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Ex-church worker accused of sex with boy

  [1999 ?+ Heiskell -NEW*] - ? Assembly of God. Boy.  
   The Arizona Republic, www.azcentral. com/news/ articles/ 2008/08/01/ 20080801 swv-arrest 0801-ON.html , by Eric Graf, 02:09 PM, Aug. 1, 2008
   Goodyear police arrested Phoenix man this week in connection with nearly decade-old molestation.
   ARIZONA -- On Wednesday, detectives apprehended Jimmy Lee Heiskell, 55, stemming from an allegation that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old, police said. He met the boy in an online chat room in 1999, but the abuse was not reported until recently, police said.
   Police charged him with three counts of child molestation and six counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
   Police said Heiskell used to be a minister at West Valley Assembly of God in Goodyear. But according to Eugene Heiskell, his brother and a pastor at the church, Jimmy Heiskell was never a pastor there. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 1, 2008 8:23 PM] (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont151. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Fri. August 01, 2008.)
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Pastor Charged With Sexual Assault

  [~ 2008 Minson -NEW*] - Baptist. A relative.
   KETK News, with video, By Phil Kuchinsky, ~ August 1, 2008
   TEXAS -- A Tyler pastor has been arrested for allegedly molesting a relative at an Austin motel.
   Austin police issued a warrant earlier today for Billie Lewis Minson.
   Minson is the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Swan, just North of Tyler. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 1, 2008 8:19 PM]

Youth pastor arrested on sex charge

  [2007, Dec. - Mr Jenkins -NEW*] - Baptist. (Aux. Police Officer). Girl (8).
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, STAFF REPORTS, August/01/2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A youth pastor and auxiliary East St. Louis police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, court records show.
   The pastor – Terrence Jenkins, 36, of Alorton – was charged last week with predatory criminal sexual abuse against a child, records show. He is being held in the St. Clair County Jail under a $250,000 bond. The crime allegedly happened in December in East St. Louis, where Jenkins served as an auxiliary police officer, according to East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Baxton.
   Officials said that Jenkins was a youth pastor at the Faith United Baptist Church in O'Fallon, Ill. The church has more than 100 members; the victim and her mother are members of the church.

Judge OKs Priest sex abuse suit

  [1970s Kownacki] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Altar boy.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Nicholas J.C. Pistor, August/01/2008
   MISSOURI -- A St. Clair County judge has okayed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Belleville Diocese and a priest removed from ministry.
   A former altar boy is suing 73 year-old Rev. Raymond Kownacki and the Belleville Diocese for alleged sexual abuse during the 1970s.
   Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto has set the civil case for jury trial on Aug. 18.

Bishop backtracks

  - RCC. Abuse committee kept no record of 2 interviews.  
   Standard-Freeholder, ~ August 1, 2008
   CANADA -- A contrite Eugene LaRocque backtracked on testimony he gave Thursday accusing his own delegate of not handling David Silmser's abuse allegations properly.
   The 81-year-old former bishop told the Cornwall Public Inquiry Friday morning he "wasn't feeling that well" when he blamed Msgr. Donald McDougald for not following the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese's draft protocol on handling sexual abuse complaints.
   McDougald was acting as the diocese's delegate on abuse matters when Silmser came forward in late 1992 alleging he had been sexually abused as an altar boy by Rev. Charles MacDonald.
   On Thursday, the inquiry learned the committee McDougald helmed did not keep notes of their meetings with either MacDonald or Silmser.

Priest's victim tells of life of crime after abuse

  [Moloney] - RCC. Extradited. PRISON 2yrs 9mos. 5 boys.    
   New Zealand Herald, 11:55AM, Friday August 01, 2008
   NEW ZEALAND -- Another former priest at Christchurch's Marylands special school was today jailed for the sexual abuse of boys which has left them scarred and angry - and one into a life of crime targeting Catholic churches.
   Rodger William Moloney, now 73 and in ill health, was jailed for two years nine months by Justice Graham Panckhurst at his sentencing in the High Court in Christchurch.
   Moloney, who still denies the offending, was found guilty at a trial in June on three charges of indecently assaulting boys under 16 and four of inducing them to do indecent acts.

Old Reformers, New Visions; by Eugene C. Bianchi

   
   Voice from the Desert, by Eugene C. Bianchi, ~ August 1, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- I was asked to pinch-hit for my old friend, Robert Blair Kaiser, at the Boston Inclusive Ministry Conference in July. The topic of his workshop was "Taking Back Our Church." Since Bob Kaiser and I entered the Jesuits sixty years ago in California on the same day, we have kept up on each other's careers.
   I admire Bob's forthright dedication to church reform in his many writings. Now we find urselves amicable, dueling novelists (his Cardinal Mahony and my Bishop of San Francisco and soon to appear, The Children's Crusade). I presented Bob's main points and then gave my own thoughts on reform that differ from or maybe complement his.
   The key question for Kaiser, as developed in Mahony and many other publications is: how do we bring about deep structural change in the Catholic Church? In the spirit of "enculturation," endorsed at Vatican II, he calls for a people's church, adapted to different locales and not dominated by a Roman monarchical hierarchy. He and many others see a rampant clericalism virtually excluding Catholic Christians from serious decision-making and self-determination. Kaiser's idea of a people's church would break the stranglehold of the celibate male caste.
   Such democratized churches would also be "autochthonous," self-ruling national or regional bodies in union with Rome . He points out that twenty such churches already exist, and that the Roman church is really just number twenty-one. He cites John England, the nineteenth-century bishop of Charleston, who wanted to write a democratic constitution for the American church. Kaiser's approach is consciously political.
   One gets images of French students in 1968 throwing up barricades in the streets. Kaiser is not passive-aggressive. He's straight-on: "up against the wall, you Cardinals." This may be a tad too strong, but Kaiser wants to get your attention. He is part of a VOTF working group planning a national people's synod for 2010. So his question becomes: how does the laity (a misnomer in his lexicon, wrongly used since the Middle Ages to separate Christians) and the lower clergy develop practical strategies for "taking back the church."

!!!: Survivors Molested by Nuns Will Gather in Denver This Weekend, Aug 1-4

  - Nuns' victims to gather.
   Voice from the Desert, ~ August 1, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- A small group of SNAP members from across the country who were molested by nuns will be in Denver for the next few days, trying to draw public attn to the national meeting of the nuns' organization (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) at the Sheraton Denver , 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202.
   There'll probably be news conferences/events on
   – Friday in Denver , around 1:30 pm
   – Saturday in Cheyenne WY
   – Sunday in Denver (maybe leafleting a church) and
   – possibly Monday in Denver

Nun Sex Abuse Victims To Hold 12-Hour Overnight Denver Fast & Vigil

  - RCC.
   Voice from the Desert, ~ August 1, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- When: TODAY, Friday, Aug. 1, 2:30 p.m.
   Where: Outside the Sheraton Denver, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202 (866) 716-8134), where hundreds of Catholic nuns are meeting
   Who: Four-six men and women who were molested by nuns and are leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including one who was sexually assaulted by a nun in Colorado
   Details: Despite the considerable public attention on sex crimes by priests and cover ups by bishops, victims know that numerous child sexual abuse cases by nuns remains largely hidden. It is even more difficult, SNAP leaders feel, for anyone sexually victimized by nuns to come forward.

Pastor goes to prison for assault

  [~ 1990s Baird*] - Covenant Church. 3 boys.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, www.post-gazette.com/ pg/08213/ 900770-85.stm , By Daniel Malloy, dmalloy@post-gazette.com , or 412-263-1731, Thursday, July 31, 2008
   PENNSYLVANIA -- There was little doubt in the packed courtroom of Judge John A. Zottola yesterday that the Rev. David J. Baird has helped many troubled youths in Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities.
   But the good deeds were overshadowed by Mr. Baird's sexual assaults on three young boys, for which he will spend 25 to 50 years in prison.
   In imposing the sentence, Judge Zottola compared Mr. Baird to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as two of the victims spoke of the man who was their spiritual guide and their tormentor.
   [LOOK BACK: May 07, 2008 ]

Catholic Ministries Appeal ends, contributions still coming in

  - RCC.
   The Catholic Telegraph, By David Eck, ~ August 1, 2008
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- ARCHDIOCESE – The parish portion of the Catholic Ministries Appeal has ended, but contributions to the fund drive will continue through the rest of the year.
   The appeal, which began in Lent, has raised $2.5 million, about 65 percent of its $3.77 million goal, said Michael Vanderburgh, director of the archdiocesan Department of Stewardship Services. The appeal supports college campus ministries, hospital/prison chaplains, pastoral ministries education, retired priests, Catholic Social Services and St. Rita School for the Deaf.
   The appeal's shortfall is not expected to immediately have an impact on ministries.

Did 'Masked Little People' Attack Bishop?

  [2007 Bishop Pelotte*] - RCC. Phone call to emergency. Says fell downstairs.
   KOAT, with video, ~ August 1, 2008
   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- For more than a year, speculation, rumors and mystery have surrounded the former leader of the Gallup Catholic Diocese, in Albuquerque, N.M.
   Last July, Bishop Donald Pelotte sustained multiple injuries in his home. He said he fell down a flight of stairs, but a mysterious 911 call from Pelotte is casting doubt on his claim -- so are his injuries.
   A Gallup police officer called to the hospital took pictures of the battered and bruised bishop. The pictures have recently been publicly released, reported TV station KOAT.
   [LOOK BACK: Resignation reported May 1, 2008. ENDS.]

Still thinking of things I should have said to the current priest at my perpetrator church

  - RCC.
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ August 1, 2008
   BARTLETT (IL) -- "Well you've heard one now, about my sister and me." That's what I should have said to the current pastor of the church where we were raped, when he told me, "I've never heard any stories about Father Horne molesting children." Instead I just stared at him, like how many times do church hierarchy say those exact words to people: "This is the first I've heard any accusations"? Wish I had him on camera saying that.
   "Father Lllllllupo." When he said the name of one of the other two known pedophile priests to come out of St. Peter Damian Church, his tongue curled around the L with disdain. The pastor admitted he'd been sent to the parish in 2003, "to put all that behind us," after the removal of Father L-l-l-l-lupo because of the the new zero tolerance policy in the Chicago Archdiocese. "We are putting all that behind us," he emphasized, and glared at me saying, I had a lot of nerve bringing it up again.
   Here's an idea for a guerrilla tactic. I just found out there's a period during Mass now where people call out requests for prayer. How about if thousands of survivors show up in churches every Sunday reminding calling out for prayer for pedophile priest rape victims, reminding parishioners there are still victims and other unresolved issues about the pedophile priests out there. If you "move forward" before cleaning up, the problem will fester and there will be another epidemic of pedophile priests in about 25 years.

Former bishop says following protocol not his responsibility

  - RCC. [~ 1986 ?+ Bp LaRocque*] - RCC. Didn't know what to do.  
   Standard-Freeholder, By Trevor Pritchard, ~ August 1, 2008
   CANADA -- Former bishop Eugene LaRocque told the Cornwall Public Inquiry Thursday he would have had "to be God" to have known all the goings-on in his diocese – including the way his own delegate was handling a 1992 sexual abuse complaint against a local priest.
   LaRocque, 81, was trying to explain why it seemed the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese wasn't following its draft sexual abuse protocol after David Silmser accused Rev. Charles MacDonald of assaulting him decades earlier.
   "If it's not being followed, it's not my responsibility. It's the delegate's," said LaRocque, who headed the diocese from 1975 until 2002.

Sex abuse victims respond to new MA Supreme Court ruling

   
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, ~ August 1, 2008
   MASSACHUSETTS -- Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
   We are grateful that the court has interpreted this child protection law broadly instead of narrowly. All too often those who harm or endanger kids escape responsibility for their crimes by exploiting legal technicalities and successfully splitting hairs.
   This is a common sense ruling that will help deter future recklessness and help protect children. We applaud the court for siding with the vulnerable over the powerful.

MUST READ: THE DISHONORING OF MY REGIMENT!

 
   Voice from the Desert, ~ August 1, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- From the blog of Monsignor Harry J. Byrne, J.C.D., 7.24.2008. I've included Monsignor Harry's blogger profile following this must-read, blockbuster statement.
   George Bouchey found it and posted on the catholicchurchreform and financial_accoutability Yahoogroups.
   Thanks, George.
   * * * THE DISHONORING OF MY REGIMENT! My formerly honored regiment of Catholic priests has been disgraced by an infiltration of pedophiles into its ranks. I and my colleagues bear that dark shadow to this day. It's cause: the failure of many bishops to obey Canon 1395. Yes, it's that simple! The canon orders punishment for a priest, who sexually abuses a minor. Punishment, not therapy! Muchless secret reassignment with damage to more children! Furthermore, no bishop has been punished by his superiors,as required by Canon 1389, for failure to enforce Canon 1395. Regardless of good intentions, bishops and their superiors are responsible for the effects of what they do or fail to do under their job descriptions. A tiny minority of priests abused children; an estimated two thirds of the nation's bishops secretly reassigned abusers.

Victims of pervert priest speak out

  - ? Church of England. [1970s-80s Pritchard] - Boys. [1970s-80s Cotton] - Boys.  
   Bexhill Observer, ~ August 1, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Two victims of a paedophile priest, who used to work in Sedlescombe, have spoken out about their ordeal after he was jailed this week.
   The Rev Colin Pritchard, who was at the church of St John the Baptist at Sedlescombe for 12 years before being inducted vicar of St Barnabas Church, Bexhill, in October 2001, was jailed for five years at Northampton Crown Court on Monday after admitting sexually abusing the youths more than 20 years ago.
   The two men were abused by 64-year-old Pritchard along with another vicar, Father Roy Cotton, the former incumbent at St Andrew's, Seaside, Eastbourne.
   Cotton was at St Andrew's in the 1970s and 80s and he and Pritchard sexually abused young boys.

Victim of abuse hates church

  [Moloney] - RCC. Extradited. PRISON 2yrs 9mos. 5 boys.    
   NewstalkZB, 16:12:19, August 1, 2008
   NEW ZEALAND -- A victim of sexual abuse in the 1970s, at the hands of a brother from St John of God, has grown up hating the church.
   Brother Rodger Moloney was sentenced to two years nine months in prison on seven counts of abuse of young boys when he was head of Maryland's Special School in Christchurch.
   One of the victims told the court of the emotional impact he still suffers. He has more than 300 convictions for dishonesty offences and says he targeted churches. He admits though that his image of the church has been tarnished.

Anti-polygamy activist pens book on FLDS

  - FLDS.  
   Deseret News By Ben Winslow 12:06 a.m. MDT Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
   UTAH -- An anti-polygamy activist who has been a lightning rod of controversy when it comes to the Fundamentalist LDS Church will publish her autobiography next year.
   Flora Jessop's "Church of Lies: The Story of Escaping Slavery and Polygamy, and Rescuing Women and Children from the Notorious Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints" will hit bookstore shelves in February 2009. It's being published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley Publishing.
   "It's a book about my life, about what I come from and why I do what I do," Jessop told the Deseret News on Thursday. "I think that it's important to know why I do what I do, and for people to know why I'm fighting for these children."

