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• Sacked abuse principal rehired

  [2010 Roman Catholic (RC) school -NEW*. Hires "enabler."] [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 13 girls (<12).]    
   Warwick Daily News, http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/ story/2010/12/02/sacked-abuse- principal-rehired-Toowoomba ; December 02, 2010
   AUSTRALIA - THE sacked principal at the centre of the child sex abuse scandal at a Toowoomba Catholic primary school has been rehired at a Catholic school in Ipswich.
   Yesterday families of five girls abused by former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes reached a settlement with the Catholic Church's Toowoomba diocese to discontinue their legal proceedings.
   A further three girls' families are expected to settle their cases next year. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM, Dec 01, 2010
   [LOOK BACK: October 2010, April 2010.]
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• Denied priestly ordination, deacon commits suicide

  [2010 Nov 30, Deacon Luca Seidita -NEW*, very new. Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Suicide.]    
   Catholic Culture, http://www.catholicculture.org/ news/headlines/index. cfm?storyid=8435 , ~ Dec 01, 2010
   ITALY - An Italian transitional deacon who was found unfit for priestly ordination took his own life on November 30.
   Luca Seidita leapt to his death from a cliff after receiving word from the Vatican that he could not be ordained a priest. He left behind a note saying: "I wanted to become a priest and all my life was devoted to that."
   Bishop Giovanni Scanavino of Orvieto denied rumors that Seidita had been judged unfit because he is homosexual. But he said that there were "some issues" involving the deacon's friends. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM, December 01, 2010

$3.7 million of Catholic trust funds will be available to victims of sexual abuse by priests within Diocese of Bathurst

  [2010 Diocese of Bathurst -NEW*. Roman Catholic Church gets court's approval to move clergy-training trust funds into compensation for badly-trained clergy.]  
   Times & Transcript BY KRIS MCDAVID, ~ Dec 01, 2010
   BATHURST, CANADA - A judge in Miramichi has ruled that the Diocese of Bathurst can use 21 trust funds intended to train future members of the Roman Catholic priesthood in order to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
   Court of Queen's Bench Justice Fred Ferguson released his decision on Monday that a major portion of the church's trusts, which are valued at about $4.3-million, can be allocated to the 35 people who have come forward claiming abuse at the hands of priests.
   The ruling states that $1.5 million of the trust funds be retained by the church for the initial intended purpose. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM]

Jury finds St. Elizabeth liable for priest abuse

  [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Unusual. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
   CommunityPub, December 01, 2010
   DOVER, Del. – A jury has found St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish in Wilmington liable for a former priest's sexual abuse of a young boy in the 1960s.
   The jury awarded the victim $33 million.
   The jury ruled Wednesday that St. Elizabeth parish was negligent in not preventing Francis DeLuca from sexually abusing John M. Vai.
   The jury levied $30 million in compensatory damages for Vai against DeLuca and another $3 million in compensatory damages against St. Elizabeth's.
   "The legal system in Delaware works and can render justice to all survivors of childhood sexual abuse," Vai said in a statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM, December 01, 2010

Attorney says only Sklba, not Archdiocese, seeks to block deposition

  [RCC expensive secrecy bid continues.]
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Annysa Johnson, Dec. 1, 2010
   MILWAUKEE (WI) - The lawyer for Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba said Wednesday that he will correct an error in a motion seeking to block a deposition of Sklba because it states that the archdiocese – and not Sklba alone – is seeking the action.
   The victims advocacy group SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, drew attention to the assertion after the archdiocese posted a statement on its web site clarifying what it said was errors in media reports the previous day. Among them, it said that the motion was filed by Sklba's personal attorney and not the archdiocese.
   In an attempt to refute that, SNAP on Wednesday disseminated a page from the motion that says: "For all the reasons stated above, the Archdiocese respectfully requests that the Court grant its motion for a protective order."
   Attorney Patrick W. Brennan said he sent a letter to the court today changing the reference from "the Archdiocese" to "Bishop Sklba." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM, December 01, 2010

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs extradited to Texas

  [Warren Jeffs' own religion.]
   Deseret News, ~ December 01, 2010
   DRAPER, UTAH – Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been extradited to Texas.
   Utah State Prison personnel took Jeffs to the Salt Lake City International Airport early Tuesday evening. Representatives from Texas then transported him from Utah by airplane just prior to 4 p.m. The Utah Department of Corrections has received confirmation that Jeffs landed in Texas late Tuesday night, according to prison spokesman Steve Gehrke. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM, December 01, 2010

SNAP comments on new St. Louis bishop & retiring St. Louis bishop

  [Claim that bishop did not tell police or the people. RCC. US $500k spent on lawyers and courts for Fr Thomas Graham.]  
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach Director, 314 862 7688, SNAPdorris@gmail.com , ~ Dec 01, 2010
   ST. LOUIS (MO) - It's tempting to assume that a newer bishop will handle clergy sex cases better than the older bishop did. But that's not always true. We urge St. Louis Catholics to be vigilant, not complacent, about the safety of kids within the church, no matter who holds the top spots in the archdiocesan hierarchy.
   RICE PROMOTED
   More than 50 St. Louis priests are proven, admitted or credibly accused child sex offenders. In none of these cases, civil or criminal, have we seen any evidence that Rice ever did anything to call police, notify parishioners, warn parents or protect kids in any way. In none of these cases, as best we can tell, did Rice ever voice any dissent with or objection to a single callous, reckless or deceptive move by his supervisors in the archdiocese.
   In one case, Rice testified as a character witness at a criminal trial for Fr. Thomas Graham. Graham was convicted of molesting a boy. (Later, that conviction was overturned on a technicality - the statute of limitations.) Rice stayed silent when then-Archbishop Raymond Burke spent $500,000 of church funds to keep a convicted child predator free while appeals were filed on behalf of Graham. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM, December 01, 2010

Parishioners walk out on Cardinal

  [? 2010 Fr Oliver Brennan*. RCC. "Child safeguarding."]  
   The Argus, By Olivia RYAN, Wednesday December 01, 2010
   NORTHERN IRELAND - ANGRY parishioners staged a 'walk-out' as Cardinal Sean Brady celebrated the installation of a new clerical team in Blackrock last weekend.
   The Argus has learned that the move was in protest against the treatment of former Parish Priest, Fr Oliver Brennan, who was removed from his ministry in August pending an investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM, December 01, 2010 [LOOK BACK: August 2010]

Bisschop De Korte voelde machteloosheid

  [RCC]  
   Reformatorisch Dagblad,
   GRONINGEN, NEDERLAND (ANP) – „Heel veel katholieke gelovigen hebben zich beschaamd gevoeld, boos en verdrietig over de verhalen die naar buiten zijn gekomen de afgelopen tijd." Dat zei bisschop Gerard de Korte woensdag, terugkijkend op het jaar waarin het ene na het andere bericht over misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk werd gepubliceerd.
   Ook De Korte zelf was af en toe flink geschokt. „Dat vorige week duidelijk werd dat een slachtoffer door maar liefst zeven verschillende priesters is misbruikt, dat is walgelijk. Dat is zo schaamtevol. Dan voel je machteloosheid, woede, verdriet: alle emoties door elkaar heen. Maar dat is natuurlijk maar een peulenschil bij datgene wat de slachtoffers hebben meegemaakt."
   De Korte omschrijft 2009 als een hectisch jaar. „En we zijn nog lang niet aan het einde", zegt de bisschop. Hij is referent is namens de Nederlandse bisschoppenconferentie over het thema seksueel misbruik.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM, December 01, 2010

Catholic clergy member wants Archdiocese to be public in legal proceedings

  [Archdiocese vice-chancellor Fr James Connell, against the RC policy, asks that Bishop Richard Sklba's forthcoming statements be made public.]  
   Superior Telegram, By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
   WISCONSIN - An official of the Milwaukee Archdiocese says he hopes an upcoming deposition done for priest abuse lawsuits is made public, counter to what another church leader apparently wants.
   Father James Connell is a pastor of two Catholic churches in Sheboygan. He's also vice-chancellor of the Milwaukee Archdiocese-- a position he describes as midway up the local church hierarchy. Connell is asking that a request to seal the upcoming deposition of Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba be dropped. Clergy abuse victims say Sklba helped the Archdiocese cover up many cases of clergy abuse of children. Father Connell says Sklba's deposition should be made public.
   Connell says if the courts agree to seal Sklba's deposition, Sklba should speak up anyway. Connell says he's not worried about the Milwaukee Archdiocese punishing him for his requests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM, December 01, 2010

"Slachtoffers kerkmisbruik moesten niet vergoed worden"

   
   HLN,
   BELGIE - De kerk vond dat ze slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik niet moest vergoeden. Dat stelde Godelieve Halsberghe, de voorzitster van de voorloper van de commissie-Adriaenssens, in de bijzonders Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. De commissie hield het voor bekeken omdat ze geen antwoord meer kreeg van de kerk. Halsberghe verklaarde dat haar commissie van 2000 tot 2009 34 dossiers behandelde. Die waren allemaal verjaard, op één na. In dat ene dossier was een minderjarige betrokken en daarom werd het doorverwezen naar het gerecht. De commissie moest zowel de slachtoffers helpen in hun herstel als ongegronde verdachtmakingen voorkomen ten aanzien van pastorale werkers.
   Eed van kuisheid, dus geen schadevergoeding Volgens haar vonden de kerkelijke autoriteiten dat een geestelijke door het afleggen van de geloften van gehoorzaamheid, kuisheid en armoede boven degenen staan die deze eed niet hebben afgelegd en daarom noch materiële, noch morele schadevergoeding verschuldigd zijn aan hun slachtoffers. Halsberghe was het daar niet mee eens.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM, December 01, 2010

Church to pay compo to abused girls' families

  [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 10yrs prison. 13 girls (<12).]    
   ABC News, By Fidelis Rego, Dec 02, 2010
   AUSTRALIA - The Catholic Church has reached an out-of-court settlement with five families whose children were abused at a Toowoomba primary school in southern Queensland.
   In October, Gerard Vincent Byrnes was sentenced to 10 years in jail, with parole after eight years, for abusing 13 girls during his time as a child protection officer in a Toowoomba Catholic primary school.
   Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick is appealing against the sentence. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM, December 01, 2010

Teacher's sex victims settle with church

  [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 10yrs prison. 13 girls (<12).]
   Sydney Morning Herald,
   AUSTRALIA - Five families whose children were sexually assaulted by a teacher at a Queensland primary school have settled out of court with the Catholic church.
   The settlements were announced in a joint statement by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, and the families' law firm Slater & Gordon.
   Gerard Vincent Byrnes, 61, pleaded guilty in April to 33 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12, 10 counts of rape and one of maintaining a sexual relationship with a student. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM, December 01, 2010

Jury grants big $30M award in Del. priest abuse

  [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Unusual. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
   KSRO, By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press,
   DELAWARE - A Delaware jury has awarded $30 million in damages to a man who claimed he was abused by a priest - a verdict that was exceptional for both the dollar value and for finding the local parish liable, not just the diocese.
   The lawsuit by John Vai claimed that he was abused repeatedly as a boy in the 1960s by Francis DeLuca when the former priest was a teacher at St. Elizabeth's parish in Wilmington, Del.
   Advocates for victims of clergy abuse said the value of the compensatory damages was the largest ever awarded in such a lawsuit in the United States and that a parish had never before been found liable for abuse.
   "It is far and away the largest single verdict in any clergy sex abuse case for compensatory damages," said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney who has represented more than 2,000 alleged victims. "This would be a new and unprecedented outcome that I have no doubt is much needed and well-deserved and hard-fought." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM, December 01, 2010

Jury finds St. Elizabeth's Parish liable for Francis DeLuca sexual abuse

  [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
   The Dialogue, By Joseph Ryan, Dialog assistant editor,
   DELAWARE - A Kent County Superior Court jury has awarded John Vai $3 million in damages from St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington for the parish's negligent supervision of former priest Francis DeLuca when he was stationed at the parish.
   Vai also sued DeLuca, saying he had been sexually abused by the then-parish priest in the late 1960s. The jury awarded Vai $30 million in damages against DeLuca, who admitted in a deposition that he had abused Vai.
   The jury is scheduled to consider punitive damages in the case on Dec. 6.
   Bishop Malooly issued the following statement after Wednesday morning's verdict was announced:
   "First and foremost, I wish to convey, once again, my sincere apology to Mr. John Vai for the suffering he experienced as a child at the hands of Francis DeLuca while DeLuca was a priest for the Diocese of Wilmington. I also reiterate my apologies to anyone who suffered child abuse by priests of this diocese and I reaffirm my deep commitment to creating and sustaining a safe environment within the church for our children and youth. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM, December 01, 2010

Defrocked priest, parish ordered to pay in sex abuse case

  [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
   The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 1, 2010
   DOVER (DE) – A jury awarded abuse survivor John Vai $30 million in damages for the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of defrocked priest Francis DeLuca today, and found that St. Elizabeth's Parish was grossly negligent in its failure to supervise DeLuca in the late 1960s, and should pay at least $3 million of that damage award.
   The $30 million award for compensatory damages was entered against DeLuca, who admitted to molesting Vai and did not appear at the month-long trial in Dover to offer any defense. But according to DeLuca's former attorney, the ex-priest has little money, so the chances of that full award being paid are next to none.
   The parish of St. Elizabeth's, however, is responsible for the $3 million in damages that the jury awarded based on the gross negligence of parish officials from approximately 1966 to 1968 when Vai testified he was molested more than 100 times by DeLuca, including a number of times in the St. Elizabeth's rectory. …
   St. Elizabeth's attorney Colleen Shields declined to comment today on the result, citing that the trial is not yet over because the jury still has to consider punitive damages.
   However, Krebs released a statement on behalf of Bishop W. Francis Malooly, who apologized again on behalf of the diocese to Vai and all other victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of priests. However, Malooly added he was "disappointed that the jury found the people of St. Elizabeth's liable for the acts of Francis DeLuca." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM, December 01, 2010
   [COMMENT ON BISHOP'S STATEMENT: You are disappointed that, in your words, the "jury found the people of St. Elizabeth's liable ..."  So, are YOU going to take the full responsibility, your Lordship?  No, you won't.  Will the priest involved pay?  Won't the MONEY the diocese, presumably, has to pay come from the PEOPLE of your diocese, not from the sweat of your brow?
   Have you studied the actions of a bishop of a different US diocese, who scurried around paying lawyers to draw up documents to give away all the parish lands, churches, schools, halls, etc to the parish councils, so that the diocese would seem to have insufficient assets to pay the court-ordered compensation?  Answer this:  Does mortal sin harm the victims?  Should restitution be made?]

Three groups push to open church records

  [2007-10. RC Franciscan leadership. Masking truth.]
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests [SNAP],
   CALIFORNIA - Three groups concerned about the Catholic church sex abuse crisis are petitioning California Supreme Court to make public thousands of pages of long-secret church documents about known and alleged predator priests.
   The organizations include a Boston-based research group called BishopAccountability.org, a Dayton-based Catholic reform group called NSAC, the National Survivors Advocacy Coalition, and a Chicago-based self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   In September, 25 alleged child sex abuse victims who sued the Santa Barbara-based Franciscan religious order won a court of appeals. The judges ruled in favor of releasing thousands of pages of long-secret church records about accused child molesting clerics. In 2006, the adults settled their civil cases, but only after insisting that the clerics' personnel records be made public. Over the past four years, Franciscan officials have continued to fight in court against the disclosure. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM, December 01, 2010

Victims group to leaflet over new Seattle archbishop

  [RCC]
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
   SEATTLE (WA) – WHAT: As parishioners enter a special service for Seattle's new Catholic archbishop, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will hand out fliers about him. The leaflets will:
  • harshly criticize the prelate for knowingly ordaining a sexually troubled cleric last summer who molested at least one child recently,
  • challenge the archbishop to explain and apologize for his recklessness and secrecy, &
  • beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and get help
       WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 1:15 p.m.
       WHERE: Outside St. James Catholic Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave. in Seattle, WA Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM, December 01, 2010

    Seattle Archdiocese installs new archbishop

      [RCC] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       NWCN, by KING and NWCN.com Staff, ~ December 01, 2010
       SEATTLE (WA) - Seattle's new archbishop officially assumed his new position Wednesday.
       New Seattle Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is being installed with a Mass at St. James Cathedral. Sartain replaces Archbishop Alex. J. Brunett, who retired last year at the age of 75. …
       But not all are happy about this appointment. Clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will also be at St. James Cathedral, handing out fliers which criticize the new archbishop for ordaining an Illinois priest last year who had been caught with pornography on his computer. The priest was later accused of molesting a boy and Sartain removed him from his position.
       Father Paul Magnano, a priest with Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, says the new archbishop will be inheriting a church that has dealt with the sexual abuse issue. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM, December 01, 2010

    Controversial Catholic official comes to Stockton; Victims object

      [Cardinal Mahony]
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
       STOCKTON (CA) - It's very sad to learn of this invitation to Cardinal Mahony. And it's a very reckless move by Stockton Catholic officials.
       It's sad because Mahony's role in clergy sex crimes and cover ups has been very widely documented. And it's reckless because ignoring misdeeds essentially encourages more misdeeds.
       Every time a complicit church official is honored, it makes children less safe in the church because it discourages victims, witnesses and whistleblowers from exposing predators, warning parents and protecting kids. Giving corrupt men like Mahony praise and visibility contributes to the already strong sense of powerlessness that many who saw, suspected and suffered clergy sex crimes feel. It decreases the chances they'll find the courage and hope needed to speak up about horrific wrongs. So it basically sanctions the concealing of sexual assaults against children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM, December 01, 2010

    Verdict in DeLuca priest sex abuse case; St. E's negligent

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as diocese to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
       WDEL, {with audio}, By Amy Cherry, Updated Wednesday, December 1, 2010
       DOVER (DE) - The highly anticipated verdict is in, in the priest sex abuse civil suit brought by survivor, John Vai, who we're now hearing from for the first time.
       DeLuca has been ordered to pay damages to Vai in the amount of $30 million
       The jury also found St. Elizabeth's parish in Wilmington grossly negligent. They've been ordered to pay $3 million. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM, December 01, 2010

    Jury finds Del. parish liable for priest abuse

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as diocese to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
       NECN, December 01, 2010
       DOVER, Del. (AP) – A jury has found a Roman Catholic parish in Wilmington liable for a former priest's sexual abuse of a young boy in the 1960s and has awarded the victim $33 million.
       The jury ruled Wednesday that St. Elizabeth's parish was negligent in not preventing Francis DeLuca from sexually abusing John Vai.
       The jury levied $30 million in compensatory damages for Vai against DeLuca and another $3 million in compensatory damages against St. Elizabeth's. A hearing to consider punitive damages against the parish and DeLuca begins Monday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM, December 01, 2010

    Defrocked priest, parish ordered to pay in sex abuse case

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Unusual. Parish as well as diocese to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
       The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 1, 2010
       DOVER (DE) – A jury this morning ordered defrocked priest Francis Deluca to pay $30 million in damages to John Vai in his civil sex abuse case.
       It also found St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Parish guilty of negligence and ordered it to pay $3 million in damages.
       The panel deliberated for about five hours Tuesday, after hearing final instructions from Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. It continued deliberating this morning and reached its verdict about 11:30 a.m. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM, December 01, 2010

    OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

      [RCC world hq]  
       Vatican Information Service,
       VATICAN CITY -
  • Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Trenton, U.S.A., presented by Bishop John Mortimer Smith, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop David M. O'Connell C.M.
  • Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Saint Louis, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Robert J. Hermann, upon having reached the age limit.
  • Appointed Msgr. Edward M. Rice of the clergy of the archdiocese of Saint Louis, U.S.A., director of vocations to the priesthood, as auxiliary of the same archdiocese (area 15,451, population 2,211,707, Catholics 572,000, priests 716, permanent deacons 262, religious 1,983). The bishop-elect was born in Saint Louis in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1987. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM, December 01, 2010

    Jim Keenan's empowering step for protecting children

       
       MN SNAP via YouTube {video}, ~ December 01, 2010
       ST. PAUL (MN) - Jim Keenan and his loving family empower clergy sexual abuse survivors to protect children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM, December 01, 2010

    Teacher who failed to report abuse rehired

      [2010 Roman Catholic (RC) school*. Hires "enabler."] [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 13 girls (<12).]    
       The Australian, Rosanne Barrett, From The Australian, December 02, 2010
       AUSTRALIA - A TOOWOOMBA principal who was sacked after failing to report to police serious sexual abuse allegations against a teacher has been rehired.
       The former principal has been employed as a supply teacher at a Catholic primary school in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, to the dismay of some victims' families, who declared him derelict in his duty for not reporting the allegations.
       Yesterday families of five girls abused by former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes reached a settlement with the Catholic Church's Toowoomba diocese to discontinue their legal proceedings. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM, December 01, 2010

    Benedict XVI has put the Church's penance for sex abuse at the heart of his pontificate

      [Pope B XVI (Ratzinger) says not to look away.]    
       The Telegraph, By Damian Thompson, Last updated: December 1st, 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM - The controversy over condoms has overshadowed many extraordinary things Benedict XVI says in Light of the World. Earlier this week I read the book from cover to cover and it didn't change my view that the Pope is prepared to tolerate – let's put it no stronger than that – the use of condoms to prevent the spread of disease. If I'd encountered the relevant passage without warning but in context, my jaw would still have dropped open. But enough on that subject. There are other surprises.
       Let me offer a specific observation about Light of the World and a general one. No doubt I'll get my throat ripped out again, especially by traditionalists, but perhaps that's inevitable. Pope Benedict's interview with Peter Seewald is an unsettling document, and not just because the concept of the Supreme Pontiff "in conversation with…" is intrinsically strange.
       First, the specific point. The Holy Father has done more than take to heart the horrified outrage created by Catholic child abuse scandals, much of it directed at him. He has placed this crisis at the heart of his pontificate. He is aware, of course, of the malice of commentators who tried to frame him for other people's crimes, but doesn't dwell on it. He is more robust in defending Church authorities who did institute effective guidelines against abuse; he also speaks up for innocent priests and faithful burdened with collective guilt. But when Seewald throws a bunch of statistics at him demonstrating that paedophilia is statistically rare among Catholic clergy, he says: "If you look at the real statistics, that does not authorise us to look away from the problem or to minimise it." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM, December 01, 2010

    Perlitz Defense Denied Delay in Sentencing

      [2001-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz* - University and RCC backing. Guilty plea. ? 18 boys.]     
       The Mirror, By: Alexandria Hein, December 1, 2010
       FAIRFIELD (CT) - The defense team for Douglas Perlitz was denied its plea for a delay in his sentencing by a federal judge in New Haven, Connecticut. Perlitz, 40, a Fairfield University graduate, is awaiting his Dec. 21 sentencing after confessing to sexually abusing at least one underage student at his Project Pierre Toussaint School in Haiti.
       The Connecticut Post reports that the defense claimed that damage from the January earthquake, a hurricane in October, the cholera outbreak and civil violence riots has prevented them from properly investigating the prosecution's claims that Perlitz abused at least 13 of his victims. They claimed that because of the above, they were not able to meet with all of the witnesses who would be able to speak in favor of Perlitz.
       U.S. District Janet Bond Arterton said no Monday to such a request. Perlitz pled guilty to traveling from New York to Haiti on June 6, 2005 with the intention of engaging in sex with an underage student. It is vital to the defense to talk to those witnesses in Haiti in favor of Perlitz because he did not discredit Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristna Patel's claim that there were at least eight underage boys that he engaged in sex with, and as many as 13. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM, December 01, 2010

    Paint-By-Numbers Journalism

      [RCC]  
       First Things, George Weigel, Dec 1, 2010
       UNITED STATES - Press coverage of New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan's recent election as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops exemplified what my colleague Meghan Clyne calls "paint-by-numbers" reporting. Like the paint-by-numbers kits that were a fad when I was a kid, paint-by-numbers journalism produces something rather childish and not very pretty. Both unhappy attributes were fully on display as the herd of independent minds tried to cope with the Dolan story, scrambling (and failing) to grasp its dynamics and meaning.
       The first paint-by-numbers color in this particularly childish picture was the color "surprise": It was hard to find a story that didn't peg Archbishop Dolan's election that way in the first sentence. And while there was some truth to this–the bishops overturned a long custom of electing as president the outgoing conference vice president–the real story was that a quiet, extensive, and ultimately successful campaign was mounted, often by younger bishops, to change The Way We Bishops Do Things.
       You might have thought exploring that dynamic was worth some ink. Evidently, it wasn't. Why? Might it have been because the Fourth Estate could not concede to having swallowed its unimaginative and rather lazy pre-election reporting, according to which USCCB Vice President Bishop Gerald Kicanas's ascension to the conference presidency was inevitable? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM, December 01, 2010
       [COMMENT: But, isn't the real newsitem that neither of the bishop-candidates has ever lawfully wooed a lady, cuddled a crying baby son or daughter (or a grown-up one), cried over his family's misfortunes, and smiled at their joys?  If they do not successfully guide their own households, how can they guide the congregation of God? (see 1 Timothy 3:2)]

    Laatste dag om misbruik te melden bij Deetman

       
       Parool,
       DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND - Mensen die seksueel misbruik binnen rooms-katholieke instellingen willen melden bij de onderzoekscommissie Deetman, kunnen dat woensdag voor het laatst doen. De meldingen die worden gedaan na 1 december, gaan niet meer mee met het wetenschappelijk onderzoek.
       De onderzoekscommissie, bestaande uit vijf wetenschappers, ontving vanaf maart dit jaar ongeveer duizend meldingen van seksueel misbruik en fysieke mishandeling. Oud-minister Wim Deetman is voorzitter van de commissie.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM, December 01, 2010

    Léonard: "Kerk is bewust geworden van gruwel van kindermisbruik"

       
       HLN,
       BELGIE - "De publicatie van het rapport-Adriaensens heeft de Kerk bewust gemaakt van de gruwel die misbruikte kinderen of jongeren hebben beleefd. Een schande als men zich realiseert dat dit hen werd aangedaan door priesters of religieuzen." Dat schrijft aartsbisschop Léonard in het nieuwe nummer van Pastoralia, het beleids- en informatieblad van het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel.
       "In ons recente verleden was er geen gebrek aan schaduwzijden en beproevingen", luidt het. "In al zijn weerzinwekkende grofheid is, zoals we dat wensten, door deze onthulling van meestal oude gebruiken gerechtigheid geschied voor de slachtoffers. Ze kunnen eindelijk worden gehoord en gerespecteerd, en zo hersteld in hun waardigheid", aldus Léonard, die eraan toevoegt dat slachtoffers van recente feiten zich in de eerste plaats beter tot het gerecht wenden en niet tot het Infopunt seksueel misbruik in de Kerk.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

    Church official calls for release of documents

      [Brave Fr James Connell wants truth revealed.]  
       News Buzz, By Marie Rohde,
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - At a press conference yesterday, Father James Connell, vice-chancellor of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, called on archdiocesan leaders to release court documents relating to the abuse of children. "I am absolutely convinced that we need the truth," Connell declared. "Justice requires that the truth be known."
       Connell made this announcement as he stood on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at a press conference called by SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. It was startling that any priest would stand shoulder to shoulder with a group of men who have publicly said they were the victims of sexual abuse by priests as children. Even more stunning is that a top official like Connell would contradict the policy of the archdiocese, which has declined in the past to voluntarily release any documents relating to abuse of children by clergy.
       The chancery is the local office that maintains church law. The chancellor is Barbara Anne Cusack. While Connell, 67, is second in command, he is a priest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

    Sexual misconduct allegations surface against former Scranton Jesuit

      [RCC]
       SCRANTON (PA) - Citizens Voice By Joe McDonald (Staff Writer) Published: December 1, 2010
       Jesuit officials in Maryland are looking into allegations that a Jesuit priest with ties to Scranton Preparatory School, the University of Scranton and St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel sexually abused minors while in Scranton.
       The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, in a news release, said it was seeking information about possible "abuse of minors" by the Rev. Neil McLaughlin "during his ministry in Scranton."
       According to Jesuit officials in Maryland, McLaughlin has "disclosed that there may be other victims of similar sexual misconduct in the Diocese of Scranton." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

    Lawyer asks to block or seal Sklba's deposition in clergy sex abuse case

      [? RCC]
       Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - An attorney for a key witness in the clergy sex abuse cases now pending against the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is moving to block his deposition, or seal it if it is taken, prompting anger Tuesday by plaintiffs' attorneys and victim advocates.
       The release of a planned deposition of newly retired Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba, the second in command to Milwaukee archbishops for 30 years, would expose him to "unnecessary publicity, reputational harm and prejudice," attorney Patrick W. Brennan argued in a motion filed Friday in one of the cases in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
       Plaintiffs' attorney Jeff Anderson, who plans to depose Sklba in January, said he would fight the motion and that it undermines ongoing negotiations to reach a settlement in the cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

    Jeff Anderson addresses the Survivors Australia Conference

     
       YouTube {video}
       AUSTRALIA - Jeff Anderson addresses the Survivors Australia Conference and speaks about how to protect children worldwide. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

    Surviving Hanukkah: Jewish Survivors of Childhood Abuse (Incest, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse)

      [Judaism]
       UNITED STATES - The Awareness Center
       Hanukkah is for many a time filled with wonderful memories of rushing around to purchase gifts and cards for loved ones; of families and friends getting together, lighting the Menorah, eating potato pancakes, and singing the traditional songs.
       However, for survivors of childhood abuse (emotional, physical and sexual abuse), this festive time can be a time where painful memories reemerge. It is not unusual for survivors to need to make decisions about how to best keep themselves safe during the holiday: some may need to spend time with friends who understand their conflicted emotions toward the holiday, some may need to limit their time with their families, while others may not feel safe spending the holiday with family at all. Even for those who make alternate plans, there is often a sense of loss of the loving, healthy family they never had or the memories they wish they'd had. Hanukah - like other times where families traditionally get together - can be a difficult time for those who no longer have contact with family members due to the degree of dysfunction that was (and often still is) in their family.
       This is a time of year when a survivor may find it safer to retreat than to participate in holiday functions - the associations and memories may be too painful, too emotions too close to the surface.  This is not a failure or wrongdoing, but can be seen as yet another aspect of the aftermath of abuse in the family. It is important that each individual survivor finds what works best for him or her so that they can optimize their ability to stay emotionally healthy. If you decide to be with your family and are nervous about how you'd feel about it, it can be helpful for you to designate ahead of time a 'safe person' with home you can debrief afterwards or call if things get tough while with family. It is vitally important that each person be kind to themselves about the decisions they make for holiday plans. The rest of us need to respect the survivor's decisions, and to understand that they may decide not to participate in Hanukah events. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

    Mgr. Léonard : 'Geen gebrek aan schaduwzijden en beproevingen'

       
       RKnieuws
       MECHELEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - 'In ons recente verleden was er geen gebrek aan schaduwzijden en beproevingen. De publicatie van het rapport Adriaensens heeft ons bewust gemaakt van de gruwel die misbruikte kinderen of jongeren hebben beleefd. Een schandaal, een schande als men zich realiseert dat dit hun werd aangedaan door priesters of religieuzen. In al zijn weerzinwekkend grofheid is, zoals we dat wensten, door deze onthulling van meestal oude gebruiken gerechtigheid geschied voor de slachtoffers. Ze kunnen eindelijk worden gehoord en gerespecteerd, en aldus hersteld in hun waardigheid. Tegelijk hebben de bevindingen en adviezen van dit rapport ons genoopt tot nieuw overleg om nadien op gepaste wijze over te gaan tot een nieuw initiatief ten bate van de slachtoffers (Infopunt seksueel misbruik in de Kerk). Intussen herinneren we er echter nog steeds met aandrang aan dat, wanneer het recente feiten betreft – die gelukkig blijkbaar zelden voorkomen – we de misbruikte personen aanbevelen zich op de eerste plaats tot het gerecht te wenden'.
       Dat schrijft mgr. Leonard in het zopas verschenen nummer van Pastoralia, het beleids- en informatieblad van het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel.
       'Naar aanleiding hiervan heeft de pers de opheffing van het celibaat van priesters en religieuzen bepleit. Logischerwijs zou ze ook de afschaffing van het huwelijk en het samenlevingsverband moeten aanklagen vermits de meeste gevallen van seksuele mishandeling zich voordoen binnen het gezinskader en door gehuwde personen. Eigenlijk moet men noch het celibaat noch het huwelijk met de vinger wijzen, maar meer dan ooit, en hierbij rekening houdend met de menselijke zwakheid en de perverse psychologische ontwikkeling van sommigen, veeleisender en waakzaam zijn bij de voorbereiding van het huwelijk en de opleiding van de priester of vorming van kandidaten voor het religieuze leven', aldus mgr. Léonard.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

    Vrienden houden 'processie' tegen Léonard

     
       Gazet van Antwerpen,
       BELGIE - Vijf vrienden uit het Mechelse organiseren op woensdag 1 december een stille optocht met kaarsjes naar het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis. "Wij protesteren daarmee tegen de botte uitspraken van Léonard en tegen het misbruik van kinderen in de kerk", zegt initiatiefnemer Frank Peeters.
       Het comité 'Verbolgen Vlaanderen' verwacht woensdagavond om 19u zo'n 250 tot 300 sympathisanten op de Mechelse Grote Markt. Daarvoor heeft Peeters enkele weken geleden een oproep gelanceerd op de sociale netwerksite facebook.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

    Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik: Van Steenbrugge wil niet publiek antwoorden

     
       Vandaag,
       BELGIE - De Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk hoorde zopas de advocaten Walter Van Steenbrugge (foto) en Christine Mussche. Zij stonden in de jaren negentig Rik Devillé, de bezieler van Mensenrechten in de Kerk, juridisch bij in de begeleiding van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. Momenteel zijn ze voor een tiental slachtoffers burgerlijke partij bij de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy in Operatie Kelk.
       Ze hielpen naar eigen zeggen "tientallen slachtoffers van heel gruwelijke feiten". Daarbij ervaarden ze druk van de Kerk. "Als de kerkelijke overheden over seksueel misbruik van een priester werden geïnformeerd, dan plaatsten ze die priester eenvoudigweg over, zodat nieuw misbruik kan ontstaan", aldus Meester Mussche. "In één bepaalde zaak van een misbruikt mentaal gehandicapt meisje in West-Vlaanderen werden wij door een kerkelijke leider ontvangen, maar het gesprek leverde niet veel op. Later lazen we in een proces-verbaal dat die kerkelijke leider aan de politie had verklaard dat wij hem kwamen afpersen. Maar er was met geen woord gerept over een schadevergoeding voor het meisje!", zo voegde Van Steenbrugge er aan toe.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

    Samenwerking slachtoffers misbruik

      [RCC]  
       Omroep Gelderland,
       ARNHEM, NEDERLAND - Gelderse slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Katholieke Kerk gaan samenwerken. Ze willen daardoor de gezamenlijke belangen zoals erkenning en vergoeding beter kunnen behartigen.
       De slachtoffers van de salesianen van Don Bosco 's Heerenberg zijn al geruime tijd verenigd in de 'Jongens van Don Rua'. Ook de slachtoffers van de jezuïeten in het Canisius College in Nijmegen hebben zich verenigd.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

    Kerk bestudeert collectieve compensatie

      [RCC]
       NRC Handelsblad, Door onze redacteur Joep Dohmen, 30 nov. 2010
       Rotterdam, Nederland - De leiding van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in Nederland overweegt een collectieve regeling voor financiële genoegdoening voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Bisschoppen en oversten van religieuze ordes en congregaties beraden zich hierover, blijkt uit documenten waarover deze krant beschikt. Ook in andere landen bestaat een dergelijke regeling, of wordt aan zo'n regeling gewerkt.
       Bisschoppen en oversten hebben een commissie benoemd om zich te laten adviseren over hun juridische positie „rondom genoegdoening vanwege seksueel misbruik gepleegd door mensen die werkzaam waren in de RK-Kerk". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

    Church From Below: For many, the Church "was abandoned because of the Church"

      [RC Church herself is the cause of her people leaving.]  
       Chicago Catholic News, POSTED Nov/29/10
       CHICAGO (IL) - In a recent column in the Catholic New World, Cardinal George wrote about the New Evangelization, a worldwide campaign to bring back to the faith the millions who have strayed away. He was certainly on target about the straying. Surveys indicate so many have abandoned Catholicism that today one in every 10 Americans is a former Catholic.
       But as I read the cardinal's words, I could not help but question the one and only reason he gave for the drift: Many "have rejected the faith. They live as if God did not exist. Their way of life and of thought is 'secularized' … . For secularized people it is not Jesus Christ who saves but their own resources and activities, our scientific knowledge, our sense of human progress. Self-sufficiency, of course, is the sin against the Holy Spirit."
       What George does not acknowledge is that for many who have fled, perhaps the majority in the last 10 years, the Catholic Church was abandoned because of the Church. An all-too-pervasive anti-gospel has compelled people to leave their Catholic heritage, not to embrace secularism or self-sufficiency but to find some peace of mind. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

    Abuse Victims Urge Testimony In Sklba Trial To Be Public

      [Vice-chancellor Fr James Connell wants open witnessing. RCC.]  
       WISN,
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - For the first time, an active member of Milwaukee's archdiocese is urging his church to make some upcoming testimony in a priest sex abuse case public.
       An attorney for Bishop Richard Sklba requested Sklba's testimony be sealed in a pending priest abuse lawsuit.
       However, a victims' group argues hearing from Sklba will help victims and church members heal. The Rev. James Connell, the archdiocese's vice-chancellor, agrees. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

    Alleged Church Abuse Victim Bankrupt

      [Allegedly 33 more hidden sex abusers. RCC]
       Fox 9,
       MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - There has been a surprise development in the case about a Twin Cities man who is being asked to pay more than $60,000 to the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The man, who sued the church, came forward for the first time to talk about the demand for money. Then learned the archdiocese has put the demand on hold.
       The Archdiocese admits priest Thomas Adamson abused a number of children over a number of years.
       The abuse allegedly happened when Jim Keenan was in the eighth grade. Unlike the others, Keenan refused to settle his suit. He says it wasn't about the money. He wanted the church to reveal the names of 33 other priests he says are documented abusers but still hidden. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

    'He's in God's hands': Priest facing child porn charges dies from liver cancer

     
       WISCONSIN - LaCrosse Tribune By ANNE JUNGEN / ajungen@lacrossetribune.com lacrossetribune.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
       A Diocese of La Crosse priest who resigned from his parish after being charged with child pornography died Tuesday morning. The Rev. Patrick Umberger, who resigned in late July as priest at St. Patrick's Catholic Parish in Onalaska, succumbed to cancer at Meadow Wood Assisted Living in La Crosse, attorney, Keith Belzer said. He was 60.
       John Staut, grand knight of the St. Patrick's Parish Knights of Columbus council, said Umberger had been sick and his death did not come as a surprise.
       "He's in God's hands," Staut said. "For everything that happens there is a reason." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

    Clergy abuse in Delaware: Deliberations continue in DeLuca trial

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as diocese to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 1, 2010
       DOVER (DE) - A jury will begin a second day of deliberation today in the sex-abuse case brought by John Vai against defrocked priest Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Parish.
       The panel deliberated for about five hours Tuesday, after hearing final instructions from Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. At about 4:30 p.m. the jury sent out a note asking what would happen if they did not reach agreement on a verdict by 5 p.m.
       Vaughn told the jurors that if they had not reached a verdict, they could all go home and return Wednesday morning to continue their work, and then promptly allowed the group of 12 to do just that. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

    Local man suing United Church for $2.1 million

       
       CANADA - The Daily News ERICA BAJER
       A 48-year-old North Kent man is suing the United Church of Canada for $2.1 million, claiming it didn't protect him from an alleged sexual predator. The man, who can't be named due to a publication ban issued in criminal court, claims he was molested for eight years by the late Rev. Robert Duthie. Duthie – who ministered at Victoria Avenue United Church in Chatham for about a decade starting in 1971 – was acquitted of sexual abuse charges against the man following a Superior Court trial in late 2008. However, the man maintains Duthie's guilt. "He introduced me to sex at the age of 11," the man said, adding the abuse continued until he was 19. "He ruined my life." The man – who shared his story of abuse under the pseudonym Jim in Tom Wilken's book Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect: Men recovering in group from childhood sexual abuse – said he came forward about the molestation to the church years before he contacted police.
       He underwent prayer counselling and eventually joined Wilken's therapy group. He continues to attend counselling and said Duthie's alleged abuse, which included sexual touching and oral sex, has defined his life and tainted all of his relationships, including those with his children. "He has taken away something I can never get back," the man said. He said taking legal action is his way "to prove to the congregation who Duthie really was." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

    The Murphy Report One Year On and the State of the Irish Catholic Church: Does it Matter?

       
       IRELAND - Slugger O'Toole, Gladys Ganiel, Tue 30 November 2010
       The one year anniversary of the Murphy Report was 26 November. It's been a year of almost unremitting crisis for the Irish Catholic Church, as revelations about the scale of sexual abuse in the church – and the collusion of church and state authorities to keep it behind closed doors – have shocked almost everyone on this island.
       This year has seen a stream of stories in the media about particular cases. These have included:
  • The dismay of victims and survivors at the public statements of church authorities regarding the abuse,
  • Cardinal Sean Brady and 'covering up' for Brendan Smyth,
  • The Easter protest at Dublin's Pro Cathedral Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

    Former CCD teacher pleads guilty to sex assault of teen

     
       LITCHFIELD (CT) The Register Citizen
       By CHRIS RUELI
       LITCHFIELD – A former religious education teacher who befriended one of his students and then allegedly molested him appeared in Litchfield Superior Court on Tuesday.
       For nearly a year, former religion teacher David G. Stanco allegedly molested a 15-year-old at his Thomaston home, touching the boy while in a hot tub and performing oral sex on him in the suspect's bedroom, according to an arrest warrant.
       In court, Stanco pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault as well as risk of injury to a minor. He entered this plea because he is, in fact, guilty, the defendant revealed as Judge James P. Ginocchio canvassed him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM
      
      

    Jesuit Priest Accused of Decades-Old Abuse

     
       SCRANTON (PA) MSNBC
       SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY- A credible allegation has surfaced, according to the Jesuit Order of Priests, concerning Rev. Fr. Neil McLaughlin, an 82-year-old priest who taught at Scranton Prep from 1961 to 1983 and 1985 to 1986. McLaughlin was also a weekend assistant at various parishes across the Diocese of Scranton (see list below).According to a statement on the diocese' website, "The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus is seeking information about possible abuse of minors by one its members, Neil McLaughlin, S.J., during his ministry in Scranton. This inquiry is being made as a result of information about possible victims in the Scranton area which has been received and because the Province has received a credible allegation from an adult woman who contacted the Jesuits in 2008 regarding an abusive incident she suffered as a young girl in Scranton in 1963. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM
      
      

    Possible victims of priest sought

     
       SCRANTON (PA) The Times Leader
       By Mark Guydish mguydish@timesleader.com Education Reporter
       Who to call Those with information about possible abuse by Neil McLaughlin are asked to call the Maryland Province at 443-921-1326.
       SCRANTON – The Diocese of Scranton issued a notice Tuesday stating the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – is seeking any information from possible victims abused as minors by one of the Society's priests.
       Jesuit priests who serve within the 11-county diocese do not answer to the bishop, but to their province. The priest in question, Neil McLaughlin, was ordained in 1959 and served in Scranton for much of his religious career. He taught at Scranton Preparatory School 1961-83 and 1985-86, and held several posts at The University of Scranton from 1985 through 2006. He also helped out at area churches when needed.
       The diocesan notice said the Maryland Province has received "a credible allegation from an adult woman who contacted the Jesuits in 2008 regarding an abusive incident she suffered as a young girl in Scranton in 1963." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

    Mahony to visit Stockton Sunday

      [RCC honouring Cardinal Roger Mahony] [1970s - 1991 Ex-Fr Oliver O'Grady. ~ 25 boys. He became "Brother Francis". Lawyer Jeff Anderson exposed Roman Catholic pension $800 per month, protecting Cardinal Roger Mahony.]       
       The Modesto Bee, Buzz up! By Sue Nowicki, snowicki@modbee.com ,
       STOCKTON (CA) - More than 10,000 people from parishes throughout the Stockton Diocese are expected to participate in the 30th annual procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday.
       Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Diocese will be among them, invited because he began the event 30 years ago when he was the bishop there. He and Bishop Stephen Blaire will celebrate the Mass – mostly in Spanish with some English prayers and readings – at the Stockton Arena after the procession. …
       But in the past decade, Mahony's work has been overshadowed by the priest sex abuse scandals in the Stockton, Fresno and Los Angeles dioceses. He was deposed, for example, in lawsuits over the notorious pedophile ex-priest Oliver O'Grady, who still plagues the Stockton Diocese.
       And he agreed to pay $660 million from the Los Angeles Diocese in 2007 to 508 people who said they had been abused by priests or other church employees. It was the largest settlement of such cases in the country. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

    From Rome, new words on the clergy abuse crisis

       
       Catholic San Francisco December 1st, 2010
       VATICAN CITY - On Nov. 19, the eve of the third cardinals' assembly of his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI, 150 cardinals and 24 cardinals-designate met to discuss five issues affecting the global church, including the abuse crisis. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the Vatican is preparing a document for all bishops' conferences offering guidelines for a "coordinated and effective program" of child protection and for dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse. The cardinal "made some observations about the greater responsibility of bishops for safeguarding the faithful entrusted to them," said a Vatican statement issued after the meeting.
       The statement said bishops should be "inspired by the words" of Pope Benedict and the way he has listened to victims of sexual abuse during his meetings with them.
       Cardinal Levada also spoke about "collaboration with civil authorities and the need for an effective commitment to protecting children and young people and for an attentive selection and formation of future priests and religious," the statement said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop-accountability.org/ abuse tracker , Wed December 01, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Jury Awards Priest Abuse Victim $30 Million

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       Wall Street Journal, By Rachel Feintzeig, December 02, 2010
       DELAWARE - A $30 million award for a victim of clergy sexual abuse could change the tide in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's bankruptcy case.
       A Delaware jury Wednesday found former priest Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish liable for the damages, with St. Elizabeth's negligence costing it at least $3 million, according to the News Journal. Abuse survivor John M. Vai, who was molested as a teenager during the 1960s, could see even more funds after the jury considers possible punitive damages following additional testimony next week.
       While the Wilmington diocese was shielded from the trial, the decision could have an impact on the sex abuse cases that are tied up in bankruptcy court, the News Journal reported. Experts told the Delaware newspaper that the Superior Court ruling could bring parties in the Chapter 11 proceedings back to the negotiating table, after court-appointed mediation reached an impasse in early September. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 PM, December 02, 2010

    'Kerk verstopt dossiers op geheime plek'

       
       Het Nieuwsblad, ~ December 02, 2010
       BELGIE - Godelieve Halsberghe, de oud-voorzitster van de kerkelijke commissie misbruik, getuigde gisteren in de Kamer over felle tegenwerking en verborgen pedofiliedossiers. Haar opvolger, Peter Adriaenssens, vertelde een heel ander verhaal.
       Het is een publiek geheim dat de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy eind juni overging tot de spectaculaire Operatie Kelk na verklaringen van Godelieve Halsberghe. De eremagistrate had tegenover speurders gezegd dat kardinaal Godfried Danneels zware pedofiliedossiers verborgen hield in de crypte van de Sint-Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 PM, December 02, 2010

    SNAP Goes After Bishop Edward Rice

     
       Berger's Beat, Author: Jerry Berger | December 2nd, 2010
       ST. LOUIS (MO) - New St. Louis Bishop Edward Rice joins a remarkably small circle of Catholic prelates who are in an elite, if uncomfortable circle, those who have actually had to testify in open court in a clergy abuse case. In 2005, then Father Rice was a character witness for the Rev. Thomas Graham who was on trial in a St. Louis city jury trial, presided over by Judge Angela Turner Quigless. Despite Father Rice's testimony, Graham was deemed guilty, though the verdict was later overturned when another court ruled that the law under which Graham was charged was unconstitutional. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM, December 02, 2010

    Diocese: La Crosse Priest Umberger Did Nothing Illegal

     
       WHBL
       LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WTAQ) - The La Crosse Catholic Diocese says it has no evidence that a priest who died Tuesday did anything illegal, despite facing child pornography charges.
       And the church hoped people will be, "merciful in their judgments" about The Reverend Patrick Umberger. The 60-year-old Umberger died at an assisted living center in La Crosse from cancer.
       He was awaiting a trial after pleading innocent to a felony charge of possessing child porn. Umberger was charged in July after state Justice agents found 3 graphic images of nearly-nude children on his computer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM, December 02, 2010

    Church defends rehiring sacked principal

      [2010 Roman Catholic (RC) school*. Hires "enabler."] [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 13 girls (<12).]    
       ABC - PM,
       AUSTRALIA - MARK COLVIN: In Queensland, the Catholic Church is standing by its decision to rehire a Principal sacked for failing to report sexual abuse allegations to police.
       Brisbane Catholic Education says the man's new role is entirely different, but the families of the 13 children abused at a Toowoomba school say they're disappointed by the move.
       The Church has been reaching mediated settlements with some of the children's families.
       Annie Guest reports from Brisbane. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 PM, December 02, 2010

    Wikileaks/ Lo scrittore Ennio montesi: perché non si parla del Vaticano?

