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Catoosa pastor arrested in prostitution sting

  [2007 Moore -NEW*] - Methodist. "Whore". United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catoosa County News, http://news. mywebpal.com/ news_tool_ v2.cfm? pnpID=724& NewsID=802846& CategoryID= 3418&show= localnews& om=1 ; by Taylor Leonard, May/01/07
   CHATTANOOGA (TN) -- Chattanooga police arrested nine men Friday in a prostitution sting, including the pastor of Ringgold United Methodist Church.
   Officers arrested Rev. Steve Moore, 42, in the undercover operation. Moore is also the chaplain of Catoosa County Fire & Rescue.
   According to a Chattanooga Vice Department detective who asked to remain anonymous, two female police officers posed as street prostitutes on the 2800 block of Wautauga Street in downtown Chattanooga between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A takedown team waited for the "johns" to solicit sex for money before making the arrests. All of the arrests were audio and videotaped. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 1, 2007 7:34 PM] (This is the first of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Tue May 01, 2007.)
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Jesuit backs principal amid gossip over e-mail

  [2006 Fassett - NEW* (Jesuit school)] - RCC. Nude man pic. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sacramento Bee, By Dorothy Korber - Staff Writer, Last Updated 12:33 am PDT Tuesday, May 1, 2007
   CARMICHAEL (CA) -- Aiming to quell gossip that has upset students and parents, the president of Jesuit High School in Carmichael on Monday addressed campus rumors involving the school's principal, the Rev. Edward Fassett.
   President Greg Bonfiglio, who heads the exclusive Catholic boys school, said the rumors stem from a photograph Fassett inadvertently displayed to faculty and staff in October -- an incident that was handled at the time. Bonfiglio emphasized that Fassett has not resigned and has not been dismissed, contrary to stories that had Jesuit students buzzing last week. ...
   During an Oct. 23 meeting with a dozen faculty and staff members, Fassett booted up his laptop computer and the screen displayed a photograph attached to an e-mail sent to him by someone else, according to Bonfiglio.
   The photo depicted a nude man in a pose reminiscent of Michelangelo's David, recalled David Novak, a Jesuit High assistant principal.
   "It popped up quickly, I took a quick look at it and we went back to the meeting," Novak recalled Monday. "It wasn't prurient, it wasn't sexual. ... No one thought much of it."

Call To Action: Locating Rabbi Mordechai Gafni and His Return To Israel

  [~ 2006 Gafni] - Judaist. 3 females. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Awareness Center, ~ May 01, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Back in May, 2006 new allegations were made against confessed child molester Rabbi Mordechai Gafni . This time the allegations were made by three twenty-year-old women who filed a complaint with the police in Haifa (Israel). The new claims were of professional sexual misconduct. The alleged offenses occurred during Torah lessons given by Gafni.
   Immediately after the charges were filed Rabbi Mordechai Gafni confessed and then fled Israel for the United States. He first landed in Boston, MA, where it is believed he stayed with one of his many female friends. There were rumors that soon after arriving in Boston he continued on to Boulder, CO and stayed with a colleague and then moved on to Utah. It is unknown where he is today. It is believed that he is in hiding and will attempt to reinvent himself again as he did back in the 1980's after the first allegations were made against him of child molestation.

Craig Civale: Second ex-altar boy alleges abuse by Katinas

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. Church gave him 'the disguise'. 2 altar boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orthodox Reform, May 1, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- A transcript of Craig Civale's recent video segment is online at WFAA.com. It reports:
   It accuses officials at the church of "covering it up" and intentionally misleading their parish. It goes on to say that they placed him in the ministry, gave him the disguise, the position, the access, the opportunity and the means to sexually molest minor boys.

Number of priests under suspicion rises

  [1940-2007 - Dublin Archdiocese] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). 146 clergy. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   RTE News, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 14:47
   IRELAND -- There has been a 43% increase in the number of Catholic priests who served in the Dublin diocese who have had allegations of child sexual abuse made against them or who have come under suspicion.
   The new figures from the Dublin dioceses come days ahead of closed, official hearings into the its management of abuse.
   The number of priests under the spotlight has jumped from 102 last year to 146 at present.
   [COMMENT: In Australian schools taught by brothers and nuns, often from Ireland from the 1930s to the 1970s, thousands were taught that Ireland was "The isle of saints and scholars."  How wrong that was! ENDS.]

Angelika trial told priest knew where student's body was hidden

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Herald, ~ May 01, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- The Angelika Kluk murder trial yesterday heard a cry for justice from a devout Christian who claimed a parish priest knew the student's body was hidden under the floor of his church.
   At the High Court in Edinburgh, Russian student Rebecca Dordi was questioned at length about what Father Gerry Nugent said about the trap door in St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, on the night Ms Kluk's body was found under it.
   The 30-year-old Russian student was called as a witness by Donald Findlay, QC, senior counsel for Peter Tobin, who denies raping and murdering Ms Kluk and concealing her body.

Rabbi Moshe Eisemann is still tutoring students

  - Orthodox Judaists. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, May 1, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The Awareness Center continues to receive reports that Rabbi Moshe Eisemann is still allowed to tutor students in the privacy of his apartment located on the Ner Israel Rabbinical College campus.
   For more information on the allegations made against Rabbi Moshe Eisemann contact Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer and the administration at Ner Israel (see numbers below).

'Our priests': an appreciation

  - RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter, From the Editor's Desk, ~ May 01, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- I take the opportunity this week, in this little corner of the Catholic universe, to speak some words of appreciation for our priests, who struggle ( see story) to find a new equilibrium in the wake of decades of awful press.
   "Our priests." Yes, I know it sounds possessive, even presumptuous. It comes out, though, somewhat naturally, as in a familial way.
   And just as in our families, there are curmudgeons and ne'er-do-wells, even criminals among them. Perhaps the divine moment amid the ache of the past two decades, amid the drip, drip of bad news that merged into torrents that nearly overwhelmed us, was the inevitable realization that there really is little difference between them (clergy) and us.
   Just maybe we have come to realize, finally, that we had built fantasies upon the theology of indelible marks and in persona Christi, fantasies that placed them apart and above and beyond. We bought it all and in doing so helped, inadvertently, to set them up for the fall.
   [COMMENT: Bizaare! Surely the laypeople did not invent Latin tags like in persona Christi and the theory that ordination put indelible marks on the souls of priests!  Many of such pious inventions ought to have been ruthlessly purged from the RCC's vocabulary during the 2nd Vatican Council in the 1960s, which had been called by Pope John XXIII to let some light into the Church.  But whoever wrote the above article has fallen into the trap of blaming the laypeople for clergy child seduction!  Remember it was elements of the clergy which imposed celibacy on themselves, not the laypeople, and the leading clergy keep it going!  The brave people who write this newspaper ought to ponder over the New Testament scripture that quotes Jesus as saying "Behold! I am with you always, even to the end of the world!"  Did he say that?  Why not admit the obvious?   COMMENT ENDS.]

Archdiocese of Dublin Child Sex Abuse Update

  [1940-2007 - Dublin Archdiocese] - RCC. 146 clergy. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Clerical Whispers, ~ May 01, 2007
   IRELAND -- Since his appointment as Archbishop of Dublin three years ago, it has been the practice of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to put on the public record regular updates of statistics concerning allegations of child sexual abuse made against, or suspicions raised about, priests of the Archdiocese, or priests from Religious Congregations or other Dioceses who have worked in Dublin.
   Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime and Archbishop Martin acknowledges again his deep sadness and regret at the fact that children have been sexually abused by clergy and religious.
   He also reiterates his appeal that anyone with information regarding child sexual abuse by priests in Dublin makes contact with the Child Protection Service of the Diocese, the Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive or a counselling or support service of their choice.

Plea Deal For McCormack Opposed

  [McCormack*] - RCC. 5 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NBC 5, ~ May 01, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Chicago priest accused of molestation will return to court Tuesday and sources have said he may strike a plea deal.
   The Coalition of Concerned Catholics planned to hold a demonstration at the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to protest the possibility of an agreement for the Rev. Daniel McCormack.
   They say a plea agreement could preclude further release of information in his case.

Accused Chicago Priest In Court, Trial Continued

  [McCormack*] - RCC. 5 boys.
   WBBM, ~ May 01, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Accused pedophile priest Dan McCormack was back in court this morning, but his case was continue until later this month because one of his lawyers is recovering from surgery.
   WBBM's Bernie Tafoya reports.
   In the meantime, another of the priest's lawyers says plea negotiations continue with prosecutors.
   Attorney Robert Loeb would not comment further.

New Dallas Catholic Bishop Takes Over Today

  - RCC.
   CBS 11, ~ May 01, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- Bishop Kevin Farrell will officially take over as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas today.
   Hundreds are expected to attend an installation ceremony at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. ...
   Since his ordination as an auxiliary bishop in 2002, Ferrell has been involved in administering the archdiocese's sexual abuse policy for members of the clergy, employees and adult volunteers. His bio states Ferrell has met with 84 people who have alleged incidents of abuse.
   "Certainly I believe there is zero tolerance for anyone who harms a child. I cannot emphasize that more," Farrell said at the March news conference. "I believe the church has done more than any other institution over the last few years to protect children."
   [COMMENT: But, the Church is supposed to be the "pillar and ground of the truth" and the "bride of Christ" -- why weren't children safe all the time?   COMMENT ENDS.]

Priest Accused Of Molesting Boys Appears In Court

  [McCormack*] - RCC. 5 boys.
   CBS 2, ~ May 01, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting boys at a West Side parish made a court appearance on Tuesday.
   The Rev. Daniel McCormack has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
   His scheduled appearance was before Criminal Court Judge Thomas Sumner, but the outcome of the status hearing was not immediately available.
   But in March, a source told CBS 2 that McCormack might be at least to "talk" about a guilty plea.

Pastor Busted in Prostitution Sting

  [2007 Moore*] - Methodist. "Whore".
   WRCB, Reported by Amy Morrow, ~ May 01, 2007
   CHATTANOOGA (TN) -- A Catoosa County pastor is busted in a prostitution sting.
   Chattanooga police have charged 42 year old Steven Moore with patronizing prostitution within a mile and a half of a school.
   Moore was one of ten people arrested in a prostitution sting Friday.
   Female police officers posed as prostitutes to attract customers.

Penn's Field Center Hosts Documentary Film Festival on Child Abuse, Part of National Child-Welfare Conference

 
   University of Pennsylvania, ~ May 01, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The winners have been announced in the University of Pennsylvania's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research's documentary film contest, a part of National Child Abuse Prevention month. A panel of expert judges, including producers from CNN, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and award-winning documentary filmmakers, judged the high school and college submissions. ...
   Special guest host for the Documentary Film Festival and Awards Ceremony will be Amy Berg, the award-winning maker of "Deliver Us From Evil," a portrayal of the 30-year history of a Catholic priest's sexual abuse of children in his own words, which was nominated for a 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Second ex-altar boy alleges abuse by Katinas

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. Church gave him 'the disguise'. 2 altar boys.
   WFAA, By CRAIG CIVALE / WFAA-TV, 11:23 AM CDT on Tuesday, May 1, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- A second person has come forward making allegations of sexual abuse against a popular north Dallas priest.
   Father Nicholas Katinas was already suspended while his church investigates claims by one of his former altar boys.
   These new allegations are coming to light in a lawsuit.

Pastor Charged In Prostitution Sting

  [2007 Moore*] - Methodist. "Whore". United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Chattanoogan, posted May 1, 2007
   CHATTANOOGA (TN) -- The pastor of the Ringgold United Methodist Church has been charged in a Chattanooga prostitution sting.
   The charge of patronizing prostitution within a mile and a half of a church or school was brought against Steven A. Moore, 42.
   He is also the chaplain for the Catoosa County Fire Department.

Dallas pastor faces new allegations

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. Church gave him 'the disguise'. 2 altar boys.
   WFAA May 1st, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- A second person has come forward making allegations of sexual abuse Father Nicholas Katinas of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas. Craig Civale reports.

Expert to examine diocese's 'Byzantine' accounting books

  [2000s San Diego Diocese] - RCC. Hundreds of bank accounts.
   Union-Tribune, By Sandi Dolbee, May 1, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- An accountant and former FBI agent was tapped yesterday to try to unravel hundreds of bank accounts in the San Diego Catholic diocese for a bankruptcy judge who has described its finances as "the most Byzantine accounting system I've ever seen."
   R. Todd Neilson, a veteran bankruptcy expert who works as a consultant in Los Angeles, was given until July 10 to investigate and analyze the diocese's finances. His fees will be paid by the diocese.
   In her order, federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler asked for an examination of all financial accounts listed under the diocese's taxpayer identification number - including those held by parishes, parochial schools, missions, convents, cemeteries and other sites.

Priest gets 30-day jail term for fondling teen

  [2005 Nichols] - RCC. Teenager.
   Burlington Free Press By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer, Tuesday, May 1, 2007
   ST. ALBANS (VT) -- A Lyndonville priest was sentenced to 30 days in jail Monday for inappropriately touching an 18-year-old parishioner in early 2005 after a night of drinking at a restaurant and pool hall in Quebec.
   The Rev. Stephen Nichols, 47, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of engaging in a lewd act and agreed to undergo sex-offender counseling as part of a plea deal worked out between his lawyer and the state Attorney General's Office, which prosecuted the case.
   "I have had the unfortunate duty to preside over several prosecutions of teachers on abuse charges and I imposed punishment where there was a betrayal of trust," Judge Ben Joseph said before issuing his sentence. "A priest is in a similar position of trust."

Trial hears of priest's 'anxiety'

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   BBC News ~ May 01, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A parish priest behaved strangely in the aftermath of Angelika Kluk's disappearance, a court has heard.
   Catholic press officer Simon Dames, 34, told the High Court in Edinburgh that Father Gerry Nugent, 63, said he "no longer gave a damn" about the girl.
   Mr Dames had been summoned by Father Gerry to St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, where the Polish student's body was later found.

National Center for Victims of Crime launched VictimLaw web site

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, ~ May 01, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The National Center for Victims of Crime launched VictimLaw , a comprehensive, on-line database of state, federal, and tribal victims' rights laws and protections, developed with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
   VictimLaw is a unique and groundbreaking resource, offering free, user-friendly access to information that until now has been difficult to locate. The database includes more than 15,000 victims' rights statutes (state and federal), tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, and administrative code provisions. Future additions to the database will include state attorney general opinions and summaries of court decisions related to victims' rights. VictimLaw will offer regular updates to the information in the database.

Rabbi Menachem Goldberger of Baltimore - Speaks On Child Sexual Abuse

  - Judaism.
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out ~ May 01, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Rabbi Menachem Goldberger one of the signators of the letter, spoke about this in his Shabbos drasha on April 21, 2007.
   He made the following points:
   We have to face this terrible matter straightforwardly. Speak to our children candidly about how to walk away from strangers, not to talk to them, etc. Even if that means that they lose some of their childish innocence, that's what's required.

See, We're Not the Only Ones Writing About Sherman Allen

  [Years ago, 2001-05 Allen*] - Shiloh Church. Hitting the behinds of 1 girl, 8 women.
   Dallas Observer, 01:27:16 PM, Mon Apr 30, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ is accused of assaulting at least eight women.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Melody McDonald had an excellent piece yesterday on the sexual allegations against Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ, in Fort Worth's Woodhaven area.
   I happened to be present when McDonald spoke with a woman who claims she was raped by Allen in 1983; I wrote about that woman's case, which resulted in a criminal charge of aggravated sexual abuse that was later dropped, in a Bible Girl column titled "This Is What God Told Me to Do to You."
   Bible Girl readers will also recognize another woman quoted in McDonald's story as "Jill" (a pseudonym), the subject of "Old Habits Die Hard."
   Look for another story on the Allen case coming out soon in a national magazine. (And, no, I didn't write it.)

Priest accused of sex abuse is sued

  [1970s, 1981 or '82 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. Minor, 2 altar boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Stanley Ziemba, Published May 1, 2007
   OLYMPIA FIELDS (IL) -- A Greek Orthodox priest who was pastor of a church in Olympia Fields in the late 1960s and early '70s is being sued by two men who allege that he sexually abused them as youths when he served a Dallas church nearly 30 years ago.
   The lawsuit, filed Friday in Texas' Dallas County Circuit Court, comes two months after the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese announced that Rev. Nicholas Katinas, 72, had been suspended over allegations he sexually abused an Illinois minor in the early 1970s while pastor of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.
   The lawsuit alleges that Katinas sexually molested the Dallas men in 1981 or '82 when both were teenage altar boys at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas where Katinas was assigned as pastor in 1978.

Abuse Victim Suing Church Testifies He Is Still in Pain

  - RCC.
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, May 1, 2007
   GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 30 - The body language may have been as telling as the testimony.
   The young man suing the Roman Catholic authorities over the sexual abuse he suffered moved restlessly on the witness stand in State Supreme Court here on Monday, as if in constant distress.
   Looking forlorn, he leaned back in his chair, then tilted his head and leaned to the left, then shifted to the right. He scooted to the edge of his chair, hunched over and braced his arms on the railing. He rubbed his face, looked up, looked down, and sometimes spoke directly to the jury.

Father Gerry was 'a drunken moron'

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Daily Record, By Gordon Mcilwraith, ~ May 01, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- POLISH student Angelika Kluk described the priest at the church where her body was found as a "moron", a court heard yesterday.
   In her diary, the 23-year-old outlined the stormy relationship she had with Father Gerry Nugent, who claims to have had sex with her.
   Angelika wrote about the priest being drunk and claimed he made disparaging comments about her being Polish.
   Interpreter Sasza Depczynski, 31, told the High Court in Edinburgh that he had looked at Angelika's diary from July last year onwards, when she was staying at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, during a working holiday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 1, 2007 2:27 AM]
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Arrest over sexual assault

  [2007 Grant -NEW*] - RCC. Boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Gazette, www.hemeltoday. co.uk/berk hamsted-news? articleid= 2846820 , ~ May 02, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Police yesterday arrested Father Peter Grant formerly of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Berkhamsted following allegations of sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy.
   The 58-year-old priest from Bovingdon was arrested in St Albans after the allegations of assault in the Berkhamsted area between January and February this year.
   As The Gazette was going to press no charges had been brought against the clergyman.

Degree of Suffering Is Questioned in Abuse Suit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, for May 3, 2007
   GARDEN CITY, N.Y., May 2 – A psychiatrist hired by the Roman Catholic diocese on Long Island testified on Wednesday that two sexual abuse victims exaggerated their emotional suffering in suing for multimillion-dollar damages.
   The psychiatrist, Dr. William Kaplan of Great Neck, was the only witness that the defendants called to testify on their behalf as the civil trial in State Supreme Court here draws to a close.
   The suit stems from abuses that Matthew Maiello committed as the director of the youth ministry at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow. He pleaded guilty in 2003 to the statutory rape of four teenagers and was imprisoned for two years. Two victims are suing him, St. Raphael's, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 2, 2007 11:43 PM]

Priest chooses jury trial on sex charges

  [1977 Dohey] - RCC. Girl. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, May 02, 2007
   CANADA -- A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation has chosen to be tried by a Newfoundland Supreme Court judge and jury.
   A lawyer for Wayne Dohey made that selection during a court appearance on Wednesday in Grand Bank.
   Wayne Dohey, shown in a 1997 image, has elected trial by judge and jury. (CBC) A Burin Peninsula woman alleges Dohey, 44, sexually assaulted her when she was 14.

More complaints in Brethren sex probe

  [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 5 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   The Marlborough Express, ~ May 02, 2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- Nelson police investigating historic sexual abuse complaints from five former Exclusive Brethren women say they hope to speak to the elderly Nelson man at the centre of the allegations within a couple of weeks.
   Tasman police district commander Superintendent Grant O'Fee said police initially received three complaints from women allegedly abused by an Exclusive Brethren member in Nelson between the early 1950s and the early 1980s.
   He said two more women came forward with complaints late last week, and that all five complaints were now being investigated.

Catholics detail Irish sex abuses

  [1940-2007 - Dublin Archdiocese] - RCC. 146 clergy. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, by Robert Pigott, BBC Religious affairs correspondent, ~ May 02, 2007
   IRELAND -- The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has revealed figures showing the extent to which priests in its largest archdiocese may have abused children.
   Nearly 150 priests and members of other religious orders have been accused or suspected of abuse since 1940.
   Details of the allegations, including against 74 of the diocese's priests, were given by the Dublin archdiocese.

Missing church money probed

  [~ 2000s Radek] - RCC. Money. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Chicago Tribune, By Hal Dardick, Matthew Walberg and Tom Rybarczyk, Published May 2, 2007
   JOLIET (IL) -- Nearly four years after Rev. James Radek received his first post as a parish pastor, he abruptly resigned as the spiritual leader of St. Joseph Church in Joliet.
   Radek cryptically explained in a statement read at mass last May that his departure was "due to stress, accusations and the conflicts of recent times."
   The accusations, according to internal church documents, were about tens of thousands of dollars in parish funds being unaccounted for during his tenure. The matter is being investigated by the Will County state's attorney's office, said Radek's attorney and a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet.

Fr. Rodis pleads not guilty of embezzlement

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Manila Mail, ~ May 02, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC) - Fr. Rodney Rodis, a retired Philippine-born priest who late last month pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling as much as $1 million from two small rural Roman Catholic churches in Virginia, will stand trial on Oct. 1 before Louisa Circuit Judge Timothy Sanner.
   Fr. Rodis waived his right to a jury trial during a brief hearing before Judge Sanner, court officials said. If found guilty, he faces 20 years in prison.
   Rodis is out on bail of $25,000. A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, which serves most of the state of Virginia, said Rodis was ordained a priest in the Order of St. Camillus in the Philippines in 1986.

Comiskey to give evidence

  [Fortune] - RCC. Several children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent ~ May 02, 2007
   IRELAND -- DISGRACED Bishop Brendan Comiskey is set to become the first member of the Church hierarchy to give evidence in an abuse case.
   The Irish Independent has learnt that Bishop Comiskey, who has made one public appearance in Wexford since he stepped down as Bishop of Ferns, is one of a number of witnesses subpeonaed to appear in the High Court in a compensation action taken by an alleged abuse victim.
   Five years ago, the bishop was forced to resign over claims that he had failed to deal adequately with a host of allegations that Fr Sean Fortune and other clerics were abusing children in the diocese. The alleged victim is suing the diocese in what is expected to be the first diocesan abuse case to go to full hearing in the High Court.

I Asked Father Gerry Whether Angelika Was An Escort Girl

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Daily Record, By Gordon Mcilwraith, ~ May 02, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- FATHER Gerry Nugent was asked if murdered Angelika Kluk worked as an escort - just hours after she disappeared, a court heard yesterday.
   But the priest dismissed the suggestion, made by a senior Catholic Church aide. ...
   Mr Findlay asked Mr Dames: "Given what was being said, did you make some off-the-wall suggestion to Father Nugent in what he was trying to tell you?"
   Mr Dames replied: "I would call it a gut and intellectual stab in the dark. The stab in the dark - which I apologised for - was maybe, just maybe, Angelika was involved in escorting."
   The witness said Father Nugent dismissed the idea.

Bishop's first five years not without turbulence

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Journal Star, By Michael Miller, ~ May 02, 2007
   PEORIA (IL) -- Not all in Bishop Daniel Jenky's first five years in Peoria has been sweetness and light.
   Jenky arrived in Peoria just as a national church scandal over clergy sex abuse, one of the largest crises U.S. Catholics have ever had to face, was growing in early 2002. Shortly after becoming bishop here, he announced several changes in how accusations of sex abuse would be handled as well as programs to prevent future problems.
   Within weeks, Jenky had to utilize some of the new policies when what the bishop called "credible allegations" of sex abuse against seven diocesan priests were brought to the diocese. He asked those priests - and more later - to step down from public ministry. One of them, Edward Bush, responded by suing Jenky and the diocese for defamation of character.

"Our Consensual Plan of Reorganization has been approved"

  - RCC.
   Catholic Diocese of Spokane, by Bishop William S. Skylstad, (From the May 3, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
   SPOKANE (WA) -- All of you are aware by now that the Federal judge, Patricia Williams, on April 24 approved the consensual plan leading the Catholic Diocese of Spokane out of bankruptcy. I would like to share with my press statement released on that day. The statement summarizes my own thoughts and our common resolve to continue to move ahead in the diocese with healing, rebuilding, hope, and financially supporting the settlement. I well recognize that not everyone agrees with the action we have taken in the diocese, but after much consultation at several levels we have reached this point on this painful journey.
   God's grace is always at work when we bear the cross, and certainly no less so in this case. I suspect all of us, in one way or another, in the course of our spiritual journey have searched more deeply into our hearts to discover what all of this means. I certainly have. We are a Church redeemed, and a Church constantly being redeemed. Sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, God continues to form and mold us individually and as a community of faith.

Cardinal's award for his immigration stance protested by survivors' group

  - RCC. 25 survivors protest. Said protest spoiled good work!
   National Catholic Reporter -- ( www.ncronline.org ), By Rich Heffern, May/1/2007
   EL PASO, Texas (National Catholic Reporter) - When Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony received the Voice of the Voiceless Award in El Paso, Texas, the presentation was protested by about 25 members of the El Paso Chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). ...
   Jose Baca, president of the local SNAP group, said that the church's response - and in particular Cardinal Mahony's - to widespread sexual abuse by clergy damages the church's credibility on other issues. "We don't think he is a good role model for human rights," Baca said.
   Reacting to Baca's statement, Cardinal Mahony said that the sex-abuse scandal has shown that the church should be more humble and faithful, but that a small group should not be allowed to damage "the rest of the good work of the Catholic Church."

Launching $14m drive, archdiocese raises bar

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson | May 2, 2007
   WEYMOUTH (MA) -- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, speaking yesterday at the site where a thriving parish is rebuilding a church that burned to the ground nearly two years ago, launched the archdiocese's most ambitious fund drive since the clergy sexual abuse crisis badly damaged diocesan finances.
   Continuing his effort to rebuild the archdiocese incrementally before its bicentennial next year, O'Malley set a goal of $14 million for this year's Catholic Appeal. O'Malley has been increasing the goal by $1 million each year since his arrival in Boston in 2003. Last year, he surpassed the goal, raising $13.8 million.
   O'Malley chose to launch this year's campaign at Sacred Heart parish in Weymouth to symbolize the ability of the church to move past crisis and tragedy. The Sacred Heart church, now under construction, is expected to reopen in November; in the meantime, the parish is worshiping in the school auditorium. Since the fire, attendance at worship and enrollment in the school have risen, according to the pastor, the Rev. Daniel J. Riley.

Dubliner installed as leading US prelate

  - RCC. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   RTE News, 23:08, Tuesday, 1 May 2007
   IRELAND -- Dubliner Bishop Kevin Farrell has this evening been installed as one of America's leading prelates with responsibility for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
   Concelebrating with his brother, Vatican Bishop Brian Farrell, he told the congregation that the Gospel of Jesus, as the Word of God, was not to be accommodated to the culture of the day.
   Bishop Farrell has served as an assistant bishop in Washington DC and takes over in Dallas following a series of expensive settlements with survivors of clerical child sexual abuse.

Judge allows psychologist's testimony in sex-abuse case

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, May 2, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Rev. Michael Sprauer engaged in risky sexual behavior with strangers, displaying warning signs typically found in sexual predators, a forensic psychologist testified Tuesday.
   In a hearing prior to the opening of a civil lawsuit against the Salem priest, psychologist Frank Colistro said he detected high-risk indicators in Sprauer's videotaped deposition.
   Sprauer admitted that he engaged in anonymous oral sex with adult males in restrooms during a 10-year period in the 1970s and '80s.

Dublin diocese pays out 7.8 million euros for sex-abuse claims

  [1940-2007 Dublin Archdiocese] - RCC. 146 clergy. €7.8m. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Monsters and Critics, 10:59 GMT, May 2, 2007
   DUBLIN, Ireland -- The Catholic Church in Dublin has paid out 7.8 million euros (10.6 million dollars) to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests, Irish press reports said Wednesday.
   Eight Dublin priests have been convicted of child sexual abuse and three more are currently facing charges, the Irish Examiner reported.
   The number of allegations against priests jumped from 102 in 2006 to 147 in 2007. Civil cases have been brought 112 times against 32 priests in the Irish capital, and 40 of the cases are still ongoing. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 2, 2007 8:14 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed May 02, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 03, 2007 edition:


150 clergymen 'linked to abuse'

  [1940-2007 Dublin Archdiocese] - RCC. 146 clergy. €7.8m. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Telegraph, www.telegraph. co.uk/news/ main.jhtml? xml=/news/ 2007/05/03/ nabuse103.xml ; By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent, Last Updated 2:03am BST May/03/2007
   IRELAND -- Nearly 150 Roman Catholic clergymen in Ireland's biggest archdiocese have been linked to child sex abuse allegations over the past 67 years.
   The statistics for Dublin archdiocese were released days before the opening of hearings into how the Church handled abuse claims.
   Survivors of abuse are expected to give evidence during private sessions of the inquiry, called by the Irish government. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 3, 2007 10:05 PM]

Discreet Investigative Services, Inc.

  [1985-87 Szantyr*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Worcester Voice ~ May 03, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) -- A copy of the report made by a private investigator regarding surveillance of the Rev. John Szantyr can be found at this link.

Hot on the trail

  [1985-87 Szantyr*] - RCC. Boy.
   Boston Herald, Compiled by Herald staff, Thursday, May 3, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) -- Below are excerpts of a report by Discreet Investigation Service Inc., a Connecticut private investigator firm hired by alleged priest sex-abuse victim Michael Hodgkins to trail and videotape retired priest John Szantyr. The accused pedophile, 76, has reportedly shown up at court in a wheelchair and his lawyer claims Szantyr is incompetent to stand trial.
APRIL 6, 2007:
   2:15 p.m.: Male subject (Szantyr) walks from door . . . to his motor vehicle and leaves the area. Male subject is observed walking without any type of assistance, re: walker etc. Male subject has even gait conducive to his age and weight.
   2:30 p.m.: Male subject arrives at (church). Male subject is on his cell phone and smoking a cigarette. Male subject enters church and sits on side.

Vicar jailed for decades of sex abuse after church failed to take action

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 5½yrs prison. Leaders were told in 1983, 2001. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Guardian, by Alexandra Topping, for Friday May 4, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A vicar who sexually abused a series of boys over a 30-year period was yesterday jailed for five and half years. David Smith, 52, managed to groom and abuse six young boys despite warnings being given to the Church of England about his behaviour.
   During the two-week trial, Bristol crown court heard that concerns about the vicar were raised with the church on two occasions, first in 1983 and again in 2001.
   On both occasions, the complainants were assured the matter had been "dealt with", but Smith continued to abuse boys in his parish. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 3, 2007 10:00 PM]

Rabbi Also Molested Girls

  [Years - Shapiro*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys, girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Baltimore Jewish Times, by Phil Jacobs, Executive Editor, MAY 04, 2007
   Part of a continuing series on sexual molestation in the Jewish community. Warning: This article contains graphic sexual descriptions that may be offensive to some readers.
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- It wasn't only boys. Since the Baltimore Jewish Times' April 13 account that the deceased Rabbi Ephraim F. Shapiro– former principal of the Talmudical Academy and spiritual leader of the old Agudas Achim Synagogue– molested young boys hundreds of times, at least three women have come forward to share their molestation stories.
   Pedophiles, according to Lisa Ferentz, a Pikesville-based clinical social worker and creator of a certificate program in Advanced Trauma Treatment, are not necessarily attracted to one gender over the other.

Defence QC links both priest and witness to murder of Angelika

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Scotsman, By JOHN ROBERTSON, LAW CORRESPONDENT, ~ May 03, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- JURORS in the Angelika Kluk murder trial were urged yesterday to find the courage to conclude that a priest had been involved in her death.
   Donald Findlay, QC, for Peter Tobin, the man accused of the murder, said he was not suggesting Father Gerry Nugent had stabbed or bludgeoned the Polish student because there was no evidence to support the accusation.
   However, he insisted that, no matter how painful it might be for some to accept, there was evidence the priest had known details of Ms Kluk's temporary grave under the floor of his church, before the information became public.

Alleged victim: 'I'm crying inside'

  [1985-87 Szantyr*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Boston Herald, By Dave Wedge, Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter, Thursday, May 3, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) -- Like many victims in the priest sex-abuse scandal, Mike Chesnis has been suicidal, battled depression and struggled to overcome the intense trauma of having his innocence stolen allegedly at the hands of a man of the church.
   "Wearing a priest uniform is automatic authority - automatic trust," said Chesnis, speaking publicly for the first time about his alleged molestation by retired priest John Szantyr. "I feel very betrayed. Part of me hasn't grown up yet. I'm crying inside."
   Chesnis said he lived silently with shame and humiliation for years, the seeds of which were planted in the rectory of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Worcester in 1986 and 1987, which is when, he alleges, Szantyr courted him with kindness and molested him.

Deliver Us From Evil

  [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film. Dozens of victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Age, by Jim Schembri, Reviewer, May 3, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- This chilling, methodical, must-see documentary offers an unnerving insight into just how blase a person can be about the darkness of his own soul.
   In CHRONICLING the wanton child sexual abuse conducted by a Catholic priest over two decades in California, this chilling, methodical, must-see documentary offers an unnerving insight into just how blase a person can be about the darkness of his own soul.
   What makes the film uniquely unsettling is that the heinous perpetrator, Oliver O'Grady, is front-and-centre much of the time, a willing participant happy to talk at length and in shocking detail about what he did and who he hurt.

Industrial school abuse claim

  [< 20yrs Mercy Order] - RCC. Detained female < 20yrs. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, Irish Examiner, ~ May 03, 2007
   IRELAND -- The State, the Mercy Order and the Archbishop of Tuam have asked the High Court to dismiss proceedings brought by a woman who claims she was subject to physical and emotional abuse and unconstitutionally detained at an industrial school in the West of Ireland for almost 20 years.
   In 1946, Dolores Faulkner, with an address in Longford town, was brought before the courts in Dublin for begging, when she was two-and-a-half years old. She was sent to St Joseph's Industrial School in Clifden, Co Galway, and was there between the years 1946 and 1965.

Church hit by second child abuse conviction

  - Church of England. [< 30yrs David Smith] - 6 boys. [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - 3 choir boys (9-14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Monsters and Critics, ~ May 3, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Somerset vicar has been jailed after being found guilty of molesting six boys in assaults stretching over several decades.
   Reverend David Smith, 52, of St John's Road, Clevedon, was found guilty of ten counts of indecent assault, one charge of sexual assault on a child under 13 and one of sexual activities with a child. ...
   Rev Smith's conviction follows the two-and-a-half year sentence passed on former choirmaster Peter Halliday, 61, from Farnborough, Hampshire, who sexually abused young boys in the 1980s.

Accused priest's lawyer argues mistaken identity

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Oregonian, By ASHBEL S. GREEN, Thursday, May 03, 2007
   OREGON -- Attorney Dan Gatti's voice cracked as he told the jury a story Wednesday about a Catholic priest who drove a teenage boy from a state reform school to a funeral in 1975.
   On the way, the priest pulled the car onto a gravel road, stopped and threatened to put the boy in an isolation cell if he didn't provide oral sex, Gatti said.
   "We're going to finish what I asked you to do," Gatti accused the priest of saying.
   The lawyer for the priest agreed that a Catholic priest drove the boy to the funeral -- a different Catholic priest.
   Tom Cooney Sr. said the Rev. Michael Sprauer stands falsely accused of sexually abusing more than 15 boys at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s. Cooney told a Multnomah County court jury that a witness will testify that one of the accusers tried to get him to go along with a scam to falsely accuse the priest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 3, 2007 9:12 AM]

Ahern appoints O'Gorman to Seanad

  - One-in-Four charity leader to Senate. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Irish Times, May 3, 2007
   IRELAND -- The founder of the One-in-Four charity Colm O'Gorman has been nominated to be a member of the Seanad by the Taoiseach.
   Mr O'Gorman's appointment, made to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of Senator Kate Walsh, has immediate effect.
   Mr O'Gorman founder the One-in-Four charity to assist survivors of abuse. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Ferns Inquiry, the first State investigation into clerical sexual abuse. His father, Sean, was a Wexford County Councillor for 16 years and contested the General Elections in 1969 and 1973.

P.I. on ex-priest's case: Wheelchair 'absolute farce,' accuser says

  [1985-87 Szantyr*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Boston Herald, By Dave Wedge, Boston Herald Chief Enterprise Reporter, Updated 03:19 AM EST, Thursday, May 3, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) -- Fed up with four years of delays in the case of an accused pedophile priest who claims he's ill and not competent to face trial, one of the alleged victims hired a gumshoe who nabbed the supposedly debilitated holy man walking and driving on his own.
   The sex-assault case against retired Worcester priest John Szantyr has been continued multiple times since 2003 - most recently last Friday - amid ongoing questions over his physical condition and mental competency.
   A doctor's report from 2005 said the 76-year-old Szantyr, who has reportedly appeared in court in a wheelchair, couldn't stand trial "due to his deteriorating physical condition and his emotional and mental condition" and because he suffers from "rapidly advancing Parkinson's disease and strokes," records show.
   But a private investigator hired by Michael Hodgkins, one of Szantyr's alleged victims, spotted the priest twice last week walking without any help, driving on his own to and from church and smoking and yakking on a cell phone, a report obtained by the Herald shows.

Keeping the faith

  - RCC.
   South End News, by Susan Ryan-Vollmar, srvollmar@baywindows.com , ~ May 03, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The inevitable is taking place: the Holy Trinity (German) Church on Shawmut Avenue is finally closing. No, the church isn't anywhere near close to shutting its doors for good, but on April 15, the last Latin Mass was celebrated at the church, exactly 17 years after the first one was held.
   The Latin Mass parishioners were the lifeblood of the church, which was founded in 1842 by German Catholics. Although there is still a passionate community of German worshippers at Holy Trinity, they are both aging and few in number. (Full disclosure: My maternal grandparents, both of whom are now deceased, worshipped at Holy Trinity.) It's clear that in recent years the Latin Mass parishioners brought in most of the money and congregants to the parish. While some of the Latin Mass parishioners have chosen to stay at Holy Trinity and worship with the German parish, most of the congregation has left. Some are glad to have moved on to a fresh beginning and, really, who can blame them? ...
   Meanwhile, an audit demanded by parishioners uncovered the primary reason for Holy Trinity's seeming financial intransigence: its administrator, the Rev. Hugh O'Regan had been transferring funds – $176,360 over six years – from Holy Trinity into the bank account of the other church he oversaw, St. James the Greater in Chinatown. When the chicanery was discovered, the Archdiocese immediately loaned St. James the Greater the money necessary to pay Holy Trinity back. Only after O'Regan's incompetent management of Holy Trinity was revealed did the Archdiocese abandon a misguided plan to move Holy Trinity's assets and parishioners to St. James the Greater.

Lawyer: Priest is victim of scam

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, May 3, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Rev. Michael Sprauer is the innocent victim of a sexual abuse scam, a state attorney told a jury Wednesday.
   "It's our position there is a scam. It's our position the plaintiffs are not telling the truth," said William Tharp, a special state assistant attorney general.
   Tharp's assertion came during opening statements in the civil trial of a lawsuit against the Salem priest and the state, which employed Sprauer at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 3, 2007 8:03 AM]

Catholic Church anti-sex-abuse ed programs a success, U.S. bishops' report says

  - RCC.
   Catholic Online By Jerry Filteau Catholic News Service ( www.catholicnews.com ) May/3/2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) – A report sent to the U.S. bishops by their National Review Board and Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People said the safe environment education programs for children in dioceses across the nation are "a major accomplishment and one that must continually be maintained and reinforced."
   It proposed criteria for evaluating and improving those programs, which are intended to prevent the sexual abuse of children and young people and to help them recognize it if it occurs and report it to adults.
   The report recommended strengthening the training of teachers and catechists who are called on to teach children in age-appropriate ways what they need to know to help them to avoid inappropriate touching or behavior and to report it when it occurs.

Longtime prison chaplain target of Oregon sex abuse lawsuit

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   OregonLive, The Associated Press, 11:51 a.m. PDT, May/3/2007,
   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Catholic priest who served 30 years as a prison chaplain stands accused in a civil suit of abusing young inmates in Oregon. The trial is the first in Oregon on claims of sex abuse on the part of a priest.
   Fifteen people have accused the Rev. Michael Sprauer of abusing them when they were serving time in the 1970s at what was known as the MacLaren School for Boys at Woodburn. It is now called the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.
   The 15 plaintiffs settled their cases against the Portland Archdiocese, which recently won approval of a $75 million plan to emerge from bankruptcy. The Archdiocese settled with about 175 people, including the 15 in this case, who said they were abused by clergy or other church officials.

Priest abused boys over 30yrs

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Sun, By VINCE SOODIN, May 03, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PARISH priest was today jailed for five-and-half-years after being convicted of sexually abusing boys over nearly 30 years.
   The Rev David Smith, 52, took advantage of his trusted position to groom and molest six vulnerable youngsters.
   He indecently assaulted some of his young victims during sleep-overs at the vicarage in Clevedon, Somerset, and during holidays abroad.

Vicar jailed for child sex abuse

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys.
   BBC News, ~ May 03, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for sexually abusing six boys over a 30-year period.
   The Rev David Smith, of St John's Road, Clevedon, groomed and molested his young victims during sleep-overs at the vicarage and holidays abroad.
   Smith, 52, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Clevedon, North Somerset, had denied all 12 charges.

Vicar guilty of sexually abusing boy in Malta

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   MaltaMedia News, 6:01:15 PM, May 3, 2007
   MALTA -- A British vicar has been found guilty of sexually abusing a string of young boys over three decades. One of victims was brought to Malta for a holiday by Rev. David Smith, who was on Thursday found guilty of taking advantage of his trusted position to groom and molest six vulnerable youngsters.
   52-year-old Rev. David Smith of St John the Evangelist Church at Clevedon, Somerset has denied all 12 charges. According to BBC News, he claimed all the offences were a "figment of someone's imagination".
   The jury of eight women and four men at Bristol Crown Court took two hours on Thursday to find him unanimously guilty of 10 charges of indecent assault, one sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and one of sexual activities with a child under the age of 16. The boys were indecently assaulted during sleep-overs at the vicarage and during holidays abroad.

Parish priest jailed for child sex abuse

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys.
   Di-ve news, 1930CEST, May 03, 2007
   UK/MALTA (di-ve news)----An English parish priest has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for sexually abusing six boys, one of whom he told he loved and took him on a holiday to Malta.
   The parish priest, Rev David Smith, aged 52 and vicar of the St. John the Evangelist in Clevedon, North Somerset, was accused of grooming and molesting young boys, all aged under 16, over a period of 30 years spanning from 1976 to 2005, during sleep-overs at the vicarage and during holidays abroad.
   One of the abused boys, now an adult, was a choir boy and he told the court how he feared for his life after his parish priest sexually abused him at a vicarage. The witness recounted how he joined St John's church choir when he was eight or nine and became close friends with the priest, adding that the latter told him that he loved him and once took him to Malta on holiday.

Priest jailed for sexually abusing boys

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Reuters, May 3, 2007
   LONDON (Reuters) - A parish priest was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail on Thursday after being found guilty of sexually abusing boys over a 30-year period.
   Reverend David Smith, 52, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of 10 counts of indecent assault, one of sexual assault and one of sexual activity with a child.
   Some of the incidents took place during sleep-overs at St John the Evangelist vicarage in Clevedon, Somerset, where Smith was vicar.

Vicar guilty of child sex abuse

  [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys.
   Lancashire Evening Post, ~ May 03, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing a string of boys over nearly 30 years.
   The Rev David Smith, 52, took advantage of his trusted position to groom and molest six vulnerable youngsters.
   He indecently assaulted some of his young victims during sleep-overs at the vicarage in Clevedon, Somerset, and during holidays abroad.

Victims' group: Archdicocese hid sex crimes

  - RCC. [1973-74 Straub] - Boys. [1978 onwards - St Louis Archdiocese] - Enabled him to continue. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Jim Salter, ASSOCIATED PRESS, May/03/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO), (AP) -- Although a priest signed a written confession in 1978 admitting to sexual abuse of boys, the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowed him to continue serving parishes for more than a decade after that, a victims' rights group said today.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, planned an afternoon news conference to announce the settlement of a suit against the Rev. Donald "Duck" Straub over abuse that happened in 1973 and 1974. At the time, Straub was a seminary student working at Resurrection Parish in St. Louis. The victim was 13 when the abuse began.
   SNAP officials said that in 1978, parents of other children at the parish had come forward alleging sexual abuse, prompting a confession signed by Straub and witnessed by Bishop John Wurm, since deceased.

74 Dublin priests accused of sex abuse

  [1940-2007 - 74 priests of Dublin Archdiocese] - RCC. €7.8m gone. 112 civil cases so far. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, Irish Daily Mirror, May 03, 2007
   IRELAND -- Allegations of sex abuse have been made against 74 priests in one diocese, it was revealed yesterday.
   Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin disclosed the Church in the capital has paid 5.6million in claims to victims and another 2.2million went to lawyers.
   So far 112 civil actions have been brought against 32 priests and a further 10 clerics are under suspicion.

