest mistake" led to the filing Tuesday of an order in which the justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the Catholic Diocese of Davenport in two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.
   Another order filed Wednesday rescinded the Tuesday order and then denied the diocese's request to appeal.
   The diocese contended that those lawsuits should be dismissed before coming to trial under a statute of limitations that bars old cases from being filed.
   The Supreme Court did not change its mind overnight but "intended to deny it all along," Supreme Court spokeswoman Rebecca Colton said Wednesday of the order that appeared to grant a hearing of the appeal.
   She guessed that the wrong version of the order was filed by mistake.
Priest 'manipulated' boy, prosecutor says [LeClaire] -- RCC. Boy. ; by Jim Walsh, The Arizona Republic, Oct. 28, 2004
   MESA (AZ) - A prosecutor described the first Roman Catholic priest to risk a trial on sex charges as an expert manipulator who purposely drove the victim and his family apart to achieve his own sexual gratification.
   Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell said the Rev. Karl LeClaire first pulled the male victim, then a sixth-grader at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mesa, out of class to counsel him about his parents' divorce.
   "He turned the counseling into an unquestioned opportunity to manipulate" the victim, she said. The boy "became a victim of Karl LeClaire's obsession. Father LeClaire took the obsession to the point he committed these crimes."
   The priest said "being a gigolo doesn't mean you sleep with a person. You have to find something that is really missing in a person's life," the prosecutor said. [...]
   Mitchell said LeClaire's manipulation of the victim, now 24, included buying the one-time altar boy clothing, a stereo and a laptop computer, and taking him on trips to Alaska, Rome and Puerto Rico.
   When the sexual abuse occurred, "he told him everybody is a bisexual and you need not fight your homosexual urges," she said.
   At another point, LeClaire lent the boy money for a car and told him, "If you admit you're gay, you don't have to repay me," Mitchell said.
   But Sheperd said the boy repeatedly denied having an inappropriate relationship with LeClaire when questioned by church officials and a school counselor.
   Other church members who went on the trips reported no inappropriate conduct between the boy and priest, he said.
   "Years later, he (the boy) decides to tell," Sheperd said. "He decides to tell after Karl says, 'It's a loan, I need the money back' after the stepdad defaults on a $125,000 loan." [...]
"A Cardinal Deposed" -- RCC.
   The Journal News, By JACQUES LE SOURD, October 28, 2004
   NEW YORK: "Sin (A Cardinal Deposed)," a new play that opened last night at the New Group's Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row, takes the vast - and heartbreaking - measure of the distance between a cardinal and his flock.
   On one side is a cardinal, Bernard F. Law (John Cullum) of Boston, who protests that he is not a corporate executive or politician, but "a pastor, a teacher, a father," and yet behaves exactly like any high-level bureaucrat.
   And on the other are the children who are traumatized for life by pedophile priests - losing their faith and sometimes their lives - and the shocked parents who tried for years to break through the religious wall of silence, to stop the abuse.
   The gap between the two was an unbridgeable one.
• High court rescinds order, rejects appeal of sex abuse lawsuits -- RCC.  
   WHO, /Global/story. asp?S=2491253
   DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court has rescinded an order in which it agreed to hear an appeal filed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport in two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.
   Supreme Court spokeswoman Rebecca Colton says that the staff always prepares two orders to hurry things along. She says she thinks the wrong copy was given to the justice on Tuesday and it was inadvertently signed. That was corrected yesterday, when another order was signed.
   The diocese contended that those lawsuits should be dismissed before coming to trial under a statute of limitations that bars old cases from being filed.
   Craig Levien, the attorney for at least 37 men alleging decades-old abuse by priests in the diocese, says the order strengthens the message sent Tuesday when the Supreme Court declined to delay a trial that is scheduled to begin Monday.
Irish priests seek changes in Church -- RCC. Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 27, 2004
   DUBLIN, Ireland ( - Catholic priests in Ireland are looking for changes in the Church, according to a survey conducted by the Irish Catholic, an independent newspaper.
   The Irish Catholic survey of 1,307 priests found that 58 percent of the respondents felt that the Church "has not changed enough in keeping with the times," while only 6 percent said there has been too much change.
   One proposed change clearly backed by the Irish priests was the introduction of a permanent deaconate; 78 percent of the respondents favored that move. There was also very strong support (74 percent) for the proposition that the Church has not adequately recognized the role of women.
• Priests marrying in haste is no answer -- 10 for RCs, 21 for C of Ireland.
   Irish Independent, irish_independent/ stories.php3?ca= 36&si=1275803 &issue_id=11598
   IRELAND: This year ten men were ordained to serve in the country's 26 Catholic dioceses. Also this year, 21 men and women were ordained to serve in the Church of Ireland. The Catholic Church is roughly ten times the size of the Church of Ireland meaning its vocations rate is only a fraction of the Church of Ireland's.
   Why the difference? Could the answer lie in the refusal of the Catholic Church to ordain married men and to even consider the ordination of women?
   A survey of 1,187 diocesan priests conducted by The Irish Catholic newspaper has found that 57pc of priests want the rule of celibacy changed. Oddly, given the experience of the Church of Ireland, only 37pc believe that abolishing the rule would increase vocations. The priests were not asked about women priests although 74pc believe the role of women in the Church is not great enough.
   This Pope will not abolish the rule of celibacy. His successor might, because a rule is all it is. It is not a dogma and so can be changed. In the Eastern Orthodox Churches, which are the closest theologically to the Catholic Church, married priests are permitted and always have been. Only monks and bishops are not allowed to be married.
   However, if the Church does abolish the rule it will not be out of consideration for the impact if might have on vocations. The effect of that would probably be fairly minimal. Although the Church of Ireland has a relatively healthy number of vocations, it is still far lower than it once was indicating that other factors are at work apart from celibacy in driving down the vocations' rate. The chief one is almost certainly the secularisation of society. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:39 AM]
   [COMMENT: The Church of Ireland is the successor Church to the Church of England, in Ireland. COMMENT ENDS.]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Thu October 28, 2004
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Unholy Orders. [1920s-70s] -- RCC. Orphanage/s. 450 Claimants. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn.  Scotland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Australia, "Storyline Australia: Unholy Orders," au/whatson/ index.php3? id=833 , Filmmaker Geraldine Gandolfo, Date as Oct 28, 2004
   AUSTRALIA and SCOTLAND: To be televised: Thursday 4 November at 8.30 pm
   Unholy Orders, which screens on SBS Television on Thursday 4 November at 8.30pm in the Storyline Australia timeslot, is an arresting documentary about a group of people fighting back against the Catholic nuns who abused and silenced them as children.
   In May 1997, newspapers broke the story of abuse in Scottish orphanages by nuns. A class action formed and quickly escalated to four hundred and fifty people. Claims are for abuse that spread from the 1920s to the late 1970s, charging the nuns with degrading and inhumane punishment. Cath Yeomans, now living in Australia, is the oldest claimant. She and her sisters spent ten years in an institution run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Glasgow.
   At 84, images of orphanage life continued to haunt Cath. Filmmaker Geraldine Gandolfo was introduced to Cath by a mutual friend and as Geraldine had made a successful compensation claim against the Catholic Church [for a "religious" sexual assault], she could support Cath during her court case. [..]
   The nuns' policy of separating siblings in the orphanages is a major issue in the class action. The short and long term effects are explored through Cath's relationship with her sisters and also the relationship between Paddy and Teresa Ryan, a brother and sister who were separated for eight years in the same institution.
   The Catholic Church's response is illustrated in the case of a Nazareth nun on trial for six weeks, in addition to the class action. Geraldine and some of the participants in the film join a crowd of survivors and press for the sentencing. Despite being found guilty on four charges, she was let off without a jail sentence or a fine. Even after this case, the Church and the nuns continued to deny that the abuse had taken place and refused to apologise.
   The class action went before the court in August 2004. The first point argued was a legal precedent, which prohibited claims of abuse before 1964. The appeal was lost. One hundred and fifty claimants, including all the people in this film, will be excluded from the class action by this ruling. Survivors are now fighting to have this law changed in the Scottish Parliament. # [Oct 28, 04]
#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Fri October 29, 2004 edition follows:-
Judge's reversal favors Roman Catholic clergy -- RCC. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Francisco Chronicle, by Henry K. Lee, Friday, October 29, 2004
   CALIFORNIA: The employment records of Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse should not be made public before a trial, an Alameda County judge said in an order made public Thursday.
