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Jesuit Order admits child sex abuse in three nations - Summary

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab -NEW* and Fr Peter Riedel -NEW* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Students.        
   Earth Times, http://www. earthtimes. org/articles/ show/307013, jesuit-order- admits-child- sex-abuse- in-three- nations-- summary.html ; ~ February 01, 2010
   BERLIN, Germany -- The Jesuit Order of Catholic priests admitted Monday that boys had been sexually abused at its secondary schools in three nations and that it covered up the scandal a quarter century ago. Stefan Dartman, superior for Germany of the worldwide order, spoke in Berlin after a former sex abuser who left the order in 1991 went public with an admission that he forced boys to have sex at an upmarket boys school, Canisius College, in the capital from 1975 to 1983.
   Dartmann disclosed that the same sports teacher had been guilty of similar abuses at the order's schools in Spain and Chile. Dartmann criticized his predecessors for not making the cases public. In Germany, the abuses happened in five different towns.
   "We realize with horror that these matters were evidently perceived differently in the 1970s, 80s and 90s," Dartmann said.. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM, February 01, 2010 (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont169. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Monday, February 01, 2010.)
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Bishop Resigns Over Heavy Church Debts

  [~ 2000s Monsignor Kizito Bahujimihigo -? NEW*] - RCC. Money.  
   AllAfrica, The New Times, by Jean B Nkusi, February 1, 2010
   KIGALI – Monsignor Kizito Bahujimihigo, who headed the Catholic dioceses of Kibungo and Ruhengeri has resigned, amid serious financial troubles, the church announced last Friday.
   According to Bishop Semarigande Mbonyintego of Kabgayi Diocese, who is also the chairman of the Bishops in Rwanda, Bishop Kizito resigned because he had failed to account for millions of church funds.
   "Monsignor Kizito Bahujimihigo has resigned; Kibungo is going to be overseen by Archbishop Thaddeus Ntihinyurwa, while Ruhengeri will be in the hands of Bishop Habiyambere," Bishop Semarigande announced. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM, February 1, 2010]

L.A. cardinal deposed for 5 hours in abuse lawsuit

  - (RCC). Card. Roger Mahony. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CNN, By Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit, February 1, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (CNN) -- The head of the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States faced a grueling five-hour deposition last month, answering questions about his knowledge of abusive priests and his attempts to prevent the information from reaching police.
   A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, would not answer further questions about Cardinal Roger Mahony's deposition in a civil lawsuit.
   "A transcript has not been made available to the archdiocese," spokesman Tod Tamberg said. "When the transcript is made available to the public, you {CNN} may resubmit your questions."
   CNN reported last year that the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles had launched a federal grand jury investigation to determine if Mahony violated the law in his response to the molestation of children by priests.
   Tamberg said the archdiocese's attorneys "have been told that Cardinal Mahony is not a target of the investigation." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM, Feb 01, 2010]
   [CORRECTION: This newsitem was an error.  The questioning was later reported to be in a civil case, not before a grand jury. ENDS.]

Weitere Fälle von Missbrauch

  [(Jesuits)] - RCC. Boys.    
   Taz, ~ February 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- Nach dem Bekanntwerden von Missbrauch an der Jesuiten-Schule Canisius in Berlin kommen jetzt nach und nach weitere Fälle ans Licht. An der Hamburger Sankt-Ansgar-Schule haben sich bisher drei ehemalige Schüler gemeldet, die missbraucht wurden. Auch das Jesuitenkolleg St. Blasien im Südschwarzwald will mögliche Vorfälle prüfen. In beiden Fällen ist der mutmaßliche Täter Pater Wolfgang S., der am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg unterrichtet hat. Der Pater war von 1979 bis 1982 in Hamburg und von 1982 bis 1984 in St. Blasien tätig. 1991 trat er aus dem Orden aus und lebt jetzt in Chile.
   [summary]
   Officials of St. Ansgar school in Hamburg said three students have said they were abused and they expect, based on talks with these victims, that more instances of abuse will be made known. School officials have learned from a mother that one of the alleged victims is now mentally ill.
   The former Jesuit priest suspected of the abuse also taught at St. Blaise in the Black Forest. The Rev. John Siebner, rector, yesterday held an internal meeting with students to answer questions. The rector said he must assume there must be incidents of abuse at St. Blaise.
   The Rev. Stefan Dartmann, provincial for the Jesuits in Germany, apologized Monday at St. Canisius College, Berlin, for incidents of abuse in the Jesuit schools. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM, February 01, 2010

Pastor remains on clergy roster

  [≤ 2009 Rev. Alan Wenrich*] - Lutheran. Whores.  
   Pretty Good Lutherans, ~ February 01, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A year ago, members of Zion Lutheran Church in Hummelstown, Pa., woke up to the news that their pastor had been arrested.
   The Rev. Alan Curtis Wenrich was charged with "patronizing prostitutes" and for solicitation of prostitutes, according to the police report.
   Soon after his arrest, Wenrich, who is married, resigned his post at the Hummelstown church. Yet he remains on the ELCA clergy roster. His status is listed as "on leave."
   When asked why Wenrich is still a pastor, Hoover said: "Because his misconduct did not rise to the level of sexual misconduct as we define it. It was solicitation, not the act of sex." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM, February 01, 2010

Missbrauch-Skandal entfacht neue Zölibat-Debatte

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang S.* and Fr Peter R.* (Jesuits)] -- RCC. Students.        
   Welt, G. Facius und L. Wiegelmann, 19:06 Uhr, 1. Februar 2010 = Feb 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- Der Skandal um Kindesmissbrauch bei den Jesuiten weitet sich aus. Auch in Hamburg, Hildesheim und Göttingen melden sich Opfer. Jahr für Jahr werden aus Pfarreien, Seminaren und Schulen ähnliche Vorkommnisse gemeldet. Die Debatte über den Zölibat wird neu entfacht.
   Nach Berlin melden sich nun auch drei ehemalige Schüler der Hamburger Sankt-Ansgar-Schule und gaben an, vom Jesuitenpater Wolfgang S. (65) sexuell missbraucht worden zu sein. Sie sagten auch, dass es noch weitere Opfer gebe. S., der derzeit in Chile lebt, war von 1979 bis 1982 Sportlehrer in Hamburg, davor hatte er am Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin Religion und Deutsch unterrichtet.

   [summary]
   The abuse scandal in Germany has opened a new debate on celibacy as new incidents are reported in Hamburg, Hildesheim and Gottingen.
   Hanspeter Heinz, an Augusburg writer and theology professor, said the problem with abusive clergy is not celibacy but sexual immaturity which he finds to be common among priests and seminarians. Of about 18,000 Catholic priests in Germany, it was estimated by Bishop Franz Grave of Essen that two percent had pedophile tendencies. Looking the other way appears to have been how church officials dealt with the problem for years. The Rev. Werne Holst of Hildesheim said he thought it would be enough if perpetrators were brought to a convent where they could repent. He now says this assertion was wrong.
   In 1962, the head of the Vatican doctrinal congregation, Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani sent a still controversial document to the bishops conferences that said abuse cases should be kept private and reported only to the competent bishop. The victim of abuse was to remain silent under pain of excommunication. In 2002, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said the document was still valid. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM, February 01, 2010.
   [1st RECAPITULATION: {Professor} Hanspeter Heinz, ... said the problem with abusive clergy is not celibacy but sexual immaturity ... ENDS.]
   [1st COMMENT: "Sexual immaturity" is to blame, says Heinz the professor!  And celibacy is not the problem!  Celibacy means not having sex, so if faithfully followed would mean permanent immaturity in sexual and family life!  What word-games these apologists play! ENDS.]
   [2nd RECAPITULATION: Of about 18,000 Catholic priests in Germany, it was estimated by Bishop Franz Grave of Essen that two percent had pedophile tendencies. ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Only 2%, he says!  The figure of clergy who practised child sex molestation was less than 1% worldwide, according to the present Pope (Ratzinger) before he was pope, while he was in charge of a part of the Vatican that ought to have been told by the U.S. bishops that 4% had been reported to them!  The percentage is still rising.  Don't believe the low percentages given by such Roman Catholic spokespersons! ENDS.]
   [SECRECY DOCUMENT of 1962: it is called Crimen Sollicitationis.  Print it out.  Study it. ENDS.]

Catholic clerical narcissism

  - RCC.  
   Washington Post, by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, ~ February 01, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- It's all right for the groundhog to become enamored of his own shadow, but it's unbecoming in Catholic clergy. Narcissism, I fear, is weakening the Church. We did not need a papal pronouncement to recognize that every cultural thermometer today reads a cooling towards organized religion and a rising social temperature for consumerism, sexual exploitation, and immediate gratification. I understand why there would be a tendency to "write off" a sinful world to focus on an inner-directed faith primarily concerned with one's own salvation. I just believe that narcissism - even if it is clerical and spiritual - can go awry.
   I was prompted to sound this alarm when reading about the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. The group describes itself as "an association of 600 Roman Catholic Priests and Deacons pledged to the pursuit of personal holiness, loyalty to the Roman Pontiff, commitment to theological study and strict adherence to the authentic teachings of the Magisterium."
   Absent from their list of priorities is the Gospel, pastoral concern for lay Catholics, or commitment to social justice teachings. I have no reason to doubt that these priests would outshine me in personal holiness and outdo me in virtue. Perhaps they would say that Gospel values are already included when pledging loyalty to the Roman Pontiff or that they do not view the pursuit of personal holiness as opposed to ministry. But the Confraternity must assume responsibility not only for what it says, but also for how it is understood. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM, February 01, 2010

Germany Shaken By 'Systematic' Sexual Abuse at Berlin Catholic School

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang S.* and Fr Peter R.* (Jesuits)] -- RCC. Students (20 in one school).        
   Der Spiegel, ~ February 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- A priest last week admitted in a statement to SPIEGEL he had abused a number of pupils at an elite Berlin high school run by Jesuit priests. In recent days, around 20 former students have come forward alleging they were sexually abused by priests at the school. The director of Canisius College has described the years-long abuse as "systematic."
   Berlin's Canisius College, a university-prep high school run by Jesuit priests, is one of the most elite schools in the German capital. Former students from the respected private school have reached the upper echelons of business, politics and society. For the past week, however, Canisius College has been at the center of a major sexual abuse scandal.
   Last week, around 20 former students claimed they had been sexually abused by two teachers at the school, Wolfgang S. and Peter R. The abuse is believed to have been committed during the 1970s and 1980s. ...
   S. also claimed he had told the Vatican about his misconduct. In his statement, he says that he had provided testimony to the Vatican with "unvarnished honesty." And in South America, he had "again and again come into close contact with the torturers and victims" of the Pinochet dictatorship. "I was confronted with my mirror image as a tormenter of children," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM, February 01, 2010

Jesuit leader issues apology as sex abuse scandal widens

  [1970s-80s Revs Wolfgang S. and Peter R (Jesuits)*] - RCC. ~ 20 students in one school alone.
   Ethiopian Review, ~ Feb 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- The head of the Jesuit order of Germany issued a statement on Monday apologizing for alleged sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s at Berlin's Canisius College.
   "I beg forgiveness for that which was neglected in terms of looking closely and reacting appropriately by those responsible in the order at the time," Stefan Dartmann said in a statement.
   After five of the school's former students informed school director Klaus Mertes of the abuse, several more people have come forward and reported similar incidents from their time as pupils. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM, Feb 01, 2010.

More Sex Abuse Cases Reported at German School

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab* and Fr Peter Riedel* (Jesuits)] -- RCC. Knew since 1981. ≥ 20 students in prestige school.        
   The New York Times, Published: February 1, 2010
   BERLIN, GERMANY (AP) -- At least 20 students were sexually abused by two Jesuit priests who taught them at one of Germany's most prestigious high schools, its director said Monday.
   That is much higher than the seven sexual abuse cases by the two priests in the 1970s and 1980s that Berlin's private Catholic Canisius Kolleg had acknowledged last month.
   Father Stefan Dartmann, the head of the Jesuit order of Germany, also said the two priests continued to sexually abuse boys and girls after being transferred from Canisius Kollege to other Catholic schools and youth institutions in Germany, Mexico, Chile and Spain. ...
   Father Klaus Mertes, the director of Canisius Kolleg, told Monday's news conference that after he sent 500 letters to alumni of the school last month, more students reported suffering sexual abuse by Fathers Peter Riedel and Wolfgang Stab, who taught at the school in the 1970s and 1980s. Mertes had reported the first seven abuse cases last week.
   Dartmann conceded that the Jesuit order of Germany had evidence of the sexual abuse cases since 1981, but had never informed parents, students or authorities. Such cases can no longer be prosecuted in Germany because of its statute of limitations, he said. ...
   Both men later left the order and Stab has admitted the sexual abuse. He now lives in Chile and has sent a letter to some of the victims to apologize.
   Riedel was attacked by one of his former victims in 1986, who then subsequently killed himself, the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper said. Riedel has not admitted the sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM, Feb 01, 2010.

For Mahony, Twilight... and "Shadow"

  - RCC.  
   Whispers in the Loggia, ~ Feb 01, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Over recent months, a growing wildfire of chatter -- both from the West Coast and points beyond -- has carried word of an expedited timetable on what'll arguably be Benedict XVI's most important pick for the Stateside bench: the pontiff's choice of a successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony as head of the nation's largest local church, the 5 million-member archdiocese of Los Angeles.
   While this desk has spent practically all of January tracking the talk -- hence the low posting of late -- the story broke into the open late last week after the American Papist blogger Thomas Peters reported that Mahony "has approved a coadjutor bishop [sic] recently selected for him," and that "this news – and the name – will be publicly announced 'soon.'"
   For the record, any claims of a selection already made cannot be confirmed and, as the lay of the land is looking at present, would appear premature. What's more, lacking an announcement from the Holy See, it should -- but, given the hysteria surrounding appointments, can't -- go without saying that anything can change at any time. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM, Feb 01, 2010.

How To Follow In The Cardinal Mahony Succession Drama

 
   LA Weekly, By Gene Maddaus in City News, Mon., Feb. 1, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Rocco Palmo, who writes about Catholic issues at Whispers in the Loggia, has been hearing the rumors about Cardinal Roger Mahony taking on an understudy who would succeed him when he retires next year.
   In a thorough consideration of the topic, he argues that the dominant storyline of the transition will be the possibility of a Latino archbishop:
   Just as the Angeleno see's roughly 3.5 million Hispanic Catholics would, on their own, constitute the nation's largest diocese... national trends indicate Rome's willingness to provide the burgeoning bloc with homegrown leadership. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

Why Perform Penance for Abuse?

  - RCC.
   The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing; by Virginia Jones, Feb. 1, 2010
   OREGON -- In late 2008 and early 2009 I contacted some Catholics prominent in the clergy abuse issue and invited them to embrace the Sackcloth Penance Patch. One was enthusiastic but found little support among his friends. Another said that he had discussed it in his Voice of the Faithful Group and had found little support for it. Still another told me that he had heard that the bishops were manipulating it.
   I would beg to differ. Fr. Armando initially supported us actively advertising our Compassionate Gathering group in Ascension's parish bulletin, but in the Fall of 2008 when Fr. Armando went a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, the Archdiocese of Portland forbad Compassionate Gathering from advertising our Gatherings and activities in the parish bulletin because we are not officially approved by the Archdiocese. My life would be ever so much easier if the Archdiocese approved of what I did.
   If the Patch was being manipulated by the bishops, Patches would be handed out in far more parishes than the three or so where Patches are being handed out in Portland, Oregon, this Lent. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM, Feb 01, 2010.
   [COMMENT: Why, indeed, perform penance for the sins of people who set up completely wrong policies, and then hide the sinners who should be doing penance? ENDS.]

Missbrauch auch an Hamburger Jesuiten-Schule?

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang S.* and Fr Peter R.* (Jesuits)] -- RCC. Knew since 1981. Students.        
   NDR, ~ Feb 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- Der Missbrauchsskandal an einer Berliner Jesuiten-Schule weitet sich bis nach Hamburg aus: Zwei ehemalige Schüler der Sankt-Ansgar-Schule in der Hansestadt haben sich ebenfalls als Opfer des beschuldigten Lehrers bezeichnet, wie Bistums-Sprecher Manfred Nielen am Montag bestätigte. "Das, was viele befürchtet haben, hat sich bewahrheitet." Die ehemaligen Schüler hätten sich aufgrund der Medienberichte bei der Schulleitung gemeldet, sagte Nielen. "Was für Hamburg angemessen ist, werden wir nun zusammen mit der Schulleitung beraten", sagte er.
   [summary]
   The sexual abuse scandal that began in Berlin has spread to Hamburg. Two former students at St. Ansgar School, Hamburg, have come forward to say they were abused by one of the priests named as an accuser in Berlin. The former Jesuit priest taught at St. Canisius in Berlin and at St. Ansgar. The suspect taught at St. Ansgar from 1979 to 1982. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM, Feb 01, 2010.

What Will It Take for the OC Register to Label Gary McKnight a Pervert-Coddler?

  - RCC.  
   Orange County Weekly, By Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Feb 01, 2010
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Not again...the Orange County Register planted another Valentine to Mater Dei boys' basketball coach Gary McKnight, this one longer than usual, hyped on the front page, and printed in the A section so non-sports fans can learn about his glory. The strangest line in the story? When reporter Damian Calhoun wrote McKnight "has weathered controversies involving an assistant coach." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM, Feb 01, 2010.

Naked children surround pedophile priest working as missionary in Brazil. Photos here at City of Angels

  [Fr Mario Pezzotti (Xaverian leader now)] - RCC.  
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ Feb. 1, 2010
   BRAZIL -- Fr. Mario Pezzotti is one of 81 priests listed in the Sipe-Murray Report: "International Traffic in Catholic Priests Who Abuse." Fr. Mario Pezzotti is in Bishop Accountability as having four accusations, one that led to a financial settlement.
   Yet here are pictures of Fr. Mario Pezzotti surrounded by children, naked children, because they are Kayapo Indians, who decorate their bodies with natural paints instead of clothing, where they live in the Amazon jungle. According to a City of Angels source, Fr. Mario Pezzotti is today a "Provincial for a Xaverian province in Brazil." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

Brendan Smyth victim battles with US church

  [~ 1968 Fr Brendan Smyth] - RCC. Girl (6).    
   Tribune, http://www. tribune.ie/ news/home- news/article/ 2010/jan/31/ brendan- smyth- victim- battles-with- uschurch ; January 31, 2010
   Helen McGonigle's family was destroyed by the paedophile priest. Now she's looking for justice, writes Crime Correspondent Ali Bracken
   IRELAND / UNITED STATES – HIS ACTIONS could easily have shattered her life beyond repair. But instead, a woman sexually abused as a child by notorious paedophile Brendan Smyth has used her experience to help other victims of clerical abuse seek justice.
   Helen McGonigle (48) was just six years old when she was first assaulted by the late Irish priest. She was living in East Greenwich in Rhode Island with her family when he entered her life. The sexual abuse perpetrated against her continued for the next four years. McGonigle's family of Irish descent were members of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and it was here that they came into contact with the convicted sexual abuser.
   A master manipulator, he infiltrated her family's daily life. He also sexually abused her elder sister Kathleen under the pretence of preparing her for the sacrament of penance. Kathleen and Helen's brother Gerard both died from fatal drug overdoses as a result of the abuse Smyth perpetrated against her family. Her mother also spent time in a mental institution before her death because of the actions of the paedophile priest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

Rwanda bishop resigns over 'financial problems'

  [- 2010 Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo] - RCC.    
   CathNews Asia, Published Date: February 1, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Rwandan Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo has resigned because of "serious financial problems" in his diocese, a Vatican official has said.
   The Vatican official said the financial problems had prompted tensions within the diocese and health problems for Bishop Bahujimihigo of Kibungo, OK News reports.
   The Vatican official declined to give details about the extent of the crisis or whether Bahujimihigo himself was personally implicated or whether any legal action was under way. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

Rwandan bishop resigns

  [- 2010 Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo] - RCC.
   News 24, 09:09, Feb. 1, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- A Rwanda bishop has resigned, the Vatican announced, a move an official said was due to "serious financial problems" at his diocese.
   The Vatican official said the financial problems had prompted tensions within the diocese and health problems for the bishop, Kizito Bahujimihigo of Kibungo.
   The bishop, contacted by The Associated Press, confirmed that he had stepped down but said it was still early for him to go into the details of the reasons behind his resignation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

  [- 2010 Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo] - RCC.
   Vatican Information Service, JAN 29, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kibungo, Rwanda presented by Bishop Kizito Bahujimihigo, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM, Feb. 1, 2010

Medios: sacerdote alemán acusado de abuso de menores vivió durante años en Chile

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab* and Fr Peter Riedel* (Jesuits)] -- RCC. Knew since 1981. ≥ 20 students in prestige German school.         
   Deutsche Welle, Feb 01, 2010
   CHILE -- Ex alumnos del colegio jesuita de Berlín Canisius Kolleg acusaron a la antigua dirección del centro escolar de haber tapado los casos de abusos a alumnos por parte de dos sacerdotes de la orden ocurridos en los años 70 y 80.
   Según informa la prensa alemana, antiguos estudiantes, algunos de ellos víctimas de los abusos, afirmaron que la dirección del colegio y la orden de los jesuitas tenían conocimiento de lo que sucedía.

   [summary]
   One of the priests who has admitted to sexually abusing students at St. Canisius College, Berlin, is in Chile. Wolfgang S., went to Chile where he dealt with victims of torture and torturers in the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and this was confirmed by the former priest in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
   At least 22 students, all boys except for one girl, have said they were sexually abused at St. Caniusius between 1975 and 1983. The other accused priest has denied the allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM, Feb 01, 2010.

Kutte des Schweigens

  [1970s-80s Revs Wolfgang S.* and Peter R.* (Jesuits)] - RCC. 4 countries known, so far. Students.
   Deutschlandfunk, with audio, Ursula Raue im Gespräch mit Friedbert Meurer, Feb 01, 2010
   Rechtsanwältin zu Missbrauchsfällen am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg
   Das Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin gilt als Elitezentrum katholischer Bildung. Umso größer war der Schock, als nun ans Licht kam, dass dort Schüler jahrelang sexuell missbraucht worden sind. Mit Rechtsanwältin Ursula Raue hat der Jesuitenorden, der das Kolleg betreibt, eine eigene Beauftragte für Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch. Sie spricht mit den Tätern und recherchiert die Hintergründe.
   Friedbert Meurer: Der Jesuitenorden, der das Kolleg betreibt, hat seit einiger Zeit eine eigene Beauftragte für Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch. Es ist die Berliner Rechtsanwältin Ursula Raue. Guten Morgen, Frau Raue.
   Ursula Raue: Guten Morgen, Herr Meurer.

   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Ursula Raue, lawyer for the Jesuit order, speaks with Friedbert Meurer of Deutschlandfunk and said she is in contact with the two priests accused of abuse at St. Canisius College and is investigating the allegations of sexual abuse that were recently made public.
   Ms. Raue said she cannot explain why instances of abuse reported in 1981 were not investigated but she is looking at this issue. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM, Feb 1, 2010

Missbrauch: Druck auf deutschen Jesuitenorden wächst

  [1970s-80s Revs Wolfgang S.* and Peter R.* (Jesuits)] - RCC. Students.  
   Kathweb, Feb 01, 2010
   GERMANY -- München-Berlin-Stuttgart (KAP) In Deutschland wächst der Druck auf die Führung des Jesuitenordens, auch Mitwisser der jüngst bekanntgewordenen Missbrauchsfälle der 1970er und 1980er Jahre gerichtlich zu belangen. In Zeitungsinterviews von Montag und vom Wochenende erhoben ehemalige Schüler sowie der frühere Kollegsdirektor Hans Joachim Martin Vertuschungs-Vorwürfe.
   [summary]
   Pessure is growing on leadership of the Jesuit order due to recently revealed accusations of abuse said to have happened in the 1970s and 1980s and their failure to investigate the allegations at the time.
   Some of the incidents were reported at the time but no action was taken. Regina Einig Wurzburg, a Catholic spokeswoman, told the Daily Post that they need to analyze more deeply the causes of abuse and seek resolution where necessary.
   The Rev. P. Stephan Dartmann, S.J., the provincial in Germany, said there are 22 suspected cases of abuse by two Jesuit teachers at Canisius College, Berlin, and there is question whether the perpetrators were responsible for more instances of abuse at other schools in Germany.
   The Rev. P. Johannes Siebner, S.J., director of the Jesuit St. Blaise College held a school meeting Monday. He said he was in close contact with officials at St. Canisius. One of the priests from the Berlin school was a teacher at St. Blaise from 1982 to 1984. The director is trying to determine if abuse happened at St. Blaise. The director said he was shocked by the crimes against students and said it continues due to a culture of ignorance.
   At the St. Ansgar School in Hamburg, also a Jesuit school, official are trying to determine whether abuse happened there about 30 years ago. One of the accused priests from St. Canisius also taught there. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM, Feb 01, 2010.

Bill would place more offenders on sex crime registry

  [Judaist]  
   Albany Times-Union, http://www. timesunion. com/AspStories/ storyprint. asp?StoryID= 895542 , By ROBERT GAVIN, Staff writer, First published: Monday, February 1, 2010
   ALBANY (NY) -- On May 7, 2007, Rabbi Yaakov Weiss of Chabad of Colonie delivered an invocation about "ethics and morals" to the New York state Assembly.
   "May those assembled here know of your presence, by enacting laws they do your will," Weiss told lawmakers inside the ornate chamber in a speech now available on YouTube.
   Weiss requested a moment of silence. Then he asked those assembled to think of "one good deed" they would do that day.
   The next month, he broke state law.
   [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM, Feb 01, 2010.]
   Weiss had "inappropriate physical contact" with a 13-year-old boy while both were naked inside a small pool known as a mikveh on Whitehall Road. He victimized another 13-year-old boy later in 2007 -- and told one of the boys to "just say nothing happened" to police and his mother.
   The conduct was revealed when Weiss pleaded guilty to child endangerment Jan. 11 in Albany County Court. [...]

Rumours of child abuse at South African refugee church

  [2008-09 Unnamed teacher* and perhaps others] - Methodist. Zimbabwean refugee girls and women, and boys. 6 - 20 cases.    
   Telegraph (United Kingdom), By Tabelo Timse, in Johannesburg for AFP, Published: 11:21AM GMT, Feb 01, 2010
   SOUTH AFRICA -- After five years during which up to 2,000 people a night slept on pews, floors and stairwells, the church is now overcrowded, filthy and reeking due to inadequate sanitation - decidedly not the image that South Africa wants to present during the World Cup.
   Claims that children were sexually abused by a teacher and fellow migrants emerged late last year, causing a drive by authorities to close down the church - though no one has put forward any alternatives for the homeless foreigners.
   "It is not my fault that I'm here," said Nokuthula Ndlovu, a 29-year-old Zimbabwean mother of one. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM, Feb 1, 2010]

Mahoney Was Deposed About Alleged Molestation In Archdiocese -- Report

 
   LA Weekly, By Dennis Romero in City News, ~ February 01, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony was deposed for five hours last month in a grand jury investigation of past molestation allegations in the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, CNN reports.
   Mahony was asked how much he knew about abusive priests and whether or not he attempted to thwart law enforcement's knowledge of said abuse, according to the network. The news comes as rumors are swirling around Mahony's expected succession next year. The question on many folks' minds, of course, is whether Mahony wants to get out of Dodge before this inquisition starts to really burn or whether he might simply be moving on as a result of his age.
   A spokesman for the Cardinal, Tod Tamberg, said Mahony is not the subject of the grand jury's investigation. (We love the arrogance of the spokesman: When CNN asked him questions about the deposition, he said, "When the [deposition] transcript is made available to the public, you may resubmit your questions." You may indeed; thank you your excellency). [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM, February 01, 2010]
   [CORRECTION: A later newsitem states the deposition was for a civil case, not to a grand jury. ENDS]

Dale Fushek trial to start April 30

[Fushek]
   The Arizona Republic, by Jim Walsh - Feb. 1, 2010
   ARIZONA -- The long-delayed trial of an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest accused of misdemeanor sex charges has been delayed again, this time because former Monsignor Dale Fushek's defense attorney has a schedule conflict.
   After two long delays from appeals of pre-trial decisions, Fushek had been scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 19 on one count to contributing to the delinquency of a minor while he was pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Mesa.
   But San Tan Justice of the Peace Sam Goodman granted a continuance, re-setting a hearing on motions April 16, and setting a new trial date of April 30. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM, February 01, 2010]

Deacon Responds to Accusations of Covering Sex Abuse

[2003 Deacon Joseph Levine - NEW*] - RCC. Defended 2 sex abuse defendants.
   KOHD, By Rachel Azevedo, with video, ~ February 01, 2010
   BEND (OR) -- "I could have and should have done more to find out the facts, especially before I defended his innocence. I basically just trusted the two men, trusted their affirmation of innocence and dismissed the little tell tale signs," said Deacon Joseph Levine of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Bend.
   Deacon Joseph Levine admits he made a mistake by publicly supporting two priests in Pennsylvania who were accused of sex abuse in 2003. A civil lawsuit was later settled out of court. Levine came to Bend's Saint Francis of Assisi church in August. He says the path was paved by the Bishop of the Baker Diocese, who believed in him. As documented in letters, the Bishop helped mediate a truce between Levine and the person who twice blocked his ordainment as a priest.
   The alleged incident dates back six years, but on Sunday, a group that advocates for those abused by priests put fliers on cars outside the church, letting parishioners know about the deacon's alleged involvement.
   "He's been kicked out of two diocese for covering up men who've sexually abused children, and we find that a problem," said Joelle Casteix of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   Saint Francis caught wind the group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, had knowledge of Levine's new location. Levine addressed the issue by writing a letter published in the church bulletin, and reading it during mass. He says he didn't disclose his past up front for fear of being immediately written off. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM, February 01, 2010]

Controversial deacon defends himself

[2003 Deacon Joseph Levine*] - RCC. Defended 2 sex abuse defendants.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 01, 2010
   BEND (OR) -- A Catholic deacon who was refused ordination two years ago by a New Jersey bishop and was ousted by a Pennsylvania bishop now works at a Bend Oregon church and is defending himself in Sunday in St. Francis parish bulletins.
   Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are unmoved by Deacon Joseph Levine's missive.
   "It's deceitful and wrong for Levine to basically blame one individual for his own recklessness and cowardice," said David Clohessy of SNAP. "And he did tremendous hardship by publicly and repeatedly defending pedophile priests. If he's made peace with one former colleague, that's wonderful. But he's evidently done little or nothing to 'un-do' the real damage he's done to Catholic families, Pennsylvania citizens and clergy sex abuse victims."
   Below is a copy of 1) Levine's defense, 2) SNAP's recent news release about Levine and 3) SNAP's letter to Baker's Catholic bishop about Levine. SNAP has not heard back from the bishop.
   1) The following will appear by way of a bulletin insert:
   When a man has been subject to vicious calumnies and been forced to relocate on account of them, he does not want to introduce himself to his new acquaintances by saying something like, "Hello, my name is John Doe and these are all the nasty things people are saying about me." Anyone who reflects for a moment on the embarrassing events of his own life will, I think, agree that he would prefer not to have to introduce himself by making reference to those incidents.
   I came to the Baker Diocese after my reputation had been destroyed in two other dioceses where I had worked despite the fact that in those dioceses the Bishops were very pleased with my faithfulness and dedication. In fact, both of them would have very willingly ordained me. Bishop Vasa and Fr. Joseph Reinig were fully informed of the circumstances. Now, however, it has come to my attention that half-truths are circulating in the parish and so it has become necessary to address the matter publicly. I am grateful that I have been allowed to work among you for the past five months without having to explain my past association. I hope that you now have some personal experience of me which will allow you to consider more objectively the worth or value of that which is now being said about me. You have the living man before you. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

L.A. cardinal deposed for 5 hours in abuse lawsuit

- RCC.  
   CNN, By Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit, February 1, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (CNN) -- The head of the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States faced a grueling five-hour deposition last month, answering questions about his knowledge of abusive priests and his attempts to prevent the information from reaching police.
   A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, would not answer further questions about Cardinal Roger Mahony's deposition in a civil lawsuit.
   "A transcript has not been made available to the archdiocese," spokesman Tod Tamberg said. "When the transcript is made available to the public, you [CNN] may resubmit your questions."
   CNN reported last year that the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles had launched a federal grand jury investigation to determine if Mahony violated the law in his response to the molestation of children by priests.
   Tamberg said the archdiocese's attorneys "have been told that Cardinal Mahony is not a target of the investigation." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM[
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon February 01, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue February 02, 2010 edition:


Anstiftung» - Kirchliche Geheimdokumente zum Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch

   
   Ad-Hoc News, 16:05 Uhr | Feb.02.10
   {Crimen Sollicitationis in English}
   Crimen sollicitationis (lateinisch für: «Das Verbrechen der Anstiftung») ist ein vatikanisches Geheimdokument aus dem Jahr 1962. Es enthält nach Angaben von Kirchen-Kritikern Anweisungen an die Bischöfe, wie sie mit Anschuldigungen gegen Priester wegen sexueller Übergriffe bei der Beichte umzugehen haben.
   [summary] February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- Crimen Sollicitationis (Latin for The Crime of Sollicitation) is a 1962 secret Vatican document. According to church critics it gives instructions to the bishops on how to deal with accusations against priests for sexual assault in confession. Uta Ranke-Heinemann said bishops were ordered to conceal child abuse under threat of excommunication. Instances of child abuse were unknown to the Germany public.
   While critics classify the document as a systematic strategy to cover up sexual abuse, others argue otherwise. Some say the document refers exclusively to canonical cases against priests. In no way would the document hinder the work of law enforcement or judicial authorities. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 PM, February 02, 2010

Church appeals over £8m payout decision

  [30yrs - Staff of St William's "Home"] - RCC. £8m recompense. 142 children.  
   The Northern Echo, By Graeme Hetherington, February 02, 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE Catholic Church has launched an appeal against a court decision that left it facing an £8m compensation bill.
   The appeal was made after a judge ruled that Middlesbrough Diocese was liable for running a former children's home at the centre of an abuse scandal spanning 30 years.
   There are 142 alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse from St William's Community Home, in Market Weighton, near York, who could now seek damages from the Middlesbrough Diocese. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM, February 02, 2010]

Nächster Jesuiten-Pater gesteht

[Unnamed teacher (Jesuit)] - RCC. Children.  
   Focus, ~ February 02, 2010
   Kein Tag ohne eine neue Hiobsbotschaft bei den Jesuiten. Nun hat ein weiterer ehemaliger Lehrer des Canisius-Kollegs gestanden, dass er Kinder sexuell missbrauchte – möglicherweise an mehreren Einsatzorten. Der Mann bekannte sich zu den Taten, nachdem er von der Beauftragten für die Prüfung von Vorwürfen sexuellen Missbrauchs, Ursula Raue, mit den Aussagen von drei Opfern konfrontiert worden war. Die Betroffenen hätten sich im Zuge der Ermittlungen gegen zwei weitere frühere Jesuiten-Pater gemeldet, teilte der Provinzial der deutschen Jesuiten, Stefan Dartmann, am Dienstag in München mit. In einem Fall habe der Beschuldigte die Tat zugegeben.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Not a day goes by without a new piece of bad news regarding the Jesuits. Another former teacher at St. Canisius College, Berlin, has confessed that he sexually abused children, possibly at several locations.
   The man confessed to the acts after he was confronted by Ursula Raue who is examining allegations of sexual abuse at the school. The Rev. Stefan Dartmann, provincial for Jesuits in Germany, thanked the victims for coming forward and he said the order apologizes for what happened to them.
   The accused Jesuit taught at St. Canisius from 1970 to 1971, in Hanover from 1971 to 1975 and in Berlin from 1976 to 1981, then as a teacher and pastor in Hamburg from 1981 to 1983 and he then served as project manager for 20 years at a recognized relief organization. The priest, who is still in the order, has been suspended, Rev. Dartmann said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM, February 02, 2010]

Pay attention to the Church? Count me out

- RCC.    
   Forth, Wed Feb 03, 2010
   The anti-clerical 'Count Me Out' inflates the importance of Ireland's rotting Catholic Church, says JASON WALSH
   IRELAND -- BY NOW even Osama Bin Laden in his cave in Afghanistan must know the story of Irish Catholicism's collapse: it seems that a few too many priests were disrobed and not nearly enough were defrocked.
   Although Church attendance hasn't flatlined there is a growing movement of people, called 'Count Me Out', who want their lapsed Catholicism to be noted by the Church hierarchy. Count Me Out provides people with a simple way to demand the Church accepts that someone is no longer a member of the religion. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM

Former priest who sexually abused boy jailed for one year

[1979-83 Ex-Fr Patrick Hughes (82) - ? NEW*] - RCC. 1yr prison. Altar boy (11-14y).  
   The Irish Times, February 03, 2010
   IRELAND -- A FORMER priest who sexually abused a young boy over 30 years ago and fled the country before gardaí could interview him has been jailed for one year by Judge Katherine Delahunt.
   At at a previous sitting before yesterday's sentencing, the court heard that gardaí attempting to investigate the abuse were "given the run-around by church authorities" in their efforts to locate the priest for questioning.
   Patrick Hughes (82), of Park Drive Court, Castleknock, Dublin, pleaded guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of indecent assault against the child, then an altar boy aged between 11 and 14 years, on dates between 1979 and 1983. The maximum penalty for the offence is two years. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM, February 02, 2010]

Gravelbourg woman defrauds church $91,000

[2002-04 Ms Paulette Dumont -NEW*] - RCC. CAN $91k missing.  
   Leader-Post ~ Feb 02, 2010
   REGINA, Canada – A Gravelbourg woman faces charges after defrauding her church of over $91,000.
   Paulette Dumont, 64, wrote 63 crooked cheques while holding a position of trust within Gravelbourg's Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
   The swindle is alleged to have occurred between Jan. 2002 and May 2004, when Dumont volunteered to handle part of the church's finances. She used the church's money to pay off personal expenses and funneled money into companies she owned, Cpl. Al Sutherland of the RCMP's Gravelbourg Detachment said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM, Feb 02, 2010]

Pope's swipe at UK equality laws provokes foes

         
   Washington Post, By ROBERT BARR, The Associated Press, Tuesday, February 2, 2010
   LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- Pope Benedict XVI's condemnation this week of British equality legislation designed to protect gays and women in the workplace has deepened the battle lines between the Vatican and secularists, who demand that taxpayers not foot the security bill for his newly announced September visit.
   The Roman Catholic Church's steadfast opposition to allowing gays to become priests or having rights such as adoption puts it at odds with changing attitudes in Britain, where acceptance of homosexuality has increased dramatically in recent decades. ...
   The society said it would stage a film festival during Benedict's visit, featuring "The Magdalene Sisters," about Catholic nuns' harsh care of teenage mothers in Ireland, and "The Boys of St Vincent," about sexual abuse at a Catholic orphanage in Canada. Other protests are planned. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

Sick priest gave me 50 blows on my bare backside

 
   Bild,
   GERMANY -- Two sick paedophile priests sexually abused children over many years at an elite Berlin school – now the first victim has spoken out.
   Manfred T.* (45) is today a respectable and upstanding man. He was a pupil at the Canisius Kolleg Jesuit school between 1975 and 1882, and Wolfgang S. was his form tutor.
   He told Berlin newspaper 'BZ' that Wolfgang S. wore sport clothes, in contrast to the other teachers who wore gowns and that he was a nice person and a good teacher.
   But the pervert priest abused the children's trust for his own sick needs.
   Manfred T. was often in serious trouble because he was constantly disturbing the class. He had received lots of demerits.
   And the paedophile priest made the young boy a strange proposal so that he could exercise his perverse fantasies.
   "He offered me a deal. No one was allowed to know about it. He said that we would forget about the demerits if he was allowed to spank me," the victim told 'BZ'. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM]

Area Priest Indicted On W.Va. Sex Crime Charges

[Poandl]  
   WLWT,
   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A grand jury in West Virginia indicted a Cincinnati priest last week on child sex charges.
   The charges against the Rev. Robert F. Poandl are related to a complaint filed by a 28-year-old Cincinnati man who said he was molested by the priest during a 1991 trip to Spencer, W.Va. The man said Poandl molested him when he was 10 years old at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory. ...
   Father Dan Dorsey, President of Glenmary Home Missioners, said that Poandl "has denied and continues to deny the allegation." He added that Poandl has never faced such accusations in the past.
   Dorsey said Poandl was moved from his ministry assignment in Georgia last June, when the allegation came to light, and was brought to the Glenmary Residence in Cincinnati. Dorsey called the move part of the organization's "Policies for Maintaining Ethical Ministry With Minors." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Ohio Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse in West Virginia


   WOWK, Story by Cristina Mutchler,
   SOUTH CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- According to a news release from the West Virginia State Police, a Cincinnati, Ohio, priest was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
   The Rev. Robert F. Poandl was indicted on charges stemming from a complaint filed by a 28-year-old Cincinnati man, who reported that he was sexually molested by Father Poandl in 1991 during a trip to Spencer, W. Va., when the man was 10 years old. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM]

Over the edge


   Stop Baptist Predators, by Christa Brown,
   UNITED STATES -- When I hit the floor, I woke up.
   "Jesus! Babe! Are you okay?"
   I heard my husband's voice and knew I was.
   I was okay.
   Though I haven't had that dream for quite a while -- maybe as much as a year – it haunted me again last night.
   It's the "no exit" nightmare where I'm forever frozen in place. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM]

• Questioning God? Ask a Kennedy

- Book. RCC.  
   Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning (Crown Publishers 2008)
   Irish Central, http://www. irishcentral. com/story/roots/ finnegans_awake/ questioning- god-ask-a- kennedy- 83365797.html ; by Megan Finnegan,
   UNITED STATES -- Let's book review, shall we?
   I just finished reading Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans Talk About Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning (Crown Publishers 2008), which was compiled and edited by Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK. Kennedy interviewed 38 American Catholics (many of them of Irish heritage) – several priests and sisters, actors, activists, politicians, journalists, lay people, business people, and even Bill Maher – about their religion. ...
   Anne Burke, who served as interim chair of the National Review Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the difficult and frustrating work of being a lay person and woman trying to regulate authority figures who feel that they are responsible to no one but the hierarchy – instead of being responsible to the people they serve.
   Dan McNevin, a spokesperson for SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) was abused as a child and can only speak of god with a lower case "g;" his faith was ripped from him long ago by an abusive priest, but he does the good work of fighting for victims. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM]

18 priest trials to be heard at once

[Paquette]
   Rutland Herald, By KEVIN O'CONNOR Staff Writer - Published: February 2, 2010
   VERMONT -- A judge seeking to resolve 25 priest misconduct lawsuits against the state's largest religious denomination has decided to hear 18 of them in one trial.
   Chittenden Superior Court Judge Helen Toor, facing a five-year-old stack of child-sex-abuse claims against Vermont's Catholic Church, has called for one trial to resolve all remaining civil cases tied to the former Rev. Edward Paquette, who worked in Rutland in 1972, Montpelier in 1974 and Burlington in 1976.
   Three separate juries have ruled the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington was negligent in hiring and supervising the now-retired pedophile priest. One issued a record $8.7 million verdict in May 2008, a second issued a nearly $3.6 million verdict in December 2008 and a third issued a $2.2 million verdict last October. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM]

Judge orders priest-abuse cases combined

[1970s Paquette] - RCC. 18 altar boy cases.
   Burlington Free Press Tuesday, February 2, 2010
   VERMONT -- A Vermont Superior Court judge has ordered 18 cases involving a defrocked Roman Catholic priest's abuse of altar boys be tried jointly.
   Judge Helen Toor, in a three-page order, said the 18 remaining cases against Edward Paquette -- already the subject of six previous civil trials -- would be joined.
   Most of the cases against Paquette involve claims by former altar boys at Christ the King Church in Burlington who say they were molested by Paquette in the mid-1970s. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM]

Vatikan: Verantwortung liegt bei deutschen Jesuiten

   
   Der Tagesspiegel, Von Dieter Hanisch, Hannes Heine und Claudia Keller, 3.2.2010 = Feb 03, 2010
   GERMANY -- Der Vatikan unterstützt die Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle an deutschen Jesuitenschulen. Der Sprecher der Kirchenführung, Federico Lombardi, sagte aber, dass die katholischen Autoritäten im jeweiligen Land dafür zuständig seien. „Es gibt Gremien in Deutschland, die genau das jetzt tun müssen", sagte der Pater, selbst Mitglied des Jesuitenordens. „Spezielle Informationen über Vorfälle wie diese haben wir nicht, der Skandal ist uns durch die Medien bekannt."
   [summary]
   The Vatican is supporting how the abuse cases in German Jesuit schools are being handled. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, added that Catholic authorities in each country are responsible for how these cases are handled. Rev. Lombardi, who is also a Jesuit, said they do not have specific details except for what has appeared in media.
   The Vatican sees the actions being taken by the Rev. Stefan Dartmann, provincial of Jesuits in Germany, as being correct. Rev. Dartmann on Monday apologized for the abuse and said leaders in the order at the time failed to watch and respond appropriately.
   More information became known of the movements of Father Peter R., once of the two accused priests. He moved from St. Canisius in Berlin to the diocese of Hildesheim where he served from 1982 to 2003, working as pastor in various parishes. The diocese announced Tuesday that they have two specific cases where he abused minors there. The mother of one victim complained to the bishops. He was then banned from working with youth but the prohibition was not consistently maintained. Father R. went to Wolfsburg in 1997. The local prelate, Henry Guenther, said Peter R.'s history was not known to him.
   Hans-Joachim Osseforth, pastor of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Hanover, said R. worked there and was told the reason for transferring him was for financial irregularities. The pastor said he kept R. from handling money. Attacks on children were never mentioned. He said he received no complaints although R. had organized two youth camps in Hanover. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM]
   [COMMENT: So, it's all really the responsibility of the bishops and other leaders, who allowed the whole corrupt deviant sex atmosphere to become entrenched.  It won't by solved by the "Vicar of Christ," then? ENDS.]

Messerattacke auf Pater wurde nie untersucht

- RCC.  
   Berlin Morgenpost, ~ February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- Eine Zeugin hat sich nun an die Messerattacke gegen den Jesuitenpater Peter R. erinnert. Sie hatte den verwundeten Pater damals getroffen, doch erst jetzt, nach Bekanntwerden der Missbrauchsfälle, kann sie sich einen Reim auf alles machen. Indes hat sich auch der Vatikan zu den Vorfällen geäußert. Die Opfer haben sich gemeinsam eine Anwältin gesucht.
   [summary]
   A witness has recalled the knife attack on a priest accused of abusing students at Jesuit schools in Germany. The witness said the attack on the priest now makes sense since revelations of multiple cases of sexual abuse. Father R. concealed the reason for the attack and told people that it was result of a robbery.
   The witness said the injured priest surfaced in 1986 with several bleeding wounds at the parish office at St. Mary's Church. Father R. wanted no police involvement. He said the attackers wanted money, the police investigation would result in nothing and he added that nothing serious had happened. The parish worker then forgot about the incident. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

No more secrets

[? 1970s-80s Fr Edouard / Eddie Theriault*] - RCC. 2 girls.  
   The Vanguard, By Tina Comeau, NovaNewsNow.com , ~ February 02, 2010
   CANADA -- When sisters Jeanne Doucette and Margaret Ann Deveau flip through the pages of an old family photo album, they're struck by how many times he appears in the photos.
   And if he's not in the pictures, then he was the one taking them.
   He was a family friend. He was considered part of the family. He was always in the house. And because he was always in the house, that's where it happened.
   At home.
   Growing up as young girls, Jeanne and Margaret Ann's home is where they should have been safe and felt safe. Instead, they say, it's where he sexually abused and molested them again and again.
   He being Father Edouard (Eddie) Theriault, the local parish priest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM [LOOK BACK: January 28-29, 2010]

The Wolves Roamed Freely

- RCC from a bishop father to mass corruption.      
   The Catholic World Report, By Michael Kelly, ~ February 02, 2010
   IRELAND -- For almost two decades, the Catholic Church in Ireland has struggled to come to terms with a punishing litany of revelations about sexual misconduct by priests and religious. The crisis continues to envelop Irish Catholicism and recent judicial reports have led to the resignation of four bishops, public squabbling by members of the hierarchy, and a promise of structural reform from the Vatican.
   In 1992, the enigmatic bishop of Galway, Eamon Casey, was forced to step down after it emerged that he had fathered a child with an American divorcée some 20 years earlier and was using diocesan funds to pay for the upkeep of his son. Bishop Casey fled to Ecuador and his scandal was to mark the beginning of a long dark night for Catholic Ireland.
   The recently published reports of two separate judicial commissions have shone a light on a deep rot and corruption at the heart of Irish Catholicism. The report of the Child Abuse Commission, chaired by Justice Seán Ryan, found that sexual abuse was "endemic" in Church-run care homes and juvenile institutions. The Dublin Report, chaired by Justice Yvonne Murphy, revealed that Church leaders had put the avoidance of scandal and the reputation of the Church ahead of the needs of victims of abuse. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM]

Jesuitenpater missbrauchte noch mehr Schüler

[~ 1993 Fr Peter R. - ? NEW*] - RCC. Girl (14).  
   Basler Zeitung, ~ February 02, 2010
   Während der Tätigkeit des Paters Peter R. im Bistum Hildesheim in den Jahren 1982 bis 2003 sei es zu sexuellen Übergriffen gekommen. Mindestens in einem Fall sei das Opfer eine Minderjährige gewesen, teilte das Bistum am Dienstag mit. Man habe die Tragweite der Vorwürfe seinerzeit aber unterschätzt.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The civil prosecutor is now investigating possible cases of sexual abuse at a Jesuit college in the Black Forest. The prosecutor said on Tuesday that they are investigating to see if any prosecution is still possible.
   Former priest Peter R. worked in the Hildesheim diocese from 1982 to 2003. At least one case in which the victim was a minor has been made known. The mother of a 14-year-old girl told church officials in 1993 that the girl was inappropriately touched by this priest. The priest was transferred. Retired Bishop Homeyer of Hildesheim said he deeply regretted his former attitude and know that today these allegations are taking more seriously.
   Heinz, Gunter Bongartz, who is in charge of sexual abuse cases for Hildesheim, said perpetrators now face civil and criminal consequences for their behavior. The diocese is still trying to discover if there are more victims. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

New plea for man accused of school abuse in Haiti

[1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   Washington Post, February 02, 2010
   NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- A Colorado man charged with sexually abusing boys at a school he founded in Haiti has pleaded not guilty to more allegations.
   Douglas Perlitz appeared Tuesday in federal court in New Haven.
   The 39-year-old Perlitz, of Eagle, Colo., was charged last year with sexually abusing nine boys. Prosecutors doubled the number of alleged victims to 18 with a new indictment announced last week. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM]

German School Sex Abuse Scandal More Widespread Than Thought

- RCC. Chile and Spain too.  
   Everything PR, by Phil Butler, ~ February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- Shocking news of sexual abuse at a Berlin Catholic school riveted parents and officials last week. But those stories appear to be only the "tip of the iceberg." The depth of a child sex abuse allegations localized to the one Berlin school, has now spread throughout the country, the EU, and South America. Provincial superior of the Jesuit order, Stephan Dartmann, revealed another 20 possible victims coming forward in Berlin alone. Evidently, the two priests at the center of the controversy may have abused many more children from as far away as Chile and Spain since 1990.
   One of the priests, identified only as Wolfgang S, reportedly addressed a statement to his victims over the weekend. In the statement he admits to have used his position to take advantage of youths under his charge for many years. The confession comes on the heels of revelations that dozens of youths were abused as far back as the 1970's. These priests, in filling their various positions over the years, have travelled far abroad and have had contact with thousands of students. The Catholic Church, and especially the Jesuit order, have a PR nightmare on their hands. No word from higher Catholic authority has been reported, but sooner of later the Vatican will have to make a statement. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Priest gets one year for indecent assault

[1979-83 Ex-Fr Patrick Hughes* (82)] - RCC. 1yr prison. Altar boy (11-14y).  
   RTE News, Tuesday, February 2, 2010
   IRELAND -- An 82-year-old Catholic priest who was shielded by the church authorities during a garda investigation has been jailed for a year for indecently assaulting an 11-year-old boy in the 1970s and 80s.
   Fr Patrick Hughes of Park Drive Court, Castleknock, in Dublin, pleaded guilty to the offences and apologised to his victim.
   The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the Catholic Church authorities gave gardaí 'the run around' when they were investigating the whereabouts of Fr Hughes. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM]

Germany Jesuit head apologises for child sex abuse

- RCC. Jesuits.  
   BBC News, ~ February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- The head of a Catholic order in Germany has apologised for the systematic sex abuse apparently committed by two priests at a prestigious Berlin school.
   Fr Stefan Dartmann said students at the Jesuit-run Canisius College had complained in 1981, much earlier than the order had previously admitted.
   The Jesuit said he was ashamed that the college and the order had left the complaint unanswered. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Former priest jailed for abuse of boy

[1979-83 Ex-Fr Patrick Hughes* (82)] - RCC. 1yr prison. Altar boy (11-14y).  
   Ireland Online, Feb/02/2010
   IRELAND -- A former priest who sexually abused a young boy over 30 years ago and fled the country because of "adverse publicity" before gardaí could interview him has been jailed for one year by Judge Katherine Delahunt.
   Patrick Hughes (aged 82), of Parkdunne Court, Castleknock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of indecent assault against the child, then an alter boy, aged between 11 and 14 years old, on dates between 1979 and 1983. The maximum penalty for the offence is two years.
   The court heard during the initial sentence hearing last October that gardaí attempting to investigate the abuse were "given the run around by Church authorities" in their efforts to locate Hughes for questioning. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM]

The Abuse of Adults by Catholic Clergy: A Research Project

- Clergy generally.  
   Voice from the Desert, ~ February 02, 2010
   SNAP Leaders, we have been asked to help with a research project on the abuse of adults by members of the clergy. Survivors abused as adults is a growing part of our membership and often overlooked as the media has focused on childhood sexual abuse. Please share this opportunity with your members.Thanks for your help.Barbara Dorris [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM]

IN MEMORIAM: Ann Brentwood, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Tennessee.

- Obituary.
   Voice from the Desert, ~ February 02, 2010
   TENNESSEE -- This issue of NSAC News is dedicated to the memory of Ann Brentwood, who served for many years as the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in Tennessee.
   The National Survivor Advocates Coalition, pauses today to pay our respects to Ann for all that she has so selflessly done in the service of the human family.
   Ann passed away on January 28, 2010 after spending more than 30 years supporting women who have been sexually abused by members of the Clergy in the Roman Catholic Church. Those among us who have been brutally raped, sodomized and otherwise sexually and spiritually moslested by those they trusted so much. Those whose faith and trust was stolen from them in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. Those whose dreams have become their nightmares. Those who travel through the stygian abbyses of helplessness and hopelessness. Those who seek justice, compassion and understanding and are met with episcopal rebuff and disdain. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM]

Das Schweigen der Hirten

- RCC.        
   Frankfurter Rundschau, Von Jörg Schindler, ~ February 02, 2010
   BERLIN -- Im Herbst 2002 mochten auch die deutschen Bischöfe nicht länger wegsehen. Nach einer Serie von Missbrauchsfällen in der katholischen Kirche sahen sich die Hirten gezwungen, hierzulande zu reagieren. Gerade erst war im Vatikan, ausgelöst durch beschämende Skandale in den USA, ein Krisengipfel zuende gegangen. Weil auch deutsche Priester immer wieder in die Schlagzeilen geraten waren, beschloss die Bischofskonferenz, zu handeln. Sieben Jahre nach ihren Amtskollegen aus den Niederlanden, sechs Jahre nach Österreichs Bischöfen und eineinhalb Jahre nach ihren südafrikanischen Glaubensbrüdern veröffentlichten sie Leitlinien zum "Vorgehen bei sexuellem Missbrauch Minderjähriger in der katholischen Kirche".
   [summary]
   BERLIN, GERMANY -- The Catholic bishops in the autumn of 2002 could no longer look away from incidents of sexual abuse and were forced to take action by issuing self-regulating guidelines. This happened seven years after their counterparts in the Netherlands, six years after Austria's bishops and even after their South African co-religionists did so.
   At first glance, the rules appear to be impressive. They state that victims must be cared for. The dioceses were to form one-stop shops for abuse victims to report abuse and to be supported. The support was to included financial help as well. The perpetrators, however, would be disciplined in the church and state law enforcement officials would be notified only when deemed appropriate. The rules also state that a priest would not be used in areas where there were children and adolescents. That was the theory.
   Five years later, the Regensburg bishop, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, was faced with allegations of sexual abuse by Rev. Peter K. at the town of Riekofen, located near Regensburg, The bishop transferred the priest to the town without telling anyone the priest had been convicted of child sexual abuse. The affair blew up in 2007 as K. had once again abused minors. Bishop Mueller received a report claiming the priest had been cured of pedophile tendencies although experts in the field believe that pedophilia is not curable.
   Was this an isolated case? Probably not. A new cover-up of abuse has emerged at St. Canisius in Berlin and another case has been revealed at Holy Cross parish in Hohenschonhausen. The parish council only learned from the bishop that the accused priest was suspended for health reasons.
   Bernd Hans Gohrig, director of an ecumenial group called Church from Below, is skeptical whether Germany's Catholic bishops are interested in doing anything about this issue. Serious doubts were raised about the bishop's new guidelines in 2002, he said. He said the guidelines still allowed the churches to obstruct justice.
   Gohrig said celibacy is not the cause of sexual abuse but he believes the entrenched power structures within the Catholic Church are contributing to the problem.
   Sigrid Meir of We Are Church doubts the church can on its own deal with the problems of child sexual abuse. The guidelines call for self-managing, she said.
   To force Catholic bishops to change practices, Norbert Denef, a former altar boy, is collecting internet signatures to get the European Human Rights Court to lift the German statute of limitations law for sexual abuse. Denef was abused by priests within the Magdeburg diocese and fought for years to receive damages. The church offered to pay him but insisted that he remain silent on the abuse. This occured in 2003, after the bishops instituted their guidelines. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM
   [LOOK BACK about priest charged with sex abuse in Regensburg Diocese: September 01, 2007. ENDS.]

