Child Molesters 2013 – News and Views Blog


Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker , January 3, 2013 edition:


Priest Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Possessing Pornographic Images of Children, <http://www.fbi.gov/pittsburgh/press-releases/2013/priest-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-prison-for-possessing-pornographic-images-of-children>.  [Dec 9, 2011; Fr Bartley Sorensen (63), R.C.C., 97 mos prison, sexually-explicit images. Boys.] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania, (412) 644-3500, January 02, 2013
   PITTSBURGH (PA) – A suspended Catholic priest was sentenced in federal court for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
   Bartley Sorensen, 63, was sentenced by United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch to serve 97 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for receiving and possessing thousands of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Sorensen was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine.
   On December 9, 2011, Sorensen was a Catholic priest assigned to Saint John Fisher Parish in Churchill, Pennsylvania. On that day, a parish employee observed Sorensen viewing an image on the screen of his computer of a young boy wearing nothing but a shirt. The employee promptly reported what she observed to the Catholic Child Abuse Hotline. Search warrants were thereafter served at the rectory that resulted in the seizure of, among other things, over 100 CDs, most of which were loaded with thousands of images of children being sexually abused, including one that depicted a nude male child with a rope around his genitals and what appeared to be blood on his genitals.
   Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.
   U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Churchill Police Department for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM
[ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Abuse Tracker, <www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker>, a daily blog by Kathie Shaw.  This is just one of many items for January 3, 2013. ENDS.]
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INTENTION: A challenge to RELIGIONS to PROTECT CHILDREN
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• Christian Brother abused schoolboys; Inquiry call.  [1965-1970s or 80s; Bro. Daniel Virgil McMahon* (deceased); R.C.C., Aquinas College (Manning), Trinity College (East Perth), Christian Brothers' College (Highgate), and St Patrick's College (Geraldton); boys]     
INQUIRY CALL

Christian Brother abused schoolboys

   The Weekend West , <www.thewest.com.au>, <letters § wanews com au>, by Angela Pownall, p 11, Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2013
   Former Perth Catholic schoolboys have revealed they were sexually abused by a Christian Brother who taught for 20 years at prestigious WA schools run by the religious order.
   Three men have told The Weekend West they were molested, and in one case raped, by Brother Daniel Virgil McMahon when they were schoolboys.
   A former teacher, who worked with McMahon at Aquinas College, said he complained about his behaviour at the school, yet McMahon continued working with, and abusing, children.
   They want the case investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
   McMahon also taught at Trinity College, Christian Brothers College, Highgate, and St Patrick's College in Geraldton before he began counselling children as the order's vocations director. He moved to Tasmania in 1990, where he was ordained as a priest and lived until his death in May
   WA Christian Brother Peter Negus confirmed the order received complaints about abuse perpetuated by McMahon and other brothers. "In WA we have had hundreds, well over 200 while I've been working doing fhis over the past 15 years," Brother Negus said. "If their story is correct, most of the time it's correct, there's some apology made by us," he said.
   The Weekend West understands the Catholic Church has made settlements with McMahon's victims.
   One said he was an 11-year-old Aquinas boarder when McMahon abused him twice in 1965. Another man was a pupil at St Mark's in Bedford when McMahon, then vocations director, raped him in 1988.
   Don Lowrey, who taught at Aquinas from 1976 to 2000, said he reported his suspicions and allegations made to him by former pupils that McMahon was abusing boys to the headmaster Terry Hann, but said he felt "brushed off".
   Mr Hann, Aquinas headmaster from 1979 to 1986, said he received no such complaint and never had any sense McMahon was involved in abuse of pupils.
   "That didn't come before me as the principal at any stage," he said.
   "Anything like that would have gone straight to my deputy, the school board and the Christian Brothers. I'm not a person who would brush that off. We were alert to anything like that in terms of behaviour of staff."
AGENDA P52
   Innocence lost

   [RECAPITULATION: A former teacher, who worked with McMahon at Aquinas College, said he complained about his behaviour at the school, yet McMahon continued working with, and abusing, children. []
   McMahon also taught at Trinity College, Christian Brothers College, Highgate, and St Patrick's College in Geraldton before he began counselling children as the order's vocations director. []
   Don Lowrey, who taught at Aquinas from 1976 to 2000, said he reported his suspicions and allegations made to him by former pupils that McMahon was abusing boys to the headmaster Terry Hann, but said he felt "brushed off". ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Well, could it be that the headmaster was, and still is, following the Vatican's secrecy orders, laid out in The Crime of Solicitation, issued by Pope John XXIII on 16th March 1962.  (Yes, it was "Good Pope John.")  Brief extracts in English are on this website at <crimineextracts.htm>. 
   A full English translation, presumably translated in some diocese or archdiocese in the world, is shown on this website at <crimineenglish.pdf>.
   The Latin original, called Crimen Sollicitationis is on the Internet at <http://­www.­vatican.va/­roman­_curia/­congregations/­cfaith/­documents/­rc_con_­cfaith_doc_­20010518_­epistula_­graviora­%20delicta_­lt.html>. 
   A Latin-language version, which seems to have been issued direct to patriarchs, bishops, etc., by the Pope's staff at Vatican City, has been copied to this website at <criminelatin.pdf>,
   A Vatican Letter (called an Epistula) issued on 18th May 2001 by among others, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later a Pope), cites Crimen sollicitationis in line 10, suggesting that the secrecy rulings went from at least 1962 to 2001; see it at <crimineepistula.htm>.  COMMENT ENDS.]
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[Feb 16-17, 2013]

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[Apr 2, 2013]

• Imam arrested in Toronto for crimes in the US.     

Imam arrested in Toronto for crimes in the US

   Snap Network, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [but also covering ministers, imams, rabbis, etc.], <http://­www.­snapnetwork.org/­imam­_arrested­_in­_toronto­_for­_crimes­_in­_the­_us>, Posted by Barbara Dorris on April 02, 2013
   Yesterday, a day after being acquitted of charges in Canada, police in Toronto arrested Mohammad Masroor for extradition to the US in the case of a Muslim cleric who is also accused of molesting in Michigan and Florida.
   We are grateful to Toronto police for arresting this Imam before he could flee to a country where he could avoid extradition to the US. It is important that he face trial for the alleged abuse that allegedly occurred in Michigan and Florida. We hope that this arrest will bring hope to the children who have been victimized by him.
   Given the history of allegations against Masroor and the multitude of countries to which he has ties, we believe that there are likely other victims out there suffering in silence. We urge anyone who may have seen or suspected crimes by Masroor or any other Imam will come forward and make a report to police.
   Read the story here . . <http://www.torontosun.com/2013/03/28/imam-acquitted-on-sex-charges-re-arrested> #

   [PARAGRAPHS from original source, Toronto Sun, By Maryam Shah , First posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 07:30 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 07:36 PM EDT :
   Masroor – of Bangladeshi origin – has been in Canada since 2008, police said.
   Officers noted in 2011 that he had also been to a number of other places: Germany, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Singapore, France, Michigan and Florida.
   Police said Thursday Masroor is in custody and currently awaiting proceedings that could end with his extradition to the U.S.  ENDS.]
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Abuse Tracker, a blog by Kathy Shaw, <http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/> ENDS.]
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[Apr 02, 2013]

• DreamWorks, Participant Pick Up Church Sex Abuse Scandal Film (Exclusive).  [Chronicling the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" including Marty Baron, Ben Bradlee Jr., Walter "Robby" Robinson, Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll.]   