Altar boy 'abused by priest for five years'

  [~ 1960s Kinsella] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Irish Independent, ~ May 03, 2007
   IRELAND -- A MAN who claims he was sexually abused by a priest twice a week for five years has begun an action for damages against the priest and the Bishop of Ferns.
   Patrick Doyle (48) of The Rookery, Bellefield, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford has taken the proceedings against Fr John Kinsella, who was attached to the Diocese of Ferns.
   The action is also against Bishop Eamon Walsh, being sued in his capacity as Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns on the basis that he was vicariously liable for the priest's alleged acts.

Molestation Lawsuit Will Cost Diocese

  [Years ago - Orteneau (Jesuit) + other priests] - RCC. US$1.2m gone. Boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Day, By Joe Wojtas, ~ May 03, 2007
   NORWICH (CT) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich has agreed to pay one quarter of a $1.2 million settlement to a Coventry man who claimed the Rev. Eugene Orteneau repeatedly molested him at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs when he was about 16.
   Joseph Sweeney, the attorney for the diocese, said Wednesday that the diocese, which was sued along with the church and former Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, will pay Joshua Hethcote $300,000 while The Society of Jesus, the order of priests to which Orteneau belonged, will pay $900,000.
   In the past eight months, the diocese has paid three men, all represented by New London attorney Robert Reardon, a total of $3.4 million to settle their lawsuits against the Norwich diocese. The suits alleged that priests working in the diocese sexually assaulted them as boys.

Jury out in vicar child sex trial

  [1976-2005 David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ May 03, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The jury in the trial of a parish priest accused of sexually abusing a string of boys over nearly 30 years has retired to consider their verdicts.
   The Rev David Smith, 52, of St John's Road, Clevedon, Somerset, allegedly groomed and then molested a succession of vulnerable youngsters in his care.
   Mr Smith denies 12 charges allegedly committed against six boys aged under 16 between 1976 and 2005.

Angelika jury told 'priest was involved'

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Glasgow Evening Times, ~ May 03, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- JURORS in the Angelika Kluk murder trial were today asked to find the courage to believe a priest was involved in her death.
   Defence QC Donald Findlay was making his closing speech at the High Court in Edinburgh.
   He reminded jurors of evidence about parish priest Father Gerry Nugent, who told the court he had had a sexual relationship with the 23-year-old Polish student.
   Mr Findlay said Father Gerry, 63, and defence witness Matthew Spark-Egan - who had fantasies about his own violent exploits - seemed to know a lot about where and how Angelika's body was hidden, when they could not have learned it from any external source.

Never again

  [Cotter] - RCC. Bishop admits inadequate systems. Admits 3 charges. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Citizen, By Andrew Greaves, ~ May 03, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- One of Lancashire's most senior clergymen has assured parents that mistakes made in the past will not be repeated.
   Patrick O'Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster, was speaking just days after former Preston priest Father Edmund Cotter, 60, pleaded guilty to three specimen charges of indecent assault at Preston Crown Court.
   The bishop admitted that the Catholic Church did not have adequate systems in place when dealing with priests accused of sexual abuse in the past. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 3, 2007 10:10 AM]
   [COMMENT: Well, RCs used to be told that the Church was a "wise old mother."  What wisdom and maternalism does this Church have that "did not have adequate systems in place"?  Furthemore, any Church with an ounce of common sense would ensure that nearly all of its employees were married, and that any who became evil would be forced into "management-initiated retirement."  Or, even, that a Church would remember the disputed scripture 1 Peter 2:13-14 to subject themselves to the king or to his governors sent to punish the wicked and to praise the good, and the text that the civil magistrates bring fear to those who do evil (Romans 13:3-4).  By setting up its own "canon law" and the secrecy rules such as Crimen Sollicitationis, the RCC has refused to follow the Bible's advice to use civil society to punish evildoers.   COMMENT ENDS.]

////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 03, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri May 04, 2007 edition:


A Christian . . . but no saint

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Enabled wrong actions. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Herald, By CALUM MACDONALD and MARTYN McLAUGHLIN, ~ May 04, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- He is, to put it mildly, no saint. Father Gerry Nugent became a bad stereotype of the wayward parish priest during the six weeks of the Angelika Kluk murder trial: an avowedly sexual being who admitted in court to being an alcoholic and was described as a "Jekyll and Hyde" by the dead woman's sister.
   It has also emerged that the Archdiocese of Glasgow had previously received a complaint about the priest's behaviour. In 1993, the Archdiocese received an anonymous letter which was followed up by an anonymous phone call from a woman claiming that she had been sexually assaulted by Fr Nugent.
   The caller, who was told to report the alleged incident to police, would not meet officials.
   The late Cardinal Winning confronted Fr Nugent, who admitted to a consensual sexual encounter. After psychological tests he was given treatment and counselling for alcohol dependency. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM]

Full Disclosure Required

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   Voice from the Desert, ~ May 04, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- After reading details about safe environment education programs for children from a recently released bishops-funded report, one would think that kids are now safe. But education at the parish level is just one part of keeping kids safe from actual and potential sexual predators employed by the Church.
   What about seminary applicants? Is there independent lay oversight of psychological screening of candidates?
   What about secret and expensive Catholic Conference lobbying efforts to kill long overdue reform of outdated statutes of limitations (SOL) on sex abuse crimes against children?

• Tom Doyle on SOL Reform in Delaware

 
   Voice from the Desert, http://voicefrom thedesert. blogspot.com/ 2007/05/tom- doyle-on- sol-reform-in- delaware.html , TESTIMONY OF THOMAS DOYLE, J.C.D., C.A.D.C., IN SUPPORT OF S.B. 29, STATE OF DELAWARE; State Capitol Dover, Delaware April 4, 2007 [Yes, April 4]
   DELAWARE --
   Personal and Professional background
   I am a Catholic priest and a member of the Dominican Order. I was ordained in 1970 and have served in a variety of assignments including parish work, college and university teaching and administrative work. I served as an Air Force chaplain from 1986 until 2004. My first assignment was at Dover AFB. While on active duty I served in several conflicts including Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. I have five master's degrees and a doctorate. I am also a certified addictions therapist. [***]
   [ONE OF THE CRITICISMS OF LITIGATION] The claims will drive the Church to bankruptcy
   Response: Although five dioceses have filed for bankruptcy protection none have actually gone bankrupt. The process has revealed not only significant holdings but has also resulted in attempts to set up agreements that would impose unjust stipulations and conditions on actual or potential victims.
   The true reason for the bankruptcy filings has not been fear of impending financial disaster. It has been to temporarily stop the trial and discovery processes which would have resulted in the revelation of very embarrassing and incriminating information.
[***] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 PM]

Judge sentences student's killer to life for 'inhuman' and 'evil' attack

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Life imprisonment. Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled offender. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Guardian, by Esther Addley, Saturday May 5, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A convicted child rapist was yesterday jailed for life for raping and murdering a Polish student then dumping her body under the floor of a Catholic church.
   Peter Tobin, 60, bludgeoned and stabbed Angelika Kluk, 23, before her body was dumped "like so much rubbish" in a crypt. Tobin will serve at least 21 years before he is considered for parole.
   Lord Menzies said at the high court in Edinburgh that in the course of his career in the law he had never encountered a more tragic or more terrible case. ...
   For six weeks the case has transfixed Scotland, as daily revelations of ecclesiastical intrigue, sexual obsession and the victim's terrible injuries emerged. In the course of the trial, the parish priest of St Patrick's church in Glasgow, Father Gerry Nugent, 63, told the court that he and Ms Kluk had had a sexual relationship in 2005, and admitted that he was an alcoholic; Tobin's defence QC had argued in his closing speech that there was "clear evidence" to connect the priest in some way with the young woman's death.
   [LOOK FORWARD: In Margate, where Tobin used to live, two females' bodies have been found under his child's sandpit, according to reports of November 18, 2007 (see ethcont142.htm) . ENDS.]

Deal allows secrets to remain

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   Spokesman Review, By John Stucke, May 4, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- The public may never know how many Catholic priests sexually abused children in Eastern Washington. Nor will parishioners know how their money is being spent, despite being asked to contribute $10 million to settle sex-abuse claims.
   Perhaps most alarming, however, is that priests accused of sexual abuse remain within the diocese ministry.
   Because of sealed court records and an unusual arrangement that one lawyer touted as an "alternative judicial system," the full disclosure long demanded by victims in the Spokane Catholic Diocese's long-running bankruptcy case may never happen.

Church apologises over priest in Kluk murder

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Telegraph, By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent, Last Updated 1:59am BST, May/05/2007
   SCOTLAND -- Catholic leaders apologised last night for the conduct of the priest who claimed to have slept with the murdered Polish student Angelika Kluk.
   Fr Gerry Nugent revealed the affair at the trial of convicted paedophile Peter Tobin
   Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said Fr Gerry Nugent's behaviour had fallen "well short" of the standards expected. The Church also revealed that Fr Nugent, 63, had previously admitted an "inappropriate consensual sexual encounter" in 1993.
   The apology came after a convicted paedophile was found guilty of the "inhuman" rape and murder of Angelika. Peter Tobin, 60, attacked her with a table leg and a knife. He then tied her up, raped her and dumped her body in a makeshift tomb under the floor of St Patrick's Church, Glasgow. Tobin was on the sex offenders register but was working under an alias.

4 Hearings May 16 as plaintiffs get aggressive arguing Motions to Compel answers in depositions and interrogatories. LA jury trials begin in June

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   City of Angels
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Next hearings are on May 16th, several motions to compel depositions and responses as plaintiffs try to get the church to cooperate with discovery:
   05/16/2007 at 08:31 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 MOTION TO COMPEL DEPOSITION (PAPERS FILED ON 4/13)RE: 01131929)
   05/16/2007 at 08:31 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 MOTION - COMPEL FURTHER RESPONSES (TO STANDARDIZED INTERROGATORIES (PAPERS FILED ON 4/12) **CONT TO 5/30**RE: BC307225

The National Herald Reports "Devastating" Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. 2 altar boys.
   Orthodox Reform
   DALLAS (TX) -- Page one of today's The National Herald had this to report, directing readers to OrthodoxReform.org for details on the lawsuit:
   Two alleged victims of Rev. Nicholas Katinas, the retired former pastor of the Holy Trinity Church in Dallas who has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors, has filed a lawsuit. The 32-page lawsuit was filed in Dallas District Court last Friday, April 27 (cause #0703807), and is posted in its entirety on the Orthodox Reform website (orthodoxreform.org).

Article II: Education

  - Greek Orthodox.
   Orthodox Reform
   UNITED STATES -- (Editor's note: This is the expanded draft of Article II of the Orthodox Reform Manifesto to overcome sexual misconduct, establish healing, and restore trust in the Church. Please let us know your comments!)
   Article II: Education We resolve to educate ourselves about how we, as the Church, can prevent abuse and help victims to heal from their wounds.
   We call for mandatory sexual misconduct and safe environment training for all priests, deacons, bishops, staff members, and any who have frequent access to children.

When Holiness Fails

  - Judaism (Orthodox)
   Baltimore Jewish Times, by Neil Rubin, Editor, MAY 04, 2007
  BALTIMORE (MD) -- The following sermon was delivered by Rabbi Elan Adler on April 28, 2007 at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation in Pikesville.
   A terrible thing has happened in our Jewish community, something that has caught us off guard and sent us reeling. We found out, through publicity in the BALTIMORE JEWISH TIMES, that even the holiest of Jewish people are only human, and that the Jewish community is not immune to sexual abuse by clergy and other people of authority.
   By now you must have read the article, which was a cover story a couple of months ago, about a young man the JEWISH TIMES referred to as Steve, who was sexually abused by Orthodox Rabbis.

Whose Moral Authority?

 
   Voice from the Desert,
   The following opinion piece addresses Commonweal's recent article, "Vengeance Time, When Abuse Victims Squander Their Moral Authority," (April 20, 2007 issue). The author is Sister Maureen Paul Turlish SNDdeN, a Victims' Advocate from New Castle, Delaware.
   UNITED STATES -- * * * WHOSE MORAL AUTHORITY SHOULD WE REALLY BE DISCUSSING? My stomach turned and churned as I read the title of Commonweal's recent article, " Vengeance Time, WhenAbuse Victims Squander Their Moral Authority," (April20, 2007 issue).If truth be told, and it is way past time that we start dealing in truths, who, more than America's bishops, have needlessly squandered their moral authority because of their history of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up in the handling of the clergy sexual abuse problem in the Roman Catholic Church? It didn't have to be that way and it shouldn't have come to this, but it has.

Key Dates In Investigation Of Diocese

 
   WMUR
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Key dates in the state's investigation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester:
   February 2002: Attorney general's office begins criminal investigation of the diocese.
   December 2002: State prosecutors settle with diocese, averting criminal charges. Settlement terms call for annual audits of the church's sexual-abuse prevention policies.
   May 2004: After months of legal wrangling between the state and church over the scope and cost of the audits, the church asks a judge to force the state to begin its first audit.

AG: Gaps Remain In Church Abuse Programs

 
   WMUR,
   CONCORD, N.H. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester still doesn't meet abuse-prevention requirements negotiated with the Attorney General's Office more than four years ago and its leaders are flouting court-approved standards, according to an independent audit released Friday.
   The audit noted there are "critical gaps" in programs to protect children from sexual abuse and that church leaders have been reticent in complying. The 117-parish diocese also relies too heavily on self-reporting and self-policing. The auditors also were critical about the "tone at the top," particularly in regard to the Rev. Edward Arsenault, who heads the diocese's efforts to prevent and report sexual abuse.
   "In conducting this year's audit, KPMG encountered resistance from certain corners of the diocese, most notable from the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct Father Edward Arsenault. Since Father Arsenault is the face of the program to many of the employees and volunteers within the diocese, his attitude to the program is very important in terms of the reflection of the diocese's overall commitment to the process," said Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.

Appeals court tosses lawsuit against diocese

 
   Yakima Herald-Republic By JANE GARGAS
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A state appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by Robert Fontana against his former employer, the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and Bishop Carlos Sevilla.
   The Division III Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled Thursday that Yakima County Superior Court was correct a year ago in deciding that Fontana's duties with the diocese were ministerial in nature. Therefore, the appeals court said, it did not have jurisdiction in the case, due to constitutional separation of church and state. ...
   Fontana, who worked for the diocese for 25 years, said he was reprimanded twice at work in 2004 for questioning how the diocese was handling the case of a priest, whom church officials believe downloaded images of naked boys.
   The priest was investigated by the FBI and the county prosecutor's office on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
   Both agencies ultimately declined to file charges on the grounds that the dozen or so images on the priest's computer did not meet the standard of pornography.

Audit of N.H. diocese released

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer | May 4, 2007
   CONCORD, N.H. --An independent audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester has found critical gaps in programs to protect children from sexual abuse, state prosecutors said Friday.
   In its second court-mandated audit of the diocese, the state cited a lack of "acceptance or commitment" on the part of church leaders. Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said progress has been made, but she remains concerned about the "tone at the top," particularly in regard to the Rev. Edward Arsenault, who heads the diocese's efforts to prevent and report sexual abuse.
   The audit found that one new allegation of sexual abuse by a priest had been made in the last year. Authorities would not give any details but said the accused priest no longer is in active ministry.

Priest abused boys at parents' seaside home

  [1976-2005 David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Dorset Echo, By Andy Davey
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A DISGRACED priest who molested boys for more than 30 years groomed vulnerable youngsters on trips to his family home in Swanage.
   The Rev David Smith, 52, of Clevedon, in Somerset, was jailed for five-and-half years for assaults on six boys aged under 16 between 1976 and 2005.

Former Malvern vicar jailed for sex crimes

  [1976-2005 David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys.
  Malvern Gazette
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PRIEST who once had a parish in Malvern has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after being found guilty of sexually abusing a string of boys over nearly 30 years.
   Rev David Smith, aged 52, took advantage of his trusted position to groom and molest six vulnerable youngsters, the court heard. He was vicar of St Peter's Church, Cowleigh, in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Scandal

  - VOTF national meeting. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Bettnet.com
   NEWTON (MA) -- Voice of the Faithful held its national meeting in Boston last week, specifically at its birthplace at Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Newton.
   Reading the summary of the meeting I come away with the renewed conviction that this dissident group is dead and all we're waiting for is the twitching to end.
   It doesn't take a whole lot of reading between the lines to find that (a) it sources of funding are drying up and (b) membership is declining.
   [COMMENT: Far from dying, the group is being joined by another group.  Instead of sneering at VOTF, the writer ought to be glad it is not trying to change the RC Church's doctrines -- oops! the RCC itself recently changed one of them, Limbo! ENDS.]

Giving hope -- and cash -- to clergy abuse victims

 
   Star-Ledger, BY JEFF DIAMANT, Friday, May 04, 2007
   NEWARK (NJ) -- In 1964, at age 13, Kevin Waldrip was molested by a Catholic priest in Newark. Two decades later the perpetrator, the Rev. Richard Galdon, was sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to sexually abusing several boys. He died in 2000.
   But Waldrip says he has not been able to hold a steady job because of lingering psychological problems stemming from the abuse and ongoing issues with authority figures. Now 55, he lives in his car, sleeping in the back seat, in an Essex County town he doesn't want to name for fear of alerting police.
   A lifeblood for him these days, he says, has been a nonprofit group called Rescue and Recovery International, which helps victims of clergy sex abuse and was started by a controversial Newark priest, the Rev. Robert Hoatson. Over the last 12 months, the organization, serving as a welfare agency of sorts, has given Waldrip nearly $1,500.

Campaigners criticise Church for failing to inform police of abuse

  - Church of England. [< 30yrs David Smith] - 6 boys. [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - 3 choir boys (9-14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Church Times, by Rachel Harden,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE Church of England faced continued criticism this week over its failure in 1990 to report to the police known incidents of child sexual abuse by a choirmaster from Hampshire. The choirmaster, Peter Halliday, was imprisoned on Thursday of last week, after admitting offences from that period.
   Child-protection campaigners have accused the Church of protecting itself rather than the children involved. Church leaders have attempted to explain rather than excuse what happened, while expressing "deep sorrow" and calling for "penitence for the unacceptable face of the Church".
   In March, Peter Halliday pleaded guilty to ten counts of indecent assault between 1985 and 1990, on three boys who were in the choir at St Peter's, Farnborough. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Winchester Crown Court last week, and ordered to pay each victim £2000.

Bishop gives unequivocal apology as priest is jailed for sex offences

  [1976-2005 David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Ekklesia, By staff writers, May 4, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Rev Peter Price, has made an unequivocal apology for the failure of the church to follow its own guidelines on sexual abuse following the conviction of a Somerset priest for repeated offences against children.
   The Rev David Smith of Clevedon was jailed for five-and-a-half years yesterday after a unanimous verdict at Bristol Crown Court that he sexually abused six boys over a 30-year period.
   Mr Smith, aged 52, vicar of St John the Evangelist, North Somerset, had denied all 12 charges. The two week trial heard that two complainants expressed their concerns to the church, first in 1983 and again in 2001. But the matter was "dealt with" as an internal concern, and Smith continued to abuse boys because he was not reported to the police.

Prelate sees need for church in lives

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   Chicago Tribune By Margaret Ramirez Tribune religion reporter Published May 3, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- As Cardinal Francis George marks his 10th anniversary as spiritual leader of Chicago's 2.3 million Roman Catholics, he sat down Thursday with the Tribune to reflect on his decade of service.
   The cardinal spoke candidly about the sexual abuse scandal, saying, "It has wounded the church." He expressed concern about the secularization of society: "There's a fear of Jesus, a fear of faith, a fear of love. . . . That's a great tragedy."
   When asked about challenges for the future, he spoke of transforming the Catholic identity to "keep the church in people's lives 24-7 and not just for an hour on Sunday."

Bishops knew of priest's abuse

  [1976-77 Straub]
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Tim Townsend, May/04/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A confession from a pedophile priest in the late 1970s indicates that the St. Louis Archdiocese knew about the priest's crimes, yet two archbishops allowed him to continue working with children in new parishes for years afterward.
   A letter from the priest, the Rev. Donald Straub, and others from parents complaining about his behavior were made public Thursday by a victims' rights group after a lawsuit against the archdiocese was settled last week.
   "I spoke to Bishop Wurm about allegations made by parents of boys from Resurrection from 1976 and 1977," Straub wrote on May 11, 1978. "I acknowledge the allegations are and I will be happy to abide by any decision his Eminence will make respective the help and assistance I may need to enable me to cope with this problem."

Vicar Gets 5 1/2 Years For Molesting Boys

  [1976-2005 David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Daily Express, By Jo Willey,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE Church of England was last night accused of covering up child sex crimes for the second time in a week after a vicar was jailed for molesting a string of boys.
   David Smith was given a five-and-a-half-year sentence after being found guilty of abusing youngsters over three decades.
   During his trial it emerged that Church leaders were twice warned Smith, 52, had allegedly been attacking the boys. But nothing was done and he continued to work with children.

Group: Church hid abuse for 30 years

  - RCC. 30yrs loose. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Belleville News-Democrat Associated Press
   ST. LOUIS (MO) --A priest signed a written confession in 1978 admitting to sexual abuse of boys, but the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowed him to continue serving parishes for more than a decade after that, a victims' rights group said Thursday.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, announced a settlement of a lawsuit against the Rev. Donald "Duck" Straub over abuse that happened in 1973 and 1974, when Straub, then a seminary student, was working at Resurrection Parish in St. Louis. The victim was 13 when the abuse began.
   SNAP officials said that in 1978, parents of other children at the parish came forward alleging sexual abuse, prompting a confession signed by Straub and witnessed by Bishop John Wurm, who is now deceased.

Bath and Wells "Shocked" over Child Abuse Priest

  - Church of England. [1976-2005 David Smith] - 6 boys. [C of E leaders] - Learnt in 1983, allowed continuation. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Christian Today, by Maria Mackay, Posted 9:34 (BST), Friday, May 4, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM (BBC) -- The Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells has expressed its shock after one of its priests was found guilty yesterday of sexually abusing boys under his care over a 30-year period.
   Rev David Smith, 52, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison by Bristol Crown Court on Thursday after the jury of eight women and four men found him guilty of 10 charges of indecent assault, one sexual assault of a child under 13 and one of sexual activities with a child under 16.
   The Church of England was first warned about Smith, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Clevedon, North Somerset, following a complaint in 1983 from the parents of a teenage boy. They were reassured that the problem had been "dealt with".

Man testifies to relations with priest

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 4, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A former inmate at the Oregon State Correctional Institution testified Thursday that the Rev. Michael Sprauer had a sexual relationship with him, and supplied him with cocaine and marijuana while Sprauer was chaplain at the Salem prison in the 1990s.
   Thomas Ha, 39, now on parole, said Sprauer engaged in multiple acts of oral sex and mutual masturbation with him in a prison chapel bathroom. Ha described their sex acts as consensual and said they occurred during a period of years.
   "He said he loved me and would take care of me," Ha said.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri May 04, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat May 05, 2007 edition:


Kerala: Criminal Charges against Divine RC Director, Nine Others

  [~ 2000s Panackal -NEW*] - Christian. Rape, deaths, foreign exchange. India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Daijiworld, SAR News, May 5, 2007
   THRISSUR, India : A criminal case has been registered against the director of Divine Retreat Centre (DRC), Father George Panackal, and nine others at the Koratty police station.
   The case was registered on April 30 following the filing of a first information report in the Kodungalloor Judicial Magistrate Court April 28 by the special investigation team headed by inspector general of police Vinson M Paul, after making preliminary inquiries into the allegations of irregularities in DRC at Muringoor near Thrissur. ...
   The charges levelled against the Divine Retreat Centre include violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, the Foreign Exchange Management Act and scandals like rape and deaths of some persons under mysterious circumstances at the Centre.

Alleged Priest Misconduct

  [1992-94 Buckner -NEW*] - RCC. Minor. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   WUSA, Written by Cindy Pena, 9NEWS NOW, Last Updated: 11:32:38 PM, May/4/2007
   CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- Fifty-four year old Christopher Buckner was placed on administrative leave for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a former parishioner from 1992 to 1994.
   At the time, Fr. Buckner was a pastor at St. Mary's church in Fredericksburg. He has been with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington for nearly 30 years.

Church moves to reassure after sex scandals

  - Church of England. [1976-2005 David Smith] - 6 boys. [C of E leaders] - Learnt in 1983, allowed continuation. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Religious Intelligence, By Nick Mackenzie, 2:55pm, Saturday, May 5, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE CHURCH of England has moved to reassure churchgoers that they are safe from paedophiles, following the conviction of a priest on Thursday for molesting six young people.
   The Bishop of Bath and Wells, where the priest – the Rev David Smith -- served said that modern practices and policies were as "stringent" as possible, and they were constantly being kept under review.
   The case of Smith came following revelations the week before about a church organist who was also convicted on child sex charges. Critics accused the Church of covering up some of the allegations. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM]

Church cover-ups

  - Roman Catholic Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Amish, etc.
   The Guardian ~ May 05, 2007
   The cases of child abuse by Church clergy that have come to light in recent weeks raise a number of highly worrying questions for our society. It has become clear that the Church was not only aware of these actions, but that it covered them up and allowed these men to continue to work with children and teenagers. The protection of the abusers as opposed to the victims raises serious questions not only of the religious institution, but also of our society as a whole.
   Children are the future of our society and also one of the most vulnerable groups within it. Children have neither a vote nor a voice in political situations. Children are forced to live within familial structures unless (or until) the state deems such an environment unsuitable. Children are the weakest members of our society - physically, emotionally and vocally. As such they are in need of protection by the adults around them.
   Paedophilia has plagued religion for many years, especially within Christian sects. Cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Jehovah's Witnesses, and even the Amish have been widely reported in recent years. One reason why these scandals cause such devastation is that religious leaders are seen as being on pedestals which they have chosen to put themselves upon.

Church audit cites 'tone at the top'

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Concord Monitor, By ERIC MOSKOWITZ, May 05, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- A new state audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester offered a mixed review of the church's system for preventing and identifying the sexual abuse of children. Auditors found "significant progress" since last year, but they noted "critical gaps" that remain.
   Although the church has substantially improved its screening and training program, the diocese relies on self-reporting by local parishes, schools and summer camps without a central review to ensure proper screening and training, auditors found.
   The audit, released yesterday by the attorney general, also criticized the diocese's "tone at the top," citing a lack of enthusiasm for commitment to the compliance program and the auditing process itself. Auditors specifically faulted the Rev. Edward Arsenault, the diocese's top official for clergy conduct, for providing auditors with "a lack of detailed information and candor."

Catholic Priest Accused Of Smuggling Drugs Into Prison

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   AHN, by Christopher Rizo, 7:25 a.m. EST, May 5, 2007
   SALEM, OREGON, (AHN) -- A Roman Catholic priest allegedly smuggled drugs into the Oregon State Correctional Institution and had a sexual relationship with an inmate while working as a prison chaplain.
   Thomas Ha, 39, testified Thursday that over a period of years, he and the Rev. Michael Sprauer engaged in multiple sex acts in a prison chapel bathroom.
   Additionally, Ha said Sprauer smuggled cocaine, marijuana and tobacco into the medium-security prison for him.

Priest's case to be settled

  - RCC in another secret deal.
   Fresno Bee, By Chris Collins / May/05/07
   FRESNO (CA) -- A former altar boy's civil lawsuit accuses a priest who leads one of Fresno's largest churches of molesting him more than a decade ago.
   But attorneys agreed Friday that the public will never know the outcome of the case.
   Instead of a retrial, the Rev. Eric Swearingen and his accuser, Army Special Forces Sgt. Juan Rocha, will enter binding arbitration to settle the lawsuit.
   Their lawyers arrived at the decision Friday after a 6 1/2-hour settlement conference in Fresno County Superior Court.

Woman Tells Of Predator In Pews

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   Glasgow Daily Record By Mark Mcgivern
   SCOTLAND -- A PARISHIONER who was subjected to Gerry Nugent's attempts at seduction has told how he brazenly chatted her up during confession.
   The woman approached the priest for pastoral support after her marriage broke down but instead was propositioned.
   The shameless priest even tried to chat her up during confession, as she told of losing a relative.
   Instead of giving an ear to listen to, Father Nugent tried to grab her and kiss her neck, saying: "I have a great passion for you."

My Sex In Chapel House With Pair Of Vice Girls

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 prostitutes. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled.
   Glasgow Daily Record By Janice Burns
   SCOTLAND -- THE fallen priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial has confessed to picking up two prostitutes and taking them back to his chapel for sex.
   Shamed Father Gerry Nugent told how he cruised Glasgow's red-light district for vice girls and engaged in "sexual fumbling" with them in the chapel house next to his church.
   Father Nugent also admitted a string of illicit affairs with married women in his flock.

Cardinal Winning Knew All About My Women

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - Admitted women. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled.
   Glasgow Daily Record By Janice Burns
   SCOTLAND -- FATHER Nugent told the country's most senior Catholic cleric about his affairs with women.
   He confessed to Cardinal Thomas Winning before his death in 2001 and offered to resign.
   Father Nugent said: "Cardinal Winning knew of my failings with the women.
   "I remember one particular conversation. I said to him, 'Look, I'll walk away.'
   "He was superb. He said to me, 'Gerry, I am concerned about you.' He was very compassionate. He was very helpful.

Jail Threat For Dodging Questions

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - Contempt of court. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled.
   Glasgow Daily Record By Gordon Mcilwraith
   SCOTLAND -- FATHER Gerry Nugent faces a jail sentence next week for contempt of court.
   As he gave evidence, the priest was repeatedly warned by judge Lord Menzies to give straight answers.
   But he continued to avoid questions posed by defence QC Donald Findlay and the judge's patience finally broke.
   Father Nugent was convicted of the offence during the trial - but that was kept secret from the jury and the media were banned from reporting it until the end of the trial.

Morning Star told to release boys' records

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   Spokesman Review by Benjamin Shors May 5, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- A Spokane County Superior Court judge has ordered Morning Star Boys' Ranch to release more than 1,000 personal files of former residents to attorneys who represent seven men who say they were sexually abused.
   Judge Harold Clarke reminded attorneys Friday of the "utmost sensitivity" of the files, which may contain medical, educational and personal information on former residents who are not involved in the case.
   "I can't overemphasize how sensitive these materials are," Clarke said. The personal files may contain "thousands and thousands" of pages of documents regarding men who once lived at the Catholic boys home, which opened in 1956. The ranch has worked with 1,300 boys in the past 50 years.

Archbishop of Glasgow Apologises Over Angelika Kluk Case

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   Christian Today
   SCOTLAND (BBC) -- The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, the Most Rev Mario Conti, has apologised after a convicted sex offender was jailed for life on Friday for the murder and rape of Polish student Angelika Kluk.
   The jury at the High Court in Edinburgh took just three-and-a-half hours to convict handyman Peter Tobin, 60, of killing the 23-year-old student and hiding her body in St Patrick's Catholic Church in Glasgow last September.
   Tobin, a handyman at the church, savagely beat, raped and stabbed Ms Kluk to death before dumping her body beneath the church floorboards. Ms Kluk had been living in the chapel house and working as a cleaner to save money for her studies in Gdansk, Poland, when the attack happened.

• Speaking Out in Delaware for SOL Reform

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   Voice from the Desert, http://voicefrom thedesert. blogspot.com/ 2007/04/s peaking-out- in-delaware- for-sol-reform. html ,
   DELAWARE -- The following testimony was given in Dover, Delaware, to the Senate Committee in Public Hearings Supporting Senate Bill 29 on March 21, 2007 (2 p.m. Legislative Hall) by Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castle, Delaware (maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com)
   * * * Senator Peterson, and members of the Committee:
   I am Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, formerly a Fine Arts chair and teacher at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington. [***]
   You may also hear that it is about money. It cannot be about money when in major cities across the country hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent each year, to retain law firms and public relations firms to prevent records from becoming public and to lobby to put a kinder, gentler face on hardball legal maneuverings. It cannot be about money when additional lobbyists are hired at hundreds of dollars an hour to oppose necessary legislation.
   Even if it were about money, is there a price one can put on the violation of a child's soul and body?
   It is about the records, like those records made public in Boston and the records now being forcibly made public in California because they have successfully passed look back legislation.
   It is about the records when institutions declare bankruptcy on the eve of trial dates. [***]
   The reality of past childhood sexual exploitation has to be recognized, accepted and dealt with. It is no less real, no less degrading and no less harmful in long term effects than the present trafficking in women and children and the international sex trade as discussed by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in a March 2, 2007 address to the U.N. Economic and Social Council's 51st Session on the Status of Women.
   This is a "Right to Life" issue.
   Baltimore's Cardinal Keeler described childhood sexual abuse as "murder of the soul," and it truly is. [...]

Statement From SNAP Director David Clohessy

 
   WMUR
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- The following is a statement from David Clohessy, of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, in response to the New Hampshire attorney general's audit of the Diocese of Manchester.
   We're grateful that the AG recognizes that the problems in the Manchester Diocese start at the top. The mere existence of policies and procedures on paper don't protect kids and any reasonable person realizes this.
   We're sad but not surprised that church officials still insist on moving slowly, not rapidly, in removing suspected pedophile employees.
   It is disappointing but typical that the church hierarchy continues to be obsessed with self-reporting and resists any real external help or monitoring.

Woman returns to deal with memories of priest abuse

  [? 1960s Rucker] - RCC. Girl.
   Daily Breeze, By Denise Nix
   CALIFORNIA -- As a child, she was allegedly abused at her El Segundo church by a man who has been dubbed one of the area's most prolific pedophile priests. Her life, as a result, crumbled.
   She dropped out of high school, can't hold a job, had two failed marriages, remains in constant transit and lost parental rights for her 9-year-old son. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, night terrors and flashbacks.
   But in the past few weeks, the 49-year-old woman who claims former Catholic priest George Neville Rucker sexually abused her when she was in the third grade and earlier returned to El Segundo on a mission.

'It's very wearying'

  - Is it safe to welcome offender?
   Union-Tribune By Sandi Dolbee May 5, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Life in the spotlight hasn't been easy for Pilgrim United Church of Christ.
   First came the local media. Then there was CNN, National Public Radio and The New York Times. Earlier this week, it was "ABC World News" setting up shop in the sanctuary for a segment that aired last night.
   Not to mention the hours of intense church meetings.
   All because Pilgrim, a Carlsbad congregation that prides itself on its openness and acceptance, is struggling with whether to welcome a registered sex offender.

Audit chides diocese

 
   New Hampshire Union Leader By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
   CONCORD (NH) – An independent audit found "critical gaps" in the Diocese of Manchester's compliance with the terms of a child protection agreement it reached with the state.
   The report noted failure by top Roman Catholic leaders to demonstrate a commitment to lasting policies to prevent the sexual abuse of minors.
   While significant strides have been made to correct deficiencies identified in the first audit, this year's report singled out the Rev. Edward J. Arsenault -- who is charged with implementing the agreement -- for the lack of candor and resistance he showed auditors, the KPMG Inc. audit released yesterday said.

Catholic Church abuse policies need work

 
   Nashua Telegraph By ALBERT McKEON, amckeon@nashuatelegraph.com Published Saturday, May. 5, 2007
   CONCORD (NH) – Despite significant progress by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester to protect minors from sexual abuse, church officials still have to address critical policy gaps and the commitment of a senior priest, the state attorney general said Friday.
   The second independent audit of the diocese's sexual misconduct policies found that the Rev. Edward Arsenault, who serves as the diocesan point man on reporting and preventing abuse, has a lack of "acceptance or commitment," Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said.
   This "tone at the top" – including Arsenault's "word games" – troubles prosecutors, Ayotte said. But Ayotte said she's hopeful the diocese will address this and two other critical concerns. In addition, Ayotte hopes the diocese will agree to two more annual audits by 2009.

Sex abuse shadows Church

 
   Press & Sun-Bulletin By William Moyer
   NEW YORK -- During the past two years, no "credible allegations" of sexual abuse have been filed against priests or deacons in the Syracuse Diocese of the Catholic Church.
   In the Rochester Diocese, though, two allegations were lodged in 2006 -- one against a deceased priest dating back to 1954. Four allegations had been reported in 2005.
   The local data was compiled for an annual report by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

Full disclosure unlikely

 
   Spokesman Review by John Stucke May 5, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- The public may never know how many Catholic priests sexually abused children in Eastern Washington. Nor will parishioners know how their money is being spent, despite being asked to contribute $10 million to settle sex-abuse claims.
   Perhaps most alarming, however, is that priests accused of sexual abuse remain within the diocese ministry.
   Because of sealed court records and an unusual arrangement that one lawyer touted as an "alternative judicial system," the full disclosure long demanded by victims in the Spokane Catholic Diocese's long-running bankruptcy case may never happen.

Audit says diocese flouts abuse guides

 
   The Boston Globe, Associated Press | May 5, 2007
   CONCORD, N.H. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester still doesn't meet abuse- prevention requirements negotiated with the attorney general's office more than four years ago, and its leaders flout court- approved standards, according to an independent audit released yesterday.
   The audit noted there are "critical gaps" in programs to protect children from sexual abuse and said church leaders have been reticent in complying. The 117- parish diocese relies too heavily on self-reporting and self-policing, the audit said . Auditors criticized the "tone at the top," particularly in regard to the Rev. Edward Arsenault, who heads efforts to prevent and report sexual abuse.

Area priest under fire in latest lawsuit

  [1980s Burnett] - RCC. Boy.
   Herald News, By STEWART WARREN, May 5, 2007
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Will County man recently filed a personal injury lawsuit in Will County claiming that the Rev. James Burnett sexually abused him in the early 1980s during his first confession at St. Mary's Parish in Mokena.
   David Rudofski, 32, a Will County resident, is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from the priest and the Joliet Diocese, said Terry Johnson, his Chicago-based lawyer. Rudofski's wife, Amanda, also is part of the lawsuit.
   "I think this is another unfortunate story of sexual abuse by a priest, and I think it needs to be brought to the public -- and a Catholic church that still is in denial," Johnson said.

Doctor says priest's victims will need therapy

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 5, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- It will take years of therapy to bring psychological healing to three men who allege they were sexually abused by the Rev. Michael Sprauer at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s, a forensic psychologist testified Friday.
   "After this kind of victimization, you're never the same," psychologist Frank Colistro told a jury of seven women and five men.
   The panel is hearing testimony in a sex-abuse lawsuit against Sprauer, a well-known Salem priest who serves at St. Joseph Church. It is thought to be the first Catholic priest sex-abuse case to go to trial in Oregon. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat May 05, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun May 06, 2007 edition:


Judge McMahon appointed chairman of redress board

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   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ May 06, 2007
   IRELAND -- Judge Bryan McMahon has been appointed as the new chairman of the Residential Institutions Redress Board.
   Judge McMahon, who was also appointed yesterday to the High Court, succeeds Judge Seán O'Leary who died last year.
   Currently the redress board is more than halfway through the process of dealing with the 14,541 applications made to it before the deadline passed in December 2005. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM]

Priest's confessions add to shock felt by parishioners

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   Sunday Herald, By Judith Duffy, Health Correspondent, ~ May 06, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- WHEN THE body of Angelika Kluk was discovered in St Patrick's Church in Glasgow last year, parishioners were quick to offer support to their priest, a highly regarded member of the community. "He has done so much good work here," said one local woman.
   But in the course of the six-week trial of Peter Tobin, a very different portrait of Father Gerry Nugent emerged. The 63-year-old prompted lurid headlines as he claimed to have had sex with Kluk and an affair with another parishioner, and also admitted to being an alcoholic.
   Yesterday the revelations continued as Nugent, in an interview with a tabloid newspaper, confessed to picking up prostitutes and taking them back to his chapel for sex. He also claimed to have had a series of sexual liaisons since the age of 28, many of them with married parishioners.

Church 'acts to protect children'

  - Church of England. [1976-2005 David Smith] - 6 boys. [C of E leaders] - Learnt in 1983, allowed continuation. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ May 06, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Rev Peter Price has detailed the steps the church is taking to protect children from sex offenders.
   The statement come after the Rev David Smith, 52, of St John's Road, Clevedon, was jailed on Thursday for sexually abusing six boys over a 30-year period.
   Bishop Price said the church had apologised to his victims and families.

Valley Priest Accused Of Molestation To Settle

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   ABC 30, May/05/2007
   FRESNO (CA) -- A former altar boy and the priest he accuses of molesting him will reach a settlement the public will never know about.
   Juan Rocha and Holy Spirit priest Eric Swearingen will enter binding arbitration, according to the Fresno Bee.
   Their attorneys agreed to keep the outcome a secret.
   Rocha claims Father Swearingen molested him when Rocha stayed with the priest at churches in Bakersfield and Fresno between 15 and 20 years ago.

Minister accused of molestation out on bond

  [Love -NEW*] - Baptist. Boy.
   Pantagraph, By Edith Brady-Lunny, eblunny@pantagraph.com , ~ May 06, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- District 87 officials are cooperating with police and child welfare agencies investigating molestation allegations against a substitute teacher who is a minister at a local church.
   James Love, 37, was charged Friday with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13. He also was accused of giving the child a narcotic or anesthetic agent for other than medical purposes.
   District 87 Superintendent Robert Nielsen said police have cautioned that more victims may be identified in the case.

Minister charged with sexual abuse

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. Boy.
   WHOI, By Laura Michels, Posted 9:06 PM, Saturday, May 05, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- A District 87 substitute teacher and youth sports coach has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.
   Bloomington police say 37-year-old James Love is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim ages 13 to 16 years old, and aggravated battery.
   Police say Love was a minister at Mount Pisgah Church, a substitute teacher at Bloomington Junior High School, and a youth sports coach.

Demand for Church inquiry as priest admits using prostitutes

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - Prostitutes, parishioner. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Scotsman, By RICHARD ELIAS, ~ May 06, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- THE conduct of the Catholic priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk affair last night led to calls for the Church to launch a full inquiry into what happened at St Patrick's Church.
   It emerged during the trial that Father Gerry Nugent claimed to have had sex with Angelika, and the Church itself admitted he had needed counselling for a sexual indiscretion - blamed on an alcohol problem - with a parishioner 14 years ago.
   But the full extent of Nugent's shocking behaviour yesterday emerged in a newspaper interview in which he admitted picking up prostitutes and bringing them back to his church for "sexual fumblings".

Question of candor: Diocese falls short again

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   Union Leader ~ May 06, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Is the Diocese of Manchester in compliance with its policy on preventing the sexual abuse of minors and with its settlement agreement with the state ensuring that the diocese takes certain steps to protect minors? No, say auditors and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte. Yes, says the diocese. Let's have a look.
   The latest compliance audit of the diocese, released Friday, reports "significant progress" and "substantial positive enhancements" to the diocese's compliance program. Yet the audit contains several findings of noncompliance. For example, not everyone accused of sexual abuse is placed on leave while the allegation is being investigated, as is required by the agreement. And the diocese often lacked proper documentation to verify that all relevant personnel had background checks and the required training.
   Despite those findings, Rev. Ed Arsenault said in a press release on Friday, "The Report cites no instance where we have not complied with our diocesan policy, the Charter, and the Agreement."

'Evil' delivers a scalding indictment

  [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film. Pension for his silence. Dozens of victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Boston Globe, May 6, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- It isn't often you get to meet the devil in all his glory, but here he is in "Deliver Us from Evil " (2006 ), and his name is Father Oliver O'Grady . A California priest who raped dozens of children from the 1970s until his arrest in 1993 -- and who now lives in Ireland, a free man -- "Father Ollie" was consistently protected by the diocese hierarchy, which moved him from one parish to another whenever complaints arose. Amy Berg 's scalding documentary wonders who's the greater sinner: the deeply sick man or the churchmen who knowingly allowed his reign of destruction to continue.
   The film gives agonized voice to victims and their parents (and their attorneys), to theologians and child-abuse experts, and to the Rev. Thomas Doyle , who in 1985 warned the Vatican about the looming sex scandal and who has battled uphill on behalf of victims since. Most shockingly, though, "Deliver Us from Evil" lets us hear from O'Grady himself.
   Interviewed by Berg in Ireland, the ex-priest is remorseful yet eerily disassociated from the immense swath of psychological damage in his wake. At one point, O'Grady sends a letter out to his victims, inviting them to Ireland so he can personally apologize. The deeper rage, of the victims and the film, is reserved for a Catholic hierarchy headed by Roger Cardinal Mahoney, now Archbishop of Los Angeles. Just in case you're unclear where his superiors stood on O'Grady: They offered (and he accepted) a lifetime pension in exchange for not testifying about their treatment of him.