       
       Affaritaliani, 17:48, Giovedí 02.Dec.2010
       Lo scrittore Ennio Montesi si rivolge a Julian Assange sui documenti segreti dei Nunzi Apostolici e dello IOR
       ITALIA - "Chiedo a Julian Assange perché il suo gruppo WikiLeaks non abbia pubblicato i documenti riguardanti lo Stato dittatoriale extracomunitario del Vaticano". La domanda ad Assange arriva in una nota dallo scrittore Ennio Montesi il quale recentemente ha chiesto asilo politico al governo della Svezia.
       "Dove sono i documenti segreti relativi ai carteggi tra i Nunzi Apostolici, cioè tra le ambasciate del Vaticano, presenti nei vari paesi, i rapporti con le diplomazie ed i governi di tutto il mondo? Dove sono i documenti riservatissimi della banca offshore IOR, Istituto Opere Religiose, la più grande banca offshore appartenente allo Stato del Vaticano? Dove sono i rapporti confidenziali sulla politica interna ed estera redatti dall'efficientissimo servizio segreto denominato Santa Alleanza conosciuto con il nome di "Entità" e del servizio di controspionaggio denominato SP, Sodalitium Pianum, organizzazioni di intelligence facenti entrambi capo allo Stato del Vaticano, esattamente a Joseph Ratzinger e alla sua camarilla? Dove sono i documenti riguardanti gli innumerevoli crimini perpetrati dai preti pedofili della Chiesa cattolica e dello Stato del Vaticano presenti nelle varie nazioni, relativi o riconducibili al documento segreto Crimen Sollicitationis, per i quali le famiglie dei bambini abusati sessualmente dai preti hanno ottenuto e stanno richiedendo risarcimenti milionari per i danni subiti soprattutto negli Stati Uniti e in Europa?", conclude Ennio Montesi.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM, December 02, 2010

    Wikileaks' Vatican cables involve national security, intelligence and religious freedom issues

         
       Catholic News Agency, By Kevin J. Jones, Staff Writer, 03:43 pm, Dec 2, 2010
       WASHINGTON D.C., / (CNA/EWTN News).- The ongoing Wikileaks "Cablegate" project could result in the release of more than 800 U.S. diplomatic cables involving the Vatican.
       According to an exclusive analysis of preliminary data conducted by Catholic News Agency, many of the cables, which span a nine-year period from 2001-2010, concern human rights and religious freedom issues.
       However, more than 50 of the cables reputedly originating from the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See concern intelligence issues, and another five involve national security issues Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM, December 02, 2010

    Diocese of Winona's Notice of Taxation

     
       ST. PAUL (MN) - County of Ramsey, District Court, Second Judicial Circuit; November 24, 2010
       In John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
       Please take notice, that application will be made pursuant to Rule 54.04 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure to the Court Administrator at the Ramsey County Courthouse, 600 Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, City of St. Paul, in the County of Ramsey and State of Minnesota, to have the within bill of costs and disbursements taxed and inserted in the judgment then and there to be entered herein. …
       Attached hereto as Exhibit A is a true and correct itemized statement of items of costs and disbursements by, and on behalf of, Defendant The Diocese of Winona, in said action including costs for depositions, witness fees and other costs and disbursements in connection with the Frye-Mack hearing and summary judgment proceedings herein. These costs and disbursements are just, true and correct and have been necessarily paid and incurred by Defendant Diocese of Winona in said action. …
       TOTAL $67,928.46 Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:24 PM, December 02, 2010

    Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' Notice of Taxation

     
       County of Ramsey, District Court, Second Judicial Circuit; November 22, 2010
       In John Doe 76C v. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
       ST. PAUL (MN) - Please take notice, that application will be made pursuant to Rule 54.04 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure to the Court Administrator at the Ramsey County Courthouse, 600 Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, City of St. Paul, in the County of Ramsey and State of Minnesota, to have the within bill of costs and disbursements taxed and inserted in the judgment then and there to be entered herein. …
       Attached hereto as Exhibit A is a true and correct itemized statement of items of costs and disbursements by and on behalf of Defendant The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in said action. These costs and disbursements are just, true and correct and have been necessarily paid and incurred by Defendant The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in said action. Attached hereto as Exhibit B are true and correct copies of checks for payment of costs incurred by The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis including costs for depositions, witness fees and other costs and disbursements in connection with the Frye-Mack hearing and summary judgment proceedings herein. … TOTAL $64,076.75 Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:12 PM, December 02, 2010

    Bishop Richard Sklba's Brief in Support of Motion for Protective Order

     
       Circuit Court, State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County; By Patrick W. Brennan for Bishop Emeritus Richard Sklba and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee; November 23, 2010
      
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - Bishop Richard J. SkIba has legitimate, protectable, personal interests in not having his deposition taken while appeals and mediation are pending. A protective order that his deposition not be had at this time is necessary to prevent oppression, undue burden, expense and prejudice to the Bishop. His deposition should not go forward while appeals of other Archdiocese of Milwaukee cases are pending, and until such time as he can be deposed once and for all, in each filed case. Wisconsin Statutes preclude depositions while appeals are pending, and an order permitting depositions of witnesses who are 75 years of age or older has only been entered in Case No.07-CV-10888.
       If Bishop Sklba's deposition is permitted at this time, the Court should further order that his deposition transcript, exhibits and video be sealed, and that the scope of the deposition be limited. Such an order is necessary because Bishop SkIba has recently retired and should not be put to the undue personal burden, expense and prejudice of multiple deposition appearances.
       Personal prejudice and reputational harm to Bishop SkIba may result from public dissemination of deposition transcript, exhibits and video. By its very nature the cross examination in a deposition is a one-sided process that does not permit a full airing of the evidence that ultimately will be revealed at trial. Plaintiffs' counsel has already publicly posted Archbishop Rembert Weakland's deposition transcript and exhibits on their law firm's website, as well as posting the deposition video on YouTube. …
       For all of the reasons stated above, the Archdiocese respectfully requests that the Court grant its motion for a protective order. Posted by Terry McKiernan at 6:51 PM, December 02, 2010

    Letter shows Pope Benedict pushed faster penalties for abuse in 1980s

     
       Catholic News Agency, 02:02 pm Dec 2, 2010
       VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News).- Previously unseen correspondence shows Pope Benedict XVI taking an active concern for "more rapid" prosecution of abusive priests, over two decades ago.
       A letter from 1988, published for the first time on Dec. 2 in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, details the cardinal and future Pope's concern that Church officials were not able to act quickly enough to implement existing penalties in cases of priestly abuse.
       Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger raised these concerns about how the Church was handling some priests' "grave and scandalous conduct" in a letter to Cardinal Jose Lara, then president of a Pontifical commission on canon law, on Feb. 19, 1988. At the time, the future Pope Benedict XVI was serving as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM, December 02, 2010

    Archbishop talks with parish about missing $60K

     
       KOAM, Associated Press - December 2, 2010
       SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis' archbishop is trying to assure an eastern Missouri Roman Catholic parish after an audit of its bookkeeping found $300,000 in discrepancies - and $60,000 still unaccounted for - following the departure of its priest.
       Investigations into the missing money centered on the Rev. Dennis Zacheis, who resigned last year before the accounting issues surfaced from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan, about 65 miles southwest of St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.
       A probe by Franklin County's prosecutor led to no charges being filed against Zacheis, according to the archdiocese. Zacheis' whereabouts were not immediately known Thursday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM, December 02, 2010

    Pope in 1988 sought to remove abusers faster

     
       The Associated Press,
       VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican on Thursday released documentation showing Pope Benedict XVI sought as early as 1988 to find quicker ways to permanently remove priests who raped and molested children but was rebuffed.
       A 1988 letter from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger could serve as the Vatican's best defense to date that the future pope wanted to quickly remove pedophile priests far earlier than previously known but found himself stymied by church law.
       The letter, republished in Thursday's Vatican newspaper, shows that Ratzinger complained that church law made it exceedingly difficult to remove abusers if they didn't request to be laicized voluntarily. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM, December 02, 2010

    While a cardinal, pope asked for swift action against abusive priests

     
       Catholic News Service By John Thavis
       VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A newly disclosed letter reveals that as early as 1988, the future Pope Benedict XVI pressed for swifter and more streamlined procedures to punish priests guilty of "grave and scandalous conduct."
       The letter, written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when he was head of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation, expressed concern that the normal process for dealing with such priests -- which typically involved a request for dispensation from priestly obligations -- took too long and was seen more as a favor than a punishment.
       Eventually, with Cardinal Ratzinger's involvement, the penal procedures were simplified and sanctions were strengthened. But in 1988, the cardinal's suggestion of a "more rapid and simplified penal process" was rebuffed by the Vatican's canon law experts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM, December 02, 2010

    La Crosse priest awaiting trial dies

     
       Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By Annysa Johnson, Dec. 2, 2010
       WISCONSIN - A La Crosse Catholic priest awaiting trial on child pornography charges has died.
       Father Patrick Umberger, 60, who resigned in July as pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Onalaska, died Tuesday of complications related to cancer, according to his attorney.
       The Diocese of La Crosse, where former Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop William Callahan now presides, issued a statement asking the faithful to be "merciful in their judgments" of Umberger and "remember his many good deeds."
       It said the diocese has yet to see any evidence of criminal activity by Umberger. "It is unfortunate that Father Umberger was denied, by death, his day in court," it said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM, December 02, 2010

    when the news isn't news

     
       Catholic Culture By Diogenes | December 02, 2010
       UNITED STATES - Act I, Scene I: The newsroom of a major metropolitan daily
       Reporter: Hey, boss! We've got a story here. Says the Pope might have allowed a priest who was accused of abuse to work in a parish while he was Archbishop of Munich. What should we do with it?
       Editor: Did the Pope personally assign the priest to parish work?
       Reporter: No; his vicar general did.
       Editor: Did the Pope know about it?
       Reporter: No evidence of that. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM, December 02, 2010

    Appeals court upholds priest's conviction

     
       Chicago Tribune,
       CHICAGO (IL) – A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Jesuit priest on charges he traveled abroad and across state lines to have sex with a teenager.
       The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Thursday rejected Donald McGuire's argument that, while the sex occurred, sex wasn't the purpose of the travel.
       McGuire is serving a 25-year prison sentence. The 80-year-old has also been convicted in Wisconsin for indecent behavior with a child. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM, December 02, 2010

    Church hire accused sex offender

       
       The Chronicle, Jim Campbell | 3rd December 2010
       AUSTRALIA - CHILD safety campaigner Hetty Johnston has blasted the Catholic Church after it rehired the principal who was sacked over a child sex abuse scandal at his Toowoomba Catholic primary school.
       The man, who can't be identified to protect the identities of the abused children, has been employed as a supply teacher at a Catholic primary school in the Ipswich area.
       Mrs Johnston said the Catholic Church had let themselves down with the re-employment of this man. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM, December 02, 2010

    Father of sex victim speaks out

      [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 10yrs prison. 13 girls (<12).]    
       The Chronicle | {with reader poll} | Jim Campbell | 3rd December 2010
       AUSTRALIA - THE father of a girl who was sexually abused by a teacher at a Toowoomba Catholic primary school says his family's experience has been a nightmare that will never end.
       The family was one of five to this week reach a settlement with the Catholic Church over the sexual abuse their children suffered at the hands of convicted rapist Gerard Vincent Byrnes.
       But just as he felt they were making progress following the out-of-court settlement, the father of the abused girl was outraged yesterday when it was revealed the principal at the centre of the sex abuse scandal had been rehired at a Catholic primary school in Ipswich. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM, December 02, 2010

    Delaware Jury Awards $30M to Priest Abuse Victim

     
       AOL News, Lauren Frayer, Dec. 2, 2010
       DELAWARE - A jury in Delaware has awarded $30 million to a man who says he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest more than 100 times as a teenager in the 1960s. It's believed to be the single largest payout to any church abuse victim in U.S. history.
       But it's unclear when the victim, John Vai, will get his money. The Diocese of Wilmington declared bankruptcy last year and has said it can afford to pay only $2 million in damages to abuse victims, and six other people have also filed lawsuits against the diocese alleging abuse.
       "I think the jury is making a statement … telling the world what they think of the behavior of the parish and the priest," Barbara Dorris, outreach director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, told the Wilmington News Journal. She said she considered the jury's award symbolic and acknowledged that Vai will probably receive only a fraction of the total amount. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM, December 02, 2010

    Pastor faces sex abuse charges

     
       Hartselle Enquirer,
       HARTSELLE (AL) - A former pastor was arrested last week on charges related to an inappropriate sexual relationship he allegedly had with a member of his youth group.
       Pastor Carl C. Lloyd III, former youth pastor at Son Rise Baptist Church in Hartselle, faces sodomy charges in connection with an alleged relationship between himself and a 15-year-old girl. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM, December 02, 2010

    Former priest admits indecent assault

      [Ex-Fr Tony Walsh. Guilty plea. 2 boys.]  
       RTE News,
       IRELAND - A former Dublin priest has admitted in court to indecently assaulting two children in the 1970s and 1980s.
       Tony Walsh, 56, from Bunratty Road, Coolock pleaded guilty today to three charges of abusing the two boys.
       Mr Walsh was ministering as a priest in Ballyfermot during the period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM, December 02, 2010

    Priest's sex victim awarded highest-ever clerical abuse payout of $30m

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       The Journal (Ireland),
       DELAWARE - A MAN WHO was sexually abused more than 100 times by a Catholic priest has been awarded $30m (€22.7m) by a jury – the largest payout ever to a clergy abuse victim.
       John M Vai is one of seven people who have filed lawsuits against former priest Francis DeLuca, who was defrocked by the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, USA in 2008. The New York Times is reporting that the parish in which the abuse was perpetrated, St Elizabeth in Wilmington, is liable for $3m of the damages and Francis DeLuca must pay the rest.
       Victims' advocacy group bishopaccountability.org has found that parishes have only been held liable for damages in one or two cases previous to this, with the overall diocese or religious order more frequently bearing the weight. Evidence on punitive damages is to be heard this coming Monday – and Mr Vai's lawyers say that it will be extremely damning and will increases the award to their client. …
       In this case, the parish was held accountable by Mr Vai for allowing his abuse to continue. He testified that he had been seen by another priest, being hauled to DeLuca's room as a young boy. Another witness, the Rev Thomas Doyle, said that other priests in the parish were aware of DeLuca's behaviour at the time. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM, December 02, 2010

    CARDINAL RATZINGER AND REVISION OF CANONICAL PENAL LAW

       
       Vatican Information Service, 2 DEC 2010
       VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - Given below is the text of an article by Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. the article is to be published on 4 December by the Italian magazine "Civilta Cattolica" under the title "Cardinal Ratzinger's Influence on the Revision of the Canonical Penal Law System".
       In the coming weeks, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts will distribute to its Members and Consultors the draft of a document containing suggestions for the revision of Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, the basis of the Church's penal law system. For almost two years a commission of experts in penal law has been re-examining the text promulgated in 1983, taking into account the needs that have emerged in subsequent years. The aim is to maintain the general plan and the existing numbering of the canons, while revising some of the decisions taken at the time, which with hindsight can be seen to be insufficient.
       This initiative (which cannot be implemented yet, as the process of consultation has still to be completed, at which point it will be presented to the Supreme Legislator for approval) originated in a specific task entrusted to the President and the Secretary of the Pontifical Council by Pope Benedict XVI in the first Audience that he granted to the new Superiors of the Dicastery on 28 September 2007 at Castelgandolfo. In the course of that exchange, and in view of the specific technical difficulties that spontaneously came to light, it became clear that the initiative sprang from a deeply-held conviction of the Pontiff, the fruit of years of personal experience, and from his concern for the integrity and the consistent application of Church discipline. This conviction and this concern - as will be seen below - have guided the steps of the present Pope ever since he took office as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, despite the objective difficulties deriving, among other factors, from the particular legislative situation of the Church at the time, in the wake of the promulgation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM, December 02, 2010

    'Kerk verbergt geheime dossiers'

       
       Nieuws, {video}
       BELGIE - De Kerk verbergt geheime dossiers over seksueel misbruik. Dat zei Godelieve Halsberghe vanmiddag voor de parlementaire commissie die seksueel misbruik door geestelijken onderzoekt. De eremagistrate verzamelde in de jaren 90 klachten van slachtoffers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM, December 02, 2010

    'Mgr. Leonard: bent U wel een goede kerkleider?'

     
       RKnieuws,
       MECHELEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Woensdagavond zijn in Mechelen een honderdtal personen van de Grote Markt naar het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis aan de Wollemarkt getrokken om te protesteren tegen de omstreden uitspraken van mgr. Léonard, tegen het gedoogbeleid van de Kerk inzake pedofilie en tegen de betoelaging van de Kerk door de Staat.
       De manifestanten overhandigden een rouwkrans 'namens alle slachtoffers van de Kerk' aan het aartsbisschoppelijk paleis. Een kleine delegatie van de actievoerders werd ontvangen door vicaris-generaal Van Billoen maar mgr. Léonard kregen de actievoerders niet te zien.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM, December 02, 2010

    Former priest admits indecent assault

      [1978-79, and 1984-85, Ex-Fr Tony Walsh* (56). RCC. Males.]  
       Breaking News,
       IRELAND - A former Dublin priest has today admitted in court to indecently assaulting two victims in the 70s and 80s.
       Tony Walsh (aged 56) of Bunratty Road, Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of indecently assaulting a male in a west Dublin church between November 1978 and April 1979.
       He pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting a male in a west Dublin school between January 1984 and December 1985. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM, December 02, 2010

    Regierung will Rechte von Missbrauchsopfern stärken

       
       Spiegel,
       Ein Runder Tisch der Bundesregierung will die zahlreichen Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs aufarbeiten, die in diesem Jahr bekannt geworden sind. Nun liegt der Zwischenbericht des Gremiums vor. Opfervertreter üben Kritik.
       BERLIN, DEUTSCHLAND - Der offene Streit bleibt diesmal aus. Die Chefinnen des Runden Tischs gegen Kindesmissbrauch können ihren Zwischenbericht an diesem Mittwoch störungsfrei vorstellen - ohne Zwischenrufe und ohne Vorwürfe aus dem Publikum.
       Nach dem jüngsten Treffen des Gremiums hatten Missbrauchsopfer ihrem Unmut noch lautstark Luft gemacht, das politische Eingreifen als zu lax kritisiert und Mitsprache eingefordert. Heute sind die Betroffenen ungewohnt still. Ihre Wut scheint inzwischen in Frust umgeschlagen zu sein.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM, December 02, 2010

    New Seattle Catholic Archbishop Installed

       
       KIRO,
       SEATTLE (WA) - New Seattle Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is being installed Wednesday with a Mass at St. James Cathedral.
       The 58-year-old, who previously served in Joliet, Ill., replaces Archbishop Alex. J. Brunett, who retired last year at the age of 75.
       Protesters from the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are expected to be outside.
       Some say they were sexually abused by priests and are angry that two years ago, while serving as a bishop in Joliet, Illinois, Sartain ordained Alejandro Flores, who is now serving four years in prison for molesting a young boy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM, December 02, 2010

    Herzlich willkommen bei der Unabhängigen Beauftragten

     
       Unabhangige Beauftragle zur Aufarbeitung des Sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs
       DEUTSCHLAND - Der Schutz von Kindern vor Missbrauch und Gewalt ist eine unserer wichtigsten Aufgaben. Kinder können sich nicht zur Wehr setzen und leiden meist ein Leben lang unter den Folgen sexuellen Missbrauchs.
       Als Unabhängige Beauftragte setze ich mich dafür ein, dass das Leid der Betroffenen anerkannt wird und sie nachhaltig Hilfe und Unterstützung erhalten. Wir brauchen Lösungen, die langfristig den Schutz der Kinder vor sexuellem Missbrauch und sexueller Gewalt verbessern. Hierfür arbeite ich vergangene und aktuelle Fälle auf und spreche Empfehlungen für materielle und immaterielle Hilfen für Betroffene gegenüber der Bundesregierung und dem Runden Tisch aus.
       Als Unabhängige Beauftragte bin ich Anlaufstelle für alle Betroffenen. Ihre Anliegen und Botschaften zu kennen, ist für die Aufarbeitung und meine Empfehlungen von zentraler Bedeutung. Neben der Möglichkeit einer schriftlichen Kontaktaufnahme haben wir auch eine kostenfreie telefonische Anlaufstelle eingerichtet. Betroffene können sich dort anonym und vertraulich an ein Team von Fachleuten wenden. Auch Angehörige und weitere Kontaktpersonen, die Missbrauch in ihrem Umfeld wahrnehmen, können sich bei uns melden.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

    Runder Tisch "Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch" legt Zwischenbericht vor

     
       DEUTSCHLAND BMFSFJ
       Ministerinnen Schavan, Schröder, Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger: "Verschweigen, Vertuschen und Verdrängen hat ein Ende"
       Der Runde Tisch "Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch in Abhängigkeits- und Machtverhältnissen in privaten und öffentlichen Einrichtungen und im familiären Bereich" hat heute in seiner dritten Sitzung den Zwischenbericht verabschiedet. Unter dem Vorsitz der Bundesfamilienministerin Kristina Schröder, der Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger und der Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung, Annette Schavan, wurden die Ergebnisse der bisherigen Arbeit beraten und eine erste positive Bilanz gezogen. Damit liegt der Öffentlichkeit eine aktuelle Zusammenfassung der umfangreichen Arbeiten vor.
       "Verschweigen, Vertuschen und Verdrängen hat ein Ende", bilanzierten die drei Bundesministerinnen gemeinsam. "Das Tabu, über sexuelle Gewalt an Mädchen und Jungen zu sprechen, wurde gebrochen - Prävention, Forschung und Gesetzgebung arbeiten gemeinsam an einer nachhaltigen Strategie zum Schutz gegen sexuellen Missbrauch. Erste Bausteine wie Standards in Einrichtungen, Institutionen und Verbänden, die mit Kindern arbeiten, die Etablierung eines Forschungsnetzes, eine bundesweite Fortbildungsoffensive für Fachkräfte in der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe und ein verbesserter Opferschutz in strafrechtlichen Verfahren sind umgesetzt", erklärten die Ministerinnen weiter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

    Mehr Rechte für Opfer

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Deutschlandfunk {mit Audio}
       Über den Runden Tisch zum Kindesmissbrauch Von Gudula Geuther, Hauptstadtstudio
       "Verschweigen, Vertuschen und Verdrängen hat ein Ende." Mutige Worte von Bundesbildungsministerin Annette Schavan. Natürlich hat es das nicht. Sexueller Missbrauch, gerade an Kindern, geschieht heimlich.
       Und allzu oft bleibt es dabei. Die Täter zählen auf die Scham ihrer Opfer, auf Angst, auf unberechtigte Schuldgefühle derer, die sich manchmal nicht schnell genug zu wehren wussten. Auch wenn ein Damm gebrochen ist, wenn viele ihre Stimme gefunden haben, werden andere weiter schweigen, vielleicht ein Leben lang; und verdrängen, womit viele nie zurecht kommen. Vertuscht werden wird weiterhin, wenn sich die Mutter den Taten ihres Mannes nicht stellen kann, wenn Abhängigkeit oder Loyalität die Überhand gewinnen. Das Thema des Rundes Tisches eignet sich nicht für vollmundige Erfolgsmeldungen. Es sind die Mühen der Ebene, die kleinen Schritte, an denen die Fachleute zu arbeiten haben. Und die größten Brocken haben sie noch vor sich. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

    Was ist ein zerstörtes Leben in Euro wert?

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Aachener Nachrichten
       Aachen - Im Johannes-Höver-Haus an der Rütscher Straße in Aachen, heute Wohngebäude, früher ein Kinderheim, hat es in den 1950er Jahren Fälle von schwerem sexuellen Missbrauch gegeben. Eines der Opfer, ein ein jetzt 65-Jähriger, kämpft um finanzielle Entschädigung.
       Er fühlt sich von den Verantwortlichen hingehalten. Als Elf- und Zwölfjähriger sei er mehr als 100 Mal unter Gewaltanwendung von einem inzwischen verstorbenen Bruder vergewaltigt worden, schreibt er an die "Nachrichten": "Über fünf Jahrzehnte hat mich diese böse Geschichte enorm belastet. Ich konnte zu keinem Menschen Vertrauen haben, konnte nie eine Familie gründen. Kurz gesagt, mein ganzes Leben wurde durch diese Sache negativ beeinflusst und quasi zerstört."
       Er habe Hilfe bei anderen Ordensbrüdern gesucht, aber nicht bekommen, weil diese ein Sprechverbot auferlegt bekommen hätten, führt Walter S. weiter an. Bruder A., 1915 in Alsdorf geboren, sei 1966 in anderen Fällen wegen Unzucht mit Minderjährigen und Abhängigen rechtskräftig verurteilt worden. Er habe also noch jahrelang weitermachen können und sicher auch andere Kinder missbraucht. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

    Archbishop meets with Sullivan parishioners over financial 'irregularities'

     
       St. Louis Post-Dispatch
       SULLIVAN, Mo. -- St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson addressed parishioners of St. Anthony Catholic Church here on Wednesday night about $60,000 in "apparent irregularities" in their church's bookkeeping.
       Internal and outside investigations into the missing money centered on St. Anthony's former pastor, the Rev. Dennis Zacheis, according to an audit by the St. Louis Archdiocese and obtained by the Post-Dispatch and the church's current pastor.
       An investigation by the Franklin County prosecutor resulted in no charges being filed, according to the archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

    Protesters criticize new Catholic archbishop of Seattle

     
       SEATTLE (WA) CNN By Michael Martinez, CNN December 2, 2010
       (CNN) - The new Roman Catholic archbishop of Seattle, J. Peter Sartain, was installed Wednesday afternoon with a Mass in the archdiocese's cathedral, amid ongoing controversy over Sartain's ordination of a priest who later pleaded guilty in a molestation case.
       "I resolve to serve faithfully the spiritual needs of this church," Sartain told congregants and priests filling St. James Cathedral. He then officially assumed his seat behind the altar to a minute-long ovation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

    La Crosse Diocese releases statement on death of priest

     
       WISCONSIN WKBT
       LA CROSSE, Wis.- The La Crosse Diocese releases a statement about the passing of a former Onalaska priest who was facing criminal charges.
       60 year old Father Patrick Umberger died Tuesday at an assisted living facility after a long battle with cancer.
       Umberger resigned from his priest duties at Saint Patrick's church in July after being arrested for having child pornography.
       In a statement released Wednesday, the La Crosse Diocese says:
       "The Diocese extends to the family and friends of Father Patrick Umberger our prayers and support in this sad and difficult time. While Father Umberger's recent years have been filled with physical pain and sadness, our faith teaches that he is now in a place of light, happiness and peace. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

    Former Sullivan Priest Accused of Spending Spree With Church Dollars

     
       Fox 2 By Andy Banker
       SULLIVAN, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – Amid the furor swirling around the spending practices of a catholic priest, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson visited a divided parish, St. Anthony's, in Sullivan, Wednesday night.
       The Archdiocese reported there were tens of thousands of dollars in question, spent at the Lake of the Ozarks and clothing stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, among other places.
       Carlson met with parish leaders and then held an open forum with members of the congregation. The meetings lasted for more than two hours. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

    Code of Canon Law's penal provisions to be revised

     
       Catholic Culture December 02, 2010
       VATICAN CITY - In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI, out of concern for the "integrity and consistent application of discipline in the Church," gave the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts the mandate to revise the Church's system of penalties outlined in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, according to Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, the pontifical council's secretary. Bishop Arrieta said a commission has worked on revisions for two years and that the proposed revisions will be sent to the pontifical council's members in upcoming weeks.
       Bishop Arrieta, a Spaniard and a priest of Opus Dei, said that the 1983 Code differs from the previous 1917 Code in promoting a greater subsidiarity within the Church's disciplinary system and in affording greater rights to those accused of canonical crimes. "Subsequent experience has shown that some of the techniques used by Code to guarantee the rights were not essential and could have been replaced by other guarantees more consistent with the reality of the Church," Bishop Arrieta wrote. "Indeed, these techniques are in many cases an objective obstacle, sometimes insurmountable because of the scarcity of resources, to the effective application of the penal system." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

    Commissie Seksueel Misbruik: "Schaakmat gezet omdat ik schadevergoedingen wilde betalen"

       
       Vandaag,
       BELGIE - De Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk hoorde zopas ere-magistrate Godelieve Halsberghe. Zij zat tussen 2000 en 2009 binnen de Kerk de Commissie voor die dossiers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk moest afhandelen. Haar Commissie werd in 2009 opgevolgd door de Commissie-Adriaenssens.
       De Commissie-Halsberghe werd in 2000 opgericht nadat in 1997 binnen de Kerk al een netwerk van vertrouwenspersonen waarnaar slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door priesters konden bellen voor hulp, was uitgebouwd.
       Halsberghe zei dat ze in negen jaar tijd 33 dossiers behandelde. "Alle feiten die we binnenkregen waren verjaard. We gingen dus niet naar het gerecht, want dit zou tijdverlies zijn. Volgens het kerkelijk recht is er geen verjaring voor aanranding van mensen, wij konden die zaken dus nog behandelen om een morele en materiële schadevergoeding toe te kennen". Halsberghe kreeg wel één dossier binnen van een minderjarige en dat had ze onmiddellijk naar het gerecht gestuurd.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

    Warren Jeffs returned to Texas to face bigamy case

       
       TEXAS - Houston Chronicle, By TERRI LANGFORD,
       Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs faced a Texas judge Wednesday more than two years after authorities discovered his followers married underage girls at an Eldorado ranch, prompting the removal of 438 children, the largest child custody case in U.S. history.
       A wan Jeffs, 54, appeared before state District Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo where he was arraigned on three charges involving two underage brides, unidentified girls who were 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged crimes.
       He's accused of sexually assaulting one girl in 2005 and committing bigamy and aggravated sexual assault with the other girl in 2006. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

    Minister Vandeurzen geeft stand van zaken van maatregelen tegen seksueel misbruik

       
       RKnieuws
       BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) – Vlaams minister van Welzijn Jo Vandeurzen geeft woensdag in een interview met het christelijk opinieblad Tertio een stand van zaken van de maatregelen die hij plant om seksueel misbruik tegen te gaan.
       "We werken aan vier initiatieven. We gaan de komende maanden in de CAW's onthaalpunten installeren voor emotioneel, fysiek of seksueel misbruik bij volwassenen – of zij die vroeger als kind slachtoffer waren. Daarmee beantwoorden we de vraag die breed leeft – niet alleen in de kerk maar ook bij sportverenigingen – naar een onafhankelijke plek waar slachtoffers terechtkunnen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

    Meeste misbruik binnen ordes en congregaties

       
       De Telegraaf,
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND - Van de meldingen van seksueel misbruik binnen rooms-katholieke instellingen die bij Hulp & Recht zijn binnengekomen, gaat 85 procent over misbruik binnen religieuze ordes en congregaties. De overige 15 procent gaat over misbruik binnen bisdommen. Dat heeft het meldpunt van seksueel misbruik van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk Hulp & Recht woensdag bekendgemaakt.
       Hulp & Recht ontving de afgelopen maanden 1799 reacties van mensen over seksueel of fysiek misbruik binnen rooms-katholieke instellingen. Daarvan leidden 241 tot een officiële aanklacht. De Beoordelings- en Adviescommissie (BAC) van Hulp & Recht behandelt die aanklachten.
       Van de 1799 meldingen die zijn binnengekomen bij Hulp & Recht hebben 265 reacties betrekking op een van de Nederlandse bisdommen. Tegen de zeven bisdommen zijn 54 officiële aanklachten ingediend bij Hulp & Recht.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

    $30 Million Is Awarded Over Abuse by Priest

      [Unnamed priest. RCC. $30m from priest, and $3m from parish. Male.]  
       The New York Times, By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, Published: December 1, 2010
       DELAWARE - A jury in Delaware on Wednesday awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to a man who said he was sexually abused more than 100 times by a Roman Catholic priest – the largest such award granted to a single victim in a clergy abuse case, victims' advocates said.
       In an unusual outcome, the jury decided that the parish where the abuse occurred, St. Elizabeth in Wilmington, must pay $3 million of the damages, while the perpetrator is liable for the rest. Parishes have previously been held liable in only one or two cases involving abuse by Catholic priests, according to records kept by an advocacy group for victims known as bishopaccountability.org.
       It is usually the diocese or the religious order, not the parish, that is held responsible for damages. But the Diocese of Wilmington, which covers all of Delaware, declared bankruptcy last year just as the lawsuit was going to trial, so this lawsuit as well as more than 100 pending lawsuits against the diocese was frozen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

    Il cardinale Ratzinger e la revisione del sistema penale canonico in tre lettere inedite del 1988

      [RCC]  
       L'Osservatore Romano, di Juan Ignacio Arrieta,
       CITTA' DEL VATICANO - Nelle prossime settimane il Pontificio Consiglio per i Testi Legislativi invierà ai propri membri e consultori una bozza con alcune proposte per la riforma del libro vi del Codex iuris canonici, base del sistema penale della Chiesa. Una commissione di esperti penalisti ha lavorato per quasi due anni, rivedendo il testo promulgato nel 1983 per mantenere l'impianto generale e la numerazione dei canoni, ma anche per modificare decisamente alcune scelte dell'epoca rivelatesi meno riuscite.
       L'iniziativa nasce dal mandato conferito da Benedetto XVI ai nuovi superiori del dicastero il 28 settembre 2007. Da quell'incontro è risultato evidente come l'indicazione rispondesse a un convincimento profondo del Papa, maturato in anni di esperienza diretta, e a una preoccupazione per l'integrità e la coerente applicazione della disciplina nella Chiesa; convincimento e preoccupazione che hanno guidato i passi del cardinale Joseph Ratzinger sin dall'inizio del suo lavoro come prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede, malgrado le oggettive difficoltà provenienti, tra l'altro, dal particolare momento legislativo vissuto all'indomani della promulgazione del Codex. Per valutarlo meglio occorre ricordare alcune particolarità del quadro legislativo allora appena ridisegnato.
       Il sistema penale del Codex iuris canonici
       Il sistema penale del Codex del 1983 possiede un impianto sostanzialmente nuovo rispetto a quello del 1917, e s'inquadra nel contesto ecclesiologico disegnato dal concilio Vaticano ii. Per quanto riguarda la disciplina penale, vuole ispirarsi anche ai criteri di sussidiarietà e di "decentramento", concetto usato per indicare la particolare attenzione riservata al diritto particolare e, soprattutto, all'iniziativa dei singoli vescovi nel governo pastorale, essendo essi, come insegna il concilio (cfr. Lumen gentium, n. 27), vicari di Cristo nelle rispettive diocesi. Nella maggioranza dei casi, infatti, il Codex affida alla valutazione degli Ordinari locali e dei superiori religiosi il discernimento sull'opportunità o meno di imporre sanzioni penali, e sul modo di farlo.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

    Vatican newspaper: Cardinal Ratzinger pushed for swifter dismissal of abusive priests

     
       Catholic Culture, December 02, 2010
       VATICAN CITY - In 1988, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger unsuccessfully sought changes to the Code of Canon Law in order to secure swifter dismissal of priests "guilty of serious and scandalous behavior," according to correspondence published in the December 2 edition of L'Osservatore Romano.
       Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, noted that in 1988, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had the faculty of dispensing priests from celibacy and other obligations assumed at ordination. In a February 19, 1988 letter to Cardinal Rosalio José Castillo Lara, then president of the Pontifical Commission of Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law, Cardinal Ratzinger observed that some of these priests were "guilty of serious and scandalous behavior" and that the Code "provides for the imposition of certain penalties, not excluding the reduction to the lay state."
       "These measures, in the opinion of this Congregation {of the Doctrine of the Faith}, should, in some cases, for the good of the faithful, precede the eventual granting of priestly dispensation, which, by its nature, is like a 'grace,'" Cardinal Ratzinger wrote. "Some ordinaries meet many difficulties" in imposing canonical penalties on such priests because of the "complexity" of the Code's procedures, Cardinal Ratzinger added, and thus he requested "more rapid and simplified procedures." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

    Pope Sought in Past to Punish Errant Priests, Report Says

     
       The New York Times, By RACHEL DONADIO, Published: December 1, 2010
       VATICAN CITY, ROME – Pope Benedict XVI pushed for "more rapid and simplified" procedures to punish errant priests as far back as 1988, when he was the Vatican's chief doctrinal officer, but his request was not met, according to documents released by the Vatican on Wednesday.
       At the height of the sexual abuse crisis last spring, Benedict's defenders said he had long argued for disciplining priests who had been found guilty of grave misconduct, while other Vatican officials advocated more lenience. The new documentation is the most comprehensive made public to date supporting those claims.
       It comes amid new reports in the German media questioning the pope's record as archbishop of Munich when a known pedophile priest was transferred to his diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

    Vatican: 1988 letter from pope shows he sought faster ways to remove abusive priests

       
       Winnipeg Free Press, By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press
       VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Thursday released documentation showing Pope Benedict XVI sought as early as 1988 to find quicker ways to permanently remove priests who raped and molested children.
       Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Feb. 19, 1988, letter shows he complained officially that church law made it exceedingly difficult to remove abusers if they didn't request so-called laicization voluntarily.
       He asked to get around the problem by finding "a quicker and simpler procedure" than a cumbersome church trial to punish those priests who "during their ministry were found guilty of grave and scandalous behaviour."
       The documentation was cited by the Vatican newspaper Thursday in explaining the upcoming revision of church law, which was last updated in 1983. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

    Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs arraigned in Texas on sex assault charges

      [FLDS]  
       The Dallas Morning News
       SAN ANTONIO (TX) – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has been arraigned in Texas after being quietly extradited from Utah to face trial on bigamy and sexual assault charges.
       Jeffs was in a West Texas courtroom Wednesday for the hearing. The Texas Attorney General's Office says Jeffs wasn't asked to enter a plea and told the judge he needed time to find a lawyer.
       The 54-year-old Jeffs leads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His first trial is scheduled for Jan. 24. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

    Anti-Catholicism contributes to violence against clergy, Scottish church spokesman laments

       
       Catholic News Agency, 12:59 am Dec 2, 2010
       GLASGOW, Scotland, United Kingdom, / (CNA).- Responding to comments made against Pope Benedict during his visit, a Scottish spokesman for the Catholic Church has decried "sectarianism" and popular blindness towards anti-Catholic bigotry, saying it contributes to thuggish violence against Catholic clergy.
       A senior Scottish Football Association (SFA) official, head of referee development Hugh Dallas, allegedly sent an e-mail to other SFA staff on the day of Pope Benedict's September visit to Scotland which joked about Catholic sex abuse scandals and implied the pontiff was a pedophile.
       Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, wrote to the SFA two months after the e-mail was first reported to have been sent, asking for further action. Dallas resigned later that week, citing family reasons. [Check later newsitems that suggest he was dismissed, not resigned.] Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

    Church abuse foundation deals with 241 complaints

       
       Dutch News
       NETHERLANDS - In total, 241 of the 1,800 people to contact the church foundation set up to help victims of sexual and physical abuse by Catholic church officials, have made a formal complaint.
       Wednesday was the last day for registration. No legal action can be taken in most cases because the alleged abuse took place too long ago. Just 10 complaints focus on abuse which is said to have taken place since 1990. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
      
      

    Soto speaks

       
       CALIFORNIA - News Review Interview by Jeff vonKaenel jeffv@newsreview.com This article was published on Dec.02.10.
       Born the eldest of seven children in a Mexican-American family near Los Angeles, Jaime Soto used to play Mass in his backyard with his siblings, pretending to give Communion and take confessions. Little did his parents know that their son's pretend game as a youth would turn into the real deal. After attending the seminary, Soto was ordained to the priesthood in 1982. He went on to receive a master's degree in social work from Columbia University in New York, then proceeded to climb the ranks in the Catholic Church. While serving in Orange County, Soto, one of few Hispanic bishops in the United States, urged compassion for AIDS victims and became known as a strong supporter of immigrant rights. But Soto was controversial in other realms, once writing a letter in support of a Catholic priest who had been convicted of sex-abuse crimes. Also, he became a vocal opponent of gay marriage. In November of 2008, Soto was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento after the retirement of his predecessor Bishop William Weigand. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM
      
      

    !!!: Church sued in sex-abuse case sues victim's parents

      [Bible Church sues parents!]  
       The Kansas City Star By JUDY L. THOMAS
       MISSOURI - First, a youth leader in a western Missouri church pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor.
       Then the victim sued the church, New Life Bible Church of Easton, and its former youth leader, Michael J. Landy.
       And now the church is suing the victim's parents, saying they were negligent for placing her in Landy's care. The action contends the parents – who are missionaries for the church – "breached their duty to provide for the proper care, custody and control of their daughter." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM
      
      

    Woman says pastor groped her 15 years ago

     
       LUBBOCK (TX) Avalanche-Journal
       By LOGAN G. CARVER AVALANCHE-JOURNAL
       A woman on Wednesday told a Lubbock County jury her former pastor molested her more than 15 years ago, when she was 9 or 10 years old.
       Terry A. Nesmith, former pastor of Faith Assembly of God, is on trial in the 140th District Court for allegedly fondling the girl in 1995. She came forward with the allegation in 2007.
       Nesmith, 44, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the second-degree felony, indecency with a child involving sexual contact. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

    Jury Finds Del. Church Liable in Sexual Abuse Case

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Precedent? Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       NBC Philadelphia, By KELLY BAYLISS
       DELAWARE - A jury has found a Roman Catholic parish in Wilmington liable for a former priest's sexual abuse of a young boy in the 1960s and has awarded the victim $33 million.
       The jury ruled Wednesday that St. Elizabeth's parish was negligent in not preventing Francis DeLuca from sexually abusing John Vai.
       The jury levied $30 million in compensatory damages for Vai against DeLuca and another $3 million in compensatory damages against St. Elizabeth's. A hearing to consider punitive damages against the parish and DeLuca begins Monday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

    Victim families unhappy that Toowoomba principal re-hired

      [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 10yrs prison. 13 girls (<12).]    
       CathNews,
       AUSTRALIA - The former principal of a Toowoomba school, who was acquitted of charges under mandatory reporting laws for child abuse, has been re-hired as a supply teacher at a Catholic primary school in Ipswich, Queensland, said The Australian.
       The news that he was re-employed by the Catholic education sector dismayed some victims' families, who declared him derelict in his duty for not reporting the allegations made in the case of their children, the report said.
       Additionally, the newspaper reports that yesterday, families of five girls abused by former teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes reached a settlement with the Catholic Church's Toowoomba diocese to discontinue their legal proceedings. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

    New Trenton Diocese Bishop David O'Connell concerned

     
       TRENTON (NJ) Asbury Park Press
       By BONNIE DELANEY • STAFF WRITER • December 1, 2010
       TRENTON – Fewer Catholics are celebrating Sunday Mass, choosing religious life as a vocation and sending their children to Catholic schools that must close as a result of declining enrollment.
       Those are the three greatest concerns that Bishop David M. O'Connell of the Trenton Diocese said he will address as he officially begins ministering to the 830,000 Catholics who live in Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Mercer counties. …
       O'Connell also said he does not accept as a reason for poor church attendance the scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests. He termed it an easy, convenient excuse not to practice.
       But he also said about the abuse: "I hate it. It's the most dreadful thing." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

    Church rehires former principal who failed children

      [2007-08 Bro. Gerard Byrnes* (61) (Christian Brother). RCC. 10yrs prison. 13 girls (<12).] [RCC defies common sense]    
       ABC - The World Today,
       AUSTRALIA - SHANE MCLEOD: In Queensland, the Catholic Church has re-hired a former principal it sacked for failing to report sexual abuse allegations to police.
       The man's former colleague, Gerard Byrnes is now serving 10 years in jail for abusing 13 girls from a primary school in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
       The school's then-principal, who can't be named for legal reasons, was also charged because he didn't go to police with the allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

    Vatican Defends Pope's Record On Sexual Abuse

      [RCC]  
       The Huffington Post By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service
       VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests guilty of grave crimes, according to a 1988 letter published in the official Vatican newspaper.
       The letter, which appears in the Thursday (Dec. 2) edition of L'Osservatore Romano, could have important implications for the pope's record on child sex abuse.
       The letter appears in an article by Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, the No. 2 official at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts. Arrieta said it recently resurfaced during preparations for a planned revision of the Catholic Church's system of penal law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

    Jury orders Delaware parish to pay $3 million to sex abuse victim

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       U.S. Catholic, By Joseph Ryan, Catholic News Service
       WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (CNS) -- A Superior Court jury in Delaware's Kent County has awarded clergy sex abuse victim John Vai $3 million in damages from St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington for the parish's negligent supervision of former priest Francis DeLuca when he was stationed at the parish.
       The jury awarded Vai a total of $30 million in compensatory damages and said the parish should pay $3 million of that. DeLuca admitted in a deposition that he had abused Vai in the late 1960s.
       According to news reports, the jury was to reconvene beginning Dec. 6 to decide whether to award additional punitive damages. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

    An Albuquerque man's terrifying experience with a pedophile priest

     
       alibi
       By John Bear
       Co-Author Dennis Domrzalski
       Raped: Memories Of A Catholic Altar Boy
       Dennis Domrzalski and Larry Monte Jr. (Logan Square Press · $14.95)
       UNITED STATES - Violence is a popular theme in American media, be it news, film or literature. Scores of people routinely die in PG-13 movies. Sexual violence, however, is nearly unspeakable.
       That's what is remarkable about Raped: Memories of a Catholic Altar Boy by former Alibi editor Dennis Domrzalski and Larry Monte Jr. It doesn't look away.
       The book follows the two years Monte was ferried around New Mexico and molested in cheap motel rooms by a priest, and how it affected his life decades ago and to this day. The authors pull no punches. Domrzalski and Monte use brutal terms to relay what happened to the teenaged Monte. I have a strong stomach, but reading this book made me physically ill at times. The scenes could be prurient if they weren't the excruciating truth. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM
      
      

    Catholics rejoice as new archbishop installed in W. Wash.

     
       SEATTLE (WA) KOMO
       SEATTLE -- There's a new leader of the Catholic church in Western Washington.
       Peter Sartain was installed as the new archbishop at St. James Cathedral on Wednesday. …
       But some others don't agree. The leader of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, says the group wants Sartain to explain what happened in Illinois.
       John Shuster says Sartain ordained a new priest whom he knew to have a history with pornography. That priest, Alejandro Flores, was later charged and pleaded guilty to sexual assault.
       "We want Archbishop Sartain to publicly explain why he ordained Father Flores," said Shuster.
       The Catholic Diocese of Washington has paid out millions of dollars the past two decades involving hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM
      
      

    ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA SYNODAL COMMISSION FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST ARCHBISHOP SERAPHIM

     
       CANADA The Orthodox Church in America
       1. BACKGROUND The formation of a Synodal Commission responsible for the internal investigation into allegations concerning His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada (hereafter referred as the "Synodal Commission") was blessed to be formed by the Holy Synod of Bishops during a special Synodal session on October 13, 2010. This mandate was approved for release by the Holy Synod on November 30, 2010.
       The Synodal Commission is part of the response of the Orthodox Church in America (hereafter referred as "the Church") to official allegations of sexual misconduct involving a ruling hierarch in accordance with the Policies, Standards, and Procedure of the Orthodox Church of America on Sexual Misconduct, adopted by The Holy Synod of Bishop, April 2, 2003. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM
      
      

    Holy Synod suspends Archbishop Seraphim, appoints Bishop Irenee Administrator, and issues investigative mandate

     
       CANADA The Orthodox Church in America
       Posted 12/01
       SYOSSET, NY {OCA} -- During a special meeting called by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America decided to suspend His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada. This decision was reached after careful deliberations and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Orthodox Church in America mandated in cases of allegations of sexual misconduct.
       The Holy Synod further designated His Grace, Bishop Irenee of Quebec City, Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada. He will be responsible for all aspects of the hierarchical supervision of the Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM
      
      

    Archbishop suspended over abuse allegations

     
       CANADA Ottawa Citizen
       By Kristy Nease, The Ottawa Citizen December 2, 2010
       The Orthodox Church in America said Wednesday it has suspended Ottawa Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, who has been on a leave of absence since October, when he was revealed to be the focus of a police investigation into accusations of sexual abuse going back 30 years.
       The decision was reached "after careful deliberations and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Orthodox Church in America mandated in cases of allegations of sexual misconduct," said a release on the church's website. The decision was made at a special meeting on Tuesday, it said.
       Bishop Irenée Rochon of Quebec City has been filling in and was announced to be taking over the role of administrator of the archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM
      
      

    New leader for Catholics

     
       SEATTLE (WA) The News Tribune
       STEVE MAYNARD; Staff writer Published: 12/02/10
       With the passing of a pastoral staff and a hug, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was installed Wednesday as the spiritual leader for Western Washington Catholics.
       Archbishop Alex J. Brunett handed Sartain his 14-pound pastoral staff, called a crosier, and embraced his successor as an overflow crowd of 2,200 people stood and applauded at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. …
       But outside the cathedral Wednesday, two members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) handed out fliers criticizing Sartain for ordaining a "sexually troubled" priest last year.
       "We want Archbishop Sartain to explain to the Catholics of the Northwest why he did this," said John Shuster, spokesman for SNAP in the Pacific Northwest.
       Catholic officials allegedly caught the man with pornography on his computer a few months earlier before he was ordained. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

    Jury faults Delaware parish in sex

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 2, 2010
       DOVER, DELAWARE - In a ruling that likely will have far-reaching implications for about 150 priest sex abuse cases pending or tied up in bankruptcy court, a jury found that St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish was grossly negligent in its failure to properly supervise then-priest Francis DeLuca and is responsible for at least $3 million of $30 million in damages awarded to John M. Vai, who repeatedly was molested as a teenager in the 1960s.
       The parish also may end up owing Vai more after the Kent County Superior Court jury rules on potential punitive damages.
       Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. ordered the panel of seven men and five women to return to court next week to hear two more days of testimony before considering possible punitive awards. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop-accountability.org/ abuse tracker , Thu December 02, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Father, Sons Face Sex-Abuse Claims

      [Judaists.]  
       Wall Street Journal By TAMER EL-GHOBASHY And ALISON FOX
       NEW YORK - The former rabbi of a Brooklyn school for boys is believed to have fled to Israel after police identified him and three of his sons as suspects in the sexual abuse of the rabbi's four daughters, authorities said Friday.
       Gershon Kranczer, 58 years old, allegedly boarded a flight from Kennedy Airport destined for Israel on Monday along with his 21-year-old son Asher, after an informant told police that Mr. Kranczer had allegedly engaged in a prolonged sexual relationship with at least one of his daughters, police said. Asher, who a law-enforcement official said is legally blind, is being investigated in the sexual abuse of three of his sisters, police said.
       "We are seeking the exact whereabouts and return from Israel of the two men," top NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM
      
      

    Houston-area priest accused of exposing self at adult book store

     
       HOUSTON (TX) KHOU
       HOUSTON – A Houston-area priest was arrested and charged with public lewdness Wednesday after police said he was caught exposing himself in an adult book store.
       Father Alberto Maullon Jr. has been the pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Nassau Bay since 2002. He was arrested at a store in the 10100 block of the Gulf Freeway.
       Maullon, 52, was out on $1,000 bond Friday.
       The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston issued a statement about Maullon's arrest, saying they were deeply saddened by the incident.
       The Diocese said Maullon expressed deep sorrow for any pain or hurt he might have caused, and has been granted a leave of absence from his ministerial duties. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM
      
      

    WDEL Interview

     
       UNITED STATES WDEL
       {audio}
       This radio station interviewed David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM
      
      

    WikiLeaks: Fallout is more dribble than storm, say Vatican officials

     
       VATICAN CITY Catholic News Service
       By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
       VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- WikiLeaks' release of classified U.S. documents is unlikely to ever develop into a flood capable of eroding decades of U.S. diplomatic efforts, some Vatican officials and watchers said.
       The content of the communications between the U.S. government and its diplomatic missions abroad does "not seem capable of substantially changing relations between the United States" and its 274 embassies around the world, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, the day after the WikiLeaks website launched "Cablegate" Nov. 28.
       Among the quarter of a million alleged diplomatic cables WikiLeaks said it would release over the coming months, sources in Rome said 850 documents concern communications between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM
      
      

    German Church Abuse Study Implicates Priests

     
       GERMANY Wall Street Journal
       BY VANESSA FUHRMANS A new report found that more than 250 priests and other clerical staff were implicated in abusing children over a 64-year period in the Munich Archdiocese that Pope Benedict XVI once led, but that widespread destruction of church documents over time prevented a full accounting of the sexual abuse scandal.
       The report, released Friday by a church-appointed law firm, is the result of a six-month audit of the diocese's vast archives to see how Catholic leaders handled, or mishandled, past sexual abuse cases in the pope's former archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

    "Callewaert onderzoeksrechter ad interim Operatie Kelk"

      [RCC.]  
       HLN,
       BELGIE - Operatie Kelk, het gerechtelijk onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk, heeft een nieuwe onderzoeksrechter: Colette Callewaert. Callewaert neemt de fakkel over van Wim De Troy, zolang het wrakingsverzoek tegen hem niet behandeld is. Dat meldt het weekblad Humo vandaag op zijn website. Het is het openbaar ministerie dat gevraagd heeft om de aanstelling van een interim-onderzoeksrechter.
       Op 22 december beslist de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling over de geldigheid van de huiszoekingen en inbeslagnames die onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy een half jaar geleden in en om de Mechelse Sint-Romboutskathedraal liet uitvoeren. Het parket-generaal en het aartsbisdom vonden dat De Troy zijn boekje te buiten was gegaan, de KI ging daarin mee, maar het Hof van Cassatie vernietigde het arrest.
       Fernand Keuleneer, de advocaat van kardinaal Danneels, had daarnaast een wrakingsverzoek tegen onderzoeksrechter De Troy ingediend. Het Brusselse hof van beroep moet het wrakingsverzoek volgens de letter van de wet snel behandelen. Maar intussen is De Troy al anderhalve maand technisch werkloos: hij mag geen onderzoeksdaden meer verrichten. Ter vervanging heeft de voorzitter van de Brusselse rechtbank, Luc Hennart, nu een tijdelijke onderzoeksrechter aangeduid: Colette Callewaert.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

    Duitse kardinaal vraagt vergiffenis om misbruik

       
       DUITSLAND MSN Nieuws
       (Novum/AP) - De aartsbisschop van München en Freising heeft vergiffenis gevraagd voor 'alles wat zij die voor de kerk werkten hebben aangericht'. Vrijdag werd een rapport gepubliceerd waarin staat dat meer dan tweehonderd priesters en godsdienstleraren kinderen misbruikten in het bisdom, dat eens onder de hoede stond van paus Benedictus XVI.
       Kardinaal Reinhard Marx presenteerde het rapport vrijdag en zei dat katholieke kerk in Duitsland veel werk zal moeten verzetten om het geschonden vertrouwen te herwinnen. In het rapport wordt seksueel misbruik in het bisdom onderzocht in de periode van 1945 tot en met 2009. De onderzoekers stelden vast dat kerkelijke documenten die als bewijsmateriaal konden dienen met opzet waren vernietigd. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM
      
      

    'Kerk verdoezelde seksueel misbruik'

     
       DUITSLAND Dagblad Noorden
       Het aartsbisdom München heeft seksueel misbruik door katholieke geestelijken decennialang systematisch in de doofpot gestopt. Dit concludeert een onafhankelijke deskundige in een vrijdag gepubliceerd rapport over het misbruikschandaal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM
      
      

    Elior Chen convicted of abusing 8 children

     
       ISRAEL YNet News
       Aviad Glickman Published: 11.30.10
       A week after three of his followers were sentenced to 17-20 years in prison, self-proclaimed rabbi Elior Chen was convicted of the charges against him by the Jerusalem District Court. "There was no due process. The judge prevented me from studying the material and cross-examining witnesses," he said.
       Chen was convicted of abusing and assaulting helpless minors while causing serious injury as well as charges of physical and mental abuse.
       Judge Yoram Noam stated in the verdict: "The testimonies of the mother and children were reliable and faithfully described the events…a rough reality was depicted, indicating the children lived under a violent and cruel regime led by Chen, and were constantly beaten, abused and humiliated. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM
      
      

    Elior Chen found guilty of all charges against him

     
       ISRAEL The Jerusalem Post
       By DAN IZENBERG 11/30/2010
       Self-styled rabbi convicted of perpetrating sadistic attacks on the children of a couple who became his followers; sentencing at later date.
       Elior Chen, who was dubbed "the king" by his followers and claimed to be in direct communication with God, was found guilty in the Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday of abusing and committing violence against the eight children of a woman who became his disciple.
       Chen's lawyer, Ariel Attias, told reporters later that his client was "completely innocent" and that he intended to appeal the conviction to the Supreme Court.
       The reading of the verdict was an anticlimax to one of the most disturbing affairs in the country's history. Presiding Judge Yoram Noam took his seat, announced in a few words that he had convicted Chen, and then quickly left the courtroom. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 PM
      
      

    Israel convicts fugitive rabbi of child abuse

     
       ISRAEL Washington Post
       The Associated Press Tuesday, November 30, 2010
       JERUSALEM -- An Israeli court has convicted a self-proclaimed rabbi of severely abusing eight young children and instructing his followers to do the same.
       Elior Chen was found guilty on Tuesday of hitting the children with a hammer, binding their limbs and burning body parts, among other acts. The incidents took place two years ago, and one child remains in a vegetative state.
       Chen was the spiritual leader of a Jerusalem group of four followers who believed in abuse as a way to discipline children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM
      
      

    Abusive 'rabbi' convicted in Jerusalem

     
       ISRAEL JTA
       JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A self-proclaimed rabbi who counseled his followers to commit acts of child abuse was convicted of abusing several children who lived with him.
       Elior Chen was convicted Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court for abusing the eight children of the woman with whom he lived, a follower whose husband had given her over to the charismatic leader, according to reports. The conviction follows the sentencing of four of his followers to up to 20 years each in prison on similar charges.
       Chen fled Israel for Canada and then Brazil in 2008, and was extradited back to Israel several months later, after he counseled his followers to severely beat and burn the children in order to rid them of the devil. Some of the children were forced to drink alcohol and turpentine until they vomited, and to eat their own feces. They often were locked in suitcases and other small spaces. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM
      
      

    Brooklyn Rabbi Gershon Kranczer and sons accused…

     
       NEW YORK New York Daily News
       By Jonathan Lemire Daily News Staff Writer
       A Brooklyn rabbi and three of his sons are suspected of despicable crimes – sexually abusing four female relatives, police said Friday.
       Detectives believe Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, 58, sexually abused two underage relatives, while three of his sons – aged 24, 21, and 15 – routinely abused other young girls, police said.
       Investigators said Kranczer and his 21-year-old son Asher – who is legally blind – fled to Israel Monday night and remain at large. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM
      
      

    NY rabbi, sons accused of sexually abusing girls

     
       NEW YORK Wall Street Journal
       NEW YORK – New York City police say a Hasidic rabbi and three of his sons are suspected of sexually abusing four female relatives.
       Police say the 58-year-old father and one son fled to Israel and are wanted for questioning. His 24-year-old and 15-year-old son were arrested on sexual abuse and rape charges. It's not clear if they have an attorney. Telephone calls to Brooklyn addresses listed for them weren't returned Friday.
       Police say the abuse came to light after the oldest victim, now 20, told a teacher that she had been abused. Other victims range in age from 8 to 19. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM
      
      

    SNAP blasts two Minnesota bishops

     
       WINONA (MN) MN SNAP via YouTube
       {video}
       Press conference at Diocese of Winona, Dec. 2, 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM
      
      

    Scope reduced for former N.S. bishop's child-porn trial

     
       CANADA The Ottawa Citizen
       OTTAWA - The trial for a former Nova Scotia bishop accused of possessing and importing child pornography has been shortened to three days next May.
       Raymond Lahey's trial was originally scheduled to take nine days, beginning in late April.
       Lahey's lawyer, Michael Edelson, told Ontario Court Justice Lise Maisonneuve on Friday that he and the Crown had narrowed the issues and no longer required the extra six days. Lahey's trial is now set for May 4 to 6. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM
      