   The order by Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw in Oakland reverses a tentative ruling he issued Oct. 12 that stated the content of priests' employment files, which had been sought by The Chronicle and other news media, was "a matter of public concern."
   In an order issued late Wednesday, however, Sabraw agreed with church attorneys who had argued that documents not yet formally admitted as evidence should not be made available to reporters under the First Amendment.
   Sabraw said certain documents could be sealed "without offending the First Amendment." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:26 PM]
• Abuse lawsuit filed [1973-74 Reardon; Hart] -- RCC. Boy.
   The Examiner, www.examiner. net/stories/ 102904/new_ 102904010.shtml , By Cherryh Butler
   MISSOURI: A Gladstone man has filed a lawsuit against several church officials, making allegations of sexual abuse and cover ups.
   Mike Hunter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP] said Tony Padilla claimed Father Thomas Reardon repeatedly and violently raped him in 1973 and 1974, while he attended St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City.
   Hunter said later when Padilla intended to get married, he approached then-Father Joseph Hart to perform the ceremony, but Hart attempted to sexually assault him.
   The suit names Father Thomas Reardon, who at one time was assigned to Santa Fe Church in Buckner, Hart, Bishop Raymond J. Boland, Father Patrick Rush and the Diocese of Kansas City.
• County Assessor's Office seeking property taxes on diocese headquarters -- RCC. 22 complainants.
   KVOA, http://kvoa. com/Global/story. asp?S=2498748& nav=HMO5SYk8
   TUCSON (AZ): The Catholic Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson claims it should be exempt from property taxes on the diocese's downtown headquarters.
   According to county Treasurer's Office records, property taxes for the building amount to $49,792 for the 2004 tax year.
   The Catholic Foundation already has paid $24,896 but wants the money refunded and filed a lawsuit last week against the Pima County Assessor's Office over the matter. ...
   The diocese, which oversees 350,000 Catholics in nine counties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Sept. 20 in the face of 22 lawsuits over sexual abuse by local clergy.
OC's Scariest People 2004 [Brown] -- RCC.
   Orange County Weekly
   This year, Brown purchased a $1.2 million home in a gated Santa Ana community to replace his current $1.2 million pad and pushed forth plans to build the $100 million Christ Our Savior Cathedral up the street from South Coast Plaza.
   All the while, His Excellency refuses to settle sex-abuse cases, make public documents that sex-abuse survivors claim will show church complicity in their rapes, and meet sex-abuse survivors.
   Brown's most cardinal sin, however, was the January hiring of a New York-based PR firm for about $350,000 to spin his pedo-lies. MITIGATING FACTOR: Can - and does - absolve himself.
Former Dominican leader says clergy need "mature sexuality" -- RCC. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 29, 2004
   SYDNEY, Australia ( - The former worldwide head of the Dominican order has argued that the sex-abuse scandal was caused in large part by a failure to train clergy in "mature sexuality."
   Father Timothy Radcliffe told an Australian radio audience: "Where we've had these scandals of sexual abuse, it's often, I think, because of a failure to help people to grow in that mature, equal relationship with other people."
   He argued that seminary training in the past has encouraged simplistic solutions to sexual problems, and that priests "can't [? missing word/s] the young unless they've pretty nakedly faced what goes on in their own hearts.".
• Public can't see all church records [Sabraw] -- RCC.  
   Oakland Tribune, www.oaklandtribune. com/Stories/0, 1413,82~1726~ 2499729,00.html By Glenn Chapman
   OAKLAND (CA) -- Potentially incriminating Catholic Church records of sexual abuse by priests or efforts to cover up those incidents are to be kept from public scrutiny for now, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.
   The decision by Judge Ronald Sabraw allows attorneys defending the Catholic Church to stamp "Confidential" on sensitive or revealing documents submitted to the court during the discovery phase of the approximately 160 sex-abuse civil lawsuits being coordinated under the title "Clergy III."
   The media will not be privy to paperwork labeled confidential until the documents become evidence at trial or are used to back requests to have cases dismissed, according to Sabraw's ruling. The public is to have the option of reviewing generic data gathered by the court.
   "If the church complies with the letter and spirit of the order, I would expect it would result in a substantial number of documents made public," said Larry Drivon, who is among the plaintiffs' attorneys in the "Clergy III" litigation. "Given the history ... a healthy dose of skepticism is appropriate."
   Drivon says the order should give the public access to "all but a very narrow group of documents."
Priest gets plea bargain, ending molestation trial [LeClaire] -- RCC.
   The Arizona Republic, by Jim Walsh, Oct. 29, 2004
   MESA (AZ) - A last-minute plea bargain allowed a priest accused of child molestation to receive a far shorter sentence and his victim to pursue his dream in the military.
   A day after his trial started in Maricopa County Superior Court, the Rev. Karl LeClaire pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault with sexual motivation. Charges of child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor were dropped.
   LeClaire, 48, former principal of Queen of Peace Catholic School in Mesa, now faces a sentence of three years' probation and a maximum of one year in jail. The plea also requires LeClaire to submit to DNA testing and to have no contact with his victim or children.
   He could have received 10 to 24 years in prison on the original charges.
• Diocese settlement totals $9M -- RCC. 37 claimants. Apology.
   Quad-City Times, internal.php? story_id=1038 323&l=1&t=Local+ News&c=2,1038323 , By Todd Ruger
   DAVENPORT (IA): The Catholic Diocese of Davenport announced an agreement Thursday to pay $9 million to settle 37 claims by people who say priests sexually abused them as children.
   The settlement concludes a month of negotiation and mediation during which the diocese said it would either settle or file for bankruptcy - but wouldn't allow the first lawsuit's trial to begin Monday.
   It ends more than a year of legal battles in all but one of 15 lawsuits filed against the diocese since May 2003, but not before the bishop made severe staff and service cutbacks at the diocese headquarters.
   Bishop William Franklin, in an afternoon news conference with plaintiffs' attorney Craig Levien, expressed a deep apology to the victims and the Catholic community.
• Victims: Diocese finally has taken responsibility -- RCC.
   Quad-City Times internal.php? story_id=1038322&t= Local+News&c= 2,1038322 , By Todd Ruger
   DAVENPORT (IA): Victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Davenport reacted to Thursday's settlement with mixed hearts.
   They cheered a "monumental day" for what they called the first time the diocese has taken responsibility for what happened to them.
   But they tempered that with the work that still remains in making sure the diocese properly handles future allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
   "I should be happy and overjoyed, but I'm not," said Mike Hitch of Oklahoma, who filed a lawsuit alleging abuse by former priest James Janssen.
   "There's a bit of sadness here I can't hardly explain," he said, adding that he believes other classmates from Fort Madison, Iowa, also were abused but haven't come forward.
• Two former local priests sued [1973-74 Reardon, Hart] -- RCC. Boys.
   The Kansas City Star, www.kansascity. com/mld/kansascity/ news/local/ 10042221.htm , By KEVIN MURPHY
   MISSOURI: A Gladstone man sued two former local priests on Thursday, alleging they had sexually abused him as a teenager 30 years ago.
   Tony Padilla, 48, accused Thomas M. Reardon and Joseph Hart of sexually abusing and exploiting him in 1973 and 1974 at the St. John Francis Regis parish in southeast Kansas City. Hart later became a bishop in Wyoming. He is now retired.
   The suit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
   Reardon and Hart also were sued in January by several men, some anonymously, who said that the priests had sexually abused them as boys. Reardon was sued again in June by a Kansas City man, who also alleged sexual abuse.
• Men allege church failed to protect against abuse [1970s Loholt] -- Mormon. Boys.
   The Seattle Times, http://seattletimes. localnews/2002076154_ mormon29m.html By Janet I. Tu
   SEATTLE (WA): Two local men have filed a lawsuit accusing officials in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of repeatedly failing to protect children from sexual abuse by one of its members, even after the man was convicted of child molestation.
   Kenneth Fleming of Kent and a second man who filed anonymously say they were sexually abused as boys in the late 1970s by Jack Loholt, formerly a priest in the local Kent ward of the Mormon church and a leader in a church-sponsored Boy Scout troop.
   Calls to Loholt's home in Lac La Hache, B.C., were not answered.
   Marcus Nash, a local attorney representing the Mormon church, said officials could not comment on the pending lawsuit other than to say the allegations would be vigorously contested.
