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March 31, 2012 It is necessary to revise the moral of sexuality, says bishop Robinson UNITED STATES Vatican Insider The bishop emeritus of Sidney has declared this in Baltimore during a symposium of catholic homosexuals MARIA TERESA PONTARA PEDERIVA Rome It has been known for a while that the Church is often perceived as an agency that claims to teach people what they should or should not do, like an oasis of control inside a secular culture of "freedom". This is a misleading image that contains a series of prejudices that have to be dispelled, but where nobody can call themselves free of responsibilities. The idea that the path to holiness is not an simple passing of an exam of good conduct, but an increase in closeness to God and His freedom is not very widespread nowadays, not even among Catholics, who according to studies and polls in this regard - end up making their own independent decisions on matters of morality. In the subject matter of sexual morality, the gap is even more evident. In the United States, for example, the bishops and some catholics invoke religious freedom to oppose the health care reform that would provide coverage for contraception. At the same time, there are endless polls that suggest contraceptive use by more then 98% of women, independently of their religious convictions. It is also known that the recourse to freedom of conscience and personal freedom is one of the conciliar acquisitions more used in the matter of family pastoral matters, and that various moral theologians prefer expressing themselves with extreme caution. The complexity of current issues makes it more and more difficult, if not impossible, to draw a neat demarcation line anywhere in this matter, and there are a lot of little observations whispered by many and put in writing by a few. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

MIKE TYSON ACCORDING TO BERT SUGAR, MIZZOU’S BILL McCARTNEY, CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI TO ST. PATRICK’S ST. LOUIS (MO) Berger's Beat ...Two St. Louis prelates will reunited in Manhattan next week, according to well-connected Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo. Cardinal Tim Dolan, Palmo tweets, has invited Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to St. Patrick’s to preach on Holy Thursday. Given the scandal in Philly under Rigali, SNAP is upset with the move and accuse Dolan of “rubbing more salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of hundreds of church clergy sex abuse victims and thousands of betrayed Catholics.” The group is urging Dolan to replace Rigali with Winona Bishop John Quinn , who, earlier this month warned his flock about a notorious, defrocked serial predator priest, Thomas Adamson who moved back into the area recently (and who was the first child molesting cleric that current Archbishop Robert Carlson had to deal with years ago). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Priest returns to duties after complaint is stood down IRELAND Breaking News A Tipperary priest who had been asked to step aside from his duties two years ago while a complaint against him was investigated, is back on the altar this evening. Fr Tadgh Furlong is celebrating Mass in the parish of Cappawhite tonight after the complaint against him was stood down. The Advisory Board established by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has found that the complaint was not substantiated. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Lake George minister’s history of sexual abuse elsewhere follows him MINNESOTA Park Rapids Enterprise By: Sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise Three decades ago, a district judge suggested Darwin Schauer might be too self-righteous to appreciate the seriousness of his fall from grace. Schauer, then principal of a Lutheran elementary school in southern Minnesota, was entering a guilty plea in Nicollet County to having a lengthy sexual relationship with a teenager that started when the victim was in second grade. Schauer was angry, according to 1983 court transcripts, incensed that authorities had come into his home and hauled him off to jail in front of his family. He thought he’d been “stereotyped” as a sexual pervert. He verbally disagreed with the judge during his arraignment as to the charges he was facing. Today he is jailed in Hubbard County on 15 charges of criminal sexual conduct with another minor who came forward earlier this month. Bond has been set at $1 million unconditional and $750,000 on the conditions he surrenders his passport, remains law-abiding and stays away from children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Monsignor Lynn And The Duty To Prevent Child Abuse PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog This post by Max Kennerly is cross-posted on his Litigation and Trial blog. From the war on drugs to criminal copyright infringement, a number of commentators, legal scholars, politicians and even sitting judges have criticized the breadth of American criminal law, like the prevalence of non-violent or “victimless” crimes that don’t have a direct victim, and the Draconian mandatory penalties that are meted out, even where the judge and jury applying those laws think that less severe penalties would be appropriate. As a consequence of this “overcriminalization,” the United States has by far the highest incarceration rate in the world, so that, with only five percent of the world’s population, we nonetheless have twenty-five percent of its prisoners, most of them imprisoned for non-violent offenses, typically drug offenses. Historically, and continuing to the present, there have been two glaring exceptions to this expansion of criminality: abuse within the family (whether spousal abuse or child abuse) and criminal conduct by large institutions (like corporations, universities, or churches), both of which have generally gone unpunished, without prosecution, and without even investigation. Child abuse was not considered a crime until the 1870s, when Mary Connolly was prosecuted for “attacking her foster child with a pair of scissors and repeatedly beating her with a rawhide whip and cane.” (Quote from the Logan article discussed below.) She was convicted, and after that various “children’s guardian” boards were created. The prosecution of child abuse, however, remained rare until the 1960s, when new mandatory reporting laws were enacted that required healthcare professionals to report suspicions of child abuse to government authorities. Similarly, in the 1980s, public awareness of the sexual abuse of children increased dramatically, so that today child abuse prosecutions are no longer the rare, newsworthy events that they once were. Prosecutions of crimes that occur within the context of a large institution are even less common than prosecutions for spousal abuse or child abuse, and they even more rarely result in a conviction. Outside of a handful of prominent examples — like Bernie Madoff and Jeffrey Skilling — financial institution fraud prosecutions have fallen over the past 20 years, down to under 1,400 a year across the entire country. Many prosecutions of alleged crimes that occurred inside a corporation with the knowledge of other employees, like the prosecution of GlaxoSmithKline associate counsel Lauren Stevens, ended in failure, dismissed prior to a jury ruling. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Detective: Lynn Worried About Hierarchy, Not Victims PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano Detective James Dougherty is a silver-haired former Philadelphia police homicide investigator now assigned to the district attorney's Special Victims Unit. He's an expert on the archdiocese's "secret archive files" that detail the sins of pedophile priests. This week, prosecutors in the archdiocese sex abuse trial had Dougherty take jurors on a two-day excursion through 160 formerly classified documents regarding the 40-year career of one offender, Father Raymond O. Leneweaver. Father Leneweaver was identified in the 2005 grand jury report on archdiocese sex abuse as a "chronic abuser" of altar boys. The priest had special T-shirts printed up for his victims that identified them as "Philadelphia Rovers." The details in the grand jury report are sickening. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Pa. Trial Shows Church Abuse Allegations Strategy PHILADELPHIA (PA) NPR PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The long, typed letter fantasizes about a seventh-grader's body, and asks if the boy wants to try various sex acts. "You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade," the author wrote in a rare G-rated line. But the anonymous author was not a classmate at the boy's Catholic school in northeast Philadelphia. It was a parish priest. One with a cache of gay pornography and sadomasochistic videos in the rectory. Files show the letter-writing priest was sent to a church-run treatment center for priests, where staff concluded he did not have "a pathological interest in children or adults." Doctors racked the letter up to a single fantasy. And they believed him when he said he hadn't sent it — or acted out with children. "Cardinal Bevilacqua is granting him a health leave, and that should be the announcement to the (St. Anselm's) parish," reads a December 1995 memo, found in secret personnel files at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Pa. Trial Shows Church Abuse Allegations Strategy PHILADELPHIA (PA) ABC News By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press PHILADELPHIA March 31, 2012 (AP) The long, typed letter fantasizes about a seventh-grader's body, and asks if the boy wants to try various sex acts. "You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade," the author wrote in a rare G-rated line. But the anonymous author was not a classmate at the boy's Catholic school in northeast Philadelphia. It was a parish priest. One with a cache of gay pornography and sadomasochistic videos in the rectory. Files show the letter-writing priest was sent to a church-run treatment center for priests, where staff concluded he did not have "a pathological interest in children or adults." Doctors racked the letter up to a single fantasy. And they believed him when he said he hadn't sent it — or acted out with children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Update on Abuse Survivor’s Hunger Strike for Justice at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA MASSACHUSETTS Voice from the Desert kate Says: March 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm I tried to post this comment yesterday, but for some reason it did not appear. Here it is again, with an update at the end: All is well. This was planned for six months and medical/health people were part of the vetting and preparation. One reason this was done is there is little doubt the Jesuits and/or the Archdiocese of Boston will try to shut it down with a manufactured “psychiatric emergency”. In fact, the reason for the Hunger Strike for Justice is every other process the church and Jesuits use is broken down and futile. Years of time are wasted. When the medical/health people asked “Why a hunger strike?”, the answer was straightforward: “It takes much less than three years.” Tea is a great hunger deterrent and milk is a great hunger quencher. A few hours every day are brutal — not the whole day — and milk makes it better. That was the Day 3 and Day 4 surprise. Day 5 is tomorrow. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

“The Black and White Code of Silence Is Broken” PHILADELPHIA (PA) Voice from the Desert Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. March 30, 2012 One would hope the three Philadelphia Archdiocesan priests who testified on March 28, 2012 at the trial of Msgr. William Lynn and Fr. James Brennan voluntarily offered their services to the prosecution in the cause of truth and justice and were not forced under threat of sanction to describe the depravity of rectory and church life that permeates the Catholic clerical life. What they described in court was the clerical culture, a culture so depraved that shutting it down immediately should be reviewed by independent agencies. The porn, the stalking of high school boys, the abuse of children inside and outside of rectories and churches, the sadomasochistic and sexually stunted behavior of priests, the alcoholism and drug use; it was all testified to in open court. The black and white code of silence was shattered. The clerical culture was out in the open for the public to see. These stories were not unusual and sadly are the norm in most United States Catholic dioceses. Does anyone think for one minute that the Philadelphia clerical culture is any different than the culture of any diocesan clergy or religious order anywhere in the United States or the world, for that matter? Should prosecutors throughout the United Stated choose to convene grand juries to investigate the clerical culture in their regions, the same results would occur, and invariably more bishops and their henchmen would be prosecuted. I know because I existed (not lived) in that culture for nearly forty years. I had to seek voluntary laicization to get away from it. I no longer work in or for “that company.” In 1969, I was placed against my will into the honors’ English class of a serial religious brother pedophile. That so-called religious man abused boys in every school to which he was assigned. His best friend, another religious man, abused my first cousin. Both of us were groomed and then abused. I survived. My cousin killed himself at age 29. I was a Christian Brother at the time of my cousin’s death because I joined that religious order at eighteen years of age and left when I was forty-two, only to join another “sect” of the clerical culture, the priesthood. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

PERVERSION OF POWER WHEN MOURNING NEVER COMES UNITED STATES Voice from the Desert Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea, Ph.D. February 23, 2012 Voice of the Faithful of Southwest Florida Naples, Florida When I was a doctoral student at Adelphi University in the 1980s, Morris Eagle, a respected senior psychoanalyst gave an afternoon colloquium during which he was asked to reflect on what characterized a successful therapeutic journey. He responded that, after decades of practice, he could say that patients who “got better” were those who could and would mourn while those who could not or would not mourn tended to experience more limited growth over the course of a psychoanalysis. Now with almost as many years of practice experience as Morris had then, I can say that I agree with him wholeheartedly. While Eagle referred to psychological growth that afternoon, I propose that a failure to mourn impedes psychological, relational, social, political and spiritual growth. Further, I contend that the Catholic crisis of corrupted power, mis-defined as a sexual abuse crisis, has been marked by a colossal failure of mourning among too many within almost every Church constituency. This failure to mourn has influenced corrupt power plays among the hierarchy; manic attempts to restore the forever gone among some victims; denial, silence and empty platitudes among many priests; and studied naivete among a large portion of laity. So – in other words, I may offend everyone sitting here tonight! But, let me begin anyway…… Introduction to Mourning No one makes it from the cradle to the grave without confronting deep, even heartbreaking, disappointments, betrayals, and losses. There are life’s inevitable losses. From the pre-schooler who is rushed to the ER with a burst appendix and has to spend Halloween in the pediatric ward instead of trick or treating with his fellow goblins and ghouls; to the high school senior who gets only a one-page rejection from her first choice college; to the husband and father who comes back from lunch on Friday to find a pink slip announcing his part in the latest corporate downsizing; to the marathon running 50-something year old whose annual mammogram shows a nasty lump; to the ninety-year young senior widowed after 60 years of good enough marriage; we all are subject to assaults that shift the ground we once found firm and challenge much of what we thought we knew about life, people, ourselves and the Divine. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

RCMP renews polygamy investigation into Bountiful CANADA The Globe and Mail JAMES KELLER Vancouver— The Canadian Press Polygamous marriages in the religious commune of Bountiful, B.C. are once again under the scrutiny of the RCMP, following two decades of similar investigations that have so far failed to lead to a single conviction. The Mounties have investigated plural marriages in Bountiful since the early 1990s, but persistent questions about the constitutionality of the law and a successful legal challenge three years ago have meant only two people have ever been charged and no one has been convicted. The RCMP launched an investigation last year focusing on allegations that dozens of teen brides were spirited across the U.S. border to marry older men, but officers weren’t actively considering charges of polygamy because of an ongoing constitutional reference case examining the law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Argentinian rabbi arrested in Passaic on child porn charges NEW JERSEY The Star-Ledger By The Associated Press PASSAIC — Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a rabbi from Argentina on child pornography charges. Passaic County sheriff's detectives arrested 50-year-old Rabbi Gabriel Toledo at a kosher food distribution company in Moonachie on Thursday. The Record newspaper reports Sheriff Richard Berdnik issued a statement saying the rabbi was in possession of more than 1,000 images. Toledo does not lead a local congregation and is in the U.S. on a visa. He's been living in Passaic. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Rabbi arrested, roommate wanted on child porn charges in Passaic NEW JERSEY The Record Friday, March 30, 2012 BY MARLENE NAANES AND NICK CLUNN STAFF WRITERS The Record PASSAIC — A rabbi has been accused of possessing more than 1,000 pornographic images involving children following a four-month investigation that culminated in the search of the man’s home, authorities said Friday. Rabbi Gabriel Toledo, 50, was arrested Thursday at his home on Pennington Avenue. His 22-year-old roommate, who is also charged, had not been apprehended by police Friday and is considered a fugitive. The Passaic County Sheriff’s Office has charged both men with possession of child pornography. The roommate, Joseph Vasquez, also is charged with distribution of child pornography. Toledo has worked at Foremost RAM Caterers in Moonachie, assisting the company in making ensuring its food is glatt kosher, a strict standard for cooking and eating that is rooted in Jewish law. The rules define the kinds of food, particularly meat, that’s permitted to be eaten and how it should be prepared. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Church Calendar: 3-31 TOLEDO (OH) Toledo Blade "Is the Vatican Accountable Under International Law?" Discussion on the complaint to the International Criminal Court on the Vatican and clerical sexual abuse, 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, University of Toledo Law Center Auditorium. Free. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen im Bistum Trier DEUTSCHLAND netzwerkB Offener Brief an den Bischof von Trier, Dr. Stephan Ackermann Vertuschung von Missbrauchsfällen im Bistum Trier ,Niemals tut der Mensch das Böse so vollkommen und fröhlich, als wenn er es aus religiöser Überzeugung tut.‘ (Blaise Pascal) Sehr geehrter Herr Bischof, gemäß uns vorliegender Dokumente haben sich in der zu ihrem Bistum gehörenden saarländischen Pfarrei Herz Jesu, Püttlingen-Köllerbach zahlreiche Missbrauchsfälle ereignet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Commissie Deetman: castratie los van misbruik RKK NEDERLAND NRC Handelsblad door Joep Dohmen De commissie-Deetman vindt dat haar rapport over misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk “berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen die de betrouwbaarheid ervan staven”. Dat schrijft de commissie in een notitie aan de opdrachtgevers van hun onderzoek, de kerkbestuurders. De commissie reageert op publicaties in NRC Handelsblad. De krant berichtte eerder deze maand dat een melding aan de commissie, over de castratie van een minderjarige jongen na zijn aangifte van seksueel misbruik in internaat Harreveld, niet diepgaand was onderzocht en niet in het rapport van de commissie kwam. Volgens de commissie toonden de melding over de castratie en de gegevens die de commissie had, geen “verband aan tussen het seksuele misbruik van een aantal minderjarigen, de aangifte en de castratie”. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Deetman: geen informatie verzwegen NEDERLAND Omroep Gelderland DEN HAAG - De commissie-Deetman heeft geen informatie achtergehouden in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Katholieke kerk, zegt de commissie. "Het onderzoek over het misbruik berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen," dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. Aanleiding voor de brief zijn de berichten over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

FLDS Leader Given Maximum Sentence by Texas Jury on Bigamy Counts TEXAS KCSG by Matthew Waller Published - 03/30/12 (Midland, TX) - A Midland jury has sentenced Wendell Loy Nielsen, a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and close associate of its imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs, to the maximum 10 years and $10,000 fine on each of three counts of felony bigamy. The jury had found the former leader of the sect guity of marrying three women in bigamy on Wednesday. The penalty phase of the trial end Friday with the maximum allowed under Texas law. The defense said the FLDS practice of multiple "spiritual" or "celestial" marriages and argued that those marriages didn't count as marriages under the bigamy laws because they were not intended to be legal marriages. The jurors didn't agree, and after deliberating for about 45 minutes Tuesday night and 45 minutes Wednesday morning, they found Nielsen guilty on all counts. Nielsen was charged with marrying three women in 2006 when they were 43, 58 and 65, marrying two on the same day. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Male survivors of child sexual abuse subject of film at WMU MICHIGAN WMUK [with audio and video] By: Andy Robins Kalamazoo, MI March 30, 2012 WMUK The federal government says about one in every six boys in this country will be sexually abused by the time they are 16. Two events at Western Michigan University this month will help male sexual abuse survivors come to terms with their trauma. And organizers say they hope the wider community will learn about the issue. Western is one of several colleges and universities around the country showing the new film Boys and Men Healing. The documentary by Kathy Barbini and Simon Weinberg tells the stories of three men who sexually abused as children. [Tony Rogers] “While he was raping me, I felt like I left my body because I thought I was going to die. So, I wasn’t present there. And actually I had agreed to die at that point.” That’s Tony Rogers, who’s now a teacher, from a YouTube trailer for film. Also featured are David Lisak, a therapist who calls on his own experience to counsel other male survivors, and Mark Crawford, an advocate for changes in laws on child sexual abuse. [Tony Rogers] ‘I just experienced many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. And I thought it was uniquely me.” [David Lisak] “Boys are sexually abused in vast numbers and vastly more frequently than as a society we are recognizing.” [Mark Crawford] “I was absolutely amazed that it, in fact, it was so common among sexual abuse survivors of feeling alone, or feeling it was only you.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

When the Archbishop Met the President UNITED STATES The Wall Street Journal By JAMES TARANTO New York The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. "I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me," says the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. But when Archbishop Dolan tells me his account of their discussions of the ObamaCare birth-control mandate, Barack Obama sounds imperious and deceitful to me. ... The "flash point," the archbishop says, was "Humanae Vitae," Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reasserting the church's teachings on sex, marriage and reproduction, including its opposition to artificial contraception. It "brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the church, that I think most of us—and I'm using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself—kind of subconsciously said, 'Whoa. We'd better never talk about that, because it's just too hot to handle.' We forfeited the chance to be a coherent moral voice when it comes to one of the more burning issues of the day." Without my having raised the subject, he adds that the church's sex-abuse scandal "intensified our laryngitis over speaking about issues of chastity and sexual morality, because we almost thought, 'I'll blush if I do. . . . After what some priests and some bishops, albeit a tiny minority, have done, how will I have any credibility in speaking on that?'" Yet the archbishop says he sees a hunger, especially among young adults, for a more authoritative church voice on sexuality. "They will be quick to say, 'By the way, we want you to know that we might not be able to obey it. . . . But we want to hear it. And in justice, you as our pastors need to tell us, and you need to challenge us.'" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Former Nun’s autobiography to expose Catholic Church’s crisis in Kerala INDIA The Times of India P Sudhakaran, TNN | Mar 31, 2012 KANNUR: Young nuns leaving the order unable to cope with the rigors of convent life is nothing unusual in Kerala. But in recent times, some of them have not just left the order to return to secular life, but have talked about the sexual frustrations that go behind the closed doors. Sister Mary Chandy (67), a former nun with Catholic Church's Presentation Convent in Kerala, had quit the order 12 years ago when a priest tried to rape her. Or, that's her side of the story. Now she is writing her autobiography -- Swasthi. To be published by Kairali Books in Kannur, Mary wants to expose the debauchery she witnessed in the convents during her stint as a nun through her book. More than a decade after stepping out of the convent at Perumpunna in Peravoor (Kannur district), Mary continues to live an austere life in a rented house-cum-orphanage (Santhisadan Charitable Society) with 17 orphan children in Pulpally, Wayanad. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Clerical abuse survivors asked: Has the Church supported you? IRELAND The Journal A SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT group is asking survivors of clerical abuse in Ireland to take part in a research project to discover the extent of the assistance offered to them by the Catholic Church. The appeal has come in the wake of the recent Vatican Apostolic Visitation. The Visitation, a group of high-ranking officials from the Vatican which came here in November 2010, was led by Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Their mission was to inspect the country’s four archdioceses and seminaries in Maynooth, Milltown, Belfast and the Pontifical College in Rome, along with other religious institutes, to see how child protection guidelines were being understood, implemented and operating. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Monsignor at Roslindale's Sacred Heart ... MASSACHUSETTS Wicked Local West Roxbury Monsignor at Roslindale's Sacred Heart apologizes after soliciting donations for accused priest By Todd Feathers/Wicked Local correspondent GateHouse News Service Posted Mar 30, 2012 Roslindale — The Archdiocese of Boston and the Rev. Msgr. Francis H. Kelley, pastor of Roslindale’s Parish of the Sacred Heart, issued quick apologies Thursday, March 29, after victims advocacy groups protested the use of parish resources to solicit donations for the legal defense of a priest accused of sexually abusing children. Representatives from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and BishopAccountability.org held a press conference outside Sacred Heart at 169 Cummins Highway on Thursday, and passed out copies of the parish’s March 17 news bulletin, containing directions for how to donate to the defense fund for the Rev. John Mendicoa. Last August, Mendicoa was accused of sexually abusing children in the 1980s and was suspended by the Archdiocese which notified local authorities. His case is still in process, according to the Archdiocese website. “I wish to express my apology to all impacted by this action,” wrote Kelley in a statement. “I now recognize that this announcement was not an appropriate use of the parish bulletin. I offer my personal assurance that such announcements will not be permitted going forward.” Anne Barrett-Doyle, of BishopAccountability.org, said a concerned parishioner notified her organization of the bulletin. She worried that a statement of support in a parish publication would make it harder for potential victims to come forward. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

March 30, 2012 Cleveland parishes file motions in Rome demanding their churches reopen CLEVELAND (OH) National Catholic Reporter by Brian Roewe on Mar. 30, 2012 NCR Today This post has been updated to include today’s action by the appealing parishes. Responding to their bishop’s delayed response, three Cleveland parishes have filed motions in Rome requesting the Congregation of the Clergy “order” the immediate restoration of their parishes and reopening of their churches. The three are among the 13 parishes who successfully appealed to the congregation Bishop Richard G. Lennon’s decision to suppress their parishes and close their churches. The motions, filed this morning to a congregation official by a canon advocate, read, "The approach of Holy Week creates expectations and apprehensions among the faithful who fear experiencing another Easter far from the parish to which they legitimately belong. "And while it is understandable and agreed that His Excellency the Bishop should have time to consider the decision regarding his procedural stance, it must be also clear that the decree has immediate effect, restoring the status quo ante." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Notification of Upcoming Safeguarding Review For The Irish Spiritan Province IRELAND The Spiritans (AN AUDIT OF THE REALITY OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY SPIRITAN MEMBERS AND CURRENT SAFEGUARDING PRACTICE) Following the Ferns, Dublin and Cloyne reports the Irish State and public have sought complete disclosure on the part of all the dioceses and institutions of the Catholic Church inIreland as to the reality of the sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy, religious or church workers. Catholic dioceses, religious congregations and institutions have responded positively to this desire of the State and public, believing that until a complete picture is known of past and present abuse, within the Church, there can be no possibility of authentic accountability or renewal for the future. An independent and objective audit is of primary importance for the State and Irish public. In the three reports mentioned above, the State undertook the investigation and was responsible for the published audit. The State, at this time, recognises the competency and independence of the NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland) and entrusts to it the task of completing the audits of remaining dioceses, religious congregations and other Catholic institutions. In November 2011 the first audits by the NBSCCCI were completed for the Dioceses of Ardagh and Clonmacnois,Derry, Dromore, Kilmore, Raphoe and Tuam. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Spiritans religious order to be audited on sex abuse IRELAND The Irish Times PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent THE IRISH province of the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) congregation will be the first Catholic male religious order internationally to undergo an audit to establish “the reality of the sexual abuse of children and minors by clergy, religious or church workers”. The audit, at the Spiritans’ own request, was announced on its website ( spiritans.ie) yesterday and will be conducted by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding of Children. It will take place in May. The Spiritans manage some of the best-known schools in Dublin, at Willow Park, Blackrock College, St Michael’s College, St Mary’s College, Templeogue College and Rockwell College in Co Tipperary. The congregation said it believed “only a public audit of the reality of abuse committed by Spiritans can free the congregation to carry out its mission of service among God’s people. That mission includes the congregation’s outreach to those who were abused.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Archbishop Chaput Will Have None of Your Lukewarm Catholicism PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Philly Post Richard Rys In a recent story about Tuesday’s release of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s e-book, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it an “elamentation.” It’s really a challenge to today’s Catholics who, Chaput says, share the blame for the moral and spiritual weakness of our country. “We … helped shape it with our eagerness to fit in,” Chaput writes, “our distractions and overconfidence, and our own lukewarm faith.” And while Philadelphia’s top priest never mentions any candidates by name, he makes reference to the importance of this election year. Chaput isn’t just calling out his congregation; he’s issuing a political and societal call to arms. Consider his choice of quote from Father John Courtney Murray, a Jesuit theologian who wrote this in 1940: “In view of the fact that American culture is built on the negation of all that Christianity stands for, it would seem that our first step toward the construction of a Christian culture should be the destruction of the existing one. In the presence of Frankenstein, one does not reach for baptismal water, but for a bludgeon.” That’s some tough talk, and in the course of Chaput’s compact essay, he smartly and eloquently states his case for what he sees as a growing sense of religious intolerance in this country, stoked by an ill-informed and biased media and a populace that’s turned its collective back on faith. He writes of “the inhuman parody we call ‘modern American culture’” and “sexual minorities [who] now routinely use the state’s power and friendly mass media to break down traditional definitions of marriage and family.” Chaput wistfully remembers the good old days, “when the word gay had more connection to joy than sexual identity.” ... Chaput, the church and its lobbyists want to shape this country to fit their morality. The oppressed—if you believe that’s what Catholics in America have become—intend to be the oppressors. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has orchestrated a cover-up of child sexual abuse that spans the globe and reaches all the way up to the Pope himself. As we hear the horror stories in our own back yard, like those of disgraced Archbishop Ryan principal Charles Newman, and read grim daily testimony from the trial of Msgr. William Lynn and Rev. James Brennan, it seems an awfully curious time to declare the way the rest of us live to be “inhuman.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Deetman hield geen informatie achter NEDERLAND Omroep Gelderland DEN HAAG - De commissie Deetman heeft geen informatie achtergehouden in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Katholieke kerk. "Het onderzoek over het misbruik berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen," dat schrijft de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. Aanleiding voor de brief zijn de berichten over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Deetman verwerpt kritiek op misbruikrapport NEDERLAND Reformatorisch Dagblad DEN HAAG (ANP) – Het onderzoek over misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen. Dat schreef de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. De volledigheid van het rapport, dat in december verscheen, werd de afgelopen tijd in twijfel getrokken. Volgens NRC Handelsblad ontbreekt in het rapport informatie over castraties in de jaren ’50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld en de bemoeienis van Vic Marijnen, in de jaren ’50 bestuursvoorzitter van Harreveld en later minister-president. De commissie verwierp die kritiek vrijdag en stelt dat de informatie in de artikelen niet berust op feiten. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Deetman eist rectificatie van NRC NEDERLAND Trouw NRC Handelsblad moet haar berichtgeving rectificeren over een kwalijke rol die KVP-er Marijnen zou hebben gespeeld in de zaak van seksueel misbruik in het jongensinternaat Harreveld, schrijft Wim Deetman in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. In deze notitie weerspreken commissievoorzitter Wim Deetman en secretaris Bert Kreemers dat zij belastende feiten achtergehouden hebben in hun eindrapport over misbruik in de rk kerk. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Deetman verwerpt kritiek op misbruikrapport NEDERLAND Nu DEN HAAG - Het onderzoek over misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk berust op feiten en zorgvuldige afwegingen. Dat schreef de commissie-Deetman vrijdag in een notitie aan de Tweede Kamer. De volledigheid van het rapport, dat in december verscheen, werd de afgelopen tijd in twijfel getrokken. Volgens NRC Handelsblad ontbreekt in het rapport informatie over castraties in de jaren '50 in het jongensinternaat Harreveld en de bemoeienis van Vic Marijnen, in de jaren '50 bestuursvoorzitter van Harreveld en later minister-president. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Donor group saw expansion under retiring longtime leader UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter Mar. 28, 2012 By Jerry Filteau WASHINGTON -- Francis J. Butler -- who usually worked quietly behind the scenes but may have been as influential as almost any other layperson in the U.S. Catholic church over the past 40 years -- retired Feb. 3 after 32 years as president of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. During his tenure, FADICA and its member foundations and donors have played key roles in some of the most fruitful Catholic initiatives of recent decades in the United States and abroad. Just a short list of FADICA initiatives that have borne fruit under his guidance would include: •A substantial role in creating the bishops’ Religious Retirement Office, leading to their biggest annual national collection ever, the collection for retired religious. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Deetman: geen twijfel over rapport NEDERLAND NOS De commissie-Deetman bestrijdt dat er opzettelijk informatie over castratie in de jaren 50 uit het eindrapport is weggelaten. Datzelfde geldt volgens de commissie voor de rol die oud-premier Marijnen (KVP) zou hebben gespeeld bij een gratieverzoek voor een broeder die voor ontucht was veroordeeld. Dat blijkt uit een notitie die de commissie naar de Tweede Kamer heeft gestuurd. Volgens de commissie blijkt uit de informatie die zij tot haar beschikking heeft niet dat er een verband is tussen de castratie van een minderjarige jongen en eerder seksueel misbruik. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Disgraced Catholic official to preach in NYC; SNAP responds NEW YORK Voice from the Desert Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected]) Noted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo (of “Whispers in the Loggia”) reports that Cardinal Tim Dolan is bringing disgraced Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to preach next Thursday. Like he did last year with a New York teenager, Cardinal Dolan is callously and needlessly rubbing even more salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of hundreds of clergy sex abuse Tens of thousands of Catholic clerics could preach in St. Pat’s next week. Almost any of them would be less upsetting and hurtful than Rigali. Nine years after bishops promised to “reform,” Rigali, under pressure, was forced to suspend 21 accused Philly priests on one day in March of 2011. These suspensions took place exactly one month after Rigali wrote his flock assuring them that there were no credibly-accused priests remaining within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In 2005, Rigali kept silent as his lawyer blasted prosecutors as “anti-Catholic” in the wake of a second scathing report about widespread clergy sex crimes and cover ups in his archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Online Sexual Predators Only Need Eight Minutes UNITED STATES Child Protection News Written on March 30, 2012 by Patrick Noaker 8 minutes. Researchers discover sexual predators “groom” children for sex online in just 8 minutes. In an article in the Irish Independent newspaper, researchers at Middlesex University in London revealed that online predators appear to be much more aggressive in the way that they approach children in cyberspace. The study found that online sexual predators “cut to the chase” and turn online chat conversations with children to sexual topics within 3 minutes of meeting the child. In addition, the study showed that a bond was formed between the child and the predator just 5 minutes later, often leading to a sexual exchange of information, sexual photographs and even online sexual activity. This information is significant because previous beliefs that there was a period of grooming by sexual predators may be inaccurate in an online setting. Historically, sexual predators engaged in a period of trust-building with a child victim where the predator would have secrets with the child, give gifts or build an emotional bond with the child. Knowing this, parents took some comfort in believing that their supervision would lead to discovery and termination of any inappropriate relationship involving their child before the relationship turned sexual. It appears that this grooming grace period simply does not exist online. This leaves parents without time to intercept predators before they can exploit our kids. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

7 reasons Catholics leave church (in Trenton, #1 is sex abuse crisis) UNITED STATES CNN By Dan Merica, CNN Washington (CNN) – Even though Roman Catholics are the second-largest religious group in the United States, the tradition has seen an exodus of members in recent decades. One in ten Americans is an ex-Catholic. If ex-Catholics were counted as their own religious group, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists, according to the National Catholic Reporter. If it weren’t for the infusion of Catholic immigrants, especially from Latin American, the American Catholic Church would be shrinking pretty fast. A recent study by two college professor tries to get at a simple question: Why are they leaving? Conducted William J. Byron, a professor of business at St. Joseph’s University and Charles Zech, founder of the Center for the Study of Church Management of Villanova’s School of Business, the anecdotal study conducted in late fall of 2011 processes the opinions of 300 non-churchgoing Catholics in Trenton, New Jersey. ... 1. The sex abuse crisis Byron and Zech asked ex-Catholics to cite their main reason for leaving: “If you could communicate directly with the bishop, what would you say?” The most common answer: the church’s inadequate response to clergy sex abuse. “The bishop’s refusal to list pedophile priests on the diocesan Web site and his non-support of the effort to lift the statute of limitations for bringing sexual abuses cases forward in the courts” did it for me, one man said, according to the report. Several respondents said they had been victims of sexual abuse by church leadership. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Parents in shock as priest displays gay porn images IRELAND The Herald By Clodagh Sheehy Friday March 30 2012 A PRIEST has denied knowing how gay porn images appeared on a screen during a presentation he was giving to parents of children preparing for First Communion. Fr Martin McVeigh was setting up the PowerPoint display when the explicit sex scenes flashed up on the screen. He was about to give a talk to the parents of First Communicants but abandoned the presentation after the pornographic images appeared. One of those present said the pictures appeared on the screen after the priest put a USB memory stick into the computer at St Mary's School in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Offener Brief an Bischof Dr. Ackermann und an alle deutschen Kardinäle, Erzbischöfe und Bischöfe DEUTSCHLAND Wir Sind Kirche München, 30. März 2012 Sehr geehrter Herr Bischof Dr. Ackermann, sehr geehrte Herren Kardinäle, Erzbischöfe und Bischöfe, die KirchenVolksBewegung Wir sind Kirche wendet sich wegen der Vorkommnisse im Bistum Trier in einem Offenen Brief an Sie. Wie den Medien zu entnehmen ist und vom Bistum Trier bestätigt wurde, sind derzeit sieben ehemalige Täter sexualisierter Gewalt im Bistum Trier im priesterlichen Dienst und in der Seelsorge eingesetzt. Dies halten wir für kein vorbildhaftes Zeichen für eine Umkehr und einen wirklichen Neuanfang im Umgang mit sexualisierter Gewalt in der Kirche. Die Erklärung des Bistums, dass Sie, Herr Bischof Dr. Ackermann – der Sie seit Februar 2010 auch „Missbrauchsbeauftragter“ der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) sind – nicht gegen die geltenden Leitlinien der DBK verstoßen hätten, mag formal richtig sein, überzeugend ist sie keinesfalls. Um die Glaubwürdigkeit der Kirchenleitung in Deutschland wiederherzustellen, bedarf es mehr als nur Lippenbekenntnisse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Überblick über die Missbrauchsfälle in Diözesen und Orden - soweit sie von der Kirche oder der Presse öffentlich gemacht wurden DEUTSCHLAND Wir Sind Kirche Die Aufstellung ist nicht vollständig. Mit Fehlern muss gerechnet werden, weil nicht immer klar ist, ob sich hinter dem Fall-Begriff jeweils (mindestens) ein Opfer verbirgt. Wenn die Täterzahl genannt wurde, nicht jedoch die Anzahl der Opfer, bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass jeder Täter ein Opfer hatte. In Bistümern und Orden wird von ca 1009 Tätern und auch Täterinnen und mehr als 2273 Opfern berichtet. Dem Überblick ist die Schwere eines Missbrauchs nicht zu entnehmen. Es muss unterstellt werden, dass eine erhebliche Zahl von Menschen, die im kirchlichen Kontext Opfer wurden, sich bei der Kirche nicht gemeldet haben, weil sie kein Vertrauen in deren Aufklärung haben. (Herrn H. herzlichen Dank für die Fülle an Hinweisen! Stand: 15.1.2012) Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Los Gatos Priest Beating Case Trial Now on Schedule For May CALIFORNIA Patch By Sheila Sanchez The trial for a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May of 2010 is on schedule now after the parties involved agreed to proceed during a hearing Thursday. Pretrial motions are set for 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Gemetti. Jury selection will begin on May 14 and the presentation of the evidence is expected to start on or around May 29 before presiding Superior Court Judge David Cena. "I don't want to say the trial will start for sure because I've said that before, but the whole point of the conference today (Thursday) was to confirm everybody's availability," Gemetti said. "There may be some minor changes on how things go, but [the trial] will happen around that time frame." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Benedict's gentle debunk of clericalism UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter by John L Allen Jr on Mar. 30, 2012 All Things Catholic Pope Benedict XVI's diplomatic high-wire act in Havana, pressing the case for religious freedom but avoiding direct clash with the Castro regime, was the main news flash out of his March 23-28 trip to Mexico and Cuba. Yet there was another leitmotif to the outing, more subtle but arguably more decisive for the church across Latin America. Not to put too fine a point on it, the pope offered a gentle, yet unmistakable, debunking of clericalism. His focus seemed to be the gradual reshaping of ecclesial culture, not sexy short-term headlines, which puts it squarely into Benedict's wheelhouse. Catholicism in Latin America is wildly diverse, from the emotional popular Catholicism of various Marian devotions to the "base communities" that were the backbone of liberation theology. One important current, however, has long been a remarkably strong form of clericalism, perhaps the inevitable result of the faith being effectively a monopoly until quite recently. Typical expressions of this clericalism include: •Clergy see themselves as political powerbrokers, playing a direct role in affairs of state. •The church projects an image of power and privilege, with its preferred spiritual imagery emphasizing God as a cosmic monarch. •The role of the laity is conceived in largely passive terms -- "pay, pray and obey." •Little premium is placed on evangelization or faith formation, with pastoral care understood largely in terms of administering the sacraments. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Anger after film festival rejects sex-abuse documentary UNITED STATES New Jersey Jewish Standard Ben Harris • Film Published: 30 March 2012 Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and “Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt’s documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.” Rosenfelt sent a scathing e-mail last week to the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival after learning that she had warned colleagues at other film festivals about “Standing Silent.” The film, which features interviews with several victims of sexual abuse by Baltimore-area Orthodox rabbis, was featured at the Teaneck Film Festival held late last year. It is slated to be screened at several Jewish film festivals across the United States. It also was the subject of a lengthy feature article in The Washington Post. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

22News inFocus: The Catholic Church MASSACHUSETTS WWLP Jessica Stanley CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and this is an important time of year for many Christians across the country and right here in Western Massachusetts. So this week on 22News inFocus we're going to be talking about the status of the Catholic Church here in the Pioneer Valley. The Church has faced many challenges over the years, the clergy sex abuse scandal, declining membership, a rough economy, and recent church closures that devastated many local parishioners. We'll discuss these issues, and talk about what the Church is doing to try and turn things around. We invited the bishop to attend and answer our questions, but he declined our invitation. Instead, we'll speak with a Church historian and the Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) program in Western Massachusetts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Del. priest who stole from parishioner sentenced WILMINGTON (DE) Wausau Daily Herald WILMINGTON, Del. (WTW) — A Roman Catholic priest in Delaware has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than $300,000 from a parishioner. The Rev. Michael Angeloni also was ordered Friday to pay $305,425 in restitution to the 86-year-old victim. Angeloni faced up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty last year to one count of theft of more than $100,000. Prosecutors say Angeloni stole the money from a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Child, where he previously served as assistant pastor. The investigation began last year after the attorney general's office received a report from Wilmington Trust of suspicious financial activity on the victim's account. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Release of sex abuse depositions and records would not identify victims WISCONSIN SNAP Wisconsin Archbishop Listecki’s deceptive statement that victims names would somehow be made public is a “false alarm” that will intimidate victims and mislead Catholics Statement by John Pilmaier, SNAP Wisconsin Director CONTACT: 414.336.8575 Archbishop Listecki, in an interview on WITI channel 6 yesterday, misleadingly stated that the unsealing of abuse depositions and documents of church officials in Federal bankruptcy court– a request being made in a motion filed by over 300 victim/survivors and to be argued in court next Thursday–would somehow result in the identities of victims being made public, presumably by Judge Kelley in a court order. That, Listecki says, is why the Archdiocese will oppose the motion. This statement by Listecki is absolutely false. Archdiocesan spokespersons, when opposing court release of documents in the past, have made these deceptive public inferences, but the Archbishop himself has never crossed the line and personally repeated them. Until now. The motion filed in court by victim/survivors could not be any clearer. It states: “The motion seeks to have all information regarding survivors’ identities redacted and all information regarding alleged abusers who have not yet been publically identified redacted as well.” This motion was filed publically so it is available to anyone. One would guess that Listecki, who is a lawyer, and the 28 lawyers he has hired for the bankruptcy, have read it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

QUARRY v. DOE 1 CALIFORNIA Leagle TERRY QUARRY et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. DOE I, Defendant and Respondent. No. S171382. Supreme Court of California. Filed March 29, 2012. Zalkin & Zimmer, The Zalkin Law Firm, Irwin M. Zalkin, Michael H. Zimmer, Devin M. Storey and Michael J. Kinslow for Plaintiffs and Appellants. Jeff Anderson & Associates, Michael Finnegan and Sarah Odegaard for The National Association for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants. Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney (Alameda); Furtado, Jaspovice & Simons, Bill Lockyer and Richard J. Simons as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants. Reed Smith, Margaret M. Grignon; Foley & Lardner, Stephen A. McFeely, Tami S. Smason, Courtney R. Henning, Leila Nourani and Michael B. McCollum for Defendant and Respondent. Lombardi, Loper & Conant, Peter O. Glaessner and Lori A. Sebransky for The Ordinary Mutual as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, Daniel H. Bromberg; Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, James C. Geoly and Nora Flaherty Couri for The Order of Carmelites, Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, The Order of the Friar Servants of Mary, USA Province and The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman, J. Michael Hennigan and Lee W. Potts for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. Sweeney & Greene, James F. Sweeney, Stephen J. Greene, Jr., and Laura Borden Riddell Jr. for California Association of Private School Organizations as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold and Nicholas W. Heldt for Boy Scouts of America and Masonic Homes of California, Inc., as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. Neumiller & Beardslee, Paul N. Balestracci, Lisa Blanco Jimenez; McNamara Law Firm and Gary A. Watt for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent. --------------CANTIL-SAKAUYE, C. J. Plaintiffs brought an action against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland, alleging that defendant bore responsibility for sexual abuse committed during the 1970's by a priest then assigned to the Oakland diocese. Plaintiffs allege that in 2006 they discovered for the first time that the cause of their adult psychological injuries was the sexual abuse inflicted by this priest when they were children. It is our task to determine whether their claims are timely within the limitations period established by Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1.1 Section 340.1 governs the period within which a plaintiff must bring a tort claim based upon childhood sexual abuse. The statute must be understood in an historical context. Over the years, the limitations period for claims alleging sexual abuse against children continually was expanded as to actions that were brought against those persons who were the direct perpetrators of the sexual abuse. Moreover, in 1990 the Legislature elected to specify that such causes of action against direct perpetrators could be brought within eight years of majority or within three years of the time the plaintiff discovered that psychological injury was caused by childhood abuse. It was only in 1998, however, that the statute was amended to include third party defendants within its purview, and as to such defendants the Legislature elected not to embrace the open-ended discovery provision past the plaintiff's 26th birthday. On the contrary, drawing a clear distinction between direct perpetrators and third party defendants, in 1998 the Legislature provided that claims against third party defendants must be brought prior to the plaintiff's 26th birthday. The claims of plaintiffs in the present case clearly were lapsed by 1998, because by that date plaintiffs all had passed their 26th birthdays. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Rep. Gene O’Flaherty MASSACHUSETTS Chelsea Record By Record Staff News that our representative Gene O’Flaherty may be stepping down from his chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee caught many by surprise. After all, O’Flaherty tends to be a steady Eddy, so to speak. But when his feathers are ruffled as they were last week by a Boston Globe columnist, he threw a bit of a fit and why not? He was made out to be in the eyes of the public an unfeeling, Roman Catholic with no interest in seeing justice done for those abused by priests. Obviously, this is not the case but when it is made to appear that way in a Boston Globe column written by a widely read columnist, such an assertion is hard to dodge or to talk your way out of. The issue discussed by the Globe columnist concerned the present statute of limitations discussion going on in the House of Representatives, where 100 of O’Flaherty’s colleagues are considering a bill which would end the statute of limitations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Catholic Church Abuses Sex Abuse Victims UNITED STATES The Revealer 13 March 2012 It’s been more than a decade since the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal rocked Boston. In that time, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has provided national support to victims of abuse. But recently SNAP is finding that the Church’s new approach to managing national lawsuits is not apology and reparation but counter-attack. Seeking to prove that SNAP is not a “rape crisis center” the Church is subpoenaing to access confidential communication between SNAP and victims, thus exposing victims to public scrutiny. From Laurie Goodstein’s fantastic New York Times article today, “Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group”–which includes perhaps one of the most telling statements*, from William Donahue, on the Church’s impatience with these cases: The network and its allies say the legal action is part of a campaign by the church to cripple an organization that has been the most visible defender of victims, and a relentless adversary, for more than two decades. “If there is one group that the higher-ups, the bishops, would like to see silenced,” said Marci A. Hamilton, a law professor at Yeshiva University and an advocate for victims of clergy sex crimes, “it definitely would be SNAP. And that’s what they’re going after. They’re trying to find a way to silence SNAP.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

SNAP WI letter to Archbishop ... WISCONSIN SNAP Wisconsin SNAP WI letter to Archbishop Listecki on unsealing Weakland, Sklba depositions; Mass of Atonement To: Archbishop Jerome Listecki From: Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director Re: Mass of Atonement and motion to release court depositions of Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Bishop Richard Sklba This letter is sent as an expression of our desire for justice. It is a desire we victims of childhood sexual violence by clergy share, with Christ, who also suffered the fate of so many nameless and forgotten children. In our own archdiocese, according to attorneys representing 350 of the 570 victim claimants in Federal Bankruptcy Court, at least 8,000 individual acts of child sex abuse have occurred in the archdiocese committed by 100 alleged offenders not included on the church’s “official” 2004 list of 43 priests with credible reports of child sex abuse. So, it is fitting that we join with you today, at least those of us who still consider ourselves Catholic, in a shared prayer for justice and, specifically, to support and encourage you on the difficult and liberating path of atonement, repentance, and conversion from the sins of sexual abuse by clergy and the cover up of those crimes by church officials. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

The Signals Switch UNITED STATES National Survivor Advocates Coalition Editorial Pope Benedict XVI visited Mexico and Cuba between March 23 and March 29 and like the Cardinal Archbishop of New York he seems to have a new strategy towards sexual abuse victims, too. Beginning with his trip to the United States in 2008, the pontiff has been meeting with survivors of sexual abuse by clergy during his international travels. But no meetings with survivors were on the agenda for the Mexico or Cuba visits. The Vatican’s spokesman said no bishops requested meetings with survivors and therefore none were placed on the schedule. Huh? Mexico, let’s remember, is the land of the alpha and omega of Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legionnaires of Christ. Maciel was born in Mexico and is buried there – a far place and a far cry from the Roman stage where he held forth with great panoply and power backed by Pope John Paul II. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Lawsuit alleges Crosier priest accused of molesting student in 1980s CALIFORNIA The Salinas Californian Written by SUNITA VIJAYAN Palma High was among those named in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday by a man claiming he was molested by a Crosier priest while he attended the Salinas school. The lawsuit filed by St. Paul, Minn.-based law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates on behalf of Christopher Spedden, the former Palma High School student, accuses ex-teacher, the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, of sexually abusing him at the age of 13 during a ski trip in the 1980s at a resort near Bend, Ore. Also named in the lawsuit filed in Minnesota are Funcheon, now 73, and his religious order, the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross, which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Castrés pour les punir de leur homosexualité ! PAYS BAS myeurop Par Marco Bertolini (Amsterdam) Des prêtres catholiques néerlandais ont ordonné la castration de jeunes hommes mineurs pour les punir de leur homosexualité. C'était dans les années 50, mais l'affaire éclate aujourd'hui aux Pays-Bas. Les affaires de pédophilie au sein de l’église catholique ont suscité un énorme scandale dans divers pays d’Europe, et les Pays-Bas n’ont pas été en reste. Comme en Belgique, une "Commission d’enquête sur les abus sexuels de mineurs dans l’église catholique romaine" a été créée, la Commission Deetman, du nom de son président. Mais, au-delà des récits d’attouchements et de viols répétés, c’est une révélation plus effarante encore qui vient d’être faite au quotidien néerlandais NRC Handelblad: un jeune homme mineur, Henk Heithuis, a été castré en raison de "son comportement homosexuel" après avoir déposé plainte contre les prêtres de l’orphelinat dans lequel il était placé. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Beasley Firm Sponsors Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog By Ralph Cipriano PHILADELPHIA (PA) Digital Journal Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012 The Beasley Firm is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog by Ralph Cipriano, author of Jim Beasley, Sr.'s, biography Courtroom Cowboy. Beginning March 26, 2012 in the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, the trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn marks the first time a Catholic Archdiocese official has been criminally prosecuted on charges of child endangerment and conspiracy. Lynn, a senior official of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, stands accused of attempting to protect the church by covering up years of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. The prosecution has drawn international media attention, and the trial is expected to take several weeks. Ralph Cipriano is the featured writer for the Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog. Cipriano covered religion for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 1990s, and as a freelancer for the National Catholic Reporter. In his investigative journalism work, Cipriano examined secrecy and lavish spending under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, as well as the findings of the grand jury that investigated sex abuse in the archdiocese. Cipriano is a credentialed member of the press reporting on the Lynn trial. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Sex, Lies, and Videotaped Depositions UNITED STATES TBogg - firedoglake By: TBogg Wednesday March 14, 2012 Taking time out from refusing to sanction the whoredom of their flock of Catholic girl slutskanks (whom they have obviously failed to reach) the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decided to do unto advocates for the victims of priestly abuse what the priests did unto the actual victims: Turning the tables on an advocacy group that has long supported victims of pedophile priests, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexual abuse in two Missouri cases have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists. The group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the litigation. But the group has been subpoenaed five times in recent months in Kansas City and St. Louis, and its national director, David Clohessy, was questioned by a battery of lawyers for more than six hours this year. A judge in Kansas City ruled that the network must comply because it “almost certainly” had information relevant to the case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Marist Brothers ex-pupils finally obtain justice AUSTRALIA Broken Rites By a Broken Rites researcher Article posted 30 March 2012 In December 2011 the Catholic religious order of Marist Brothers finally agreed to make out-of-court settlements with two former pupils of a prominent Australian Catholic school — Red Bend Catholic College, situated on the Lachlan River at Forbes, 380 kilometres west of Sydney. Broken Rites Australia helped these two ex-pupils to obtain their settlements. The two pupils, born in the early 1950s, attended this school in 1965-66 while Brother Kevin Hogan (also known as "Brother Callixtus") was the principal. The school, then known as Marist Brothers College Forbes, took boys as boarders from a large rural region in western New South Wales. The two ex-pupils (let's call them "Paddy" and "Rupert" — not their real names) are not connected with each other and were not the same age (one was 12 and the other was 14 when they encountered Brother Callixtus Hogan). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Sex Abuse Victims Lose California Appellate Ruling CALIFORNIA AlterNet March 29th, 2012 Joey Piscitelli A major setback for child abuse victims was decided today by the Supreme Appellate Court in San Francisco. This decision will have a crucial effect on not only the plaintiffs in this case, but numerous child sex abuse victims cases throughout the State of California. The legal representative of the plaintiffs in this case was the Zalkin Law Firm of San Diego, California. Originally, the lawsuit known as “Quarry Doe 1 vs. Oakland Diocese”, case # HG0731364, was initially filed by the Quarry brothers, 6 alleged victims of admitted serial Molester Fr. Don Broderson, a priest who was employed by the Oakland Diocese. The 6 brothers filed suit in Alameda County Court in 2007 against the Bishop of Oakland, alleging molestation at the hands of Fr. Broderson, but the lower court dismissed the case, stating that the California statute of limitations allowed only a one year window in 2003 to file a claim for sex abuse that was previously barred by the statute. The Bishop of Oakland was represented by Stephen McFeely, of Foley and Lardner, from Los Angeles, California. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

City Council passes bill on sex-abuse measures PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Daily News City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the state legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. "No one really understands what these young men and women experience unless you've been there," State Rep. Louise Bishop (D., Phila.), who said she was a victim of abuse at age 12, told Council. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Rep. Bishop shares childhood trauma with Council PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Daily News March 29, 2012|BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer STATE REP. Louise Bishop was 12 years old when her stepfather stripped her of her innocence in the middle of the night inside their Georgia home. The Philly Democrat shared her story Thursday with City Council, which voted 16 to 0 to pass a resolution sponsored by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Denny O'Brien urging the state Legislature to move forward on bills that would protect victims of childhood sexual abuse. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was absent. "No one really understands what these young men and women experience, unless you've been there," said Bishop. "No one understands how to treat them. No one understands what it feels like and no one is able to help them until a law is put into place . . . ." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Exclusive: Letter From Haredi 'Gadol' Rabbi Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg Says Notorious Pedophile Innocent NEW YORK Failed Messiah [with document] For the first time, here is the 2006 letter written by haredi ‘gadol’ Rabbi Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg affirming that he ruled in 1985 that Rabbi Yehudah Kolko was innocent of all allegations of pedophilia and should not be fired from his teaching job. Kolko, a notorious pedophile, pleaded guilty more than 20 years later to endangering the welfare of two children who were not yet born when Scheinberg ruled.* Other victims out of the statute of limitations also have come forward including David Framowitz, who says Kolko molested him 42 years ago. Note that despite all the additional evidence against Kolko amassed over the 21 years between the beit din and this letter, Scheinberg does not change his ruling. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Brooklyn DA Condemned For Not Prosecuting More Hasidic, Orthodox Jewish Sex Abusers NEW YORK CBS New York NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Finding sexual abusers of children and prosecuting their cases is one of law enforcement’s top priorities. But in Brooklyn, District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office has come under fire what not vigorously pursuing cases in the Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish communities, a charge Hynes vehemently denies. On Friday afternoons in Williamsburg families prepare for the Sabbath. It is a sheltered community known for its devotion to old world values, but some say its a community with a secret made worse by decades of cover-up and law enforcement that looks the other way. “We have a wonderful community, a beautiful community, but we have some of the same of the problems the rest of the world have,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind recently told CBS 2’s Chris Wragge. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

The Vatican is a ‘cold house’ for liberal Catholics IRELAND The Mayo News Fr Kevin Hegarty It has been ironically said that the three greatest lies in human history are “the cheque is in the post”, “of course I’ll still love you in the morning”, and “we’re from head office, we are here to help you”. So the Irish Catholic hierarchy must have felt some trepidation akin to that felt by teachers when a whole-school evaluation is in the offing, after Pope Benedict announced in March 2010 that he was sending apostolic visitors to Ireland to examine church institutions. The announcement came in the wake of the publication of the Murphy Report in December 2009 after which the Pope had summoned the bishops to Rome to account for their stewardship. The report was a devastating indictment of the archdiocese of Dublin. It revealed the horrifying extent of the sexual abuse of children by clerics in the diocese and multiple cover-ups by successive superiors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Texas court dismisses appeal of FLDS leader Jeffs TEXAS KHOU by Associated Press Posted on March 30, 2012 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A Texas court has dismissed the appeal of Warren Jeffs after the convicted polygamist sect leader made almost no progress on his case. The 3rd District Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday wrote in a two-page order that Jeffs has failed to meet filing deadlines and has altogether not responded to notices from the court. Jeffs is the head of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is serving a life sentence after being convicted last year of sexually assaulting two of his underage brides at the remote West Texas ranch built by his followers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Traditional Background Checks of Bus Drivers Won’t Stop Child Molesters from Driving Kids to School UNITED STATES PR Web Jacksonville Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 30, 2012 “I applaud school districts around the country for looking for ways to keep the kids safe. But background checks that strictly review driving history, criminal history, or looking at the sex offender registry and other databases won’t identify all the adults that pose a threat to children,” stated Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation. Don Dymer was commenting on recent stories in the news, including Governor Branstad’s upcoming signing of Iowa’s new state law mandating school bus drivers undergo a background check before being hired. Statistics from the Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute tell us that less than 5% of all child molesters have a criminal history. The Institute through years of research also points to the fact that 90% of all children are abused by people they know, trust and love. Because of that convoluted association of child, parent and abuser, the sexual abuse goes unreported. The vast majority of child abusers won’t be found in the system because they have no fingerprints or criminal history that would tie them to child sexual abuse. Checking into the past won’t help prevent children in the future from child sexual abuse. The Foundation Darkness to Light also has done studies suggesting far fewer than one third of child abuse incidents are ever even identified or reported in any official capacity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Landmark clergy-abuse case hears evidence in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) Adelaide Now (Australia) A WITNESS in a landmark priest-abuse cover-up trial in Philadelphia described feeling "helpless and trapped" as a 13-year-old, because her priest was fondling her when she worked weekends at the rectory. The woman says she didn't tell anyone for years, and later learned the same priest had fondled her younger sisters. The woman testified on the fourth day of the child-endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. charged with child endangerment for allegedly leaving predators in jobs around children. Defense lawyers say Lynn took orders from two archbishops. No other church administrators are charged. The priest who allegedly fondled the woman at a suburban parish in Bristol around 1970 was removed from ministry after the church sex-abuse scandal broke in 2004. By then, he had admitted to an archdiocesan review board his "longstanding habit" of fondling girls' breasts, according to a 2005 grand jury report. The Associated Press is not naming him because he was never charged. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Rev. Francis H. Kelley's fund request for alleged abuser draws ire MASSACHUSETTS Metro STEVE ANNEAR BOSTON A Roslindale reverend under fire for using church resources to raise cash to pay the legal expenses of a clergy member suspended for allegedly sexually abusing a child, apologized Thursday. The Rev. Francis H. Kelley, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, said in a statement he would no longer use a church bulletin to solicit donations for the Rev. John Mendicoa, who was placed on leave in August after being accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1980s. Representatives from BishopAccountability.org stood outside of the church Thursday and called on Cardinal Sean O'Malley to put an end to the public fundraising. "Its very disturbing to see a pastor publicly raising money for an accused priest. It will intimidate and silence anyone who has [been harmed]. They will fear they won't be believed," said Anne Barrett Doyle, the group's co-director. Doyle said a parishioner contacted her to alert them about the fundraising efforts. David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, joined Doyle in Roslindale and called Kelley's actions "callous." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Church apologizes for bulletin priest ‘ad’ MASSACHUSETTS Boston Herald By Richard Weir Friday, March 30, 2012 Victim rights advocates are blasting the pastor of a Boston Catholic church for placing a blurb in a Sunday bulletin asking for donations to support a parish priest suspended last year over child sex abuse allegations. “It is callous and risky and hurtful to publicly raise funds using church resources for an accused child molester,” said David Clohessy, head of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “If anything, there should be a plea placed in the parish bulletin asking for anyone who may have seen or suspected or suffered his crimes to call police and get help.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Priest’s arraignment has been delayed MONTANA The Daily Inter Lake An arraignment hearing for child pornography charges against the Rev. Rudolph “Rudy” Bullman of Risen Christ Parish was continued Thursday in Flathead District Court. Bullman, 67, Kalispell, is charged with felony sexual abuse of children after investigators allegedly found pornographic images of children between 12 and 18 years old during a search of his computer. Knowingly possessing such material makes one guilty of sexual abuse of children under Montana law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Wife takes stand in priest sex abuse trial STOCKTON (CA) The Modesto Bee By Ross Farrow Lodi News-Sentinel STOCKTON — The plaintiff's wife in the sexual assault trial of Catholic priest Michael Kelly broke down in tears this week as she testified about the time her husband told her he was sexually assaulted as a child. The wife, whose name is not being disclosed in San Joaquin County Superior Court because her husband says he is a sexual assault victim, testified that her husband broke the news to her in 2006, when he was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. She met the plaintiff in 2000 and married him in 2002. They have two children. The plaintiff, who grew up in Stockton and now lives in Fairfax, became angry and subject to panic attacks in recent years, his wife said during testimony Wednesday that lasted about 30 minutes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

‘Molested brothers waited too long’ CALIFORNIA Pretoria News (South Africa) March 30 2012 By LISA LEFF California's highest court sided with Oakland's Roman Catholic bishop and refused on Thursday to reinstate a lawsuit brought by six brothers who allege they were molested by a priest during the 1970s. The ruling could doom at least eight other pending cases involving decades-old clergy abuse claims. The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the brothers had waited too long to bring their abuse claims involving the priest, Donald Broderson, who was forced to retire amid similar allegations in 1993 and died in 2010. The state Legislature opened a one-year window for old clergy abuse complaints in 2003, and the men lost their chance to sue the diocese that hired Broderson as an associate pastor in Hayward when that timeframe ended, the court said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

March 29, 2012 Evergreen priest in child sex abuse case granted continuance MONTANA KAJ EVERGREEN- A Catholic priest accused of child sex abuse was supposed to appear make his first court appearance Thursday but his attorney asked for a continuance before further court proceedings. Rudolph Bullman was the Catholic priest at Risen Christ Parish in Evergreen for over 10 years. Bullman sold a handheld gaming system that contained naked photos of boys.

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Collar 'a difficult symbol' for Cork priests IRELAND The Cork News Trainee priests are being warned that their collar may make them a target for verbal abuse, as increased public anger towards the Church has become an unfortunate modern-day reality of their job. Chiefs of the Diocese of Cork & Ross are hoping to breathe new life into the region's parishes by attracting new seminarians at their annual recruitment drive and information day for the priesthood tomorrow (Saturday). Would-be clerics have been invited to find out first-hand the reality and sacrifices necessary for life in the priesthood from experienced churchmen at a gathering, organised by Bishop John Buckley to combat the dwindling number of priests and new vocations across the diocese's parishes. Long-serving parish priests will also inform attendees of their own experiences of being at the receiving end of verbal assaults, triggered by the damning revelations in recent years of clerical abuse scandals. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Court Rules Brothers Can't Sue Bishop For Alleged Sexual Abuse CALIFORNIA San Francisco Appeal The California Supreme Court today rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s. The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred. The brothers--Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry--were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Pedophile priest fondles 13-year-old girl in rectory PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano It was a job that she never applied for. Anne Margevicius was 13 years old when her mother accepted the position on Anne's behalf. Anne's mother went to Mass every day; sometimes twice a day. The only thing that mattered to Mom was that the church was in need. Margeret, the parish cook at St. John of The Cross in Roslyn, had phlebitis, so she needed help serving meals to priests on weekends. Anne was the help. For a weekly salary of $5, Anne served dinner on Saturday nights to the priests in the rectory, and then she came back on Sunday mornings to serve breakfast. Sunday mornings were the worst. That's when Father Albert T. Kostelnick waited at the end of a long mahogany table. The priest would hold the girl's hands in his, and make small talk. Meanwhile, the priest's hands would wander up to the girl's chest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

SEX ABUSE: Top Catholic priest calls for inquiry on assaults AUSTRALIA Geelong Advertiser Mandy Squires | March 30th, 2012 GEELONG'S top Catholic priest has called for an independent inquiry into the church's treatment of sexual abuse complaints. St Mary's parish priest Father Kevin Dillon yesterday said the church's moral authority had been "compromised to an extraordinary degree" by its failure to independently review the handling of sexual abuse claims. "People from both within and outside the church are saying as long as you haven't got this right ... then why should we listen to anything else you say and that's fair comment," he said. The church had a duty of care to the people who had suffered abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, teachers and carers to ensure the processes it had in place to handle complaints were just, transparent and compassionate, he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Courts deal blow to sex abuse victims: victims respond CALIFORNIA Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 29, 2012 We are sorely disappointed that the California State Supreme Court did not agree with the legislative intent of the law and have now deprived many victims the right to use the civil courts for justice and accountability. When California State Legislators wrote the law, they understood the devastation of child sexual abuse on a child and the community. They also knew that, according to studies and the US Department of Justice, it takes many victims 10, 20 or even 30 years to come forward and report. During that time, predators are still hurting children and communities have no warning of the danger. One in four girls and one in eight boys are molested. So we must make it easier for victims to expose predators. In light of this tragic ruling, California lawmakers have to get busy revising predator-friendly laws so that more child molesters can be caught and jailed, so that our kids will be safer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Court upholds time limit for clergy abuse claims CALIFORNIA San Francisco Chronicle (03-29) 15:20 PDT San Francisco (AP) -California's highest court has sided with Oakland's Roman Catholic Diocese and refused to reinstate a lawsuit brought by six brothers who allege they were molested by a priest during the 1970s. The California Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday that the brothers had waited too long to bring their claims involving the now deceased priest, Donald Broderson, who was forced to retire amid similar allegations in 1993. The state Legislature opened a one-year window for old clergy abuse complaints in 2003. But the brothers' lawyers contended the time limit should not apply to the men because they did not make the link between their problems and what happened to them as children until later. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Group calls for all priest-abuse documents to be released WEST BEND (WI) Fox 6 March 29, 2012, by Myra Sanchick WEST BEND — A group representing survivors of priest abuse is asking that the Milwaukee Archdiocese open all its documents relating to its investigations and recent depositions in court. This, on a day of reflection and remorse for the church. For the second straight year, Archbishop Jerome Listecki began Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Mass of Atonement. The Mass involves the Archbishop lying down in front of the altar at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend Thursday, to symbolize humility as a church before God. Also on Thursday, a group of victims’ advocates for those who have been abused by priests urged the Archbishop to release all documents regarding the cases they’ve investigated over the years. Some victims planned to join in Thursday’s Mass of Atonement. Peter Isley with the Survivor’s Network of Those Abused By Priests says he will ask a judge to released these documents when the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case is heard next Thursday, April 5th. 570 people have filed claims against the Archdiocese, alleging they were abused by priests as children. “The people who need to be held responsible have not been held responsible. What you have in these documents is the truth. The gospel tells us that the truth shall set us free,” Isley said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

High Court Says Family Can't Sue Oakland Bishop for Alleged Sexual Abuse by Hayward Priest in 1970s CALIFORNIA Patch By Bay City News Service SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court today rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s. The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred. The brothers — Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry — were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007. They alleged that the late Father Donald Broderson, who was associate pastor of the St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, sexually abused and molested them by grabbing, fondling and kissing them and engaging in other inappropriate conduct in 1972 and 1973. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

1in6 Thursday: What Does Supportive Look Like? UNITED STATES Joyful Heart Foundation When 1in6’s founding Board member, Dr. David Lisak, and I were talking with a group of students and staff at Brown University recently, someone asked for ideas about how to best support a friend or family member who is coming to terms with unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. We had just watched a powerful film, “Boys and Men Healing,” a portrayal of the lives of three courageous men (David being one of them) who were sexually abused as children and then, as adults, found healing for themselves and have since helped many others. The film also shows scenes from a support group of men who experienced abuse, beautifully highlighting the value of men finding a safe place to share their stories. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 PM

Vatican Leaks Raise Questions Over Finances VATICAN CITY NPR [with audio] by Sylvia Poggioli March 29, 2012 The Vatican has launched a rare criminal investigation to uncover who is behind leaks of highly sensitive documents that allege corruption and financial mismanagement in Vatican City. The documents also shed light on purported infighting over the Vatican Bank's compliance with international money-laundering regulations. A television show in late January on an independent network first revealed letters addressed last year to Pope Benedict XVI from the then-deputy governor of Vatican City, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Vigano complained of corruption within the church and protested orders to remove him from his post and send him to be the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Washington. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Catholic Diocese of Portland says audit finds it in compliance with child protection policie MAINE Bangor Daily News Posted March 29, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. PORTLAND, Maine — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has been found in compliance with the standards and effectiveness of its child protection policies and practices, according to a diocese statement released Thursday. The external audit by StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, N.Y., examined the year ending June 30, 2011, and included visiting parishes and schools to make sure only personnel with clear background checks were working with the children, said Sue Bernard, diocese communications director, in the statement. The audit was conducted as part of the diocese’s efforts to comply with the Bishops of the United States Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes mandates such as reporting allegations of sexual abuse of minors to civil authorities, thoroughly investigating complaints of abuse of minors in a timely manner, removing clergy or other church representatives who have sexually abused minors, abuse prevention training and background checks for church personnel and volunteers who work with minors, and outreach to victims and survivors of abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Northampton County grand jury to investigate three homicide cases PENNSYLVANIA The Morning Call By Nicole Radzievich", Of The Morning Call 4:41 p.m. EDT, March 29, 2012 A Northampton County grand jury will investigate three unsolved homicides and allegations of sexual misconduct involving a priest, District Attorney John Morganelli said Thursday. ... The grand jury will also be looking into possible criminal misconduct by the Rev. Cletus Onyegbule, a Catholic priest recently removed from his Berks County parish after acknowledging an inappropriate relationship with a woman. Authorities are trying to determine whether abused his position of authority at his former parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Bethlehem Township, to groom the girl for a sexual relationship with him before she turned 18. According to a source close to the investigation, a day after the girl's 18th birthday in February 2006, she consented to sex with Onyegbule while in the rectory office at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The source said the woman had an abortion in March 2006. County officials have not established the identity of the father, but the source said Onyegbule denied being the father. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Priest Apologizes For Trying To Raise Funds For Accused Sex Abuser MASSACHUSETTS CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) – A Roslindale priest has apologized after attempting to raise a legal defense fund for another priest accused of sexually abusing a child. WBZ NewsRadio 1030¢s Lana Jones reports Monsignor Francis Kelley of Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale is apologizing for putting an item in the church bulletin urging financial support for Father John Mendicoa. Kelley issued his apology and promised that it won’t happen again as advocates for children abused by priests went to Sacred Heart to protest. David Clossey of the survivors network for those abused by priests says those who wish to support Mendicoa should do so privately, without any use of church resources. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER vs. CATHOLIC CHURCH UNITED STATES Catholic League [NCR endorses call for a new sexual ethic] Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an editorial featured on the website of the National Catholic Reporter (NCR): It’s been obvious for a long time, but now it is official: the National Catholic Reporter rejects the teachings of the Catholic Church on sexuality. In an editorial titled, “NCR Endorses Call for a New Sexual Ethic,” it supports retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson’s plea for the Church to change its teachings on sexuality. Bishop Robinson wrote a book a few years ago called Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church. Here is what the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said about it in 2010: “Catholics believe that the Church, founded by Christ, is endowed by him with a teaching office which endures through time. This is why the Church’s Magisterium teaches the truth authoritatively in the name of Christ. The book casts doubt upon these teachings. This leads in turn to the questioning of Catholic teaching on, among other things, the nature of Tradition, the inspiration of the Holy Scripture, the infallibility of the Councils and the Pope, the authority of the Creeds, the nature of the ministerial priesthood and central elements of the Church’s moral teachings.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Sex abuse victims angry over inquiry calls AUSTRALIA ABC South West Victoria There is anger at comments made by a senior Melbourne Catholic priest who has joined calls for an inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse complaints in the Melbourne diocese. Father Tony Kerin wants an independent inquiry but has told the ABC he does not think it will find "anything majorly untoward". Judy Courtin represents men who were abused by convicted Christian Brothers and Catholic paedophiles in Ballarat in the 1960s and 70s. She says the matter needs to handled by a Royal Commission and investigated much more broadly than one diocese of one church. She says most victims are unhappy with the process. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

State Supreme Court rejects brothers bid to sue bishop over alleged abuse CALIFORNIA KTVU KTVU And Wires SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court Thursday rejected a bid by six brothers to sue the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland for alleged sexual abuse by their parish priest in Hayward in the 1970s. The court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, said by a 5-2 vote that the brothers' lawsuit did not fit into exceptions allowed by the Legislature for lawsuits filed against employers of abusers by adults who discover psychological harm long after the abuse allegedly occurred. The brothers -- Terry, Ronald, Michael, Jerry, Gordon and Tony Quarry --were between the ages of 43 and 49 when they filed their lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court in 2007. They alleged that the late Father Donald Broderson, who was associate pastor of the St. Joachim Parish in Hayward, sexually abused and molested them by grabbing, fondling and kissing them and engaging in other inappropriate conduct in 1972 and 1973. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Pinoy priest indicted on child porn charges UNITED STATES/PHILIPPINES The Asian Journal 29 March 2012 11:14 Joseph Pimentel | AJPress Los Angeles A ROMAN Catholic Filipino priest, who is believed to be hiding in the Philippines after being accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been officially indicted on those charges, according to the Worcester Telegram. The Telegram reported a grand jury in Worcester County on Friday indicted Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny over $250. Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of Dongor, who is believed to have fled to the Philippines after being charged with possession of child pornography and stealing from his parish last year. Several Philippine media outlets have reported that Dongor has returned to his hometown of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, in October. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Texas court dismisses Warren Jeffs’ appeal TEXAS The Salt Lake Tribune By Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune A Texas appeals court dismissed polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs’ appeal of his conviction on sexual assault of a child charges Thursday. Jeffs is representing himself, but has done little to advance his case and missed two essential deadlines, according to a memorandum opinion handed down Thursday by the Third Court of Appeals. Jeffs, 55, was convicted in August of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, who he took as polygamous wives. He fired his team of high-powered attorneys as the trial opened, and continued to represent himself on appeal. The appeals court ruled Thursday that Jeffs had not taken first steps on his case: submitting a clerk’s record and reporter’s record that were due in December. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

"Ein Täter-Schutzsystem" DEUTSCHLAND SR [mit Video] Verurteilte Pädophile im Priestereinsatz - erneut steht das Bistum Trier deswegen in der Kritik. Und nach Angaben der Opfer-Organisation "MissBit" soll es sogar noch weitaus mehr Fälle geben als bisher bekannt. Das Bistum kündigte nun an, die Leitlinien auf den Prüfstand zu stellen. (29.03.2012) Geistliche, die trotz sexueller Übergriffe auf Kinder weiterhin in der Seelsorge eingesetzt werden - das sorgt seit Wochen im Saarland und bundesweit für Schlagzeilen. Jetzt wurde bekannt, dass ein vorbestrafter Priester im Nordsaarland ausgerechnet einen Gottesdienst mit Kindern gehalten hat. Das Bistum Trier verteidigt den Einsatz verurteilter Straftäter und rechtfertigt ihn damit, dass die betroffenen Personen nicht so eingesetzt würden, dass Gefahr für Kinder bestehe. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Faithless Ireland IRELAND Religion in the News (United States) by Christine McCarthy McMorris The afternoon was slowly winding down in Dublin last July 20 as the Dáil, Ireland’s lower House of Parliament, prepared to close for its summer break. Its last order of business was to debate a motion to “deplore” the Vatican’s role in the state’s fourth investigation of the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church, this one involving 19 priests of the diocese of Cloyne in County Cork from 1996 to 2009. Only a few lawmakers and members of the press were on hand when Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny opened the discussion not with the expected mild criticism but by declaring that the Cloyne Report “exposes an attempt by the Holy See to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic as little as three years ago. And in doing so, the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, and the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day.” In an unequivocal declaration of independence, Kenny drew a line between Ireland’s past relationship with the Catholic church and its present: “[T]his is not Rome. Nor is it industrial-school or Magdalene Ireland, where the swish of a soutane smothered conscience and humanity and the swing of a thurible ruled the Irish-Catholic world. “This is the Republic of Ireland 2011. A republic of laws.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Ballarat sex abuse victims welcome inquiry calls AUSTRALIA The Courier BY TOM MCILROY 30 Mar, 2012 VICTIMS of paedophile Christian Brother Robert Charles Best have backed new calls for an independent inquiry into clergy sexual abuse in Ballarat and around Victoria. As momentum gathers among clergy and victims’ advocates, a Melbourne lawyer preparing a class action against the Christian Brothers order said she had 45 people registered to take part. The calls come a day after The Age reported that senior Melbourne Catholic clergy, including an adviser to Archbishop Denis Hart, have called for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints. Father Tony Kerin said this week that he had told Archbishop Hart a review would clear the air after more than 300 compensation payouts and the conviction of 60 priests and members of religious orders. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Silence and self-rule: Brooklyn's Orthodox child abuse cover-up NEW YORK The Guardian (United Kingdom) Zoë Blackler in New York guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 March 2012 When Mordechai discovered his mentally disabled child was being molested, he reported the crime to the police. A local man was arrested and charged with repeatedly raping the boy in their synagogue's ritual bath. When news of the arrest got back to their Brooklyn community, the neighbours launched a hate campaign. But the object of their anger wasn't the alleged perpetrator, Meir Dascalowitz, it was the abused boy's father. For the last two years, Mordechai says he's been hounded by his community. "The minute this guy got arrested I started a new life, a life of hell, terror, threat, you name it." There were bogus calls to the fire department resulting in unwelcome late night visits, anonymous death threats, banishment from synagogue, even a plot to derail his move to a new apartment. "I lost my friends. I lost my family. Nobody in Williamsburg can talk to me. Nobody means nobody. We are so angry, so broken." Mordechai's persecution is part of a widespread cover-up of child sexual abuse among Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jews. With echoes of the Catholic priest scandal, for decades rabbis have hushed up child sex crimes and fomented a culture in which victims are further victimised and abusers protected. After the first claims of a cover-up surfaced in the mid 2000s, the rabbis' stance was outright denial – not only that crimes were being concealed, but of the very existence of ultra-Orthodox child molesters. In the years since, victim advocates and whistle-blower blogs have forced open the issue. Today, the religious leadership claims to co-operate with law enforcement. The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles Hynes, long vilified by advocates for his inaction, now cares to be seen to be prosecuting – though how enthusiastically is in dispute. And attitudes within the community have shifted marginally. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Blight in the Vineyard ... UNITED STATES Paul's Passing Thoughts Blight in the Vineyard, and Clergy Sex Abuse: Some Initial Thoughts Provoked by John Immel’s Book I am presently reading, “Blight in the Vineyard” by John Immel. One should probably read this book a couple of times before they review it (this isn’t the formal review), but my present understanding of the book has provoked some thoughts that are perhaps worth writing about. That’s because the book is very thought provoking. The subtitle is, “Exposing the Roots, Myths, and Emotional Torment of Spiritual Tyranny.” Let’s face it: spiritual abuse; clergy sexual abuse; clergy manipulation; clergy intimidation; clergy control mania, and everyday spiritual tyranny is rampant in today’s church. Without hardly any effort at all I compiled the blogroll under “Abuse” in this website’s sidebar. What’s going on? Obviously, something is. And John Immel offers a thesis concerning the root cause in his book. That’s important—endless discussions concerning symptoms will leave us all dressed up with nowhere to go. Immel outlines the historic philosophies that have led to the present spiritual tyranny of our day. And spiritual tyranny often comes with the unspoken clergy perk of selected concubines. Willing and unwilling. That’s my angle here; one of the symptoms of spiritual tyranny. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Report: Miss. Bar filing complaint against AG Hood MISSISSIPPI Legal Newsline BY JOHN O'BRIEN JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - The Mississippi Bar is reportedly filing a complaint against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reported Thursday that the Bar is expected to file a complaint over one of Hood's campaign ads from last year. The complaint would follow one filed in November by the lawyer for a man accused of killing a Catholic priest. Jeremy Wayne Manieri was charged with robbing and killing the Rev. Ed Everitt of Hammond, La., in July. Manieri told police he shot Everitt after he woke up to find the priest fondling him. He has not been indicted by a grand jury. In the commercial, Hood's campaign showed a photo of Manieri with a voiceover saying the attorney general's GOP opponent in last year's election, Steve Simpson, let a "child molester" out of jail and then the child molester "murdered a 70-year-old priest in cold blood." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Witness recalls gropings by priest in her teen years PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER She was a 13-year-old girl, fifth child of seven in a devout Catholic family in suburban Roslyn whose mother attended Mass once or twice daily. But the girl dreaded Sunday mornings. Not because of a crisis of faith but because she knew it would mean another morning of groping by the Rev. Albert T. Kostelnick. The woman, now in her mid-50s, told a Philadelphia jury this morning about how Kostelnick, now retired, fondled her for two years as she worked in the rectory of St. John of the Cross church in Roslyn - and then did the same to two of her sisters who followed her into the job. "I didn't know what to do," the woman told the Common Pleas Court jury. "I felt helpless and trapped. My parents expected me to work." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Prosecutors Of Philadelphia Priests Raise Decades Of Buried Abuse Cases PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the Philadelphia clergy sex abuse case has alleged a history of coverup and enabling by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (see related stories). Today, as they built their case against Msgr. William Lynn and another priest, prosecutors presented evidence of similar actions by the archdiocese going back decades. In one case dating back to the 1960s, prosecutors say, an alleged serial pedophile priest was allowed to remain in ministry for two decades after admitting his crimes. Prosecution evidence alleges that Fr. Raymond Leneweaver repeatedly admitted to the archdiocese that he was having sex with boys at various times from the late ’60s to the late ’70s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

Oakland priest abuse ruling makes lawsuits more difficult CALIFORNIA Contra Costa Times By Howard Mintz [email protected] Posted: 03/29/2012 The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it much tougher to bring new lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church over long-past instances of clergy abuse, barring a case against the Oakland diocese brought on behalf of six brothers who maintain a priest molested them during the 1970s. In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that the statute of limitations barred the case because the brothers did not capitalize on a new one-year window to bring such old claims the Legislature set in 2002. The Legislature opened the door for suits against the church in response to a widening scandal over allegations of priests abusing children decades ago. The Supreme Court case centered on the brothers who were in their 40s and 50s in 2006 when they linked their adult psychological problems to the abuse allegations. The brothers alleged in their lawsuit that they were molested as children by Donald Broderson, an Oakland priest who was forced to resign in 1993 as a result of abuse allegations. He died two years ago. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Former St. Marys principal Father Marshall faces more legal action CANADA The Sault Star By Mike Verdone The Sault Star Legal action against Father William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall — a former St. Mary's College principal in Sault Ste. Marie from 1980-85 — began 10 years ago when a 46-year-old man filed suit in a Sudbury courtroom. Nineteen people have come forward in Sudbury, Windsor, Toronto and Saskatoon since then, and Marshall has pleaded guilty to 17 charges of indecent assault. He was sentenced in June 2011 to two years in prison, which he is serving in Kingston Penitentiary. No victims are known to have come forward in the Sault. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Victims call on Listecki to atone in court as well as special Mass MILWAUKEE (WI) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel March 29, 2012 Hours before Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is scheduled to prostrate himself before the altar at a special Mass of Atonement for the church’s sins in the sex abuse crisis, victim advocates are calling on Listecki to show true remorse by agreeing to unseal documents and depositions in its bankruptcy case that lawyers say would shed light on the scope of the crisis in southeastern Wisconsin. “Atonement, if it is genuine, means that you must first stop hurting victims right now and covering up right now,” victim-survivor Michael Sneesby, Milwaukee director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a statement. SNAP said it would be emailing its request to Listecki, and members and that members and supporters would gather outside St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave. in West Bend before the 7 p.m. Mass. A spokeswoman for the archdioceses did not immediately comment, saying she’d just received SNAP’s statement and hadn’t had a chance to read it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

'Priest snatched my baby but I never stopped searching' IRELAND Bray People By MYLES BUCHANAN Wednesday March 28 2012 A DAUGHTER and her father have been reunited 38 years after she was forcibly removed by the church from his home in Dublin. Christy Cox and his daughter Wendy (Suzanne) Parle were torn apart from one another when Wendy was just three months old. The pair spent decades trying to track one another down only to find out that they lived a mere 45-minute drive away from one another across the Wicklow Gap, with Wendy residing in Rathdrum and Christy in Dunlavin. Wendy was placed up for adoption as a baby, without Christy's permission, after a priest called around to his family home in Crumlin and demanded the child be handed over. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Woman: At 13, 'helpless and trapped' at $5 rectory job with Philly priest who fondled PHILADELPHIA (PA) Daily Reporter MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press First Posted: March 29, 2012 PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia trial witness has described feeling "helpless and trapped" as a 13-year-old because a priest was fondling her at the rectory where she worked. The woman says she was later told he was fondling her younger sisters. She earned $5 on weekends to cook for priests in about 1970. She says she remains deeply wounded. The woman is testifying on the fourth day of the child-endangerment trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

A Tale of Two Bishops UNITED STATES Catholic Sensibility It all depends on whether they’re alive or dead. Mark Silk at RMS spells it all out, and it’s not pretty, by any definition: At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William J. Lynn, whose job it was to oversee the archdiocese’s 800 priests, should not be held responsible for covering up abuse cases because his boss, the late Anthony Bevilacqua, was the “puppet master.” Meanwhile, at the sexual abuse hearing in Kansas City yesterday, counsel for the defense sought dismissal of the coverup indictment of Bishop Robert Finn on the grounds that Finn wasn’t the “designated reporter.” Alive, you’re not the “designated reporter;” dead, you’re a “puppet master.” Alive, your defense goes after those puppets of anti-Catholicism … SNAP. Dead, and you get thrown under the bus. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Admitted Predator Priest Kept in Philly Archdiocese PHILADELPHIA (PA) NBC 10 By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 Jurors in the Philadelphia priest-abuse trial are hearing about one of the most notorious priests named in a 2005 grand jury report. Church documents show the priest admitted in the 1970s that he had sexually assaulted three eight-grade boys in one year alone. He remained in ministry through 1980, and taught Latin at a Main Line Philadelphia public school in 2004. Monsignor William Lynn is charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping him and other accused predators in ministry. Defense lawyers say Lynn, the secretary for clergy, took orders from the archbishop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Movilh: El obispo de Santiago visita pedófilos, pero no tuvo palabras para Daniel Zamudio CHILE Cooperativa El líder del Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movilh), Rolando Jiménez, criticó que la Iglesia Católica se de el tiempo para visitar a "un pedófilo y a un abusador" -en alusión al sacerdote Fernando Karadima- y que no se haya pronunciado sobre la agresión en contra de Daniel Zamudio, quien falleció este martes en la Posta Central. Jiménez expuso que "tenemos la convicción de que el sacrificio de Daniel no va a ser en vano. El dolor de su familia no va a ser en vano. El se ha convertido en un símbolo de la lucha por la dignidad, por los derechos fundamentales de las personas que tenemos un orientación sexual distinta". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Aufklärung auf katholisch DEUTSCHLAND Spiegel Von Anna Loll und Peter Wensierski Vertuschung statt Aufdeckung: Schont ausgerechnet der Missbrauchsbeauftragte und Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann Kinderschänder? In seinem Bistum scheinen die Aufklärer zum Schweigen verdammt zu sein. Pater Klaus Gorges öffnet die Tür zu seiner kleinen Einliegerwohnung mit der beeindruckenden Sammlung orthodoxer Ikonen. Der 56-Jährige trägt Priesterrobe mit steifem Kalkkragen und war stets ein frommer und folgsamer Diener der katholischen Kirche. Doch inzwischen ist er tief erschüttert über seine kirchlichen Oberen. Weil er versucht hat, in der Pfarrei St. Martin in Köllerbach im Bistum Trier drei Missbrauchsfälle aufzuklären. Er ist entsetzt über seinen langjährigen Vorgesetzten und Dechanten, entsetzt über den Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann und das ganze Ordinariat. Darum packte der konservative Pater seine ganze Enttäuschung dieser Tage in einen Brief an seine Kirchenoberen. Darin wirft er ihnen Vertuschung statt Aufklärung vor und fordert vom Bistum Trier, "endlich reinen Tisch zu machen". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Wenn Klöster mauern OSTERREICH Der Standard Jutta Berger, 28. März 2012 Mutter Kirche beweist im Umgang mit straffällig gewordenen Söhnen Langmut. Nach Missbrauch ist in Klöstern Versetzungspolitik und Intransparenz üblich, wie zwei Fälle aus der Abtei Mehrerau zeigen Bregenz - Über Fragen des Daseins lange nachzudenken, ist eine der Aufgaben von Kirchenmännern. Die Frage, wann und wie lange ein wegen Missbrauchs verurteilter Priester suspendiert wurde, scheint zu den ganz kniffligen zu gehören. Kassian Lauterer, Altabt der Bregenzer Abtei Mehrerau, brauchte zur Beantwortung neun Tage. Am 19. März teilte er den Medien mit, er habe "Pater J." 1982, nachdem er von den Eltern eines missbrauchten Schülers informiert worden war, "sofort aus dem Schuldienst entfernt, als Priester suspendiert und versetzt". Wie lange die Suspension dauerte, wollte er nicht sagen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Pädophiler Pfarrer feiert Gottesdienst mit Kindern DEUTSCHLAND Welt Aufregung im nördlichen Saarland: Ein vor Jahren wegen sexueller Übergriffe verurteilter Geistlicher hat dort einen Gottesdienst mit Kommunionskindern zelebriert. Die Eltern der Kinder sind entsetzt. Trotz anderslautender Auflagen hat ein pädophiler Pfarrer im Trierer Bistum einen Gottesdienst mit Kindern gefeiert. Der vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer Bewährungsstrafe verurteilte Priester habe vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, bei dem Kommunionkinder vorgestellt worden seien, sagte eine Bistumssprecher am Donnerstag und bestätigte damit einen Bericht des „Trierischen Volksfreunds“. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Glaubwürdigkeit hinterfragen DEUTSCHLAND domradio [mit Video] Die Verantwortlichen des Bistums Trier sehen sich erneut mit Vorwürfen zum Umgang mit pädophilen Priestern konfrontiert. In einer Gemeinde des Bistums soll ein Priester mit Kommunionkindern einen Gottesdienst gefeiert haben. Der Mann war vor 17 Jahren zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilt worden, weil er Mädchen sexuell missbraucht hatte. Im domradio.de-Interview nimmt der Sprecher des Bistums, Stephan Kronenburg, Stellung. domradio.de: Schon vor diesem Fall war bekannt geworden, dass mindestens sieben pädophile Geistliche im Bistum Trier weiterhin beschäftigt sind. Die katholische Kirche hat inzwischen klare Auflagen, zum Beispiel, dass die Männer nicht in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit eingesetzt werden dürfen. Viele Eltern sind jetzt entrüstet, wie konnte es dennoch dazu kommen? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

Bishops in the Dock UNITED STATES Religion in the News by Andrew Walsh As the Catholic clerical sexual abuse scandal grinds into its fourth weary decade, the costs tote up: thousands of abused victims, about 700 predator priests removed from ministry, scores convicted of molestation of minors and other crimes, billions in legal settlements and costs, devastating grand jury reports about hierarchical collusion and cover up, and an unfathomable sum of heartbreak and shattered faith. How goes the struggle to reform? Not so well, at least according to prosecutors in Kansas City and Philadelphia. In 2011, for the first time in American history, criminal indictments were pressed against high church officials for failing to report suspected child abuse and child endangerment. In both cases, the charges deal with administrative decisions made by church leaders in the recent past, not old cases dating decades back. Both trials are expected to begin this spring. Why, despite the largest, longest scandal in the history of religion in America, are some Catholic bishops still struggling to evade or escape legal requirements that they automatically call the cops whenever clergy are accused of sexual misconduct? One plausible answer is that old habits die hard. For the last 1,800 years, the Catholic Church has pretty much consistently argued that its bishops have the exclusive right to discipline their clergy, a standard that entered Roman law as early as 412, when the Emperor Theodosius II agreed that only bishops—and not imperial courts—should prosecute and punish clergy accused of crimes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

As Listecki seeks to “atone” this week... WISCONSIN SNAP Wisconsin As Listecki seeks to “atone” this week, his lawyers will fight victims next week to stop release of explosive new testimony Victims will be asking Listecki before “Mass of Atonement” Thursday to “demonstrate genuine remorse” by dropping his opposition to unsealing depositions of Archbishop Weakland and Bishop Sklba next week Recent court hearings reveal that at least 8,000 acts of childhood sexual assault and abuse occurred in archdiocese, by at least 100 never before identified alleged offenders WHO Victims of clergy sexual abuse, displaying childhood photos and candles in a makeshift memorial, will discuss before attending a “Mass of Atonement” conducted by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki a court motion filed in Federal Bankruptcy Court to make public new videotaped court testimony of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Bishop Richard Sklba. Both Weakland and Sklba were deposed for their extensive involvement in the cover up of thousands of child sex crimes by dozens of clerics for several decades. The motion will be heard on Thursday, April 4th. Victims will be asking Listecki, as a concrete sign of “genuine remorse and change,” to instruct his lawyers to withdraw the archdiocese opposition to the release of the depositions. WHERE Outside of St. Francis Cabrini Parish, 1025 S. 7th Avenue, West Bend WHEN Thursday, March 29h, 6:30 p.m. Mass of Atonement will begin at 7:00 p.m. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

Philly Abuse Case Flip-Flop? Serious Doubt Emerges in Charges Against Accused Priests PHILADELPHIA (PA) TheMediaReport Dave Pierre For over a year, the media has whole-heartedly embraced and loudly trumpeted the graphic and shocking details of last year's high-profile Philadelphia grand jury report. The report, which depicted stomach-turning allegations of depraved abuse and cover-ups by Catholic clergy, has served as the foundation for this week's highly watched trial. The media has never so much as aired a peep of criticism or skepticism about the report or the criminal charges against the clergy – until now. However, in a startling article this week at the start of the Philadelphia trial, Monica Yant Kinney at the Philadelphia Inquirer appears to be the first journalist in the United States to openly acknowledge that there may be serious credibility issues with the criminal charges in the current cases. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Bishop Lennon Says He's Not Yet Made a Decision on Reopening Churches CLEVELAND (OH) Cleveland Leader By Julie Kent. Published on 03/28/2012 In a letter to be distributed this week at weekend masses, Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Dioceses says that the issue of reopening the 13 churches that were recently spared by the Vatican has yet to be resolved. Earlier this month, the Vatican ruled that Bishop Lennon had improperly closed 13 churches in 2009. It was a decision that shocked many, including the lawyer representing the closed churches. In the letter, Lennon says that the issue of reopening the churches "is not nearly as clear-cut as it may appear." He writes that there is no easy or perfection solution. Lennon says that hasn't made any decisions yet, but promises to respect church authority. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon still weighing whether to appeal Vatican decrees on Cleveland church closures CLEVELAND (OH) The Plain Dealer By Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio --Bishop Richard Lennon said in a prepared statement today that he has not yet decided whether to appeal recent Vatican rulings that reversed his closings of 13 churches in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. The bishop's statement comes two weeks after he officially received word from Rome that he did not follow church law or procedures when he closed the churches between 2009 and 2010. The 13 churches -- out of 50 he closed in a finance-driven, diocesewide downsizing -- had appealed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, arguing they were self-sustaining communities that shouldn't be closed. The Congregation issued decrees in favor of the churches and gave Lennon 60 days from March 14 to appeal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Cleveland Parishes Still Empty, Diocese Leader Responds CLEVELAND (OH) Fox 8 by Jennifer Jordan, updated on: 06:07pm, March 28, 2012 CLEVELAND — Several Catholic churches in our area are still empty nearly a month after the Vatican ruled they were wrongfully shutdown. And now, the head of the Cleveland Diocese is speaking out for the first time. Bishop Lennon did not speak on-camera, but sent out a letter addressing the latest decree from the Vatican on the closing of 13 parishes in our area. In the letter, the Bishop Richard Lennon said he, members of the clergy and experts in church law are carefully looking into what he calls a “complex matter.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Bishop sends letter... CLEVELAND (OH) Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop sends letter to parishes regarding status of Vatican decrees the priests, deacons and parish life coordinators within the Diocese of Cleveland. The letter is an update about the recent decrees from the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome regarding the closing of certain parishes. Read the complete letter> Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

Cleveland bishop analyzing Vatican rulings on church closings OHIO Akron Beacon Journal [the bishop's letter] By Colette Jenkins Beacon Journal staff reporter Published: March 28, 2012 Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Richard G. Lennon has issued a letter to the more than 700,000 Catholics in the eight-county diocese to assure them that he is working on a response to Vatican rulings that upheld appeals from parishioners challenging the bishop’s orders to close 13 parishes. Lennon received documents from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy on March 14, a week after Peter Borre, a Boston activist who has fought the closing of churches in the Cleveland diocese, told the Associated Press that the Congregation of the Clergy had ruled Lennon did not follow proper procedures in closing the 13 parishes. While Borre and other critics of the closings have interpreted the documents to say that the bishop’s mandates to shutter the parishes have been overturned, diocesan officials say the documents must be analyzed before they can reach that conclusion. “The language in the decrees is being carefully studied to see what is being said by the Vatican,” said Robert Tayek, spokesman for the diocese. “This is pretty new territory. We can’t find a precedence for it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Paedophiles 'groom' children for sex online in just eight minutes UNITED KINGDOM Irish Independent By Andrew Hough Thursday March 29 2012 PAEDOPHILES can "groom" children for sex through the internet in as little as eight minutes, a study has concluded. In a new warning for parents, criminologists discovered that online predators are exploiting an array of techniques to “break the ice” with children aged as young as 12. The Middlesex University, London, study found that within less than three minutes of web-based chatting, sex offenders “cut to the chase” and turn the conversation to sexual-related topics. The four-year study, published on Wednesday, found that just five minutes later a bond was formed with the child as predators maintain a calm and innocent atmosphere. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Judge upholds lower court’s decision in clergy - penitent privilege case MICHIGAN The Ionia Sentinel-Standard By Staff reports The Ionia Sentinel-Standard Posted Mar 28, 2012 IONIA, Mich. — After hearing oral arguments from the prosecution and defense, Eighth Circuit Court Judge Susanne Hoseth Kreeger agreed with the district court’s decision for Prominski to not face charges for failure to report in a suspected child abuse case in 2009. “The circumstances that Prominski was presented with were unique,” said Kreeger. “(The victim’s mother) was seeking guidance. There was that expectation for privilege.” After Kreeger stated her decision, those present in the courtroom started cheering. Supporters made their way to hug and shake hands with Prominski as they exited the courtroom. “The people here are wonderful,” said Prominski, adding he was surprised by the amount of people who came to show support. “You can’t live in fear when doing God’s calling. Doing good for God and the people of the community, that is what I am called to do. You can’t minister in fear.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Judge: Minister OK To Not Report Suspected Abuse MICHIGAN CBS Detroit IONIA (WWJ/AP) – A judge has ruled a western Michigan minister was not obligated to report to authorities when a woman told him she suspected her husband of sexually abusing her children. Ionia Circuit Judge Susanne Hoseth Kreeger has upheld a district court judge’s decision dismissing a misdemeanor charge against the Rev. John Prominski of Resurrection Life Church. Kreeger said the minister was protected by penitent privilege. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Judge: Pastor covered by privilege MICHIGAN WOOD By Dani Carlson IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) - An Ionia County circuit court judge said a pastor who invoked clergy-penitent privilege was within his rights when he did not report suspicions of a man molesting his stepchildren to authorities. Dozens of members of Prominski's church packed the Ionia County circuit courtroom Wednesday morning to show support for the pastor. They erupted in applause and cheers when Judge Suzanne Kreeger announced her decision. "Our church has grown to know each other and to love each other and to love our pastor and, you know, we love him so much that we wanted to come and support him," said church member Greg Saurbeck, one of the men who turned out Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Walkersville man gets 4 years for child sex abuse MARYLAND News-Post By Cara R. Anthony News-Post Staff A Walkersville resident and former pastor was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but four suspended Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in February 2010, according to State's Attorney Charlie Smith. Joe Nix Ivey, 74, will serve at least four years of the sentence ordered by Judge G. Edward Dwyer. Ivey pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense on Feb. 7 in Frederick County Circuit Court. During an investigation, Ivey told the girl that what happened was between "you, me and God" and that she shouldn't tell anyone about it, according to charging documents in the case. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

PASTOR-SEX ABUSE FREDERICK (MD) ABC 27 FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The former pastor of a Montgomery County church is going to prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl. Seventy-4-year-old Joe Ivey of Walkersville was sentenced Wednesday in Frederick to four years, with another 16 suspended. The former senior pastor of the Barnesville Baptist Church pleaded guilty last month to second-degree sex offense. He allegedly abused the girl in February 2010 while she visited his home. State's Attorney Charlie Smith says Ivey must register as sex offender after his release. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Abuse support urges Church do more to help victims PROVIDENCE (RI) WPRO A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is calling on the Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence to reach out to potential abuse victims who may have attended a Warwick parochial high school. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says two brothers who worked at Bishop Hendricken High School have been 'credibly accused' of abuse, and a judge in the bankruptcy filing of their Irish Christian Brothers order has set a deadline of August 1, 2012 for abuse victims to come forward to seek justice and compensation. "A judge has given victims an August first deadline, by which they must come forward and seek justice and expose predators or else they're left out in the cold," said David Clohessy, Executive Director of the St. Louis, Missouri based SNAP. "We obviously believe that the bishop should err on the side of openness and transparency and child safety, and reach out to anybody who either saw, suspected or suffered any crimes," said Clohessy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Lawsuits launched against jailed priest CANADA CTV Emily Senger, ctvtoronto.ca Date: Wednesday Mar. 28, 2012 Four Sudbury men are launching civil lawsuits against a priest and former Catholic schoolteacher who has already pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault. Father William Hodgson Marshall, who is now approaching his 90s, is currently serving a two-year prison term for the abuse of 17 young people between the 1950s and 1980s, crimes to which he pleaded guilty. At least one of those incidents of abuse occurred at St. Michael's College School in Toronto in the 1950s. On Wednesday, four more men stepped forward at a press conference in Sudbury, alleging abuse at the hands of the man who was their Grade 9 teacher at St. Charles College in Sudbury in the '60s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 AM