Family accuses FLDS foe of abuse

  - FLDS.
   The Salt Lake Tribune By Brooke Adams ~ August 1, 2008
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- A Utah entrepreneur who has waged a public campaign to assist teens who fled or were kicked out of a polygamous sect was an abusive father and husband who abandoned some of his own children, according to affidavits submitted Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
   The allegations against Dan Fischer, founder of South Jordan-based Ultradent Products Inc., are detailed in sworn statements from a former wife, three children, three siblings and others familiar with his family.
   Fischer testified before the committee Thursday in a hearing requested by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is pushing for a federal investigation of the FLDS.

Jail for ex-head of Catholic School

  [Moloney] - RCC. Extradited. PRISON 2yrs 9mos. 5 boys.    
   VVNZ, 6:44 PM, Aug 1, 2008
   NEW ZEALAND -- The former head of a Catholic school in Christchurch has been sent to jail for sexually abusing former pupils.
   Rodger Moloney, 73, was extradited from Australia to face the charges which date back decades.
   Moloney has been sentenced to two years and nine months jail for sexually abusing five boys who were all pupils under his care.

Youth Minister Talks About Sex Abuse Accusations

  - Lies were told.  
   WKYT, ~ August 1, 2008
   KENTUCKY -- A Bullitt County youth minister, once accused of sexually abusing a 15 year-old girl, says his name has now been cleared.
   Now, Clayton Pruett says he just wants his life back to normal and a statement from the accuser's mother, admitting she lied.
   "It didn't bother me that they accused me. It bothered me that people would actually believe this was ," Pruett said.
   Last December, 25-year-old youth minister Clayton Pruett was arrested in Bullitt County, charged with sexual abuse. He was accused of taking advantage of his position at the church, by trapping a 15-year-old girl in a room, making inappropriate comments and touching her in inappropriate ways.

Pedophile Aussie priest to be deported

  [Moloney] - RCC. Extradited. PRISON 2yrs 9mos. 5 boys.    
   NEWS.com.au , 03:31pm, August 01, 2008
   AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND -- THE Catholic order of a former priest jailed today for sexually abusing boys at a New Zealand school says it will supervise him for the rest of his life after he is deported back to Australia.
   Rodger William Moloney, now 73 and in ill-health, was jailed for two years and nine months by Justice Graham Panckhurst in the High Court at Christchurch today, the New Zealand Press Association reported.
   He will be deported after serving his sentence.
   Moloney was found guilty at a trial in June on three charges of indecently assaulting boys under 16 and four of inducing them to do indecent acts. [COMMENT: The Faith Purification Programme asks: Is this one of the three Australians who were accused, and on which the RCC spent a fortune trying to stop them being extradited to New Zealand to face trial?  Or do we seek another? ENDS.]

Priest from Albany linked to abuse case

  [Stone]    
   Albany Times Union By MARC PARRY, Friday, August 1, 2008
   ALBANY (NY) -- A victims support group on Thursday issued a public call for information about crimes committed by a deceased Albany Roman Catholic Diocese priest, one day after his name surfaced in a Canadian sexual abuse inquiry.
   The Albany Diocese removed the Rev. Carl Stone from ministry in 1981, spokesman Ken Goldfarb said Thursday. That came after he pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to sodomy charges stemming from an indictment that alleged sex with two teenage brothers in Colonie.
   But Stone, who had also served in the Ogdensburg Diocese, a new job ministering at two facilities in Canada after his conviction, according to an article published Wednesday by the Ottawa Sun.
   "More than six years ago, America's Catholic bishops promised to be 'open and transparent' about child sex crimes and cover-ups," Barbara Dorris, national outreach director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement. "Yet the Albany and Ogdensburg parishioners and the public have been told nothing about Fr. Carl Stone." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 1, 2008 7:14 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat August 02, 2008 edition:


Temple priest arrested on charges of molesting woman

  [2008 Bachubhai -NEW*] - Temple religion. Woman.  
   The Navhind Times, www. navhindtimes. com/ articles. php?Story_ ID=080271 , ~ August 02, 2008
   RAJKOT, INDIA – A priest of a Sai temple has been arrested for allegedly molesting a woman in temple premises, police said here on Friday. Patel Bachubhai alias Bachu Bapa has been arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by the woman, police said.
   According to the complaint lodged by the victim, she was offering her service to the temple in prasad distribution. Some two months back, she told the priest that she was having pain in her hand and the priest took her behind the temple, gave her Sai Charitra and started molesting her, police said.

Family resolves to take fight over exorcism to high court

  [1996 Assembly of God -NEW*] - Pummelled. Teenage girl.  
   Keene Sentinel, By Max B. Baker, McClatchy News Service, Published: Saturday, August 02, 2008
   FORT WORTH, Texas – Laura Schubert Pearson was an impressionable 17-year-old when friends in her church youth group thought demons possessed her.
   Repeatedly, over two days, the youth pastor, his wife and others held the girl down on the floor of the Pleasant Glade Assembly of God Church in Colleyville, Texas, even as Pearson screamed, fought and begged to be released.
   They cast it as wrestling with the devil.
   But she said it was "like being pummeled by this very large group. These were our friends, people we hung out with."
   The 1996 episode left her physically and emotionally scarred, and "this stuff is still hard to talk about," Pearson told the Star-Telegram after the Texas Supreme Court dismissed her lawsuit against the church June 27. The majority said the courts can't get involved in a religious debate over church doctrine. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 2, 2008 5:06 PM]

State: Psychologist borrowed money, talked sex to patients

  [Mannelli -NEW*] - Christian. Money, advised strip club.
   GM Today, By JUSTIN KERN, August 2, 2008
   WAUKESHA (WI) -- A Waukesha psychologist and former priest faces revocation of his license after a recent review by a state agency that deduced he took out thousands of dollars in loans from patients that he didn't repay and engaged in unprofessional conduct, such as talking up a strip club to a sex addict.
   David F. Mannelli, who has a listed practice in a suite on Grand Avenue in Waukesha, was given a revocation in a final decision July 16 by the state Psychology Examining Board, according to an online file.
   Mannelli could not be reached for comment at numbers listed for he or his wife in Fontana and Walworth. His name was no longer included in a directory with a former employer, Cornerstone Counseling Services, which was found online.

College 'warned' over priest

  [1991-92 Mountford] - Anglican. Students.        
   Adelaide Now, By NIGEL HUNT, 12:30am, for August 03, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- CONCERNS were raised about the conduct of disgraced priest John Mountford before he was hired by St Peter's College in 1990, court documents have revealed.
   A fresh statement of claim lodged in the District Court alleges the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide at the time, Reverend Keith Rayner, was warned Mountford wanted to show students at a Papua New Guinea college "blue videos".
   The warning came in a letter from the Archbishop of PNG Bevan Meredith in May 1990 and was passed to then St Peter's College headmaster Dr Tony Shinkfield, who wrote to Mountford asking for an explanation.
   The letters, obtained by the Sunday Mail, detail concerns the former Archbishop and Dr Shinkfield had over the allegation about Mountford.
   [LOOK BACK: December 09, 2007; November 16, 2007; August 28, 2007; ]

Former bishop apologizes for statements at inquiry

  - RCC.  
   Standard-Freeholder By TREVOR PRITCHARD, ~ August 02, 2008
   CANADA -- A contrite Eugene LaRocque backtracked Friday on testimony he'd given accusing his own priest of not handling David Silmser's abuse allegations properly.
   The 81-year-old former bishop told the Cornwall Public Inquiry he "wasn't feeling that well" Thursday when he blamed Msgr. Donald McDougald for not following the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese's draft protocol on handling sexual abuse complaints.
   McDougald was acting as the diocese's delegate on abuse matters when Silmser came forward in late 1992 alleging he had been sexually abused as an altar boy by Rev. Charles MacDonald.

Canadian bishops opposed settlement

  - RC bishops didn't want to compensate.
   Standard-Freeholder, By TREVOR PRITCHARD, ~ August 02, 2008
   CANADA -- A meeting with bishops from across Canada couldn't dissuade Eugene LaRocque from striking an out-of-court settlement with a man accusing a city priest of sexual abuse, the Cornwall Public Inquiry heard yesterday.
   "If I remember correctly, the general consensus was, 'Don't do it,'" said LaRocque, bishop of the Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic Diocese from 1975 until 2002.
   LaRocque met with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in 1993, only days before agreeing to a $32,000 settlement with David Silmser.

Bail hearing postponed; body continues to thaw

  [2000s Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. 2004 Wife dead in freezer. Daughter ravished, impregnated.  
   Press-Register, By RON COLQUITT, Saturday, August 02, 2008
   MOBILE (AL) -- The bail hearing scheduled Friday for Anthony Jujuan Hopkins, accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in a freezer, was postponed until Tuesday morning in District Judge Charles McKnight's courtroom, authorities said.
   The freezer, containing the body of 36-year-old Arletha Hopkins, was removed from the couple's home in the 200 block of Rylands Street on Monday night and taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science's office in Mobile.
   Ashley Rich, the Mobile County assistant district attorney who has been handling the case, said Friday there had been no new developments in the case.
   [LOOK BACK: July 20, 2008, onwards.]

Faith and Values: Protecting Our Children From Clergy Abuse

  - General religions.
   Kitsap Sun, By Sally Santana, Saturday, August 2, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict XVI, on a trip recently to Sydney, Australia, said, "I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country." He went on to say "I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured. I assure them as their pastor that I too share in their suffering."
   While I am sure many deeply appreciated hearing those words, there and throughout the world, it also is that there is only so much one can do when identifying with the agony of a victim. Visible circumstances may be similar but the internal effect, the depth to which one suffers, is intensely personal and unknown to anyone else.
   Most of us put some amount of trust in authority, whether it comes in the form of a teacher, coach, elected official, pastor or employer.

WENDY MURPHY: AND JUSTICE FOR SOME: Mnemonic games: Something about Jim

  - Politician threatened to harm youngsters. And more.
   The Patriot Ledger, By Wendy Murphy, Posted 02:15 AM, Aug 02, 2008
   QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS – I'm sure it's nothing, but after state Sen. Jim Marzilli and state Rep. Jim Fagan made news for – what should I call it – sadistic verbal lunacy (OK Marzilli got physical, too, but stick with me here), I started looking at other Bay State "Jims" to see whether there isn't something about the name.
   Turns out there might be a good reason to name the next bundle of joy Harry or Luke.
   James "Jim" Fagan made international headlines after threatening to "ruin" child victims of sex abuse who testify against their abusers. He promised to attack even 6-year-olds with such ferocity, they wouldn't be able to eat or sleep or have relationships for the rest of their lives.
   James "Jim" Marzilli is under indictment for sexual assault and lewd behavior involving four women, and is accused of allegedly committing even more serious sex crimes against several other women. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 2, 2008 7:37 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat August 02, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun August 03, 2008 edition:


• Harlem Pastor Steps Down in Sex Scandal

  [1980s Mons. Harris -NEW*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   MyFoxNY, www .myfoxny. com/myfox/ pages/News/ Detail? contentId= 7126618& version=2& locale=EN- US&layout Code= TSTY& pageId= 3.2.1 ; By Gina K. Callaghan, MyFoxNY.com , ~ August 03, 2008
   NEW YORK, MyFoxNY.com – A Harlem pastor who played a key role in the pope's visit to New York was forced to step down from his position after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor emerged Sunday.
   Monsignor Wallace Harris, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish on West 141st Street also took part in Gov. David Paterson's swearing-in.
   The sexual abuse matter was first investigated by the Archdiocese of New York, then referred to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which received a second allegation against Harris. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM]

Diocese facing new trials

  [1970s Paquette] - RCC. (> US$8.7m already). Altar boy.  
   Times Argus, By KEVIN O'CONNOR, August 3, 2008
   VERMONT -- Its accuser is different, but Vermont's Catholic Church faces the same child-sex charges in the same court.
   Will it also face the same record $8.7 million verdict?
   The state's largest religious denomination, still reeling from a May ruling of negligence in its 1970s hiring and supervision of a pedophile priest, is set to defend itself this month in another trial on claims against the same retired clergyman.
   Twenty men have filed civil lawsuits in Burlington's Chittenden Superior Court alleging the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese was reckless for not telling their childhood parishes about past sexual abuse of boys by former priest Edward Paquette, who served in Rutland in 1972, Montpelier in 1974 and Burlington in 1976. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 3, 2008 6:40 AM]
   [LOOK BACK: June 18, 2008, July 25, 2008]

Statement on Monsignor Wallace Harris

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   Archdiocese of New York, For further information: Joseph Zwilling, (212) 371-1011 ext. 2997; August 3, 2008
   NEW YORK -- An allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor against Reverend Monsignor Wallace Harris, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, has been received by the Archdiocese of New York.
   In accord with Archdiocesan policy and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the matter was immediately investigated by the Archdiocese and then referred to the Office of the District Attorney for Manhattan.
   The District Attorney's Office conducted its own investigation, in the course of which it received a second allegation, which it subsequently reported to the Archdiocese.

O'Malley reflects, after 5 tumultuous years

  - RCC leader went to pray.  
   The Boston Globe, with video and transcript, By Michael Paulson, August 3, 2008
   BOSTON (MA) -- Some bishops would have attended an anniversary celebration. Others would have held a public Mass. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley skipped town, checked into a monastery, and prayed.
   Five years after he was installed as the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston, O'Malley remains in many ways the most unusual of public figures - the prince who dresses as the pauper, the leading man who hates the spotlight, the shy man prone to bouts of silence who has, in his own inexorable way, tackled one crushing problem after another, delivering the archdiocese from something close to free-fall to something akin to stability.
   He arrived in Boston on July 30, 2003, confronting, for the third time in his career as a bishop, a diocese thrown into crisis by clergy sexual abuse. But if the situations confronting the Fall River and Palm Beach dioceses had been grim, the situation in Boston was ruinous. So bad, in fact, that when Pope John Paul II asked him to move to Boston, O'Malley unsuccessfully sent a plea to the pope to reconsider.
   "I dropped the phone … it was quite a shock," O'Malley said in an interview Tuesday. "I did ask him to reconsider, and it came back immediately with, no, this is what he wants you to do." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 3, 2008 6:46 AM]

Harlem Pastor Steps Down After Sex Abuse Scandal

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.
   WCBS, with video, ~ August 03, 2008
   NEW YORK (CBS) – Monsignor Wallace Harris, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem was forced to step down from his position as pastor after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor emerged Sunday.
   The matter was initially investigated by the Archdiocese of New York, then referred to the Office of the District Attorney for Manhattan, which received a second allegation against the 61-year-old who was the event coordinator for the Pope's Sunday afternoon Mass at Yankee Stadium earlier this year. He also participated in the swearing in of Gov. Paterson.
   Monsignor Harris, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1972, has denied the allegations, which concern actions that allegedly occurred twenty years ago. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun August 03, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon August 04, 2008 edition:


• Former teacher at Bishop Verot High School facing sexual abuse allegations

  [1980s Killion (Salesian Oblate) -NEW*] - RCC. 4 boys.  
   WINK News, www. winknews. com/news/ local/2624 7899.html , with video, ~ August 04, 2008
   LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA - A former teacher at Bishop Verot High School is facing sexual abuse allegations.
   The civil suit was just filed against Father Dennis Killion. He allegedly abused four boys in Wilmington, Delaware, where he now lives.
   Killion was the former activities director at Bishop Verot.