Cardinal sin -- RCC.
   Blade, Friday, October 29, 2004
   NEW YORK: Few recent events are more shocking or dramatic than the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal. Clergy are said to have molested some 10,000 children in recent years. The church has paid up to $85 million in reparations already, with more to come.
   "Sin: A Cardinal Deposed," is a docudrama that relies on transcripts of depositions given by Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston on his failure to act on allegations of subordinate priests sexual abuse of young boys over the course of some 40 years.
   Unfortunately, actual testimony from a legal proceeding doesn't necessarily make for good theater. The play is agitprop. There's no character arc, no suspense and the cardinal admits nothing. The play falls into the class of Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil."
   It reduces suffering to a series of documents and pleading letters in which Law ignores the transgressions and transfers accused priests to other parishes despite the likelihood they will again come into contact with children.
   [COMMENT: "Few recent events are more shocking or dramatic ..." ? Surely the September 11, 2001 sneak murders of thousands in USA by people quoting religious teachings was far more shocking and dramatic. COMMENT ENDS.]
Davenport diocese settles cases -- RCC. 39 claims.
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 29, 2004
   DAVENPORT (IA): The Davenport Catholic Diocese on Thursday announced a $9 million settlement with dozens of men who have claimed that they were sexually abused as children by priests or have sued, alleging such abuse.
   The $9 million - a combination of diocese money and insurance payments - will be divided among the men who have filed 39 claims or lawsuits against the diocese.
   Bishop William Franklin and the men's lawyer, Craig Levien, said the settlement sets specific criteria for how the money would be divided among the victims, but they would not describe those criteria.
   Levien said the settlement does not affect the plaintiffs' lawsuits against individual priests, and they will go forward.
• Diocese pays sex abuse victim's therapy bill -- RCC.
   Portland Press Herald, http://pressherald. news/state /041029gagnon.shtml By JOHN RICHARDSON
   MAINE: Maine's Roman Catholic diocese said Thursday it has paid to settle a small-claims lawsuit by a man who was sexually abused by a Biddeford priest.
   But David Gagnon, the victim, said he plans to pursue a trial anyway because church leaders are still not admitting responsibility for his therapy and could refuse to pay future bills.
   Gagnon, 39, was sexually abused by the Rev. Michael Doucette when Gagnon was a boy and a parishioner at St. Andre's Church in Biddeford. Gagnon signed a settlement with the diocese and Doucette in 1993, and Doucette has since been removed from ministry.
   Gagnon now lives in Canada and has been submitting therapy bills to the diocese, which has pledged to pay for the counseling of victims.
• Church settles with victims of priest abuse -- RCC.
   Courier, www.wcfcourier. com/articles/2004/ 10/29/news/breaking_ news/d02dd53bbd622 74886256f3c003a3cba.txt ; Oct 29, 2004
   DAVENPORT (IA) (AP) --- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport announced that it has agreed to settle 37 claims of sexual abuse by priests for $9 million.
   The deal allows the diocese to avoid immediate bankruptcy and avert a series of trials potentially embarrassing to the church's handling of priests accused of abuse in the last 50 years.
   "This has been a tragic time for our church," Bishop William Franklin said during a press conference Thursday. "It is my prayer that true healing may now begin in the Diocese of Davenport."
   Franklin and lawyers for the diocese had said that without a settlement, the diocese most likely would file for bankruptcy, a process that would have exposed the diocese to unprecedented financial scrutiny.
• Abuse victims stage 'Tears of a Clown' -- RCC. Ireland flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Irish Independent, irish_independent/ stories.php3? ca=9&si=1276465 &issue_id=11608 , by David Quinn, Religious Affairs Correspondent, Fri, Oct 29 04
   IRELAND: A play written and performed by victims of abuse in religious-run institutions is set to run in Andrew's Lane Theatre, Dublin.
   The play has been backed to the tune of €15,000 by the National Office for Victims of Abuse (NOVA).
   Moreover, it has been produced by the Leanbh Aislinn Theatre Group.
   The Group is an offshoot of the Aislinn Centre, a victim support group led by Christine Buckley, a former resident of Goldenbridge Orphanage. Called 'Tears of a Clown', it has been written by Glenn Gannon, himself a former resident of Goldenbridge. It will run in the Andrews Lane Theatre from November 2 to November 6. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:05 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Fri October 29, 2004
Abuse Chronology:
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Immediate police checks for Catholic school teachers. -- RCC. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   CathNews from Church Resources, Australia, , Oct 29, 2004
   MELBOURNE (Victoria, Australia): Thousands of Victorian Catholic school teachers who have never been screened for criminal offences will be required to have a police check.
   The Age reports today that under the new agreement between the education arm of the Catholic Church and the Victorian Independent Education Union, Catholic school teachers who are yet to be screened for a criminal record will be directed to be checked immediately. All checks are expected to be completed by the end of next year.
   It is estimated that about half the state's 16,000 Catholic school teachers are yet to be checked.
   The agreement comes just weeks after police swooped on a principal and teacher at two separate Catholic primary schools for allegedly downloading child pornography.
   In light of the recent national crackdown on internet child pornography, the State Government also moved this week to check about 4000 public school teachers and education staff who have slipped through the system.
   However, critics of the Government's system have raised concerns that the checks on public school teachers are voluntary. Under the Catholic system, employers will require the police checks take place, but if teachers refuse, it is believed a directive may be issued.
   Victorian Independent Education Union general secretary Tony Keenan confirmed a deal had been struck for immediate police checks when contacted by The Age last night. He said the system would allow for consistency and fairness across the sector.
   "We didn't want a system where it would be left to individual schools to do it because people would have been treated differently school by school. Schools wouldn't have handled it in the same way," he said.
   Some Catholic school teachers have expressed concerns that minor offences they committed several decades ago that are unrelated to teaching will be exposed by the new checks.
   SOURCE:Immediate police checks for Catholic school teachers (The Age 29/10/04)
Catholic Education Commission Victoria
Church names Melbourne teacher in child pornography probe (CathNews 5/10/04)
Catholic teachers nailed in child porn swoop (CathNews 1/10/04)
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#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Sat October 30, 2004 edition follows:-
• Catholics rally to support 'Priesthood Sunday' -- RCC. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Toledo Blade, www.toledoblade. com/apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20041030/ NEWS10/4103 0009/-1/NEWS , Saturday, October 30, 2004
   UNITED STATES: Catholic parishes throughout the United States will rally in support of their priests tomorrow with a day of prayer, dialogue, and celebration.
   "Priesthood Sunday" is a one-day celebration of the clerics first observed in 2003 as a reaction to "the shadows cast over all priests by the sex-abuse crisis," organizers said.
   Lay leaders of U.S. parishes are asked to develop a way of marking Priesthood Sunday with special liturgies, celebrations, and discussions between priests and parishioners. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:19 PM]
• Kicanas up for key post in U.S. Catholic Church; The bishop of the Tucson Diocese is nominated for the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. -- RCC.
   Tucson Citizen, www.tucsoncitizen. com/index.php? page=local&story_ id=103004a4_ kicanas , By SHERYL KORNMAN, Saturday, October 30, 2004
   TUCSON (AZ): Gerald F. Kicanas, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson, could be the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   Kicanas is among 10 nominees from throughout the United States for the top post. The president is a key leader of the Catholic Church in the United States.
   Kicanas, three other bishops, four archbishops and two cardinals are nominees. ...
   Last month, after months of preparing the public and Catholics throughout southern Arizona for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Kicanas announced Sept. 20 that he filed Chapter 11 papers to provide "just and fair" compensation "to those who have been harmed" by the church.
   A deadline of April 15 has been agreed upon by Kicanas and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for individuals to file claims against the church that allege sexual misconduct.
• Church abuse focus of database -- RCC.
   The Dallas Morning News, www.dallasnews. com/sharedcontent/ dws/dn/religion/ stories/103104dnmet priests.80b89.html ; By DOUG J. SWANSON, Saturday, October 30, 2004
   DALLAS (TX): For 11 years, Dallas lawyer Sylvia Demarest and her staff have collected and cataloged information on thousands of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct. Last week, surrounded by stacks of boxes, Ms. Demarest began taking her research public. [ ] expects to post the database online by early next year.
   "It'll be the most comprehensive database of priests with allegations and convictions in the United States, and probably in the world," said Paul Baier, co-director of the site.