Kolleg St. Blasien will vollständige Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle

[Wolfgang P.]  
   Berlin Online, ~ February 02, 2010
   Sankt Blasien, (ddp-bln). -- Im Skandal um sexuellen Missbrauch durch ehemalige Lehrer der Berliner Ordensschule Canisius-Kolleg will der Rektor des Kolleg Sankt Blasien, Pater Johannes Siebner, ähnliche Vorwürfe gegen einen später an seine Schule gewechselten Pater rückhaltlos aufklären. Zu prüfen sei, «was da los war im Orden, dass so etwas passieren konnte», sagte Siebner am Dienstag auf ddp-Anfrage. Man müsse «nach hinten schauen» und «Trauerarbeit leisten». Zudem müssten heutige Schüler dazu erzogen werden, sich öffentlich zu beschweren, wenn ihnen Gewalt widerfahre.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The Rev. Johannes Siebner, who heads St. Blaise school, said minors were abused at the school by one of the former priests named in the Berlin scandal but he declined to say exactly how many victims have come forward. These incidents happened over the two years in which the priest Wolfgang P. was at the school.
   Wolfgang P. when he left the Jesuit order in 1992 told the Jesuits that he had abused minors at St. Blaise but the incidents consisted of excessive corporal punishes and not sexual intercourse. The order promised him confidentially and the written record was sent to Rome where is now under wraps. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Skandal um sexuellen Missbrauch an Jesuiten-Kolleg weitet sich aus

[Jesuits] - RCC.
   Welt, Von Gernot Facius und Lucas Wiegelmann, Februar 2, 2010
   Nach Vorfällen in Berlin melden sich nun auch in Hamburg, Hildesheim und Göttingen frühere Opfer - Längere Verjährungsfristen gefordert - Fall belebt Debatte über Zölibat neu
   BERLIN -- Der Skandal um Kindesmissbrauch bei den Jesuiten weitet sich aus und belebt die Debatte über den Zölibat neu. Gestern meldeten sich drei ehemalige Schüler der Hamburger Sankt-Ansgar-Schule und gaben an, vom Jesuitenpater Wolfgang S. (65) sexuell missbraucht worden zu sein. Sie sagten auch, dass es noch weitere Opfer gebe. S., der derzeit in Chile lebt, war von 1979 bis 1982 Sportlehrer in Hamburg, davor hatte er am Canisius-Kolleg in Berlin Religion und Deutsch unterrichtet. Auch an einer anderen früheren Station des Priesters, dem Jesuiten-Kolleg St. Blasien im Südschwarzwald, haben sich inzwischen missbrauchte Schüler gemeldet. Der Provinzobere der Jesuiten in Deutschland, Stefan Dartmann, sagte gestern, es gebe außerdem Verdachtsfälle in Göttingen und Hildesheim sowie in Spanien und Chile. Insgesamt seien ihm bisher 25 Opfer bekannt.

   [summary]
   GERMANY -- There are calls in Germany for lengthening the statute of limitations for sexual abuse following revelation of incidents of child sexual abuse in Jesuit schools in Berlin, Hamburg, Hildesheim and Gottingen,
   The Berlin public prosecutor is still considering whether the incidents there are time-barred from prosecution. The German children's aid group yesterday urged extension of the limitation period. Georg Ehrmann, who heads the agency, said the incidents of child sexual abuse show the tragedy of the statute of limitations. He added that child sexual abuse victims often are unable to talk about their abuse until years later. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM]

Priest attacks prelate for accepting abuse report

- Dublin report no good, says Fr Padraig McCarthy.  
   Irish Independent, By JOHN COONEY, Tuesday February 02 2010
   IRELAND -- AN influential retired priest has launched a scathing attack on the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, for accepting the shocking findings of clerical child sex abuse in the Murphy report.
   Writing in the February issue of 'The Furrow', Fr Padraig McCarthy, who has 42 years' experience in ministry, expresses strong reservations about key findings in the report.
   Fr McCarthy's article comes after the 'Irish Catholic' newspaper published letters circulated to priests by retired Dublin auxiliary bishop, Dr Dermot O'Mahony, urging them to question the findings of the Murphy report of abuse cover-ups. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM] [JOKE: "Please, Sir, it wasn't me!  I wasn't even there!" ENDS.]

Priest accused of embezzlement appears in court

[2007-09 Fr Robert Chukwu (59) -? NEW*] - RCC. US $200k missing.    
   LaCross Tribune, By ANNE JUNGEN, ajungen § lacrossetribune com , ~ February 02, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- A priest managed over three years to take about $200,000 from two Crawford County parishes and the Diocese of La Crosse for goods and money for Nigeria before he was caught, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.
   The Rev. Robert Chukwu, 59, appeared Monday in Crawford County Circuit Court in Prairie du Chien on a charge of theft from a business setting in excess of $10,000 and was released on a $25,000 signature bond. He is not allowed to possess a passport or leave the state.
   Chukwu, who had been assigned to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gays Mills and St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Soldiers Grove, sent money to priests, a nun, a school and family in Nigeria between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2009, according to the complaint. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM]

Jesuit coverup of sex abuse on two continents

[(Jesuits)] - RCC. Boys.  
   Spero News, ~ February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- The Society of Jesus, the order of Catholic priests also known as Jesuits, admitted on February 1 that boys had been sexually abused at its secondary schools in three countries and that it covered up some 25 years ago. Rev. Stefan Dartman SJ, superior of the order in Germany, spoke in Berlin after a former sex abuser and sports coach who left the order in 1991 went public with an admission that he forced boys to have sex at a boys school in Berlin from 1975 to 1983.
   Rev. Dartmann disclosed that the same teacher had been guilty of similar abuses Jesuit schools in Spain and Chile. Rev. Dartmann criticized his predecessors for not making the cases public. In Germany, the abuses happened in five different towns. "We realize with horror that these matters were evidently perceived differently in the 1970s, 80s and 90s," Dartmann said.
   "I apologize for the failure back then of the order's superiors to properly and closely scrutinize what happened and respond appropriately," said Rev. Dartman, in reference to former pupils, their parents and the rest of the teaching staff at the schools. The Jesuits have long been known for their close relationship to the papacy, its defense of the Catholic Church, and its worldwide network of schools and universities. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Priest Says 'Abuse Survivors' Defamed Him

[Fr Chester Pryzbylo] - RCC.  
   Courthouse News Service, By GLYNIS FARRELL, February 02, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL), (CN) -- A Catholic priest claims the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and their attorneys destroyed his reputation by falsely accusing him of being a pedophile. Chester Pryzbylo says he was falsely accused, in a "meritless" and "time-barred" lawsuit in 2006, of sexually abusing a young Polish immigrant from 1987 until 1992.
   Pryzbylo's attorney said the accuser, Peter Galica, now in his 30's, did not file within the statute of limitations and the case was dismissed, but the Chicago Archdiocese settled with Galica for almost $1.4 million.
   Pryzbylo, 59, claims in Cook County Court that Galica's lawyers and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) maliciously conducted a "media sneak-attack" against him during the trial. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM, February 02, 2010]

German anger at Catholic school sex abuse

[(Jesuits)] - RCC.  
   Euronews, with video, February 02, 2010
   GERMANY -- There's shock and anger in Germany at revelations of a child sex abuse scandal in Jesuit Catholic schools and a subsequent cover-up.
   Dozens of people have come forward saying they were abused by two priests at an elite school in Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s. Their claims at the time were ignored.
   The current rector of the school, Klaus Mertes, said:
   "It's a pedagogical catastrophe. We can try to make up for it as much as we can by saying to former students 'Yes, you told us. No, we didn't listen. Today we want to listen. Please speak to us, we will believe you.' " [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM, ~ February 02, 2010]

In re Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Inc. Order Setting Deadline for Filing Claims

- RCC.  
   JD Supra, Contributor: Randall Reese, netDockets.com , ~ February 02, 2010
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- SUMMARY: Earlier today, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the Delaware bankruptcy court entered an order setting the bar date, or deadline, for the filing of proofs of claim against Catholic Diocese of Wilimington, Inc. on account of pre-petition claims. The order requires most claimants to file a proof of claim so that it is received no later than 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) on April 15, 2010. The same deadline applies to tort claimants who assert a claim "arising from abuse for which the individual believes the Debtor may be liable," but those claimants must use a separate proof of claim form and their proofs of claim will be automatically deemed confidential unless the claimant specifically designates otherwise on the proof of claim form. Proofs of claim filed by tort claimants will be accessible only by the debtor, its counsel, its insurers, counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and its members, and other parties allowed access by an order of the court. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM, February 02, 2010]

And As I Looked and Wept


   Healing and Spirituality, by Jaime Romo, February 2, 2010
   "And as I looked and wept, I saw that there stood on the north side of the starving camp a Sacred man who was painted red all over his body, and he held a spear as he walked into the center of his people, and there he laid down and rolled. And when he got up it was a fat bison standing there, and where the bison stood a Sacred herb sprang up right where the tree had been in the center of the nation's hoop. The herb grew and bore four blossoms on a single stem while I was looking – a blue, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow–and the bright rays of these flashed to the heavens."
   According to Duran and Brave Heart, in The Trauma of History, when the young Black Elk saw this vision, he understood it as the restoration of the nation's hoop–the healing of the Indian nations. Black Elk also understood that the healing would take place seven generations after Wounded Knee–our generation today.
   Today is a good day for healing and to end sexual abuse everywhere.
   Several survivors I've spoken with recently seem to have gone through a period of being in a cocoon. Some were devastated by the effects of clergy sexual abuse; some fatigued by the public, draining and sometimes re-traumatizing advocacy work to make Church documents public. They've been retooling, re-evaluating, and rebuilding their lives. They're still concerned about the Church documents that have not been released–and they're trying to find balance, find different lives. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM]

Chicago's Father Przybylo Sues, Says He's Not a Child Molester, and Don't Read Anything Into the Payment of a $1.1 Mil to My Victim

- Time-barred defendant wants ≤ US $500k.
   Bad Lawyer, ~ February 02, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The Chicago Tribune is reporting on the defamation lawsuit filed by Father Chester Przybylo, the former pastor of at a Polish Parish in a western Chicago neighborhood. This is from the article by Cynthia Dizikes:
   "A pastor of a west suburban church who was accused of molesting a 13-year-old Polish immigrant two decades ago filed a lawsuit against his accusers in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday, alleging they intentionally ruined his reputation. [The priest . . .] was accused of molesting a 13-year-old Polish immigrant two decades ago filed a lawsuit against his accusers in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday, alleging they intentionally ruined his reputation. The lawsuit comes about a month after the sex-abuse case was dismissed. It accuses the immigrant, his lawyers, and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) of defamation, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. The Rev. Chester Przybylo, 59, is asking for at least $500,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. ...
   Disclosure: I know and I have worked with Barbara Blaine. She is a courageous lawyer, a social activist and one of the real reasons priests and the Catholic Church are held to account for sex crimes against children not just in the United States, but all over the world.
   Father Przybylo has just stupendously blundered, and the attorney who filed this lawsuit is going to rue the day he drank Father Przybylo's koolaid.
   Your archdiocese does pay a victim a million dollars+ away for no reason, had Father Przybylo actually been exonerated he would not be working a "shrine." In my opinion, Father who skated on a "statute of limitation" defense is confusing a dismissal based on the elapse of time with being deemed exonerated. Idiot! [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM, February 02, 2010]

• Lord, have mercy

- A novel about transferring child-corrupting clergy.  
   Anglican Journal, http://www. anglicanjournal. com/issues/ 2010/136/ feb/02/ article/ lord-have- mercy/?cHash= a42d50b053 ; DONALD GRAYSTON (reviewer), Feb 1, 2010
   CANADA -- Painful, painful to read this book. Pain for the victims of sexual abuse, pain for the abusers, pain for the church, and pain for Nova Scotian Duncan MacAskill, the "bishop's man" commissioned to facilitate the discreet transfer of offending priests. Called by them "the Exorcist," or "the Purificator," MacAskill is a character for whom it is easy to feel empathy. In an astonishing synchronicity, the book was nominated for the Giller Prize, which it later received, a month before the former Roman Catholic bishop of Antigonish was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM, February 02, 2010]
   [DETAILS: The Bishop's Man, By Linden MacIntyre; 2009; Random House; 416 pp.; $32. See August 08, 2009 http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/afterword/archive/2009/08/08/book-review-the-bishop-s-man-by-linden-macintyre.aspx .]
   [OTHER LINKS: The Bishop's Man: Aug. 07, 2009 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-bishops-man-by-linden-macintyre/article1244530/ ; Nov. 10, 2009 "Linden MacIntyre takes Giller Prize," http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/linden-macintyre-takes-giller-prize/article1358649/ ]

Future bishop of Owensboro Diocese already facing criticism

- Transferred 5 alleged seducers.  
   WFIE, Posted by Sarah Harlan, February 02, 2010
   OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The next bishop of the Owensboro Diocese, the Rev. William Medley, played a role in re-assigning priests accused of sexual abuse.
   Cal Pfeiffer, a member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests said the people of Owensboro have a right to know about Rev. Medley's involvement.
   The Courier Journal said when Medley served as the Louisville Archdiocese Director of Clergy Personnel he helped handle reassignments for five priests facing accusations of sexually abusing minors. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM]

Defense suggests financial motive in Morning Star suit

[Morning Star Ranch staff] - RCC. 19 complainants.
   The Spokesman Review, by Kevin Graman, February 01, 2010
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A former resident of Morning Star Boys' Ranch testified Monday that Kenneth Putnam was motivated by financial gain in suing the ranch for alleged abuse.
   Spokane County Superior Court jurors heard from four former residents of the group home for troubled boys. All said they had never seen any inappropriate behavior by ranch director the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner or counselor Doyle Gillum, now deceased.
   Weitensteiner and Gillum are accused of sexually and physically abusing Putnam, whose lawsuit is the first of 19 civil cases claiming sexual or physical abuse at Morning Star. Weitensteiner denies the claims. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM, February 02, 2010]

The Giller man

- Book The Bishop's Man.  
   The Journal, February 02, 2010
   CANADA -- Despite currently outselling DaVinci Code author Dan Brown in Canada, Giller Prize-winning author Linden MacIntyre has bigger concerns about the implications of his novel The Bishop's Man–namely, eternal damnation.
   "It comes as a relief to me that I haven't been burned in effigy yet," he jokingly told an audience of more than 60 professors, students and fans in Chernoff auditorium on Friday.
   "I have a lot of friends and relatives who are devout practicing Catholics. At a certain point of writing this book I thought they would never speak to me again." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM, February 02, 2010]

Jesuit school sex abuse scandal spreads through Germany

- RCC. 25 complainants now.  
   The Local, Published 10:28 CET, Feb 2, 2010
   GERMANY -- The scope of a child sex abuse scandal that was uncovered at an elite Berlin Catholic school last week has spread to other parts of Germany and beyond, the provincial superior for the country's Jesuit order Stefan Dartmann has revealed.
   In addition to the 20 victims who have come forward at the Canisius College in Berlin, three from Hamburg and another two from the town of St. Blasien in the state of Baden-Württemberg have also said they were abused by the same two priests.
   There are also indications from Church files that one of the perpetrators, identified as Wolfgang S., may have also sexually abused children in Chile and Spain up until 1990. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue February 02, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed February 03, 2010 edition:


Fmr. Priest Sentenced To Prison For Child Porn

[Ex-Fr Ken Hasselbach (69) - ? NEW*] - RCC. 2yrs prison. Child porn by mail / e-mail.  
   CBS 4, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   FT. LAUDERDALE (FL), (CBS4) -- A former Catholic priest who retired to Hollywood from New York will be spending the next two years in federal prison.
   Kenneth Hasselbach, 69, was arrested in January 2009 after an FBI investigation revealed he had received child pornography in the mail. Hasselbach, who pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to prison in January 28th, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
   Federal authorities have recommended that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons house Hasselbach in a facility that treats sex offenders. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM, Feb 03, 2010

• 'No Time Is Too Late'

- Various religions.
   MetroNews, http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=35018 , ~ Feb 03, 2010
   SPENCER, Roane County, West Virginia -- You are not alone.
   "If you think you were the first victim, you probably weren't," says Mike Lewis of victims of sexual abuse. Up until recently, Lewis had worked with the New Life Center Church in Kanawha County.
   He now spends time working with SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests.
   Lewis says he and others with SNAP are supporting a 28 year old Cincinnati, Ohio man who came forward in June of last year with allegations of sexual abuse involving a priest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM, February 03, 2010]

Jesuit teachers at top German school admit sexually abusing boys

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Bernhard E. (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   The Times (United Kingdom), from David Charter and Richard Owen in Rome, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   GERMANY -- A Jesuit teacher confessed yesterday to sexually abusing boys at a top German school, further engulfing the country's Roman Catholic Church in a scandal over the mistreatment of dozens of pupils in its care.
   Almost 30 alleged victims have come forward with claims against three Jesuit staff, saying that they were abused in the 1970s and 1980s at Canisius college in Berlin, alma mater of some of the country's political, business and academic elite.
   Peter R and Wolfgang S left the school in 1981 and 1979 respectively while the third alleged perpetrator, named as Bernhard E, 70, was suspended from the Jesuit order yesterday after admitting one case of sexual abuse. Three further victims made claims against him. Mr S, a former gym teacher, 65, now living in Chile, has confessed to the allegations and last week wrote an open letter of apology to victims, while Mr R has denied the allegations. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM, Feb 03, 2010

Tropper Resigns His Position

- Judaist.  
   5 Towns Jewish Times, By Rabbi Yair Hoffman, Published on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
   MONSEY (NY) -- Late this morning Leib Tropper, the head of Yeshiva Kol Yaakov in Monsey resigned his position as Rosh Yeshiva of the institution. The new incoming Rosh Yeshiva is Rabbi Dovid Stefansky Shlita, a maggid shiur in the Yeshiva. Kol Yaakov is staffed by fine Talmidei Chachomim among whom are some quite distinguished Torah scholars.
   Tropper indicated that he was resigning so that the Monsey-based Bais Din will not continue their investigations into allegations against him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Area priest facing molestation charges

[Poandl] - RCC.
   The Oxford Press By Michael D. Pitman, Updated 3:17 PM Wednesday, February 3, 2010
   FAIRFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA – When an alleged sexual assault victim charges that someone abused them, there's usually some "precipitating event" that makes a victim come forward, said West Va. state police Sgt. D.B. Swiger.
   Such is the case with a now-28-year-old Cincinnati man who said pastor Father Robert Poandl, of Fairfield-based Glenmary Home Missioners, molested him when he was 10 years old. The incident allegedly took place in 1991 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer, W.Va.
   Swiger would not state what type of event in the victim's life triggered the need to report the alleged assault. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM]

Priest Maintains Innocence In Sexual Abuse Allegations

[Poandl]
   WCPO, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- A priest from Cincinnati facing charges for sexual abuse during his time in West Virginia maintains his innocence.
   Father Robert F. Poandl was released from a West Virginia jail last week on bond and is awaiting trial. He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian.
   Father Poandl is part of the Glenmary Home Missioners. The Glenmary Home Missioners is a religious order based in Fairfield and is where Father Poandl is residing now. The order released a statement stating as soon as Father Dan Dorsey, president of Glenmary Home Missioners, heard the allegations, he removed Father Poandl from his West Virginia post. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Ex-priest with LI ties pleads guilty to child porn charge

[2000s Ex-Fr Ken Hasselbach* (69) - ? NEW*] - RCC. 2yrs prison. Child porn by mail / e-mail.
   Newsday, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) -- A retired Roman Catholic priest who was given early retirement amid allegations he molested a 12-year-old boy in East Meadow decades ago has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in Florida.
   Kenneth Hasselbach, 69, formerly a priest at St. Raphael's in East Meadow and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Patchogue, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Retired Hollywood priest sentenced in child pornography case

[2000s Ex-Fr Ken Hasselbach* (69)] - RCC. 2yrs prison. Child porn by e-mail.
   Orlando Sentinel By Sofia Santana, Sun Sentinel, 1:55 p.m. EST, February 3, 2010
   FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) -- A former New York City-area Catholic priest who moved to Hollywood has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for possession of child pornography, according to court records.
   Kenneth Hasselbach, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced him on Jan. 28.
   He was indicted and arrested in January 2009, after the FBI accused him of receiving the pornography via e-mail. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Monsey Beis Din Investigating Tropper Threatened Visit and Phone Calls

- Judaists.
   5 Towns Jewish Times, By Rabbi Yair Hoffman, Published on Wednesday, February 03, 2010
   MONSEY (NY) -- Members of the Monsey based Bais Din investigating the charges against Leib Tropper has been receiving a series of threatening phone calls from people. The threats have ranged from threats of utterly destroying the Rabbis to getting people to pray for the downfall and destruction of the Rabbis involved in the investigation.
   The threat campaign actually began on Sunday. One of the Rabbonim was actually visited by an individual who made veiled threats against that Rav. Phone messages were left on the machine of another one of the Rabbonim. This time the threats were not veiled and more explicit.
   Thankfully, the Rabbis are not being intimidated and are moving forward. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Pater gesteht unter Tränen Kindes-Missbrauch

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Bernhard E.* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   Frankfurter Rundschau, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   Noch am Abend zuvor hat Bernhard E. für die Kommunität, für seine zwölf Mit-Padres, einen Gottesdienst gehalten. Am Tag danach sind im Ignatiushaus der Jesuiten im Frankfurter Westend Schock und Betroffenheit spürbar. Der 70-jährige Pater E. hat sich "schuldig bekannt", so sagt es Werner Löser, der Superior der 55 Jesuiten in Frankfurt. Sein enger Freund E. hat gestanden, in den frühen 70er Jahren in Hannover drei ihm anvertraute Kinder sexuell missbraucht zu haben.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Friends and associates of Bernard E. are in shock over his admission that he abused minors. The Jesuit priest is more than a simple Jesuit. He is a world-renowned representative of the order and in 1983 he founded at Frankfurt an organization called Doctors for Developing Coutnries. Since that time, doctors have been sent to places around the world. Actress Maria Furtwangers is president of the trustees.
   He resigned as managing director in 2006 but it is now suspected it was not voluntary. One of the victims in Hanover had spoken out. Harald Kischlat, now general secretary of the organization, said he did not know what had happened until Wednesday. The Rev. Stefan Dartmann, Jesuit provincial superior for Germany, informed the organization's executive board of the allegations. There was concern that attacks had happened at other places. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

Jesuit sex scandal widens

[Jesuits] - RCC.
   News 24, 19:11, 2010-02-03 = Feb 03, 2010
   BERLIN, Germay -- A scandal over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests in Germany in the 1970s and 80s snowballed on Wednesday as a third teacher confessed. More victims were coming forward and further schools were implicated.
   The elite Canisius school in Berlin last week admitted systematic sexual abuse of children by at least two Roman Catholic priests, named in media reports as Peter R and Wolfgang S, who have now both left the order.
   The head of the Jesuits in Germany revealed on Tuesday that a third priest, named in newspapers as Bernhard E, had been suspended after admitting abusing one pupil after a lawyer representing three alleged victims confronted him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM, Feb 03, 2010]

„Vertrauen in die Kirche steht auf dem Spiel"

- RCC needs reform: Theologian.  
   Domradio, Pastoraltheologe Heinz zum Missbrauchsskandal, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   Reformen beim Umgang der katholischen Kirche mit dem sexuellen Missbrauch durch Priester fordert der emeritierte Pastoraltheologe Hanspeter Heinz. Die 2002 von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz erlassenen Richtlinien hätten zwar Verbesserungen gebracht, reichten aber nicht aus, sagte er am Mittwoch im Interview.
   KNA: Herr Professor Heinz, welche Auswirkungen haben die jetzt bekannt gewordenen Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs auf die katholische Kirche in Deutschland?

   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Hans Peter Heinz, a pastoral theologian, has called for reforms in how the Catholic Church handles incidents of sexual abuse by priests. The guidelines adopted by the German Bishops' Conference in 2002 are an improvement but do not go far enough.
   He noted that the cases of sexual abuse often date back decades but they bring into question the credibility of the church. Loss of trust is the worst thing that can happen to a company or institution. This puts all officials and employees under suspicion, he said.
   Dioceses covered-up instances of sexual abuse because they had their own reputation at heart more than the fate of the victims. Since the 1980s, evidence has shown that victims have problems for a lifetime and yet the church has been more sensitive to its own image.
   He was asked by the interviewer how he would rate the actions of Father Mertes, who made public the allegations at Canisius College in Berlin. The theologian said Father Mertes has acted in an outstanding way. Truth is imporant because the burden of untruth lives for generations.
   Heinz said the guidelines of 2002 are an improvement but has many shortcomings. For example, all dioceses have appointed contact persons where victim can turn. However, it would be better to have independent experts to reduce the fear in victims. Not all dioceses have appointed officials, he said.
   He said it was irresponsible to tranfer priests from place to place and give them the opportunity to abuse more children and young people. It is well-known that this type of sexual behavior is not correctable. He believes the church has become more cautious in handling these cases but whether this is happening everywhere he does not know.
   The interviewer said Father Mertes has said structural problems in the church encourage sexual abuse, including a one-side condemnation of homosexuality. Heinz said he agrees. The Vatican and many church officials have vilified homosexuality in recent years. The idea that homosexuals abuse children is not based on scientific knowledge.
   The theologian said homosexuality is not the problem and distracts from the real problems in the church. The cause of sexual abuse by priests is lack of psycho-sexual maturity, he said. Thee is a lack of engagement with their own sexuality and this can happen to homosexuals and heterosexuals in the same way.
   The celibate lifestyle attracts people who have not adequately dealt with their sexuality or who want to hide their sexual orientation, he said. In training of priests, psychologists and therapists should be involved to recognize problems. Spiritual guidance is not enough, he said. He added that celibacy can be a reasonable lifestyle for mature people. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Diocese To Sell Headquarters; Camp To Pay Sex Judgments

- Jury awarded one man US $8.75m.  
   WPTZ, with video, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese is planning to sell its Burlington headquarters and a Lake Champlain children's camp to help pay monetary settlements with victims of priest sexual abuse.
   Diocese Attorney Tom McCormick told the Burlington Free Press the church is ready to relocate its offices as a way to put the sex abuse cases in the past.
   There are currently 25 priest sex abuses cases pending and the diocese just reached an out-of-court settlement against a man who had been awarded $8.75 million by a jury. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Testimony in Salinas tomorrow re priest caught with porn. Survivor raises ruckus Down Under. Plus: A Blogger in Every City. News Roundup at CofA


   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   CALIFORNIA -- Fr. Antonio Cortes was at his desk at the Church when Salinas, California, police arrested him April 16, 2009. As Officer Villegas moved to get his handcuffs, Cortes reached for a cell phone on his desk. Villegas grabbed the cell phone before Cortes could take it. Cortes affirmed the cell phone and laptop belonged to him. Villegas took Cortes outside to an unmarked police vehicle. (From news reports Jan. 8, 2010.)
   The defense says police served a search warrant for Cortes' home and then took evidence from Cortes' office. Actually the search warrant was written for "rectory at 1747 Second Ave." the Herald reported.
   Again the Church uses its own internal structure as a way to obstruct justice. It is not clear if a rectory is an office or a home, the Defense argues, so the Court has to throw out all evidence seized that night at the Church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM, Feb 03, 2010] [COMMENT: It may not be clear to lawcourts, but it is clear to ordinary lawabiding citizens that such fine distinctions are being used by criminal clergy to avoid the consequences of their sins.  Do their so-called superiors ever order them to tell the truth to the police and the courts?  If they did, it would save lots of money being spent on lawyers, and being sucked out of Church funds and insurance companies, which are meant to help people when they face financial loss which is not their fault.  It is amazing that insurance companies did not exclude sex-abuse claims when writing the Roman Church's business -- all those men and women without any legitimate outlet for natural human desire! ENDS.]

History of Clergy Sexual Misconduct Within the Diocese of Bridgeport


   BishopAccountability.org , ~ Feb 03, 2010
   BRIDGEPORT (CT) -- This history of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Bridgeport was submitted on behalf of Jon W. Fleetwood in his case against the diocese. Bishop William E. Lori fought for the entire first decade of his Bridgeport assignment to keep secret this history, its 494 pages of exhibits, and over 12,000 additional pages of sealed files. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to entertain Lori's last appeal, and the documents finally became public, Lori withheld three exhibits in this history and over 700 pages of other documents that the courts had ordered released.
   In the photographs to the left, Mr. Fleetwood is in the upper right. Reading clockwise, Bishop Walter Curtis led the diocese when Rev. Charles Carr, whom Fleetwood and many others have accused of abuse, was ordained, and Curtis was bishop for the first seven years of Carr's career, including the years when Fleetwood was an altar boy in Carr's parish. Edward Egan, now cardinal and archbishop emeritus of New York, left Carr in ministry for five years after his staff discerned a "developing pattern of accusations" (see Exhibit 38, PDF p. 4). Bishop Lori battled to keep these files secret. And Msgr. Lawrence Bronkiewicz is one of a series of managers who have handled abuse allegations for Curtis, Egan, and Lori.
   In addition to Carr, this history discusses and provides documents relating to accused priests Brett, Federici, Gregory Smith, Moore, Pcolka, Coleman, Stubbs, Grimes, and O'Connor. It also contains useful discussions of episcopal control, methods of managing abuse cases under Curtis and Egan, the destruction of documents, diocesan secrecy, the Martinelli and Fleetwood cases, the relevance of prior and subsequent cases, and constitutional issues. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Katholische Kirche: Wenn Schweigen Tradition hat

- RCC. Former students wrote to the bishop in 1981. No action.    
   Hamburger Arbendblatt, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   Hamburg. Man hat uns nicht vorgewarnt." "Sie haben uns im Stich gelassen." "Der Erzbischof hat auf unseren Brief nie geantwortet." Es sind solche Sätze, die immer wieder auftauchen, aus denen eine tiefe Desillusionierung spricht. Menschen, deren Kinder oder die selbst von Priestern missbraucht wurden, hatten in ihrer Scham und ihrer Not bei der katholischen Kirche Schutz gesucht, Verständnis erwartet. Aber sie wurden enttäuscht. Immer wieder prallten sie auf eine Mauer des Schweigens.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- People whose children were abused by priests are profoundly disillusioned. They sought protection and understanding from the church but they were disappointed. They were bounced off the wall of silence.
   Eight former students at Caniusius College, Berlin, wrote a letter to the Berlin bishop in 1981 about sexual abuse at the school but never got a response.
   The appearance and concealment of abuse cases has rocked the Catholic Church since the late 1990s. In Ireland, thousands of children between the 1930s to 1990s were abused in Catholic homes, institutions and workshops by priests, monks and nuns. A commission under Judge Yvonne Murphy showed that bishops systematically protected these people. The church in Ireland concealed 300 abuse cases from 1975 to 2004.
   In Australia, many cases go back to the 1960s. To date 107 priests and Catholic teachers have been convicted of abuse.
   In the United States, people were shocked to learn of a series of abuse cases dating to the 1940s. There appears to be 10,000 victims nationally. The Los Angeles archdiocese paid out $660 million in U.S. dollars to 500 applicants. The years of looking the other way was expensive.
   In Germany communities were not informed of abuse. The Germany Bishops' Conference admits today that it has often responded inappropriately. Lay organization believe that the sanctity of the priests was more important than protections of the victims. The American experience has apparently caused a general change in thnking.
   The document presented to the German bishops in 2002 dealing with cases of sexual abuse by priests is an impressive document. It called for every diocese to establish and central contact point It said after a preliminary study by the Vatican that police should be informed, victims should receive aid and there is to be no repetition by the offender.
   It was a start anyway. Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI has met with victims in the U.S., Australia and Ireland. He advocates a zero-tolerance policy for sex offenders in the church.
   However, the problems remain. The pope has called for more care in selection of priests. But how to prevent abuse and what kind of care should be used? With celibacy and rigid sexual morality of the church, the priest can abuse again and again.
   The situation at the St. Polten seminary in Austria in 2004 showed the urgent need to clarify these issues. The Catholic student had downloaded thousands of child porn pictures from the internet and seminary students and teachers were involved with homosexual acts.
   Bishop Kurt Kren called the whole thing as being the work of silly boys. One of the participating seminary leaders was transferred to a nursing home.
   The institutional church has a high fence between priests, who are ordained in the succession of the Apostles, and the lay people. The priests have special rights over other believers. The church must recognize that among these shepherd there are also wolves. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Official: Germany's Jesuits did not stem sex abuse; SNAP responds

[Jesuits]
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790); ~ Feb 03, 2010
   GERMANY -- Once again, Catholic officials are forced to admit that clergy sex crimes were more extensive than they previously admitted. Once again, Catholic officials admit quietly moving accused or proven pedophiles. Once again, after being transferred, two priests went on to move again.
   This tragic, on-going pattern - in country after country, diocese after diocese, school after school - is sickening. Instead of considering each disclosure as some shocking aberration, it's time we realize that church officials across the globe essentially follow the same playbook: hiding the crimes, minimizing the damage, deceiving the flocks, shuffling the predators and endangering unsuspecting families. . .until finally being forced to quit by brave victims, assertive prosecutors, investigative journalists, and outraged Catholics.
   Dartmann's apology is meaningless public relations. Words don't protect kids. Action protects kids. If he's sincere, he'll make sure that every single church and school employee who kept silent or helped conceal these priests' crime is severely punished. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Legionarios de Cristo: la religión del poder

  [Decades - Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado*] - RCC. US $10-15m, male seminarians, mistress had daughter. May have fathered 6.      
   Voltairenet, por Edgar González Ruiz*, Feb 01, 2010
   A pesar del descrédito de Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), cuyos abusos escandalizaron a la opinión pública y a la propia jerarquía católica, el grupo que él creó aún cuenta con el apoyo de sectores acaudalados, que se identifican con su forma de conciliar la devoción con el afán de lucro.
   1ro de febrero de 2010
   Algunas de esas familias siguen confiando a los Legionarios la formación de sus hijos, no obstante que desde la década de 1990 se difundieron ampliamente testimonios de exdiscípulos de Maciel, de quienes abusó cuando eran adolescentes.

   [summary]
   Despite the discrediting of Marcial Maciel, whose abuse scandalized the public and Catholic hierarchy, the group he created still has the support of the affluent.
   Some of these families remain in the Legion even though children were abused. One of them, Alejandra Espinosa published a book that goes into detail about the abuse and denounced the double life of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ and even writes about the priest's drug addiction.
   Maciel was a satyr mystic who led a conservative movement focusing especially on the wealthy for whom he founded schools and universities. Maciel exerted frenzied sexual activity in which he procreated sons and daughters who are now claiming their property.
   In August 2009, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo revealed existence of at least six of these children, one in Spain, another, now deceased in Switzerland, another son in England and three with a Mexico woman who still is alive and is claiming the rights of her children.
   During the time of Pope John Pau II, the Vatican protected Maciel. Those who knew Maciel for decades know that their abuse was not limited to sexual abuse but he liked to exercise deception and subjugation in various areas of their life.
   In late 2009, some in the media commented on the embarassing case of plagiarism in a book by Maciel. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Solictarán más datos sobre abuso de jesuíta contra niños chilenos

[Jesuits] - RCC.      
   Prensa Latina, 2 feb, 2010
   SANTIAGO DE CHILE, (PL) -- La Compañía de Jesús en Chile pedirá a Alemania más antecedentes sobre los casos de abuso sexual de un jesuita alemán contra niños chilenos, informó el sacerdote Eugenio Valenzuela, superior provincial de esa orden aquí.
   A través de un comunicado divulgado hoy, el religioso dijo que el jesuita alemán, conocido como Wolfgang S., al que se le imputan estos hechos, probablemente trabajó en la norteña ciudad de Arica entre los años 1985 y 1991.

   [summary]
   The Chilean province of the Jesuits will ask the German province for more information regarding allegations that a member of the order may have abused children in Chile.
   In a statement released today, Eugenio Valenzuela said the Jesuit known as Wolfgang S. probably worked in the northern city of Arica from 1985 to 1991. He added they never received any abuse complaint regarding Wolfgang S.
   Complaints of abuse have come from Hamburg, St. Blaise, Gottingen, Hildesheim in Germany and from Chile and Spain said German Provincial Stefan Dartmann. Wolfgang S. also established contacts with both torturers and victims of the Pinochet dictatorship. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Früherer Canisius-Lehrer gesteht Missbrauch

[Fr Bernard / Bernhard E.] - RCC. Children.  
   Berliner Morgenpost, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   Ein weiterer ehemaliger Lehrer des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs hat sexuelle Übergriffe eingestanden: Pater Bernhard E., ein prominenter und bundesweit bekannter Ordensmann, Gründer des Hilfswerks "Ärzte für die Dritte Welt". Der Priester, der am Canisius-Kolleg Abitur machte, hat sich inzwischen selbst angezeigt.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- A third former teacher at Berlin's Canisius College has admitted to sexual assaults. Father Bernard E., a prominent and nationally-known cleric, if founder of an aid organization called Doctors for Developing Countries. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

It was an altar boy thing, says pervert priest

[1979-93 Fr Patrick Hughes* (82)] - RCC. 1yr's prison. Attracted to altar boys.  
   Belfast Telegraph, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   IRELAND -- A former priest who told gardai he was sexually attracted to altar boys was jailed for one year for indecently assaulting a child.
   Patrick Hughes (82), of Park Drive Court, Castleknock, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four counts of indecent assault against the child, then an altar boy.
   The boy was aged between 11 and 14 years old when he was abused in a parochial house, on trips to the beach and in the former priest's home on dates between 1979 and 1983. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Paraguay president's second paternity claim dropped

[~ 1999 - ~ 2007 Bishop Lugo Méndez / Mendez*] - RCC. One female from age 16. 2 other women. Sons 6yrs, < 2yrs, 16mos.   
   BBC News, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   PARAGUAY -- A woman who claimed Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo had fathered her child has withdrawn a paternity suit against him.
   The case brought by Hortensia Damiana Moran was being dropped for "personal reasons", a judge said. Mr Lugo had agreed to take a DNA test in the case.
   Another woman, Benigna Leguizamon, earlier dropped her claim against him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM, Feb 03, 2010] [LOOK BACK: Nov 25, 2009; ~ July 01, 2009]

Inquiry offices in weave shed shut down

- General community.  
   Standard-Freeholder, Posted By KEVIN LAJOIE, KLAJOIE § STANDARD-FREEHOLDER COM , ~ Feb 03, 2010
   CANADA -- The hearings have wrapped up, the final report has been tabled, and now, the lights have been turned off for good on the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
   The process of emptying out and closing up the inquiry offices inside the weave shed on Cotton Mill Street was officially completed on Monday, an inquiry official confirmed.
   "It's all said and done," said inquiry media relations advisor Joan Weinman. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

German Jesuit Sex Offender Lived In Chile

 
   The Santiago Times, Written by Loretta van der Horst, Wednesday, 03 February 2010
   CHILE -- The recent confession by Wolfgang S., a former German Jesuit priest who admitted molesting high school kids in Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s, has Chileans concerned about what he was doing while lived in Chile between 1985 and 1991.
   The former priest and sports teacher admitted the abuses to the German magazine Der Spiegel in a story published last week. Since then, about 20 of his former students have come forward claiming to be his victims.
   Wolfgang S. left the Jesuit order in 1982 and moved to Chile in 1984 where he worked with both torture victims and Pinochet government officials. He told Der Spiegel that in Chile he was confronted with his "mirror image as a tormenter of children." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Later date set for Perlitz trial on Haitian sex abuse charges

[1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   News-Times, By Michael P. Mayko, STAFF WRITER, Feb 03, 2010
   NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- Federal prosecutors have turned over 8,000 pieces of evidence to lawyers defending an honored Fairfield University graduate accused of sexually abusing 18 abandoned Haitian boys served by a charity he founded to provide them with education, food and shelter.
   But that number does not include all the documents in the case.
   William F. Dow III, who with David Grudberg represents Douglas Perlitz, 39, founder of Project Pierre Toussaint, said Tuesday that he expects to receive another 16,000 pages of material from prosecutors in the coming weeks. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Teen testifies about sexual abuse

[2005-06 Mr Humberto Cruz*] - "Iglesia de Dios". Boy.  
   Times Herald-Record, Feb 03, 2010
   GOSHEN (NY) – A teenage boy told an Orange County Court jury on Tuesday that a Newburgh man had as many as "100 to 150" sexual encounters with him between 2005 and 2006.
   The boy, who was 12 at the time, testified at the trial of Humberto Cruz, 39, who is charged with first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony, and several other sex offenses.
   The boy told the jury that he met Cruz while Cruz was a volunteer teaching Scripture at Iglesia de Dios, a Pentecostal church in Newburgh's East End. Cruz was relieved of all responsibilites at the church after Newburgh city police arrested him last year. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Priest in local order faces abuse charges

[Poandl] - RCC. Boy (10).
   Cincinnati Enquirer, By Carrie Whitaker, cwhitaker § enquirer com , February 2, 2010
   OHIO -- A Catholic priest in a Fairfield religious order is facing charges that he molested a 10-year-old boy in West Virginia in 1991.
   The Rev. Robert F. Poandl is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. D.B. Swiger.
   Poandl was released on bond last week after a Roane County grand jury handed up indictments against him, Swiger said.
   The alleged victim, now 28 and living in Cincinnati, told police last summer that Poandl molested him at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church rectory in Spencer, W.Va., according to Swiger. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Sexual abuse charges at Jesuit schools shock Germany

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Bernhard E.* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   Ethiopian Review, by Madeline Chambers | February 2nd, 2010
   GERMANY -- Germany's leading Jesuit official has apologised for a growing number of sexual abuse cases at Jesuit high schools that have come to light recently. School officials there had failed to respond properly when they first heard of the allegations years ago, Father Stefan Dartmann, the head of Germany's Jesuit order, said.
   Dartmann said he knew of 25 former pupils who said they had been abused at presitgious Jesuit schools between 1975 and 1984 – 20 at the Canisius Kolleg in Berlin, 3 at the Hamburger St. Ansgar Schule in Hamburg and 2 at the Kolleg St. Blasien in St. Blasien in the Black Forest.
   German media reported the first cases last week but the number of alleged victims has been growing and the possibility of a wider scandal looms. "I'm worried that a storm is going to break out now," said the former director of Kolleg St. Blasien, Father Hans Joachim Martin. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Ohio Priest Indicted on Sex Charges in W.Va.

[1991 Poandl*] - RCC. Male.  
   WSAZ, Reporter: Anna Baxter, Email Address: anna baxter § wsaz com , ~ Feb 03, 2010
   ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A priest from Ohio has been indicted on sexual abuse charges by a West Virginia Grand Jury.
   Father Robert F. Poandl, of Cincinnati, was indicted on the charges on Tuesday, January 26 in Roane County.
   According to a news release, the alleged crime happened during a trip to Spencer, West Virginia in 1991. The victim alleges he was molested by Father Poandl at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Priest indicted on molestation charges

[Poandl]
   Charleston Daily Mail, From staff reports, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- State Police say an Ohio priest has been indicted on molestation charges stemming from an incident that occurred in a Roane County church 18 years ago.
   Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police, said Tuesday that Fr. Robert F. Poandl of Cincinnati was indicted Jan. 26 by a Roane County grand jury.
   He was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Catholic Diocese of Burlington to sell headquarters

[Decades - Burlington Diocese] - RCC. Children.
   Burlington Free Press, By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer, Wednesday, February 3, 2010
   BURLINGTON (VT) -- The state's Roman Catholic diocese is preparing to sell its sprawling North Avenue headquarters, a lakeside camp and other valuable real estate as part of a push to reach monetary settlements with victims of priest sexual abuse, a church lawyer said Tuesday.
   "The diocese is interested in settling these cases," attorney Tom McCormick said. "It's time to put these matters behind us."
   There are 25 clerical abuse cases pending at Chittenden Superior Court. Five others have been the subject of jury trials and another five were settled out of court. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM, Feb 03, 2010]

Jesuit sexual abuse scandal widens

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Bernhard E.* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   IOL, ~ Feb 03, 2010
   BERLIN, Germany -- A scandal over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests in Germany in the 1970s and 80s snowballed on Wednesday as a third teacher confessed, more victims came forward and further schools were implicated.
   Earlier this week, the elite Canisius school in Berlin admitted systematic sexual abuse by at least two Roman Catholic priests, named in media reports as Peter R and Wolfgang S, who both left the order in the 1980s.
   The head of the Jesuits in Germany revealed on Tuesday that a third priest, named in newspapers as Bernhard E., has been suspended after admitting abusing one pupil after a lawyer representing three alleged victims confronted him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM, Feb 03, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed February 03, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu February 04, 2010 edition:


Vatican concern over signs of divided hierarchy

- RCC.      
   The Irish Times, From PADDY AGNEW in Rome, February 5, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – AS THE countdown begins to the forthcoming Vatican meeting between Pope Benedict, senior Curia figures and the Irish bishops, Vatican insiders have suggested the Holy See has been alarmed by recent signs of internecine strife within the Irish hierarchy.
   Many commentators believe the Holy See intends the meeting, scheduled for February 15th and 16th, to serve as a starting point around which the Irish Catholic Church can unify as it strives to achieve closure on the pain inflicted, above all on the victims but also on the church, by Ireland's prolonged clerical child abuse crisis.
   In such a context, the Holy See has been confused and alarmed by apparent factional in-fighting among the hierarchy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM, February 4, 2010]

Irate priests critical of Archbishop Martin

- The truth hurts RC priests.
   The Irish Times, By ALISON HEALY, February 05, 2010
   IRELAND -- A MEETING of priests has heard demands that Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin be confronted over his handling of the fallout from the Murphy report on clerical child sex abuse.
   It also heard claims that the archbishop had become "a source of division" among priests and bishops. About 25 Dublin priests attended the meeting at Manresa retreat house on January 18th. Details of the minutes of the meeting are reported in the latest edition of the Irish Catholic published today.
   The minutes state that the majority of priests in attendance were middle-aged and all got a chance to speak. The meeting was specially convened to discuss the Murphy report.
   "Anger, frustration and a sense of helplessness [were] expressed at the lack of compassion shown by the diocese in recent months, particularly towards the auxiliary bishops," the minutes report. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM, February 04, 2010]

Priests: Martin is source of division

- RC priests choose scapegoat.
   Irish Examiner, By Garry O'Sullivan, Friday, February 05, 2010
   IRELAND -- PRIESTS "are no longer content to be puppets of the diocese" according to the minutes of a meeting of up to 25 Dublin priests, where Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's "dictatorial manner" was also criticised.
   The meeting heard a scathing critique of Archbishop Martin's handling of the Murphy report aftermath which was recorded in minutes of the meeting.
   It is believed most of the priests in attendance at the January 18 meeting spoke and the majority were middle-aged. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM, February 04, 2010]

Abusi sessuali: padre Dessì è fuori dalla Chiesa

[Fr Marco Dessi]    
   Gazzetta di Parma, ~ February 04, 2010
   ITALIA – Padre Marco Dessì è fuori dalla Chiesa. Il missionario di Villamassargia condannato per abusi sessuali su bambini del Nicaragua è stato cacciato con un decreto emesso da Papa Benedetto XVI, che lo ha "dimesso dallo stato clericale", ossia il sacerdote è stato ridotto allo stato laicale.
   [summary]
   ITALY -- Father Marco Dessi has been defocked and returned to the lay state in a decree issued by Pope Benedict XVI. The priest was convicted of sexually abusing children in Nicaragua.
   The missionary was arrested in early December 2006 on pedophilia charges and was imprisoned. Humanitarian groups complained and there was investigation by Parma prosecutors. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM, February 04, 2010]

Region in brief: Court hears surgeon in boys ranch trial

 
   The Spokesman-Review
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A Spokane plastic and reconstructive surgeon rebutted earlier testimony of abuse at Morning Star Boys' Ranch as proceedings continued Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court.
   Dr. Alfonso Oliva testified that it is unlikely the scar on witness Stephanie Miller's chest was caused by a cigarette burn. Miller, a transsexual, was a resident at Morning Star in the late 1970s. She testified Jan. 19 that a counselor whose name she cannot remember burned her with his cigarette when she refused his demands for oral sex and that she bears the scar. Miller had been called to testify by attorneys for Kenneth Putnam to support his allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the group home for troubled boys by its director, the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Archbishop's response to priest's sexual abuse allegations questioned


   CINCINNATI (OH) Dayton Daily News
   By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer Updated 1:59 PM Thursday, February 4, 2010
   CINCINNATI – The head of a local abuse support network believes Archbishop Dennis Schnurr should have – and could have – done more after a priest within a Fairfield-based order was charged in June with alleged sexual abuse of a child.
   Last week Father Robert Poandl, a 68-year-old priest with Glenmary Home Missioners, was indicted on those charges – three counts related to sexual conduct in 1991 with a 10-year-old boy at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer, W.Va. The accuser is now 28 and lives in Cincinnati.
   "We really look at this is Archbishop Schnurr's first real test in Cincinnati," said Daniel Frondorf, the leader of the local chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM]

Anwälte planen Zivilklage gegen Jesuitenorden

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Bernhard E. (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   Berliner Morgenpost, with video,
   Ehemalige Schüler des Berliner Canisius-Kolleg, die von Patres missbraucht wurden, fordern eine Aufarbeitung der Fälle vor Gericht. Es gehe um Aufklärung und Genugtuung, nicht um Geld, sagte die Opfer-Anwältin. Ein weiterer Jurist prüft eine Klage in den USA gegen die Jesuiten. Diese könnte für den Orden teuer werden.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Former students at Canisius College, Berlin, who were abused by priests are calling for reappraisal of court cases. They said their interest is not in money but in education and satisfaction, said the victims' lawyer. Another lawyer is considering a lawsuit in the United States against the Jesuits. One lawyer said the victims want to know how the system in the church failed them. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM [COMMENT: The Church system was DESIGNED to fail the victims! ENDS.]

Missbrauchsfälle auch an Bonner Jesuiten-Schule

[Jesuits] - RCC.
   Welt,
   Im Missbrauchsskandal an Schulen und Einrichtungen des katholischen Jesuiten-Ordens kommen weitere Taten ans Licht: Nach neuesten Erkenntnissen sollen mindestens 30 Schüler im gesamten Bundesgebiet Opfer von sexuellen Übergriffen gewesen sein. Bischöfe fragen sich, ob das nur die Spitze des Eisbergs sei.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- According to new findings, at least 30 students throughout Germany have said they were victims of sexual abuse by priests. Bishops are now asking whether this might be only the tip of the iceberg.
   More cases of abuse have surfaced at Aloisius College, Bonn. One former pupil at Aloisius College said he was abused in the early 1960s by a now-deceased priest.
   The German Bishops' Conference was put the abuse issue on the agenda for its next plenary meeting in late February. An attorney for victims at Canisius College, Berlin, is considering a class-action suit against the Jesuits in the U.S.
   Berlin lawyer Luke Kawka said a lawsuit can be filed in the United States if it is confirmed that any victims at Canisius were American citizens. If successful the financial consquences for the Jesuit order could be disastrous, he said.
   The scandal has sparked debate about the celibacy requirement. Professor Norbert Leygraf of the Instititute of Forensic Psychiatry said there is no evidence that the pedophile tendency is caused by celibacy. Renunciation of sexuality does not mean that sexuality is changing, he said.
   He also warned against an assumption that child abuse is specific to the church. There are no statistics but pedophilia seems to cross all professions. Those involved in education, however, have the means to implement sexual fantasies. There are people who may have pedophilic thoughts but they do not act on them. He said it is impossible to determine in advance whether someone is sexually interested in children.
   The Evangelical Church in Germany on Thursday said it has strict policies for handling sexual abuse cases. Someone who is even suspected of abuse is immediately suspended, according to the spokesman. Transfering a suspected abuser is not done. He added they also work closely with the judiciary. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM]

Missbrauchsvorwürfe jetzt auch in Bonn

[Jesuits] - RCC.  
   RP,
   Bonn (RPO). Im Missbrauchsskandal an Einrichtungen des Jesuitenordens gibt es jetzt auch in Bonn Verdachtsfälle. Der Rektor des dortigen Aloisiuskollegs, Pater Theo Schneider, sagte am Donnerstag, diese Vorwürfe bezögen sich ausschließlich auf die Vergangenheit und nicht auf aktive Jesuiten und Mitarbeiter.
   Fotos -- Sexueller Missbrauch an Berliner Eliteschule Zuvor hatte die "Süddeutschen Zeitung" berichtet, dass ein 62-jähriger ehemaliger Kollegs-Schüler angegeben habe, Anfang der 60er-Jahre von einem Pater missbraucht worden zu sein.