Former Palma student alleges abuse by priest; documents show history of suspicions about teacher CALIFORNIA Santa Cruz Sentinel [with documents] By JULIA REYNOLDS Herald Staff Writer montereyherald.com Posted: 03/28/2012 A former Palma High School student filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the Rev. Gerald Funcheon, a former Palma teacher, of molesting him on a school trip in the 1980s. Meanwhile, in another court case, copies of letters from and about Funcheon indicate a long history of suspicions about the Catholic priest, who taught at the Salinas school during the 198485 school year. Named in the new lawsuit, filed in a Minnesota court, are Palma High School, Funcheon and the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, a Catholic order also known as the Crosiers, which at the time had headquarters in Minnesota. Funcheon was a member of the order, which is not affiliated with Palma. The complaint alleges that Chris Spedden, now in his early 40s and living out of the area, was 13 when he was molested while on a ski trip to Bend, Ore., a trip chaperoned by Funcheon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

Mass is said as penance for harm done to abuse victims PORTLAND (ME) The Portland Press Herald The leader of Maine's Roman Catholics held a day of prayer and penance Wednesday for harm done to the victims of clergy sexual abuse. Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone celebrated the annual Mass of prayer and penance, first held in 2002, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Malone said he hopes through prayer and reflection that Catholics can become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

Priest's S&M vid fetish kept secret from pastor PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer BY JOHN P. MARTIN & JOSEPH A. SLOBODZIAN Inquirer Staff Writers A HAVERTOWN pastor testified Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sent a priest to his parish in 2002 without telling him that the man had been caught with gay sadomasochistic videos and a sexually graphic love letter he'd written to a seventh-grade boy. The Rev. Henry McKee, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, said that nearly three years passed before he learned of the Rev. Michael Murtha's background. "It was the last two to three weeks he was there," McKee told a Common Pleas Court jury. McKee was one of four priests who testified Wednesday as prosecutors sought to show how Msgr. William J. Lynn and other church leaders shuffled and protected priests suspected of sexual misconduct or abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

March 28, 2012 Victim’s Father Determined To Break Cycle Of Abuse In Brooklyn’s Hasidic, Orthodox Communities NEW YORK CBS New York NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The issue of child sexual abuse cuts across all ethnic and religious lines. But some say in the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, the problem is compounded by religious taboos that make reporting abusers to police very rare. They say it is a secret and that children continue to suffer. Mordechai Jungreis said he was victimized twice — once when his son was sexually abused by a member of the community and again when he was shunned trying to get him help. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Archdiocese Priest Writes Love Letter to Seventh-Grade Boy PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano Father Joseph Okonski had a pained look on his face. The veteran priest was telling a jury how back in 1995, he walked into the bedroom of his rectory roommate, Father Michael Murtha, and discovered a trove of pornographic magazines and videos. "Certainly, I was disturbed by it," the priest told the jury Wednesday. The porn was being mailed to the rectory of St. Anselm's Church in Northeast Philadelphia in plan wrappers. The priest played one video. "It was sado-masochistic male-on-male pornography," he testified. The priest reported the porn to the pastor of St. Anselm's, but he didn't do anything about it, Father Okonski told the jury. Then, Father Okonski made a second visit to Father Murtha's bedroom and discovered in a closet a love letter Father Murtha had written to a seventh-grader named Drew. "Dear Drew," Father Murtha wrote. "You are so cute ... would you like it if I sucked your dick? I bet you would." In the letter, which was displayed to the jury, Father Murtha told the seventh grader that he wanted to kiss his nipples and spank "his cute ass." The priest told the seventh-grader that if he decided to take the priest up on his offer of fellatio, he should leave a letter behind the bulletin board where the parish school advertised the student of the week. The letter from the archdiocese priest was signed, your "secret lover." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Clergy call for inquiry into sexual abuse claims AUSTRALIA ABC News Alison Caldwell Updated March 29, 2012 Senior clergy in Melbourne's Catholic Church say there is a groundswell of support in their ranks for an independent inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse complaints. Among those supporting calls for an independent inquiry is the Archbishop's adviser on sexual abuse issues. Father Tony Kerin, the Episcopal Vicar for Justice and Peace in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, says an independent inquiry would be costly but it would help. Along with several other priests, he has recently been meeting with victims of sexual abuse through a victim's advocacy group. "I would say there is growing appreciation among the clergy of the seriousness and significance of this problem of church sexual abuse," Father Kerin said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Lawyers appeal for other Sudbury victims of Father Marshall to come forward CANADA The Sudbury Star By Carol Mulligan/The Sudbury Star The sexual abuse of students decades ago at St. Charles College by a Roman Catholic priest is "the white elephant in the room in Sudbury" and must be aired publicly, says the lawyer representing victims of the disgraced clergyman. Father William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall, 89, is serving two years in Kingston Penitentiary after pleading guilty in June 2011 to 17 charges of indecent assault, six involving Sudbury men. Some of those men are now seeking justice from authorities they say knew about the abuse they were subjected to and did nothing to stop it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 PM

Diocese clams up as questions remain on status of Gerald Riva investigation, priest polici WOODRIDGE (IL) Woodbridge Reporter By David Heitz, [email protected] Woodridge Reporter Posted Mar 28, 2012 Woodridge, IL — In the days following the early departure of one of its pastors after a 20-year-old public indecency charge came to light, the Diocese of Joliet has refused to answer remaining questions. Nearly two weeks ago, the Rev. Gerald Riva left St. Scholastica Roman Catholic Church in Woodridge after a 13-year tenure there as a priest and pastor. His retirement came three months earlier than scheduled and just days after his 1992 arrest and subsequent guilty plea on misdemeanor public indecency charge came to light. The diocese initially said it had launched an investigation into the incident in 1992, in which a plain-clothed DuPage County Forest Preserve Police officer arrested Riva for masturbating and grabbing the male officer’s genitals Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

Altar Boy Stalked By Pedophile Priest PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano A former altar boy told a jury Wednesday how he was stalked by a pedophile priest. Daniel J. Guida, 36, took the witness stand to testify in the Catholic sex abuse trial. Guida told the jury how back in 1991, when he was a 15-year-old sophomore at Bishop John Neumann High School, he was in a book store browsing through gay pornographic magazines when he realized he was being watched. Guida described hismelf as a "tiny" five-foot-one, 110-pound kid "with big hair and a moustache" who was wearing his Bishop Neumann jacket. Father Francis X. Trauger was at least 6-foot3, Guida testified, dressed in black, but not wearing a collar. "He taps me on the shoulder and confronts me," Guida recalled. He had a half-dozen mags rolled up in his hand. "What are you buying?" the priest wanted to know. "I just have some magazines," Guida recalled saying. "I know what you have, let me see the magazines," Guida quoted the priest as saying. The priest grabbed the magazines from Guida and browsed through them. He handed the mags back to Guida and asked the boy his name. Guida refused to answer. The priest asked Guida what school he went to. When Guida again refused to answer, the priest reminded him, "It's on your jacket." "Don't worry, I'll find you," the priest said, before he left. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Grand Jury indicts Fr. Dongor WORCESTER (MA) Telegram & Gazette Posted By The Catholic Free Press March 28, 2012 A Worcester County grand jury indicted Father Lowe B. Dongor Friday on charges of possessing child pornography and larceny of more than $250. Father Dongor, 36, is believed to have fled the country, possibly to the Philippines, his family home. State Police charge that he admitted stealing “$40 or $50” at various times from St. Joseph’s Parish in Fitchburg, where he was serving as associate pastor, and sending the money home to his family. State Police also said one of his computers contained pictures of 10- or 11-year-old girls in various states of undress. A warrant for his arrest has been issued and, if he is returned to Massachusetts he will be prosecuted, said Timothy J. Connelly, spokesman for the District Attorney. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

Another Lay Review Board Thrown Under The Bus … KANSAS CITY (MO) The Worthy Adversary Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 28, 2012 in Clergy Abuse Crisis Serve on a Diocese lay review board, and you can go to jail. Or at least that’s what Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn says. Bishop Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph are each being charged with one misdemeanor of failure to report suspected child abuse. The charges stem from the case of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, a priest in the diocese who now faces 13 federal counts of child pornography. According to legal accounts, whistleblowers, and media reports, Bishop Finn knew about Ratigan’s suspicious behavior for at least a year, possibly more, and sat on Ratigan’s child pornography collection for six months before turning it over to the police. Finn also didn’t inform his own lay review board until six months after Finn learned of the pornography and a month AFTER he finally notified the police. This is a year after the school principal wrote Finn a detailed letter outlining Ratigan’s suspicious behavior, including the fact that parents had found toys in his house and children’s underwear in his bushes. The lay review board learned about the principal’s letter in the media. Not from Finn. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Victims of sexual abuse step forward, encourage others to follow suit CANADA Sudbury Northern Life By: Laurel Myers - Sudbury Northern Life Staff Robert Talach said it's time society stopped turning a blind eye to the past and stepped up to bring justice to fruition. The litigation lawyer with Ledroit Beckett addressed local media March 28 at the Radisson Hotel regarding the commencement of four new civil lawsuits against Father William Hodgson Marshall, a man found guilty of sexual abuse against a long list of his former students. Also named in the lawsuit are the Basilian Fathers of Toronto, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Bishop Ronald Peter Fabbro, all being either employers or supervisors of Marshall during the time of the crimes. Marshall, also referred to as "Happy Hands" by former victims, was convicted and sentenced in June 2011 for the sexual abuse of 17 young people while he was serving as a Roman Catholic priest and educator. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial: Rev. Francis Trauger Stalked Boy, Witness Says PHILADELPHIA (PA) Huffington Post By Michael McLaughlin | Posted: 03/28/2012 Msgr. William Lynn is on trial for allegedly not informing law enforcement officials about suspected cases of sexual abuse by clergymen. In a far-reaching sex crimes coverup trial underway in Philadelphia, a former Catholic high school student testified today that a priest stalked him, locked him in a school conference room and ordered him to unzip his pants. The student -- now a 36-year-old man -- said loud banging on the locked door halted the priest, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The explosive testimony came on the third day of a historic trial against two Roman Catholic priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese. The Rev. James Brennan is accused of attempting to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Monsignor William Lynn is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for covering up cases of molestation and abuse by members of the clergy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Abuse victim testifies in Philadelphia church trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) RI NPR (2012-03-28) (Reuters) - By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The jury in the Philadelphia Archdiocese pedophilia case on Wednesday got a look at the lurid lives of priests that were allegedly ignored by a top church official now on trial for child endangerment. Testimony by a former altar boy who said he was abused and by a priest who stumbled upon his fellow clergy's misdeeds came during the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior church official to go to trial in the child sex abuse case rocking the Roman Catholic Church. Lynn, 61, who served as secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests, many of whom were simply transferred to unsuspecting parishes. Lynn, who was effectively the archdiocese's personnel director, said he tried to expose suspect priests by giving a list of their names to Bevilacqua but his boss ordered the paperwork shredded. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

PA trial: Priests struggled with 'sexual sobriety' PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Sun News By MARYCLAIRE DALE - Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- A string of Roman Catholic priests testified Wednesday in a landmark clergy-abuse case, saying they reported fellow priests to the archdiocese after finding them with pornography or in unhealthy relationships with children. The priests, uncomfortably, are prosecution witnesses in the trial of a longtime supervisor in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Monsignor William Lynn. The former secretary for clergy is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church cover up abuse complaints. The Rev. Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found pornographic magazines and videos, and a sexually explicit letter to a seventh-grade boy, in another priest's bedroom in 1995. The graphic letter, which purported to be from a classmate, asked if the boy wanted oral sex. The author said he fantasized about seeing the boy getting spanked by his father. The boy was told to write "Yes" on a bulletin board at the parish school if he wanted to engage in sex acts with his "secret lover." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Priest Finds Porn, Lewd Letter in Rectory By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 | Updated 3:53 PM Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, including one who said Wednesday that he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory. The priests are prosecution witnesses in the trial of a longtime supervisor in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Monsignor William Lynn. The former secretary for clergy is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church cover up abuse complaints. The Rev. Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found a box of pornographic magazines and videos in another priest's bedroom in 1995. Okonski said he informed his pastor, who did nothing. But he soon called an archdiocesan official after finding the sexually explicit letter to a seventh-grade boy, which purported to be from a classmate and asked if the boy wanted oral sex. "You are soooo cute. I have been thinking about you for a long time. ... You're the cutest in our grade,'' the typed letter said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Bishop: Total re-examination of Catholic faith, culture needed CHICAGO (IL) National Catholic Reporter Mar. 28, 2012 By Joshua J. McElwee CHICAGO -- The roots of the decades-long clergy sex abuse scandal lie not in any set of rules or practices, but are found deep in the culture of the church itself, retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson said Wednesday in a wide-ranging talk at the historic Newberry Library in downtown Chicago. The "major fault" of the church in the scandal, Robinson said, is that it "refuses to look at any teaching, law, practice or even attitude of the church itself as in any way contributing" to the crisis. "In studying abuse, we must be free to follow the argument wherever it leads rather than impose in advance the limitation that our study must not demand change in any teaching or law," he continued. "We must admit that there might be elements of the 'Catholic culture' that have contributed either to the abuse or to the poor response to abuse.'" Peppering his talk with personal stories of bishops and priests, Robinson spoke of 12 areas of Catholic culture he said deserved "serious consideration" for their role in contributing to the abuse crisis, including our understanding of God as a being who is frequently angry and a hierarchy that is prone to a "culture of obsessive secrecy." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Pädophiler Priester feierte Gottesdienst mit Kindern DEUTSCHLAND SWR Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche, Triers Bischof Stephan Ackermann, steht erneut wegen der Beschäftigung eines pädophilen Priesters in der Kritik. Ein wegen sexueller Übergriffe zu einer Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Geistlicher soll einen Gottesdienst mit Kinder gehalten haben. Das berichtet der "Trierische Volksfreund" (Donnerstagausgabe). Dem Bericht zufolge verböten die Regeln der Kirche dies jedoch. Als pädophil bekannte Priester dürften nicht mit Minderjährigen arbeiten. Die geistliche Leiterin der katholische Jugendorganisation KSJ, Jutta Lehnert, forderte Konsequenzen. "Priester, die straffällig geworden sind, gehören nicht mehr in die Seelsorge", sagte sie der Zeitung. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Pädophiler Priester hielt Messe mit Kommunionkindern DEUTSCHLAND Saarbrucker Zeitung Trier. Viele Eltern einer Gemeinde im Nordsaarland sind entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hat vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden (Veröffentlicht am 28.03.2012) Trier. Viele Eltern einer Gemeinde im Nordsaarland sind entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hat vor zweieinhalb Wochen einen Gottesdienst gehalten, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden. Das habe im Nachhinein für "viel Unruhe in der Bevölkerung" gesorgt, sagte der Bürgermeister der Gemeinde dem "Trierischen Volksfreund", in deren Kirche die Messe gehalten wurde. Zuvor war bekannt geworden, dass der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann mindestens sieben pädophile Geistliche beschäftigt. Dafür gibt es Auflagen, etwa dass die Männer nicht in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit eingesetzt werden dürfen. Dies sei in der Praxis kaum zu überprüfen, wie die geistliche Leiterin der katholische Jugendorganisation KSJ, Jutta Lehnert, sagt. Sie sieht nur eine sinnvolle Konsequenz: "Priester, die straffällig geworden sind, gehören nicht mehr in die Seelsorge." Diese Forderung erheben auch Opferorganisationen sowie die von hauptund ehrenamtlichen Kirchenmitarbeitern gegründete Saarbrücker Initiative. In der betroffenen Gemeinde gab es am Dienstagabend eine Krisensitzung von Pfarreienrat und Seelsorgeteam. "Es war kontrovers, aber sachlich", berichteten Teilnehmer. Der betroffene Geistliche war nicht dabei. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Bistum bekommt ... DEUTSCHLAND Volksfreund Bistum bekommt Problem mit pädophilen Priestern nicht in den Griff Der Trierer Bischof und Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche, Stephan Ackermann, steht abermals in der Kritik. Pädophile Priester dürfen nach den Regeln der Kirche nicht mit Minderjährigen arbeiten. Aber dies geschah kürzlich in einer Kirche in Ackermanns Bistum. Über diesen erst zweieinhalb Wochen zurückliegenden Vorfall in einer nordsaarländischen Gemeinde sind viele Eltern entrüstet: Ausgerechnet ein vor 17 Jahren wegen Dutzender sexueller Übergriffe auf Mädchen zu einer zweijährigen Bewährungsstrafe verurteilter Trierer Bistumspriester hielt einen Gottesdienst, in dem die diesjährigen Kommunionkinder der Kirchengemeinde vorgestellt wurden. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Nouveau scandale de prêtres pédophiles en Allemagne ALLEMAGNE Le Monde (France) Par Frédéric Lemaître L'église catholique allemande est au cœur d'une nouvelle polémique en raison de son laxisme à l'égard de prêtres pédophiles. L'hebdomadaire Der Spiegel (du 19 mars) révèle qu'au moins sept prêtres pédophiles continuent d'exercer dans le diocèse de Trêves. Celui-ci présente pourtant une particularité : c'est justement à l'évêque de Trêves, Stephan Ackermann, que la conférence épiscopale allemande a confié la gestion de ce délicat dossier. Circonstance aggravante : dans le cadre de ces fonctions, Stephan Ackermann parle de "tolérance zéro" à l'égard des prêtres pédophiles. Or, selon le Spiegel qui s'appuie sur les travaux d'un historien et les témoignages de catholiques mis en ligne sur deux sites Internet (MissBiT, Schafsbrief), ce principe est loin d'être en vigueur dans l'évêché. Trois prêtres -un responsable d'internat qui avait contraint un élève à avoir des relations sexuelles et deux autres prêtres chez qui l'on a trouvé des films pédopornographiques- ont été condamnés par la justice. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Vom Acker und dem Ackermännchen DEUTSCHLAND The European Was in der Politik von rechts nach links diskutiert wird, kann analog auf die Kirche angewandt werden. In 500 Jahren seit der Glaubensspaltung hat sie Grundlegendes nicht geändert. Hatten die Reformatoren doch recht? Das Reich Gottes, so hören wir bei Jesus, ist wie ein Acker, in dem ein Schatz gefunden wird. Der Vorbote dieses Reiches Gottes ist die Kirche. Die katholische Kirche. Hat sie vielleicht auch ein paar Schätze im Acker? In Deutschland: Im Moment keine. Die Kirche hat hier keinen Acker anzubieten, sondern einen Ackermann. Er ist Bischof von Trier und hat den Auftrag der Bischofskonferenz angenommen, die Missbrauchsskandale in der Kirche aufzuklären und neue zu verhindern. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Controversy erupts around ‘Standing Silent’ documentary UNITED STATES Washington Post By Emily Wax A controversy erupted this week over “Standing Silent”, a documentary film about sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community, reported the JTA, a news service that covers the Jewish world. It all started in September, when L.A.Jewish Film Festival chief Hilary Helstein wrote an email to other Jewish film festival directors warning about the danger of showing “Standing Silent,” and saying that while it was well made, “Our committee felt with a community that reveres it’s [sic] rabbis this was not something they wanted to show.” That email was not made public until last week during a March 20 screening of the film in Hartford. Steve Shaw, a member of the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, showed the film’s producer, Scott Rosenfelt, a copy of the Helstein email. Shaw wanted to use it during a Q and A session after the film to demonstrate that,“our rabbis in West Hartford not only endorsed showing the film, but they actually sponsored the entire evening,” Shaw said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post. “I read a quote from the email at the Q and A to show that the response in other communities had not been as welcoming,” Shaw said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Damaging Evidence Presented In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial PHILADLEPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the clergy abuse case presented disturbing evidence Wednesday as it tries to make its case that defendant Monsignor William Lynn was part of a decades long conspiracy to protect predator priests while endangering children. The priests from these old cases have not been charged. A man testified he was targeted on the street. A priest in civilian clothes spotted him buying pornography as a teen in 1991, noted his Bishop Neumann High School jacket, and then tracked him down to the school, pulled him from class and then molested him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Press Release MASSACHUSETTS Voice from the Desert Hunger Strike for Justice by Clergy Abuse Survivor to Continue: Days 4, 5, and 6 of the Hunger Strike will be at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA Contact: Kevin O’Connor, 434-327-6543 Mark Lyman 518-852-7295 A victim of clergy sexual abuse by a Jesuit priest began a Hunger Strike for Justice on March 25, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. It began there because the victim, although abused by a Jesuit priest, was badly treated by Cardinal O’Malley when she told him about Jesuit non-responsiveness. The Cardinal said the Archdiocese would not get involved because “the Jesuits are working it out with you”. This was false. The victim was sexually assaulted on a study abroad program sponsored by the College of the Holy Cross in 1983. She tried to report it the same year, but the college did nothing about it. She made several other attempts to report it over the next ten years, but the abuser remained in ministry and teaching. In 2003, the Jesuit abuser was finally removed from ministry and teaching and banned from ministry and teaching forever. The abuser’s family immediately began to harass the victim, because the Jesuits had provided her name. In 2006, the Jesuit abuser breached the ban on ministry; he was on the staff of a parish in Berlin, Germany. He also taught at Georgetown and Fordham. The victim learned this in 2009 after she googled the abuser’s name. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Group calls on hospital to find victims of abuse HARTFORD (CT) WFSB [with video] HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Members from SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is asking Hartford Hospital to reach out to potential victims of Father Ivan Ferguson, who is accused of child abuse. Feruguson, who worked at Northwest Catholic, was transferred to Hartford Hospital in the 1980s by the Archdiocese, where many said the abuse continued. In Waterbury, Father Raymond Paul is accused of abusing children during his two year tenure as Chaplain at Saint Mary's Hospital during the 1970s. Before that, he was accused of abuse while presiding over Saint Thomas Church. "We believe that it's just really tragic how Catholic officials take accused priests out of a parish or school and put them in a hospital where kids are even more vulnerable," said David Clohessy, the director of SNAP. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Priest: Found porn, lewd letter to boy in rectory PHILADLEPHIA (PA) The Seattle Times Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, and one says he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory. By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Several Roman Catholic priests have testified in a landmark clergy-abuse case, and one says he found pornography and a lewd letter to a boy in the rectory. The priests are prosecution witnesses in the trial of the longtime secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese. Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children by allegedly helping the church hide abuse complaints. Father Joseph Okonski told jurors Wednesday that he found a box of pornographic magazines and videos in another priest's room in 1995. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bishop in Ohio says no decision yet on re-opening Cleveland Diocese churches spared by Vatican CLEVELAND (OH) The Republic THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First Posted: March 28, 2012 CLEVELAND — Parishioners of 13 northeast Ohio churches closed by the bishop but spared by the Vatican must wait to find out if they will re-open. Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon said in a letter to be distributed at weekend Masses that the issue of re-opening the churches "is not nearly as clear-cut as it may appear." He says there is no easy or perfect solution and he hasn't made any decisions. He pledges to respect church authority. Two weeks ago a Vatican office took the extraordinary step of ordering the churches re-opened. The Congregation for the Clergy ruled that Lennon failed to follow church law and procedure in the closings. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Bishop Finn bobs and weaves KANSAS CITY (MO) dotCommonweal March 28, 2012 Posted by David Gibson This is not going to end well, even if Bishop Finn gets off. Coverage of a motion to dismiss, via Reuters: In a preview to the upcoming trial of Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a lawyer for Finn asked Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence to dismiss the charge against him because he said there was another Diocese official who should have reported the priest to police. “Bishop Finn had no statutory duty to report. We believe that this is clear,” said attorney J.R. Hobbs in arguing for Judge Torrence to dismiss the case against Finn. ... Finn’s lawyers argue that Monsignor Robert Murphy was the “designated reporters” so Bp. Finn did not have the technical legal responsibility. Perhaps that argument could work legally, and the bishop has hired a team of the best lawyers in the state. But will that fly in the court of public opinion? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Witness recalls being stalked by priest PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER A former student at a Catholic high school in South Philadelphia today described how an Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest stalked him, had him removed from a class, locked him in a conference room, touched his leg and pressed him to talk about homosexuality. "I told you I'd find you," the Rev. Francis Trauger allegedly told the boy, then 15. The priest ordered the boy to kneel and unzip his pants, but the forced encounter abruptly ended when a faculty member began banging on the door, the student said. Now 36, the man was the second witness to testify at the conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial of two archdiocesan priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Blog Covers Priest Abuse Trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change March 28, 2012 by Susan Matthews There’s a new blog in town and it’s worth a daily visit: The Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog – by Ralph Cipriano. Cipriano was a religion reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer during the early 90s while I was an editor at The Catholic Standard and Times. I was impressed at his willingness to report on the late Cardinal Bevilacqua’s Machiavellian style of leadership back in the day. He is currently a freelancer for National Catholic Reporter. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

War on Catholics UNITED STATES Religion News Service - Spiritual Politics Mark Silk|Mar 28, 2012 At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William J. Lynn, whose job it was to oversee the archdiocese's 800 priests, should not be held responsible for covering up abuse cases because his boss, the late Anthony Bevilacqua, was the "puppet master." Meanwhile, at the sexual abuse hearing in Kansas City yesterday, counsel for the defense sought dismissal of the coverup indictment of Bishop Robert Finn on the grounds that Finn wasn't the "designated reporter." Lawyers do what lawyers are paid to do, of course, and in these cases it is to get their clients off the criminal hook. But it's hard to imagine a better way to drive Catholics further away from the church than by such denials and shifting of responsibility. Sure, over the past decade many apologies have been made and new rules and vetting procedures put in place. What's clear from Philadelphia and Kansas City, however, is that when push comes to shove, the apologies can turn out to be lip service and the rules are honored in the breach. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

Parents say school failed to protect children in inmate pen-pal project HOUSTON (TX) Click2Houston [with video] Author: Ryan Korsgard HOUSTON - A Houston family sued the Trinity Lutheran School claiming the school and its administrators failed to protect students as a teacher allowed students to correspond with a now convicted child molester. "Just disbelief over the whole situation," said the mother, who asked that her identity not be revealed. She said her 10-year-old son was corresponding with Rickey Rea Rowlett while he was in jail. Last week, Rowlett was convicted of continuous sex abuse of a child under 14 years old. "The school that I trusted to protect my child had sent his personal information out," the boy's mother said. She said her son was one of a dozen students who started corresponding with Rowlett in December as a class pen-pal project at Trinity Lutheran School. She said the correspondence started without her permission. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Parents Say School Had Kids Write to Child Molester HOUSTON (TX) Courthouse News Service By CAMERON LANGFORD HOUSTON (CN) - Parents claim in court that their son's fourth-grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School had her class start a pen pal correspondence with an accused child molester without telling them, and he shared the letters with other jail inmates convicted of sex crimes against children. John and Jane Doe sued Trinity Lutheran Church / The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod dba Trinity Lutheran School, in Harris County Court. Jane Doe on her own behalf and as next friend of the couple's children, Child Doe 1 and Child Doe 2, who both attended the school until the pen pal assignment was made known to parents. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:48 AM

Zwolle gaat op de knieën NEDERLAND Friesch Dagblad Zwolle | Christenen vanuit allerlei kerken en organisaties gaan vrijdag op de knieen in Zwolle. Ze doen dat allereerst om de relatie met God, elkaar, zichzelf en de stad te herstellen. Jongeren gaan in de middag midden in het centrum van de stad bidden. Volwassenen en jongeren hebben ’s avonds de gelegenheid om met elkaar te bidden in de Noorderkerk aan de Thorbeckegracht of de Plantagekerk bij het Kerkbrugje. ,,Het bijzondere van het samenkomen van de jongeren is dat ze worden opgeroepen via de Sjofar, een oud blaasinstrument van duizenden jaren oud uit de geschiedenis van het joodse volk. De Sjofar was het twitterinstrument in die tijd”, aldus Mink de Vries, voorzitter van het Podium van Kerken in Zwolle. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Another Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orange and Pedo-Priest it Protected, Denis Lyons CALIFORNIA Orange County Weekly By Gustavo Arellano Wed., Mar. 28 2012 Not even a week after Denis Lyons pleaded guilty to being a child molester, another civil lawsuit has been filed against him and his longtime protector, the Catholic Diocese of Orange. The lawsuit was actually introduced into Orange County Superior Court in September but was just delivered to Lyons, Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown and others by Santa Barbara-based lawyer Tim Hale. The lawsuit claims that Lyons repeatedly molested a boy starting in 1979, when he was a fifth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa, the same parish where Lyons molested the boy that led to his arrest. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:31 AM

Ex-priest faces eight charges of gross indecency IRELAND Wexford People Wednesday March 28 2012 AN ELDERLY FORMER priest who taught at St. Peter's College, has been charged with eight counts of gross indecency during the 1960s. Seamus O'byrne (78) with an address at The Presbytery in School Street appeared at Wexford District Court on Monday. The former parish priest of Cushinstown who was dismissed from the priesthood in 2005 on the order of the Pope, faces eight counts of committing acts of gross indecency with a male at St. Peter's College in Summerhill on dates unknown in 1964, 1965 and 1966. The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons. Garda David Beale gave evidence of arresting the defendant on Sunday and charging him with the offences. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

Priests call for abuse inquiry AUSTRALIA The Age Barney Zwartz March 29, 2012 SENIOR Melbourne Catholic clergy, including the archbishop's adviser on sexual abuse issues, have broken ranks by backing a call for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints. The adviser, Father Tony Kerin, said yesterday that he had told Archbishop Denis Hart that an independent review would clear the air and should be held, although the cost to the church would be high. ''This is really a crunch issue for the church. If we are to be a church, we need to minister to the victims and do it much better,'' he said. More than 300 sexual abuse victims have received compensation from the Catholic Church in Melbourne. More than 60 Melbourne Catholic clergy and members of religious orders have been convicted of sexual abuse since 1993. The abuse issue is intensifying worldwide. It started in Boston in the US, spread to Ireland and is now surfacing in Europe and South America. A public inquiry in Ireland, long opposed by the bishops, uncovered decades of institutional abuse but allowed a fresh start, Irish Catholics say. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Missbrauchsbeauftragter kämpft gegen das Vergessen DEUTSCHLAND Welt Von Miriam Hollstein Johannes-Wilhelm Rörig ist ein geduldiger Mann. Einer, der sich von Absagen nicht irritieren lässt. Der ehemalige Arbeitsrichter verliert auch dann nicht die Ruhe, wenn er wieder einmal mit vorwurfsvollen Fragen konfrontiert ist. Geduld braucht der 52-Jährige bei seiner jetzigen Tätigkeit mehr denn je. Seit rund 100 Tagen ist Rörig der Unabhängige Beauftragte für Fragen des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs . Seither kämpft er dagegen, dass das Thema in Vergessenheit gerät. Vor gut zwei Jahren, am 24. März 2010, beschloss die Bundesregierung die Einrichtung eines Runden Tisches „Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch“. In den Wochen zuvor hatten immer weitere Enthüllungen über Missbrauchsfälle in katholischen und anderen Einrichtungen die Republik erschüttert. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Convicted priest faces more lawsuits CANADA CBC News William Hodgson Marshall will have more civil lawsuits launched against him Wednesday. He's the retired priest and convicted sex offender who taught at schools around the province, including Assumption College and Holy Names in Windsor. Four more alleged victims will speak alongside their lawyers in Sudbury on Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Es geschah in der Kirche DEUTSCHLAND Berliner Morgenpost Von Uta Keseling 33 Knöpfe, daran erinnert er sich noch genau. 33 Knöpfe der priesterlichen Soutane, die nacheinander geöffnet wurden. Die Erinnerung an das, was folgte, war über Jahre in einem Nebel verschwunden, den man in der Psychologie Trauma nennt: Erfahrungen, die zu schlimm sind, um sie zu verarbeiten, werden beiseitegeschoben. Manchmal dauert es Jahrzehnte, bis sie wiederkommen. So wie bei Stefan K. (Name geändert). Er war elf Jahre alt, als ein Kaplan ihn sexuell missbrauchte. Erst jetzt, mit Mitte 40, ist K. in der Lage, öffentlich darüber zu sprechen. Seine Vorwürfe treffen einen Geistlichen, gegen den schon einmal wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt wurde – Peter W., zuletzt Pfarrer der Heilig-Kreuz-Gemeinde in Hohenschönhausen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Missouri judge hears motions in case against bishop KANSAS CITY (MO) Morning Sentinel BY BILL DRAPER, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County judge said Tuesday he hopes to rule on motions by the end of next week in a misdemeanor case involving the highest-ranking U.S. Roman Catholic official accused of shielding an abusive priest. Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph each are charged with one count of failure to report suspected child abuse to the state. Finn's attorneys have asked to have his case dismissed, contending he was not the diocese's mandatory reporting agent. Defense attorney J.R. Hobbs also asked Circuit Judge John Torrence on Tuesday to sever the cases so they can be tried separately. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Complaint details charges against alleged monk GALESBURG (IL) WCF Courier By DENNIS MAGEE, [email protected] | Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 GALESBURG, Ill. --- Ryan St. Anne Scott used his influence as a spiritual adviser to steal from a former admirer, according to a criminal complaint filed in Knox County in Illinois. Scott duped his alleged victim, Sheila Anderson, by "holding himself out to be an ordained priest and member of the Order of St. Benedict," Assistant State's Attorney Erik Gibson added. According to the complaint, Scott "knowingly and by deception" gained control over Anderson's property, including bank accounts. He is facing three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft and one count of deceptive practices. "The charges are not unusual. We see those all the time," Gibson said. "What makes this a little more interesting is the relationship between the parties." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Woodridge priest retires after word of '92 arrest gets out WOODBRIDGE (IL) Chicago Tribune By Brian Slodysko, Chicago Tribune reporter March 27, 2012 A Catholic priest retired three months earlier than planned recently after news that he was arrested 20 years ago for soliciting sex in a forest preserve spread through the Woodridge parish he served, according to Diocese of Joliet officials. The Rev. Gerald P. Riva chose to retire on his own after serving for 13 years at St. Scholastica's Parish and was not forced out, according to Doug Delaney, spokesman for the diocese. Delaney added that the diocese was not aware of Riva's arrest until recently. The diocese declined to provide specifics on why or how news of the arrest came to light. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Glück: Gesellschaftlicher Bedeutungsverlust der Kirche DEUTSCHLAND Kirchensite Berlin. Der Präsident des Zentralkomitees der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK), Alois Glück, rechnet mit einem wachsenden Bedeutungsverlust der Kirchen in der Gesellschaft. "Das Christentum generell wird nicht mehr lange die dominante Stellung behalten", sagte er am Dienstag (27.03.2012) der Tageszeitung "Die Welt". In München bildeten die Mitglieder beider christlicher Konfessionen nur noch knapp 50 Prozent der Einwohner. "Das so genannte katholische München ist damit noch nicht antikirchlich, aber die Sonderrolle der Kirche wird längerfristig nicht mehr gegeben sein." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

New polygamy charges coming in Canada? CANADA The Salt Lake Tribune Lindsay Whitehurst A set of "expanded powers" for a Canadian special prosecutor could mean new charges against polygamists in and around the Warren Jeffs-led settlement of Bountiful. Previous polygamy charges filed against rival leaders there crashed and burned amid concerns about religious liberty in 2009. Story here. But then a judge took up the question of whether the law violates religious freedom — and last year decided it should stay. Could charges be filed again against Winston Blackmore, who broke from Jeffs several years ago, and Jimmy Oler, the FLDS leader ex-ed more than a year ago? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens... PENNSYLVANIA Huffington Post Pennsylvania Church Kidnaps Teens, Holds Them At Gunpoint, For 'Learning Exercise' (VIDEO) The Glad Tidings Assembly of God church in Middleton, Pa., has sparked outrage after a teaching exercise traumatized its youth group and left some with physical bruises, WHTM TV reports. A shaken 14-year-old told the station two men came into the room with guns, pulled pillow cases over some of their heads, and pushed them into a van. "They pulled my chair out from underneath me and then they told me to get on the ground," the unnamed girl tearfully told WHTM. "And I was the first person to go into the van. I had my hands behind my back they said 'just do as I say and you won't be hurt.'" The "kidnapped" youth group was then taken to their pastor's house, where it looked like the minister was being attacked. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Church is approaching breaking point IRELAND New Ross Standard The way I see it By FR BRIAN WHELAN Tuesday March 27 2012 THE LONG awaited Vatican Report into the Irish Church was published last week. A couple of weeks ago, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin was quoted as saying that the Church in Ireland is at breaking point. The statement was of course headline fodder for the newspapers, and reading the reports of the interview he gave in the US, one can easily see why such a statement would raise eyebrows. To think that the Church is at breaking point is quite disconcerting, and really I suppose it could be perceived as a very negative idea. But I feel that while Archbishop Martin is right in some ways, the truer overall picture isn't quite so bad. The institutional church, the hierarchy, and the perceived 'all-powerful church' is of course a shadow of its former self. But this needn't necessarily be a bad thing. What had evolved, particularly over the last couple of centuries in Ireland, was an institution, which had strayed hugely from what the church should be all about. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Bishop's lawyer files motion to dismiss KANSAS CITY (MO) KCTV [with video] By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A judge will rule by the end of next week whether to dismiss criminal misdemeanor charges against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Lawyers made arguments in Jackson County Court for about two hours Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors said Finn and the Catholic Diocese should have reported possible sexual abuse by Rev. Shawn Ratigan in 24 hours as required by state law. Prosecutors said the diocese knew about the abuse in December of 2010 but did not report in until May of 2011. Attorneys representing Finn said he wasn't the designated reporter for the diocese and charges against him should be dropped. "We await the court's ruling," said Gerald Handly, an attorney for Finn. "We're not in a position to prejudge one way or the other. We hope for the best always. The bishop is in good spirits and says he appreciates your attention." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Catholic Diocese to hold day of prayer, penance for abuse victims MAINE The Portland Press Herald By Dennis Hoey [email protected] Staff Writer PORTLAND — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has designated Wednesday as a day of prayer and penance for harm done to the victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse. In Portland, the day will be recognized by Bishop Richard Malone with a 12:15 p.m. celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “Each year, I ask the clergy of the diocese to join me by marking a day of contrition for past offenses against minors,” Malone said, in a prepared statement. “Through prayer and reflection, may we become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

The Sins of the Past — Evidence Of "Prior Bad Acts" By The Archdiocese May Be A Daily Issue PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano Although many Catholic priests have been prosecuted and then convicted of abusing children, this trial is unique because Monsignor Lynn is the first Catholic official prosecuted and brought to a jury trial on criminal charges of endangering the welfare of children by failing to investigate and report allegations of child abuse. The only similar case in the United States involves Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, and that case is still in its early stages, with a judge poised to rule on whether the prosecution can continue at all. The prosecution of Monsignor Lynn thus raises a number of novel legal issues that do not arise in a typical child molestation prosecution, even one involving religious figures. In many ways, the prosecution is closer to a white collar fraud prosecution than a molestation prosecution, because Lynn's relationship with the rest of the church is central to the case. In his opening statement, Lynn's lawyer confirmed months of speculation that Lynn was going to defend himself by conceding that he knew about the allegations, that he tried to act on them, but that he was stymied in his efforts by others in the Archdiocese, including Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. As Lynn's lawyer told the jury in his opening statement, "You're going to see that Msgr. Lynn did his damndest to get a handle on this awful issue." To tell if that's true or not, the jury is going to have to see inside the Archdiocese. Although the church itself is not on trial, on many levels it is impossible to separate the two. Lynn was acting in his duties as a church official the entire time, and was also a participant in many investigations of — or the failure to investigate — other allegations of child abuse. Lynn’s lawyers had argued strenuously for the court to exclude from the trial any evidence of other abuse allegations beyond those made specifically against his co-defendants, Priests Avery and Brennan, but Judge Sarmina denied that request, ruling that the prosecutors could bring in evidence of “prior bad acts” including Lynn’s failure to properly follow-up on more than two dozen other allegations of abuse by priests under his supervision. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

"The Avery Files" PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog Ralph Cipriano "Father Ed" Avery liked to hang out at Smokey Joe's and drink beer with college kids. He was into sleepovers with altar boys. He also preferred to spin records as a DJ rather than say Mass. In Common Pleas Court over the past two days, the prosecution opened up "The Avery Files" -- more than 100 confidential documents dealing with accusations of sex abuse against Father Edward V. Avery. The priest, a defendant in the archdiocese sex abuse case, pleaded guilty last week to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old, and conspiracy, and faces a prison sentence of 2 1/2 to 5 years. But that guilty plea didn't end Father Ed's role in the ongoing archdiocese sex abuse case. The Avery files were introduced by Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington while he examined Detective Joseph Walsh, a Philadelphia police officer investigating archdiocese sex abuse since 2002. Monsignor William J. Lynn began his investigation of Father Avery on Oct. 19, 1992, when he got a call from Robert Fisher, a married 29-year-old medical student. The accusations that Fisher made against Father Avery allegedly took place 10 to 15 years earlier, when Fisher was a teenager. At the time, Avery was associate pastor at St. Philip Neri, where Fisher went to church. Fisher said that Father Avery used to take him along when he worked as a DJ at Smokey Joe's, a bar on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

US Catholic bishop had no 'duty' to report child abuse-lawyer KANSAS CITY (MO) Chicago Tribune By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, March 27 (Reuters) - A Catholic Bishop in Kansas City did not have a legal obligation to report suspected child sexual abuse by a local priest even if he knew about it, a lawyer for the bishop said on Tuesday. In a preview to the upcoming trial of Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a lawyer for Finn asked Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence to dismiss the charge against him because he said there was another Diocese official who should have reported the priest to police. "Bishop Finn had no statutory duty to report. We believe that this is clear," said attorney J.R. Hobbs in arguing for Judge Torrence to dismiss the case against Finn. Judge Torrence said he would take the matter under advisement and likely rule on the matter next week. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Both Sides Point To Key Evidence In Priest Abuse Case PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Smoking gun evidence for the prosecution and the defense as both sides cite the same couple of documents to make their case for guilt or innocence in the clergy abuse case. The evidence centers around a former co-defendant who last week admitted sexually abusing an altar boy. The prosecution has presented evidence in the form of documents showing Monsignor William Lynn, who is charged with endangering children compiled a list of 35 suspected or admitted predator priests, found then Father Edward Avery was guilty of sexual misconduct with a minor but still allowed him to remain in ministry and Avery struck again. He pleaded guilty to this assault last week. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Maine bishop holds day of prayer for abuse victims MAINE NECN PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The leader of Maine's Roman Catholics is holding a day of prayer and penance for harm done to the victims of clergy sexual abuse. Diocese of Portland Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass on Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Malone says he hopes through prayer and reflection Catholics can become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

March 27, 2012 Producer threatens L.A. Jewish film fest over rejection of sex-abuse documentary UNITED STATES JTA By Ben Harris · March 27, 2012 NEW YORK (JTA) -- Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and ”Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt's documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.” Rosenfelt sent a scathing email last week to the director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival after learning that she had warned colleagues at other film festivals about "Standing Silent.” The film, which features interviews with several victims of sexual abuse by Baltimore-area Orthodox rabbis, is slated to be screened at several Jewish film festivals across the United States. It was the subject of a lengthy feature article in The Washington Post. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Prosecutors: Monsignor misled parishioners about abuse accusations PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Twice in 1993, Msgr. William J. Lynn received letters from parishioners at St. Therese of the Child Jesus church who were concerned because their pastor, the Rev. Edward V. Avery, took an unexplained leave. As secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Lynn knew the reason: A 29-year-old man had told Lynn that Avery molested him in the 1970s. Lynn had recommended that the Mount Airy pastor get a confidential evaluation and treatment. But Lynn didn't disclose that in his replies to the two parishioners, a detective testified Tuesday. One letter warned a woman to disregard the rumors about Avery. A second said Lynn's office never received "anything but compliments" about the priest. "Another letter (and) no mention of the sexual abuse of a minor?" Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington asked Det. Joseph Walsh. "That is correct," Walsh said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 PM

'Iedere katholiek is medeplichtig aan psychisch leed' NEDERLAND de Volkskrant vk opinie 'Iedere katholiek draagt hoe dan ook bij aan het in stand houden van een instituut dat door de rigide standpunten ten opzichte van bijvoorbeeld voorbehoedsmiddelen en celibaat nog steeds schrikbarend veel ellende veroorzaakt. Aan die harde waarheid kan en mag je je als lid van een dergelijke organisatie niet onttrekken', meent Erik de Kruijf. En daar zat hij weer, Antoine Bodar, bij Pauw en Witteman. Dit keer om iets te zeggen over stress bij priesters en hoe erg de castraties wel niet waren die sommige door geestelijken misbruikte jongetjes in de jaren vijftig en zestig gedwongen hebben moeten ondergaan. Moegestreden zag hij er uit, maar plichtsgetrouw was de mediapriester toch maar weer komen opdraven voor een zoveelste mea culpa. Na de vele schandalen binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk een nogal ondankbare taak. Ook Bodar leek dat te beseffen, en de altijd zo beheerste spreekbuis van het Nederlandse katholicisme werd zelfs een beetje driftig gedurende het gesprek. Maar, eerlijk is eerlijk, hij nam zijn verantwoordelijkheid en ging in weerwil van veel van zijn snordrukkende collega's, de confrontatie aan. Hulde. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Juror ill, clergy sex trial postponed STOCKTON (CA) Lodi News-Sentinel By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer STOCKTON — Court was canceled today in the civil trial involving Lockeford priest Michael Kelly because one of the jurors was ill. On Wednesday, San Francisco psychiatrist Dr. Anlee Kuo is scheduled to continue her testimony from last Friday, and the plaintiff’s wife is scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon. A 37-year-old man has sued Kelly, claiming that the Catholic priest sexually assaulted him in the mid-1980s, when the plaintiff was an altar boy at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton. His name is not being released by court order because he is a potential sexual assault victim. Kelly has not been criminally charged. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Monsignor Distances Self From Indicted Child Abusers PHILADELPHIA (PA) Courthouse News Service By REUBEN KRAMER PHILADELPHIA (CN) - An unprecedented clergy sex-abuse trial began Monday with claims that a cardinal's aide "did his damndest" at the nearly impossible job of identifying predatory priests. Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is the highest-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church in America to go to trial on a child endangerment charge. The case against Lynn is unique because it stems from his administrative role overseeing hundreds of priests as clergy secretary for the Philadelphia Archdiocese between 1992 and 2004. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Memo: Philly parish misled about pastor's leave PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Associated Press By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors read dozens of confidential church documents aloud in court Tuesday to try to prove the Philadelphia archdiocese routinely buried complaints that priests were molesting children. Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. charged with endangering children by keeping accused priests in parish work. The letters and memos read in court Tuesday centered on now-defrocked priest Edward Avery. Avery, known as the Smiling Padre, adopted six Hmong children and moonlighted as a disc jockey at parties and nightclubs throughout his three-decade church career. According to the documents, a medical student told the archdiocese in 1992 that Avery had molested him after a DJ gig when the priest and the high school freshman were drinking heavily at a West Philadelphia nightclub. It happened again at age 19 when the two shared a motel bed on a ski trip to Vermont with Avery's brother, he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Ex-priest hires lawyer to fend off 25-year-old sex charges LOUISIANA KPLC By Theresa Schmidt The former Catholic priest arrested and booked for allegedly sexually assaulting an eight year old boy 25 years ago says he has hired his own attorney. 56 year old Mark Anthony Broussard appeared before a judge this morning for "right to counsel" court. He indicated he has hired local defense attorney Tom Lorenzi. Broussard has been booked on two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery. The case is expected to be presented to a Calcasieu Grand Jury. Bishop Glen John Provost has asked Catholics to pray and fast Friday to, in part, ask God's forgiveness for sins of the past and to alleviate suffering in the lives of victims of sexual abuse. The bishops full statement follows. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Alleged Priest & Former Abbey Owner Posts Bail ILLINOIS WGIL A condemned priest and former owner of Galesburg's Holy Rosary Abbey church bailed out of Knox County Jail Wednesday morning. Knox County Circuit Court officials say Reverend Ryan St. Anne Scott paid the required 10-percent of his $75,000 dollars bond, one day after being extradited from St. Louis County. Records indicate Scott will make his first appearance in court April 30th. Prior to bonding out Tuesday morning, he was scheduled to before a judge Tuesday afternoon via video teleconference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 PM

Ruling expected next week in criminal case against Bishop Finn, Catholic diocese MISSOURI The Kansas City Star By MARK MORRIS The Kansas City Star A Jackson County judge said Tuesday that he would rule by the end of next week on whether to dismiss charges against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic diocese Finn leads. Judge John Torrence made the announcement after hearing about two hours of arguments from prosecutors and defense lawyers. “This is an unusual set of circumstances,” Torrence said. “The waters are difficult to navigate.” The misdemeanor charges allege that Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed for five months to report suspected child abuse related to the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, a priest now facing federal child pornography charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Bishop to hold Mass for clergy abuse victims MAINE Bangor Daily News Posted March 27, 2012 PORTLAND — Bishop Richard Malone has designated Wednesday, March 28, as a day of prayer and penance for harm done to victims and the faithful by past incidents of clergy sexual abuse. Malone, the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, will celebrate Mass at 12:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, according to a press release issued Monday by Sue Bernard, spokeswoman for the diocese. “Each year, I ask the clergy of the diocese to join me by marking a day of contrition for past offenses against minors,” Malone said in the press release. “Through prayer and reflection, may we become even more committed to healing the wounds of the past and preventing sexual abuse in the future.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Los Gatos Priest Beating Case Trial Still Pending Due to Scheduling CALIFORNIA Patch By Sheila Sanchez The trial for a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May of 2010 was scheduled to begin this week, but instead has been pushed out for a status conference on Thursday. "We're not beginning at this point," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti, adding that presiding Superior Court Judge David Cena is in trial on another matter and scheduling for the high-profile case will be discussed then. Lynch, 44, is being represented by Pat Harris and Mark Geragos, with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Geragos & Geragos. Once a schedule is worked out, the trial will be set in motion, beginning with pre-trial motions, jury selection and the presentation of the evidence, Gemetti explained. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Case against the Church only after appeal – victim MALTA Times of Malta Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Christian Peregin The victims of clerical sex abuse will file a lawsuit against the Church only after the appeal case over the two priests found guilty of perpetrating the acts is concluded. Last January, the victims’ spokesman, Lawrence Grech, said the Church had until the end of February to reconsider its decision not to grant financial compensation or face a court case the next day. However, almost a month after the deadline expired, the victims have said they have dropped the ultimatum following legal advice. Their lawyer, Patrick Valentino, told The Times the case against the Church would only be filed after the entire appeal process had been concluded. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

State House News -- DeLeo sees path for "constitutionally correct" child abuse bill MASSACHUSETTS Wicked Local Pembroke By Kyle Cheney, State House News Service State House News Service Posted Mar 27, 2012 Boston — House lawmakers are working to redraft a plan that would eliminate time restrictions on prosecuting perpetrators of sexual abuse against children, Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday, indicating that a “constitutionally correct” version of the proposal could be passed into law by the end of July. “At the end of the day, we have to come up with a bill that will pass constitutional muster and you know that has to be something of a concern,” DeLeo told reporters after exiting a meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick. “Because at the end of the day if we do not do that, then the first time this bill is tested and is thrown out, you know, it will come back to fall on the Legislature as to why so-and-so wasn’t convicted because the statute wasn’t constitutionally correct.” “We’ll take some more time and make sure at the end of the day we’ve got a bill that has that balance,” he added. “Some of the attorneys representing some of the victims have been to my office expressing concern. I’ve got some folks in my district expressing concern … Hopefully we’re going to be able to get something done.” Eliminating the so-called statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes against children has been a wrenching issue on Beacon Hill over the years, with victims of abuse, and their attorneys, deluging lawmakers with appeals to loosen the statute of limitations or repeal it outright. In recent weeks, supporters of that change have claimed that more than 100 members of the 160member House have signified support for the proposal (H 469) sponsored by Majority Leader Ronald Mariano. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Accused former priest to be in court today LOUISIANA American Press Last Modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 BY ASHLEY WITHERS / AMERICAN PRESS Bishop Glen John Provost, head of the Lake Charles Diocese, has declared Friday “a day of prayer and fasting” in light of recent allegations against a former area priest. Provost wants people to “pray with him asking God for the forgiveness of the sins of the past, for the grace and strength to pursue holiness in our lives, for reconciliation, and for the alleviation of suffering in the lives of victims of sexual abuse and their families, as well as for a spirit of peace and understanding to prevail,” he said in a news release. Mark A. Broussard was arrested Thursday on two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery. Broussard served as a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles and at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier. He left the priesthood in 1994. Provost spoke at all Masses at St. Henry over the weekend. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Ex-priest facing gross indecency charges IRELAND New Ross Standard Tuesday March 27 2012 AN ELDERLY former parish priest of Cushinstown, who taught at St. Peter's College, has been charged with eight counts of gross indecency during the 1960s. Seamus O'byrne (78), with an address at The Presbytery in School Street, Wexford, appeared at Wexford District Court on Monday. The former priest, who was dismissed from the priesthood in 2005 on the order of the Pope, faces eight counts of committing acts of gross indecency with a male at St. Peter's College in Summerhill on dates unknown in 1964, 1965 and 1966. The alleged victim cannot be named for legal reasons. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Prosecutors Trace Paper Trail of Guilt In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The prosecution in the Philadelphia clerical child sex abuse case today presented potential “smoking gun” evidence as it tries to make its case against a Catholic monsignor who is charged with endangering children by allowing a predator priest to remain in ministry. The evidence focused on Edward Avery, a defrocked priest who pleaded guilty last week (see related story). The prosecution presented a series of memos and correspondence, many written or received by Msgr. William Lynn, which show that Avery was treated at the church’s mental health facility after a man came forward in 1992 with allegations of abuse by Father Avery. According to the prosecution’s evidence, the church’s mental health experts recommended that Avery be excluded from ministering to adolescents, and Msgr. Lynn himself identified Avery as guilty of sexual abuse of a child. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

The Prosecutor's Opening Statement: Whispers in the Dark PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Priest Abuse Blog Covering the landmark sex abuse case against Monsignor William J. Lynn and James J. Brennan of The Philadelphia Archdiocese Ralph Cipriano She came out whispering, and left behind a confusing pile of facts. But there weren't any objections, mainly because even the lawyers seated nearby in the courtroom had a hard time hearing what the prosecutor had to say in her opening statement. Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coehlo took center stage Monday as the archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse case opened on the third floor of the Criminal Justice Center. The courtroom was packed with 30 journalists, including representatives from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. Four courtroom artists were ready to slap down some paint and chalk. Several priests also showed up in their collars, presumably to support their accused brethren. But for more than an hour, as Coehlo rambled, the biggest challenge was hearing what she had to say. She spoke in a barely audible tone that had the press and courtroom clerks straining their ears, in a vain attempt to figure out what was going on. It's not as if the district attorney's office can't be eloquent about the subject of pedophile priests; a 418-page grand jury report released by the DA in 2005 was a literary masterpiece. ... The defense lawyer reminded the jury that his client "sits cloaked in the presumption of innocence." He quoted Kingman Brewter's definition of the presumption of innocence: a generosity of spirit that presumes the best and not the worst of a stranger." He also quoted To Kill A Mockingbird, saying, "the jury box is the one place in the country where a man ought to get a fair shake." Investigating child sex abuse is "a tough job, an ugly job, but he did it," Bergstrom said of his client. The defense lawyer told the jury that when the two alleged victims walk into the courtroom to confront Lynn, "he has never met them, he has never seen them ... they are total strangers." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

NCR endorses call for a new sexual ethic UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter Mar. 27, 2012 By An NCR Editorial We wholeheartedly second the invitation by Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson for a thorough and honest reexamination of the church’s teaching on sexuality. (See story.) Robinson’s invitation, coming in a paper delivered in Baltimore at a conference sponsored by New Ways Ministry, is a gentle but elegant plea that offers hope for Catholics who want to stop the church’s headlong plunge into irrelevancy as a moral voice in our culture. Robinson says that a careful study of the long arc of church teaching on sexuality comes to this foundational statement: “The church is saying that love is the very deepest longing of the human heart, and sex is a most important expression of love, so people should do all in their power to ensure that sex retains its ability to express love as deeply as possible.” From this foundation, Robinson suggests three areas to reexamine Catholic teaching. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Rooms-Katholieke Kerk Spanje werft priesters onder werklozen SPANJE Reformatorisch Dagblad (Nederland) MADRID – De Spaanse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk is vorige week een online wervingscampagne voor priesters gestart. In het land waar veel werkloosheid heerst, belooft de kerk een vaste baan. Maar geen fantastisch salaris. Dagblad Trouw schrijft over de Spaanse campagne op YouTube. In het filmpje beloven priesters een vaste baan: „Ik beloof dat je onderdeel bent van een bijzonder project. Ik beloof geen luxe leven. Ik beloof eeuwige welvaart. Ik beloof dat je hoop kunt brengen, overal waar je bent. Je zult het ware geluk ervaren. En je zult priester zijn.” Het gemiddelde salaris in Spanje ligt tussen de 700 en 800 euro per maand. Dat is iets onder het nationale gemiddelde, maar wel boven de armoedegrens. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Slidell pastor convicted of sex crimes LOUISIANA The Times-Picayune Tuesday, March 27, 2012 By Claire Galofaro, The Times-Picayune A 44-year-old minister who had a three-month sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl has been convicted of two sex crimes by a St. Tammany Parish jury. Keith James Boyd, pastor of Open Door Apostolic Church in Slidell, was convicted Friday of carnal knowledge and indecent behavior with a juvenile. His small church on the western fringe of the city was closed Monday afternoon and no one returned telephone messages inquiring about the conviction and about whether Boyd is still its pastor. But a sign remains tacked to the outside of the church reading: "Open Door Apostolic Church, Pastor Keith J. Boyd & Lady Kendra W. Boyd. Jesus Opens Doors That No Man Can Shut." Boyd reportedly met the teenager while visiting another church in St. Tammany Parish, according to the District Attorney's Office. The pair exchanged some 2,000 text messages during their consensual sexual relationship that began in August 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Former Fitchburg priest indicted on porn charges FITCHBURG (MA) Boston Herald By Associated Press Tuesday, March 27, 2012 FITCHBURG — A Roman Catholic priest who once served at a Fitchburg church has been indicted on child pornography and theft charges. A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Dongor, but his whereabouts are unclear and Massachusetts authorities think he has fled to his native Philippines. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Amended suit alleges new abuses at Kansas school UNITED STATES Trib.com Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 A California boy attends only four days at a Kansas military boarding school where he is tormented by staff and students after breaking both his legs in separate incidents. A Tennessee student's stomach is forcibly branded as a rite of initiation. A Florida cadet breaks his hand fending off a student with a history of sexual abuse who tries to grope him, and school officials refuse to investigate or inform his parents of the attack. These claims are the latest additions to a growing list of former cadets who allege in a federal lawsuit they were abused at St. John's Military School in Salina, Kan. An amended complaint filed Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., now includes six sets of named parents who have filed on behalf of cadets, plus one ex-cadet who is now an adult. The plaintiffs come from California, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Illinois. The Episcopal boarding school, which charges families nearly $30,000 per year for students enrolled in grades 6-12, draws students from across the nation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Memo: Philly parish misled about pastor's leave PHILADELPHIA (PA) WRAL By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Prosecutors in Philadelphia are showing jurors memos to try to prove the Philadelphia archdiocese covered up complaints that priests were molesting children. Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church supervisor in the U.S. charged with endangering children by keeping accused priests in ministry. Letters read in court Tuesday show Lynn telling a parish that accused pastor Edward Avery was on a "health leave" in 1993, when Avery was undergoing sex-therapy treatment at a Catholic hospital. The letters also reveal a church policy not to act on complaints unless a priest was diagnosed as a pedophile. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Records show monsignor misled parishioners PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Twice in 1993, Msgr. William J. Lynn received letters from local Catholics worried about a leave of absence taken by their pastor, the Rev. Edward V. Avery. As secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Lynn had recommended Avery for confidential treatment because Avery had been accused of molesting a teen in the 1970s. But his letters to two of Avery's parishioners, read aloud today to jurors at Lynn's trial, praised the priest and urged them to disregard any unflattering whispers they might have heard. "Let me assure you, that is what they are: rumors," Lynn wrote one woman. "Father Avery had requested a health leave from Cardinal Bevilacqua, which was granted." The letters were among dozens of confidential memos and documents about Avery that prosecutors introduced as they opened the second day of the conspiracy and child-sex abuse trial against Lynn. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Hoher US-Geistlicher soll Missbrauch gedeckt haben PHILADELPHIA (PA) Sueddeutsche Es ist der erste Prozess seiner Art in den USA: Seit Montag steht in Philadelphia ein ranghoher katholischer Geistlicher vor Gericht. Er soll Priester gedeckt haben, die unter Verdacht stehen, Kinder missbraucht zu haben. Der Kirchenmann weist die Vorwürfe zurück. Die Geschichte dürfte symptomatisch für die Missbrauchsskandale der katholischen Kirche in vielen Ländern weltweit sein, doch es ist das erste Mal, dass in den USA ein derartiger Fall vor Gericht gebracht wird: Monsignore William Lynn aus Philadelphia soll Priester unter Missbrauchsverdacht gedeckt haben. Am Montag wurde der Prozess gegen ihn eröffnet. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Herr, schmeiß PR-Berater vom Himmel: Die Kirche und der Sex DEUTSCHLAND Blaue Narzisse Geschrieben von: Julian Islinger Dienstag, den 27. März 2012 Es ist manchmal schon ein arges Kreuz mit seiner Kirche. Ostern steht vor der Tür und Christen bereiten sich weltweit auf ihr wohl wichtigstes religiöses Fest vor. Doch ausgerechnet in Deutschland dringt ein neuer Kirchenskandal an die Oberfläche. Wie der Spiegel in der aktuellen Ausgabe berichtet, beschäftigt das Bistum Trier sieben pädophil auffällig gewordene Pfarrer. Pikant: Der Bischof in Trier ist Stephan Ackermann, seines Zeichens erst 2010 von der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) gewählter Missbrauchsbeauftragter in Deutschland. Der junge Hirte Ackermann ist einer der Jüngsten seiner Zunft. In seiner Laufbahn hatte er kein Problem, romkritische Pfarrer zu unterstützen, so zum Beispiel den kondombefürwortenden Priester Stefan Hippler, der in Südafrika tätig ist. Gerade weil er in seiner Position als Sinnbild für eine jugendlichere Kirche steht, hielt man ihn bei der Wahl 2010 für besonders geeignet, als zentraler Ansprechpartner im Bereich Missbrauchsfälle innerhalb der katholischen Kirche aufzuklären und aufzudecken. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Kein Ablassbrief für pädophile Priester DEUTSCHLAND Spree Wild Von Marie-Thérèse Harasim, 21 Jahre Stephan Ackermann ist der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche in Deutschland und Bischof von Trier. In der einen Position ist es seine Aufgabe, die Aufklärung der Missbrauchsfälle innerhalb der katholischen Kirche zu unterstützen, den Opfern zur Seite zu stehen und ein Ansprechpartner für ihre Belange zu sein. In der anderen beschäftigt er, scheinbar ohne zu zögern, pädophile Priester, die sich des Missbrauchs an Kindern schuldig gemacht haben, in Ämtern, in denen diese durchaus Kontakt zu Kindern und Jugendlichen haben können. Dies kann nicht toleriert werden. Es sind die Kinder, die so ihrer ohnehin schon leisen Stimme beraubt werden. Nur selten schaffen sie es, für ihre Rechte einzutreten, in den meisten Fällen erst Jahre nachdem ihnen Leid angetan wurde. Sie sind die Leidtragenden solcher kirchenpolitischen Entscheidungen. Es ist nicht möglich, den Einsatz eines pädophil auffällig gewordenen Menschen in dem Bereich, in dem er wieder mit Kindern oder Jugendlichen Kontakt haben kann zu rechtfertigen. Tatsächlich hat dies außerhalb des Klerus, im Schulwesen zum Beispiel, harte Konsequenzen. Warum sollten Priester davon verschont bleiben? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

A little more reading with today’s piece… CONNECTICUT The Hartford Courant By Susan Campbell On March 27, 2012 To read the piece, go here. And here is another Q&A piece put out by SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests: What’s the crisis facing SNAP? Catholic officials in two Missouri dioceses are trying to force key SNAP staff people to answer hours of questions under oath about and turn over thousands of pages of confidential communicationswith victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and concerned parishioners. It’s an unprecedented assault on crime victims, on those who help crime victims and on our self help group. Who’s affected by this? This potentially affects any crime victim who wants or needs privacy. It also affects police, prosecutors, journalists, witnesses, whistleblowers, victims, self help groups, counseling agencies – literally anyone who helps victims and exposes criminals. Emboldened by church officials’ legal successes, a rapist may now seek, and perhaps get, records and depositions from staff at the center his victim went to for help. A violent husband might get documents and depositions from staff at the domestic violence center where the spouse he battered sought refuge. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Why the trial in Philadelphia is so significant PHILADELPHIA (PA) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by David Clohessy on March 26, 2012 There have been many different attempts by many different people to get bishops to act responsibly in child sex cases. But nothing seems to have much impact. There have been thousands of civil lawsuits, media exposes, and financial settlements, There have been hundreds of criminal prosecutions. There’s been massive public and parishioner outrage. Still, even now, most bishops continue minimizing and hiding heinous child sex crimes. They are shrewder about it and more effective with public relations. But in child sex cases, they are largely still acting in the same hurtful and deceitful ways they’ve acted for decades. One approach, however, hasn’t really been tried: criminally charging the top Catholic officials who enable child molesting clerics to keep hurting kids. That’s what’s happening, for the first time, in Philadelphia. That’s why this trial is so significant. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

AHASCRAGH PRIEST DEFAMATION FINDINGS TO BE MADE PUBLIC IRELAND Galway Bay FM March 27, 2012 The findings of the broadcasting watchdog's investigation into the defamation of a Galway priest by RTE are to be made public next week. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland met yesterday to consider the findings of an investigation into the Prime Time Investigates programme, A Mission to Pray, which wrongly claimed that Ahascragh priest Fr Kevin Reynolds had fathered a child while on mission in Africa. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Senior priest on trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Columbus Dispatch By Erik Eckholm and Jon Hurdle The New York Times Tuesday March 27, 2012 The landmark trial of a senior official of the Philadelphia Archdiocese who is accused of shielding priests who sexually abused children and reassigning them to unwary parishes began yesterday with prosecutors charging that the official “paid lip service to child protection and protected the church at all costs.” Monsignor William J. Lynn, 61, is the first Roman Catholic supervisor in the country to be tried on felony charges of endangering children and conspiracy — not on allegations that he molested children himself, but that he protected suspect priests and reassigned them to jobs where they continued to rape, fondle or otherwise abuse boys and girls. One of Lynn’s lines of defense was indicated in an opening statement when his lawyers suggested that he had acted responsibly and reported allegations of abuse to higher officials, including Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who died in January. The trial promises to further roil the 1.5 million-member Philadelphia Archdiocese, which was convulsed by grand jury reports in 2005 and 2011 alleging that it had not responded forcefully to dozens of credible abuse complaints and had allowed known offenders to have continued contact with children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Proces ex-aartsbisschop die pedofiele priesters... PHILADELPHIA (PA) HLN (Belgie) Proces ex-aartsbisschop die pedofiele priesters beschermde van start in VS Bewerkt door: Ellen Provoost In de Verenigde Staten is vandaag het eerste proces van start gegaan tegen een 'topman' van de katholieke kerk in verband met een reeks pedofiliedossiers. Voormalig aartsbisschop William Lynn staat in Philadelphia terecht omdat hij onder meer priesters zou beschermd hebben die beschuldigd waren van seksueel misbruik. Lynn zou dossiers over seksueel misbruik van verscheidene priesters laten verdwijnen hebben. Voorts liet hij na twee van pedofilie beschuldigde priesters over te plaatsen. Hij riskeert 14 jaar cel. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Was Msgr. Lynn Protecting Children or Church? PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change March 27, 2012 by Susan Matthews The opening arguments in the landmark clergy sex abuse trial in Philadelphia began with a focus on Msgr. Lynn’s intent. Was he trying to protect children or the Church? My conclusion, after reading only 137 pages of absolutely damning evidence, is that Msgr. Lynn was protecting the institutional Church. I’m not a lawyer and it was crystal clear. I shared some of that evidence in a previous post – Exhibit Eight in Msgr. Lynn Trial: Evil. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

*EXCLUSIVE REPORT* Philadelphia Abuse Accuser Has Extensive Criminal Record of Fraud and Filing False Police Reports PHILADELPHIA (PA) TheMediaReport Dave Pierre The primary accuser in this week's high-profile criminal abuse trial in Philadelphia has a lengthy criminal record of fraud and deceit, including an alarming episode in which he fabricated an elaborate tale to the police about a violent home robbery that never occurred. Meanwhile, the media is largely ignoring the accuser's background and is continuing instead to uncritically trumpet the prosecution's salacious allegations of abuse. In 2005, Mark Bukowski came forward with the shocking charge that Rev. James Brennan had raped him nine years earlier, in 1996, when Bukowski was reportedly 14 years old. Since that time, the media has breathlessly reported Bukowski's allegations with scant interest in the accuser's background. (Note: Bukowski has allowed his name to be made public – it's in the grand jury report – although media outlets have chosen not to reveal it.) Meanwhile, Bukowski has committed multiple and serious crimes in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that date both before and after the 2005 rape accusation against Fr. Brennan that call into question Bukowski's veracity. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Former Fitchburg priest indicted on child-porn, theft charges FITCHBURG (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise FITCHBURG -- A grand jury Friday indicted a former Fitchburg priest on charges that he stole from his parish and kept images of child pornography on his computers. The Rev. Lowe Dongor, formerly assigned to St. Joseph Church on Woodland Street, is believed to have fled to his native Philippines. "The last I knew was that he was gone in the wind and that we had a warrant out for his arrest," said Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. Bishop Robert McManus of the Diocese of Worcester removed Dongor from office when the accusations surfaced and has requested the Vatican defrock Dongor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Vatican report attempts mere excuse not explanation IRELAND The Irish Times Fr TOM DOYLE RITE & REASON: THE REPORT on the apostolic visitation reflects an exercise in irrelevancy. The visitors listened but did they hear? The report includes the standard apologies, blame for the bishops and religious superiors, and praise for all the church has done in digging into the clerical culture to determine why the horrendous epidemic occurred. But in reality, they looked for excuses rather than explanations. This “crisis” is not primarily about sexual molestation. It’s about the obsession with power and the corruption and stagnation of the clerical culture. The visitors were not about to pierce the protective veil that covers the institutional church, a veil that hides the reason the clericalised church is unravelling and the communion between bishops and people is ruptured. The total lack of accountability by the authoritarian model of the church is the root of the crisis. The Irish people didn’t deserve the insulting claim that the “shortcomings of the past” caused an inadequate understanding of the “terrible phenomenon of the abuse of minors”. The people named the causes head on: the secretive clerical culture, the lopsided theology of sexuality, seminary training disconnected from reality and the “church’s” obsession with control. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Church "Mentor" Under Investigation for Molesting Children 3/26/12 MIDLAND (TX) CBS 7 Shannon Murray CBS 7 Reporter [email protected] Marcch 26, 2012 Midland, TX - We are continuing to learn more about a Midland County man under investigation for child molestation. 57-year-old Harold Carden Thompson Jr. is charged with felony indecency with a child by sexual contact. He is out of a jail on a $50,000 bond. There is one child labeled as a victim of Thompson’s alleged sexual abuse...but there are about 6 others that have come forward and will be interviewed in the coming days. Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says Thompson is considered a mentor in the church where he met the boys. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Kansas City judge to hear motions ... KANSAS CITY (MO) Washington Post Kansas City judge to hear motions to dismiss in case against Roman Catholic bishop By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, March 27 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County judge was scheduled to consider motions to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a Roman Catholic bishop in Kansas City who is accused of violating Missouri’s mandatory reporter law. Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph were charged last year with failing to report to the Missouri Children’s Division hundreds of photos of young children found on the laptop computer of the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, including a series that showed the exposed genitals of a girl believed to be 3 or 4 years old. Finn is the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official to be accused of shielding an abusive priest, and a conviction could send shock waves through a church hierarchy unaccustomed to being held legally accountable for failing to report suspected sexual abuse by clergy members. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Representative of Mexican Priest’s Victims Reproaches Pope for Ignoring Them MEXICO Latin American Herald Tribune LEON, Mexico – A representative of the victims of sexual abuse committed by late Mexican priest Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, on Monday reproached Pope Benedict XVI “for having ignored” that group of people on his just-concluded visit to Mexico. “Why, in Mexico, did you not want to be close to the victims of that most ignominious priest Marcial Maciel?” former Legion of Christ member Juan Jose Vaca told MVS radio. The pontiff met with victims of clerical sexual abuse during visits to the United States, Australia, Portugal, Malta and Germany. Vaca had asked for a meeting in an email he sent to the papal nuncio Christophe Pierre and on his own in the name of the victims of Maciel (1920-2008) before the pope’s arrival in Mexico last Friday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

U.S. priest on trial over alleged abuse coverup PHILADELPHIA (PA) Calgary Herald Agence France-Presse March 27, 2012 A Catholic priest tasked with assigning priests jobs protected the dark "secrets" of his child-abusing subordinates, a U.S. prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark trial. The trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the most senior church official in the United States to be charged with covering up priests' sexual abuse of children, began under heavy media scrutiny in Philadelphia. Prosecutors are targeting Lynn, who they claim shuffled two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions, enabling the crimes to continue. Assistant district attorney Jacqueline Coelho described Lynn as the "keeper of the secrets," tasked with protecting the church from scandal and keeping parishioners in the dark. "The protection of children was the furthest thing from defendant Lynn's mind," said Coelho, who promised the jury a painstaking review of church archives in which Lynn would be incriminated by his own words. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Secret files show church doubted victims, shielded abusers, court told PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Chronicle-Herald (Canada) March 27, 2012 - By MARYCLAIRE DALE The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia protected sexual predators in its ranks for more than 70 years, putting the church’s reputation over the safety of children, a prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark priest abuse case that’s shaken the Roman Catholic establishment. The church kept secret files dating back to 1948 that show a long-standing conspiracy to doubt sex abuse victims, protect priests and avoid scandal, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in opening statements. Coelho called the case "a battle between right and wrong within the archdiocese and the office of secretary for clergy." She outlined the decades-old sexual abuse complaints found buried in secret archives to build a case against Monsignor William Lynn, who supervised priests as secretary for clergy from 1992 through 2004. Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged for his administrative role in the sex abuse crisis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Monsignor’s role at issue as trial opens PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer Jurors were asked a central question: Was Msgr. William J. Lynn trying to protect children - or the church? READ: Grand Jury Presentment (.pdf) Who was charged? The list of 21 suspended priests Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Monica Yant Kinney: Clergy sex-abuse trial takes a sharply sanitized turn PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist It was one of the most graphic details in a grand jury report filled with uncomfortable passages: A sentence on Page 37 stating that after the Rev. James J. Brennan anally raped a 14-yearold, the priest remained inside his body as the boy cried himself to sleep. Yet in Monday's opening statements at the long-awaited clergy sex-abuse trial in Common Pleas Court, both the prosecution and a defense attorney offered a sharply sanitized version of that night, which casts doubt on the case against Brennan and could weaken the conspiracy charge against Msgr. William J. Lynn, charged with protecting abusive priests and placing children in harm's way. Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said the accuser had his underwear on when he was "almost raped" by Brennan. Defense attorney William Brennan, no relation to his client, dismissed what transpired between the priest and the boy as a "pelvic bump between clothing." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Priests' child sex-abuse trial gets started PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer [video] By John P. Martin Inquirer Staff Writer A landmark trial over child sex abuse by Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests opened Monday with a prosecutor and defense lawyer clashing over a central question: Was Msgr. William J. Lynn trying to protect children or the church? As the official responsible for investigating allegations of clergy sex-abuse around Philadelphia, he couldn't do both, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho told jurors. So Lynn, she said, chose to spare church leaders and his fellow priests from scandal at the expense of victims and the public. "You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," Coelho said in her opening statement. "He kept the parishioners in the dark, and he kept the faithful in the dark." Lynn's lawyer, Thomas Bergstrom, provided a starkly different portrait. He said that as secretary for clergy between 1992 and 2004, Lynn devoted himself to comprehending the scope of clergy sex-abuse around the archdiocese and trying to isolate problem priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

March 26, 2012 Complete coverage: Philadelphia Archdiocese child sex abuse scandal PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newsworks Find the latest headlines from the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sex abuse scandal since the District Attorney released the Grand Jury report which charged three priests, a parochial school teacher, and a monsignor with sexual abuse against a minor or failing to prevent abuse. The report also found 37 priests who had been connecting to allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct still active and practicing in local parishes. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Can Monsignor Lynn get a fair trial? PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newsworks March 26, 2012 By Eric Walter The trial of Monsignor William Lynn, which began this week, signifies a major crisis for the Catholic Church. While priests have been accused or convicted of sex crimes against children, this marks the first time a church leader has been criminally charged with covering up such abuse. The case is drawing national attention for that reason, and it is stirring up renewed outrage from Catholics and critics of the church alike. Lynn's lawyers say that widespread coverage of the case, especially in light of the recent last-minute guilty plea from defrocked priest Edward Avery to sexually abusing a young boy, will have tainted the jury. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Not in Kansas Anymore PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer “First of all, this is not television.” With those words, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina ended her orientation for 20 jurors – 9 women and 11 men – who Monday began hearing what could be up to three months of testimony in the trial of a church official and priest involving the clergy sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Not television? That’s an understatement. It’s not just a reality check for jurors. Judges don’t bang gavels to open and close court sessions and most people understand that TV, movies and theater alter reality for dramatic effect. For jurors, the trial is a crash course in logic and philosophy: learning to live according to a new reality that exists only in a courtroom and has its own language and rules of behavior. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Trial of highest ranking church official opens in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) Press TV (Iran) As one of the most closely-watched sex abuse trials involving the Catholic church kicked off on Monday, a prosecutor charged Monsignor William Lynn was the "keeper of secrets" who failed to protect children and then covered-up the crimes. Lynn, 61, the most senior cleric to go to trial in the wave of sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests. Lynn served as secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Philadelphia's archbishop from 1988 to 2003. That made Lynn, in effect, the personnel director for priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Ruim 8000 gesprekken via hotline misbruik DUITSLAND Reformatorisch Dagblad TRIER (ANP/DPA) – Via de speciale telefoonlijn voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in Duitsland zijn tot nu toe ongeveer 8200 gesprekken gevoerd. Dat heeft de woordvoerder van het bisdom Trier maandag gezegd. De Duitse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk opende de lijn 2 jaar geleden. Hij zal in ieder geval tot eind april blijven bestaan. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

‘De ballenbus kwam elke vrijdag langs’ NEDERLAND Historisch Nieuwsblad De onvrijwillige castratie van de minderjarige Henk Heithuis in een katholiek internaat in de jaren vijftig zorgt voor veel commotie. De vraag rijst waarom commissie-Deetman het voorval niet heeft opgenomen in haar rapport. Historicus Hans Renders meent dat de commotie terecht is, maar dat castraties bij psychiatrische instellingen in de jaren veertig en vijftig de normale gang van zaken was. Door Wendy Dallinga Heithuis deed in 1956 aangifte van misbruik in het katholieke jongensinternaat Harreveld. Hij werd door de politie naar de psychiatrische instelling Huize Padua gebracht om vervolgens gecastreerd te worden. De castratie zou hem afhelpen van zijn homoseksuele gevoelens. Cornelis Rogge, een kind van het pleeggezin waar Heithuis later werd opgenomen, deed hiervan melding bij de commissie-Deetman, die seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk in Nederland onderzocht, maar het voorval werd niet in het rapport opgenomen. De commissie stelt dat zij onderzoekstechnisch te weinig aanknopingspunten had voor verder onderzoek. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 PM

Landmark US church sex abuse case begins PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Times of India PHILADELPHIA: A landmark sex abuse case that rocked the Roman Catholic Church went to trial Monday, marking the first time a U.S. church official faced a jury on allegations he endangered the welfare of children by covering for predator priests. The trial will be closely followed by Catholics across the country, including some who say their lives were destroyed. Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded not guilty. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM

Landmark Catholic priest abuse trial begins in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) msnbc By msnbc.com staff and news services PHILADELPHIA -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia protected sexual predators in its ranks for more than 70 years, putting the church's reputation over the safety of children, a prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark priest abuse case that's shaken the Roman Catholic establishment. The church kept secret files dating back to 1948 that show a long-standing conspiracy to doubt sex abuse victims, protect priests and avoid scandal, Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in opening statements. "You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," Coelho told jurors, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Landmark sexual-abuse trial: Monsignor called 'keeper of secrets' PHILADELPHIA (PA) Los Angeles Times By David Zucchino March 26, 2012 The first Catholic Church official to go on trial for allegedly covering up sexual abuse of children by predator priests was described by prosecutors Monday as more concerned with protecting the church than children. Prosecutors in Philadelphia told jurors in opening statements that Monsignor William J. Lynn, who was in charge of reviewing complaints about abusive priests, tried to save the church from scandal by covering up child sexual abuse. "You can’t protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark,’’ said Assistant Dist. Atty. Jacqueline Coelho, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark.’’ Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

Church official called "keeper of secrets" in U.S. abuse case PHILADELPHIA (PA) Reuters By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA | Tue Mar 27, 2012 (Reuters) - One of the most closely watched child sex abuse trials involving the Roman Catholic Church began on Monday with a prosecutor asserting that Monsignor William Lynn was the "keeper of secrets" and his lawyer countering that he alone tried to stop the abuse. At the center of opening arguments in the case against Lynn, the most senior cleric to stand trial in the church's sex abuse scandal, was the Philadelphia Archdiocese's "secret archive" of files containing information about hundreds of suspect priests. Lynn, 61, is charged with endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy for covering up allegations against priests. He faces a maximum of 28 years in prison if convicted of all counts. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

If the Catholic Church is going to put pressure on SNAP… WEST HARTFORD (CT) The Hartford Courant By Susan Campbell On March 26, 2012 …then SNAP — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — is going to need funds to fight back. In two clergy sex abuse cases in Missouri, church lawyers have gone to court to compel the group to disclose more than two decades of e-mails that could include correspondence with victims, lawyers, whistle-blowers, witnesses, the police, prosecutors and journalists though SNAP is neither a plaintiff nor a defendant in the cases. (I wrote about that here.) The organization — with three paid staff members, and volunteers who lead 55 chapters in this country and eight overseas — was providing support for victims of clergy abuse years before any one else was paying attention. And they will need help fighting back. You can meet David Clohessy, SNAP’s national director, at a Connecticut fundraiser at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 20 Westmont St. in West Hartford. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Director of Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests Pays A Visit CONNECTICUT The Hartford Courant Susan Campbell 4:39 p.m. EDT, March 26, 2012 Earlier in March, reports began circulating that lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church and priests accused of sexually abusing children were going to court to force SNAP —- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests —- to release more than two decades of correspondence. Their attempts are unprecedented. SNAP is not directly involved in any court cases, though it has served as a support system to victims since its inception in 1989. The national organization has members in Connecticut who have provided support for individuals abused by George Reardon, St. Francis Hospital's former head of endocrinology, and priests, as well as lobbied for change in the state's statute of limitations laws. David Clohessy, national director for SNAP, will be in West Hartford on Tuesday for a fundraiser. (You can find out more about the fundraiser here: http://bit.ly/GQNcjQ). He answered a few questions in preparation for his time in Connecticut. Q: You're in town for a fundraiser on Tuesday. Are you doing more fundraising these days? A: Considerably. Because of the church hierarchy's legal attack, we've incurred roughly $50,000 in legal expenses that we didn't expect and can't afford. We've had to work harder than ever to continue, as we have for years, protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded and seeking donations to help us afford (and hopefully prevail over) the mean-spirited legal moves by Catholic officials in St. Louis and Kansas City. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT WILL NOT BE SILENCED PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholic League [Archbishop Chaput’s War on Obama Is Bad for Philadelphia] Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an article that appears today as a post on the Philadelphia magazine blog site by Joel Mathis: Joel Mathis isn’t Catholic, but that doesn’t stop him from giving some heady advice to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: just tend to the problems in the archdiocese and drop your criticisms of the Obama administration. Mathis is angry that Chaput has a new e-book coming out tomorrow, A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America, that addresses recent attacks on religious liberty. Mathis counsels Chaput to “concentrate on fixing the Catholic Church in Philadelphia,” adding that the archbishop’s alleged “anti-Obama crusade” amounts to “a distraction.” Catholics like to lecture the outspoken archbishop as well. Last September, no sooner had Archbishop Chaput taken over in Philly when Catholic attorney Nicholas Cafardi offered his instructions. Noting that Chaput likes to comment on the big issues of the day, he said, “Chaput would be well-advised to leave politics aside.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Church Official Concealed Abuse Allegations, Prosecutor Said PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Wall Street Journal By PETER LOFTUS PHILADELPHIA—A former high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official placed the church's reputation above children's safety by concealing allegations that priests sexually abused minors, said a Philadelphia prosecutor at the start of a landmark criminal trial Monday. "He paid lip service to children's protection," Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho said in an opening statement of a trial that could last for several months. "His concerted effort was to protect the church from scandal." Msgr. William Lynn is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to coverup allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests. He is charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children and has pleaded not guilty. Ms. Coelho said Msgr. Lynn was aware of allegations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors that had been lodged against several priests, but he failed to keep two of those priests out of assignments that involved contact with children; the two priests allegedly went on to sexually abuse two boys in separate incidents in the 1990s. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Philadelphia ex-priest admits abuse; lawsuits settled, filed PHILADELPHIA (PA) National Catholic Reporter Mar. 26, 2012 By Catholic News Service PHILADELPHIA -- As two of his former colleagues prepared to face trial on abuse-related charges, a former priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison March 22 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy. Edward V. Avery, 69, who was removed from the priesthood in 2006, admitted in an appearance before Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina that he was guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in the 1999 assault. He also said he conspired with co-defendant Msgr. William J. Lynn, then secretary for clergy in the archdiocese, to endanger children. Msgr. Lynn, who is not charged with any sexual wrongdoing, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and endangering children. Another co-defendant, Father James J. Brennan, is accused of raping a boy in 1996 and has also pleaded not guilty. Their trial was scheduled to begin Monday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

For church leaders who covered up sex abuse, it is time to face the music UNITED STATES U.S. Catholic Monday, March 26, 2012 By Scott Alessi Today begins the much anticipated trial of Msgr. William Lynn, a Philadelphia priest accused of child endangerment for his role in the cover up of child sex abuse allegations. The trial has major implications for the church, as it marks the first time a church official is facing criminal charges for failure to remove an accused priest from ministry. Lynn, in his role as secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia archdiocese, was responsible for investigating abuse allegations and ensuring that appropriate action was taken against priests who posed a threat to children. A Philadelphia grand jury determined that he failed in that role and recommended he face charges along with the priests who actually committed the abuse. Meanwhile Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is facing his own legal trouble for failure to report to authorities a priest who was in possession of child pornography. Finn avoided indictment in one county last fall by making a deal with the prosecutor but he may not be so lucky in the second county where he faces charges. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Abuse shatters dad's faith AUSTRALIA Maroondah Weekly BY MELISSA CUNNINGHAM 27 Mar, 2012 IAN Lawther still has faith in God - but he doesn't attend the Catholic Church to prove it any more. The Healesville father said he doesn't "accept dogma from any church" since his son was abused by a convicted St Brigid's parish priest more than 10 years ago. Over the years, Mr Lawther and his family have faced heartbreak and turmoil in their fight for justice. The crippling trauma caused him to lose three-quarters of his sight after he went into a "fit of rage" reading over his son's court documents, and burst the blood vessels in his eyes. When the Weekly spoke to Mr Lawther last week, he welcomed the recommendations of the landmark Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry, which was tabled to Parliament at the end of last month. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

So much for “it was a thing of the past”: Active Clergy Criminal Cases UNITED STATES Patrick J. Wall With the beginning of the clergy sex abuse and cover-up criminal trial in Philadelphia, as well as the recent guilty plea from Orange County (CA) priest Denis Lyons, I wanted to post a list of all of the currently active clergy criminal cases in the United States. If I have missed any, let me know. All of these are for sexual abuse or conspiracy to commit abuse, except for Fr. McCloskey in Albany. He was charged with fleeing from the police, reckless driving and auto theft. nDiocese of San Diego – Reverend Jose Davila nDiocese of Sacramento – Reverend Uriel Ojeda nDiocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph – Bishop Robert Finn nDiocese of Venice, Florida – Reverend Bernard Chojnacki nArchdiocese of Philadelphia nReverend Edward Avery – plead guilty to conspiracy and felony child abuse nMonsignor William Lynn nReverend Charles Engelhart O.S.F.S. nDiocese of Brooklyn – Reverend Thomas Brady nDiocese of Albany – Reverend Francis McCloskey Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest PHILADELPHIA (PA) CNN [with video[ By Sarah Hoye, CNN updated 2:28 PM EDT, Mon March 26, 2012 Philadelphia (CNN) -- Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children. Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan appeared before Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina inside a nearly filled Philadelphia courtroom. The attendees had to pass through a metal detector and surrender all electronic devices before entering the courtroom. Commonwealth prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho told jurors in her nearly hour-long opening statement that Lynn's role was to protect priests, the church and privacy "at any cost." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Priest indicted on charges of child pornography, theft from Fitchburg parish WORCESTER (MA) Telegram & Gazette By Gary V. Murray TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF [email protected] WORCESTER — A Roman Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his Fitchburg parish has been indicted on related charges. A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rev. Dongor, who authorities believe has fled the country and possibly returned to his native homeland of the Philippines. State police allege that one of Rev. Dongor’s laptop computers contained images of girls 10 or 11 years old in various states of undress. The 36-year-old priest also allegedly admitted to investigators that he stole “$40 or $50” from St. Joseph parish in Fitchburg on a number of occasions to send home to his family in the Philippines. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Defense: Monsignor 'won't run' from church abuse PHILADELPHIA (PA) KTAR By MARYCLAIRE DALE March 26th, 2012 Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A lawyer for a high-ranking Catholic monsignor on trial in Philadelphia says his client won't run from the church's sex abuse crisis. The defense says Monday that Monsignor William Lynn is perhaps the only person in the Philadelphia archdiocese who tried to address it. Lynn supervised more than 800 priests as the longtime secretary for clergy. He's the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints. Prosecutors say Lynn helped the church cover up the abuse complaints and endangered children by keeping dangerous priests in ministry. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

First U.S. Catholic pedophile cover-up trial opens PHILADELPHIA (PA) Canada.com By Daniel Kelley, AFP March 26, 2012 PHILADELPHIA — High-ranking Catholic priest Monsignor William Lynn protected the dark "secrets" of child-abusing subordinates, a U.S. prosecutor said Monday at the start of a landmark trial. The trial of the most senior church official in the United States to be charged with covering up priests' sexual abuse of children began under heavy media scrutiny in Philadelphia. Prosecutors are targeting Lynn for allegedly shuffling two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions, thereby enabling the crimes to continue. Assistant district attorney Jacqueline Coelho described Lynn as the "keeper of the secrets," tasked with protecting the church from scandal and keeping parishioners in the dark. "The protection of children was the furthest thing from defendant Lynn's mind," Coelho said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Former Dominican sees church's demise as blessing in disguise UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter by Jamie L Manson on Mar. 26, 2012 Grace on the Margins It has been 20 years since Matthew Fox was expelled from the Dominican order after a 12-year battle with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the decades since, Fox has continued writing, teaching and ministering to various communities. In 1994, he was welcomed into the Anglican Communion as an Episcopal priest. Fox has authored 28 books, the most recent being The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved. The book has been translated into German, and the Italian version will be released this week. In addition to this work, Fox spends much of his energy engaging with young adults who are interested in activism and spirituality. In a telephone interview last week, I talked with Fox about the key themes from his recent book and about his current projects with young spiritual activists. Manson: You have been an Episcopal priest for 14 years, yet you're still writing about the Catholic church and speaking to Catholics. Do you still consider yourself a Catholic? Fox: I consider myself an Episcopal priest, but I never found any documents that said I'm no longer a Catholic priest or a Catholic. As I say in my most recent book, I'm for dropping the word Roman from Catholic and getting it back to its real meaning. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Bishop Listecki to preside at Mass of Atonement MILWAUKEE (WI) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel March 26, 2012 Milwaukee Catholic Archbishop Jerome Listecki will prostrate himself before the altar at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church on Thursday in a special Mass of Atonement meant to acknowledge the church's sins in the handling of the clergy sex abuse crisis and steps it has taken to reform. Although all Catholics are welcome, the archdiocese specifically invited sex abuse victims in its announcement. It is unclear how the archdiocese's bankruptcy, in which it has taken steps that would block large numbers of victim's claims, would affect that turnout. St. Frances was selected for its size and location, not its history, according to a church spokeswoman. Two archdiocesan priests who had served at the parish, Father Charles W. Walter (1987-1993) and the late Father Edmund Haen (1955-1972), appear on the archdiocese's list of priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against them. Haen died in 1997; Walter remains fully restricted from ministry, according to the list. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Tragedies Beyond Belief NETHERLANDS The Algemeiner Within the past week, three incidents of depravity have been the subject of news coverage. Of course, in the world at large, many outrages have occurred, but these three affecting young people had a special impact, and I would like to bring them to your attention. On March 20th, The New York Times reporter Stephen Castle wrote, “A young man in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was surgically castrated decades ago after complaining about sexual abuse, according to new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there.” Castle went on, “In 2010, about 2,000 people complained of abuse by priests, church institutions or religious orders in the Netherlands after the Roman Catholic Church commissioned an inquiry. It finally concluded that the number of actual victims over several decades could be 10 times higher.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Sex abuse trial opens for archdiocese official, priest PHILADELPHIA (PA) Local 10 Author: By Sarah Hoye CNN Published On: Mar 26 2012 PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Opening arguments started Monday in the first case in which a Roman Catholic archdiocese official is accused of covering up evidence of suspected sexual abuse of children. Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan appeared before Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina inside a nearly filled Philadelphia courtroom. The attendees had to pass through a metal detector and surrender all electronic devices before entering the courtroom. Commonwealth prosecutor Jacqueline Coelho told jurors in her nearly hour-long opening statement that Lynn's role was to protect priests, the church and privacy "at any cost." Lynn, dressed in all black and wearing a priest collar, listened intently as Coelho argued that he knowingly covered up incidents of sexual abuse, including alleged acts by Brennan, and "ignored common sense and placed children at risk." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

American monsignor tried on paedophilia charges PHILADELPHIA (PA) Vatican Insider Philadelphia’s first trial against a monsignor is taking place after it was discovered that he covered for subordinates who had committed sexual abuse against minors Vatican Insider staff Rome A grand jury is accusing Mgr. William Lynn of protecting two priests suspected of paedophilia, allowing them to carry on abusing their victims. One of the priests, Edward Avery, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and half years in prison. The other priest, Rev. David Brennan is being tried for abuse against minors carried out in the 90’s. This is the first court proceeding to be launched in the U.S. against cases of paedophilia in Catholic Church institutions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Prosecutor: Protecting church more important for monsignor PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER A ranking monsignor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia chose to ignore or conceal information about sexually abusive priests because protecting the church was more important than protecting children, a prosecutor said Monday morning. "You can't protect the church without keeping the allegations in the dark," to Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho told jurors as the landmark sexual abuse case got under way. "He kept the parishioners in the dark and he kept the faithful in the dark." Coelho's opening statement came after lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan lost a bid to seek a new jury or delay the trial. The proceedings were delayed nearly 90 minutes while Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina and attorneys met individually with the jurors to make sure none had been unduly influenced by news that a third defendant, defrocked priest Edward V. Avery, pleaded guilty last week. When it ended, the panel of 22 jurors and alternates had dropped to 20. But the judge did not explain why. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Judge Moving Forward with Clergy Abuse Trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change March 26, 2012 by Susan Matthews Breaking News: John Martin reported in the Inquirer a few moments ago that the Judge has rejected a bid to delay the trial. Opening statements are set to begin! Link to follow. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

First Catholic pedophile cover-up trial opens PHILADELPHIA (PA) AFP By Daniel Kelley (AFP) PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The first Catholic priest in the United States to be charged with covering up his subordinates' sexual abuse of children arrived in court Monday for a landmark trial in Philadelphia. Prosecutors are targeting Monsignor William Lynn for allegedly shuffling two priests suspected of child abuse to other positions around the Philadelphia, thereby enabling the crimes to continue. The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990's, makes the trial the first of its kind in the United States. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Prosecutors: Philly archdiocese protected predator priests, reputation more than kids' safety PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newser By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Associated Press Prosecutors say the Archdiocese of Philadelphia engaged in a long-standing criminal effort to protect sexual predator priests, putting the reputation of the church over the safety of children. Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coehlo (coh-EHL'-oh) told a jury Monday during opening statements of a landmark trial against a priest and high-ranking church official that a decadeslong conspiracy met victims with skepticism "at all cost." Monday marked the beginning of prosecutors' case against Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Landmark US church sex abuse case begins; monsignor, priest plead not guilty PHILADELPHIA (PA) Global News PHILADELPHIA - A landmark sex abuse case that rocked the Roman Catholic Church went to trial Monday, marking the first time a U.S. church official faced a jury on allegations he endangered the welfare of children by covering for predator priests. The trial will be closely followed by Catholics across the country, including some who say their lives were destroyed. Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded not guilty. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Täter, Opfer und null Toleranz DEUTSCHLAND Anmerkungen donec venias Aus gegebenem Anlass, möchte ich hier einmal kurzgefasst das wiedergeben, was ein Bekannter zu sagen hat. Ich habe mich bemüht, alle Details herauszunehmen, die ihn identifizierbar machen. Seinen Namen habe ich natürlich sowieso geändert. Vielleicht ist er ein Ausnahmefall. Vielleicht gibt es noch mehr wie ihn. Denn wer erfährt so etwas? Er hat mich nicht beauftragt das zu schreiben. Er resigniert eher und hat Angst, dass, gleich was er tut, alles nur noch schlimmer wird. Also, hier seine Geschichte: "Mein Name ist Josef. Ich bin Priester – und Sie sind alle meine Richter. Bevor Sie das endgültige Urteil fällen, nehme ich dankend die Möglichkeit an, wenigstens alles aus meiner Sicht schildern zu können: Zu meiner Berufung fand ich, als ich als Jugendlicher schwer verletzt im Krankenhaus lag und der Ortspfarrer mich besuchte. Er setzte sich zu mir und betete den Rosenkranz. Dabei wurde mir klar, dass ich in Maria eine liebende Mutter habe. Das war für mich sehr wichtig. Denn meine Mutter hatte mich nicht gewollt, meinen Vater kannte ich nicht. Ich durfte nur leben, weil eine Verwandte sich bereit erklärt hatte, mich großzuziehen. Dort wuchs ich auf, meine Mutter sah ich selten. Ich wollte sein wie dieser Pfarrer, der Kranke besucht und Verlassenen wie mir eine Mutter zeigt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Opfer beschuldigen Papst MEXIKO N-TV Wusste Papst Benedikt XVI. von den Machenschaften Marcial Maciels? Der führende Geistliche soll in Mexiko Kinder missbraucht und mehrere selbst gezeugt haben. Als Mitglied der Glaubenskongregation behinderte er die Aufklärung des Falles, so die Anklage von Opfern und Experten. Und das gemeinsam mit Papst Johannes Paul II. Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch in Mexiko haben schwere Vorwürfe gegen Papst Benedikt XVI. erhoben. Der 84-Jährige habe in seiner Zeit als Chef der Glaubenskongregation im Vatikan die Aufklärung des Missbrauchsskandal um den inzwischen verstorbenen Gründer des Ordens der Legionäre Christi, Marcial Maciel, behindert, heißt es in einem Manifest, das die Opfer aus Anlass des Papstbesuches in Mexiko veröffentlichten. Eines der Opfer, José Barba, beklagt in der Videobotschaft, dass sie über Jahre nicht gehört worden seien. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Papst ruft Mexiko zur Beilegung seiner Konflikte auf MEXIKO Spin Papst Benedikt XVI. hat Mexiko zu einer friedlichen Beilegung seiner Konflikte im Land aufgerufen. Christi Herrschaft bestehe "nicht in der Kraft seiner Armeen, andere mit Macht und Gewalt zu unterwerfen", sagte das Oberhaupt der katholischen Kirche bei einer Messe unter freiem Himmel nahe der Stadt León. Viele hätten die Herrschaft "falsch verstanden oder verstehen sie falsch". Benedikt XVI. sprach wie üblich keine konkrete Situation an, sondern betonte vor den mehr als 350.000 Gläubigen im Bicentenario-Park in Silao die Grundwerte des katholischen Glaubens. Das mexikanische Volk und weitere lateinamerikanische Länder erlebten derzeit "Momente des Schmerzes und der Hoffnung", sagte er. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Neue Vorwürfe gegen Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz DEUTSCHLAND Bospace Trier - Gegen den Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Stephan Ackermann, gibt es neue Vorwürfe. Nachdem bekannt worden war, dass Ackermann in seinem eigenen Bistum pädophile Pfarrer als Seelsorger beschäftigt ("Spiegel" 12/2012), werfen nun zwei Pfarrer aus dem saarländischen Ort Köllerbach dem Trierer Bischof und dessen Ordinariat "Vertuschung statt Aufklärung" vor, berichtet der "Spiegel" vorab. Die beiden Geistlichen hatten 2010 von mehreren Verdachtsfällen sexueller Gewalt in der Köllerbacher Gemeinde St. Martin erfahren und daraufhin unverzüglich die Bistumsleitung informiert. Statt der erhofften Aufklärung wurden in einem Schreiben im Auftrag der Bistumsleitung die von Pater Klaus Gorges innerkirchlich gemeldeten Vorfälle in Köllerbach lediglich als "Gerüchte" bezeichnet, "die sich nicht erhärtet" hätten. Dabei hatten Zeugen auch gegenüber dem Priester Guido Ittmann die Vorfälle bestätigt. Ittmann und ein Opfer stellten Strafanzeige, die allerdings wegen Verjährung nicht weiter verfolgt werden konnte. Das Bistum fühlt sich zudem für die mutmaßlichen Täter kirchenrechtlich nicht zuständig. Nach seinem Aufklärungsbemühungen bekam Pfarrer Ittmann neben Drohbriefen auch einen Sack mit Tierkadavern vor die Haustüre und tote Fledermäuse in den Weihwasserkrug seiner Kirche gelegt. Ackermanns Personalchef habe ihn angewiesen, sich still zu verhalten und den Missbrauchsfällen nicht nachzugehen, so Ittmann. Das Bistum wollte sich zu dem Vorwurf nicht äußern. Das Generalvikariat schrieb ihm, Veröffentlichungen des Pfarrers müssten vorher abgezeichnet werden. Ittmann: "Ich kann nicht fassen, das dies die Reaktion des Bistums auf einen Missbrauchsverdacht ist." Einige der mutmaßlichen Täter seien in der Diözese immer noch aktiv. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