DreamWorks, Participant Pick Up Church Sex Abuse Scandal Film (Exclusive)

   Hollywood Reporter, <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dreamworks-participant-pick-up-church-432345>, As reported in Abuse Tracker, a blog by Kathy Shaw, U.S.A. <www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker>, ~ Apr 02, 2013
   UNITED STATES: Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer.
   In a move certain to spark controversy, DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered during a yearlong investigation by the Boston Globe.
   Tom McCarthy (The Visitor) has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer (the upcoming WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate).
   Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce.  David Mizner, who brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer.  Participant's Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
   Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll.  Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

   [COMMENT: Although the "Spotlight Team" did a tremendously important exposure of the Roman Catholic Church's duplicity in transferring priests who sexually molested children and a few adults in Massachusetts (U.S.A.), it is wise to remember that a close reading of the media reports chronicled in Kathy Shaw's Abuse Tracker and by various organisations shows that there are molesters in all sorts of other religions, and in organisations that are not part of organised religion, including scouts and government hostels for school students.  Religions that have various branches around the world even send their perverted ministers to other countries, allowing them to continue their unorthodox lifestyle.  COMMENT ENDS.]
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[~ Apr 02, 2013]

• St. Paul dad pleads not guilty to pointing AK-47 at daughter for not getting A's.  [Russian Orthodox clergyman, 52, in the U.S.A., allegedly pointed rapid-fire military assault rifle at daughter and wife.]   

St. Paul dad pleads not guilty to pointing AK-47 at daughter for not getting A's

   Star Tribune, <http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/201115731.html>, by JOY POWELL, Star Tribune, as featured in Abuse Tracker, a blog by Kathy Shaw, U.S.A. <www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker>, Updated: April 2, 2013
   A 52-year-old Russian Orthodox priest rejected a plea deal on charges that he pointed an assault rifle at his wife and teen daughter over the girl's failure to get straight A's.
   MINNESOTA - A Russian Orthodox priest rejected a plea deal on Tuesday in St. Paul and is headed to trial for allegedly pointing an AK-47 assault rifle at his wife and teen daughter because the girl got two B's in school.
   Kiril Bartashevitch, 52, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of terroristic threats after allegedly point the rifle at the mother and daughter during a dispute on Jan. 13, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court.
   Bartashevitch fired no shots, but he threw his wife to the floor when she tried to protect her daughter, the complaint says.  Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM

http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/ethics/ethcont2013.htm#st-paul-dad
[Apr 02, 2013]

#### Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/, Tue April 2, 2013, part edition follows:-  
   Suspended Conn. priest admits to meth charge.  [~2000s, Roman Catholic] 
   News 12, The Associated Press, DAVE COLLINS, Updated: April 2, 2013
   HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - (AP) - A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of making more than $300,000 in methamphetamine sales out of his Connecticut apartment while running an adult video and sex toy shop pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.
   Kevin Wallin, 61, of Waterbury, admitted to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was scheduled to be sentenced June 25. The prosecution and defense agreed on a sentence of 11 to 14 years in prison.
   Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Wallin had meth mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and sold the drugs out of his Waterbury apartment last year. He also bought an adult video and sex toy shop in North Haven named Land of Oz & Dorothy's Place, apparently to launder the drug money, authorities said. Posted by Kathy Shaw
   Franklin County Man Indicted for Sexual Assault   [~2000s, ~ 11mos, Pastor Freddy Hovater (72) -NEW*, Evangelical type Church, girl (8)]
   WZDX, ~ April 2, 2013
   FRANKLIN COUNTY, ALABAMA (WZDX) - A Franklin County grand jury indicted a Spruce Pine man for sexually assaulting a child.
   Freddy Hovater was indicted during a March grand jury session on charges of first degree sexual abuse and sexual torture of a child under 12.
   Hovater was arrested in October. Investigators said he sexually assaulted a child with a vibrator and the wooden handle of a bell. He also is accused of watching the child take a bath. Posted by Kathy Shaw, <www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker>.
   Former Franklin County Pastor Charged With Sexual Torture, Abuse  [~2000s, Pastor Freddy Hovater* (72)]
   WHNT, by Carter Watkins and Melissa Payne, April 2, 2013
   FRANKLIN COUNTY, ALABAMA (WHNT) – A former pastor in Franklin County is charged with sexual torture and abuse.
   Freddy Hovater, 72, was arrested on October 1, 2012 and a grand jury just indicted him on the charges.
   Sheriff Shannon Oliver says the abuse happened for nearly a year inside Hovater's home in Spruce Pine. The victim was an 8-year-old girl. Her family attended Hovater's church.
   Sheriff Oliver did not say which church Hovater used to lead. Posted by Kathy Shaw
   Kirche meldet weniger Missbrauchsfälle  [Germany]
   Schwabische, ~ April 2, 2013
   Bamberg, DEUTSCHLAND / lby In Bayern zeichnet sich ein Rückgang der Verdachtsfälle von sexuellem Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche ab. Im vergangenen Jahr gingen bei der Missbrauchsbeauftragen des Erzbistums Bamberg, der Anwältin Eva Hastenteufel-Knörr, sieben neue Vorwürfe ein. Im Jahr zuvor seien noch zwölf Fälle aktenkundig geworden, sagte ein Sprecher der Erzdiözese.
   Auch im Bistum Augsburg nahmen die Meldungen von sexuellem Missbrauch durch Geistliche oder Mitarbeiter der Diözese im vergangenen Jahr deutlich ab: Es gingen 14 Hinweise ein, im Jahr 2011 waren es nach Angaben des Missbrauchsbeauftragten mit 30 Fällen mehr als doppelt so viele. Zugenommen haben aber 2012 die Meldungen von körperlicher Gewalt von 4 auf 16. Seit 2010 wurden in dem Bistum insgesamt 148 sexuelle oder gewalttätige Übergriffe registriert. Zu zwei Dritteln handelte es sich dabei um sexuellen Missbrauch, zum größten Teil fanden diese Taten vor 1980 statt.
Posted by Kathy Shaw
   Kirchenmusiker gesteht im Verfahren wegen Kindesmissbrauchs
   Kreiszeitung, ~ April 2, 2013
   Oldenburg/Hannover/Osnabrück, DEUTSCHLAND- Immer neue Missbrauchsfälle in der Kirche schockierten die Bürger in den vergangenen Jahren. Jetzt steht ein ehemaliger Kirchenmusiker deswegen vor Gericht. Die Kirchen haben das heikle Thema nach eigenen Angaben inzwischen im Griff.
   Im Prozess wegen 23-fachen Kindesmissbrauchs hat ein ehemaliger Kirchenmusiker am Dienstag vor dem Landgericht Oldenburg zum Auftakt ein Geständnis abgelegt. Auf Antrag der Verteidigung schloss das Gericht dazu aber die Öffentlichkeit aus und begründete die Entscheidung mit dem Schutz der Intimsphäre von Opfern und Angeklagtem.
   Die Staatsanwaltschaft wirft dem Verwaltungsangestellten vor, in 23 Fällen von Anfang 2011 bis März 2012 mehrere Kinder sexuell missbraucht zu haben. In den vier schwersten Fällen gehe es um beischlafähnliche Taten. Der Strafrahmen dafür liegt nach Angaben von Gerichtssprecher Michael Herrmann bei 2 bis 15 Jahren Haft.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM, April 2, 2013
   McCort: Rumors of firings untrue
   Tribune-Democrat, Dave Sutor, dsutor@tribdem.com
   JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – A Bishop McCort Catholic High School spokesman on Monday dispelled widely circulating rumors about multiple teachers being fired from the academic institution.
   Matt Beynon called the speculation "unfounded."
   He elaborated by saying, "That is not an accurate description of any events that have occurred."
   Rumors began circulating in the afternoon that anywhere between five and nine teachers had been fired from a staff of slightly more than three dozen instructors.
   "No one was let go," Beynon emphasized. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM
   St. Paul dad who allegedly aimed gun at daughter is respected priest, supporters say
  Pioneer Press, By Emily Gurnon, egurnon@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com , Posted: Apr/02/2013
   MINNESOTA - Kirill Bartashevitch, the St. Paul man who allegedly pointed an AK-47 at his 15-year-old daughter in a dispute over her getting B's instead of A's in school, is a highly respected Russian Orthodox priest who should be treated with leniency.
   That's the message from at least 20 supporters throughout the world, including people in Russia, Canada, New York and Ohio, who wrote to Judge Lezlie Ott Marek on his behalf.
   The writers describe Bartashevitch as a deeply religious man who expresses great care and compassion for others, helping them grow in the faith. Some said they did not believe reports of the charges.
   Bartashevitch appeared in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday, April 2, initially asking for another continuance in his case so that he could deal with potential "immigration consequences that are quite significant," said his attorney, Cullin Smith. Smith did not elaborate. Bartashevitch then changed his mind. Judge Joy Bartscher set a pretrial date of May 1. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM
   Commission not coping with number of victims
   ABC News, {with video}
   AUSTRALIA - The Royal Commission into the abuse of children which is due to start in Melbourne tomorrow , is having trouble dealing with the number of people who want to give evidence.
   Transcript
   STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE ABUSE OF CHILDREN GETS UNDER WAY IN MELBOURNE TOMORROW.
   MANY HOPE THE SCALE OF ABUSE WILL BE REVEALED.
   THERE ARE ALREADY CLAIMS THOUGH THAT THE COMMISSION ISN'T COPING WITH PEOPLE CONTACTING IT TO GIVE EVIDENCE
   HAMISH FITZSIMMONS REPORTS
   HAMISH FITZSIMMONS, REPORTER: With the opening statements now only hours away, the royal commission carries the hopes of many.
   STEPHEN WOODS, ABUSE SURVIVOR: I really want to see this royal commission being used for what it should be and that's to heal so much of Australia.
   HAMISH FITZSIMMONS: Stephen Woods and two of his siblings were sexually assaulted over years at schools in Ballarat. He says the royal commission has encouraged many victims to speak for the first time. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM
   Healing broken souls
   Sydney Morning Herald, Barney Zwartz, April 3, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - The stakes, and the expectations, are high for the royal commission into child sexual abuse, which begins today.
   After decades of desperate struggle to have the world take them seriously, survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy are beginning to live, in the words of survivor and advocate Peter Blenkiron, in a fragile "bubble of hope".
   Blenkiron is the spokesman for a group of about 40 survivors in Ballarat, a city where another 40 or so victims have already taken their own lives. What has given them this cautious sliver of optimism is being heard by people who can change things.
   Since November the Victorian government has been running an inquiry that has given many victims a voice. In NSW, one inquiry has recently examined church behaviour about abuse complaints and another will start in May. The most important - the long-sought [national] royal commission - begins in Melbourne on Wednesday.
   Although many survivors recover to lead fulfilling lives, many others are walking a tightrope just to get through each day, their potential paralysed and hopes stolen because of events decades earlier, events that were beyond their control. "The abusers are soul destroyers," one victim said recently. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM
   Abuse royal commission holds 1st sitting
   Sky News,
   AUSTRALIA - The royal commission into institutional sexual abuse begins today.
   It'll hold its first sitting in Melbourne, but the flood of victims' stories will have to wait because no evidence will be tendered.
   Instead, chair Justice Peter McClellan will outline how the commission will conduct its hearings and counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC will make an opening statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM
   Sex abuse royal commission to begin
   ABC News, {with video and audio}
   AUSTRALIA - The historic Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will begin in the Victorian County Court in Melbourne today.
   The commission will look at religious organisations, state care providers, not-for-profit bodies, as well as child service agencies and police forces and what can be done so that the victims have justice.
   The commission's chairman, Justice Peter McClellan, will today provide information on how future private and public hearings will be conducted.
   The senior counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, will also deliver an opening statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM
   Child abuse victims to have free legal advice for Royal Commission
   ABC - AM,
   AUSTRALIA - TONY EASTLEY: The full cost of the Royal Commission is yet to be revealed and it will be determined in part by the length of the inquiry.
   The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced that child abuse victims giving evidence will have access to a free legal advice service.
   It will help people put together submissions to the Royal Commission and provide advice on the options they may have to pursue civil or criminal action.
   Mark Dreyfus spoke to Anna Henderson after last night's Cabinet meeting in Canberra.
   MARK DREYFUS: This is a very, very large royal commission and its exact scale is going to start to become clear when the commission holds its first hearing in Melbourne.
   ANNA HENDERSON: What is the significance of providing free legal advisory services for people who are engaging with the Royal Commission?
   MARK DREYFUS: It's going to be there to provide people with legal and procedural advice on important issues such as how they go about preparing a submission to the Royal Commission, how they give evidence, what ways they can participate in the hearings.
   As well, this free legal advisory service is going to make sure that people have advice on their legal options - not just how they can engage with the Royal Commission but civil law options, criminal law options and of course giving them face-to-face advice, a bit like a duty lawyer, if they are appearing in the Royal Commission. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM
   Royal commission into child sex abuse begins today
   Herald Sun, NEWS.com.au , Taylor Auerbach, April 03, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIA'S historic royal commission into child abuse begins in Melbourne today, supported by a formidable female legal duo.
   The Federal Government has announced that NSW barrister Gail Furness SC and Victorian Melinda Richards will be counsel assisting the royal commission.
   The pair has been recruited to investigate how institutions with a responsibility for children, including the Catholic Church, have reacted to and managed allegations of child sex abuse within their walls.
   The royal commission will investigate where systems have failed child victims and make recommendations about how to prevent further abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM
   Free legal advice for royal commission
   Sky News,
   AUSTRALIA - Victims of clergy sex abuse will be given free legal advice to help them participate in the royal commission, which starts in Melbourne on Wednesday.