   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The abuse scandal at Jesuit schools are widened further. The Rev. Theo Schnieder, rector of Alosius Kolleg in Bonn, said three allegations have been made involving past abuse but do not relate to still active Jesuits or employees.
   Of one allegation he had no knowledge but he said two were entrusted to him only under assurance of utmost discretion. He said he immediately passed on the allegations to Jesuit management for review. He believes all the investigations were completed. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM]

Diocese will pay $9.8 million to Alaska abuse victims

- RCC.    
   Achorage Daily News, By LISA DEMER, ldemer § adn com ,
   ALASKA -- The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks is emerging from bankruptcy under a plan that will provide nearly $10 million -- and maybe much more -- to sexual abuse victims, send the bishop traveling to parishes where abuse occurred, and put names of suspected abusers on the diocese Web site.
   Under the plan for reorganization, $9.8 million will go into a fund for close to 300 victims. Another $2.5 million is going to lawyers, accountants and other professionals. Payments to individuals will be decided case-by-case by a mediator, depending on a variety of factors including the nature and severity of abuse, the age of the victim at the time it started, and whether the perpetrator was in a position of trust. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM]

Pornos für die Schüler

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   Hamburger Morgenpost, VON NINA GESSNER,
   Der Skandal um den Missbrauch von Schülern an Gymnasien des Jesuiten-Ordens weitet sich immer mehr aus. Nun gibt es einen zweiten Fall aus Hamburg. Und wieder ist es ein ehemaliger Lehrer der Sankt-Ansgar-Schule in Borgfelde! Die besondere Brisanz: Es ist Bernhard E. (70), der Gründer der Hilfsorganisation "Ärzte für die Dritte Welt".
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The scandal involved abuse of students at Jesuit schools has expanded with revelation of a second case from Hamburg. The explosive revelation is that students were abused by Bernhard E., 70, founder of a relief organization that sends physicians to Third World countries.
   Three former students from Hanover made the allegations and the priest admitted the acts.
   One e-mail from a former pupil was received only yesterday and it described E's machinations as religious director and director of youth groups at the school. The teacher also showed the boy photos from a pornographic magazine. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM]

Curriculum vitae: Father Bernhard Ehlen SJ

[Jesuits] - RCC.
   Artze fur die Dritte Welt,
   GERMANY -- Father Bernhard Ehlen SJ was born on 5 March 1939 in Berlin. In 1958 he became a Jesuit monk. As part of his education within the order he studied philosophy, theology and educational science, and was ordained as a priest in 1968.
   In the following years he was active in Roman Catholic youth work. Constantly confronted in this work with young people's questions about the reasons for unfairness in the world, and with their search for ways of doing something about it, he joined the Cap Anamur committee in 1981 and worked as a project coordinator in refugee camps in Somalia. There Father Bernhard Ehlen made the fundamental realisation that a doctor can help someone who is ill and suffering anywhere in the world, often even with little funding, and independent of his/her knowledge of languages or cultural background.
   He combined this realisation with the fact that he knew many doctors were looking for ways to make a commitment without having to leave their practice, the everyday life of the clinic and family life for six months or longer. In this way the idea for the 'Ärzte für die Dritte Welt' [Doctors for Developing Countries] committee was born. It brings established facilities and employees in the area together with German doctors. They succeed each other in short assignments lasting six weeks, with the aim of helping people in the Third World, who would otherwise never see a doctor. The organisation was set up in Darmstadt on 10 September 1983, at a meeting of ten doctors. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM]

Diocese of Burlington to sell headquarters for sex abuse settlements

 
   Catholic News Agency, 12:23 am, Feb 4, 2010
   BURLINGTON (VT) / (CNA).- The Diocese of Burlington is selling its headquarters and other church properties in hopes of securing funds to settle two dozen pending sex abuse cases before they go to trial.
   Chittenden Superior Court Judge Helen Toor has called for one trial to resolve all remaining civil cases related to the former priest Edward Paquette, who worked in the diocese in the 1970s.
   According to the Rutland Herald, three past juries have ruled that the diocese was negligent in hiring and supervising the retired priest. One jury issued a record $8.7 million verdict in May 2008, another issued a nearly $3.6 million verdict in December 2008 and a third issued a $2.2 million verdict in October 2009. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM]

"Er hat meine Seele getötet"

[1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   Stuttgarter Zeitung,
   Als Kind wurde Norbert Denef (60) jahrelang von einem Priester und einem Organisten im sächsischen Delitzsch missbraucht. Unter den Spätfolgen leidet er noch heute. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen Opfern hatte er Beweise. Damit konnte er die katholische Kirche drängen, ihn finanziell für seinen Leidensweg zu entschädigen - hierzulande wohl ein einmaliger Fall. Doch dem Familienvater reicht das nicht. Er kämpft weiter - dafür, dass der Gesetzgeber das Strafrecht insofern ändert, als die Opfer auch Jahre später noch Ersatzansprüche geltend machen können. Von der Diskussion über mögliche Konsequenzen aus dem Skandal am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg verspricht sich Norbert Denef Auftrieb.
   [summary]
   "He Killed My Soul"
   GERMANY -- Norbert Denef, 60, was abused as a child by a priest and an organist in the Saxony town of Delitzch. He still suffers from the effects today. Unlike most victims of abuse he had evidence and urged the Catholic Church to compensate him financially for the ordeal. In this country, this is unique.
   But this is not enough. He continues to fight for legislation of amend the criminal law to extended the statute of limitations of sexual abuse since it can take years for a victim to report the abuse. Revelation of abuse at Canisius College in Berlin has encouraged Mr. Denef.
   Mr. Denef said he is not surprised that abuse at Canius has taken 35 years to become public. This pattern his typical, he said. They first tried to conceal the cases and it only becomes public when their backs are to the wall. Then they talk as if they were trying to explain.
   He was asked if he thought it was a bold move that the church made public the accusations. He said it wasn't. The victims tried years ago to make a difference and he said he does not understand why the church is making this public now.
   The interviewer said the victims originally had asked for confidentiality. He described this as "theater." They first would not respond and then they pushed blame onto the victims and they try to redeem themselves.
   He was asked if he thought they played for time. He said they did play for time since the statute of limitations expired after 10 years. Victims can no longer bring civil claims.
   He was asked why they waited 35 years to confront the priest with the accusations.
   Anyone who has experienced such a thing knows there is a process in the brain so the victim does not have to relive the pain all the time. Brain researchers can use this neurochemical process to explain. There is a lack of certain compounds in the brain that triggers the silence.
   Mr. Denef said a pastor is an authority figure or even a confident of the child. His mother was a single parent of five children. He said he was conceived to save his parents marriage. The church was paramount in the family.
   He was asked if his brothers, who also were altar boys, were abused. He said he assumes more than 130 children were abused. Most cannot deal with their suffering and said he finds it surprising that there are 20 victims at Caniusius who have come forward.
   Under protection of the Catholic Church, perpetrators apparently have not feared criminal prosecution. Were they convicted in your case? No, Mr. Denef answered. The priest was exiled several times and the organist, who had connections to his family, retired.
   Did they regret their actions? No. The priest had no guilt. The priest said it was not all that bad and the organist said the question was who started it. The organist was 10 years older than him.
   Doctors have certified you as being 60 percent damaged by the abuse. What has the abuse done to you? It killed his soul, he said. Outwardly, he lived quietly until his 40th birthday. He got married and fathered two children. He was a technical director at a theater and was addicted to work. But inside he felt nothing. He said he still needs a boiling water bath "to feel myself."
   Mr. Denef has not worked a year because he has been on sick leave for post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he suffers from panic attacks and nightmares. He said he often feels suicidal.
   The Magdeburg diocese paid him 25 000 euros compensation. He was asked how he achieved this. Mr. Denef said he had confessions in writing from the priest and the organist. Mr. Denef published a book on his abuse although the diocese had made confidentiality a requirement in settling his case. He was asked if the church has responded to his going public. He said they have not responded but he negotiated to strike the confidentiality requirement.
   He is now fighting in the European Court of Human Rights to end the statute of limitations for sexual abuse. The Bundestag (the national German legislature) rejected a similar petition in 2008.
   He was asked if he thought the scandal at Canisius would lead to reassessment of his petition. He said he hoped so. The scandal has opened doors to the media. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Priest gets 2 years in child-porn case

[2000s Ex-Fr Ken Hasselbach* (69)] - RCC. 2yrs prison. Child porn by e-mail.  
   Miami Herald
   FLORIDA -- A former New York City-area Catholic priest who moved to Hollywood has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for possession of child pornography, according to court records.
   Kenneth Hasselbach, 69, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentenced him Jan. 28.
   He was indicted and arrested in January 2009, after the FBI accused him of receiving the pornography via e-mail. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM]

Dublin Archbishop 'a source of division'

 
   Ireland Online, Feb/04/2010
   IRELAND -- A meeting of Dublin priests last month heard the Archbishop of Dublin described as a source of division.
   The meeting of up to 25 priests was held in January to discuss the fallout from the Murphy Report into abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.
   According to the Irish Catholic newspaper, which has seen minutes of the meeting, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was criticised heavily for his handling of the aftermath of the report's publication. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM [COMMENT: Truth and justice is a source of division, as the Man from Galilee found out about 2000 years ago! ENDS.]

Abuse group challenges archbishop

 
   Cincinnati.com ,
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- Clergy sex abuse victims say they plan to hold a protest Thursday morning outside the Cincinnati Archbishop Chancery, 100 E. Eighth St., downtown Cincinnati. The Cincinnati chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests say they will urge Cincinnati's new archbishop, the Rev. Dennis Schnurr, to reveal when he and his staff learned about a child sex allegation against a priest.
   A priest in a Fairfield religious order is facing charges he molested a 10-year-old boy in West Virginia in 1991. The Rev. Robert F. Poandl is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian, according to West Virginia State Police. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM]

Looking to Rome for guidance

     
   The Irish Catholic, Garry O'Sullivan, Editor, 4 Feb 2010
   IRELAND -- If the Church in Ireland is to have a worthwhile future, each diocese will have to come up to speed with its own affairs and adopt best practice nationally and internationally.
   Bishops were not appointed to a bishops' conference, but they were appointed to a diocese and how they carry out this function is crucial to the spiritual well-being of laity and clergy. Not only is it of concern how they have handled clerical child sexual abuse, but also how they run their diocese, care for their laity and priests and if they are capable of doing what is an increasingly difficult and demanding job. Unlike the rest of us, there is no real oversight of how a bishop runs his diocese, and certainly no accountability to the people of that diocese. Therefore, it is important that the Vatican ensure that every bishop can answer comprehensively to three areas of competence.
   The first is leadership. ...
   The Murphy Report was, and is, about the failure of leadership. While there is disagreement among priests about the style of Archbishop Martin's leadership, I don't think there are too many who would disagree with his comments that renewal is needed. Jesus didn't look for those who were closest to God among those in the Temple, quite the opposite. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM [COMMENT: The rot starts at the head!  Can the blind lead the blind? ENDS.]

Archbishop slammed over abuse aftermath

 
   UTV,
   IRELAND -- The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has been accused of having a lack of compassion towards the auxiliary bishops and that they were "hung out to dry" in the aftermath of the Murphy Report.
   The minutes of a meeting attended by over 20 priests who complained about his actions, have been seen by the Irish Catholic newspaper. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM]

Critics want bishops to disclose where abusive priests went

 
   Stamford Advocate, By Daniel Tepfer, 08:04 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2010
   {link to Bridgeport diocese documents}
   BRIDGEPORT (CT) -- Supporters of people abused as children by priests demanded Wednesday that Roman Catholic Bishop William Lori publicly disclose the location of former diocesan priests accused of abuse.
   "Documents recently released that detail abuse show that priests from the diocese were sent out all over the country where they could have been endangering children," said Terrence McKiernan, director of the Boston-based BishopAccountability.org, an organization dedicated to documenting cases of clergy abuse around the nation, during a press conference outside the Diocese of Bridgeport's Catholic Center on Jewett Avenue.
   "Dioceses around the country were affected when priests were spun out of here," he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM]

Father Bob Poandl


   Glenmary Home Missioners for Rural America
   FAIRFIELD (OH) -- This links to the assignment record for the Rev. Bob Poandl, who has been indicted in West Virginia on charges of sexual abusing a boy nearly 20 years ago. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

An Interview with Marianne Benkert, M.D


   Healing and Spirituality by Jaime Romo
   I am pleased to share an interview with Marianne Benkert, M.D. in today's Healing and Spirituality. Dr. Benkert has served as past president of the Baltimore County Medical Association, and chair of the Ethical and Judicial Affairs Council of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland and in the UCSD psychiatry residency training program. She co-authored "Religious Duress and its Impact of Clergy Abuse Victims" with Tom Doyle.
   J.R. As a psychiatrist, you have worked with thousands of people directly and indirectly impacted by clerical sexual abuse. What are some of the psychological imprints or traumas related to children who are abused?
   M.B. Childhood sexual abuse always interferes with the normal tasks of child development. The age of the child at the time of the abuse, the natural resiliency of an individual child, as well as the severity and length of time of the abuse will be important factors determining the damage to the child. The sexual abuse of a child shakes and shatters their sense of safety and trust. The child's natural sense of playfulness and freedom is replaced with the burden of fear, shame and guilt. The development of a healthy self-esteem is impaired. The child is confused about what the abuse means. When the abuser is a cleric the confusion is intensified. It is important to understand that for most victims the psychological trauma is not truly appreciated until adulthood. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Priest faces sex assault charge in Wisconsin

[Fr Edmund Donkor-Baine -NEW*] -      
   Catholic Culture, February 04, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- A priest from Guyana who served at a parish in a Wisconsin diocese has been charged with fourth-degree sexual assault. A 47-year-old woman alleges that Father Edmund Donkor-Baine assaulted her in August while he was offering her divorce counseling. The priest denies the charges.
   Father Donkor-Baine comes fromm the Archdiocese of Accra (Ghana), and not from Guyana, as the La Crosse Tribune is reporting. The Tribune reports that Father Donkor-Baine came to the United States for medical treatment, and diocesan attorney Jim Birnbaum said that "he's not here on any formal program where he could be assigned to a parish." Yet according to a 2008 parish bulletin, "Fr. Edmund [Donkor-Baine] had been assigned to assist here at Blessed Sacrament as well as to work at Franciscan Skemp in the Pastoral Care office. This week Bishop Listecki assigned Fr. Edmund to residence in the Diocesan Center pending further assignment." He has since offered Masses at Viterbo College and filled in at another parish. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM]

Priest pulled from duties amid sex abuse allegations

[Poandl]
   Dayton Daily News, By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer, Updated 2:35 AM Thursday, February 4, 2010
   FAIRFIELD, W. Va. – A grand jury in West Virginia last week indicted a Glenmary priest for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old boy nearly two decades ago.
   The Rev. Robert Poandl, who was removed from his pastoral duties when the allegations first came to light in June, was indicted Jan. 26 on charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault, both first-degree felonies, and abuse by a custodian.
   A 28-year-old Cincinnati man reported that he was abused in 1991 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer, W.Va., according to Sgt. D.B. Swiger of the West Virginia State Police. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Inquiry costs hit $1.7 million

- The cost of rumours.  
   Standard-Freeholder, Posted By KEVIN LAJOIE,
   CANADA -- The Cornwall Public Inquiry has drained $1.7 million from the city's working reserves, and officials are hoping to recoup the funds from Queen's Park.
   However, with the provincial government facing a massive deficit of its own, there may not be any cash in the well.
   Members of the Cornwall police services board approved the last legal bill for the inquiry on Wednesday, bringing the city's total tally to roughly $1.7 million. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Papal Nuncio asked to meet on State-Vatican relations

 
   The Irish Times, By DEAGLÁN de BRÉADÚN, Political Correspondent,
   IRELAND -- THE FOREIGN Affairs Committee of the Oireachtas has invited the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, to a meeting on "relations between Ireland and the Holy See".
   Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter said his main purpose in proposing the invitation was to discuss "issues of importance" arising out of the Murphy report on child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.
   Committee chairman Dr Michael Woods said Archbishop Leanza had been invited to discuss Ireland's "general relationship with the Vatican state and the nuncio's role here, including the issues that arose in connection with the Murphy report". [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Priest faces sex assault charge

[Fr Bonkor-Baine]    
   Winona Daily News By ANNE JUNGEN | Lee Newspapers | Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010
   LA CROSSE, Wis. - A visiting Catholic priest is expected to be charged next week with sexually assaulting a local woman he was counseling through a divorce.
   The 47-year-old woman told investigators the Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine in August forced her to touch his genitals and grabbed her breast, both through clothing, while the pair talked inside her vehicle in the town of Shelby, according to the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department report.
   Donkor-Baine, 47, was arrested Jan. 25 and will appear Feb. 11 in La Crosse County Circuit Court on a charge of fourth-degree sexual assault. The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of nine months in jail. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu February 04, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri February 05, 2010 edition:


• Retired Episcopalian Priest Charged with Sex Abuse

  [1990s Rev. Ralph Johnson (82) -NEW* Episcopalian (Church of England communion). Boy.]  
   WNEP, http://www. wnep.com/news/ countybycounty/ wnep-susq- ralph-johnson- episcopalian- priest-charge, 0,6402094.story ; By Julie Sidoni, 5:32 PM EST, February 5, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A retired Episcopalian priest from Susquehanna County was arrested Friday, charged with molesting a boy while serving at a church in the 1990s.
   The suspect is now 82 years old.
   Police said it was the victim himself who called them to say he had repeated sexual contact with Father Ralph Johnson in the 1990s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 PM, February 05, 2010

Abuse-victim support group slams W.Va. bishop

  [1991 Fr Robert Poandl (68) (Glenmary Home Missioner) - NEW*] - RCC. Boy (10).
   The Charleston Gazette, By Kathryn Gregory, ~ February 05, 2010
   CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- Catholic Church officials in West Virginia should have informed their parishioners that a Cincinnati priest was accused of abusing a 10-year-old boy in Roane County, according to a support group for people abused by clergy.
   However, church officials said West Virginia citizens did not need to be notified about the alleged abuse because the accused priest, the Rev. Robert F. Poandl, was never officially assigned to work in West Virginia.
   Poandl, a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners order, headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio, was indicted in January by a Roane County grand jury for allegedly sexually abusing a 10-year-old Cincinnati boy in 1991 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic parish rectory in Spencer, W.Va. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM, Feb 05, 2010

Don Walter, la badante:"Io, vittima del parroco"

   
   Gazzetta di Montova, ~ February 05, 2010
   MANTOVA, Italia. -- L'avrebbe costretta a rapporti sessuali non solo a casa sua ma anche nell'abitazione del datore di lavoro e una volta perfino in ospedale, nella saletta colloqui del reparto infettivi, dov'era ricoverata. Queste le accuse lanciate ieri in un' aula di tribunale da Nela, 43enne badante romena, al parroco di San Leonardo don Walter Mariani, a processo per violenza sessuale. Non solo, la donna - a cui rievocando alcuni momenti si sono più volte riempiti gli occhi di lacrime - ha anche rivelato che don Walter - presente in aula, sempre impassibile - aveva cercato di corromperla: nell'estate del 2008 le aveva dato appuntamento a Copparo, nel Ferrarese, offrendole tremila euro perché se ne andasse in Romania e tornasse solo dopo il processo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM, February 05, 2010

Congregants, unions back embattled priest

  [2000s Bishop Paul Verryn*] - Methodist Church. Suspended.  
   Sowetan, ~ February 05, 2010
   SOUTH AFRICA -- CONGREGANTS who have known Paul Verryn from as far back as the 1970s have thrown their weight behind the embattled minister.
   Trade unions and advocacy groups have also rallied round him.
   Mamcy Mokwena, 71, says what is happening to the church minister is "heartbreaking because the Verryn I know is not the man that is depicted as irresponsible by the media and other parties". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM, February 05, 2010 [LOOK BACK: Jan 21, 2010]

Priest sex abuse sentence delayed

  [1968-86 Fr John Denham*] - RCC. Millions at risk. 40 / 27 boys. [Fr Vince Ryan] - RCC. AUD $6m going. 9 victims. [1998-2008 Vicar-General Tom Brennan] - RCC. Guilty. False written statement. [2007 RCC] - Pretended there is no Church entity to sue!    
   ABC News (Australia), Feb 05, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A Sydney court has heard a former Catholic priest plans to withdraw his guilty plea to some of the sexual abuse charges brought against him by former students.
   In December, John Sidney Denham pleaded guilty to 29 child sex offences dating back to the 70s.
   Police say his victims were mostly boys at Newcastle Catholic High.
   At least 27 of the men have taken class action against him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM, February 05, 2010] [LOOK BACK: December 14 / 15, 2009]

Admite Orden Jesuita Alemana abusos de sacerdote en Chile

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab* / Statt, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC) knew since 1981. 20 boys in prestige school.          
   Pueblo, ~ February 05, 2010
   CHILE -- La Orden Provincial Jesuita en Alemania dijo el día 4 el sacerdote Wolfgang Statt admitió en 1992, a través de una carta enviada a sus superiores en Roma Italia, haber cometido abusos sexuales contra niños en Alemania, España y Chile.
   "Tenemos informaciones de que el padre Wolfgang Statt en 1992 escribió una carta hacia Roma, donde explicó que hasta 1992 estuvo comprometido en abusos sexuales en Hamburgo, España y también en Chile", dijo el vocero de la Compañía de Jesús germana, Thomas Busch, en declaraciones a Radio Cooperativa de Chile.

   [summary]
   The provincial for the Jesuit order in Germany said that former priest Wolfgang Statt admitted in 1992 that he sexually abused children in Germany, Spain and Chile. The admission was in a letter sent to his superiors in Rome, Italy.
   There is no information on the former priest after 1992 when he left the order, became secular and went to Chile. The cleric said the abuse was committed in the 1970s and 1980s but the Rev. Stefan Dartmann, provincial superior in Germany, said the 1992 letter also included admissions of abuse committed in Spain and Chile.
   It is now believed Mr. Statt lived in Chile until leaving Jan. 31 for Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Chilean government said Wednesday it has asked authorities in Germany for more information but for the time being has ruled out existence of complaints in Chile. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 PM, February 05, 2010

Milwaukee Archbishop taking heat over sex abuse allegations in former diocese

  - RCC.  
   WITI, by Sarah Platt, FOX6 Reporter, 4:39 PM CST, February 5, 2010
   MILWAUKEE and WISCONSIN (WITI-TV) -- Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is taking some heat over allegations of sex abuse; abuse that allegedly took place in Listecki's former diocese, La Crosse.
   A 47-year-old woman says she was inappropriately touched by a priest in August 2009. The woman says officials with the Diocese of La Crosse, which Listecki led at the time, told her she was a "credible witness" and "apologized for the priest's behavior." But the alleged victim says diocese officials never followed up with her. She then went to authorities in December. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

Priest faces sex charges over decade-old incident

  [1992-95 Rev. Ralph Johnson (82)*] - Episcopalian. Boy.
   The Times-Tribune, BY STACI WILSON (STAFF WRITER), Published: February 5, 2010
   GIBSON (PA) -- An 82-year-old, retired Episcopal priest, now living in Gibson, was charged Friday with sex charges in Susquehanna County for alleged incidents that occurred more than a decade ago.
   The Rev. Ralph Johnson, 82, was arrested Friday by state police for alleged sexual conduct with a boy from 1992 to 1995 at his 82 Church Rd., Gibson Township home.
   State Police Trooper John Oliver charged the Rev. Johnson with 15 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

Retired Pastor Arrested for Molestation

  [Johnson]
   WBNG, ~ February 05, 2010
   GIBSON (PA) (WBNG Binghamton) -- A retired pastor is accused of molesting a boy nearly 20 years ago in Susquehanna County.
   Multimedia Watch The Video Pennsylvania State Police charged 82 year old, Ralph Elwood Johnson of Gibson with having sex with a minor.
   Johnson lives on Church Street in Gibson.
   The victim says he was a teenager when Johnson forced sexual relations with him at his home from 1992 to 1995. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM, February 05, 2010

Germany reels at abuse in top Jesuit school

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   The Irish Times, February 06, 2010
   The now familiar narrative of systematic abuse of children by priests has scandalised Germans, but campaigners fear the church's perceived lack of will to change will deny victims justice, writes DEREK SCALLY in Berlin
   GERMANY -- IT IS 23 YEARS since Adam threw himself in front of a train. His family never knew why. Nor did they know until this week that, months before his death, the 24-year-old had tracked down Fr Peter, a former teacher who had abused him at Berlin's elite Canisius College.
   Adam found the Jesuit priest in the western city of Hildesheim in 1986, confronted him with a knife and stabbed him several times in the chest before fleeing. The priest was seriously injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment, but never pressed charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM, February 05, 2010

Teacher charged with sex assault of student: police

  [2009, Feb 15 - Mr Wesley Cherniak (32) - NEW*] - RCC. Girl (16).  
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY ROSEMARY SOBOL, Staff Reporter, ~ February 05, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Northwest Side high school teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a female student at the North Center neighborhood school on the North Side last year, police said.
   Wesley Cherniak, 32, of the 3800 block of North Bernard Street, was charged with criminal sexual assault, a felony, according to police who said Cherniak was arrested at 6 a.m. Wednesday at his home and the charge was approved at 1 p.m. Thursday.
   Cherniak allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old student on Feb. 15, 2009 at St. Benedict High School, 3900 N. Leavitt St., where the victim was a student and Cherniak a teacher, according to police. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM, February 05, 2010

CORRECTION: Cardinal Mahony did not face grand jury

  - RCC.
   Catholic Culture, February 04, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Earlier this week, CWN reported that Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles was questioned for 5 hours before a federal grand jury. That report was inaccurate. Cardinal Mahony's testimony came in a civil lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse-- not the grand-jury investigation.
   CWN regrets this reporting error.
   The story that appears in our archives has been corrected to reflect the actual facts of the case. A comment by Diogenes, based on our original and erroneous story, has been deleted. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM, February 05, 2010

Police: Pastor, church elders didn't report sex abuse

  [Pastor Timothy Dellmuth, Elders Richard Eland, Michael Wedge, and Robert Gagnon. - All NEW*] - "Valley Christian Church." Failing to report seduction.
   New Hampshire Union Leader, By LORNA COLQUHOUN, New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent, ~ February 05, 2010
   CONWAY (NH) – The pastor of a local church and three church elders are being arraigned at this hour on charges they did not report to authorities an alleged case of sexual abuse.
   All four are members of Valley Christian Church and offered pleas of not guilty at their arraignments this afternoon at the District Court of Northern Carroll County.
   Church pastor Timothy Dellmuth, 33, and elders Richard Eland, 61, Michael Wedge, 32, and Robert Gagnon, 69, are each charged with failing to a report a case of child abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM, February 05, 2010

Report: Eau Claire Police Chief Says New Milwaukee Archbishop Lied

 
   WTAQ, February 05, 2010
   MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. (Midwest Communications) - Eau Claire's police chief said the new Catholic archbishop in Milwaukee was wrong in what he told state legislators about priest sex abuse last month. The Journal Sentinel uncovered a letter from Police Chief Jerry Matysik. He told Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach that Archbishop Jerome Listecki was untruthful in saying a policy has changed in his old diocese on reporting sex abuse by priests. The La Crosse Diocese, where Listecki was the bishop, has required victims to call them instead of law enforcement. Listecki told a state panel the policy is not in effect now, when he testified on a related bill. But in his letter 10 days later, chief Matysik said the only thing that changed was the name of the person abuse victims should complain to. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Chief vs. Bishop

  [~ 2010 Archbishop Jerome Listecki] - RCC.
   WIZM
   WISCONSIN -- Did a former La Crosse bishop lie to lawmakers? That accusation against Jerome Listecki, now the Archbishop of Milwaukee, is being made by Eau Claire police chief Jerry Matysik. The chief claims Listecki falsely told a legislative committee that a La Crosse diocese policy on reporting sexual abuse by priests was no longer in effect. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

When Saints Go Marching In - No Matter What (Part Deux)

 
   Anti-Catholic League, by David Fortwengler,
   The one thing I will never criticize the Catholic Church for is their marketing ability. For a bunch of guys with Canon Law degrees, they have taught the world for centuries how to generate revenue from their heroes, especially the deceased ones. As the expedited sainthood cause for Pope John Paul II speeds along, they are keenly aware of the beneficial effects JP II's canonization will have for their franchises, especially in Poland and the United States. The Vatican's merchandising department is working overtime designing medals and profitable gift shop chachkies. The list of dioceses requesting first-class relics ( the physical remains of a saint such as a bone, a hair, a limb, etc.) must be a mile long. Yuk. ...
   It's now been almost two weeks since the book "Why He Is A Saint: The True Story of John Paul II" was released. Written by Monsignor Slawomir Oder, "postulator" and head cheerleader for JP II's sainthood cause, the book is only available in Italian. I can't read Italian but people in Italy can. Many have now read the book cover to cover, including journalists, and still the main evidence reported about the late pontiffs heroic virtues and sanctity are documented medical miracles, flagellating himself before he ordained priests and bishops, and forgiving his would be assassin. The glaring omission of course is how the 114 people who gave sworn testimony reconcile JP II's sanctity and heroic virtues with his organized conspiracy to protect the reputation of his church and its assets instead of protecting children from some employees he knew were pedophiles. ...
   With tears in my eyes, my thoughts and concerns right now are for victims of sexual crimes and their friends and family. The pain and self-destructive behavior so many of us have experienced was not self-inflicted because we wanted to be like Jesus, it is because the effects are real and sometimes seem impossible to handle. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Former city pastor charged with child abuse

 
   Cumberland Times-News Staff, Wire Reports,
   CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND – Monsignor Thomas Bevan, former pastor of the Church of St. Patrick on Centre Street, has been charged by Frederick County authorities for child abuse against an altar boy in 1976.
   The 73-year-old retired priest, of Cascade, was released on $25,000 bail Thursday. He was indicted on two counts of child abuse Jan. 22 but the charges were kept sealed until Thursday, when an arrest warrant was served.
   Assistant State's Attorney Lindell Angel said that Bevan allegedly abused a 10-year-old boy sexually in 1976 when he was associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Priest Abused a Boy a Month in Santa Barbara Boys Choir. With 150 victims, he serves 8 years for one. Now living in Santa Cruz

  [Fr Robert Van Handel - ? NEW*] - RCC. Boy/s.  
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ February 05, 2010
   CALIFORNIA -- "Not a month went by that Defendant did not molest members of the Santa Barbara Boy's Choir," reads the Probation Report. The MO of Fr. Robert Van Handel in Law enforcement language: "Defendant first started giving Victim what he viewed as a 'regular' back rub so he could fall asleep easier. However, the defendant then started touching his stomach, thighs, legs, and eventually worked up to the point of" [SEX ASSAULT].
   "Defendant would then take Victim out places like Taco Bell which made Victim feel good as he did not have a dad."
   Re cooperation of the Franciscans: "It should be noted that the Catholic Church has done nothing to assist this department in this investigation," writes the arresting officer.
   (Remember these acts we write about here are those of just 1 of 6000 pedophile priests counted so far in the U.S.  City of Angels continues to read through the Probation Report of Father Robert Van Handel from 1994 and as we read, we share what we find with the world by blogging here.) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Group criticizes Archbishop Schnurr over indicted priest

  [1991 Fr Robert Poandl* (Glenmary Home Missioner)] - RCC. Boy (10)
   Fox 19, with video, By Tiffany Teasley,
   CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - "He's the one guy, he is the top Catholic in the entire state of Ohio that can do something about it," said Daniel Frandorf of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   SNAP is talking about charges of sexual abuse involving local priest Robert Poandl. He was indicted last week after an alleged victim came forward saying Poandl molested him as a 10-year-old in West Virginia. SNAP protested outside the Cincinnati Archdiocese Thursday morning, asking the Archbishop to take action.
   "Archbishop Schnurr should set the example and get off on the right foot during his tenure here in Cincinnati by being completely open honest and transparent about allegations of priest abuse against any priest," Frandorf said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Wolfgang Statt: "Carta abierta a la Comunidad Ariqueña"

   
   El Morrocotudo,
   CHILE -- Queridas amigas y amigos de Arica y Parinacota
   Debido a las impresionantes muestras de apoyo que he recibido de parte de ustedes en los últimos días, me siento en la obligación de agradecerles públicamente, a través de este medio, por todo su cariño.
   Los últimos días han sido tristes para mi familia y para mí, debido al acoso sostenido de parte de algunos medios de comunicación y a publicaciones que faltan a la verdad y que aunque se desmientan, ya han conseguido dañar a mucha gente.

   {summary} Wolfgang Statt: "Open Letter to the Community Ariqueña"
   Mr. Statt wanted to thank people for the support he has received in recent days and feels that he needs to thank friends and supporters publicly through this newspaper.
   He said it has been a difficult time these last few days for him and his family because of what he called sustained harassment from some media who have missed the truth and managed to hurt many people.
   He said he is at peace which means he will not stop taking action to get the truth out in public. He said that demonstrations of affection have given him strength. Mr. Statt said he hopes people who know him will discern the truth. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Neue Missbrauchsvorwürfe in Bonn und Hildesheim

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC) knew since 1981. Boy students.        
   Aachener Nachrichten, Von Sarah Lena Grahn, Feb.05.2010
   KÖLN, Deutschland -- Die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Mitglieder des katholischen Jesuiten-Ordens werden immer zahlreicher. Nachdem am Donnerstag ein 62-jähriger Ex-Schüler von sexuellen Übegriffen am Bonner Aloisiuskolleg durch Priester berichtet hatte, äußerte sich ein weiterer Betroffener am Freitag.
   [summary]
   COLOGNE, Germany -- Allegations of sexual abuse by members of the Jesuit order are becoming more numerous. Another student at Aloisius Kollege has come forward to say he was abused by clergy.
   Miquel Abrantes, 37, said several priests molested him and classmates at the Bad Godesberg school over the years. He wrote a book about his experiences at the school in 2004. He had been alone in making the allegations. He said in the sixth grade he was forced to undress in front of the priest and nude photos were taken.
   An adult woman has come forward in Lower Saxony to say she was molested during the 1990s by Father Peter R., according to a spokesman for the Hildesheim diocese. He is one of three Jesuits now associated with cases that have been made public.
   In the meantime, Wolfgang S., another of the accused Jesuits, has written an open letter to El Morrocotudo, a newspaper in Chile, to thank his friends in the northern city of Arica for their show of support. He said the last few days have been bad for him and his family. There were indications he has left his home in Santiago and is currently hiding with friends in Arica. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Glaubwürdigkeit zurückzugewinnen

  - RCC.
   Domradio,
   Der Sekretär der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Pater Hans Langendörfer, hat den Willen der Kirche zur Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle an Kindern und Jugendlichen bekräftigt. „Wir wollen Aufklärung, weil wir in der Schuld der Opfer stehen und alles tun wollen, um Glaubwürdigkeit zurückzugewinnen", sagte der Jesuit am Freitag. In Berlin soll in Bälde eine ständige Komission eingerichtet werden.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The Rev. Hans Langendorfer, secretary of the Germany Bishops' Conference, has reaffirmed the church's commitment to investigate cases of abuse of children and adolescents. He said the church is in debt to the victims and wants to do all that is necessary to regain credibility.
   He added that Catholic moral teaching emphasizes respect for others. He said the cases that have been recently revealed are more shocking because the alleged perpetrators were priests.
   In the meantime, the Berlin archdiocese is considering setting up a permanent commission to deal with abuse allegations, according to Stefan Dybowski, spokesman for the archdiocese. Green politician Christa Nickels, speaking on RBB info Radio, called on church officials to put their policies to the test. She said that the church needs to implement more preventive measures and have comprehensive education about abuse within the church. The church also needs to consider justice for the victims, she said. Friendly words, regret and shame are not enough, she added. She indicated that most victim contact people for the dioceses are clerics and are not independent experts.
   In the widening abuse scandal involving the Jesuit order in Lower Saxony, Justice Bernd Busemann warned of a cover-up mentality. He said this kind of thinking is depressing. Sexual abuse is a crime, he said. He finds it difficult to understand why superiors were silent. Criminal law gives clerics no special rights, he added. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Women priest 'ordinations' cause disunity, says Florida diocese

   
   Catholic News Agency, 07:24 am, Feb 5, 2010
   VENICE, Fla., / (CNA).- The group Roman Catholic Womenpriests recently announced that they are "ordaining" two female "priests" and one "deacon" in an upcoming ceremony in Sarasota, Florida. The Diocese of Venice issued a statement on Thursday denouncing the "ordinations" and saying that the group's attempt "brings division and fractures unity in the Church." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Police chief: Archbishop Listecki untruthful to state senators about abuse reporting policy

  - RCC.
   Catholic Culture, February 05, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- The police chief of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is alleging that Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee spoke untruthfully to the state senate judiciary committee on January 12 about the Diocese of La Crosse's abuse-reporting policy. The archbishop served as Bishop of La Crosse from 2004 to 2009.
   Under the diocese's abuse-reporting policy, which was reprinted in the diocesan newspaper in late January, victims are asked to report incidents of alleged abuse to the diocese, which in turn reports them to civil authorities. For over a year, Police Chief Jerry Matysik has asked the diocese to change its policy and urge victims to reports incidents directly to police. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Satanic rapists on trial

  [2003+]  
   RT, February 05, 2010
   RUSSIA -- Two young people have been tried in Russia for organizing a Satan-worshiping sect. Their adepts were subjected to abuse during gatherings, while some girls, including those below the age of consent, were molested.
   The sect named "Nobilis Ordo Diaboli" – or the "Noble Order of the Devil" – was engaged in the secret worshiping of Satan in the republic of Mordovia in central Russia since 2003. It was organized by medical student Aleksandr Kazakov, 24, and had up to 75 adepts over the years, investigators say. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM, February 05, 2010

Provincial gov't to fund two new retreats for victims

   
   The Intelligencer, Posted By LUKE HENDRY, February 05, 2010
   CANADA -- The Ontario government has provided a major endorsement for a local agency after committing funding for two retreats for sexual abuse victims.
   Kim Charlebois, executive director of the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District, said Thursday the centre has received confirmation Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General will fund one retreat for male victims and another for female victims who were involved in the recent Cornwall Inquiry.
   Inquiry commissioner Normand Glaude had recommended the province hire the centre to provide its week-long Quinte Residential Treatment Program to abuse survivors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Controversy, court battles dog clergyman

  [1980s, 2000s Bishop Paul Verryn*] - Methodist Church. 1980s Suspected, 2000s Suspended.  
   Sowetan February 05, 2010
   SOUTH AFRICA -- IN THE late 1980s, Paul Verryn was accused of sexual abuse in Soweto. Several boys were removed from the Methodist Church in Orlando West, among them Stompie Seipei, the child activist.
   Stompie was later abducted, severely beaten and dumped in the veld.
   But Verryn was later cleared.
   Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had also accused him of sodomising the boys in his care. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Monsignor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills in child porn investigation

  [~ 2010 Monsignor Michael Dempsey (77) - NEW*] - RCC. Internet pornography.  
   Your Nabe, By Anna Gustafson, Thursday, February 4, 2010
   NEW YORK -- A Forest Hills priest has been placed on administrative leave after federal officials launched an investigation into the monsignor for allegedly watching child porn on the Internet.
   Monsignor Michael Dempsey, 77, has left his post at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church at 110-06 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced last week. Federal law enforcement officials recently told the bishop that Dempsey was under investigation.
   "You are undoubtedly aware of the deep suffering and hurt that surround any matter of child abuse, especially when allegations involve a member of the clergy," DiMarzio said in a letter read by Monsignor Paul Sanchez at the Masses on the weekend of Jan. 23. "It can damage, often irreparably, the innocence, the trust and the reputations of all who are in any way affected by it." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Listecki misled legislators on policy, Eau Claire police chief says

 
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel, Posted: Feb. 4, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- The Eau Claire police chief is accusing Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki of being untruthful to lawmakers about the notification procedure for clergy sex abuse allegations in the La Crosse Diocese, where he previously served as bishop.
   In a development that victims' advocates say is related, a La Crosse priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he was counseling through a divorce, months after the diocese investigated and found no credible evidence supporting her accusations.
   In a Jan. 22 letter to state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik takes issue with a La?
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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'Unwell' vicar is rested after being 'naughty'

  [≤ Aug 2009 - Rev Stephen Smith - NEW*] - ? Church of England. Lady congregant.  
   Bedfordshire on Sunday, BY KEELEY KNOWLES, ~ Feb 06, 2010
   A vicar has been banned for 'inappropriate' behaviour towards a female member of his parish.
   [PICTURE: St Mary's Church, Cardington]
   UNITED KINGDOM -- It was announced last Sunday that Reverend Stephen Smith of St Mary's Church, Cardington, is prohibited from exercising any functions as a member of the clergy for six months.
   A person who attended St Mary's Church on Sunday morning, who asked not to be named, wrote in a letter to Bedfordshire on Sunday: 'After the service I was asked to sit down while Rev Littleford read out a statement from the Bishop of Bedford.
   "It stated that my vicar Rev Stephen Smith had been suspended for six months because of his inappropriate behaviour with a lady member of our congregation."
   A spokesman for the Diocese of St Albans said: "A complaint was made against Rev Smith, team vicar in the Elstow Team Ministry, in August 2009, that his conduct towards an adult female member of his parish was inappropriate to the office and work of a Clerk in Holy Orders.
   "The Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, has heard the complaint under the legislation governing the discipline of the clergy (the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003) and has determined that the Rev Stephen Smith should be prohibited from exercising any functions as a member of the clergy for six months.
   "This is a significant penalty. The prohibition began on Sunday 31 January 2010." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM, Feb 06, 2010]

Im Gottesdienst ermutigen Priester alle Missbrauchsopfer, sich zu melden

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students.        
   BZ, 18.40 Uhr, 06. Februar 2010
   GERMANY (BZ) -- Pater Peter R. (69) und die Missbrauchsvorwürfe - am Wochenende sind sie in allen Gottesdiensten des Bistums Hildesheim Thema. Bischof Norbert Trelle hat alle Priester angewiesen, sein Hirtenwort zu verlesen. Darin spricht er von "Scham" und "Empörung" und entschuldigt sich für den Missbrauch durch katholische Patres. "Eventuelle weitere Geschädigte möchte ich bitten, sich zu melden", erklärt der Bischof. So viel Offenheit ist selten in der katholischen Kirche. Pater R. war von 1975 bis 1983 Religionslehrer am Canisius-Kolleg, später im Bistum Hildesheim tätig. Auch das Erzbistum Berlin erwägt einen Hirtenbrief - nicht an diesem, aber möglicherweise am kommenden Sonntag.
   [summary]
   Allegations of abuse by Father Peter R., 69, are being discussed at all weekend Masses in the Hildesheim diocese. Bishop Norbert Trelle has instructed all priests to read his pastoral letter that speaks of the shame and indignation he feels and he has apologized for abuse by Catholic priests. He is asking any other victims to come foward. Father Peter R. worked from 1975 to 1983 at Canisius College and later in the Hildesheim diocese.
   The Berlin archdiocese is also considering a pastoral letter to be read not this week but next Sunday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Pastor arrested in sex abuse case

  [? 2009-10 Pastor Martin Richter -NEW*] - Christian. Girl (13).  
   Inland News Today ~ Feb 06, 2010
   BIG BEAR (CA) -- A pastor who preached at churches in Big Bear City and Glendora is behind bars on suspicion of felony child molestation.
   Investigators disclosed Wednesday the arrest last weekend of Martin Richter, 48, at his home in Big Bear City.
   Sheriff's detectives say a 13-year-old girl was continually sexually abused and they are concerned there may be other victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM, Feb 06, 2010

Pastor arrested on molestation charges

  [? 2009-10 Pastor Martin Richter*] - Christian. Girl (15 / 13).  
   Highland Community News, Feb 04, 2010
   CALIFORNIA -- On Saturday, Jan. 30, Martin Richter, 48, was taken into custody at his home in Big Bear in connection with an ongoing molestation investigation.
   During the investigation, Detective Craig Harris says it was discovered that Richter was pastor of churches in Big Bear and Glendora. He was booked into West Valley Detention Center on allegations of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
   His bail was set at $350,000 and he was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 16 in San Bernardino Superior Court. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM, Feb 06, 2010

Deputies arrest Big Bear City man on child molestation charges

  [? 2009-10 Pastor Martin Richter*] - ? FourSquare Church. Girl (13).
   Big Bear Grizzly, UPDATE, Feb. 5, 2001
   CALIFORNIA: The local church Martin Richter was associated is reported to be the FourSquare Church, however this has not been confirmed by the local Sheriff's Department.
   The man accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl is not association with other local churches, nor is he related to other pastors with similar sounding names.
   This is an update on a previous story. See the original below.
   Martin Richter, 48, was arrested in Big Bear City in connection with an ongoing child molestation investigation. Investigators are concerned there may be additional victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM, Feb 06, 2010

California Pastor Accused of Sexually Abusing Young Teen

  [? 2009-10 Pastor Martin Richter*] - ? FourSquare Church. Girl (13).
   The Zalkin Law Firm, ~ Feb 06, 2010
   CALIFORNIA -- A California pastor was arrested earlier this week following accusations that he sexually abused a 13-year-old girl.
   Martin Richter, 48, a pastor with congregations in both Big Bear City and Glendale, was charged with lewd acts with a child and two counts of attempted lewd acts with a child.
   A spokeswoman with the sheriff's department has declined to comment on whether the victim was a member of either of Richter's congregations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM, Feb 06, 2010

Sexual abuse in German Church deeper than expected

  [< 100 RC employees, so far.] - RCC.  
   Press TV (Iran), ~ Feb 06, 2010
   GERMANY -- Less than a week after a German Jesuit leader apologized over a deepening sexual abuse scandal at a prestigious Catholic institution, new reports paint a far grimmer picture of the crisis.
   German media reported on Saturday that nearly 100 employees of the catholic Church have been suspected of involvement is sexual abuse over the past 15 years.
   The new accusation comes after victims, who suffered abuse as students in four Jesuit-run schools in the 1970s and 80s came forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM, Feb 06, 2010

$250K bail for teacher accused in sex assault

  [2009, Feb 15 - Mr Wesley Cherniak* (32)] - RCC. Girl (16).  
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY ROSEMARY SOBOL and SALLY HO (Staff Reporters), February 6, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL) --A former Catholic high school teacher was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Friday for the alleged sexual assault of a female student.
   Police said Wesley Cherniak, 32, attacked the then-16-year-old girl last year at St. Benedict High School, 3900 N. Leavitt, where he had been teaching. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Wie die Kirche ihr Missbrauchsproblem verdrängt

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen*, Fr Peter K. -NEW* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy students. [2000s Regensberg Diocese] - RCC. Put offender back in temptations's way.        
   Welt, Von Gernot Facius, 16:01 Uhr, 6. Februar 2010
   Kindesmissbrauch gibt es nicht nur in der Katholischen Kirche. Doch hier sind die Widerstände besonders groß, wenn es um Aufklärung und Opferhilfe geht. Nachdem nun immer neue Fälle bekannt werden, ist das Bestreben groß, das Problem endlich konsequent anzugehen. Doch die Kritiker bleiben skeptisch.
   Der Richter war empört. Vor Karl Iglhaut saß im Regensburger Landgericht als Rückfalltäter der Priester Peter K., 40, der wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs eines Messdieners eine dreijährige Haftstrafe erhielt. Scharf kritisierte der Richter die Leitung der Diözese Regensburg: Sie habe den Pädophilen schon während seiner Bewährungszeit nach dem ersten Missbrauchsfall wieder in einer Gemeinde eingesetzt und ihn so in eine "Versuchungssituation" gebracht. Der Jurist verglich das mit einer Bank, die jemanden anstelle, der "wegen Untreue oder Unterschlagung vorbestraft ist".

   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Judge Karl Inglhaut was outraged. Before him in the Regensburg district court was the priest Peter K., 40, a criminal recidivist, who for sexual abuse of an acolyte got a three-year-prison sentence. The judge sharply criticized the leadership of the Regensburg diocese saying they had moved this priest back to the community during his probationary period and put him into a situation where he could be tempted to abuse again.
   In the case of Peter K. the Regensburg bishop, Gerhard Ludwig Muller, had accepted a 2003 defense that relapse was very unlikely. The diocese had only suggested that other clergy should keep an eye on him when he went to another assignment. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM
   [BACKGROUND: Regensburg is the diocese from which the present Pope Benedict XVI (Ratzinger) came. ENDS. ]

Priest who faked cancer resurfaces

  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily -NEW*] - RCC. "Delusional". Cancer fake netted Lourdes trip money. Not obeying call home order.        
   Sydney Morning Herald, By MATTHEW BENNS, February 7, 2010
   AUSTRALIA – A CATHOLIC priest who lied about having cancer to raise money from his Sydney flock has been quietly moved to work in the church in Perth.
   Father Richard Abourjaily was branded "delusional" by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, and suspended from his duties at All Hallows parish church at Five Dock when his lies were uncovered. ...
   The move infuriated a fellow priest who, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "What other victims will he now seduce?
   "Why does the church just cover up scandal and just move priests about? Have we learnt nothing from the sex abuse scandals? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Former priest faces 45 charges in Susquehanna County

  [1992-95 Rev. Ralph Johnson* (82)] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). Boy.  
   News 10 Now, By Web Staff,
   SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA -- A retired Episcopal priest from Susquehanna County faces dozens of charges for having sexual contact with a child. Pennsylvania State Police arrested Ralph Elwood Johnson, 82, of Gibson Township Friday.
   He's accused of having sexual contact with a boy when the child was between the ages of 11 and 15. Police say it happened at Johnson's home between 1992 and 1995. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM

Kerry connections led to child abuse by Fr Smyth

  [~ 1968 Fr Brendan Smyth] - RCC. Girl/s.    
   The Kingdom, BY MARY MURPHY
   IRELAND / UNITED STATES -- HELEN McGonigle was just six-years-old when she was first assaulted by notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth in the US state of Rhode Island.
   And, she claims, it was her Kerry connections and strong family links to the church that allowed the manipulative Smyth to enter her life.
   42-years on, McGonigle is now a US-based solicitor and vocal advocate seeking justice for all victims of clerical abuse. But she still continues to count the cost of the evil Smyth's abuse of members of her now devastated family which saw her older brother and sister both die as a result of drug overdoses. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

"Ein dunkles Gesicht der Kirche"

  - 90 suspects in Germany since 1995.  
   Der Spiegel,
   Der Skandal um Kindesmissbrauch erschüttert die katholische Kirche in Deutschland, allein seit 1995 hat es über 90 Verdachtsfälle gegeben. Der Jesuit Hans Langendörfer, Sekretär der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, spricht im Interview mit SPIEGEL ONLINE über Fehler und Verantwortung der Kleriker.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The child abuse scandal has rocked the Catholic Church in Germany and it is now known that since 1995 there have been 90 suspected abuse cases. The Rev. Hans Langendorfer, a Jesuit and secretary of the German Bishops' Conference, was interviewed by Spiegel Online about abuse and responsibility of the clergy.
   He was asked about the real dimension of the scandal. Rev. Langendorfer said it will be unrealistic to assume that all has been revealed. The recent revelations show the dark face of the church and the priest said he finds it frightening. Covering up abuse is always wrong and unfortunately it has been a practice in the church. The issue of abuse has occupied the bishops over and over again, he said.
   The 2002 guidelines were an important step for the church, he said. The Spiegel interviewer remarked that the guidelines locked in the practice where abuse is reported and treated within the church and may never become public. Rev. Langendorfer said the guidelines state the church is to have the victims as first concern. The church is to have a canonical investigation of the allegation. He said they take seriously the importance of informing the public prosecutor. Sexual abuse of minors is not only a crime of the state but it is also contrary to church law. He believes the guidelines provide a uniform, consistent and transparent approach.
   He was asked to what extent the strict hierarchy, obedience and power structures in the church and the code of silence may have contributed to covering up abuse. Rev. Langendorfer said priests have a special trust with people and this can make it easier for a criminal offender to abuse children. He opposes the view that all priests should be under suspicion. Catholic morality demands unconditional respect for others along with respecting dignity and integrity, he added. If any church structures have hampered transparence then it must stop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM
   [COMMENT: Yes, the 2002 document alluded to was probably in the same secrecy vein as the RCC's policies for many hundreds of years. ENDS.]

Former gym teacher charged with sex with student

  [2009 - Mr Wesley Cherniak* (32)] - RCC. Girl (16 / 17).  
   Chicago Breaking News, ~ February 06, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A former gym teacher at a Catholic high school is being held on a criminal sex assault charge in connection with having sex with a student once a week for several months last year, authorities said.
   Wesley Cherniak, 32, of the 3800 block of N. Bernard St., was charged Thursday and Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese ordered him held in lieu of $250,000 bail in a bond hearing today.
   Cherniak was a physical education teacher at St. Benedict's High School and the victim, who was 17 at the time, was one of his students, prosecutors said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM, February 06, 2010

Group Preaches To Cincinnati's Catholic Archbishop

  - RCC.
   ONN,
   FAIRFIELD, Ohio – Cincinnati's new Catholic Archbishop needs to make his voice heard, some Catholics said Thursday.
   ONN obtained a letter on Thursday from the Survivors Network of Abused by Priests (SNAP), urging Cincinnati's Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to publicly talk about an alleged sex abuse case involving a Fairfield-based Catholic priest and a boy.
   "I am urging him to do more than he has done," said Daniel Frondorf, the Cincinnati leader of SNAP. "Right now he has done the bare minimum of nothing." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Oak Park pastor investigated in new rape case

  [Pastor Calvin Lee Little]
   The Sacramento Bee, By Andy Furillo, afurillo § sacbee com ,
   SACRAMENTO (CA) -- A Sacramento sex crimes task force is investigating an Oak Park pastor on allegations that he raped a woman before he was arrested last month for failing to properly register as a sex offender.
   Meanwhile, The Bee learned Friday that two registered sex offenders worked as ministers on Pastor Calvin Lee Little's staff at the nondenominational In a Sweet Way Ministries.
   Authorities said the alleged victim in the new rape investigation contacted sexual assault investigators after they arrested Little on Jan. 19 for not registering as a sex offender at his church's location in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Day Five in Haiti

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   Fairfield Mirror, By Paul Kendrick '72,
   Editor's Note – This is the fifth in a five part series of diary entries written by Fairfield alumnus Paul Kendrick '72, who spent the week of January 10th through January 16th in Haiti. Kendrick is a long time advocate for sex abuse victims and a co-founder of Voice of the Faithful in Maine, which formed in response to the Roman Catholic sex abuse cases. He had visited Project Pierre Touissant, which was run by fellow Fairfield alumnus Doug Perlitz '92 in 2003. Perlitz has been indicted by a Bridgeport grand jury on 19 counts of abusing Haitian children. His trial is scheduled to start in May.
   CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI -- No more discussions, no more meetings. Project Pierre Toussaint must reopen … immediately. Sadly, the Fairfield University community has been sending a disrespectful message to the people of Haiti: "If your children report that they are being sexually abused by one of us, we will abandon you."
   It's about the children
   According to a 2006 UNICEF report, children who are forced to live on the streets are deprived of affection and protection. The street children served by Project Pierre Toussaint did not have access to food and education, and were constantly under the threat of all kinds of violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation. To stay alive, many of them wash cars, load buses, or beg, while others become involved with armed gangs in the hope of protection and a better chance of survival. The health and hygiene conditions for street children are precarious. Many of them suffer from a range of skin and respiratory diseases, as well as sexually transmitted infections. HIV/AIDS infection rate is as high as 20 per cent among street children, with most cases being among girls. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Bristol church youth worker abused four boys and boasted about it on the internet

  [Owen Baxter]  
   Evening Post,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A "cold and calculating" paedophile befriended families of young boys at a church so he could sexually abuse them and then bragged about it on the internet.
   Owen Baxter's victims were as young as four and included some for whom he had babysat as a member of St Matthew's Church, in Kingsdown.
   Bristol Crown Court heard that after abusing the children he would go to online chatrooms and boast about his behaviour and exchange child pornography. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Report: More cases of child abuse suspected in Catholic schools

  [≥ 94 offenders] - RCC. Children.  
   Monsters and Critics,
   BERLIN, Germany -- Nearly 100 employees of the Catholic Church have been suspected of involvement is sexual abuse during the last 15 years, German media reported Saturday.
   The accusation comes following revelations of abuse at four Jesuit-run schools in the 1970s and 80s.
   A survey of all 27 German dioceses revealed that at least 94 clerics and lay staff have been suspected of child abuse since 1995, Spiegel news magazine reported. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Jersey man indicted in Rockland on charge that he videotaped child sex abuse

  [2009, Dec 13 - Alex Avila - ? NEW*] - Assembly of God. Woman.  
   Mid-Hudson News,
   NEW YORK CITY – A Rockland County grand jury has indicted a Dumont, New Jersey man on eight counts charging him with sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl while she slept, and in one instance, videotaping it.
   On December 13, 2009, Alex Avila, 35, allegedly improperly touched the victim while she was sleeping and videotaped it during one of two encounters.
   A member of the Mission Assembly of God Church in South Nyack discovered the images on January 14 while viewing the photos in the digital camera loaned to her by Avila's wife. The congregant turned over the video to the church pastor, who contacted the child's parents and police. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

NH church members charged with failing to report

  - "Valley Christian Church."
   WGME,
   CONWAY, N.H. (AP) -- Four members of a New Hampshire church have been charged with failure to report suspected sexual abuse of a child.
   Conway police have charged the associate pastor and three elders of the Valley Christian Church with a misdemeanor charge of failing to report that they suspected a 12-year-old girl affiliated with the church may have been sexually abused. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Jury finds Newburgh ex-pastor guilty in child sex abuse case

  [Cruz]
   Times-Herald Record, By Oliver Mackson, Posted: February 05, 2010
   GOSHEN (NY) – An Orange County Court jury deliberated for about two and a half hours Friday before convicting a former Newburgh pastor of all 10 charges against him, in a case of sexual abuse of three boys he met through his church.
   Humberto Cruz, 39, who lives on Broadway in the City of Newburgh, was convicted of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and first-degree criminal sexual act, felonies, as well as eight misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Cruz was stripped of his volunteer teaching duties at Iglesia de Dios in Newburgh after city police arrested him last year.
   All three boys testified against Cruz during the trial, which began on Tuesday. One of them said he was sodomized by Cruz as many as 150 times between 2005 and 2006. Cruz, too, testified, and flatly denied the charges Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Covington County Pastor Agrees To Consecutive Life Terms In Prison

  [Pastor Ralph Aaron]
   WSFA
   MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA (WSFA) -- There's a pretty good chance the public will never see Ralph Lee Aaron again. Aaron went back to the Covington County Jail today and eventually he'll make his way to prison after pleading guilty to 4 sex crimes.
   One count of first degree sodomy and 3 counts of producing 'obscene matter' involving a child under 17. ...
   Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Andalusia promptly fired the pastor when he was arrested last fall and at the time Aaron's bond was set at a record of $24 million.
   Authorities say there is no evidence the sexual abuse took place on church grounds. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Police: Church officials didn't report sex abuse

  - "Valley Christian Church."
   New Hampshire Union Leader,
   CONWAY (NH) -- The pastor and three elders of a church in Redstone were arraigned yesterday on charges they failed to report an alleged case of sexual abuse when they became aware of it last summer.
   The four men belong to Valley Christian Church, located on East Conway Road in a warehouse it shares with an automotive service shop.
   In separate arraignments yesterday afternoon, church Pastor Timothy Dillmuth, 33, of Stowe, Maine, and elders Richard Eland, 61, of Brownfield, Maine; Michael Wedge, 32, of Conway; and Robert Gagnon, 69, of Brownfield were each charged with a single misdemeanor count of violating a state law requiring them to report child abuse to authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Former Stanley preacher guilty of molesting preteen

  [≤ 2007 Pastor Burcham Warren] - Christian. Girl (11).
   Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn § gannett com , February 6, 2010
   MANSFIELD (LA) – A former Stanley pastor who denied having sex with an 11-year-old girl during his rape trial in October 2007 pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday.
   The plea to molestation of a juvenile keeps Burcham Paul Warren out of prison but means he'll have to register as a sex offender.
   The 53-year-old was offered the plea at the request of the victim, who now is a teenager, and her parents, said Sabine Assistant District Attorney Anna Garcie, who was appointed as a special prosecutor for the 42nd Judicial District to handle Warren's case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Pastor convicted of sexually abusing boys

  [2004-06 Pastor Humberto Cruz (39) -?NEW*] - Church of God. 2 boys.
   Mid-Hudson News, Feb 06, 2010
   GOSHEN (NY) -- The former pastor of the Newburgh Church of God was convicted by an Orange County Court jury late Friday on all counts of an indictment that charged him of abusing three young boys over a two year period.
   The jury deliberated for 2½ hours before finding Humberto Cruz, 39, guilty of all the charges against him, the most serious of which was course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree, said District Attorney Frank Phillips.
   Those charges stem from contact with two boys who were under the age of 13 during the time of the abuse from July 2004 through July 2006, said Phillips. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Former Owego church rector charged with sexual abuse

  [1992-95 Rev. Ralph Johnson* (82)] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). Boy.
   Press Connects,
   By Tom Wilber, twilber § gannett com , 10:10 pm, February 5, 2010
   OWEGO (NY) -- A former rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Owego has been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police after he was accused of having oral sex with a boy.
   Ralph E. Johnson, 82, was arraigned in Clifford, Pa., on 15 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a felony; 15 counts of indecent assault, a misdemeanor; and 15 counts of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor, according to a police report.
   The incidents, representing about 15 encounters between the suspect and the alleged victim, happened at Johnson's home in Gibson Township, Susquehanna County, between 1992 and 1995, according to a police report released Friday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Police chief expresses concern over Catholic diocese policy

  - Police want to be told first.
   WEAU, with video,
   EAU CLAIRE (WI) -- A local police chief and the Catholic diocese are at odds over what the chief says is a policy the diocese should change.
   Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik says the La Crosse Diocese, which covers 19 counties in the area, used an advertisement to advise victims of sexual assault that they should report it to the bishop first but he says abuse victims need to contact police.
   Matysik is speaking out to a state senator in a letter dated January 22nd, Matysik says the Catholic Times Newspaper from the La Crosse Diocese continues to advise victims of sexual abuse to report cases to church leaders.
   "As a police chief I don't want area Catholics to report sexual abuse crimes to church officials they should report those crimes to the police," says Chief Matysik. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

At least 94 Catholic abuse cases suspected: report

  [≥ 94 employees suspected] - RCC. Sexual abuse.  
   The Local,
   GERMANY -- The abuse scandal in Germany's Catholic Church has continued to widen with at least 94 clerics and laypeople suspected of committing sexual abuse since 1995, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
   A survey of the country's 27 Catholic dioceses found that 30 of the perpetrators had been tried and sentenced but at least 10 cases were still outstanding and many more never saw court because the statute of limitations to prosecute had passed.
   This latest revelation follows the shock admission just over a week ago that at least two Roman Catholic priests at the elite Canisius Catholic school in Berlin had systematically abused children in 1970s and 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Report: 94 Catholic sex abusers in Germany

 
   Washington Post,
   BERLIN, GERMANY -- The German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that the number of sexual abuse cases in Germany by Catholic clerics and laymen is much higher than was previously thought.
   According to a poll by Spiegel, answered by 27 Catholic dioceses in Germany, more than 94 clerics and laymen have been suspected of sexual abuse since 1995. Only 30 have been prosecuted, due to the statute of limitations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

New revelations of more abuses within German catholic church

   
   Digital Journal, by R. C. Camphausen,
   GERMANY -- What started in January as a possibly singular infestation of a single school has now snowballed into a full-fledged scandal that has gripped Germany with surprise, shock and shame.
   The bad news is that most of the crimes now being uncovered have occurred in years past, so they cannot legally be prosecuted anymore. This because in Germany, the statute of limitations for crimes of this nature ends 10 after the victim has turned 18; meaning that the victims of these abuses would have needed to come forward years earlier. Various press reports, says MSN World News, mention that close to 30 cases have meanwhile been reported, and apart from Berlin the cities of Hamburg, St. Blasien in southern Germany and Hildesheim near Hanover have been named.
   Another Digital Journal journalist has previously reported about the alleged violent and sexual abuses that have been rampant at one of Berlin's foremost gymnasiums run by Jesuit priests, but in the wake of such media attention more abuse has now been uncovered, more victims have come forward and a third teacher has admitted his role and turned himself over to police. This third priest is named in the papers as Bernhard E., who is now 70 years old and the holder of numerous honorary doctorate degrees. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat February 06, 2010
• Priest who faked cancer resurfaces  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily*] - RCC. "Delusional". Cancer fake netted trip money. Not obeying call home.        