„Vertuschung statt Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen ... DEUTSCHLAND Wochenblatt „Vertuschung statt Aufklärung von Missbrauchsfällen in der katholischen Kirche" Gegen den Missbrauchsbeauftragten der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Stephan Ackermann, gibt es neue Vorwürfe. Bereits letzte Woche hatte der Spiegel berichtet, in der Diözese Ackermanns seien Priester nur versetzt worden, denen man sexuellen Missbrauch vorwerfe. Nachdem bekannt worden war, dass Ackermann in seinem eigenen Bistum pädophile Pfarrer als Seelsorger beschäftigt (SPIEGEL 12/2012), werfen nun zwei Pfarrer aus dem saarländischen Ort Köllerbach dem Trierer Bischof und dessen Ordinariat "Vertuschung statt Aufklärung" vor. Die beiden Geistlichen hatten 2010 von mehreren Verdachtsfällen sexueller Gewalt in der Köllerbacher Gemeinde St. Martin erfahren und daraufhin unverzüglich die Bistumsleitung informiert. Statt der erhofften Aufklärung wurden in einem Schreiben im Auftrag der Bistumsleitung die von Pater Klaus Gorges innerkirchlich gemeldeten Vorfälle in Köllerbach lediglich als "Gerüchte" bezeichnet, "die sich nicht erhärtet" hätten. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Landmark Philly priest sex abuse case begins PHILADELPHIA (PA) KSRO MARYCLAIRE DALE PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The high-ranking Roman Catholic official charged with shuffling predator priests to unwitting parishes has pleaded not guilty in front of a Philadelphia jury as the landmark case against him and a priest begins. The trial of Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan began Monday morning after a brief delay. Opening statements are next. A defrocked priest who had been a co-defendant in the case entered a surprise guilty plea last week following weeks of legal wrangling in the case. Defense attorneys had asked for a new jury, saying it could be tainted if jurors learned of Avery's plea. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

Archbishop Chaput’s War on Obama Is Bad for Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Philly Post The head of the Catholic Church should spend less time pandering to the Republicans and more time dealing with local problems. By Joel Mathis 3/26/2012 It can’t be a fun time to be Catholic in Philadelphia. On Friday, defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a Northeast Philadelphia altar boy in 1999. This week—assuming all goes as planned—Monsignor William Lynn goes on trial, accused of covering up many more allegations against many more priests while he served during Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s reign in the city. And there are the nonrape problems: The diocese has struggled with massively declining enrollment in the city’s parochial schools. They ain’t exactly packing them in at the parishes, either. So what’s Archbishop Charles Chaput’s plan to fix a diocese in crisis? Apparently, it’s to turn the church into the Republican Party at Mass. Suddenly Philadelphia Catholics under Chaput are rallying against President Obama. This week they’ll be fasting and praying in protest against the president. And Chaput himself is now releasing an 99-cent e-book—A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America—that plainly takes aim at the president and his policy that employers provide contraceptive coverage as part of health insurance plans. Under Chaput, the local church has been busy, busy, busy reminding everybody that Obama is coming to take your religious freedom away. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Judge to rule on bid to delay priests' trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER A judge is expected to rule this morning on a request to delay the landmark trial of Philadelphia priests accused of conspiring to cover up clergy sex abuse. Opening statements had been scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in a third-floor courtroom at the city's Criminal Justice Center. But as of 10:15 a.m., the parties remained behind closed doors. Lawyers for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan said that publicity over last week's unexpected guilty plea by a third defendant might have tainted the jury. As of 10:15 a.m., the parties remained behind closed doors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Start of landmark Philly priest abuse case delayed PHILADELPHIA (PA) KTAR By MARYCLAIRE DALE March 26th, 2012 PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The start of a landmark priest abuse case involving a high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was delayed Monday while a judge weighed a defense request for a new jury after the abrupt guilty plea last week of a co-defendant. Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan planned to attack the credibility of the priests' troubled adult accusers, but that strategy took a hit last week when defrocked priest Edward Avery entered a last-minute guilty plea, confirming one accuser's account of a brutal 1999 sexual assault inside a church sacristy. The trial for Lynn and Brennan was scheduled to begin Monday morning after weeks of jury selection and pretrial wrangling. Both men were in court for the start of the trial, but the judge and jury were not. All three priests were to be tried together before Avery pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to an assault on a then-10-year-old altar boy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Reported sexual assault at Notre Dame campus leaves more questions than answers INDIANA National Catholic Reporter Mar. 26, 2012 By Melinda Henneberger On her way back to St. Mary’s College from the University of Notre Dame, just across the street in Notre Dame, Ind., freshman Lizzy Seeberg texted her therapist that she needed to talk ASAP. “Something bad happened,” read her message, sent at 11:39 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2010. A sophomore in their dorm bolted from her study group after getting a similar message. When they talked a few minutes later, Lizzy was crying so hard she was having trouble breathing: “She looked really flushed and was breathing heavily and talking really fast; I couldn’t understand her. I just heard her say ‘boy,’ ‘Notre Dame,’ ‘football player.’ She was crying and having the closest thing to a panic attack I’ve seen in my life. I told her to breathe and sit down and tell me everything.” What she eventually did tell both her therapist and her friend that night -- then committed to paper, in a handwritten statement she and the other young woman carefully signed, dated and handed over to campus police the next day, is that a Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted her in his room after two other students left them alone there. Yet Notre Dame police, who have jurisdiction to investigate even the most serious crimes on campus, still had not interviewed him when she committed suicide 10 days later -- and wouldn’t for another five days. “He started sucking my neck and I started crying harder,” Lizzy wrote. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Benedict XVI attacks the bishops conniving with the drug lords and the paedophile Maciel MEXICO Vatican Insider The majestic Basilica Cathedral of Our Holy Mother of the Light hosts a sort of ‘Latin American conclave’ of South American bishops Giacomo Galeazzi An eco resounds in the neoclassical aisles of the Cathedral, it is the invite extended to the audience by the pope as pastor and theologian not to “give into the intimidation campaign of evil forces”, because “ Evil does not have the last word in history” and “God can present new grounds for a hope that does not disappoint”. In the Majestic Cathedral of Leon in Mexico, which has been transformed into a sort of “Latin conclave” as all the continent’s bishops have flocked together, Benedict XVI attacked the bishops who have collaborated with the drug lords and the powerful founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Maciel, who is a paedophile. During the recital of the vespers the Pope deplored “weaknesses and faults”, but also sent a message of hope: “ The cruelty and ignorance of men do not stop the divine plan for salvation. Evil cannot do much”. This warning was directed at people within the Church but also outside, including the leaders of countries “that suffer due to poverty, corruption, domestic violence, drug trafficking, the collapse of moral values, criminality and emigration because it splits families up” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Evangelicals rise in Latin America Aljazeera Chris Arsenault Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 As Pope Benedict XVI makes his way through Mexico and Cuba, rallying the faithful, his advisers are likely having backroom discussions about an impending threat to the Catholic Church's historic dominance in the region: The rise of evangelical Christianity. Home to about eight per cent of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics - more of the faithful than any country outside Brazil - Mexico has seen a slow but steady decline in people who self-identify with the faith. Currently about 82.7 per cent of Mexicans consider themselves Catholic, down from 88 per cent in 2000 and 96 per cent in 1970. Evangelical protestant denominations are believed responsible for much of the drop. "The Vatican is extremely concerned about competition with evangelicals," Daniel Levine, a professor at the University of Michigan who studies religious movements in Latin America, told Al Jazeera. "They are worried about losing their position as ‘the' spokesperson for religion and morality in the region. It is a big change from a generation ago." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Landmark Priest Sex Abuse Trial Begins PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newser By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Mar 26, 2012 (Newser) – Two Catholic priests are set to go on trial in Philadelphia for charges related to alleged child sexual abuse today, and their chances of victory look a lot lower than they did last week. Monsignor William Lynn is the first church official charged with child endangerment for failing to remove two alleged abusers from their posts, the AP reports. One of those alleged abusers, Rev. James Brennan, is on trial alongside him, charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in 1996. But the other, Edward Avery, submitted a last-minute guilty plea. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

De Wonderjaren van Maaike Cafmeyer BELGIE Humo De Wonderjaren van Maaike Cafmeyer (39) spelen zich af op het platteland van Torhout, diep in het West-Vlaamse Houtland. De actrice houdt goede herinneringen over aan haar kindertijd, hoewel haar tienerjaren niet zonder slag of stoot verlopen zijn. Maaike Cafmeyer «Ik ben een plattelandskind. Als ik aan mijn lagereschooltijd terugdenk, zie ik mezelf in het groen, spelend tussen de koeien, de schapen en de bomen met vogelnesten. Ik heb als kind de stad niet gezien. ... •Cafmeyer «Als kind heb ik ook altijd intuïtief heb aangevoeld dat er iets niet pluis was met al die geestelijken. »Neem nu Roger Vangheluwe. Ik heb die man verschillende keren ontmoet. Ik ben zelfs ooit samen met hem met de witte Lourdestrein op bedevaart geweest. Hij zat in het midden van die trein op een hoge stoel met zijn staf, meestal met een kind op zijn schoot, terwijl hij door een micro het onzevader voorlas. Ook mijn broer heeft zo bij hem op de schoot gezeten, toen hij één jaar was. Als ik daaraan denk, word ik niet goed. »Het typeert de tijdgeest van toen en het soort mensen tussen wie ik in het katholieke West-Vlaanderen van de jaren zeventig en tachtig ben opgegroeid. Maar het typeert ook de hoogmoed van dat soort priesters, en hoe ze zichzelf zagen ten opzichte van ‘hun’ gelovigen: ze zaten, als goede herders, met hun mijter en staf op een troon, op een übertrip naar een verschijning van de maagd Maria, terwijl alle schapen in de trein lijdzaam toekeken en lofliederen zongen. Als je in zo’n machtspositie zit, kunnen grenzen snel vervagen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Maaike Cafmeyer over Vangheluwe : “Schrok niet toen hij ontmaskerd werd BELGIE Knack maandag 26 maart 2012 Torhout - Actrice Maaike Cafmeyer heeft het in het weekblad Humo deze week over haar ‘Wonderjaren’, haar jeugd die ze doorbracht op het Torhoutse platteland. Ze heeft het over de leuke tijd die ze beleefde met haar zus, haar rebelse jaren toen ze ‘s nachts wegsloop om te gaan fuiven, maar ook over toenmalig bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. “Als kind heb ik ook altijd intuïtief heb aangevoeld dat er iets niet pluis was met al die geestelijken”, zegt Maaike Cafmeyer in het interview. Roger Vangheluwe ontmoette ze verschillende keren, ook op bedevaart. “Hij zat op een hoge stoel met zijn staf, meestal met een kind op zijn schoot. Ook mijn broer heeft zo bij hem op de schoot gezeten. Als ik daaraan denk, word ik niet goed.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Cleveland: Special mass at St. Colman's Church CLEVELAND (OH) WKYC [with video] Written by Pamela Osborne CLEVELAND -- It's been a little over two weeks since the Vatican ruled that the 13 churches closed by Bishop Richard Lennon reopen. The bishop has yet to respond, and the churches have yet to be reopened. But it didn't stop displaced parishioners from joining for a special prayer of thanks. Hundreds of parishioners gathered at St. Colman's church for a special mass. They called it the "Mass of Thanksgiving." Their thanks went to the Vatican for overturning the bishops ruling. But there was a deeper meaning to the prayer that took place. Parishioners were asked to spend some time thinking about forgiveness. Forgiveness is something some have had a hard time with, since many of them say their churches closed down and they were left with no place to go. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Alison O’Connor: Church tells the betrayed laity to get back in line IRELAND Irish Independent I've a sneaking suspicion that there are plans afoot in Rome to put a squeeze on us a la carte Catholics -- those of us who can't quite decide whether we're in or out. We're the ones who believe they should be glad to have us at all; and who love a bouncy castle on Holy Communion Day. Will we soon be told to shape up or ship out? Now there is no clear word, on this but the summary of the report from the 'Apolostic Visitation" published this week was most interesting in parts. It was not that it contained any great surprises in terms of clerical abuse and the rape of children. It was pretty much the same old same old there. But what did surprise me was the fairly clear message regarding orthodoxy. In other words, we were reminded that the rules are the rules. It doesn't matter what the "background music" may be in our country with regard to sexual abuse, or the historical dominance of the church, which had such a negative effect on our society. The rules, we were reminded, must be adhered to -religiously, as it were. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Landmark Philly priest-abuse trial starts Monday PHILADELPHIA (PA) St. Louis Post-Dispatch Associated Press | Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 Defense lawyers plan to attack the credibility of the troubled adult accusers when two Roman Catholic priests go on trial in a landmark child sex-abuse case involving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But that strategy took a hit Thursday when co-defendant Edward Avery entered a last-minute guilty plea, confirming one accuser's account of a brutal 1999 sexual assault inside a church sacristy. The victim was then a 10-year-old altar boy, Avery a 57-year-old priest. Avery's plea leaves Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan on trial on Monday. Brennan, 48, is charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Judge to rule on delaying priest sex trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) UPI PHILADELPHIA, March 26 (UPI) -- A former high-ranking Catholic official accused of hiding Philadelphia alleged priest sex abuse acted as if his job was to shield the abuser, a prosecutor said. Msgr. William Lynn "would have done something about the allegations" if he were "thinking about kids first" when he handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests from 1992 to 2004, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said at a pretrial court hearing Friday ahead of opening arguments set to begin Monday. Lynn, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of children, is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to coverup allegations. The opening arguments at the state Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, were to begin at 9:30 a.m. EDT, but might be postponed, lawyers said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

A lingering legacy of secrecy BELLEVILLE (IL) News-Democrat Sexual abuse of children by priests went unchecked for decades because church leaders ignored the problem or worked to keep it secret. We are nearing the 20-year mark of the bishops finally acting against pedophile priests and the scandal becoming public in the Belleville Diocese. It seemed that the lessons of secrecy's insidious nature had dawned on diocesan leaders. Open declarations about accusations and actions were made, bringing forth other victims. Sunshine was used to cleanse the pulpit. Yet here we are still dealing with the legacy of secrecy, paying victims $7.5 million in damages. That was before this past week, when three more lawsuits were settled for "substantial" sums. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Unusual Catholic Church abuse case to go to trial in Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) God Discussion In lawsuits involving pedophile priests within the Catholic Church, typically it is the priest accused of abuse who stands trial. But in a case that will start this week in Philadelphia, a priest alleged to have covered up the crime will also be tried. Monsignor William Lynn is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly failing to remove predator priests from the ministry. He will be the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. to go on trial on allegations of transferring accused priests to new assignments. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian specializes in sexual abuse cases, although he is not connected with this one. Garabedian told the Associated Press that Lynn's case is very rare and may set legal precedent if there is a conviction. "Given the fact that a monsignor, Monsignor William Lynn, of the Catholic church is being prosecuted means that the government has taken the next step and going after, criminally, supervisors of pedophile priests within the Catholic Church and not only the pedophile priests themselves. I believe that a conviction will have a chilling effect on the Church, and that it will make the Church more moral. And supervisors of the Church may realize that they are also susceptible to criminal charges and that they will not transfer pedophile priests." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Opening Statements In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial Set To Begin Today PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Opening statements are scheduled for today in an unprecedented case: the trial of a priest who allegedly raped a boy, and a Monsignor who is charged with endangering children as part of what authorities say was a Philadelphia Archdiocese-wide criminal conspiracy. The defendants have pleaded not guilty. But, before the trial starts, the judge must determine if jurors have been tainted by a co-defendant’s guilty plea last week. The prosecution alleges Monsignor William Lynn, Secretary for Clergy reviewed secret archives, containing allegations and admissions of sexual abuse by dozens of priests, but he allowed them to remain in ministry to abuse children. According to prosecutors, Monsignor Lynn and other church officials were concerned about scandal and lawsuits, but what was missing was concern for children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Trial begins for Catholic church official charged with reassigning abusive priests PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newsworks March 26, 2012 By Elizabeth Fiedler The landmark trial of a Roman Catholic Church official is set to begin in Philadelphia Monday. It will turn a new page in the court battle in the cases of Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the first U.S. church official charged criminally for his administrative actions. He's accused of child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly transferring priests accused of sexual abuse to unsuspecting parishes. Eyes across the country are focused on the Philadelphia case, says Patrick Wall, a former Catholic priest. Wall now works as a consultant for a law firm that has filed suits on behalf of those sexually abused as children. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Opening arguments scheduled today in Philadelphia clergy sex abuse case PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Morning Call By Peter Hall, Of The Morning Call 5:25 a.m. EDT, March 26, 2012 A judge is expected to decide whether opening arguments will begin today in the sex abuse trial of two Philadelphia-area clergymen where retired Allentown Bishop Edward Cullen is likely to testify. Following a surprise guilty plea by one of his codefendants, defense attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn asked Judge Teresa Sarmina to delay the trial to pick a new jury. The jurors, Lynn's attorneys said, were likely exposed to media reports of defrocked priest Edward Avery's guilty plea. The judge said she would decide before the scheduled start of the trial this morning whether a new jury is needed. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

March 25, 2012 C4C Commentor Quoted in CNN Justice Coverage PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change March 25, 2012 by Susan Matthews Click here to read: “Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attention,” by Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti, CNN, March 25, 2012 Excerpt: “(Rich) Green, the nephew of deceased Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, says he was abused by a priest at a Philadelphia high school in 1990. The priest died in 1999, and the statute of limitations has run out on Green’s ability to sue the Philadelphia archdiocese. Green did receive a settlement from the Archdiocese of Wilmington, Delaware, where the priest’s order is based, and says he plans to attend Lynn’s trial as often as he can. “We are asking for these people who are responsible for destroying our lives to be held accountable for what they did to us,” Green said. “We are the ones telling the truth, and I don’t understand why the Catholic Church can’t tell the truth.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Víctimas de Maciel en México acusan a de Benedicto XVI de haber tapado los abusos MEXICO El Plural Mexicanos que denunciaron los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, así como algunas de sus víctimas, pidieron al Papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en ese país reconocer la responsabilidad de la Iglesia en el ocultamiento de los hechos. Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en una rueda de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernoctó el Papa este sábado, que el Vaticano ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Víctimas de Marcial Maciel cuestionan al Papa en México MEXICO La Nacion (Chile) Víctimas de abusos sexuales del mexicano Marcial Maciel, un sacerdote fallecido en 2008 que fundó la congregación católica Legionarios de Cristo, difundieron un manifiesto en el que acusan al Papa Benedicto XVI, de visita a este país, de haberles ignorado. "Por vuestras manos pasó la oportunidad de aceptar esa verdad" (los abusos sexuales de Maciel), dice el manifiesto presentado en León, a 400 km al noroeste de la capital, donde el Papa se aloja en su primera visita a México. "Pero no se nos escuchó ni se nos creyó oportunamente. Durante mucho tiempo fuimos ignorados", agrega el manifiesto. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Respuesta del Vaticano: Ningún Papa encubrió a mexicano Maciel MEXICO Orlando Sentinel Por E. EDUARDO CASTILLO y ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON LEON, México (AP) — El vocero del Vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, afirmó el sábado que ningún Papa encubrió la doble vida del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, señalado de abuso sexual contra seminaristas y de haber procreado al menos tres hijos pese a ser sacerdote. Horas después de que fuera presentado un libro sobre el presunto encubrimiento del Vaticano a los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, Lombardi consideró "injusto" calificar de esa manera tanto al Papa Benedicto XVI como a su antecesor Juan Pablo II. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

LA PEDERASTIA QUE EL PAPA NO QUIERE VER MEXICO Critica Politica Por Sanjuana MartínezPeriodista www.websanjuanamartinez.com www.elboomeran.com “Me falta un testículo, por eso tengo la tentación de tocar niños”, dijo como excusa el sacerdote José Luis de María y Campos López de la Diócesis de Guanajuato, a María, madre de un niño a quien violó varias veces bajo el argumento de que era “el elegido por Dios” y con la protección continuada del obispo José Guadalupe Martín Rábago. En Guanajuato, tierra yunquista, las víctimas de pederastia clerical forman parte de manera silenciosa de la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI quien se ha negado a recibirlas durante su estancia del 23 al 26 de marzo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

México: acusan al Papa de ignorar denuncias sobre abuso sexual MEXICO Observador Global Quienes fueron abusados sexualmente por el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel aprovecharon la presencia del Papa en León para presentar un manifiesto donde lo acusan de ignorar las denuncias al respecto. Víctimas de abusos sexuales del mexicano Marcial Maciel, un sacerdote fallecido en 2008 que fundó la congregación católica Legionarios de Cristo, difundieron ayer un manifiesto en el que acusan al papa Benedicto XVI, de visita a este país, de haberlas ignorado. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

The Olé Pope: Benedict dons a Mexican sombrero as he preaches Mass to 30,000 MEXICO The Telegraph (United Kingdom) More than 300,000 Catholic pilgrims gathered in the central Mexican city of Silao on Sunday to hear Pope Benedict XVI say Mass in the country on his first official visit to Latin America. By Josephine McKenna 9:54PM BST 25 Mar 2012 Benedict held the ceremony in the city's Bicentennial park in the shadows of the Christ the King statue, a 72-foot monument which recalls the Catholic uprisings of 1926 – 1929. After landing in the park by helicopter he was presented with a large black sombrero as he greeted fans in his Popemobile before preaching a message of peace in a country reeling from the violence of the drug cartels. "We ask Christ, to reign in our hearts, making them pure, docile, filled with hope and courageous in humility," Benedict said in his homily. Despite the enthusiastic reception Benedict received on Sunday, his visit to Mexico has been overshadowed by accusations from victims of sexual abuse who have accused the Vatican of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for years. Victims of sexual abuse were angry that the pontiff had no plans to meet them after he had met victims of paedophilia on his previous official visits to the US, Germany, Malta, Australia and the UK in 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Catholics celebrate Vatican ruling on closings with special Mass at St. Colman parish CLEVELAND (OH) The Plain Dealer By Evelyn Theiss, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Catholics from many of the closed churches in Northeast Ohio gathered this afternoon for a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Colman Church in Cleveland. Hymn-singing was emphasized in the Mass, led by St. Colman's pastor, the Rev. Bob Begin, and it seemed exceptionally joyous. "This is so beautiful," said Phyllis Cielec, 81, whose home church was St. Barbara in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood. "This is part of a dream we never thought we'd see." The celebration was triggered by the stunning news earlier this month that the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy had ruled in favor of 13 closed parishes in Cleveland, saying Bishop Richard Lennon did not follow church law and procedures when he closed them. Banners at the front of the church represented each of those churches. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Philadelphia priest abuse trial to draw plenty of attention PHILADELPHIA (PA) CNN By From Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti, CNN updated 6:40 PM EDT, Sun March 25, 2012 (CNN) -- Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish. Monsignor William Lynn has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. Lynn served as the vicar of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a position in which he was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children. A grand jury alleged that he knowingly allowed priests accused of abuse to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children, according to the district attorney's office. Lynn "acted as if his job was to protect the abuser, never the abused," a January 2011 grand jury report concluded. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Monsignor's Coverup Trial Set to Open PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Wall Street Journal By PETER LOFTUS PHILADELPHIA—A landmark criminal trial is scheduled to begin here on Monday for a former high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official accused of failing to protect children from alleged molestation by priests. Amid the sex-abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church over the past decade, because Msgr. William Lynn will be the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to cover-up allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia diocese from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests. He is charged with endangering the welfare of children and has pleaded not guilty. The case illustrates both the progress and the shortcomings of the Catholic Church's handling of abuse allegations. The Philadelphia district attorney's office credited the diocese with referring some of the allegations at issue in the trial to prosecutors, under strengthened reporting policies the diocese adopted in the past decade. But a grand-jury report last year blasted the diocese for allowing 37 priests to remain in active ministry despite having "credible" abuse allegations lodged against them. The diocese later placed a majority of the priests on leave as it investigated the allegations. Msgr. Lynn also was placed on leave from his post as a parish pastor after he was charged last year. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Popes have worked for 'truth and transparency,' Fr. Lombardi affirms MEXICO Catholic News Agency Leon, Mexico, Mar 25, 2012 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has followed his predecessor Blessed John Paul II in working for “truth and transparency” on priestly abuse and other topics, the Holy See Press Office director said on March 24. Pope Benedict XVI “has truly done much to fight against these problems and put fundamental measures in place,” Fr. Federico Lombardi told journalists during a press conference at the Hotsson Hotel in León, where he has been briefing journalists during the Pope's visit to Mexico. “It’s unjust to consider Pope Benedict XVI as someone who has worked against truth and transparency,” he said during the evening press conference. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Sex abuse book mars Mexico Pope visit MEXICO YouTube Published on Mar 25, 2012 by Euronews http://www.euronews.com/ Pope Benedict XVI's first trip to Mexico is being overshadowed by a book alleging the Catholic Church hid evidence of sex abuse by one of Mexico's most prominent Roman Catholics. Called 'The Will Not to Know', the book details the investigation and alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by a former high-ranking reverend who founded a religious order. One of its authors, Fernando Gonzalez, claimed the Pope was aware of abuse in Mexico's Catholic church before 2000. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Crimes de agressão sexual em lar da igreja vão a tribunal PORTUGAL Diario de Noticias Seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos das Oficinas de São José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o diaa-dia na instituição. O jornal "Público" escreve que seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos da Oficina de São José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o seu envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o dia-a-dia da instituição tutelada pela Diocese do Porto, que acolhia então mais de 60 rapazes. Agressões reiteradas a monitores, abusos sexuais entre alunos e até menores vítimas de prostituição. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Bispo do Porto: Era inevitável fechar Oficinas de S. José PORTUGAL DN O atual bispo do Porto, que exerce a função há precisamente cinco anos, diz que outra solução não restava senão fechar as Oficinas de S. José, a instituição católica para acolhimento de menores que o caso Gisberta mediatizou. "Havia um desajustamento em relação àquilo que se procurava" inicialmente, o acolhimento de órfãos, e aquilo que ultimamente se lhe pedia, a institucionalização de menores problemáticos, "e achei que não havia condições" para isso, explica Manuel Clemente. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Tribunais julgam 14 crimes de abusos sexuais com jovens de lar da Igreja PORTUGAL Publico Oficina de S. José, que acolheu a maioria dos menores envolvidos na morte da transexual Gisberta, no Porto, foi o palco dos casos de maus tratos e abusos sexuais. Julgamento arranca dia 27. Agressões reiteradas de monitores, abusos sexuais entre alunos e até menores vítimas de prostituição. Seis anos depois de um grupo de alunos da Oficina de S. José, no Porto, ter chocado o país com o seu envolvimento na morte da transexual Gisberta, a Justiça levanta o véu sobre o dia-a-dia que se vivia na instituição tutelada pela Diocese do Porto, que acolhia então mais de 60 rapazes. Em Julho de 2010, a notícia destes casos, ainda em investigação, precipitou o encerramento do lar que, na altura, já só albergava 30 jovens. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Churchgoers pray for all parties in child luring case CANADA CTV Parishioners at a central Ottawa church are praying for everyone impacted by charges of sexual exploitation against a former youth pastor. Sunday was the first gathering at Peace Tower Church on Bronson Avenue since 28-year-old Mark Raymer was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation and one of luring a 16-year-old girl. "We never heard his side, you can't just rush to judgment on somebody especially when you're dealing with spiritual people," said Maurice Golka. "The law would have to prove he did something inappropriate." "If it did happen, I hope people that had the offence done to them . . . I hope they get help and get healed," said Terry Fierback. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Las víctimas de Maciel acusan al Papa de ocultar el escándalo MEXICO International Luis Prados León (Guanajuato) 24 MAR 2012 Las víctimas de los abusos sexuales a menores cometidos por el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, el sacerdote mexicano ya fallecido Marcial Maciel, han manifestado este sábado su repulsa por la ocultación a sabiendas del escándalo por parte del Vaticano durante décadas y su indignación por que el papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en México, no tuviera previsto recibirlos. Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en conferencia de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernocta el Papa, que la Santa Sede ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado. Maciel fundó la congregación en enero de 1941 con el nombre de Misioneros del Sagrado Corazón y posteriormente lo cambió a Legión de Cristo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Stiftsleitung von Kremsmünster schützte pädophilen Mitbruder OSTERREICH Der Standard Markus Rohrhofer, 25. März 2012 18:01 Man sei schockiert, Konkretes habe man aber nicht gewusst: Die Verteidigungslinie des Stifts Kremsmünster ist klar definiert - Polizeiliche Akten belegen aber gezielte Vertuschung Linz - "Gerüchte" habe es gegeben, und es sei aus heutiger Sicht "ein großer Fehler" gewesen, diesen nicht nachzugehen. Abt Ambros Ebhart gibt diese Antwort gerne auf die heikle Frage, ob man denn tatsächlich nichts von gewalttätigen Übergriffen und dem sexuellen Missbrauch im Internat des Stiftes Kremsmünster mitbekommen habe. Vergangene Woche war es wieder einmal Zeit für die bekannte Rechtfertigung. Der 1200 Seiten starke Gerichtsakt der Staatsanwaltschaft Steyr gelangte an die Öffentlichkeit und offenbart ein Bild des Schreckens. Bis in die 1990er-Jahre soll es im Internat des Stiftsgymnasiums Kremsmünster sexuellen Missbrauch und Gewalt gegeben haben. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Pope calls on adults to protect children as abuse row rages MEXICO Daily Nation (Kenya) By AFP Posted Sunday, March 25 2012 GUANAJUATO, Mexico, Sunday Pope Benedict XVI called on Sunday on adults to “protect and to care for children” and sent a message to minors suffering from violence in a speech in the central Mexican city of Guanajuato. Amid complaints from sexual abuse victims that the pope would not meet them in Mexico, Benedict referred to the mistreatment of children, without specifically mentioning Catholic priest paedophilia scandals of recent decades. “I wish to lift up my voice, inviting everyone to protect and to care for children, so that nothing may extinguish their smile, but that they may live in peace and look to the future with confidence,” the pope said before hundreds of cheering children from the balcony of the ornate Casa Del Conde Rul, where he earlier met with President Felipe Calderon. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Father of men who filed sexual abuse lawsuit against Delbarton says monks betrayed his trust NEW JERSEY The Star-Ledger By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger BERNARDS — Bill Crane Sr. remembers the sweaty August day in 1964, when he drove his Pontiac onto the sprawling Delbarton School campus, hoping to land a job as a history teacher that paid $4,400 a year. Married, he had a freshly printed diploma from Upsala College in his pocket and a baby on the way. But he wasn’t desperate. After all, he had just told a "stuffy" administrator at Hanover Park High School in East Hanover that he didn’t want the job the guy was offering. "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Crane was asked. "Anyplace but here," he replied, then walked out. But Delbarton was different. Even in midsummer, the place had the feel of serious academia. "As I stepped out of the car, I said to myself, ‘Now, this seems like a great place,’" Crane recalled in a phone interview Wednesday from his home in Washington state. "Knowing what I know now, I would have shut the door and driven away — in a hurry." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

“Yo, sacerdote, pecador, os pido perdón” ESPANA El Pais Natalia Junquera 24 MAR 2012 No quisieron esperar más, y a la muerte de Franco, un grupo de viudas e hijos de fusilados se lanzaron a la búsqueda y apertura de las fosas donde los asesinos habían arrojado a sus familiares. En Navarra y La Rioja, arrodillados en la tierra, sin más herramientas que una pala y las propias manos, les acompañaban algunos sacerdotes. Sacerdotes como Victorino Aranguren, Eloy Fernández, Dionisio Lesaca, Vicente Ilzarbe... que ayudaron a aquellas viudas a desenterrar a sus maridos y que en los funerales que oficiaban en su memoria pidieron perdón por el comportamiento de la Iglesia durante la Guerra Civil: “Esta sangre nos salpicó también”, “si decimos que no hemos pecado, hacemos a Dios mentiroso”, “desde aquí, yo, sacerdote, aunque pecador, os pido perdón en nombre de la Iglesia...”. “Participé en muchas exhumaciones. Era muy impactante. Las viudas decían: ‘Ese es mi marido, que era un poco chambo’, ‘ese otro es el mío, que le puse yo esa medallita...”, recuerda hoy Victorino Aranguren, sacerdote, de 80 años. “Besaban los huesos como si fueran reliquias y me pedían que los besara yo también. Todos tenían el cráneo agujereado por el tiro de gracia”. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

In Pa. abuse trial, a window into church practices PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Associated Press By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A landmark priest-abuse trial opening Monday in Philadelphia may unveil the cryptic operations of the Roman Catholic archdiocese and detail how child sex-abuse complaints were buried for decades in secret archives adjacent to a glorious cathedral as the priests they named went unpunished. Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood. But he may not be the last. Philadelphia prosecutors say he helped carry out "an archdiocesan-wide policy ... (that) was criminal in nature." And they've hinted they could charge others when the trial ends. Civil lawyers believe the trial will help them refile priest-abuse lawsuits that were thrown out in Pennsylvania because of legal time limits, or persuade the state legislature to open a window for filing child sex-abuse claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Stakes are high... KANSAS CITY (MO) Washington Post Stakes are high for church as ‘failure to report’ case unfolds against Kansas City bishop By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, March 25 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The charge is only a misdemeanor, but if prosecutors are able to win a conviction against Kansas City Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn, they could be opening up a whole new front in the national priest abuse crisis. Finn is accused of violating Missouri’s mandatory reporter law by failing to tell state officials about hundreds of images of suspected child pornography found on the computer of a priest in his diocese. Experts say a criminal conviction against Finn, the highest-ranking church official charged with shielding an abusive priest, could embolden prosecutors elsewhere to more aggressively pursue members of the church hierarchy who try to protect offending clergy. “Cases can sit like land mines in files for a long time and suddenly come to light,” said Matthew Bunson, a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and co-author of a book, “Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal.” ‘’Those cases may ultimately involve leaders in the church.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Issue of Church’s Role in Child Sex Abuse Surfaces in Pope’s Mexico Visit MEXICO Hispanically Speaking News Mexicans who denounced the sexual abuses committed by Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), founder of the Legion of Christ, asked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday to acknowledge the church’s responsibility in covering up his case and to announce that “never again” will pederasty be tolerated. “We don’t plan to boycott the visit, absolutely. What we do want is to ask him from Mexico: Where are you going, Benedict XVI? Do you want to find your charisma once more and the mission of Peter, or is strengthening your papacy and your position as head of state what you want?” former priest Alberto Athie said at a press conference. He spoke those words in presenting a new book of which he is co-author, “The Voluntad de No Saber” (The Will Not To Know), a 2012 publication of Grijalbo, which offers 212 documents from the secret archives of the Vatican that refer to the sexual abuse of minors and other inappropriate conduct connected with Maciel beginning in 1944. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

With church abuse trial set to open, tensions abound PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin Inquirer Staff Writer The neighborhood that rings St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia is flush with cops and firefighters, reliable Catholics in brick homes with tidy lawns, backyard slides, and a few front-door crucifixes. That was the backdrop last year for one of the more sordid clergy sex-abuse allegations to emerge in years. A grand jury report described a 10-year-old altar boy being confronted in St. Jerome's sacristy after Mass, ordered to strip, and engage in sex. Not once, but three times - by two different priests - over a year in the late 1990s. On Monday, a Philadelphia jury is scheduled to start hearing about those accusations and one that looms larger: that leaders of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could have predicted, or prevented, the attacks but instead followed a long-held practice of protecting the church and abusers within it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Self-proclaimed Catholic Priest Facing Felony Charges in Knox County ILLINOIS WGIL A self-proclaimed Catholic priest and former owner of a Galesburg church is facing seven felony charges in Knox County. According to Assistant States Attorney Erik Gibson, Reverend Ryan St. Anne Scott was arrested in St. Louis County last week on a Knox County warrant. The warrant charges the former Holy Rosary Abbey owner with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft, and one count of deceptive practices. The Catholic Archdiocese of Peoria has previously disassociated themselves from Scott and his teachings. Gibson says Scott allegedly obtained accounts and other personal finance documentation illegally from an older woman in Galesburg between 2009 and 2011. He says the priest is accused of making it a habit to borrow money across the midwest region and bounce around to other cities. Earlier this month, Gibson says, Scott was targeted by federal bankruptcy authorities in the Cedar Falls area. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Injustos señalamientos hacia Benedicto XVI: Vaticano MEXICO SDP Noticias Por Andrés Beltramo Álvarez. Enviado León, Gto., 24 Mar (Notimex).- El vocero del Vaticano, Federico Lombardi, consideró injustos los señalamientos hacia Benedicto XVI por el tema de la pederastia y aclaró que una reunión con víctimas no fue prevista con antelación. En rueda de prensa sostuvo que el Papa es un hombre de transparencia, incluso en el caso de Marcial Maciel, y que la preocupación del líder católico por el problema de los abusos sexuales contra menores y su interés en las víctimas ha sido explicado muchas veces. ?Un punto fundamental es si los Papas fueron encubridores del problema y en ese sentido debo decir que no, según mi conocimiento de estos Papas no es verdad que fueron encubridores?, dijo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

El Papa se reúne con víctimas del 'narco' pero no con las de abusos sexuales MEXICO El Mundo (Espana) Jacobo G. García | León (Guanajuato, México) Ahí estaba Guadalupe Dávila, llegada de Ciudad Juárez después de que asesinaran a su hijo durante una fiesta. También Josefina Torres, de Durango, esposa de un militar. O María Valencia, madre de un policía secuestrado por el crimen organizado en Michoacán. Apenas un puñado de historias pero suficientes para que el Papa Benedicto XVI, en su segundo viaje a Latinoamérica, viera de cerca el rostro macabro de la violencia que vive México, que ha dejado 50.000 muertos en la guerra entre y contra los cárteles en los últimos años. El Papa Benedicto XVI se reunió este sábado con víctimas de la violencia durante el encuentro que sostuvo con el presidente Felipe Calderón en Guanajuato. Un encuentro fuera de agenda de los que suele improvisar Benedicto XVI en sus viajes. "Hay que luchar contra este mal", había dicho días antes. Pero a quien no verá, al menos eso es lo que señaló el portavoz del Vaticano, Federico Lombardi, es a las víctimas de violencia sexual del ex líder de 'Los Legionarios de Cristo', el sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel, fallecido en 2008. El portavoz de la Santa Sede insistió en que el tema de la pederastia preocupa a Benedicto XVI y está presente "cuando pide que nadie quiete la sonrisa a los niños". Lombardi reiteró que el Papa se pronuncia en contra de todas formas de violencia y en estos se incluye el de abuso sexual, por lo que ha insistido en ayudar a los niños. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Ningún Papa encubrió a mexicano Maciel: vocero del Vaticano MEXICO El Diario de Yucatan Por E. EDUARDO CASTILLO y ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON LEON, Guanajuato (AP).- El vocero del Vaticano, padre Federico Lombardi, afirmó el sábado que ningún Papa encubrió la doble vida del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, señalado de abuso sexual contra seminaristas y de haber procreado al menos tres hijos pese a ser sacerdote. Horas después de que fuera presentado un libro sobre el presunto encubrimiento del Vaticano a los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel, Lombardi consideró ``injusto'' calificar de esa manera tanto al Papa Benedicto XVI como a su antecesor Juan Pablo II. ``Tengo que testimoniar que los dos Papas fueron hombres, que son hombres de verdad y de transparencias en este problema'', aseguró el portavoz de la Santa Sede. ``Creo que es verdaderamente injusto de considerar al Papa Benedicto como un hombre que ha trabajado en contra de la verdad y de la transparencia'', dijo. El libro ``La voluntad de no saber'', uno de cuyos coautores es una víctima de abuso de Maciel, señala que el Vaticano encubrió esa doble vida del fundador de Los Legionarios de Cristo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Los abusos del padre Maciel ensombrecen visita de Papa a México MEXICO Que LEÓN, México (Reuters) - La visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a México se vio ensombrecida el sábado por la revelación de nuevos detalles sobre abusos del padre mexicano Marcial Maciel, mientras las víctimas lamentaban la falta de respuesta ante sus peticiones de reunirse con el pontífice. Benedicto XVI llega a la segunda nación con más creyentes del mundo después de Brasil cuando la fe católica de los mexicanos se ha visto disminuida entre otras cosas por el escándalo de Maciel, que durante décadas abusó sexualmente de seminaristas y llevó una doble vida. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Salen a la luz archivos secretos de El Vaticano sobre pederastia MEXICO Informador Presentan libro con documentos referentes a abusos sexuales y otras conductas inapropiadas relacionadas con Maciel GUANAJUATO (25/MAR/2012).- En paralelo con la visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a Guanajuato, ayer fue presentado un libro de denuncia ante los casos de pederastia. “No pretendemos boicotear la visita, absolutamente. Lo que sí queremos es decirle desde México adonde vas, Benedicto XVI: ¿Quieres reencontrar carisma y tu misión de Pedro o quieres caminar a fortalecer tu Pontificado máximo y tu Jefatura de Estado?”, dijo en rueda de prensa el ex sacerdote Alberto Athié. Esas palabras las pronunció al presentar un nuevo libro del que es coautor, ''La voluntad de no saber'' (Grijalbo, 2012), que ofrece 212 documentos procedentes de los archivos secretos del Vaticano que refieren abusos sexuales y otras conductas inapropiadas en torno a Maciel desde 1944. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Demandan víctimas justicia MEXICO A.M. Por: Luis Meza. Víctimas de abuso sexual lamentaron que dentro de las actividades del Papa en México no se haya considerado un espacio para su encuentro con ellos, como sí ha sucedido en otras latitudes. Joaquín Aguilar, dirigente en México de la Red de Sobrevivientes de Abusos Sexuales de Sacerdotes, señaló que es falso que no hayan buscado ese encuentro, como lo dio a entender hace unos días Carlos Aguiar Retes, presidente de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano. “El mencionó que no conocía a las víctimas. Yo personalmente fui hace unos días a presentarle un caso dramático de Tlalnepantla y nunca me quiso recibir. En México quieren seguir con esta política de silencio que lamentablemente provoca que el mismo Papa se vea involucrado con los delincuentes, al no querer hablar de esto que es violación y abuso sexual hacia menores”, expresó. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Presentan libro sobre el padre Marcial Maciel MEXICO Pulso El Universal La presentación del libro “La Voluntad de no Saber: lo que sí se conocía sobre Maciel en los archivos secretos del Vaticano desde 1944”, ha llamado la atención de los representantes de los medios de comunicación que cubren la visita del Papa a México. El libro escrito por Alberto Athié, José Barba y Fernando M. González, presentado por Bernardo Barranco y Carmen Aristegui, ha generado grandes expectativa y la presencia de unos 100 representantes de los medios de comunicación. José Barba no ha podido asistir debido a problemas de salud pero se proyectó un video con un mensaje en el que acusa al Vaticano de saber desde el año de 1997, los abusos cometidos por el fundador de la congregación de los Legionarios de Cristo Marcial Maciel. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Honores y reproches al Papa en su visita a México MEXICO La Voz El papa Benedicto XVI ha sido agasajado por multitudes en México, donde tuvo un emotivo encuentro con niños y adolescentes en Guanajuato, horas después de que víctimas de abusos sexuales del sacerdote mexicano Marcial Maciel le reprochasen haberlos ignorado. Benedicto XVI instó a "proteger y cuidar a los niños", en especial los que "soportan el peso del sufrimiento, el abandono, la violencia", en un discurso pronunciado desde un balcón de la plaza de la Paz, interrumpido por aplausos y gritos. A punto de cumplir 85 años, el Papa no dio muestras de fatiga. "Deseo elevar mi voz invitando a todos a proteger y cuidar a los niños, para que nunca se apague su sonrisa, puedan vivir en paz y mirar al futuro con confianza", señaló en Guanajuato, 380 km al noroeste de la capital, la tercera ciudad mexicana que visita en este segundo viaje por América Latina que incluye también a Cuba. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Lombardi: Ni Juan Pablo II ni Benedicto XVI fueron "encubridores del padre MEXICO Periodista Federico Lombardi portavoz del Vaticano afirmó que los Papas Juan Pablo II y Benedicto XVI no fueron "encubridores del padre Marcial Maciel y es injusto considerar que el actual Pontífice está en contra de la verdad y la transparencia". En conferencia de prensa descartó que el Obispo de Roma se vaya a reunir con las víctimas de abuso sexual, porque es un tema que no está en la agenda de la Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM) como sí lo estuvo en países que ha visitado como Francia e Irlanda. El vocero del Vaticano manifestó estar informado de que se había presentado un libro de víctimas de abuso sexual, "el cual no he tenido tiempo de leerlo" pero su punto fundamental es que "si los papas fueron encubridores" y en "mi conocimiento de estos Papas es que no fueron encubridores". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Piden al Papa que reconozca el encubrimiento vaticano del caso Maci MEXICO Periodista Mexicanos que denunciaron los abusos sexuales cometidos por Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, pidieron hoy al papa Benedicto XVI reconocer la responsabilidad de la Iglesia en el ocultamiento de ese caso y proclamar que "nunca más" se tolerará la pederastia. "No pretendemos boicotear la visita, absolutamente. Lo que sí queremos es decirle desde México adónde vas, Benedicto XVI: ¿Quieres reencontrar carisma y tu misión de Pedro o quieres caminar a fortalecer tu Pontificado máximo y tu Jefatura de Estado?", dijo en rueda de prensa el exsacerdote Alberto Athié. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

In Mexico, tens of thousands gather before Pope Benedict’s Mass MEXICO Boston Herald By Tracy Wilkinson and Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times Sunday, March 25, 2012 LEON, Mexico — Singing, strumming guitars and trying to shield themselves from a searing sun, tens of thousands of Mexican Catholics came together Saturday nearly 24 hours ahead of an open-air Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. They walked miles and took up position in Bicentennial Park, a short distance from a hilltop monument that honors the 1920s Cristero War by Catholic counter-revolutionaries. But as religious fervor was on display here in Silao, in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state, a sexual-abuse scandal involving a notorious Mexican priest threatened to cast a pall on the pope’s first visit to the Spanish-speaking Americas. At a news conference in nearby Leon to launch a scathing book, sexual-abuse victims and advocates angrily accused the Vatican of protecting the priest, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, for decades. And they said they were dismayed that there were no plans for Benedict to meet victims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Amended suit alleges new abuses at Kansas school KANSAS Casper Star-Tribune Associated Press A California boy attends only four days at a Kansas military boarding school where he is tormented by staff and students after breaking both his legs in separate incidents. A Tennessee student's stomach is forcibly branded as a rite of initiation. A Florida cadet breaks his hand fending off a student with a history of sexual abuse who tries to grope him, and school officials refuse to investigate or inform his parents of the attack. These claims are the latest additions to a growing list of former cadets who allege in a federal lawsuit they were abused at St. John's Military School in Salina, Kan. An amended complaint filed Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., now includes six sets of named parents who have filed on behalf of cadets, plus one ex-cadet who is now an adult. The plaintiffs come from California, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Illinois. The Episcopal boarding school, which charges families nearly $30,000 per year for students enrolled in grades 6-12, draws students from across the nation. Two new defendants are named in the revised lawsuit: The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, entities which the suit says created the school. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Mexican priest abuse scandals cast shadow on pope's visit MEXICO Reuters By Mica Rosenberg and Philip Pullella LEON, Mexico | Sun Mar 25, 2012 (Reuters) - Pope Benedict's first full day in Mexico was clouded by fresh allegations the Vatican hid evidence of sex abuse by one of the country's most prominent Roman Catholic leaders for decades. The authors of a new book say a trove of once-secret Vatican documents prove Church officials ignored complaints of drug use and molestation of seminarians by the late Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Catholic order the Legionaries of Christ. Adding to the criticism of the Church, victims of abuse by priests in Mexico came forward to seek an audience with Benedict, but said their calls have not been answered. Church officials acknowledged in 2009, a year after Maciel's death at the age of 87, that the charismatic Mexican cleric had led a double life, secretly fathering children and lavishly spending the generous donations of his followers. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

Abuse allegations cloud pope visit to Mexico MEXICO ABS-CBN (Philippines) Agence France-Presse Posted at 03/25/2012 LEON, Mexico - Victims of sexual abuse accused the Vatican on Saturday of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for decades, and expressed frustration that Pope Benedict XVI would not meet them in Mexico. The pope has met with abuse victims in many foreign countries but has no plans to do so during a three-day visit to Mexico which began on Friday. A group including alleged victims of abuse by Marcial Maciel, the late founder of the influential Legion of Christ religious order, presented a book that they say proves that Vatican officials ignored crimes committed by Maciel. "The opportunity to accept this truth passed through your hands," read a statement presented to journalists by Jose Barba, a former Legionary and alleged victim, during a video transmission from Mexico to the central city of Leon, where the pope is staying. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Pope in Mexico Asked to Admit Church at Fault in Sex Abuse Cases MEXICO Latin American Herald Tribune LEON, Mexico – Mexicans who denounced the sexual abuses committed by Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), founder of the Legion of Christ, asked Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday to acknowledge the church’s responsibility in covering up his case and to announce that “never again” will pederasty be tolerated. “We don’t plan to boycott the visit, absolutely. What we do want is to ask him from Mexico: Where are you going, Benedict XVI? Do you want to find your charisma once more and the mission of Peter, or is strengthening your papacy and your position as head of state what you want?” former priest Alberto Athie said at a press conference. He spoke those words in presenting a new book of which he is co-author, “The Voluntad de No Saber” (The Will Not To Know), a 2012 publication of Grijalbo, which offers 212 documents from the secret archives of the Vatican that refer to the sexual abuse of minors and other inappropriate conduct connected with Maciel beginning in 1944. According to the ex-priest, with Benedict XVI at the head of the church, “he and he alone can chart a new course to resolve this tremendous problem...the holocaust of thousands of boys and girls who were abused in many parts of the world.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Women to reshape child protection policy for KC diocese KANSAS CITY (MO) The Kansas City Star By MARK MORRIS The Kansas City Star Good moms know that simple instructions and clear expectations often lead to positive, vigorous outcomes. With that in mind, consider this guidance crafted by the two mothers, Jenifer Valenti and Carrie Cooper, who now lead child protection efforts for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph: If you know or suspect that a child is being abused, call the police, the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline and, finally, the diocese’s ombudsman. Under the old system, muddled reporting policy and blurred responsibilities led to confused inaction and even criminal charges for the diocese and its bishop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Crookston Diocese speaks about priest charges MINNESOTA In-Forum By: Stephen J. Lee, Forum Communications Co., INFORUM CROOKSTON, Minn. – The Catholic Diocese here, in its first official comment since news of the arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul in India last week on Minnesota sexual assault charges, says it hopes he is returned for trial. “The only way for this to be resolved is for him to be here, so we would like a resolution to it,” Monsignor David Baumgartner, who, as vicar general of the diocese, serves as the right-hand man to Bishop Michael Hoeppner, told the Grand Forks Herald this week. Jeyapaul, 57, has been a fugitive for six years for criminal charges first filed in 2006 in state district court in Roseau. He is accused of sexually assaulting a parish member in Greenbush, Minn., when she was 14 and 15 in 2004 and 2005. In 2007, the charges were amended to include similar counts involving a second girl who was 16 during the same period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

Book Accuses Vatican Of Hiding Sexual Abuse MEXICO TheDenverChannel LEON, Mexico (CNN) -- On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The book, "La Voluntad de no Saber" (Willing Not to be Aware), chronicles multiple cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by Marcial Maciel, a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who was influential at the Vatican. Maciel, who died in January 2008 at age 87, was the founder and director of the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement. The book was authored by Jose Barba, a former seminarian who says he was the victim of sexual abuse by a priest. Historian Fernando M. Gonzalez, a co-author, says the book is based on 212 documents leaked from the Vatican. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests not allowed to see Pope Benedict XVI MEXICO El Paso Times By Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera \ El Paso Timeselpasotimes.com Posted: 03/25/2012 LEON, GUANAJUATO -- Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests accused Mexican Catholic Church officials on Saturday of denying them an audience with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Mexico. Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the Mexican Catholic Church has publicly said a meeting wasn't coordinated because abuse victims never approached them to request one. However, Jesús Romero, a member of SNAP and a victim of abuse when he was 11 years old, said they requested a meeting with Mexico City Archbishop Norberto Rivera several times, but the request was never granted. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

March 24, 2012 Abuse Case Clouds Pope’s Visit MEXICO The New York Times By RACHEL DONADIO Published: March 24, 2012 LEÓN, Mexico — The shadow of the disgraced Mexican founder of a powerful religious order darkened the visit of Pope Benedict XVI here this weekend, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the church’s failure to combat what they call a systemic culture of sexual abuse. In the past week, two books released in Mexico drew new attention to longstanding questions about whether Benedict, when he was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, acted decisively enough about the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, a Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ, once victims began coming forward claiming he had had abused them. The media attention shows that the Maciel case is far from closed. The Vatican has said that Benedict does not plan to meet with abuse victims while in Mexico, as he has done in other countries. After complaints of sexual abuse were filed against Father Maciel in 1998, Benedict, who was then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, quashed a Vatican investigation. He re-opened the case in 2004, ultimately finding that Father Maciel had led a double life, raped seminarians, fathered several children and abused drugs while leading a charismatic organization known for producing ranks of priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Será histórica su visita si papa admite que ocultó pederastia: expertos MEXICO La Jornada Los autores del libro 'La voluntad de no saber' aseguran que éste demuestra con documentos que el Vaticano ha mentido de manera sistemática sobre ese delito. Carolina Gómez, Arturo Cano y Carlos García, enviados y corresponsal Publicado: 24/03/2012 León, Gto. Para que realmente su visita a México pueda ser considerada histórica, el papa Benedicto XVI debería "reconocer públicamente su responsabilidad" en el ocultamiento de los casos de pederastia clerical, particularmente los relacionados con el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, Marcial Maciel, consideraron los autores del libro La voluntad de no saber, que fue presentado hoy. En conferencia de prensa, Fernando González, experto del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales de la UNAM; el exsacerdote Alberto Athié; el experto en asuntos religiosos Bernardo Barranco, y la periodista Carmen Aristegui, expusieron que Joseph Ratzinger debe hacer un mea culpa y comprometerse como la máxima autoridad de la Iglesia católica y ex prefecto de la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe -instancia que conoció de primera mano las denuncias por los abusos sexuales a menores- a tomar las medidas necesarias para que estas situaciones no vuelvan a suceder. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

El Papa no es cómplice de pederastia: cardenal de Guadalajara MEXICO proceso MÉXICO, D.F. (apro).- La jerarquía católica consideró hoy que el Papa Benedicto XVI ha procedido con todo realismo y energía ante los casos de pederastia en la Iglesia católica. De acuerdo con el sitio web de Reforma, el cardenal de Guadalajara, José Francisco Robles Ortega, dijo que no se puede acusar al pontífice de ser cómplice de esta situación o de no querer actuar. Enfatizó que el Papa ha querido purificar a la Iglesia de la gravedad de este asunto. Por su parte, el cardenal emérito de Guadalajara, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, dijo que ya se esperaba que durante la visita papal se volviera a sacar el tema de la pederastia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

El Papa evita a las víctimas de abusos sexuales del fundador de los Legionarios MEXICO El Pais (Espana) Luis Prados León (Guanajuato) 24 MAR 2012 Las víctimas de los abusos sexuales a menores cometidos por el fundador de la Legión de Cristo, el sacerdote mexicano ya fallecido Marcial Maciel, han manifestado este sábado su repulsa por la ocultación a sabiendas del escándalo por parte del Vaticano durante décadas y su indignación por que el papa Benedicto XVI, de visita en México, no tuviera previsto recibirlos. Los exlegionarios José Barba y Alberto Athié y los investigadores Fernando M. González y Bernardo Barranco han denunciado en conferencia de prensa celebrada en León, la ciudad del Estado de Guanajuato donde pernocta el Papa, que la Santa Sede ocultó los abusos sexuales cometidos por Maciel desde los años cuarenta del siglo pasado. Maciel fundó la congregación en enero de 1941 con el nombre de Misioneros del Sagrado Corazón y posteriormente lo cambió a Legión de Cristo. “El Vaticano sistemáticamente eludió su responsabilidad. No solo sabía, sino que toleró y protegió a Maciel. El Vaticano mintió”, afirmó Barranco. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Víctimas de abuso sexual cuestionan que el Papa no se reúna con ellos MEXICO CNN Por Guillermo Cruz Sábado, 24 de marzo de 2012 a las 14:41 LEON, Guanajuato (CNNMéxico) — El hecho de que el papa Benedicto XVI no haya hecho referencia durante su visita por México a los casos de abusos y pederastia registrados en el país hasta el mediodía de este sábado, fue cuestionado en la ciudad de León durante la presentación del libro La Voluntad de No Saber. "Es un error de agenda del Vaticano porque el papa Benedicto XVI ha tenido contactos con víctimas en Estados Unidos, Australia, Irlanda, Malta y Alemania, ¿por qué en México no?, ¿acaso no existen víctimas en México?, ¿por qué el Papa no va a tener contacto con las víctimas de abuso sexual de Marcial Maciel? ¿acaso nació en otro país?", cuestionó Bernardo Barranco, experto en temas religiosos y autor del prólogo de la publicación de la Editorial Grijalbo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Condenan silencio de Benedicto XVI ante pederastia MEXICO Tabasco Hoy Publicado: Sábado, 24 de Marzo del 2012, a las 14:45 hrs. León, Guanajuato "Estoy aquí, alzando la voz en nombre de muchas víctimas, lamentablemente somos muchos, nosotros hemos tenido unos cientos de casos, sabemos que son miles", afirmó Julián Aguilar, director de SNAP, organización que aglutina a víctimas de abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes. "Estamos lastimados tras escuchar que no se van a reunir con nosotros, no les interesan las víctimas en México". Aguilar habló durante una conferencia previa a la presentación del libro "La Voluntad de no Saber", escrito por Alberto Athié, José Barba y Fernando M.González. En dicho espacio se recordó que el Obispo de Roma se ha reunido con víctimas de abusos sexuales en Estados Unidos, en Australia, en Irlanda y en la Isla de Malta, entre otros puntos, pero que en dichos lugares los encuentros se dieron por la intermediación de los obispos locales, algo que no quisieron hacer los sacerdotes de la jerarquía católica en México. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Víctimas de Maciel exigen al Papa ofrezca disculpas MEXICO Milenio León, Tendencias • 24 Marzo 2012 - 2:11pm — Pedro Domínguez Los autores del libro 'La voluntad de no saber', afirman tener documentos en los que se comprueba que Joseph Ratzinger sabía de los abusos a niños por parte de sacerdotes y exigen rinda cuentas y reconozca su complicidad. León, Gto. • El Papa Benedicto XVI debe pedir disculpas por los abusos sexuales del padre Maciel y reconocer su complicidad al encubrir el caso, afirmó el ex sacerdote Alberto Athié. En conferencia de prensa al presentar el libro titulado 'La voluntad de no saber', respaldó su dicho en la posesión de archivos secretos de El Vaticano desde 1944 hasta el 2002 donde se da cuenta de cómo la Santa Sede, incluido Joseph Ratzinger, conocían y encubrían la doble vida del ex líder de los Legionarios de Cristo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

Former priest arrested for sexual battery LOUISIANA NECN LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A former priest in two area Catholic churches has been charged with two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. Kim Myers, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, tells the American Press ( ) that 56-year-old Mark A. Broussard, who left the priesthood in the mid-1990s, was charged with engaging in sexual conduct with an 8-year-old parishioner from 1986 to 1989. Victims of sex crimes have 30 years after their 18th birthday to report abuse. Broussard was arrested Thursday in his home in Duson. Broussard is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $1 million bond. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Mexico abuse victims denounce Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI visits MEXICO Los Angeles Times REPORTING FROM LEON, MEXICO -- Sexual abuse victims angrily accused the Vatican on Saturday of protecting a notorious Mexican priest for decades, and said they were dismayed that Pope Benedict XVI will not meet with them on his visit to the country. Benedict has sat down with abuse victims in almost every country he has visited. But his spokesman said Mexican bishops did not request such an encounter here -- an omission that victims' advocates said was unconscionable. The pope arrived in Mexico’s central Guanajuato state Friday and continues to Cuba on Monday. He was scheduled to meet with President Felipe Calderon later Saturday and will preside over an open-air Mass on Sunday that organizers say could draw more than 300,000 people. A group that included abuse victims and experts in the field held a forum here in Leon to release a book that they say establishes "irrefutably" that Vatican officials knew of the egregious crimes committed by the late Rev. Marcial Maciel. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:55 PM

Giesbeekse pastoor leeft niet meer NEDERLAND de Gelderlander GIESBEEK - De pastoor uit Giesbeek die zich volgens de belangenorganisatie Klokk in de jaren zeventig mogelijk schuldig heeft gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik, is overleden. Dit meldt het bisdom Utrecht, dat nazoekingen naar de pastoor heeft gedaan. Volgens een woordvoerder zijn er, sinds het misbruik in de katholieke kerk aan het licht gekomen is, geen klachten bij het bisdom over de Giesbeekse priester ingediend. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

The Family Feud Comes As The Network Weathers A Steep Drop In Donations CALIFORNIA WFMY Costa Mesa, CA -- Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, who built the Trinity Broadcasting Network into the world's largest Christian broadcaster, are now facing attacks from within their own family. Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, has filed court papers that include allegations of $50 million in financial wrongdoing at the ministry headquartered in southern California. Her suit was followed by another from a Koper in-law, who detailed opulent spending at the network on items such as private jets, mansions and a $100,000 mobile home for Jan Crouch's dogs. The lawsuits came after Koper's husband was accused by a debt collection company of embezzling more than $1 million from TBN. The debt collection company that filed the lawsuit later added the Crouches' granddaughter and two of her in-laws as defendants. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs... UNITED STATES Daily Mail (United Kingdom) Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs: Televangelists 'defrauded tens of million of dollars from Christian network' By Nina Golgowski Two former employees of the world's largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses. Among purchases, the network founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, is accused of misappropriating its 'charitable assets' toward a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch's dogs. Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network's chief finance director in July. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Pope to Meet Mexican President Saturday MEXICO Voice of America Pope Benedict meets with Mexican President Felipe Calderon Saturday, as the Roman Catholic leader embarks on a five-day Latin America trip that will also take him to Cuba. The pontiff began his day with celebration of a private Mass at Miraflores College in the central Mexican city of Leon. He planned an early evening meeting with the Mexican leader at the state government house in Guanajuato, followed by a gathering with children on the city's Peace Square. ... The Roman Catholic Church is under pressure in Mexico from the growing rise of Protestant churches, as well as a scandal involving a prominent priest, Marcial Maciel, who was facing allegations of drug addiction and molesting young boys when he died. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

'Rol Marijnen in misbruikzaak groter' NEDERLAND Kerknieuws Vic Marijnen, de latere minister-president, heeft in 1958 als bestuursvoorzitter van het jongensinternaat Harreveld geprobeerd het ministerie van Justitie te beïnvloeden over vermeende misbruikpraktijken op het instituut. Marijnen was toen bestuursvoorzitter van het instituut. Dat stelt Bert Kreemers, voormalig secretaris van de commissie-Deetman, vrijdag in NRC Handelsblad. Die informatie staat niet in het eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman, die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Revelarán documentos sobre posible encubrimiento a Maciel MEXICO El Financiero AP La primera visita del Papa Benedicto XVI a México coincidirá con la publicación de un nuevo libro que revelará documentos que presuntamente demuestran que el Vaticano tuvo conocimiento de los abusos sexuales cometidos contra varios seminaristas por parte del fundador de Los Legionarios de Cristo, el mexicano Marcial Maciel, y sobre su aparente adicción a la morfina. El libro, "La voluntad de no saber", tiene previsto salir a la luz pública el 24 de marzo, un día después de la llegada a México de Benedicto XVI, un Papa que en viajes fuera del Vaticano y anteriores a éste, se ha reunido con víctimas de abusos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes pero quien no tiene planeado hacer lo mismo en territorio mexicano. Editado por Random House Mondadori, el libro tiene un tiraje de más de 6,000 copias y sólo circulará en México. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Ratzinger y Juan Pablo sí supieron de abusos de Maciel: documentos MEXICO El Diario Bernardo Barranco Distrito Federal— “Este Papa me tiene desilusionado, ya no creo en él”, dice José Barba, catedrático del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México y una de las víctimas de Marcial Maciel. Cuando se le pregunta si accedería a tener un encuentro con Benedicto XVI en su próxima visita a México, responde categórico: “No estoy dispuesto a juegos mediáticos estériles ni a supuestos perdones cargados de retórica”. Barba, Alberto Athié y el investigador Fernando M. González son autores de un libro que contiene evidencias documentales de algo que era ampliamente sabido: el Vaticano tenía conocimiento y registro del comportamiento enfermizo de Marcial Maciel desde los años cuarenta. La próxima semana Random House-Mondadori pondrá en circulación el libro, La voluntad de no saber, cuyo subtítulo es elocuente: Lo que sí se conocía sobre Maciel en los archivos secretos del Vaticano desde 1944. Los documentos incluidos en la obra muestran que la curia romana siempre tuvo información sobre la trayectoria llena de aberraciones del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo... Pero el Vaticano lo toleró y protegió. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

Rechaza víctima de pederastia tener interés en encuentro con el Papa MEXICO La Cronica de Hoy José Barba Martín, ex miembro de Los Legionarios de Cristo, aseguró que el papa Benedicto XVI y los obispos mexicanos sí conocen la identidad de las víctimas del sacerdote pederasta Marcial Maciel y rechazó tener interés en ser recibido por el pontífice durante su estancia en esta ciudad. En entrevista con Notimex se mostró indignado por las declaraciones vertidas en las últimas horas por algunos exponentes del Episcopado, quienes negaron conocer a quienes sufrieron los abusos sexuales del fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo. “El tema se ha exacerbado en los últimos días con motivo de la visita del papa Benedicto XVI a México porque el Episcopado, a través de varios voceros, ha declarado que no nos conoce y eso no es verdad”, indicó. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

La voluntad de no saber MEXICO La Voluntad de No Sabor [con los documentos] Para que se tenga clara la secuencia de las oportunidades que tuvieron las autoridades de intervenir a la Legión de Cristo describiré lo siguiente: la primera fue en diciembre de 1944 cuando el V obispo de Cuernavaca recibió la denuncia del joven Luís de la Isla y de sus padres, pero no actuó en consecuencia y hasta donde se puede colegir, tampoco envió un informe al Vaticano; la segunda posibilidad se dio en el periodo 1948-50 cuando dos jesuitas de Comillas enviaron informes a la Sagrada Congregación de religiosos; la tercera se dio en 1954 cuando el Arzobispado de México pidió informes al legionario Federico Domínguez, el cual habló por primera vez de la adicción a la Dolantina (Morfina) por parte de MM y el documento si llegó a la SCR; la cuarta se dio en 1956 cuando el Arzobispo de México y el VII obispo Cuernavaca enviaron sendas cartas denunciando a Maciel por adicción a la droga y pederastia dichas denuncias terminaron con la suspensión temporal de Marcial Maciel ... Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Ratzinger altered canon law to soften Maciel punishment, book argues VATICAN CITY/MEXICO National Catholic Reporter Mar. 24, 2012 By Jason Berry On Saturday, as Pope Benedict XVI makes the first appearance on his March 23-28 trip to Mexico and Cuba, three authors will hold a news conference in the same city, Leon, Mexico, discussing a book that quotes Vatican files on the pedophilia and drug abuse accusations that trailed Fr. Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, for decades until his death in 2008. Maciel, a native of Mexico who died at 88, was a subject of long-running concern at the Vatican congregation that governs religious orders, according to La Voluntad de No Saber – “The Will Not To Know,” published by a Mexico City imprint of Random House international. The authors are Alberto Athié, a former priest who directed a Mexican bishops’ charity; José Barba, a retired college professor and former Legion seminarian who filed a 1998 canon law request in Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith tribunal, seeking Maciel’s excommunication; and Fernando M. González, a scholar in Mexico City and the author of a biography of Maciel. In late 2004, with Pope John Paul II in failing health, Ratzinger finally ordered an investigation of Maciel. In 2006, Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, banished him from active ministry to a life of prayer and repentance. That stopped short of excommunication as Barba and seven other victims wanted. The Legion continued defending Maciel until 2009 when its leaders abruptly reversed course, revealing that he had sired several out of wedlock children, now grown. NCR received a PDF of the book. Grijalbo, the publisher, is posting selected excerpts on a website www.lavoluntaddenosaber.com, the AP reported. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Angeklagte fühlt sich wegen Beziehung zum Pfarrer gemobbt DEUTSCHLAND Sueddeutsche Es geht um mehr als 200.000 Euro: Eine Erzieherin soll das Taschengeld der ihr anvertrauten Kinder unterschlagen haben, nun steht sie in Passau vor Gericht - und hat eine überraschende Begründung für ihr Verhalten. Sie soll die Kirche und ein Jugendheim um etwa 200.000 Euro betrogen haben. Am zweiten Prozesstag vor dem Passauer Landgericht brach die 46 Jahre alte Angeklagte am Freitag ihr Schweigen und nannte eine überraschende Begründung für die massiven Untreuevorwürfe gegen sie: "Ich hatte sieben Jahre die Beziehung mit einem katholischen Pfarrer gehabt und gelebt, davon fünf Jahre im Pfarrhaus", sagte die frühere Jugendbetreuerin aus. Deswegen habe die Kirche sie auf dem Kieker, sie sei dort eine "Persona non grata". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Sister Christine Schenk leads discussion to share with bishop FLORIDA Gainesville Sun By Lillian Guevara-Castro Staff writer Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 Sister Christine Schenk, SSJ, executive director of FutureChurch, an organization of Catholic lay people, priests and nuns working within the Roman Catholic Church to effect change, is the guest speaker at “A Lenten Evening of Prayerful Dialogue & Listening” at United Church of Gainesville, 7-9 p.m. Monday. Organizers addressed the event invitation to “Vatican II reform-minded Catholics” adding that the evening is an effort to gather input from the laity about the state of the Church in the Diocese of St. Augustine and present it to Bishop Felipe Estevez prior to his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in May. “(It) is meant to give a sounding board to the laity to express their issues with the church,” said John Frank, professor of educational leadership at the University of North Florida and the event’s facilitator. “There are 30 million former Catholics in the U.S. alone. Any company dealing with that kind of loss of market share would be dealing with what it’s doing or not doing right.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Defense In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Wants New Jury PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One day after a defendant in the Philadelphia clergy abuse case pleaded guilty, the attorneys for two co-defendants have asked for a new jury panel because, they argue, this one was tainted by the latest developments. Edward Avery, 69, who sat alongside co-defendants Msgr. William Lynn and Father James Brennan during jury selection, is now out of the case. He has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced (see related story), and the prosecution says he has not agreed to testify against his fellow defendants. But attorneys for Lynn and Brennan have cited the local and national coverage of the Avery development, saying there is no way jurors could have avoided it and not been prejudiced by it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Defense asks for new jury in Philadelphia Archdiocese trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Chicago Tribune Dave Warner Reuters PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for the highest ranking church official to go on trial in the Catholic church's pedophilia scandal, charged with child endangerment, asked a judge on Friday to pick a new jury because a co-defendant pled guilty. Opening arguments in the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, 61, former secretary of the clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, were slated to begin on Monday. A jury has already been selected. Lynn was to go to trial with defrocked priest Edward Avery and Rev. James Brennan, who are among four others charged in the child sex abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

FLDS TRIALS: Jury to see YFZ Ranch evidence TEXAS San Angelo Standard-Times By Matthew Waller MIDLAND — The Texas Ranger had to squeeze through a hole in the wall to get into the vault, grasping a gun and flashlight. Inside the locked precinct sacred to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Texas Ranger Lt. Jesse Valdez found rows of cabinets laden with boxes of records. It was April 2008 when he first entered the vault within the Temple Annex on the YFZ Ranch in Schleicher County, and now those records are being used as evidence against former FLDS President Wendell Loy Nielsen. Nielsen, 71, a former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is charged with three counts of third-degree bigamy, each count punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Friday was the third day of the trial, and the day began with testimony from Valdez. Prosecutor Eric Nichols asked Valdez about gaining entrance to the building, the gleaming white Temple Annex, which housed the vault. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 AM

Dueling experts testify about concept of 'repressed memory' STOCKTON (CA) Lodi News-Sentinel By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer Two experts testified on the concept of repressed memory Friday in the clergy sexual abuse civil case against Father Michael Kelly. Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, who began his testimony on Thursday, finished up on Friday. Bodkin is an associate professor at Harvard University's medical school. He said that there is no scientific proof that repressed memory is a valid concept. The plaintiff claims that, due to repressed memory, he recalled in 2006 that Kelly sexually assaulted him more than 20 years earlier. Later in the day, Dr. Anlee Kuo, a San Francisco psychiatrist who once examined the plaintiff, testified on the plaintiff's behalf that he suffers from depression and alcohol abuse due to Kelly's alleged sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Enumclaw assistant church pastor charged with raping a child WASHINGTON Q13 Fox Dana Rebik Q13 FOX News reporter ENUMCLAW— An Enumclaw man was formally charged Friday with raping a young girl while he served as the assistant pastor of a local church. The alleged assaults occurred in 2005 when the suspect, Malcolm John Fraser, was 32 and the victim was 10. According to charging documents, the victim, who is now 17, came forward Monday and reported to Enumclaw police that Fraser had repeatedly raped her while he and his wife were staying with her family from 2005 to 2006. Fraser is the assistant pastor at the non-denominational South Sound Doctrine Church. Enumclaw police detective Grant McCall said the victim told him Fraser came into her room late at night more than 20 times while staying with her family. Fraser would allegedly hold the victim’s mouth shut while forcing her to perform various sexual acts. “I’m in shock. I’m scared for other children particularly my own,” resident Ailen Dean said Friday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Church leadership, public gather to discuss sexual abuse prevention MIDLAND (TX) Midland Reporter-Telegram Sara Higgins Joe Barron, Don Simpson and Ryan Wonderly all were church leaders trusted by their communities, and all have faced allegations related to child sexual abuse. Fort Worth-based trial lawyer Greg Love held sessions for both church leaders and the public Tuesday at the Midland Center to discuss sexual abuse prevention and awareness. Love, who has represented victims of sexual abuse since 1994, worked to debunk myths in attendees' minds about who can be a predator, and what warning signs to look for in their own congregations. "There's a real good chance that poor information and misunderstanding is going to lead to a poor result in what we do to protect our children," he said. Love, who is a youth leader at his home church, co-founded safety system and training organization MinistrySafe with his wife, Kimberlee Norris. The two help congregations around the nation in the design and implementation of safety systems to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Former Priest Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges LOUISIANA KLFY A former Catholic Priest has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a child. Fifty six year old Mark Broussard has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery. The alleged victim was an eight year old boy who is now 34. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Ton Mancuso says his office learned of the case from the Diocese of Lake Charles. According to the allegations the abuse took place while Broussard was serving as a priest at Saint Henry Catholic Church during a three year period, between 1986 and 1989. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Former priest charged with rape LOUISIANA The Advertiser Written by Brandon Kane Even though the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said it was grateful for the arrest of former priest and Duson resident Mark Broussard on molestation charges, the victim's advocacy group issued a statement Friday condemning the actions of his church and diocese in what it called an "unconscionable" failure to act. "We are grateful that Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest's file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children," the SNAP said in a release. "It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them." Broussard was arrested at his home Thursday on more than 50 counts of sexual battery in connection to his tenure as a priest in Lake Charles. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Retired priest pleads guilty to molesting boy at Costa Mesa church CALIFORNIA Los Angeles Times A retired Roman Catholic priest from Orange County pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a boy in the 1990s, authorities said. Denis Lyons, 78, of Seal Beach pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14; the crimes took place between Jan. 1, 1992, and Dec. 1, 1995. Prosecutors said they expected Lyons to be sentenced May 25 to one year in jail and five years' formal probation and be required to register as a sex offender for life. Lyons was a priest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa when the crimes occurred. Prosecutors said he assaulted the boy four times on church property when the boy was between the ages of 7 and 9. Lyons was charged after the victim came forward in 2008. The retired cleric was arrested at Leisure World in Seal Beach as he played cards. That is same community where former priest and convicted child molester Michael Wempe also lived. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Alleged second sex abuse victim's testimony not allowed STOCKTON (CA) The Record By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore Record Staff Writer March 24, 2012 STOCKTON - Testimony from an alleged second sex abuse victim of the Rev. Michael Kelly will not be allowed in the civil jury trial where a former Catholic altar boy has accused the priest of molesting him. San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt decided late Thursday that the second person's story will not be admitted to avoid prejudice. Kelly, currently pastor at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford, is under criminal investigation over the second person's claims. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

Landmark priest sex trial begins PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Windsor Star Agence France-Presse March 24, 2012 The landmark trial of a Catholic Church official accused of covering up pedophile abuses in the United States is set to start Monday. Monsignor William Lynn, who oversaw the assignment of priests to schools and parishes across the Philadelphia region, faces accusations that he failed to keep priests accused of sexual abuse away from minors. The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990s, makes the trial the first of its kind in the U.S. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

A decade ago, priest abuse story rocked Salem SALEM (MA) The Salem News By Tom Dalton Staff writer SALEM — Ten years ago tomorrow, James Michael Hogan filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court that shook the foundations of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. The 47-year-old former Salem resident, who drove up from Delaware to face the TV cameras and media crowds, detailed sex crimes that were almost unspeakable, committed against him as a young boy. The former altar boy at St. James Church said he had been sexually abused "hundreds" of times by the Rev. Joseph Birmingham — "Father B" — who served at the Salem parish from 1965 to 1970. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

March 23, 2012 Acireale: denuncia un prete pedofilo a 20 anni dai maltrattamenti ITALIA romatg24 ROMA, 23 Marzo – L’emozione rotta dalle lacrime copiose e amare. Il senso di vergogna e l’ansia di chi sa di aver subito violenza e che, pur dopo anni, decide di sbattere il mostro in prima pagina col desiderio che l’esperienza vissuta non succeda a qualcun altro. Teodoro Pulvireti,38 anni di Catania ,attualmente ricercatore negli Usa, rompe il silenzio e in una conferenza stampa trova la forza e il coraggio di raccontare la sua storia e di denunciare pubblicamente le molestie e gli abusi che dai 14 ai 15 anni ha subito da don Carlo Chiarenza, ex parroco di S.Paolo ad Acireale e successivamente decano della basilica di San Sebastiano. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 PM

Abuse victim secretly records accused priest’s ‘confession ITALY The Independent (United Kingdom) Michael Day Milan Saturday 24 March 2012 An Italian man who suffered what he claims was clerical sex abuse as a 14-year-old has secretly recorded his attacker, now a senior Sicilian church figure, appearing to admit the crimes in a chilling case that throws the spotlight on the wider issue of clerical paedophilia in Italy, which many observers say is still being swept under the carpet. The victim, Teodoro Pulvirenti, 37, now a medical researcher in the US, decided to return to his home town of Acireale in Sicily and confront the alleged abuser, Don Carlo Chiarenza, who is now a Monsignor. Last September, armed with a hidden microphone, he taped the conversation in which the priest is heard admitting to having had a sexual relationship with the-then adolescent, who subsequently made several suicide attempts and had years of psychotherapy. With Mr Pulvirenti breaking down in tears half-way through the conversation, Mr Chiarenza is said to have claimed that the "intimate sexual relationship" – in Mr Pulvirenti's words – that took place between them was a way of Mr Chiarenza "telling [Mr Pulvirenti] that I cared for you very much". He then appears to suggest that the adolescent was to blame for initiating some of the encounters. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

The pope in Mexico and Cuba MEXICO National Catholic Reporter by John L Allen Jr on Mar. 22, 2012 All Things Catholic Pope Benedict XVI arrives today in León, Mexico, to kick off the 23rd foreign trip of his papacy but his first to Spanish-speaking Latin America. (He visited Brazil in 2007.) Benedict will spend the weekend in Mexico, then move Monday to Cuba before returning to Rome late Wednesday. At one level, this is a tale of two different trips. The pope's swing in Mexico will likely amount to a celebration of popular Catholicism, with about 3 million exuberant faithful expected to turn out. It also comes just ahead of national elections in July, raising fears of manipulation of the trip for political ends, especially given perceptions that the Mexican church is aligned in favor of the conservative National Action Party. However, Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, a retired Vatican official who will accompany the pope, recently insisted that trying to see the trip through the prism of electoral politics "would be like forcing the ocean into an oyster." ... In Mexico, Benedict also faces the shadow of the scandals associated with the late Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who has become a global symbol of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi said this week Benedict will not meet with victims of Maciel in Mexico, because such an encounter had not been requested by the local bishops. On Saturday in León, one of Maciel's victims is scheduled present a new book critical of the church's response to the Maciel case, titled "The Will Not to Know." Given that context, even a modest show of popular enthusiasm for Benedict XVI, as well as anything he says or does that's at all relevant or engaging, may be enough to label the trip a success. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

Dolan and Donohue working together to attack victims of clergy sexual assault UNITED STATES SNAP Wisconsin The new Cardinal of New York Timothy Dolan has chosen to attack the victims of clergy childhood sexual assault using his close ally Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League. Dolan is very media savvy. He knows he shouldn’t directly attack victims of clergy sexual abuse, so he lets and encourages Donohue to do it for him. Bill Donohue is clearly comfortable in this role. In 2011 he took out an ad in the New York Times in which, when referring to the thousands of children who were sexually assaulted by Catholic priests, he stated “Let’s get it straight- they weren’t children and they weren’t raped”. This year Donohue referred to victim/survivors who commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Boston Globe investigative report which exposed the clerical sex crimes of the Boston Archdiocese as “pitiful malcontents”. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Former Priest Arrested, Neighbors Say They Had "Suspicions" LOUISIANA KATC [with video] A former priest, living in Duson, is now accused of sexually abusing children while working for the church. 56-year-old Mark Broussard is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and 52 counts of sexual battery, after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said a 34-year-old man came forward and accused the former priest of sexual abuse. The man said he was sexually abused for three years, between 1986 and 1989, while Broussard was a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. When Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputies started investigating the man's accusations, deputies said documents were also located in Broussard's personnel file with the diocese in which Broussard indicated sexual contact with at least four other boys. The Diocese of Lake Charles would not answer KATC's questions about if it was aware of the documents, and if so, why the accusations were not reported to law enforcement. Morris LeBleu with the Diocese would only state that they received the allegations in December 2011 and "immediately reported the allegations to the District Attorney and Sheriff. The Diocese of Lake Charles has and will continue to cooperate fully with all civil authorities. In light of the ongoing proceedings, the Diocese will have no further comment on this matter." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Diocese of Lake Charles issues statement about alleged former priest sex abuse LOUISIANA KATC In a press release, The Diocese of Lake Charles released a statement regarding allegations of abuse by former priest Mark A. Broussard. According to the diocese, in December 2011, the diocese received credible allegations regarding the activities Broussard and immediately reported the allegations to the District Attorney and Sheriff. The diocese will not comment further. The statement said, "Bishop Provost offers his prayers and concern to all victims of sexual abuse, most especially this victim and his family." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Leisure World Priest Admits to Molesting Boy in Church Rectory CALIFORNIA Patch Diocese: “There's nothing we can say” as Denis Lyons pleads guilty to molesting a child at his former Costa Mesa parish in a deal that will likely land him less than a year in jail. A 78-year-old former Catholic priest from Leisure World pleaded guilty today to molesting an altar boy in the early to mid 1990s at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, beginning when the victim was 9 years old. Denis Lyons, who left the priesthood in April 2004, is expected to be sentenced on May 25 to a year in jail and five years probation. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno, who accepted the plea agreement the defendant reached with prosecutors, is also expected to order Lyons to complete 400 hours of community service or pay a fine. Lyons could have faced up to 14 years in prison had he gone to trial. ``The victim has asked to resolve this case without going through a highly publicized trial,'' Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told the judge. Another alleged victim, who Lyons was not charged with molesting, was willing to testify to corroborate the named victim's testimony, but he also wanted to avoid a jury trial, Brown said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Maciel’s Shadow UNITED STATES Catholic Sensibility Much is being made of the pope not meeting with Mexican abuse victims. Patricio Cerda, who works with victims, strikes a pessimistic tone: In my opinion it is sad, on the one hand, because Benedict XVI is expected to be more than ‘politically correct’ – he is expected to be a true pastor. On the other hand, the cardinals have their own interests at stake, including the Primate of Mexico (Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera), who defended Maciel to the end. Those directly victimized by the founder do not want to become pawns in what amounts to nothing more than a media game. Political correctness–the worst sense of that term–can run both ways. There’s a certain pc-strain in churchmen who want nothing more for this scandal of abuse and cover-up to go away. Why does it have to drag on past the obligatory fifteen minutes? This nipping at the heels might well devour good efforts in the new evangelization. But rather than view the situation in defensive terms, the Church could look upon this as an opportunity. Rather than an annoyance, it presents an opening to develop an apostolate or reconciliation, prayer, and giving a good example of asking forgiveness. Maybe the time is no longer ripe for evangelization–at least as the cover-story initiative of Rome. Maybe it’s time for penitence, sacrifice, and contrition. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

New Maciel Revelations... UNITED STATES firedoglake New Maciel Revelations on the Heels of Papal Visit to Mexico Underscore Need for Accountability at the Very Top of the Roman Catholic Church By: Center for Constitutional Rights Friday March 23, 2012 By Pam Spees, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights While nothing is being done to protect the children of Mexico still being assaulted by Catholic clergy, plenty of preparations have taken place for this weekend’s papal visit. According to Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Pope will not be meeting with survivors of sexual abuse by priests while in Mexico as he has done in previous visits to other countries. The reason given is that these meetings would have to take place in “a context in which the bishops asked the pope to do it because it was a problem felt in society and the church, and that it was something desired.” It seems that in the case of the many abuse survivors in Mexico, their suffering and the fact that the systematic sexual abuse of children continues does not feel problematic enough for church officials to ask the Pope to address it. The Pope’s visit to Mexico comes on the heels of recent revelations about the Vatican’s decades-long knowledge and cover-up of rape and sexual violence by the Mexican priest Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, one of its most favored, and notorious. Maciel’s case illustrates once again the Vatican’s role in creating a culture of sexual violence within the Church—and the resulting need for accountability at the very top. In an effort to ensure accountability for these widespread crimes and end the on-going crisis, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a complaint last year with the International Criminal Court on behalf of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests charging Pope Benedict XVI and three other high-level Vatican officials with crimes against humanity for the widespread and systemic rape and sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by priests and others associated with the church. The complaint was supported by more than 20,000 pages of documents consisting of findings and reports of commissions of inquiry and grand juries, testimonies, and other evidence of sex crimes by Catholic clergy and of the policies and practices involved in enabling the crimes and in the cover-ups in different countries. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Former Orange County Priest pleads guilty, Victims respond CALIFORNIA Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 23, 2012 First, we want to thank the Orange County District Attorney's Office for working diligently over the past decade to ensure that Denis Lyons faced justice in the criminal courts. Despite numerous setbacks, prosecutors have never lost sight of the threat that Lyons has continually posed to children across the county. Despite today's victory for children, we are still dismayed that church officials knew about Denis Lyons and his crimes for more than two decades. Instead of calling law enforcement, they sent him to a church-run facility for child-molesting clerics, promoted him to pastor, and then sent him to a parish where he worked side-by-side with another known predator. This behavior is inexcusable and every church official who knew, whether they are still in Orange or in Boise, ID, MUST be called to account. The excuse of "it was a long time ago," is a slap in the face to victims everywhere. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Unusual study asks former Catholics why they left church UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter Mar. 23, 2012 By Jerry Filteau WASHINGTON -- In an unusual study whose main results were released at a Catholic University of America conference in Washington Thursday, Villanova University in Philadelphia asked former Catholics in the Trenton, N.J., diocese why they left the church. While the results themselves were not surprising, the researchers said, the study suggests new ways the church can approach Catholics who are dissatisfied with what the church teaches or how it acts -- including those so dissatisfied that they have decided to leave. One of their key recommendations was for pastors, bishops and other church officials to respond consistently to questioning or angry Catholics with constructive dialogue rather than a simple reiteration of church rules or policies. Jesuit Fr. William J. Byron, a professor of business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia -- who collaborated in the study with Charles Zech, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Church Management of Villanova’s School of Business -- several times cited a response of one disaffiliated Catholic who complained, “Ask a question of any priest and you get a rule; you don’t get a ‘Let’s sit down and talk about it’ response.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Goliath-bully Bill Donohue attacks David & SNAP & JP2 Army victims: A compilation. Being Anti-Catholic is necessary for justice, protection of children, women, the poo UNITED STATES Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils... Paris Arrow This post contains a compilation of all the articles of Goliath-bully Bill Donohue against David & SNAP & victims of the JP2 Army-John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army, so check on its update regularly. It also contains a continuous update of the articles of the defenders and allies of David & SNAP and victims of the JP2 Army. Unlike in the Bible, it will take more than one pebble to beat Goliath-bully Bill Donohue -- it will take the MSM main stream media journalists just like Normandy needed major allies to free it from the Nazis. Goliath-bully Bill Donohue is the modern version of a Hitler and Catholic League is his Nazi powerhouse owned and operated by the Vatican Opus Dei Mammon today. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Catholic Blog Releases Archdiocese List of Priests Alleged of Misconduct PENNSYLVANIA Patch By James Myers With recent reports of priests who once served in the Norristown area being relieved of duty – Father Louis Bier, former pastor of St. Patrick's Church, who was removed from his new post in Springfield and Father Richard Powers, a retired priest who served at St. Patrick's over four decades ago, who was suspended in retirement – area Catholics are searching for answers from the Archdiocese. According to a Catholic blog, area faithful may have more unpleasant news in store for them. Catholics4Change.com, a blog forum for Catholics to share their concerns and questions regarding Church accountability, recently made a post titled, "The List Cardinal Bevilacqua Didn’t Want You to See." In it, they share what they claim is the “list of priests who have been guilty or accused of sexual misconduct with a minor according to the file material” that was reportedly attached to a memo from Msgr. William J. Lynn to Msgr. James Molloy back in February of '94 – a list the blog claims Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered to be shredded. Several of the priests listed were stationed in Norristown and the surrounding areas at some point. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Philly monsignor seeks new jury... PHILADELPHIA (PA) Washington Post Philly monsignor seeks new jury after co-defendant priest’s guilty plea; trial starts Monday By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, March 23 PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official facing a landmark child sex abuse trial wants a new jury seated because of publicity over a co-defendant’s last-minute guilty plea, his lawyers said Friday. Monsignor William Lynn’s attorneys said Thursday’s plea from defrocked priest Edward Avery could influence jurors in the trial that’s scheduled to begin Monday. Lynn, the former secretary for clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children by failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood or report them to police. The jury was seated early this month and advised not to read about the case. Jury selection took weeks given the sensitive sexual and religious issues involved. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Polish author, abuse victim, questions bishops' zero-tolerance stance POLAND U.S. Catholic By Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A prominent victim of clerical sex abuse has rejected the Polish church's stance that it is following a zero-tolerance policy toward priests and offers moral support for victims. Ewa Orlowska, whose book about her ordeal, "I Accused a Priest," was published in 2008, charged that the church is holding "victims up to ridicule" while "behaving as if nothing has happened." "No one in the church has made the slightest gesture. No one has expressed regret, visited or written to me. But now the bishops' conference head talks about surrounding victims of pedophilia with help and moral compensation," Orlowska said after the Polish bishops adopted guidelines -- in line with May 2011 Vatican instructions -- for handling accusations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Former priest pleads guilty to molesting boy SANTA ANA (CA) The Orange County Register By VIK JOLLY and LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER SANTA ANA – A retired priest Friday pleaded guilty to charges of molesting a 7- to 9-year-old boy at a Costa Mesa church nearly two decades ago. Denis Lyons, 77, of Seal Beach, admitted to four felony counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14, pursuant to a plea agreement with prosecutors. He answered "Yes, your honor" to most of Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno's questions, who will sentence him May 25. Lyons could have been sentenced to 14 years in state prison if convicted at trial, but has agreed to serve one year in county jail and five years probation. Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown said her office took into account the victim's wishes to resolve the case without having to go through the ordeal of a publicized trial in reaching an agreement with Lyons. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Mack performs "Conversations with My Molester" at his church CAMBRIDGE (MA) Wicked Local Cambridge By Andy Metzger/[email protected] Wicked Local Cambridge Posted Mar 23, 2012 Cambridge — It’s the kind of thing that would have been completely unbelievable a decade ago, but Cambridge playwright Michael Mack is performing a one-man show at his Harvard Square Catholic church about sexual abuse he suffered decades ago at the hands of a priest. “I was delighted that the parish is going to be the venue for hosting this,” said Barbara Thorp, director of the Office of Pastoral Outreach and Child Protection for the Boston Archdiocese. Mack will perform “Conversations with my Molestor” at Saint Paul Parish on Mount Auburn Street on Thursday, March 29 – the first performance he will give in a church. “This is kind of a new angle on the play because it will be in a Catholic church, which is kind of where it all began – not that church,” Mack said, over tea at the S&S Deli and Restaurant on Thursday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Cardinal confirms new aggressive strategy against abuse victims UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter by Kristine Ward on Mar. 23, 2012 Examining the crisis Commentary In a none too subtle posting on his Archdiocese of New York blog, Cardinal Timothy Dolan -- the newly minted and over the top feted eminence -- confirmed the bishops’ new strategy: playing hardball against victims and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in particular. Here’s the link. This approach was first revealed by Catholic League president William Donohue in the March 12 New York Times story “Catholic Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse victims Group.” The story played out in a good cop/bad cop routine with Mr. Donohue being quoted as bluntly declaring the “bishops have come together collectively” in this approach while Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops demurred that Mr. Donohue was incorrect and no such new strategy was in place. Enter the Cardinal’s column. Tie broken. Winner declared: take no prisoners, new aggressive strategy it is. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Defense Wants New Jury in Priest Sex-Abuse Trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) NBC Philadelphia By Karen Araiza Friday, Mar 23, 2012 One day after defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty to raping a child, defense attorneys asked for a new jury in the priest sex-abuse trial that is set to start on Monday. Avery admitted sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy in 1999 while Avery was a pastor at St. Jerome’s parish in northeast Philadelphia. Avery was 57 at the time. Attorneys for the two other church officials who will be tried went to court on Friday to ask the judge for a new jury. They argued that the jury is tainted because of the media coverage of Avery’s guilty plea. Defense attorneys also announced on Friday that Avery will not cooperate with the prosecution and testify against his two co-defendants, Rev. James Brennan and Monsignor William Lynn. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Defense In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Wants New Jury PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One day after a defendant in the Philadelphia clergy abuse case pleaded guilty, the attorneys for two co-defendants have asked for a new jury panel because, they argue, this one was tainted by the latest developments. Edward Avery, 69, who sat alongside co-defendants Msgr. William Lynn and Father James Brennan during jury selection, is now out of the case. He has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced (see related story), and the prosecution says he has not agreed to testify against his fellow defendants. But attorneys for Lynn and Brennan have cited the local and national coverage of the Avery development, saying there is no way jurors could have avoided it and not been prejudiced by it. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Former priest living in Duson arrested LOUISIANA The Advertiser A Duson man who had left the priesthood almost two decades ago was arrested Thursday at his home on more than 50 counts of sexual battery from his tenure as a priest in Lake Charles. Mark A. Broussard, 56, 132 Canary Lane, Duson, was arrested by CPSO detectives, with assistance from Louisiana State Police, yesterday at his home and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is being charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office have been working together to investigate accusations that a former priest had inappropriate sexual contact with an 8 year old victim between approximately 1986 and 1989. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

SNAP Statement on predator priest arrest LOUISIANA KATC The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Executive Director David Clohessy has responded to the arrest of a former priest arrested today. Here is the press release from SNAP: We are grateful that Fr. Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest's file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children. It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them. We hope that Louisiana law enforcement officials will look beyond Fr. Broussard's crimes and investigate the clear cover-up that took place at St. Henry Catholic Church. Officials at the Diocese of Lake Charles, especially Bishop Glen John Provost should become targets of this investigation as well. The fact that they knew of Fr. Broussard's disturbing crimes and relocated him instead of turning him over to police is egregious and should be severely punished. At the same time, we hope the arrest of this predator will embolden his other victims to come forward, get help, and make a report to police. Now that Fr. Broussard has been criminally charged, we hope these survivors can end their suffering in silence. We encourage anyone who may also have seen or suspected Fr. Broussard's crimes to come forward to police as well and do whatever they can to assist in this investigation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Lawyers seek delay in clergy sex abuse trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Defense lawyers today asked a judge to consider delaying the looming conspiracy and child sex-abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, arguing a surprise guilty plea Thursday by a third defendant drastically altered the case. The attorneys for Msgr. William J. Lynn and the Rev. James J. Brennan said that broad publicity of Thursday's plea by defrocked priest Edward Avery could have tainted the jury for their trial. They asked Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to consider picking a new panel or, at the minimum, individually polling jurors before opening statements on Monday to make sure they had not seen the news or could be fair. "We don't mind the jury we got," Jeffrey Lindy, one of Lynn's lawyers, told the judge. But he said it was unrealistic to believe they had not heard about Avery's plea or that it would color their view of the other defendants. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Former Galesburg abbey owner arrested on seven felony counts GALESBURG (IL) The Register-Mail By JENNIFER WHEELER The Register-Mail GALESBURG — A man criticized by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for being a fake priest has been charged with seven felonies in Knox County. The Knox County Sheriff's Department will extradite the Rev. Ryan St. Anne from the St. Louis County jail early next week, said Sgt. Scott Cordle. According to an arrest warrant, he has been charged with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, three counts of theft and one count of deceptive practices. Cordle could not provide additional information about the alleged incident or charges. The warrant was issued Feb. 29, although St. Anne was arrested Tuesday in East St. Louis, said Cordle. He signed a waiver of extradition Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Former Priest living in Duson accused of molesting boy while in priesthood LOUISIANA KATC A former priest living in Duson has been accussed of having inappropriate sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989 when he was a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Yesterday, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police arrested Mark A. Broussard, 56, of 132 Canary Lane in Duson. He's in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery and 52 counts of sexual battery. "Documents were located in the priest's personnel file where the priest indicated sexual contact with at least four other male children. These incidents were not reported to law enforcement," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office have been working together to investigate the accusations. On December 22, 2011 the Sheriff's Office received a letter from a local law firm on behalf of the Diocese of Lake Charles stating they had received a letter from the victim, who is now 34 years of age, disclosing the priest had allegedly molested him. "The priest left St. Henry Catholic Church in 1992 and was relocated to St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier, where he resigned from the priesthood in 1994," Myers said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Ex-Altar Boy Files $5 Million Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Miami Archdiocese FLORIDA NBC Miami By Julia Bagg Friday, Mar 23, 2012 A South Florida man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest while he was an altar boy in the 1970s has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami. Attorney Ron Weil says his client, a Miami man who is approximately 49-years old, was repeatedly sexually abused at the hands of William Romero, while Romero was a priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables. Weil says the abuse began when his client was about eight and continued from 1971 to 1975 inside Romero's living quarters at the church, as well as at a home in Lake Worth. "He's not ready" to talk about the abuse, Weil said during a news conference Friday. Weil said his client never told anyone about the abuse while it happened, and said he suffered "traumatic amnesia," a condition where his memory of the incidents was repressed for more than three decades. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Attacking SNAP A Bad Move UNITED STATES Saunders & Walker The US Catholic published this morning a very good piece authored by Bryan Cones concerning the perception that the US bishops have decided to attack SNAP (Survivors of Those Abused by Priests). While the author correctly points out that this perception has been fueled by the combative head of the Catholic League, William Donohue's recent comments on SNAP and his assertion that the US bishops have made a decision as a body to start fighting back against the non-profit group, media outlets such as the NY Times and the National Catholic Reporter have picked up on Donohue's comments and written pieces on it. Donohue's comments come in the wake of two Missouri Catholic dioceses sending subpoenas for deposition testimony to David Clohessy, a SNAP founder and spokesperson. From reading the deposition transcripts of Clohessy's testimony, it was evident that the lawyers were more interested in the internal finances and operation of SNAP rather than the sex abuse lawsuits that were purported to be the subject of the deposition. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Gotham's Cowardly Lion UNITED STATES Saundrs & Walker In my blog post yesterday, I set forth some reasons why it wouldn't be a good idea for the nation's Catholic bishops to attack SNAP. While I didn't expect them to take my advice, I was surprised to learn of Cardinal Dolan's latest blog post. The post is entitled "Catholic League Reports on SNAP Deposition". Is the Cardinal now a cub reporter for a fledgling paper soon to rival the NY Times? Actually, that wouldn't be nearly as bad as the truth. The reality is that Cardinal Dolan wants to appear objective and merely report what the Catholic League is writing about SNAP. Dolan wants to appear as a third-party while behind the scenes pushing his pal Bill Donohue to center stage for the world to witness his vitriol. At least Donohue has the courage of his convictions even though they are hateful and inaccurate. Dolan doesn't even make a comment in his blog post about the Catholic League article. Instead he re-prints a lengthy section of it with links to the entire article at the end. It's important to note that in the linked article Donohue calls David Clohessy, a friend of mine and a man of integrity, a con man. He offers no proof of course, he just makes a personal attack. I'm not Catholic but I always thought that kind of behavior was considered sinful by Donohue's church. Making matters worse, this is the article Cardinal Dolan wants everyone to read. He wants to spread this attack on David Clohessy by highlighting it on his own blog. Of course, he doesn't get his hands dirty by repeating the attack.(Remind you of any Biblical figure?) Pilate, err, Dolan maintains the plausible deniability of a coward. He doesn't actually write it, he rather points in the direction of the one slinging the mud, encouraging others to read along. This is the President of the nation's Conference of Bishops. He's the one leading the crusade on moral issues. You can decide for yourselves what that makes him. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Alleen de slachtoffers mogen kerk aanspreken op de daden NEDERLAND Trouw ERIC FENNIS | LID VAN DE COMMISSIE SEKSUEEL MISBRUIK BISDOM HAARLEM-AMSTERDAM − 23/03/12 De Nederlandse bisschoppen nemen wél hun verantwoordelijkheid voor seksueel misbruik. Maar iedere compassie of actie is bij voorbaat verdacht. De Amerikaanse bisschoppen nemen veel meer dan hun Nederlandse collega's hun verantwoordelijkheid ten aanzien van het seksueel misbruik, stelt de Nijmeegse religiehistoricus Peter Nissen in een opiniestuk in deze krant (20 maart). Zij zouden inmiddels meer openheid tonen, gesprekken met slachtoffers voeren, adequate maatregelen hebben genomen. Kortom, de bisschoppen hier kunnen er nog veel van leren. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