      

    Priest faces two new assault charges

     
       CANADA Toronto Star
       Carys Mills Staff Reporter
       Roman Catholic priest William Hodgson Marshall is facing two additional charges as of Friday.
       The 88-year-old was already facing abuse allegations in Windsor, Sudbury and Toronto.
       On Friday morning he turned himself in to a Toronto police station and was officially charged with two counts of indecent assault, one against a male and one against a female, said Const. Wendy Drummond. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM
      
      

    German study finds systematic cover-ups in Catholic priest abuse cases

     
       GERMANY Deutsche Welle
       An investigation into cases of sexual abuse in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, where Pope Benedikt XVI was once archbishop, has revealed a "systematic system of cover-up" and a lot of missing paperwork.
       Germany's Catholic Church systematically covered up cases of sexual abuse within its own ranks for several decades, according to an expert study commissioned by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
       The lawyer heading up the investigation, Marion Westpfahl, said at a press conference on Friday that the available records pointed to huge gaps in the documentation between 1945 and 2009. She added this hinted strongly at a "systematic system of cover-up," in which few abuse cases were criminally prosecuted. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM
      
      

    Convicted Houston predator priest's resigns from panel; SNAP responds

     
       BAR HARBOR (ME) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       (NOTE - A Maine newspaper disclosed today that a priest who has twice been convicted of molesting kids - once in Houston - has resigned from a housing authority board. See link & story below.)
       We are grateful that Maine parents now know more about this predator priest. We hope this information will help safeguard kids from a dangerous and cunning clerical criminal. We also hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered Salisbury's crimes - in Texas, Maine, or anywhere - will come forward, get help, and call police so that he might be prosecuted again and so that kids might be better protected.
       We hope Salisbury is never again given any title or position of authority in any institution – secular or religious. Child predators use any honor or post to gain credibility and access to kids. We as a society must make it harder, not easier, for pedophiles to gain respectability. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM
      
      

    Pope's condom remarks: a step into the real world

     
       National Catholic Reporter (USA), An NCR Editorial
       UNITED STATES - Amid the welter of commentary, spin and shock at the few paragraphs Pope Benedict XVI spoke about condoms in his book-length interview, Light of the World: The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times, one very telling paragraph in the Vatican's follow-up clarification has received little notice. But it says a great deal.
       In a statement released to clarify the pope's comments that condom use, while not a "real or moral solution" to the AIDS crisis, could be justified in some cases, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, first states that "the pope considers an exceptional situation in which the exercise of sexuality represents a true risk to the life of another."
       He then says: "In that sense, the reasoning of the pope certainly cannot be defined as a revolutionary shift. Numerous moral theologians and authoritative ecclesiastical personalities have sustained, and still sustain, similar positions. Nevertheless, it's true that until now they have not been heard with such clarity from the mouth of the pope, even if it's in a colloquial rather than magisterial form."
       We would dare to further reduce Lombardi's clarification to a sentence: In this instance, Benedict was being a pastor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

    Vaticaan gaat pedo-schandaal Roger Vangheluwe onderzoeken

      [RCC]    
       Hbvl,
       BELGIE - Het Vaticaan gaat de pedofiliezaak rond de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, Roger Vangheluwe, onderzoeken. De instantie die bevoegd is voor de zwaarste inbreuken binnen de katholieke Kerk, is door de paus met die taak belast.
       "De paus heeft aan de Congregatie van de Geloofsleer gevraagd zich te buigen over het dossier van de Belgische ex-bisschop", verklaarde jezuïet Federico Lombardi, de woordvoerder van het Vaticaan. De beslissing zou enkele weken geleden genomen zijn.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

    German abuse victims asked for forgiveness

       
       News.com.au (Australia),
       GERMANY - THE archbishop of Munich and Freising has begged forgiveness for "everything those working for the church have done'' as he presented a report that showed more 250 priests and religion teachers abused children in a diocese that was once presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.
       Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who commissioned the report, said the Catholic church in Germany would have to work to regain the trust that has been lost since reports of abuse at the hands of German priests broke earlier this year.
       "We want to learn from our bad mistakes and misconduct of the past,'' Marx said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM
      
      

    Priest accused of lewdness at adult video store

     
       HOUSTON (TX) Houston Chronicle
       By DALE LEZON
       Dec. 3, 2010
       A local priest has been given a leave of absence from ministerial duties after he was arrested at a adult video store in southeast Houston Wednesday night.
       Alberto A. Maullon, pastor of St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Nassua Bay, is charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor, according to the Houston Police Department.
       He is free on $1,000 bond. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

    Vaticaan onderzoekt zaak-Vangheluwe

         
       De Morgen,
       BELGIE - De instantie in het Vaticaan die bevoegd is voor de zwaarste inbreuken binnen de katholieke Kerk is door de paus belast met de zaak van Roger Vangheluwe, de gewezen bisschop van Brugge die seksueel misbruik van zijn minderjarige neef heeft bekend. Dat heeft het Vaticaan vanavond bekendgemaakt.
       "De paus heeft aan de Congregatie van de Geloofsleer gevraagd zich te buigen over het dossier van de Belgische ex-bisschop", verklaarde jezuïet Federico Lombardi, de woordvoerder van het Vaticaan.
       Lombardi verklaarde aan het Franse persbureau AFP dat deze beslissing "enkele weken geleden" werd genomen, zonder een datum te preciseren.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

    Vaticaan onderzoekt dossier-Vangheluwe

     
       Knack
       BELGIE - De bevoegde instantie van het Vaticaan is door de paus gevat in verband met de zaak van seksueel misbruik door de voormalige Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. Dat heeft het Vaticaan bekendgemaakt.
       Woordvoerder Federico Lombardi van het Vaticaan verklaarde vrijdag tegenover het Franse persagentschap AFP dat de paus aan de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer heeft gevraagd zich over het dossier van Vangheluwe te buigen. De beslissing werd volgens Lombardi al enkele weken geleden genomen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

    U.S. v. McGUIRE

       
       UNITED STATES Leagle
       UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee,v.DONALD J. McGUIRE, Defendant-Appellant.
       No. 09-1597. United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
       Argued November 9, 2010. Decided December 2, 2010. Before POSNER, TINDER, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.
       POSNER, Circuit Judge. The defendant was convicted by a jury of traveling in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of having sex with a minor, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. His appeal argues that while he indeed had sex with minors on trips that crossed state and national boundaries, sex was not the purpose of the travel. He further argues that the judge should have excluded the testimony of other minors, besides the one whom he was charged with molesting, under Rule 403 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, on the ground that the additional testimony was unduly prejudicial. He does not challenge his sentence. McGuire was a prominent Jesuit priest who in 1983 had begun serving as the spiritual director of Mother Teresa's order of nuns–the Missionaries of Charity–and as her confessor. A resident of Canisius House, in Evanston, Illinois, a dwelling for Jesuit priests, he led retreats all over the world modeled on the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. In 1997, when his molestation of a boy named Dominick began, he was elderly–67–and suffering from a long list of diseases, including diabetes and asthma, and disabilities resulting from frequent surgeries. He recruited boys such as Dominick to accompany him on his travels to the retreats, explaining that he needed the boys to carry his bags, to provide him with medications, physical therapy, and massages, and to wash his feet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM
      
      

    Sexual and other physical assaults by priests, deacons and other pastoral workers in the field of jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising between 1945 and 2009

     
       GERMANY Archdiocese of Munich and Freising
       This links to an English language report on sexual abuse incidents in the archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM
      
      

    Die Erzdiözese München und Freising stellt Bericht zu sexuellem Missbrauch und anderen Übergriffen vor

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Ertzbistum Munchen und Freising
       {Zusammenfassung des Berichts durch Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl (PDF)}
       Die Erzdiözese München und Freising hat gemeinsam mit der von ihr beauftragten, aber unabhängigen Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Westpfahl, Spilker, Wastl das Gutachten „Sexuelle und sonstige körperliche Übergriffe durch Priester, Diakone und sonstige pastorale Mitarbeiter im Verantwortungsbereich der Erzdiözese München und Freising in der Zeit von 1945 bis 2009. Bestandsaufnahme – Bewertung – Konsequenz" vorgestellt.
       Auf einer Pressekonferenz am 3. Dezember 2010 fasste Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl das Ergebnis des 250 Seiten starken Berichts zusammen. Der Erzbischof von München und Freising, Kardinal Reinhard Marx, und Generalvikar Peter Beer nahmen ihrerseits zu dem Bericht Stellung. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM
      
      

    159 Priester in sexuellen Missbrauch verstrickt

     
       DEUTSCHLAND inFranken
       Kirchen Die Erzdiözese München und Freising hat am Freitag ihren 250 Seiten starken Missbrauchsbericht vorgelegt. Demzufolge seien mindestens 159 Priester, von denen 26 wegen Sexualdelikten verurteilt wurden, und 96 katholische Religionslehrer in Fälle sexuellen Missbrauchs verstrickt gewesen, sagte die Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl in München.
       Alle in die Delikte verstrickten Personen seien bereits verstorben. Es müsse jedoch von einer sehr viel höheren Zahl von Missbrauchsfällen ausgegangen werden, da durch die Vernichtung wesentlicher Akten "der Ungeist der Vertuschung erfolgreich war", fügte Westpfahl an, die gemeinsam mit weiteren Gutachtern mit der Sichtung von 13.200 Akten beauftragt worden war.
       Untersucht wurde der Zeitraum von 1945 bis 2009, also auch die Amtsjahre von Josef Ratzinger, dem heutigen Papst Benedikt XVI. Aus dessen Amtszeit sei lediglich der Fall eines Priesters im Münchner Süden dokumentiert, dem Ratzinger einen langen Brief geschrieben habe, er müsse die ihm angedrohten Sanktionen hinnehmen. Der Mann sei aus dem Priesteramt entlassen worden. "Nur dabei trat Ratzinger greifbar in Erscheinung", sagte Westpfahl. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM
      
      

    Kirche vertuschte Missbrauch systematisch

     
       DEUTSCHLAND sueddeutsche
       Lesezeichen hinzufügenDruckenVersendenVon M. Drobinski u. M. Maier-Albang Schwere Vorwürfe auf 250 Seiten: Im Erzbistum München sollen laut einem Gutachten Missbrauchsfälle systematisch vertuscht worden sein. Sogar Akten seien vernichtet worden.
       Joseph Ratzinger, der heutige Papst Benedikt XVI., kommt nur einmal vor in dieser Mittagsstunde im Sitzungssaal des Ordinariats. Ein Priester habe an den damaligen Erzbischof von München und Freising geschrieben, einer, der im Verdacht stand, Kinder sexuell belästigt zu haben. Er sollte suspendiert werden, sein Brief triefte vor Selbstmitleid. Ratzinger blieb hart: Der Mann durfte nicht länger Pfarrer sein.
       Die Journalisten fragen nach: Was ist mit dem Fall des übergriffigen Pfarrers Peter H., der im Frühjahr solche Wellen schlug? Zu ihm, der zu Ratzingers Zeit aus Essen kam und alsbald in München eingesetzt wurde, kann Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl nichts sagen. H. kommt nicht vor in den 13.200 Personalakten, die ihre Kanzlei gesichtet hat. Es bleibt nur die gute Geschichte vom heutigen Papst. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM
      
      

    Ein System der Vertuschung und Verharmlosung

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Welt
       Das Erzbistum München und Freising legt den Missbrauchsbericht vor. Es gab fast 400 Fälle seit 1949. Viele Akten wurden vernichtet. Schuldgefühle sind selten.
       Die ganze Wahrheit gab es nicht. Das 250 Seiten starke Gutachten zu den Missbrauchsfällen in der Erzdiözese München und Freising wird vorerst nicht veröffentlich. Aber allein schon die siebenseitige Zusammenfassung des Berichts, den Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl im Münchner Ordinariat vorlegte, ist schockierend genug: Wenn es um Verbrechen wie sexuellen Missbrauch ging, herrschte im Erzbistum ein System der Vertuschung und Verharmlosung. Akten wurden vernichtet, homosexuelle Kleriker erpresst. Desinteresse an den Opfern
       Die Täter zeigten selten Schuldgefühle, neigten aber zum Selbstmitleid. Mit am schlimmsten, so Westpfahl, empfand sie aber „die vollständige Nichtwahrnehmung der Opfer" durch das Ordinariat: „Es herrschte Desinteresse am Tatgeschehen und am Opferschicksal." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM
      
      

    Gutachten: Erzbistum München vertuschte sexuellen Missbrauch

     
       DEUTSCHLAND AFP
       München – Im Erzbistum München-Freising ist über Jahrzehnte sexueller Missbrauch bewusst vertuscht worden. "Wir haben es mit umfangreichen Aktenvernichtungsaktionen zu tun", sagte die vom Bistum beauftragte Gutachterin zur Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsfälle, Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl, bei der Präsentation der Ergebnisse ihrer Arbeit. Außerdem hätten die Verantwortlichen in dem Bistum selbst gravierende Verdachtsfälle von sexuellem Missbrauch und körperlichen Misshandlungen unaufgeklärt gelassen, um Priester zu schützen.
       Westpfahl erhob keine Vorwürfe gegen den früheren Münchner Kardinal Joseph Ratzinger, den heutigen Papst Benedikt XVI, auch wenn aus dessen Kardinalszeit von 1977 bis 1982 Unterlagen fehlten. Bei der Bearbeitung von Verdachtsfällen liege die Verantwortung jeweils bei den Generalvikaren, sagte Westpfahl. "Die Generalvikare sind es viel mehr als die Erzbischöfe." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM
      
      

    German cardinal asks abuse victims for forgiveness

     
       GERMANY Seattle Times
       By ANDREA M. JAUCH and MELISSA EDDY Associated Press
       MUNICH – The archbishop of Munich and Freising begged forgiveness on Friday for "everything those working for the church have done" as he presented a report that showed over 250 priests and religion teachers abused children in a diocese that was once presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.
       Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who commissioned the report, said the Roman Catholic Church in Germany would have to work to regain the trust that has been lost since reports of abuse at the hands of German priests broke earlier this year.
       "We want to learn from our bad mistakes and misconduct of the past," Marx said. "And as archbishop, I also ask for forgiveness in the name of the Church for everything that those working for the church have done." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM
      
      

    DC Catholic officials should do more to monitor predator priests

     
       UNITED STATES Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy, executive director 314 566 9790 SNAPclohessy@aol.com
       (NOTE: Today's Washington Post has a story about the whereabouts & status of DC area predator priests)
       Catholic officials can and should do more to supervise the pedophile priests they recruit, educate, ordain, hire, and often protect and quietly transfer. When clergy sex crimes and cover ups are uncovered, it's immoral for bishops to suddenly 'cut and run,' and feign powerlessness.
       For starters, for the safety of children, bishops in the DC area should do what 24 of their colleagues across the US have done: post on church websites the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Parents, parishioners and the public can't protect their kids from predators unless we know who those predators are. This is the bare minimum moral obligation of every Catholic prelate.
       Remember that priests have pledged to obey their bishops. In return, bishops provide priests – even most predator priests – with salaries, health insurance and a host of other benefits. Bishops can therefore order pedophile priests to live in supervised settings, like professionally-run treatment facilities for sex offenders. But virtually no bishop does this, preferring to instead take the cheap and easy way out, despite the obvious public safety risk involved. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM
      
      

    Fr. Alberto Maullon: Priest Gets Nabbed At Adult Bookstore, Doing What Comes Naturally

     
       HOUSTON (TX) Houston Press
       By Richard Connelly, Fri., Dec. 3 2010
       ?The Houston Police Department, having dealt efficiently with drugs and violent crimes, has once again made time to tackle the huge, outrageous problem of guys doing it behind locked doors at adult bookstores.
       We hope you all feel safer.
       This week they nabbed a Catholic priest who was tending his flock in front of an undercover vice officer. Court documents show Fr. Alberto Maullon was masturbating "in a public place," meaning a Gulf Freeway adult bookstore. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM
      
      

    Houston-area priest accused of exposing self at adult book store

     
       HOUSTON (TX) KHOU
       by khou.com staff khou.com Posted on December 3, 2010
       HOUSTON – A Houston-area priest was arrested and charged with public lewdness Wednesday after police said he was caught exposing himself in an adult book store.
       Father Alberto Maullon Jr. is the pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Nassau Bay. He was arrested at a store in the 10100 block of the Gulf Freeway. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM
      
      

    Sexual abuse cases systematically covered up by church, study shows

     
       GERMANY Monsters and Critics
       Munich - Germany's Catholic church systematically covered up cases of sexual abuse within its own ranks for several decades, according to an expert study of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, presented Friday.
       The lawyer commissioned by the Archdiocese to conduct the study, Marion Westphal, said its records revealed huge gaps between 1945 and 2009.
       Westphal described a 'systematic system of cover-up,' in which few abuse cases were criminally prosecuted.
       'Only 26 priests were convicted for sexual offences,' Westphal added. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM
      
      

    Priest arrested at adult book store

     
       HOUSTON (TX) KTRK
       HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Houston area priest is facing a charge of public lewdness after he was arrested at an adult book store.
       According to court documents, Alberto A. Maullon, 52, was arrested by Houston police for inappropriately touching himself in a public place at an adult book store on Wednesday. Bail for the misdemeanor charge is set at $1,000.
       Rev. Maullon is listed as the pastor of St. Paul Church on Point Lookout Drive, according to the website of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM
      
      

    Trial of Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey in child porn case set for May 4

     
       CANADA Winnipeg Free Press
       OTTAWA - Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey is set to face trial May 4-6 on child pornography charges.
       The trial was originally scheduled to begin in late April and run into May, but that was changed Friday during a court hearing.
       Lahey's lawyer, Michael Edelson, told the judge he won't need as many days as first thought. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

    Verraad en negeren van misbruik doet meeste pijn

       
       Friesch Dagblad, Door Frans Wijnands,
       NEDERLAND - Tot afgelopen woensdag konden mensen seksueel misbruik melden bij de commissie-Deetman, die het misbruik in katholieke instellingen grondig onderzoekt. Een voorbeeld van hoe het níét moet is de Ierse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Slachtoffer Colm O'Gorman beschrijft in zijn boek de frustratie van hoe hij genegeerd werd door de kerk.
       Het gezegde 'belofte maakt schuld' is ongetwijfeld ook in het Vaticaan bekend, en dus is het niet zó verwonderlijk dat paus Benedictus XVI besloten heeft een dozijn 'visitatori' aan het werk te zetten om het kindermisbruik in de Ierse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk te onderzoeken.
       Uit het Italiaans vertaald is een visitatore zowel een bezoeker als een visitator. De eerste kan gezellig zijn, de tweede zeker niet. En om dat laatste type visitator gaat het natuurlijk. Want de pauselijke onderzoekers komen in bisdommen en parochies, in kloosters en seminaries niet zomaar 'effe een bakkie doen'.
       Ze komen wel degelijk als inspecteurs, waarbij het er vooral om te doen is alle mogelijke praktische en controleerbare maatregelen voor te stellen om herhaald kindermisbruik door rooms-katholieke geestelijken te voorkomen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

    De marketing van de Blijde Boodschap

       
       - RKnieuws,
       BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Het aantal kerkgangers bereikt een opmerkelijk laag peil, er komen amper nieuwe priesters bij en het slechte imago van de kerk wordt nog versterkt door de trieste berichten over seksueel misbruik. In zijn boek Kruis over de kerk? vraagt Hans Geybels zich af of de kerk niet wat meer aan marketing moet doen.
       Marketing omvat een heleboel technieken om de boodschappen beter over te brengen. Veel van die technieken heeft het marketingwereldje afgekeken van het christendom en zelfs van de manier waarop Jezus communiceerde, bijvoorbeeld met verhalen. En omdat er zoveel geld mee te verdienen valt, hebben duizenden marketeers die technieken bestudeerd en geperfectioneerd. Is het nu niet aan de kerk om van die knowhow te profiteren? Als de kerk die moderne verkoopstechnieken aanwendt, wachten haar natuurlijk veel uitdagingen en valstrikken.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

    Frustration - Why doesn't the frum world focus on Incest?

       
       UNITED STATES - The Awareness Center, by Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC;
       I have to admit that I am very frustrated and have been for some time. There's a huge population of children and adult survivors who are being ignored.
       Why is it that the majority of those who call themselves "advocates" for Jewish survivors in the orthodox world ignore the fact that the majority of cases of child abuse occurs in the home.
       46% of the cases of child sexual abuse involve the fact that the offenders are the victims mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents and cousins. Only a small fraction of cases happen in schools, camps, mikvah's and other locations. It's only 2% of all clergy that are sex offenders. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 AM
      
      

    Has the Catholic Church done enough?

     
       UNITED STATES Washington Post
       By Elizabeth Tenety
       Washington Post religion reporters Michelle Boorstein and William Wan reported Friday that many Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse 'simply vanish' from public view or accountability. In many cases, Catholic officials claim that they are no longer responsible for those priests who have left or been forced out of ministry.
       Boorstein and Wan's report published on the heels of a Deleware settlement where $30 million in damages was allotted by a jury to a man who suffered priest abuse as a child.
       Many victims groups continue to assert that the church has still not done enough to protect children and hold accountable the 5,768 American priests accused between 1950 to 2009. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM
      
      

    Lawyers for Roman Catholic bishop in court to confirm dates for child porn case

     
       CANADA AM 770
       The Canadian Press
       OTTAWA - Lawyers representing Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey are in court today to confirm trial dates in his child pornography case.
       Lahey himself did not appear.
       The case now is set for trial May 4-6.
       The former head of the diocese in Antigonish, N.S., was charged in September 2009 with possessing and importing child pornography. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM
      
      

    Former priest who is convicted sex offender resigns Bar Harbor board

     
       BAR HARBOR (ME) Bangor Daily News
       By Bill Trotter BDN Staff BAR HARBOR, Maine – A former Catholic priest resigned Wednesday from the Bar Harbor Housing Authority board after being told that his criminal past was being investigated, according to town officials.
       Walter Dayton Salisbury, 79, has been convicted twice of sexually abusing children, according to his former employer and Hancock County Sheriff William Clark.
       Terrance Kelley, the Bar Harbor Housing Authority's executive director, said Salisbury verbally resigned from the housing authority board Wednesday, after Kelley told him the Bangor Daily News was looking into allegations that Salisbury has a history of criminal sex offenses. In direct response, Kelley said, Salisbury told him that he was resigning, effective immediately. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM
      
      

    Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says

     
       UNITED STATES The Raw Story
       By Daniel Tencer Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
       An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a "game".
       Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.
       Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM
      
      

    Stannies priest convicted of abuse

     
       AUSTRALIA Sydney Morning Herald
       David Marr December 4, 2010
       ANOTHER priest has been convicted of abusing a boy at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst.
       Father Kevin Phillips has pleaded guilty in the District Court to four counts of gross indecency with a child under the age of 18. Several other charges against the priest were dropped.
       Soon after becoming assistant chaplain at the boarding school run by the Vincentian Fathers, Phillips began to invite students to his room to drink and smoke. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM
      
      

    Benedict XVI's new pathological lie: "Pope in 1988 sought to remove abusers faster"

     
       Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler Paris Arrow
       UNITED STATES - The pathological lies of Benedict XVI and his Vatican media-spinners are incredible. Today they came up with another pathological lie that "Pope in 1988 sought to remove abusers faster" and "While a cardinal, pope asked for swift action against abusive priests". Now if he really did that in 1988, why did Benedict XVI take such a long time to apologize and admit to the "sins" of priests (refusing to call them pedophile priests)? Why does Benedict XVI keep blaming the Devil and others -- except himself when he had so much power as Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? He used his power to silence Liberation Theology theologians like Jon Sobrino and Leonardo Boff but he never silenced or defrocked one pedophile priests among the thousands?? And why does he not defrock and excommunicate those 660 pedophile priests in Los Angeles whom Cardinal Mahony covered-up? Why does Benedict XVI not remove Cardinal Bernard Law (who admitted to transferring 80 pedophile priests from one parish to another) as Archpriest of St. Mary Maggiore?? Why did he call the New York Times expose on his cover-up of pedophile priests as "Cheap Gossip' and went on to ridicule the media during Holy Week? And most of all why did he declare John Paul II a Venerable at the same time that priest pedophilia was erupting in Ireland? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

    Vatican Defends Pope's Record On Sexual Abuse; SNAP responds

     
       UNITED STATES - Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)
       Pope Benedict XVI has been a priest for 50 years. He first worked at the Vatican 40 years ago. He has been an archbishop for 33 years. For decades, he has been among a tiny handful of most powerful Catholic officials on the planet. So for decades he's known about many predator priest cases. But we see no evidence that even once he warned parents, alerted parishioners, called police, or urged other Catholic officials to do likewise.
       So somehow, one letter he wrote about the defrocking process is now somehow deemed significant?
       In the midst of a worldwide scandal involving the cover-up of hundreds of horrendous sex crimes across the globe, he writes one letter expressing concern that it "sometimes takes a long while to defrock bad priests." And his defenders claim this somehow matters? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM
      
      

    Appeals court upholds priest's conviction; SNAP responds

     
       CHICAGO (IL) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement was made by Therese Albrecht (708 263 3050)
       We're grateful this dangerous and recent serial predator priest will remain behind bars. We're not surprised he's 'pulling out all the stops' and trying to exploit every legal technicality he can. But we are glad that this court, like so many others, understands that kids are safe from pedophiles only when pedophiles are imprisoned.
       We hope this news will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes, by McGuire or others, to come forward, call police and start healing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
      
      

    MN SNAP director on 2 bishops attacking a survivor

     
       MINNESOTA Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by Bob Schwiderski 952 471 3422 skibrs@q.com, MN director of SNAP
       Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a support group Two Catholic bishops are using the same mean-spirited legal maneuver here. Last week, it was Twin Cities Archbishop John Neinstedt seeking $64,000. This week, it is Winona Bishop John Quinn seeking $68,000. Both prelates are trying to make the same victim pay church legal defense costs.
       Why? We believe it's because these two bishops want to: -- deter this victim from pursuing the truth in court -- force this victim to drop his effort to expose other predator priests, and -- intimidate other victims into staying silent.
       Shame on both bishops. This is a strong case by a credible victim against a proven predator and clearly irresponsible church officials who repeatedly ignored and hid terrible crimes while quietly shuffling the criminal to unsuspecting communities. It's on appeal. It's far from over. And we predict this brave victim will ultimately prevail in court.
       So to respond to this hurting man in such a cold-hearted way is unbecoming of any spiritual figure. Bishops can't have it both ways. They can't in public, claim to care, while in private, showing that they don't. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM
      
      

    Blogging Dr. Romo's Book: Healing the Sexually Abused Heart -- Who Am I?

     
       UNITED STATES The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing
       Virginia Jones
       I call Dr. Jaime Romo, Jaime, because I have met him twice when he has come to Oregon, and he is a nice guy who does not throw his intellectual weight around as a former professor of education at a university. Once I would have put him on a pedestal and called him Dr. Romo. In the last several years many people I have put on pedestals have fallen off. In any case, Jaime does not seem to put himself on a pedestal, so I won't.
       Jaime wrote his workbook, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers and Supporters, as a clergy abuse survivor, for clergy abuse survivors. He gave me a couple dozen copies of the book as a donation to Compassionate Gathering and because I work with a number of clergy abuse survivors. When Jaime first gave me the book, I thought I was far enough along to not need to do the exercises. I started working the exercises anyway so I could understand the book and help others who might be interested in buying a copy from me, but I only did so when I had appointments I had to wait for. I very quickly came to the conclusion that Jaime's book was good for all survivors of abuse and not just clergy abuse or sex abuse survivors. I shared the book with someone who had been emotionally abused by his father but not abused in other ways, and he found that he identified with the exercises. Eventually I realized that I am still going through interpersonal interactions I am not sure how to handle and that I could use the book to support and guide me through those interactions. I started taking Jaime's book with me on more occasions to peruse to see how it could help me heal my own wounded relationships. It didn't take me very long to decide to incorporate it into the support group Elizabeth and I run. Elizabeth is taking a break to support her son's family after the birth of a new grandchild, and I don't have as much experience running support groups as she does. Then I realized that people have a problem with inertia and people I support who had bought one of the books Jaime donated to me, had yet to begin. So I decided to blog my way through Jaime Romo's book to encourage others to start using the book more effectively. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

    Priest Suicide?

     
       KFI, {Audio}
       CALIFORNIA - I've been reporting on the case involving the assault of Father Jerold (Jerry) Lindner. He's the guy that was beat up recently at his home in the Los Gatos Jesuit Center near San Jose. William Lynch has been accused of the beating - Lynch says Lindner sexually abused him and his brother when they were young boys.
       Lindner was also a former teacher at LA's prestigious Loyola High School, where he chaired the English department for 16 years.
       Another bizarre twist in the life of Lindner…..the brother of a dead priest says Lindner had something to do with his brother's death. Father Jim Chevedden lived at Los Gatos. And, according to reports, Lindner was the last person to see Chevedden alive. Chevedden's brother, John, spoke candidly to me about how he thinks his brother died. On May 19, 2004, Chevedden was found dead on a patch of dirt next to a parking structure in downtown San Jose. Police say it was a suicide, Chevedden's brother says there were other powers at play. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM
      
      

    After child abuse accusations, Catholic priests often simply vanish

     
       UNITED STATES Washington Post
       By Michelle Boorstein and William Wan Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, December 2, 2010
       Ten years after the clergy sex abuse scandal first exploded in the United States, lawsuits have been settled, reports issued, policies overhauled. But even as the crisis has shifted to Europe and the Vatican prepares to issue new guidelines on how to handle sex abuse cases, something glaring is missing in this country: the accused priests.
       Although the vast majority were removed from ministry long ago - barred from celebrating Mass in public, administering the sacraments, wearing their clerical collars or presenting themselves as priests - church officials say they have no way to monitor where the men are now. Nor do they keep official data on how many were defrocked, or stripped of their priestly status; how many were imprisoned or placed on sex-offender lists; how many are working; and how many are dead.
       The priests themselves have largely vanished from public view. Their fates are often a mystery to their victims, their parishioners and even their own lawyers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM
      
      

    Clergy sex abuse protesters condemn Catholic leaders

     
       MINNESOTA LaCrosse Tribune
       By PATRICK B ANDERSON / patrick.anderson@lee.net lacrossetribune.com | Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010
       WINONA, Minn. - A national organization for victims of clergy sex abuse condemned Catholic leaders Thursday in Winona for trying to recoup legal fees from a man who says he was abused by a former Winona priest.
       Bob Schwiderski, state director of the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests, lashed out at the Winona Diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for seeking about $132,000 from Jim Keenan.
       Keenan successfully sued the diocese and archdiocese claiming Thomas Adamson abused him between 1980 and 1982 while Adamson served at a church in Burnsville. The case was later overturned because the statute of limitations had passed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM
      
      

    FLDS: Sect leader in Texas

     
       SAN ANGELO (TX) Standard-Times
       By Matthew Waller
       SAN ANGELO, Texas – Warren Jeffs, the leader of the polygamy sanctioning Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, walked into the Tom Green County courthouse for an arraignment with a gray sweater tucked into the chains that surrounded his waist, covering the top of the bright orange jumpsuit.
       He spoke so softly, presiding Judge Barbara Walther asked to have a microphone moved more closely to him.
       "I need more time," Jeffs said when asked by the judge whether he had a lawyer or whether he wanted one appointed for him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM
      
      

    Bishop in court today on child porn charges

     
       CANADA The Chronicle-Herald
       OTTAWA – Bishop Raymond Lahey is to appear in court again today on possession of child-pornography charges.
       Lahey was charged in September 2009 with possessing and importing child pornography.
       The 70-year-old bishop was arrested after border agents searched his laptop at the Ottawa airport as he arrived from Britain. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
      
      

    A second prelate now wants thousands from alleged victim

     
       UNITED STATES National Survivor Advocates Coalition
       For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 2
       For more info: Kristine Ward 937-272-0308 KristineWard@hotmail.com
       David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

       A second prelate now wants thousands from alleged victim That brings the total sought by church staffers to $132,000 Winona's bishop says he's owed $68,000 by Twin Cities man (And last week, Twin Cities prelate separately sought $64,000) Four national groups blast Catholic officials for "intimidating legal maneuver" (Nienstedt "postpones" his maneuver but SNAP says it should be "dropped for good")
       For the second time in a week, a Minnesota Catholic bishop has filed a legal motion seeking to force an alleged victim of a predator priest to pay thousands to the church in defense costs.
       Yesterday, leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, learned of the move by Winona Bishop John Quinn. It seeks $68,000 and follows on the heels of a similar request last week by Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt for $64,000.
       SNAP and three other national organizations are blasting both prelates. They are BishopAccountability.org, a Boston-based research and archival group, and two Catholic reform organizations: the Chicago-based Call To Action and the Dayton-based National Survivors Advocacy Coalition.
       The move has been described by one Catholic official as "a routine legal maneuver."
       "In fact, it is a hardball tactic that is rarely used and always reprehensible," said Terence McKiernan, President of BishopAccountability.org Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
      
      

    Diocese lambasted for seeking legal fees from man who sued

     
       MINNESOTA Winona Daily News
       By PATRICK B. ANDERSON | patrick.anderson@lee.net winonadailynews.com | Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010
       A national organization for victims of clergy sex abuse condemned Catholic leaders Thursday in Winona for trying to recoup legal fees from a man who says he was abused by a former Winona priest.
       Bob Schwiderski, state director of the Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests, lashed out at the Winona Diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for together seeking about $132,000 from Jim Keenan.
       Keenan successfully sued the diocese and archdiocese claiming Thomas Adamson abused him between 1980 and 1982 while Adamson served at a church in Burnsville. The case was later overturned because the statute of limitations had passed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM
      
      

    Ernest Lorch, founder of Riverside Church hoops program…

     
       NEW YORK/MASSACHUSETTS New York Daily News
       By Michael O'Keeffe DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
       Ernest Lorch, the founder of the famed Riverside Church basketball program who failed to show up at a Massachusetts court at an Oct. 27 arraignment on sex abuse charges, is scheduled to appear in state court in White Plains on Friday for an extradition hearing.
       The hearing will likely be adjourned until early January because Gov. Paterson has yet to sign the governor's warrant requesting Lorch's extradition to Massachusetts.
       Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the Westchester district attorney's office, said the hold up is simply an administrative delay and that Paterson is expected to sign the warrant soon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM
      
      

    The pedophilia scandals: The punishing news never stops

     
       UNITED STATES Washington Post
       By Gustav Niebuhr Other than the election of Pope Benedict XVI five years ago, news stories about the Roman Catholic Church tend to cluster around a single, terrible subject--the sexual abuse of children and adolescents by individual priests (in the 1960s, '70s, '80s and even '90s) and the failure of those priests' bishops to stop it.
       December began with a report from Delaware that a jury in that state had awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to a man who asserted he had been molested more than 100 times as a youth by a priest. The jury has yet to get around to deciding what it will award in punitive damages. One can only imagine.
       Yes, the overall issue has been thoroughly well-studied by now, and many explanations offered about the ecclesiastical culture in which these abuses took place. But it still remains confounding why the higher-ups in the hierarchy didn't yank these criminals out of ministry at the first report of their despicable transgressions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM
      
      

    Paedophile's victims speak out

     
       SOUTH AFRICA IOL
       December 3 2010 By Luvuyo Mjekula Cape Town
       Former Catholic school teacher Ian Appleton leaves the Paarl Regional Court this week where he was convicted of raping a seven-year-old boy a few years ago. He now faces a barrage of allegations of sexual molestation by former pupils at Christian Brothers College more than 20 years ago. Photo: Jason Boud
       He came from a prominent Cape family. He was a teacher at a Catholic school and a scoutmaster. Now convicted paedophile Ian Appleton stands accused of sexually abusing a number of his former pupils.
       This follows an article in the Cape Times in October which reported on Appleton's conviction for raping a seven-year-old boy a few years ago. The boy was the son of a family friend. He pleaded guilty. …
       Appleton was a teacher at Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Green Point between 1976 and 1982. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM
      
      

    New Life Bible Church sues sexual abuse victim's parents for leaving girl in the church's pastor's care

     
       MISSOURI The Pitch
       Michael J. Landy was a youth pastor with New Life Bible Church when he sexually abused a young girl left in his care by church missionaries.
       Landy pleaded guilty, and the victim sued Landy and the church. Now, the Star reports that the church is suing the victim's parents, arguing the parents were negligent for leaving their children with Landy and "breached their duty to provide for the proper care, custody and control of their daughter." Yeah, the parents totally should have known that there was a chance that the youth pastor would sexually abuse their daughter.
       According to the Star:
       The victim reported the abuse to St. Joseph police last year, saying it began in 1995 when she was 13 and lasted four years. Often she and her younger brother were left with Landy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM
      
      

    Child Sex Assault Suspect Arrested in Colorado Springs

     
       COLORADO KKTV
       Reporter: KKTV Email Address: news@kktv.com Police have arrested a man for sexually assaulting a teenage girl… And tonight, they're worried there may be more victims out there.
       A photo of the suspect, 21-year-old Joshua Amoroso, has not yet been released, but police say their Internet Crimes Against Children unit picked him up Wednesday inside the Chapel Hills Mall in Colorado Springs.
       Investigators accuse Amoroso of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl back in October on multiple occasions in locations across the city. The investigation initially began on October 18. This was at the same time Amoroso was apparently working as a youth pastor at a local church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM
      
      

    Ratzinger requested a 'more rapid' process to punish abuser priests in the 1980s

     
       ROME LifeSite
       by Hilary White Thu Dec 02, 2010
       ROME, December 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In 1988 Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then-head of the Vatican's doctrinal office, attempted to bring reforms to the Code of Canon Law that would have forced local bishops to observe proper juridical procedures against priests accused of sexual abuse, and impose specific penalties against them if they were found guilty.
       In an article published today by the Vatican's press office, Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, shows that Pope Benedict XVI has for decades attempted to reform the process by which "graviora delicta," or grave crimes, including sexual abuse of minors by clerics, are tried in the Church.
       Bishop Arrieta writes, "The initiative {for reform} sprang from a deeply-held conviction of the Pontiff, the fruit of years of personal experience, and from his concern for the integrity and the consistent application of Church discipline." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM
      
      

    Priest guilty of sex offences against boy

     
       AUSTRALIA 9 News
       A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to sex offences against a 16-year-old boy at a NSW boarding school in 1990.
       In the NSW District Court in Sydney on Friday, the 60-year-old priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to four counts of committing an act of gross indecency with the boy between May and December 1990.
       According to agreed facts, the priest was assigned in April 1990 to be the boy's mentor for evening prayer sessions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri December 03, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Rabbi's son accused …

      [Years. Rabbi Gershon Kranczer -NEW*, Yechezkel Kranczer (24) -NEW*. Judaists. ? 4 ? female relatives.]  
       New York Daily News, By Matthew Lysiak and Jonathan Lemire, Staff Writers,
       NEW YORK - As the manhunt continued for the Brooklyn rabbi accused of sexually abusing female relatives, one of his sons was charged with a series of sickening attacks – and ordered to stay away from his underage victims.
       Yechezkel Kranczer, 24, posted $10,000 bail and left Brooklyn Criminal Court Saturday afternoon after he was arraigned on charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
       He was instructed to not contact his 13- and 16-year-old victims. Kranczer, two brothers and his father, Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, are together accused of abusing four relatives for years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM
      
      

    Entschädigung für Heimkinder nur im Einzelfall

       
       Spiegel, ~ December 04, 2010
       DEUTSCHLAND - Opfer von Gewalt in Kinderheimen sollen in Deutschland nicht mit einem Pauschalbetrag entschädigt werden. Gezahlt werden soll laut SPIEGEL-Informationen nur dann, wenn sich Betroffene nachweisbar "in schwierigen Lebenssituationen befinden".
       Berlin - Geht es nach den Experten vom "Runden Tisch Heimerziehung", wird es keine generelle Entschädigung für misshandelte ehemalige Insassen von Kinderheimen geben. Das will das Gremium nach zweijährigen Beratungen auf seinem letzten Treffen Ende der Woche offenbar in einem Endbericht festschreiben.
       Der Runde Tisch Heimerziehung wurde im Februar 2009 gegründet und steht unter dem Vorsitz der ehemaligen Vizepräsidentin des Deutschen Bundestages, Antje Vollmer (Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen). Hier sind Mitglieder des Bundestages, Vertreter von Kirchen, Stiftungen und Wohlfahrtverbänden sowie ehemalige Heimkinder und Experten aus verschiedenen Ministerien vertreten.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM, December 04, 2010
       [TRANSLATION of first sentence: GERMANY: Victims of force in children's homes are not to be compensated in Germany with a lump sum. ENDS.]
      
      

    Former Fenland priest facing prison after admitting possession of child porn

      [To ~ June 2010. Ex-Fr John Shannon (58) -? NEW*. RCC clergy-training lecturer. Child pornography.]  
       Cambs Times
       Saturday, 4 December, 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM - A FORMER Roman Catholic priest from Fenland is facing jail after admitting making and possessing child pornography.
       John Terence Paul Shannon, 58, of The Elms, Chatteris appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 16 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one charge of possessing an unconfirmed number of indecent images of children.
       Shannon was suspended from his duties as a lecturer at the 200-year-old St Cuthbert's Seminary, at Ushaw College, near Esh, County Durham, in June. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM
      
      

    41 thousand news articles in 24 hours: Interview w/Gary Bergeron re Reformation Day 2010 and Vatican meeting that followed

     
       ALBUQUERQUE (NM) - City of Angels By Kay Ebeling December 3, 2010
       Next Events: Washington, D.C. June 25, 2011; Rome, Italy, October 30, 2011
       "Lombardi seemed uncomfortable during the whole meeting," said Gary Bergeron of Survivors Voice. "I think that fear surrounds this subject from both sides, a fear so real and so visceral that it's tough for people to sit down and just have a conversation about it. And I honestly think the only way that progress is going to be made is for those conversations to be had."
       Bergeron said there were "41 thousand news articles in 24 hours" about the the Survivors Voice march in Rome last October that led to the meeting with Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. Survivors Voice organized Reformation Day in St. Peter's Square to bring attention to hundreds of thousands of victims of pedophile Catholic priests worldwide who continue to seek justice. "Every major news outlet in every major country had an article about this event," Bergeron added. "They told us this was the first time any event like this was being covered in Rome. The European press are much more aggressive than the U.S. press to begin with."
       City of Angels Blog interviewed Bergeron this week about the Reformation Day event, which will be repeated next year on the last Sunday in October, the 30th. Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:54 PM
      
      

    Generation of Hopis damaged, Navajo town named for child prostitution, more memories from former Fr. Pious about pedophile priests in New Mexico

     
       ALBUQUERQUE (NM) City of Angels
       By Kay Ebeling
       December 2, 2010
       In one of several conversations, Oso Pious told me, "One day, I suppose, the survivors of all this abuse will speak out or maybe not."
       The former special ed teacher has been in touch with City of Angels Blog several times since we last reported on his recollections of the time he spent as Father Pious, working alongside Father Gerald Fitzgerald at Servants of the Paraclete in 1965. Pious says he recently found letters and notes with Fr. Gerald's handwriting, and CofA hopes to scan those papers here soon.
       "I just remembered, the Navajo name for the town near where Father McNeill had his school," Pious spoke breathlessly in the phone a few days ago. "It's Anna' Task Ai I." (He spelled the name out carefully). "That translates in Navajo to 'The Place Where the Little Girls Spread their Legs.' In other words, there was so much child prostitution there."
       The town is known today as Grants, NM.
       Pious emphasized, "Everything I'm telling you is true."
       Today known as "Oso Pious," he's emailed and phoned City of Angels Blog several times, and some of the information he's poured out is reproduced in this post. Oso Pious reports firsthand on a pedophile ring that would meet in locations with easy access to Native American children in New Mexico.
       Oso Pious says recent stories at City of Angels Blog have triggered this outpouring of memories.
       He emailed the other day:
       Kay: In today's Albuquerque Journal on page C-2 there is an article about a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, concerning Father Clement Hageman." {Article is scanned here as Abq Journal is not online.} "I worked as a special education teacher on the Navajo Reservation in the early 1970s when both Father Douglas McNeill and Father Jose Rodriguez were abusing Navajo youngsters in Thoreau and in Gallup. Father McNeill started his own school for Navajo children and in 1994 he was finally caught." Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:41 PM

    Gospel Today Readers Irate Over Bishop Eddie Long Cover Story

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. (Rev Martin L. King Jr's daughter is a pastor at Atlanta.) 4 youths.]     
       Afro,
       UNITED STATES - The faith-based magazine Gospel Today is facing subscriber criticism after featuring embattled Bishop Eddie Long on the cover of its November/December Issue, according to Blackvoices.com.
       Readers are accusing the accompanying article, entitled "Bishop Eddie Long at the Center of the Scandal That Rocked the Church World," of downplaying allegations against him of sexual coercion brought by four male members of his New Birth Missionary Church in Georgia in September. Subscribers also said they believe the magazine is nurturing a conflict of interest with the story, as Long serves as the chair of the magazine's board.
       "The best thing:" for Gospel Today "was to not comment, but I do understand why you did," one subscriber wrote on the magazine's Web site. "God is not pleased with all the hypocrisy going on with these leaders and the things people will say and print just for MONEY!!!!"
       The magazine's publisher, Teresa Hairston released the following statement on Gospel Today's Web site:
       "Whether Bishop Long is guilty or not; whether the young men are guilty or not, the BODY OF CHRIST must handle this situation according to the Word of God! The mainstream press has painted a hideous picture; some have even called for Bishop Long's resignation! They're not even members." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:35 PM

    Gospel Today's Explosive Cover Story regarding Bishop Eddie Long

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. (Rev Martin L. King Jr's daughter is a pastor at Atlanta.) 4 youths.] 
       Gospel Today, By Dr. Teresa Hairston,
       Is GOSPEL TODAY "Sugar-Coating"? Is the Word of God "not enough?"
       UNITED STATES - Recently, readers of Gospel Today Magazine got the new November/December issue in their mailboxes. One reader wrote back to the publisher:
       "I got my latest issue of Gospel Today; with {Bishop} Eddie Long on the cover. I read the article and said to myself hmmmm seem like some sugar coating going on. Turned back to the 1st page and saw where the Bishop of his Church in NC is on your Board of Directors, I looked down and also saw that Eddie Long is on your Board of Advisors, I said all of that to say this. The best thing your magazine should have did was to not comment, but I do understand why you did. God is not pleased with all of the hypocrisy going on with these leaders and the things people will say and print just for MONEY!!!! Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

    Drama in Documents: New Theater Production comprised of words in Pedophile Priest Files that were released by U.S. Supreme Court Order last year

      [STAGE PLAY]  
       City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, November 29, 2010
       ALBUQUERQUE (NM) - The drama is in the documents, as proven again in a play constructed from pedophile priest files the Archdiocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was forced by the U.S. Supreme Court to release December 2009. After a year-long effort, VOTF Bridgeport brought "Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned," to the stage earlier this month. …
       Producer of the event, John Marshall Lee, said in a recent phone call, "What I found most curious was that the great newspapers who spent their money to press the legal case against the diocese- New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Hartford Courant- were alerted about the performance in New Haven and chose not to report on it. We sent press releases, I called." …
       "Everyone pitched in, but three people were key to the effort: Anne Pollack, who built a vast spreadsheet that put the chaotic jigsaw puzzle of the file together so that it could be read; Joe O'Callaghan, who created a beautiful script by painstakingly piecing together statements by survivors and their parents, depositions of bishops, and diocesan letters and memos; and John Marshall Lee, who kept the project going and acted as producer for the event." Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:24 PM
      
      

    The Pedophile's Guide Is Another Sign of Our Moral Decline

     
       UNITED STATES American Thinker
       By Anthony W. Hager
       A novice sailor will notice when a large vessel veers drastically from its charted course. But even experienced seamen may not realize the change when course deviations are slight. Societies react to cultural variations in similar fashion. People will balk when the moral code is abruptly altered. But when the transition is slow, over several generations, the original course is lost before the change is perceived.
       Philip R. Greaves' book, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover's Code of Conduct, indicates another change in America's moral bearing. It should shout "Warning!" at the top of its lungs, for it illustrates how a society can adapt to moral degeneration. The first step is to rationalize the irrational and defend the indefensible until deviant behavior is mainstreamed. Greaves is willing to give it a whirl. He claims his book doesn't endorse pedophilia, but establishes guidelines for pedophile relationships. Injurious acts are off-limits, and certain principles must be adopted to ensure safety for the child. Greaves explained, "I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals."
       Apparently, since pedophilia undeniably occurs, it should be woven into our cultural fabric. Notice the change? Child-molesters are no longer twisted pedophiles, but "pedosexuals." The word lends legitimacy to the act, similar to how "homosexual," "bisexual," and "transsexual" have legitimized behaviors once considered immoral. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM
      
      

    US Vatican Embassy condemns 'harmful' WikiLeaks

     
       ROME EWTN
       By Kevin J. Jones, Staff Writer
       The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has condemned "in the strongest terms" the unauthorized disclosure of State Department cables possessed by WikiLeaks. Disclosure of the cables' contents could be harmful to individuals and international relations, the embassy said in response to questions from EWTN News.
       More than 800 cables in the WikiLeaks "Cablegate" project appear to involve the Vatican. More than 700 were labeled as originating at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, a EWTN News analysis of preliminary data found.
       The cables' subject labels indicate they involve issues regarding intelligence, national security, the Vatican's internal governance, and Vatican relations with the U.S. State Department. Human rights and religious freedom were among the most numerous subject labels. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM
      
      

    NYPD hunting B'klyn dad & sons who abused women in their family

     
       NEW YORK New York Post
       By JAMIE SCHRAM
       Last Updated: 7:06 AM, December 4, 2010
       A Brooklyn father and three sons sexually abused four female members of their large family over a 15 year period, police said today.
       Now, former Yeshiva teacher Gershon Kranczer, 58, and his legally blind son Asher Kranczer, 21, are being sought by The NYPD after they fled to Israel on Nov. 29, when the oldest victim, 20, finally reported the sick, twisted situation, sources said.
       Police are investigating whether Gershon allegedly sodomized and sexually abused two of his daughters, ages 20 and 19. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM
      
      

    Pope, gay priests, abuse

       
       UNITED KINGDOM / UNITED STATES Guardian
       Andrew Brown
       One of the nastier and more powerful ideas lurking in discussions of gay Roman Catholic clergy is the claim that the child abuse crisis was a consequence of allowing gay men into the priesthood. This is, I think, largely an American view, and connected with the American cult of virility. I still remember the difficulty I had in suppressing a fit of the giggles in a radio interview when a leading American right wing Catholic intellectual lowered his voice to a pitch that would make a mantelpiece quiver and told me that what the Church needed now was manly men in the priesthood.
       None the less, it is clearly true that the great majority of "child abuse" in the US was directed at adolescent boys or those just pre-adolescent; girls of any age made up only one fifth of the victims.
       There is a case to answer here.
       The "official" answer given to US Catholic bishops' college by the independent researchers of the John Jay College, who compiled these figures, is not an entirely convincing one. This is that homosexual acts and homosexual identity are not the same thing: there are well-known situations such as prisons, and traditional public schools in which otherwise enthusiastically heterosexual men will do things with each other which would be gay if done by gay men. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM
      
      

    Gutachterin legt Finger in die Wunden der Kirche

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Stern
       Die Missbrauchsaffäre in der katholischen Kirche sorgt weiter für Zündstoff. Systematische Vertuschung und Aktenvernichtung - eine Gutachterin in München zieht schonungslos Bilanz. Auch Papst Benedikt XVI. entgeht der Kritik nicht.
       Schonungslos legt Gutachterin Marion Westpfahl den Finger in die Wunden der Kirche. Sie sollte im Erzbistum München und Freising die Missbrauchsfälle in den kirchlichen Reihen seit 1945 untersuchen. Und ihr Urteil ist vernichtend: Sie spricht von systematischer Vertuschung durch Kirchenmitarbeiter, falsch verstandenem "brüderlichen Miteinander" und völliger Missachtung der Opfer.
       Westpfahl gilt als eine Frau, die kein Blatt vor den Mund nimmt. Und so bekommt auch Papst Benedikt XVI. sein Fett weg, der 1977 bis 1982 Erzbischof von München und Freising war. Die Feststellungen zur katastrophalen Aktenpflege im Ordinariat gälten auch für Joseph Ratzingers Münchner Amtszeit, sagt die frühere Staatsanwältin und Richterin. Aber sie habe nur ein einziges Dokument gefunden, in dem Ratzinger selbst mit einem Missbrauchsfall befasst war. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM
      
      

    Nach Missbrauchsaffäre: Ruf nach kirchlicher Neuausrichtung

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Evangelisch
       Konsequenzen - Das spektakuläre Münchner Gutachten zur systematischen Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen in katholischen Einrichtungen zeigt nach Ansicht der Reformbewegung "Wir sind Kirche", dass eine umfassende Neuausrichtung der Amtskirche notwendig ist.
       Es reiche nicht aus, die Prävention zu stärken und mit verbesserten Strukturen künftig eine Vertuschung zu verhindern, sagte "Wir sind Kirche"-Sprecher Christian Weisner in München. Denn natürlich müsse man von einem Zusammenhang zwischen der Missbrauchsaffäre einerseits und der Priesterverpflichtung zur Ehelosigkeit sowie der problematischen kirchlichen Sexualmoral andererseits ausgehen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
      
      

    The Getaway

     
       MASSACHUSETTS Boston Magazine
       By EILEEN MCNAMARA
       FORGET THE "CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND." If we cared that much about "inappropriate relationships" between powerful men and young subordinates, Bill Clinton wouldn't continue to be such a big draw.
       Forget the humiliated wife, a stroke survivor in late middle age. If we cared that much about narcissistic husbands dumping ailing spouses, Newt Gingrich's name wouldn't be uttered in the same breath as "prospective presidential candidate."
       No, what is so absorbing about the Paul Levy story is less what it says about one preening hospital executive's peculiar idea of workplace propriety than what it says about us, about Boston, where a self-aggrandizing media darling sold himself as the savior of struggling local institutions while ducking any scrutiny for conduct decidedly unbecoming a messiah. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM
      
      

    Priest denies wrongdoing in shortfall, attorney says

     
       MISSOURI St. Louis Post-Dispatch
       BY TIM TOWNSEND | ttownsend@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8221
       A lawyer for a Catholic priest said Friday that his client bears no responsibility for a $60,000 shortfall at St. Anthony's Catholic Church that has divided the Sullivan parish and triggered a reimbursement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
       John Kilo, a lawyer who represents the Rev. Dennis Zacheis, said the priest "denies any wrongdoing whatsoever."
       A prosecutor, meanwhile, said his decision not to bring criminal charges against the priest follows seven months of investigation in which the archdiocese cooperated fully. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM
      
      

    Former priest facing prison for possessing child porn

      [Ex-Fr John Shannon -?NEW*. RCC. Seminary lecturer. Child pornography.]  
       The Northern Echo, By Helen Smithson, Reporter (Wear Valley),
       UNITED KINGDOM - A FORMER Roman Catholic priest is facing jail after he admitted making and possessing child pornography.
       John Terence Paul Shannon, 58, a former lecturer at St Cuthbert's Seminary, at Ushaw College, near Esh, County Durham, appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday.
       Shannon, of The Elms, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, who was also a priest at the Diocese of East Anglia, admitted 16 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one charge of possessing an unconfirmed number of indecent images of children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

    Brooklyn Rabbi Gershon Kranczer and sons accused …

       
       NEW YORK New York Daily News
       BY Henrick Karoliszyn and Jonathan Lemire DAILY NEWS WRITERS
       A Brooklyn rabbi and three of his sons are accused of preying on four female relatives - and the sexual abuse may have started as many as 15 years ago.
       Detectives suspect Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, 58, abused two underage relatives, while three of his sons - ages 24, 21 and 15 - repeatedly attacked other girls, police said.
       Investigators said Kranczer and his 21-year-old son, Asher, who is legally blind, fled to Israel Monday and haven't been found.
       The rabbi's 24-year-old son, Yechezkel Kranczer, turned himself in to the NYPD Thursday, and the 15-year-old - whose name is being withheld - surrendered to police the day before. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM
      
      

    Police: Brooklyn Rabbi, Sons Sexually Abused Family Members For 15 Years

     
       NEW YORK NY1
       {with video}
       A Hasidic rabbi and three of his sons are suspected of sexually abusing at least four female relatives, police officials tell NY1.
       Investigators say the four sisters from a Brooklyn family were abused sexually for 15 years by their father and brothers.
       Two of the brothers were arrested -- one of whom was taken into custody in Brooklyn on East Fourth Street.
       Police say their father and another brother fled earlier this week to Israel and were apparently driven to the airport by the mother. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM
      
      

    Brooklyn rabbi, sons charged with sexual abuse

     
       NEW YORK Reuters
       By Chris Michaud
       NEW YORK | Fri Dec 3, 2010
       NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn rabbi and former Yeshiva school principal and three of his sons, including one aged 15, were accused of sexually molesting the family's daughters over a period of several years, including one girl as young as eight, police said on Friday.
       Gershon Kranczer, 58, fled to Israel with a 21-year-old son earlier this week and was being sought there. New York City police said they are working with Israeli officials on the case.
       Authorities said that four sisters, ages 20, 19, 17 and eight, were all sexually abused numerous times over several years variously by their three brothers or father. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM
      
      

    Former Yeshiva Principal Sought on Abuse Charges

     
       NEW YORK The New York Times
       By KAREEM FAHIM and AL BAKER Published: December 3, 2010
       A former Brooklyn yeshiva principal and three of his sons sexually abused four of the principal's other children, molesting one of the victims over 15 years, the authorities said Friday.
       The police are still looking for the man, Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, 58, and one of his sons, Asher Kranczer, 21, who they believe fled to Israel earlier this week. Another son, Yechezkel Kranczer, 24, turned himself in to the police on Thursday and has been charged with 70 counts of sexual abuse and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
       The third son, a 15-year-old whose name was withheld by the authorities, was brought in for questioning on Wednesday, made statements implicating himself in the abuse and was arrested, said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM
      
      

    Erzbistum München soll Missbrauch systematisch vertuscht haben

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Spiegel
       {Zusammenfassung des Berichts durch Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl} {See also an English translation of the summary of Westpfahl's report.}
       {See Google's English translation of this article from Der Spiegel.}
       Die katholische Kirche soll Missbrauchsfälle systematisch vertuscht haben. Ein nun veröffentlichtes Gutachten meldet aus dem Erzbistum München und Freising "umfangreiche Aktenvernichtungsaktionen". Auch zur Amstzeit von Joseph Ratzinger habe es eine "katastrophale Aktenpflege" gegeben.
       München - Die Ergebnisse eines unabhängigen, kirchlich bestellten Gutachtens für das Erzbistum München und Freising sind erschütternd: Die katholische Kirche soll Missbrauchsfälle in den eigenen Reihen über Jahrzehnte hinweg systematisch vertuscht haben. In dem Erzbistum seien in der Vergangenheit immer wieder Akten offenkundig vernichtet worden, um Missbrauch zu verheimlichen, sagte die Gutachterin und Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl.
       "Wir haben es mit umfangreichen Aktenvernichtungsaktionen zu tun", sagte Westphal bei der Vorstellung ihrer Untersuchungsergebnisse für die Jahre 1945 bis 2009. Statt an das Leid der Opfer zu denken, hätten viele Kirchenmitarbeiter in erster Linie einen Skandal vermeiden wollen. Zum Teil seien Akten in Privatwohnungen weggebracht worden, zum Teil seien sie im Ordinariat für Unbefugte zugänglich gewesen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM
      
      

    Voice of the Faithful Appoints New Public Relations Director

     
       MASSACHUSETTS PRLog
       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       PRLog (Press Release) – Dec 03, 2010 – Voice of the Faithful, the 30,000-strong organization committed to Roman Catholic Church reform, has appointed Nick Ingala of Mansfield as the organization's public relations director.
       Ingala comes to VOTF from Publicity Inc. a Boston public relations and marketing communications agency founded in 1946. He joined the firm in 1978 and was named president in 1995. Publicity Inc. has worked for clients in business, industry, government, healthcare, education, entertainment, professional sports and non-profit arenas. He began his public relations career as information officer for the engineering and science curricula at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
       "We welcome Nick to our team and look forward to the opportunity his expertise and experience bring to helping us fulfill our mission," said Donna B. Doucette, VOTF executive director. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM
      
      

    BACKGROUND: Father Brian Joseph Spillane, Australia

     
       AUSTRALIA Broken Rites By a Broken Rites researcher
       Broken Rites Australia has gathered the following information about the career of Father Brian Joseph Spillane, who has spent most of his working life as a Catholic priest in the Vincentian religious order (also called the Congregation of the Mission).
       A part of his career was spent as a priest working at St Stanislaus College – a Catholic day and boarding secondary school for boys, located at Bathurst, in the central west of New South Wales.
       Father Spillane also ministered in Catholic parishes in Sydney and Queensland and he toured other states in Australia, visting various parishes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM
      
      

    Priest admits indecency against a schoolboy

     
       AUSTRALIA Broken Rites
       By a Broken Rites researcher
       An Australian Catholic priest, Father Kevin Francis Phillips, was convicted in Sydney on 3 December 2010 of abusing a 16-year-old boy at St Stanislaus boys' boarding school at Bathurst in central-west New South Wales.
       Father Kevin Phillips, 60, pleaded guilty to four counts of gross indecency with a child under the age of 18. Several other charges against the priest were dropped.
       After his conviction, the court released Phillips on bail. Sentence proceedings were scheduled for early 2011. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

    Vatican investigates ex Bishop of Bruges

       
       BELGIUM - De Redactie, Sat 04/Dec/2010
       The Vatican in Rome intends to consider the case of the former Bishop of Bruges who admitted that he had been involved in child sex abuse. Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine the case centring on the West Flemish cleric Roger Vangheluwe.
       The former Bishop of Bruges earlier admitted repeated sexual abuse of his nephew, who was a minor at the time.
       In April Pope Benedict accepted the Bishop's resignation. For a while it seemed like the matter would end like that, but the Roman Catholic Church's failure to act in this case triggered a storm of indignation among Catholics in Belgium. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

    Sorry, bishop: Gov serves the citizens

      [RC leader talks of "authority."  Civil union legalised in Illinois.]  
       Chicago Sun-Times, BY CAROL MARIN, cmarin@suntimes.com , December 4, 2010
       ILLINOIS - It's way past time for Catholic bishops to stop lecturing elected public officials about whom they serve.
       As you know, the Illinois House and Senate made history this past week by legalizing civil unions. Senators and state representatives did so despite heavy lobbying by the Catholic Conference of Bishops and by Cardinal Francis George himself.
       The president of the Illinois Senate, John Cullerton, is Catholic. The speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan is Catholic.
       Both supported the measure. As does Gov. Quinn, also Catholic, who promises to sign the bill and make it law.
       That pledge provoked a stern lecture from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, head of the Springfield Archdiocese. Paprocki wrote:
       "If the governor wishes to pursue a secular agenda for political purposes, that is his prerogative for which he is accountable to the voters. But if he wishes to speak as a Catholic, then he is accountable to Catholic authority, and the Catholic Church does not support civil unions or other measures that are contrary to the natural moral law."
       The operative word in Paprocki's dressing down is "authority." A church that should be chastened by the failure of its authority to protect children from sexual abuse, a church misusing its authority to conduct the current inquisition of the faithfulness of Roman Catholic sisters, is instead evermore consumed with its authority. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

    Youth Pastor Accused Of Sexual Assault On Teenager

     
       COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) TheDenverChannel
       Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer
       COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After a six-week investigation, Colorado Springs police arrested a youth pastor Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
       Joshua Amoroso, 21, worked as a youth pastor at Gateway Church in Colorado Springs. Church officials said Amoroso was terminated Oct. 18 when the investigation started.
       Police said a 14-year-old girl told them that she had had sexual contact with Amoroso at multiple locations around Colorado Springs. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM
      
      

    Joshua Amoroso, Gateway Church youth pastor in CO Springs, bused for sexual assault on a child

     
       COLORADO Denver Westword
       By Michael Roberts, Fri., Dec. 3 2010
       By definition, a youth pastor has access to lotsa young folks. And Joshua Amoroso, 21, who served in this capacity at Colorado Springs' Gateway Church, is accused of violating the trust required by someone in that position in the worst possible way -- with a fourteen-year-old girl. As detailed by the Colorado Springs Police Department, the first complaint against Amoroso surfaced in October, and the CSPD fears there may be more victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM
      
      

    Late minister named in sex abuse suit

     
       CANADA The Record
       December 03, 2010
       By Frances Barrick, Record staff
       A late, retired Cambridge minister is at the centre of a $2.1-million sexual abuse lawsuit against the United Church of Canada.
       Rev. Robert Duthie, a minister at Lincoln Avenue United Church in Cambridge in the 1980s, died in May in Cambridge. He was 71 and had retired in 2003.
       In 2008, a judge in Chatham found Duthie not guilty of sex charges dating back to the 1970s in Chatham. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 AM
      
      

    National audit shows Catholic Diocese of San Angelo to be in full compliance

     
       SAN ANGELO (TX) Roman Catholic Diocese of San Angelo
       12/02/20100
       During the month of August 2010, the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo completed an audit of its Safe Environment Programs with auditors of the Gavin Group of Boston, an independent firm commissioned by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), to insure compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
       The Charter, originally adopted by the USCCB in November 2002, sets forth specific requirements which enable dioceses across the country to establish safe environment programs to protect children and youth from sexual abuse. During this audit, Diocesan Safe Environment Policies; Safe Environment Programs for church personnel, parents, and children; as well as procedures for assisting victims of abuse were examined. As Bishop, I am happy to report that the Gavin Group has informed the Diocese that, based on the analysis of the audit results, the Diocese will continue it's status of being in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for 2010.
       Since implementation of the Charter, the Diocese has undergone six previous annual audits in which we were found to be in full compliance with all articles of the Charter. I am pleased with the results of this audit and grateful for the hard work of so many people throughout our diocese; pastors, deacons, religious, and lay leaders; to provide a safe environment for all of our children and youth in the many programs through which we minister to them. Once again, this audit has given us a great opportunity to step back and see what we have accomplished and explore areas where we can make adjustments or improvements. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM
      
      

    Abilene churches pass audit

     
       ABILENE (TX) Reporter News
       Abilene's four Catholic churches are among 73 churches in the Diocese of San Angelo that passed their latest annual audit to achieve compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
       The charter was adopted in 2002 by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops to "enable dioceses across the country to establish safe environment programs to protect children and youth from sexual abuse."
       Bishop Michael Pfeifer of San Angelo said Friday that the 2009 audit marks the seventh consecutive year that the diocese has been in full compliance with all articles in the charter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM
      
      

    Diocese passes audit on youth safeguards

     
       SAN ANGELO (TX) Standard-Times
       SAN ANGELO, Texas – The Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, which encompasses 29 counties, completed an audit of its Safe Environment Programs and was found to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
       The charter was established in November 2002 by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops to ensure dioceses across the country establish safe environment programs to protect children and youth from sexual abuse.
       The Gavin Group of Boston, an independent firm commissioned by the bishops' organization, conducted the annual audit on the San Angelo diocese in August. The audit looked at diocesan Safe Environment policies, the Safe Environment Programs for church personnel, parents and children, as well as procedures for assisting victims of abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM
      
      

    Loser Pay Or More Victim Intimidation?

     
       UNITED STATES The Injury Board
       Posted by Mike Bryant
       December 04, 2010
       I ran across another update from Jeff Anderson that should be of great concern for anyone looking for justice for sexual abuse victims. Basically, in October a Ramsey County District Judge dismissed a case against the Catholic Church leaders, finding that what happened was beyond statute of limitations.
       The court didn't find that the assault never happened, nor did they find that former priest Thomas Adamson isn't a pedophile that the church hid or moved around with knowledge of his abuses. There have been 20 people who claim Adamson abused them when they were children at church parishes in both the Winona diocese and Twin Cities archdiocese. Many of the cases have already been settled out of court.
       In 1990, a jury awarded one of Adamson's victims $3.5 million, which was later reduced to $1 million. Defendants included the archdiocese and the Winona Diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM
      
      

    Antigonish diocese sells two properties

     
       CANADA The Chronicle-Herald
       By MICHAEL GORMAN Truro Bureau Sat, Dec 4
       {Church Property Sales Web site}
       {FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE}
       The Diocese of Antigonish has sold two properties and has pending sales on 16 others as it tries to raise money for a settlement with victims of alleged sexual abuse.
       A website created to list real estate available in the seven counties covered by the northeastern Nova Scotia diocese features 31 properties.
       Of those, 16 are listed as pending sales.
       If all the sales go through, they would bring in about $1.24 million, based on the prices listed on the website. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM
      
      

    Dismissal of lawsuit against priest is upheld

     
       TOLEDO (OH) Toledo Blade
       By DAVID YONKE BLADE RELIGION EDITOR
       A state appeals court, citing statute of limitations laws, Friday upheld the dismissal of a woman's suit against Toledo priest Gerald Robinson claiming the cleric sexually abused her in satanic rituals when she was a child.
       The Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals said it was not addressing whether the allegations were true, only that the woman did not file her complaint soon enough.
       The woman, who sued anonymously as Survivor Doe, contacted The Blade Friday and said it is unlikely she will pursue her case further in the courts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM
      
      

    Munich Church hid abuse allegations for decades

     
       GERMANY The Local
       {the report in English}
       {the report in German}
       A report on abuse by clergy in Pope Benedict's former Archbishopric of Munich shows that at least 159 priests were suspected of sexual or physical abuse while the actual number is thought to be considerably higher.
       Marion Westphal, the former judge who compiled the report for the Catholic Church from files and interviews of people who worked there, said files had been systematically destroyed over decades in order to hide the abuse.
       The role of Pope Benedict XVI while archbishop of Munich between 1977 and 1982, could not be clearly defined, said Westphal, but she described the record keeping during that time as catastrophic. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat December 04, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Burke woman leads awareness campaign on clergy sexual abuse

      [~ 1960s Mons. William Reinecke ? NEW*. RCC. Girl (10).]  
       Washington Post, By Derek Kravitz, Staff Writer, Sunday, December 5, 2010
       VIRGINIA - As a 10-year-old girl, red-haired Becky Ianni said she thought Monsignor William T. Reinecke, a newly ordained pastor at the Ianni family's Alexandria church, was gentle and warm. Families vacationed with him, kids loved him and female parishioners thought he was handsome. In the late 1960s, Reinecke gave the Iannis their first color television.
       Then, she said, the molestation started in the basement of Ianni's home and in the vestry of the church. She wouldn't speak about the abuse for decades.
       "I didn't tell anyone what happened," she said. "I was basically told that I'd go to hell if I did." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

    Abus sexuels: l'Eglise n'a jamais envisagé d'indemniser les victimes

       
       Le Vif,
       BELGIQUE (Belga) - L'Eglise n'a jamais envisagé d'indemniser les victimes d'abus sexuels commis par des prêtres, a expliqué mercredi Godelieve Halsberghe, présidente de la Commission interdiocésaine chargée de cette question de 2000 à 2009, devant la Commission parlementaire sur les abus sexuels commis dans une relation d'autorité.
       Le 28 août 2000, Mme Halsberghe a reçu un courrier d'un collaborateur de l'archevêché de Bruxelles-Malines indiquant qu'il était exclu de payer des dommages-intérêts pour deux raisons: sur un plan pratique, une telle décision aurait entraîné la multiplication des plaintes et, sur le plan juridique, la reconnaissance d'une faute de l'Eglise. Mme Halsberghe, magistrate qui exerçait cette mission à titre grâcieux, a également jeté le trouble dans la Commission en affirmant que l'Eglise aurait caché des dossiers relatifs à ces abus.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

    Lumière du monde " sort en France : le pape en version originale

      [RCC]
       FRANCE La Voix du Nord
       Non, le pape ne parle pasque du préservatif… Le livre, dont la publication de quelques extraits a provoqué l'emballement médiatique il y a huit jours, arrive cette semaine dans les librairies en France. Benoît XVI n'esquive aucune question : célibat, abus sexuels, Pie XII, Ratisbonne, contraception… Il brise même le tabou de sa démission.
       Qui a dit que le Vatican ne savait pas communiquer ? La publication dans le journal du pape, L'Osservatore Romano, des bonnes feuilles de " Lumière du monde. Le pape, l'Église et les signes des temps ", un samedi à 17 h, en pleine réunion des cardinaux du monde entier, a provoqué un sacré buzz. Seulement, la reprise de six lignes des pages 159 et 160 ne doit pas occulter la diversité des sujets abordés et la clarté des réponses de Benoît XVI (que l'on connaît habituellement plus docte), dans ce qui constitue une grande première en 2 000 ans d'histoire chrétienne : un entretien personnel et direct d'un pape avec un journaliste (l'Allemand Peter Seewald). " J'ai eu le sentiment qu'il souhaitait s'expliquer car ces propos ont été parfois épouvantablement interprétés ", a expliqué le journaliste, ajoutant qu'il avait pu poser toutes les questions qu'il souhaitait, durant les six heures d'entretien, fin juillet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM
      
      

    Tir ami sur Benoît XVI. Par la faute d'un préservatif

     
       ROME E.S.M.
       par Sandro Magister
       Le 01 décembre 2010 - Eucharistie Sacrement de la Miséricorde - Comme on pouvait le prévoir, ce que Benoît XVI a dit du préservatif dans son livre-entretien "Lumière du monde" a provoqué une discussion très vive au sein de l'Église catholique.
       Dans deux précédents articles, www.chiesa a présenté les propos du pape d'une manière qui a suscité les réactions immédiates de personnalités catholiques importantes dans le domaine de la morale sexuelle.
       Les critiques ne se sont pas concentrées uniquement sur www.chiesa et sur le professeur Martin Rhonheimer, le théologien de l'Université Pontificale de la Sainte Croix dont un essai avait été reproduit par www.chiesa.
       Ni même sur "L'Osservatore Romano" ou sur le père Federico Lombardi, accusés d'avoir favorisé un malentendu sur la pensée du pape. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

    La lente transformation de l'Eglise catholique irlandaise

       
       La Croix,
       IRELANDE - Un an après la publication du rapport Murphy qui déclencha une vague de colère dans l'Église catholique irlandaise, les fidèles sont partagés entre indifférence et découragement
       La crise budgétaire sans précédent et maintenant la tourmente politique que traverse l'Irlande ont au moins cela de bon pour les catholiques du pays : les médias leur accordent un certain répit.
       De fait, depuis un an, avec la publication le 26 novembre 2009 du rapport Murphy qui révélait le silence de la hiérarchie irlandaise sur les abus sexuels commis par des prêtres, il n'est pas un jour où les scandales de pédophilie dans l'Église n'aient trôné en bonne place dans la presse irlandaise.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

    Abus sexuels: Le Vatican en conciliabule

       
       Le JDD
       VATICAN - Depuis vendredi matin et jusqu'à la fin du week-end, les cardinaux catholiques tiennent congrès au Vatican, autour du pape Benoît XVI. L'occasion de mettre tous les sujets sensibles sur la table, y compris la question des abus sexuels sur mineurs perpétrés par des religieux.
       "Benoît XVI est le pape des occasions manquées", lâchait en mai dernier le théologien Hans Küng dans le JDD , alors qu'il évoquait le scandale des prêtres pédophiles. Le pape pourrait lui donner tort depuis qu'il a repris le dossier en main – bien tardivement, disent ses détracteurs. Après être monté au créneau plusieurs fois cette année, Benoît XVI réunit pendant trois jours en son Etat les quelques 200 cardinaux catholiques. Vendredi, pour leur première journée "d'étude et de réflexion", la question des prêtres pédophiles a été inscrite à l'ordre du jour.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

    AARTSBISDOM MÜNCHEN VERDOEZELDE MISBRUIK

       
       Kerknet
       DUITSLAND (KerkNet/Katholisch.de) – Het Duitse aartsbisdom München en Freising stopte decennialang seksueel misbruik in de doofpot. Dat blijkt uit een rapport dat vrijdag werd gepubliceerd. Delen van dossiers werden soms doelbewust vernietigd om rechtszaken te voorkomen.
       De Duitse Juriste Marion Westphal kreeg inzage in meer dan 13.200 dossiers uit de periode 1945 tot 2009. Daarin werden 159 geestelijken beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen. 26 priesters werden daadwerkelijk veroordeeld. Volgens Westphal staat van 17 andere geestelijken vrijwel vast dat ook zij zich aan seksueel misbruik schuldig maakten. Daders waren meestal tussen de 45 en 65 jaar en hun misbruik ging vaak hand in hand met alcoholproblemen. De kerkleiding bekommerde zich nauwelijks om de slachtoffers.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

    Former Santa Rosa Diocese leader John Steinbock dies at 73

     
       SANTA ROSA (CA) The Press Democrat
       By BOB NORBERG THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Bishop John Steinbock, who led the Diocese of Santa Rosa for four years before becoming the leader of the Diocese of Fresno, died Sunday morning.
       Steinbock, 73, had been diagnosed with lung cancer in August. He died at 3:15 a.m. at the St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, according to the diocese.
       A native of Los Angeles, Steinbock was the bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa from 1987 to 1991, during a tumultuous time for the diocese that was being rocked by allegations of sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

    Nieuwe onderzoeksrechter voor Operatie Kelk

      [RCC]  
       RKnieuws,
       BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Operatie Kelk, het gerechtelijk onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk, heeft een nieuwe onderzoeksrechter: Colette Callewaert. Callewaert neemt de fakkel over zolang het wrakingsverzoek tegen Wim De Troy niet is behandeld. Dat meldt het weekblad Humo op zijn website.
       Op 22 december beslist de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling dat de huiszoekingen en inbeslagnames die onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy een half jaar geleden in en om de Mechelse Sint-Romboutskathedraal liet uitvoeren, ongeldig waren. Het Hof van Cassatie vernietigde het arrest.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

    The Catholic church is out of touch with modern Scotland

       
       The Observer Kevin McKenna The Observer, Sunday 5 December 2010
       SCOTLAND - Some people are born victims; others though, seek victimhood, and when they find it they cling to it. Like Tam O'Shanter's wife, Kate, "gathering her brows like gathering storm, nursing her wrath to keep it warm", they remain vigilant and alert to any evidence of scurrility. Last week, Peter Kearney, the director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, penned an incendiary article in which he excoriated Scotland for being a nation where Catholics continue to suffer "deep, wide and vicious hostility". Mr Kearney, an otherwise reasonable and skilled media operator, was responding to the forced resignation of Hugh Dallas, the head of referee development at the Scottish Football Association. Mr Dallas, a former FIFA referee, had been found to have passed on a ribald and satirical picture email about the Pope on the occasion of his visit to Scotland on 16 September. Previously, Mr Kearney had called on the SFA to sack Dallas after implying that the organisation had been dilatory in pursuing its investigation into the email affair.
       This is when I began to feel distinctly queasy for the blood was high, the night was clear, the crosses were burning brightly and a good old witch-hunt was underway. There can be no doubt that Kearney had made his demand fortified by the authority of the Catholic church in Scotland. As such, it was only a matter of time before Dallas would be forced out. I am a practising Catholic, who still feels the urge to genuflect when there is incense, candles and the glimpse of a lacy black mantilla. I believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM

    Prep sends letter to alumni about possible abuse by Jesuit priest

       
       SCRANTON (PA) - The Times-Tribune BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL (STAFF WRITER)
       Scranton Preparatory School has sent a letter to alumni who graduated from 1961 through 1989, alerting them their former science teacher may have abused children in the Scranton area.
       Jesuit officials in Maryland announced last week they are looking into allegations that the Rev. Neil McLaughlin, who also has ties to the University of Scranton and St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel, sexually abused minors while in Scranton.
       "Although we are told that no allegation against (the Rev.) McLaughlin has been received from a Scranton Prep graduate, I am sending this letter to all former Scranton Prep students who were at the school at the same time that (the Rev.) McLaughlin worked here," Prep's president, the Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J., wrote in the letter dated Nov. 30. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

    Newark archbishop shielded at least 4 priests accused of sexual abuse

     
       The Star-Ledger Jeff Diamant/The Star-Ledger, Sunday, December 05, 2010
       NEWARK (NJ) - Eight years ago, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers stood among the nation's bishops at a landmark gathering in Dallas and helped craft a policy intended to cleanse the priesthood of pedophiles and restore trust among shaken American Catholics.
       In ratifying the Dallas Charter, Myers and his colleagues promised a new era of reform and transparency. Allegations of sexual abuse against priests would no longer be hidden from parishioners or police, and any priest believed to have molested a child would be permanently banned from ministry.
       In the years since, Myers and his aides say the archdiocese has taken aggressive measures to identify abusive priests.
       But a Star-Ledger review of the archbishop's record since 2002 shows Myers on at least four occasions has shielded priests accused of sexual abuse against minors and one adult. In the four instances, the priests have either admitted improper sexual contact, pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct or been permanently barred from ministry by the archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

    Reconnecting to Spirit: Survivor Leads Labyrinth Walk in Portland, Oregon

     
       OREGON - The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing Virginia Jones
       On Monday, December 6, 2010, Elizabeth Geoke, a survivor of an assault by a priest that foreshortened her career as a nun will do something she might have done if she had remained a nun. She will lead an Icon Labyrinth Walk to begin the Advent season. Elizabeth's journey to this event has not been an easy one.
       In 2002, almost 40 years after leaving her religious life, Elizabeth returned to her former Mother House.
       Another former nun asked her, Of all the young nuns, I thought you were the most likely to remain a nun. What happened?" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

    Gutachten zum Sonntag

     
       Telepolis,
       {Zusammenfassung des Berichts durch Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl}
       {in English}
       DEUTSCHLAND - Das Erzbistum München-Freising vertuschte Kindsmissbrauch durch das "besondere Erpressungspotenzial" sexuell tabuisierter Themen, "umfangreiche Aktenvernichtungsaktionen" und eine "katastrophale Aktenpflege"
       In einem letzte Woche vorgestellten, aber nicht veröffentlichten 250 Seiten starken Gutachten kommt die Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl, der im Auftrag der katholischen Kirche Missbrauchsfälle in Oberbayern untersuchen sollte, zu dem Ergebnis, dass unter anderem eine "katastrophale Aktenpflege" im Erzbistum München-Freising, dem von 1977 bis 1982 der jetzige Papst Josef Ratzinger vorstand, dafür verantwortlich ist, dass Verbrechen aus der Vergangenheit nur noch sehr bedingt ermittelt und aufgeklärt werden können. Darüber hinaus seien durch "umfangreiche Aktenvernichtungsaktionen" mögliche Beweisstücke und Indizien unwiederbringlich verloren. Zumindest Teile der Akten wurden der Einschätzung der Gutachterin nach offenbar absichtlich vernichtet, um Missbrauchsfälle zu vertuschen.
       Trotzdem fand die Rechtsanwältin Hinweise auf mindestens 365 Missbrauchsfälle nach 1945. Allerdings geht Westpfahl, davon aus, dass dies nur die Spitze eines Eisbergs ist und die Dunkelziffer deutlich darüber liegt. Von 159 in den Akten verbliebenen "auffälligen" Priestern wurden 26 als Sexualstraftäter verurteilt, obwohl ein Missbrauch in deutlich mehr Fällen nachgewiesen wurde. Auch 96 Religionslehrer sind immer noch aktenkundig. Aus dieser Gruppe verurteilte man nur eine einzige Person. Andere körperliche Misshandlungen von Religionslehrern, die nach Ansicht der Gutachterin in 24 Fällen erwiesen sind, führten nicht zu gerichtlichen Konsequenzen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

    Missbrauch-Sumpf: Guckte der Papst weg?

      [270 known. RCC]
       Berliner Kurier
       MÜNCHEN, Deutschland - Die Katholische Kirche im Missbrauch-Sumpf. Schonungslos deckt ein Schock-Gutachten auf, wie das Erzbistum München und Freising systematisch sexuelle Übergriffe vertuschte, über Jahrzehnte sogar Akten vernichtete. Auch aus der Amtszeit des heutigen Papstes fehlen etliche Unterlagen.
       159 Priester, 15 Diakone, 96 Religionslehrer im Kirchendienst – sie alle wurden von 1945 bis 2009 im Erzbistum München-Freising wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs oder Misshandlungen auffällig. Und fast alle Verbrechen blieben unbestraft (nur 26 Verurteilungen). Das 250-Seiten-Gutachten von Anwältin Marion Westpfahl im Auftrag des Bistums könnte nicht vernichtender sein. Darin befürchtet sie, die Zahl der Täter liege "wesentlich höher", prangert ein System aus Verharmlosung und Vertuschung an – und "umfangreiche Aktenvernichtungsaktionen".
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

    Missbrauchsbericht: Lob für Offenheit

     
       OVB
       MÜNCHEN, Deutschland - Der Missbrauchsbericht der katholischen Kirche im Erzbistum München und Freising sorgt mit seiner schonungslosen Aufarbeitung vergangener Jahrzehnte weiter für große Aufmerksamkeit,
       Die aufgedeckten Vertuschungsmechanismen in der Kirche müssten aber nicht nur in München, sondern in ähnlicher Form auch bundesweit aufgearbeitet werden, forderte der Sprecher der Reformbewegung "Wir sind Kirche", Christian Weisner.
       Der Münchner Erzbischof und Kardinal Reinhard Marx versprach, dass aus dem Bericht die nötigen Konsequenzen gezogen würden. Eine neue Kultur des Hinsehens sei nötig, sagte Marx am Samstag in einem Radiobeitrag für den Bayerischen Rundfunk (BR). "Achtet besser aufeinander, seid aufmerksam, wenn Ihr den Eindruck habt, dass irgendjemandem Leid geschieht." Aus dem Bericht über sexuelle und andere körperliche Übergriffe in den vergangenen sechs Jahrzehnten im Münchner Erzbistum müssten Konsequenzen gezogen werden. "Und das tun wir auch, damit möglichst nie wieder Menschen Missbrauch und Gewalt erleiden müssen. Denn die Kirche soll ja ein Ort der Gewaltlosigkeit und Liebe gerade für die Kleinen und Schwachen sein", sagte Marx nach Angaben des Erzbischöflichen Ordinariats.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

    Profiteers, predators tarnish black churches

      [Reformed Churches]
       NJ.com , Milton W. Hinton Jr., Published: Sunday, December 05, 2010
       UNITED STATES - There is increasing evidence that should not be ignored that the black church, historically the cornerstone of the community, is being hijacked by entrepreneurs.
       Making matters worse is the fact that many congregants see this travesty taking place right before their eyes, yet remain silent. I refuse to do so any longer because too many vulnerable people, both young and old, are being victimized. The sexual misconduct and promiscuity with which Catholic clergy have been associated now appear to have arrived front pew-center in a number of predominantly black denominations.
       Not all, but some religious leaders, particularly those leading mega-churches which take in large amounts of cash, choose to lead a highly visible, opulent life style with no moral barometer. Purchasing million-dollar homes and exotic automobiles, and accepting million-dollar salaries provided by the daily labor of congregants struggling to survive is not just wrong, but immoral. It is past time to speak up about this. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

    Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon: A profile

     
       The Plain Dealer Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer
       CLEVELAND, Ohio – Even before he was officially installed as the 10th bishop of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, Richard G. Lennon talked about the need to close churches here.
       "As painful as a funeral is, it's there that you commend your loved one to God," Lennon told a news conference announcing his appointment five weeks before his installation in May 2006.
       Those words, coming from a man who had just closed scores of churches in Boston, sounded a death knell for dozens more in Northeast Ohio. And those closings unleashed a small but shrill backlash from Catholics throughout Cleveland's eight-county diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

    Possible victims of priest sought

      [RCC]
       Go Lackawanna By Mark Guydish mguydish@timesleader.com , Education Reporter
       SCRANTON (PA) – The Diocese of Scranton issued a notice Tuesday stating the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – is seeking any information from possible victims abused as minors by one of the Society's priests.
       Jesuit priests who serve within the 11-county diocese do not answer to the bishop, but to their province.
       The priest in question, Neil McLaughlin, was ordained in 1959 and served in Scranton for much of his religious career. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun December 05, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Missing chapter of child abuse must be published

      [1970s-80s Fr Tony Walsh. RCC]  
       The Irish Times,
       ANALYSIS: The latest priest child rapist from the Dublin archdiocese was named yesterday, thanks to the persistence of his victims, writes MARY RAFTERY
       IRELAND - THE BAD, the ugly and, somewhat surprisingly, the good – or at least what passed for good in the morally bankrupt culture of the Archdiocese of Dublin at the time – are all to be found in the tale of Tony Walsh, one of the most notorious of the city's paedophile priests, convicted yesterday for his repeated rape of one small boy and his sexual assaults on two others during the 1970s and 1980s. He is the subject of the missing chapter 19 of the Murphy report, redacted so as to not prejudice the trial which concluded yesterday.
       To glean some insight into the enormous damage done by this priest, it is worth remembering again what the victim called "David" had to say on the RTÉ Prime Time programme Cardinal Secrets in 2002:
       "When I have a dream, I am basically being raped again and again and again and I could not under any circumstances overstress the word 'raped'. I am being raped in my sleep. It mightn't happen every night of the week but it happens at least two or three times a week and I just don't sleep because I just, the minute I close my eyes and get back into the sleep I'm getting raped again so I stay awake and I … What they do, they give me drugs to put me to sleep, or I take a bottle of whiskey if I don't want to go near the doctor." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 PM

    Victims reveal their suffering at the hands of 'singing priest'

     
       IRELAND - The Irish Times
       FR TONY Walsh was best-known for his Elvis act as part of the All-Priests Show, a groin-thrusting, hip-shaking performance. It was good-humoured, light entertainment in the parish halls of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
       But for three boys, whose childhoods were destroyed over three decades ago, it had the most horrible connotations.
       Yesterday, former priest Tony Walsh (57) was jailed for 16 years for abusing three young altar boys in Ballyfermot, Dublin. One of the boys was repeatedly raped over several years between the age of seven and 12; and he indecently assaulted the two other boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

    Judge jails 'serial offender' former priest for sex attacks on boys

     
       IRELAND - The Irish Times
       COURT REPORT: A FORMER Dublin priest who was previously jailed for sexually abusing six boys has been sentenced to 16 years, with four suspended, for abusing a further three victims.
       Media restrictions on identifying the victims apply in this case.
       Tony Walsh was sentenced yesterday for abusing three young boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

    Court to decide on Murphy report chapter

     
       IRELAND - The Irish Times, PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent,
       THE HIGH Court will this morning consider publishing chapter 19 of the Murphy report following the jailing yesterday of former priest Tony Walsh for 16 years, four suspended, for the sexual abuse of three boys.
       On October 15th, 2009, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan of the High Court ruled chapter 19, which deals with abuse by Tony Walsh, and 21 other references to him, should not be published pending the outcome of three court cases then pending.
       The Murphy report investigated how clerical child sex abuse allegations involving 46 priests in Dublin's Catholic archdiocese were handled by church and State authorities between 1975 and 2004. Chapters 19 and 20 of the report were withheld when it was published on November 26th, 2009, pending the outcome of proceedings involving Walsh and another man. Proceedings in the other case are ongoing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

    'He'd keep me in my room for 15 minutes. he would then give me crisps or sweets'

     
       IRELAND - The Irish Times,
       Victim impact statements
       "DAVID"
       At the age of 12 – after five years of being molested and raped – David first realised what was happening to him was wrong.
       An altar boy in Ballyfermot, David was just seven when he first met Tony Walsh. The cleric was well known as an Elvis impersonator and part of the All Priests Show.
       Having ingratiated himself with David's family, Walsh brought the boy back to the parochial home on a regular basis. He would play Elvis records for him or help him with homework. Then the abuse started. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM

    Statement: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

       
       The Irish Times,
       IRELAND - Tony Walsh, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, was sentenced today for the grievous sexual abuse of three people when they were still only children. My first thoughts go to these victims and their families. I hope that the finality of the legal process will help bring them some sense of justice, of healing, of closure and hope for the future.
       Tony Walsh, however, abused many more children, the numbers are truly shocking. For some of these he has already served sentence. He caused untold destruction in the lives of numerous children.
       Today's news will sadly have reignited the ordeal of many of his victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 PM

    Slachtoffers misbruik kerk willen nu hulp

       
       De Gelderlander,
       NEDERLAND, NIJMEGEN - Het wordt tijd dat de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms katholieke kerk praktische hulp wordt geboden bij het verwerken van hun trauma's. De kerk moet zich daarvoor verantwoordelijk te stellen door die hulp te vergoeden.
       Dat stelt Mark Klabbers van de Groep Misbruik Canisius. De oud-leerling van de Nijmeegse kostschool spreekt ook namens de slachtoffers van klooster Don Rua uit s' Heerenberg, internaat Eikenburg uit Eindhoven en de stichting Mannenhulp na seksueel misbruik door de kerk. De vier slachtoffersgroepen hebben zich verenigd.
       Donderdag verschijnt het tussenrapport van de commissie Deetman, dat de seksschandalen in de Nederlandse Katholieke kerk onderzoekt. Verwacht wordt dat ook Deetman deze aanbeveling doet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

    Milwaukee Priest: Greater Truth in Sex Abuse Matters

      [Vice-chancellor at cathedral called on bishop to let the truth out.]  
       America Magazine, Author: James Martin, S.J. Posted Monday, December 06, 2010
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - Dotcommonweal has the surprising story about the vice-chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his response to the sex abuse crisis: "Last week, Fr. James Connell, vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, stood on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and called on his bishop to release documents related to the local sexual-abuse crisis: 'I am absolutely convinced that we need the truth. Justice requires that the truth be known.' His appearance was a surprise to SNAP, which organized the press conference."
       Today Fr. Connell released an open letter to priests asking them to "raise our united voices" in calling for greater truth regarding the crimes of sexual abuse. (CW has posted a PDF of the letter on their site.) Some excerpts:
       Surely, everyone wishes that this crisis would be resolved for the good of all. Unfortunately, however, I find that some people are saying that the victim/survivors should simply forgive and move on with life. Yet such an expectation overlooks what seems to me to be the necessary sequence of events for forgiveness and peace to happen: (1) knowing and understanding the whole truth; (2) doing justice based on the whole truth; (3) allowing healing to blossom over time; (4) then granting forgiveness that releases one from bondage; and (5) finally welcoming the peace that comes from healing and forgiveness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

    Fomer priest jailed for sexually abusing boys

      [1978-79, and 1984-85. Ex-Fr Tony Walsh*. RCC. 16yrs prison. 3 boys.]  
       The Journal,
       IRELAND - A FORMER PRIEST who served a jail sentence for sexually abusing six boys has been jailed again for 16 years after being found guilty of abusing a further three victims between 1978 and 1985.
       The final four years of his sentence were suspended.
       Tony Walsh, 56, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a boy in west Dublin between November 1978 and April 1979. He also pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting another boy in a west Dublin school between January 1984 and December 1985, the Irish Times reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

    Complete Statement of James Goodness, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Newark

       
       The Star-Ledger,
       {Newark archbishop shielded at least 4 priests accused of sexual abuse}
       "What the Star Ledger Story Didn't Tell You About Our Commitment to Communication and to Protecting Children"
       NEWARK (NJ) - Jeff Diamant's Dec. 5 story makes a number of statements and draws conclusions about the commitment of Archbishop John Myers and the Archdiocese of Newark to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. These statements and conclusions are either misleading or outright wrong.
       Over close to a year and a half, I worked with this reporter on this specific topic. I outlined steps that the Archbishop and the Archdiocese had taken in each of the cases that he cited in his story, as well as in others. However, most of the information I supplied was not incorporated into the story. As a result, his reporting was, at best, incomplete, and at worst, deceptive. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM [COMMENT: A reporter did it!  The dog ate my homework! ENDS.]

    Archdiocese of Newark condemns Star-Ledger report on handling of priest sex abuse cases

     
       The Star-Ledger,
       NEWARK (NJ) – The Archdiocese of Newark issued a five-page response today blasting a report in the Sunday Star-Ledger detailing Archbishop John J. Myers' compliance with the church's charter on priest sexual abuse since 2002.
       The statement by James Goodness, spokesman for the archdiocese, condemns the conclusions in the report as "misleading or outright wrong." The Star-Ledger found Myers has on at least four occasions since 2002 shielded priests accused of sexual abuse against minors and one adult.
       Goodness said the archdiocese is complying with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a document that outlines how the church should deal with sexual abuse claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM
      
      

    An Open Letter from One Catholic Priest to All Other Catholic Priests Regarding the Need for the Revelation of Truth Concerning the Priest Sexual Abuse Scandal

     
       MILWAUKEE (WI) dotCommonweal
       December 6, 2010
       Dear Brother Priests,
       Soon after Christmas 2009 a group of priests here in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee met to begin what has become an effort to provide some pastoral outreach to victim/survivors of sexual abuse of minors by priests. Quickly we expanded our group to include some victim/survivors and others who support them. Together we initiated an ongoing series of simple candle vigil services for prayer and talking. The effort is making a difference.
       A question that is asked by some victim/survivors is where have all the good priests been? No doubt our presence now is warmly appreciated, but this challenging question has caused me to reflect on my own accountability. During my homily on the weekend of November 13 & 14, I explained that I had not been where I should have been. I was not standing with people in pain who needed the public presence of a priest. I had been inattentive when I should have noticed. I apologized. Of course, I cannot reverse time, I told my parishioners, but I can be different going forward, especially by standing publicly with those who seek the revelation of the complete truth regarding the priest sexual abuse scandal in the Church. The reaction of my parishioners has been powerfully supportive.
       Surely, everyone wishes that this crisis would be resolved for the good of all. Unfortunately, however, I find that some people are saying that the victim/survivors should simply forgive and move on with life. Yet such an expectation overlooks what seems to me to be the necessary sequence of events for forgiveness and peace to happen: (1) knowing and understanding the whole truth; (2) doing justice based on the whole truth; (3) allowing healing to blossom over time; (4) then granting forgiveness that releases one from bondage; and (5) finally welcoming the peace that comes from healing and forgiveness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

    Bishop Eddie Long Agrees to Mediation

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. (Rev Martin L. King Jr's daughter is a pastor at Atlanta.) 4 youths.]     
       The Huffington Post, Morris W. O'Kelly,
       GEORGIA - With little fanfare or news coverage, the four sexual coercion lawsuits confronting Bishop Eddie Long had the first hearing recently, with both sides opting for mediation to avoid a trial.
       Why no major news outlet or editorial columnist has discussed the implications of such a move is nothing less than egregious in nature. Despite the initial media crush and coverage and the incessant analysis of Bishop Long's statement on his website and "sermon," there's been nary a peep in response to the quest for mediation.
       Granted, if the future mediation in February does not solve the dispute, there is a tentative trial date set for July 11, 2011. This could still end up being resolved in a courtroom. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

    A priest speaks out.

      [RC Fr James Connell wants the truth to be released by the RCC.]  
       DotCommonweal, Posted by Grant Gallicho 3:59 pm December 6, 2010
       {Father Connell's letter}
       MILWAUKEE (WI) - Last week, Fr. James Connell, vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, stood on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and called on his bishop to release documents related to the local sexual-abuse crisis: "I am absolutely convinced that we need the truth. Justice requires that the truth be known." His appearance was a surprise to SNAP, which organized the press conference. According to Milwaukee News Buzz:
       SNAP called the press conference Tuesday after learning that lawyers for the archdiocese and Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba have asked a judge to seal a sworn statement given by Sklba in a local court case regarding priest sex abuse cases.
       (…) There is some irony in Connell linking arms with Isely. About a year ago, Connell was the subject of another press conference in which Isely called on the priest to step down from the internal church board that hears sex abuse allegations. Isely pointed out that Connell had investigated allegations against Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest who abused scores of deaf children, according to church records. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

    Paedophile ex-priest sentenced to 16 years

      [Tony Walsh]  
       Irish Examiner, Monday, December 06, 2010
       IRELAND - A former Dublin priest who was previously jailed for sexually abusing six boys has been sentenced to 16 years for abusing a further three victims.
       Tony Walsh (aged 56) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of indecently assaulting a male in a west Dublin church between November 1978 and April 1979. He pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting a male in a west Dublin school between January 1984 and December 1985.
       He was convicted by a jury last month of a further nine counts of indecent assault and five counts of buggery on the third boy between June 1, 1979 and June 30, 1983. He had denied all the charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

    Diocese drops request for court fees from Twin Cities man

     
       MINNESOTA Winona Post
       By Sarah Elmquist The state director of an advocacy group supporting those abused by members of the clergy visited Winona Thursday, taking aim at the Winona Diocese for seeking legal expenses related to a lawsuit from an alleged victim of former Winona diocesan priest Fr. Thomas Adamson.
       But by Friday, a statement issued by the Winona Diocese stated that it had stepped back from its suit requesting legal expenses. The Diocese issued a one sentence statement: "When the plaintiff filed for bankruptcy, all related actions were automatically stayed."
       Both Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt and Winona Bishop John Quinn were named in a civil case filed in 2006 by a Twin Cities man, Jim Kennan, who says he was repeatedly molested by Fr. Thomas Adamson. The civil case asked that the church publicly expose the names of child molesting archdiocesan clerics, but was tossed out last month because of the statute of limitations. Kennan filed an appeal, and both Bishop Quinn and Archbishop Nienstedt filed a request for Kennan to reimburse the church's legal expense in defending itself to the tune of $132,000. Both the Minneapolis-St. Paul Diocese and the Winona Diocese have since pulled back on the requests for funds. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:41 PM

    Former priest jailed for 16 years for abusing altar boys

       
       IRELAND - The Irish Times
       A former priest has been jailed for 16 years for 17 counts of indecently assaulting three altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
       Tony Walsh (56) of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy in a west Dublin church between November 1978 and April 1979.
       He pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting a boy in a west Dublin school between January 1984 and December 1985. Walsh was ministering as a priest in Ballyfermot during the period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:38 PM

    Inside the priests story: Searching for the abusers

       
       Washington Post, By Michelle Boorstein,
       UNITED STATES - The story started the way some of the best ones do, with a basic sort of question, the kind of question someone tosses out casually at the dinner table: What ever happened to the Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse in our area?
       Literally, where are they -- are they still in ministry? How were their cases handled? What happened to their faith? After years of the subject being on The Post's back burner, new scandals were emerging this spring in European parts of the church and questions were being raised about Pope Benedict's connections to old cases – the subject was in the news, which led us on The Post's religion staff to have this dinner-table-like conversation one day this spring. Little did we know what we were ourselves getting into.
       Eight months later, our attempt to answer that question ran on The Post's Web site and in the paper this weekend. It was one of the most convoluted reporting challenges I've had in my nearly 20 years on this job, and in truth, reporter Willian Wan and I weren't able to comprehensively answer our own question. This is due to several major factors: church secrecy, basic privacy rights, priests being either dead or unwilling to be interviewed, and the simple passage of time. People forget details. Records get lost. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

    Former priest jailed for abusing three boys

       
       RTE News,
       IRELAND - A former Dublin priest has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for abusing three young boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
       The final four years of the sentence were suspended.
       Tony Walsh was convicted by a jury at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last month of indecently assaulting and raping a boy over five years when his victim was between seven and 12 years old. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

    Gutachten zu Missbrauch im Erzbistum München vorgelegt

       
       Der Standard (Osterreich),
       Akten - 159 Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs oder Gewalt auffällig
       DEUTSCHLAND - Im Erzbistum München und Freising sind einem Gutachten zufolge in den Jahren 1945 bis 2009 mindestens 159 Priester wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs oder körperlichen Misshandlungen auffällig geworden. Die tatsächliche Zahl sei aber wahrscheinlich "wesentlich höher", sagte die Rechtsanwältin Marion Westpfahl. Ihre Kanzlei erstellte das Gutachten auf Basis von Akten und Gesprächen mit Mitarbeitern des Erzbistums in dessen Auftrag.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

    Ex-priest to be sentenced for abuse

       
       IRELAND - The Irish Times,
       A former priest is to be sentenced today for indecently assaulting three altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
       Tony Walsh (56) of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy in a west Dublin church between November 1978 and April 1979.
       He pleaded guilty to a further charge of indecently assaulting a boy in a west Dublin school between January 1984 and December 1985. Walsh was ministering as a priest in Ballyfermot during the period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

    'Stel waarheidscommissie in voor claims seksueel misbruik'

       
       Nu,
       AMSTERDAM NEDERLAND - De overheid zou een waarheidscommissie in het leven moeten roepen die claims van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk onderzoekt. Dit zegt advocaat Richard Korver, voorzitter van het Landelijk Advocaten Netwerk Zeden Slachtoffers (LANZS), maandag in reactie op de wens van een aantal slachtoffers om een parlementair onderzoek naar het misbruik in te stellen.
       De Tweede Kamer voelt daar nog niets voor, zo bleek zondag. Een meerderheid wil het advies van de commissie-Deetman afwachten. Dat zal donderdag worden gepresenteerd.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

    Paedophile Tony Walsh faces life term after guilty plea in abuse case

       
       Irish Examiner, Monday, December 06, 2010
       IRELAND - Notorious paedophile Tony Walsh is facing up to life imprisonment for sexually abusing three young boys while he served as a priest in Ballyfermot in Dublin.
       The 56-year-old with an address at Bunratty Road, Coolock, has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two of the boys and was last month convicted by a jury on separate charges of buggering and sexually abusing the third boy between 1979 and 1983.
       Nicknamed "Fr Filth", Tony Walsh was one of the priests investigated by the Murphy Report into clerical sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

    Former Dublin Priest Facing Sentencing Today For Indecent Assault

     
       IRELAND - East Coast FM,
       A former Dublin priest investigated by the Murphy Report into clerical sexual abuse is due to be sentenced today for indecently assaulting 2 males in the 1970s and 80s.
       56 year old Tony Walsh with an address at Bunratty Road, Coolock was last month convicted by a jury on separate charges of raping and sexually abusing a young boy between 1979 and 1983. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

    AN OPPORTUNE TIME FOR THE ROCKAWAY PENINSULA TO BE EDUCATED, NOT AGITATED

       
       Voice from the Desert, By Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.; (The writer is Co-Founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc.)
       NEW YORK - It is clear that the clergy sexual abuse scandal has disappointed, disillusioned, and disengaged many Catholic faithful, especially the young. It has also energized many faithful Catholics to action, among them the Rockaway chapter of Voice of the Faithful, which has as its first goal the support of victims of clergy sexual abuse. This small but committed group has ensured that victims of clergy abuse will not be abandoned and that any and all victims who wish to tell their stories will be guaranteed a compassionate and listening ear. They continue to assist victims and their advocates through what appears to be a lull in widespread media coverage and reports of cases of abuse. I urge the Rockaway Peninsula not to be deceived by such developments, since cases of abuse in Rockaway continue to emerge despite the seeming dearth of news reports of such.
       Recently, Thomas Trager, a Marianist religious brother and director of St. John's Home in Rockaway Park, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage boy who was in his care. His arrest has resurfaced more dramatically the issue of sexual abuse by religious figures in the Rockaways, in particular. The Rockaways has had its share of sexual abuse by clergy and religious persons, and it behooves all residents to resist being agitated by these reports of what they sometimes perceive as anti-Catholic bias or Church-bashing. Instead of being agitated by these reports, Rockaway residents should commit themselves to being educated about clergy sexual abuse in their backyard and beyond. The Brother Thomas Trager arrest provides an opportunity for all on the Peninsula to learn more about sexual abuse of minors, its causes and effects, and its prevention and elimination.
       There is a tendency for citizens of a community such as The Rockaways to "circle the wagons" when a trusted and respected member of that community is arrested for a heinous crime such as child sexual abuse. The temptation is to deny the crime, defend the perpetrator, and blame the victim. It is also tempting to distract others from being educated about the seriousness of the act of child sexual abuse. It is my hope that the good people of The Rockaways will resist these temptations in the matter of Br. Thomas Trager. While there has been no determination of guilt or innocence in the case, it is incumbent upon all to remain open to the possibility that, indeed, sexual abuse did occur at or near Saint John's Home and that the perpetrator was a respected religious authority. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM
      
      

    Faithful celebrate Lady of Guadalupe at Stockton festival

     
       STOCKTON (CA) The Modesto Bee
       By Kerry McCray - kmccray@modbee.com
       STOCKTON – More than 10,000 people, many from Modesto, paraded through downtown Sunday, paying tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe in an event marked with colorful costumes, lively mariachi music and an address by a guest who has stirred up a bit of controversy.
       Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, who served as a bishop of the Stockton Diocese in the early 1980s, returned for a parade and a Mass in celebration of the Virgin Mary. …
       A handful of protesters carriedsigns, objecting to Mahony's participation in the festival.
       In the past decade, Mahony's work on social justice issues, such as higher pay and better conditions for migrant workers, has been overshadowed by church sex-abuse scandals in the Stockton, Fresno and Los Angeles dioceses. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
      
      

    Accused priests not tracked, monitored

     
       UNITED STATES UPI
       {Washington Post story}
       WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Catholic priests accused of child abuse often vanish from public sight and even the church doesn't know where they've gone to, victims' rights groups say.
       The vast majority were removed from their posts long ago, but church officials say they have no way to monitor where the men are now, The Washington Post reported.
       Additionally, the church does not keep official data on how many priests were defrocked, how many were imprisoned or placed on sex-offender lists, how many are working or how many are now dead, the newspaper said Saturday. …
       Joe Maher of Opus Bono Sacerdotii says priests have been sacrificed to the church's rush to fix a broken system and that even guilty clergy deserve compassion.
       "The Catholic Church is all about redemption and hope, so we have to live that on Earth," Maher, who regularly circulates e-mails from priests in dire financial straits, says. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM
      
      

    Speakers say Catholic laypersons are key

     
       PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer
       By David O'Reilly Inquirer Staff Writer
       With American Roman Catholics leaving their church in record numbers, it will be up to laypersons - not just bishops and priests - to revitalize the faith, a panel of speakers told an overflow audience Sunday at St. Joseph's University.
       "The church has acted like a lazy monopoly," the Rev. Thomas Reese told the crowd at Mandeville Hall, noting that one in three baptized Catholics now leaves the church in adulthood.
       Reese, a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and former editor of the Jesuit magazine America, was one of three panelists invited by the university to discuss "The Future of the Church." …
       Reese, who is a Jesuit priest, laid much of the blame for the erosion of Catholic identity on what he described as a "culture of clericalism" in the church.
       Too many priests and bishops seem to believe that "we know better" than the laity "and we don't need to listen to them." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM
      
      

    WESTERN NEW YORK: New Episcopal Bishop Spun Role as Victim in Walkabout over Berkeley/Yale Scandal

     
       UNITED STATES Virtue Online
       By David W. Virtue and Mary Ann Mueller www.virtueonline.org December 5, 2010
       The Rev. R. William Franklin, who had been a priest for just five years in a Philadelphia parish before being elected Bishop of Western New York was forced to resign in December of 2001 after a Yale-initiated audit showed he had misappropriated Berkeley funds.
       Franklin, now 63, was Dean of Berkeley Divinity School, an Episcopal seminary affiliated with Yale Divinity School at that time. He is presently senior associate priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. He was recently elected the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Western New York on the seventh ballot. He edged out the Rev. Barbara J. Price, rector of St. Peter's Church in Amherst and the only local candidate in the four-person race in a tally in St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
      
      

    John Steinbock, Former Pedo-Priest-Protecting Diocese of Orange Bishop and Current Fresno Bishop, Now Rotting in Hell

     
       CALIFORNIA Orange County Weekly
       By Gustavo Arellano, Mon., Dec. 6 2010
       John Steinbock, the bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Fresno, no longer has to suffer through the hell that is cancer after passing away yesterday, but he can now look forward to an eternity of Satan for his lifetime of protecting pedophile priests. And before some apologist comments that I shouldn't judge lest I be judged, may I remind them that I never let a notorious child rapist take off to Tijuana ahead of the cops.
       I'll just rehash my post from two years ago to remind people about Steinbock's true ways instead of the whitewashing the Fresno media is already giving him--but what else would we expect from Fresno?
       Learn the truth, apologists:
       Sex-abuse victims remember Steinbock for protecting Father Eleuterio Ramos, the most prolific pedo-priest in Orange County history. When Ramos admitted to Steinbock--then auxiliary bishop and Bishop Michael Driscoll (now Bishop of Boise) that he molested a boy while serving at St. Anthony Claret in Anaheim, it was Steinbock who suggested Ramos get sent to "vacation immediately" instead of turning him over to the cops; Ramos would go on to minister to children in Tijuana and never served a day in jail for molesting at least 25 boys. Steinbock also knew about pedophile allegations lodged against Richard Coughlin when the Archdiocese of Boston sent him to Orange but didn't do anything about them; here, Coughlin continued his boy-buggering ways. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

    10,000 at celebration for Virgin Mary in Stockton

      [1970s - 1991 Ex-Fr Oliver O'Grady. ~ 25 boys. He became "Brother Francis". Lawyer Jeff Anderson exposed Roman Catholic pension $800 per month, protecting Cardinal Roger Mahony.]       
       The Record, By Jennie Rodriguez, December 06, 2010
       STOCKTON (CA) - Thousands of Latino Catholics gathered Sunday in downtown Stockton to honor their most beloved mother, the Virgin Mary.
       Presided over this year by Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles and former bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, the event was a festive occasion for an estimated 10,000 people - with the exception of a few protesters who objected to Mahony's presence, blaming him for having protected priests accused of child molestation. …
       Amid the festivities Sunday was a small disapproving group who felt Mahony should not have been recognized in such an important event.
       A few demonstrators with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests stood outside Stockton Arena, where Mass was celebrated after the parade, handing out fliers and blaming the cardinal of covering up child abuse at the hands of priests, including former Lodi priest Oliver O'Grady.
       The 2006 Academy Award-nominated documentary film "Deliver Us From Evil" deals with Mahony's decisions to reassign O'Grady after learning of his conduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

    Kamer: geen parlementair onderzoek misbruik

      [RCC]  
       De Pers,
       NEDERLAND - De Tweede Kamer voelt nog niets voor een parlementair onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Een meerderheid wil het advies afwachten dat de commissie-Deetman, die het misbruik onderzoekt, donderdag presenteert. Pas daarna kan mogelijk worden beoordeeld of de commissie zijn werk goed heeft gedaan. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

    Zit Roger Vangheluwe in Nijlen?