Priest who faked cancer resurfaces

   The Sydney Morning Herald, http://www. smh.com.au/ national/ priest-who- faked-cancer- resurfaces- 20100206- njwj.html; By MATTHEW BENNS, February 7, 2010
   A CATHOLIC priest who lied about having cancer to raise money from his Sydney flock has been quietly moved to work in the church in Perth.
   Father Richard Abourjaily was branded "delusional" by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, and suspended from his duties at All Hallows parish church at Five Dock when his lies were uncovered.
   The priest told parishioners he had prostate cancer and used money they gave him to take a trip to Lourdes in France to seek a "miracle cure".
   The lying priest's spiritual adviser believes he has "repented" and is ready to continue his work in the church.
   Father John Flader, director of the Catholic Adult Education Centre, said he was "very confident" the priest would not lie about anything serious again.  "All he did was to lie and that's not a good thing.  He was very, very repentant of that and, being as repentant as he was, he is not going to reoffend again," Father Flader said.
   Father Abourjaily was sent home early from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska, for telling similar lies about his health.
   But Father Flader was confident Father Abourjaily would not lie a third time.  "We can never be sure and we are all human but I think in any serious matter he knows the serious consequences and he will not lie about anything serious again," Father Flader said.
   The move infuriated a fellow priest who, speaking on condition of anonymity, said:  "What other victims will he now seduce?
   "Why does the church just cover up scandal and just move priests about?  Have we learnt nothing from the sex abuse scandals?
   "Why wasn't he dismissed from the clerical state and sacked from the priesthood altogether?"
   Father Brian O'Loughlin confirmed the priest was in Perth with the permission of Cardinal Pell and had been helping out in a local parish.
   Father Abourjaily could not be contacted because was away on a "pilgrimage". #

   [FOOTNOTE: The West Australian newspaper also publicised this matter, and met similar obstruction. ENDS.]
   [RECAPITULATION: Father Abourjaily was sent home early from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska, for telling similar lies about his health.  ENDS.]
   [EXPLANATION: In Roman Catholic vocabulary, a "seminary" is a training centre for priests.  And yes, the Roman Catholic Church 50 years or so ago used to teach commandments "Thou shalt not steal," and "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: This supposed "clergyman" has no right to be in the clergy.  For a trainee clergyman to tell lies, he must have had no belief before ordination in the Ten Commandments, and no belief in the Bible doctrines of the Golden Rule, sin, heaven, and hell, or in the Catholic-invented purgatory dogma.  He has been brought in from the United States, and later was switched from one side of the Australian continent to the other. 
   Yet some Christians keep wondering why Christianity is being "demonised," and Christians in supposedly Christian lands are at risk from violent anti-Christians.  For example, read "Street preachers killed in United States" at http://www.religionnewsblog.com/ 24087/ street- preachers- killed-in- united- states , from BosNewsLife, Feb. 6, 2010 . ENDS.]
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker (CSAT), AND, Broken Rites (Australia).  ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont168.htm#priest_who_faked
[Feb 7, 2010]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun February 07, 2010 edition:


Alleged Haredi child abuser's lawyer charged with harassment

  [~ 2000s "Rabbi" Chen/Hen*] - Judaist. Cruelty to "correct children's souls."       
   Haaretz, By Ofra Edelman, Haaretz Correspondent, Feb 07, 2010
   ISRAEL -- The attorney for a self-declared rabbi indicted for abusing several young children was charged himself on Sunday with obstructing court proceedings and allegedly harassing the main witnesses slated to testify against him in court.
   Suspect Elior Chen, who was extradited from Brazil last year, and several of his followers allegedly used knives, hammers and other instruments to abuse children as young as 3 and 4 years old in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit in February and March 2008.
   Attorney Ariel Atari was charged on Sunday with visiting M. - the woman who was charged and convicted of abusing her children while living with Chen - in 2008, while Chen was in exile in Brazil. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM. Feb 07, 2010]

Following the trail of sexual abuse in the US...

  [~ 1970s onwards - Fr John Lenihan] - RCC. Girl (14), impregnated girl (16) and had the baby aborted.      
   Tribune, by Fr John Flynn, Feb 07, 2010
   IRELAND / UNITED STATES -- He stood down from his parish in San Antonio, Texas, in 1997 after admitting he molested a teenage girl in the 1970s. After he went into therapy, Bishop Edmond Carmody, a friend, then allowed him to serve in a parish in Longview, Texas despite his earlier admission of abuse. Carmody's successor asked Flynn to step down in 2002.
   [PICTURE: Fr John Lenihan]
   He engaged in oral sex with a 14-year-old girl, and admitted that he got a 16-year-old girl pregnant, taking her in for an abortion. The church paid more than $1.5m to settle multiple abuse claims against him in the 1970s, and the Orange County cleric agreed to be defrocked by the pope. The late Bishop Norman McFarland had allowed Lenihan to stay in the diocese even though he had been accused of rape, and, later, his successor, Bishop Tod Brown, admitted he allowed Lenihan to work in a parish with an elementary school. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Named and shamed: US group exposes Irish sex abuse priests

  [Fr Brendan Smyth]
   Tribune, Feb 07, 2010
   A Boston-based group has listed 70 Irish priests who assaulted children in the US, with more names on the way.  Crime Correspondent Ali Bracken reports
   IRELAND / UNITED STATES -- LEERING into the camera lens with menace, the iconic photograph of paedophile priest Brendan Smyth symbolises the contempt some clerical abusers express when brought to justice for their crimes.
   In a fleeting moment captured forever, the rest of the world began to comprehend the horrors that men of cloth were capable of inflicting on children.
   Smyth would later die in prison, having been convicted of sexual abuse of children north and south of the Irish border. He was one of hundreds of Irish priests exported to the US for pastoral duties. Some, like Smyth, were re-located to America by the church authorities when accusations of abuse began to emerge. They were treated as problems that could be placed out of sight and out of mind. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Just posted: A history of abuse in Bridgeport

  [Decades - Bridgeport Diocese] - RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), by Tom Roberts, NCR Today, Feb. 04, 2010
   BRIDGEPORT (CT) -- BishopAccountability.org, the Web site that has gathered the most comprehensive documentation available of the clergy sex abuse crisis, has just posted a history of the scandal as it occurred in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn.
   The history, prepared by lawyers for plaintiffs in a case in 1999, was compiled to show patterns of behavior within the hierarchy as it attempted to deal with abusive priests. It's bias, of course, is that it was done from the plaintiff's point of view. But the history and the documentation (exhibits that include memos, letters, reports and such) are compelling regardless of the subjective nature of some of the narrative.
   One can understand why Bishop William Lori fought so hard, up to the Supreme Court, to keep the documents secret. The piece posted on the Web site is but one of thousands released on order of the court. The history compiled here demonstrates once more the value of documentation in getting at the truth of the scandal that otherwise remains buried in diocesan vaults and files. No bishop is going to volunteer this kind of narrative to any review board or bishop-appointed investigators. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

Abuse allegations mount at German Catholic church

  [≥ 94 employees]- RCC. Suspected, so far, since 1995.  
   Deutsche Welle,
   GERMANY -- The Catholic church in Germany has vowed to probe new reports that claim the extent of sexual abuse by some of its clerics may have been much higher than previously admitted.
   German news magazine Der Spiegel reported over the weekend that at least 10 church employees currently face accusations of sexual abuse.
   The magazine said more than 94 clerics and laymen have been suspected of sexual abuse since 1995. But only 30 of those suspects had actually been prosecuted, the report said, because of legal time constraints on pursuing cases.
   The latest reports come amid a widening scandal of serial sex abuse by Catholic priests in Germany. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Elior Chen's attorney indicted for obstruction of justice

  [~ 2000s "Rabbi" Chen/Hen*] - Judaist. Cruelty to "correct children's souls."       
   YNet News,
   ISRAEL -- An indictment has been filed with the Kfar Saba Magistrates' Court charging Ariel Atari, Elior Chen's attorney, with obstruction of justice and harassment of a witness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

1.20.2010 update of Tom Doyle's bibliography on clergy sexual abuse

  - Source material on seductions.  
   Voice from the Desert,
   This links to a bibliography update from the Rev. Thomas Doyle and contains selected sources related to clergy sexual abuse, ecclesiastical politics and theology and church history. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

From bishopaccountability.org: History of clergy misconduct within the diocese of Bridgeport (CT)

 
   Voice from the Desert
   BRIDGEPORT (CT) -- The website bishopaccountability.org contains extensive documentation on the abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The link below, referenced in a recent NSAC News, gives an indication of the kind of detailed information that this unique and invaluable website provides. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

From Paul Kendrick in Haiti

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   Voice from the Desert,
   HAITI -- Here are links to articles – diary entries – from Haiti by Fairfield University alumnus (1972) Paul Kendrick, a long-time, tireless advocate of those abused by priests and of the poor in Haiti.
   The articles appear in the Fairfield Mirror, the Fairfield University news website.
   Paul spent the week of January 10th through January 16th in Haiti. He had visited Project Pierre Touissant, which was run by fellow Fairfield alumnus Doug Perlitz '92 in 2003. Last year, Perlitz was indicted by a Bridgeport grand jury on ten counts of abusing Haitian children. His trial is scheduled to start in April. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Assault on the Senses.

  - Fiction book.    
   The God Squad,
   There have been so many novels about abuse that they seem glib compared with real life, writes Mick Heaney.
   IRELAND -- His experience had damaged him but, for a long time, Paddy Doyle resisted writing about it. In the late 1980s, Doyle was a budding scriptwriter who had tackled disability in his early works but had never faced up to the horrors that left him disabled. Institutionalised as a child after the death of his parents in the 1950s, Doyle had suffered such physical and sexual abuse at the hands of nuns that he ended up requiring brain surgery. Confined to a wheelchair, he had been unable to escape the legacy of his childhood, yet he tried to avoid the ghosts of the past.
   "Then on day I sat down in front of the computer," says Doyle. "I looked at it and I said: 'I want to tell you something'. And I started typing. People said it must have been very cathartic and I always say, 'You must be joking'. Because what you're actually doing is rewinding the tape and reliving the whole business again. Especially if it's autobiographical, you've to put yourself back into situations you'd rather not be in. I wondered whether anyone would care about it, so I would leave it only to come back [to it]. And The God Squad came out the other end." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

I'm Not A Paedophile, Says Priest. I Only Abused Altar Boys

  [1979-83 Ex-Fr Patrick Hughes* (82)] - RCC. 1yr prison. Altar boy (11-14y).  
   Bock the Robber,
   IRELAND -- Patrick Hughes, an 82-year-old priest, is upset that anyone should call him a paedophile.
   I'm only attracted to altar boys, he told the police. I'm not a paedophile.
   Remember the Murphy Report, do you?  Remember all these bishops talking about how they finally got sense and started to cooperate with the authorities?
   That was how long ago? Oh, let's see now. Two months ago? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Abuse Awareness Walk

   
   The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing,
   What: OREGON -- We will hand out abuse awareness ribbons and patches.
Purple – domestic violence
Teal Blue – child sex abuse
Royal Blue – child abuse
Sack Cloth Penance Patch (frayed burlap patch with brown ribbon) – clergy abuse
   When: February 27, 2009, 11:30 AM to 3 PM
   Where: Portland, Oregon -- We are walking up NW 23rd Street and down NW 21st..in Portland, Oregon. 11:30 AM--We will gather to enjoy spiritual books and supplies at New Renaissance Books ( www.newrenbooks.com/ ) at 1338 NW 23rd Avenue and start walking at Noon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

"Mea Culpa": Kirche gesteht Schuld nach Missbrauch

  - Roman Catholic Church.  
   Hamburger Abendblatt,
   HANNOVER -- Es ist totenstill in der Basilika St. Clemens in Hannover, als Propst Martin Tenge mit einer knappen Geste einen für die katholische Kirche entscheidenden Schritt tut: "Mea Culpa", sagt der Geistliche im Sonntagsgottesdienst und schlägt sich mit der Faust auf die Brust. Nach dem Skandal um Missbrauch durch Jesuiten-Pater, die sich auch in Niedersachsen an Kindern vergangen haben, sieht der Regionaldechant die ganze Kirche in der Verantwortung. "Die ganze Institution hat Schuld, weil sie für eine Mentalität gesorgt hat, 'bitte nicht darüber reden'."
   [summary]
   HANOVER, GERMANY -- It's deathly quiet in St. Clement Basilica in Hanover as Dean Martin Tenge made a gesture that is an important step for the Catholic Church. "Mea Culpa," he said during the Sunday service and he put his fist to his chest. Rev. Tenge said the whole church is responsible for the sexual abuse of minors by priests because of the "let's not talk about it" mentality.
   He told the packed church that he knew priests who were perpetrators and he knew a lot of casualties. He said the victims are owed a deep apology.
   Catholics attending Mass Sunday at churches in the Hildesheim diocese heard the priest read a letter from Bishop Norbert Trelle. He said response to allegations of abuse by church authorities is a shame and outrage. He is asking victims to come foward.
   In Hanover, several women brought a small group of children for worship in the Children's Church located in the basilica basement. Dean Tenge said the women had not yet been informed of the unexpected focus of worship but this was not a problem. A communion candle burned on the altar while the pastor spoke in personal terms of the abuse problem. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Missbrauch: Kommission wird eingesetzt

 
   Bild,
   Das Erzbistum Berlin will eine Kommission zur Aufklärung von Fällen sexuellen Missbrauchs durch Geistliche einsetzen. Hintergrund seien die Geschehnisse am katholischen Canisius-Kolleg, wo es sexuelle Übergriffe von Priestern auf Schüler gab, berichtet die BERLINER MORGENPOST.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The Berlin archdiocese wants to set up a committee to investigate cases of sexual abuse by priests. The decisions stems from recent revelations that students were abused at Canisius College. The proposed Limited Liability Commission should be comprised of people from different backgrounds such as psychology and the legal profession. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Cardinal criticised over clampdown on reform group

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, By TOM REILLY, February 8, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- CARDINAL GEORGE PELL, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, has been likened to a "despot" after banning a faith group from using a church hall.
   Dr Pell wrote to a parish priest in Rose Bay ordering him not to allow the Australian Reforming Catholics to hold their annual general meeting on church property, even though the organisation counts two bishops and dozens of priests and nuns as members and supporters.
   No explanation has been offered to the group as to why next month's meeting was banned. A former priest, Dr Paul Collins, had been due to give a lecture on the history of the reform movement in the church at the meeting. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM
   [COMMENT: Let us all wish the Australian Reforming Catholics group the very best of luck!  They will need it!  Over the past 1700 years, previous reforming groups, if not wiped out with sword and flame, have led to many millions of people worshipping God in ways more biblical and less Romish.  Admittedly, there had been some slight improvements in the Papacy's outlook on some subjects over the centuries, but the continued invention of new dogmas and new pilgrimage places, plus the record of clergy and other Church staff being transferred around and so being enabled to sin, has been heartwrenching for many of those who grew up to love that Church.. ENDS. ]

Broken Rites Australia – what's new

   
   Broken Rites,
   AUSTRALIA -- The Broken Rites victim support group helps victims of church-related sexual abuse in Australia.
   Here is a list of the most recent articles (written by Broken Rites researchers) published on this website: [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM, Feb 07, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun February 07, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon February 08, 2010 edition:


Pope lashes out at Irish Catholic Church child abusers

  - RCC.      
   Irish Central, by Niall O'Dowd, ~ February 08, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has warned that the dangers of pedophilia still exist in the Church.
   He made the comments before he meets Irish bishops next week to discuss the scandals in Ireland that have resulted in four archbishops stepping down.
   In a clear reference to the Irish situation, Benedict, speaking of the imperative to protect children at all costs, stated that "Jesus' harsh words in the Bible about those who harm children should commit everyone to never lowering the level of respect and love."
   He acknowledged that "unfortunately, in a number of cases, some of its (the Church) members acted in contrast to this commitment." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM, Feb 08, 2010]
   [COMMENT: Recruiting clergy and brothers vowed never to have sex is setting them up to fail.  A close second is recruiting females with the same non-biblical aim.  Religions with married clergy seem to have less of a problem with child and other seductions. ENDS.]

Leading Jesuit calls for synod to address Murphy report

 
   The Irish Times, By PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent,
   IRELAND -- THE FORMER Jesuit provincial Fr Gerry O'Hanlon has called for a national synod of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the context of fallout from the Murphy report.
   "It will not do any more for priests, bishops, cardinals, the pope to simply tell us what to think, what to do. People rightly want to have a say," he has written in the current edition of the Furrow magazine.
   "Now would also seem to be a good time to call into question the reality that certain narrow grounds of orthodoxy are a sine qua non of episcopal appointments at present, and to call for more transparent, representative and accountable local, including lay, participation in the appointment of bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 PM [COMMENT: Well, Fr O'Hanlon need not dream that he will be ever appointed as a bishop!  Anyone who thinks like him ought to lable their campaign "Back to the Bible." ENDS.]

Pope urged to force bishops to quit over abuse 'cover-up'

       
   Irish Examiner, By Dan Collins, Tuesday, February 09, 2010
   IRELAND -- SURVIVORS of clerical sex abuse have called on the Pope to force the resignation of bishops they say did nothing to challenge "the culture of cover up".
   Yesterday, a group representing survivors of clerical abuse, met Irish bishops in advance of their visit to Rome next week for an emergency meeting at which the fallout from the Murphy Report into the rape and abuse of 320 children by 46 priests in the Dublin Archdiocese will be top of the agenda.
   "Today's meeting was constructive and helpful to us... The meeting focused on the ongoing concerns of survivors. We intend to relay these concerns to Pope Benedict both verbally and in the form of written submissions which were presented to us today by survivors and which directly represent their views," Dromore Bishop John McAreavey said in Maynooth yesterday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 PM

CNY bishop: Church offered assistance to police regarding sexual abuse charges

  [1992-95 Rev. Ralph Johnson* (82)] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). Boy.  
   Pressconnects, By Tom Wilber, twilber § gannett com , 8:55 pm, February 8, 2010
   NEW YORK -- The regional Episcopal church responded promptly to complaints of sexual abuse against a former rector in Owego and continues to cooperate with police on the case, the bishop of the Central New York Diocese said Monday.
   "We have a very clear, no-tolerance policy," said Gladstone B. Adams. "We contacted the state police and offered any assistance."
   Adams was referring to Ralph E. Johnson, who faces 45 charges related to sexual abuse of a boy at the former Episcopalian priest's home in Susquehanna County, Pa. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM

Priests are guilty by association for conforming to 'abuse system'

  - RCC.    
   The Irish Times, By DEREK SMYTH, Feb 09, 2010
   RITE & REASON: Why were we so silent on child abuse? Why didn't we speak up?
   IRELAND -- IN ORDER to respond appropriately to those who were abused by priests, we need to explore clerical culture, since research attests that it does contribute to the promotion of immaturity, arrested development and irresponsibility.
   For example, early research by Conrad Baars and Anna Terruwe on priesthood within western Europe and North America in 1971 revealed that only 10-15 per cent of priests were mature; 60-70 per cent suffered from a degree of emotional immaturity; and 20-25 per cent had serious psychiatric difficulties. Ironically, these findings were never acted on. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Abuse victims appeal to pope in letter on sacking bishop

  [Bishop Martin Drennan] - RCC.      
   The Irish Times, By PATSY McGARRY (Religious Affairs Correspondent) and PADDY AGNEW,
   IRELAND -- A LETTER has been sent to Pope Benedict by abuse victims in Dublin calling on him to remove the Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, as he "still refuses to accept any responsibility for his part in supporting a culture of cover up during his time in Dublin".
   It also urges the pope to accept "without any further delay" the offers of resignation from bishops James Moriarty, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field.
   The letter, sent in advance of the pope's planned meeting with the Irish bishops in Rome, is signed by victims of clerical abuse Andrew Madden and Marie Collins, as well as the executive director of One in Four, Maeve Lewis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Accuser takes the stand again in Morning Star trial

  [Fr Patrick O'Donnell (dozens of boys), Fr Marvin Lavoy, 1970s-80s Fr Joseph Weitensteiner (2 boys), Mr Doyle Gillum] - RCC. Boys.  
   The Spokesman-Review, by Kevin Graman,
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Attorneys defending Morning Star Boys' Ranch rested their case on Monday after bringing the ranch's accuser, Kenneth Putnam, to the stand in the civil trial's last day of testimony.
   Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the first of 19 separate lawsuits filed in Spokane County Superior Court against the Spokane residential facility for troubled boys.
   Putnam, 34, voiced indignation as Morning Star attorney Jim King asked him to read from numerous pages of transcripts of pre-trial interviews. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM

Benedict XVI's Address to Family Council

       
   Zenit, FEB. 8, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address to members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for the Family, who are currently holding their 19th Plenary Assembly.
   * * * Cardinals, Venerated Brothers in the Episcopate and Priesthood, Dear Brothers and Sisters,
   At the beginning of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, I am happy to receive you with my cordial welcome. This institutional moment sees your dicastery this year particularly renewed not only in the cardinal president and the bishop secretary, but also in some cardinals and bishops of the executive committee, in some officials and member spouses, as well as in numerous consultors. While I express my heartfelt thanks to all those who have concluded their service to the Pontifical Council and to those who even now offer it their valuable work, I invoke on all copious gifts of the Lord. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Church will never stop condemning abuse, states Pope Benedict

 
   Catholic News Agency, 11:01 am, Feb 8, 2010
   VATICAN CITY / (CNA).- The Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Monday to mark the start of their 19th Plenary Assembly. In his address, he stressed the importance of providing for the rights of children, including an intact family with a mother and father.
   To begin the Plenary Assembly, which follows the theme of "The Rights of Infancy" this year, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the role of the Church in the protection of children, saying that "through the centuries, by the example of Christ, (it) has promoted the protection of the dignity and rights of minors and, in many ways, has taken care of them."
   "Unfortunately," he lamented, "in different cases, some of its members, acting in contrast with this commitment, have violated these rights: a behavior that the Church doesn't and will never stop deploring and condemning." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Elaine bishop denies he harassed residents

  - "Bishop". Breakaway man. Exposed, harassed, etc.    
   Geelong Advertiser, by Christie Peucker, February 9th, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A MAN who calls himself the catholic Bishop of Elaine has denied stalking and intimidating members of the small farming community.
   Bishop Rodrick Gow, also known as Father James, also refuted claims yesterday he had sent inappropriate letters, made harassing phone calls and exposed himself to residents as they walked past his home.
   His denials come as seven community members took steps to seek intervention orders against him, claiming he's subjected them to years of verbal and psychological abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

When Saints Go Marching In - No Matter What (Final Edition)

   
   Anti-Catholic League, by David Fortwengler
   What a great day for football, New Orleans, and really all of America, including Indianapolis. If New Orleans hadn't played the other best team, the victory wouldn't mean as much. My favorite teams were eliminated so I didn't have a dog in the fight. (yes, that was a Michael Vick reference) What a joy to watch a contest where the actual game far outshone the commercials and hoopla. I hope the catholic church noticed how the NFL accurately kept the score and even used instant replay to ensure fairness.
   The Real Issue
   Unfortunately, fairness and accurate score keeping are conspicuously missing from the church's all-too-human process of determining God's will in the canonization process. Head cheerleader and "postulator" Monsignor Slawomir Oder is speeding Pope John Paul II toward sainthood faster than Danica Patrick at Daytona. I again do not have a dog in the fight. (yes, another Michael Vick reference) However, it is insulting to all victims of sexual abuse by priests that Oder can use words like "sanctity" and "heroic virtues" without mentioning child rape, cover ups, or Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado. Just because JP II for decades protected the now disgraced, serial molesting, and drug addicted hypocrite extraordinare, why would God be interested in that? After all, Maciel was a hell of a cash cow. (hell is the keyword here, and apologies to cows for using them in the same sentence) So much for accurate score keeping and fairness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Beschuldigter Ex-Pater streitet sexuellen Missbrauch ab

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen*, Fr Peter K.* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). 30 at one school alone known so far.        
   NDR,
   Im Missbrauchs-Skandal an Jesuiten-Schulen unter anderem in Hamburg und Berlin hat einer der beschuldigten Priester sexuelle Übergriffe gegen Minderjährige bestritten. In einem Schreiben, dass der Berliner "tageszeitung" nach eigenen Angaben vorliegt, behauptet Wolfgang S., er habe zu keiner Zeit und an keinem Ort mit Kindern und Jugendlichen "Sexualkontakt im Sinne von Genitalberührung, Penetration, Vergewaltigung, Exhibitionismus oder Voyeurismus" gehabt. Er sei auch "weder homosexuell noch pädophil veranlagt". S. räumt dem Bericht zufolge allerdings ein, dass er seine Schüler geschlagen habe. "Es ist richtig, dass ich in den vergangenen Jahren meiner Lehrtätigkeit Minderjährige, die mir anvertraut waren, unter Missbrauch meiner pädagogischen und kirchlichen Autoritätsstellung teilweise mit beträchtlicher Härte durch Schläge misshandelt habe."
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Wolfgang S., one of the former priests accusing of abusing minors at Jesuit schools has denied in a letter to a Berlin newspaper that he sexually abused students. He admitted to using corporal punishment on students but said at no time and in any place did he have sexual contact with them, including genital contact, penetration, rape, exhibitionism or voyeurism. He also said he is not a homosexual pedophile. He later moved to Chile.
   Thomas Busch, spokesman for the German Jesuits, said they have no current knowledge of sexual assault by Wolfgang S. but there were allegations of corporal punishment.
   Ursula Raue, who is handling sexual abuse claims for Canisius College, Berlin, said they now know of 30 victims at this one school.
   The Central Committee of German Catholics on Monday called for speedy clarification of the incidents. Alois Gluck, president of ZdK, said there must be full transparency regardless of how painful it may be. During the weekend, representatives of the Catholic Church in their sermons spoke of the abuse, apologized and promised enlightenment on the subject. They asked people not to extrapolate individual cases to the entire clerical profession. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Church must guard against abuse - Pope

  - RCC.      
   The Irish Times,
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict, who will meet Irish bishops next week to discuss the report of the Murphy commission on the handling of child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin diocese, said today the church must keep its guard up against those who violate the rights of children.
   Addressing participants of a Vatican conference on protecting childhood, Pope Benedict acknowledged that "unfortunately, in a number of cases, some of its (the Church) members acted in contrast to this commitment".
   The pontiff will meet bishops from Irish dioceses to discuss the Murphy Commission report published last November, which concluded that Church leaders had covered up widespread abuse of children by priests over a 30-year period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

New legal issue: Payment for child porn victims

   
   Tampa Bay Online, By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press Writer
   MINNEAPOLIS (MN), (AP) -- It's been more than a decade since "Amy," as she's known in court papers, was first sexually abused by her uncle. The abuse ended long ago and he's in prison, but the pictures he made when she was 8 or 9 are among the most widely circulated child pornography images online.
   Now the 20-year-old woman is taking aim at anyone who would view those images and asking for restitution in hundreds of criminal cases around the country.
   Her requests and those filed by other victims of child pornography are forcing federal judges nationwide to grapple with tough legal questions: Is someone who possesses an abusive image responsible for the harm suffered by a particular child? And how much should that person have to pay? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Inside Germany's Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal

  - Secrecy orders.  
   Der Spiegel, http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,676497,00.html ,
   The Catholic Church in Germany has been shaken in recent days by revelations of a series of sexual abuse cases. Close to 100 priests and members of the laity have been suspected of abuse in recent years. After years of suppression, the wall of silence appears to be crumbling. By SPIEGEL Staff.
   GERMANY -- This is what it looks like, the document of a conspiracy: 24 pages, with appendix, in Latin, published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. A "norma interna," or confidential set of guidelines for all bishops, who were required to keep it a secret for all eternity, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
   The guidelines, issued in the year of our Lord 1962, address a sensitive subject: sex in the confessional. The Vatican doesn't put it quite that directly, preferring to use more guarded terminology to describe what happens when a priest leads a member of his flock astray before, during or after the confession -- in other words, when he provokes a penitent "toward impure and obscene matters" through "words or signs or nods of the head (or) by touch." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Pope: In some cases clergy have violated rights of children

  - RCC.  
   Earth Times,
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Monday lamented how some members of the clergy have "violated" the "dignity" of children, rights that the Catholic Church has "over the centuries" promoted. Benedict's made the remarks in an address to participants of an assembly of the Vatican's family affairs department. In it he also recalled the 20th anniversary of the approval of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
   "The Church over the centuries, following the example of Christ, has promoted the dignity and rights of children," Benedict said.
   "Unfortunately, in various cases some of her members, acting against this commitment, have violated these rights; actions which the Church does not and will not fail to deplore and condemn," Benedict added. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Pope condemns abuse of children by priests; says children deserve to be loved, respected

  - RCC.
   The Associated Press,
   VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI is condemning the abuse of children by priests, saying the church will never stop deploring such behaviour.
   Benedict says that for centuries the Catholic Church had shown its commitment to loving and respecting children and ensuring their basic human rights are respected.
   But he says, "Unfortunately in some cases, some of its members - acting in contrast to this commitment - have violated these rights, a behaviour that the church hasn't, and won't ever stop deploring and condemning." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Papa: Chiesa ha Condannato e Condannera' Abusi su Minori

  - RCC.
   ASCA, 8 feb, 2010
   - CITTA' DEL VATICANO (ASCA) -- La Chiesa "non manca e non manchera' di deplorare e di condannare" i sacerdoti e i religiosi che violano i diritti dei bambini: nel discorso rivolto questa mattina ai membri del Pontificio consiglio per la famiglia, papa Benedetto XVI e' tornato a condannare gli abusi sessuali sui minori commessi dagli uomini di Chiesa, proprio mentre sta portando a termine la stesura della Lettera alla Chiesa irlandese dopo lo scandalo pedofilia che ha portato alla dimissioni di quattro vescovi.
   [summary]
   VATICAN CITY -- The church will continue to deplore and condemn priests and religious who violate children's rights, Pope Benedict XVI said this morning in his address to members of the Pontifical Family Council. He is just completing a letter to the Irish church after the pedophilia scandal there led to resignation of four bishops.
   The pope said the church through the centuries, following the example of Christ, has promoted the protection of human dignity and human rights, he said. Some in the church, however, have violated those rights. This is behavior the church will without fail deplore and condemn. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Reform Church or lose authority

       
   Irish Independent Monday February 08 2010
   IRELAND -- ONE week from now, the Irish Catholic bishops will travel to Rome to discuss with Pope Benedict XVI the disclosures of clerical sex abuse which culminated in the Murphy report on the archdiocese of Dublin, and which, along with the shocking evidence of mishandling and cover-ups, have shaken the church in Ireland to its roots.
   At the centre will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. He was appointed to his high and immensely demanding office in 2004 for the specific, though not openly stated, purpose of carrying out reform -- not only in respect of the sex abuse scandals but on church governance and more widely.
   The Murphy report bore out the wisdom of his appointment and his actions. He warned the archdiocese and the nation, in advance, of the dreadful truths it would contain. The truths were indeed dreadful. But the response often differed from what might have been expected. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Defiant Martin shrugs off his critics in clergy

  - RCC.  
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Religion Correspondent, Monday February 08 2010
   IRELAND -- A DEFIANT Archbishop of Dublin has shrugged off mounting criticism from priests of him being "a divisive" figure for fully accepting the Murphy report's damning findings of cover-ups of paedophile priests.
   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was responding publicly for the first time to criticism that has been building since a meeting of priests in Dublin only days after the publication of the report on November 26 last.
   "I believe my reaction was to recognise something terrible happened on our watch," Dr Martin said in an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent yesterday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

John Cooney: Martin treads a righteous path beset with obstacles

  [Cardinal Desmond Connell] - RCC.    
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Monday February 08 2010
   IRELAND -- SIX years after taking over from the disgraced Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is highly trusted by the public nationwide for his determined commitment to root out paedophile priests.
   In fact, he is probably the only bishop who is fully trusted to put the welfare of children above shielding the church from scandal.
   The former Vatican diplomat, who did not seek the emotionally draining job of cleaning up the clerical abuse mess left by Cardinal Connell, has also proved himself to be the Irish church's most effective communicator in enforcing the best standards of child protection. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

GUEST COMMENTARY: Missouri should protect its children, not their abusers

   
   Missourian, BY David Clohessy, Monday, February 8, 2010
   MISSOURI -- Last month, many child sex abuse victims and childrens' advocates were distraught when the Missouri Supreme Court overturned two recent laws designed to restrict sex offenders and safeguard kids. But to me it felt like, in the words of Yogi Berra, "déjà vu all over again."
   In January, the state's highest court ruled that where convicted child predators live and what they do on Halloween cannot be limited "retroactively." It's at least the fifth time in recent years that the court has rejected laws intended to help expose the guilty and protect the vulnerable.
   Back in 1992, the court used the same rationale when it said that I had no legal recourse against the man who assaulted me as a child and the institution that protected him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Bishops meet victims ahead of 'mini-synod'

       
   Irish Independent, By Breda Heffernan, Monday February 08 2010
   IRELAND -- SENIOR Catholic clergy are to meet survivors of clerical abuse today ahead of their visit to Rome to discuss the fallout of the institutional child abuse scandal with the Pope.
   The Irish Bishops' Conference has refused to comment on the meeting except to say that it is confidential. However, it is understood to be taking place this morning in Maynooth, and various survivors' representatives will be in attendance.
   The survivors will present a written submission to the bishops on the issues raised in the Ryan report on institutional abuse and the Murphy report on the cover-up of child sex abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM, Feb 08, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon February 08, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue February 09, 2010 edition:


Trierer Bischof: Skandal ist verheerend für die Kirche

  [1970s-80s Fr Wolfgang Stab*, Fr Peter Riedel*, Fr Bernhard Ehlen, Fr Peter K.* (Jesuits)] -- Roman Catholic Church (RCC). 30 at one school alone known so far.        
   Volksfreund,
   Trier Ein Priester spricht Klartext: Der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann glaubt, dass der Missbrauchs-Skandal an deutschen Jesuiten-Schulen verheerende Auswirkungen auf das Ansehen der katholischen Kirche hat. Jetzt müsse lückenlos aufgeklärt werden, fordert er im TV-Gespräch.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier said the abuse scandal at Germany Jesuit schools has had a devasting impact on the reputation of the Catholic Church. In plain language, the 46-year-old bishop said the events are shocking and devastating to the prestige and credibility of the church. Trivialization or concealment should not be done, he said.
   The Trier bishop said his deepest sympathy goes to the true victims and they should be the focus of who should be helped. A spokesman for the bishop said in the last 15 years they have received no information about abuse by priests or lay people employed by the church in the Trierer diocese.
   Bishop Ackermann said the subject of sexuality should not be taboo and should be discussed openly with those training to be priests. He said where there are allegations of sexual abuse by priests, there is also a tendency among the priests to be too uptight about sexuality.
   Heiner Geissler, former Jesuit pupil and CDU general secretary, called for abolition of mandatory celibacy unless the church wants to lose connection to the people. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, is unable to comment on the scandal but the issue has been placed on the agenda for the bishops conference meeting set to start the Monday after next. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

German Church Faces Child Abuse Charges

  [≤ 100 clerics and laypeople] - RCC.
   The New York Times, By NICHOLAS KULISH, Published: February 9, 2010
   BERLIN, Germany – The Roman Catholic Church faces yet another child abuse scandal, this time in Pope Benedict XVI's native Germany.
   The widening public scandal began last month with allegations that three priests at the elite Canisius Jesuit high school in Berlin had sexually abused students there in the 1970s and 1980s. In the midst of a steadily growing uproar over the handling of that case, the German magazine Der Spiegel published an article over the weekend that said nearly 100 clerics and laypeople had been suspected of abusing children and teenagers nationwide since 1995.
   The rector of Aloisiuskolleg high school in Bad Godesberg, an affluent neighborhood in the former German capital of Bonn where diplomats and leading politicians lived, resigned Monday over accusations of misconduct at the high school. And on Tuesday a local newspaper, the Aachener Zeitung, reported new accusations of sexual abuse against two priests in the diocese in Aachen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Former Pa. pastor sentenced for soliciting teen

  [≤ 2008 Pastor Paul Marmon*] - Christian. 5yrs prison. Internet, girl (15).  
   WFMJ,
   NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA. (AP) - A retired pastor from eastern Pennsylvania will spend at least 10 more months in prison after being sentenced for sexually propositioning a 15-year-old girl over the Internet.
   Sixty-3-year-old former Allentown minister Paul Marmon was sentenced to up to five years in prison on Monday and must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law upon his release. Marmon has been behind bars since his arrest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

Former Allentown clergyman sentenced for sex crimes

  [≤ 2008 Pastor Paul Marmon -NEW*] - Christian. 5yrs prison. Internet, girl (15).  
   The Morning Call, By Jenna Portnoy,
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A Montgomery County judge called a former Allentown minister and sexually violent predator "every parent's worst nightmare" Monday before sentencing him to up to five years in state prison and a decade of probation.
   Paul A. Marmon, 63, of South Whitehall Township pleaded guilty last year to having sexually explicit Internet chats with a 15-year-old girl and keeping child pornography on his computer. He was arrested Sept. 2, 2008, after leaving the girl a bag of gifts under a tree at a park near her home in Lower Providence Township.
   Marmon, a minister of St. James United Church of Christ from 1985 to 1987, has been behind bars ever since and will serve 10 to 43 more months. A review board deemed him to be a sexually violent predator, meaning he must comply with Megan's Law registration rules for the rest of his life. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM]

'Sex mad' vicar who prayed after making love with female churchgoer is suspended

  [≤ Aug 2009 - Rev. Stephen Smith*] - Church of England. Lady congregant.  
   Daily Mail, By Daily Mail Reporter,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A 'sex mad' vicar has been suspended from duty for six months over claims of 'inappropriate behaviour' with a female member of his congregation, it has emerged.
   A former girlfriend, Kerry Lansfield, is said to have reported Reverend Stephen Smith to Church of England authorities.
   Ms Lansfield said she suffered a nervous breakdown following his marriage to her love rival last summer. ...
   'He would start praying and say "Praise the Lord" for the tender moments we had shared together. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Liguria/ Abusi su 12enne, parroco di Alassio resta in carcere

  [Fr Luciano Massafero - ? NEW*] - RCC. Child (12).  
   APCom, 9 feb 2010
   GENOVA, Italia. (Apcom) - Il giudice per le indagini preliminari del Tribunale di Savona Emilio Fois ha respinto la nuova richiesta di scarcerazione presentata dai legali di Don Luciano Massaferro, il parroco di Alassio arrestato lo scorso 29 dicembre con l'accusa di violenza sessuale su una parrocchiana di 12 anni.
   [summary]
   GENOA, ITALY -- Emilio Fois, the judge for preliminary investigations of the Savona Tribunal, has rejected a request to release from jail the Rev. Luciano Massafero, pastor of Alassio. He was arrested Dec. 19 on charges of sexual assault on a 12-year-old parishioner. To justify the decision, the judge cited danger of tampering with evidence and re-offending. An initial request for release advanced by defense lawyers was dismissed on Jan. 18 at the Court of Review in Genoa. The priest will be undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine if there are mental disorders. He is currently imprisoned at Armea villa, Sanremo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Rektor des Aloisiuskollegs tritt zurück

  - RCC. Rector Schneider resigned.  
   Bild,
   Jetzt rollen Köpfe. Nach dem Missbrauch von Schülern durch Priester am Aloisiuskolleg der Jesuiten in Bad Godesberg ist der Rektor, Pater Theo Schneider, mit sofortiger Wirkung von seinem Amt zurückgetreten.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Heads are now rolling after revelations that pupils were abused by Jesuit priests at Aloisius College, Bad Godesberg. The Rev. Theo Schneider, rector, has resigned immediately from his post. The Rev. Stefan Dartmann, German provincial, has accepted the resignation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Bistum Aachen untersucht neue Verdächtigungen gegen Geistliche

  [Pastor K., Pastor Dieter I., Father M., and L.] - RCC re-employed them after conviction.    
   Aachener Zeitung,
   AACHEN. Der priesterliche Griff in den Schritt auf dem Titelbild der aktuellen Ausgabe des «Spiegels» geht dem Aachener Bistum zu weit. Kommentieren wollte man das am Montag nicht. Aber in eigener Sache bemüht man sich um Aufklärung.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- Abuse of children has occurred in the diocese for many years but it was regarded as a taboo subject. Pastor K., who comes from Willich, is currently awaiting trial in South Africa for disgusting crimes, perhaps under the mantle of the Catholic Church.
   Hans-Willi Winden has been trying to bring light into the darkness for 13 months. He has examined at the behest of Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff allegations against priests.
   Pastor K. was involved in local parishes before his departure for South Africa. Another investigation was launched in November 209 against a teacher at a school in Moenchengladbach. The accused has since retired from the diocese.
   The diocesan commission to examine allegations of abuse by priests serving in Aachen so far has received accusations against two priests. The prosecution so far has been left out of the investigation. Winden said he does not believe either priest presents any danger to young people. He would not confirm if either priest was still alive. Regarding specific facts the church has not disclosed, Winden said they want to protect potential victims from being publicly pilloried.
   Pastor Dieter I. was sentenced to four years in jail by Krefeld District Court in 1994 in a case that involved child pornographic videos. He was employed by the Genral Vicariate after release.
   Father M. was convicted in 1978 of sexual abuse of minors, as confirmed by Franz Kretschmann, diocesan spokesman. He was later placed as a convicted pedophile in an Aachen city parish of St. Foilan. He died in 2005.
   L. was convicted in 2000 and later was transferred to the German community in London on behalf of the Aachen diocese.
   Anyone who suspects that minors are abused by a priest should notify Hans-Willi Winden at telephone 02151/561394 or 02181/48217. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Missbrauch: Aachener Priester beschuldigt

 
   Bild,
   Das Aachener Bistum ermittelt nach Anschuldigungen gegen zwei Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs. Ein Bistumssprecher bestätigte am Dienstag einen Bericht der „Aachener Zeitung".
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The Aachen diocese said it has allegations against two priests who are accused of sexual abuse. A diocesan spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the investigations were just beginning. Hans-Willi Winden, special representative for the diocese, said he will speak first with victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

Bishops criticised in report urged to step down

       
   Irish Independent, Tuesday February 09 2010
   IRELAND -- AN open letter to the Pope on behalf of abuse victims has called on all bishops who engaged in a cover-up of abuse to resign immediately -- and not wait for the verdict of any future reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Victims ask Pope for €1bn

 
   Irish Independent By John Cooney and Breda Heffernan Tuesday February 09 2010
   IRELAND -- A LETTER calling on the Vatican to provide a €1bn compensation package for survivors of clerical child abuse in Ireland is to be hand delivered to Pope Benedict by Cardinal Sean Brady, when the Irish bishops hold summit talks with the Pontiff.
   The letter from Irish survivors will also contain a request for a meeting with the Holy Father during his visit to England in September.
   The breakthrough came at private talks in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, yesterday involving four survivors' groups, Cardinal Brady and bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Pope condemns abuse of children by priests; sex abuse victims respond

 
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   UNITED STATES -- These are more meaningless and self-serving words from the Vatican designed strictly to mollify the flock while changing nothing. How many times does the Pope get to 'condemn' clergy sexual abuse while doing virtually nothing to stop it? How many times will he try to divert attention away from the complicity of bishops and focus exclusively on the crimes of the predators? When will we begin to hold him accountable for his inaction? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Irish bishops meet with abuse survivors to prepare for meeting with Pope

 
   Catholic News Agency,
   IRELAND -- (CNA).- A second meeting between Irish bishops and representatives of victims of abuse by priests and Church-run institutions was held on Monday. The meeting focused on victims' concerns and on informing the bishops' preparations for their upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
   The meeting in Maynooth involved Tom Hayes of the Alliance Support Group, John Kelley and Patrick Walsh of Irish SOCA, Michael O'Brien of Right to Peace, and Michael Walsh of the group Right of Place.
   The bishops involved were Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Colm O'Reilly, Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley and Bishop of Killala John Fleming. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Man charged with sex abuse in Jewish temple

  - Judaist.  
   WHEC, By Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
   IRONDEQUOIT (NY) -- A Rochester man is accused of sexually abusing a young girl inside a Jewish temple in Irondequoit.
   Orlando Colon is charged with first degree sexual abuse.
   We obtained a copy of his statements to police.
   Colon admitted he sexually abused one girl at Temple Beth David. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

The End of the World

 
   Healing and Spirituality
   Dr. Jaime Romo
   I saw parts of a documentary, "2012," about Nostradamus' predictions and scientific insights into the alignment of sun and Milky Way and the earth on December 21, 2012. The Mayan calendar ends on that same day. Will the earth freeze? Will it explode, like the recent Hollywood action trauma? Oh, no! What will we do? Doesn't all that hype and fear generated by this doomsday thinking keep us all very anxious and distracted from what we can do today about what is in our control?
   There are plenty of real traumas that could use our attention.
   I saw parts of the documentary because I was so bored by the ongoing fear and hype associated with it, I fell asleep. I find even an explanation of problems without any sense of solutions pointless, and destruction without redemption worthless.
   Mayans and others believe that we're entering a new age, but one driven by survival of the wisest, not survival of the fittest. Not pointless destruction. If we created an economic disaster by spending money we don't have on things we don't need to impress people we don't like, then this new age might be more economically driven by wellbeing and sustainable, meaningful uses of time, talents and resources. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

CALL ON POPE TO REMOVE BISHOP OF GALWAY

       
   Galway Bay February 9, 2010
   IRELAND -- Survivors of clerical abuse have written a letter to Pope Benedict calling for the removal of Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan from his post.
   They say Dr Drennan has refused to accept any responsibility for his part in covering up allegations of abuse during his time in the Dublin Archdiocese.
   The letter, seen by Galway Bay Fm news, also urges the Pope to accept the resignations of Bishops James Moriarty, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Abuse survivors group demands €1bn from Vatican

 
   IRELAND -- Ireland Online
   Groups representing survivors of clerical sex abuse want the Vatican to provide €1bn compensation for victims.
   They have written a letter to Pope Benedict also urging him to act on the findings of the Murphy report into child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

MP calls the Pope 'a bloke in a dress'

   
   The Reading Chronicle, by Adam Hewitt,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- MARTIN Salter apologised last night after attacking the Pope in a blogpost.
   The Labour Reading West MP writes for the website of The Telegraph where he speaks out on the issues of the day, but Tuesday's musings on the Pope's input into the Equality Bill triggered a huge backlash.
   In the blog Mr Salter:
• called Pope Benedict "a bloke in a dress"
• accused Catholic ministers of a "narrow-minded world view of Saints and the Cursed-at-Birth destined to spend an eternity burning in Hell".
• said he finds the "hypocrisy of the Church reprehensible".
• claimed "there's at least one group - predatory paedophiles - that are recognised by the Catholic Church as a minority that need protection. Sadly for His Holiness, this crowd aren't covered by the Equality Bill." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Church unsuitable, but only option

     
   News 24, 22:57 2010-02-08 = Feb 08, 2010
   Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA -- Although the Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church was "unsuitable" shelter for children, it had been their only option amid a lack of government assistance, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Monday.
   "Unaccompanied children should not have been allowed to gather in large numbers at the Central Methodist Church, which is an unsuitable place for children," was the finding of a report compiled by legal curator Ann Skelton.
   However, the report submitted that the church had provided help before the government took up the children's cause. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Probe into claims of sexual abuse at Methodist Church

 
   Eyewitness News, by Micel Schnehage,
   SOUTH AFRICA -- A much-awaited report on the welfare of children at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg has recommended allegations of sexual abuse be probed.
   Eyewitness News revealed in September last year that young girls from the church, who attend the nearby Albert Street School, were allegedly given gifts by teachers in exchange for sexual favours.
   There were allegations teachers at the school lived at the church where the sexual grooming continued. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Paedophile church worker who 'boasted about his abuse online' jailed

  [Mr Baxter]  
   Telegraph, By Andrew Hough, Published: 7:30AM GMT 09 Feb 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A paedophile, Owen Baxter, who volunteered as a church youth worker so he could sexually abuse young boys before boasting about it on the internet, has been jailed.
   The 23 year-old, a member of St Matthew's Church in Kingsdown, Bristol, "revelled" in assaulting victims as young as four as he discussed his exploits with other paedophiles, a court was told.
   Described by a judge as "predatory and opportunistic", Baxter, of Redland, Bristol, gained the trust of parents at the church so he could volunteer to work with their children, Bristol Crown Court heard. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

We missed the warning signs over child abuse, vicar admits

 
   Evening Post,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A church "missed warning signs" that a volunteer in its congregation was a predatory paedophile targeting young boys, a vicar has said.
   Concerns were raised about the behaviour of Owen Baxter after a complaint about his behaviour two years before his arrest for child sex offences.
   But although police were called and action was taken to stop him from having any contact with youngsters at St Matthew's Church in Kingsdown, no evidence was uncovered of the abuse for which he was given a 12-year sentence at Bristol Crown Court yesterday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Nice euphemism

  - RCC.  
   Pharyngula, PZ Myers,
   GERMANY -- It's yet another Catholic sex scandal, this time a chronic pattern of sexual abuse by a few priests in Berlin that was known and tolerated by church leaders for almost 20 years. They've got a nice phrase for what was going on: "intimate, fatherly behavior." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Talk to police first

   
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- If you are a victim of sexual abuse or if you know someone who has been sexually abused or you know of a case of sexual abuse, you need to report that to the police or other civil authority before you report it to anyone else. You don't first report it to a school principal, teacher, counselor, minister, rabbi, imam, priest or bishop. You go to the police.
   Sexual abuse is a crime and needs to be reported to the proper law enforcement agency just as any other crime should be. And it should be the policy of any institution - schools, churches, youth organizations - to encourage victims and others to report such crimes to civil authorities.
   That's the way the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese has seen the issue. The archdiocese's notification statement, which is posted on its Web site at www.archmil.org, directs those with complaints of sexual abuse involving victims younger than age 18 to notify civil authorities. That should apply to all victims of sexual abuse, regardless of age, but the archdiocese is pointing in the right direction. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Church's top cop learned respect for law from dad

 
   Enterprise, By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise Staff Writer
   BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS – Mark Dunderdale knows the law well – and the importance of good investigations.
   He grew up with it.
   His father, G. William Dunderdale, was a state trooper assigned to the Plymouth County district attorney's office for 15 years before retiring.
   "I had a very clear understanding of how important the work was," Mark Dunderdale said. "It was part of our daily lives and our family friends. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Church job tries to stop 'sins of the past'

 
   Enterprise, By Maureen Boyle,
   BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS – For years, Mark Dunderdale dealt with sexual assault and other crime victims as a prosecutor in the office of the Plymouth County district attorney. Now he will use that expertise to help the Archdiocese of Boston investigate allegations of wrongdoing or impropriety by clergy or other diocesan workers.
   Dunderdale, the founding director of the archdiocese's new Office of Professional Standards and Oversight, said the creation of that office is the most recent move by the archdiocese to make sure problems of the past – such as ignoring allegations of sexual abuse by priests – aren't repeated.
   "The intent is to have professional investigations that are fair and professionally done so we never repeat the sins of the past," said Dunderdale, 42, who officially started the job on Jan. 1. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Open letter to the Pope

  - RCC.      
   The Irish Times,
   IRELAND -- OPEN LETTER TO POPE BENEDICT XVI ON BEHALF OF MARIE COLLINS, ONE IN FOUR, ANDREW MADDEN
   Dear Pope Benedict,
   As the Irish bishops gather in Rome for their meeting with you, we are writing to ensure that the voices of the survivors of abuse by Catholic priests have a place in your deliberations.
   The distress, anger and frustration experienced by survivors since the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin (the Murphy Report) is enormous. Many who have suffered throughout their lives from the impact of sexual abuse by priests in childhood now realise, having read the Report, that their pain and suffering could have been avoided if senior churchmen and the civil authorities had acted properly in response to complaints received from earlier victims.
   Survivors find in incomprehensible that the Vatican and your representative in Ireland, the Papal Nuncio, saw fit to hide behind diplomatic protocols to avoid co-operating with the Murphy Commission. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Abuse survivors write to Pope

  - RCC.
   RTE News, Tuesday, 9 February 2010
   IRELAND -- Survivors of clerical sexual abuse have written an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI as Irish bishops prepare to meet the Pontiff in the Vatican next week.
   They say survivors find it incomprehensible that the Vatican and the Papal Nuncio saw fit to hide behind diplomatic protocols to avoid cooperating with the Murphy Commission.
   Yesterday, representatives of the bishops met leaders of four survivors' groups as part of ongoing consultations and said they would relay the survivors' concerns to the Pope. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue February 09, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed February 10, 2010 edition:


Irish Sex Abuse Victims Ask Church for $1 billion

  - RCC.      
   Beliefnet Wednesday February 10, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (RNS) -- Irish victims of clerical sex abuse have asked Pope Benedict XVI for over $1.37 billion in compensation, in a letter that the head of Ireland's Catholic Church will hand-deliver to the pope next week.
   Cardinal Sean Brady received the letter from representatives of sex abuse victims on Monday (Feb. 8), according to a report in the Irish Independent.
   The letter also requests a meeting with Benedict during his forthcoming visit to Britain, expected to take place in September. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM]

Bishops' meeting with Pope

  [Vatican] - RCC. Promoted sinful Card. Bernard Law, failed to prosecute Fr Marcial Marciel.      
   The Irish Times,
   IRELAND -- Madam, – Next week the Irish bishops are going to Rome for a crucial meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and senior members of the Curia. They must not allow the Roman Curia to present clerical child sexual abuse as an "Irish" problem.
   The bishops must have the courage to remind Rome that it has a lamentable record in the area of dealing with clerical child sexual abuse. In a letter to this paper (December 22nd, 2009), I pointed out that Rome had got it wrong at both ends of the abuse spectrum. On the one hand, it promoted Cardinal Bernard Law to the office of archpriest of St Mary Major even though there was extensive abuse of children by priests while he was archbishop of Boston. On the other hand, it failed to pursue credible accusations of sexual abuse against Fr Marcial Marciel, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ who had powerful allies in Rome. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

Why is Pope Benedict like a Toyota?