   During the commission's first sitting, chairman Justice Peter McClellan will outline how the national body will operate and counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness, SC, will make an opening statement.
   Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says the free legal service will provide victims with advice 'a bit like a duty lawyer'.
   'It's going to be there to provide people with legal and procedural advice on important issues,' he told ABC Radio on Wednesday, citing examples such as how they go about preparing a submission, how they give evidence and what ways they can participate in the hearings. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM
   Lawyers appointed to steer abuse inquiry
   The Australian by Stuart Rintoul, April 03, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - THE federal government has appointed two lawyers, Gail Furness and Melinda Richards, to steer the direction of the child sexual abuse royal commission.
   The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first hearing in Melbourne's County Court today. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM
   Hollywood studio secures film rights to Boston clergy abuse investigation National Catholic Reporter by Sr. Rose Pacatte | Apr. 2, 2013
   UNITED STATES - The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday that Dreamworks and Participant Media have obtained the rights to the Boston Globe's yearlong investigation of clergy sex abuse in Massachusetts. The investigation by the Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston. The 2002 revelations have had worldwide repercussions for the Catholic church that continue today in terms of allegations, settlements and pastoral policy. The Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the scandal in 2003. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM
   AUS- Royal Commission announces new provision for legal advice, SNAP responds Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Nicky Davis on April 02, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - SNAP Australia welcomes the announcement of the provision of basic legal advice to those wishing to provide evidence to the Royal Commission. We hope this service will be made available to whistleblowers and witnesses as well as to victims themselves, and that anyone providing this service will first be required to undergo training for dealing with those affected by complex trauma. In addition to legal advice, victims desperately need access to free counselling to help with preparing their submissions. The Royal Commission will expose vulnerable victims to the emotional roller coaster of being heard, believed and supported for the first time in their lives, while also reliving horribly traumatic experiences. To ask these innocent victims, whose needs have been ignored and neglected for their entire lives, to find the courage to do this without vital support would be heartless indeed and detrimental to efforts to discover the truth. It is also extremely important that the Commission not expose victims to service providers, Commission staff or even Commissioners with strong, high level ties to the institution which enabled and covered up their abuse. Those with ties to the Catholic Church should not hear evidence from or provide support to Catholic victims, those with strong ties to the Scout movement, state institutions, the Salvation Army, the Jewish Community etc should be kept away from dealing with victims of those institutions. Neither should Bob Atkinson, a former Queensland Police Commissioner, hear any matters involving Queensland Police investigations. While a legal and technical process, it is important to remember this Royal Commission is about Australian children who were targeted, preyed upon, and exploited by those in positions of absolute power over them, then betrayed and abandoned by church officials and other institutions, to suffer in lonely silence for decades, cruelly denied the help that would have relieved our suffering. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM
   OPINION: Sex abuse survivors want to be believed Newcastle Herald By Bob O'Toole and Lindsay Gardiner April 2, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - Why didn't the victims say something years ago? In most situations, children are groomed for sexual abuse by the perpetrating priest, brother, teacher etc over a period of years. Their family is also groomed by the perpetrator, who becomes a close and trusted family friend and, sometimes, a spiritual adviser and confidant. The family feel great pride at the special attention they are being paid. The perpetrator has spent years building a trusted and respected community profile. He makes the child believe the child has invited the abuse and enjoyed the relationship. At first, the child enjoyed being special to someone so important. The perpetrator tells the child no one will believe the story of abuse or he tells them something bad will happen to those he or she loves if the child speaks up. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM
   Catholic Church Abuse Scandal Getting Movie: DreamWorks Acquires Rights to Boston Globe Story Moviefone
   UNITED STATES - It's been more than 10 years since the Boston Globe first reported the decades-long sexual abuse -- and subsequent cover-up -- plaguing the Massachusetts Catholic Church, setting in motion revelations of similar abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide. Now, the story behind how that abuse was uncovered is set to be told on the big screen, with DreamWorks Studio and Participant Media announcing that they've acquired the film rights to the Globe's reporting. The paper spent a year investigating abuse allegations, interviewing victims, and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, ultimately revealing that church leadership had made a concerted effort to ignore and in many cases cover-up reported abuse. One accused priest was shuttled from parish to parish, despite the church's awareness of his record. The scandal rocked the church on both a national and worldwide level, leading to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had a hand in hiding priests' serial abuse. Abuse allegations are still rampant today, and DreamWorks executive vice president Jonathan King said the film would capture "a powerful and still-evolving story." Members of the Globe's Spotlight Team -- reporters and editors who worked together to investigate and break the story -- who will be featured in the film include then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, and reporters Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Matt Carroll. The team won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for their reporting. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM
   DreamWorks, Participant Board Catholic Sex Scandal Project Variety Dave McNary Film Reporter@Variety_DMcNary
   UNITED STATES - DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have joined the untitled feature about the Catholic Church's cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts, uncovered by the Boston Globe. Variety reported in October that "Win Win" helmer Tom McCarthy and scribe Josh Singer ("The West Wing") had been tapped by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust to work on the project, which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who exposed the scandal. At that point, McCarthy had been working in secret for more than a year on the movie. Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer. Participant's Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll will exec produce. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM
   DreamWorks acquires film rights to Globe series on Clergy abuse scandal Boston Globe, April 02, 2013
   BOSTON (MA) - DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts, DreamWorks president of production Holly Bario announced Tuesday. The movie based on the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning series of stories will be directed by Tom McCarthy, a BC grad whose credits include "The Station Agent," with a screenplay by Josh Singer. "The Boston Globe's coverage of the Catholic priest scandal opened the door to a bigger story that had worldwide ramifications," Bario said in a statement Tuesday. "The story of how this team of editors and reporters came to uncover the truth will make a dramatic and compelling film, especially with the talents of our director Tom McCarthy and his co-screenwriter Josh Singer on board." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 PM
   Dreamworks to make film of Globe's expose on Catholic Church scandal Los Angeles Times, By Nicole Sperling April 2, 2013
   UNITED STATES - Looks like the Boston Globe's yearlong investigation into the Catholic Church's coverup of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts will be turned into a feature film. Dreamworks Studios and Participant Media announced Tuesday that they have acquired the life rights to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors who spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents, discovering years of coverup by Catholic Church leadership. Their reporting lead to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law and led to other unveilings of church coverups around the world. It also earned the team a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003. Tom McCarthy ("Win Win") has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer, who most recently wrote the Wikileaks drama "The Fifth Estate" for Dreamworks and director Bill Condon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM
   DreamWorks acquires Catholic priest sex scandal movie Inside Movies by Hillary Busis
   UNITED STATES - In 2001, reporters at the Boston Globe began investigating and reporting on the Catholic Church's history of covering up sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in Massachusetts. Their tireless work earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 – and ten years later, the rights to their story have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media. Win Win director (and Boston University graduate) Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct the movie; he'll also co-write the script with Josh Singer, a veteran TV writer who also penned DreamWorks's upcoming Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate. This will be the sixth collaboration for Participant and DreamWorks; the companies have previously partnered on The Fifth Estate, Lincoln, The Help, The Kite Runner, and The Soloist. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM
   Cypress youth pastor sentenced to 5 years for sexual assault of a child Your Houston News, Staff Report, Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
   TEXAS - A Cypress youth pastor has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a child and online solicitation of a minor. The 16-year-old girl met Chad Foster, 34, in the summer of 2011 while he was serving as a youth pastor at the Community of Faith Church on Becker Road in Cypress. Court documents show that the two communicated frequently through texts, but the relationship turned sexual in July when the girl visited Foster at his home. From July to mid-October, the two had sex at least half a dozen times, records state. Foster reportedly told the girl several times not to tell anyone about their relationship because he would get in trouble for their age difference, according to court documents. When the girl started to feel bad about the relationship, she told her Spanish teacher at Cy-Woods High School and an associate pastor at the Community of Faith Church about the relationship on Oct. 27, who then reported the relationship to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM
   Youth pastor sentenced to 5 years for sexual assault of a child  [2011, Sect's pastor, girl, and solicited another.]
   KHOU by KHOU.com staff khou.com Posted on April 1, 2013
   CYPRESS, Texas – A former youth pastor, who pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl in 2011 and soliciting another teen online, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday. Chad Foster's sentencing came after hearing testimony from his victims in front of family members, many of whom were in tears. "It's hard to think of any child being victimized that way, but to have it done by a youth pastor at church where they're supposed to be safe, I think, is just extra repugnant," Lacy Johnson, assistant district attorney, said. The girl who Foster seduced and had sex with testified that she felt "used and cheated." She added that she had lost her faith in God. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM
   Priest Pleads Guilty For Role In Meth Ring The Hartford Courant By EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com The Hartford Courant 11:24 a.m. EDT, April 2, 2013
   HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – A suspended Catholic priest from Bridgeport pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a bi-coastal methamphetamine distribution ring. Monsignor Kevin Wallin, 61, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in June. The sentencing guideline is 135-168 months. He entered his plea in front of Senior Judge Alfred V. Covello in U.S. District Court. Wallin faced a single charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the powerful stimulate methamphetamine. The indictment of Wallin on narcotics charges in January stunned the Diocese of Bridgeport, where he formerly served in positions that included personal secretary to successive bishops, including Edward Egan, later appointed a cardinal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM
   BREAKING: Limerick priest steps aside after 'child protection' allegation Limerick Leader Published on 02/Apr/2013
   IRELAND - A WELL known Limerick priest has stepped aside from his ministry while an alleged incident of a sexual nature, officially described as a 'historical child protection matter', is dealt with by the Diocese of Limerick. The priest is currently based in county Limerick but was in a parish in the city when the alleged incident occurred in the mid-1990s. Gardai are aware of the allegation but it is unclear at the moment whether they are investigating a formal complaint. "The Diocese of Limerick can confirm that a priest of the diocese, in accordance with the recommendations of Church policy on safeguarding children, has asked to step aside from ministry while an alleged historical child protection matter is being dealt with," said a spokesperson in the statement. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM
   Cardinal Pell to give evidence at child abuse inquiry as Catholic Church plans changes Herald Sun, NEWS.com.au , Carly Crawford, April 01, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - CARDINAL George Pell will appear at the Victorian inquiry into child abuse within weeks, as the Catholic Church proposes a new system for handling abuse complaints. Cardinal Pell introduced Melbourne's controversial complaints handling system when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s. The church confirmed Cardinal Pell would appear before the panel in coming weeks. "The committee has indicated some interest in Cardinal Pell attending and he's certainly willing to co-operate with that," church spokesman Shane Mackinlay said. Church figures will propose changes to its complaints process, which has attracted criticism for keeping abuse allegations in-house and making victims feel that they could not report their abuse to police. In Victoria, the Catholic Church will propose having the Ombudsman review its abuse investigations. And it will suggest changing the Crimes Act so that the church can routinely report abuse complaints to police without identifying victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM
   AUS - SNAP looks forward to the Royal Commission Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Nicky Davis on April 02, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - As the royal commission begins we stand full of gratitude and hope, gratitude to the Prime Minister and those in the government who have made this possible and hope that children of Australia will be safe as a result. We seek the full truth and want complete transparency. The response should be compassionate toward the wounded and stinging for the predators and their enablers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM
   Priest turns rapist, then sells victim for R 40,000 to 3 brothers  [Temple religion]   
   Daily Bhaskar,
   Chhatarpur, INDIA: A priest, his partner and three brothers were booked for allegedly raping a woman, the Madhya Pradesh police said on Tuesday. According to reports, the woman (33) was kidnapped by the temple priest on January 17. After allegedly raping her, the accused priest sold her for Rs 40,000 to three brothers who also raped her repeatedly. The incident came to light when the victim's brother traced her along with a child in Pipra village of Tikamgarh district in Madhya Pradesh. Later, the victim and her brother filed a complaint against all the accused. No arrests have been made so far. The police is [are] investigating the matter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM
   INSIGHT-Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank Trust Law By Philip Pullella Tue, 2 Apr 2013
   VATICAN CITY, April 2 (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say. Francis, who inherited a Church mired in scandals over priests' sexual abuse of children and the leak of confidential documents alleging corruption and infighting in the Vatican's central administration, is mulling his options as he sets the tone for a reformed and humbler Holy See. One of the tests of his papacy will be what he does about the bank which has regularly damaged the Vatican's image over three decades and faces growing calls for reform. Last year a European anti-money laundering body found that the bank - formally called the Institute for Works of Religion and known by the Italian acronym IOR - had failed to meet some of its standards on fighting financial crimes. "Certainly if the pope wants to, he can close the IOR," said a senior Vatican official, a prelate who had years of experience of directly dealing with the bank. The future of the IOR was one of main issues Francis would have to confront now that the whirlwind of his surprise election was slowing, he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM
   MORE THAN 400 MAGDALENE WOMAN SEEK COMPENSATION Galway Bay FM,
   IRELAND - More than 400 women who worked in Magdalene laundries, including the one based at Forster Street in the city, have applied for state compensation. Since a Department of Justice helpline was set up last month more than 1,100 calls have been received, according to today's Irish Independent. 424 women have registered their interest in being included in receiving benefits from the state compensation fund. The women were asked to give details of which laundry they were resident in, the dates they were there, and whether they have any records to support their application. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 AM
   Perlitz sex abuse lawsuits move forward  [Helping Haiti victims, RCC agents make them double victims.]
   CT Post, Michael P. Mayko, Updated 8:40 am, Tuesday, April 2, 2013
   HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - Charges of widespread sexual abuse by the director of a program funded by wealthy area Catholics and created to help abandoned Haitian boys appears headed to trial. U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny, who is presiding over the 22 cases each seeking more than $20 million, began clearing the way for trial by dismissing several of the charges while allowing others including the negligent supervision of Douglas Perlitz to stand. No date has been set for the trial as of Tuesday. Perlitz, a Fairfield University graduate whose work in Haiti garnered him national attention, is serving a 19-year, seven-month federal prison term after he pleaded guilty to traveling overseas to engage in sex with a minor. During his sentencing he admitted there were several victims. Shortly after Perlitz's sentencing, 23 of those victims permitted Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who has won millions suing Catholic priests and their Dioceses on sexual abuse charges, to pick up their cause. In the suits, Garabedian named the Rev. Paul Carrier, a former chaplain at Fairfield University and Perlitz's mentor; Fairfield University and the Society of Jesus New England, Carrier's order as defendants for being negligent in their supervision of the program. He also sued Hope Carter, a New Canaan philanthropist; the Order of Malta, American Association, which provided the 1997 start-up grant to Perlitz and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes along with 15 others on similar negligence charges. Carter and Carrier also were directors of the Haiti Fund, a nonprofit organization that raised money for Perlitz's programs. Each suit seeks $20 million in damages from each defendant. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM
   Free service to aid abuse commission Canberra Times, Barney Zwartz, Religion editor, The Age, April 3, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - Victims of clergy child-sex abuse and others will be given free legal advice so they can engage with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which holds its first hearing on Wednesday in Melbourne. Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the free service would give legal, advice including help with submissions and advice on confidentiality agreements. The announcement came as Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council, named the council's 12 members and told Fairfax Media that the council was already providing documents and files to the commission. Mr Dreyfus said legal advice would be offered through the National Association of Community Legal Centres on a free nationwide telephone service, with some face-to-face help available in some locations yet to be identified. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM
   If Catholic bishops can criticise government, why can't priests criticise the church? Daily Monitor By Ladislaus K. Rwakafuuzi Posted Monday, April 1 2013
   UGANDA - When a bird perches off its nest without a word, it must only be too young. I will not fail to say something about Fr Anthony Musaala's saga because I am neither too young to speak nor am I too daft to fathom the preponderance and momentousness of his dossier. Fr Musaala has said that the Catholic Church should re-examine celibacy for its priests. Musaala has reasoned that many otherwise good priests fail in their vows of celibacy. What Musaala is raising here is not new. That debate is as old as the date the church decided on celibacy. Celibacy was not a precept for priests in the beginnings of the church. The church later mooted celibacy as a means of serving God better without family distractions. The same church has the power to reverse itself on this precept if it sees that priests are no longer serving better when celibate. So Musaala has proposed that celibacy may be made optional. This is one arm of Musaala's arguments. The second arm is that the church should not merely watch when some of its priests who have failed to be celibate cause harm. Musaala is proposing that the church should strictly discipline the priests whose failure in celibacy causes harm to third parties, especially the children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM
   Justice for Magdalenes publishes Survivor Guide to Magdalen Commission Justice for Magdalenes
   IRELAND - Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group, has published a guide, entitled Survivor Guide to Magdalen Commission,for women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries as they prepare to engage with the Magdalen Fund. Following the official State apology issued by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on 19th February 2013, the government asked Justice John Quirke to undertake a three-month review and make recommendations to the Government about the criteria for applying to the Magdalen Fund for payments and other supports. Survivors who have not already registered with the Magdalen Commissionare encouraged to do so. Registration forms are available from {click here} The Survivor Guide to Magdalen Commission is intended solely as an aid to survivors; its purpose is to help them and their families to create a checklist of present-day needs. The Guide is not intended to supplant or replace any official documents created by the Magdalen Commission or the Irish State; it is offered simply as a guide to help women to prepare to engage with the process. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM
   Former Los Gatos Convent Employee to Be Sentenced For Fraud Patch, By Sheila Sanchez, April 1, 2013
   CALIFORNIA - A former lay employee of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Convent in Los Gatos' sentencing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 11 at the federal court building on South First Street in downtown San Jose. The official pronouncement of the punishment against Linda Gomez, 67, originally scheduled for March 28, got postponed two weeks by U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen. Gomez, also known as Linda Surrett, pleaded guilty in October of 2012 to 17 counts of fraud after admitting having embezzled $100,000 from the religious order. A 2011 grand jury indictment included 14 counts of wire fraud and three counts of mail fraud against her. The maximum statutory penalty for wire and mail fraud is 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, plus restitution, said U.S. Attorney Joseph Fazioli. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM
   Fr. Musaala commission set up New Vision, By Taddeo Bwambale, Publish Date: Apr 02, 2013
   UGANDA - The Catholic Church has set up a commission to investigate allegations by Fr Anthony Musaala that some priests had deviated from the oath [sic] of celibacy. "We have set up a commission to look into the allegations by Fr Musaala. As to whether the allegations are correct or not, the commission will determine," he said. Addressing journalists at his residence in Rubaga on Saturday, the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said the commission would establish the truth. The probe stems from a document purportedly authored by Musaala recently, claiming that many Catholic priests and bishops are sexually abusing minors, have mistresses and children who they are concealing or have abandoned The letter also calls for a review of celibate chastity in the Catholic Church. Musaala has since acknowledged writing the document, but claims it leaked on the internet after he gave it to a fellow priest to edit it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM
   Imam acquitted on sex charges re-arrested Toronto Sun By Maryam Shah,Toronto Sun First posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
   TORONTO, CANADA - A day after being acquitted of sex-related charges, a former Toronto imam was arrested Wednesday for extradition to the United States. Mohammad Masroor, 50, is wanted in Michigan and Florida on charges of criminal sexual contact with a person under 13, Toronto Police said. "The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2000 and 2005," police said Thursday. Masroor was charged two years ago with sexually assaulting six people between November 2008 and July 2011. He was also charged with threatening death. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM
   Coleridge on truth council Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn 02 April 2013
   AUSTRALIA - The former Canberra and Goulburn archbishop Mark Coleridge has been appointed to the Truth Justice and Healing Council, which will manage the Catholic Church's work with the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Archbishop Coleridge, now the Archbishop of Brisbane, is one of 13 members announced by president of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Archbishop Denis Hart and chair of Catholic Religious Australia Sr Annette Cunliffe, RSC. Prof Greg Craven, vice-chancellor of Australian Catholic University, is also on the council, which will be chaired by Justice Barry O'Keefe, a former chief judge of the NSW Supreme Court and once a commissioner on the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM
   Quinn will announce Church to lose school control  [Ireland] Irish Independent, Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor, 02 April 2013
   IRELAND - THE Catholic Church is being told to hand over another 23 primary schools in an historic shake-up of the education system designed to offer parents more choice. Department of Education surveys in 43 towns and suburbs over the past six months found that two-thirds of parents wanted a more diverse range of schools - meaning a reduction of the church's overwhelming dominance of school patronage. The results of the consultation with 10,000 parents on future control of local schools can be revealed today, with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn pointing out that a majority of areas surveyed had shown sufficient parental demand for wider choice of schools. He insisted: "We cannot ignore this call for change." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM
   Die hohen Erwartungen der Deutschen an Franziskus Die Welt
   DEUTSCHLAND - "Hofstaat-Gehabe": Katholiken im ganzen Land legen ihre Zurückhaltung ab und diskutieren über einen radikalen Richtungswechsel im Vatikan. Die Hoffnungen sind groß. Das gefällt jedoch nicht allen. Von Gernot Facius Kardinal Karl Lehmann (76) hat als rom-erfahrener Theologe ein sicheres Gespür für Veränderungen. Wo immer er in diesen Tagen hinkommt, sagt Lehmann: "Ich erwarte spannende Wochen." Die Veröffentlichung der Brandrede von Papst Franziskus (76) im Vorkonklave, in der der neue Mann auf dem Stuhl Petri alle Formen klerikaler Eitelkeit, die "Selbstbezogenheit" und den "theologischen Narzissmus" seiner Kirche geißelte, befeuert im deutschen Katholizismus die Diskussionen über einen möglichen radikalen Richtungswechsel im Vatikan. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM
   Sexueller Missbrauch in der Kirche (MediaMix 2009-2013) YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2H7C8fiOCQM , Published on Feb 14, 2013
   DEUTSCHLAND - ..eine [sic] Nachrichtensendung je Jahr von Oktober 2009 bis Januar 2013 als MediaMix Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM
   Rückgang von Missbrauchsfällen in katholischer Kirche in Bayern [RCC in Bavaria]  Passauer Neue Presse,
   DEUTSCHLAND - In Bayern zeichnet sich ein Rückgang der Verdachtsfälle von sexuellem Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche ab. Im vergangenen Jahr gingen bei der Missbrauchsbeauftragen des Erzbistums Bamberg, der Anwältin Eva Hastenteufel-Knörr, sieben neue Vorwürfe ein. Im Jahr zuvor seien noch zwölf Fälle aktenkundig geworden, sagte ein Sprecher der Erzdiözese. Seit Oktober 2011 registrierte das Bistum Passau einen Fall des Verdachts auf Missbrauch. Es seien Vorwürfe gegen einen Lehrer an einer kirchlichen Schule erhoben worden, teilte die Diözese mit. Seitens der Staatsanwaltschaft wurde dieses Verfahren eingestellt. In zwei weiteren Fällen wurde gegen zwei Priester der Diözese der Vorwurf übermäßiger Gewaltanwendung gegenüber Schülern erhoben. Beide Fälle lagen bereits so weit in der Vergangenheit, dass eine Weiterleitung an die Polizei bereits aus diesem Grund unterblieb, wie ein Sprecher mitteilte. "In beiden Fällen wurde mit den Opfern Kontakt aufgenommen und angemessene Hilfen angeboten." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM
   Justice for Magdalenes publishes survivor guide Irish Times Patsy McGarry Tue, Apr 2, 2013
   IRELAND - The Justice for Magdalenes advocacy group has published a guide for women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene laundries as they prepare to engage with the Government Magdalene Fund. Titled Survivor Guide to Magdalen Commission , it is available at magdalenelaundries.com. Following the official State apology by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on February 19th, the Government asked Mr Justice John Quirke to undertake a three-month review following which he is to make recommendations on criteria for applications to the Magdalene Fund. Women who had been in the laundries and who have not already registered with the Magdalene Commission are encouraged to do so. The group's guide is intended solely as an aid to the women. Its purpose is to help them and their families create a checklist of their current needs. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM
   422 former Magdalene residents apply to state fund Irish Independent Breda Heffernan– 02 April 2013
   IRELAND - MORE than 420 former residents of the Magdalene Laundries have applied to be included in a state compensation fund. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice's special helpline has received almost 1,100 calls about the fund since it was established last month. The department invited former residents to register a preliminary expression of interest in receiving benefits from the fund and so far 424 women have registered their interest. They were asked to give details of which laundry they were resident in, the dates when they were there and whether they have any records to support their application. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM
   Cardinal Pell to give evidence in Victorian clergy child abuse inquiry The Australian Times (UK) By Paul Bleakley on 2 April, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - CATHOLIC Cardinal George Pell will appear before a Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse within weeks, at a time when the church has proposed sweeping changes to its handling of complaints of abuse against members of the clergy. Pell was a driving force behind the introduction of a controversial process for dealing with complaints of abuse in Victoria while serving as Archbishop of Melbourne during the 1990s. This practice involved the Catholic Church investigating alleged abuse in-house and encouraging victims to avoid going to the police with their claims. It is expected that current Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart and a range of other church officials will give evidence to the inquiry. Spokesman for the Catholic Church Shane Mackinlay said that the Victorian inquiry had been given "unfettered" access to files detailing over 600 allegations of abuse that had been investigated by the Victorian wing of the church since Pell's complaints process was introduced. Mackinlay said: "The committee has indicated some interest in Cardinal Pell attending and he's certainly willing to co-operate with that." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM
   Royal Commission to shed light on reality of child sex abuse Daily Mercury APN Newsdesk 2nd Apr 2013
   AUSTRALIA - THE much-anticipated Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first hearing on Wednesday. Justice Peter McClellan, who is chairing the inquiry, will outline the work of the Royal Commission, while senior counsel assisting will deliver an opening address. No evidence will be taken during the hearing, which is being held in Melbourne. All six commissioners will be present for the hearing. Prime Minister Julia Gillard bowed to growing pressure and established the royal commission late last year. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM
   Council overseeing church's engagement with Royal Commission into child abuse announced Christian Today By: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Tuesday, 2 April 2013
   AUSTRALIA - Archbishop Denis Hart, President of The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, and Sr Annette Cunliffe RSC, Chair of Catholic Religious Australia, have today announced the members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC). The TJHC will oversee the Catholic Church's engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Council, welcomed the announcement saying the 13 member Council is made up of men and women with professional and other expertise, especially across child sexual abuse, paedophilia, trauma, mental illness, suicide and public policy. "The Church and members of the TJHC are determined that the truth be told and that the Church assists victims and those damaged by abuse as children receive justice and to embark on a sustainable process of healing," Francis Sullivan said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM
   Abuse royal commission sits on Wednesday The West Australian, Patrick Caruana, AAP, April 2, 2013
   AUSTRALIA - The royal commission into institutional sexual abuse will begin on Wednesday, but the flood of victims' stories will have to wait. No evidence will be tendered at the first sitting in Melbourne of the commission to examine institutional responses to abuse. Instead, its chair, Justice Peter McClellan, will outline how the commission will conduct its hearings and counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness SC, will make an opening statement. Chris Wilding, who founded victims' group Broken Rites in 1992, said it would be a significant day for survivors of abuse. "It's certainly very exciting for me to see this happen after 20 years of exposing these sorts of crimes," she told AAP on Tuesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM
   Oregon priest gets 6 years for child sex abuse WNYT (AP)
   SALEM, OREGON (U.S.A.) - A Catholic priest pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he invited for a sleepover when he was pastor of a church in a small city south of Portland. The Rev. Angel Armando Perez was sentenced to more than six years in prison after pleading guilty in Marion County Circuit Court to first-degree sexual abuse, DUI and furnishing liquor to a minor. Perez, a former pastor at St. Luke Catholic Church in Woodburn, was arrested in August. The Salem child told police he woke up during a sleepover in Perez's home to find the priest touching his genitals and apparently taking photographs with a cellphone. Police said the boy ran from the home with Perez chasing him. Neighbors took the boy to his sister's house. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM.  [~ 02 Apr 2013]
Abuse Chronology: http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/ethics/ethcont123.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Child sex scandal in two countries rocks church.  [Anglican Church of Australia; Church of England; Episcopal communion; Many files of St Barnabas school missing.]  [1960s, 1999, 2003; Rev. Robert Waddington. Boys. Bishops and other Church leaders failed to report.]          