Pastor steps down amid abuse charges

  [1980s Harris -NEW*] - RCC. Minor.
   United Press International, Aug. 4, 2008
   NEW YORK, (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has asked the pastor of a Harlem church to step down in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
   Monsignor Wallace A. Harris of St. Charles Borromeo won't be permitted to practice as a priest until the archdiocese's Advisory Review Board has had a chance to study the matter, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) reported Monday.
   A statement released by the archdiocese said the alleged abuse occurred 20 years ago and that Harris has denied it.

NUOVO MESSAGGIO DA BILL NASH CHE IN UNA CONFERENZA STAMPA HA RIBADITO LA RICHIESTA DELLA RIDUZIONE ALLO STATO LAICALE DI PADRE TULLY

  [1980 Tully/Tulley -NEW* (Xaverian)] - RCC shifted him to Italy. Male seminarian.    
   L'Inferno Degli Angeli, ~ August 04, 2008
   ITALIA – Mi chiamo William Nash e vivo nel Massachusetts Stati Uniti. Vi scrivo oggi, a seguito di una mia grande preoccupazione, in quanto, quest'anno, avete coordinato ufficialmente non meno di due programmi per giovani nella sede dei Padri Missionari Saveriani in Vicenza. Padre James Tully, è un prete che risiede presso la vostra sede di Vicenza. Padre Tully ha usato violenza sessuale nei miei confronti nel 1980, periodo in cui ero seminarista negli Stati Uniti.
   [gist]
   ITALY – New Message from Bill Nash who said at a press conference that he has requested reduction to the lay state of Father Tully.
   William Nash of Massachusetts, USA, said he is greatly concerned because youth programs are being held at the headquarters of the Xaverian Missionary Fathers in Vicenza. Father James Tully, who lives at the home, allegedly is a sexual abuser. Father Tully used sexual violence against him in 1980 when Mr. Nash was a seminarian in the United States and he alleges that Father Tulley sexually abused several other boys both in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
   In the United States, Father Tully was forbidden to have meetings with children less than age 18 in absence of a guardian. He had restriction on his ministerial functions and duties.
   Mr Nash said the Xaverian order allowed Father Tully to move to Rome to protect and shelter him from accusations.
   Mr. Nash recently forwarded to the Holy See a request that this priest be reduced to the lay state and that this meshes with statements from the Pope regarding cases of pedophile priests. He hopes the Holy See will take appropriate action. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM]

8x1000, più soldi al Molise che al Terzo Mondo

  - RCC got €991m taxpayers' money in 2007.  
   La Stampa, Di RAPHAEL ZANOTTI, ~ August 04, 2008
   ITALIA – Del denaro lasciato dai contribuenti allo stato, in Asia e Africa sono arrivate briciole. E la Chiesa spende in carità solo il 20%
   La televisione, dove l'unico spot circolante è quello della Chiesa Cattolica, ci ha abituati a pensare all'8x1000 come a una magnifica occasione per aiutare i derelitti della Terra. Nelle pubblicità compaiono bambini di Paesi poveri, fame e miseria. Far tornare un sorriso su quei volti emaciati è facile: basta apporre una firma sulla dichiarazione dei redditi e si destina una quota dell'Irpef a quelle popolazioni in difficoltà.

   [translation of excerpts from a longer article]
   ITALY – 8x1000, more money to the Molise region than to the third world
   Of the money the taxpayers gave to the Italian State for charity, Asia and Africa got only some crumbs. And the Church spends for charity only 20%.
   By RAPHAEL ZANOTTI
   The Italian TV, where the only related spot is made by the Catholic Church, depicts the 8x1000 (the amount of money destined to charity calculated on the basis of the total income of each Italian taxpayer) as a magnificent opportunity to help the derelicts of the earth. There appear children of the poor countries, hungry and miserable. To have those emaciated faces smile again is easy: just a signature in the tax form and a quota of your "Irpef" (the personal earned yearly income) will be delivered to them.
   A nice tale. It's a pity that it remains only a tale. The Catholic Church gives for charity only 20% of that 8x1000 ( the source is the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana: the Italian Episcopal Conference). The remaining part remains in their pockets. The secular institutions don't do better. Between 2001 and 2006 the Italian State, one of the possible beneficiaries of that same 8x1000, gave to Africa 9 million euros to fight hunger, which is one fifth of the amount given to the Lazio region (43 million euros). To think that the black continent, with over 800 million inhabitants, got even more than Asia, 4 billion inhabitants, which received only 1 million and half euros: the price of a villa in Sardinia. Or, better, a quarter of what the government granted – the money came from that same 8x1000 – the Molise region (7,2 million euros). There follow Central America with 610.000 euros and Southern America with 560.000 euros, more o less about 100.000 euros for each year.
   Evidently charity is fashionable only in the TV ads. According to the state's administrative control branch the 8x1000 money given by the taxpayers to the Italian state amounted to 272 million euros. But it was mainly used (66%) to finance works for the conservation of cultural infrastructure , while only 4% was used for projects to alleviate hunger in the world.
   In those years mentioned above the State used 40% of the money for restoring churches, abbeys, convents and parishes.
   The Catholic Church received in those years 6.5 billion euros (enormously more than the 315 million received by the Italian state). That's due to the mechanism invented in the past by the then and present Minister of Finance Mr. Giulio Tremonti.
   In fact, not all taxpayers indicate in the form which is the institution the 8x1000 of their yearly income must be given to. Only 40% of them does the choice between the Italian state, Catholic Church, Valdese church, Lutheran Church, Jewish Community, Adventists etc. What about the remaining 60%?
   In other countries, where the donation must reflect the explicit will of the taxpayer that quota remains in the State's coffers, that's available for all. In Italy it is instead redistributed according to the proportions of that same 40%, where the catholic one is very high. In the end about 90% of the entire amount is given to the Catholic Church. It's almost one billion euros a year, 991 million euros in 2007.
   Originally the institution of the 8x1000 was only meant to replace the money which was used to pay the stipends to the priests. Those stipends amount now only to one third of the total 8x1000 the Catholic Church receives and the bilateral Italian State -Vatican State commission, charged to review the total amount in case it resulted excessive, has never done anything.
   The Italian Episcopal Conference uses 20% of the money for charities, 35% for the stipends of the 38.000 Italian priests and the remaining part, about half a million euros, for not very well specified "cult necessities", "catechesis" and for "real estate administration expenses". That was the reason the Valdese Church tried to make a criticism through the radio which said :"Many schools, no churches". The airing of the spot was denied for about six months. Among the many disparities of treatment the other confessions are lamenting from is that they get the money only after three years, while the CEI is granted 90% of advance money regarding the year after.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Harlem pastor Wallace Harris won't be charged with sexual abuse

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   New York Daily News BY OREN YANIV Updated 1:43 PM Monday, August 4th 2008
   NEW YORK -- The popular Harlem pastor accused of sexually abusing two minors will not be charged because the statute of limitation on the incidents expired, the Manhattan district attorney office said Monday.
   The allegations against Msgr. Wallace Harris, pastor of the Church of St. Charles Borromeo on 141st St., happened in the late 1980's, a source said.
   The statute of limitation on such offenses is five years.
   "If there are any new complaints within the stature - we will investigate them," said DA spokeswoman Alicia Maxey-Greene.

Child abuse reconciliation bid 'doomed'

  - Various organisations.  
   The Scotsman, By Fiona Gray, Published Date: August 03, 2008
   SCOTLAND -- PLANS to offer "truth and reconciliation" to victims of historic child abuse appeared doomed to failure last night after campaigners predicted a widespread boycott of the scheme.
   The Scottish Government has refused to abolish the legal time bar which prevents many child abuse victims from the 1960s and earlier suing their tormenters for compensation. Instead, it wants to encourage victims to tell their stories and abusers to admit their guilt without fear of prosecution.
   But doubts are mounting about whether the "truth and reconciliation" process will even be delivered on time. Ministers promised consultation by the summer but last night acknowledged even that was "months" away.
   And one leading campaigner for victims of historic child abuse predicted hardly anyone would use it if and when it was set up. He said no-one would come forward to admit their guilt and that it would achieve nothing for sufferers who still wanted compensation awarded in a court of law.

Sex abuse lawsuit by former altar boy may go forward if diocese engaged in coverup, judge rules

  [1970s Kownacki] - RCC. Fraudulent concealment. Altar boy.  
   News-Democrat ~ August 04, 2008
   BELLEVILLE (IL) --A sex abuse lawsuit filed by a former altar boy against the Rev. Raymond Kownacki can go forward if a jury decides that the Diocese of Belleville engaged in a coverup.
   St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto ruled that if a jury decides that the diocese engaged in "fraudulent concealment" of sex abuse of the plaintff and other youths, the remaining issues in a lawsuit filed by James Wisniewski will go forward. Trial has been set for Aug. 18.
   "This is the closest thing we've ever had in Belleville to a trial on sex abuse by a priest," said Dave Clohessy, executive director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Four men file lawsuit against Delaware priest who worked at a Fort Myers high school

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   Naples Daily News By LIAM DILLON 3:10 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2008
   FLORIDA -- Four men have filed a lawsuit against a priest who recently worked at a Catholic high school in Fort Myers.
   The four men, now adults, filed their suit in a county court in Delaware against the Rev. Dennis Killion and Catholic Church organizations alleging childhood sexual harassment, molestation and abuse from when Killion worked at a high school in Delaware.
   Killion, 57, worked as activities director at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers from July 2006 until last month. None of the alleged acts took place in Southwest Florida and there are no separate allegations against him while he worked in the Diocese of Venice, which has jurisdiction over 10 Florida counties including Collier and Lee.
   Killion has been reassigned to Wilmington, Del.

'You destroyed my life,' witness tells molestor priest at sentencing

  [1983-84 Rev (Air Force Major) Underwood*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Tucson Citizen, By A.J. FLICK, ~ August 04, 2008
   ARIZONA -- Twenty years ago, Gary Edward Underwood made a good impression on parents and teens, many of whom took an immediate liking to the young, handsome, sports car-driving, beer-swigging, Jacuzzi-loving Catholic priest.
   That image is in stark contrast to Underwood today, a 53-year-old defrocked priest who listened as three men testified about the priest's darker side, how he manipulated them, got them drunk, showed them pornography and molested them.
   Underwood, who has been banned from the priesthood, pleaded guilty in May to six counts of sexual abuse of a minor, involving three minors.
   The witnesses spoke during a sentencing hearing, which will continue Monday afternoon in Pima County Superior Court, before Judge Richard Nichols.

Judge: Lawsuit against priest can proceed

  [1973-78 Kownacki] - RCC. Fraudulent concealment. Altar boy.
   Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, 3:10 PM CDT, August 4, 2008
   BELLEVILLE, Ill. - A St. Clair County judge says a sexual-abuse lawsuit a former altar boy filed against a priest and the Belleville Diocese can proceed if a jury finds the diocese engaged in a cover-up.
   Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto (KWEE'-toh) has set an August 18th trial date in the case James Wisniewski (wihz-NEW'-skee) has filed against the Reverend Raymond Kownacki.

Former Bishop Verot priest being sued in sexual abuse case

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   News-Press, news-press.com , August 4, 2008
   The News-Press and news-press.com are following accusations of sex abuse against former Bishop Verot activities director Fr. Dennis Killion.
   FORT MYERS (FL) -- 12:35 p.m. update -- A priest who spent two years at Bishop Verot High School and is being accused of sexual abuse no longer works at the Catholic school in Fort Myers, the principal announced this morning.
   Fr. Chris Beretta said Fr. Dennis Killion, who came to the school in 2006 as activities director, asked for a transfer to Wilmington, Del., at the end of last school year. Beretta said Killion, who worked in the school's lunchroom, left Fort Myers about two months ago.
   Wilmington is where the lawsuits that were filed this morning accuse Killion of sexually assaulting four boys, who are now grown men.

Harlem Priest On Administrative Leave Amid Scandal

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   WCBS Sean Hennessey Reporting, ~ August 04, 2008
   NEW YORK (CBS) – A highly respected Harlem priest is on administrative leave after two adults stepped forward in recent weeks to say they were sexually abused by him in the late 1980s. The 20-year-old sex abuse allegations stem from when Monsignor Wallace Harris was at Manhattan's Cathedral Prep Seminary, a now defunct all-boys school on the Upper West Side.
   "I'm at a loss, just like many of my friends are," says Gerard Fabian Cajas, a former student under Harris. He remembers a strict but well-respected dean of discipline who showed no signs of impropriety.
   "Shock is my initial take on this. Disbelief that anyone would accuse Father Harris, or Father Wally, as we would call him, would ever accuse him of such a disgusting and vile act," says Fabian Cajas.

NYC pastor forced to leave amid abuse allegations

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.
   The Associated Press, ~ August 04, 2008
   NEW YORK (AP) – A Roman Catholic pastor who helped organize Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York and gave the invocation at Gov. David Paterson's inauguration has been forced to leave his position because of allegations of sexually abuse.
   The Rev. Monsignor Wallace Harris has denied the allegations that he abused a minor 20 years ago, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement.

A horrible story

  [2004 Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. Daughter abused.  
   Pharyngula, Posted by PZ Myers 10:05 AM, August 1, 2008
   ALABAMA -- You've probably already heard this one, since it is all over the news: a preacher, Anthony Hopkins, murdered his wife after she caught him sexually abusing their children and stuffed her in a freezer – with the daughter's assistance. This happened four years ago and the children's mother has been kept in the freezer in this house ever since. The pastor of Hopkins church reports that "the children were so respectful, just so easygoing", and that they "loved their dad. They were very close to him." Right. Rape, murder, and incest are just ordinary events in the Abrahamic family tree.
   What I find disturbing about the whole story is this. Anthony Hopkins spent all this time since as an itinerant preacher, traveling about and preaching the 'Holy Word of Jesus Christ'. His daughter moved out of his house, finally, reported what he'd done to the police, the police went into his house and opened the freezer, and then they went off to the church where he was preaching that day. What did they do then?
   Police allowed Hopkins to finish his sermon before arresting him.

Alabama Predatory preacher is off the streets

 
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell) ~ August 04, 2008
   ALABAMA --We are grateful that this dangerous predatory preacher is off the streets. All too often accused child molesters exploit legal technicalities to walk free, temporarily or permanently, and abuse again.
   We hope that others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by this minister will find the strength to come forward, get help and report what they know to law enforcement.

Suits charge former Salesianum priest with sex abuse

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   The News Journal Staff and wire reports, August 4, 2008
   DELAWARE -- A former Salesianum School priest is accused of sexually abusing four boys, according to lawsuits filed today in New Castle County Court.
   Dennis Killion now works at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. A sidewalk press conference in front of the Florida school is scheduled for 11 a.m. today to announce the filing of four child sex abuse lawsuits against Killion, who is activities director at the Catholic high school.
   The lawsuits charge that Catholic officials suspected or knew about the abuse but did little or nothing to stop it.
   Two victims of sexual abuse who are also leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a woman who is the group's Southwest Regional Director, will attend today's press conference.

Manhattan Pastor Steps Down Amid Abuse Allegations

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   NY1, with video, August 04, 2008
   NEW YORK -- The longtime pastor of a Manhattan church has stepped aside after being accused of sexually abusing a child 20 years ago.
   The New York Archdiocese said it ordered Reverend Monsignor Wallace Harris to give up his post at Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem after receiving the allegation.
   The Archdiocese said Harris denies the charge.
   The matter was handed over to the Manhattan district attorney's office, which the Archdiocese says discovered a second abuse allegation.
   Parishioners said they cannot believe the accusations.