         
   Irish Central, by Father Tim,
   My friends: As everybody knows by now, Toyota and their sticky gas pedals has become an even stickier mess for the giant automaker.
   The company -- at first -- tried to manage their recall nightmare through the press, which, of course, was a complete disaster. They were eaten alive. A one-minute TV interview with some poor soul whose accelerator had stuck made a bigger impression on the public than their forest of press releases.
   That the problem existed at all was bad enough. Their attempts to manage the intertwined, massive publicity problem made it look like their brains were stuck, too. ...
   The Pope has a major problem, too: the Irish Catholic Church, which is enmeshed in a child sex-abuse scandal and coverup that is a monstrous nightmare -- and one entirely of its own making. And with the recent but unsurprising news that "problem priests" may have been transferred a step ahead of the law from Ireland to the United States, the problem is growing. Fast.
   The Pope and the Vatican have tried -- and sincerely tried -- to manage the problem after years of hoping it would "just go away." Benedict has repeatedly apologized for this terrible crime. He has publicly addressed the issue with humility and empathy for the abused. He has been contrite, and is not attempting to avoid the problem. He has given the Dublin Archdiocese considerable authority to rid itself of bishops named in government reports on the abuse. He has met on many occasions, face-to-face, with abuse victims, who have, almost to a one, found him to be sincere and deeply remorseful. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

NH man who held hostages at Clinton office found

   
   The Associated Press
   CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – New Hampshire authorities say the man who took hostages at a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign office in 2007 is back in custody a day after he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet.
   Prosecutor Thomas Velardi says Leeland Eisenberg was found in his Dover apartment at about 11:05 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken into custody without incident by his probation officer and was returned to jail. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Priest calls for debate on celibacy and women priests

  - RCC. Resting priest questions loneliness of celibacy, etc.    
   Wexford People, By Fintan LAMBE, Wednesday February 10 2010
   IRELAND -- A PRIEST who is taking time out from his ministry to 'consider his future' has called for a meaningful debate on the issue of married priests and women priests.
   In a frank and open interview this week, Fr. Tommy Conroy said he was taking time out to decide on his future, mainly because of the pressure of the workload and the loneliness of clerical life.
   He said his reason for speaking out was not to be critical of the Church, but rather to encourage debate on the future direction of the Church in Ireland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Another Event You Won't Read About in Your Diocesan Church Bulletin

  - Women clergy to speak about women clergy.  
   Nashville Scene, By Liz Garrigan, Wed., Feb. 10 2010
   NASHVILLE (TN) -- The group of local Catholics called Anawim--a word from the Hebrew scriptures for "the poor" or "lost and forgotten ones"--are among those hosting a talk tonight at Vanderbilt that would send Nashville Bishop David Choby right to his Rosary.
   But having been here before, Anawin didn't even try to book a local parish for the meeting venue. Instead, the talk titled "Prophetic Obedience: The Experience and Vision of Roman Catholic Womanpriests" will be at the Vanderbilt Divinity School (in the arts room on the ground floor) at 8 p.m.
   Bishop Joan Houk will be subbing for Andrea Johnson, who is snowbound in Annapolis. Both are women who have been ordained by Catholic bishops, but neither are recognized by Rome as rightful priests or church leaders. Quite obviously, Houk's talk will focus on why the church's hidebound adherence to celibate male priests serves only to limit Catholicism's reach and charitable influence in a country (and world) where there is a troubling shortage of clergy and where more and more community parishes are priestless. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Group calls for info on priests to be published

  - RCC. SNAP wants the names.    
   Pacific Daily News, By Dionesis Tamondong, February 11, 2010
   GUAM -- A support group for people who've been victims of clergy members are calling on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to disclose information on clerics they say allegedly abused children on Guam.
   SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, urged the Archdiocese of Agana to publish on its Web sites and newsletters the names, locations, work histories and current status of priests accused of abuse.
   The Chicago-based group said it has been contacted by several alleged victims of sexual abuse on Guam. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Priest accused of molestation gets new judge, date

   
   Batavia Republican,
   ST. CHARLES, IL – Sporting a beard after nearly three weeks in jail, Alejandro Flores received a new judge and court date on accusations of molesting a young St. Charles child over a five-year span.
   Flores, 37, of the 600 block of Brook Forest Avenue in Shorewood, has been charged with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, which could carry up to 30 years in jail; two counts of sexual assault, which could carry up to 15 years in jail; and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which each carry up to seven years in jail.
   Flores, a member of the Diocese of Joliet, will appear at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18 in front of Judge Allen M. Anderson in courtroom 311. He was assigned to Anderson on Wednesday morning by Judge Thomas E. Mueller. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Justice for missing native children: Protesters

   
   Toronto Sun, By BRETT CLARKSON, Toronto Sun
   CANADA -- A few dozen protestors rallied outside a pair of downtown churches Sunday morning to call attention to the thousands of children who went missing or died during Canada's residential schools era.
   Protestors, including former residential schools residents, gathered at Metropolitan United Church and then St. Michael's Cathedral to demand accountability from the United and Catholic churches over its role in the residential school system that ripped native children from their families and in some cases subjected them to physical and sexual abuse.
   "The churches have been exonerated basically for these children who died," said Kevin Annett, of the advocacy group The Friends and the Relatives of the Disappeared. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Ex-H.S. coach has records subpoenaed in sex probe

   
   NEW YORK / MASSACHUSETTS New York Post
   The Boston District Attorney's office has subpoenaed the employment records of former Christ the King boys basketball coach Bob Oliva, who has been accused of molesting a family friend during a trip to Massachusetts more than 30 years ago, sources told The Post.
   Oliva resigned from the Middle Village, Queens high school last year amid the sex abuse allegations, levied by longtime friend Jimmy Carlino, who is scheduled to testify in front of a grand jury on Feb. 10, The Post has learned.
   In April 2008, Carlino accused Oliva of sexually abusing him more than 30 years ago and reportedly demanded $750,000 and Oliva's resignation in a letter from a Florida law firm to make the case go away.
   Oliva refused and Christ the King officials at the time vehemently defended Oliva, calling the accusations a shakedown. Oliva took a medical leave of absence, citing heart problems brought on by stress, before retiring in January 2009 after 27 years as head coach. He accumulated a record of 549-131 and won four CHSAA Class AA intersectional titles. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Douglas Perlitz: Hero or sex predator?

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   Stamford Advocate,
   CAP-HAÏTIEN, Haiti -- The lesson still is chalked on the blackboard in the deserted classroom. "Odette bought 19 pineapples," the French scrawl reads. Outside, knee-high prairie grass grows over the walkways. Rodents and insects scurry about the 10-acre compound, their only companions the roaming security guards with pump-action shotguns who are paid to discourage human intruders.
   The Village is deserted now. But not long ago, a large iron gate would open here every morning, allowing 100 or so orphaned and abandoned boys to enter this refuge, a place to bathe and eat and learn, an escape from a life of beatings and hunger. The Village was one of three compounds that made up Project Pierre Toussaint, a program designed to give a future to boys who had none.
   These days, the boys are back in the streets of this city of 180,000, Haiti's second-largest, living by their wits, begging for handouts, dodging thugs, sleeping in dirty alleyways and on flat roofs.
   Douglas Perlitz is not here either. The Fairfield University graduate who founded this internationally recognized school for such boys sits in a prison cell awaiting trial in New Haven, accused of sexually abusing 18 of the very children he once was honored for helping. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Hillary Clinton campaign office hostage-taker Leeland Eisenberg cuts bracelet, runs

  [Unnamed priest, perhaps]  
   New York Daily News, By Helen Kennedy,
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- The man who took hostages at a New Hampshire Hillary Clinton campaign office in 2007 cut off his monitoring equipment Tuesday and went on the lam.
   Leeland Eisenberg, who has a history of mental and alcohol problems, was on probation when he cut off his GPS bracelet at 10:09 a.m. and "absconded from supervision," cops said. ...
   Eisenberg, who said he was molested by a priest, reportedly wanted assistance getting mental help. He served two years of a three-year sentence but had trouble sticking to his probation rules, including taking medication and getting court-mandated mental help.
   A dozen mental health agencies in New Hampshire have declined to treat him because he has sued doctors, the newspaper Foster's Daily Democrat reported last month Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Former Christ the King basketball coach Bob Oliva tightens up defense in sex abuse case

  [Mr Bob Oliva]
   New York Daily News BY Michael O'Keeffe DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER Wednesday, February 10th 2010
   NEW YORK / MASSACHUSETTS -- Former Christ the King boys basketball coach Bob Oliva, the target of a Boston sex abuse investigation, has been quietly preparing his defense in case a grand jury reviewing evidence hands down an indictment.
   Oliva, the legendary high school coach who resigned last year amid sex-abuse allegations, has retained Michael Doolin, a Boston-area attorney who, according to his Web site, specializes in rape and drug cases. Oliva has also asked acquaintances to write letters attesting to his good character.
   As the Daily News first reported last month, Boston police and Suffolk County (Mass.) prosecutors appear to be wrapping up their investigation into allegations that Oliva sexually molested family friend Jimmy Carlino during a trip to Boston more than 30 years ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Institute report urges clergy: Let's talk about sex

 
   The Tampa Tribune By MICHELLE BEARDEN | Published: February 10, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Pornography, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, infidelity, same-sex marriage, sexual addiction and sexual abuse by clergy members.
   It's a good bet these issues don't get much – if any – discussion from the pulpit.
   On Tuesday, the Connecticut-based Religious Institute unveiled a report that calls for clergy and congregations to break the silence on these hot-button subjects and become more proactive in the "sexual justice" movement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM
   [COMMENT: How could clergy, supposedly buttoning-up their natural urges because of an inhumane "celibacy" vow, actually preach on such subjects, without becoming a laughing-stock?  Or, without the subject matter becoming a "dangerous occasion of sin" for the clergyman preparing the sermon? ENDS.]

Morning Star abuse trial goes to jurors

 
   The Spokesman-Review by Kevin Graman kevingr § spokesman com, (509) 459-5433
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Jurors in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch trial began deliberations Tuesday afternoon after opposing attorneys tried to define the case as all about accountability or all about profit.
   "This case is about years and years of a gross violation of the public trust that continues today," said Daniel Fasy, attorney for Kenneth Putnam, who is suing the suing the group home for troubled boys where he was a resident in 1988-89.
   "What does Mr. Putnam want?" asked Morning Star attorney Jim King. "Well, he wants monetary compensation." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Quitting bishop to meet Pope in Rome over abuse scandal

     
   IRELAND -- Irish Independent By John Cooney, Religion Correspondent Wednesday February 10 2010
   THE outgoing Catholic Bishop of Kildare will be among a delegation of 24 diocesan bishops attending next week's summit talks at the Vatican with Pope Benedict on the child clerical abuse crisis.
   Bishop Jim Moriarty offered to resign two months ago, and Pope Benedict's delay in accepting the resignation came under renewed criticism last night from victim Marie Collins.
   Bishop Moriarty formerly served as an auxiliary bishop in the Dublin archdiocese which acknowledged collective responsibility for cover-ups. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

SNAP Claims Victims of Priestly Abuse ...

     
   Pacific News Center,
   GUAM -- A nationwide network of victims abused by Catholic priests claims to have been contacted by a number of Guam residents who allege that they were victims of priestly abuse here on island by priests till serving in Guam's Catholic Church.
   In an email release to the media Wednesday, SNAP urged Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron to co-operate with them in rooting out abusive priests on Guam.
   SNAP stands for "The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests." www.SNAPnetwork.org
   In a telephone interview with PNC News, SNAP's Southwest Regional Director Joelle Casteix, said that they have been contacted by "a number of victims of priestly abuse" from Guam who are seeking assistance. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Rada To Hear Report Of Commission Investigating Allegations Of Abuse Of Minors At Artek Children's Center On Wednesday

   
   Ukrainian News,
   UKRAINE -- The parliament will hear the report of the interim parliamentary commission that was set up to investigate the allegations of sexual abuse of minors at the Artek international children's center (Crimea) at a session on Wednesday, February 10.
   The report is one of the items on the agenda of the parliament's session on February 10. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Catholics Call For Cardinal Law's Resignation, Following Irish Clergy Abuse Report

  - RCC. Cardinal Law ought to be dismissed.      
   WBUR, By DEBORAH BECKER, Published February 10, 2010
   BOSTON (MA) – Ireland's clergy sex abuse scandal erupted last year after two government-ordered reports documented decades of clergy child abuse and a church cover up of the abuse. Four Irish bishops said they'll resign for not reporting the abuse. Some in Ireland say another Catholic leader should resign – former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law.
   "To keep Cardinal Bernard Law in the position he holds would suggest the papacy does not understand the principles of accountability," said Sean O'Conaill, acting coordinator of Voice of the Faithful in Ireland.
   O'Conaill said Pope Benedict XVI is expected to release a pastoral letter to Ireland's four million Catholics after next week's meeting with the bishops. But O'Connail said the letter is meaningless if Cardinal Law remains in his Vatican position helping to select new bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Italian Catholic scandal draws in Pope Benedict

  - RCC.    
   Belleville News-Democrat, By NICOLE WINFIELD - Associated Press Writer,
   VATICAN CITY -- A scandal in Italy's Catholic Church has morphed into a tale of Vatican intrigue complete with forged documents, reports of dueling cardinals and a papal admonishment Tuesday to put the matter to rest.
   The scandal erupted in August, when the newspaper Il Giornale reported that it had court documents showing the editor of the newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference had paid to settle charges that he harassed the wife of a man he was romantically pursuing.
   The revelations were initially seen as retribution by Il Giornale, which is owned by Premier Silvio Berlusconi's brother, against the bishops' newspaper, Avvenire. The Catholic paper had harshly criticized the premier and demanded he answer questions about his purported liaisons with younger women. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Report shows Central Methodist Church unsuitable for children

     
   Eyewitness News, by Rahima Essop,
   SOUTH AFRICA -- Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Tuesday said a report on the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg vindicates her department's belief that the mission is not a suitable place for children.
   The much awaited report has recommended that allegations of sexual abuse be probed.
   In September, Eyewitness News revealed that young girls from the church who attend a nearby school were given gifts by teachers in exchange for sexual favours. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Wave goodbye to this religious pontification

  - RCC.    
   Belfast Telegraph, Wednesday, 10 February 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- Is it right that a visiting head of state should have carte blanche to attack our customs, our laws and the freedoms of our citizens enshrined in law? Should he feel free to use his visit to rally opposition to human rights legislation?
   In advance of his UK state visit, the Pope has claimed that planned equality legislation "violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded", and called upon Catholic Church leaders to oppose it with "missionary zeal". He wants churches and religious charities, funded by the state through tax exemptions and sometimes grants, to be allowed to discriminate against women, gays and non-believers without any legal or financial consequences.
   In other countries, Pope Benedict has opposed the distribution of condoms to combat the spread of Aids, promoted segregated education and opposed the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
   Even as he has lectured the rest of the world on sexual morality, child sex-abuse scandals have rocked his church, undermining its authority in the eyes of many members. Normally this sort of intervention by a head of state would entail diplomatic consequences, even a withdrawal of the invitation. Of course, the argument runs, the Pope is not just, or even mainly, a head of state. He is the leader of the world's largest religious organisation, as well as of the largest single denomination in the UK and Ireland. That is undoubtedly the case, but religious leaders are not automatically accorded a state visit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Ohio family suing Ky. Baptist camp where alleged abuse occurred in 2004

  - Baptist.  
   Fox 59,
   SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) – An Ohio family is suing a south-central Kentucky Baptist camp alleging that negligence led to the sexual molestation of one of the family's children.
   The Commonwealth Journal in Somerset reports that the civil suit against Camp Victory was filed by the family of a sexual abuse victim. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Court to auction hot springs near Nome for sex abuse settlement

     
   ALASKA -- KTUU by Christine Kim Tuesday, February 9, 2010
   ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The U.S. bankruptcy court plans to auction off Pilgrim Hot Springs, one of Alaska's historic sites near Nome, next month.
   The auction is part of a reorganization plan that the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska filed in March 2008 in response to a sexual abuse settlement.
   In the plan, the diocese will provide $9.8 million to claimants. Most will come from its property, like the hot springs. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Spokane Priest Sexual Abuse Case Goes To The Jury

   
   SPOKANE (WA) -- OPB with audio BY DOUG NADVORNICK
   A jury in Spokane is now deliberating a case of sexual abuse brought against a Catholic boys' group home. The verdict may determine whether nearly other 20 similar cases will also go to trial in the next few years. Doug Nadvornick reports.
   This trial tests the allegations brought by one man -- Kenneth Putnam -- against the Morning Star Boys' Ranch and its former director, Father Joseph Weitensteiner.
   Putnam claims he was sexually abused at the home as a teenager in the late 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Ireland: Catholic bishops meet with survivors' groups before meeting with pope

   
   Spero News By Martin Barillas
   IRELAND -- On October 7, 2009, representatives of four groups of Irish survivors of clerical abuse - Right to Peace, Alliance Support Group, Irish SOCA and Right of Place - met with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ireland.
   At that meeting it was agreed that a representative group of bishops would continue to meet with survivors. They are: Bishop Colm O'Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Bishop John Mc Areavey, Bishop of Dromore, Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross and Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala.
   The first meeting of this group took place on December 11, 2009. A second meeting took place February 8 in Maynooth involving Mr Tom Hayes of the Alliance Support Group, Mr John Kelly and Mr Patrick Walsh of Irish SOCA, Mr Michael O'Brien of Right to Peace, Mr Michael Walsh of Right of Place and Bishop O'Reilly, Bishop McAreavey, Bishop Buckley and Bishop Fleming. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

• Local Conference Addresses Religious Abuse and Offers Aid to Victims

  - Bishop Spong and others to expose religions' failures.  
   I-Newswire, http://www. i-newswire. com/local- conference- addresses- religious/21473 , February 9, 2010
   ILLINOIS -- Upcoming conference offers relief to those who have suffered psychological and spiritual wounding at the hands of spiritual leaders or religious institutions as well as an opportunity to recover from the damage.  The Theosophical Society will host Healing Our Religious Wounds to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on April 23-25, 2010. The keynote speaker will be John Shelby Spong, who served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey for twenty-four years until his retirement in 2001.
   Dr. Spong is considered the champion of an inclusive faith by many, both inside and outside the Christian church. His best-selling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, A New Christianity for a New World [2001], Why Christianity Must Change or Die.  His most recent book is Eternal Life: A New Vision. He will speak on the topics "Religious Wounds: The Power of Guilt" and "Religious Healing: The Power of Wholeness." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Bishop's mandatory resignation date nears

 
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- New Hampshire Union Leader By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI, Staff
   Bishop John B. McCormack is one of 11 bishops who head Roman Catholic dioceses and three auxiliary bishops in the United States who must submit their resignations to the Pope when they turn 75 this year.
   In New England alone, where McCormack is senior prelate, he is one of three bishops who will reach the mandatory retirement age this year. Bishop Peter A. Rosazza, auxiliary bishop of Hartford, Conn., turns 75 on Saturday. Boston archdiocese auxiliary Bishop Emilio S. Allue will turn 75 on Feb. 18.
   McCormack, who became the ninth bishop of the Manchester diocese in 1998, will turn 75 on Aug. 12. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Ordination of Owensboro bishop in shadow of protest

 
   Courier & Press
   OWENSBORO, Ky. – Two protesters shivered a few steps from the local cathedral in 27-degree weather Sunday to take issue with the new bishop of Western Kentucky.
   A man walked by and read their signs.
   "Sick," he said, shaking his head.
   A motorist pulled up as a TV cameraman interviewed the two protesters from Louisville, Ky.
   "Why are you giving them publicity?" the motorist demanded.
   Local Catholics don't seem concerned about the role the Rev. William Medley could have played in responding to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in Louisville. More than 250 people sued the archdiocese there, and the litigation cost the church $30 million in settlements and legal fees. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Group calling for action against abusive priests

         
   KUAM, by Mindy Aguon,
   GUAM -- A non-profit organization that has chapters in just about every state in the U.S., Canada and even Mexico has taken an interest in Guam. The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), is calling on full disclosure by the Catholic Church on Guam after receiving calls of sexual abuse by clergy on the island.
   The organization is calling on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to fully disclose the names of accused child molesting clerics who are working or have ever worked or lived on the island. The organization has received phone calls from survivors who sought help after claiming they were sexually abused by clergy on Guam.
   SNAP Southwest Regional Director Joelle Casteix told KUAM News, "People were afraid to actually come forward and be public about their abuse so they contacted me and said what can you do to help...what we're trying to do is for someone out there to come forward publicly and then we can start a group going. It may take a while. I plan to come out to Guam in the next six to eight weeks." Casteix said she received calls from two individuals who she said were "survivors of sexual abuse by clergy" and the two knew of at least 10 other individuals who were victims, as well. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Bishop Walsh tells Kilcullen congregation he's 'in limbo'

   
   Leinster Leader, By Laura Coates,
   IRELAND -- THE "elephant in the room" is how Bishop Eamonn Walsh described the issue of the fallout from the Murphy report on institutional sexual abuse during his celebration of confirmation Mass in Kilcullen last Sunday.
   The auxiliary bishop of Dublin tendered his resignation last Christmas Eve in the aftermath of the Murphy report into child sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.
   Bishop Walsh fought to maintain his role, claiming until he bowed to public pressure that he himself had done no wrong.
   He was defended from the altar recently by Kilcullen Parish Priest Michael Murphy, and was subsequently invited to celebrate mass in the parish, which is part of the Dublin dioscese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

'Finding Grace': One Woman's Struggle Through Sexual Abuse

   
   E-releases
   O'FALLON, Ill., Feb. 10, 2010 – Forgiveness is generally a difficult task. However, it becomes more difficult in correlation with the amount of pain caused. Crystal Hultquist's "Finding Grace" chronicles her struggles with misused trust and sexual abuse.
   Hultquist recounts her haunting past in which she was continuously assaulted by her one-time "friend," a Catholic priest. She explains the turmoil that arose with being mistreated by her most trusted confidant in a setting built on providing peace and love, not fear and pain. Hultquist's struggles were so severe that she was pushed to the edge of suicide and hospitalized in a psychiatric treatment facility.
   "Finding Grace" also follows Hultquist's journey to recovery. She is aided by a number of "spiritual mothers," such as coaches, counselors, teachers, nurses and doctors. Hultquist credits these women with helping transform her into the strong, confident woman she is today. Hultquist's growth even gave her the strength to forgive the one person who caused her the greatest anguish. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed February 10, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu February 11, 2010 edition:


Piden que los sacerdotes declaren en uso de fondos

 
   ABC (USA),
   CIUDAD DEL ESTE (De nuestra redacción regional), PARAGUAY -- Piden que sacerdotes presten declaración testifical en relación al caso de mala utilización de fondos de la Itaipú que afecta al obispo de Ciudad del Este, monseñor Rogelio Livieres Plano. El pedido lo presentó el laico Javier Miranda, quien hizo la denuncia contra Livieres Plano acusando al mismo de lesión de confianza.
   [summary]
   Priests have been asked to give evidence regarding alleged misuse of funds involving Bishop Roger Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este. Attorney Carolina Gadea is responsible for investigating the allegations.
   The bishop said most of the funds were used for the Pastoral Social. The complainant has called for several priests to testify, including the manager of the Pastoral Social at the time of disbursement. Father Gerardo Mereles, who had an open confrontation with the bishop, was removed from the office of parish priest at Church of the Holy Spirit and is currently working in Itaipu.
   A request has been made for testimony from the controversial priest Carlos Urrutigoity, who was director of St. Joseph Seminary, local at Km 11,500, Route VII. The seminary was founded by Bishop Livieres Plano. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM]

Confirman sentencia a cuatro años de cárcel a sacerdote acusado de abusar de un menor

 
   CM & I, Autor : Jaime Moreno 21:26, Miércoles, 10 de Febrero de 2010
   COLOMBIA -- En una decisión sin precedentes, la Corte Suprema confirmó la condena a 4 años de cárcel al primer sacerdote sentenciado en Colombia por el delito de abuso sexual a menores de edad.
   [summary]
   In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court of Columbia has upheld at four-year prison sentence for a priest convicted of sexual abuse of children. The Rev. Fernando Pineros Rocha is the first priest to face such a jail sentence in this country for this crime.The crime happened at Instituto Dormitorios del Niño Desamparado in Bogota, according to the court.
   Monsignor Juan Vicente Cordoba, secretary of the Episcopal Conference, said the church was willing to cooperate with authorities in any criminal case involving a priest. He said the church as any human institution is not exempt from being involved in this type of situation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM [RECAPITULATION: ... the church as any human institution is not exempt from being involved in this type of situation. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: But, in RC circles, the children are taught that the Church is the "Body of Christ," that is, it has a sort of "divinity" about it, and that phrase is in the prayers, too.  Ah well, there goes another dream! ENDS.]

Bishops can take a tip from US experience

       
   The Irish Times,
   ANALYSIS: As the bishops head for Rome to discuss clerical sex abuse with the pope, an observer of the American situation has advice for the Irish church, writes JOHN ALLEN
   1 DON'T GET DEFENSIVE
   IRELAND -- As the clerical sex abuse crisis gathered steam in the US, there was a temptation to complain that the avalanche of criticism and litigation against the church wasn't fair. Some charged that the crisis provided an excuse for people with axes to grind against Catholicism, and that historical anti-Catholic bias in the media and other elite sectors of society was also in play.
   In retrospect, all of those things were probably true in some measure, but saying them out loud was usually counterproductive. Such complaints, especially when they came from clergy, aggravated perceptions that the church was more interested in self-defence than in coming clean, and probably emboldened critics to press their case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Priest charged with fourth degree sexual assault

  [2009 Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine]  
   WISCONSIN -- WEAU Reporter: WEAU 13 News Staff Email Address: news § weau com ,
   Forty-seven-year-old Priest Edmund Donkor-Baine with the Diocese of La Crosse was in court Thursday afternoon. Court records show a woman who he was counseling for her divorce accused him of trying to kiss her and inappropriately touching her in August of 2009. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Archbishop responds to letter on priest disclosure

  - RCC. ≥ 12 complainants.    
   KUAM, by Mindy Aguon,
   GUAM -- The Archdiocese of Agana is responding to a letter submitted by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), who has called for full disclosure from the Catholic Church on Guam. SNAP Southwest Regional Director Joelle Casteix confirmed with KUAM News that she received calls from two survivors on Guam who claim they were victims of sexual abuse by clergy on the island and knew of at least ten others alleging the same thing.
   The Archdiocese says an effective safety plan has been in place since April 2002 to protect all children served in the archdiocese that follows the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' charter on sexual abuse. The statement notes that to date no member of the Catholic clergy on Guam has been charged with or convicted of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Search under way for Cardinal Mahony's successor

  - RCC.  
   Houston Chronicle, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer,
   LOS ANGELES (CA) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles confirmed Thursday that a search is under way for a successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony, who has spent 25 years as the spiritual leader of the nation's largest diocese.
   Mahony turns 74 on Feb. 27 and under church rules, bishops submit their resignation at age 75 to the pope.
   The pope can decide whether to keep a bishop on the job longer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

2 jurors removed from Boys' Ranch case

 
   SPOKANE (WA) -- The Spokesman-Review by Meghann M. Cuniff
   Two jurors will be removed from deliberations in the Morning Star Boys' Ranch sexual abuse case because of misconduct.
   The two discussed the case outside of deliberations, which led Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor to dismiss them this morning. Two alternate jurors will be brought in.
   The alternates were present for the lengthy trial but have not been taking part in deliberations, which began Tuesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

NÖ: Pfarrer wegen Kinderpornos dienstfrei gestellt

  [2000s Unnamed priest of Wienerwald -NEW*] - RCC. Child porn.  
   Die Presse,
   Der Priester aus dem Vikariat Unter dem Wienerwald soll Kinderpornos besessen und weitergegeben haben. Die Behörden ermitteln. Der Generalvikar hat den Pfarrer und Religionslehrer dienstfrei gestellt.
   [summary]
   AUSTRIA -- A priest of the vicariate of Wienerwald is said to have possessed and distributed child pornography. Authorities are investigating. The priest in addition to priestly duties was also a pilgrimage director.
   Vicar-general Franz Shuster said they want to help the victims of abuse but also those who are accused. The diocese in 2006 adopted regulations and guidelines for dealing with and preventing child abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

Benedict XVI condemns abuse of children by priests 3 DECADES LATE…Cardinal Ratzinger Pope B16 is a pathological liar

       
   Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler; Paris Arrow
   The root cause of the most heinous crime against children committed by the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army is Benedict XVI himself who as Cardinal Ratzinger commanded and demanded its absolute secrecy and cover-up, commanded the transfer of pedophile priests from one parish to another as long as those priests performed the black magic of the Eucharist see http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/. And now, 30 years later, as Pope with his back against the wall – pushed by the Irish people who are asking him for 1 billion euro compensation - Benedict XVI is acting (pathological liar) as if he "defends" thousands of Irish children victims of pedophile priests. Who is there left to defend in Ireland? The sodomy-crimes are done, the priests-criminals are gone, and the children-victims are adults permanently damaged. What Pope Benedict XVI is doing is tantamount to defending the women and heretics from getting burned by the Vatican Inquisition (now CDF) after they are long dead and are ashes for centuries, but at the same time, Benedict XVI was the commander of the Inquisition in the first place. (When will you folks ever understand this?) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army erupts in Berlin, Germany

   
   JPIIPPA John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army, Paris Arrow,
   GERMANY -- Before Benedict XVI dies, priest-pedophilia which he perpetuated and covered-up will swarm his native country of Germany.
   Priest-Pedophilia erupted first here in Boston in 2002 [sic!] as John Paul II prepared for his last trip and last World Youth Day in North America. And now the epicenter is in Berlin: "A tremor is currently passing through the Catholic Church in Germany. It could be merely the beginning of an earthquake of proportions which have so far only been seen in the American and Irish Church. Tens of thousands of abuse cases were brought to light in both countries. Could Germany be next?" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Pope Benedict NEVER defended children abused by priests during his lifetime of 82 years – proofs are in the books written by him and about him

 
   Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow
   Browse or read through all these books and articles (below) written by Benedict XVI a.k.a. Cardinal Ratzinger, and books about him, there is not a single line that says he defends children especially the victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army which he covered-up for over 3 decades as Prefect of the CDF Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith .
   Benedict XVI is in a hurry to canonize John Paul II who wrote more books than him so that the Catholic Church can quote John Paul II as if he was the Word of God see the John Paul II Millstone http://jp2m.blogspot.com/ Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Cardinal Bernard Law must resign following Irish Clergy Abuse report

   
   BOSTON (MA) -- John Paul II Millstone Paris Arrow
   It's about time that Cardinal Bernard Law steps down as the prestigious Archpriest of the St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome. We have been pointing out that he is the criminal-Cardinal of Boston, and it must have sunk-in into some Catholics' minds because now they are calling for his resignation.
   We Bostonians forced Cardinal Bernard Law to resign in disgrace in 2002 but Venerable John Paul II elevated him in Rome see John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army expands into Ireland &John Paul is elevated as "Venerable"... only in the Catholic Church are criminals glorified http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2009/12/john-paul-ii-pedophile-priests-army.html . Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Church "cannot tolerate" abuse by priests: Hummes

   
   VATICAN CITY -- CathNews,
   Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has reiterated that the Church condemns sex abuse by clergy and wants to work more closely with victims as they deal with the consequences of the crime.
   "The Church cannot tolerate (clerical sex abuse) and deals with it as a serious crime," Cardinal Hummes told UCA News.
   "The Church cannot accept such priests." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM
   [COMMENT: A huge recruiting drive will be essential, then! ENDS.]

Catholic priest charged with sexual assaulting La Crosse woman

   
   LaCrosse Tribune By Anne Jungen | Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010
   La CROSSE (WI) -- A criminal charge filed today accuses a visiting Catholic priest of sexually assaulting a woman he was counseling through a divorce.
   The misdemeanor case against the Rev. Edmund Donkor-Baine, 47, charging him in La Crosse County Circuit Court with fourth-degree sexual assault comes after a Diocese of La Crosse investigation found no evidence to support her claim.
   The 48-year-old woman approached Donkor-Baine after a Sunday Mass in August at a La Crosse parish seeking his counsel, according to a La Crosse police report. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Priest indicted on sex charges

  [Poandl]
   The Times Record, By DAVID HEDGES, Publisher,
   WEST VIRGINIA -- A Catholic priest from Cincinnati was indicted by a Roane grand jury last week on charges he molested a 10-year-old who traveled with him to Spencer almost 20 years ago.
   Robert F. Poandl, 68, is named in a three-count indictment charging him with 1st degree sexual assault, 1st degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a custodian.
   The charges stem from a complaint filed last year by a 28-year-old Cincinnati man who told State Police he was molested by Poandl in August 1991 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church rectory.
   Sgt. D.B. Swiger of the State Police Crimes Against Children unit said the trip was to allow Poandl to fill in for the regular priest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

PRIEST ABUSE HEARING

 
   WIZM,
   WISCONSIN -- A PRIEST VISITING THE LA CROSSE DIOCESE HAS A COURT HEARING SCHEDULED TODAY ON A SEX-ABUSE CHARGE...
   THE CASE HAS DRAWN ATTENTION BECAUSE THE WOMAN SAYS SHE COMPLAINED FIRST TO CHURCH OFFICIALS, AND THEN CALLED POLICE AFTER THE CHURCH SAID THERE WASN'T ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PUNISH THE PRIEST. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:23 AM

Down priest faces abuse claims

  [Fr Sean Cahill - NEW* and 4 other priests] - RCC. Male.
   UTV, Thursday, 11 February 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A Co Down priest has voluntarily stepped down from his duties following an allegation of sexual abuse.
  
   Father Sean Cahill is the parish priest at St Malachy's Church in Castlewellan.
   The alleged victim claimed he was abused by five priests while he was being cared for at the Nazareth House orphanage on the Ormeau Road in the 1970s.
   Father Cahill has denied the allegation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM [EXPLANATION: "Co Down" means "County Down."]

Sex assault suspect could change plea

  [2006-07, 2009 Jan. - Elder Paul Cool*] - Mormon. Female (18-19, +).  
   Rutland Herald, By Josh O'Gorman, Published: February 11, 2010
   WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT – A Missouri man might plead guilty today to charges he sexually assaulted a woman and her underage sister.
   On Tuesday afternoon, Paul J. Cool, 49, of Amity, Mo., appeared in White River Junction District Court for a motion to amend his conditions of release. Cool pleaded innocent on Dec. 1 to three felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct for allegedly repeatedly assaulting a woman from 2006 to 2007 in Royalton. The woman, who was 18 years old when the alleged assaults began, told police Cool was a priest in a splinter sect of the Mormon Church and told her God had instructed him to prepare her for marriage.
   Cool is also facing a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in Middlebury District Court for allegedly assaulting the sister of the alleged Royalton victim. According to affidavits, the assaults took place in Cornwall from 2006 until 2007 and began when the younger girl was 10 years old. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM [LOOK BACK: December 2009.]

Andrew Madden: Mary Kenny says I am to be pitied? Give me strength

  - RCC.  
   Irish Independent, By Andrew Madden, Thursday February 11 2010
   IRELAND -- IN her column in this newspaper last Saturday, Mary Kenny chose to make reference to my spiritual life. She pitied me for having no spiritual element in my life, assuming it consisted only of the material and was therefore bland and unimaginative.
   Mary Kenny has, of course, never met me, never phoned me, never asked for a meeting or an interview over coffee, never tried to contact me in any way to ask me about anything. Until now I have made little or no reference in public to what spiritual life I do have, so she had absolutely no information on which to base her opinion. What she did have was the most contemptible arrogance to assume to know enough to write about it anyway. A more ignorant, condescending pouring out of sanctimonious drivel I have not read in a long time.
   All Kenny knew was that I had completed the formal process of defecting from the Catholic Church, and from that one single fact she assumed to know everything else. Next week she'll probably preach to us all she knows about humility. Thousands of others have chosen to leave the Catholic Church too but, unlike Kenny, I don't assume to know all of their reasons. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

'Cancer' priest not sent to WA by Pell

  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily*] - RCC. "Delusional". Cancer fake netted trip money. Not obeying call home.        
   Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 11, 2010
   AUSTRALIA – A Catholic priest who pretended to have cancer in order to raise money from his parishioners has not been "quietly moved" to Perth, Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell says.
   Cardinal Pell branded Father Richard Abourjaily "delusional" after it emerged he had tried to con parishioners into thinking he had the disease.
   The priest was suspended from duty at All Hallows parish church at Five Dock, in Sydney's west, early last year after the allegations emerged. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

ALPERIN v. VATICAN BANK

  - RCC. Money problems.    
   Leagle,
   UNITED STATES -- EMIL ALPERIN; et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. VATICAN BANK, aka Institute of Religious Works aka Instituto per le Opere Di Religione (IOR, Defendant-Appellee.
   No. 08-16060.
   United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
   February 10, 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

An Interview with David Clohessy

   
   Healing and Spirituality, Dr. Jaime Romo
   UNITED STATES == David Clohessy is the National Director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). I appreciate his courage and dedication to change laws, reach out to survivors and supporters, and be the face of a movement to end child sexual abuse, particularly religious authority sexual abuse.
   JR: You've been at this work of speaking up for victims of clergy sexual abuse for many years. What has changed for the better in this societal problem?
   DC: Not nearly enough. To a small degree, I suspect kids are more apt to tell, parents are more apt to believe them, families are more apt to call police, police are more apt to investigate, prosecutors are more apt to file charges, juries are more apt to convict predators, and Catholics are more apt to believe independent sources (rather than just blindly accept whatever the bishop claims). But this is anecdotal and far from widespread. In the overwhelming majority of cases, it still takes years – even decades – before victims can realize they've been hurt, the harm is severe, the effects are on-going, they can get better, they have legal options, their perpetrator is likely molesting others, and that they have the strength and a duty to act. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Taking steps to healing

   
   Standard-Freeholder Posted By MICHAEL PEELING
   CANADA -- The fruits of the Cornwall Public Inquiry are showing up at a counselling centre with the start of a program for female and male sexual abuse victims.
   In response to Inquiry Commissioner Normand Glaude's recommendations, the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has provided funding for the Next Steps to Healing program.
   Next Steps is being run out of the same house on Amelia Street where Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) for Women is located. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Catholic Church facing £400k bill

   
   Hull Daily Mail,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Roman Catholic Church is facing a legal bill of £400,000 after a judge ruled in favour of victims of alleged systematic abuse at a former children's home.
   The High Court has ruled that the Middlesbrough Diocese is responsible for the legal costs of about 150 former residents of St William's Children's Home in Market Weighton.
   It has also ruled that the Church will be responsible for the legal costs of the De La Salle Brothers who were responsible for the running of the home. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Accused priest receives judge assignment

   
   The Chroncile, By KATE THAYER - kthayer § kcchronicle com ,
   ST. CHARLES (IL) – The priest accused of sexually assaulting a St. Charles boy appeared in court Wednesday and was assigned to the judge who will hear his case.
   Alejandro Flores, 37, is charged with multiple counts of predatory sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault.
   He remains in Kane County jail, held on $1 million bail. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Bishop stays silent on future ahead of key Vatican summit

     
   Irish Independent from John Cooney in Knock Thursday February 11 2010
   IRELAND -- The embattled Bishop of Galway last night refused to say if he will offer his resignation to Pope Benedict next week after persistent demands from clerical abuse victims for him to stand down.
   Bishop Martin Drennan, who was named in the Murphy report into the systematic cover-ups in the Archdiocese of Dublin, where he was an auxiliary bishop for seven years, also remained tight-lipped when asked if he expected Pope Benedict would call for his resignation when they met in the Vatican on Monday.
   Refusing to comment on the crucial Rome summit, Bishop Drennan said: "I am going into this prayer meeting." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu February 11, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri February 12, 2010 edition:


Can we expect Freudian slips when Benedict meets Irish bishops?

  - RCC.        
   Ethiopian Review from Tom Heneghan, Reuters | February 12th, 2010
   If there ever were a time for Pope Benedict to commit a Freudian slip we could all understand, it would be in his meetings next week with Irish bishops to discuss the clerical sex abuse scandals that have shaken the Emerald Isle.
   It's not hard to imagine him meeting the Hibernian hierarchy behind closed Vatican doors and occasionally referring to the scandals "in Germany" rather than "in Ireland." If he does, the Irish bishops will certainly understand. Enough has been happening in his fatherland recently to distract him from the uproar about the recent reports of clergy excesses in Ireland.
   The controversy caused by two official Irish reports – the Ryan report on abuse in Catholic institutions country-wide and the Murphy report on the Dublin archdiocese – prompted the German pope to take the unusual step of inviting the Irish bishops to Rome to discuss the ensuing crisis. He is due to issue a letter to Irish Catholics next Wednesday, after his consultations with the bishops. All this is quite exceptional for the Vatican, which usually does not get too involved in such cases in national churches. But it was arranged a few weeks ago when the problem seemed to be confined to the Irish Church [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 PM]

Priest Arrested for Cocaine Possession

  [2010 Jan 30 - Fr James Shimsky NEW*] - RCC. Buying drugs.  
   NBC Philadelphia, By JOSHUA SESSOMS, ~ February 12, 2010
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A Scranton priest was placed on leave after being arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly buying cocaine.
   Rev. James Shimsky, a Roman Catholic priest with the Diocese of Scranton, was charged with possession of cocaine back on January 30.
   Narcotics officers were conducting surveillance around the 3300 block of N. 5th Street when they witnessed a man driving a silver Jeep Liberty engage in a drug transaction, police said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 PM, February 12, 2010]

On The Origin Of Mandatory Catholic Celibacy: PART 2

  - Foreign practice allegedly entered RCC in 4th C.
   Salem-News, by Edgar Davie, special to Salem-News.com , February 12, 2010
   Mandatory celibacy for Catholic priests is a foreign Practice that entered Christianity in the fourth century
   (NEW YORK) - For nearly 2000 years the Catholic Church has proclaimed Church laws and doctrines intended to more clearly explain the teachings of Christ. But remarkably, while history reveals that Jesus selected only married men to serve as His apostles, the Church today forbids priestly marriage.
   Also, today the Catholic Church is the only Christian denomination experiencing world wide condemnation from "scandalous" allegations of sex abuse committed against women and children by priests and bishops. Historically, scandals similar to these are known to have appeared only after mandatory celibacy laws were first instituted, centuries after Christ. Why were these changes made?
   As children Catholics are taught that Jesus' apostles ceased sexual contact with their wives in order to "Act in the person of Jesus", by adopting His celibate lifestyle and devoting their lives to spreading the Gospel unencumbered by family responsibilities. But history reveals a different story, a story unknown by faithful Catholics. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM, February 12, 2010
   [LINK: Celibacy crept in from the outside, written 2002, based largely on earlier books, even quoting St Thomas Aquinas.  A.W.Richard Sipe's book gives examples of pagan religions's celibacy rules such as the ascetic hermits of Egypt, the virgin priestesses of Thebes, the Astorte {? Astarte} cult of Syria, the primitive worshipers of Dodona, the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome, etc. ENDS.]

Local Priest Arrested in Philly

  [2010 Jan 30 - Fr James Shimsky* (50)] - RCC. Buying drugs.  
   WNEP, ~ February 12, 2010
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A Roman Catholic priest from Lackawanna County faces drug charges after being arrested in Philadelphia.
   According to a news release from Philadelphia Police, James Shimsky, 50, was arrested on January 30. Narcotics officers reported seeing a man in a Jeep engage in a drug transaction on North 5th Street in Philadelphia. Police say they later stopped the vehicle and found a small amount of cocaine inside. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 PM, February 12, 2010

Rome meeting on sex abuse a strong test of Martin's mettle

  - RCC.      
   The Irish Times, By PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent,
   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is heading to the Vatican to the certain derision of some Irish clerics unhappy with his unequivocal approach
   IRELAND -- THERE IS among Dublin's Catholic priests an element which has never accepted Diarmuid Martin as archbishop. Nor are they likely to. He just does not fit the template of what they expect a bishop, never mind an archbishop, to be.
   For instance – and unlike his predecessors Archbishops Ryan, McNamara or Cardinal Connell – he did not arrive in Drumcondra trailing a litany of academic qualifications. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 PM, February 12, 2010

Irish bishops travel to Rome for unprecedented abuse review

  - RCC.
   The Irish Times By PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent, February 13, 2010
   IRELAND -- TWENTY-FOUR Irish Catholic bishops travel to Rome this weekend for what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind at the Vatican on clerical child sex abuse.
   The meeting involves Pope Benedict, senior curial figures and an entire Bishops' Conference.
   In 2002, the US cardinals were invited to a similar meeting in Rome on the issue of of clerical sexual abuse but not all of the American Bishops' Conference.
   The invitations from the pope to the Irish bishops last month followed publication of the Ryan report last May, the Murphy report last November and the announcement by Pope Benedict in December that he planned the rare step of issuing a pastoral letter to Irish Catholics. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 PM, February 12, 2010

How religion made its way into primary school system

 
   The Irish Times February 13, 2010
   The original primary school system was envisioned as being interdenominational, writes GARRET FITZGERALD
   IRELAND -- I INTEND to write next week about some of the issues recently raised in connection with religion and education. But I do not think these matters can be usefully debated without a clear understanding of the complex historical background to the present arrangements in relation to primary education.
   This background includes radical changes made 40 years ago, of which most people seem unaware, which substituted a fully denominational structure for one that in the first 40 years of our State had remained de jure interdenominational – but in which, of course, the churches had from the 1830s been playing a significant role.
   In 1782, penal legislation making education other than in schools teaching the doctrines of the established Church of Ireland was repealed and thousands of hedge schools gradually moved indoors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 PM, February 12, 2010

Staying with a shambolic church because I believe in the message

 
   The Irish Times, February 13, 2010
   The church needs to come out of the locked upper room and offer people hope, writes BREDA O'BRIEN
   IRELAND -- THE WHITE Queen loftily declared she often believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast. When thinking about the Irish bishops' visit to Rome, I realised that while believing six impossible things might not be necessary, knowing many more than six apparently contradictory things about the Irish Catholic Church is essential to understanding it.
   Take, for example, the bishops. In an important sense, they don't exist. Certainly individual bishops exist, but as a corporate entity, they meet four times a year, issue statements that are often quite bland, and then virtually cease to exist until the next meeting.
   The media discusses the bishops as if they were a political party or a business. Neither model fits, and not because the bishops are high-minded creatures with loftier interests. No, the model does not fit, because no Irish political party could survive if it operated like the bishops, and no business would escape bankruptcy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 PM, February 12, 2010

The judgment of Benedict

 
   The Irish Times from PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   ROME -- Next week, 24 Irish bishops and cardinals meet Pope Benedict in Rome to discuss clerical sex abuse. But which Pope they enounter: the "filth"-hating hardliner, or the accommodating academic?
   IN APRIL 2005, US Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, like every other elector Cardinal, travelled to Rome for the conclave that would shortly elect Pope Benedict XVI. When Cardinals come to Rome, they tend to have plenty of "business" on their minds.
   Thus it was that prior to the conclave, Cardinal George dropped in on Cardinal Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and, of course, the deacon of the College of Cardinals, who in that role ended up dominating the period between popes. Cardinal George was concerned about a set of US Church rules on sex abuse, then on a provisional two-year approval basis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM, February 12, 2010

When Church Groups Go Too Far

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RC. Fairfield University. 18 boys.     
   The Daily Beast, Sarah Posner,
   HAITI -- From the Baptist 10 charged with child kidnapping in Haiti to a Connecticut man accused of sexually abusing Haitian boys, U.S. missionaries are in trouble–and undersupervised–abroad.
   While the world's attention is focused on 10 Baptist missionaries from Idaho charged with trafficking Haitian children, a less-noticed case of child sex abuse by a Catholic missionary in Haiti is unfolding in federal court in Connecticut–and calling attention to the larger, international problem of American missionaries operating abroad without oversight.
   Douglas Perlitz, 39, a pastoral minister and celebrated alumnus of Fairfield University, a Jesuit school, is charged with forcing 18 boys into sexual acts in exchange for food, shelter, money, cell phones, electronic devices, shoes, clothes, and other items, while he ran a boarding school for street children in Cap-Haitien from 1998 to 2008. Perlitz has pleaded not guilty to 19 felony counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM, February 12, 2010

Spokane jury backs boys' home in sex abuse trial

  [Morning Star Boys' Ranch] - RCC. 19 complainants.
   The Seattle Times ~ February 12, 2010
   SPOKANE (Wash.) – A jury has ruled in favor of a Spokane boys' home and against a man who said he had been sexually abused more than 20 years ago.
   The Spokane County Superior Court jury found Friday that the Morning Star Boys' Ranch is not negligent and no damages will be awarded to Kenneth Putnam. His was the first of 19 lawsuits against the residential home for troubled boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM, February 12, 2010

Spokane Boys' Home Cleared Of Sex Abuse Charges

 
   OPB, BY DOUG NADVORNICK, February 12, 2010
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A jury in Spokane has cleared a Catholic boys' home of sex abuse charges brought by a former resident. The verdict could cast doubt on whether 18 other cases against the group home will go to trial. Doug Nadvornick reports.
   The jury denied a claim by Kenneth Putnam. He's a 34-year-old Spokane man who says he was abused at the Morning Star Boys' Ranch more than 20 years ago.
   Putnam's attorneys tried to convince jurors that the group home has long been a haven for predatory priests and sex offenders. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM, February 12, 2010

Jury decides in favor of Morning Star

 
   The Spokesman-Review, February 12, 2010
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A jury today found against plaintiff Kenneth Putnam in the first of 19 lawsuits against Morning Star Boys' Ranch scheduled for trial in Spokane County Superior Court.
   Putnam, who was a resident at the group home for troubled boys in 1988 and '89, claimed the ranch's director at the time, the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, and counselor Doyle Gillum, now deceased, molested him.
   "I am very pleased and tremendously happy for Father Weitensteiner," defense attorney Jim King said. "Father Weitensteiner is good man and did not do the things that are claimed." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM, February 12, 2010

Vatican cardinal vows to rid priesthood of abusers

   
   VATICAN CITY -- Catholic Culture,
   The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy has voiced his determination to drive abusers out of the Catholic clergy. "The Church cannot accept such priests," Cardinal Claudio Hummes said during a visit to India. "The Church cannot tolerate [abuse] and deals with it as a serious crime."
   Cardinal Hummes had roused the ire of abuse victims earlier this year when, in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, he emphasized that only a very small percentage of the world's priests had been involved in sexual abuse. Some readers saw his statement as an attempt to downplay the severity of the problem. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Merryfields can seek punitive damages

  [1978 Fr John Feeney] - RCC. 15yrs prison. 2 teen boys.  
   Fox 11,
   APPLETON (WI) -- A judge ruled Troy and Todd Merryfield can seek punitive damages for what they believe was an intentional cover-up of abuse by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
   In 2004, former priest John Patrick Feeney was convicted of sexually assaulting the brothers in 1978, when they were teenagers. He is serving a 15-year prison sentence.
   The Merryfields claim the diocese knew about abuse by Feeney and covered it up. They say they want to make sure it doesn't happen again. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Priest accused of sex abuse losing fight against extradition

 
   WSBT By JEFF PARROTT, Tribune Staff Writer
   SOUTH BEND (IN) – A federal magistrate judge today said he will deny a Catholic priest's attempts to fight extradition to his native Ireland, where he faces child molestation charges.
   Upon a request from the Irish government, the U.S. Department of Justice has been trying since early November to extradite the Rev. Francis Markey, 82, of South Bend.
   A now-57-year-old man has told Irish police that Markey raped him twice at age 15 in 1968.
   Today's hearing had been postponed several times as Markey's attorneys negotiated behind the scenes with U.S. officials, his attorney, Robert Truitt, has told The Tribune. Those talks failed to resolve the issue. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Cincinnati Priest Faces Sexual Abuse Charges

  [1991 Poandl]
   Cincinnati City Pages Posted By: Julianne Warren-Novick
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- In keeping with the disturbing trend of old clergymen who can't seem to keep it in their pants anymore, Father Robert F. Poandl of Cincinnati pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of sexual abuse, which allegedly occurred in 1991. The now 28-year-old man claimed that Poandl molested him during a trip to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in West Virginia, where he was accompanying Poandl who was to fill in for a local priest there.
   Poandl was indicted last month on charges of 1st degree sexual assault, 1st degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a custodian. Father Dan Dorsey, president of Glenmary Home Missioners, to which Poandl was an associate, says Poandl was removed from active service as a pastor in Georgia when he learned of the allegations in June of last year.
   However Catholic officials are receiving criticism from SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) for not publicly addressing the allegations sooner. "We...hope Catholic officials - in both Ohio and West Virginia - will tell the truth about why they kept quiet about these allegations for over six months," said the group's midwest director, Judy Jones, in a statement released on Thursday. "Such secrecy is immoral and reckless, and may have led to other kids being abused too." Poandl has served as a priest since 1968. He has resided as pastor over churches in Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Mississippi. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

A Catholic Problem?