   The database contains the names of about 2,600 "priest perpetrators" and other Catholic officials who have been accused of sexually abusing children, Ms. Demarest said. The information was assembled from public sources, such as court filings and press reports.
• Fresh child abuse claim against church [1970s-80s ? Robinson] -- RCC. Britain flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ic Coventry, http://iccoventry. 0100news/0100localnews/ tm_objectid=14814781& method=full&siteid= 50003&headline= fresh-child-abuse- claim-against-church- name_page.html ; By Martin Smith, Oct 30 2004
   BRITAIN: The Roman Catholic Church is facing another massive lawsuit from a Coventry man who claims he was sexually abused as a child by a priest.
   The alleged victim, now a married businessman in his thirties, claims he was abused by Father James Robinson.
   He is claiming £250,000 damages in a High Court writ served this week.
   The man, who doesn't want to be publicly identified, is suing the Archbishop of Birmingham and trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese, which covers the Coventry area.
   He maintains that the abuse started when he was 11 and continued for up to two years.
Priest to stand trial for rape and assault -- RCC. Woman. Trinidad flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Express, By Hayden Mills, Saturday, October 30th 2004
   PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD: A Roman Catholic priest was yesterday committed to stand trial for raping and assaulting a woman.
   The 38-year-old priest stood before Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls in the Port of Spain Inquests Court as the preliminary enquiry into the allegations came to an end.
   He was represented by attorneys Desmond Allum SC and Gregory Delzin.
   Attorneys Israel Khan SC and Debra James appeared for the State.
   It is alleged against the priest that on March 19 in Port of Spain he raped the 38-year-old woman whom he had assaulted three days earlier.
• Negotiations cease with former priest [Janssen, Bass, Wiebler, Geerts, Shafer.] -- RCC. $US9m, 37 plaintiffs.  
   Quad-City Times, internal.php?story_ id=1038394&l= 1&t=Local+ News&c=2,1038394 , By Kay Luna
   CLINTON, Iowa - The attorney for former Catholic priest James Janssen publicly ceased negotiations Friday to settle civil cases by plaintiffs accusing Janssen of sexually abusing them as children, claiming the offer required too much money.
   One day after the Catholic Diocese of Davenport announced a $9 million settlement with 37 plaintiffs in Clinton and Scott county cases, Quad-City attorney Edward Wehr questioned why the plaintiffs want trials against the accused priests to go forward. He called a settlement offer made Thursday financially unrealistic for the former priest.
   At this point, trials are expected to move forward against Janssen, recently removed from the priesthood by the pope, and four other accused priests: The Rev. Francis Bass, the Rev. William Wiebler, the late Rev. Theodore Geerts and Vicar General Monsignor Drake Shafer.
   The plaintiffs' attorney, Craig Levien, said his clients are not as interested in monetary damages from the priests as they are proving publicly the men did sexually abuse them.
   "It may be necessary to try these cases," Levien said. "It is the plaintiffs' desire to get the truth out, and they are willing to go to court for that if necessary."
• Catholicism in crisis? -- RCC. Author Peter Steinfels to speak.
   York Daily Record, http://ydr. com/story/ religion/47424 , Saturday, October 30, 2004
   EMMITSBURG (MD): Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., will host Peter Steinfels, a Catholic writer and educator, who will speak in the Knott Auditorium on the future of the Catholic church 7 p.m. Nov. 17.
   Steinfels writes the biweekly column "Beliefs" for the New York Times and is the author of "The Neoconservatives: The Men Who Are Changing American Politics" and "A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America," published last summer.
   Steinfels believes the Catholic Church in the United States must transform itself or suffer irreversible decline, and that even before the recent revelations of sexual abuse by priests, the combination of generational change and the thinning ranks of priests and nuns are creating a crisis in the church.
• Lawyer says accused ex-pastor was abuse victim [2000s Harmon] -- Baptist. Boys
   Middletown Journal, www.middletown content/news/stories/ 2004/10/29/mj 1030minister.html ; Friday, October 29, 2004
   LEBANON (OH) - Claude Steven Harmon, the former Warren County pastor accused of molesting boys at the church parsonage, was perpetuating the cycle of sexual abuse he experienced as a boy, his lawyer said Friday.
   "This happened to him when he was a young boy. It's a very complex thing," lawyer Jeff Kirby told Cox News Service in an interview Friday.
   Harmon, 47, remains in the Warren County Jail charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition. Harmon is accused of sexually abusing two boys, one under the age of 13, the other under 16, at the Maineville Baptist Church parsonage.
   "He feels badly for them," Kirby said.
   Police said Harmon admitted molesting six boys, while prosecutors continue to examine evidence he downloaded and stored child pornography on church computers.
   While acknowledging Harmon was guilty of the sexual abuse, Kirby said the former Bible study author was - in a pattern common in sexual abuse cases - both victim and violator.
• Former pastor enters guilty pleas [1970s onwards Peckham] Jubilee Christian Fellowship / Methodist. -- Males.
   The Joplin Globe, www.joplinglobe. com/story.php? story_id=139031& c=87 , by Jeff Lehr, Oct/30/04
   MISSOURI: Former Sarcoxie minister Donald Peckham changed his plea to guilty Friday on both counts of child-sexual abuse he was facing and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
   Peckham, 71, pleaded guilty in Jasper County Circuit Court to one count of first-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sodomy in a plea agreement with the Jasper County prosecutor's office.
   Under terms of the agreement, Circuit Judge Jon Dermott sentenced Peckham to 15 years in prison on the first count and seven years in prison on the second count, with the two sentences to run concurrently.
   The charges involved young adult, male victims who said they were sexually molested by Peckham when they were minors.
   One alleged that Peckham performed an oral sex act on him 12 years ago when he was a 13-year-old boy in a rabbit shed behind Peckham's former home in Sarcoxie. The other involved a victim who alleged Peckham had performed the same act on him eight years ago when he was 14.
   Prosecutor Dean Dankelson said the plea agreement closes the book on an investigation of the former minister of Jubilee Christian Fellowship Church in Sarcoxie that at one time was looking at as many as 12 possible child-sexual abuse victims.
   "We thought these were the two cases we could make with victims who were willing to testify and were not barred by the statute of limitations," Dankelson said.
   While some of the alleged victims involved were reluctant to testify, Dankelson said the investigation did not turn up any victims believed to have been making false claims against Peckham.
   Peckham was the subject of a high-profile missing-person case in late June and early July that turned into a child sexual-abuse investigation. He disappeared on June 21 while purportedly on his way to visit an ailing congregation member at a Joplin hospital. He was located by detectives 17 days later in San Antonio, Texas, and brought back to Missouri where the allegations of child-sexual abuse began surfacing.
   Publicity about his disappearance and return from Texas caused buried allegations of a similar nature to resurface in Kansas as well where he had been pastor at several Methodist churches prior to moving to Sarcoxie 30 years ago.
   Peckham has remained in jail since the first charge was filed against him in July. His church, which removed him as minister in the wake of his arrest, reportedly has been struggling to stay intact, with Peckham's wife, Lorraine, conducting services in recent weeks.
   Sarcoxie residents had varied reactions to his change of plea on Friday.
   "I think - with all that's come out - that nobody's going to be overly shocked (by the change of plea)," said Don Sullivan, pastor of Freedom Christian Fellowship church in Sarcoxie.
   He said many of the town's residents will probably view the plea change as "a blessing" that Peckham has decided not to put his family and others through the difficulties that a trial might present.
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Suspended sentence in sex-assault case [1996 Solorio-Arias] -- Church not named.
   The Coloradoan, By COURTNEY LINGLE, ; Saturday, October 30, 2004
   COLORADO: A child sex-assault case that has dragged on for months and polarized members of a large and once tight-knit family came to an end Friday with a plea disposition and immediate sentence that released the defendant from custody.
   Jaime Solorio-Arias, 50, of El Paso, Texas, was free Friday on a suspended three-year sentence for attempted sexual assault on a child.
   A plea agreement reduced the original charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, which carries a sentence of up to 16 years in prison. [...]
   The case against Solorio-Arias stemmed from a 1996 incident in which the man forced a 14-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him whiled the boy was visiting his Fort Collins home.
   Solorio-Arias' son and the victim's brother were watching a movie in the same room when the abuse occurred, authorities said.