Harlem Monsignor Suspended Amid Sexual Abuses Scandal

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.
   eFluxNews By Diane Smith, 15:06, August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK -- The priest who gave the invocation at David Paterson's inauguration as New York's Governor was suspended on Sunday amid accusations that he had sexually abused two minors.
   Msgr. Wallace Harris, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church on W.141st St., was forbidden to perform his priestly duties pending recommendations from an advisory review board, according to The New York Daily News which quoted the Archdiocese of New York. …
   On the other hand, some members of the community weren't as cautious and said they were profoundly disappointed. Parishoner Charrlette Williams told reporters:
   "I was very hurt and I was very shocked because I do not believe it to be . I've know Monsignor Harris for many a year. He's been round my kids my kids been round him."

Bishop Verot priest being sued in sexual abuse case

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.  
   News-Press, news-press.com , August 4, 2008
   FORT MYERS (FL) -- A sidewalk press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. today in front of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers where sex abuse survivors will announce the filing of four child sex abuse lawsuits against Fr. Dennis Killion, the activities director at Bishop Verot.
   The lawsuit accuses Killion of sexually assaulting four boys at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Del.
   Lawsuits filed today in New Castle County Court charge that Catholic officials suspected or knew about the abuse, but did little or nothing to stop it.
   Today's press conference outside Bishop Verot will be attended by two victims of sexual abuse who are also leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a woman who is the group's Southwest Regional Director.

TOP PRIEST IN PERV PROBE

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   New York Post, By ED ROBINSON, August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK – Gov. Paterson's pastor - who organized the papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in April - was forced to step down after he was accused of sexual abuse involving minors, church officials said yesterday.
   Monsignor Wallace Harris, 61, who had been pastor of Harlem's Church of St. Charles Borromeo since 1989, also had given the benediction at Paterson's swearing-in in March.
   He was asked to leave when the Archdiocese of New York received an allegation of sexual abuse that occurred 20 years ago. …
   The Rev. Bob Hoatson, a former Christian Brother who now serves as an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergy, said he was "not surprised at all that people are still coming out of the woodwork to expose these pedophiles and alleged pedophiles."
   Hoatson said he first met Harris while stationed in Harlem in the early 1980s.
   He said the priest had also served as a rector at Cathedral Prep Seminary.
   "He was on the fast track to becoming a bishop," Hoatson said.

Women Priests Protest Catholic Doctrine

  - RCC.  
   ABC 2, Reported by: Christian Schaffer, Email: christian.schaffer@wmar.com , ~ August 04, 2008
   MARYLAND -- There is a movement within the Catholic Church to try and pressure The Vatican to allow women to become priests. The Vatican says it goes against Catholic doctrine, and has excommunicated women who say they've been ordained.
   One of those women is from our area. Gloria Carpeneto of Catonsville sees herself as part of a movement to break through what she calls the stained-glass ceiling. She grew up Catholic in Northeast Baltimore, and later spent years working within the church and social organizations. Finally she began to wonder, 'I've done everything up to the point of, and then I have to pull back,' she said. 'Why couldn't I go one step further. If I've prepared children for the sacraments, wouldn't it be nice to be able to offer them their First Communion?'
   Then she came upon an organization known as Roman Catholic Womenpriests. 'And just like that I realized, that's what I'm supposed to do.' After two years of training, last month Carpeneto participated in a Womenpriests ordination ceremony in Boston.

Exposing Secrets of the Catholic Church

  [Gauthe, Porter, Kos, O'Grady, Geoghan] - RCC. Children.
   American Sexuality Magazine, By Timothy Lytton, ~ August 04, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- The sexual abuse of children by priests has been called the "greatest crisis Catholicism has faced since the reformation." The prevalence of clergy sexual abuse and its shocking cover-up by church officials is by now well known. Less well understood, however, is the crucial role played by civil lawsuits in bringing the scandal to light, focusing attention on the need for institutional reform, and spurring church leaders and public officials into action. Indeed, the public awareness and institutional reforms prompted by civil lawsuits represent a major advance in efforts to address child sexual abuse more generally.
   Prior to the filing of a 1984 lawsuit against the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Father Gilbert Gauthe for Gauthe's molestation of dozens of boys over many years, local media reporting of clergy sexual abuse was scant and infrequent, and there was no national media coverage of the issue. Prosecutions were rare, public discussion and policy debate nonexistent. Ongoing litigation drama in the Gauthe case–pleadings that named high church officials as defendants, shocking revelations during the discovery process, and tearful trial testimony by an eleven-year-old sexual abuse victim – generated sustained local coverage in Lafayette and attracted regional and national media attention. The case began the process of raising awareness about clergy sexual abuse.
   Other high profile cases filed across the country over the next two decades–involving such notorious pedophiles as James Porter in Fall River, Massachusetts; Rudolph Kos in Dallas; Oliver O'Grady in California; and John Geoghan in Boston – sustained periodic national press coverage of the issue.
   [RECAPITULATION: … local media reporting of clergy sexual abuse was scant and infrequent, and there was no national media coverage of the issue ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: In fact, in the 1980s even a US$2m judgement for one family could not get published in major national papers in North-East USA.  Part of the reason was deliberate attitudes of owners and operatives in the news media, but part was a belief that clergy sex abuse was just a minor problem and the Churches would naturally be horrified.  Sadly, it gradually became obvious that the biggest Churches had been sweeping the problem under the carpet ever since they were founded, and transferring predator seducers from place to place. COMMENT ENDS.]

Women Bishops in the Catholic Church, Too? Some Are Trying

  - Some RCs think women can be priests, bishops.  
   Chiesa by Sandro Magister, August 4, 2008
   ROMA/ROME, – The ordination of women to the priesthood and the episcopate is a question that divides the Anglican Communion down the middle, as shown by the Lambeth Conference that concluded yesterday.
   But the question is also present in the Church of Rome, although to a decidedly lesser extent.
   The proof is in two recent countermeasures adopted by the Catholic hierarchy.
   The first is a decree issued by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith "regarding the delict of attempted sacred ordination of a woman."
   The second is the interdiction ordered by the archbishop of Saint Louis, Raymond Leo Burke, against a sister of his diocese, Louise Lears, found guilty of assisting and supporting the ordination of two women to the priesthood.

Tues. panel marks year of Child Victim's Act

  - General community.  
   The News Journal, August 4, 2008
   DELAWARE -- Survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates and lawyers will participate Tuesday night in a panel discussion marking the first year of Delaware's Child Victim's Act passed by lawmakers in 2007.
   The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center in Talleyville.
   Panelists include Joelle Casteix, a survivor and southwest regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests; Charles F. Gallagher III, deputy district attorney of Philadelphia; Marci A. Hamilton, law professor and author; Valerie Marek, executive director of Survivors Of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR); and Vicki Polin, survivor and director of the Awareness Center.
   The Child Victim's Act eliminated the state's two-year civil statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse and opened a two-year window, during which civil claims that would have been barred by the former time limit can be filed. That period ends July 10, 2009.

Youth minister falsely accused of sexual abuse returns to church

  - Mr Pruett back to lead.
   WAVE, with video, By Shayla Reaves, ~ August 04, 2008
   LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY (WAVE) - After months of waiting, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church finally has its youth minister back. Clayton Pruett was arrested and jailed after detectives say a church member falsely accused him of sexual abuse more than eight months ago. WAVE 3's Shayla Reaves was there as his congregation welcomed him back.
   It's a day members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church waited seven months to see. Youth Minister Clayton Pruett is back in the pulpit to face the members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
   "You believed in me, you gave me a chance to clear my name," Pruett told the congregation that gave him a standing ovation."It's through the grace of God and the works of so many that this has happened."

Clashing stories, similar DNA hurt FLDS prosecution

  - FLDS.
   Houston Chronicle, By TERRI LANGFORD, ~ August 04, 2008
   TEXAS -- Indicting members of a polygamist sect on child sexual assault is one thing.
   But prosecuting anyone on child sexual assault charges is a much different, and tougher, thing to accomplish, according to legal experts.
   Even if Texas Child Protective Services comes back with a finding that sexual abuse happened at the sect's Yearning for Zion Ranch in West Texas, the standard for a child sexual assault conviction is much higher, said professor Ellen Marrus, who heads the University of Houston's Center for Children, Law and Policy.

Zambia: Repair the Damage to Clergy's Image

  - All religions ought to note.
   AllAfrica, The Times of Zambia (Ndola), EDITORIAL, August 4, 2008,
   ZAMBIA – CHURCHES involved in child welfare should reflect on the advice given by Dayspring Worship Centre Pastor, Joseph Mwila over the Government's loss of confidence in them.
   There is no doubt that the bad deeds of some members of the clergy running orphanages have seriously dented the image of most of the people involved in the welfare of children.
   In certain instances, the people caring for kids have collected huge amounts of money in the name of supporting vulnerable children but used the financial support for selfish interests.
   Some members of the clergy running orphanages have been implicated in child trafficking scandals, where the kids seeking to have joy have ended up as sex slaves under sophisticated cartels.

Harlem Residents In Shock Over Church Sex Scandal

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC.    
   WCBS [with video] Marcia Kramer Reporting, ~ August 04, 2008
   NEW YORK (CBS) – A Harlem priest who just months ago was bestowed the highest honors of working with Pope Benedict and Gov. Paterson has fallen from grace.
   Allegations of sexual abuse against Monsignor Wallace Harris have just surfaced that have left him without a congregation and are threatening his future in the church and the faith his followers once had in him.
   Parishioners got the startling news at mass Sunday morning. They say they were stunned and in total disbelief.
   "I was very hurt and I was very shocked because I do not believe it to be ," said parishioner Charrlette Williams. "I've know Monsignor Harris for many a year. He's been round my kids, my kids been round him."

Harlem monsignor facing sex abuse charges

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC.
   WABC, [with video], ~ August 04, 2008
   HARLEM, NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Archdiocese of New York says a Harlem pastor has stepped aside after being accused of sexually abusing a minor. For nearly two decades, Monsignor Wallace Harris has faithfully served as pastor of the St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem.
   The archdiocese says in a statement posted on its Web site Sunday that it has directed the Monsignor Harris to relinquish his duties as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
   The archdiocese says Harris denied the allegations, which have been referred to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Archdiocese says Harlem pastor relinquishes duties amid allegations of sexual abuse of minor

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC.
   Newsday, By Associated Press, 12:16 AM EDT, August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK (AP) – The Archdiocese of New York says a Harlem pastor has stepped aside after being accused of sexually abusing a minor.
   The archdiocese says in a statement posted on its Web site Sunday that it has directed the Rev. Monsignor Wallace Harris to relinquish his duties as pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

Harlem Priest Suspended After Abuse Claim

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. Child/ren.
   The New York Times, Published: August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK -- Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem, has been asked to step down by the Archdiocese of New York amid claims of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the archdiocese.
   The alleged abuse occurred 20 years ago, and the monsignor has denied the claims, the archdiocese said in a statement on Sunday.
   The matter has been turned over to the Manhattan district attorney's office. During the district attorney's investigation the archdiocese said it received a second claim.
   A phone call to the district attorney's office was not returned.

Harlem pastor suspended as DA probes charges he sexually abused 2 kids

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.
   New York Daily News, By Oren Yaniv, 12:43 AM Monday, August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK -- A prominent Harlem priest who gave the invocation at Gov. Paterson's inauguration and helped organize Pope Benedict's recent visit was forced to step down Sunday amid allegations he had sexually abused two minors.
   Msgr. Wallace Harris, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church on W.141st St., has been barred from acting as a priest pending recommendations from an advisory review board, the Archdiocese of New York said.
   "Msgr. Harris has denied the allegations, which concern actions that allegedly occurred 20 years ago," according to a statement issued by archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling.

Monsignor from Harlem is Facing Abuse Charges

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.
   ENews, By Raymond Fitzmyer, 11:22, August 4, 2008
   NEW YORK -- Monsignor Wallace A. Harris, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem, has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. He was asked to step down by the Archdiocese of New York after everyone had found out that monsignor Harris had abused a minor 20 years ago.
   Still, the pastor denied the charges, as the archdiocese said Sunday in a statement. The archdiocese also stated that Monsignor Harris will not be allowed to practice his job as a priest until the Advisory Review Board investigates the matter. The pastor didn't return any call until Sunday night.
   Monsignor Harris had to lead an event for part of Pope Benedict XVI's trip to New York and a Sunday Mass at Yankee Stadium. The pastor also led a prayer at the inauguration of Gov. David A. Paterson. He has now fallen from these important men's grace. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon August 04, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Former pastor gets weekend jail sentence for sex assault

  [2006 Tuck -NEW*] - Christian. SENTENCE. 45 days. Girl.  
   The Mississauga News, www. mississauganews. com/article/ 17343 , By: Louie Rosella, 01:32 PM, August 5, 2008
   CANADA -- A former Mississauga teacher and pastor convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage student has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to turn over a DNA sample.
   Paul Tuck, 45, of Brampton recently received from Justice James Blacklock in Brampton court an intermittent sentence, meaning he'll serve the time on weekends. Following that, Tuck will be on probation for two years.
   The judge also ordered Tuck to turn over a DNA sample, which will go into the national databank.
   Tuck was found guilty in January of one count of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female student in 2006 while he was a teacher and pastor at Mississauga Christian Academy elementary school, on Ganonoque Dr. He has since resigned.

Preacher found guilty of murder

  [~ 1990s-2000s Porter -NEW*] - Christian. CONVICTED. US$1m and murder.
   Monterey County Herald, By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press, Article Last Updated 01:44:28 AM PDT August/05/2008
   MODESTO (CA) – A rural California preacher was convicted Monday of murdering an 85-year-old farmer after he stole more than $1 million from the elderly bachelor's trust.
   Jurors in Stanislaus County Superior Court also found Howard Douglas Porter guilty of attempted murder, embezzlement and elder abuse.
   Prosecutors accused Porter, 57, of staging two auto wrecks to cover up his theft of more than $1.1 million from Craig's sizable fortune. Craig had entrusted the minister with administering his money to build a museum that would show off his collection of antique farming equipment.

Priest gets 10 years for abusing 3

  [1983-84 Rev (Air Force Major) Underwood*] - RCC. 10yrs prison SENTENCE. 3 boys.
   Arizona Daily Star, ~ August 05, 2008 with link to the list of priests, two deacons and one nun who have been credibly accused of sex abuse in the Tucson diocese; By Stephanie Innes, Published: August.05.2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- His victims were young teens, altar boys who trusted the "hip" priest who drove a red Corvette, gave them beer and allowed them to see X-rated films in the rectory of St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson.
   Those teens – now men in their 30s – confronted the Rev. Gary E. Underwood, the priest they once idolized, in a Tucson courtroom Monday. And they watched as a judge sentenced the 55-year-old priest to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing them more than two decades ago.
   Underwood, who has not worked in the local diocese since 1987, apologized to his three victims.

