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• Sex abuse victim's record payout
By Steve Chilton, Jun 30 2005
A Coventry man who was repeatedly sexually abused when he was a child by a city priest, was today awarded a record £700,000 in compensation.
The victim, known as Mr A, was abused for years by former Catholic priest Fr Christopher Clonan.
The award which was announced by a High Court judge is a UK record for a sex abuse case involving a priest. Costs will also be awarded to Mr A, sending the bill to the Catholic Church to more than £1 million.
The victim, now 34, was brought up in the Coundon area. He was abused by the priest from about the age of seven, and the assaults continued into his late teenage years.
The abuse, including rape and other serious assaults, was carried out in Coventry at Fr Clonan’s room at Christ the King Church, the priest’s nearby home, and his second home in Ireland.
• How priest's victim fought for justice
By Steve Chilton, Jun 30 2005
The man who today was awarded record damages for being sexually abused by a Coventry priest began his campaign for justice 13 years ago - by telling his story to the Evening Telegraph.
The police had been foiled in their attempt to arrest Fr Christopher Clonan - he had fled and was never to be see again in this country - and the then 22-year-old was gripped by anger, despair and frustration.
His account of the abuse he suffered from the age of about seven through to his late teenage years was all the more chilling for its soft-spoken delivery. But when the memories became too painful, Mr A a tall, good-looking man dressed in denims, would explode in anger.
He told how the abuse started with fondling when he was just an ordinary kid with Irish parents living in the Coundon area, where Christ the King Church and social club was and still is, at the heart of the community.
He was groomed by the assistant parish priest by being given pocket money for odd jobs at the church and club.
• Mystery over disappearing priest
Father Christopher Clonan's whereabouts has been the source of as much speculation in recent years and filled as much newspaper copy as the progress of the child abuse legal claims against him.
But the mystery ended in May last year when West Midlands Police confirmed that the man known to neighbours in a quiet Melbourne suburb as Christie Oliver was the fugitive priest and that he had died in 1998.
Born in Clonard, Co Meath, Christopher Oliver Clonan had been a part-time builder and property developer before entering the priesthood and being posted to Christ the King church in Coundon, Coventry, in the 1970s.
Because of his former trade, he became known as "Father Fix It" for his skills in church construction schemes.
But the priest, who was known to swear like a trooper and have a weakness for whiskey and cigars, became embroiled in an altogether different project, abusing young parishioners and altar boys.
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• 'Twist of Faith'
BY GENE SEYMOUR
July 1, 2005
The level of intimacy achieved in "Twist of Faith" is so unsettling and deep that one wonders how it could have possibly been achieved. It is one thing to hear adult victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests speak out in uneasy voices on TV and radio. It is yet another, far more potent thing to be allowed into a victim's home, life and struggle to come to grips with what happened.
The central figure in Kirby Dick's festering sore of a documentary is Tony Comes, a firefighter living in Toledo, Ohio, with his wife and two children. Comes is the kind of man you'd like to be when you grow up: cool, honest and devoted to his family. Yet beneath his resolute exterior, Comes is tormented by what happened to him as a teenager when he was molested by a local priest who invited kids to his lakeside home for weekend parties.
Only Comes' parents and his wife knew about the incident before he decided to go public in 2002, the same year allegations of similar sexual abuse by Catholic priests surfaced nationwide. Matters became even more urgent for Comes when his abuser, who had left the priesthood but taught in a public school, moved to a house five doors away from him.
Filmmaker Dick, whose previous work includes 2002's "Derrida" and 1997's "Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist," helped his project by allowing the Comes family to videotape themselves. This may have been the only means through which Comes and his wife could articulate the complex effects of Tony's legal battles with the church, his own psychological struggle and its impact on his marriage. (Even their counseling sessions are taped.) The most poignant scenes, not surprisingly, involve his children; not just when he has to tell them what happened to their dad as a boy, but when he faces his own violently conflicted feelings toward his daughter's first Communion.
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• Paedophile priest could cost church millions
The Catholic Church could be forced to pay out millions of pounds after the High Court today awarded damages to a man who, during his childhood, was sexually abused by a priest.