   The victim's family claims Solorio-Arias was a pastor at the time of the incident, and they kept quiet for years after a high-ranking church official told them not to report the incident to authorities.
• Diocese to turn sex claims over to prosecutor -- RCC.
   Quad-City Times, www.qctimes. com/internal. php?story_id= 1038398&l=1&t= Local+News&c= 2,1038398 , By Ann McGlynn
   DAVENPORT (IA): Any report of sexual abuse made against clergy or employees of the Catholic Diocese of Davenport will be turned over immediately to the Scott County Attorney's office for criminal investigation and without screening by the diocese, according to an agreement announced Friday.
   The agreement, signed by Bishop William Franklin and Scott County Attorney Bill Davis, applies to past and future abuse allegations. In addition, the names of clergy accused of abuse in a February diocesan report - both those publicly identified and those who were not - will be turned over to the county attorney's office Monday morning, officials said.
   The bishop "personally shall report" abuse allegations to the attorney's office and encourage all clergy and employees to report possible abuse to the bishop and the attorney's office, the agreement states.
   Catholic officials in Brooklyn, N.Y., have a similar agreement that has been in effect for about a year with county prosecutors there, Davis said. He is hopeful other counties in the eastern Iowa diocese will enact similar agreements.
   Davis acknowledged that the statute of limitations may come into play with past cases. And people who have died cannot be prosecuted.
With abuse came theft from church; Priests accused of stealing money to lure in victims -- RCC.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, By MICHELLE NICOLOSI, investigative reporter, Saturday, October 30, 2004
   SEATTLE (WA): Recently defrocked Seattle priest John Cornelius made headlines over the past several years as one man after another came forward to accuse him of sexual abuse.
   Less known is the fact that Cornelius -- who allegedly lavished some of his accusers and their families with cash, gifts and vacations -- diverted thousands of dollars of church money for personal expenses, according to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.
   "Our investigation showed there was clear, inappropriate diversion of funds," said Patrick Sursely, financial director of the archdiocese. Sursely said Cornelius paid back the money, and the archdiocese subsequently limited his ability to deal with parish finances.
   Cornelius is one of "a significant number" of priests nationwide accused of both sexual abuse and misuse of church money. The combination is important, experts say, because many priests accused of abuse used church money to attract their victims.
• Few safeguards made it easy to skim from the collection [Cornelius] -- RCC.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, , By Michelle Nicolosi, Investigative reporter, Saturday, October 30, 2004
   SEATTLE (WA): Financial practices common in Roman Catholic churches around the country before the 1980s left plenty of opportunity for theft.
   Often the collection was placed overnight in a safe with a widely known combination; in some parishes one person -- a priest or a lay person -- was in charge of counting the collection and taking it to the bank.
   In many cases, there was little to prevent someone from taking a few hundred from the collection each week, and little chance of detecting such routine skimming, a number of priests said.
   "I would say -- having been a pastor -- that if pastors wanted to skim, it would not take a world-class criminal to find a way," said Pat Callahan, who resigned after 15 years as a Catholic priest to marry.
   "Particularly in a large parish where the collection is $3,000 or $5,000 a week, if you took a couple hundred a week" the theft would likely not be noticed, he said. [...]
   National guidelines say that cash and checks should be deposited every day. Some parishes in Seattle and around the country still leave the collection in the rectory safe overnight. Many parishes protect against theft by keeping the cash in numbered, tamperproof bags, but some do not, said Patrick Sursely, finance director for the Seattle Archdiocese.
   Often, officials don't realize someone is stealing from the church until new controls are put in place. One parish recently began putting the collection in tamper-proof bags, and the average collection shot up $200, said Kathy McKinless, retired partner at KPMG, one of the nation's leading auditing firms. McKinless now works part time at the Archdiocese of Washington in Washington, D.C.
   Sursely said he does not know of any priest -- besides John Cornelius -- accused of misappropriation of funds in the Seattle archdiocese during the 17 years he's been finance director. Spokesmen from the Yakima and Spokane dioceses said they are not aware of any priests accused of both sexual abuse and theft. #
Cases around country show theft-abuse link -- RCC. 13 named.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, By MICHELLE NICOLOSI, 206-448-8217 or , Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter, Saturday, October 30, 2004
   UNITED STATES: In more than a dozen cases investigated by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, priests accused of abuse were also accused of stealing from the church:
  • Defrocked Seattle priest John Cornelius misappropriated thousands of dollars of church money to cover personal expenses, according to an investigation by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.
       The investigation of Cornelius' financial dealings was limited to the use of funds from one bequest of about $60,000, and found that Cornelius had spent some of the cash on personal expenses, said archdiocese finance director Patrick Sursely.
       Cornelius paid back the money, and the archdiocese limited his authority to deal with parish finances, he said. Cornelius said he had no comment.
  • One man who said he was frequently propositioned by Monsignor Thomas O'Brien in Missouri when he was a teen said O'Brien repeatedly pocketed cash left by parishioners who came to the church to light prayer candles.
       "Part of my duties was to go over and pick up the money from the little collection box where people light candles and say prayers," said Tom Scanlon, who owns a car dealership and lives in Stilwell, Kan.
       "A number of times when I'd bring that over to him he would just take it and slide it into his pocket." There have been at least five abuse allegations against O'Brien, who has been removed from ministry. Officials at the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph say they know of no financial misconduct by O'Brien. The allegations were never brought to the diocese, said spokeswoman Rebecca Summers. O'Brien "categorically denies" all allegations of sexual abuse and theft, said his attorney Gerald McGonagle.
  • Monsignor Patrick O'Shea of San Francisco was indicted on 224 counts of sexual abuse and, according to court documents, stole $187,000 from the church. O'Shea bought a boat and vacation homes where he took his victims, and bought other gifts and enticements to lure victims, said Linda Klee, who prosecuted the sexual abuse case against O'Shea for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
       "He always took them in a new sports car that he would let them drive. He would take them on trips. He took one boy on a trip to Ireland, took one to meet the pope, took one to Mexico," said Klee. "I think it would be difficult to do that on a priest's salary. How would you afford that?" Attracting victims "doesn't require money, it just makes it easier when you have money," said Klee. "In the case of O'Shea, the church gave him access to a large number of kids, and the money made it easy." O'Shea was defrocked, but the criminal abuse charges were ultimately dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed, Klee said.
  • In Cincinnati, alleged abuse victim Andrew Smith told police the Rev. Richard Arko bought him 10 cars and motorcycles over the years and let him stay rent-free in a house he owned, said Smith's attorney James Gatskie. Smith told the police that he and Arko took money from the collection for personal expenses. The police investigated and found that money had indeed been stolen from the collection, but they couldn't prove that Arko had been involved in the theft, said Lt. Thad Hete with the Norton Police Department in Ohio.
       Arko was recently convicted on felony drug charges after police found 35 marijuana plants growing in a spare room in his rectory. He is on a leave of absence. Arko has said he did not abuse anyone or steal from the church, said his attorney Donald Varian. Varian said he doesn't know whether Arko bought Smith cars, but confirmed that Arko did let the man stay in a house he owned.
  • Alleged victim Steve Sanchez in Los Angeles said the priest who allegedly abused him -- the Rev. Clinton Hagenbach -- used money from the collection to support his expensive habit of buying cars, motorcycles, gifts and outings for many boys. Eighteen men have accused Hagenbach of abuse. Officials at the Los Angeles Archdiocese said they have no evidence Hagenbach -- now dead -- ever stole from the church.
  • Two alleged victims of defrocked New Jersey priest James Hanley said he took money from the collection to buy them gifts and other enticements. More than 20 men have accused Hanley of abuse. Hanley could not be reached for comment.
  • A Rhode Island priest who later moved to the Fort Worth Diocese in Texas was convicted of stealing more than $120,000 from the church in the 1990s. Two men later accused the priest of abuse, and he has been removed from ministry.
       According to a Dallas Morning News report at the time, "prosecutors said he used some of the money for tropical vacations with adolescent boys and once gave a teenager he met in a park enough money to get a car." He has denied the sexual abuse charges.
  • A priest in the Rockford Diocese in Illinois, convicted of stealing more than $200,000 from the church in the 1990s, was later accused of sexual abuse by four men and was removed from the ministry.
  • A monsignor removed from ministry in Alaska after he was accused of sexually abusing more than five boys from the 1960s to the 1980s was also found to have misappropriated church cash. As is often the case, the priest had a lot of discretion over spending, and parish records were often incomplete, said Jim Gorski, an attorney representing the Anchorage Archdiocese.