       
       Hbvl,
       BELGIE - In het Antwerpse Nijlen doet het hardnekkige gerucht de ronde dat Roger Vangheluwe (74), voormalig bisschop van Brugge, zich zou verschansen bij de plaatselijke paters. Die ontkennen in alle toonaarden.
       Na de publieke bekentenissen over jarenlange feiten van pedofilie in zijn familie, verschijnt Roger Vangheluwe (foto) niet meer in het openbaar. Na een verblijf in de abdij van Westvleteren gaf hij aan dat hij ergens 'in het verborgene' zou gaan leven. "Hij verbergt zich in Nijlen", wordt door alsmaar meer Nijlenaars verteld.
       Volgens de hardnekkige geruchten zou hij in 'de Picardie' langs de Bouwelsesteenweg verblijven, bij de Paters van de Heilige Familie.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM, December 06, 2010

    "Gerucht dat Vangheluwe in Nijlen is"

     
       De Morgen
       BELGIE - In Nijlen gaat het hardnekkige gerucht dat ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe zich momenteel aldaar ophoudt, met name bij de paters van de Heilige Familie. Dat schrijven de Coreliokranten. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM, December 06, 2010

    Poster crusade urges sex abuse victims: Don't suffer in silence

       
       Manchester Evening News, Alice McKeegan, December 06, 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM - A hard-hitting campaign was launched today to encourage victims of rape not to suffer in silence.
       Posters were going up across Greater Manchester to try to raise awareness of the support available to people suffering sexual abuse.
       Police have teamed up with the city centre's St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre to launch their Report Rape and Take Control campaign. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM, December 06, 2010

    Moving target

     
       The Lawyer, ~ December 06, 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM - Recent cases are changing the landscape of vicarious liability claims but have introduced less, not more, certainty. Rosalind Coe QC and Patricia Leonard report
       The doctrine of vicarious ­liability has been developing in recent years, particularly in claims for historic sexual abuse. While this development is to be welcomed, the parameters of the doctrine are now less clear.
       In Various Claimants v The Catholic Child Welfare Society and The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (2010) - known as 'the St William's litigation' - the Court of Appeal (CoA), developing the ­principle in Lister v Hesley Hall Ltd (2010), ­confirmed that there can be dual vicarious liability and dismissed the argument that this is limited to employment relationships.
       In Nevertheless, on the facts the court did not apply the doctrine to members of an institute of lay brothers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM, December 06, 2010
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon December 06, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Decision on Murphy report chapter due next week

      [RCC]  
       The Irish Times MARY CAROLAN and PATSY McGARRY
       IRELAND - THE HIGH Court will deal with issues surrounding publication of chapter 19 of the Murphy report into clerical child sex abuse in Dublin's Catholic archdiocese on December 15th, this day week.
       Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said that due to a misunderstanding there had been media reports that the court would deal yesterday with publication issues following the jailing on Monday of former priest Tony Walsh for the sexual abuse of three boys.
       On October 15th, 2009, Mr Justice Gilligan ruled that chapter 19 of the report, which deals with abuse by Walsh, and contains 21 other references to him, should not be published pending the outcome of the court cases. The judge said yesterday that the court was acutely conscious of the position of victims and it should be made clear that it was never intended to deal with chapter 19 of the report until December 15th. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

    Church honors advocate for abuse victims

      [Baptist]  
       Associated Baptist Press, By Bob Allen, Tuesday, December 07, 2010
       ARLINGTON, Texas (ABP) - A sometimes-controversial black Southern Baptist preacher recently honored an also-outspoken advocate for victims of sex abuse by Baptist clergy.
       Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, presented Christa Brown of StopBaptistPredators.org with an award Nov. 21 for sacrificial service by a Christian woman.
       The Phoebe Award is named for a woman mentioned in the Book of Romans as "a servant of the church" and "helper of many." McKissic's church gives it to a woman "who has made a difference in our world" or "someone who stands up for truth and right," said Veronica Griffin, Cornerstone's minister of communications and special events. She said the award is presented every three to five years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

    New abuse reports in 2010 led pope, Vatican to refine policies

     
       U.S. Catholic, By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, Tuesday, December 7, 2010
       VATICAN CITY (CNS) - New revelations about clerical sex abuse cases, particularly in Europe, led Pope Benedict XVI and his top aides in 2010 to look for ways to refine policies for handling accusations and strengthening child protection programs.
       In a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland, at a Mass marking the end of the Year for Priests, in speeches and in meetings with victims of abuse in Malta and in Great Britain, Pope Benedict acknowledged the horror of abuse and the shame of a slow church response.
       As 2010 drew to a close, he called the College of Cardinals to a meeting at the Vatican where the church's response to the scandal was one of the topics and where U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, announced the Vatican was working on new guidelines to ensure a "coordinated and effective program" for dealing with accusations and protecting children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

    'Kerk tilde niet zwaar genoeg aan pedofiliefeiten'

       
       RKnieuws,
       BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - De kerk tilde in het verleden minder zwaar aan het seksueel misbruik van kinderen door geestelijken dan ze dat had moeten doen. Dat zei kardinaal Godfried Danneels dinsdagavond in het televisieprogramma "God en klein Pierke" (Eén) in zijn eerste interview over de zaak-Vangheluwe.
       Het interview werd in oktober in de abdij van Orval afgenomen. De kardinaal getuigde dat hij nog altijd lijdt onder het misbruik van de gewezen bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe, die hij als vriend beschouwde.
       Volgens de kardinaal had de kerk geen idee van de omvang van het misbruik door geestelijken. Hijzelf was als bisschop maar drie- of viermaal geconfronteerd geweest met pedofilie gepleegd door priesters in zijn bisdom. Wel kreeg hij een aantal brieven van feiten gepleegd door geestelijken van ordes waarover hij geen zeggenschap had of van feiten die buiten zijn bisdom gebeurd waren. Destijds tilde men daar niet zwaar genoeg aan, want pedofilie is dubbel zo erg als dat in de kerk gebeurd, aldus nog Danneels. Maar de tijden zijn veranderd en nu erkent men het probleem. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

    Eerste getuigeverhoor in misbruikzaak rk-kerk

      [RCC.]  
       Trouw,
       NEDERLAND - Een 34-jarige man die is misbruikt door een inmiddels 88-jarige pater is dinsdag als getuige opgetreden in zijn eigen zaak. Hij is de eerste die in een voorlopig getuigenverhoor rond deze misbruikzaak binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk (RKK) is gehoord.
       Het is ook de eerste rechtszaak sinds in februari de stroom aan berichten op gang kwam over seksueel misbruik binnen rooms-katholieke instellingen. Pater Jan N., een in 1990 veroordeelde salesiaan, was ook opgeroepen als getuige. Hij kwam echter om gezondheidsredenen niet opdagen.
       De zaak draait om Dave ter Hoor, die via een civiele procedure een schadevergoeding wil van het bisdom Breda. Die was werkgever van pater Jan N. In 1980 werd een zaak tegen hem in verband met misbruik geseponeerd, ondanks een bekentenis. Vier jaar later werd hij pastoor in Terneuzen, maar in 1990 kreeg hij oneervol ontslag na een veroordeling wegens ontucht met drie minderjarige jongens.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

    Moraaltheoloog legt link tussen celibaat en misbruik

      [RCC]  
       RKnieuws,
       LEUVEN, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - Volgens Roger Burggraeve, emeritus hoogleraar moraaltheologie aan de K.U.Leuven, kan het celibaat wel degelijk leiden tot seksueel misbruik.
       In een uitgebreid interview met het Knack praat moraaltheoloog Roger Burggraeve deze week over de crisis in de kerk. Zo doet hij opmerkelijke uitspraken over het verband tussen het verplichte celibaat en het seksueel misbruik in de kerk.
       'Als je geen intieme relatie mag beleven, ontstaat het risico dat je je helemaal concentreert op je eigen lichaam, onder meer via masturbatie, of op minder menswaardige vormen van seksualiteitsbeleving', zegt hij.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

    Calif man pleads not guilty in priest assault case

      [RCC.]  
       San Francisco Chronicle,
      CALIFORNIA (AP) - A Northern California man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assaulting a Jesuit priest he has said molested him more than three decades ago.
       Will Lynch, 43, of San Francisco previously said he intends to take the case to trial so he can expose the alleged molestation and raise awareness about clergy abuse.
       "He's very resolute, he's very determined and he's going forward," Lynch's attorney, Pat Harris, said after the brief hearing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

    Man pleads not guilty to beating Los Gatos priest he says molested him

     
       SAN JOSE (CA) Mercury News
       By Tracey Kaplan tkaplan@mercurynews.com
       Determined to ''out'' the Jesuit priest he claims molested him, the man charged with the revenge beating of the cleric pleaded not guilty Tuesday, a move that brings the case closer to what is sure to be a highly publicized trial.
       Will Lynch, 44, clad in a navy blue suit, entered his plea in a decisive voice to one count of felony assault. His lawyer, Pat Harris, said outside the courtroom Lynch is ready to testify about the alleged attack in May on the Rev. Jerome Lindner at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.
       "The plan is to go to trial,'' Harris said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM
      
      

    Residential school survivors speak

     
       CANADA Saanich News
       Residential school survivors met with members of Anglican, Presbyterian, United and Catholic churches from Dec. 3 to 5 as a part of Open Hearts, Clear Minds: a Road to Reconciliation forum organized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Aboriginal Neighbours of Victoria.
       Approximately 250 survivors and parishioners met at the University of Victoria's First People's House and participated in discussions around aboriginal residential schools once operated primarily by members of the four churches. Both sides were represented equally in the event aimed at fostering healing for the victims.
       "It accomplished what we set out to do, which was have the survivors' stories heard by non-aboriginal people," said Ruth D'Hollander, vice chairperson of Aboriginal Neighbours. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:50 PM
      
      

    Pontifical Irish College rector ponders Pieta in light of sexual abuse crisis

         
       The B.C. Catholic, By Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News
       OTTAWA, CANADA (CCN)–When the rector of Rome's Pontifical Irish College ponders the devastation left by the sexual abuse crisis in Ireland, he remembers Michelangelo's Pieta, of "Our Lady holding her dead son."
       Msgr. Liam Bergin describes the statue, housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, is an image of "great brokenness" but notes that the Blessed Mother is in no hurry, as she is "holding and loving her dead son," to give up his body to Joseph of Arimathea for burial.
       "We proclaim Christ who died and rose again," he said in an interview in Ottawa, where he participated in the rededication of the Sean O'Sullivan Room on Parliament Hill Nov. 24. "We have to stay with people who are suffering." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM
      
      

    A Second Opinion on Oprah's "200 Men" Shows

     
       UNITED STATES Mind Parts
       As some of you know, The Oprah Show, did a two-part special on childhood sexual abuse of males. I basically panned the first show in Why I Did Not Appreciate Oprah's "200 Men" Show because I felt it was overly sensationalistic and focused mainly on men telling of their graphic abuse details.
       I was only able to watch the second show last week, and it was significantly better than the first. Probably it has done a good service to male survivors and their loved ones as many important themes were touched upon. To the uninitiated, to someone who has not started to heal, to spouses who are lacking closeness, I saw this as progress. So, for that I am thankful for the show. While the first episode is online in its entirety, the second is not. But I will do my best to summarize the show here as well as provide my own commentary. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

    Behind image of the singing priest … beast who raped little boys

       
       Herald, By Charlie Mallon, Tuesday December 07 2010
       IRELAND - TONY Walsh was once a popular priest, a Fr Trendy of his time.
       Gyrating during Elvis Presley imitations with the All Priests Show, the 56-year-old was a big hit in parishes in the Ballyfermot-Cherry Orchard area of Dublin.
       But away from the stage act, he was one of the most notorious clerical sex abusers, who raped and sodomised dozens of young boys in the 1970s-1990s.
       In 1992, with allegations against Walsh on the increase, Archbishop Desmond Connell set up a tribunal to investigate him which eventually recommended that he be defrocked.
       But Connell kept its findings secret. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

    Top Catholic educator concealed abuse knowledge

       
       MINNESOTA Seattle Times
       By PATRICK CONDON Associated Press
       MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Price was struggling with memories of the sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of a high school teacher, so he reached out to the religious order that runs the Catholic school he attended.
       De La Salle Christian Brothers, which educates more than 1 million students around the world, apologized for Price's pain and sought to reassure him. The order's Midwest leader said the brother in question had been forbidden from contact with anyone under 18 and was working in a prison.
       But in a 1995 letter obtained by The Associated Press, the leader neglected to mention something: The prison was for males from age 10 to 21. The writer of that letter, Brother Thomas Johnson, is now the second-ranking official in the worldwide order. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM
      
      

    Feds fighting sex abuse cycle in rural Alaska

     
       ALASKA Alaska Dispatch
       Craig Medred | Dec 6, 2010
       Hooper Bay, a village in far Western Alaska, is home to about 1,100 people, half of whom are under the age of 18. The village, located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim rivers delta, is home to 25 sex offenders, according to Alaska State Troopers.
       The sex offender ratio there -- 1 for every 44 people -- is about seven times greater than in Anchorage, the state's largest city. But with so many minors in Hooper Bay, the official ratio underestimates the scope of the problem. The number of sex offenders in the adult population comes to a ratio of something more like 1 in 22. …
       Over the years, Catholic priests from Outside have been implicated in sex abuse here, but so too businessmen and respected Native elders. And too often, the people leading the villages have been the perpetrators. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM
      
      

    Clergy's professional reputation hovers in the middle

     
       UNITED STATES The Christian Century
       (RNS) What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common?
       Americans say they are all more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a Gallup survey released on Friday (Dec. 3).
       Slightly more than half of Americans (53 percent) rate the moral values of priests, ministers and other clerics as "very high" or "high." That percentage is a slight bump from 2009, when only 50 percent of Americans said men and women of the cloth are ethical paragons, the lowest number in Gallup's 32 years of measuring professional reputations.
       Before the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in 2002, two-thirds of Americans had regularly approved of ministers' morals, according to Gallup. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM
      
      

    SNAP blasts Cardinal Burke's view of abuse crisis

     
       UNITED STATES Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       Cardinal Raymond Burke's recent comments about the church's ongoing clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis are hurtful, not helpful. They encourage complacency, not vigilance. And they are deceptive. Let's look specifically at three comments he made:
       1) "most of the cases are older. They haven't happened in the last, let's say, 10 or even 20 years." -- there always has been & will be a long lag time between when victims are hurt and when they disclose. So at best, it's disingenuous and naïve to assume the rate of clergy sex crimes is going down. At worst, it's reckless and deceptive. Only time will tell. There's just too little data now. -- The Vatican could, of course, collect such data but doesn't. (There's a good starting point for Benedict: just start compiling world-wise numbers on abusive priests… ) -- Four percent of the world's Catholics are in the US. The US, as best we can tell, is the only nation in which Catholic bishops have adopted a zero tolerance policy. (Never mind that it's followed only sporadically – at least it exists on paper though.) So in 96% of the world, Catholic bishops haven't even pledged to oust child molesting clerics (much less do background checks, train folks, etc.) Given this, how can Burke possibly claim clergy sex crimes "haven't happened in the last, let's say, 10 or even 20 years." -- For what it's worth, roughly once every other week we hear from/about a current or very recent clergy child sex abuse case in the US… Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM
      
      

    Victims to NJ Archbishop "House predator priests in 'secure treatment center'"

     
       NEWARK (NJ) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy, executive director 314 566 9790 SNAPclohessy@aol.com
       (NOTE: Yesterday's Newark Star Ledger has a story about 4 predator priests protected by Archbishop Myers)
       Yesterday's Newark Star Ledger, in a lengthy page one article, disclosed several instances of recent deceit and recklessness by Archbishop John Myers. The newspaper found that, on "at least four occasions," Myers:
       " shielded priests accused of sexual abuse against minors and one adult. In the four instances, the priests have either admitted improper sexual contact, pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct or been permanently barred from ministry by the archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct.
       The archdiocese also wrote a letter of recommendation for one of the priests, a week after it learned he was accused of breaking into a woman's home in Florida and possibly assaulting her."
       In light of these revelations, and for the sake of public safety, we call on Archbishop Myers to take these steps:
       1) Myers should do what 24 of his colleagues across the US have done: post on church websites the names of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Parents, parishioners and the public can't protect their kids from predators unless we know who those predators are. This is the bare minimum moral obligation of every Catholic prelate. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM
      
      

    Ex-Peoria bishop still protects predator priests; SNAP responds

     
       NEWARK (NJ) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy, executive director 314 566 9790 SNAPclohessy@aol.com
       (NOTE: Yesterday's Newark Star Ledger has a story about 4 predator priests protected by Archbishop Myers)
       Yesterday's Newark Star Ledger, in a lengthy page one article, disclosed several instances of recent deceit and recklessness by Archbishop John Myers (who spent `14 years as a bishop in Peoria). The newspaper found that, on "at least four occasions," Myers:
       " shielded priests accused of sexual abuse against minors and one adult. In the four instances, the priests have either admitted improper sexual contact, pleaded guilty to crimes stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct or been permanently barred from ministry by the archdiocese after allegations of sexual misconduct.
       The archdiocese also wrote a letter of recommendation for one of the priests, a week after it learned he was accused of breaking into a woman's home in Florida and possibly assaulting her." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM
      
      

    Calif. man to be arraigned in priest assault case

     
       SAN JOSE (CA) Mercury News
       The Associated Press Posted: 12/07/2010
       SAN JOSE, Calif.–A Northern California man charged with assaulting a Jesuit priest he says molested him more than three decades ago is making another court appearance.
       Will Lynch of San Francisco is scheduled to enter a plea Tuesday in Santa Clara Superior Court on a count of assault. He is accused of beating up 65-year-old Jerold Lindner earlier this year.
       Lynch's attorney, Pat Harris, says the 43-year-old plans to plead not guilty. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

    High Court to consider Murphy Report chapter

       
       IRELAND - RTE News,
       The High Court will deal with the publication of a chapter in the Murphy report into child sex abuse in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin on 15 December.
       The chapter deals with former priest Tony Walsh who was sentenced to 16 years in prison yesterday for the abuse of three boys.
       Last year Mr Justice Paul Gilligan ruled chapter 19, which deals with Walsh and 21 other references to him, should not be published until all the pending court cases had been completed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

    Wien entschädigt 32 Gewaltopfer

       
       OSTERREICH - Wiener Zeitung,
       Wien. Wien wird 32 Opfer von Gewalt in städtischen Heimen entschädigen. Das hat Jugendstadtrat Christian Oxonitsch (SPÖ) am Freitag bekanntgegeben. In einer Ausschusssitzung seien die dafür benötigten Mittel beschlossen worden, diese müssen am 15. Dezember noch im Gemeinderat abgesegnet werden. Zudem hat die Stadt eine Forschergruppe eingesetzt, welche die Geschehnisse aufarbeiten soll. Ergebnisse soll es im März 2012 geben.
       Die ersten Auszahlungen an Opfer sollen ab Jänner 2011 erfolgen. "Wir sind uns unserer Verantwortung für die schrecklichen Ereignisse, die einigen Menschen in Heimen der Stadt Wien widerfahren sind, bewusst", betonte Oxonitsch. Insgesamt hätten sich bisher 165 Opfer beim Weißen Ring gemeldet. "Das sind die Fälle, die uns namentlich bekannt sind", berichtete Marianne Gammer, Geschäftsführerin des Weißen Rings. Der Verein ist für die Betreuung der Opfer sowie für der Aufarbeitung ihrer Geschichte zuständig. Die Fälle werden anschließend anonym einem Gremium vorgelegt, das über Entschädigungszahlungen entscheidet. Den Vorsitz des Gremiums hat Udo Jesionek, Präsident des Weißen Rings, inne. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM
      
      

    What's the Real Meaning of the Season?

     
       UNITED STATES Healing and Spirituality
       Dr. Jaime Romo
       I saw a billboard this week that read, 'Jesus is the ONLY reason for the season.' This whole contest about reasons for this and every season makes me laugh. You've heard about the atheist group that put up a billboard in New Jersey that reads, 'You know it's a myth.' And then the Catholic League put up one that says, 'You know it's real.' These billboard theologies are more entertaining than meaningful when it comes to real issues like ending religious authority sexual abuse (RASA) and promoting healing for the generations who have known RASA.
       Does it really matter what we believe, if that does not lead to a concrete action? Particularly if what we believe is so wrapped up in sentimentality about the sacredness of children represented in the tragic nativity story that a god-child, magical in origin and spectacular in purpose would not be welcomed and left out in the cold. Well, that little child is alive today and has been abused and continues to be neglected by religious authorities and those who continue to focus on 'is the story true or not?'
       I think that a more useful question is 'What does it mean if the story is true?' or 'What does it mean if the story is a myth?' In either case, the implication is that we have a responsibility to live up to our best and highest potential and to extend safety and care to all around us, particularly children and vulnerable adults. A further implication is that we must speak up and intervene when church leaders do or have done wrong. This is what long time advocates like Gustavo Arellano, continue to do to expose and end RASA. There is finally a public move by some priests to speak up for survivors. Thank you. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

    Advocaten tegen verlenging verjaringstermijn seksueel misbruik

       
       Vandaag
       BELGIE - De Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk hoorde maandag twee Franstalige advocaten die slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk verdedigen. Ze waren het erover eens dat de verjaringstermijn voor dit soort affaires niét verlengd kan worden. Maar over de rol van assisen verschilden ze sterk van mening.
       De ene wil àlle zaken van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen voor assisen brengen, de andere niet. Beiden pleitten wél voor een circulaire van de procureurs-generaal om een nultolerantie in te voeren voor seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen.
       De Brusselse advocaat Pierre Chomé verdedigt niet alleen enkele slachtoffers in het dossier-Kelk in Brussel, maar ook die van Joël Devillet, een kandidaat-priester. Hij werd tot einde 1991 ernstig misbruikt door een priester en beklaagde zich daarover. Hij werd zelfs als slachtoffer erkend in de Kerk. Hij eiste dat de priester-dader uit zijn ambt zou verwijderd worden, zodat recidive onmogelijk was. Hij wilde ook een financiële tussenkomst in zijn therapie en hij wou dat hij zelf op het seminarie werd toegelaten.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

    Advocaten vallen uit tegen Walter Van Steenbrugge

     
       Vandaag
       BELGIE - In de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik hekelde advocaat Pierre Chomé achter gesloten deuren de praktijken van Walter Van Steenbrugge (foto). Dat zeggen meerdere onafhankelijke bronnen.
       Chomé pikte het niet dat Van Steenbrugge allerhande cliënten van overal in het land gaat ronselen om zich in Brussel bij onderzoeksrechter De Troy burgerlijke partij te stellen.
       "Deze klachten waren in behandeling bij de plaatselijke parketten. Nu komen ze in een mammoetdossier, waar ze misschien zullen verdrinken in de rest. Of misschien komt er van het hele dossier-Kelk wel helemaal niets meer terecht. De slachtoffers hebben geen baat bij dit systeem", aldus Chomé, die suggereerde dat hij namens meerdere advocaten sprak.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

    Vatican must hear 'anger and hurt' of American nuns, official says

         
       National Catholic Reporter (USA), By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.,
       ROME - Rome must acknowledge the "depth of anger and hurt" provoked by a visitation of American nuns, the Vatican's number two official for religious life has said, saying it illustrates the need for a "strategy of reconciliation" with women religious.
       Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said that he does not expect any "punitive" fallout from the visitation, and that before any decisions are made, women's communities should have a chance to know the results and to respond.
       That addresses a central concern of many women religious, who have objected to what some perceive as the secrecy of the process. Tobin said that as a matter of "justice and charity," he will "strongly advocate" for feedback and a right of reply. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM
      
      

    Vatican official speaks of a 'strategy of reconciliation' with women religious

         
       National Catholic Reporter (USA), By John L Allen Jr Dec. 07, 2010
       {Read the Interview: Vatican must hear 'anger and hurt' of American nuns, official says}
       ROME -- Rome must acknowledge the "depth of anger and hurt" provoked by a visitation of American nuns, the Vatican's number two official for religious life has said, saying it illustrates the need for a "strategy of reconciliation" with women religious.
       Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said that he does not expect any "punitive" fallout from the visitation, and that before any decisions are made, women's communities should have a chance to know the results and to respond. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM
      
      

    Statement of James Goodness, Director of Communications of the Archdiocese of Newark

     
       Roman Catholic Diocese of Newark
       "What the Star Ledger Story Didn't Tell You About Our Commitment to Communication and to Protecting Children"
       NEWARK (NJ) - Jeff Diamant's Dec. 5 story makes a number of statements and draws conclusions about the commitment of Archbishop John Myers and the Archdiocese of Newark to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. These statements and conclusions are either misleading or outright wrong.
       Over close to a year and a half, I worked with this reporter on this specific topic. I outlined steps that the Archbishop and the Archdiocese had taken in each of the cases that he cited in his story, as well as in others. However, most of the information I supplied was not incorporated into the story. As a result, his reporting was, at best, incomplete, and at worst, deceptive.
       Mr. Diamant claimed in the fourth paragraph of his story that the Archbishop and the Archdiocese were not abiding by the Charter, but then buried elsewhere in the story that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has found regularly that the Archdiocese complies with the Charter in both the letter and spirit of the law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
      
      

    Newark Archdiocese Responds To Cover-Up Accusations

     
       NEWARK (NJ) MyFox NY
       {video}
       MYFOXNY.COM - A report published in the Star Ledger on Sunday accused Newark Archbishop John J. Meyers of shielding priests accused of sexual abuse. Communications Director James Goodness spoke with Good Day New York on Tuesday about the claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM
      
      

    Integrating Sex Offenders At Church

     
       UNITED STATES Christianity Today
       Marian V. liautaud | posted 12/05/2010
       In a recent survey of nearly 3,000 church leaders, an overwhelming number said they believe churches should welcome known sex offenders, despite their criminal pasts.
       Nearly 80 percent said sex offenders should belong to a church, while only 3 percent thought they should be completely excluded, according to the "Sex Offenders in the Church" survey conducted by Christianity Today International, Your Church Today's publisher.
       The purpose of the research, which took place online in April 2010, was to learn the attitudes and actions churches are taking to help integrate known sex offenders into their faith communities. The 2,864 people who participated in the survey included ordained church leaders (15 percent), church staff (20 percent), and lay leaders (43 percent). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM
      
      

    Revenge attack on priest calls attention to statute of limitations on sex cases

     
       CALIFORNIA Mercury News
       By Tracey Kaplan tkaplan@mercurynews.com
       Will Lynch, who says he was sexually abused as a child, is finally getting his day in court -- but not the way he hoped.
       He's the one who must appear before a judge today on criminal charges, not the Jesuit priest he says raped him and his brother when they were little boys. Prosecutors were barred from charging the Rev. Jerome Lindner with child molestation, even though the Catholic Church eventually paid the brothers a settlement, because by the time Lynch reported the abuse -- about two decades after it occurred -- the six-year statute of limitations in effect at the time of the alleged sex assault had run out.
       Lynch now faces an assault charge on suspicion of tracking down Lindner and severely pummeling him in May in a bout of revenge against the priest. The case has led to passionate debate and called attention to the thorny legal issue of how long victims who were assaulted as children -- and often intimidated into silence -- have to seek justice in criminal court. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM
      
      

    Archdiocese of Newark denounces Star-Ledger report on sex abuse cases

     
       NEWARK (NJ) The Star-Ledger
       Monday, December 06, 2010
       {Read the complete 5-page statement by the Archdiocese of Newark}
       {Newark archbishop shielded at least 4 priests accused of sexual abuse}
       Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger
       NEWARK – The Archdiocese of Newark issued a five-page statement Monday denouncing a Sunday Star-Ledger story as "incomplete" and "deceptive" for concluding that Archbishop John J. Myers shielded priests accused of sexual abuse on at least four occasions.
       The Star-Ledger reviewed records dating back to 2002 that showed the archdiocese failed to notify the public about clergy accused of molesting children and wrote letters on behalf of another priest after learning he was accused of assaulting a woman.
       James Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, called the story's conclusions "misleading or outright wrong" and said Myers is complying with a U.S. bishops charter outlining how the church should deal with sexual abuse claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

    Victims of abuse praised by judge for bravery

       
       IRELAND - Irish Independent, By Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor, Tuesday December 07 2010
       A VICTIM of defrocked priest Tony Walsh yesterday described the life sentence he had imposed on him following years of sexual abuse when he was an altar boy.
       Walsh, who received a 12-year jail term for abusing three boys, now in their 30s, sat impassively as one of his victims told the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin that he smoked crack cocaine and became a heroin addict as a direct result of being abused by Walsh.
       Judge Frank O'Donnell described the now 38-year-old as an "absolute stalwart" after he read out a harrowing victim impact statement in which the victim disclosed that he had first tried to commit suicide at the age of 16. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

    Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on sentencing of Tony Walsh

     
       IRELAND Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
       Tony Walsh, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin was sentenced today for the grievous sexual abuse of three people when they were still only children. My first thoughts go to these victims and their families. I hope that the finality of the legal process will help bring them some sense of justice, of healing, of closure and hope for the future.
       Tony Walsh, however, abused many more children, the numbers are truly shocking. For some of these he has already served sentence. He caused untold destruction in the lives of numerous children. Today's news will sadly have re-ignited the ordeal of many of his victims.
       The Archdiocese of Dublin failed these children. It was too slow in recognising recognise that Tony Walsh was a predatory paedophile. When the extent of his paedophile activity was identified this dangerous man was allowed to continue in ministry for many years with the consequent damage visited on children. We now know he may have been abusing children even during his seminary formation. He was finally dismissed from the priesthood on the insistence of Cardinal Desmond Connell. It was a tragedy however, that Tony Walsh was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and thus had privileged access to children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

    Archbishop apologises as 'paedophile predator' jailed

     
       IRELAND - Irish Independent By Anne-Marie Walsh and Conor Gallagher Tuesday December 07 2010
       THE Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last night apologised to the victims of a "predatory paedophile" who was jailed for 12 years for sexually abusing three boys.
       Dr Martin admitted the church failed the victims of former priest Tony Walsh by being "too slow" in recognising his "grievous" abuse while based in a parish in Ballyfermot.
       He was speaking after Walsh (57), who was named in the Murphy Report on abuse in the Dublin diocese, was sentenced to 16 years, with four suspended, for the abuse of three boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

    Plaintiff calls for St. Elizabeth penalty

      [1960s+ Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. Boy + others. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 7, 2010
       DOVER (DE) - An attorney for plaintiff John Vai told a jury set to decide on punitive damages in Vai's priest sex abuse lawsuit to "send a message of deterrence … to make sure this never happens again" with its ruling.
       Attorney Stephen J. Neuberger told the Kent County Superior Court panel of 12 on Monday that this phase of the case "is no longer just about John Vai" but is also about other children who were abused by now-defrocked priest Francis DeLuca - and the people in the Roman Catholic parish of St. Elizabeth who covered up for DeLuca and hid his decades of sexual abuse.
       Parish attorney Colleen Shields decried the "conspiracy of secrecy and silence" that surrounded DeLuca's crimes and allowed him to quietly retire to Syracuse, N.Y., in 1993. "That wasn't right," she said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

    Priest played Elvis music to drown child's screams

       
       Irish Central, By JAMES O'SHEA, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer, Published Tuesday, December 7, 2010
       IRELAND - A Dublin priest who raped a seven-year-old young boy on the altar after tying him up with chords from his vestment sand played Elvis Presley songs to drown his screams was sentenced to 16 years for abusing young boys.
       Tony Walsh, 57, was a famous member of a priests' music group known for his Elvis impersonations. He was a serial molester whose activities were known to senior figures in the Dublin archdiocese who overlooked his crimes.
       Walsh's activities took up an entire chapter in the recent Murphy report on priestly abuse in the Dublin archdiocese. He was not actually named in that report as his case was continuing. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue December 07, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Lawyers earn €157m from institutional abuse cases

      [Irish RCC spends €157m so far on lawyers.]  
       Tribune, Ken Foxe, Public Affairs Correspondent, December 05, 2010
       IRELAND - Some €157m has been paid in legal fees to barristers and solicitors who worked on behalf of victims of institutional abuse.
       The costs make up more than 15% of all the money paid out as part of the redress scheme for thousands of people who suffered sexual and physical abuse in industrial schools and other institutions.
       Six firms of solicitors have earned at least €1m for their work on the cases while the maximum award paid to a victim was just €300,000. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM, December 08, 2010

    Slachtoffer seksueel misbruik eist geld van bisdom Breda

       
       Breda Journaal,
       NEDERLAND - Een slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk eist geld van het bisdom Breda. De 34-jarige Dave ten B. is in de jaren negentig misbruikt door een pastoor in Terneuzen. De werkgever van de pater is het bisdom Breda. De dader is veroordeeld tot een werkstraf, maar het slachtoffer probeert nu via een civiele procedure een schadevergoeding van het bisdom te krijgen.Het is voor het eerst, sinds het grootschalige misbruik van de kerk in Nederland aan het licht kwam, dat een slachtoffer voor de rechter een schadevergoeding eist. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

    Het Grote Lijden van de kardinaal

      [RCC]  
       De Standaard, Auteur: MARK EECKHAUT, donderdag 09 december 2010
       BELGIE - Het moet zijn dat de tekstweergave, geschreven, niet weergegeven heeft wat er in feite gebeurd is daar.' Het timbre van zijn stem, zijn lichaamstaal, het grotere kader: al die elementen zijn volgens kardinaal Danneels verloren gegaan bij de publicatie van de zogenaamde Danneels-tapes in deze krant eind augustus.
       En zo kreeg de lezer, aldus Danneels, een compleet verkeerd beeld van wie de kardinaal écht was en hoe hij zich écht had gedragen bij zijn ontmoeting met het slachtoffer van bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, waarvan de letterlijke weergave op 28 augustus in deze krant verscheen.
       Dat is de verklaring die de kardinaal dinsdagavond op Eén gaf aan tv-maker Martin Heylen in de serie God en Klein Pierke op de vraag hoe het kwam dat hij in de geschreven neerslag van de tapes in De Standaard zo 'wereldvreemd en uit een ivoren toren' overkwam.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

    Jury awards $30 million more in priest abuse case

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       The News Journal, December 8, 2010
       DOVER (DE) - A jury today ordered defrocked priest John DeLuca to pay an additional $30 million in punitive damages and St. Elizabeth Parish to pay an additional $1.
       Last week. the jury awarded John Vai $30 million in damages for the years of abuse he suffered in the late 1960s at the hands of DeLuca – an associate pastor at St. Elizabeth at the time – and held the parish responsible for $3 million of that award. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

    DeLuca owes $30 million in punitive damages; St. E's $1

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
       WDEL, {with audio}, By Amy Cherry,
       DELAWARE - John Vai's priest sex abuse trial against defrocked priest Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth's parish wraps up.
       The jury ordered DeLuca to pay Vai $30 million in punitive damages. That's in addition to the $27 million they've already ordered DeLuca to pay.
       St. Elizabeth's Parish in Wilmington was found reckless and ordered to pay one dollar in punitive damages, adding to the $3 million they already owe Vai. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

    Delaware jury goes easy on parish in abuse verdict

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       Washington Post, By RANDALL CHASE, The Associated Press, Wednesday, December 8, 2010
       DOVER, Del. - A Delaware jury that broke precedent by placing some of the blame for a priest abuse case with the local parish has gone light on the punitive damages.
       The jury on Wednesday chose to make St. Elizabeth's parish in Wilmington pay $1 for its negligence in not preventing former priest Francis DeLuca from abusing a child in the 1960s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

    Jury awards punitive damages in Del. priest abuse case

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]
       The Daily Times, By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press, December 8, 2010
       DOVER (DE) – A Superior Court jury on Wednesday assessed punitive damages of $1 against a Roman Catholic parish in Wilmington in a priest child sex abuse case after witnesses testified that a big award could devastate the church community.
       While assessing only token damages against St. Elizabeth's parish, the jury returned a punitive damage award of $30 million against former priest Francis DeLuca, equal to the $30 million in compensatory damages it awarded abuse victim John Vai last week.
       The jury last week found that St. Elizabeth's was negligent in not preventing DeLuca from sexually abusing Vai in the 1960s. It ordered that the parish pay $3 million of the compensatory damage award. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM, December 08, 2010

    Discrete ontboezemingen in de abdij van een suspecte kardinaal

      [RCC.]    
       NRC Handelsblad, door Hans Beerekamp, woensdag 8 december 2010
       BELGIE / NEDERLAND - Sinds maandag zijn mijn televisieavonden weer een stukje vrolijker geworden, dankzij De allerslimste mens ter wereld, een dagelijkse reeks om de supercup van de meest succesvolle kandidaten in de Vlaamse kennisquiz.
       Er zijn veel redenen aan te wijzen waarom het Vlaamse origineel zo veel aanstekelijker is dan de alweer gestopte Nederlandse namaak. Belgen houden van quizzen en waarderen mensen die meer weten dan een ander. Iedereen doet mee, van charmezanger tot oud-premier. Presentator Erik van Looy is een droge en gevatte en op de juiste manier onopvallende gastheer. …
       Gisteren doorbrak bij Heylen kardinaal Godfried Danneels een maandenlang stilzwijgen, na onthullingen over zijn doofpotstrategie rond seksueel misbruik door de Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe.
       In België is de golf van onthullingen over rooms misbruik harder aangekomen dan hier. Er is meer en harder bewijs van betrokkenheid van de top en het land was langer vroom dan wij. Vooral kardinaal Danneels was alom geliefd, in de woorden van Heylen „een monument van de moderne kerk dat na dertig jaar van zijn sokkel is gevallen."
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM, December 08, 2010

    Marr pleads guilty to theft

      [2007-09 Fr Thomas Marr - ? NEW*. RCC. Guilty plea. Money.]  
       Daily Times, By Steve Sharp of the Daily Times staff, Wednesday, December 8, 2010
       JEFFERSON, WISCONSIN - Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston on Tuesday accepted former Watertown priest, the Rev. Thomas Marr's guilty pleas to charges of theft in a business setting and theft by fraud. The matter was then adjourned for completion of a presentence investigation report.
       The maximum possible penalty for theft is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or a $10,000 fine, or both, relating to each count. Marr, 64, is a former priest at Watertown's St. Bernard Catholic Church.
       A criminal complaint in the matter stated that, between 2007 and 2009, Marr took money from various parish accounts. In addition, Marr also allegedly solicited funds from members of the parish, family members, other clergy and friends, representing that he intended to use the funds to assist parish members in financial distress. Marr promised that he would repay these people quickly. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM, December 08, 2010

    Parish seeks to avoid damages for priest abuse

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation. (No defendant or defence lawyer present)]  
       NECN, ~ December 08, 2010
       DOVER, Del. (AP) – School administrators for a Catholic parish in Wilmington are urging jurors not to slap the parish with punitive damages in a priest child sex abuse case.
       The jury last week found that St. Elizabeth's parish was negligent in not preventing former priest Francis DeLuca from sexually abusing John Vai in the 1960s. The jury awarded Vai $30 million in compensatory damages, with St. Elizabeth's responsible for $3 million of that amount.
       Leaders of St. Elizabeth's high school and elementary school testified Wednesday that an award of punitive damages could be devastating to the parish. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM, December 08, 2010
       [PONDER: About the finances: My kingdom is not of this world. (John 18:36).  What the parish ought to have done: Put away that wicked one from among yourselves (1 Corinthians 5:13). ENDS.]

    Bishop Eddie Long agrees to mediation

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. (Rev Martin L. King Jr's daughter is a pastor at Atlanta.) 4 youths.]     
       The Statesman, By Joshunda Sanders | Wednesday, December 8, 2010
       GEORGIA - Morris W. O'Kelly makes good points at the Huffington Post on developments in the cases against Bishop Eddie Long, who may avoid a trial by agreeing to mediation in the four sexual coercion lawsuits filed against him. The Christian Post first wrote about lawyers on both sides "wanting to resolve the matter quickly" in November. Here's O'Kelly's take:
       Granted, if the future mediation in February does not solve the dispute, there is a tentative trial date set for July 11, 2011. This could still end up being resolved in a courtroom.
       Bishop Eddie Long agreeing to mediation of sexual coercion charges is an end-run around the universally accepted moral and ethical responsibilities of any ecumenical leader. Mediation of sexual allegation grievances is tantamount to an admission of "some" guilt, "some" form of ministerial misconduct. Innocent folk don't make deals if the claims against them are baseless and untrue. Mediation for the accused is a forfeiture of the right to ever claim innocence, and readers should be absolutely clear on this point.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

    Bishop Eddie Long Seeking Settlement

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. (Rev Martin L. King Jr's daughter is a pastor at Atlanta.) 4 youths.] 
       KTBS,
       GEORGIA - A major development and in the case of the preacher of an Atlanta-area mega-church.
       Bishop Eddie Long is accused in civil lawsuits of inappropriate sexual relations with several young men.
       He says he's done nothing wrong. He vowed to fight. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

    Priest abuse lawsuit against Green Bay diocese can proceed

      [1978 Feeney]  
       Post-Crescent, By John Lee, December 8, 2010
       APPLETON (WI) – A civil trial against the Diocese of Green Bay by two brothers who were sexually assaulted by a priest can proceed, an Outagamie County judge has ruled.
       Judge Nancy Krueger rejected a motion by the diocese to dismiss the case filed by Todd and Troy Merryfield, saying there is adequate evidence the diocese knew Feeney was a threat to children when it placed him in several parishes where he continued to have contact with children.
       In denying the diocese's request to dismiss the case, Krueger also rejected the defense claims that the six-year statute of limitations had expired since the case occurred in 1978. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

    Judge Rejects Catholic Diocese's Arguments to Dismiss Lawsuit

      [Fr John Feeney]
       WISCONSIN - WBAY
       An Outagamie County judge ruled against the Green Bay Catholic Diocese in a child sex abuse case, and will allow a lawsuit to proceed.
       In 2004, a jury convicted former priest John Patrick Feeney of sexually assaulting brothers Todd and Troy Merryfield while serving at a parish in Freedom in 1978. A judge later sentenced Feeney to prison.
       During the criminal trial, the Merryfields discovered the diocese allegedly knew about other sexual assault allegations against Feeney. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

    Vatican Bank mired in laundering scandal

      [I.O.R. RCC. €23m seized. Another secrecy system.]        
       Ventura County Star, By Nicole Winfield, Victor L. Simpson, Associated Press, Posted December 8, 2010
       VATICAN CITY (AP) – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall.
       Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it's under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize €23 million ($30 million) in Vatican assets in September. Critics say the case shows that the "Vatican Bank" has never shed its penchant for secrecy and scandal.
       The Vatican calls the seizure of assets a "misunderstanding" and expresses optimism it will be quickly cleared up. But court documents show that prosecutors say the Vatican Bank deliberately flouted anti-laundering laws "with the aim of hiding the ownership, destination and origin of the capital." The documents also reveal investigators' suspicions that clergy may have acted as fronts for corrupt businessmen and Mafia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

    Danneels: "Ik lijd nog altijd onder het misbruik van Vangheluwe"

      [RCC]  
       Vandaag 22:07, 7 december, 2010
       BELGIE - Volgens kardinaal Danneels tilde de kerk in het verleden minder zwaar aan het seksueel misbruik van kinderen door geestelijken, dan ze dat had moeten doen.
       In zijn eerste interview over de zaak-Vangheluwe zegt Danneels dat hij "verrast" en "ondersteboven" was toen de zaak losbarstte. De kardinaal voelt nog altijd een diepe pijn over wat gebeurd is.
       Godfried Danneels zegt geen wrok te voelen, maar zal de gewezen bisschop van Brugge niet meer opzoeken. Hij getuigde in het televisieprogramma 'God en klein Pierke' dat hij nog altijd lijdt onder het misbruik van Vangheluwe, die hij als vriend beschouwde.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

    Devlies: "Class action voor slachtoffers seksueel misbruik kan niet"

     
       Hbvl,
       BELGIE - "De slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk kunnen geen class action opstarten, want dat bestaat wettelijk gezien niet in België". Dat zei staatssecretaris voor Justitie Carl Devlies (CD&V) in de Kamer aan Raf Terwingen (CD&V) en Sophie De Wit (N-VA). Hij floot daarmee advocaat Walter Van Steenbrugge terug. Die zegt dat hij met slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk een "class action" opstart bij de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy.
       Een class action is een rechtszaak waarin meerdere slachtoffers, die allen een soortgelijke schade hebben geleden, hun eisen bundelen. Dat resultaat moet tot een vonnis leiden dat ook geldt voor alle soortgelijke slachtoffers die niet aan deze rechtszaak hebben meegedaan.
       De vorige regering was van plan om in België een class action mogelijk te maken, vooral naar aanleiding van de grote gasramp in Gellingen. Maar door de val van de regering kwam er niets van in huis.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

    Merryfields' lawsuit can continue

       
       WLUK
       APPLETON, WISCONSIN - A judge has denied the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay's request to dismiss a fraud lawsuit brought by two abuse victims.
       Former priest John Feeney was convicted in 2004 of molesting Todd and Troy Merryfield in 1978, while Feeney was assigned to a parish in Freedom.
       After Feeney was sentenced, the Merryfields sued the Diocese for fraud, claiming the Diocese knew Feeney had a history of abuse and did not warn parishioners or remove him from ministry. The Diocese asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing the statute of limitations had expired and that the Merryfields did not provide sufficient facts the Diocese had knowledge of Feeney's conduct.
       However, in a ruling dated last week, Outagamie County Judge Nancy Krueger denied the Diocese's motion. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM
      
      

    Child exploitation probe nets 57 arrests

     
       CANADA CBC News
       Police have filed more than 200 charges and arrested 57 men in Canada and overseas after infiltrating a child pornography network.
       Twenty-five of those men are Canadian and together face a total of 131 charges, Toronto police Det. Paul Krawczyk said at a news conference Wednesday.
       The men come from all over Canada, including Vancouver and Conception Bay South, N.L. Seven of those arrested are from Toronto, Krawczyk said.
       The man from Conception Bay South is 51-year-old Robin Barrett, a former Anglican priest who pleaded guilty in September to owning and distributing pornography featuring children as young as six months. He will serve 2½ years in prison. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM
      
      

    PippiLeaks: Pope John XXIII praises Servants of Paraclete aid to 'priests fallen prey to insidious snares of evil'

     
       ALBUQUERQUE (NM) City of Angels
       By Kay Ebeling
       December 6, 2010
       The Vatican claims ignorance of peophiles in the priesthood until recent years, yet Pope John the 23rd gave a special commendation to Servants of the Paraclete in the 1959 document scanned here: "Our pastoral heart was greatly consoled when we learned of your very commendable apostolate among the Lord's own anointed, who, while bearing the 'heat of the day and burden' (Matt. XX. 12) have fallen prey to the insidious snares of evil that beset the path of priests." The Papal decree is the fourth entry in today's edition of PippiLeaks, which stands for Papal Insider Pedophile Priest Information Leaks, at City of Angels Blog. {See also a PDF of the Vatican document.}
       {Other C of A posts:
       - PippiLeaks: 1952 Fitzgerald letter says priests who 'tamper with virtue of young' should be secluded in monastery for life - PippiLeaks: Fitzgerald recommends Matrimony for priests who cannot remain celibate, in 1961 letter to Bishop of Manchester re J. T. S. - PippiLeaks Pictures of Servants of Paraclete Leaders - Destruction of Documents: Outstanding quotes from Munich Diocese where Pope was bishop} Posted by Terry McKiernan at 8:56 AM
      
      

    Ex-priest Resigns After Past Comes to Light

     
       BAR HARBOR (ME) Fenceviewer
       Written by Robert Levin Wednesday, December 08, 2010
       BAR HARBOR – A former Catholic Priest resigned abruptly from the board of the Bar Harbor Housing Authority (BHA) on Dec. 1, after his convictions on charges of child sex abuse came to light.
       W. Dayton Salisbury, 79, had been a resident commissioner on the BHA board for at least 10 years. He lives at the BHA's Malvern-Belmont apartments at 80 Mount Desert St.
       Mr. Salisbury, a native of Bar Harbor, was twice convicted of sexual molestation charges while working out of state as a Roman Catholic priest.
       In 1979, Mr. Salisbury pleaded no contest to indecency with a child in Houston, Texas. He received three years of probation. In 1993, in Washington, D.C., Mr. Salisbury pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, and was convicted of committing an indecent act on a minor, for which he was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and one year of probation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

    Several Fargo Child Sex Cases Settle vs. Catholic Church

     
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com),
       UNITED STATES - We are grateful to the brave North Dakota men who publicly exposed Brother Raimond Rose, a dangerous child molesting Catholic cleric who taught in Fargo. Because of their courage and compassion, thousands of Catholic parents now understand that they should keep their kids away from Rose and that they cannot trust the hierarchy of the Christian Brothers.
       We hope the settlements bring a measure of comfort and closure to these deeply wounded men. They certainly deserve it. Often, victims do feel some degree of validation when they successfully force complicit employers to finally take some responsibility for terrible crimes committed by their sick employees.
       At the same time, however, no amount of money can ever restore or 'un-do' a stolen childhood or shattered psyche. So we urge every child sex abuse victim to stay in therapy and support groups, no matter what may or may not happen in the legal arena. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM
      
      

    Sixteen child sex cases against cleric settle

     
       CHICAGO (IL) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       WHAT Holding signs and photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will --disclose/discuss 16 recent settlements involving child molesting cleric who worked and lived recently in Chicago, --announce that he's been moved to an undisclosed location in Pennsylvania, --blast a top Catholic official who lied and helped the predator get a job where he molested again, and --urge the Pope to discipline that official.
       WHEN Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m.
       WHERE Outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 835 N Rush Street , north of Chicago Ave Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM
      
      

    Hugh Dallas appeals sacking with SFA

       
       Evening Times Matthew Lindsay
       SCOTLAND - Hugh Dallas has lodged an official appeal against his sacking as the SFA head of referee development.
       Former World Cup whistler Dallas and four other SFA employees were dismissed for forwarding an e-mail which linked the visit of the Pope to Scotland with the child abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church.
       Under the governing body's disciplinary procedures, the five staff members had until yesterday to appeal against the sanction. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

    Joliet Diocese names interim bishop

       
       JOLIET (IL) Daily Herald
       By Elisabeth Mistretta
       As the Joliet Diocese waits for Pope Benedict XVI to name its new bishop, diocese leaders named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Siegel as its administrator.
       Siegel was elected by the College of Consultors just days after former Bishop Peter Sartain left to become the Archbishop of Seattle on Dec. 1.
       Advertisement Sartain's elevation was announced in September, and diocese officials anticipated that Siegel would be named as his interim successor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM
      
      

    Professor accused of child sex abuse

     
       NAPERVILLE (IL) Naperville Sun
       BY BILL BIRD wbird@stmedianetwork.com Dec 7, 2010
       The man charged with sexually abusing a child earlier this year in Naperville is an adjunct professor at a community college and, reportedly, a minister.
       James W. French, 63, of upstate Dakota, remained Tuesday in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton on a $250,000 bond. He faces trial on a felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
       Naperville police on Thursday arrested French at his home and seized what Sgt. Gregg Bell characterized as "pertinent evidence to the investigation." Police on Nov. 16 began looking into French's activities after being contacted by officials of the DuPage County Children's Advocacy Center, which investigates molestation allegations involving children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM
      
      

    Stateline Pastor, RVC Adjunct Professor Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

     
       NAPERVILLE (IL) WIFR
       NAPERVILLE (WIFR) -- A stateline pastor and part-time professor at Rock Valley College is currently in a DuPage County Jail… facing charges of sexually abusing a child.
       63-year old James French was arrested at his Dakota home on Thursday, accused of having a sexual encoutner with a minor at a residence in Naperville. The alleged incident was reported on November 15th
       According to his autobiography, French was the founding pastor of Indian Grove Country Church serving from 1987-2008. French was also a full time teacher at Aquin High School in the late 80's, a Stephenson County Board member from 1989-to-1992, and the Founding Chairman of the Stephenson County 9-1-1 Board from 1990-92. He's been teaching Western Civilization and U.S. history at Rock Valley since 2008. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM
      
      

    Fresno Bishop John Steinbock dies at 73

     
       CALIFORNIA The Kansas City Star
       By MITCHELL LANDSBERG Los Angeles Times
       John Steinbock, the Roman Catholic bishop of Fresno, Calif., who presided over a period of tremendous growth in his diocese and was known as a strong administrator, a down-to-earth cleric and a hole-in-one golfer, died Sunday of lung cancer. He was 73.
       A former parish priest in Los Angeles, Steinbock had led the Diocese of Fresno since 1991 and was credited with turning around its finances and welcoming the immigrants who accounted for an increasingly large proportion of its flock. Under his leadership, the diocese, encompassing most of the San Joaquin Valley, grew from about 350,000 worshipers to more than 1 million, according to diocesan officials. …
       Like many Catholic bishops, he faced strong criticism over his handling of cases of sexual abuse by priests, although some praised him for taking a relatively forthright approach. In one recent case, a Sacramento attorney dropped a lawsuit against the diocese after discovering that Steinbock had removed the priest from the ministry and notified his previous parishes of the alleged crimes.
       "I've filed a lot of these cases, and I've been almost uniformly critical of the handling of the cases, but it seemed to me that he'd responded in a reasonable and appropriate manner," said the lawyer, Joseph George. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM
      
      

    Richmond man alleged sexual abuse by teacher

     
       RICHMOND (VA) Richmond Times-Dispatch
       By From staff and wire reports Published: December 08, 2010
       A Richmond man who says he was sexually abused by a high school teacher in North Dakota is one of 21 men who have filed lawsuits against the teacher, Brother Raimond Rose, for cases dating back to the 1960s.
       Kevin Price, 47, who moved to Richmond 10 years ago and raises money for nonprofits, said he was struggling with memories of the abuse by his religion teacher his freshman year at Shanley High School in Fargo, N.D.
       The lawsuit Price joined, filed by a former classmate, was settled this summer with the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, which ran the school, and the religious order that provided teachers, De La Salle Christian Brothers. Price declined to release details of the settlement because he signed a confidentiality agreement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM
      
      

    N.J. Senate to consider relaxing limits on sex abuse lawsuits

     
       NEW JERSEY NJ.com
       Wednesday, December 08, 2010
       Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau
       TRENTON – When a 26-year-old man known as "R.L." sued his former stepfather for allegedly sexually abusing him when he was 10 years old, he had to fight all the way to the state Supreme Court just to get the case heard.
       New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations on lawsuits for sexual abuse, which means victims have only two years to sue after they realize they were damaged by abuse.
       "It was far more arduous than it should have been," said Victor Rotolo, an attorney who represented "R.L.," whose identity remains protected.
       On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue – and allow them to take action against clergy, educators and others who knew about abuse and did nothing to stop it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed December 08, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Legion Begins to Revise Constitutions

      [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.]         
       Zenit DEC. 9, 2010
       ROME, Italy, (Zenit.org).-The Legionaries of Christ have announced the members of the central committe for the revision of the constitutions.
       On Wedneday, the general directorate of the Legion reported that the pontifical delegate, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, will preside over the commission, and that the committee will be made up of six priests.
       Two non-Legionaries will act as personal advisors: Jesuit Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Father Agostino Montan of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Four Legionary priests were also named to the committee: Father Roberto Aspe Hinojosa, Father Anthony Bannon, Father José García Sentandreu, and Father Gabriel Sotres. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

    Commissie misbruik: Rooms-katholieke hulp deugt niet

      [RCC]  
       Elsevier, 12:55, donderdag 9 december 2010
       NEDERLAND - De commissie-Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen Rooms-katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, wil af van Hulp&Recht. Het bestuur van het Rooms-katholieke meldpunt laat in een reactie weten dat het bereid is op te stappen.
       Oud-minister Wim Deetman heeft zijn eerste adviezen over de hulpverlening aan misbruikslachtoffers donderdagochtend in Den Haag gepresenteerd.
       'Toen de hausse aan klachten binnenkwam, was de organisatie daar volstrekt niet op voorbereid,' constateert Deetman. 'Toen de klachtenstroom aanhield was er enige verbazing en hulpeloosheid over hoe nu verder.'
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

    Kerk snel om de tafel over advies Deetman

      [RCC]
       Nieuws
       NEDERLAND (Novum) - De katholieke kerk wil snel in overleg met de kerkelijke instelling Hulp & Recht om de adviezen van de commissie-Deetman te bespreken. Dat laten de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR) donderdag weten.
       Beide organisaties gaven opdracht voor het onderzoek van Deetman. Die kraakte donderdag kritische noten over de hulpverlening door Hulp & Recht aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen. In reactie daarop bood het bestuur van Hulp & Recht zijn ontslag aan.
       De bisschoppen en KNR danken Deetman voor het deskundige advies dat 'veel stof tot reflectie' biedt. Zij willen nu snel praten over de consequenties van het rapport en de uitvoering van de adviezen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

    Deetman uit kritiek op misbruik stichting

     
       RTV,
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND - De commissie Deetman adviseert de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen ingrijpend te verbeteren. Daarbij zou geen rol meer zijn voor de Utrechtse stichting Hulp en Recht.
       Die kerkelijke stichting is nu het enige loket voor hulpverlening en juridische stappen voor slachtoffers en dat moet veranderen. Deetman vindt dat de stichting Hulp en Recht tegengestelde belangen dient van zowel de kerk als de slachtoffers. Die moeten voortaan worden doorgestuurd naar de juiste hulpverlening, vindt Deetman.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

    Deetman bepleit reorganisatie Hulp&Recht

     
       RKnieuws
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND (RKnieuws.net) - De afhandeling van meldingen van seksueel misbruik in de kerk moet vooral 'openbaar en transparant' zijn. Dat stelde Wim Deetman, tijdens de presentatie van de eerste onderzoeksresultaten van de misbruik-commissie Deetman.
       Deetman leverde kritiek op het functioneren van Hulp&Recht, de kerkelijke organisatie die meldingen afhandelt. Hulp&Recht kon vanwege verschillende aandachtspunten haar taken niet goed uitvoeren, aldus Deetman. Onder andere het gemis aan onafhankelijkheid en het onduidelijke takenpakket waren "een belasting voor het goede functioneren van de organisatie".
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

    Chesal en Dohmen Journalist van het Jaar 2010

      [RCC]  
       Metro,
       AMSTERDAM, NEDERLAND (ANP) - Robert Chesal van Radio Nederland Wereldomroep en Joep Dohmen van NRC Handelsblad zijn door Villamedia uitgeroepen tot Journalist van het Jaar 2010. Beide journalisten zijn verkozen vanwege hun berichtgeving over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk, maakte de hoofdredacteur van het vakblad donderdag bekend.
       Bij de prijs hoort een beeldje van de Haagse kunstenaar Loek Bos dat beide prijswinnaars in januari krijgen uitgereikt in sociëteit Nieuwspoort in Den Haag.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

    Statement Regarding the Late Fr. Czeslaw Szymanski, O.S.P.

       
       Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston,
       For Immediate Release Contact: Kelly Lynch, klynch@rasky.com , (617) 391-9639, December 9, 2010
       {Further information: Newspaper story on the priest's death; obituary from the Lowell Sun; notice of the funeral service.}
       (BRAINTREE, Mass.) …The Archdiocese of Boston today issued the following statement relating to complaints of sexual abuse of a minor being brought against the late Fr. Czeslaw Szymanski, O.S.P:
       "We are troubled and saddened any time new allegations are brought to our attention and, today, we extend our concern and prayers for the individuals and parish communities impacted by this difficult news. We have notified law enforcement of these allegations and are awaiting additional detail from the claimants."
       "The Archdiocese will work to resolve these claims against the late Fr. Czeslaw Szymanski, O.S.P in accordance with its policies. The Archdiocese has offered counseling to the individuals who have come forward and will proceed in a manner that is just and respectful of survivors' pastoral needs. ..." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM
      
      

    Diocese responds to Outagamie Co. court ruling

     
       WISCONSIN Fox 11
       GREEN BAY - The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is responding to a ruling that a lawsuit brought by two abuse victims can proceed.
       Former priest John Feeney was convicted in 2004 of molesting Todd and Troy Merryfield in 1978, while Feeney was assigned to a parish in Freedom.
       After Feeney was sentenced, the Merryfields sued the diocese for fraud, claiming the diocese knew Feeney had a history of abuse and did not warn parishioners or remove him from ministry. The diocese asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing the statute of limitations had expired and that the Merryfields did not provide sufficient facts the diocese had knowledge of Feeney's conduct.
       The diocese released the following statement Thursday:
       "We are grateful to have had the opportunity to present to Judge Krueger our Motion for Summary Judgment in which we provided numerous documents," says Deacon Tim Reilly, Diocesan Director of Administration. "For 32 years, we have fully cooperated with each investigation and provided thousands of documents from our files. In our view, there is no indication that any diocesan official had knowledge of sexual molestation prior to the Merryfields' case in 1978. We believe that we demonstrated there was never any fraud, and we trust that we will prevail as the legal process unfolds." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

    Deetman: nieuwe organisatie voor slachtoffers misbruik

       
       De Volkskrant,
       AMSTERDAM, NEDERLAND - Een nieuw 'kwaliteitscentrum' voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk moet er voor zorgen dat de hulpverlening aan die slachtoffers flink wordt verbeterd. Ook moet er een collectieve regeling voor schadevergoedingen komen, ook als de zaak is verjaard.
       Dat zei voorzitter Wim Deetman, bij de presentatie van het eerste rapport van de commissie die onderzoek doet naar het misbruik binnen de kerk. De commissie beveelt 'met klem' aan om het beroep op verjaring niet leidend te laten zijn in de behandeling van meldingen van slachtoffers.
       Deetman had kritiek op Hulp&Recht, de kerkelijke instantie die tot dusver klachten in behandeling nam namens de kerk. Die organisatie was volgens de commissie niet voorbereid op het enorme aantal meldingen van seksueel misbruik. Hulp&Recht zou volgens de commissie omgevormd moeten worden tot een organisatie die bestaat uit een klachtencommissie, een meldpunt en een professioneel kwaliteitscentrum. Bij dat centrum moeten klagers eenvoudig en op deskundige wijze worden doorverwezen naar de juiste hulpverlening.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

    Deetman wil af van Hulp en Recht

     
       De Gelderlander,
       DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND - De onderzoekscommissie-Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, wil zo snel mogelijk af van het huidige katholieke meldpunt Hulp & Recht. Dat heeft oud-minister Wim Deetman donderdag bekendgemaakt in Den Haag.
       Daarnaast adviseert de commissie aan de opdrachtgevers, de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR) dat een beroep op verjaring bij de vraag naar schadevergoedingen niet leidend mag zijn.
       Deetman zei verder dat het denkbaar is dat de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk een collectieve regeling aanbiedt aan slachtoffers. Ook adviseert Deetman aan de bisschoppen en de KNR een kwartiermaker in te stellen, 'omdat het advies op korte termijn veel werk met zich mee zal brengen'. De kwartiermaker zou dan de aanbevelingen van de onderzoekscommissie kunnen uitwerken.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

    Commissie-Deetman kritisch over slachtofferhulp

     
       Nu, {met video},
       AMSTERDAM, NEDERLAND - De onderzoekscommissie-Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, wil zo snel mogelijk af van het huidige katholieke meldpunt Hulp&Recht.
       Dit heeft oud-minister Wim Deetman donderdagochtend in Den Haag bekendgemaakt bij het eerste advies over de hulpverlening aan de slachtoffers. De onderzoekscommissie pleit niet voor onafhankelijke slachtofferhulp, los van de katholieke kerk.
       "Er geldt geen overheidsverantwoordelijkheid voor wat in eigen kring fout is gegaan. Dat komt voor verantwoordelijkheid voor de betrokkenen, voor de dader." Hij stipte daarbij aan dat de slachtofferhulp ook gefinancierd moet worden.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

    Deetman: RKK moet hulp verbeteren

      [RCC]
       Reformatorisch Dagblad,
       DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND – De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in Nederland moet een kwaliteitscentrum oprichten voor hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Daardoor kan de hulp aan slachtoffers en de behandeling van klachten „ingrijpend verbeterd" worden.
       Dat staat in het donderdagmorgen verschenen advies van de commissie-Deetman, die op verzoek van de RK-Kerk en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen onderzoek doet naar misbruik binnen rk-instellingen. De commissie staat onder leiding van oud-Kamervoorzitter Deetman.
       De commissie adviseert om de huidige instelling die klachten behandelt, Hulp & Recht, om te vormen tot een organisatie die bestaat uit een klachtencommissie, een meldpunt en een professioneel kwaliteitscentrum. Dit Kwaliteitscentrum Seksueel Misbruik moet mensen die hulp nodig hebben, doorverwijzen naar de juiste instanties. Ook dient het gespreksgroepen voor slachtoffers mogelijk te maken.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

    Harde kritiek op kerkelijke hulp aan slachtoffers misbruik

      [RCC]
       NRC Handelsblad 9 nov. 2010
       Den Haag, Nederland - Het katholieke klachtenbureau Hulp en Recht is tekort geschoten in de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk moet de hulp en de behandeling van misbruikklachten ingrijpend verbeteren. Ook moet er een collectieve schadevergoedingsregeling komen, waarbij de Kerk zich niet moet beroepen op verjaringstermijnen.
       Dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman in haar vanmorgen gepresenteerde advies Naar hulp, genoegdoening, openbaarheid en transparantie. De commissie doet in opdracht van de Kerk onderzoek doet naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen de Kerk.
       Volgens Deetman faalde het bestuur van Hulp en Recht toen dit voorjaar een grote stroom slachtoffers van pedofiele priesters en religieuzen zich meldde. Het bestuur wachtte te lang met het professioneel opvangen van de bijna 1.800 meldingen en klachten. „Het bestuur is verantwoordelijk, was op de hoogte van de ernst van de situatie, reageerde onvoldoende adequaat en schoot dan ook tekort". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

    Bestuur Hulp & Recht stapt zonodig op

     
       De Telegraaf,
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND - Het meldpunt van seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen Hulp & Recht trekt zich de kritiek van onderzoekscommissie-Deetman „zeer aan". Dat heeft de woordvoerder van het meldpunt donderdag laten weten.
       Het bestuur is bereid om op te stappen, mochten de bisschoppen en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR) dat verlangen. „Ze zullen er alles aan doen om de nieuwe organisatie goed te laten verlopen."
       De commissie die het seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, heeft de bisschoppen en de KNR donderdag geadviseerd Hulp & Recht om te vormen tot een nieuwe organisatie. Die zou moeten bestaan uit een klachtencommissie, een meldpunt van seksueel misbruik en een professioneel 'kwaliteitscentrum'. Dat centrum verwijst melders van seksueel misbruik die professionele hulp nodig hebben dan door naar de juiste hulpverleningsinstellingen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

    'Kerk faalt bij hulp misbruikslachtoffers'

      [RCC.]
       Joop,
       NEDERLAND - Het katholieke klachtenbureau Hulp en Recht heeft gefaald in de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. De behandeling van meldingen van misbruik moet dan ook ingrijpend verbeteren. Dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman in haar vanmorgen gepresenteerde advies Naar hulp, genoegdoening, openbaarheid en transparantie. Dat meldt NRC Handelsblad.
       De commissie Deetman doet in opdracht van de Kerk onderzoek doet naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen de Kerk. Deetman schrijft dat Hulp en Recht volstrekt inadequaat reageerde op de 1800 klachten die vanaf afgelopen voorjaar binnen kwamen, zo meldt NRC. "Het bestuur is verantwoordelijk, was op de hoogte van de ernst van de situatie, reageerde onvoldoende adequaat en schoot dan ook tekort", aldus Deetman.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

    "Hulp aan slachtoffers misbruik verbeteren"

      [RCC]
       De Redactie,
       NEDERLAND - In Nederland adviseert de commissie-Deetman om de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen ingrijpend te verbeteren. De commissie heeft bijna 2.000 meldingen van misbruik binnengekregen.
       De commissie-Deetman ging in de lente van dit jaar aan de slag nadat er in korte tijd ook in Nederland honderden meldingen binnenkwamen van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. De bisschoppen besloten daarop dat er een onafhankelijk onderzoek moest komen naar die klachten. Dat onderzoek werd geleid door de voormalige minister en oud-burgemeester van Den Haag, Wim Deetman (foto). De bisschoppen beloofden mee te werken
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

    Kritiek op hulp misbruikslachtoffers

      [RCC]
       De Telegraaf,
       Den Haag, Nederland - Het katholieke klachtenbureau Hulp en Recht is tekort geschoten in de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik en moet in de huidige vorm zo snel mogelijk verdwijnen. De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk moet de hulp en de behandeling van misbruikklachten ingrijpend verbeteren.
       Dat is het advies dat de commissie-Deetman donderdag heeft gepresenteerd.
       De kerkelijke stichting Hulp en recht is nu het enige loket voor hulpverlening en juridische stappen en dat moet volgens de commissie veranderen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:11 PM

    Deetman bekritiseert Hulp en Recht

      [RCC]
       NOS, {met video},
       NEDERLAND - De commissie-Deetman adviseert de hulp aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen ingrijpend te verbeteren. De kerkelijke stichting Hulp en Recht is nu het enige loket voor hulpverlening en juridische stappen, en dat moet veranderen.
       Deetman vindt dat de stichting Hulp en Recht tegengestelde belangen dient, door zowel voor de slachtoffers als voor de kerk te werken. Slachtoffers moeten in het vervolg worden doorgestuurd naar de juiste hulpverlening, stelt Deetman.
       Deetmans commissie heeft bijna 2000 meldingen ontvangen. Eind volgend jaar brengt de commissie zijn eindverslag uit.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

    Commissie-Deetman presenteert eerste rapport

     
       Nu,
       DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND - De commissie-Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, presenteert donderdag haar eerste advies in Den Haag. Dat zal gaan over de hulpverlening aan de slachtoffers. De bedoeling is dat het eindrapport van de commissie in november volgend jaar wordt uitgebracht.
       In totaal zes verschillende slachtoffergroepen, uit plaatsen als Eindhoven, Maastricht en Nijmegen, pleitten de afgelopen week bij de Tweede Kamer voor onafhankelijk onderzoek.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

    'Simonis wist het echt wel'

      [RCC]  
       Spits,
       NEDERLAND - EenVandaag liet vanavond documenten zien waaruit blijkt dat kardinaal Simonis wel degelijk van het misbruik op de hoogte was, ondanks zijn eerdere, beladen uitspraak in Pauw&Witteman: „Wir haben es nicht gewusst“ .
       Joke, een van de slachtoffers, vertelde dat „haar haren te berge rezen“ toen Simonis deze uitspraak deed. „Hij wist er echt wel van“ , bevestigde zij deze onthulling. Ook anderen verklaarden dat de kardinaal op de hoogte was.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

    Victims claim '80s abuse by late Mass. priest

      [1982-87 Fr Czeslaw Ssymanski* (died 1987). RCC. 3 altar boys (6-19)]    
       Boston Herald, Associated Press, Thursday, December 9, 2010
       BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS – Three former altar boys have accused a now-deceased Lowell priest of repeatedly sexually abusing them in the 1980s just before they'd perform their duties at Mass.
       The alleged victims say they were between ages 6 and 10 when the Rev. Czeslaw Szymanski fondled them in a room where priests and altar boys don robes.
       The abuse allegedly happened between 1982 and 1987 when Szymanski worked at Holy Trinity Parish. Szymanski, ordained in Poland by the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit, died in a 1987 car accident. The alleged victims' attorney, Carmen Durso, said his clients believe there could be up to 20 other victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

    Attorneys for Archdiocese Demanded Recusal of Gay Judge, Records Show

       
       ST. LOUIS (MO) - Riverfront Times By Chad Garrison, Thu., Dec. 9 2010 ?The note from Missouri Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence Mooney to former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke was just three sentences long. Written on Court of Appeals stationary and dated October 2, 2007, it read:
       Dear Reverend Burke, I received your invitation to the Law Day Mass. Because of the Catholic Church's chronic abuse of gays and lesbians, I do not feel welcome in your church. I decline to attend. Very truly yours, Lawrence Mooney
       Two years later -- in October 2009 -- that private correspondence between judge and archbishop would make its way into a court filing involving a protracted legal battle between the Archdiocese of St. Louis and members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish over control of the church's property.
       For attorneys representing the archdiocese, the note suggested that Mooney's "impartiality might reasonably be questioned." For the attorneys for St. Stanislaus, the note -- originally filed under seal and reported here for the first time -- demonstrated just how low the archdiocese will stoop to gain control of the traditionally Polish church north of downtown. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM
      
      

    Lawsuit against Green Bay archdiocese to move forward

     
       WISCONSIN Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
       By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
       Dec. 9, 2010
       A civil fraud lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay will move forward in a case involving a now-defrocked priest in prison for molesting two brothers in 1978, an Outagamie County judge has ruled.
       In rejecting the diocese's motion to dismiss, Judge Nancy Krueger said there was sufficient evidence to suggest the diocese knew of Father John Patrick Feeney's sexual involvement with children as far back as the 1960s, and that the case was within the statute of limitations for fraud.
       The lawsuit was filed by Troy and Todd Merryfield, who allege that Feeney sexually assaulted them when he was assigned to St. Nicholas Parish in Freedom. Feeney, 83, was convicted in 2004 in a criminal trial and is serving a 15-year prison term. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM
      
      

    Report: Myers 'shielded' sex abuse in Church

     
       NEWARK (NJ) Setonian
       By Brian Wisowaty Editor in Chief
       Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
       A Sunday Star-Ledger article reported that Newark Archbishop John Myers has "shielded" priests accused of sexual abuse.
       Myers is both the chair of the Board of Trustees and president of the Board of Regents at Seton Hall.
       The piece, written by Star-Ledger religion reporter Jeff Diamant, followed a review of Myers' record with handling sexual abuse cases in the Archdiocese of Newark.
       It says that four priests involved with misconduct, either after admitting to it or being convicted of related crimes, received treatment from Myers that did not reflect the Dallas Charter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM
      
      

    Few churches with sex offenders have restrictions, survey shows

     
       UNITED STATES 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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
       A recent survey by Christianity Today addresses sex offenders in churches. SNAP's response:
       We're alarmed that fewer than one in four churches with known sex offenders put restrictions on them. Given the wide-ranging, long-standing and on-going abuse and cover up crisis in the Catholic church, we would have hoped that more denominations and congregations would take action to better safeguard their flock.
       The inadequate steps taken by most church officials is especially worrisome given survey results that show that "Nearly 80 percent said that a registered sex offender should be allowed to attend church under continuous supervision and with appropriate limitations." Church authorities can't have it both ways – welcoming, but not monitoring, sex offenders. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM
      
      

    2,000 in Netherlands report being abused by predator priests

     
       NETHERLANDS 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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
       We applaud each of the 2,000 brave men and women who report having been sexually violated as children by priests in the Netherlands. It takes real courage to disclose these horrific crimes and the Netherlands is no doubt a safer and healthier nation because of these caring individuals.
       At the same time, our hearts ache when we think about such widespread, and largely preventable devastation. We firmly believe, based on our 22 years of experience, that the actual number of victims in the Netherlands is much higher than 2,000. Research shows that only a very small percentage of child sex victims ever report their suffering, and few are willing to talk about such horrors with church officials, whether paid or volunteer, ordained or lay people.
       It's distressing to read the commission head expressing a desire to "restore trust" in the church. That should be their least concern. When bishops take decisive and consistent steps to safeguard the vulnerable and heal the wounded, trust will automatically be restored. Until then, Catholics and citizens will continue to rightly feel betrayed by and skeptical toward a callous, reckless and deceptive church hierarchy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM
      
      

    More "inexcusable" Secrecy by Maine's Bishop; SNAP Responds

     
       MAINE 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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
       Around 2003, bishops first began to believe they had weathered the worst of the church's on-going clergy sex abuse and crisis. Since then, they have, for the most part, consistently backpedalled on and ignored their earlier pledges to be more open about child sex cases and put the safety of kids first. Today's news – that Maine's bishop is hiding the identity of seven recently accused predator priests – is further proof that it's "business as usual" in the self-serving church hierarchy.
       Bishop Malone's irresponsible secrecy benefits one person most: him. It also benefits child molesting clerics. Everyone else – parents, police, parishioners and the public and those who've been assaulted – are hurt by this callous and reckless move.
       In two cases, Malone explains he refuses to disclose the name of the accused priests because they are "dead and have already been named publicly because of previous abuse allegations." If they're dead, Malone's being honest with the parishioners and the public can't hurt the wrongdoers. But such honesty could help those still living – some, perhaps dozens, of victims of those two clerics. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM
      
      

    Catholic church must improve help for abuse victims

     
       NETHERLANDS Dutch News
       The Catholic church in the Netherlands is falling short in its duty towards the victims of sexual abuse and should come up with a collective compensation scheme, according to a government commission investigating the scandal.
       The commission, under the leadership of CDA parliamentarian Wim Deetman, says the church's complaints office Hulp en Recht needs far-reaching improvements to its treatment of complaints.
       Transparency and standards of service must be improved and any compensation should be open to everyone, no matter how long ago the abuse took place, the commission says. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM
      
      

    Catholic sex abuse report published in the Netherlands

     
       NETHERLANDS Radio Netherlands
       A report into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in the Netherlands recommends organising help for the victims as quickly as possible and providing compensation.
       The Deetman report presented in The Hague earlier today, fiercely criticises an organisation set up by the church to help victims. The executive board of Hulp & Recht (Help and Justice) has offered to stand down in response. The commission, which itself was set up by the church, recommends setting up an independent organisation to help the victims.
       The reports of sexual abuse by priests in Catholic institutions began last February. Since then, 1975 cases have been brought to light. In some cases the abuse took place as long as 50 years ago. Shortly before the preliminary findings of the report were due to be published, victims called for a parliamentary inquiry, so that people could be heard under oath. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM
      
      

    Catholic sexual abuse report calls for swift help for victims

     
       NETHERLANDS Radio Netherlands
       Victims of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church should receive compensation and the church cannot relinquish its responsibility towards victims due to the lapse of time. These are two of the conclusions drawn by Wim Deetman after months of research into cases of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions in the Netherlands. The preliminary findings of the Deetman Commission were presented in The Hague on Thursday.
       Other recommendations are that the church itself should not become involved in the handling and evaluation of damage claims and that the victims should receive help as soon as possible.
       Far-reaching measures A total of 1975 complaints about sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands were submitted. Over 1300 people contacted the committee directly, 600 complaints were passed on via church organisation Hulp & Recht (Help and Justice). Mr Deetman believes help for the victims should be organised as quickly as possible. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM
      
      

    Dutch sex crime panel urges collective payment of damages

     
       NETHERLANDS Expatica
       A Dutch panel investigating alleged sex crimes by members of the country's Roman Catholic clergy said Thursday victims seeking compensation should be paid collective reparations.
       "In the interest of plaintiffs who seek punitive damages and compensation … the Dutch Catholic Church may offer collective reparations," a panel statement said.
       Such financial compensation should be awarded even if the offence falls under the statute of limitations, said the panel which was set up by the Dutch Church. It published a first report on the issue, more than three months after launching its investigation, on Thursday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM
      
      

    Factbox: European Catholic sex abuse cases in 2010

     
       EUROPE Reuters
       (Reuters) - A report into sexual abuse of Dutch minors by Roman Catholic priests showed the Netherlands ranked second only to Ireland in the known extent of the scandals rocking the Church in Europe.
       Here are some details of the major developments in the Roman Catholic Church scandals in Europe this year.
       * AUSTRIA:
       -- Aug 10 - A record 100,000 Austrians expected to leave the Catholic Church in 2010 because of sexual abuse scandals rocking the Church in Europe, a newspaper reports.
       -- June 28 - Pope Benedict rebukes Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn for accusing a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of covering up sexual abuse cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM
      
      

    Dutch inquiry: Child abuse allegations up 100-fold

     
       NETHERLANDS Washington Post
       The Associated Press Thursday, December 9, 2010
       THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The head of a Dutch inquiry into child abuse in the Catholic church school system says yearly complaints are up 100-fold since allegations emerged of worldwide abuse.
       Wim Deetman said Thursday that between 1995 and 2009 an average of 20 people each year complained to the Catholic organization Help and Law that they had been abused, but in the past year 2,000 people made such allegations.
       Deetman - who was asked by the Dutch Catholics Bishops Conference to begin the independent Deetman Inquiry in March - said Help and Law had been swamped by the number of complaints. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

    Dutch Panel Found 2,000 Church Abuse Claims

       
       The New York Times, By STEPHEN CASTLE, Published: December 9, 2010
       BRUSSELS, Belgium – The Roman Catholic Church, battered by sexual abuse scandals from the United States to Belgium, is facing a new set of allegations now in the Netherlands. Figures released Thursday by an investigative commission showed that almost 2,000 people have made complaints of sexual or physical abuse against the church, in a country with only 4 million Catholics.
       "The Roman Catholic church has not faced a crisis like this since the French Revolution," said Peter Nissen, professor of the history of religion at Radboud University, of the growing abuse scandal.
       With one legal case starting this week, and accusations against two former bishops, the reaction of the church appears to have fueled the crisis. Nearly all of the cases are decades old, with probably no more than 10 from the last 20 years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

    Rome's checkbook strategy on women religious

       
       National Catholic Reporter (USA), Just Catholic, by Phyllis Zagano on Dec. 08, 2010
       UNITED STATES - Seems the Vatican heard how Catholics are incensed over its inquisition of U.S. women religious. Some say Pope Benedict personally asked Archbishop Joseph Tobin, the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, to undo the mess caused by his Congregation's Apostolic Visitation of U.S. women's institutes.
       Make no mistake; it's not only 59,000 or so women religious watching this movie. It's more like 69 million Catholics hanging on to their checkbooks, wondering what in the name of God is going on.
       Now, taking direct aim at his foot, Tobin, a Redemptorist from Detroit, is quoted by NCR senior correspondent John Allen as saying there is "need for a strategy of reconciliation." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM
      
      

    Extreme world: Is Sweden as clean as it seems?

     
       BBC News
       The world is considered a more corrupt place now than it was three years ago, a poll suggests.
       Some 56% of people interviewed by Transparency International said their country had become more corrupt.
       The organisation put Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq and India in the most corrupt category, followed by China, Russia and much of the Middle East.
       Meanwhile, a BBC poll suggests that corruption is the world's most talked about problem. …
       Religious bodies experienced a sharp rise in people regarding them as corrupt - 28% in 2004 increased to 53% by 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

    Grace under fire

      [Global sins. RCC. Hullerman case.]  
       Maclean's by Brian Bethune on Thursday, December 9, 2010
       CANADA - There is always, in the spiritual and political life of the Roman Catholic Church, a fire smouldering somewhere: minority Christians under persecution here, an abortion initiative in a Catholic country there, rebellious laity, scandalous clergy. So Pope Benedict XVI had no particular reason, on New Year's Day, to foresee that the long-running clerical child sexual abuse scandal would suddenly burn white-hot, and spread far outside the confines of his Church. But as the penitential season of Lent began in February, hundreds more victims surfaced with their harrowing stories, not only in Ireland and the U.S., the epicentres of the scandal, but across Europe, including Benedict's native Germany.
       This time it was more than the original crimes that angered the faithful and outsiders alike. The focus was increasingly on the cover-up–the swearing of victims to secrecy, the shuffling of pedophile priests to fresh starts (and fresh opportunities) in unsuspecting parishes–and the way that cover-up touched the papacy itself. Questions were raised in the media and among Catholics about Benedict's role, before he became pope, in determining the Vatican's treatment of predatory clergy, a response widely condemned as ineffectual at best and criminally negligent at worst. Benedict found himself launched on an annus horribilis that would prove as awful as any experienced by a pope in modern times.
       In March, the Pope became caught up in the German part of the scandal. As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich in 1980, he had reportedly approved the transfer of confessed pedophile priest Peter Hullermann to therapy. After being treated for only a few days,
       Hullermann returned to pastoral duties and abused more children. He was finally convicted of sexual abuse in 1986. Benedict's defenders, who dismissed the Hullermann allegations as an attempt to smear the Pope's reputation, were left reeling when it emerged in mid-March that Hullermann, now out of jail, was still practising as a priest. (He was immediately suspended from his duties.) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM
      
      

    Child porn ring cracked

     
       CANADA Winnipeg Free Press
       By: Pat Hewitt
       TORONTO -- A clown, a former Anglican priest, a university researcher and a convicted pedophile were among 25 Canadians arrested after authorities cracked an international child porn network in a year-long investigation, police said Wednesday.
       They said 25 children victimized by the network were rescued, including a dozen in Canada. They said the Canadian children were from three provinces -- Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador -- and the youngest was four years old.
       Toronto police Det. Paul Krawczyk said the network was trading images and video of children online and the motive wasn't financial gain. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

    Charity clothing Haitian witnesses in sex abuse case

      [2001-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz* - University and RCC backing. Guilty plea. ? 18 boys.]     
       Waterbury Republican-America,
       WATERBURY (CT) – A local charity is helping a number of young Haitian men who will arrive in Connecticut this month to testify at the sentencing of the school director who they say sexually abused them.
       Acts 4 Ministry is providing winter coats and other warm clothing for the six men who will speak of their victimization at the Dec. 21 sentencing hearing of Douglas Perlitz, a 1992 graduate of Fairfield University who pleaded guilty in August to sexually abusing one boy at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where he was director.
       Many more boys have said he coerced them into sex acts with gifts and threatened to expel them if they refused. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

    Former Geneva minister charged with sodomizing teen boy

      [? NEW*]
       ALABAMA Dothan Eagle By Matt Elofson Published: December 08, 2010
       Geneva police arrested a 74-year-old retired minister and charged him with molesting a teenage boy from Florida.
       Lt. Ricky Morgan said police arrested Edward Earl Davis and charged him with felony second-degree sodomy. Morgan said the arrest was the result of a month-long investigation into a report of sexual abuse of the teen boy.
       "He just basically baited, lured him in and befriended him," Morgan said. "He met the victim in church. He met him in a church in Holmes County." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM
      
      

    Lutheran clergy must report knowledge of child sexual abuse

     
       FINLAND Helsingin Sanomat
       The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has agreed to change its rules on confidentiality of pastoral care and confession. Under the new rules, members of the clergy will be required to report to police any knowledge of sexual abuse of children that comes to their attention.
       Previously, confidentiality could only be broken in cases of aggravated abuse.
       Representatives of the church agreed in talks with Minister of Social Services Paula Risikko (Nat. Coalition Party), Minister of Culture Stefan Wallin (Swed. People's Party), and Minister of Justice Tuija Brax (Green), that pastors would no longer have to evaluate if an act of abuse falls into the category of "aggravated".
       "With our new interpretation, we are confident that the interests of the child go ahead all other considerations", says Risikko, who convened the group. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM
      
      

    Allegations of priest abuse still reported

     
       MAINE Kennebec Journal
       By John Richardson jrichardson@mainetoday.com Staff Writer
       PORTLAND – Nine years after the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal erupted in New England, reports of abuse committed by priests decades ago continue to trickle in to Maine's diocese.
       And church leaders are still being criticized for not providing enough information.
       The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced last week that, for the fifth consecutive year, it is in full compliance with the church's national child-protection policies and standards. The standards include reporting and investigating complaints, and screening and training employees. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM
      
      

    Chris Hardie: Given the chance, here's what we would have asked Cardinal Burke

     
       WISCONSIN LaCrosse Tribune
       By CHRIS HARDIE | chardie@lacrossetribune.com lacrossetribune.com | Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010
       What question would you ask one of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church?
       Cardinal Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – in layman's terms he's the Catholic Church's highest-ranking judge – returns to La Crosse for the first time since being named a cardinal Nov. 20.
       Burke is here through Saturday, attending various events and raising money for the $25 million-plus Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe.
       The La Crosse Tribune requested an interview with Burke but was told – through a shrine spokesman – that the cardinal does not want to do interviews and wants to just enjoy the celebration.
       I think that's unfortunate, because there are lots of issues in the church that serves 200,000 people in our region and more than 1 billion in our world that deserve discussion. Who better to talk about the church – local, national and international – than Burke, who served as bishop in La Crosse from 1995 to 2004? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

    25 Canadians in worldwide child-abuse bust

      [2000s Rev. Robin Barrett (51) - ? NEW*. Anglican (C of E / Episcopalian communion. Child pornography conviction.]  
       Edmonton Journal, By Ken Meaney, Postmedia News, December 9, 2010
       CANADA - A total of 218 charges of child exploitation, sometimes involving victims as young as four years old, have been laid against 57 men, including 25 Canadians, the Toronto Police Service said Wednesday.
       Det. Paul Krawczyk of the force's sex crimes unit told a news conference the charges were laid worldwide.
       "That's important to note -- it's boys and girls, of all ages. In this case, we believe the youngest to be four," he said. …
       Police infiltrated the ring after the arrest of an Anglican priest, Robin Barrett, 51, of Conception Bay South, N.L. He has since been convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography.
       "It was information gathered during the arrest and after that arrest that allowed us to infiltrate this network," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

    Clergy abuse in Delaware: St. E ordered to pay damages of $1

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation.]  
       The News Journal, By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, December 9, 2010
       DOVER (DE) - A Kent County jury ordered defrocked priest Francis DeLuca to pay an additional $30 million in punitive damages to sex abuse victim John M. Vai on Wednesday, on top of last week's $30 million award for compensatory damages.
       The jury also ruled that the actions of St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish were reckless enough in its apparent failure to supervise DeLuca that a punitive damage award was warranted. But the panel of 12 ordered the parish to pay only an additional $1 on top of the $3 million the jury ordered it to pay in compensatory damages last week.
       The jury was apparently moved by the pleas for mercy from St. Elizabeth's officials and their attorney, who warned that any additional, substantial award would "destroy" the 100-year-old parish and force closure of its two schools. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

    Dutch want Catholic Church to address abuse

      [RCC.]  
       Times LIVE (South Africa), Reuters, 2:20 PM, Dec 9, 2010
       NETHERLANDS - Almost 2 000 people have declared themselves victims of sexual and physical abuse while they were minors in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, an independent commission says.
       The investigation into abuses dating back to 1945 shows that the Netherlands ranks second worst behind Ireland in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Europe and the United States. It has also forced Pope Benedict to apologise to victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
       The church-appointed commission's findings were requested by the Dutch bishops' conference after cases surfaced involving paedophile priests in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

    Priest, parish to pay damages in 1960s sex abuse case

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation.]  
       Dover Post, By Antonio Prado, Posted Dec 09, 2010
       Dover, Del. – A Kent Count jury ruled Dec. 1 that St. Elizabeth Parish in Wilmington was negligent in not preventing former priest Francis DeLuca from sexually abusing John M. Vai, 58, in the late 1960s.
       The jury levied $30 million in compensatory damages for Vai, including $3 million levied against St. Elizabeth and $27 million against DeLuca.
       "The legal system in Delaware works and can render justice to all survivors of childhood sexual abuse," Vai said in a statement released by The Neuberger Firm and Jacobs & Crumplar. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu December 09, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Lutheran church changes sex rules; Abuse victims respond

      [Lutherans.]
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       FINLAND - While we applaud this move, we're also cautious about assuming widespread change in long-standing practices. Old habits die hard, and we've seen many, many church policies about abuse that look great on paper but are often, in reality, ignored.
       This is a good step. But much more must be done to overturn decades of timidity and secrecy about clergy sex crimes and cover ups.
       We also urge Lutheran officials in Finland to clearly and repeatedly remind their flocks that known and suspected child sexual abuse should be reported to secular law enforcement, not church officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM
      
      

    Cruel crimes of the singing priest

      [1978-83 Fr Tony Walsh. RCC. 123yrs sentence. Boy (7-12)]  
       The Irish Times, PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent,
       IRELAND - Tony Walsh's abuse of one boy from 1978 to 1983 was so extreme that he was sentenced this week to a total of 123 years. On Wednesday the High Court is expected to release an unpublished Murphy report chapter dealing with Walsh. It contains shocking material
       THE EXTENT OF Tony Walsh's abuse of one young boy over the five years from 1978 to 1983, when the child, "David", was aged between seven and 12, can be gleaned from the sentences imposed by Judge Frank O'Donnell in the Circuit Criminal Court last Monday: a total of 123 years.
       Five of the 13 counts, for buggery, attracted sentences of 10, 12, 14, 16 and 16 years each. The remaining counts, for indecent assault, brought sentences ranging from four to nine years. As Walsh is to serve his sentences concurrently, 16 years is the maximum time he will spend in jail. It is the most severe sentence ever imposed on a clerical child sex abuser in the State. (Four years were suspended, as a psychologist's report said it was unlikely Walsh would offend again.) With good behaviour Walsh could be out of jail in 2019. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM
      
      

    New lawsuit against convicted pedophile priest

       
      WLS December 10, 2010
       CHICAGO (IL), (WLS) - A 25-year-old Chicago man filed a lawsuit Thursday against Daniel McCormack and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
       It claims the ex-priest repeatedly molested him while he was a freshman in high school between January and October of 2001.
       McCormack received a five-year prison term after pleading guilty in 2007 to charges he fondled five boys at St. Agatha Parish and Our Lady of the Westside school. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM
      
      

    New lawsuit targets dioceses in LA, Mexico

     
       LOS ANGELES (CA) Mercury News
       The Associated Press
       LOS ANGELES–A man who claims he was molested years ago by a Mexican priest in a Los Angeles rectory has sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a Mexican cardinal.
       Plaintiff Oscar Negrete of Los Angeles says in the suit filed Friday he was 12 when he was sexually abused by now-defrocked Nicholas Aguilar Rivera, who had been temporarily assigned to Los Angeles from Tehuacan, Mexico.
       This suit and three others filed in the last 18 months allege church leaders in Los Angeles and Mexico City knew about the priest's conduct but failed to properly investigate him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM
      
      

    WikiLeaks: Scandal caused deep rift in Vatican-Ireland relationship

           
       CNN, By Tim Lister, December 10, 2010
       UNITED STATES (CNN) - Relations between the Vatican and Ireland deteriorated sharply as the Holy See appeared to ignore a commission looking into complaints of physical and sexual abuse of children by Irish priests, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
       One cable from earlier this year says the Vatican was angered by the way the Murphy Commission - which was looking into the how complaints of abuse had been handled by the Church and Irish government - sidestepped normal diplomatic channels. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM
      
      

    WikiLeaks: Sex Abuse Panel "Offended" Vatican

     
       UNITED STATES CBS News
       Vatican officials were angry when their fellow priests were summoned from Rome to testify before an Irish commission investigating allegations of priests abusing children.
       In a cable to Washington, U.S. diplomats wrote that requests from the commission to the church "offended many in the Vatican," the Guardian newspaper of London reported Friday evening.
       The disclosure comes from the trove of secret State Department cables released to a number of news outlets by the document-dumping website WikiLeaks.
       Without much cooperation from the Vatican, the commission eventually concluded some bishops attempted to cover up incidents of abuse. Between 1975 and 2004, 320 people complained of child sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese, according to the commission's report. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM
      
      

    St. Gregory pastor removed while investigation occurs

     
       ALASKA KCAW
       SITKA, ALASKA (2010-11-29) The pastor of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Sitka has been removed from public ministry while authorities investigate questionable material found on parish computers.
       Fr. Edmund Penisten arrived at St. Gregory church in October, after eight years in Ketchikan. Diocesan officials were alerted to a possible problem about two weeks ago.
       "A computer program that had been installed on the computers at St. Gregory's indicated that some questionable material had been accessed," said the Rev. Pat Travers, vicar general of the Diocese of Juneau. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM
      
      

    Bishop discusses priest's removal

     
       ALASKA KRBD
       SITKA, ALASKA (2010-12-10) The priest removed from his post at St. Gregory Catholic Church in Sitka is scheduled to leave Alaska tomorrow (12-11-10) for evaluation at a location in the lower-48 states. Father Edmund Penisten resigned the pastorship of St. Gregory shortly after he was suspended by Bishop Edward Burns, leader of the Juneau Diocese, which oversees the Sitka parish.
       The move came after church leaders received notice that pornographic material might have been accessed on parish computers.
       Juneau Diocese Bishop Edward Burns made two trips to Sitka to conduct weekend Masses and talk to parishioners at St. Gregory Catholic Church about the removal of their pastor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM
      
      

    Cables Show Vatican Tensions and Diplomacy

     
       The New York Times By RACHEL DONADIO Published: December 10, 2010
       ROME – Recently released diplomatic cables show the Vatican fighting to shore up its eroding control over sexual abuse scandals in the United States and Ireland, highlighting complex tensions between the Vatican hierarchy, local bishops and civil authorities.
       The cables were obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to The New York Times and other news organizations. They do not appear to contain any bombshells about the Vatican, but provide a telling glimpse of how American diplomats often rely on the Roman Catholic Church's worldwide network of prelates for intelligence.
       Some cables read in part like thrillers, like when Opus Dei, the powerful religious order, took pains to distance itself from – but not disown – one of its members: Robert P. Hanssen, an agent of the F.B.I. who in a dramatic case in 2001 pleaded guilty to being a longtime Russian spy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM
      
      

    Children's Rights are Human Rights

     
       National Catholic Reporter (USA), NCR Today, by Maureen Paul Turlish, on Dec. 10, 2010
       UNITED STATES - United Nations member nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. That event is commemorated on different dates throughout this month.
       The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the U.N. general assembly on Nov. 20, 1989, and Children's Day or the International Day of the Child, is commemorated on various dates in different countries.
       We do not – as yet – however have a comparable universal pledge to defend children from sexual abuse and exploitation and a day to commemorate that pledge. Why not?
       This is the season when Christians worldwide celebrate the incarnation of one very special child, Jesus, the Christ Child. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM
      
      

    Historische Verantwortung

     
       DEUTSCHLAND sueddeutsche
       Wahrscheinlich nicht, und doch ist die Antwort ungenügend. Die Heimkinder hatten keine Chance, ihre Rechte wahrzunehmen. Sie lebten mitten im Rechtsstaat im faktisch rechtsfreien Raum, unter staatlicher Aufsicht, mit staatlicher Billigung. Der Staat, der gerade erst die Menschenwürde an den Anfang seines Grundgesetzes gestellt hatte, versäumte es, fahrlässig und gedankenlos, die Träger der Heime zur Achtung dieser Menschenwürde anzuhalten.
       Daraus erwächst die historische Verantwortung aller Beteiligten an dieser Heimerziehung, darin besteht auch die historische Verantwortung all derer, die sexuelle Gewalt an Schulen, Internaten und anderen Einrichtungen bagatellisierten und verschwiegen, bis die Opfer sich nicht mehr selbst Recht verschaffen konnten. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM
      
      

    Heimkinder können auf Entschädigung hoffen

     
       DEUTSCHLAND sueddeutsche
       Von M. Drobinski
       120 Millionen Euro für traumatisierte Heimkinder: Während die Betroffenen die Kirchen für ihr Verhalten loben, wächst die Kritik an Unions-geführten Ländern: Sie sind in der Entschädigungsfrage unentschlossen.
       Sie waren fest entschlossen zu gehen und alles platzen zu lassen, nach zwei Jahren Beratungen. Die Summe des Fonds, aus dem künftig ehemalige Heimkinder entschädigt werden sollen, erschien ihnen viel zu niedrig, die Hürden, um an Geld zu kommen, zu hoch, und der Abschlussbericht nannte aus ihrer Sicht nicht so recht beim Namen, was den Kindern in den 50er und 60er Jahren in den Heimen widerfuhr; das Wort vom "System Heimerziehung", das sich noch im Zwischenbericht fand, fehlte diesmal. "Wir kamen uns wieder einmal vor wie die Bettler", sagt Sonja Djurovic, eine der Vertreterinnen der Heimkinder.
       Also blieben sie draußen vor der Tür, und erst als Antje Vollmer, die Moderatorin des "Runden Tisches Heimerziehung", ihnen ins Gewissen redete, sie dürften doch nicht am vorletzten Tag der Beratungen alles kaputt machen, da setzten sie sich doch zu den anderen, zu den Vertretern des Bundes, der Länder, der Kirchen und der Wissenschaft. "Mit sehr gemischten Gefühlen", wie Sonja Djurovic sagt, "aber es ist besser, ein bisschen zu erreichen, als gar nichts zu erreichen". Am Montag kann Antje Vollmer nun den einstimmig beschlossenen Abschlussbericht vor der Bundespressekonferenz vorstellen. "Ein einstimmiger Bericht ist immer gut", sagt sie erleichtert am Ende der Beratungen in Berlin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM
      
      

    WikiLeaks cable blames Pope's mobile phobia for 'muddled messaging'

         
       Guardian Robert Booth guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 December 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM / VATICAN CITY -The Vatican is suffering from "muddled messaging" partly as a result of cardinals' technophobia and "ignorance about 21st century communications," America's deputy chief of mission to the Holy See reported.
       The pope's inner circle has only one Blackberry between them, used by papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, and few have email accounts, said Julieta Valls Noyes in a cable in January 2009 on why the Vatican is failing to deliver Pope Benedict XVI's message.
       "Most of the top ranks of the Vatican, all men, generally in their seventies, do not understand modern media and new information technologies," Noyes said.
       Instead, they tend towards old-fashioned communications written in "coded" language which are so hard to decipher that when the Vatican sent the Israeli ambassador a statement that was supposed to contain a positive message for his country, it was so veiled he missed it, even when told it was there. The problems mean the Pope's "moral megaphone" is operating at reduced volume, said Noyes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

    US embassy cables: Vatican's 'moral megaphone' is faulty

     
       UNITED KINGDOM Guardian
       guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 December 2010
       Friday, 20 February 2009, 16:00 C O N F I D E N T I A L
    VATICAN 000028 EO 12958 DECL: 2/20/2029 TAGS PREL, ECPS, PHUM, PGOV, KPAO, KIRF, VT SUBJECT: THE HOLY SEE: A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE REF: VATICAN 25 AND PREVIOUS (NOTAL) CLASSIFIED BY: Julieta Valls Noyes, CDA, EXEC, State. REASON: 1.4 (b)
       Summary The Holy See's communications operation is suffering from 'muddled messaging' partly as a result of cardinals' technophobia and ignorance about 21st century communications. Only one key papal adviser has a Blackberry and few have e-mail accounts. It has led to PR blunders on issues as sensitive as the Holocaust. Key passage highlighted in yellow.
       1. (C) Summary: Together with other flaps, the recent global controversy over the lifted excommunication of a Holocaust denying bishop (reftel) exposed a major disconnect between Pope Benedict XVI's stated intentions and the way in which his message is received by the wider world. There are many causes for this communication gap: the challenge of governing a hierarchical yet decentralized organization, leadership weaknesses at the top, and an undervaluing of (and ignorance about) 21st century communications. These factors have led to muddled, reactive messaging that reduces the volume of the moral megaphone the Vatican uses to advance its objectives. This is especially true with audiences whose view of the Vatican is informed largely by mass media coverage. There are signs that at least some in the Vatican have learned their lessons and will work to reshape the Holy See's communications structure. Whether they'll prevail remains to be seen. End Summary. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM
      
      

    WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry

       
       UNITED KINGDOM Guardian Heather Brooke guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 December 2010
       The Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating the clerical abuse of children and was angered when they were summoned from Rome, US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks reveal.
       Requests for information from the 2009 Murphy commission into sexual and physical abuse by clergy "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations", a cable says.
       Despite the lack of co-operation from the Vatican, the commission was able to substantiate many of the claims and concluded that some bishops had tried to cover up abuse, putting the interests of the Catholic church ahead of those of the victims. Its report identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004 in the Dublin archdiocese.
       A cable entitled "Sex abuse scandal strains Irish-Vatican relations, shakes up Irish church, and poses challenges for the Holy See" claimed that Vatican officials also believed Irish opposition politicians were making political hay from the situation by publicly urging the government to demand a reply from the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM
      