Privacy of claims against priests challenged

  [Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. Secrecy.
   The News Tribune The Associated Press, Published 01:00 AM, May 6, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) – A system allowing information about sex-abuse claims against priests in the Spokane Catholic Diocese to be kept secret has come as a surprise to some victims who approved a $48 million settlement, setting the stage for the diocese to emerge from bankruptcy.
   All sides in the case – including Bishop William Skylstad, committees representing sex abuse victims, and parish representatives – agreed to an "alternative judicial system" that allows accusers to present abuse allegations to an independent claims reviewer who will decide if claims have merit and how much money should be paid.
   No information about those payouts, including the names of priests on whom claims were paid, will be made public in court filings, attorneys told The Spokesman-Review.
   "We still haven't achieved our ultimate goal, which is to get the truth out," Michael Shea, a victim and member of a bankruptcy group representing other claimants, told the newspaper. "We're talking about all the priests that were accused by victims." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun May 06, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon May 07, 2007 edition:


Priest Placed on Leave

  [1992-94 Buckner*] - RCC. Minor. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic Diocese of Arlington ~ May 07, 2007
   ARLINGTON (VA) -- Rev. Christopher Buckner, 54, a faculty member with an area distance learning institution since 2000, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of an allegation that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with a minor between 1992 and 1994. After a preliminary review of the allegation, the Arlington Diocesan Review Board advised Bishop Paul S. Loverde to conduct an investigation in accord with diocesan policy. Rev. Buckner has denied any wrongdoing.
   Upon learning of the allegation, the diocese met with the alleged victim, offered assistance, and reported the allegation to the civil authorities. Rev. Buckner was placed on leave while the allegation is investigated more fully. No final determination has yet been made with regard to the allegation.
   The diocese has had a written Child Protection Policy since 1991. This policy was updated in 2003. Under the diocesan policy, if there is a final determination that an allegation of abuse or misconduct by a priest with a minor is substantiated, the priest is permanently removed from ministry. The majority lay-person Review Board serves in an advisory capacity to the bishop to review allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clerics. In addition, those accused are encouraged to seek a psychological evaluation. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM]

Catholic church sex abuse lawsuit goes to jury

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   International Herald Tribune The Associated Press May 7, 2007
   MINEOLA, New York State: Quoting from Scripture, an attorney implored a jury on Monday to find church leaders negligent in the hiring and supervision of a Catholic church youth minister who later pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy after having sexual liaisons with teenagers in his care.
   "He made a conscious decision to put the children at risk," said attorney Michael Dowd, pointing directly at the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, the pastor of St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, New York, who hired former youth minister Matthew Maiello.
   Dowd is suing on behalf of a man and a woman, now both 23, who said they were forced to have sex with each other and with Maiello – on the grounds of the church and elsewhere – beginning in 1999 when they were both teenagers. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM]

• True man of God ... haunted by his own demons

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   Glasgow Evening Times, www.evening times.co.uk/ news/display. var.1378833. 0. _man_of_ god_haunted_ by_his_own_ demons.php , by Chris Musson, ~ May 07, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- HE was one of Glasgow's best-known priests - a rock of the communities he served, who opened his door to anyone in need, regardless of colour or creed.
   But crouched over the witness stand at the High Court, palms flat on the wooden surface and puffing out his increasingly reddening cheeks, shamed Father Gerry Nugent was a pale shadow of the cheerful figure who just two years earlier had been the face of the Catholic Church in a city-wide anti-bigotry campaign.
   His four days giving evidence were a humiliating fall from grace for the once-respected clergyman, as lurid details emerged of the 63-year-old's lust for Angelika Kluk and damning revelations about his apparent unwillingness to help search for the student the day after she disappeared.

Rape victims' lawyer confronts priest in court

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newsday, BY CARL MACGOWAN, carl.macgowan@newsday.com , 2:37 PM EDT, May 7, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The lawyer for a man and woman who were raped as teenagers by a youth minister confronted the priest who hired him Monday during closing arguments in the first civil trial against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
   "Who's at fault?" Michael Dowd said, facing the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, pastor of St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, in State Supreme Court in Mineola. "You're at fault, Father. One-hundred percent at fault."
   The man and woman, now both in their early 20s, are suing Haggerty, his church, former youth minister Matthew Maiello and the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $150 million.

Priest faces rape charges

  [1960s-70s D'Cruz -NEW*] - RCC. Girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   The Advertiser ~ May 07, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A CATHOLIC priest formerly of the Sandhurst diocese will face rape charges in Shepparton Magistrates Court today.
   The Rev. Father Adelrick D'Cruz, 77, is charged with 13 offences, including three counts of rape, and 10 counts of unlawful/indecent assault on a girl.
   He was ordained in 1957 and The Advertiser understands his parishes included Yarrawonga, Cohuna and Shepparton.
   Father D'Cruz now lives in Melbourne.

WORD FOR TODAY - Can You Say Accountability?

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   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, ~ May 07, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- 1. How many times should you allow some one to lie to you before you decide not to trust them?
   2. What good is some one's reputation when the reputation projected is based in deceit?
   3. When a community's leadership has been covering up sex crimes for decades, should you trust them when they finally state they want to do something to make changes?

New claim in Banko case

  [1994-95 Banko] - RCC. 3 boys.
   The Express-Times, By ANDREA EILENBERGER, Monday, May 07, 2007
   FLEMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA | Another alleged victim of a former Milford priest has contacted Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Solari, who may introduce his testimony in an upcoming sex assault trial.
   Solari said in court Friday she plans to obtain a formal statement from the man who claims he was abused by the Rev. John Banko. Banko is already serving time for molesting an altar boy, and he was indicted last year on charges he molested another young boy.
   "Just late last week an individual contacted me indicating he had been victimized in the past," Solari said.
   Solari plans to meet with the latest alleged victim next week and obtain a taped statement. He also told Solari one of his friends claims he was abused by Banko.

Priest: I Didn't Touch Up Kids

  [2007 Nugent] - RCC. 3 girls. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Glasgow Daily Record, By Janice Burns, ~ May 07, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- THE priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial has been quizzed by police over claims he "touched up" young girls.
   Three teenagers, aged 15 and 16, claim fallen Father Gerry Nugent, 63, sexually assaulted them in a park.
   But the priest insisted last night: "I wasn't touching up any children in a park. You just have to ask around and people will tell you I am not like that."
   A police investigation began after the girls complained he sexually assaulted them in Bellahouston Park, in Glasgow's south side, in March this year.

Pie thrower targets pastor

  [~ 2000s Armstrong] - Episcopalian. Finances. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Rocky Mountain News, Associated Press, May 7, 2007
   COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) -- A service at a breakaway Episcopal parish was disrupted Sunday when a man threw a pie at the pastor, police said.
   Marcus Hyde, who was arrested in the incident, faces potential misdemeanor charges, a police report said.
   Witnesses told police a man entered a side door of Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish during a Sunday service and tossed the pie at the Rev. Donald Armstrong III. ...
   The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado late last year moved to suspend Armstrong while it investigated allegations of financial misconduct. Armstrong has denied wrongdoing.

Bishop defended over CofE abuse cover-up

  - Church of England. [< 30yrs David Smith] - 6 boys. [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - 3 choir boys (9-14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Eastbourne Today, ~ May 07, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A RETIRED bishop who lives in Willingdon has been defended after the Church of England was accused of covering up child abuse.
   David Wilcox, of Hoo Gardens, was working as the Suffragan Bishop of Dorking 17 years ago when he was informed that a young chorister at St Peter's Church in Farnborough was alleged to have been abused by former choirmaster Peter Halliday. ...
   He added, "We at the church feel the rector at the time and Bishop David acted with the highest integrity in accordance with their awareness of the situation for the family involved and the boy who complained. But it looks bad today."

Diocese should agree to two more audits

  [Manchester Diocese] - RCC. Not conforming. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Nashua Telegraph A Telegraph Editorial Monday, May 7, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- The latest audit report on the Diocese of Manchester's progress in developing and complying with policies on reporting alleged sexual abuse of minors and in developing preventive practices is both promising and disturbing.
   There's good news because Attorney General Kelly Ayotte reported that the diocese has corrected "substantial deficiencies" in its sexual misconduct policies during the past year. Included in those deficiencies were gaps in the reporting policy for alleged abuse, a failure to complete criminal background checks on people who work with children and poor oversight of parishes.
   The discouraging part of the report was Ayotte's observation that the diocese still has work to do on record keeping, it still retains on paper an unacceptable policy that allows Bishop John McCormack to first determine whether an allegation against someone is truthful before removing the alleged offender from contact with a minor and a disagreement over how many more annual audits of the diocese's implementation of previously agreed to policies will be done.

Southern Baptists face sexual abuse crisis

  - Baptists.
   The Christian Century, ~ May 07, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Five years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted within the Catholic Church, Southern Baptists are confronting their own allegations of abuse and calls for greater steps to protect minors from predatory pastors.
   Although the issue seems to be on a smaller scale for the Baptists, a series of media reports, activists' pleas and recent actions in the nation's largest Protestant denomination indicate what Catholic officials have long insisted: that sexual abuse is not a problem confined to their church.
   In one situation, Bellevue Baptist Church, a prominent Memphis-area congregation, issued a lengthy report in January admitting that it was "ill-prepared on several fronts" to handle the case of a minister on staff who had engaged in "inappropriate sexual behavior" with his son 17 years ago. But only after the victim came forward was the seven-month-old report released. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon May 07, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue May 08, 2007 edition:


Gig Harbor pastor charged with sexually assaulting a young relative

  [~ 2007 Kerr - NEW*] - Church of the Nazarene. Girl (7). United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News Tribune, By STACEY MULICK, 02:23 PM, Published May 8, 2007
   GIG HARBOR (WA) -- Pierce County prosecutors charged a former Gig Harbor pastor Tuesday with six sex crimes, alleging he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old female relative.
   Stephen Philip Kerr, 31, pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree child molestation during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon. A judge ordered him held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. During the court appearance, he also was ordered to have no contact with any minor children, including the alleged victim.
   The girl told a friend about the sexual abuse, Pierce County sheriff's detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said. The friend told a youth pastor at the Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene, where Kerr was a pastor. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM]
   [LOOK FORWARD: Sentenced to 11 1/2 yrs, reported October 13th, 2007. ENDS.]

Parents sue youth pastor for sexually abusing daughter

  [? 2000s Mr Edmonds -NEW*] - Apostolic Church. Teenage girl.
   The Record, By Cara Bailey -Kanawha Bureau, 3:00 PM, May/8/2007
   CHARLESTON (WV) -- The parents of a Kanawha County girl have filed a sexual harassment suit against a local assistant youth pastor, claiming the man repeatedly sexually abused their daughter.
   Attorney Henry E. Wood III filed the suit April 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of the parents, identified only as J.G. and D.G. According to the suit, the assistant youth pastor of Chesapeake Apostolic Church, Timothy Edmonds, repeatedly used his position with the church to sexually abuse their teenage daughter.
   Edmonds, 34 years old at the time, required the girl to dress a certain way and "would touch her in a sexual manner to the point where he was aroused and did otherwise satisfy his sexual predatory desires," the suit says.

Victim's rights group calls for action by Church

  [1961 a priest] - RCC. Male.
   WREG, ~ May 08, 2007
   DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, TN -- Two years ago, the Catholic diocese promised to cooperate with investigators in prosecuting sexual abuse cases. Today an abuse victim says the Church isn't holding up its part of the bargain.
   David Brown says a priest molested him in 1961. He came to terms with it almost 10 years ago. He says he's heard all kinds of excuses from the church and he's tired of hearing it.
   "I want the buck to stop with the leadership. I want the truth. I want the transparency to come out with the leadership -- not with a diocesan spokesman, not with an administrative pastor. I wanna hear from these men and I don't want to hear excuses," says Brown.

Church expresses support for accused minister

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. Anaesthetic. 4 teenage boys.
   Pantagraph, By Edith Brady-Lunny, eblunny@pantagraph.com , May 08, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) – A statement of support and love was issued Tuesday (May 8, 2007) for James C. Love, a minister and substitute teacher facing child molestation and aggravated battery charges.
   "Rev. Love and his family are long-time members of our church. He and his family have been faithful members in good standing for a number of years. They have worked tirelessly in our church and the community at large, and we love them," according to statement released by Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.
   Love, 37, faces a total of three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated battery for administering an anesthetic agent to three children.

Judge in LA priest-abuse cases asked to step down

  [Decades & 2007 - Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. Trying to remove judge.
   The Press-Enterprise, The Associated Press, ~ May 08, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The judge overseeing hundreds of sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese should remove himself because of bias, an attorney argued.
   Superior Court Judge Haley Fromholz "has stepped outside of the court's proper role of 'neutral arbiter'," attorney Steven Zelig said in court documents filed Monday.
   Zelig, who represents plaintiffs in some of the cases, argued that Fromholz had repeatedly acted unfairly toward him and his clients. He asked that Fromholz recuse himself from his cases and that his rulings be voided, the Los Angeles Daily Journal reported Tuesday.

Effective use of Internet key to church communications, says Osman

  - RCC.
   Catholic News Service, By Julie Asher, ~ May 08, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) -- As the U.S. bishops' new communications chief, Helen Osman said one of her concerns will be how the church can use the Internet effectively to communicate with Catholics, especially the post-Vatican II generation.
   She said she would like to see the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops become "more of a lead agent in how the church uses the Internet." ...
   She feels that during the height of the clergy sexual abuse scandal the Catholic press could have been used more effectively to talk about the complexity of the story. It's "one of the lessons we are still learning," she said. "We need to tell both the good news and the bad news."
   But as a diocesan communications director, she knows the local secular media often get to a story about the church before the local Catholic paper can and makes herself available to local reporters to help them get their facts straight.

Arlington diocese priest placed on leave

  [1992-94 Buckner*] - RCC. Minor.
   Richmond Times-Dispatch, Tuesday, May 08, 2007
   FREDERICKSBURG (VA) -- A Catholic priest who formerly served in Fredericksburg has been placed on leave pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with a minor in the early 1990s.
   The Rev. Christopher Buckner, 54, served as pastor at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg from 1992 to 2000. The alleged conduct occurred between 1992 and 1994, according to the Diocese of Arlington.

Jury won't visit church for sex abuse trial

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   Newsday, BY CARL MACGOWAN, carl.macgowan@newsday.com , May 8, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A Nassau Supreme Court judge, presiding over a civil case brought by sexual assault victims of former youth minister Matthew Maiello, on Tuesday denied a request by the jury to visit the church where the assaults took place.
   Evidence in the case is "closed", Judge R. Bruce Cozzens told the six-member jury of four men and two women, after they sent him a note at around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
   The plaintiffs, now in their early 20s, are suing the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Maiello for $150 million. Maiello, formerly of Lynbrook, served more than two years in prison after admitting he coerced the plaintiffs and two other teenagers into having sex with him.

UPDATE> Pastor refuses to leave cell; could be forced into court

  [~ 2007 Lewis] - Christian. Woman.
   KREM, KREM.com, by Lee Stoll,
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A Spokane pastor accused of trying to kidnap a woman for sex continues to refuse to appear in court.
   Herman Lewis has been in jail for a week and refuses to leave his jail cell. The 49-year-old is charged attempted rape after allegedly trying to drag a cook from a Shari's restaurant to his car.
   Authorities say he then tried to get away by ramming a Corvette into a police cruiser six times.

Local Catholics asked to pay by credit card

  - RCC. $1000 per family!
   KREM, KREM.com, by Othello Richards, 02:20 AM PDT on Tuesday, May 8, 2007
   SPOKANE VALLEY (WA) -- A Spokane Valley Catholic church held a meeting Monday night to discuss contributions toward the Spokane Diocese priest sex abuse settlement.
   Local catholics are being asked to come up with $10 million toward the settlement. St. Mary's Catholic Church must provide $611,000 of that total amount. St. Mary's parishoners were recently sent a letter, asking for each family to donate $1,000.
   Parishoners were told at the private meeting that they have about 6 months to raise the money. In last week's letter, parishoners were told they can pay with credit cards, and even earn airline miles after making a contribution.

"Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" A Semi-Finalist in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Awards

  - RCC. "Sex ... Codes" book competitive.
   Sex, Priests and Secret Codes, ~ May 08, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 11th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY awards). From the awards' website:
   The "IPPY" Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.

Article I: Zero Tolerance

  - Orthodox Christianity.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ May 08, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- (Editor's note: This is the expanded draft of Article I of the Orthodox Reform Manifesto to overcome sexual misconduct, establish healing, and restore trust in the Church. Please let us know your comments!)
   Article I: Zero Tolerance. The Orthodox hierarchy must have zero tolerance for any type of clergy sexual misconduct.
   Orthodox clergy must be above reproach. Married clergy are blessed to have a physical relationship with their wives. Any other intimate contact is unacceptable. Clergy who have taken a vow of celibacy must remain chaste. Clergy who violate these boundaries endanger the mission of the Church and should not remain in an ordained role.

Restitution ordered in church theft

  [~ 2000s Ms Durrell] -- RCC. < US$500,000.
   Buffalo News, By Matt Gryta, Updated 6:56 AM, May/08/07
   TONAWANDA (NY) -- St. Christopher Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda will get back all of the nearly $500,000 its former office manager stole, and the Buffalo Catholic Diocese's insurance carriers will benefit as well, officials said Monday after the woman's guilty plea.
   Maureen Durrell pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang to a charge of second-degree grand larceny. She was ordered to come up with $135,000 in partial restitution by her scheduled July 23 sentencing.
   John C. Doscher, chief of the Erie County district attorney's White-Collar Crime Bureau, told the judge that based on the confession of judgment Durrell was forced to sign, attorneys for the diocese can now negotiate with insurance carriers on the thefts.

Ex-priest pleads guilty to sexual assaults

  [1977-87 Rowe -NEW*] - Anglican. 20 indigenous boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Winnipeg Sun, CP, Tue, May 8, 2007
   KENORA, Canada -- A former Anglican minister and convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to 20 charges of sexual offences involving First Nation boys in northern Ontario.
   Ralph Rowe, 67, pleaded guilty yesterday in Superior Court of Justice to 10 counts of sexual assault and 10 counts of indecent assault for offences that took place in several remote communities between 1977 and 1987.
   Rowe's guilty pleas were to one count for each of the 20 victims, Crown attorney Peter Keen told the court.
   Justice Erwin Stach adjourned the proceedings until Tuesday morning when victim impact statements from many of the 20 victims will be read in court.

Former local priest under investigation

  [1992-94 Buckner*] - RCC. Minor.  
   The Free Lance-Star, BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE, May/8/2007
   FREDERICKSBURG (VA) -- A former priest at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fredericksburg has been temporarily relieved of his duties while the Arlington Diocese investigates allegations of misconduct.
   The Rev. Christopher Buckner, 54, served at St. Mary from 1992 to 2000 before leaving to become a faculty member with the Catholic Distance University.
   An accuser came forth to allege that Buckner engaged in "inappropriate conduct with a minor between 1992 and 1994," according to a news release from the Arlington Diocese. The diocese extends from Frederick County, Md., to Spotsylvania County.

N. Plainfield priest leaves amid sex allegations

  [Giordano -NEW*, Casey] - RCC. Youth.
   Courier News, By CHAD HEMENWAY, May 08, 2007
   NORTH PLAINFIELD (NJ) -- For the second time in less than two years, a Roman Catholic priest here has left a borough church amid allegations of clerical sexual misconduct.
   Father John Giordano told parishioners during Mass at St. Luke's Church last weekend that he was retiring, effective immediately, after 40 years of service as a priest. Nearly 30 of those have been at St. Luke's. In a letter to parishioners, he cited the pressures of running a parish, and allegations of sexual misconduct of youth made against him that he said have been settled, and that he "categorically" denies.
   In July 2005, the diocese removed Father John "Jack" Casey from the borough's other Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph's, to investigate a sexual misconduct allegation made against him.

Vic Catholic priest facing rape charges

  [1960s-70s D'Cruz*] - RCC. Girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   The Age, 4:34PM, May 8, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A Victorian Catholic priest is facing charges of raping a child over allegations dating back more than 30 years.
   Retired priest Father Adelrick D'Cruz, 77, is charged with three counts of rape and 10 counts of unlawful and indecent assault of a girl, who was eight when the first offence allegedly happened.
   He was scheduled to appear at the Shepparton Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a filing hearing.
   However, D'Cruz's solicitor told the court his client could not attend court on medical grounds.

Ex-priest charged with 1970s rape

  [1960s-70s D'Cruz*] - RCC. Girl.
   ABC, ~ May 08, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A retired Victorian Catholic priest has been charged with the rape and indecent assault of a girl 30 years ago.
   Adelrick D'Cruz, 77, is facing 13 charges over incidents in the 1960s and 70s.
   Police allege he assaulted an eight-year-old girl and then raped and assaulted the same girl when she was 17.

Priest in Angelika case spared jail for contempt

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Guardian Unlimited, Staff and agencies, Tuesday May 8, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A priest who repeatedly changed his story at the trial of Polish student Angelika Kluk's killer escaped jail today despite having been found in contempt of court.
   Father Gerry Nugent was sentenced to 100 hours community service and placed on probation for one year at the high court in Edinburgh after Judge Lord Menzies found him guilty of contempt due to prevarication.
   The 63-year-old priest failed to give full answers to a number of questions while giving evidence in the case, and also changed his story in three separate places.

Latest: Angelika priest spared jail

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
   The Herald, ~ May 08, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- The priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk affair has avoided jail over the way he answered questions in court.
   Apologetic Father Gerry Nugent, 63, was spared on Tuesday because of the traumatic events at his Glasgow church, the pressure he was under and a psychiatrist's report.
   Judge Lord Menzies put the alcoholic priest on probation for a year and ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid community work.

Angelika priest spared jail

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
   Berwickshire Today, ~ May 08, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- The parish priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial has escaped a jail sentence for contempt of court.
   Father Gerry Nugent, 63, was sentenced to 100 hours' community service and placed on probation for one year at the High Court in Edinburgh.
   Judge Lord Menzies found the priest guilty of contempt after he failed to give straight answers in the witness box during the high-profile trial.

Accused minister faces more sex charges

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. 4 teenage boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Pantagraph, By Edith Brady-Lunny, eblunny@pantagraph.com , ~ May 08, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) – Two more children have come forward to say they were abused by James C. Love, a substitute teacher at Twin City schools who has been honored for his work with children.
   Love, originally arrested last week, was picked up again Monday afternoon on additional charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery for administering an anesthetic agent for other than medical purposes.
   Love, 37, had been released from jail Saturday after posting $10,000 on similar charges.

Essex Reverend Gets 5 Years For Child Sex Abuse

  [2004 Hill] - House of God. Boy (12).
   WJZ, Derek Valcourt Reporting, ~ May 08, 2007
   ESSEX, Md., (WJZ) -- Sentencing Monday for a House of God Reverend convicted of sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy at his Anne Arundel County Apartment. Derek Valcourt has more on the crime, the punishment and reaction from the victim's family.
   The startling arrest came just one year ago. Enoch Hill, a popular reverend at a House of God Church in Essex, charged with sexually abusing a young boy at his apartment back in 2004. Hill confessed to a police investigator but later claimed the confession was a lie and that he was completely innocent.
   A jury didn't buy it, convicting him of sex abuse of a minor, a second degree sex offense, and perverted practice.

CBS13 Continues To Track Fugitive Priests

  [1990s Beltran] - RCC. More victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   CBS 13, Sam Shane Reporting, ~ May 08, 2007
   SACRAMENTO (CA) -- Hector Rubio broke his silence, as did many others after seeing a CBS13 investigation into fugitive priest Gerardo Beltran. Back in February, CBS13 revealed how Beltran, who was a priest in Northern California, fled to Mexico after authorities accused him of molesting two children in Sacramento in the early 1990's. CBS13 went to Mexico and discovered that Beltran has been hiding out in the tiny village of Igualita for more than ten years.
   Since airing that report, CBS13 has uncovered more potential victims and internal church documents that show the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento was well aware of and concerned about a number of priests abusing children as far back as the early 1990's.
   One man, who wishes to remain anonymous is now coming forward, and has filed a police report saying Beltran molested him 19-years-ago inside St. Joseph's Church in Sacramento.

Ulster pair go on trial over sex assaults

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Belfast Telegraph, By Deborah McAleese, Tuesday, May 08, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Fermanagh priest and a Co Antrim man are due to go on trial in Liverpool today for a catalogue of horrific child sex attacks.
   Billy Adams (38), a native of Newtownabbey, is accused of several rapes and a string of other offences against a 12-year-old girl.
   Fr Jeremiah McGrath from Roslea, will go on trial alongside Adams at Liverpool Crown Court to face four related charges.
   The pair were arrested and charged back in December 2005.

Accused Ore. priest defends self at civil trial

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   OregonLive The Associated Press 12:52 a.m. PDT May/8/2007,
   PORTLAND, Ore., (AP) – A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing juvenile inmates more than 30 years ago testified that he spoke to the boys through a grate and almost never entered their cells.
   The Rev. Michael Sprauer cited safety and security as reasons for not entering cells at the MacLaren School for Boys in the 1970s.
   "I was simply there to talk through the grate to anyone who wanted to talk," Sprauer testified Monday in his first public comments about the allegations that were filed against him in a series of lawsuits in 2003 and 2004. He earlier denied the allegations through his attorney.

In the fear of the father

  [1940s onwards - Bishop Soens] - RCC. 14 claimants.
   Daily Iowan May 08, 2007
   IOWA --Since 1985, more than 20 priests serving southeastern Iowa's Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport, including four who worked in Iowa City, have been accused of sexual abuse - the lion's share reportedly perpetrated against young boys under the clergymen's spiritual guidance - in alleged incidents dating back to the 1940s.
   Yet until very recently, many Iowa City residents had forgotten about Bishop Lawrence Donald Soens, the former Regina High School principal accused of molesting and allegedly causing recurring psychological trauma in so many of his former students.
   Through court documents and interviews with accusers and witnesses, DI reporters Margaret Poe and Mason Kerns have re-examined what may constitute one of the most extensive patterns of abuse and deceit under the umbrella of the Catholic Church in the United States - already reeling from widespread clergy abuse allegations in Boston, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.
   While some of these stories about Soens - now 80 years old and facing civil claims brought by 14 former students - have been told before, a great deal have not.

Priest takes stand at trial

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 8, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Rev. Michael Sprauer took the witness stand Monday, calmly fielding questions and defending himself against allegations that he sexually abused juvenile offenders at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s.
   The Salem priest's testimony contradicted previous courtroom accounts by a handful of men who told the jury how they were sexually abused by Sprauer at the reform school in Woodburn.
   Spilling tears and flashing anger, Sprauer's accusers described coerced acts of oral sex and mutual masturbation orchestrated by the priest. As they told it, much of the abuse occurred in isolation cells. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue May 08, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed May 09, 2007 edition:


Deliberations in Long Island Catholic church sex abuse lawsuit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newsday, By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer, 5:11 PM EDT, May 9, 2007,
   MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Jurors appeared to be far from a verdict Wednesday in a rare civil trial that accuses the nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese, one of its churches and a parish pastor of negligence in the hiring and supervision of a paid youth minister who later admitted repeatedly raping and sodomizing teenagers in his care.
   "No way," one of the jurors told state Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens when they were asked whether they appeared close to a verdict.
   In the civil lawsuit, five of six jurors must decide whether the defendants were negligent before determining possible damages. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM]

Trial of Roslea priest postponed until today

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Fermanagh Herald, May 09, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND --The trial of Roslea priest Fr Jeremiah McGrath was postponed at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday afternoon, and is due to resume later today (Wednesday).
   Sixty-two-year-old McGrath faces charges of indecent assault and three counts of facilitating the rape of a 12-year-old girl.
   He will stand trial along with a 38-year-old man from Newtownabbey, Billy Adams, who is accused of several rapes and a number of other offences.

Group Calls For Burlington Diocese Firing

  [Burlington Diocese] - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WPTZ, ~ May 09, 2007
   BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont's Roman Catholic bishop is defending a staff member after an advocacy group for victims of priest abuse called for the employee's dismissal.
   Former Burlington Police Chief Kevin Scully is responsible for training church employees about how to prevent child sexual abuse.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, has criticized the church for not training all of its workers, including volunteers.

Shock over priest's'grievous betrayal'

  [1992, 2007 Grant*] - RCC. Boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Gazette, By Louisa Felton, ~ May 09, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM --Churchgoers in Berkhamsted were horrified to learn this week that their former parish priest had pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy.
   Father Peter Grant, aged 58, appeared before St Albans Magistrates where it was revealed he formed a relationship with the teenager over a three-month period.
   Grant left Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Berkhamsted, seven weeks ago for a new parish in Burnt Oak, Barnet.
   It also emerged that police are investigating another alleged offence by Grant going back 15 years. The court heard that there is a possibility of more victims coming forward.

Boy, 15, told how 'affair' went on for three months

  [1992, 2007 Grant*] - RCC. Boy.
   The Gazette, By court reporter, ~ May 09, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Former Berkhamsted parish priest Peter John Grant has pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual activity with a child.
   St Albans Magistrates' Court heard how the Catholic priest conducted an 'affair' in Berkhamsted with a 15-year-old boy over a three-month period.
   Grant, aged 58, of Balfour Mews in Bovingdon, was committed to St Albans Crown Court for sentencing after magistrates decided their powers were not enough.
   Chairman of the bench Rodney Moss told him: "We have decided the offences you have committed are so serious that you should receive a greater punishment than we can impose in this court."

The Final Shame

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - Several women. Contempt of court. [1993 onwards Glasgow Archdiocese] - Report received, enabled seducer. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Daily Record ~ May 09, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- DISGRACED priest Father Gerry Nugent was shamed in court again yesterday.
   Alcoholic Father Gerry had already admitted having sex with several women, including murder victim Angelika Kluk.
   Yesterday he narrowly avoided a jail sentence for contempt but was put on probation and given 100 hours of community service.

Catholic Church In New Hampshire Confirms Sustainable Child Safety Efforts

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Diocese of Manchester, ~ May 09, 2007
   MANCHESTER, (NEW HAMPSHIRE) -- "The Catholic Church in New Hampshire is a safe place for children and young people today because thousands of priests, educators, employees and volunteers work together to maintain a safe environment for all," said Bishop John B. McCormack.
   Bishop McCormack commented on the assessment conducted by a Massachusetts accounting firm for the Attorney General and released today.
   "I also commend Father Edward J. Arsenault, Ms. Diane Murphy Quinlan, Ms. Mary Ellen D'Intino and all the senior staff who work with them for their leadership and motivation. Their vision and determination to fulfill our commitment to the Church's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and to keep our commitments in the Agreement with the State of New Hampshire are reflected in what they do every day, and in our diocesan programs and policies."
   The 42 page KPMG assessment published today is the result of visits and interviews conducted by KPMG from August to November 2006.

Assessment of Diocese of Manchester's Complaince Program for Attorney General

  - RCC.
   New Hampshire Department of Justice ~ May 09, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- (A copy of the Attorney's General's report on the Manchester diocese can be found at this link:) http://doj.nh.gov/publications/nreleases/033006diocese_report.html

Sex abuse and the Diocese of Manchester

  - RCC.
   Utter Muttering, ~ May 09, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I was spurred on by Dom's post to take a look into what the Diocese of Manchester has to say about the apparently negative review of its sexual abuse prevention program by KPMG on behalf of the NH Attorney General's office.
   You'll have to forgive me just a bit though if I'm a bit jaded regarding the Boston Globe's coverage of anything related to this issue - their recent history is not one of trying to see the Church's side in any way in this matter. Sad, but not surprising.
   The Union Leader article, which is both longer and slightly more even-handed is here.
   The Nashua Telegraph editorial which is far less even-handed (being an editorial, I suppose this should be expected, but calling for "regime change" is a step too far in my book) is here.
   More coverage: Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Public Radio. The actual report can be found here and supplemental information here, and the Diocesan response can be found here.

Manchester diocese falls short, says atty gen'l

  - RCC.
   Bettnet, ~ May 09, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- A few years ago the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, settled a criminal investigation by the state attorney general's office by agreeing to a series of requirements, an unprecedented settlement.
   At the time, many observers wondered whether this agreement had an expiration date, or would such oversight go on forever, and whether Bishop John McCormack was giving up too much of the Church's autonomy. But considering what he and his predecessors were alleged to have done, maybe he didn't have a choice.
   Now the attorney general says the diocese is not living up to its side of the agreement. An audit found that the diocese was not meeting "abuse-prevention guidelines" approved by the courts.
   The audit noted there are "critical gaps" in programs to protect children from sexual abuse and said church leaders have been reticent in complying.
   The 117-parish diocese relies too heavily on self-reporting and self-policing, the audit said. Auditors criticized the "tone at the top," particularly in regard to the Rev. Edward Arsenault, who heads efforts to prevent and report sexual abuse.

Bishop defends staff member

  - RCC.
   Burlington Free Press, Published: By Sam Hemingway, Wednesday, May 9, 2007
   VERMONT -- Bishop Salvatore Matano on Tuesday rejected a call by an advocacy group for victims of priest abuse that he fire a staff member for the state's Roman Catholic diocese responsible for training church workers about child abuse prevention.
   Matano said the staff member, former Burlington Police Chief Kevin Scully, had done a good job as the diocese's director of safe environment programs in the 18 months he had served in the post.
   "Few, if any, could have accomplished what he has accomplished in such a brief period of time," Matano said in a letter to David Clohessy, director of SNAP, or Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests made public by the diocese.

Pastor gets 5 years for molesting 10-year-old

  [2004 Hill] - House of God. Boy (10).
   Capital, By SCOTT DAUGHERTY, May 08, 2007
   ODENTON (MD) -- An Odenton minister convicted of molesting a 10-year-old boy was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison.
   Enoch Jermaine Hill, 29, sat quietly as Judge William C. Mulford II dismissed his pleas for leniency and ordered him to prison.
   But after court was dismissed, the young man - who still maintained his innocence yesterday - turned around, broke into tears, and mouthed to his family, "What am I going to do now?"

Bill on sex predators clears hurdle but diocese criticized

  [Memphis Diocese] - RCC. Allows seducers to serve.
   Commercial Appeal, By James Dowd, Contact, May 9, 2007
   TENNESSEE -- The day after the state Senate unanimously passed a bill to protect children from sexual predators, members of an advocacy group for abuse victims criticized the Catholic Diocese of Memphis for not doing enough to keep minors safe.
   A companion bill set to be heard today in the House Education Committee must pass the House and be signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen before becoming law.
   Tennessee leaders of SNAP (Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests) on Tuesday blamed Bishop J. Terry Steib for allowing pedophile priests to serve in the diocese and called on church leaders to step up efforts to identify and prosecute abusers.

Advocate for sex abuse victims to address Catholic laity

  - RCC. Fr Tom Doyle to speak.
   The Journal News, By GARY STERN, May 9, 2007
   NEW ROCHELLE (NY) -- The Rev. Thomas Doyle, who tried to get Catholic leaders to confront sex abuse in the church during the 1980s and went on to become a leading advocate for victims of abuse by priests, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in New Rochelle.
   Doyle will address a meeting of the Upper Room and Voice of the Faithful, two Catholic lay groups. His talk will be: "Clergy Abuse: Crisis or Pattern? It's Not Over Till It's Over."
   The meeting will take place at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10 Mill Road.

The other side of paradise

  [? 1950s-60s - Bishop Soens] - RCC. 14 claimants.
   The Daily Iowan, By Margaret Poe and Mason Kerns, Section: Metro, Issue date May/9/07
   IOWA -- Through court documents and interviews with accusers and witnesses, The Daily Iowan has re-examined the annals of alleged sexual abuse by former Iowa City Catholic priest Lawrence Soens, who served as principal of Regina High School from 1958-67. Soens, now 80 years old and facing civil claims brought by 14 former students, denies all wrongdoing, as do Regina faculty, secretaries, and students who support the former principal.
   In 1983, Soens was named bishop of the Sioux City Diocese by Pope John Paul II; he has since retired. The DI has discovered that many students - even non-accusers - believe 'everyone knew abuse was going on.' In the second article looking at Soens' reported transgressions, the DI investigates that contention and highlights the changes 40 years have brought to Catholic schools.
   L.D. is a queer / a stinking queer is he / when he is walking down the hall / he will pinch your tit with glee
   Renowned clergy-abuse psychologist Richard Sipe, who evaluated Lawrence Soens' tenure at Regina High School and the subsequent allegations of abuse, found that Regina students often chanted this song on school-bus rides.

Speaking out against the diocese

  - RCC laypeople unite.
   The Daily Iowan, May 09, 2007
   IOWA CITY --In Iowa City, a group of Catholics meet regularly to discuss the cases of alleged sexual abuse that are wreaking havoc on their church. Members of the Concerned Catholics of the Davenport Diocese - led by community leader and church activist Dorothy Whiston and her husband, UI clinical law Professor John Whiston - recently voted to affiliate themselves with the national organization Voice of the Faithful. The national group's slogan, "Keep the Faith, Change the Church," represents the discontent many church members feel toward the secretive Catholic bureaucracy.
   In an October 2006 meeting, the small group - a conglomeration of congregants from Catholic parishes across eastern Iowa - shared their frustration with the pattern of alleged abuse and the diocese's manner of handling it. Moments of silence, even tears, mingled with cynicism about the "holy men" and their accusers during the gathering, which was part support group, part advocacy meeting.

Former priest defends his friend at trial

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 9, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Rev. Michael Sprauer's defense against sexual abuse allegations opened Tuesday with witness testimony that supported the Salem priest's claims of innocence.
   Gordon Dickey, a former Catholic priest who succeeded Sprauer as chaplain at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn in 1975, testified that it was himself - not Sprauer - who drove a teenage inmate to his sister's funeral in July 1975.
   Dickey's account contradicted a graphic sex-abuse allegation leveled against Sprauer by Randy Sloan, 49, of Aumsville -- one of three plaintiffs in the Multnomah County case. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed May 09, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 10, 2007 edition:


Glaude to decide on blocking documents

  [MacDonald] - RCC. Statute barred. Boy. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Standard Freeholder, by Terri Saunders, Local News - Thursday, May 10, 2007
   CANADA -- The judge at the helm of the Cornwall Public Inquiry is trying to figure out if he has any right to block the release of OPP documents to a man suing the local Catholic diocese.
   Comm. Normand Glaude heard arguments Tuesday as to whether or not he has the jurisdiction to prohibit the documents - which have been made a part of disclosure at the inquiry and are therefore subject to confidentiality orders - from being handed over to lawyers for Albert Lalonde.
   A member of The Victims Group, a party with standing at the inquiry, Lalonde alleges he was sexually abused for two years as a child by Rev. Charles MacDonald. The priest has denied all allegations against him and criminal charges laid in 1996 were stayed in 2002 when a judge determined it had taken too long to bring the matter to trial. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM]

Former staffers doubt abuse claims

  - Christian. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, May 10, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Had they really been sexually abused by a chaplain in the 1970s, the teenage victims would have told fellow inmates or staff members, three former MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility employees told a jury Wednesday.
   "There are no secrets in group living situations," said Jim Nanson, 65, who put in 20 years as leader of security at the juvenile facility in Woodburn during the 1970s and later.
   Ludwig Hitz, 71, who worked at MacLaren from 1967-1998, also cast doubt on the notion that numerous teenage inmates would have remained silent after being sexually abused by a priest.

Father Gerry exposes churches' moral mess

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Scotsman, By STEPHEN JARDINE, ~ May 10, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- NO doubt he will end his days on real-life Craggy Island. The Father Jack character having shuffled off into booze hell, Dougal and Father Ted can look forward to the company of a new dissolute churchman. Sitting on his stained armchair soaked in vodka, Father Gerry could be a hilarious new companion with his catchphrase "Hookers!" But not before he serves his sentence for contempt of court.
   In the Angelika Kluk case it feels like justice really has been done. The miserable inadequate who raped and killed her deserves every day of his 21 years behind bars and hopefully will only leave prison in a sealed box. But the priest who lied and crawled his way through giving evidence is also due his punishment - even if it is only probation for a year and 100 hours community service.
   Could there be a worse advert for the messed up morality of the Catholic Church?. Alongside a drink problem, Nugent frequented prostitutes, sexually harassed parishioners, probably concocted a relationship with a murdered girl and then lied about details of that under oath. What a guy.

Priest admits touching boy

  [1992, 2007 Grant*] - RCC. Boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Edgware Times, By Marcus Dysch, ~ May 10, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Roman Catholic priest at a Burnt Oak church has admitted four charges of sexually touching a 15-year-old boy.
   Father Peter Grant, 58, of Balfour Mews, Bovingdon, had been serving at Our Lady of the Annunciation, in Thirleby Road, for six weeks when the allegations came to light last month.
   The offences, which took place between January and March this year, occurred in Bovingdon and do not relate to his time in Burnt Oak. He admitted the offences at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday last week.

Lawyers clash in dispute over fees

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Courier-Journal By Andrew Wolfson awolfson@courier-journal.com May 10, 2007
   BURLINGTON, Ky. – Prominent Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley said he wanted to file the Diocese of Covington priest-abuse case in Boone County because "we have a real friendly judge there," a lawyer testified this week.
   "He winked at me" and said "we need to file this in Boone County," testified Covington lawyer Barbara Bonar, who is suing Chesley in a dispute over attorneys fees in the $84.5 million case.
   "He said we already have hired a trial consultant, and he is real friendly with the judge," Bonar said, describing a conversation she claimed to have had with Chesley in January 2003. "And he winked at me again."
   In an interview, Chesley, the lead counsel in the Diocese of Covington case, denied Bonar's allegations, as did several other witnesses called yesterday in the second day of a two-day trial in Boone Circuit Court.

Op-ed on New Hamsphire Audit Report

  [Manchester Diocese] - RCC.
   Voice from the Desert, ~ May 10, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Carolyn Disco, Chairperson of the VOTF New Hampshire Survivor Support Working Group, authored the following op-ed piece on the recently released audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester by New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.
   * * * State finds 'Tone at the Top' major problem in church audit
   The 2006 audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester by New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte was released last week midst both praise and pointed criticism. The state audited the church's implementation of its sexual abuse policy, and its compliance with an Agreement it signed in 2002 to avoid criminal prosecution for child endangerment – a charge, with perjury as part of the planned indictment, that the diocese admitted meant a likely conviction.

A SCALDING INDICTMENT

  [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film. Pension for his silence. Dozens of victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Waterloo Record, By TY BURR, May 10, 2007
   CANADA -- It isn't often you get to meet the devil in all his glory, but here he is in Deliver Us from Evil (2006), and his name is Father Oliver O'Grady. A California priest who raped dozens of children from the 1970s until his arrest in 1993 -- and who now lives in Ireland, a free man -- Father Ollie was consistently protected by the diocese hierarchy, which moved him from one parish to another whenever complaints arose. Amy Berg's scalding documentary wonders who's the greater sinner: the deeply sick man or the churchmen who knowingly allowed his reign of destruction to continue.

Church members conflicted over pastor's child rape charge

  [~ 2007 Kerr*] - Church of the Nazarene. Girl (7). United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KOMO, By KOMO Staff, ~ May 10, 2007
   GIG HARBOR (WA) -- Members of the Gig Harbor Church of Nazarene are conflicted. Their former pastor Stephen Kerr, who they had trusted to teach them religion and values, now sits in jail, accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl.
   How do you begin to deal with that?
   "Everybody, of course, is deeply hurt by this," said church spokesman Ted Hughes. "Our whole congregation is devastated, because we never imagined that anything like this could ever happen."
   At the regular Wednesday night prayer service, the congregation prayed for its former pastor and the 7-year-old victim.

Former bishop to be deposed in diocese suit

  [ 2004 Bishop Dupre] - RCC. 2 boys.
   The Republican, By MICHAEL McAULIFFE, mmcauliffe@repub.com , ~ May 10, 2007
   GREENFIELD (MA) -- After an agreement that Bishop Thomas L. Dupre would sit for a deposition, a judge today said he was prepared to set a trial date in a lawsuit involving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, which is seeking insurance coverage for dozens of claims of clergy sexual abuse.
   Associate Justice John A. Agostini made the announcement in Superior Court near the conclusion of a hearing that lasted about 45 minutes and involved more than a dozen lawyers. The second anniversary of the filing of the lawsuit is June 14.
   Agostini said if the two sides did not agree on a trial date he would set one for Hampden Superior Court in Springfield.
   "I do want to get this moving," Agostini said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 10, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri May 11, 2007 edition:


Pastor removed over accusations

  [? 1998-2005 Reinke -NEW*] - Methodist. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Peoria Journal Star, BY MATT BUEDEL, Thursday, May 10, 2007
   ASTORIA (IL) - A pastor to four rural Methodist churches in Fulton and Schuyler counties has been removed from ministry after being accused of molesting a boy who belonged to one of his former congregations.
   Larry Reinke, 56, has been charged in Wayne County with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of child pornography. He was released from jail in the southern Illinois county last week after his family members paid his $50,000 bond in cash.
   The charges stem from alleged incidents in Wayne County, where Reinke was pastor of the Geff and Bethel United Methodist churches from November 1998 until June 2005. He was appointed pastor of the Astoria, Sheldon's Grove, Browning and Sugar Grove United Methodist churches and has been living in Astoria since then.

Diocese defense criticized as too aggressive; Vernon man's integrity impugned, his lawyer says

  [(Jesuit)] - RCC. Male.
   Journal Inquirer, By Alex Wood, May/11/2007
   NORWICH (CT) -- Following a Vernon man's $1.2 million settlement of a sexual-abuse lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich and the Society of Jesus, the lawyers in the case continue to disagree over how aggressively religious organizations should defend themselves against such lawsuits.
   The lawyer representing plaintiff Joshua Hethcote, now 31, says the tactics used in defending the diocese by lawyer Joseph T. Sweeney, a Manchester resident who practices with the Hartford firm of Halloran & Sage, caused Hethcote "more pain."
   "They have impugned the integrity and honesty of the victim," said Hethcote's lawyer, Robert I. Reardon Jr. of New London. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM]

Del. priest says lifting time limits on sex abuse suits could hurt parishes

  - RCC.
   The Daily Times By Beth Miller The News Journal May 11, 2007
   DOVER (DE) – The cost of child sexual abuse became a pointed issue Thursday as lawmakers heard public comment on a bill that would eliminate the civil statute of limitations in such cases.
   A Catholic priest warned legislators that removing the time limit on such lawsuits and allowing old cases to be pursued could put enormous financial pressure on some parishes, forcing them to close schools and cut back ministries.
   The Rev. John Hynes, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church near Prices Corner, said he believed a program of restorative justice -- forcing perpetrators to face their victims and admit the wrong they did -- would provide more relief for abuse victims and cause less damage to churches.