Abuse victims seek solidarity

  - RCC.    
   The Maitland Mercury, By EMMA SWAIN 8:15:00 AM, for August 6, 2008
   AUSTRALIA – Anne was just a little girl when her family's life was turned upside down by sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest.
   But now, almost 20 years later, Anne is prepared to move on – with the help of the Catholic church.
   Following Pope Benedict's recent apology to those affected by abuse and Bishop Michael Malone's public stance on sexual abuse in the Catholic church, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is gathering for a Service of Solidarity tomorrow night. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 5, 2008 6:58 PM]

Texas files to remove some FLDS children again

  - FLDS.  
   Deseret News, By Ben Winslow, Published 2:36 p.m. MDT, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008
   TEXAS -- Texas child welfare authorities filed court papers today asking to put eight children from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch into foster care.
   They are seeking the action because their mothers have refused to limit their contact with men involved in underage marriages, the Texas Department of Child and Family Services said.
   "We are concerned about the welfare of these eight children," said Marleigh Meisner, a spokeswoman for Texas Child Protective Services. "In this particular case, we have determined that although we have tried to work with the families, we have found in these particular cases, these children do not have a protective parent who is willing to ensure their safety."

Texas wants 8 polygamist kids back in state care

  - FLDS.
   Houston Chronicle, By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer, 3:52PM, Aug. 5, 2008
   SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Texas child welfare authorities asked a judge on Tuesday to place eight children from a West Texas polygamist sect's ranch back into foster care, saying their mothers refuse to limit their contact with men accused of being involved in underage marriages.
   Child Protective Services filed petitions asking Texas District Judge Barbara Walther to place the six girls and two boys belonging to four different mothers back in foster care.

Preacher Anthony Hopkins arraigned

  [2004 Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. Daughter abused.
   Press-Register, Posted by Gary McElroy 11:31 AM August 05, 2008
   MOBILE (AL) -- Itinerant preacher Anthony Jujuan Hopkins appeared in court this morning for an arraignment.
   He pled not guilty and was given a bail of $790,000. Hopkins, accused of killing his wife and stuffing her into a freezer almost four years ago, had a $750,000 bail set for murder and then $10,000 each for another $40,000 on various sex-related charges.

Delaware lawsuit accuses priest of sex abuse decades ago

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   Philadelphia Inquirer By Kathy Brady Shea, August 05, 2008
   DELAWARE -- Four former students at Salesianum High School in Wilmington have filed lawsuits in Delaware accusing a Catholic priest of sexual abuse at the school three decades ago.
   The priest, Father Dennis Killion, later served as an assistant principal at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia and is now at a high school in Florida.
   He had been scheduled to take a new job at Saint Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, on August 18, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, upon learning of the allegations, withdrew permission for Killion to serve anywhere in their territory.

Woman's cause of death still unclear

  [2004 Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. Daughter abused.  
   Press-Register By RON COLQUITT Tuesday, August 05, 2008
   MOBILE (AL) -- The autopsy on Arletha Hopkins, who died nearly four years ago and was hidden in a home freezer in Mobile, was expected to begin Monday, after the body had thawed for a week, according to information from police.
   The cause of death had not been determined as of Monday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said.
   Hopkins' husband, roving pastor Anthony Hopkins, has been charged with rape, sodomy, incest and murder in the case and is scheduled for a bond hearing this morning in Mobile County District Court.

Ala. man pleads not guilty in frozen body death

  [2004 Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. Daughter abused, impregnated.
   The Associated Press, By GARRY MITCHELL, ~ August 05, 2008
   MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A part-time south Alabama evangelist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in the death of his wife, a mother of eight whose body had been stored in a freezer at least three years.
   Through his attorney, Anthony Hopkins, 37, also pleaded not guilty to separate charges of sexual abuse, rape, sodomy and incest.
   Prosecutors said the teenage victim in that case is a female relative who is pregnant with his baby. Her disclosure of the alleged sexual abuse led police to find the body in the freezer on July 28.

Former Darien priest delays reporting to prison

  [Fay]
   Stamford Advocate By Stephen P. Clark Article Launched 11:12:31 AM EDT August/05/2008
   DARIEN (CT) – In yet another close call, a Catholic priest convicted of stealing $1 million from his Darien church was granted a fifth delay just two days before he was to report to prison.
   On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arteron postponed until Sept. 3 the date the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, begins serving his three-year prison sentence.
   Fay, who has prostate cancer, was to surrender Wednesday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., but made his delay request Monday to give the Bureau of Prisons enough time to administer a new cancer drug to him.

Barksdale chaplain gets 10 years for sex abuse

  [1983-84 Rev (Air Force Major) Underwood*] - RCC. SENTENCE 10yrs prison. 3 boys.
   Air Force Times, By Erik Holmes - Staff writer, 11:52:55 EDT, Tuesday Aug 5, 2008
   ARIZONA -- A Pima County, Ariz., judge sentenced the former senior Catholic chaplain at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation as a registered sex offender Monday after the priest pleaded guilty in May to six counts of sexual abuse of a minor involving three victims.
   Maj. Gary Underwood pleaded guilty to sexually molesting three boys while he was a civilian priest in Arizona more than 20 years ago, before he joined the Air Force.
   Underwood was charged in November 2006 with nine counts of molestation and sexual conduct with a minor under 15. The incidents occurred in 1983 and 1984.
   [LOOK BACK: May 2008; ~ January 09, 2008; October 08, 2007; August.08.2007; July.11.2007; May 24 and 25, 2007; December 6, 2006.]

Father Fay gets a fifth prison delay

  [Fay]
   Darien Times Written by Susan Shultz Breaking News - 10:04 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008
   DARIEN (CT) -- For the fifth time since being sentenced to more than three years in federal prison, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, was granted permission to delay his sentence late last night.
   Fay, a former St. John Roman Catholic Church pastor, was to report to a North Carolina prison Wednesday morning, Aug. 6. But U.S. Judge Janet Bond Arterton granted a three-week extension for Fay Monday night. Unlike past requests, this delay was not opposed by the U.S. Attorney's office.
   The three weeks is to complete arrangements between the Bureau of Prisons and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital so Fay can continue to receive an experimental treatment for prostate cancer while he is incarcerated.

DA CAN'T TOUCH PATERSON'S 'PERV' PASTOR

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   New York Post, By LAURA ITALIANO and PILAR CONCI, Posted: 4:25 am, August 5, 2008
   NEW YORK-- Manhattan prosecutors can't go after Gov. Paterson's pastor on child sex-abuse allegations because the claims are too old, officials said yesterday.
   The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has examined two accusations against Monsignor Wallace Harris and found both fell outside the five-year statute of limitations for sex abuse, DA spokeswoman Alicia Maxey Greene said.
   That doesn't get Harris, 61, out of hot water with the Catholic Church, which will have the Archdiocesan Advisory Board probe the alleged abuse at Cathedral Prep Seminary.
   Until that panel rules, Harris is barred from performing priestly duties.

Local actress: Conan stalker is harassing her

  [Ajemian]  
   Gloucester Daily Times, By Jessica Benson, ~ August 05, 2008
   GLOUCESTER (MA) – A well-known television and film actress who has been performing in a play at the Gloucester Stage Company says that she is being harassed by the same man accused of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien.
   Lindsay Ann Crouse, a 60-year-old actress who owns a home in Gloucester, reported the harassment to police on Saturday afternoon. She told detectives that she has received two "very disturbing" letters from David J. Ajemian, a 48-year-old Boston priest.
   Crouse says that Ajemian hand-delivered one of the letters to the East Main Street theater. He was positively identified as Ajemian by the employee who took the letter, according to the police report.

Stalker priest Ajemian strikes again

 
   WHDH ~ August 05, 2008
   GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- A well known local actress says she is being harassed by the same man accused of stalking late night talk show host Conan O'Brien.
   Lindsay Ann Crouse, 60, of Gloucester, reported the harassment to police on Saturday afternoon. She told detectives that she received two "very disturbing" letters from David Ajemian, a 48-year-old Boston priest.
   Crouse said the Ajemian hand delivered one of the letters. The second letter was sent through the mail, the paper reported.

Priest Removed From Assignment After Allegations Of Abuse

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   NBC 10, ~ August 05, 2008
   PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- A priest faces allegations that he sexually abused boys 20 years ago.
   The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Monday of the allegations against the Rev. Dennis Killion.
   Killion was teaching at at Salesianum School in Delaware when the alleged abuse occurred, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
   It was just announced on Sunday that Killion would be assigned to Saint Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, the diocese said.

No charges for Harlem priest

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   NEW YORK -- New York Daily News BY OREN YANIV 10:33 PM Monday, August 4, 2008,
   A popular Harlem priest accused of sexually abusing two minors 20 years ago will not be charged because the statute of limitations has expired, prosecutors said yesterday.
   The allegations against Msgr. Wallace Harris of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church on 141st St. date from the late 1980s.
   The statute of limitations in New York on such offenses is five years from the time the minor turns 18.

Priest accuser now faces charges

  - Blames abuser for his actions.  
   Albany Times Union Tuesday, August 5, 2008
   SCHENECTADY (NY) -- A man who alleges a priest in the Albany Catholic Diocese abused him two decades ago was arrested over the weekend on charges that he mistreated his stepchild.
   Michael Cleveland, 37, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after his 5-year-old stepchild was found wandering near Broadway alone around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Lt. Brian Kilcullen of the Schenectady police said. Police said the child left home on Crane Street while Cleveland was sleeping.
   When Cleveland was arrested around 8 p.m., police also charged him in connection with an earlier incident in July in which police allege he hit his stepchild on both sides of the face, causing swelling and bruising, Kilcullen said.

Harlem Priest Will Not Be Charged

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   EFluxMedia, By Rebecca Brody, 13:42, August 5, 2008
   NEW YORK -- A popular Harlem priest accused of sexually abusing two minors twenty years ago will not be indicted because the statute of limitations has expired, prosecutors announced on Monday, as reported by the New York Daily News.
   The accusations against Rev. Monsignor Wallace Harris of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church on 141st Street were made known during Sunday Mass at Harlem's Church, where he has been pastor since 1989 and date from the late 1980s.
   The statute of limitations in New York on such crimes is five years from the time the minor turns 18. Nevertheless, spokeswoman Alicia Maxey-Greene said that if new complaints were reported, they would be investigated.

Ex-Salesianum priest accused of abusing students 20 years ago

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.  
   Delco Times, Associated Press, August/05/2008
   WILMINGTON, Del. - Four former students at Wilmington's Salesianum school are claiming in a lawsuit they were abused by a priest who taught there and say that Catholic officials didn't do enough to stop him.
   The lawsuit was filed Monday. It alleges the abuse occurred between 1983 and 1987, when the Rev. Dennis Killion was a teacher at the school.

Tardy truth

  [Ms Johnson] - Lied.
   The Courier-Journal, August 5, 2008
   KENTUCKY -- It's been months since a Bullitt County judge dismissed child sex abuse charges against Clayton Pruett, who is a church youth pastor, substitute teacher and wrestling coach. But only recently has the public learned that Debra Kay Perez Johnson, mother of Mr. Pruett's alleged victim, confessed in a settlement that she lied.
   Mr. Pruett, an associate pastor at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, says he's forgiven Ms. Johnson but fears he'll be scarred for life by her accusation.
   The settlement includes a provision that Ms. Johnson is to pay an undisclosed amount to Mr. Pruett for what she put him through. Kentucky law will allow no more than a misdemeanor charge against Ms. Johnson, even though the injury she inflicted is profound
   And to think, she was once a member of the county school board.

Hosanna defense's expert can view 1 tape

  [ 2005 Lamonica] - "Hosanna Church". 2 sons and girl (2).
   Advocate, By DEBRA LEMOINE, Advocate Florida parishes bureau, Page 1B, Published Aug 5, 2008
   AMITE (LA) – A defense expert can view the videotaped interview of the older alleged victim but not the tape of the younger alleged victim in the defense's preparation for the upcoming rape trial of former pastor Louis D. Lamonica.
   State District Court Judge Zoey Waguespack issued her ruling Monday in a pre-trial hearing held in 21st Judicial District Court in Amite.
   Lamonica, 49, of Holden, is one of seven members of the now defunct Hosanna Church of Ponchatoula indicted in 2005 for child sex abuse.

Crockett hopes renaming bridge will let all move on

  - Name Curran being removed.
   Kennebec Journal, by Rep. Patsy Garside Crockett, August/05/2008
   AUGUSTA (ME) -- As the state representative for District 57, which is part of Augusta, I have been reading the editorials and stories in the Kennebec Journal concerning the renaming of the Father Curran Bridge in Augusta.
   The first story, printed May 24, said that advocates for victims of sexual abuse by priests had asked the Calumet Club and the University of Maine at Augusta to change the name on their Father Curran scholarships because it was offensive to victims of sexual abuse. At that time, I felt the name of the Father Curran Bridge should also be changed and submitted legislation to do that on May 27. On May 29, an editorial in the Kennebec Journal said it would be a statement of respect and apology for those abused by Curran to have his name removed from public structures. Since all bridges in Maine are named by the state Legislature, which will not be in session until January, no other action can be taken until that time.
   I know how I feel about changing the name, but, as a responsible elected official, I also know it is up to me to find out the facts and to hear how the citizens I represent feel about this issue. I have spoken with many members of the community and I have learned about the many good things that Father Curran did for this community. Most people, however, agree that we can no longer ignore the accusation of abuse that has been corroborated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
   I contacted the diocese and was informed that it is evident that Father Curran inflicted much harm to some of the most vulnerable among us. The diocese assured me it would not oppose changing the name of the bridge.

Notable N.Y. priest is accused of sex abuse

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   Metro, by Patrick Arden / Metro New York, ~ August 05, 2008
   NEW YORK -- The future looked dim yesterday for Monsignor Wallace Harris, the prominent Harlem priest accused of sexually abusing two minors 20 years ago.
   A stream of TV trucks pulled up in front of the rectory at St. Charles Borromeo, hoping to catch a glimpse of the humiliated Harris, who gave the invocation at Gov. David Paterson's inauguration and organized Pope Benedict's visit here.
   But a handwritten sign wired to the church's fence summed up the feelings of this neighborhood: "Don't believe the media hype."

Faith in school unshaken after former employee named in sex-abuse suit

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.  
   News-Press, By JANINE ZEITLIN, jzeitlin@news-press.com , August 5, 2008
   FLORIDA – Parents were shocked by sexual abuse accusations that surfaced against a former Bishop Verot High priest but not shaken in their faith in the school.
   The allegations trace to the Rev. Dennis Killion's time teaching at an all-boy's Catholic school in Wilmington, Del., between 1983 and 1987, according to a complaint filed Monday in a Delaware state court.
   It charges that Catholic officials suspected or knew about the abuse but did little or nothing to stop it. Killion worked as Bishop Verot's activities director from July 2006 until this June.
   "I'm just as shocked as anybody," said Debbie Rainbolt, a Cape Coral parent who volunteers at the bookstore on campus where her 17-year-old daughter, Sarah, will be a senior when school starts next week. Rainbolt's daughter, Rachel, 19, is a graduate.

Ex-Sallies priest accused of abuse

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   The News Journal By ESTEBAN PARRA, August 5, 2008
   DELAWARE -- A former Salesianum School priest is accused of sexually abusing four boys, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court in Wilmington.
   The lawsuit charges that Catholic officials suspected or knew about the abuse but did little or nothing to stop it.
   According to the suit, the abuse occurred between 1983 and 1987 when the Rev. Dennis Killion was a teacher at the all-boys Catholic high school in Wilmington. Killion belongs to the religious order the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, based in Wilmington and Philadelphia. The order allegedly knew about Killion's abuses as early as the 1980s but did nothing about it.
   Two of the four victims reported their abuse, said John C. Manly, a California attorney representing the men. "They were told he was going to be transferred and to keep quiet."