The man, now 35, was abused for more than 10 years between the ages of seven and 18 by Father Christopher Clonan, his parish priest at Christ The King Church in Coventry.
The man now suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder and was awarded more than £600,000 in compensation by the High Court in Manchester today.
Lawyers for the claimant, known as `A`, said the ruling against the Archbishop of Birmingham and the Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church was "a landmark decision".
It was the first case against the Catholic Church to reach a British court, with all previous complaints having been settled at an earlier stage.
With legal costs expected to spiral to more than £400,000, the total fee will be more than £1 million - thought to be the biggest award of its kind in the UK.
Today`s ruling means that Clonan, who fled to Australia where he died in 1998, has cost the Church nearly £1.5 million.
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• Bankruptcy judge disallows 25 sex abuse claims in diocese case
A bankruptcy judge on Thursday tossed out more than two dozen sex abuse claims seeking compensation from the Catholic Diocese of Tucson while approving 20 compromise settlements.
Only about 23 claims are now still unresolved in the bankruptcy case.
Judge James Marlar also heard testimony from three people who filed claims, two in open court, though the claimants were identified only by their claim numbers, and the third in a closed courtroom, but did not rule immediately on their validity.
One woman who filed a claim tearfully recounted how her now-dead husband allegedly had been molested during the early 1950s, when he was 12, by a priest in Miami, Ariz.
Warren Stapleton, an attorney for a court-appointed tort creditors committee, told the judge he was not discrediting the allegations but asked the judge to throw out the claim because the statute of limitations had expired by the time her husband was 23.
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• Date set for priest's sex trial in Tanzania
. - RCC.
June 30, 2005
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
(Xinhuanet) -- The trial of a Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual offenses involving a 17-year-old boy has been set to start on July 21 in Dar es Salaam.
Decision on the starting date of the trial was reached after a closed-door preliminary hearing at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam, according to local English newspaper The Guardian.
At least eight witnesses are expected to be summoned in to testify and these include the boy's parents, police officers who detained the accused priest, Sixtus Kimaro, and the boy's teachers.
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• Evil priest victim's pay-out
. [Clonan , Birmingham Archdiocese] - RCC. > £600,000. Boy.
By PETE BELL, ~ June 30, 2005
- CATHOLIC Church leaders have been ordered to pay over £600,000 compensation to a man after a priest sexually abused him as a child.
The man, identified in court as "A", was abused over a ten year period from the age of seven by paedophile Father Christopher Clonan - his priest at Christ The King Church in Coventry.
The award was made today in Manchester after the High Court heard the man, now 35, suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has lived in a mental home since 2000.
The sick priest escaped justice by fleeing Coventry in 1992. Police are now convinced he is dead.
Compensation - mostly for loss of past and future earnings - was awarded against the Archbishop of Birmingham and the trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
Archdiocese of Birmingham spokesman Peter Jennings said the church hoped the settlement would bring an end to the "distress and anguish" the victim has suffered.
• Abuse Priest's Victim Paid Record £635,000
By Hugo Duncan, PA, ~ June 30, 2005
A man who was left psychologically damaged after being systematically abused by a parish priest for ten years was awarded more than £600,000 in compensation today.
Lawyers acting for the victim of Father Christopher Clonan said they hoped the award - thought to be the biggest of its kind in the UK - would force the church to offer "realistic compensation" to other victims.
The 35-year-old man, who now suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder, was abused between the ages of seven and 18 by Clonan, his priest at Christ The King Church in Coventry.
The claimant, known as A, was awarded £635,684 by the High Court in Manchester after bringing a case against the Archbishop of Birmingham and the trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
After today's judgment, ‘A's legal firm, Wokingham-based Clifton Ingram, said they knew of at least eight other victims.
They claim the church failed to act against Clonan for years after the abuse allegations were first raised.
• Catholic abuse victim given record payout
June 30, 2005
(UPI) -- A British man who was sexually abused as a child by a Roman Catholic priest was awarded a record $1.1 million in damages by the High Court Thursday.
The man was abused by the Rev. Christopher Clonan from the ages of 8 to 18. Now 35, he suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder and requires constant care.
Clonan committed the abuse while working in Coventry under the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church. He died in Australia
in 1998 while on the run from British police.