      

    Prügel im Haus zum Guten Hirten

         
       UNITED KINGDOM - Guardian
       Friday, 26 February 2010, 16:32 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 VATICAN 000033 SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 2/26/2035 TAGS PREL, PHUM, SOCI, KIRF, VT, EI SUBJECT: SEX ABUSE SCANDAL STRAINS IRISH-VATICAN RELATIONS, SHAKES UP IRISH CHURCH, AND POSES CHALLENGES FOR THE HOLY SEE VATICAN 00000033 001.2 OF 003
       CLASSIFIED BY: Julieta Valls Noyes, DCM, EXEC, State. REASON: 1.4 (b) 1. (C) Summary: The November 2009 report of cover-up by local bishops of revelations of physical and sexual abuse of children by Irish clergy appalled Catholics and others worldwide. Vatican and Irish officials' first concern was for the victims, but that reality was sometimes obscured in the events that followed which also cast a chill on Irish-Vatican relations. The Vatican believes the Irish government failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations. Much of the Irish public views the Vatican protests as pettily procedural and failing to confront the real issue of horrific abuse and cover-up by Church officials. The resulting profound crisis in the Irish Church, meanwhile, required intervention by Pope Benedict, who met with Irish Church leaders in December 2009 and in February 2010 to discuss next steps. Although the Pope will address a pastoral letter on the situation to Irish Catholics in the next few weeks, both the Vatican and the local Catholic Church agree that further follow-up should be handled domestically in Ireland. The Vatican's relatively swift response to this crisis showed it learned key lessons from the U.S. sex abuse scandals in 2002 but still left some Catholics - in Ireland and beyond -- feeling disaffected. The crisis will play out for years inside Ireland, where future revelations are expected, even as new clerical sex abuse allegations are being made in Germany. End Summary. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM
      
      

    CATHOLICS, JEWS, BLACKS AND MUSLIMS

      [Judaists too order secrecy.]  
       Catholic League, December 10, 2010
       NEW YORK - Catholic League president Bill Donohue offers the latest evidence of duplicity on the part of the media and civil libertarians:
       A nun is accused of embezzling $1.2 million from Iona College, a Catholic institution outside New York City. A rabbinical court in Brooklyn orders its members not to report crimes to the police. Two New York stories: one about Sister Marie Thornton, the alleged thief; the other about the Beth Din of Crown Heights. Which one interests the media?
       The story on the nun is being carried on the front page of Google's "New York" section, and has been picked up by Yahoo!, the AP, UPI, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and dozens of other media outlets. The story on the rabbinical court has been picked up by the New York Daily News and Gomathist.com. That's it. The story about the Jewish court is a week old; the one on the nun broke today.
       In an edict to its 10,000 members, the Beth Din of Crown Heights warned against creating bad relations with the police. Fine. But it also said {click here and see #4} that "No one shall bring to any media outlet, information about any resident that could, if publicized, lead to an investigation or intensified prosecution by any law-enforcement agency." In other words, if a rabbi rapes a kid, no one is to report it to the cops. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM
      
      

    Third person claims sexual abuse by Valley priest

     
       CONNECTICUT New Haven Register
       By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, Naugatuck Valley Bureau Chief
       A third person is claiming in a lawsuit that he was sexually abused as a youth by a priest who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour.
       The man, identified as "John Doe" in court documents, filed the lawsuit Friday in Superior Court in Waterbury against the priest, Stephen Bzdyra of Seymour, the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocese, and the Meriden-based St. Stanislaus Church and St. Stanislaus School.
       Attorney Joel Faxon of New Haven, who represents Doe and two other individuals who previously filed claims alleging abuse by Bzdyra, said the abuse happened while Doe attended the St. Stanislaus School in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM
      
      

    Two More Suits Alleging Reardon Sex Assaults Filed

     
       CONNECTICUT CTNow
       By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY, cdempsey@courant.com The Hartford Courant
       WATERBURY – Two more lawsuits filed Friday in Superior Court accuse St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center of allowing the late Dr. George Reardon to sexually assault children under the guise of doing a growth study.
       One of the lawsuits alleges that the abuse to the plaintiff, who was a boy at the time of the alleged assault, was a factor in her subsequent sex change.
       "They were very young and in the formative stages of their lives when Reardon attacked them, and it has damaged them beyond description," said Joel T. Faxon, whose firm has filed 60 of about 150 lawsuits. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM
      
      

    3rd sex abuse lawsuit filed against Conn. priest

     
       NEW HAVEN (CT) The Oklahoman
       Published: December 10, 2010
       NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A third man has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by a Connecticut priest, saying he was threatened with expulsion from school if he did not comply.
       The 40-year-old man, identified only as John Doe, says he was repeatedly sexually abused by the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra (BIZ'-der-ah) at St. Stanislaw Church in Meriden when he was 10 or 11.
       Another man has a lawsuit alleging Bzdyra molested him repeatedly when he was an altar boy. It accuses the priest of paying hush money and threatening to report the alleged victim's mother to the welfare department for having too many jobs if he revealed the abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM
      
      

    "The American River Ganges" Rising

     
       UNITED STATES First Things
       Dec 10, 2010 Melissa Musick Nussbaum and L. Martin Nussbaum
       The cartoon below appeared, with an accompanying article, in Harper's magazine. The article is entitled "The Priests and the Children." The cartoon shows a group of children huddled behind a single adult protector along the banks of a river. The children are weeping. Some are down on their knees in supplication. Some are peeking out from behind their lone defender's back. All of them look fearful.
       The children are trapped on the shore as strange reptile-human hybrids emerge from the water. They are Roman Catholic bishops, crawling onto land with stubby legs; their vestments stippled like alligator hide. Their miters are maws, opening to reveal a double row of sharp teeth dripping with water–or, perhaps, blood. Above each gaping snout, a single jeweled eye shines, alive, but not human. The faces of the bishops beneath the mouth-miters are not, however, reptilian, but simian. Their features are dark and heavy, their brows low. The cartoon suggest that these monsters have come to devour the children.
       When do you think this editorial cartoon and its accompanying article appeared? In 2002, when the articles and cartoons about the Catholic sex abuse crisis reached a crescendo? They are, rather, from the September 30, 1871 issue of Harper's. Thomas Nast drew the cartoon. Eugene Lawrence wrote the article, addressing the threat to America's children posed by the establishment and support of Catholic schools in New York City. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM
      
      

    Two More People Say Dr. Reardon Abused Them

     
       HARTFORD (CT) NBC Connecticut
       By LEANNE GENDREAU
       Two more people have come forward, accusing the late Dr. George Reardon of sexual assault during a study concerning the sexual development of minors at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
       One plaintiff, referred to in court papers as "John Doe," 47, said Reardon assaulted him in the 1970s, and "Jane Doe," 43, said Reardon assaulted her in the 1970s and/or 1980s.
       The suit accuses St. Francis Hospital or carelessness and negligence for failing to protect the minors from sexual assault, battery and exploitation and are seeking damages in excess of $15,000. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

    PvdA: parlementair onderzoek misbruik kerk

      [RCC]  
       Parool,
       DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND - De PvdA wil een parlementair onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen. Dit onderzoek zou meer boven water kunnen krijgen dan de commissie-Deetman, vindt PvdA-Kamerlid Khadija Arib. VVD en CDA zien niets in een parlementair onderzoek.
       Volgens Arib kunnen de slachtoffers zich niet herkennen in de commissie-Deetman. Een parlementair onderzoek zou aan het licht kunnen brengen wat er is gebeurd, wie er in had kunnen grijpen en hoe het toezicht was geregeld. Ook zou er gekeken kunnen worden naar kindermishandeling.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

    Hulp en Recht bereid tot opstappen

     
       NOS,
       NEDERLAND - Het bestuur van Hulp en Recht, het loket voor hulpverlening bij seksueel misbruik in de kerk, kan zich vinden in de adviezen van de commissie-Deetman. Bestuursleden van de stichting zijn bereid hun functies neer te leggen om zo ruimte te maken voor een betere organisatie.
       Volgens de commissie-Deetman schiet de hulpverlening nog ernstig tekort en zijn vooral de slachtoffers de dupe. Hulp en Recht zegt zich het stevige oordeel van de commissie zeer aan te trekken. De stichting realiseert zich dat er "grote inspanningen moeten worden verricht om de aanbevelingen te verwerken".
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

    Bisschoppen bieden excuses aan voor misbruik

     
       Reformatorisch Dagblad
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND – De Nederlandse bisschoppen en religieuze oversten hebben donderdag opnieuw hun „diep gevoelde medeleven" en excuses aangeboden aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk.
       „Er kan en mag geen ruimte zijn voor seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk", schrijven de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR). „Misbruik staat haaks op het Evangelie en de waardigheid van de menselijke persoon en de onaantastbaarheid van het kind."
       De kerkbestuurders reageren daarmee op het rapport dat de commissie-Deetman donderdagmorgen in Den Haag presenteerde. De commissie, die op hun verzoek het seksueel misbruik in rooms-katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, staat onder leiding van oud-Kamervoorzitter en voormalig minister Deetman (CDA).
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

    Bisschoppen KNR reageren op rapport Deetman

      [RCC]
       RKnieuws,
       UTRECHT, NEDERLAND (RKnieuws.net) - De Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR) hebben vandaag kennis genomen van het rapport Naar hulp, genoegdoening, openbaarheid en transparantie van de Commissie van Onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-katholieke Kerk (Commissie Deetman). De bestuurders van de KNR en bisschoppen hechten er aan om commissievoorzitter drs. W.J. Deetman, de leden en de onderzoekers te danken en complimenteren voor de snelle en deskundige behandeling van deze eerste onderzoeksopdracht betreffende de hulpverlening aan slachtoffers.
       De bisschoppen en de bestuurders van de KNR onderstrepen nogmaals dat zij iedere vorm van seksueel misbruik krachtig veroordelen. Er kan en mag geen ruimte zijn voor seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk. Misbruik staat haaks op het Evangelie en de waardigheid van de menselijke persoon en de onaantastbaarheid van het kind. Aan alle slachtoffers bieden religieuze oversten en bisschoppen opnieuw hun diep gevoelde medeleven en excuses aan. Maar excuses alleen zijn niet genoeg.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

    Duizenden slachtoffers in misbruikschandaal kerk

      [RCC]
       HvNL, {met video},
       NEDERLAND - Schokkende feiten in het misbruikschandaal in de katholieke kerk.
       Donderdag heeft de onderzoekscommissie onder leiding van oud-burgemeester Wim Deetman bekend gemaakt, dat er bijna 2-duizend gevallen zijn gemeld van seksueel misbruik door katholieke geestelijken. Ook is de hulpverlening aan slachtoffers enorm tekort geschoten.
    12:44 PM

    Parachutemoord en Vangheluwe halen Amerikaans jaaroverzicht

       
       De Standaard,
       BELGIE - De parachutemoord, waarbij Els Clottemans veroordeeld werd tot 30 jaar cel voor de moord op haar liefdesrivale Els Van Doren, prijkt namelijk op nummer vier. De zaak had volgens Time.com alle ingrediënten om eruit te springen als misdaadverhaal: geheime ontmoetingen, drogredenen, een gecompliceerd liefdesverhaal en een gesaboteerde parachute.
       Vanaf de eerste dag domineerde het proces zowel de binnenlandse als buitenlandse media. De zaak veroorzaakte ophef omdat Clottemans is veroordeeld zonder materiële bewijzen. 'Er was geen bekentenis, er werden geen vingerafdrukken gevonden, laat staan een schaar', aldus Time.com.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:41 PM

    Priest sentenced in $2.7M real estate scheme

      [? 2000s "Father Barney" Byron Canada -NEW*. US $2.7m. Pretended to be RC linked to UND.]  
       Chicago Tribune, Associated Press,
       SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – A northern Indiana man who defrauded real estate developers and churches of more than $2.7 million while presenting himself as a priest associated with the University of Notre Dame has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
       Sixty-two-year-old Byron "Father Barney" Canada of Berrien Springs was sentenced Thursday in federal court in South Bend. …
       Authorities have said Canada is an ordained Orthodox-Catholic priest, but other churches he has claimed connections with have denied his claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM
      
      

    Nun Is Arrested for Allegedly Stealing $1.2-Million From Iona College

     
       NEW YORK The Chronicle of Higher Education
       By Andrea Fuller
       Sister Marie E. Thornton, a former vice president of finance for Iona College and a nun, was arrested on Thursday on charges of embezzling more than $1.2-million from the Roman Catholic college over the course of 10 years.
       Federal prosecutors collaborated with the Department of Education in bringing the charges, which were announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan in a news release issued Thursday evening. According to the release, Sister Thornton surrendered Thursday morning and was presented in federal court in Manhattan. It was not immediately known how she will plead.
       According to the news release, Sister Thornton allegedly diverted college funds for her own use by turning in false vendor invoices for reimbursement and submitting credit-card bills for personal expenses to the college. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM
      
      

    Iona nun charged with embezzling $1.2 million

     
       NEW YORK The Journal News
       {court document}
       By Candice Ferrette • cferrett@lohud.com • December 9, 2010
       MANHATTAN – The nun who was Iona College's top financial officer has been formally charged with embezzling $1.2 million over the last decade, federal investigators announced tonight.
       Marie E. Thornton, allegedly diverted money from the college for her personal use by using false vendor invoices and submitting credit card bills for personal expenses to be paid by Iona College, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
       "Sister Susie," as Thornton was known on campus, surrendered this morning and was presented in Manhattan federal court today. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM
      
      

    Catholic nun and former VP of finance at Iona College busted for embezzling $1.2 million

     
       NEW YORK New York Daily News
       BY Scott Shifrel DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
       Friday, December 10th 2010
       A Catholic nun who served as the vice president of finance for Iona College was arrested Thursday for allegedly embezzling more than $1.2 million from the school.
       Sister Marie Thornton, 62, was charged with stealing from the New Rochelle-based Catholic school over a 10-year period beginning in 1999 by submitting false invoices and using a college-issued credit card, prosecutors said.
       It took officials until May 2009 to notice that something was amiss with school finances, according to media reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM
      
      

    Nun charged with embezzling $1.2M from Iona

     
       NEW YORK New York Post
       By BRUCE GOLDING
       A nun known as Sister Susie was charged yesterday with embezzling more than $1.2 million from a Catholic college in Westchester County.
       Sister Marie Thornton, 62, allegedly stole the money over the course of a decade while serving as vice president of finance at Iona College in New Rochelle.
       Court papers say her unholy scam included getting reimbursed for phony vendor invoices and having the college pay "credit-card bills for personal expenses." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

    What did they know?

       
       GetReligion,
       Here's the New York Times' latest piece about sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Europe. It's brief but unbelievably sad. Here's the lede:
       NETHERLANDS – The Roman Catholic Church, battered by sexual abuse scandals from the United States to Belgium, is facing a new set of damaging allegations in the Netherlands. Figures released Thursday by an investigative commission showed that almost 2,000 people had made complaints of sexual or physical abuse against the church, in a country with only four million Catholics.
       "The Roman Catholic Church has not faced a crisis like this since the French Revolution," Peter Nissen, a professor of the history of religion at Radboud University in the Netherlands, said of the growing abuse scandal.
       With one legal case starting this week, and accusations against two former bishops, the reaction of the church appears to have fueled the crisis. Nearly all of the cases are decades old, with probably no more than 10 from the past 20 years.

       I had to highlight these paragraphs. They're well written and tightly composed. The news is devastating and hints at something more interesting to come ("the reaction of the church"). But that last line is just good journalism.
       I can't imagine what it's like for 2,000 people to come forward in a country with only four million Catholics or what it's like to have bishops so accused. But it's also important to know that the bulk of these cases – the vast majority, in fact – came from the 1980s or earlier. One of the things I've criticized stories for is failing to properly contextualize abuse claims in terms of time. This story does that well. And it doesn't take away from the drama or news. Indeed giving full information adds to it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

    Our view: Bad publicity: What's it worth to Winona diocese?

     
       MINNESOTA Winona Daily News
       How much publicity could you buy with $134,000?
       Probably a whole lot less than the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis got for free last week.
       The two dioceses decided to seek attorneys fees from a man who apparently was molested by a priest, Thomas Adamson.
       Let's review: Adamson is no stranger to the Diocese of Winona. The diocese had to pay more than a million dollars because he had committed sexual abuses while working as a priest for the diocese. He scurried to the archdiocese where the abuse continued. A victim decided to sue the diocese two years ago. He won in trial, but an appeals court later said the statute of limitations prevented him from winning a judgment, handing both dioceses a technical victory. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM
      
      

    N.J. Senate to consider relaxing limits on sex abuse lawsuits; SNAP responds

     
       NEW JERSEY 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)
       First, I want to thank the sponsors of this legislation and the brave men and women who were abused as kids who are here today to help prevent future child sex crimes and expose current and former child sex crimes.
       Our message today, to citizens and Catholics, is simple: Don't believe the hype, spin, threats and self-serving rhetoric of a couple of bishops. Protect children, not predators. Deter deceit, don't reward deceit. Call your lawmakers and tell them that vulnerable kids need protection. Shrewd pedophiles and corrupt supervisors do not.
       This bill will help safeguard kids from predators in three key ways. First, it will help publicly expose child molesters, through the time-tested, proven, open justice system. Second, it will help publicly expose irresponsible supervisors who ignored or concealed child sex crimes. And third, it will help deter future recklessness, deceit and callousness by some employers, again, using the time-tested, proven, open justice system.
       In the ideal world, every child molester would be locked up. But that isn't happening and can't. Many in law enforcement estimate that 80% of those who sexually assault kids are never convicted and imprisoned. That means there are hundreds of dangerous child predators in every state who are molesting kids today.
       The sad and simple truth is that we don't have and may never have adequate police, prosecutors and prisons to charge, convicted and jail these predators. So the next best approach is to publicly expose them, so parents, neighbors, relatives, co-workers and employers know of their crimes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM
      
      

    Minister arrested for child sex crimes; SNAP responds

     
       ALABAMA Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       This tragic case highlights two important but often overlooked facts: even those with respected positions and titles can be child molesters and there's no magic age at which a sex offender stops offending.
       It's tempting but reckless to assume that child molesters are obvious social misfits who are easily spotted and give one "the creeps." They aren't. Most often, child predators are charming, charismatic, warm and outgoing. They seem as normal as can be. That's how they fool both kids and adults. And that's why we must be vigilant, especially around those with prominent jobs and titles, because child molesters gravitate toward these positions to win the trust of adults and to gain access to kids.
       It's also tempting but reckless to assume that elderly people can't be dangerous. Wrong again. To be a successful car-jacker, one must be fast. To be a successful bar fighter, one must be strong. But to be a successful child molester, one must be clever and cunning. Sadly, with age, many child sex offenders get even more skilled at picking kids who won't tell or believed from families that can't or won't contact police. So even though they may wear thick glasses, be stoop-shouldered and walk slowly, elderly molesters are just as dangerous, or more so, than younger ones. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM
      
      

    Victims appeal to new Fresno diocese head

     
       FRESNO (CA) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging the new head of the Fresno Catholic diocese to suspend a priest who was found by a jury to have molested a boy but still heads a local parish.
       Leaders of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are writing Monsignor Myron J. Cotta about Fr. Eric Swearingen, who leads Holy Spirit Church in Fresno. (Cotta has temporarily taken over the Fresno Diocese in the wake of Bishop John Steinbock's recent death.)
       In 2006, after hearing witnesses and examining evidence during a civil trial, a jury voted 9-3 that Swearingen was "more than likely" to have abused A former altar boy when the child was between 12 and 15 years old. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM
      
      

    Vatican has "no comment" re 2,000 Victims; SNAP Responds

     
       NETHERLANDS Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)
       It's cold and irresponsible for Vatican officials to say and do nothing in response to news that 2,000 once-trusting and devout Catholics have been sexually victimized by Netherlands' clerics.
       Pope Benedict, like his predecessor, clearly finds it convenient to ignore this on-going crisis until it erupts slowly, country by country, and then defer entirely to local bishops to supposedly enact reform. Instead, he needs to take decisive global action – not apologies, meetings, or gestures – that effectively protect kids right now.
       At best, it's silly, and more accurately, it's callous for Benedict to passively wait and watch as deeply wounded victims speak up en masse, then "punt" and claim the very bishops who caused the scandal will somehow completely reverse course and fix it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM
      
      

    Group praises 3 Boston-area victims of newly-outed priest

     
       MASSACHUSETTS Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       We are deeply grateful to the brave men who report having been molested by Fr. Czeslaw Szymanski.
       It takes real courage to disclose and discuss horrific childhood trauma, especially at the hands of a trusted cleric. We hope their taking action will bring them some measure of healing and closure.
       We also hope their courage will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Chet's crimes to come forward, get help, expose wrongdoing and start healing.
       When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers come forward, there's a least a chance for healing, justice and prevention. But when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers stay silent, predators walk free, kids get hurt and victims suffer in silence. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM
      
      

    Former altar boys accuse dead Lowell priest of sex abuse

     
       MASSACHUSETTS Boston Herald
       By Marie Szaniszlo Friday, December 10, 2010
       Three men are alleging a priest who is now dead repeatedly molested them in the 1980s while they were altar boys at a Lowell parish, and claim they saw him abuse at least 10 other boys.
       The men allege they were between 6 and 13 years old when the Rev. Czeslaw Szywmanski abused them before Mass in the sacristy of Holy Trinity Parish until he left in 1987, said Carmen Durso, the alleged victims' attorney.
       Szywmanski belonged at the time to the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit. The order did not return a phone call yesterday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM
      
      

    'I feel like the church let me down'

       
       UNITED KINGDOM - This is Surrey Today By owen evans owen.evans@essnmedia.co.uk
       A SEX abuse victim has spoken out about her torment at the hands of a priest.
       Ex-Oxted resident, Polly Aitken-Vinall, contacted the Mirror after reading our story last month, about a campaign against paedophile priests by Lucy Duckworth, a fellow former Oxted School student.
       Mrs Aitken-Vinall, 43, has waived her right to anonymity to explain how she was also abused as an 11-year-old and is willing to support Miss Duckworth's protests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

    Morning Star joins diocese in mediation effort

       
       WASHINGTON The Spokesman-Review
       John Stucke The Spokesman-Review
       A mediation effort designed to resolve ongoing legal problems faced by the Catholic Diocese of Spokane now includes the Morning Star Boys Ranch, according to court records.
       It sets up the possibility that a far-reaching agreement would sew shut most if not all of the outstanding clergy sex abuse litigation that continues to the plague the two Catholic ministries a decade after the scandal broke in Spokane.
       The upcoming mediation will be led by U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM
      
      

    Cardinal appoints commission to revise Legion of Christ constitution

     
       ROME Catholic News Agency
       Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2010 / 01:42 am (CNA).- Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate to the Legion of Christ, has appointed the members of the commission which will oversee the revision of the constitution of the troubled religious congregation.
       The committee will include two of the cardinal's personal advisors, Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., and Fr. Agostino Montan, C.S.I. Four Legion priests will also be on the commission: Fr. Roberto Aspe Hinojosa, Fr. Anthony Bannon, Fr José García Sentandreu and Fr. Gabriel Sotres.
       None of the Legionaries on the commission are from its current leadership.
       Cardinal De Paolis will preside over the commission, which will initiate and guide the revisions of the Legion of Christ's governing constitution. The process will involve all Legionaries and will last several years, the Legion of Christ reports on its website. The revision will conclude with an extraordinary general chapter to examine the proposed changes and present them to the Holy See for approval. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM
      
      

    They Should Have Known

     
       NETHERLANDS First Things
       David Mills Speaking in German, a Dutch cardinal told a tv audience "Wir haben es nicht gewusst" (we knew nothing) about the sexual abuse of children and young people by Dutch clergy, now (finally) coming to light. The allusion to the post-war German claim – the excuse – was obvious, and apparently intended, though the New York Times story is not entirely clear about this. If so, it was an important admission of guilt, and of a particularly embarrassing and humiliating kind of guilt – a kind of laziness or worse, moral sloth, a refusal to choose the good and therefore a choice to let the innocent suffer.
       In any case, as the newspaper reports:
       Figures released Thursday by an investigative commission showed that almost 2,000 people have made complaints of sexual or physical abuse against the church, in a country with only 4 million Catholics. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM
      
      

    Retired minister charged in sexual abuse of boy

     
       GENEVA (AL) WSFA
       GENEVA, Ala. (AP) - South Alabama police have charged a 74-year-old retired minister with molesting a teenage boy from Florida.
       Geneva police Lt. Ricky Morgan said that Edward Earl Davis has been charged with felony second-degree sodomy. Morgan said the charge comes after a monthlong investigation into allegations that Davis sexually abused the boy.
       Morgan said Davis met the boy at church in Holmes County, Fla., and then "lured him in and befriended him." Morgan said the alleged abuse happened in both Florida and Alabama. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM
      
      

    Orthodox Jews Begin to Reckon with Sexual Abuse

     
       UNITED STATES Religion Dispatches
       By Paul Berger
       A manhunt has been underway this week for Brooklyn Rabbi Gershon Kranczer and his 21-year-old son Asher in connection with the sexual abuse of four of the rabbi's female relatives. Two more of the rabbi's sons, Yechezkel, 24, and a 15-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, have already turned themselves in to police.
       The case is certainly odd. 58-year-old Rabbi Kranczer, of Midwood, has 14 children and the abuse, according to the New York City Police Department, has been limited to incidents within the rabbi's family.
       But the hunt for Kranczer comes at a time when federal agencies are taking a more proactive approach to prosecuting abuse in the Orthodox community. In Brooklyn last year, about 25 Orthodox men were arrested on sex abuse charges. This year in Lakewood, New Jersey, a predominantly Orthodox community, the local prosecutor has launched 29 sex crime investigations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM
      
      

    Dutch inquiry gets 2,000 Catholic Church abuse claims

     
       NETHERLANDS BBC News
       Almost 2,000 people in the Netherlands have raised complaints in the last year of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church, according to a special commission.
       Most of the alleged abuses took place decades ago within the Catholic Church school system.
       The commission was set up by the Church in March 2010, after a growing number of cases surfaced in the Netherlands.
       An interim report said the church had not done enough to help victims or investigate abuse allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM
      
      

    Dakota man charged with sex abuse to appear in court

     
       DAKOTA (IL) The Journal-Standard
       By Travis Morse The Journal-Standard Posted Dec 09, 2010 Dakota, Ill. – A 63-year-old Dakota man is set to appear in DuPage County Circuit Court next week on charges he sexually abused an underage girl in Naperville on Nov. 12.
       James W. French, 63, of Dakota was arrested at his home by Naperville police on the morning of Dec. 2. He was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and assigned a bond of $250,000.
       Officials at DuPage County Jail in Wheaton say French posted $25,000 bail, or 10 percent of his bond, on Wednesday and was released. His next court date is on Dec. 16 before Judge Daniel P. Guerin in DuPage County, according to the Naperville Sun newspaper. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM
      
      

    N.J. Senate panel approves extended time frame for childhood sexual abuse lawsuits

     
       NEW JERSEY NJ.com
       Matt Friedman/Statehouse Bureau
       TRENTON – After three hours of testimony from childhood sexual abuse victims, legal experts and a representative of the New Jersey Catholic Conference, a Senate panel approved a bill today that would give those who were molested as children more time to sue their abusers and the institutions that harbored them.
       The bill (S2405), which cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee 9-0, would repeal the state's two-year statute of limitations on lawsuits for child sexual abuse. Currently, adult victims of the childhood abuse have two years to bring suit from the point when they realize it damaged them.
       The bill's sponsor, Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), called it "the final chapter to trying to bring final justice for those victims." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM
      
      

    Maine Voices: Victim of clergy sexual abuse deserves early clemency hearing

     
       MAINE The Portland Press Herald
       ABOUT THE AUTHOR
       Stan Moody of Manchester, a former state representative and most recently a chaplain at Maine State Prison in Warren, is a prison reform advocate. He is pastor of the Meeting House Church in Manchester.

       MANCHESTER - It was Aug. 20, 1987. The prosecution asked the court to sentence 23-year-old Jeffrey Libby to 50 years for murdering his grandfather in a fit of rage. The judge, now deceased, sentenced him to 60 years, saying, "There is nothing in this case that can be seen as a mitigating circumstance."
       On April 23, 2010, the Maine Governor's Board on Executive Clemency denied Libby's petition for a clemency hearing despite a growing list of distinguished supporters. Guidelines for hearing a petition for commutation are that 50 percent of the sentence be served. Libby has served 24 years.
       Unknown to the court at his sentencing but fully documented in the Petition to the Board on Executive Clemency was that Jeff was sexually abused by a Connecticut priest at ages 13 and 14. Forensic reports from distinguished psychologists in Maine and Connecticut clearly traced the sexual abuse to the murder nine years later. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM
      
      

    Dutch Catholic church faces almost 2,000 abuse allegations

     
       NETHERLANDS Lexington Herald-Leader
       By Stephen Castle - New York Times News Service
       BRUSSELS – The Roman Catholic Church, battered by sexual abuse scandals from the United States to Belgium, is facing a new set of damaging allegations in the Netherlands. Figures released Thursday by an investigative commission showed that almost 2,000 people had made complaints of sexual or physical abuse against the church, in a country with only 4 million Catholics.
       "The Roman Catholic Church has not faced a crisis like this since the French Revolution," Peter Nissen, a professor of the history of religion at Radboud University in the Netherlands, said of the growing abuse scandal.
       With one legal case starting this week, and accusations against two former bishops, the reaction of the church appears to have fueled the crisis. Nearly all of the cases are several decades old, with probably no more than 10 from the past 20 years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

    Don't let future generations bear burden of sex scandal

      [1960s Ex-Fr Francis DeLuca. RCC. US $30m + $30m. Boy. Parish as well as priest to pay compensation.]  
       The News Journal, December 10, 2010
       DELAWARE - On Wednesday, a Kent County jury wisely acknowledged that parish congregations are also victims of the crime of clergy sex abuse.
       Defrocked priest Francis DeLuca was ordered to pay an additional $30 million in punitive damages to victim John M. Vai, on top of last week's $30 million award for compensatory damages.
       This is an acceptable conclusion to the sexual terror, made possible by the secrecy of inept church hierarchy, which allowed DeLuca to continue. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

    Imprisoned priest faces another lawsuit

      [Fr Daniel McCormack]
       CHICAGO (IL) Southtown Star
       December 10, 2010
       A former Catholic priest imprisoned for fondling five boys has been accused of sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed Thursday by a 25-year-old Chicago man.
       The man, identified in the suit as John F. Doe, claims Daniel McCormack sexually touched or abused him more than 15 times at St. Agatha Church and its gym on Chicago's West Side between January and October 2001.
       The boy was a freshman at St. Joseph's High School at the time of the alleged abuse, according to the suit. He also claims church officials negligently failed to tell child welfare or governmental authorities about abuse allegations made by him or other minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM
      
      

    Green Bay Diocese to fight priest abuse lawsuit

     
       WISCONSIN Post-Crescent
       By Michael Louis Vinson and John Lee • Post-Crescent staff writers • December 10, 2010
       APPLETON – The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is pushing back against allegations of fraud after an Outagamie County judge green lighted a lawsuit that claims the diocese knew a former priest posed a threat to children.
       "We believe that we demonstrated there was never any fraud, and we trust that we will prevail as the legal process unfolds," said Deacon Tim Reilly, diocesan director of administration.
       Judge Nancy Krueger rejected the diocese's motion to dismiss the case filed by Todd and Troy Merryfield, who were sexually assaulted by John Feeney in the late 1970s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri December 10, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Norfolk former Baptist pastor jailed for sex assaults

      [~ 1980s Ex-Pastor Malcolm Hoare*. Baptist. 2yrs prison. Girl (13-15).]  
       EDP 24, By Christine Cunningham, Saturday, 11 December, 2010
       UNITED KINGDOM - The victim of sex abuse at the hands of a former pastor of a Norfolk church has spoken of finally being able to have closure on her ordeal after he was jailed for two years and placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.
       Malcolm Hoare, who belonged to the King's Lynn Baptist Fellowship, was found guilty following a trial of five counts of indecently assaulting the girl when she was aged between 13 and 15.
       The offences took place about 30 years ago but the victim only recently decided to come forward about the matter after undergoing counselling as she also wanted to make sure that nothing like this happened to anyone else. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM, December 11, 2010 [LOOK BACK: Sep 2010, Oct 2010.]

    Victims urge Pope to lean on 2 key Catholic prelates

       
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests,
       UNITED STATES / MEXICO – In an unusual move, clergy sex abuse victims are urging Pope Benedict to make two Mexican bishops accept service of a lawsuit charging them with ignoring and concealing child sex crimes by a fugitive priest.
       And today a new civil lawsuit involving the same priest is being filed in Los Angeles. It charges that three top Catholic officials in LA and Mexico are responsible for the child sex crimes of Father Nicholas Aguilar-Rivera who police estimate molested at least 26 children in East Los Angeles. …
       In June of 2009 and April 2010, two other men have filed similar lawsuits involving Aguilar-Rivera. Those suits are still pending but are languishing because two accused wrongdoers – both Mexican prelates - are refusing service. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM
      
      

    Ireland "caved" to Vatican on sex abuse; SNAP responds

       
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
       Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
       IRELAND - These troubling revelations diminish both Irish and Vatican officials. It's of course shameful that church figures refused to even answer questions about devastating, decades-long child sex crimes and cover ups. But it's equally shameful that Irish officials "caved" to pressure from self-serving Catholic bureaucrats who wanted, and still want, to keep this horrific scandal under wraps.
       This unwarranted deference by secular authorities to church authorities is a key reason that tens of thousands of children across the globe have been sexually assaulted for decades by child molesting Catholic clerics. If kids are to be safe and crimes are to be prevented, police, prosecutors and politicians must pursue those who commit and conceal child sex crimes, no matter who they are or what titles they have.
       Keep in mind what Irish authorities sought – not money or jail time or concessions or reforms, just simple answers to questions about this crisis by church officials. That's all. Still, the Vatican was intransigent and refused, and Irish officials backed down. So top Catholic staff learned an unhealthy lesson here – if you are belligerent enough, this pesky sex abuse scandal can be postponed and ignored even longer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM, December 11, 2010

    Randy pastor defiles 4-year-old girl

      [2010, Nov 27. Unnamed pastor (39) -NEW*. Christian sect. Girl (4).]
       Daily Sun, From HENRY CHUKWURAH, Port Harcourt; Saturday, December 11, 2010
       NIGERIA - A 39-year-old leader of a church in Port Harcourt has been arrested for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl.
       The girl's parents are members of the pastor's church located at Emole Street, Mile Two, in the Diobu area of the Rivers State capital.
       The pastor (names withheld) was said to have lured the little girl into his office and defiled her on November 27. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM, December 11, 2010

    Third man accuses Seymour priest of sexual abuse at Meriden church

       
       Waterbury Republican-American, ~ December 11, 2010
       SEYMOUR (CT) - A third man has accused a local Roman Catholic priest of sexually molesting him as a child at a Meriden church. The victim, 40, who was only identified as John Doe, filed a lawsuit Friday in Waterbury Superior Court against the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra. Bzdyra has been suspended from his role as pastor of St. Augustine Church, 35 Washington Ave. He lives in New Haven County. According to a release by his attorney, Joel T. Faxon of New Haven, the man was sexually abused repeatedly by Bzdyra in a storage room at St. Stanislaus Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM, December 11, 2010

    Vatican urges prudence in reading leaked embassy cables

       
       Catholic News Agency 01:44 pm, Dec 11, 2010
       VATICAN CITY / (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy See Press Office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has asked for careful evaluation and "great prudence" in the examination of confidential files leaked by WikiLeaks to media outlets.
       The content of sensitive internal U.S. State Department cables concerning the Vatican, written by representatives from the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, was made public Dec. 11.
       In a statement that day, Fr. Lombardi stressed that the reports "reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them." He emphasized that the cables "cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM, December 11, 2010

    The US embassy cables: The documents

       
       The Guardian,
       UNITED KINGDOM - Most recent US embassy cables: Vatican's 'moral megaphone' is faulty 10 Dec 2010: Cable sent 20/02/2009
       C O N F I D E N T I A L VATICAN 000028 US embassy cables: Vatican used sovereign status in face of Irish child abuse investigation 10 Dec 2010: Cable sent 26/02/2010
       S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 VATICAN 000033 US embassy cables: UK ambassador to Vatican feared anti-Catholic violence in UK over Anglican rift 10 Dec 2010: Cable sent 30/11/2009 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 000123 Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

    Vatican, U.S. Embassy Respond to Wikileaks

           
       National Catholic Register, by Edward Pentin, Saturday, December 11, 2010
       UNITED STATES - Cables from the U.S. embassy to the Holy See are contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations.
       They report on a wide range of issues, including the Holy See's reaction to investigations into clerical sex abuse in Ireland, internal Vatican communications, British embassy concerns over the reaction to Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Holy See's approach to: Venezuela, the Copenhagen accord on climate change, and Poland and the E.U.. The cables also contain the Pope's approach to Turkey and how he helped release 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured by Iran in 2007.
       Although quite sensational, none of the details actually come as any real surprise. On the Iranian story, I reported at the time on the key role the Pope and Holy See diplomats played in securing the sailors' release, but sadly such good news about the Pope or the Church rarely makes headlines in the mainstream media. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

    Put not your trust in leaky cables

       
       UNITED STATES / UNITED KINGDOM - America Magazine, Author: Austen Ivereigh Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010
       The Guardian carries news today of the latest WikiLeaks disclosure of US embassy cables -- this time, relating to the Vatican. The cables, which are more than a year old, mention the Murphy Commission into Dublin clerical sex abuse, the Vatican's help in releasing British hostages in Iran, the "technophobia" of curial officials, and Rome's lobbying in favour of the EU constitution including God. Nothing new, in other words, but not without interest: there are things known within certain circles but not outside them; and there are some insights, at least, into how US diplomats view Rome. The New York Times summarizes here, John Allen analyzes here.
       But there is one item which seems quite extraordinary, which in the UK is leading the reporting of this story: the alleged claim by Francis Campbell, UK ambassador to the Holy See, that Pope Benedict's creation in September last year of a church structure for the reception of groups of Anglicans risked the worst crisis in Anglican-Catholic relations in 150 years. Even more bizarrely, he is reported to have told the US deputy chief of mission to the Holy See, Julieta Valls Noyes, that the move could lead to "violence" against Catholics.
       As I told BBC News this morning -- watch here -- I knew, reading this, it wasn't true: not just because I know Francis Campbell, and his reaction to Pope Benedict's initiative; but because no UK diplomat with any sense -- and Francis has more than many diplomats put together -- would have said something so lurid and exaggerated. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM
      
      

    Ireland granted immunity to sex abuse church officials under pressure from Vatican, says WikiLeaks

      [RCC]    
       IRELAND - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) By Tamara Cohen
       Ireland caved in to Vatican pressure to grant immunity to church officials in the investigation of decades of sex abuse by its clergy, newly released WikiLeaks documents have shown.
       Requests made by the Irish government for information 'offended many in the Vatican' who believed they had 'failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigation'.
       But even without assistance from Rome the Irish were able to substantiate claims of abuse between 1975 and 2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

    Vatican hits back against WikiLeaks revelations

         
       VATICAN CITY - Sydney Morning Herald December 12, 2010
       The Vatican hit back Saturday after cables released by WikiLeaks indicated it had refused to cooperate with an Irish probe into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Dublin.
       The Vatican press office expressed scepticism at the reliability of the reports in a statement that referred to "the extreme seriousness of publishing such a large amount of secret and confidential material, and its possible consequences".
       "Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials," it said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM
      
      

    Vatican fury over Irish challenge in child abuse probe

     
       IRELAND Herald
       By Clodagh Sheehy
       Saturday December 11 2010
       A furious Vatican refused to reply to requests from the Murphy Commission about complaints relating to clerical child sex abuse here.
       Relations between the Vatican and Ireland deteriorated sharply as a result, according to the latest US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
       One cable from earlier this year says the Vatican became angry at the way the Murphy Commission sidestepped normal diplomatic channels and directly sought a meeting with the Vatican's representative in Ireland. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM
      
      

    COMUNICATO DELLA SALA STAMPA DELLA SANTA SEDE A PROPOSITO DELLA DOCUMENTAZIONE DEL DIPARTIMENTO DI STATO DEGLI STATI UNITI D'AMERICA RESA PUBBLICA DA WIKILEAKS

     
       Bolletino
       CITTA' DEL VATICANO – Senza entrare nella valutazione dell'estrema gravità della pubblicazione di una grande quantità di documenti riservati e confidenziali e delle sue possibili conseguenze, la Sala Stampa della Santa Sede osserva che una parte dei documenti resi pubblici recentemente da Wikileaks riguarda rapporti inviati al Dipartimento di Stato degli Stati Uniti d'America dall'Ambasciata degli Stati Uniti presso la Santa Sede.
       Naturalmente tali rapporti riflettono le percezioni e le opinioni di coloro che li hanno redatti, e non possono essere considerati espressione della stessa Santa Sede né citazioni precise delle parole dei suoi Officiali. La loro attendibilità va quindi valutata con riserva e con molta prudenza, tenendo conto di tale circostanza. …
       TRADUZIONE IN LINGUA INGLESE
       Press release on the subject of the US Department of State documents published by Wikileaks.
       Without venturing to evaluate the extreme seriousness of publishing such a large amount of secret and confidential material, and its possible consequences, the Holy See Press Office observes that part of the documents published recently by Wikileaks concerns reports sent to the U.S. State Department by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.
       Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials. Their reliability must, then, be evaluated carefully and with great prudence, bearing this circumstance in mind.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at
    10:12 AM
      
      

    Holy See urges 'prudence' in reading Vatican-related cables

     
       VATICAN CITY - CNN By Tim Lister, December 11, 2010
       (CNN) - The Holy See's press office Saturday urged the public to read the latest Vatican-related diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks with "great prudence," claiming the allegations cited in the documents reflect only the view of their writers.
       Without going into specifics on a number of allegations that emerged with the U.S. cables, the Holy See Press Office said that the reports "reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM
      
      

    Blogging the WikiLeaks: Weekend Edition!

       
       UNITED STATES The Nation Greg Mitchell
       As I've done for the previous 13 days, god help me, I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all weekend. All times added at top are ET. For more follow me at Twitter. Read about my latest book here.
       9:30 Published Wiki cables, in running count at their site, has creeped all the way up to…. 1,295. Only 249,000 to go.
       9:15 New cables: The Pope wanted Muslim Turkey out of European Union -- and also lobbied against Hugo Chavez.
       9:10 Thank god, we now have Piers Morgan involved!
       8:50 The Guardian with several pieces on cables related to the Vatican, including big sex abuse cases in Ireland. The Vatican can't transfer those stories back into hiding, so it urges caution in reading. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM
      
      

    Spokane man files lawsuit claiming abuse by a Seattle Benedictine priest

     
       WASHINGTON The Seattle Times
       By Seattle Times staff
       A 42-year-old Spokane man filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle Friday claiming he'd been abused in the 1970s by the Rev. John Forrester, a Benedictine priest who had served in the Seattle area.
       According to the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court, the man, identified as G.K., met Forrester when he attended St. Francis of Assisi parish and school in Burien. G.K., who served as an altar boy for Forrester, was 10 when the abuse began, the suit says.
       The suit names as co-defendant the American-Cassinese Congregation, a Catholic association of Benedictine monasteries. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM
      
      

    Runder Tisch empfiehlt Entschädigungsfonds

     
       DEUTSCHLAND Frankfurter Allgemeine
       Mit Hilfe eines Fonds sollen Therapien für die Opfer der „schwarzen Pädagogik" in Kinderheimen der Nachkriegszeit ermöglicht werden. Nach F.A.Z.-Informationen einigte sich der Runde Tisch am Freitag auf ein Volumen von 120 Millionen Euro.
       Von Reinhard Bingener
       11. Dezember 2010 Zur Entschädigung von ehemaligen Heimkindern soll ein Fonds mit einem Volumen von 120 Millionen Euro gegründet werden. Bund, Länder und Kirchen sollen dazu mit je einem Drittel beitragen. Das ist das Ergebnis des vom Deutschen Bundestag eingesetzten Runden Tisches Heimerziehung, der am Freitag in Berlin seine Arbeit abschloss.
       Dem Abschlussbericht, den die Moderatorin des Runden Tisches, die frühere Bundestagsvizepräsidentin Antje Vollmer (Grüne) am Montag vorstellen soll, stimmten sowohl Bund, Länder und Kirchen als auch die Vertreter der ehemaligen Heimkinder zu. Letztere hatten noch am Donnerstag gedroht, die Verhandlungen scheitern zu lassen. Sie hatten wesentlich höhere Entschädigung gefordert. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM
      
      

    Tabula rasa am Runden Tisch

       
       Frankfurter Allgemeine Von Reinhard Bingener, Frankfurt; 09. Dezember 2010
       Ein politisches Experiment des Bundestages geht zu Ende: der Runde Tisch zur Heimerziehung. Die moralische Pflicht scheint die Herzen von Bund, Kirchen und Ländern zu öffnen - beim Öffnen der Taschen tut man sich schwerer.
       DEUTSCHLAND - Zwei Jahre Zeit hat sich der Runde Tisch Heimerziehung mit Vertretern von Bund, Ländern, Kirchen, freien Trägern und Betroffenen genommen, um die Folgen der sogenannten schwarzen Pädagogik der Nachkriegszeit in den Heimen für Kinder und Jugendliche in Westdeutschland aufzuarbeiten.
       Es geht um etwa 800.000 Menschen, die in ihren frühen Lebensjahren einem Heimwesen ausgeliefert waren, das oft auf Arbeitszwang und Misshandlung beruhte - sowie der fortwährenden Bedrohung, in eine noch schlimmere Einrichtung weitergereicht zu werden. Viele Kinder haben in den Heimen zwar durchaus auch Zuneigung und Fürsorge erfahren, doch nicht wenige leiden bis heute unter den Folgen einer lieblosen Erziehung in einem Heimsystem, das ihnen Bildungschancen nahm, statt sie zu eröffnen.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM
      
      

    Wikileaks: Vatican forced Govt to grant immunity to clergy

      [Irish State caved in.]    
       Irish Examiner, Saturday, December 11, 2010
       IRELAND - The latest documents published by the Wikileaks website suggest the Government was forced to grant Vatican officials immunity from testifying to Murphy commission.
       Published in November last year, the Murphy report into the handling of clerical abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese accused four former archbishops and a host of clergy of a cover-up.
       The report in today's Guardian newspaper claims the Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before the Murphy Commission . Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM
      
      

    Poll: Was the Vatican right to refuse the Murphy Commission?