  • In Santa Rosa, Calif., a priest accused of abuse by several men was also caught stealing at least $10,000 from the church. Officials there say he has left the priesthood and the country.
  • The Rev. Ronald Yarrosh of the Diocese of Allentown in Pennsylvania was charged in May with 110 counts of felony sexual abuse of children; he is also under investigation for possible embezzlement, said diocese director of communications Matt Kerr. The sexual abuse charges are all related to the possession of child pornography, Kerr said. Yarrosh has been removed from ministry.
  • A priest removed from ministry after being accused of abuse in Toledo, Ohio, also took more than $30,000 from his religious order, according to a report published in the Toledo City Paper. Calls and e-mails to the order were not returned.
  • The Rev. Richard Ruffalo was accused of molesting two boys in the Joliet Diocese in Illinois. One anonymous alleged victim told the local newspaper, The Herald News, that Ruffalo stole from his parish's collection on a regular basis. The paper reported that Ruffalo, who has since died, led an "extravagant lifestyle" and that he took boys on frequent trips to Las Vegas and flew two boys to California first class. Diocese spokesman John Cullen said the diocese has "no record of Father Ruffalo being accused of stealing money from anyone." #
    • Diocese argues for priest sex abuse suits' dismissal [1970s-80s] -- RCC.
       The Morning Call, news/local/all-b3_ 1priestsexoct30, 0,3058548.story? coll=all-news local-hed ; By Chris Parker
       ALLENTOWN (PA): Lawyers for the Allentown Catholic Diocese told a panel of Schuylkill County judges Friday that two men who say they were molested by priests more than 20 years ago waited too long to sue.
       The diocese is asking the court to dismiss both cases, arguing that the two-year deadline to file a civil lawsuit seeking money for injuries has elapsed. The incidents allegedly began in 1966 for one accuser, then 10, and in 1978 for the other, age 14.
       Attorney Jay N. Abramowitch of Wyomissing, near Reading, argued that the plaintiffs didn't discover until 2002, through the media, that the diocese had harmed them by hiding incidents of sexual abuse and that is when the two-year period started.
       Diocese attorney Joseph F. Leeson Jr. of Bethlehem said the fact a wrongdoing was publicly disclosed has no legal bearing on incidents that happened many years ago.
    • Diocese of Green Bay shuffles leadership -- RCC.
       The Post-Crescent,
       GREEN BAY (WI) - Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Green Bay recently announced changes to his administrative team, which take effect Jan. 1.
       "In making these appointments I looked for the very best people to help me lead the church of Green Bay into the future," Zubik said in a statement.
       "Also, it is important that there be an inclusion of strong leadership from the ranks of our deacons and laity - women and men alike." ...
       Sister Mary Bride Grubbs, who has been serving as diocesan chancellor and assistance coordinator, will be relieved of her chancellor responsibilities so she can give her full attention to that of assistance coordinator.
       "With the increased responsibilities in the area of providing for a safe environment for all members of the church of Green Bay and for the need to maintain contact with all those who are in any way affected by the issues of sexual misconduct, it is imperative that this position become full time," Zubik said.
    Group urges investigation into church sex-abuse scandal -- RCC.
       Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, October 30, 2004
       DAVENPORT (IA): One day after the Davenport Catholic Diocese announced a $9 million settlement with dozens of men who alleged they were abused by priests as children, an out-of-state group suggested that the state's top lawyer investigate the diocese.
       Officials with issued a news release Friday asking the Iowa attorney general to seek a grand jury investigation of the Davenport diocese's handling of sexual-abuse allegations over the past 50 years.
       The nonprofit Web site lists its mission as providing a national archive of documents to hold bishops and church leaders accountable for their role in the national Catholic sex-abuse scandal.
       The Web site's founder and co-director, Terence McKiernan, of Massachusetts, said the financial settlement could "close the book on 50 years of corporate diocesan responsibility for these crimes against children."
    • Ex-Maxwell chaplain to serve prison time for sex abuse; The Rev. Barry E. Ryan pleaded guilty to molesting boy in New York [- 2003 Ryan] -- RCC. Military chaplain. Boy.  
       Mobile Register, mobileregister/ index.ssf?/base/ news/10991279 169430.xml , By STEVE MYERS, Saturday, October 30, 2004
       ALABAMA: A former military chaplain accused of sexual misconduct in the mid-1990s while stationed in the Montgomery area will serve two years in prison for molesting a boy in New York, according to a law enforcement official and the boy's mother.
       The Rev. Barry E. Ryan pleaded guilty last month to second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. He will begin his sentence Dec. 1, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County, N.Y., district attorney's office.
       The 56-year-old priest originally was charged with three crimes: two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Clifford wrote in an e-mail.
       Ryan is critically ill with cancer and "is not expected to survive the year," Clifford wrote in an e-mail.
       Shortly after the Mobile Register contacted Ryan in April 2003 to inquire about what happened in Montgomery, the priest left his Stuart, Fla., high school teaching job for medical reasons, according to a school official.
       Ryan was one of several priests named by the Archdiocese of Mobile in response to a request by the Mobile County district attorney's office for information about sexually abusive priests.
       Ryan was ordained in 1976, served at two Brooklyn, N.Y., churches and entered the military as a chaplain in 1984. He was assigned to Maxwell Air Force Base near Montgomery in 1993.
       Maxwell, Ryan's only apparent connection to the Archdiocese of Mobile, was his last assignment. The military investigated him for unspecified misconduct in 1994, according to court documents. According to the church, he requested a leave of absence in 1995 and was discharged from the military the same year.
       Since then, he has not been allowed to minister as a priest. He ended up in Stuart, about 40 miles north of Palm Beach. School officials said last year that they didn't know of any accusation against him prior to being contacted by the Register.
       Ryan was named Teacher of the Year while at the school.
       Frank DeRosa, a spokesman for the Diocese of Brooklyn, has said Ryan's job was fine with the church, in part because another teacher was always present with the priest, though he didn't elaborate on why that would be the case.
       After the most recent allegation, Ryan was sent to St. Luke Institute, a treatment center for abusive priests in Maryland. According to Clifford, Ryan wrote in his confession that he received treatment for pedophilia, depression and alcoholism.
       Clifford wrote that he could not provide any information about the crime in New York because of the age of the victim. Newsday has reported that the abuse occurred in a private home between May and October 2003, while the priest was visiting Long Island.
       "The victim's family accepted the two-year sentence without complaint," Clifford wrote in an e-mail. The victim's mother, however, has criticized Ryan's sentence in correspondence with the Register.
       She wrote in an e-mail that the assistant district attorney handling the case told her that Ryan will not serve his time in prison, but will instead be sent to St. Luke Institute because he is so sick.
       "It comes as quite a shock that a so-called man of God" can sexually attack a 6-year old boy" and not serve any jail time even after admitting to all charges against him," wrote the mother in an e-mail.
       In most cases, the Register does not identify victims of sex crimes and agreed not to identify the mother because it would expose her son.
       Clifford responded to the mother's comments by stating that "Mr. Ryan will serve his term in prison."
       "It sickens me to think of how many other victims there must be out there," the mother wrote. "How many of these brutal attacks on innocent children could have been prevented if the church had lived up to its legal, moral and ethical obligations?"
       Ryan's attorney in New York declined to comment on the case. # [Emphasis added] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:59 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker , Sat October 30, 2004
    Abuse Chronology:
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    • The New Paedophiles - Special Report. -- Federal Police and MAKO's facts. 2177 pornography charges. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
       New Idea magazine, Australia, [p 22, issue dated Oct 30, 2004], see MAKO (Movement Against Kindred Offenders), au/makomedia 16.html , by Bronwyn Marquardt, Oct 30, 2004
       AUSTRALIA: Australia is still reeling in horror as more details emerge of Operation Auxin, Australia's first major crackdown on internet child pornography.
       The Australian Federal Police have confirmed that teachers, a child-care centre owner, a nurse, pastor, a counsellor, executives and even police officers have been involved in internet-based crimes against our children. At the time of going to press, 2177 charges had been laid and 214 arrests or summonses were made.
       Dismissing the usual stereotype of 'dirty old men', commander of the NSW Child Protection and Sex Crime squad Superintendent Kim McKay described many of those charged is: 'Mr Joe Average. He is married with children and a good job.'