Child sex scandal in two countries rocks church


EXCLUSIVE
   The Australian, 2 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010; by MICHAEL McKENNA, AMANDA GEARING, and SEAN O'NEILL, Pages One and 6, Friday, May 10, 2013
   A CHILD sex scandal involving children in Australia and Britain has hit the top echelon of the Anglican Church, with allegations that some of its most senior clergymen failed to respond properly to complaints of horrific abuse.
   The former archbishop of York [England], now Lord (David) Hope of Thornes, yesterday expressed regret over failing to report to police allegations in 1999 and 2003 about a former Queensland Anglican school principal, who rose to become the head of education for the church in Britain.
   The late reverend Robert Waddington has been accused of beating and sexually abusing students during the 1960s at St Barnabas boarding school in Ravenshoe, north Queensland, and later, when he was in charge of the choir as dean of Manchester.
   A joint investigation by The Australian and The Times newspaper in London has revealed that church officials, including Lord Hope, never told of the existence of the other allegations.
   Waddington is accused of abusing at least three boys at St Barnabas in the 1960s.  Two teachers hired by Waddington at St Barnabas, as well as his 1970 replacement as headmaster, Barry Greaves, have since been convicted of child abuse at other schools and parishes in South Australia and Brisbane [Queensland].
   One of those teachers, Peter Gilbert, has also faced an allegation of abuse relating to his time at St Barnabas.
   The allegations are the latest to emerge in a string of scandals involving the Anglican Church in Queensland, including the mishandling of child abuse claims at a Toowoomba preparatory school, which led to the resignation of governor-general Peter Hollingworth.
   St Barnabas, which opened in 1953, was closed, mid-term, in 1990.  North Queensland's Bishop Bill Ray, who took over the diocese in 2007, said yesterday he would launch an internal investigation and inform the Anglican Church's top decision-making body, the General Synod, for the allegations to be referred to the federal royal commission into child abuse.
  [Picture caption:] Former choirboy Eli Ward has alleged he was abused by Robert Waddington, former dean of Manchester.    PAUL ROGERS  
   Bishop Ray confirmed that many of the St Barnabas school files, including enrolment and staff lists, were now missing.
   The absence of the documents is understood to have hampered detectives from Queensland's child protection unit, Taskforce Argos, who were considering a court application to seek Waddington's extradition from Britain in 2005 after two alleged victims took their claims directly to police.
   "I have been told that it has been alleged that files were thrown down a disused well or an old tin mine shaft," Bishop Ray said.  "Normally the documents would be held by our archivists.  As these are new allegations, I will be sending them to the General Synod for referral to the royal commission and we will be co-operating fully."
  [Picture caption:] David Hope, centre, with the Queen and archbishop Rowan Williams in 2003.    GETTY IMAGES  
  [Picture caption:] Waddington as dean of Manchester.    UPPA / PHOTOSHOT  
  [Picture caption:] Queensland victim Bim Atkinson.    BRIAN CASSEY  
  [Picture caption:] Ward, left, and Atkinson as boys, when they were allegedly abused by Waddington.  
   British police last year launched an investigation into Waddington after a former choirboy at the cathedral, Eli Ward, 39, filed a formal complaint and civil action against the Diocese of Manchester, alleging years of sexual abuse by the high-ranking clergyman.
   It followed a 1999 complaint by . . . [Those who want more ought to read the actual newspaper, or see the Internet.]
MORE REPORTS P 6
A PLUS P 9