High Court Judge Christopher Clarke said the abuse had been regular -- between one and three times a week.
He awarded $1,147,282 against the Archbishop of Birmingham and the trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese, who admitted legal liability for "failing to prevent these activities."
• Detective says evidence short
The Advocate (Louisiana),
www.2theadvocate. com/stories/063005/ new_cult001.shtml
By DEBRA LEMOINE
Florida parishes bureau, ~ June 30, 2005
AMITE -- Three children are the victims at the center of a child-sex ring operating out of a Ponchatoula church for five years, a sheriff's detective testified in court Wednesday.
What is missing from the court case as it stands are the allegations of occult activity as the motive for the sexual abuse of children and animals, he said. No physical evidence of the occult, such as pentagrams drawn on the floor and spell books were ever found, Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's Detective Mike DePhillips told the court.
"You heard today that they couldn't find any evidence of the occult, so that is a dead issue," said Assistant Public Defender Reginald McIntyre, who represents defendants Paul Fontenot and Patricia Pierson.
Prosecutor Don Wall confirmed after the hearing that the occult element won't be a part of the state's case.
Instead, the case is based mostly on statements made by the three children -- one girl and two boys -- who repeatedly were raped by, or forced to engage in various sex acts with, most of the defendants at least twice a week from 2000 to 2001 at Hosanna Church and a home of three of its members, DePhillips said. There is at least one other victim who wasn't mentioned in court.[...]
Defendants in the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse for the hearing Wednesday were Robbin Lamonica, 45, Holden; Christopher Labat, 24, Hammond; Austin "Trey" Bernard III, 36, Hammond; Paul Fontenot, 21, Hammond; Patricia Pierson, 54, Hammond and Allen R. Pierson, 46, Hammond. All six were indicted by a grand jury last week on various counts of aggravated rape of a juvenile under age 12.
Three remaining defendants -- former Hosanna Pastor Louis David Lamonica, 45, Tickfaw; Lois Ann Mowbray, 54, Ponchatoula; and Nicole Bernard, 36, Columbus, Ohio, were not in court.[...]
• Lawsuit: St. Johns pastor ignored sexual abuse
. [2003 Employee, Pulliam] - Baptist. 4 girls.
www.portland tribune.com/ archview.cgi?id= C062905
BY Todd Murphy, June/29/05
PORTLAND (OR) - The pastor of a St. Johns church ignored evidence of sexual abuse by one of the church's employees, then fired two other church employees who had told him of the alleged abuse, according to a civil lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah Circuit Court.
The two church employees were fired and evicted from their church-owned house after they waited in vain for the pastor of the First Baptist Church of St. Johns to report the abuse to police, then filed a police report themselves, the lawsuit complaint says.
The church employees' two daughters, then ages 14 and 17, were among four girls alleged to have been sexually abused by the church employee in 2003.
The lawsuit complaint outlines what it asserts was a litany of actions that Pastor Daniel Pulliam did not do to properly report and investigate the alleged abuse - and what he did do to punish the two church employees and their daughters for bringing the charges forward.
Portland police now are investigating the abuse; no charges have been filed against the church employee, who left his job and Portland after being accused of abusing the four girls.
• Rape of Faith
NASHVILLE (TN) -
By John Spragens, ~ June 30, 2005
Gentlemen: It is 4:00 am and I could not sleep because I had another one of those nightmares. I thought I would take the time to share with you why."
That's how David Brown began the six-page letter he wrote to church officials in the early morning hours of June 4 of this year. He wrote it in an attempt to explain himself, to force three men from the Catholic Diocese of Middle Tennessee to understand what he had been going through, in stages, for almost a half-century now: the sleepless nights, the manic temper, the fear of intimacy, the shudder he feels when he remembers stale, smoky breath and scratchy whiskers rubbing against his face. The list goes on.
Brown didn't think he would send the letter - he never even planned to write it in the first place - but suddenly, it just made sense: dredge up the deepest, most painful memories and force himself, and others, to deal with them. Let a lawyer and two priest administrators know how it feels and smells and sounds to be 15, a lanky, trusting high school sophomore, and to lose your virginity - involuntarily - to a grown man. One you trusted. He wanted to explain what it's like to deal with the shameful stigma that, left to fester, turns into an angry, hurtful silence and haunts you for a lifetime.