  - Baptists.
   UNITED STATES -- Stop Baptist Predators by Christa Brown
   "Why do so many people think clergy sex abuse is 'just' a Catholic problem?"
   I get asked this question a lot, and I hope to talk more about it in the future. Meanwhile, Philip Jenkins, professor of religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, provides an explanation that basically has to do with the "relative ease of litigation" against Catholic dioceses. Though there's more to it than that, "ease of litigation" is certainly a big part of it. Here is a broader explanation from Professor Jenkins.
   "No evidence indicates that Catholic or celibate clergy are more (or less) involved than their non-celibate counterparts. Some of the worst cases of persistent serial abuse by clergy have involved Baptist or Pentecostal ministers, rather than Catholic priests. Every denomination and faith tradition has had its trail of disasters . . . . Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

'Abuse allegation' against Down and Connor priest

  [1970s Unnamed priest -NEW*]- RCC. Allegation.  
   BBC News,
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has confirmed that one of its priests has voluntarily stepped aside while police investigate an abuse allegation.
   In a statement, Down and Connor Diocese said it was "aware of an allegation against a priest relating to the early 1970s".
   It added that the priest denies the allegation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Ermittlungen gegen Pfarrer wegen Kinderpornos

  [2000s Unnamed priest - ? NEW*] - RCC. Child pornography.  
   Voralberg Online,
   Die Sicherheits- und Justizbehörden ermitteln nach Angaben der Erzdiözese Wien gegen einen niederösterreichischen Pfarrer im Vikariat Unter dem Wienerwald wegen des Besitzes und der Weitergabe von elektronisch aufbereiteten kinderpornografischen Darstellungen.
   [summary]
   AUSTRIA -- A priest has been removed from office for allegedly possessing child pornography. Erich Habitzl, spokesman for the Wierner Neustadt prosecutor's office, said the priest is under investigation by Section 207a (pronographic images of minors), paragraph 3 STGB. The pornography was found during a house search. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Ohio priest pleads not guilty to W.Va. sex charges

  [1991 Fr Poandl]  
   Dayton Daily News
   SPENCER, W.Va. – A Catholic priest from Cincinnati has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a 10-year-old boy in West Virginia in 1991.
   Robert F. Poandl (PAHN'-dul) entered his plea Friday in Roane County Circuit Court. Judge David W. Nibert set trial for June 15.
   Poandl and his attorneys declined comment after the hearing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Audit of Church sex abuse will be complete

  - RCC.  
   Herald By Clodagh Sheehy Friday February 12 2010
   IRELAND -- A detailed audit of every case of clerical child sex abuse should be on the desk of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs by the end of this month.
   The audit of every Catholic diocese in the State is currently underway by the HSE and should be completed by then, according to Justice Minister Dermot Ahern.
   Work is also well underway on the preparation of laws to provide a statutory framework for sharing "soft information" from the audit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Priest Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges in Roane County

  [1991 Fr Robert Poandl*] - RCC. Boy (10).  
   WSAZ,
   ROANE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA (WSAZ) -- A priest from Cincinnati facing sexual abuse and assault charges in Roane County has pleaded not guilty.
   Reverend Robert Poandl was arraigned on the charges Friday morning.
   Police in Cincinnati say a 28-year-old man came forward and claimed that Poandl molested him on a trip to Spencer back in 1991 when he was just 10-years-old. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Ann T. Brentwood

 
   Knoxnews,
   TENNESSEE – BRENTWOOD, ANN T. - 71, passed away, January 28, 2010, at Blount Memorial Transitional Care Center, Maryville. Ann is survived by a daughter, Jennie Freed (Clyde); granddaughters Kaitlyn, Lindsey and grandson Jacob; brother Tom Wills; and nephew Jason Wills. Ann graduated from Murray State University in Psychology and Nursing and received her MSN, Nursing from the University of Evansville. Ann had an extensive professional background. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Abuse survivors to meet Archbishop today

   
   Ireland Online,
   IRELAND -- A group representing survivors of clerical and institutional abuse are due to meet with Dublin's Catholic Archbishop today.
   It comes as Diarmuid Martin prepares for a visit to Rome this weekend, where he is due to discuss the Murphy and Ryan reports with the Pope. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Diocese lawyer faces court action

  - RCC. Lawyer Greg Arpin.
   SPOKANE (WA) -- The Spokesman-Review by John Stucke
   An attorney for the Catholic Diocese of Spokane faces a contempt of court hearing for allegedly threatening a bankruptcy trustee with a personal lawsuit.
   The hearing involving attorney Greg Arpin will be held Feb. 22 in front of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Patricia Williams. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Time at ranch misstated

  - CORRECTION. Resident 1978-80.
   The Spokesman-Review,
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Trial witness Michael Clarke was a resident of Morning Star Boys' Ranch from 1978 to 1980. His time at the ranch was misreported in Wednesday's editions, due to a reporter's error. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

'If you keep quiet, I won't say anything ...'

 
   TES, By: Laurie Taylor
   Sex abuse in Catholic schools destroyed many young lives but went largely unpunished. Former school teacher and academic Laurie Taylor was a victim
   I began my diary in February 1949 when I was just 12 years old and two years into my stay at the Sacred Heart Boarding School in Droitwich. Even though the writing has now faded, it's still clear enough to reveal my childhood preoccupations. There was my constant concern with accumulating money: "Collected debts up to amount of 4/6d." "Got 3/- PO from granny."
   Even more space is devoted to religious observance. "Went to communion and offered it up for Mummy." "Retreat was on today. Made my Lent resolution and I am going to try and keep it." "Passion Sunday today. Did not serve mass. This is the first time I have not served for the last five Sundays." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Inside look at the Legionaries of Christ

  [1940s-90s - Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado*] - RCC. US $10-15m. Money bought influence. ≥ 8 male seminarians (10-16), mistress/es, own children. Massages from young nuns. May have fathered 6.           
   NECN, video presentation, with Lauren Collins,
   UNITED STATES (NECN) -- As far as religious orders go, the Legionaries of Christ are fairly young. The group has strong New England ties, but it's often criticized as too conservative, and is threatened by a crisis that rocks its core. NECN's Lauren Collins takes an inside look at the Legionaries of Christ, and explores how the young men called to the order hope to move forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Associate pastor faces sex charges

  [2008 - 2009 Aug 1 - Assoc. Pastor Mark List (34) ? NEW*] - Christian. Student.
   Commercial-News, BY BRIAN L. HUCHEL,
   DANVILLE (IL) – An associate pastor in Danville pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a student last year.
   Mark List, 34, appeared Thursday afternoon in Vermilion County Circuit Court for his preliminary hearing before Associate Judge Joseph Skowronski.
   List faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault – position of trust and indecent solicitation of a child. The charges cite a time frame stretching from Feb. 4, 2008, through Aug. 1, 2009. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

NEWS UPDATE: Archdiocese responds to sexual abuse allegations

  - RCC.    
   Pacific Daily News, news § guampdn com , 11:15 a.m., February 12, 2010
   GUAM – The Archdiocese of Agana since 2002 has had an effective safety plan in place to protect all children served in the church, the Archdiocese said in a news release today and in response to statements from a support group for people who've been victims of clergy abuse.
   "The Archdiocese of Agana explicitly follows the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter on Sexual Abuse, as ratified by the Holy See," the Catholic church's news release stated. "The Archdiocese cooperates with law enforcement officials regarding any charges of sexual abuse by clergy and every person working for or volunteering for the Catholic Church on Guam."
   On Wednesday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to disclose information on clerics they say allegedly abused children on Guam. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Archdiocese: No Member of Guam's Clergy ...

  - RCC.
   Pacific News Center,
   GUAM -- A statement issued from the Archdiocese of Guam today (Friday) says that to date no member of the Catholic clergy on Guam has been charged with or convicted of sexual abuse.
   The statement is apparently in reaction to a letter sent to Archbishop Anthony Apuron and provided to the media by an organization named SNAP.
   SNAP stands for "The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests." www.SNAPnetwork.org Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM, February 12, 2010

• The Roman Catholic Church Now Faces A New Reformation

  - RCC. BOOK by DAVIE, Edgar; Illicit Celibacy and the Deposit of Faith.  
   Salem-News, http://www. salem-news.com/ articles/ february112010/ catholic_ sex_abuse. php ; February 11, 2010
   PART 2 in this series will discuss these historical changes by Catholic author, Edgar Davie. Please Stay Tuned to Salem-News.com
   Part 1 in a continued series on the Roman Catholic Church's greatest imminent issue: sex abuse.
   NEW YORK, United States – A newly released book alleges the Roman Catholic Church today faces its greatest threat since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century splintered Christianity.
   The book, Illicit Celibacy and the Deposit of Faith, asserts an unorthodox papal change in Christ's original teaching now requires sexual abstinence for priests and bishops who prove incapable of living celibate lives. This ancient papal requirement of celibacy for priests is now determined by independent Catholic historians and theologians to be illicit, and the source of today's clerical sex abuse scandals.
   Since 2002 the news media has exposed coordinated efforts of Catholic bishops to conceal sexual crimes committed against young boys; but it is largely unreported that world wide sexual abuse of adult women and young girls are even more prevalent. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM, February 12, 2010

Ohio Priest to Be Arraigned on Sex Charges

  [Poandl]  
   WCHS, ~ February 12, 2010
   SPENCER, Roane County, W. Va. -- A Cincinnati priest is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning on sexual abuse charges filed in Roane County.
   Father Robert Poandl is accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy who had traveled with him to Spencer in 1991. Roane County Prosecutors say Poandl was a friend of the boy's family. Eighteen years later, the victim, now 28, has come forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM, February 12, 2010

Some lapsed Catholics returning to the fold

 
   ILLINOIS -- Chicago Tribune By Manya A. Brachear, 9:10 p.m. CST, February 11, 2010
   In order to return to the pews, Cindy Colman first must grapple with the Roman Catholic Church's failure to forgive, alienating her and her mother from the institution that generations of their family have called home.
   "I think I'm still in the process," said Colman, 35 of Naperville. "I'm at that point where I'm coming back to learn more and understand the whole faith … It's true. At my core, I know that." ...
   But others say the commercials fail to heal all the wounds inflicted by the church. They wish the church would proclaim a more modern message instead of stressing nostalgia. They say the ads missed an opportunity to reach out to those disillusioned by the sex-abuse scandal. Instead of acknowledging its own mistakes, critics say, the church suggests those who have fallen away should return to make peace with the past. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Critics argue police should be notified of sex assault complaints against diocese

 
   LaCROSSE (WI) -- LaCrosse Tribune By ANNE JUNGEN, ajungen@lacrossetribune.com | Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010
   The woman involved in a sexual assault case against a visiting Catholic priest isn't opposed to the Diocese of La Crosse policing itself.
   "But they better have the bar really high," the woman testified at a state Senate committee hearing in Madison.
   Critics, however, have decried a diocese policy that those with sexual abuse complaints against employees first should go to the bishop. They argue church leaders instead should encourage reporting these incidents to civil authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Cincinnati Priest to be Arraigned on Sexual Abuse Charges

  [1991 Fr Robert Poandl]
   WOWK
   SPENCER (WV) -- A Cincinnati priest will appear in court Friday morning on sexual abuse charges.
   The Rev. Robert Poandl was indicted earlier this month in Roane County on charges stemming from a sexual abuse complaint back in 1991.
   The complaint was filed by a 28-year-old Cincinnati man who said he was sexually molested during a trip to Spencer, West Virginia, when he was only 10-years old. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Delays cast doubt on laudable efforts by church

  - RCC.
   The Patriot Ledger, 05:00 AM, Posted Feb 12, 2010
   MASSACHUSETTS -- EDITORIAL – It's hard not to be impressed with recent efforts by the Archdiocese of Boston to promote healing and improve safeguards in the wake of a priest sex abuse scandal that shook local Catholics eight years ago.
   One important step came last month, when a church official came to a forum at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham to discuss the issue, something that not long ago would have been unimaginable.
   Another was the archdiocese's recent decision to hire a former prosecutor from the Plymouth County District Attorney's office to lead the its new Office of Professional Standards and Oversight, which will investigate allegations of wrongdoing or impropriety by clergy or other diocesan workers. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM, February 12, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri February 12, 2010
• Banned priest 'saying Mass'  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily*] - RCC. "Delusional". Cancer fake netted trip money. Not obeying call home.        

Banned priest ‘saying Mass’


   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , letters § wanews com au , By STEPHANIE PAINTER, p 14, Saturday, February 13, 2010
   A Sydney Catholic priest caught lying about having cancer to raise money for a trip to France has been publically [publicly] celebrating Mass in a Willagee church, disobeying a direct order of the Archbishop of Sydney.
   Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey said yesterday he had allowed Father Richard Abourjaily to reside at the parish and help out but withdrew permission after speaking to the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.
   Archbishop Hickey also confirmed he met Father Abourjaily "some weeks ago regarding the possibility of him taking up priestly ministry in Perth".  The disgraced priest was now living privately with two other priests and "does not have Perth faculties and therefore cannot do any public ministry until further notice".
   Father Abourjaily, branded "delusional" by Cardinal Pell and suspended from duties when his lies were uncovered, had told his Sydney flock he had prostate cancer and used money they gave him to go to Lourdes in France to seek a "miracle cure".
   Cardinal Pell's spokeswoman said yesterday Father Abourjaily's rights to publicly celebrate Mass and the sacraments were withdrawn in March last year, about the time he moved to Perth against the wishes of Cardinal Peel. [Pell] #
   [RECAPITULATION: ... publically celebrating Mass in a Willagee church, disobeying a direct order of the Archbishop of Sydney. ... ... he moved to Perth against the wishes of Cardinal Peel. [Pell]  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: What in heaven's name are the WA RC leaders doing?  And, how did this man get ordained as an RC priest in the first place?  Was it in the United States?  (Read the February 7 newsitem.) COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm#banned_priest_saying
[Feb 13, 2010]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat February 13, 2010 edition:


The Child Molester Scandal That Isn't: What the MSM Doesn't Report

  - RC apologist's viewpoint.  
   Big Journalism, Posted by James Hudnall, Feb 13th 2010
   UNITED STATES -- In researching my article on "Rubber Room" teachers, who are paid not to teach after being accused of a crime, I came across some information that deserves further discussion. The problem is much worse than the media would have you believe.
   The teachers in these programs are the ones who managed to escape prosecution but are considered too great a risk to be allowed to return to teaching. Or else they're the accused waiting for judgment. Or they're people the schools can't get rid of due to tenure deals....
   According to a study she did of abuse complaints against Catholic priests over a five decade period she concluded that "…the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests." We all remember the media outrage over the Catholic priest scandals. To this day it's a common trope in films and TV to have priests associated with child molesting. It was as if the press wanted to shut down the Catholic Church with their coverage. When you consider how anti-religious many progressive reporters are, it comes as no surprise. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM]
   [COMMENT: Even if these ratios were right, the ordinary teachers in public schools aren't pretending to be "other Christs," or to have been given power from Heaven, nor are they accustomed to asking people to tell them their secret sins in Confession.  Clergy, especially Roman Catholic clergy, have taken so many unrealistic "powers" to themselves, that their fall is more serious than other people's.  It is a proof of the weakness of the Christian Church leaders that they can't see that a priest who sexually seduces a child, or steals from the collection bag, is a traitor to Jesus, and ought to be forced out of the clergy, and offered retraining for some other career -- preferably not psychology, counselling, as a carer, or the like. ENDS. ]

sexual abuse of children 2.13.2010 …updates on proposed Arizona reform of statutes of limitation for sexual crimes against children

 
   Voice from the Desert SB 1292 Introduced by Senators Aguirre, Burton Cahill: Aboud, Lopez, McCune Davis
   ARIZONA -- AN ACT amending title 12, chapter 5, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 12-512; relating to limitations of actions.
   Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
   Section 1. Title 12, chapter 5, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 12-512, to read:
   START_STATUTE12-512. Civil action arising from sexual offenses; application; certificate of merit
   A. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, an action for recovery of damages based on physical, psychological or other injury or condition suffered as a result of the direct conduct of another committed against a minor, which would constitute a violation of title 13, chapter 14 or 35.1, incest pursuant to section 13-3608 or an offense that was in effect before the effective date of this section and that, if committed on or after the effective date of this section, has the same elements of an offense listed in this section, may be commenced at any time.
   B. Any cause of action that is barred as of the effective date of this section because the applicable period of limitation has expired is revived and an action may be commenced within one year after the effective date of this section.
   C. Any cause of action brought pursuant to subsection B of this section may only be commenced for conduct that was committed against the minor thirty-five years or less before the effective date of this section or commenced within thirty-five years after the minor reaching eighteen years of age. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM, February 13, 2010

Rochester Man Charged with Sexual Abuse at Temple

  [2010 Feb - Mr Orlando Colon Jr. -NEW*] - Judaist. Girl (9), + others.
   WHAM,
   IRONDEQUOIT (NY) -- A Rochester man is accused of going into a Jewish temple and sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl, as well as exposing himself to several other children.
   Orlando Colon, Jr., 25, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
   The incidents are alleged to have happened at the Temple Beth David on Saint Paul Boulevard in Irondequoit on Saturday afternoon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM, February 13, 2010

Irish bishops to meet Pope in Rome

     
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish Central, By JANE WALSHE, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer,
   Pope Benedict XVI is holding meetings with 24 Irish Catholic bishops on the subject of child sex abuse this weekend and early next week.
   In what may be the first gathering of its kind, the Pope will speak at the Vatican with senior figures of the Catholic church and the Conference of Irish Bishops about the problem of child sex abuse by clergy, the Irish Times reported.
   The discussions follow the publication of the Ryan report on child abuse in May 2009 and the Murphy report on sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin in November. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM, February 13, 2010

Former Church Camp Counselor Accused of Sexually Exploiting 11-Year-Old Girl

 
   ARIZONA -- Phoenix New Times By James King in Another Stupid Criminal Story Fri., Feb. 12 2010
   "Wish they all could be California girls?" Make sure they're old enough to vote, first.
   A Phoenix man, who worked as a church camp counselor, has been arrested for sexually exploiting an 11-year-old California girl.
   Garrett Allan Baker, 21, was sending the girl sexually charged text-messages, police say. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM, February 13, 2010

Acht Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche

  - RCC.          
   Die Presse,
   Zwei Personen - es handelt sich um Laien - wurden vom Dienst suspendiert. Gegen sie ermittelt die Justiz. Die anderen sechs Fälle sind juristisch verjährt. Die Kirche versucht, auch in diesen Fällen Hilfe zu leisten.
   [summary]
   AUSTRIA -- New cases of sexual abuse have become known in the United States, Ireland and Germany. Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly condemned such incidents. And Austria? All dioceses have an ombudsman for sexual abuse by priests or lay people. Eight cases of sexual abuse have become known in the previous year. All were handled by the Vienna Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM, February 13, 2010

Kinderporno: Priester bleibt auf freiem Fuß

  - RC priest still at large.  
   Nachrichten,
   WIEN/WR. NEUSTADT. -- Insgesamt werden in Österreich pro Jahr rund 4300 Anzeigen wegen Besitzes und Konsums von Kinderpornografie erstattet. Bis zu zehn Priester sind jährlich davon betroffen. Der jüngste Fall stammt aus Niederösterreich, der Verdächtige ist suspendiert.
   [summary]
   AUSTRIA -- A priest charged with possession of child pornography is still at large.
   The latest case come from Lower Austria and the suspect has been suspended from priestly duties. Erich Habitzl, spokesman for the Wiener Neustadt prosecutor, said on Friday that they seized a computer disk from the priest which is being evaluated. The investigation has been going on since January. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM, February 13, 2010

Area priest faces drug charge

  [2010 Jan 30 - Fr James Shimsky* (50)] - RCC. Buying drugs.  
   Times-Leader, From staff and wire reports,
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A Diocese of Scranton priest is facing drug possession charges after police say he was caught buying cocaine in North Philadelphia.
   Fifty-year-old James B. Shimsky, of Harrison Avenue, Scranton, was arrested last month, Philadelphia police said in a news release Friday.
   Police said they saw a man in a Jeep Liberty engage in a drug transaction the morning of Jan. 30 in the 3300 block of North Fifth Street. Narcotics officers stopped the vehicle and found a small amount of cocaine inside.
   Diocesan spokesman William Genello said Shimsky, who was ordained in 2001, most recently has been pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Montdale, in Scott Township, and has been on a leave of absence since his arrest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM, February 13, 2010
   [LOOK FORWARD: Dead, ~ Mar 05, 2010]

What is More Important: The Journey or the Destination?

  - RCC.
   The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing by Virginia Jones
   UNITED STATES -- Over the years, before hitting the public stage with my own brand of advocacy, I have watched from the sidelines as both sides stated their position. Catholic Church side: forgiveness and reconciliation are healing; it is time to forgive, forget and move on. Survivor side: It is impossible to forgive and reconcile when there is no justice, when the truth is still not being told, when those responsible have not been held accountable.
   These years have been a spiritual journey for me. There is one truth I have learned. It is not the end that is important, it is the journey that is important. Not just in the clergy abuse issue. This is a universal truth. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM, February 13, 2010

Missouri man to return home with suspended sentence

  [2006-07, 2009 Jan. - Elder Paul Cool*] - Mormon. Female (18-19, +).
   Rutland Herald By Josh O'Gorman, Published: February 13, 2010
   WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT – A Missouri man who used the word of God to molest a woman will do no prison time and can return to his home state, based on a plea deal reached Thursday.
   Paul J. Cool, 49, of Amity, Mo., pleaded guilty in White River Junction District Court to five misdemeanor counts of engaging in a prohibited act.
   Under the plea deal, Cool is expected to be sentenced to two to five years, all suspended. ...
   Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said she was glad Cool's actions were now part of the public record.
   "We're grateful that these brave but wounded girls will be spared years of legal wrangling and potentially tough courtroom testimony," Jones said. "We're also glad that Cool is now an admitted criminal and we hope his employers, neighbors and fellow church members will never forget that he admitted his wrongdoing in court." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM, February 13, 2010

Two thoughtful commentaries on Irish abuse crisis

 
   Catholic Culture February 12, 2010
   IRELAND -- Two thoughtful commentators have offered their perspectives on the challenges that the Irish Catholic bishops must face in coping with the sex-abuse scandal in their country. As the Irish bishops prepare for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, John Allen writes in the Irish Times that they should learn from the painful experiences of their American counterparts.
   One important lesson, Allen argues, is that bishops must accept their own responsibility for the abuse problem, rather than attempting to shift responsibility to Rome or find some explanation in Vatican policies. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM, February 13, 2010

Sins of clergy and politicians get repeated, life is a test, and chit-chat

   
   The Cape Breton Post by Fred Jackson
   "I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty."
   CANADA -- Those words of Thomas Jefferson should be hung in the offices of all politicians, especially those who are guilty of squandering taxpayers' money.
   While I am not suggesting that the Catholic Church hierarchy is rejoicing over the inappropriate expenditures by politicians, there is no doubt some comfort in having the dissatisfaction and exasperation of the people redirected from the religious to the secular.
   The sins of the politicians pale in comparison to crimes against children but nevertheless are indicative of a moral void and a failure of stewardship. The challenge, should political leaders accept it, is to transform the culture of entitlement to one of service. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM, February 13, 2010

David Quinn: Time to commend Pope for response to abuse

 
   IRELAND -- Irish Independent By David Quinn, Friday February 12 2010
   We are led to believe that the Pope has said and done practically nothing about child abuse by priests. In actual fact, he has said and done quite a lot.
   It is important to put this on the record ahead of the meeting between the Irish Catholic hierarchy and Pope Benedict XVI next week, because perceptions matter so much.
   For example, in 2006 the Pope met with all of the Irish bishops in Rome, condemned the "egregious crime" of child abuse and told the bishops "to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it occurring again, to ensure principles of justice are fully respected, and above all to bring healing". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM, February 13, 2010

Jury clears Morning Star in first sex abuse lawsuit

  - Win to orphanage.
   The Spokesman-Review by Kevin Graman
   SPOKANE (WA) -- A unanimous jury ruled against plaintiff Kenneth Putnam on Friday, handing victory to Morning Star Boys' Ranch in the first of 19 sex abuse lawsuits to go to trial.
   Putnam, who was a resident at the group home for troubled boys in 1988 and '89, claimed the ranch's former director, the Rev. Joseph Weitensteiner, and now-deceased counselor Doyle Gillum molested him.
   "I am very pleased and tremendously happy for Father Weitensteiner," defense attorney Jim King said. "Father Weitensteiner is a good man and did not do the things that are claimed." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM, February 13, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat February 13, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun February 14, 2010 edition:


Evangelical ministry worker, substitute teacher accused of molesting boys

  [2003-07 Mr Eric Vancleave - NEW*] - Evangelical. 4 boys.  
   WIS, with video, ~ Feb 14, 2010
   WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -- A former member of a Cayce evangelical Christian ministry and substitute teacher is accused of molesting four boys on camping trips and at his home. Investigators think there may be more victims.
   Eric Nelson Vancleave, 32, of West Columbia, faces 16 criminal charges in relation to the sexual abuse, which Sheriff James Metts says happened from 2000 to 2007. U.S. Marshals arrested Vancleave around 5:30pm Friday at a West Columbia drug store as he was buying cold medicine.
   According to arrest warrants, in 2003 and 2004 Vancleave performed sexual acts on a boy under the age of 15. Metts said the abuse happened while Vancleave took the boy and other boys on camping trips at the Barnyard RV Park near West Columbia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM, February 14, 2010

Abuse Survivors Groups Meet ahead of Pope meeting with Irish Bishops

  - RCC.      
   Dublin 98 ~ February 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- There was heated scenes at Liberty hall today as survivors of clerical abuse met to discuss the fallout from the Ryan and Murphy reports.
   It comes as Irish bishops travel to Rome to meet with the Pope to discuss the findings of the reports.
   Survivors groups want the Vatican to acknowledge and apologise for the hurt and trauma they experienced at the hands of the Irish clergy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 PM, February 14, 2010]

Bishop Colm O'Reilly at Month's Memory Mass for Cardinal Daly

       
   Rome -- Independent Catholic News,
   Bishop Colm O'Reilly gave the following homily last night at St Patrick's Church, Rome during the Month's Memory Mass for Cardinal Cahal Daly.
    In June 1991, when Cardinal Cahal Daly was named as a member of the College of Cardinals, he was assigned this church, St. Patrick's, as his Titular Church. He was the third successive Archbishop of Armagh to have this church assigned to him. Before him Cardinals William Conway and Tomas O'Fiaich were also given St Patrick's as their Titular Church. Of the three Cardinal Daly had the longest tenure.
   I have a very clear memory of the day when he celebrated his first Mass here when taking possession of his Titular church. What I remember most clearly was the content of his homily. I am quite sure that his own immediate family will remember some of the things that he said on that occasion. He spoke in a very personal way, paying tribute to those who handed on the faith to him. He spoke with great warmth of his father Charles and his mother Susan. I can recall that he spoke particularly at one point of the manner in which his father impressed him by the reverent way in which he made the Sign of the Cross. Those of us who knew him for a long number of years will testify to the fact that what he learned from his father in that regard was fulfilled in his own life. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 PM, February 14, 2010

Cardinal Brady urges 'renewal' as Irish bishops meet pope

 
   ROME -- The Irish Times By PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent in Rome
   THE UNPRECEDENTED meetings today and tomorrow between Ireland's Catholic bishops, the pope and senior members of the Curia were described last night by the Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady as "one step in a process . . . which will lead to a journey of repentance, renewal and reconciliation".
   He said that process "hopefully, will gain momentum when we get back to Ireland".
   Cardinal Brady was speaking in Rome after a month's mind Mass for Cardinal Cahal Daly, which was celebrated at the late cardinal's titular church in Rome, St Patrick's. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM, February 14, 2010

Bishops' meeting with Pope

       
   The Irish Times,
   IRELAND -- Madam, – Bishops have been individually invited by Pope Benedict XVI to meet him to discuss the very serious situation that prevails in the Irish church. As part of their preparations for this meeting, bishops consulted at a local level with survivors, lay faithful, religious and priests.
   I wish to reassure Fr Patrick McCafferty (February 10th) that the meeting which took place between survivors of institutional abuse and bishops on February 8th represents but one of a number of lines of communications that exist between Catholic Church representatives and people who have suffered sexual abuse by clergy.
   Separately, meetings have also taken place between bishops and individual survivors of abuse at diocesan level. Some of these meetings are private, at the request of those involved, and others have received media coverage. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM, February 14, 2010

The bishops go to Rome

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times
   THAT POPE BENEDICT XVI is genuinely horrified and repulsed by clerical sexual abuse is beyond doubt. He has said as much, and apologised convincingly, on a number of occasions. In October 2006 he told the Irish bishops to "take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it occurring again, to ensure that the principles of justice are fully respected and, above all, to bring healing to the victims and to all those affected by these egregious crimes". And he has upheld the Vatican's "zero tolerance" policy which sees priests removed from the ministry for life for one act of sexual abuse on a minor.
   But if the pontiff's forthcoming pastoral letter to the Irish church limits itself again to such expressions of regret, there will be considerable disappointment among the faithful. The Irish bishops' meeting in December produced a strong statement on the Murphy report, accepting its finding of a damaging "culture that was widespread in the Church". And most Catholics hope the Pope's meetings in Rome with them today and tomorrow, which will inform the thrust of the letter, will also acknowledge the key conclusion of the Murphy report – that there was institutional, systemic cover-up and protection of abusive priests that involved the church as an organisation and senior members of the hierarchy. Accepting resignations of implicated bishops is a crucial part of that acknowledgment. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM, February 14, 2010

Irish bishops summoned over abuse

 
   Al Jazeera,
   ROME -- The Vatican has summoned all 24 of Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops for talks with the pope following revelations of widespread child abuse among the Irish priesthood.
   The meetings with Pope Benedict XVI are due to take place on Monday and Tuesday and are to include an accounting of the bishops' views, actions or knowledge about decades of sexual abuse by members of the clergy.
   Greg Watts, a Catholic writer and author, said the purpose of the meeting is to stress the seriousness of the issue. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM, February 14, 2010

Pope to meet Irish bishops on child abuse scandal

       
   BBC News,
   ROME -- Ireland's Roman Catholic bishops are preparing for an unprecedented meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
   They have been invited by the Pope to discuss the Irish Church's response to the child sex abuse scandal.
   Four bishops criticised for failing to address concerns about abuse have already resigned, but victims say more must be done to restore public trust. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM, February 14, 2010

Dejan libre a sacerdote ligado a red de ciberpederastas

 
   MEXICO -- La Cronica
   El sacerdote veracruzano Rafael Muñiz López, acusado por autoridades capitalinas de pertenecer a una red de ciberpederastas, obtuvo su libertad después de que se reclasificó el delito que se le imputaba, lo que le permitió salir bajo caución.
   Autoridades de la Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal (PGJDF) informaron a Notimex que el Juzgado 44 en Materia Penal del Reclusorio Norte, ordenó la libertad del sospechoso, luego de que este cubrió el pago de una caución.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Liberan al padre Rafael Muñiz, acusado de pederastia

 
   E-consulta, Por Norma Trujillo Báez domingo, 14 de febrero de 2010
   MEXICO -- En su homilía de este domingo, el arzobispo de Xalapa, Hipólito Reyes Larios, compartió a la feligresía la liberación del padre Rafael Muñiz López, a quien dijo le fue notificada sentencia declaratoria de inocencia desde noviembre y le fue ratificada el 4 de febrero, sobre los delitos de tráfico y crimen organizado, a excepción de los de almacenamiento de pornografía infantil.
   Dio a conocer que el padre se encuentra muy feliz con su liberación y por haber "comprobado su inocencia", aunque durante este proceso sufrió desgaste físico, sicológico y emocional, por lo que este domingo se encontraba descansando. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM, February 14, 2010

Mexican Priest in Internet Child-Porn Case Released

  [2000s Fr Rafael Muñiz / Muniz Lopez]
   Latin American Herald Tribune,
   VERACRUZ, Mexico – A Catholic priest arrested last year for his alleged participation in a child-pornography ring operating via the Internet has been released due to lack of evidence in the case, church spokesmen said.
   The Rev. Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who was assigned to St. Peter Apostle Church in Xalapa, the capital of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, was released without charges Friday and left the Mexico City jail where he was being held.
   A criminal court judge in the Federal District ordered Muñiz's immediate release "due to insufficient evidence" that the priest was involved in organized crime, Archdiocese of Xalapa public affairs office director Jose Juan Sanchez Jacome said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM, February 14, 2010

Scope of latest clerical sex abuse begins to emerge

     
   The Irish Times, from PADDY AGNEW in Rome,
   ROME -- GERMAN SCANDAL: EVEN IN the short time since Pope Benedict summonsed the Irish bishops to Rome, reports of a burgeoning clerical sex abuse scandal in the Pope's native Germany have begun to emerge.
   The German reports are all the more alarming since, at least initially, they have concerned elite Jesuit boarding schools in Berlin, Hamburg, Bonn and other cities. Last week, Fr Theo Schneider resigned his position as principal of a Jesuit school in Bonn after two former pupils claimed to have been abused at the school.
   The dimensions of the burgeoning German scandal are unclear. A group called "Round Table For Care in Children's Homes" recently published an interim report which claimed that more than 150 victims of sexual abuse had come forward during the course of its own investigations into children's homes, half of which in Germany are run by the Catholic Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM, February 14, 2010

Santa Marta: Bishops to stay far from prying media

       
   The Irish Times,
   ROME -- WHEN BISHOP Joseph Duffy of Clogher, head of the Irish Bishops Communications Commission, briefed Irish journalists yesterday on this week's two-day meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Irish bishops, he did so in the familiar surrounds of the pontifical Irish College in Rome. For many years now, most Irish bishops visiting Rome stay at the college.
   Not this time, however.This week the bishops will be staying in the Santa Marta residence inside the Vatican, just to the left of the Basilica of St Peter.
   This building, the equivalent of a three-star hotel, is famous as the place where all the elector cardinals stayed during the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM, February 14, 2010

Redemptorist 'glad' Drennan did not resign due to report

   
   The Irish Times, from LORNA SIGGINS, Western Correspondent
   IRELAND -- SUPPORT FOR BISHOP: A PROMINENT Redemptorist has said that he is "glad" Bishop of Galway Dr Martin Drennan has not resigned in the wake of the Murphy report as he believes the "campaign" against him was "wrong and unfair".
   Fr Tony Flannery of the Redemptorists in Athenry, Co Galway, has also said that people who publicly leave the Catholic Church "can't have it both ways" in continuing to "dictate to the church how it runs its business".
   Bishop Drennan, who is the only one of the five bishops mentioned in the Murphy report not to have resigned, has said he is satisfied with the way he handled abuse allegations, and has said that resigning is "not the answer". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 PM, February 14, 2010

Clergy conscious of 'call' to repent

       
   The Irish Times by PATSY McGARRY
   ROME -- DALY REMEMBRANCE MASS: A MONTH'S mind Mass for the late Cardinal Cahal Daly in Rome last night was told by a bishop that "we who live and minister to God's people in Ireland are especially conscious of the call of the Gospel to repentance, a time for confessing our sinfulness and entrusting ourselves to the mercy of God".
   The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Colm O'Reilly continued in his homily: "It is a time for undoing, insofar as this is possible, the damage our sins have done for what is done and what we have failed to do. It is a time for a new beginning a time to begin trusting in the Lord's power to save."
   He said: "We ask God's blessing on our upcoming meeting with Pope Benedict in the coming days. We pray that we may search with him for ways forward which will be pleasing in the sight of God. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM, February 14, 2010

Hierarchy prepare ahead of summit

  - RCC.      
   ROME -- The Irish Times,
   IRELAND'S CATHOLIC bishops "have a responsibility to be as frank and as open and as candid as is possible for them" at their meetings with Pope Benedict and senior curial figures in the Vatican today and tomorrow, Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy said yesterday in Rome.
   "I think each bishop will speak out of his own experience, how he has found things and where he feels things could be improved. And certainly there's room for improvement everywhere, we all admit that," he said.
   Chairman of the Communications Commission of the Irish Bishops' Conference, he was speaking at a press briefing in the Irish College . Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM, February 14, 2010

Survivors appeal to pope for firm action

       
   The Irish Times By GENEVIEVE CARBERY
   IRELAND -- ABUSE GROUPS: POPE BENEDICT needs to take firm action, show guidance and indemnify the Irish people, the co-ordinator of the Irish Survivors of Child Abuse (Soca) said yesterday.
   John Kelly was speaking following a meeting of some 200 industrial school survivors, which passed motions urging the Church to set up compensation funds for survivors of the events outlined in the Murphy report and the victims of the Magdalene laundries.
   The survivors had written to the pontiff asking him to restore the true Church and honour to the Irish nation for the atrocities committed, he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM, February 14, 2010

More Irish prelates expected to quit

       
   TIMES LIVE (South Africa) Reuters | 10:44 PM | Feb 14, 2010
   ROME -- Pope Benedict and his Irish bishops are to meet in Rome to discuss plans for action on a paedophilia scandal that has eroded the church's authority in Ireland, much of which is devoutly Roman Catholic.
   The meetings, the first such at the Vatican in eight years, could lead to more prelates resigning in a shake-up in the Irish Catholic church hierarchy. Four have already quit.
   Benedict, 24 Irish bishops and top Vatican officials are expected to hold three sessions of meetings in response to outrage in Ireland about the report of the Murphy Commission, a damning indictment of child sex abuse by priests in the country. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM, February 14, 2010

Irish Bishops due to meet with Pope and Officials on Monday

 
   ROME -- EF pastor emeritus
   The summit is to take place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16, with two working sessions on Monday and one on Tuesday. Those meetings are set to take place inside the Apostolic Palace, with 24 Irish bishops and a host of top Vatican officials, reportedly including Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy; and Cardinal Franc Rodé, prefect of the Congregation for Religious.
   It's not clear at the moment whether Benedict XVI will be present for all three sessions, but he's expected to participate in a good chunk of the meeting. The pope has already announced plans to issue a pastoral letter to the church in Ireland, although sources said that the letter will probably be delayed so that the pope can incorporate whatever he gleans from the summit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM, February 14, 2010

Irish Catholic Bishops in Rome: So What?

 
   Gladys Ganiel,
   ROME -- Bishops of the Irish Catholic Church are in Rome, and will meet the Pope on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the state of the Irish Catholic Church and its response to clerical sexual abuse. So What? Will what happens in Rome really matter to Catholics on this island?
   The Irish Times reports that Bishop Joseph Duffy, the Chairman of the Communications Commission of the Irish Bishops' Conference, told a press conference today that
   "he and his fellow bishops would "be keeping survivors (of abuse) at the top of the list of priorities" in addressing the Pope and the Curial Cardinals. Each bishop had been invited "to account directly to the Holy Father," he said, and referred to "the failure of all of us, including bishops, for not doing what we were expected to do."
   These remarks follow rumours of yet another disturbing development among some within the Irish Catholic leadership. In late January, an appeal by retired Dublin auxiliary bishop Dr Dermot O'Mahony was published in the Irish Catholic, recommending that priests question the findings of the Murphy Report. This was echoed by retired Dublin priest Fr Padraign McCarthy in the latest issue of The Furrow. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM, February 14, 2010

Abuse victims call for Pope apology

       
   The Press Association,
   IRELAND -- Survivors of clerical abuse have demanded leadership and accountability from Pope Benedict as Irish Bishops prepared for a major Vatican summit over the devastating scandals.
   The 24 senior clergymen will take part in unprecedented two-day talks after being hauled before the Pontiff over the sexual abuse revelations that have rocked the Irish church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM, February 14, 2010

Irish bishop: no resignations on agenda with pope

       
   The Associated Press, By FRANCES D'EMILIO (AP),
   ROME – Irish bishops one-by-one will give an accounting to Pope Benedict XVI of their views, actions or knowledge about decades of sexual abuse by clergy, a participant said Sunday, but resignations were not on the agenda for the Vatican's extraordinary summit over the scandal.
   "A casualty of all this has been the truth," Clogher Bishop Joseph Duffy said on the eve of the two-day summit. "The fullness of the truth must come out, everything must be laid on the table."
   Duffy, a spokesman for the Irish Bishops Conference, said the church was "admittedly slower than in needs to be" in grappling with a "culture of concealment." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM, February 14, 2010

Here's a Scoop: Pulitzers Still Fascinate Journalism Students

   
   The Huffington Post by Roy J. Harris Jr.
   UNITED STATES -- In this era of disappearing ink-and-paper, journalism schools are scrambling to make sense of the media chaos -- tracking today's wildly proliferating distribution channels, mastering professional uses of social networking, and monitoring the traditional news outlets' search for a business model that allows them to survive and thrive once again.
   But if this mightn't seem a great time to be talking to students about the "back stories" of the best of America's print journalism -- the recent and not-so-recent reporting honored with Pulitzer Prizes -- my recent classroom visits suggest otherwise. From Boston College, BU and Northeastern University to the West Coast journalism bastions of USC, Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton, I find students eager to explore how reporters get these stories-of-a-lifetime -- and a bit bewildered that these historic reporting lessons are so rarely taught these days. ...
   Mike Rezendes, of the Boston Globe's investigative Spotlight Team, had his Aha! in late 2001, while squirreled away in a courthouse sorting through recently-unsealed documents from lawsuits that families had brought against the Catholic Church -- suits suggesting that Cardinal Bernard Law protected child-abusing priests by shuttling them from one parish to another, where they molested more altar boys. Reading one particularly stark warning to Cardinal Law about such a priest, just before the cardinal had transferred him, Rezendes remembers bursting out with "He knew!" in the quiet office where he was working. Soon, the Globe team was ready to publish the 2002 stories that created full-fledged international scandal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM, February 14, 2010

Victims seek action from Pope

  - RCC. Claim by SCA that Anti-Christ had been active 50yrs.      
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times,
   Survivors of clerical abuse tonight demanded leadership and accountability from Pope Benedict as Irish Bishops prepared for a major Vatican summit over the devastating scandals.
   John Kelly, of the Survivors of Child Abuse support group, said they want Pope Benedict to take firm action to restore the church in Ireland and provide proper financial compensation to victims.
   "We've asked the Pontiff to restore the honour to the Irish nation," Mr.Kelly said. "The honour that was so severely damaged at home and abroad by the atrocities committed by the anti-Christ over the last 50 years. To restore the true Church to Ireland. Because it wasn't up to now." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM, February 14, 2010

Vatican meetings 'not just a cosmetic excercise'

 
   ROME The Irish Times
   The meetings between Ireland's Catholic bishops and Pope Benedict, tomorrow and Tuesday, are "not just a cosmetic exercise. They are serious," Bishop Joseph Duffy said in Rome this afternoon. The meetings would be "a complete flop if seen as a formality or a glossing over of difficult points," he said.
   The Chairman of the Communications Commission of the Irish Bishops' Conference was speaking a a press briefing in the Irish College.
   He said the Pope would attend each of the three sessions throughout the two days at which 24 Irish bishops are expected to speak for up to seven minutes each. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM, February 14, 2010

FACTBOX - Roman Catholic Church sex scandals

 
   IRELAND -- Reuters,
   (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and Irish bishops will hold two days of meeting on Monday and Tuesday over the vast paedophilia scandal that has rocked the Church in devoutly Roman Catholic Ireland.
   Following are details of some of the major abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church around the world.
   * IRELAND - April 2002 - Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns, one of Ireland's best-known clerics, resigned over his handling of charges against a priest of his diocese who committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM, February 14, 2010

Elior Chen asks to be released from court hearings on his case

  [Chen] - Judaist.  
   ISRAEL -- YNet News,
   Elior Chen, who is charged with several counts of severe child abuse, has asked the Jerusalem District Court not to be present at hearings on his case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

IRISH PRIESTS EXTRADITION OVER GALWAY SEX ABUSE ALLEGATION A STEP CLOSER

  [Markey]  
   Galway News February 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- A Catholic priest fighting extradition to Ireland over accusations he raped a 15 year old boy in Galway 40 years ago could be in custody as early as next Wednesday.
   82 year old Fr Francis Markey could be sent back here after a US judge blocked attempts to halt his extradition.
   Fr Markey is currently fighting his extradition from South Bend, Indiana in the US courts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM, February 14, 2010

Martin to present Pope with victims' demands

     
   ROME -- Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Religion Correspondent, Saturday February 13 2010
   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will deliver a confidential file next week to Pope Benedict from Dublin victims of clerical abuse, demanding the resignation of the Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan.
   The archbishop, a former Vatican diplomat, will also deliver to the Pope a separate message from survivors of institutional abuse by members of religious orders, seeking a formal audience with the Pontiff at the Vatican in the near future.
   The Irish Independent has learned that Dr Martin will fly to Rome tomorrow evening with a comprehensive dossier for presentation to Pope Benedict setting out the priorities of the two sets of diocesan clerical victims and survivors of institutional abuse by religious. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM, February 14, 2010

Irish bishops to arrive in Rome today

 
   ROME -- Ireland Online
   A group of 24 Irish bishops are arriving in Rome today ahead of tomorrow's meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican.
   The specially-convened meeting will discuss how the church has handled the emergence of the Ryan and Murphy reports into clerical child abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM, February 14, 2010

Pope to meet Irish bishops on child abuse scandal

 
   Reuters
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and Irish bishops are set to meet on Monday and Tuesday in Rome to discuss plans for action on a paedophilia scandal that has eroded the Church's authority in devoutly Roman Catholic Ireland.
   The meetings, the first of their kind at the Vatican in eight years, could lead to more prelates resigning in a shakeup in the Irish Church hierarchy. Four have already quit.
   Benedict, 24 Irish bishops and top Vatican officials are expected to hold three sessions of meetings in response to outrage in Ireland over the Murphy Commission Report, a damning indictment of child sex abuse by priests in the country. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM, February 14, 2010

Irish priest's extradition in rape case a step closer

   
   Irish Independent, By Don Lavery, Sunday February 14 2010
   IRELAND -- A Catholic priest fighting extradition to Ireland over accusations he raped a 15-year-old boy 40 years ago could be in custody as early as next Wednesday, and faces being sent back here, after a US judge blocked attempts to halt his extradition.
   Evidence being presented before the federal courthouse in South Bend, Indiana, regarding Fr Francis Markey may be weak and suspect but it was up to an Irish court to weigh the evidence, said magistrate judge Christopher Neuchterlein on Friday.
   Fr Markey, 82, was arrested by US marshals last November at his Indiana home in connection with the alleged rape of a 15-year-old boy in 1968 on foot of an extradition warrant. Fr Markey and his attorneys have been fighting the extradition bid since. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM, February 14, 2010

Ancient Mandatory Catholic Celibacy Today: PART 3

   
   UNITED STATES -- Salem-News, By Edgar Davie, special to Salem-News.com
   St. Bernard of Clairvaux correctly prophesied in 1135 AD, "Take from the Church an honorable marriage bed, and do you not fill it with concubineage, incest, homosexuality, and every kind of uncleanness?"
   (NEW YORK) - An examination of ancient changes in Church teaching during the second and third centuries reveals similar changes in Jesus' original teachings also began to appear in some areas as Christianity quickly spread throughout the Roman world.
   Many brilliant scholars and philosophers from pagan religions became fascinated with the resurrected Christ and converted, becoming influential Christian teachers who believed priests should not despoil themselves with sex. These converts are known as Patristic Fathers, and while they were good and pious men, they also brought with them non-Christian philosophies that would forever affect the relationships of men and women, and marriage.
   Little did they understand that Christianity initially expanded via House-churches, with priests supported by their wives as teachers (1 Corinthians 16:19) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM, February 14, 2010

Former nun courts controversy by ordaining women

 
   Tampa Bay Online
   SARASOTA (FL) -- A former nun who the Vatican says has been excommunicated ordained two women priests and one deacon in Sarasota, part of a growing and controversial movement claiming to be an offshoot of the Catholic church.
   The ordinations were the first in Florida by the group known as Roman Catholic Womenpriests, which preaches equality for women by allowing them into the priesthood and plays down allegiance to the pope. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM, February 14, 2010

Bishops prepare for Vatican summit

     
   RTE News Sunday, 14 February 2010
   ROME -- Members of the Irish Catholic Hierarchy have been arriving in Rome in advance of their two-day meeting with Pope Benedict and his most senior officials.
   Cardinal Sean Brady told RTÉ News that he has been consulting intensively with priests and laity in his diocese to hear their responses to child abuse scandals in advance of tomorrow's summit.
   Pope Benedict summoned all 24 serving diocesan bishops to the Vatican to discuss the fallout from December's Murphy report and May's Ryan report. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM, February 14, 2010

Youth leader accused of abusing fourth girl

  [~ 2009 Mr Cory Campbell (37) - ? NEW*] - Mormon. 4th teenage girl.  
   UTAH -- The Salt Lake Tribune By Lindsay Whitehurst
   Police have identified a fourth girl who they say was sexually abused by an LDS Church youth leader in Farr West.
   Cory C. Campbell, 37, faces sexual abuse charges for inappropriately touching and fondling three 14-and-15-year-old girls at his home.
   After information about the alleged abuse was released to the media Feb. 10, a fourth girl's parents came forward, said Weber County Sheriff's Capt. Klint Anderson. Campbell allegedly abused her during a sleepover, also at his home. It happened prior to fall 2009, Anderson said. The fourth victim is about the same age as the other victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM, February 14, 2010

Bishops in Rome ahead of major sex abuse review

     
   ROME -- The Irish Times, By PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent,
   Twenty-four Irish Catholic bishops are in Rome today for what is believed to be the first meeting of its kind at the Vatican on clerical child sex abuse.
   The meeting involves Pope Benedict, senior curial figures and an entire Bishops' Conference.
   In 2002, the US cardinals were invited to a similar meeting in Rome on the issue of of clerical sexual abuse but not all of the American Bishops' Conference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM, February 14, 2010

Colum Kenny: Pope's meeting just perpetuates the scandal

     
   IRELAND -- Irish Independent By Colum Kenny Sunday February 14 2010
   If only it really was hard to believe that Pope Benedict is about to hold a closed meeting with the Irish diocesan bishops. Not just that. Attending their meeting tomorrow and Tuesday in Rome will be one bishop who has announced that he is stepping down following publication of the Murphy Report into Child Sexual Abuse, and another who is mired in controversy because he has not done so.
   Why has Pope Benedict excluded survivors of abuse, as well as priests and representatives of the Catholic laity, from this highly sensitive two-day meeting with Irish Catholics? Why is he giving priority to meeting the Irish hierarchy, a body that has clearly failed to tackle the abuse scandal in a convincing manner?
   Is Benedict being guided by his papal nuncio in Ireland, His Excellency Most Reverend Dr Giuseppe Leanza? The nuncio did not respond to Judge Yvonne Murphy when she was writing her official report, or offer her all the help that he could have. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM, February 14, 2010

What planet are you from, David Quinn: Time to commend Pope for response to abuse is baloney -- Benedict XVI condoned & covered-up priests pedophiles

 
   IRELAND Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow
   David Quinn's defence of Benedict XVI is one of the most superficial, nonsensical and ludicrous thus far. David Quinn and John Allen Jr are two of the most pathetic defenders of Benedict XVI. Catholics who read and buy into their professional journalism defending Benedict XVI are pathetic as well.
   Wake up, Catholics. Benedict XVI to beatify John Paul II "is brought to nothing" by St. Paul ( http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/pope-benedict-never-defended-children.html ). David Quinn and John Allen Jr, AP writers and Catholic writers (which we'll include in the near future) are like John Paul II the Great clashing cymbals of St. Paul ( http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/02/pope-benedict-never-defended-children.html .) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM, February 14, 2010

'Benedict XVI in Rome has spoken, the case is closed' will not apply for the Irish victims of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army

 
   IRELAND -- Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow
   We are quoting this entire article because it contains a balanced critique of the Ryan and Murphy Reports.
   The first paragraph says: THE famous Latin saying, 'Roma locuta est, causa finita est' -- 'Rome has spoken, the case is closed' -- will not apply in Pope Benedict's promised Lenten Pastoral to the Catholics of Ireland on clerical child sex abuse and the cover-ups of paedophile priests by church authorities.
   The last paragraph says: Whatever the Pontiff has to say will be far from being the last word on the scandals if priests and laity demand a national forum. If this right is not granted or exercised, they will not even listen to the Pope and the bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM, February 14, 2010

Scandals, splits and a battle for the Pope's ear

 
   IRELAND -- Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
   THE famous Latin saying, 'Roma locuta est, causa finita est' -- 'Rome has spoken, the case is closed' -- will not apply in Pope Benedict's promised Lenten Pastoral to the Catholics of Ireland on clerical child sex abuse and the cover-ups of paedophile priests by church authorities.
   With less than a fortnight to go before the heralded Rome summit of Pope Benedict with the Irish bishops, preparations for its agenda appear to be in complete confusion, certainly as far as the unconsulted clergy and laity are concerned.
   So far, the main focus of public attention has centred on growing indications of a split among the bishops, with the battle lines being drawn-up in a power struggle for the Pontiff's ear between Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin and the rest, with Cardinal Sean Brady trying to hold both warring factions into some semblance of unity in the interests of best child protection procedures for a 'One Church' policy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM, February 14, 2010

Irish clergy to meet Pope over child abuse shame

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Gulf-Times (Qatar) AFP / Vatican City
   Pope Benedict XVI will seek in a meeting with Irish bishops at the Vatican next week to reassure a nation severely shaken by a paedophile priest scandal. Revelations of the child abuse, coupled with evidence that Church authorities covered up for paedophile priests in mainly Catholic Ireland for three decades, were contained in an explosive report that led to the resignation of four bishops.
   Setting the tone for the meeting with some 30 bishops next Monday and Tuesday, Benedict this week reiterated his condemnation of Catholics who violate children's rights, saying the Church would always "deplore and condemn" such behaviour. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM, February 14, 2010

Pope to Meet With Bishops on Sex Abuse Scandal

 
   AOL News by Dana Kennedy, Feb. 13, 2010
   IRELAND -- As the increasingly vocal survivors of Ireland's Catholic sexual abuse scandal wait for answers and apologies, Pope Benedict XVI will hold an unprecedented two-day summit with Ireland's bishops at the Vatican starting Monday. The Pope's direct involvement marks a milestone in a crisis that has deeply marred the Catholic Church's image in what was once one of its most devoted countries.
   The meeting comes a little more than two months after the release of a devastating investigation, known as the Murphy Report, revealing the scope of child abuse by priests in the diocese of Dublin. Like previous reports on other parts of the church in Ireland, it laid out how for decades the Catholic hierarchy appeared primarily concerned with covering up the crimes of its priests.
   The Irish bishops, who formally apologized to Ireland in December, will reportedly be allowed seven minutes each to speak and may be questioned by the pope and senior curial officials. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM, February 14, 2010]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Pope to conclude historic bishops meeting

  - RCC.      
   Irish Examiner, Tuesday, February 16, 2010
  VATICAN CITY -- THE Pope will today conclude his historic two-day emergency meeting with Irish bishops in Rome, at which the fallout from the Murphy report into allegations of the rape and abuse of 320 children by 46 priests in the Dublin Archdiocese, is top of the agenda.
   Yesterday, the Pope's second-in-command, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, said clergy who had sinned must admit blame for "abominable acts".
   He urged Irish Catholics not to let clerical child abuse scandals shake their faith. In a concelebrated Mass he told the bishops they must move from humiliation to humility to renew their Church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 PM, February 15, 2010]

Hierarchy advised on path to 'true renewal'

 
   The Irish Times, By PADDY AGNEW in Rome,
   VATICAN CITY -- VATICAN SECRETARY of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone yesterday said only "an authentic and sincere humility" could lead to a "true renewal" of the Irish Catholic Church.
   Cardinal Bertone made his remarks in a homily in the Basilica of St Peter's before the keenly anticipated two-day meeting between Pope Benedict and the Irish bishops focusing on the Irish church's ongoing clerical child abuse crisis.
   Speaking directly to the bishops, Cardinal Bertone said: "Trials for the church can come from within and from without . . . Such is the huge trial that your communities are currently undergoing, trials which see some men of the church involved in particularly execrable acts . . ." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM, February 15, 2010

Hierarchy advised on path to 'true renewal'

 
   VATICAN CITY The Irish Times From PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   VATICAN SECRETARY of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone yesterday said only "an authentic and sincere humility" could lead to a "true renewal" of the Irish Catholic Church.
   Cardinal Bertone made his remarks in a homily in the Basilica of St Peter's before the keenly anticipated two-day meeting between Pope Benedict and the Irish bishops focusing on the Irish church's ongoing clerical child abuse crisis.
   Speaking directly to the bishops, Cardinal Bertone said: "Trials for the church can come from within and from without . . . Such is the huge trial that your communities are currently undergoing, trials which see some men of the church involved in particularly execrable acts . . ." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM, February 15, 2010

Cardinal tells Irish bishops only humility will renew church

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times, From PATSY McGARRY and PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   THE HISTORIC two-day meeting between Pope Benedict, his senior Curia officials and Ireland's Catholic bishops enters its final session this morning at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
   It concludes at lunchtime today to accommodate those Irish bishops who must attend Ash Wednesday ceremonies in their dioceses tomorrow. This will include Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The Irish bishops have been incommunicado since early yesterday and no statements have been issued.
   It was indicated yesterday that Pope Benedict's promised pastoral letter to the Irish faithful, originally scheduled to be published before Lent but delayed because of this visit to Rome by the Irish bishops, may be released sooner than expected. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM, February 15, 2010

Decision of papal nuncio not to attend Dáil committee 'scandalous'