     
       IRELAND - The Journal {reader poll}
       THE LATEST WIKILEAKS documents show that the Vatican was "offended" by how the Murphy Commission had asked it to help in its inquiries, believing the contact was an "affront to Vatican sovereignty".
       The Vatican – or, officially, the Holy See – considers itself an independent state, and therefore said it would only help with the inquiries if the request had come from the Irish government itself, and not from a legal inquiry.
       Today we want to know – do you think the Vatican was right to take the stance it did? Is the Holy See a true independent entity – and even if it is, should it still have refused to help? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM
      
      

    Vatican was 'offended' by requests for information from commission

     
       IRELAND - Irish Examiner Saturday, December 11, 2010
       Wikileaks documents published today show requests for information from the Murphy Commission "offended" many in the Vatican.
       The commission investigated the handling of clerical abuse allegations in the Dublin Archdiocese. …
       Clerical abuse survivor Andrew Madden says he's not surprised by the revelations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM
      
      

    VATICAN: WIKILEAKS REPORTS DO NOT EXPRESS HOLY SEE STANCE

         
       ROME - AGI News (Italy)
       AGI) Rome - The Vatican defined Wikileaks reports as a grave publication of files that do not correspond with the See's position. The Holy See invited the public to assess the reliability of files involving reports sent to the US Department of State from the US embassy to the Vatican, claiming they must be judged with great caution and reserve. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM
      
      

    WikiLeaks: Vatican refused requests from Murphy Commission

      [RCC]    
       Breaking News, 11/Dec/2010
       IRELAND - The latest documents published by the Wikileaks website suggest the Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before the Murphy investigation into clerical abuse of children.
       The leaked cable suggests that many in the Vatican were offended by requests for information from the Commission, which they saw as an affront to Vatican sovereignty. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM
      
      

    Abuse probe offended Vatican - Wikileaks

     
       RTE News
       {US embassy cables: Vatican used sovereign status in face of Irish child abuse investigation}
       Disclosures by Wikileaks have shed new light on the tensions between the Government and the Vatican during the Murphy investigation into clerical child abuse.
       IRELAND - Disclosures by Wikileaks of diplomatic cables have shed new light on the tensions between the Government and the Vatican during the Murphy investigation into clerical child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.
       A leaked cable from the US Embassy to the Holy See suggests that many in the Vatican were offended by requests for information from the Murphy Commission, which they saw as an affront to Vatican sovereignty.
       The publication of the Murphy report in November 2009 caused much controversy, not least because it revealed that the Vatican had failed to reply to a request from the Murphy Commission for information relating to reports of clerical child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM
      
      

    Vatican refused to help Irish sex abuse probe: cable

         
       VATICAN/IRELAND AFP
       LONDON – The Vatican refused to cooperate with an Irish probe into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Dublin because the requests were not made through official channels, a leaked US cable showed Saturday.
       Requests for information by the 2009 Murphy commission "offended many in the Vatican… because they saw them as an affront to Vatican sovereignty", according to a cable from the US embassy in Rome, leaked by WikiLeaks.
       The Murphy commission's findings, published in November 2009, caused shock across Ireland and the worldwide Catholic community by detailing how Church authorities covered up for paedophile priests in Dublin for three decades.
       Dated February 26 this year, the US cable -- published by The Guardian newspaper -- records the observations of US diplomat in Rome Julieta Noyes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM
      
      

    Vatican 'shunned' Irish abuse probe

     
       VATICAN CITY/IRELAND - Al Jazeera,
       The Vatican refused to help an Irish investigation into child sex abuse by Catholic priests because the requests were seen as "an affront to Vatican sovereignty," leaked diplomatic cables have shown.
       The documents, which were released to the UK's Guardian newspaper by the WikiLeaks website, reveal that the Catholic Church blocked its officials from testifying before an Irish commission because the request was not made through official channels.
       A classified dispatch from the Vatican's embassy in the US said that the church received requests from the Murphy commission in 2009 but did not comply, instead insisting that communication with the inquiry took place through diplomatic channels.
       "The Murphy Commission's requests offended many in the Vatican," the cable says. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM
      
      

    Murphy requests 'offended' Vatican

         
       IRELAND - The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent
       Requests for information from the Murphy Commission "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the (Commission) investigations", US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks have disclosed.
       A cable entitled "Sex abuse scandal strains Irish-Vatican relations, shakes up Irish church, and poses challenges for the Holy See" claimed that Vatican officials also believed Irish opposition politicians were making political hay from the situation by publicly urging the government to demand a reply from the Vatican following publication of the Murphy report in November 2009.
       In September 2006 the Murphy Commission, which was investigating the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese between 1975 and 2004, wrote to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeking information on reports of clerical child sex abuse sent to it by Dublin archdiocese over the period.
       It also sought information on the Church document 'Crimen Sollicitationis', which deals with clerical sex abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM
      
      

    Inside the Vatican with Wikileaks

           
       DotCommonweal, Posted by Paul Moses, 12:44 am, December 11, 2010
       UNITED STATES - U.S. embassy cables from Vatican City have been released through Wikileaks, and while The New York Times says they "do not appear to contain any bombshells about the Vatican," anyone interested in what goes on inside the Vatican will want to look at them.
       For the moment, there are details available about Vatican objections to Ireland's Murphy Commission investigation into clergy sexual abuse in a cable that cites an American priest in the Vatican as a source. There is a look back at Pope Benedict's XVI's outreach to dissident Anglicans, with the British ambassador to the Vatican, Francis Campbell, who is Catholic, telling an American diplomat that it was so inflammatory that it might lead to violence against British Catholics.
       The one I've found most interesting at this point is an American diplomat's critique of the Vatican's communications and of the decision-making process in general. Here is an excerpt (by way of the Guardian, which has links to a number of the cables):
       More broadly, critics point to a lack of generational or geographical diversity in the Pope's inner circle. Most of the top ranks of the Vatican – all men, generally in their seventies – do not understand modern media and new information technologies. The blackberry-using Father Lombardi remains an anomaly in a culture in which many officials do not even have official email accounts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM
      
      

    Cables Show Ireland Ceded to Vatican Pressure

     
       VATICAN CITY (AP) - ABC News (United States) By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Pres December 11, 2010
       Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that Ireland caved in to Vatican pressure to grant immunity to church officials in the government probe of decades of sex abuse by Irish clergy in the predominantly Catholic nation.
       That the Holy See used its diplomatic immunity status as a tiny-city state to try to thwart Ireland's government-led probe has long been known. But the WikiLeaks cables, published by Britain's The Guardian newspaper on Saturday, contain delicate, behind-the-scenes diplomatic assessments of the highly charged situation.
       The Vatican press office declined to comment on the content of the cables Saturday, but decried the leaks as a matter of "extreme gravity." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM
      
      

    Vatican refused to help Irish sex abuse probe: cable

     
       VATICAN CITY/IRELAND Radio Netherlands
       The Vatican refused to cooperate with an Irish probe into child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Dublin because the requests were not made through official channels, a leaked US cable showed Saturday.
       Requests for information by the 2009 Murphy commission "offended many in the Vatican… because they saw them as an affront to Vatican sovereignty", according to a cable from the US embassy in Rome, leaked by WikiLeaks.
       The Murphy commission's findings, published in November 2009, caused shock across Ireland and the worldwide Catholic community by detailing how Church authorities covered up for paedophile priests in Dublin for three decades.
       Dated February 26 this year, the US cable -- published by The Guardian newspaper -- records the observations of US diplomat in Rome Julieta Noyes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM
      
      

    Vatican "offended" at being asked to assist Murphy Inquiry – WikiLeaks

     
       IRELAND The Journal
       {US embassy cables: Vatican used sovereign status in face of Irish child abuse investigation}
       THE VATICAN was "offended" when the Murphy Inquiry directly summoned Catholic officials to answer questions, believing the actions of the inquiry were an "affront to Vatican sovereignty", it has emerged.
       The revelation is contained in the latest tranche of documents published by WikiLeaks, which has obtained copies of over 250,000 diplomatic cables sent to and from US ambassadors worldwide.
       In one of the documents dated February 26 of this year, Julieta Valls Noyes – the US's ambassador to the Holy See – wrote that the Inquiry, operating outside of the official umbrella of the state, had sidestepped the usual diplomatic procedures of going through the Irish embassy – but that the Holy See was greatly put out by this tactic, refusing to respond.
       Such was the Vatican's opposition to being directly contacted that it accused some in Ireland of "making political hay" of the situation by asking the Irish government to demand a Vatican response to the inquiry's questions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM
      
      

    WikiLeaks: Pope refused to cooperate in sex abuse investigation

     
       VATICAN CITY/IRELAND - msnbc
       Pope Benedict refused to allow Vatican officials to testify in an investigation by an Irish commission into alleged child sex abuse by priests, according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, The Guardian newspaper reported.
       Benedict was also reportedly furious when Vatican officials were called upon in Rome, The Guardian reported Saturday.
       The Murphy Commission of Inquiry into sexual and physical abuse "offended many in the Vatican," according to a cable dated February 26, 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM
      
      

    WikiLeaks bares even tiny Vatican's diplomatic soul

     
       The Economic Times (India)
       VATICAN CITY: The Vatican may be the world's smallest state but even its diplomatic soul has been laid bare by WikiLeaks cables covering everything from sex abuse and media blunders to old "technophobic" cardinals.
       Cables sent from the US embassy to the Vatican to the State Department depict Pope Benedict as sometimes isolated as aides try to protect him from bad news, and say his number two is seen as a "yes man" with little credibility among diplomats.
       The cables were published by the Guardian newspaper, one of several news organisations with have been given access to the leaked cables from US embassies around the world. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat December 11, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Days of genuflection

      [RCC]      
       The Irish Times,
       IRELAND - THE INSTITUTIONAL face of the Catholic Church, as represented by the Vatican, has been left in a dark place of its own creation because of its hopelessly inadequate response to clerical child abuse. And the more we learn about its behaviour, the more it appears to dig itself into a deeper mess, increasingly obscuring the values it might be expected to espouse.
       The latest disclosures – via US embassy cables published by WikiLeaks – suggest that requests for information from the Murphy Commission, which was investigating the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese between 1975 and 2004, "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish Government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the {Commission} investigations".
       The views, attributed to the Vatican by US diplomats, chime with much of what we know about how the Church, as an institution, deals with such matters and did so in this case. And it is not simply an issue of diplomatic etiquette – the Vatican, in seeking to assert its sovereignty, is adhering to a calculated and consistent defence aimed at protecting the Church and its assets from litigation arising from clerical child abuse in dioceses around the world. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 PM
      
      

    Vatican says leaks do not reflect views of Holy See

       
       VATICAN CITY - The Independent (United Kingdom) By Christopher Corbishley Monday, 13 December 2010
       The Vatican described the most recent leaks from US cables yesterday as a matter of "extreme seriousness". The cables from the US embassy at the Vatican describe its leadership as out of touch, and criticise their refusal to allow officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating child abuse by clerics. Cables have revealed that information requested by the 2009 Murphy Commission – which reported on allegations of abuse within the Catholic Church in Dublin – "offended many in the Vatican", who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations".
       The deputy chief of mission at the US embassy to the Vatican, Julieta Valls Noyes, stated that an attempt to involve the Vatican in the Irish child-abuse investigation was "an affront to Vatican sovereignty".
       A statement released by the Vatican over the weekend said: "Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials. Their reliability must, then, be evaluated carefully and with great prudence, bearing this circumstance in mind." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM
      
      

    Minister dismisses abuse cable 'sideshow'

     
       IRELAND - The Irish Times HARRY McGEE and PATSY McGARRY
       THE WIKILEAKS disclosure that the Government did not press the Vatican to co-operate with the inquiry into the Catholic Church's handling of child abuse was yesterday dismissed as a "sideshow" by the relevant Minister.
       There has also been strong reaction to the disclosure from victims of clerical sexual abuse. Fianna Fáil had been too close to the Catholic Church through the recent years of clerical child sex abuse revelations and this had inhibited it from doing what should have been done, Dublin abuse victim Andrew Madden said last night.
       He was commenting after weekend WikiLeaks disclosures that requests to the Vatican for information from the Murphy commission "offended many" there who felt the Irish Government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the (commission) investigations". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

    Archbishop Martin apologises over Walsh child sex abuse in Ballyfermot

       
       IRELAND - The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent
       PRELATE'S ADDRESS: CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has apologised unreservedly to the people of Ballyfermot in Dublin following the abuse of children there by former priest Tony Walsh, "and about the way this abuse was hushed up by people with responsibility in the parish and in the diocese".
       Speaking during Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot yesterday, he said: "I came here this morning to renew my apologies to the people of this parish for the facts that this week have emerged."
       He was referring to the jailing of Walsh for 16 years last Monday, four suspended, following his conviction of the sexual abuse of three boys from Ballyfermot during the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM
      
      

    Nothing new in latest documents, says Vatican

         
       The Irish Times PADDY AGNEW in Rome
       ROME - CATHOLIC CHURCH: THE VATICAN'S senior spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, last night played down any potentially damaging impact of the latest revelations from whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks concerning the Holy See.
       Fr Lombardi argued that in the overall context of the vast body of documents released by WikiLeaks, those concerning the Vatican were of little significance.
       "There's nothing new, nothing that wasn't abundantly well known. I don't think that anyone has discovered America with these documents {about the Holy See}." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM

    Defrocked priest charged with possession of child pornography

      [1970s - 1991 Ex-Fr Oliver O'Grady. ~ 25 boys. He became "Brother Francis". Lawyer Jeff Anderson exposed Roman Catholic pension $800 per month, protecting Cardinal Roger Mahony. 2010 Child porn charge in Ireland.]       
       Tribune, Ali Bracken and Mark Hilliard,
       IRELAND - Defrocked Irish cleric Oliver O'Grady was yesterday charged with possession of thousands of pornographic images of children, some as young as two.
       He was granted bail at Dublin District Court despite garda objections. Judge James McDonnell heard that 65-year-old O'Grady was arrested at his Dublin hostel on Friday morning just after 7am. The material confiscated included images and videos on a USB key, an external hard drive and a laptop. Det garda Johanna Doyle told the court: "We are talking about thousands upon thousands of images of child pornography. Children from the age of two and three up to teenage boys and girls."
       Defending solicitor Dara Robinson told the court that his client had difficult personal circumstances and did not have financial means. "His personal circumstances are very unfortunate; he is a highly educated man who has had a very serious fall from grace. He has significant estrangement from his family and his social circumstances have changed." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

    Notorious CA/Irish predator arrested-Sex abuse victims respond

      [1970s - 1991 Ex-Fr Oliver O'Grady. ~ 25 boys. He became "Brother Francis". Lawyer Jeff Anderson exposed Roman Catholic pension $800 per month, protecting Cardinal Roger Mahony. 2010 Child porn charge in Ireland.]       
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Statement by Nancy Sloan, SNAP Stockton co-director & victim of Oliver O'Grady. (707) 631-7654 Nancy.Sloan@sbcglobal.net ;
       (NOTE-Irish law enforcement officials have arrested Fr. Oliver O'Grady on child porn charges. He has molested numerous kids in California and was recently found living in the Netherlands)
       IRELAND - We're thrilled this extremely dangerous predator priest has been arrested and hope he will soon be locked up for a long time. That's the only way to really protect kids.
       Once a child sex offender is arrested, it's tempting for many to become complacent and assume he'll be convicted and jailed. But that often doesn't happen. Child predators are usually cunning men who hire top notch lawyers and exploit technicalities and get off with little or no jail time.
       So it's crucial that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered O'Grady's crimes contact law enforcement immediately, so he can be effectively prosecuted, convicted, and kept away from kids for the rest of his life. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 PM

    Vatican Bank 'allowed clergy to act as front for Mafia'

      [I.O.R. RCC. €23m seized. Mafia allegations.]        
       The Independent (United Kingdom), By Victor Simpson, Associated Press, in Vatican City; Monday, 13 December 2010
       VATICAN CITY - The Vatican Bank is under new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations that led police to seize €23m (£19.25m) in September.
       The Vatican calls the seizure of assets a "misunderstanding" and expresses optimism it will be quickly cleared up. But fresh court documents show that prosecutors say the Vatican Bank deliberately flouted anti-laundering laws "with the aim of hiding the ownership, destination and origin of the capital". The documents also reveal investigators' suspicions that clergy may have acted as fronts for corrupt businessmen and Mafia.
       The documents pinpoint two transactions that have not been reported: one in 2009 involving the use of a false name, and another in 2010 in which the Vatican Bank withdrew €650,000 from an Italian bank account but ignored bank requests to disclose where the money was headed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

    Diocese receives 'credible' abuse allegation against Rev. Dennis J. Shaw

      [1970s Fr Dennis J. Shaw -? NEW*. RC. Minor.]  
       Catholic Courier
       NEW YORK - The Diocese of Rochester announced Sunday, Dec. 12, that it has investigated and deemed "credible" an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to the late 1970s against the Rev. Dennis J. Shaw. Father Shaw was serving at the now-closed St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester at the time the abuse allegedly occurred.
       Father Shaw, who most recently has been serving as parochial administrator of Holy Family Church in Auburn, has been placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties have been withdrawn. He can no longer exercise public ministry in any capacity.
       Father Shaw was ordained March 22, 1974. After ordination, he served at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rochester from 1974-1977; St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester, 1977-1987; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Rochester, 1987-1993; Community of Hope (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Michael's/Holy Redeemer/St. Francis) from 1993-2005; and at Holy Family Church, Auburn, since 2005. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

    Auburn priest removed for alleged sexual abuse

     
       NEW YORK Auburnpub
       The Catholic Diocese of Rochester said today that it has removed the priest at Holy Family Church in Auburn for allegedly sexually abusing a Rochester child more than 30 years ago.
       According to a statement released by the Diocese of Rochester, the Rev. Dennis Shaw "has been placed on administrative leave and his priestly faculties have been withdrawn. He can no longer exercise public ministry in any capacity."
       The alleged incident dates to the late 1970s, according to the statement. Shaw was then serving at the now-closed St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester. The diocese said it investigated the allegation and deemed it "credible." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM
      
      

    Martin highlights Church malaise

      [RCC]  
       The Irish Times,
       IRELAND - The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said the Catholic Church grew self-centred and arrogant in the wake of the clerical child abuse scandals and claimed the cover-up of paedophile priests was a symptom of a deeper malaise in the church.
       Saying the church was "called to renewal", Archbishop Martin declared it had allowed itself to drift into a role in Ireland that was beyond legitimate.
       Archbishop Martin made his remarks during mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot, the former parish of ex-priest Tony Walsh who was jailed last week for sexually abusing three boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

    Vatican reaction to WikiLeaks claims

      [RCC]    
       Guardian (United Kingdom), guardian.co.uk , Tom Kington in Rome, Sunday 12 December 2010
       ROME - The Vatican has described the release of Wikileaks cables depicting its inner workings in an unflattering light as a matter of "extreme seriousness".
       The cables from the American embassy at the Vatican, which describe an out of touch Vatican leadership and its refusal to assist an Irish inquiry into priestly abuse, were potentially unreliable, the Vatican said in a statement.
       "Naturally these reports reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials," the Vatican said over the weekend. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM
      
      

    Finding Forgiveness and Healing in Thunder Bay

       
       CANADA Truth and Reconciliation Commission
       Survivors of the Residential Schools experience who came forward to share their often painful, emotional truths with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at a community gathering in Thunder Bay, Ontario took another important step this week on the journey of healing and finding forgiveness.
       "Tapachimoda - Lets Tell Our Stories" was organized in part by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation that focused on hearing from survivors and their families who are coming to terms with their experiences. As many as 200 participants gathered for the three day event.
       TRC Commissioners present at the gathering participated in sharing circles with survivors. Through tears and at times, laughter, they described their school experiences. Those that were not able to share their statements with the Commission were reminded of other ways and opportunities to do so. For more information on statement gathering, click here. One survivor, upon reflection of the gathering, commented that people are starting to focus on what they require to move forward and that they don't want to hang on to what has happened to them. Instead, it's about finding a healthy way of letting go. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM
      
      

    Vatican notes "extreme seriousness" of WikiLeaks breach

         
       The Journal (Ireland)
       VATICAN CITY - THE VATICAN has dismissed the latest publications by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, which include a series of cables sent to Washington by the US embassy to the Holy See, implying that the publication of "secret and confidential material" is a matter of "extreme seriousness".
       In a release published last night, the Holy See's Press Office said that while it noted the publication of the documents, it would not venture to "evaluate the extreme seriousness of publishing such a large amount" of classified documents, "and its possible consequences".
       The press release adds that the Vatican believed the leaked documents "reflect the perceptions and opinions of the people who wrote them and cannot be considered as expressions of the Holy See itself, nor as exact quotations of the words of its officials." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM
      
      

    12/12/2010 Homily at Ballyfermot Mass

       
       Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin,
       Third Sunday of Advent 2010 MASS IN BALLYFERMOT PARISH Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin
       Church of the Assumption, Ballyfermot 12th December 2010
       IRELAND The Gospel of this morning's Mass recalls that great figure: John the Baptist. John's task was to announce the coming of Jesus. He was called to reawaken a sense of expectation among a people that had grown tired and distant from God. He was called to bring renewal to institutional expressions of religion which, at the time, had so often become fossilised into mere formulae or external ritual. John's work was extraordinary. He attracted thousands to come out into the desert to see him. He wrought conversion on a vast scale.
       John was a man who stood out. His strange dress - the wild camel hair and the leather girdle - was not chosen as a publicity gimmick or a trademark. His message was one that spoke of rising above conventional ways of thinking, conventional expectations and attitudes. He shunned the external amenities of a comfortable life because he wanted to show his absolute dependence on God. His detachment from life's comforts gave him the freedom to truly recognise the message of Jesus.
       The figure of John serves as a warning to us today, to all believers, to the Church and to Church organizations of every age of our need to draw our strength from Christ alone, rather than from identifying with the cultural patterns and fashions of the day, which in any case come and go.
       The Church is there to proclaim and live out the message of Jesus. It is not there in any way to be inward looking and self protecting. The Church is called to renewal, to tear itself away from conventional expectations, attitudes and superficialities. The Church in every age must become like John the Baptist, an uncomfortable reminder of how we must repent and allow the truth of Jesus to break into and enlighten the darkness that can at any moment enter into our lives or the life of the Church. The Church's message must be a message of hope. That is the message of the first and second reading: The prophet Isaiah wrote "Do not be afraid, look your God is coming"; and Saint James wrote: "Do not loose heart, because the Lord's coming will be soon".
       I came here this morning to renew my apologies to the people of this parish for the facts that this week have emerged one step more clearly about the abuse of children in Ballyfermot by the former priest Tony Walsh and about the way this abuse was hushed-up by people with responsibility in the parish and in the diocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM
      
      

    Martin: Catholic Church self-centred and arrogant over abuse scandal

     
       Irish Examiner Sunday, December 12, 2010
       IRELAND - One of Ireland's highest ranking Catholics today denounced the Church for having grown self-centred and arrogant in the wake of the clerical child abuse scandals.
       Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, second only to Cardinal Sean Brady in the hierarchy, said the cover-up of paedophile priests was a symptom of a deeper malaise in the church.
       Saying the church was "called to renewal", Archbishop Martin declared it had allowed itself to drift into a role in Ireland that was beyond legitimate. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM
      
      

    Commissie Deetman meldt 5 zaken aan bij OM

       
       Openbaar Ministerie, Openbaar Ministerie, 9 december 2010
       NEDERLAND - De Commissie Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk onderzoekt, heeft 5 zaken aangemeld bij het OM. Het gaat om geanonimiseerde meldingen. Deze meldingen zullen door het OM worden beoordeeld. Als de zaak niet verjaard is kan er in principe een strafrechtelijk onderzoek volgen. Het OM verzoekt dan de Commissie Deetman de melder te informeren. Het is uiteindelijk aan de melder om te beslissen of hij of zij aangifte doet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM
      
      

    Gardai find no cover-up in 1970 murder of girl

      [1970. Unknown person. Girl (10) dead in bog.]  
       Irish Independent, By MAEVE SHEEHAN, Sunday December 12 2010
       IRELAND - A GARDA review of the investigation into the murder of 10-year-old Bernadette Connolly 40 years ago has found no evidence of a cover-up.
       The child was murdered and her body dumped in a bog in Collooney, Co Sligo, in 1970 - but 40 years on the killing remains unsolved.
       The latest review was prompted by concerns that detectives had been hampered in their original investigation because the suspects included a priest who is now dead.
       But the review has now concluded that there was no evidence that the murder investigation was "impeded or inhibited in any way". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM
      
      

    Catholics see priest scandals as human weakness, look to God for strength

       
       Eagle-Tribune By Mike LaBella mlabella@eagletribune.com
       MASSACHUSETTS - For generations, many Catholics trusted their parish priest more than anyone else.
       He counseled couples preparing for marriage. He tried to ease the pain of families who lost a loved one to death. He listened to people's confessions – their deepest failings and regrets.
       But the sex scandal that emerged in 2002 shook the Catholic community so deeply that some members left the church. Some who remained wondered whether they could ever have trusting relationships with priests again. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM [TEACHING: If a man cannot preside properly over his own family, how can he preside over the congregation of God? ENDS.]

    JACQUES MARITAIN ON THE CHURCH'S MISBEHAVING CLERICS

     
       Cross Currents by Bernard Doering
       Sacramental function, pastoral dysfunction
       BERNARD DOERING is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. He has published four books and numerous articles on Jacques Maritain.
       In recent months the rash of disturbing revelations concerning sexual abuse of children by priests that dates back over many years has resulted, for a great number of Catholic laity and their priests, in a serious crisis of confidence in the institutional Church. The daily accounts in newspapers of clerical sexual abuse and of hierarchical secrecy and cover-up to protect the reputation of the institution have led the laity to question the nature of their relationship to their priests and to the hierarchy of their Church. In this tragic situation it may be of considerable benefit to recall the insightful reflections of Jacques Maritain during his last years concerning the priests and the hierarchy of the Church he loved and revered.
       Six years after the closing of Vatican II, when the Pope placed in the hands of Jacques Maritain the Council's message to the intellectuals of the world, and two years before his death at ninety-one, the aging philosopher published his last book On the Church of Christ. This book is a free and loving meditation on the Mystery of the Church, from his own perspective as a philosopher and an "inveterate" layman, as he liked to call himself. In the first half of his book, the author meditates on the "Person" of the Church because he felt that it was only after having shed a clear light on the supernatural "personality" of the Spouse of Christ that he could turn, in the second half of the book, to making the necessary distinction between the "Person" of the Church and its "Personnel." The title Maritain chose for the first chapter of the second half of his book is "The Person of the Church is Indefectibly Holy; Her Personnel is Not." He defined the "Personnel" of the Church as "that body of men who, by the fact that they belong to the secular or the regular clergy, are the officially appointed servants of the Church, and in particular those among them who, from the top to the bottom of the hierarchy, have the responsibility of authority over the Christian people." This Personnel, he writes, is neither indefectibly holy nor always free from error. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM
      
      

    Deetman verliest behoeften slachtoffers uit het oog

       
       Joop,
       Zij willen erkenning voor wat hen is aangedaan en ze willen daarmee weer als mens, als individu in ere worden hersteld
       NEDERLAND - Toen Wim Deetman bij de start van zijn commissie aankondigde dat het deelrapport over hulp aan slachtoffers niet pas aan het einde zou verschijnen maar al veel eerder, was ik daar blij mee. Hij maakte ermee duidelijk dat de zorg en aandacht voor de slachtoffers centraal moest staan. Nu dit eerste rapport verschenen is, ben ik precies op dat punt teleurgesteld, want het is een – op zich nuttig – puur bestuurlijk-organisatorisch verhaal geworden. En dat is pijnlijk voor de slachtoffers.
       Hadden we dat kunnen zien aankomen? Ik schreef bij het installeren van de commissie: "Ik ben {…} blij met de breedte van de beoogde onderzoekscommissie, al ben ik wel benieuwd naar de redenen voor de bemensing. {…} Het zijn vast goede mensen en wetenschappers, maar ik kan bij de heren {de dames zijn meer thuis in de thematieken} niet ontdekken wat hun bijzondere expertise is voor dit onderwerp. Dat geldt natuurlijk ook voor de voorzitter, Wim Deetman zelf. Een kundig bestuurder, breekijzer soms, die ook in staat is een betrokken pastorale toon neer te zetten. En handig op het snijvlak van kerk en politiek. Dat is natuurlijk allemaal van belang voor een voorzitter. Maar dan is het toch wat vreemd dat er geen mensen in zitten die specifiek verstand hebben van het grensgebied tussen religie en seksueel misbruik, van de psychologische kanten van priesterschap en celibaat."
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM
      
      

    Vaticaan weigerde steun aan misbruikonderzoek

         
      
       VATICAAN / IERLAND / LONDEN – Het Vaticaan weigerde vorig jaar mee te werken aan een Iers onderzoek naar kindermisbruik door katholieke priesters. Dat meldde de Britse krant The Guardian zaterdag, op basis van een Amerikaans diplomatiek bericht.
       Het Vaticaan was boos omdat informatieverzoeken niet via de officiële diplomatieke kanalen door de Ierse ambassade werden ingediend, maar direct door de Murphy-commissie die een groot misbruikschandaal in de Ierse katholieke kerk onderzocht. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM
      
      

    Felle kritiek op meldpunt misbruik kerk

       
       Limburgs Dagblad
       De commissie-Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen katholieke instellingen onderzoekt, wil zo snel mogelijk af van het huidige katholieke meldpunt Hulp & Recht. Dat heeft oud-minister Wim Deetman donderdag bekendgemaakt in Den Haag. Van onze verslaggevers
       NEDERLAND - Het bestuur van Hulp & Recht heeft de nieuw aanpak niet afgewacht en stelde donderdagrmiddag in een eerste reactie onmiddellijk zijn functies ter beschikking. Het wil zo 'ruimte maken voor de nieuw omstandigheden'.
       Deetman wil het meldpunt omvormen tot een organisatie die bestaat uit zowel een klachtencommissie, een meldpunt van seksueel misbruik en een professioneel kwaliteitscentrum. Dat laatste verwijst melders van seksueel misbruik door naar de juiste hulpverlenings?instellingen. Vooral door slachtoffers wordt veel geklaagd over het meldpunt van de kerk. Zo zijn er twijfels over de onafhankelijkheid.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

    Vier procent Amerikaanse katholieke geestelijken pleegde seksueel misbruik op minderjarigen

         
       Vandaag, 20:32, 10 december, 2010
       VERENIGDE STATEN - Het aantal geloofwaardige meldingen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Amerikaanse Kerk is vorig jaar met een derde gedaald. Het gaat om 398 meldingen, ongeveer de helft van de meldingen in 2004. Dat schrijven de Amerikaanse bisschoppen in hun jongste jaarverslag over seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door geestelijken in de Kerk.
       In de VS houden ze uitvoerige statistieken bij en zo krijg je een goed zicht op wie de clerici zijn die minderjarigen seksueel misbruikten. In totaal werd nu 4% van de Amerikaanse katholieke geestelijkheid beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik.
       Wat staken deze geestelijken uit? In 44,9% van de gevallen ging het om aanrakingen onder de kleren van het slachtoffer, in 25% werd het slachtoffer uitgekleed, in 14,3% was er wederzijdse masturbatie, in 26% orale seks door de geestelijke zelf, in 14% orale seks door het slachtoffer, in 22,4% anale penetratie. Omdat in één zaak meerdere dingen tegelijkertijd kunnen gebeuren, liggen de percentages hoger dan honderd.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM
      
      

    Een RK koude kermis

     
       NEDERLAND NRC Handelsblad
       Volgens George Bernard Shaw is zwijgen de volmaaktste uitdrukking van minachting. Maar in het geval van seksueel misbruik kan de houding van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk beter worden gezien als diep ongemak. Gecombineerd met de onmacht om de eigen verantwoordelijkheid te erkennen. Nu is de hand in eigen boezem steken voor iedereen moeilijk. Maar van de grootste christelijke kerk, gebaseerd op naastenliefde, verlossing en erfzonde, zou op dit terrein toch iets meer competentie mogen worden verwacht. Gisteren publiceerde de onderzoekscommissie-Deetman een tussenadvies waarin de kerkelijke instelling Hulp en Recht voor slachtoffers werd geëvalueerd. Deze instelling was in 1995 het antwoord van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk op het groeiende schandaal van seksueel misbruik door priesters. Dit klachtenbureau is op een vrij dramatische mislukking uitgelopen, zo blijkt. De opzet was „verlammend en verwarrend". Er was sprake van „botsende belangen" en „tegengestelde structuren". Toen het schandaal recent vaart kreeg en de slachtoffers toestroomden, stortte dit bureau in. De administratie veranderde in een chaos, de kwaliteit van de opvang liep nog verder terug en het bestuur greep niet in. Hoewel het de ernst van de toestand kende. Van effectieve hulpverlening, door de Kerk of Hulp en Recht, kon niet worden gesproken, zo oordeelt de onderzoekscommissie. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM
      
      

    Strenger regime voor Assange

         
       Nd
       LONDEN - WikiLeaks-oprichter Julian Assange is vrijdag overgebracht naar een afdeling met een strenger gevangenisregime in Londen kort nadat de klokkenluiderswebsite onthulde, dat het Vaticaan weigerde mee te werken in een onderzoek naar kindermisbruik door katholieke priesters in Dublin. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

    "Wrakingsverzoek kardinaal Danneels onontvankelijk"

       
       Vandaag
       BELGIE - Het Brusselse parket-generaal wijst het wrakingsverzoek van kardinaal Danneels tegen onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy af. Volgens advocaat-generaal De Bruyne is het onontvankelijk. Maar er is nog niets definitief beslist, want het Hof van Beroep van Brussel moet later nog beslissen na iedereen te hebben gehoord.
       Zoals geweten hebben de advocaten van kardinaal Godfried Danneels een verzoek ingediend om onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy van het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk te halen. Zij vinden de onderzoeksrechter te partijdig. Ze dienden dit verzoek in namens kardinaal Danneels, maar ook namens het aartsbisdom Mechelen-Brussel zelf. De zaak loopt momenteel voor het Brusselse Hof van Beroep.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

    Als de dominee een relatie krijgt

     
       Kerknieuws
       NEDERLAND - Hoe moeten pastores omgaan met persoonlijke relaties met gemeenteleden of parochianen? Moeten pastores altijd inzetbaar zijn, of mogen ze privé-tijd claimen? Jarenlang moesten religieuze professionals het doen zonder beroepsethiek, terwijl er veel vraag naar is.
       In 2008 verscheen het boek 'Beroepsethiek voor pastores'. Onlangs kwam de tweede druk van het handboek uit bij uitgeverij Damon. Auteur Jacques Schenderling schreef het boek. Hij is zelf predikant in de Protestantse Kerk en zag om zich heen de hunkering naar een beroepsethiek; pastores zaten met steeds meer vragen.
       "In Amerika en Duitsland bestaat al een beroepsethiek, en ook andere beroepsgroepen zoals de psychologen beschikken er over", aldus Schenderling. "Zeker nu, in een snel veranderende en kritisch wordende samenleving, is de vraag onder pastores naar zo'n beroepsethiek groot."
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

    Polygamist leader Jeffs faces January bigamy trial

     
       TEXAS - CNN
       {with video}
       By Ismael Istrada, CNN10
       San Angelo, Texas (CNN) -- Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who calls himself a prophet, asked a judge on Wednesday to delay his bigamy trial so he can find a Texas lawyer.
       Jeffs, 55, leads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the FLDS. The charges -- bigamy and sexual assault -- stem from an alleged spiritual marriage to a 12-year-old girl. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM
      
      

    Disney's 'Tangled' Takes On the Serious Issue of Emotional Child Abuse

     
       UNITED STATES Politics Daily
       Jeffrey Weiss
       A week or so ago, thousands of Facebook users changed their identifying photos to cartoon characters in a vague attempt to "raise awareness" of child abuse. Ironically, at the same time a new hit movie was using animation to focus on the same subject in a more sophisticated manner. The movie? Disney's "Tangled." No kidding. Slipped inside the gorgeous images, entertaining songs and fairy-tale narrative is a clear-eyed look at the way predatory abusers maintain control of their victims. The villain may be Disney's skin-crawlingly nastiest because her evil is so un-magically human. {SPOILER ALERT: I'm not going to reveal much more than you'd get in a good movie review, or than you'd learn from the first five minutes of the film. But if you're the type who wants to learn no details in advance, go see the movie first. I'll wait. (And btw, it's a splendid flick if you appreciate animated films. And maybe even if you don't.)} "Tangled" is a substantial reworking of the Brothers Grimm story of Rapunzel. …
       David Clohessy hasn't seen the movie but he knows something about abuse and abusers. He's the national director of SNAP, the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, and a survivor of abuse. His organization was formed in 1989 to respond to the scandal of sexually predatory Catholic priests but has since given its attention to other abusive clergy and to broader issues of abuse.
       The "Tangled" fantasy, he said, sounds like it manages to avoid some of the dangerous myths about abusers. Abusers can seem normal and even attractive to other people. That's how they gain access to their victims and maintain their power. "If you go to a party and there's one guy sitting over in a corner sitting by himself and gives you the willies, that's not the child molester," he said. "The child molester is the guy giving the party." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM
      
      

    Ruim helft wil parlementair onderzoek kerkmisbruik

     
       NEDERLAND Nu
       AMSTERDAM - Ruim de helft (56 procent) van de bevolking is voorstander van een parlementair onderzoek naar misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Van de katholieken is 47 procent voor zo'n door slachtoffers gewenst onderzoek.
       Dat blijkt uit een zondag gepubliceerde peiling van Maurice de Hond.
       De commissie-Deetman die het misbruik binnen de kerk onderzoekt presenteerde vrijdag een tussenrapport, waarin werd geadviseerd de hulp aan misbruikslachtoffers 'ingrijpend' te verbeteren. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM
      
      

    Vatican 'offended' by requests from sex abuse inquiry

      [RCC]    
       Irish Independent By DON LAVERY, Sunday December 12 2010
       IRELAND - THE Vatican was more concerned about its diplomatic sovereignty as a mini-state than with helping the Murphy Commission investigate appalling sexual abuse of children in the Dublin Archdiocese, newly leaked cables from the American embassy to the Holy See show.
       The documents, released by WikiLeaks, show that requests from the Murphy Commission "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish Government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations", a cable said.
       Last year Judge Yvonne Murphy's independent commission investigating the Catholic Church's handling of abuse allegations in the Dublin Archdiocese said the Vatican had failed to acknowledge a number of written requests for information. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM
      
      

    Dutch public believes Church covered up abuse-poll

       
       NETHERLANDS Reuters
       Sun Dec 12, 2010
       AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A large majority of the Dutch public believes Roman Catholic Church authorities covered up sexual abuse, a poll found Sunday, revealing the extent of the damage to the Church's reputation in the Netherlands.
       An independent commission said Thursday 1,975 people have declared themselves victims of sexual and physical abuse while under the care of the Church since 1945, ranking the Netherlands second worst behind Ireland in a scandal that has rocked the Church in Europe and the United States.
       The Maurice de Hond poll showed 82 percent of respondents believe most Church authorities knew about the problems, while 81 percent believe the pope also knew. Some 78 percent said they were "extremely disappointed" by the abuses. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM
      
      

    WIkiLeaks reveals Vatican refused to take part in Irish pedophile investigation

         
       Irish Central By ANTOINETTE KELLY , IrishCentral.com Staff, Published Sunday, December 12, 2010
       IRELAND - US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks revealed that the Vatican would not allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating child abuse by clerics, according to The Guardian.
       The cables revealed that the 2009 Murphy commission's requests for information "offended many in the Vatican," who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations."
       The commission substantiated many of the abuse claims despite the lack of co-operation from the Vatican, and in a report, identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004 in the Dublin archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM
      
      

    The Record: Extending justice

     
       NEW JERSEY The Record
       Sunday, December 12, 2010 The Record
       UNDER current state law, victims of sexual abuse in New Jersey have only two years after they realize the abuse has caused them emotional or psychological harm to file a civil lawsuit.
       The state Senate is considering a bill that would abolish the statute of limitations on those types of lawsuits, S-2405, which cleared the Judiciary Committee 9-0 on Thursday. Lawmakers should pass this important legislation, which would give victims the time they need to prepare themselves to take a case to court.
       As it now stands, the clock starts ticking for state residents from the moment they understand that the sexual abuse they suffered perhaps years ago is responsible for their injuries, like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The clock may be paused for several reasons, including a victim's mental state, but even so it is too rushed and too complicated a process just to start the legal ball rolling. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM
      
      

    European Catholic sex abuse cases in 2010

     
       EUROPE The Malta Independent
       A report into the sexual abuse of Dutch minors by Roman Catholic priests showed that The Netherlands ranked second only to Ireland in the known extent of the scandals rocking the Church in Europe.
       The following are some details of the major developments in the Roman Catholic Church scandals in Europe this year.
       Austria
    • 28 June: Pope Benedict rebukes Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn for accusing a senior Vatican official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, of covering up sexual abuse cases.
    • 10 August: A newspaper reports that a record 100,000 Austrians are expected to leave the Catholic Church in 2010 because of the sexual abuse scandals rocking the Church in Europe.
      
       Belgium
    • 23 April: Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe resigns and goes into hiding after admitting he had sexually abused his own nephew for years.
    • 24 June: Police raid Church offices and the flat of Cardinal Godfried Danneels – who stepped down as Brussels archbishop in January – and confiscate files and computers from the panel probing abuse cases. The raid occurs during a meeting of the country's bishops, who are held by the police for nine hours. The Vatican sharply criticises the Belgian authorities for the raids. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM
      
      

    When will the church come clean on abuse?

     
       NEW JERSEY The Star-Ledger
       Tom Moran/ The Star-Ledger
       My son, Patrick, was 8 years old and studying for his First Communion at St. Cassian Church in Montclair when I decided to place the call.
       I was polite, but I can't say it was a friendly call. Because, by then, the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic church had spread way beyond Boston. And nearly every time, the story followed the same horrifying pattern.
       A child is abused by a priest. The church hierarchy responds by protecting the church, not the children. The priest is transferred, and finds another child to abuse.
       As the number of victims piled higher and higher, into the thousands, I decided it was time to call St. Cassian and ask what officials were doing to protect my boy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM
      
      

    In N.J. Senate testimony, Bayonne man says prominent Jesuit scholar abused him as a child

     
       TRENTON (NJ) The Star-Ledger
       RENTON – It was another day of endless hearings in Trenton.
       The Senate Judiciary Committee was taking testimony on a proposed bill that would do away with a two-year statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging child sex abuse. There were a few dozen spectators in the gallery – and one reporter.
       Then a 48-year-old man leaned into a microphone.
       And delivered a bombshell.
       "My story began in 1976, St. Paul's Church in the Greenville section of Jersey City," said Keith Brennan. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM, Dec 12, 2010]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun December 12, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    Former priest sentenced to jail for sex assaults

       
       Toronto Star, By JOHN VESSOYAN, QMI Agency, ~ Dec 13, 2010
       HAMILTON, Ont., CANADA - Former Roman Catholic priest Donald Grecco was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail for molesting three teenaged altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s in two Ontario communities.
       He will also face a two-year probation when he is released and be on the national sex offender registry.
       Grecco pleaded guilty in March to three counts of gross indecency after he was arrested in 2008 in the history cases. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 PM, Dec 13, 2010]

    Ex-priest jailed for 18 months for molesting altar servers

     
       Hamilton Spectator,
       CANADA - Ex-Roman Catholic priest and altar boy molester Don Grecco is going to jail.
       But Ontario Superior Court Justice Kathryn Hawke's 18-month sentence and two-year probation term for the former St. Catharines diocesan priest infuriated his victims and their families.
       An emotional Mike Blum, one of Grecco's victims, left in tears along with his wife.
       Jim Hennessy Sr. came to the hearing on behalf of his son, Jim Hennessy, who was also abused by Grecco. "It was just a waste of time," Hennessy Sr. said. "I think it is just a travesty of justice. Three years in a penitentiary would have been fairer." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 PM

    Ein Fonds als Kartenhausmodell

       
       Frankfurter Allgemeine, Von Reinhard Bingener, Berlin, 13. Dezember 2010
       Ehemalige Heimkinder, die zwischen 1949 und 1975 Unrecht erlitten haben, können auf Entschädigungen hoffen. Der „Runde Tisch Heimerziehung" empfiehlt nach zwei Jahre langen Beratungen die Einrichtung eines Fonds. Doch die Einigung ist wacklig wie ein Kartenhaus.
       DEUTSCHLAND - Die zwei Sichtweisen auf das Ergebnis des „Runden Tisches Heimerziehung" prallen im Foyer der Bundespressekonferenz aufeinander: Während die eintreffenden Emissäre aus Politik und Kirchen mit Jackett und Krawatte die Treppe die Stufen zu den wartenden Kameras hinaufsteigen, lassen unten frühere Heimkinder ihrem Unmut über das aus ihrer Meinung nach magere Ergebnis freien Lauf. Es sind Männer und Frauen um die Sechzig, manche tragen T-Shirts, auf denen ein weinendes Kind abgebildet ist, andere Winterjacken in grellen Farben, gekauft augenscheinlich in Läden, in denen man vergeblich nach Herrenanzügen sucht.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

    Ehemalige Heimkinder können auf Entschädigung hoffen

     
       Frankfurter Allgemeine, 13. Dezember 2010
       DEUTSCHLAND - Ehemalige Heimkinder, die zwischen 1949 und 1975 in westdeutschen Kinder- und Jugendheimen untergebracht waren, können auf Entschädigungen hoffen. Der vom Deutschen Bundestag eingesetzte „Runde Tisch Heimerziehung" empfiehlt nach zweijährigen Beratungen einstimmig die Einrichtung eines Fonds, der mit 120 Millionen Euro ausgestattet werden soll. Das Geld soll zu gleichen Teilen von Bund, Länder und Kirchen aufgebracht werden Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

    13.12.2010: Deutsche Bischofskonferenz begrüßt Lösung des Runden Tisches Heimerziehung

     
       Deutsche Bischofskonferenz, „Einrichtung des Fonds darf nicht verzögert werden",
       DEUTSCHLAND - Der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Erzbischof Dr. Robert Zollitsch, hat die Ergebnisse des Runden Tisches Heimerziehung begrüßt. „Ich bin erleichtert, dass nun eine Lösung gefunden wurde, die zentrale Anliegen ehemaliger Heimkinder berücksichtigt: das Bedürfnis nach Aussprache, der Wunsch nach Anerkennung, das Angebot von Beratung und therapeutischer Hilfe sowie finanzielle Hilfen für diejenigen, die sie brauchen." Gleichzeitig bedauerte der Erzbischof, dass in den 50er und 60er Jahren junge Menschen, die der katholischen Kirche anvertraut worden waren, in deren Heimen großes Unrecht erfahren mussten. „Ich bitte die Betroffenen von Herzen für diese traurigen Ereignisse um Verzeihung. Gerade mit Blick auf den Anspruch, den kirchliche Einrichtungen an sich selbst stellen, ist es nicht nachvollziehbar, wieso Mittel und Instrumente genutzt wurden, die dem christlichen Menschenbild und christlichen Wertvorstellungen zutiefst widersprechen." Zollitsch sagte, seine Gespräche mit ehemaligen Heimkindern über ihre verstörenden Kindheitserlebnisse hätten ihn für die Problematik sensibilisiert und sehr bewegt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

    Bisschoppen getuigen in Kamercommissie Seksueel misbruik

       
       RKnieuws
       BRUSSEL, BELGIE (RKnieuws.net) - In de Kamercommissie die zich buigt over dossiers van seksueel misbruik hebben maandag drie bisschoppen getuigd. Het gaat om de bisschoppen die door de Kerk waren aangesteld als aanspreekpunt voor gevallen van misbruik door geestelijken.
       Zowel oud-bisschop van Gent Arthur Luysterman als de bisschoppen Guy Harpigny (Doornik) en Johan Bonny (Antwerpen) maakten hun opwachting.
       Luysterman stond destijds mee aan de wieg van de eerste initiatieven voor het behandelen van klachten over seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. Een telefoonlijn in 1997 was de eerste stap, drie jaar later volgde de eerste commissie onder leiding van Godelieve Halsberghe.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

    Das moralisch Nötige

       
       Frankfurter Allgemeine, Von Reinhard Bingener, 13. Dezember 2010
       Das Ergebnis des „Runden Tisches" zur Entschädigung von Heimkindern kann sich sehen lassen. Die Summe von 120 Millionen Euro, mit denen der Fonds ausgestattet werden soll, scheint angemessen. Sie vereint das politisch Mögliche mit dem moralisch Nötigen.
       DEUTSCHLAND - Werden jetzt alle entschädigt – das Bauernmädchen für die Rübenernte, der Arbeitersohn für den prügelnden Vater und das Bürgerkind, weil es an Weihnachten in die Kirche musste?
       Den Weg in eine Opfergesellschaft, die für jedes Übel einen Verantwortlichen sucht, hat der „Runde Tisch Heimerziehung in den fünfziger und sechziger Jahren" ausdrücklich nicht beschritten. Ihm ging es um Kinder und Jugendliche, deren Rechte auf ungeheuere Weise verletzt wurden, obwohl sie sich in der Obhut des Rechtsstaates befanden.
    Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

    Defense Claims Fairfield Priest Abused Perlitz

      [2001-2008 Pastor Doug Perlitz* - University and RCC backing. Guilty plea. ? 18 boys.]     
       The Mirror, By: Mirror Staff, December 13, 2010
       {Defendant's memorandum in aid of sentencing}
       FAIRFIELD (CT) - Less than two weeks before Douglas Perlitz is scheduled to be sentenced, his defense filed a memorandum stating he is a victim in the charges against him for illicit sexual conduct in Haiti. The "Defendants' Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing" cited that the deep relationship with Fairfield mentor and priest is one of the leading factors that lead to Perlitz's illegal behaviors in Haiti.
       In the 32-page document filed to the District Court of Connecticut, the defense describes "a priest" having a significant role in Perlitz's emotionally unstable status in the "Personal Background" section.
       The document does not name Paul Carrier, it only describes him as "the priest" who began a long-lasting relationship with Perlitz soon after his first days as an undergraduate at Fairfield University. The document also specifies that the priest played a key role in all of Perlitz's work in Haiti.
       The defense states that this priest accompanied Perlitz on his first trip to Haiti as part of a campus group trip and remained an authority figure for the duration of his time at Fairfield. Recorded evidence shows that Paul Carrier is the priest in this relationship who played a key role in Perlitz's emotionally unstable status. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

    Vatican and its observers find little to react to in WikiLeaks cables

      [RCC.]  
       Catholic News Agency, 04:34 pm Dec 13, 2010
       ROME, Italy, / (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican officials are reacting "serenely" to the latest dump of cables in the ongoing WikiLeaks disclosure. That according to Giovanni Maria Vian, director of the semi-official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
       The "stolen" documents "reveal exactly nothing," he told the Italian daily, La Stampa.
       "If anything," he explained, "the cables demonstrate scarce initiative on the part of whoever prepared them and show instead, an excessive zeal in referring to opinions circulating in different environments, especially from Italian journalists." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 PM

    Legion Adopts New Norms Regarding Founder

      [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.]         
       Zenit, DEC. 13, 2010
       ROME, Italy, (Zenit.org).- The Legionaries of Christ and its lay movement Regnum Christi will no longer refer to their founder as "Nuestro Padre," celebrate his birthday, or hang photos of him in their centers.
       These and more norms regarding the figure of Father Marcial Maciel were published Friday by the general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, Father Alvaro Corcuera, with the authorization of the pontifical delegate, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis.
       According to a statement published on the Legion's Web site, the decree was promulgated Dec. 6, and is "the result of many considerations and suggestions, and of an ongoing exchange among the major superiors of the congregation." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

    No charges for LDS members aware of man's crimes; SNAP responds

     
       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, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
       IDAHO - Ever wonder why church members and officials ignore and conceal child sex crimes? This is one reason: because timid law enforcement officials often "go easy" on religious groups in child molestation cases.
       Frankly, we find it hard to believe that the Ada County Sheriff's hands are completely tied in this case and that he's powerless. At least 15 complicit church members knowingly endangered children by their silence and their refusal to call police about an admitted child molesting colleague. And nothing can be done?
       We don't believe that all 15 of these adults learned of Stephen R. Young's crimes through "confession" covered by some "clergy privilege." If indeed, the Ada County Sheriff honestly believes this, he should be walking the halls of the legislature today lobbying hard to see this predator-friendly law reformed.
       In our experience, often, "where there's a will, there's a way." We strongly suspect that local law enforcement could find a way to pursue at least some criminal charges against at least some of these callous, reckless church members and officials who kept quiet about horrific child sex crimes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

    Controversial Catholic group takes "tiny step," SNAP responds

      [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.]         
       Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP),
       Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
       TUNITED STATES - his is a tiny, belated, and begrudging step that should have been taken at least four years ago, when Vatican officials finally slapped Maciel's hand for molesting dozens of children.'
       Legion officials and defenders will no doubt try to depict this as some significant reform. It is not. It's a paltry and long-delayed reaction to horrific revelations of massive misdeeds by a corrupt man.
       No other institution would treat a disgraced serial child molester with such honor, respect and deference for years. It speaks volumes about the mind-set of top Catholic officials that even this small step takes years to happen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

    State Supreme Court agrees to hear abuse case

       
       WRCB
       Associated Press - December 13, 2010
       NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a lay minister and community activist who sued the Diocese of Memphis after alleging he was abused by a Roman Catholic priest during the 1970s.
       The Tennessee Court of Appeals threw out Norman Redwing's lawsuit against the church earlier this year, saying that Redwing filed his lawsuit 29 years past the statue of limitations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

    Another hearing scheduled for suspended Blessed Sacrament priest

     
       WALPOLE (MA) The Walpole Times
       By Keith Ferguson Wicked Local Walpole Posted Dec 13, 2010 WALPOLE – Suspended Blessed Sacrament priest Emile Boutin appeared in Stoughton District Court briefly on Friday, Dec. 10 before another hearing was scheduled for next month.
       Boutin, known as Fr. Mike to his parishioners, pleaded not guilty in June to a charge of indecent assault and battery after he was accused of inappropriately grabbing a 21-year-old man in a sexual manner behind a Rte. 138 parking lot in Canton.
       Boutin previously met before a Stoughton judge in October for a pretrial hearing but his attorney requested time to review case evidence. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

    Hearing of class-action suit alleging sexual abuse by Holy Cross brothers delayed

     
       CANADA Montreal Gazette
       The hearing of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of victims of alleged sexual abuse at Collège Notre Dame in the 1970s and 1980s by brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross has been postponed to Dec. 30 to allow time for mediation and a possible out-of-court settlement. The delay was granted by Superior Court Justice Claude Auclair as two more plaintiffs were added to the list, along with that of the family of the late René Cornellier Jr. L.R.A. alleges he was sexually assaulted by one of the brothers at the Queen Mary Rd. school. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

    Presbyterians sued over alleged sex abuse

      [Presbyterian Church.]      
       The Courier-Journal, By Peter Smith, psmith@courier-journal.com , December 13, 2010
       LOUISVILLE (KY) - A California man sued the Louisville-based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Monday, saying the church failed to protect him and other children from an alleged sexual predator who assaulted him in 1988 in a Congo mission boarding house.
       The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court, comes two months after the church issued a 546-page report documenting sexual or physical abuse involving its overseas missions between 1950 and 1990.
       Most of the victims were identified as children of missionaries serving in Africa and Asia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

    Da müssen wir uns schämen"

       
       Spiegel, Von Peter Wensierski,
       {Heimerziehung in den 50er und 60er Jahren}
       {Pressekonferenz via YouTube}
       DEUTSCHLAND - Mit 120 Millionen Euro aus einem Hilfsfonds sollen Hunderttausende Menschen entschädigt werden, die als Kinder in Heimen misshandelt wurden. Die Opfer sind verbittert: Es könnte noch Jahre dauern, bis die Summen ausgezahlt werden - für viele kommt das Geld bereits zu spät.
       "Man hat etwas erreicht, aber nicht das, was man will", so sei das ja oft in der Politik, sagte die SPD-Politikerin Ingrid Matthäus-Maier, Moderatorin der Pressekonferenz des Vereins ehemaliger Heimkinder, als sie nun - nach langjährigem Ringen um Wiedergutmachung und Entschädigung - ihr Fazit zog.
       120 Millionen Euro, so das Verhandlungsergebnis des Runden Tisches Heimerziehung, sollen in einen Finanztopf für die Opfer von Misshandlung in Kinderheimen fließen. Andere Staaten hätten ihren Opfern mehr gegeben, meinte Matthäus-Maier, "da müssen wir uns schämen".
    [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon December 13, 2010
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont179.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


    The Vatican Unsure How To Plug WikiLeak

       
       The Huffington Post, Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service, Dec 14. 2010
       VATICAN CITY (RNS) - A U.S. diplomat's confidential analysis of Vatican communication failures, recently published as part of the latest WikiLeaks release, highlights the unique challenges facing an ancient and traditionally secretive institution in the age of the Internet.
       The cable was written amid heated controversy over Pope Benedict XVI's decision to readmit an ultra-traditionalist bishop who turned out to be a public Holocaust denier. Benedict himself has called the move a mistake and a failure in "public relations."
       The Vatican lacks any "comprehensive communication strategy," wrote Julieta Valls Noyes, the No. 2 official at the U.S. embassy to the Holy See in a February 2009 cable back to Washington.
       Noyes characterized the Vatican's approach to public relations as a "hit-or-miss proposition," and said "decision making" is divorced from "public spin." The result, she wrote, is that the "church's message is often unclear." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM, Dec 14, 2010

    I-Team: Bishop Eddie Long Church Break-in

      [2000s "Bishop" Eddie Long* (married, 4 children). "New Birth Missionary Baptist" megachurch. Anti-homosexual negro leader. 4 youths.]     
       My Fox Atlanta {with video}, By Dale Russell,
       ATLANTA, GEORGIA - There was new evidence Tuesday about the mysterious break in at Bishop Eddie Long's private church office. Two young men were accused of stealing jewelry and iPad computer equipment from Bishop Eddie Long's office at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. One would later sue Bishop Long, alleging sexual misconduct.
       A FOX 5 I-team investigation found that the main purpose of the break-in was to gather evidence against Bishop Long. The investigation found that more than $100,000 in jewelry was left behind.
       It was Sunday night or early Monday morning, when two men wearing dark hooded tops and white gloves headed down the street toward the church and eventually, Bishop Long's private office. The men were caught on a church security camera. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 PM

    Disgraced Anglican bishop removed

      [Bishop Ross Davies. Anglican (Church of England / Episcopalian communion). Protecting an archdeacon accused of sex misconduct, etc.]    
       ABC News, Dec 13, 2010
       AUSTRALIA - The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Reverend Phillip Aspinall, has officially approved the removal of disgraced South Australian bishop Ross Davies from the Murray diocese.
       The former bishop's conduct was the subject of a church tribunal hearing in Adelaide in September.
       It found him guilty of eight of nine church charges brought against him, including protecting another archdeacon who was accused of sexual misconduct. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM, December 14, 2010

    Knights of Columbus Denies Lawsuit Allegations

      [Knights of Columbus. RCC.]  
       PRNewswire, Dec. 14, 2010
       {Knights of Columbus Youth Protection Program}
       NEW HAVEN, Conn., /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - The Knights of Columbus vigorously denies allegations made in a pair of lawsuits filed by a Florida trial lawyer in federal court today.
       "Although we have not yet been served with the lawsuits, we have obtained and reviewed copies of the complaints, and we emphatically deny the allegations that have been made," spokesman Patrick Korten said.
       "The allegations date back to the 1970s and 1980s and involve a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Brownsville, Texas named Julian Rivera," Korten continued. "We first became aware of allegations of sexual abuse against him only one year ago, in December 2009. We acted immediately, removing him from any responsibility involving youth programs, and referring the case to Brownsville law enforcement authorities."
       Rivera terminated his membership in the Knights of Columbus in January 2010.
       In 2003, the Knights of Columbus formalized its policies involving youth activities in its "Youth Protection Program," which describes in considerable detail the organization's policies designed to protect children from any form of abuse. It admonishes Knights to act "not only in the most honorable and respectful manner toward children," but to be "alert at all times to any type of inappropriate activity that may be directed at a child by others." Knights, it says, must "avoid even the appearance of any impropriety." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

    Knights Of Columbus Sued Over Two Cases Of Child Sexual Abuse

      [Knights of Columbus. RCC.]
       Lez Get Real, by Bridgette P. LaVictorie, Dec/14/10
       NEW HAVEN (CT) - The Roman Catholic men's fraternity Knights of Columbus has been one of the leading advocates against same-sex marriage often claiming that gay men prey upon children and that society had to stop same-sex marriage from happening in order to not have children being preyed upon by gay men. Now, something of the truth has come out with a lawsuit filed in Texas against the Knights of Columbus. Two men are alleging that they were sexually molested by Juan Rivera, leader of the K o C youth group Columbian Squiers, during the 1970's and 1980's. The two have been identified as Jim Denanny and "John Doe No. 1?, and each of them is seeking $5 million in damages.
       Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, and is open to boys between the ages of ten and eighteen. The lawsuit states that the organization was made aware of the abuse back in 1986, but that they "concealed this report of abuse and intimidated the vitim into not making the abuse by Rivera public."
       K o C's vice president for communications Patrick S. Korten has said that this is the first time a complaint of sexual abuse has been made against the organization. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

    "Deliver Us From Evil" Ex-Priest Oliver O'Grady Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

      [1970s - 1991 Ex-Fr Oliver O'Grady. ~ 25 boys. He became "Brother Francis". Lawyer Jeff Anderson exposed Roman Catholic pension $800 per month, protecting Cardinal Roger Mahony. 2010 Child porn charge in Ireland.]       
       CBS News (LONDON),
       IRELAND (CBS/AP) - A priest who was defrocked for molesting children throughout the 70s and 80s and whose story was made into an award-winning documentary on sex abuse in the Catholic church was arrested Friday by Irish authorities on child pornography charges.
       Oliver O'Grady was detained in the Dublin area Friday morning, but Irish police did not give very many details about the exact nature of his alleged crime.
       According to the Dublin Times, however, Catholic canon lawyer Patrick Wall said the convicted pedophile had mistakenly left his laptop on a plane and authorities found thousands of child pornography photos on his laptop and hard drive. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM, December 14, 2010

    Bisschoppen reageren op Deetman-advies

      [RCC]