Voice of the Faithful meets in Cincinnati

  - RCC and VOTF.
   The Catholic Telegraph By Eileen Connelly, OSU May 11, 2007
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- ARCHDIOCESE – What is being done about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Cincinnati and nationwide? How can our community work together to ensure that the abuse of children will never again be tolerated?
   These and other questions were the focus of "A Gathering for Justice: Sexual Abuse, Secrecy and Healing," sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) on April 28 at Xavier University's Cintas Center. More than 200 people registered and attended the daylong event, which came near the end of national Child Abuse Prevention Month and was geared toward raising awareness and educating the community about sexual abuse.
   "Our church and our community have had numerous and tragic outcomes from abuse, and we need to take steps to better recognize the signs of abusive relationships and work toward effective measures for overcoming the shroud of 'secrecy' that allows abuse to continue," explained Kathy Weyer, VOTF coordinating committee member and one of the conference organizers.

Victim of priest abuse pressing suit against church officials

  - RCC.
   The News Journal By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press Posted 3:46 pm, Friday, May 11, 2007
   DOVER (DE) – Lawyers for a Navy doctor who won a $41 million verdict against a pedophile priest have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling dismissing other Catholic officials as defendants in the lawsuit.
   Attorneys for Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell, 39, of Quantico, Va., filed a notice with the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday seeking to reinstate Archmere Academy, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and Bishop Michael Saltarelli as defendants in a 2005 lawsuit filed by Whitwell.
   Meanwhile, an attorney for the Rev. Edward J. Smith has asked a federal judge in Wilmington to enter a protective order prohibiting information about Smith's finances from being disclosed in court files.

Parishes, Schools, and Facilities in the Rockville Centre Diocese Where Priests and Brothers Accused of Sex Crimes Have Worked

  [1950-2004 - 66 of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. > 67% parishes.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ May 11, 2007
   ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY) On 2/17/04, the Diocese of Rockville Centre reported that it knew of abuse accusations against 66 priests in the diocese since 1950.
   The names of only 44 accused priests and brothers have become public.
   In the table below, we list the 90 parishes and 14 other institutions where those publicly accused clerics worked–only a subset of the total number of accused priests and parishes at risk.
   In 1959, shortly after its founding, the diocese had 112 parishes. By 2002, the number had risen to 134.
   Using the larger number to calculate a percentage, this table shows that over 67% of parishes in the diocese had at least one accused priest working there at some time since 1950.
   One parish (St. James in Seaford) had seven accused priests.
   In another parish (St. Dominic's in Oyster Bay), 3 accused priests logged 41 non-overlapping years in the rectory.
   In total, nearly 1,000 person-years were logged by accused priests.

House of Affirmation

  - RCC. 7 facilities for priest-offenders.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ May 11, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The House of Affirmation was a treatment center for priests with psychological and psychosexual problems, founded by Worcester priest Rev. Thomas A. Kane.
   The House was in operation from 1973 to 1990, when it was closed after Kane was accused of financial improprieties.
   Kane was subsequently accused of sexual abuse, and allegations of sexual abuse at the Whitinsville MA facilility then came to light.
   There were other House of Affirmation facilities in Hopedale, Boston, and Natick MA; Middletown CT; Montara CA; Webster Groves MO; and Clearwater FL.
   In addition, the House of Affirmation was personally and legally connected to senior officials of the Rockville Centre NY diocese.
   On this page, we provide links to articles about the House and documentation on some of the accused priests who were evaluated and treated there.

Group Chastises Religion For Abuse Silence

  - Jehovah's Witnesses.
   WSMV ~ May 11, 2007
   NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group was in Nashville Thursday to show support for those who claim they've been abused by some Jehovah's Witnesses members.
   Lawsuits have recently been settled in some cases, but not to the satisfaction of the group, Silent Lambs.
   The group met with local resistance from Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Woodbine.
   For six years, the Kentucky-based organization has offered support to people accusing Jehovah's Witness church members of abuse.
   In March, more than one dozen settlements were reached in molestation cases, but the agreements came with gag orders attached.

Archdiocese Say Priest Defrocked By Vatican

  [1992 Unwin] - RCC. Sexual.
   WCPO, ~ May 11, 2007
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says the Vatican has defrocked a priest accused of sexual misconduct.
   The Reverend Richard Unwin was removed from the priesthood after he acknowledged engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior 15 years ago.
   Unwin has been on administrative leave for almost four years.

Priest denies involvement in sex case

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
  Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 11, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Rev. Michael Sprauer told a jury Thursday that multiple sexual abuse accusations against him are "absolutely un ." [### Check if word/s missing]
   "I never sexually abused any of those that testified during this trial," the Salem priest said, heeding his attorney's directive to look the jurors "right in the eye."
   Eight men, all former inmates of the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, previously testified that they were sexually abused by Sprauer in the 1970s.
   They described being forced to engage in oral sex and mutual masturbation with the priest in isolation cells, his office, an auditorium broom closet and a car.

Trial will determine who owns parishes

  - RCC diocese denying bishops can sell parishes.
   Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Greg Moran, May 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) – The explosive issue at the heart of the Diocese of San Diego's bankruptcy case – whether its 98 parishes are separate entities or part of the diocese estate – will be settled in a trial, a federal judge decided yesterday.
   The ruling by Judge Louise DeCarl Adler to schedule the ownership issue for a fall trial was prompted by the diocese's urgent request that it be allowed to lend money to six parishes to complete halted construction projects.
   After initially denying the request, Adler reluctantly agreed yesterday to allow the diocese to provide about $14 million in loans. The money will be used to complete new buildings already under construction, remodel a rectory, build a new church and complete other projects.

Pastor removed amid abuse charges

  [? 1998-2005 Reinke*] - Methodist. Boy.
   WHOI, AP, ~ May 11, 2007
   FAIRFIELD (IL), (AP) -- A Methodist pastor from Illinois has been removed from the ministry amid charges that he molested a young boy.
   Larry Reinke pleaded not-guilty last week to predatory criminal sexual assault and child pornography charges. Prosecutors contend he molested a boy younger than 13 and recorded the abuse with a digital camera at least once.
   Authorities say the boy was a member of Reinke's congregation when he was pastor of two United Methodist churches in Wayne County in southeastern Illinois.

Sherman Allen Gets Spanked

  [2000s Allen*] - Shiloh Church of God in Christ. Spanked woman's bare behind, etc.
   Dallas Observer, 02:52:38 PM, Thu May 10, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ has been suspended from his pastoral duties. And not a moment too soon? The Church of God in Christ has suspended Fort Worth Pastor Sherman Allen "from all national and local pastoral roles and activities" within the denomination. The Church of God in Christ is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States, as well as the fourth-largest Christian church organization in the country, with some 6 million members.
   Unfair Park requested a statement from COGIC after hearing that Allen -- pastor of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ, a prominent Pentecostal speaker and a frequent subject of Bible Girl columns -- had been suspended by COGIC's interim presiding bishop, Charles E. Blake of Los Angeles. This afternoon, Alayna Adams, spokeswoman for the Memphis-based COGIC, issued this statement under the seal of the Office of the Presiding Bishop:
   "The Church of God in Christ does not condone any inappropriate behavior from any of its representatives, and does not comment on pending litigation against the Church or its representatives until a case has been brought to trial and an official ruling has been made. Until then, Pastor Sherman Allen has been suspended from all national and local pastoral roles and activities within the Church of God in Christ. This is Church policy and we will honor this policy for the case against Allen."

Authorities investigating former pastor charged with abuse

  [? 1998-2005 Reinke*] - Methodist. Boy.
   The Southern Illinoisan, May 10, 2007
   FAIRFIELD, Ill. - Authorities investigating a former Methodist pastor charged with molesting a young boy are trying to determine if other children were abused.
   Larry Reinke, 56, pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he molested a boy younger than 13 from January 2003 to June 2005, and again during the first few months of 2007, allegedly recording the abuse at least once with a digital camera.
   Authorities are asking children and parents who suspect abuse to come forward, Wayne County Chief Deputy Jeff Grieve said Thursday.

Bar: Probe attorneys' conduct

 
   The Cincinnati Post, By Paul A. Long, May 10, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Bar Association wants to investigate the conduct of attorneys in the record-setting class-action lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington over child sexual abuse by priests, a judge said.
   During a hearing Wednesday over the splitting of attorney fees in the case, Special Judge Robert McGinnis - who previously has expressed his own distaste about the dispute - said the state bar association has asked to review the court file.
   "There're ethical problems all over this situation," McGinnis said, "including the fact that you're settling cases outside the class. ... It's fraught with pitfalls."
   At issue in the dispute is whether Covington lawyer Barbara Bonar should receive a share of attorneys fees from the $84 million settlement. She maintains she should because she was instrumental in gathering information about the case and signing up clients.

Fundraising for abuse claims – Diocese's parishes start to raise $10 million

  [Decades - Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 180 victims.
   Catholic Online, Catholic News Service ( www.catholicnews.com ), May/10/2007
   SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) – Parishes of the Spokane Diocese have started local fundraising campaigns to raise $10 million collectively as their contribution to the diocese's $48 million clergy sexual abuse settlement with 180 victims.
   In an assessment based on parish income, two of the largest parishes, St. Mary in Spokane and St. Patrick in Pasco, are responsible for raising more than $600,000 each, according to a parish-by-parish listing in the May 3 issue of the Inland Register, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Spokane.
   In an article in that issue Father Steve Dublinski, diocesan vicar general, explained that part of the settlement approved April 24 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams includes a diocesewide reorganization of the parishes.

Bankruptcy judge lets Catholic churches continue construction

  [Decades - San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US14m more spending.
   North County Times, By SCOTT MARSHALL, ~ May 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The judge overseeing the bankruptcy of the Catholic Diocese in San Diego on Thursday authorized 10 parishes, including two in North County, to spend a total of more than $14 million on construction projects with money from parish accounts and loans from the diocese to the parishes.
   The two North County parishes, St. Margaret's in Oceanside and St. Mark's in San Marcos, also are among four churches that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler said she wants to use to start to resolve a key issue in the bankruptcy case: which assets belong to individual parishes and which belong to the diocese.
   Adler instructed James Stang, the attorney for a committee of creditors who have a claim to money from the diocese, including victims of alleged childhood sexual abuse at the hands of priests, to file an action in the bankruptcy court "to find out whose property this is."

Settlement leaves questions unanswered

  [1999 Mons. Campobello] -- Roman Catholic Church. 2 girls.
   Daily Herald, By Harry Hitzeman and Tona Kunz, Posted Friday, May 11, 2007
   ILLINOIS -- Supporters of Monsignor Joseph Jarmoluk hope Thursday's civil lawsuit settlement will allow the entire church and Mark Campobello's sexual abuse victims to move forward.
   But others aren't so sure.
   "I don't think this is the end, and that's sad," said Geneva parishioner Frank Bochte.
   The case has created a deep rift among some parishioners since Campobello was arrested in 2002.

Priest admits sexual activity with boy

  [1992, 2007 Grant*] - RCC. Boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Watford Observer, ~ May 11, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A priest who admitted four counts of sexual activity with a teenage boy has been criticised for a "grievous betrayal of his responsibilities".
   Father Peter Grant, 58, pleaded guilty to the charges at St Albans Magistrates Court last week where it emerged he had an intimate relationship with the 15-year-old boy over a three month period.
   Grant, who lives in Bovingdon, was the priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Berkhamsted when the incidents occurred.

Rockford Diocese will pay out $2 million to 2

  [Mons. Campobello] - RCC. US$2m. 2 girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Northwest Herald, By KATE THAYER - kthayer@nwnewsgroup.com , ~ May 11, 2007
   GENEVA (IL) – Nearly three years after a former Kane and McHenry County priest went to prison for sexually abusing two teenage girls, the Rockford Diocese will pay millions for "owed justice" to his victims.
   On Thursday, Circuit Judge Keith Brown approved a $2.2 million settlement between the diocese, Bishop Thomas Doran and Mark Campobello's two victims.
   Brown entered a default judgment against Campobello in 2004 after he failed to respond to the lawsuits from prison.

Catholic Abuse Victim Says Church is Evading Responsibility

  - RCC.
   Salem-News, by Tim King, Salem-News.com , ~ May 11, 2007
   As part of a legal settlement, the Portland Catholic Archdiocese has agreed to provide church records on abuse cases. But former victims say it is not enough.
   (PORTLAND, Ore.) - In the wake of a judge's decision to award a $50 million settlement to approximately 200 sex abuse victims from the Portland Archdiocese, a group representing the victims says Oregon may have only unearthed the tip of an iceberg.
   Bill Crane is the director of SNAP Oregon, (Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests) a group dedicated to bringing the truth about the religious sex abuse to light.
   "Now that the Chapter 11 proceedings are over, Archbishop Vlazny has no reason to keep silent about which accused pedophile priests are guilty and which are innocent. Catholics need and deserve this information, so that they can keep their kids safe."

Spokane diocese lawyers, newspaper spar over bankruptcy info

  - RCC.
   The Olympian, By JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press Writer, ~ May 11, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and a newspaper are sparring over how much the public will be allowed to see of a recent $48 million bankruptcy reorganization plan.
   The Spokesman-Review filed motions April 16 arguing the public has a right to know the names of priests accused of sexual abuse, as well as individual damage claim amounts that will be paid to victims.
   The newspaper has said it will not publish the names of victims, which have been redacted from court documents, but some of which were inadvertently posted online by Paine Hamblen Coffin Brooke and Miller, the diocese's law firm.

$2.2 million settlement in former Geneva priest abuse case

  [1999 Mons. Campobello] -- Roman Catholic Church. US$2.2m. 2 girls.
   Daily Herald, By Tona Kunz, Posted Friday, May 11, 2007
   ROCKFORD (IL) -- The Rockford Catholic Diocese Thursday settled for $2.2 million a lawsuit over a former Geneva priest's sexual abuse of two teens from Geneva and Aurora.
   The settlement is one of the highest for church abuse cases in Illinois and one of the larger amounts in the country for a case without several victims, said Greg Snyder, who represented the girls.
   The lawsuit accused the diocese of ignoring signs former priest Mark Campobello was a risk to children, and failing to heed complaints about him. A trial was set for October.

Bishop defends diocesan safe environment program

  - RCC.
   Indian Catholic
   BURLINGTON, VERMONT (CNA): Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington, Vermont, has stepped up to defend the diocese's director of safe environment programs after an advocacy group called for his dismissal.
   Former Burlington Police Chief Kevin Scully has been the diocesan employee responsible for training church workers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.
   In a letter to David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Bishop Matano said Scully has accomplished a lot in his 18 months with the diocese. Clohessy had criticized the diocese for failing to train all of its workers, including volunteers.

Vatican Removes 2 Accused Of Sexual Abuse From Priesthood

  [Schoettmer, Unwin] - RCC.
   WLWT, ~ May 11, 2007
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- The Vatican has removed from the Roman Catholic priesthood two men who served in southwest Ohio.
   The Archdiocese of Cincinnati said Thursday that the Vatican made the decision after considering evidence that they sexually abused children.
   Kenneth Schoettmer and Richard Unwin were permanently removed from the clerical state by Pope Benedict the 16th.
   Schoettmer is a former pastor at Queen of Peace church in Millville.

$2.2M deal OK'd in church sex-abuse suit

  [1999 Mons. Campobello] - RCC. US$2m. 2 girls.
   Rockford Register Star, By Geri Nikolai, May 11, 2007
   ST. CHARLES (IL) – The Catholic Diocese of Rockford has agreed to pay $2.2 million to two women who were sexually abused by then-priest Mark Campobello when they were teenagers.
   The settlement will cost the diocese $500,000. Insurance will cover the rest. Diocesan spokesman Penny Wiegert said she believes the diocese will get the money from reserves.
   The agreement ends the case for the victims but does not close the books on the diocese's handling of Campobello, said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn., lawyer who represented the women. He is negotiating with the diocese over release of documents he believes show that the diocese ignored warning signs that Campobello was dangerous.

Ex-priest's victims to get $2M

  [1999 Mons. Campobello] -- Roman Catholic Church. 2 girls.
   The Courier News, By STEVE LORD, May 11, 2007
   ROCKFORD (IL) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford on Thursday announced a $2.2 million settlement with the sexual abuse victims of former priest Mark Campobello.
   The settlement ends a civil lawsuit filed by the two victims, known as Jane Doe and Jane Roe, against the diocese.
   It presumably ends the legalities surrounding the abuse of the two girls by Campobello when he was a priest in residence at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva and a teacher at Aurora Central Catholic High School. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri May 11, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat May 12, 2007 edition:


• Documents from the Secret Archive of the Fort Worth Diocese

  [Hanlon, Hoover, Howlett, Magaldi, Reilly, Rentería] - RCC. US$4.15m gone. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   BishopAccountability.org , www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/fort_worth , ~ May 12, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- On this page we provide all the files from the Fort Worth diocese's secret archive that were released by State District Judge Len Wade, with selected articles about the documents and links to key documents, beginning with Rev. Philip A. Magaldi.
   Judge Wade released the 700 pages of disputed documents about accused priests Hanlon, Hoover, Howlett, Magaldi, Reilly, and Rentería on November 28, 2006, after two area newspapers – the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News – filed suit to have the documents released.
   The judge had originally ordered the Fort Worth diocese to turn the documents over to John Doe and John Doe II during 2003 suits filed by attorneys Daniel Shea and Tahira Khan-Merritt.
   Those suits were settled in April 2005 for $1.4 million and $2.75 million, but the release of documents was contested until Judge Wade ruled on February 23, 2006. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 PM]

Deceased Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Portland, Maine

  [21 dead priests] - RCC. Sexual abuse.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ May 12, 2007
  PORTLAND (ME) -- On May 27, 2005, the Maine Attorney General's office released the names of 21 deceased Roman Catholic priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. The release of these names had been ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (see the opinion), in response to a lawsuit filed by Blethen Maine Newspapers, the parent company of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.
   The Attorney General's office also released 113 pages of supporting documentation on the accusations. This documentation comprises investigative material from the attorney general's files. Allegations against each priest are described on a standard form, followed in most cases by investigative materials documenting the accusations.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 PM

Bishops' Archives and Survivors' Accounts

  - RCC.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ May 12, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Davenport is the only U.S. diocese where diocesan abuse files can be read together with detailed accounts written later by the survivors themselves. These documents from the Wells and John Doe III suits, available only here on the Internet, offer a unique combined perspective on a network of abusers, the lives of their victims, and bishops' decisions to ignore repeated warnings.
   Some of these documents are eloquent and touching. Some include descriptions of terrible abuse. Please be aware of the nature of this content before you view it. If you are a survivor, you may be interested in reading a brief note from fellow survivors before you begin.

The Manchester Archives

  - RCC.
   BishopAccountability.org ~ May 12, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- The Manchester Archives -- some 9,000 pages of diocesan files and investigative material -- offer a comprehensive look at sexual abuse committed by the priests of the Manchester NH diocese. The archives also provide extensive information about how the diocese responded or failed to respond to allegations of abuse by its priests. Unlike the excellent report issued by the attorney general, which because of time pressure was restricted to assessments of 8 priests, the Manchester Archive presents information on 60 priests.
   These archives are by far the largest such collection of documents available on the Internet. Here you will find a vast range of source material, including seminary records, written allegations, police reports, treatment center assessments, priest transfers, petitions from parishioners on behalf of accused priests, and extensive interviews of priests and victims conducted by the attorney general's Task Force. These files are a microcosm of the crisis. They will allow victims, Catholic laity, journalists, and citizens to understand the crisis in a way hitherto impossible.

A Guided Tour of the Boston Archive

  - RCC.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ May 12, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Over 45,000 pages of archdiocesan documents have been released in Boston, showing the archdiocese's policies and procedures regarding more than 141 priests accused of sexually abusing minors. A very useful summary of those documents and their significance is a July 21, 2003 Memorandum filed on behalf of Gregory Ford et al. in their case against Bernard Cardinal Law et al.
   BishopAccountability.org has now posted the Memorandum together with over 1,500 pages of archdiocesan documents to which the Memorandum refers. This is the largest collection on the Internet of Boston archdiocesan files.

Spokane-area parishes raising $10 million for sex abuse victims

  - RCC.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, By JOHN K. WILEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER, ~ May 12, 2007
   SPOKANE, Wash. -- It's the Easter season in the Roman Catholic Church, but in parishes around Spokane, sermons on the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ are mixed with urgent pleas for money to pay people who were sexually abused by clergy decades ago.
   Priests sometimes evoke the parable of the good Samaritan - who stopped to help a man who had been beaten and robbed when others looked the other way - as they wage a unique campaign to raise money to settle the Spokane diocese's long-running sex abuse scandal.
   "I've been telling them the focus here is on the children who were hurt and doing what we can to bring them some sort of compensation, some sort of healing," said the Rev. Edgar Borchardt, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the college and farm town of Pullman, about 80 miles south of Spokane.

Pastor facing assault charges

  [? 2007 Jean -NEW*] - Baptist. Teenage girl.
   The Times-Union By DAVID HUNT, May 12, 2007
   GREEN COVE SPRINGS (FL) -- A Clay County church pastor faces charges of sexually assaulting a teenager, first forcing her to have sex when he stopped by her family's house to help her cope with her father's illness.
   Fritzner Jean, 35, pastor of First Haitian Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, was arrested on charges of lewd battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
   Jean, who works as a truck driver when he's not in the pulpit, surrendered Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued. He was being held Friday in the Clay County jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.
   Attempts to contact the church Friday were unsuccessful.

YC pastor faces charge of lewd act with child

  [~ 2007 Garcia -NEW*] - Iglesia Bautista Church. Girl.
   Appeal-Democrat By Rob Young / May 11, 2007
   YUBA CITY (CA) -- The pastor of a Yuba City church has been charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a girl under the age of 14.
   Andres Garcia, 71, of the Primera Iglesia Bautista del Sur Colirio on Franklin Road, waived a preliminary hearing Friday in Sutter County Superior Court. Judge Chris Chandler scheduled a May 21 arraignment.
   Garcia has been held in Sutter County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail since his arrest April 2 at his residence in the 500 block of Walton Avenue in Yuba City. The alleged victim lived nearby, police said.

"Sexual Abuse Of Children In Southern Baptists Targeted By Watchdog Group"

  [Brock] - Baptist. Boy.
   WKRN, ~ May 12, 2007
   TENNESSEE -- A group that brought attention to sex abuse among Catholic Clergy has set its sights on Southern Baptists.
   The watchdog group claims church policy and structure makes it easy for Baptist ministers to sexually abuse children and get away with it.
   The charges and arrests are shocking. Baptist preachers and ministers charged with using their position in the church to molest children and adults.
   Todd Brock, a pastor near Greensboro, North Carolina faces four felony charges involving a 17 year old boy.

Two area priests defrocked over sex abuse allegations

  [Unwin, Schoettmer] - RCC. Boys.
   Dayton Daily News, By Tom Beyerlein, Saturday, May 12, 2007
   OHIO -- Two more area priests – Richard Unwin and Kenneth Schoettmer – have been defrocked by the Vatican after being credibly accused of sexually abusing boys.
   Both priests are now off the payroll of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
   In 2003, Schoettmer, now 65, pleaded guilty in Cincinnati to a charge that he fondled a 17-year-old boy and received five years' probation. Schoettmer, on paid leave from the archdiocese since 2001, is a registered sex offender.
   Schoettmer of Cincinnati told officials that he didn't want it to be reported that he had voluntarily sought laicization, the church's term for defrocking, said archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco.

Vatican ousts 2 from priesthood

  [Unwin, Schoettmer] - RCC. Boys.
   The Cincinnati Post, May 12, 2007
   OHIO -- Two men who served as pastors in Southwest Ohio have been removed from the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Vatican, after several years of considering the evidence that the two had sexually abused children, according to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
   Pope Benedict XVI has permanently removed Kenneth Schoettmer and Richard Unwin from the clerical state, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said Friday.
   Schoettmer is a former pastor at Queen of Peace church in Millville, Ohio in Butler County and Unwin is a former pastor at St. John the Baptist church in Tipp City, Ohio, north of Dayton. He is also a former teacher at Badin High School in Hamilton and a former associate pastor at St. Matthias in Forest Park.

Covington lawyer loses fee dispute case

 
   The Courier-Journal, By Andrew Wolfson, awolfson@courier-journal.com , May 12, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- A Kentucky lawyer who sued prominent Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley in a fee dispute has lost her case.
   Senior Judge Robert McGinnis ruled yesterday for Chesley, awarding no damages to Barbara Bonar of Covington, who claimed she was owed $1 million or more in the Diocese of Covington priest-abuse litigation. "She didn't get one penny," said Alex Rose, co-counsel for Chesley.
   Ruling from the bench after a 2½-day trial in Boone Circuit Court, McGinnis also said Bonar and others in the case may have committed ethics violations.

Signs honoring priest stir criticism

  [Mons. Schmit] - RCC. Ended crucial investigation.
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, May 12, 2007
   TOLEDO (OH) -- On the one-year anniversary of Toledo priest Gerald Robinson's murder conviction, a victim's advocacy group yesterday asked the City of Toledo to remove honorary street signs that pay tribute to a deceased church leader who allegedly interfered with the original 1980 murder investigation.
   Claudia Vercellotti, co-coordinator of the Toledo chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, asked that Mayor Carty Finkbeiner take down the signs designating a stretch of St. Clair Street "Monsignor Jerome Schmit Way."
   Four members of SNAP stood on the downtown sidewalk beside Fifth Third Field, holding placards and photos of Robinson's murder victim, Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, as Ms. Vercellotti stated that Monsignor Schmit "used his power and influence as a Toledo Catholic Diocesan priest to end the investigation that could have removed a now-convicted murderer from the streets decades ago."

New charges for pastor in spanking incidents

  [2005 Bujak] - Baptist. Spanking. Girl.
   Daily Herald, By Gene Haschak, Posted Saturday, May 12, 2007
   ELGIN (IL) -- The Elgin pastor accused of spanking a 12-year-old girl as a form of counseling was charged with failing to report the sexual abuse allegations she had made – and which led to the counseling sessions, officials said Friday.
   Misdemeanor charges against the Rev. Daryl P. Bujak, pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, were amended Friday to include battery with physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature and failure to report an incident by a mandated court reporter.
   In 2005, the girl had accused a family member of sexual abuse, and her family took her to Bujak for counseling.

Judge bars fee for attorney in lawsuit against Diocese

 
   The Kentucky Post, By Paul A. Long, May 12, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- A Covington attorney committed numerous, egregious ethical violations in her work on a class-action lawsuit against the Diocese of Covington and deserves no part of an estimated $18.5 million pool for lawyers' fees from the settlement of the case, a special judge has ruled.
   Judge Robert McGinnis, in a ruling Friday from the bench after hearing more than two days of evidence, said Barbara Bonar left the lawsuit on her own accord, and thus is not entitled to be paid.
   "The ethical violations was cause for your removal as class counsel if you didn't leave," McGinnis said.
   During his ruling, McGinnis slammed Bonar's conduct, saying it harmed one group of her clients - members of the class who were victims of priest sexual abuse - to benefit other clients, those who cases she settled outside the main lawsuit.

Abusive Priest Leaves Connecticut

  [Foley] - RCC. Boys.
   Hartford Courant, By ELIZABETH HAMILTON, May 12, 2007
   CONNECTICUT -- The Rev. Stephen Foley, a Catholic priest accused of molesting boys while serving as a police and fire chaplain, has left St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and is living out of state.
   The Hartford Archdiocese, which pulled Foley from active ministry in 1993, when an allegation of sexual abuse was made against the priest, would not disclose Friday where Foley has moved.
   "The administration knows where he is living, but that is personnel information and not for publication," said the Rev. John Gatzak, spokesman for the diocese. The archdiocese is still paying Foley a stipend and providing him with benefits, he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat May 12, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun May 13, 2007 edition:


For Court Adversaries, The Cases Get Personal

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Day, By Joe Wojtas , Published on May/13/2007
   CONNECTICUT -- As he deposed Bishop Daniel P. Reilly in a sexual-abuse lawsuit involving the late Rev. Bruno Primavera in January 2006, New London attorney Robert I. Reardon Jr. thought Joseph T. Sweeney, the attorney for the Diocese of Norwich, was smiling.
   "Do you find this funny, Mr. Sweeney?" Reardon asked.
   "No," Sweeney said.
   "I can't imagine how you can find a priest with young boys in the car, and police are called, and you are finding it humorous. What are you, sick?" said Reardon, who was representing a man who claimed Primavera had abused him as a boy.
   "My good sir, you have misread me," Sweeney said. "You do that quite often, sir. You make a lot of insulting, snide remarks. Depositions with you, sir, are one continuous confrontation of nastiness. I have been living with it for quite a while. We are here today for more."
   Later, Reardon told Reilly to be truthful and to stop looking at Sweeney for help answering questions. He also threatened to ask Reilly in court why he was "hiding out in Worcester" and unwilling to face the victims. Sweeney complained that Reardon was abusing his client. At one point, he told Reardon to "cool off." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 13, 2007 6:18 PM]

Reilly's Inaction Drives The 'Faithful' To Call For Change

 
   EAST LYME (CT) -- The Day By Joe Wojtas Published on 5/13/2007 East Lyme – Up until July 20, 1998, Holly and Jay Carbonneau believed their close friend, the Rev. Richard Buongirno, when he told them he had not molested a boy from their church.
   But that was the night Buongirno, in the midst of what Holly Carbonneau described as a nervous breakdown, confessed that he had indeed molested the boy when he was 9 and again as a high school student.
   That confession, delivered in their home, led the Carbonneaus to develop a close friendship with the victim and to join the local chapter of Voice of the Faithful, the national organization founded by Catholic lay people upset about the church's response to the priest-abuse crisis. Its goals are to support those molested by priests, support priests who live by their vows and promote structural change in the church. The organization says it does not promote reforms such as allowing priests to marry and ordaining women.
   Today, as leaders of the local chapter, the Carbonneaus are vocal critics of the steps taken by the Diocese of Norwich to protect children, calling it window dressing that many churches in the diocese have refused to implement.

Listowel native is appointed judge of the High Court

  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Kerryman By Aidan O'Connor
   IRELAND -- LISTOWEL native Bryan McMahon is the new chairman of the Residential Institutions Redress Board, following his government appointment as a judge of the High Court.
   The lawyer and judge succeeds the late Judge Sean O'Leary who died late last year.
   The appointment was announced by Education Minister Mary Hanafin, who said the board, "forms a central part of the government's response to help alleviate the effects of abuse suffered by former residents of industrial schools and other residential institutions."

The cruelty of celibacy can turn good men bad

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Guardian by Ruaridh Nicoll The Observer Sunday May 13, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- There is a photograph of Father Gerry Nugent leaving the high court in Edinburgh that appears to show the epitome of the corrupted priest. It was taken after he had given evidence in the Angelika Kluk murder trial. Last week, he returned to court to be sentenced for contempt, having prevaricated while giving evidence during the original trial.
   Now the former shepherd of St Patrick's in Glasgow's Anderston has only God to comfort him. On the instructions of Archbishop Mario Conti, he resigned as parish priest. When he claimed in court that he was employed by the archdiocese of Glasgow, he was corrected by the defence QC who told him that its chancellor, Monsignor Peter Smith, had said that priests are self-employed. The church put out a statement after the verdict: 'He has been retired.'
   This turning away by the church is simple to understand. Nugent admitted having sex with Kluk, the Polish student who was killed in September and whose body was found in an annexe under the confessional. In court, he said this had happened three or four times and that he 'felt shame': 'I was disgusted at myself.' Since then, he has admitted to sleeping with prostitutes. The trial ended in the conviction of Peter Tobin, a 60-year-old handyman. Usually, such events reflect the banal awfulness of society, but this one reached for the other end of life in all its weird horror.

FW pastor suspended after rape accusations

  [2001-05 Allen*] - Shiloh Church of God in Christ. Spanked bare behinds, sex. 9 women. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Dallas Morning News, By MICHAEL GRABELL / mgrabell@dallasnews.com
   FORTH WORTH (TX) -- A Fort Worth pastor accused of paddling and raping women under the guise of scriptural teaching has been suspended by the national body of the Church of God in Christ.
   The suspension comes more than three months after a Fort Worth woman sued the Rev. Sherman C. Gee Allen of the Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ, contending that he repeatedly beat her with a paddle from 2001 to 2005 and forced her to have sex with him.
   Since then, eight more women have come forward with similar stories, according to the woman's lawyers.
   Mr. Allen, who founded the Pentecostal congregation in 1983, could not be reached for comment Friday. But he has denied the allegations in court papers.

Ex-altar boy sues over abuse

  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Irish Independent
   IRELAND -- A FORMER altar boy is suing the Archbishop of Birmingham for £100,000 (140,000) as a result of alleged sexual abuse by a Co Meath priest. It is alleged that Fr Christopher Clonan, who was born in Clonard and who died in Australia in 1998 while on the run from police, sexually assaulted the man, who is now 33, on occasions too numerous to chronicle when he was a teen.

Priest's honors anger accusers

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   Mercury News By Kim Vo Mercury News Article Launched 01:34:48 AM PDT, May/13/2007
   SAN JOSE (CA) -- The accolades came soon after the priest died. Fellow clergy celebrated him in homilies and parish newsletters. Reporters wrote poignant obituaries, and the charity where he had long volunteered named a fundraiser in his honor - the Philip E. McCrillis Golf Clinic, for the man who "gave hope to ... patients and their families."
   Many people, it seems, didn't know that three years ago, church officials had investigated, settled a financial claim and found "reasonable cause to suspect that Fr. McCrillis engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor."
   "Everyone is shocked and upset," said Alicia Swanson, a spokeswoman for the charity - the Parkinson's Institute. "Nobody knew."
   The Institute canceled a fundraiser Saturday, it says, for unrelated reasons. The Villages Golf & Country Club in San Jose said it never would have co-sponsored the event had it known about the allegations.

A new pastor is leading the way

 
   The Advocate By Stephen P. Clark Published May 13 2007
   DARIEN (CT) -- Last June, the Rev. Frank McGrath was appointed to a broken parish.
   St. John Roman Catholic Church on the Post Road was shattered after its longtime pastor, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, resigned amid allegations he stole more than $1 million from the parish to pay for a lavish - and somewhat open - life with his boyfriend.
   When McGrath took the helm, parishioners were reeling from news about Fay and another priest at the church, the Rev. Michael Madden. Madden had his supporters because he helped hire a private investigator to follow the money when he thought the diocese was ignoring the case. The diocese stripped Madden of some parish duties and placed him on leave, and he left the priesthood weeks later.

Giuliani spins name into gold

 
   WASHINGTON (DC) The Journal Gazette
   By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk Washington Post
   WASHINGTON – On Dec. 7, 2001, nearly three months after the terrorist attack that had made him a national hero and a little over three weeks before he would leave office, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took the first official step toward making himself rich.
   The letter he dispatched to the city Conflicts of Interest Board that day asked permission to begin forming a consulting firm with three members of his outgoing administration. The company, Giuliani said, would provide "management consulting service to governments and business" and would seek out partners for a "wide-range of possible business, management and financial services" projects. ...
   Famously loyal, Giuliani chose as his partners longtime associates, including a former police commissioner later convicted of corruption, a former FBI executive who admitted taking artifacts from ground zero and a former Roman Catholic priest accused of covering up sexual abuse in the church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 13, 2007 8:49 AM

A Bishop In Denial Left A Legacy Of Pain

 
   NORWICH (CT) The Day
   When he was the bishop of the Diocese of Norwich from 1975 to 1994, his warm personality and quick wit endeared him to the region's Catholics.
   At the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Stonington, people pressed up against him as he walked from St. Mary Church to the fishing docks. He sang "Danny Boy" at the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Norwich.
   And when he was transferred in 1994 to the Worcester, Mass., diocese, more than 1,200 Catholics packed St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich for his final Mass. Afterwards, they stood in a long line to hug him and wish him well.
   That was the Bishop Daniel P. Reilly most people knew.
   But at the same time, he transferred priests suspected of molesting children, ignoring warnings that they posed a danger. He failed to report what he knew to police and fought the release of documents sought in lawsuits and attempts to depose him. On the advice of attorneys, he refused to answer questions put to him during a deposition and said he could not recall conversations and letters about accused priests until he was shown documentation. He has admitted the diocese maintained a secret archive in which he placed information about priests accused of sexual misconduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 13, 2007 8:47 AM

Lessons Have Been Learned

 
   NORWICH (CT) The Day
   Published on 5/13/2007 A front-page article that appears in today's edition documents that the Diocese of Norwich was not exempt from the priest sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church in this country, nor from the poor decisions that made it possible.
   The revelations, culled from lawsuits and firsthand accounts, are painfully familiar. Church authorities, confronted with reports that priests had sexually abused children or teens, did not treat them as potential crimes, but as problems to be kept out of view of the public and law enforcement.
   After allegations were raised, and sometimes documented, priests were moved from one parish to another. Church communities had no warning of the predators that had arrived in their midst. Too often there were new victims.
   Overseeing the diocese at the time many of the documented cases took place was Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, who served as the spiritual leader from 1975 to 1994. It was Bishop Reilly, now retired and living in Worcester, Mass., who ultimately decided how abuse allegations were handled and where priests were transferred. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 13, 2007 8:21 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun May 13, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon May 14, 2007 edition:


New law on child abuse to take effect

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pittsburgh Catholic, by: Robert P. Lockwood, ~ May 14, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- New amendments to the Child Protective Services Law in Pennsylvania will take effect May 27 that expands the definition of legally mandated reporters of suspected child abuse to authorities.
   Additionally, any mandated reporter who knowingly fails to report child abuse commits a misdemeanor of the third degree for a first violation, and a misdemeanor of the second degree for any subsequent violation. ...
   In early May, the Diocese of Pittsburgh issued a brochure detailing the impact of the mandatory reporting laws in Catholic institutions to every Catholic parish, school and Catholic institution, as well as individuals in any ministry that may involve contact with minor children.
   In the brochure, the diocese stated that, "adherence by church personnel in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to the expanded reporting mandates is a vital part of the church's efforts to prevent the abuse of children ... The Diocese of Pittsburgh urges that all church personnel resolve any questions about the interpretation of the law in favor of reporting." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 14, 2007 4:01 PM]

Deliberations continue in church suit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   Newsday, BY JOHN VALENTI, john.valenti@newsday.com , 12:18 PM EDT, May 14, 2007
   MINEOLA (NY) -- Deliberations in a $150-million church sex scandal lawsuit against the Diocese of Rockville Centre continued Monday at New York State Supreme Court in Mineola, the second week of deliberations for the six-member jury panel.
   The suit was brought by two plaintiffs against the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, the diocese and former youth minister Matthew Maiello, formerly of Lynbrook, who served more than two years in prison after admitting he coerced the plaintiffs and two other teenagers into having sex with him.
   The plaintiffs, now in their early 20s, are not being identified by Newsday, because they are the victims of sex crimes.

Catholic priest caught in love triangle

  [~ 2000s Munyapa] - RCC. Woman. Malawi flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Daily Times, BY Caroline Somanje, 08:46:31, 14 May 2007
   MALAWI -- A Catholic priest, Joseph Munyapa, and a manager at Chichiri National Bank Laston Nazitwere have been implicated in a love triangle with a Blantyre woman Clara Chimkwende.
   Clara was married to Charles Chimkwende but the union has since been dissolved in court.
   Principal Resident Magistrate Jack N'riva nullified the Chimkwende's 13-year-old marriage on the grounds of adultery, irreconcilable differences and irretrievable breakdown.
   Charles Chimkwende testified in court that the two men have been openly dating his wife Clara who used to meet her lovers at different times after lying to him.

The Church can do without these scandals

  [~ 2000s Munyapa] - RCC. Woman.
   The Daily Times, 08:33:21, May 14, 2007
   MALAWI -- We read on the front page of this paper about the shenanigans of one Father Joseph Munyapa, a Catholic Priest who allowed his physical needs to get the better of his judgement and the result is a scandal of immense embarrassment to the Church and, needless to say, the priest himself.
   We do not want to be seen as seating [? sitting] in judgement over this Priest, himself a man of God, and we are not interested to rub any further mortification to all those involved in this scenario.
   But it is eternally scandalous that the reputation the Church has laboured to build over so many centuries is dragged through the mud in such a way.

Meetings on the Shore

  - VOTF. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Daily Times,
   MARYLAND -- The Coastal Delmarva Chapter of Voice of the Faithful will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. The guest speaker is Delaware State Representative Deborah Hudson, the primary sponsor in the Delaware House of a bill (Senate Bill 29) which would change the Delaware Statute of Limitations to allow victims of sexual abuse additional time to seek civil remedies. New members welcome. Call John Sullivan at 302-541-0254.

Shields scheduled for sentencing today

  [ 2005 Mr Shields] - RCC. Videoing girls, assaulting one.
   The Republican & Herald BY PETER E. BORTNER pbortner@republicanherald.com May/14/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- For Daniel M. Shields Jr., today is sentencing day in Schuylkill County Court.
   At the 2 p.m. hearing before Judge D. Michael Stine, Shields, 62, of 30 Bryn Mawr Ave., Pottsville, will learn how long he will spend in prison for videotaping female athletes in the Nativity BVM High School locker room and sexually assaulting one of them.
   It will end a 21-month case that brought a shocking halt to the career of one of Schuylkill County's most noteworthy high school football and track coaches. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 14, 2007 8:25 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon May 14, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue May 15, 2007 edition:


Experts: Allegations often untold in black churches

  [2004-05 Brown - NEW*] - Baptist. Teenage boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Boston Herald, By Jessica Heslam, Updated 06:57 AM EST, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Clergy abuse in black churches of all denominations is vastly underreported, experts said, with young victims too terrified to come forward for fear of being blamed and banned from their close-knit, family-oriented houses of worship.
   Indeed, P. Edward Harrison's accusation against the Rev. Lawrence Brown of Mount Calvary Baptist Church is believed to be the first reported case in Boston of purported clergy abuse involving an alleged victim who is black, according to Department of Social Services officials.
   "It is much more widespread than any of us want to believe," said David Clohessy, the national director of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "All sexual abuse is underreported. We believe clergy sex abuse more than most and clergy sex abuse in the minority communities is even less reported."

Exposure charges dropped against preacher

  [2006 Jefferson -NEW*] - Church of God in Christ. Exposing.
   News Sentinel, May 15, 2007
   TENNESSEE -- An East Knoxville preacher will receive counseling but no jail time after being charged with exposing himself to an undercover police officer last year.
   The Rev. Willie L. Jefferson, 55, appeared in court last week on a charge of indecent exposure. Knoxville police had arrested him Dec. 22 during an undercover sting at Tyson Park near the University of Tennessee.
   Jefferson has served as pastor at Trinity Tabernacle Church of God in Christ on Washington Avenue for the past four years. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 15, 2007 6:13 PM]

Testimony ends in Oregon priest abuse civil suit

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   KGW, Associated Press, May/15/2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- With the end of testimony, the first trial of allegations that a priest abused young men in Oregon headed for the jury.
   Closing arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the civil lawsuit against the Rev. Michael Sprauer of Salem, former chaplain at a state prison for young men. After that, the jury would get the case.
   During the two-week trial, his accusers described Sprauer as a pedophile priest who abused teenage inmates in the 1970s at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

Fermanagh priest to stand trial in Liverpool for funding paedophile

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Unison, ~ May 15, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A priest from Co. Fermanagh is standing trial in Liverpool accused of giving thousands of pounds to a convicted paedophile so he could groom a young girl for sex.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath from Co. Fermanagh allegedly gave the money to William Adams, aged 38, who used it to buy gifts for an 11-year-old girl in Liverpool.
   The 62-year-old priest is accused of three counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and one count of sexual assault. He denies the charges.
   He is not accused of having sex with the girl himself.

Priest 'funded girl's grooming for sex'

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. £Thousands. 17 charges. Girls (8), (12).
   IOL, 16:50:52, May/15/2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Roman Catholic priest handed over thousands of pounds to help his friend groom a young girl for sex, a court heard today.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, 62, allegedly gave the cash to William Adams, 38, to lavish gifts and treats on an 11-year-old girl in Liverpool.
   There was evidence of a sexual relationship between the two men, Liverpool Crown Court heard, and McGrath knew that Adams had served half of a 12-year sentence in Ireland for raping an eight-year-old girl.