The letter's three recipients, like most people, were probably never sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest. At least they're not saying so if they were. So they probably can't imagine what it would be like to go through such a terrifying experience. Who could?
But unlike most people, these men are used to dealing with this situation. They work for an organization that has employed multiple sex offenders over the past five decades. The Diocese of Middle Tennessee, like many offices of the Catholic Church nationwide, has seen its former priests investigated by law enforcement officials. It is currently fighting a lawsuit from two plaintiffs who claim they were molested by a former clergyman in Nashville who had left the priesthood.
• Lay groups gather to support clergy sex abuse victims
by MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON, ~ June 30, 2005
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Victims of sexual abuse by Iowa Catholic priests and nuns gathered together with supporters Friday and Saturday to talk about the church's crisis and how it is being handled - or, as some said, mishandled.
The "Weekend of Hope and Understanding" in Iowa City is one of only a few such gatherings that have been held since the sex abuse crisis broke more than three years ago, according to the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
"This is historic stuff - an independent, grass-roots coalition of lay groups addressing these issues," said David Clohessy, who said he repeatedly was abused by his local priest beginning when he was 12. The conference was sponsored by four eastern Iowa lay groups formed to deal with the sex abuse crisis by supporting victims and pushing for local church reform.
Clohessy described how he thinks the church, especially bishops who are on the front line of the crisis, should respond to ever-emerging claims of sexual abuse of children at the hands of clergy:
Accused priests should fight fair and defend themselves, but not attack or intimidate their accusers;
Bishops should release and permanently post the names of all credibly accused priests;
Bishops should visit every parish in their diocese to encourage those who were abused to come forward ("lost sheep campaign");
Lay and ordained Catholics should work to have the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits changed to allow for sexual abuse cases from long ago to be heard.
• Virginia Judges Rule Employers Of Abusers Not Liable
~ June 30, 2005
(AP) - Two Virginia circuit court judges have ruled only individuals - not corporate entities - can be held financially liable for child sexual abuse, a blow to victims hoping to sue their abusers' employers.
The rulings concerned separate cases in Norfolk and Richmond, both listing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond as a defendant.
One involved Steve Kopalchick of Hopewell. Now 52, Kopalchick claimed two priests at St. James Catholic Church in Hopewell molested him while he served as an altar boy there in the 1960s. One of the men has since died; the other lives overseas and suffers from Alzheimer's.
Kopalchick filed a $5 million suit in Richmond Circuit Court in 2003.
The June 8 ruling concerns churches, schools and corporations.
• Archdiocese Not Off Hook From Priest Abuse Lawsuits
UPDATED: 12:21 pm EDT June 29, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether to allow lawsuits claiming the Archdiocese of Cincinnati failed to warn victims of sexual abuse by priests.
Trial courts in Cincinnati and Shelby County threw out the lawsuits, saying the victims waited too long to file them.
The law says lawsuits over sexual abuse of a minor must be filed within one year after reaching age 18.
But the victims say the time limit should not apply because they only learned in 2002 that there were other victims and the church knew about them.
• Justices to consider if time limits apply to church abuse claims
By CARRIE SPENCER
Associated Press, ~ June 30, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to consider whether the deadline has passed to file sexual abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Several lawsuits by people who said they were abused as children have accused the Roman Catholic archdiocese and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of negligently hiring the priests, hiding the abuse and inflicting emotional distress.
Most were thrown out based on state laws setting deadlines for filing complaints over sexual abuse of a minor. The limit is one year after turning age 18 for reporting the abuse itself, two years for claiming someone failed to protect against the abuse and five years for alleging a pattern of corrupt activity.
But the 3rd Ohio District Court of Appeals in March ruled that a case should go forward against Thomas Hopp of Cincinnati. The Shelby County court agreed that the time limit should begin running from 2002, when Hopp was removed from the ministry and the victim learned the archdiocese knew of other victims.
The appeals court agreed the victim should get the chance to prove he had no reason to know the archdiocese and Pilarczyk were negligent in allowing the abuse to continue.