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times By MARY FITZGERALD
   THE PAPAL nuncio has declined an invitation to address the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, a decision described as "scandalous" by Fine Gael's spokesperson on children Alan Shatter.
   Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza was invited to appear before the committee following calls for his expulsion after the Murphy commission revealed that the papal nuncio had refused to co-operate with its inquiry into clerical abuse in the Dublin diocese.
   In a letter to committee chairman Michael Woods, Archbishop Leanza said "it is not the practice of the Holy See that apostolic nuncios appear before parliamentary commissions". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM, February 15, 2010

Sins of the fathers must be faced, Irish bishops are told

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Belfast Telegraph Tuesday, 16 February 2010
   Catholic clergy who have sinned by abusing children or by turning a blind eye to paedophile priests must admit blame for their "abominable acts".
   "Yes, storms spark fear, even those that rock the boat of the Church because of the sins of its members," said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, in a sermon delivered to Ireland's bishops.
   He was speaking inside St Peter's Basilica shortly before two days of crisis talks with the Pope. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope to judge Irish clergy over child abuse

       
   The Independent (United Kingdom) From Michael Day in Milan, Tuesday, 16 February 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI will today complete his interrogation of Ireland's 24 bishops before pontificating on one of the most shocking clerical scandals of recent times: the extensive sexual abuse of children by Irish priests and the pervasive campaign to conceal it.
   A Vatican spokesman told The Independent that a pastoral letter from the Pope to the Irish people would be issued once he had had time to consider the results of the meeting. But that may not be enough to satisfy abuse victims, who have been clamouring for concrete action in the form of financial compensation and further resignations, including that of one of the bishops present at the summit. The bishop in question, Martin Drennan of Galway, pictured right, who was mentioned in November's incendiary Murphy report, has insisted he did nothing to endanger children, and has refused to resign.
   An editorial in yesterday's Irish Times said that, should the Vatican limit itself to "expressions of regret", there would be "considerable disappointment among the faithful". The emergency meeting was ordered upon the publication of the second major report documenting the scale of the abuse in Ireland over a period of decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM, February 15, 2010

Irish bishops meet pope in crisis summit on sex abuse cover-up

         
   Socialist Workers Party,
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish bishops met with Pope Benedict XVI yesterday (Monday) in a crisis summit over the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Church in recent years.
   While Cardinal Sean Brady, archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland, told Vatican Radio the two-day meeting was part of a "journey of repentance, reconciliation and renewal" for the Irish Church, others sounded a different note. ...
   Present at the summit was U.S. Cardinal William Levada, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key Vatican office that reviews abuse claims against clergy worldwide.
   The pope himself led that office during the years of John Paul II's papacy, which was bedevilled by an explosion of sex abuse and cover-up scandals in the United States, Australia and other countries.
   In recent weeks, a new sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic clergy has erupted in Benedict's homeland of Germany. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM, February 15, 2010

Irish attempts to grapple with abuse frustrated by Rome

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times,
   ANALYSIS: Criticism of the Irish bishops this week should not deflect attention from the role of the Vatican in the clerical abuse scandal, writes PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent, in Rome
   IT CAN only be hoped that today's discussions in Rome on what Cardinal Claudio Hummes has memorably described as "the painful Irish happenings" will reflect on the role not just of the Irish bishops but also of the Vatican itself.
   Rome consistently tripped up the Irish church as it attempted to come to grips with the issue of clerical child sex abuse, and Cardinal Hummes – who is taking part in this week's discussions with Pope Benedict XVI, his senior curial colleagues and 24 Irish bishops – is uniquely placed to understand just how.
   He is prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy which refused to give recognition to child protection guidelines introduced by the Irish bishops in their 1996 Framework Document and again in their updated 2005 Our Children, Our Church document. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM, February 15, 2010

Priest accused of embezzlement stands mute to theft charge

  [2007-09 Fr Robert Chukwu* (59)] - RCC. US $200k missing.    
   LaCrosse Tribune By ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen@lacrossetribune.com
   PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN -- The Rev. Robert Chukwu shook hands and mingled in the courtroom before his name was called to the defense table.
   The Catholic priest stared forward and pressed his lips together for most of today's preliminary hearing in Crawford County Circuit Court as the district attorney began to lay out the felony theft case accusing him of stealing about $200,000 from two Crawford County parishes and the Diocese of La Crosse.
   Chukwu, who wore his collar to court, stood mute to the charge after he was bound over for trial. The case is set for an April 7 status hearing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM, February 15, 2010

Ireland blasts papal diplomat's refusal to testify

 
   Taiwan News By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press
   IRELAND -- Irish lawmakers have denounced the refusal of Pope Benedict's diplomat in Ireland to testify to a parliamentary panel probing the level of Catholic Church cooperation with investigations into the church's cover-up of child abuse.
   The papal nuncio to Ireland, Cardinal Giuseppi Leanza, told lawmakers in a letter published Monday he would not answer questions from the parliament's foreign affairs committee.
   "I wish to inform that it is not the practice of the Holy See that apostolic nuncios appear before parliamentary commissions," he wrote in the letter dated Feb. 12. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM, February 15, 2010

Nuncio criticised over Oireachtas invitation

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times, By ÉANNA Ó CAOLLAÍ,
   A decision by the Papal Nuncio not to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting where issues relating to the Murphy report on child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese were to be discussed has been sharply criticised by one of the committee members.
   In a letter addressed to Dr Michael Woods, who is committee chairman, and released tonight by Fine Gael TD Alan Shatter, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza said it was "not the practice" of the Holy See that Nuncios appear before Parliamentary Commissions.
   Mr Shatter, who proposed the invitation, said the Archbishop's refusal to attend was "deeply regrettable" and "incomprehensible". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM, February 15, 2010

More former students of Berlin Catholic school come forward with abuse allegations

   
   Deutsche Welle,
   GERMANY -- A lawyer representing victims of a sex abuse scandal at Catholic schools in Germany said on Monday that the number of cases was three times higher than at first believed.
   News of the abuse allegations involving around 30 former pupils first surfaced in late January, when a former priest admitted that he forced boys to have sex at the elite Canisius College in Berlin from 1975 to 1983.
   Since the revelation, many more former pupils have come forward with allegations against clerics and laymen at Jesuit colleges and other Catholic schools across the country. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM, February 15, 2010

Not again: Another religious worker charged with sexually abusing teens

  [2005-10 Mr Arley Atchlay - NEW*] - Baptist. Teens.  
   WIS, ~ February 15, 2010
   CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Pamplico man is charged with sexually assaulting two teens at a group home, one of two Midlands religious workers to be arrested in as many days for such a crime.
   The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office says Arley Atchley was a counselor at the Free Will Baptist Home for Children in Turbeville.
   Atchley was arrested Thursday, accused of sexually abusing 14- and 17-year-old residents of the home over the last five years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM, February 15, 2010

SNAP leader comments on Irish bishops meeting with pope

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Voice from the Desert Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Abuse victims and Catholics are right to expect little or nothing from this carefully-orchestrated public relations move. Does anyone honestly think that the very same men who ignored and concealed child sex crimes for decades can or will do a sudden and complete 180 degree turn-around and suddenly be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem?
   We're both saddened and grateful for the comments made yesterday by Irish bishop Joseph Duffy, who told a news conference that the meetings were intended to "consider an approach that will help to give assurance to families and restore confidence and serenity with the clergy and the faithful." We're grateful because that comment is revealing – the meetings aren't designed to heal the wounded or protect the vulnerable, but instead to mollify the flock. We're saddened because such priorities are backwards: church authorities should focus first on making kids safe and disciplining wrongdoers. If that happens, confidence would be restored. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM, February 15, 2010

Counselor with Free Will Baptist Home for Children Charged with Sex Crimes Against Children

  [2004 to 2009, March - Pastor Arley Atchley -NEW*] - Baptist. Minors (14 and 17).  
   WLTX , by James Gilbert
   CLARENDON COUNTY (SC), (WLTX) -- Authorities say a 53-year-old pastor and former counselor for a Turbeville children's home was arrested Thursday and now faces charges of sexual abuse.
   Officers with the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office say Arley Atchley of Sheminally Road in Pamplico was charged with two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct.
   Investigators said that Atchley committed sexual acts with a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old who lived at the Free Will Baptist Home for Children, where the 53-year-old suspect was employed. Officers say the abuse occurred during a five-year period beginning in 2004 and lasting until last March. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM, February 15, 2010

Jesuit-run German schools hard hit by high number of abuse claims

  [Jesuits] - RCC.  
   The Times (United Kingdom), from Roger Boyes in Berlin,
   GERMANY -- The sexual abuse scandal in Jesuit-run German schools is spreading rapidly and is likely to involve more than a hundred former pupils, according to the head of one of the affected colleges.
   The impact on the Catholic order, the Society of Jesus, has been devastating, since the Jesuits have always boasted: "Give us the child for seven years and we will give you the man." Now it seems the order may lose some of its credibility, in Germany at least, as a pillar of Catholic education.
   "I can imagine that we will reach a three-figure number," said Father Klaus Mertes, head of the elite Canisius college in Berlin, talking of the number of possible victims. He did not exclude a compensation package. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope meets bishops over abuse scandal

       
   VATICAN CITY (AFP) -- Sydney Morning Herald,
   Pope Benedict XVI has opened talks with Irish bishops in a bid to win back trust after shocking revelations that Catholic church authorities covered up for pedophile priests.
   The Pope and about two dozen Irish bishops went behind closed doors to discuss the fallout from the latest of a series of such scandals to rock the church, which the Vatican described on Monday as a "hard and humiliating challenge".
   The Irish delegation was led by Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all Ireland, who met in December with Benedict along with Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope meets Irish bishops over pedophile scandal

 
   Deutsche Welle,
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI began talks on Monday with a delegation of Irish bishops summoned to the Vatican to discuss a child sex abuse scandal, which has shaken the Catholic Church in Ireland.
   The talks, which are to last two days, stem from a report last November about unchecked child abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin over a period of nearly 30 years.
   The Murphy Commission report detailed a litany of abuse perpetuated by priests against more than 300 victims and strongly criticized the Irish church's handling of the situation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM, February 15, 2010

Justice comes dropping slow ...

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish Central by Kelly Fincham
   If you pay careful attention to the stories coming out of the Vatican you can just about make out a sound in the background.
   It's the sound of ancient shutters being forced open. It's the sound of secrets being pushed out of dark rooms where they've been hidden for decades.
   Finally, the Vatican might just admit that the entire foundations of the Irish church need to be dug out and started again.
   The Vatican has been exceedingly slow to act on the Irish child sex abuse scandal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope Begins Meetings on Ireland Abuse Scandals

 
   Zenit FEB. 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI began a two-day summit with all of the serving diocesan bishops of Ireland regarding recent revelations about the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
   The Pope's call for all of the bishops to join him in Rome for discussions, which was announced Jan. 20, was an "unprecedented move," Vatican Radio reported.
   The Pontiff had already met on Dec. 11 with Cardinal Sean Brady, archbishop of Armagh and president of the Irish episcopal conference, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. They discussed the Murphy Commission Report, which details abuse cases in the Dublin Archdiocese from 1975 to 2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM, February 15, 2010

Irish bishops must be humble and trust God, says Cardinal Bertone before summit

 
   Catholic News Agency with video, 11:44 am Feb 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY / (CNA).- The highly anticipated meetings between the bishops of Ireland, the Holy Father and leaders of Vatican congregations began on Monday morning. Before the first of the three closed sessions, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone presided at Mass with the Irish bishops in the Vatican grottoes, where he called for humility and trust in God, saying "this is all the Lord expects of us."
   Near the tomb of St. Peter, in the crypt below the altar of the Vatican basilica, Cardinal Bertone and 24 bishops from Ireland celebrated Mass to prepare for two days of meetings. The gatherings are intended to inform the Pope of their concerns regarding the current state of the Church in Ireland and receive feedback from him and members of various congregations of the Holy See.
   In his homily, the Vatican's Secretary of State invoked the aid of the Holy Spirit so that "this encounter be the height of charity in truth and bring about a renewed commitment of community and of unity between the Shepherds and the faithful entrusted them." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM, February 15, 2010

Abuse survivor slams justice 'paralysis'

 
   IRELAND -- Ireland Online,
   The authorities are paralysed to bring paedophile priests and the senior clerics who covered up decades of horrific abuse to justice, victims have claimed today.
   In a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, victims insist inaction over the scandals had created resentment towards the Catholic church in Ireland.
   The Pontiff is holding unprecedented two-day talks with 24 Irish bishops at the Vatican over the devastating sexual abuse revelations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM, February 15, 2010

Irish bishops meeting with Pope over abuse

 
   United Press International Feb. 15, 2010
   ROME, (UPI) -- An Irish Bishops Conference official said 30 Irish bishops are in Rome holding discussions with Pope Benedict XVI on two child sex reports.
   Monsignor Joseph Duffy, the conference's head of communications, said the Ryan and Murphy reports and their allegations of sexual abuse by priests have deeply hurt the Irish Catholic Church.
   Ahead of the start of the Irish bishops' two-days of talks with the pope, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone referred to the abuse scandal during a mass Monday morning, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM, February 15, 2010

Vatican: Irish clergy must admit blame for 'abominable acts' ahead of crisis child

 
   Daily Mail (United Kingdom), By Mail Foreign Service, Last updated at 4:43 PM on 15th February 2010
   ROME -- A top Vatican official has told bishops that clergy who had sinned in the Irish church's vast paedophilia scandal must admit blame for 'abominable acts'.
   The message came in the sermon of a mass in St Peter's Basilica before the bishops began two days of crisis talks with the pope to formulate a response to the revelations of abuse by clergy.
   The meetings, the first of their kind at the Vatican in eight years, will discuss a plan of action and could lead to more prelates resigning in a shakeup of the Irish church hierarchy. Four have already quit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at
12:12 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope meets Irish bishops over abuse

  - RCC.      
   VATICAN CITY -- Al Jazeera,
   Pope Benedict XVI has met Ireland's 24 Roman Catholic bishops to discuss a scandal over the sexual abuse of children by members of the country's clergy.
   Monday's meeting between the pope and the bishops opened with a prayer and fraternal kisses in what Ireland's senior bishop called a first step toward repentance.
   Cardinal Sean Brady, archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland, told Vatican Radio that the two-day meeting was part of a "journey of repentance, reconciliation and renewal" for the Irish Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM, February 15, 2010

More cases of sex abuse at German Catholic schools

   
   Monsters and Critics,
   BERLIN, Germany -- A sex abuse scandal at Catholic schools in Germany widened on Monday, with a lawyer representing victims saying the number of cases was three times higher than originally believed.
   More and more former pupils at colleges run by the Jesuit order of priests and other Catholic schools have come forward to complain of abuse, lawyer Ursula Raue told the German Press Agency dpa.
   'The number of people who have contacted me or the Canisius College has risen to more than 100,' said the lawyer, who was asked by the Jesuits to investigate the allegations of abuse more than a quarter century ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM, February 15, 2010

Pope Meets With Irish Bishops on Sex Abuse Scandal

       
   AOL News, by Dana Kennedy, Feb. 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- As the increasingly vocal survivors of Ireland's Catholic sexual abuse scandal wait for answers and apologies, Pope Benedict XVI began an unprecedented two-day summit with Ireland's bishops at the Vatican today. The Pope's direct involvement marks a milestone in a crisis that has deeply marred the Catholic Church's image in what was once one of its most devoted countries.
   The meeting comes a little more than two months after the release of a devastating investigation, known as the Murphy Report, revealing the scope of child abuse by priests in the diocese of Dublin. Like previous reports on other parts of the church in Ireland, it laid out how for decades the Catholic hierarchy appeared primarily concerned with covering up the crimes of its priests.
   The Irish bishops, who formally apologized to Ireland in December, will reportedly be allowed seven minutes each to speak and may be questioned by the pope and senior curial officials. Twenty-four bishops went up, one-by-one, to see the pontiff as the summit began, according to published reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM, February 15, 2010

Child abuse worth just minutes of Pope's Time

 
   Herald (Ireland) By Miriam Donohoe Monday February 15 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The short few minutes it will take you to read this article is approximately the amount of time each Irish bishop had to speak directly to the Pope on the issue of clerical sex abuse at a meeting in the Vatican today.
   In all, 24 Irish bishops travelled to Rome for what was being billed as an open and frank exchange of views aimed at restoring confidence in the Church following the publication of the damning Murphy Report.
   Apparently the bishops were told they could talk freely, but their time for speaking directly to the Pope on their experiences, and to try to account for what happened, was restricted to just seven minutes each.
   Yes, just seven minutes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

Vatican Summit Addresses Irish Sex Abuse Cases

 
   VATICAN CITY -- KUOR, by Sylvia Poggioli | National Public Radio
   Pope Benedict has summoned more than two dozen Irish bishops to the Vatican for meetings on Ireland's sex abuse scandal. Two months ago, an investigation into the Dublin diocese known as the Murphy Commission Report, revealed the Irish Church had been covering up crimes by priests against young people for decades.
   Pope Benedict XVI has summoned more than two dozen Irish bishops to the Vatican for meetings to discuss Ireland's massive clerical sex abuse scandal. The meetings, Monday and Tuesday, could lead to a major shake-up in the Irish Church hierarchy.
   Two months ago, an investigation known as the Murphy Commission Report into the Dublin diocese revealed that the Irish Church had been covering up crimes by dozens of pedophile priests against hundreds of young people for decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM, February 15, 2010

Pope Meets Irish Bishops to Debate Abuse Scandal

 
   The New York Times By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO, Published: February 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI began meeting individually with 24 serving Irish bishops on Monday to discuss a clerical abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church in Ireland.
   The two days of discussions with the pope and members of the Vatican hierarchy are part of a "journey of repentance, reconciliation and renewal," Archbishop Sean Brady, the leader of Ireland's Catholics, told Vatican Radio.
   One of the Irish bishops, Joseph Duffy, told a news conference in Rome on Sunday, that the meetings were intended to "consider an approach that will help to give assurance to families and restore confidence and serenity with the clergy and the faithful." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM, February 15, 2010

Vatican: Irish Catholic clergy must admit child abuse

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Guardian (United Kingdom) from Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
   Ireland's Catholic clergy must admit to "abominable acts" over the child abuse scandal that rocked the church in the Republic, a Vatican official said today.
   The warning came hours before Irish bishops were due to meet the pope for talks about the scandal.
   The call for Irish clergy to own up to their responsibilities over the abuse was made at a mass in St Peter's Basilica shortly before the bishops began two days of discussions with the pontiff.
   "Yes, storms spark fear – even those that rock the boat of the church because of the sins of its members," the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM, February 15, 2010

Irish bishops, pope begin summit on sex abuse by priests

 
   Catholic News Service, By John Thavis, Catholic News Service
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI and the bishops of Ireland began a two-day, closed-door meeting to assess responsibility in the Irish church's handling of priestly sex abuse cases and explore ways to heal the wounds left by the scandal.
   Each of the 24 bishops was scheduled to speak for seven minutes, in effect giving the pope "an account of themselves" and their own actions, Bishop Joseph Duffy of Clogher told reporters on the eve of the Feb. 15-16 summit.
   The pope convened the bishops in response to the continuing fallout from the scandal, following an independent report that faulted the church for its handling of 325 sex abuse claims in the Archdiocese of Dublin in the years 1975-2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM, February 15, 2010

Church child abuse 'humiliating challenge'

  - RCC.      
   VATICAN CITY -- Radio Netherlands
   Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, deputy head of the Vatican, has spoken of the abuse of children by priests in Ireland as a 'humiliating challenge'. Pope Benedict the 16th is meeting Irish bishops in Rome today and tomorrow.
   The reason for the meeting is the publication last year of a report from the Irish Minister of Justice on the abuse of children by priests and other Roman Catholic clergymen between 1975 and 2004. According to the report, the abuse was knowingly kept secret by the church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM, February 15, 2010

BISHOP OF GALWAY LOCKED IN TALKS WITH POPE

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Galway News February 15, 2010
   Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan is among leading members of the Irish clergy locked in talks with the Pope about clerical child abuse.
   An unprecedented series of meetings is taking place in the Vatican over the next two days to discuss the fall-out from the Murphy and Ryan reports.
   Survivors groups are calling for a full apology from the Church and assurances that steps will be taken to prevent more cover-ups. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

FACTBOX - Sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church

 
   Reuters,
   IRELAND -- (Reuters) - A top Vatican official on Monday told 24 Irish bishops in Rome for talks with Pope Benedict on the Irish church's vast paedophilia scandal that clergy who had sinned must admit blame for "abominable acts".
   Following are details of some of the major abuse scandals involving the church around the world.
   * IRELAND
   -- April 2002 - Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns, one of Ireland's best-known clerics, resigned over his handling of charges against a priest of his diocese who committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM, February 15, 2010

Cardinal Brady urges 'renewal' as Irish bishops meet pope

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times, By PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent in Rome
   THE UNPRECEDENTED meetings today and tomorrow between Ireland's Catholic bishops, the pope and senior members of the Curia were described last night by the Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady as "one step in a process . . . which will lead to a journey of repentance, renewal and reconciliation".
   He said that process "hopefully, will gain momentum when we get back to Ireland".
   Cardinal Brady was speaking in Rome after a month's mind Mass for Cardinal Cahal Daly, which was celebrated at the late cardinal's titular church in Rome, St Patrick's. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM, February 15, 2010

Abusing clergy must admit responsibility, bishops told

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times By PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent
   A top Vatican official has told Irish bishops in Rome for talks with the pope on the Irish Church's handling of child abuse that clergy who had sinned must admit blame for "abominable acts".
   The message came in the sermon of a mass in St Peter's Basilica shortly before the bishops began two days of crisis talks with the pope to formulate a response to the revelations of abuse by clergy that have shaken devoutly Catholic Ireland.
   "Yes, storms spark fear, even those that rock the boat of the church because of the sins of its members," Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM, February 15, 2010

Vatican: Clergy must admit blame for 'abominable acts'

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Ireland Online
   Irish bishops meeting the Pope in Rome have been told that clergy who had sinned must admit blame for their "abominable acts".
   The message came in a sermon by a top Vatican official just before the Irish church hierarchy met Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the Murphy and Ryan reports into clerical abuse.
   The second of three sessions between the bishops, the Pope and senior Vatican officials is now underway. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM, February 15, 2010

Irish Bishops meet Pope Benedict XVI over child sex abuse scandal

 
   The Times (United Kingdom) from Richard Owen in Rome
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish bishops this morning began a two day meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in an attempt to defuse the row in Ireland over clerical sex abuse of children, described by the Pope's deputy as a "particularly abominable" phenomenon.
   Speaking at a Mass for the 24 Irish bishops before their encounter at the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State and the Vatican number two, said the abuse scandal was "humiliating" and formed a challenge which the Church "must face".
   He referred to "trials that stem from the inside the Church that are naturally the hardest and the most humiliating", adding: "But every sort of trial can become the motive for purification and sanctification ... This is the sort of trial that your community is going through". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM, February 15, 2010

No end to German Jesuit-run school's sex scandal

   
   Press TV (Iran),
   GERMANY -- Germany's heinous sexual abuse scandal, which has cast shadow over the country's Jesuit-run institutions, deepens with the likelihood of over 100 victims in one of the schools.
   Revelations about sexual abuse during the 1970s and 80s at a prestigious Berlin snowballed into a disaster in early February, implicating other schools run by the order in and out of Germany.
   Some 50 students have come forward with allegation of abuse, but the Berlin college's rector said Monday he believed the victims in that school alone would amount to at least 100. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM, February 15, 2010

HOLY FATHER MEETS WITH IRISH BISHOPS

 
   Vatican Information Service, 15 FEB 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - During the course of the day the Holy Father is meeting with prelates of the Irish Episcopal Conference in the Bologna Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The meeting began this morning at 9.30 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 7 p.m. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM, February 15, 2010

Am Canisius-Kolleg sind es mehr als 100 Fälle

   
   Berliner Morgenpost,
   Am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg gibt es mehr Opfer als bisher bekannt. Der Rektor der Elite-Schule, Pater Klaus Mertes, rechnet mit deutlich höheren Zahlen und weiteren Enthüllungen über Verfehlungen früherer Lehrer. Die Zahl missbrauchter Schüler könne sogar dreistellig sein, sagte Mertes.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The sexual abuse scandal at Canisius College, Berlin, has taken on greater proportion. Father Klaus Mertes, rector, said it is now possible the numer of victims is in three digits.
   Berlin Attorney Manuela Groll, who represents several victims, said new victims come forward every day. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM, February 15, 2010

Opfer melden sich! - Bistum Hildesheim geht weiteren Hinweisen auf sexuellen Missbrauch nach

 
   Glaube Aktuell
   (Hildesheim/bph) Das Bistum Hildesheim hat neue Hinweise auf sexuellen Missbrauch durch Priester im Bistum Hildesheim erhalten, nachdem bekannt geworden war, dass der ehemalige Jesuitenpater und spätere Diözesanpriester Peter R. sich im Bistum Hildesheim vermutlich an mehreren Personen sexuell vergangen hat. Bis auf einen Vorfall liegen alle der neu gemeldeten Vorfälle 35 bis 50 Jahre zurück.
   [summary]
   GERMANY -- The Diocese of Hildesheim has received new evidence of sexual abuse by priests in the diocese. Other victims have come forward since it was revealed that former Jesuit Peter R. possibly abused people while working there. Except for one incident, the abuse happened 35 to 50 years ago.
   Heinz-Gunter Bongartz, who handles sexual abuse cases for the diocese, said every single report of sexual abuse brings shame and sadness. He said the diocese will help and give it advice where it can.
   In addition to the allegation regarding Peter R., the diocese received three reports of abuse of minors by Jesuit Father Bernhard E. who worked during the 1970s in youth ministry at Hanover.
   The diocese was informed of one case of abuse from third parties and it involved a priest who is now deceased. The victim wants to remain anonymous. This abuse goes back 40 years. Two abuse reports involved two deceased priests and the victims have said they wish to remain aanonymous and do not want to pursue the issue further.
   Four other reports of sexual assaults and harassment are currently being researched and are under investigation. Three attacks occurred in the 1960s and the other happened in the 1970s.
   Most of the victims came forward about Bishop Norbert Trelle on Feb. 7 issued a letter tobe read in all parishes asking victims to come forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM, February 15, 2010

Priest still fighting warrant on abuse charges

  [Fr Francis Markey (82)]  
   Irish Independent, By Edel Kennedy, Monday February 15 2010
   IRELAND -- A US-based Irish priest, who is accused of raping a 15-year-old boy, has just 48 hours left to fight his extradition to Ireland to face abuse charges.
   For the past 18 months, Fr Francis Markey (82) has been fighting the attempts by the Director of Public Prosecutions to bring him back to Ireland, but a US judge has ruled that he must face the charges.
   Mr Justice Christopher Nuechterlein said he accepted that the evidence of a crime -- which was based soley on the alleged victim's claims -- may be "weak", but he said that was up to the Irish courts to argue and that the retired priest must face the charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM, February 15, 2010

Diocese's annual financial data grim

  - Scranton Diocese US $29.9m insolvent.
   SCRANTON (PA) -- Times-Leader By Mark Guydish, mguydish@timesleader.com , Education Reporter
   The Diocese of Scranton will publish the full annual audited financial report in the Feb. 18 edition of its newspaper, The Catholic Light, but snippets of data released last week suggest it was another bleak year of deficits, despite rigorous attempts to stem the red ink.
   Diocese officials met with members of the four regional school boards that run the Catholic schools in 11 counties to discuss how the financial situation may impact Catholic education, and issued a press release following that meeting. Numbers were grim.
   Liabilities exceed assets by $29.8 million. The diocese has $15.2 million in non-performing loans, most of which are school related. There is another $6 million in non-school-related delinquent parish assessments, and the school assessment levied on all parishes is projected to fall short by $1.9 million this school year. The schools themselves have an operating loss of $5.6 million during the last two years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM, February 15, 2010

BISHOP OF GALWAY'S FUTURE LIES IN THE HANDS OF THE POPE

     
   Galway News, February 15, 2010
   IRELAND -- The future of the Bishop of Galway Dr Martin Drennan lies in the hands of Pope Benedict the 16th.
   Bishop Drennan is among 24 serving bishops meeting with the Pope and his senior officials today to discuss the fall out from the Ryan and Murphy reports into clerical sex abuse.
   Each bishop will have seven minutes to account directly to the Pope during the two-day summit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM, February 15, 2010

Catholic school sex abuse scandal widens

  [Jesuits] - RCC.  
   The Local,
   GERMANY -- A scandal over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests at an elite Berlin school in the 1970s and 80s widened on Monday as the college's rector said he expected more than 100 victims to come forward.
   "I believe that it will turn out to be a three-digit number," Klaus Mertes, director of the Canisius secondary school for pupils aged 10 to 19, told the Berliner Zeitung.
   Manuela Groll, a lawyer representing victims told the paper that "more and more" victims are coming forward each day. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM, February 15, 2010

Pope, Irish bishops hold talks on sex abuse scandal

       
   Reuters,
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A top Vatican official on Monday told Irish bishops in Rome for talks with Pope Benedict on the Irish church's vast pedophilia scandal that clergy who had sinned must admit blame for "abominable acts."
   The message came in the sermon of a mass in St Peter's Basilica shortly before the bishops began two days of crisis talks with the pope to formulate a response to the revelations of abuse by clergy that have shaken devoutly Catholic Ireland.
   "Yes, storms spark fear, even those that rock the boat of the church because of the sins of its members," Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, number two in the Vatican hierarchy, told the bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM, February 15, 2010

Neighbors shocked at evangelical worker's arrest

  [2003-07 Mr Eric Vancleave*] - Evangelical. 4 boys.  
   WIS ~ Feb 15, 2010
   WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Neighbors are speaking out about a West Columbia man accused of sexually abusing four boys.
   Eric Vancleave, 32, was arrested Friday night on 16 counts of sexual abuse.
   People who live close to Vancleave, like Crystal Baier, say they cannot believe it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM, Feb 15, 2010

Pope must apologise to nation, say abuse survivors

     
   IRELAND -- Irish Independent By Colm Kelpie Monday February 15 2010
   SURVIVORS of clerical abuse demanded leadership and accountability from Pope Benedict XVI last night as Irish bishops prepared for a major Vatican summit over the devastating scandals.
   The 24 senior clergymen will take part in unprecedented two-day talks after being summoned before the pontiff over the sexual abuse revelations that have rocked the Irish church.
   John Kelly, of the Survivors of Child Abuse (SOCA) support group, said it wanted Pope Benedict to take firm action to restore the church in Ireland and provide proper financial compensation to victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM, February 15, 2010

Princes of the Church left to wait for Vatican endgame

 
   ROME -- Irish Independent By John Cooney Monday February 15 2010
   LIKE schoolboys waiting to see the headmaster, a gaggle of Irish bishops in their white robes and purple zuchettos assembled in Rome last night ahead of a showdown summit with the Pope.
   The bishops filed in to St Patrick's Cathedral for the Month's Mind Mass in memory of the late Cardinal Cahal Daly, whose leadership was blighted by the notorious Fr Brendan Smyth and the later torrent of child clerical sex abuse scandals. As they waited, they sat and chatted about the looming summit.
   The explosive fallout from the damning Murphy and Ryan reports has brought Cardinal Sean Brady and his episcopal troops to Rome for today's summit with Pope Benedict XVI, the first such extraordinary gathering in eight years since Pope John Paul II addressed the clerical paedophile crisis that hit the US. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM, February 15, 2010

Victims of abuse warn clergymen to 'get act together'

 
   IRELAND -- Irish Independent By Breda Heffernan Monday February 15 2010
   SURVIVORS of clerical abuse have warned the Irish bishops meeting the Pope in Rome today that they have two days to "get their act together" and if no meaningful response comes out of the summit they will break off all engagements with them.
   Andrew Madden, one of the first people to go public about the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Dublin priest, said he didn't want "bland" statements to come from the Irish delegation following their meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.
   Mr Madden said that while he didn't want to speculate about what would and would not be up for discussion in Rome, the resignations of certain bishops was high on the agenda of survivors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM, February 15, 2010

Future of embattled bishop is in Pope's hands

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish Independent By JOHN COONEY Monday February 15 2010
   THE future of embattled Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan is in the hands of Pope Benedict, a senior Irish bishop confirmed last night.
   A two-day summit of the Irish Catholic hierarchy gets under way this morning in the Vatican to discuss the wave of clerical sexual abuse that has rocked the church.
   But a decision on Bishop Drennan's position can only be made by the German pontiff.
   Cardinal Sean Brady will open today's summit with a presentation, before each of the 24 bishops is given seven minutes to speak on the crisis facing the moral authority of the church in the wake of the Murphy report. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM, February 15, 2010

Vatican: Irish sex abuse scandal 'humiliating' for Catholic Church

 
   Telegraph (United Kingdom), By Nick Squires in Rome, Published: 11:41AM GMT 15 Feb 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Priests involved in the abuses had committed "particularly execrable acts", the Vatican said on Monday, as Irish bishops began an unprecedented summit with the Pope.
   The Vatican's Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, told the bishops that revelations of systemic and long-standing paedophilia presented a "hard and humiliating challenge" for the Irish Catholic Church.
   "Challenges that come from within are naturally harder and humiliating," he said as the bishops prepared to meet Pope Benedict XVI. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM, February 15, 2010

Irish Bishops meet with Pope Benedict XVI on child abuse scandal

 
   Rome Reports, video presentation, February 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The 2 day meeting set to discuss the handling of the clerical sexual abuse that rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland is underway at the Vatican.
   Pope Benedict XVI summoned Irish Bishops to discuss the fall-out of two government reports released last year which documented decades of abuse as well as cover-ups.
   24 bishops from Ireland are meeting with Benedict XVI including Martin Drennan of Galway who's been repeatedly called to resign. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM, February 15, 2010

Irish bishops meet pope in summit on sex abuse

 
   The Associated Press By FRANCES D'EMILIO (AP)
   ROME – An extraordinary summit between Irish bishops and Pope Benedict XVI opened Monday with a prayer and fraternal kisses in what Ireland's top bishop called a first step toward repentance for the country's clergy sex abuse scandal.
   The delegation's top member, Cardinal Sean Brady, archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland, told Vatican Radio the two-day meeting was part of a "journey of repentance, reconciliation and renewal" for the Irish Church.
   An investigation last year revealed that church leaders in Dublin had spent decades protecting child-abusing priests from the law while many fellow clerics turned a blind eye. A separate report in Ireland released months earlier documented decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in Catholic-run schools, workhouses and orphanages. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM, February 15, 2010

Pope meets Irish bishops over abuse report

       
   CNN,
   Rome, Italy (CNN) -- The pope is meeting Irish Catholic bishops Monday and Tuesday in the wake of a damning reports into the abuse of children by Catholic clergy.
   The report, which came out in November, found that the Catholic Church in Ireland covered up "widespread" child abuse from 1975 to 2004.
   One of the bishops meeting the pope said Sunday the church in Ireland had been badly damaged by the revelations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM, February 15, 2010

Ireland's legacy of abuse

  - RCC.    
   Al Jazeera, from Alan Fisher in Europe, February 15th, 2010
   IRELAND -- As the Northern Ireland peace process began to get underway in the early 1990s, I remember spending a week outside the Irish parliament in Dublin.
   Albert Reynolds, the Irish prime minister and one of the main architects of the fledging peace moves, was in trouble because of the way his government had handled an abuse scandal involving Father Brendan Smyth, a Catholic priest in Dublin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM, February 15, 2010

Pope, Irish bishops discuss child sex abuse

       
   CBC News (Canada),
   VATICAN CITY -- All Ireland's 24 Roman Catholic bishops have been summoned to the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI for meetings to discuss child sex abuse by priests.
   Last year, an investigation revealed church leaders had protected priests suspected of sexually abusing children.
   The Murphy report on the scandal, released in November, accused church leaders of "obsessively" hiding child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese for decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM, February 15, 2010

Got news? LATimes forsakes Catholics

   
   GetReligion, Posted by Brad A. Greenberg
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- So this is what big religion news in the Los Angeles Times has come to: 281 words buried on AA5. In a glorified brief with a photo, in eight paragraphs stuck in the second section of the paper, came the news that the Vatican was seeking a replacement for Cardinal Roger Mahony:
   The archdiocese distributed a memo to priests and lay leaders this week confirming that the search is underway and asking parishes to join in a prayer enlisting God's help in finding "a shepherd who will be an example of goodness to your people and who will fill our hearts and minds with the truth of the Gospel."
   The memo surfaced Thursday in a blog, "Whispers in the Loggia," which closely follows Catholic affairs. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Bishops discuss clerical abuse with Pope

 
   RTE News with audio, 12:02 Monday, 15 February 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish bishops have begun a two-day meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican to discuss the fall-out from reports on clerical child abuse.
   The 24 senior clergymen will take part in the unprecedented talks after being called before the Pope in the wake of the sexual abuse revelations.
   On the eve of the meeting, survivors of clerical abuse demanded leadership and accountability from the Pope and called for financial compensation for victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM, February 15, 2010

John Cooney: Battle lines are drawn at Rome summit showdown

 
   Irish Independent By JOHN COONEY Monday February 15 2010
   IRELAND -- In 1891, it was a tragic case of 'Parnell versus the bishops'. In 2010, it is 'Martin versus the bishops'. It will not escape the attention of those versed in history that the late 19th century bishops came out in force against Parnell's relationship with the divorced Kitty O'Shea when they realised that if they did not do so they would be left behind in the moral indignation stakes by Protestant evangelicals.
   No doubt, too, the discerning reader will also question the historical analogy with the observation that Diarmuid Martin is the Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of All Ireland and the number two in the Irish hierarchy after Cardinal Sean Brady.
   However, the deeply ingrained public perception is that a 'Martin versus the bishops' division over how to respond to the damning Murphy report into clerical sexual abuse cover-ups in the archdiocese of Dublin appeared to be coming to a head on the eve of the two-day summit of 24 Irish bishops with Pope Benedict at the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM, February 15, 2010

Changes for the Catholic Church

   
   NEW YORK -- The Heights By Charlie Mangiardi
   Croton-on-Hudson, in New York's suburban Westchester County, is a small, heavily Catholic town with a single parish: Holy Name of Mary. When I moved there in early 1999, the parish had a large role in village life. The masses I attended were always crowded, and we usually had to arrive a few minutes early if we wanted a good seat. The pastor of the Church was a jovial guy named Genarro Gentile – we all called him Father Jerry.
   About a year later, Father Jerry was removed from our parish. Nobody told us why, although whispers began to spread that he had been touching the children of parishioners. At the time, I dismissed the rumors as unsubstantiated. After all, Father Jerry hadn't gone to prison; he was simply transferred somewhere else. I could hardly believe that he would have been permitted to have a farewell address to my CCD class if he had been an accused child molester.
   I was, of course, wrong. We found out later on that Father Jerry had been facing numerous accusations for decades, dating back to the early 1970s. The Archdiocese of New York had covered up the controversy. When it finally became too much for them to handle, they simply moved him away. He wasn't defrocked, or sent to jail, or made to apologize, or anything. Nor was the archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM, February 15, 2010

KNAUS v. GREAT CROSSINGS BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.

  [Youth Minister Shawn Davies ? NEW*]- Baptists. Boy/
   Leagle br />   KENTUCKY – WINE, JUDGE:
   Nicholas Knaus and his father Barry Knaus appeal from a judgment and order dismissing an action seeking damages from Great Crossings Baptist Church, Inc. for sexual abuse allegedly perpetrated by the church's youth minister during Nicholas Knaus's childhood. The motion to dismiss was granted on statute of limitations grounds. On appeal, the Knauses argue that there are genuine issues of material fact as to whether Great Crossings had knowledge of the youth minister's propensities toward sexual abuse, thus tolling the applicable statute of limitations. Upon a thorough review of the record, we affirm.
   History In early 2007, Nicholas Knaus and his father, Barry Knaus, filed an action against Great Crossings for actions taken by its youth minister, Shawn Davies, while Nicholas was a minor. The complaint alleged claims of sexual molestation, common law battery, failure to supervise, negligent hiring, failure to warn, loss of parental affection and society, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and damages. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Bishops Meet Pope Over Abuse Scandal

 
   VATICAN CITY -- 4NI,
   A two-day meeting between Irish bishops and the Pope Benedict XVI has begun in the Vatican over the shocking revelations on clerical child abuse in Ireland.
   The talks, which are believed to unprecedented, involve 24 senior Irish clergymen discussing the matter with Pope after being called to the Vatican in the wake of the sexual abuse revelations.
   Four bishops have already resigned over revelations contained within the Murphy Report, the revealed "systematic" cover ups of child abuse over three decades by the Catholic hierarchy in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM, February 15, 2010

Over 100 sexual abuse victims

  [Jesuits]  
   The Straits Times (Singapore),
   BERLIN, GERMANY -- A SCANDAL over sexual abuse by Jesuit priests at an elite Berlin school in the 1970s and 80s widened on Monday as the college's rector said he expected more than 100 victims to come forward.
   'I believe that it will turn out to be a three-digit number,' Klaus Mertes, director of the Canisius secondary school for pupils aged 10 to 19, told the Berliner Zeitung daily in an interview. 'More and more victims come forward every day,' Manuela Groll, a lawyer representing victims, told the paper.
   According to the newspaper, around 50 victims have alleged abuse since the scandal erupted in late January when the school revealed that at least two priests had repeatedly abused students in the 1970s and 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM, February 15, 2010

Pope to meet Irish bishops over paedophile scandal

       
   AFP, By Gina Doggett (AFP),
   VATICAN CITY – Ireland's paedophile priests scandal and its cover-up is a "hard and humiliating challenge", the Vatican said on Monday, as Irish bishops were set to discuss the abuse with Pope Benedict XVI.
   Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, celebrating mass with the bishops ahead of the meeting with the pope, said the scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church could be overcome by faith.
   "Challenges that come from within (the Church) are naturally harder and humiliating," Bertone said in his homily. "Every kind of challenge can become a reason for purification and sanctification as long as it is illuminated by faith." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM, February 15, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon February 15, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue February 16, 2010 edition:


Pope finds weak faith at source of Irish clerical sex abuse

  - RCC.      
   Catholic News Agency, 02:03 pm, Feb 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY / (CNA).- At the conclusion of meetings between Pope Benedict XVI, 24 Irish bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia, the Vatican released a general statement describing the nature of the discussions. The Holy Father cited a lack of respect for the human person and a weakening of faith within the Irish Church as significantly contributing to the sexual abuse of minors.
   The meetings, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, addressed the "serious situation" in the Irish Catholic Church revealed by the Ryan and Murphy reports. The reports documented sexual abuse of minors by clergy and the efforts to cover up the abuse by some of the Church's hierarchy.
   The failure of Church authorities to act effectively in dealing with the situation was examined in the meetings, and participants in the discussions unanimously agreed that "this grave crisis has led to a breakdown in trust in the Church's leadership and has damaged her witness to the Gospel and its moral teaching." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM, February 16, 2010

The bishops in the Vatican

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times,
   IT WAS, the Vatican press office statement made clear, a "failure of the Irish Church authorities" that they were discussing. The unprecedented meetings on Monday and yesterday between Pope Benedict XVI, his senior Curia advisers, and the Irish bishops provided "guidance and support to the bishops in their efforts to address the situation in their respective dioceses". Their efforts, their dioceses. The Irish bishops are out on their own?
   Although the meeting acknowledged that "errors of judgment and omissions stand at the heart of the crisis", disappointingly there appears to have been no recognition either of the systemic nature of the "failure" or the possibility that Rome itself played its part either in creating or sustaining the culture of silence and impunity that the Murphy report highlighted, or in its responses to individual cases.
   The important issue of the reform of church governance only arose as an aside at the press conference after the meeting and, it has to be said, the Vatican statement on the discussions is as revealing in what it does not say as in what it does. There was apparently no discussion of the need for the Vatican to open its correspondence to public scrutiny – indeed Vatican spokesman Rev Federico Lombardi afterwards was dismissive of the suggestion that the papal nuncio to Ireland should explain himself to a Dáil committee. Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, as a diplomat, "has to respond to rules" about diplomatic privilege. "If this is not part of his duty, you can't expect him" to testify, Rev Lombardi told journalists. Nor was there any discussion of resignations, or of possible meetings between the pope and survivors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM, February 16, 2010

Pope should have invited abuse victims to Rome

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times,
   ANALYSIS: The meeting with the Irish bishops appeared useful ahead of the pope's pastoral letter to the Irish faithful, but a glorious opportunity to show respect to victims of clerical sex abuse has been missed, writes PATSY McGARRY
   VETERAN VATICAN watchers will not be too surprised by the apparent lack of substance emerging from the "unprecedented", "historic" and "unique" meeting between the great, the good and the Irish bishops over three lengthy sessions through Monday and yesterday.
   But if it looked good – which it did – as an information-gathering exercise for Pope Benedict XVI and his Curia as they prepare a pastoral letter for the Irish Catholic faithful, which we now know will have resonance urbi et orbi, there was also yesterday a sense of glorious opportunity missed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM, February 16, 2010

Helplines

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times,
   Telephone numbers and websites of support services
   HSE national counselling service Information line for adults who have experienced childhood abuse or neglect Freephone: 1800-235234 (Thurs-Sun, 6-10pm) www.hse-ncs.ie
   Connect – National Adults Counselling Service Freephone: 1800-477477 (Northern Ireland or UK: 0800-47747777) Wednesday-Sunday: 6-10pm www.connectcounselling.ie
   Dublin Rape Crisis Centre 24-hour helpline for victims of rape and sexual abuse. Freephone: 1800-778888. www.drcc.ie
   Samaritans Telephone: 1850-609090; www.dublinsamaritans.ie
   Faoiseamh Freephone: 1800-331234 (Northern Ireland and UK: 0800-973272) Monday and Wednesday 11am-8pm; Friday: 11am-4pm; www.faoiseamh.com
   One in Four Telephone: 01 6624070; www.oneinfour.org
   Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin Telephone: 01-8360314; www.cps.dublindiocese.ie
   National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland Telephone: 01 5053124; www.safeguarding.ie Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM, February 16, 2010

Pope hopes meeting will unify church in efforts to heal abused

       
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times by PATSY McGARRY and PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   POPE BENEDICT has said he hopes this week's meeting in Rome with the Irish Bishops' Conference "would help to unify the bishops and enable them to speak with one voice in identifying concrete steps aimed at bringing healing to those who have been abused".
   He also hoped the meeting would help in "encouraging a renewal of faith in Christ and restoring the church's spiritual and moral credibility".
   His view was conveyed in a communique issued yesterday at the conclusion of three lengthy discussions on the clerical child sex abuse crisis in Ireland which took place in the Vatican yesterday and on Monday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM, February 16, 2010

SDLP calls for ministerial inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse

 
   The Irish Times By DAN KEENAN, Northern News Editor
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- THE NORTH: THE SDLP has renewed calls for an inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in Northern Ireland.
   Party health spokesman Conall McDevitt is pressing Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to acknowledge that the Stormont Executive has a role in seeking redress on behalf of victims.
   Mr McDevitt said the pope's statement yesterday "must be a turning point". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM, February 16, 2010

Shatter repeats call for 'transparent dialogue'

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times By PAMELA DUNCAN
   FINE GAEL REACTION: THE FAILURE of the papal nuncio and the Vatican to co-operate with the Murphy commission should have been addressed in yesterday's statement from the Vatican, according to Fine Gael's front bench spokesman on children.
   Following the conclusion of the meeting between Pope Benedict and the Irish bishops, Alan Shatter said it was "regrettable" that the press release did not refer to the failure of the papal nuncio and the Vatican to co-operate with the Murphy commission's investigation.
   Mr Shatter reiterated his belief that the papal nuncio's letter to the chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, in which he refused to meet with it, remained "deeply regrettable". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM, February 16, 2010

Spokesman hails 'a good result' but admits 'there is a long way still to go'

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times from PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   "CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN the bishops and the Pope have had a good result," announced the Vatican's senior spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, when briefing Irish reporters and the Vatican press corps yesterday on the outcome of the two-day meeting between the Irish bishops and Pope Bendict XVI.
   Despite that "good result", Fr Lombardi found himself on the defensive when asked about some of the potentially disappointing results of the meeting. Asked why the pope had not invited abuse survivors to Rome to meet him, Fr Lombardi said that such an initiative was not the prerogative of this meeting, adding: "Yes, there is no mention of this and I don't think that this was a particular point of today's meeting but the story does not end here, today.
   "This is a long and complex process, this is only a step in that process. We are going to have a pastoral letter, there is a long way still to go." Asked about the unwillingness of the papal nuncio in Ireland, Dr Giuseppe Leanza, to go before the Dáil's foreign affairs committee to answer questions linked to the Murphy commission report, Fr Lombardi said: "As for the nuncio, I am not an expert on the subject but I think we have to look at the rules that the nuncio must follow and maybe he is not allowed to go before a parliamentary commission. Perhaps this is not the practise for a papal nuncio to do this." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM, February 16, 2010

Vatican summit a 'waste of time' - Madden

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times, By ALISON HEALY
   VICTIM REACTION: DUBLIN ABUSE victim Andrew Madden said the bishops' meeting with Pope Benedict was "a complete waste of time" and the greatest display of window-dressing he had seen.
   Fellow abuse victim Marie Collins said the fact that the resignation of bishops was not even on the agenda had been insulting to survivors. She said it was also pathetic that the pope's statement was "so far away from accepting that there was a policy of cover-up".
   Ms Collins said she could not say she was disappointed at the outcome of the meetings as she did not expect much to start with. "But I am disappointed for people who had high expectations." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM, February 16, 2010

Meeting has given us new courage, says Cardinal Brady

 
   ROME -- The Irish Times from PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   PRESS CONFERENCE: CARDINAL SEÁN Brady and four of his fellow bishops yesterday strenuously defended the spiritual value and potentially healing quality of their two-day meeting in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI and senior members of the Curia.
   Asked if he was worried that Irish public opinion might see the meeting as a disappointment, given that it failed to produce an invitation for the Irish victims of clerical abuse to meet with the pope, Cardinal Brady said: "I hope not, the question of the victims was a main concern right throughout the meeting. The meeting was held to help the Holy Father put the final touches to his letter which will address the victims . . . appropriately."
   He continued: "The discussion was frank, the difficulties were raised but at the centre of it all was concern about how to help the victims heal completely. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM, February 16, 2010

Disappointment and dismay at meetings 'charade'

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times By ALISON HEALY
   SUPPORT GROUPS: GROUPS REPRESENTING survivors of abuse have expressed dismay and disappointment at the outcome of the meeting between the Irish bishops and Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
   Campaigner Christine Buckley described the Vatican meetings as "a charade", while One in Four said the response was "extremely inadequate".
   One in Four director Maeve Lewis said expectations had been high that the Vatican and the Irish bishops would fully acknowledge the role of the institutional Catholic Church in protecting sex offenders at the expense of vulnerable children. She said it had been expected that a clear plan for the future would be offered. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM, February 16, 2010

Top military chaplain faces sex charges

  [1972 Fr Roger Bazin -NEW*] - RCC. Male.  
   Toronto Star, from Allan Woods, Ottawa Bureau,
   OTTAWA, CANADA – A former head chaplain with the Canadian Forces has been charged with b*g*ery, sexual assault and gross indecency in an 1972 attack, dealing the military its second blow in as many weeks.
   Roger Bazin was a Roman Catholic chaplain at CFB Borden and a young man in the early stages of his career when the incident is alleged to have occurred. He rose through the ranks of the military to become a brigadier-general with command of all Catholic chaplains in the force.
   "He was a very, very nice man. Very congenial, gracious. Lots of sensitivity to people as a chaplain general. Very positive, so this really comes as a shock to us," said Bishop Donald Theriault, head of the Roman Catholic Military Diocese of Canada. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM, February 16, 2010

Former top military chaplain faces sex charges

   
   The Canadian Press,
   OTTAWA, Ont., Canada – A former chief Roman Catholic chaplain of the Canadian Forces is facing sex-related charges, including "b*g*ery" and indecent assault on a male.
   Roger Bazin, a priest and retired brigadier general, is to face trial in the civilian court system on charges stemming from his time as padre at Canadian Forces Base Borden, north of Toronto, in 1972.
   He was a captain at the time the incidents are alleged to have taken place. He was later promoted and served as Catholic chaplain general of the Forces, 1992-95. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM, February 16, 2010

Former Ipswich priest to face sex trial

  [1977-81 Fr Murray Moffat (64) - NEW*] - RCC. Girl (12).    
   Brisbane Times, By FELICITY CALDWELL, February 17, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A former Ipswich Catholic priest is to face trial over allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
   Murray Alexander Moffat, 64, has been accused of indecent dealings with the girl while he was working as a parish priest in Booval 30 years ago.
   The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1981 when the man, then aged between 32 and 36, was working as a Catholic priest for the Sacred Heart Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM, February 16, 2010

Vatican removes local priest from active ministry; allegations involved minor

   
   The Seattle Times, By Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times staff reporter
   WASHINGTON -- The Vatican has permanently barred from active ministry the Rev. Dennis Kemp, former pastor of St. Monica Roman Catholic Church on Mercer Island.
   Kemp was placed on administrative leave in 2007 after allegations of inappropriate conduct with a minor.
   After the archdiocese received the allegation, it notified the Mercer Island Police Department, which investigated and turned the case over to the King County Prosecutor's office. The prosecutor decided no criminal charges could be filed because of insufficient evidence. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM, February 16, 2010

Former Monsignor Stripped of Power

  [Mons. now Mr Dale Fushek]
   My Fox Phoenix with video,
   PHOENIX, Arizona -- A former high ranking member in the Catholic Church in the valley has been stripped of his power.
   Dale Fushek is now a former Monsignor, a lay person, no longer a cleric.
   The Diocese of Phoenix received several accusations regarding Fushek's alleged sexual abuse of minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM, February 16, 2010

Church officially strips Dale Fushek of priesthood

 
   ARIZONA -- The Arizona Republic by Jim Walsh 02:01 PM Feb. 16, 2010
   The Roman Catholic Church officially booted former Monsignor Dale Fushek out of the priesthood after investigating allegations that he had sexually abused teenaged boys decades ago.
   The Diocese released a statement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI had "laicized" Fushek, stripping him of all priestly duties.
   Fushek had already been excommunicated in December 2008 for creating a schism with the church by acting as pastor of his own breakaway congregation, the Praise and Worship Center, said Jim Dwyer, a diocese spokesman. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM, February 16, 2010

STATEMENT OF THE DIOCESE OF PHOENIX

 
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix,
   ARIZONA -- The Diocese of Phoenix announces that the former Monsignor Dale J. Fushek has been returned to the lay state by the Roman Catholic Church through a process that is commonly referred to as "laicization."
   In January of 2010, Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, received a "Decree of Dismissal" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ("CDF") in Rome, in which the Bishop was notified that the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state has been imposed on the former Monsignor Dale J. Fushek. The CDF, which addresses offenses against the Sixth Commandment that are committed by priests and deacons with minors, issued its decision ex officio. This means that the penalty was imposed by order of Pope Benedict XVI and further, that the decision is not open to appeal. By the same Decree, Mr. Fushek has also been dispensed from the obligations of the clerical state.
   Under the Church's legal system, a cleric can be dismissed from the clerical state for serious violations of canon law, by committing certain delicts or ecclesiastical crimes. In Fushek's case, the Diocese of Phoenix received several accusations regarding Fushek's alleged sexual abuse of minors, and referred those accusations to the Holy See. The Holy See then directed the Diocese of Phoenix to conduct an investigation into the allegations. The results of that investigation were forwarded to the CDF. Based on the CDF's review of the findings of that investigation and on Fushek's abandonment of his ministry and his subsequent schismatic acts, the CDF issued the "Decree of Dismissal" and forwarded it to the Diocese of Phoenix. Fushek has been notified of the laicization, which took effect the moment the Decree was signed, and he has been informed of its consequences. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM, February 16, 2010

Pope Benedict Criticizes Irish Bishops

 
   VATICAN CITY -- NPR (United States) By David Gura
   At a meeting today, Pope Benedict XVI scolded 24 Irish bishops for how they handled decades of child abuse by priests in Ireland.
   A report, prepared by Judge Yvonne Murphy, which was release two months ago, said that the Catholic church in Ireland "obsessively concealed child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 to 2004." Another investigation revealed chronic beatings, rapes, near-starvation and humiliation of 30,000 children in schools and orphanages.
   According to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who reports on the meeting for NPR's All Things Considered tonight, "Pope Benedict condemned the abuse of children as a heinous crime and challenged the bishops to address problems of the past with determination and resolve." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM, February 16, 2010