   [COMMENT: The heading says that the scandal "rocks church."  Ah, if only that were true!  A good true scripture says something about making religion a cloak for malice.  COMMENT ENDS.]
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[To webpage Nov 10, 2013; published May 10, 2013]

• Bishop wants abuse rethink: Global petition.  [Roman Catholic Church]  
GLOBAL PETITION

Bishop wants abuse rethink

   The West Australian, ( letters ¶ wanews com au ), from AAP, p 30, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
   ▪ Sydney – The Sydney bishop who designed Australia's Catholic clergy sex abuse response wants a "people-powered revolution" to force the Vatican to act.
   Retired bishop Geoffrey Robin­son also said that the Federal Go­vernment's royal commission in­to child sex abuse would not erad­icate abuse within the Church.
   He said for sex abuse to be ban­ished, change would have to come from the top.
   But he was hopeful that the re­cently elected Pope Francis would encourage fundamental changes because he had not worked in the Vatican.
   Bishop Robinson said the royal commission was limited because it would not have the power to ful­ly eradicate the causes of abuse within the Church.
   "It's really the Church itself that needs to take a hard look at itself and see what we could find in the way of causes and the sys­temic factors which may have contributed to abuse," he said.
   Bishop Robinson launched his new book, For Christ's Sake, End Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, in Sydney yesterday with the backing of former NSW premier Kristina Keneally
  [Picture:} Holy leader: Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday.    Picture: Reuters  
   The book looks at the powerful cultural factors which stop the Church addressing the causes of abuse, including priesthood celi­bacy, the absence of women in its hierarchy, papal infallibility and clericalism – where priests have a higher status than the people.
   Bishop Robinson also appealed to all Catholics to sign a global petition which calls on the Vati­can to form another global Church council, similar to the Vatican II Council in the 1960s, to look at the changes needed to ad­dress the abuse crisis.
   "My hope is that the petition will bring so many signatures that the people in the Vatican would have to listen," Bishop Robinson said.
   "I'm a great believer in people power.
   "Just as it worked in the Philip­pines with the Marcos regime, just as it did in the Arab spring so, too, it can work in the Catholic Church."
   He said that the petition had already attracted 15,000 sig­natures.  AAP #

   [RECAPITULATION: Retired bishop Geoffrey Robin­son also said that the Federal Go­vernment's royal commission in­to child sex abuse would not erad­icate abuse within the Church.   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Bishop Robinson is one of the few R.C. leaders who can see that sect's failings, and speaks out publicly. 
   The casual reader must NOT imagine that it is only the Roman Catholic Church that needs to eradicate sex-abuse in its ranks.  Many other sects and religions also hide their sexual predators.
   The Anglican Church needs cleaning up.  A 2013 newsitem told of a Church of England clergyman in Britain who sexually abused children, and then "disappeared".  He had been shifted out to Australia.  His abusing covered a total of about 50 years.  Religions with branches in various countries simply transfer the offenders!   COMMENT ENDS.]
http://www.johnm.multiline.com.au/ethics/ethcont2013.htm#bishop-wants-abuse
[June 05, 2013]

• Call to end mutilation  [It is child abuse, say UK experts.]     
UPFRONT

Call to end mutilation

  
   New Scientist (Britain), p 4, 9 November 2013
   Female genital mutilation of young girls is child abuse. © UK Government TREAT female genital mutilation as child abuse and act accordingly.  That's the message of a report launched in the UK this week calling for a concerted effort by school nurses, doctors and other health workers to help eradicate a procedure that has been illegal in the country since 1985, but which has never resulted in a prosecution.
   Previous research has shown that female genital mutilation (FGM) causes excruciating pain and can cause haemorrhage and infection as well as raising the risk in later life of infertility and potentially fatal complications during childbirth.
   The aim of the report is to support the estimated 66,000 women in England and Wales who have undergone the procedure, and to prevent it in the 24,000 girls under the age of 15 who are deemed at risk of being mutilated.
   "Health visitors see every child up to the age of 5, school nurses monitor children after that, midwives see pregnant mothers who may have undergone the procedure, and now for the first time these health professionals have agreed to share information on FGM," says Gerald Chan, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who co-authored the report, Tackling FGM in the UK.
   "From now on there will be robust mechanisms for health professionals to refer cases to the appropriate authorities," says Chan.
   The measures don't go as far as those taken by some other countries.  In France, for example, all girls unde six are screened for mutilation.   Illustration: <http://­www.­fco.gov.­uk/fgm> #

   [COMMENT:  It's child abuse, with a cultural base, tolerated by religious leaders.  Or is that a politically incorrect inference?  Perhaps not, because good women must be obedient, says the scripture.   COMMENT ENDS.]
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Bishop wants abuse rethink: Global petition. SYDNEY, NSW, Australia – Roman Catholic retired bishop Geoffrey Robinson launched his new book with Kristina Keneally, and appealed to RCs to sign a petition calling for another universal council to combat the abuse crisis.  June 05, 2013
Call to end mutilation.  UNITED KINGDOM health professionals will work more closely to end the cruel practice, and report to police, the parents and others who try to, or succeed in, having their girl children suffer FGM (female genital mutilation). Nov 09, 2013
Child sex scandal in two countries rocks church.  BRITAIN and AUSTRALIA: The Anglican Church in Australia and the Church of England in England did not report allegations that a clergyman abused boys in both countries.  May 10, 2013
Christian Brother abused schoolboys; Inquiry call.  1965-1970s or 80s.  PERTH (W. Australia): Bro. Daniel Virgil McMahon accused of sexually abusing schoolboys at prestigious Aquinas boarding school and at others.  Feb 16-17, 2013
DreamWorks, Participant Pick Up Church Sex Abuse Scandal Film (Exclusive).  UNITED STATES: The year-long work of the Boston Globe's 2002-03 "Spotlight Team" in exposing the culpability of the leaders of a major Church in covering-up and facilitating clergy child sex abuse.  ~ Apr 02, 2013
Imam arrested in Toronto for crimes in the US.  CANADA: Mohammad Masroor, originally from Bangladesh, cleared in Canadian court, but allegations of child abuse also from Michigan and Florida. Apr 02, 2013
Priest Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Possessing Pornographic Images of Children. PITTSBURGH (PA) (USA) - One of the thousands of images of children being sexually abused depicted a nude male child with a rope around his genitals and what appeared to be blood on his genitals.  Discovered Dec 9, 2011.  Published Jan 02, 2013
St. Paul dad pleads not guilty to pointing AK-47 at daughter for not getting A's.  MINNESOTA (U.S.A.) - Russian Orthodox clergyman, 52, allegedly pointed rapid-fire military assault rifle at daughter and wife. Updated: April 2, 2013
Welcome to the Royal Commission.  AUSTRALIA: Royal Commmission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, held its opening on Apr 02, 2013
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