       Most of the alleged offenders were, until now, respected members of the community. Many were known to their victims and even loved by them.
       And that's exactly why parents are panicking. We've told our kids about stranger danger, but how do we tell them they need to be wary of the people we trust to take care of them?
       How do we warn them that it's not just strangers they need to be afraid of, but family and friends who are supposed to love them?
       Kylie Newman is a co-founder of MAKO (Movement Against Kindred Offenders), a non-profit organisation of concerned people who lobby for harsher penalties for sex offenders, and she says no one is safe.
       'That's not being alarmist, that's being realistic,' she states. 'You can't trust anyone anymore and parents need to be suspicious of anyone who deals with their kids.'
       MAKO, which is calling for mandatory and lengthy jail terms for all paedophiles, has compiled a list of 1050 convicted sex offenders and has posted it on the internet.
       MAKO's website has photographs of some offenders and it has even organised letterbox deliveries to notify more than 60 communities of paedophiles living secretly amongst them. The scary part is, many of the offenders have been found living within 500 metres of schools, kindergartens and playgrounds.
       Kylie admits that civil rights campaigners have criticised MAKO's actions as an invasion of privacy but says: 'The human rights of children are more important than the rights of convicted sex offenders. It's criminal for parents not to know.
       'Notifying the public about sex offenders and their whereabouts has nothing to do with shaming them; it's about preventing victims and deterring offenders. We are about encouraging parents to be vigilant, not vigilantes.
       'There is a high percentage of re-offending among paedophiles and research shows they are unlikely to ever change. We have no doubt we have helped unsuspecting parents keep their children safe.'
       Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre within the Australian Federal Police Mike Phelan says the internet has allowed paedophiles to flourish and increased the availability and acceptance of hard-core child pornography.
       'Some people involved in this type of activity do not see the viewing and dissemination of photos to be a crime, but every child pornographic image portrays a real victim and records an act of abuse against a child', he says.
    (By courtesy of MAKO [Oct 30, 04]
    THE NEW PAEDOPHILES - Special Report. -- Case study.
       New Idea, "The New Paedophiles; The 'dirty old man' stereotype is a thing of the past -- now children must be wary of people they trust; Special Report, " by Bronwyn Marquardt, pp 22-23, Oct 30, 2004
       AUSTRALIA: Single mum-of-two Sarah has been living every mother's nightmare since she found out her 'perfect' fiance was abusing her daughter Anna.
       Sarah had fallen for a senior colleague, Peter, at work four years earlier and at the time thought she had found the man of her dreams.
       I was vulnerable, she admits. 'I was financially insecure, my ex-husband lived overseas, and I was bringing up my son and daughter from that marriage on my own.
       'Then I met Peter and he offered me the world. He had a good job, he loved me and he was wonderful with the kids, particularly Sarah. She even called him Daddy,' Sarah explains. [...]
       One night, when Anna was seven, Sarah walked past Anna's room and saw Peter sitting on her bed.
       'In that moment, I just got a feeling I can't describe, but I suppose it was a mother's instinct that something wasn't right,' Sarah says.
       The next morning ... Sarah went into Anna's room ... she ... looked at me in a funny way ... started to cry.
       Sarah was devastated. ... she and the kids left the house that same day. [...]
       ... by Anna's side as she talked to the police ... counsellors ... internal medical examination [...]
       'I felt guilty that I'd brought Peter into her life ...'
       Peter ... two counts of sexual assault ... two ... digital rape. ... denied ... eventually ... pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced in the near future. [...]
       ... Operation Auxin ... 'I'm relieved there is finally something being done, but I think it's just the tip of the iceberg,' she adds.
       ... The police have told me that what Peter did to us is pretty common with paedophiles. They pick a vulnerable mother and groom them to get to the kids. [...]
    • All names have been changed.
       (Have you got a story, inquiry or comment? Talk to New Idea! HOTLINE 1800 809 346.) [Oct 30, 04]
    • What parents can do -- The New Paedophiles. -- 18 tips for parents.
       New Idea, by Bronwyn Marquardt, p 23, Oct 30, 2004
  • Teach your kids [children] sex education. Even toddlers can be told parts of their body covered by bathing suits are private. [...]
  • Warn them it's not just strangers who hurt kids. [...]
  • If they seem scared or uneasy about an adult, ask why. [...]
  • Remind them that some paedophiles are teenagers, or have women to help them.
  • If you catch your partner looking at child pornography, or suspect him of being a paedophile, get help.
  • Talk to the police, call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, visit , or contact the Internet Watch Foundation , an organisation that works with governments and telecommunications operators to stamp out illegal internet content.
  • You can report child pornography internet sites to the Australian Broadcasting Authority --visit . # [Oct 30, 04]
    Abuse Chronology:
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker,, Sun October 31, 2004 edition follows:-
    • National list of priests to be online after lawyer's research -- RCC. 2600 names. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Denton Record-Chronicle, www.dentonrc. com/sharedcontent/ APStories/stories/ D862KJH82.html , Associated Press, Oct/31/2004
       DALLAS (TX): A national list of 2,600 Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct against children, compiled from research by a North Texas lawyer and her staff, may encourage more targets of abuse to come forward, a victims' rights advocate says.
       The work of Dallas lawyer Sylvia Demarest and her staff over 11 years will now go to a Web site operator in Boston, where it's expected to be on line by early next year.
       "This is just a huge public service," David Clohessy, executive director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP], told The Dallas Morning News in Sunday's editions. "I'm thrilled it will be in good hands and will be accessible, and won't sit idly on a shelf."
       He said those with questions about backgrounds of individual priests can use it for research. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:09 PM]
       [COMMENT: Wait on, other religions also have sex-abusing clergy and similar officers. What about non-discrimination? - FPP 01 Nov 04 COMMENT ENDS.]
    • Abuse alleged in Mormon lawsuit [1976-80 Loholt] -- Mormons. Girls and boys. .
       Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Abuse alleged in Mormon lawsuit; Man says the church shielded his attacker," http://seattlepi. local/197155_ mormons28.html , By CLAUDIA ROWE, 206-448-8320 or ""> , Thursday, October 28, 2004
      WASHINGTON: A Kent man who says he was the victim of sexual abuse more than 20 years ago has filed a lawsuit against the Mormon church, alleging that church officials shielded the abuser for more than a decade, effectively allowing him to molest at least five other local children.
       Ken Fleming, 42, said he brought the case against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because he wanted to hold officials accountable for turning a blind eye as family after family reported that Jack Loholt, the leader of a church-sponsored Boy Scout troop, had molested their children.
       In an interview, Fleming, an office administrator at a local sand and gravel company, said Loholt abused him hundreds of times between 1976 and 1980, making plaster casts of his genitals, posing him provocatively and sodomizing him.
       "I remember begging him, please not to do that," Fleming said, his voice choked with sobs. "I remember praying my little heart out that something would happen to make it stop, but nothing ever did."
       Lawyers representing the church said yesterday that they had not yet investigated the claims but would vigorously contest the allegations. Loholt said in an interview that he'd been "set up" by Fleming, whose suit was filed Monday in King County Superior Court.
       Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, in which priests are rigorously trained and live under numerous social restrictions, clerics in the Mormon tradition are culled from the church's general membership. Nearly every man or boy older than 12 who becomes part of the priesthood and bishops are selected by their congregations to serve as volunteer leaders. They hold regular day jobs and conduct most of their church duties at night or on weekends.
       Tim Kosnoff, the attorney representing Fleming, said this wide-cast net allows more potential child abusers to gain the authority and respect accorded to clerics. The attorney, who has brought numerous sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church, is involved with at least seven involving Mormons here and in Utah. Washington state has the fourth-highest Mormon population in the country.
       "It's more or less the same thing you see in the Catholic Church," Kosnoff said. "Except that I think it's much worse because there's a far greater number and all of these men are held out as clergylike, worthy of the highest respect and trust, with an imprimatur of moral worthiness."
       Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, disputed that argument, saying that having a lay leadership achieves the opposite effect.
       "Most bishops have children of their own, often young ones, who attend church and participate in its activities," she said. "They are therefore already heavily invested in the safety and well-being of their church community. When a child abuser threatens the safety of their congregation, they have no incentive -- financial or otherwise -- to do other than protect the church family as they would their own."