Vatican picks over Irish paedophile priest scandal

 
   BBC News By David Willey, BBC News, Rome
   VATICAN CITY -- As the Roman Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the penitential rites of Lent, during which the faithful beg forgiveness for their sins, an unprecedented act of private penance has been held behind closed doors at the Vatican.
   Pope Benedict spent two days in one of the Vatican's sumptuous marble audience halls closeted with 24 Irish bishops who both individually and collectively confessed to him their shortcomings and omissions in the paedophile clergy scandal which has shocked the entire Catholic world.
   Cardinal Sean Brady, the Catholic primate of all Ireland, who led the delegation of bishops, said afterwards that "at this time of penance, we must begin with ourselves". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM, February 16, 2010

Former Catholic Monsignor defrocked

 
   ARIZONA Fox 11
   by Associated Press
   Posted on February 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM
   PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Catholic Diocese announced Tuesday that former Monsignor Dale Fushek has been defrocked. The Vatican removed Fushek from his right to exercise the functions of the priesthood.
   The Diocese said the Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted received a "Decree of Dismissal" from the Vatican in which the Bishop was notified that the penalty of dismissal has been imposed on Fushek. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Priest faces sex abuse charges

  [1977-81 Fr Murray Moffat* (64)] - RCC. Girl (12).    
   The Queensland Times, by Felicity Caldwell | 17th February 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A FORMER Ipswich Catholic priest is to face trial over allegedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
   Murray Alexander Moffat, 64, has been accused of indecent dealings with the girl while he was working as a parish priest in Booval 30 years ago.
   The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1977 and 1981 when the man, then aged between 32 and 36, was working as a Catholic priest for the Sacred Heart Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

The Pope, the Irish Bishops, Episcopal Responsibility

     
   Vatican Radio, 16 Feb 10
   VATICAN CITY (RV) -- Pope Benedict XVI has urged the Bishops of Ireland to resolve the crisis facing the church in their country with courageous and concrete steps.
   According to a statement released at the end of a two day extraordinary summit held at the Vatican to discuss the aftermath of the revelations contained in two reports into child sex abuse by clergy and religious in Ireland, the Pope spoke to the bishops of the "heinous crime", of sex abuse which "offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person."
   Speaking at a news conference Tuesday afternoon following the conclusion of the meeting between the Holy Father, Prefects of the Curia and twenty four of the serving bishops of Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, left no doubt about the issue at the heart of two days of talks. He said "The questions of the victims was a main concern right throughout the meeting". He added that the Pope listened attentively to all the bishops had to say. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Victims fear whitewash in Irish abuse scandal

 
   Reuters By Philip Pullella
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and Irish bishops ended crisis talks over a paedophilia scandal on Tuesday but victims' groups expressed fears of a whitewash where those who facilitated child abuse by priests will not face justice.
   A Vatican statement issued at the end of the pope's meetings with 24 Irish bishops called sexual abuse of children by priests a "heinous crime" and said the bishops had promised the pope they are committed to cooperating with civil authorities in investigations of the scandal.
   But victims groups expressed deep dismay, saying the meeting did not conclude who should pay for a policy of cover up and failed to mention any Vatican responsibility for looking the other way for decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Abuse survivors round on Vatican

 
   The Press Association
   IRELAND – Survivors of clerical abuse have rounded on Pope Benedict XVI for not acknowledging senior clergy covered up decades of sickening mistreatment.
   At the end of an unprecedented two-day Vatican summit with Irish Bishops, the Pontiff branded the sexual abuse of children and young people a heinous crime and a grave sin.
   The Vatican said the Pope also told Bishops the weakening of faith was a significant contributing factor in the phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors.
   Maeve Lewis, of support group One in Four, hit back and said Pope Benedict's response was inadequate.
   "It is deeply insulting to survivors to suggest that they were abused due to failures of faith, rather than because sex offending priests were moved from parish to parish, and those in authority looked away while further children were sexually abused," said Ms Lewis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Brady pledges co-operation after meeting with pope

 
   The Irish Times, with audio, PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent in Rome,
   VATICAN CITY -- The Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady said this afternoon that were the remit of the Murphy Commission to be extended to other Catholic dioceses in Ireland, the Catholic Church "will co-operate fully with that inquiry."
   He pointed to the Church's current co-operation with statutory bodies such as the HSE and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, as they prepare audits on child protection, as an example of such co-operation.
   He was speaking today at a press conference at the Vatican Radio centre in Rome following discussions between Pope Benedict, seven Curial Cardinals and 24 Irish bishops yesterday and this morning on the clerical child sex abuse crisis in Ireland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM ;

Vatican Urges Irish Bishops to "Own Up" to Guilt in Sex Abuse Scandals

 
   Lifesite By Hilary White, Rome correspondent
   VATICAN CITY, ROME, February 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The sexual abuse of children is not just a "heinous crime" but "a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image," Pope Benedict XVI said today following meetings with 24 Irish bishops.
   In his remarks the pope also linked the abuse crisis in Ireland to "the more general crisis of faith affecting the Church."
   The members of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference are in Rome this week to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and senior members of the Curia to address the scandal of Catholic institutional involvement in decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse of young people in parishes, orphanages and workhouses. The meetings between the 24 diocesan bishops were held behind closed doors in the Apostolic Palace yesterday and today. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Irish cardinal admits 'failures' in pedophile scandal

 
   Montreal Gazette Agence France-Presse
   VATICAN CITY -- An Irish cardinal Tuesday acknowledged leadership "failures" in the handling of Ireland's pedophile priest scandal after talks with Pope Benedict XVI.
   "There have been failures of course in our leadership, and as one of the victims' daughters said, the only way we will regain that credibility is through our humiliation," said Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all Ireland.
   "Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent, time of penance, and we must begin with ourselves," he told a news conference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

US abuse survivors group hits out at papal response

 
   UNITED STATES -- Ireland Online
   An American group representing survivors of clerical abuse have condemned Pope Benedict XVI's statement following a meeting with Irish bishops.
   The Pontiff blamed a weakening of faith for the abuse, and did not call for any resignations.
   "It's heart-breaking that the resignation of callous, deceptive bishops wasn't even discussed at this meeting," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Pope meeting with bishops 'a charade'

 
   IRELAND -- Ireland Online
   The meeting between the Pope and Irish bishops to discuss clerical and institutional abuse has been deemed "a charade" by victims today.
   Benedict XVI branded the abuse of Irish children as a "heinous crime" following the two days of talks, but did not offer any apology. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Pope Benedict fails victims of Irish child sex abuse

 
   IRELAND -- Irish Central by Kelly Fincham
   It seems to me as if Pope Benedict has squandered an opportunity to inspire Irish Catholics.
   The pope today described the decades of child sex abuse in the Irish church as a "heinous crime," but failed to take action on calls for top bishops to resign.
  Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope "shares the outrage" over the abuse and said Benedict pope had "already expressed profound regret."
   However, Lombardi said that the topic of resignations "was not addressed." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Pope Benedict fails to lead his Church through crisis in Ireland

 
   Irish Central
   By Father Tim
   IRELAND -- My friends:
   As many of you know, the extraordinary "summit" in Rome between Pope Benedict XVI and the Bishops of Ireland has concluded. The official statements have been released -- as expected, deploring the terrible crime of child sex abuse in the Irish Catholic Church and acknowledging that nothing was done about it for decades in spite of it being widely known.
   Language is very important to the Vatican, and this meeting in particular shows that the summit was nine parts strategy and one part theology. In a way, that is to be expected: After all, there is no theological disagreement about pedophile priests and the abuse, in any way, of innocent children.
   But back to language: The Vatican statement is critical of the Church for its "failure to act."
   That's honest and true -- as far as it goes. Nothing, however, is said about the acts the Church did take: deliberately covering up its crimes, coercing the abused into silence, transferring pedophile priests from parish to parish and even from Ireland to other countries, and refusing to cooperate with civilian authorities whose job it is to prosecute child abusers and those who conspire to cover up what is unquestionable criminal activity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

'Disappointment' at Vatican outcome

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times ALISON HEALY
   Abuse survivors' groups have expressed disappointment at the outcome of the meeting between the Irish bishops and Pope Benedict at the Vatican.
   The One in Four group said expectations had been high that the Vatican and the Irish bishops would fully acknowledge the role of the institutional Catholic Church in protecting sex offenders at the expense of vulnerable children and that a clear plan for the future would be offered.
   "We are also disappointed that the Pope has offered no explanation for the failure of the Vatican and the Papal Nuncio to cooperate with the Murphy Commission," its director Maeve Lewis said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Pope Benedict lambasts Irish Catholic church over 'heinous' child sex abuse

     
   Guardian (United Kingdom), by Stephen Bates, guardian.co.uk , Tuesday, February 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI gave the bishops of the Irish Catholic church a public dressing down at the Vatican today over the "heinous" child abuse scandal that has capsized the church's moral authority in Ireland.
   However, doubts remain about the church's openness after the papal envoy in Dublin declined to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry there.
   After two days of discussions in the Vatican, during which each of the 24 Irish bishops was called in separately and given seven minutes to explain his conduct, an official statement was issued. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Pope Urges Irish Bishops to Confront Sex Abuse

 
   The New York Times, By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO and ALAN COWELL, Published: February 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, ROME – Pope Benedict XVI urged Irish bishops on Tuesday to show "determination and resolve" in confronting the sexual abuse scandal convulsing the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland but made no explicit call for the punishment of those who perpetrated what he called a "heinous crime."
   After two days of closed-door conversations between the pope and Irish bishops, a Vatican statement said the scandal had ignited a "grave crisis," which had "led to a breakdown in trust in the church's leadership."
   But the statement seemed unlikely to satisfy victims of abuse who had called for more resignations of senior clerics involved in covering up decades of sexual abuse of children and young people by priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Pope Doesn't Ask for Resignations in Abuse Talks

 
   AOL News, Terence Neilan, Feb. 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI today ended two days of talks with Irish bishops on the sexual abuse scandal involving Ireland's Catholic priests, but no mention was made at the meeting of the victims' demands that leading bishops be forced to resign, the Vatican said.
   A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the issue "was not addressed," adding that the pope had "already expressed profound regret," The Associated Press reported.
   The meeting followed an investigation in Ireland that revealed the widespread scope of child sexual abuse over decades in the Dublin diocese. The findings matched previous reports from other parts of Ireland, and showed that the Catholic hierarchy appeared more concerned with covering up the crimes than bringing anyone to justice. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Pope Benedict XVI condemns 'heinous crime' of Irish paedophile priests

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Times (United Kingdom) Richard Owen in Rome
   Pope Benedict XVI today condemned the sexual abuse of children and young people by clergy as "not only a heinous crime but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person" as he ended a two day crisis summit with Irish bishops.
   The Pope said although "significant measures" had been taken to ensure the safety of children in future, the "grave crisis" over clerical sex abuse had led to "a breakdown in trust in the Church's leadership" and damaged "the Church's spiritual and moral credibility". The resulting "painful situation" would not be resolved quickly but had to be faced "with honesty and courage".
   The Pope is to issue a "pastoral letter" apologising to the victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland and demanding "repentance" by the perpetrators following the summit, convened in the wake of the Murphy and Ryan reports. Vatican officials said the Pope would amend his draft of the letter in the light of the meeting, and would issue it during Lent. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Vatican Statement on Sexual Abuse by Irish Clergy Disappoints Victims Groups

 
   The New York Times By ROBERT MACKEY
   VATICAN CITY -- As my colleagues Elisabetta Povoledo and Alan Cowell report, after two days of closed-door meetings with Irish bishops, Pope Benedict XVI called the sexual abuse of children by Irish clergy members a "heinous crime," in a statement released by the Vatican on Tuesday.
   The complete text of the Vatican statement is embedded below. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Pope asks Irish bishops for honesty and courage to deal with sex abuse

 
   Rome Reports video presentation, February 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The pope summoned Irish Bishops to put an end to the child abuse scandal that involved Irish priest and a cover up. Benedict XVI has called on them to confront the scandal with honesty and courage to ensure these crimes don't repeat themselves.
   The scandal involves child molestation cases that were made public after the release of two governmental reports last year. According to the Ryan Report, members of the clergy were involved in more than 1500 abuse cases that dated back to the 1930's. While the Murphy Report revealed 325 similar cases involving priests between 1975 and 2004.
   The Murphy Report, cited some of the bishops and authorities covered up the crimes in an effort to avoid a scandal. In fact, 4 bishops who admitted to their lack of leadership presented their resignation letters in December. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Pope condemns abuse by Catholic priests

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Radio Netherlands
   Pope Benedict XVI has called the sexual abuse of children committed by Irish priests and other Catholic clergy between 1975 and 2004 "a heinous crime".
   For the past two days, the Pope has been discussing the scandal, in the Vatican, with several Irish bishops and high-ranking Vatican members. The scandal came to light in November 2009 when the Irish Ministry of Justice published a report about it. It then emerged that the Roman Catholic church in Ireland had known about the abuse at the time but had knowingly kept it secret. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Vatican announced that the Pope and the Irish bishops have promised to cooperate with the Irish courts in their investigation of the abuse. At the Vatican conference, the participants also agreed on a plan that includes measures which could lead to the dismissal of those responsible. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Pope rebukes Irish bishops over sex abuse scandal

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Deutsche Welle
   After two days of talks with Ireland's top Catholic clerics, Pope Benedict XVI has criticized acts of sexual abuse by priests and urged bishops to restore the credibility of the church.
   Pope Benedict XVI has urged Ireland's bishops to restore the "spiritual and moral credibility" of the Catholic Church following two days of talks aimed at confronting a child sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Irish church.
   In a statement from the Vatican City on Tuesday, Benedict said such acts of abuse were "not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Pope comments 'insulting' - Survivors

 
   UTV, {with UTV video of the Vatican statement},
   IRELAND -- Survivors of clerical abuse have said they are disappointed with the outcome of the meeting between the Irish Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI, describing the papal remarks as deeply insulting.
   At the end of an unprecedented two-day Vatican summit with Irish Bishops, the Pontiff branded the sexual abuse of children and young people a "heinous crime and a grave sin."
   The 24 senior clergy were summoned over the past mishandling of child abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic church in Ireland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Driving Miss Praisy

 
   Healing and Spirituality Dr. Jaime Romo February 16, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- "Hoke, you're my best friend. You are." That's a line from Driving Miss Daisy, one of the many shows I find on the television relating to Black White relations in Black History month. That scene comes from a turning point late in the film, after Miss Daisy hears a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. about the shameful history of the south where good people were silent or apathetic about racism.
   There are many parallels in Black History and Survivors' history. Take names, for example. The fact that Black people received the names of their slave masters as their own at the time of the Emancipation Proclamation. Latinos have a similar experience of receiving our surnames from the colonizers who abused our indigenous ancestors. Survivors received our spiritual names from the faith traditions in which we were abused. My family name comes from a place called, Rincon de Romos, (Romos' corner), in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Sex offender legislation would go too far

 
   The Baltimore Sun Rebecca G. Riegel, Reisterstown
   MARYLAND -- The Christmastime tragedy of Sarah Foxwell has inspired politicians in Maryland to put forth an astounding number (55 at last count) of bill proposals targeting sex offenders. Although many are duplicative, the effect of even a small number of these, should they become law, would be utterly devastating to the many, many former offenders (and their families) living and trying to be productive citizens in our state.
   Many former offenders who are not now required to register would find themselves on the list, and make no mistake, public sex offender registration is a terrible burden that renders registrants virtually unemployable, destroys families and does at least as much to threaten public safety as it does to promote it.
   Separate studies by Dr. Jill Levenson and the states of New York and New Jersey illustrate both the terrible harm to families and the futility of public registration for former offenders. More importantly, none of the proposed changes to the sex offender laws currently in place would effectively address what happened to Sarah or prevent similar tragedies from happening to other children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:23 AM

Irish Bishops Free To Go Home

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Catholic Sensibility
   In the past, the Vatican has not hesitated to criticize individual bishops or manipulate their authority for matters grave or petty. Marcel LeFebvre was excommunicated. Raymond Hunthausen was given a co-adjutor. Emmanuel Milingo … well, the less said there, the better.
   I've seen the statement coming out of the Pope's meeting with the Irish bishops. Rock also has the "body language" report from Rome. I have to confess I'm not impressed, but then I didn't think I was going to be, barring some sort of conversion at the top of the ecclesiastical heap.
   Lots of lament, to be sure, about the horrific sins of offending clergy and religious. Notable praise for lay people working with the Church to ensure widespread abuse will never happen again. But icy stares will not satisfy people who are demanding an authentic "full force of renewal." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Rome's Irish Remedy: "The Full Force of Renewal"

 
   Whispers in the Loggia,
   VATICAN CITY -- At 9am Rome time, the unprecedented two-day Vatican summit on clergy sex-abuse in Ireland opened with prayers and an opening greeting to Pope Benedict from the Isle's primate, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh.
   From there, each of the country's 24 diocesan bishops in attendance were allotted seven minutes to speak, reportedly with the understanding that the pontiff and his seven top Curial lieutenants could interject with questions or comments for each as they saw fit.
   Before being joined by Benedict, however, the day's lone public element -- at least, so far -- was an 8am Mass concelebrated by both sides, led by the Cardinal-Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone SDB (above, at B16's right). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Fat Tuesday... Crunch Tuesday

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Whispers in the Loggia
   Before the second and final day of the Vatican's unprecedented sex-abuse summit with the Irish bishops, the prelates are asleep behind the walls at the "conclave hotel" -- the Vatican's Domus Sancta Marthae...
   ...and in a seeming first since November's Murphy Report, a significant development on the Isle church's latest rattling scandal has come to pass without any backgrounded episcopal commentary.
   All's not lost, however -- tomorrow's Independent makes much of B16's "body language" supposedly evident at the start of today's marathon 10-hour session:
   The body language of Pope Benedict when he finally came face to face with the [embattled] Bishop of Galway, Dr Martin Drennan, does not augur well for the former bible scholar named in the Murphy report. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

The Summit Wraps

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Whispers in the Loggia
   The abuse summit of the Irish bishops having just concluded -- with the customary group photo taken (above) -- the following release is fresh off the wire from the Holy See Press Office:
   On 15 and 16 February 2010, the Holy Father met the Irish Bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia to discuss the serious situation which has emerged in the Church in Ireland. Together they examined the failure of Irish Church authorities for many years to act effectively in dealing with cases involving the sexual abuse of young people by some Irish clergy and religious. All those present recognized that this grave crisis has led to a breakdown in trust in the Church's leadership and has damaged her witness to the Gospel and its moral teaching. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

RESIGNATION OF BISHOP OF GALWAY UNLIKELY AFTER PAPAL VISIT

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Galway News February 16, 2010
   The Pope says Child abuse in Ireland was a heinous crime - but more resignations from Irish Bishops, including Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan, are not expected.
   In the last hour The Pontiff has commented following 2 days of meetings between Bishops.
   The talks between 24 Irish Bishops and Pope Benedict in the Vatican were described as "frank and open". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Motti Elon: I decided to remain silent

   
   ISRAEL -- The Jerusalem Post BY JPOST.COM STAFF 09:35 16/Feb/2010 "I believe that out of this crisis only a great joy will arise and have therefore decided to remain silent," Rabbi Mordechai (Motti) Elon said Tuesday, responding to allegations that he may have committed "acts in contradiction to the values of sanctity and morals," made earlier in the day by a rabbinical forum dedicated to preventing sexual harassment within the national-religious sector.
   The forum issued an announcement on Monday warning that Elon was dangerous to the public.
   According to the Takana forum, after receiving complaints about Elon's implicit sexual misconduct, the forum demanded that he end all public activity, step down from any educational and managerial positions and cease conducting one-on-one counseling. The forum, composed of prominent national-religious rabbis and legal experts, refrained from making the affair pubic until this point in time in order to preserve the dignity of the complainants and the alleged perpetrator, the announcement said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

COMMUNIQUE ON PAPAL MEETING WITH IRISH BISHOPS

 
   Vatican Information Service 16 FEB 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) -- Given below is the communique released this morning after the Holy Father's meeting of yesterday and today with the Bishops of the Irish Bishops' Conference.
   "On 15 and 16 February 2010, the Holy Father met the Irish Bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia to discuss the serious situation which has emerged in the Church in Ireland. Together they examined the failure of Irish Church authorities for many years to act effectively in dealing with cases involving the sexual abuse of young people by some Irish clergy and religious. All those present recognized that this grave crisis has led to a breakdown in trust in the Church's leadership and has damaged her witness to the Gospel and its moral teaching." ...
   "For his part, the Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image. While realizing that the current painful situation will not be resolved quickly, he challenged the Bishops to address the problems of the past with determination and resolve, and to face the present crisis with honesty and courage. He also expressed the hope that the present meeting would help to unify the Bishops and enable them to speak with one voice in identifying concrete steps aimed at bringing healing to those who had been abused, encouraging a renewal of faith in Christ and restoring the Church's spiritual and moral credibility."
   "The Holy Father also pointed to the more general crisis of faith affecting the Church and he linked that to the lack of respect for the human person and how the weakening of faith has been a significant contributing factor in the phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors. He stressed the need for a deeper theological reflection on the whole issue, and called for an improved human, spiritual, academic and pastoral preparation both of candidates for the priesthood and religious life and of those already ordained and professed." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

TD Slams Vatican Representative

 
   IRELAND -- 4NI,
   A Fine Gael TD has slammed the Papal Nuncio for his failure to cooperate with the Murphy reports and for his refusal to answer questions at a joint Oireachtas committee.
   The Fine Gael spokesperson on children, Alan Shatter revealed yesterday evening that the Papal Nuncio had refused to attend a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee. Deputy Shatter said the non-cooperation of the Papal representative and of the Vatican was "scandalous" and "incomprehensible".
   "At a time when it is acknowledged in Rome that members of the clergy in Ireland are guilty of abominable sexual abuse of children, the refusal of the Papal Nuncio to attend a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee is not only deeply regrettable but incomprehensible," Mr Shatter said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Church must 'restore credibility' after abuse scandal

 
   AFP
   VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has urged Irish bishops to "restore the credibility" of the Roman Catholic Church rocked by a paedophilia priest scandal, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
   The pope is holding a second day of talks with Irish bishops to seek the way forward after a paedophile priest scandal which has rocked the mainly Catholic country.
   The Irish delegation was led by Cardinal Sean Brady, primate of all Ireland, who in December met Benedict along with Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin over the crisis which came to light with the publication of two shocking judicial reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Milwaukee Archbishop To 'Set Record Straight'

   
   WISN, {The editorial},
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is writing an editorial in Tuesday's newspaper to 'set the record straight' regarding recent allegations he mishandled a sex abuse case when he was the Bishop of La Crosse.
   The case involved a woman who claimed her priest sexually assaulted her last year.
   The woman claims she took the matter to then La Crosse Bishop Listecki. She says he sent her a letter saying he was looking into the matter, but he did not contact police. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Priest accused of embezzlement stands mute to theft charge

  [2007-09 Fr Robert Chukwu* (59)] - RCC. US $200k missing.    
   LaCrosse Tribune By ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen@lacrossetribune.com ,
   PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISCONSIN - The Rev. Robert Chukwu shook hands and mingled in the Crawford County courtroom Monday before his name was called.
   The Catholic priest stared forward and pressed his lips together for most of his preliminary hearing as the district attorney laid out a felony theft case that accuses him of stealing about $200,000 from two Crawford County parishes and the Diocese of La Crosse.
   Chukwu, who wore his clerical collar to court, stood mute as a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Archbishop Listecki Talks about Alleged La Crosse Priest Abuse

   
   WTMJ By The WTMJ News Team,
   MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- The new leader of the Catholic Church in Milwaukee addressing a tough issue head on.
   For the first time, Archbishop Jerome Listecki is responding to a controversy involving the reporting of an alleged priest abuse case in his former diocese.
   A 47-year old woman reported an assault to the Diocese in La Crosse where Listecki was in charge. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Irish victims want action, not only words

 
   Javno (Croatia), February 16, 2010
   DUBLIN, Ireland (AFP) -- Victims of sexual abuse by Irish clerics want action rather than words, a support group said Tuesday while acknowleding some "positive" signs from a meeting of Irish bishops with the pope.
   Speaking on the second day of Vatican talks on a paedophile priest scandal, Irish Survivors of Child Abuse group (SOCA) founder John Kelly added that he hoped Pope Benedict XVI would eventually come to Ireland to apologise.
   "The Irish people and the victims are entitled to expect firm actions from the pope," he told AFP. "We are entitled to expect that the pope make those who committed crimes or covered up crimes, including bishops, be made accountable. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Pope says paedophilia a 'heinous crime'

 
   RTE News, with audio, 13:08, Tuesday, 16 February 2010
   {Read the full statement}
   VATICAN CITY -- The Pope has told Irish bishops at a special summit in the Vatican that paedophilia is a heinous crime and that the Catholic Church must address the issue with resolve, according to a statement.
   The Pope has urged the 24 Irish bishops to show unity in identifying concrete steps aimed at bringing healing to survivors of abuse.
   He said he realised that the current painful situation will not be resolved quickly and he urged the bishops to address the problems of the past with determination and resolve and face the present crisis with honesty and courage. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Pope says paedophilia 'a grave sin which offends God'

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times IRISH TIMES REPORTERS
   Pope Benedict told Ireland's Catholic Bishops during two days of crisis talks over a paedophilia scandal that sexual abuse of children by priests was a "heinous crime" that they must address with resolve, the Vatican said today.
   "The Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image," the statement said.
   "While realising that the current painful situation will not be resolved quickly, he challenged the bishops to address the problems of the past with determination and resolve, and to face the present crisis with honesty and courage," it said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Irish bishops face the music in Rome

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Guardian (United Kingdom) John Hooper guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 February 2010
   The pope and senior prelates have been grilling their colleagues over abuse found to be endemic in the Irish church. There are two schools of thought about Pope Benedict and the child sex abuse that has disgraced the Roman Catholic church for decades. One view is that he connived in the ostrich-like policy of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. The other is that he had no option but to go along with that policy (the Vatican being, after all, an absolute monarchy).
   The outcome of an extraordinary summit at the Vatican which ends today will show just how far he is prepared to go in fulfilling his implied pledge, before his election as pope, to sweep the "filth" from the Catholic church. The entire Irish hierarchy finds itself nearing the conclusion of a hauling over the coals such as it has never experienced before, motivated by the publication last year of two damning reports detailing extensive child sex abuse in parishes and church-run institutions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Pope tells Irish bishops pedophilia a heinous crime

 
   Reuters
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict told Irish bishops during two days of crisis talks over a pedophilia scandal that sexual abuse of children by priests was a "heinous crime" that they must address with resolve, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
   "The Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image," a statement said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Pope: Church must address 'heinous crime' of paedophilia

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Ireland Online
   Pope Benedict XVI today branded the sexual abuse of children and young people a "heinous crime" and a "grave sin".
   At the end of an unprecedented two-day Vatican summit with Irish bishops, the Pontiff said the the clergy should face the present crisis with honesty and courage.
   The 24 senior clergy were summonsed over the past mishandling of child abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic church in Ireland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Anger as papal nuncio refuses to testify on child abuse

 
   Sydney Morning Herald
   DUBLIN, IRELAND: Irish politicians have denounced the refusal of the Pope's diplomat in Ireland to testify to a parliamentary panel probing the level of Catholic Church co-operation with investigations into the church's cover-up of child abuse.
   News of the refusal came as the Vatican described the child sex abuse scandal in Ireland as "humiliating" for the church and 24 Irish bishops began unprecedented talks with the Pope.
   The papal nuncio to Ireland, Cardinal Giuseppi Leanza, told MPs in a letter published on Monday that he would not answer questions from the parliament's foreign affairs committee. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Irish sexual abuse needs a strong response

     
   The Australian, by David Sharrock,
   VATICAN CITY -- IF it were not so grave an issue, the spectacle of Ireland's most senior clergy dressed in their finery and lining up to defend themselves, one by one, in a seven-minute address to the Pope might have all the comic ingredients of a public school headmaster ticking off to his prefects.
   But a great deal rides on the outcome of the Vatican meeting, an extraordinarily rare conference called to consider the damage wrought to the Roman Catholic church by hundreds of Irish pedophile priests who assaulted their young charges for decades, seemingly with impunity. The past has finally caught up with them.
   Last year, two reports came to devastating conclusions about the role of religion in the life of the state. The first found there was systemic sexual, physical and emotional abuse in Catholic-run residential institutes for children. The second said the hierarchy had deliberately covered up the priests' crimes, protecting them from the law, in order to save the church's reputation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Pope's body language speaks volumes at historic meeting

 
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Tuesday February 16 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- THE body language of Pope Benedict when he finally came face to face with the Bishop of Galway, Dr Martin Drennan, does not augur well for the former bible scholar named in the Murphy report.
   The habitually aloof Bishop Drennan is eagerly stooping forward to greet the head of the Catholic Church, who has the sole power to remove him from episcopal office.
   Note, too, how the usually formal bishop is offering the Pontiff not a steady handshake.
   His gesture is not really a handshake at all. It is more like a quick finger-grasping greeting, worthy of a Dail politician. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Nine vacancies offer chance to revive Church

 
   Irish Independent By John Cooney, Tuesday February 16 2010
   IRELAND -- NINE vacancies will soon occur in the 26 dioceses in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
   This represents an unprecedented one-third of the total, and these nine posts will need to be filled by the German Pontiff.
   These sweeping changes in the personnel of the Irish hierarchy will provide Pope Benedict with the opportunity over the next two years to appoint a younger generation of "new blood" priests to a jaded bench of bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Clergy 'must admit blame for abominable acts of abuse'

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Irish Independent By John Cooney, David Sharrock and Richard Owen Tuesday February 16 2010
   CATHOLIC clergy who have sinned by abusing children or by turning a blind eye to paedophile priests must admit blame for their "abominable acts", Ireland's bishops were told yesterday.
   "Yes, storms spark fear, even those that rock the boat of the church because of the sins of its members," said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, in a sermon.
   He was speaking inside St Peter's Basilica shortly before they began two days of crisis talks with the Pope. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Lawyer calls for removal of kids from Methodist Church

     
   The Southern Times,
   Johannesburg, South Africa – Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg and former bishop Paul Verryn have been criticised for the conditions and exposure to danger of children who found refuge there.
   But the church is providing shelter and assistance to youngsters to whom little or no assistance was initially offered by the state, said a child rights lawyer this week.
   However, the last few children still residing at the church should be taken into care systems and a planned 'reception centre' must be opened as soon as possible to take care of unaccompanied children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Irish bishops continue Pope talks

   
   BBC News
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI will meet Irish Roman Catholic bishops for a second day of talks to discuss their response to a child sex abuse scandal.
   On Monday the 24 bishops sat round a table at the Vatican with the Pope. There were no reports of what was said, but a statement is expected on Tuesday.
   In a report last year the Irish Church admitted covering up abuse for decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Irish angry at Vatican as summit ends

 
   The Associated Press By FRANCES D'EMILIO (AP)
   VATICAN CITY, ROME – Ireland's bishops and Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up talks Tuesday aimed at regaining the trust of Catholics shaken by revelations of clergy sex abuse and cover-up, as new anger flared over the refusal of the papal representative to Ireland to testify before lawmakers there.
   A second day of an extraordinary meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and 24 diocesan bishops was held behind closed doors in the Apostolic Palace.
   The Vatican has promised to comment on the crisis after the summit ends in the early afternoon, and some bishops have agreed to speak at a news conference later in the day. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Statement on Meeting with Irish Bishops

 
   Vatican Radio 16 Feb 10
   VATICAN CITY (RV) -- Below we publish the final statement of the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI, Curia Prefects and Irish Bishops here at the Vatican:
   On 15 and 16 February 2010, the Holy Father met the Irish Bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia to discuss the serious situation which has emerged in the Church in Ireland. Together they examined the failure of Irish Church authorities for many years to act effectively in dealing with cases involving the sexual abuse of young people by some Irish clergy and religious. All those present recognized that this grave crisis has led to a breakdown in trust in the Church's leadership and has damaged her witness to the Gospel and its moral teaching. The meeting took place in a spirit of prayer and collegial fraternity, and its frank and open atmosphere provided guidance and support to the Bishops in their efforts to address the situation in their respective Dioceses. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Bishop meets Pope

 
   Derry Journal By Staff reporter
   VATICAN CITY -- Bishop of Derry Dr Seamus Hegarty is expected to arrive back in the city tomorrow after meeting Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
   Dr Hegarty was among the Irish Catholic hierarchy summoned to the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the church to its foundations.
   The summit was opened yesterday by All-Ireland Primate Cardinal Sean Brady. The 24 bishops went one by one to the pontiff and kissed his hand in a sign of fraternal respect in the first of two sessions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Former Turbeville Child Care Worker Arrested

  [Atchley -? NEW*] - Baptist. Children.
   WOLO
   TURBEVILLE (SC) -- The sign outside the Free Will Baptist Home for Children in Turbeville reads, "if we don't stand up for children, we don't stand up for much." Executive director Todd Parrish says the mission is to put children first, but a former staff member is accused of taking advantage of the kids.
   Director Parrish says, "This situation is shocking no matter how often you may hear about it in society."
   53 year old Arley Atchley has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Former senior Wirral vicar jailed for downloading child porn

   
   Wirral Globe, By Lynda Roughley,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER senior vicar from Wirral has been jailed for 12 months for downloading obscene child porn images.
   Ex-Church of England Rev Paul Battersby was already subjected to a suspended prison sentence imposed two years ago after he was caught with indecent images while working as a priest in Lancashire.
   But Battersby, who was in the ministry for 31 years, was locked up after being caught for a second time when he broke the rules of his previous court order by using a nickname on the internet to organise a missionary conference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Reporting abuse to civil authorities a must

   
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Jerome E. Listecki, Posted: Feb. 15, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- When I was ordained a priest in 1975, I never imagined I would be publicly apologizing for the criminal and sinful actions of priests who abused children. These crimes go against everything the priesthood and the Catholic Church represents. It is a horror we can never erase and for which we will always atone. As a representative of the church, I apologize to victims/survivors and their families and promise to strive for healing and resolution.
   In my first six weeks as archbishop of Milwaukee, I have been pleased to learn about the deliberate and pastoral approach that has shaped policies within this archdiocese, especially since 2002. I want everyone in southeastern Wisconsin to be aware of these policies and understand what happens when we receive a report of sexual abuse by a diocesan priest.
   In the archdiocese, we have a Community Advisory Board that counsels me on our policies and practices. Board members include individuals with expertise from outside the church structure and are listed on the archdiocesan Web site. My desire as your new archbishop is to learn from and build upon the high standards already in place, always listening for recommendations to improve our efforts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

John Cooney: Unholy ghosts of clerical sex abuse stalk Pope's homeland

         
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Tuesday February 16 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- POPE Benedict has been calling on the Holy Spirit to guide the Irish bishops out of the nightmarish cycle of child clerical sexual abuse scandals -- the scandals that have shattered their moral authority and brought them to Rome in search of healing and renewal at the two-day special summit that ends this afternoon.
   But lodged in the Bavarian Pope's mind is the even more horrendous prospect of his having to confront an unholy ghost, in the guise of clerical paedophilia, that for decades has blighted generations of school children in his native Germany.
   Indeed, some commentators here are suggesting the time and energy being devoted by the 83-year-old Pope to resolve 'the Irish problem' is a trial-run for an ever bigger crisis: daily he hears more tragic revelations from the land of his birth of a spiralling series of child sexual abuse atrocities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Porn vicar locked up

  [Battersby] - ? Church of England (Anglican communion). Testing nickname.  
   Lep,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Lancashire vicar has been jailed for 12 months for downloading obscene child porn images.
   Rev Paul Battersby was already subjected to a suspended prison sentence imposed two years ago after he was caught with indecent images while working as a priest at St Ambrose Church in Leyland.
   But Battersby, who was in the ministry for 31 years, was locked up after being caught for a second time when he broke the rules of his previous court order by using a nickname on the internet to organise a missionary conference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Bishop in Rome meeting with Pope

     
   The Sentinel February 16, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The Bishop of Galway, Rev Martin Drennan, was given seven minutes to "account directly to the holy father" about his views, actions or knowledge about decades of sexual and physical abuse by clergy, at a two day meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome this week.
   Bishop Drennan was one of 24 Irish bishops who met with the pontiff and seven leading members of the Curia at two sessions in the Vatican yesterday. A third session with the Pope began this morning at 8am and will end at 1pm.
   Each Bishop was given about seven minutes to discuss with the pope the fallout from reports on clerical abuse, including the Ryan and Murphy reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Damages for Catholic abuse could cost millions

   
   The Local,
   GERMANY -- As more victims of sexual abuse by priests in the German Catholic church in the 1970s and 80s come forward, their lawyers said on Tuesday that compensation could reach into the millions.
   Berlin lawyer Manuela Groll, who represents nine victims, told daily Die Welt that sums between €5,000 and €10,000 are under discussion.
   "My clients are not happy with an apology, and instead expect compensation from the orders," Groll told the paper. "An agreement out of court would be the right signal to the victims." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue February 16, 2010
• Archbishop Hickey issues Fr Abourjaily clarification.  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily*] - RCC. "Delusional". Cancer fake netted Lourdes trip money. Not obeying go home order.        

Archbishop Hickey issues Fr Abourjaily clarification


   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), p 1, February 17, 2010
   PERTH (W. Australia) –
   Archbishop Barry Hickey issued the following statement last weekend regarding Fr Richard Abourjaily:
   "Fr Richard Abourjaily is a priest of the Sydney Diocese currently without priestly faculties.
   "On the recommendation of Fr John Flader of Sydney, I met Fr Abourjaily some weeks ago regarding the possibility of him taking up priestly ministry in Perth.
  [Picture] Fr Abourjaily shortly before ordination in 2007.  
   "I allowed him to reside in a Perth parish and gave him permission to help out if needed while I contacted Cardinal Pell.
   "Following my conversation with the Cardinal, I thought it best to recall Fr Richard from the parish and arranged for him to live privately with two other priests.
   Fr Richard does not have Perth faculties and therefore cannot do any public ministry until further notice.
   "Fr Abourjaily will use this time to take stock and discern his future. I do not feel I can comment in any way on events that occurred in the Sydney Archdiocese. #

   [COMMENT: Even if the Perth archbishop says he cannot comment on what occurred in Sydney archdiocese, close Church-watchers know about his fake cancer and donations for his Lourdes trip, from reports in the general mass media, and also know an allegation of what happened in the U.S.A. before he was ordained as a priest.  How the RCC stumbles from one error to another!
   WHO is Fr John Flader of Sydney, who recommended the move across the continent?  Is he the same Fr John Flader who has the unenviable task of giving Catholic answers to questions from doubters, and whose column appears in various R.C. papers, including this paper, The Record of Perth, on page 12 of this same issue?  Does he have authority to encourage a priest of Sydney area to disobey his "Ordinary," i.e., Cardinal Pell, and cross the Australian continent?  Well, um, er, not really! 
   Archbishop Hickey wrote: "I allowed him to reside in a Perth parish and gave him permission to help out if needed while I contacted Cardinal Pell."  In this day of instant communication by telephone, mobile cellphones and e-mail, was that the correct way to handle this situation?  Does that mean that the formerly beleagured Archbishop Hickey is now harbouring a runaway disobedient priest?  And flouting Roman Catholic canon law? ENDS.]
   [LOOK BACK: Banned priest 'saying Mass,' February 13, 2010]
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm#archbishop_hickey_issues
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/religion/religchron4.htm#archbishop_hickey_issues
[Feb 17, 2010]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont169.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed February 17, 2010 edition:


The rights of children

 
   The Irish Times, Feb 18, 2010
   IRELAND – THE PROPOSED children's rights amendment to the Constitution would herald a major improvement on the present protection afforded to children, and the publication of the wording is long overdue. It was first recommended by the 1993 Kilkenny incest inquiry report and has featured a number of times since in official reports.
   This amendment is about much more than intervening in families or in situations where children are being abused, like the unfortunate case this week. It is a positive statement of the rights of children as individuals to have their welfare regarded as a primary consideration and the responsibility of their parents, as the primary protectors of their welfare, to provide for them.
   This is the intent of the proposed new Article 42 of the Constitution, to be entitled Children, replacing and incorporating much of the existing Article 42, entitled Education. The old Article set a very high threshold for intervention in the marital family, requiring the family to "fail" for "physical or moral reasons". [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 PM]
   [COMMENTS: Words would not have saved the children, in a nation which at that time was betwitched by the pretended magic of the RCC. ENDS.]

A brave new model for the rights of Irish children

 
   The Irish Times By URSULA KILKELLY, Feb 18, 2010
   IRELAND -- ANALYSIS : The proposed changes to the Constitution would force the State to give deserved priority of place to children in all decisions that might affect them
   IRELAND HAS come late to children's rights. The inadequate provision for children's rights in the Constitution and the knock-on effect is well-documented.
   Numerous reports have detailed the extent to which children's rights have been ignored and underplayed. The Ryan report documented the appalling abuse and neglect of children in State institutions over several decades, and others have detailed the failure of those in authority to prioritise children's right to protection, listen to them and to speak up on their behalf. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

Police Chief critical of La Crosse Diocese Policy

   
   WEAU, Reporter: Andrew Fefer Email Address: andrew fefer § weau com
   LaCROSSE (WI) -- On Tuesday, a former La Crosse Diocese Bishop spoke out about a case against a priest for the first time. It involves a sexual assault accusation from when Jerome Listecki was still in La Crosse. Now Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Matysik wants a diocese policy about sexual assault to change.
   The La Crosse Diocese website shows anyone who wants to report sexual abuse of a child should send it to one of its monsignors, and that they should also take their reports to civil authorities.
   "There isn't a gray area," Matysik said. "This isn't something that we can sort of do half-right now." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Papal nuncio attends every session with bishops

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent in Rome
   VATICAN MEETINGS: THE PAPAL nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza attended all meetings at the Vatican this week involving Pope Benedict, senior curial cardinals and the Irish bishops.
   However, he did not contribute to proceedings nor did he or the Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Bertone make any reference at the various sessions to the decision of Archbishop Leanza not to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dermot Clifford yesterday.
   Appointed apostolic administrator to Cloyne diocese last March and Ireland's longest serving Catholic Archbishop, he told The Irish Times in Rome yesterday that it would probably be advisable to await the result of audits by the HSE and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland before it was decided to extend the remit of the Murphy Commission to other Catholic dioceses in Ireland. Otherwise, he said: "The past won't be the past for a very long time." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Massgoer reaction 'If this was just a normal crime from somebody else, something would be done immediately'

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times RONAN McGREEVY
   LARGE CROWDS attended the Ash Wednesday services at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral yesterday at lunchtime, but the statement made by Pope Benedict after the two-day meeting with the Irish bishops in Rome did not impress those who spoke to The Irish Times.
   One man and his wife, who did not want to be named because the subject of religion was a fraught one with their son, said the church was full of "past middle age Catholics who have been conned".
   They noted the words of abuse victim Michael O'Brien, who described the outcome of two days of meeting in Rome as a "whitewash". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Resignation of bishops not on agenda, says Brennan

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY and LORNA SIGGINS
   RESIGNATIONS: BISHOP DENIS Brennan of Ferns said yesterday the issue of resignations was not on the agenda at talks between the Irish bishops and the pope in Rome earlier this week.
   He was responding to criticism from victims' groups who expressed disappointment at the failure of the talks to address several issues relating to the church's handling of child abuse cases.
   Bishop of Galway Dr Martin Drennan did not attend Ash Wednesday Mass in Galway Cathedral yesterday as he was travelling back from Rome. A spokesman for Dr Drennan confirmed that he had not resigned. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

'No division' in hierarchy about child protection

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times STEVEN CARROLL
   ARCHBISHOP'S REACTION: THERE WAS "no division" among bishops about future child protection measures and the church must ensure no "slippage" in dealing with clerical sex abuse in the future, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said. .
   Speaking for the first time since a meeting of 24 Irish bishops and Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, Dr Martin yesterday said a shared sense of concern about the handling of abuse had been expressed and each person needed to accept their specific responsibilities. "I believe the future of dealing with this question is in the hands of the Irish church."
   He added: "The Irish church has to have the strength to do that and there [must] be no slippage, no going backwards. We have robust child protection measures in place and there is no division among the bishops about those. We have the measures to ensure that if anybody fails it is noticed." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Dismay in Vatican at negative Irish response to 'historic' meeting

 
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   REACTION: ON THE day after the historic two-day meeting between the Irish bishops and Pope Benedict, there was a certain dismay in the Vatican at the widespread negative Irish media reaction.
   Speaking of what he called a "dialogue between deaf parties", one commentator said neither the Holy See nor Irish public and media opinion had fully understood the other. What seemed a very useful, groundbreaking meeting to one, looked like a total waste of time to the other.
   From the Vatican viewpoint, all sight has been lost of the exceptional nature of this week's meeting and, above all, of the forthcoming pastoral letter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Dismay at lack of reply to open letter

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times
   VICTIM REACTION: ABUSE VICTIM Andrew Madden has said he is dismayed at the failure of Pope Benedict XVI to respond to an open letter sent to him before this week's meetings with the Irish bishops.
   The letter urged the pope to accept the resignation of three bishops who offered to quit following publication of the Murphy report. Mr Madden and other members of One in Four will meet Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin tomorrow to discuss the meeting between the pope and the bishops.
   Abuse survivor and Catholic priest Fr Paddy McCafferty said he understood the "pain and disappointment" of fellow survivors on the outcome of the meeting, but he cautioned that it was a "work in progress", as other bishops had said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Former youth minister pleads guilty to abuse

  - Baptist.
   Associated Baptist Press By Bob Allen Wednesday, February 17, 2010
   SEAFORD, Va. (ABP) -- A former associate pastor and minister of youth at a Southern Baptist church in Virginia pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to sex offenses against two teenage girls.
   Jack Duffer, 41, was scheduled to stand trial that day on a total of 18 felony charges. Instead he entered a guilty plea to one charge of an indecent act with a child and eight counts of aggravated sexual battery in a plea bargain in which nine of the charges were dropped. Sentencing is scheduled for May 13. According to the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, Judge William Andrews III told Duffer he faces up to 165 years in prison.
   Duffer, known as "Pastor Jack" to the congregation of Seaford Baptist Church in Seaford, Va., was arrested Aug. 13 on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child and contributing to the delinquency of a child. Authorities said the charge stemmed from a single act that occurred sometime between July 24 and Aug. 8 of 2009. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

An Irish (Catholic) tragedy

 
   UNITED STATES / IRELAND -- Renew America By Matt C. Abbott
   In light of recent headlines involving the Catholic Church in Ireland, I'm reprinting the Introduction to Joe Rigert's 2008 book An Irish Tragedy. Many thanks to Charles Eby of the Crossland Foundation for allowing me to reprint Rigert's material.
   "Oh, the poor Irish," exclaimed Tony Flannery when I explained the purpose of my visit – to examine the scandal of clergy sex abuse in his country. Indeed, the Irish have suffered much: oppressed for generations under English rule, once decimated by famine, mired in the mud of poverty, victimized by prejudice as migrants to America. And now, shamed by the pervasive sexual abuses of their priests. Despite this history, Flannery was not defensive. As a leading critic and reformer in the Irish Catholic Church, a role that has cost him any prospects of career advancement, Flannery knows that healing can only come through addressing the church's problems openly and frankly.
   My goal in traveling to Ireland was to get insights from people like Flannery on the causes and extent of sexual abuse in that country, and to determine to what extent Irish priests had contributed to the monstrous sex-scandal in the American church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

You go, Ireland! Make Benedict XVI pay 1 billion euro for his crimes as ' General Ratzinger of the John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army in Ireland'

 
   UNITED STATES/IRELAND -- Benedict XVI - Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow
   Talk is cheap. Papal talk is even cheaper. But the Irish are done with cheap papal talk. This time, they are not going for to Rome for some crocodile tears session with Benedict XVI and a tour guided by Boston's criminal-Cardinal Bernard Law the glorious Archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica see John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army expands into Ireland & John Paul is elevated as "Venerable"... only in the Catholic Church are criminals glorified http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2009/12/john-paul-ii-pedophile-priests-army.html
   We Bostonians got rid of Cardinal Bernard Law in 2002 who ended up selling his Archbishop Palace. But John Paul II, to spite us and prove that he is more powerful than us, promoted him as Archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica. A bitter ending for us…(but now a group is demanding Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation or firing, http://jp2m.blogspot.com/) Then, the American church paid more than 2.2 billion dollars in compensation, Los Angeles paid the most, 660 million dollars but Cardinal Mahony continues to sit in glory because he sends 1 billion dollars revenue to the Vatican each year, and none of his priests demanded his resignation, unlike our brave Bostonian priests who demanded Cardinal Bernard Law's immediate resignation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Bishop Drennan 'will not resign'

 
   IRELAND -- The Irish Times
   A spokesman for Bishop of Galway Dr Martin Drennan has said he will not resign his position following criticism over his handling of cases of child abuse while he was Auxilliary Bishop of Dublin.
   Dr Drennan did not attend the Ash Wednesday masses in Galway Cathedral today as he was travelling back to the west from Rome.
   Bishop Drennan had been an Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin for seven of the years investigated by the Murphy Commission. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Irish abuse victims disappointed, angered by Vatican statement

 
   IRELAND -- The Catholic Review By Michael Kelly Catholic News Service
   DUBLIN, Ireland – Victims of clerical child sexual abuse and groups representing them reacted with a mix of anger and disappointment to a Vatican statement issued after a papal meeting with Irish bishops.
   Marie Collins, who was abused by a Dublin priest, told Catholic News Service that she thought it was "pathetic" that the statement was "so far away from accepting that there was a policy of cover-up."
   "I wasn't expecting much from the meeting, but the fact that the resignation of bishops was not even on the agenda had been insulting," she said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Religious leader Elon accused of inappropriate conduct

  - Judaists.
   JTA February 17, 2010
   JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (JTA) -- National religious Zionist leader Rabbi Mordechai "Motti" Elon has been accused of inappropriate conduct by a religious-Zionist forum that deals with complaints of sexual harassment in the religious school system.
   In an announcement Monday, the Takana forum demanded that Elon step away from all rabbinic, teaching and community positions, saying he was a threat to the community.
   Following a public outcry within the religious Zionist community, the organization released a statement Wednesday defending its decision to publicize the warning, saying that the incidents it says Elon was involved in "can only be described as acts of the most severe kind." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

VOTF CALLS FOR MORE FROM THE VATICAN

 
   IRELAND / UNITED STATES -- Voice of the Faithful February 16, 2010
   Pope Benedict's meeting with Irish bishops falls short of expectations.
   BOSTON – Voice of the Faithful in Ireland and abroad are angry and disappointed over the results from the Pope's summit with the bishops of Ireland at the Vatican. Prior to the meeting, Voice of the Faithful's Irish affiliate made a statement indicating the only way to heal the Church and get to the root of the issue of clerical abuse was for the Pope to address the issue of accountability and for the bishops of Ireland to take responsibility. Reports from the Vatican on the meeting indicate only apologies and sorrow, no signs of responsibility or accountability.
   Sean O'Conaill, the acting coordinator of Voice of the Faithful Ireland said that the publication of the Murphy report in November of last year "should have been followed by the immediate resignation of all Irish bishops who had participated in or acceded to this cover up. It should also have triggered an immediate declaration from the papacy that this cover up would be investigated and explained - especially because it is well known to the faithful that this problem extends well beyond Ireland, and implicates the universal Church and its governance from Rome." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

"A Failure of Leadership"

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Catholic World Report By Michael Kelly
   Pope Benedict XVI has challenged Irish bishops to face up to the child abuse crisis with honesty and courage.
   In a communiqué issued February 16 after a crisis two-day summit between the Pope, Irish bishops, and senior curial officials, the Holy See said the meeting "examined the failure of Irish Church authorities for many years to act effectively in dealing with cases involving the sexual abuse of young people by some Irish clergy and religious."
   The Rome meeting comes amid public anger in Ireland after two separate judicial commissions found that Church leaders had for decades failed to report allegations of sexual abuse against priests to the civil authorities. The reports also found that in many cases senior clerics put the avoidance of scandal and the good name of the Church ahead of the rights of victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Ireland and the Pope

 
   VATICAN CITY -- Leon J. Podles: Dialogue February 16th, 2010
   Pope Benedict and the Irish bishops have issued a communiqué.
   For his part, the Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image.
   The Holy Father also pointed to the more general crisis of faith affecting the Church and he linked that to the lack of respect for the human person and how the weakening of faith has been a significant contributing factor in the phenomenon of the sexual abuse of minors
.
   Good words, but only words.
   Although Benedict has acted more strongly against priest-abusers than any pope since Pius V, he has not really acted against bishops who have abused or against bishops who have tolerated abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Abuse Survivor Christine Buckley speaks about her dismay following the Pope's statement

 
   IRELAND -- News Talk, with audio,
   Today Christine Buckley spoke about her dismay following the Pope's statement and described it as a charade.
   The Pope told Irish Bishops that paedophilia is a "heinous crime" and the church must address the problem "with resolve". However, no papal apology for the survivors of clerical and institutional sex abuse here was included in the statement.
   The Pontiff's two day meeting with Irelands 24 Bishops to discuss clerical sex abuse has just ended. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Listen: Talk Of Renewal, But Few Decisions In Pope's Irish Clergy Summit

 
   BOSTON (MA) / IRELAND -- WBUR with audio By BOB OAKES Published February 17, 2010
   BOSTON – Pope Benedict XVI says he hopes this week's meetings with Irish bishops at the Vatican to discuss the clergy sex abuse scandal in Ireland will eventually help to bring healing to those who have been abused.
   But victims groups are calling the meetings a charade. The groups want further accountability and clergy resignations, including the resignation of former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law.
   The summit follows two reports out of Ireland last year documenting decades of sexual and psychological abuse of children in Catholic-run schools and orphanages. The reports also said Catholic Church leaders in Dublin spent decades protecting child-abusing priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Renewal needed at top levels across society

 
   IRELAND -- The Meath Chronicle,
   Since the weekend, the entire serving hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has been gathered in Rome for a meeting with Pope Benedict and senior members of the Curia. The bishops were summoned to the Vatican by the pope following the revelations contained in the Ryan and more recently, the Murphy reports into abuse within the Catholic orders, and the Catholic church.
   The Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has described it as a step in a process which will lead to a journey of repentance, renewal and reconciliation. It has been an unprecedented period in the Irish Catholic Church, with bishops resigning hand-over-fist as details of their non-action with regard to complaints by victims of child abusing clergy were highlighted. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Irish bishops plan penitential act in response to crisis

 
   Catholic Culture February 17, 2010
   IRELAND -- Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh told reporters that the Irish Catholic bishops will make a public act of repentance during Lent in response to the sex-abuse scandal. Speaking to reporters after two days of meetings in Rome, the cardinal said that the bishops had not decided on a particular penitential act, but their gesture would be tantamount to "sackcloth and ashes." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bishop not for turning, as he comes back to increased criticism

 
   IRELAND -- Galway Advertiser By Martina Nee
   The Bishop of Galway returned home yesterday to criticisms that the two-day summit between his fellow bishops and the Pope at the Vatican had been a wasted opportunity for the Church to take responsibility for presiding over a culture of cover-up.
   Galway-based Rape Crisis Network Ireland has said that the Church needs to accept responsibility in order to move forward and stop presenting themselves as "victims of circumstance".
   Bishop Dr Martin Drennan was one of 24 Irish bishops summoned to Rome for a special summit this week to discuss the mishandling of clerical sex abuse scandals. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Local clergy abuse survivor says the Pope needs to be tougher abusers

 
   KMOX Fred Bodimer Reporting flbodimer@cbs.com
   ST. LOUIS (MO), (KMOX) -- Nice words, but not enough action. That's how a local clergy abuse survivor reacts to the Pope's meeting with Irish Bishops over the clergy abuse scandal in Ireland.
   The pope called pedophilia a heinous crime and an offense to God.
   St. Louisian David Clohessy wonders why the Pope didn't take the next step by ousting the Irish Bishops who allegedly turned a blind eye to the abuse for decades, "first there's a horrific scandal . Bishops from one country fly over to Rome. There is all kinds of promises of reform, but there is little of anything in the way of tangible action" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Religious-Zionist rabbi's life threatened for revealing sexual harassment case

  - Judaist.  
   ISRAEL -- YNet News Israel News Published 16:21 Feb.17.10
   Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, who is among the religious-Zionist Takana forum members who revealed sexual harassment claims against Rabbi Mordechai Elon, claims his life has been threatened. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Takana forum: Rabbi Elon held ongoing sexual relations

  [Rabbi Elon*] - Judaist. Young man.
   ISRAEL -- YNet News Israel News Published 09:39 Feb.17.10
   Rabbi Mordechai (Motty) Elon was in a relationship of a clearly sexual nature for an extended period of time with a young man under his spiritual guidance. This was revealed by a document of questions of answers regarding the sexual harassment attributed to Rabbi Elon that was published by the Takana forum – a Religious Zionist organization in charge of handling sexual harassment cases within the community. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM