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Global outrage over Indian lawmaker's call to remove Andaman tribe's children

  [2010 Politician -NEW*] - Wants islanders' children to be taken away.    
   Sify, http://sify.com/news/global-outrage-over-indian-lawmaker-s- call-to-remove- andaman-tribe-s- children-news- international- khbqafbheec.html ; July 01, 2010
   INDIA -- An Indian lawmaker's call for the children of a recently-contacted Andaman Island tribe to be removed from their parents and sent to residential schools has sparked worldwide outrage.
   Indigenous people around the world have reacted furiously to the move, which echoes the much-criticised policy of the 'Stolen Generation' in Australia, and similar policies in North America.
   Michael Cachagee, Executive Director of the National Residential School Survivors' Society (NRSSS) in Canada, said: "The NRSSS cannot comprehend or fathom that any nation in today's world would consider interning any of their citizens, especially children, in a 'residential school', given the horrific history associated with these types of schools in Canada and other parts of the world.' Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM, July 01, 2010 (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont174. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/ , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Thursday, July 01, 2010)
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Belgian bishops reluctantly accept resignations from sex-abuse investigating committee

  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC).  
   Catholic Culture, July 01, 2010
   BELGIUM -- The Belgian bishops have accepted the resignations of the independent commission that had been investigating sex-abuse complaints, acknowledging that last week's police raid on the commission's files made it impossible to continue the work.
   Bishop Guy Harpigny of Tournai, writing on behalf of the Belgian bishops, said that he was "filled with sadness" by the resignations of Peter Adriaenssens, the chairman of the commission, and all his fellow members. However, he said, he recognized the reasons for their actions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM, July 01, 2010

The hurting

  [Decades- 4 Churches, and government. Suicides high. Indigenous kidnapees.]  
   Macleans, macleans.ca , Thursday, July 1, 2010
   Award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden on the link between residential schools and the devastation of native suicide
   CANADA -- A Cree woman I've known for many years up in Moosonee, Ont., has been in such anguish for months that I fear for her life. This anguish, this word, can't begin to describe her tortured suffering. She lives every day walking through what most of us would consider our worst nightmare.
   A year ago, her 17-year-old son, while at a house party full of friends, walked from the kitchen, where he'd found a short indoor extension cord, through the crowded living room, to the bedroom, and eventually into a closet. There, he wrapped the end of the cord around his neck, and, leaving a foot or two, he tied the other around the clothes rod. This thin young man, pimples on his chin and black hair he wore short and spiky, knelt so that his full weight took up all slack. In this way, he slowly strangled himself to death.
   If you have the fortitude, think about that for a minute. He could have stopped at any time; he could have simply stood up to take the pressure off. Possibly he did once or twice or three times when the fear of what awaited overcame him, when the happy noise of his friends in the rooms next door drifted in, muffled. But eventually, with unbelievable will, with a drive he'd never exhibited in his young life before, he managed this gruesome act of self-destruction.
   Last week I attended the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's first annual gathering at the Forks in Winnipeg. Residential school survivors along with their families came together from all across Canada. The first day alone an estimated 20,000 people gathered to speak about their experiences or to see old friends or to soak up the evening concert that included Buffy Sainte-Marie and Blue Rodeo. Despite the rather festive feel of the first day, the pain, the same anguish that my Cree friend feels, was palpable just below the surface. The sunny skies turned to rain the next couple of days as if in mimicry.
   An Anishnabe medicine man I know, when he speaks of the creation of residential schools, says that a door was opened that should never have been unlocked. For Westerners, his rather poetic view might be comparable to letting a sinister genie out of a bottle. One of the many evils that escaped out that door, the medicine man believes, is the tremendously high Aboriginal youth suicide rate in our country. He believes, as do many, that this suicide epidemic is a direct effect of residential schools where generation after generation of families were torn apart by the system. What's certainly fact is that suicide among Aboriginal groups before residential schools was almost unheard of. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM, July 01, 2010

New suit implicates ex-priest

  [1960s-70s Fr Ernesto Garcia Rubio*] - RCC. La Salle H.S. "Paedophile circus." > 12 young males. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Miami Herald, BY JAWEED KALEEM, jkaleem@MiamiHerald.com , July 01, 2010
   MIAMI (FL) -- A 55-year-old man who says he was sexually abused as a boy by a former Roman Catholic priest is suing the Archdiocese of Miami.
   In a complaint filed Wednesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the man, identified only as "John Doe No. 67," said the Rev. Ernesto Garcia-Rubio, a priest later defrocked amid other sex-abuse allegations, molested him several times in the late 1960s and early '70s.
   The man, who lives in Miami-Dade, said Garcia-Rubio first abused him in "1968 or early 1969" while he was a priest assigned to Sts. Peter and Paul parish and elementary school in Miami. Doe said he was abused again when Garcia-Rubio was the chaplain and spiritual director at Immaculata-La Salle High School in Coconut Grove. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM, July 01, 2010
   [LOOK BACK: ~ June 30, 2010]

Hunter child sex abuser "evil scumbag"

  [1968-86 Fr John Denham*] - RCC. 39 boys (7-16).  [1970s-80s Archbishop Philip Wilson] - RCC. Failed to report seductions.      
   Newcastle Herald, BY JOANNE MCCARTHY, 02 Jul, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- CATHOLIC priest, teacher and child sex abuser John Denham lashed himself in court yesterday as a "reprehensible", "evil" "scumbag" and a "foul creature".
   But Sydney District Court Judge Helen Syme was warned to be cautious about the sincerity of Denham's statements of remorse because he had refused to accept his obvious sexual attraction to children.
   In his first public statements since pleading guilty to multiple child sex charges Denham, 67, repeatedly told Judge Syme yesterday that he did not know why he sexually abused 39 boys aged 7 to 16 between 1968 and 1986, the majority at St Pius X school at Adamstown.
   In one explanation he described himself as being an "irresistible creature" who exerted the "power of the priesthood" to abuse boys he called "little bastards" in an interview with a psychologist. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM, July 01, 2010 [LOOK FORWARD: Feb 05, 2011]

Without its immunity, can the Vatican survive?

  [Fr Andrew Ronan] - RCC. [Vatican = World hq of RCC] - RCC. Allegedly priest's employer.      
   Guardian, guardian.co.uk , Chiara Albanese, Thursday 1 July 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- This week the US supreme court issued a decision against the Vatican the importance of which has been compared by one lawyer to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
   That may sound like an exaggeration, but the court's decision that the Vatican does not have legal immunity in a claim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest could have far-reaching ramifications for the church.
   The case, John V Doe v Holy See, has been filed by a plaintiff (using a pseudonym) who claims to have been sexually abused on several occasions in the mid-1960s by a Roman Catholic priest called Andrew Ronan. The claim was filed back in 2002, and thanks to the court's decision last week, it can finally proceed against the Vatican – allegedly liable because it acted as the priest's employer. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM, July 01, 2010]

$1.23M settlement latest success for attorney aiding sex abuse victims

  [Unnamed priest (Capuchin)] - RCC. US $1.23M. Child.  
   North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, By PAUL THARP, Staff Writer, ~ July 01, 2010
   NORTH CAROLINA -- A million-dollar settlement by the Charlotte Roman Catholic Diocese with a young victim of sex abuse is the latest success for attorney Seth H. Langson, whose practice is devoted solely to the representation of sexual abuse victims.
   The order to which the priest who molested the victim belonged the Capuchin Franciscan Friars Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis also tendered $230,000 in exchange for dismissal with prejudice of claims against it.
   "I believe that the payment of $1 million by the church represents one of the largest settlements paid in North Carolina by a religious organization for the sexual abuse of a child," Langson told Lawyers Weekly. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM, July 01, 2010

Amid Abuse Scandal, Focus of Church Drifted Away

  - RCC.  
   The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/ 2010/07/02/ world/europe/ 02pope.html , By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID M. HALBFINGER, Published: July 1, 2010
   In its long struggle to grapple with sexual abuse, the Vatican often cites as a major turning point the decision in 2001 to give the office led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger the authority to cut through a morass of bureaucracy and handle abuse cases directly.
   The decision, in an apostolic letter from Pope John Paul II, earned Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, a reputation as the Vatican insider who most clearly recognized the threat the spreading sexual abuse scandals posed to the Roman Catholic Church.
   But church documents and interviews with canon lawyers and bishops cast that 2001 decision and the future pope's track record in a new and less flattering light.
   The Vatican took action only after bishops from English-speaking nations became so concerned about resistance from top church officials that the Vatican convened a secret meeting to hear their complaints – an extraordinary example of prelates from across the globe collectively pressing their superiors for reform, and one that had not previously been revealed. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM, July 01, 2010]

Raids on the Catholic Church?

  - RCC.      
   The Palm Beach Post, {with poll}, by Opinion Staff, July 01, 2010
   BELGIUM and UNITED STATES -- To the Vatican, Belgian law enforcement authorities last week treated the Catholic Church like the Mafia.
   Authorities detained bishops attending a conference and even searched the graves of two priests as part of an investigation into sexual abuse by priests. Reportedly, the graves might have contained files related to the investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM, July 01, 2010

The history of the Legion of Christ, a congregation that seeks to convey God's love

  [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.]       
   Rome Reports, {video presentation}, July 1, 2010
   ROME -- The congregation of the Legion of Christ was born in a basement in Mexico in 1941. Its founder Marcial Maciel was only 21 years old at the time and had yet to be ordained as a priest.
   The congregation was approved on June 13, 1948, by the bishop of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Alfonso Espina y Silva. The group was originally called The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Sorrows to underline Jesus' centrality in members' lives and their devotion to the Virgin. Later on the group would be renamed the Legion of Christ.
   Fr. Miguel Segura, Mater Ecclesiae seminary rector (Rome). "We emphasize this 'of Christ:' We are of Him; we are in complete with Him and we want to serve the Church with all our might and knowledge. None of us is the main actor – we all work together on a team, in a community." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM, July 01, 2010

Vatican lawyer stresses Supreme Court ruling was not on merit of case

  - RCC.    
   Catholic News Agency, 06:22 am, Jul 1, 2010
   BERKELEY, Calif., / (CNA).- Commenting on the Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that allowed a lawsuit against the Holy See to continue, U.S. Vatican attorney Jeffrey Lena spoke to CNA, clarifying that the move had nothing to do with and "is not a comment" on the individual merits of the case.
   On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined an immunity appeal by the Holy See in a case that attempts to sue the Vatican for transferring a priest accused of sexually abusing a minors several decades ago. The ruling by the Supreme Court allows the case to move forward.
   An anonymous plaintiff from Oregon filed suit against the Vatican in 2002 after Fr. Andrew Ronan, an Irish priest with a history of sexually abusing minors, was transferred from Ireland to the U.S. and eventually moved to the Portland, Oregon. According to Reuters news agency, Fr. Ronan died in 1992. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM, July 01, 2010

Faithful refuse to leave closed Cleveland church

  - Another congregation hang on to the building in the community.  
   The Associated Press, By THOMAS J. SHEERAN (AP),
   CLEVELAND (OH) – Several members of the last of 50 Cleveland-area Roman Catholic parishes shuttered in a downsizing locked themselves inside Thursday, declaring they were well-stocked with food and ready to stay "for a long time" in order to save their church.
   Meanwhile, officials of St. Emeric Church near downtown Cleveland gathered in front of the historic Hungarian church, where the parishioners had staged a midnight vigil – and never left.
   Parishioner Marta Fordos said that when she left the vigil at 8 a.m. for personal reasons there were at least seven people still inside. The pastor gave parishioners the key to the church on Wednesday with the understanding that they could stay until midnight, and they locked the door from the inside, Fordos said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM, July 01, 2010

Pope meets controversial German ex-bishop

     
   Expatica, ~ July 01, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday met a controversial German ex-bishop who resigned after admitting he beat children in a Catholic orphanage, the Vatican said.
   The meeting seemingly put an end to what the Vatican called an "out of proportion" controversy.
   During Thursday's meeting, Mixa "again acknowledged his mistakes and faults that caused a loss of trust and made resignation inevitable. He again asked foregiveness for all his mistakes," the Vatican said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM, July 01, 2010

Pope confirms resignation of German bishop, urges reconciliation

 
   U.S. Catholic, By Sarah Delaney, Catholic News Service, Thursday, July 1, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI urged reconciliation within the German church leadership after meeting with Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg, who recently resigned amid accusations of financial irregularities and hitting children.
   A statement from the Vatican press office July 1 after the private audience said that Bishop Mixa would "retreat for a period of silence, contemplation and prayer."
   In an unusual reference to tension within the ranks, the pope specifically asked bishops in his native country to put aside ill feelings and help their brother in trouble. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM, July 01, 2010

Former Augsburg bishop admits mistakes, Pope hopes for open hearts

  [Mixa] - Abuse, money too.    
   Catholic News Agency, 12:54 pm / Jul 1, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (CNA/EWTN News). -- Bishop Emeritus of Augsburg, Walter Mixa spoke privately with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday about the situation surrounding his removal from the episcopate nearly two months ago. A note released about the meeting illustrates a "truly beautiful example" from the Pope on how to address problems within the Church.
   Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Mixa's resignation just a matter of weeks after he submitted his papers on April 22. He resigned after reports surfaced that he had slapped orphans in the 1980s and misused Church funds destined for the orphanage.
   According to a statement from the Holy See's Press Office recognizing Thursday's meeting with the Pope, Bishop Mixa stressed during the audience that he had always attempted to carry out his ministry "well and conscientiously." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM, July 01, 2010

Dan Rather Reports

   
   Voice from the Desert, ~ July 01, 2010
   Episode Number: 522; Episode Title: Spiritually Bankrupt.
   UNITED STATES -- Description: The Catholic Church faces hundreds of lawsuits in the wake of the sex abuse scandal. Dioceses across the country have filed for bankruptcy, but our investigation suggests the church has hid considerable assets to avoid paying damages to victims. Also, a look at the fight for millions of federal dollars, all over rum.
   TEASE:
   DAN RATHER (VOICE OVER):
   TONIGHT, IT'S A TIME OF RECKONING FOR THE PRIEST ABUSE SCANDAL IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. VICTIMS SEEK JUSTICE.
   DON MACLEAN:
   It's not about the money; it's never about the money. You know, your childhood's stolen.
   You can't replace that with money.
   RATHER (VOICE OVER)
   AN INVESTIGATION INTO HOW THE CHURCH IS SHIELDING ITS WEALTH TO AVOID PAYING DAMAGES. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM, July 01, 2010

Advocacy group wants Bishop of Springfield to act

  - RCC.
   Quincy News ~ July 01, 2010
   SPRINGFIELD (IL) -- A group advocating for victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy is asking the new Bishop of the Springfield Diocese to make public the whereabouts of priests who have been found guilty of molesting children.
   Judy Block Jones of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, says the group wants Bishop Thomas Paprocki to take two steps to "protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded," according to Jones.
   "SNAP wants him to do what 24 other bishops have done, and post on his website, for the sake of public safety, the names, whereabouts and priestly status of child molesting clerics who are or have been in central Illinois," Jones said in a Wednesday Quincy news conference outside the former Our Lady of Angels Seminary at 18th and Seminary Road (now the Quincy University North Campus). "Second, SNAP wants him to work hard to find and help anyone who may have been hurt by a priest who is accused of sexually violating an Illinois girl." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM, July 01, 2010

Group Wants Investigation Into Retired Superior Priest

  [≤ 1989 Fr Tom Ericksen] - RCC. US $3m. 2 males. [Bp Raphael Fliss] - RCC. Allegation he misled the Faithful.
   WTAQ, July 01, 2010
   SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN (WTAQ) -- A support group says a retired Catholic bishop in Superior might have misled church members about the settlements paid to victims of priest sexual abuse.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests wants an investigation into Raphael Fliss. That's after the Duluth News Tribune said the Superior Diocese and the Reverend Tom Ericksen agreed to pay $3 million in 1989 to victims James and Paul Eck.
   According to the Survivors Network, Fliss told members of his diocese in 2004 that it paid $615,000 in an abuse case involving one priest in the early 1980's – and it made no reference to the Eck case in the late '80's. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM, July 01, 2010

'Inval door justitie bij kerk is overbodig'

     
   Nederlands Dagblad, July 01, 2010
   UTRECHT, NEDERLAND -- Invallen door justitie bij de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk zijn in Nederland overbodig omdat er goede afspraken met het Openbaar Ministerie zijn.
   Dat zegt de klachtencommissie Hulp & Recht, waar vermeende slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk zich kunnen melden, in reactie op uitspraken van letselschadeadvocaat Martin de Witte woensdag in het Nederlands Dagblad.
   Volgens woordvoerder Ben Spekman is er absoluut geen sprake van dat de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk misbruik door geestelijken onder de pet houdt. Hij wijst erop dat de bisschopen Van Luyn en Wiertz zaken hebben aangebracht bij justitie. De commissie-Deetman, die in opdracht van de kerk onderzoek doet naar het misbruik, heeft afspraken met het OM. In een verklaring op de website van de commissie staat dat het OM wordt ingelicht als zij stuit op een feit dat mogelijk strafbaar is en niet is verjaard. ,,De commissie zal dit bij de geringste twijfel doen." Als het OM oordeelt dat een feit strafbaar is, wordt het slachtoffer gevraagd aangifte te doen. Ziet hij of zij daarvan af, dan vraagt de commissie de kerkleiding zelf ,,gepaste maatregelen te nemen tegen de vastgestelde dader". Deetman kwam met de kerkelijke autoriteiten overeen dat zij deze maatregelen in een voorkomend geval ,,hoe dan ook" zullen nemen, meldt de verklaring.

   {summary} NETHERLANDS -- The prosecutor in the Netherlands does not need to conduct raids on the Catholic Church - as was done in Belgium - because there are good agreements with the Public Ministry. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM, July 01, 2010

COMMUNIQUE CONCERNING POPE'S AUDIENCE WITH BISHOP MIXA

  [Mixa]    
   Vatican Information Service, 1 JUL 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office published the following communique at midday today:
   "On 1 July the Holy Father received in audience Bishop Walter Mixa, emeritus of Augsburg, Germany. On 4 May the Pope had accepted the bishop's request to be relieved of his duties as pastor of the diocese of Augsburg and as military ordinary, a decision definitively confirmed during today's audience. Bishop Mixa will retire for a time of silence, meditation and prayer and, following a period of cure and reconciliation will, like other bishops emeritus, be available for pastoral duties, with the agreement of his successor.
   "Bishop Mixa highlighted how he had always sought to carry out his episcopal ministry willingly and conscientiously but, with all sincerity, he also recognised that he had made mistakes and committed errors which led to a loss of trust and made his resignation inevitable. He once again requested forgiveness for all his mistakes but also, and rightly, asks that despite those mistakes, all the good he has done not be forgotten. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM, July 01, 2010

Vatican attorney comments on Supreme Court decision, dispels media misinterpretations

  - RCC.    
   Catholic Culture, July 01, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Two days after the US Supreme Court announced that it would not hear the Vatican's appeal of an Oregon court's ruling that allowed the Holy See to be listed as a defendant in a sex-abuse lawsuit, Vatican attorney Jeffrey Lena dispelled misinterpretations of the case in the secular media.
   The Holy See, Mr. Lena told Vatican Radio, is not at risk of bankruptcy, and the Supreme Court did not deny the Holy See sovereign immunity. "What the Supreme Court did was decide that it wasn't going to address a question which we had wished to bring before it," Lena said on June 30. "That was a question that on the substantive law I think we were right. The United States {solicitor general} agreed with us, but the Supreme Court simply determined that at this time, it was not interested in hearing the case. The fact that it wasn't interested in hearing the case, as I say, did not deny immunity and was no comment on the merits of our position." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM, July 01, 2010

Papst hat entschieden - Kein Zurück auf Bischofs-Stuhl

  [Mixa] - RCC.    
   Main-Netz, ~ July 01, 2010
   VATIKAN -- Der Fall Walter Mixa Für den zurückgetretenen Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa gibt es keinen Weg zurück auf den Bischofsstuhl. Das hat Papst Benedikt XVI. Mixa am Donnerstag im Vatikan in einer Privataudienz endgültig klargemacht.
   Wie der Vatikan mitteilte, gestand Mixa in der Audienz erneut Fehler und Irrtümer ein. Der 69-Jährige werde sich jetzt »zu einer Zeit des Schweigens, der Sammlung und des Gebets zurückziehen«. Und nach einer Periode der Heilung und Versöhnung soll Mixa »wie andere emeritierte Bischöfe für Aufgaben der Seelsorge im Einvernehmen mit seinem Nachfolger zur Verfügung stehen«. Der Papst rief nachdrücklich zu dieser Versöhnung auf, nachdem der Fall viel Unruhe weit über das Bistum hinaus in der Kirche ausgelöst hatte.
   »Nach einer Zeit oft maßloser Polemik« um Mixa wünscht sich der Papst »ein neues Sich-Annehmen in der Gesinnung der Barmherzigkeit«. Er bittet vor allem auch ausdrücklich »die Mitbrüder im bischöflichen Amt, dem 69-jährigen Mixa »mehr als bisher ihre freundschaftliche Nähe, ihr Verstehen und ihre Hilfe zur Findung der rechten Wege spüren zu lassen«. Mixa hatte zunächst vor allem den Vorsitzenden der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Robert Zollitsch, und den Münchner Erzbischof Reinhard Marx scharf kritisiert: Sie hätten sich nicht brüderlich ihm gegenüber verhalten und ihn zu dem Rücktritt gedrängt.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM, July 01, 2010

Papst empfängt Mixa in Privataudienz

  [Mixa] - RCC.
   NZZ ~ July 01, 2010
   VATIKAN (sda/afp) -- Mit einer Privataudienz im Vatikan hat Papst Benedikt XVI. am Donnerstag versucht, die Wogen um den Rücktritt des Augsburger Bischofs Walter Mixa zu glätten. Das Kirchenoberhaupt kritisierte die «oft masslose Polemik», die den Rücktritt begleitet habe.
   Der Papst wünsche sich Versöhnung und «ein neues Sich-Annehmen». Die Entscheidung des Papstes, Mixas Rücktritt anzunehmen, sei aber endgültig, hiess es in einer Mitteilung des Vatikan.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM, July 01, 2010

Pope lays out terms for accused German bishop

  [Mixa] - RCC.    
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP), ~ July 01, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – The pope on Thursday told a German bishop who resigned amid accusations of physical abuse, sexual harassment and alcoholism that he must take time for silent prayer, treatment and reconciliation if he wants to return to pastoral work.
   Pope Benedict XVI laid out the terms for Bishop Walter Mixa's rehabilitation during a private audience with the 69-year-old prelate, during which Mixa again apologized for his mistakes, the Vatican said.
   Benedict, for his part, "expressed the hope that his (Mixa's) request for forgiveness finds open ears and hearts" among the German faithful, the Vatican said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM, July 01, 2010

Quebec cardinal claims no designs on papacy

  - RCC.    
   The Vancouver Sun, By Marianne White, Canwest News Service, July 1, 2010
   CANADA -- Controversial Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is heading to Rome to take over a high-profile position, insisted Wednesday he is not after the Vatican's top job.
   The multi-lingual Ouellet has been touted as a possible successor to Pope Benedict XVI and his new powerful job -- head of the Congregation for Bishops, the organization that picks which priests will become bishops -- ups his profile as a possible contender.
   "I'm surprised to be today in this position and I don't think that I will become a pope someday, I don't think so," Canada's highest ranking Catholic priest told a news conference in Quebec City. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Support Group Pushes Website Change

  - RCC asked to list past suspects.  
   WDIO, {with video}, ~ July 01, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, or SNAP, is urging the the Superior Catholic Diocese to reach out to victims of clergy abuse. Their hope is to encourage victims to come forward, to allow the healing process to begin.
   SNAP says that victims deserve answers. They are now pushing the Superior Diocese to update their website. SNAP wants the website to include information about clergy members who have abused in the past. Eyewitness News spoke with a clerical employee of the Diocese who told us any person who could comment, was not available.
   We also spoke with Minnesota SNAP Director Bob Schwiderski who told us getting victims help requires more than online information. What it also requires is a willingness on their part to come forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM, July 01, 2010

Pope sees German bishop who quit amid abuse charge

  [Mixa] - RCC.    
   Yahoo! News, The Associated Press, July 01, 2010
   VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has met with a German bishop who resigned, and then tried to rescind his resignation, amid accusations of physical abuse, alcoholism and sexual harassment.
   The Vatican said Bishop Walter Mixa met with the pontiff in a private audience Thursday.
   The audience was scheduled last month amid conflicting statements from Mixa. He had offered to resign April 22 amid abuse accusations; the pope accepted the resignation May 8. But last month, Mixa told German media he had written to the pope seeking to repeal the resignation, saying he was pressured to quit by other clerics. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM, July 01, 2010

Vatican backs cardinal named in graft probe

  [CARDINAL Sepe]    
   India Vision, ~ July 01, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (IANS/AKI) -- The Vatican has expressed its "respect and solidarity" with a cardinal who has been named in a graft probe in Italy.
   Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, archbishop of Naples, led the Vatican's office which funds missionary work abroad and has been linked to several shady property deals involving a former government minister.
   "We reiterate 'respect and solidarity', in the certainty that his correct conduct may lead to a complete and rapid clarification of the judicial proceedings," the Vatican said in a statement Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM, July 01, 2010

A rebuke for Schönborn, a revival for Sodano

     
   Catholic Culture, By Phil Lawler | June 30, 2010
   VATICAN, GERMANY, and UNITED STATES -- The news stories have been flowing out of Rome in such a torrent this week, I am only now finding the time to comment on Monday's remarkable report about the Pope's meeting with Cardinal Schönborn.
   Never before, in more than 25 years of covering Catholic news, had I seen the Vatican administer a public rebuke to a cardinal. The facts that Cardinal Schönborn is one of the most prominent prelates in Europe, as well as a student, friend, and ally of the Pope, make the story all the more extraordinary.
   Cardinal Schönborn brought the problem upon himself, with his statements criticizing Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Criticism of a Vatican Secretary of State inevitably reflects on the Pope to whom he was responsible. By suggesting that Cardinal Sodano resisted efforts to address the sex-abuse scandal, Cardinal Schönborn was indirectly implying that Pope John Paul II was not sufficiently vigilant in controlling his top lieutenant. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM
   [COMMENT: But, perhaps the critic was really a kind of whistleblower!  After all, the late Pope John Paul II had that seduction-enabler Cardinal Law at St Mary Major Church, Rome, and as an adviser.  How can we believe JPII was sincere?  Cardinal Law is still at that Roman post -- how can any thinker believe the present Pope Benedict XVI is sincere? ENDS.]

The Catholic Church is Finished

  - Again!  
   The Atlantic, By Ross Douthat, ~ July 01, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- This was the year when the cover-up of priestly sex abuse, a long-simmering crisis for Catholicism, became something much, much bigger. It was Watergate. It was Waterloo. It was another Reformation. The pope had to apologize. No, the pope had to resign. No, the pope had to be arrested. The Church could be saved only if every bishop stepped down. No, the Church could be saved only if a Third Vatican Council was convened. No, the Church could be saved only if it became as liberal as the Episcopal Church, and quickly. No, nothing could save the Church: it was too corrupt, too compromised, too medieval, too anachronistic. And now, at last, it was finished.
   A little historical perspective suggests otherwise. The Church has been horrifyingly corrupt in previous eras and still survived. It's been led by ecclesiastics who make Bernard Law's hands look clean, and still survived. It's faced fiercer enemies than Richard Dawkins (think Nero, or Attila, or Voltaire) and still survived. Time after time, G. K. Chesterton wrote, "the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs." Each time, "it was the dog that died." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM, July 01, 2010

Churches Torn on Allowing Child Molesters in Pews

   
   Crosswalk, Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, July 2, 2010
   UNITED STATES (RNS) -- "All are welcome" is a common phrase on many a church sign and website. But what happens when a convicted sex offender takes those words literally?
   Church officials and legal advocates are grappling with how -- and if -- people who've been convicted of sex crimes should be included in U.S. congregations, especially when children are present:
   -- Last week (June 23), a lawyer argued in the New Hampshire Supreme Court for a convicted sex offender who wants to attend a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation with a chaperone. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM, July 01, 2010
   [DOCTRINE: … fornicator, … not even eating with such a man. … Remove the wicked from among yourselves. (1 Corinthians 5:11 and 13; New World Translation, 1984 revision, p 1427). ENDS.]

Update: Judge Orders Del. Diocese to Share Cash With Abuse Victims

  - RCC. US $120m more at risk.
   The Chronicle of Philanthropy, ~ July 01, 2010
   DELAWARE -- The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Del., must share as much as $120-million in a pool it administers with victims of sexual abuse by priests, says Bloomberg.
   The judge overseeing the diocese's bankruptcy ruled Monday that the $120-million in an investment account should be considered part of the case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM, July 01, 2010

Judge says parish money in investment fund part of abuse settlement

  - RC diocese distinguishment put aside.
   U.S. Catholic, By Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service, Wednesday, June 30, 2010
   WASHINGTON and DELAWARE -- (CNS) -- The Diocese of Wilmington, Del., plans to appeal a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling that the funds deposited by parishes, schools and other Catholic entities into its investment fund are property of the diocese and subject to distribution to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   Judge Christopher Sontchi said in his June 28 decision that the entire $120 million pooled investment account held in the name of the diocese should be considered diocesan assets, even though the diocese said it has only $45 million of its own money in the account.
   Others with funds in the pooled investment account include five parishes, four schools, three cemeteries, three present or former group homes for children, the Catholic Youth Organization, and the Catholic Diocese Foundation, incorporated in 1928 to promote "the Catholic religion, Catholic education and Catholic charity within the diocese." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM, July 01, 2010
   [COMMENT: Perhaps the bishops and other leaders back through the years ought to have realised that transferring sinful criminal Church employees, instead of removing them from the Church's children, might undo all the careful work of piling up investments.  Obedience to 1 Corinthians 5:11 and 13 would have been the wiser course. ENDS.]

Attorneys: Old sex-abuse prosecutions tough but possible

  [1965-72 Fr Bruce McArthur] - RCC. Girls. [1983 Fr Tom Ericksen*] - RCC. ? < US $3m. 2 boys.
   Duluth News Tribune, By: Brandon Stahl, ~ July 01, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- In 2006, the Rev. Bruce Duncan McArthur was charged in Dodge County, Wis., with sexually assaulting girls who were patients at a Beaver Dam hospital between 1965 and 1972. He eventually was convicted and sentenced to two years of jail time when he was in his 80s, but the prosecution, which went all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, wasn't easy.
   "With the passage of time, no matter who the defendant is and who the victim is, memories fade," said Dodge County Attorney William F. Bedker, who was involved in the indictment of McArthur and later the Supreme Court challenge. "The allegations become less credible among a jury of lay people. … The argument presented by the defense is: 'If this happened, why wait?' "
   Now a new case has emerged, of two men seeking prosecution of a former Wisconsin priest they say sexually assaulted them 27 years ago. Former Superior diocese priest Tom Ericksen is being accused by James and Paul Eck of assaulting them in 1983 when they were parishioners of St. Peter's church in Winter, Wis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM, July 01, 2010
   [LOOK BACK: Ericksen, ~ June 30, 2010]

Boston Archdiocese welcomes 2 rectors as auxiliary bishops

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Lisa Wangsness / July 1, 2010
   BOSTON (MA) -- Pope Benedict XVI yesterday named both of Boston's seminary rectors, the Rev. Arthur L. Kennedy and the Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Boston.
   The pope also accepted the request for retirement of Auxiliary Bishop Emilio Allue, 75. …
   Kennedy, who during his three-year tenure at St. John's quadrupled the size of the seminary from 20 to 80 men, said the ongoing problems with clergy sexual abuse the church is facing here and in Europe have required seminary leaders to find new ways to help priests think about and keep their vow of celibacy.
   "As rectors, we both have had to be sure the kind of formation given covers the kinds of dangers, temptations, and problems that have led to difficulties that we have faced in the scandals," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM, July 01, 2010

Focused on the mission

 
   The Spokesman-Review John Stucke, July 01, 2010
   SPOKANE (WA) -- The incoming Catholic bishop of Spokane is undaunted by the challenges of leading a cash-strapped church in the aftermath of bankruptcy brought on by the clergy sex abuse crisis.
   Bishop Blase J. Cupich, 61, said he is adept at doing more with less in western South Dakota, where he was bishop of Rapid City.
   "The important thing is mission, not money," Cupich said. "If you get mission right, money follows." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM, July 01, 2010
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu July 01, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Cracks in the Stone-Walling, Or More of the Same?

  - Orthodox Christian. ? BOOK.  
   Pokrov, http://pokrov.org/ display.asp? ds=Article& id=1331 , Author: Paul Cromidas; Date Published: June/19/2010, or July 02, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- The pope and a prominent Australian archbishop recently made unprecedented statements about the clergy abuse issue that appeared to be significant breakthroughs in the church's wall of denial. It seems, however, that the pope's words, at least, may have been too promising to be true.
   The statements came after the recent spate of revelations about child abuse in Ireland, Germany and Italy and unusually strong criticisms of the pope. A Pew Research study found that this spring's news volume about the church abuse issue almost matched the 2002 Boston coverage.
   While not proclaimed as an official policy, the pope had said that "forgiveness is not a substitute for justice", thus indicating a break from what has been the church mantra about forgiving the perpetrator but never mentioning justice for the victim. When had any church official, let alone the pope, spoken about justice for victims? [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:34 PM]

Clergy-abuse victims group targets retired priest

  [Decades - Fr Titian "Jim" Miani] - RCC. Children.        
   Record, By Keith Reid, July 02, 2010
   STOCKTON (CA) -- A national advocacy group representing clergy-abuse victims is urging the Catholic Diocese of Stockton to post on its website the name of a retired priest who has been documented as a sex offender.
   Joey Piscitelli, Northern California director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), passed out fliers Thursday near the Sutter Street apartment of the Rev. Titian "Jim" Miani, a retired priest whose name re-emerged this week after a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit claimed the Vatican overlooked his transgressions and allowed him to abuse children on three different continents.
   The suit claims Miani, now in his 80s, began abusing children in Italy in 1947, and that he was shipped by the Vatican to Canada, Brazil and the United States over a three-decade period. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:32 PM

Church must hire professionals to investigate abuse

  - RCC.    
   The Irish Times, July 03, 2010
   It is unfair to expect priests and volunteers to handle highly complex abuse claims, writes BREDA O'BRIEN
   IRELAND -- IN A recent Diocese of Cloyne case, a woman alleging abuse complained that notes of her case had been handed over to the priest against whom the allegations were made. She described this as being like another violation. Fr Bill Bermingham, the priest with responsibility for child protection, initially defended his actions before resigning.
   It is dreadful that an abuse victim should find the experience of reporting so distressing. As he correctly said, given that in spite of his best intentions, Fr Bermingham's actions had undermined victims' confidence in the process of investigation, he had no choice but to resign.
   However, there are a number of deeper issues highlighted by this case. For example, the woman declared the church's position on child protection to be "an absolute farce", because "someone can go and alert an accused person before they can be interviewed by the gardaí". To view Fr Bermingham's actions as though he were somehow tipping off the priest in question is an understandable but unfair interpretation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:27 PM

Pope's visit to Britain a mistake, says Paisley

  - RCC.        
   The Irish Times, DAN KEENAN, Northern News Editor, July 03, 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- POPE BENEDICT'S visit to Britain in September is "a mistake", and the Catholic Church's response to clerical sex abuse is "very weak" and "an absolute disgrace", former DUP leader Rev Ian Paisley has said.
   Dr Paisley, in an extended interview with the BBC broadcast last night, said he stood by long established claims by him that the pope is the anti-Christ, and that Catholics were encouraged by their church to breed like rabbits.
   He told the World Service he believed Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness would never be First Minister at Stormont, and that there should be closure on lasting controversies from the Troubles such as Bloody Sunday. "We can't live with these things before us," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:25 PM

Archbishop apologises to Australian abuse victims

  - RCC. 300 victims compensated.    
   SBS, ~ July O2, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- The head of the Catholic Church in Melbourne has offered an "unreserved apology" to victims of sexual abuse by priests, a report said Saturday.
   Archbishop Denis Hart says in a letter to be read out at services across the city over the weekend that recent abuse scandals have brought shame upon the Church, the AAP news agency reported.
   "How can we Catholics not be shocked and shamed?" Archbishop Hart asks, adding that in the past 14 years about 300 people have been compensated as victims of sexual abuse within the Archdiocese, although most of the attacks occurred decades ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:23 PM

A Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse

 
   AUSTRALIA -- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne ~ July O2, 2010
   My Dear People,
   We are all painfully aware that our Church is now going through a terrible time of suffering and self-examination. The full extent of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and religious continues to emerge, not only here in Australia but throughout the world.
   Once again, therefore, I express my deep sorrow and offer a sincere and unreserved apology to all those victims who have suffered the pain and humiliation of sexual abuse and to their families.
   The scourge of sexual abuse continues to cause great distress and in many cases a crisis of faith amongst Catholics. Every week seems to bring fresh scandals, as victims of abuse speak publicly of what they and their families have suffered. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:20 PM

Archbishop releases Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse

 
   Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne ~ July O2, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart has today issued a Pastoral Letter in response to the recent international focus on the issue of sexual abuse.
 nbsp; "This year is proving to be a distressing and sorrowful time for all Catholics throughout the world as well as here in Australia," says Archbishop Hart.
   "In the Melbourne Archdiocese we have been dealing with this abhorrent issue for some 14 years.
   "It is only in recent times that this issue has emerged in other countries to the extent it has," adds Archbishop Hart. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:14 PM

Melbourne archbishop apologises for sex abusers

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald BARNEY ZWARTZ AND MATTHEW KNOTT July 3, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne will apologise for crimes of sexual abuse by clergy and will acknowledge the church's shame and failures this weekend in a pastoral letter sent to every parish in the archdiocese.
   Every Catholic at a Mass in the Melbourne archdiocese this weekend will hear the extraordinary apology when the letter by Archbishop Denis Hart is read in every church in the 219 parishes. The Sydney archdiocese indicated yesterday it had no plans to follow suit and make a similarly strong apology.
   Archbishop Hart's letter uses language the church hierarchy has previously tip-toed around, describing sexual abuse against children as criminal and admitting that the abuse has caused a crisis of faith. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:09 PM

Another vicious, inaccurate, and contradictory New York Times attack on Pope Benedict

   
   UNITED STATES -- Catholic Culture, By Phil Lawler | July 02, 2010
   Today's New York Times, with another front-page attack on Pope Benedict XVI, erases any possible doubt that America's most influential newspaper has declared an editorial jihad against this pontificate. Abandoning any sense of editorial balance, journalistic integrity, or even elementary logic, the Times looses a 4,000-word barrage against the Pope: an indictment that is not supported even by the content of this appalling story. Apparently the editors are relying on sheer volume of words, and repetition of ugly details, to substitute for logical argumentation.
   The thrust of the argument presented by the Times is that prior to his election as Pontiff, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger did not take decisive action to punish priests who abused children. Despite its exhaustive length, the story does not present a single new case to support that argument. The authors claim, at several points in their presentation, that as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Ratzinger had the authority to take action. But then, again and again, they quote knowledgeable Church officials saying precisely the opposite. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 2, 2010 9:06 PM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri July 02, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Nightmares Continue for Pope Benedict

  - RCC's Holy Office since 1922 had authority to act on seductions.    
   Firedoglake, http://firedoglake.com/ 2010/07/03/ nightmares- continue-for- pope-benedict ; By Peterr, Saturday July 3, 2010
   Me, earlier this week here at FDL:
   UNITED STATES -- It's been a bad week for Pope Benedict. From Italy to Belgium to Washington DC, courts everywhere seem to be taking a hard look at some of the activities of the Catholic church, and they're not liking what they're seeing. …
   Corruption investigations by the Italian courts have implicated a high Vatican official, Belgian police raided the Belgian church's offices in a huge child sexual abuse investigation, and the US Supreme Court said that an abuse case in Oregon that names the Pope and the Vatican as defendants should go forward.
   I ended with this:
   And if all this news wasn't bad enough, there's one more thing that is giving Pope Benedict nightmares: there will be plenty more weeks like this to come.
   Fast forward four days to Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger on the front page of yesterday's New York Times. Underneath the headline Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal was a nice picture of Benedict from an earlier era, with a caption that summed it up pretty well: "Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1982. The office he led, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had been given authority over abuse cases in 1922, documents show and canon lawyers confirm." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 2:16 PM
   [RECAPITULATION: The office he led, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had been given authority over abuse cases in 1922 … ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: The secrecy Instruction called Crimen Sollicitationis, though RC apologists have twisted and turned, is GENUINE.  The Vatican and the RC apologists dodged giving any authentic facts about it since the "leak" in the U.S.A. on July 29, 2003, and by such means let the "faithful" believe the critics were anti-Catholics, and let the inquirers only know for certain about the 1962 version. 
   Observers are now, in July 2010, amazed to find two things: (1) That the Vatican on March 24, 2010 had quietly put an English translation of the 1962 version on its Website, and (2) That the Instruction really dated back to 1922.  This Website has maintained for a few years that the secrecy orders probably date back centuries, and are changed and re-issued from time to time.
   Read another recent newsitem about a Catholic apologist trying to tell the world that the bishops and other high-ups in the RCC DID NOT KNOW about the secrecy Instruction !  (Look up the meaning of the U.S. slang word "chutzpah," taken from Yiddish !)  ENDS.]

Melbourne couple angered by Hart letter

  - RCC.    
   Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), Sat, 3 Jul 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- The Melbourne parents of two girls sexually abused by a parish priest say Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart's letter claiming clergy abuses were well in the past has left them angry and frustrated.
   Christine and Anthony Foster were compensated by the Catholic Church four years ago over the sexual abuse of their daughters Emma and Katie at the hands of parish priest Kevin O'Donnell.
   Sadly, the couple lost 26-year-old Emma to suicide in January 2008 after a long battle with drugs, while Katie turned to alcohol and now requires 24-hour care after she was hit by a car while drunk.
   Mr Foster said he felt the letter by Archbishop Hart, distributed to every Catholic church in the Melbourne diocese this weekend, was a hollow apology and focused on the shame and suffering of the church, rather than the victims. {Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 9:23 PM}

Operatie Kelk: de feiten op een rij

  - RCC.  
   RKNieuws, ~ July 03, 2010
   MECHELEN / LEUVEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Het Brusselse parket voerde recent onder de codenaam Operatie Kelk huiszoekingen uit in het bisschopshuis in Mechelen, in de Mechelse kathedraal, bij kardinaal Danneels en bij de commissie Seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. Tertio zet de feiten van die bewogen dag op een rij.
   De Belgische bisschoppen verzamelden in het aartsbisschoppelijke paleis van Mechelen voor hun geplande bisschoppenconferentie. Omdat met die zitting het werkjaar werd afgesloten, zouden ook de oud-bisschoppen, de kardinaal en de nuntius hen vergezellen voor het middagmaal. Het liep anders, want hun werd de toegang tot het gebouw ontzegd.
   Invallen voor het oog van de pers
   Nadat ook de ingelichte pers aan de Wollemarkt had postgevat – zodat de beelden over dit 'hot news' zeker de hele wereld konden rondgaan – , arriveerden immers rond 10.30 uur de leden van het gerecht en politieagenten met een bevel tot huiszoeking. Onder leiding van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy hoopten de speurders en leden van de Computer Crime Unit geheime dossiers te vinden die aanwijzingen bevatten dat het seksueel misbruik in de kerk systematisch in de doofpot werd gestopt. "Aan de basis daarvan zouden klachten liggen wegens seksueel misbruik binnen het territorium van het aartsbisdom. Meer uitleg kregen de aanwezigen niet te horen, maar meteen werden alle documenten en gsm's in beslag genomen. Niemand mocht het gebouw verlaten. Pas rond 19.30 uur werd dat verbod opgeheven", verklaarde Eric de Beukelaer, de woordvoerder van de bisschoppenconferentie. Zowel de bisschoppen als de personeelsleden van het aartsbisdom werden ondervraagd. "Dat alles verliep correct. De bisschoppen hebben altijd gezegd dat ze vertrouwen hebben in het gerecht", stelde De Beukelaer.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:22 PM

Adriaenssens: "Ik neem geen initiatief voor nieuwe commissie"

   
   Vandaag
   BELGIE -- Peter Adriaenssens ontkent het bericht in enkele kranten dat hij een nieuwe commissie tegen seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk uit de grond wil stampen. Die zou naar verluidt werken onder het toeziend oog van een politieke begeleidingscommissie. De Leuvense kinderpsychiater zegt dat hij het idee genegen is, maar dat hij voorlopig geen gelijkaardige ambities heeft.
   Adriaenssens, die vrijdag voor een tweede keer werd ondervraagd door de federale politie, erkent wel dat zijn intussen opgedoekte commissie zwaktes had. "Die was zonder parlementair debat begonnen."
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:19 PM

Mahony Redux: Deconstructing the Deposition of the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Part 1

   
   LOS ANGELES (CA) City of Angels
   July 3, 2010
   Since Roger Mahony is still on U.S. soil and as such still prosecutable, we interrupt our series, "Deconstructing William Levada," to go through, line by line, the deposition of the Archbishop of Los Angeles, which was released last month. A quick read of the transcript makes it clear there are many contradictions and statements in his testimony, made under oath, that can only be fallacy when logic is applied to what was said.
   For example, Mahony claims to have had no knowledge of pedophile behavior patterns back in 1986, even though he was a masters level social worker* before entering church hierarchy as a bishop and upwardly mobilizing to Cardinal. He even taught Social Work at Fresno State University, after getting his MSW in 1964 up to becoming Bishop of Fresno in 1975.
   So when Mahony claims that in 1985 he did not know pedophiles usually have numerous victims and can be sociopathic liars, it begs believability. Posted by Terry McKiernan on July 3, 2010 4:32 PM

Food, shoes, medicine bought for Haitian sex victims

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
   Connecticut Post, Michael P. Mayko, Published: 02:51 p.m., Saturday, July 3, 2010
   CONNECTICUT -- Food, shoes and in some cases, much-needed medicine have been distributed to a group of abandoned Haitian boys who claim they were sexually abused by the founder of a charitable program organized to provide them with food, shelter and an education.
   The items were purchased with an initial $2,300 donation raised by Speak Truth To Power, a small Massachusetts-based group that advocates on behalf of individuals sexually abused by the Catholic clergy.
   "It's not a lot of money," said Ruth Moore, a coordinator for the project. "I'm not even sure how far it will go. But it does show these boys that someone does care." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 3:58 PM

Erzbistum geht neue Wege im Kampf gegen Missbrauch

   
   Welt
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Das Erzbistum Hamburg geht neue Wege im Kampf gegen sexualisierte Gewalt durch kirchliche Mitarbeiter. Dazu wurde jetzt eine "Projektabteilung für Prävention, Aufarbeitung und Opferschutz in Fragen des sexuellen Missbrauchs" gegründet, wie der Sprecher des Erzbistums, Manfred Nielen, am Freitag sagte. Mit der neuen Einrichtung wolle die katholische Kirche im Norden schneller zu guten Maßnahmen zur Vorbeugung von Missbrauchsfällen und im Umgang mit solchen Taten kommen, so Nielen. Vorbild der Projektabteilung sei eine ähnliche Einrichtung der US-amerikanischen Erzdiözese Chicago, mit der das Nordbistum seit längerem in Kontakt steht.
   {summary} GERMANY -- The Archdiocese of Hamburg is breaking new ground in the fight against sexual violence by church staff. The new protection department for protection and help to victim has been established. Manfred Nielen, archdiocesan spokesman, said Friday the project is modeled on a similar body of the Chicago archdiocese in the U.S. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 2:29 PM

Le pape ne dirige pas une multinationale

     
   Slate (France),
   Les Etats-Unis -- Le pape peut-il être tenu civilement et pénalement responsable des abus sexuels commis par des prêtres? La question est sérieusement posée depuis que la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis a refusé de statuer, lundi 28 juin, sur l'immunité du Vatican dans une affaire de pédophilie survenue dans l'Oregon. Ce refus de la Cour suprême – contre l'avis de l'administration Obama qui avait jugé que le Vatican disposait de l'immunité – entérine de fait la décision d'une cour d'appel, rendue en 2002 dans cet Etat, de lever cette immunité. Cette affaire oppose un résident de l'Oregon, qui veut garder l'anonymat, victime d'attouchements sexuels, à un prêtre irlandais, Andrew Ronan, décédé en 1992, qui avait d'abord été soupçonné de pédophilie en Irlande dans les années 1950, avant d'être transféré aux Etats-Unis à Chicago, puis à Portland (Oregon).
   Les avocats du Vatican avaient saisi la Cour suprême en lui demandant de casser le jugement de la cour d'appel et essuient donc aujourd'hui un échec. Ils invoquaient la loi américaine de 1976 sur les «immunités souveraines étrangères» qui interdit à des tribunaux de poursuivre le chef d'un Etat étranger – et le pape est chef de l'Etat de la Cité du Vatican – ou ses représentants. Mais cette loi comprend deux exceptions: l'une concerne le droit commercial; l'autre est le «Tort Exception» qui s'applique à des représentants d'Etats étrangers qui ont causé des préjudices à des personnes sur le territoire américain. C'est sur ce dernier point que s'appuient les avocats, notamment dans l'Oregon, le Kentucky, le Wisconsin, pour tenter d'aboutir à la levée de l'immunité du Vatican et le mettre directement en cause dans des affaires de pédophilie.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 2:22 PM

The Understold Story: The Vatican, the Mob, Super Ponzi Schemes and MORE

  [Roman Catholic Church]
   OpEd News, For OpEdNews: Gregory Paul - Writer
   In the 1980s American news media both print and broadcast began to report on growing evidence that an alarming number of Roman Catholic priests had engaged in serial sexual abuse of children and teens, and that the church hierarchy had not only failed to properly address the situation, but in many cases engaged in racketeering to protect accused clerics and thereby minimize scandal and financial losses. However, coverage and investigation by the media and by the authorities was intermittent and insufficient, so it was not until after the turn of the century that the issue became a major national scandal. In part because charges were not brought soon enough few clerics have faced criminal charges. Another wave of pedophilia charges in a number of countries has yet again inspired a wave of public concern about the ethics of the Vatican, this time focused in Europe.
   What few understand is that the pedophile disgrace is just the tip of an iceberg of outrageous church activity extending back over history (click here). It is alarming that the body politic is failing to appreciate that the Roman church has been involved in a chain of illegitimate activities that expose the inability of the autocratic patriarchy to avoid a high level of chronic corruption. The lack of adequate appreciation can be attributed in part to a pattern of under reportage and inadequate investigation by the news media and press concerning an array of questionable and extraordinary church activities during the 20th century and continuing into the 21st. These often bizarre events would seem to be out of a Dan Brown novel if they had not been documented by the mainstream press (to the best of my knowledge this is the only effort to survey and outline the contents of all major newspaper articles from the 1970s on that cover the below criminal schemes.) Nor has a mainstream book documenting the extent of the problem been produced and received widespread attention, a remarkable lapse of the publishing industry considering the fascinating scope of the subject and best seller potential of such a work. Another problem concerns insufficient government actions against potentially illicit church activities. Prosecutions have been rare, and when pursued are usually thwarted by the special status of the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 2:10 PM

Vijftig slachtoffers opnieuw in contact met Adriaenssens

  - RCC.  
   Gazet van Antwerpen,
   BELGIE -- Een vijftigtal personen hebben na de gerechtelijke inval weer contact opgenomen met de commissie Adriaenssens, die het seksueel misbruik in de kerk onderzoekt. Dat liet de voormalige voorzitter Peter Adriaenssens weten.
   Op 24 juni hield het gerecht verschillende huiszoekingen, onder andere in het aartsbisdom. Daarbij werden 475 dossiers in beslag genomen. Peter Adriaenssens was niet te spreken over het gerechtelijk optreden. Volgens de kinderpsychiater hebben die avond tientallen personen in paniek contact opgenomen met de commissie.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 12:24 PM

Justice was done, but took too long

  [1968-86 Fr John Denham*] - RCC. 39 boys. [10yrs Fr David Whitby*] - RCC. Filmed most too. 8 children.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, MICHAEL DUFFY, July 4, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- WE were reminded last week of the sad reality that children who are sexually abused often tell no one what has happened to them. And when they do, it can be years, even decades, after the abuse.
   One case involved the sentencing hearing for John Denham, convicted only now of abusing 39 boys while a priest over 25 years ago. Another was the conviction of David Whitby for 119 acts of indecency with eight children, almost all of which he filmed.
   The acts occurred over a decade in four locations in south-west Sydney, but were only exposed a few years ago when one of Whitby's victims saw him filming her one-year-old sister, prompting her to tell her mother what had been going on. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 11:51 AM

Let's not confuse crime and sin

  - RCC.        
   Herald, By Peter DeRosa, Saturday July 03 2010
   IRELAND -- Two funny things happened last week. First, Germany beat England 4-1 in the World Cup. That wasn't funny for me but the fun was in the English press. One old geezer swore he'd seen a worse match, on Clapham Common in 1950 between nine-year-old boys.
   One paper roared, If our Battle of Britain pilots had defended like the English XI we'd all be speaking German now. …
   Operation Chalice, the week's second funny thing, came straight out of The Da Vinci Code. Armed Belgian police with sniffer dogs broke up a meeting of the Bishops' Conference, including the Papal Nuncio, as if it were a suspect paedophile ring. They took away their computers and mobile phones and gave them no food for nine hours. Never, even on Good Fridays, had their lordships gone so hungry. Cardinal Bertone said the old Soviets were never this wicked.
   Other cops confiscated the computer of the former Primate Cardinal Danneels and drilled a hole in two predecessors' tombs to see via a micro-camera whether any sex abuse documents were hidden there. They also removed computers containing victims' data gathered by a commission set up by the bishops.
   Vatican officials are tortoise-slow to defend abuse victims but, give them credit, they instantly howled support for their own. The Pope weighed in, a religious foreigner telling a democratic state how to deal with sex crimes. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 11:48 AM

Adriaenssens wil nieuwe commissie onder parlementair toezicht

  - RCC.  
   Het Nieuwsblad,
   BELGIE -- Peter Adriaenssens vraagt de oprichting van een nieuwe commissie seksueel misbruik in de Kerk, ditmaal onder parlementair toezicht.
   Gisteren werd de kinderarts voor de tweede keer door de federale politie ondervraagd over de werking van de vorige commissie, die hij tot verleden week leidde en die intussen collectief ontslag heeft genomen. 'Ik ben opnieuw gehoord als getuige en niemand van de commissie wordt iets verweten', zei Adriaenssens bij het verlaten van het politiegebouw. Maar hij beseft dat de nood aan een meldpunt voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk blijft bestaan. 'Eén contactpunt is onder meer nodig om geografisch verspreide feiten door dezelfde daders te centraliseren in één dossier', zegt Adriaenssens. 'De vorige commissie was goed bezig en ik ben ervan overtuigd dat wij op het punt stonden resultaten te boeken. Mocht ik ooit vermoed hebben dat de Kerk onze adviezen zonder meer naast zich neer zou leggen, dan zou ik meteen zijn opgestapt. Dat gevoel had ik niet.'

   {summary} BELGIUM -- Peter Adriaenssens said there needs to be a new commission to look at sexual abuse in the Catholic Church but the commission should be under parliamentry scrutiny.
   He was questioned for a second time yesterday by federal police about operation of the previous commission which he led until last week. He and other members resigned. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 11:38 AM

God's wheeler dealer and the mystery millions …

  [RCC]      
   Irish Independent, By John Cooney, Saturday July 03 2010
   ITALY -- It's been some week for Pope Benedict. It began with his indignant protests against the seizure of secret church files on paedophile priests by Belgian police, then the US Supreme Court ruled that the Vatican no longer had diplomatic immunity and would have to defend a lawsuit against a dead Irish paedophile priest.
   And now the 83-year-old German pontiff finds the church mired in a potentially massive financial scandal, as Italian lawyers claim widespread corruption within the heart of Rome.
   Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the former head of the centuries-old, property-rich Congregation for Evangelisation (Propaganda Fide), has come under serious fire.
   Propaganda Fide owns and manages hundreds of properties in central Rome, worth an estimated €9bn and fetching €56m in annual rent into the Vatican coffers. So powerful is the head of Propaganda Fide -- a post briefly held by the Irishman Dermot Ryan, the former Archbishop of Dublin before his sudden death in 1984 -- that he is known in the Vatican corridors of power as the Red Pope, or Il Papa Rosso. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 11:35 AM

Ouellet asked to remove Law from Vatican post

  [RCC]    
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), By Dennis Coday, Jul. 01, 2010
   QUEBEC, CANADA – The promotion of Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet to head the powerful Vatican Congregation for Bishops (Triumph of theologians over diplomats in Vatican) has not been well received by advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse.
   In his new job, Ouellet will be appointing bishops worldwide, and this is a particularly sensitive time, as the clergy sex abuse scandal calls into question the actions of bishops around the world and within the Vatican itself.
   The founder of a Canadian group for victims of sexually abusive priests called Ouellet's promotion "undeserved." France Bédard, founder of l'Association des Victimes de Prêtres, told CBC/Radio-Canada that Ouellet has repeatedly refused to apologize for crimes committed within the church. …
   Meanwhile, a U.S.-based organization, the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, is calling on Ouellet "to quickly remove Cardinal Bernard Law as a member of the bishops congregation."
   Law resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 amid the growing abuse scandal, but he continues to serve on several Vatican bodies, including the one on bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 11:27 AM

Da Vinci Code

  [RCC]    
   Nederlands Dagblad, door Peter Bergwerff,
   NEDERLAND -- Het ergste stof van de justitiële klopbooractie in de grafgewelven van de St. Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen is ruim een week na dato grotendeels neergedwarreld. Daardoor tekenen zich de contouren van het slagveld dat de razzia van het Brusselse parket achterliet, gaandeweg duidelijker af.
   Voor het Vaticaan is de zaak duidelijk. Het noemde het optreden van de Belgische justitie zonder precedent. Anderen spraken verontwaardigd over aanranding van de godsdienstvrijheid.
   Opvallend genoeg reageerde een van de hoofdrolspelers, kardinaal Godfried Danneels, veel terughoudender. ,,De rechtsgang moet zijn loop hebben", verklaarde hij in reactie op de spectaculaire speurtocht van justitie naar bewijzen van seksueel misbruik door ambtsdragers van zijn kerk. Hij heeft gelijk.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:27 AM

Pope Benedict XVI Had the Power To Stop Priest Molestations. He Ignored It, It's Just That Simple

  - Since 1922 Holy Office had power over sex seduction cases.    
   Queerty, July 02, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Ya know how You People keep saying President Obama has the power to end terrible things like the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with the stroke of a pen? Well his counterpart over in Vatican City, Popemaster Benny & The Jets XVeye, once had the power to end terrible things like priests abusing children. Of course this was back when he was just Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
   In what the Vatican will surely dub a hit job, The New York Times goes balls deep into Pope Benedict's responsibility in cracking down on children being molested:
   The office led by Cardinal Ratzinger, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had actually been given authority over sexual abuse cases nearly 80 years earlier, in 1922, documents show and canon lawyers confirm. But for the two decades he was in charge of that office, the future pope never asserted that authority, failing to act even as the cases undermined the church's credibility in the United States, Australia, Ireland and elsewhere. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:24 AM

Going after Benedict – again

  [RCC]
   GetReligion, Posted by Mollie, ~ July 03, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- The New York Times has published yet another massive (4,000 words this time) hit piece on Pope Benedict XVI.
   It's authored by Laurie Goodstein and David Halbfinger, although it does not read like a normal, hard-news piece by Goodstein, whose work has often been praised here at GetReligion. This flood of digital ink is more of a reported op-ed essay than a news story. Their basic argument is that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict, does not deserve his reputation as the Vatican insider who did the most to change the way the institution handles sex abuse claims. Let's start here:
   The office led by Cardinal Ratzinger, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had actually been given authority over sexual abuse cases nearly 80 years earlier, in 1922, documents show and canon lawyers confirm. But for the two decades he was in charge of that office, the future pope never asserted that authority, failing to act even as the cases undermined the church's credibility in the United States, Australia, Ireland and elsewhere Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:21 AM

By-the-book policing -- the book being by Dan Brown

  - RCC.  
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Patrick McIlheran of the Journal Sentinel, June 30, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Interesting, the blowback that Belgian authorities are now getting after last week's raid of a Catholic Church panel investigating clergy sexual abuse: The victims, it turns out, are ticked.
   Belgian cops raided the panel's offices at an archdiocese's headquarters, in the process locking up bishops meeting elsewhere in the building and confiscating their cell phones for a few hours. Police drilled holes into some bishops' tombs to stick cameras in. Cops also made off with all the panel's papers, shutting down its work.
   And letting out its secrets, as the Associated Press reports: One of the victims of long-ago sexual abuse has filed a complaint over prosecutors' seizure of the records.
   "Jan Hertogen, a 63-year-old sociologist, said he told his story to the panel on the condition it would not be passed to authorities. He said the police raids – which also targeted a Catholic cathedral, church offices and a crypt – were an invasion of his privacy. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:16 AM

The CDF's Response to Abuse

  - Authority was with Vatican since 1922: Claim.  
   America Magazine Author: James Martin, S.J.; Posted Friday, July 02, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Today The New York Times featured a front-page story on the response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the sexual abuse crisis, during the time when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was prefect. For me, the most surprising part of the article, called "Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal," were the pointed comments made by bishops and archbishops (and a few canon lawyers) on the congregation's handling of abuse cases. "There was confusion everywhere," said Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson, of Adelaide Australia. And this, about a special session of English-speaking bishops who met with the CDF in 2000 to address the crisis, this:
   Archbishop Wilson said in an interview that during the session he had to call Vatican officials' attention to long-ignored papal instructions, dating from 1922, and reissued in 1962, that gave Cardinal Ratzinger's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, previously known as the Holy Office, sole responsibility for deciding cases of priests accused of particularly heinous offenses: solicitation of sex during confession, homosexuality, pedophilia and bestiality.  Archbishop Wilson said he had stumbled across the old instructions as a canon law student in the early 1990s.  And he eventually learned that canonists were deeply divided on whether the old instructions or the 1983 canon law – which were at odds on major points – should hold sway. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:13 AM
   [COMMENT: "Stumbled across" the "old instructions," that were "long-ignored".  Strange that the secretive way nearly every RC bishop or other RC leader seems to be acting is just as if they were following the 1962 (now they admit there's a 1922 version, too) Instructio.  It's a nice try, Your Grace, but the Webmaster isn't buying it ! ENDS.]

Protesters end sit-in at closing Cleveland church

  - Hungarian-Americans driven out. 50 RC churches closing.  
   The Morning Journal, July 02, 2010
   CLEVELAND (OH), (AP) – Carrying U.S. and Hungarian flags, parishioners ended a 16-hour sit-in at a Cleveland Catholic church that is closing after police told them Thursday they would be trespassing if they did not leave.
   The protesters staged a vigil at midnight Wednesday at the 106-year-old St. Emeric Church near downtown Cleveland, then remained through about 4 p.m.
   The historic Hungarian church is the last of 50 parishes to be closed by the local diocese. Bishop Richard Lennon has agreed to meet with protesters, police and protesters said. No date had been set. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:10 AM

NEW YORK TIMES TRIES TO TAG POPE–AGAIN!

 
   Catholic League, July 2, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on today's front-page article on Pope Benedict XVI:
   The purpose of this story is to do what the Times failed to do in March: blame the pope for the sexual abuse scandal. It failed again.
   We are told that when Joseph Ratzinger (now the pope) was in charge of the Office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he had authority over sex abuse cases, but never exercised it. It cites as evidence some old instructions dating back to 1922 that Australian Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson "stumbled across" when he was a student in the early 1990s. When he mentioned this 10 years ago at a Vatican meeting, "few people in the room had any idea what {he} was talking about." In other words, there is no proof that even Ratzinger knew of this alleged authority. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:07 AM
   [RECAPITULATION: In other words, there is no proof that even Ratzinger {now the Pope} knew of this alleged authority. ENDS.]
   [DOCTRINE: However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come. (Bible, John 16:13, NJB, RC edition)  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Can you see that the Bible text is telling the disciples at the Last Supper that they will be led by the Spirit to the complete truth?  So, when the Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson (see newsitem above) told them of the 1922 Vatican instruction, why didn't Cardinal Ratzinger and the others in the room know about it?
   The world's RC bishops by and large for decades or possibly centuries have taken no real action to stamp out clergy child sex seductions.  It is obvious from the Catholic League's article, trying to excuse them, that the writer knows that the bishops are just men, with no divine knowledge.
   The most damning part of the Bible text, though, is the last phrase, which in the Roman Catholic Douay version is translated "And the things that are to come, he shall shew you."  ("Shew" is an old spelling for "show.") 
   Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) and the others, far from seeing into the future, didn't even know what had been written in the past!  Certainly the world's bishops, with a few honourable exceptions, used their man-made thoughts and fears to HIDE the sex-abusing priests, which included some of themselves.  ENDS.]

How Do You Spell Tendentious?

   
   First Things R.R. Reno Friday, July 2, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- A long article in today's New York Times reports on some of the Vatican's early responses to the sex-abuse crisis. The facts in the story, such as they are, appear good to know. But what the article tries to draw from it all …
   In fact, of Pope Benedict's career as Cardinal Ratzinger, reporters Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger announce the strong conclusion: "The future pope, it is now clear, was also part of a culture of nonresponsibility, denial, legalistic foot-dragging and outright obstruction."
   And how do they get there? Something along these lines:
   Implied verdict #1: The irresponsible cardinal was thinking about theology when he should have been meeting with canon lawyers 24/7 to perfect procedures for prosecuting abusers.
   Evidence for verdict #1: Although the sex abuse scandal made big news with revelations in Boston in 2002, there were plenty of early warning signs. And what was then Cardinal Ratzinger doing with his time? Not sorting out the legal procedures for dealing with disciplining accused sex abusers, but instead formulating theological reasons for rejecting the doctrinal distortions of liberation theology. Or, as Goodstein and Halbfinger mockingly report, examining the credibility of claims about apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:04 AM
   [COMMENT: Were the alleged "apparitions" the unfortunate happenings at Medjugorje, in former Yugoslavia?  He could have saved himself the trouble.  If Mary the mother of Jesus wishes to give a message to the world, why not appear to everyone during a United Nations Assembly, or appear in Jerusalem, and inform us all in clear view? ENDS]

The Usual from the NYT

 
   The American Spectator, By Joseph Lawler on July.2.10
   UNITED STATES -- Today The New York Times dutifully rolled out another front page story suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI was personally responsible for allowing sexual abuse of children in the Church. Among the 4,000 or so words of misleading assertions, unclear references, and dubious timelines about the abuse crisis, the Times's actual argument that Benedict "failed to act on abuse scandal" is a little hard to discern -- and in fact at times it seems that the piece makes a strong case for the opposite view. But nonetheless, this is the conclusion:
   But the future pope, it is now clear, was also part of a culture of nonresponsibility, denial, legalistic foot-dragging and outright obstruction. More than any top Vatican official other than John Paul, it was Cardinal Ratzinger who might have taken decisive action in the 1990s to prevent the scandal from metastasizing in country after country, growing to such proportions that it now threatens to consume his own papacy.
   The problems with the premises leading to this conclusion are ably illuminated by the liberal Catholic journalist Michael Sean Winters, M.Z. Hemingway at Get Religion, and Phil Lawler (my dad) here. It's worth highlighting just one out-of-place passage in the Times piece. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 8:01 AM

The NYT's weak hatchet job on Benedict

 
   Beliefnet, Rod Dreher, ~ July 03, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- When I opened up my morning New York Times and saw a giant, above-the-fold story on how Cardinal Ratzinger's office had the authority all along to deal with the sex-abuse crisis, and not just since the early part of the last decade, my first thought was: they must have some sort of big, bad smoking gun to merit this kind of play.
   I read through all 4,000 words of the thing, and – there's not that much to it. The real gist of the story is how the incredibly tangled legal culture of the Vatican and its sprawling bureaucracy tended to keep the right hand from knowing what the left hand was doing, and contributed to impeding reform and swift action against clerical abusers. This is the heart of the real story:
   Nicholas P. Cafardi, a Catholic expert in canon law who is dean emeritus and professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, said, "When it came to handling child sexual abuse by priests, our legal system fell apart."
   There was additional confusion over the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases -- or whether there even was one, given the Vatican's reaffirmation of the 1922 and 1962 papal instructions. Many bishops had believed that they could not prosecute cases against priests because they exceeded the five-year statute of limitations enacted in 1983, effectively shielding many molesters since victims of child abuse rarely came forward until they were well into adulthood. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:57 AM

A distressing time for Catholic faithful

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, [Melbourne Archbishop] DENIS HART, July 3, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- The church will do all it can to bring to justice those responsible for abuse.
   I HAVE today issued a pastoral letter in response to the recent international focus on the issue of sexual abuse. This year is proving to be a distressing and sorrowful time for all Catholics throughout the world as well as here in Australia. In the Melbourne archdiocese, we have been responding to this abhorrent issue through the Melbourne Response for some 14 years. It is only in recent times that this issue has emerged in other countries to the extent it has.
   Here in Australia, the 1970s were the worst period of reported sexual abuse cases. Most of the complaints relate to incidents from 30 to up to 80 years ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:55 AM

Archbishop apologises to sex abuse victims

  - RCC.
   ABC News, {with video},
   AUSTRALIA -- Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop has apologised to church sex abuse victims for what he describes as an unacceptable evil.
   In a letter to parishioners, Archbishop Denis Hart said continuing reports of abuse, including the latest investigations in Europe, are causing great distress and shame for the Church.
   He offered a sincere and unreserved apology for what he describes as a grave evil. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:52 AM

Priest faces 3 more sex abuse allegations

  [~ 1954-86 Fr William Marshall* (Basilian) (87). RCC. 4 children in Canada.]    
   The Windsor Star, By Frances Willick, July 3, 2010
   CANADA -- Three more alleged victims of sexual abuse have spoken out against a former Windsor high school principal and teacher, Windsor police said Friday.
   Rev. William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall was charged in May with one count of indecent assault for abuse that allegedly occurred between 1981 and 1985.
   Det. Gaston Levesque of the Windsor police special victims unit said three additional complainants from the London and Toronto areas have come forward with claims of abuse. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at Assumption College Catholic high school and St. Hubert's elementary school between 1954 and 1986. While charges have not yet been laid, police said they expect Marshall will face additional charges for those incidents. {Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 3, 2010 7:46 AM} [LOOK BACK: May 21 and June 21, 2010.]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat July 03, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Old Greenwich reverend faces child pornography charges

  [2008, 09 Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis (59) ? NEW*]- Spiritualism. Child porn.  
   Greenwich Post, http://www.acorn-online.com/ joomla15/greenwich-post/ news/local/ 61994-old- greenwich- reverend- faces-child- pornography- charges.html ; Written by Ken Borsuk, Thursday, 17 June 2010
   {What is Spiritualism?}
   OLD GREENWICH (CT) -- The pastor of an Old Greenwich church is scheduled to be sent to Massachusetts to face federal child pornography charges.
   Simeon Stefanidakis, 59, who is a reverend at the Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, was charged this week in Boston, Mass. with four counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
   The counts are federal and if convicted, Mr. Stefanidakis faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the four transportation charges and up to 10 years on the possession charge along with a $250,000 fine. If ever released from jail following a conviction he would be under supervised release for the rest of his life.
   According to the indictment, Mr. Stefanidakis on Oct. 9, 2008 knowingly transported and shipped four computer files that had "visual depictions" of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Additionally its charged that on March 12, 2009 he was in possession of computer files that again showed minors engaging in sexual conduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:46 AM

Primate leaves bishop to talk about sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   Belfast Telegraph ~ July 04, 2010
   IRELAND -- Catholic all-Ireland Primate Sean Brady left it to a bishop to talk about the issue of child sex abuse at a special mass to celebrate St Oliver Plunkett's Day.
   Cardinal Brady led a procession of around 2,000 people through Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the beatification of the saint.
   The Cardinal was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when it emerged that he had sworn two of a priest's teenage victims to secrecy in 1975 after recording their statements in a church inquiry. He refused to resign when the revelations emerged. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 10:22 PM]

Melbourne Archbishop's apology for sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   CathNews, ~ July 04, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart issued a Pastoral Letter at the weekend in response to the recent international focus on the issue of sexual abuse.
   "The number of proven reported cases of abuse occurring in the last ten years here in Melbourne have declined to less than a hand full," he said. "But even that's too many for me".
   The Archbishop has pledged to continue the Melbourne Archdiocese's strong response to allegations of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 7:48 PM

Child sex abuse in churches

  - RCC has had 4392 (so far) clergy sexually abusing children in USA in 52yrs.    
   The New Nation, July 05, 2010
   BANGLADESH -- SURFACING of rather frequent news reports recently on child sex abuse in churches in different parts across the world has shocked the people of all faiths including those belonging to Christianity. After years of painful revelations, massive payouts, soul searching and reforms, the child sex abuse has spread across the globe and in recent time struck the church at its very core. As reported in the media, Pope Benedict XVI, long celebrated for speaking out against abuse, faces allegations that he helped 'to protect predator priests as archbishop of Munich and later as the Vatican's chief morals enforcer.
   In an editorial the US-based National Catholic Reporter wrote the other day - 'We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in church history and demanded rather 'direct answers' from the Pope. The Independent newspaper decried the mismanagement of the crisis and insisted that the strategies employed so far - taking the legal path, obscuring the truth, and doing everything possible to protect perpetrators as well as the church's reputation and treasury - have failed miserably. The United States Conference of Bishops in 2002 established the National Review Board that identified cases involving more than 4,392 priests abusing at least 10,677 American children between 1950 and 2002. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 2:26 PM

Ballarat bishop backs sex abuse apology

  - RCC.    
   The Courier BY MARCUS POWER 04 Jul, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- BALLARAT'S Catholic bishop has backed his Melbourne counterpart's apology to victims of clergy sex abuse.
   But victims groups say the apology does not go far enough.
   Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart issued an unreserved apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in a pastoral letter read out in weekend Masses in Melbourne. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 7:46 PM

Church abuse apology endorsed, but not repeated

       
   ABC News
   AUSTRALIA -- Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has stopped short of apologising to victims of clergy sexual abuse, despite endorsing an apology made to the Melbourne diocese.
   A letter written by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart was distributed at masses across the city at the weekend.
   In the letter, the Archbishop offered an unreserved apology to victims of sexual abuse and their families. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 7:43 PM

Pope praises life of 13th-century pontiff who quit

     
   The Associated Press, ~ July 04, 2010
   SULMONA, Italy – Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that "for all our weaknesses" priests have an important role in the world.
   Benedict did not directly mention the clergy abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church for months. But during a daylong visit to a central Italian town, he received a round of applause and words of support by local youths greeting him "in this time of harsh attacks and media provocation."
   Minutes later, Benedict told the youths that "for all our weaknesses, still priests are a precious presence in life." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 7:39 PM

Pédophilie: Benoît XVI demande d'aimer les prêtres malgré leurs "faiblesses"

  - RCC.  
   TFI News (France)
   L'ITALIE -- Le pape Benoît XVI a demandé, dimanche à Sulmona (centre de l'Italie) d'aimer les prêtres malgré leurs "faiblesse", dans une référence implicite aux scandales de pédophilie qui secouent l'Eglise.
   "Aimez votre évêque, aimez vos prêtres: malgré leurs faiblesses, ils sont une présence précieuse dans la vie", a dit Benoît XVI, rajoutant oralement le terme de "faiblesses" à son discours écrit.

   {summary} ITALY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked people to love priests despite their "weakness" in an implicit reference to the pedophilia scandals that have shaken the church. He called on people to love their bishops and priests despite any shortcomings. He was speaking at Sulmona in Central Italy. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 7:31 PM

WHAT THE 4TH OF JULY MEANS TO ME

   
   Voice from the Desert, Joey Piscitelli
   UNITED STATES -- The 4th of July marks the commemoration of Independence from a power that revolutionaries considered abusive. It marks the actualization of a revolution. As we look back upon the historical movement by the people who caused and initiated that revolution, we celebrate their bravery, and their concern for the oppressed. Their fight led to the enjoyment and realization of freedoms for millions of citizens long after they have left this earth, and their legacy lives on in spirit and in reality for many of us in the US today. But fall back in time 234 years or so, and place yourself in the days of the revolutionaries, and we can see them for who they really were – men and women who fought a bloody battle against the colonial authorities, the established powers – the hierarchy.
   Now, we look at the Colonial revolutionaries as heroes, and see them as visionary artists who carved the future for respect, dignity, justice, and freedom for all. But how do people look at similar personalities today? How does society look at revolutionaries who fight the authorities in this century, who battle against the odds, against the absolute powers, against the establishment, and against the perceived corruption of organizations such as the Catholic hierarchy? Many members of the powerful Churches today look at revolutionaries who battle the abuse in the established Hierarchy of the Catholic Church as enemies of God. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 6:21 PM

PIC: For the Right to be Atheist, My Grandparents Came to the USA in 1900: Happy 4th of July

     
   City of Angels, July 4, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- As the 20th Century began, Wadja and Janik Jendrzewski moved from Poland to Indiana and opened a bakery, drawn by the Freedom to NOT be part of a religion in this country. Here is how they looked when they arrived:
   They were Intelligentsia, my mother would tell me proudly, a burgeoning movement at the time in what later became the Soviet countries: People who wanted freedom to think, to entertain new ideas. But an oppressive Roman Catholic regime in Eastern Europe made the life they wanted impossible. So they moved into a Polish neighborhood in Gary, Indiana, where my mom Lucia and her sister Celeste were born. The couple in the picture arrived on a ship and immigrated through Ellis Island in New York in 1900, which is around the time this photo was taken.
   Posted here today to remind readers of the real reasons we have freedom of religion in this country. So a person can profess any faith, even if it is only in the human mind. Posted by Terry McKiernan on July 4, 2010 5:05 PM

Catholic priests condemned over sexual abuse

     
   Bendigo Advertiser
   AUSTRALIA -- A LETTER of apology addressed to sexual abuse victims who have suffered at the hands of Catholic priests was handed out during Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church in Castlemaine yesterday.
   The letter was issued to all parishes in the Melbourne archdiocese which includes Castlemaine and Kyneton.
   The handout follows a speech by the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, during a Mass in which he condemned the sexual outrages and breaches of vows committed by some priests as bringing shame upon the entire church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 2:24 PM

Dioceses oust abusers they had pledged to monitor

   
   The Associated Press, By RACHEL ZOLL (AP),
   NEW YORK – At the peak of the Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, the discipline plan American bishops adopted prompted dioceses to remove nearly all accused clergy from the priesthood.
   Some of the men, however, were considered too old or sick to be kicked out. Instead, bishops barred those clerics from functioning as priests and promised to keep watch over them in supervisory programs that would keep the men far from children.
   But interviews with canon lawyers, church child protection officials and experts who advise them found that, eight years after the plan was approved, few of those diocesan programs exist. Church leaders are more likely to oust a cleric from the priesthood than monitor him. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 2:21 PM

Apology 'is just words' says Catholic clergy abuse victims

     
   Herald Sun Marianne Betts July 05, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- CATHOLIC Archbishop Denis Hart's apology for sexual abuse by the clergy was "farcical" unless compensation followed, victims say.
   Archbishop Hart delivered a "sincere and unreserved" apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy yesterday.
   He read most of a lengthy written apology to his St Patrick's Cathedral congregation. The letter was distributed to them, and to every parish in the archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 11:44 AM

How the Left Took Things Too Far

   
   Spiegel, By Jan Fleischhauer and Wiebke Hollersen,
   Germany's left has its own tales of abuse. One of the goals of the German 1968 movement was the sexual liberation of children. For some, this meant overcoming all sexual inhibitions, creating a climate in which even pedophilia was considered progressive.
   GERMANY -- In the spring of 1970, Ursula Besser found an unfamiliar briefcase in front of her apartment door. It wasn't that unusual, in those days, for people to leave things at her door or drop smaller items into her letter slot. She was, after all, a member of the Berlin state parliament for the conservative Christian Democrats. Sometimes Besser called the police to examine a suspicious package; she was careful to always apologize to the neighbors for the commotion.
   The students had proclaimed a revolution, and Besser, the widow of an officer, belonged to those forces in the city that were sharply opposed to the radical changes of the day. Three years earlier, when she was a newly elected member of the Berlin state parliament, the CDU had appointed Besser, a Ph.D. in philology, to the education committee. She quickly acquired a reputation for being both direct and combative. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 11:00 AM

After the mea culpa, the church has a lot of healing to do

  - RCC.    
   The Age, BARNEY ZWARTZ July 5, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- YOU can tell a bishop is serious if he gives up the entire sermon at Sunday Mass to a mea culpa ("I'm to blame"), even when it's a corporate one on behalf of the Catholic Church.
   So no one at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne yesterday seemed to doubt that Archbishop Denis Hart was sincere in his apology to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.
   On the other hand, not many seemed to regard it as much of a seminal moment, and few picked up the pastoral letter on sexual abuse that stood in neat piles on a table by the door. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 10:57 AM

Pell adds his voice to archbishop's apology on child sexual abuse

       
   AUSTRALIA -- Sydney Morning Herald, DEBORAH SNOW AND BARNEY ZWARTZ; July 5, 2010
   AUSTRALIA'S leading Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has decided to throw his weight behind the historic apology to victims of sexual abuse issued at the weekend by Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne.
   In a statement yesterday Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, said he "wholeheartedly endorsed" Archbishop Hart's letter of apology which went to 219 parishes in Victoria, saying the letter "speaks for me, too".
   In the letter Archbishop Hart spoke of a "crisis of faith" and acknowledged that victims of clergy abuse had been betrayed, while the church had not always responded properly. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 10:53 AM

Victims reject apology

 
   AUSTRALIA -- The Age BARNEY ZWARTZ July 5, 2010
   AS CATHOLICS around Melbourne yesterday heard of the church's deep shame at the crimes of abusive priests and its desire to make amends, victims dismissed the apology as hollow words and said the church was doing less, not more.
   In a pastoral letter on sexual abuse delivered to every Catholic church, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart (below) again apologised to victims, acknowledging that they had been betrayed and the church had not always responded properly. He spoke of "a crisis of faith".
   But victims who spoke to The Age complained that the church punished those who made difficulties or spoke to the media, and was arbitrary in how it helped victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 10:45 AM

Parishioners angry over church closings

   
   The Journal Gazette MEGHAN BARR | Associated Press
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A bell tolled solemnly as a man read the names of the fallen churches like a list of dearly departed saints.
   St. Hedwig's, recently sold to a drug rehabilitation agency. St. Andrew's, demolished months ago.
   Now joining them is St. Emeric's, an old Hungarian parish, where about 100 parishioners gathered Wednesday to say goodbye. The church is the last of 50 parishes to close its doors, ending a massive downsizing of mostly older, ethnic parishes decreed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland because of falling attendance, a priest shortage and financial problems. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 9:55 AM

Innocent unless proven guilty

  - RCC.  
   Times of Malta, Joe Zammit, Paola
   MALTA -- I would like to answer the questions put to me by Charles Cirillo (The Sunday Times, June 27). Briefly, his questions dealt with: the reason why our Archbishop and the Pope had met with the alleged victims of abuse; and whether they believed them or not.
   The reason for the encounters is simple: our dear Pope and Archbishop are shepherds and fathers indeed. The alleged victims form part of their flock. Therefore, meeting them is completely in line with the Pope's and Archbishop's pastoral work.
   They listened to them as a father listens to his children. They followed the words of St Paul: "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." The alleged victims wept, so our spiritual shepherds wept too. The Pope and Archbishop wanted to help them and the alleged victims really felt their concern. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 9:53 AM
   [COMMENT: Our dear Pope is also shepherding an "enabler," Cardinal Bernard Law in Rome, formerly of Boston (MA), USA.]

Cleveland Diocese's consolidation must be followed by consolation: editorial

  [RCC closes 50 churches in < 1yr.]  
   The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer Editorial Board, ~ July 4, 2010
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- Some Roman Catholic parishioners are in a world of hurt after the painful loss of St. Emeric, the last Roman Catholic church slated to close in Greater Cleveland.
   It will be up to their shepherd, Bishop Richard Lennon, who has closed 50 churches in an eight-county area in little more than a year, to help this wounded diocese heal.
   There was a powerful intellectual argument for closing churches -- one that this page strongly supported. Because of a shortage of priests, pastors in Cleveland sometimes had to tend to two struggling, poorly attended churches. Meanwhile, others in the suburbs struggled to lead growing flocks. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 9:18 AM

In pursuit of better apologies

   
   Calgary Herald, By Mark Milke, July 4, 2010
   CANADA -- We live in an age of apologies where politicians and priests routinely profess regret for predecessors long dead and actions long since expired. On one level, it can be seen as a laudable feature of open, liberal societies. We encourage questioning of existing prejudices and policies, to say nothing of how exposing evil to light is a benefit-- light being a moral disinfectant.
   The result is that an existing consensus can be broken. But the apology part can be overdone. It is not clear how a present politician who offers up a "sorry" for the actions of a long-gone mandarin does much. Generally, if I offend someone, it's up to me to offer the regret, not some relative 80 years from now.
   Still, if an apology helps people set a marker against future ill behaviour, it is of some use both morally and symbolically. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 9:14 AM

Women are also victims of clergy sex abuse

 
   Union of Catholic Asian News By Virginia Saldanha
   The issue of sexual abuse of women in the Church in Asia has been simmering beneath the surface for a long time. It is not a new issue. It has just never made the news before. But that must now be rectified.
   Over the years I have become acutely aware that the problem is widespread. Many victims are crying out for justice, healing and support. But too often those cries for help are silent, made by the women victims to themselves alone.
   That must stop.
   For the women who have approached me already and for those I am yet to hear from, my pledge is simple. I will reach out to you with hope of justice and the path to recovery and peace. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 9:12 AM

Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats

  - Death threats alleged by police.  
   BBC News
   BELGIUM -- Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates.
   Last month police raided a meeting of Belgium's Catholic bishops as part of their investigation, seizing computers and documents.
   They even searched the tomb of at least one cardinal, prompting an angry response from the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:58 AM

'Kerk moet slachtoffers desnoods vergoeden'

 
   Nieuwsblad
   BELGIE -- Minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V) wil dat de Kerk stappen zet om de slachtoffers van kindermisbruik door geestelijken te erkennen en tegemoet te komen. 'Dat kan een geldvergoeding zijn, maar de Kerk moet geval per geval nagaan hoe het slachtoffer best gecompenseerd kan worden.'
   Sinds een Brusselse onderzoeksrechter het bevel gaf om alle 475 klachtendossiers in beslag te nemen van de commissie-Adriaenssens, die klachten over seksueel misbruik in de Kerk behandelde, woedt het debat over waar die slachtoffers nu een luisterend oor vinden. En waar mensen met nieuwe klachten naartoe moeten.

   {summary} BELGIUM -- Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck said the Catholic Church must compensate victims of sexual abuse but he will leave it up to the church on how best this can proceed. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:53 AM

Church's apology a start, but victims need support

     
   The Courier
   AUSTRALIA -- AN APOLOGY to sex abuse victims is what the Victorian Catholic Church hopes is another step forward in a gradual healing process.
   Whether it provides some solace to abuse victims or is seen as a method of placating concerns among its own parishioners is questionable.
   The statement on the weekend from Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart, expressing his outrage at the continued allegations against the church, was a strong message. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:50 AM

Minister held for court appearance in Boston

 
   OLD GREENWICH (CT) -- Stamford Advocate
   After a brief appearance in a U.S. District Court in Connecticut Tuesday, a minister at an Old Greenwich church remains in custody in the state until his scheduled appearance in a Boston court to face child pornography charges, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Boston.
   A date to bring Simeon P. Stefanidakis, 59, to Boston hadn't been set by Thursday afternoon, spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling said.
   Stefanidakis is charged with four counts of transporting child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:44 AM

Reverend charged in child porn case worked beside elementary school

 
   OLD GREENWICH (CT) Greenwich Times
   Frank MacEachern And Colin Gustafson, Staff Writers
   Kim-Marie Evans has an application on her iPhone that notifies her where sex offenders live.
   But the news that a minister at a spiritualist church right beside her child's Old Greenwich School was arrested last week on charges of possession and transportation of child pornography in Massachusetts came as a shock to her.
   "That's so disturbing," Evans said Tuesday while standing outside the school. "It (the church) overlooks the playground."
   The Rev. Simeon Stefanidakis, 59, the minister at Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism at 293 Sound Beach Ave., was charged with four counts of transporting child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography following an investigation led by the FBI. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:41 AM

Pastor suspected of child porn living on Cape

 
   EAST DENNIS (MA) Boston Herald
   By Robert Gold / Cape Cod Times Thursday, June 24, 2010
   EAST DENNIS – A Connecticut pastor reportedly staying in town was indicted last week on child pornography charges.
   Simeon Stefanidakis, 59, minister of the Albertson Memorial Church in Old Greenwich, Conn., was charged June 15 with four counts of transportation and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Boston. Stefanidakis is staying with an acquaintance in East Dennis, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
   He was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond and several restrictions, including staying in the house from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., wearing an electronic monitor ankle bracelet, having no contact with minors, not using the Internet, and turning in his passport, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:38 AM

Old Greenwich pastor released on child pornography charges

 
   OLD GREENWICH (CT) Greenwich Post
   Written by Ken Borsuk, Staff Reporter Saturday, 03 July 2010
   Simeon Stefanidakis, the former head of an Old Greenwich church now facing federal child pornography charges, has been released from custody but is mandated to stay in Massachusetts.
   Mr. Stefanidakis, 59, was arraigned in federal court June 23 in Boston, Mass., and was released by a judge on a $50,000 bond. Under the terms of his release, he is restricted to remain in Massachusetts, where he will be living with an acquaintance, and cannot have any contact with children or any access to the Internet. He will also have on an electronic monitoring device and faces a curfew of 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. at an approved residence.
   Mr. Stefanidakis, who is on leave with pay from the Albertson Memorial Church in Old Greenwich where he had worked as a minister and teacher, has been charged with four counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, Mr. Stefanidakis faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the four transportation charges and up to 10 years on the possession charge along with a $250,000 fine. If ever released from jail following a conviction, he would be under supervised release for the rest of his life. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:33 AM

Archbishop's letter 'inadequate'

  - RCC.    
   Sky News ~ July 04, 2010
   {The archbishop's pastoral letter}
   AUSTRALIA -- The director of Melbourne victim's advocacy group In Good Faith Helen Last has welcomed a public apology by Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart but says the response is absolutely inadequate for victims of clergy abuse.
   The apology letter is being distributed to every Catholic church in the Melbourne diocese this weekend.
   Ms Last has challenged Archbishop Denis Hart to produce evidence that victims are satisfied with it and says a more wholistic [sic] response is needed one would expect from a church and not a business organisation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:27 AM

Archbishop condemns abusive priests

  - RCC.    
   The Press Association (United Kingdom), ~ July 04, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- One of Australia's most senior archbishops apologised to victims of sexual abuse by priests in a message condemning the behaviour and the Roman Catholic church's failure to properly deal with the problem.
   Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart sent the message to all churches in more than 200 parishes in the southern state of Victoria with instructions that it be read at Sunday mass.
   Catholic church leaders in Australia have long condemned abuse by priests in interviews and statements, but rarely have they addressed the problem in such forthright terms in sermons or other messages delivered in church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:25 AM

Apology doesn't go far enough: victims

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, GREG RULE, AAP, July 4, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Melbourne Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart should apologise for all abuses carried out by clergy, not just sexual abuse, victims' groups say.
   Forgotten Australians founder "Garry" and other members of the group were protesting outside St Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday where Archbishop Hart was delivering a "sincere and unreserved" apology to victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy.
   "As your archbishop I want you to know that I share in your desolation and betrayal," he told the congregation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:22 AM

Lawsuits against Yakima Diocese still pending

   
   Yakima Herald-Republic By Jane Gargas,
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A group focused on exposing clergy abuse within the Catholic Church is ramping up its criticism of the Diocese of Yakima.
   Two weeks ago, the Voice of the Faithful of Central Washington launched a website designed to be "a resource for those interested in protecting children and vulnerable adults in our church."
   People who say they were sexually abused by clerics are also invited to tell their stories on the website (http://votfcentralwashington.com). Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:18 AM

Catholic churches require volunteers' fingerprints

 
   LAS VEGAS (NV) Las Vegas Review-Journal
   By PAUL HARASIM LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
   Anyone who volunteers in a Catholic parish in Las Vegas -- ranging from ushers to those who clean up litter at a church festival -- must be fingerprinted or they cannot volunteer, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas has decreed.
   The Catholic Church has been rocked nationally and internationally by sex and child abuse scandals. And the policy was handed down to "further protect children" in local parishes, according to Rachel Wilkinson, of Rogich Communications, the public relations firm that represents the diocese.
   "The newer policy was not the result of a singular event," Wilkinson said, adding that she did not know of any Las Vegas cases of church volunteers abusing children. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:15 AM

Pell urges abuse victims to go to cops

     
   Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), Sun, 4 Jul 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Sydney Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell has urged victims of sexual abuse by priests to report them to the police.
   His prompting follows a pastoral letter by Melbourne's Archbishop Dennis Hart that was read out in every Catholic Mass across the city on the weekend.
   "As Archbishop of Melbourne, I once again express my deep sorrow and offer a sincere and unreserved apology to all victims of sexual abuse, and to their families," Archbishop Hart said in the letter. {Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 4, 2010 8:10 AM}
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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The NYT, the CDF & church law – a canonist responds.

  - Power known by document published 1922.  
   DotCommonweal, http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/ blog/?p=8980 , Posted by Grant Gallicho, 11:06 am, July 5, 2010
   {Crimen Sollicitationis}
   UNITED STATES -- Careful readers of Laurie Goodstein and David Halbfinger's "Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal" (discussed here) will recall seeing Nicholas P. Cafardi quoted in the piece. Nick is a canon lawyer and a professor of civil law at Duquesne. He was also one of the first members of the U.S. bishops' National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People. (Read his recent Commonweal article on the scandal in Ireland here.) I asked him what he made of the Times piece and the canonical issues it raises. Here's his response:
   It is rare when issues of canon law make the front page of The New York Times and even more rare when the secular media gets their canonical issues right. But the Times story of July 2, 2010, "Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal," did just that. As the Times reported, it truly was a failure in the church's canon-law system that exacerbated, if it did not help to cause, the clergy child sex-abuse crisis in the United States. …
   But lurking in the unreferenced and uncatalogued canonical database (yes, canon law is much more difficult to research than civil law because it lacks many of the organizational databases that civil lawyers have at their disposal) was a document that could have easily solved the statute of limitations problem. It was called "Crimen Sollicitationis" or "The Crime of Solicitation," and, while it dealt primarily with the canonical crime of priests soliciting sex in the confessional, it also dealt with the "worst crime," a euphemism for, among other things, the sexual abuse of a child by a cleric.
   That document, which gave jurisdiction over such crimes to the Holy Office, now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was first published in 1922 and again in 1962 – but it was published only in the loosest sense. It never appeared in the Acts of the Apostolic See or in L'Osservatore Romano, or any other place where a canon lawyer would go looking for the law. The fact that the Holy Office had jurisdiction over those crimes was very important, because crimes in the Holy Office's jurisdiction are unprescribable, that is, they have no statute of limitations. Yet that jurisdiction was also unknown! Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 1:03 PM

Parents of paedophile victim tormented by guilt

  [1968-86 Fr John Denham*] - RCC. Prison to 2022. 39 boys (7-16). [1970s-80s Archbishop Philip Wilson] - RCC. Failed to report seductions.       
   Newcastle Herald, BY JOANNE MCCARTHY, 06 Jul, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- More than 30 years ago Mary and Mike Rounce told Catholic Bishop Leo Clarke of their concerns about priest and St Pius X teacher John Denham and his behaviour with their son Michael.
   On Friday in Sydney District Court Judge Helen Syme sentenced former Hunter paedophile priest John Denham to jail until at least June 2022.
   Today the Rounces will tell Maitland Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone how Bishop Clarke's failure to act, along with many others including St Pius X principal Tom Brennan, contributed to Michael's death. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 3:10 PM

Papal apologies are all well and good - now is the time for action

  - RCC. Road to Recovery group.    
   The Irish Times, FR ROBERT HOATSON, July 06, 2010
   RITE & REASON: If clerical abuse victims are to recover, the Vatican must heed this five-point plan
   IRELAND -- THE POPE has apologised to victims of clergy sexual abuse in face-to-face meetings in Washington DC, Malta, and Australia, and in speeches in a number of places, including at a rally for priests recently in St Peter's Square. While apologies are all well and good, the pope must now develop an action plan to meet the recovery needs of victims.
   When my priest colleague Fr Ken Lasch and I realised in 2003 that little or nothing was being done to meet the diverse needs of victims of clergy sexual abuse, we embarked on the establishment of Road to Recovery, Inc. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 9:04 PM]

The sins of the fathers – and an apology

  - RCC.    
   Sydney Morning Herald, July 5, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- The Vatican might have named 2010 the Year of Abuse Revelations, rather than the just concluded Year of the Priest. But in Melbourne, Archbishop Denis Hart has just made the most comprehensive apology for sexual abuse by clergy that I've yet come across.
   As I wrote about the apology at the weekend – here, and its delivery here and the very valid concerns of victims and their advocates here – I was asked, is this groundbreaking, does it introduce a new era? I said no, because Archbishop Hart, the Australian church and the Pope have apologised more than once before.
   But there were important innovations. The abuse was unequivocally recognised as criminal, as well as a failure, sinful etc. Archbishop Hart spoke of his and the church's "shame", a word rarely heard from bishops until now. He acknowledged the church's failures in responding to abuse (covering it up, moving priests on) and that it still had lessons to learn. He spoke of the suffering, especially of the victims, but also of the wider church, and the "crisis of faith" many are experiencing. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 5:16 PM

No, Benedict XVI, you are not forgiven. No, Archbishop Hart of Australia, your apology is rejected

  - RCC.      
   Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler; Paris Arrow
   UNITED STATES -- Benedict XVI's few words of crocodile tears are hollow and meaningless. He asked for forgiveness from God and the victims at the closing Mass for the Year for Priests. See our article - Benedict XVI asks for 'quickie forgiveness' from "little ones" who were battered for years by 'Priestly Sodomy of Biblical Proportions' http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2010/06/benedict-xvi-asks-for-quickie.html Maybe God will forgive him but the victims cannot because there is no "justice" in forgiveness. "Forgiveness" is a Catholic concept of a quickie Hail Mary and an anonymous Act of contrition. Catholic forgiveness knows no jail time, investigation by the state police and justice before the secular courts. Forgiveness is a farce and is completely useless for the safety of children, women and people in our society. Forgiveness protects no one and defends no one, except the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and pedophile priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 5:02 PM

The Real Impact of the Belgium Raids

  - RCC. Brave Belgium.    
   Voice from the Desert Vinnie Nauheimer, ~ July 05, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Once again, Goliath gets stoned by little David. Belgium ranks thirty-seventh in size out of the fifty-two countries in Europe. Yet it will go down in history as being the only country in the world with the determination to take on the Catholic Church. The Belgium Police have done what the rest of the world should have been doing for years: they have treated the Church just like any other entity involved in a criminal investigation. For that, the global community of clergy abuse survivors owes them a big "Thank You!"  The Belgium Police Dept. also deserves applause from all civic minded people who believe no individual or organization is above the law.
   What are the repercussions of this dramatic event? There are several. The first, the Belgium Police have set a precedent. The world has witnessed in print, on television, and on the Internet members of the church hierarchy being treated like the alleged criminals they are for aiding and abetting known felons who have raped, sodomized and molested children. No one will be able to remove those images from the minds of those who either watched or read about this historic event. This is a huge step forward and it has struck fear into the hearts of bishops and cardinals around the world who are hiding known sexual offenders. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 4:59 PM

Adriaenssens geen kandidaat voor nieuwe commissie

   
   De Standaard,
   BELGIE De Leuvense kinderpsychiater Peter Adriaenssens is geen kandidaat om in een nieuwe commissie te stappen die seksueel misbruik in de Kerk zou onderzoeken. 'Ik doe niet meer mee, dat wil ik ondubbelzinnig duidelijk maken. Maar ik steun wel het idee voor de oprichting van een nieuwe commissie, waarvoor een parlementair debat moet beslissen hoe ze samengesteld wordt en hoe ze werkt', zegt Adriaenssens. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 11:04 AM

Clerics reject Paisley's pope visit comments

     
   News Letter, Published 05 July 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- TWO senior Protestant clerics have rejected Ian Paisley's denunciation of the pope's visit to Britain in the autumn.
   Presbyterian moderator the Rev Dr Norman Hamilton and Canon Ian Ellis, editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette, said that the former First Minister was wrong to describe Pope Benedict's state visit as a "mistake".
   But, referring to the Queen, who will meet the pope during his visit, Mr Hamilton said that he would "accept Her Majesty's judgment in this, rather than Dr Paisley's". Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:50 AM [COMMENT: On 6 / 7 July it was reported that Dr Paisley has been elevated to the House of Lords, London.  His wife was already a Baroness. ENDS.]

Cardinal Schonborn and the "rebuke"- Are the secular and Catholic press biased against him?

  - RCC.    
   MinistryValues, By Daniel Klimek,
   ROME -- There it goes again. The mainstream press -- both Catholic and secular -- has recently gone on a rampage against one of its favorite targets, asserting that Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, the popular archbishop of Vienna, has been "rebuked" or "admonished" by the Vatican, by Pope Benedict XVI himself. Yet, an honest analysis of the released Vatican statement commenting on the meeting between Pope Benedict and Cardinal Schonborn reveals no such reality, simply the opposite: a polite and respectful dialogue between Cardinal Schonborn and the Holy See.
   On June 28, 2010, the Holy See Press Office released an official statement commenting on Cardinal Schonborn's meeting and audience with Pope Benedict. The statement, in its entirety, reads thus:
   "(1) The Holy Father today received in audience Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., archbishop of Vienna and president of the Austrian Episcopal Conference. The cardinal had asked to meet the Supreme Pontiff personally in order to report on the current situation of the Church in Austria. In particular, Cardinal Schonborn wished to clarify the exact meaning of his recent declarations concerning some aspects of current ecclesiastical discipline, and certain of his judgements regarding positions adopted by the Secretariat of State - and in particular by the then Secretary of State of Pope John Paul II - concerning the late Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, archbishop of Vienna from 1986 to 1995. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:46 AM

Cardinal stays silent as bishop speaks of scars caused by abuse

     
   Irish Independent, By Isabel Hurley, Monday July 05 2010
   IRELAND -- HE leads the Church and the procession, but yesterday Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All-Ireland, was silent at a special mass to celebrate St Oliver Plunkett's Day.
   Cardinal Brady led the procession of around 2,000 through Drogheda, Co Louth, yesterday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the beatification of the saint.
   But he left it to his junior to publicly speak of the issue of clerical sex abuse. The Cardinal was embroiled in controversy earlier this year when it emerged that he had sworn two of Fr Smyth's teenage victims to secrecy in 1975 after recording their statements in a church inquiry. He refused to resign when the revelations emerged. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:42 AM

Parket onderzoekt huiszoekingen bij aartsbisdom

   
   Vandaag,
   BELGIE -- Het Brusselse parket gaat de huiszoekingen van 24 juni bij het aartsbisdom en de commissie-Adriaenssens onderzoeken. Het parket wil nagaan of alles volgens het boekje is verlopen. Maandag, uiterlijk dinsdagmorgen, wordt het dossier van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy overhandigd.
   Het Brusselse parket-generaal is eind vorige week in gang geschoten nadat het een brief ontvangen had waarin meester Fernand Keuleneer, de advocaat van het aartsbisdom en van kardinaal Godfried Danneels, een tiental punten uit het verloop van de huiszoekingen in Mechelen en Leuven aan de kaak stelde, onder meer over het briefgeheim en de onschendbaarheid van de Heilige Stoel.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:24 AM

The archbishop apologises, but later rather than sooner

     
   WAToday
   AUSTRALIA -- THERE is no doubt that the Catholic Archibishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, is a man of deep conscience as well as strong personal conviction. For him, the terrible history of troubles within his church and within his own archdiocese have become a matter requiring acknowledgment and warranting apology. At the weekend, the archbishop circulated to all his 219 parishes an extraordinary document, A Pastoral Letter on Sexual Abuse, that left no doubts of his feelings of profound shame at the criminal offences and breaches of vows committed by various priests over many years. "How can we Catholics not be shocked and ashamed?" Archbishop Hart wrote. "For me personally, this is one of the saddest times of my 43 years in the Catholic priesthood." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:22 AM

When Irish eyes are crying

       
   The Globe and Mail (Canada) Michael Higgins
   IRELAND -- The anti-ecclesiastical temperature in Ireland is rising. No surprise, in a way, given recent developments.
   Irish Catholics have been buffeted, bruised and betrayed for years now. Various revelations of clerical misbehaviour – sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious brothers, emotionally brutalizing treatment at the hands of nuns, egregious instances of venal activity and spiritual hypocrisy by bishops – have soured the national taste for religion. As the brilliant spiritual writer and poet Aidan Mathews starkly phrases it: "Seminaries silent. Churches sold. Priests in prison. Children impaled. The annihilated father."
   The Ferns, Murphy and Ryan reports publicly exposed the criminal misdeeds and sins of church leaders for all to see. Bishops have resigned; religious orders struggle with costly liabilities; commentators and pundits have a field day; and lay Catholics can be forgiven for thinking that living in a state of personal and ecclesial turbulence appears to have become their permanent destiny.
   But it's not all Sturm und Drang. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:12 AM

AP examines how dioceses monitor priests who committed abuse

   
   UNITED STATES Catholic Culture
   July 05, 2010 The Essential Norms for Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors that arose from the US bishops' June 2002 meeting in Dallas envision that elderly or infirm priests who have sexually abused a child might be consigned to a life of prayer and penance instead of being laicized.
   If the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state has not been applied (e.g., for reasons of advanced age or infirmity), the offender ought to lead a life of prayer and penance. He will not be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to administer the sacraments. He is to be instructed not to wear clerical garb, or to present himself publicly as a priest. {Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 5, 2010 8:08 AM}
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon July 05, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue July 06, 2010 edition:


Moravian pastor faces sex-abuse charges

  [Pastor Carl Ekamrak - ? NEW*] - Moravian Church. Girl (12)    
   The Tundra Drums, http://www.thetundradrums.com/ article/1027 moravian_pastor_ faces_sex-abuse_ charges ; By ALEX DEMARBAN, ~ July 06, 2010
   ALASKA -- A Bethel grand jury has indicted the Moravian church's top administrative official in Alaska on felony counts of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
   Carl Ekamrak, 52, is the Moravian Church's Bethel pastor, according to Sgt. Chris Salyers of the Bethel police.
   Ekamrak is also listed in a blog published by a member of the Moravian clergy (http://bishopnicholson.blogspot.com/2010/03/2010-synod-highlights.html) as president of the church's Alaska Provincial Board. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM, July 06, 2010

Mahony Redux: Archbishop of Los Angeles Deposition Deconstruction Continued

  - RCC.   
   City of Angels, http://cityofangels8.blogspot.com/ 2010/07/ mahony- redux- archbishop- of-los- angeles. html , July 6, 2010
   (Analyzing Cardinal Roger Mahony's statements under oath in deposition January 25, 2010 in the case of Luis C v. Doe, continued from from Part 1 and Part 2.)
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- So Much For Pastoral Care. Since the July 2007 settlements in L.A. every mainstream news group has quoted the Archbishop saying he approaches the matter of pedophile priests in a pastoral way. He apologized on camera and says he is truly concerned about the victims who are struggling today. Yet this is what he said about two former altar boys in the deposition released to the public last month:
   Q: Did the issue of reporting this to the police ever enter your mind {in 2000} when the Cadigan* matter came up?
   MR. HENNIGAN: Purely argumentative.
   THE WITNESS: I answered that. I told you, these were adults. They were angry. They were furious at Baker. They had an attorney that was furious at Baker. They were in a different state. It seemed to me if they really wanted to get him, they would have reported it in Arizona.
   ***
   (Then 30 pages of transcript later, Mahony says about those same victims:)
   ***
   MANLY: So the reason you didn't tell the parishes about Michael Baker molesting children is because you were worried about a {2000} confidentiality agreement?
   MAHONY: I was worried - not worried. I wanted to get that lawsuit settled.
   Q: Why?
   A: For the sake of these men, these victims.
   ***
   *"Cadigan" refers to Lynne Cadigan, the Arizona attorney representing this set of victims; John Manly is the Orange County attorney representing Luis C. Hennigan is the L.A. attorney who represents Mahony.
   Around page 146 of transcript, Manly queries why the story of the illegal alien victims who went back to Mexico is nowhere in the "Report to the People of God" released in 2004. When Mahony's asked again why not call police, his lawyers object: Not again, "It's argumentative and it's offensive." Manly says, "Yeah, especially if you were molested by Father Baker." Another question never really answered: Where did Father Baker get the $500,000 he apparently gave to one of his victims to make him go away? Posted by Terry McKiernan at 10:01 PM

Police: Priest Used Parish Money For Hotels, Male Escorts

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Hated being a priest. Male "escorts."  
   The Hartford Courant, By JULIE STAGIS and JENNA CARLESSO, jstagis@courant.com , 9:31 p.m. EDT, July 6, 2010
   {PDF: Arrest Affidavit For Waterbury Priest Kevin J. Gray}
   WATERBURY (CT) – A well-known Roman Catholic priest who stole $1.3 million from the Sacred Heart parish over seven years said he "had grown to hate being a priest" because the Archdiocese had given him the "worst church assignments" where he would "have to fix problems made by the previous priests," according to his arrest warrant.
   The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, 64, was charged with first-degree larceny. Police said he used church funds to pay for hotels, restaurant meals, clothing and male escorts. Gray turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning and was arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court. Bail was set at $750,000, court officials said.
   Waterbury police launched an investigation after the archdiocese came to them May 27 and said it had uncovered unauthorized payments from church funds to accounts held by Gray and other suspicious transactions, according to the affidavit, which was prepared by Waterbury Police Detective Peter Morgan. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM
   [LOOK BACK: First entry June 19, 2010]

Ex-Waterbury, Conn., priest ordered held in $1.3M theft

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."
   NECN, {with video}, Brian Burnell,
   WATERBURY (Conn.) -- Handcuffed and no longer wearing a clerical collar, 64-year-old Kevin Gray appeared in Waterbury, Conn., Superior Court Tuesday for allegedly stealing $1.3 million to finance a lifestyle of high-end restaurants, male escorts, clothes and hotels.
   HIs public defender cited Gray's clean record in asking that the former pastor be released on a promise to appear. But the judge sided with the prosecution.
   So far nobody has stepped up to pay Gray's $750,000 bond, but he attracted a group of supporters to the courthouse. That's a tribute, archdiocese spokesman Monsignor John McCarthy said, to Gray's popularity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM

Priest 'Falls from grace' after stealing 1.3 million from church

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Digital Journal, {with video}, By Kim I. Hartman,
   WATERBURY (CT) -- A former pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in Waterbury is facing larceny charges. Rev. Kevin J. Gray is accused of stealing over $1 million of church money to pay for a secret life of luxury. Gray said he took the money because the church owed it to him.
   He was known for his kind, loving and generous way. The Rev. Kevin J. Gray was a popular priest who appeared to live humbly, forgoing a car and walking to Mass from another parish where he lived so that a Catholic charity could use his space at the rectory. Parishioners thought he had cancer and admired how he helped immigrants in his largely poor parish in Connecticut reports wtop.com.
   While claiming he was suffering from cancer and away for days on end seeking treatment, Gray allegedly was hitting the town big in New York City and Boston with the misappropriated funds from Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury where he was a former pastor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

Vatican Approaches New Abuse Rules

  - RCC.  
   The New York Times, By RACHEL DONADIO, Published: July 6, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – In an effort to rein in the sexual abuse crisis threatening the church, the Vatican is inching toward introducing changes to canon law to make it easier to discipline pedophile priests, Vatican officials say.
   The changes will codify into canon law exceptions that already allow the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to defrock priests using faster administrative procedures rather than a full ecclesiastical trial.
   Few other details have leaked out, but several reports and Vatican officials suggest that there are limited technical changes. If true, critics and victims are likely to find them inadequate for the scope of the crisis, though they will mark the first doctrinal modification since the abuse crisis hit Europe this spring and the United States a decade ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM, July 06, 2010

Vatican to issue long-awaited sex abuse document

  - RCC.
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD, July 06, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI will soon issue a document outlining the church's procedures for handling clerical sex abuse cases that will gather the norms now in use and make them permanent and legally binding, a Vatican official and canon lawyer said Tuesday.
   The "instruction" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been in the works for some time. But its impending publication has taken on new relevance amid the abuse scandal that has roiled the Vatican for months, with hundreds of new cases coming to light of priests who raped and sodomized children, bishops who covered up for them and Vatican officials who turned a blind eye.
   The norms concern the canonical procedures for dealing with abusive priests, with penalties as severe as being dismissed from the clerical state. Separately, the Vatican issued informal guidelines earlier this year saying bishops should follow civil reporting laws in terms of reporting abuse to police. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM, July 06, 2010
   [COMMENT: But why would "the pillar and ground of the truth" require a change of procedures?  Even if the RCC is only a man-made organisation, having existed for 1700 years, but claiming 2000 years, if it was genuine about this matter, wouldn't it have solved it by now?  Aren't all these changes to "procedures" only play-acting?  Didn't Jesus ask for a reform in the soul? ENDS.]

Kardinaal Danneels geschokt na verhoor

  [~ 1985 + Bishop Roger Vangheluwe*] - RCC. Years -Aware of the seductions of his priests. ~ 1985 Personal: Boy (a relation).  
   De Standaard, Auteur: Yves Delepeleire, woensdag 07 juli 2010
   BRUSSEL, BELGIUM -- De kardinaal was gisteren zwaar aangeslagen na zijn marathonondervraging. De confrontatie met Peter Adriaenssens bracht hem in nauwe schoentjes. Maar de onderzoeksrechter heeft hem nog niet in verdenking gesteld.
   Meer dan tien uur is kardinaal Danneels door de federale gerechtelijke politie van Brussel ondervraagd. De speurders haalden hem 'smorgens thuis op. Om kwart voor acht mocht hij het politiekantoor weer verlaten.
   De speurders wilden weten of Godfried Danneels betrokken is geweest bij een mogelijke doofpotoperatie rond seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Nadat de zaak rond ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe in april was losgebarsten, kwamen honderden dossiers van misbruik aan de oppervlakte. Hoe langer hoe meer werden vragen gesteld bij de rol in dat alles van kardinaal Danneels.

   {summary} BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Cardinal Danneels was in shambles yesterday after his marathon interrogation. The confrontation with Peter Adriaenssens further upset him. The cardinal was interrogated for more than 10 hours at the federal judicial police building. He was allowed to leave at 7:45 p.m.
   Investigators wanted to know if Godfried Danneels was involved in a possible cover-up about sexual abuse in the church. After the allegations were made against former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe broke in April, hundreds of abuse cases surfaced. More and more questions were asked about the role of Cardinal Danneels. The man has never been accused of pedophilia. But several victims said he was somehow aware of abuse in the church and never did anything. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM
   [LOOK BACK: Regarding Bishop Roger Vangheluwe: April 24, 2010]

Belgian Bishops Ignored Parents on Grossly Sexually Explicit Catholic 'Catechism'

  - RCC.
   LifeSite, By Hilary White, July 6, 2010
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (LifeSiteNews.com) – A possible cover-up by the Belgian Catholic hierarchy of a vast scandal of sex abuse of minors by priests and bishops is likely to be less shocking to a group of parents who spent years trying, with no success, to have a graphically sexually explicit "catechism" textbook withdrawn from Catholic schools.
   On June 24, the very day police were raiding the offices of the Archdiocese of Brussels and the home of Cardinal Godfreed Danneels, an article appeared in the Brussels Journal detailing the cardinal's opposition to efforts to stop the catechism that had been written and approved by Belgian Catholic authorities.
   Alexandra Colen, a Catholic member of the Belgian parliament, wrote that because of this "perverted little catechism," "Hundreds of children who were not raped physically were molested spiritually during the catechism lessons." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Belgian Police Question Cardinal

  - RCC. Failed in 50 cases to tell police.  
   Wall Street Journal By JOHN W. MILLER,
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Prosecutors questioned retired cardinal Godfried Danneels for a full day Tuesday about his failure to report to the police cases of sexual abuse involving children, further heightening tension between public authorities and church leaders in Belgium, a traditional Catholic stronghold.
   Cardinal Danneels, long a revered figure here and a onetime candidate for the papacy, is now squarely in the spotlight of a case that is creating a growing headache for the Vatican.
   There are "at least 50" cases where the cardinal failed to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse to police, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:35 PM

Gunning for the Pope?

   
   The Huffington Post Diane Winston
   UNITED STATES -- Last week, The New York Times added another piece to the puzzling history of the Vatican's response to the crisis of clergy sexual abuse. Reporters Laurie Goodstein and David Halbfinger plumbed church documents and interviewed church leaders to ascertain how Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, deployed church policy to address scandals that, by the 1990s, were erupting globally.
   Despite recent Vatican efforts to paint the current pope as a responsive leader seeking to address the problem, the reporters draw a picture of a bureaucrat more concerned with protecting his institution than with preventing abuse and disciplining abusers.
   As Goodstein and Halbfinger write: "the future pope, it is now clear, was also part of a culture of nonresponsibility, denial, legalistic foot-dragging and outright obstruction. More than any top Vatican official other than John Paul, it was Cardinal Ratzinger who might have taken decisive action in the 1990s to prevent the scandal from metastasizing in country after country, growing to such proportions that it now threatens to consume his own papacy." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Report: Belgian Cardinal Linked to Convicted Sex Killer

  - How did a Christian leader get documents on a child sex killer?  
   True/Slant,
   BELGIUM -- The Catholic Church child abuse scandal in Belgium just got a whole lot worse. Belgian newspaper Het Laaste Niews is reporting that when authorities searched the home of the former archbishop of Brussels, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, they discovered a hidden cache of documents and photographs on notorious child sex killer Marc Dutroux – documents that Danneels was not supposed to have. Here's a Google translation of one of their reports:
   The Brussels court at the searches in the archbishop's palace in Mechelen found documents which are wondering how it ended up. That requires the latest news.
   These include photographs of the excavations and the children's corpses of Julie and Melissa, and documents about pedophilia that was only intended for the court. Cardinal Danneels may be explained [sic] by the detectives. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Reverend Kevin J. Gray accused of stealing $1.5m from parish for male escorts, hotels <

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m/$1.5m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Herald Sun (Australia),
   CONNECTICUT -- A ROMAN Catholic Priest was charged with stealing $1.3 million from his parish over seven years to pay for male escorts, hotels, meals and clothing.
   Reverend Kevin J. Gray, 64, turned himself in to authorities today and is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day at Connecticut's Waterbury Superior Court, the Hartford Courant reported.
   The Hartford Archdiocese said it discovered unauthorised payments made using funds from the Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish during a routine review. The archdiocese referred the matter to police in May. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Vatican set to issue changes in sex abuse rules

  [RCC]  
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
   VATICAN CITY -- In the latest chapter of the Vatican's attempt to come to grips with the sexual abuse crisis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to release a set of changes to the church's rules for meting out ecclesiastical discipline against abuser priests sometime in the next few days.
   Vatican sources caution, however, that the revisions are largely a matter of consolidating existing practice, rather than a dramatic new approach to how sex abuse cases are handled.
   Sources also stress that the revisions affect only the internal ecclesiastical status of an accused priest. In a separate set of guidelines published in April, the Vatican said that civil law regarding reporting crimes of sexual abuse of a minor to the police and other authorities should always be followed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Vatican officials, US women religious meet

     
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), By Thomas C. Fox, Jul. 06, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- A Vatican doctrinal investigation of the largest leadership organization for U.S. women religious appears to have been complicated by the group's support last March of health care legislation opposed by the U.S. bishops.
   In meetings with Vatican officials last April, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious repeatedly fielded questions from Vatican officials about its support for the legislation despite the fact that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had argued the bill would allow federal funding for abortions.
   The Leadership Conference, along with a number of other Catholic groups, including the Catholic Health Association, disagreed with the bishop's interpretation of the legislation, saying it did not allow for federal funding of abortions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Vragen bij vondst Dutroux-documenten'

   
   Katholiek Nieuwsblad
   BELGIE -- De advocaat van het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel en kardinaal Danneels, Fernand Keuleneer, heeft vragen bij de vondst van documenten uit de Dutroux-zaak in de in beslag genomen archieven van het aartsbisdom. Dit zegt hij in gesprek met KN.
   Vanmorgen meldde Het Laatste Nieuws dat er tussen de papieren die op 24 juni in beslag werden genomen, onder meer foto's van de opgravingen en de stoffelijke overschotten van de meisjes Julie en Melissa waren aangetroffen. Zij waren destijds slachtoffer van Marc Dutroux. Ook kwam justitie vertrouwelijke gerechtelijke documenten tegen.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Aartsbisdom krijgt computers terug

 
   Katholiek Nieuwsblad
   BELGIE -- Het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel heeft twintig computers die in beslag waren genomen, teruggekregen. Dit melden Belgische media. Gisterenavond werden de pc's terugbezorgd, bevestigt advocaat Fernand Keuleneer van het aartsbisdom.
   {summary} BELGIUM -- The Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese said 20 computers that were confiscated by investigators have been recovered. The PCs were returned yesterday, according to archdiocesan lawyer Fernand Keuleneer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Misbruik in de kerk: Peter Adriaenssens geconfronteerd met kardinaal

   
   Metro Time
   BELGIE (Belga) -- Peter Adriaenssens is dinsdagnamiddag bij de federale gerechtelijke politie geconfronteerd geweest met kardinaal Godfried Danneels, die sinds 9.30 uur verhoord wordt. Rond 17.15 uur verliet Adriaenssens het gebouw van de federale gerechtelijke politie. Dat heeft Belga ter plaatse vastgesteld.
   "Ik kan en wil niks zeggen over de inhoud van die confrontatie. Het gerecht moet nu zijn werk doen", verklaarde de kinderpsychiater, die voorzitter was van de commissie die zich bezig hield met het seksueel misbruik in de kerk, toen hij buiten kwam.

   {summary} BELGIUM -- Peter Adriaenssens was at the Federal Judicial Police building Tuesday afternoon where there was a confrontation with Cardinal Godfried Danneels who was beng interrogated since 9:30 a.m. Adriaenssens left the building around 17:15 p.m. He declined to say anything about the confrontation. He added that the court must now do its job. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Police: Conn. priest stole $1M for male escorts

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Armani and Brooks suits. Male "escorts."  
   The Associated Press, By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN,
   NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT (AP) – A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut was charged Tuesday with stealing $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants.
   The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, Waterbury police said. Arraignment was expected Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court.
   Gray, 64, used the money to stay at such hotels as the Waldorf-Astoria and on expensive clothing labels including Armani suits and Brooks Brothers, said Capt. Christopher Corbett. He also paid the college tuition and rent of two men he had met, Corbett said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Police question Belgian cardinal over child abuse; SNAP responds

  - RCC.    
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Statement by Barbara Blaine, president and founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
   UNITED STATES -- We're grateful that Danneels is being questioned. It should have happened long ago.
   It's time for Catholic officials to stop griping about the police raid and start helping to unearth the truth about long-hidden clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Had the church hierarchy acted responsibly, there would have been no need for the raid, of course.
   But now that a formal, long-overdue secular investigation has begun, the compassionate and appropriate approach is to help, not hinder, the probe. So bishops, priests, brothers, seminarians and lay employees in Belgium - past and present, should be working hard to find victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, and urging them to contact law enforcement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Priest Accused of Stealing $1 Million for Sordid Life Surrenders; SNAP responds

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)
   CONNECTICUT -- Let's hope Fr. Gray's crimes only involved consenting adults. We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered from his misdeeds will call police immediately, so that the truth might be fully revealed and that both the cleric and anyone who ignored or enabled his wrongdoing will be punished. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

SNAP responds to new Bay Area Catholic bishop

  [McElroy]
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790)
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) -- We're disappointed that Monsignor Robert McElroy, former diocesan administrator, has been elevated to bishop. Pope Benedict pledges to "do everything possible" to stop future child sex crimes. Yet he promotes men who have been long-time insiders in corrupt dioceses. If the Pope truly wants abuse cover ups to be handled differently, he must reward men who haven't been involved in abuse cover ups. If he wants corrupt dioceses to reform, he must promote men from other, less-corrupt dioceses.
   It's disturbing that just two months ago, McElroy used the pulpit to defend his boss on abuse.  http://www.catholicculture.org/ news/head lines/index. cfm?story id=6862 .
   We don't need another bishop who rushes to judgment, defends the indefensible and curries favor with the church hierarchy. We need a more open-minded, sensitive bishop whose first concern is for vulnerable kids and wounded victims, not the world's most dominant religious figure. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

Church pedophile mystery deepens

  - Secret papers of 1996 girl murders.  
   Presseurop
   BELGIUM -- "Investigators are grilling Cardinal Danneels," reads the headline of De Standaard. Suspected of hushing-up paedophilia cases, the archbishop of Malines is being questioned today as a witness in paedophilia cases involving the Church. The daily's website has also announced that during searches of the archbishop's residence on June 24, the police discovered secret documents that are part of official criminal investigations, including photos of the bodies of Julie and Melissa, two young girls murdered by paedophile Marc Dutroux in 1996. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Priest Accused of Stealing $1 Million for Sordid Life Surrenders

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   NBC Connecticut, By YVONNE NAVA,
   WATERBURY (CT) -- A Waterbury priest accused of living a double life filled with male escorts and designer clothes has turned himself in to police.
   Rev. Kevin Gray, 64, has been accused of taking more than $1 million dollars from Sacred Heart Church and turned himself on Tuesday.
   Gray lived a lavish lifestyle complete with designer Armani clothes and overnight stays at Madison Avenue hotels, the Waterbury Republican-American reports. Police say records show seven years of the elaborate expenses.
   Gray cut checks from the church bank account to hire male escorts and pay for the pricey duds, the paper reports. In some cases, he was known to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars at fancy restaurants, such as Tavern on the Green, Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Police question Belgian cardinal over child abuse: Report

  - RCC.  
   Montreal Gazette,
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- Belgian police Tuesday questioned Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the former head of the country's Catholic Church, as part of a probe into allegations of child abuse by priests.
   Danneels, the man who led Belgium's Catholic Church for three decades until December, was taken in for questioning shortly after 9:30 am (0730 GMT), Belga news agency reported.
   The cardinal's spokesman, Hans Geybels, confirmed earlier that he would be questioned. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

Belgian cardinal called as witness in abuse probe, media say

 
   Earth Times,
   Brussels, Belgium - The former head of the Belgian conference of bishops, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, was called as a witness by police Tuesday in a probe into allegations of child sex abuse and cover-ups by the Catholic Church, local media reported.
   Accusations of repeated abuse and official cover-ups have rocked the church in a number of countries, including Ireland and the United States. Belgium joined their number in April after the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, confessed to having abused a boy and resigned.
   The Belga news agency reported that police had called in Danneels as part of a wider probe into abuse by priests in Belgium. The key question is whether Danneels, who headed the Belgian church from 1979 until earlier this year, knew about earlier abuse cases, Belga wrote. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

The Pope and the Times

          
   Beliefnet, Mark Silk, Tuesday July 6, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Notwithstanding Michael Sean Winters at NCR, R.R. Reno at First Thoughts, Rod Dreher at Beliefnet, and Mollie Ziegler Hemingway at GetReligion, the big takeout by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger in last Friday's NYT is no hatchet job. It is, by my lights, a piece of balanced, well contextualized reporting that added some essential insider commentary and a couple of very important evidentiary pieces to the jigsaw puzzle being put together to show how the Vatican has handled the sexual abuse scandals of the past quarter-century.
   Let's begin by stipulating that with the scandals having come home to roost in Rome, it is essential journalistic business to get the best possible fix on the record of Pope Benedict, going back to the days when as Josef Ratzinger he was archbishop of Munich and, especially, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Here's what the current archbishop of Adelaide, Australia, Philip Edward Wilson, had to say to Goodstein and Halbfinger about how the Vatican dealt with sexual abuse issues on Ratzinger's watch: "There was confusion everywhere."
   The core question raised by the article is posed by Geoffrey Robinson, a retired auxiliary bishop from Sydney:
   "Why did the Vatican end up so far behind the bishops out on the front line, who with all their faults, did change -- they did develop," he said. "Why was the Vatican so many years behind?" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM
   [COMMENT: Why Vatican years behind?  Because they lead an organisation of mammals, purely human, which diverged from the age-old teaching "increase and multiply," and follow man-made substitute doctrines. ENDS]

BREAKING: Cardinal Danneels Questioned Today in Connection with Abuse Cover-ups

  - RCC. Cardinal Danneels had many photos and documents relating to multi-rapes.  
   LifeSite, By Hilary White, July 6, 2010
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (LifeSiteNews.com) – The former cardinal archbishop of Brussels will be questioned in court hearings today on his suspected involvement in cover-ups of clerical sex abuse that occurred during his 30 years as head of the Belgian Catholic Church. Godfreed Cardinal Danneels is taking the stand this morning in hearings that prosecutors are expecting "not to be short."
   Additionally, local news reports that authorities were surprised to find concealed in Danneels's home confidential court documents related to the infamous case of electrician Marc Dutroux, who kidnapped, raped and murdered several young girls in the late 1990s.
   Het Laaste Niews reports that dozens of photographs of the victims' corpses and the ruins of the cells where they were imprisoned, as well as magistrates' reports, were found among Danneels's files. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Priest-Molesters Often Aren't Monitored, Despite Church Promise

  - RCC.  
   Politics Daily, David Gibson
   UNITED STATES -- Figuring out how to keep children safe from child molesters released from prison is a longstanding problem facing American society, since even neighborhood notification programs can only do so much. Protecting kids from predators who escaped criminal punishment, as most clergy accused in the Catholic abuse scandal did, is likewise a dilemma.
   The Catholic Church hoped to have a better solution, since it could insist that priests found to have abused children but who were beyond the reach of the law might be closely monitored and kept away from minors if they remained priests in the employ of a bishop.
   But an investigation by The Associated Press has found that a number of clergy who were considered too old or ill to be dismissed from the priesthood are in fact not being supervised, as the Catholic bishops had promised they would be as part of a package of reforms adopted in 2002. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Belgians question cardinal over child abuse

   
   Times LIVE, By Sapa | 3:38 PM | Jul 6, 2010
   BELGIUM -- Belgian police questioned Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the former head of the country's Catholic Church, as part of a probe into allegations of child abuse by priests.
   Danneels, the man who led Belgium's Catholic Church for three decades until December, was taken in for questioning shortly after 9:30 am (0730 GMT), Belga news agency reported.
   The cardinal's spokesman, Hans Geybels, confirmed earlier that he would be questioned.
   Danneels has been accused by a retired priest of shielding predator priests when he headed the country's Catholic Church from 1979 to 2009 but he has denied any cover-up. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

     
   Vatican Information Service 6 JUL 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed
   - Msgr. Robert W. McElroy of the clergy of the archdiocese of San Francisco, U.S.A., pastor of St. Gregory parish at San Mateo, as auxiliary of San Francisco (area 6,023, population 1,770,000, Catholics 437,000, priests 457, permanent deacons 79, religious 931). The bishop-elect was born in San Francisco in 1954 and ordained a priest in 1980. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Gerecht doet bizarre vondst bij aartsbisschop

   
   HLN,
   BELGIE -- Het Brussels gerecht heeft bij de huiszoekingen in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis van Mechelen documenten gevonden waarvan het zich afvraagt hoe die daar zijn terechtgekomen. Dat schrijft Het Laatste Nieuws.
   Het gaat onder meer om foto's van de opgravingen en de kinderlijkjes van Julie en Mélissa, evenals documenten over pedofilie die énkel bedoeld waren voor het gerecht. Kardinaal Danneels mag het gaan uitleggen bij de rechercheurs.
   Niet voor Kerk bestemd
   De vertrouwelijke, gerechtelijke stukken werden de voorbije dagen teruggevonden tussen de vele documenten die op 24 juni in beslag werden genomen in het Mechelse aartsbisschoppelijk paleis. Het gaat om verslagen tussen magistraten, die enkel bedoeld waren voor het gerecht, zeker niét voor de Kerk. Het is de onderzoekers een raadsel wat die documenten in de kelders van de aartsbisschop deden.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Foto's van lijkjes Julie en Melissa gevonden op aartsbisdom

  - Confidential court documents etc found in RC cardinal's palace.
   Het Nieuwsblad
   MECHELEN, BELGIE -- Het Brussels gerecht heeft bij de huiszoekingen in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis van Mechelen documenten gevonden waarvan het zich afvraagt hoe die daar zijn terechtgekomen. Het gaat onder meer om foto's van de opgravingen en de kinderlijkjes van Julie en Mélissa, evenals documenten over pedofilie die énkel bedoeld waren voor het gerecht.
   Kardinaal en gewezen aartsbisschop Godfried Danneels wordt vandaag door de federale gerechtelijke politie van Brussel ondervraagd over een mogelijke doofpotoperatie rond seksueel misbruik door geestelijken. Danneels werd vanmorgen even na 9.30 met een politieauto binnengereden in de gebouwen van de federale politie in Brussel. Hij zal er door de onderzoekers ondervraagd worden als getuige.

   {summary} BELGIUM -- Searches of the archbishop's palace in Mechelen found photographs of the excavations and corpses of Julie and Melissa and documents about pedophila that were intended only for the court. The confidential documents were found in recent days among the many that were seized on June 24 from the Mechelen archepiscopal palace. The reports by magistrates were intended for the court and not the church.
   The same goes for hundreds of photos from the Dutroux investigation and included large parts of the court record of the victims Julie and Melissa. Some internal court documents involved conversations between an agent with a coded informant, an informant who registered with the police investigation and included information that Julie and Melissa were kidnapped and murdered by the Liege mafia but investigators did not believe this was credible. It's a mystery that the documents were found in the palace.
   Eric de Beukelaer, spokesman for the bishops, said he is surprised by the reports and said they know nothing about the files. During the interrogation that followed the searches no one mentioned the documents. Hans Geybels, spokesman for Cardinal Godfriend Danneels, confirmed that the cardinal was questioned Tuesday by federal judicial police in Brussels. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Speurders leggen kardinaal Danneels op de rooster

   
   De Standaard
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE - Kardinaal Godfried Danneels wordt vandaag door de Brusselse speurders aan de tand gevoeld over een mogelijke doofpotoperatie rond seksueel misbruik in de kerk.
   Even leek het erop dat Godfried Danneels de dans zou ontspringen. Toen de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter de dossiers van de commissie-Adriaenssens bijna twee weken geleden in beslag nam, zagen de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik hun gesprek met de kardinaal de mist ingaan. Tientallen slachtoffers beweren dat de kardinaal van het misbruik op de hoogte was en met die informatie niets of alleszins veel te weinig aanving. Daarmee wilden ze hem confronteren.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Anonieme briefschrijver beschuldigt Gentse priesters van 'extreme' homoseksuele relaties

  - 19 pervert priests, letter claims.      
   De Standaard,
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE - In een anonieme mail aan de redactie van Het Nieuwsblad worden 19 priesters van het bisdom Gent ervan beschuldigd er 'extreme' homoseksuele relaties op na te houden die hun functioneren in gevaar brengen. De briefschijver wil dat bisschop Van Looy ingrijpt.
   De briefschrijver noemt 19 'homoseksuele' priesters met naam en toenaam en waar zij zich in het geheim mee bezighouden. De ene priester zou het Citadelpark in Gent bezoeken om daar anonieme seks te hebben, de ander zou actief zijn op datingsites op het internet, nog een ander zou zich nu en dan hullen in een leren pak en SM-clubs bezoeken in Amsterdam en de VS.

   {summary} BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- An anonymous letter was mailed to editors of Het Nieuwsblad saying 19 priests in the Ghent diocese are accused ot "extreme" homosexual relationships. The letter writer wants Bishop Van Looy to intervene. The priests are cited by name. One priest visits a park and others operate through internet dating sites and another would occasionally dress in a leather suit and go to SM clubs in Amsterdam and the U.S., according to the writer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Priesters bijeen voor Landelijke Priesterdag

     
   AD,
   DEN BOSCH, NEDERLAND - In de Sint-Janskathedraal in Den Bosch waren maandag ruim tweehonderd gewijde priesters en nog eens honderd diakenen en pastorale medewerkers bijeen voor de Landelijke Priesterdag. Ook alle Nederlandse bisschoppen en de Belgische aartsbisschop André-Joseph Leonard waren aanwezig, aldus de woordvoerder van het bisdom Den Bosch maandag.
   De dag was vooral bedoeld om stil te staan bij wat het priesterschap inhoudt en om te bespreken voor wat voor uitdagingen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk momenteel staat, aldus de woordvoerder. "Ook is er uitgebreid stilgestaan bij het celibaat."
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Police say priest had secrets

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Republican-American, BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS |
   WATERBURY (CT) – To many of his supporters, the Rev. Kevin Gray is a humble servant of God who helped those in need, sacrificed for his flock and preached the Gospel at Sacred Heart Church in sermons described as soul-touching.
   But police say a months-long criminal investigation has revealed the 64-year-old Gray was leading an extravagant double life that his parishioners never knew about.
   That secret life included male escorts hired in New York, $200,000 in restaurant bills – including dinners at Tavern on the Green – and hotel stays in the lap of Manhattan luxury, expenses amassed by [sic] Gray and paid for with the church's money, police say. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

New bishop praised Pope's handling of abuse scandal, criticized 'Eucharistic sanctions' against pro-abortion politicans

  - Bishop McElroy saw trap in "forgiveness."
   Catholic Culture, July 06, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict on July 6 named Msgr. Robert W. McElroy, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese.
   An alumnus of Harvard University and Stanford University-- from which he received his Ph.D. in political science-- the 56-year-old priest is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology: The Role of John Courtney Murray (1989) and Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs (1992).
   In an April 2010 homily, Msgr. McElroy defended Pope Benedict and criticized bishops who failed to discipline abusive priests. "I believe that the failure to protect children in our Church arose not from callousness or indifference, but from the fact that for too many years the Church looked at cases of molestation through two defective lenses which have distorted its ability to address the abuse of children in a Christlike manner: the lens of psychological illness and the lens of forgiveness," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Cardinal Schönborn's brave struggle

  - RCC.  
   Guardian (United Kingdom), guardian.co.uk , Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, Monday 5 July 2010
   AUSTRIA -- Would any other cardinal but Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, have joined protesters against clerical sexual abuse in a reconciliation service in his own cathedral and spoken as he did – a service with the motto: "I am furious, God"?
   Schönborn began by reading out a long and dramatic admission of the Church's guilt. He thanked the abuse victims for breaking their silence and said that abuse in the Church was particularly serious, because it defiled God's holy name. The Church must "get off its high horse", which was without doubt a painful process, he said, "but what is that pain compared to the victims' pain which we overlooked and did not hear?"
   A month later, at a press briefing, Schönborn said that in meeting accusations from the general public that abuse cases had been hushed up, the Vatican had reacted "rather clumsily". He was remarkably outspoken about one of the most senior cardinals in the Catholic Church, Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State under Pope John Paul II and now dean of the College of Cardinals, who on Easter Sunday in the Pope's presence had called the reports of clerical sexual abuse "petty gossip". [small] Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM
   [COMMENT: Wouldn't it be lovely if we could believe that the good words of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn would be matched by firm good actions? ENDS.]

Pope's UK visit to cost taxpayers up to £12m

  - RCC.    
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Guardian, guardian.co.uk , Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, Monday 5 July 2010
   Costs for the pope's inaugural visit to Britain are soaring, with taxpayers contributing as much as £12m towards the four-day event, an increase of £4m on previous estimates.
   Lord Patten of Barnes, David Cameron's special representative for the papal visit, said at a Foreign Office briefing today that the government had revised its initial contribution because of a failure to grasp the "complexity and sophistication" of the trip.
   He told journalists that non-policing costs were first put at £15m, with taxpayers shouldering £8m of the bill and the Catholic church paying the balance. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Pope hopes for private meeting with clerical abuse victims during UK visit

  - RCC.        
   Independent, By Jerome Taylor, Monday, 5 July 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Pope Benedict XVI is looking into organising a private meeting with victims of clerical abuse during his upcoming state visit to Britain later this summer.
   Vincent Nichols, the archbishop of Westminster and leader of Catholics in England and Wales, said today that "careful consideration" was being made by the Vatican into holding some sort of private meeting during his four day visit.
   Globally the Catholic Church is experiencing a raft of damaging new sexual abuse scandals, most recently in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Cloud of suspicion vanished with papal audience, says Schönborn's spokesman

  - RCC.    
   Catholic News Agency, 03:52 pm, Jul 5, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, Rome / (CNA/EWTN News).-- An editorial was published in Italy's Repubblica newspaper last week in which the Pope was accused of humiliating Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the "only" cardinal with the "courage and honesty to point a finger against the 'top of the nomenclature'."  But Cardinal Schönborn's spokesman refuted this claim, saying that the recent meeting served to clear the air after a misunderstanding.
   A meeting took place in the Vatican last Monday that included Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Dean of the College of Cardinals Cardinal Angelo Sodano. The audience, at which Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone were present, was preceded by a private audience between the Pope and Cardinal Schönborn.
   According to a statement from the Holy See's Press Office following the closed door sessions, the Holy Father had said in the discussions that it is the sole competency of the Successor of Peter to correct cardinals. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM
   [COMMENT: Please tell the Webmaster what scripture that is in !!! ENDS.]

Pope Revises Sex-Abuse Norms

  - RCC.  
   Wall Street Journal, By STACY MEICHTRY,
  VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has revised the Vatican's sex-abuse norms in a bid to streamline the Holy See's handling of cases world-wide and hold more clerics accused of abuse accountable under church law, according to people familiar with the matter.
   In a rare move, Pope Benedict recently approved revisions to a papal decree, or motu proprio, issued by his predecessor John Paul II in 2001, establishing Vatican procedures for prosecuting and disciplining priests accused of sexual abuse, the people said.
   The revisions will double the statute of limitations on priests accused to 20 years from the alleged victim's 18th birthday, the people said. In addition, the changes will give procedures, currently used by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to speed up clear-cut cases of abuse, the force of papal authority, the people said. The Vatican is expected to announce the revisions "within the next two weeks," one person said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Police to open gangster's tomb to solve 1983 disappearance of Vatican worker's daughter

     
   Mail (United Kingdom), By Nick Pisa,
   ROME -- Church chiefs have given permission for an Italian gangster's tomb to be opened in an investigation worthy of a Dan Brown thriller.
   Enrico De Pedis, leader of the murderous Banda della Magliana, was gunned down aged just 38 by members of his outfit after they fell out in 1990.
   Detectives investigating the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, 15, in 1983, believe De Pedis is linked to her kidnap. The body of the Vatican employee's daughter has never been found.
   It is not clear whether police expect to find Emanuela's remains in the tomb or documents that could shed light on her disappearance. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

When Judges Impersonate Theologians

       
   Chiesa, by Sandro Magister, July 6, 2010
   In Belgium they searched the tombs of the bishops, in the United States they're summoning the pope for trial. A transformation of legal culture and court practice is on the horizon. The analysis of Professor Pietro De Marco
   ROME – Here at the beginning of summer, a new actor has made a sensational appearance in the drama of pedophilia: the judge.
   On June 24, in Belgium, police officers acting on the orders of the judiciary searched persons and places central to the Church of that country: the archbishopric of Mechelen-Brussels, while the bishops were meeting there, the residence of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, and the offices of the independent commission created by the Belgian Church to investigate sexual abuse. There the investigators confiscated 475 dossiers, many of them on victims who had gone to the commission instead of to the civil courts in order to safeguard their private lives.
   Moreover, that same day, in the cathedral of Saint Rumbold in Mechelen, the tombs of cardinals Desiré-Félicien Mercier, Jozef-Ernest Van Roey, and Léon-Joseph Suenens were broken open in a fruitless search for presumed proof of the Belgian Church's complicity in abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Doe v Holy See One of Several Problems for the Catholic Church

       
   Suite 101, Michael Streich Jul 5, 2010
   The Catholic Church is facing numerous challenges by civil authorities including U.S. litigation, financial impropriety in Germany, and an EU court ruling.
   The current turmoil of the Vatican and the Catholic hierarchy stems from a post-modern laity in Europe and the United States as well as continued fallout from the sex abuse scandals. Added to this, investigators and prosecutors in Germany are looking into numerous cases of embezzlement by members of the clergy with one priest suspected of having embezzled 1.5 million Euros. Then, on June 28, 2010, the United States Supreme Court, in the case Doe v Holy See, refused to accept an Oregon case that, in part, stipulates that clerics are employees of the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

On the Spectrum

   
   Lake County Record-Bee, by Cynthia Parkhill -- Focus Pages Editor; Updated: 07/05/2010
   CALIFORNIA I was standing in the recording studio at Cornerstone Media, Inc., preparing to voice a radio spot, when Father Don Kimball's hands abruptly began wrenching my shoulders from behind. The shooting pain in my neck and shoulders made me cry out in agony.
   As abruptly as it had started, Kimball's "massage" immediately ceased. "It wouldn't hurt if you had regular massages," he said angrily.
   His anger was so unexpected and sudden and the reason was unclear to me. I had not asked him for a massage and he had not asked if he could give me a massage before roughly grabbing and handling me. He acted as if the pain I was in was somehow entirely my fault.
   Thank God Father Don Kimball never touched me like that again. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Archdiocese adopts new finance model

 
   The Boston Globe, By Lisa Wangsness / Globe Staff / July 6, 2010
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, moving to stabilize its finances and replace an old-fashioned patchwork of parish taxes and fees, is rolling out a new financial model in which all parishes will be expected to contribute 18 percent of their weekly offertory, "grand annual" fund-raising drive, and net rental income to the archdiocese's central ministries.
   Thirty-three parishes are participating in a yearlong test of the program that began July 1. All parishes will transition to the new system next year.
   The change is occurring at a time when the archdiocese hopes to balance its budget for the first time in years, but still faces a severely depleted priest pension fund, declining Mass attendance, and a drop in Catholic school enrollment. One-third of the 291 parishes in Greater Boston ended the 2009 fiscal year in the red. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Pope Benedict's state visit is a mission to restore the gift of faith to all of Britain

  - RCC.    
   Mirror, By Vincent Nichols 6/July/2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Pope Benedict XVI is the first pontiff to be invited on an official state visit to Britain.
   The four-day event starts in Scotland on September 16 when he meets the Queen at Holyroodhouse before travelling to Glasgow to celebrate mass. …
   Pope Benedict may also meet victims who suffered sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
   The move could help placate campaigners who have threatened demonstrations during the visit. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Belgian ex-archbishop questioned over abuse cases

   
   Reuters | Tue Jul 6, 2010
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (Reuters) - Police questioned the former head of Belgium's Catholic Church Tuesday as a witness in an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
   Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who stepped down in January after three decades as Belgium's archbishop, has been accused of knowing of sexual abuse but failing to stop it.
   "He was named in at least 50 files as being aware (of the abuse cases)," a spokesman for the Belgian prosecutor's office said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Pope Benedict XVI Lashes Out at Secular Justice

  - RC bishops wondered what to do with old seductions files, then the police swooped.    
   Spiegel, Fiona Ehlers and Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, ~ July 06, 2010
   BELGIUM -- This spring, it looked as though the Catholic Church was finally going to confront charges of sexual abuse head on. Following recent police raids in Belgium, however, the Vatican has once again closed ranks. In the internal Holy See debate, the conservatives have regained the upper hand.
   Until shortly past 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning two weeks ago, Mechelen was nothing more than a squeaky-clean provincial town in the Flemish part of Belgium. It has a history that dates back 1,000 years, neatly renovated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, eight churches and a cathedral -- and it is the capital of the Roman Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Belgium. At 10:15 a.m. the bell rang at the gate to the archdiocesan palace.
   An investigating magistrate and 20 investigators stood at the door to Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard's residence. It was June 24 and the Belgian Bishops' Conference was convening at the palace. Item 5 on the agenda was a contentious issue: what to do with old files on Belgian priests who have sinned against children. {Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM, July 06, 2010}
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue July 06, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


• Sacerdote adesca minore via chat e ne abusa

  [2010 ? July - Priest -NEW*] - ? RCC. Girl (15).  
   La Repubblica, http://napoli.repubblica.it/ cronaca/2010/07/06/ news/sacerdote_ adesca_minore_via_ chat_e_ne_abusa- 5420814/?ref= HREC2-3 ; July 06, 2010
   Sorpreso in Tangenziale in auto con una liceale. Al momento è stato denunciato a piede libero per violenza sessuale in danno di minori. Secondo gli investigatori si sarebbe finto un professore e così sarebbe riuscito ad avvicinare la quindicenne
   ITALIA -- Un sacerdote è stato sorpreso in Tangenziale a Napoli, mentre in auto consumava un rapporto sessuale con una liceale di 15 anni, adescata via chat. La ragazza non sapeva di trovarsi con un sacerdote: si tratta di M.D.M., che da religioso opera a San Giorgio a Cremano, nel Napoletano, e che per ora è stato denunciato a piede libero per violenza sessuale in danno di minori.
   Nell'auto dell'uomo è stato trovato anche l'abito talare. Il prete, sotto la quarantina, aveva corteggiato la ragazzina per mesi, sostenendo di essere un professore - questo è quello che ha raccontato la quindicenne - e diventando un punto di riferimento per lei, figlia di genitori separati, con qualche problema nel relazionarsi ai coetanei. Ieri è stato sorpreso sul fatto dalla Polstrada di via Cinthia, e identificato.

   {translation} PRIEST PICKS UP MINOR VIA CHAT, THEN ABUSES HER
   THE CASE:- He was found driving on the highway with a high school student. For the time being he is still free but he has been indicted for sexual violence against a minor. According to investigators he was able to approach the fifteen-year-old girl by pretending to be a professor.
   ITALY -- A priest was arrested in a car parked on the highway ring around Naples while sexually abusing a fifteen-year-old high school girl he picked up through a chatline. The girl didn't know he was a priest: for the time being the only information about him are initials (M.D.M) and the name of the town near Naples where he lives (San Giorgio a Cremano). He was let free but he will have to answer for the crime of sexual violence against a minor.
   A priest suit was found in his car. The girl told the police that the priest, age under 40, had said he was a professor and courted her for months. He became a kind of mentor for the girl, whose parents were separated. She had difficulty in communicating with boys and girls her own age. The priest was arrested and identified at the police station in the Cinthia street.
   "I thought he was a friend", the minor said to the social worker after the accusation and before she was returned to her mother. " I didn't imagine he was a priest." Meanwhile the investigations are going on and the man's home was searched.
   There was incredulity among the faithful at San Giorgio a Cremano. "We are very surprised. Are you sure he is the real offender? I can't believe it," a faithful [sic] says. "I'm very surprised and it's difficult to make a comment when you know him… I know he recently organized a meeting in the parish," says a man who knew him, "We are now in an age of priest hunting." "I know him and his activity in favor of youth and in the city's parishes and I don't want him to be hunted down as a pest," said another resident of San Giorgio. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM, July 07, 2010

Houston Priest Arrested in Child Porn Case

  [? 2010 - Fr Stephen Burke - NEW*] - ? RCC. Child pornography.  
   My Fox Houston, {with video}, ISIAH CAREY Reporter,
   SPRING, Tx - FOX 26 News has learned a Houston priest has been arrested and is now facing criminal charges.
   Prosecutors say 57-year-old Stephen Burke has been charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.
   Burke was a priest at St. Anthony the Great Church in Spring, Texas. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM, July 07, 2010

Church to pay compensation in priest murder case

  [2007 Unnamed priest -NEW*] - RCC. US #315k. Sex, 2 murders.  
   Colombia Reports, Cameron Sumpter, 13:05, Wednesday, 07 July 2010
   COLOMBIA -- A judge ordered the Colombian Catholic church to pay COP 600 million ($315,000) in compensation to the family of the victims, in the case of a priest who killed his lover and their 5-year-old daughter in 2007, reports El Espectador.
   The decision was issued by a judge in the town of Belen de Umbria, in the Risaralda department, close to where the burned bodies of Maria del Carmen Arango, 30, and her daughter, Maria Camila, were found.
   The court found that the crime was motivated by the priest's desire that the church would not find out that he had violated his celibacy order, as Arango was threatening to reveal their relationship. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM, July 07, 2010

New Haven Man Files Lawsuit Against Seymour Priest

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya -NEW*] - RCC. Altar boy.    
   Valley Independent Sentinel, by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 7, 2010
   CONNECTICUT -- A New Haven man filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against a Seymour priest, claiming the Rev. Stephen Bzdrya raped him while he was an altar boy in the 1980s.
   William Dotson, 34, claims the abuse started at St. Francis Church in New Haven, where Bzdyra was a priest.
   Bzdrya is a priest at St. Augustine Church in Seymour. He is in Germany this week, according to his Facebook page. An e-mail seeking comment was sent to Bzdrya. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM, July 07, 2010

Former Charlotte area priest facing sex abuse allegations

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher (82) -NEW*] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   WBTV, {with video}, By LaToya Boyce & Jeff Rivenbark, ~ July 07, 2010
   CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -- A retired priest who once served at several parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is now facing sex abuse allegations.
   Chief Ronnie Michael of the Albemarle Police Department says 82-year-old Joseph Kelleher is expected to turn himself in Thursday.
   He's accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy in 1977. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM, July 7, 2010]

Shame of Catholic man who wrecked Jesus statue

  - RCC.  
   Manchester Evening News, John Scheerhout, July 07, 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic man snapped the arms and legs from a statue of Jesus outside a church – then launched into a tirade of abuse when he was arrested.
   Janusz Sloser vandalised the statue on the crucifix outside St Herbert's Roman Catholic Church, in Chadderton, Oldham. …
   Mr Hughes said his client may have been affected by a conversation he had with a friend earlier in the evening.
   The friend told Sloser how the friend's son of 16 had been abused by a Catholic priest.
   Mr Hughes said: "He's deeply apologetic and deeply ashamed. He's a religious man which makes it all the more odd he's behaved in this way." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM, July 07, 2010

Suit alleges sexual abuse by CT priest

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya*. RCC. Altar boy (10/11).]    
   WTNH, {with video}, By Keith Kountz
  New Haven, Connecticut (WTNH) - A former New Haven man has filed a lawsuit against a Connecticut priest and the Archdiocese of Hartford alleging years of sexual abuse while he was an altar boy.
   William Dotson claims the abuse he suffered at the hands of a man he called "Father Steve" led to years of relationship problems and trouble dealing with authority.
   Dotson claims Father Stephen Byzdra sexually abused him at two local churches and at other locations in the area. He says the abuse began when he was a student at St. Francis School in New Haven, when he was 10 or 11 years of age. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

UPDATE: Facebook message prompted New Haven man to come forward with abuse lawsuit against Seymour priest

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya -NEW*. RCC. Altar boy (10/11).]
   New Haven Register, By Lauren Garrison, lgarrison@newhavenregister.com ,
   CONNECTICUT -- William Dotson never told anyone about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was a pre-teen altar boy in the 1980s, but decided to come forward recently after the priest tried to "friend" his son on Facebook, Dotson's lawyer said today.
   Dotson, now 34, of New Haven, filed a lawsuit today in Superior Court in New Haven charging the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, who is currently the priest at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, with sexually molesting him.
   Bzdyra is also currently chaplain of the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Connecticut Yankee Council Hartford Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Vatican toughens policy on clerical paedophilia

  - RCC.  
   VATICAN CITY -- Independent (United Kingdom) By Michael Day in Milan, Thursday, 8 July 2010
   The Vatican is to bring forward plans for tougher policing of Catholic clerics which could lead to more priests facing investigation over child sex abuse allegations. …
   Campaign groups note that many abuse victims feel unable to report their abuse for years or decades, with some attackers going unpunished when the statute of limitation kick in. Some commentators noted yesterday that existing limits have already been waived in some cases since 2002.
   Downloading child pornography from the internet is also to be ruled a "grave" canonical crime for the first time, according to a report in La Repubblica, Italy's leading centre-left daily. Culprits could be punished by dismissal from the priesthood. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Condena a la Iglesia por cura que mató a su compañera

   
   El Diario del Otun
   COLOMBIA -- El Juzgado Unico Promiscuo de Belén de Umbría condenó a la Iglesia Católica al pago de 600 millones de pesos como indemnización a los familiares de las víctimas por el caso del párroco de Mistrató (Risaralda) José Francey Díaz Toro, quien a finales del año 2007 asesinó a su compañera sentimental y la hija de ambos de 5 años de edad.
   La autoridad judicial consideró que el crimen fue motivado por el afán del religioso porque no se conociera su violación al compromiso del celibato ,toda vez que la mujer identificada como María del Carmen Arango lo amanezaba con divulgar la larga relación sentimental que habían sostenido y fruto de la cual había nacido la pequeña María Camila Díaz.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

La Iglesia Católica colombiana, en desacuerdo por el pago de $600 millones a víctimas de sacerdote homicida

   
   La Patria, COLPRENSA , 2010-Jul-07
   COLOMBIA -- El presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, monseñor Juan Vicente Córdoba, manifestó su desacuerdo frente al fallo del juez único promiscuo de Belén de Umbría, Risaralda, que ordenó a la Diócesis de Pereira y a la Conferencia Episcopal indemnizar con 600 millones de pesos a la familia de la mujer y la niña que fueron asesinadas por el sacerdote José Francey Díaz.
   Según monseñor Córdoba, "se obró más por derecho laboral que por un derecho penal. El sacerdote debe pagar por sus problemas y no la Diócesis de Pereira y la Conferencia Episcopal con 600 millones de pesos, como si esto fuera una empresa", afirmó monseñor Córdoba.
   Monseñor manifestó que el demandante tuvo las "agallas" para demandar no solo a la Diócesis de Pereira sino a la Conferencia Episcopal. "Le faltó demandar al Vaticano, porque según el demandante dependemos laboralmente todos como en cadena. Esto no es una empresa, ni hay dependencia laboral, ni hay decretos laborales, ni hay acuerdos. Se me hace muy raro que el juez lo tomó como si la Conferencia fuera el patrón, la Diócesis la gerencia y el sacerdote un empleado y eso no es así", puntualizó.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM, July 07,2010

Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11).    
   NBC Connecticut By BOB CONNORS
   CONNECTICUT -- A Connecticut man filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest while he was an altar boy in the 1980s.
   William Dotson, 34, filed the suit in New Haven Superior Court, alleging Rev. Stephen Bzdrya molested him from the age of ten. The lawsuit claims Bzdrya, who was the pastor at St. Francis Church in New Haven at the time, first abused Dotson after catechism class. Dotson said Bzdrya took him to the church basement and accused him of telling a lie. The suit claims the priest then pulled Dotson's pants down, whipped him with a belt, and then sexually assaulted him.
   Dotson claims the abuse went on for years, happening in the rectory of St. Francis as well as St. Hedwig's Church in Naugatuck where Bzdrya delivered sermons occasionally. Attorneys for Dotson say Bzdrya befriended Dotson's mother, and then used it against the young boy. "Bzdrya first infiltrated the family as a friend and father figure and then used their trust and faith against them to fulfill his own sick and twisted sexual desires," Dotson's attorney, Joel Faxon, said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM, July 07, 2010

Lawsuit: Conn. priest bribed sexual abuse victim

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11).
   The Associated Press By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (AP)
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A Connecticut man filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing a Roman Catholic pastor of sexually abusing him when he was a boy and trying to buy his silence with bribes – including appliances and a car – and threats to report his mother to welfare authorities.
   Thirty-four-year-old William Dotson made the allegations against the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra (BIZ'-der-ah), pastor of St. Augustine Church in Seymour, in a lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court.
   Bzdyra referred comment to the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Rev. John Gatzak, director of communications for the archdiocese, said he had no information about the lawsuit so he could not comment. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Misbruik in de kerk: André Léonard kreeg deel Dutroux-dossier toegestuurd

   
   Knack
   BELGIE (Belga) -- De ophefmakende documenten die in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis in beslag genomen werden, met onder meer elementen uit het Dutroux-onderzoek, zijn toegestuurd geweest naar André Léonard, de huidige aartsbisschop. Dat zei de woordvoerder van de Bisschoppenconferentie, Erik de Beukelaer, woensdag.
   Op een persconferentie werd dieper ingegaan op de manier waarop de informatie bij het aartsbisdom terechtkwam. De Beukelaer sprak over een bij de media en het aartsbisdom "welbekende derde", van wie hij de naam niet expliciet noemde. Wel werd verwezen naar een bericht in de krant De Morgen woensdag. De krant wees naar het Britse satirische weekblad The Sprout. Het was wel de huidige aartsbisschop André Léonard die de informatie kreeg toegestuurd, zei De Beukelaer. Volgens de woordvoerder gebeurde dat een eerste keer ten tijde van het proces-Dutroux, in 2004, toen Léonard nog bisschop was.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM, July 07, 2010

Suit accuses Seymour priest of sex abuse at New Haven church

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11).    
   SEYMOUR (CT) -- New Haven Register By Lauren Garrison, Register Staff lgarrison@newhavenregister.com
   The priest at St. Augustine Church in Seymour is accused of sexually abusing an altar boy while serving at St. Francis Church in New Haven and St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck, in a lawsuit filed today by the alleged victim.
   The lawsuit, which was filed in Superior Court in New Haven, claims that the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra "repeatedly sexually molested William Dotson and forced himself onto William Dotson … (and) would physically assault and injure William Dotson." The suit claims Bzdyra also "forced William Dotson into illegal drug use when the plaintiff was a minor and continuing after that time leading to frequent employment terminations."
   Named as defendants in the suit are Bzdyra, 35 Washington Ave., Seymour; the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp.; St. Francis Church, 397 Ferry St., New Haven, and St. Hedwig Church, 32 Golden Hill St., Naugatuck. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM, July 07, 2010

One-time Charlotte priest accused of sexual misconduct

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   Charlotte Observer, By Tim Funk, tfunk@charlotteobserver.com , Posted: Wednesday, Jul. 07, 2010
   CHARLOTTE (NC) -- A Catholic priest who served in two Charlotte parishes in the 1960s, '70s and '80s is set to be arrested Thursday for alleged sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy in Albemarle in 1977.
   The Rev. Joseph Kelleher, 82, has also been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Charlotte pending further investigation. The Irish-born priest retired in 1999, but since then has served as chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville, said diocese spokesman David Hains.
   In Charlotte, according to a list on the diocese's website, Kelleher served at St. Patrick Cathedral from September 1966 until April 1968 and at Our Lady of the Assumption from August 1977 to July 1986. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Vatican mulls sex abuse of impaired adults

   
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP),
   VATICAN CITY – As the Vatican grapples with how to sanction priests who rape children, it has also mulled how to punish priests who sexually abuse mentally impaired adults, The Associated Press has learned.
   Canon lawyers have discussed including proposals to punish such priests in a new Vatican document on the procedures for clerical abuse cases which is expected to be issued soon. It's not known, however, if the proposal made it into the final draft.
   The instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will be the first major document to be published since the clerical abuse scandal erupted earlier this year with hundreds of new cases coming to light of priests who molested children, bishops who covered up for them and Vatican officials who turned a blind eye for decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Lawsuit: Priest sexually abused teen boy in 1980s

   
   Orlando Sentinel, By Kevin P. Connolly,
   ORLANDO (FL) -- A new lawsuit filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando marks the latest allegation of sexual abuse involving former priest Richard Emerson.
   A lawsuit filed in Orange County alleges Emerson sexually abused a 15-year-old boy at St. Charles Borromeo parish while he served as an altar boy between 1987 and 1989, a statement released today said.
   The Orlando Sentinel confirmed the suit was filed Thursday and is in a process of obtaining the document. Emerson resigned as a priest about four years ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Former Orlando priest again accused of sex abuse

  [Fr Richard Emerson]
   ORLANDO (FL) -- WDBO, By Joe Ruble, July 7, 2010
   Another lawsuit is filed against a former Orlando-based priest and catholic church leaders in Orlando and Gary, Indiana alleging altar boys were sexually abused in the late 1980's.
   Adam Horowitz says his client was 15 years old when he met Father Richard Emerson at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Orlando.
   "Our client was apparently the favorite of the altar boys of Father Emerson." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Former Charlotte area priest facing sex abuse allegations; Sex abuse victims respond

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher*] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, 414 429 7259
   NORTH CAROLINA -- We applaud this brave victim for speaking up and contacting police. The independent professionals in law enforcement should investigate crimes, not the biased and often corrupt amateurs in church offices.
   We hope this victim's courage will prod others with information about Fr. Kelleher to step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
   The Charlotte diocese claims the alleged abuse happened "years ago." It's disturbing that, whenever a brave victim comes forward, Catholic officials stress how long ago the crimes happened. This is a bald-faced effort to distance themselves from the horror of child sexual assault, and lull parishioners and the public into believing that a dangerous predator is somehow less dangerous because of the mere passage of time. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Priest in Indiana & Florida sued for abuse

  [Fr Emerson]  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President 312-399-4747,
   FLORIDA -- This is the second time in the last two months that more child sex crimes by Fr. Emerson have been reported in litigation.
   Emerson will perhaps never 'catch up' to Indiana's most prolific predator priest, Fr. Harry Monroe of the Indianapolis archdiocese. Still, like Monroe, Emerson walks free and likely lives among unsuspecting and vulnerable neighbors despite a number of civil lawsuits that charge him with sexually violating children.
   We applaud this brave victim for speaking up. We hope this victim's courage will prod others with information about Fr. Emerson to step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Clergy sex victims respond to new CT pedophile priest lawsuit

 
   CONNECTICUT -- Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director for SNAP 314-862-7688
   We applaud this brave victim for speaking up. We hope his courage will prod others with information about Fr. Stephen Bzdyra to step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
   If true, the allegations that this cleric took advantage of a low income family and claimed he could get social workers to separate this boy from his mother are especially heinous.
   Catholic officials should use this opportunity to remind people that child predators rarely stop molesting and, in fact, often get more shrewd and cunning and effective over time, because they learn how to better pick kids who can't tell or won't be believed and how to better 'explain away' their suspicious behavior. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

School board apologizes for Cornwall sex-abuse cases

  - RCC. 3 teachers and school bus driver named. Children.  
   The Ottawa Citizen, By Dave Rogers, June 29, 2010
   OTTAWA, CANADA – The Upper Canada District School Board issued an apology Tuesday for decades-old cases sexual abuse at a Cornwall high school, six months after a public inquiry by Justice Normand Glaude asked for it.
   David Thomas, the board's director of education, said the board took some time to issue the apology because an unspecified number of victims and their families wanted to see what the board was doing to prevent future abuse.
   Thomas said the board has provided training to school principals and teachers so they can recognize vulnerable students and maintain an appropriate distance from them. He said teachers, school-bus drivers and school volunteers must all undergo extensive and repeated background checks.
   The $53-million inquiry said police, government, the Catholic Church and other institutions failed miserably to respond to decades of alleged and real child sexual abuse by Cornwall probation officers, clergy, teachers and others.
   The apology named three teachers who worked at École Secondaire Catholique La Citadelle, which was operated by the former Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Board of Education during the 1960s for the Cornwall French-speaking community. It also named a school-bus driver who worked for the board. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Man Accuses Seymour Priest Of Abusing Him When He Was An Altar Boy

  [1980s Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11).    
   The Hartford Courant, By DAVE ALTIMARI, daltimar@courant.com , 12:47 p.m. EDT, July 7, 2010
   SEYMOUR (CT) -- A 34-year-old local man filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the current pastor at a Roman Catholic Church in Seymour of molesting him when he was a teenage altar boy and then trying to buy his silence with new cars and home appliances.
   The lawsuit, filed in New Haven, alleges that the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, currently the pastor at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, abused William Dotson starting in the mid-1980s when Dotson was an altar boy at St. Francis Church in New Haven.
   The lawsuit alleges the abuse started one day after catechism class at St. Francis when Dotson was 10. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Bishop McGuinness Chaplain Accused of Sexual Misconduct

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   Fox 8
   KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (WGHP) - The Diocese of Charlotte is investigating the chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
   According to a press release, Rev. Joseph Kelleher has been placed on administrative leave after the Diocese was notified of the accusation. The alleged incident happened in Albemarle several years ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

School chaplain put on administrative leave

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher*] - RCC. Boy (14).
   News-Record Staff Reports Wednesday, July 7, 2010
   KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – The chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has been placed on administrative leave due to an accusation involving sexual misconduct.
   The accusation against Father Joseph Kelleher involves a young person and an incident that occurred "many years ago" in Albemarle, the Diocese of Charlotte stated on its Web site.
   Under diocesan policy, Kelleher has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The Diocese stated it is cooperating with the investigation by authorities. The Review Board of the Diocese of Charlotte is also conducting its own investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:44 PM

Bishop McGuinness chaplain placed on leave after allegation

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).
   Winston-Salem Journal JOURNAL STAFF REPORT Published: July 7, 2010
   CHARLOTTE (NC) -- A chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of sexual misconduct, the Diocese of Charlotte announced Tuesday.
   The allegation against Father Joseph Kelleher involves a young person and is alleged to have occurred several years ago in Albemarle, the diocese said. Kelleher served at Our Lady of Annunciation in Albemarle in 1973, but the diocese did not say if the allegation was based on the time while he was there. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:41 PM

Gay priest commits '$1.3M sin'

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   New York Post, By JOE MOLLICA in Waterbury, Conn., and DAN MANGAN in New York;
   WATERBURY (CT) -- A Catholic priest stole $1.3 million from his Waterbury, Conn., parish to finance a gay old time in New York, authorities charged yesterday.
   The Rev. Kevin Gray allegedly blew the money he looted from his financially struggling parish over seven years on male escorts, rooms at hotels, including the Waldorf, designer clothes, trendy restaurants and tuition for several young studs.
   Gray, 64, regularly shacked up in an Upper East Side apartment that he rented for a 35-year-old man, court documents charge. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM, July 07, 2010

Vatican prepares revisions to 2001 sex abuse norms

  - RCC.  
   Catholic News Service, By John Thavis
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is preparing to update the 2001 norms that deal with priestly sex abuse of minors, in effect codifying practices that have been in place for several years.
   The revisions have been in the pipeline for some time and were expected to be published in mid-July, Vatican sources said. While the changes are not "earthshaking," they will ultimately strengthen the church's efforts to identify and discipline priests who abuse minors, the sources said.
   The revisions will be published with ample documentation and will be accompanied by a glossary of church law terms, aimed at helping nonexperts understand the complex rules and procedures that the Vatican has in place for dealing with sex abuse allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM, July 07, 2010

The Belgians Make Washington Look Bad

       
   The Huffington Post, Marci Hamilton,
   UNITED STATES -- Finally, some sanity, rational thought, and courage has come to the issue of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy in this country.
   The U.S. Solicitor General and the State Department, led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged the Supreme Court to vacate a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that permitted a single victim to sue the Holy See for abuse by Fr. Andrew Ronan. The priest admitted repeatedly to victimizing children in Ireland, Chicago, and then Portland. Nevertheless, the legal strategy employed by our government was to grossly distort Oregon law so as to favor the Vatican.
   But last week, the Supreme Court, with six Catholics on the bench, took the high road and rejected the Solicitor General's and the State Department's politicization of the case and denied the Holy See's petition. As a result, John V. Doe will be permitted to pursue his case, first through discovery and then at trial. That is a testimony to the rule of law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

Belgian Bishops Appeal for Calm and Justice to Do its Work

  - RCC.  
   Vatican Radio, 07 Jul 10
   BELGIUM (RV) -- The Bishop's of Belgium, held a press conference Wednesday to respond to certain newspaper reports regarding the discovery of files relating to child sex abuse in a police raid on the Archdiocese of Malines-Brussels last June 24th.
   The bishops state that the files in questions are two CD ROMS relating to the Dutroux case, known as" the monster of Marcinelle". They add the files were sent by a third party not only to the bishops but also to court journalists covering the case at the time, as well as public officials and politicians.
   The bishops express their astonishment at the press describing this as an exceptional discovery, given that the material was in the public sphere. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM [COMMENT: Well, while ever the RC clergy are living strange solitary lives, the police and the news media will nearly always suspect they are seeking perverted sex.  That might be why in the New Testament, epistles supposedly to Timothy and Titus say that the clergy ought to be picked from mature men, the husbands of one wife, with well-behaved children. ENDS.]

The Belgian Church is at a troubled juncture

 
   BELGIUM -- Catholic Herald (United Kingdom) By Anna Arco on Wednesday, 7 July 2010
   The Belgian bishops have expressed astonishment at leaked documents which led to reports attempting to link last week's police raid of Church property to the case of notorious Belgian paedophile and child murderer Marc Dutroux.
   Reports in the Flemish newspaper Het Laaste Nieuws said that official documents pertaining to the case of two girls murdered by Dutroux had made their way into the dossiers seized from the offices of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels last week.
   In a statement released today, the Belgian bishops said they were astonished that information from the investigation into the Church's role in the child abuse scandal had been leaked to the press. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Stalked by a Priest

  - FICTIONAL book.  
   UNITED STATES -- Christianity Today, Her-meneutics, Katelyn Beaty
   This Gorgeous Game (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), Donna Freitas's new work of young adult fiction, is a first-person narrative of being stalked. Most stories that have emerged from the Catholic Church's abuse scandal detail the horrors of pedophilia and assault. Freitas's novel, about a bright teenager named Olivia Peters, demonstrates that being fawned over and called incessantly can be as terrifying as what are considered more "harmful" crimes. Especially if you are a junior in high school, and the person fawning over you is a Catholic priest.
   Freitas, a religion scholar at Boston College, is best known for Sex and the Soul, her 2008 study of young adults' attitudes on spirituality and sexuality. She identifies as a "stubborn Catholic," writing for The Washington Post amid recent media coverage of the scandal, "I am still here despite my struggles to remain a Catholic and despite my scars, too… . My faith and place in this tradition is much bigger than one single priest and some terrible church officials. It transcends victimization and unspent anger." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

Verhoor Danneels: Brussels parket niet bereikbaar voor commentaar

   
   Nieuws
   BELGIE -- Het verhoor van kardinaal Danneels is dinsdagavond rond 19.45 uur beëindigd, ongeveer tien uur nadat het begonnen was. Verschillende media berichten dat de prelaat althans voorlopig niet in verdenking is gesteld voor enig misdrijf, maar het Brusselse parket was dinsdagavond niet bereikbaar voor commentaar. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Paus belooft pedopriesters strenger aan te pakken

 
   Vandaag
   BELGIE -- Paus Benedictus XVI verscherpt het beleid van de kerk tegen seksueel misbruik.
   Nieuwe maatregelen moeten potentiële daders afschrikken en de kerk meer bevoegdheden geven om op te treden, meldt Kerknet.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk betreurt misbruik van Arnhemse misdienaar

   
   De Gelderlander
   ARNHEM, NEDERLAND - Aartsbisschop van Utrecht Wim Eijk heeft Arnhemmer Ruud Egging laten weten dat het hem 'verdriet' en 'spijt' dat hij in de jaren zestig seksueel is misbruikt door de kapelaan van de Walburgiskerk. 'Ik bied u daarvoor mijn verontschuldiging en spijtbetuiging aan', schrijft Eijk. Egging diende de klacht over misbruik door de priester vorig jaar in. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:56 AM

New Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orlando and Indiana Bishop

  [Emerson] - RCC.  
   PRNewswire, July 7, 2010
   {A copy of the lawsuit is available at http://jessicaarbour.blogspot.com}
   ORLANDO, Fla., /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami law firm of Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., announces the filing of a new lawsuit alleging that a Roman Catholic priest sexually abused a child and that Catholic officials in Florida and Indiana conspired to cover up the priest's history of child sexual abuse.
   This latest lawsuit alleges that Fr. Richard Emerson sexually abused a 15 year old boy at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Orlando, FL. The abuse continued for 2 years while the boy served as an altar boy at the parish between approximately 1987 and 1989.
   Emerson first came to the Diocese of Orlando in 1987 after being transferred from the Diocese of Gary. When Emerson sought incardination in the Diocese of Orlando in 1991, he was recalled to Indiana and named Chancellor of the Diocese of Gary. Documents obtained in another lawsuit involving Emerson indicate Emerson's move back to Gary was requested by then-Orlando Bishop Norbert Dorsey, who was concerned about the "inappropriate attention" Emerson was giving to 2 teenage boys. At least 2 other allegations of sexual misconduct by Emerson have been deemed credible by the Diocese of Gary's Independent Review Board. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

San Mateo pastor McElroy named auxiliary bishop

 
   The Daily Journal,
   CALIFORNIA -- San Mateo Pastor Robert W. McElroy was named the new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a move that has angered a group of survivors of abusive priests.
   On Tuesday, the Vatican and, concurrently, in Washington, D.C. by Papal nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sami announced 56-year-old Msgr. McElroy, current pastor of St. Gregory Church in San Mateo, as an auxiliary bishop. David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, issued a statement shortly after condemning the decision to promote an individual he claimed is corrupt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Misbruik nooit in doofpot stoppen

   
   Reformatorisch Dagblad
   NEDERLAND -- Het begon met een pastoraal gesprek en het liep uit op een hand op een knie, een arm om een schouder – of erger. Het Meldpunt seksueel misbruik in kerkelijke relaties biedt onder meer slachtoffers van grensoverschrijdend gedrag een luisterend oor en een helpende hand. Meer dan eens slaat loyaliteit tegenover de dader uiteindelijk om in enorme boosheid.
   Ineke van Dongen en Corrie Blijdorp zijn als respectievelijk preventiewerker en vertrouwenspersoon verbonden aan het Meldpunt seksueel misbruik in kerkelijke relaties. De organisatie ontstond in 1999 op initiatief van de Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken, de Gereformeerde Kerken vrijgemaakt en de Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerken. In eerste instantie werd zij ondergebracht bij de gereformeerde hulpverleningsorganisatie De Driehoek. Sinds 2004 is een aparte stichting ervoor verantwoordelijk.
   In de afgelopen vijf jaar is het meldpunt zo'n 300 keer benaderd. Daarbij ging het onder meer om informatie en advies rond grensoverschrijdend gedrag, vastgelopen zaken tussen dader en slachtoffer en misbruik in familiekring. In deze periode behandelde het meldpunt 35 zaken in verband met seksueel misbruik in kerkelijke relaties. Dit betrof contacten met het oog op begeleiding naar de klachtencommissie, maar ook ondersteuning van slachtoffer en/of kerkenraad.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Meldpunt seksuele intimidatie / misbruik binnen pastorale c.q. kerkelijke relaties

 
   Het Meldpunt
   NEDERLAND -- Bij het Meldpunt kunnen mensen (eventueel anoniem) terecht die slachtoffer zijn geworden of dreigen te worden van seksuele intimidatie en/of misbruik door iemand die binnen de kerkgemeenschap een bepaalde functie bekleedt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

'Vreemde' documenten bij aartsbisschop België

   
   De Volkskrant
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE -- Tijdens het onderzoek naar kindermisbruik door Belgische rooms-katholieke geestelijken zijn opmerkelijke documenten aangetroffen in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis in Mechelen.
   Volgens de Vlaamse krant Het Laatste Nieuws vonden de autoriteiten bij huiszoekingen eind juni materiaal waarvan justitie zich afvraagt hoe dat daar terecht is gekomen.
   Foto's. 
   Het gaat onder meer om documenten over pedofilie die alleen voor justitie waren bestemd. Ook zijn tientallen foto's gevonden van de lichamen van twee slachtoffers van kindermoordenaar Marc Dutroux, Julie en Mélissa. Verder zouden in het bisschoppelijk paleis brieven over geheime en verbrande pedofiliedossiers zijn aangetroffen.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Reformation After the Abuse Crisis (Part 1)

  - Book.  
   Catholic.net , By Karna Swanson, JULY 6, 2010
   HUNGTINGTON, Indiana, (Zenit.org).- It's 2002 all over again, and the Church is once more passing through the painful process of coming to grips with a new wave of sexual abuse cases. But what's different this time is that the Church has more knowledge of the illness of pedophilia, and 10 years of experience of the U.S. bishops to build on.
   These are the conclusions of Matthew Bunson and Gregory Erlandson in their recently published book "Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2010). Erlandson is the president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, and Bunson is the editor of The Catholic Almanac and The Catholic Answer magazine (both published by Our Sunday Visitor), as well as a media consultant on Catholic issues.
   In the first part of their interview with ZENIT, the authors discuss the current wave of sexual abuse cases and explain why it's important to be precise when using clinical terms such as pedophilia, ephebophilia or hebephilia, and why the response of the U.S. bishops to the crisis in 2002 is an important model for other episcopal conferences. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Vatican to revise rules for dealing with abusive priests

   
   CathNews,
   VATICAN CITY -- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to release in the coming days a set of changes to the Church's rules for disciplining abusive priests.
   Vatican sources say that the revisions are largely a matter of consolidating existing practice, rather than a dramatic new approach to how sex abuse cases are handled, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
   The revisions affect only the internal ecclesiastical status of an accused priest, the report adds. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Do it for the children

   
   GetReligion,
   UNITED STATES -- In response to some of the outcry over The New York Times attack on Pope Benedict XVI, there have been a couple defenses worth discussing.
   The first comes from Diane Winston, the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Winston is huge in the religion and media universe and is a well respected scholar and former Godbeat journalist. She is thoughtful and thought-provoking. But I can't say much in favor of her defense of the Times. Here's a key chunk of that:
   Critics complain that the Times is out to get the Church and Pope Benedict, in particular. They cite theological inaccuracies, historical misunderstandings and editorial intimations to justify their stance. But they miss the forest for the trees. The intricacies of priestly ordination, Vatican law and institutional preservation are important to the story, but they're not the point. The point is the church's choice: opting to safeguard the institution, its priests and reputation at the expense of children and families. The Times is, as any news outlet should be, interested in making sense of this decision and, of course, grabbing readers' attention. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Retired priest placed on administrative leave

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte,
   CHARLOTTE (NC) -- Father Joseph Kelleher, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with diocesan policy regarding church worker sexual misconduct.
   Read the diocesan statement and view the list of parishes in North Carolina where Father Kelleher served. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

High School Chaplain Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher*] - RCC. Boy (14).
   WXII,
   CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Diocese of Charlotte is investigating the chaplain at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School after a young person accused the chaplain of sexual misconduct, according to a news release.
   The Rev. Joseph Kelleher has been placed on administrative leave as a result of the accusation, which concerns an incident that the accuser said happened years ago in Albemarle, N.C.
   In accord with diocesan policy, Kelleher was placed on administrative leave pending a further investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Vatican's New Rules Against Child Sex Abusers To Maintain Status Quo

  - RCC.  
   Politics Daily, David Gibson,
   UNITED STATES -- The Vatican is expected to slightly enhance its rules for punishing clergy who sexually abuse children, but the new policies, likely to be announced within days, will still fall short of what victim advocates say is necessary to protect minors.
   Moreover, the changes are seen as fairly minor concessions in a decades-long battle to push Rome to act forcefully against abusers.
   In addition, the new policy, which has reportedly been signed by Pope Benedict XVI, still has no provision for dealing with bishops who cover up for molesting priests and it is unlikely to clarify whether or how bishops should report abusers to civil authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Cardinal Danneels interviewed by Belgian authorities in sex abuse investigation

  - RCC.  
   Catholic News Agency, 03:06 am, Jul 7, 2010
   Brussels, Belgium, / (CNA/EWTN News).- As part of a government probe into allegations of child abuse by priests, Cardinal Godfried Danneels was questioned for several hours by Belgian police on Tuesday. Reportedly in "a state of shock," he is said to have difficulty believing that many people think he knew about sexual abuse and did nothing.
   The 77-year-old cardinal led the Catholic Church in Belgium until his retirement last year. A retired priest has accused him of sheltering abusive priests during his tenure from 1979 to 2009, the Agence France Presse reports. The cardinal has denied any cover-up.
   During police questioning, Cardinal Danneels was reportedly confronted by Dr. Peter Adriaenssens, a psychiatrist who formerly headed a church-backed commission probing hundreds of reported cases of clerical child abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Belgian priest quizzed over sex abuse

 
   Sify (India),
   BELGIUM (AKI) -- The former head of Belgium's Catholic church, Cardinal Danneels, accused of failing to stop sexual abuse of children by priests, has been questioned by the police.
   Danneels, who resigned in January after three decades as Belgium's archbishop, was questioned Tuesday as a witness and has not been charged with any crime.
   'He was named in at least 50 files as being aware (of the abuse cases),' a spokesman for the Belgian prosecutor's office said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM, July 7, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed July 07, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


• 60-yr-old priest arrested for raping woman in south Delhi

  [? July 2010 - Baba Somgiri (60) -NEW*] - Temple religion (? Hindu). Woman (35).  
   The Times of India, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ city/delhi/ 60-yr-old- priest- arrested- for-raping- woman-in- south- Delhi/ articleshow/ 6144837.cms ; ~ July 08, 2010
   NEW DELHI, INDIA: A 60-year-old priest of a temple was arrested by Mehrauli police for allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman at Mandi village in south Delhi. The accused identified as Baba Somgiri was arrested after the woman complained that he invited her to the temple and raped her.
   According to police, the woman, a resident of Burari in north Delhi, used to visit the temple at Mandi village. For the past six months she had been visiting the temple and was recently asked by Somgri to visit him alone. When the victim came to the temple, Somgiri took her to a room where he allegedly raped her and threatened her with dire consequences if she told anybody. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM, July 08, 2010

Church pays out to woman 'drugged' at children's home

  [~ 1970s-80s Unnamed staff -NEW*]- Church of England (Anglican communion). Damages agreed. Sedated.  
   Armley Today, Published Date: 08 July 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Church of England has paid "substantial" damages to a woman who claimed she was heavily sedated during her time at a children's home in Kent, it was disclosed.
   Teresa Cooper, 43, accepted the out-of-court settlement from church authorities after alleging that she was abused and restrained with doses of tranquillisers and other drugs.
   A BBC investigation last year revealed that some girls who were heavily sedated while living at Church of England-run Kendall House in Gravesend in the 1970s and 1980s went on to have children with a range of birth defects. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM, July 08, 2010

New details in arrest of former priest on child porn charge

  [Fr Stephen Burke] - Orthodox Church. Child pornography.  
   KTRK, {with video}, Deborah Wrigley, ~ July 08, 2010
   HOUSTON, TEXAS (KTRK) -- We have new information about a former priest who's accused of having child pornography on his church computer.
   Stephen Burke used to be a priest at the St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Spring.
   We are told that Burke has been released from jail on $20,000 bond. Investigators say he is not being a cooperative witness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM, July 08, 2010

Belgen 'ontdopen' zich massaal na kerkschandalen

  - Thousands leave RCC.  
   EO (Netherlands), ~ July 08, 2010
   BELGIE -- Duizenden Belgen laten zich uitschrijven uit de katholieke kerk, na alle verhalen over seksueel misbruik. Dat bevestigde Yves Desmet, hoofdredacteur van de Belgische krant De Morgen donderdagmorgen in Dit Is De Dag. 'Normaal gesproken zijn er zo'n tien uitschrijvingen per jaar, nu kan de kerk de administratieve druk niet meer aan.'
   Door Leendert Bos
   In Vlaanderen is het lidmaatschap van de katholieke kerk meer een cultureel verschijnsel dan een bewuste keuze, zegt Desmet. Veel Belgen zijn als baby gedoopt, maar willen dat nu graag ongedaan maken. Volgens de katholieke theoloog Erik Borgman is dat iets dat eigenlijk helemaal niet kan. 'Eenmaal gedoopt blijf je gedoopt. Uitschrijven kan natuurlijk wel, maar dat is slechts een formaliteit.'

   {summary} BELGIUM -- Thousands of Belgians have unsubscribed from the Catholic church after all the stories have surfaced about sexual abuse, according to Yves Desmet, editor of the Belgian newspaper De Morgen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM, July 08, 2010

Kardinaal dient zelf aanklacht in

 
   DePers (Nederland), ~ July 08, 2010
   BELGIE -- De Belgische kardinaal Godfried Danneels, die een rol speelt in het Belgische onderzoek naar kindermisbruik door katholieke geestelijken, gaat zelf juridische stappen ondernemen. Hij dient een klacht in omdat de geheimhouding van het onderzoek is geschonden, meldde zijn woordvoerder donderdagavond.
   Het kan voor Danneels niet door de beugel dat meerdere media berichtten dat een naaktfoto van een meisje was aangetroffen op de computer van Danneels. ,,Een schending van het onderzoeksgeheim lag aan de basis van een ongebreidelde verspreiding van deze 'informatie'. Het nieuws van de foto die werd aangetroffen in de computer van de kardinaal werd niet enkel verspreid en becommentarieerd door de nationale, maar ook door de internationale pers", aldus een persmededeling.
[Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 PM, July 08, 2010]

Naaktfoto kwam van omroep VRT

 
   DePers (Nederland), ~July 08, 2010
   BELGIE -- De foto van een naakt meisje op een computer van de Belgische kardinaal Godfried Danneels, de vroegere aartsbisschop van Mechelen-Brussel, kwam van een website. Het gaat om een nieuwssite van de Vlaamse omroep VRT. Dat heeft justitie in Brussel donderdag bekendgemaakt.
   Het parket in Brussel is ontstemd is over het aanhoudende lekken naar de pers in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Een van die lekken meldde dat er op de persoonlijke pc van Danneels een foto van een naakt meisje was gevonden. De computer werd bij huiszoekingen op 24 juni in beslag genomen.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM, July 08, 2010

Naaktfoto kind kwam van Vlaamse omroep VRT

 
   Nu,
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE -- De foto van een naakt meisje op een computer van de Belgische kardinaal Godfried Danneels, de vroegere aartsbisschop van Mechelen-Brussel, kwam van de nieuwssite van de Vlaamse omroep VRT.
   Dat heeft justitie in Brussel donderdag bekendgemaakt.
   Het parket in Brussel is ontstemd over het aanhoudende lekken naar de pers in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 PM

Geen onderzoek naaktfoto kardinaal

 
   Spits, ~ July 08, 2010
   BELGIE -- De Belgische justitie opent voorlopig geen onderzoek naar de naaktfoto van een meisje op de laptop van kardinaal Danneels of naar de aanwezigheid van stukken uit het dossier-Dutroux in het bisschoppelijk paleis van Mechelen. Dat heeft het parket vandaag bekendgemaakt.
   Het is zeer uitzonderlijk dat er op een dergelijke manier over de inhoud van een lopend gerechtelijk onderzoek wordt gecommuniceerd. "Maar in de huidige omstandigheden, waarin een gebrek aan sereniteit heerst, zien we ons daartoe verplicht", aldus een woordvoerder van het parket.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM, July 08, 2010

Parket onderzoekt perslek verhoor Danneels

 
   Vandaag ~ July 08, 2010
   BELGIE -- Het Brusselse parket laat voorlopig geen onderzoek openen naar de foto van een naakt meisje op de laptop van kardinaal Danneels of naar de aanwezigheid van stukken uit het dossier-Dutroux in het Mechels bisschoppelijk paleis. Wel wordt er een dossier geopend om de perslekken te onderzoeken. Dat meldt parketwoordvoerder Jean-Marc Meilleur.
   Volgens de parketmagistraat is het hoogst uitzonderlijk dat er op een dergelijke manier over de inhoud van een gerechtelijk onderzoek wordt gecommuniceerd.
   Perslekken
   Het Brusselse parket heeft woensdag wel een gerechtelijk dossier geopend om te achterhalen wie achter de verschillende perslekken zitten. Waarschijnlijk heeft er binnen het gerecht iemand gelekt.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM, July 08, 2010

"Naaktfoto" op pc Danneels kwam van Cobra.be

   
   Deredactie, 18:35, do 08/Jul/2010
   BELGIE -- Vanmorgen berichtten verschillende media over een "naaktfoto van een meisje" die gevonden werd op de computer van kardinaal Danneels. De foto blijkt nu een kunstfoto te zijn afkomstig van de VRT-cultuursite cobra.be. Dat meldt het Brusselse parket.
   Het gaat om een kunstfoto van fotografe Laura Baudoux, getiteld "La Douche II" die op de website cobra.be verscheen in februari van dit jaar in het kader van "De Canvas collectie - La collection RTBF", een kunstwedstrijd voor amateurkunstenaars.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM, July 08, 2010

Pope appoints bishop to troubled Bavarian diocese

  [Mixa replaced] - RCC.    
   The Irish Times, DEREK SCALLY in Berlin, July 09, 2010
   GERMANY -- AFTER MONTHS of controversy surrounding Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed as his successor Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Görlitz.
   Following three years heading Germany's smallest diocese, on the Polish border, Bishop Zdarsa moves to one of Germany's most prestigious postings with responsibility for 1.3 million Catholics.
   Church observers suggest that, with its swift appointment – just two months after the pope accepted Bishop Mixa's resignation – the Vatican is anxious to put an end to the unprecedented drama in Bavaria. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM, July 08, 2010

Priest Has Been Named In 2 Lawsuits

  - RCC.  
   The Hartford Courant, By DAVE ALTIMARI, daltimar@courant.com , 8:24 p.m. EDT, July 8, 2010
   CONNECTICUT -- A priest recently accused in a lawsuit of molesting an altar boy also is involved in a pending lawsuit over an employment dispute that includes an allegation that he discussed masturbation during a religious class for girls at St. Hedwig's School.
   The previous lawsuit, filed by former St. Hedwig's School Principal Patricia Dayner, is currently before the state Supreme Court. It stemmed from an incident in which the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra was teaching religion to seventh- and eighth- grade girls at the Naugatuck school.
   At least one of the students went to Dayner's office after class to complain that she was upset that Bzdyra talked about masturbation. When Dayner confronted Bzdyra he had her call the student into the office where he proceeded to scream at the student, the lawsuit said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM, July 08, 2010

New sex abuse claim against convicted ex-priest

  [McCormack]
   Chicago Tribune By Manya A. Brachear
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Another young man has accused former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack of sexual misconduct, filing a lawsuit against the Chicago Archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday.
   The new allegation is the fifth one to surface since July 2007, when McCormack began serving a five-year sentence for molesting five boys. The archdiocese confirmed in May that four other young men had come forward – though not all of the cases had been substantiated and none of the four have sued.
   The lawsuit alleges that between 2000 and 2006, McCormack "inappropriately sexually touched, hugged, rubbed, and/or abused" the plaintiff while he attended Our Lady of the Westside School, spent time at St. Agatha's church and rectory and played for a high-school-age basketball league coached by McCormack on Chicago's West Side. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Advance warning: inaccurate news reports coming soon

  - RCC.  
   Catholic Culture, By Phil Lawler | July 08, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Be prepared.
   Sometime in the next few days the Vatican is expected to release new norms for the handling of sex-abuse complaints. Dozens of news reports will undoubtedly follow, saying that the Vatican has changed policies in response to public pressure. Those reports will be wrong.
   The norms are changing. The policies are not.
   According to reports that have leaked extensively this week, the Vatican will change a few norms of canon law, bringing the law into conformity with the policies already in use by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. To date these policies have been authorized-- first by Pope John Paul II, then by Benedict XVI-- as allowable exceptions to the canonical rules. Now they will become the rules. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Priest turns himself in on charges he molested boy 33 years ago

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   Winston-Salem Journal, By Michael Hewlett | Journal Reporter | Published: July 8, 2010
   NORTH CAROLINA -- A chaplain with Bishop McGuiness High School turned himself in today on charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old boy more than three decades ago at a Catholic church in Albemarle.
   Father Joseph Kelleher, 82, of 1525 Wood St. is charged with one count of indecent liberties with a child. He was released on a $5,000 bond and his first court date is scheduled for Aug. 9, according to Albemarle Police Chief Ronnie Michael.
   Kelleher is on administrative leave from Bishop McGuiness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Accused Bishop McGuinness Chaplain Turns Himself In

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher*] - RCC. Boy (14).
   Fox 8
   ALBEMARLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- The Bishop McGuinness chaplain accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy more than 30 years ago turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and was released after posting bond.
   Rev. Joseph Kelleher, the chaplain at the Roman Catholic high school in Kernersville, was charged with indecent liberties with a child for an alleged incident involving a 14-year-old boy in 1977.
   Kelleher, 82, of Winston-Salem, has been placed on administrative leave while the Diocese of Charlotte investigates the accusations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

New sex abuse claim against convicted ex-priest

  [Fr McCormack]  
   WLS, July 8, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL), (WLS) -- There are new allegations of sexual abuse by former Chicago priest Daniel McCormack.
   In a lawsuit filed Thursday against the Chicago archdiocese, a boy who attended the parish and played in a church basketball league where McCormack was stationed claims that from 1999 until 2006 he was abused by the former priest.
   McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges that he abused five other boys and remains behind bars. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Priest accused of sex abuse out on bail

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   News 14, {with video}
   ALBEMARLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- The 82-year-old priest recently accused of sex abuse is out on a $5,000 bond.
   The Diocese of Charlotte put Father Joseph Kelleher on administrative leave after allegations surfaced by a man claims he was abused in 1977. The man lives out of state now, but says the abuse occurred when he and Father Kelleher were at Our Lady of Annunciation in Albemarle.
   A man who identified himself as the victim of the abuse posted on a Catholic blog that Kelleher "molested me repeatedly at the age of 14." The man posted several other times since Sept. 2009 when he first came forward to Albemarle Police. The blogger wrote "I wish I could go after civil damages." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM, July 08, 2010

Belgian cardinal files complaint over police probe leak

  - RCC.  
   Expatica, ~ July 08, 2010
   BELGIUM -- The ex-head of Belgium's Catholic Church has lodged a breach of confidentiality complaint after a police probe leak saw him wrongly linked in the press to a photograph of a young naked girl.
   Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who is being investigated by police over allegations he shielded predator priests, objected to a report by the Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsblad about a photo of a young naked girl found on his computer.
   The public prosecutor's office confirmed earlier Thursday that the image was in fact an innocent one from the website of the Flemish public television channel VRT. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM, July 08, 2010

Reformation After the Abuse Crisis (Part 2)

  - NEW BOOK on how the RCC will come out of the crisis.  
   Catholic.net , By Karna Swanson, JULY 7, 2010
   HUNGTINGTON, Indiana, (Zenit.org).- As the Church continues to address the sexual abuse crisis, Catholics must be confident that there is a way forward for the Church, and that Benedict XVI is the one to lead it, say the authors of a book on the Pope's response to the current wave of sex abuse cases.
   Matthew Bunson and Gregory Erlandson are co-authors of the recently published book "Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2010). Erlandson is the president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, and Bunson is the editor of The Catholic Almanac and The Catholic Answer magazine (both published by Our Sunday Visitor), as well as a media consultant on Catholic issues.
   In part 2 of their interview with ZENIT, the authors reflect on the consequences of the sexual abuse crisis, and what Benedict XVI has done to lead the Church forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Clericalism

  - RCC.
   Catholic Exchange, by Mark Shea, July 7th, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- A few years back, Russell Shaw wrote a terrific book called To Hunt, To Shoot, To Entertain: Clericalism and the Catholic Laity. It took its title from an amazing remark by a 19th-century English monsignor who loftily declared, "What is the province of the laity? To hunt, to shoot, to entertain. These matters they understand, but to meddle with ecclesiastical matters they have no right at all."
   John Henry Cardinal Newman disagreed, pointing out that during the Arian crisis, it was the laity who kept the Faith while the majority of bishops vacillated, caved to heresy, or were silent during the 60 years of the crisis. That doesn't mean that the Church operates on the principle vox populi, vox Dei. But it does mean that clericalism ought to be avoided.
   Clericalism is basically the bad idea that only the ordained and religious are fully Catholic and that laypeople are more or less second-class. With that idea comes a host of other bad ideas, such as "Father is always right," "Never disagree if a bishop does it," and "Don't question anything a priest or bishop does." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

The Perils of Clericalism

 
   First Things, Kevin Staley-Joyce,
   UNITED STATES -- Mark Shea penned an excellent primer on clericalism yesterday at Catholic Exchange, identifying it as a prominent culprit in the "cover-up" mentality among some members of the episcopacy. While the Church does not operate on the principle of vox populi, vox Dei, Shea argues, neither has it ever claimed holiness is reserved for the ordained.
   Clericalism is basically the bad idea that only the ordained and religious are fully Catholic and that laypeople are more or less second class. With that idea comes a host of other bad ideas, such as "Father is always right," "Never disagree if a bishop does it," and "Don't question anything a priest or bishop does." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Vatican's New Rules Against Child Sex Abusers to Maintain Status Quo

 
   Politics Daily David Gibson
   UNITED STATES -- The Vatican is expected to slightly enhance its rules for punishing clergy who sexually abuse children, but the new policies, likely to be announced within days, will still fall short of what victim advocates say is necessary to protect minors.
   Moreover, the changes are seen as fairly minor concessions in a decades-long battle to push Rome to act forcefully against abusers.
   In addition, the new policy, which has reportedly been signed by Pope Benedict XVI, still has no provision for dealing with bishops who cover up for molesting priests and it is unlikely to clarify whether or how bishops should report abusers to civil authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

A hierarchy deeply damaged from within

   
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), An NCR Editorial, Jul. 08, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- The first half of 2010 has been a particularly bumpy patch for the papacy of Benedict XVI. It wasn't supposed to be this way. This pope had as goals to sharpen the teaching of the world's largest Christian denomination, to do battle with secularism and relativism, and to convince the world, Catholic and otherwise, that Christianity authentically lived is more about possibilities and new freedom than about "thou shalt nots" and other restrictions.
   His program has been seriously sidelined by the lingering effects of the sex abuse scandal in the United States; the explosion of the scandal in Ireland, Germany, Italy and now Belgium; and the diminishment of the episcopal office, particularly in those countries most affected by the scandal.
   Are we witnessing the ecclesial equivalent of one of those slow-motion depictions of implosion, the kind where a seemingly invulnerable structure falls in upon itself, laid waste by some well-placed explosives? Perhaps.
   It would be a mistake, however, to think that what is imploding is the church. The church is, in many ways, just fine. What is imploding, rather, is a culture of clericalism, especially the hierarchical layer of that culture, which has become so disconnected in many of its expressions from the core mandates of Christian scripture that it seems to barely function at all. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM
   [COMMENT: "Core mandates of Christian scripture."  Do they include the weight of texts in favour of marriage and seeing your children's children, or is this pro-family preponderance to be put aside for the killjoy texts? ENDS.]

Triad priest accused of child abuse in the 1970s

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Boy (14).    
   The Times News McClatchy News Service 2:08 PM July 08, 2010
   GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -- Months ago, an anonymous e-mail directed officials with the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte to an Internet chat room for clergy abuse victims.
   There, diocese officials found that allegations of sexual abuse were being made against one of their priests.
   On Wednesday, a warrant drawn by Albemarle police alleged the Rev. Joseph Kelleher took indecent liberties with a 14-year-old boy at a church in that city more than three decades ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Bishop Dowling's Talk Removed from Website

  - Talk claimed that reforms of 2nd Vatican Council (1960s) were reversed.  
   America Magazine (RC journal), Author: James Martin, S.J. Posted Thursday, July 08, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Bishop Kevin Dowling's hard-hitting talk on the "dismantling" of Vatican II, which I blogged about below, has apparently been expunged from the Independent Catholic News site. Let us know if you find it anywhere else on the web. Perhaps the Independent website isn't all that independent. Or perhaps the bishop suffered some fallout. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Are Catholic online news sites being censored?

  - RCC.      
   U.S. Catholic, By M Scherer-Emunds, Thursday, July 8, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Two recent events have raised the specter of online censorship, or at least of undue pressure by Catholic Church officials on Catholic news organizations.
   Today the British-based Independent Catholic News, a daily online Catholic news site set up by a group of Catholic journalists, apparently pulled down the reprint of a June speech by South African Bishop Kevin Dowling it had published yesterday.
   That event followed on the heels of an incident in May when the Austrian Catholic news agency Kathpress was pressured to remove from its website a report on a speech by Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. The Kathpress report on Schönborn's outspoken criticism of Cardinal Angelo Sodano and other Vatican shortcomings resulted in international headlines and eventually led to what the National Catholic Reporter described as "an almost surreal kiss-and-make-up session" between those two cardinals last week at the Vatican. …
   Meanwhile, our savvy web editor, Meg Sweas, let me know that "nothing is ever really taken down on the web! Thank you Google!" She found the cached page of the ICN story by searching cache:URL in Google. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

He's back …

  - Bp Dowling's address back on the Internet.  
   America Magazine, Author: Kevin Clarke, Posted Thursday, July 08, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- The address by South African Bishop Kevin Dowling has been reposted at Independent Catholic News. So far no explanation as to why it was taken down from the site editor. Owing to the rather frank tone of the address, there has been some speculation swirling around the net that may be getting ahead of itself. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

South Africa: Bishop Dowling reflects on trends in the Church

       
   Independent Catholic News (United Kingdom), Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010
   SOUTH AFRICA -- The following lunchtime address was given by Bishop Kevin Dowling CSsR to a group of leading laity in Cape Town, South Africa on 1 June.
   "Jerry Fiteaux wrote in the National Catholic Reporter: 'On April 24, 2010, Edward James Slattery, bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrated the Mass in Latin in the extraordinary form – that is, in the Tridentine Rite – in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He delivered his homily in English. More than 3,000 people attended the liturgy.
   More relevant to me in the April 24 event in Washington were several elements: First, there were no demonstrations outside or inside the shrine by clergy sex abuse victims after retired Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos withdrew as principal celebrant of the Mass. Castrillon, former prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy and former president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which oversees and promotes use of the Latin Tridentine rite in the Roman Church, made major news just a week before the shrine Mass when a French newspaper revealed that in 2001 he had praised a French bishop for breaking the law and refusing to turn over to civil authorities a priest engaged in sexual abuse of minors. Castrillon not only did not apologize for his letter; he reaffirmed it and said John Paul II had urged him to send it to bishops around the world. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Catholic social teaching finds church leadership lacking

   
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), {includes full text of the bishop's speech}, By Bishop Kevin Dowling , Jul. 08, 2010
   SOUTH AFRICA -- Following is a talk by Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, South Africa. Dowling told NCR in a telephone interview today that he gave the talk June 1 to a group of "influential lay Catholics" who meet periodically for lunch in Cape Town. The group, Dowling said, had asked him to speak "on how I view the current state of the church."
   "In subsequent conversations, it became clear to me that the group of well-informed Catholic lay leaders wanted an analysis that would be open and very honest," Dowling said July 8. "Given the fact that it would be a select group with no media present, I decided I would be open and honest in my views to initiate debate and discussion."
   A reporter, however, was present and what Dowling meant as an "off the record" conversation with lay leaders became local news. Dowling subsequently sent copies of his talk to his fellow South African bishops. NCR received a copy of the document and contacted Dowling to verify its authenticity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Pope names new head of Augsburg Diocese, successor to Bishop Mixa

  [Mixa]    
   Catholic News Service By Carol Glatz (CNS),
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named a new bishop to Germany's Augsburg Diocese, whose former bishop resigned in the wake of accusations of hitting students and financial impropriety.
   Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Gorlitz will succeed Bishop Walter Mixa in the Diocese of Augsburg, the Vatican announced July 8. Bishop Mixa's resignation was accepted by the Vatican May 4.
   Bishop Zdarsa, 66, received his doctorate in canon law from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University and served many years at the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen in a variety of capacities, including president of the diocesan Caritas. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM
  

Pedophile Priest Lives by Park, Schools, and Church Even After 2008 Settlements Plus Current Vatican Lawsuit for His Crimes

  [Fr Titian Miani]        
   City of Angels July 7, 2010
   The old man actually cried. He said, "My grand kids have been playing with him."
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- When pedophile priests are removed from ministry for their crimes, they can end up living in any community, usually with no monitoring, even though they are credibly accused sex offenders, as the AP reported earlier this week followed by yesterday's story at Politics Daily When civil lawsuits settle without going to trial, sex crimes of the priests remain "alleged." As a result there could be thousands of pedophile priests, who have or have not been removed from ministry for child sex crimes, now living anywhere in the United States, with free and easy access to children.
   A lawsuit filed including the Vatican as a defendant June 30th in Norwalk, California, concerns Father Titian Miani, who was the subject of several cases that were part of the 2007-2008 settlements against the L.A. Archdiocese, and his religious order, The Salesians. Miani has accusations of serial child rape from Italy, Brazil, Canada, and California.
   After hearing about the new lawsuit June 30th that goes all the way to the Vatican, activist Joey Piscitelli of Martinez tracked down the priest and was alarmed to find that Miani's current apartment in Stockton, CA, is between St. Luke's Church, where Miani is apparently still serving as a priest, and a park with a skating area for children. The Stockton Diocese as recently as June 30th still listed Miani as a "Priest (Retired)" although his name has since been removed. Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:29 PM

A new scandal for the church

  - Land and property potential corruption admitted.  
   Macleans (Canada), by Kate Lunau on Thursday, July 8, 2010
   ROME -- On June 11, before about 15,000 priests gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI apologized for the clergy sex abuse scandal.
   On June 28, the Church issued another mea culpa of sorts on a different matter–corruption charges. The Vatican admitted to potential "errors" in the handling of real estate, following accusations that a top cardinal has been implicated in a public works scandal. And it's got one expert wondering if a "diplomatic tussle" could result over the powers of church and state.
   Prosecutors are investigating whether Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, accepted kickbacks during his time as head of Propaganda Fide, which handles Vatican real estate holdings. It's alleged that from 2001 to 2006, Sepe sold property below market price to a government minister, who approved funds to restore Church buildings in return. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Vatican set to revise rules on sexual abuse

 
   Reuters By Philip Pullella
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican next week will revise Church law on sexual abuse of children by priests, doubling a statute of limitations and introducing penalties for child pornography, Catholic Church sources said on Thursday.
   The changes come as Pope Benedict struggles to control the damage a sexual abuse scandal in the United States and several European countries, including his native Germany, has done to the Catholic Church's image.
   The revisions will effectively make legal procedures about abuse cases known as "special faculties," which were so far allowed only under exceptional circumstances, the global norms. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

       
   Vatican Information Service, 8 JUL 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Holy Father:
   - Appointed Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Barranquilla, Colombia, current president of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, as metropolitan archbishop of Bogota (area 4,019, population 4,370,000, Catholics 3,746,000, priests 759, permanent deacons 79, religious 2,238), Colombia. He succeeds Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
   - Appointed Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Gorlitz, Germany, as bishop of Augsburg (area 13,250, population 2,296,446, Catholics 1,389,446, priests 1,074, permanent deacons 147, religious 2,199), Germany. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Victim of priest sex abuse gives advice to parents

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher*] - RCC. Boy (14).  
   WBTV, {with video}, By Tom Roussey
   GAFFNEY, SC (WBTV) - David Fortwengler says he knows what the man who came forward alleging abuse by a North Carolina priest feels like. Because he's been there.
   The latest allegations are against Father Joseph Kelleher, who allegedly sexually abused a 14-year old boy in Albemarle in 1977 while serving at Our Lady of the Annunciation.
   Fortwengler, who now lives in Gaffney, was sexually abused in 1968 at a church in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Former altar boy accuses Seymour priest of abuse

  [~ 1985-90 Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11+).    
   Waterbury Republican-American | BY QUANNAH LEONARD |
   SEYMOUR, CONNECTICUT -- A New Haven man has filed a lawsuit against a local Roman Catholic priest, accusing the pastor of sexually abusing him in the 1980s and bribing him with gifts to keep quiet.
   William Dotson, 34, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court against the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra of St. Augustine Church, 35 Washington Ave.
   The alleged abuse occurred from around 1985 to 1990, and took place not only at St. Francis, where Dotson served as an altar boy, but also at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck and at a New Haven home owned by Bzdyra, said Dotson's attorney, Joel T. Faxon of New Haven. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Augsburgs neuer Bischof heißt Konrad Zdarsa

   
   BR-online
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Das Bistum Augsburg hat einen neuen Oberhirten: Papst Benedikt XVI. hat den bisherigen Görlitzer Bischof Konrad Zdarsa zum Nachfolger von Walter Mixa ernannt. Dies teilten der Vatikan und das Bistum Görlitz mit. Der 66-Jährige soll am 23. Oktober in das neue Amt eingeführt werden.
   Zdarsa war 2007 zum Bischof des Bistums Görlitz geweiht und in sein Amt eingeführt worden. Bis dahin war der gebürtige Sachse Generalvikar und Domkapitular des Bistums Dresden-Meißen.
   Freudige Reaktionen aus Kirchenkreisen "Wir freuen uns auf unseren neuen Bischof", sagte der Augsburger Diözesanadministrator, Weihbischof Josef Grünwald, bei der Bekanntgabe. Dem Papst dankte er für die "ungewöhnlich rasche Wiederbesetzung" des Bischofsstuhls.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

The Catholic Church and its scandals

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   The Hartford Courant, Susan Campbell,
   CONNECTICUT -- As says Stan, who sent this link:
   Your tithed dollars at work.
   The Rev. Kevin Gray, a Waterbury priest, is accused of bilking his Roman Catholic Church of $1.3 million so that he could live the life of the large. Oh, and he needed to pay for male escorts, too, say police.
   Police said Gray did so in part because of job dissatisfaction. Hey! I'm dissatisfied, too!
   Meanwhile, remember this? In 2009, in reaction to a different Catholic church scandal, Connecticut Rep. Mike Lawlor (D-East Haven) and Connecticut Sen. Andrew McDonald (D-Stamford), co-chairs of the legislative judicial committee, introduced a bill that called for more input from lay people in the financial dealings of the church.
   And for that, the legislators got their heads handed to them by some within the church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Pope targets priests who abuse mentally impaired

  - RCC.  
   The Associated Press By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP)
   VATICAN CITY – Priests who sexually abuse mentally impaired adults will now be sanctioned by the Vatican under a soon-to-be-released set of procedures for handling clerical abuse cases.
   A church source close to the Vatican told The Associated Press on Thursday that the reference would be included in the document alongside minors under the age of 18 in identifying victims of clerical abuse whose cases are handled directly by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Medien: Satiremagazin schickte Kardinal Dutroux-Dossier

   
   Wort (Luxemburg}
   BELGIEN (jw/dpa) -- Die bei den umstrittenen Durchsuchungen in Gebäuden der belgischen Kirche gefundenen Fotos von der Autopsie der beiden Dutroux-Opfer Julie und Melissa wurden dem belgischen Kardinal Danneels offenbar von einer englischen Satire-Zeitung zugesandt. Das berichtet die flämische Zeitung "De Morgen" am Mittwoch.
   Der ehemalige Erzbischof von Mechelen-Brüssel soll die Bilder im Jahr 2004 von dem Satire-Blatt "The Sprout" erhalten haben. Das Blatt hatte die Autopsie-Fotos als "Beweis" dafür verwendet, dass es sich bei dem Tod der beiden Mädchen um Aufnahmen zu einen sogenannten "Snuff-Film" handelt, bei dem unter anderem der Bürgermeister der Gemeinde Molenbeek, Philippe Moureaux und Kardinal Godfried Danneels anwesend sein sollten. Die Ausgabe von "The Sprout" wurde kurz nach Erscheinen von der Justiz beschlagnahmt.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Nieuwe episode misbruikschandaal Belgische rk-kerk

 
   Nova,
   BELGA -- Tijdens de huiszoekingen in het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis van Mechelen heeft de Belgische justitie een opmerkelijke vondst gedaan, meldt de Belgische krant Het Laatste Nieuws. Het zou onder meer gaan om foto's van de lichamen van slachtoffers van de kindermoordenaar Marc Dutroux.
   Documenten
   Naast de foto's zouden ook andere documenten zijn gevonden die eigenlijk alleen voor justitie bestemd zijn. Ook zouden in het paleis brieven over geheime en verbrande pedofiliedossiers zijn aangetroffen. Kardinaal Danneels (foto) zal uitleg moeten geven aan justitie, aldus de krant.
   The Sprout
   Vandaag meldt de Vlaamse krant De Morgen dat duidelijk is geworden hoe de documenten in het archief van Danneels terecht zijn gekomen: medewerkers van het Britse blad The Sprout hebben de foto's van de slachtoffers van Marc Dutroux gestuurd.

   {summary} The Flemish newspaper De Morgen said the documents regarding serial pedophile killer Marc Dutroux were sent to the archdiocese by employees of the British magazine The Sprout. The Spout was looking to provoke reaction to its allegation that Cardinal Gofried Danneels and 11 other notables would have killed the girls. The magazine in 2004 invented a story that the girls Julie and Melissa did not die in Dutroux cellar but were murdered during a recording of a so-called snuff movie in the presence of the others. A snuff movie is a film in which a murder is being filmed. The Sprout also send some photos to the Vatican in hope of getting reaction there. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Path to healing includes all Canadians

   
   Times Colonist, By Matthew Coon Come, Special to Times Colonist, July 8, 2010
   CANADA -- Our parents tell us about the day when the plane arrived to take all the children away to residential school. They tell how quiet our settlement suddenly was, when the sound of children playing had been silenced. They tell how the only sound that could be heard in the community was the sound of parents crying for their children.
   Years later, my parents came to visit me at residential school in La Tuque, Que. They had walked for two days from their trapline to our village of Mistissini and then walked another day to Chibougamau, the nearest non-native town. From there, they paid what was a fortune for them to take a taxi to drive them some 350 kilometres to La Tuque. They were able to visit me for just a few hours and then started the return journey to their trapline.
   Six days of walking on snowshoes and probably all the money they had, all for the sake of a few hours' visit to try to maintain the fundamental bond between Eenou parents and their child. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

In response to Nicholas Cafardi's comments carried on dotCommonweal

   
   National Survivor Advocates Coalition, James A. Jenkins, Ph.D. PSY 17650, Advisory Board Member, NSACoalition; jjenkinsphd@earthlink.net w/510.559.9963;
   UNITED STATES -- Nicholas Cafardi gives a very lawyerly account of how it all went terribly wrong legally (canonically speaking) for the Vatican in its handling of the priests sex abuse scandal.
   You get the impression that if only those fumbling career politicians in the Vatican had followed their own canon law, things could have been different.
   I have a decidedly less sanguine view of the Vatican's management approach and its use of canon law to insulate itself from taking the only morally defensible response to the rape and sodomy of children.
   Despite what Cafardi claims, the debate among and between the Vatican curia and American bishops about the statute of limitations in canon law regarding the sexual abuse of children by priests was still going on in 2002. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM, July 08, 2010

Church of England pays damages over abuse claims

  - Church of England (Anglican communion). Child in care home.
   BBC News ~ July 08, 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Church of England has paid substantial damages to a woman who claims she was forcibly drugged and sexually abused whilst in the care of a church-run children's home.
   Teresa Cooper, 43, has spent the past 18 years trying to expose what she said happened in the home in the 1980s.
   Ms Cooper said her time in the church-run Kendal House children's home in Gravesend, Kent, was a "nightmare". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM, July 08, 2010

• FACTBOX - Sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church

  - RCC.  
   Reuters, http://in.reuters.com/ article/ idINIndia- 4997352 0100708 , Thu Jul 8, 2010
   Here are some details of major scandals in the Roman Catholic church. For a special report on the role of the Church in Ireland:
   • BELGIUM:
   -- A Belgian Catholic Church commission monitoring complaints about sexual abuse of children by priests disbanded on June 28 after police seized all its files and a computer.
   -- The unprecedented raids on the commission's office in Leuven and a Church centre and former archbishop's home in Mechelen prompted a sharp reaction from Pope Benedict. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM, July 08, 2010

Pope names new bishop in Germany after resignation over scandal

     
   The Associated Press, ~ July 08, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has named a new bishop for Augsburg, Germany, filling the post vacated when the former bishop resigned amid accusations of physical abuse, sexual harassment and alcoholism.
   The Vatican announced Thursday that 66-year-old Bishop Konrad Zdarsa was moving from the Goerlitz diocese to Augsburg.
   Benedict met last week with the outgoing bishop, Walter Mixa. He told him he must take time for silent prayer, treatment and reconciliation if he wants to return to pastoral work. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM, July 08, 2010

The strengths and shortcomings of Church apologies

     
   Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton, July 08, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Last weekend Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart published a letter of apology for sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Melbourne Catholic Church. It was read aloud in most local churches. It followed similar letters by bishops in other Catholic churches around the world.
   The letter, which was both a personal response and an outline of what the Melbourne Church was doing, drew a variety of responses. I found it quite moving. Some Catholics expressed gratitude for it; others thought it came too late or omitted points they thought central; representatives of victims groups considered it inadequate.
   The letter and the responses to it invite broader reflection on the place of letters by leaders of churches, and particularly of letters of apology. In the churches, pastoral letters go back a long way. So does scepticism about the value of carefully prepared words. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Vatican to issue new guidelines on abuse

   
   The Irish Times, PADDY AGNEW in Rome
   VATICAN CITY -- AS IT desperately tries to come to terms with the clerical sex abuse crisis, the Holy See is reportedly about to issue an updated set of norms relative to ecclesiastical sanctions to be imposed on abuser priests. Media reports claim the Vatican's Congregation For the Doctrine Of The Faith (CDF) will release the new guidelines within days.
   The norms represent an updating of John Paul II's 2001 motu proprio , Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela , codifying a series of changes to that document, known as "special faculties" and secured by the then prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict.
   The new document will introduce norms that consolidate existing practice rather than instigating a dramatic new approach on how clerical sex abuse should be handled. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Special Report: In Irish schools, Catholic Church remains master

  - RCC.  
   Reuters, July 08, 2010
   IRELAND (Reuters) -- Roisin Hyde was five when she was hastily baptized a few days before she started primary school. Hyde's parents were agnostic but because non-Catholics in Ireland had few other places to learn how to read and write, the family latched onto the only option they knew.
   Thirty-five years on and Hyde, an architect in Dublin, is struggling over where to educate her own two-year-old son.
   It's a dilemma faced by parents the world over. But in Ireland, where the Catholic Church runs more than nine in ten primary schools and half of all high schools, it's a question that too often has just one answer. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM, July 8, 2010]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu July 08, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


German bishop acknowledges abuse scandal mistakes

  [- 1991 Unnamed priest -NEW*] - RCC. Altarboys and other young males.  
   The Associated Press, http://www.google.com/ hostednews/ ap/article/ ALeqM5hNOfSa1j BGKk_KjTBCQ6rT FoqJ7AD9GRLER00 ; By VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN (AP), ~ July 09, 2010
   BERLIN, GERMANY – Germany's top Roman Catholic bishop on Friday acknowledged mistakes in dealing with allegations against a priest who is believed to have molested boys over more than two decades.
   Robert Zollitsch, Archbishop of Freiburg and head of the German Bishops Conference, said he should have checked more intensely into sexual abuse allegations coming from the priest's congregation in 1992.
   The priest, who has not been named, is accused of molesting altar boys and other male youths when he worked in the town of Oberharmersbach from 1968 to 1991. Zollitsch was diocese staff manager at the time and responsible for priest placements. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:21 PM

Dodge City Diocese says there are "credible" claims of abuse against two former priests

  [Fr Donald Straub -NEW*. Fr Orestes Huerta -NEW*. RCC. Minors.]  
   Lawrence Journal-World, By Shaun Hittle, July 9, 2010
   {Archdiocese of St. Louis statement on Donald Straub}
   DODGE CITY (KS) -- The Catholic Diocese of Dodge City has released further information about cases of alleged sexual abuse, naming two priests who have had credible allegations of sexual abuse made against them, church officials say.
   A statement released by the diocese and posted on its website names former priests Donald Straub and Orestes Huerta. According to the statement, the diocesan review board, which investigates cases of sexual abuse, "conducted an investigation of all the allegations of abuse and made an initial determination of credibility" against the priests.
   The diocese also reported that it has received 13 allegations of sexual abuse of minors allegedly committed by seven priests since 2003. Following the investigations, information was given to parishioners about the priests and asked for any other victims to come forward, according to the statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:26 PM

Missbrauchsskandal: Kloster Ettal wird von Vatikan rehabilitiert

  - RCC.    
   Domradio, ~ July 09, 2010
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Der Vatikan hat die zurückgetretene Leitung des oberbayerischen Benediktinerklosters Ettal rehabilitiert. Die Abtei veröffentlichte ein Schreiben des Präfekten der Ordenskongregation, Kardinal Rode. Die Untersuchung des Klosters habe ergeben, dass Abt Bögle und Prior Kraß keine Fehler im Umgang mit Verdachtsfällen von sexuellem Missbrauch gemacht hätten. Einer Rückkehr beider stehe nichts entgegen. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 10:34 PM]

Cardinal Rode clears monks of wrongdoing in abuse reporting case

  - RCC searchlight on minor allegation.    
   Catholic News Agency, 08:55 pm, Jul 9, 2010
   ROME, Italy, / (CNA).- The Benedictine abbey in Ettal, Germany has announced that the Vatican has cleared two monks who were asked to resign from their positions over the reporting of a sexual abuse allegation. A personal letter from Cardinal France Rodé states that his dicastery has found no reason that the two men could not be re-elected to their former positions.
   In February, Archbishop Reinhard Marz of the archdiocese of Munich-Friesing asked Benedictine Abbott Barnabus Bögle of the Ettal Abbey and Prior Maurus Kraß of the abbey's school to resign, according to the German paper Die Welt.
   Archbishop Marx said that the men had failed to follow archdiocesan guidelines to properly report an incident of sexual abuse that occurred at the school in 2005. The incident pertained to a priest who comforted a crying boy by rubbing his back and massaging him under this t-shirt. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 10:32 PM

Pope Names New Leader of 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.]       
   Beliefnet, ~ July 09, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (RNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (July 9) appointed the Vatican's chief financial auditor, Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, to manage the powerful but scandal-scarred Legionaries of Christ order.
   The decision comes after an eight-month investigation of the order founded in 1941 by disgraced Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, who died in 2008.
   The 74-year-old De Paolis, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs for the Holy See, will be responsible for reforming the Legionaries' extensive network of 900 priests and 3,000 seminarians operating in 20 countries. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 8:33 PM

A note from Jo Siedlecka at Independent Catholic News

  - Removal was to correct an omission.  
   Independent Catholic News, ~ July 09, 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Jo said:
   I posted up the Bishop Dowling piece on ICN ( www.indcatholicnews.com ) in good faith. Was then told by the Bishop that the first line referring to the quote at the start was missing. I pulled the story for a few hours and then posted it back with the additional lines.
   I am sorry if this has caused caused controversy. It was just clumsy journalism on my part.
   Independent Catholic News is what it says. While we are loyal Catholic reporters and love the Church we get no official support from the hierarchy and are quite independent. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 8:27 PM

Church Suspends Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

  [~ 1985-90 Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11+).    
   NBC Connecticut, By DIANA PEREZ
   CONNECTICUT -- A Seymour priest has been put on administrative leave following a lawsuit that accuses him of sexual abuse.
   William Dotson is suing Rev. Stephen Bzdrya of St. Augustine Church in Seymour. He claims the priest's abuse began when he was an altar boy at St. Francis Church in New Haven.
   Attorney Michael Stratton is representing Dotson. He detailed the victims alleged abuse at the hands of Rev. Bzdrya. "He was abused when he was just 10 years old, repeatedly since he was 10 years old. Father Bzdrya is a sexual predator. He would take a belt and whip will Dotson take down his pants and rape him repeatedly," Stratton said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 7:43 PM

Pope names official to run Legionaries

  [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.]       
   The Associated Press By VICTOR L. SIMPSON (AP)
   VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI on Friday named a senior Vatican official to run the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ after an eight-month investigation of the order.
   The Vatican announcement said Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, an Italian who heads the Holy See's financial office, will serve as papal delegate for the Legionaries.
   The appointment is the latest in a series of moves aimed at shoring up the church amid a worldwide clerical sex abuse scandal. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 6:17 PM

Belgian cardinal to bring legal action over investigation leaks

  - RCC to sue police.  
   Catholic News Agency, 02:08 pm, Jul 9, 2010
   Brussels, Belgium / (CNA/EWTN News).- Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels is filing a civil complaint against investigators after a second piece of information was leaked to the press, despite the fact that the investigation is supposed to be closed. The cardinal's spokesman said that although the prelate was exonerated after incriminating reports were published, his reputation is "tarnished beyond repair."
   A Friday statement from Cardinal Danneels' spokesman Hans Geybels addressed reports that an incriminating photo had turned up on the hard drive of the cardinal's computer. He said that the photo of a young, nude girl had been automatically downloaded to the computer through no action of its user from a Flemish television website.
   A press release from Jean-Marc Meilleur, spokesman for the Brussels' prosecutor's office, explained that an investigation had been carried out as to the origins of the photo of girl. "It is now certain that the picture was downloaded automatically to the temporary files of Mr. Daneels' computer while visiting the website of the Flemish Broadcast Corporation," the release said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 6:15 PM
   [COMMENT: How could an RC prelate's reputation be further tarnished? ENDS.]

Seymour priest accused of sex abuse placed on leave

  [~ 1985-90 Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11+).    
   The Middletown Press By Lauren Garrison, Journal Register News Service
   SEYMOUR (CT) -- The Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, who is accused of sexually molesting an altar boy in the 1980s in a lawsuit filed this week, has been placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford, a spokesman confirmed Friday.
   "A letter was sent yesterday by Archbishop Henry Mansell placing Father Bzdyra on administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation into the allegations," said the Rev. John P. Gatzak, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
   Bzdyra has been serving at St. Augustine Church in Seymour. The misconduct alleged in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday by William Dotson of New Haven, occurred between 1985 and 1990 at St. Francis Church in New Haven and St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 6:12 PM

Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse Is Suspended

  [~ 1985-90 Fr Stephen Bzdrya*] - RCC. Altar boy (10/11+).
   The Hartford Courant
   NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- Roman Catholic officials say they have suspended a pastor accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing an altar boy in the 1980s and trying to buy his silence with bribes and threats.
   The Rev. John Gatzak, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Hartford, said Friday that the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. He said Bzdyra is on a pilgrimage in Europe but will not return to St. Augustine Church in Seymour as pastor and will not function as a priest while on leave. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 6:09 PM

Critical question leads priest to challenge lax abuse policies

 
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), By Tom Roberts Jul. 08, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- What Peter Isely remembers about driving to a coffee shop in the suburbs north of Milwaukee late last November to meet Fr. James Connell was that he really didn't want to go.
   Isely, a victim of clergy abuse and a founding member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, had been to so many meetings. "I was tired," he said in a recent phone interview. "I was tired of the whole thing. We had been through all of this with Dolan {Archbishop Timothy Dolan, then of Milwaukee and now of New York}.
   "How can I put this?" he asked. "I usually get calls from priests, or priests come up to me in town, and they say, 'Thanks, if it weren't for you guys nothing would change.' But they would never do something publicly." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 6:06 PM

Germany's top bishop admits mishandling sex abuse cases

   
   Deutsche Welle,
   GERMANY -- The head of the Catholic Church in Germany admitted Friday he failed to appropriately handle a sex abuse scandal that unfolded in the early 1990s.
   Germany's top Roman Catholic bishop has acknowledged that he made mistakes when dealing with sexual abuse allegations against a priest in his diocese. The priest is believed to have molested boys over more than two decades.
   Robert Zollitsch, the Archbishop of Freiburg and head of the German Bishops Conference, acknowledged on Friday that he should have looked more intensely into sexual abuse allegations coming from the priest's congregation in 1992. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 4:28 PM

Was he servant or thief

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Waterbury Republican-American,
   WATERBURY (CT) -- The Rev. Kevin Gray is either a humble servant of God or a manipulative instrument of Satan. Take your pick. The mind cannot tolerate both.
   Whether Gray was a bitter, resentful fraud who duped his parishioners into thinking he was on death's door and bilked them out of a million dollars, or a pious, obliging servant of the Lord who spent hours at death beds, smoothed the process of immigration for the poor and walked the faith he eloquently preached, is a matter for the courts and, ultimately, his Maker, to decide.
   Earlier this week, Gray pleaded not guilty to police charges that he stole $1.3 million from Waterbury's Sacred Heart parish and used it to finance a high-end lifestyle of male escorts, expensive hotels and fine Manhattan dining. Believe the police and this is a story so salacious it is almost a cliche. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 4:19 PM

The Vatican Adjusts Its Child-Sex-Abuse Policies Again: A Reminder of How Statutes of Limitations Play a Nefarious Role

  - RCC.    
   FindLaw, By MARCI A. HAMILTON, Thursday, July 7, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- People rightly shake their heads in disbelief at each halting step that the Holy See makes toward fixing its morally-reprehensible approach to child sex abuse by clergy. Even now, the enormity of the revelations regarding the coverup is still hard to absorb. As readers will remember, it all started with the Boston Globe's groundbreaking investigative reporting in 2002. Today, abusing priests in countries around the globe -- and those in the Church hierarchy who knew, but stayed silent -- have been implicated.
   The crisis demands an emergency response of grand magnitude. Yet an institution of the size, scope, and political structure of the Catholic Church is inherently incapable of such movement. Each new announcement falls short of reaching the other side of this chasm of error. Sadly, the recent early reports on the Vatican's "new" amendments to the canon law governing church trials of child abusers are no different.
   These amendments appear to be simply some re-packaging of internal practices, with some clarification. They offer little to reassure those inside and outside the Church who care about children that children will finally, actually be safe. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 4:16 PM

What I believe

  - RCC.  
   The Boston Globe, By Charles P. Pierce, July 11, 2010
   One in 10 Catholics nationwide has left the church, and the number of adherents in Massachusetts is slipping. One follower explains why, despite grave doubts about the institution's leadership, he refuses to give up the faith.
   MASSACHUSETTS -- I like my faith in purple – the purple neither of mourning nor of majesty, but the purple of twilight and of the morning, the purple of thoughtful, pensive times. When I think about my faith, I think about it in those kinds of purples. They suffuse it and they color its edges, too, because that is where my faith is nowadays. It is a place in me, not a structure outside of myself. Gold and white are too triumphant, and black is too stark and final, and I don't feel stark and final about it yet. It is a place of purple, where days end and begin again.
   I entered the Roman Catholic Church on a winter's day in 1953 in Shrewsbury. My uncle the Rev. Thomas Pierce poured the water and another uncle, the Rev. Michael Pierce, stood beside me and my parents. I had no idea what was going on, so I had to have the whole thing explained to me over the next 22 years or so, by my parents, by the Sisters of St. Joseph, by the Xaverian Brothers, and, finally, by the Jesuit fathers of Marquette University, who went a long way toward demonstrating how wrong were so many of the people who'd explained it all to me previously.
   So, my spiritual biography is a bit serendipitous. The engine behind it was curiosity born in skeptical wonder. As I moved through the years, I questioned my faith more, not less. Almost all of that questioning concerned whether or not my Catholic faith was particularly suited to the institution of the Catholic Church. This was unsettling in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:37 PM

Update: Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

  [7 priests]
   Roman Catholic Diocese of Dodge City May 2010
   DODGE CITY (KS) -- In November, 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the Charter for the Protection of God's Children and Young People in response to the growing issue of sexual abuse of children by the clergy. The following year, the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City established the Policy for Protection of Children and Young People on June 15, 2003. The goals of both the Charter and the Policy for Protection of Children and Young People are to increase awareness of the potential for sexual abuse within the community at large, to establish a safe environment for our children within our parish communities, and to develop a mechanism for addressing allegations of abuse in the future.
   In order to carry out the directives of both the Charter and the Policy for Protection of Children and Young People, Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore established the Diocesan Review Board and appointed a lay Assistance Minister to work with the victims of abuse.
   Since 2003, the Diocese of Dodge City has received thirteen allegations of abuse against seven priests. Eight allegations were against one priest. None of the allegations have involved priests serving within the Diocese of Dodge City at the time the allegations were made, and all of the claims involve allegations of conduct occurring more than two decades ago. There are no allegations of abuse against any priest currently serving within the Diocese. In all cases, the priests involved are either deceased or are no longer engaged in active ministry. Any allegations involving priests who have served in another diocese have been communicated to that diocese as well. Four claims involve allegations of abuse occurring outside the Diocese of Dodge City, at a time when the priest involved was incardinated here but working in another diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:30 PM

Former priest appears in court

  [Fr Stephen Burke]  
   KTRK, {with video}, Deborah Wrigley,
   HOUSTON, TEXAS (KTRK) -- A different setting for a former priest -- Stephen Burke was in court Friday morning on charges of possessing child pornography.
   Burke was removed as priest of St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Spring back in January, but still he wore his clerical garments to court on Friday.
   Burke is accused of two counts of possession of child pornography. It was allegedly found on his church computer. The state claims it consists of a few images of young girls in various stages of undress. Burke was allegedly unable to offer an explanation for the images, either to church members or investigators. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:23 PM

The Vatican's New Rules

   
   The Daily Dish 09 Jul 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Mercifully, they do seem as if they are finally taking sexual abuse as seriously as they should. But in the same document, according to insiders, they also elevate another act to that of "most grave crimes." The act in question? Attempting to ordain a woman as a priest. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:18 PM
   [COMMENT: Which suggests that the women-haters who added the anti-women parts to the supposed epistles of St Paul, have unworthy successors to this day.  They can't even see that murdering children's innocence is evil, while following the scriptures "there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female" is actually virtuous. ENDS.]

Cardinal Danneels protests leaks from Belgian police investigation

  - RCC.  
   Catholic Culture, July 09, 2010
   BELGIUM -- Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the retired Archbishop of Brussels, has lodged a complaint about media reports based on leaks from a secret police investigation of sex-abuse complaints.
   Cardinal Danneels was particularly angry about a story that a photo of a young naked girl had been found on his computer. That photo, a spokesman said, had been a picture from the Flemish public television network VRT, which was apparently downloaded onto the cardinal's computer when he read a news story. Because of a news story based on a leak from the investigation, the spokesman said, "The reputation of the cardinal was therefore once more tarnished in an irreparable way." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 2:15 PM

Ägidius Zsifkovics neuer Bischof im Burgenland

  [RCC]  
   Kathweb, ~ July 09, 2010
   OSTERREICH -- Der designierte Eisenstädter Bischof und bisherige Generalsekreär der Österreichischen Bischofskonferenz spricht fünf Sprachen und ist gleichermaßen in der Diözese Eisenstadt, der Kirche von Österreich und der Weltkirche beheimatet
   Der neue Eisenstädter Bischof heißt Ägidius Johann Zsifkovics. Die amtliche Bekanntgabe der Ernennung durch Papst Benedikt XVI. erfolgte am Freitag um 12 Uhr im Vatikan.
   Ägidius Zsifkovics stammt aus der Diözese Eisenstadt und ist Pfarrer in Wulkaprodersdorf. Er wurde am 16. April 1963 in Güssing geboren. Am 29. Juni 1987 wurde er vom damaligen Bischof Stefan Laszlo im Eisenstädter Martinsdom zum Priester. Seit 1. Februar 1999 ist er auch Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Bischofskonferenz.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 12:18 PM

Iby-Nachfolger Zsifkovics bittet Kritiker um Chance

   
   Kleine Zeitung
   OSTERREICH -- "Ich weiß um die breite Zustimmung von Klerus und Volk zu meiner Bestellung. Ich weiß aber auch um einige Enttäuschte", so Ägidius Zsifkovics. Sein Vorgänger Paul Iby wünschte Zsifkovics "alles Gute".
   Der neue Bischof der Diözese Eisenstadt, Ägidius Zsifkovics bittet seine Kritiker um eine Chance. Zu seiner Ernennung meinte er in einer Pressekonferenz am Freitag: "Ich freue mich sehr." Die Bischofsweihe soll im September stattfinden. Sein Vorgänger Paul Iby wünschte Zsifkovics "alles Gute" und erklärte, dass dessen Ernennung für ihn nicht so überraschend kam.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 12:14 PM

Zollitsch entschuldigt sich bei Missbrauchsopfern

  [RCC]  
   SWR,
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Der Freiburger Erzbischof Robert Zollitsch hat persönliche Fehler im Umgang mit dem Missbrauchsskandal der Kirche eingeräumt. Es geht um Fälle im badischen Oberharmersbach, denen er nach eigenen Angaben mit größerem Nachdruck hätte nachgehen müssen.
   Laut Zollitsch, der Vorsitzender der katholischen deutschen Bischofskonferenz ist, hat das Erzbistum früher als bisher zugegeben von den Missbrauchsfällen in Oberharmersbach erfahren. Als damaliger Personalreferent hätte er schon 1992 intensiver nach weiteren Opfern und das Gespräch mit Zeugen suchen sollen. "Dafür bitte ich Sie auch auf diesem Weg nochmals von ganzem Herzen um Verzeihung", teilte Zollitsch nach einem Gespräch mit den Opfern des früheren Gemeindepfarrers von Oberharmersbach mit. Dieser soll vor rund 20 Jahren Ministranten und andere Jungen sexuell missbraucht haben. 1991 wurde er lediglich in den Ruhestand versetzt; die Staatsanwaltschaft wurde nicht eingeschaltet.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 12:10 PM

Erzbischof Robert Zollitsch räumt Fehler im Missbrauchsskandal ein

 
   TV Sudbaden,
   FREIBURG, DEUTSCHLAND -- "Hätte den Hinweisen mit größerem Nachdruck nachgehen sollen"
   Der Freiburger Erzbischof Robert Zollitsch hat persönliche Fehler im Missbrauchskandal der Kirche eingeräumt und die Opfer um Verzeihung gebeten. Zollitsch räumte heute ein, dass das Erzbistum früher als bisher bekannt von Missbrauchsfällen in Oberharmersbach erfahren habe: Als damaliger Personalreferent hätte er den Hinweisen schon 1992 mit größerem Nachdruck nachgehen und intensiver nach weiteren Opfern und das Gespräch mit Zeugen suchen sollen.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 12:07 PM

German Archbishop admits mistakes in sex abuse scandal

  [~ 1990s Unnamed vicar] - RCC. 17 boys.  
   Monsters and Critics, ~ July 09, 2010
   Freiburg, Germany - The head of the German Catholic church, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, admitted Friday that he made mistakes in his handling of a sex abuse scandal before and during the 1990s, and asked the victims for forgiveness.
   Zollitsch said the diocese of Freiburg, which he heads, had known about abuse cases in a small town in the Black Forest far earlier than it had previously let on.
   The vicar in Oberharmersbach, 55 kilometres from Freiburg, is thought to have sexually abused boys in his charge over several years. So far, 17 men have contacted the diocese, all of whom said they were abused between the ages of 10 and 16. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 12:02 PM

Plans for Santa Ana cathedral move forward

  - RCC.  
   The Orange County Register (ORANGE COUNTY, CA); By DOUG IRVING,
   SANTA ANA – The Diocese of Orange has hired an international architect to design a cathedral for its 1.2 million Catholics on land in south Santa Ana once known as Gospel Swamp.
   The diocese has made little progress on the cathedral project since 2002, when Bishop Tod D. Brown blessed the site with holy water. The selection of an architect represents "the first of many steps" toward building the first Roman Catholic Cathedral in Orange County, Brown said in a prepared statement. …
   When Brown blessed the site in 2002, the diocese was hoping to raise $75 million to pay for the cathedral and other projects. But fundraising was already on hold, in part because of what Brown described then as the "serious challenge" of the national priest sexual-abuse scandal.
   The Diocese of Orange agreed in 2005 to a record $100 million settlement with 90 alleged victims of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:38 AM

About that timeline …

 
   UNITED STATES -- GetReligion
   Far and away the best defense of The New York Times article we've been discussing comes from Mark Silk, Trinity College professor of religion and public life. Over at Beliefnet, he writes:
   {T}he big takeout by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger in last Friday's NYT is no hatchet job. It is, by my lights, a piece of balanced, well contextualized reporting that added some essential insider commentary and a couple of very important evidentiary pieces to the jigsaw puzzle being put together to show how the Vatican has handled the sexual abuse scandals of the past quarter-century.
   He specifically defends the Times accusation that Benedict clearly had the power to act but failed to do so. He says the critics of the piece don't really claim otherwise, only defending Ratzinger's actions in the weakest sense. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:35 AM

Victims blast CT archbishop over "recklessness"

 
   CONNECTICUT Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, 314 566 9790
   This is a stunning, recklessly callous and stubborn move by Hartford's Catholic archbishop. Whatever happened to the notion of putting the safety of kids first and erring on the side of caution in child sex reports?
   Remember: this isn't some vague, short, anonymous letter quietly slipped at midnight under the chancery door. It's risen to the level of a civil lawsuit brought by a man who's voluntarily disclosing his name and is represented by an experienced, credible attorney.
   There's one simple, crucial question here for the archbishop: Why take unnecessary risks with the well-being of children? And a related question for Connecticut Catholics: What will you do about this irresponsible stubbornness by your professed "shepherd?" Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:31 AM

Pope Appoints Delegate to Legion of Christ

 
   VATICAN CITY Vatican Radio
   (09 Jul 10 - RV)Pope Benedict has appointed the president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, as pontifical delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.
   Archbishop Velasio De Paolis is an Italian native and member of the congregation of the Missionaries of St Charles Borromeo.
   The appointment of a Papal delegate to the legion was announced after a meeting held in the Vatican April last between the Holy Father and the five bishops who had conducted a visitation of the Legionaries' institutions over the past year. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:29 AM

Bishop nomination is Vatican's demonstration of power, say critics

  [RCC]  
   Austrian Independent,
   AUSTRIA -- The appointment of Ägidius Zsifkovics as new bishop of the Eisenstadt diocese has been branded a "reckless demonstration of power by the Vatican."
   Theologian Paul Zulehner said he was "disappointed" to hear of today's (Fri) decision of the Austrian Roman Catholic Church to make Zsifkovics the successor of Paul Iby.
   "I don't think he will be accepted by a majority of believers," he said. Zulehner added: "This decision is a missed chance." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:26 AM

Vatican Rules: Ordaining Women Priests a Crime Like Sex Abuse of Children

  [RCC]    
   Politics Daily, David Gibson,
   UNITED STATES -- New rules the Vatican is expected to issue soon on penalties for priests who sexually abuse children will also put the ordaining of women in the same category of the most serious crimes under church law.
   Church sources told Catholic News Service that the new "norms," as the policies are called, will include the "attempted ordination of women" among the list of most serious crimes, or what are known as "delicta graviora."
   Sexual abuse of a minor by a priest was added to the classification in 2001. The new norms are largely expected to codify changes made in 2001 and 2003 that were aimed at addressing the burgeoning clergy abuse scandal. But the policies expected to be issued later this month will also specifically include the abuse of mentally disabled adults as on par with abusing minors, and it will extend the statute of limitations under the Church's Code of Canon Law from 10 years after a victim turns 18 to 20 years. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:23 AM

Pope names Vatican canon lawyer as interim head of Legionaries

  [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.]       
   Catholic Transcript, Written by Carol Glatz, Friday, 09 July 2010
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Benedict XVI named Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, an expert in Church law who specializes in religious institutes, to be his personal delegate with authority over the Legionaries of Christ.
   The 74-year-old canon lawyer will act as an interim leader while the Vatican investigation of the Legionaries proceeds.
   The Vatican announced the appointment July 9 but provided no specifics of Archbishop De Paolis' role. The Legion said it expected the practical details on how the archbishop will fulfill his duties would be defined in the coming weeks. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:21 AM

Sex abuse and women's ordination?

  - RCC.    
   U.S. Catholic, By Bryan Cones, Friday, July 9, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Great news from the Vatican, according to Catholic News Service: New norms against the sexual abuse of children will double length of time a victim has to bring charges from 10 to 20 years after the victim's 18th birthday. It will also extend the penalties for sexual abuse of children to those who abuse the mentally disabled.
   Bad news: The new norms will simultaneously add to the list of grave offenses against the sacrament of holy orders the "attempted ordination of women." Seriously?
   Why is that bad? First, the "attempted ordination of women" already brings with it automatic excommunication, so making it one of the "delicta graviora" is redundant. Second, it conflates two completely separate issues, and in effect, or at least in the minds of many people who will read the news, seems to equate the "attempted ordination of women" with the rape and torture of children. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:15 AM
   [TEACHING: "Come out of her, my people." (Revelation / Apocalypse 18:4; see Jeremiah 51:45) ENDS.]

The Pope's Duty

  - RCC. 700 US RC priests dismissed in 3yrs.  
   The New York Times, Published: July 8, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- When rolling scandal forced the American Catholic bishops conference to take action against pedophile priests, the prelates issued a tough policy requiring accused child molesters be reported immediately to secular authorities. This mandate finally acknowledged that crimes against children should take priority over bureaucratic church policies that served to cloak rogue priests and bishops in a fog of ecclesiastical evasion.
   Eight years after the American church's overdue order, it is shocking that Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have not yet applied it to the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. The pedophilia scandal has erupted in other nations, leaving parents concerned about a repetition of the harrowing experience in America, where more than 700 priests had to be dismissed across a three-year period. Yet the Vatican is reportedly working on new "guidelines" – not mandates. They are likely to fall short of zero-tolerance and other requirements in the American church that parishes and communities be alerted to abusers. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:13 AM

Revised Vatican norms to cover sex abuse, attempted women's ordination

   
   Catholic News Service, By John Thavis, ~ July 09, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is preparing to update the 2001 norms that deal with priestly sex abuse of minors, in effect codifying practices that have been in place for several years.
   At the same time, it will include the "attempted ordination of women" among the list of most serious crimes against church law, or "delicta graviora," sources said.
   Sexual abuse of a minor by a priest was added to the classification of "delicta graviora" in 2001. At that time the Vatican established norms to govern the handling of such cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 11:09 AM

ROUNDUP: Music, News, Video You Will Not Find in Mainstream Media Re Pedophile Epidemic in Catholic Church

   
   City of Angels
   July 8, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- "We hope to depose officials who know how things have operated there for a long time, like Bertone and Sodano" Jeff Anderson 7/6/2010
   In one video below a bishop says, "It was wrong taking comfort from children," and an ex-Catholic who is now a street minister in England responds in outrage on YouTube. Also in ROUNDUP this week, a music video of "There's No End" by Magdalen Graal, which may leave you feeling prickly.
   First, City of Angels had a quick conversation by phone with Jeff Anderson, asking what are next steps the St. Paul MN attorney will be taking in pursuit of deposing [= taking evidence from] the Pope and Vatican officials in Doe v. Holy See:
   ***** CofA: Who will you try to depose first, as you work your way up to the Pope? What is the first step?
   Anderson: We're go back now to the trial court in Oregon, with a discovery plan. We have yet to propose that to the Court, we're formulating it now. We'll work up the line and we hope to get depositions from high ranking officials in The Vatican, the ones who know how things have operated there for a long time, like {Tarcisio} Bertone and {Angelo} Sodano.* Posted by Terry McKiernan on July 9, 2010 9:08 AM
   [DEFINITION: "Depose" in many such newsitems does NOT mean to remove from the throne or from power, but the second meaning in the (US) Random House Dictionary, "To declare or testify, especially under oath, usually in writing." ENDS.]

In his secret life

  [7yrs - ? 2010 Fr Kevin Gray* (64)] - US $1.3m. Money. Male "escorts."  
   Waterbury Republican-American, BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS |
   WATERBURY (CT) -- Kevin Gray's New York was a world of male escorts and a Manhattan gay bar frequented by sequined, flamboyant drag queens.
   Known in Waterbury as "Father Kevin," the Catholic priest lived a life of mid-week Masses, funerals, marriages and blessing members of his flock. But for several years he spent many of his nights in the city that never sleeps, living in a cramped, Upper East Side apartment no bigger than most people's garages, that he shared with a man he met in Central Park.
   In charging Gray with first-degree larceny this week, Waterbury police claim he spent more than $163,000 of money stolen from Sacred Heart parish paying the rent for apartment 3F at 1427 York Ave., a place that 35-year-old Weirui Zhong called home. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 8:39 AM

Cardinal Sodano is a catastrophe waiting to happen

  [Groer, Sodano, Maciel]  
   Catholic Herald (United Kingdom), By William Oddie on Friday, 9 July 2010
   ROME -- Most accounts of Cardinal Schönborn's recent wigging by the Pope for his criticism of Cardinal Angelo Sodano (for calling accusations of clerical child abuse "petty gossip") tended to deflect attention from the fact that Sodano himself did not escape criticism. However wrong Cardinal Schönborn may have been to make his criticisms to journalists and not to the authorities in Rome, the fact is that he was dead right about Sodano. The wording of the Vatican's press release made his real mistake clear: "when accusations are made against a cardinal", specified the statement, "competency falls exclusively to the Pope". After Cardinal Schönborn "clarified" his own remarks, Cardinal Sodano was made to do the same: "The word chiacchiericcio {gossip} was erroneously interpreted {hum, hum} as disrespectful to the victims of sexual abuse, towards whom Cardinal Angelo Sodano nourishes the same feelings of compassion … as … the Holy Father."
   I think not. Cardinal Sodano appears to have an exceptionally sinister record of shielding abusers, particularly eminent ones, which goes back many years. He reportedly blocked a 1995 investigation into (later proven) accusations of child abuse against Schönborn's predecessor as Archbishop of Vienna, Hans Hermann Groër. The most shameful episode was his consistent defence over decades of Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ. And, according to reports in the National Catholic Reporter, he had his reasons: he stands accused of receiving a great deal of money and other benefits from the Legion of Christ. In 1998, according to reports, Sodano halted investigations into sexual abuse by Maciel then being carried out by the CDF. One of Pope Benedict's first actions was to depose Maciel and forbid him to function as a priest. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 8:33 AM

Hearing for Salinas priest accused of sexually assaulting teen to wrap up

  [Fr Antonia Cortes]  
   The Californian, by Sunita Vijayan, svijayan@thecalifornian.com , July 9, 2010
   SALINAS (CA) -- Two people who worked with a Salinas priest accused of sexually assaulting a teenager testified Thursday about a key piece of evidence that defense lawyers say was illegally seized.
   The testimony was part of a hearing to determine whether to exclude an external computer hard drive that Salinas police have said contains child pornography and belongs to the Rev. Antonio Cortes of St. Mary of the Nativity Church in Salinas.
   A ruling by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Terrance Duncan is expected to follow arguments by attorneys July 21. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 9, 2010 8:30 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri July 09, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Lawyer wants pope's testimony in Oregon abuse case

  - RCC.  
   Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/ news/local/la- me-vatican- lawsuits- 20100711,0, 4021939.story ; By Mitchell Landsberg, July 11, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Pope Benedict XVI is a head of state and the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide. To Jeff Anderson, a lawyer who represents victims of sexual abuse by priests, he is also a potential legal witness.
   Unlikely as it may seem, Anderson intends to demand the pope's testimony in a sexual abuse case wending its way through court in Oregon.
   "I don't think I would require him to come to Oregon," the attorney said in a recent interview. "I would go to him – and videotape and transcribe his testimony." The Vatican, he said, should be treated "like any other corporation that is subject to the power of the American court system." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 9:53 PM]

Giving a voice to those held hostage by past

       
   The Boston Globe, By Kevin Cullen, Globe Columnist / July 11, 2010
   BOSTON (MA) -- They had never met, the professor and the woman who worked in the laundry.
   "I hope I'm not being too bold," James Smith said the other day, handing her a bouquet.
   "Not at all," she said, breathing in the flowers. "They're lovely."
   When she was 14, her father put her on his bicycle and pedaled 25 miles to a convent in rural Ireland. He gave her to the nuns, and they put her to work in a laundry.
   "We were slaves," she said. "That's what we were. Slaves." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 9:50 PM

Catholic archdiocese settles two sexual-abuse lawsuits

   
   SEATTLE (WA) -- The Seattle Times By Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times staff reporter
   The Seattle Roman Catholic Archdiocese recently settled two lawsuits in which plaintiffs said that, as adults, they were the subjects of sexual abuse or inappropriate conduct by priests.
   In the first case, a Pierce County woman, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, said she was abused by Monsignor John Doogan in the mid-1970s when Doogan served as chancellor for the Seattle Archdiocese.
   Doogan, who helped found and then served as the first principal of Bishop Blanchet and John F. Kennedy Memorial high schools, died in 2003. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 7:38 PM

Archdiocese, St. Stan may be near agreement

 
   ST. LOUIS (MO) St. Louis Post-Dispatch
   BY TIM TOWNSEND, ttownsend@post-dispatch.com , 314-340-8221, Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010
   ST. LOUIS More evidence that a final act to the St. Stanislaus drama may come soon arrived in the mail last week.
   A postcard from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church board of directors chair Richard Lapinski told parishioners they should be prepared to vote on a "reconciliation offer" from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson at an "informal meeting" at the church on July 25 or Aug. 1.
   The postcard said than in a "historic vote" parishioners will be choosing between two board of directors slates "and also on the reconciliation offer on the table." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 4:58 PM

Duitse kerk erkent nalatigheid

 
   DUITSLAND kerknieuws (Nederland)
   ZA 10 jul 2010 | 10.12 De Duitse aartsbisschop Robert Zollitsch (foto) erkent dat de kerk fouten heeft gemaakt toen ze geen aandacht schonk aan de verhalen over seksueel misbruik bij een congregatie in Oberharmersbach. Een priester van die congregatie wordt ervan beschuldigd dat hij tussen 1968 en 1991 misdienaren en andere jongens heeft misbruikt. Zollitsch was in die periode verantwoordelijk voor het personeelsbeleid van het bisdom.
   Hij zegt dat hij geschokt is door de omvang van het misbruik. In een geschreven bericht verontschuldigde Zollitsch zich voor het feit dat hij in maart had verklaard dat hij vóór 1995 niet op de hoogte was van de beschuldigingen, terwijl hij eigenlijk als van 1992 de verhalen over misbruik kende. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 4:46 PM

Meisner schockiert über Missbrauchsfälle in der Kirche

   
   PR-inside, 15:40:05, 2010-Jul-10
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Der Erzbischof von Köln, Kardinal Joachim Meisner, hat sich schockiert über die Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche gezeigt. «Noch im Januar hätte ich mich eher einsperren lassen als anzunehmen, dass das alles wahr ist», sagte der Kardinal laut Vorabbericht der «Welt am Sonntag». «Das war für mich eine bittere Wahrheit. Das war ein furchtbarer Schock.»
   Berlin / Köln (ddp). Der Erzbischof von Köln, Kardinal Joachim Meisner, hat sich schockiert über die Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche gezeigt. «Noch im Januar hätte ich mich eher einsperren lassen als anzunehmen, dass das alles wahr ist», sagte der Kardinal laut Vorabbericht der «Welt am Sonntag». «Das war für mich eine bittere Wahrheit. Das war ein furchtbarer Schock.» Aber es sei gut, dass diese Untaten endlich ans Licht gekommen seien. «Ich hoffe zu Gott, dass die Talsohle erreicht ist», sagte Meisner weiter. «Schlimmer kann es nach meiner Vorstellung nicht mehr werden.»
   Durch die Missbrauchsfälle sei für Priester ein unbefangener Umgang mit Kindern schwer geworden, erklärte der Kölner Erzbischof. Alle Priester seien unter eine «Wolke des Verdachts» geraten. «Mir haben junge Priester gesagt, wir machen keine Ferienarbeit mehr mit Kindern. Denn wenn uns dabei ein Kind zu nahe kommt - dann heißt es schnell, da ist etwas faul.» Andere Priester fragten sich, ob sie ihren Ministranten noch die Hand geben könnten. «Das ist eine wirklich teuflische Situation», sagte Meisner.

   {summary} GERMANY -- Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne, said he is shocked by the abuse in the Catholic Church. He said this was a bitter truth and a terrible shock. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 4:42 PM

"Der Zölibat ist der schlagendste Gottesbeweis"

 
   Welt Online, von Paul Badde
   Welt am Sonntag: Wie sehr sind Sie entsetzt über all das, was in Ihrer Kirche jüngst geschehen ist?
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Joachim Kardinal Meisner: Noch im Januar hätte ich mich eher einsperren lassen, als anzunehmen, dass das alles wahr ist. Dass es das auch bei unseren Priestern in Deutschland gibt, das war für mich eine bittere Wahrheit. Das war ein furchtbarer Schock. Doch eigentlich bin ich auch bestätigt worden, dass dort, wo es um die Heiligung der Priester geht, sofort auch der Diabolos, der Durcheinanderbringer, die Gegenposition einnimmt – der dem Reich Gottes am Ende aber auch nur dienen kann. So ist es nun auch nur gut, dass diese Untaten endlich ans Licht gekommen sind.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 4:39 PM

New Rules On Sex Abuse–What Will The Vatican Announce?

     
   National Catholic Register by Jimmy Akin Friday, July 09, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- A few months ago, during the height of the latest abuse scandal, the Holy See created a new page on its website offering resources documenting the Church's response to the problem over the last number of years.
   HERE'S THE PAGE.
   One of the things they put on it was a brief, layman's guide to the procedures the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith uses in evaluating cases of priestly sexual abusers. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 4:35 PM

Catholic Church Violated by Karmic Thrust

 
   UNITED STATES -- The Huffington Post Scott Janssen
   The frustration and embarrassment of the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church added another chapter recently, this time in Belgium. The quiet European nation was rocked by news their longest standing bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, was to resign after admitting to sexually molesting a young boy. To add more burn to the Vatican's sexual abuse firestorm, Belgian authorities raided Catholic compounds last week, seizing personal computers and cell phones, detaining several bishops for upwards of nine hours, and even opening the tomb of a deceased priest.
   The Vatican has been outraged by the Belgian raids, as they have resonated to the point even Pope Benedict XVI weighed in by calling them "deplorable." The Vatican stated it understood the need for justice in the sexual abuse crisis, yet maintained their right to investigate the issue alongside civil authorities. Catholic leaders also expressed anger at Belgian law enforcement for seizing the records of 500 sexual abuse claims being investigated by an independent panel, as the Vatican argued the seizure of those cases violated the privacy of the abuse victims. Though Rome has been furious with the actions of Belgium, many across the globe have been lauding their proactive approach.
   "Vatican officials who criticize the Belgian police raid of the Brussels church hierarchy should be ashamed of themselves," stated Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). "While Roman church officials talk about stopping abuse, Belgian police officials take action to stop abuse." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 2:12 PM

COMUNICATO DEL CONSIGLIO DI CARDINALI PER LO STUDIO DEI PROBLEMI ORGANIZZATIVI ED ECONOMICI DELLA SANTA SEDE , 10.07.2010

  - RCC hq receiving less than it spends.  
   Città del Vaticano,
   BILANCIO CONSUNTIVO CONSOLIDATO 2009 DELLA SANTA SEDE, BILANCIO CONSUNTIVO DEL GOVERNATORATO DELLO STATO DELLA CITTA' DEL VATICANO E OBOLO DI SAN PIETRO
   Vaticano -- Mercoledì 7, giovedì 8 e venerdì 9 luglio si è svolta in Vaticano la 45a riunione del Consiglio di Cardinali per lo Studio dei Problemi Organizzativi ed Economici della Santa Sede, presieduta dal Segretario di Stato di Sua Santità, l'Em.mo Cardinale Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B..
   Vi hanno partecipato gli Em.mi Cardinali: Roger Mahony, Arciv. di Los Angeles (USA), Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Arciv. di Madrid (Spagna), Dionigi Tettamanzi, Arciv. di Milano (Italia), Wilfrid Fox Napier, Arciv. di Durban (Sud Africa), Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Arciv. di Lagos (Nigeria), Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Arciv. di Lima (Perù), George Pell, Arciv. di Sydney (Australia), Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., Arciv. di Québec (Canada), Agostino Vallini, Vicario Generale di Sua Santità per la Diocesi di Roma, Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Arciv. di Caracas (Venezuela), Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk, Arciv. di Seoul (Corea), Odilo Pedro Scherer, Arciv. di São Paulo (Brasile).
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 1:18 PM

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor Addresses Ireland's Priests

         
   Zenit, JULY 10, 2010
   MAYNOOTH, Ireland, (Zenit.org).- Here is the address Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the retired archbishop of Westminster, delivered June 15 at the Maynooth Union Celebrations to mark the end of the Year for Priests. The address was written and the invitation extended prior to his appointment by Benedict XVI as the apostolic visitor for the Archdiocese of Armagh.
   * * * I am delighted to be with you this afternoon and I am very pleased so many of you are here. Perhaps before I begin I should say that this address was just about completed before my appointment by Pope Benedict as one of those involved in the Visitation here in Ireland. …
   You know, the things I remember about my life as a priest are not the successes but rather the failures and one particular and painful failure occurred ten years ago when, owing to my grave mishandling of a priest who was an abuser, I was attacked and vilified for nearly two years. You probably know the story. How well I remember the feelings of failure and isolation and shame, not so much for myself but for my family, my Diocese, for the Catholic people of England and Wales who, to a certain extent, felt the shame of my own failure and of child abuse in general. But I also began to understand in a new way, by talking with victims, the pain and grave damage done to them. I say this to show, I suppose, that I myself am not free from blame but have had to learn from mistakes to become, as someone described it, a wounded healer. From that experience I learnt yet again to pray for perseverance, obedience to my vocation, and of suffering in a way which I did not expect and which, in the end, brought some positive benefit because of the national safeguarding policies, procedures and structures which are now in place and used in all our parishes and dioceses in England and Wales." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 1:02 PM

Vatican posts $5.2 million loss but donations up

  - RCC.  
   The Economic Times,
   VATICAN CITY: The Vatican has posted its third straight financial loss, registering a euro4.1 million ($5.2 million) deficit for 2009.
   The financial report released Saturday by the Holy See's press office listed revenues of euro250.18 million against expenses of euro 254.28 million. Most of the expenses went to support Pope Benedict XVI's activities and Vatican offices, especially Vatican Radio.
   In 2008, the Vatican was euro900,000 in the red; a year earlier it posted a euro9.06 million deficit. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 12:13 PM

Vatican posts financial loss for third year in a row

 
   AFP,
   VATICAN CITY – The effects of the global financial crisis put the Holy See's budget in the red for the third consecutive year, the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday.
   The Holy See ended the year 2009 with a loss of 4.1 million euros (5.2 million dollars), compared to its loss of 911,514 euros in 2008. In 2007 it had lost nine million euros.
   Over the course of the year, the Vatican spent 254.2 million and had income of 250.1 million euros. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 12:10 PM

Vatican Reports $5.1 Million Deficit on Communication Costs

 
   Bloomberg Businessweek July 10, 2010
   VATICAN CITY (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican reported a budget deficit of 4.2 million euros ($5.1 million) last year as expenses to fund its radio station and other media projects more than offset revenue from investments and donations.
   The Holy See, the central administration for the Roman Catholic Church, had revenue of 250.1 million euros and expenses of 254.3 million euros, its press office said today in a statement. While the Vatican didn't publish year-earlier figures today, it reported a 2008 deficit of 911,500 euros in July 2009.
   The Holy See relies on earnings from investments in stocks, bonds and real estate to supplement donations from Catholics around the world. Its main expenses last year related to communication costs, including running the Vatican Radio, the statement said. The Vatican, home to Pope Benedict XVI and located across Rome's Tiber River, has 2,762 employees. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 12:07 PM

Vatican reveals financial losses

 
   VATICAN CITY The Press Association (United Kingdom)
   The Vatican said it has posted its third straight financial loss, registering a 4.1 million euro (£3.43 million) deficit for 2009.
   The financial report released by the Holy See's press office listed revenues of 250.18 million euro (£209.89 million) against expenses of 254.28 million (£213.33 million). Most of the expenses went to support Pope Benedict XVI's activities and the Holy See's offices, especially Vatican Radio, the report said.
   In 2008, the Vatican was 900,000 euro (£755,000) in the red; a year earlier it posted a 9.06 million euro (£7.6 million) deficit. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 12:05 PM

Scandal vs. crisis; PR vs. raw data

 
   National Catholic Reporter (USA), Examining the Crisis, by A.W. Richard Sipe, Jul. 09, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Ron Westrum, professor of sociology at Eastern Michigan University, suggests that organizations react in a series of stages to "anomalous reports." They are: 1) suppression, 2) encapsulation, 3) public relations, 4) local fix, 5) global fix, and 6) investigation of root causes. He came to his formulation through the study of the battered child syndrome that many people, even professionals, found hard to admit was a widespread phenomenon.
   It is not difficult to match the trajectory of church response to allegations of hidden clergy sex abuse against Westrum's model. It's a good fit.
   Even in the United States the church is not near the final stage -- the process of resolving root causes. Since the eruption of revelations in 2010 spotlighting sexual activity by priests across Europe it is obvious that even the U.S. church is still suspended between public relations and "fixes." People in the pews need to know and evaluate the bishops' public relations efforts against the raw material in church files. Those documents indicate what the bishops (pope) knew and when they knew it. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 11:58 AM

Maine Voices: Catholic diocese claims success for fund drive, but much is hidden

 
   MAINE The Portland Press-Herald
   Paul Kendrick
   FREEPORT - It was obvious to me that Bishop Richard Malone could hardly contain his excitement as he reported the glowing results of the diocesan Capital Campaign.
   Whenever Malone asks for money from hard-working Maine Catholics, I can't help but form the image of the bishop's 7,000-square-foot mansion in my mind.
   Malone pays $20,000 per year in property taxes to live in this six-bedroom home, an amount that is more than many Mainers earn in an entire year. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:56 AM

Les abus sexuels sur des handicapés aussi graves que la pédophilie

   
   Le Croix (France), 08/Jul/2010
   ROME, 8 juil 2010 (AFP) - Les abus sexuels sur des handicapés aussi graves que la pédophilie (Vatican)
   Le Vatican s'apprête à décréter que les abus sexuels sur des handicapés sont aussi graves que la pédophilie, dans de nouvelles règles de conduite, qui doivent être publiées prochainement, face aux abus sexuels sur des mineurs par des prêtres, a affirmé jeudi l'agence Ansa.
   "L'Eglise montre ainsi son attention à 360 degrés vis-à-vis de la dignité de la personne, même la plus faible", a indiqué à Ansa une source proche de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi, présidée par le cardinal américain William Levada et chargée de l'élaboration du document.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:46 AM

Le New York Times en arroseur arrosé

   
   Le Figaro (France), Par Jean-Marie Guénois le 9 juillet 2010
   Les Etats-Unis -- Le New York Times s'est distingué cette année de ses confrères américains - le Washington Post en particulier - par une incontestable âpreté et agressivité ad hominem contre Benoît XVI à propos des affaires de pédophilie dans l'Eglise. Il lui reproche pas moins de « deux décennies » d'attentisme en la matière. Et lui impute une responsabilité personnelle directe comme réaffirmé dans un éditorial le 8 juillet.
   Cet excellent journal avait publié le 2 juillet une impressionnante enquête d'une vingtaine de feuillets, soit une page complète - une longueur inhabituelle - sur dix années de gestion de la pédophilie dans l'Eglise, animé par la même thèse, la culpabilité du pape actuel. Mais, noblesse du journalisme sérieux et équilibré (« balanced » disent les Américains) oblige, la dernière partie de ce document donnait autant d'éléments précis qui mettaient en évidence le combat assez solitaire de l'actuel pape, quand il était préfet de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi, pour venir à bout de la culture du silence alors en cours sur ce genre d'affaire dans l'Eglise catholique et au Vatican en particulier.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:39 AM

Der Mann mit den zwei Leben

  [Becker]  
   Frankfurter Rundschau, Von Jörg Schindler,
   Der ehemalige Leiter der Odenwaldschule, Gerold Becker, ist tot. Ihm waren sexueller Missbrauch an Schülern vorgeworfen worden - dazu sollte ein Wahrheitsforum an der Reformschule starten.
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Sein letztes öffentliches Lebenszeichen war ein einseitiger Brief, geschrieben am 18. März 2010, inhaltlich so knapp gehalten wie fast keine seiner Äußerungen in den Jahrzehnten zuvor. Und so schrieb Gerold Becker: "Schüler, die ich in den Jahren, in denen ich Mitarbeiter und der Leiter der Odenwaldschule war (1969-1985), durch Annäherungsversuche oder Handlungen sexuell bedrängt oder verletzt habe, sollen wissen: Das bedauere ich zutiefst und bitte sie dafür um Entschuldigung." Viel mehr wollte der 73-Jährige nicht sagen. Und auf mehr darf man nun auch nicht mehr hoffen. Gerold Becker ist tot.

   {summary} GERMANY -- The former head of the Odenwald school is dead. He had been accused of sexually abusing the students. The last public sign of life was a one-page letter written March 18, 2010 in which he apologized to students for the sexual abuse. He died Thursday in Berlin from complications of lung disease. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:34 AM

Seksueel misbruik en celibaat 2

   
   Katholiek Nieuwsblad (Nederland), Ivo Van Hemelryk - 9-Jul-2010
   Het artikel van André Roes levert weinig bruikbare antwoorden. Bovendien blijft het blind voor de in het oog springende werkelijkheid, dat dit misbruik grotendeels van homoseksuele aard is, in tegenstelling tot de gemiddelde misbruikcijfers in de samenleving.
   Of de plegers van misbruiken binnen de kerk vooral mensen waren die de seksuele oerdrift trachtten te negeren, lijkt mij zeer twijfelachtig. Degenen die vaststelden dat deze drift hun te sterk was, zijn in grote getale uitgetreden. De clerici die bleven en zich misgrepen aan minderjarigen, wisten goed waarmee ze bezig waren en planden hun gedragingen en de bijhorende geheimhouding zorgvuldig. Daarin onderscheiden zij zich niet van de misbruikers in de rest van de samenleving, van wie waarschijnlijk het grootste deel gehuwd is.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:30 AM

Vaticaan past aanpak kindermisbruik aan

  - RCC.  
   Reformatorisch Dagblad (Nederland)
   VATICAANSTAD (ANP/RTR) – Het Vaticaan komt volgende week met nieuwe regels voor de aanpak van het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door priesters. Dat hebben bronnen binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk donderdag laten weten.
   Bisschoppen mogen voortaan priesters die van seksueel misbruik worden verdacht, uit hun ambt zetten, als het bewijsmateriaal „duidelijk en ernstig" is. Nu moet er een kerkelijk proces tegen de verdachten worden gevoerd, dat niet alleen lang kan duren, maar ook veel geld kan kosten.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:27 AM

Priests take new path from scandal-plagued order

  [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.       
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Annysa Johnson, Posted: July 9, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- Father Cliff Ermatinger had always wanted to be a Catholic priest, but he'd begun to doubt the path he'd taken, through the order known as the Legionaries of Christ.
   Then, last year, Legion leaders and the Vatican all but confirmed what had been rumored for decades: that the Legion's late founder had lived a double life as a philandering husband and notorious pedophile.
   Ermatinger knew then it was time to go. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:23 AM

Austrian bishop Klaus Kung emphasizes the efficacy of the commission on sex abuse

  - 193 allegations so far.  
   Rome Reports, {with video},
   AUSTRIA -- Austrian bishops have asked that all priests who have committed abuses turn themselves in to authorities. They've also asked victims to name their alleged abusers despite the pain caused by reopening wounds. "In Austria there is no mandatory reporting. We comply with what the person who has suffered sexual abuse wants," said bishop Klaus Kung.
   In April the Austrian bishops launched a national commission to investigate sex abuse allegations. The commission is funded by the Church but does not include clergy and is headed by a woman, the former governor of Styria province.
   Msgr. Klaus Kung, Bishop of St. Pölten (Austria):- "Sometimes people go to a priest because they feel comfortable with him. But it also makes sense that if they've have a bad experience with a priest, they won't feel comfortable talking with one. That's why it's useful to have other people who can listen."
   The commission has gathered 193 allegations in the three months since it began. Bishop Kung says the experience has been very positive despite similar commissions existing at the local level. He hopes to help the Church and society to understand the scale of the problem. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:14 AM

Seymour priest suspended after sexual assualt charges

  [Fr Bzdyra*] - RCC.  
   Waterbury Republican-American BY QUANNAH LEONARD
   SEYMOUR (CT) --A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a New Haven man when he was an altar boy in the 1980s and bribing him with gifts to keep silent has been suspended.
   The Rev. John Gatzak, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, said a letter was sent by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell to the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra on Thursday placing him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the recent allegations.
   "We are asking anyone with information relevant to these allegations to contact the Archdiocese of Hartford," Gatzak said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 10, 2010 8:10 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat July 10, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Leyte-based priest faces rape charges

  [2009 Nov ?+ - Unnamed priest - NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Rape. Teenage girl (17).  
   ABS-CBN, http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/ nation/ regions/ 07/11/10/ leyte-based- priest-faces- rape-charges '; July 11, 2010
   MANILA, Philippines – A Leyte-based priest is facing criminal charges after a 17-year old girl accused him of rape.
   The victim, known only as Mutya, met the priest while she was still active in a youth organization working under the Pedro Calungsod Mission Station.
   She claimed the first incident happened when she stayed over at the convent in November. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 7:41 AM

Beis Medrash Govoha implicated in preventing police from following up sexual abuser

  [? 2000s Shaul Luban (31) -? NEW* ] - Charedi Judaist. Witness pressure alleged. Boy complainant.  
   The Jewish Star, by Michael Orbach, Issue of 29 Tammuz, 5770 / July 9, 2010
   NEW JERSEY -- In a tight-knit, some say insular, community, social pressure can go a long way. Many cases of suspected child abuse in the Orthodox world have been tainted by suspicions of witness tampering. Now, in a landmark New Jersey case, a Lakewood man is accused of trying to pressure the father of a young victim to not testify in his son's case. Shaul Luban, 31, could face five years behind bars.
   "This sends a message to the Lakewood Charedi community that those who abuse children- including the intimidation of victims and their families- will be prosecuted," said Ben Hirsch, the president of Survivors for Justice, an organization that advocates on behalf of victims of sexual abuse inside the Jewish community. "Clearly not everyone in the Lakewood Yeshiva community has gotten the message."
   And in at least one instance, it seems, the message went to the wrong person.
   The Ocean County Prosecutor's office says that Luban sent out text messages urging residents of Lakewood to try to pressure an alleged victim's father into not testifying. A non-Jewish college student received one of those texts, according to prosecutors, and when she called the number she was told that she should forget ever having received it. The girl called the police, the text message was retrieved and it is being used as evidence against Luban. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 9:15 AM

Regarding Bishop Davis

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis -NEW*] - Episcopalian. 4 girls.
   The Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, http://www.dionwpa.org/ Bishop's %20Pastoral %20Letter.pdf , ~ July 11, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
   I have news that will be difficult and disturbing for all of us in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Within the past three months, I have learned about four women who have made credible allegations that, as girls, they were sexually abused by the late Bishop Donald Davis. Davis was bishop of our diocese from 1974 until 1991. Two of the girls were abused at our diocesan summer camp and the other two were abused repeatedly over time.
   Sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent in any community, and as your bishop, I feel particular pain that one of my predecessors betrayed the trust and innocence of children. On behalf of the church, I offer an abject apology to Bishop Davis' victims, their families, and everyone whose trust in the church has been violated, and I ask for your forgiveness. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 10:17 PM]

Parket: "Aanwijzingen dat Vangheluwe meer slachtoffers maakte"

  [~ 1985 + Bishop Roger Vangheluwe*] - RCC. Years -Aware of the seductions of his priests. ~ 1985 Personal: Boy (a relation), maybe more.  
   Zita, ~ July 11, 2010
   BELGIE -- Het parket van Brugge heeft het onderzoek tegen oud-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe verruimd. Er zijn dan toch aanwijzingen dat hij meer dan één slachtoffer maakte, zegt procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens.
   "De eerste feiten zijn verjaard, dat is duidelijk, maar wij onderzoeken nu meldingen dat er ook andere feiten zijn geweest", zegt procureur Berkvens. "Het lopende opsporingsonderzoek was aanvankelijk gericht op één welbepaald geval, maar is gaandeweg uitgebreid. Wij zijn door tussenpersonen in het bezit gesteld van documenten en er is een computer leeggemaakt."

   {summary} BELGIUM -- The prosecutor in Bruges said the investigation of former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe has broadened and there are indications that there is more than one victim. The first allegation was barred by time from prosecution but other information has been gathered during the investigation.
   They are also investigating whether the former bishop can be prosecuted for gross negligence for ignoring years of complaints about sexual abuse in his diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 12:04 PM

Church accepts child rape liability

  [2007-08 Unnamed teacher*, ? Mr Byrnes] - RCC. Bishop accepted liability. 13 schoolgirls.    
   NEWS.com.au , By Michael McKenna, From: The Australian, July 11, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- THE Catholic Church has made a sweeping admission of legal liability for the rape and sexual abuse of young girls at a Queensland primary school.
   In one of the most comprehensive wins for victims of child abuse in Australia, Toowoomba bishop Bill Morris has formally admitted liability and opened the door to a massive compensation payout to 13 schoolgirls in a proposed mediated settlement to be overseen by former High Court judge Ian Callinan QC.
   It is one of the few cases in Australia where an institution - either church or government - has not tried to dodge liability with legal loopholes. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 11:53 AM
   [LOOK BACK: May 4, 2010]

Bill on child abuse by clergy has hearing

  - RC priests claim Church rules forbid them to report sex seducers.    
   KUAM, by Michele Catahay, ~ July 11, 2010
   GUAM - Lawmakers are expected to receive public testimony on Bill 372 on Monday, relative to the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect by clerical personnel of churches and other religious organization. Back in April, officials at the Vatican issued a mandate that all bishops report incidents of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
   Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz told KUAM News at the time that as a former Family Court judge, he was constantly frustrated by priests' refusal to report alleged abuse, especially sexual abuse, because they were prevented by church rule. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 7:19 AM

Sex abuse test case in Fresno court

  - RCC. Attempt to see if fraud plaint will beat time bar.  
   The Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / July 10, 2010
   FRESNO (CA) A Fresno courtroom will soon be the testing grounds for a new legal strategy that could help people sue the Catholic Church in cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests -- even if the statute of limitations has expired.
   The Fresno County Superior Court case involves a former altar boy who says his Bakersfield parish priest told him "God wants you to do this" as he molested the teen 17 years ago.
   California's statute of limitation prevents him from suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno for sexual abuse. So he is suing for fraud instead. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 7:11 AM]

Archbishop in bridge-building meeting with abuse victims

  - RCC.  
   Times of Malta, Herman Grech, July 11, 2010
   MALTA -- The men allegedly abused by clergymen were last week invited to the Archbishop's residence for a private meeting in another bridge-building exercise.
   The "emotional" gathering took place last Wednesday in Attard as the Curia tries to drive the message home that it is seriously tackling the paedophilia claims against four priests who once served at a St Venera orphanage.
   Lawrence Grech, one of the alleged victims, told The Sunday Times after the meeting: "All of us are finally happy about the way our case is being tackled - even though I strongly believe our appeals were only heeded because of media pressure." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 8:03 AM

Vatican sees third straight loss

  - RCC deficit €4.1m (£3.4m, US $5.2m) in 2009.  
   BBC News, ~ July 11, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has seen its third consecutive financial loss, with a 4.1m euros (£3.4m; $5.2m) deficit in 2009.
   It saw revenues of 250.2m euros against expenses of 254.3m euros.
   But annual donations from churches worldwide - known as Peter's Pence - were up by about 9% in 2009 at $82.52m. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 8:01 AM
   [QUESTION: Can we believe the bookkeeping? ENDS.]

Vaticaan komt met nieuwe aanpak kindermisbruik

   
   Friesch Dagblad ~ July 11, 2010
   VATICAANSTAD -- Het Vaticaan komt volgende week met nieuwe regels voor de aanpak van het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door priesters. Dat hebben bronnen binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk laten weten.
   Bisschoppen mogen voortaan priesters die van seksueel misbruik worden verdacht, uit hun ambt zetten, als het bewijsmateriaal 'duidelijk en ernstig' is. Nu moet er een kerkelijk proces tegen de verdachten worden gevoerd, dat niet alleen lang kan duren, maar ook veel geld kan kosten.
   De nieuwe regels zijn een aanpassing van de zogeheten motu proprio (uit eigen beweging) die de in 2005 overleden paus Johannes Paulus II in 2001 uitvaardigde om seksueel misbruik door priesters aan te pakken. Het document was voorbereid door de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer, die waakt over de zuiverheid van het rooms-katholieke geloof.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 12:12 PM

Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania: Former Episcopal Bishop Sexually Abused Four Women

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis*] - Episcopalian. 4 girls.  
   Virtue Online, July 12, 2010
   There may be others, says bishop
   PENNSYLVIA -- The Bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Sean Rowe says in a press release that Donald Davis, the late bishop of that diocese, sexually abused girls in the 1970s and 1980s.
   In a pastoral letter read today after services in the diocese's 34 churches, the Rt. Rev, Sean Rowe, 35, said he has learned of four credible allegations of sexual abuse committed by Donald Davis, who was bishop of the diocese from 1974 to 1991. The four cases occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Rowe said one of the victims contacted him in late March, and that he immediately began an investigation that unearthed information on three previous cases.
   Here is his letter:
   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
   I have news that will be difficult and disturbing for all of us in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Within the past three months, I have learned about four women who have made credible allegations that, as girls, they were sexually abused by the late Bishop Donald Davis. Davis was bishop of our diocese from 1974 until 1991. Two of the girls were abused at our diocesan summer camp and the other two were abused repeatedly over time. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 10:11 PM

Clericalism: Benedict XVI ask us to "love priests in spite of their weaknesses" -- meaning put priests above the laity and above the law

  - Roman Catholic Church (RCC).    
   Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler; Paris Arrow,
   UNITED STATES -- The infallible Pope is honking again for the perpetuation of the almighty powers of priests. Priests are supposed to be so powerful as to be able to "transubstantiate" and command Christ to be reincarnated in 9-seconds in the Eucharist (versus Mary's 9-months pregnancy) -- but they cannot say "Let here be light, let there be a star in the sky, let it rain over the Vatican, let the dead dog walk again, let there be fish, let there be bread on the table - now." But they can say "let there be Christ's flesh and blood on this Host - now!" Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 1:11 PM

No apology for Qld victims of sex predator clergy

  [2007-08 Unnamed teacher*, ? Mr Byrnes] - RCC. 13 schoolgirls.        
   Brisbane Times, KATE DENNEHY, July 11, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Queensland Catholics who were sexually abused by the clergy will not receive a personalised apology from their archbishop as did victims in Victoria this month.
   Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart sent a pastoral letter of apology that was read out or distributed in all 219 parishes in the archdiocese.
   Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Cardinal George Pell later said he "strongly supported" Archbishop Hart's apology, that he himself had apologised to victims of church sexual abuse and that he would apologise again if it were helpful. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 11, 2010 7:22 AM
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun July 11, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Local Priest, Former WJU Professor Charged With Sexually Battering Minor

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino -NEW* (Apostles of Jesus) (former professor)] - RCC.   
   WTOV, ~ July 12, 2010
   {video}
   WEST VIRGINIA -- A Catholic priest who was a faculty member at Wheeling Jesuit University and who served as an associate pastor at St. Paul Parish in Weirton was arrested on sex charges last week.
   The Rev. Felix Owino, a priest in the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus, was arrested on July 8 in Fairfax, Va., on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor.
   Owino served as associate pastor at St. Paul’s in Weirton, providing coverage of parish Masses, and, until last month, he was a faculty member in the philosophy department of WJU. University officials said in a news release that Owino has no current responsibilities at the university and is not expected to return to campus. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:27 PM

Irish priest in South Bend sent back to face charges

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey (82) -? NEW*] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   South Bend Tribune, Tribune Staff Report, July 12, 2010
   SOUTH BEND (IN) – A Catholic priest has been extradited to his native Ireland to face charges that he raped a boy there in 1968.
   The Rev. Francis Markey, 82, was taken Sunday from the St. Joseph County Jail back to Ireland, jail and U.S. Marshal's Service officials confirmed.
   Marshals arrested Markey in November at his Miller's Court apartment, on an extradition warrant alleging he committed the crime. Markey has fought the extradition, but a federal court judge and magistrate in South Bend ruled against him. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:44 PM

Abuse Within Family Took Years to Ignite Belgian Clergy Inquiry

  [Bishop Roger Vangheluwe*] - RCC. Nephew.  
   The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/ 2010/07/13/ world/europe/ 13belgium.html ?_r=1 , By DOREEN CARVAJAL and STEPHEN CASTLE, Published: July 12, 2010
   WESTVLETEREN, Belgium – Behind an aggressive investigation of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Belgium that drew condemnation from the pope himself lies a stark family tragedy: the molestation, for years, of a youth by his uncle, the bishop of Bruges; the prelate’s abrupt resignation when a friend of the nephew finally threatened to make the abuse public; and now the grass-roots fury of almost 500 people complaining of abuse by priests.
   The first resignation of a European bishop for abusing a child relative came unexpectedly on April 23. At 73, the Bruges bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, Belgium’s longest-serving prelate, tersely announced his retirement and acknowledged molesting “a boy in my close entourage.”
   The boy, not named, was his own nephew, now in his early 40s.
   The nephew’s story, pieced together through documents and interviews with him and others, shows that the nephew, acting after years of torment and strong evidence of church inaction, finally forced the bishop’s hand when the friend sent e-mail messages to all of Belgium’s bishops threatening to expose Bishop Vangheluwe. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 9:16 PM]

Priest allowed to say Mass despite sex abuse allegations against him

  [2008 Irish RC authorities]        
   The Irish Times, PÃDRAIG COLLIN in Sydney, July 13, 2010
   AUSTRALIA and IRELAND -- A SYDNEY-BASED Irish Catholic priest was allowed to say Mass two years ago in Ireland despite allegations of sexual abuse against him.
   ABC television last night revealed that on at least eight occasions Fr Finian Egan was given exemptions to conduct weddings or funerals while supposedly banned from doing so and under investigation by the church. In May 2008 Fr Egan was allowed to go home to Ireland and say Mass.
   Fr Egan was subsequently found by the church to have abused two girls. He denies all of the allegations that were upheld in the church’s investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:40 PM

SNAP Urges Guam: Prosecute Old Child Sex Crimes Now!

  - Christians.    
   Guam News Watch, July 12, 2010
   GUAM - An international child protection group is urging Guam to wake up and take charge of protecting children from sexual abuse.
   The communique from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) comes after local media reported low attendance at a July 11th public hearing on key legislation. Bill 334-30 would re-open the prosecutorial window on years-old cases of child sexual abuse for a period of 24 months on Guam.
   The proposal is authored by Vice Speaker BJ Cruz, who openly claims that he was sexually abused by a member of the clergy as a youth. Cruz is also a former Guam Supreme Court Chief Justice who once presided over family court. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 4:11 PM

Belgian Cardinal Cleared of Porn Charges

  - RCC. Picture downloaded automatically.  
   Zenit (a Roman Catholic news service), JULY 12, 2010
   BRUSSELS, Belgium, (Zenit.org).- The Brussels public prosecutor's office confirmed Friday that Cardinal Godfried Danneels, retired archbishop of the city, did not download pornography to his computer.
   The authorities' clarification, however, comes after the "Het Nieussbald" newspaper accused the cardinal of using pornography.
   In fact, authorities affirmed that a pornographic picture on the cardinal's computer was downloaded automatically. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:37 PM

Priest Abused 4 More Boys: Lawsuit

  [Fr Dan McCormack]  
   CHICAGO (IL) -- NBC Chicago By MARY ANN AHERN and BJ LUTZ Updated 6:05 PM CDT, Mon, Jul 12, 2010
   The Illinois Attorney General's office filed new claims of sexual abuse today against a defrocked priest who has already been committed to a mental health institution.
   Dan McCormack, the Chicago Archdiocese and Francis Cardinal George are all named in the civil lawsuit filed late Monday afternoon. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar suit filed just last week.
   In the new lawsuit, four young men, one still a minor, claim they were repeatedly abused by McCormack while he was their church pastor and basketball coach at St. Agatha's Catholic Church on the city's West Side. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:34 PM

New lawsuit against priest convicted of sexual abuse

 
   CHICAGO (IL) Chicago Breaking News
   July 12, 2010
   Three young men and a minor represented by his mother have filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack, Cardinal Francis George and the Chicago Archdiocese.
   The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that between 2000 and 2006 McCormack "inappropriately sexually touched rubbed and/or abused" all four plaintiffs who now range between the ages of 15 and 23. Two of the plaintiffs each allege more than 100 such encounters with McCormack. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:31 PM

Wheeling Jesuit University Statement on Rev. Felix Owino, A.J.

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino* (former Jesuit professor)] - RCC.   
   WTRF, ~ July 12, 2010
   WEST VIRGINIA -- Father Felix Owino worked as a Philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University, according to a news release.
   Below is the statement from Wheeling Jesuit University regarding arrest of Rev. Felix Owino,
   A.J.: WHEELING, WV, July 12, 2010 – The Rev. Felix Owino, a priest in the religious missionary institute of the Apostles of Jesus, was arrested on July 8 in Fairfax, Va. on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor.
   Until June 2010, Owino was a faculty member in the philosophy department of Wheeling Jesuit University. Owino has no current responsibilities at the university and is not expected to return to campus.
   Owino is not a member of the Jesuit order and was on summer break from his teaching duties at the time of the incident. During his two years at Wheeling Jesuit, the campus authorities received no student complaints about his conduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:51 PM

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Statement on Rev. Felix Owino, A.J.

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino (Apostles of Jesus)* (former professor)] - RCC. 
   WTRF, ~ July 12, 2010
   WEST VIRGINIA -- Father Felix Owino worked as a Philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University, according to a news release.
   Below is the statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston regarding arrest of Rev. Felix Owino, A.J.:
   WHEELING-W.Va. -- Father Felix C. Owino, A.J., Ph.D., was arrested July 8, 2010, in Fairfax, Va., on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor. An associate professor at Wheeling Jesuit University with residence at St. Paul Parish in Weirton, Owino is being held without bond at the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax awaiting trial in September. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston learned of Owino’s arrest July 9, 2010.
   Owino is a priest of the religious missionary congregation known as the Apostles of Jesus, the first African congregation of Catholic priests and brothers. He came to West Virginia last year as an instructor in the philosophy department at WJU.
   Upon receiving notice of this occurrence, the diocese informed his religious superiors and suspended Owino’s priestly faculties within the diocese, effective immediately, pending the outcome of proceedings in Fairfax County in Virginia. Owino served as associate pastor at St. Paul’s in Weirton, providing coverage of parish Masses. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:48 PM

Priest With Ohio Valley Ties Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Battery of a Minor

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino* (Apostles of Jesus) (former professor)] - RCC. Minor.   
   WTRF, By Brenda Danehart, ~ July 12, 2010
   {Statement from Wheeling Jesuit University}
   {Statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston}
   WEIRTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- Father Felix Owino, a priest in the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus and a former associate professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, has been arrested in Fairfax, Va., on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a minor.
   Owino had a residence at St. Paul Parish in Weirton, according to a news release. He is being held without bond at the adult detention center in Fairfax, awaiting trial in September.
   Owino came to West Virginia last year as an instructor in the Philosophy department at WJU. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:38 PM

Sex Abuse Victims Respond to Polanski Decision

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).          
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 12, 2010
   Statement by Barbara Blaine, President, SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
   UNITED STATES -- This is a travesty. Our hearts go out to anyone who was hurt by Polanski and to the tens of thousands of sexual assault victims whose perpetrators escaped justice by political clout, shrewd maneuvering or by "running out the clock" on the statute of limitations.
   The next time someone questions a rape or child sex abuse victim for not reporting the crime, or reporting months or years later, remember Polanski's crime, and how he got off scot-free despite his heinous sex offense against a girl. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:35 PM

LA area abuse victim / advocate comments re: Polanski

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), alelgation by UK girl (16).
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 12, 2010
   Statement by Joelle Casteix of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 9434, jcasteix@gmail.com)
   UNITED STATES -- The lesson here for law enforcement is clear – pursue sex offenders relentlessly and quickly, especially high profile ones with shrewd lawyers and personal wealth.
   The lesson here for victims is that even if criminal prosecution isn’t successful, you can warn others and stop abuse by publicly exposing predators if you speak up.
   The lesson for governmental officials is that laws and policies must be reformed so that cunning child molesters can’t easily exploit technicalities and walk free. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:33 PM

Ottawa priest charged with indecent assault

  [1970-76 Fr William Allen (80) - ?NEW*] - RCC. 2 teen boys.  
   The Ottawa Citizen
   OTTAWA, CANADA – An Ottawa priest has been charged with three counts of indecent assault after police began an investigation into incidents alleged to have occurred in the 1970s.
   The investigation began in March 2010 into an alleged "series of inappropriate acts" between the Roman Catholic priest and two teenaged boys in Ottawa between 1970 and 1976.
   William Joseph Allen, 80, was arrested Monday and has been released with conditions, police said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:29 PM

W.Va. priest suspended after arrest on sex charge

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino* (Apostles of Jesus) (former professor)] - RCC. Minor (< 13).   
   WRIC, ~ July 12, 2010
   WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has suspended a priest following his arrest in northern Virginia on a charge of aggravated sexual battery of a minor under 13.
   Diocese spokesman Bryan Minor said Monday the church suspended the Rev. Felix C. Owino after confirming he had been arrested July 8 in Fairfax, Va., and was being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
   A spokesman with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office said Owino was being held without bond. A hearing is set for Sept. 2. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:24 PM

Ottawa priest charged with sex offences

  [Fr Allen]  
   CTV, July 12, 2010
   CANADA -- An elderly Ottawa priest in failing health is charged with three counts of indecent assault related to sexual offences alleged to have taken place between 1970 and 1976.
   Ottawa police started their investigation in March 2010 into a series of inappropriate incidents between a Catholic priest and two teenage boys in Ottawa.
   Father William Joseph Allen, who is also known as Father Bill, was arrested on Monday and released on conditions. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:21 PM

Kirche ohne Kontrolle

   
   Tax, VON FRIEDERIKE GRÄFF,
   DEUTSCHLAND -- Auch nachdem Vorwürfe gegen ihn bekannt wurden, hatte ein Ahrensburger Pfarrer dienstlich mit Jugendlichen zu tun. Die Kirche tut sich schwer, das zu erklären.
   In der Nordelbischen Kirche gibt man sich zuversichtlich, dass ein Fall wie der von Dieter K. heute nicht mehr passieren könnte. Schließlich würden die Richtlinien für den Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch, die die Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands gerade überarbeitet hat, inzwischen auch für Nordelbien gelten. Warum es jedoch dazu kommen konnte, dass ein Pfarrer, dem 1999 sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworden wird, bis 2003 an einer Schule als Religionslehrer tätig ist - darauf gibt es bislang keine erhellende Antwort. "Bestimmte Kontrollmechanismen haben nicht funktioniert", sagt der Sprecher der Nordelbischen Kirche, Thomas Kärst.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 5:17 PM

NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA: Bishop asks victims of abusive bishop to come forward

   
   Episcopal Life, By Mary Frances Schjonberg, July 12, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA {Episcopal News Service} -- Saying that he had learned of "four credible allegations of sexual abuse" by a deceased predecessor, Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe asked July 11 that women who may have been sexually abused during their childhoods by Bishop Donald Davis to come forward.
   In a pastoral letter read in the diocese's 34 churches, Rowe, 35, said his request was part of his effort to "seek healing and reconciliation for those who have been harmed."
   "Sexual abuse in any form is abhorrent in any community, and as your bishop, I feel particular pain that one of my predecessors betrayed the trust and innocence of children," Rowe said in his letter. "On behalf of the church, I offer an abject apology to Bishop Davis' victims, their families, and everyone whose trust in the church has been violated, and I ask for your forgiveness." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 4:07 PM

Abuse Settlement May Include Parish Cash

 
   DELAWARE -- America Magazine,
   The Diocese of Wilmington, Del., plans to appeal a federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that the funds deposited by parishes, schools and other Catholic entities into its investment fund are property of the diocese and subject to distribution to victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. Judge Christopher Sontchi said in his decision on June 28 that the entire $120 million pooled investment account held in the name of the diocese should be considered diocesan assets, even though the diocese said it has only $45 million of its own money in the account. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 2:47 PM

Verkracht meisje over priester: "Jef Seks was genadeloos"

   
   Gazet van Antwerpen,
   BELGIE -- Na de vele verhalen over seksueel misbruik in de kerk in België is er opnieuw een schokkend relaas naar boven gekomen. In een Limburgse parochie zou er al 40 jaar lang een priester rondopen die al verschillende minderjarige meisjes heeft verkracht. De man, Joseph C. uit het dorpje B., droeg volgens getuigen zelfs de bijnaam 'Jef Seks'.
   Els, die destijds net als andere meisjes heel wat brieven van de geestelijke aankreeg, vertelt deze week in Humo hoe 'Jef Seks' zijn autoriteit als godsdienstleraar misbruikte.
   "Op school ronselde hij leerlingen voor Het Werk, een sectaire beweging in de schoot van de kerk", getuigt ze. "Hij nam je mee naar bezinningsdagen- en weekends. Daar kon je nergens meer naartoe en kwam zijn ware aard boven. Hij was genadeloos. Hij heeft me jarenlang verkracht. De eerste keer was ik 15."

   {summary} Another shocking story has emerged among the many stories of sexual abuse within the church in Belgium. In Limburg a religion teacher allegedly raped several underage girls.
   One woman said she was barely 10 when the religion teacher tied her to a tree and assaulted her. She was forced to ingest a white drink which she believes was drugged. When she woke up, her whole body hurt.
   One woman went to police but later had a gag order imposed on her after the alleged assailant filed a complaint against her for slander and libel. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 2:40 PM

Call for church to come clean

  [Fr Paul Pavlou]    
   Mountain Views Mail, By Kath Gannaway, 13th July 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A HEALESVILLE woman is calling for mandatory reporting of child abuse to be extended to the hierarchy of the Melbourne Archdiocese of the Catholic Church.
   Her call follows an apology statement made by Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart to victims of abuse last week.
   Jo (an assumed name, for legal reasons) however says more than a year after Healesville priest Paul Pavlou was convicted of sex abuse charges involving her son and knowingly being in possession of child pornography, nothing has changed in the church’s ‘in-house’ approach to dealing with abuse allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 1:21 PM

Polanski case about rape, not legal wrangling. Let's not forget that

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).          
   Los Angeles Times, Steve Lopez, ~ July 12, 2010
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- You'd have to call it Roman Polanski's luckiest day since 1978, when he managed to flee Los Angeles before a judge sentenced him for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
   On Monday, Swiss authorities refused to extradite the Oscar winner, who was arrested last year in Switzerland and placed under house arrest while Los Angeles prosecutors lobbied to have him brought back for a final verdict on a crime committed more than 30 years ago. …
   "This is a travesty," said a statement Monday morning from Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "Our hearts go out to the tens of thousands of sexual assault victims whose perpetrators escaped justice by political clout, shrewd maneuvering or by running out the clock on the statute of limitations."
   Polanski, the statement went on, "got off scot-free despite his heinous sex offense against a girl."
   Not quite scot-free, but close enough. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 12:19 PM

Roman Polanksi freed after Swiss reject U.S. extradition request

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).          
   Washington Post, By Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service (PARIS, France), 11:04 AM, Monday, July 12, 2010
   SWITZERLAND -- Swiss authorities freed French director Roman Polanski on Monday, deciding not to extradite him to Los Angeles to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
   The decision, announced by the Justice Ministry in Berne, followed nearly 10 months of legal struggle between the U.S. Justice Department and Polanski's attorneys. The 76-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker was first imprisoned and then confined to his ski chalet in the Alpine resort of Gastaad with an electronic foot bracelet. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 12:14 PM

National Survivor Advocates Coalition: A Sad Day When Justice Winks Under Her Blindfold

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).  
   National Survivor Advocates Coalition, ~ July 12, 2010
   National Survivor Advocates Coalition Statement on Swiss Decision Not To Extradite Roman Polanski to the United States:
   UNITED STATES -- Any day that a Justice Ministry fails to act both in the particular and in general to protect children instead of child perpetrators is a sad day. Today is one of those days.
   Switerland’s Justice of Ministry’s in making the decision not to grant the United States’ request for extradition for Roman Polanski said the US had failed to provide the records of a Los Angeles County Superior Court hearing. The Polanski case is hardly low profile. It strains credulity that this is a paperwork snafu. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 12:11 PM

Sex abuse by former Erie Episcopal bishop revealed

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis] - Episcopalian. 4 allegations.  
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, July 12, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The Episcopal bishop of the Erie-based Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania is reaching out to women who may have been sexually abused in their childhoods by one of his deceased predecessors.
   A letter from Bishop Sean Rowe was read after services on Sunday at the diocese's 34 churches.
   In it, he said he has learned of four credible allegations of sexual abuse committed by Donald Davis, who was bishop of the diocese from 1974 to 1991. The four cases occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Bishop Rowe said one of the victims contacted him in late March, and that he immediately began an investigation that unearthed information on three previous cases, according to a news release. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 12:09 PM

Disgraced priest also abused us, say twins

  [Fr Finian Egan]    
   Sydney Morning Herald, RAFAEL EPSTEIN AND NICK MCKENZIE, July 13, 2010
  AUSTRALIA -- NSW police are investigating new claims of sexual abuse against the Sydney Catholic priest Father Finian Egan, who had separate complaints of sexual molestation upheld by an internal church investigation last year.
   Two sisters took their allegations to the police after seeing reports in the Herald and on television about the previous claims against Father Egan.
   Peta Sneesby alleges she was repeatedly groped and once raped by Father Egan when she was a teenager in the 1980s. She told ABC TV: "Most Friday nights he'd be at {our} house, he'd play cards with my aunts and uncles and that's when he'd take me aside and sexually assault me." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 10:08 AM]

Is the Vatican a Church or State?

  - RCC.  
   Anti-Catholic League by David Fortwengler
   UNITED STATES -- Considered one of the most inane advertising campaigns of all time, the Certs mints famously became a part of American pop culture in the 1960s. Who can forget the two attractive actors arguing over the proper description of the product? One would proclaim "It's a breath mint!" while the other would retort "It's a candy mint!" The debate would then be settled by an off camera voice stating the famous tag line "It's two, two, two mints in one!"
   The Roman Catholic Church is now embracing it's multiple personalities in a way that would put Sybil to shame. As the facts of the hierarchies gross negligence not dealing with sexual predators has emerged with volumes of evidence, like many, I assumed they would act like a church. (I know, ass u me) It is obvious after all these years they will use whatever identity their lawyers advise will help them avoid accountability and keep their secrets secret. An organization that claims the moral high ground, professes to know the ultimate truth, and teaches the values of confession and taking responsibility has no intention of willingly admitting their culpability in any crimes.
   The defenses church attorneys have used over the years have included the best religious and secular arguments they can conjure up. The one argument rarely used is "Not Guilty" because, well they are. The schizophrenic business model of the Catholic Church has given them the needed double whammy to fight lawsuits from those pesky rape victims and avoid criminal prosecutions. So, what is the Vatican?
   "It's a religion!" "It's a country!" "It's two, two, two defenses in one!" [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:22 AM]

Episcopal Diocese Exposes Sex Abuse Case

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis*] - Episcopalian. 4 girls.  
   WSEE, ~ July 12, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest PA went public Sunday with the news that a former Erie Bishop sexually abused four girls. According to a pastoral letter read in all Episcopal churches in the 13 county diocese, four women made credible allegations that they were sexually abused as girls, by the late Bishop Donald Davis, who lead the diocese from 1974 to 1991.
   Two of the women say they were abused at Diocesan Summer Camp, the others say they were abused repeatedly over time. Although the incidents were reported as early as 1993 by subsequent Bishop Robert Rowley, and Davis was effectively removed, word of the abused was never made public until now.
   Current Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, offered an apology to the victims on behalf of the church and promised that, "from now on this diocese will tell the truth and seek healing and reconciliation for those who have been harmed." Rowe says the goal in disclosing the matter is to offer healing and reconciliation for anyone else who may have been been abused. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:10 AM

HOLY SEE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR 2009

  - 2762 people employed by RC hq. Outgoings of €254.28m.  
   Vatican Information Service, 10 JUL 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The forty-fifth meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See was held in the Vatican from 7 to 9 July, under the presidency of Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B.
   A communique published this afternoon explains that the Holy See consolidated financial statements for 2009, presented to the cardinals during the meeting by Archbishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, show a deficit of 4,102,156 euro, the difference between an income of 250,182,364 euro and outgoings of 254,284,520 euro.
   The outgoings are due above all to the ordinary and extraordinary expenses of the dicasteries and offices of the Holy See, which employ 2,762 people of whom 766 are ecclesiastics, 344 religious and 1,652 lay people. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:08 AM

Toowoomba church admits sex abuse liability

  [2007-08]- RCC. 13 schoolgirls (9 and 10).    
   Brisbane Times, COURTNEY TRENWITH, July 12, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- A Queensland Catholic diocese has made a stunning admission over liability for the sexual abuse of 13 primary school girls as recent as two years ago.
   Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris has apologised to the victims and their families and offered an "expeditious" resolution to compensation claims, the church says.
   The girls were aged just nine and 10 when they were sexually abused - some were raped - by a teacher in 2007 and 2008. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:05 AM

Episcopal church: Former Erie bishop abused girls

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis*] - Episcopalian. 4 girls.  
   Erie Times-News, July 11, 2010
   A former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania sexually abused at least four girls while he was leader of the Erie-based diocese.
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The abuse by the Rev. Donald Davis was made public today by the diocese's current bishop, the Right Rev. Sean Rowe, who learned of the abuse earlier this year from one of the victims.
   "Our first goal is to tell the truth," Rowe told the Erie Times-News today.
   Davis, who was bishop of the diocese from 1974 to 1991, died in 2007. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:02 AM

Child sex abuse rocks Qld churches

     
   Brisbane Times, COURTNEY TRENWITH, July 12, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Child sex abuse continues to rock Queensland churches, although the number of incidents has declined, a leading charity says.
   The Catholic and Anglican churches had substantially improved their attitudes towards tolerance of church officials who abused children, which had helped victims come forward earlier, Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said.
   However, more needed to be done to crack down on clergy who continued to prey on youngsters. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 8:00 AM

Archbishop Hart felt desolation and betrayal

     
   CathNews, ~ July 12, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Archbishop Denis Hart's apology to the victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests went further than any which had come before it.
   The apology from the Archbishop of Melbourne came in the form of a pastoral letter to the Catholics of his Archdiocese. In it he said he felt a sense of desolation and betrayal at the criminal offences committed by men who had taken vows before their God.
   He asked "How can Catholics not be shocked and shamed?" The perpetrators of the sexual abuse had done great harm. They had not always been dealt with appropriately by the church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:57 AM
   [COMMENT: How can such Churches deal "appropriately" with sinning clergy, while they all stoutly defend the fictitious story of the woman caught in adultery, which was added to the New Testament some time after the death of the supposed author of that gospel -- and even found its way into another gospel, in some manuscripts! ENDS.]

Community apathetic on sex abuse bill

  - General community.    
   KUAM, by Nick Delgado, ~ July 12, 2010
   GUAM -- Legislation that would make it clear in Guam civil law that clerics cannot claim privileged communications as a basis for failure to make such reports of child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse went up for a public hearing this afternoon. No one however showed up to testify for or against the legislation. Likewise, no one submitted written testimony either.
   Currently under Guam law teachers, nurses, doctors, social services workers, police officers and other professionals are required to report cases of suspected abuse. The bill would add the job positions of bishops, pastors, priests, deacons and other clerical posts. Kathy Shaw on July 12, 2010 7:52 AM]
   [COMMENTS: The public, then, gets the rulers in State and Church that they deserve?  But, read later news. ENDS.

////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon July 12, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Two sex scandals rock Hong Kong Church

  [~ 2009 Father Gregorius Harapan (Divine Word Father) -NEW*] - RCC. Married woman.      
   CathNews, July 13, 2010
   HONG KONG -- Two widely reported sex scandals in the space of five days have shocked Hong Kong Catholics and prompted a parish to help its congregation to come to terms with them.
   The first scandal, surrounding Divine Word Father Gregorius Harapan, school supervisor and pastor of St. Edward’s Church, broke on July 4. One of Hong Kong’s biggest selling dailies alleged a love affair and reported a number of obscene text messages between the Indonesian priest and the married woman who was his Cantonese dialect teacher. He has not been seen at the church since late 2009.
   During Sunday Mass on July 11, a statement from the Divine Word Society was read out to parishioners, saying that Father Harapan had left his duties due to emotional disturbance and his father’s sickness and is now in Europe. It did not confirm or deny the newspaper report. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:10 AM

Interpol zoekt Vlaamse pater die kinderen misbruikte

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger (? Oblate Father) - ? NEW*] - RCC. 8 children.    
   De Morgen, 05u25, 13/Jul/10
   BELGIE -- Interpol heeft een red notice uitgevaardigd tegen pater Eric Dejaeger. De Vlaamse geestelijke werd in Canada veroordeeld wegens pedofilie en moet er een gevangenisstraf uitzitten. De paters oblaten in Blanden houden hem echter al tien jaar verborgen omdat hij zijn straf al zou uitgezeten hebben in Canada.
   De uit Roeselare afkomstige pater Eric Dejaeger trok in de jaren zeventig naar Canada om er op het eiland Igloolik, in het barre noorden, Inuit tot het christendom te bekeren. Op 5 april 1990 werd hij veroordeeld tot vijf jaar cel voor de verkrachting van acht kinderen, zowel jongens als meisjes, schrijft de krant De Morgen.

   {summary} Interpol has issued a red notice against Father Dejaeger. He was convicted of pedophilia in Canada and given a prison sentence. The Oblate Fathers in Blanden kept him hidden for a decade or he would have served the sentence in Canada.
   Father Dejaeger moved to Canada in the 1970s to live on Igloolik island in the desolate north. In April 1990, he was sentenced to five years in prison for rape of eight children, including boys and girls. He spent a few months in prison and was paroled. He immediately began re-offending. Nine new charges were placed against him. The Oblate Fathers in Flanders did not reveal his whereabouts to his parole officer and he was able to flee Canada.
   A red notice from Interpol is not the same as an international arrest warrant. It mean that anyone who knows his whereabouts should contact police. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:55 AM

Chicago priest extradited for West of Ireland sexual offenses

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   Irish Central, http://www.irishcentral.com/ news/Chicago- priest- extradited- for-West-of- Ireland- sexual- offenses- 98301424. html ; ~ July 13, 2010
   CHICAGO (IL) -- An 82-year-old priest has been extradited from Chicago to Ireland to face charges for sexual offenses which allegedly took place in 1968.
   The defendant, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, was charged with two counts of b*g*ery of a 15-year-old boy contrary to Section 61 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.
   Judge Denis McLoughlin was told by Police Inspector Michael Coppinger that the defendant was arrested at Dublin Airport having been extradited from Chicago. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:21 AM

Vatican to Equate Women’s Ordination with Priest Pedophilia?

  - RCC.  
   Religion Dispatches, By Mary E. Hunt, ~ July 13, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- While protestant churches like the Presbyterian Church USA have their annual gatherings in the summer, the institutional Roman Catholic Church, with no such meetings to worry about, uses the season to issue documents from on high. According to published reports, the Vatican is soon to release new norms that govern matters of sexual abuse by clergy. (Ho hum – but wait, there’s more.) They are expected to include the ordination of women under the delicta graviora, the same category of grave sin that governs sexual abuse by priests. Cue the music of doom!
   It is hard to see past the PR aspect of this to the theological. Mixing the two issues, even under the same legal umbrella, is a profoundly perverse proposition. Either these gentlemen are more ethically tone deaf than one can imagine, or they are sly beyond the dreams of foxes in an effort to redirect attention from the criminal behavior of clergy against children to their wrath over the ordination of women. Neither option is terribly appealing. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:30 AM

Local Priest, Former WJU Professor Charged With Sexually Battering 11-Year-Old Girl

  [2010 ~ June; Fr Felix Owino* (Apostles of Jesus) (former professor)] - RCC. Minor (< 13).   
   WTOV, http://www.wtov9.com/ news/24228137/ detail.html , ~ July 13, 2010
   WEST VIRGINIA -- A Catholic priest who was a faculty member at Wheeling Jesuit University and who served as an associate pastor at St. Paul Parish in Weirton was arrested on sex charges last week.
   The Rev. Felix Owino, a priest in the Religious Missionary Institute of the Apostles of Jesus, is charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery stemming from an alleged incident involving a child in Fairfax, Va.
   Owino served as associate pastor at St. Paul’s in Weirton, providing coverage of parish Masses, and, until last month, he was a faculty member in the philosophy department of WJU. University officials said in a news release that Owino has no current responsibilities at the university and is not expected to return to campus. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:43 PM

St. Pius X students were victims of indecent assault, police say

  - RCC.  
   The Ottawa Citizen, By Kristy Nease, July 13, 2010
   CANADA -- Rev. William Joseph Allen’s two alleged indecent-assault victims were both students at St. Pius X High School, where Allen taught for many years, the Ottawa police detective leading the case said Tuesday.
   The two teenaged boys were somewhere between 13 and 17 years old at the times the assaults are alleged to have occurred, Det. Anne Ménard said Tuesday, but she would not be specific, citing privacy concerns.
   The “repetitive” assaults allegedly occurred between 1970 and 1976. Ménard said they took place on school property, church property, and during personal interactions. She would not describe the nature of the assaults. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:52 PM

Ein Bistum in der Lernphase

   
   RP, VON FRANK SCHLIFFKE
   DEUTSCHLAND - zuletzt aktualisiert: 14.07.2010 Nettetal (RP) Vorrangig Lobbericher und Hinsbecker waren nach Viersen gekommen, um mit Vertretern des Bistums Aachen über den Umgang mit dem Fall des Pfarrers Georg Kerkhoff durch die Amtskirche zu diskutieren.
   Pfarrer Heiner Schmitz ist der Personalchef für alle pastoralen Mitarbeiter im Bistum Aachen. In dieser Funktion stellte er sich im Viersener "Haus der Caritas" einer Diskussion mit dem Titel "Sexueller Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch Priester". Tatsächlich wurde die Veranstaltung, zu der das Bistum eingeladen hatte, zu einem Abend, an dem beinahe jeder Redebeitrag aus dem Publikum in Vorwürfe gegen das Verhalten der Amtskirche im Fall des früheren Lobbericher Pfarrers Georg Kerkhoff mündete.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:50 PM

Ex-student priest jailed for rape of boy 35 years ago

  [1973-74 Mr Gerard Cleere* (Redemptorist seminarian)] - RCC. Admitted indecent assault. Boy (10).     
   The Irish Times, ANN HEALY in Galway, July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- A FORMER Redemptorist student priest has been sentenced to five years in prison, with the final 2½ years suspended, for raping a 10- year-old boy in Galway city 35 years ago.
   Gerard Cleere (55), a teacher and native of Kilkenny town, was extradited from England last November, where he had been living at a Leicester halfway house for sex offenders, to stand trial in Galway.
   He fought the extradition warrant and lost his appeal against it, which Garda Insp Michael Coppinger executed on November 6th, 2009, in Leicester. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:47 PM
   [LOOK BACK: April 30, 2010.]

Breaking the Code of Silence

  - RCC.    
   Cincinnati City Beat, By Dave Malaska, ~ July 13, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Two weeks ago, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Vatican, plaintiffs claiming to be sexually abused at the hands of priests and betrayed by the church's effort to keep those crimes quietly earned their biggest court victory to date.
   In fact, after decades of losses, it felt like the victims' first real win, says Judy Jones, the Midwest associate director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
   "Frankly, I was a bit surprised," Jones says. "For the better part of 30 years we've had so many defeats, we sort of expected another one. Instead, we got a huge victory. Finally, there was something to give thousands of victims some hope." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:44 PM

Catholic Church settles with abuse victims

     
   ABC - PM, {with audio},
   AUSTRALIA -- SHANE MCLEOD: Now to the troubling issue of child sexual abuse. For some victims of abuse, just summoning up the courage to go to police can be a difficult decision and then achieving justice can be difficult also.
   Shortly we'll hear from a victim about her feelings of anger when her abuser was deemed unfit to stand trial due to his mental health.
   First though to a case where there's been a breakthrough of sorts. The Catholic Church is accepting liability for the rape and sexual abuse of girls at a Catholic primary school in southern Queensland.
   In an extraordinary move the Toowoomba Bishop, Bill Morris, has accepted the church's liability for claims made by 13 victims of abuse by a former teacher. The girls, then aged nine and 10, were abused and raped by their teacher who was also the school's child protection officer. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:41 PM

The Belgian Scandal and the Church’s Future

     
   First Things, R.R. Reno Tuesday, July 13, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- Today’s New York Times breaks more news about the investigations of the Belgian church.
   It’s an ugly story, a very ugly story. A bishop, his 10-year-old nephew, sexual molestation – and the all too familiar story of ecclesiastical retreat from reality as the Belgian hierarchy closed ranks and credible reports were dismissed a malicious rumor mongering.
   The latest revelation now adds to a turmultous atmosphere, not just in Belgium, but perhaps more widely in Europe. Here is what the folks at Der Spiegel in Germany are saying about the rolling wave of scandals and the increasingly vigorous response by civil authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:01 PM

Priest who worked in NH is arrested for child sex crime

  [Fr Orwino]  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Director, 314 433 2511
   WEST VIRGINIA -- We are grateful that at least one more person who was assaulted by this priest is stepping forward and has called police. We suspect that there are still others who were molested by Fr. Owino, and hope they too will speak up.
   It's the civic and Christian duty of every single person who saw, suspected or suffered this cleric's crimes to call law enforcement. It's irresponsible to stay paralyzed in fear, shame or embarrassment, while a predator goes free for lack of evidence and innocent children are put in harm's way again. Please, we beg you, if you have knowledge or suspicions of Owino’s wrongdoing, call the police now. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:25 PM

Clergy sex victims challenge PA Episcopal bishop

  - Episcopalian.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
   PENNSYLVANIA -- It's hard to believe that Erie's Episcopal bishop is just now learning about child sex abuse allegations against one of his predecessors.
   Common sense suggests that others in the Episcopal hierarchy knew of these abuse reports involving the former bishop. So if the current bishop just now learned about these reports, it's most likely because some in the church hierarchy hid them. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:23 PM

Clergy sex abuse victims challenge WV Jesuit University

  - RCC.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP director, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
   WEST VIRGINIA -- Shame on Wheeling Jesuit University President Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill and other top staff at the school for the shamelessly self-serving spin they’re trying to put on the arrest of a priest and teacher there. The Catholic hierarchy is essentially trying to pretend they barely know this alleged predator.
   Instead of working to distance themselves from him, church officials should be working to find and bring forward other potential victims, witnesses and whistleblowers. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:19 PM

Alleged predator priest passes away

  [Mons. Robert McClory] - RCC.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   {Memo from the Detroit archdiocese}
   MICHIGAN -- In a 7/12 memo, Msgr. Robert McClory of the Detroit archdiocese has notified priests that Fr. Ronald R. Williams has passed away. According to a Boston-based research group that documents the Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, Williams was "accused in June 2002 of getting a male minor drunk and attempting to perform oral sex on the boy.
   Williams was suspended and, investigative files reveal, two other men then came forward to the prosecutor. One alleged similar abuse in 1979 at age 16. The other alleged Williams fondled his bottom at age 17 in 1984. No charges were filed because statute of limitations had expired." In April 2007, "the Vatican permanently barred from active ministry." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:15 PM

Un prêtre flamand sur la liste d'Interpol

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.    
   7s7, {avec des photos}, July 13, 2010
   BELGIQUE -- Interpol a émis une notification rouge contre le Père Eric Dejaeger. Le prêtre flamand a été condamné au Canada pour pédophilie et doit y purger une peine de prison. Les pères Oblaten de Blanden le cachent depuis 10 ans car il aurait déjà dû purger sa peine au Canada, écrit mardi De Morgen.
   Eric Dejaeger, originaire de Roulers, était parti dans les années 1970 au Canada afin de convertir au christianisme des Inuits sur l'île Igloolik, dans le nord du pays. Il a été condamné le 5 avril 1990 à cinq ans de prison pour le viol de huit enfants, des filles et des garçons.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:10 PM

Un prêtre flamand sur la liste d'Interpol

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.
   Le Vif, ~ July 13, 2010
   BELGIQUE (Belga) -- Interpol a émis une notification rouge contre le Père Eric Dejaeger. Le prêtre flamand a été condamné au Canada pour pédophilie et doit y purger une peine de prison. Les pères Oblaten de Blanden le cachent depuis 10 ans car il aurait déjà dû purger sa peine au Canada, écrit mardi De Morgen.
   Eric Dejaeger, originaire de Roulers, était parti dans les années 1970 au Canada afin de convertir au christianisme des Inuits sur l'île Igloolik, dans le nord du pays. Il a été condamné le 5 avril 1990 à cinq ans de prison pour le viol de huit enfants, des filles et des garçons. L'homme a passé seulement quelques mois en prison et immédiatement après sa libération conditionnelle, il a récidivé. Neuf nouvelles plaintes ont été déposées contre lui début 1995 0et le Père semblait irrémédiablement devoir retourner en prison.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:04 PM

Vlaamse pater op lijst van Interpol

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.
   Skynet,
   BELGIE (Belga) -- Interpol heeft een red notice uitgevaardigd tegen pater Eric Dejaeger. De Vlaamse geestelijke werd in Canada veroordeeld wegens pedofilie en moet er een gevangenisstraf uitzitten. De paters oblaten in Blanden houden hem echter al tien jaar verborgen omdat hij zijn straf al zou uitgezeten hebben in Canada, zo schrijft De Morgen dinsdag.
   De uit Roeselare afkomstige pater Eric Dejaeger trok in de jaren zeventig naar Canada om er op het eiland Igloolik, in het barre noorden, Inuit tot het christendom te bekeren. Op 5 april 1990 werd hij veroordeeld tot vijf jaar cel voor de verkrachting van acht kinderen, zowel jongens als meisjes. De man verbleef slechts enkele maanden in de gevangenis, en na zijn vervroegde vrijlating begon hij meteen te recidiveren.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 2:01 PM

Un prêtre flamand sur la liste d'Interpol

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.
   Lalibre,
   BELGIQUE -- L'homme a passé seulement quelques mois en prison et immédiatement après sa libération conditionnelle, il a récidivé.
   Interpol a émis une notification rouge contre le Père Eric Dejaeger. Le prêtre flamand a été condamné au Canada pour pédophilie et doit y purger une peine de prison. Les pères Oblaten de Blanden le cachent depuis 10 ans car il aurait déjà dû purger sa peine au Canada, écrit mardi De Morgen. Eric Dejaeger, originaire de Roulers, était parti dans les années 1970 au Canada afin de convertir au christianisme des Inuits sur l'île Igloolik, dans le nord du pays. Il a été condamné le 5 avril 1990 à cinq ans de prison pour le viol de huit enfants, des filles et des garçons.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:58 PM

Vlaamse pater op lijst Interpol

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.    
   Nederlands Dagblad, ~ July 13, 2010
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE - Interpol heeft een zogeheten red notice uitgevaardigd tegen een Vlaamse pater. Dat betekent dat mensen die de geestelijke kennen, worden opgeroepen met de politie contact op te nemen. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:56 PM

Prêtre d'Ottawa accusé d'abus sexuels

  [Fr Allen]  
   Le Droit, Philippe Orfali,
   CANADA -- L'Église catholique de la région a de nouveau été éclaboussée par un scandale à caractère sexuel, hier, un prêtre octogénaire ayant été accusé d'avoir agressé sexuellement au moins deux adolescents au cours des années 1970.
   Le père William Joseph Allen - ses élèves l'appelaient affectueusement « Father Bill » - est soupçonné d'avoir commis des « actes inappropriés » sur deux garçons d'âge mineur, lors de trois événements qui se sont déroulés entre 1970 et 1976.
   À l'époque, l'homme enseignait à l'école secondaire catholique St. Pius X, située sur l'avenue Fisher, selon nos informations. Il y donnait notamment des cours de catéchèses.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:53 PM

Justice Department Sues to Bar Utah Man from Promoting Alleged False Church-based Tax Fraud Scheme

  - "Church of Compassionate Service."  
   U.S. Department of Justice
   UTAH – The United States has asked a federal court to permanently bar a Utah man from promoting an alleged false church-based tax fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction suit against Kevin Hartshorn was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, in Salt Lake City.
   According to the government complaint, Hartshorn works as a "senior minister" for an organization called the "Church of Compassionate Service." The suit alleges that Hartshorn falsely promises members of the organization that they can legally reduce or eliminate their federal income taxes, avoid filing federal income tax returns, and put their income and assets beyond the reach of the Internal Revenue Service by becoming "ministers" in the Church of Compassionate Service.
   The government complaint alleges that the Church of Compassionate Service claims its members are "ministers" who are required to take a vow of poverty, which supposedly eliminates their taxable income. The suit alleges the purported vows of poverty are false and the members continue to have access to their income notwithstanding the purported vow. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:51 PM

Ten Steps Toward Reforming the Catholic Church

       
   Voice of the Faithful,
   UNITED STATES -- Proposed by Voice of the Faithful
   The sexual abuse scandal that has swept across the United States, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and many other countries has finally been recognized by the Vatican as a global crisis – one that has reached the very top of the Catholic Church. It took too long. We cannot wait longer for the hierarchy to take the steps needed to prevent similar outrages in the future. We must insist on accountability that exposes and penalizes those who enabled the ongoing abuses and coverups. Then we must begin the process of restoring our Church. Following is a list of 10 reforms proposed by Voice of the Faithful that would help heal our Church.
   1. Protect children: Adopt the U.S. norms for reporting abuse and the safe environment standards currently in place in some U.S. dioceses on a global scale, in every diocese of the Church and with independent auditing of compliance. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:46 PM

Judge says parish money in investment fund part of abuse settlement

  - RCC.
   Catholic Sentinel, Catholic News Service, ~ July 13, 2010
   DELAWARE -- The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, plans to appeal a federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that the funds deposited by parishes, schools and other Catholic entities into its investment fund are property of the diocese and subject to distribution to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   The judge said the entire $120 million pooled investment account held in the name of the diocese should be considered diocesan assets, even though the diocese said it has only $45 million of its own money in the account. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:41 PM

Abuse appeal started by Catholic Middlesbrough Diocese

  - RCC. £8m compensation required. 150 boys.  
   BBC News,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic diocese has launched an appeal after being found liable for running a boys' school where 150 former pupils are suing for abuse.
   Middlesbrough Diocese is facing the £8m compensation claim.
   The alleged abuse took place between 1960 and 1992 at St William's in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:37 PM

Catholic Church appeals to High Court over sex abuse ruling

 
   Hull Daily Mail,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Catholic Church has gone to the High Court in a bid to overturn a ruling that could force it to pay £8 million compensation to victims of sexual abuse at an East Riding home.
   More than 170 people were abused at St William's Children's Home in Market Weighton between 1960 and 1992.
   A judge ruled previously that the Middlesbrough Diocese and the Catholic Child Welfare Society (CCWS) were responsible for the home. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:30 PM

Abuse allegations emerge against deceased PA bishop

  [Davis] - Episcopalian.  
   WFMJ, {with video},
   MERCER COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- The Episcopal Church in northwestern Pennsylvania is asking victims of alleged sexual assaults that may have taken place in the dioces to come forward.
   Allegations have emerged that the late Bishop Donald Davis of the northwestern Pennsylvania diocese sexually abused young girls during the 1970's and 80's.
   In a pastoral letter from the Right Reverend Sean Rowe said there have been four credible allegations against Davis, some of which have been known to church authorities but not made public. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:27 PM

5th woman accuses former Erie Episcopal bishop

 
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Associated Press Tuesday, July 13, 2010
   ERIE, Pa. -- A fifth woman has come forward to say that a former Erie Episcopal bishop abused her.
   The woman sent an e-mail to the diocese Monday, a day after the current bishop disclosed to church members that Bishop Donald Davis had sexually abused four girls. Bishop Davis was bishop in the diocese from 1974 until 1991. He died in 2007.
   According to the Erie Times-News, the latest accuser said in an e-mail that the bishop stuck his tongue in her mouth at a church camp and later asked her to go to his cabin. The girl, now grown, did not go to his cabin and instead hid in some bushes. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:18 PM

More Sex Abuse Allegations Emerge after Belgian Cardinal’s Interrogation

  - RCC.  
   LifeSite, By Hilary White, July 13, 2010
   BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the week following the deposition of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, allegations that he knew of and ignored decades of sexual abuse of young people by his priests have begun to appear in the Belgian papers.
   Police raided the offices of the Archdiocese of Brussels and Danneels’s home early this month. Shortly thereafter, on July 6, Danneels spent a gruelling ten hour day answering questions from Brussels prosecutors about the extent of his knowledge and involvement in the cover-up of sexual abuse by priests on his 27-year watch as head of the Brussels diocese and primate of the Belgian Catholic Church.
   Local news reports say that during the interrogation, Danneels denied all knowledge of sexual abuse by priests. But in the following week, reports have begun to surface from purported victims and their families who insist that Danneels had known for years of extensive clerical sex abuse among his priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 1:14 PM

Polanski decision angers US audience

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).          
   Swissinfo, ~ July 13, 2010
   SWITZERLAND -- Disappointment, disgust and some understanding – reactions in the United States to the Swiss decision to set Roman Polanski free have been mainly negative.
   As the news spread, those in the legal and entertainment industries were quick to voice opinions. Readers have also been keen to put their two cents’ worth in. …
   Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, told swissinfo.ch that she was disappointed with the Swiss justice system’s ruling.
   “The Swiss did not act appropriately in this case. Polanski should not be rewarded for hiding from law enforcement,” said Blaine, calling on consumers to boycott the work of Polanski and his supporters.
   “The Swiss decision is an incredibly important and sad event for both governments and, most of all, for children who are abused,” she said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 9:59 AM

Roman Polanski's victim wants case to finally end

  [1977 Mr Roman Polanski]- No religion link given. Convicted re US girl (13), allegation by UK girl (16).  
   Los Angeles Times, ~ July 13, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- The victim in the Roman Polanski sex case said she hopes the Swiss government's decision not to extradite the director to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with her when she was 13 brings the long-running case to a close.
   Samantha Geimer, who has in the past publicly forgiven Polanski, told The Times she hopes L.A. County prosecutors will now drop the matter.
   “I hope that the D.A.’s office will now have this case dismissed and finally put the matter to rest once and for all,” she said in an e-mail. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 9:18 AM

Parishioners Reacts To Priest's Arrest

  [Fr Felix Owino]  
   The State Journal, By Melissa Reid,
   WEIRTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- The allegations against Father Felix Owino are shocking.
   Charges that involve aggravated sexual battery of a minor.
   The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says they learned of his arrest Thursday.
   "Once the Diocese learned of the charges, we informed his religious superiors and suspended his priestly faculties within the diocese," said spokesman, Bryan Minor. "this was effective immediately, pending the outcome of the charges in Fairfax County."
   According to Minor, the Diocese released information on Owino's arrest so that anyone with knowledge of any wrongdoing by Father Felix can come forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:28 AM

Archdiocese's child protection policies have set new standard

 
   Catholic Sentinel
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Accusations of clergy sex abuse in Europe have set off a media blitz in the U.S. Lost in the hype are the scores of measures that western Oregon Catholics working in parishes, schools and other church organizations have taken in the past 10 years to prevent abuse, actually making the Catholic Church a leader in child protection.
   The Archdiocese of Portland's Office for Child Protection/Victim Assistance, ahead of the national curve, offers ongoing emotional, psychological and spiritual services abuse victims. The office also aims to increase preventative screening, training and education.
   An updated code and standard of conduct for working with children spell out the true mission of the archdiocese and policy on touch and relationships. The archdiocese encourages direct reporting of suspected abuse to civil authorities. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:25 AM

A Rocky Road

 
   UNITED STATES Healing and Spirituality
   Dr. Jaime Romo
   I’m back, after a leave of presence. I just returned from visit to Maui, where I had been almost 25 years ago. This time, I went with my family. While we enjoyed many beautiful experiences of floating with brilliant fish and tranquil turtles, and hiking through enchanting bamboo forest, it was also an important time to step back and rejuvenate from the work of promoting healing and ending abuse everywhere.
   A couple of things strike me about the contrast of time. 25 years ago, I was beginning my teaching career, having just left the seminary. Today, I have left the university career to promote healing and end abuse everywhere for the rest of my life – at least the next 25 years. Back then, I was oblivious to my own abuse experience. Now, the world seems to be moving out of global denial of a problem, making it possible to end it.
   One aspect of my trip reminded me of advocacy work; it was the drive from Hana back to the west coast via the south side of the island. If you’ve driven this before, you will appreciate immediately the challenges of ten miles of unpaved roller coaster roads with hair pin turns, cows in the middle of a narrow road around blind corners, a 1 ½ lane road shrinking to one lane over narrow bridges, and did I mention hair pin turns. I was concerned that the car would break apart on this road. My family members were alternatively terrified and awed by the scenery that sometimes looked like another planet. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 8:06 AM

Diocese appeals over boys' school

   
   Whitby Gazette, Published Date: 13 July 2010
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic diocese has launched an appeal after being found liable for running a boys' school in East Yorkshire where 150 former pupils are suing for sexual and physical abuse.
   Middlesbrough Diocese, which is facing an £8 million compensation claim, says the De La Salle Brotherhood, a Catholic organisation which provided teachers for the school, should take some responsibility.
   A judge had ruled last year that the brotherhood had no legal responsibility for the alleged abuse by staff at St William's in Market Weighton which closed in 1992. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:51 AM

The Church of Pittsburgh and safe environment for children

 
   PENNSYLVANIA Pittsburgh Catholic
   by: Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report
   What has the church done to address the tragedy of the sexual abuse of children and to provide a safe environment for children in Catholic environments?
  , The Catholic Church in the United States put in place in 2002 a 17-point comprehensive “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
  , This codified for the church in the United States as a whole an entire series of best practices in addressing this tragic issue that had already been in place in some dioceses for at least a decade or more, including the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It built on the bishops’ own work in 1993. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:48 AM

Catholic abbot returns to office despite abuse scandal

  - Re-elected.  
   The Local,
   GERMANY -- A German Benedictine Abbot who resigned in February amid the Catholic child abuse scandal for failing to properly report abuse accusations is already set to return to his former post, media reported Tuesday.
   Barnabas Bögle, 53, has been elected by the 45 voting monks of the Ettal Abbey in Bavaria, which was rocked by allegations of abuse, to return, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. The decision must still be approved by the Vatican.
   In recent weeks, Church authorities in Rome decreed there was no reason not to hold a re-election for Bögle, as well as for the head of the Ettal school and priory, Maurus Kraß, who also resigned in February. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:43 AM

No hiding place for abusers: SF

   
   Derry Journal, Published Date: 13 July 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A local councillor has said there should be no hiding place for the perpetrators of institutional sex abuse.
   Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McLaughlin made the comment after victims of abuse called on the Assembly to set up an inquiry into abuse in Catholic Church-run care homes.
   A number of local survivors were among those who delivered a letter to the First and Deputy First Minister at Stormont last week. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:41 AM

Episcopal bishop calls for abused to step up

  - Episcopalian.  
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Mackenzie Carpenter, Tuesday, July 13, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Four girls, some as young as 10, were allegedly molested in the 1970s and 1980s by the Episcopal Bishop of Erie, Donald Davis -- and now the current bishop is reaching out to identify more victims, if they exist.
   In a letter read after services Sunday at the diocese's 34 churches, Bishop Sean Rowe, of the Erie-based Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, asked that any women who may have been abused by the late Rev. Davis come forward.
   "On behalf of the church, I offer an abject apology to Bishop Davis' victims, their families, and everyone whose trust in the church has been violated, and I ask for your forgiveness," Bishop Rowe wrote. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:38 AM

Daniel McCormack, Former Priest and Convicted Sex Offender, Has Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

 
   CHICAGO (IL) My Fox Chicago
   Sun-Times Media Wire
   Chicago - Three men and a teenage boy filed a lawsuit Monday claiming they were sexually abused -- some more than 100 times -- by convicted sex offender and former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack.
   Three men -- identified only as 21-year-old John A. Doe, 22-year-old John B. Doe and 23-year-old John D. Doe -- and a 15-year-old boy and his mother claim the Rev. Daniel McCormack had inappropriate sexual contact with boys when they were members of St. Agatha’s parish, according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
   The suit also claims the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Catholic Bishop of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George knew McCormack had “inappropriate sexual conduct” with underage boys while in seminary school at Niles College at Loyola and at the Mundelein seminary and Holy Family parish prior to assigning him as pastor of St. Agatha’s parish. At no point did church officials contact the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or any other government agencies, according to the suit. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:35 AM

New lawsuit filed against former Chicago priest

 
   CHICAGO (IL) WGN
   {with video}
   The alleged abuse happened five years ago when McCormack was pastor of St. Agatha's and was the basketball coach.
   The Chicago Tribune reports that the young men are now 15 to 23 years old. Two of them alleged McCormack inappropriately sexually touched, rubbed and/or abused them more than 100 times.
   It was at St. Agatha's on the west side that McCormack molested five other boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:33 AM

Another woman reports abuse by Episcopal bishop

  [A bishop] - Episcopalian.
   Erie Times-News, By DANA MASSING, dana.massing@timesnews.com ,
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The 10-year-old girl was scared.
   Earlier in the day, the bishop had stuck his tongue in her mouth under water in the pool at the church camp.
   Then he'd asked her to go to his cabin and help him pack. She'd decided to avoid him and could hear him asking about her as she hid in the bushes.
   "After hearing what has happened to the other girls I am very glad I never went to his cabin that night as I am sure what my fate would have been," the girl, now a woman, wrote in an e-mail to the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania in which she alleged abuse by Bishop Donald Davis. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:27 AM

Priest Facing Sex Counts

 
   WEST VIRGINIA -- Wheeling News-Register By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH POSTED: July 13, 2010
   A priest who taught at Wheeling Jesuit University and served as associate pastor of St. Paul's Parish in Weirton is being held without bond in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Virginia, accused of sexual battery on a juvenile.
   Lt. Sonny Cachuela, public information officer for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office, said the Rev. Felix C. Owino, A.J., is charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor under 13 years of age. Owino's next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 2 in the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston issued a news release Monday, stating it had suspended Owino from his priestly duties within the diocese, pending the outcome of his trial in Virginia. The diocese had learned Friday that Owino was arrested Thursday in Fairfax County. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:24 AM

SNAP urges Guam to speak out against abuse

     
   KUAM, by Mindy Aguon
   GUAM -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is encouraging island residents to provide testimony in support of legislation that would require local clerics to disclose and report child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse to the public. No one showed up yesterday to testify on Bill 372 that went up for a public hearing.
   SNAP's Joelle Casteix commented that it is their sincere hope that the citizens of Guam speak out and support this one small step to help keep kids safe. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:22 AM

Bishop tasks priests on celibacy, chastity

  - RCC.  
   Vanguard, By Vincent Ujumadu, July 13, 2010
   AWKA, NIGERIA – The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Reverend Hilary Okeke, has charged priests to accept celibacy in all its ramifications and live chaste lives.
   He spoke against the backdrop of allegations of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church by some priests in parts of the world at the ordination of some priests in Anambra State last weekend.
   Addressing a large congregation of people at the special church service that attracted people from within and outside the country, Bishop Okeke said that for the priests to succeed in their vocation, they must exhibit courage and determination to make a difference among the people of God. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:19 AM

Priest, 80, charged with sex abuse

  [1970-76 Fr William Allen* (80)] - RCC. 2 teen boys.  
   CANADA -- The Ottawa Citizen, By Kristy Nease, July 13, 2010
   An 80-year-old Ottawa priest has been charged with three counts of indecent assault following a police investigation into alleged sexual assaults involving two teenage boys dating back 40 years.
   The investigation, which began in March, examined a "series of inappropriate acts" between the Roman Catholic priest and two teenagers in Ottawa between 1970 and 1976, police said Monday.
   Rev. William Joseph Allen, 80, a former teacher at St. Pius X High School, faces three counts of indecent assault. Arrested Monday, he was released with conditions. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 13, 2010 7:16 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue July 13, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Wis. agents arrest priest suspected of child porn

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger (59) -NEW*. RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.]  
   Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com/ news/chi- ap-wi-priest- childporn-, 0,5499482. story , ~ July 14, 2010
   MADISON, WISCONSIN – State agents have arrested an Onalaska priest suspected of possessing child pornography.
   The state Justice Department issued a statement saying the Rev. Patrick Umberger was taken into custody on Wednesday. He has not been formally charged and the statement offered no other details except to say the agency's Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force was involved. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:50 PM]

Trial: Man Used AIDS as Deadly Weapon

  [2008 "Rev" Nathaniel Tumbwe -NEW*] - The Potter's House. Woman.    
   Fox 4, Fil Alvarado, FOX 4 News, Published Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010
   DALLAS (TX) -- A man on trial in Dallas is accused of having unprotected sex with a woman and not telling her he’s infected with AIDS.
   Prosecutors said Zambia native Nathaniel Tumbwe is a man who represented himself to the victim as a minister and a prince. But he didn’t tell her about his disease.
   They presented testimony from several witnesses who said he did not take his disease seriously. Experts said he frequently did not take medications and missed doctors’ appointments. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:44 PM

Church volunteer faces allegation of child molestation

  [2006 Mr Terry Jensen -NEW*] - Westgate Chapel. Girl (8), and camera peeking.  
   Herald, By Diana Hefley, Herald Writer, July 14, 2010
   EDMONDS (WA) – A volunteer magician and puppeteer who worked with a children’s ministry at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds is accused of fondling a young parishioner during Sunday school and sneaking his camera up the skirts of unsuspecting girls and women.
   Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Terry Jensen, 55, of Edmonds, with first-degree child molestation and two counts of attempted voyeurism.
   The incidents date back to 2006, when an 8-year-old girl reported that Jensen fondled her three times during a class, according to court papers. The girl told her mother, who reported the incident to church officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:13 AM

'Father Sam' faces federal charges

  [~ 2003 Apr-Jun - Fr Samuel Ciccolini* (68)] - RCC. Banked US $1m. False tax return.
  Beacon Journal, By Rick Armon and Colette Jenkins, staff writers, Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010
   AKRON (OH) -- A Roman Catholic priest who has earned international accolades for helping alcoholics and drug addicts was charged Tuesday with evading federal banking requirements and filing a false tax return.
   The Rev. Samuel R. Ciccolini, 68, better known as "Father Sam," is accused of depositing more than $1 million in bank branches in the Akron area from April to June 2003 by making 139 individual cash transactions, federal authorities say.
   Banks are required to report deposits of more than $10,000 to federal authorities under the Bank Secrecy Act, which is designed to catch money laundering. Authorities contend Ciccolini deposited lower amounts so as not to trigger the reporting requirement. …
   Friends and colleagues reacted in disbelief to the charges against Ciccolini, saying he is a man with a flawless reputation.
   "Father Sam has impeccable credentials and incredible integrity. Whatever questions there are, there must be plausible and appropriate explanations," said Tom Allio, retired executive director of the Catholic Commission of Summit County. "I've known Father Sam for 40 years, and I would follow him anywhere." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:29 AM

’Vlaamse pater die kinderen misbruikte ontvluchtte Canada niet’

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.    
   RKnieuws, ~ July 14, 2010
   BLANDEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - De Vlaamse pater Eric D. (63), die in 1990 in Canada werd veroordeeld tot vijf jaar cel wegens seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen, ontvluchtte Canada niet en maakte zich na zijn vervroegde vrijlating niet schuldig aan recidive. Dat zegt pater Georges Vervust, provinciale overste van de Vlaamse paters oblaten, de congregatie waartoe pater Dejaeger behoort, in een reactie op krantenberichten. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:24 PM]

Priest exonerated after charges proven to be false

  - Mons. Higgins CLEARED.  
   Denver Catholic Register, By Roxanne King, ~ July 14, 2010
   DENVER (CO) -- Last year a woman using the pseudonym “Jane Doe” accused Msgr. William Higgins of sexually abusing her in the 1960s. Msgr. Higgins was a well-respected priest of the Denver Archdiocese who died in 1967 at the age of 77. After extensive litigation, all charges against Msgr. Higgins were established to be false. On June 25 the claim was voluntarily dismissed.
   “When we received this complaint last year, we responded immediately,” explained archdiocesan spokeswoman Jeanette DeMelo. “We took the accusation seriously despite the fact that the priest died 42 years ago, and that the charges did not seem plausible.
   “We reached out to the alleged victim as we do in all such cases. We invited her to participate in our victim outreach panel and offered assistance to her, with the hope for healing,” said DeMelo. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:53 PM

Wis. Priest Accused Of Having Child Porn Arrested

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59). RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.]  
   WCCO, TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press Writer,
   MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An Onalaska priest was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child pornography possession, the state Justice Department said.
   A department statement offered no details about the arrest of the Rev. Patrick Umberger, 59, except to say the agency's Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force was involved, suggesting the alleged crimes were computer-related.
   Umberger was in the La Crosse County Jail on Wednesday night. Formal charges were expected Thursday. The priest's attorney, Jim Birnbaum, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:22 PM

WI DOJ Agents Arrest Onalaska Priest

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.
   Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wednesday, July 14, 2010
   Patrick A. Umberger of Onalaska Taken into Custody This Afternoon
   ONALASKA, Wisconsin -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the arrest of Patrick A. Umberger on charges of possession of child pornography. This arrest was the result of an investigation by a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
   Patrick Umberger is in custody in the La Crosse County Jail. The Division of Criminal Investigation has referred the matter to the La Crosse County District Attorney for prosecution.
   Citizens with further information about this matter are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Field Office at 715-839-3830 and reference the Umberger matter. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:19 PM

Priest gets bail on sexual assault charges

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   The Irish Times, July 15, 2010
   IRELAND -- An 82-year-old priest has been granted bail after appearing in court in Co Galway on two charges of sexually assaulting a boy in the west of Ireland over four decades ago.
   The priest appeared before Loughrea District Court charged with sexually assaulting the 15-year-old at separate locations in the west of Ireland in 1968.
   The priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded to appear before Loughrea District Court on September 1st. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:15 PM

Ex-Bishop Dupre wants video under wraps

 
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) WWLP
   {with video}
   Jacqueline Jing
   Andrew Nicastro is suing retired Springfield Bishop Joseph Maguire and disgraced former Bishop Thomas Dupre because they supervised de-frocked priest Alfred Graves, who allegedly abused him.
   This past April, Dupre spoke with Nicastro's attorney John Stobierski in Washington D.C. about this alleged abuse.
   During the deposition, Stobierski said Dupre repeatedly avoided the questions by 'pleading the fifth'.
   Wednesday, Dupre's attorney, Michael Jennings, filed to impound the videotaped interview…hiding it from the media and the public. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:08 PM

School never made aware of misconduct

  [Fr Allen]  
   CANADA -- The Ottawa Citizen, By Kristy Nease, July 14, 2010
   The principal at St. Pius X High School from the early 1970s until 1984 – including the time when teacher Rev. William Joseph Allen is alleged to have assaulted two teenage students – said he was never made aware of any misconduct or suspicion of misconduct by the Catholic priest.
   Msgr. Len Lunney said by phone Tuesday that when Allen left the school to assume duties at the Resurrection of Our Lord parish in 1975, Allen’s “involvement at the school was very limited.”
   During Lunney’s early tenure, Allen had been making the “natural evolution” from teaching to increased parish work, Lunney said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:05 PM

Pembroke priest to face fewer charges

  [Mons. Robert Borne -? NEW] - RCC. 2 victims.  
   CANADA -- The Ottawa Citizen,
   Msgr. Robert Borne of Pembroke is now facing two counts each of indecent assault and gross indecency against two alleged victims after a number of charges involving three other complainants were dropped in Pembroke court Wednesday.
   Borne’s lawyer, Bob Carew, said the incidents now before the court were alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 1977, against one victim, and between Feb. 15 and Aug. 15, 1981, against the other.
   A publication ban has been ordered to protect the victims’ identities. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:01 PM]

Catholic Church Set To Begin Canonical Procedures To Remove Argentine Priest for Supporting Marriage Equality

  - RCC.    
   Lez Get Real, by Bridgette P. LaVictoire, Jul/14/10
   UNITED STATES -- How fast does it take to fire a pedophile priest? Some of those defrockings are still pending after more than a decade. How fast does it take to fire a same-sex marriage advocating priest? One week.
   Argentine priest Father Jose Nicolas Alessio made a statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage, something that one Argentine bishop has labeled the work of the devil, and he has refused to retract his statement. Procedures to expell Father Alessio, the former pastor of St. Cajetan’s in the city of Cordoba, began shortly after he made statements in support of same-sex marriage. After Father Alessio made several statements in support of marriage equality, “the archbishop has prohibited him from the public exercising of the priestly ministry, which means he cannot celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments of the Church publicly, and therefore, cannot continue as pastor.” …
   The Catholic Church has taken years to expel priests who have molested children, even supporting them when they have admitted their crimes. They have supported priests and bishops who have expressed antisemitic views, and done nothing to publicly admonish or push them. However, if you support marriage equality, be prepared to face the wrath of Father Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:42 PM

Man accused of having unprotected sex without revealing HIV

  [Nathaniel Tumbwe] - Says he's a "Rev." and a "Dr." Woman.  
   WFAA, by CYNTHIA VEGA, ~ July 14, 2010
   DALLAS (TX) – Opening statements were heard on Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of having sex without disclosing a potentially deadly secret.
   Nathaniel Tumbwe calls himself a doctor and a reverend, but he's on trial at Crowley Courthouse accused of having unprotected sex with a woman without telling her he had HIV.
   Prosecutors told the jury that they will prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:46 PM

Melbourne Archdiocese to adjust letters sent to abuse victims

  - RCC.    
   CathNews, July 14, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- Archdiocese says it will adjust future letters sent to sexual abuse victims about legal settlements after being informed that the original contained mistakes.
   The standard letter sent by the Church in Melbourne with legal offers of compensation stated that signing the offer would release the Archbishop from further claims of abuse, according to a report in The Age.
   The letter states that signing it "releases the Archbishop from all further claims arising out of the sexual abuse or any other sexual abuse by a priest, religious or lay person under the control of the Archbishop of Melbourne". Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:40 PM

Former priest's sex abuse trial postponed until September

   
   NEW YORK / MASSACHUSETTS -- Post-Star, By Don Lehman dlehman@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
   The child sex abuse trial of former local priest Gary Mercure has been postponed until September after Mercure's lawyer asked a Massachusetts judge to dismiss the charges just days before the trial was set to begin.
   Mercure, the one-time priest at Our Lady of Annunciation Church in Queeensbury and St. Mary's Church in Glens Falls who was defrocked in 2008 amid child sexual abuse allegations, faces felony counts in Pittsfield, Mass., related to allegations he molested boys there in the 1980s.
   His two alleged victims were parishioners from the Queensbury church whom he allegedly took on trips to Massachusetts, then sexually abused. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:31 PM

More families accuse pastor

  [? 1990s-2000s - Pastor Christopher Settlemoir] - Baptist. 2 more complainants.
   The Macomb Daily, By Norb Franz, Staff Writer, June 25, 2010
   WARREN (MI) -- New criminal charges have been filed against a Warren pastor accused of sexually molesting a teenage boy.
   Christopher Scott Settlemoir, who also is the principal of the school at Antioch Baptist Church, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes. The offense is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
   Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the families of two other children came forward with allegations following last week's media reports that Settlemoir was charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:28 PM

Clergy sex victims blast LA archdiocese on settlement anniversary

 
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   Statement by Joelle Casteix, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com)
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Three years ago today, more than five hundred deeply wounded clergy sex abuse victims settled with the Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese.
   A key part of that agreement was the release of thousands of pages of long-secret church records that would shed light on the cover up of clergy sex crimes by top archdiocesan staff. Most victims wanted to do everything possible to expose high-ranking church officials who ignored or concealed child felonies.
   But three years later, defense lawyers for church staff are still fighting tooth and nail to keep these crucial documents hidden and protect the reputations of corrupt men who were and are on the archdiocesan payroll. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:26 PM

Serial IL predator priest soon gets out of jail; SNAP responds

  [1999-2000 Fr Mark Campobello*] - RCC. 2 girls (14, 15).  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 14, 2010
   Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)
   ILLINOIS -- Campobello is a young, healthy and dangerous predator. Given the chance, he will almost certainly molest again.
   There’s really just one hope now: that others who saw, suspected or suffered Campobello’s crimes will call police and start prosecuting him for other crimes. We’re confident more victims are out there. It’s just a question of them finding the courage to contact law enforcement so that other kids will be spared years of torment. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:23 PM
   [LOOK BACK: May 14, 2004]

Clergy sex victims blast new ruling re CT predator

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, July 14, 2010
   Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)
   CONNECTICUT -- This is a devastating ruling that we desperately hope will be overturned by a higher court.
   Perlitz clearly exploited and assaulted extremely vulnerable and poor Haitian children. He’s a dangerous predator who belongs behind bars and will likely molest again if given the chance.
   If prosecutors are unable to or unsuccessful in appealing this tragic ruling, there’s still one hope – that others who saw, suspected or suffered any crimes by Perlitz in the US will step forward. We strongly suspect there are kids who were assaulted by Perlitz in America who fall within the statute of limitations and could pursue criminal charges against him here. We pray that those victims, along with any witnesses or whistleblowers, will find the courage to get help, call police, expose wrong-doers, protect others and start healing. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:19 PM

New bishop vows patience

  - RCC.  
   Indianapolis Star By Bob Scott / Lafayette Journal and Courier, Posted: July 14, 2010.
   LAFAYETE, INDIANA -- Bishop-designate Timothy L. Doherty will be ordained and installed Thursday as sixth bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.
  "We're very excited about the new bishop," said Steve Craver, a lay leader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hamilton County. "We have such high hopes for him."
   Higi provided strong leadership as the church has had to face the priest sex scandals that have touched so many Catholics, Craver said. He hopes Doherty continues offering spiritual care and guidance to the victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:14 PM

Jail for former student priest who raped boy thirty five years ago

  [1973-74 Mr Gerard Cleere* (55) (Redemptorist seminarian)] - RCC. 2½yrs prison. Boy (10).     
   Galway Advertiser, By Martina Nee, ~ July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- A man who indecently assaulted and raped a 10-year-old boy in Galway city 35 years ago while he was a Redemptorist student priest has been sentenced to five years in prison, with the final two and half years suspended.
   Kilkenny native Gerard Cleere (55) was also placed on the sex offenders register for life at the sentencing hearing at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday.
   In April of this year Cleere pleaded guilty to indecent assault of the boy on a date unknown between January 1973 and December 30, 1974, but denied the charge of b*g*ery. A jury found him guilty of the latter charge and sentencing was adjourned to this week. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:10 PM

Onalaska priest

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.  
   WQOW, http://www.wqow.com/ Global/ story. asp?S= 12808397 , ~ July 14, 2010
   Onalaska, WISCONSIN (Press Release) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the arrest of Patrick A. Umberger on charges of possession of child pornography. This arrest was the result of an investigation by a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
   Patrick Umberger is in custody in the La Crosse County Jail. The Division of Criminal Investigation has referred the matter to the La Crosse County District Attorney for prosecution.
   Citizens with further information about this matter are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Field Office at 715-839-3830 and reference the Umberger matter. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 7:45 PM

Zambia: Texas woman tells court she rejected Nathaniel Tumbwe who hid HIV before he attacked her

  [2008 Nathaniel Tumbwe*] - The Potter's House. Woman.    
   Lusaka Times, By JENNIFER EMILY / The Dallas Morning News, jemily@dallasnews.com , ~ July 14, 2010
   ZAMBIA and TEXAS -- Carolyn Hudson barely knew Nathaniel Tumbwe so she repeatedly spurned his advances and marriage proposals that seemed to her more like a plea for sex than real commitment. But Tumbwe, 47, stopped taking no for an answer in October 2008, Hudson testified Tuesday. She said he raped her on the black futon in the TV room of her Cedar Hill home.
   It wasn’t until weeks later that Hudson, who had already reported the assault to police, learned that Tumbwe had advanced AIDS and had exposed her to the virus because he did not wear a condom. …
   Hudson met Tumbwe because both were elders at the Potter’s House, the megachurch in southwestern Dallas. Hudson is still an elder there, and she and Tumbwe would sometimes get together to discuss and debate religion at a bookstore. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:41 PM

Whatever happened at Father Cooper's cabin in 1971, the archdiocese isn't responsible

 
   Riverfront Times, By Nicholas Phillips, Wednesday, Jul 14 2010
   MISSOURI -- In the late 1990s, a Mehlville man began sliding in and out of severe depression. He'd go days without showering. Fifty-two years old and a father of three, he usually managed to drag himself to his blue-collar union job at a large utility company, but sometimes he couldn't. On days off, his wife had to order him to get up and brush his teeth.
   In July 1998, the man – whose attorneys have advised him to be identified in this story only as John Doe – spent several days in treatment for depression at Des Peres Hospital where, in a fit, he locked himself in the nurse's medicine closet. The staff had to summon his wife to come and coax him out. In March 2000 he underwent electroconvulsive therapy. Meanwhile he was swallowing various combinations of pills. Nothing helped.
   The death of his twin brother in 1996 had triggered the downward spiral. But Doe remembers his doctor, Rick Mofsen, concluding that the source of his depression had to run deeper. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:18 PM

"So after he tried to anally rape you…": Chilling Details in John Doe AP v. Archdiocese of STL

  [1971 Fr Thomas Cooper. RCC. Male "John Doe".]
   Riverfront Times, {with deposition}, By Nicholas Phillips, Wed., Jul. 14 2010
   Warning: The testimony in the document below is not for delicate eyes.
   MISSOURI -- This week's cover story , "Sins of the Father," dives into the case of a Mehlville man who's now going by the pseudonym, John Doe. He claims that in 2002, a horrifying memory flooded back to him: Father Thomas T. Cooper sexually abused him back in the summer of 1971.
   Doe couldn't sue Fr. Cooper, who died in 2003. But he did sue the Archdiocese of St. Louis for failing to supervise the clergyman.
   Then last March, a 22nd circuit court judge ruled that Doe's action fails, because any abuse would've happened off church property and outside of church control. (Read the excerpt after the jump…) Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:12 PM

Vatican to publish new child sex abuse rules

   
   ABC News (Australia)
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican will publish revised rules on the handling of priest sex abuse cases today, according to a source close to the Vatican.
   The rules are expected to extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse crimes from 10 to 20 years after the victim's 18th birthday and to classify child pornography as a "serious offence."
   The revisions update a 2001 document, a "motu proprio" signed by Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor John Paul II, dealing with "serious crimes." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:08 PM

Vatican to issue new rules against priest child abuse, ordination of women

 
   Los Angeles Times,
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is expected to announce new rules aimed at preventing clergy from abusing children and against the ordination of women as priests.
   It will now be a serious crime against the Roman Catholic Church to ordain women, a source close to the Vatican told CNN Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:05 PM

Papal delegate to Legionaries: examine consciences

  [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.       
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP),
   VATICAN CITY – The pope's delegate for the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ has told its members they must examine their consciences and reform following allegations that their founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered children.
   Archbishop Velasio De Paolis met with the order's top leaders for the first time Saturday and celebrated Mass with them at their Roman headquarters, explaining his job to them and assuring them of the pope's support, the order said Wednesday.
   Pope Benedict XVI announced May 1 that he was naming a delegate to take charge of and overhaul the Legionaries after a Vatican investigation determined that their founder, the Rev. Marciel Maciel, had led a secret double life devoid of any scruples or religious sentiment. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 3:02 PM

Group Fights Release Of Pedophile Priest

  [1999-2000 Fr Mark Campobello*] - RCC. 2 girls (14, 15).  
   CBS 2, ~ July 14, 2010
   LINCOLN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -- A former west suburban priest convicted of sexual abuse is scheduled to be released from prison later this month and a group supporting clergy sex victims is opposed to his release.
   Mark Campobello is scheduled for release from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on July 28, state officials told the Geneva Sun on Wednesday. …
   In a statement released Wednesday, David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said, "Campobello is a young, healthy and dangerous predator. Given the chance, he will almost certainly molest again."
   The organization is hoping other victims come forward to assure Campobello's continued incarceration. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:59 PM

U.S. Judge throws out Perlitz indictment

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - Roman Catholic. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
   Connecticut Post, Michael P. Mayko, Published: 01:36 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010
   NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- In a ruling that stunned federal prosecutors, a judge Wednesday dismissed the international sexual abuse indictment against Douglas Perlitz after determining that no criminal acts occurred in Connecticut and, as a result, the case could not be tried here.
   However, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton noted that her 25-page ruling does not deter the government from seeking an indictment in another district.
   The prosecution could charge Perlitz in Florida, Colorado and New York -- all areas in which he boarded a plane to fly to Haiti where he helped create a program to feed, school and clothe homeless boys. The indictment alleges that Perlitz, a honored Fairfield University graduate, sexually abused 18 of the boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:56 PM

Statement of Archbishop Charles Chaput on false charge against deceased priest

  - Mons. Higgins cleared.  
   Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver, ~ July 14, 2010
   DENVER (CO) -- More than a year ago a female plaintiff filed a complaint under the pseudonym "Jane Doe" against Monsignor William Higgins. Msgr. Higgins passed away in 1967, after more than five decades of loyal service in this archdiocese, most of which was at St. Philomena's parish. Other than this single complaint made 42 years after Msgr. Higgins' death, no complaint has ever been advanced against this fine priest.
   Through the litigation and the extensive discovery in the case, the archdiocese determined that the plaintiff's complaint was not credible and the charges made against Msgr. Higgins were groundless. The plaintiff has voluntarily dismissed all claims.
   If Msgr. Higgins were alive today, he would be in good standing and able to minister in the archdiocese. False charges do inexcusable harm to a priest's good name, his reputation earned over years of service to others, and to the lay Catholic faithful and other dedicated priests. We are saddened that such a charge was made, but want you all to know that you can esteem Msgr. Higgins and keep him in your prayers as a righteous man. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:50 PM

Archbishop Chaput 'saddened' by false abuse charges against deceased priest

 
   DENVER (CO) Catholic News Agency
   Denver, Colo., Jul 14, 2010 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- Following the dismissal of a sexual abuse claim against a deceased priest in the Archdiocese of Denver, Archbishop Charles Chaput issued a statement saying he was “saddened” by the false allegations.
   The Denver Catholic Register reported today that in 2009, a woman with the pseudonym “Jane Doe” accused Msgr. William Higgins – a priest who died in 1967 at the age of 77 – of sexually abusing her in the 1960s. …
   “Unfortunately, the woman rejected the archdiocese’s offer to help her through mediation and as a result the lawsuit moved forward,” the spokeswoman said. “It was during the usual extensive investigation and formal discovery process of civil litigation that the plaintiff’s complaint was found to be false and the charges were proven groundless.”
   On June 25 of this year, the “plaintiff then dismissed all claims.” Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:46 PM

Charges Dropped In Haiti Sex-Abuse Case

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RCC. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
   The Hartford Courant BY EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com , 1:51 p.m. EDT, July 14, 2010
   NEW HAVEN (CT) – A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all charges against the founder of an internationally known youth charity in Haiti who was accused of traveling to the island and using his position of authority to sexually abuse impoverished and homeless boys.
   U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton dimissed the indictment against Douglas Perlitz. She said federal prosecutors are prosecuting Perlitz in the wrong jurisdiction – Connecticut – for alleged offenses that occurred elsewhere.
   In her written decision ordering the dismissal of the indictment against Perlitz, Arterton said she is not prohibiting federal prosecutors from re-indicting Perlitz in another jurisdiction, or venue. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:43 PM

De opmerkelijke tussenkomsten van een procureur-generaal

   
   De Morgen, 11u54, Jul/07/10
   BELGIE -- Yves Desmet, politiek commentator bij De Morgen, meent dat Marc de le Court een eigenzinnige invulling geeft aan zijn job.
   Zes dagen na de huiszoeking in het aartsbisdom startte procureur-generaal Marc de le Court al een onderzoek naar het onderzoek. Het is niet de eerste vreemde beslissing van deze magistraat, die de rol van het Openbaar Ministerie totaal ongepast invult, vindt Desmet.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:39 PM

De le Court verklaarde Danneels in 1998 onschuldig

  [RCC]
   De Morgen
   BELGIE -- Procureur-generaal Marc de le Court, die het gerechtelijk onderzoek naar pedofiliefeiten gepleegd door priesters nakijkt, zat het hof van beroep voor dat kardinaal Godfried Danneels in 1998 onschuldig verklaarde in verband met gelijkaardige feiten. Het weekblad Télé Moustique wijst daarop in een artikel dat woensdag verschijnt.
   Danneels in beroep onschuldig
   De correctionele rechtbank van Brussel veroordeelde priester André Vander Lijn in 1998 tot zes jaar cel wegens verkrachting van minderjarigen. Het ging om scouts waarvan hij aalmoezenier was in de parochie Sint-Gillis. De rechtbank oordeelde toen ook dat kardinaal Danneels en hulpbisschop Paul Lanneau op de hoogte gebracht waren van het pedofiele gedrag van de priester en burgerlijk aansprakelijk waren. Danneels en Lanneau gingen in beroep en werden onschuldig verklaard.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:37 PM

Radio interview with Randy Engel

   
   UNITED STATES Voice of Catholic Radio
   {audio presentation}
   This is a Voice of Catholic Radio Interview with Randy Engel, Part III on Lesbianism in Women Religious Orders. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:05 PM

Canada asks for extradition of Flemish priest

  [≤ 1990 Fr Eric Dejaeger* (? Oblate Father)] - RCC. 8 children.    
   De Redactie
   CANADA / BELGIUM -- Canada has asked for the extradition of the Flemish priest Eric Dejaeger. A so-called red notice was issued against the Fleming through Interpol, the world's largest international police organisation. The man is presently staying with the Fathers Oblaten in Blanden near Leuven, De Morgen reports.
   A red notice is not the same as an arrest warrant. It's a request to have a certain person arrested and extradited. Canada asks for Dejaeger's extradition because he still has to serve five years in prison after being convicted of child abuse in 1990 (small photo: when he was arrested).
   The man had abused 8 children, both boys and girls. He was released in 1991 on parole after spending some months in prison, but continued the child abuse after his release. In 1995, five complaints were filed against him. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 2:02 PM

Catholic church must aid sexual abuse victims 'despite cost'

  - Bp Morris speaks out.    
   The Australian,
   AUSTRALIA -- TOOWOOMBA'S Bishop believes the church's admission of legal liability for the rape of girls at a Toowoomba school should set a template.
   Bishop Bill Morris, co-chairman of the National Committee for Professional Standards, which is handling the abuse allegations said it should set the template in dealing with victims, despite the risk it may lead to the sale of assets to cover compensation payouts.
   He said his move last week to admit liability for the serial abuse at the primary school set a precedent for Australian dioceses after decades of fighting victims to try to protect the church's reputation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 1:22 PM

Judge dismisses charges in Haiti sex abuse case

  [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RCC. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
   The Hartford Courant
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed charges against a man accused of sexually abusing boys at a school in Haiti, saying he can't be prosecuted in Connecticut.
   U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven approved Douglas Perlitz's motion to dismiss the case Wednesday. She ruled that the Constitution and federal rules prohibit the government from prosecuting Perlitz in Connecticut because the alleged crimes didn't occur in the state. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 1:14 PM

Jailed former priest to be released from prison

  [1999-2000 Fr Mark Campobello*] - RCC. 2 girls (14, 15).  
   Geneva Sun, From Staff Reports, July 14, 2010
   ILLINOIS -- Former Aurora and Geneva priest Mark Campobello is scheduled to be released from prison later this month, after being jailed for the past year on a technical parole violation.
   Campobello is scheduled to be released from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on July 28, state officials said Wednesday.
   Campobello was imprisoned for three years and eight months after pleading guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1999, while he lived at the rectory of St. Peter's Church in Geneva. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 1:11 PM

BAIL FOR PRIEST ACCUSED OF RAPE IN COUNTY GALWAY

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   Galway News, July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- An 82-year-old priest has been granted bail after appearing in court in Loughrea on two charges of sexually assaulting a boy over four decades ago.
   The priest, who can't be named for legal reasons, is accused of raping a 15-year-old boy after the funeral of his father in County Galway in 1968. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 10:56 AM

Catholic Child Abuse Scandal: Seeking Accountability

  - RCC.    
   The Huffington Post, Michele Somerville, ~ July 14, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- To live outside the law you must be honest." - Bob Dylan. The latest news from the Vatican put me in mind of this verse.
   A report in the July, 1 2010 New York Times offers detailed information about the complexities that attend the Vatican's handling of priests accused of molesting children. Although the particulars of canon law are quite interesting for people like me who find the details of law and things ecclesiastical interesting, they are irrelevant when it comes to truly addressing the abuse crisis.
   On July 6, The New York Times reported that the Vatican is likely to announce its intention to revise its procedures for disciplining priests accused of raping children. Proposed changes may include modifying canon law to simplify the procedures for defrocking priests. According to the National Catholic Reporter, these changes might also extend the statute of limitations for reporting abuse. This seems disingenuous. I question the morality of priests, whose lives are (in theory at least) consecrated to the objective of living as models of Christ on earth, who would impose any statutes of limitations at all in these cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 10:51 AM

A Vatican PR catastrophe

     
   Guardian, Andrew Brown
   UNITED KINGDOM -- One thing in favour of organised religion is that it could be used to to drive spin doctors insane. Suppose you were charged with PR for the Vatican, and learned of an upcoming revision of the code of Canon Law, which would make plain that child abuse is classified as amongst the gravest offences a priest can commit – that's the good news. Then you read on, and discover that the same revision will add to this list of dreadful offences the attempted ordination of women. Really.
   One can see how this happened. The serious offences here being classified are divided into moral and sacramental ones; roughly speaking those which anyone might commit, and those which only a priest can, by virtue of his office. So the moral offences include child abuse, the use of child pornography, and so forth. The sacramental offences are things like violating the seal of the confessional, desecrating the eucharistic Host – and taking part in a ceremony where a woman is ordained. The sacramental offences are only of concern to the Catholic hierarchy, whereas the moral ones are almost certain to be crimes under the civil law as well. But the important thing from the point of a Vatican lawyer is that the most serious of all these cases, of whatever sort, are dealt with in Rome. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 10:10 AM

Church misleads sex abuse victims

  - RCC.    
   The Age, BARNEY ZWARTZ, July 15, 2010
   AUSTRALIA -- SEXUAL abuse victims in Melbourne have been receiving misleading letters from the Catholic Church saying that if they accept compensation they can never take further action for any other cases of abuse.
   The standard letter sent with legal offers of compensation, says that signing the offer "releases the Archbishop from all further claims arising out of the sexual abuse or any other sexual abuse by a priest, religious or lay person under the control of the Archbishop of Melbourne".
   Lawyers consulted by The Age say deeds of settlement refer to specific abuse. They say that as the second part about "any other sexual abuse" is not included in the deed it has no legal force, but it could intimidate victims into abandoning compensation claims for separate abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 10:08 AM

Missouri abuse victims challenge court, church & lawmakers

   
   MISSOURI -- Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Statement by Adam Walker of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 417 496 8833, adam@adamwalker.biz
   We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). We’re here today because we’re upset with Missouri Catholic officials and with Missouri’s Supreme Court.
   Over the past few years, Missouri’s highest court has repeatedly ruled in favor of the accused and against the accusers in child sex cases. The trouble with this is simple – because sex offenders are shrewd and cunning and likely to re-offend, we need to do everything possible to enable child sex abuse victims to come forward, get help, expose predators, and protect kids. Repeatedly ruling on the side of pedophiles and against their victims sends a depressing and chilling message to the very crime victims who most need an encouraging and welcoming message.
   We’re not lawyers. We aren’t faulting court’s legal judgment. We are, however, pointing out the likely eventual outcome of these court rulings: fewer child predators will be exposed and jailed, and more children will be abused. That, of course, should trouble all Missourians. We hope it troubles the court. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 10:03 AM

Priest due in court on 1968 sex assault charges

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   Irish Examiner, Wednesday, July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- An 82-year-old priest is due in court later charged with sexually assaulting a boy in the west of Ireland over four decades ago.
   It follows his extradition from the US to face two charges, which he denies.
   The accused was arrested at Dublin airport on Monday morning, after arriving from Chicago following the extradition order. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:26 AM

EX REDEMPTORIST STUDENT PRIEST JAILED FOR RAPE OF BOY IN GALWAY CITY

  [1973-74 Mr Gerard Cleere* (Redemptorist seminarian)] - RCC. Prison 2½yrs. Boy (10).     
   Galway News, July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- A former Redemptorist student priest has been sentenced to five years in prison, with the final two and a half years suspended, for raping a 10-year-old boy in Galway city 35 years ago.
   55 year-old teacher, Gerard Cleere, a native of Kilkenny town had to be extradited from England last November. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:23 AM

Priest accused of raping boy in '68 extradited to Ireland

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   Chicago Sun-Times, July 14, 2010
   UNITED STATES -- An 82-year-old Catholic priest living in South Bend, Ind., has been extradited to Ireland to face allegations that he molested a teenage boy, once shortly after the boy's father's funeral in 1968.
   Federal officials confirmed Tuesday that the Rev. Francis Markey was taken from St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend over the weekend and sent back to Ireland.
   The Irish charges against Markey allege he raped a 15-year-old boy during a religious pilgrimage in County Donegal and again after his father's funeral in County Galway. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:20 AM

Abuse victim’s life sentence

  [Unnamed priest]  
   The Northern Echo, By Chris Lloyd,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- More than two decades later, memories of the abuse Mark Dixon experienced from a priest are still vivid. Chris Lloyd explains the man’s anguish in the first of two articles.
   IT’S just so vivid, says Mark Dixon. “It’s there. It will never, ever leave my mind.”
   He’s sitting on his low sofa in his house in Darlington, his six-month-old son paddling across the carpet in a babywalker, his wife pottering in the kitchen, his cat snoozing contentedly in the sun by the back door. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:17 AM

Priest accused over 1968 abuse

  [1968 Fr Francis Markey* (82)] - RCC. Boy (15).    
   RTE News, Wednesday, 14 July 2010
   IRELAND -- An 82-year-old priest has been granted bail after appearing in court in Co Galway on two charges of sexually assaulting a boy over four decades ago.
   The priest appeared before Loughrea District Court charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at separate locations in the west of Ireland in 1968.
   The priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded to appear before Loughrea District Court on 1 September. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:13 AM

Parishioners React To Priest's Arrest

  [Fr Felix Owino -? NEW*] - ? RCC.  
   WTRF, By Melissa Reid, ~ July 14, 2010
   {Video}
   WEIRTON, WEST VIRGINIA -- The charges against the Rev. Felix Owino are shocking to some in the community.
   The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said they learned of his arrest Thursday.
   "Once the Diocese learned of the charges, we informed his religious superiors and suspended his priestly faculties within the diocese," said spokesman, Bryan Minor. "This was effective immediately, pending the outcome of the charges in Fairfax County." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:04 AM

Local Priest Facing Sex Charge: NEWS9 Travels To Virginia Where Alleged Incident Happened

 
   WEST VIRGINIA WTOV
   {video presentation}
   Local Priest Facing Sex Charge: NEWS9 Travels To Virginia Where Alleged Incident Happened Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 9:00 AM

Dearbhail McDonald: Children can't be left one more report from safety

   
   Irish Independent, By Dearbhail McDonald, Wednesday July 14 2010
   IRELAND -- THEY make my desk at work look sophisticated, erudite even, those worthy reports on children's rights that surround my computer desktop.
   The five volumes of the report of the Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse and the well-worn newsroom copy of the Murphy Report into the abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
   The endless annual reports from NGOs and all-party Oireachtas committees on children. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:55 AM

"Men wil de kerk op een of andere manier treffen"

   
   De Redactie
   BELGIE -- Het weekblad Humo pakt uit met het verhaal over seksueel misbruik door een Limburgse priester. De man, bijgenaamd Jef Seks, zou in de functie van godsdienstleraar meerdere minderjarige meisjes hebben verkracht. Hij sloeg onder meer toe op bezinningsdagen en -weekends. Het bisdom Hasselt zegt dat de zaak al jaren geleden werd onderzocht en betreurt het dat alles weer opgerakeld wordt.
   Humo laat enkele slachtoffers van de priester aan het woord. Zij vertellen hoe ze in de jaren 80 brieven kregen van de godsdienstleraar en hoe hij te werk ging. Zo spreken de vrouwen van een "wit drankje" dat ze moesten drinken en dat hen verdoofde. Nadien werden ze verkracht. Aan de ouders vertelde de godsdienstleraar dat hun angstige tieners "fantasierijk" waren.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:51 AM

Ovatie voor zondebok

 
   RKnieuws
   ANTWERPEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Het allerergste in de tragedie van het seksueel misbruik in de kerk blijft dat mensenlevens schandalig werden verminkt. Alles dient gedaan om daar komaf mee te maken. Maar de manier waarop kardinaal Godfried Danneels tot zondebok wordt gemaakt, is hemeltergend. Dit schrijft hoofdredacteur Peter Van de Vyvere vandaag in het christelijk opinieweekblad Tertio.
   Een ketting van voorvallen dreigt het absurde beeld te creëren van de kardinaal als kwade genius van een doofpotoperatie. Aan de basis daarvan liggen een disfunctionerend (deel van het) gerecht en een oppervlakkige, op sensatie beluste pers.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:49 AM

Vatican 2009 Financial Report Released

   
   VATICAN CITY -- Vatican Radio 12 Jul 10
   (RV) On Saturday the Vatican published its consolidated financial report for the year closing 2009. The Holy See posted a €4.1 million deficit for 2009. It was the third straight year to close with a deficit.
   A report issued to press Saturday explains that the Vatican had revenues of €250.18 million against expenses of €254.28 million, most of which went to cover operating costs of the various curial Dicasteries and organisms of the Holy See, including the Holy See’s communications outfits, particularly Vatican Radio.
   Major expenses for the Governatorate of Vatican City State included maintenance and restoration projects on the Holy See’s artistic and architectural patrimony, including major renovations of the Vatican Library, and security as well. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:31 AM

Probe on ousted priest underway: Victim files civil lawsuit

 
   CONNECTICUT The Valley Gazette
   Written by Susan Hunter Tuesday, 13 July 2010 15:31
   SEYMOUR – The Archdiocese of Hartford is conducting an investigation into accusations made against The Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, who has been the priest at St. Augustine Church in Seymour for the past two years.
   William Dotson, 34, a former altar boy, has filed suit against Rev. Bzdyra for alleged sexual abuse that took place from 1985 to 1990 in two separate Connecticut parishes.
   Bzdyra will not be returning to his post as the priest at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:29 AM

You won't go to heaven if you tell - sex abuse priest

  [Hughes]    
   Belfast Telegraph, ~ July 14, 2010
   IRELAND -- A sex offender priest at the centre of a report that was controversially edited was jailed yesterday for 15 months on 10 counts of child sex abuse.
   Patrick Hughes (82) told his victim he would make sure he wouldn't go to Heaven if he told anyone what he did to him.
   The pervert priest was subject to investigation by the Murphy Commission in the Republic of Ireland into clerical sex abuse in the Dublin Diocese -- but a chapter on his crimes was not published as he was facing multiple child sex- abuse charges and its publication could have prejudiced the then-pending criminal proceedings. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:26 AM

I was abused at the hands of a priest

  [1980s Fr Taylor]  
   The Northern Echo, Exclusive, By Chris Lloyd
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER altar boy told last night how he was sexually abused by a priest during retreats to Holy Island and Lourdes.
   Mark Dixon, 38, of Darlington, told how he was ten when he became a victim of Father David Taylor, then the youth chaplain for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
   Over three years in the Eighties he was abused in a former convent in County Durham and in the priest’s campervan. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:23 AM

De privacy van Danneels

  - RCC.  
   RKnieuws,
   BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - In De Standaard is dinsdag een opmerkelijk opiniestuk van Luc Devuyst, erevoorzitter van de Unie van Vrijzinnige Verenigingen, verschenen naar aanleiding van het onderzoek over seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. Daarin slaat De Vuyst nagels met koppen. "De verhouding tussen kerk en maatschappij schijnt totaal uit de hand te lopen.
   Wij moeten een onderscheid maken tussen een functie enerzijds en een privépersoon anderzijds, waarop alle rechten die een burger bezit van toepassing zijn. Toegegeven, de katholieke kerk heeft dit onderscheid zelf niet altijd geëerbiedigd in de problematiek die zich op dit ogenblik ontwikkelt en heeft zich boven de rechtsstaat gesteld.
   De scheiding tussen kerk en maatschappij heeft inderdaad geen betrekking op de bedienaars van de levensbeschouwing of de afgevaardigden ervan. Als persoon blijven zij zoals elke Belg onderhevig aan alle Belgische wetten, wat men ook belooft en wat men ook uit de traditie meent te mogen interpreteren", aldus Devuyst.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:21 AM

More allegations of abuse by former Erie bishop

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis*] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). 9 girls.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Ann Rodgers, Wednesday, July 14, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- More allegations of child sexual abuse against the late Bishop Donald Davis of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania have surfaced since the current bishop revealed four cases on Sunday and urged other victims to come forward.
   "I now know about the possibility of more than five additional complaints," Episcopal Bishop Sean Rowe of Erie said in a statement released Tuesday. "In the days to come, I may hear from more.
   "All of these women are in my prayers, and I ask that you include them in yours. I am going to spend the next several weeks talking with women who come forward, and working with them on how best to foster their healing and reconciliation." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:09 AM

Complaints of abuse by Erie Episcopal bishop rise to at least 9

  [1970s-80s Bishop Donald Davis*] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). 9 girls.
   Erie Times-News, By DANA MASSING, dana.massing@timesnews.com , July 14, 2010
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Women have come forward this week to say they were victims of an Episcopal bishop, raising the number of sexual abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald Davis to at least nine.
   The Right Rev. Sean Rowe, current bishop of the Erie-based Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, announced Sunday that Davis had sexually abused four girls when they were around age 10. The abuse occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
   Davis was bishop of the diocese from 1974 to 1991. He died in 2007 in Florida. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:06 AM

Special Olympics suspends former Superior priest because of past abuse claims

 
   WISCONSIN Duluth News Tribune
   By: Brandon Stahl, Associated Press
   A former Superior Diocese priest who was the subject of a multi-million dollar settlement in a sex abuse case has been indefinitely suspended from working with the Special Olympics.
   Tom Ericksen, who the News Tribune reported last month was accused of sexually assaulting two boys in the 1980s in Winter, Wis., while a priest there, volunteered for the past three years with the Special Olympics in Kansas City, Mo., according to Jeremie Ballinger, the organization’s director for that city.
   When informed of the allegations against Ericksen, Ballinger said the Special Olympics would suspend the former priest as part of its policy. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 14, 2010 8:00 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed July 14, 2010
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont174.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Thu July 15, 2010 edition:


Additional allegations emerge against Mercer bishop

  [? 1970s-90s Bishop Donald Davis] - Episcopalian (Anglican communion). 9 girls.  
   WFMJ, http://www.wfmj.com/ Global/story.asp? S=12803762 , ~ July 15, 2010
   MERCER COUNTY, Pennsylvania -- Allegations of sexual abuse against a deceased Episcopal bishop in Northwestern Pennsylvania continue to emerge.
   Five more women have come forward claiming to have been abused by Bishop Donald Davis while he served in the diocese between 1974 and 1991.
   The diocese issued a letter to its 34 parishes last Sunday, announcing allegations against Davis from a woman who claimed he had abused her when she was 10-years-old.
   A total of nine women have made similar allegations against Davis, who died in 2007. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:16 AM

History of Norms Addressing Gravest Crimes

  - RCC.  
   Catholic.net , http://www.catholic.net/index.php?option=zenit&id=29903 , JULY 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Here is the historical summary of the development of the norms concerning the most serious crimes, which was published today by the Vatican press office.
   * * *
   The Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 recognized the existence of a number of canonical crimes or "delicts" reserved to the exclusive competence of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office which, as a tribunal, was governed by its own proper law (cfr. can. 1555 CIC 1917).
   A few years after the promulgation of the 1917 Code, the Holy Office issued an Instruction, "Crimen Sollicitationis" (1922), which gave detailed instruction to local dioceses and tribunals on the procedures to be adopted when dealing with the canonical delict of solicitation. This most grave crime concerned the abuse of the sanctity and dignity of the Sacrament of Penance by a Catholic priest who solicited the penitent to sin against the sixth commandment [ban on adultery], either with the confessor himself, or with a third party. The norms issued in 1922 were an update, in light of the Code of Canon Law of 1917, of the Apostolic Constitution "Sacramentorum Poenitentiae" promulgated by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741.
   A number of concerns had to be addressed, underlining the specificity of the legislation (with implications which are less relevant from the perspective of civil penal law): the respect of the dignity of the sacrament, the inviolable seal of the confessional, the dignity of the penitent and the fact that in most cases the accused priest could not be interrogated fully on what occurred without putting the seal of confession in danger. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:50 PM]

UN: Vatican child rights report 13 years overdue

  - RCC. Admits 5% may be implicated (not the < 1% of Card. Ratzinger in past years).      
   The Associated Press, By FRANK JORDANS (AP), ~ July 15, 2010
   GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Vatican has failed to send the United Nations a report on child rights that is now almost 13 years overdue, the head of a U.N. panel has told The Associated Press.
   Like all countries that have signed the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Vatican is required to submit regular reports on its efforts to safeguard child rights.
   But the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, despite sending repeated reminders, has received no explanation from the Holy See for why it missed a 1997 deadline, according to the committee's chairwoman Yanghee Lee. In the years since, the Vatican has come under intense scrutiny over its handling of child sex abuse allegations around the world and recently admitted that up to one in 20 priests may be implicated. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:30 AM

Swiss bishops welcome new paedophile rules

  - RCC.  
   Swissinfo, ~ July 15, 2010
   SWITZERLAND -- Swiss Roman Catholic Bishops have welcomed a Vatican announcement that the rules for dealing with paedophile priests are to be tightened up.
   The Swiss Bishops’ Conference said in a statement on Thursday that Vatican determination to combat all forms of sexual abuse backed its own position.
   In particular it welcomed the extension from 10 to 20 years of the length of time in which sexual violence against minors can be prosecuted, and the determination to prosecute cases of child pornography. Proceedings are also to be made faster and more efficient. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:25 AM

Local Catholics respond to new Vatican rules

  - Opponents say RCC hq does not require reporting to police.    
   KSLA, By Brittany Pieper, ~ July 15, 2010
   SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – For years, the issue of sexual abuse by priests has brought the Catholic Church criticism. Thursday, the Vatican tried to address the issue with a new set of guidelines that allows bishops to speed the process of removing an abusive priest and extends the time a victim can report a crime until their 38th birthday. It also makes possessing or distributing child pornography a crime.
   However, victim's groups across the nation say the new rules miss the boat because they don't require bishops to report abuse to authorities. The new rules also do not include a one strike, you're out policy that the groups hoped for.
   "This is reckless because it lends the impression that the Vatican is taking action, when it's merely a few guidelines," said Mark Serrano, an abuse survivor. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:46 PM

Vatican to allow lay involvement in canon law trials

  - RCC.
   VATICAN CITY -- The Irish Times, PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent and PADDY AGNEW in Rome;
   THE VATICAN has cleared the way for lay involvement in canon law trials, in its first major review for nine years of church law governing how it deals with clerical child sex abuse.
   It has doubled the statute of limitations period over which investigations of such abuse can take place and, for the first time, has included provisions for dealing with the abuse of disabled adults.
   It also cleared the way for dealing rapidly with abuse, branded possession of child pornography as a “grave crime”, and made “cardinals, patriarchs, legates of the Apostolic See and bishops” subject to the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on child sex abuse matters. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:42 PM

Court Hears Arguments Over Bishop's Deposition

   
   WGGB, {with video} By Ray Hershel
   {A transcript of the video deposition can be read here.}
   SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)-- The lawyer for a Williamstown man who is suing two former Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield bishops is asking that a deposition from one of those bishops be made public.
   At issue in the court hearing Wednesday afternoon was whether the video tape of the deposition given in April by former Bishop Thomas Dupre be released.
   A transcript of the video deposition can be read here.
   Andrew Nicastro is suing both former Bishops Joseph Maguire and Dupre saying they were negligent in their supervision of former priest Alfred Graves. Nicastro said Graves abused him back in the 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:38 PM

Judge denies former Springfield Bishop Thomas Dupre motion to keep video testimony from public

  [BISHOP Dupre] - RCC. Lawyers' fees, again.
   The Republican Patrick Johnson,
   SPRINGFIELD – A Hampden Superior Court judge denied former Springfield Bishop Thomas L. Dupre’s motion to keep a videotaped deposition from the public eye.
   Dupre retired abruptly in 2004 amid allegations he molested two boys during the 1970s, when he was a parish priest in Holyoke. He has been in quasi-hiding ever since, fleeing first to a treatment center for priests in Maryland and most recently to a retirement home in Washington D.C.
   He was indicted in 2004 in connection with the allegations but the charges were dropped as the statute of limitations had run out. Dupre settled out of court with his two accusers. However, he was named in a new complaint lodged by a man who said Dupre and others failed to properly supervise another priest who abused him in the 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 6:12 PM

The Vatican reinforces its laws against sexual abuses

  - RCC.  
   Rome Reports, {with video}, July 15, 2010
   The Vatican prosecutor for sex abuse cases has presented the new Church rules to combat sex abuse and to judge priests who have committed crimes more quickly. ROME REPORTS previewed this story last week.
   VATICAN CITY -- Msgr. Charles Scicluna, Promoter of Justice (Vatican): “I think it gives the signal that we are very very serious in our commitment to promote safe environments and to offer an adequate response to abuse.”
   The new Vatican rules against sex abuse are a set of processes and sanctions exclusively internal to the Church. The rules are not intended to replace state laws, which the Vatican has ordered to respect as well. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 6:09 PM

‘This should not have happened to a child’

  [Fr David Taylor]  
   The Northern Echo,
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Two decades after he was abused by a Catholic priest, Mark Dixon is still waiting for the Catholic church to acknowledge his pain. In the second of two articles, he tells Chris Lloyd how he confronted his past.
   "I WOULD kill him,” says Mark Dixon coldly, referring to the priest who sexually abused him years before he was in his teens.
   While telling in shocking detail what he suffered at the hands of Father David Taylor, the youth chaplain of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in the early Eighties, Mark, now 38, has appeared calm, recalling without hyperbole events from 25 years earlier that to this day remain vividly with him. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 6:06 PM

Sister Anne Flanagan: Vatican statement should be two

   
   Chicago Tribune,
   Sister Anne Flanagan, Daughter of St. Paul and author of Nun Blog
   UNITED STATES -- “What is it with the Vatican?” people are asking in a huff. “Do they really think it's helping matters when they put the sexual abuse of children together with women's ordination and classify them both as 'crimes'?! Why bother issuing a 'new' document at all?”
   Yes, a new document from the Vatican. This one was drawn up by the “Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” headed by the American Cardinal William Levada. Approved by Pope Benedict on May 21 and released July 15, it has been summarized as condemning child sexual abuse and women's ordination as apparently equivalent “grave crimes,” provoking disbelief, distress and outright scorn. What gives?
   It could be that misperceptions concerning this document spring from the very specific expectations of victims' groups, who cannot help desiring a single, clear, one-size-fits-all solution to the situation that left them so vulnerable. But instead of a sweeping papal action setting an entirely new course, they get a highly technical legal document that seems to lump their particularly personal pain together with an odd assortment of ecclesiastical issues. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 6:03 PM

Organizations react to Vatican's new set of norms

 
   UNITED STATES Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
   Submitted by Kellie Bramlet on Thu, 2010-07-15 13:16 The Vatican issued a new set of norms Thursday. In the document, the ordination of women as priests was classified as a "grave crime" to be handled by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, just as sex abuse is.
   NPR reports that "At a briefing Thursday, (Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor) said that including the two canonical crimes, sex abuse and ordination of women, in the same document was not equating them but was done to just codify the most serious canonical crimes against sacraments and morals that the congregation deals with."
   In response, Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) Executive Director Erin Saiz Hanna issued a statement declaring the decision "appalling, offensive, and a wake-up call for all Catholics around the world." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:59 PM

Priest arrested for child porn possession

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.
   Leader-Telegram, from McClatchy-Tribune, ~ July 15, 2010
   LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN - State agents Wednesday arrested a Diocese of La Crosse priest for possession of child pornography after finding images on his computer, officials said.
   The Rev. Patrick Umberger, 59, is in the La Crosse County Jail and expected to appear today in La Crosse County Circuit Court. The state Department of Justice declined to release more information until a criminal complaint is filed.
   Umberger, who serves St. Patrick's Parish in Onalaska, has been removed from active ministry pending the investigation, Diocesan attorney Jim Birnbaum said. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:56 PM

Revised norms send clear signal on sex abuse, Vatican official says

   
   Catholic Review, By John Thavis Catholic News Service, ~ July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – A leading Vatican official said Pope Benedict XVI’s approval of revised norms on clerical sex abuse sent a clear signal that the church is serious about protecting children and punishing abusive priests.
   At the same time, the official said, the Vatican norms alone cannot resolve the problem of sexual abuse, which will require a continued and coordinated effort at every level of the church.
   Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made the comments July 15 at a briefing for reporters on the revised norms, which simplified and streamlined many of the church’s procedures in dealing with priests accused of sexual abuse of minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:54 PM

Priest’s arrest brings new criticism for La Crosse Diocese

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.  
   Wisconsin Public Radio, by Bob Hague on July 15, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- The arrest of a Catholic priest in the Diocese of La Crosse for possession of child pornography has sparked renewed criticisms of the way in which the diocese has handled the cases of accused priests. Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice arrested Father Patrick Umberger after finding child pornography on his computer, according to a DOJ press release.
   “Obviously we’re at a point here with this arrest, where something has to be done to get into diocesan files and review … what is going on in this diocese,” says Peter Isely with the Midwest chapter of SNAP – the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   SNAP has been critical of the way in which the diocese handled cases of abusive priests during the tenure of Archbishop Jerome Listecki, who’s since been named Archbishop of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. “The Diocese of La Crosse has more cases of priests that have been reported to them for things like this, that are still apparently in ministry or working in the church than any diocese in the United States,” claims Isely.
   “They clear priests up there for reports of things like at a rate that’s six times higher than any other diocese, and no one’s reviewed any of this. Isely says he has no idea whether the diocese was aware of any allegations against Umberger. “That’s really part of the core of the problem here.” Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:51 PM

Church already mandates reporting of sex abuse to civil authorities

     
   U.S. Catholic By Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service
   WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The revised norms announced at the Vatican July 15 deal only with church law and so do not address bishops' obligations to report allegations of sexual abuse of a minor to civil authorities.
   However, church documents approved by the U.S. bishops and on the Vatican website already contain such an obligation.
   The U.S. bishops' 2002 "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" states that dioceses and eparchies "are to report an allegation of sexual abuse of a person who is a minor to the public authorities." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:48 PM

Did Vatican Take a Step Backward with New Canon Laws?

 
   UNITED STATES AOL News
   Paul Wachter
   (July 15) -- The Vatican issued new canon laws Thursday, but while they did extend the in-house statute of limitations on investigation sex abuse crimes, they fell well short of rectifying the Catholic church's troubles with sex abuse.
   The document "makes no mention of the need for bishops to report abuse to police and does not include any 'one-strike and you're out' policy as demanded by victims' groups," reports The Irish Times. The document also said that ordaining women is now included among the "delicta gravoria," or "more grave crimes," against church law -- the same language it uses to describe child rape.
   The Catholic News Service says that the Vatican stressed that announcing the new stricture on ordaining women at the same time as the updated rules on sex abuse "did not mean the two acts were somehow equivalent in the eyes of the church." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:45 PM

Legion of Christ officials were unaware of founder’s double life, clarifies congregation's vicar gene

  [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.       
   Catholic News Agency, 02:02 pm, Jul 15, 2010
   ROME, Italy, / (CNA).- The Vicar General of the Legionaries of Christ recently denied media reports claiming that the congregation's general director knew of Legion founder Father Marcial Maciel's double life.
   On July 14, Vicar General of the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Luis Garza Medina, released a statement following an MVS radio program which featured an audio recording of a previous conference the priest gave to a group of consecrated women from Regnum Christi – the lay branch of the Legion. In the recording, Fr. Garza addressed the misconduct of Fr. Maciel and those who had knowledge of his actions.
   In his Wednesday statement, Fr. Garza said, “Yesterday, Tuesday, July 13, several Mexican newspapers published stories about a recording of a private meeting I held in the month of September, 2009. This recording was aired yesterday during the MVS news program with numerous edits and comments that, in part, distorted the meaning of my words.” Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:42 PM

Catholics angry as church puts female ordination on par with sex abuse

  - RCC.    
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Guardian, guardian.co.uk , John Hooper in Rome, Thursday 15 July 2010
   It was meant to be the document that put a lid on the clerical sex abuse scandals that have swept the Roman Catholic world. But instead of quelling fury from within and without the church, the Vatican stoked the anger of liberal Catholics and women's groups by including a provision in its revised decree that made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes in ecclesiastical law.
   The change put the "offence" on a par with the sex abuse of minors.
   Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, called the document "one of the most insulting and misogynistic pronouncements that the Vatican has made for a very long time. Why any self-respecting woman would want to remain part of an organisation that regards their full and equal participation as a 'grave sin' is a mystery to me."
   Vivienne Hayes, the chief executive of the Women's Resource Centre, said the decision to raise women's ordination to the level of a serious crime was "appalling". Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:36 PM

Vatican issues new guidelines on sexual abuse cases

     
   Los Angeles Times, By Maria De Cristofaro and Henry Chu,
   Reporting from Rome and London – The Vatican issued new in-house rules Thursday that it said would make punishing sexually abusive priests easier but critics declared the effort short on real change.
   Under the revised regulations, the Holy See can fast-track the defrocking of a cleric guilty of child molestation. The rules extend the statute of limitations within church law in such cases and define sexual abuse of the mentally disabled and possession of child pornography as canonical crimes for which a priest can be stripped of his clerical status.
   But in many ways, the revisions – contained in the first major document issued by the Vatican since a sexual abuse scandal erupted this year in Europe – merely make official what is already working procedure within the church. They also do not explicitly require that sexual misconduct be reported to police or that bishops who hush up such crimes be disciplined, as critics have demanded. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:34 PM

Former Mass. bishop takes Fifth in deposition

  [Dupre declines to give facts. - RCC.]  
   Boston Herald, Associated Press, Thursday, July 15, 2010
   SPRINGFIELD (MA) -- A former Roman Catholic bishop in the Springfield diocese repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was molested by a known pedophile priest.
   The Most Rev. Thomas Dupre testified in a lawsuit by Andrew Nicastro, who says now-defrocked priest Alfred Graves molested him in Williamstown in the 1980s. Nicastro alleges that then-Bishop Joseph Maguire, and Dupre, his subordinate, knew Graves had abused other boys but assigned him to the church anyway.
   Dupre later became bishop but resigned after an unrelated child sex abuse indictment in 2004. He was never prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:30 PM

The Vatican's new sex abuse guideline misstep

 
   UNITED STATES -- Salon By Mary Elizabeth Williams
   On Thursday, the Vatican issued its first new policy statement since a torrent of sex abuse cases around the world began last year. That's good news coming from an institution that has played it so amazingly wrong in so many different ways: from repeatedly transferring sex offenders to new parishes to ignoring complaints from victims to just plain spouting ignorant, insensitive nonsense -- and indeed, the new guidelines take a much-needed harder line on terrible behavior.
   The rules, which define "delicts against faith … and morals," now condemn the possession of child pornography and/or sexual conduct "by a cleric with a minor below the age of eighteen years" or "person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor" as crimes to be handled by the Vatican’s doctrinal office and grounds for dismissal. They also double the statute of limitations for the church to intervene in sex abuse complaints, from 10 to 20 years after the victim's 18th birthday. Thanks, Rome! Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:28 PM

Priest held over rape bid claim

 
   FIJI Fiji Times
   Samuela Loanakadavu Friday, July 16, 2010
   A 37-YEAR-OLD church minister on Kadavu will appear in the Magistrates Court in Suva this afternoon over allegations involving attempted rape.
   Detective Sergeant Josua Daveta from the Vunisea Police Station confirmed yesterday that the Methodist Church appointee was being charged with assault with intent to commit rape under the Crimes Decree 2009.
   Sgt Daveta said the offence allegedly occurred on Wednesday night last week. The Nadi man had been working as a catechist in the village for the last seven months. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:25 PM

Vatican: churches can be shut for good of diocese

 
   BOSTON (MA) Oklahoman
   BOSTON (AP) The Vatican's highest court has ruled church leaders can consider the greater good of a diocese when closing a church, not just the health of an individual parish.
   A Roman Catholic lay group opposing church closings on Thursday released its translation from Latin of a decision denying an appeal from a church closed by the Boston Archdiocese.
   The decisions on 10 churches went public in May. The longer rulings were released Saturday, and the Council of Parishes said the rulings had "substantially identical" reasoning. It said the Vatican ruling means no parish is safe from closing. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:22 PM

Vatican Declares Ordination of Women a Crime Against Faith

 
   VATICAN CITY Ms. Magazine
   The Vatican declared "attempted ordination" of women to be one of the Catholic Church's gravest crimes this morning, asserting that it is a "crime against the faith" under their new disciplinary rules, according to Agence France-Presse. Under the new rules, attempted ordination of women is in the same category as clerical sex abuse of minors, heresy and schism.
   The new rules state that those who attempt to ordain women and women who seek ordaination will automatically be excommunicated. Since the Church does not accept women as priests, the outcome of such ceremonies will not be recognized by the Church, according to The Guardian.
   This move, which appears to permanently bar women from Catholic priesthood, comes shortly after the Church of England took its first steps towards the ordination of female bishops, and may be seen as another attempt by the Catholic Church to sway traditionalist Anglicans to convert to Catholicism. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:19 PM

Vatican publishes new 'Norms of Most Serious Crimes'

 
   Independent Catholic News (United Kingdom)
   VATICAN CITY -- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today published its new 'Norms concerning the most serious crimes'. To read the full document see:
   visnews-en.blogspot.com/2010/07/modifications-made-in-normae-de.html
   In an explanatory note on the new measures, Holy See Press Office Director Fr Federico Lombardi SJ said: In 2001 the Holy Father John Paul II promulgated a very important document, the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela", which gave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responsibility to deal with and judge a series of particularly serious crimes within the ambit of canon law. This responsibility had previously been attributed also to other dicasteries, or was not completely clear.
   The Motu Proprio (the "law" in the strict sense) was accompanied by a series of practical and procedural Norms, known as "Normae de gravioribus delictis". Over the nine years since then, experience has naturally suggested that these Norms be integrated and updated, so as to streamline and simplify the procedures and make them more effective, and to take account of new problems. This has been achieved principally by the Pope attributing new "faculties" to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; faculties which, however, were not organically integrated into the initial Norms. This has now come about, within the context of a systematic revision of those Norms. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:16 PM

Bishop says revised norms expand ways Church responds to sex abuse

 
   UNITED STATES Catholic Transcript
   Written by Catholic News Service Thursday, 15 July 2010
   Bishop says revised norms expand ways Church responds to sex abuse
   WASHINGTON (CNS) – The revised procedures governing the handling of clerical sexual abuse cases give Church officials stronger tools for aiding victims and for disciplining wayward priests, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People.
   Bishop Blase J. Cupich said bishops around the world have definitive rules for handling abuse cases and other serious violations of Church law under the procedures, known as norms in Church parlance.
   "The new norms go beyond the 'Essential Norms' (adopted in 2002 by the U.S. bishops). They include other aspects of the crime of sexual abuse, for instance vulnerable adults and pornography. They also allow for the quick adjudication of these cases," Bishop Cupich said during a conference call with reporters at the headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:13 PM

Vatikan verschärft seine Regeln gegen Missbrauch

 
   VATIKANSTADT Zeit (Deutschland)
   Der Vatikan hat die kirchenrechtlichen Normen für das Vorgehen gegen sexuellen Missbrauch durch Geistliche teils schärfer gefasst, teils ergänzt. Die neuen Vorschriften seien ein "klares Signal für die rückhaltlose Aufklärung und Ahndung solcher Untaten", erklärte der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Erzbischof Robert Zollitsch. Die von der Glaubenskongregation unter US-Kardinal William Levada erarbeiteten neuen Kirchenregeln sehen für die "dringendsten und schwersten Fälle" sogenannte Schnellverfahren gegen pädophile Geistliche vor. Dies ermöglicht, ein Verfahren außergerichtlich zügiger abzuwickeln oder den Fall direkt dem Papst vorzulegen, wie Vatikan-Sprecher Federico Lombardi erläuterte. Das Oberhaupt der katholischen Kirche entscheidet dann über die Entlassung eines Priesters. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:08 PM

Vatican 'missing the boat' with sex abuse rules: US group

 
   VATICAN CITY AFP
   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is "missing the boat" with new rules published Thursday on the handling of cases of sex abuse by priests, a US-based advocacy group said.
   "The guidelines are like attacking at an elephant with a pea-shooter when the elephant is almost out of range," the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement.
   "Even if these new guidelines are obeyed, their impact on the ongoing crisis is likely to be insignificant," it added after the Vatican ordered quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extended the statute of limitations. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:05 PM

Vatican issues new sex abuse rules; still too weak, victims say

 
   UNITED STATES Washington Post
   By William Wan The long-anticipated new rules on sex abuse were issued by the Vatican this morning. In the days and weeks leading up to this, a lot of the details have been known and discussed, so some of it has been expected.
   The more controversial decisions, however, came from these inclusions/ommissions from the new rules: * Does not include "zero-tolerance" policy similar to the one adopted by U.S. bishops that makes it essentially one-strike-your-out for any priest committing pedophile * Does, however, make attempts to ordain women as a "grave crime" that subject to the same punishment as sex abuse (the perceived equation of ordaining women to molesting children has had much of blogosphere howling) Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 5:01 PM

2nd SNAP response to new Vatican guidelines

 
   UNITED STATES Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
   Statement by David Clohessy, director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
   The Pope has pledged to “do everything possible” to prevent clergy sex crimes. Today's promises are far from “everything possible.” It’s heartbreaking to see a man who could and should do so much doing so little.
   We’ve long pushed for action, not words, by the Vatican. This is, potentially, a tiny step closer to action. But it’s really just another in a long series of promises by church officials – in writing this time, rather than just verbal – that are rarely kept.
   Even if these guidelines are uniformly followed (and history proves they likely won’t be), little will change and few will be protected. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:59 PM

US-based clergy victims group backs Austrian call for Vatican records

       
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   Statement by Barbara Blaine, president and founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
   UNITED STATES -- We wholeheartedly endorse the call by Austrian victims to have the Vatican open its secret files about sexual abuses. It's folly to act as though real reform is possible without revealing the clergy sex crimes and cover ups that have happened in the past and are happening right now.
   Before prescribing a potential cure, a doctor must first thoroughly examine a patient and understand precisely what, and how bad, the ailment is. That's what must happen with Vatican records on abuse - there must be full disclosure and independent evaluation if there is even a chance for effective change. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:55 PM

Catholic Church must name abusive priests, critic insists

   
   UNITED STATES CNN
   New Vatican new rules aimed at stopping the abuse of children by priests do not go far enough, child-safety campaigners said Thursday.
   "The pope had a chance to do something really decisive that would affect the situation worldwide," said Anne Barrett Doyle, but instead issued rules that are the equivalent of "bringing a child's sand shovel to an avalanche." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:53 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Blast Diocese

 
   WEST VIRGINIA WTRF
   WEIRTON -- Members of SNAP , the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, demonstrated in front of Saint Paul Catholic Church in Weirton on Thursday. The group is questioning why the Bishop of the Wheeling Charleston Diocese notified the public on July 12 instead of July 8, when the Rev. Felix Owino was arrested on sex charges.
   Owino is accused of allegedly molesting a girl in Fairfax County, Virginia. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:48 PM

Listening to Heal Vatican Missteps

         
   UNITED STATES -- The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing Virginia Jones,
   I am busy organizing the Walk Across Oregon to stop abuse and heal the wounds so I haven’t had time to write blogs. I read Abuse Tracker almost every day. Sometimes I just scan articles. Sometimes I read in depth.
   Recently I started corresponding with an Irishman who lives in Belgium and who long ago fell away from the Catholic Church. His observations of the situation in Belgium and Ireland are not at all complimentary of Church policies and he puzzles over how a thinking person could possibly remain in the Catholic Church. But my faith is not in the people who lead the institution of the Catholic Church.
   I admit I struggle with my faith. New guidelines giving victims twenty years after their 18th birthday instead of ten to pursue accusations of sex abuse against priests through Church channels is a positive step. However, I don’t know many victims who have come forward before the age of 38. There shouldn’t be any statute of limitations on the reporting of child sex abuse at all.
   Moreover, what is this about the ordination of women being as serious a crime against faith as the possession of pornography by a priest? I think I need to read more articles to understand that one. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:43 PM

Vatican revises its rules on clerical sex abuse

   
   The Associated Press By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer July 15, 2010, 3:20PM
   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican revised its in-house rules to deal with clerical sex abuse cases Thursday, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children and doubling the statute of limitations for such crimes.
   Abuse victims said the rules are little more than administrative housekeeping since they made few substantive changes to current practice, and what is needed are bold new rules to punish bishops who shield pedophiles. …
   But Bishop Blase Cupich, head of the U.S. bishops' child protection committee, said the new instruction brings a clarity to the process that will allow church leaders around the world and Vatican officials to resolve abuse claims more quickly. He said he was encouraged that lay people with expertise in church law can serve on church tribunals for accused priests.
   Cupich rejected complaints that the instruction didn't go far enough. By including offenses involving child pornography and victimizing mentally impaired adults, the new document will help dioceses worldwide confront abusers, he said.
   "It'll send a very clear message to the bishops around the world that this is the way it's going to be done," Cupich said. "It makes it clear and also provides more resources for the quick adjudication of these cases." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:37 PM

NSAC APPALLED at VATICAN'S SHRINKING OF ITS DUTY in FAILING TO FILE UN REPORT on PROTECTING CHILDREN

  - RCC.    
   National Survivor Advocates Coalition,
   Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC), 937-272-0308, www.nsacoalition.org
   VATICAN HAS LARYNGITIS in ITS MORAL VOICE on A DAY IT TOUTS A PUNY POLICY CHANGE
   UNITED STATES -- The Vatican is the only religion with the privilege of participating in the United Nation as a city state with a permanent observer.
   Today we learned that the Vatican is 13 years overdue in filing a required report as a signatory on the UN’s 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. As a signer, the Vatican is required to submit regular reports on how it protects the rights of children.
   The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) is appalled at this dismissal of duty by the Vatican, an institution that has laid claim to be the strongest moral voice on the planet. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:32 PM

VATICAN REVISION FALLS FAR SHORT OF REAL REFORM

 
   Voice of the Faithful, NATIONAL STATEMENT, July 15, 2010
   Contact: Jessica Lillie Ciccone, PR Director, votfpr@votf.org, (781) 559-3360, (314) 749-5188 cell
   BOSTON – Voice of the Faithful is disappointed that the Vatican’s first significant revision of church law since the sex abuse crisis began, announced today in Rome, takes only the minimum necessary steps toward addressing the crisis.
   “In light of the crisis facing our Church, these changes are timid, and mean little unless accompanied by action,” said VOTF President Dan Bartley. “Even the Vatican’s internal prosecutor, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, acknowledges that the new rules alone accomplish nothing. The church’s statute of limitations should be eliminated totally for sex abuse of children. There should also be a zero tolerance with any matters related to clergy abuse, as provided in the American Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Asserting that bishops are now subject to the Congregation’s authority is a sign of progress only if the Congregation actually has the courage to call cardinals and bishops to resign.”
   The changes announced by the Vatican today double the statute of limitations to 20 years from the alleged victims’ 18th birthday, but do not mandate reporting of abuse to civil authorities. In fact, the new Vatican rules are less stringent in disciplining abusive clergy than the American bishops' 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:27 PM

Vaticaan strenger tegen pedofilie

   
   De Standaard (Belgie)
   VATICAANSTAD -- Het Vaticaan heeft strengere regels ingevoerd tegen kindermisbruik in de kerk. Zo worden er versnelde procedures ingesteld voor de meest dringende zaken, wordt de verjaringstermijn met tien jaar verlengd en wordt seksueel misbruik van mentaal gehandicapten gelijkgesteld aan pedofilie.
   De nieuwe normen spreken over 'versnelde procedures voor de meeste dringende en ernstige zaken, waarbij niet-geestelijken kunnen worden aangesteld in kerkelijke rechtbanken'. Dat meldt Federico Lombardi, woordvoerder van het Vaticaan.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:24 PM

Vaticaan verscherpt regels tegen misbruik

 
   De Telegraaf (Nederland)
   VATICAANSTAD -- Het Vaticaan heeft de richtlijnen voor de aanpak van seksueel misbruik door priesters verscherpt. Het duurt voortaan tien jaar langer voor misbruik is verjaard en ook geestelijken die kinderpornografie in hun bezit hebben, kunnen door de kerk disciplinair worden bestraft.
   De nieuwe regels staan in een aanpassing van het zogeheten motu proprio (uit eigen beweging) dat de in 2005 overleden paus Johannes Paulus II in 2001 uitvaardigde om seksueel misbruik door priesters aan te pakken. Het Vaticaan publiceerde de tekst donderdag. Tot nu toe verjaarde het misbruik tien jaar nadat het slachtoffer 18 jaar was geworden. Dat wordt nu tien jaar later.
Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:21 PM

Sexual Abuses. New Norms "Concerning Most Serious Crimes"

 
   Chiesa by Federico Lombardi July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, ROME, – In 2001 the Holy Father John Paul II promulgated a very important document, the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela", which gave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith {in the photo} responsibility to deal with and judge a series of particularly serious crimes within the ambit of canon law.
   This responsibility had previously been attributed also to other dicasteries, or was not completely clear.
   The Motu Proprio (the "law" in the strict sense) was accompanied by a series of practical and procedural Norms, known as "Normae de gravioribus delictis". Over the nine years since then, experience has naturally suggested that these Norms be integrated and updated, so as to streamline and simplify the procedures and make them more effective, and to take account of new problems. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 4:17 PM

Vatican issues sex abuse guidelines after crisis

   
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP), ~ July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican issued a revised set of church guidelines Thursday to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children, defining child pornography as a canonical crime but making few substantive changes to existing practice. …
   "That is a step forward because the norm of law is binding and is certain," Scicluna said. But he acknowledged that the document was just an instrument, a set of norms, and that its application both in Rome and in diocese around the world was key.
   "It does not solve all the problems," Scicluna said. "It is a very important instrument, but it is the way you use the instrument that is going to have the real effect." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 11:10 AM

Wisconsin priest accused of having child porn arrested

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.  
   Superior Telegram, ~ July 15, 2010
   MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An Onalaska priest was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child pornography possession, the state Justice Department said.
   A department statement offered no details about the arrest of the Rev. Patrick Umberger, 59, except to say the agency's Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force was involved, suggesting the alleged crimes were computer-related.
   Umberger was in the La Crosse County Jail on Wednesday night. Formal charges were expected Thursday. The priest's attorney, Jim Birnbaum, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 11:06 AM

Vatican adopts new rules for dealing with paedophile priests

  - RCC.    
   Deutsche Welle, ~ July 15, 2001
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has updated its internal rules regarding sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests. The new rules extend the Vatican's statute of limitations and expedite the process for defrocking paedophile priests.
   The Vatican has issued a new set of rules on how the Church handles sexual abuse cases. Instances of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have come up in the United States and several European countries, including Pope Benedict XVI's native country Germany. Many of the cases involved abuse of children or mentally handicapped people.
   The new measures update a set of rules the Vatican implemented in 2001. The Church's statute of limitations regarding sexual abuse cases has been extended from 10 to 20 years. Abuse of a mentally handicapped adult is now treated the same way as abuse of a child, and both can lead to immediate dismissal from the church by decree - without an ecclesiastical trial. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 11:04 AM

New Vatican laws could be "church PR disaster"

     
   Radio Netherlands, ~ July 15, 2010
   NETHERLANDS -- The Vatican has published new rules on child sex abuse in the Catholic church, after a worldwide scandal badly damaged its reputation. The laws will increase the number of years after which priests can face punishment from their superiors, but victims groups say they don’t go far enough.
   The new measures come in response to a deluge of complaints that the Vatican isn’t doing enough to investigate abuse claims in the church. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the measures include “more rapid procedures to deal with the most urgent and serious situations more effectively”.
Out of touch
   But while the move has been welcomed as an attempt to take the issue of child sex abuse more seriously, some say the church isn’t in touch with public opinion.
   The decision to class possession of child pornography in the same category as the ordination of women priests was described as “clumsy” by Vatican expert and history professor Peter Nissen from Radboud University in the Netherlands:
   “They don’t show very much awareness of how the public opinion will view things, they don’t show any feelings for the seriousness of complaints concerning sexual abuse and child pornography by dealing with it in the same way as cases of the ordination of women.” Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 11:01 AM

As expected, new rules on sex abuse …

     
   U.S. Catholic, By Bryan Cones, Thursday, July 15, 2010
   … and the ordination of women.
   UNITED STATES -- Despite the protestations of certain commenters to my previous post on this topic, I still fail to see why the Vatican could not have issued revisions to the law dealing only with crimes related to sex abuse. Including the "attempted ordination of woman" and the unhelpfully vague crimes of "apostasy, heresy, and schism" to the list of crimes against the sacraments was completely redundant and unnecessary. The failure to include anything at all regarding bishops who abetted such grave crimes is lamentable to say the least, though entirely expected.
   I suppose one way of reading today's announcement is that the Vatican does not want to appear to be too responsive to the people of God, and thus lend credence to the idea that the baptized have an actual function in the governance of the church, or, worse, that the church may even be democratic. Not at all: This was just a routine updating of norms that just happened to coincide with the biggest disaster to the credibility of the church in generations. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:51 AM

Vatican urged to open abuse archives

     
   Brisbane Times, AFP, July 16, 2010
   AUSTRIA and VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican must open up its archives on sexual abuse by priests, an Austrian victim support group said on Thursday, saying the Church's new rules on handling abuse cases were insufficient.
   "Ecclesiastical justice is of no interest to us. The Vatican is still not ready to open up its archives and hand over to the civil authorities the records concerning abuse," a spokeman for a group called Victims of Church Violence, Franz-Jakob said.
   In a bid to fend off charges of high level complacency towards sex abuse, the Roman Catholic Church moved on Thursday to accelerate internal investigations and extended by a decade the statute of limitations in abuse cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:48 AM

Vatican to fast-track 'urgent' priest sex abuse cases

  - RCC.    
   The Province (Canada), By Catherine Jouault, AFP, July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY - The Vatican Thursday moved to fast-track investigations into paedophile priests amid a global scandal but drew criticism for sidestepping the issue of turning abusers in to the courts.
   Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Roman Catholic Church moved to accelerate internal investigations and extended by a decade the statute of limitations in abuse cases. …
   One of the most outspoken victims' support groups, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP), was quick to slam the new rules, issuing a statement saying they could be "summed up in three words: missing the boat."
   "Clergy sex crimes must be reported to police and the Vatican must make this a binding policy that is uniformly enforced," SNAP executive David Clohessy told AFP. "Today's action doesn't do that."
   He added: "There is a blindness and an arrogance in the Church hierarchy that assumes and insists that even horrific crimes should be dealt with secretly and internally, and by biased amateurs in chancery offices instead of independent professionals in law enforcement." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:30 AM

Vatican issues new sex abuse guidelines with few substantive changes

 
   The Canadian Press, By Nicole Winfield (CP), ~ July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – The Vatican issued a revised set of church guidelines Thursday to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal, targeting priests who molest the mentally disabled as well as children, defining child pornography as a canonical crime but making few substantive changes to existing practice.
   The new rules make no mention of the need for bishops to report clerical sex abuse to police, provide no sanctions for bishops who cover up for abusers and do not include any "one-strike and you're out" policy for pedophile priest as demanded by some victims. …
   "The first thing the church should be doing is reporting crimes to civil authorities," said Andrew Madden, a former Dublin altar boy who took the first public lawsuit against the church in Ireland in 1995.
   "That's far, far more important than deciding whether a criminal priest should be defrocked or not," he told the AP in Dublin. "The church's internal rules are no more important than the rules of your local golf club."
   Barbara Dorris, of Survivors' Network for Those Abused by Priests, said the new guidelines "can be summed up in three words: missing the boat." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:26 AM

Vatican Issues New Rules on Sex Abuse by Priests

     
   The New York Times, By RACHEL DONADIO, Published: July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY – In its most significant revision to church law since a sex abuse crisis hit the United States a decade ago and roared back from remission in Europe this spring, the Vatican on Thursday issued new internal rules making it easier to discipline priests who have sexually abused minors.
   But in a move that infuriated victims’ groups and put United States bishops on the defensive, it also codified “the attempted ordination of women” to the priesthood as one of the church’s most grave crimes, along with heresy, schism and pedophilia.
   In its revision, the Vatican doubled the statute of limitations in abuse cases from 10 to 20 years from the victim’s 18th birthday and added possession of child pornography and the sexual abuse of mentally disabled adults to the list of crimes handled by the Vatican’s doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:23 AM

Vatican: attempted ordination of women a grave crime

     
   Guardian (United Kingdom), guardian.co.uk , John Hooper in Rome, Thursday 15 July 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican today made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category as clerical sex abuse of minors, heresy and schism.
   The new rules, which have been sent to bishops around the world, apply equally to Catholic women who agree to a ceremony of ordination and to the bishop who conducts it. Both would be excommunicated. Since the Vatican does not accept that women can become priests, it does not recognise the outcome of any such ceremony.
   The latest move, which appeared to bar and bolt the door to Catholic women priests, came at a time when the Church of England moved in the opposite direction, closer to an acceptance of female bishops. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 10:21 AM

Vatican Doubles Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse

     
   Washington Post, By Flavia Krause-Jackson, (c) 2010 Bloomberg News, Thursday, July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY July 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican doubled the statute of limitations on prosecuting priests for sexual abuse to 20 years in a revision of its canon-law rules as allegations of misconduct by clergy spread around the globe.
   The new rules amended Vatican regulations dating to 2001 initially prepared when Pope Benedict XVI headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal office, for then Pope John Paul II. The changes were released today in a statement on the Vatican's website.
   "It's disturbing that the new rules merely will extend the statutes of limitations rather than eliminate them altogether," said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-head of BishopAccountability.org, which documents sex abuse by priests. "The policy revisions announced by the Vatican are tiny improvements." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:55 AM

Ordination of women a 'crime against the faith'

  - RCC.  
   AFP,
   VATICAN CITY – The ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests is a "crime against the faith," the Vatican said Thursday as it issued a raft of new disciplinary rules.
   Cases of "attempted ordination of women" will henceforth be handled by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a Vatican statement said.
   The new rules put attempts at ordination of women among the "most serious crimes," along with paedophilia, updating a 2007 CDF decree according to which those who attempt to ordain women -- and the women concerned -- are subject to automatic excommunication. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:52 AM

Vatican Releases Revised Norms on Clerical Sex Abuse

  - RCC.  
   National Catholic Register, by Edward Pentin Thursday, July 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican today published revised canonical norms that deal with the crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy.
   Many of the innovations had already been made known through various unofficial Vatican sources, but some unexpected revisions were revealed today, all of which are aimed at speeding up legal processes and making them more efficient.
   These include admitting lay people into the tribunal staff and extending the statute of limitations from 10 to 20 years (and possibly longer). The document also introduces paedophile pornography as a delicta graviora, and it establishes parity between the abuse of mentally disabled people and that of minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:48 AM

Priest arrested for child porn possession

  [2009, 2010 - Fr Patrick Umberger* (59)] - RCC. 2009 Lavatory incident. 2010 Child pornography.  
   LaCrosse Tribune, By ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen § lacrossetribune com | Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010
   WISCONSIN -- State agents Wednesday arrested a Diocese of La Crosse priest for possession of child pornography after finding images on his computer, officials said. The Rev. Patrick Umberger, 59, is in the La Crosse County Jail and expected to appear today in La Crosse County Circuit Court. The state Department of Justice declined to release more information until a criminal complaint is filed.
   Umberger, who serves St. Patrick’s Parish in Onalaska, has been removed from active ministry pending the investigation, Diocesan attorney Jim Birnbaum said.
   “This action should not be interpreted as any indication of assessment of guilt or innocence,” Birnbaum said. “It is taken to protect all parties involved.” Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:45 AM

Priest’s supporters hold vigil

  [1977 Fr Joseph Kelleher* (82)] - RCC. Prayer vigils. Boy (14).    
   Charlotte Observer, By Steve Lyttle, slyttle@charlotteobserver.com , Posted: Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010
   NORTH CAROLINA -- Supporters of a Catholic priest charged with abusing a teen-age boy more than three decades ago held prayer vigils Wednesday night at Freedom Park in Charlotte and in Winston-Salem.
   The group, which calls itself Justice for Father Kelleher, gathered as a show of support for Fr. Joseph Kelleher, 82, who was charged last Thursday by Albemarle police with indecent liberties with a minor. The charges were brought by a man who said he was abused by Kelleher in 1977, when the priest was pastor at an Albemarle church.
   Kelleher is now retired but had been working as chaplain at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem. He lives in Kernersville. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:35 AM

Predatory Priests, Church Cover-Ups and the Belgian Abberation

  - RCC.    
   The Huffington Post By Barbara Blaine and Rita Nakashima Brock
   UNITED STATES --The clergy sex abuse and cover-up crisis continue not only across Europe but also across the globe. Nowhere, however, has the recent crisis been more acute than in Belgium. Over the span of just a few weeks, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, July 13, a bishop has resigned, police have conducted an unusual raid on three church facilities to collect evidence, and hundreds of men and women have stepped forward reporting the horrors they say they experienced as children at the hands of Belgian clerics.
   A painfully familiar, almost formulaic pattern of criminal behavior has emerged in the many stories of sexual abuse by priests this past year. It's the same appalling pattern Americans have seen in case after case in the U.S. And it suggests that, whether through quiet Vatican fiat or a stunningly homogenous and twisted clerical culture, Catholic officials over decades and across national boundaries have engaged in the same destructive (and self destructive) behaviors when it comes to predator priests.
   The elements of the pattern were replayed in the recent Belgium case. The pattern constitutes a perverse ten-step church approach to avoid facing the truth, protecting the children, and fixing a sick system:
   1) Victims patiently and doggedly struggle to find even one person in the Catholic hierarchy who will listen to their experiences and work to protect others. The victim of the recently resigned Bruge Bishop Roger Vangheluwe spent nearly 25 years trying to get action from numerous Belgian church officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:32 AM

Vatican 'missing the boat' with sex abuse rules: U.S. group

     
   Montreal Gazette,
   VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is "missing the boat" with new rules published Thursday on the handling of cases of sex abuse by priests, a U.S.-based advocacy group said.
   "The guidelines are like attacking at an elephant with a pea-shooter when the elephant is almost out of range," the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said in a statement.
   "Even if these new guidelines are obeyed, their impact on the ongoing crisis is likely to be insignificant," it added after the Vatican ordered quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extended the statute of limitations. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:30 AM

Vatican strengthens clerical sex abuse procedures

   
   America Magazine Author: Austen Ivereigh Posted Thursday, July 15, 2010 09:02:47 AM
   VATICAN CITY -- Among the 17 modifications to its canonical norms dealing with "grave crimes" (gravioribus delictis) against the sacraments announced today, the Vatican has extended the time allowed for a case against a priest for sexual abuse from 10 to 20 years from a victim's 18th birthday and has speeded the processes for expelling guilty clergy from the priesthood. The new norms make illegal the use of child pornography and treat the abuse of disabled people as equivalent to that of minors.
   In PR terms, it is unfortunate that these attempts to tighten church procedures against clerical sex abuse are lumped in with other norms, including the attempted ordination of a woman as a new crime punishable by excommunication. But then, these are revisions to legislation dealing with sacramental crimes, not civil ones, and are therefore in the same legal (but obviously not moral) category. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:28 AM

Vatican revises church law on sex abuse

  - RCC.
   National Catholic Reporter (United States), By John L Allen Jr, Jul. 15, 2010
   VATICAN CITY, Rome -- In the latest chapter of the Vatican's attempt to come to grips with the sexual abuse crisis, Pope Benedict XVI has approved a set of revisions to church law which are touted by the Vatican as a major contribution to "rigor and transparency," while derided by critics as "mere tweaking."
   For the most part, Vatican sources said, the revisions consolidate existing practice rather than marking a dramatic new approach. Unveiled on July 15, the changes include:
  • Speeding up the process of "laicization," or formal removal from the priesthood;
  • Allowing laity to serve as judges and lawyers on church tribunals in sex abuse cases, and waiving the requirement of a doctorate in canon law;
  • Extending the statute of limitations for sex abuse cases from ten to twenty years, with the possibility still in force to waive it altogether on a case-by-case basis;
  • Adding the acquisition, possession … Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:16 AM

    Revised sex abuse norms at a glance

     
       The Catholic Review By John Thavis
       VATICAN CITY – The revised Vatican norms dealing with sexual abuse of minors by priests and other “more grave crimes” against church law contain several changes from the previous version published in 2001.
       The main provisions of the revised norms:
       – Extend the statute of limitations from 10 to 20 years after a sex abuse victim’s 18th birthday.
       – Include use of child pornography as a type of sexual abuse of minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:12 AM

    Ordination of women priests a crime against faith: Vatican

      - RCC.
       The Times of India
       VATICAN CITY: The ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests is a "crime against the faith," the Vatican said Thursday as it issued a raft of new disciplinary rules.
       Cases of "attempted ordination of women" will henceforth be handled by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a Vatican statement said.
       The new rules put attempts at ordination of women among the "most serious crimes," along with paedophilia, updating a 2007 CDF decree according to which those who attempt to ordain women – and the women concerned – are subject to automatic excommunication. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    Pope calls for a new general chapter to renew the Legion 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.]       
       CathNews, {with video}, July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- The Legionaries of Christ have to hold an extraordinary chapter to adopt new constitutions. Benedict XVI told them this in a letter given to Archbishop Velasio de Paolis, the pontifical delegate of the congregation. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 9:00 AM

    Remedial public relations for Vatican officials

      - RCC.      
       Catholic Culture, By Phil Lawler | July 15, 2010
       IRELAND -- Even from my vacation perch here on the Dingle peninsula, in the lovely home of lovely friends far from the reach of the mass media, I quickly heard about the Vatican’s release of new norms for the handling of grave ecclesiastical crimes.
       This should be a “feel good” story – a balm for battered sensibilities, a story in which the Vatican would be portrayed in a favorable light. For weeks the media have been screaming for the Vatican to show a more severe attitude toward clerical abusers, and here that severe attitude is shown. (It has been shown for years to those who know where to look for it, and the norms made public today aren’t really a big story. That’s a different matter. You take your positive stories when you can get them.)
       But wait. The headlines are mixed. Some reporters highlight the norms regarding abusers, while others choose to emphasize the penalties for attempted ordination of women. From the perspective of anyone who is not conversant with Catholic affairs – and virtually everyone in the mass media falls into that category – these are entirely separate issues, and the inclusion of women’s ordination in a story about sexual abuse seems quirky, confusing. The media don’t understand, so in their confusion they fall back on their reflexive reaction: they poke fun at the Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:57 AM

    Vatican Doubles Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse

      - RCC.    
       Wall Street Journal, By STACY MEICHTRY,
       VATICAN CITY – The Vatican issued an account of its policies for handling sex-abuse cases over the past century in a bid to quell criticism that the Holy See fostered a culture of cover-ups within the Roman Catholic Church ranks.
       The Vatican published the account on Thursday as a "historical introduction" to a set of revisions updating Vatican policy for disciplining sexually abusive priests.
       The revisions toughen Vatican sex-abuse rules by doubling the statute of limitations for sex-abuse to 20 years and dropping requirements for clerics to act as judges in church trials. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:54 AM

    Press Statement

      - RCC.
       National Survivor Advocates Coalition, For Immediate Release, July 15, 2010
       Contact: Kristine Ward, Chair, National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC), 937-272-0308, www.nsacoalition.org
       UNITED STATES -- The National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) responded to the Vatican’s release of new sexual abuse regulations with the following statement:
       The Vatican’s extension of the statute of limitations to 20 years is a small step when measured against the vastness of the chaos and harm that sexual abuse produces; still, a person dying of thirst is grateful for a few drops of water. It must be said, any measure that will give hope and comfort to a survivor of sexual abuse, even a small one, is welcomed.
       That said, we sincerely hope that today’s Vatican document will turn on the fountain of compassionate care for victims of sexual abuse by priests and nuns but the document has a number of serious limitations, chief among them is its silence on action to place into Church law accountability for the cover up by Bishops – once again allowing Bishops to get off scot free. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:51 AM

    MODIFICATIONS MADE IN THE NORMAE DE GRAVIORIBUS DELICTIS

       
       Vatican Information Service, ~ July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- Part One
    SUBSTANTIVE NORMS
    Art. 1
       § 1. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to art. 52 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus {1}, judges delicts against the faith, as well as the more grave delicts committed against morals and in the celebration of the sacraments and, whenever necessary, proceeds to declare or impose canonical sanctions according to the norm of both common and proper law, with due regard for the competence of the Apostolic Penitentiary {2} and in keeping with Agendi ratio in doctrinarum examine. {3}
       § 2. With regard to the delicts mentioned above in § 1, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by mandate of the Roman Pontiff, may judge Cardinals, Patriarchs, Legates of the Apostolic See, Bishops as well as other physical persons mentioned in can. 1405 § 3 of the Code of Canon Law {4}, and in can. 1061 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. {5} Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:48 AM

    PUBLICATION OF CDF NORMS ON MOST SERIOUS CRIMES

     
       Vatican Information Service, 15 JUL 2010
       VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today published its new "Norms concerning the most serious crimes". Given below is the text of an explanatory note on the new measures, issued by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J.
       In 2001 the Holy Father John Paul II promulgated a very important document, the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela", which gave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responsibility to deal with and judge a series of particularly serious crimes within the ambit of canon law. This responsibility had previously been attributed also to other dicasteries, or was not completely clear.
       The Motu Proprio (the "law" in the strict sense) was accompanied by a series of practical and procedural Norms, known as "Normae de gravioribus delictis". Over the nine years since then, experience has naturally suggested that these Norms be integrated and updated, so as to streamline and simplify the procedures and make them more effective, and to take account of new problems. This has been achieved principally by the Pope attributing new "faculties" to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; faculties which, however, were not organically integrated into the initial Norms. This has now come about, within the context of a systematic revision of those Norms. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:45 AM

    Vatican reveals new rules for sex abuse cases

      - RCC.
       Irish Examiner, Thursday, July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican responded to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal with new rules that crack down on priests who prey on children and the mentally disabled today.
       They extend from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on abuse and also codify for the first time that possessing or distributing child pornography is a canonical crime.
       However, the document issued today did not discuss the need for bishops to report abuse to police or include any “one-strike and you’re out” policy, as demanded by victims’ groups. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:42 AM

    Vatican 'speeds up' abuse cases

      - RCC.
       BBC News,
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has issued new instructions to speed up the handling of the "most urgent" cases of sex abuse by priests, after a series of abuse scandals.
       The rules contain "more rapid procedures", it said.
       Priests who sexually abuse a mentally ill adult will now be treated in the same way as those who abuse minors.
       The rules also extend the time in which the Church can take action against anyone who abused a minor from 10 to 20 years after a victim's 18th birthday. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:36 AM

    Vatican Doubles Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse

      - RCC.
       Bloomberg 7:22 AM EDT, July 15, 2010
       (Updates with April guidelines in fourth paragraph, quote in sixth, rule change developmentally challenged in seventh paragraph.)
       VATICAN CITY, July 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican doubled the statute of limitations for prosecuting priests for sexual abuse to 20 years as part of a revamp of its rules as allegations of misconduct by clergy spread around the globe.
       The new rules were amendments to Vatican regulations dating to 2001 initially prepared when Pope Benedict XVI headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal office, for then Pope John Paul II. The changes were released today in a statement on the Vatican’s website. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:33 AM

    Vatican issues new sex abuse norms after crisis

      - RCC.
       The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD,
       VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican issued a new set of norms Thursday to respond to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal, cracking down on priests who rape and molest minors and the mentally disabled.
       The norms extend from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on priestly abuse and also codify for the first time that possessing or distributing child pornography is a canonical crime.
       But the document made no mention of the need for bishops to report abuse to police and doesn't include any "one-strike and you're out" policy as demanded by some victims' groups. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:28 AM

    Vatican toughens rules on sexual abuse of children

      - RCC.
       Reuters, By Philip Pullella,
       VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican Thursday made sweeping revisions to its laws on sexual abuse of children by priests in its latest attempt to tackle a scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church around the world.
       In an unexpected move, the Vatican also codified the "attempted ordination of a woman" to the priesthood as one of the most serious crimes against Church law.
       The changes, the first in nine years, affect Church procedures for defrocking abusive priests. They make some legal procedures which were so far allowed under exceptional circumstances, the global norms to confront the crisis. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:24 AM

    Vatican tightens laws dealing with sex abuse and other crimes

      - RCC.
       Earth Times,
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican published Thursday an updated, stricter set of norms governing how the Catholic Church deals internally with priests and other religious figures linked to crimes such as the sexual abuse of minors and mentally handicapped people.
       The measures come amid a series of scandals and widespread criticism of the church's handling of abuse cases in several countries, including Pope Benedict's XVI's native Germany.
       Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the new provisions would speed up procedures to deal with the "most urgent and serious situations more effectively." Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:22 AM

    Vatican toughens sexual abuse laws

      - RCC.
       ABC News (Australia),
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has made sweeping revisions to its laws on sexual abuse of children by priests in its latest attempt to tackle a scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church around the world.
       In an unexpected move, the Vatican also codified the "attempted ordination of a woman" to the priesthood as one of the most serious crimes against Church law.
       The changes, the first in nine years, affect Church procedures for defrocking abusive priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:19 AM

    Vatican fast-tracks paedophile priest probe

     
       Sydney Morning Herald, CATHERINE JOUAULT 10:04PM July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Thursday issued new rules on the handling of abuse cases amid a worldwide scandal, ordering quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extending the statute of limitations.
       Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Church also classified child pornography as a crime and made the abuse of mentally handicapped people a crime as serious as paedophilia.
       The raft of new rules contains "more rapid procedures to deal with the most urgent and serious situations more effectively," the Vatican said in a statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:15 AM

    Vatican tightens laws dealing with sex abuse and other crimes

     
       Monsters and Critics
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican published Thursday an updated, stricter set of norms governing how the Catholic Church deals internally with priests and other religious figures linked to crimes such as the sexual abuse of minors and mentally handicapped people.
       The measures come amid a series of scandals and widespread criticism of the church's handling of abuse cases in several countries, including Pope Benedict's XVI's native Germany.
       Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the new provisions would speed up procedures to deal with the 'most urgent and serious situations more effectively.' Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:12 AM

    NOTA DEL DIRETTORE DELLA SALA STAMPA DELLA SANTA SEDE

     
       Vatican,
       {note: The Vatican documents are also available at these sites in French, Italian and Spanish.}
       VATICAN CITY -- Significance of the "Norms". Short form (F. Lombardi)
       The Norms of canon law dealing with crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy have been published today in a comprehensive and updated form, in a document which covers all the crimes the Church considers as exceptionally serious and, for that reason, subject to the competency of the Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Apart from sexual abuse, these include crimes against the faith and against the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Holy Orders.
       The Norms concerning sexual abuse make specific provision for more rapid procedures in order to deal with the most urgent and serious situations more effectively. They also admit lay people into the tribunal staff; extend the statue of limitations from ten to twenty years; establish parity between the abuse of mentally disabled people and that of minors, and introduce the crime of paedophile pornography. The Norm concerning the secrecy of trials is maintained in order to protect the dignity of everyone involved.
       These norms are part of canon law; i.e., they exclusively concern the Church. For this reason they do not deal with the subject of reporting offenders to the civil authorities. It should be noted, however, that compliance with civil law is contained in the instructions issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as part of the preliminary procedures to be followed in abuse cases, as per the "Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures". Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:08 AM

    INTRODUZIONE STORICA ALLE NORME DEL MOTU PROPRIO …

      - Code dates back to 1917.
       Catholica Vatican,
       TRADUZIONE IN LINGUA INGLESE
       VATICAN CITY -- The Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 recognized the existence of a number of canonical crimes or "delicts" reserved to the exclusive competence of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office which, as a tribunal, was governed by its own proper law (cfr. can. 1555 CIC 1917).
       A few years after the promulgation of the 1917 Code, the Holy Office issued an Instruction, "Crimen Sollicitationis" (1922), which gave detailed instruction to local dioceses and tribunals on the procedures to be adopted when dealing with the canonical delict of solicitation. This most grave crime concerned the abuse of the sanctity and dignity of the Sacrament of Penance by a Catholic priest who solicited the penitent to sin against the sixth commandment, either with the confessor himself, or with a third party. The norms issued in 1922 were an update, in light of the Code of Canon Law of 1917, of the Apostolic Constitution "Sacramentorum Poenitentiae" promulgated by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741.
       A number of concerns had to be addressed, underlining the specificity of the legislation (with implications which are less relevant from the perspective of civil penal law): the respect of the dignity of the sacrament, the inviolable seal of the confessional, the dignity of the penitent and the fact that in most cases the accused priest could not be interrogated fully on what occurred without putting the seal of confession in danger. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 8:04 AM

    NORMAE DE GRAVIORIBUS DELICTIS , 15.07.2010

      - RCC.  
       Vaticano, July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- Pars Prima
       NORMAE SUBSTANTIALES
       Art. 1
       § 1. Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, ad normam art. 52 Constitutionis Apostolicae Pastor bonus 1, cognoscit delicta contra fidem et delicta graviora, tum contra mores tum in sacramentorum celebratione commissa atque, ubi opus fuerit, ad canonicas sanctiones declarandas aut irrogandas ad normam iuris, sive communis sive proprii, procedit, salva competentia Paenitentiariae Apostolicae 2 et firma manente Agendi ratione in doctrinarum examine. 3
       § 2. In delictis de quibus in § 1 Congregationi pro Doctrina Fidei ius est, de mandato Romani Pontificis, iudicandi Patres Cardinales, Patriarchas, Legatos Sedis Apostolicae, Episcopos, necnon alias personas physicas de quibus in can. 1405 § 3 Codicis Iuris Canonici 4 et in can. 1061 Codicis Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium 5.

       {English} Part One
       SUBSTANTIVE NORMS
       Art. 1
       § 1. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, according to art. 52 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus 1, judges delicts against the faith, as well as the more grave delicts committed against morals and in the celebration of the sacraments and, whenever necessary, proceeds to declare or impose canonical sanctions according to the norm of both common and proper law, with due regard for the competence of the Apostolic Penitentiary 2 and in keeping with Agendi ratio in doctrinarum examine. 3
       § 2. With regard to the delicts mentioned above in § 1, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by mandate of the Roman Pontiff, may judge Cardinals, Patriarchs, Legates of the Apostolic See, Bishops as well as other physical persons mentioned in can. 1405 § 3 of the Code of Canon Law4, and in can. 1061 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. 5
       § 3. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith judges the reserved delicts mentioned in § 1 according to the following norms.
       Art. 2
       § 1. The delicts against the faith referred to in art. 1 are heresy, apostasy and schism according to the norm of can. 7516 and 13647 of the Code of Canon Law, and can. 14368 and 14379 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:59 AM

    CONGREGAZIONE PER LA DOTTRINA DELLA FEDE …

     
       Vaticano, ~ July 15, 2010
       Città del Vaticano -- A distanza di nove anni dalla promulgazione della Lettera Apostolica Motu Proprio data «Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela», concernente le Normae de gravioribus delictis riservati alla Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, questo Dicastero ha ritenuto necessario procedere ad una riforma del testo normativo citato, emendandolo non nella sua interezza, bensì solamente in alcune sue parti, al fine di migliorarne l’operatività concreta.
       Dopo un attento e accurato studio delle riforme proposte, i Padri della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede sottoponevano al Romano Pontefice il risultato delle proprie determinazioni che, con decisione del 21 maggio 2010, lo stesso Sommo Pontefice approvava, ordinandone la promulgazione.

       {English} Nine years after the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Motu proprio data, «Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela», regarding the norms de gravioribus delictis reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, this Dicastery held it necessary to proceed with a reform of the above mentioned text, emending it not in its entirety, but only in certain areas, in order to render the text more useful.
       After a thorough and attentive study of the proposed modifications to the norms, the Fathers of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith presented the Roman Pontiff with a draft. The Holy Father approved and ordered the promulgation of these revised norms on 21 May 2010.
       Attached with this letter is a brief description of the changes and amendments of the normative text, «Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela». In this way, the modifications are rendered more immediately accessible. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:55 AM

    Vatican unveils new rules to stop abuse

     
       CNN,
       VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced new rules Thursday aimed at stopping abuse of children by priests and streamlining Catholic Church procedures for dealing with it.
       The new rules "make specific provision for more rapid procedures in order to deal with the most urgent and serious situations more effectively," the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said in unveiling them. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:52 AM

    Vatican revises norms for clerical abuse of minors, other ‘exceptionally serious’ crimes

      - RCC.  
       Catholic Culture, July 15, 2010
       VATICAN CITY -- The Holy See Press Office has published a revised edition of the 2001 norms dealing with clerical abuse of minors and other “exceptionally serious” crimes against faith and morals.
       “The norms of canon law dealing with crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy have been published today in a comprehensive and updated form, in a document which covers all the crimes the Church considers as exceptionally serious and, for that reason, subject to the competency of the Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the director of the Holy See Press Office. “Apart from sexual abuse, these include crimes against the faith and against the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Holy Orders.”
       The revised norms, approved by Pope Benedict XVI on May 21, were sent by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to all the bishops of the Church on that date. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:45 AM

    Indictment tossed, prosecutors look to file new sex-abuse charges against Perlitz

      [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RCC. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
       Stamford Advocate, Michael P. Mayko,
       NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- Hours after dismissing the sexual abuse indictment against Douglas Perlitz, a federal judge Wednesday ordered the 2002 Fairfield University commencement speaker kept in custody at least until July 23 as prosecutors move swiftly to file new charges.
       This allows the prosecution team to file charges in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., alleging that Perlitz flew from Kennedy International Airport to Haiti with the intention of sexually abusing young boys in that impoverished country. It also gives U.S. Attorney David Fein time to discuss with his supervisors at the Justice Department in Washington the feasibility of appealing the dismissal.
       The 25-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton, who found there is no evidence that the Fairfield University graduate committed any criminal act in Connecticut, set off a six-hour flurry of meetings, conference calls and court filings all intended to release or keep Perlitz behind bars. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:43 AM

    Quickly refile Haitian charges

      [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RCC. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys. 
       Connecticut Post,
       CONNECTICUT -- A judge's dismissal of charges against a Fairfield University graduate accused of sexually assaulting impoverished boys in Haiti is an embarrassment to the prosecution. Immediate steps must be taken to file charges in the appropriate district and see that the case proceeds.
       On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton dismissed an indictment against Douglas Perlitz that claimed he used his position as head of a charitable foundation to victimize people he was supposed to be helping. But the decision in no way vindicates Perlitz.
       Arterton said federal prosecutors are not forbidden from re-indicting Perlitz in another jurisdiction. To see justice is served, that is what prosecutors must do. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:41 AM

    Feds to seek new charges in Haiti sex-abuse case

      [1998-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz*] - RCC. US $120.5k undocumented. 18 boys.     
       The Associated Press, By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (AP)
       NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Federal prosecutors say they intend to pursue charges in New York against a man accused of sexually abusing boys at a school in Haiti after a judge dismissed charges against him in Connecticut.
       U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven approved Douglas Perlitz's motion to dismiss the case Wednesday, ruling that a prosecution in Connecticut violated both the Constitution and federal rules.
       Arterton says she was only ruling on the venue issue and that her dismissal did not prohibit prosecutors from charging Perlitz in another state. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:38 AM

    Is er een katholiek complot om Danneels te redden?

      - RCC.  
       Gazet van Antwerpen ~ July 15, 2010
       BELGIE -- Is er een katholiek complot om het Brusselse onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk te saboteren? Is dit onderzoek in gevaar nu de Brusselse procureur-generaal Marc de le Court wil nagaan of de onderzoeksrechter en de speurders hun boekje te buiten gingen tijdens de huiszoekingen in Mechelen en Leuven? Wil de le Court onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy tegenwerken en de Kerk de hand boven het hoofd houden? Het tijdschrift Télé Moustique vreest van wel. Het haalt als bewijs voor zijn stelling aan dat procureur-generaal Marc de le Court toen hij nog zetelend raadsheer op het Brusselse Hof van Beroep was, al eens Danneels "de hand boven het hoofd zou hebben gehouden". Wat is er van aan?
       Op 29 november 1998 veroordeelde een kamer van het Brusselse Hof van beroep onder voorzitterschap van Marc de le Court een pedofiele pastoor uit Sint-Gillis tot 6 jaar cel. Deze kamer besloot ook dat kardinaal Danneels niet burgerlijk aansprakelijk was voor de schade die de pedofiele pastoor had aangericht. Danneels werd in deze zaak niet vervolgd, ook niet voor schuldig verzuim. De slachtoffers dachten echter dat hij als "werkgever" van de pastoor burgerlijk aansprakelijk was. Dat betekent dat Danneels de schade zou moeten vergoeden als de pastoor geen geld genoeg daarvoor zou hebben. Maar het Brusselse hof besloot dat Danneels niét burgerlijk aansprakelijk was omdat de relatie bisschop-pastoor geen relatie werkgever-werknemer is, zoals het arbeidsrecht dat bedoelt. Voor Télé Moustique zegt dat genoeg.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:35 AM

    CathBlog - Think of the good Church

         
       CathNews, by Ann Rennie Published: July 15, 2010
       AUSTRALIA -- It has not been a great time for the Catholic Church in Melbourne. Of course it is only fair to acknowledge the inexcusable sins, crimes, of some and to feel shame in their name. The Church needs to resurrect in itself the goodness that is our founding purpose.
       The self-examination of which Archbishop Hart speaks in his Pastoral Letter comes at a time of increasing disaffection and secularisation, and the recent sex abuse scandals and cover-ups have tarnished the institution. As well, these crimes have broken the covenant between priests and religious and the people who trust them in the most heinous way and this cannot be disguised or diminished.
       But in the interests of even-handedness I also think it is important to be reminded of the actions for justice and good that many Catholic organisations. These organisations contribute to the community in countless ways, whether it's through the meals at the Sacred Heart Mission, food for families in need or the time spent by a nun who visits those old and lonely who would otherwise receive no visitors. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:31 AM

    Amish leaders in Michigan learn from sex abuse case near Seymour MO

      - Amish.  
       KY3, {with video},
       MARSHFIELD, Mo.-- An Amish man from Seymour, Johnny Schwartz, was charged last year for statutory sodomy and rape of two young Amish girls. His wife, Fannie Schwartz, was later charged for knowing about the abuse and not reporting it.
       The Webster County Sheriff's Department investigation later found that elders of an Amish church near Seymour also knew about the abuse but never alerted authorities. That led to prosecution of the elders. Now it looks like that heartbreaking case might have brought some relief for a similar situation in Michigan.
       "If it happens again, will they report it? I don't know, I don't know," Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said in November 2009.
       On Wednesday, Cole talked about what he'd heard from Michigan.
       "One of the Michigan officers talked to one of our detectives basically saying, 'Good job,' because we think the elders and bishops reported this because of what they'd seen down here in Webster County," said Cole. Posted by Kathy Shaw on July 15, 2010 7:28 AM

    Vatican Doubles Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse by Priests to 20 Years

         
       Bloomberg, By Flavia Krause-Jackson - Jul 15, 2010
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