Jury will decide on possible sex abuse coverup by Belleville Diocese

  [1970s Kownacki] - RCC. Fraudulent concealment. Altar boy.
   News-Democrat, with link to the judge's ruling, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK, ~ August 05, 2008
   BELLEVILLE (IL) --For the first time since the early 1990s when priest misconduct began to be widely reported, a civil court jury will be asked to decide whether Belleville Diocese officials conducted a coverup.
   If a jury rules that the diocese engaged in "fraudulent concealment" of sex abuse by the Rev. Raymond Kownacki, 73, then statute of limitation concerns will be overcome. That would allow a full trial in a lawsuit brought by James Wisniewski, of Champaign, to go forward, according to a 15-page ruling filed Friday by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto. The lawsuit claims psychological damage and names Kownacki and the diocese.
   If jurors decide there was no concealment, the jury's job will be over. Trial is set for Aug. 18.
   Former Belleville Bishop Wilton Gregory failed to turn over all reports about Kownacki to a civilian review board in 1994 investigating priest misconduct, according to the ruling's summary of deposition testimony by board administrator Margie Mensen. Gregory, now the archbishop of Atlanta, did not respond to a request for comment.

Patching lives back together

  [30yrs Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls  
   Sarnia Observer, By JACK POIRIER, ~ August 05, 2008
   CANADA -- A Sarnia woman still suffering from the sexual abuse inflicted by a former priest is hoping to help other victims to pick up the pieces.
   Irene Williams was preyed upon by disgraced Catholic priest Charles Sylvestre when, as a nine-year-old, she volunteered at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in south Sarnia's Bluewater Village.
   Sylvestre pleaded guilty in 2006 to molesting 47 girls over three decades while serving at parishes in Sarnia, Chatham, Pain Court and Windsor. The 84-year-old died three months into a three-year prison sentence.

In Harlem, Shock and Anger at Pastor's Removal

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children. [Years - Bp Moore] - Alcohol, cocaine, died of AIDS.    
   The New York Times, By PAUL VITELLO, Published August 5, 2008
   NEW YORK -- It may not be the most heavily attended church in the area, but the imposing Roman Catholic church on 141st Street, St. Charles Borromeo, known locally as Harlem's Cathedral, has become known in recent years for such stirring triumphs and humbling lows that some people see it as a kind of tragic, if not bipolar, character residing in the neighborhood.
   Pope John Paul II visited the church in 1979, and people still remember the pomp and pageantry it brought to the block. But the man most responsible for that visitation – the church's pastor at the time, Msgr. Emerson J. Moore, a rising star who in just a few years would become the first black bishop in the Archdiocese of New York – died in a Minnesota AIDS hospice in 1995 after a long battle with cocaine and alcohol addiction.
   And now, with another rising star at the helm – Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, who gave an invocation at Gov. David A. Paterson's inauguration and like his predecessor, Bishop Moore, took a leading role in organizing the most recent papal visit to New York – the pendulum has swung once again. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 5, 2008 7:50 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue August 05, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed August 06, 2008 edition:


Kamuli pastor arrested over defilement

  [~ 2008 Malinzi -NEW*] -"Full Gospel Church." Girl (13).  
   The New Vision, www. newvision. co.ug/D/8/ 17/643306 , By Tom Gwebayanga and Doreen Musingo, Wednesday, August 6, 2008
   UGANDA – POLICE in Kamuli have arrested a pastor over alleged defilement of a mentally challenged 13-year-old girl, a member of his church.
   Yona Malinzi, 30, of the Full Gospel Church in Miseru, Kidera sub-county in Kamuli, was arrested recently and is being detained at Kamuli Central Police Station.
   The district Police commander, Frank Abalawuwe, said Malinzi was arrested while leading a church service and transferred to Kamuli for interrogation.

!!!: Woman Speaks Up About Alleged Abuse By Colo. Nun

  [~ 1971 Sr Judith Fisher -NEW*] - RCC. Girl.  
   CBS 4, http://cbs4 denver.com/ local/Alleged. Abuse.Nun. 2.789568. html , AP, ~ August 6, 2008
   DENVER (CO), (AP) – A woman who says she was molested as a teenager by a Colorado nun has asked anyone else who might be a victim to step forward.
   Anne Gleeson of St. Louis said Wednesday she was molested by Sister Judith Fisher in St. Louis when she was 13, and again later in Denver.

Parishioners' shock at 'respected' clergyman

  [2000s Sweeney*] - RCC. Used male prostitutes.  
   Clydebank Post ~ August 06, 2008
   UNITED KINGDOM -- PARISHIONERS have spoken of their disgust after learning that their parish priest enjoyed gay sex romps with rent boys.
   The revelations came to light after police were tipped off that one of the rent boys was blackmailing the priest – Father Tony Sweeney.
   Sweeney – who has now resigned from the priesthood – was parish priest at St Benedict's Church in Drumchapel from October 1998 to October 2005.
   [LOOK BACK: July 26, 2008]

Transcripts Appear To Show Pastor's Sex Talk With Teens

  [? 2008 Gilyard*] - Baptist. Lewd messages. Teenage girl.  
   News4Jax, ~ August 06, 2008
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of pages document sexual conversations allegedly between a pastor and teenage church members conducted over cell phone text messages.
   Channel 4 obtained the court records in the criminal case against the Rev. Darrell Gilyard, former pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, who is facing charges of lewd and lascivious conduct.
   The documents contain scores of text messages prosecutors said were sent to teenage girls from phones owned by Gilyard.
   [LOOK BACK: ~ January 11, 2008]

Woman allegedly stole $85,000 from 2 churches

  [1998-2005 Ms Bruce*] - RCC. Money US$85,000.    
   Honolulu Star-Bulletin, By Tom Finnegan, tfinnegan@starbulletin.com , August 6, 2008
   LIHUE, HAWAII – Prosecutors say a Kauai woman caught taking checks from the collection plate diverted as much as $85,000 from two churches from 1998 to 2005.
   Daria Bruce, 62, went on trial in Circuit Court yesterday on a charge of first-degree theft, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
   According to prosecutors, Bruce, secretary of Holy Cross Church in Kalaheo and Sacred Heart Parish in Eleele from 1998 until 2005, when she was fired, put checks from collections into an account for the Filipino Catholic Club. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 6, 2008 8:53 PM]

Priests in hunger strike against bishop

  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC) priests object.  
   CathNews (Australia) www. cathnews. com/article. aspx?aeid= 8405 , Published: August 07, 2008
   INDIA -- Parading with a coffin marked "Tiruchy diocese", priests from the Indian city of Tiruchirapalli have gone on a hunger strike against their local bishop.
   Newindpress reports that 16 Catholic priests staged a hunger strike on Tuesday, keeping a coffin inscribed "Tiruchy diocese" in front of them, to condemn the alleged authoritarian acts of the diocesan bishop.
   According to the priests, the bishop took arbitrary decisions and acted on them. They charged that the bishop was also acting on his own in the matter of the transfer of parish priests. […]
   SOURCE
   Priests protest bishop's oneupmanship (Newindpress, 6/8/08)
   LINKS
   Tiruchirapalli (Wikipedia)
   Tiruchirapalli diocese # [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 6, 2008 8:06 PM]

Freezer Murder: What Police Found Inside The Home

  [2004 Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. Daughter abused.  
   WKRG, By Kimberly Curth, Weekend Anchor / Reporter, ~ August 6, 2008
   MOBILE (AL) -- It could be eight weeks before autopsy results are in on human remains found in a freezer at Anthony Hopkins' home, the preacher accused of murdering his wife and sexually abusing one of their eight children, "people think that you can do an autopsy in the morning and have a report out in the afternoon and that's not especially when a body has been in this state for such an extended period of time," said Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson.
   News 5 has uncovered disturbing details about what may have happened inside the Hopkins' home and a travel trailer parked outside.
   According to search warrants obtained by News 5, the human remains found in the freezer "appear to be wrapped in a bloody sheet or cloth."

Judge denies motion to dismiss in clergy sex abuse case

  [1975~1979 Unnamed brother (Franciscan)] - RCC.
   Current-Argus, Article Launched 05:36:22 PM MDT, August/06/2008
   CARLSBAD (NM) -- A district court judge Wednesday denied a request from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces to dismiss a civil claim in which it is accused of negligence in the case of a Franciscan brother accused of sexual abuse.
   An attorney for the diocese argued that the dates of the abuse claims - 1975 through 1978 and possibly 1979 - predate the 1982 creation of the Las Cruces diocese and it should therefore not be held responsible.
   "The diocese of Las Cruces did not exist and should not be part of" this claim, said Minerva Camp.

Church close to settling abuse case

  [Girard]
   The Daily Record By DANNY JACOBS Legal Affairs Writer 7:00 PM August 6, 2008
   MARYLAND -- Lawyers for a former Catholic priest and the Archdiocese of Baltimore say they are close to settling a sexual abuse case filed by the parents of a man who died of a drug overdose, allegedly as a result of the priest's actions 17 years ago.
   Harry and Cathy Cliffe's son died in February 2005 at age 22. They filed a $2 million lawsuit against Steven P. Girard and the archdiocese last December, alleging Girard's actions caused their son to suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome and led to his drug use.
   Jeffrey J. Utermohle, representing the Cliffes, told Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts in Baltimore County Circuit Court that the parties were working on a $200,000 settlement, a statement confirmed by attorneys for Girard and the archdiocese.

Accord reached in St. Stan dispute

  - RCC. Laypeople back down.    
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Tim Townsend, August/06/2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The St. Louis Archdiocese today agreed to drop its motion for a temporary restraining order against St. Stanislaus Kostka Church after the parish agreed to cancel a parishioner vote to amend the church's bylaws scheduled for this weekend.
   The new bylaws would have given parishioners authority to remove the church's pastor, the Rev. Marek Bozek. According to the church's current bylaws, the pastor can be fired only by a majority vote of the parish's lay board.
   St. Louis Circuit Judge Bryan L. Hettenbach presided over a nearly two-hour hearing in a courtroom packed with 120 St. Stanislaus parishioners who had become divided over the direction of the church under Bozek.

An abused story

   
   GetReligion Posted by Mark Stricherz ~ August 6, 2008
   NEW YORK -- I was in high school 20 years ago. It was an age of great pop music, mullets, and impending U.S. victory in the Cold War. If that sounds like a long time ago, it was.
   Which is why I find it odd that The New York Times buried this fact in its story about a Catholic priest who has been removed from ministry because of allegations that he fondled two teenage boys.
   Reporter Paul Vitello's story was curious. It had strong virtues but also strong defects.

Letters support Catholic leaders knew about priest abuse allegations

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   The News Journal, By ESTEBAN PARRA, August 6, 2008
   DELAWARE -- Correspondence between an alleged sexual abuse victim and two priests suggest Catholic leaders knew years ago about allegations against a former Salesianum School priest, who continued to work at other Catholic schools.
   The letters contradict Catholic officials' claims made earlier this week that they were not aware of sex-abuse accusations lodged against the Rev. Dennis Killion until a lawsuit was filed Monday in New Castle County Superior Court. The order of priests to which Killion belongs, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, issued a press release that day saying Killion had been placed on administrative leave "after learning this morning about a lawsuit alleging abuse by the priest."

Notes from the priest abuse hearing

  [1983-84 Rev (Air Force Major) Underwood*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Tucson Daily Star, by Stephanie Innes, 11:43 AM, August/06/2008
   TUCSON (AZ) -- For anyone interested in more than the story in Tuesday's paper had to offer about the Rev. Gary E. Underwood, here are a few tidbits.
   A 40-year-old physician who lives in Texas was one of the most powerful witnesses for the prosecution. He lived in the rectory at St. Odilia's Catholic Church with Underwood in the early 1980s when he was 17 and 18, and his parents had moved out of state.
   He wasn't in much of Tuesday's story because he wasn't one of the victims named in the criminal case. He can't remember whether he was abused by Underwood or not, though he remembers Underwood tried to make sexual advances toward him.
   "We'd drink and he'd want to go into the jacuzzi. Numerous times there would be a foot on my inner thigh," said the man, a 1985 graduate of Amphitheater High School.

Pastor charged with felonies

  [2003-05 Budd] - Methodist. Woman.
   Winona Post, By Sarah Elmquist, ~ August 06, 2008
   Winona clergy member faces criminal sexual conduct charges
   MINNESOTA -- A former Winona pastor facing ten felony charges alleging criminal sexual conduct appeared in court Tuesday, affirming a not guilty plea but agreeing to participate in a settlement conference.
   Rev. Donald Dean Budd, 64, has been accused of engaging in criminal sexual conduct with an adult woman between 2003 and 2005. Of the ten felony charges, five are third degree with a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison and a $30,000 fine, and five are fourth degree with a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Rigali rejects accused priest

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By Kathleen Brady Shea and Kristen A. Graham, ~ August 06, 2008
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A veteran Philadelphia-area Roman Catholic priest's transfer from Florida to Bucks County has been halted after a lawsuit accused him of sexually abusing four boys in the 1980s at a Delaware high school.
   The Rev. Dennis Killion was scheduled to fill a vacancy Aug. 18 at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland; instead, he was placed on administrative leave Monday, a news release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said.
   The release said Cardinal Justin Rigali "immediately withdrew his approval" for Killion to serve "anywhere within the Archdiocese" after Killion's order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, told the archdiocese of the allegations.

Lawyer asks court to force Toledo Catholic Diocese to provide data

  [Robinson] - RCC. Satanism.  
   Toledo Blade, ~ August 06, 2008
   TOLEDO (OH) -- The attorney for a woman suing Toledo priest Gerald Robinson after accusing him of satanic ritual abuse has filed a motion asking that the Toledo Catholic Diocese be forced to provide documents and interrogatories related to the case.
   Attorney Mark Davis, representing the Toledo woman who sued anonymously as Survivor Doe with her husband Spouse Doe, said in a motion filed yesterday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court that the diocese has not yet provided pertinent information despite repeated requests. The motion requests that Judge Ruth Ann Franks order diocese officials to "fully answer the plaintiff's requests for production of documents and interrogatories."
   The diocese will have a chance to respond to the motion.

Opening statements heard in church theft trial

  [1998-2005 Ms Bruce*] - RCC. Money US$85,000.    
   The Garden Island, by Michael Levine, August 06, 2008
   HAWAII -- Attorneys for the state and defense yesterday offered their opening statements to the jury and questioned the first witnesses during the first full day of the first-degree theft trial of an 'Ele'ele woman accused of embezzling some $85,000 from a Westside Catholic church while serving as the organization's secretary.
   Daria Bruce, 62, was fired from Kalaheo's Holy Cross Church and its 'Ele'ele satellite Sacred Heart Parish in April 2005 after abusing her roles in both the church and the Filipino Catholic Club, a "booster" organization, to move donated funds to her personal banking accounts for more than six years, deputy prosecuting attorney Mauna Kea Trask said in his opening remarks.
   Bruce was indicted in January 2006 for first-degree theft, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. First-degree theft denotes that the value of stolen property exceeds $20,000, and the specific statute that Bruce allegedly violated is the one concerning theft by "deception."