„Paus moet in Mexico problemen onder ogen zien” MEXICO Reformatorisch Dagblad (Nederland) MEXICO-STAD – Paus Benedictus XVI begint vrijdag aan een officieel bezoek aan Mexico. In het land is sprake van oplevend geweld door de strijd tussen de politie en drugskartels en ook de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk verkeert er in een crisis. Dat berichtte nieuwsdienst IPSnews donderdag. „De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II, was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen”, zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

"Paus verliest contact met de basis" MEXICO MO (Belgie) MEXICO-STAD Toenemend geweld, slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke priesters die gerechtigheid eisen en positie van vrouwen in de kerk zijn kwesties waar paus Benedictus XVI volgens experts niet omheen kan tijdens zijn bezoek aan Mexico. "De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen", zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis. Masferrer zegt dat de kerk zich verwijdert van een strategie die gericht was op aandacht voor de noden en zorgen van de katholieke sociale basisbewegingen. In plaats daarvan richt de kerk zich op de elite. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Theology of priesthood behind sex abuse crisis IRELAND The Irish Times VINCENT BROWNE CLERICAL SEXUAL abuse is inevitable given the meaning system that is taught by the Catholic Church and to which many priests adhere. Contradictions in that system lead to failure, increase shame and a way of living that encourages deviant behaviour. This is the thesis of a revealing book on sexual abuse within the church by an Irish academic and therapist who interviewed, at length, nine priests and brothers convicted of child abuse, who counselled several other clerical abusers and who undertook extensive research on the issue for her book Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organisational Culture. The author is Marie Keenan of the school of applied social science at UCD. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Vorwürfe deutlich zurückgegangen DEUTSCHLAND Rhoenpuls Professor Dr. Klaus Laubenthal, Ansprechpartner in der Diözese Würzburg für Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, legt die zweite Jahresbilanz vor. Die Zahl der Vorwürfe wegen sexueller Missbrauchshandlungen und Grenzüberschreitungen ist im zurückliegenden Jahr im Bistum Würzburg deutlich zurückgegangen. Insgesamt wurden in der Zeit seit 20. März 2011 an Professor Dr. Klaus Laubenthal, Ansprechpartner in der Diözese Würzburg für Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, zehn zu prüfende Vorwürfe zum Nachteil von Minderjährigen übermittelt. "Die angetragenen Geschehnisse liegen - wie schon diejenigen des Jahres zuvor - ganz überwiegend längere Zeit zurück und reichen bis in die 1950er Jahre", sagte Laubenthal am Montag, 19. März, in Würzburg. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Salzgitter: Pädophiler Priester nach kirchlicher Definition „nicht pädophil“ DEUTSCHLAND Skydaddy's Blog Andreas L., der Pfarrer der St.-Joseph-Gemeinde in Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, der gestanden hat, drei Jungen im Alter zwischen 9 und 14 Jahren in einer Vielzahl von Fällen sexuell missbraucht zu haben, würde nach einer von der katholischen Kirche verwendeten Definition nicht als „pädophil“ gelten: In einer von der US-amerikanischen Bischofskonferenz in Auftrag gegebenen und veröffentlichten Studie wird nämlich folgende Definition verwendet: For the purpose of this comparison, a pedophile is defined as a priest who had more than one victim, with all victims being age eleven or younger at the time of the offense. [The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, S. 34] Auf Deutsch: Für diesen Vergleich wird ein Pädophiler definiert als ein Priester, der mehr als ein Opfer gehabt hat, wobei alle Opfer zum Tatzeitpunkt elf Jahre alt oder jünger waren. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

400.000 Euro an Missbrauchsopfer gezahlt DEUTSCHLAND kirchensite Bistum. Mehr als 400.000 Euro hat das Bistum Münster bislang an 85 Opfer von sexuellem Missbrauch innerhalb der Kirche gezahlt. Dies teilte der stellvertretende Generalvikar Pfarrer Jochen Reidegeld auf kirchensite.de-Anfrage mit. Im Jahr 2010 wurden 27.754 Euro ausgezahlt; dabei gingen zwei Summen direkt an Opfer, drei weitere Summen wurden unter anderem für wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung gezahlt. Im vergangenen Jahr wurden 348.298 Euro gezahlt, insgesamt waren es 76 Einzelzahlungen. Im laufenden Jahr gab es bislang sieben Auszahlungen in Höhe von insgesamt 28.000 Euro. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Religions-Lehrer missbraucht Mädchen im Schwimmbad DEUTSCHLAND Bild Von ASTRID SIEVERT Vegesack/Cuxhaven – Lehrer Reinhard B. (42) steht lächelnd vor der Schultafel in seinem Klassenraum. Der Lehrer für Religion, Sport und Mathe am Gymnasium in Cuxhaven missbrauchte im Freizeitbad Vegesack ein geistig behindertes Mädchen (12). Das abscheuliche Verbrechen schockierte im Juli 2007 ganz Bremen. Die Polizei fahndete damals mit Fotos aus der Überwachungskamera des Freizeitbads Vegesack nach dem Sexgangster. Darauf spähte er halbnackt nach kleinen Mädchen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Confirmation – Avery Tells the Truth PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change By Susan Matthews As my son became an adult in the Church, I sat in the last pew contemplating whether or not to remain a member. I could keep my faith but leave the religious institution. I prayed for some sign that I haven’t been on a fool’s errand in my efforts. My father leaned over and whispered, “Did you hear about Avery?” My heart sank at the short prison term, but the victims finally got to hear some small part of the truth exposed. My son took Anthony as his Confirmation name – the patron saint of lost things. By the end of the Mass I’d found hope, a slim ray of it. Confirmation includes the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom; Understanding; Right Judgment; Courage; Knowledge; Reverence; Awe of God. We need this gifts more than ever in Philadelphia. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Heads should roll over priest libel -- TV3 chief IRELAND Irish Independent By Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor Friday March 23 2012 A SENIOR manager at TV3 has said that management at RTE should resign in the wake of the Fr Kevin Reynolds libel to prevent more damage to the national broadcaster. TV3's Director of Programming Ben Frow described as "unforgivable"the airing by RTE of the 'Prime Time Investigates' programme that made false claims about the priest. Mr Frow said the damages paid out by RTE to Fr Reynolds would have shut down TV3. "We don't have that kind of money to be handing out in damages. It would have closed TV3. I think it is a major f***-up by RTE," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Abuse victims seek to take claims to pope in Mexico MEXICO ABS-CBN (Philippines) Agence France-Presse LEON, Mexico - Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico this weekend, particularly in the case of the disgraced Legion of Christ order. Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel and his victims ahead of the papal visit to Mexico which begins Friday. Benedict XVI has already met with victims of sexual abuse during foreign visits, but is apparently not planning to do so in Mexico, where many victims are still seeking justice. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

2 Catholic schools in S. Phila. appeal closure to Vatican PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Daily News March 22, 2012|BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer TWO CATHOLIC elementary schools in South Philadelphia slated for closure by the Archdiocese have appealed to an even higher authority - the Vatican. The schools, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, are scheduled to shutter in June and to merge into another South Philadelphia school this fall, but parents and one Boston-based Canon Law consultant are proposing that they merge at the Mount Carmel site instead. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Praying, Waiting for St. James LAKEWOOD (OH) Patch By Colin McEwen Email the author March 21, 2012 For the past two years, the parishioners of the shuttered St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood have been hoping and praying. Now, they’re just waiting. After the Vatican recently overturned Bishop Richard Lennon’s 2010 decision to close 13 parishes in the Cleveland area, the bishop has 60 days to appeal the decision. According to sources, if he doesn’t, it’s likely that the church will reopen. “It’s in the bishop’s court at this point,” said Toni Sabo, president of the Friends of St. James. “He’s got the keys.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Abuse in Dutch Catholic care: more evidence NETHERLANDS Radio Netherlands Serious abuses went on unreported for years in Dutch Roman Catholic homes for the mentally disabled. They included sex offences, castration, secret medical experiments and possibly murder. One Catholic brother was banished to Africa for doing unethical brain research. Radio Netherlands Worldwide tracked him down. Until recent years, most abuses in Dutch institutional care were kept out of the public eye. One exception was a scandal in 1978 involving medical experiments at 'Huize Assisië’, a Roman Catholic boarding school for mentally handicapped boys in the southern town of Udenhout. Brain x-rays The home's medical doctor and a Catholic nurse known as Brother Dionysius performed spinal taps on approximately 180 patients, including minors. They injected fluid and air into the patients' brains in order to take x-rays of the cerebral cortex. These were used for brain research which was quietly being carried out. After the injections, the patients suffered nausea and headaches for days. Their parents were neither asked for permission nor notified of the procedures. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Vergeten Onrecht NEDERLAND Kralenspel Sinds een paar dagen trekt de zoveelste storm over katholiek Nederland. Nog los van het misbruikschandaal blijkt er binnen katholieke instellingen ook gecastreerd te zijn, dit om mensen te "genezen" van echte of vermeende seksuele afwijkingen. Er is vooral verontwaardiging over dat deze voorvallen niet in het rapport van de Commissie Deetman zijn opgenomen. Dit is echter Deetman nauwelijks te verwijten: feit is namelijk dat chrirurgische castratie een breed toegepaste behandelmethode was, zoals Eric van den Berg o.a. stelt. Ook wordt beargumenteerd door zowel van den Berg als de kerkhistoricus Peter Nissen dat deze praktijk echter kritisch bevraagd werd door de katholieke moraaltheologie. Nissen gaat zelfs zo ver te zeggen dat er een algeheel verbod op castratie was. Dit is echter in het geheel niet het geval. De contemporaine moraal- en pastoraaltheologie sloot nauw aan bij de heersende praktijk en bestendigde die. Daarbij sloot de Kerk aan bij de tendens in de samenleving die geen wezenlijk probleem zag in het castreren van "psychopathen". Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Vatican fails understanding of human sexuality IRELAND when religion fails Recalling the revelation of horrific incidents of sexual abuse by members of the Irish Catholic clergy the Vatican on March 20th released an eight-page summary of the findings and recommendations of the visitation to four archdioceses, religious institutes and seminaries in Ireland. A Vatican-appointed investigation of the church in Ireland recognized serious shortcomings in the handling of accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet found that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an "excellent" job in creating safe environments for children today. While similar sentiments were issued forth by the Irish primate, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, others representing the victims were obviously disappointed by the report. Maeve Lewis, executive director for the Irish centre of sexual abuse, “One in Four’, criticized the report, insisting that "the Vatican is still not accepting responsibility for its role in creating the culture of purposeful cover-ups of the sexual abuse of children." adding that "while we welcome the findings of the visitation that the Irish church now has good child protection practices in place, we feel it is a lost opportunity to address the role played by the Vatican in perpetuating the policy of protecting abusive priests at the expense of children." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Church’s Lawyers Have SNAP in Their Sights, global online pedophile network UNITED STATES Stop Child Abuse Church’s Lawyers Have SNAP in Their Sights - Victims’ advocacy group’s national director speaks to RD about a flurry of subpoenas, and fears of ongoing harassment By Kathryn Joyce March 16, 2012 In October, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the oldest, largest, and most visible peer counseling group for victims of clergy sex abuse in any denomination, received a subpoena from a Kansas City, Missouri, priest being prosecuted for sexually abusing an older male victim SNAP has never met. The subpoena demanded a sweeping range of documents and correspondence concerning thousands of the estimated 100,000-plus people SNAP has counseled over two decades. In December, the group received a second subpoena from the other side of the state, from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, facing its own charges concerning the alleged abuse of a 19-year-old woman. SNAP has fought the requests, citing Missouri laws protecting the privacy of rape survivors, and describing the records-request as a coordinated Church effort to bully sex abuse victims into silence and harass a longtime opponent into bankruptcy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Supreme Court decisions renew interest in petition fighting convicted child rapist's release BALTIMORE (MD) The Baltimore Sun By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun Nearly 100 people have added their names to an online peititon seeking to keep a convicted child rapist behind bars since Wednesday, when two U.S. Supreme Court decisions appeared to bolster the man's appeal arguments and the likelihood he could be released from prison despite having been sentenced to four life terms. John Joseph Merzbacher, now 70, was accused of terrorizing students at a Baltimore Catholic school in the 1970s and convicted two decades later of six counts of child rape and sexual abuse in connection with the allegations. But he more recently claimed that the findings and their punishments shouldn't stand, because he was never told of a 10-year plea deal proposal before his trial. A federal judge, Andre M. Davis, agreed with him in 2010, ruling that Merzbacher should get a second chance at the offer under certain conditions, opening the door for his immediate release. The Maryland attorney general's office fought the ruling, but had to put its own appeal on hold for more than a year to see how the country's high court would decide two similar cases involving botched plea offers. The justices' decisions, each reached in a 5-4 vote, seem to side with Merzbacher's interpretation. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Boys and Men Healing Film Screenings at Penn State PENNSYLVANIA PR.com State College, PA, March 22, 2012 --(PR.com)-- One of Over Hundreds of Screenings Across the Nation: A National Awareness Raising Campaign and MaleSurvivor.org 'Dare To Dream Event 2' Join the Healing Journey! Penn State will host two screenings of Boys and Men Healing, a leading documentary produced by Big Voice Pictures about the affects of male child sexual abuse and the importance of healing, speaking out, and advocating for ending the cycle of the sexual abuse of boys. This event is hosted by Penn State University. The film screenings and Q&A following will be held at Altoona Campus at 7:00 p.m. on April 3, 2012 at the Misciagna Theater on the Penn State Altoona campus. A reception will be held @ 6 p.m. that evening in the Titleman Lounge of the theater to welcome the speakers. The panel of speakers include: Simon Weinberg, Co-Producer of Boys and Men Healing, Mark Crawford, survivor and MaleSurvivor Advisory Board member also featured in the film, Founding Board Members of MaleSurvivor and current Advisory Board members, Jim Struve LCSW and Howard Fradkin, Ph.D, and Chris Anderson, survivor and Vice President of MaleSurvivor. MaleSurvivor is a leading organization providing useful information to promote health, discussion and connections for male survivors of sexual abuse and those who support them. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Plaintiff's sex abuse memories disputed STOCKTON (CA) The Record By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore Record Staff Writer March 23, 2012 STOCKTON - A psychiatrist for the defense in the civil trial of a local Catholic priest says sex abuse memories of a former altar boy who accuses Rev. Michael Kelly are false. The plaintiff, now a 37-year-old man, said Kelly assaulted him over a period of time in the mid-1980s. Defense attorneys for Kelly and the Diocese of Stockton are challenging the validity of the man's recovered memories. Dr. J. Alexander Bodkin, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard University and member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, testified Thursday as the defense's expert witness. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Clerical sex abuse saga clouds papal visit to Mexico and Cuba ROME The Irish Times PADDY AGNEW in Rome NOT FOR the first time, 84-year-old Pope Benedict flies out of Rome this morning for an important overseas visit that could yet be troubled by clerical sex abuse polemics. When details of the six-day pastoral visit to Mexico and Cuba were first released, most Vatican commentators inevitably focused on the political implications of a second papal visit in 14 years to communist Cuba. Will the pope meet 85-year-old Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro? Will he issue a blanket condemnation of the USA’s 52-year-old economic embargo on the island? Will the Cuban regime led by Raul Castro, brother of Fidel, attempt to exploit the pope’s visit, using it as some sort of government propaganda tool? Or will this visit improve both church-state relations and the status of the island’s seven million Catholics? Before he gets to Cuba next Monday, however, the pope may be confronted in Mexico with the all-too-familiar problem of clerical sex abuse. At the centre of this polemic is the Catholic order, the Legionaries Of Christ, whose Mexican founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was denounced as guilty of “very serious and objectively immoral behaviour” by the Holy See in May 2010. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Pope departs from Rome on Mexico and Cuba trip ROME 7 News ROME (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI set off from Rome on an arduous journey to Latin America on Friday where he will address key issues including the Mexico drugs war and the evolution of Cuba's communist regime. The pontiff arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport by helicopter and was greeted by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. The pope waved goodbye on the airplane steps before the Alitalia Boeing 777 took off at 0845 GMT. He is expected to land in Mexico at 2230 GMT. ... But he is also likely to face criticism over the clerical abuse scandal. In particular, he will face questions over the Vatican's management of Mexico's most famous offender, Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, who before he died faced accusations that he had molested eight minors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Vatican's empty gesture is betrayal of abused children IRELAND Belfast Telegraph By Eamonn McCann Friday, 23 March 2012 What emerges most starkly from the report by emissaries of the Holy See into child sex-abuse in Ireland is that there has been no change in the hierarchy of hypocrisy. The report, released on Tuesday, was compiled from information gathered by seven separate teams of clerics sent by Benedict XVI to study and draw lessons from the Church's handling of the scandal. The source and scale of the operation had encouraged expectations that the exercise would go some way towards tracing the problem to its roots - towards the role not just of the Church in Ireland, but of the Holy See, the global governance of the Church. But the document published at a press conference in Maynooth did the opposite. It is a sustained effort to exculpate the Holy See, while pronouncing on the inadequacies of Irish bishops and religious superiors. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

GIDDY UP and WAGONS HO! UNITED STATES National Survivor Advocates Coalition Editorial Cardinal Timothy Dolan played his new ring hand this week on his Archdiocese of New York blog. In a none too subtle posting on his blog on 3/20/12 (here’s the link), the newly minted and over the top feted Eminence confirmed the bishops’ new strategy: playing hardball against victims, and SNAP in particular. This approach was first revealed by Catholic League president William Donahue in the 3/12/12 New York Times story “Catholic Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse victims Group” (here’s the link) The story played out in a good cop/bad cop routine with Mr. Donahue being quoted as bluntly declaring the “bishops have come together collectively” in this approach while Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokesperson for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) demurred that Mr. Donahue was incorrect and no such new strategy was in place. Enter the Cardinal’s column. Tie broken. Winner declared: take no prisoners, new aggressive strategy it is. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

News flash! Conservative bishop opposed abuse! UNITED STATES GetReligion As I mentioned the other day, the historic Catholic throne in Baltimore has a new archbishop and he also happens to be an emerging leader in America’s increasingly tense debates about religious liberty. Just wait until some of these issues hit the U.S. Supreme Court (and you know that they will). In addition to the belated coverage in The Baltimore Sun (the newspaper that lands in my front yard), the move to Charm City by Bishop William E. Lori — who leads the U.S. bishops’ new Committee on Religious Liberty — drew the attention of the well-known liberal Catholic blogger David Gibson of Commonweal, who also does news reporting for Religion News Service. His story included a wealth of details that will interest a wide variety of Catholics, including the kinds of details that one expects out of a wire service that focuses on religion news — period. ... OK, so the art up at the top of this post gives this one away. That’s the very conservative Catholic writer Leon J. Podles, author of a fierce, take-no-prisoners tome called “Sacrilege: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church.” WHILE Podles is known for his orthodoxy on doctrine and social issues, not that there’s anything wrong with that, he also has been praised by many for taking a hard line on how the church should deal with abusive priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Tolerant Dutch Shocked by Accusations the Church Forced Castrations NETHERLANDS Time By Leo Cendrowicz It not only sounds ludicrous as a medical procedure, but in moral terms it's downright barbarous: castrating young men to "cure" them of their homosexuality. Yet this was how the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands treated gays in the 1950s, according to a Dutch newspaper, which claims at least 10 men were forced to go under the knife at the church's behest. The extraordinary allegations, which were published last weekend in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper, have prompted Dutch parliamentarians to demand an inquiry into the issue, raising questions about whether the church received political cover to take such extreme measures. The newspaper said the castrations were regarded both as a treatment for homosexuality as well as a punishment for those who accused clergy of sexual abuse. The newspaper said 20year-old Henk Heithuis had been surgically castrated on the instructions of Catholic priests in 1956 after he told police he was being abused at the Harreveld boarding school in Gelderland. Although the monks were convicted of the abuse, Heithuis was nonetheless sent to a Catholic psychiatric hospital and then castrated. He died two years later in a car crash. The newspaper adds there are strong indications that at least nine other young men were castrated around the same time, either for whistle-blowing or for supposed homosexuality. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Ottawa youth pastor faces sexual exploitation charges CANADA CBC News Police have charged an Ottawa youth pastor with six counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring in relation to allegations involving a 16-year-old girl. Ottawa police charged the youth pastor, a 28-year-old Gatineau, Que., man, after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual contact over an extended period in 2011 and 2012. He was to appear in court Thursday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Bronx pastor charged with sex assaults NEW YORK WABC [with video] Carolina Leid Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) -- A pastor in the Bronx who runs a storefront church has been charged with rape and other offenses for having a sexual relationship with a second teenage girl. Reverend Michael Clare was already charged with having a sexual relationship with a young girl who attends the church. Clare, 40, runs the Harvest Worship Center International on White Plains Road. He was free on bail when he was taken into custody again following the new charges after a court appearance in connection with the first case. Clare was arraigned on these new charges before State Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer. The judge set bail on the new case at $350,000 cash or $200,000 bond and also raised the bail on the first case to $350,000 cash or $200,000 bond. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Former Lake George, Minn., pastor's bail set at $1 million in sex abuse case MINNESOTA Grand Forks Herald PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Unconditional bond in the amount of $1 million has been set in the case of a former Lake George, Minn., pastor facing 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a teenager. Darwin Frederick Schauer, 70, former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Lake George, was arraigned March 7 on the charges in Hubbard County District Court. He served in Lake George from 1998, when the church merged with Immanuel in Cass Lake, Minn., until about six years ago. The conduct, including sexual intercourse, is alleged to have begun in 2009, after he left Trinity, according to the criminal complaint. Schauer lives in Laporte, Minn. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Youth pastor charged with sexual exploitation CANADA The Ottawa Citizen An Ottawa youth pastor faces charges after a police investigation into allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl over an extended period. The investigation began in early February into events alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012. Mark Raymer, 28, of Gatineau faces six counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring under 18 via a computer. He is scheduled to appear in court today. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free 1-800-222-8477. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Bronx minister charged in 2nd teen rape case NEW YORK The Journal News NEW YORK (WTW) — A Bronx minister charged with having a yearslong sexual relationship with a young girl who attended his storefront church is accused of sexually abusing another girl in his congregation. Michael Clare, who was free on bail, is being held on $700,000 cash bail. A judge on Thursday raised the bail on a new indictment charging him with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse and other charges. Clare also was ordered to stay away from children under the age of 16. Prosecutors say the Harvest Worship Center pastor sexually abused the 14-year-old girl from 2009 to 2011. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

An Historic Turning Point for Reforming Statutes of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse: News From Massachusetts, and More UNITED STATES Verdict Marci A. Hamilton Legions of victims of child sex abuse will tell you that when they were finally ready to talk to a prosecutor or a lawyer, the criminal and/or civil statutes of limitations (SOLs) had already expired. Across the United States, one victim after another has been surprised by these cruel and arbitrary legal deadlines. For decades, states have been adjusting their child sex abuse SOLs in response to fresh stories of horror. At one time, states measured the SOL from the date of the abuse, giving victims only a few years in which to sue. Then, they set age 18 as the moment when the clock started ticking. Now, we have a true 50-state experiment, with a wide variety of approaches among the states. There is one common theme, however: States are constantly working to extend their child sex abuse SOLs, because there is always a new victim with a compelling story that shows lawmakers the folly of having any SOL at all for the heinous crime of child sex abuse. The Situation in Massachusetts Regarding Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations That was precisely what was happening in Massachusetts when in 1996, the legislature extended the criminal SOL for child sex abuse to the date that marks 15 years after the victim turns 16. But that SOL still shut down justice for too many victims, and so there was another extension, in 2006. That year, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to extend the criminal SOL to 27 years after a victim turns 16. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Retired garda criticises Vatican report on child sex abuse IRELAND Donegal Democrat Published on Friday 23 March 2012 A retired garda who has called for an independent inquiry into four decades of child sexual abuse in the Raphoe Dicoese has blasted the Vatican’s long-awaited report into the handling of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church - deeming it “a bluster of words.” The report acknowledges failures on the part of those who - as it puts it - should have exercised vigilance. It also said lessons have been learned and found that the current guidelines on child protection were being followed. The findings are based on an apostolic visitation to the four archdioceses, religious congregations and seminaries. Martin Ridge said that the money that was spent on the apostolic visitation would have been better spent on trauma units and support units to help the victims of abuse in areas where it is deemed necessary. He did state that he welcomed the fact that the church acknowledged their shame in relation to the events that had taken place in the past, adding that he felt that it was a shame that this acknowledgement had to be forced upon them by a State Inquiry. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Former Priest Admits Charges PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Wall Street Journal By PETER LOFTUS PHILADELPHIA—A defrocked Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually abused a Philadelphia boy in the 1990s, just days before a landmark priest-abuse trial is set to start here. Edward Avery was sentenced to up to five years in prison after his guilty plea to charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. Two Catholic clergymen are scheduled to go on trial Monday, including Monsignor William Lynn, a former high-ranking official with the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia who is accused of endangering children by covering up abuse allegations against priests he supervised. The trial will be a landmark in the sexual-abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church over the past decade. Msgr. Lynn would be the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy whose case reaches trial on charges related to allegations of a coverup. As secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia diocese from 1992 until 2004, his duties included handling allegations of sex abuse by priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

‘It will be a relief for the victims’ IRELAND The Cork News By: Maria Tracey Sexual Violence Centre director welcomes investigation into Garda handling of Cloyne sex abuse An investigation into the Garda handling of a number of complaints of sex abuse as outlined in the Cloyne Report will come as a “relief” to those involved. That is according to director of Cork’s Sexual Violence Centre, Mary Crilly who said that for victims of sexual abuse, “transparency and accountability means everything”. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has decided to open an investigation, under section 102(4) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, into certain matters arising from the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic diocese of Cloyne. The matters to be investigated arise from Chapter 10 of the report and relate to concerns over Garda behaviour. The report outlined a case involving a priest described as Father Corin, stating: “In one case, an investigation was clearly not commenced. The senior Garda involved insists that an investigation did commence but the evidence demonstrates otherwise. There are no investigation files in existence. The Commission has not been able to establish why an investigation did not take place in this case but it has no doubt that there was no investigation even though there was a complaint.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Abuse victims want to take claims to Pope MEXICO MSN (New Zealand) Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico. Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel ahead of the papal visit to Mexico, which begins on Friday. Maciel directed the influential Legion of Christ order, which he founded in 1941, to his death. Benedict XVI has met victims of sexual abuse during foreign visits, but is apparently not planning to do so in Mexico, where many victims are still seeking justice. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Former Phila. Priest Pleads Guilty to Sex-Abuse Charge PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Legal Intelligencer Amaris Elliott-Engel The Legal Intelligencer March 23, 2012 The landscape of the trial of a Catholic Church official accused of endangering children by exposing them to allegedly abusive priests changed Thursday after one of the official's codefendants admitted in court to sexually abusing a 10-year-old. The former priest pled guilty to the first-degree felony of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy. The priest also pled guilty to the third-degree felony of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children for conspiring with church officials to conceal his history of sexual abuse from Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia parishioners. Defendant Edward Avery was immediately sentenced to serve 30 to 60 months in prison by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina as part of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors. Avery must report to prison 9 a.m. April 2. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Crookston diocese official speaks about priest’s arrest in India on Minnesota sexual assault charges MINNESOTA Grand Forks Herald By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald The Catholic Diocese of Crookston, in its first official comment since news of the arrest of the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul in India last week on Minnesota sexual assault charges, says it hopes he is returned for trial. Monsignor David Baumgartner, who as vicar general of the diocese serves as the right-hand man to Bishop Michael Hoeppner, told the Herald this week, “The only way for this to be resolved is for him to be here, so we would like a resolution to it.” Jeyapaul, 57, has been a fugitive for six years from criminal charges first filed in state district court in Roseau in 2006. He is charged with sexually assaulting a parish member in Greenbush, Minn., when she was 14 and 15 in 2004 and 2005. In 2007 the charges were amended to include similar counts involving a second girl who was 16 during the same period. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Ex-priest gets 2 1/2-5 year term PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Daily News BY JULIE SHAW Philadelphia Daily News [email protected] 215-854-2592 IN A SHOCKING turn of events, a former priest pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday instead of facing trial in the high-profile clergy-sex-abuse case that is set to begin Monday. Defrocked priest Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to a count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse involving a 10-year-old altar boy. He also pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children. Avery was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison under a plea deal with prosecutors and was told to surrender on April 2 to begin his sentence. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Defrocked Phila. priest pleads guilty to sex abuse just before trial is to start PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John P. Martin Inquirer Staff Writer A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy, four days before he and two priests were to face the start of a landmark trial about clergy sex-abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Edward V. Avery, 69, was sentenced to 21/2 to five years in prison under an agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. It was unclear how the sudden plea would affect the trial, scheduled to start Monday, or if Avery would become a witness for the commonwealth. Citing a gag order, prosecutors said they could not comment. But Avery's decision could increase pressure on his codefendants, the Rev. James J. Brennan and, in particular, Msgr. William J. Lynn. As the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, Lynn is the first church official nationwide to be charged with covering up or enabling child sex abuse by priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

First Catholic paedophile cover-up trial set to start PHILADELPHIA (PA) City Press The landmark trial of a Catholic Church official accused of covering up paedophile abuses in the United States is set to start on Monday in Philadelphia. Monsignor William Lynn, who oversaw the assignment of priests to schools and parishes across the Philadelphia region, faces accusations that he failed to keep priests accused of sexual abuse away from minors. The role of such a senior official, whose co-defendant Reverend James Brennan is accused of sexually abusing boys in the 1990s, makes the trial the first of its kind in the United States. In a surprise pretrial twist yesterday another co-defendant, defrocked priest Edward Avery, pleaded guilty to his own sex crimes, thereby avoiding trial. He was immediately sentenced to between two-and-a-half and five years in prison. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Harvard psychiatrist denounces repressed memory claim in trial STOCKTON (CA) Lodi News-Sentinel Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 By Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel Staff Writer A Harvard University psychiatrist testified in the civil clergy sexual abuse trial on Thursday that "repressed" or "recovered" memory hasn't been scientifically proven. J. Alexander Bodkin, an associate professor at Harvard's medical school, said he examined the plaintiff suing Lockeford priest Michael Kelly on sexual abuse allegations and found the plaintiff to have long-term "obsessive-compulsive disorder" that goes back to his childhood, according to defense attorney Thomas Beatty. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is defined as people having unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, obsessions or behaviors. The plaintiff is a 37-year-old man suing Kelly on allegations that the Lockeford priest sexually assaulted him when the plaintiff was an altar boy in the 1980s at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton. Kelly has been pastor of St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Lockeford the past eight years. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Mexican abuse victims want to meet Pope MEXICO Edmonton Journal Victims of pedophile priests hope to present a demand for justice to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Mexico this weekend, particularly in the case of the disgraced Legion of Christ order. Debate has grown around the Vatican's handling of the scandal surrounding the influential order of deceased Mexican priest Marcial Maciel and his victims ahead of the papal visit to Mexico, which begins Friday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

March 22, 2012 Bronx Pastor Michael Clare Accused Of Raping Teenager...Again NEW YORK Village Voice By James KingThu., Mar. 22 2012 For the second time in just over a year, Bronx pastor Michael Clare has been hit with charges that he had sex with an underage girl, this time for allegedly raping a 14-year-old who was a student at Harvest Preparatory Academy, where Clare had been the principal (breath easy -- the school told us this afternoon that Clare is "no longer an employee"). In what could be perceived as a big "screw you" to the justice system, it's alleged that some of the abuse of the latest victim happened while Clare was free on bail in his previous case -again, where he's accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Bronx District Attorney spokesman Melvin Hernandez tells the Voice that Clare, 40, was arrested this morning after a court hearing related to the previous charges. He was arraigned on the new charges -- one count each of second-degree rape, sexual misconduct, third-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child, and three counts of sexual abuse -- this afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Megan Tallmer. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Pervy Bronx Pastor accused of raping second teen, starting when she was 14 NEW YORK New York Daily News By Kevin Deutsch AND John Doyle / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The pervy pastor of a Bronx church charged with rape last January for impregnating a teen was indicted Thursday for raping another girl, prosecutors said. Michael Clare, the 40-year-old married leader of the Harvest Worship Center in Wakefield, had sexual contact with the girl at least three times between June 22, 2009 and June 30, 2011 at the school and inside his home, prosecutors said. Their two-year relationship began when the girl was 14, police said. The victim, now 17, reported the allegations earlier this month, cops said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Bronx Pastor Accused of Rape, Sex Assault NEW YORK NBC New York A Bronx pastor has been arrested for a second time on rape charges, accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl who attended the preparatory school where he was principal, authorities said. Rev. Michael Clare, 40, of West Harrison, N.Y., allegedly began abusing the girl on June 22, 2009, and continued the relationship through June 30, 2011. Clare would meet his victim at the Harvest Preparatory Academy and at Clare's two homes in the Bronx and in West Harrison, the prosecutor's office said. Clare is already facing separate charges for engaging in a sexual relationship with a girl who was a member of his congregation at the Harvest Worship Center International, which is affiliated with the academy where he was principal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

When everyone is wrong, blame the Catholics UNITED STATES Catholic Culture By Phil Lawler | March 22, 2012 The first sensational headlines said that Catholic Church officials had castrated young men in the Netherlands a generation ago, allegedly to stop their homosexual activities. If the report is true, this was a brutal, appalling offense. But wait. It seems that at the time, castration was a standard treatment for homosexuality in the Netherlands, thanks to the pernicious influence of eugenics. If that report is true, it doesn’t excuse the involvement of Catholic officials. What’s wrong is wrong, even if everyone else is doing it. Still, if everyone is doing it, it shouldn’t be particularly big news that Church officials are doing it. In Ireland, an official report released last summer found that both Church leaders and police officers had failed to respond adequately to reports of sexual abuse by priests in the Cloyne diocese. The bishop of Cloyne had already stepped down, other Church leaders were placed under microscopic inspection, and Irish lawmakers suggested draconian new laws to punish clerics who failed to report abuse. Now, a year later, the Irish government is finally stepping up an investigation of the police officials who also failed to report abuse. Again, the failures of the police do not excuse the failures of the clergy. But isn’t it worth noticing that everyone involved failed to act on the abuse charges? Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Cloyne investigation - Time for the truth to be uncovered IRELAND Irish Examiner Thursday, March 22, 2012 There will be unswerving public approval for the decision of the Garda Ombudsman to conduct a full investigation into Garda behaviour relating to child sex abuse cases in the diocese of Cloyne. So much has been written and broadcast about the scandalous behaviour of clergy there and in other dioceses that people might be forgiven for throwing up their hands and saying "enough". However, so outrageous was the cover-up of what went on under the unseeing eyes of Church authorities, not to mention their connivance, that it is vitally important to ensure that if anything was swept under the carpet by gardaí it must be brought out of darkness and into daylight without fear or favour. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Despite 'tensions,' Catholics and administration working together UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter Mar. 22, 2012 By Joshua J. McElwee While the words “Obama administration” and “Catholic” have been used together in recent weeks frequently to only highlight discord between the executive branch and the U.S. bishops over the administration’s mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives in health care plans, federal funding figures may tell a different story. ... The numbers seem to support DuBois’ claims that Obama has increased focus on funding Catholic social justice work. According to a fact sheet provided by the White House, the administration has worked to funnel more than $1.5 billion since 2008 to Catholic agencies, including half a billion dollars to Catholic Relief Services focused towards “global health and international development efforts.” And according to Catholic Charities USA Annual Survey data, which are available online, annual federal funding to Catholic Charities’ agencies nationwide has increased by over $100 million between 2008 and 2010, with the total allocation in 2010 reported to be $554,212,255. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

Following the money from the White House UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter by Tom Gallagher on Mar. 22, 2012 NCR Today Commentary For weeks now, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., have been decrying the so-called maltreatment of Catholics and our faith by the Obama administration because of the rollout of a mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives in health care plans. We've heard and read incredibly caustic words and letters from many U.S. bishops. ... What makes Dolan look again and again as a not-ready-for-prime-time political amateur is the fact that the Catholic bishops’ conference itself and Catholic, non-hospital and university organizations (separate from Catholic hospitals and universities’ receipt of federal funds) happily accept hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the federal government, including from the Obama administration. This undeniable fact has been well known to all of the bishops well before January, when the original HHS mandate was announced. And throughout the subsequent period of extraordinary nastiness, unkindness was communicated from the U.S. bishops and their staff towards Obama and his administration. Let's take a quick survey of the money flow. In other words, let's follow the money. Here's a partial list of the federal government's money flow to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops itself and other non-Catholic hospital and university organizations (with one reference to one Catholic university grant). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

Priest in landmark US pedophile trial pleads guilty PHILADELPHIA (PA) AFP PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A former US Catholic priest who was to have been part of a landmark trial on Monday pleaded guilty Thursday to sex crimes. Edward Avery pleaded guilty to conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child and also to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, the court clerk at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas told AFP. He avoids trial, but was immediately sentenced to between two-and-a-half and five years in prison. Avery was one of the three co-defendants in a trial set to start Monday featuring the first Catholic Church official to be prosecuted for covering-up incidents in the raging child molestation scandal. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

De-frocked priest pleads guilty ahead of Philadelphia pedophilia trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) WNEP Dave Warner Reuters 5:44 p.m. EDT, March 22, 2012 PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A defrocked priest accused of sex abuse in the pedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia pleaded guilty on Thursday, just days before he, another priest and a higher-ranking monsignor were due to go to trial. Edward Avery, 69, admitted to sex abuse involving a 10-year-old boy and was promptly sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to two-and-a-half to five years in prison for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and criminal conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children. Prisons Avery was one of three defendants in the high-profile case at the Archdiocese, the sixth largest in the nation with 1.5 million Catholics. The trial is due to begin on Monday with Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with child sex abuse, and Monsignor William Lynn, the former secretary of the clergy for the Archdiocese, who is accused of child endangerment and conspiracy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Play about clergy abuse retells Cambridge playwright's story MASSACHUSETTS Boston Globe By Brock Parker, Town Correspondent Cambridge playwright Michael Mack will perform his autobiographical play about talking to the priest who molested him as a boy next week in a local Catholic church. Mack will perform “Conversations with My Molester: A Faith Journey,” at his church, Saint Paul Catholic Church at 29 Mount Auburn St., next Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. The play, which premiered in the Boston Playwright’s Theatre at Boston University in January, is being performed with the blessing of the church in the Lenten spirit of reconciliation. Barbara Thorp, a licensed independent clinical social worker who is the director of pastoral support and children protection for the Boston Archdiocese called the play “a powerful journey of healing and reconciliation,” according to a press release announcing the upcoming performance. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

Täterschutz vor Opferschutz DEUTSCHLAND netzwerkB [mit Video] ZDF: Dürfen Pädophile katholische Priester weiter als Seelsorger tätig sein. Ja sagt das Bistum Trier. Das beschäftigt mindestens sieben Geistliche die durch entsprechende Neigungen aufgefallen sind. Und das sie ausgerechnet in Trier Aufnahme fanden macht die Sache noch ein bischen prisanter, denn Bischof Ackermann ist der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. Wie soll das zusammenpassen hat Barbara Völkel gefragt. Es ist noch nicht so lange her. Auf einer Pressekonferenz in Trier stellt Bischof Stefan Ackermann Pläne vor, noch offensiver gegen sexuellen Missbrauch vorzugehen, predigt null Toleranz. Doch ausgerechnet der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz Stefan Ackermann hat gerade Geistliche eingestellt die trotz Verurteilungen wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs wieder in Gemeinden arbeiten dürfen. Selbst aus den eigenen Reihen ist das Unverständnis darüber groß. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Kein Verzicht auf die Einrede der Verjährung DEUTSCHLAND netzwerkB Bischof Ackermann antwortet Opferanwalt: Kein Verzicht auf die Einrede der Verjährung Mit Schreiben vom 20.2.2012 hatte Rechtsanwalt Dr. Christian Sailer, der seit Jahren Opfer sexueller Gewalt durch katholische Priester in Deutschland und Österreich berät und vertritt, dem Beauftragten der Bischofskonferenz folgendes geschrieben: „Ich erlebe gegenwärtig zum Beispiel, dass einer heute 50-jährigen Frau, die als Kind und junges Mädchen von einem katholischen Priester jahrelang sexuelle Gewalt zugefügt wurde, Schadensersatz für den größten Teil ihrer Leidenszeit von vornherein deshalb vorenthalten bleibt, weil sich der Würzburger Bischof auf Verjährung beruft. Wie wollen Sie derartiges mit den wiederholten Beteuerungen Ihrer Kirche, Wiedergutmachung zu leisten, vereinbaren? Wäre es nicht ein Gebot des Anstands und der Ehrlichkeit, auf die Verjährungseinrede grundsätzlich zu verzichten, um die restlose Aufklärung und Entschädigung aller Missbrauchsfälle möglich zu machen?“ Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Regional Spotlight: The coach and the cardinal PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philly.com Rod Napier Two iconic Pennsylvania figures, Joe Paterno and Anthony Bevilacqua, passed away this year. Both the longtime Penn State football coach and the former archbishop of Philadelphia had remarkable careers of public service and achievement that ended in scandal - scandals that will forever shadow their legacies. Both men saw themselves as close to God, but both were also treated as gods by those around them. And that may have had more to do with the scandals than has so far been appreciated. It may be that both men's lives and reputations were horribly wounded by what I call the seduction of the leader. As I recently told a group of Philadelphia executives, leaders of every stripe can learn important lessons about the dangers of this seduction from "Joe Pa" and the cardinal. Court proceedings may show otherwise, but my guess is that neither Paterno nor Bevilacqua intended to deceive. If history is any guide, cultural culpability is far more likely than criminal culpability. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to sex-abuse charge PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Associated Press By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing an altar boy in a church sacristy, days before he was to go on trial with two other priests in a landmark child sex-abuse case. Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days. The charges stemmed from Avery's abuse of an altar boy at St. Jerome's Parish in northeast Philadelphia during the 1998-99 school year. Two other church officials are still set to go on trial Monday. They include Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Priest Takes Guilty Plea In Abuse Case PHILADELPHIA (PA) My Fox Philly PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 has learned that one of two priests set to go on trial in the Philadelphia Archdiocese abuse case has taken a guilty plea. Defrocked priest Edward Avery entered the plea on Thursday afternoon. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to abuse of a 10-year-old boy at St Jerome's Parish. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Last Chance for Possible Abuse Victims at Montebello Catholic School CALIFORNIA EGP By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer Former students who want to file sex abuse lawsuits against the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which staffed Cantwell High School in Montebello from 1948 until 1990, will be barred from doing so after Aug. 1. The Congregation of Christian Brothers, also known as the Irish Christian Brothers, filed for bankruptcy in New York courts last year, after it was hit with numerous sex-abuse lawsuits in recent years. They subsequently filed for a cut off date that will prevent further claims or lawsuits. Lea esta nota EN ESPAÑOL: Corto Plazo para las Posibles Víctimas de Abusos en una Escuela Católica de Montebello The religious order runs several Catholic schools across the country, and for 42 years before the Los Angeles Archdiocese removed them in 1990, its members ran Cantwell High School in Montebello. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Ex-Priest Pleads Guilty To Sex-Abuse Charge PHILADELPHIA (PA) My Fox Phoenix MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to a sex-abuse charge, just days before a landmark priest abuse trial is set to start. Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and was ordered to surrender within 10 days. The charges stemmed from Avery's abuse of an altar boy at St. Jerome's Parish in northeast Philadelphia. Two other church officials will still go on trial. One is Monsignor William Lynn, the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children for allegedly failing to oust accused predators from the priesthood. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

SNAP responds to promotion of controversial bishop VATICAN CITY/GERMANY Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Joelle Casteix on March 22, 2012 Dozens of times, Benedict has made the same unwise, unhealthy and hurtful decision to promote clerics who are guilty or accused of wrongdoing. With Mixa, he's doing it again. The message that church employees get is clear: misdeeds won't stop you from climbing the clerical ladder. Whether that's the intention or not, that's the signal that's sent and received. For the sake of vulnerable kids, wounded victims and betrayed Catholics, we urge the pope to stop elevating alleged wrongdoers and start elevating men with better track records on children's safety. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Statement from Megan Peterson about the arrest of Jeyapaul MINNESOTA Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Megan Remi Peterson on March 22, 2012 My name is Megan Peterson and I am 22 years old now and I am a student and I live in Winona. I’m here to speak the truth about what happened to me in 2004, and what has happened since then. I’m here to tell you that it’s not “all in the past.” Sexual abuse by priests is not a symptom of the ‘60s. It is still going on today. After I was raped and violated by Fr. Jeyapaul, who I had approached about someday becoming a nun, nothing happened to him. He was allowed to return to India, and while he was home he was gently told not to return to Minnesota. That’s it. I was 14. I needed help and protection from the church that I had looked up to and wanted to dedicate my life too. Instead, I got nothing but shame, and a drawn out legal battle in which they finally, and begrudgingly, admitted they were in the wrong. This is wrong, and this needs to stop. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

An ex-Philly priest pleads guilty to abuse; SNAP responds PHILADELPHIA (PA) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests Posted by Barbara Blaine on March 22, 2012 We’re grateful that Avery’s victim won’t have to endure a trial. We hope all of Avery’s victims will feel comforted, knowing that kids will be safe from him for several years. At the same time, however, a trial helps reveal often shocking levels of corruption by church officials – information that the public and parishioners need and deserve to know. When clergy sex abuse and cover up cases settle before trial, embarrassing secrets about the Catholic hierarchy remain secret. We also suspect that Avery sexually assaulted other kids who may still be able to step forward and get help. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Priest to stand trial for alleged sex assaults NORTHERN IRELAND Derry Journal Published on Thursday 22 March 2012 A priest is to stand trial in relation to a number of alleged sexual assaults against a woman. Fr Eugene Boland (65), of the Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates’ Court today (March 22). The defendant, who was based in Derry for many years, is accused of indecently assaulting the woman on dates between June 1990 and June 1992. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Defrocked priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer By John Martin Inquirer Staff Writer A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty today to sexually molesting a young altar boy. Edward Avery, 69, was senteced to 2 1/2 to 5 years immediately after pleading guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger children. He was a parish priest in the 1990s when he allegedly raped the fifth-grade boy. Avery was a codefendant in the case against Msgr. William J. Lynn, the church official charged with endangering children by allegedly failing to properly respond to abuse allegations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Priest pleads guilty in Phila. Archdiocese sex abuse case PHILADELPHIA (PA) WPVI PHILADELPHIA - March 22, 2012 (WPVI) -- Action News has learned that one of the priests involved in the abuse case involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese has pleaded guilty to sexrelated and conspiracy charges. Accused priest Edward Avery is in court at this hour. Action News has learned that as part of a plea agreement, Avery is being sentenced to 2 ½ to 5 years in state prison. Avery is one of five priests charged in the priest sex abuse case that has rocked the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

1 Defendant Pleads Guilty in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Philly By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In a sudden turn of events, one of the defendants in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal has decided to plead guilty. Unexpectedly this afternoon, defrocked priest Edward Avery, accused of molesting at least one boy, indicated that he would be pleading guilty, just days before his trial was set to begin. As part of a plea deal, Avery was immediately sentenced to 2½-5 years in prison and ordered to surrender to authorities within 10 days. Avery and two others — one a priest and the other a monsignor — were scheduled to go on trial next Monday in a case that has rocked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with accusations of sex abuse, coverups, and stonewalling (see related story). In Room 507 of the Criminal Justice Center today, Avery pleaded guilty to two counts — one of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 years of age, and one of conspiring to endanger the welfare of a minor. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Bishop Patrick Walsh defends handling of sex abuse case NORTHERN IRELAND BBC News By Julian O'Neill BBC Newsline A retired Catholic bishop has defended his handling of some of the abuse allegations made against James Donaghy, a former priest jailed for ten years for a series of sex crimes. One of Donaghy's victims, Fr Patrick McCafferty, was critical of how Bishop Patrick Walsh dealt with his case. Fr McCafferty was a 19-year-old trainee priest when first abused by Donaghy. When he told Bishop Walsh of the allegations in 2003 an internal church inquiry was established. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Spirit of giving?... BOSTON (MA) MSNBC Spirit of giving? Boston Archdiocese defends six-figure salaries for top church employees By James Eng, msnbc.com The Boston Archdiocese is defending six-figure salaries paid to a growing number of church employees, saying the pay is commensurate with their talents and work duties. The Boston Herald on Wednesday reported that the archdiocese’s latest annual report lists 17 “senior lay executives” who earned more than $150,000 last year. In 2006, only five employees were paid that much, according to the newspaper. The Boston Catholic Insider blog reported similar figures for 2011 in a post last month titled “Bloated Payroll” but said just two employees were making $150,000 in 2006. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Priest to stand trial for alleged sexual assaults NORTHERN IRELAND BBC News A priest has been ordered to stand trial in relation to a number of alleged sexual assaults against a woman, dating back more than 20 years. Fr Eugene Boland, 65, of the Parochial House, Killyclogher Road, Omagh, appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates' Court on Thursday. He is accused of indecent assaulting the woman on dates between June 1990 and June 1992. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

"Paus verliest contact met de basis" MEXICO IPS MEXICO-STAD Toenemend geweld, slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door rooms-katholieke priesters die gerechtigheid eisen en positie van vrouwen in de kerk zijn kwesties waar paus Benedictus XVI volgens experts niet omheen kan tijdens zijn bezoek aan Mexico. "De paus heeft geen specifiek beleid om verschillende groepen in de samenleving te benaderen. Bij zijn voorganger, Johannes Paulus II was dat anders. Hij ging bijvoorbeeld op verschillende manieren om met jongeren, intellectuelen en inheemse bevolkingsgroepen", zegt Elio Masferrer, expert van de Nationale School voor Antropologie en Geschiedenis. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

New structures in Archdiocese of Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (PA) National Catholic Reporter by Tom Roberts on Mar. 22, 2012 NCR Today While the high-profile legal proceedings involving former archdiocesan official Msgr. William Lynn and two co-defendants grind on, Archbishop Charles Chaput has established a long-planned Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and outlined new measures for financial transparency. Here's a link to Chaput's column about the developments: And a link to a diocesan story about the pastoral council: Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Vatican ends probe of clergy abuse in Ireland VATICAN CITY National Catholic Reporter Mar. 22, 2012 By Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- Following a yearlong investigation into decades of rampant abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the Vatican on Tuesday (March 20) called for more rigorous screening of would-be priests and compulsory child protection classes in seminaries. Pope Benedict XVI ordered the "Apostolic Visitation" of Ireland's seminaries, religious orders and four main archdioceses in 2010 after a string of Irish government commissions detailed the extent of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions and exposed a cover-up by several senior churchmen. The team of church investigators included New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who was tasked with inspecting Ireland's seminaries, and Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. A seven-page summary of the investigation's final report was released by the Vatican on Tuesday, and said investigators identified past "shortcomings" that led to an "inadequate understanding of and reaction to" child abuse, "not least on the part of various bishops and religious superiors." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Melding van seksueel misbruik in parochie St. Martinus in Giesbeek NEDERLAND de Gelderlander GIESBEEK - Een pastoor van de Martinusparochie in Giesbeek heeft zich in de jaren zeventig mogelijk schuldig gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik. Dit vermoeden komt van de stichting Klokk, een landelijke organisatie die slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk bijstaat. De stichting roept op haar website slachtoffers op om zich te melden. De oproep is ingegeven door een klacht bij het landelijke Meldpunt Seksueel Misbruik RKK. Om tot een sterke zaak te komen, is het noodzakelijk dat zich lotgenoten melden. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Benedict XVI’s mission VATICAN CITY Vatican Insider From the Legion of Christ scandal to the meeting with Fidel Castro, from Mexico to Cuba Giacomo Galeazzi Vatican City Tomorrow the Pope embarks on a trip that is as much religious as it is political. During his visit, the Pope is expected to meet Cuban dissidents and Fidel Castro but not the Mexican victims of the paedophile founder of the Legion of Christ, Maciel. The potential meeting is not formally part of Benedict XVI’s schedule. “Mexican bishops have not asked for this,” said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. Meanwhile, the climate ahead of the Pope’s arrival in Mexico in heating up on account of the top secret documents published by Mexican magazine Proceso about cover-ups in the Curia. Maciel committed crimes and misdeeds that “Wojtyla could not ignore.” Benedict XVI will be visiting four cities in Mexico and Cuba. On the occasion of the bicentennial of independence, the leader of the global Catholic Church will make ten speeches over a period of six days, on Central America’s potential and contradictions. Guanajuato is the core of Mexican Catholicism but it is also home to five drug cartels and the scene of violent fighting between criminal organisations and police (with an annual toll of one thousand victims). Mexico is the world’s second most densely populated Catholic Country but anti-clericalism makes it impossible for bishops to exercise their sacred office publicly. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Maciel’s shadow hangs over the Pope's trip to Mexico VATICAN CITY Vatican Insider The lack of any meeting with the victims of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ could compromise Benedict XVI’s mission Andrés Beltramo Álvarez Vatican City “He is not scheduled to meet with Maciel’s victims - the bishops have not asked him to.” With these words, Vatican Press Office director Fr. Federico Lombardi ruled out the possibility that the Pope will receive the sexual molestation victims of the founder of the Legionaries of Christ during his visit to Mexico - a controversial decision, even within the Roman Curia. Meanwhile, the victims are preparing another demonstration, possibly tarnishing Benedict XVI’s Latin American visit. “He was not asked. In other countries where these kinds of meetings with abuse victims have taken place, the bishops urged the Pope to do so because the issue was strongly felt in society and in the Church. In this case, it is not part of the schedule and should not take place. It’s not happening, “said the Jesuit clergyman, while describing the itinerary of the papal trip to Latin America to the international press. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Onderzoeksrapport Commissie Deetman te downloaden NEDERLAND Omroep Brabant Auteur: Karin Kamp DEN HAAG - Het volledige eindrapport van de onderzoekscommissie Deetman is sinds woensdag te downloaden. De commissie onder leiding van Wim Deetman deed van medio 2010 tot december 2011 onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk van 1945 tot 2010. Lange tijd was het alleen mogelijk de samenvatting van het rapport in te zien. Voor het uitgebreide rapport moest eerder betaald worden. Het bisdom den Bosch plaatste overigens in december vorig jaar per ongeluk het hele eindrapport online, waardoor het rapport korte tijd ook te downloaden was. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Nieuwe functie voor omstreden bisschop DUITSLAND PowNed (Nederland) Paus Benedictus heeft de omstreden Duitse emeritus-bisschop Walter Mixa een nieuwe functie gegeven binnen de katholieke kerk. Mixa zal plaatsnemen in de Pauselijke Raad voor de Werkers in de Gezondheidszorg. Mixa is omstreden omdat hij twee jaar geleden beschuldigd werd van seksueel misbruik en mishandeling van kinderen. De paus vroeg hem vervolgens zich 'in stilte en gebed' terug te trekken. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Pope names bishop once accused of improprieties to Vatican council VATICAN CITY Catholic News Service By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican's health care council. Retired Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg was named a member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry March 21. It is the 70-year-old bishop's first appointment as a member of a Vatican dicastery. He served as the bishop of Augsburg and the German Military Ordinariate until he resigned in 2010. Bishop Mixa's resignation was accepted a few weeks after he offered it, after accusations surfaced that he had hit children during his time as a priest in charge of a children's home near Augsburg. He originally denied the claims, then admitted that he had perhaps "boxed the ears" of some of his wards. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

'Zero-Tolerance' Bishop Accused of Leniency GERMANY Der Spiegel By Anna Loll Two years ago, Germany's Catholic Church was rocked by reports of widespread child abuse. But Stephan Ackermann, the bishop subsequently made the German Bishops' Conference's spokesman on such issues, has rattled many in his own diocese by refusing to actively pursue investigations or impose harsh penalties. A man with piercing blue eyes is putting flowers in the planters on the balcony of a retirement home. Father V. sits up and carefully pulls off his dirt-covered plastic gloves. "Many see me as the gardener here," he says. In 1994, he was convicted on 28 counts of sexual abuse of minors in the Trier diocese and given a two-year suspended sentence. Despite the conviction, he remained a priest and, in 1996, he was simply transferred to a congregation in Ukraine. There, he says, he abused more minors. V. is now 72. "I can only compare it to alcoholism," he says quietly with his arms folded over his chest and shaking hands. "It's like an addiction," he adds, "a sort of schizophrenia in which you switch off entire parts of your consciousness." Nevertheless, he once again has access to minors since children regularly visit his places of work, a retirement home and a clinic in the Trier diocese. V. says he is abstinent. But when asked whether he is cured, he takes a deep breath and says, "No. It remains part of one's personality," adding that he shouldn't have accepted his new position. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Neue Aufgabe für Mixa VATIKANSTADT Augsburger Allgemeine Im Vatikan Mitglied des Gesundheitsrats Vatikanstadt Walter Mixa, 70, ehemaliger Bischof von Augsburg, ist von Papst Benedikt XVI. zum Mitglied des vatikanischen Gesundheitsrates berufen worden. Das teilte der Vatikan am Mittwoch mit. Die Kurienbehörde mit dem offiziellen Titel „Päpstlicher Rat für die Pastoral im Krankendienst“ soll Seelsorge, Arbeit und Ausbildung im Gesundheitswesen fördern. Als Mitglied reist Mixa künftig zu den Versammlungen der Vatikanbehörde nach Rom. Gemeinsam mit Mixa wurde auch der südafrikanische Kardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, 71, zum Mitglied ernannt. Mixa hatte nach verschiedenen Vorwürfen am 21. April 2010 vorzeitig sein Rücktrittsgesuch beim Papst eingereicht und wenige Tage später zunächst widerrufen. Am 8. Mai nahm Benedikt XVI. den Amtsverzicht an und verordnete Mixa eine nicht näher terminierte „Zeit des Schweigens und eine Periode der Heilungen“. Diese hatte Mixas Nachfolger in Augsburg, Bischof Konrad Zdarsa, im vergangenen Herbst für beendet erklärt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Mixa wird Berater des Papstes DEUTSCHLAND Sueddeutsche Benedikt XVI. beruft Ex-Bischof in den vatikanischen Gesundheitsrat Augsburg - Papst Benedikt XVI. hat dem umstrittenen ehemaligen Bischof von Augsburg, Walter Mixa, einen Beraterposten im Vatikan anvertraut. Wie der Heilige Stuhl am Mittwoch mitteilte, wurde der 70-Jährige zum Mitglied des vatikanischen Gesundheitsrates berufen. Die Kurienbehörde mit dem offiziellen Titel 'Päpstlicher Rat für die Pastoral im Krankendienst' wurde von Benedikts Vorgänger Johannes Paul II. geschaffen und gibt Empfehlungen für die Kranken-Seelsorge und die Arbeit der weltweit im Gesundheitswesen tätigen katholischen Einrichtungen ab. Mixa wird nach Angaben des Bistums Eichstätt auch künftig in der Villa Barbara in Gunzenheim (Kreis Donau-Ries) wohnen und nur zu den Versammlungen nach Rom reisen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY Vatican Information Service Vatican City, 21 March 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed: - As members of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier O.F.M., archbishop of Durban, South Africa, and Bishop Walter Mixa, emeritus of Augsburg, Germany. - As consultors of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care: Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye of Muyinga, Burundi; Orochi Samuel Orach, director of the National Office for Health Pastoral Care in Uganda; Stefano Ojetti, vice president of the Italian Association of Catholic Doctors, and Salvatore Pagliuca, vice president of UNITALSI (Italian National Union for Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Ex-Bischof Mixa wird Papst-Berater ROM Frankfurter Rundschau Trotz seines Rücktritts vor rund zwei Jahren, hat der Papst den umstrittenen Ex-Bischof Mixa in den Päpstlichen Rat berufen. Sein Aufgabengebiet: Seelsorge im Krankendienst. Rom – Papst Benedikt XVI. hat den umstrittenen früheren Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa zum Berater berufen. Der 71-Jährige wird Mitglied des Päpstlichen Rats für die Seelsorge im Krankendienst, wie der Vatikan am Mittwoch mitteilte. Mixa hatte vor rund zwei Jahren seinen Rücktritt als Bischof von Augsburg angeboten, nachdem ihm massive Prügel an Waisenhauskindern und finanzielle Unregelmäßigkeiten vorgeworfen worden waren. In einem ungewöhnlich schnellen Verfahren nahm der Papst das Gesuch nach nur wenigen Tagen an. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Pope appoints controversial German bishop to Vatican VATICAN CITY The Province AFP VATICAN CITY - A German bishop who resigned after admitting he beat children in a Catholic orphanage has been appointed by the pope to the Pontifical Council for Health Care, the Vatican said Wednesday. Walter Mixa, 71, tended his resignation as bishop of Augsburg and military chaplain in 2010 as German prosecutors announced they were also launching a probe into paedophilia claims that were later dropped. The Vatican has a dossier on Mixa which contains allegations of alcoholism, misuse of Vatican money and sexual abuse, according to German media reports. At the time, Pope Benedict XVI said that the outcry over the Mixa affair was exaggerated, and called on German bishops to "show him their understanding and help him to find the right path." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims to gather at Twin Cities archdiocese chancery ST. PAUL (MN) Star Tribune Posted by: Rose French Updated: March 22, 2012 A small group of advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse plans to gather in front of the Twin Cities archdiocese chancery office in St. Paul Thursday to urge Catholic leaders to seek out other potential abuse victims, who may have been assaulted by a former Minnesota parish priest. Among the expected protestors will be Megan Peterson, a Minnesota college student, who has spoken publicly about being raped when she was 14 years old by the Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul, a priest from India who served at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush (in the northwestern Minnesota diocese of Crookston) in 2004. Jeyapaul, 57, an Indian citizen, has denied abusing Peterson. Earlier this week, The Associated Press reported police in southern India arrested Jeyapaul, who was wanted in the U.S. on criminal charges of sexually assaulting Peterson. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:45 PM

Die Mißbrauchs-Doppelmoral der Medien DEUTSCHLAND Kreuz.net „Sie glauben, daß die Kirche ein Problem hat? Der körperliche Sexualmißbrauch in öffentlichen Schulen ist wahrscheinlich hundertmal höher als der Mißbrauch durch Priester.“ (kreuz.net) „Die antikirchliche Tageszeitung ‘Los Angeles Times’ schrieb häufig Leitartikel über katholische Priester, die vor Jahrzehnten Mißbräuche begangen haben sollen. Dagegen werden aktuelle Verhaftungen von Lehrern wegen Mißbräuchen an öffentlichen Schulen nicht berichtet oder unter ‘Ferner liefen’ begraben.“ Das erklärte der Journalist Dave Pierre am 5. Januar vor dem US-Magazin ‘Catholic World Report’. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:43 AM

Sexueller Missbrauch in der Moschee DEUTSCHLAND Augsburger Allgemeine Von Harald Jung „Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch gibt es nicht nur in der katholischen Kirche“, stellte Jugendschöffenrichter Martin Schilcher gestern fest. Auf der Anklagebank saß ein 21-Jähriger Imam, der von seiner Glaubensgemeinschaft zur Leitung einer Moschee ausgebildet worden war. Im Sommer vergangenen Jahres absolvierte der Mann aus dem Raum Bruchsal zunächst ein Praktikum in einer Augsburger Moschee und dann in Ingolstadt. Dort sollte er einen Ferienkurs in der Koranschule einer Moschee unterstützen. Am 20. August missbrauchte er dabei zwei Mal einen seiner Schüler. Der erste Vorfall ereignete sich gegen die Mittagszeit, der zweite unmittelbar nach dem Abendgebet. Staatsanwältin Bettina Grafe sprach gestern in ihrem Plädoyer von „ziemlich massiven sexuellen Handlungen“. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

‘Incestuous’ priest awaits DNA results SOUTH AFRICA The New Age Thabisile Khoza A pastor accused of raping and impregnating his 19-year-old biological daughter was remanded in custody pending the results of DNA tests. The case was postponed to next Thursday by the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court this week. The pastor, 54, from Cunningmore B near Calcutta village outside Hazyview, was not asked to plead to a charge of rape. “The court remanded him in custody to avoid any chances of him interfering with the victim as we are still waiting for the DNA tests to prove whether he is the father of his daughter’s baby or not,” police spokesperson Const Tshepo Lebjane said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Dolan and Donohue Again: Religious Bullies Joined at the Hip Continue to Attack SNAP UNITED STATES Bilgrimage William D. Lindsey Last week, I wrote that Dr. Donohue of the Catholic League appeared to have USCCB insider information when he told the media recently that "the bishops have come together collectively" to fight the group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. Dr. Donohue was referring to the legal hardball games that attorneys working for Catholic officials are playing in Missouri. And I concluded, Though, when the leader of the USCCB, His Eminence Timothy M. Cardinal Dolan, not only embraces but defends Dr. Donohue, one has to wonder whose insider information is more correct here--Donohue's or Walsh's? And now it seems that His Eminence is out to prove me correct regarding the links between His Eminence as leader of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Dr. Donohue, and the attack on the SNAP group. His Eminence has just posted a statement on his blog linking to a Catholic League statement by one William A. Donohue, Ph.D., which characterizes David Clohessy of SNAP as a "con artist." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Dutch Castration Scandal: How Journalists Broke the Story NETHERLANDS The Daily Beast (United States) Mar 22, 2012 Robert Chesal on how he and Joep Dohmen uncovered the Dutch castration scandal For fifty years, Cornelius Rogge tried to tell the world this story. "People thought I was crazy," he says. It was a story about a man he once knew who had been sexually abused by a Roman Catholic brother—and who was then castrated, when he dared to report the crime. Rogge tried to tell journalists about it, but no one would listen. In 2010, he wrote his story in a letter to Wim Deetman, chairman of the commission that investigated sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church in the Netherlands. Still no action. Then he contacted Joep Dohmen, a journalist from the Rotterdam-based newspaper NRC Handelsblad, the colleague who I worked with to break the story of Dutch church sex abuse back in 2010. Dohmen and I, working for our respective media but sharing information, uncovered a series of scandals in boarding schools and parishes that led hundreds of abuse victims to step forward and tell their story. Our work led the Dutch bishops to install a commission of inquiry that completed its work last December. When Rogge called Dohmen, that's when things finally started to move. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

BC football player faces charge BOSTON (MA) Boston Globe By Bob Hohler Globe Staff / March 22, 2012 A Boston College football player was charged Wednesday with illegally audiotaping a consensual sexual encounter between a fellow player and a female graduate student in a campus suite the players shared. Jaryd Rudolph, a 19-year-old defensive tackle from Plympton, allegedly violated the state’s privacy and eavesdropping laws Feb. 15 when he recorded the episode on his cellphone and shared the tape with at least one BC teammate. The female student filed a complaint with BC Police, and a clerk magistrate in Brighton District Court ruled after a closed-door hearing that there was sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal charge. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Real Men Seek Justice UNITED STATES PowerTrip By Mark V. Serrano·March 22, 2012 Several years ago I was conducting an interview with a reporter with a major daily newspaper who had covered the Catholic clergy abuse scandals regularly. In the course of the discussion, the reporter asked me what I thought should be done with my perpetrator, Father James T. Hanley, an admitted child molester with dozens of known victims who could no longer be prosecuted for his crimes. ”Chemical castration,” was my response. The reporter was aghast at my suggestion and encouraged me to retract my quote. “You’re better than that,” he said. I noted that it was the only way to ensure that children would be safe from an admitted, compulsive child molester. A couple of years later when notifying an urban community that my perpetrator was their new neighbor, we discovered a family with three young boys who had just unwittingly hosted the child-molester at their home for dinner. He came bearing balloons for the boys, as he had obviously chosen them to be his next victims. Clearly, chemical castration would have been too good for him. This anecdote brings an ironic twist to the news that despite an official investigation last year into hundreds of cases of sexual abuse enabled by Catholic bishops in The Netherlands over 50 years, ten cases of castration of clergy abuse victims went undiscovered – until, that is, a new report by investigative journalist Joep Dohmen was just released (see: Dutch Roman Catholic Church ‘castrated at least 10 boys’). Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Gardai under investigation over handling of sex abuse complaints IRELAND Irish Independent By Tom Brady Security Editor Thursday March 22 2012 Garda handling of two separate complaints of clerical sex abuse by a priest from the Catholic diocese of Cloyne is to be investigated by an independent watchdog body. The Garda Ombudsman Commission has decided to carry out inquiries into the behaviour of gardai dealing with the complaints. The move follows criticism of inadequate garda action, highlighted in the Cloyne Report, published last summer by a commission led by Judge Yvonne Murphy following a two-year stateordered probe into allegations of cover-ups in Cloyne between 1996 and 2009. The damning report resulted in a government decision to introduce legislation which could lead to priests being jailed for up to five years if they fail to report paedophiles to gardai, even if told of the abuse in the confessional. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Lockeford priest remains steadfast in his rejection of sex assault allegations STOCKTON (CA) The Modesto Bee By Ross Farrow News-Sentinel (Lodi) STOCKTON -- Father Michael Kelly continued to deny allegations that he sexually assaulted anyone while spending almost two more hours on the witness stand Wednesday. Attorney John Manly represents a 37-year-old man suing Kelly on allegations that the Lockeford priest sexually assaulted him when the plaintiff was an altar boy in the 1980s. Manly named several people from the 1970s and '80s, asking Kelly if he had touched any of them on or near the groin. Kelly, testifying for a second day, vehemently denied that he touched anyone inappropriately. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Bishop testifies in priest abuse case STOCKTON (CA) The Record By The Record March 22, 2012 STOCKTON - Diocese of Stockton's Bishop Stephen Blaire testified Wednesday in a civil trial involving a local priest accused of sexually molesting an altar boy in the mid-1980s. Blaire, the church's highest-ranking local official, confirmed certain facts about the diocese and a report of sex abuse made by the plaintiff's father in 2006. The plaintiff, a 37-year-old Fairfax man, said he recovered repressed memories that year, and said he remembered being groomed and raped by Kelly while he served at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton. Kelly was on the stand Tuesday and Wednesday. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Diocese reform to involve community IRELAND Irish Examiner By Claire O’Sullivan Thursday, March 22, 2012 Communities will be involved in any plans to radically reorganise the amount of dioceses in this country, according to the summary report presented by the Vatican team who visited the country last year. One church source yesterday warned that "amalgamation had the potential to be very emotive as priests and lay people identified with the existing diocese." They pointed to historic amalgamations which were "fraught affairs". "It would also involve a lot of legal wrangling, such as for one, whether the former dioceses would still be considered a registered charity," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Questions for the OCE and OCYP PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change Recently, many of you have asked questions on C4C regarding issues of child protection in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Please share them again in the comment section of this post. Susan and I will use this post to compile a list of questions and will forward them to Mary Rochford, Superintendent of Schools and Leslie Davila, Director of the Office of Child and Youth protection. Individual voices might not always be heard, but collectively with C4C national and local followers, we may be able to obtain some clarity on the very important issue of child protection. We ask that all comments on this post be questions concerning child protection within the Philadelphia Archdiocese. – Kathy Kane Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Maciel's Ghost Stalks Benedict in Mexico MEXICO National Catholic Reporter by Michael Sean Winters on Mar. 21, 2012 Distinctly Catholic This story from the Associated Press will, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Santorum, make you want to throw up. A new book details that the Vatican received information about Father Maciel's crimes more than 50 years ago. (h/t to Rocco!) I do want to point out one thing however. The article does not implicate Benedict in the cover-up but it leaves open the possibility. That possibility should be foreclosed. As head of the CDF, then-Cardinal ratzinger conducted the investigation of Maciel and then the apartment did nothing with it. Cardinals Sodano and Dziwicz have some answering to do but not Pope Benedict. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Catholic League Reports on SNAP Deposition UNITED STATES Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan Recently, Catholic League president William A. Donohue, Ph.D. published a report on the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) deposition in Missouri. Here is an excerpt from Donohue’s report: At the end of 2011, a Missouri judge ordered David Clohessy, the president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), to be deposed regarding his role in cases of priestly sexual abuse. Clohessy fought the order vigorously, but lost. On January 2, 2012, he was deposed; the deposition was made public only recently [click here]. [NOTE: all pages cited are taken from the deposition.] Clohessy proved to be uncooperative, refusing to comply with a request for internal documents; he only released a small portion of them. On the stand, he was similarly recalcitrant, refusing to answer many questions. He took refuge in a Missouri law which protects the confidentiality of rape crisis centers. But there are serious reasons to doubt whether SNAP meets the test of a rape crisis center. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Dolan quotes Donohue on SNAP, calling leader a 'con artist' UNITED STATES National Catholic Reporter by Joshua J. McElwee on Mar. 21, 2012 NCR Today Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. bishops' conference, posted a link on his blog this afternoon to a statement from Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League, which suggests the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests may be a "con artist." The post comes as the victims' advocacy group and its director, David Clohessy, have found support in recent days on the editorial pages of several national papers in light of attempts by attorneys representing priests accused of abuse to obtain 23 years of the group's documents. Dolan's post came on his "The Gospel in the Digital Age" blog at the New York Archdiocese website. It quotes in full three paragraphs of a statement by Donohue before providing people a link to read the rest. Donohue's statement, titled "SNAP Unravels," is a long rehash of some of the facts surrounding the attempts by priests' lawyers, which resulted last January in Clohessy's deposition in a case involving a priest accused of abuse in Kansas City, Mo. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Bishops' 'religious liberty' point man gets a promotion BRIDGEPORT (CT) National Catholic Reporter By David Gibson, Religion News Service BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- If there is any Catholic bishop in the U.S. who probably didn't need a bigger platform, it would be William E. Lori, who was named Tuesday (March 20) by Pope Benedict XVI as the next archbishop of Baltimore. For the past decade, Lori has led the Diocese of Bridgeport in Connecticut's Fairfield County, but in recent months he's become the public face of the hierarchy's new signature issue: the fight for "religious freedom." ... Within months, Lori was facing two huge crises: the 9/11 attacks that claimed many of his new flock, and the clergy abuse crisis that has continued to dog the hierarchy. While Lori is known for his orthodoxy on doctrine and social issues, he was praised by many for taking a hard line in dealing with abusive priests, and in dealing with subsequent financial scandals that emerged. On the other hand, Lori also fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep documents on private settlements with victims -- reached before he became bishop -- sealed. He argued his case on religious freedom grounds, but eventually lost. But two other episodes helped shape his outlook. One was a proposal by a pair of state senators to change the structure of Catholic parishes to have lay people, rather than priests and bishops, in charge. Critics suspected it was legislative mischief prompted by Lori's vocal opposition to Connecticut's gay marriage law. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

The Pope’s visit to Mexico deepens assault on the secular state MEXICO World Socialist Web Site By Rafael Azul 21 March 2012 Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to visit Mexico on March 23. His visit coincides with the run-up to the Mexican presidential elections, which will take place on July 1. The visit takes place as the Mexican Senate prepares to vote on constitutional changes that will severely weaken the principle of separation of church and state and the secular character of the Mexican government. The draft legislation proposes changes in the language of Articles 24 and 40 of the Mexican Constitution, guaranteeing religious instruction in Mexican schools, and allowing the church greater access to mass means of communication, among other things. Benedict, the former Joseph Ratzinger, is to follow his visit to Mexico with a trip to Cuba. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Media Uses Flimsy ‘Dutch Castration’ Story to Smack Catholic Church UNITED STATES TheMediaReport Dave Pierre The media are falling over themselves to relay a salacious report that the Catholic Church in the Netherlands may have surgically castrated "as many as 10 young men" over a half a century ago, in the 1950's. Perpetual Catholic bashers such as the New York Times, NPR, and the Boston Globe are having a field day trumpeting the tale. The message from these outlets is clear: "The Catholic Church is bad, bad, bad. The news gets worse every day!" A closer examination of the facts, however, reveals that there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Vatican Embarrassed by Account Closure ITALY AdvisorOne By Marlene Y. Satter, AdvisorOne The Vatican suffered a blow to its efforts to have its bank included in the European "white list" of states that comply with international standards against tax fraud and money laundering on Monday when JPMorgan Chase shut the account of the Vatican bank at an Italian branch. Reuters reported that JP Morgan closed the account of the Vatican's bank, known as the Institute for Works of Religion, despite a major effort at reform IOR undertook in 2011 in an attempt to clear charges of fraud and money laundering. In a letter dated February 15, an Italian newspaper reported, Chase notified the IOR that its Milan account would begin to be phased out on March 16 and would be closed on March 30. The Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore was cited as saying that JPMorgan Chase told IOR that it was closing the account because the Milan branch felt IOR had not provided enough information on money transfers. Il Sole identified the Vatican account as a sweep facility, with all funds transferred to another IOR account in Germany at the end of each day. Two regular daily newspapers in Italy, Corriere della Sera and La Stampa, reported the account closure on Monday, leading to additional embarrassment for IOR. Italian investigators had frozen 23 million euros ($33 million) in two Italian banks in September of 2010 over money laundering concerns; IOR had said it was merely transferring money between accounts, and the funds were released in June of 2011. however, the investigation is continuing, Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Staack a winner in legal, civic arenas IOWA WCF Courier By PAT KINNEY, [email protected] WATERLOO, Iowa --- A prominent local attorney with a long history of community and professional success had died. Tom Staack, a partner in the Dutton Braun Staack Hellman & Iversen law firm in Waterloo, died Monday after a short battle with aggressive pancreatic cancer, according to friends and colleagues. He was 65. "He was recognized by his peers as one of the very best trial lawyers in the state of Iowa," said law partner Dave Dutton. "He pursued justice with determination that was quite amazing to watch and be a part of. And he pursued his community affairs with the same passion, the same commitment." ... In the legal arena, Staack and attorney Chad Swanson of the Dutton firm represented many clergy sex abuse victims in legal actions against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque. The archdiocese paid out more than $12.3 million to 47 victims over the three settlements from 2006-08 plus counseling and a public archdiocesan apology to victims. "He gave the victims their voice and gave them a chance at healing," said Steve Theisen of Hudson, of the Iowa chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Losheim und Wadern: DEUTSCHLAND MissBit - unter der Verantwortung von dem Missbrauchsbeauftragten der DBK, dem Trierer Bischof Dr. Stephan Ackermann - wurde erneut ein vorbestrafter Sexualstraftäter als Seelsorger bzw. Kooperator eingesetzt. Nach den Fällen Pfarrer Klaus K. und Pfarrer Michael Ver. nun also Nr. 3. In allen Fällen trug Ackermann nicht dafür Sorge, den Kontakt zu Kindern zu unterbinden. Der "Trierische Volksfreund" veröffentlichte heute dazu in seiner Print-Ausgabe folgendes: "Ex-Täter als Seelsorger eingesetzt - Kritiker wollen nicht, dass ein wegen Missbrauchs verurteilter Priester Sakramente spendet" - der Artikel unmittelbar nebenan: "Kinder sollen Grenzen setzen" Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Accuser's past opened in priest's child sex-abuse trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Philadelphia Inquirer THE JUDGE in the clergy-sex-abuse trial ruled yesterday that the jury can hear about the troubled past of one priest's accuser. Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said attorney Michael Wallace, who represents defrocked priest Edward Avery, can tell jurors about the man's expulsion from the Catholic high school he attended in the early 2000s, and of discrepancies in the man's related civil lawsuit and his grand-jury testimony. Avery, 69, is charged with sexually assaulting the man when he was a 10-year-old altar boy in the 1990s. Wallace said the accuser is a drug addict who made up the allegation against Avery. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Irish Church found to be negligent over sex abuse IRELAND Christian Today Church leaders were negligent when suspected incidents of sex abuse were brought to their attention, a Vatican report has concluded . The admission was made in a report published on Tuesday examining the causes of the Irish sex abuse scandal that erupted several years ago. The Apostolic Visitation is the culmination of a two-year investigation initiated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 following a crisis meeting with Irish bishops at the Vatican. At the time, the Pope expressed his dismay at the extent of the abuse and subsequent cover-up exposed in the Ryan and Murphy reports. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Papal Impropriety: The Dark Secrets Of The Vatican Bank VATICAN CITY Economy Watch By: David Smith Date: 22 March 2012 The Vatican Bank has been plagued by corruption and criminality ever since it was established in 1942. Yet this is hardly a surprise, given that no bona fide legal system is currently in place to ensure check and balances for the bank of God. The scandals surrounding the Vatican’s finances strain credulity. At the heart of the Catholic Church, we find murder, collusion with violent crime, bribery and money laundering. But the Church has, and will, never admit to any financial wrongdoing. With an image of sanctity to protect, the Catholic Church simply cannot admit to any illegality or immorality. In this respect, there is a parallel with the Holy See’s persistent denials of sexual abuse among the clergy. This pretence of moral purity can be maintained because the tiny Vatican state is not subject to Italian law enforcement. Jason Berry, author of Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, said: “The Vatican has a systematic aversion to transparency. Its power structure is honeycombed in secrecy. With the abuse scandal, the bottom line is that the Pope will not punish complicit Bishops and Cardinals.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Child sex abuse not a matter of theology, says Gilmore IRELAND The Irish Times MARIE O'HALLORAN THE SEXUAL abuse of children is a crime and is “not a matter of theology”, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has told the Dáil. Responding to Independent TD Finian McGrath, who asked the Government’s response to the publication of the Vatican’s report on the Catholic Church in Ireland, Mr Gilmore said the report “is essentially a report by the church authorities on the church itself. Therefore it is not really a matter for the Government to have a view on it in so far as the report is about internal church matters.” He added: “I should be clear that the sexual abuse of children, the rape of children, is a crime. It is not a matter of theology and it is not a matter which is exclusively in the domain of a church.” That was why the Government’s statement last September “made it very clear that crimes which have been committed against children are matters that should have been reported to the Garda and authorities and those who sought to obstruct such reportage were seriously wrong”. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Mexico gears up for Pope Benedict XVI's first visit MEXICO Chicago Tribune By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Leon, Mexico— The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico this year took the unusual step of issuing guidelines on how Mexicans should vote in the upcoming presidential election: Candidates should value marriage as a bond between a man and a woman and should place prime importance on "the right to life, starting at conception." Both ideas were clearly aimed at leftist parties and others who have backed same-sex marriage and abortion, legalized in recent years in Mexico City. Pope Benedict XVI arrives Friday to a Mexico that, officially, is a strictly secular nation. And although the Catholic Church has almost always enjoyed a powerful position, it has taken on a particularly activist role in partisan politics during the last decade. ... And in another controversial move, Benedict is not meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests, something he has done in most other countries he has visited, including the U.S. This comes despite Mexico having been home to one of the church's most notorious abusers, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel. Maciel, who the church now says fathered at least three children by two women and sexually, physically and emotionally abused numerous young seminarians and others, was for years protected by the Vatican under the late Pope John Paul II. A Mexican, Maciel founded the Legionaries of Christ, which rose to become one of the most powerful and influential orders in the Roman Catholic Church. Maciel was frequently at John Paul's side, especially during his many trips to Mexico. The Catholic hierarchy in Mexico also defended Maciel for many years and has stayed largely silent since his disgrace. For Benedict to meet with abuse victims, the Mexican bishops would have had to formally request the encounter, as their counterparts did in other countries. They made no such request, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said last week. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Abuse charges test Chile's Catholic faithful LATIN AMERICA Aljazeera [with video] As Mexico prepares to host Pope Benedict XIV, the Latin American faithful have been rocked by continued allegations of sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. Throughout Latin America, the Vatican has been accused of covering up dozens of abuse cases spanning decades. In the staunchly Catholic nation of Chile, reports of abuse are leading many away from the church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Lamb addresses church CORSICANA (TX) Corsicana Daily Sun By Janet Jacobs Corsicana Daily Sun Corsicana — A typical Wednesday evening at Northside Baptist Church involves supper and some socializing, praying and some music, but this Wednesday was different. Gary Welch, the 43-year-old beloved youth minister, and a fixture at the church for the last seven years, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He is accused of having a three-year affair with a teenage member of the youth group. He remains in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond. He has been suspended from his job with pay, a move designed to help Welch’s family, according to Pastor Rick Lamb. Several hundred people attended the Wednesday evening service, many of them in tears, hugging one another and exchanging subdued greetings. Lamb led the Wednesday service, and he expressed his own sorrow over the week’s events. “I’ve cried a thousand tears. It’s been a rough, rough week,” Lamb told his congregation. Seated on a stool behind a music stand, he spoke frankly and wept as he spoke of the man whom he loved “like a son,” calling this the second-most difficult week of his life. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Watchdog to study abuse complaint IRELAND The Irish Times GENEVIEVE CARBERY CONCERNS RAISED in the Cloyne report about a Garda failure to investigate abuse complaints are being examined by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. The investigation relates to complaints from two women of child sexual abuse by a priest named in the report as Fr Corin. The report into the Catholic diocese published last year was critical of the lack of a proper Garda investigation into the complaints. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Activists in Mexico Want to Be Heard by the Pope MEXICO IPS By Emilio Godoy MEXICO CITY, Mar 21, 2012 (IPS) - Spiralling violence, demands for justice voiced by victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of Roman Catholic priests, and ordination of women priests are issues that, in the view of experts and activists, Pope Benedict XVI will not be able to evade in his visit to Mexico. The pope "does not have a specific policy for different groups in society, as did (his predecessor) John Paul II, who had distinct ways of approaching young people, intellectuals and indigenous people, for example," said Elio Masferrer, an expert at the National School of Anthropology and History. Masferrer told IPS that the Church is turning away from a strategy based on addressing the needs and concerns of the Catholic grassroots social base, and reaching out instead only to the elite. "This is a great weakness. The Church is in a state of paralysis. The faithful do not follow what the hierarchy lays down, and therefore the leadership has lost its power to influence the daily lives of Catholics," he said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Kalispell Priest Faces Child Porn Charge MONTANA NBC Montana [with video] By Scott Zoltan KALISPELL, Mont. -- Rudy Bullman, a longtime priest at the Risen Christ Catholic Church in Kalispell, has been accused of sexual abuse of children. Prosecutors charged Bullman with the felony after investigators said they found child porn on his computer. The investigation started in October, when a woman purchased a gaming system from Bullman and reported it held pictures of naked young boys. “There were some images on there that disturbed the person, so that started our investigation,” said Flathead Sheriff Chuck Curry. Bullman allegedly told investigators that he used the system to view gay porn, but that he only accessed sites which represented the boys were over eighteen. Court documents say investigators found child pornography on his computer. After being charged, Bullman was released on his own recognizance. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Montana Catholic Priest Accused Of Possessing Child Pornography MONTANA Lez Get Real Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire on March 21, 2012 Father Rudolph Carl Bullman, 67, is a priest at Risen Christ Parish in Kalispell has been charged with felony sexual abuse of children stemming from his alleged possession of digital images of nude boys on his computer. He was arraigned in Flathead County District Court in Montana. He has been out of jail on his own recognizance and on administrative leave from the Church since 16 November. He was put on administrative leave as soon as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena first learned of the investigation. Diocese spokeswoman Renee St. Martin Wizeman stated “We were made aware of an investigation by the Flathead County Attorney’s Office and at that time he was placed on administrative leave, which is what our policies and procedures call for.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Kalispell Catholic priest faces sexual abuse of children charges MONTANA KAJ by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News) KALISPELL- A Kalispell Catholic priest is arrested on charges of sexual abuse of children. Rudy Bullman was charged back in late February, but had been placed on administrative leave since December 16th of 2011. According to court documents, the case began after a handheld gaming system, sold by Bullman, was found to have photographs of nude boys on it. Bullman was the Catholic priest at Risen Christ Parish in Evergreen for more than 10 years. If convicted, Bullman could face up to 10 years in prison. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Belleville Diocese settles sex abuse suits BELLEVILLE (IL) Belleville News-Democrat BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat BELLEVILLE -- Three lawsuits settled on Tuesday in St. Clair County Court involving two priests of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville brings to at least five the number of victims of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest of the diocese that have resulted in monetary damages. While the previous payouts total $7.5 million for two lawsuits -- $6.3 million paid to James Wisniewski last year and $1.2 million to a victim identified only as "John Doe" in 2009 -- the amount of damages in the newly announced agreements is confidential by agreement of the parties. Belleville plaintiffs attorney Mike Weilmuenster said the agreement to settle the lawsuits contained a clause in each stating that the exact amount of damages cannot be disclosed. However, he said, "It is a substantial sum." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Garda Ombudsman to investigate sex abuse complaints IRELAND The Journal THE GARDA SÍOCHÁNA Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is to investigate how the gardaí handled a number of complaints of sex abuse as outlined in the Cloyne Report. The GSOC made the announcement last night, saying that it has decided to open an investigation, under section 102(4) of the Garda Síochana Act 2005, into “certain matters arising from the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne”. It said that the matters arise from chapter 10 of the report and relate to garda behaviour. This includes concerns stated in the report about the gardaí involvement in the case involving a priest described as ‘Father Corin’. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

March 21, 2012 “Hare, hunter, field” — Castration for deviancy UNITED STATES GetReligion The New York Post usually wins the award for best worst headline amongst the New York metropolitan papers. “Headless body in topless bar” remains my favorite. The New York Times however is giving the Post a run for their money. In the 21 March 2012 issue on page A4 we have “Dutch Church is accused of castrating young men”. This is not a story for the faint of heart. And, if you were looking for a fair, informed treatment of the story, look elsewhere. Here is the lede. A young man in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was surgically castrated decades ago after complaining about sexual abuse, according to new evidence that only adds to the scandal engulfing the church there. The case, which dates from the 1950s, has increased pressure for a government-led inquiry into sexual abuse in the Dutch church, amid suspicions that as many as 10 young men may have suffered the same fate. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

We shouldn't blame the Catholic Church ... NETHERLANDS The Telegraph (United Kingdom) We shouldn't blame the Catholic Church for the shocking Dutch castrations before we know all the facts Tim Stanley There is nothing sadder or sicker than child abuse. Somehow it seems even worse when the abuser is a figure of trust – a parent, a teacher or a priest. And so the world was understandably horrified when the story came out of The Netherlands this week that a Dutch boy who had been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1950s was castrated by doctors as a form of “punishment”. It’s a revolting, tragic incident that many have taken as a damning indictment of the Catholic Church’s grip over Dutch society. The story is, however, rather more complicated than it first looks. The website GetReligion.org has done a brilliant deconstruction of the tragedy that points to a notable lack of either sourcing or context in the American reporting. Innuendo abounds – and that's not fair either to the Church or the children who suffered in its care. Here’s how the New York Times first covered it: “The victim, Henk Heithuis, lived in Catholic institutions from infancy after being taken into care. When he complained about sexual abuse to the police, Mr. Heithuis, 20 at the time, was transferred to a Catholic psychiatric hospital before being admitted to the St Joseph Hospital in Veghel, where he was castrated [in 1956].” Heithuis befriended a sculptor called Cornelius Rogge and showed him his scars (the two men appear to have exchanged letters but details are not given in the NYT report). Heithuis died in a road accident in 1958. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Kremsmünster: Alles nur Sex & Crime? OSTERREICH Nachrichten Die im Internat des Stiftes Kremsmünster aufgedeckten Missbrauchs- und Gewaltfälle scheinen die journalistische Lust an derartigem "Sex-Horror" anzuheizen – diesen Eindruck erweckt jedenfalls ein neuer Bericht in einem österreichischen Wochenmagazin. Wer wie ich acht Jahre in diesem Internat war, weiß, wovon er redet: Ja, es gab auch in unserem Jahrgang sexuelle und gewalttätige Übergriffe. Nicht Betroffene wie ich haben das zwar "irgendwie" gewusst: "wirklich wissen" hätte geheißen, es ohne Peinlichkeit und Rücksichtnahme auf Opfer wahrnehmen und sagen zu können. Man kennt diese Dynamik aus Peinlichkeit, Scham und diffusem Unbehagen aus derartigen Traumatisierungen in autoritären Institutionen zur Genüge. Deshalb ist die Veröffentlichung solcher Missstände wie im Jahr 2010 wichtig. Ein Mail-Wechsel unter Klassenkollegen legte dann nach 40 Jahren (!) offen, was Einzelnen zugestoßen war. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

Trotz Kritik von der Kirchenbasis DEUTSCHLAND dradio [mit Audio] Katholischer Missbrauchsbeauftragter will pädophile Priester weiterbeschäftigen Von Ludger Fittkau Ausgerechnet der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann, Missbrauchsbeauftragter der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, beschäftige sieben als pädophil aufgefallene Pfarrer, behauptet "Der Spiegel". Das Bistum bestätigt diese Zahl nicht. Klar ist aber: Es gibt die Täter im kirchlichen Dienst. Die Kirchenbasis kritisiert vor allem, dass sie in der Seelsorge eingesetzt werden. Stephan Ackermann hat ein Problem: Seit zwei Jahren ist der Trierer Bischof der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz. In dieser Funktion muss er vor allem dafür Sorgen, dass die Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs in der Kirche Gehör finden. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

"Vom Pastor zum Psychiater und dann zum Chirurgen" NIEDERLANDE Welt In den Niederlanden soll die Kirche in den 50ern Jungen in ihrer Obhut kastriert haben – angeblich, um deren Homosexualität zu heilen. Ohne das Einverständnis der Eltern. Die Aufregung um den Missbrauchskandal in der katholischen Kirche in den Niederlanden legt sich nicht – im Gegenteil: Am Wochenende löste ein Bericht des liberalen "Handelsblads" aus Rotterdam neuen Wirbel aus. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Römisch-katholische Kirche unter Kastrationsverdacht NIEDERLANDE Heise Peter Mühlbauer 21.03.2012 In den 1950er Jahren soll der Eingriff angeblich zur "Heilung von Homosexualität" eingesetzt worden sein Bis ins 19. Jahrhundert hinein war die Kastration von Knaben zur Vorbereitung auf eine Sängerkarriere in Europa nicht unüblich. Nun wurden in den Niederlanden Vorwürfe laut, dass noch in den 1950er Jahren Jungen kastriert wurden, um deren Homosexualität zu "heilen". Besonders schwerwiegend sind diese Vorwürfe auch deshalb, weil es dem NRC Handelsblad zufolge in mindestens einem Fall einen nach damaligen Recht Minderjährigen traf, der sich vorher über sexuellen Missbrauch in seinem römisch-katholischen Heim beschwerte. Dessen Anschuldigung führte zwar zur Verurteilung zweier Kirchenmänner, aber auch dazu, dass Henk H. von der Polizei in eine psychiatrische Klinik der römisch-katholischen Kirche und anschließend in das Sankt-Josephs-Krankenhaus in Veghel verbracht wurde. Dort wurde er Gerichtsdokumenten nach im Alter von zwanzig "auf eigenen Wunsch" kastriert. Volljährig wurde man damals erst mit einundzwanzig. Und seltsamerweise liegt kein Dokument vor, auf dem H. diesen angeblichen Wunsch mit seiner Unterschrift bestätigt. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Vatican 'Shamed' by Irish Sex Scandal, Asks Victims for Forgiveness IRELAND The Christian Post By Luiza Oleszczuk, Christian Post Reporter March 21, 2012 A Vatican delegation to Ireland concluded Tuesday in an investigative report on causes of an Irish sex abuse scandal that came to light several years ago that local church leaders were guilty of negligence. Delegates also asked victims for forgiveness in the name of the Roman Catholic Church, and vowed to continue to implement reform to further protect children. The report is a conclusion of the two-year investigation by seven Vatican-appointed church leaders who visited four archdioceses across Ireland; the report was promised by Pope Benedict XVI in his letter to Catholics in Ireland in 2010. It looked at the church' s dealings with survivors of abuse and current child protection policies. The report on sexual abuse of Irish children by Catholic clergy blames Ireland's religious leaders. Investigators said church authorities, including some bishops, had failed to understand and react to the problem. In the report summary, church delegates asked victims for forgiveness in the name of the Roman Catholic Church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

MPs call for inquiry into Catholic castrations NETHERLANDS Gulf News Reuters March 22, 2012 Amsterdam: The Dutch parliament on Tuesday called for an investigation into reports that Catholic clerics ordered castration of young males in the 1950s in an attempt to cure their homosexuality. Dutch MPs raised questions in parliament over a weekend report in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad saying boys from a Catholic boarding school had been castrated. "All these horrible reports strengthen me to call for a parliamentary investigation and perhaps even an enquiry," Labour member of parliament Khadija Arib said in a debate. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Dutch Parliament to Investigate Church Castration Reports NETHERLANDS Voice of America Posted Wednesday, March 21st The Dutch parliament has called for an investigation into reports that Catholic clerics ordered castrations of boys in the 1950s in an attempt to cure their homosexuality. Dutch lawmakers discussed the issue Tuesday after a report in the local newspaper NRC Handelsblad said more than 10 boys from a Catholic boarding school had been castrated. The report focused on a man named Henk Hethuis who allegedly was castrated in 1956 on the instruction of Catholic clergy, after telling police he was being sexually abused by priests. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Dutch Catholic Church Is Accused Of Castrating Boys NETHERLANDS NPR by Eyder Peralta Dutch lawmakers are calling for a parliamentary hearing, today, after new allegations of abuse by the Catholic Church surfaced over the weekend. This time, an investigation by the newspaper NRC Handelsblad found that Catholic-run institutions had surgically castrated young boys. The paper said it had uncovered at least 11 cases in the 1950s. According to The Guardian, the paper focused on one boy who complained about being sexually abused. Police took the boy to a Catholic psychiatric ward, where he was declared a homosexual and castrated. As awful that sounds, perhaps the bigger story here is that back in 2010, the the Conference of Bishops and the Dutch Religious Conference formed a commission to investigate abuse in the church. In December, it issued a 1,100-page report, which detailed extensive abuse, but it did not mention castrations. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Self-anointed monk arrested ST. LOUIS (MO) WCF Courier By DENNIS MAGEE, [email protected] ST. LOUIS, Mo. --- The figure some in Buchanan County knew as the Most Rev. and Lord Abbot Ryan St. Anne Scott is awaiting extradition today in the St. Louis County Jail. “We’ll probably go get him at the beginning of the week,” said Sgt. Scott Cordle, chief of jail operations for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois. Scott, a self-anointed monk, is facing three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person; three counts of theft and one count of deceptive practices, according to Cordle. Each charge is a felony in Illinois. Authorities issued the arrest warrant Feb. 29. Deputies collected Scott at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a house on Sweet Gum Drive in St. Louis. One of Scott’s associates, Thomas Bertke, reportedly lives there. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Anonymous Hacks Christian Websites In Mexico: “POPE is not welcome, out out!!!!!” MEXICO International Business Times By Jacob Kleinman March 21, 2012 Anonymous Hispano, the Mexican branch of the online hacktivist collective based in Latin America lay siege to two Mexican websites on Tue, March 20 in protest of Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit in an cyber-operation referred to as #opFariseo (hypocrite) on Twitter. The hackers succeeded in temporarily knocking the websites offline and defacing them with their own message: "Hacked system. The POPE is not welcome, out out!!!!!" Both hacked websites were linked to the Pope's planned visit to the country this Friday through Monday, before the religious leader continues his tour in Cuba. The website of the Achdiocese of Mexico was down for several hours on Tue. March 20 as was the website of the Institute of Communications and Philosophy (Comfil), which is usually devoted to teaching philosophy. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Why the Irish Church must fumigate its seminaries IRELAND Daily Mail (United Kingdom) By Mark Dooley Yesterday, the Vatican published a report based on an Apostolic Visitation to the Irish Church last year. In response to the deep and disturbing crisis which has engulfed the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI dispatched a number of senior prelates to Ireland with a view to ascertaining the true extent of the disaster. Nothing could have prepared them for what they encountered. When the Pope announced his intention to send a delegation to Ireland, I was lecturing at Maynooth University – the home of Ireland’s National Seminary. I got to know many of the seminarians as they were obliged to attend my philosophy lectures. They also knew that, as someone with a public profile, I was in a position to highlight their grievances. Those grievances were shocking – so shocking that I did not hesitate to use my column in the Irish Daily Mail to expose them. Here is a sample of what I wrote in May 2010, and which I subsequently reproduced in my book Why Be a Catholic? ‘Irish seminaries are hotbeds of serious moral decay which is devastating the Church in this country. Their culture is one that rejects piety and holiness in favour of religious laxity and moral confusion. This is resulting in priests who barely believe in the doctrine they are ordained to promote. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT FORMS PASTORAL COUNCIL PHILADELPHIA (PA) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M Cap., recently met with the newly founded Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pastoral Council is an advisory group to the Archbishop that examines the pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers practical counsel to promote the mission of the Church. While similar councils exist in parishes throughout the Archdiocese, this is the first time that an Archbishop of Philadelphia has established a Pastoral Council for the entire Archdiocese. Archbishop Chaput said, "The council we now have in place is a local snapshot of the whole People of God, with intelligent, dedicated Catholics from every walk of life. In both of my previous places of ministry as bishop - Rapid City and Denver - the diocesan pastoral council was a vital source of collaboration and help in my work. I look forward to the same good working friendship with council members here in Philadelphia." The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council consists of Archbishop Chaput and four additional administrators from the Archdiocese who serve in an ex-officio capacity, as well as up to 30 members selected from around the Archdiocese. Some are nominated by particular Deaneries. Others are appointed "at large." The Council currently includes 12 lay women, 11 lay men, one priest, one deacon, and one consecrated religious woman. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Archbishop Chaput Addresses Financial Transparency PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catholics4Change March 21, 2012 ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT’S WEEKLY COLUMN: THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LAY ACTION In the next few months, at my request, the Catholic Standard and Times will publish a report on the financial condition of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, including its offices, ministry programs and many of its related agencies and non-profit corporations. Too often we think of the Church as an institution, and institutions are hard to love. The structures of Catholic life are required by canon and civil law, and they’re important. But they’re also secondary. At her heart, the Church is a family, a community of believers. Like any family, her members have mutual obligations of respect and accountability. This has practical consequences. We ask our people to be generous. As a result, they have a right to know that their resources, which the Church holds in trust for them, are used properly. To put it another way: We can’t be confident about the future; we can’t even begin to solve our problems; unless we’re well informed. Much of this year’s financial information will be new. Some of it will be quite sobering. Nonetheless, beginning this year and every year in the future, we will provide to our people as full a picture of our financial life as a Church as we reasonably can. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Silva Redigonda, Providing Pastoral Psychotherapy CANADA Silva Redigonda Pedophile Priests Two summers ago I had to submit a post grad proposal for a research paper. I have debated posting it on my blog because the subject is so controversial and personal. However, after reading this morning’s Toronto Sun, page 47, I felt that the time had arrived, to be risqué once again. I allow myself the luxury of reading the paper each morning now as I drink my coffee. I have read the Sun since its’ birth. This morning Peter Worthington, the founding editor reported the New York Times accepting an anti-Catholic ad of $38,000. “The ad was in the form of a letter that asked Catholics: “”Why send your children to parochial schools to be indoctrinated…sex scandals involving preying priests, church complicity, collusion and cover up going all the way to the top.”” It reminded me of an ad a while ago in the TTC which indicated “There is no God” or words to that effect which was soon removed. I wondered as I read this morning’s paper, how many children $38,000 could feed? I was also very disappointed in the New York Times as I had always thought it a cut above the rest. But why, I pondered did I? I even stopped watching Harry’s Law because of some negative remarks about Catholics on the show. Cathy Bates is such an amazing actor that the words were even more biting. That summer when I conducted the research, it was very difficult and I wept more than once. It reminded me of when I asked a professor why there was no study provided, about Satanism and he indicated that it would be too difficult a topic to study for the length of time required for a university credit. At the end of my research, after gleaning that pedophiles are in such great numbers and appear to be among everyone, I would have rephrased my hypothesis, to the Roman Catholic Church being an unfair target of media attacks in regards to pedophile priests. My research was soul wrenching. One pedophile priest who was rightfully kicked out of the Church, was roaming freely in his country of origin and children could be seen nearby on the video as he bashed the Catholic Church, not taking any responsibility for his actions. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Belleville Diocese Settles Priest Abuse Lawsuits BELLVILLE (IL) KMOX Brian Kelly March 21, 2012 1:18 PM BELLEVILLE, Il (KMOX)- Three people who alleged they were abused by priests in the late 70¢s and early 80¢s have settled their lawsuits against the Belleville Diocese. Two of the suits were filed against the Reverend Raymond Kownacki for abuse that allegedly took place at St. Theresa’s Church in Salem, the other was against the Reverend Jerome Ratermann for abuse that allegedly took place at Saints Peter and Paul parish in Waterloo. The victims’ attorney, Mike Weilmuenster tells KMOX his clients were glad to avoid going to trial, “It’s a roller-coaster ride for these victims. First of all having the courage to come forward and file a lawsuit and all that entails, and having their family investigated and those kind of things” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Visitation criticised ... IRELAND Club Bible Published on March 21st, 2012 ONE IN FOUR, a support group for those who experienced sexual abuse in Ireland, has said the Vatican is still not accepting responsibility for its role “in creating the culture of purposeful cover-ups” in the Catholic Church. Responding to the findings of the Apostolic Visitation, the organisation said it was disappointed the Vatican did not acknowledge that its interventions in the abuse scandal had allowed individual Catholic Church leaders in Ireland to ignore guidelines. In a statement, executive director Maeve Lewis said, “While we welcome the findings of the Visitation that the Irish Church now has good child protection practices in place, we feel it is a lost opportunity to address the role played by the Vatican in perpetuating the policy of protecting abusive priests at the expense of children.” Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Catholic Church Accused of 'Bullying' Organization Representing Clergy Sex Abuse Victims UNITED STATES Christian Post By Luiza Oleszczuk, Christian Post Reporter March 21, 2012 A victims advocacy organization alleging pressure from lawyers representing the Roman Catholic Church to hand over confidential documents related to clergy sex abuse cases claims the tactics being used are akin to "bullying" and "intimidation." Church officials deny, however, that any tactics are being used to pressure the group. The advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, has been uniting clergy sex abuse victims since 1991, offering counseling, group support and legal advisement. The group is known for having filed a lawsuit against top Vatican leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI, at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague in Sept. 2011. When lawyers representing the Catholic Church in two sexual abuse cases, one in Kansas and one in Missouri, requested in Dec. 2011 that SNAP release confidential documents, including emails between the organization and abuse victims as well as whistle-blowers and witnesses, SNAP viewed the request as a form of harassment. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

SNAP’S DEFENDERS SHOW TRUE COLORS UNITED STATES Catholic League Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on those who continue to defend the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP): Last week we released a report on SNAP that showed beyond a reasonable doubt what an utter fraud the organization is (click here to read it). It was not an essay; it was not an op-ed; it was not conjecture; it was not our opinion. It was the voice of David Clohessy, the director of SNAP. When coupled with our report last summer on the proceedings of its national convention (it offered irrefutable proof of its hate-filled agenda) it cannot be maintained by any serious observer what SNAP is all about. The credibility of those who continue to defend this wholly discredited organization is on the line. That would include the editorial board of the New York Times and the Newark Star-Ledger (the latter offered a particularly vicious statement), as well as pundits such as Andrew Sullivan. That the near-moribund National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority should weigh in is not surprising: though SNAP has nothing to do with women’s rights, it has everything to do with attacking the Catholic Church, and that is music to the ear of radical feminists. But it is Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, who needs to be answered more than anyone; he loves SNAP. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Belleville Diocese settles 3 sexual abuse lawsuits BELLEVILLE (IL) News-Democrat Three lawsuits pending against the Catholic Diocese of Belleville that alleged sexual abuse of a minor by a priest have been settled, Belleville attorney Mike Weilmuenster said today. Weilmuenster said the agreement to settle contained a clause stating that the exact amount of damages cannot be disclosed. However, he said, "It is a substantial sum." At least two of the lawsuits involved allegations against the Rev. Raymond Kownacki, a priest of the diocese who was removed from ministry more than 15 years ago after he after allegations of sexual abuse were made against him to a diocesan review board. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Jesuit Leader’s Roommate Molests Disabled Boy UNITED STATES Dallas Blog by Tom McGregor Wed, Mar 21, 2012 Rev. Thomas Smolich was recently appointed as president of all 17,000 Jesuit priests based in the United States of America. His former roommate in California was Fr. Mariano, who was sued and arrested for sexually abusing a disabled boy in his bedroom at the Provincial for the Jesuits at the Sacred Heart Center in Los Gatos. Fr. Smolich has a long history of protecting sex predators. He provided free food and lodging for several accused and convicted Jesuit rapists and child molesters at the Sacred Heart Center, including: Fr. Conner, Fr. Jerold Linner, Fr. Edward Burke and Fr. Moniz. The Jesuits settled a lawsuit “concerning the death of a wheelchair bound member at the facility. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

State House News -- House leader sees momentum behind child sex abuse bill BOSTON (MA) Wicked Local Weymouth By Colleen Quinn, State House News Service Boston — Rosanne Sliney was 5 years old when her uncle allegedly started sexually abusing her, abuse that would last until she was 14 years old. When she was an adult, her uncle wrote her a letter apologizing for the alleged abuse, she said. The letter could be used as evidence against him, but the alleged crimes have passed the statute of limitations, making it impossible for her to press charges, she said. Sliney and other childhood sexual abuse victims gathered at the capitol Wednesday pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for sex abuse crimes against children. Advocates said they have overwhelming support among House lawmakers to get it passed, with 101 state representatives saying they favor changing the law – enough for it to pass in the 158-member House. They asked that the bill be released from committee for debate and a floor vote in the House. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Ministerie wist niets van castraties kerk NEDERLAND Kerknieuws Publicaties zaterdag in NRC Handelsblad over castraties door de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in de jaren '50 hebben minister Ivo Opstelten (Veiligheid en Justitie) geschokt. Dat zei hij dinsdag in het vragenuurtje in de Tweede Kamer. Volgens hem was het de eerste keer dat zijn ministerie van dergelijke praktijken hoorde. "Naar eer en geweten kan ik zeggen dat dit de eerste keer is'', zei hij op de vraag van PvdA-Kamerlid Khadija Arib of zijn ministerie niet eerder lucht kreeg van dergelijke verhalen. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Pope to axe Irish bishops accused of sex abuse against minors VATICAN CITY Vatican Insider The enquiry of Vatican representatives on the abuses perpetrated by the clergy has come to an end. The verdict: “Inadequate and unable to contain the number of cases of paedophilia” Giacomo Galeazzi Vatican City The Vatican is clamping down on Irish bishops. Rather than a real investigation, the enquiry carried out by the Vatican was more an explanation of the reason why Benedict XVI s about to cut ecc es ast ca h erarch es down to zero. “Contro s were om tted, b shops and re g ous super ors were nadequate and ncapab e of mon tor ng and conta n ng the spread of extreme y ser ous cases of paedoph a n the c ergy. The cu pr ts went unpun shed and the v ct ms were treated w th nd fference.” At the end of the aposto c v s t to Ire and, the Ho y See prepares a damn ng report on the Ir sh cr s s concern ng paedoph e pr ests. The s and w be struck by a comp ete change of tact cs. New cases w be reported mmed ate y and the Pope w persona y ntervene to change “the current conf gurat on of the d oceses n order to make d ocesan structures better su ted to dea w th the current m ss on.” It s t me now for a the b shops that covered up the truth regard ng paedoph e pr ests (7 have a ready res gned) to take the r eave and the cooperat on between d oceses w see a sma er number of better qua ty pr ests. The Ho y See “fee s embarrassed and betrayed by the s nfu and cr m na acts at the root of th s cr s s.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:11 AM

MT priest charged with possessing child porn MONTANA Coshocton Tr bune KALISPELL, Mont. (WTW) — A Roman Catho c pr est at a northwestern Montana par sh s charged w th fe ony sexua abuse of ch dren for a eged y possess ng p ctures of nude boys on h s computer. The Rev. Rudy Bu man s schedu ed to enter a p ea at an arra gnment hear ng on March 29 n D str ct Court n Ka spe . He rema ns re eased on h s own recogn zance and has been on adm n strat ve eave from R sen Chr st Par sh n Ka spe s nce Dec. 16, when the Roman Catho c D ocese of He ena earned of the nvest gat on. County Attorney Ed Corr gan says the nvest gat on nto Bu man began ast October when someone who purchased a N ntendo DS game conso e from Bu man found t conta ned photos of nude boys. Court records say a search of h s computer turned up s m ar mages. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:06 AM

Wie der Bischof sich verteidigt DEUTSCHLAND Sueddeutsche Von Matth as Drob nsk Ausgerechnet der M ssbrauchsbeauftragte der katho schen K rche muss s ch rechtfert gen: Opfer werfen B schof Stephan Ackermann vor, erschreckend fahr äss g m t verurte ten Sexua straftätern umzugehen. Woh n aber m t hnen, wenn s e hre Strafe verbüßt haben? D ent es dem K nderschutz, s e e nfach zu ent assen? Ausgerechnet er muss s ch nun verte d gen: Stephan Ackermann, an d esem D enstag 49 Jahre a t gewordener B schof von Tr er, Beauftragter der B schofskonferenz für Fä e von sexue em M ssbrauch. Ausgerechnet er, der n cht müde w rd zu erk ären, dass es ke ne To eranz gegenüber sexue er Gewa t geben dürfe und d e katho sche K rche e ne "Ku tur der Achtsamke t" ernen müsse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:02 AM

„Kein Guantanamo für kirchliche Täter“ DEUTSCHLAND Der Tagessp ege A s M ssbrauchsbeauftragter der Deutschen B schofskonferenz so Stephan Ackermann d e Täter aus dem Verkehr z ehen. Nun muss s ch der B schof von Tr er rechtfert gen. E n Porträt. Im Apr veransta tet das B stum Tr er d e He g-Rock-Wa fahrt. Es geht um d e Tun ka von Jesus Chr stus, d e angeb ch vor 1000 Jahren n den Hocha tar des Tr erer Doms e ngemauert wurde. Hunderttausende P ger kommen, hochkarät ge Besucher aus Rom, es g bt Sympos en und p ötz ch st das B stum am Saum der Repub k w cht g. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:59 AM

Antoine Bodar over stress bij priesters. NEDERLAND Pauw & W tteman De afge open aren heeft de Rooms-katho eke kerk, door het grootscha ge en structure e seksuee m sbru k met m nder ar gen door geeste ken b nnen de kerk, een f nke deuk n haar mago opge open. In Neder and deed de comm ss e-Deetman h er onderzoek naar en kwam er vee eed boven water. Deze week werd bekend dat er ze fs k nderen gecastreerd zouden z n om ze van hun homoseksue e gevoe ens af te he pen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:55 AM

Kelly takes stand, strongly denies charges against him CALIFORNIA Lod News-Sent ne By Ross Farrow/News-Sent ne Staff Wr ter Father M chae Ke y stated emphat ca y under oath on Tuesday that he has never sexua y assau ted a ch d. Ke y, pastor at St. Joach m s Catho c Church n Lockeford the past e ght years, s defend ng h mse f n a awsu t on a sexua assau t a egat on by a 37-year-o d man who was an a tar boy n the 1980s. Ke y ma nta ns that such a th ng never happened. "H s reco ect on s comp ete y d fferent from m ne," Ke y sa d of the p a nt ff, who attended Church of the Annunc at on n Stockton and attended the church s paroch a schoo n the 1980s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:56 AM

WATCHDOG TO CONSIDER PRIMETIME DEFAMATION OF AHASCRAGH PRIEST IRELAND Ga way News March 21, 2012 The Broadcast Author ty of Ire and w next week cons der the f nd ngs of an nvest gat on nto the RTE programme that wrong y accused an Ahascragh pr est of father ng a ch d n Kenya. A patern ty test estab shed there was no bas s for the a egat on. The Pr me T me Invest gates programme m ss on to prey fa se y accused Fr.Kev n Reyno ds of father ng the ch d wh e he was a m ss onary pr est n Afr ca. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:53 AM

In de VS luistert de kerk wél naar slachtoffers van misbruik NEDERLAND Trouw De Neder andse kerk e d ng z et s achtoffers nog steeds a s tegenstanders en a s prob eem . In de VS h e d de kerk d e houd ng u te nde k n et vo . T en aar ge eden begon n het Amer kaanse Boston het eerste grote proces tegen een rooms-katho eke pr ester, John Geoghan, d e een hardnekk g m sbru ker van m nder ar ge ongens b eek te z n. Het proces e dde datze fde aar tot het terugtreden van de aartsb sschop van Boston, d e de pr ester, wetend van z n wangedrag, st zw gend van de ene naar de andere paroch e had overgep aatst. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:49 AM

Veel medisch leed na castratie NEDERLAND Trouw Sander Becker − 20/03/12 A s een vo wassen man wordt gecastreerd, ver est h met z n tee ba en meteen z n be angr kste bron van het ges achtshormoon testosteron. De acute da ng van de hoevee he d testosteron okt u teen opende med sche k achten u t, weet Theo de Re ke, uro oog n het AMC n Amsterdam. Het eerste wat opva t, s een verm nderde potent e. "Gecastreerde mannen hebben vaak moe te om een erect e te kr gen", zegt De Re ke. "Verder neemt hun b do af, net a s hun agress e en hun chaamsbehar ng." Op angere term n raakt ook de aanmaak van b oedce en verstoord, wat e dt tot b oedarmoede. De botten worden broos. Vee mannen zonder tee ba en ontw kke en ook nog su kerz ekte. En hun chaamsvet kr gt een vrouwe ker verde ng: m nder op de bu k, meer op de heupen. L chte borstvorm ng s ook een bekend fenomeen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:46 AM

Opstelten... NEDERLAND Troux Opstelten: ministerie wist niets van castraties 'homoseksuele' jongeren Pub cat es afge open zaterdag n NRC Hande sb ad over castrat es door de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk n de aren 50 hebben m n ster Ivo Opste ten (Ve ghe d en Just t e) geschokt. Dat ze h vandaag n het vragenuurt e n de Tweede Kamer. Vo gens Opste ten was het de eerste keer dat z n m n ster e van derge ke prakt ken hoorde. Naar eer en geweten kan k zeggen dat d t de eerste keer s , ze h op de vraag van PvdA-Kamer d Khad a Ar b of z n m n ster e n et eerder ucht kreeg van derge ke verha en. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:43 AM

Ierse bisschoppen pakken misbruik beter aan VATICAANSTAD Reformator sch Dagb ad (Neder and) VATICAANSTAD (ANP/AFP) – De Ierse b sschoppen hebben de aatste aren vooru tgang geboekt b het beschermen van k nderen tegen m sbru k. Dat ste t het Vat caan n een d nsdag gepub ceerd rapport. In het rapport staat dat medewerkers van het Vat caan vor g aar naar Ier and z n gestuurd om te onderzoeken hoe de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk geva en van seksuee m sbru k door pr esters aanpakt. De vertegenwoord gers van het Vat caan ste en dat ze onder de ndruk z n van de w ze waarop de Ierse kerk probeert n euwe r cht nen van het Vat caan voor de aanpak van m sbru k u t te voeren. Vo gens het Vat caan hebben de „aartsb sschoppen verzekerd dat b a e n euw ontdekte geva en van m sbru k” d rect de verantwoorde ke re g euze en burger ke autor te ten op de hoogte worden geste d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:40 AM

Geschiedenis van misbruik ... NEDERLAND Trouw Geschiedenis van misbruik en castratie vraagt om onderzoek, niet om enquête Dat n Neder and een ha ve eeuw ge eden ongens werden gecastreerd om hun homoseksue e gevoe ens te genezen , s vrese k. En er s a e reden voor h stor sch onderzoek naar d e fe ten. Maar aat dat dege k en nteger gebeuren, en bu ten de po t eke arena. In de soms oververh tte react es wordt nu te sne de nk ge egd tussen seksuee m sbru k, castrat e en de noodzaak van een par ementa r onderzoek. NRC Hande sb ad bracht afge open zaterdag het verhaa over een ongen d e n 1956 aang fte deed van seksuee m sbru k door rooms-katho eke geeste ken. De ongen werd na de aang fte opgenomen n een psych atr sche nr cht ng, en n et vee ater gecastreerd. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:36 AM

Catholics eye Cleveland closures for national precedent UNITED STATES USA Today By M chae O Ma ey, Re g on News Serv ce CLEVELAND – Before a recent prayer serv ce n a shuttered Catho c church n Ho yoke, Mass., par sh oner V ctor Anop stood before 120 peop e and made an urgent announcement: "The Vat can has ordered the b shop of C eve and to reopen 13 c osed churches." "Everybody broke nto app ause," Anop sa d n a te ephone nterv ew. "Peop e are st ta k ng about t. What happened n C eve and br ngs us hope." Catho cs f ght ng church c os ngs across the U.S. are keep ng the r eyes on the Catho c D ocese of C eve and, where B shop R chard Lennon was overru ed by the Vat can for not proper y fo ow ng church aw and procedures on c os ng churches. Cop es of the decrees are c rcu at ng throughout the country and even n Canada. Anop and other par sh oners of the c osed Mater Do orosa Catho c Church have been ho d ng around-thec ock v g s ns de the r century-o d sanctuary ever s nce the r b shop ordered t c osed ast June. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:33 AM

Clarity at Cantwell High School CALIFORNIA The Worthy Adversary Posted by Joe e Caste x on March 20, 2012 Somet mes, the most profound statements at a press conference come from the reporters, not us. Today, my fr end and co eague Ken Smo ka and I were n front of Cantwe Sacred Heart of Mary H gh Schoo n Montebe o, Ca forn a. We were there because the Ir sh Chr s t an Brothers, the re g ous order that ran Cantwe H gh Schoo , dec ared bankruptcy when more than 50 v ct ms of ch d sex abuse n Wash ngton State and Canada came forward to f e c v sex abuse and cover-up su ts. Order off c a s sought bankruptcy protect on to avo d embarrass ng pub c c v tr a s. The Chr st an Brothers are the 10th d ocese or re g ous order to take th s ( ess than pastora ) path. The Brothers ran Cantwe H gh Schoo unt 1990, when Card na Roger Mahony k cked them out and put the Jesu ts n the r p ace. No rea exp anat on was g ven. But I have an dea: n the s x yearbooks I have rev ewed, we have found four known perpetrators who worked at the schoo (three of them were there at the same t me). Maybe Mahony rea zed that even he cou dn t keep a d on the Chr st an Brothers much onger. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:30 AM

St. Scholastica community set to move on after Gerald Riva’s resignation WOODRIDGE (IL) Woodr dge Reporter [Why we published this story: A note from the ed tor] By Dave He tz, dhe [email protected] fe.com Woodr dge Reporter Woodr dge, IL — The Catho c D ocese of Jo et ns sts t takes the conduct and ce bacy of ts pr ests very ser ous y, a statement that comes days after a ongt me pastor res gned am d reports of a 20-yearo d pub c ndecency gu ty p ea the d ocese ma nta ns t was unaware of unt recent weeks. The Rev. Gera d R va res gned as pastor of St. Scho ast ca Catho c Church n Woodr dge th s weekend. The d ocese has aunched an nvest gat on nto R va s 1992 arrest and gu ty p ea to pub c ndecency — a charge stemm ng from a DuPage County Forest Preserve off cer s report that R va masturbated over h s c othes n front of the off cer, then grabbed the ma e off cer s gen ta s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:24 AM

Lawsuit Against Savannah's Catholic Diocese GEORGIA WSAV [w th v deo] By: A ce Mass m | WSAV News 3 SAVANNAH GA -- The Catho c D ocese of Savannah s be ng sued. The awsu t accuses St. James Ear y Learn ng Center of h r ng a woman as a teacher s a de who not on y had a engthy cr m na h story but was actua y under house arrest when she was h red. Many peop e are wonder ng how someone w th such a background cou d be h red, wh ch s one of the reasons for the awsu t. Accord ng to court documents, the schoo never d d a proper background check, and because of that, the awsu t states, a student and her fam y suffered. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:21 AM

Jesuits Maintain Negative Track Record UNITED STATES A terNet Joey P sc te One wou d assume by March of 2012, that the Soc ety of Jesus, aka “The Jesu ts” – the argest s ng e order of Pr ests n the Catho c Church, wou d be we aware that the c ergy abuse cr s s n the USA, and the wor d for that matter- s not on y hum at ng, but stagger ng. After pay ng out severa m on do ars n severa awsu ts for mo estat on, one wou d obv ous y a so assume the Jesu ts wou d sw tch tracks, and dera the o d tra n of neg gence. ... But ust as the smoke seemed to be c ear ng for the be eaguered order, wh ch has been v rtua y nundated w th awsu ts and comp a nts dat ng back decades; the Soc ety has apparent y gotten back on the wrong track. Count ess prev ous awsu ts- c t ng neg gence and know edge that the Jesu t eaders had know ng y promoted and transferred numerous ch d mo esters and the r protectors around the wor d, shou d have been the STOP s gn he d by the mammoth wh te e ephant n the Soc ety of Jesus s headquarters. The recent nvest gat on and prosecut on by US Home and Secur ty, and the State of I no s, that nfamous Jesu t Fr. Dona d McGu re, who was Mother Teresa s persona adv ser and confessor – and was known by Jesu t super ors for decades to be a ser a rap st; shou d have a so have been the atom c b ast of wake up ca s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:16 AM

Up in alms over salaries BOSTON (MA) Boston Hera d By Er n Sm th Wednesday, March 21, 2012 W th the Archd ocese of Boston n the m dd e of ts 2012 Catho c Appea fundra ser, the number of church emp oyees earn ng upward of $150,000 has skyrocketed by more than threefo d even as the church has been shutter ng par shes, a Hera d rev ew found. In 2006, the archd ocese sted on y f ve emp oyees earn ng more than $150,000, but ts atest annua report shows 17 “sen or ay execut ves” topped $150,000 ast year. Among the atest eye-popp ng sa ar es and f sca deta s the rev ew found: •Tota compensat on for Mary Grassa O Ne , super ntendent of the archd ocese s Catho c schoo s, ast year topped $351,000, surpass ng the $323,222 earn ngs of Boston Super ntendent of Schoo s Caro R. Johnson. •The top archd ocesan awyer tota ed $326,169. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:13 AM

Wim De Troy stopt met Operatie Kelk BELGIE Deredact e Onderzoeksrechter W m De Troy za n et anger Operat e Ke k e den, het onderzoek naar seksuee m sbru k n de kerk. H heeft m n ster van Just t e Annem e Turte boom (Open VLD) gevraagd z n mandaat n et te ver engen. "D t s een k ap voor de s achtoffers", reageert advocaat Wa ter Van Steenbrugge. Het vertrek van De Troy komt n et a s een comp ete verrass ng. In september vor g aar had h a z n onts ag gevraagd, maar dat werd door toenma g m n ster van Just t e Stefaan De C erck (CD&V) gewe gerd. De Troy was toen boos omdat z n vaste gr ff er na haar beva ngsver of n et meer mocht terugkeren. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:10 AM

Onderzoeksrechter stopt met Operatie Kelk BELGIE RKn euws BRUSSEL (RKn euws.net) - De Brusse se onderzoeksrechter W m De Troy za n et anger Operat e Ke k e den, het onderzoek naar seksuee m sbru k n de Kerk. Dat me dt de VRT. De Troy heeft m n ster van Just t e Turte boom gevraagd z n mandaat n et te ver engen. De s achttoffers van seksuee m sbru k z n ontgooche d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:08 AM

Onderzoeker naar misbruik kerk België stopt BELGIE AD De man d e n Be g ë onderzoek deed naar seksuee m sbru k van k nderen door geeste ken stopt met z n werkzaamheden. H egt z n taken per 1 apr neer en w n et dat de m n ster van Just t e z n opdracht ver engd, zo me dden meerdere V aamse med a vandaag. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:05 AM

In de VS luistert de kerk wél naar slachtoffers van misbruik NEDERLAND Trouw De Neder andse kerk e d ng z et s achtoffers nog steeds a s tegenstanders en a s prob eem . In de VS h e d de kerk d e houd ng u te nde k n et vo . T en aar ge eden begon n het Amer kaanse Boston het eerste grote proces tegen een rooms-katho eke pr ester, John Geoghan, d e een hardnekk g m sbru ker van m nder ar ge ongens b eek te z n. Het proces e dde datze fde aar tot het terugtreden van de aartsb sschop van Boston, d e de pr ester, wetend van z n wangedrag, st zw gend van de ene naar de andere paroch e had overgep aatst. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:02 AM

Let’s give justice time MASSACHUSETTS Boston G obe March 20, 2012|Kev n Cu en, G obe Co umn st If t m ng s everyth ng, Kathy P card s was ousy. She was 32 years o d when she accused a re at ve of sexua y abus ng her when she was a g r . Po ce n Western Massachusetts to d her the 15-year statute of m tat ons that k cked n when she turned 16 had exp red the year before. P card threw herse f nto the campa gn to remove the statute of m tat ons. In 2006, after prosecutors comp a ned that they cou dn t make cases aga nst Catho c pr ests who had abused m nors years before, the Massachusetts Leg s ature voted to extend the statute of m tat ons to 27 years after a v ct m turns 16. It was a comprom se, but an mprovement. When the new aw k cked n, P card was 44, aga n one year too ate to seek charges. “It s arb trary and wrong, she says. “When t comes to abus ng k ds, there shou dn t be any statute of m tat ons. More than 100 of 160 House members have a ready endorsed House B 469, wh ch wou d e m nate the statute of m tat ons for the sexua abuse of m nors and make t mposs b e for predators to escape prosecut on and accountab ty by h d ng beh nd the ca endar. Whether they get a chance to vote on th s s another quest on. On Beacon H , pure power often trumps pure democracy. The House cha rman of the Jud c ary Comm ttee, Representat ve Eugene O F aherty, says he opposes the b but ns sts that s not why t won t be reported out th s week on t me. There s ust a back og, he says Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:55 AM

Sex Abuse Survivor Says State Should Eliminate Deadline On Prosecuting Child Molesters MASSACHUSETTS WBUR [w th aud o] By Sacha Pfe ffer Mar 20, 2012 BOSTON — Here s a d sturb ng est mate: rough y 90 percent of a ch dhood sexua abuse goes unreported. The reasons for that are numerous and comp cated. But Rosanne S ney understands why. She s a Wa tham nat ve and says she was sexua y abused by her unc e from age 5 to 14. S ney now says she w shes she cou d prosecute. But she can no onger do that under Massachusetts aw, wh ch has a statute of m tat ons on br ng ng cr m na charges n cases nvo v ng the sexua abuse of m nors. There s a b pend ng to e m nate that statute, however, and on Tuesday the Leg s ature s Jud c ary Comm ttee reported the b out favorab y, mean ng t w now go to the fu House for debate. If t becomes aw, t wou d make ch d sex abuse the on y cr me bes des murder that has no t me m t on f ng charges. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:50 AM

Child sex victims fight time limits MASSACHUSETTS WWLP Chr st ne Lee, 22News State House Correspondent BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Kathy P card of Lud ow and L sa Foster of Longmeadow are among a group of ch d sex abuse surv vors turned advocates, demand ng that Massachusetts e m nate the statute of m tat ons that protects the r abusers from fac ng ust ce n a court of aw. Together, P card and Lud ow obb ed support from awmakers Wednesday at the Massachusetts State House. “Our aws shou dn t be protect ng the abusers. They shou d be ensur ng that the v ct ms get to have the r say and the r ust ce when they are ab e to seek t,” sa d Foster. The statute of m tat ons puts a t me m t on when an accused ch d abuser can be cr m na y prosecuted. In 2006, P card p ayed a ro e n extend ng the t me m t from 15 to 27 years past a v ct m s 16th b rthday, or from when a sex cr me s f rst reported. In both cases, she was a year past the dead ne. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:44 AM

Child abuse bill to go before Mass. House BOSTON (MA) Boston G obe March 21, 2012|By M ton J. Va enc a After years of res stance and pub c cr t c sm, state eg s at ve eaders agreed Tuesday to et the fu House of Representat ves vote on an ncreas ng y popu ar proposa to e m nate the statute of m tat ons on prosecut ng ch d sexua abuse cr mes. The measure as proposed wou d essent a y e m nate the dead nes that v ct ms have n f ng comp a nts of ch d sex abuse, a m t that had been set to protect a eged predators from fa se c a ms based on foggy memor es. Under cr m na aw, prosecut ons of certa n cases are m ted after 27 years, and they are m ted to as few as three years n some c v court cases, accord ng to advocates of the new proposa . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:39 AM

Vatican report is ‘window dressing’, say abuse victims IRELAND Ir sh Exam ner By C a re O Su van Wednesday, March 21, 2012 C er ca abuse v ct ms have cr t c sed the summary of the Vat can report nto ch d protect on pract ces as "w ndow dress ng", but pr ests and the h erarchy have pra sed the document. Last n ght, t emerged that ch d protect on eg s at on was be ng prepared. Frances F tzgera d, the ch dren s m n ster, sa d ch d protect on gu de nes wou d soon be on a statutory foot ng. She was respond ng to the report drawn up by four b shops who trave ed to Ire and at the request of Pope Bened ct two years ago. They met w th re g ous eaders, abuse v ct ms, and the w der Catho c commun ty as part of an effort to ana yse the state of ch d protect on gu de nes and cha enges for the w der Ir sh Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:36 AM

De Troy treedt terug: de aankondiging van een voorspelde moord BELGIE Apache News Lab 21 maart 2012 Reageer E gen k weten we met z n a en a es. Er z n geen gehe men meer, noch verdoken agenda s, noch man pu at es, noch ur d sche spe et es. Fe ten z n fe ten. Operat e Ke k , aanvanke k bedoe d om te proberen te achterha en of en hoe geeste ke oversten van d t and met geva en van seksuee m sbru k b nnen de kerk z n omgegaan, heeft ze fs op W k ped a haar e gen emma. Daar n wordt geprobeerd u t te eggen hoe a es ver open s en waarom. De fe ten z n gekend en tot verve ens toe herhaa d, n deze fde med a, door deze fde ourna sten, met deze fde achtergrond nformat e en ze fs deze fde woorden. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:30 AM

Roep Deetman op als getuige rk-misbruik NEDERLAND Rad o Neder and Neder and reageert met afschuw op onthu ngen over het castreren van m sbru ks achtoffers n katho eke nste ngen. T d voor een par ementa re enquete v ndt Were domroep ourna st Robert Chesa , d e het m sbru k samen met Joep Dohmen a s eerste naar bu ten bracht. We weten nu dat W m Deetman de hoge verwacht ngen d e h wekte b het aantreden van z n comm ss e, n et heeft waargemaakt. Z n onderzoek naar seksuee m sbru k n de RoomsKatho eke Kerk heeft de onderste steen n et boven gekregen. Zwakke u t eg Dat weten we dankz onderzoeks ourna st Joep Dohmen van NRC Hande sb ad. Dohmen schreef over een nternaats eer ng d e seksuee was m sbru kt door een katho eke broeder. Toen de eer ng daarvan n 1956 aang fte deed, werd h afgevoerd naar een katho eke psych atr sche nr cht ng en ch rurg sch gecastreerd. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:27 AM

Vatican bank struggles to be cleansed of past sins ITALY Reuters By P erre Br ançon The author s a Reuters Break ngv ews co umn st. The op n ons expressed are h s own. The fa ure of the Vat can bank to comp y w th the bas c ru e of the Sacrament of Penance s odd. The Ho y See s f nanc a arm has been seek ng abso ut on for past s ns for two years, but rema ns re uctant to confess to what t d d wrong. Of a nst tut ons, t shou d understand that one cannot go w thout the other. Accord ng to Ita an newspapers, JPMorgan Chase s c os ng the account of the bank former y known as Ist tuto per e Opere d Re g one (IOR) because of concerns about a ack of transparency. The move comes a few weeks after the U.S. State Department added the Vat can to the st of countr es t cons ders vu nerab e to money aunder ng. JPMorgan s move s no adm n strat ve t dy ng-up: some 1.5 b on euros s reported to have passed through the account n the past 18 months. Yet cons der ng the reputat ona beat ng that nvestment banks have taken n recent years, t s refresh ng that one of them s concerned about be ng ta nted by ts assoc at on w th the Vat can. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:25 AM

Priest takes stand, insists sex abuse incidents didn't happen STOCKTON (CA) The Modesto Bee By Jenn e Rodr guez-Moore The Record (Stockton) STOCKTON -- A Catho c pr est accused of ch d sexua abuse test f ed n h s c v tr a for the f rst t me Tuesday, f e d ng quest ons from the p a nt ff s attorney. Rev. M chae Ke y and the D ocese of Stockton are be ng sued by a former a tar boy who served at Cathedra of the Annunc at on under Ke y s d rect on dur ng the m d-1980s. Ke y, now pastor of St. Joach m Church n Lockeford, s accused of touch ng the boy as he baby-sat h m, assau t ng h m n the pr est s rectory and at a mote and rap ng h m n a wooded area. "That s what he sa d, and t never happened," Ke y sa d on the stand. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:21 AM

New revelations, new trial, new phone calls? UNITED STATES The Sa t Lake Tr bune L ndsay Wh tehurst Warren Jeffs s st see ng apoca ypt c th ngs. March has actua y been rather a s ow month for rece v ng reve at ons from God packets. Check out the new reve at ons here; b g Warren Jeffs reve at ons ca endar here. Perhaps the most nterest ng th ng about th s atest set, as Pau Murphy w th the Utah Attorney Genera s Off ce po nted out, s that they are s gned by a coup e of new faces: R chard Bar ow and Edmund Bar ow. Usua y the s gners are Vaughan Tay or, Nathan Jessop, John M. Bar ow or John Wayman. Any ns ghts? Anywho, Warren may get more voca soon: H s 90-day phone pr v ege suspens on s s ated to end Sunday, accord ng to Texas pr son off c a s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:17 AM

Vatican accused over failure to explain its role in cover-up IRELAND Ir sh Independent By Co m Ke p e, Pau Me a and F onnan Sheahan Wednesday March 21 2012 SURVIVORS of c er ca abuse ast n ght reacted w th fury to the Vat can s ong-awa ted report nto the hand ng of ch d sex abuse scanda s n the Catho c Church. Desp te the appo ntment of four sen or churchmen to study the abuse cr s s, the Vat can had not exp a ned ts ro e n protect ng ch dren from paedoph e pr ests and the subsequent cover-up, v ct ms groups c a med. And support group the Surv vors of Ch d Abuse (SOCA) revea ed t had asked the nvest gators for a meet ng, but were to d they d d not have enough t me to ta k to them. Two years after the so-ca ed Aposto c V s tat on was prom sed by Pope Bened ct, a seven-page summary report was pub shed yesterday, w th no further deta s of the nvest gat on expected to be re eased. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:13 AM

Trainees 'should be separated from other students' IRELAND Ir sh Independent By Pau Me a and Co m Ke p e Wednesday March 21 2012 TRAINEE pr ests shou d ve n separate bu d ngs -- away from other c er cs or students -- to he p prepare them for the pr esthood, the report from the Vat can nvest gators sa d. On y sem nar ans or those nvo ved n the r tra n ng shou d be a owed enter the ded cated bu d ngs, and one set of standards shou d be deve oped and used to assess f cand dates were su tab e for o n ng the pr esthood. The report makes seven recommendat ons on mprov ng the sem nar es, nc ud ng focused c asses for tra nees on ch d protect on and tra n ng n he p ng v ct ms of sexua abuse and the r fam es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:10 AM

Corsicana youth minister arrested for alleged sexual assault TEXAS KHOU by JONATHAN BETZ WFAA Posted on March 21, 2012 CORSICANA – Many descr be Gary We ch as a popu ar youth m n ster at Cors cana s Norths de Bapt st Church. A man, church members say, who was ust as eager to embrace a ch d as to counse them. "Gary was a ways coo w th us," sa d Devan Putman, 15. She s been a member of the church s youth group for as ong as We ch was ts eader. "[He was] a ways g v ng us hugs and h gh-f v ng us," she sa d. "I ust cou dn t be eve t." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:07 AM

Vatican visitors propose Church reforms to deal with abuse fallout IRELAND The Journa A DELEGATION of h gh-rank ng Catho c off c a s sent to Ire and by Pope Bened ct to dea w th the aftermath of success ve abuse scanda s has proposed a ser es of reforms to tack e the Church s d ff cu ty. The f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on, ed by the Archb shop of New York, Card na T mothy Do an, propose mpos ng new restr ct ons on adm ss on to sem nar es, and nc ud ng new ch d protect on c asses n the academ c programme for tra nee pr ests. The V s tat on has a so proposed reform ng the structure of Ire and s 26 Church d oceses “and the r ab ty to respond adequate y to the cha enges of the New Evange sat on”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:04 AM

Irish Catholic bishops “make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness” IRELAND The Journa CARDINAL SEÁN BRADY, head of the Catho c Church n Ire and, sa d he “we comed” the f nd ngs of a pane appo nted by the Vat can to v s t the four Ir sh archd oceses to ook at how they were respond ng to the ch d abuse scanda . A summary of the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on was pub shed today. It suggested that new restr ct ons be p aced on adm ss on to sem nar es and made other recommendat ons wh ch t fe t wou d he p the “renewa ” of the Catho c Church n Ire and. It a so proposed a restructur ng of the 26 d oceses n the country. The Ir sh B shops Conference he d a press conference on the pub cat on th s morn ng. It sa d t was gratefu to those who had co-operated n the r meet ngs w th the Vat can-p cked pane , nc ud ng surv vors of ch d abuse, re g ous congregat ons, sem nar es and the four archd oceses. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:01 AM

Visitation criticised for not addressing Vatican role in abuse cover-ups IRELAND The Journa ONE IN FOUR, a support group for those who exper enced sexua abuse n Ire and, has sa d the Vat can s st not accept ng respons b ty for ts ro e “ n creat ng the cu ture of purposefu cover-ups” n the Catho c Church. Respond ng to the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on, the organ sat on sa d t was d sappo nted the Vat can d d not acknow edge that ts ntervent ons n the abuse scanda had a owed nd v dua Catho c Church eaders n Ire and to gnore gu de nes. In a statement, execut ve d rector Maeve Lew s sa d, “Wh e we we come the f nd ngs of the V s tat on that the Ir sh Church now has good ch d protect on pract ces n p ace, we fee t s a ost opportun ty to address the ro e p ayed by the Vat can n perpetuat ng the po cy of protect ng abus ve pr ests at the expense of ch dren.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:58 AM

Vatican admits sex abuse 'shame' IRELAND The Ir sh T mes [Full text of the summary of the Apostolic Visitation report (PDF)] PATSY McGARRY Re g ous Affa rs Correspondent The Catho c Church has acknow edged “w th a great sense of shame” that “ nnocent young peop e were abused by c er cs and re g ous” n Ire and. Those “who shou d have exerc sed v g ance often fa ed to do so effect ve y”, t sa d. Its acknow edgement of th s “terr b e phenomenon” came yesterday n a summary of reports prepared by seven teams sent by the Vat can to conduct an unprecedented exam nat on of the s and s four Catho c archd oceses, sem nar es, and re g ous congregat ons. They made severa recommendat ons and sa d t was up to the Ir sh church to mp ement the f nd ngs of the v s tat on teams, whose work “shou d now be cons dered comp eted”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:54 AM

Dutch boys and young men ... NETHERLANDS New York Da y News Dutch boys and young men who accused priests of sexual abuse in the ‘50s were surgically castrated ‘to get rid of homosexuality,' journalist finds By Dav d Boroff / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Dutch boys and young men who accused pr ests of sex abuse n the 1950s were surg ca y castrated "to get r d of homosexua ty" wh e n the care of the church, an nvest gat ve ourna st has found. Joep Dohmen of the NRC Hande sb ad, a da y newspaper n the Nether ands, d scovered ev dence of at east 10 castrat ons by the Dutch Roman Catho c Church. "These cases are anonymous and can no onger be traced," Dohman to d The Te egraph newspaper of London. "There w be many more. But the quest on s whether those boys, now o d men, w want to te the r story." Dohman d d d scover the dent ty of one of the v ct ms, a young man named Henk He thu s, who was castrated at the age of 20 n 1956 after accus ng c ergymen of abus ng h m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:50 AM

Documentado: encubrieron comportamiento criminal de Marcial Maciel MEXICO Proceso Bernardo Barranco V. 17 de marzo de 2012 La v s ta a Méx co de Bened cto XVI no será tan tersa como desearían sus organ zadores. A t empo de su egada sa drá a a venta e bro La vo untad de no saber, que med ante documentos de Vat cano demuestra que Juan Pab o II y su sucesor conocían e comportam ento cr m na de Marc a Mac e , a que no obstante proteg eron. Además, víct mas de fundador de a Leg ón de Cr sto y de otros sacerdotes cató cos pederastas hacen gest ones para p antear e a pontíf ce de manera persona sus ex genc as de ust c a. E autor de esta reseña es tamb én autor de pró ogo de a obra. “Este Papa me t ene des us onado, ya no creo en é ”, d ce José Barba, catedrát co de Inst tuto Tecno óg co Autónomo de Méx co y una de as víct mas de Marc a Mac e . Cuando se e pregunta s accedería a tener un encuentro con Bened cto XVI en su próx ma v s ta a Méx co, responde categór co: “No estoy d spuesto a uegos med át cos estér es n a supuestos perdones cargados de retór ca”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:47 AM

Irish victims say Vatican still denies cover-up role IRELAND T mes of Ma ta A group represent ng v ct ms of c er ca sexua abuse n Ire and accused the Vat can yesterday of fa ng to accept respons b ty for creat ng a “cu ture of cover-ups”. The cr t c sm by the One n Four group fo owed the Vat can s pub cat on of the f nd ngs of an nvest gat on nto abuse scanda s, ssued by sen or Catho c Church off c a s who were sent to Ire and by Pope Bened ct XVI. The report acknow edged that Ir sh b shops had made progress n protect ng ch dren fo ow ng decades of scanda s nvo v ng ch dren be ng abused by pr ests, nuns or n re g ous schoo s. But One n Four s execut ve d rector Maeve Lew s sa d the Vat can had fa ed to address the ssue of why the Catho c Church n Ire and had protected abus ng pr ests for decades. “Wh e we we come the f nd ngs of the V s tat on that the Ir sh Church now has good ch d protect on pract ces n p ace, we fee t s a ost opportun ty to address the ro e p ayed by the Vat can n perpetuat ng the po cy of protect ng abus ve pr ests at the expense of ch dren,” sa d Ms Lew s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:43 AM

Brady says church had looked at changing dioceses IRELAND The Ir sh T mes PATSY McGARRY RECONFIGURATION: CATHOLIC pr mate of A -Ire and Card na Seán Brady sa d the Ir sh Catho c Church had been ook ng at a reconf gurat on of ts 26 d oceses even before Pope Bened ct announced the aposto c v s tat on to Ire and two years ago. He sa d “that preceded the v s tat on” and that the Ir sh church had a comm ttee wh ch had “made some n t a proposa s”. The church n Ire and d d not want th s reconf gurat on “ nked w th the abuse ssue”, he sa d. However a new e ement n th s matter was addressed n the summary, wh ch stated that there shou d be “consu tat on” w th the commun t es nvo ved n affected d oceses. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:40 AM

Detailed reports for Holy See eyes only VATICAN CITY The Ir sh T mes No names named but genera v ew of ns ders s that the author t es seem to be do ng a so emn mea cu pa , wr tes PADDY AGNEW THERE WERE contrast ng react ons yesterday n Rome to the re ease of the summary document of the f nd ngs of the aposto c v s tat on n Ire and. Wh e some commentators were tempted to def ne the document as “b and” and not espec a y newsworthy, Vat can ns ders begged to d ffer, po nt ng out that t had managed to avo d be ng s mp st c and g b. At f rst g ance, the summary reads ke a tooth ess “execut ve report”, pr mar y concerned about avo d ng a further wash ng of d rty Vat can nen n pub c. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:37 AM

Early indications that summary would be primarily pastoral in nature IRELAND The Ir sh T mes ANALYSIS: The report amounted to a f esh ng out of the pope s ana ys s n h s etter to the Ir sh fa thfu , wr tes PATSY McGARRY A PARTICULARLY nformed Catho c has descr bed the Summary of the F nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on n Ire and, pub shed yesterday, as “a damp squ d”. He sa d so by text yesterday afternoon. In so far as a squ ds are the same, be ng damp, the man s po nt was a the more accurate even f what he sa d was a ma aprop sm. There was an undoubted sense of sameness, and accompany ng d sappo ntment, at the content of the 7½ page summary of reports on the Ir sh church prepared for the Vat can by some of ts heavy h tters n ast year s v s tat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:34 AM

Report 'almost farcical' in places IRELAND The Ir sh T mes CHARLIE TAYLOR, PAUL CULLEN and LORNA SIGGINS THE VATICAN s st not accept ng respons b ty for ts ro e n creat ng the cu ture of cover-ups of the sexua abuse of ch dren, t was c a med yesterday. One n Four, wh ch supports surv vors of abuse, expressed d sappo ntment over what t sa d was the Vat can s fa ure to acknow edge that ts ntervent ons n the abuse scanda had a owed church eaders to gnore gu de nes and to protect the church at the expense of the safety of ch dren. “Wh e we we come the f nd ngs of the v s tat on that the Ir sh church now has good ch d protect on pract ces n p ace, we fee t s a ost opportun ty to address the ro e p ayed by the Vat can n perpetuat ng the po cy of protect ng abus ve pr ests at the expense of ch dren,” sa d execut ve d rector of the organ sat on Maeve Lew s. One n Four founder Co m O Gorman sa d the seven-page summary of the v s tat on reports offered very tt e of va ue and was “a most farc ca ” n p aces. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:31 AM

'Cloistered life' not on agenda for students IRELAND The Ir sh T mes PATSY McGARRY, Re g ous Affa rs Correspondent SEMINARIANS: SUGGESTIONS THAT sem nar ans were be ng asked to ve a “c o stered fe” away from other students were re ected yesterday by Ir sh church eaders. Archb shop of Dub n D armu d Mart n and Pr mate of Ire and Card na Seán Brady sa d student pr ests needed “space” but there was no quest on of ock ng them away. Archb shop Mart n a so sa d the church was “not go ng . . . heresy hunt ng”. They were comment ng n the wake of the pub cat on of the summary of seven v s tat on reports on the Ir sh church sent to Rome ast year. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:23 AM

Document vital for 'journey of renewal' IRELAND The Ir sh T mes CHARLIE TAYLOR VATICAN REPORT THE REPORT on the c er ca abuse cr s s s ntended as a contr but on to the ongo ng sp r tua and mora renewa of the church, Pr mate of A -Ire and Card na Seán Brady has sa d. Dr Brady sa d yesterday that the summat on was not ntended to rep ace or supersede the work of other agenc es and was d fferent from other rev ews nto the c er ca abuse scanda n Ire and. “Th s was a pastora v s tat on wh ch seeks to understand and work out the mp cat ons of fa th for a g ven s tuat on n wh ch the church f nds tse f. We must never forget that t was offered to us as a he p,” he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:20 AM

Church leaders conclude abuse scandals eroded trust in clergy IRELAND The Ir sh T mes [the report] CARL O BRIEN The report advanced a number of key reforms to safeguard ch dren and a so notes that th s t me of tr a has revea ed the v ta ty and strength of Ir sh fa th A DELEGATION of sen or Catho c Church off c a s has acknow edged that sex abuse scanda s n Ire and have ed to a oss of trust n members of the c ergy. The f nd ngs form part of the Ho y See s nvest gat on nto sem nar es and d oceses across Ire and n the wake of controversy over the church s hand ng of c er ca sex abuse cases. The report a so proposes a number of reforms to mprove ch d protect on, a ong w th pastora pr or t es to he p w th the renewa of the church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:17 AM

Church Leaders Talk Child Sex Abuse, Just Days After Boy Was Allegedly Molested MIDLAND (TX) NewsWest9 By Jen Kastner NewsWest 9 MIDLAND- On Tuesday, church eaders n M d and came together to start earn ng what they can do to make sure ch d sex abuse no onger happens ns de the r churches. Gregory Love s a awyer spec a z ng n ch d sexua abuse. He th nks the rate of abuse n churches s go ng up. "I th nk t s probab y grow ng. I th nk ust genera y we f nd that the protect ve barr ers n our churches are ower than other p aces. I th nk, unfortunate y, sexua predators know that," Love sa d. Even organ zer Hank Henry says, "The assumpt on s that [when] you re n church, you re n a safe env ronment. Peop e are n there for a reason, wh ch s to worsh p." Last Fr day, NewsWest 9 f rst reported that 26 year-o d W am Ve asquez confessed to perform ng ora sex on a boy who s on y s x years o d. He reported t took p ace ns de St. Stephen s Catho c Church n M d and. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:14 AM

Lori draws mostly plaudits for his 10-year tenure BRIDGEPORT (CT) CT Post Anne M. Amato BRIDGEPORT -- B shop W am E. Lor was ha ed by supporters and adm rers across the reg on Tuesday as an nsp rat ona sp r tua eader, a man open to new deas and a re ab e fr end and supporter of the commun ty. But some who fought the Roman Catho c D ocese of Br dgeport on the ssue of pr est sex abuse sa d that wh e Lor earned the r respect for h s w ngness to c ean up the scanda , he was a d sappo ntment for not reach ng out to v ct ms more aggress ve y and for f ght ng to keep court documents sea ed and other d ocesan records pr vate. ... Jam e Dance, co-cha rman of Vo ce of the Fa thfu n the D ocese of Br dgeport, commended Lor for sett ng up the d ocese s Safe Env ronment program to enab e peop e to recogn ze sexua abuse and how to report t. The program, mp emented n 2003, nc udes v ct m ass stance, cr m na background checks, wr tten codes of conduct and ch d sexua abuse awareness and prevent on tra n ng for pr ests, deacons, ay emp oyees and vo unteers. "I do have to say t s one of the best around," she sa d. But Dance added that v ct ms r ghts groups and others have never been ab e to earn how effect ve the program s because no stat st cs have ever been re eased. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:09 AM

Priest charged for child porn MONTANA The Da y Inter Lake By JESSE DAVIS/The Da y Inter Lake | A Catho c pr est who has ed R sen Chr st Par sh n Evergreen for more than a decade s fac ng up to 10 years n pr son f he s conv cted of possess ng ch d pornography. The Rev. Rudy Bu man, who s n h s m d-60s, was charged Feb. 29 w th fe ony sexua abuse of ch dren. Bu man had been p aced on adm n strat ve eave by the D ocese of He ena on Dec. 16. The case began to unfo d ast fa after t was n t a y reported that a N ntendo DS handhe d v deo game system Bu man reported y so d was found to have photographs of nude boys on t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:06 AM

Catholic priest from Kalispell parish accused of possessing child porn KALISPELL (MT) M ssou an By TRISTAN SCOTT of the M ssou an | Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 KALISPELL – A Catho c pr est at a Ka spe par sh has been charged w th fe ony sexua abuse of ch dren for a eged y possess ng d g ta mages of nude boys on h s computer. Rudo ph “Rudy” Car Bu man, 67, a pr est at R sen Chr st Par sh n Ka spe , s schedu ed to enter a p ea on the charge at a March 29 arra gnment hear ng n F athead County D str ct Court. He rema ns re eased on h s own recogn zance and has been on adm n strat ve eave from the church s nce Dec. 16, when off c a s w th the Roman Catho c D ocese of He ena f rst earned of the nvest gat on. “We were made aware of an nvest gat on by the F athead County Attorney s Off ce and at that t me he was p aced on adm n strat ve eave, wh ch s what our po c es and procedures ca for,” d ocese spokeswoman Renee St. Mart n W zeman sa d. St. Mart n W zeman sa d Bu man was asked to vacate the par sh res dence and has been v ng n a non-m n ster a sett ng off of par sh grounds. He has had no nvo vement n the m n stry s nce the a egat ons surfaced and has been rece v ng counse ng arranged by the d ocese. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:02 AM

Brothers suing Delbarton School, claiming they were abused by monks NEW JERSEY Da y Record Wr tten by Abbott Ko off Staff Wr ter MORRISTOWN — Tw n brothers f ed a awsu t on Tuesday a eg ng that they were abused by monks when they were ch dren v ng at the prest g ous De barton Schoo , where the r father was a ongt me teacher and an ass stant headmaster. B and Tom Crane f ed a awsu t aga nst De barton and St. Mary s Abbey, wh ch runs the schoo , and then he d a press conference at the front of the courthouse where they were accompan ed by the r attorney and v ct ms advocates. The su t a eges that the Rev. Luke Travers, a former headmaster, abused Tom Crane wh e the Rev. Just n Capato abused both. Gerard Han on, an attorney represent ng Travers, sa d on Tuesday that h s c ent “den es any nappropr ate conduct.” An attorney represent ng Capato was not ava ab e for comment. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:58 AM

2 sue Delbarton over alleged sex abuse NEW JERSEY Press of At ant c C ty Assoc ated Press MORRISTOWN — Be ng a ch d around the De barton Schoo campus n the 1960s and 70s w th a father who taught there and ater became an ass stant headmaster was “tota oy,” B Crane Jr. reca ed. That was before he attended the schoo as a teen and, he says, a pr est sexua y abused h m over a two-year per od. It was years before he came forward, and by that t me h s tw n brother, Thomas, had a ready to d the r father that he, too, had been abused. The r a egat ons are conta ned n a awsu t f ed Tuesday n state Super or Court n Morr stown, about 3 m es from the schoo , where current students nc ude Gov. Chr s Chr st e s o dest son. The su t names De barton as we as St. Mary s Abbey, wh ch runs the schoo . No nd v dua s are named as defendants n the su t, but the comp a nt dent f es the Rev. Just n Capato and the Rev. Luke Travers as pr ests respons b e for the abuse. In January, Travers was removed from h s pos t on as head of an abbey n R chmond, Va., over a egat ons of sexua m sconduct at De barton. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:55 AM

Legion victim's book details papal knowledge MEXICO T mes LIVE (South Afr ca) A new book says nterna Vat can documents show the Ho y See knew decades ago of a egat ons that the Mex can founder of the d sgraced Leg on of Chr st re g ous order was a drug add ct and pedoph e. The documentat on has been comp ed n a book "La vo untad de no saber" ("The w to not know"), wh ch s co-authored by Jose Barba, a former Leg on pr est who a ong w th other pr ests n 1998 brought a church tr a aga nst the Leg on s founder, the Rev. Marc e Mac e , for hav ng sexua y abused them wh e they were sem nar ans. Wh e deta s of the abuse were made pub c years ago n Mex co and the Span sh-speak ng wor d, the authors a m for a arger nternat ona aud ence, say ng they w post key documents on the Internet as part of the book re ease Saturday. Excerpts of the book pub shed by Proceso magaz ne on Sunday rece ved tt e attent on n Mex co. "The mportance of th s book s that t documents the rrefutab e ev dence and proof that the Vat can has been y ng about Mac e ," sa d Bernardo Barranco, an expert from the Re g ous Stud es Center of Mex co and author of the pro ogue of the new text. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:50 AM

Revelarán documentos sobre posible encubrimiento a Maciel MEXICO E D ar o de Yucatan Por E. EDUARDO CASTILLO y NICOLE WINFIELD MEXICO (AP).— La pr mera v s ta de Papa Bened cto XVI a Méx co co nc d rá con a pub cac ón de un nuevo bro que reve ará documentos que presuntamente demuestran que e Vat cano tuvo conoc m ento de os abusos sexua es comet dos contra var os sem nar stas por parte de fundador de Los Leg onar os de Cr sto, e mex cano Marc a Mac e , y sobre su aparente ad cc ón a a morf na. E bro, “La vo untad de no saber“, t ene prev sto sa r a a uz púb ca e 24 de marzo, un día después de a egada a Méx co de Bened cto XVI, un Papa que en v a es fuera de Vat cano y anter ores a éste, se ha reun do con víct mas de abusos sexua es comet dos por sacerdotes pero qu en no t ene p aneado hacer o m smo en terr tor o mex cano. Ed tado por Random House Mondador , e bro t ene un t ra e de más de 6.000 cop as y só o c rcu ará en Méx co. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:45 AM

Pederastia y política se cruzan en agenda del Papa en México MEXICO Terra 19 de marzo de 2012 La v s ta de Papa Bened cto XVI desp erta expectat vas sobre un camb o en a estrateg a vat cana hac a una reg ón c ave en e cato c smo mund a que nc uya una seña de ust c a hac a as víct mas de abuso sexua . Después de se s años de pont f cado, Méx co y Cuba son os pr meros países h spanopar antes que v s ta Bened cto XVI después de v a ar a Bras en 2007 cuando as st ó a a V Asamb ea Genera de Ep scopado Lat noamer cano (CELAM). La v s ta papa a Méx co tendrá ugar en p eno proceso e ectora y aunque autor dades ec es ást cas ns sten en su carácter exc us vamente pastora , expertos adv erten sobre una cap ta zac ón de mensa e de V car o de Cr sto por parte de os part dos po ít cos en campaña. “Es un momento de cado en e que os mex canos estamos e g endo as opc ones po ít cas futuras por o que af rmar que no tendrá n nguna repercus ón po ít ca es absurdo”, d ce e soc ó ogo y vat canó ogo mex cano Bernardo Barranco en conversac ón con Deutsche We e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:42 AM

Caso Maciel ensombrece visita del Papa MEXICO La Op n on POR: Garden a Mendoza Agu ar / garden [email protected] aop n on.com Bened cto XVI no se reun rá con os denunc antes de artíf ce de actos consecut vos de pederast a y creador de a congregac ón cató ca más poderosa de mundo MÉXICO, D.F.- "No hemos ped do n nguna c ta con e Papa", corta ta ante e exsacerdote José Barba, presunta víct ma de abusos sexua es de Marc a Mac e , e fa ec do fundador de os Leg onar os de Cr sto, que representa unto con a caída de número de cató cos, dos rea dades desatend das en Méx co. Bened cto XVI no se reun rá con os denunc antes de artíf ce de actos consecut vos de pederast a y creador de a congregac ón cató ca más poderosa de mundo con presenc a en 38 países, como o h zo con otras víct mas de curas en Estados Un dos, Ir anda, Ing aterra y A eman a. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:38 AM

Pope Mexico trip clouded ... MEXICO Wash ngton Post Pope Mexico trip clouded by documents that show Vatican knew of Legion founder’s abuse By Assoc ated Press, Updated: Wednesday, March 21 MEXICO CITY — Pope Bened ct XVI arr ves n Mex co th s week to a very pub c rem nder of one of the Catho c Church s most egreg ous sex abuse scanda s: A new book says nterna Vat can documents show the Ho y See knew decades ago of a egat ons that the Mex can founder of the d sgraced Leg on of Chr st re g ous order was a drug add ct and pedoph e. The documentat on has been comp ed n a book “La vo untad de no saber” (”The w to not know”), wh ch s co-authored by Jose Barba, a former Leg on pr est who a ong w th other pr ests n 1998 brought a church tr a aga nst the Leg on s founder, the Rev. Marc e Mac e , for hav ng sexua y abused them wh e they were sem nar ans. Wh e deta s of the abuse were made pub c years ago n Mex co and the Span sh-speak ng wor d, the authors a m for a arger nternat ona aud ence, say ng they w post key documents on the Internet as part of the book re ease Saturday. Excerpts of the book pub shed by Proceso magaz ne on Sunday rece ved tt e attent on n Mex co. “The mportance of th s book s that t documents the rrefutab e ev dence and proof that the Vat can has been y ng about Mac e ,” sa d Bernardo Barranco, an expert from the Re g ous Stud es Center of Mex co and author of the pro ogue of the new text. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:32 AM

'It never happened,' priest says STOCKTON (CA) The Record By Jenn e Rodr guez-Moore Record Staff Wr ter March 21, 2012 STOCKTON - A Catho c pr est accused of ch d sex abuse test f ed n h s c v tr a for the f rst t me Tuesday under quest ons from the p a nt ff s awyer. The Rev. M chae Ke y and the D ocese of Stockton are be ng sued by a former a tar boy who served at Cathedra of the Annunc at on under Ke y s d rect on dur ng the m d-1980s. Ke y, now pastor of St. Joach m Church n Lockeford, s accused of touch ng the boy as he baby-sat h m, assau t ng h m n the pr est s rectory and at a mote and rap ng h m n a wooded area. "That s what he sa d, and t never happened," Ke y sa d on the stand. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:29 AM

Del. bill targets teachers sex abuse DELAWARE WHTM DOVER, De . (AP) - The House Jud c ary Comm ttee s po sed to cons der a b that wou d sub ect government emp oyees and agenc es n De aware to awsu ts by v ct ms of ch d sexua abuse. The b to be cons dered Wednesday wou d wa ve the government s sovere gn mmun ty, wh ch typ ca y sh e ds the state from awsu ts, n cases of sexua abuse of m nors. That wa ver wou d app y to the state as we as ts po t ca subd v s ons, nc ud ng schoo d str cts. The b a so wou d a ow v ct ms of past ch d sex abuse a m ted per od n wh ch they cou d f e awsu ts that otherw se wou d be barred by the passage of t me. A s m ar prov s on was nc uded n a 2007 aw that paved the way for severa pr est sex abuse awsu ts. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:26 AM

Clergy: Lori will be missed BRIDGEPORT (CT) Stamford Advocate Anne M. Amatoand Mart n B. Cass dy BRIDGEPORT -- B shop W am E. Lor w be remembered for many th ngs. There are those who w remember h m as a great sp r tua eader, a person open to new deas and someone who was a fr end and an asset to the commun ty. But for others, they w never forget the way Lor dea t w th the pr est sexua -abuse scanda , wh ch he nher ted from h s predecessor, n part cu ar, h s fa ure to reach out to the v ct ms and the r fam es. Lor , 60, w be eav ng the Roman Catho c D ocese of Br dgeport, after 10 years at the he m, to become the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more. The announcement was made Tuesday by Pope Bened ct XVI. The Rev. Dr. Br an R. Bodt, pres dent and CEO of the Counc of Churches of Greater Br dgeport, sa d Lor showed great eadersh p n the way he dea t w th the sexua -abuse scanda . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:23 AM

Survivors of clergy abuse to meet WORCESTER (MA) Te egram & Gazette By Bron s aus B. Kush TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF [email protected] egram.com A new support group s form ng n the Worcester area to he p v ct ms of c ergy abuse. The group, wh ch w meet every fourth Tuesday of the month, w be aff ated w th the nat ona Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests. Dav d O Regan, 61, of Spencer, who s he p ng put the oca group together, sa d ts m ss on s to keep ch dren safe, he p v ct ms hea , and promote pub c safety. Mr. O Regan sa d he was abused by a pr est wh e attend ng a summer camp n We es ey that was run by a Roman Catho c re g ous order. He sa d the new group w meet at a p ace n Auburn. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:19 AM

March 20, 2012 Green Bay Bishop David Ricken named as defendent in federal lawsuit WISCONSIN SNAP W scons n Accord ng to reports Green Bay B shop Dav d R cken has been named as a defendant n a federa c v awsu t f ed by a woman who states that a deacon at St. Anthony s Catho c Church n Casper Wyom ng had a phys ca y and sexua y abus ve re at onsh p w th her. The awsu t a so names the D ocese of Cheyenne, two pr ests, and B shop Joseph Hart. B shop R cken was appo nted b shop of Cheyenne n 2000 and rema ned n Wyom ng unt 2008 when Pope Bened ct XVI appo nted h m as b shop of Green Bay. The woman who f ed the awsu t, Kathy See ey, states that she was referred to Deacon Don Stewart n 2002 for gr ef counse ng. See ey reports that Stewart s “v c ous phys ca assau ts and phys ca sexua re at onsh p” caused emot ona and phys ca damage. The D ocese of Cheyenne contends that the F rst Amendment proh b ts such a awsu t from mov ng forward, argu ng that t wou d nvo ve the court n the nterna personne po c es of the church. See ey s attorneys argue that church off c a s “knew or shou d have known of th s nappropr ate and meretr c ous sexua re at onsh p mposed upon p a nt ff by defendant Stewart n the course and scope of h s emp oyment”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:24 PM

Lawsuit against Green Bay diocese... WISCONSIN SNAP W scons n Lawsuit against Green Bay diocese moving forward; Case involves infamous child predator John Patrick Feeney The App eton Post Crescent reports that attempts at med at ng a c v awsu t f ed aga nst the Green Bay d ocese have fa ed. The awsu t was f ed by two brothers, Todd and Troy Merryf e d, who were sexua y assau ted as ch dren by Fr. John Patr ck Feeney, one of the Green Bay d ocese s most notor ous sex offenders. Feeney was conv cted n 2003 of sexua y assau t ng the Merryf e d brothers and was sentenced to 15 years n pr son. He was re eased n November after serv ng ess than 8 years of h s sentence. The c v tr a s schedu ed to beg n on May 14th. Feeney had a ong h story of sexua m sconduct n the Green Bay d ocese, and church off c a s knew about t. In h s f rst 14 years as a pr est he was ass gned to 14 d fferent par shes, a stagger ng number of transfers for a d ocesan pr est. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:19 PM

Brothers Sue Delbarton Over Alleged Sexual Abuse NEW JERSEY Patch By M chae Da g e Two brothers who grew up on the campus of the De barton Schoo where the r father was a teacher f ed a awsu t Tuesday, c a m ng the Catho c schoo and St. Mary s Abbey fa ed to stop a eged sexua abuse. The brothers, sted n the su t on y by the n t a s “T.C” and “W.C.,” c a m they were sexua y abused by Rev. Luke Travers, who served as De barton headmaster from 1999 to 2007, and was removed ast year from an adm n strat ve post of a V rg n a Catho c schoo when other a egat ons of sexua abuse surfaced, and the Rev. Just n Caputo, who unt recent y was ass gned to Notre Dame of Mt. Carme Par sh n Cedar Kno s. Travers and Caputo are under str ct restr ct ons at St. Mary s, wh ch means they are accompan ed by a fe ow pr est everywhere they trave and can have no contact w th students. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:15 PM

JP Morgan Chase closes Vatican bank account VATICAN CITY Nat ona Catho c Reporter by Tom Ga agher on Mar. 20, 2012 NCR Today You know t s bad when a ma or bank te s you t does not want your bus ness and c oses your account. So t happened to the Vat can bank, forma y known as the Inst tute for Works of Re g on (IOR). JP Morgan Chase s M an branch commun cated the move n a recent etter, accord ng to Ita y s ead ng f nanc a da y I So e 24 Ore. Reuters reports the fo ow ng: JP Morgan Chase s c os ng the Vat can bank s account w th an Ita an branch of the U.S. bank ng g ant because of concerns about a ack of transparency at the Ho y See s f nanc a nst tut on, Ita an newspapers reported. The move s a b ow to the Vat can s dr ve to have ts bank nc uded n Europe s "wh te st" of states that comp y w th nternat ona standards aga nst tax fraud and money- aunder ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:12 PM

Vatican accused over abuse cover-up IRELAND Ir sh Exam ner Tuesday, March 20, 2012 The Vat can was accused today of not accept ng respons b ty for ts ro e n the cover-up of the sex abuse of ch dren n Ire and. Campa gners for surv vors of c er ca abuse cr t c sed a recommendat on from Rome to separate tra nee Catho c pr ests from ord nary students n un vers t es, c a m ng t wou d segregate sem nar es from the rea wor d. A new report on the c er ca abuse cr s s n Ire and found wh e gu de nes to protect ch dren aga nst paedoph e pr ests are be ng fo owed, measures must be taken to ensure tra nees are proper y prepared for the ro e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:02 PM

Vatican issues report on Irish church child abuse investigation VATICAN CITY Los Ange es T mes REPORTING FROM ROME -– In a report summar z ng the resu ts of an nterna nvest gat on of Ir sh d oceses and sem nar es, the Vat can on Tuesday acknow edged “w th a great sense of pa n and shame” that m nors and young peop e had been abused by the very f gures they trusted most. The nvest gat on, or Aposto c V s tat on, was ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI n response to the w despread sexua abuse of m nors by pr ests n Ire and and subsequent coverup that had been deta ed n at east two damn ng reports comm ss oned by the Ir sh government. The Vat can sa d that n ssu ng the e ght-page summary, “The Ho y See re-echoes the sense of d smay and betraya wh ch the Ho y Father expressed n h s Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and regard ng the s nfu and cr m na acts that were at the root of th s part cu ar cr s s.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:59 PM

Suit claims Delbarton monks abused teens NEW JERSEY Observer-Tr bune By PHIL GARBER, Manag ng Ed tor MENDHAM TWP. Two former res dents who were sexua y abused by a former pr est at St. Joseph Church when they were youths, f ed a awsu t on Tuesday c a m ng they were a so v ct m zed by two monks at the De barton Schoo n Morr s Townsh p n the 1970s. The su t was f ed n Super or Court n Morr stown by attorney Gregory G anforcaro of Ph psburg on beha f of W am and Thomas Crane, tw ns who are now 46 and v ng on the west coast. An advocate for v ct ms of c ergy sexua abuse a so sa d he has spoken w th s x other former students who c a m they a so were v ct m zed by the two monks, the Rev. Just n Capato and the Rev. Luke Travers, a former headmaster. A spokesman for St. Mary s Abbey, wh ch runs De barton, sa d an nterna rev ew board s nvest gat ng c a ms aga nst Travers and Capato. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:55 PM

Bridgeport Bishop William Lori Named Archbishop Of Baltimore BRIDGEPORT (CT) The Hartford Courant By DANIELA ALTIMARI, JEAN MARBELLA, MARY GAIL HARE The Hartford Courant 1:51 p.m. EDT, March 20, 2012 B shop W am E. Lor of the D ocese of Br dgeport s be ng ntroduced Tuesday as the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more. He was chosen by Pope Bened ct XVI to rep ace Card na Edw n O Br en, who was archb shop from October 2007 to August 2011 before eav ng to become the Grand Master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu cher of Jerusa em. Lor s to become the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more on May 16. He was schedu ed to be ntroduced at a news conference at the Ba t more Bas ca. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:05 PM

Why targeting SNAP is a bad idea ... UNITED STATES U.S. Catho c By Bryan Cones Lega act on taken by two M ssour d oceses aga nst the Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests s start ng to ga n tract on n the med a--op-eds here and here--beg nn ng w th a New York T mes story by Laur e Goodste n, wh ch quoted the ever-ready-to-ta k B Donohue of the Catho c League, say ng that the U.S. b shops were act ng "co ect ve y" aga nst SNAP: "I can t g ve you the names, but there s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys," he sa d. B shops spokesperson S ster Mary Ann Wa sh says that there has been no such meet ng. (S de note: Why does B Donohue get to speak for the church w thout correct on from the b shops on anyth ng he wants, wh e S ster Caro Keehan of the Catho c Hea th Assoc at on gets cr t c zed from none other than N.Y. Card na T mothy Do an for express ng her own "Catho c" op n on about hea th care reform and the contracept ve mandate? D scuss.) Donohue as de, t s c ear that awyers for the d oceses of Kansas C ty-St. Joseph and St. Lou s have taken aggress ve ega act on--what some ca a f sh ng exped t on--aga nst SNAP, seek ng d scovery of years of nterna documents. A ready h t w th $50,000 n ega b s, SNAP s ook ng for donat ons and fears be ng forced to shut down. (You can read SNAP s Dav d C ohessy here on the matter.) Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:02 PM

Child protection guidelines being finalised IRELAND RTE News The M n ster for Ch dren, Frances F tzgera d, has sa d eg s at on to put ch d protect on gu de nes on a statutory foot ng s be ng f na sed and wou d eave no doubt over the respons b t es of organ sat ons and nd v dua s. She was respond ng to the pub cat on of a report by the Vat can on the sexua abuse of ch dren n the Ir sh Catho c Church. The report, wh ch was comp ed fo ow ng v s ts here by teams of Vat can-appo nted fore gn church- eaders, has acknow edged fa ures and sa d essons have been earned. Chr st ne Buck ey, an abuse surv vor, sa d she wou d have ked to have seen an apo ogy to v ct ms, as we as more deta than a summary report. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:58 PM

A Legacy of Pain UNITED STATES The New York T mes By FRANK BRUNI In today s co umn I wrote about R ck Santorum and Amer can Catho c sm and the church s ch d sexua abuse cr s s, and I wanted to c rc e back to that ast tem n th s post, wh ch s a so a postscr pt. I ment oned a support group for v ct ms that s under f re from church awyers. That group s run by a man named Dav d C ohessy, and f you want to understand ust how much pa n the cr s s has caused Catho cs, a ong w th some of the ways t has tested fam es and cha enged Catho cs fa th, h s story s an nstruct ve, heartbreak ng one. I to d t n some deta n The T mes s Sunday magaz ne a decade ago, and prov de the nk here. I st v v d y remember s tt ng w th h m and nterv ew ng h m, ust as I st v v d y remember s tt ng w th and nterv ew ng many peop e w th reco ect ons of sexua abuse by pr ests. Sexua abuse by any trusted adu t s a shatter ng th ng; sexua abuse by a pr est or m n ster or other re g ous c er c upends a ch d s every assumpt on about who s safe and who s not; where mora eadersh p can be found; what t means for a person to wear a badge of author ty or the vestments of ho ness. It says that noth ng and no one s rea y safe. One of the reasons the Catho c church s ch d sexua abuse cr s s has rece ved so much attent on over so many years sn t, as some Catho c eaders have contended, pr mar y because there s an ant -Catho c and ant -re g ous b as n secu ar soc ety, and that nonre g ous ourna sts are thr ng to the opportun ty to hum ate the church. (Journa sts thr to ma feasance n a wa ks and corners of fe.) It s because of the magn tude of the v o at on of trust at work here. Before parents rea zed they shou d be as skept ca of a pr est s attent on to the r ch d as to anyone e se s, pr ests had spec a access to ch dren. And pr ests certa n y had spec a sway over them. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:10 PM

Eau de Pope; Scents, Sense and Nonsense UNITED STATES M nnesota SNAP [note: Th s s sat re.] By V nn e Nauhe mer St. Peter, “What s that sme ?” “Its pope Bened ct XVI, Jesus,” sa d St. Peter But he s not supposed to d e for another coup e of m nutes. I know Jesus, but h s co ogne a ways gets there f ve m nutes before he does! As ph osophers rem nd us, n every p ece of humor s some truth. What poss b e truths cou d be assoc ated w th an 84 year o d pont ff hav ng a custom b ended scent made for h m to wear as has recent y been reported n the Ita an press? Maybe the to et water n the Vat can s back ng up or maybe the stench of the rott ng emp re s too much to bear. Then aga n, maybe th s s what happened: The Story of how Sexua Abuse Became Po cy In the beg nn ng there was c er ca sexua abuse and then came a the h erarcha excuses for t. The excuses were nonsense and w thout mer t. And darkness fe over the church, the v ct ms and the r fam es. And the v ct ms, the r fam es and the a ty spoke among themse ves te ng each other, “Th s s a crock of sh t and t st nks to h gh heaven.” So the fam es went to the mons gnor and sa d, “C ergy abuse s a bunch of crap and we can t stand the stench!” And the mons gnor went to the b shop and sa d to them, “C er ca abuse s ke a conta ner of excrement and a very strong one at that. The a ty can t stand t! The strong sme s dr v ng peop e to eave the church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:07 PM

Irish Church leaders negligent over abuse:Vatican VATICAN CITY Reuters By Ph p Pu e a VATICAN CITY | Tue Mar 20, 2012 (Reuters) - A Vat can report on the sexua abuse of Ir sh ch dren by Catho c c ergy accused Ire and s re g ous eaders of neg gence and ca ed for more reforms there to avo d a s m ar y "shamefu " scanda n the future. Ir sh b shops assured Vat can nvest gators that they wou d prompt y not fy c v author t es of new sexua abuse cases and wou d make changes to Catho c educat on and sem nary fe. "W th a great sense of pa n and shame, t must be acknow edged that w th n the Chr st an commun ty nnocent young peop e were abused by c er cs and re g ous (nuns) to whose care they had been entrusted," the report, re eased on Tuesday, sa d. "Those who shou d have exerc sed d gence often fa ed to do so effect ve y." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:03 PM

Vatican accused over abuse cover-up IRELAND Be fast Te egraph The Vat can has been accused of not accept ng respons b ty for ts ro e n the cover-up of the sex abuse of ch dren n Ire and. Campa gners for surv vors of c er ca abuse cr t c sed a recommendat on from Rome to separate tra nee Catho c pr ests from ord nary students n un vers t es, c a m ng t wou d segregate sem nar es from the rea wor d. A new report on the c er ca abuse cr s s n Ire and found wh e gu de nes to protect ch dren aga nst paedoph e pr ests are be ng fo owed, measures must be taken to ensure tra nees are proper y prepared for the ro e. Ch d protect on c asses w be ntroduced for sem nar es, who shou d a so have separate v ng quarters to focus on prayer and f nd ng the r pr est y dent ty, t sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:55 PM

One in Four founder O'Gorman: Vatican still in denial IRELAND Break ng News One n Four has sa d the Vat can s st not accept ng respons b ty for the purposefu cover-ups of c er ca ch d sex abuse. The support group sa d the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on to Ire and, pub sged today, fa ed to address the Ho y See s ro e n protect ng abus ve pr ests at the expense of ch dren. The v s tat on team appo nted by Pope Bened ct sa d that wh e exce ent efforts were be ng made to mprove safety measures, more work was requ red. It recommended devot ng more t me to sten ng to and support ng v ct ms and recommended aud ts to mon tor the mp ementat on of gu de nes. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:51 PM

Vatican is “disgusted” by the abuse and the “open wounds” left in the Catholic community IRELAND Ir sh Centra By BERNIE MALONE, Ir shCentra Staff Wr ter Pub shed Tuesday, March 20, 2012 The Vat can has re eased a report, pub shed on Rome Reports, wh ch was ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI n the wake of the Murphy and Ryan nqu r es nto c er ca sex abuse n Ire and. The nqu ry was carr ed out by the Aposto c V s tat on to Ire and. It nvo ved teams v s t ng a four Catho c archd oceses, sem nar es and re g ous congregat ons. The report acknow edges progress made by the Ir sh b shops n protect ng ch dren a ong w th the “open wounds” eft n the Catho c commun ty. The b shops are fu f ng the r prom se to report new cases, however, t a so commented on the profound ack of trust among the congregat on and a d th s b ame on those pr ests who fa ed to report abuse n the past. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:48 PM

Billboards in Cleveland send a message to Bishop Lennon CLEVELAND (OH) WTAM Co een O Ne , Newsrad o WTAM 1100 (C eve and)- A Texas res dent has purchased a b board n C eve and to get the message out about reopen ng 13 Northeast Oh o churches. E a ne Andrews Carro who attended St. Wende n s Church when she was a ch d has put a message on a b board on Carneg e Avenue near E. 13th Street. It reads, "B shop of the C eve and Catho c D ocese, reopen our church doors! Restore our par shes! Now!." Carro says th s sn t to harass anyone but she wanted to make a statement. "We re not g v ng up, we know n our hearts and sou s th s s wrong. These churches were wrong y c osed, they need to be reopened." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:44 PM

Bishops' religious freedom chair named new Archbishop of Baltimore BALTIMORE (MD) Catho c News Agency By Ben am n Mann Ba t more, Md., Mar 20, 2012 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Bened ct XVI appo nted B shop W am E. Lor , cha rman of the U.S. b shops comm ttee on re g ous freedom, as the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more on March 20. “The very thought of serv ng and ead ng the nat on s Prem er See f s me w th oy and a so w th profound grat tude, f rst and foremost to the Lord who shepherds h s peop e n ove,” sa d B shop Lor , referr ng to the ong-stand ng nat ona pr macy of the f rst Catho c d ocese estab shed n the U.S. Archb shop-des gnate Lor s nsta at on w take p ace May 16 at the Cathedra of Mary Our Queen. In an announcement from the Ba t more archd ocese, the new archb shop-des gnate thanked the Pope for entrust ng h m w th eadersh p of the “great and h stor c” oca Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:19 PM

JPMORGAN AND THE VATICAN BANK UNITED STATES Catho c League Catho c League pres dent B Donohue comments on the dec s on by JPMorgan Chase to c ose the Vat can bank account because of a eged ack of transparency: JPMorgan Chase s an expert n secrecy. Last November, t was reported that the bank, one of the b ggest traders of cred t der vat ves, to d the r shareho ders that they had so d protect on on more than $5 tr on of debt. So who benef ted? Such econom c osers as Greece, Ita y, Ire and, Portuga and Spa n. Accord ng to M sh s G oba Econom c Trend Ana ys s, the stockho ders were kept gnorant. “As concerns mount that those countr es may not be cred tworthy, nvestors are be ng kept n the dark about how much r sk U.S. banks face from a defau t.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:15 PM

Snapping back at SNAP UNITED STATES Freeth nker (Un ted K ngdom) THE shr vo ce of Catho c outrage n the US – B Donohue, Pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts – has reported y dec ared a “no more Mr N ce Guy” po cy n re at on to payouts to v ct ms of c er ca sexua abuse. Accord ng to the New York T mes, the Church s p ann ng to turn the tab es on the advocacy group, SNAP, wh ch has ong supported v ct ms of paedoph e pr ests, by demand ng that the group d sc oses more than two decades of e-ma s that cou d nc ude correspondence w th v ct ms, awyers, wh st e-b owers, w tnesses, the po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts. The ghast y Donohue sa d target ng the network was ust f ed because: B Donohue SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church. Mr. Donohue sa d ead ng b shops he knew had reso ved to f ght back more aggress ve y aga nst the group: The b shops have come together co ect ve y. I can t g ve you the names, but there s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:12 PM

Victims' group criticise Vatican IRELAND The Ir sh T mes CHARLIE TAYLOR The Vat can s st not accept ng respons b ty for ts ro e n creat ng the cu ture of cover-ups of the sexua abuse of ch dren, t was c a med today. One n Four, wh ch supports surv vors of abuse, expressed d sappo ntment over the Vat can s fa ure to acknow edge that ts ntervent ons n the abuse scanda had a owed church eaders to to gnore gu de nes and to protect the Church at the expense of the safety of ch dren. "Wh e we we come the f nd ngs of the V s tat on that the Ir sh Church now has good ch d protect on pract ces n p ace we fee t s a ost opportun ty to address the ro e p ayed by the Vat can n perpetuat ng the po cy of protect ng abus ve pr ests at the expense of ch dren,” sa d execut ve d rector Maeve Lew s. The organ sat on backed the recommendat on that the Church devote more t me to sten ng to abuse surv vors and attend ng to the r needs. However, she sa d One n Four had not ced a harden ng of att tude on the part of church author t es the quest on of compensat on for v ct ms. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:09 PM

Vatican Inquiry Finds Progress in Irish Abuse Scandal VATICAN CITY The New York T mes [the report] By RACHEL DONADIO Pub shed: March 20, 2012 VATICAN CITY — The Catho c Church n Ire and has made “exce ent” progress n address ng a sexua abuse scanda and report ng new abuse cases d rect y to the Vat can, but wou d-be pr ests need better screen ng and tra n ng, accord ng to a summary of a near y year ong nvest gat on ssued by the Vat can on Tuesday. The summary a so noted that there was ev dence of “d ssent” from church teach ng among pr ests, re g ous and ay peop e, a “ser ous s tuat on” t sa d shou d not be to erated. The nvest gat on — an Aposto c V s tat on, n Vat can par ance — was announced by Pope Bened ct XVI n March 2010. Four h gh-rank ng pre ates chosen by the pope conducted the nqu ry ast year, nc ud ng Card na T mothy M. Do an, the archb shop of New York, who nvest gated Ir sh sem nar es and re g ous nst tut ons, and Card na Sean P. O Ma ey of Boston, who exam ned the Dub n D ocese. The nvest gat on was part of the Vat can s response to a ser es of scath ng reports by the Ir sh government that found cases of sexua abuse by pr ests and ev dence of a w despread coverup. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:05 PM

FACTBOX-Irish Church sexual abuse reports VATICAN CITY Ch cago Tr bune March 20 (Reuters) - VATICAN CITY, March 20 (Reuters) - A Vat can report on the sexua abuse of Ir sh ch dren by Catho c c ergy accused Ire and s re g ous eaders of neg gence and ca ed for more reforms there to avo d a s m ar y "shamefu " scanda n the future. There have been a ser es of reports on a egat ons of ch d abuse by pr ests and members of re g ous orders. Here are some deta s of the r f nd ngs: * OCTOBER 2005: -- An nqu ry was set up fo ow ng the res gnat on n 2002 of the B shop of Ferns, Brendan Com skey, when t emerged he had been aware of the act v t es of an abus ve pr est n the d ocese, but fa ed to protect the v ct ms. The pr est, Father Sean Fortune, comm tted su c de n 1999 after he was charged w th mu t p e sex offences. -- The 270-page report deta ed the Church s hand ng of 100 a egat ons of abuse aga nst 21 pr ests n the d ocese of Ferns n County Wexford dat ng back to the m d-1960s. Among the a egat ons were accusat ons of rape. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:01 PM

SNAP responds to promotion of Fr. Thomas Smolich UNITED STATES Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Barbara Dorr s on March 20, 2012 Whenever church off c a s are promoted, we a ways hope for the best. We hope that church off c a s w br ng n an outs der who has not been nvo ved n an nst tut on that has been marred by cover-ups, or that a pr est s promoted nstead of a mons gnor or fe ow b shop. Today, when a Jesu t pr est Fr. Thomas Smo ch was tapped to head the Conference of Ma or Super ors of Men, church off c a s d d exact y the oppos te of what we hope for. They e evated a man w th a horr f c record on ch d sex abuse and who has been a eged y nvo ved n many cover ups. Smo ch, who has worked as Pres dent of the Jesu t Conference of the Un ted States s nce 2006, has a h story r fe w th excusa s of predator pr ests. In 2002, Smo ch was work ng as the Prov nc a for the Ca forn a prov nce of the Jesu ts. When Ange Cr sostomo Mar ano was sued n c v court for abus ng a menta y d sab ed man, Smo ch den ed know ng much about Mar ano at a , desp te the fact that, at that po nt, Smo ch had been roommates w th Mar ano for two years. Beyond v ng w th cred b y accused predator pr ests, Smo ch has housed other conv cted and accused predators at the Sacred Heart Center n Los Gatos, CA where these predators have been ab e to m x w th vu nerab e adu ts, n some cases abus ng them. Fr. James Chevedden was whee cha r-bound and v ng at Sacred Heart when he was abused by ser a predator Br. Char es Leonard Connor. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:22 PM

CMSM Announces Transition in Leadership UNITED STATES Conference of Ma or Super ors of Men SILVER SPRING, MD (March 19, 2012). The Conference of Ma or Super ors of Men (CMSM) announced today that the R ght Rev. G es P. Hayes, OSB, Abbot of St. Mary s Abbey n Morr stown, NJ, has res gned as the conference pres dent for reasons of hea th. In accord w th the statutes of the conference, the Very Rev. Thomas H. Smo ch, SJ, CMSM V ce Pres dent, assumed the off ce of pres dent of CMSM. The membersh p of CMSM w e ect a new pres dent for a twoyear term at the next assemb y of the conference. At the recent sem annua meet ng, the CMSM Nat ona Board of D rectors chose Sacred Heart Brother Rona d Ta bot, SC, present Secretary/Treasurer, to serve as V ce Pres dent of the conference unt the next assemb y. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:18 PM

Vatican recommends Irish church changes, SNAP responds IRELAND Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Barbara Dorr s on March 20, 2012 These recommendat ons, not surpr s ng y, are another t red, neffect ve re-hash of the prom ses made by US b shops a decade ago, prom ses that have had tt e mpact on th s cr s s. No nst tut on can po ce tse f, espec a y not an anc ent, r g d, secret ve a ma e monarchy w th a horr f c h story of gnor ng and concea ng ch d sex cr mes. “Interna ” reports or nqu r es or recommendat ons by such nst tut ons are near y mean ng ess. They re more about try ng to restore a battered pub c mage and the conf dence of pa ned par sh oners than about genu ne reform. Dur ng or after devastat ng c ergy sex cr mes and cover ups, Catho c off c a s w prom se the sun, moon and stars to par sh oners and the pub c, hop ng to “turn the page” and def ect attent on from the pa nfu present to an a eged y more prom s ng future. But w sh ng or p edg ng reform doesn t create reform. On y dec s ve act on creates reform. And when t comes to th s on-go ng, he nous scanda , dec s ve act on by the church h erarchy seems to be forever ack ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:14 PM

Milwaukee native, Lake Geneva priest named Illinois bishop ILLINOIS M waukee Journa Sent ne By Annysa Johnson of the Journa Sent ne March 20, 2012 A Lake Geneva Catho c pr est who spent most of h s career n the Vat can d p omat c corps, has been tapped to ead the D ocese of Rockford, I ., Pope Bened ct XVI announced Tuesday morn ng. Mons gnor Dav d Ma oy, 56, pastor of St. Franc s de Sa es Par sh and former genera secretary of the Wash ngton-based U.S. Conference of Catho c B shops, w succeed 76-year-o d B shop Thomas Doran. The Archd ocese of M waukee, wh ch nc udes Lake Geneva, announced the appo ntment on ts webs te Tuesday morn ng, w th Archb shop Jerome L steck ca ng t a oss for the archd ocese but “a ga n for the fa thfu of Rockford.” "Our prayers and good w shes go w th h m as he responds to h s new ca ." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:45 AM

SEXUAL ABUSE IN NYC SCHOOLS NEW YORK Catho c League Catho c League pres dent B Donohue comments as fo ows: Sexua abuse of students n the New York C ty schoo s s exp od ng, yet New York State Assemb ywoman Margaret Markey turns a b nd eye to t. She recent y ntroduced eg s at on, as she does annua y, that exc us ve y targets pr vate schoo s for cases of abuse that occurred a ong t me ago. The cover story n today s New York Da y News reads, “Record 14 Schoo Staff Busted A ready: Read n Wr t n & R kers.” It deta s cr mes rang ng from sexua abuse to assau t (R kers s a a ). To h s cred t, New York C ty Schoo s Chance or Denn s Wa cott s crack ng down. He rev ewed 250 emp oyee records dat ng to 2000 and s seek ng to oust the gu ty. But Wa cott doesn t have t me to dea w th o d cases—he s got an ep dem c on h s hands r ght now. For examp e, after a schoo a de was arrested February 10 for mo est ng a boy (boys are frequent y the v ct ms these days), we earned that he got a s ap on the wr st for offens ve sexua behav or n 2006. Sexua mo esters n the schoo s are not a ways g ven a mere ora repr mand—they are s mp y moved to another schoo . It happens so often n the pub c schoo s that t s ca ed “pass ng the trash.” Last month, the New York T mes d d a story on Wa cott s efforts. “In two of the cases,” t reported, “the teacher or teacher s a de had been found to have acted nappropr ate y w th students at prev ous schoo s, but had been ab e to transfer. Educat on off c a s acknow edged on Fr day that they had fa ed to not fy the pr nc pa s of the new schoo s of the ear er accusat ons.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:41 AM

Vatican Bank Faces Fresh Money-Laundering Scandal As JP Morgan Closes Account VATICAN CITY Internat ona Bus ness T mes By O ver Tree March 20, 2012 The Vat can bank s fac ng a poss b e money- aunder ng scanda after t emerged JP Morgan was c os ng one of ts accounts due to a ack of nformat on about the source of depos ts, Ita an newspapers report. The bank, off c a y known as the Inst tute for Works of Re g on (IOR n Ita an), reported y fa ed to prov de a M an aff ate of JP Morgan w th deta s about payments nto the account, n wh ch €1.8 b on has been depos ted n the ast 18 months. ear er th s month the bank was sted by the U.S. State Department as be ng potent a y vu nerab e to money- aunder ng, Br ta n s Da y Te egraph reported. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:30 AM

Abuse report advises Church changes IRELAND New Ross Standard Tuesday March 20 2012 Changes shou d be made to sem nar es and adm ss on cr ter a for wou d-be pr ests, a Vat can report on the ch d abuse cr s s n the Catho c Church n Ire and has warned. A probe nto the hand ng of c er ca sex abuse cases found that wh e gu de nes to protect ch dren aga nst paedoph e pr ests are be ng fo owed, academ c programmes n sem nar es shou d put more focus on the ssue. Sen or churchmen were sent by Rome to nvest gate safeguard ng procedures and protoco s n the Catho c Church n Ire and after t was rocked by severa reports wh ch unve ed decades of abuse and cover-ups by church and state author t es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:27 AM

Exhibit Eight In Msgr. Lynn Trial: Evil PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catho cs4Change March 20, 2012 by Susan Matthews [The List Card na Bev acqua D dn t Want You to See] The fo ow ng 2004 test mony of Msgr. W am J. Lynn n regard to a document dated Feb. 18, 1994 s adm tted as ev dence of consp racy n the upcom ng tr a . Msgr. Mo oy d d not shred h s copy as nstructed by Card na Bev acqua n 1994. It was recent y recovered from a safe. It s a good th ng cons der ng Msgr. Lynn s fau ty memory. Q. And the f rst paragraph of th s document reads: Father Be se and I rev ewed the 323 f es that are present y stored n the secret arch ves. Attached s a st of pr ests who have been gu ty of or accused of sexua m sconduct w th a m nor accord ng to the f e mater a … …We , et me ask you th s quest on then, Mons gnor (Lynn): After you prepared th s document, what act on d d you take as a resu t of hav ng gone through the secret arch ve f es? D d you make changes to anybody s ass gnment? D d you say hey, we better take a ook at th s person because you know what, I rea ze that th s person s n ass gnment and they have a h story? D d you do anyth ng ke that after rev ew ng a of the secret f es? Msgr. Lynn: I – we may have. Q. You don t have any reco ect on of t? Msgr. Lynn: I don t. …. Q. And th s memo, apparent y attached to t was the st of the pr ests; s that correct? Msgr. Lynn: That s r ght. Q. And you can t f nd that document? Msgr. Lynn: I cannot. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:22 AM

Lori named archbishop in Baltimore; new bishops named in Illinois, Florida VATICAN CITY Nat ona Catho c Reporter VATICAN CITY -- Pope Bened ct XVI has appo nted B shop W am E. Lor of Br dgeport, Conn., to be the new archb shop of Ba t more, and he a so named new b shops for the d oceses of Rockford, I ., and Pensaco a-Ta ahassee, F a. The Vat can announced the appo ntments Tuesday. Mons gnor Dav d Ma oy, 56, who was genera secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catho c B shops from 2006 to 2011, has been named b shop of Rockford. He s current y pastor of St. Franc s de Sa es Church n Lake Geneva, W s. Fr. Gregory L. Parkes, v car genera of the D ocese of Or ando, F a., and pastor of Corpus Chr st Par sh n Ce ebrat on, F a., was named b shop of Pensaco a-Ta ahassee. He w turn 48 Apr 2. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:04 AM

Anonymous’ war against the Vatican VATICAN CITY Vat can Ins der “Paedoph a”, “obscurant sm” and other ssues are spurr ng hackers to take act on aga nst the Ho y See A essandro Spec a e Vat can C ty It seems to have become a hab t: over the past few weeks, the Anonynous hacker group has targeted the Vat can webs te www.vat can.va three t mes, each t me mak ng t mposs b e to access for about an hour or so. The f rst attack took p ace on 3 March, the second - wh ch a so targeted Vat can Rad o servers, hosted by a fore gn prov der and not by an nterna Vat can prov der – took p ace on 12 March an the th rd and apparent y most br ef attack took p ace today. But why so much v c ousness aga nst the Vat can? It s hard to te read ng the commun qués sent by the group of computer p rates, pub shed on the anon-news.b ogspost. t webs te. The f rst t me, the accusat ons aga nst the Vat can took on the c ass ca ant -c er ca tone – from the k ng of Ita an ph osopher and heret c G ordano Bruno who was burned at the stake, to accusat ons of obscurant sm. The second t me Anonymous focused ts accusat ons on the affa rs d scussed on Vat can Rad o. The th rd t me, the co ect ve commun qué on y made reference to the paedoph a scanda , denounc ng the v o ence a pr est a eged y shown aga nst a g r who was a fr end of one of the hackers. In a three cases, Anonymous seems to have been unab e to get nto the Vat can server d rect y - a though t supposed y managed to hack nto the Vat can Rad o servers, at east part a y – a so because, as the Ho y See stated, on a three occas ons when Vat can webs tes were attacked, traff c was qu ck y re-d rected to other servers. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:30 AM

The results of the visitation of the Irish Church ordered by the Pope VATICAN CITY Vat can Ins der [the report] Two years ago exact y Bened ct XVI ordered a V s tat on of Ir sh d oceses, sem nar es and re g ous houses n the wake of the sexua abuse of m nors by pr ests and re g ous. Today, n Ire and, the Vat can w pub sh a summary of ts f nd ngs Gerard O Conne Rome A summary of the f nd ngs of the V s tat on to the Ir sh Church ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI n the wake of the sexua -abuse of m nors by pr ests scanda w be pub shed today n Ire and. The news was broken ate on the n ght of March 19 by the Commun cat ons Off ce of the Ir sh B shops Conference n an ema to the med a. It sa d a press conference wou d be he d at Sa nt Patr ck s Co ege Maynooth at 10.00 a.m. (Ir sh t me) on March 20, to co nc de w th the pub cat on of the “Summary of the F nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on n Ire and.” It announced that “sen or members” of the Ir sh B shops Conference and of the Conference of Re g ous of Ire and wou d attend. The pub cat on of the V s tat on s f nd ngs comes exact y two years after Pope Bened ct f rst announced t n h s Pastora Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and, re eased by the Vat can on 20 March 2010. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:18 AM

Clergy sex victims blast new Baltimore archbishop BALTIMORE (MD) Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Dav d C ohessy on March 20, 2012 Th s s a ca ous cho ce and a terr b y d sappo nt ng one for anyone who cares about k ds. Aga n, Pope Bened ct e evates a corrupt c er c w th a ong and troub ng track record of protect ng predator pr ests and church secrets over nnocent k ds. As ong as the Vat can keeps reward ng wrongdoers, wrongdo ng w cont nue. Lor has kept more secrets and more accused pr ests n m n stry than most b shops. He pretends to be a reformer but h s pub c re at ons and actua performance conf ct. Under Lor , the Br dgeport d ocese --kept Fr. Mart n Ryan n a par sh for n ne years after he was accused, n 2002, of mo est ng a g r , desp te hav ng pa d her a sett ement. (He was suspended ust ast year after be ng accused of sexua y harass ng a woman.) Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:15 AM

New Bishop for Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese FLORIDA Fox 10 PENSACOLA, F a. (WALA) - Pope Bened ct XVI has named 48-year-o d Father Gregory L. Parkes as the B shop-e ect of the D ocese of Pensaco a-Ta ahassee. B shop-e ect Parkes has served the Or ando d ocese as V car Genera and Chance or for Canon ca Affa rs and as the pastor of Corpus Chr st Par sh n Ce ebrat on, F or da. In add t on to serv ng as v car genera and chance or for canon ca affa rs for the Or ando d ocese, B shop-e ect Parkes has a so served at the d ocesan eve on the Co ege of Consu tors, the F nance Comm ttee, the Pr est P acement Board, the Presbytera Counc , and the Incard nat on Comm ttee. He serves on the Board of Trustees of St. V ncent de Pau Reg ona Sem nary n Boynton Beach, F or da. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:13 AM