Accused priest ordered to appear for deposition

  [1976-85 O'Neill (Salesians)] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2007
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the Rev. James W. O'Neill to appear for deposition by July 13 and set an October 2008 trial date for the former Salesianum School principal in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a former student.
   O'Neill was sued by Eric Eden of Wilmington, who alleges the priest abused him twice a week from 1976 to 1985. The allegations would have been barred by the state's two-year civil statute of limitations, but Superior Court Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. ruled in December that the case could go to trial because of Eden's claim that he had repressed his memories of the incidents.
   After O'Neill missed a scheduled May 8 deposition with Eden's attorneys, the Rev. Joseph G. Morrissey, provincial of O'Neill's order -- the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales -- explained in a May 10 letter that O'Neill was "on assignment" in the Diocese of Upington-Keimos in South Africa, filling in for a priest who had to leave the field to tend to his dying brother. O'Neill was ministering in the priest's absence and was expected back in the country by July 1, Morrissey wrote.

Another Black Eye for Mater Dei

  - RCC. [Non-clergy: Richardson -NEW*, Balsis -NEW*, Dr Stukenholtz -NEW*] [1980s+ Mater Dei High School staff] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Tue, May 15, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- The culture of pedophilia at Mater Dei High School has hit the big time. Today, the New York Times examines the rash of non-clerical sex-abuse cases involving the Catholic Church. Mentioned in the second paragraph was Joelle Casteix, a longtime advocate for sex-abuse survivors who was herself a victim of a choir teacher during the 1980s. "Court records indicate," Times reporter Bruce Lambert writes, "that several other staff members–including teachers, a counselor and a coach–also abused students there." While we're glad that the Grey Lady is letting the country know about Mater Dei's tolerance for teen rape, we do have one bone to pick: court records don't indicate, they show:
   *Former track coach Bob Richardson was arrested in 1984 for sexually abusing boys on his team during camping trips to the San Bernardino Mountains.
   *The same link above also shows that Mater Dei fired counselor Bernie Balsis and choir director Larry Stukenholtz for improper sexual conduct with students, and filed the proper reports to the Orange County Social Services Agency as required by law.

Priest's bond may be revoked

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Free Lance-Star, BY BILL FREEHLING, ~ May 15, 2007
   LOUISA (VA) -- Bond might be revoked in the case of a former Catholic priest in Louisa County accused of embezzling money from two rural churches.
   Rodney Lee Rodis, 50, is currently free on a $25,000 bond. He's not allowed to leave Virginia, but prosecutors believe he flew to New Mexico last month.
   A 9 a.m. hearing has been set in Louisa Circuit Court on Monday, which is Rodis' birthday. His bond could be revoked then, said Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Don Short.

Priest 'paid for girl's grooming'

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. £ thousands. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ May 15, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic priest gave thousands of pounds to a friend to help him groom a young girl for sex, a court heard.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath allegedly gave the money to William Adams, 38, who used it to buy gifts for an 11-year-old girl he had befriended in Liverpool.
   The 62-year-old is accused of three counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and one count of sexual assault. He denies the charges.
   McGrath, of Rosslea, County Fermanagh, is on trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Shredding allegations fly in Episcopal split

  [2000s Armstrong] - Episcopalian. Money. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Denver Post, By Erin Emery, Article Last Updated 12:33:16 AM MDT, May/15/2007
   COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) -- The Rev. Don Armstrong, pastor of Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish, shredded financial documents as an auditor swooped in to investigate alleged theft by the minister, according to allegations made in court documents.
   "So great was the amount of shredding that one shredding machine broke and was replaced and a second shredding machine was required," according to documents filed in litigation over control of the Tejon Street property occupied by a congregation that has seceded from the Episcopal Diocese.
   "It's incredible," said Alan Crippen, spokesman for Grace Church. "I don't know what we would have had that would have been shredded, and this is completely ungermaine to the dispute about the property."

Man sentenced up to 45 years for sex abuse

  [VanderYacht] - Christian. Children.
   WOOD, 05:18 PM EDT, Updated May 14, 2007
   GRAND HAVEN (MI) -- A once-trusted church worker and volunteer in Holland was sentenced Monday for three cases of criminal sexual conduct.
   Eric VanderYacht, 50, will spend the next 15-45 years behind bars for his assaults against young children.
   Vander Yacht apologized for his crimes at his sentencing. "I do not have enough words to say how sorry I am for the pain that I have caused so many people," he said.

Teen reveals shocking tale of minister's sex abuse: Church allegedly knew of charges for two years

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   Boston Herald, By Michele McPhee/ Exclusive, Boston Herald Police Bureau Chief, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- A Boston minister is under investigation by the Suffolk district attorney for allegedly molesting a teenager who belonged to his congregation - an accusation known by certain church officials and fellow clergy that nevertheless went unreported to prosecutors for nearly two years until the boy threatened to kill himself.
   P. Edward Harrison of Roxbury says that the Rev. Lawrence Brown sexually molested him more than a dozen times from the start of 2004 until February 2005. That's when Brown reportedly confessed to sexual misconduct to officials at both South End institutions where he worked as a youth minister - Mount Calvary Baptist Church and the Emmanuel Gospel Center, according to interviews and letters obtained by the Herald.
   Harrison, the son of the Rev. Shaun Harrison, was 14 and a member of Mount Calvary Baptist, where Brown continues to work as a minister, when he said the abuse began.

Boston minister under investigation for alleged sexual abuse

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   The Boston Globe,
   BOSTON (MA) -- A minister from Roxbury is being investigated by the Suffolk District Attorney for allegedly sexually abusing a juvenile three years ago, a state official said early today.
   Denise Monteiro, spokeswoman for the state Department of Social Services, said the agency received a report in November, 2006, that the Rev. Larry Brown had allegedly molested a young man in 2004.
   The DSS referred the matter to the district attorney, who could not be reached for comment early today. Monteiro said the district attorney's investigation remains active.

More charges for pastor accused of spanking girl, 12

  [2005 Bujak] - Baptist. Spanking. Girl.
   The Courier News, By David Gialanella, May 15, 2007
   ELGIN (IL) -- An Elgin pastor accused of severely spanking a then 12-year-old girl now has a longer list of charges against him.
   Rev. Daryl P. Bujak, 30, of the First Missionary Baptist Church at 385 Silver St., had two misdemeanor charges added in his case recently: one additional count of battery and one count of failure to comply with the duties of a mandated reporter.
   The latter charge stems from Bujak's status as a clergyman, who are required by law to report possible sexual assaults to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services when they have reasonable cause to believe that abuse of a minor has occurred. Other statutorily mandated reporters include teachers and guidance counselors.
   According to authorities, between March and May 2005, Bujak used a large piece of wood molding to repeatedly spank the 12-year-old, leaving marks on her legs and buttocks. The girl's mother had brought the child to Bujak for counseling, because she didn't believe the girl's claims that the mother's boyfriend had sexually abused the girl.

Church suspends accused pastor

  [2001-05 Allen*] - Shiloh Church of God in Christ. Spanked bare behinds, sex. 9 women.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By MELODY McDONALD, mjmcdonald@star-telegram.com , ~ May 15, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) – The Rev. Sherman Clifton Allen, a Fort Worth pastor accused of paddling several women – physical abuse that some say turned sexual – is no longer in the pulpit.
   He has been suspended by the Church of God in Christ, the Memphis-based parent of his Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ.
   "The Church of God in Christ does not condone inappropriate behavior from any of its representatives and does not comment on pending litigation brought against the Church or its representatives until a case has been brought to trial and an official ruling has been made," Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake of Los Angeles said in a statement e-mailed to the Star-Telegram on Monday. "Until then, pastor Sherman Allen has been suspended from all national and local pastoral roles and activities within the Church of God in Christ.

Ex-Nativity coach sentenced to up to four years in prison

  [Mr Shields] - RCC. Videoing girls, etc.
   Standard Speaker By PETER E. BORTNER Monday, 14 May 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Daniel M. Shields Jr. apologized to his victims Monday in Schuylkill County Court, but it didn't save him from a state prison sentence for videotaping girls in the Nativity BVM High School locker room, and assaulting one of them.
   With more than 60 people packing the courtroom, Shields, 62, of 30 Bryn Mawr Ave., Pottsville, sat expressionless as Judge D. Michael Stine sentenced him to 18 to 48 months in a state correctional institution, plus six more years on probation.
   "I can only say to the girls and their families I'm sorry for what I did," Shields, one of Schuylkill County's most noteworthy high school football and track coaches, said before being sentenced on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault, invasion of privacy and sexual abuse of children. "I made a mistake."

Talk to focus on church abuse audit

  - RCC and VOTF.
   Union Leader, ~ May 15, 2007
   NASHUA (NY) -- Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Assistant Attorney General Will Delker will speak on the state audit of the Diocese of Manchester's sexual abuse policy Thursday, May 24, at Millette Manor, directly behind St. Louis de Gonzague/St. Aloysius Church, 48 West Hollis St. Nashua.
   The talk, sponsored by the Greater Nashua affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, will take place, at 7PM

Longtime Pottsville high school coach, 62, gets jail in sex case

  [ 2005 Mr Shields] - RCC. Videoing girls, molesting one.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette By Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press Tuesday, May 15, 2007
   POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- Sobbing as he apologized, a well-known high school coach was sentenced yesterday to up to four years in prison for secretly videotaping female athletes in a locker room and sexually molesting one of them.
   Daniel Shields Jr., 62, who had decades of experience coaching track and football at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, saw his career come to an abrupt end in 2005 when two recent graduates broke into his house, retrieved a videotape that showed three members of the girls' track team in various stages of undress, and gave it to police.
   Nearly two years later, Mr. Shields took the witness stand at his sentencing hearing and broke down as he apologized for his crimes and asked forgiveness.

Full disclosure still needed in priest scandal

  - RCC.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By MICHAEL KING Posted: May 14, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- The old black and white photo has been hanging forgotten in my home office for years. It shows my first communion class, posing in front of the ornate altar in our parish church.
   There are 36 third-graders in the photo, a typical class size in those baby boom days. We boys are dressed in crisp white shirts and bow ties, the girls in poufy white dresses and lace veils. We all have our hands folded piously in front of us.
   Standing near me in the back row is the parish's young associate pastor.
   In 2004, a priest with his name as I remembered it from my childhood appeared on the list of 29 living priests that the Milwaukee archdiocese had restricted from all priestly ministries because of at least one substantiated instance of sexual abuse of a child.

Case Highlights Sex Abuse at Church, Beyond Priests

  [Mater Dei High School]
   The New York Times By BRUCE LAMBERT Published May 15, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Beginning in sixth grade and lasting several years, Claudia Vercellotti said she was sexually abused repeatedly by the chief of youth ministries for the 19-county Roman Catholic Diocese in Toledo, Ohio. She said she later found four others who said they were victimized by the same man, although he denied wrongdoing.
   Joelle E. Casteix said that when she went to Mater Dei High School, a private Catholic school in Santa Ana, Calif., she started being abused by a lay teacher when she was 15. He infected her with a venereal disease and got her pregnant, she said, leading to an abortion. Court records indicate that several other staff members – including teachers, a counselor and a coach – also abused students there.
   Christopher Reardon pleaded guilty to rape, molestation and pornography charges involving 24 boys he abused as the director of religious education at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Parish in Middleton, Mass., and as a swimming coach at a camp unrelated to the church. The police said they found computer records intimately describing the bodies of 250 boys.

Closing arguments in Sprauer trial begin today

  [1970s, 1990s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 15, 2007
   The sexual abuse case against the Rev. Michael Sprauer of Salem likely will go to a jury today.
   Trial testimony finished Monday.
   Starting at 9 a.m. today, a jury of seven women and five men will hear attorneys' closing arguments in the first sex-abuse lawsuit against a Catholic priest to go to trial in Oregon. Jury deliberations will follow.
   During the two-week trial, multiple accusers described Sprauer as a pedophile priest who preyed on troubled teenage inmates in the 1970s at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 15, 2007 8:18 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue May 15, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Marist priest gets just one year; Ferguson sentence shock  [1971 Ferguson* (Marist)] - RCC. 2 boys. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Marist priest gets just one year; Ferguson sentence shock

   
   The Advocate (Tasmania), http:// nwtasmania. yourguide. com.au/detail. asp?class= news&subclass= general&story_ id=585018& category= general ; By CHRIS PIPPOS, May 16, 2007
   A FORMER Marist priest found guilty of sexually assaulting two boys at Burnie's Marist College in 1971 has been sentenced to two years jail but he may serve only 12 months.
   Gregory Laurence Ferguson, 70, who was charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17 and indecent assault, is in poor health and will be eligible for parole after serving 12 months.
   Both of Ferguson's victims, aged 13 at the time, have suffered long term to some degree from the assaults, which occurred in Ferguson's room in the priests' quarters.
   In sentencing yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Ewan Crawford said Ferguson's crimes were "relatively serious" because of the age of the boys and the abuse of trust.
   However, Justice Crawford said Ferguson had no other criminal record and was in poor health, adding that "life in prison may well be hard for him".
   Justice Crawford rejected a submission from Ferguson's defence counsel that there may be retribution against him in prison.
   Beyond Abuse spokesman Steve Fisher, after the sentencing, said he was very disappointed with the decision.
   "Twelve months, when he would have had such a profound effect on these guys' lives, 12 months (non-parole) seems very, very light indeed," Mr Fisher said.
   "I believe the judges just have to start getting harder on the sentences to set a precedent so cases that come after have something to go on."
   Mr Fisher also said he was concerned the Catholic Church would continue to bankroll the defence of priests accused of child sex offences.
   After the assaults in 1971, Ferguson became a priest in various parishes, mainly in New South Wales, where he has lived for many years.
   A Launceston Supreme Court jury returned the guilty verdicts against Ferguson recently after several hours of deliberation.
   Ferguson had denied all allegations against him.
   The week-long trial heard from the two complainants and almost 20 other former Marist students and priests. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm#maristpriest
   [LOOKBACK: ~ March 21, 2007.]
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Broken Rites - Australia < http://brokenrites.alphalink.com.au >. ENDS.] [May 16, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed May 16, 2007 edition:


St. Joseph bookkeeper admits stealing over $500,000

  [Years - Kempf -NEW*] - RCC. > US$500,000. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Plain Dealer, by Jim Nichols, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- An employee of St. Joseph Academy, the private Catholic school for girls on Cleveland's West Side, admitted to stealing more than half a million dollars from a fund-raising account over several years, a Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office spokesman said Tuesday.
   Defendant Colleen Kempf, 46, of Olmsted Township, is an alumna of the school and the mother of three girls who also attended, said school President Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis.
   "We really do feel a sense of betrayal," Corrigan-Davis said in a telephone interview. "So many of our parents sacrifice so much. People scrimp and save to send their kids here, and that's why this hurts so much."

Pedophile may get parole after one year's prison

  [1971 Ferguson (Marist)] - RCC. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Catholic News, ~ May 16, 2007
   TASMANIA, Australia -- A Tasmanian Supreme Court Justice has sentenced former Marist priest Gregory Ferguson to two years prison with eligibility for parole after 12 months even though the man's crimes were "relatively serious".
   Gregory Laurence Ferguson, 70, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting two boys at Burnie's Marist College in 1971, is in poor health and will be eligible for parole after 12 months, The Advocate reports.
   Both of Mr Ferguson's victims, aged 13 at the time, have suffered long term to some degree from the assaults, which occurred in Mr Ferguson's room in the priests' quarters. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 PM]

Jury awards two men $1.4 million in priest sex abuse case

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 2 boy inmates. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Oregonian, Posted 17:33PM, May 16, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A Portland jury said today that a Catholic priest sexually abused two teenage boys at a state reform school in the 1970s, and awarded them a total of $1.4 million.
   The jury determined that the Rev. Michael Sprauer molested Robert Paul and Randy Sloan at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn in the 1970s.
   Because of a possible technical glitch in the verdict form, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Marshall Amiton asked the jury to come back Thursday before formally accepting the verdict. He indicted, however, that he would accept it.
   The Sprauer suit was the first priest sex abuse lawsuit ever to go to trial in Oregon and one of the few nationally to reach a jury.

Los Angeles chancery on sale to fund abuse payments

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic World News, May 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (CWNews.com) -- The Los Angeles archdiocese, which has already paid out $40 million in sex-abuse damages, faces more than 500 remaining claims. The archdiocese has fought a protracted legal battle in the abuse cases, which could eventually produce settlements amounting to over $500 million.
   Cardinal Mahony announced his plan to sell the archdiocesan chancery on the same day that a separate report showed a Mexican prelate questioning why Cardinal Mahony allowed an accused priest to serve in Los Angeles.
   The McClatchy Newspapers reported that in a March 26 court filing, Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City said that he had implicity warned his American colleague about Father Nicolas Aguilar, who had sought an assignment in Los Angeles after charges of sexual misconduct drove him out of Mexico. In a report on the priest, Cardinal Rivera said that "family and health reasons" had caused Aguilar's departure. That deliberately vague language was intended to provoke questions, he said.

'Priest funded paedo rapist'

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Sun, By GUY PATRICK, May 16, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PRIEST gave a convicted child rapist cash so he could groom a girl of 11 for sex, a court heard yesterday.
   Father Jerry McGrath, 62, allegedly gave William Adams, 38, thousands of pounds to buy gifts and clothes.
   Adams repeatedly raped the girl on a Blackpool holiday paid for with the cash, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
   Catholic [? priest] McGrath – who was wealthy through shares and gambling – was said to know of Adams's previous conviction and the nature of his relationship with the girl.

Would-be nun 'abused by priest'

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   BBC News, ~ May 16, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A County Londonderry priest abused a teenager after she asked him about becoming a nun, a court has heard.
   The alleged victim was giving evidence in the trial of Father Patrick Crilly who denies four charges of indecently assaulting the girl.
   The girl, who was 15 at the time, claimed that during meetings the priest sat her on his knee and kissed her.
   She claimed the priest later made her touch him. The alleged incidents took place in a pastoral centre in the city.

Catholic church should give laypeople bigger role

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News-Press Guest Opinion: Tom O'Brien Originally posted on May 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Although the documents of the Second Vatican Council held out the promise of greater lay participation in the administration of the Catholic Church, by and large it has not happened, and the Church is the poorer for it.
   It is generally held that had laymen and laywomen been intimately involved at the highest levels of Church administration in the dioceses both here and abroad, the clerical sex abuse of children would have been dealt with definitively years ago. Fathers and mothers privy to the inner workings of diocesan administration would not have allowed the pedophilia to become epidemic.
   The only upside of that tragedy has been the birth of many Catholic lay movements, including the Voice of the Faithful, Call to Action and others, working to make the thrust of Vatican II truly incarnate. But there is pushback from many bishops who wield their ecclesiastical authority as if they were monarchs. They are confident of the support of the Vatican, whose frequent pronouncements are accepted by some of the laity as if they were infallible when, in fact, they are not. There have been many changes in the Church's definitive positions on moral issues down through the ages, thank God!

Lawsuit settled in Newberg Christian school sex abuse case

  [2004-05 Mr Woods, Mr Lasiter] - Open Bible Church. 3 girls.
   The Oregonian, Posted May 15, 2007
   NEWBERG (OR) -- A thorough background check during the hiring process would have raised questions about two basketball coaches later convicted of sexually abusing three girls at a Newberg Christian school, an attorney representing the girls said.
   Portland attorney Kelly Clark announced a settlement Tuesday in the lawsuit he filed on the girls' behalf against Open Bible Christian School and Church.
   The settlement amount is confidential, he said, but the 2006 lawsuit in Yamhill County Circuit Court asked for $1 million each for emotional damages.
   The young women who were victimized, now ranging in age from 17 to 20, were members of the school's basketball team during the 2004-05 season. Two of them told police that coaches Edward Todd Woods and Christopher Charles Lasiter took them to Woods' home, got them drunk and sexually abused them.

DSS delay under investigation: Records: Agency waited to act on abuse claim vs. rev

  [2005 Brown] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   Boston Herald, By Michele McPhee, Boston Herald Police Bureau Chief, Updated: 12:57 AM EST, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The embattled Department of Social Services received several reports that a Roxbury minister molested a teenage boy in 2005 - including a phone call from the accused predator himself - but failed to follow up for 18 months until the boy became suicidal and was hospitalized, according to documents reviewed by the Herald.
   The apparent foul-up, which led to a lengthy delay in investigating the abuse claims against the minister, prompted Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday to order an investigation into how the agency, headed by Commissioner Harry Spence, handles clergy abuse reports.
   "We are investigating the DSS process and handling of this report and assessing the overall system for how we track all cases," said JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of Health and Human Services.
   Through his spokeswoman, Denise Monteiro, Spence said the agency is also probing how it handled allegations that the Rev. Lawrence Brown molested a teen member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church, where Brown works as a youth minister. The Herald reported yesterday that the Suffolk district attorney is investigating those claims.

No touching allowed

  - Religions.
   Star-Gazette, by Jim Pfiffer, May 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- We're losing touch with one another. We're reluctant to hug a co-worker, clasp a friend's hand or put an arm around a shoulder in a caring gesture.
   Our out-of-touch society evolved from an increased public awareness and fear of sexual abuse, and the media publicity of the abuse.
   Yes, we must protect children from predators and be professional at work, but the political correctness pendulum has swung too far. It's stealing the comfort and compassion that can only be expressed through the touch of another human. From schools and shopping malls to the workplace and politics, hugs, kisses and hand clasps are endangered species. We are afraid to show affection.
   "You can't be yourself anymore," says the Rev. Horace Stoddard of Pine City Baptist Church. "In the past, I might have given someone a hug who had made a great accomplishment. Now I'm not so apt to do it. Someone might read something else into it. It's not good enough to avoid evil. Now we have to avoid the appearance of evil."
   The clergy is one profession we seek out for a shoulder to cry on. But that changed with the widely publicized sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and other institutions. Now many clergy members are less likely to show physical affection to their congregants.

LA church sale to fund sex claims

  - RCC.
   BBC News (Britain), ~ May 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles has said his archdiocese will sell its main office to raise money to settle lawsuits for sexual abuse.
   Cardinal Roger Mahony also said some 50 other buildings could be sold to settle hundreds of lawsuits brought by people who had been abused by priests.
   In December, the archdiocese - America's largest - paid some $40m (£20m) to settle 46 cases.

More humble, more faithful, less propertied

  - RCC.
   California Catholic Daily, ~ May 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- To fund its share of future financial settlements with alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, the Los Angeles archdiocese announced it will sell the Archdiocesan Catholic Center in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles as well as other " non-essential real estate properties," said a statement issued by Cardinal Roger Mahony yesterday.
   In December, the archdiocese settled 46 clergy abuse civil cases for a total of $60 million, of which the archdiocese contributed $40 million, said Mahony in his statement. At that time he noted that "a settlement in those cases will require the active participation of the many insurance companies who provided liability insurance during those past years when the abuse occurred." Attorneys, judges, and Church leaders are still negotiating these settlements.
   Though the archdiocese has insisted that "insurance companies must honor their responsibility to fund a major share of future settlements," the Church must also pay its share. Mahony said that he noted last December that, to do this, the archdiocese must "begin to dispose of non-essential real estate properties in order to raise funds for coming settlements."

Baptist's sex acts sentence reserved

  [Decades ago - Wilson + 3 others] - Baptist. Children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   London Free Press (Canada), By JANE SIMS, SUN MEDIA, Wed, May 16, 2007
   CANADA -- A member of a London Baptist church will be sentenced next month on a decades-old sex case involving a child.
   Superior Court Justice William Jenkins reserved his decision to next month after hearing Crown and defence arguments yesterday.
   Russell Wilson, a member of the London Ambassador Baptist Church, was one of four men linked with the church who were charged in September 2005 with sex offences.

LA Roman Catholic Church Selling Buildings to Settle Sex Suits

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ShortNews, ~ May 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The LA Roman Catholic archdiocese has announced it will be selling its main office building to raise money from lawsuits resulting from the sexual abuse of young parishoners at the hands of Catholic priests.
   The LA archdiocese is the larges in the United States and in December, it settled 46 abuse cases worth some US$60 million. However, another 500 cases are still in litigation, and have been over anumber of years.

DA investigates teen's assault allegation against pastor

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   The Boston Globe, By Raja Mishra, Globe Staff | May 16, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Suffolk County prosecutors are investigating allegations that a former pastor at a Baptist church in Boston molested a teenager who attended the church.
   The 18-year-old Dorchester man alleged late last year that the Rev. Lawrence Brown of Mount Calvary Baptist Church had groped him on several occasions when he was 14, culminating with a more serious sexual assault during a church retreat in New Hampshire.
   The Globe does not identify minors who are alleged victims of sexual abuse unless they give their consent. The teen's father said yesterday that the accuser would not comment.

Church to sell headquarters to pay sex claims

  - RCC.
   Los Angeles Times, By Paul Pringle, ~ May 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Los Angeles Archdiocese will sell its administrative headquarters and perhaps other non-parish properties to help pay upcoming settlements of molestation claims against clergymen, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Tuesday.
   Attorneys and other representatives for the alleged sexual abuse victims immediately dismissed Mahony's announcement as an attempt to generate sympathy for the archdiocese, which faces more than 500 molestation cases.
   If recent payouts are a guide, the final settlement bill could be $500 million to $600 million, and the archdiocese and insurance companies are fighting over how much of the total the church should pay. Mahony has been under pressure to pay half the amount, as the Diocese of Orange did in a $100-million molestation settlement in 2004.

Three claim clergy sexual abuse in suit

  [1963-84 Mons. Johnson] - RCC. 3 claimants.
   The Dallas Morning News, By SAM HODGES / samhodges@dallasnews.com , ~ May 16, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- Another clergy sex-abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, this time with three plaintiffs.
   The men claim to have been molested years ago by Monsignor Richard E. Johnson.
   Last summer, the diocese acknowledged verifying a sexual-abuse complaint against Monsignor Johnson, then at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lake Highlands. The diocese barred him from ministry. He was already at retirement age.
   The suit, filed Tuesday in Dallas County district court, alleges that Monsignor Johnson abused one of the plaintiffs beginning in late 1963 or 1964, while a priest at St. Luke Catholic Church in Irving. The plaintiff was 14 years old when the abuse began, and it continued for three years, the suit claims.

Church liability ruling hailed as 'new ground'

  [1975-78 Straub] - RCC. Boy/s.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Robert Patrick May/16/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) – Most of a sex abuse lawsuit against a former St. Louis priest has been thrown out of court, but victims' advocates and the plaintiff's lawyer hailed what remained as "new ground" in pursuing decades-old claims.
   A St. Louis judge's ruling lowers the bar to recover damages from the church, said Ken Chackes, the lawyer. "It's new ground," he said Tuesday. "Very significant."
   The suit at issue was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court under the name John Doe in August 2005, and claims former priest Donald Straub sexually abused Doe in 1975-78, when Straub was an associate pastor at St. George Parish in St. Louis County and Doe was a boy.

Jury reconvenes today in Sprauer trial

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal By ALAN GUSTAFSON May 16, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday afternoon without reaching a verdict in the sexual abuse trial of the Rev. Michael Sprauer of Salem.
   The 12-member jury, composed of seven women and five men, is scheduled to resume deliberations at 10 this morning.
   The Multnomah County panel is weighing whether Sprauer sexually abused three teenage boys at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn during the 1970s.

Priest Accused Of Molesting Girl.

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Fermanagh Herald ~ May 16, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- The trial of the Parish Priest of Roslea has heard harrowing allegations about his involvement in helping a convicted paedophile sexually abuse and rape a 12-year-old girl.
   It was also alleged, at Liverpool Crown Court, that Father Jeremiah McGrath also sexually molested the girl on one occasion; that he paid thousands of pounds into a joint account to allow his co-accused to abuse the girl; that lied to the girl's family, and that he helped fund the abuse by gambling heavily.
   McGrath paid the money into a joint account he had with fellow Irishman William Adams, and Adams lavished the cash on holidays, treats and clothes for the girl, claimed Andrew Menary, QC, prosecuting.

Archdiocese Begins Process To Fund Future Settlements In Civil Cases

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Archdiocese of Los Angeles By Cardinal Roger M. Mahony Archbishop of Los Angeles May 15, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Last December, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled 46 civil cases in which clergy abuse had been alleged. The total settlement cost was $60 million, with the Archdiocese contributing approximately $40 million of the total amount. At the time of that settlement, I wrote:
   "Now that this settlement is finalized, our attention will focus on the resolution of all remaining cases. To reach a settlement in those cases will require the active participation of the many insurance companies who provided liability insurance during those past years when abuse occurred. It is my hope that these insurance companies will join all of us in moving steadily toward a final settlement of these cases as soon as possible."
   Over the past several months, attorneys, judges and Church leaders have been working diligently to fashion a settlement that is fair and just. It is my daily prayer that this process will continue to intensify, and that in the near future these cases can be fairly settled. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 AM]

Code used to discuss problem priests, Mexican cardinal says

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   McClatchy Newspapers, www.real cities.com/ mld/krwash ington/1723 0625.htm , By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers, ~ May 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES / MEXICO -- A Mexican cardinal who's been accused in a U.S. civil lawsuit of covering up child rape in Mexico and Southern California has said that Roman Catholic Church officials used coded language to communicate with one another about problem priests.
   In a March 26 court filing that McClatchy Newspapers obtained, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, who oversees the Archdiocese of Mexico City, says he told Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony that a priest who's now wanted on criminal charges of child rape was moving from Mexico to Los Angeles for "family and health reasons."
   "The phrase 'family and health reasons' was used within the Church to warn that a priest suffers from some sort of problem," Rivera says in his written declaration. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 16, 2007 12:59 AM]

Marist priest gets just one year - Ferguson sentence shock

  [1971 Ferguson* (Marist)] - RCC. 2 boys. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 
   The Advocate, By CHRIS PIPPOS, May 16, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A FORMER Marist priest found guilty of sexually assaulting two boys at Burnie's Marist College in 1971 has been sentenced to two years jail but he may serve only 12 months.
   Gregory Laurence Ferguson, 70, who was charged with maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17 and indecent assault, is in poor health and will be eligible for parole after serving 12 months.
   Both of Ferguson's victims, aged 13 at the time, have suffered long term to some degree from the assaults, which occurred in Ferguson's room in the priests' quarters.
   [FULLER VERSION above: www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm#maristpriest ENDS.]

Archdiocese Begins Process To Fund Future Settlements In Civil Cases

  - RCC. US$60m going. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Archdiocese of Los Angeles, By Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, May 15, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Last December, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles settled 46 civil cases in which clergy abuse had been alleged. The total settlement cost was $60 million, with the Archdiocese contributing approximately $40 million of the total amount. At the time of that settlement, I wrote:
   "Now that this settlement is finalized, our attention will focus on the resolution of all remaining cases. To reach a settlement in those cases will require the active participation of the many insurance companies who provided liability insurance during those past years when abuse occurred. It is my hope that these insurance companies will join all of us in moving steadily toward a final settlement of these cases as soon as possible."
   Over the past several months, attorneys, judges and Church leaders have been working diligently to fashion a settlement that is fair and just. It is my daily prayer that this process will continue to intensify, and that in the near future these cases can be fairly settled. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 16, 2007 1:03 AM]

LA Archdiocese to Sell HQ to Fund Suits

  - RCC.
   San Francisco Chronicle, AP, 20:07 PDT, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (AP) -- The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese will sell its administrative headquarters to raise money to settle hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits against it, Cardinal Roger Mahony said Tuesday.
   In a statement posted on the Web site of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Mahony also said a special working group has identified about 50 nonessential church properties that could be sold. Those properties are not being used by any parishes, and no schools, parishes or ministries would be shut down, he said.
   The cardinal did not specify how much the archdiocese expected to raise by selling the properties. He also did not give a timetable for settlement, but said he hoped the cases could be resolved in the "near future." Archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg declined to comment beyond Mahony's statement.

John Paul II Pedophile Monsignor Alan Placa in New York

  [Mons. Placa] - RCC.
   John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army ~ May 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Here is one of John Paul II Pedophile Priest Army foot soldier in New York. Last May 13 an article entitled "Giuliani Spins Name in Gold" mentioned that one of his partners was "a former Roman Catholic priest accused of covering up sexual abuse in the church". After a research, that undisclosed name is former Monsignor Alan Placa.
   A grand jury investigation { not an indictment } report released Feb. 10 charged the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., with protecting 58 sexually abusive priests through what it called a "sham" policy designed to protect the church's reputation and minimize payouts to victims. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 16, 2007 12:48 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed May 16, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 17, 2007 edition:


• Priest Target of Harassment Suit

  [2006 Enyan-Boadu] - RCC. Woman. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WHAM, http://www. 13wham.com/ news/local/ story.aspx? content_id= 74b383e6- 81f5-47c3- badd-a1b97 d50e784 ; by Rachel Barnhart (Brockport, N.Y.), May 17, 2007
   BROCKPORT (NY) -- A former employee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed a lawsuit against the diocese and a priest. The woman claims she was fired after she complained about unwanted sexual advances by the priest.
   Sandra Rojas had been the coordinator for the Hispanic Migrant Ministry since 2004. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, she claims Rev. Peter Enyan-Boadu tried to kiss her and grabbed her breast in 2006. Rojas says she was fired soon after she complained to her supervisor.
   According to court papers, Rojas says her supervisor told her, "You put yourself in this position." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM]

• Would a priest or bishop lie under oath? Mental Reservation debated in court Wednesday re church witnesses refusing to answer in depositions

  - RCC.
   City of Angels, http:// cityofangels3. blogspot.com/ 2007/05/ would-priest- or-bishop- lie-under- oath.html ; ~ May 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Attorneys debated "mental reservation" in court Wednesday in hearings on motions to compel, and Catch 22's were flying all over the place. Ms. Young appearing for the archbishop repeated several times that if a priest says he doesn't remember, he doesn't remember (much like a Bushie testifying before the US Senate). DeMarco for the plaintiffs pointed out, "Defendants have brought Code of Canon Law into court when it suits their purpose and they argue Canon Law, but we're not allowed to inquire at all into church doctrine or law."
   Donald Woods for the church said, "These witnesses already said they saw nothing, heard nothing, nobody ever reported anything to them." Tim Hale for the plaintiffs replied that one priest answered yes without hesitation when asked if mental reservation "is a doctrine that protects the church from scandal."
   Then Ms. Young tried to say mental reservation is no more than "lying and saying that's a pretty dress when really it's not," and I am so glad I've recently gotten on medication and joined an Anger Management group. In fact throughout this hearing I wanted to jump up and start yelling, "Look at my case, my case, my case, my case." Because Mental Reservation was the church's MO way back in 1955 when Cardinal Stritch in Chicago stood over me and told me I had to lie in order to protect a greater good.
   [MENTAL RESERVATION defined: The RC teaching can be found at www.newadvent. org/cathen/ 09469a.htm . ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: That seems to be the real RCC teaching, which is subtly different to the teaching of the nuns and brothers in the RC schools of the 1940s. ENDS.]

Priest convicted of rape avoids prison

  [1974-76 Ewing] - RCC. SENTENCE. Girl.
   WAVE, By Elizabeth Donatelli, ~ May 17, 2007
   LOUISVILLE (KY) -- A former Roman Catholic priest, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl over 30 years ago, was sentenced Thursday, but that sentencing doesn't include prison time. WAVE 3's Elizabeth Donatelli was in the courtroom when the judge announced his decision.
   After a 2004 mistrial, nearly three years later, Bruce Ewing was convicted of third degree rape. Two charges of sodomy were dismissed.
   Janet Goodner says she and Ewing had a consensual relationship between 1974 and 1976 while Ewing was a priest at St. Vincent de Paul Church. She was 14 when it started. Ewing admitted knowing her but denied any sexual relationship with her.

Woman claims Fitzmaurice fathered her child in 1979

  [1979 Fitzmaurice] - RCC. Female.
   THE-BEE, By Patti Wenzel, patti.wenzel@mx3.com , Thursday, May 17th, 2007
   PHILLIPS (WI) The list of plaintiffs suing Fr. Terrence Fitzmaurice for sexual abuse has grown by five, including a woman who alleges the priest raped her in 1979 and fathered her now 27-year-old son.
   Fitzmaurice served St. Patrick's & St. Mary's Catholic churches, and later Our Lady of the North Catholic Church, in Phillips, from 1987-2000.
   There have been no formal allegations filed with local authorities alleging any misconduct on Fitzmaurice's part while he served the congregations in Phillips.
   In documents filed with the United States District Court of Northern Illinois, Seattle attorney Philip Aaron is seeking to amend the original complaint of sexual abuse, battery, fraud, and racial discrimination against Fitzmaurice, Abbot Dismas Kalick, Cardinal Francis George, St. Procopius Abbey, The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the Order of St. Benedict and the city of Chicago.

Tentative deal reached on abuse claims against late Jesuit priest

  [16yrs Unnamed priest (Jesuit)] - RCC. 10 people.
   Fresno Bee, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, May/17/07
   CALIFORNIA -- An order of Roman Catholic priests reached a tentative $14 million settlement Thursday with nine men and women who allege they were abused by a Jesuit priest over a 16-year span.
   The Rev. Alfred Naucke, a spokesman for the Jesuits of the California Province, said the deal was reached Thursday morning after several days of closed-door talks mediated by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy.
   Naucke said he did not know the amount of the deal, but a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press it was $14.4 million - about $1.6 million per person. The source requested anonymity because the deal hasn't been completed.

Mother claims 'abuse' by priest

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   UTV, ~ May 17, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A 45-year-old mother of two became visibly upset today as she told a jury alleged details of how she was sexually abused by a priest almost 30 years ago.
   She alleged that Fr. Patrick Joseph Crilly, 63, from Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, County Derry, had abused her in the Derry diocesan pastoral centre in Bishop Street between September 1977 and November 1980.
   At the time the defendant, who denies four charges of indecently assaulting the witness, was the diocesan Director of Vocations whom the witness had gone to for counselling about becoming a nun.

Diocesan sex trial hears of 'improper behaviour'

  [~ 1960s Kinsella] - RCC. 3 altar boys. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   One in Four, Independent, ~ May 17, 2007
   IRELAND -- THE first civil diocesan sex abuse cases to go to full trials featured dramatic evidence yesterday in the High Court.
   A former altar boy who claims he was abused by a priest in the Ferns diocese was asked in cross-examination if he knew it was "improper" for an altar boy to receive Holy Communion and serve Mass after masturbating another person.
   Three former altar boys from Wexford are suing Father John Kinsella as well as the Diocese of Ferns for negligence and breach of duty as a result of alleged child sexual abuse.

Woman can sue bishop and diocese, court rules

  [1971-77 Cawley] - RCC. Female.
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ May 17, 2007
   IRELAND -- The High Court has cleared the way for a woman to sue the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry, alleging vicarious liability over alleged physical and sexual abuse of her by a now deceased former chaplain at Benada Abbey industrial school in Co Sligo.
   The woman alleges the bishop and the diocese are vicariously liable for the alleged abuse inflicted on her by the chaplain, Fr Liam Cawley, in the years after 1977 when she left Benada Abbey.
   She has received an award from the Residential Institutions Redress Board for abuse allegedly suffered at the hands of Fr Cawley while she attended the school between 1971 and 1977. As a result of that award, she waived her right of action against St Francis Xavier Industrial School, Ballaghaderreen; Benada Abbey and the State.

Priest 'more interested in betting than child'

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Independent, By Will Batchelor, Thursday, May 17, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PRIEST accused of helping his friend to sexually abuse a young girl was more interested in gambling than children, a court heard yesterday.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath (62) is alleged to have given more than £20,000 (30,000) to his friend, 38-year-old convicted paedophile Bill Adams.
   Adams, originally from the Belfast area, used the cash to set up home in Liverpool and lavish gifts and holidays on a 11-year-old girl in order to abuse her.

Former Priest Faces Rape Sentencing

  [1974-76 Ewing] - RCC. Girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WLKY, ~ May 17, 2007
   LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A former Louisville priest convicted of rape is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.
   In March, Bruce Ewing was on trial for raping and sodomizing a teenage girl while he was a priest at St. Vincent De Paul in the mid-seventies.

All clergy face child abuse checks

  [Smith, Mr Halliday] - Church of England. 850 files. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Manchester Evening News, by Brian Lashley, May/17/2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- ALL clergy in Manchester Church of England diocese are to be checked to see if they have ever faced child abuse allegations.
   An independent lawyer has been appointed by the church to examine 850 files.
   It is the first diocese in the country to take the radical step which follows two high-profile national paedophile cases in which the church was accused of a cover up.
   Allegations of child abuse were made against Somerset vicar David Smith and Hampshire choirmaster Peter Halliday years before they were eventually convicted of abusing children.

Jury decides priest abused two teenagers

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Oregonian, by ASHBEL S. GREEN, Thursday, May 17, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A Portland jury said Wednesday that a Catholic priest sexually abused two teen-age boys at a state reform school in the 1970s and awarded them nearly $1.4 million.
   The jury determined that the Rev. Michael Sprauer molested Robert Paul and Randy Sloan at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn in the 1970s.
   The civil suit was the first Catholic priest sex-abuse case to go to trial in Oregon and one of the few that has reached a jury anywhere in the country.

Santa Rosa bishop changes the diocese sex abuse reporting policy

  - RCC.
   San Francisco Chronicle, 18:50 PDT, May - 16 - 2007
   SANTA ROSA (CA), (AP)-- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa has changed its policy on reporting sex abuse after its bishop attended a counseling program that allowed him to avoid criminal charges.
   Bishop Daniel Walsh was offered the five-month diversion program in lieu of facing charges for his delay in reporting suspected child sex abuse by the Rev. Francisco Xavier Ochoa. As part of the program, Walsh said he met with local leaders in the fight against child abuse.
   "It was that exposure to the resources we have in this community that was an eye-opener to me," he said.
   Walsh said diocesan staff will receive more frequent training on state laws on reporting possible sex abuse to authorities. The diocese also will create a separate policy highlighting those requirements, Walsh said.

SR bishop strengthens diocese's sex abuse policy

  - RCC.
   The Press Democrat, By MARTIN ESPINOZA, May 16, 2007
   SANTA ROSA (CA) -- Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh said Tuesday he has changed diocesan policy as the result of a counseling program that allowed him to avoid criminal charges for failing to immediately report sex abuse.
   Walsh said diocesan staff will receive more frequent training on state laws on reporting possible sex abuse to authorities.
   He also said the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa will create a separate policy highlighting those requirements.

Fourth victim accuses Love of molestation

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. 4 teenage boys.
   Pantagraph, By Edith Brady-Lunny, eblunny@pantagraph.com , May 16, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- A fourth boy has come forward to accuse a former substitute teacher in Twin City schools of molestation.
   James C. Love, 37, was indicted by a McLean County grand jury Wednesday on one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of aggravated battery.
   The battery count accused Love of sedating the child before committing sexual abuse.
   Love, who also serves as a minister at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Bloomington, has been in jail since last week, when he was charged with similar counts involving three other boys.

Another screw-up on Spence's watch

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   Boston Herald, By Boston Herald editorial staff Thursday, May 17, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Another day, another investigation by state officials of how the Department of Social Services fell down on the job - and in doing so delayed a criminal probe that allowed a self-confessed sexual abuser to remain in the community for two years.
   P. Edward Harrison, now 18, says he was molested by the Rev. Lawrence Brown more than a dozen times between early 2004 and February of 2005, when Brown served as youth minister of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church and the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
   On May 6, 2005, the gospel center faxed a 51-A child abuse report to the Hyde Park office of DSS. Records produced by the gospel center indicate Brown himself called the DSS Child-at-Risk Hotline to report himself for inappropriate contact with Harrison. Brown was fired that day.

DSS scrutinizes Mount Calvary in abuse

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   Boston Herald By Michele McPhee Boston Herald Police Bureau Chief Thursday, May 17, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Department of Social Services is launching a sweeping investigation into Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the South End for not reporting allegations of sexual abuse made against one its ministers, and to make sure there are no additional victims.
   "The special investigations unit is strongly investigating the Mount Calvary church," said DSS spokeswoman Denise Monteiro. "We want to be sure there are no other victims, and we want to know why no report was made."
   The move comes a day after the Herald disclosed that DSS lost track of three reports in May 2005 - including a call the accused predator, the Rev. Lawrence Brown, made to a DSS hot line, according to documents reviewed by the Herald. Another 18 months would elapse before DSS was again notified of the alleged abuse, after the accuser, P. Edward Harrison, became suicidal and had to be hospitalized on Oct. 31, 2006.

Legal arguments delay verdict in church sex case

  [1977-87 Rowe*] - Anglican. 20 indigenous boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   London Free Press (Canada), CP, Thu, May 17, 2007
   KENORA, Canada -- Final submissions in the sexual abuse trial of former Anglican minister Ralph Rowe will continue into a third day today, and the judge said yesterday no verdict will be delivered this week.
   Rowe, 67, of Surrey, B.C., is facing 12 counts of sexual abuse involving five boys in the 1970s and '80s in remote First Nations communities in northern Ontario, where he served as an Anglican minister and boy scout master.
   The scheduled two-week, judge-only trial in the Superior Court of Justice began May 7 and was to finish by May 18.

Police, fire and courts

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. 4 teenage boys.
   Peoria Journal Star May 17, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- A minister and former substitute teacher who allegedly molested three boys has been accused by a fourth boy.
   James C. Love, 37, was indicted Wednesday by a McLean County grand jury on one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of aggravated battery. He allegedly sedated the boy with an anesthetic before committing sexual abuse.
   Love, a State Farm employee, worked as a substitute teacher in Bloomington-Normal schools and serves as a minister for Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington. He was jailed last week on charges involving three other boys.

DSS inaction on abuse report probed

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   The Boston Globe, By Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | May 17, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Department of Social Services has launched an internal investigation to determine why no apparent action was taken on a 2005 report that a Baptist pastor had sexually abused a teenage boy from Dorchester.
   The Emmanuel Gospel Center, which partners with local churches on outreach programs, says it contacted DSS in May 2005 alleging that the Rev. Lawrence Brown had sexually abused a teenage boy at his church, the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Boston, as well as in other settings.
   Denise Monteiro, spokeswoman for DSS, said the agency is investigating whether it interpreted the correspondence correctly.

PRIEST GOES ON TRIAL FOR INDECENT ASSAULT

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Aspirant nun. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Derry Journal ~ May 17, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A senior priest in the diocese of Derry has gone on trial before the city's Crown Court charged with indecently assaulting a teenage girl almost thirty years ago.
   Fr. Patrick Joseph Crilly, (63), with an address at Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, Co. Derry, denies four charges of indecently assaulting the girl on dates between September 1977 and November 1980.
   The jury of six men and six women were told by prosecution barrister Geoffrey Millar Q.C., that the abuse took place after the school girl, who is now aged forty-five, had been referred to the defendant for counselling as she was thinking of becoming a nun.

Oregon bishop to institute alternate child protection program

  - RCC.
   Renew America, Matt C. Abbott, May 17, 2007
   OREGON -- I received the following e-mail from Bishop Robert F. Vasa, of the Baker, Ore., Catholic diocese. (Bishop Vasa is one of the few bishops who would deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, and who has questioned the morality of certain "safe environment" programs that have been instituted in many U.S. dioceses.)
   'Dear Friends:
   'It has been a while since I corresponded with you regarding the Safe Environment Programs, which are being used throughout the dioceses of the U.S. I write to give you an update, offer some hope and ask a favor.

Jury rules priest sexually abused 2 boys

  [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, May 17, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A jury concluded Wednesday that the Rev. Michael Sprauer of Salem sexually abused two teenage inmates at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s.
   In a landmark civil trial verdict, the Multnomah County jury awarded $695,000 to Robert Paul Jr., 49, of Salem, and $690,000 to Randy Sloan, 49, of Aumsville, for past suffering, future counseling and punitive damages against the priest.
   The jury cleared Sprauer of sexually abusing a third former MacLaren inmate -- Norman Klettke Jr., 44, of Portland. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM]
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Diocese Liable For Sexual Abuse

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.4m. Teen boy and girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Long Island Press, by Mo Ibrahim, 6:47 pm, May/18/2007
   MINEOLA (NY) A Nassau jury found the Diocese of Rockville Center liable for sexual abuse Friday afternoon.
   The victims - a man and woman who were raped by their youth minister when they were teenagers - were awarded $11.4 million dollars in damages after the jury deliberated over the decision for eight days.
   The plaintiffs sued Matthew Maiello (the youth minister), Rev. Thomas Haggerty (the priest who hired Maeillo), St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow (the church where Maiello was employed), and the diocese. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 18, 2007 7:29 PM]

Minister pleads not guilty to sex abuse allegations

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. 4 teenage boys.
   JG-TC.com , By JAN DENNIS, May 18, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Holding a Bible, a Bloomington minister once honored for his work with youth pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sedated and sexually abused four young boys during sleepovers at his home.
   James C. Love, 37, was charged two weeks ago after one of his alleged victims contacted authorities. Additional charges were filed as more boys came forward, and police are asking other children and parents to contact authorities if they suspect abuse.
   Defense attorney Steve Skelton told reporters Friday that additional charges are "a concern, but I don't think it's a realistic one right now."

$11.45 Million Awarded in N.Y. Church Abuse Case

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.4m. Teen boy and girl.
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT and MARIA NEWMAN, May 18, 2007
   MINEOLA (NY) -- A jury in State Supreme Court in Nassau County today awarded $11.45 million to two people who said they had been abused by the youth minister at a Roman Catholic church on Long Island during the 1990s.
   The award, one of the largest awarded to victims of abuse at the hands of church laity, came at the end of a three-week trial. The six-person jury deliberated for seven days.
   The suit was filed against Matthew Maiello, who was the youth minister and rock Mass director at St. Raphael's Parish in East Meadow in the 1990s; against the parish and its pastor; and against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which includes Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Love pleads innocent to sex assault charges

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. 4 teenage boys.
   Pantagraph, By Edith Brady-Lunny, eblunny@pantagraph.com , May 18, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- With his hand on a red Bible, James C. Love entered pleas of innocent Friday to accusations that he sedated and sexually abused four teenage boys at his home.
   Love, 37, faces four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
   The initial charges involving one child were filed two weeks ago, with additional charges coming a week later and the fourth count being filed Wednesday.

Victim speaks after winning LI church abuse lawsuit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.4m. Teen boy and girl.
   Staten Island Advance, The Associated Press, 5:18 p.m. EDT, May/18/2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – Statement by the female victim in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. Raphael's Church, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, and former youth minister Matthew Maiello. The 23-year-old spoke outside the courtroom following the jury's finding of negligence:
   "I'd just like to say that the reason for seeking justice in a civil trial was to ensure that the truth finally came out and that this might prevent the abuse from happening to children everywhere.
   "This has been an eye-opening experience and I hope it's been an eye-opening experience for everyone out there. Knowing that the verdict came the way it did, that the church was found reckless, it makes my efforts worthwhile in all of this.

Diocese loses sex abuse lawsuit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.4m. Teen boy and girl.
   Newsday, BY ANN GIVENS, ann.givens@newsday.com , 4:28 PM EDT, May 18, 2007
   MINEOLA (NY) -- For the first time, a jury has found the Diocese of Rockville Centre liable for sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a church employee.
   After eight days of deliberations, a Nassau jury Friday afternoon ruled that a man and a woman who were raped as teenagers by their youth minister are entitled to at least $5.5 million each for their pain and suffering.
   The plaintiffs, who are not being named by Newsday because they are victims of sex crimes, sued their youth minister, Matthew Maiello; the priest who hired him, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty; his church, St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, and the diocese.
   The jury found Maiello 70 percent liable for the damages and the other defendants 30 percent.

L.I. Diocese Loses Sex Abuse Lawsuit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.4m. Teen boy and girl.
   WNBC, ~ May 18, 2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A jury found the nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese and a church parish negligent Friday in a case involving a youth minister who repeatedly raped and sodomized teenagers in his care over several years.
   The jury awarded the two victims a combined $11.4 million in damages in one of the rare civil cases to go to trial in the wake of the nationwide Catholic sex abuse scandal that erupted five years ago. The jury found that the Diocese of Rockville Centre, one of its churches and a pastor were negligent in the hiring and retention of the youth minister who carried out the abuse. The jury cleared the defendants of being negligent in the supervision of the minister.
   The six-person jury reached its decision after deliberating over eight days.

Poll finds many Catholics unaware of church steps to prevent abuse

  - 66% of RCs ignorant of years-old reform!
   Catholic News Service, By Jerry Filteau, ~ May 18, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) -- Only one-third of Catholics in a national survey said they had heard of the U.S. bishops' policies to prevent child sex abuse and respond to abuse allegations, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate said May 16.
   Only one-sixth said they have heard of the abuse prevention programs in their own diocese, it added.
   CARA, an independent church research agency at Georgetown University in Washington, surveyed 1,048 self-identified Catholics through Knowledge Networks, which has a panel made up of a large random [sic!?!] sample of U.S. residents who agree to participate in a variety of online polls in return for free Internet access.

The raving of Church Attorneys reminds one of a psych ward as civil cases re sex criminal priests in LA head for jury trials

  - RCC.
   City of Angels, ~ May 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- So much happened on the 16th that I'm writing another post, mostly copying and pasting from my notes.
   Church Attorney Donald Woods objects saying why do plaintiffs need to ask other rectory residents if there were young boys in the room alone with a pedophile priest, when we already know the priest was raping the boy at the family's home, why do we need to know what was going on in the rectory -- or words do that effect. You see what I mean about twisting logic into knots?
   The church can't find real legal arguments to fight its case so it inundates the court, through hundreds of attorneys filing thousands of motions, creating a cacophony of crooked talk that goes on and on and on until --
   Tony DeMarco for the plaintiffs steps in, his face pulsating red, and says a line like:
   DEMARCO: Knew, had reason to know, or was on notice. Those are the relevant issues in the statute of limitations law.
   When DeMarco said those words it was a pivotal moment in court Wednesday. The church attorneys as usual had been droning on like schizophrenics and DeMarco brought it back down to the law. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 18, 2007 2:40 PM]
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Greek Archdiocese Pays $1M To Settle Old Sex Abuse Case

  [2 clergy] - Greek Orthodox. US$1m. 1 victim. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orthodox Reform, ~ May 19, 2007
   Theodore Kalmoukos reported in the National Herald last week that:
   HOUSTON (TX) -- The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America entered into an out-of-court settlement for $1 million this past January with an alleged victim of one of two former priests from California, according to a report released by the Archdiocese Finance Committee during the Archdiocesan Council meeting in Houston, Texas on April 27. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 19, 2007 6:49 PM]

Greek Orthodox Synod: Send Katinas to Spiritual Court

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Orthodox Christian. 2 altar boys.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ May 19, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- A new front page article in The National Herald reports on the increasing support of the Bishops to follow canon law and depose Fr. Katinas, who was suspended nearly a year ago over allegations of sexually molesting an altar boy. Since this initial charge, other allegations have been made and a lawsuit has been filed.
   The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has recommended that Rev. Nicholas Katinas, former longtime pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, should be sent before Spiritual Court for alleged sexual misconduct with minors.

Priest told police of clerical sex abuse allegations

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Derry Journal, ~ May 19, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A PRIEST told the third day of a child sex abuse trial in Derry yesterday that he had informed the PSNI of the abuse allegations made against a fellow priest in the Derry diocese.
   Fr. John Farren, PP of Iskaheen in Muff, Co. Donegal, said that, in referring the allegations to the police, he was following the protocol laid down by the Catholic Church in Ireland in its dealings of clerical abuse claims.
   The defendant is Fr. Patrick Joseph Crilly, (63), of Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, Co. Derry. He denies four charges of indecently assaulting a schoolgirl in the Derry diocesan pastoral centre, Bishop Street, between September 1977 and November 1980.

Diocese to sell farm to settle bankruptcy

  [Decades - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. Children. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WQAD, Associated Press, 4:04 PM ET, May 19, 2007
   DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - In its efforts to resolve a Chapter Eleven bankruptcy, the Diocese of Davenport will sell a farm in eastern Iowa for $310,000.
   The diocese filed a motion this week in US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa. It wants to sell the land to Charles Van Fossen.
   The sale will be considered for approval at a court hearing on May 30th.

Area Rabbis Condemn Sexual Molestation

  - Judaists.
   Baltimore Jewish Times, by Phil Jacobs, MAY 18, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Baltimore's rabbis have spoken out. Both of the major rabbinic organizations have delivered strong messages in recent weeks on the issue of sexual abuse within the community.
   Indeed, the Vaad Harabbonim, the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore, sent a letter signed by 23 of its rabbis to the Orthodox community, dated April 11. The Baltimore Board of Rabbis, the umbrella group including modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis, followed suit with an advertisement in this week's edition of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

Catholics Say Blog Spreads BBC "Slander" to Italy

  - RCC denies cover-up. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The New York Times, REUTERS, Filed at 1:04 p.m. ET, Published May 19, 2007
   ROME (Reuters) - Italy's leading Roman Catholic newspaper lashed out at bloggers on Saturday for spreading "slander" by posting a BBC documentary that alleged a Church cover-up of child sexual abuse.
   The documentary aired on the BBC in October, but never in Italy. The bloggers translated it and it now ranks as Google Video Italia's ( www.video.google.it ) most popular item.
   "We did the patient work of translating and subtitling it to fill this shameful gap," they wrote at < www.bispensiero.it >.
   Newspaper Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian Conference of Roman Catholic bishops, slammed the web version in a front-page editorial headlined "Infamous Slander Via Internet."
   The BBC documentary examined what it described as a secret document written in 1962 that set out a procedure for dealing with child sexual abuse within the Church.

Voice of the Faithful facing financial, membership crisis

  - VOTF. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Iobserve By Father Bill Pomerleau and Lynne Sullivan, ~ May 19, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), the church reform movement begun in 2002 in reaction to the nationwide clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, is now in a financial and organizational crisis, according to a report recently posted on its Web site.
   Twenty-two attendees, including executives of VOTF and members of its National Representative Council from across the United States, met in the Boston area April 27-29 for its semi-annual gathering.
   Among the attendees were Bill Casey, chair of VOTF's Board of Trustees, and Mark Mullaney, interim executive director of the group.

Not guilty plea in sex abuse case

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. Sedated and molested 4 teenage boys.
   Peoria Journal Star, By FITZGERALD M. DOUBET of The Journal Star, WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS, Saturday, May 19, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) - With his hand on a Bible, James C. Love, a former Bloomington substitute teacher, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he sedated and sexually abused four teenage boys.Love, 37, is charged in McLean County Circuit Court with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and four counts of aggravated battery. He is accused of sedating the boys with an anesthetic agent before abusing them.
   Authorities say the boys were molested within the last five weeks at Love's home in Bloomington.
   Love was arrested May 4 on charges involving one boy and was released on $10,000 bond the next day. He was again arrested the following week on similar charges involving two more boys and was indicted Wednesday on additional charges after a fourth boy leveled claims.
   [TRIAL DATE to be December 10, according to ~ October 05, 2007 newsitem. ENDS.]

Case Report for Jane Doe, et al. v. Diocese of Rockville Centre, et al.

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   MoreLaw.com , ~ May 19, 2007
   Description:
   MINEOLA (NY) -- Plaintiffs claimed that they were repeatedly raped and sodomized by a youth minister hired by Diocese of Rockville Centre and that Defendants negligently failed to protect them.
   Defendants denied that they were negligent and asserted that youth minister, who was charged and pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and sodomy in 2003 and served more than two years in prison, alone was responsible for the sexual abuse.

Jury wanted to send a message

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   Newsday, BY KEITH HERBERT, keith.herbert@newsday.com , 11:15 PM EDT, May 18, 2007
   MINEOLA (NY) -- The landmark verdict in the sexual abuse case against the Diocese of Rockville Centre should be seen as a message, jurors said Friday.
   "We tried to make a point -- that the door is open now, and people's eyes should be open," said juror Doreen Aragona of Williston Park. "And for children to speak out to someone. Don't wait -- talk and let someone know."
   "I don't think any institution should be held above the law," added fellow juror Frank Wallner of Massapequa Park.
   Aragona said the graphic testimony about the sex abuse of children left a lasting impression.
   "I had nightmares that this was going to happen to my daughter," said Aragona, whose daughter is 12.

2 Raped by Minister Are Awarded $11.45 Million

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, Published: May 19, 2007
   GARDEN CITY, N.Y., May 18 – In one of the largest judgments in a child sexual abuse suit against the Roman Catholic Church, a Long Island jury on Friday awarded a total of $11.45 million in damages to a young man and woman who were repeatedly raped by a youth minister as teenagers starting in the late 1990s.
   The jury deliberated for seven days before finding that the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the sixth-largest in the United States; a church in East Meadow; and its pastor were negligent by hiring and retaining the man who abused the plaintiffs over a period of three years.
   After the verdict, the woman tearfully embraced her mother, then held an impromptu news conference in a hallway at State Supreme Court in Nassau County. Saying that thousands of children have been victimized, she added, "I am their voice."

N.Y. diocese negligent in abuse

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   Boston Herald Associated Press Saturday, May 19, 2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y. - A jury found the nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese and a church parish negligent yesterday in a case involving a youth minister who repeatedly raped and sodomized teenagers in his care over several years.
   The jury awarded the two victims a combined $11.4 million in damages in one of the rare civil cases to go to trial in the wake of the nationwide Catholic sexual abuse scandal that erupted five years ago.
   The jury found that the Diocese of Rockville Centre, one of its churches and a pastor were negligent in the hiring and retention of the youth minister who carried out the abuse. The jury cleared the defendants of being negligent in the supervision of the minister.

N.Y. Diocese Loses Sex Abuse Lawsuit

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   ABC News, By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer, May 19, 2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y., (AP) -- Several civil lawsuits have arisen from allegations of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church, but few have gone to trial. Most were settled out of court.
   In what victims' lawyers called a powerful message to the church, a jury on Friday found the nation's sixth-largest Catholic diocese and a church parish negligent in a case involving a youth minister who repeatedly raped and sodomized teenagers in his care over several years. The jury awarded the two victims a combined $11.4 million in damages.
   "Over 99 percent of the cases that have been brought since 2002 have settled in the quiet of lawyers' offices, and none of these cases have seen the light of day," said Paul Mones, an attorney for the victims. "This case has really shown exactly how these pedophiles operate, exactly how the church, unfortunately, has responded."

Advocates celebrate verdict

  [1990s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Boy and girl.
   Newsday BY KATIE THOMAS katie.thomas@newsday.com 9:57 PM EDT May 18, 2007
   MINEOLA (NY) -- Advocates for sexual abuse victims celebrated Friday's verdict against a former Catholic youth minister and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, saying the outcome was a rare victory in New York, where such cases rarely make it to court.
   "It is a very significant victory, a real triumph for the courage of these two survivors who stood up and spoke out," said Jeff Anderson, a lawyer from St. Paul, Minn. who represents victims of sexual abuse.
   The case involved a man and a woman, now in their 20s, who sued the diocese, a priest and a former youth minister, charging that church leaders did not act even though they knew the youth minister, Matthew Maiello, was abusing children. The jury in state Supreme Court in Nassau awarded the plaintiffs $11.45 million.

Diocese loses sex abuse lawsuit

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   Newsday BY DENISE M. BONILLA denise.bonilla@newsday.com 10:24 PM EDT May 18, 2007,
   MINEOLA (NY) -- For the first time, a jury Friday found the Diocese of Rockville Centre liable for the sexual abuse of children by a church employee and awarded the victims $11.45 million, one of the largest church sexual abuse jury decisions in the country.
   There were hugs and tears in the courtroom after the six-person jury gave its decision after eight days of deliberations in favor of two people who were raped by their youth minister when they were teenagers.
   Later, outside the courtroom of state Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, the male plaintiff, who declined to comment, fainted into the arms of one of his attorneys.
   "It was just an overwhelming experience for him," said the attorney, Paul Mones.

Diocese is ordered to pay $11.4 million in abuse case

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. Another US$11.4m. Male and female.
   Los Angeles Times, By John Spano, May 19, 2007
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- A New York jury ordered the Roman Catholic Church on Friday to pay a man and a woman a combined $11.4 million for the sexual abuse they suffered as teenagers at the hands of a Long Island church youth minister.
   The jury found the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the parish negligent in hiring practices and in allowing the abuse – much of which took place in the parish church – from 1999 to 2002.
   It was the largest jury verdict against the Catholic Church since a California jury found against the Rev. Oliver O'Grady in a 1998 Stockton case in which Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony testified.

Should bishop's home be sold?

  [Buffalo Diocese] - RCC.
   The Buffalo News, By Jay Tokasz, Updated 6:39 AM May/19/07
   BUFFALO (NY) -- A priest first raised the issue publicly nearly 20 years ago, when he asked at a conference of clergy why his bishop needed to live in a mansion on one of the city's most exclusive streets.
   Now, the question is arising again in the Diocese of Buffalo, especially among Catholics concerned about the closing of area churches and schools.
   Some Catholics are suggesting that Bishop Edward U. Kmiec sell the 11,000-square-foot stone mansion at 79 Oakland Place and use the profits to assist struggling schools and parishes, instead of shutting them down. ...
   More recently, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, sold the opulent archdiocesan residence and other property in Brighton to Boston College for $99.4 million, proceeds that were used to pay a settlement of cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
   Boston residence sold
   O'Malley, a Capuchin priest who took a vow of poverty, has lived since 2004 in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in the South End of Boston. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 19, 2007 7:16 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat May 19, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun May 20, 2007 edition:


Probe into priest sex abuse claims

  [1970s unnamed priest - NEW*] - RCC. Girls. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   One in Four, The Irish Examiner, May 20, 2007
   IRELAND -- GARDAÍ are set to interview an elderly priest after receiving a number of allegations that he sexually abused young girls.
   A senior garda spokesman confirmed yesterday that the complaints were made by several women, who allege that they were assaulted by the priest when they were younger.
   The incidents are said to date back to the 1970s and occurred when the priest was working in a parish in Co Cork.

Italian TV urged to scrap BBC film accusing Pope of abuse cover-up

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Guardian, John Hooper in Rome, for Monday May 21, 2007
   ROME -- Italy's public broadcasting corporation, RAI, was accused yesterday of withholding approval for the screening of a controversial BBC documentary that accuses Pope Benedict of covering up sex crimes by Roman Catholic priests.
   In a pre-emptive strike last Saturday, the newspaper of the Italian bishops launched a furious attack on the film, describing it as "fit only for the dustbin". A front page article in the daily Avvenire said the producers "should bow their heads and ask forgiveness".
   The head of the parliamentary committee that oversees RAI, Mario Landolfi of the formerly neo-fascist National Alliance, said yesterday that he had written to the director-general urging him not to allow screening of the documentary. To do so would be to turn the public network into an "execution squad ready to open fire on the church and the pope", he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 20, 2007 9:10 PM]

Parishioners seek closure on controversy

  [~ 2000s Moynihan] - RCC. Mismanagement. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Greenwich Times By Hoa Nguyen Staff Writer May 20 2007
   GREENWICH (CT) -- Declan Maguire boldly rose from his pew at St. Michael Church one January evening to question Bishop William Lori on his decision to remove the Rev. Michael Moynihan as pastor of the Greenwich church. Maguire's public confrontation earned thunderous applause during that emotional Mass where parishioners first learned of Moynihan's fate and the accusations of financial mismanagement.
   Four months later, Maguire, 56, of Stamford, still believes Lori made an unfair or at the least a premature decision because Moynihan has not been accused of misspending parish funds, just maintaining unauthorized bank accounts. Maguire said little has changed at the church since those revelations were made public. His family remains active members of the church. His sons still perform their duties as altar boys and his wife was recently appointed to the parish's pastoral council.
   "It's not as if the place is half full," Maguire said. "If you came a year ago and you came today, you would be hard-pressed to notice a change in terms of numbers of people."

'This is a slap in the face': Father demands DA answer why minister still free in sex abuse case

  [2004-05 Brown*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   Boston Herald By Michele McPhee Boston Herald Police Bureau Chief Saturday, May 19, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- A respected Boston minister and youth worker is demanding a meeting with Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley to ask why another preacher who confessed to molesting the minister's teenage son has not been arrested and charged with a crime.
   "This is a slap in the face that Larry Brown is still out on the streets," the Rev. Shaun Harrison said last night, referring to the Rev. Lawrence Brown, a minister at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the South End.
   "I want the DA to personally tell me why he is not in handcuffs," added Harrison, leader of the Youth in Crisis ministry in Boston.
   Yesterday the Herald reported that Brown admitted to sexual misconduct with Harrison's son, P. Edward Harrison, beginning when he was 14, saying, "Whatever I did was a crime."

Jehovah's Witnesses settle sex abuse cases

  [Some Elders] - Jehovah's Witnesses. 16 victims.
   The Courier-Journal By Rose French Associated Press, May 20, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- A victims' rights group has released documents that show the Jehovah's Witnesses recently settled civil suits with 16 people who claimed they were sexually abused by church elders or that church officials failed to act on abuse allegations.
   Settlements were reached in late February and early March, according to court records obtained by the group Silentlambs and posted on its Web site. Fourteen of the cases were filed in California; the others were in Oregon and Texas.
   Details about the settlement terms could not be disclosed under confidentiality agreements negotiated between the parties, said Stephen Owens, a plaintiffs' attorney involved in the California cases.

Charges dropped, to be refiled against Johnston

  [? 1970s + Johnston] - Independent Baptist. 17 charges. 2 claimants.
   Neosho Daily News By John Ford / Daily News Managing Editor Sunday, May 20, 2007
   PINEVILLE (MO) -- Charges against a Granby pastor have been dropped and new ones are currently being refiled, according to court personnel and electronic court documents.
   A total of 17 child sexual abuse counts have been dropped against George Otis Johnston, 63, pastor of the Grandview Valley Baptist Church.
   A court services spokeswoman said the charges are in the process of being refiled. Electronic court records show a filing was made on Friday by Newton County Prosecutor Scott Watson, with a tentative arraignment date set for June 11.

Diocese Says It Will Not Appeal Sex Abuse Lawsuit

  [1990s Youth minister of Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Male and female.
   WCBS, CBS/AP, May 20, 2007
   MELVILLE, N.Y., (CBS/AP) -- The nation's sixth-largest Catholic diocese said Saturday it would not appeal a jury's verdict that found it negligent in a case involving a youth minister who sexually abused two teenagers in his care over several years.
   "To appeal the case would just delay any healing, and that needs to take place right now," Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, told Newsday. "We need closure and to try to heal as a diocese and as a parish."
   Dolan said that the diocese would inform its parishes of the verdict and the decision not to appeal so they can tell their parishioners during Mass, Newsday said on its Web site. He said the goal was to be as transparent as possible.

For diocese, a wonderful first step and another opportunity

  - RCC/
   Daily News, By Daily News editorial board, May 20, 2007
   WINONA (MN) -- Since the Diocese of Winona rolled out its "Safe and Sacred" program, more than 3,000 people from across the diocese have used it to become more knowledgeable about abuse in all of its forms. And the Diocese of Winona should be praised for its one-of-a-kind Web site that aims to reach all of its members, clergy and professionals in a geographically expansive territory.
   The materials found on the "Safe and Sacred" Web site are high-quality – the diocese has partnered with a Twin Cities software firm that has helped develop the curriculum as well as the technology to deliver the program. The messages are simple, and the diocese can easily track who has participated in the program and what progress has been made.
   The Web site teaches about the sacred nature of the body and how to keep safe. In fact, the site is so inclusive, it even includes toy recalls. PJ Thompson, Chancellor of the Diocese of Winona, said, "If it's about safety, we want it there."

Rockville Centre diocese won't appeal verdict

  [1990s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Boy and girl.
   Newsday BY SUSANA ENRIQUEZ susana.enriquez@newsday.com 10:01 PM EDT May 19, 2007
   ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY) -- The Diocese of Rockville Centre said Saturday that it would not appeal the $11.45-million award handed down by a jury to two victims who were sexually abused by a church employee.
   "To appeal the case would just delay any healing, and that needs to take place right now," said Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the diocese. "We need closure and to try to heal as a diocese and as a parish."
   After eight days of deliberations, the jury arrived at a verdict on Friday in favor of the plaintiffs, a man and woman in their early 20s who were raped as teenagers beginning in 1999 by their youth minister, Matthew Maiello.
   Maiello, 33, served more than 2 years in prison after he admitted having sex with them and two other teenagers. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 20, 2007 7:48 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun May 20, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon May 21, 2007 edition:


'Clergy alert' angers advocates

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Cincinnati Enquirer, BY DAN HORN | DHORN@ENQUIRER.COM, May 21, 2007
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- Victim advocates blasted the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Monday for failing to notify parishioners about a national "clergy alert" involving two priests accused of abusing children.
   The alert focused on a Dallas priest who recently lived in the Cincinnati area and a Youngstown priest with no apparent ties to the archdiocese.
   Church officials say the clergy alert is a routine notice sent to all U.S. dioceses and did not involve priests or accusers from Cincinnati. They say they did not keep the notice secret and were not protecting the suspended priests.
   The flare-up over the alert is the latest example of the lingering distrust between victims' groups and church officials in the wake of the clergy abuse scandal, which erupted more than five years ago. It also suggests both sides are frustrated by one of the byproducts of the scandal: Suspended or defrocked priests who are not charged with crimes and no longer answer to the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 PM]

Looking at St. John Parish: One year later

 
   DARIEN (CT) The Darien Times
   By Susan Shultz It read like an episode of "Law & Order."
   Just over a year ago, the news first broke of the Rev. Michael Jude Fay's financial misconduct at a little church in Darien. St. John Parish went from a tightly-knit Roman Catholic community to being in national news headlines within hours of the release of a private investigator's report. That report was covered by the Associated Press on May 19, and announced that the pastor had resigned amid disturbing charges.
   Not only was Father Fay responsible for at least $200,000 in financial misconduct, the report revealed, but the lavish lifestyle it was used to fund involved a male companion. The origin of the private investigation was also not clear. There was no mention of the Diocese of Bridgeport, to which St. John Parish reported, as the initiator of the investigation.
   The initial reports created more questions than answers. The biggest question? Who hired the private investigator?
   In the town and church community, there was no shortage of candidates with the money to hire an investigator. Yet, when the truth was revealed, it wasn't any community big shot. It wasn't someone who had a ton of money to throw around. It was the Rev. Michael Madden, parochial vicar at St. John's.

Italy row over Church abuse film

  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   BBC News
   ITALY -- An Italian politician has sparked a furore by urging state broadcaster Rai to block the transmission of a controversial BBC documentary.
   The programme, aired in the UK in October, investigates the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.
   Italian journalist Michele Santoro has asked to purchase the rights to the film to broadcast it on his talk show.
   But Mario Landolfi, who heads Rai's parliamentary oversight committee, has asked Rai to prevent its transmission.

Italian bishops see calumny in BBC report on abuse

 
   Catholic World News, May. 21, 2007
   ROME (CWNews.com) - Plans by Italy's RAI television network to air a BBC program on sexual abuse have been condemned by Italian Church leaders.
   An editorial in the daily Avvenire, published by the Italian bishops' conference, said that an Italian internet site that posted the program was guilty of "calumny against the Church and the Pope."
   The BBC program, "Sex Crimes and the Vatican," aired in England last October, drawing bitter protests from Church leaders there. It has not yet been presented to an Italian television audience, although the internet version has been downloaded by thousands of viewers.
   The program was scheduled for presentation on "Year Zero," a regular show hosted by Michele Santoro, who has regularly criticized the Church. But the Italian broadcast has reportedly been stalled at the requests of the parliamentary committee that oversees the RAI network.
   The focus of the BBC presentation is Crimen Sollicitationis, a Vatican document that was promulgated in 1962. The Panorama program described that document as "secret," and claims credit for exposing it, although the full text of Crimen Sollicitationis was published in 2001 and covered extensively by Catholic publications in 2002. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 PM]

JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW: Accuser greedy, priest says

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Review-Journal By DAVID KIHARA
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- The Rev. George Chaanine said Sunday night that the woman who leveled sexual assault and attempted murder accusations against him did so because she wanted his money.
   "You try to do your best, but people take advantage of you," the 53-year-old Roman Catholic priest said during an interview at the county jail. "They take the best of you, and they want more and more."
   Chaanine said he gave Michaelina Bellamy and her daughter thousands of dollars out of friendship and generosity. But they wanted more money and fabricated the accusations to get more funds from him, he said.

S.N.A.P. To Hold Press Conference Regarding Convicted Priests

 
   WCPO
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- Details will be released Monday regarding two previously convicted priests reportedly living and working among children, despite a church order not to.
   S.N.A.P. (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is holding a news conference Monday afternoon on the steps of St. Peter in Chains cathedral.
   The group will release details about the cases and urge Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk to notify the public about them and force one or both to leave the archdiocese.

Dead priest denies paternity

  France flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   IOL
   PARIS, France -- Abbe Pierre, a hugely popular French priest who died in January, spoke from beyond the grave on Monday to deny claims he had fathered an illegitimate son and that police had manipulated a DNA test to cover this up.
   In an interview given before his death to counter the expected post-mortem charge, Abbe Pierre said a man claiming to be his son refused to believe his denials and the negative result from a DNA test he took in 2004 to prove them.
   "This claim is devoid of any foundation," he said in an April 2006 interview that the Catholic weekly Pelerin issued on Monday. "I never had any union with his mother."

Jailed priest says accuser in Las Vegas wanted his money

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Las Vegas Sun
   LAS VEGAS (NV), (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest claimed in a jailhouse interview that a woman who accused him of sexual assault and attempted murder in a January attack at a Las Vegas parish wanted his money.
   The Rev. George Chaanine told the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Monday report that a church soloist and her daughter fabricated accusations to get more money from him.
   "I did my best for this family. They don't know what friendship is," Chaanine said of the soloist, a professional singer in Las Vegas who sang at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church, and who Chaanine hired in October as the parish events coordinator.

Father Chaanine Says He Is Innocent

 
   KTNV
   LAS VEGAS (NV) -- Father George Chaanine spoke to Action News in a jailhouse interview.
   The priest is accused of attacking a woman at Our Lady of Las Vegas back in February.
   Chaanine tells Action News he is innocent and that the woman took advantage of him. He says they were old friends and she asked for money several times.
   She told police that Chaanine hit her over the head with a wine bottle and fondled her inside the church before he went on the run.

Priest 'unaware' of child abuse

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic priest accused of helping his friend sexually abuse a girl did not realise she was being molested, Liverpool Crown Court has heard.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath allegedly gave money to William Adams, 38, a sex offender originally of Belfast, to buy gifts for a 12-year-old from Liverpool.
   Mr McGrath, 63, of County Fermanagh, denies three counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
   He also denies one charge of sexual assault.

Sex-abuse sentencing of ex-pastor postponed

  - Baptist. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NEW YORK -- Star-Gazette
   The sentencing of a former Steuben County pastor on felony sexual abuse charges that was scheduled for this morning was adjourned to 9:30 a.m. June 4 in Steuben County Court.
   David J. Troup, 39, of Frog Hollow Road, Painted Post, pleaded guilty in February before Judge Marianne Furfure to all charges in a Jan. 18 indictment. He faces up to 32 years in state prison.
   The former pastor of the Borden Baptist Church in the town of Woodhull, Troup pleaded guilty to first-degree course of conduct against a child, second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

Abuse in Our Community

 
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Baltimore Jewish Times MAY 21, 2007
   The following letter was mailed to the members of Baltimore's Orthodox Community on April 11 from the Vaad Harabbonim, the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore.
   There is no subject more painful for us to discuss than the issue of sexual abuse within our community. Yet at this point we believe it is the subject most necessary to address. We must acknowledge that this horrible form of abuse exists - and has existed for generations - in our community as well. This issue must be confronted directly and we believe that this discussion can be a first step towards the necessary and achievable goal of ridding our community of this scourge.
   We feel it essential to discuss the matter directly with you, as the greatest allies of the abuser are ignorance and silence. The abuser preys on people who cannot understand that what he is doing to them is so very wrong. And the abuser thrives in an environment where he is confident that his victims will not report what they have experienced or where their reports of abuse will not be taken seriously. We therefore urge you to discuss this matter in a sensitive and non-alarming manner with your children so that they will clearly understand that they should forcefully refuse and immediately report inappropriate touch. They need to know that should, Heaven forbid, something like this ever occur to them, they will have somewhere to turn. And if they turn to you, you must respond compassionately, deliberately and with competent rabbinic and/or professional guidance, understanding that the thoughtful measure of your response will have enormous impact on your child's future.

Italian Catholics fume at bloggers

  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Inquirer By Nick Farrell, Monday 21 May 2007
   ITALY -- ITALY'S LEADING Roman Catholic newspaper has slammed boggers for spreading 'slander' about priests sexually interfering with children.
   The Beeb ran a documentary in October about a church cover-up of sexual abuse but it was banned in Italy, where the church still has a fair bit of power. However, bloggers copied it and stuck it onto Google video and circulated it on the Internet. The video is numero uno in the Google video charts.
   Newspaper Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian Conference of Roman Catholic bishops, hit out at the web publication in a front-page editorial headlined "Infamous Slander Via Internet". Of course they got it completely wrong, since the documentary was published it would be 'defamation', not 'slander'.
   What has got them all upset was that the Beeb found a secret document written in 1962 that set out a procedure for dealing with child sexual abuse within the Church. It made the child victim, the priest and any witness swear an oath of secrecy, which smacks a little bit of attempting a cover-up.

Bond revoked for Virginia priest

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Richmond Times-Dispatch
   LOUISA (VA) -- A Louisa County judge this morning revoked bond for the priest accused of stealing as much as $1 million from two Louisa churches.
   The Rev. Rodney L. Rodis violated terms of the $25,000 secured bond when he left Virginia last month to visit a child he was living with who now lives in New Mexico. Rodis will be held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County.
   Rodis faces 13 felony theft charges alleging that he diverted money given to St. Jude and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches from 1995 until he retired last year.
   While pastor of the Louisa churches, Rodis lived with a woman he referred to as his wife and with three children in a Spotsylvania County neighborhood, just outside Fredericksburg, neighbors said. The woman and children left the residence for New Mexico after authorities leveled criminal charges against Rodis in January.

Bond revoked for Catholic priest

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing.
   The Free Lance-Star May/21/2007
   LOUISA (VA) -- Bond was revoked this morning for the Catholic priest in Louisa County accused of embezzling money from two rural churches.
   Rodney Lee Rodis, 51, had been free on a $25,000 bond. He wasn't allowed to leave Virginia, but prosecutors believe he flew to New Mexico last month.
   Rodis faces an October trial on charges that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from St. Jude and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches.
   Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Don Short said he subpoenaed Northwest Airlines records showing Rodis flew to Detroit on April 11. Short said he believes Rodis went from Detroit to New Mexico.

Judge Revokes Priest's Bond

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing.
   NBC 4
   LOUISA (VA) -- A priest from Spotsylvania County, Va., who turned 51 years old Monday got a birthday present he wasn't expecting.
   A Louisa County judge revoked the Rev. Rodney Rodis' $25,000 bond. He will have to stay behind bars until his trial in October.
   A former parishioner's daughter spotted Rodis getting on a flight at Richmond International Airport heading to New Mexico to visit his family, prosecutors said.

Judge Revokes Bond For Rodis

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing.
   WCAV May 21, 2007
   LOUISA (VA) -- A judge revoked bond on Monday for former pastor Rodney Rodis, who's accused of embezzling up to $1 million from parishioners in Louisa County.
   Rodis' bond was revoked for violating the conditions of his release by traveling to New Mexico to visit a child who had been living with him before his troubles with the law. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM]

Audit: Attorney General finds Catholic officials play word games

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Cabinet Press By Carolyn Disco Published: Friday, May. 18, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- By now, most people are aware of tensions between New Hampshire's attorney general and the Catholic Church's leadership. Five years of back and forth, and still Bishop John McCormack, Auxiliary Bishop Francis Christian and Rev. Edward Arsenault, delegate for ministerial conduct, have not been forthcoming in their actions and words.
   Yes, they rightfully hail new policies, procedures, training, and screening of personnel, all commendable, and to the good. But it is the twisting of truth, and endless spinning of facts that reveals the unchanged arrogance of clericalism. And therein lies the danger.
   The Diocese, through superbly skilled legal and public relations counsel, was able to escape criminal prosecution for endangering children, with perjury as part of the indictment – charges to which McCormack admitted the state had evidence sufficient for a likely conviction. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 21, 2007 10:41 AM]

Jailed priest says church has abandoned him

  - RCC.
   KESQ
   LAS VEGAS (NV), (AP) - A jailed priest accused of sexually assaulting a church worker says the Catholic Diocese has abandoned him in his hour of need.
   Father George Chaanine (shah-NEEN') said in letters the diocese did not send anyone to visit him since he was jailed in February on one million dollars in bail.
   But friends say someone from the church did finally visit him on Friday.

St. Thomas Rector Is Cleared Of Allegations of Impropriety

 
   New York Sun By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN May 21, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The Episcopal Diocese of New York has dismissed a complaint against the rector of St. Thomas Church, the senior warden at the Fifth Avenue church has announced.
   The news, delivered during a break in the organ music at yesterday's service, prompted sustained applause from a body that is not known as being a put-your-hands-together type of congregation.
   In December, 11 current and former parishioners, as well as a former priest there, accused the rector, the Reverend Andrew Mead, of using church funds to purchase his household supply of cat litter and alcohol. Among several other allegations, the rector was also accused of using church funds to fly first-class to Paris to fire the headmaster of the church's choir school, who was vacationing there.

Wempe's civil jury trial set for October 9; Baker's January 7, plus one more attempt to get Mahony to talk; some Blessed Sacrament (Falvey) background

 
  City of Angels By City Of Angels Lady
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The pace is accelerating and content changing as pretrial hearings get within one month of the first Jury Trial in civil cases against the LA Archdiocese. Roger Mahony says on his website he "prays daily for a generous payout from the insurance companies" but he's ready to sell some real estate to settle local claims. I fantasize they'd sell several of their crumbling churches and start a foundation for ALL victims of priest rape walking around the world seeking the rebuilding of their souls, whether they're in California or Illinois or Boston, with the Vatican chipping in a couple gold columns from its vestibules. But I'm a dreamer.
   Jury trials are now on calendar for survivors of two currently incarcerated priests: Michael Edwin Wempe's jury civil trial will be October 9, 2007; and Michael Stephen Baker's, January 7, 2008. (See the calendar of 15 jury trials so far for 2007-2008 at left.) Both men were serving time when the 2003 Supreme Court decision set them free, and both men were re-arrested when new crimes came out that fit the statute of limitations. I wonder if they'll walk into the courtroom hand in hand in chains. Will they even be at their civil trials? I don't know.
   A schedule of hearings for the coming weeks is copy and pasted below. Two motions by defendant the church to make plaintiffs produce medical records were to be heard Tuesday May 22 but were removed "per moving party."

Churchgoers in Nassau seek life after scandal

  [1990s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Boy and girl.
   Newsday BY EMERSON CLARRIDGE SPECIAL TO NEWSDAY
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- Parishioners of the East Meadow church where a youth minister was convicted of raping two teenagers said yesterday that they were relieved that the diocese won't appeal the verdict in a civil suit that found church leaders knew about the abuse and did nothing to end it.
   At churches throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre yesterday, pastors read a statement from Bishop William Murphy during Mass, announcing that there would be no appeal of the $11.45-million judgment the teens won Friday in State Supreme Court.
   At St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church, where youth minister Matthew Maiello admitted forcing both teens to have sex with him after he was hired in 1999, parishioners said the announcement was a welcome development that comes as they try to put the incident behind them.

Diocese to sell farm to settle bankruptcy

 
   Sioux City Journal
   DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- In its efforts to resolve a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Diocese of Davenport will sell a farm in eastern Iowa for $310,000.
   The diocese filed a motion this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Iowa. It wants to sell the land to Charles Van Fossen.
   The sale will be considered for approval at a court hearing May 30. Until that time, the church can consider other offers on the property and two others it already agreed to sell last month.

World Row in Italy over BBC sex abuse documentary

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   RTE News, Monday, 21 May 2007 11:21
   ITALY -- A political row has erupted in Italy over whether state television should air a BBC documentary about the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.
   The dispute broke out after a conservative politician said the Italian broadcaster, RAI, should block the documentary because it was part of what he called 'a media execution squad ready to open fire on the Church and the Pope'.
   The head of the parliament's oversight committee for the broadcaster, asked the director general of RAI Claudio Cappon to deny permission to air 'Sex Crimes and the Vatican'. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on May 21, 2007 7:34 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon May 21, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue May 22, 2007 edition:


Case of Rabbi Alan Jay "Shneur" Horowitz, MD

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox). United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Awareness Center, ~ May 22, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- NOTICE: On May 22, 2007 Rabbi Alan Horowitz was caught. He was in violation of his parole since June, 2006. He was captured in India and will be extradited back to the US.  Rabbi Horowitz is a level three sex offender.
   Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, is a convicted sex offender, an ordained Orthodox rabbi and an adolescent psychiatrist. He is married with one child and seven step-children.
   Allegations of child abuse have followed Horowitz for decades. In Maryland, he was convicted in 1983 of performing an unnatural sexual act on the 12-year-old boy who was his patient. Allegedly, Horwitz has assaulted a string of children from California to Israel to New York in the past twenty years.
   Alan J. Horowitz is a rabbi, magna cum laude, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Duke University, and a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) publications. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM]

Former Rabbi Arrested

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox).
   Fox 23 Posted By: Chris Silveri, Last Update: 2:21 PM, May 22, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A fugitive from Schenectady County has been captured overseas in Asia.
   60 year old Alan Horowitz, a level three sex offender and parole jumper, was arrested earlier today in India after an 11 month manhunt.
   Horowitz is a former Rabbi and Psychiatrist convicted of sexually abusing a number of children under the age of 17.

Pastor remanded for defiling 8 teenagers

  [2006 Agyemang -NEW*] - Christian. 8 girls.  
   GHANA myjoyonline ~ May 22, 2007
   An Accra Regional Tribunal has remanded a head pastor accused of defiling eight teenage girls within seven months.
   The Pastor, James Nana Akwasi Agyemang who is also a herbalist, between May and December, 2006 at Dome in Accra, allegedly had sex with the girls between ages three and 12, in his bedroom and bathroom.
   The accused pleaded not guilty to eight counts of defilement of a female under 16 years, contrary to Section 101(2) of Act 29/60, as amended by Section 11 of Act 554/98.

"Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" Takes IPPY Gold

  - RCC. Book.  
   Bonus Books, ~ May 22, 2007
   May 22, 2007 -- LOS ANGELES, CA -- The 11th Annual IPPY Awards (The Independent Publishers Book Awards), have awarded the prestigious GOLD MEDAL prize to the critically acclaimed "Sex, Priests and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse" (Volt Press, 2006).
   Written by well-known authors/experts Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, A.W. Richard Sipe and Patrick Wall, the authoritative book captured the top prize in the Religion category. This year nearly 2,700 entries were submitted for consideration in 65 national categories. On June 1, in a formal ceremony in New York City in conjunction with Book Expo America, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal awards will be formally presented to the winning titles/publishers in each category.
   "Secret Codes" presents extensive documentation to show--for the first time--that the existence of sexual activity and abuse by clergy not only spans the Church's history, but has been well-known and protected by its hierarchy for centuries. A "Pentagon Papers" of sorts on the Catholic Church, the book also details the Church's long-standing awareness of this issue; its concerns, failures and tactics for addressing the problem; and its continuing efforts to keep it secret. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 PM]

Appeals court refuses to dismiss abuse case

  [1970s O'Donnell (Sulpicians)] - RCC. Paedophile was approved for ordination. 2 boys.
   Local News 8, Associated Press, 3:44 PM ET, May 22, 2007
   SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Catholic religious order that trained former priest Patrick O'Donnell can be sued by dozens of sexual abuse victims who contend the group knew O'Donnell was a pedophile and should not have recommended him for priesthood.
   That's according to a recent decision by the state court of appeals.
   The Associated Sulpicians of the United States had asked that two lawsuits be dismissed on the grounds it cannot be held responsible for O'Donnell's predations against children. [LOOK BACK: Jan 4, 07]

Italian sparring continues on BBC sex-abuse program

  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic World News, May 22, 2007
   ROME (CWNews.com) - An official of the Italian private television network Mediaset has said that the network will broadcast a controversial BBC program on sexual abuse and the Vatican, if the state-run RAI network refuses to do so.
   "If RAI doesn't want it, we'll buy it," said Enrico Mentana. The Mediaset network is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi,
   The general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference (CEI), Bishop Giuseppe Betori, has said that Church leaders are only pushing for accurate coverage of the issue. "We don't want censorship," he said, "but if the documentary should be broadcast in Italy, we would like to make it clear that it contains falsehoods."

Jury selection opens in pastor's sex abuse case

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Baltimore Sun, By Melissa Harris, 2:45 PM EDT, May 22, 2007,
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Jury selection began today in the trial of a Baltimore County pastor accused of engaging in sexual acts with a teenage parishioner in Columbia hotels in 2004 and 2005.
   Gerald Fitroy Griffith is on trial for a second time in Howard County Circuit Court. A mistrial was declared in March after the alleged victim, who is now 18 years old, gave testimony that included references to Baltimore County, where Griffith also faces charges.
   Griffith, pastor and founder of Redemption Christian Fellowship Church on Dogwood Road in Woodlawn, was indicted by a Howard County grand jury in August on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Italy sets conditions for airing sex abuse film

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   TV Guide By Philip Pullella
   ROME (Reuters) - Italy's state broadcaster on Tuesday decided to buy a BBC documentary on the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests but will only let it be aired if accompanied by balancing opinion from the Church.
   The documentary had sparked a political row which pitted right-wing politicians opposed to the airing against leftists who said censoring it would violate freedom of speech.
   On Tuesday RAI director general Claudio Cappon approved purchasing the documentary, called "Sex Crimes and the Vatican," but set conditions for how it can be broadcast.
   He demanded that the program hosting the documentary, talk show "Year Zero," also let prominent members of the Church give their version of events and contest the documentary's assertions.

Official for Italian bishops' group says Church can't be blamed for priests' wrongdoing in sex abuse cases

  - RCC legalisms. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, May 22, 2007
   ROME: The Catholic Church cannot be considered guilty if individual priests commit sexual abuse, a senior official of the influential Italian bishops conference said Tuesday.
   In sharp contrast to the Catholic Church in the United States, the Italian Church has been largely unscathed by sex abuse scandals, although there have been some isolated allegations.
   "The Church cannot be guilty of a crime committed by an individual," Monsignor Giuseppe Betori, secretary-general of the Italian bishops conference, told reporters during a meeting of the nation's bishops in Rome.
   "It's not the diocese who reimburses the victim, it is the priest who pays damages for an act," the bishops conference news agency SIR quoted Betori as saying.

Video: SCOBA's Discussion on Sexual Misconduct in the Church

  - Orthodox Christian. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orthodox Reform
   UNITED STATES -- The 2006 SCOBA Bishops Conference that ran October 3-6, 2006 in Chicago, IL included a video taped seminar entitled "Discussion on Sexual Misconduct in the Church." View this video online at SCOBA's website.
   The presentation on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct by Father Alexander Karlgut informed the hierarchs of the practical aspects of dealing with sexual abuse and misconduct and stressed their ability to lower the risk of misconduct through preventative measures. Also, he said that SCOBA has a unique role to play in coordinating a unified educational approach on sexual abuse and misconduct-workshops in seminaries and for the clergy throughout North America.
   The liability threat is high; Fr. Karlgut gave examples:
   The Roman Catholic church in America has spent over $1.5 Billion in sexual misconduct settlements (either out of court or jury awards)

Diocese might have to pay entire bill

  [1990s Mr Maiello; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Boy and girl.
   Newsday BY ANN GIVENS ann.givens@newsday.com May 21, 2007
   ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY) -- The Diocese of Rockville Centre could be on the hook for nearly all of the $11.45 million that a Nassau County jury awarded to two people who were molested by a church youth minister beginning in 1999, lawyers and experts said.
   That's because of one key word in the jury verdict, experts said. When the jury ruled that the diocese, St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow and its priest, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, acted with "reckless" disregard for the safety of others by failing to protect children from their youth minister, it left the diocese vulnerable to footing the entire bill, experts said.
   "Because the jury found that they acted recklessly, the plaintiffs are permitted to collect money from any deep pocket they can find," said Lawrence Carra of Mineola, who represented the youth minister, Matthew Maiello, in the civil case.

Bail revoked for priest in embezzlement case

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Washington Times, May 22, 2007
   LOUISA, Va. (AP) -- A judge revoked bail yesterday for a priest accused of stealing up to $1 million from two Louisa County churches.
   The Rev. Rodney L. Rodis violated terms of the $25,000 secured bond last month when he traveled to New Mexico to visit a child who had been living with him before his legal troubles. Father Rodis will be held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County.
   Father Rodis, 51, faces 13 felony embezzlement charges that he diverted more than $600,000 given to St. Jude Catholic Church in Mineral and Immaculate Conception in Bumpass from 1995 until he retired last year. He pleaded not guilty in March, and his trial was set for Oct. 1.

Accused priest loses freedom

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m missing.
   Richmond Times-Dispatch, By CALVIN R. TRICE, Tuesday, May 22, 2007
   LOUISA (VA) -- Authorities yesterday handcuffed and jailed a Catholic priest accused of stealing as much as $1 million from two Louisa County churches and then violating the terms of his bail.
   A judge revoked the bond for the Rev. Rodney L. Rodis yesterday for leaving the state to visit a sick child who lived with him and a woman he told neighbors was his wife.
   Rodis' lawyer, John R. Maus, argued at the hearing that his client's incarceration will hamper his efforts to return money to the churches he led.

Self-proclaimed Visionary Faces Prison Time

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   WOAI, Posted By Mandi Johnston, Last Update 5:24 AM, May 22, 2007
   TEXAS -- A man who made a name for himself as a leader of a so-called cult in Costa Rica is in trouble.
   Many of his Catholic followers are from right here in San Antonio, and they were told by the Archdiocese to stay away from the man who claims to see visions of the Virgin Mary.
   Now, a fight with one of his former followers could send him to jail.
   Trouble Shooter Brian Collister brings you the latest in his investigation into Juan Pablo Delgado, including why one follower says she wishes she had heeded the Archdiocese's advice to avoid Delgado.

Web alert on priest called not sufficient

  [1984 Roberts] - RCC. Boy.
   Belleville News-Democrat, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK,
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Catholic church officials in Cincinnati should have warned parishioners there and in other cities, including Belleville, that the Rev. Kenneth J. Roberts was improperly posing as a priest and mingling with children, said the head of the St. Louis chapter of a national group supporting victims of sex abuse by clergymen.
   But a spokesman for the Cincinnati Catholic Diocese said the warning was promptly posted on a Web site.
   In 1998, Roberts, 76, was prohibited by church officials from performing priestly duties following accusations of sexual molestation of minors.
   Roberts has a national reputation from the publications of at least nine books he wrote, including "From Playboy to Priest," and made headlines here in 2003 when a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court by a man identified only as "John Doe" accused him of sexually molesting him at St. Mary's Catholic School in Belleville in 1984, when the man was 13. For years during the 1980s, Roberts lived in a church operated home in Florissant, Mo.

Former Nativity BVM athletic coach reports to county prison

  [ 2005 Mr Shields] - RCC. Videoing girls, molesting one.
   The Republican & Herald, BY PETER E. BORTNER, pbortner@republicanherald.com , May/22/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Daniel M. Shields Jr. ceased to be a free man at 9 a.m. Monday.
   "He did report this morning" to Schuylkill County Prison, District Attorney James P. Goodman said of Shields, 62, of 30 Bryn Mawr Ave., Pottsville. The longtime high school football and track coach admitted videotaping female athletes in the locker room at Nativity BVM High School and indecently assaulting one of them.
   Shields walked into prison a week after county Judge D. Michael Stine imposed an 18- to 48-month state prison term. He will stay in the county prison several days until the state Department of Corrections informs the county they can process him at State Correctional Institution/Camp Hill, Warden Eugene Berdanier said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM]
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Court orders "Financial Discovery" on LA Archdiocese as in two cases "plaintiffs likely to prevail." Kreutzer changes story to contradict evidence

  - RCC. [Mr Kreutzer (Catholic school math teacher)] - Minors. Film of minors making love. [Decades - Los Angeles Archdiocese] - ~ 500 plaintiffs. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By City of Angels Lady, ~ May 23, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Good news: forward movement for the plaintiffs in hearings Wednesday morning. There's now a court order to conduct financial discovery on the Los Angeles Archdiocese, because two cases have such a preponderance of evidence that it's "likely plaintiffs will prevail."** The two orders are for a Caffoe case (trial date August 6) and a Rucker case (trial date December 3) but the resulting audit of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles Health and Welfare Corporation will apply to all 500 cases moving through the court system, with the first jury trial June 11 (the Kreutzer cases).
   Judge Haley Fromholz granted the motion saying: "Plaintiffs' evidence establishes a substantial probability that plaintiffs will prevail on the punitive damages claim." Concerning the Lynn Caffoe case, BC307225, Katherine Freberg's office cited as evidence: testimony of a priest and housekeeper, another priest's description of a videotape taken from Caffoe's room of the priest filming minors having sex, numerous reports from parents and parishioners to a priest and at least one monsignor, complaints by a school principal to the chancery, Caffoe's commitment to St. Luke's Institute, reports from the Redondo Beach Police, and finally, plaintiff's testmony.
   Church attorneys did not even try to argue back. The other case that opened archdiocese financial records Wednesday was BC307410, where several attorneys along with Freberg's office built a similarly concrete case involving George Neville Rucker. Here one plaintiff reported to her first and second grade teachers in the early 1960s that Rucker was molesting her and she had pain in her "private parts." Another plaintiff went to a nun on behalf of herself and a group of girls and the nun "slapped (her) in the face several times and told her not to talk about Father Rucker like that." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 PM]

Former Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexual Assault

  [1997-2003 Mr Baird] - Christian. 2 boys.
   KDKA, ~ May 23, 2007
   PITTSBURGH (PA) -- A former youth pastor is facing charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted two boys.
   The alleged incidents began a decade ago while he was a youth pastor at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh in Wilkinsburg.
   According to police, the victims, who were 10 and 14 at the time, say the alleged incidents happened from 1997 to 2003 while they visited Baird's Penn Hills home during weekend retreats.

Priest found to be low-level sex offender

  [~ 2000s Volino] - RCC. Pornography.
   Democrat & Chronicle, by Michael Zeigler, May 23, 2007
   ROCHESTER (NY) ” A Roman Catholic priest who admitted possessing child pornography was found today to be a low-level sex offender.
   Monroe County Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. ruled that the Rev. Michael Volino, 42, is a Level 1 offender, considered to be the lowest of three risk levels on New York's Sex Offender Registry.

Paedo priest packs and leaves

  [1973 + Oliver O'Grady] - RCC. Pension for his silence. 20 admitted victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Dublin People, ~ May 23, 2007
   IRELAND -- THE convicted paedophile who was living just yards from a primary school in Phibsboro is reported to have packed his belongings and left the area.
   Local residents breathed a sigh of relief when they saw defrocked priest Oliver O'Grady leaving his rental accommodation in a taxi filled with his personal possessions.
   O'Grady, who admitted molesting 20 children, had been the centre of controversy since Phibsboro locals publicly revealed where the serial sex offender was living last month.
   Kieran Collins, chairman of the Rathdown Road and District Residents' Association, was responsible for highlighting the paedophile's move to accommodation close to St Peter's primary school.

Priest makes apology over tabloid claim

  [2000s Hogan -NEW*] - RCC. WWW to meet men. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Irish Times, ~ May 23, 2007
   IRELAND -- A Co Clare priest has apologised to his parishioners after a report in a tabloid newspaper alleged he used a well-known gay website to meet other men.
   Fr Michael Hogan (56) of Feakle, East Clare, said he was deeply ashamed by the revelations in the newspaper concerning his private life.
   "I apologise profoundly for the hurt and embarrassment caused to the parishioners of Feakle and Killanena-Flagmount, my bishop, fellow priests, to those who know and trust me both within and outside the church community," he said.

Clerk in child abuse remembers complaint against priest

  [Crotty] - RCC.
   IOL, 19:47:58, May/23/2007
   IRELAND -- A clerical witness in the trial of a man charged with falsely claiming sexual abuse by a priest has told the jury he now remembers a mother and son coming to him with a complant about the priest in question.
   Father Oliver Crotty said, however, that "after rechecking the video in my brain" he was satisfied he wasn't in denial and that the complaint concerned "a parish matter to do with the boy's education" rather than one of sexual abuse.
   He had originally said he had no recollection of the accused and his mother coming to him to complain that the priest was refusing to allow the accused to make his First Holy Communion.

Italian bishops insist on air time to rebut BBC program on sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   Catholic News Service, By Cindy Wooden, ~ May 23, 2007
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Church officials must have an opportunity to comment on-air if Italy's state-run television airs a British documentary about the priest sex abuse crisis, said an Italian bishops' conference official.
   "We do not want any censorship," Bishop Giuseppe Betori, general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, told reporters May 22 in the midst of a very public debate over whether RAI, the state-run television network, should broadcast "Sex Crimes and the Vatican," a 2006 documentary of the British Broadcasting Corp.
   Officials at RAI announced late May 22 that they would permit the program to be broadcast, but said the 40-minute documentary would be aired within the context of a talk show, and the guests would include officials from the Italian church.

Clare priest requests time off following tabloid photo scandal

  [2007 Hogan*] - RCC. Pictures on homosexual website.  
   Belfast Telegraph, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
   IRELAND -- A Co. Clare Priest has put in a request for time away from his parish after photographs of him, allegedly from a gay website, were published in a tabloid newspaper.
   Fr Michael Hogan today issued a statement acknowledging he's breached his vow of celibacy, and has apologised to locals in the East Clare parish of Feakle.
   Fr Hogan said he was "deeply ashamed" at revelations concerning his use of a gay website in the Sun newspaper today, and his indiscretions in relation to his vow.

Priest: I was shocked by abuse allegations

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Belfast Telegraph, By George Jackson, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A priest yesterday denied allegations that he sexually abused a teenage schoolgirl who had come to him for counselling about becoming a nun almost 30 years ago.
   Fr. Patrick Joseph Crilly, (63), from Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, Co. Londonderry, denied committing the offences in the Derry Diocesan Pastoral Centre on four occasions between September 1977 and November 1980.
   During the sixth day of the trial at the Crown Court in Derry, defence counsel Brian McCartney QC asked the defendant how he reacted when informed of the allegations by another priest, Fr. John Farren, in November 2005.

Clare priest to make statement about newspaper articles

  [2000s Hogan*] - RCC. Photo in underpants on WWW.  
   Belfast Telegraph, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
   IRELAND -- A well-known Co Clare priest is promising to make a statement later following articles written about him in a tabloid newspaper this morning.
   The Sun has published photographs of Fr Michael Hogan that it says were displayed on a gay website.
   The photos show Fr Hogan, the parish priest of Feakle, posing in his underpants.

Priest describes as 'a gent'

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Fermanagh Herald, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Roslea parish priest at the centre of a crown court trial in Liverpool was described on the third day of case by a hotel proprietor as, a 'gent'.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, who is on trial accused of child sex offences, had turned up at the Blackpool hotel to join fellow Irishman, William Adams, who was there with a 12-year-old girl and her family.
   Giving evidence, Mary Holliday said Adams told her McGrath was his uncle and a priest. McGrath arrived wearing 'civvies' and, after speaking to him she said she, "put him down as a real gent. That is the sort of person that came over. He was very very quiet, even when mixing with the family and kept a distance from them," she said.

Priest admits to having homosexual relationship

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12).
   The Fermanagh Herald, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Roslea priest at the centre of a Crown Court Trial in Liverpool admitted on Tuesday to having a homosexual relationship with a convicted paedophile.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, whose address was given as Church Road, also told a jury that he had not considered the relationship with William Adams to be wrong.
   He said he formed a relationship with Adams when he was in his mid-40s and Adams was 21 and homeless.

Global manhunt ends child molester's flight

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox). United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Albany Times Union, By JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Alan Horowitz, the notorious child molester who boldly dispatched a good-bye letter of sorts to his parole officer last year after bolting abroad, has been arrested in India, authorities said.
   The arrest -- made Tuesday in India at 3:48 p.m., which was early Tuesday here -- ends a remarkable 11-month global manhunt for a man authorities describe as a remorseless predator with a brilliant mind.
   A tip e-mailed to the "America's Most Wanted" television program steered authorities toward Horowitz -- one of New York's 100 most-wanted fugitives -- in Mahabalipuram, a city of about 12,000 on India's southeastern coast, parole officials said.

News - Sex abuse in churches preventable, say experts who counsel victims

  [2007 Mr Glover -NEW*, Shaffer -NEW*] - Christian sects. Girl and "girl". United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Christian Chronicle, By Erik Tryggestad, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The Pitman church in Sewell, N.J., came under a media spotlight in March when its 33-year-old former youth minister, Paul Glover, was charged with aggravated sexual assault.
   Authorities said Glover had a two-year sexual relationship with a member of his youth group. The relationship came to light when the girl, now 17, became pregnant.
   One month later, the leader of a campus ministry at the South College church in Tahlequah, Okla., was arrested in a sting targeting sexual predators.
   An indictment claims that Charles Shaffer used the Internet to discuss his desire to have sex with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. Shaffer drove to Walters, Okla., more than four hours from Tahlequah, to what he believed was the girl's home, where police arrested him, according to the indictment.

Controversy plagued six-year stint

  [Public servant] - General society. Ignored confession!
   Boston Herald, By O'Ryan Johnson, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Harry Spence's six-and-a-half-year tenure as head of the Department of Social Services was marred by the deaths and severe beatings of several children in his agency's care that had the beleaguered DSS chief fighting to keep his job.
   It started in July 2005 with Dontel Jeffers, the 4-year-old Boston boy who was allegedly bound with a telephone cord and beaten to death while in foster care. It continued through December 2005, with Hailey Poutre, the 12-year-old girl who was beaten into a coma, with DSS poised to pull the plug when she made a miraculous recovery.
   And it culminated with the most recent accusation: that under Spence's leadership DSS failed to act on allegations of sexual abuse by a South End minister, even though the agency had reported a call from the alleged predator attempting to turn himself in.

Mayor urges archdiocese to stay in city

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, | May 23, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston is strongly objecting to the likelihood that the storied but scandal-wracked Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, which is preparing to celebrate its bicentennial, will move out of the city.
   Archdiocesan officials, strapped for cash, are in the final stages of negotiating a deal to move their offices from the campus in Brighton where they have been headquartered since the 1920s to a four-story building off Route 128 in Braintree as part of an ongoing effort to raise money to resolve the financial crisis touched off by the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
   Menino, who has at times been critical of the archdiocese for its handling of the abuse scandal and parish closings, said it would be a mistake for the archdiocese to move its offices from the city.

Archdiocese considers move to suburbs, irking Boston

  - RCC.
   WHDH, ~ May 23, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- A decision by the Roman Catholic Boston Archdiocese to consider a money-saving move to the suburbs is drawing criticism from Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who claims leaving the city will hinder the church's charitable mission.
   Archdiocesan officials are in the final stages of negotiating a deal to move their headquarters from the outlying Brighton neighborhood to a four-story building in Braintree.
   The proposed move, first reported in the Boston Herald, is part of an ongoing effort to resolve a financial crisis caused in part by the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Doing what Jesus would do

  - RCC ignores its victims, bats for other victims.
   Daily News, By Leslie Hittner | Winona, May 23, 2007
   WINONA (MN) -- I was pleased to see Darrell Ehrlick's editorial asking for The Diocese of Winona to reconcile its past performance with respect to the priestly sexual abuse scandal and to be accountable for the injustices it has done in "spiritually aborting" abuse victims in order to protect its clergy.
   I was at St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester, Minn., in January and heard Bishop Bernard Harrington preach a homily concerning the poor and disenfranchised people in society and the important role the church plays in helping these people. It is a social justice role in which the church can rightfully be proud.
   In his homily, he spoke of a recent instance of the church's social justice advocacy; his response to the federal immigration agent raids in southwestern Minnesota. The bishop told us of his special trip to Worthington, Minn., to listen to and talk with the Hispanic population in that area. He publicized that trip as well as his efforts to raise money to assist these unfortunate people.

Sex-abuse accusers can sue priest trainers

  [1970s O'Donnell (Sulpicians)] - RCC. Paedophile was approved for ordination. 2 boys.
   The News Tribune, By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, The Associated Press, 01:00 AM, May 23rd, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A Catholic religious order that trained former priest Patrick O'Donnell can be sued by dozens of sexual abuse victims who contend the group knew O'Donnell was a pedophile and should not have recommended him for the priesthood, an appeals court has decided.
   The Associated Sulpicians of the United States had asked that two lawsuits be dismissed.
   That motion to dismiss was initially rejected by a state court, and the state Division 1 Court of Appeals in Seattle declined a request from the religious order that it review the lower court decision.
   The court action was brought by alleged victims of O'Donnell against the now-defunct St. Thomas Seminary in the Seattle suburb of Kenmore. The seminary was operated by the Sulpicians, an order devoted to training priests.

'I would have loved him' - McGrath

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Fermanagh Herald, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Fr Jeremiah McGrath, the Parish Priest of Roslea took the stand on Monday this week during his trial at Liverpool Crown Court to deny the allegations against him.
   McGrath told a jury he had been unaware his co-accused William Adams was sexually molesting and raping the 12-year-old.
   But, he did confess he had had a close relationship with Adams and was emotionally involved with him. "I was probably looking for a special relationship but it did not materialise," he said.

Teenage girl recalls abuse

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12).
   The Fermanagh Herald, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A schoolgirl who was allegedly sexually molested by a Roslea priest and his paedophile friend told the jury in Liverpool Crown Court how the men had abused her.
   In a DVD of her taped police interviews the girl, who was then 12, claimed Father Jeremiah McGrath molested her while driving her home and that the priest knew his friend, William Adams sexually abused her.
   In the taped interview, the girl, who is now 13, said she first met McGrath when he arrived while she was on a three week holiday in Blackpool with Adams, her brother and mother.

McGrath 'lied' to victim's family

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12).
   The Fermanagh Herald, ~ May 23, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Fr Jeremiah McGrath lied when confronted by the grandmother of the young girl he is accused of molesting, Liverpool Crown Court heard on the second day of the trial of the Roslea Priest. And when quizzed about his paedophile friend, McGrath also told her not to believe anyone, 'particularly the police.
   Sixty-two-year-old McGrath denies one offence of sexual assault and three offences of arranging or facilitating the commission by his co-accused, William Adams of a sexual offence.
   The court heard the offences, which spanned seven months, came to light after the girl failed to arrive as expected at her grandmother's Merseyside home on November 9, 2005. Her family, who had been alerted by social services about Adams' past, had warned Adams not to see the child.

Pope Benedict XVI Often Criticizes Television For Showing Anti-Social, Violent and Sexual Programming Aimed At Children...

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Followthemedia.com , by Philip M. Stone, May 23, 2007
   ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI on several occasions this year has criticized the media, particularly television, for programming particularly aimed at children that goes against their moral social good. But the Church had another TV issue to deal with this week as RAI, the Italian public broadcaster, planned to show a BBC documentary critical of the then Cardinal Ratzinger for enforcing church secrecy rules on its many child sexual abuse cases around the world.
   RAI Director General Claudio Cappon, likened by some to Pontius Pilate for being under tremendous pressure from Parliamentarians crying everything from "censorship" to "media trial against the church" has ruled the BBC Panorama program can be shown, but that the program must invite prominent Church representatives to contest the documentary's assertions. The program was to have been broadcast Thursday, but has been delayed to comply with the new rules.
   The Pope this year has been very critical of various parts of the media for corrupting children. In his last such media critique May 20 he told crowds massed in St. Peter's Square commemorating World Communications Day that the media's portrayal of violence, antisocial behavior, and vulgar sexual content, especially when aimed at the young, is unacceptable. It was at least the third time this year that the Pope chose to criticize such media programming. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed May 23, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 24, 2007 edition:


Archdiocese sells land to move administrative offices to suburbs

  [Decades - Boston Archdiocese] - RCC. Many children. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), The Associated Press, May 24, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) ” The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced a $65 million dollar deal on Thursday to sell its administrative headquarters in Brighton to Boston College to complete a money-saving move to the suburbs.
   The sale of just under 20 acres to the Jesuit institution, which has already bought other nearby land from the archdiocese, is scheduled to close by Aug. 1. It is part of a long-range effort to recover from financial problems related to the clergy sex abuse scandal that erupted in 2002.
   "We have reached a significant milestone in announcing this agreement," Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in a statement. "Proceeds from this sale will allow the Archdiocese to invest resources for the benefit of our parishes, clergy, St. John's Seminary and the many important programs that serve a large number of people."
   The archdiocese is keeping St. John's Seminary, where it has trained priests since the 1880s, at its present location in Brighton. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM]

Flatley is upbeat about church's Braintree move; Developer says he would give archdiocese discount

  - RCC.
   The Patriot Ledger, By JON CHESTO and DON CONKEY,
   BRAINTREE (MA) - "I would never charge the House of the Lord the market rate," billionaire developer Thomas Flatley said of the possible move of administrative offices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to a building he owns in Braintree.
   Sources close to the archdiocese confirmed that a move to the four-story office building on Brooks Drive in Braintree is likely, and will be announced by the end of the week, if final details are ironed out.
   The move of major functions of the archdiocese's chancery office and its 200 employees from Brighton has been opposed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who says the shift would be damaging to the charitable mission of the church and its history in Boston.

Priest facing new sex charges involving third accuser

  [1985-86 Underwood] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Arizona Daily Star, By Stephanie Innes, May.24.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson priest accused of molesting two boys during the 1980s is now facing charges that he sexually abused a third boy.
   The Rev. Gary E. Underwood, who has not worked in the local diocese since 1987, pleaded innocent to the added charges May 1 and is scheduled to reappear in court July 10.
   The new indictment accuses him of both molestation and sexual conduct with a boy under the age of 15 in 1985 and 1986, when he was assigned to St. Odilia's Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte, on Tucson's Northwest Side.

Diocese suit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Parish; Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.5m. Boy and girl.
   Herald, By HECTOR FLORES and JUDY RATTNER, May 24, 2007
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- A Nassau County jury has awarded $11.45 million to a man and woman who were teenagers when they were molested over the course of three years by a youth minister at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, beginning in 1999. Despite the verdict, an attorney for the victims and an advocates' group say the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which oversees St. Raphael's, has not yet accepted full responsibility.
   On May 18, the jury ruled that the diocese, St. Raphael's and its priest, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others by failing to protect children from their youth minister, Matthew Maiello.
   Maiello, then of Lynbrook, pleaded guilty in 2003 to rape and sodomy of the two plaintiffs, who were 15 when the assaults began, and he was sentenced to prison for over two years. At the time of Maiello's sentencing, his victims filed a $150 million suit against Maiello; his supervisor, Haggerty; the church and the diocese.

Psychiatrist denied prescription drugs to alleged abuse victim

   
   IOL, 18:13:36, May/24/2007
   IRELAND -- The man who claimed that a priest sexually abused him threatened to report a leading psychiatrist to the Irish Medical Council for refusing to prescribe a specific drug to treat his self-diagnosed 'bipolar disorder'.
   Dr Anthony McCarthy told gardaí that given his "previous knowledge of the accused" he discounted his claims of sexual abuse and of being suicidal.
   The consultant psychiatrist, whose statement to gardaí was read to the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on day-nine of the man's false allegations trial, told gardaí he refused to accept the accused's self-diagnosis of bipolar disorder and refused to prescribe him lithium.

24 - Court dismisses rape case against priest

  - Christian. Case not pursued. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Balita, 03:02 PM BST, Thursday, May 24 2007
   ILOILO CITY, Philippines, May 24 - A priest who was accused of rape by his self-confessed lover walked free after the complainant withdrew the two counts of rape filed against him.
   In a resolution dated May 2, 2007, Provincial Prosecutor Bernabe Dusaban recommended for the dismissal of the complaint following the withdrawal of the woman who accused the priest.
   The complainant manifested her lack of interest to pursue the case because she could not find time to attend the hearing of the cases.
   Likewise, she cited her difficulty to pin the suspect and establish the "guilt of the respondent beyond reasonable doubt."

Kentucky justices overturn priest's abuse conviction

  [Clark] - RCC. New trial ordered. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Courier-Journal
   KENTUCKY -- The Kentucky Supreme Court today overturned the conviction of a former Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in 2003 of sexually abusing two Bullitt County boys.
   Daniel C. Clark has served nearly four years of a 10-year sentence for his conviction on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of the two boys.
   In a 5-2 decision, the court ordered the case remanded to Bullitt Circuit Court for a new trial.

Judge rules punitive damage can be sought against LA archdiocese

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. Boys differently described.
   KESQ, Associated Press, 11:14 AM ET, May 24, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (AP) - A judge has ruled that four people can seek punitive damages against the LA Archdiocese for allegedly failing to protect them from a priest they accused of sexual abuse.
   In his ruling, LA County Superior Court Judge Haley Fromholz cited Cardinal Roger Mahony's alleged misrepresentation of a videotape found in the bedroom of a priest accused of molesting children.
   Mahony reportedly wrote to Vatican officials that Father Lynn Caffoe had videotaped "partially naked" boys in a state of sexual arousal.
   But he told parishioners that the boys were "fully clothed" and that there was no sexual activity.

Priest cleared over child abuse

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   BBC News,
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A County Londonderry priest has been acquitted on two charges of sexually abusing a teenager almost 30 years ago.
   But the jury failed to reach a verdict on another two charges of indecent assault against Father Patrick Crilly, 63, from Desertmartin.
   The judge has discharged the jury and the Public Prosecution Service will consider whether Father Crilly should face a retrial on those two charges.

Priest cleared of child abuse charges

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl.
   4NI,
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A priest has been acquitted of charges of sexually abusing a teenager almost 30 years ago.
   Father Patrick Patrick Crilly, 63, from Desertmartin in County Londonderry was cleared of two charges, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on two further charges of indecent assault.
   Trial Judge Corinne Philpott ordered the jury to be discharged while the Public Prosecution Service decides whether Father Crilly should face a retrial on the two charges.

NI priest acquitted of charges

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl.
   U.TV,
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A County Derry priest faces the possibility of a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on two charges alleging he had sexually abused a teenage girl 30 years ago.
   Fr Patrick Joseph Crilly, 63, from Tobermore Road in Desertmartin, was acquitted by majority verdicts, of two counts of indecently assaulting the girl between November 20, 1978 and November 19, 1980.
   However, following an eight day long trial at Derry Crown Court, the jury were divided on two other similar offences alleged to have taken place between April 1, 1977, and Novermber 19, 1978, allegedly starting when the girl was aged 15.

Court overturns sex conviction of priest

  [Clark] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Journal Gazette, By ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press,
   FRANKFORT (KY) -- The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the sex abuse conviction against a former priest Thursday because his earlier sex crimes were wrongly used as evidence.
   The court ordered a new trial for Daniel C. Clark, who is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted in 2003 of abusing two brothers over four years, beginning when they were 8 and 9.
   The court's 5-2 ruling also said the jury was not properly instructed before it began deliberating.

Darien's St. John Church: Former pastor asks for money

  [Fay] - RCC. US$1.4m missing.
   The Darien Times, By Susan Shultz
   DARIEN (CT) -- Where once there were limousines, now there are legal bills.
   Last May, news broke that the former pastor of St. John Parish, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay had been using parish money to fund a lavish lifestyle that was called inappropriate by diocesan leaders.
   In August, an independent audit of the period between January 2000 and April 2006 revealed an estimated loss of $1.4 million to the parish, with as much as $350,000 unaccounted for by the former pastor.
   Now the former pastor is seeking help with his legal expenses.

Priest's self-confessed lover drops rape charge

  [Alarcon] - RCC. Woman lover. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News Today, By Florence F. Hibionada,
   PHILIPPINES -- Rape charges against a young Catholic priest has been ordered dismissed following the withdrawal of the cases by the complainant herself some three months after the public declaration of their purported affair.
   In a letter coursed thru First Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Portia Cabalum, the 25 year-old self-confessed lover of Father Martin Alarcon manifested her intent to officially withdraw two counts of rape charges docketed as I.S. No. 07-327 and I.S. No. 07- 328.
   Primary reason stated for disinterest to the case was due to her "physical condition" that she explained will cause her not to attend the hearings "thus, I am not interested anymore in prosecuting further the same."

Priest accused of indecent assault: verdict expected

  [1997-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Belfast Telegraph, By George Jackson, Thursday, May 24, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A verdict is due today correct in the trial of a Co Londonderry priest who denies four charges of indecently assaulting a schoolgirl.
   Fr Patrick Joseph Crilly (63) from Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, denies committing the offences in the Derry diocesan pastoral centre between September 1977 and November 1980, starting when the 15-year-old girl came to him for counselling about becoming a nun.
   Evidence in the seven-day trial ended yesterday when, in his second day in the witness box, Fr Crilly told prosecution barrister Geoffrey Millar QC that when he was first informed of the allegations by Fr John Farren on November 5, 2005, he contacted the investigating police officer.

Jury set to retire in case of Fermanagh-born priest

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Belfast Telegraph, Thursday, May 24, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A jury in Liverpool is expected to retire later today to consider its verdict in the case of a Co Fermanagh-born priest accused of facilitating the rape of a 12-year-old girl.
   Fr Jeremiah McGrath, aged 63, allegedly gave money to William Adams, 38, a convicted paedophile originally from Belfast, to buy gifts to groom the girl for sex.
   He admits having a sexual relationship with Adams, whom he knew had a previous conviction for raping another girl in Ireland.

Irish American Attorney Wins Huge Case

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello; Haggerty, Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC. US$11.45m. Boy and girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Irish Voice, By Cahir O'Doherty, May 24, 2007
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- LAST week a jury found that the nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese, Rockville Centre in Long Island, was negligent in a case involving Matthew Maiello, a youth minister who repeatedly raped and sodomized teenagers who were entrusted to his care over several years.
   "I am absolutely stunned by the arrogance of the bishop and the diocese," said well-known New York based Irish American civil rights attorney Michael Dowd, in a hard hitting interview with the Irish Voice. "Even as late as yesterday they refused to admit any responsibility at all for what happened."
   Dowd, the Irish American prosecutor in the successful $11.45 million suit against former youth minister Maiello, sounds personally shaken by the experience. "What I find incomprehensible is how you can be so reckless in protecting children," he said, referring to Father Thomas Haggerty, the pastor of St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow where the abuse occurred.

Priest denies aiding child rapist

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Ic Seftonandwestlancs, by Sarah Chapman, Bootle Times, May 24 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A CATHOLIC priest has denied giving his paedophile friend money so he could groom and sexually abuse a Liverpool schoolgirl.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, 63, admitted he did have a homosexual affair with convicted child rapist William Adams despite having taken a vow of celibacy, a court heard.
   He told Liverpool Crown Court he was so besotted by Adams that he was blind to his targeting a new victim.

Former church employee sues Catholic diocese

  [~ 2005 Youth minister, parish, etc.] - RCC. Sex grab. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Forecaster, By Linda Maule, published May 17, 2007
   PORTLAND, Maine - A woman who claims she was fired by St. Bartholomew Church in Cape Elizabeth in 2005 in retaliation for reporting that a youth ministry director held her against her will, assaulted her and sexually harassed her, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
   The suit filed also names Bishop Richard Malone, St. Bartholomew Church and the church minister, Monsignor Michael Henchal, as defendants.
   The suit was filed on behalf of Susan LaTorre of Cape Elizabeth by her attorney, Marshall Tinkle, in U.S. District Court on May 4. LaTorre is seeking a jury trial.

US rabbi convicted of child sex abuse arrested in southern India

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox). India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newsday, 2:16 PM EDT, May 23, 2007
   CHENNAI, India -- An American rabbi convicted of sexually abusing children has been arrested in southern India after an 11-month manhunt across Asia, police said Wednesday.
   Rabbi Alan Jay Horowitz was arrested at a seaside resort in Mahabalipuram, a town in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, by police acting on a tip from Interpol, said a senior police official, D. Mukherjee.
   He added that U.S. authorities were expected to soon begin extradition proceedings for Horowitz, who was wanted for violating his parole by leaving the United States.

Priest 'abuse' jury due to retire

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A jury has heard closing arguments in the trial of a Catholic priest accused of facilitating the rape of a 12-year-old.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, 63, allegedly gave money to William Adams, 38, a sex offender originally from Belfast, to buy gifts for the girl from Liverpool.
   Adams raped the girl a number of times, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
   Mr McGrath, 63, of County Fermanagh, denies three counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

Jeffs' lawyers to ask judge to disallow some evidence

  [Jeffs] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Deseret Morning News, By Ben Winslow
   UTAH -- Are laptop computers, iPods, thumb drives, digital recorders and CDs the instruments of a religious leader's communications to his flock? Or the means for a fugitive on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list to stay on the run?
   A federal judge will be asked today to consider whether some of the evidence seized when Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Warren Jeffs was arrested last year should be declared "protected" under his First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
   "These sacred revelations are at the core of the group's religious beliefs and they cannot be shared with outsiders," Jeffs' defense attorney Walter Bugden Jr. wrote in an emergency motion filed in March.

Bennison's Sex Abuse Scandal Edited out of Wikipedia by Order of Schori

  - Episcopalians. [Rev. John Bennison] - Girl (14). [Bp Charles Bennison] - Did not report it. [~2007 Ms Alton] - Allegedly changed Wikipedia entry.
   Virtue Online By David W. Virtue, www.virtueonline.org , May/23/2007
   UNITED STATES -- The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Mrs. Katharine Jefferts Schori allegedly ordered all references to a sex scandal surrounding Pennsylvania Bishop Charles E. Bennison to be removed from Wikipedia, the widely read online encyclopedia. The ultra-liberal bishop faces both an ecclesiastical presentment and civil fraud charges.
   In a clear attempt to downplay Bennison's role in the cover-up of a 14-year girl who was sexually abused by his brother, the Rev. John Bennison, Barbara Alton, Bennison's personal assistant, claims she was told by Mrs. Schori to remove the sexually explicit references to the bishop's cover up.
   John Bennison was forced from his parish and resigned from The Episcopal Church when sexual allegations emerged in the Diocese of California. He avoided prosecution because of the Statute of Limitations. At the time of the abuse, he was sharing a home with his brother Charles. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 AM]
   [COMMENT: The entry seems to have details of the 14-year-old girl again today, June 06, 2007, at http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/ Charles_ Bennison . COMMENT ENDS.]

Priest with Tucson ties indicted again

  [1983-86 Underwood] - Christian. 3 boys.
   Tucson Citizen By A.J. FLICK
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A onetime Tucson priest who was indicted last year on charges of molesting two boys in the 1980s has been indicted on similar charges involving another boy.
   The Rev. Gary Edward Underwood, 53, who is a military priest in Bossier City, La., was indicted by a Pima County grand jury April 24 on one count each of molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor under 15, allegedly occurring between Aug. 1, 1985, and Jan. 31, 1986.
   In November, Underwood was indicted by a grand jury on one count of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15, from March 21, 1983, through March 21, 1984, and six counts of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 from Oct. 8, 1983, through Oct. 8, 1984.
   The Tucson Citizen is not naming the boys because they are alleged victims. The ages of the boys from the November and April indictments were not available.

Judge opens church up to huge payout

 
   Los Angeles Times, By John Spano, May 24, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Citing an alleged misrepresentation by Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, a judge ruled Wednesday that four people can seek punitive damages against the Los Angeles Archdiocese for failing to protect them from a priest they accused of sexual abuse.
   The ruling, the first of its kind in the Los Angeles clergy sexual abuse scandal, could increase pressure on the archdiocese to reach a settlement with its accusers.
   More than 500 people have alleged that they were abused by priests in the archdiocese, and many also have alleged that the church knew about the danger but failed to act.
   If all of them are granted permission to seek punitive damages, Mahony could face a potentially enormous payout.

Attorney receives emotional compensation

 
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, May 21, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Nobody ever accused Daniel Gatti of shying away from a tough fight.
   The Salem lawyer's latest courtroom battle saw him represent three men who sued the Rev. Michael Sprauer of Salem for alleged sexual abuse at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s.
   Last week, a Portland jury determined that Sprauer abused two of the three plaintiffs -- Robert Paul Jr., 49, of Salem, and Randy Sloan, 49, of Aumsville. The jury awarded them nearly $1.4 million. It ruled that Sprauer did not abuse a third plaintiff -- Norman Klettke Jr., 44, of Portland. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu May 24, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri May 25, 2007 edition:


Pretrial Hearing May 30th - To Compel Roger Mahony to Respond in LA Civil Cases Against Roman Catholic Church

  United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By City of Angels Lady, ~ May 25, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Wednesday May 30 is a hearing to get Cardinal Roger Mahony to respond to interrogatories at LA Superior Court Dept 20 8:31 AM. On May 16th counsel for the church and plaintiffs met in the Jury Room on orders from the judge to meet and confer on this motion now continued to the hearing Wednesday. The "Motion-Compel Further Responses (by Defendant Doe 1) to Standardized Interrogatories 1-8" regards case BC307225, and predator priest Lynn Caffoe.
   Some background: The archbishop's responses are "evasive or incomplete" writes Katherine Freberg in the Motion to Compel filed April 14th. Interrogatories 1 through 8 ask about archdiocese employees accused of sex crimes. Mahony needs to respond writes Freberg, "to see archbishop's response to complaints about Father Caffoe" and whether he "failed to take steps to implement reasonable safeguards."
   Answers to these interrogatories will reveal if it's as Mahony has said that "the known incidents of abuse were few in number and generally perceived not to be indicative of a pattern." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM]

Why did this 'saint' fail to act on sinners within his flock?

  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Herald, By ANNE SIMPSON, May 26 2007
   ROME -- When David Yallop enters a bar or a restaurant he scans the room for anybody whose presence might make him uneasy. Call it paranoia, but he always chooses a seat with its back to the wall. Such caution is understandable in a man who entered Beirut with a price on his head. On that occasion he was on the trail of the international terrorist, Carlos the Jackal, and now, not for the first time, the might of mitres is about to be swivelled in his direction with the publication of his latest investigative opus.
   It has taken Yallop more than eight years to write The Power and the Glory, the goal of which is to de-sanctify a man on the road to sainthood: the late Pope John Paul II. Yallop, who describes himself as a Catholic agnostic, is aware that many will regard this work as heretical. Others will see it as the inevitable sequel to his previous book, In God's Name, which exposed the web of financial corruption within the Vatican and explored the suspicion of murder surrounding the death of John Paul I, "the smiling Pope", whose reign lasted 33 days. ...
   But the most explosive chapters inevitably concern the author's ongoing research into "the Vatican's financial scams" and its systematic cover-up of child sex abuse cases. Of the first he writes: "Because of his (John Paul's) continuing failure to make the necessary decisions', a corrupt archbishop (the American, Paul Marcinkus) retained control of the Vatican Bank for a further decade."
   Of the second transgression, Yallop maintains that the Pope's inability once again to make the "necessary decisions" meant that clerical sexual abuse continued unchecked, resulting in mass desertions from the faith. "The late Pope and his cardinals had known since the early 1980s that such abuse was widespread but instead of taking early and decisive action, their response was secrecy."

Questions Over Media Coverage Of Warren Jeffs Case

   
   KUTV ~ May 25, 2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A judge ruled on Friday that polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is competent to stand trial, during a court hearing in which questionable behavior by the media was also discussed.
   Fifth District Judge James Shumate made that ruling today during a hearing in St. George. Shumate was scheduled to hear arguments by lawyers for several media outlets seeking to have documents in the Jeffs case unsealed.
   Jeffs appeared frail during a March hearing and shortly after his attorneys filed several motions under seal. Among them was a request for Jeffs to have privileged physician contact.

Vatican doesn't like its dirty washing aired on its doorstep

  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   National Secular Society, ~ May 25, 2007
   ROME -- A Vatican-controlled newspaper has hit out at bloggers last week after they posted a BBC documentary alleging a Church cover-up on child sex abuse. The paper condemned the translated and subtitled programme as "slander".
   The documentary was shown in Britain in October, but never in Italy. The bloggers translated it and it now ranks as Google Video Italia's ( www.video.google.it ) most popular item. "We did the patient work of translating and subtitling it to fill this shameful gap," the posters wrote.
   The newspaper Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian Conference of Roman Catholic bishops, slammed the web version in a front-page editorial headlined "Infamous Slander Via Internet."
   The BBC documentary examined what it described as a secret document written in 1962 that set out a procedure for dealing with child sexual abuse within the Church. It imposed an oath of secrecy on the child victim, the priest and any witness, a policy the BBC documentary said was meant to protect the priest's reputation during the investigation but "can offer a blueprint for cover-up."

Former minister jailed for sexual abuse

  [2002-04 Westley*] - Baptist. 6 girls. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   InTheNews 16:09, Friday, 25 May 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A former Baptist church minister was sentenced to three and a half years in jail today for sexually abusing six girls aged between nine and 13 over a two-year period.
   Nigel Westley, 44, of Plaistow, east London, pleaded guilty last month at Snaresbrook crown court to nine counts of sexual abuse between January 2002 and May 2004.
   He also pleaded guilty to possessing 108 indecent photos of children. The activities came to light when one of his victims told her family about her assault and church leaders then contacted police.

Changes come to Lake Street

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Boston Globe, May 24, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- MAYOR MENINO, born in 1942, remembers when the influence of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston was demonstrated by the amount of property it owned, and no holding was more elegant than the archbishop's palace on the estate in Brighton. Today, the archdiocese has new stresses on its resources. It is negotiating to sell what is left of the Brighton property to Boston College and move office staff to more economical quarters in Braintree. These plans are reasonable. Menino's challenge now is to manage the growth of Boston College.
   In 1942, Cardinal William O'Connell was archbishop of Boston. In the 1920s, he had moved the archbishop's residence and staff from the South End, near the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, to an estate next to the existing St. John's Seminary. O'Connell died in 1944, and when Menino was growing up, "Lake Street" was shorthand for the influential archbishops who succeeded O'Connell. It's understandable Menino fears the archdiocese may curtail its work in Boston. ...
   The archdiocese has sold sections of the property to Boston College in 2004 and last year. It apparently will sell the rest, with the exception of the seminary, sometime in the next few weeks. There's an air of urgency as the archdiocese shores up its finances after the sexual abuse scandal. But even under the best of circumstances, the estate in Brighton, with O'Connell's Italian palazzo, would have become a needless luxury. By selling it to Boston College, the archdiocese, as O'Malley said in 2004, will keep the property "within the Catholic family."

Church historian calls chancery move 'inevitable': Braintree lease seen as consistent with more 'humble'operations

 
   The Patriot Ledger, By RICK COLLINS, May 25, 2007
   BRAINTREE (MA) -- In the 1920s, William Cardinal O'Connell moved the Archdiocese of Boston's administrative offices from the Back Bay to a piece of farmland in Brighton, a long streetcar ride from downtown Boston.
   In some ways, that move wasn't much different than the upcoming one to Braintree, according to one church historian.
   "I remember as a young boy during the 1930s being taken out by street car to Brighton and to me it seemed like a long trip. In those days Brighton was the suburbs," said Thomas O'Connor, retired Boston College professor and author of several books on Boston history, including one on the archdiocese.
   O'Connor, a South Boston native and Braintree resident, said the archdiocese's pending move from its Lake Street estate to a Braintree office building, although dramatic, is consistent with changing times and expectations.

Priest guilty of funding grooming

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ May 25, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic priest who gave thousands of pounds to a friend to help him groom a young girl for sex, has been convicted of facilitating a child sex offence.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, 63, gave more than £20,000 to convicted child rapist William Adams, who spent the cash on a 12-year-old girl from Liverpool.
   McGrath, from Northern Ireland, was found guilty by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.

Newspaper Reporter Subpoenaed in Warren Jeffs Case

  [Jeffs] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KSL, Gene Kennedy Reporting, 6:34am, May 25th, 2007
   UTAH -- A Deseret Morning News reporter has been subpoenaed to testify in the Warren Jeffs case.
   Ben Winslow received the papers yesterday at the federal courthouse. He was there while covering proceedings in the federal case involving Warren Jeffs. Today he'll be in St. George testifying in the state trial.
   This all stems from a story Winslow wrote weeks ago about a letter Jeffs wanted to give the judge.
   Winslow was covering a story which revealed information from a note Jeffs wrote in court. One of the newspaper's photographers shot a picture of the note, and it revealed that Jeffs stated he was not a prophet and he failed to lead the people of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Deseret Reporter Subpoenaed In Rape Case

  [Jeffs]
   Editor & Publisher, By Joe Strupp, 10:45 AM ET, May 25, 2007
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT) -- A reporter for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City has been subpoenaed to testify in the high-profile Warren Jeffs case, A Salt Lake City TV station reported today. The subpoena orders reporter Ben Winslow to appear today and reveal his source for a letter the defendant wrote to the judge in the case, according to KSL TV's Web site.
   Jeffs, 51, is a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is charged with two first-degree felony counts of rape as an accomplice, the station reported. The charges relate to his part in a 2001 arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. Prosecutors claim Jeffs coerced the girl into the marriage.
   "Winslow was covering a story which revealed information from a note Jeffs wrote in court," the report said. "One of the newspaper's photographers shot a picture of the note, and it revealed that Jeffs stated he was not a prophet and he failed to lead the people of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints."

BBC report on clerical abuse to air in Italy May 31

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic World News, May 24, 2007
   ROME, Italy Rome, (CWNews.com) - A controversial BBC documentary on sexual abuse and the Vatican will be broadcast by the Italian state television network RAI on May 31, broadcast executives have announced.

Priest faces jail for financing sex grooming

  [- 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   IOL (Ireland), 18:19:47, May/25/2007
   A priest who financed the grooming of a young girl for sex was told today he faces jail.
   Fr Jeremiah McGrath, 63, gave more than £20,000 (29,500) to his friend, convicted child rapist Billy Adams, who used the cash to shower a 12-year-old Liverpool girl with treats and gifts.
   Having bought her silence and trust, 38-year-old Adams, originally from the Belfast area but latterly of Bootle, Merseyside, raped her repeatedly over a six-month period in 2005.

"Defrock" Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz - Convicted Sex Offender

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox). United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Awareness Center ~ May 25, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding that the Orthodox Union (OU), the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and Agudath Israel of America make a public statements denouncing the actions and behavior of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz. By not doing so is condoning this serial child molesters criminal behavior.
   The Awareness Center, Inc. is also demanding that rabbis around the world find a way to remove Alan Horowitz's rabbinical ordination and that of other known sexual predators (who are ordained rabbis).
   After Rabbi Alan Horwitz's 1983 conviction for child molestation he was placed on probation. Arrangements were made for him to live on the Ohr Somayach campus in Monsey, NY. Ohr Somayach is a Yeshiva serving young male students. Horowitz was treated by Dr. Joseph F. Chambers MD (Maryland) and Dr. Yitzhak Twersky (Monsey, NY).

Church survival at stake

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Boston Herald, Thursday, May 24, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Mayor Tom Menino's job is in no small measure about protecting jobs, services and people. And so we understand his aversion to the idea that the Archdiocese of Boston may soon leave its city headquarters for, of all things, a low-rise office park in Braintree.
   Yes, the idea of men in priestly collars working in a generic cubicle farm is, well, a little strange.
   But the mayor has picked the wrong fight here, as the church struggles to recover from a financial crisis, to fend off additional church and school closures and - it must be said - to shed the baggage that has sadly come to be associated with the Chancery on Lake Street in Brighton.
   ... there was a time not long ago when "Lake Street" conjured up images of fabulously successful garden fundraisers; of holy men and dutiful lay workers toiling amid the dark wood paneling and stone carvings.

Cash-strapped Boston Archdiocese sells headquarters

  - RCC. 60 churches closed. HQ moving. US$93m compensation.
   Reuters, ~ May 25, 2007
   BOSTON (MA), (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will sell its 90-year-old headquarters for $65 million to free up money after paying millions of dollars in settlements linked to a 2002 scandal over pedophile priests.
   Boston College will buy 18 acres of land and buildings from the nation's fourth-largest archdiocese, whose administrative center will move from Boston's Brighton district, on the western edge of the city, to suburban Braintree, the archdiocese said on Thursday.
   The Boston Archdiocese, faced with a $93 million bill to settle cases involving about 1,000 sex-abuse victims, has shut more than 60 churches in Massachusetts to raise money since the scandal erupted in Boston in 2002 and spread nationwide.

Archdiocese to sell Brighton site to BC

  - RCC. The penance for winking at seductions.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | May 25, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, continuing an aggressive and dramatic restructuring of the region's largest religious denomination, agreed yesterday to sell the Archdiocese of Boston's remaining acreage in Brighton to Boston College for $65 million.
   The sale of the land where the archdiocese has been headquartered since the 1920s comes after a four-year period in which O'Malley has closed one-sixth of the region's parishes and more than a dozen schools, sold the mansion in which all of his predecessor cardinals lived, replaced most of the archdiocese's leadership team, and agreed to transfer the area's Catholic hospitals to a national chain.
   O'Malley said yesterday that the changes will leave the archdiocese stronger as it prepares to celebrate its bicentennial next year.

Cleared priest may face abuse re-trial

  [1977-80 Crilly] - RCC. Girl. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Belfast Telegraph, By George Jackson, Friday, May 25, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A Co Londonderry priest faces a possible re-trial after a jury yesterday failed to reach a verdict on two charges alleging he'd sexually abused a teenage girl almost 30 years ago.
   Fr Patrick Joseph Crilly (63) from Tobermore Road, Desertmartin, was acquitted by 10-2 majority verdicts of two counts of indecently assaulting the complainant between November 20, 1978 and November 19, 1980.
   But after an eight-day trial at Derry Crown Court, the jury foreman said the jury of six men and six women were "inextricably divided" on two other charges alleged to have taken place between April 1, 1977 and November 19, 1978 allegedly starting when the complainant was 15.

Former pastor seeks donors to pay legal bills

  [Fay] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Advocate, By Angela Carella and Stephen P. Clark, May 25 2007
   DARIEN (CT) -- The Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien accused of taking $1.4 million in parish money and spending it with his boyfriend, has written a letter to family members and friends asking them to contribute toward his $115,000 legal bill.
   The letter, dated April 30, apparently went to some St. John parishioners.
   "As you can only imagine, this past year has been complicated and extremely painful," Fay wrote. "As proceedings come to a conclusion, I am left with a very difficult legal bill (of) $115,000. I am reaching out to my friends and family for help. I don't know if there is anything you can do or may want to do to help me, but if you choose to I would be very eternally grateful."

Irish priest relieved of ministry after compromising photo published

  [~ 2007 Hogan*] - RCC. Photo in underpants. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Catholic Online, Catholic News Service ( www.catholicnews.com ), May/24/2007
   KILLALOE, Ireland (CNS) - The Catholic priest from Feakle has been granted a break from ministry after a picture of him posing in just his underpants was published on the front page of the Irish edition of The Sun newspaper.
   On May 23, the day the photo was published, Father Michael Hogan, 56, issued a statement apologizing for "breaches and indiscretions in relation to my vow of celibacy" and said "these are serious matters that affect my vocation and ministry."
   Bishop William Walsh of Killaloe issued a statement saying that, at Father Hogan's request, he had granted the priest "a period of time out from his ministry in order to reflect on his position."

Priest jury offered majority verdict

  [- 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   U.TV, ~ May 25, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A jury considering the case of a priest accused of funding the grooming of a young girl for sex was told today that a majority verdict would be accepted.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath, 63, of Rosslea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, denies three counts of facilitating a child sex offence and one count of indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
   A jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard allegations that McGrath gave thousands of pounds to his friend, a convicted child abuser, who used the cash to shower treats and gifts on the 12-year-old girl in Liverpool and Blackpool.

Alleged victim of sex abuse by priests identifies himself in Jet

  [1978-85 Thiel, Gaiter, Posey, Barry] - RCC. Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Deb Peterson, May/25/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- DOE'S IDENTITY: The "John Doe" whose name was not disclosed last month when his civil sex abuse lawsuit here against three Catholic priests was settled for $140,000, has revealed his identity in a story in the May 28 issue of Jet magazine.
   The name of Charles Spearman, a picture of him and his story of abuse appear in the national weekly magazine, whose audience is primarily African-American.
   Spearman's account of the crimes he suffered as a child is the first time he has told his story publicly.
   It says in the story that Spearman, 38, has an undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and has completed a master's degree at Fontbonne University.
   He alleged in the lawsuit that he was molested by the Rev. James Thiel at St. Paul's school in Pine Lawn from 1978-81, and also by three other priests, the Rev. Chester Gaiter, the Rev. Thaddeus Posey and the Rev. Michael O. Barry, at Cardinal Ritter High School from about 1982 to about 1985.

Salesianum sex abuse case will proceed

  [O'Neill]
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Friday, May 25, 2007
   DELAWARE -- The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear an appeal that might have stopped a civil jury trial against the former principal of Salesianum School.
   The appeal was filed on behalf of the Rev. James W. O'Neill, the school and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, all of whom have been sued by a Wilmington man who alleges O'Neill sexually abused him while he was a student at Salesianum.
   Eric Eden, formerly Eric Mazzetti, filed the suit in 2004, alleging abuse he said occurred during the 1980s. The state's two-year civil statute of limitations would have barred such a suit, but Eden's attorneys, Thomas and Stephen Neuberger, successfully argued that his case should be heard because he had repressed memories of the abuse and therefore could not have met the requirements of the statute.

Priest seeks help for legal bills

  [Fay]
   The Boston Globe, May 25, 2007
   DARIEN, Conn. --A former Darien parish priest accused of spending $1.4 million of church money on luxuries for himself and a male friend is looking for help to pay some legal bills.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, has written a letter to family members and friends asking them to contribute toward his $115,000 legal bill.
   Last July, the Bridgeport Diocese released the report of an investigation into Fay and church finances.

Archbishop confirms child abuse review

  - Church of England.  
   InTheNews, 10:13, Friday, 25 May 2007
   ENGLAND -- The Archbishop of Canterbury has confirmed that a review into child abuse in the church will take place in partnership with the church's safeguarding group.
   Dr Rowan Williams has conceded that "errors were made" in the past but that clear polices were now in place to prevent previous "inadequate responses".
   The review comes soon after the Bishop of Manchester, the right reverend Nigel McCulloch, ordered an independent inquiry into the files of 850 members of the church to make sure none of them mention outstanding child protection problems.

Archbishop promises sex abuse review

  - Church of England.
   The Guardian, Staff and agencies, Friday, May 25, 2007
   ENGLAND -- The Church of England is seeking advice on how it can investigate historic cases of sexual abuse, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.
   Rowan Williams apologised for past mistakes, admitting the church's response to the issue had sometimes been "very inadequate".
   "I fully acknowledge that errors were made in the period that is being discussed," Dr Williams told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Ruling allows lawsuit based on repressed memories”

   
   WMDT, AP,
   DELAWARE -- A ruling by the Delaware State Supreme Court means a man can move forward with a lawsuit based on repressed memories of alleged sexual abuse by a principal at a Catholic high school.
   Eric Eden claims his repressed memories of the alleged abuse in the 1970s and 1980s prevented him from bringing the case within the two-year civil statute of limitations. He claims he was abused by the Reverend James O'Neill while O'Neill was the principal at Salesianum School. Eden is suing O'Neill, the school and the diocese.

Court overturns ex-priest's sex-abuse conviction

  - Daniel Clark to have another trial.
   The Courier-Journal, By Peter Smith, psmith@courier-journal.com ,
   KENTUCKY -- He was ousted from the priesthood and sentenced to 10 years in prison after a Bullitt County jury decided he sexually abused two young boys.
   Now, after serving nearly four years in prison, Daniel C. Clark must get a new trial or be set free, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
   In a 5-2 decision, the court overturned Clark's conviction on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of two Bullitt County boys whose family he had befriended.

Priest with Barksdale ties indicted again

  [1985-86 Underwood] - RCC. 3 boys.
   The Shreveport Times, By John Andrew Prime, jprime@gannett.com , May 25, 2007
   LOUISIANA -- A priest with ties to Barksdale Air Force Base, indicted last year on charges of molesting two boys in the 1980s in Arizona, has been indicted there again on similar charges involving another boy, The Times' sister Gannett paper in Tucson says.
   The Rev. Gary Edward Underwood, 53, a major and a military priest at Barksdale, was indicted by a Pima County grand jury April 24 on one count each of molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor under 15, the Tucson Citizen reports. The acts allegedly occurred between Aug. 1, 1985, and Jan. 31, 1986.
   In November, Underwood was indicted by a grand jury on one count of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15, from March 21, 1983, through March 21, 1984, and six counts of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 from Oct. 8, 1983, through Oct. 8, 1984. The ages of the boys from the November and April indictments were not available.

New challenge for the cardinal

  [1975-94 Caffoe] - RCC. Boys. Explanation "softened".
   California Catholic Daily,
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Four alleged victims of defrocked priest, Lynn Caffoe, may seek punitive damages from the Los Angeles archdiocese, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Haley Fromholz ruled Wednesday.
   Punitive damages are awarded to plaintiffs over and above compensatory damages to punish the convicted party for actions done out of malice or fraud. In the case of Lynn Caffoe, accused of molesting several youths between 1975 and 1994, four alleged victims have accused the archdiocese of "oppression, fraud and malice" by disregarding abuse allegations against the priest, said the May 24 Los Angeles Times.
   Fromholz's reason for allowing plaintiffs to seek punitive damages from the archdiocese is Cardinal Roger Mahony's alleged misrepresentation of the contents of a video found in Caffoe's bedroom in 1992 but since lost. In April 2005, in a letter to Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mahony referred to the video, saying it showed "partially naked" sexually aroused boys and presented "objective verification that criminal behavior did occur." The letter, part of Caffoe's personnel file which the archdiocese turned over to prosecutors and plaintiffs, was written to demonstrate why Caffoe should be laicized.

Popular Nahariya rabbi arrested for alleged indecent acts

  [? 2000S Gerlick -NEW*] - Judaist. 2 girls, 1 woman.  
   Haaretz, By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondent,
   ISRAEL -- The arrest of a popular Nahariya rabbi for allegedly committing indecent sexual acts was made public Thursday, after a judicial gag order was lifted.
   Rabbi Shimon Gerlick serves as rabbi of the Nahariya hospital as well as rabbi of the city's Amidar neighborhood.
   Police arrested him three weeks ago after an 8-year-old girl and 30-year-old woman accused him of indecent sexual acts. Police extended the remand of the rabbi twice before putting him under house arrest last week.
   A 15-year-old girl came forward and issued a third complaint against the rabbi while he was under arrest, police said.

Civil lawsuits against pedophile priest moving forward

  [1970s O'Donnell (Sulpicians)] - RCC. Paedophile was approved for ordination. 2 boys.  
   KXLY, by Erik Loney / KXLY4 Reporter, Thursday, May 24, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Lawsuits targeting former Catholic Priest Patrick O'Donnell are moving forward again after the Spokane Diocese bankruptcy plan became official Thursday, meaning a stay on the lawsuits will be lifted.
   Victims say they want O'Donnell to pay for his crimes.
   The Diocese's $48 Million settlement paid for its name to be removed from these lawsuits. With the diocese out of the picture attorneys representing victims of priest sex abuse say they're resuming effort against former Priest Patrick O'Donnell, who is not required to contribute any money toward the diocese's settlement.

Locals support gay priest as he takes time out to reflect

  [2000s Hogan*] - RCC. Trawling gay websites.  
   Irish Independent, By Barry Duggan, Thursday May 24 2007
   IRELAND -- A PARISH priest who admitted trawling gay websites to meet young men has been allowed time off by his diocese to consider his future.
   The small parish of Feakle in east Clare rallied around Fr Michael Hogan (56), urging him not to leave, as the Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh, said he had accepted Mr Hogan's request for a period of time out "in order to reflect on his position".
   The disgraced priest left his home yesterday morning as Fr James O'Brien, from nearby Flagmount, celebrated morning Mass with parishioners as they tried to come to terms with the shocking news.

Priest Accused of Molesting Third Boy

  [1985-86 Underwood] - RCC. 3 boys.  
   KOLD, by Leasa Conze, KOLD News at 5 Producer,
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A catholic priest who served at a church on the northwest side during the 1980's is accused of molesting a third boy.
   The Reverend Gary Underwood had previously been accused of molesting two boys at St. Odilia's Church, at 7570 N. Paseo del Norte.
   The new indictment accuses the Reverend of both molestation and sexual conduct of a boy under 15 in 1985 and 1986.

Archdiocese funds find way back home

  - Victim donates compensation to help other victim.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By JIM STINGL, jstingl@journalsentinel.com , Posted: May 24, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- Nick Jordan was a somewhat reluctant subject of this column.
   He is a California survivor of clergy abuse, and I had heard through the grapevine that he was quietly giving money he received in a court settlement out there to agencies in Wisconsin that help sexual assault victims.
   I thought this was worth sharing, especially with those who think people suing the church are just out for the money.
   Jordan was surprised when I contacted him this week. "I feel awkward talking about my giving," he said.

Archdiocese and BC reach sales agreement for $65 million

  [Decades - Boston Archdiocese] - RCC. Land sales to compensate victims.
   Allston-Brighton Tab,
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle with Boston College for the purchase and sale of additional property from the Archdiocese's Brighton campus.
   In 2004, the Archdiocese sold 43 acres from its Brighton campus to Boston College, which included the Cardinal's residence and other buildings, for $99.4 million. In addition, the two institutions completed a subsequent sale of the Archdiocese's Lake Street Tribunal property in 2006 for a purchase price of $8 million. The purchase price reflected in today's announcement is $65 million for just under twenty acres. Closing on the property is expected to be completed by August 1, 2007.
   "We have reached a significant milestone in announcing this agreement," said Cardinal Seán. "Proceeds from this sale will allow the Archdiocese to invest resources for the benefit of our parishes, clergy, St. John's Seminary and the many important programs that serve a large number of people."

Archdiocese Moves Out of the City

  [Decades - Boston Archdiocese] - RCC. Land sales to compensate victims.
   WBUR, May 25, 2007
   BOSTON, Mass -- MONICA BRADY-MYEROV: At one time, the grand residence of the Cardinal and the sixty acre estate that made up the chancery symbolized the power and influence of the Catholic Church in Boston. Since the clergy sexual abuse scandal in 2002, that power has waned. Now in a continuing attempt to balance it's books, the archdioceses is moving it's administrative headquarters out of Boston and into an office building in Braintree owned by a prominent Catholic donor.
   Father Richard Erikson, administrator to Cardinal Sean O'Malley explains the move.
   RICHARD ERIKSON: What's behind the move is hope for the future for the arch. The hope that a new site in Braintree with great faculties and access for all those that we serve will help us be more effective. It will help us get our own house in order so that we can better serve the archdiocese.

Archdiocese sells BC $65M piece of land

  [Decades - Boston Archdiocese] - RCC. Land sales to compensate victims.
   Boston Herald, By Laura Crimaldi, Friday, May 25, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The cash-strapped Archdiocese of Boston, which has been selling off its sprawling grounds in Brighton to pay for clergy abuse settlements and other costs, said yesterday it will sell a large piece of land to neighboring Boston College for $65 million.
   The sale, which includes multiple buildings and about 18 acres, will let the archdiocese relocate its administrative offices to a 140,000-square-foot compound in Braintree owned by church benefactor and developer Thomas Flatley.
   The deal is to close on Aug. 1.
   "We have reached a significant milestone," said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. "Proceeds from this sale will allow the archdiocese to invest resources for the benefit of our parishes, clergy, St. John's Seminary and many important programs that serve a large number of people." The archdiocese has just one building left at the site - the seminary, where it trains priests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Giving chase on devil's path.  [~ 20yrs O'Grady] - RCC. Many children. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

Giving chase on devil’s path

 
   The West Australian, by Gina Piccalo, Los Angeles Times, "Weekend Extra" pages 10-11, Saturday, May 19, 2007
Documentary maker Amy Berg tells Gina Piccalo she was puzzled by the Catholic Church’s apparent reluctance to deal with paedophilia within its ranks. So she traced one of its worst offenders.
As he describes his paedophilic urges, Oliver O'Grady, a former priest who for about 20 years fondled and raped children from his Californian parishes, stands smiling in a Dublin park, nodding casually as a small red-headed boy walks behind him.
   He lives nearby, alone and unchecked by Irish police, though he served seven years in a California prison for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy in the mid-1990s.
   Nearby, a playground is visible. This is just one of many chilling moments from Deliver Us From Evil, an Oscar-nominated documentary directed by investigative news producer Amy Berg.
   Chilling too are the reasons O'Grady agreed to be interviewed on camera: he wants to force LA Cardinal Roger Mahony and other Church officials to acknowledge they knew of his abuse and transferred him to a new parish every time a family complained – allegations that Berg tries to substantiate with victim and police interviews and church correspondence – despite their promises to keep O'Grady away from children.
   "I should have been removed and attended to and Mahony then should have followed up by attending to the people I had harmed," O'Grady tells Berg in the film.
   Deliver Us From Evil comes years after the priest sex abuse scandals broke in LA and other American cities but Berg feels there's too little said about the Church's reluctance to take responsibility for the crimes. As an investigative news producer, she spent four years on the story for CBS News and CNN Investigations.
   In her film, she uses personal letters, police reports and deposition footage to suggest Mahony has not been forthcoming and show what she believes is the criminal neglect – what one psychologist from the film called "spiritual abuse" – by Catholic Church officials.
   During the past two years, she travelled to Ireland twice to interview O'Grady and followed two of his victims to Rome in their failed attempt to get an apology from the Pope.
   She sifted through hours of videotaped testimony from Mahony and other Church officials, footage in which they deny any knowledge of the abuse despite an increasingly thick Church file of complaints against the priest.
   Berg says the film is just her way of circumventing the Church's stonewalling to get the story out. "I don't consider myself an activist," said Berg. "I'm not Catholic. And I wasn't raped by a priest.
   "The reason I did this film is that it was one of those stories that every time it was about to air (on TV), somehow the Church convinced the lawyers to stall it from airing ... I was interested in that. And the more I researched it, the more I investigated it, the more of a story it was."
   Berg said she realised the story was too big for a TV segment after the LA diocese's repeated resistance to a 12-minute CNN piece in 2004.
  [Pictures] Walking and talking: Filmmaker Amy Berg found defrocked priest Oliver O'Grady free and unchecked by Irish police in Dublin.
  Director Amy Berg  

   She got O'Grady's phone number from a researcher for one of the victim's lawyers and called him. He was jovial and candid, she said, and so they spent months talking weekly, conversations that O'Grady let her record.
   "He seemed to be very upset about the fact that the people who covered up his abuse were still in such powerful positions while he was basically defrocked and abandoned," said Berg.
   After initial reservations, O'Grady agreed to go on camera and in early 2005, Berg went to Ireland, where she spent eight days – six hours each day – listening as he detailed his sexual abuse.
   In the film, O'Grady appears to be enjoying himself, smiling brightly as he describes confessing to another priest his attraction to children.
   When it was over, Berg said, the horror of what she'd heard finally hit her.
   "The last two days of my trip I stayed in my hotel room in Dublin, and I couldn't get out of bed," said Berg. "I was like achy and sweaty. It was like a physical and emotional breakdown."
   Three of O'Grady's victims, Ann Jyono, Nancy Sloan and a young man identified as Adam, agreed to tell their stories on camera.
   They describe their families as devout Catholics who trusted O'Grady implicitly. He regularly spent the night with the Jyonos and took Nancy Sloan on unsupervised trips. In Adam's case, he became romantically involved with his mother before he began molesting the boy.
  ‘'He seemed to be very upset about the fact that the people who covered up his abuse were still in such powerful positions...'’  
   "He had total control of us because he was at our school, he was at home, he was at church," said Jyono in the film. "In a Catholic lifestyle, what else is left? What areas of my life was he not at?"
   Berg tried, without success, for more than a year to get an interview with Mahony.
   She said she made it a point not to editorialise though it's hard to walk away from the film with a positive feeling toward the Church's actions. "Everyone's words speak to their merits and detriments on their own," she said. – LOS ANGELES TIMES
   Deliver Us From Evil is screening at Luna Cinemas. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm#givingchase
   [COMMENT: O'Grady was not altogether abandoned by the RCC.  The Church bought an annuity for him, i.e., paid for a company to pay him an income for life.  The annuity is reported in the film.  Of course, the RCC had abandoned his SOUL by transferring him from place to place, instead of removing him from the clergy, so that he would have to take a good hard look at himself. ENDS.] [May 19, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont136.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat May 26, 2007 edition:


Former church volunteer convicted on 9 sex counts

  [? 2000s Mr Soria -NEW*] - Christian. 4 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fresno Bee, By Chris Collins / 04:39:19, May/26/07
   CALIFORNIA -- The clerk read the nine verdicts one at a time.
   Count 1: recurring sexual conduct with a child under 14. Guilty.
   Jamie William Soria stared straight forward, his face expressionless.
   Count 2: committing a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14. Guilty.
   Soria shook his head and looked down.
   Count 3. Guilty. Count 4. Guilty. Count 5 ...
   By now, Soria's head was flat on the table and his face buried in his arms. Some of his friends and family members in the courtroom benches behind him started crying. Soria reached for a tissue.
   After little more than a day of deliberations, jurors found the longtime Fresno church volunteer guilty Friday of nine felony counts -- including one count of sodomy -- for inappropriate relationships he had with four boys he met at Northwest Church and Malloch Elementary School.

US paedophile held in Tamil Nadu

  [Horowitz] - Judaist. India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Hindustan Times by GC Shekhar, Chennai, May 24, 2007
   INDIA -- An American paedophile, Alan Jay Horowitz, wanted by the Interpol and listed among the 100 most wanted men in New York, was on Tuesday arrested in Mahabalipuram, 50 kilometers from Chennai, after an 11-month manhunt across Asia.
   "We had a red corner alert from the Interpol about Horowitz. He was arrested last evening in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) and was produced before the court on Wednesday morning. He has now been lodged in the Chennai Puzhal jail. We expect the extradition proceedings to start soon," Tamil Nadu Director General of Police D Mukherjee said on Wednesday.
   Horowitz, an ordained orthodox rabbi and child psychiatrist, jumped parole last year after serving 15 years in Oneida prison, New York, for sexual abuse of minors. He had fled the United States using a fake passport and travel documents. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM]

Another Sex-Abuse Accusation Against Diocese of Orange

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano, Sat, May 26, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- It's now been over a month since the Weekly revealed that Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown had a molestation allegation lodged against him in the past. We knew Brown wouldn't comment on the matter (we thought about confronting him yesterday, when he presided over the Confirmation of my brother and others at St. Boniface in Anaheim, but thought better of it), but what has shocked us is that neither the bleeding Los Angeles Times or Orange County Register ever hopped on the story. We understand why the Times wouldn't follow up, but OC's paper of record unfortunately relies on press releases nowadays for religion coverage. In light of that, we can surely expect a news story about sex abuse in the Orange diocese soon, since famed Newport Beach attorney John Manly put out a press release yesterday announcing a new allegation. The text is below:
   DIOCESE OF ORANGE ACCUSED OF SHIELDING SEXUAL PREDATOR
   The Diocese of Orange today is being accused of shielding a sexual predator who was allowed to have unsupervised access to minors at various South County parish churches after being suspended for sexual misconduct with a minor female in 1995.
   According to John C. Manly, attorney for the alleged victim, the perpetrator, a lay employee, was temporarily suspended from his job by officers of the diocese, but was allowed to return to work soon after. He then went on to allegedly continue to abuse the victim after that time.

Survivor calling for action; abuse victim speaking at parishes

  [Years - Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girl victims. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Daily News, By ERICA BAJER / Local News - Saturday, May 26, 2007
   CANADA -- A survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of pedophile priest Charles Sylvestre is calling local Catholics to action.
   This weekend Kelly-Anne Appleton will take her message to St. Ursula's Catholic Church in Chatham - where many of Sylvestre's 47 victims were abused as children.
   She will speak at the masses being held Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. She will speak June 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chatham at the masses held Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
   Appleton said she will be asking Catholics to use their voices and demand measures be taken in the church to protect children.
   [LOOK FORWARD: October 6, 2007. ENDS.]

Hearing focuses on secrets in the Warren Jeffs case

  [Jeffs] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC 4 by Brent Hunsaker brent@abc4.com
   UTAH -- First there was the letter that should have remained secret.
   Back in March, as a long hearing came to a close, Warren Jeffs tried to address the judge. He had something he wanted to say. But 5th District Court Judge James Shumate said no. In his hand was a letter on lined, white paper he'd written in court that day. Later, before being returned to the Purgatory Jail, he would try again to get that letter out. He asked a bailiff to give it to the news media. The bailiff said no.
   But using some digital enhancements of a photo of the letter, the Deseret Morning News did what Jeffs could not: it published at least part of it. Judge Shumate believes that was a secret that should have been kept secret. He ruled in court today that the Deseret Morning News violated Attorney/Client privilege.

Trial date set in Jeffs' case; judge quashes subpoena of reporter

  [Jeffs]
   Deseret Morning News By Nancy Perkins
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- Polygamous leader Warren Jeffs is fit to stand trial on charges of rape as an accomplice, a 5th District judge ruled today.
   Judge James L. Shumate also agreed to quash a subpoena to compel Deseret Morning News reporter Ben Winslow to identify his sources. The subpoena had been handed to Winslow a little more than 24 hours before today's hearing.
   Shumate said he had asked defense attorneys to seek an evaluation of Jeffs' mental, emotional and physical condition, after the 51-year-old leader of the Fundamentalist LDS Church appeared frail and disoriented during a March hearing.
   A coalition of media representatives seeking to have the evaluations unsealed was granted a partial victory today when Shumate agreed to release the documents, although portions would be heavily redacted.

Jeffs ruled competent; judge sets September trial date

  [Jeffs]
   The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Article Last Updated 05:06:23 PM MDT, May/25/2007
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A 5th District judge on Friday set a September trial date for polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs after revealing that evaluations show he is competent to proceed.
   Judge James L. Shumate set the trial for Sept. 10-21, with jury selection to begin on Sept. 7. The judge also refused to ban a photographer from the proceedings but did set tighter media restrictions.
   Shumate disclosed that he asked the defense to have Jeffs evaluated after the sect leader appeared emaciated and detached during a March 27 hearing. The judge said he made the decision to seal the defense petition and his subsequent order granting it.
   A media coalition, including The Salt Lake Tribune, had petitioned the court to unseal the order, petition and two other related records.

Argentine Jewry's dark secret

  - Jewish pander group called Zwi Migdal. Brazil flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Argentina flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Taiwan (Republic of China, flag to 1949 of all China) Mooney's MiniFlags 
   YNet, by Rona Kupferboim, Israel Jewish Scene, Published 15:43, May.25.07
   ARGENTINA -- Superintendent Julio Elsogray was a strange kind of Buenos Aires cop because he would not take bribes from the pimps who dominated the city in the early 20th century. Eventually, therefore, he was the man who managed to stop them. He did that thanks to a brave whore named Rachel Lieberman, who dared file a complaint against the Zwi Migdal Organization - an association of Jewish women traders.
   Thus, in 1930 the two managed to shut down the only association of Jewish panders in the world after 60 years of activity. The Zwi Migdal group was an organization that traded in women while its members wore tefillin and built themselves a synagogue, and their story is both embarrassing and exciting. It involved loads of money, corrupt politicians, violent sex, international women trade, hard brutality, rape, and cheating, all lightly spiced with yiddishkeit and God-fearing traditions.
   "This is a silenced story," said writer and poet Ilan Sheinfeld, whose book "The Tale of a Ring" relates the story of that dark period. "The Jewish community in Argentina remembers it well, but badly wants to keep it under wraps because it is a disgrace. There is very little material in Hebrew about this affair."

Case of The Zwi Migdal Society

  - Jewish pander group called Zwi Migdal.
   The Awareness Center,
   This page is dedicated in the memory of Sophia Chamys, Rebecca Freedman, Rachel Liberman, and the thousands of other women who were obducted and forced into prostution by the Zwi Migdal Society. According to reports there were members of the Society who were rabbis.
   Thousands of naive, impoverished Jewish girls from eastern Europe were sold by Jewish mobsters into sexual slavery. Originally believing they were leaving their homes to get married. Most of these women were from poor families, their parents hoping for a better life for their daughters, were shipped off to various locations. This kidnapping, rape and forced prostitution of young Jewish women lasted from the end of the 1860s until the start of the Second World War.
   This hugely profitable (annual revenues of $50 million in the 1890s) commerce in flesh was operated by the Zwi Migdal, a criminal association It was centred in Buenos Aires, with branch offices in several locations in Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; New York City, NY; Warsaw, Poland; South Africa; India; and China.

Clergy Voice Concerns about Fr. Katinas, Majority Call for Defrocking Him

  [1983-86 Katinas] - Greek Orthodox. 2 altar boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orthodox Reform,
   UNITED STATES -- A new article from The National Herald interviews several priests about the Fr. Katinas crisis.
   Several clergymen in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said that their retired and subsequently suspended colleague, Rev. Nicholas Katinas, former longtime pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, should be tried by a spiritual court and defrocked.
   Read the candid opinion of various Orthodox priests speaking out on the issue of following canon law, reaching out to victims of sexual abuse, and the impending issue of the recently filed lawsuit over the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese handing of sexual misconduct issues. Theodore Kalmoukos, the author of the National Herald article, summarizes the situation:
   Father Katinas retired from active ministry in June 2006, after serving as a priest for more than 40 years, 28 of which he served in Dallas. Just days after he retired, the Archdiocese suspended him - without explanation. Rumors began to circulate that Father Katinas, heretofore considered one of the most prominent Greek Orthodox priests in the country, had engaged in sexual improprieties. This past February, the Archdiocese confirmed that he was suspended because of allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. A potentially damaging lawsuit has since been filed by two of Father Katinas' alleged victims against the Archdiocese, the Metropolis of Denver, Holy Trinity Church in Dallas and Father Katinas personally.

Child Molester/Fugitive Rabbi Alan Horowitz Is Second Major International Arrest for U.S. Marshals This Month

  [ 1983-2000s Horowitz] - Judaist (Orthodox). United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  India flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   United States Marshals Service
   New York/Washington, UNITED STATES -- When convicted child molester Rabbi Alan Horowitz was arrested on May 22, at a seaside resort in southern India, it concluded the most far-flung and exotic fugitive investigation ever conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service. Like former lawman Kenneth Freeman - who had fled to China to avoid charges of raping his young daughter and posting the scenes on the internet - Horowitz now sits in a foreign jail cell awaiting return to the U.S. to face justice.
   Both men were tracked down by investigators at the U.S. Marshals Service and the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
   Horowitz, an ordained Orthodox Rabbi and ivy league-educated child psychologist, was convicted of 34 counts of child molestation in Schenectady County, New York. He may have imported illegal materials into the prison where he was serving time - extending his sentence, and previously he had been convicted of "perverted sexual practices" in Maryland. During the 1980s, while living in Israel, police launched an investigation into charges that Horowitz was sexually abusing some of his second wife's children. He fled back to the United States. Even earlier in his life, he faced a similar investigation while living in North Carolina.

Priest to be jailed for funding child rapist's grooming of 12-year-old girl

  [- 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. > £20,000. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent, By Will Batchelor, Saturday May 26 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PRIEST who financed the grooming of a young girl for sex was told yesterday he faces jail.
   Father Jeremiah McGrath (63) gave more than £20,000 (29,000) to a friend, convicted child rapist Billy Adams, who used the cash to shower a 12-year-old Liverpool girl with treats and gifts.
   Having bought her silence and trust, 38-year-old Adams, originally from the Belfast area but latterly of Bootle, Merseyside, raped her repeatedly over a six-month period in 2005.

Attorneys argue for privacy of sect leader's papers

  [Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   North County Times, By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT) -- A judge on Thursday ordered federal prosecutors to wrap up of a review of documents seized during the arrest of polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs and return the papers and electronic equipment by July 2.
   U.S. District Judge Dee Benson also ordered federal lawyers not to share the papers with anyone, including lawyers for the sect's $110 million property trust which has a civil action pending against Jeffs.
   Prosecutors are combing thousands of pages of letters and electronic documents for evidence in a criminal case against the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who was indicted in March on charges of flight to avoid prosecution.

Paedophile Baptist Minister Locked Up

  [2002-04 Westley*] - Baptist. 3frac12;yrs prison. 6 girls. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Life Style Extra, 15:31, Friday, 25th May 2007,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Baptist Minister who sexually abused girls in his care as young as nine was jailed today.
   Serial paedophile Nigel Westley, 44, sexually abused girls over a four year period by luring them into his clutches through his work with the church.
   Shamed father-of-three Westley would offer the girls lifts home in his car and invite them to his home for 'sleepovers' or to do the decorating. [LOOK BACK: April 06, 2007.]

Minister jailed for sex attacks

  [2002-04 Westley*] - Baptist. 3frac12;yrs prison. 6 girls.
   UNITED KINGDOM -- BBC News,
   A former Baptist minister has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for sexually abusing schoolgirls.
   Nigel Westley, 44, admitted abusing six girls, aged between nine and 13, to a senior minister last year and then turned himself into police.
   The offences took place between January 2002 and May 2004, while he was working at Harvest Rock community church, Forest Gate in east London.

Pervert sent to jail

  [2002-04 Westley*] - Baptist. 3frac12;yrs prison. 6 girls.
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Express & Star
   A former Walsall baptist minister was today jailed for three-and-a-half years for a string of sex attacks on young girls.
   Judge William Kennedy told Nigel Westley he had breached the "sacred trust" he held. He said: "In each case a child that came to you knowing and trusting you as a baptist minister was indecently touched by you.
   "The consequences of such a breach of trust are often incalculable. @@@@@

Former probabion officer sentenced in abuse case

  [2006 Mr Overton*] - Christian. 6mos prison. 2 boys.
   Post-Star, By OMAR AQUIJE, oaquije@poststar.com , Friday, May 25, 2007
   GLENS FALLS (NY) -- Bradford K. Overton, a former Warren County probation officer, was sentenced on Friday to 6 months in Warren County Jail on misdemeanor charges that he fondled two male teens.
   In addition, Glens Falls Judge Richard Tarantino sentenced Overton, 30, to 6 years of probation and issued a 5-year order of protection requiring him to stay away from the victims and three family members. Overton, a Glens Falls resident, must also register for sex offender status. A judge will determine the level of his status before Overton is released from jail. ...
   Overton has admitted to touching the buttocks of two boys, ages 15 and 16, at his home last summer. He knew the boys through a Queensbury church where he was a youth group leader.

SJC won't intervene in church closing

  - 8-acre gift now suborned.
   The Boston Globe, By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff | May 26, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- In a major blow to parishioners fighting church closings, the Supreme Judicial Court has refused to block the Archdiocese of Boston from shuttering a Wellesley parish, unanimously ruling yesterday that the First Amendment bars the court from intervening in internal church disputes.
   "As a matter of constitutional law, such disputes are beyond our authority," Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall wrote.
   The high court ruled in a lawsuit filed by a family that agreed in 1946 to provide 8 acres in Wellesley to the archdiocese to build St. James the Great Church. The family contended that archdiocesan officials had made an oral commitment that the site would always remain a church. ...
   Between July 2004 and December 2006, the archdiocese closed 59 parishes outright, merged 16 parishes into eight, and created five new parishes, for a net decrease of 62 parishes, Donilon said yesterday. The archdiocese, still recovering from the clergy sexual abuse scandal, has said that a shortage of priests, worshipers, and money made the closings necessary.

Bowie Pastor Found Guilty of Abuse

  [Griffith]
   ABC 7, Friday May 25, 2007
   ELLICOTT CITY (MD) -- A Howard County jury has found a Bowie pastor of a Woodlawn church guilty of child sexual abuse.
   State prosecutors say 40-year-old Gerald Griffith was found guilty of two counts of child sexual abuse. He was acquitted of a third child sexual abuse charge.
   The jury deliberated for four hours Friday morning in the Redemption Christian Fellowship pastor's case.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM
  
  

Pastor convicted of abusing teenage boy

 
   BALTIMORE (MD) Baltimore Sun
   By Larry Carson sun reporter Originally published May 26, 2007 The 40-year-old pastor of a Baltimore County church was found guilty in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday of two counts of sexually abusing a teenage boy he had been counseling. The pastor, Gerald Fitroy Griffith, was found not guilty on a third count.
   Griffith, pastor and founder of Redemption Christian Fellowship Church in Woodlawn, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor at Columbia hotels in 2004 and 2005. He was convicted of two of the charges, but acquitted of a third, where no paper records of a room rental could be found, said Mary Murphy, senior assistant state's attorney. Each count carries a penalty of four to nine years in prison.