• Ohio Supreme Court To Consider Time Limits In Church Abuse Case
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Web produced by: Neil Relyea
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court today agreed to consider if a man waited too long to sue the Archdiocese of Cincinnati claiming it failed to stop a priest he says abused him as a boy.
The law says lawsuits over sexual abuse of a minor must be filed within one year after reaching age 18. Negligence claims must be filed within two years.
But the unnamed victim says the time limit should start counting from 2002.
That's when he learned were other victims and the church knew about them.
A Shelby County appeals court agreed.
• N.Y. bills would require clergy to report abuse
NEW YORK -
By Anthony Farmer, June 30, 2005
In 2002, during the growing sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church, state legislators pledged swift approval of a new law that would punish church officials who try to cover up such acts by fellow priests.
Three years later, a law still isn't in place and it could be well into 2006 before lawmakers get a chance to approve one.
Bills introduced by Sen. Steve Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, and Assemblyman John McEneny, D-Albany, would add members of the clergy to the list of occupations required to report suspected abuse against children. Clergy would then have to report sex abuse of children by priests and other clergy to authorities.
Each legislator's bill has been approved in their respective houses, but McEneny and Saland are at odds over differences in the two bills.
The main sticking points arise over how abuse is defined and to what extent social workers and other counselors would be required to report what they learn about teenagers' sex lives.
A leader of a group representing victims abused by priests said there's no reason the state shouldn't have the law in place. The bills vary only slightly and the differences should be able to be worked out, said Mark Lyman, co-director of the Capital Region Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP].
• 16 claims against Tacoma priest part of settlement
. [1969-73 Blanco +] - RCC. Boy +.
The News Tribune,
By STEVE MAYNARD, June 30th, 2005
TACOMA (WA) - The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento agreed Wednesday to pay $35 million to settle 33 claims of sexual abuse by priests, including 16 against Tacoma priest Mario Blanco.
The plaintiffs will receive an average of $1.1 million, making it one of the largest clergy sex abuse settlements by the Catholic Church, per plaintiff, in the nation.
Tony Cano and 15 others accused Blanco of molesting them more than three decades ago. Blanco denies the accusations.
For Cano, 46, and his family, the church was always a shelter. His mother was raising five children and gleaned her strength from the Catholic Church, he said.
She was thrilled when Blanco, who served mainly Spanish-speaking parishes in the Sacramento Diocese from 1969 to 1973, took an interest in her son. He taught Cano music and helped him start a band.
Although Cano, then a preteen, joked with his friends about never wanting to ride in the front seat of Blanco's car, he couldn't bring himself to tell his mother of the abuse. He couldn't shatter her faith in the church, he said.
• Sex abuse victims set to receive $35 million
Contra Costa Times
By Randy Myers, ~ June 30, 2005
SACRAMENTO (CA) - Clergy sex abuse victims and their loved ones huddled Wednesday afternoon outside the county courthouse as lawyers announced that the Diocese of Sacramento had agreed to pay $35 million to settle 33 claims.
"It's time for the suffering to end and the healing to begin," said lawyer Jeff Anderson at the Sacramento news conference. He praised the victims for their courage in coming forward.
Settlement amounts in the Sacramento cases range from $400,000 to $4.2 million. Because some plaintiffs wish to remain anonymous, individual amounts were not disclosed. The Sacramento Diocese has no other pending abuse cases.
Earlier in the day, the Santa Rosa Diocese said it would pay $7.3 million to eight plaintiffs, bringing its total settlements to $10.6 million.
The news of the Sacramento settlement came moments before the first civil trial in that diocese was to begin.
• Diocese settles with Sacramento clergy sex abuse victims
By JENNIFER COLEMAN
Associated Press, ~ June 30, 2005
SACRAMENTO (CA) - Two Northern California Catholic dioceses agreed to pay more than $42 million to settle 41 clergy sex abuse claims, resulting in the dismissal of all but one lawsuit against the two organizations.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento agreed Wednesday to pay $35 million to 33 victims just "two minutes" before a jury trial was set to begin in one of the cases, attorney Larry Drivon of Stockton said at a news conference in front of the Sacramento Superior Courthouse.