Author explores Catholic sexual abuse cases

  - RCC. Book Sacrilege.  
   The Oklahoman, ~ August 06, 2008
   UNITED STATES --Material several years in the gathering fills a 675-page book that is an in-depth study conducted by a former federal investigator and practicing Catholic, Leon J. Podles.
   The book, "Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church" (Crossland Press, $22.95) examines public records about sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests and others over the years.
   Podles took 10 years to collect his research and write his book. The case stories are at times graphic.
   He examines how Catholic bishops and other clergy and laity responded to accusations against priests. He also reviews the various therapeutic treatment centers to which abusive priests were sent.

Women Forced To Drop Church Abuse Suit

  - Female survivors campaign.
   WSMV, with video, Reported By Catharyn Campbell, ~ August 06, 2008
   NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A group of women stood in the heat on Tuesday to make the public aware of the sexual abuse they said they suffered at church.
   The women said they were preyed upon at church, which is the one place they believed they were safe.
   "Because they went unreported to authorities and the congregation, it allowed these men to have complete access to children," Cheryl Morrell.

Trial set for accused child abuser

  [~ 2000s Mr Likos] - Christian. Girl (7).
   Cullman Times, By Patrick McCreless, PATRICKM@CULLMANTIMES.COM , ~ August 06, 2008
   CULLMAN COUNTY (AL) -- A convicted sex offender and former local church piano player is scheduled to stand trial in Cullman County next month for the alleged sexual abuse of a child.
   According to court records, Michael Likos, 34 of Gadsden is scheduled for trial on Sept. 8 in Cullman County Circuit Court with Judge Frank Brunner presiding.
   A Cullman County grand jury indicted Likos in April for sexual abuse in the first degree. Cullman County Sheriff's reports indicate the victim was a 7-year-old-girl.

Former Minister's Trial Set

  [Pilger*]
   The Intelligencer, By GABE WELLS, POSTED: August 6, 2008
   OHIO -- Those who heard statements from a former Martins Ferry pastor accused of raping a female family member will be called to the stand, a Stark County prosecutor has said.
   Peter Pilger, 36, of Warren, Ohio, will face a jury the week of Oct. 13 in Canton's Stark County Court of Common Pleas, said Assistant Prosecutor Lori Kurd. Pilger appeared Wednesday for a hearing in the case in which he is accused of one count of rape, one count of kidnapping, three counts of attempted rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.
   The allegations against Pilger were made by the 12-year-old victim during a sleepover, according to reports. Kurd said witnesses will testify in court regarding comments Pilger allegedly made.

Pastor faces more charges

  [2008 Russell*] - "Acts II Church". Porn and exploitation.
   Neosho Daily News, By Cody Thorn, 12:19 AM CDT, Wed, Aug 06, 2008
   NEOSHO (MO) -- New felony sex charges have been filed against a Newton County pastor who is already facing 12 charges against him in McDonald County Circuit Court.
   Randall "Danny" Russell, 50, pastor of the Acts II Church in Neosho, has been charged with six felony counts of possession of child pornography and two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. The charges were filed by the Newton County Sheriff's Department. The incidents took place on April 29.

Women drop sex-abuse suits against church

  - "Christian Gospel Temple." 4 girls.
   Tennessean, By CHRIS ECHEGARAY, August 6, 2008
   TENNESSEE -- Three Tennessee women have dropped their sexual abuse lawsuits against Christian Gospel Temple in rural Robertson County because the statute of limitations to file a civil lawsuit has expired.
   The women, all former church members, say they were sexually abused as children when the nondenominational church was still in Southern California. A fourth woman, who lives in California, filed the civil suit within the statute of limitations in March and her case is still pending.
   The women claim there were rapes, molestations and cover-ups in the congregation that includes several generations of family members.
   On Tuesday, Jennifer Meier-Beta, who is a member of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, and the other two women who dropped the lawsuits were in front of the Metro Courthouse to draw attention to sexual abuse.

Priest gets 10 years for abusing 3 Arizona teens

  [1983-84 Rev (Air Force Major) Underwood*] - RCC. 3 boys.
   The Associated Press, ~ August 06, 2008
   TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A priest has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing three Tucson teenagers.
   Gary Edward Underwood apologized to his victims and asked for their forgiveness before he was sentenced Monday. The 53-year-old was also ordered to lifetime probation as a registered sex offender.

VIDEO: Abuse case filed against ex-Sallies teacher

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   WDEL, with video, By Lee St. John, ~ August 06, 2008
   DELAWARE -- A priest who taught at Salesianum over 20 years ago, and as of last year was still teaching, is named in a sexual abuse lawsuit.
   Four former students at the all-boys high school in Wilmington claim that during the mid-1980's, Father Dennis Killion abused them, and that school officials and the Wilmington Diocese did nothing about it.
   At an impromptu press briefing outside the school, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, John Manly, said fault can be found at every level… [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 6, 2008 7:58 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed August 06, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu August 07, 2008 edition:


Former Sunland pastor gets 32-year prison sentence in molestation case

  [? 2000s Torres -NEW*] - "Iglesia Bautista Reformada". SENTENCE 32yrs. 2 girls.  
   Contra Costa Times, www. contracosta times.com/ california/ci_ 10130776 , Daily News Wire Service, Article Launched 04:15:34 PM PDT, August/07/2008
   SAN FERNANDO (CA) -- A former Sunland church pastor who molested two girls was sentenced today to 32 years and four months in state prison.
   Joseph Gary Torres, 48, whose sentence was handed down by a San Fernando Superior Court judge, was convicted June 26 of 11 counts, including continuous sexual abuse, oral copulation of a minor and sodomy by use of force.
   The girls attended Iglesia Bautista Reformada, where the defendant was a pastor.

New Brunswick clergyman facing charges

  [~ 1970s Hanson -NEW*] - Free Will Baptists.  
   Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, 6:45 AM EDT, August 7, 2008
   PLASTER ROCK, N.B., CANADA – A prominent New Brunswick clergyman and former political candidate faces charges for alleged sex crimes dating back more than three decades.
   Fred Douglas Hanson, 59, of Somerville, has stepped down as moderator of the Atlantic Canada Association of Free Will Baptists and relinquished his post as pastor of the Plaster Rock Free Will Baptist Church.
   The charges were filed simultaneously in courts in Grand Falls and Woodstock earlier this week.

Church pastor convicted of child sexual assault

  [2006 Jimenez*] - "Iglesia de Bautista". SENTENCE 20yrs confinement. Girl.  
   Mineral Wells Index, By Lacie Morrison, lmorrison@mineralwellsindex.com , ~ August 07, 2008
   PALO PINTO (TX) – A former pastor was found guilty Tuesday afternoon and sentenced to 20 years confinement for inappropriately touching a 14-year-old member of his congregation.
   Eric Correa Jimenez, 52, was indicted in February 2007 and arrested on two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony charge. This week's trial was pertaining to an offense in July 2006.
   According to testimony presented by the juvenile and her parents, Jimenez volunteered to tutor the teenage girl and help her with "emotional problems." Jimenez was the family's pastor at Primera Iglesia de Bautista, according to the family's testimonies.

Standing Committee: Bishop Should Be Deposed

  [Bennison] - Episcopalians. Deposition recommended.
   The Bulletin, By John P. Connolly, August/07/2008
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania has issued its opinion that the bishop should be deposed for covering up the sexual abuse of his brother.
   Rt. Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr., 64, was found guilty of two counts of engaging in conduct unbecoming of a member of the clergy on June 26. The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania presented a resolution in which the majority of member favored deposition of Bishop Bennison, and all favored a sentence that would preclude the bishop from ever serving as a clergyman again. The sentencing document, dated July 30, said that Bishop Bennison's persistent denial of wrongdoing was pivotal in reaching the decision to remove him from service in the clergy.
   "Bishop Bennison's inability to accept the fundamental wrongfulness of his own misconduct is a critical factor - the most critical factor, the determining factor - to consider in fashioning an appropriate sentence," the document reads.

Suit: Episcopal school did nothing about alleged sex abuse

  - Episcopalian.
   Houston Chronicle, By DALE LEZON, 6:48PM, Aug. 7, 2008
   HOUSTON (TX) -- A Harris County man and former student at a Episcopal school in Houston has sued the Protestant Episcopal diocese, alleging he was sexually abused by a school coach who was later convicted on multiple charges of sexual abuse of a child.
   The suit, filed in state district court late Wednesday, states that officials with Holy Spirit Episcopal School and the diocese did nothing even though they had received complaints that the former boys athletic director and coach had inappropriately touched students and sent them sexually suggestive text messages.
   The lawsuit states that the coach sexually assaulted the plaintiff. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 7, 2008 8:58 PM]

Diocese of Wilmington announces the laicization of Francis G. DeLuca

  [DeLuca] - RCC.
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, August 7, 2008
   WILMINGTON, Delaware – The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington announced today that it recently received a positive response to Bishop Michael Saltarelli's request to the Vatican that Francis G. DeLuca be dismissed from the priesthood (laicized).
   The Bishop's request was made shortly after DeLuca was arrested on charges of misdemeanor sexual abuse in Syracuse, New York in October 2006.
   The decision to laicize Mr. Deluca was made at the recommendation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and issued by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. The decision cannot be appealed.

DEFROCKED: Delaware pedophile priest Francis G. DeLuca

  [DeLuca]
   The News Journal By ESTEBAN PARRA, August 7, 2008
   WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – A Catholic priest who has been the subject of almost a dozen sex-abuse suits has been dismissed from the priesthood, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington announced today.
   The Wilmington diocese recently learned the Vatican had granted Bishop Michael Saltarelli's request that Francis G. DeLuca be laicized, or dismissed from the priesthood.
   "The bishop's request was made shortly after DeLuca was arrested on charges of misdemeanor sexual abuse in Syracuse, New York in October 2006," diocese spokesman Bob Krebs said in a statement. "The decision to laicize Mr. DeLuca was made at the recommendation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and issued by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI."

MAKE THE DALLAS CHARTER FAIR!

  - RCC.
   Archangel, ~ August 07, 2008
   NEW YORK -- New York priests were shocked to find in today's papers that one of our distinguished priests had been removed from ministry for an allegation of an event twenty years ago! I called a lawyer friend who deals with police cases. What would happen", I asked, "to a police officer with an alcohol content over the legal limit who shot a knife-wielding man?" His reply: "He would be removed from duty, given a desk job, and under the union contract would have an administrative hearing within thirty days." I continued: "Suppose some one alleged that he had been assaulted by a cop twenty years ago and wanted the cop punished, what would happen?" My attorney friend laughed: "The cop would probably sue the accuser for libel!"
   Police have a union, protective contracts, attorneys; teachers have a union, protective contracts, attorneys. They face different individuals with different functions - arresting officers, prosecutors, judges, and appeal levels. Priests have zero protection! Their fate is in the hands of one individual - the bishop, who is simultaneously arresting officer, prosecutor, judge, and appellent bench. No separation of powers! The so-called process is guided by the bishops' Dallas Charter, successful in its programs to protect children; a total failure as to treating the accused fairly. No statute of limitations, no provision for appeal, no proportionality - a pat on the ass treated equally with serial rape! Rejected by Cardinal Dulles and universally by canon lawyers! Who composed the Dallas Charter? A bishops' committee after consultation with other bishops, psychiatrists, victims of abuse, and representatives of the laity. Not one priest was invited to participate in the hearings!
   [COMMENT: The RC bishops went from hiding and condoning sex abuse, to the equally wrong opposite extreme of unjust behaviour. ENDS.]

Harlem rallies for embattled priest

  [1980s Mons. Harris*] - RCC. 2 children.    
   Amsterdam News, By HERB BOYD, Originally posted August 7, 2008
   NEW YORK -- Highly regarded and widely lauded Monsignor Wallace Harris, who played such an important role in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Yankee Stadium last spring and was for many years the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem, has been removed from his position following allegations he abused two minors 20 years ago. A statement from the Archdiocese of New York released Monday said Harris, 61, has been directed to step aside from his position as pastor, "and is not permitted to function as a priest until such time as the Archdiocesan Advisory Review Board has studied the matter and made its recommendations to the Archdiocese." …
   "On Sunday, a representative from the archdiocese in white vestments told the congregation that Monsignor Harris had been removed," said one church member, who asked that her name not be used. "We thought he was on the all-day cruise and that's why he wasn't there. Needless to say, the people around me didn't know what to think and found it incredible that he could be guilty of the allegations."

Temporary compromise at St. Stanislaus

  - RCC. Laypeople back down.    
   KWMU, AP/KWMU, August 07, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO) – A Roman Catholic parish at odds with the Archdiocese of St. Louis will elect a new board this weekend, but will put off a vote on new bylaws governing how the church will be run.
   That temporary compromise in a long-running dispute between St. Stanislaus Kostka church and the archdiocese came Wednesday after a court hearing.

Fay Prison Date Delayed Again

  [Fay] - RCC. US$1m.  
   Darien News-Review, By Stephen P. Clark, ~ August 07, 2008
   DARIEN (CT) -- In yet another close call, a Catholic priest convicted of stealing $1 million from his Darien church was granted a fifth delay just two days before he was to report to prison.
   On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arteron postponed until Sept. 3 the date the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church, begins serving his three-year prison sentence.
   Fay, who has prostate cancer, was to surrender Wednesday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., but made his delay request Monday to give the Bureau of Prisons enough time to administer a new cancer drug to him.

Alleged Sexual Abuse Victims Give Bishop an Ultimatum

  [Zalenski] - RCC. Female.
   WTRF, Story by Crissy Clutter, ~ August 07, 2008
   STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- Victims who say they were sexually abused by Father Gary Zalenski of Steubenville, are giving Bishop Daniel Conlon an ultimatum.
   Members of S.N.A.P., the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, are asking the Bishop to pay for a round trip ticket, for an alleged victim, to come back to the U.S. and talk face-to-face with the Guernsey County prosecutor about her allegations.

Lawyers in priest case say church knew of sex claims

  - RCC. [1980s Killion*] - 4 victims. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, By Kathleen Brady Shea, 610-696-3021 or kbrady@phillynews.com , August 07, 2008
   DELAWARE -- Attorneys for four men who filed a priest sex-abuse lawsuit on Monday released letters yesterday that they say suggest church officials knew of the allegations for more than a decade.
   According to the letters, officials of the Rev. Dennis Killion's order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, met in April and in 2002 with one of the four alleged victims whom he is accused of sexually abusing in the 1980s at Salesianum High School, an all-boys school in Wilmington.
   A news release that the order issued Monday said its leader put Killion on administrative leave after learning of the lawsuit that day. […]
   The lawyers said that although the order took action quickly after the lawsuit was filed, it in fact knew of the allegations as early as 1996 but, according to the letters, did not act on them. […]
   Killion was scheduled to begin working on Aug. 18 at St. Bede the Venerable parish in Bucks County; however, the archdiocese withdrew its approval of Killion's reassignment after learning of the allegations from the order.
   "If someone accused of abusing children gets transferred, transferred and transferred with no consequences, it's unlikely that he'll stop being a child abuser," Dalton said.
   Dalton said it took litigation - possible because Delaware changed its law a year ago - to prevent Killion from having access to children.
   Delaware's Child Victim's Act gives victims of child abuse two years from July 10, 2007, to sue perpetrators and the institutions found to be negligent in protecting them. Before, victims had only two years from the date of the abuse to sue. Efforts to pass similar legislation in Pennsylvania remain stalled.