Vatican: Irish Catholic trainee priests should attend child protection classes IRELAND The Guard an (Un ted K ngdom) Henry McDona d n Dub n guard an.co.uk, Tuesday 20 March 2012 Every tra nee Catho c pr est n Ire and must attend ch d protect on c asses, the Vat can has recommended n a ma or report on how the church hand ed the repub c s c er ca abuse scanda s. Vat can Rad o re eased the f nd ngs of the Ho y See s w despread nvest gat on nto sem nar es and d oceses across the s and of Ire and. It was ordered d rect y by Pope Bened ct XVI as Rome sought to address the ch d abuse cr s s that has severe y underm ned ts reputat on and author ty n the repub c. The aposto c v s tat on ed by the archb shop of New York, Card na T mothy Do an, noted that there had been some "progress ve steps" towards reform ng church structures and n part cu ar the hand ng of a egat ons of ch d abuse. Severa Ir sh ud c a nqu r es found the Catho c h erarchy had covered up a egat ons of abuse, often by mov ng accused pr ests to other d oceses or even out of the country. The Vat can proposed new restr ct ons and vett ng procedures on entrance to sem nar es for pr ests, and new ch d protect on tra n ng for a wou d-be c ergy n Ire and. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:09 AM

Bishop Lori to Baltimore, Vatican Publishes Irish Visitation Report Nat ona Catho c Reg ster by Edward Pent n Tuesday, March 20, 2012 In an mportant news day from the Vat can today, B shop W am E. Lor of Br dgeport, Conn., has been named as the new Archb shop of Ba t more. He rep aces Card na Edw n O Br en who ast week took up h s new post here n Rome as Grand Master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu chre of Jerusa em. B shop Lor was one of three appo ntments to U.S. d oceses announced today: * Msgr. Dav d Ma oy, unt now a pr est of the d ocese of M waukee and a former genera secretary of the Un ted States Conference of Catho c B shops, has been appo nted B shop of Rockford, I ., rep ac ng B shop Thomas Doran. * Fr. Gregory Parkes, who has been serv ng as Chance or and V car Genera of the D ocese of Or ando, s appo nted B shop of Pensaco a-Ta ahassee, tak ng over from B shop John Huston R card who stood down n March ast year. In Canada, Card na Jean-C aude Turcotte, Archb shop of Montrea , has stood down and w be rep aced by Archb shop Chr st an Lép ne, unt now an aux ary b shop n Montrea . A so pub shed today was a summary of the Aposto c V s tat on of Ire and. The document makes a ser es of observat ons and recommendat ons. In part cu ar, t notes: “Among the pastora pr or t es that have emerged most strong y s the need for deeper format on n the content of the fa th for young peop e and adu ts; a broad and we -p anned ongo ng theo og ca and sp r tua format on for c ergy, Re g ous and ay fa thfu ; a new focus on the ro e of the a ty, who are ca ed to be engaged both w th n the Church and n bear ng w tness before soc ety, n accordance w th the soc a teach ngs of the Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:06 AM

Vatican praises steps taken to protect children by Irish church VATICAN CITY Fox News Pub shed March 20, 2012 Assoc ated Press VATICAN CITY – The Vat can sa d Tuesday that archd oceses n Ire and are mak ng an "exce ent" progress n efforts to mp ement norms to protect ch dren n the wake of decades of pedoph e pr est scanda s. The Vat can re eased a summary of f nd ngs of ts year ong nvest gat on ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI after the uproar over w despread ch d abuse by pr ests and a egat ons of cover-ups by the church. The Vat can sa d ts nvest gators saw for themse ves "how much the shortcom ngs of the past" caused an nadequate react on "not east on the part of var ous b shops and re g ous super ors." It expressed a "great sense of pa n and shame" that nnocent young peop e were abused by pr ests and nuns "wh e those who shou d have exerc sed v g ance often fa ed to do so effect ve y." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:03 AM

Bishops welcome ‘Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland’ IRELAND Ir sh Catho c B shops Conference [the report] Background On 19 March 2010, fo ow ng a meet ng n the Vat can w th the b shops of Ire and, H s Ho ness Pope Bened ct XVI ssued a Pastora Letter to the Catho cs n Ire and. The Pastora Letter expressed h s deep sorrow and regret regard ng abuse perpetrated by pr ests and re g ous on v ct ms “You have suffered gr evous y and I am tru y sorry” and addressed how such cases had been responded to n the past. The Pastora Letter a so announced a number of “concrete n t at ves” nc ud ng an Aposto c V s tat on of certa n d oceses n Ire and, as we as sem nar es and re g ous congregat ons. The Aposto c V s tat on was “ ntended to ass st the oca Church n her path of renewa .” A press conference was he d today n the Co umba Centre, Sa nt Patr ck s Co ege, Maynooth, to mark the pub cat on of the Summary of the F nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on n Ire and. In attendance at the press conference were Card na Seán Brady, Pr mate of A Ire and and Pres dent of the Ir sh B shops Conference; Archb shop D armu d Mart n, Pr mate of Ire and and V ce-Pres dent of the Ir sh B shops Conference; the Aposto c Nunc o to Ire and, H s Exce ency Archb shop Char es Brown; and, the D rector Genera of the Conference of Re g ous of Ire and, S ster Mar anne O Connor. P ease see be ow Card na Brady s open ng statement at the press conference: Comments by Card na Brady: On beha f of the Catho c commun ty n Ire and I we come the pub cat on of the f nd ngs of the recent Aposto c V s tat on. Th s v s tat on arose from the concrete n t at ves proposed by H s Ho ness, Pope Bened ct XVI n h s Pastora Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and of March 2010. We thank Pope Bened ct, and those who co aborated n carry ng out the V s tat on of the four archd oceses, the re g ous congregat ons and sem nar es. We acknow edge w th grat tude a those who contr buted to th s mportant and h stor c n t at ve by meet ng the v s tors and mak ng subm ss ons to them. Spec a pr or ty was g ven to meet ngs w th surv vors of abuse who were assured of the part cu ar c oseness of the Ho y Father to them n th s process. The V s tators a so met w th a broad representat on of the Catho c fa thfu . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:57 AM

'Pain and shame' in Vatican report IRELAND UTV A ma or new report from the Vat can nto c er ca abuse expresses a "great sense of pa n and shame" and ca s for the church to cont nue devot ng t me to v ct ms. Sen or Catho c eaders v s ted Ire and n ear y 2011 to nvest gate the mp cat ons of ch d abuse n each of the four archd ocese. Pub sh ng the r f nd ngs on Tuesday, the Aposto c V s tat on sa d the scanda s have "opened wounds" and ed peop e to ose trust n the r pastors. They found that " nnocent young peop e were abused by c er cs and re g ous to whose care they had been entrusted, wh e those who shou d have exerc sed v g ance often fa ed to do so effect ve y." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:54 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY Vat can Informat on Serv ce Vat can C ty, 20 March 2012 (VIS) - The Ho y Father: - Appo nted B shop W am E. Lor of Br dgeport, U.S.A., as archb shop of Ba t more (area 12,430, popu at on 3,119,000, Catho cs 499,529, pr ests 543, permanent deacons 158, re g ous 1,249), U.S.A. - Appo nted Msgr. Dav d J. Ma oy of the c ergy of the archd ocese of M waukee, U.S.A., pastor of the par sh of St. Franc s de Sa es at Lake Geneva, as b shop of Rockford (area 16,717, popu at on 1,665,000, Catho cs 451,509, pr ests 288, permanent deacons 136, re g ous 184), U.S.A. The b shop-e ect was born n M waukee n 1956 and orda ned a pr est n 1983. He stud ed n Rome then served for a number of years n the d p omat c serv ce of the Ho y See before becom ng an off c a of the Prefecture of the Pont f ca Househo d. From 2006 to 2011 he was secretary genera of the Un ted States Conference of Catho c B shops. He succeeds B shop Thomas G. Doran, whose res gnat on from the pastora care of the same d ocese the Ho y Father accepted, upon hav ng reached the age m t. - Appo nted B shop Chr st an Lep ne, aux ary of the archd ocese of Montrea , Canada, as metropo tan archb shop of the same archd ocese (area 1,103, popu at on 2,574,000, Catho cs 1,640,000, pr ests 1,163, permanent deacons 100, re g ous 4,158). He succeeds Card na Jean-C aude Turcotte, whose res gnat on from the pastora care of the same archd ocese the Ho y Father accepted, upon hav ng reached the age m t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:49 AM

Lori named Baltimore archbishop BRIDGEPORT (CT) CT Post B shop W am E. Lor , who ed the Br dgeport Roman Catho c D ocese through a burgeon ng sexua abuse scanda eft beh nd by h s predecessor, has been named the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more. Pope Bened ct XVI made the announcement Tuesday. Lor w succeed Card na Edw n O Br en, who served as Ba t more s 15th archb shop from October 2007 to August 2011 when he was named grand master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu chre of Jerusa em. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:45 AM

RIUNIONE SANTA SEDE-MONEYVAL SU ANTIRICICLACCIO CITTA DEL VATICANO VIS C ttà de Vat cano, 20 marzo 2012 (VIS).Da 14 a 16 marzo s sono svo t n Vat cano a cun ncontr d avoro fra e Autor tà de a Santa Sede e de o Stato de a C ttà de Vat cano, e g espert de Moneyva , D v s one de Cons g o d Europa che s occupa de a va utaz one de s stem ant r c c agg o de Paes Membr . Un Comun cato, reso pubb co sabato 17 marzo, rende noto che: "Le r un on , (...) hanno consent to d prosegu re ne a racco ta d nformaz on su pass comp ut ne processo d adeguamento ag standards nternaz ona n mater a d prevenz one e contrasto de r c c agg o e de f nanz amento de terror smo, come adoz one de Decreto N. CLIX de 25 genna o 2012, (...) nonché a rat f ca e ades one ad a cune Convenz on nternaz ona r evant n mater a. (...) La presente fase condurrà a a redaz one d un rapporto, che, come era stato prev sto, sarà esam nato da Assemb ea P enar a d Moneyva de ug o pross mo". Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:43 AM

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH HAS A NEW DOMAIN: WWW.DOCTRINAFIDEI.VA VATICAN CITY Vat can Informat on Serv ce Vat can C ty, 16 March 2012 (VIS) - The Congregat on for the Doctr ne of the Fa th has opened a new doma n (www.doctr naf de .va) w th n the off c a webs te of the Ho y See. In th s way, the congregat on hopes to fac tate the consu tat on of ts documents wh ch, hav ng the express approbat on of the Ho y Father, part c pate n h s ord nary Mag ster um as the Peter s Successor. Attent ve recept on of these texts s mportant for a members of the fa thfu and n part cu ar for those who are engaged n theo og ca and pastora work. The ma or documents are ava ab e n e ght anguages: Lat n, French, Eng sh, Ita an, Portuguese, Span sh, German and Po sh. Certa n documents are a so ava ab e n Hungar an, S ovak, Czech, and Dutch. There s a genera st of a the texts organ sed chrono og ca y, and three subgroups of these texts, d v ded nto doctr na , d sc p nary and sacramenta documents. The new doma n a so presents nformat on on the Congregat on s ser es "Document e Stud ", wh ch are nd v dua pr nted vo umes present ng a ma or document of the Congregat on together w th commentar es by noted theo og ans. There s a so a descr pt on of the vo umes conta n ng the proceed ngs of var ous sympos a organ sed by the Congregat on n recent years, as we as speeches and other contr but ons by card na prefects. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:39 AM

NOTE CONCERNING THE RESULTS OF THE APOSTOLIC VISITATION TO IRELAND VATICAN CITY Vat can Informat on Serv ce Vat can C ty, 20 March 2012 (VIS) - G ven be ow s a note re eased th s morn ng by the Ho y See Press Off ce concern ng the summary of the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on n Ire and. It s, the Eng sh- anguage text reads, "a synthes s of the resu ts of the V s tat ons to the four archd oceses, to re g ous nst tutes and to the Ir sh sem nar es. It has been approved by the off ces wh ch conducted the V s tat on and t a so conta ns some further observat ons from the Ho y See, n add t on to those that the nd v dua d caster es commun cated to the eaders of the respect ve archd oceses or nst tutes. "There fo ows a st of some of the pr nc pa e ements conta ned n the summary: "(a) The Ho y See re terates the sense of d smay expressed by Pope Bened ct XVI n h s Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and and the c oseness that he has often man fested towards the v ct ms of these s nfu and cr m na acts comm tted by pr ests and re g ous. "(b) The V s tat on, wh ch was pastora n nature, was ab e on the one hand to acknow edge the ser ousness of the shortcom ngs that gave r se, n the past, not east on the part of var ous b shops and re g ous super ors, to an nadequate understand ng of and react on to the terr b e phenomenon of the abuse of m nors. On the other hand, t s c ear y po nted out that, beg nn ng n the 1990s, dec s ve progress has been made, ead ng to a greater awareness of the prob em and profound changes n the way of address ng t. It s recommended that b shops and re g ous super ors keep up the r comm tment to we com ng and support ng v ct ms of abuse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:32 AM

Priesters in de stress door werkdruk en besmeurd imago NEDERLAND de Vo kskrant Een op de dr e katho eke pr esters heeft zovee ast van stress en psycho og sche prob emen dat h een burn-out op oopt. Voornaamste oorzaken z n de toenemende werkdruk b pastora e act v te ten en het besmeurde mago a s gevo g van de ve e schanda en van seksuee m sbru k van m nder ar gen door katho eke geeste ken. D t b kt u t een onderzoek dat de Ita aanse pater en psychotherapeut G useppe Crea on angs presenteerde op een congres met de opmerke ke t te Pr esters op de d van . Aanwez g op de b eenkomst aan de Sa es aanse un vers te t n Rome waren ru m tweehonderd geeste ken, psycho ogen, therapeuten en Vat caan-watchers. Unan em kwamen ze tot de conc us e dat het bepaa d geen pret e s om anno 2012 pr ester n de katho eke kerk te z n. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:28 AM

A Call to Cardinal Dolan to Stop Endangering LGBT Youth UNITED STATES Huff ngton Post Car S c ano Card na Do an, I wr te to you as the d rector of the A Forney Center, the nat on s argest organ zat on ded cated to home ess LGBT youth. I am wr t ng to you on beha f of the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youths who have been dr ven from the r homes by parents unw ng or unab e to accept the r own ch dren because they are gay. And I wr te to you as a member of the Archd ocese of New York who s deep y ashamed by the ways that h s b shop contr butes to the abuse and harm suffered by these youths. I want you to understand how you, and other re g ous eaders who f ght aga nst the acceptance of LGBT peop e, are he p ng to create a nat ona tragedy. As youths f nd the courage and ntegr ty to be honest about who they are at younger ages, hundreds of thousands are be ng turned out of the r homes and forced to surv ve a one on the streets by parents who cannot accept hav ng a gay ch d. Parenta re ect on has become so preva ent that LGBT youths make up an aston sh ng 40 percent of the nat on s home ess youth popu at on. Do you know that a recent study of fam y re ect on found that parents who dent fy themse ves as "strong y re g ous" are much more ke y to re ect the r LGBT ch dren? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:25 AM

Debatte um die "Null-Toleranz" DEUTSCHLAND Katho sch B schof Ackermann verte d gt Le t n en gegen M ssbrauch Bonn - Er hat e nen Zusatz-Job, um den hn ke ner bene det: Se t Februar 2010 st der Tr erer B schof Stephan Ackermann M ssbrauchsbeauftragter der Deutschen B schofskonferenz. In e ner der größten Kr se der katho schen K rche se t Jahrzehnten hat der dama s 46-Jähr ge e ne w cht ge Pos t on übernommen und d e Aufgabe se ther z em ch souverän ge öst. Doch etzt hat Ackermann n se ner e genen D özese Prob eme. M tte März hatte der "Tr er sche Vo ksfreund" ber chtet, dass e n 1995 wegen mehrerer Fä e sexue en M ssbrauchs zu zwe Jahren auf Bewährung verurte ter Pr ester m Saar and a s Aush fspfarrer e ngesetzt werde. Er se vor a em n der Krankenhaussee sorge tät g und fe ere n e ner Pfarre he ge Messen, so der Ber cht, den das B stum bestät gte. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:22 AM

Hilfen für Missbrauchsopfer lassen auf sich warten DEUTSCHLAND Braunschwe ger Ze tung Der M ssbrauchsbeauftragte der Bundesreg erung, Johannes-W he m Rör g, sagte, v er Monate nach dem Ende des Runden T sches hätten d e zuständ gen Bundesm n ster en noch ke n Konzept vorge egt. «V er Monate s nd aus S cht der Betroffenen e ne sehr ange Ze t», sagte er. «D e Betroffenen drängen. Und das auch zu recht», sagte Rör g, der das Amt von Chr st ne Bergmann übernommen hatte. Der Runde T sch hatte s ch auf e n Maßnahmenpaket verständ gt. Dabe geht es um schne e H fen für Opfer, um Therap en und Entschäd gungen, aber auch um Prävent on. E n zentra er Vorsch ag besteht dar n, e n H fesystem m t e ner f nanz e en Ausstattung von 100 M onen Euro e nzur chten, um Opfern zu he fen, für d e ke n anderer e nspr ngt. Der Bund ze gte s ch dama s bere t, d e Hä fte zu f nanz eren. D e Länder so en d e andere Hä fte stemmen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:19 AM

Pädophile Priester: England fandet danach, Deutschland peppelt sie GROSSBRITANNIEN Moment Ma UK: “ Pr ester und Geme ndem tg eder wurden aufgefordert, d e Augen offen zu ha ten be der Suche nach K nderschändern nnerha b der Ge st chke t der Geme nschaft. Der amt erende B schof von Ch chester, Reverend Mark Sowerby, warnte d e M tg eder des K erus n der ganzen Grafschaft, wachsam zu se n und forderte auf, d e Straftäter auszurotten. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:16 AM

Kirchenskandal: Ermittlungsrichter gibt auf BELGIEN Deredact e Untersuchungsr chter W m De Troy, der d e Erm tt ungen m Zusammenhang m t den sexue en M ssbrauchsfä en n der Katho schen K rche e tete, g bt se nen Auftrag zurück. Für d e Anwä te der Opfer st d es e n schwerer Sch ag. Me dungen versch edener be g scher Med en, nach denen Untersuchungsr chter W m De Troy (Foto oben) be Bundes ust zm n ster n Annem e Turte boom (Open VLD) um e ne Beend gung se nes Mandats b tten werde, wurden nzw schen bestät gt. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:12 AM

Abt Kassian Lauterer blieb trotz Missbrauchs untätig OSTERREICH Skydaddy s B og An äss ch zwe er Z v k agen we st A tabt Kass an Lauterer darauf h n, dass er e nen Pater se ner Abte 1982 sofort aus dem Schu d enst entfernt habe, a s er von E tern über sexue en M ssbrauch nform ert wurde. Im Fa e nes anderen Paters b eb Abt Kass an a erd ngs ahrzehnte ang untät g. Es hande t s ch dabe um e nen Fa , über den ch 2010 mehrfach ber chtet habe. D e österre ch sche Z sterz enserabte Wett ngen-Mehrerau am Bodensee, d e auch e n Internat betre bt, s eht s ch Z v k agen von M ssbrauchsopfern gegenüber, d e b s März 1982 von e nem Pater des K osters m ssbraucht worden se n so en. Der betreffende Pater war bere ts 1967 wegen M ssbrauchs von M nder ähr gen verurte t worden. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:09 AM

Ende der Parallelgesellschaft DEUTSCHLAND taz Der Mann, der n der Öffent chke t das Ges cht der K rche für Aufk ärung und Prävent on sexua s erter Gewa t st, so se bst Pädosexue e beschäft gt haben. von Chr st an Fü er Wer w ssen w , w e man sexue e Gewa t und M ssbrauch n cht aufk ärt, der muss s ch wenden an: den Chefaufk ärer der Katho schen B schofskonferenz, Stephan Ackermann. Ackermann, der zug e ch Tr erer B schof st, musste s ch von dem exze ent nform erten Opfervere n M ssB t (M ssbrauch m B stum Tr er) vorha ten assen, dass er s eben Pädosexue e beschäft gt. Das st für Ackermann und d e katho sche K rche e n, freund ch gesagt, schwerer Rücksch ag: Ist der M ssbrauchsbeauftragte der Täterorgan sat on K rche gar ke n Aufk ärer, sondern e n Pate der Pädoph en? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:06 AM

Ackermanns Frechheit DEUTSCHLAND taz Kommentar von Matth as Katsch Vor zwe Jahren wurde von der Po t k e n Runder T sch e ngesetzt, um auf M ssbrauchsfä e n k rch chen und anderen Inst tut onen zu reag eren. Zwe Jahre später st k ar: Das w cht gste Z e wurde n cht erre cht. K arhe t und Wahrhe t über das Ausmaß n der Katho schen K rche zu erre chen. Anges chts der Vorgänge m B stum Tr er, wo mehrere pädoph e Pr ester we ter beschäft gt werden so en, muss man s ch fragen: W e ange wo en es s ch d e von hren H rten gerne a s Schäfchen beze chneten zah enden M tg eder der Körperschaft öffent chen Rechts noch gefa en assen, dass hr Ruf von une ns cht gen oder überforderten Vertretern der Katho schen K rche vo ends ru n ert w rd? Und w e ange w s ch d e Gese schaft noch gefa en assen, dass e ne Inst tut on s ch n d eser We se se bst aufk ärt? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:03 AM

Dutch Catholic Church castrated 10 boys in the 1950s in effort to purge homosexuality NETHERLANDS Da y Ma (Un ted K ngdom) By J Re y PUBLISHED: 07:39 EST, 20 March 2012 Shock ng reports have emerged that revea at east 10 ma es under the age of 21 were castrated to get r d of homosexua ty, n the 1950s by the Dutch Roman Catho c Church. The f nd ngs are even more controvers a as an off c a nvest gat on nto sexua abuse w th n the church pub shed ast year, d d not nc ude the shock ng reve at on, even though t had been reported. The NRC Hande sb ad, a da y even ng newspaper n the Nether ands, newspaper dent f ed a man Henk He thu s as one of the young men who were castrated as we as n ne other m nors. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:59 AM

Archdiocese of Baltimore introduces new archbishop BALTIMORE (MD) The Ba t more Sun [w th v deo] By Dean Jones Jr., The Ba t more Sun 7:31 a.m. EDT, March 20, 2012 B shop W am E. Lor , prev ous y of the d ocese of Br dgeport, Conn., was named as Card na Edw n O Br en s rep acement as head of the Archd ocese of Ba t more by Pope Bened ct XVI, the archd ocese announced Tuesday. Lor , 60, becomes the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more. He rep aces O Br en, who served as archb shop from October 2007 to August 2011 before eav ng the post to become the Grand Master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu cher of Jerusa em. Archb shop-des gnate Lor w be ntroduced at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. today at the Ba t more Bas ca. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:56 AM

Pope Names New Archbishop Of Baltimore BALTIMORE (MD) WJZ BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Pope Bened ct XVI named B shop W am E. Lor of the D ocese of Br dgeport, 60, as the 16th Archb shop of Ba t more. He w succeed Edw n Card na O Br en, who served as Ba t more s 15th archb shop from October 2007 to August 2011. O Br en has served as Aposto c Adm n strator of the nat on s o dest Archd ocese s nce h s appo ntment Aug. 29 as Grand Master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu cher of Jerusa em. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:53 AM

New Pastor Announced for St. Joseph's Church NEW JERSEY Patch By JD Watson Rev. John P. Bambr ck, pastor of St. Joseph s Roman Catho c Church n Toms R ver, has requested and been granted a transfer by the Most Rev. Dav d M. O Conne , b shop of the D ocese of Trenton, Bambr ck announced to par sh oners on Sunday. Rev. G. Scott Shaffer, pastor of St. A oys us Roman Catho c Church n Jackson, has accepted a transfer to become the 11th pastor of St. Joseph s, the par sh where he f rst served as a pr est 20 years ago. ... Bambr ck has had a notab e career. He was w de y ha ed for h s efforts at St. Thomas More n Mana apan, un fy ng h s par sh after the terror st attacks on the Wor d Trade Center n 2001. A v ct m of sexua abuse at the age of 15 by a pr est and mentor, Bambr ck tracked down h s abuser and arranged for h m to be removed from the pr esthood. Bambr ck went on to confront other abus ve pr ests, becom ng a champ on for the r ghts of the sexua y abused. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:48 AM

Vatican visitors propose Church reforms to deal with abuse fallout IRELAND The Journa A DELEGATION of h gh-rank ng Catho c off c a s sent to Ire and by Pope Bened ct to dea w th the aftermath of success ve abuse scanda s has proposed a ser es of reforms to tack e the Church s d ff cu ty. The f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on, ed by the Archb shop of New York, Card na T mothy Do an, propose mpos ng new restr ct ons on adm ss on to sem nar es, and nc ud ng new ch d protect on c asses n the academ c programme for tra nee pr ests. The V s tat on has a so proposed reform ng the structure of Ire and s 26 Church d oceses “and the r ab ty to respond adequate y to the cha enges of the New Evange sat on”. A summary of the r f nd ngs, ssued th s morn ng by Vatican Radio, a so out nes the need for a new focus on the ro e of ay peop e n the affa rs of the Church, and the need to harness “new Ecc es a movements” (such as the Wor d Youth Day event) to better reach the young generat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:45 AM

Vatican urges Church to listen to victims IRELAND RTE News The Vat can has pub shed ts report on the child abuse crisis n the Catho c Church n Ire and. It recommends that Ir sh d ocesan author t es and those of re g ous nst tutes shou d cont nue to devote t me to sten ng to v ct ms and prov d ng support for them and the r fam es. The f nd ngs are based on an aposto c v s tat on to the four archd oceses, re g ous congregat ons and sem nar es. The report found that the current gu de nes on ch d protect on were be ng fo owed. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:41 AM

Vatican report condemns abuse, praises recovery efforts IRELAND Newsta k The Aposto c V s tat on to Ire and says “exce ent” efforts are be ng made by the c ergy to mp ement and mprove ch d protect on measures. However t a so stresses that the Church shou d cont nue to exam ne and update the protect on gu de nes n p ace and to cont nue to prov de support to c er ca ch d sex abuse v ct ms. A summary of the f nd ngs of the 7 V s tat ons ast year has been pub shed by the Vat can but the fu reports w not be re eased. They were ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:39 AM

Irish Catholic bishops “make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness” IRELAND The Journa [the report] CARDINAL SEÁN BRADY, head of the Catho c Church n Ire and, sa d he “we comed” the f nd ngs of a pane appo nted by the Vat can to v s t the four Ir sh archd oceses to ook at how they were respond ng to the ch d abuse scanda . A summary of the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on was pub shed today. It suggested that new restr ct ons be p aced on adm ss on to sem nar es and made other recommendat ons wh ch t fe t wou d he p the “renewa ” of the Catho c Church n Ire and. It a so proposed a restructur ng of the 26 d oceses n the country. The Ir sh B shops Conference he d a press conference on the pub cat on th s morn ng. It sa d t was gratefu to those who had co-operated n the r meet ngs w th the Vat can-p cked pane , nc ud ng surv vors of ch d abuse, re g ous congregat ons, sem nar es and the four archd oceses. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:35 AM

TUAM ARCHBISHOP DESCRIBES VATICAN REPORT AS POSITIVE IRELAND Ga way News March 20, 2012 The Archb shop of Tuam has descr bed the Vat can report nto the country s four archd oceses as hopefu and pos t ve . Archb shop M chae Neary was speak ng ahead of the reports pub cat on n Rome today. The Vat can sent v s tat on teams to the archd ocese of Tuam, Cashe and Em y, Armagh and Dub n fo ow ng the re ease of the Murphy report nto c er ca ch d sex abuse. Canad an Archb shop Terence Prendergast and h s ass stant Fr.James Conn comp eted h s th rd and f na v s t to the Tuam archd ocese ast March. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:31 AM

Vatican advises changes to child protection measures IRELAND The Ir sh T mes A de egat on of sen or Catho c Church off c a s sent to Ire and by Pope Bened ct n the wake of a ser es of c er ca sex abuse scanda s has proposed a number of reforms to mprove ch d protect on. A seven-page summat on of the report by the aposto c v s tat on was pub shed at the Co umba Centre n St Patr ck s Co ege, Maynooth th s morn ng at a br ef ng attended by Card na Seán Brady, Archb shop of Dub n D armu d Mart n and papa nunc o to Ire and Archb shop Char es Brown. The report was comp eted after seven teams of Vat can-appo nted church eaders v s ted Ire and. The teams v s ted the four Ir sh Archd oceses, two sem nar es and the ma e and fema e congregat ons. The report sa d changes shou d be made to sem nar es and adm ss on cr ter a for wou d-be pr ests. It found that wh e gu de nes to protect ch dren are be ng fo owed, academ c programmes n sem nar es shou d put more focus on the ssue. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:25 AM

Vatican report advises Church changes IRELAND Ir sh Exam ner [the report] Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Changes shou d be made to sem nar es and adm ss on cr ter a for wou d-be pr ests, a Vat can report on the ch d abuse cr s s n the Catho c Church n Ire and has warned. A probe nto the hand ng of c er ca sex abuse cases found wh e gu de nes to protect ch dren aga nst paedoph e pr ests are be ng fo owed, academ c programmes n sem nar es shou d put more focus on the ssue. Sen or churchmen were sent by Rome to nvest gate safeguard ng procedures and protoco s n the Catho c Church n Ire and after t was rocked by severa reports wh ch unve ed decades of abuse and cover-ups by church and state author t es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:21 AM

Catholic church abuse: Castration 'nothing unusual' NETHERLANDS Dutch News The case of the young boy who was castrated wh e n the care of catho c pr ests does not stand a one. On Tuesday, Dagb ad de L mburger wrote that n the f ft es underage boys were castrated w thout the r parents perm ss on n psych atr c nst tut ons n the prov nces of Noord-Brabant and L mburg. So how common was th s pract ce? The Vo kskrant ta ked to two h stor ans. Noth ng unusua Psych atr sts, po t c ans, awyers and doctors were a agreed that castrat on was the cure-a for what were cons dered sexua s , h stor an Theo van der Meer te s the paper. It was noth ng unusua , fe ow h stor an Marn x Koo haas adds. The boy who was castrated n 1956 after hav ng been sexua y abused by catho c pr ests was sent to a psych atr c nst tut on. It was one of the p aces where men who were cons dered to be sexua y dev ant – the boy was a eged y homosexua – were castrated, a pract ce that was a owed to cont nue unt the ate s xt es, the Vo kskrant wr tes. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:18 AM

Baxenden vicar suspended over boy assault claim UNITED KINGDOM Lancash re Te egraph A VICAR has been suspended after he was arrested on susp c on of assau t ng an 11-year-o d boy. Rev Joe F e der, 44, the pr est- n-charge at St John s Church n Baxenden, was arrested at the v age V carage n Langford Street. He has been suspended from h s ro e at the church, wh ch he has he d for three years, wh e an nterna church nvest gat on s comp eted, d ocese off c a s have conf rmed. Po ce sa d the a eged v ct m ca ed po ce at 7.20am on Tuesday, February 7, to report an assau t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:14 AM

Archbishop Lori to lead Baltimore archdiocese BALTIMORE (MD) The Catho c Rev ew [New Archb shop: Watch Live Press Conference at 10:30 AM] By Jenn fer W ams w [email protected] cRev ew.org Pope Bened ct XVI has named B shop W am Edward Lor , 60, of the D ocese of Br dgeport, Conn., as the 16th archb shop of Ba t more. Archb shop Lor w be forma y nsta ed as head of the Prem er See May 16. Archb shop Lor succeeds Card na Edw n F. O Br en, who took the he m of the Archd ocese of Ba t more n 2007. Card na O Br en was named grand master of the Equestr an Order of the Ho y Sepu cher n August 2011 and cont nues to serve as aposto c adm n strator for the Ba t more archd ocese unt h s successor s nsta at on. Archb shop Lor w be ntroduced to the Archd ocese of Ba t more by Card na O Br en at a news conference today at the Bas ca of the Nat ona Shr ne of the Assumpt on of the B essed V rg n Mary at 10:30 a.m. Archb shop Lor , who ha s from Lou sv e, Ken., was nsta ed as the fourth b shop of the Br dgeport d ocese n 2001. The Connect cut eader, who has a bache or s degree from St. P us X Sem nary n Kentucky, s acqua nted w th the Archd ocese of Ba t more, hav ng earned a master s degree from Mount St. Mary s Sem nary n Emm tsburg n 1977. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:10 AM

Archdiocese Names New Archbishop Of Baltimore BALTIMORE (MD) WBAL BALTIMORE -- Ba t more s new archb shop w come from Connect cut, the Archd ocese of Ba t more conf rmed to WBAL-TV 11 News. W am Edward Lor , who current y serves as b shop of the D ocese of Br dgeport, Conn., w rep ace Card na Edw n O Br en, who was e evated by the pope ast month to serve n Rome. Lor w be ntroduced dur ng a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the Ba t more Bas ca. 11 News w carry t ve on WBALTV.com and on WBAL P us. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:07 AM

Vatican says... VATICAN CITY Wash ngton Post Vatican says Irish church making progress in implementing norms to protect children By Assoc ated Press, Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 7:15 AM VATICAN CITY — The Vat can says archd oceses n Ire and are mak ng an “exce ent” progress n efforts to mp ement norms to protect ch dren n the wake of decades of pedoph e pr est scanda s. The Vat can on Tuesday re eased a summary of f nd ngs of ts own year ong nvest gat on ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI after the uproar over w despread ch d abuse by pr ests and a egat ons of cover up by the church. The Vat can sa d ts nvest gators saw for themse ves “how much the shortcom ngs of the past” caused an nadequate react on “not east on the part of var ous b shops and re g ous super ors.” It expressed a “great sense of pa n and shame.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:03 AM

Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland VATICAN CITY Vat can Rad o Now that the Aposto c V s tat on to certa n D oceses, Sem nar es and Re g ous Inst tutes n Ire and has been conc uded, t s ntended here, n accordance w th what was stated n the Commun qué of 6 June 2011, to offer an overa synthes s nd cat ng the resu ts and the future prospects h gh ghted by the V s tat on. It shou d be borne n m nd that the V s tat on was pastora n nature; the Ho y Father s ntent on was that t shou d “ass st the oca Church on her path of renewa ” (Pastora Letter of the Ho y Father Pope Bened ct XVI to the Catho cs of Ire and, 19 March 2010). It was not ntended to rep ace or supersede the ord nary respons b ty of B shops and Re g ous Super ors, nor to nterfere “w th the ord nary act v ty of the oca mag strates, nor w th the act v ty of the Comm ss ons of Invest gat on estab shed by the Ir sh Par ament, nor w th the work of any eg s at ve author ty, wh ch has competence n the area of prevent on of abuse of m nors” (Commun qué of the Ho y See Press Off ce, 12 November 2010). In commun cat ng th s summary of the F nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on, the Ho y See re-echoes the sense of d smay and betraya wh ch the Ho y Father expressed n h s Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and regard ng the s nfu and cr m na acts that were at the root of th s part cu ar cr s s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:41 AM

Mumbai priest sodomised men after promising jobs in Dubai INDIA IBN Mumba : Two 26-year-o d men, who were prom sed obs n Duba by a pr est and ater sexua y abused by h m, have conducted a st ng operat on to bare the man of God n rather unbecom ng c rcumstances. M D DAY has a copy of the CD n wh ch the pr est -- dent f ed as Kanak Kubd ya, res dent of Dadar -- s a eged y seen sodom s ng one of the v ct ms at the quarters of a temp e n Shahpur, Thane. The two youths, whose dent t es have been concea ed, have subm tted the ev dence to Indore po ce. Accord ng to one of the v ct ms -- who ha s from Surat n Gu arat -- he was n the vocat on of dress ng up do s at temp es. "I was contacted by Kubd ya and on December 1, 2011, I went a ong w th h m to Dadar where I dressed up the gods at a temp e for 30 days. Kubd ya then offered me a s m ar pos t on n Duba and ured me w th money. I agreed. However, he took me to Shahpur and sodom sed me at a temp e over severa days," he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:37 AM

Burgemeester houdt vertrouwen in commissie-Deetman NEDERLAND de Ge der ander HARREVELD - Burgemeester Henk He man van Oost Ge re houdt vertrouwen n de comm ss e-Deetman, d e onderzoek deed naar seksusee m sbru k n de katho eke kerk. De comm ss e zou een me d ng over castrat e van ongens u t het nternaat Harreve d terz de hebben geschoven. „Ik heb vertrouwen n W m Deetman, k ken hem van vroeger”, reageert de burgemeester van Oost Ge re, waartoe ook Harreve d behoort. „Deetman s geen man d e d ngen verdoeze t of n de doofpot stopt." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:34 AM

Prosecutors Plan To Show ‘Diocese-Wide Policy’ In Priest Sex Abuse Case PHILADELPHIA (PA) CBS Ph y By Tony Hanson PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Wh e the unprecedented c ergy abuse tr a of former Mons gnor W am Lynn and two pr ests s set to beg n Monday, the atest pre-tr a hear ng n the case makes c ear the defendants won t be the on y ones on tr a . Two pr ests — one now defrocked — a eged y abused ch dren, and Mons gnor W am Lynn s charged w th endanger ng ch dren by a ow ng these and other a eged predator pr ests to rema n n m n stry. But, prosecutor Patr ck B ess ngton sa d yesterday, they p an to present ev dence show ng there was “a d ocese-w de po cy that was cr m na n nature.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:31 AM

SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS OF THE APOSTOLIC VISITATION IN IRELAND VATICAN CITY Vat can Informat on Serv ce - Bo et no The Summary of the f nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on n Ire and, pub shed herew th, offers a synthes s of the resu ts of the V s tat ons to the four Archd oceses, to Re g ous Inst tutes and to the Ir sh Sem nar es. It has been approved by the Off ces wh ch conducted the V s tat on and t a so conta ns some further observat ons from the Ho y See, n add t on to those that the nd v dua D caster es commun cated to the eaders of the respect ve Archd oceses or Inst tutes: Now that the Aposto c V s tat on to certa n D oceses, Sem nar es and Re g ous Inst tutes n Ire and has been conc uded, t s ntended here, n accordance w th what was stated n the Commun qué of 6 June 2011, to offer an overa synthes s nd cat ng the resu ts and the future prospects h gh ghted by the V s tat on. It shou d be borne n m nd that the V s tat on was pastora n nature; the Ho y Father s ntent on was that t shou d "ass st the oca Church on her path of renewa " (Pastora Letter of the Ho y Father Pope Bened ct XVI to the Catho cs of Ire and, 19 March 2010). It was not ntended to rep ace or supersede the ord nary respons b ty of B shops and Re g ous Super ors, nor to nterfere "w th the ord nary act v ty of the oca mag strates, nor w th the act v ty of the Comm ss ons of Invest gat on estab shed by the Ir sh Par ament, nor w th the work of any eg s at ve author ty, wh ch has competence n the area of prevent on of abuse of m nors" (Commun qué of the Ho y See Press Off ce, 12 November 2010). In commun cat ng th s summary of the F nd ngs of the Aposto c V s tat on, the Ho y See re-echoes the sense of d smay and betraya wh ch the Ho y Father expressed n h s Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and regard ng the s nfu and cr m na acts that were at the root of th s part cu ar cr s s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:27 AM

Report expected to recommend reducing Irish dioceses IRELAND Newsta k A Vat can report wh ch was ordered n the wake of the Murphy and Ryan reports nto c er ca ch d sex abuse s to be pub shed th s morn ng. The nqu ry was carr ed out by the Aposto c V s tat on to Ire and. It nvo ved teams v s t ng a 4 Catho c archd oceses, sem nar es and re g ous congregat ons. The Ir sh b shops w g ve the r react on to the f nd ngs at a press conference n Maynooth ater th s morn ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:24 AM

Mediation effort fails in Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay sexual abuse lawsuit WISCONSIN Post-Crescent APPLETON — Attorneys say an attempt to sett e the c v awsu t brought by two sexua assau t v ct ms aga nst the Roman Catho c D ocese of Green Bay was unsuccessfu as a two-week ury tr a draws near. Outagam e County Judge Nancy Krueger he d a mot ons hear ng Monday n the awsu t f ed by brothers Todd and Troy Merryf e d stemm ng from the r ch dhood sexua abuse at the hands of former pr est John Feeney. Krueger cons dered sanct ons Monday aga nst Troy Merryf e d for part c pat ng n a recent med at on sess on by te ephone nstead of n person. Krueger d dn t order sanct ons, but asked attorneys to d scuss the poss b ty of another med at on sess on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:21 AM

Ex-Täter als Seelsorger eingesetzt DEUTSCHLAND Vo ksfreund Darf e n ehema s vom Tr erer Landger cht wegen M ssbrauchs zu e ner Bewährungsstrafe verurte ter Ge st cher noch Gottesd enste fe ern und d e Sakramente spenden? Ne n, sagen Opferverbände und d e katho sche Jugendorgan sat on KSJ. Be m B stum Tr er s eht man d es offenbar anders: Der etzt m Saar and tät ge Pfarrer se m t E nschränkungen e nsetzbar, sagt e n B schofssprecher. Tr er/Saarbrücken. "Zu se nen Aufgaben a s Kooperator gehören Messfe ern, Taufen, Hochze ten, Beerd gungen, d e M tarbe t n der Krankenhaussee sorge und n der Erwachsenenb dung." So schr eb d e Saarbrücker Ze tung vor genau zwe Jahren über den Ge st chen, a s er n e ner saar änd schen Pfarre off z e vorgeste t wurde. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:16 AM

Onderzoeksrechter De Troy stopt met Operatie Kelk BELGIE De Standaard W m De Troy, de Brusse se onderzoeksrechter d e bekend s van de Operat e Ke k, stapt op. H et ust t em n ster Annem e Turte boom weten dat h z n mandaat n et w ver engen. De Troy e dde de voorb e aren het onderzoek naar het seksuee m sbru k n de Kerk. Dat schr ft Het Laatste N euws. De Troy v e n de zomer van 2010 b nnen n het aartsb sschoppe k pa e s n Meche en, nam de computer van kard naa Dannee s mee en nam b de comm ss e-Adr aenssens de doss ers rond honderden pedof e e geeste ken n bes ag. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:12 AM

Operatie Kelk neemt honderd dossiers van geestelijken in beslag BELGIE De Morgen B de hu szoek ngen d e g steren z n u tgevoerd op een 30-ta versch ende p aatsen n Oost- en West-V aanderen en Brabant, hebben speurders van de Brusse se federa e gerechte ke po t e een k e ne honderd persoon ke doss ers van geeste ken n bes ag genomen. Dat me dt het federaa parket. De hu szoek ngen en het gerechte k onderzoek van onderzoeksrechter De Troy open daarmee op hun e nd. Voor op g s er nog geen sprake van nverdenk ngste ngen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:10 AM

Wim De Troy stapt uit Operatie Kelk BELGIE Gazet van Antwerpen W m De Troy, de Brusse s onderzoeksrechter bekend van Operat e Ke k, stapt op. H et ust t em n ster Annem e Turte boom weten dat h z n mandaat n et w ver engen. De Troy e dde de voorb e aren het onderzoek naar het seksuee m sbru k n de Kerk. De Troy v e n de zomer van 2010 b nnen n het aartsb sschoppe k pa e s n Meche en, nam de computer van kard naa Dannee s mee en nam b de comm ss e-Adr aenssens de doss ers rond honderden pedof e e geeste ken n bes ag. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:04 AM

FAST FACTS UNITED STATES TheMed aReport Dave P erre 1 IT S NOT ABOUT CATHOLIC PRIESTS FACT: Catho c pr ests do not offend at a h gher rate than c ergy of other re g ous denom nat ons or emp oyees of other nst tut ons that dea w th youth. Read more 2 STRANGE DAYS INDEED FACT: The med a s frenz ed Catho c pr est sex abuse story ne stems on y from a h stor ca anoma y, as the vast ma or ty of a egat ons occurred dur ng a narrow band of t me from the 1960s to the ear y 1980s. Dur ng th s per od the Church sent abus ve pr ests to treatment, conform ng to the then-preva ng soc eta v ew that offenders cou d be successfu y rehab tated but resu t ng n a h gh rate of rec d v sm. Read more 3 YESTERDAY S NEWS: CURRENT ACCUSATIONS AGAINST CATHOLIC PRIESTS ARE VERY RARE FACT: A most a accusat ons aga nst Catho c pr ests date from decades ago, and ndeed near y ha f of a abuse accusat ons concern pr ests who are a ready dead. In an nst tut on of 77 m on peop e, contemporaneous accusat ons of abuse aga nst Catho c c ergy n the Un ted States are very rare, recent y averag ng on y 8.5 "cred b e" a egat ons per year. Read more Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:35 AM

Trierer Bischof weist Kritik zurück und hört auf sie DEUTSCHLAND Vo ksfreund Der Tr erer B schof Stephan Ackermann hat am Montag Kr t k an se nem Umgang m t M ssbrauchstätern zurückgew esen. Ind rekt sprach s ch Ackermann a erd ngs für e ne Verschärfung der Le t n en aus. Tr er. A s Papst Bened kt XVI. vor v er Jahren über den großen Te ch n d e Vere n gten Staaten f og, da äußerte er s ch m F eger über den Wo ken zu den M ssbrauchsfä en durch pädoph e Pr ester. Er se "t ef beschämt", sagte der Pont fex, "w r werden a es tun, dass d es n Zukunft n cht mehr pass eren kann". Und dann fügte der Papst e nen Satz h nzu, der an Deut chke t e gent ch n chts verm ssen ässt: "W r werden Pädoph e vom Pr esterd enst abso ut aussch eßen." Wenn der katho sche M ssbrauchsbeauftragte Stephan Ackermann s ch an d esen Satz des Papstes ha ten würde, hätte der Tr erer B schof etzt n cht so e n großes Prob em. Denn se t dem Wochenende sorgt e ne Sp ege -Gesch chte für mächt g Aufsehen, n der von s eben pädoph en Pr estern d e Rede st, d e nach w e vor m B stum e ngesetzt würden. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:32 AM

Vatican Bank faces fresh controversy VATICAN CITY The Te egraph (Un ted K ngdom) Th rty years after t was entang ed n a scanda nvo v ng the maf a, money aunder ng and the myster ous death of the man n cknamed "God s banker", the Vat can bank faces fresh controversy. By N ck Squ res, Rome 9:01PM GMT 19 Mar 2012 The bank – forma y known as the Inst tute for Works of Re g on or IOR – has suffered the gnom ny of hav ng one of ts accounts c osed by JP Morgan after stone-wa ng requests for nformat on. The sanct on came ess than two weeks after the US State Department sted the Vat can as be ng potent a y vu nerab e to money aunder ng. A M an aff ate of JP Morgan sa d t w shut the account by the end of the month after revea ng Vat can bankers had been "unab e to respond" to requests for deta s about payments nto the account. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:28 AM

‘Standing Silent’ ... BALTIMORE (MD) Wash ngton Post ‘Standing Silent’ follows uncovering of sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community By Em y Wax, Pub shed: March 19 One by one the v ct ms stood and descr bed the r a eged mo esters: the Torah teacher, the rabb , the ce cream truck dr ver, the man at the m kvah. That meet ng, he d near y s x years ago n a sma room n a synagogue n P kesv e, ust outs de Ba t more, went on for four hours. Seated n a c rc e w th the other v ct ms was Ph Jacobs, a Ba t more Jew sh T mes ourna st. He was not there as a reporter. He was there because he, too, had exper enced sexua abuse. But after the meet ng, a young man who knew Jacobs was a ourna st approached and asked to be nterv ewed, to have h s story to d. That was the beg nn ng of Jacobs s effort to document sexua abuse n Ba t more s Orthodox Jew sh commun ty, br ng ng the harrow ng exper ences shared by the 18 v ct ms n that room out nto the open. The f rst of h s stor es, “Today, Steve s 25” was pub shed n February 2007, 10 months after the P kesv e meet ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:22 AM

Onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy stopt met Operatie Kelk BELGIE Knack Onderzoeksrechter W m De Troy stopt met het onderzoek Operat e Ke k naar seksuee m sbru k van k nderen n de Kerk. De Troy stapt op a s onderzoeksrechter. Naar ver u dt s h de tegenwerk ng achter de schermen beu. W m De Troy, de Brusse s onderzoeksrechter bekend van Operat e Ke k, stapt op. H et ust t em n ster Annem e Turte boom weten dat h z n mandaat n et w ver engen. De Troy e dde de voorb e aren het onderzoek naar het seksuee m sbru k n de Kerk. Dat schr ft Het Laatste N euws. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:19 AM

„Missliche“ Anstellung DEUTSCHLAND taz von Chr st an Fü er BERLIN taz | Der Nat ona e Beauftragte gegen sexue e Gewa t Johannes W he m Rör g st erschrocken über d e Vorgänge n der Katho schen K rche. Es se „sehr m ss ch“, dass B schof Ackermann Pädosexue e n se nem B stum beschäft ge, sagte Rör g der taz. Der Beauftragte drängt darauf, dass auch d e K rche bere t st, m t der Bundesrepub k Deutsch and e nen Vertrag über Aufk ärung und Prävent on zu sch eßen. B schof Stephan Ackermann, n dessen B stum s eben pädosexue e Täter beschäft gt s nd, st n cht rgendwer. Er st der Beauftragte der Katho schen B schofskonferenz gegen sexue en M ssbrauch. Ackermann sagte am Montag n e nem Rad o nterv ew, „dass w r versuchen, m t den Tätern a s Menschen und Pr estern umzugehen – ohne das Verbrechen zu to er eren“. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:16 AM

Wyoming diocese, church, deacon deny sexual relation allegations WYOMING B ngs Gazette By TOM MORTON Casper Star-Tr bune | Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 CASPER, Wyo. -- The defendants n a federa c v awsu t have den ed a woman s a egat ons that a deacon at St. Anthony s Catho c Church n Casper mposed a sexua re at onsh p on her, accord ng to court documents f ed ast week. An attorney for the D ocese of Cheyenne a so asserts the court cannot nvo ve tse f n the church s personne po c es because of the F rst Amendment, and shou d d sm ss the awsu t. Kathy See ey, who now ves n Co orado, c a med the Rev. M chae Carr n 2002 referred her for gr ef counse ng from Deacon Don Stewart, whose "v c ous phys ca assau ts and phys ca sexua re at onsh p" caused phys ca and emot ona damage, accord ng to her comp a nt f ed on Jan. 17. The awsu t a so names two pr ests and two former b shops of the D ocese of Cheyenne. "The other named defendants knew or shou d have known of th s nappropr ate and meretr c ous sexua re at onsh p mposed upon p a nt ff by Defendant Stewart n the course and scope of h s emp oyment," accord ng to the comp a nt f ed by her attorneys, Trac Mears of Casper and W am F x of Jackson. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:11 AM

Vatican abuse report to be published later IRELAND Ir sh Exam ner Tuesday, March 20, 2012 A Vat can report ordered by Pope Bened ct XVI n the wake of the Murphy and Ryan nqu r es nto c er ca ch d sex abuse s to be pub shed n Rome ater. The nqu ry was carr ed out by the Aposto c V s tat on to Ire and and nvo ved teams v s t ng a four Catho c archd oceses, sem nar es and re g ous congregat ons. The Ir sh b shops w g ve the r react on to the f nd ngs at a press conference n Maynooth th s morn ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:08 AM

Vatican to report on Irish child abuse scandals VATICAN CITY BBC News The Vat can w pub sh a report th s morn ng on the Catho c ch d abuse scanda s n Ire and. It was comp ed fo ow ng v s ts to Ire and by teams of Vat can-appo nted fore gn church eaders. It w a so ook at the church s dea ngs w th surv vors of abuse and current ch d protect on po c es. The report was prom sed two years ago by Pope Bened ct XVI n h s etter to Catho cs n Ire and. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:06 AM

Church to publish abuse report IRELAND The Ir sh T mes A summat on of the Vat can s report nto the hand ng of cases of c er ca ch d sexua abuse n Ire and s to be pub shed today. The report was comp eted after seven teams of Vat can-appo nted church eaders v s ted Ire and. The teams v s ted the four Ir sh Archd oceses, two sem nar es and the ma e and fema e congregat ons. The v s ts fo owed Pope Bened ct XVI s Pastora Letter to the Catho cs of Ire and wh ch was pub shed two years ago today. The etter came after the pub cat on of the Murphy Report nto c er ca sexua abuse n November 2009. The report documented some 70-years of ch d abuse by a number of pr ests across the State. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:03 AM

Vatican to publish report on child abuse IRELAND RTE News The Vat can s report on the ch d abuse cr s s n the Catho c Church n Ire and s to be pub shed n Rome th s morn ng. It was comp ed fo ow ng v s ts to Ire and by teams of Vat can-appo nted fore gn church eaders. It s expected to mpose greater orthodoxy on sem nar es and a rat ona sat on of d oceses. It w a so report on the church s dea ngs w th surv vors of abuse and current ch d protect on po c es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:00 AM

Vatican Diary / Priests against celibacy. Austria's rerun VATICAN CITY Ch esa VATICAN CITY, March 20, 2012 – "How a sch sm was born": th s s the t t e of an art c e that appeared recent y n "L Osservatore Romano" w th the by ne of the Bavar an card na Wa ter Brandmü er ( n the photo). An art c e w th an h stor ca s ant, but w th exp c t references to current events. An art c e that from the very beg nn ng reca s the ant -Roman movement "Los von Rom" that emerged n Austr a between the 19th and 20th century, wh ch "was ab e to dr ve about a hundred thousand Austr an Catho cs to separate from the Church." Th s movement – the card na cont nues, com ng up to the present – "was rev ved fo ow ng Vat can Counc II." But not on y that. "S m ar tendenc es seem to be reemerg ng from t me to t me n our days as we , n some of the appea s for d sobed ence toward the pope and the b shops.." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:57 AM

Vatican visitors to publish report on Church child abuse IRELAND The Journa POPE BENEDICT XVI S hand-p cked team of h gh-rank ng c er cs w today pub sh the r f nd ngs of a v s t to Ire and fo ow ng the fa out from the var ous c er ca abuse scanda s. The Aposto c V s tat on, ed by the Archb shop of New York now-Card na T mothy Do an, v s ted n 2010 after the Pope ssued a etter to the peop e of Ire and express ng h s d smay at the Murphy and Ryan reports nto abuse n the Archd ocese of Dub n and n res dent a nst tut ons. The pont ff had ass gned s x teams to v s t a four of Ire and s archd oceses, sem nar es and other re g ous orders. The report s expected to make the case for a rat ona sat on n the number of d oceses n Ire and (of wh ch there are 26 at present), as we as mpos ng greater overs ght on tra n ng sem nar es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:54 AM

Archdiocese fights to keep 12 documents out of Lynn trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Inqu rer March 19, 2012|By John P. Mart n, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a fought Monday to keep pr vate 12 documents that cou d revea how ts awyers adv sed church eaders to hand e c a ms that pr ests were mo est ng ch dren. The records nc ude correspondence between the awyers and Msgr. W am J. Lynn, the church off c a cr m na y charged over h s a eged ro e n respond ng to abuse a egat ons n the 1990s. Most concern the "deve opment of po cy" by the archd ocese, ts attorney, Robert We sh, sa d dur ng a Common P eas Court hear ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:51 AM

Many Kinds of Catholic UNITED STATES The New York T mes By FRANK BRUNI Pub shed: March 19, 2012 If Catho c sm s measured by obe sance to the pope, h s card na s and the etter of Vat can aw, then R ck Santorum s the best Catho c to ever get th s far n pres dent a po t cs. He doesn t ust oppose abort on as a pr vate matter of persona consc ence. He has made that pos t on a def n ng crusade. ... The Catho c h erarchy, meanwh e, keeps g v ng Amer can Catho cs fresh reasons for rebe on. As The T mes s Laur e Goodste n reported ast week, awyers for the church n M ssour have begun a campa gn of nt m dat on aga nst a support group for v ct ms of sexua y abus ve pr ests: they re try ng to compe the group to re ease decades of nterna documents. Th s may be cunn ng ega strategy, but t s ousy pub c re at ons and worse pastora care. Wh ch sn t any surpr se. I ve been mon tor ng and occas ona y wr t ng about the church s ch d sex-abuse cr s s s nce 1992, and most of church eaders apo og es and nstances of construct ve outreach have come about re uctant y, be ated y or w th a pa pab e sense from many b shops and card na s that they were the aggr eved, v ct m zed ones. As they comp a ned about excess ve med a attent on, they frequent y ost s ght of ts he nous root: a great many pr ests mo ested a great many ch dren, who were espec a y vu nerab e to them — and espec a y damaged by them — because they ca ed themse ves men of God. And for a great many years, church eaders act ve y concea ed these cr mes, wh ch cont nued. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:47 AM

Child Abuse: Not Just a Catholic Church Problem Care2 by Pau Cann ng Th s post was nsp red by comment and nformat on from Care2 members Rob and Jay B. They commented on a post about the atest scanda ous push back by some Catho cs aga nst a egat ons of ch d abuse n M ssour . Much has been wr tten about ch d abuse and the Catho c Church. But other re g ons are a so be ng cr t c zed for fa ng to do enough to tack e the prob em of those who abuse the r pos t ons of author ty. Th s post covers ust some recent examp es. In Indones a, author t es are be ng accused of dragg ng the r hee s on the prosecut on of Hab b Hasan b n Jafar Assegaf, a popu ar Mus m c er c. The a eged abuse took p ace about e ght years ago but was on y recent y reported. The 11 men nvo ved c a med n December that Hab b to d them when they were teenage ch dren that he needed to touch them to remove ev sp r ts wh e g v ng them “hea ng treatments.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:44 AM

Forced castrations reportedly found in Roman Catholic care NETHERLANDS Cap ta FM (Kenya) ROTTERDAM, Mar 20 – Underage sexua abuse v ct ms were castrated n Dutch Roman Catho c psych atr c wards n the 1950s, accord ng to the Rotterdam-based newspaper NRC Hande sb ad. Castrat on was performed on young men who were thought to be homosexua , but a so as a means of pun sh ng those who b ew the wh st e on abusers, the paper quotes sources as say ng. NRC d scovered proof of the forced castrat on of one young man and strong ev dence that at east ten other abuse v ct ms were sub ected to the remova of the r test c es. The proof nc udes court documents, med ca records, etters from awyers and pr vate correspondence. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:40 AM

COLUMN — Another red herring in the culture war UNITED STATES Ho and Sent ne By Marc a Meo Commun ty co umn st Posted Mar 20, 2012 Ho and — The controversy surround ng regu at ons mandat ng coverage of b rth contro n hea th nsurance demonstrates once aga n the pers stence our cu ture wars and the man pu at on of women s ssues. No one cha enged the fact that the vast ma or ty of Amer can women, nc ud ng Catho c women, use b rth contro . No one cha enged the fact that b rth contro has become a matter of pub c hea th for women. No one c a med that any emp oyer wou d have to pay d rect y for any b rth contro — t wou d on y be pa d by nsurance compan es. When t comes to women, and spec f ca y the ndependence of women to make dec s ons about the r ves, our soc ety cannot seem to act rat ona y. There are any number of uses of hea th nsurance to wh ch an emp oyer m ght have re g ous ob ect ons. How about an ob ect on to a extramar ta sexua act v ty or drug use? Shou d an emp oyer be ab e to exc ude coverage from sexua y transm tted d seases by c a m ng that most of these come from prom scuous sexua act v ty? There are any number of ssues that cou d ar se, nc ud ng restr ct ons on end-of- fe dec s ons. ... Who started the debate? Amer ca s Catho c b shops, w th conservat ve enem es of Pres dent Obama on y too happy to ob ge n support ng them. The argument was rea y one of pur ty. The b shops d d not want any of the r money go ng to support b rth contro , over wh ch they have a mora ob ect on. Where was that pur ty when the b shops were faced w th the horr b e sexua abuse of ch dren by Catho c pr ests? Pedoph es were kept on by Amer can b shops for years, somet mes a ow ng further contact w th ch dren. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:35 AM

Dutch MPs all for debate on castration claims NETHERLANDS Ca gary Hera d Agence France-Presse March 20, 2012 Dutch awmakers have ca ed for a par amentary debate after a med a report that oca Catho cs castrated ch dren n the 1950s to "cure" homosexua ty, a party spokeswoman sa d Monday. The ca fo owed an NRC Han-de sb ad newspaper nvest gat on pub shed Saturday that sa d at east a dozen ch dren were castrated to "cure them of the r sexua or entat on." It focused on the case of a man named Henk Hethu s who, t sa d, was castrated by pr ests n 1956 after test fy ng n a po ce nvest gat on about ch d abuse n a Catho c board ng schoo . After he test f ed, Hethu s was taken to a Catho c psych atr c nst tut on and was "castrated because of h s homosexua behav our," the paper sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:32 AM

Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys' NETHERLANDS Ir sh Independent By Bruno Waterf e d Tuesday March 20 2012 AT LEAST 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surg ca y castrated "to get r d of homosexua ty" wh e n the care of the Dutch Roman Catho c Church n the 1950s. Ev dence of the castrat ons has emerged am d controversy that t was not nc uded n the f nd ngs of an off c a nvest gat on nto sexua abuse w th n the church ast year. The NRC Hande sb ad newspaper dent f ed Henk He thu s who was castrated n 1956, wh e a m nor, after report ng pr ests to the po ce for abus ng h m n a Catho c board ng home. Joep Dohmen, the nvest gat ve ourna st who uncovered the He thu s case, a so found ev dence of at east n ne other castrat ons. "These cases are anonymous and can no onger be traced," he sa d. "There w be many more. But the quest on s whether those boys, now o d men, w want to te the r story." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:29 AM

Sexual abuse lawsuit planned against 2 former Delbarton School monks, complaint says NEW JERSEY The Star-Ledger By Kev n Manahan/The Star-Ledger MORRIS COUNTY — Two former Mendham res dents are p ann ng to f e a awsu t Tuesday n Morr s County, a eg ng sexua abuse by two De barton Schoo monks n the 1970s, when the men were ado escents, accord ng to the comp a nt, obta ned by The Star-Ledger. The a eged v ct ms, referred to n the Super or Court document on y by the r n t a s, w rema n unnamed unt a press conference at the Morr s County courthouse at 10:30 Tuesday morn ng, sa d the men s attorney, Gregory G anforcaro of Ph psburg. Named as defendants n the awsu t are the pr vate a -boys schoo and St. Mary s Abbey, wh ch runs the schoo . Both are ocated n Morr s Townsh p. The a egat ons, made aga nst Rev. Just n Capato and Rev. Luke Travers, are the atest n a str ng of accusat ons that have rocked the e te schoo n the past three months. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:25 AM

Helena diocese, alleged sexual abuse victims agree to mediation MONTANA M ssou an By MATT VOLZ Assoc ated Press | Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 HELENA – The Roman Catho c D ocese of He ena has p edged to open ts books and attempt to use a med ator to sett e c a ms that pr ests and nuns sexua y abused about 250 peop e as ch dren n western Montana. Attorneys for the d ocese and for the p a nt ffs n the two awsu ts asked D str ct Judge Jeffrey Sher ock of He ena ast week to temporar y ha t court proceed ngs as they beg n the process. The s des p an to meet next month to set up nterv ews of each a eged v ct m to determ ne the va d ty of c a ms. The d ocese a so has sa d t wou d open ts f nanc a records and share ts f es on accused pr ests w th the p a nt ffs attorneys. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:22 AM

Wisconsin Priest Put On Leave After Sexual Abuse Allegations Surface WISCONSIN Lez Get Rea Posted by: Br dgette P. LaV cto re on March 19, 2012. Perhaps the Roman Catho c Church s start ng to take some of the r ch d sexua abuse prob em ser ous y. Father Mark Mo ng of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot, W scons n has been p aced on eave dur ng an nvest gat on started by the Archd ocese of W scons n. They are nvest gat ng a egat ons of sexua abuse of a m nor back n the m d 1990¢s. Accord ng to Archb shop Jerome L steck , Mo ng den es the a egat ons, and they were reported to the Waukesha County d str ct attorney s off ce, wh ch has not f ed charges. Mo ng has worked as a res dent chap a n at the state uven e correct ons fac ty Ethan A en Schoo for Boys n Wa es, W s. John P ma er, Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests W scons n d rector, stated “The way the d ocese made the statement, t s unc ear f the DA dec ned to prosecute because the statute of m tat ons ran out or f there were other prob ems.” Accord ng to the Journa Sent ne : The report of the a eged sexua abuse by Mo ng was f ed w th the federa bankruptcy court as part of the Archd ocese s Chapter 11 bankruptcy c a ms process. Before the Feb. 1 dead ne, 570 c a ms of sexua abuse by nd v dua v ct ms were f ed, and Mo ng appears to be one of at east 100 un dent f ed persons accused of comm tt ng at east 8,000 nstances of sexua abuse aga nst ch dren n the archd ocese, accord ng to SNAP. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:19 AM

Priest on the lam in assault of Minnesota girl arrested in India MINNESOTA/INDIA Ch cago Tr bune By Dav d Jackson and Gary Marx, Ch cago Tr bune reporters March 20, 2012 A fug t ve Roman Catho c pr est has been arrested n Ind a after seven years on the run from charges that he sexua y assau ted a 14-year-o d M nnesota g r who sought h s adv ce about becom ng a nun. The Rev. Joseph Jeyapau s case was nc uded n a March 11 story n the Tr bune. H s a eged v ct m, Megan Peterson, who s now 22, sa d n an nterv ew Monday that she was taken off guard by the arrest after so many years of wa t ng. "I f nd t qu te ron c that we d d that nterv ew and then a week ater he s n handcuffs," Peterson sa d. "I wasn t expect ng t to happen th s fast." Peterson sa d she was st f rm y comm tted to test fy ng aga nst Jeyapau f he s extrad ted to M nnesota to face tr a . "I am ready — t s about t me," she sa d. "If my vo ce can he p, then I be there." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:16 AM

Catholic church reportedly castrated boys who reported priest sex abuse NETHERLANDS AMERICAb og By Chr s n Par s on 3/19/2012 Just when you th nk the Catho c church abuse stor es cou dn t get any worse, someth ng e se s reported. L ke castrat ng a young boy for hav ng the temer ty to report that h s pr est abused h m. In th s case, a po t c an even part c pated n the coverup accord ng to the report. DutchNews: At east one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to he p h s homosexua fee ngs wh e n Catho c church care n the 1950s, the NRC reported on Saturday. But there are nd cat ons at east 10 other boys were a so castrated, the paper sa d. The c a ms were not nc uded n the Deetman report on sexua abuse w th n the Catho c church pub shed at the end of ast year. The paper says the one conf rmed case concerned a boy - Henk He thu s - who reported be ng sexua y abused by pr ests to the po ce n 1956. After g v ng ev dence, he was p aced n a Catho c-run psych atr c nst tut on where he was then castrated because of h s homosexua behav our . As Joe noted the other day, the Catho c church s st attack ng the r own v ct ms (quot ng the NYT): Turn ng the tab es on an advocacy group that has ong supported v ct ms of pedoph e pr ests, awyers for the Roman Catho c Church and pr ests accused of sexua abuse n two M ssour cases have gone to court to compe the group to d sc ose more than two decades of e-ma s that cou d nc ude correspondence w th v ct ms, awyers, wh st e-b owers, w tnesses, the po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:11 AM

March 19, 2012 Dutch Roman Catholic Church Castrated Boys As 'Treatment' For Homosexuality NETHERLANDS Huff ngton Post The Huff ngton Post | By Laura H bbard Shock ng reports have surfaced that revea at east ten teenage boys were castrated n the 1950s by the Dutch Roman Catho c Church as a "treatment" for homosexua ty, the Te egraph reports. Dutch ourna st Joep Dohmen, report ng for the NRC Hande sb ad uncovered ten cases of the castrat ons, one of wh ch was suffered by Henk He thu s, who was castrated as a m nor for report ng to po ce sexua abuse by a pr est that he endured wh e n the board ng home. A though the pr ests were conv cted of the abuses, He thu s was st transported to a Catho c hosp ta , and underwent a surg ca castrat on as a treatment for homosexua ty and, accord ng to the report, a pun shment for tatt ng on the c ergy. Rad o Nether ands Wor dw de reports that the new nformat on wasn t nc uded n the arge Deetman Comm ss on report pub shed three months ago on sexua abuses n the church -- and furthermore -- that the comm ss on rece ved a comp a nt about the castrat ons ast year, but c a med there was a " ack of suff c ent eads" to warrant an nvest gat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:19 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Child Abuse Case Dismissed on Church-State Grounds UNITED STATES Bapt st Jo nt Comm ttee The U.S. Supreme Court den ed cert n a awsu t attempt ng to ho d the Archd ocese of St. Lou s respons b e for ch d sexua abuse comm tted by one of ts pr ests who has s nce passed away. The Catho c Church argued that the F rst Amendment s guarantee of re g ous freedom den es courts the ab ty to scrut n ze personne dec s ons t makes regard ng ts c ergy. The M ssour Court of Appea s agreed, and today s dec s on by the Supreme Court eaves that ru ng n p ace. In throw ng out [the p a nt ff] s awsu t, the M ssour Court of Appea s for the Eastern D str ct noted that courts n M ssour have dec ned to recogn ze a cause of act on for neg gent fa ure to superv se c ergy. Such an nqu ry wou d mperm ss b y n ect the courts nto matters of re g ous doctr ne, the state s courts have ru ed. “The [M ssour ] Supreme Court has he d quest ons of h r ng, orda n ng, and reta n ng c ergy, necessar y nvo ve nterpretat on of re g ous doctr ne, po cy, and adm n strat on, and such excess ve entang ement between church and state has the effect of nh b t ng re g on, n v o at on of the F rst Amendment,” the state appea s court sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:18 PM

Waukesha County Priest On Leave, Under Investigation WISCONSIN Channe 3000 GENESEE DEPOT, W s. -- The Archd ocese of M waukee has p aced a Waukesha County pr est on eave fo ow ng a egat ons of sexua abuse of a m nor. An ema from Archb shop Jerome L steck stated the Rev. Mark Mo ng of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot was p aced on temporary adm n strat ve eave after a egat ons conta ned n the archd ocese s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mo ng den es the accusat ons. L steck sa d there s been no substant at on of the a egat ons, wh ch w be rev ewed by an ndependent nvest gator. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:34 PM

Former Greenbush priest charged with sexual assault appears in New Dehli court MINNESOTA/INDIA Grand Forks Hera d By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Hera d A former Greenbush, M nn., Catho c pr est appeared n court today n New De h re ated to charges f ed n 2006 n Roseau, M nn., a eg ng he sexua y assau ted a 14-year-o d g r , accord ng to The Assoc ated Press n a report out of Ind a. But the extrad t on process to return the Rev. Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau from h s nat ve Ind a to Roseau to face the charges n state d str ct court cou d take three months, Ind an government off c a s sa d. Jeyapau , 57, was arrested Fr day near the southern Ind an town of Erode based on a warrant from Interpo , accord ng to Ind an news reports. He was a v s t ng pr est n the Catho c D ocese of Crookston from September 2004 to September 2005, serv ng n Th ef R ver Fa s for a month or so, then about 10 months n B essed Sacrament Catho c Church n Greenbush and a nearby par sh n Kar stad, M nn. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:31 PM

Priests’ lawyers want to air alleged victims’ past PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Da y News BY MENSAH M. DEAN Ph ade ph a Da y News Da y News Staff Wr ter Two of the three Catho c pr ests who w go on tr a next week n the c ergy-ch d-abuse case are themse ves be ng v ct m zed by the r troub ed accusers, defense awyers sa d today dur ng a pretr a hear ng. The two former a tar boys who a ege that they were raped n the 1990s by Rev. James Brennan, 48, and defrocked pr est Edward Avery, 69, are ongt me drug add cts w th cr m na records who have made fa se a egat ons hop ng to mprove the r s tuat ons, awyers for the two pr ests sa d. They asked Common P eas Judge M. Teresa Sarm na to a ow them to te the ury about what they be eve to be the a eged v ct ms mot vat ons. Sarm na s expected to make a ru ng tomorrow. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:27 PM

Lawsuit to be filed Tuesday alleging sexual misconduct at Delbarton NEW JERSEY The Record Wr tten by Abbott Ko off Staff Wr ter Two former Morr s County men p an to f e a awsu t Tuesday aga nst the De barton Schoo a eg ng sexua m sconduct by former headmaster Luke Travers and another monk, the r attorney sa d on Monday. Greg G anforcaro, a Ph psburg attorney, ssued a press re ease Monday afternoon announc ng the awsu t and a press conference to be he d Tuesday morn ng n front of the courthouse n Morr stown. He offered few deta s and sa d the dent t es of the men a eg ng the abuse wou d not be revea ed unt Tuesday. G anforcaro sa d the two v ct ms, both m nors at the t me the a eged abuse occurred and now n the r 40s, are expected to attend the press conference a ong w th severa v ct ms advocates nc ud ng Pat Marker, who ves n Wash ngton state and runs a webs te devoted to a egat ons aga nst De barton monks. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:19 PM

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Places GC on Administrative Leave PHILADELPHIA (PA) Corporate Counse G na Passare a and Shannon Green Corporate Counse March 20, 2012 Th s art c e was wr tten n co aborat on w th The Lega Inte gencer, a s b ng pub cat on of CorpCounse .com. The dec s on by the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a to p ace ts genera counse on adm n strat ve eave appears to be the atest move n an effort by the new archb shop to br ng n new outs de and n-house ega counse . The Ph ade ph a Inqu rer f rst reported Saturday that Archd ocese Genera Counse T mothy Coyne was p aced on adm n strat ve eave. A source w th know edge of the dec s on to d The Lega Inte gencer Monday that the parameters of the adm n strat ve eave are unc ear even to the source, but sa d the expectat on s that Coyne w not be return ng. Coyne has been w th the archd ocese for s x years, and pr or to that was w th Strad ey Ronon Stevens & Young, wh ch had served for severa decades as outs de counse for the Ph ade ph a church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:23 PM

GEORGE CLOONEY & COMPANY MISSOURI Berger s Beat . . .Sources have t that the former pastor of W dwood s St. A ban Roe Catho c par sh, Fr. Char es Mann ng, has eft h s post n Co orado and s back n our town after hav ng been suspended by h s pa and boss, B shop M chae Sher dan, another ex-St. Lou san. Mann ng faces a pend ng cr m na nvest gat on that he may have mo ested a youngster n Co orado Spr ngs. Mann ng was at churches n W dwood from 1997-2001, n Br dgeton from 2002-2004 and n Imper a , MO from 2004-2007. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:17 PM

Lawyer-client privilege bars release of some documents, Philadelphia archdiocese says PHILADELPHIA (PA) Catho c Cu ture March 19, 2012 The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a has refused to re ease some documents for the sex-abuse tr a of a former archd ocesan off c a , say ng that the documents are protected by the awyerc ent pr v ege. Lawyers for Msgr. W am Lynn are seek ng to subpoena etters from an exchange he had w th archd ocesan attorneys wh e he was secretary for c er ca affa rs. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:17 PM

Vatican is focusing on the wrong problem, SNAP says UNITED STATES Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Barbara B a ne on March 19, 2012 New reve at ons are surfac ng about Catho c emp oyees castrat ng boys n the Nether ands and Catho c nuns essent a y stea ng bab es n Spa n. The Pope has set up a new church nvest gat on, but not nto these cr mes. Instead, t s focused on " eaks" n the Vat can h erarchy. Aga n, the church h erarchy shows ts true, and trag c, pr or t es. The pr ests and nuns who abuse and torture ch dren are rare y pursued and pun shed. Instead, those who a eged y eak deta s of the Vat can s m shand ng of ch d sex cases are. On Saturday t was revea ed that dur ng the 1950s, psych atr c wards under the ausp ces of the Dutch Roman Catho c church were castrating young boys for susp c ons of homosexua ty.In the ate fa of ast year, Spa n was rocked by thousands of reports of babies being stolen by nuns and priests and so d for a prof t, a pract ce that cont nued for decades Desp te the horrors of these cr mes, Church off c a s have responded more qu ck y - and devoted greater resources - to uncover ng those who hacked ts webs te and wh ch off c a s eaked nformat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:08 PM

Abuse claim against archdiocese denied OREGON Catho c Sent ne An a eged v ct m of pr est sexua abuse has fa ed to conv nce a federa appea s court that he d d not wa t too ong to make a c a m for money damages aga nst the Archd ocese of Port and. John Doe 150, as he s dent f ed n court papers, had asked the 9th U.S. C rcu t Court of Appea s to reverse a federa udge s ru ng that h s awsu t s t me-barred. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:25 PM

SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS CHURCH-STATE LINES UNITED STATES Catho c League Catho c League pres dent B Donohue comments on the dec s on by the U.S. Supreme Court not to accept a church-state case that nvo ves the Archd ocese of St. Lou s: A man c a ms he was abused by another man back n 1971 when he was a teenager. The a eged offender s dead, and the a eged v ct m never knew what supposed y happened to h m unt one day n therapy ten years ago. Then, a of a sudden, t h t h m ke a ton of br cks—b ngo, h s memory was restored. Sound fam ar? It happens a the t me to pr ests. For some strange reason, th s arred-memory-phenomenon does not happen very often when the a eged mo ester s a schoo teacher. Those ssues, wh e mportant, were not at the heart of th s case. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear th s case because the M ssour Court of Appea s reached an em nent y defens b e conc us on n 2010: n order for the courts to determ ne whether the Archd ocese of St. Lou s was neg gent n ts hand ng of the accused pr est, Father Thomas Cooper, t necessar y had to nvo ve tse f n the nterna affa rs of the Church. Such a eve of ntrus on wou d cross church-state nes, and therefore v o ate the F rst Amendment. Th s s a b g oss for Marc Ham ton, an attorney who s notor ous y part san aga nst the Catho c Church. It a so s gn f es a oss for the ed tor a board of the New York T mes; ast week t ca ed the M ssour dec s on “b zarre.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:21 PM

After 7 years, fugitive priest arrested in India MINNESOTA WGN By Dav d Jackson and Gary Marx Tr bune reporters 1:53 p.m. CDT, March 19, 2012 A fug t ve Roman Catho c pr est has been arrested n Ind a after seven years on the run wh e fac ng charges that he sexua y assau ted a 14-year-o d M nnesota g r who sought h s adv ce about becom ng a nun. The Rev. Joseph Jeyapau s case was featured n a March 11 story n the Tr bune. H s a eged v ct m, Megan Peterson, who s now 22, to d the newspaper n an nterv ew today that she was taken off guard by the arrest after so many years of wa t ng. “I f nd t qu te ron c that that we d d that nterv ew and then a week ater he s n handcuffs,” Peterson sa d. “I wasn t expect ng t to happen th s fast.” But Peterson sa d she was st f rm y comm tted to test fy ng aga nst Jeyapau shou d he be extrad ted to M nnesota to face tr a . “I am ready — t s about t me,” she sa d. “If my vo ce can he p, then I be there.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:18 PM

From Oregon to Uganda... UNITED STATES/UGANDA The Afr ca Report From Oregon to Uganda: A “Lively” Legal Debate on Gays, Sex, and Christianity By Joseph He weg Most peop e have never heard of Scott L ve y, an evange ca pastor v ng n the Un ted States. But n Uganda he has deve oped qu te a fo ow ng—whether h s fo owers know h s name or not. As the founder of Ab d ng Truth M n str es, he has p ayed a ead ng ro e n further ng the so-ca ed "ant -homosexua ty b " n the Ugandan par ament. F rst ntroduced n 2009 and subsequent y rev sed, the b wou d pun sh by f nes and mpr sonment anyone engag ng n var ous forms of same-gendered sexua act v ty as we w th those who sh e d such persons from the pun shments the b wou d mpose. Oppos ng the b s Frank Mug sha, who heads Sexua M nor t es Uganda, an advocacy group for esb an, gay, and transgendered Ugandans. Mug sha accuses Scott L ve y and other evange ca eaders from the U.S.—one m ght add Ca eb Lee Brund dge and Don Schm erer to the st—of hav ng he ped draft Uganda s ant -gay eg s at on. Mug sha has s nce secured the he p of the New York-based Center for Const tut ona R ghts to f e a aw su t on March 14, 2012 aga nst L ve y n a U.S. federa court n Spr ngf e d, Massachusetts. The su t charges that L ve y has consp red to v o ate the human r ghts of esb an and gay peop e n Uganda. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:15 PM

Dutch Roman Catholic Church 'castrated at least 10 boys' NETHERLANDS The Te egraph (Un ted K ngdom) At east 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surg ca y castrated "to get r d of homosexua ty" wh e n the care of the Dutch Roman Catho c Church n the 1950s. By Bruno Waterf e d 5:31PM GMT 19 Mar 2012 Ev dence of the castrat ons has emerged am d controversy that t was not nc uded n the f nd ngs of an off c a nvest gat on nto sexua abuse w th n the church ast year. The NRC Hande sb ad newspaper dent f ed Henk He thu s who was castrated n 1956, wh e a m nor, after report ng pr ests to the po ce for abus ng h m n a Catho c board ng home. Joep Dohmen, the nvest gat ve ourna st who uncovered the He thu s case, a so found ev dence of at east n ne other castrat ons. "These cases are anonymous and can no onger be traced," he sa d. "There w be many more. But the quest on s whether those boys, now o d men, w want to te the r story." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:11 PM

Blue-Eyed Devil: Clergy should be held to higher standard, punished accordingly UNITED STATES The Da y Isureve e By N cho as P erce Co umn st B shop Char es Brown of the Church of God n Chr st was re nstated ast week to h s pos t on as ch ef c ergyman of the New Or eans and Houston areas. Not much to see here — except that the r ght reverend had been suspended due to mu t p e counts of sexua m sconduct, nc ud ng a charge of forc b e rape. None of the charges stuck, though, and Rev. Brown s pped out the back door v a the statute of m tat ons. Lucky h m, I guess. I get the mpress on Brown s a s ppery guy. How do th ngs ke th s happen? S mp e. A cr me comm tted n the past s restr cted to the statute of m tat ons that was on the books then, not now. S nce Brown s a eged assau ts, the aws have been changed. Had h s act ons taken p ace on y a few years ater, h s case wou d st have mer t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:06 PM

Accused priest, Jeyapaul, in custody in India MINNESOTA Crookston Da y T mes By Staff reports Crookston Da y T mes Posted Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:28 PM Crookston — A Catho c pr est accused of sexua y assau t ng one and poss b y two underage g r s n Greenbush wh e ass gned to the D ocese of Crookston n 2004 has been arrested n Ind a, where he had been preach ng s nce 2006 and cons dered a fug t ve. The Assoc ated Press reports that the Rev. Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, appeared n court today, Monday. He w be he d n custody pend ng a forma U.S. request for h s extrad t on, to be f ed a ong w th case ev dence, government off c a s sa d. It cou d take up to three months to process the extrad t on request. Po ce deta ned Jeyapau onFr day, March 16 near the southern Ind an town of Erode after Interpo ssued an a ert, accord ng to po ce Sub nspector Puga Maran. Jeyapau was one of many fore gn pr ests brought to the Un ted States to he p f shortages n Amer can par shes. "We are gratefu to the po ce and prosecutors n M nnesota and e sewhere for gett ng th s dangerous c er c beh nd bars. But most of a , we are gratefu to Jeyapau s v ct m, for hav ng the courage to report to secu ar author t es and the compass on to cooperate w th them so that th s arrest cou d be made and so that ch dren m ght be spared unspeakab e pa n," sa d Barbara Dorr s, outreach d rector of the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP). Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:02 PM

Philly priests lay out defense before rape trial PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Sacramento Bee By MARYCLAIRE DALE Assoc ated Press Pub shed: Monday, Mar. 19, 2012 PHILADELPHIA -- Lawyers for two pr ests accused of rap ng boys n the m d-1990s p an to attack the v ct ms mot ves when the andmark tr a starts next week n Ph ade ph a. Defense awyers revea ed the r strategy at a pretr a hear ng Monday. The Rev. James Brennan s awyer w te urors that h s c ent s accuser sought the pr est out as an adu t when he needed to do court-ordered commun ty serv ce. Defrocked pr est Edward Avery s accuser was expe ed from an archd ocesan h gh schoo at age 14 and began a ong batt e w th drug add ct on. H s awyer w argue that the accuser hoped to get money from the church and get revenge for the expu s on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:54 PM

Time for the truth about Catholic sex abuse in the Netherlands NETHERLAND Rad o Nether ands The reve at on that a number of m nors abused n Dutch Roman Catho c nst tut ons were forc b y castrated has shocked the Nether ands. It casts grave doubt upon the recent f nd ngs of a comm ss on of nqu ry. RNW s Robert Chesa , who f rst brought the sex abuse scanda to ght, argues that on y par ament can be trusted to nvest gate further. We now know that former Dutch cab net m n ster W m Deetman d d not meet the expectat ons he ra sed when he cha red the comm ss on of nqu ry nto sexua abuse n the Roman Catho c church. He d d not get to the bottom of the abuse scanda or revea a he cou d f nd about the horrors that took p ace beh nd church doors n the Nether ands. Wh st e b owers pun shed We know th s thanks to nvest gat ve ourna st Joep Dohmen of the newspaper NRC Hande sb ad. Dohmen wrote about a board ng schoo student who had been sexua y abused by a Dutch monk. When the former student reported the abuse to the po ce, he was brought to a Roman Catho c psych atr c ward, dec ared a homosexua and then castrated. The same surgery was probab y performed on at east ten other schoo mates of h s who tr ed to b ow the wh st e on abuse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:24 PM

SNAP: New US Supreme Court decision hurts clergy sex victims UNITED STATES Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Barbara Dorr s on March 19, 2012 · Today, the US Supreme Court announced that they w not rev ew the case of John Doe AP versus Roman Catho c Archd ocese of St. Lou s. Th s s a tragedy that w on y make k ds n M ssour , Utah, and W scons n more vu nerab e to ch d mo esters and emp oyers from those states more reck ess about ch dren s safety. We fee t s mora y wrong for the St Lou s archd ocese off c a s to use ega techn ca t es to avo d tak ng respons b ty for ett ng th s known predator hurt more k ds. The oopho e Archb shop Car son s us ng s that th s ch d mo ester abused h s v ct m “off prem ses,” on pr vate property, not church property. Car son shou d be ashamed for mak ng th s c a m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:21 PM

Supreme Court refuses church-state case involving child sex abuse by clergy UNITED STATES Chr st an Sc ence Mon tor By Warren R chey, Staff wr ter / March 19, 2012 The US Supreme Court dec ned on Monday to take up a case cha eng ng the use of the F rst Amendment s separat on of church and state as a sh e d to b ock a neg gence awsu t aga nst a Roman Catho c archd ocese that h red and superv sed a pr est accused of be ng a pedoph e. The h gh court act on ends an attempt to ho d the Catho c Church ega y accountab e for a eged sexua abuse that took p ace more than 40 years ago. The p a nt ff n the case says he was tw ce sexua y abused by a trusted par sh pr est when he was 13 or 14 years o d. The pr est, who has s nce d ed, was ass gned to a Catho c Church n St. Lou s. The p a nt ff, dent f ed on y as “John Doe,” sued the Archd ocese of St. Lou s for neg gence for emp oy ng the pr est n pos t ons where he wou d have contact w th ch dren. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:18 PM

9th Circuit affirms dismissal of late abuse claim against Oregon archdiocese OREGON Thomson Reuters News & Ins ght March 19 (West aw Journa s) – An a eged v ct m of pr est sexua abuse n the 1950s has fa ed to conv nce a federa appea s court that he d d not wa t too ong to make a c a m for money damages aga nst the bankruptcy estate of the archd ocese of Port and n Oregon. Doe 150 v. Archd ocese of Port and n Oregon et a ., No. 10-36126, 2012 WL 662207 (9th C r. Mar. 1, 2012). John Doe 150, as he s dent f ed n court papers, had asked the 9th U.S. C rcu t Court of Appea s to reverse a federa udge s ru ng that h s awsu t s t me-barred. But the appea s pane agreed w th the udge that the p a nt ff e ther knew or shou d have known of h s abuse pr or to a Bankruptcy Court- mposed dead ne for f ng c a ms n the archd ocese s Chapter 11 case. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:14 PM

Vatican Bank Account Closed At JP Morgan, Image May Be Hurt VATICAN CITY/MILAN Huff ngton Post By Ph p Pu e a and L sa Jucca VATICAN CITY/MILAN, March 19 (Reuters) - JP Morgan Chase s c os ng the Vat can bank s account w th an Ita an branch of the U.S. bank ng g ant because of concerns about a ack of transparency at the Ho y See s f nanc a nst tut on, Ita an newspapers reported. The move s a b ow to the Vat can s dr ve to have ts bank nc uded n Europe s "wh te st" of states that comp y w th nternat ona standards aga nst tax fraud and money- aunder ng. The bank, forma y known as the Inst tute for Works of Re g on (IOR), enacted ma or reforms ast year n an attempt to get Europe s sea of approva and put beh nd t scanda s that have nc uded accusat ons of money aunder ng and fraud. Ita y s ead ng f nanc a da y I So e 24 Ore reported at the weekend that JP Morgan Chase n M an had to d the IOR of the c os ng of ts account n a etter on Feb. 15. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:10 PM

Anonymous Attack Vatican Website and its 'Paedophile Conspiracy of Silence' VATICAN CITY Internat ona Bus ness T mes By G an uca Mezzof ore | March 19, 2012 The Ita an branch of the Anonymous co ect ve has taken down the off c a webs te of the Vat can aga n, th s t me to protest aga nst the sex abuse cases nvo v ng Roman Catho c pr ests. "Forg ve us f we re not too fr end y w th you, but we are tera y d sgusted by the Catho c Church s consp racy of s ence over paedoph a cases, somet mes rea y ob ect onab e," reads a statement pub shed on Pasteb n The co ect ve a so denounced an a eged abuse that occurred to a fr end of one of the members. "She was raped at 13 years o d by a pr est, the same one that bapt zed her," reads the statement. "We know that the Vat can tends to h de the abuses w thout report ng them to the po ce. They care more about the r members than of the r fa thfu ," adds the statement. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:06 PM

St. Scholastica Catholic Church pastor Gerald Riva’s sex crime comes to light ILLINOIS MySuburbanL fe Dave He tz, dhe [email protected] fe.com Posted: 03/19/2012 The Rev. Gera d R va has rece ved many acco ades dur ng h s ong tenure at St. Scho ast ca Catho c Church n Woodr dge, where he has served as pastor s nce 1999. Among them s a 2007 Outstand ng C t zen of the Year award from the V age of Woodr dge. Then th s w nter he was named a “2012 D st ngu shed Pastor” by the Nat ona Catho c Educat on Assoc at on. He was one of on y 10 pastors nat onw de to w n the award, wh ch honors pastors who have g ven “outstand ng support to Catho c e ementary educat on.” But accord ng to court and po ce records, the 70-year-o d R va has a cr m na past. In 1992, R va p eaded gu ty to a m sdemeanor charge of pub c ndecency after he grabbed the ma e gen ta s of a DuPage County Forest Preserve off cer n a forest preserve n W nf e d Townsh p. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:01 PM

Catholic Church Reportedly Castrated Young Boys To "Cure" Their Homosexuality NETHERLANDS Inst nct Magaz ne Wr tten by Jonathan H gbee | Monday, 19 March 2012 Horr fy ng a egat ons are be ng made aga nst the Catho c Church th s weekend n the Dutch press. Accord ng to a comm ttee set up to nvest gate the pr est abuse scanda , nformat on has come to ght suggest ng that a Catho c nst tut on regu ar y castrated young boys as a means to cure the r homosexua ty. One conf rmed case of Catho c castrat on has been found n Henk Heth us, who was sent to a Church-run psych atr c fac ty after prov d ng ev dence of years of sexua abuse at the hands of oca pr ests. As reported by Dutch paper L mburger today, the Catho c fac ty then made the dec s on to castrate Heth us w thout nvo v ng h s parents n an effort to curb h m of h s homosexua behav or. Var ous reports nd cate that at east a dozen other boys were sub ected to the same torture. Dutch News adds: M nutes of meet ngs he d n the 1950s show nspectors were present when the castrat ons were open y d scussed, the L mburger sa d. The m nutes a so showed d rectors of the nst tut ons d d not th nk parents needed to be nvo ved n the dec s on-mak ng process when m nors were nvo ved. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:03 PM

Reminder... CANADA MarketWatch Reminder to Former Indian Residential School Students that the Independent Assessment Process Application Deadline is September 19, 2012 OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Mar 19, 2012 (MARKETWIRE v a COMTEX) -- Abor g na Affa rs and Northern Deve opment s rem nd ng former students of Ind an Res dent a Schoo s that the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) dead ne to subm t app cat ons s September 19, 2012. In accordance w th the Ind an Res dent a Schoo s Sett ement Agreement (IRSSA), app cat ons w not be accepted after th s dead ne. The Independent Assessment Process s an out-of-court process created to reso ve c a ms of abuse at recogn zed Ind an Res dent a Schoo s. Former students who have rece ved a Common Exper ence Payment can a so app y to the IAP. Informat on on the process can be found n the IAP gu de and IAP app cat on form wh ch are ava ab e on ne or by ca ng 1-866879-4913. Once comp eted, the app cat on form shou d be sent to the address sted n the gu de. Former students who are e g b e to app y to the IAP shou d beg n the app cat on process now, as t s comp ex. Due to th s comp ex ty, and the ega concepts and processes nvo ved, a part es to the IRSSA be eve that former students shou d have a awyer to represent them - but t s not a requ rement. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:36 AM

Nun accused of baby snatching SPAIN The Ir sh T mes An 80-year-o d nun has become the f rst person to be accused of baby snatch ng n the scanda over traff ck ng of newborns n Span sh hosp ta s n past decades. Sr Mar a Gomez has been named as a suspect n the nvest gat on nto one of more than 1,500 cases of suspected ega traff ck ng of bab es who were sto en, so d or g ven away by adopt on over four decades unt the 1980s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:16 AM

The First Person Indicted In Spain's Huge Baby-Snatching Investigation Is An 80-Year-Old Nun SPAIN Bus ness Ins der An 80-year-o d nun has been accused of baby snatch ng n the scanda over the traff ck ng of newborns n Span sh hosp ta s, the Guard an reports. S ster María Gómez s the f rst person to be forma y nd cted n the nvest gat on nto one of more than 1,500 cases of suspected ega traff ck ng of bab es who were sto en, so d or g ven away by adopt on between the 1950s and 1980s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:12 AM

Ministry of Finance soon to come. The Vatican gets its act together VATICAN CITY Vat can Ins der The dec s on to re-enter the Ocse s "Wh te L st" G acomo Ga eazz Vat can C ty The new ru es have become effect ve and the Vat can has changed the structure of the department that dea s w th the economy, from be ng a Court of accounts that mon tors the Vat can adm n strat on to a Pont f ca M n stry of F nanc a Or entat on and Programm ng. Th s s a m n -revo ut on that w touch the Prefecture for the Econom c Affa rs of the Ho y See ( ed by Versa d who s supported by Bertone) and nd rect y the who e system of econom c power n the Roman Cur a. It s another step n the progress ve rev s on of adm n strat ve aws, n a t me when the department has been the centre of ta es of po son pens and eaks. Meanwh e, after the Moneyva Ant Money Launder ng nspect on, that w dec de whether the Vat can can be adm tted n the Ocse s Wh te st (a record of f nanc a y v rtuous countr es), the M an branch of JP Morgan bank has ended ts re at onsh p w th the Ior, s nce the Vat can body has been nvest gated for a ong t me by the Pub c Prosecutor of Rome for break ng aws aga nst money aunder ng Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:44 AM

Sex-Abuse Suit Against Archdiocese Rejected by Top Court UNITED STATES B oomberg By Bob Drummond - Mar 19, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court refused to re nstate a awsu t c a m ng the Catho c Archd ocese of St. Lou s was neg gent by emp oy ng a pedoph e as a pr est, a ob that put h m n contact w th ch dren. The ust ces today re ected an appea cha eng ng a M ssour court s ru ng that the Const tut on s re g ous- freedom protect ons sh e d churches from awsu ts quest on ng pract ces for emp oy ng and superv s ng the c ergy. The Catho c Church has faced hundreds of awsu ts, and pa d m ons of do ars n damages and sett ements, n c a ms from peop e who a eged sexua abuse by pr ests over a per od of decades. At east e ght Catho c d oceses have dec ared bankruptcy s nce 2004 n connect on w th damage c a ms, and Pope Bened ct XVI n 2010 expressed “deep sorrow” for ch d abuse w th n the church. Wh e most state and federa courts to cons der the ssue have perm tted su ts aga nst the church n connect on w th m sconduct by ts c ergy, state courts n M ssour , Utah and W scons n have sa d the F rst Amendment bars c a ms re ated to the emp oyment or superv s on of pr ests, accord ng to the appea at the h gh court. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:39 AM

The Bishops Get Tough UNITED STATES Doggere o The Catho c Church, after a per od n wh ch t adm tted t was wrong n cover ng up the act ons of pedoph c pr ests, has now dec ded to get tough. The Surv vor s Network of those Abused by Pr ests, or SNAP, has been the target of ega act ons by the Church to d sc ose any documents that, dur ng the past 23 years (!), m ght conta n any nformat on that cou d be re evant to a ega case n Kansas C ty. W am Donahue, Pres dent of a church advocacy group n New York has sa d that “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church….[The b shops] had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys.” For a prev ous post on a re ated ssue, see B shop F nn. The Church s rea y scared t seems That SNAP cou d threaten ts ex stence So they demand, w th great pers stence, That SNAP d sc ose to what extremes Its ema s show that t consp red W th others to destroy the Church. And so they aunch a mammoth search To see ust what may have transp red. But SNAP s a ed w th those whom pr ests Have raped and sodom zed so ong Ago, and though the Church s strong Its per s, t fears, m ght have ncreased. “We not et weakness and remorse, Nor fee ngs for the v ct ms p ghts Persuade us to g ve up our r ghts Defend the Church s the proper course” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:35 AM

Missbrauch: Neue Klage gegen das Kloster Mehrerau OSTERREICH D e Presse E n ehema ger Internatsschü er k agt das Vorar berger K oster auf 135.000 Euro Schmerzenge d und Verd enstentgang. Es st d e zwe te K age d eser Art. Das Bregenzer Z sterz enser-K oster Mehrerau s eht s ch m t e ner we teren Z v ger chtsk age e nes ehema gen Internatsschü ers konfront ert. Der K äger ver angt 135.000 Euro an Schmerzenge d und Verd enstentgang, außerdem so e das K oster auch für zukünft ge Schäden haften. Der Mann w rd von m ndestens 20 ehema gen M tschü ern unterstützt, te te d e Gruppe rund um das Opfer am Montag n e ner Aussendung m t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:32 AM

Missbrauchsopfer bitten Kirche zur Kasse - Mehr als 50 Anträge DEUTSCHLAND Us nger Anze ger Fu da/L mburg/Ma nz (dpa/ he) - Nach dem Skanda um Gewa t und sexue en M ssbrauch n der katho schen K rche haben Opfer n Hessen dutzendfach Entschäd gungszah ungen erfo gre ch e ngefordert. Das hat e ne Umfrage der Nachr chtenagentur dpa n den B stümern Fu da, L mburg und Ma nz ergeben. 56 Anträge wurden n den dre B stümern geste t, n 48 Fä en wurde Ge d gezah t - b s zu e ner Höhe von 14 000 Euro. Vor rund e nem Jahr hatte d e katho sche K rche M ssbrauchsopfern ermög cht, f nanz e e H fen zu beantragen. Laut der Deutschen B schofskonferenz n Bonn s nd b s ang 1030 Anträge bundeswe t e ngegangen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:28 AM

Inspectie wist van castratie zwakzinnigen NEDERLAND PowNed Vo gens de krant De L mburger was de nspect e voor zwakz nn genzorg op de hoogte van de castrat es d e u tgevoerd werden op m nder ar ge pat ënten n nste ngen n Brabant en L mburg n de aren 50. De krant baseert d t n euws op notu en van vergader ngen u t d e t d, waarb ook contro eurs van de nspect e aanwez g waren.T dens d e vergader ngen werd open k gesproken over castrat e. Hoewe meerder ar gen ze f toestemm ng moesten geven, b eef er n de prakt k we n g van d e vr w ghe d over. Ouders werden n et of pas achteraf nge cht.