"I don't think it's a coincidence that the diocese has finally found its pastoral side the morning of the trial," Drivon said.
Also Wednesday, the Diocese of Santa Rosa announced it will pay $7.3 million to eight plaintiffs. The settlement is in addition to a $3.15 million agreement reached last month with Roberta Saum, now 44, who claimed former priest Donald Kimball sexually abused her for several years starting when she was 15.
The settlements are "an acknowledgment that what happened to us was really horrible," Saum said at the news conference.
• Church Settles Priest Abuse Claims
New York Newsday
By Eric Bailey
June 30, 2005
- Marking another turn in the Roman Catholic Church's nationwide sexual abuse scandal, two Northern California dioceses Wednesday announced $45.6 million in legal settlements with dozens of alleged victims of molestation by priests.
The Diocese of Sacramento will pay $35 million to 33 people who said they had been sexually abused decades ago. Leaders in the Diocese of Santa Rosa agreed to legal settlements totaling $10.6 million for nine parishioners.
Church officials expressed remorse for the past wrongs of priests, and offered to meet with the victims to offer apologies as well as spiritual and emotional support.
"I ask their forgiveness for the grievous wrongs done to them and pray that this settlement today helps bring them peace and closure," said Bishop William Weigand of the Sacramento Diocese.
The settlements follow hefty cash payouts in clergy sexual abuse cases nationwide.
In January, church officials in Orange County agreed to pay $100 million to 90 victims. Earlier this month a Kentucky diocese announced that it would pay $120 million to 100 alleged victims of child molestation. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles remains in negotiations to settle 544 claims by alleged sexual abuse victims.
More than 10,000 people nationwide have accused about 4,400 Catholic priests of sexual abuse between 1950 and 2002, according to church officials. California has 1,000 molestation claims.
• Bishop gets plea to screen ‘Twist' at sites in diocese
TOLEDO (OH) -
June 30, 2005
Twist of Faith, the Academy Award-nominated documentary that focuses on a Toledo man's allegations that he was sexually abused by a local priest, ought to be shown in churches and schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo, two leaders of the group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, wrote yesterday in a letter to Bishop Leonard Blair.
The letter by Barbara Blaine, founder and president of SNAP, and Claudia Vercellotti, its Toledo chapter coordinator, asks the bishop to "take action to allow Toledo's Catholics to view the film. Can you please make churches and schools available to show the documentary film about sex abuse of [a] boy growing up in the Toledo diocese?"
The letter followed the decision by the Maumee Indoor Theatre and the city of Maumee, which owns the building, not to offer a public screening of the documentary. Theater and city officials said it was a business decision unrelated to the film's content.
The film, which features Toledo Firefighter Tony Comes and his lawsuit against the diocese, premiered to an invitation-only audience Monday at the Maumee theater. About 500 people attended, Ms. Vercellotti said. It was broadcast Tuesday night on HBO.
A statement from the diocese said the bishop was out of the office "and will receive the letter upon his return to the office later this week."
• Victim of RC priest sex abuse awarded £600,000
. [1977-88 Clonan]
A man who was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest during his childhood has been awarded more than £600,000 compensation.
The man, now 35, was abused over a 10-year period between the ages of seven and 18 by Father Christopher Clonan, his priest at Christ The King Church in Coventry.
(Father Clonan is believed to be dead.)
He now suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
He was today awarded £635,684 by the High Court in Manchester.
The compensation was awarded against the Archbishop of Birmingham and the trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
The claimant, known as A, was abused between 1977 and 1988 but did not realise that anything was wrong until 1992, when "his life fell apart".
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• [Former educator and Newsday publisher got child porn movies.]
[2002-04 Johnson] - No religion reported.
The West Australian
p 33, Thursday, June 30, 2005
Robert Johnson, a former Newsday publisher and top New York State education official, has been indicted on charges that he downloaded two internet movie files containing child pornography and that he tried to destroy those files after learning that a Federal investigation was under way.
The alleged incidents occurred between 2002 and 2004 while Mr Johnson was chairman and chief executive at Bowne & Co., a Manhattan-based financial printing firm.
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