       In his lawsuit, Fleming contends that the drive to maintain an image of scandal-free propriety silenced church leaders who knew what was happening. Fear of being shunned by them -- and of Loholt himself -- discouraged him from reporting the abuse while it was happening, Fleming said. But at 19, before embarking on his own work as a missionary, he said he finally told Mormon Bishop Richard Petit.
       "He apologized," Fleming recalled. "He said they'd known about Jack and then he specifically asked, 'Do you know if he abused my children?' I couldn't believe it."
       Efforts to reach Petit, whose last known address was in Nauvoo, Ill., were unsuccessful.
       Though Fleming had long kept silent, others were speaking out. The lawsuit says that in the early 1970s, Loholt masturbated in front of a neighbor's 7-year-old son and when the boy's parents complained, Bishop Herman Allenbach, now deceased, assured them that he would "take care of it."
       Yet the bishop never reported Loholt to law enforcement authorities or warned church members, the suit alleges, and Loholt, a sometime-contractor and handyman, continued to serve as an assistant scoutmaster until 1980, even as more accusations emerged.
       In 1973, the suit says, parents in the same church ward as Fleming complained that Loholt had molested their 13-year-old sons, and when church elders asked the Boy Scout leader about this, he denied the charges, though he admitted to abusing other children.
       Contacted at his current residence in Lake La Hache, B.C., Loholt, now in his 50s, denied the bulk of Fleming's accusations, saying, "I don't know where Ken gets these ideas."
       He added, "There's no problem whatsoever. I don't let that happen any more. I don't even get near anybody like that -- people who set me up. I don't have anything to do with kids."
       Loholt, who has since changed his surname to Onofrey, is married to a woman with two children, but they do not live at home, he said.
       Church officials, who like teachers are required to report suspected child abuse, handled the allegations by sending Loholt to church-sanctioned therapy, the suit says, where he allegedly admitted to having "constant, uncontrollable urges to have sex with children."
       Loholt, the suit continues, was told to repent, read Scripture and pray. Afterward, it adds, he was allowed to resume his work with children for another seven years, during which he met and abused Fleming, then 12.
       Tom Frey, a Seattle attorney representing the Mormon church, said he had yet to investigate the specifics of Fleming's account.
       "I don't know if Loholt had counseling -- or anything else about the allegation -- whether or not it's even true," he said.
       Marcus Nash, a Mormon elder also legally representing the church, said his experience was completely at odds with that described by Fleming.
       "The church takes issues of abuse very seriously," Nash said. "These allegations are very hard to believe," especially those concerning the leaders' lack of action, he added.
       In 1980, after Loholt was accused of molesting two 12-year-olds on a campout, Mormon bishops removed him from Kent's scouting program. Loholt, still unknown to police, moved to Kenora, Ontario.
       There, according to the suit, he joined another scouting program, abused five more boys, and served six months in prison on a conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
       Upon his release in the mid-1980s, Loholt moved back to Kent and, according to police records, he repeatedly abused an 8-year-old girl, often driving her in his pickup truck to the Southcenter mall and molesting her in the front seat.
       A Washington jury convicted the onetime scout leader in 1991 of indecent liberties with the girl -- even as numerous Mormon church members wrote letters to the court pleading for leniency. Loholt, said one, had been "very diligent and gave outstanding service" during his years of work with children.
       Church officials said the former Boy Scout leader had been excommunicated, though Loholt maintains that he has been reaccepted as a member in good standing.
       For Fleming, the most galling aspect of the case is the number of people who reported Loholt, and the knowledge that much of his pain could have been avoided.
       "Finding out that they knew about him, that it never had to happen, was heartbreaking to me," he said. #
    • Youth worker admits abuse [2000s Tremain] -- Salvation Army. 5 boys. New Zealand flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Stuff, nz/stuff/0,2106,3081 540a10,00.html , By LIBBY MIDDLEBROOK, October 31, 2004
       NEW ZEALAND: A 23-year-old Salvation Army volunteer who worked as a sleep-over babysitter has admitted sexually abusing five boys in his Auckland church youth group.
       Jonathan Matthew Tremain pleaded guilty to 13 charges in Waitakere District Court this month, including four of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and nine charges of indecent assaults on boys aged under 16.
       Tremain was a youth group leader at the Salvation Army Westgate Church in 2001 when he befriended the boys, buying them gifts and babysitting them while their parents were out. The boys in his youth group were aged eight and 14.
       "He just looks like a nice guy," said Waitakere police detective sergeant Megan Goldie. "You wouldn't pick him, really."
    Sallies man preyed on Bible class [2001 Tremain] -- Salvation Army. 4 boys.
       New Zealand News, By STEVE HOPKINS, Oct.31.2004
       NEW ZEALAND: The Salvation Army has been rocked by revelations that one of its youth workers was sexually abusing boys in his Bible studies group.
       Cabin crew trainer, Jonathan Tremain, 22, will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to 13 charges of sexually abusing four boys, aged between 8 and 13.
       Tremain befriended the boys through the Salvation Army's Westgate church in Henderson. He was a volunteer youth worker.
       The charges related to several incidents in January 2001 where Tremain performed sexual acts on the boys and forced them to perform sexual acts on him.
    • Former pastor sentenced for sex crimes [? 1980s-90s Peckham] -- Jubilee Christian Fellowship. 2 males. U.S.A. flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Kansas City Star, www.kansascity. com/mld/kansascity /news/local/ 10059063.htm , Associated Press
       CARTHAGE, Mo. - A former southwest Missouri pastor was sentenced to 15 years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on two counts of sexual abuse.
       Donald Peckham, 71, former pastor of Jubilee Christian Fellowship Church in Sarcoxie, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sodomy in a plea agreement with Jasper County prosecutors.
       The charges involved two victims, now young adult males, who said they were sexually molested by Peckham when they were young teens. Peckham was sentenced to 15 years in prison on the first count and seven years in prison on the second count, with the sentences running concurrently.
    • Ousted priest also stole, church says [Cornelius] -- RCC.
       The Daily News /articles/2004/10/31/ oregon/ news04.txt , Oct 31, 2004
       SEATTLE (WA): A former Roman Catholic priest ousted from ministry for molesting boys diverted thousands of dollars of church money for personal expenses -- in some cases showering his alleged victims with cash, gifts and vacations, according to a Seattle archdiocese investigation.
       John Cornelius, who was permanently dismissed from priesthood in September, paid the money back, and the archdiocese later curtailed his ability to deal with parish finances, said Patrick Sursely, financial director of the archdiocese.
       The findings, reported in Saturday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer, were based on a 1991 investigation of funds used from a bequest of about $60,000.
       "Our investigation showed there was clear, inappropriate diversion of funds," Sursely said. The archdiocese found that Cornelius had spent thousands of dollars on personal expenses, but Sursely declined to say exactly how much. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:08 AM]
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    * Shadows = "The past shadows a bishop's future," The Seattle Times, October 27, 2004. SPOKANE (WA): Priest William S. Skylstad became bishop of the Spokane diocese and is expected to be elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops next month, giving him one of the Church's most powerful voices. In court records, parishioners and victims have portrayed Skylstad (pronounced Skill-stad) as a pastor who failed to supervise a sex-abusing assistant when he was a parish pastor. One parishioner says she warned Skylstad three times about Father Patrick Gerald O'Donnell Jr., who had been sexually abusing boys in the same presbytery as the then priest Fr. Skylstad. A former altar boy says he sat in Skylstad's car and told the priest he was molested by O'Donnell. Victims and reformers look at Skylstad and ask: Could someone so seemingly blind then have the vision so needed now?
    * Unholy = Unholy Orders film about abuse in child institutions, The Age, "Victim rallies abused," au/articles/2004/ 10/26/109866 7752831.html , By Paul Kalina, October 28, 2004. AUSTRALIA: Fuelled by indignation over her own treatment of being sexually abused by a priest, and the compensation cheque, Geraldine Gandolfo made the documentary Unholy Orders, a deeply sobering reflection on the legacy of abuse of children in institutional care. Gandolfo had been introduced to 84-year-old Cath Yeomans, now living in Australia, who had along with her sisters suffered a horrific childhood at an institution run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Glasgow. Gandolfo herself appeared before an Australian senate inquiry into the care of children in institutions. The title of the report, Forgotten Australians, has also, much to Gandolfo's regret, become its fate. It was tabled in August 2004 and then became lost in the Australian election campaign.
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