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Joep Dohmen: 'Jongen in de jaren '50 gecastreerd in Veghel' NEDERLAND Den Bosch D chtb Afge open weekend stond n het NRC een art ke over Henk He thu s, een ongen d e seksuee werd m sbru kt door broeders n een katho ek nternaat. He thu s b kt n de aren 50 te z n castreerd n het S nt Jozephz ekenhu s n Veghe . Dat zegt onderzoeks ourna st Joep Dohmen. H denkt dat er waarsch n k op gezag van de Katho eke Kerk nog meer ongens z n gecastreerd. De ongens werden gecastreerd om zo van hun homoseksue e gedrag te worden afgeho pen. Henk He thu s, d e tot dan toe n a er e katho eke gest chten gewoond had, werd n 1956 n de door katho eken ge e de psych atr sche nr cht ng Hu ze Padua n Boeke gedwongen opgenomen. Het NRC schr ft dat d t s gebeurd nadat h broeders had beschu d gd van seksuee m sbru k. He thu s, zo beweerden de broeders, zou psych sch gestoord en homoseksuee z n. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:20 AM

Nederlandse homoseksuele kinderen werden gecastreerd NEDERLAND Vandaag (Be g e) De Neder andse nspect e voor de "zwakz nn genzorg" w st dat nste ngen n de Neder andse prov nc es Brabant en L mburg n de aren 1950 m nder ar ge pat ënten castreerden "om hen van homoseksuee gedrag af te he pen". Ouders werden n et of pas achteraf nge cht. Dat schr ft Dagb ad De L mburger. T dens vergader ngen van vertegenwoord gers van de L mburgse en Brabantse Katho eke psych atr sche nr cht ngen schoof ook emand van de nspect e aan. Er werd open k gesproken over castrat e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:17 AM

„Inspectie wist van castraties in jaren ’50” NEDERLAND Reformator sch Dagb ad RIJSWIJK (ANP) – De nspect e voor de zwakz nn genzorg w st dat nste ngen n Brabant en L mburg n de aren 50 m nder ar ge pat ënten castreerden. Dat schr ft de krant De L mburger maandag, op bas s van notu en van vergader ngen u t d e t d. Ouders werden n et of pas achteraf nge cht. T dens vergader ngen van vertegenwoord gers van de L mburgse en Brabantse Katho eke psych atr sche nr cht ngen schoof ook emand van de nspect e aan. Er werd open k gesproken over castrat e. Vo gens De L mburger b kt u t de vers agen dat hoewe meerder ar gen ze f toestemm ng moesten geven, er n de prakt k van vr w ghe d we n g sprake was. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:15 AM

Sussex churchgoers urged to be on lookout for abuse UNITED KINGDOM The Argus Pr ests and par sh oners have been urged to act as the eyes of the commun ty by ook ng for ch d abusers w th n the c ergy. The Act ng B shop of Ch chester, the R ght Reverend Mark Sowerby, has wr tten to members of the c ergy across the county warn ng them they need to be v g ant and he p “root out” offenders. H s etter fo ows the arrests of two former Church of Eng and pr ests on susp c on of sexua y abus ng young peop e between the 1960s and 1980s. The etter, wh ch he addressed to “brothers and s sters n Chr st”, has a so been read out to congregat ons at churches across Sussex. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:12 AM

Vatican announces investigations into document leaks VATICAN CITY Catho c News Serv ce By C ndy Wooden Catho c News Serv ce VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Bened ct XVI has estab shed a comm ss on to nvest gate a ser es of eaks of etters exchanged among Vat can off c a s and between the off c a s and the pope h mse f. Archb shop Ange o Becc u, Vat can subst tute secretary of state, sa d March 16 that the papa comm ss on wou d try "to shed ght on the who e affa r," wh e a Vat can tr buna wou d ook nto tak ng ega act on aga nst those who gave the documents to reporters, and the Vat can Secretar at of State wou d carry out an adm n strat ve rev ew of every Vat can off ce. Wh e some of the eaked etters are goss py, others nc ude a egat ons of ser ous f nanc a m sconduct. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:08 AM

Waukesha Co. priest on leave, under investigation WISCONSIN Sheboygan Press GENESEE DEPOT (AP) — The Archd ocese of M waukee has p aced a Waukesha County pr est on eave fo ow ng a egat ons of sexua abuse of a m nor. An ema from Archb shop Jerome L steck says the Rev. Mark Mo ng of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot was p aced on temporary adm n strat ve eave after a egat ons conta ned n the archd ocese s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mo ng den es the accusat ons. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:18 AM

Prosecutors charge Catholic nun in alleged stolen baby scheme at Madrid hospitals SPAIN Da y Ma (Un ted K ngdom) By Leon Watson A Catho c nun has been charged w th be ng part of a ch d stea ng operat on that ran over four decades n Spa n. S ster María Gómez Va buena s the f rst person to be nd cted n connect on w th the probe nto more than 100 cases of bab es snatched from hosp ta s between the 1950s and 1980s. She was subpoenaed to test fy before nvest gators recent y but refused to answer quest ons, accord ng to sources at the Madr d prosecutor s off ce. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:08 AM

La Fiscalía vuelve a denunciar a la monja sor María Gómez Valvuena por el robo de niños ESPANA a Repub ca MARÍA JOSÉ ESTESO POVES / REDACCIÓN DIAGONAL La F sca ía de Madr d ha denunc ado a a mon a sor María Gómez Va buena por su presunta mp cac ón en e robo de n ños. La F sca ía ya c tó a dec arar como mputada a a re g osa que se negó a prestar dec arac ón, ahora ha s do denunc ada nuevamente esta vez por detenc ón ega en uno de os casos de bebés robados que se nvest ga, según consta en a demanda nterpuesta ante e uzgado de Madr d número 43, según se ha dado conocer hace unas horas. La F sca ía nvest ga un caso de 1982, e de María Lu sa Torres, entonces una madre separada, que fue engañada por a mon a Gómez Va buena y que tras dar a uz en a c ín ca San Ramón, a re g osa e d o que a rec én nac da había fa ec do. E parto fue atend do por e doctor de esa c ín ca, Eduardo Ve a Ve a, qu en está tamb én acusado de tráf co de bebés por decenas de fam as. Por o que es prev s b e que sea amado a dec arar por a F sca ía en breve. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:04 AM

Monja acusada por detención ilegal por el caso de los niños robados ESPANA RTVE [con v deo] Var as denunc as de fam as de presuntos n ños robados apuntan hac a e a y ahora a f sca ía de Madr d ha dec d do acusar a de un de to de detenc ón ega . Es Sor María Gómez Va buena, una mon a que atendía a as partur entas en e hosp ta Santa Cr st na. Una de esas mu eres se ha reencontrado con a h a que, según cuenta, e robó sor María. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:02 AM

España: Una monja denunciada por el robo de bebés ESPANA Apporea 18/03/12.-Sor María Gómez Va buena es una mon a octogenar a de as Hermanas de a Car dad, es a pr mera persona denunc ada por a F sca ía de Madr d por a causa de os bebés robados. E a asegura que en todo momento obró de acuerdo a as eyes de a época e ns ste en que os h os adoptados no deberían buscar a sus fam as b o óg cas. Epoca en a que era as stente soc a y su nombre y f rma f guran en centenares de adopc ones y tamb én en muchas de as denunc as presentadas ante a f sca ía. La F sca ía de Madr d a amó como mputada rec entemente. Sor María Gómez Va buena acud ó, pero se negó a dec arar. E caso que ha evado a a f sca ía a denunc ar a f na mente por detenc ón ega es e de María Lu sa Torres, que d o a uz a su h a P ar en a c ín ca Santa Cr st na de Madr d en marzo de 1982 Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:59 AM

Nun charged over 40 year baby kidnapping scandal SPAIN Hera d Sun (Austra a) A NUN n Spa n has become the f rst person to be charged w th abduct ng a baby as part of a arger nvest gat on nto the k dnapp ng and wor dw de sa e of ch dren by pr ests and nuns over a 40-year per od. S ster Mar a Gomez Va buena, 80, has been nked to some 3000 c a ms of k dnapp ng by fam es who say the Madr d nun sto e the r ch dren for resa e to ch d ess coup es, The (London) T mes reported Saturday. Accord ng to Span sh da y E Pa s, the abduct ons most y took p ace at San Ramon and Santa Cr st na hosp ta s n Madr d from the 1950s to the ear y 1980s. Mar a Lu sa Torres was one of count ess peop e who took up Va buena s offer to he p s ng e mothers who were n d re stra ts, agree ng to temporar y p ace her baby n a ch d care fac ty that she cou d v s t, the T mes sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:56 AM

Wanted priest arrested in India INDIA Praetor a News (South Afr ca) Ind an po ce say they have arrested a Catho c pr est wanted n the Un ted States on charges of sexua y assau t ng a teenage par sh oner n M nnesota. The Rev Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau appeared on Monday n a New De h court and w be he d n custody pend ng an off c a US request for h s extrad t on. Po ce Sub- nspector Puga Maran says Jeyapau was deta ned Fr day near the southern Ind an town of Erode after Interpo ssued an a ert. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:51 AM

Kamer wil debat castraties rk-kerk NEDERLAND DePers De Tweede Kamer w een debat over de castrat e van k nderen b nnen de katho eke kerk n de aren v ft g. De Tweede Kamer w zo sne moge k praten over ber chten dat de rooms-katho eke kerk n de aren v ft g k nderen heeft gecastreerd. Dat heeft PvdA-Kamer d Khad a Ar b zaterdag gezegd. Vo gens haar w en de betrokken Kamer eden proberen op korte term n een hoorz tt ng te houden met W m Deetman, d e een comm ss e e dde d e seksuee m sbru k b nnen de kerk onderzocht. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:48 AM

Statue at Palisades Park church vandalized NEW JERSEY The Record BY JUSTO BAUTISTA STAFF WRITER The Record PALISADES PARK — Par sh oners at a church on East Br nkerhoff Avenue were up n arms on Sunday after someone beheaded the statute of the r be oved patron sa nt. “Th s s horr b e,” sa d an outraged par sh oner. “There s no head. Is noth ng sacred anymore?” sa d the par sh oner referr ng to the nc dent at h s church and the recent spate of vanda sm n Bergen County, where synagogues n Hackensack and Maywood were defaced by ant -Sem t c graff t and a synagogue n Rutherford was f rebombed, an nc dent that resu ted n the arrests of two Lod men, one of whom was charged w th n ne counts of attempted murder. ... And n November, an unemp oyed cook n Morr s County was charged w th desecrat on of a venerated ob ect and cr m na m sch ef for a eged y smash ng a memor a to v ct ms of c ergy sex abuse. Po ce sa d a s edgehammer was used to wreck the memor a — a c rcu ar b ack m stone outs de St. Joseph s Catho c Church n Mendham and nsta ed to ca attent on to the abuse of oca boys by a former St. Joseph s pastor from Paterson. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:42 AM

Sängerkrieg: Pfarrer entlässt Kirchenchor DEUTSCHLAND Idea Yeov ( dea) – E n ang kan scher Pfarrer hat kurzerhand se nen ganzen K rchenchor ent assen. Der Grund: Zwe Sänger nnen, be de 83 Jahre a t, hatten s ch gewe gert, e n po ze ches Führungszeugn s zu beantragen. Der Ge st che h e t das für nöt g, um K ndesm ssbrauch vorzubeugen. Jetzt steht d e St. M chae s-Geme nde n Yeov (Südwesteng and) n cht nur ohne Chor, sondern auch ohne Orge beg e tung da. Denn aus So dar tät m t den be den Sänger nnen egte auch d e 70- ähr ge Organ st n und Kantor n Jenny Hansford hr Amt n eder. S e hatte m Internet herausgefunden, dass nach den Rege n der ang kan schen K rche nur Chor e ter e n Vorstrafenreg ster vor egen müssen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:39 AM

Klagen wegen sexueller Belästigung: Jesuiten in den USA gehen bankrott VEREINIGTE STAATEN Berner Ze tung (Schwe z) A s Reakt on auf Dutzende K agen gegen Pr ester wegen sexue en M ssbrauchs hat der Jesu tenorden m Nordwesten der USA G äub gerschutz beantragt. D e entsprechenden Unter agen wurden am D enstag be m amer kan schen Inso venzger cht n Port and e ngere cht. D e Prov nz Oregon des katho schen Ordens führt dar n e n Vermögen von wen ger a s 5 M onen Do ar und Verb nd chke ten von fast 62 M onen Do ar auf. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:35 AM

Kremsmünster - „Vernichtungslager für Kinderseelen“ OSTERREICH Nachr chten KREMSMÜNSTER. Von „sad st scher Gewa t, d e uns K e nk nder zu Hunderten kaputtgemacht hat“, spr cht e n ehema ger Zög ng des Internats von St ft Kremsmünster aut e nem Ger chtsakt, n dem d e Erm tt ungsergebn sse der Po ze zu den M ssbrauchsvorwürfen zusammengefasst s nd. Dem W ener Nachr chtenmagaz n „prof “ egt der Akt nun vor. Erschütterndes Ergebn s: Systemat sche Gewa texzesse, sexue er M ssbrauch und emot ona e Zermürbung standen auf der Tagesordnung. Im St ft reag ert man m t t efstem Bedauern. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:32 AM

Horrorkloster Kremsmünster OSTERREICH Prof Das Bened kt nerst ft Kremsmünster war für Hunderte K osterschü er b s n d e neunz ger Jahre d e Hö e. An der Tagesordnung: systemat sche Gewa texzesse, sexue er M ssbrauch, emot ona e Zermürbung. E n pädoph er, schwer bewaffneter Mönch stand a s Konv ktsd rektor an der Sp tze e nes sad st schen Reg mes. Ihm droht nun d e Ank age. prof egt der Ger chtsakt vor. Von Em Bob Unm tte bar h nter dem Rathausp atz m oberösterre ch schen Kremsmünster erhebt s ch der Berg m t der überd mens ona en Ku sse des St fts. „Das K oster s tzt w e e n Krake auf dem Ort“, sagt Jürgen Ö nger, 46, der n Kremsmünster geboren und m St ft über Jahre sexue m ssbraucht und körper ch m sshande t worden se n so . Heute st Ö nger evange scher Pfarrer n V ach. Se nerze t habe der ganze Ort weggeschaut, we man n chts Genaues w ssen wo te, heute wo e man n cht mehr h nschauen. „Eh vorbe . Net scho w eder st er n“, sagten d e Leute. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:28 AM

Meer castratiegevallen in Sint Josephziekenhuis in Veghel NEDERLAND Omroep Brabant SON - In het S nt Jozephz ekenhu s n Veghe z n n de aren v ft g zeker twee m nder ar ge ongens gecastreerd op gezag van de Katho eke Kerk. En waarsch n k nog we meer. Dat zegt onderzoeks ourna st Joep Dohmen. De ongens werden gecastreerd om zo van hun homoseksue e gedrag te worden afgeho pen. In zeker een geva gaat het om een ongen d e seksuee m sbru kt was door broeders n een katho ek nternaat. In 1956 komt Henk He thu s, tw nt g aar oud, terecht n Hu ze Padua, een door katho eke broeders ge e de psych atr sche nste ng n Boeke . Homoseksuee He thu s, d e tot dan toe n a er e katho eke gest chten gewoond had, werd n 1956 n de door katho eken ge e de psych atr sche nr cht ng Hu ze Padua n Boeke gedwongen opgenomen nadat h broeders had beschu d gd van seksuee m sbru k. He thu s, zo beweerden de broeders, zou psych sch gestoord en homoseksuee z n. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:25 AM

Dutch health inspectorate knew about 1950s forced castrations NETHERLANDS Rad o Nether ands Pub shed on 19 March 2012 The hea th author t es n the predom nant y Catho c prov nces of Brabant and L mburg apparent y knew that nst tut ons for the menta y hand capped were nvo ved n forc b e castrat ons n the 1950s. Reg ona newspaper De L mburger pub shed a report on Monday based on m nutes taken at board meet ngs dur ng that per od. Parents were reported y never nformed of the castrat ons - or at best on y ater. The paper wr tes that representat ves of the prov nc a hea th author t es regu ar y attended board meet ngs of the L mburg and Brabant Catho c psych atr c nst tut ons. Castrat on was open y d scussed. M nutes from these meet ngs show that, a though adu t pat ents had to g ve the r perm ss on for the procedure, n pract ce there was noth ng vo untary about t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:30 AM

'Inspectie wist van castraties in jaren '50' NEDERLAND De Te egraaf [met v deo] RIJSWIJK - De nspect e voor de zwakz nn genzorg w st dat nste ngen n Brabant en L mburg n de aren 50 m nder ar ge pat ënten castreerden. Dat schr ft de krant De L mburger maandag, op bas s van notu en van vergader ngen u t d e t d. Ouders werden n et of pas achteraf nge cht. T dens vergader ngen van vertegenwoord gers van de L mburgse en Brabantse Katho eke psych atr sche nr cht ngen schoof ook emand van de nspect e aan. Er werd open k gesproken over castrat e. Vo gens De L mburger b kt u t de vers agen dat hoewe meerder ar gen ze f toestemm ng moesten geven, er n de prakt k van vr w ghe d we n g sprake was. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:25 AM

Catholic Church now trying to silence victims' support group UNITED STATES Star-Ledger By Star-Ledger Ed tor a Board Ten years after Catho c b shops swore to c ean up the r act after decades of sexua abuse by pr ests and cover-ups by the r eaders, the Catho c Church s prov ng that o d hab ts d e hard. The New York T mes reported ast week that attorneys for the church have subpoenaed records from the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known to most peop e as SNAP, as part of sex abuse awsu ts n St. Lou s and Kansas C ty. The subpoenas demand e-ma records and, n some cases, test mony — even though SNAP sn t d rect y nvo ved n the su ts. The church demanded 23 years of SNAP s commun cat on w th v ct ms, though the v ct m n the su t s on y 19. They ve wasted hundreds of hours of staff t me and cost SNAP $50,000. Now, SNAP s begg ng awyers to work pro bono. W am Donohue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, out ned the strategy to the T mes: “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church,” he sa d. “There s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better ... buy some good awyers and get tough.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:22 AM

Fugitive Catholic Priest Arrested In India MINNESOTA/INDIA Lez Get Rea Posted by: Br dgette P. LaV cto re on March 18, 2012. The Roman Catho c Church has been known to rather rap d y remove those who do th ngs ke get accused of stea ng from the Church or speak ng out aga nst the r hatred of LGBT peop es. St , The Church h erarchy has no prob ems ust ett ng th ngs go when t comes to ch d sexua abuse. Father Joseph Jeyapua was not d sc p ned off c a y by the Church after he was accused of sexua y assau t ng a 14-year-o d g r n M nnesota a most a decade ago, nor d d they move to d sc p ne h m after he f ed. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:19 AM

Waukesha priest put on leave after sexual assault allegation WISCONSIN M waukee Journa Sent ne By Meg Jones of the Journa Sent ne March 18, 2012 A Catho c pr est n Waukesha County s on temporary adm n strat ve eave after a egat ons of ch d sexua assau t. Father Mark Mo ng of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot was p aced on eave wh e the Archd ocese of M waukee nvest gates an a egat on of sexua abuse of a m nor n the m d-1990s, accord ng to an ema sent by Archb shop Jerome L steck . In the ema , L steck wr tes that Mo ng den es the a egat on. The a egat ons were reported to the Waukesha County d str ct attorney s off ce, wh ch dec ned to f e charges. The Surv vors Network for those Abused by Pr ests reports that Mo ng has worked as a res dent chap a n at state uven e correct ons fac ty Ethan A en Schoo for Boys n Wa es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:17 AM

Archdiocese asserts privilege against subpoena in priest sex-abuse case PHILADELPHIA (PA) P ttsburgh Post-Gazette March 19, 2012 By Amar s E ott-Enge , The Lega Inte gencer / The Catho c Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a sa d n a mot on that t w not wa ve ts own attorney-c ent pr v ege regard ng 12 documents that Mons gnor W am J. Lynn wants to subpoena n the cr m na case aga nst h m. Mons gnor Lynn, the archd ocese s secretary for c ergy from 1992 unt 2004, s fac ng cr m na charges, nc ud ng endanger ng the we fare of ch dren, on a egat ons that he fa ed to take suff c ent act on to protect ch dren from sexua y abus ve pr ests. Dur ng a hear ng n January, attorneys for the archd ocese sa d that t m ght one day assert attorney-c ent pr v ege that can t be wa ved, even f the mons gnor wa ves h s own attorney-c ent pr v ege. That day came. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:14 AM

Priest accused of abuse arrested INDIA/MINNESOTA Chr st an Today By: Babu Thomas Monday, 19 March 2012 The Tam Nadu po ce ast week arrested a Chr st an pr est who was wanted by Interpo for h s a eged nvo vement n a ch d abuse case. Rev Joseph Jeyapau was arrested by Erode Super ntendent of Po ce S Panneerse vam on Saturday. The Catho c pr est faces charges of sexua y assau t ng a 14-year-o d g r n M nnesota, US. The US po ce had handed over the case to the Interpo wh ch obta ned an arrest warrant aga nst the pr est and asked Tam Nadu po ce to trace h m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:08 AM

March 18, 2012 Interpol Arrests Priest Accused in MN Sex Assault in India MINNESOTA Fox 9 [w th v deo] A Catho c pr est accused of sexua y assau t ng a 14-year-o d g r n M nnesota near y a decade ago w appear n a court n Ind a now that Interpo has tracked h m down. Joseph Jeyapau , 57, w be extrad ted back to M nnesota after h s appearance n a New De h courtroom. The v ct m says Jeyapau attacked her wh e he was a pr est at B essed Sacrament Catho c Church n Greenbush; however, he went to Ind a before charges cou d be f ed n 2005 and has been work ng there as a pr est s nce. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:06 PM

Kamer wil opnieuw praten over misbruik kerk NEDERLAND BN DeStem DEN HAAG - De Tweede Kamer w op korte term n praten over ber chten dat de rooms-katho eke kerk n de aren 50 k nderen heeft gecastreerd. Dat heeft PvdA-Kamer d Khad a Ar b zaterdag gezegd. Vo gens haar w en de betrokken Kamer eden proberen op korte term n een hoorz tt ng te houden met W m Deetman, d e een comm ss e e dde d e seksuee m sbru k b nnen de kerk onderzocht. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:10 PM

Geschokte reacties op castratie NEDERLAND NOS Geschokte react es op het verhaa van een m sbru kte ongen d e gecastreerd werd vanwege homoseksuee gedrag. S achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k, b sschoppen en po t c hebben a en met afgr zen gereageerd. U t onderzoek van NRC Hande sb ad b eek vandaag dat zeker één m nder ar ge ongen n de aren 50 s gecastreerd na m sbru k n een katho eke zorg nste ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:08 PM

Minnesota woman relieved Greenbush priest she says sexually attacked her at 14 arrested in India MINNESOTA Grand Forks Hera d By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Hera d Megan Peterson was home w th fam y near M dd e R ver, M nn., on spr ng break from co ege th s weekend when she heard that the fug t ve pr est who she says sexua y assau ted her when she was 14 was arrested Fr day n Ind a. "I m k nd of n shock," sa d Peterson, 22, today as she drove back to W nona (M nn.) State Un vers ty where she s ma or ng n stud o art w th a m nor n ch d advocacy. "I ust heard about t ast n ght. It s a b g we ght off my shou ders and I m g ad he s away from k ds and hopefu y ust ce can be served." Accord ng to news sources n Ind a, the Rev. Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, was arrested Fr day there on charges out of Roseau County that he sexua y assau ted two g r s n 2004 and 2005 wh e he was pr est of B essed Sacrament par sh n Greenbush, M nn. Jeyapau was a v s t ng pr est from Ind a and returned there before cr m na charges were f ed aga nst h m n state d str ct court n Roseau n 2006. He s been a fug t ve s nce from ust ce here wh e st work ng as a pr est there. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:02 PM

A Passionate Persona Forged in a Brutal Defeat UNITED STATES The New York T mes By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE Pub shed: March 16, 2012 R ck Santorum s prospects for re-e ect on to the Senate were not rosy when fr ends and adv sers urged h m n 2005 not to r sk mak ng th ngs worse. Mr. Santorum, hurt ng po t ca y n Pennsy van a because of h s defense of the Iraq war and Pres dent George W. Bush, had wr tten a book, “It Takes a Fam y.” It was a b ster ng attack on bera “e tes” and what he saw as the r mora re at v sm as we as “rad ca fem n sts” who, he sa d, had deva ued mothers who preferred stay ng home rather than go ng to work. ... The Casey campa gn had stoked the f ames. For examp e, after the sexua abuse scanda n the Roman Catho c Church broke n Boston n 2002, Mr. Santorum had wr tten on a Catho c Web s te: “It s no surpr se that Boston, a seat of academ c, po t ca and cu tura bera sm n Amer ca, es at the center of the storm.” The comment was tt e-not ced at the t me, but the Casey team unearthed t three years ater and sent t to co umn sts, accord ng to Sau Shorr, a top Casey strateg st. It prompted Senator Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the Massachusetts Democrat, to demand that Mr. Santorum apo og ze. After Mr. Santorum refused, Mr. Kennedy took the rare step of upbra d ng h s co eague on the Senate f oor, ca ng h s remarks “ rrespons b e, nsens t ve and nexcusab e.” Mr. Santorum f red back. “I don t th nk Ted Kennedy ectur ng me on the teach ngs of the church and how the church shou d hand e these prob ems s someth ng I m go ng to take part cu ar y ser ous y,” he sa d dur ng a conference ca w th news med a from Catho c organ zat ons. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:24 PM

Cardinal Dolan is not the Prince of New York…All roads no longer lead to Rome UNITED STATES Pope Cr mes & Vat can Ev s... Par s Arrow A roads ead to Rome… s anc ent h story n the 21st century. It s for fanat c Catho cs that A roads ead to Rome… but not New York s roads and not Ire and s roads. The vast and b ggest USA state of New York and the country of Ire and ne ther ead to Rome nor to the Vat can. Ire and ust shut down ts Vat can Embassy n Rome and has refused to " nv te" Benend ct XVI to the Internat ona Euchar st c Congress n Ire and th s June. Ire and a so c osed ts embassy to East T mor and Iran but the ma or d fference between these two countr es and the Vat can s that, the Pr me M n ster of Ire and took t me to address the Ir sh Par ament that "the C oyne Report excavates the dysfunct on, d sconnect on, e t sm....the narc ss sm that dom nate the cu ture of the Vat can to th s day" Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:20 PM

Pedofilia, Rete L’Abuso in protesta silenziosa alla processione di Savona ITALIA IVG Savona. Protesta s enz osa de a Rete L abuso d Savona durante a process one d retta a santuar o d Nostra S gnora de a M ser cord a organ zzata per a festa patrona e. A cun att v st de assoc az one ant pedof a, tra qua oro portavoce Francesco Zanard , hanno ndossato una t-sh rt con e foto de quattro presu che s sono avv cendat a Savona e a scr tta “Ha ancora coragg o d asc are tuo f g sotto a oro tute a?”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:28 AM

MN Priest Accused Of Sexual Assault Jailed In India MINNESOTA WCCO MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A M nnesota pr est accused of sexua y assau t ng two young g r s s s tt ng n a a , n Ind a Sunday morn ng. F fty-seven-year-o d Rev. Joseph Jeyapau a eged y comm tted the cr mes n the D ocese of Crookston n 2004. Accord ng to the T mes of Ind a, he s expected to appear n a New De h court Sunday. Back n September, the Crookston D ocese agreed to pay $750,000 n a awsu t sett ement to a v ct m a eged y raped when she was 14 years o d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:10 AM

Full text: Holy See Press Office statement on cooperation with European financial authorities VATICAN CITY Vat can Rad o Be ow, p ease f nd the statement from the Press Off ce of the Ho y See regard ng the recent y conc uded meet ngs betwee the Ho y See and MONEYVAL - the Department of the Counc of Europe wh ch dea s w th the eva uat on of systems adopted by member States to counter money- aunder ng. ******************** W th n the framework of the act ve co-operat on between the Ho y See and MONEYVAL (the Department of the Counc of Europe wh ch dea s w th the eva uat on of systems adopted by member States to counter money- aunder ng), meet ngs of a techn ca nature were he d n the Vat can between 14 and 16 March 2012. The meet ngs had been p anned ear er, tak ng nto account both the spec f c nature of the Ho y See and of Vat can C ty State and the fact that th s was the f rst eva uat on of the r respect ve ega systems. The meet ngs made t poss b e to cont nue gather ng nformat on on the steps taken thus far n the process of comp y ng w th nternat ona standards n the area of prevent ng and counter ng money- aunder ng and the f nanc ng of terror sm, such as the adopt on of the Decree No. CLIX of 25 January 2012, rep ac ng Law No. CXXVII of 30 December 2010, as we as the rat f cat on of and adhes on to certa n nternat ona Convent ons pert nent to the quest on. As on the occas on of the ear er meet ngs that took p ace n November 2011, the experts met representat ves of the competent Author t es of the Ho y See and of Vat can C ty State. The present phase w ead to the draft ng of a report wh ch, as schedu ed, w be exam ned by the P enary Assemb y of MONEYVAL next Ju y. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:41 AM

Pope to take on drug cartels MEXICO Cour er Ma (Austra a) FROM the war on drug carte s n Mex co to rev v ng fa th n Cuba, Pope Bened ct XVI w address a ser es of burn ng ssues n Lat n Amer ca th s week. On h s 23rd v s t abroad and h s f rst to Lat n Amer ca, the pont ff w tack e the dec n ng number of Catho cs n the reg on, the r se of r va re g ous movements such as Pentecosta sts and what the Church sees as the threat to fam y va ues. The s x-day program, start ng n Mex co on Fr day, takes nto account the fra ty of the aged pope, who w conduct both po t ca meet ngs and re g ous r tes focus ng on the mar an f gures of Mex co s Our Lady of Guada upe and Cuba s Our ady of Char ty. Bened ct, 84, s ke y to face cr t c sm over the c er ca abuse scanda and the Vat can s management of Mex co s most famous offender, Marc a Mac e , the founder of the Leg on of Chr st, who was accused of mo est ng e ght m nors. The Vat can has a ready ru ed out a meet ng w th v ct ms of paedoph a. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:36 AM

Pope sets up criminal investigation into Vatican leaks VATICAN CITY The Te egraph (Un ted K ngdom) The Pope has taken the unusua step of sett ng up an nterna , cr m na nvest gat on to dent fy the source of damag ng eaks of comprom s ng Vat can documents. By N ck Squ res, Rome 1:50PM GMT 18 Mar 2012 The nqu ry w seek to pun sh the ns ders who eaked the papers, whom the Vat can h erarchy regard as "d s oya and coward y". Pope Bened ct XVI had been "hurt" by the eaks, sa d Archb shop Ange o Becc u, the Vat can s deputy secretary of state and th rd most powerfu Vat can f gure, n an nterv ew w th L Osservatore Romano, the c ty state s da y newspaper. Documents eaked to the Ita an press over the ast few weeks have shed ght on dark power strugg es between sen or card na s, a eged corrupt on and nepot sm n the runn ng of the Vat can adm n strat on, and a myster ous pred ct on that the 84-year-o d pont ff wou d d e w th n a year, poss b y as a resu t of an assass nat on attempt. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:33 AM

Schwere Vorwürfe gegen früheren Dechanten DEUTSCHLAND Saarbrucker Ze tung Kö erbach. Im Februar 2010 wurde der Tr erer B schof Stephan Ackermann zum Beauftragten der katho schen K rche für sexue en M ssbrauch ernannt. Kurz darauf erh e t der dama ge Pfarrer der Kö erbacher Herz-Jesu-Geme nde, Johannes Ittmann, e nen Anruf vom B stum, n dem hm m tgete t wurde, dass es auch m Bere ch se ner Geme nde H nwe se auf M ssbrauch gebe. Man wo e d e Sache aber aus dem B stum herausha ten. Ittmann und Pater Gorges von der trad t ona st sch-katho schen Mart nsgeme nde, d e zu Ittmanns Geme nde gehört, erh e ten dama s auch se bst H n we se darauf, dass s ch e n früherer Pr ester der Mart nsgeme nde Ende der 90er Jahre an e nem Mädchen vergangen haben so . Derart ge Vorwürfe gab es auch gegen e nen La en der Trad t ona sten- Geme nde. Ittmann erstattete desha b m Ma 2010 Anze ge. Das Opfer bestät gte d e Vorwürfe sow e Übergr ffe e nes we teren Ge st chen auf hren Bruder. Jedoch ste te d e Staatsanwa tschaft das Verfahren wegen Ver ährung e n. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:15 AM

Missbrauchsbeauftragter beschäftigt pädophile Priester DEUTSCHLAND Sueddeutsche Ausgerechnet der katholische Missbrauchsbeauftragte Ackermann soll in seinem Bistum Trier Pädophile weiterhin als Seelsorger beschäftigen. Mindestens sieben auffällig gewordenen Priester seien dort tätig, so der "Spiegel". Dabei hatte Ackermann zuvor eine Null-Toleranz-Linie gegenüber Tätern gefordert. Der M ssbrauchsbeauftragte der katho schen Deutschen B schofkonferenz, der Tr erer B schof Stephan Ackermann, geht nach Recherchen des Sp ege s n se nem e genen B stum nur zöger ch gegen Pädoph e vor. In se nem B stum s nd m ndestens s eben a s pädoph aufgefa ene Pfarrer m E nsatz, so das Nachr chtenmagaz n. Darunter e n Ge st cher, der a s Lehrer n e nem Internat sexue e Bez ehungen zu e nem se ner Schü er unterha ten haben so , und zwe wegen des Bes tzes von K nderpornograf e verurte te Pr ester. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:10 AM

Katholischer Missbrauchsbeauftragter schont Pädophile DEUTSCHLAND Sp ege Der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann beschäftigt nach SPIEGEL-Informationen in seinem Bistum sieben als pädophil aufgefallene Pfarrer. Einer von ihnen soll sexuelle Beziehungen zu einem Schüler gehabt haben, zwei weitere sind wegen Besitzes von Kinderpornografie verurteilt. Hamburg - Der Tr erer B schof Stephan Ackermann st der M ssbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen B schofkonferenz und hatte n d eser Funkt on e ne "Nu -To eranz-L n e" gegenüber Sexua straftätern gefordert. Nach SPIEGEL-Informat onen verfährt er n der Prax s edoch anders und beschäft gt Pädoph e we terh n a s See sorger. In se nem B stum s nd m ndestens s eben a s pädoph aufgefa ene Pfarrer m E nsatz, darunter e n Ge st cher, der a s Lehrer n e nem Internat sexue e Bez ehungen zu e nem se ner Schü er unterha ten haben so , und zwe wegen des Bes tzes von K nderpornograf e verurte te Pr ester. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:07 AM

When the Jurist loses Prudence, Goliath Hammers David UNITED STATES M nnesota SNAP By V nn e Nauhe mer It s obv ous to the most casua observer that ur st prudence was snapped by the dec s on to a ow awyers for the Catho c Church carte b anche to p fer, pour over and ponder twenty three years of persona f es n the hands of the surv vor s group known as SNAP. One has to ask ust how b nd ust ce s when an organ zat on steeped the sexua abuse of ch dren, the Roman Catho c Church, s a owed to compe the ead ng advocate group for surv vors of c ergy abuse to turn over conf dent a records unre ated to the case n quest on. The Roman Catho c Church s an nternat ona y recogn zed promoter of ch d abuse hav ng mu t p e documented a egat ons of sexua abuse n over th rty countr es around the wor d nc ud ng ts home base, Ita y and ts home c ty, Rome. The Roman Catho c Church was been found gu ty of acts of genoc de aga nst Nat ve Amer can Ch dren n Canada by an Internat ona Tr buna n 1998.1 In Ire and, they ens aved and abused ch dren for years n workhouses.2 The European comm ss on has accused the Vat can of money aunder ng.3 The NY T mes recent y reported that pr ests and nuns n Spa n and Argent na were gu ty of traff ck ng n bab es and se ng them for prof t.4 That report generated a s m ar comp a nt out of Austra a.5 Every grand ury convened n the Un ted States to nvest gate c ergy abuse and the r equ va ent n Ire and round y cr t c zed the church for the r a ways abom nab e and n some cases, cr m na behav or. In Germany, the argest Catho c pub sh ng company, We tb d, w th 1.7 b on Euros n sa es has been pub sh ng pornograph c nove s for years. The b ggest source of revenue s from what the owners of the pub sh ng house, the b shops, ca Erot c nove s; others have ca ed t t es such as S uts Board ng Schoo and Lawyer s Whore, porn.6 Based on the truths above, g v ng the awyers for the Roman Catho c Church unfettered access to Snap f es s the mora equ va ent of g v ng the Maf a un m ted access to FBI f es. It s s mp y unconsc onab e! D d the church take advantage of the ho e created by an mprudent ur st? You bet they d d. They opened a s x- ane h ghway and ned t w th dumpsters prepared to take away everyth ng they cou d get away w th. The proof s n the transcr pts from Mr. C ohessy s depos t on. The church went back twenty-three years though the nc dent n quest on on y happened recent y. In s x hours of depos t on g ven by Mr. C ohessy, most of the quest ons had noth ng to do w th the case of Rev. M chae T erney who s accused by four peop e of sexua abuse. The NY T mes te s us, “most of the quest ons were not about the case but about the network — ts budget, board of d rectors, staff members, donors and operat ng procedures.” Sure y the ur st cou d have m ted the scope of the depos t on as has been done so many t mes to so many v ct ms try ng to depose church eaders. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:04 AM

Irish movement visiting Rome presses government to re-open embassy to the Holy See ROME Vat can Ins der Members of the Ire and Stand Up movement, v s t ng Rome for St Patr ck s Day, re- ssued the r ca to the Ir sh Government to re-open ts Embassy to the Ho y See and nv te Pope Bened ct XVI to v s t the country Gerard O Conne Rome Stand ng n front of the former Ir sh Embassy to the Ho y See n Rome on March 17, the feast of Sa nt Patr ck, s xteen members of the dynam c Ire and Stand Up movement re- ssued the r ca to the Dub n Government to re-open ts embassy to the Ho y See, re nstate a res dent ambassador, and nv te Pope Bened ct to v s t the country. Led by Mary F tzg bbon, these Ir sh ay men, women and ch dren stood n front of the V a Spada on the Jan cu um H on the afternoon of Sa nt Patr ck s Day, to keep up the pressure on the Government. Ire and has had d p omat c re at ons w th the Ho y See s nce 1929 and the V a Spada has been the seat of ts embassy for the past 65 years unt the Dub n Government dec ded to c ose t on 3 November 2011 for econom c reasons, though many be eve the rat ona e was more po t ca than econom c. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:09 AM

Vatican reversal of Cleveland church closings getting national attention CLEVELAND (OH) The P a n Dea er By M chae O Ma ey, The P a n Dea er CLEVELAND, Oh o -- Before a recent prayer serv ce n a c osed Catho c church n Ho yoke, Mass., par sh oner V ctor Anop stood before 120 peop e and made an urgent announcement: "The Vat can has ordered the b shop of C eve and to reopen 13 c osed churches." "Everybody broke nto app ause," Anop sa d n a te ephone nterv ew ast week. "Peop e are st ta k ng about t. What happened n C eve and br ngs us hope." Catho cs f ght ng church c os ngs throughout the country are keep ng the r eyes on the Catho c D ocese of C eve and, where B shop R chard Lennon was forma y not f ed by Vat can decrees on Wednesday that he d d not proper y fo ow church aw and procedures on c os ng churches. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:05 AM

New apology call AUSTRALIA The Catho c Leader Pub shed: 11 March 2012 By: Pau Dobbyn LAST year s apo ogy by Catho c Hea th Austra a to s ng e mothers, forced to adopt out the r ch dren over decades from the 1950s, st stands for a Catho c hosp ta s n the hea th care network, n the ght of recent pub c ty on the ssue. It s expected no further apo og es w be made. CHA ch ef execut ve off cer Mart n Laverty n Ju y ssued an apo ogy to those "who carry broken hearts as a resu t of the ro e that some Catho c organ sat ons p ayed n th s w despread, common pub c po cy pract ce of years past". The apo ogy was ssued dur ng a Senate nqu ry nto past adopt on pract ces n government and non-government nst tut ons over three decades. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:01 AM

Call for Australian government apology over adoptions AUSTRALIA c News [Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adopt on Po c es and Pract ces] Catho c Hea th Austra a (CHA) has endorsed the ca for a nat ona apo ogy for past adopt on po c es, nc ud ng forced adopt on that affected up to 150,000 ch dren and mothers. The Senate Inqu ry report nto past adopt on po c es and pract ces has proposed the nat ona apo ogy fo ow ng ts nvest gat ons wh ch started on November 15 2010 and, because of the huge vo ume of subm ss ons, extended ts dead ne to February 2012. Catho c Hea th Austra a (CHA) was one of more than 400 organ sat ons and nd v dua s that made a subm ss on to the nqu ry. CHA ast year ssued ts own apo ogy to those, "who carry broken hearts as a resu t of the ro e that some Catho c organ sat ons p ayed n th s w despread, common pub c po cy pract ce of years past.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:57 AM

'Meer seksueel misbruik door fraters van Leo-Gesticht in Borculo' NEDERLAND de Ge der ander BORCULO - In het Leo-Gest cht n Borcu o kwam op vee grotere schaa seksuee m sbru k voor dan b kt u t het rapport van de comm ss e-Deetman, dat ande k onderzoek deed naar seksuee m sbru k b nnen de katho eke kerk. De conc us e dat het om dert g geva en zou gaan, doet de omvang van het eed geen recht. Dat zeggen de broers Gus en Bened ct Sch emans (62 en 65 aar oud). Op de webs te van KLOKK (Koepe Lande k Over eg Kerke k K nderm sbru k) p aatsten ze een oproep voor s achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k op het Leo-Gest cht. "Er hebben z ch b na dert g personen geme d en de aatste t d komen er steeds meer b ." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:53 AM

Midland man held on a charge of sexual assault of a child TEXAS M d and Reporter-Te egram Staff Reports A M d and man s be ng he d on a $100,000 bond on a f rst-degree fe ony of aggravated sexua assau t of a ch d n connect on w th an nc dent that occurred on the prem ses of St. Stephen s Catho c Church ast May, accord ng to Tasa Watts, the c ty s pub c nformat on off cer, and the D ocese of San Ange o. W am Jose Ve asquez, 26, was arrested March 9 after the par sh contacted po ce and sa d a young boy had been sexua y assau ted, Watts sa d. Ve asquez s not an emp oyee of the par sh nor s he a member of the par sh but he somet mes attends Mass there, sa d M ke Wyse, chance or of the d ocese. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:47 AM

Priest accused in Minnesota rapes is arrested in India MINNESOTA Star Tr bune A fug t ve Catho c pr est accused of sexua y assau t ng two underage g r s n northern M nnesota e ght years ago has been arrested n Ind a, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Rev. Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, of Ar ya ur, who a eged y comm tted the cr mes n the D ocese of Crookston n 2004, w appear n a New De h court on Sunday, accord ng to the T mes of Ind a. "We are gratefu to the po ce and prosecutors n M nnesota and e sewhere for gett ng th s dangerous c er c beh nd bars," sa d Barbara Dorr s, a nat ona d rector of the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP). In September, the Crookston D ocese agreed to pay $750,000 n a awsu t sett ement to a v ct m a eged y raped when she was 14 years o d. She sa d the attacks occurred when Jeyapau was a par sh pr est at B essed Sacrament Catho c Church n Greenbush, M nn. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:37 AM

Fugitive priest arrested in Tamil Nadu INDIA MSN News Chenna : Catho c pr est Rev Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau was arrested n Erode n Tam Nadu on charges of mo est ng a ch d n the US when he was there dur ng 2004, po ce sa d Saturday. Act ng on an a ert by Interpo , Tam Nadu po ce arrested Rev Jeyapau , 57, Fr day even ng and presented h m n a court n Erode wh ch ordered that he be handed over to Interpo off c a s n New De h . The Tam Nadu po ce had traced Rev Jeyapau to a church n Erode, around 335 km from here. The pr est, a fug t ve from US aw has been charged w th mo est ng a 14-year-o d g r n the US n 2004 when he was at a pastora m n stry at Roseau county of Crookston D ocese n M nnesota. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:34 AM

Misconduct leads to pastor's resignation HAVERHILL (MA) Eag e-Tr bune By Pau Tennant [email protected] etr bune.com HAVERHILL — The Rev. Robert Cono e w not be return ng to h s post as pastor of Sacred Hearts Church n Bradford. Cono e s res gnat on has been accepted by Card na Sean O Ma ey, archb shop of Boston. He was nvest gated by the Archd ocese of Boston for "ser ous adu t-re ated m sconduct," accord ng to a statement read by the Very Rev. Arthur Coy e, ep scopa v car for the Merr mack Va ey Reg on, dur ng weekend Masses at Sacred Hearts. "I fee bad for Father Cono e," sa d John Cart er, an act ve and ongt me par sh oner at Sacred Hearts. "I am not go ng to pass udgment on anybody." As d ff cu t as Cono e s res gnat on s, Cart er sa d he and other par sh oners need to "move forward." The Rev. John De aney, current y pastor of St. M chae Church n North Andover, w become the new pastor of Sacred Hearts on Apr 11. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:31 AM

Perfumed Pontiff – Validation of Ratzingers Delusionary History? UNITED STATES A terNet Joey P sc te Just when I was abso ute y sure that I had heard every b zarre story that cou d poss b y emanate from the Vat can, the Catho c h erarchy b ows my m nd aga n. The atest ant c that arguab y may va date the a eged esca at on of the ud crous conduct of the k ngp n of the catho c church, Mr. Ratz nger, aka- Pope Bened ct- has surfaced. The Pope, who has actua y been accused severa t mes of shuff ng and cover ng up for c ergy mo esters and rap sts h mse f, s comm ss on ng a new perfume scent; wh e tens of thousands of rape v ct ms n h s mo estat on nundated emp re are suffer ng g oba y from the fe ong after-effects of the cr m na conduct of thousands of h s “emp oyees.” A though I have g ven up ook ng for a rat ona exp anat on of why the count ess atroc t es aga nst nnocent ch dren by professed catho c “men of god” have occurred for centur es, I was st under the mpress on that ust ce w eventua y f nd t s way to the forefront, and bombard the mammoth mo estat on emp re as a resu t of an atom c exp os on of deserved Karma. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:27 AM

Ex-Austin temple member who accused swami in sex case emerges from shadows TEXAS Amer can-Statesman By Er c Dexhe mer AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Karen Jonson f rst appeared n the Amer can-Statesman s pages n September 2008, but not n a way recogn zab e to readers. She was one of f ve anonymous women I prof ed who sa d they had been groped or pressured for sex by Prakashanand Saraswat and Kr pa u Mahara , the sp r tua eaders of the Barsana Dham H ndu temp e south of Aust n. The story was a cont nuat on of our coverage of Prakashanand, who s x months ear er had been arrested wh e gett ng off a p ane n Wash ngton, D.C., and charged w th 20 counts of ndecency w th a ch d. The charges were based on the reco ect ons of two young women who sa d they d been mo ested by Prakashanand as teenagers wh e grow ng up on Barsana Dham n the 1990s. Wh e report ng that story, I tapped nto a nascent network of ex-members who sa d the g r s weren t the on y ones who d been sub ected to sexua advances from gurus wh e v ng at the ashram — f ve adu t women had, too. Jonson, one of those women, eventua y became one of my pr mary contacts, putt ng me n touch w th former devotees and descr b ng deta s of fe at the ashram, where she had ved and worsh ped for 15 years. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:23 AM

Archdiocese removes priest from ministry due to report of sexual assault of a minor WISCONSIN SNAP W scons n Archd ocese removes pr est from m n stry due to report of sexua assau t of a m nor Fr. Mark Mo ng s pastor of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot Statement by John P ma er, SNAP W scons n D rector CONTACT: 414.336.8575 In an e-ma message today (see be ow), M waukee Archb shop Jerome L steck announced that Fr. Mark Mo ng, pastor of St. Pau Par sh n Genesee Depot, was be ng removed from m n stry th s weekend due to a report of sexua assau t ng a m nor. L steck states that the report was obta ned through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy c a ms process and that the d ocesan rev ew board w nvest gate the matter. The a eged offense or offenses occurred n the m d 1990 s and appear to be t me barred from prosecut on under the o d cr m na statues for ch d sex abuse. Mo ng has worked n the W scons n Juven e Correct ons D v s on as res dent chap a n at Ethan A en Schoo for Boys n Wa es. A tota of 570 v ct m c a ms have been f ed w th the Federa Bankruptcy Court, each c a m be ng a cr m na report of sexua abuse. Mo ng appears to be one of the at east 100 un dent f ed sexua offenders who comm tted at east 8,000 nstances of sexua abuse aga nst ch dren n the archd ocese, as was reported n bankruptcy court ast month. Why Mo ng was removed from m n stry wh e other a eged offenders named n the bankruptcy reports have not, rema ns unc ear. In the past, somet mes the archb shop removes a pr est from m n stry before a determ nat on s made by the DA on the cr m na statute, somet mes not. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:19 AM

St. Patrick's Day hit with lucky bit o' weather (with video) OHIO News-Hera d By Rache Jackson [email protected] d.com @nh_rache From Ir sh wo fhounds to Ir sh step-danc ng, Ir sh songs and Ir sh egends, Northeast Oh o s H bern an her tage was ce ebrated throughout the reg on Saturday. Organ zers of C eve and s St. Patr ck s Day Parade had forecast record turnout for the event, wh ch at age 145 s the o dest such parade n the area. ... Catho c schoo s and churches a so had a strong presence, w th many of the church representat ves carry ng s gns of support for the c osed par shes. The Vat can recent y reversed a 2010 order from the C eve and D ocese that had c osed a number of area churches. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:15 AM

March 17, 2012 Vatican overturns closures of ethnic churches in Cleveland CLEVELAND (OH) Myrt e Beach Sun By RALPH VARTABEDIAN - Los Ange es T mes LOS ANGELES -- When groups of ethn c Po sh, S ovene, S ovak and Hungar an Catho cs n C eve and began protest ng orders by the r oca b shop that c osed the r churches, they were g ven tt e chance of revers ng the dec s on. The churches were shuttered n a mass ve retrenchment of C eve and s urban core n 2010, str k ng at the S av c and other ethn c European congregat ons that were founded by waves of mm grants from the wars and human tar an catastrophes over the ast century. The par shes c a med that B shop R chard Lennon, head of the C eve and d ocese, had begun an attack on the ethn c churches. But after two years of s dewa k v g s, etter-wr t ng campa gns and ega act on at the Vat can, the par sh oners appear to have won a h stor c v ctory aga nst the r oca d ocese. A Vat can court, the Congregat on of the C ergy, has ordered as many as 13 of the shuttered churches reopened. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:01 PM

Ark. woman's lawsuit against Diocese to continue ARKANSAS San Anton o Express-News LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Pu ask County C rcu t Court udge has dec ned to d sm ss a Fayettev e woman s awsu t aga nst the D ocese of L tt e Rock that a eges a Catho c pr est man pu ated her nto a sexua re at onsh p. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://b t. y/FSufLk) reported n Saturday s ed t ons that Judge Wende Gr ffen ru ed there was no mer t to c a ms by the d ocese and B shop Anthony Tay or that Shannon Oates awsu t v o ates the re g ous protect ons guaranteed by the F rst Amendment to the U.S. Const tut on. Oates a eges she and Char es Kanu had a re at onsh p and that church off c a s knew of shou d have known about t. The church argues that any n ur es Oates suffered were part a y brought on by her own act ons and that Kanu shou d be a defendant n the awsu t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:56 PM

Question for Catholic Centrists: How Will You Address Your Role in Alienation of Catholics from Church UNITED STATES B gr mage W am D. L ndsey I ve b ogged a number of t mes recent y about what seems to me a cruc a y mportant quest on: how do those Catho cs who rema n w th the church, and how do the pastora eaders of the church, ntend to dea w th the ever- ncreas ng phenomenon of d saff at on of Amer can Catho cs from the Catho c church--or, as some fo ks now put t, of "deconvers on" from the Catho c church? My recent ref ect ons on th s mportant ssue are here and here. As I ve noted repeated y on th s b og (and so I won t rehearse th s matter at ength or prov de nks now--th s research s easy to f nd on th s b og and n many other p aces), as of 2004, Pew Foundat on data nd cated that one n three Amer can adu ts who had been ra sed Catho c has eft the Catho c church, and one n ten Amer can adu ts s now a former Catho c. As commentators have noted, f a those former Catho cs const tuted a denom nat on, that denom nat on wou d be the second argest Chr st an denom nat on n the U.S. I am not aware of s m ar stud es s nce 2004. My ntu t on s that the numbers have grown--even cons derab y--s nce 2004. My ntu t on s that they may we be grow ng arger r ght now due to the outrageous part san po t ca behav or of the U.S. Catho c b shops n recent weeks, the r attack on the human r ghts of gay and esb an persons, the r attacks on the hea thcare needs of women, etc. And my ntu t on s that the number of Catho cs wa k ng away may a so be ncreas ng due to the comp c ty of nf uent a " bera " Catho c centr st med a and academ c commentators w th the b shops n the r recent mmora act ons n the pub c square. For my own part, I can say I m very much a enated by those centr st fe ow Catho cs who cont nue to prov de cover for the b shops n the r mmora act ons. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:43 PM

Priest, facing sexual abuse charges, taken to Delhi INDIA The T mes of Ind a COIMBATORE: A catho c pr est, who was arrested on Fr day n ght at Erode on charges of sexua y abus ng two m nor g r s n the US, w be produced before the add t ona ch ef metropo tan mag strate at Pat a a House n New De h on Sunday. The pr est, J Jayapau a as Joseph Pa an ve , 57, of Ar ya ur, s accused of sexua y assau t ng two m nor g r s at Northern M nnesota n 2004. He was charged n a US court n 2007. But by 2005, Jayapau had returned to Ind a to be w th h s a ng mother. The Interpo had approached the add t ona ch ef metropo tan mag strate court n New De h to secure the pr est. The court sent a warrant to the Erode po ce to arrest the pr est on the bas s of wh ch po ce arrested the Jayapau on Fr day. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:40 PM

A lost son ARIZONA The Ar zona Repub c by M chae C ancy - Mar. 17, 2012 The Repub c | azcentra .com. Dav d M chae Pa n Jr. was a d to rest n ear y December, dur ng a sma serv ce at St. Franc s Cemetery n Phoen x, near y 18 months after he d ed. H s father, Dav d Sr., sa d he remembers h s son w th the he p of Scr pture -- a prod ga son, a ost sheep, a s nner Chr st came to save. The o der man, who goes by the name M chae , to d those gathered at the serv ce that he f nds so ace n those Gospe passages when he th nks of h s son. He be eves Dav d s chance at a good fe -- or, for that matter, a fe at a -- was ost 25 years ear er when he was a eged y sexua y abused, at age 13, by a Catho c pr est. M chae Pa n reported the abuse to the Phoen x D ocese w th n weeks of h s son s death. After a 10-month nvest gat on that deemed the report cred b e, the d ocese suspended the Rev. John "Jack" Spau d ng ast June from h s pos t on as pastor of St. T mothy Catho c Church n Mesa and sent the case -- a ong w th three more that surfaced s nce Pa n s report -- to the Vat can n Rome to determ ne the pr est s future. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:37 PM

Judge Settles Nasty Church Spat ST. LOUIS (MO) Courthouse News Serv ce By JOE HARRIS ST. LOUIS (CN) - A state udge ru ed for St. Stan s aus Kostka Catho c church, sett ng a decade- ong d spute w th the St. Lou s Archd ocese over the h stor c church s money and property. St. Lou s C rcu t Judge Bryan Hettenbach on Thursday granted St. Stan s aus contro of ts assets and property. The ru ng sett es a 10-year d spute that often turned ug y, cu m nat ng n a 2week tr a the ended more than a year ago. Centra to the case s a 19th century agreement that a owed the par sh to govern ts own f nances. In September 2001, the church s board amended ts by aws for the f rst t me s nce 1891, remov ng from the archb shop the power to f re the pastor or appo nt board members. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:55 PM

Court sides with St. Stanislaus in dispute with archdiocese ST. LOUIS (MO) St. Lou s Post-D spatch BY TIM TOWNSEND • [email protected] spatch.com > 314-340-8221 | Posted: Fr day, March 16, 2012 In between tak ng phone ca s from reporters Thursday, the Rev. Marek Bozek paged through a huge B b e n the sacr sty of St. Stan s aus Kostka Catho c Church, ook ng for the perfect read ngs for a Mass of Thanksg v ng. The Mass was to be he d ater n the even ng n response to a sweep ng — and shock ng, accord ng to church-state scho ars — ega v ctory over the Archd ocese of St. Lou s. The ru ng, by St. Lou s C rcu t Judge Bryan Hettenbach, aff rmed St. Stan s aus ownersh p of ts property and ts r ght to craft by aws that m t the author ty of the Roman Catho c Church over the sma Po sh congregat on. Because the church s mpromptu Mass wou d be ce ebrated by Bozek (whom the Roman Catho c church doesn t cons der a pr est) n the sanctuary of St. Stan s aus (wh ch the archd ocese doesn t cons der a Catho c par sh), t wou d not be a Mass, at east as def ned by the Catho c Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:28 PM

St. Stanislaus ruling stirs hot debate... ST. LOUIS (MO) St. Lou s Post-D spatch St. Stanislaus ruling stirs hot debate; Carlson vows fight to Supreme Court [Timeline of the St. Stan s aus d spute] BY TIM TOWNSEND [email protected] spatch.com > 314-340-8221 | Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 Judge Bryan Hettenbach s courtroom was qu et Thursday morn ng as a c erk handed out cop es of the udge s dec s on n an agon z ng ega d spute between the Archd ocese of St. Lou s and St. Stan s aus Kostka Catho c Church. Among the handfu of awyers present were W nston Ca vert, represent ng St. Stan s aus, and Bernard Huger, counse for the archd ocese. They d been here 415 days ear er when the two-week tr a ended. Now, at separate tab es, they f pped to the f na paragraphs of the 50-page dec s on. One phrase repeated y umped out, n count after count: "Judgment s entered n favor of Defendant Po sh Roman Catho c St. Stan s aus Par sh." After a m nute, Ca vert, express on ess, stood and approached Huger. The two men shook hands. "Looks ke you won," Huger sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:21 PM

Defiant St. Louis Church Wins Archdiocese Suit ST. LOUIS (MO) The New York T mes By MALCOLM GAY Pub shed: March 17, 2012 ST. LOUIS — A decade ong d spute between the Roman Catho c Archd ocese of St. Lou s and a oca Po sh par sh has taken a b g step forward w th a state udge s ru ng that the par sh has r ghtfu contro of ts assets and property. In a 50-page dec s on, the udge, Bryan Hettenbach of St. Lou s C rcu t Court, s ded w th St. Stan s aus Kostka Church, f nd ng that the archd ocese had no eg t mate ownersh p c a m on the par sh. “The archb shop may own the sou s of wayward St. Stan s aus par sh oners, but the St. Stan s aus Par sh Corporat on owns ts own property,” Judge Hettenbach wrote n a dec s on he de vered ast week that s ded w th the par sh on a but two of the case s 12 quest ons. The ru ng came after near y four years of t gat on n wh ch the archd ocese sued the St. Stan s aus Par sh Corporat on for contro . “We got rea y the best,” sa d the Rev. Marek Bozek, 37, who took to Facebook and Tw tter upon hear ng the news. “The archd ocese was ask ng for a drast c change to the status quo. But we were ask ng that the status quo be uphe d and be made ega for perpetu ty. There s not one change n our status quo as a resu t of the ru ng. The change s that t s been v nd cated and va dated.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:17 PM

Child abuse: Christian priest wanted by Interpol arrested INDIA The As an Age A Chr st an pr est wanted by Interpo for h s a eged nvo vement n a ch d abuse case reg stered n the US has been arrested near here, po ce sa d on Saturday. Rev Jeyapau a as Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, served as a pr est n a church n Udhagamanda am before 2004 when he eft for a church n Th ef R ver Fa s and then to Greenbush n M nnesota n the Un ted States where he was entrusted to take care of ch dren, po ce sources sa d. In 2004, he was charged w th a eged y mo est ng a 14-year o d g r at h s church under the d ocese of Crookston, M nnesota. Though a su t n th s regard was reg stered n the Roseau County Court n US, Jeyapau returned to Ind a n 2005. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:22 PM

Fugitive Catholic priest arrested in Tamil Nadu INDIA TwoC rc es By IANS, Chenna : Catho c pr est Rev Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau was arrested n Erode n Tam Nadu on charges of mo est ng a ch d n the US when he was there dur ng 2004, po ce sa d Saturday. Act ng on an a ert by Interpo , Tam Nadu po ce arrested Rev Jeyapau , 57, Fr day even ng and presented h m n a court n Erode wh ch ordered that he be handed over to Interpo off c a s n New De h . The Tam Nadu po ce had traced Rev Jeyapau to a church n Erode, around 335 km from here. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:19 PM

TN cops arrest priest charged with minor’s rape in US INDIA H ndustan T mes A Chr st an pr est wanted by the Interpo for a eged y rap ng a m nor g r n the US e ght years ago has been arrested n Erode d str ct, around 450km from here, the po ce sa d on Saturday. Rev Jeyapau a as Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, was charged by US author t es w th rap ng a 14-year-o d g r n 2004 when he was engaged n pastora dut es at a church under the d ocese of Crookston, M nnesota. H s respons b t es there nc uded tak ng care of ch dren, po ce sources sa d. A su t n th s regard had a so been reg stered n the Roseau County Court. However, Jeyapau managed to f ee from the US n 2005 and has s nce then ma nta ned a ow prof e serv ng at farf ung churches n Tam Nadu. The US po ce then handed over the case to the Interpo , wh ch obta ned an arrest warrant aga nst the pr est and asked Tam Nadu po ce to trace h m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:15 PM

Der Vatikan sucht den Verräter VATIKAN NZZ (Schwe z) In den vergangenen Monaten waren aus dem Vat kan mmer w eder vertrau che Dokumente an d e Med en durchges ckert. Jetzt so das Leck gefunden werden. Dafür hat der Papst umfangre che Erm tt ungen auf a en Ebenen des K rchenstaates angestossen. (sda/dpa) Im Zusammenhang m t der We tergabe vertrau cher Informat onen an d e Med en hat der Vat kan umfangre che Erm tt ungen auf a en Ebenen des He gen Stuh s e nge e tet. Das ber chtete das K rchenb att «L Osservatore Romano» am Samstag auf se ner Internetse te. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:11 PM

Niederländische Kirche ließ offenbar Jungen kastrieren NIEDERLANDE F nanc a T mes D e Vorfä e aus den 50er Jahren kommen erst etzt ans L cht. E nem Ze tungsber cht zufo ge wurden d e Kastrat onen m t homosexue en Ne gungen der K nder begründet. S e waren zuvor von K rchenangehör gen m ssbraucht worden. D e katho sche K rche der N eder ande hat e nem Med enber cht zufo ge n der 1950er Jahren mehrere Jungen kastr eren assen, um deren angeb che homosexue en Ne gungen "zu he en". D e Ze tung "NRC Hande sb ad" schre bt, es gebe m ndestens zehn Fä e d eser Art. Betroffen waren dem Ber cht zufo ge M nder ähr ge, d e zuvor n katho schen Schu en und Internaten von K rchenangehör gen sexue m ssbraucht wurden. D e ch rurg schen E ngr ffe se en n k rchengeführten psych atr schen K n ken vorgenommen und m t dem Z e begründet worden, d e K nder "von hrer Krankhe t zu befre en". Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:05 PM

Victims call for Catholic castration inquiry NETHERLANDS Rad o Nether ands The nat ona organ sat on of c er ca ch d sex abuse v ct ms (KLOKK) s ca ng for a par amentary nqu ry nto a egat ons that young boys were castrated n Dutch Roman Catho c psych atr c wards n the 1950s. KLOKK cha rman Gu d K abbers sa d the news, revea ed on Fr day by Dutch newspaper NRC Hande sb ad, showed that the Deetman Comm ss on had fa ed to uncover a abuses: “We ve had many grave rape cases, but th s s even worse. Th s s a case of extreme abuse of power and perverse p easure n w e d ng power. Sheer horror.” He spoke of cr mes aga nst human ty. The atest reve at ons, Mr K abbers added, ra se many quest ons. “It suggests there rema n facts that have yet to be revea ed. That´s not r ght. Any nger ng doubt must be removed.” Par ament s to devote a sess on to the matter next week. W m Deetman, who ed the ndependent nqu ry nto c er ca ch d sex abuse, s expected to be quest oned dur ng the hear ng. For the past two years, par ament has been debat ng whether to aunch ts own nvest gat on nto the scanda . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:58 PM

Stockton Diocese officials testify; Father Michael Kelly may take the stand Tuesday STOCKTON (CA) Lod News-Sent ne By Ross Farrow/News-Sent ne Staff Wr ter Two of the h ghest-rank ng off c a s from the Stockton Catho c D ocese — V car Genera Mons gnor R chard Ryan and Chance or Barbara Th e a — took the w tness stand Fr day as the th rd week of Father M chae Ke y s c v tr a came to a c ose. Ke y, pastor of St. Joach m s Catho c Church n Lockeford for the past e ght years, was tentat ve y schedu ed to defend h mse f n the awsu t f ed by a former a tar boy, but t appears that Ke y won t test fy unt at east Tuesday. Wh e be ng quest oned by the p a nt ff s attorney, John Man y, Ryan sa d he wou d cons der a pr est t ck ng ch dren to be " nappropr ate," depend ng on the c rcumstances. Severa w tnesses n the c v tr a sa d that Ke y t ck ed ch dren aggress ve y, though some of them sa d they d dn t see anyth ng sexua about t. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:55 PM

'Kerk castreerde misbruikte jongen' NEDERLAND Omroep Ge der and [m t v deo] HARREVELD - Een ongen d e n de aren v ft g k aagde over m sbru k n een katho ek ongens nternaat n Harreve d, s ater gecastreerd. Dat schr ft NRC Hande sb ad. Vo gens z n p eegfam e trof moge k meer ongens dat ot. Ze moesten door castrat e van hun "homoseksue e gedrag" afgeho pen worden. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:52 PM

'Eijk draait slachtoffers misbruik rad voor ogen' NEDERLAND Trouw Anders dan be oofd, gebru kt de rk kerk toch de ver ar ng van m sbru k om n et te hoeven u tkeren, zegt etse schade-expert Fokko O denhu s, b zonder hoog eraar re g e en recht aan de R ksun vers te t Gron ngen (RUG). H u tte scherpe kr t ek op kard naa E k, n een co umn op de webs te van de RUG. K opt dat we , dat de kerk z ch toch op ver ar ng beroept? In de zaak van de Puttense pastoor heeft kard naa E k z n hu pb sschop toch naar het getu genverhoor gestuurd. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:48 PM

'Weeskinderen gecastreerd in RK-internaat' NEDERLAND Dagb ad Noorden DEN HAAG - De comm ss e-Deetman d e onderzoek deed naar seksuee m sbru k n de Rooms-Katho eke kerk, heeft geen aanknop ngspunten gevonden voor verder onderzoek naar de vermeende castrat e van k nderen n de aren v ft g. Een me der, NN1 genoemd, had ontucht met en castrat e van weesk nderen geme d b de comm ss e. In een van de geva en zou het vo gens NRC- ourna st Joep Dohmen gaan om een k nd dat n het katho eke ongens nternaat Harreve d n Ge der and n de aren 50 was m sbru kt en ater zou z n gecastreerd. Ook andere k nderen zouden behande d z n om ,,hen af te he pen van hun homoseksue e gedrag . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:45 PM

Eucharist feeds “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism...narcissism” of Benedict XVI, therefore, Ireland must not “invite” Pope to Eucharistic Congress UNITED STATES Pope Cr mes & Vat can Ev s... Par s Arrow Updated March 17, 2012 feast of St. Patr ck of Ire and Today s the feast of Ire and s greatest sa nt St. Patr ck who had a very famous breastp ate prayer: Chr st w th me, Chr st before me, Chr st beh nd me, Chr st n me, Chr st beneath me, Chr st above me, Chr st on my r ght, Chr st on my eft, Chr st when I e down, Chr st when I s t down, Chr st when I ar se... Because the m e ong wr t ngs of John Pau II and Card na Ratz nger are now be ng c ted n every Sunday hom es (but St. Patr ck s c ted on y once each year), today s boys and g r s are better off to pray the JP2 Army prayer to protect them, s m ar to St. Patr ck s prayer but more effect ve, ke th s JP2 Army w th me, JP2 Army before me, JP2 Army beh nd me, JP2 Army n me, JP2 Army beneath me, JP2 Army above me, JP2 Army on my r ght, JP2 Army on my eft, JP2 Army when I e down, JP2 Army when I s t down, JP2 Army when I ar se... Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:38 PM

'In Veghel werden jongens gecastreerd' NEDERLAND ED DEN HAAG – Een ongen van 20 aar d e eerder seksuee was m sbru kt s n 1956 gecastreerd n het St. Josephz ekenhu s (nu Bernhoven) n Veghe . H woonde n psych atr sche nr cht ng Hu ze Padua n Boeke . Journa st Joep Dohmen van NRC Hande sb ad, dat zaterdag de gesch eden s pub ceerde van de n 1958 over eden Henk He thu s, ste t dat n de aren v ft g meer ongens werden gecastreerd om hen af te he pen van homoseksuee gedrag. Er z n verder geen namen bekend.

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Parlementair onderzoek dichterbij na onthulling castraties binnen Kerk NEDERLAND NRC Hande sb ad door Joep Dohmen Een par ementa r onderzoek naar het k nderm sbru k b nnen de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk komt naderb na de onthu ngen vanmorgen n NRC Hande sb ad over castrat es van m nder ar ge ongens b nnen de Kerk. De Tweede Kamer houdt vo gende week een hoorz tt ng. U t onderzoek van de krant b kt dat een me d ng over de castrat e van tenm nste een, en moge k meer m nder ar ge ongens, n et s u tgezocht door Deetman. H maakt h er ook geen me d ng van n z n e ndrapport. Ook gevoe ge nformat e over een hoge katho eke po t cus, de atere prem er V c Mar nen, b eef u t het rapport. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:16 AM

'Kerk castreerde jongens om homoseksuele gevoelens' NEDERLAND RTL B nnen de rooms-katho eke kerk z n n de aren 50 m nder ar ge ongens gecastreerd om ze van hun homoseksue e gedrag af te he pen . Dat schr ft NRC Hande sb ad. Eén van de s achtoffers was seksuee m sbru kt door broeders n een nternaat. Vo gens de krant z n er aanw z ngen voor e f castrat es. In een van de geva en g ng het om een m sbru ks achtoffer u t een katho ek ongens nternaat n Harreve d dat n 1956 aang fte deed b de po t e. Na z n getu gen s werd h door de po t e naar de katho eke psych atr sche nr cht ng Hu ze Padua n Boeke gebracht. Daar werd h gecastreerd vanwege z n homoseksue e gedrag. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:12 AM

Gedwongen castratie rk-misbruikslachtoffers NEDERLAND Rad o Neder and Op afde ngen psych atr e van Neder andse rooms-katho eke z ekenhu zen z n n de aren v ft g m nder ar ge s achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k gecastreerd. Dat me dt NRC Hande sb ad. De castrat e werd u tgevoerd b veronderste d homoseksue e ongens, maar ook b k nderen d e aan de be hadden getrokken over het m sbru k, zo schr ft de krant. De NRC heeft bew s dat zeker één ongen s gecastreerd en besch kt over sterke aanw z ngen dat zeker t en andere m sbru ks achtoffers deze fde behande ng onderg ngen. Het bew smater aa omvat onder meer rechtbank- en med sche doss ers, br even van advocaten en pr vé-documenten. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:58 AM

Retired prelate returns to where he got his start NEW YORK A bany T mes Un on SCHENECTADY — Archb shop Harry J. F ynn, a nat ve of the A bany D ocese, w speak on prayer and forg veness at a deanery-w de m ss on th s week at St. Pau the Apost e Church n Schenectady. "It was a ways a oy to be a pr est n the A bany D ocese," F ynn to d The Evange st. F ynn grew up n the former St. Co umba s par sh and schoo n Schenectady and graduated from S ena Co ege. Orda ned n 1960, Archb shop F ynn taught at Catho c Centra H gh Schoo n Troy wh e serv ng at St. Peter s par sh n Troy. He ret red n 2008 after as the sp r tua eader of the Archd ocese of Sa nt Pau and M nneapo s. F ynn rece ved nat ona acco ades for h s eadersh p n nvest gat ng sexua abuse by the c ergy. In 2002, he was appo nted cha rman of the U.S. Conference of Catho c B shops Comm ttee on Sexua Abuse. He p ayed a centra ro e when the b shops met n Da as that year, adopt ng a "zero-to erance" po cy for sexua abuse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:55 AM

Christian priest wanted by Interpol arrested in Tamil Nadu INDIA Deccan Hera d A Chr st an pr est wanted by Interpo for h s a eged nvo vement n a ch d abuse case reg stered n the US has been arrested near here, po ce sa d today. Rev Jeyapau a as Joseph Pa an ve Jeyapau , 57, served as a pr est n a church n Udhagamanda am before 2004 when he eft for a church n Th ef R ver Fa s and then to Greenbush n M nnesota n the Un ted States where he was entrusted to take care of ch dren, po ce sources sa d. In 2004, he was charged w th a eged y mo est ng a 14-year o d g r at h s church under the d ocese of Crookston, M nnesota. Though a su t n th s regard was reg stered n the Roseau County Court n US, Jeyapau returned to Ind a n 2005. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:40 AM

Vatican: Lorain church can retain name LORAIN (OH) Chron c e-Te egram F ed by Brad D cken March 17th, 2012 LORAIN — The former St. Mary Church has won ts appea of a dec s on by the Catho c D ocese of C eve and to merge the church w th the now-shuttered Ho y Tr n ty Church. St. Mary and Ho y Tr n ty par shes off c a y were c osed n 2009 and merged nto the new Mary, Mother of God Par sh, wh ch congregates at the former St. Mary ocat on. The dec s on to merge the par shes was part of an effort by B shop R chard Lennon to stream ne the d ocese. That ed to oppos t on by Roman Catho cs n the e ght-county area served by the d ocese and severa par shes that were c osed appea ed to the Vat can, wh ch has overturned more than a dozen of the 50 c osures or mergers mposed by Lennon. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:35 AM

Cleveland Catholic Diocese kicks off annual fundraising campaign CLEVELAND (OH) WOIO [w th v deo] The C eve and Catho c D ocese w be k ck ng off the r Annua Catho c Char t es campa gn, hop ng to ra se $10.5 m on do ars to he p hundreds of thousands of peop e across e ght count es. Dur ng the announcement, nobody wou d address the e ephant n the room, the Vat can overru ng B shop Lennon s dec s on to c ose 13 area churches. The d ocese shuttered churches because of f nances. 19 Act on News has been to d the c os ng of par shes has not affected Catho c char t es fundra s ng n the past few years, thanks to area Catho cs "des re to he p the r ne ghbors." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:29 AM

Jongens binnen R.-K. Kerk gecastreerd wegens homoseksueel gedrag NEDERLAND NRC Hande sb ad door Joep Dohmen B nnen de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk z n n de aren v ft g m nder ar ge ongens gecastreerd. Daarmee moesten ze van hun “homoseksue e gedrag” afgeho pen worden. In zeker één geva betreft het een ongen d e seksuee m sbru kt was door broeders n een katho ek nternaat. Dat b kt u t onderzoek van NRC Hande sb ad. Daarb z n aanw z ngen gevonden voor nog eens t en geva en. De comm ss e-Deetman, d e n opdracht van de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk het k nderm sbru k b nnen de Kerk onderzocht, werd over de castrat es schr fte k geïnformeerd, maar verme dde het n et n haar e ndrapport. Vo gens de comm ss e bevatte de me d ng “onderzoekstechn sch we n g aanknop ngspunten voor verder onderzoek”. De me der zou ook gevraagd z n te be en met de comm ss e, maar h deed dat n et. Me der Corne us Rogge (79) zegt dat verzoek n et te hebben ontvangen. Waarom de comm ss e Rogge n et gebe d heeft, s ondu de k. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:37 AM

Religion a key issue as Illinois Republicans go to polls ILLINOIS Ch cago Tr bune By Manya A. Brachear, Ch cago Tr bune reporter March 18, 2012 The ssue of re g ous freedom, ra sed by a four Repub can cand dates but dent f ed most strong y w th R ck Santorum, f nds an nterested aud ence as the contest reaches I no s. ... And Santorum s conservat ve Catho c pos t ons have not sat we w th Catho cs who are ess trad t ona . Stud es show that the vast ma or ty of Catho c women have used b rth contro , and Santorum s stance aga nst contracept ves has a enated some Catho c women. He a so faced cr t c sm n 2003 when he de vered the keynote address at a Youth and Fam y Encounter n Ch cago sponsored by Leg ons of Chr st, a conservat ve Catho c order of pr ests. The group was founded by the Rev. Marc a Mac e , who at the t me of the Ch cago ra y faced sexua abuse a egat ons. Mac e d ed n 2008. "Santorum s a Catho c who s very a gned w th church teach ngs and pos t ons on ssues. Unfortunate y, I m not sure the average Catho c s these days or they re nd fferent about a ot of th ngs" sa d J m Fa r, a spokesman for the Leg on of Chr st who he ped organ ze the ra y that year. As a re g ous organ zat on, Leg onna res don t endorse cand dates. But Fa r s not surpr sed that many Catho c voters don t support the Catho c cand date. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:33 AM

Boulder Hill Man Faces New Sexual Abuse Charges BOULDER HILL (IL) Patch By Andre Sa es A Bou der H man faces more charges of cr m na sexua abuse and sexua assau t after a second teenage v ct m was dent f ed, accord ng to Kenda County State s Attorney Er c We s. Kev n Freeman, 27, of the 0-99 b ock of Shermead Road n Bou der H , was charged Fr day w th two counts of cr m na sexua assau t and s x counts of cr m na sexua abuse, Kenda County Sher ff s deput es sa d. These charges stem from mu t p e nc dents that occurred over a three-month per od wh e Freeman was serv ng as a youth eader at a oca church, We s sa d. We s conf rmed that the new charges concern a d fferent v ct m than the f rst charge of aggravated cr m na sexua abuse Oswego po ce brought aga nst Freeman ate ast month. The second v ct m, ke the f rst, s between 13 and 17 years o d, We s sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:26 AM

Archdiocese suspends top attorney PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Inqu rer By John P. Mart n Inqu rer Staff Wr ter The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a on Fr day suspended ts top awyer, ess than two weeks before a tr a that cou d sh ne a spot ght on the ro e he and other church awyers p ayed n the hand ng of decades of ch d-sex-abuse a egat ons. In an e-ma to emp oyees and pastors, archd ocesan off c a s sa d genera counse T mothy R. Coyne was p aced on adm n strat ve eave but d d not say why. Coyne cou d not be reached ate Fr day. Representat ves for Archb shop Char es J. Chaput dec ned to comment. "Th s s a personne ssue, and we won t be d scuss ng t pub c y," spokesman Kenneth Gav n sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:22 AM

Forced castrations reportedly found in Roman Catholic care NETHERLANDS Rad o Nether ands Underage sexua abuse v ct ms were castrated n Dutch Roman Catho c psych atr c wards n the 1950s, accord ng to the Rotterdam-based newspaper NRC Hande sb ad. Castrat on was performed on young men who were thought to be homosexua , but a so as a means of pun sh ng those who b ew the wh st e on abusers, the paper quotes sources as say ng. NRC d scovered proof of the forced castrat on of one young man and strong ev dence that at east ten other abuse v ct ms were sub ected to the remova of the r test c es. The proof nc udes court documents, med ca records, etters from awyers and pr vate correspondence. Accord ng to the paper, the pract ce was reported n 2010 to the Deetman Comm ss on wh ch comp eted ts nvest gat on of sexua abuse n the Roman Catho c church ast December. The comm ss on, ed by former cab net m n ster W m Deetman of the Chr st an Democrat party (CDA), made no ment on of the castrat on of abuse v ct ms n ts f na report. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:17 AM

Correction: Uganda Gay Rights Lawsuit story UNITED STATES/UGANDA San Lu s Ob spo Tr bune By The Assoc ated Press In a March 14 story about a awsu t a eg ng a pastor nc ted persecut on of gay peop e n Uganda, The Assoc ated Press erroneous y reported the name of the group that f ed the awsu t. The organ zat on s ca ed Sexua M nor t es Uganda, not Sexua M n str es Uganda. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:14 AM

Group slams accused priest's burial in vestments MILWAUKEE (WI) M waukee Journa Sent ne By Annysa Johnson of the Journa Sent ne A M waukee-area pr est who was restr cted from m n stry for sexua y abus ng a ch d n the 1960s has d ed, and v ct m advocates are ob ect ng to h s be ng bur ed n h s pr est y vestments. "Th s s abso ute y outrageous," Peter Ise y of the Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests sa d of the funera Thursday for Jerome E. Lanser, 79. "Here s a man who v o ated everyth ng the pr esthood stands for," and he s be ng bur ed " n fu un form," he sa d. SNAP on Fr day de vered a etter to M waukee Archb shop Jerome L steck ask ng h m to cease a ow ng sexua abusers to be bur ed w th fu pr est y honors. "To do so d shonors a pr ests who have served the church w th se f ess and upr ght conduct," t says. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:10 AM

Faithful become slow to confess FLORIDA News-Press S n ust sn t the same anymore for many Catho cs. The threat of damnat on doesn t seem to pack the same punch t used to. The Catho c fa thfu have been desert ng the confess ona n droves. The most recent stat st cs show that, dur ng the past few decades, the pract ce of confess ng your s ns to a pr est has p unged to the po nt where 75 percent of Catho cs say they never go to confess on, or do so fewer than once a year. The D ocese of Ven ce s push ng to remedy that. It has aunched the “L ght s On” campa gn to br ng members back to the confess on booth dur ng Lent, the 40 days of sp r tua ref ect on and repentance before the ce ebrat on of the resurrect on of Chr st on Easter Sunday. ... Venut s pract ce of go ng to Mass but not confess on wou d appear to d spute that theory. Venut sa d he a so has another reason for bypass ng confess on: reports of sexua abuse by pr ests. “I don t need to go to some guy who may be a b gger s nner than I,“ Venut sa d. “I w not go to confess on, espec a y n ght of a the mmora ty that has taken p ace and mak ng head nes and everyth ng e se.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:05 AM

March 16, 2012 Church's Lawyers Have SNAP in Their Sights UNITED STATES Re g on D spatches By Kathryn Joyce In October, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP), the o dest, argest and most v s b e peer counse ng group for v ct ms of c ergy sex abuse n any denom nat on, rece ved a subpoena from a Kansas C ty, M ssour , pr est be ng prosecuted for sexua y abus ng an o der ma e v ct m SNAP has never met. The subpoena demanded a sweep ng range of documents and correspondence concern ng thousands of the est mated 100,000-p us peop e SNAP has counse ed over two decades. In December, the group rece ved a second subpoena from the other s de of the state, from the Archd ocese of St. Lou s, fac ng ts own charges concern ng the a eged abuse of a 19-year-o d woman. SNAP has fought the requests, c t ng M ssour aws protect ng the pr vacy of rape surv vors, and descr b ng the records-request as a coord nated Church effort to bu y sex abuse v ct ms nto s ence and harass a ong-t me opponent nto bankruptcy. Wh e the Un ted States Conference of Catho c B shops has den ed that there s a nat ona strategy for the Church to f ght sex abuse cases more aggress ve y, even the Church s staunchest defenders see the pattern. As W am Donohue, the pug st c pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, to d the New York T mes th s week, b shops are go ng after SNAP because “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:45 PM

Oud-Ravensteiner zoekt slachtoffers seksueel misbruik rector Verhoof NEDERLAND Arena T dens muz ek essen OBK Ravenste n en St. Hubertus Herpen 1958-1970 RAVENSTEIN/HERPEN - Een spec a e comm ss e onder e d ng van oud-m n ster W m Deetman conc udeerde dr e maanden ge eden dat n de per ode 1945-1981 - met medeweten van de b sdommen - tussen de 10.000 en 20.000 k nderen s achtoffer z n geworden van seksuee m sbru k b nnen de katho eke kerk. Ook n Ravenste n en Herpen heeft het m sbru kschandaa d epe sporen achterge aten, zo b kt u t een oproep d e een oud- nwoner van Ravenste n vor ge week et p aatsen op de webs te van de st cht ng KLOKK (Koepe Lande k Over eg Kerke k K nderm sbru k). De 62- ar ge man zegt tussen 1960 en 1965 n Ravenste n en Herpen zeer zwaar seksuee m sbru kt te z n door rector Adr anus Verhoof. Samen met de s achtofferorgan sat e s h nu op zoek naar otgenoten. Arena g ng b hem thu s angs en tekende z n aangr pende verhaa op. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:40 PM

Geen strafrechtelijk onderzoek bisdom Rotterdam NEDERLAND RTV R nmond Er komt geen strafrechte k onderzoek naar het b sdom Rotterdam. Dat heeft het Openbaar M n ster e bes oten. Advocaat Jan Boone deed n december 2011 aang fte. Vo gens de advocaat s het b sdom een cr m ne e organ sat e d e a s oogmerk had het p egen van seksuee m sbru k. Boone deed ook aang fte tegen voorma g b sschop Bär. D e had n de aren tacht g de e d ng over het b sdom. De advocaat baseerde z n aang fte op het rapport van de comm ss e Deetman d e onderzoek deed naar seksuee m sbru k b nnen de katho eke kerk. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:37 PM

Pastor Sentenced for Sex With Teen CALIFORNIA Patch By Magg e Avants Just before he was due for a hear ng to determ ne whether he shou d go to tr a , the former ead pastor of an Oceans de church adm tted hav ng a sexua re at onsh p w th a young g r . Matth as Anderson, 41, of Hemet, was mmed ate y sentenced to n ne years and four months n pr son on four fe ony counts. The re at onsh p between Anderson and the g r began n February 2008, accord ng to Deputy D str ct Attorney Ju e Ba dw n. Anderson, a decorated ret red Mar ne sergeant, was the founder of New W ne M n str es n Oceans de. The g r — dent f ed as Jane Doe—attended the congregat on w th her parents. There was some nappropr ate touch ng that took p ace when the g r was under 14, Ba dw n to d R vers de County Super or Court Judge Ange Bermudez. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:34 PM

Bishop urges change in 'church teaching concerning all sexual relationships' BALTIMORE (MD) Nat ona Catho c Reporter Mar. 16, 2012 By Jerry F teau BALTIMORE -- At the Seventh Nat ona Sympos um on Catho c sm and Homosexua ty, ret red Austra an B shop Geoffrey Rob nson ca ed Fr day for "a new study of everyth ng to do w th sexua ty" -- a k nd of study that he pred cted "wou d have a profound nf uence on church teach ng concern ng a sexua re at onsh ps, both heterosexua and homosexua ." "If [church] teach ng on homosexua acts s ever to change, the bas c teach ng govern ng a sexua acts must change," he sa d. Rob nson, a pr est s nce 1960 and aux ary b shop of Sydney from 1984 unt h s ret rement for hea th reasons n 2004, to d the Ba t more sympos um, sponsored by New Ways M n stry, that "because sex s so v ta a way of express ng ove, sex s a ways ser ous." That v ew, espoused by the church, stands n contrast to the genera percept on of modern soc ety, wh ch "appears to be say ng more and more that sex s not n tse f ser ous," he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:28 PM

Why did priest stay as chair of governors despite police arrest? UNITED KINGDOM Eastbourne Hera d Pub shed on Fr day 16 March 2012 CONCERNS have been ra sed as to how a pr est arrested on h stor c sex abuse charges was a owed to rema n as the cha r of governors at an Eastbourne schoo . Canon Gordon R deout was a owed to cont nue as a governor and cha r of governors at B shop Be Schoo desp te t be ng known that he had a b em shed d sc osure on a po ce CRB check. Th s re ated to a egat ons made aga nst h m n 1972 and aga n n 2001 when he was arrested but no cr m na charges were brought. Mr R deout was on y removed from the post when the Independent Safeguard ng Author ty stepped n. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:16 PM

SNAP Milwaukee letter to Archbishop Listecki on the burial honors given to pedophile priest WISCONSIN SNAP W scons n March 16, 2012 TO: Jerome L steck , Archb shop of M waukee FROM: Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests RE: Fu pr est y bur a tr bute to Jerome Lanser, who sexua y assau ted ch dren We are wr t ng on beha f of v ct m/surv vors of rape, ch d sexua assau t and abuse by Roman Catho c c ergy who have worked or who are v ng n the Archd ocese of M waukee. Yesterday, much to our sadness and d smay, we earned that Jerome Lanser, a pr est who was known and pub ca y conf rmed by the archd ocese to have comm tted ch d sex cr mes, was granted a rare and pr v eged ceremony g ven to very few bapt zed Catho cs: fu , ceremon a bur a honors as a Roman Catho c pr est n good stand ng. Among those honors was the d st nct on, s m ar y g ven to so d ers who have served the r nat on or po ce off cers who have served the r commun ty, of be ng bur ed n fu dress un form, n Lanser s case, sacred c er ca att re and pr est y turg ca vestments. Before h s funera serv ce, t s reported that Lanser s casket was open, w th h s vestments, for v ew ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:42 PM

Vati-leaks. No enquiry to find the “poison-pen writers” VATICAN CITY Vat can Ins der The enqu ry that shou d have uncovered those respons b e for the eaks never began. Now there s the poss b ty that Bertone m ght be o ned by a Pro-Secretary Marco Tosatt Vat can C ty The Vat can nterna enqu ry on the mo e or mo es who n the past weeks have eaked var ous etters and documents, caus ng a scanda of unprecedented proport ons n the h story of the Vat can, has not began and at th s po nt t probab y never w . Let us draw a br ef summary of the s tuat on to nudge the memory of our readers. The f rst eak was a etter that had been wr tten by the current Nunc o n Wash ngton, then Secretary of the Vat can C ty Governatorate (the nst tut on that oversees of the pract ca work of the State, nc ud ng the Museums). The etter was meant for pope Bened ct XVI and a copy was a so sent to the Secretary of State Tarc s o Bertone, t dep ored presumed nterna scanda s (wh ch an enqu ry has sca ed down and n part den ed). Fo ow ng the eak of th s document a arge med a campa gn began and the Pope s “r ght hand man” became the pr mary target. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:21 PM

Mgr. Becciu announces full scale inquiry into disloyal poison-pen letter writers VATICAN CITY Vat can Ins der In an interview with the director of Vatican daily broadsheet “L’Osservatore Romano”, the deputy Secretary of State stated that an inquiry into the leaks of top-level confidential documents alleging corruption and mismanagement, has begun in the Holy See Vat can Ins der staff Rome The Secretary of State has ca ed for an n-depth nqu ry nto a Ho y See ent t es, w th no except on. The cr m na nvest gat on s to be carr ed out by the Promoter of Just ce of the Vat can Tr buna , wh e a separate adm n strat ve nvest gat on w be carr ed out by the Secretar at of State tse f. The Pope put an ad hoc comm ss on n charge of shedd ng ght on the affa r. Th s was announced by the deputy Secretary of State, Mgr. Ange o Becc u, n an nterv ew w th G ovann Mar a V an, d rector of the Vat can da y broadsheet L Osservatore Romano. The archb shop condemned the “d s oya ty” and “coward ce” of those who eaked the documents and took advantage of the r “pr v eged pos t on” to pub sh documents "whose pr vacy they had an ob gat on to respect." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:17 PM

Vatican opens rare criminal probe into leaks VATICAN CITY Reuters By Ph p Pu e a VATICAN CITY | Fr Mar 16, 2012 (Reuters) - The Vat can has opened an extreme y rare cr m na nvest gat on nto embarrass ng eaks of top- eve sens t ve documents a eg ng corrupt on and m smanagement n severa of ts departments. The nvest gat on, announced n the Vat can newspaper on Fr day, w be carr ed out by an nterna tr buna n a b d to f nd out who eaked the mater a . A separate, adm n strat ve nvest gat on w be conducted by the Secretar at of State, wh ch manages Vat can bureaucracy. Pope Bened ct had a so ordered a "h gh- eve comm ss on" to shed ght on the affa r, the newspaper sa d. The scanda , wh ch has come to be known as "Vat eaks," nvo ves the eak ng of a str ng of sens t ve documents to Ita an med a n January and February, nc ud ng persona etters to the pope. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:13 PM

Catholic Church Takes SNAP to Court Over E-Mail Records UNITED STATES The Repub c of G ead On March 12th, the New York T mes reported that awyers for the Catho c church and pr ests accused n two M ssour sexua abuse cases -- John Doe BP v. Fr. M chae T erney and the Kansas C ty d ocese and Jane Doe v. Fr. Joseph D. Ross and the St. Lou s archd ocese -- are try ng to compe the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP) to d sc ose over twenty years of e-ma s. SNAP s a c ergy abuse v ct ms advocacy group founded n 1988, wh ch drew nternat ona attent on ast year for f ng a comp a nt aga nst the Vat can n the Internat ona Cr m na Court. The art c e states that those e-ma s cou d nc ude correspondence w th c ergy abuse v ct ms, w tnesses, ourna sts, and stakeho ders. A Kansas C ty udge ru ed that SNAP must comp y because t ke y has nformat on of re evance to the abuse cases. SNAP has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n St. Lou s and Kansas C ty over the past few months, and nat ona d rector Dav d C ohessy has been extens ve y quest oned by awyers. The SNAP webs te h t back, decry ng the ega pressure as an "attack" from Catho c off c a s and an affront to the conf dent a ty of the r a es. "Abuse v ct ms and SNAP are be ng attacked by awyers for KC B shop Robert F nn and pedoph e pr ests. We re f ght ng hard to protect the conf dent a ty of v ct ms, w tnesses, wh st eb owers, po ce, prosecutors, ourna sts and others who come to us for he p." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:09 PM

Putting the “Bully” in the religious Bully Pulpit UNITED STATES The Worthy Adversary Posted by Joe e Caste x on March 16, 2012 The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, one of the ma n organ zat ons for whom I vo unteer my advocacy efforts (and to whom I donate), has recent y been under s ege n M ssour . Catho c b shops there (under the d rect on of the Catho c League s B Donohue and a coa t on of h gh-rank ng U.S. B shops, we have earned), have drawn SNAP nto two awsu ts, ask ng for 20+ years of conf dent a correspondence w th surv vors and the press, and depos ng execut ve d rector Dav d C ohessy. From the New York T mes: Donohue sa d ead ng b shops he knew had reso ved to f ght back more aggress ve y aga nst the group: “The b shops have come together co ect ve y. I can t g ve you the names, but there s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys.” SNAP s NOT a p a nt ff n e ther awsu t, and has had no contact whatsoever w th the a eged v ct m n the case where C ohessy was deposed. (Note, th s s the same D ocese under nd ctment for ch d endangerment) Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:50 PM

Priester soll Minderjährige missbraucht haben DEUTSCHLAND SWR Im B stum Tr er st am Fre tag e n mög cher we terer Fa von sexue em M ssbrauch durch e nen Pr ester bekannt geworden. Nach Angaben des B stums so e n Pr ester m Ruhestand aus dem Saar and n den frühen 70er Jahren K nder und Jugend che sexue m ssbraucht haben. Das B stum hat nach Angaben e nes Sprechers e ne k rch che Untersuchung gegen den Mann e nge e tet und d e Staatsanwa tschaft nform ert. Warum das B stum erst etzt n dem Fa akt v w rd, te te der Sprecher n cht m t. D e Staatsanwa tschaft Tr er hat nzw schen bestät gt, dass der Fa angeze gt wurde. Nach erster Durchs cht der Akten gehe man aber davon aus, dass a e Taten ver ährt s nd und desha b das Verfahren e ngeste t werde. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:47 PM

Verdächtiger Pater verlässt das Stift Kremsmünster OSTERREICH Nachr chten KREMSMÜNSTER. Pater A. geht. Er w dem K oster „ke nen Schaden“ zufügen. Für Donnerstagnachm ttag hatte Pater A. (77) be Abt Ambros Ebhart e ne Aud enz erbeten. Dabe egte der des sexue en M ssbrauchs an St ftszög ngen Verdächt ge dem Abt e n Austr ttsgesuch aus dem Bened kt nerst ft auf den Schre bt sch. Pater A. ver ässt a so auf e genen Wunsch das K oster, um – so se ne Begründung – „wegen der öffent chen Me nung n se nem Fa dem K oster ke nen Schaden zuzufügen“, sagt Abt Ambros. Der Le ter des St fts nahm den Wunsch des umstr ttenen Paters an. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:44 PM

When the Jurist loses Prudence, Goliath Hammers David UNITED STATES M nnesota SNAP By V nn e Nauhe mer It s obv ous to the most casua observer that ur st prudence was snapped by the dec s on to a ow awyers for the Catho c Church carte b anche to p fer, pour over and ponder twenty three years of persona f es n the hands of the surv vor s group known as SNAP. One has to ask ust how b nd ust ce s when an organ zat on steeped the sexua abuse of ch dren, the Roman Catho c Church, s a owed to compe the ead ng advocate group for surv vors of c ergy abuse to turn over conf dent a records unre ated to the case n quest on. The Roman Catho c Church s an nternat ona y recogn zed promoter of ch d abuse hav ng mu t p e documented a egat ons of sexua abuse n over th rty countr es around the wor d nc ud ng ts home base, Ita y and ts home c ty, Rome. The Roman Catho c Church was been found gu ty of acts of genoc de aga nst Nat ve Amer can Ch dren n Canada by an Internat ona Tr buna n 1998.1 In Ire and, they ens aved and abused ch dren for years n workhouses.2 The European comm ss on has accused the Vat can of money aunder ng.3 The NY T mes recent y reported that pr ests and nuns n Spa n and Argent na were gu ty of traff ck ng n bab es and se ng them for prof t.4 That report generated a s m ar comp a nt out of Austra a.5 Every grand ury convened n the Un ted States to nvest gate c ergy abuse and the r equ va ent n Ire and round y cr t c zed the church for the r a ways abom nab e and n some cases, cr m na behav or. In Germany, the argest Catho c pub sh ng company, We tb d, w th 1.7 b on Euros n sa es has been pub sh ng pornograph c nove s for years. The b ggest source of revenue s from what the owners of the pub sh ng house, the b shops, ca Erot c nove s; others have ca ed t t es such as S uts Board ng Schoo and Lawyer s Whore, porn.6 Based on the truths above, g v ng the awyers for the Roman Catho c Church unfettered access to Snap f es s the mora equ va ent of g v ng the Maf a un m ted access to FBI f es. It s s mp y unconsc onab e! D d the church take advantage of the ho e created by an mprudent ur st? You bet they d d. They opened a s x- ane h ghway and ned t w th dumpsters prepared to take away everyth ng they cou d get away w th. The proof s n the transcr pts from Mr. C ohessy s depos t on. The church went back twenty-three years though the nc dent n quest on on y happened recent y. In s x hours of depos t on g ven by Mr. C ohessy, most of the quest ons had noth ng to do w th the case of Rev. M chae T erney who s accused by four peop e of sexua abuse. The NY T mes te s us, “most of the quest ons were not about the case but about the network — ts budget, board of d rectors, staff members, donors and operat ng procedures.” Sure y the ur st cou d have m ted the scope of the depos t on as has been done so many t mes to so many v ct ms try ng to depose church eaders. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:33 PM

‘Gay mafia’ in Polish Church, claims controversial priest POLAND The News A controvers a pr est and So dar ty veteran has c a med that the Church n Po and s comprom sed by a “gay maf a” wh ch “can destroy anyone” n ts path. “The gay obby n the Church can destroy anyone who gets n ts way,” c a ms Father Tadeusz Isakow cz-Za esk n h s atest book, I am on y nterested n the truth (Chodz m ty ko o prawde). The pr est s not new to controversy, hav ng caused a storm n 2006 by pub sh ng research wh ch a eged co aborat on of pr ests w th the commun st-era secur ty serv ces. In h s atest vo ume, wh ch takes the form of an nterv ew w th the ed tor of the conservat ve, r ght w ng ourna Fronda, the pr est c a ms that Card na Stan s aw Dz w sz, Archb shop of Krakow, had spec f ca y requested h m to avo d homosexua references n the ear er book about commun st co aborat on. When asked n the current pub cat on whether “homosexua ty s a prob em n the c ergy”, the pr est rep ed that “the h gher up you go, the worse t gets.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:35 AM

Why are SNAP files secret in the first place? UNITED STATES C ty of Ange s Kay Ebe ng Wow those f es, any PI worth penn es cou d get nto them. I w sh SNAP wou d ust X out a the names and pub sh the r f es. Imag ne what we d f nd out about the Church f SNAP made a the stor es t s heard pub c. Th nk about t. How many v ct ms contacted SNAP expect ng the r stor es to rema n secret? I d th nk the oppos te was true, we ca ed SNAP n an attempt to te t to the wor d. SNAP shou d have been shar ng a that nformat on w th the pub c from the start. Why keep t secret? Let s hear a the stor es of a the v ct ms who ve ca ed SNAP ast 20 years. You can change names of th ngs to protect pr vacy but et s get th s who e story out about what the pr ests d d. What better way than for SNAP to pub sh ts f es n a ooong webs te so we a can hear the deta s of what happened n state after state and a across the country. Why Secret F es? Who does that? Were peop e contact ng C ohessy th nk ng he s a father confessor, or because he kept ho d ng press conferences pub c ng the ser a sex cr mes of Catho c pr ests? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:28 AM

Pope Benedict expected to address Eucharistic Congress at Croke Park, Dublin IRELAND Ir sh Centra By ANTOINETTE KELLY, Ir shCentra Staff Wr ter Pub shed Fr day, March 16, 2012, 8:33 AM Observers say that due to the Catho c Church s m shand ng of the abuse cr s s n Ire and t s now nconce vab e for Pope Bened ct XVI to v s t Ire and th s summer, desp te hav ng rece ved an off c a nv tat on to attend the Internat ona Euchar st c Congress n Dub n n June. The Pont ff s not expected to trave to Dub n for the ma or nternat ona gather ng of Catho cs. It s understood that Pope Bened ct met w th Archb shop of Dub n, D armu d Mart n, the most outspoken cr t c of the Vat can s hand ng of the cr s s n Rome th s week. Archb shop Mart n can not have eft the Pont ff n no doubt about the nadv sab ty of an Ir sh papa v s t at the r t me and so nstead the 84-year-o d Pope has made p ans to present a ve te ev sed address to an ant c pated crowd of more than 80,000 part c pants, due to attend an open-a r Mass n Croke Park ent t ed Stat o Orb s on June 17. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:24 AM

Accused Fort Wayne priest receives online support FORT WAYNE (IN) NECN FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Near y every day, they ve been wr t ng - somet mes a few words, somet mes a sentence or two, often who e paragraphs packed w th emot on. "Words can t express the sorrow I have for (you), Father Thom," one wrote. "I can t mag ne your pa n, and I ook forward to the day that we can we come you back home w th open arms at St. Joseph s." "St th nk ng of you and pray ng you rema n strong and susta ned . I m ss you and I know that God the Father has you n H s m ghty hand," another penned. Those who know the Rev. Thomas C. Lombard have been vo c ng the r support on ne for the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catho c D ocese pr est accused of sexua m sconduct w th a teenage boy more than 10 years ago. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:21 AM

Globe columnist Brian McGrory wins journalism award... BOSTON (MA) Boston G obe By Co n A. Young, G obe Correspondent The Boston G obe s Br an McGrory has won a 2011 Scr pps Howard Award for h s Metro sect on co umns, the Scr pps Howard Foundat on announced today. The nat ona awards are presented annua y to recogn ze the “best work n the commun cat ons ndustry and ourna sm educat on.” McGrory, a former G obe metro ed tor, took the top pr ze for commentary for “he p ng a pr est c ear h s name, cutt ng to the core of M tt Romney, and an array of other thought provok ng co umns about b g events and sma moments,” the foundat on sa d n a statement. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:17 AM

Former Winona priest accused of assaulting boys barred from diocese MINNESOTA The Repub c THE ASSOCIATED PRESS F rst Posted: March 16, 2012 WINONA, M nn. — A former pr est accused n severa awsu ts of sexua y abus ng boys has been barred from par shes and schoo s n the D ocese of W nona. The d ocese sa d t recent y earned Thomas Adamson had moved to Rochester. It sent a etter and photo of Adamson to a Rochester schoo s and par shes a ert ng them to h s presence. The d ocese says t has a so commun cated d rect y to the 78-year-o d Adamson that he sn t we come on d ocese property. Adamson was named n three awsu ts sett ed out of court. A fourth awsu t was dec ded n favor of the comp a nant. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 11:14 AM