Augusta Residents Divided On Whether to Rename Bridge

  - Curran name.
   Maine Public Radio, with audio, ~ August 07, 2008
   AUGUSTA (ME) -- Members of the Augusta City Council are asking the Maine Legislature to allow the city to rename a local bridge after allegations of decades-old child sex abuse by Father John Curran were recently examined by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The downtown bridge that spans the Kennebec River to connect Cony and Bridge streets was named after Curran in honor of the contributions he made to unite the Augusta community. But 32 years after his death, Curran's memory seems to be tearing the town apart.
   Robert Dupuis first met the man he called Father when he was 12 years old. He views John Curran as an evil sexual predator: "John J. Curran violated my trust as well as the trust of many other children that he deceived and violated." Others like Lorraine Gilbert see Curran as a talented spiritual leader who stood up for Augusta's Franco-Americans: "This man has been dead for 32 years. He did an awful lot for the French community. He's not here to defend himself."
   Both versions of Curran's legacy in the community clashed at an emotional meeting of the Augusta City Council Monday night to determine the fate of the bridge and its name. Council members say they are concerned about the investigation and findings of Bishop Joseph Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Bishop Malone says that if Curran were alive today, the Diocese would bar him from ministering and request the Vatican remove him from the priesthood. Dupuis, now an East Lyme, Connecticut resident, says his life-changing encounter with the priest took place nearly 50 years ago: "In the summer, fall and early winter of 1961, at the age of 12, on the premises of St. Joseph Parish in Old Town, Maine, I was stalked, sexually abused by John J. Curran - the same person for whom the bridge is dedicated and named."

Inside a murder suspect's home

  [2004+ Hopkins*] - Church of God in Christ. Wife dead in freezer. 2 children.
   WSFA, ~ August 07, 2008
   MOBILE (AL), (WPMI) -- An Alabama minister remains behind bars, unable to come up with the nearly $800,000 needed to secure his release. Anthony Hopkins faces murder and sex abuse charges. Investigators believe he killed his wife and stored her body in a freezer for almost four years.
   Hopkins is also accused of sexually abusing at least two of his eight children.
   Authorities confiscated several pieces of evidence from his home this week. WSFA 12 News affiliate, WPMI-TV in Mobile, obtained the associated court documents.
   The documents show authorities took dozens of items from Hopkins' house, including things like family pictures, greeting cards and a journal. But they also seized a dozen pornographic DVDs, male enhancement products, sex gels, swabs of possible DNA, and a generator.

Danger to the nation?

  [Jeffs]
   New Statesman (United Kingdom), by Andrew Stephen, Published August 07, 2008
   UNITED STATES -- Two years ago, the FBI added a religious eccentric to its list of America's top criminals. The hypocritical frenzy unleashed against his community recalls the dark excesses of the 1950s
   Back in 1950, J Edgar Hoover began the FBI's legendary practice of issuing a "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list. Posters of dangerous criminals such as serial murderers, rapists and drug warlords were distributed to post offices, and television shows such as America's Most Wanted shot to the top of the ratings. Americans loved playing detective, but only 150 of the most wanted have ever been arrested as a result of assistance from the public. By far the biggest name on the current list is Osama Bin Laden, who has a $25m ransom on his head and (the FBI helpfully tells us) "should be considered armed and dangerous".
   What, then, was 50-year-old Warren Steed Jeffs doing on the list two years ago? Like Bin Laden, he was also considered "armed and dangerous" and, we were told, "may travel with a number of loyal and armed bodyguards". Such dramatic warnings were worthy of Hoover himself, but in the event, the former private schoolteacher and accountant was led away with the minimum of fuss in 2006 after cops stopped his Cadillac Escalade on Interstate 15, north of Las Vegas, because its number plates were not visible. They found they had landed a supposedly very big fish indeed.
   [COMMENT: The Left is loyal to the depraved, it seems. ENDS.]

Archdiocesan fund off $1M

  - RCC.
   Cincinnati Enquier By Dan Horn, dhorn@enquirer.com , August 7, 2008
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- Donations to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's largest annual fund drive fell by almost $1 million this year, forcing church officials to look elsewhere for money to support a wide range of ministries.
   The 26 percent drop in donations - from $3.5 million in 2007 to $2.6 million this year - is the largest year-to-year decline since at least 2001.
   Church officials say they don't know why parishioners gave less this year to the Catholic Ministries Appeal. Likely suspects include the struggling economy and increasing pressure on parishes to repay loans to the archdiocese's central office. …
   "It is one of two ways Catholics show displeasure," said Kris Ward, leader of Dayton's Voice of the Faithful chapter, which seeks a greater role for lay people in the church. "They either use their feet or they use their wallets."
   [COMMENTS: If the RCs want their pastors to return to holy ways, let them follow the text 2 Thessalonians 3:10, so they would not need many donations, and it would help them to become a bit more like the Good Shepherd, and less like ravening wolves. ENDS.]

4 polygamist sect members post bond in Texas

  [Jessop, Keate, Emack] - FLDS.
   The Associated Press, By MICHELLE ROBERTS, ~ August 07, 2008
   SAN ANTONIO (AP), TEXAS – Four polygamist sect members indicted on charges of sexual assault of a child were released from jail late Wednesday after posting bond.
   Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran said the men – Raymond Merrill Jessop, 36; Allan Eugene Keate, 56; Michael George Emack, 57; and Merrill Leroy Jessop, 33 – posted bonds of $100,000 per charge and were likely headed home to the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado. They had been jailed since turning themselves in more than a week ago.

Self-proclaimed pastor faces 20 felony charges

  [Russell]
   The Joplin Globe, By Derek Spellman, dspellman@joplinglobe.com , ~ August 07, 2008
   NEOSHO, Mo. – A Neosho man identified as a self-anointed pastor of a fringe church now faces another batch of charges.
   Randall "Danny" Russell, 49, pastor of the Acts II Church in rural Neosho, was charged Tuesday with six counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
   Russell already faced one count of statutory rape in the second degree, two counts of statutory sodomy in the first degree, six counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree, one count of felony child abuse and two counts of child molestation in the first degree.

My Turn: We have a way to keep kids safe

  - RCC held up as a model.
   Burlington Free Press, By Kenneth Wooden, August 7, 2008
   VERMONT -- In October 2002, I was asked to speak at a White House conference on missing and exploited children. During my address, I raised a question to President Bush and six White House Cabinet officials and their deputies. Let me raise the same question to my fellow Vermont parents, grandparents, educators and state officials: "If sexual predators are using lures, shouldn't we be teaching our kids those lures?"
   Many powerful federal agencies like the Secret Service, State Department, Customs, National Security Agency and U.S. Armed Forces have answered that question with a resounding "Yes!" We have been honored to help protect their families with Child Lures Prevention's Community Plan, www.childluresprevention.com, which includes the Think First & Stay Safe school program, parent guide, student workbook, student TV news series, in-service training seminars and network TV news series. This Vermont-based entity has an extremely comprehensive program that provides teachers, students and parents with relevant safety information to prevent sexual abuse and abduction from happening to our children. It also uses the power of television, reaching over 100 million viewers and counting.
   Yet this international program of prevention, which has won numerous awards and consistently high professional evaluations, has been all but ignored by our governor and the state Legislature. Who has not ignored Child Lures Prevention? An institution that was burned by scandal only to emerge as the gold standard for child sex abuse prevention efforts here and throughout the United States. That institution is the Roman Catholic Church. The gold standard is their highly regulated independent auditing procedures: traveling professionals who have the power to request any document, see any program and provide oversight to ensure the mandates for safe environment of the Catholic bishops are being carried out. It is a model for every public school district, colleges, universities and military bases, too. Last year, the archbishop of Hartford, Conn., said, "The safest place for a child in America today is inside a Catholic church or school." Because of the yearly auditing and independent oversight, I, too, believe it is.
   [COMMENT: Who could believe it is a sincere reform, while Cardinal Law is a Vatican adviser? ENDS.]

Woman Says She Was Abused By Denver Nun

  [~ 1971 Sr Judith Fisher*] - RCC. Girl.
   TheDenverChannel By Lance Hernandez, 7NEWS Reporter, ~ August 07, 2008
   DENVER (CO) -- Pope Benedict XVI has asked the U.S. Catholic church to do everything it can to help victims of sexual abuse but one alleged victim says the Denver archdiocese isn't living up to that request.
   Anne Gleeson said she was abused by Sister Judith Fisher during a trip to Denver.
   "I was 13 years old," Gleeson said. "You think of women as being nurturing and you wouldn't suspect them."
   "There are nuns who have sexually abused children," said Stan Current, a friend and supporter

Letters allege prior knowledge of abuse allegations against SWFL priest

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   WINK News, with video, By Jeremiah Jacobsen, ~ August 07, 2008
   FORT MYERS (FL) -- Letters from attorneys for alleged abuse victims claim some in the Catholic church knew about allegations against a former Southwest Florida priest.
   In a suit filed this week, four men accuse Father Dennis Killion of sexual abuse, starting in the 1980's, when he worked at a school in Delaware.
   From 2006 to this past June, Killion was an activities director at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers.

Lawyers say church leaders knew of abuse

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   News-Press, Gannett News Service, August 7, 2008
   FLORIDA -- Correspondence released Wednesday by lawyers of an alleged sexual abuse victim and two priests suggest Catholic leaders knew years ago about allegations against a former priest and teacher at a Wilmngton, Del., high school, who continued to work at other schools, including Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers.
   The letters contradict Catholic officials' claims this week they were not aware of sex-abuse accusations lodged against the Rev. Dennis Killion until a lawsuit was filed Monday in New Castle County Superior Court.
   The order of priests to which Killion belongs - Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - said that day Killion, had been placed on administrative leave "after learning this morning about a lawsuit alleging abuse by the priest."

St. Louis woman asks victims of nun's abuse to come forward

  [~ 1971 Sr Judith Fisher*] - RCC. Nun to girl.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, August/07/2008
   DENVER (CO) – A woman from St. Louis who says she was molested as a teenager by a nun from Colorado is urging anyone who also was victimized to step forward.
   Anne Gleeson, 50, of St. Louis, said Wednesday she was molested by Sister Judith Fisher in St. Louis when she was 13 and again later on a trip to Denver. Fisher later served as a principal at St. Francis De Sales School in Denver during the mid-1970s, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver said.

Letters show church officials knew of alleged sex abuse

  - RCC. [1980s Killion* (Salesian Oblate)] - 4 boys. [1996-2008 Salesian Oblates] - Knew of allegations, allowed continuance.
   WNCT, Associated Press, Published: August 7, 2008
   DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for four men who claim they were sexually abused by a Catholic priest in Delaware have released letters indicating that church officials knew of the abuse for years but allowed the priest to continue to work with children.
   Attorneys for the former Salesianum School students released letters written by leaders of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales on Wednesday in response to statements made by the Oblates after a lawsuit filed this week. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on August 7, 2008 7:51 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu August 07, 2008
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont151.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri August 08, 2008 edition:


• Priest faces assault hearing

  [2006 Grillis ?NEW*] - Greek Orthodox. Headlock.    
   NEWS.com.au , www.news.com. au/story/ 0,23599, 24147533- 29277,00. html , 12:16pm, August 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A GREEK Orthodox priest allegedly grabbed a parishioner around the neck after a disagreement at a church committee meeting, a Sydney court has been told.
   Father John Grillis is facing two charges of assault relating to the alleged incident at a Greek Orthodox church in Burwood on February 1, 2006.
   Giving evidence today in Burwood Local Court, John Mihalopoulos demonstrated what allegedly happened at the meeting, using a volunteer from the court to show how he was placed in a headlock. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM]

Priest indicted in Edgewater church theft

  [2001-05 Patte -NEW*] - RCC. Money > US$10,000.  
   Chicago Tribune, By Matt Walberg and Angela Rozas | 2:07 PM CDT, August 8, 2008
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Chicago-area Roman Catholic priest was indicted Friday on charges that he stole more than $10,000 from his parish, authorities said.
   Rev. Steven Patte, 64, pleaded not guilty in an appearance before Cook County Circuit Judge William Lacy. He was indicted on two counts each of felony theft, continuing financial crimes enterprise and money laundering as well as one count of wire fraud, said Assistant State's Atty. Dianne Ghaster.
   Patte is accused of stealing money while he was at St. Ita's Parish in the Edgewater neighborhood from July 2001 to July 2005. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM]

Former St Joseph's chaplain guilty on child sex charges

  [Haines*] - RCC. ADMITS 10 charges, 60 dropped.    
   Geelong Advertiser, by Joel Cresswell, August 8, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- FORMER St Joseph's College chaplain Edmund John Haines has pleaded guilty to 10 child sex and porn charges in court today.
   Another 60 charges were dropped when Haines, who stood down as chaplain when the charges were laid in February, entered his plea in Geelong Magistrates Court.

FLDS custody hearings moved up a month

  - FLDS.  
   Deseret News, By Ben Winslow Published 12:18 p.m. MDT Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
   TEXAS -- Court hearings in Texas on whether to place eight children taken in the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch in foster care are now slated to begin later this month.
   Clerks in a San Angelo court said Friday the hearings were rescheduled for Aug. 18, and could last the entire week. They were previously scheduled for Sept. 25.
   "We will present evidence that we believe will justify the non-emergency removal of the children and the attorneys and parents will be represented and can plead their case to the court," said Texas Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner.

Bishop apologises for clergy sex abuse

  [Years - Maitland-Newcastle Diocese] - RCC. Children.    
   ABC News, August 08, 2008
   AUSTRALIA -- A New South Wales bishop has publicly apologised to the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.
   About 500 people including victims, relatives and politicians last night gathered at Newcastle's Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the NSW Hunter region, to hear the apology.
   The Bishop of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese apologised to the victims and for his own mistakes in dealing with the issue.
   The congregation applauded as Bishop Michael Malone delivered his address, which comes after Pope Benedict's apology to victims last month.
   [COMMENT: Years and years of condoning child sex abuse, and the "sheeple" applauded when the "shepherd" made admissions!  We have read about Communist "brain-washing" in the recent past, but this would take some beating! Keep reading. ENDS.]

Mediation set for Oregon Jesuits sex abuse case

  [1960s Poole, Duffy (Jesuits)] - RCC. US$15m claim. Girl.  
   The Oregonian The Associated Press, ~ August 08, 2008
   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Mediation has been scheduled for a $15 million sex abuse lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Church in Oregon after a judge refused to dismiss the case.
   A woman who claims she was abused as a child in the mid-1960s filed the lawsuit against two Jesuit priests, James Poole and Frank Duffy.

Breakaway St. Louis church to elect new board members

     
   Catholic News Agency, 05:00 am, Aug 8, 2008
   ST. LOUIS (MO), (CNA).- Parishioners at the breakaway parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka in St. Louis will elect six new board members this weekend after a circuit court judge brokered a compromise between the church and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
   Under the agreement, the church will cancel a second vote to amend its bylaws while the archdiocese has dropped a court motion to stop the vote, which could have further distanced the church from the archdiocese, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
   On Wednesday Mary Ann Wymore, an attorney for the archdiocese, told St. Louis Circuit Judge Bryan L. Hettenbach that if the bylaw vote were to proceed, the church could "potentially affiliate somewhere else" with a non-Catholic church which would then acquire the parish's assets.