'Roaming Catholic' Good with Verdict On St. Stanislaus Church ST. LOUIS (MO) Patch John Hoffmann Dur ng the rehearsa for my w fe s wedd ng back n 1981 (I earned ear y on t was her wedd ng, I was ust an attendee) the pr est shook h s head and wa ked over to my best man (a county udge w th an Ir sh ast name) and then me. The pr est nformed us qu et y, n h s Ir sh brogue, that we were what he ca ed Roam ng Catho cs. It s that we had roamed so far from the church that we no onger even knew when to knee or stand dur ng mass. He had a po nt. Before and after my marr age, about the on y t me I attended Mass was for a wedd ng or a funera , both usua y nvo v ng cops. Then n ate 2005, ust before we moved back to St. Lou s from the Wash ngton, D.C. area, I read and fo owed w th nterest the story of St. Stan s aus Kostka Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:31 AM

Archdiocese Honors Pedophile Priest with Full Burial Tribute MILWAUKEE (WI) SNAP W scons n WHAT V ct m/surv vors of c ergy sexua abuse, ho d ng ch dhood photos and s gns, w attempt to hand de ver a etter to M waukee Archb shop Jerome L steck strong y condemn ng h m for off c a y comm ss on ng a honorary pr est y serv ce, bur a , and tr bute for Jerome Lanser, a pedoph e pr est who d ed th s week. Lanser, who was orda ned a pr est n 1958, was p aced on eave n 1993 for reports of sexua y assau t ng a ch d for severa years and s be eved to have assau ted other ch dren n var ous ass gnments. Lanser rema ned n m n stry, however, unt 2004, when he was off c a y p aced on restr ct ons, put on the archd ocesan st of ch d abus ng pr ests, and forb dden to wear any c er ca att re or present h mse f as a pr est. Neverthe ess, Lanser, accord ng to reports, cont nued to wear h s co ar after restr ct ons, and apparent y rece ved a fu pens on and hea th care benef ts. ... WHERE Outs de of the Cous n s Center, headquarters of the M waukee Archd ocese, 3501 S. Lake Dr ve, St. Franc s WHEN Fr day, March 16th, 1:30 p.m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:20 AM

Reform advocate says Catholic Church 'eroding,' calls for changes NAPLES (FL) Nap es Da y News By VICTORIA MACCHI Posted March 15, 2012 The strugg e between quest on ng the Catho c Church and st pract c ng h s re g on s da y for Jason Berry. S nce the 1980s, he has researched Church scanda s both f nanc a and asc v ous, as a v ng. Perhaps more accurate y, a ca ng. On Thursday n ght, Berry took to the ectern at a North Nap es church to advocate before an aud ence of around 120 peop e for hefty reforms, from Vat can C ty to oca par shes. B shops and card na s that shou d be removed. The creat on of a ust ce system w th n the Church. F sca transparency from the top down. The prob ems are rea and they are deep, he sa d. And because of them, he sa d the Church s "erod ng." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:17 AM

Catholic bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood UNITED STATES Reuters By Dav d Morgan WASHINGTON | Thu Mar 15, 2012 (Reuters) - When he v s ted the Un ted States four years ago, Pope Bened ct XVI b essed a box of s ver r bbon-shaped p ns for breast cancer char ty Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to ts founder, Nancy Br nker. Br nker was touched by the gesture and thanked the pont ff n person on the day of h s departure. "He took my hands and b essed me for my work. I cou dn t he p myse f. I burst nto tears," she reca s n her memo r, "Prom se Me: How a S ster s Love Launched the G oba Movement to End Breast Cancer." Pope Bened ct s b ess ngs marked a h gh po nt n the Komen char ty s re at onsh p w th the Catho c church. But even before the papa et ner touched down at Andrews A r Force Base near Wash ngton n 2008, Amer can church eaders had a ready begun to emerge as cr t cs of Komen s ongstand ng t es to P anned Parenthood, the women s hea th organ zat on whose serv ces nc ude b rth contro and abort on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:14 AM

Bishops 'helped sway'... UNITED STATES Da y Kos Bishops 'helped sway' Komen to anti-Planned Parenthood policy Oh for the ove of Vo demort. Reuters: Interna Komen documents rev ewed by Reuters revea the comp cated re at onsh p between the Komen Foundat on and the Catho c church, wh ch s mu taneous y contr butes to the breast cancer char ty and rece ves grants from t. In recent years, Komen has a ocated at east $17.6 m on of the donat ons t rece ves to U.S. Catho c un vers t es, hosp ta s and char t es. Church oppos t on reached dramat c new proport ons n 2011, when the 11 b shops who represent Oh o s 2.6 m on Catho cs announced a statew de po cy bann ng church and paroch a schoo donat ons to Komen. Such pressure he ped sway Komen s eadersh p to cut fund ng to P anned Parenthood, accord ng to current and former Komen off c a s. Stop t. Just be qu et a ready. Is there no eff-up that the b shops of my prev ous church aren t nt mate y nvo ved w th? Any s ng e one? If a memo comes out that has one of these Amer can b shops suggest ng to Rush L mbaugh that he start ca ng peop e "s uts," I may have to reserve a f ght to that moon co ony Newt G ngr ch s go ng to bu d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:10 AM

CA COGIC lawsuit alleges unusual sex demands by pastor CALIFORNIA Gay Chr st an Movement Watch **an exc us ve report** Report COGIC Abuse has obta ned a copy of the c v awsu ts f ed by two Ca forn a women aga nst a former Adm n strat ve Ass stant to B shop George McK nney, Southern Ca forn a 2nd Jur sd ct on. The tw n 28 page awsu ts names COGIC, Inc., Dona d K. Barrett, h s w fe Ruth Barrett, So Ca forn a 2nd Jur sd ct on, Greater Gospe Center COGIC, New D rect ons COGIC and DOES 150 as defendants. Among the charges c ted n the 1st su t are Assau t and Battery, Intent ona nf ct on of emot ona d stress, fraud and construct ve fraud. The 2nd su t a eges assau t, battery, ntent ona nf ct on of emot ona d stress, neg gence, breach of f duc ary duty, phys ca abuse of a dependent adu t and f nanc a abuse of a dependent adu t. Sad y, the Barrett case represents yet another unseem y b ght on the reputat on of the nat on s argest b ack pentecosta denom nat on. In 2009, COGIC pres d ng B shop Char es B ake adm tted to the church s Genera Assemb y that on average COGIC annua y pays out a most 1 m on do ars to sett e sex abuse cases [source]. At the crux of the prob em are ma e eaders who use the r author ty, nf uence, ta ents and at t mes brute force to rape, mo est, and sexua y devastate men, women and ch dren of both genders. The prob em s fa r y expans ve nvo v ng every eve of eadersh p the church has n p ace. Add t ona y, COGIC c ergy sexua abuse cases have been c ted n 29 d fferent states. See more here and here. Denom nat ona eaders have not been aggress ve n dea ng w th sexua cr mes comm tted by c ergy and n many cases have turned a b nd eye. Recent deve opments st show an unw ngness to tender ust ce to v ct ms v a a more comprehens ve v ct ms advocacy po cy. Instead, the church has an neffect ve nst tut ona po cy adv s ng churches on how to protect themse ves. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:07 AM

Sacto 911: Civil lawsuit filed against Christian Brothers High, former coach SACRAMENTO (CA) Modesto Bee By Cathy Locke c [email protected] A c v awsu t has been f ed n Sacramento County Super or Court aga nst a former Chr st an Brothers H gh Schoo vo eyba coach, the schoo and the Chr st an Brothers re g ous order, wh ch operates the schoo . The su t stems from a egat ons that M nh Anh Nguyen, a vo eyba coach and h story teacher at Chr st an Brothers, sexua y assau ted a 17-year-o d fema e student n December 2009 wh e the team was attend ng a vo eyba tournament n Orange County. The su t, f ed Wednesday, a eges that the Catho c Church and schoo off c a s cou d and shou d have prevented the nc dent. Lorcan Barnes, pres dent of Chr st an Brothers H gh Schoo , sa d today that he had not seen the awsu t but was aware that t had been f ed. Barnes sa d Nguyen s emp oyment was term nated n December 2009, the day after a egat ons of the assau t were brought to the attent on of schoo off c a s. Nguyen had taught and coached at the schoo for f ve years. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:03 AM

Vatican Diary / Resignation of the pope. Theory and practice VATICAN CITY Ch esa VATICAN CITY, March 16, 2012 – A b t of buzz has been generated around two art c es that appeared recent y n Ita y, advanc ng the hypothes s that Bened ct XVI m ght res gn, n part for the sake of nf uenc ng the cho ce of h s successor. The authors of these art c es are G u ano Ferrara, n the newspaper that he d rects, "I Fog o," on March 10: > Le d m ss on de papa and Anton o Socc n the newspaper "L bero," on March 11: > Le ( m)poss b d m ss on de papa Ferrara s not a be ever, Socc s a m tant Catho c. Both are known for the r s ncere adm rat on of pope Joseph Ratz nger. But beyond the good ntent ons of both, the hypothes s that they foreshadow does not appear to have any foundat on. For one th ng, because anyone who has had an opportun ty to meet w th Bened ct XVI, nc ud ng after the pub cat on of the two art c es, has not at a gotten the mpress on of be ng n the presence of a pope who s th nk ng about res gn ng. Far from t. Both because of h s ab ty to grasp the necessary connect ons for every act of governance, and because of the tempora y unrestr cted scope w th wh ch, a ways "God w ng," he proceeds n the eadersh p of the un versa Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:59 AM

Residential School Testimony Continues in Cowichan Valley CANADA YouTube [v deo] DUNCAN - The stor es are horr fy ng , but a generat on of res dent a schoo surv vors are ready to speak out. Canada s Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on has cont nued ts tour of Vancouver Is and offer ng a safe p ace to speak out n the Cow chan Va ey. Today hundreds packed a F rst Nat ons Long House to support a group of former students who underwent extreme phys ca , menta , and sexua abuse ns de BC res dent a schoo s. One mans story brought the ent re aud ence to tears when he spoke of repeated sexua assau t ns de a Vancouver Is and res dent a schoo . The former students test mon a took an even more gr m turn when he spoke of how the teacher a so targeted h s tt e brother. " My bother d dn t cooperate" the now sen or c t zen to d the Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on off c a s, " so he ran towards the bedroom w ndow and umped out of t." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:56 AM

'It was never a school - it was a jail' CANADA T mes Co on st By Jud th Lavo e, T mes Co on st March 16, 2012 The anger was pa pab e Thursday as 64-year-o d Lou s Moses Lucas sat between supporters and d sc osed h s abuse by pr ests and nuns. "Res dent a schoo s were noth ng but the rape of our peop e. They were sexua terror sts," Lucas to d comm ss oner Mar e W son of the Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on at hear ngs. "It was never a schoo to me. It was a a ," sa d Lucas, b am ng the Catho c Church and federa government for not he p ng the 150,000 F rst Nat ons, Mét s and Inu t ch dren n Canada who were taken from the r fam es and p aced n res dent a schoo s. "Th s s my statement to Canada. Say ng they d dn t know s a bunch of bu -. It was noth ng but a . Genoc de of our peop e," he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:53 AM

Churches ask Bishop to comply with Vatican decree CLEVELAND (OH) newsnet5 [w th v deo] • By: Deb Lee, newsnet5.com CLEVELAND - Three of the 13 Catho c churches whose c os ngs were overru ed by the Vat can are ask ng B shop R chard Lennon for a sw ft reso ut on. In a etter to the B shop, St. Patr ck, St. James, and St. Cas m r Churches asked that as soon as poss b e: "That a of the property and the use of a of the assets of the par sh be ong ng to t pr or to March, 2009, be g ven back; That n accordance w th canon 535 the records and the paroch a sea s be transferred to the par sh seat; Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:49 AM

Parishioners urge Bishop Richard Lennon to quickly reopen closed Catholic churches in Greater Cleveland CLEVELAND (OH) The P a n Dea er By Pat Ga b ncea, The P a n Dea er CLEVELAND, Oh o -- A day after B shop R chard Lennon off c a y rece ved orders from Rome to reopen 13 area Catho c churches, members from a tr o of the c osed par shes urged h m Thursday n ght to comp y w th the Vat can decree. Representat ves from St. Patr ck Church n C eve and s West Park ne ghborhood, St. James Church n Lakewood and St. Cas m r Church n C eve and each read the r etters to the b shop of the C eve and Catho c D ocese dur ng a news conference at Brennan s Party Center n C eve and. About 100 peop e po te y c apped as h gh po nts from each of the etters, wh ch were bas ca y worded the same, were read. The three par shes urged B shop Lennon to: ⢠Restore a property and use of a assets to the churches. ⢠Name new pastors. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:43 AM

Church members want their parishes restored OHIO WTAM (C eve and) B shop R chard Lennon rece ved a decree from the Vat can on Wednesday order ng the reopen ng of 13 churches the B shop c osed n 2009 due to dw nd ng par sh oners and a shortage of pr ests. On Thursday n ght, members of three of those par shes gathered at Brennan s Party Center urg ng the B shop to comp y w th that decree. Members of St. Cas mer s n C eve and, St. Pat s n West Park and St. James n Lakewood want a the property and assets of the churches restored. They want new pastors ass gned and restorat ons of the par sh counc s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:40 AM

St. Marys name restored LORAIN (OH) Morn ng Journa By RON VIDIKA rv d [email protected] ngJourna .com Tw tter: @Ron_V d ka LORAIN — The Vat can has overru ed C eve and Catho c D ocese B shop R chard Lennon s 2009 ed ct that ordered Lora n churches, the former Ho y Tr n ty Church and the former St. Mary Church, to merge nto a new par sh, Mary, Mother of God. The ru ng means the par sh w aga n be ca ed St. Mary, but t doesn t mean Ho y Tr n ty w reopen. The Vat can ru ng came n the form of a etter Wednesday to Lennon, commun cat ons d rector for the d ocese Robert Tayek sa d, . The resu t of Lennon s March 2009 ed ct was the c os ng of Ho y Tr n ty, 2428 E yr a Ave., whose bu d ngs are now up for sa e. The merged par sh, Mary, Mother of God, meets n the former St. Mary Church, 309 Seventh St. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:37 AM

Church organist Nigel Parkin cleared of most serious offences UNITED KINGDOM Somerset County Gazette A CHURCH organ st accused of sexua y abus ng two g r s over an 11-year per od has been c eared of the most ser ous offences. N ge Park n, 56, of North Street, W ve scombe, was c eared of ten of 17 sexua abuse charges by a ury at Taunton Crown Court yesterday (March 15). Mr Park n, who was a so a commun ty rad o presenter on 10Rad o n W ve scombe, was found not gu ty on two counts of ndecent assau t on one g r , and e ght counts of rape aga nst another. The ury was d scharged after de berat ng for a most 11 hours after t cou d not reach a ma or ty verd ct on the rema n ng seven charges. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:30 AM

Diocese of Montana and Ursuline Sisters lawsuit MONTANA Beartooth NBC By Kr st n Pr ce Lawyers represent ng both s des n a awsu t a eg ng sexua abuse nvo v ng the D ocese of Montana and Ursu ne S sters of the Western Prov nce met n Judge Jeffrey Sher ock s chambers Thursday for a schedu ng conference. The D ocese ega representat on says they ve agreed to ho d med at on to reso ve the awsu t and do not ant c pate the court w be act ve y nvo ved. They say they beg n meet ng w th a med ator n Apr and g ve Judge Sher ock status reports on June 20th and September 20th. Judge Sher ock agreed to the terms of med at on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:27 AM

Verbal jousting monopolizes Kelly trial STOCKTON (CA) Lod News-Sent ne Posted: Fr day, March 16, 2012 By Kat e Ne son/News-Sent ne Staff Wr ter Cross exam nat on of the p a nt ff n the Father M chae Ke y sexua assau t c v tr a cont nued today, accompan ed by frequent verba oust ng between awyers. The ma or ty of the day was spent as defense awyer Thomas Beatty read or presented v deotape of the p a nt ff speak ng w th Beatty or w th Stockton d ocese awyer James Goodman about the p a nt ff s a eged sexua encounters w th Ke y. Beatty wou d then quest on the p a nt ff on what he sa d n the past dur ng nterv ews regard ng the case. But Beatty s ne of quest on ng, wh ch ranged from the p a nt ff s re at onsh p w th h s father to the p a nt ff s memor es of door ocat ons at a rectory, were often ob ected to by the p a nt ff s attorney, John Man y. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:24 AM

Desperate Catholic Church Targets Victims Of Pedophile Priests UNITED STATES Lez Get Rea Posted by: Br dgette P. LaV cto re on March 15, 2012. The Roman Catho c Church has dec ded that they want to go after the ead ng advocacy group for those v ct m zed by pedoph e pr ests. Lawyers for the Roman Catho c Church and pr ests accused of sexua abuse n two M ssour cases have sued the Surv vors Network for those Abused by Pr ests or SNAP to try and compe the group to re ease two decades of ema s deta ng correspondences w th v ct ms, awyers, wh st e-b owers, w tnesses, the po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts. The move s an attempt to cut SNAP off from those they he p and bu y those who m ght seek the r he p nto not go ng to the group where the dea ngs are assumed to have a certa n amount of conf dent a ty. Accord ng to the New York T mes: The group, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known as SNAP, s ne ther a p a nt ff nor a defendant n the t gat on. But the group has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n recent months n Kansas C ty and St. Lou s, and ts nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, was quest oned by a battery of awyers for more than s x hours th s year. A udge n Kansas C ty ru ed that the network must comp y because t “a most certa n y” had nformat on re evant to the case. Marc A. Ham ton, a aw professor at Yesh va Un vers ty, stated “If there s one group that the h gher-ups, the b shops, wou d ke to see s enced t def n te y wou d be SNAP. And that s what they re go ng after. They re try ng to f nd a way to s ence SNAP.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:20 AM

Former Winona priest accused of sexual abuse barred from all diocese parishes and schools MINNESOTA W nona Da y News By Jerome Chr stenson | chr [email protected] nonada ynews.com | Posted: Fr day, March 16, 2012 Thomas Adamson, a former pr est of the D ocese of W nona named n severa awsu ts a eg ng sexua abuse of young boys, has been barred from a d ocese par shes and schoo s. In a statement re eased th s week, the d ocese sa d t had “commun cated d rect y to Mr. Adamson that he s not we come or perm tted to enter onto the prem ses of any par shes or schoo s w th n the D ocese of W nona.” The act on came n response to Adamson s re ocat on to Rochester ear er th s year. Accord ng to a spokesman, the d ocese earned of Adamson s move n ear y February, and on Feb. 8 sent a etter and current photograph of Adamson to a Rochester schoo s and par shes a ert ng them to h s presence n the commun ty. Adamson, 78, a nat ve of Byron, M nn., was orda ned a pr est n 1958. H s f rst ass gnment was n W nona as a fu -t me teacher at Cotter H gh Schoo w th res dence and pastora dut es at St. Cas m r s Par sh. He was ass gned ass stant pr nc pa of St. Adr an s H gh Schoo , Adr an, M nn., n May 1961. A egat ons of Adamson s sexua nvo vement w th young boys date from the ear y 1960s. In 1975, Adamson was transferred to the Archd ocese of St. Pau after a number of abuse comp a nts had been brought to the attent on of church off c a s n the W nona d ocese. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:16 AM

Monsignor takes stand during trial of priest STOCKTON (CA) Modesto Bee Bee News Serv ces STOCKTON -- The second-h ghest rank ng off c a n the D ocese of Stockton took the stand Thursday n the c v tr a of the Rev. M chae Ke y of Lockeford s St. Joach m Catho c Church. Ke y s accused of ch d sex abuse n the m d-1980s. Mons gnor R chard Ryan to d the ury that he was the off c a who was not f ed that Ke y was be ng accused of sexua abuse by a 37-year-o d man. Ke y s accuser s a former a tar boy who c a ms to have repressed memor es of abuse he suffered at Annunc at on Schoo . Ryan took the stand for rough y two hours Thursday, tak ng quest ons from the p a nt ff s attorney. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:13 AM

Victims of abuse tell their stories to Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Duncan CANADA Vancouver Sun By JUDITH LAVOIE, t mesco on st.com March 16, 2012 DUNCAN — The anger was pa pab e Thursday as 64-year-o d Lou s Moses Lucas sat between supporters and d sc osed h s abuse by pr ests and nuns. “Res dent a schoo s were noth ng but the rape of our peop e. They were sexua terror sts,” Lucas to d comm ss oner Mar e W son of the Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on at hear ngs. “It was never a schoo to me. It was a a ,” sa d Lucas, b am ng the Catho c Church and federa government for not he p ng the 150,000 F rst Nat ons, Mét s and Inu t ch dren n Canada who were taken from the r fam es and p aced n res dent a schoo s. “Th s s my statement to Canada. Say ng they d dn t know s a bunch of bu —. It was noth ng but a . Genoc de of our peop e,” he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:09 AM

March 15, 2012 Defending SNAP UNITED STATES Nat ona Catho c Reporter by Denn s Coday on Mar. 15, 2012 NCR Today The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, SNAP, s n d re stra ts, bas ca y broke, st dogged by awyers who want to pry deep y nto that organ zat on s f es. The nat ona med a has f na y caught up w th that story. Defenders are com ng forward. Even un ke y ones. Dom n can Fr. Tom Doy e argues on our webs te that SNAP needs protect on from the b shops aywers because SNAP meets the def n t on of be ng “The Peop e of God." When news of the subpoenas broke ate ast year, NCR defended SNAP s r ght to conf dent a ty. We sa d n a Jan. 20-Feb. 2 ed tor a : "Th s certa n y ooks ke a f sh ng exped t on a med at d smant ng the organ zat on, and awyers keep c mb ng on board." The subpoenas, we argued, were too sweep ng and put at r sk that very frag e conf dence SNAP has w th v ct ms of c ergy sex abuse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:19 PM

Victims object to pedophile priest's burial in full vestments MILWAUKEE (WI) M waukee Journa Sent ne By Annysa Johnson of the Journa Sent ne March 15, 2012 A M waukee area pr est who was restr cted from m n stry for sexua y abus ng a ch d n the 1960 has d ed, and v ct m advocates are ob ect ng to h s be ng bur ed n h s pr est y robes. “Th s s abso ute y outrageous,” Peter Ise y of the Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests sa d of the bur a p ans for Jerome E. Lanser, 88. “Here s a man who v o ated everyth ng the pr esthood stands for,” and he s be ng bur ed “ n fu un form,” he sa d. Ju e Wo f, spokeswoman for the M waukee Archd ocese sa d Lanser wou d have a c osed casket out of respect for v ct ms, but that he was ent t ed to be bur ed n h s vestments because he rema ned a pr est unt death. A pr vate v ew ng w be he d for fam y, but she d d not know whether the casket wou d be open or c osed for that. Ise y sa d he earned about Lanser s death from v ct ms who were upset that he cou d be bur ed n h s robes. There appears to have been no ob tuary pub shed, a though the archd ocese updated ts on ne st of pr ests w th substant ated a egat ons of sexua abuse aga nst them, chang ng h s status from "fu y restr cted" to "deceased." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:14 PM

Former parishioners of Saint Patrick Church in Cleveland to hold prayer service Saturday CLEVELAND (OH) The P a n Dea er By Ken Prendergast, Sun News CLEVELAND Because noth ng off c a has been rece ved from the Vat can to overru e B shop R chard Lennon s dec s on to c ose 13 churches, St. Patr ck Church n the West Park ne ghborhood w not be reopened Saturday. But that won t stop the church s former par sh oners from ho d ng a prayer serv ce at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of the church at Rocky R ver Dr ve and Pur tas Avenue. The par sh oners requested that the C eve and Catho c D ocese reopen the church for one day for a Mass ns de and to ce ebrate the 164th ann versary of the par sh s found ng. Saturday s St. Patr ck s Day. A group of former par sh oners w march n the b g St. Patr ck s Day parade downtown. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:10 PM

The betrayal of Father Guarnizo MARYLAND Catho c Cu ture By Ph Law er | March 15, 2012 In an ear er co umn on a the th ngs we don t know about the case of Father Marce Guarn zo, I fa ed—as many cr t ca readers po nted out—to take account of the apo ogy ssued by the Wash ngton archd ocese soon after the fatefu nc dent n wh ch Father Guarn zo refused to adm n ster Commun on to the esb an act v st Barbara Johnson. At the t me there were many mportant th ngs we d d not know—we know much more now, s nce Father Guarn zo has ssued a statement n h s own defense—but that f rst pub c statement from the archd ocese gave readers good reason to fear that the archd ocese was ready to sacr f ce the reputat on of a pr est (and, not ust by the way, the ntegr ty of the Euchar st) n order to def ect po t ca cr t c sm. I am sorry that I d d not make th s po nt n my or g na p ece on the matter; et me undo the damage at east part a y by e aborat ng on the po nt now. After Barbara Johnson angr y protested the den a of Commun on, B shop Barry Knestout, the v car genera of the Wash ngton archd ocese, ssued a pub c apo ogy. Apparent y w thout hav ng consu ted the pr est nvo ved, to earn deta s about the nc dent, he wrote to Johnson: “I am sorry that what shou d have been a ce ebrat on of your mother s fe, n ght of her fa th n Jesus Chr st, was overshadowed by a ack of pastora sens t v ty.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:20 PM

Gaithersburg priest defends decision to deny lesbian Communion MARYLAND Wash ngton Post By M che e Boorste n A Ga thersburg pr est who was put on adm n strat ve eave from h s par sh after a controvers a funera Mass at wh ch he den ed Commun on to a esb an sa d n a statement Wednesday that he “d d the on y th ng a fa thfu Catho c pr est cou d do” and suggested that archd ocesan eaders and the woman were y ng. The Rev. Marce Guarn zo had dec ned to comment pub c y s nce the Feb. 25 Mass at St. John Neumann Catho c Church, where Barbara Johnson was mourn ng her mother. Hav ng earned ust before the Mass that Johnson, a 51-year-o d D.C. art st, was a esb an v ng w th her partner, Guarn zo refused to et her rece ve Commun on. The story exp oded on the Internet, tr gger ng an emot ona debate among Catho cs and others about the church s v ews on homosexua ty and the pr est s ro e n determ n ng who s f t to partake of the sacrament. Guarn zo s statement, d str buted on the conservat ve news s te CNSnews.com, contrad cts the account g ven by Johnson and her fam y about how the tens ons that day unfo ded. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:16 PM

Father Guarnizo Takes On Cardinal Wuerl MARYLAND Nat ona Catho c Reporter by M chae Sean W nters on Mar. 15, 2012 D st nct y Catho c Th s morn ng s Wash ngton Post conta ns quotes from Rev. Marce Guarn zo, the pr est who made head nes for deny ng commun on to a woman at her mother s funera because she was a esb an. Late ast week, he was str pped of h s facu t es by Card na Wuer because of what the archd ocese termed "cred b e a egat ons" of " nt m dat ng behav or" towards par sh oners s nce the event. Guarn zo not on y cha enges the woman s accounts of the under y ng event. He cha enges the archd ocese, argu ng that no subsequent act v ty of h s warranted h s be ng str pped of h s facu t es and that th s s a rea y about h s n t a dec s on not to g ve commun on to Barbara Johnson. So, he s ca ng everyone, except of course h mse f, a ar. N ce. Guarn zo goes on to ment on that he was so c t ng aff dav ts from peop e. Hmmmm. I understand he has a r ght to defend h mse f, but f there s to be an nvest gat on of the a egat ons aga nst h m, he doesn t have the r ght to be h s own D.A. He a so says that the meet ngs n quest on d d not nvo ve nt m dat on, that they were c v . Of course, th s s the same man who d d not see a prob em n deny ng commun on to a gr ev ng fe ow Catho c, so I am not sure I wou d take h s word as the character zat on of human behav or. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:12 PM

Kapellari fears clerical split AUSTRIA Austr an Independent An end to the feud between the Austr an Church s eaders and a "d sobed ent" group of preachers seems out of reach. Graz D ocese B shop Egon Kape ar warned from a sp tt ng of the country s Catho c Church f the Preachers In t at ve fa ed to stop ts act v t es. Kape ar appea ed on the assoc at on of par sh pr ests – wh ch was estab shed by former Car tas Austr a head He mut Schü er ast year – to "s ow down." Schü er s movement wants the Vat can to scrap the ce bate too he p stop the dec ne of the number of young men nterested n becom ng pr ests. The Preachers In t at ve a so sa d pr ests shou d be a owed to g ve Ho y Commun on to peop e who marr ed a second t me at reg stry off ces after gett ng d vorced fo ow ng church wedd ngs. The group, wh ch off c a y dec ared tse f d sobed ent, furthermore ca ed on the Conference of Austr an B shops to act more ndependent y from the Vat can. It sa d there shou d be no barr ers to women nterested n ho d ng sermons. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:08 PM

Judge rules against archdiocese in St. Stanislaus case ST. LOUIS (MO) St. Lou s Rev ew Subm tted on March 15, 2012 By Joseph Kenny | [email protected] .org A court dec s on on the status of St. Stan s aus Church s a d sappo ntment for Po sh Amer can Catho cs who w sh to see t returned to commun on w th the Roman Catho c Church and w be appea ed, Archb shop Robert J. Car son sa d n a statement March 15. Judge Bryan Hettenbach ru ed that morn ng aga nst the Archd ocese of St. Lou s and former St. Stan s aus par sh oners who had asked the court to dec are the St. Stan s aus Par sh Corporat on s amended by aws vo d and restore the or g na by aws, a move that the archd ocese be eved wou d have returned St. Stan s aus to fu commun on w th the Church. The ru ng "br ngs great sadness to a n the Archd ocese of St. Lou s who had hoped for reconc at on and hea ng n th s matter," Archb shop Car son noted n a statement he read at a press conference. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:01 PM

Former Sacramento Coach Faces New Civil Suit SACRAMENTO (CA) Fox 40 Sam Cohen FOX40 News 9:45 a.m. PDT, March 15, 2012 A support group for v ct ms of Pr est abuse announced a new awsu t aga nst a former teacher and coach at a Sacramento Catho c h gh schoo Thursday. A fema e student says she was sexua y assau ted by a Chr st an Brothers H gh Schoo coach wh e at a vo eyba tournament n 2009. Accord ng to SNAP, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, the coach, M nh Anh Nguyen, went nto the g r s hote room at the tournament n Orange County and gave her a massage to ca m her down before a game. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:58 PM

Cleveland bishop has 60 days to appeal church closures CLEVELAND (OH) Wash ngton Post By M chae O ma ey| Re g on News Serv ce CLEVELAND — B shop R chard Lennon on Wednesday (March 14) rece ved the off c a Vat can decrees that overturn h s c os ngs of 13 Catho c par shes, the d ocese sa d, k ck ng off a 60day per od for h m to dec de whether to appea . “The process to rev ew these ru ngs w now be undertaken w th my adv sers,” the b shop wrote n a three-sentence statement posted on the Catho c D ocese of C eve and s webs te. The 13 churches — out of 50 c osed between 2009 and 2010 n a d ocesew de downs z ng — had appea ed to the Vat can s Congregat on for the C ergy, argu ng they were se f-susta n ng commun t es that shou dn t be c osed. On March 7, word got out that the Vat can ru ed n favor of a 13 par shes, say ng Lennon d d not fo ow church aw and procedures when he shuttered them. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:53 PM

Sussex abuse probe priest remained school governor UNITED KINGDOM BBC News A ret red Ang can pr est rema ned a schoo governor for more than a year after c a ms of ch d sex abuse aga nst h m came to ght, the BBC has found. Canon Gordon R deout, 73, was he d ast Tuesday on susp c on of ch d sex abuse between 1965 and 1972 and ater ba ed. The BBC has found he rema ned as a schoo governor n Eastbourne after the church suspended h m fo ow ng a Cr m na Records Bureau check. The schoo and educat on author ty wou d not comment dur ng the nqu ry. But head teacher of B shop Be schoo , Terry Boatwr ght, sa d he wanted to reassure parents the a egat ons were h stor ca and not connected w th the schoo . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:49 PM

THE CELTIC DIABLO: Reverend Brendan Smyth O.Prae IRELAND Patr ck J. Wa John Gerard Smyth o ned the Norbert ne Fathers n Northern Ire and n 1945 where he was g ven the re g ous name of Brendan to symbo ze h s tota convers on to Chr st. The hundreds of ch dren Brendan raped and sodom zed wou d ke y have a d fferent name for h m: The Ce t c D ab o. The Ce t c D ab o sexua y abused ch dren n county Cavan, Be fast, Dub n, Scot and, Wa es, Prov dence Rhode Is and, Langdon North Dakota and anywhere he heard confess ons - h s pr mary access po nt to abuse ch dren. But there was a wh st eb ower. Father Bruno Mu v h O.Prae.–beg nn ng when he was a nov ce at K nacrott Abbey–to d h s Norbert ne super ors n 1964 that Brendan Smyth was abus ng a tar boys. Norbert ne off c a s d sregarded that warn ng and nstead sent Brendan to Prov dence, RI, where he went on to hear more confess ons and abuse more ch dren. So c tat on n the confess ona (cr mens so c tat on s) s one of the most anc ent, cons stent and unabated cr mes part cu ar to Roman Catho c sm. But tt e has changed: Even w th a the documented h story of ch dren be ng abused n the confess ona , ast week Bened ct XVI reaff rmed the need for Catho cs to go to pr vate confess on, where the pr est represents Chr st and has the d v ne power to forg ve s ns. No where e se but the confess ona can a ch d perpetrator f nd a forum where the power d fferent a s so great and the po cy of secrecy pervades. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:34 PM

Bijzonder hoogleraar RuG haalt uit naar RK-kerk NEDERLAND RKn euws GRONINGEN (RKn euws.net) - B zonder hoog eraar Re g e en Recht Fokko O denhu s van de R ksun vers te t Gron ngen heeft hard u tgehaa d naar de Rooms-Katho eke kerk.Vo gens O denhu s draa t de kerk s achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k een rad voor de ogen. Kard naa en oud-b sschop E k van Gron ngen heeft be oofd geen beroep te doen op ver ar ng van seksue e de cten. Nu b kt d t a een te ge den voor s achtoffers d e een c a m hebben nged end b de kerk. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:25 PM

Missbrauchs-Priester: Rheinböller fühlen sich nicht ausreichend informiert DEUTSCHLAND Rhe n Ze tung Rhe nbö en - In dem Fa des wegen des Verdachts auf sexue en M ssbrauchs an Messd enern beur aubten Pr esters, der se t November m Pur ce -St ft Rhe nbö en d e he ge Messe ze ebr erte, erheben See sorgeteam und Grem en der Pfarre engeme nschaft Rhe nbö en Vorwürfe gegen d e B stums e tung. „W r füh ten und füh en uns se tens der verantwort chen Ste en n cht ausre chend nform ert und fordern a s Vertreter der Pfarre engeme nschaft, d e d e Verantwortung vor Ort tragen müssen, zukünft g be so chen Konf kten m Vorfe d nform ert und e ngebunden zu werden, um entsprechend reag eren zu können“, sagt der Pfarre enratsvors tzende Chr st an K e n gegenüber unserer Ze tung. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:21 PM

Kommentar von Dr. Thomas Schnitzler DEUTSCHLAND M ss B T Warum versch e ert der „Tr er sche Vo ksfreund“ aberma s d e erw esene Fakten age und enthä t s ch e ner kr t schen Komment erung? Dabe hätte e ne s mp e Zusammenfassung der dargeste ten Prob em age genügend An ass für grundsätz che Über egungen gegeben. Der sogenannte „Ex-Täter“ – a e n d eses erste Wort n der Überschr ft beschämt Leser m t e genen M ssbrauchserfahrungen durch den unangebrachten Ana og smus, a s ob M ssbrauchstäter m t gesch edenen Ehemännern verg e chbar wären! –, d eser sogenannte „Ex-Täter“ a so m ssbrauchte n Ausübung se nes pastora en Amtes a s „See sorger“ der katho schen K rche m ndestens 23 K nder. Er betät gt s ch auch nach se ner Verurte ung und Haftstrafe we terh n ausgerechnet n dem Beruf, der hm d ese schreck chen Verbrechenstaten ermög chte! Er hat a so we terh n Kontakt zu m nder ähr gen Schutzbefoh enen! Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:18 PM

Ex-Täter als Seelsorger eingesetzt DEUTSCHLAND Vo ksfreund Darf e n ehema s vom Tr erer Landger cht wegen M ssbrauchs zu e ner Bewährungsstrafe verurte ter Ge st cher noch Gottesd enste fe ern und d e Sakramente spenden? Ne n, sagen Opferverbände und d e katho sche Jugendorgan sat on KSJ. Be m B stum Tr er s eht man d es offenbar anders: Der etzt m Saar and tät ge Pfarrer se m t E nschränkungen e nsetzbar, sagt e n B schofssprecher. Tr er/Saarbrücken. "Zu se nen Aufgaben a s Kooperator gehören Messfe ern, Taufen, Hochze ten, Beerd gungen, d e M tarbe t n der Krankenhaussee sorge und n der Erwachsenenb dung." So schr eb d e Saarbrücker Ze tung vor genau zwe Jahren über den Ge st chen, a s er n e ner saar änd schen Pfarre off z e vorgeste t wurde. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:15 PM

Verurteiler Priester zelebriert Messen DEUTSCHLAND SR On ne E n wegen sexue en M ssbrauchs rechtskräft g verurte ter katho scher Pr ester w rd m Saar and a s Aush fspfarrer e ngesetzt. Im Gespräch m t SR-on ne rechtfert gt B stumssprecher Kronenburg das Vorgehen. Man r chte s ch nach dem forens schen Gutachten. (15.03.2012) Er darf m Saar and Messen ze ebr eren und Sakramente spenden: E n Pr ester, der bere ts 1995 vom Landger cht Tr er wegen sexue em M ssbrauchs n 23 Fä en zu e ner Bewährungsstrafe von zwe Jahren verurte t worden st. Den Namen des Pr esters w das B stum a s Arbe tgeber aus datenschutz-recht chen Gründen n cht nennen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:12 PM

Polens Bischöfe wollen entschiedener gegen Missbrauch vorgehen POLENS k pa ap c Warschau, 15.3.12 (K pa) Po ens katho sche B schöfe wo en k rch che Fä e von sexue em M ssbrauch nachdrück cher a s b sher be staat chen Behörden anze gen. D e Le t n en der B schofskonferenz zum Umgang m t M ssbrauchfä en von 2009 se en entsprechend geändert worden, sagte der Konferenzvors tzende Erzb schof Jozef M cha k am M ttwochabend n Warschau zum Absch uss der B schofsvo versamm ung. Zug e ch so ten K nder künft g besser gegen Übergr ffe geschützt und Opfern besser geho fen werden. M ssbrauchsfä e dürften n cht verhe m cht werden, so M cha k. Zu Schadenersatzzah ungen an d e Opfer äusserte er s ch skept sch. Es bestehe d e Gefahr, dass d e Verantwortung e ner e nze nen Person auf d e Inst tut on übertragen werde. D e vat kan sche G aubenskongregat on hatte d e B schofskonferenzen we twe t verpf chtet, b s Ma Le t n en zum Umgang m t M ssbrauchsfä en vorzu egen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:09 PM

New York's Child Victims Act: What You Need to Know NEW YORK V age Vo ce By V ctor a Bek emp s Thu., Mar. 15 2012 S nce t s off c a y T mothy Card na Do an week, why not keep the ce ebrat on go ng w th a tt e more nfo on the Catho c eader s eg s at ve pos t ons? Yesterday, Runn n Scared wrote about Do an s oppos t on to the Reproduct ve Hea th Act, wh ch wou d cod fy abort on r ghts n the state, and de-cr m na ze ate-term term nat ons. Today, we br ng you deets about the Ch d V ct ms Act, a pend ng po cy wh ch, f passed, wou d extend the statute of m tat ons for v ct ms of sexua abuse. Do an has pub c y opposed the aw, sponsored by Rep. Margaret M. Markey (p ctured here). Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:04 PM

Uganda: Evangelist Sued in U.S. for Inciting Anti-Gay Hatred UGANDA/UNITED STATES a Afr ca By Charund Panagoda and J m Lobe, 14 March 2012 Wash ngton — A ma or U.S. c v r ghts group f ed a federa awsu t n Massachusetts Wednesday on beha f of a Ugandan gay r ghts organ sat on, the Sexua M nor t es of Uganda (SMUG), aga nst a r ght-w ng evange st eader for nc t ng hatred aga nst homosexua s that has ed to ncreased v o ence aga nst LGBT persons n the East Afr can country. The awsu t was f ed by the New York-based Center for Const tut ona R ghts (CCR) n the home state of Scott L ve y, the defendant, who heads the Ab d ng Truth M n str es, a fundamenta st Chr st an group. He s a so the author of "The P nk Swast ka: Homosexua ty n the Naz Party", a 1995 book that c a med Naz sm was created and propagated by homosexua s, and a second book, "Seven Steps to Recru t-Proof Your Ch d", a how-to gu de for parents to "prevent" the r ch dren from becom ng homosexua . "L ve y has been the man w th the p an n th s enterpr se," sa d Pam Spees, a sen or CCR staff attorney. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:01 PM

Ugandan Gay Rights Group Sues U.S. Evangelist UGANDA/MASSACHUSETTS The New York T mes By LAURIE GOODSTEIN Pub shed: March 14, 2012 A Ugandan gay r ghts group f ed su t aga nst an Amer can evange st, Scott L ve y, n federa court n Massachusetts on Wednesday, accus ng h m of v o at ng nternat ona aw by nc t ng the persecut on of gay men and esb ans n Uganda. The awsu t ma nta ns that beg nn ng n 2002, Mr. L ve y consp red w th re g ous and po t ca eaders n Uganda to wh p up ant -gay hyster a w th warn ngs that gay peop e wou d sodom ze Afr can ch dren and corrupt the r cu ture. The Ugandan eg s ature cons dered a b n 2009, proposed by one of Mr. L ve y s Ugandan contacts, that wou d have mposed the death sentence for the “offense of homosexua ty.” That b angu shed after an outcry from the Un ted States and European nat ons that are among ma or a d donors to Uganda, but was re ntroduced ast month. Mr. L ve y s be ng sued by the organ zat on Sexua M nor t es Uganda under the a en tort statute, wh ch a ows fore gners to sue n Amer can courts n s tuat ons assert ng the v o at on of nternat ona aw. The su t says that Mr. L ve y s act ons resu ted n the persecut on, arrest, torture and murder of gay men and esb ans n Uganda. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:57 PM

Ugandan group sues anti-gay pastor in US UGANDA The Guard an (Un ted K ngdom) Dav d Sm th n Johannesburg guard an.co.uk, Thursday 15 March 2012 A Ugandan gay r ghts group s su ng an Amer can Chr st an evange st t accuses of wag ng a campa gn of homophob a n the east Afr can country. Sexua M nor t es Uganda f ed the awsu t aga nst m n ster Scott L ve y on Wednesday n Spr ngf e d, Massachusetts, under a statute that the group says a ows non-c t zens to aunch US court act ons for v o at ons of nternat ona aw. Frank Mug sha, who heads the pressure group, sa d t was target ng L ve y for "he p ng spread propaganda and v o ence" aga nst gay peop e n Uganda. ... The comp a nt c a ms L ve y ssued a ca n Uganda to f ght aga nst a "genoc da " and "paedoph c" gay movement wh ch he " kened to the Naz s and Rwandan murderers". It seeks a udgment that L ve y s act ons v o ate nternat ona aw and human r ghts. L ve y, of Ab d ng Truth M n str es, s one of three Amer can pastors who v s ted Uganda n 2009 and whom gay act v sts accuse of he p ng draft the or g na vers on of ts ant -homosexua ty b . L ve y den es th s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:52 PM

Rick Santorum and the Politicization of Religion UNITED STATES Open Sa on Steve K ngaman March s R ck Santorum s moment to strut the stage ke a m nor Shakespearean buffoon, who mort f es but enterta ns the crowd before he s yanked beh nd the curta n. Much of h s message s o d news, but he a so represents a movement to nsert the most conservat ve brand of Catho c theo ogy nto secu ar po t ca d scourse. But Catho c voters re ect th s guy. Why? Desp te the church s r ghtward dr ft under Pope Bened ct, the church has had an at t mes uneasy re at onsh p w th Opus De and Regnum Chr st , two branches of Catho c ay pract ce that Santorum endorses and that have been h gh y suspect to many w th n the church. Of the two groups, Regnum Chr st s the more v ru ent. It s the ay branch of the Leg on of Chr st order founded by ch d rap st and b gam st Father Marc a Mac e . Accord ng to the New York T mes, Santorum has ong been a supporter of the group and n 2003 was the keynote speaker at a Regnum Chr st event n Ch cago. Though th s occurred a decade ago, Mac e , who had been under nvest gat on s nce the 70s, was a ready we on h s way to repud at on by the church. Accord ng to a 1997 Hartford Courant art c e, Mac e was accused of ser a sexua abuse nc ud ng young ch dren. Mac e s accusers nc uded “a pr est, a gu dance counse or, a professor, an eng neer, a awyer, and a former pr est who became a un vers ty professor,” accord ng to a W k ped a summary of the art c e. Mac e was nvest gated by no ess that by Card na Joseph Ratz nger, now Pope Bened ct XVI , who presumab y spurred Mac e s remova from h s eadersh p pos t on of the Leg on. By 2010, the church referred to Mac e thus y: •an " mmora " doub e fe "devo d of scrup es and authent c re g ous sent ment." •“the very ser ous and ob ect ve y mmora acts" •"true cr mes and man fest a fe w thout scrup es or authent c re g ous sent ment" Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:48 PM

Gerald Funcheon: A missing priest appears …. UNITED STATES The Worthy Adversary Posted by Joe e Caste x on March 15, 2012 Every once n a wh e, the stars a gn. Last year, I was contacted by fam y members of a ch d sex abuse v ct m. They asked me f I had any nformat on about a pr est named Gera d Funcheon who worked at Dam en Memor a H gh Schoo n Hono u u. I had never heard of Funcheon, but a qu ck search showed that he had a nasty past. Not on y was the Cros er pr est banned from the D ocese of Ind anapo s, but there were numerous sex abuse awsu ts aga nst h m from h s t me n the m dwest. And then Funcheon van shes: he d sappeared from the Off c a Catho c D rectory n the ear y 1980s. There s rea y on y one reason why a v ng pr est wou d van sh from the Off c a D rectory. He was probab y n h d ng. I to d the fam y that I cou dn t f nd any nformat on about Funcheon n Hawa , but to keep n touch. A few months ater, the Ir sh Chr st an Brothers based out of New York dec ared bankruptcy because of more than 50 a egat ons of abuse at one of the r Seatt e schoo s and more than 250 a egat ons of abuse at Mt. Cashe Orphanage n Newfound and. They are the 10th Catho c d ocese or re g ous order to seek bankruptcy protect on due to sex abuse c a ms. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:45 PM

Uganda group sues U.S. evangelist for death penalty bill for gays MASSACHUSETTS New York Da y News By Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 15, 2012 A Massachusetts evange st was sued by an East Afr can gay advocacy group that accuses h m of he p ng draft a Ugandan b to mpose the death pena ty on homosexua s. Scott L ve y, of Ab d ng Truth M n str es, was s apped w th a federa awsu t ask ng for a udgment that h s act ons v o ated nternat ona aw — and seek ng cash damages. “We hope that he w be he d accountab e for what he d d n Uganda,” sa d human r ghts act v st Frank Mug sha of Sexua M n str es Uganda. “We want to send out a c ear message to h m and others.” Mug sha, the 2011 w nner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human R ghts Award, b amed L ve y for “he p ng spread propaganda and v o ence” aga nst gays n Uganda. L ve y, whose par sh s based n Spr ngf e d, Mass., was among a group of U.S. c ergy wh ch v s ted Uganda n 2009 — ust before debate began on the b . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:32 PM

Lawsuit: U.S. pastor runs anti-gay effort in Uganda SPRINGFIELD (MA) USA Today BOSTON (AP) – An East Afr can gay advocacy group f ed a federa awsu t Wednesday aga nst a Massachusetts evange st, a eg ng he has waged a decade- ong campa gn to persecute gays n Uganda. The su t was f ed n federa court n Spr ngf e d aga nst m n ster Scott L ve y under a statute that Sexua M n str es Uganda says a ows non-c t zens to f e U.S. court act ons for v o at ons of nternat ona aw. Frank Mug sha, who heads the advocacy group, sa d t was s ng ng out L ve y for "he p ng spread propaganda and v o ence" aga nst Uganda s gay peop e. "We hope that he w be he d accountab e for what he d d n Uganda," sa d Mug sha, who won the Robert F. Kennedy Human R ghts Award ast year. "We want to send out a c ear message to h m and to others." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:29 PM

Closed Churches Play the Waiting Game After Vatican Decision CLEVELAND (OH) C eve and Scene Posted by Er ch Burnett on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 It s been a week s nce the Vat can rocked oca Catho cs w th news that t had overturned the c os ng of 13 churches across Northeast Oh o, a response to B shop R chard Lennon s recent “S m Down for the Rapture!” n t at ve. But n keep ng w th ts centur es-o d trad t on of tak ng forever to do v rtua y noth ng, the Church has yet to get the paperwork nto the hands of Lennon, the d ocese conf rmed Tuesday. Desp te w despread ce ebrat ons among par sh oners from the shuttered par shes, they too are n the dark over the r future. Meanwh e, one c osed par sh that had a ready moved on w thout the b shop s approva sn t wa t ng by the ma box. “As we to d our commun ty [Sunday], we can t comment unt we see documentat on,” says Robert Marrone, pastor of the Commun ty of St. Peter. S nce h s sanctuary was c osed by Lennon n 2010, Marrone has ed St. Peter s congregat on — now number ng some 450 — n a bu d ng at East 71st and Euc d. These days, he s ca ng for caut ous ub ance, or maybe none at a . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:26 PM

Cleveland bishop to mull parish reopenings while celebrations go ahead CLEVELAND (OH) Nat ona Catho c Reporter Mar. 15, 2012 By Br an Roewe A week after news broke about the r content, the decrees from the Vat can s Congregat on of the C ergy regard ng appea s by 13 shuttered C eve and par shes have arr ved at the d ocese and B shop R chard G. Lennon has rece ved them. In a br ef statement re eased Wednesday through the d ocesan webs te, Lennon acknow edged rece v ng the decrees from the congregat on and sa d he w now beg n rev ew ng the r ru ngs w th h s adv sers. Lennon has 60 days to determ ne f he w shes to appea the congregat on s dec s on to overru e h s c os ng of 13 churches and suppress ng the r par shes. The appea process wou d go through the Aposto c S gnatura, the Vat can s Supreme Court. Regard ess of what Lennon dec des to do, those s ded w th the par shes want Lennon to reopen the r churches mmed ate y, n accordance w th the decrees. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:23 PM

Former parishioners of Saint Patrick Church in Cleveland to hold prayer service Saturday CLEVELAND (OH) The P a n Dea er By Ken Prendergast, Sun News CLEVELAND Because noth ng off c a has been rece ved from the Vat can to overru e B shop R chard Lennon s dec s on to c ose 13 churches, St. Patr ck Church n the West Park ne ghborhood w not be reopened Saturday. But that won t stop the church s former par sh oners from ho d ng a prayer serv ce at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of the church at Rocky R ver Dr ve and Pur tas Avenue. The par sh oners requested that the C eve and Catho c D ocese reopen the church for one day for a Mass ns de and to ce ebrate the 164th ann versary of the par sh s found ng. Saturday s St. Patr ck s Day. A group of former par sh oners w march n the b g St. Patr ck s Day parade downtown. D ocese spokesman Bob Tayek sa d Lennon rece ved the request to reopen the church from the par sh oners severa weeks ago. Instead, a Mass was schedu ed for 10 a.m. Saturday at B essed Tr n ty Church, 14040 Pur tas Ave. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:18 PM

Cleveland Diocese gets official Vatican ruling: Reopen 13 churches CLEVELAND (OH) Co umbus D spatch Assoc ated Press Thursday March 15, 2012 CLEVELAND — The D ocese of C eve and says t has rece ved off c a decrees revers ng the c osure of 13 Roman Catho c churches. In a statement, B shop R chard Lennon says that the decrees were rece ved yesterday from the Vat can and that he s rev ew ng the ru ngs w th adv sers. Lennon has 60 days to must dec de whether he w appea the dec s ons. The Vat can s Congregat on for the C ergy ru ed the b shop fa ed to fo ow church aw and procedure n the c os ngs three years ago. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:14 PM

The Lower Depths UNITED STATES Hunter at Random That s where you f nd the Catho c h erarchy. If you ever had any doubt that the nst tut ona Church was about anyth ng but money and power, th s shou d answer that quest on for you. Turn ng the tab es on an advocacy group that has ong supported v ct ms of pedoph e pr ests, awyers for the Roman Catho c Church and pr ests accused of sexua abuse n two M ssour cases have gone to court to compe the group to d sc ose more than two decades of e-ma s that cou d nc ude correspondence w th v ct ms, awyers, wh st e-b owers, w tnesses, the po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts. The group, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known as SNAP, s ne ther a p a nt ff nor a defendant n the t gat on. But the group has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n recent months n Kansas C ty and St. Lou s, and ts nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, was quest oned by a battery of awyers for more than s x hours th s year. A udge n Kansas C ty ru ed that the network must comp y because t “a most certa n y” had nformat on re evant to the case. Of course, B Donohue has to st ck h s two cents n: But W am Donohue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, a church advocacy group n New York, sa d target ng the network was ust f ed because “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:10 PM

New child sex suit filed vs. Catholic institution SACRAMENTO (CA) Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Dav d C ohessy on March 15, 2012 A new c v awsu t charges that a teacher and coach at Chr st an Brothers H gh Schoo n Sacramento sexua y assau ted a fema e student n December 2009 and that Catho c church and schoo off c a s cou d and shou d have prevented the cr mes. The comp a nt s f ed aga nst M nh Anh Nguyen, the schoo and a Wash ngton, D.C.-based re g ous order ca ed the Lasa an Chr st an Brothers, wh ch operates the schoo . Nguyen was a teacher and coach at the h gh schoo . The student, JANE DOE 40, says the cr mes happened wh e she was at a vo eyba tournament n Orange County on or around December 4, 2009 wh e Nguyen was n her hote room after curfew. A eged y Nguyen gave her a massage so she wou d not be tense for the game the next day, Dur ng the massage, Nguyen fted the teen s bra and pushed down her sweatpants. Nguyen assured the student and her parents that he had expert se n ath et c massage and that he had prov ded massage therapy to other student at the schoo . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:02 PM

Obama admin versus Vatican Bank. USA government lists Vatican as 'potential money-laundering center' UNITED STATES Pope Cr mes & Vat can Ev s... Par s Arrow From the Cr mes aga nst Human ty of Bened ct XVI at The Hague, to Amnesty Internat ona st ng the Vat can for ts v o at on aga nst human r ghts, to Ire and shutt ng down ts Vat can Embassy n Rome, now t s the Un ted States of Amer ca st ng the Vat can as a potent a money- aunder ng center because of “the arge vo umes of nternat ona currency that goes through the Ho y See” -- a these prove that the Vat can T tan c Sh p s s nk ng n mora bankruptcy w th ts Opus De Go den Cows B essed John Pau II and Card na Ratz nger as ts Masters of Decept on at the he m, read our re ated art c es be ow. Beh nd the cross there stands the do ar. Beh nd the pre ate there stands the p utocrat. For centur es there has preva ed a strong nk between the secu ar and re g ous moneyed nterests. Today ma or m n str es ho d b on-do ar nvestments n armaments, o , bank ng, and ust about every other arge corporate enterpr se… Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:57 PM

Truth can bring healing CANADA T mes Co on st A bern Va ey T mesMarch 15, 2012 Somet mes the truth hurts. But often t hea s. On Monday and Tuesday, a ot of tears were shed as the Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on heard from surv vors of the A bern Res dent a Schoo . The stor es were both unbe evab e and shock ng, mak ng the who e exper ence one that was d ff cu t to w tness. But that s exact y why t s essent a that these stor es be to d. It s on y by ta k ng about t that the v ct ms can hea and move on. They w never forget. No one ever cou d. But the hear ng offered hope that noth ng ke th s w ever happen n Canada aga n. The A bern Res dent a Schoo was n operat on from 1929 to 1973. It was known to be one of the worst n Canada. The atroc t es that took p ace there have marked fam es for generat ons. In some cases, ch dren were be eved to be raped and murdered, and the stor es to d at Maht Mahs Gym on Monday and Tuesday revea ed there was a ot of truth to these fr ghten ng stor es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:20 AM

Commission wraps up two-day stop in Port Alberni with aim of healing survivors CANADA Canada.com By Ju a Caranc , A bern Va ey T mes March 15, 2012 Wh e the Truth and Reconc at on Comm ss on heard many heartbreak ng h stor es over the ast two days, peop e a so shared the r ta es of hope and hea ng. In add t on, the comm ss on earned how mportant ga n ng back the r cu ture s to Abor g na Peop e here. The TRC wrapped up two days of hear ngs n Port A bern on Tuesday. The comm ss on w v s t more commun t es, both arge and sma , across the country n the com ng months. The goa s to create a ast ng record of surv vors exper ences wh e attend ng res dent a schoo s, wh ch were run by var ous churches under contract to the government. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:18 AM

Roman Catholic Church Attacks Sex Abuse Victims UNITED STATES Tr ab ogue Or, “th s s your nfa b e Mag ster um n act on”. But t s ok, you Roman Catho cs. They can be reprehens b e, as a group, n rea fe, and st , God has comm tted to th s reprehens b e group, the char sm of nfa b ty when speak ng about doctr nes and mora s. Rest assured that, even when your doctr nes re y on m strans at ons or ust comp ete y chang ng the mean ng of Scr ptures, they are comp ete y correct, and everyth ng e se s wrong. Never m nd that Jesus sa d, “by the r fru t you w recogn ze them”. Never m nd that Pau exp c t y stated, “the overseer s to be above reproach” … and rem nds T mothy, “If anyone does not know how to manage h s own fam y, how can he take care of God s church?” National Catholic Reporter SNAP, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, came nto ex stence n 1989, ust f ve years after nat ona attent on was f rst focused on sexua mo estat on of m nors by Catho c c ergy. The founder, Barbara B a ne, s a surv vor of abuse. The nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, s a so a surv vor. SNAP came nto ex stence because the nst tut ona church, .e., the b shops, cou d not and wou d not do anyth ng to he p the v ct ms of the pr ests they were supposed to superv se. Rea z ng that they wou d have to he p themse ves, Barbara and the or g na members started what has become the o dest and most effect ve advocacy and he p group for the count ess v ct ms of c ergy abuse throughout the Un ted States and Europe as we . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:11 AM

Wexford saddened by death of Fr. Sweetman IRELAND Wexford Peop e Wednesday March 14 2012 THE TRAGIC death on Tuesday of Wexford pr est Fr. John Sweetman has shocked par sh oners throughout the D ocese of Ferns. Fr. Sweetman, who stepped down as par sh pr est n R verchape ast year fo ow ng an a egat on of sexua abuse, d ed yesterday morn ng. Med ca ass stance was summoned to Ba yva oo Retreat Centre n B ackwater, where he was stay ng for a few days. He was brought by ambu ance to Wexford Genera Hosp ta , where he was pronounced dead. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:08 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS VATICAN CITY Vat can Informat on Serv ce Vat can C ty, 15 March 2012 (VIS) - The Ho y Father appo nted Card na Edw n Freder ck O Br en, pro-grand master of the Equestr an Order of the Kn ghts of the Ho y Sepu chre of Jerusa em, as grand master of that Order. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:03 AM

Common Sense... UNITED STATES Goog ng God Common Sense Should Be Applied in Supervision on Sex Abuser Claims M ke Hayes As a Catho c, I m appa ed by th s defense tact c used by some n the Church to sk rt the r respons b ty for superv s ng those who ended up abus ng ch dren. From the NY T mes: However, courts n M ssour , W scons n and Utah have tw sted the F rst Amendment nto a sh e d for organ zat ona ab ty for pedoph e c ergy. In an outrageous case, a M ssour appe ate court summar y d sm ssed a neg gence case brought aga nst the Archd ocese of St. Lou s by an nd v dua who sa d he had been abused by a pr est. H s su t charged the archd ocese w th neg gent fa ure to superv se the pr est, who had a past record of ch d sexua abuse. The court threw out the comp a nt, say ng that M ssour aw does not a ow t because udg ng the superv s on of the pr est wou d requ re nqu ry nto re g ous doctr ne, wh ch t contends wou d v o ate the F rst Amendment. Th s b zarre conc us on wou d grant churches a spec a exempt on from neutra , genera y app cab e aws des gned to protect ch dren. The Un ted States Supreme Court now has an opportun ty to reverse th s erroneous nterpretat on of the Const tut on. The ust ces shou d grant the p a nt ff s pet t on for rev ew, wh ch they are schedu ed to cons der on Fr day. And cons der t they shou d. Superv s on does not have anyth ng to do w th re g ous pract ce n these nstances. If t d d, no non-Catho cs cou d work for the church by def n t on. It s a so a r d cu ous c a m. We can t nvest gate nto whether th s person who works for us abused a ch d because the state can t determ ne whether someone actua y d d that. Um, pardon me, but sn t th s obv ous? E ther the person d d th s or d dn t do th s and un ess they say that God to d them to do t—wh ch wou d be a horr fy ng th ng to say—then the r re g ous perspect ve s both f awed and rre evant. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:58 AM

Calls for governmment reparation for Magdalene Laundries survivors IRELAND The Journa THE GOVERNMENT WAS ca ed on today to address the sub ect of reparat on for surv vors of the Magda ene aundr es. Ire and s human r ghts record s be ng exam ned at the Un ted Nat ons n Geneva today as the country b ds to become a member of the UN Human R ghts Counc . The Ir sh Human R ghts Comm ss on (IHRC) made a statement to the UN Human R ghts Counc ca ng on the government to address the ssue of reparat on. The IHRC was o ned by the Women s Human R ghts A ance (WHRA), ed by the Nat ona Women s Counc of Ire and, when they made a statement to the UNHRC. The WHRA urged the government to comp y w th the recommendat ons of the UN Comm ttee aga nst Torture and the IHRC to nst tute a statutory nqu ry nto Magda ene Laundr es abuse and a compensat on scheme for surv vors. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:54 AM

Catholic Church tired of being 'whipping boy' for that whole molesting kids thing UNITED STATES Da y Kos Ka Joy Gray Th s story s ust gonna break your heart: Card na [T mothy M.] Do an cr t c zed a eg s at ve proposa that wou d, for a year, drop the statute of m tat ons for f ng c v c a ms for sexua offenses, a ow ng for awsu ts by peop e who say they were abused ong ago. The card na sa d he was concerned that a f ood of awsu ts over abuse by pr ests cou d dra n the church of money t s us ng for char tab e purposes. “I th nk we b shops have been very contr te n adm tt ng that the church d d not hand e th s we at a n the past,” he sa d. “But we br st e somet mes n that the church doesn t get the cred t, now be ng n the vanguard of reform. It does bother us that the church cont nues to be a wh pp ng boy.” Aw. Poor b shops. They are ust so s ck and t red of be ng b amed for that who e cover ng-up-the-w despread-rape-and-mo estat on-of-ch dren th ng. Don t you secu ar ngrates understand that they can t do rea y mportant stuff— ke spend $26.7 m on a year obby ng po t c ans to pass Church-approved aws aga nst gays and vag nas— f they have to keep pay ng sett ements to a those mo ested k ds? And once you take nto account a the money the Church has to spend try ng to shut down Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP) because, accord ng to W am Donohue, head of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, the b shops be eve "they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough" because they "don t need a tar boys," why, that hard y eaves any money at a to care for the home ess pu fund ng from serv ces for the home ess because ts d rector supports marr age equa ty. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:02 AM

Catholics Fight Church’s Victims – Again UNITED STATES Care2 by Pau Cann ng Back n January, Catho c League Pres dent and frequent Fox News contr butor B Donohue ca ed v ct ms of pr est abuse and the r advocates and supporters a “p t fu bunch of ma contents” and “profess ona v ct ms.” Now Donahue s ca ng for v ct ms to be fought one-by-one so the church can save money. He c a ms that Catho c b shops are reach ng the conc us on that “they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough.” “We don t need a tar boys,” he to d the New York T mes. He says he s back ng an effort by awyers for two M ssour pr ests accused of abuse to subpoena ema from Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP). Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:59 AM

UPDATE: Fr. Brendan Doyle Suspended from Public Ministry JEFFERSON CITY (MO) KOMU by Em y A en JEFFERSON CITY - Father Brendan Doy e w no onger be ab e to part c pate n pub c m n str es n Jefferson C ty or e sewhere. A seven-person rev ew board for the Jefferson C ty D ocese recommended Doy e be suspended ndef n te y. The D ocese s Deacon Dan Joyce sa d the rev ew board dec ded th s after rev ew ng ev dence from the nvest gat on put on by the US Attorney s off ce. B shop Gaydos accepted the recommendat on from the rev ew board and Doy e was suspended. The nvest gat on started n November when a He as H gh Schoo computer techn c an d scovered pornograph c web mages on Doy e s computer. The deta s of these mages were not re eased. However, the rev ew board sa d the mages v o ated the charter protect ng ch dren and young peop e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:54 AM

Mormon bishop takes deal in failure to report child abuse case UTAH The Sa t Lake Tr bune By Aaron Fa k The Sa t Lake Tr bune A Mormon b shop accused of fa ng to report the a eged abuse of a ch d n h s congregat on has taken a p ea dea that cou d end w th the m sdemeanor s d sm ssa . Amado Gress Ro as, 62, entered nto a "d vers on agreement" Monday n Provo Just ce Court. The dea w th prosecutors means Ro as can ask the court to d sm ss the s ng e c ass B m sdemeanor count f he has no cr m na v o at ons over the next s x months. Accord ng to defense attorney M ke Esp n, who spoke to The Sa t Lake Tr bune ast month about the charges, the a eged v ct m and three other g r s spoke to Ro as dur ng a meet ng n September. The g r reported she had been "touched over the c oth ng" dur ng a church act v ty. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:50 AM

Child welfare group pushes for enforcement of Anti-Child Porn Law PHILIPPINES Bu at at By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bu at at.com The ch dren s we fare advocacy and party- st group Akap-Bata recent y ca ed on the Ben gno Aqu no III adm n strat on to enforce Repub c Act 9775 or the Ant -Ch d Pornography Act of 2009. It a so a red ts d smay over what t sa d was the Inter-Agency Counc aga nst Ch d Pornography s (IACCP) “poor performance” s nce the aw was passed n November 2009. “No cu pr t of ch d pornography has been conv cted n the a most 30 months s nce the aw s passage. We want to know f the agency has made any headway n mp ement ng ts mandate. We want v o ators of ch dren s r ghts to be pun shed and for th s to serve as a strong warn ng to the masterm nds of ch d pornography n the country,” sa d Akap Bata Party-L st secretarygenera Ar ene Brosas. Brosas sa d the Aqu no government and the IACCP shou d “do the r homework” so they can mp ement the prov s ons of the ant -ch d pornography aw. She sa d the agency shou d put together a ch d pornography database to mon tor a nc dents of ch d porn n the country. Th s, she sa d, can be the start ng po nt for the agency s strateg c p an of act on. ... Late n November ast year, reports came out that a Massachusetts , Un ted States-based F p no pr est who was caught w th ch d pornography n h s computer d sappeared before he cou d go on tr a . The pr est, Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, s suspected to be h d ng n the Ph pp nes. Based on reports, Dongor was arra gned n F tchburg D str ct Court on September 12, 2011 on charges of possess ng ch d pornography. The newspaper Te egram sa d mages of ch d pornography were found n the pr est s aptop. The ndependent computer serv ce company, wh ch f agged the pornograph c mater a , nformed the oca po ce. The report noted that court documents revea that the mages found n the pr est s computer dep cted prepubescent g r s n var ous states of undress. “If th s pr est s n h d ng n the Ph pp nes, what has the IACCP done to f nd h m? It shou d coord nate w th the po ce author t es and other agenc es to f nd h m,” Brosas sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:47 AM

The Usual Suspects: NY Times, Dissident Priest Support Anti-Catholic SNAP With Falsehoods, Attacks on Church UNITED STATES The Med a Report Dave P erre The New York T mes s aga n sh ng for the Catho c-hat ng SNAP (Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests) w th more fa se attacks aga nst the Catho c Church. Yesterday (Tue., 3/13/12), the T mes p astered a sympathe c, front-page portra t of the ant -Catho c advocacy group n an apparent attempt to nt m date the Church from defend ng tse f through the ega process. We have a ready exposed the d shonest nature of the art c e (wh ch was wr tten by re g on ed tor Laur e Goodste n). Then today (Wed., 3/14/12), the T mes cont nued ts attack w th a misleading and error-laced editorial. F rst, the ed tor a c a ms that the Catho c Church s "threaten ng to expose pr vate f es" of v ct ms n M ssour . Th s s patent y and demonstrab y untrue. If there s one ssue that SNAP and the Church agree on, t s that v ct ms f es must be kept pr vate. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:38 AM

Bishop Lennon receives Vatican decrees CLEVELAND (OH) WTAM (C eve and)- B shop R chard Lennon of the C eve and Catho c D ocese has rece ved the off c a word from the Vat can regard ng h s orders c os ng 13 Northeast Oh o churches. Lennon says the Vat can Congregat on for C ergy decrees arr ved on Wednesday and the process to rev ew these ru ngs w now be undertaken w th h s adv sors. Last week the Vat can overturned Lennon s ru ng to c ose 13 churches. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:34 AM

Cleveland Catholic Diocese receives official decrees from Vatican on church appeals CLEVELAND (OH) The P a n Dea er By M chae O Ma ey, The P a n Dea er CLEVELAND, Oh o -- The off c a decrees revers ng B shop R chard Lennon s c os ngs of 13 Catho c par shes f na y reached h s desk today, the b shop acknow edged n a statement. That means the c ock began t ck ng today on a 60-day per od for h m to dec de whether to appea . "The process to rev ew these ru ngs w now be undertaken w th my adv sors," the b shop wrote n a three-sentence statement posted on the Catho c D ocese of C eve and s web s te. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:31 AM

Bishop Lennon receives Vatican decrees regarding closed churches CLEVELAND (OH) WKYC CLEVELAND -- B shop R chard Lennon announced Wednesday that he s now n rece pt of decrees ssued by the Vat can Congregat on for C ergy regard ng 13 c osed churches w th n the C eve and D ocese. The b shop says he w beg n to rev ew the decrees w th h s adv sors. Cr t cs of the church c os ngs want B shop Lennon to mp ement the ru ng from the Vat can and qu ck y reopen the mpacted par shes. The Congregat on of C ergy ru ed that the b shop fa ed to fo ow church aw and procedure n mak ng the c os ngs. The 13 churches were among 50 c osed by the D ocese due to dec n ng f nances and attendance. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:27 AM

Plaintiff in clergy abuse trial doesn’t recall when alleged events happened STOCKTON (CA) Lod News-Sent ne By Ross Farrow/News-Sent ne Staff Wr ter STOCKTON — The p a nt ff n the M chae Ke y c v tr a , who sa d n prev ous test mony that he was sexua y assau ted and fond ed wh e he was n f fth grade n the 1980s, test f ed on Wednesday that he wasn t sure what grade he was n when some of the a eged nc dents took p ace. The former Stockton a tar boy a so refuted statements by c n ca psycho og st Amy Charney, who test f ed he to d her that Ke y sexua y assau ted her n fourth grade. Dur ng cross exam nat on, Stockton D ocese attorney J m Goodman showed v deotapes of two depos t ons the p a nt ff gave n 2009 n an effort to show ncons stenc es between what the p a nt ff sa d dur ng the depos t ons and what he sa d on the w tness stand Wednesday and ast Fr day. Not every nc dent may have happened n f fth grade, the p a nt ff sa d Wednesday. Some of the nc dents may have taken p ace as ate as seventh or e ghth grade. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:19 AM

Clerical Abusers and the First Amendment UNITED STATES The New York T mes Ed tor a Pub shed: March 14, 2012 Re g ous nst tut ons have const tut ona protect ons, but they are not above the aw. Unfortunate y, that has not stopped the Roman Catho c Church and other re g ous groups from argu ng that the F rst Amendment sh e ds them from c v awsu ts for neg gent superv s on and retent on of emp oyees who sexua y abuse ch dren. Most state courts that have cons dered the ssue have re ected th s c a m by churches, recogn z ng that ho d ng re g ous emp oyers ab e for fa ure to mon tor emp oyees n sex-abuse cases does not nterfere w th const tut ona y protected re g ous freedoms. However, courts n M ssour , W scons n and Utah have tw sted the F rst Amendment nto a sh e d for organ zat ona ab ty for pedoph e c ergy. In an outrageous case, a M ssour appe ate court summar y d sm ssed a neg gence case brought aga nst the Archd ocese of St. Lou s by an nd v dua who sa d he had been abused by a pr est. H s su t charged the archd ocese w th neg gent fa ure to superv se the pr est, who had a past record of ch d sexua abuse. The court threw out the comp a nt, say ng that M ssour aw does not a ow t because udg ng the superv s on of the pr est wou d requ re nqu ry nto re g ous doctr ne, wh ch t contends wou d v o ate the F rst Amendment. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:16 AM

Lockeford priest's attorneys focus on dates STOCKTON (CA) The Modesto Bee By Ross Farrow News-Sent ne (Lod ) STOCKTON — Defense attorneys c a med on Tuesday that the 37-year-o d former a tar boy su ng Lockeford pr est M chae Ke y may have been sexua y assau ted by someone e se. Dur ng cross-exam nat on, c n ca psycho og st Amy Charney, a w tness for the p a nt ff, test f ed that the p a nt ff was n fourth grade, not f fth, when he was sexua y assau ted. Charney s statement contrad cts the p a nt ff s test mony Fr day that Ke y sexua y assau ted h m n the f fth grade. Defense attorney Tom Beatty, represent ng Ke y, noted that Ke y d dn t beg n h s dut es at Cathedra of the Annunc at on n Stockton unt June 1984, when the p a nt ff was comp et ng the fourth grade. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:12 AM

Plenty of support for accused local priest FORT BEND (IN) The Journa Gazette Rosa Sa ter Rodr guez | The Journa Gazette Near y every day, they ve been wr t ng – somet mes a few words, somet mes a sentence or two, often who e paragraphs packed w th emot on. “Words can t express the sorrow I have for (you), Father Thom,” one wrote. “I can t mag ne your pa n, and I ook forward to the day that we can we come you back home w th open arms at St. Joseph s.” “St th nk ng of you and pray ng you rema n strong and susta ned … I m ss you and I know that God the Father has you n H s m ghty hand,” another penned. Those who know the Rev. Thomas C. Lombard have been vo c ng the r support on ne for the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catho c D ocese pr est accused of sexua m sconduct w th a teenage boy more than 10 years ago. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:07 AM

March 14, 2012 Doyle to remain suspended from 'public ministry' MISSOURI The Fu ton Sun In a statement re eased Wednesday afternoon, Deacon Dan Joyce, the commun cat ons d rector for the Catho c D ocese of Jefferson C ty, sa d Father Brendan Doy e, 73, has been suspended from prov d ng “any pub c m n stry.” Joyce sa d the d ocesan act on was taken, even though “ t s the understand ng of the D ocese that, at th s t me, the U.S. Attorney for the Western D str ct of M ssour has dec ned prosecut on.” He sa d the seven-member Rev ew Board cons dered the resu ts of ts own nvest gat on, the nformat on t rece ved from aw enforcement and the po c es of the U.S. Conference of Catho c B shops “Charter for the Protect on of Ch dren and Young Peop e.” Joyce to d reporters ate Wednesday afternoon: "Based upon a the nformat on t rece ved, the d ocesan rev ew board be eved that Fr. Doy e v o ated the Charter based on down oaded pornograph c mages that were found on a aptop computer he owned and a schoo aptop he used. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:19 PM

Molestation hearing for former Woodland priest delayed until April CALIFORNIA Da y Democrat By KATHERINE JARVIS da ydemocrat.com Created: 03/14/2012 A former Wood and pr est w not return to Sacramento Super or Court on mo estat on charges unt Apr . The Rev. Ur e O eda, 32, served as a pr est at Wood and s Ho y Rosary Catho c Church from 2007 unt 2009. H s hear ng ast Fr day was cont nued unt 1:35 p.m. Thursday, Apr 12. He has yet to enter a p ea to seven counts of comm tt ng ewd and asc v ous acts w th a g r under the age of 14 between 2007 and 2009. Accord ng to the cr m na comp a nt, the cr mes occurred n Sacramento and Shasta count es, where O eda was a paroch a v car at Our Lady of Mercy par sh n Redd ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:15 PM

Actions Speak Louder than Words: UNITED STATES Boys Don t Te Randy E son I ve been read ng a ot of art c es ate y on how much the Catho c Church s do ng to repa r the damage to t s pub c mage. They w sh to show us how repentant they are over what they have been do ng to our ch dren. There are conferences n Rome where b shops sten to surv vors and a rea y great press re ease by Archb shop D armu d Mart n of Dub n who actua y seems to “get t”. Now, th s morn ng , there s a part cu ar y nauseat ng press re ease out of New York by H s Exce ency Archb shop T mothy Do an. Mr. Do an reports on h s conversat on w th NY Governor Cuomo regard ng a b to extend the statute of m tat ons on ch d sex abuse f ve years unt age 28: “And the governor stens. He s a good awyer. He rem nded us of h s a eg ance to c ass ca ur sprudence that wou d see a great benef t n the protect on of the statute of m tat ons to see that the nnocent of protected and that ust ce s done.” Do an a so sa d the b shops have been “contr te” n adm tt ng the church has hand ed mo estat on scanda s poor y, but s try ng to do more now — and sn t gett ng cred t for that: So t does bother us that the church cont nues to be a “wh pp ng boy”… Rea y? In argu ng aga nst a f ve year extens on of the statute of m tat ons for v ct ms of ch d sexua abuse Mr. Do an descr bes The Church as need ng protect on and ust ce because as hard as they try, they are st ust a “wh pp ng boy”? Interest ng turn of a phrase f you ask me, and very sk fu use of vocabu ary to make The Church out to be the v ct m, n a the ch d sex abuse c a ms. Are you ser ous? After decades of ch d rape, dev ant torture, beat ngs and destruct on of human d gn ty, fe and the theft of sou s of he p ess ch dren “H s Exce ency” wants us to v ew The Church as the v ct m? And ust to top t off he ends the press conference w th “Last year when I was here, there were some refreshments up on that she f, what happened to them?” aka; what happened to the booze? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:11 PM

Priester postuum uit ambt gezet NEDERLAND Het goede even woensdag 14 maart B sschop Punt van het b sdom Haar em-Amsterdam heeft een pr ester van het b sdom postuum u t het ambt gezet.De geeste ke, d e n 1991 over eed, was van 1941 tot 1967 rector van het weeshu s De Voorz en ghe d n Amsterdam. D verse k achten van seksuee m sbru k z n b het me dpunt m sbru k van de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk tegen de man n behande ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:45 PM

Prof. Oldenhuis: RK-Kerk draait slachtoffers misbruik een rad voor ogen NEDERLAND Reformator sch Dagb ad GRONINGEN – De Rooms-Katho eke Kerk draa t s achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k een rad voor ogen door z ch n c v e e procedures te beroepen op ver ar ng. Dat ste t Fokko O denhu s, b zonder hoog eraar Re g e en Recht aan de R ksun vers te t Gron ngen (RUG) n een nterv ew dat woensdag s gepub ceerd op de webs te van de RUG. B monde van aartsb sschop W m E k be oofde de Rooms-Katho eke Kerk geen beroep te doen op de ver ar ng van seksue e de cten. B nader nz en ge dt deze be ofte echter a een voor s achtoffers d e hun c a m b de kerk nd enen. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:42 PM

Church 'won't hide away' from sex abuse inquiry AUSTRALIA The Age Barney Zwartz March 15, 2012 THE Catho c Church n Me bourne has noth ng to h de from an ndependent nqu ry nto ts hand ng of sexua abuse a egat ons under the Me bourne Response, the c ty s Archb shop, Den s Hart, sa d yesterday. Archb shop Hart sa d he was conf dent any ndependent nqu ry nto ts Me bourne Response protoco wou d conf rm th s. But he dec ned to we come an nqu ry - say ng he cou d not do so unt he saw the terms of reference - or to comment on the hand ng of comp a nts before the protoco was ntroduced n 1996. We are not dodg ng for cover and h d ng, he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:00 PM

Bishop Lennon Says Diocese Has Received Vatican Decrees CLEVELAND (OH) Fox 8 March 14, 2012, by Dan Jov c The head of the C eve and Catho c D ocese, B shop R chard Lennon, announced on Wednesday that he has rece ved decrees from the Vat can assoc ated w th the proposed re-open ng of 13 C eve and-area par shes. B shop Lennon ssued the fo ow ng statement on the decrees; “As nd cated n my prev ous statement, I prom sed to nform you when I had rece ved from the Vat can Congregat on for C ergy decrees assoc ated w th par sh appea s. The decrees arr ved on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The process to rev ew these ru ngs w now be undertaken w th my adv sors.“ Last week the Vat can overturned the c os ngs of 13 C eve and-area par shes, accord ng to the attorney who ed a ega f ght aga nst the r doors be ng shut for good. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:55 PM

Vatican’s ruling about closed parishes reaches Cleveland bishop CLEVELAND (OH) Akron Beacon Journa By Co ette M. Jenk ns Beacon Journa re g on wr ter Pub shed: March 14, 2012 Catho c D ocese of C eve and B shop R chard G. Lennon sa d Wednesday he has rece ved documents from the Vat can concern ng h s orders to c ose 13 par shes. “As nd cated n my prev ous statement, I prom sed to nform you when I had rece ved from the Vat can Congregat on for C ergy decrees assoc ated w th par sh appea s. The decrees arr ved on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. The process to rev ew these ru ngs w now be undertaken w th my adv sors,” Lennon sa d n a prepared statement. The documents arr ved a week after Peter Borre, a Boston act v st who has fought the c os ng of churches n the C eve and d ocese, to d the Assoc ated Press the Congregat on of the C ergy had ru ed Lennon d d not fo ow proper procedures n the c os ngs of 13 par shes that appea ed the r suppress ons and the c os ng of the r churches. S nce then, Borre and other cr t cs of the c os ngs have ca ed for the b shop to move qu ck y n restor ng the 13 affected par shes. They contend that, a though Lennon has 60 days from the rece pt of the Vat can documents to appea , the congregat ons cannot be den ed access to the r church bu d ngs. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:51 PM

Benedict refuses to meet Italian victims of JP2 Army John Paul II Pedophile Priests Army but meets with rare Cuban crocodile UNITED STATES Bened ct XVI Ratz nger: God s Rottwe er ['Pope's crocodile' returns to Cuba ahead of papal trip - v a BBC News] Par s Arrow Updated March 14, 2012 Th s shows how out-of-touch-w th-rea ty "Ho y Father" Bened ct XVI s because he wou d rather meet w th a rare Cuban crocod e who f ew a the way from Cuba to meet h m w th n h s pa ace...but he refuses to et ns de the Vat can h s suppossed y Catho c ch dren who wa ked a the way across Ita y to meet h m. What Bened ct XVI has n common w th the rare Cuban crocod e are h s crocod e tears for hundreds of thousands of v ct ms of the B16 Army - Bened ct XVI Pedoph e Pr ests Army - named apt y after h m as Card na Ratz nger who together w th John Pau II covered-up and condoned pedoph e pr ests and Card na s and B shops who transferred them from one par sh to another to sat ate the r best a pedoph c ust. Read our atest art c es n our new b og Pope cr mes and Vat can Ev s http://popecr mes.b ogspot.com/ W The Hague p ease move n fast and ca on Bened ct XVI to go face h s tr a for h s Cr mes aga nst Human ty and et the Vat can produce ts dream ega team to defend h m. On y The Hague can br ng ust ce for the hundreds of thousands of ch dren abused by pedoph e pr ests n countr es a over the wor d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:47 PM

Anonymous Hacker Torments Vatican in 2nd Site Attack: 'Luther Once Nailed 95 Theses To The Door' VATICAN CITY Internat ona Bus ness T mes By Jacob K e nman March 13, 2012 An Ita an member of the hackt v st co ect ve Anonymous targeted the Vat can webs te for a second t me n under week on Tue. March 13, knock ng the webs te off ne and penetrat ng deeper nto the c ty state s server to stea the persona nformat on of mu t p e Vat can Rad o ourna sts. A though the Vat can conf rmed that they had been hacked, but c a med that much of the nformat on the hackt v st gathered was use ess. "There was a second attack we are aware of d rected aga nst the [Vat can IP] address," sa d a Vat can spokesman today. "[Concern ng] Vat can Rad o, a database on an o d server was accessed. Th rty percent of the nformat on on the server was so outdated t was of no use." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:28 PM

“I listen . . .” IRELAND Fa th Trust Inst tute The Archb shop of Dub n, D armu d Mart n, was recent y nterv ewed on 60 M nutes, d scuss ng h s efforts s nce becom ng Archb shop to address the sexua abuse of ch dren by pr ests. One of h s f rst acts as Archb shop was to re ease the D ocesan f es on pr ests accused of abuse to the Murphy Comm ss on estab shed by the state to nvest gate the church s hand ng of comp a nts. Mart n s predecessor had refused to re ease those f es. But Mart n has been outspoken n h s support of surv vors and unequ voca n ca ng abus ve pr ests to accountab ty. The Vat can s not p eased. Archb shop Mart n seems to be rebu d ng trust w th Catho cs n Ire and where the church has been devastated by the reve at ons of abuse by pr ests. The nterv ewer sought to pa nt h m as a hero, but Mart n demurred: “I d dn t set out to cha enge anybody. . . . I was do ng my ob.” Indeed. He was do ng h s ob as a B shop: gu d ng the Church to be the church, respond ng to the suffer ng nf cted by the Church, protect ng the most vu nerab e, te ng the truth. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:21 PM

Bill Donahue’s Catholic League – Rapist Fr. McGuire-member # 60201 UNITED STATES A terNet Joey P sc te B Donahues Catho c League Member # 60201 MCGUO, ser a mo ester Fr. Dona d McGu re, s the most notor ous Jesu t rap st on earth. Fr. Dona d McGu re, who was conv cted by US Feds, a ded by the Dept. of Home and Secur ty, was a ed for the rest of h s fe a few years ago. But th s egreg ous rap st s a so known as Mother Teresa s persona confessor, and s respons b e for ta nt ng her reputat on. Add t ona y, Fr. McGu re, who swam n a cesspoo of d sgrace for decades, and was known by the Jesu ts to be a ser a mo ester, and was a owed free re gn to trave the wor d, has another notor ous t e- to yet another famous Catho c “ce ebr ty”. The voca and obnox ous eader of the Catho c League, W am Donahue, who outspoken y condemned ch d abuse v ct ms and advocates as “A menace to the Catho c Church”, had prev ous y a owed the ser a mo ester Fr. McGu re to o n and donate money to h s “organ zat on”, and thanked McGu re for h s generos ty. Th s comes as no shock, as Donahue s known by c ergy abuse v ct ms for spew ng d sgracefu hurtfu remarks, and show ng no remorse for t; n support of c ergy abusers. As Mr. Donahue bragged to the New York T mes that the Catho c B shops had got together w th a new strategy to f ght v ct ms of sex abuse by c ergy, and cont nued h s rant about the apparent Catho c war on rape v ct ms and the r advocates, h s ego was n fu sw ng. It s extreme y d ff cu t and sad to w tness how proud he s to mp y that the Catho c church w do anyth ng poss b e to defeat nnocent ch d mo estat on v ct ms, and the r advocates. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:15 PM

SNAP, the bishops and a lesson in ecclesiology UNITED STATES Nat ona Catho c Reporter by Thomas P. Doy e on Mar. 14, 2012 Exam n ng the cr s s Commentary SNAP, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, came nto ex stence n 1989, ust f ve years after nat ona attent on was f rst focused on sexua mo estat on of m nors by Catho c c ergy. The founder, Barbara B a ne, s a surv vor of abuse. The nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, s a so a surv vor. SNAP came nto ex stence because the nst tut ona church, .e., the b shops, cou d not and wou d not do anyth ng to he p the v ct ms of the pr ests they were supposed to superv se. Rea z ng that they wou d have to he p themse ves, Barbara and the or g na members started what has become the o dest and most effect ve advocacy and he p group for the count ess v ct ms of c ergy abuse throughout the Un ted States and Europe as we . Over the years s nce ts ex stence, SNAP has done what the nst tut ona church shou d have done: It offered understand ng, support, so ace and above a , hope for anyone who ca ed upon t. SNAP s not a soph st cated organ zat on w th a we -o ed and f nanced bureaucracy. It has a ways been focused on prov d ng support for v ct ms, g v ng them the encouragement to beg n to hea from the devastat on of abuse and g v ng them hope, know ng they are not a one. ... The atest and most conv nc ng ev dence of the b shops co ect ve fa ure fo ow ng the present pope s admon t ons s the organ zed attack on SNAP. Th s attack s be ng carr ed out by awyers who represent two pr ests accused of abuse, but t s not about ust ce for the pr ests. It s about destroy ng an organ zat on that represents not on y a source of profound embarrassment to the b shops but a ser ous threat to the r cont nued dup c ty. On one hand, the demand for SNAP s f es s send ng a horr f c message to a v ct ms of c ergy abuse and to a who try to he p and support them. The message s c ear: A though nd v dua b shops m ght be tru y sympathet c, the b shops as a group s mp y don t "get t." Noth ng has changed s nce 1985, when th s sord d ssue f rst came to w despread pub c awareness. They are on y concerned for themse ves, the r mage, the r contro over the a ty and the r money. The Nat ona Rev ew Board had t r ght when they p npo nted th s n the r 2004 report. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:10 PM

Clark County deputies arrest King's Way Christian School employee on allegations of sexual misconduct with a student VANCOUVER (WA) The Oregon an By Kate Mather, The Oregon an An emp oyee at the K ng s Way Chr st an Schoo n Vancouver faces cr m na charges after nvest gators say they found ev dence of an " nappropr ate, sexua re at onsh p" between the woman and a student. Deput es began an nvest gat on Saturday and arrested Ky ey A worth today on charges of f rst-degree sexua m sconduct w th a m nor, sa d Sgt. Kev n A a s of the C ark County Sher ff s Off ce. She was booked n the C ark County Ja . A worth s not a teacher at the pr vate K-12 schoo , ocated at 3300 N.E. 78th St., but A a s sa d she s " nvo ved n a superv sory ro e" and coaches sports. No nformat on about the student was ava ab e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:07 PM

Vancouver school worker accused of sexual relationship with student VANCOUVER (WA) KPTV By FOX 12 Webstaff VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) - A coach at a Vancouver schoo s accused of hav ng a sexua re at onsh p w th a student. Ky ey A worth, 29, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of f rst-degree sexua m sconduct w th a m nor. C ark County sher ff s deput es say A worth works at K ngsway Chr st an Schoo on Northeast 78th Street and s nvo ved n a "superv sory ro e at the schoo as we as coach ng ath et cs." The name of the student nvo ved sn t be ng re eased. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:04 PM

King's Way Christian: Female employee fired after allegations VANCOUVER (WA) KION Reported by: Car a Castaño Ema : [email protected] n.com Reported by: Jenn fer Meacham A fema e schoo emp oyee from a Chr st an schoo n Vancouver faced a udge Wednesday, four days after the start of a aw-enforcement nvest gat on nto her re at onsh p w th a 17-year-o d g r at the schoo . Some of Ky ey A worth s fam y members were n the C ark County courtroom Wednesday. They to d KOIN Loca 6 they were shocked by the a egat ons. "She s an ncred b e woman," sa d her cous n M ke Wh te. Wh te and other fam y members expressed concerns about A worth s behav or n recent months. They sa d they were worr ed about her dr nk ng and that she m ght comm t su c de. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:00 PM

King’s Way coach appears on sex allegations VANCOUVER (WA) The Co umb an By Laura McV cker Co umb an Staff Reporter Wednesday, March 14, 2012 A former ass stant brar an and basketba coach at K ng s Way Chr st an Schoo made her f rst appearance Wednesday on susp c on of sexua m sconduct of a 17-year-o d fema e student. Ky ey J. A worth, 29, of Vancouver appeared n C ark County Super or Court on susp c on of three counts of sexua m sconduct w th a m nor re at ng to one v ct m. A worth wore a “su c de smock,” or a garment made of tear-res stant fabr c that s meant to prevent an nmate from r pp ng up c oth ng to fash on a noose. After hear ng that A worth was at r sk of comm tt ng su c de, Judge D ane Woo ard set ba at $50,000. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:57 PM

Clark Co. teacher aide arrested on sex charges VANCOUVER (WA) KGW by Co ette W e and VANCOUVER -- A teacher a de at a C ark County Chr st an H gh Schoo has been arrested on sex abuse charges nvo v ng a student. Ky ee A worth, 29, appeared Wednesday n C ark County Super or Court. She was ordered he d on $50,000 ba . She was charged w th three counts of susp c on of sexua m sconduct w th a m nor. Her next court appearance was schedu ed for March 28. An nformer to d K ngs Way Chr st an Schoo off c a s about the a egat ons on Saturday, who turned them over to the C ark County sher ff s off ce. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:41 PM

The Hierarchy Re-Abuses The Sex Abuse Victims UNITED STATES The Da y Beast - The D sh Andrew Su van How hard s to to support the nst tut ona h erarchy of the Catho c church these days? Th s hard: Mr. Donohue sa d ead ng b shops he knew had reso ved to f ght back more aggress ve y aga nst the group SNAP, [Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests]: “The b shops have come together co ect ve y. I can t g ve you the names, but there s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys.” He sa d b shops were a so reth nk ng the r approach of pay ng arge sett ements to groups of v ct ms. “The church has been too qu ck to wr te a check, and I th nk they ve rea zed t wou d be a ot ess expens ve n the ong run f we fought them one by one,” Mr. Donohue sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:58 AM

NY Times Reports on David Clohessy's Deposition, Bill Donohue Speaks of Bishops' Role in Bullying SNAP UNITED STATES B gr mage W am D. L ndsey Interest ng y enough, Laur e Goodste n reports today n the New York T mes about Dav d C ohessy s Kansas C ty subpoena, as I d d yesterday, and un ess I m bad y m sread ng her report, t fa r y we squares w th what I posted on th s matter yesterday. Goodste n c tes the h gh y regarded ega scho ar and advocate for v ct ms, Marc Ham ton, who th nks that Catho c church eaders are de berate y try ng to shut SNAP up by p ay ng ug y ega hardba games n M ssour . Goodste n a so has ns der nformat on from Catho c League pres dent B Donohue, who te s her that what s happen ng w th SNAP n M ssour s be ng de berate y orchestrated by the U.S. Catho c b shops: Lawyers for the church and pr ests say they cannot comment because of a udge s order. But W am Donohue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, a church advocacy group n New York, sa d target ng the network was ust f ed because “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:55 AM

USCCB and Bully Bill Getting Bad Press re: Attempt to Break SNAP UNITED STATES B gr mage W am D. L ndsey Bu y B Donohue s g oat ng remarks about h s ns der nformat on v s-a-v s the U.S. Catho c b shops and the r current campa gn to bu y SNAP are not gett ng good press coverage n the b ogosphere. I m referr ng here to the statement that the Catho c League d rector made yesterday n Laur e Goodste n s New York T mes art c e about the attempt to bu y SNAP through hardba ega tact cs n M ssour , where B shop Robert F nn s now fac ng cr m na nd ctment. As my post ng about th s yesterday (to wh ch the f rst nk above po nts) noted, Donohue to d Goodste n that “the b shops have come together co ect ve y" to f ght SNAP (and, mp c t y, the surv vors of c er ca sexua abuse SNAP defends), though he can t g ve Goodste n spec f c names of b shops about whom he s speak ng. As I stated, though the USCCB med a spokeswoman S ster Mary Ann Wa sh den es any such concerted effort of b shops to co ude n bu y ng SNAP n M ssour , I m nc ned to th nk Dohonue s boast ng about ns der nformat on he rea y does have, s nce he c ear y works hand and g ove w th the USCCB, and, n part cu ar, w th the USCCB pres dent H s Em nence T mothy M. Card na Do an, w th whom Donohue shares an off ce bu d ng. Donohue does the d rty work the U.S. Catho c b shops don t want the pub c to see, so that they can pretend the r own hands are c ean. And so, n a p ece yesterday ent t ed "The H erarchy Re-Abuses the Sex-Abuse V ct ms," Andrew Su van notes that t s ncreas ng y d ff cu t to support the nst tut ona h erarchy of the Catho c church these days, and zeroes n on Donohue s ug y boasts to Goodste n, not ng, Donohue s a thug. But he s for the h erarchy what Hann ty s for the GOP base. And the ne about "a tar boys"? Somet mes, you rea ze that for some Catho cs, noth ng has changed s nce the reve at on of the mass rape of ch dren, a tar boys often a pr me target. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:51 AM

BISHOPS SHOULD ONLY HIRE TOUGH LAWYERS UNITED STATES Catho c League Catho c League pres dent B Donohue responds to today s ed tor a n the New York T mes on the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP): We now know from the depos t on of SNAP d rector Dav d C ohessy that he has been (a) y ng to the med a about h s work (b) fa se y advert s ng h s group as a rape cr s s center (c) work ng w th unseem y awyers (d) exp o t ng h s c ents by prov d ng unauthor zed “counse ng” serv ces (e) r pp ng off those who are tru y n need of he p by fa ng to contr bute even a d me for censed counse ors, and (f) pursu ng pr ests on the bas s of ega cr ter a he adm ts he cannot exp a n. Furthermore, we know from two peop e who went undercover ast summer to a SNAP conference n the D.C. area that the Catho c Church s regarded by these act v sts as “the ev nst tut on.” Yet when the b shops f na y dec de to p ay hardba , they are s ammed by the New York T mes! When the T mes s sued, does t h re w mpy awyers? Does t a ow tse f to be a punch ng bag? Not on your fe: they h re the most aggress ve attorneys they can buy. But when the b shops fo ow su t, they re accused of not show ng “reconc at on” for the v ct ms. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:48 AM

Priest-Abuse Advocacy Group Under Legal Pressure in Church Suits UNITED STATES The Chron c e of Ph anthropy March 14, 2012 Lawyers for the Roman Catho c Church and accused pr ests n two M ssour sexua -abuse cases have gone to court to compe a nat ona advocacy group for abuse v ct ms to d sc ose years of e-ma correspondence, reports The New York Times. In recent months, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known as SNAP, has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n connect on w th cases nvo v ng the Kansas C ty and St. Lou s d oceses. Dav d C ohessy, the arge y vo unteer-run group s nat ona d rector, was asked n a subpoena to turn over 23 years worth of documents. Mr. C ohessy sa d he was deposed for s x hours by church awyers n January and ca ed the quest on ng “a f sh ng, crabb ng, shr mp ng, trash-co ect ng, dra n ng the pond exped t on” ntended to “harass and d scred t and bankrupt SNAP.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:12 AM

SNAP pushes for public knowledge of clergy accused of sex abuse WISCONSIN WTMJ ELM GROVE - Advocated for c ergy abuse v ct ms c a m there cou d be dozens of sex offenders st work ng for the M waukee Archd ocese. SNAP (Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests) he d a news conference at St. Mary s Church n E m Grove. Fr. Lauren Wen g, who served as pastor at St. Mary s, was p aced on eave after be ng accused of abus ng a ch d n 2011. SNAP wants the names of accused abusers made pub c. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:48 AM

Tentatively turning a corner IRELAND The Ir sh Catho c Garry O Su van At ast week s b shops press conference n Maynooth, we were to d by an unusua y upbeat Archb shop Mart n that the Church n Ire and s beg nn ng, a be t tentat ve y, to turn a corner. However, when he was asked by th s paper about the V s tat on Report, wh ch has been n the hands of the b shops for some t me now, the archb shop became h s more fam ar pr ck y se f. It s hard y a we kept secret that many of the b shops are very unhappy w th the V s tat on Report, wh ch s st under debate between them and Rome. So et s ndeed be tentat ve about any corners be ng turned – ndeed et s be very carefu about the anguage that s be ng emp oyed. For nstance the archb shop went on to say that Croke Park probab y wou d not be b g enough for the crowds com ng to the Euchar st c Congress, but I rem nded h m, numbers were never a d ff cu ty for the Ir sh Church. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:48 AM

Vatican Scandal: Catholic priest abuses Indigenous Children in Alaska ALASKA V meo [v deo] Front ne presents a documentary to ustrate the horror endured by ch dren n A aska n the hands of a pr est. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:05 AM

Defense lawyers question former altar boy’s allegations STOCKTON (CA) Lod News-Sent ne By Ross Farrow/News-Sent ne Staff Wr ter STOCKTON — Defense attorneys c a med on Tuesday that the 37-year-o d former a tar boy su ng popu ar Lockeford pr est M chae Ke y may have been sexua y assau ted by someone e se. Dur ng cross exam nat on, c n ca psycho og st Amy Charney, a w tness for the p a nt ff, test f ed that the p a nt ff was n fourth grade, not f fth, when he was sexua y assau ted. Charney s statement contrad cts the p a nt ff s test mony on Fr day that Ke y sexua y assau ted h m n f fth grade. Defense attorney Tom Beatty, represent ng Ke y, noted that Ke y d dn t beg n h s dut es at Cathedra of the Annunc at on n Stockton unt June 1984, when the p a nt ff was comp et ng fourth grade. However, Charney sa d that peop e w th repressed memor es of ch dhood sexua abuse are often fuzzy on actua dates and t mes of traumat c events. She added that ch dren somet mes shut off the r memor es of events ke sexua assau t for more than 20 years, as she sa d was the case w th the p a nt ff su ng Ke y. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:57 AM

Parishioners react to Priest's involvement in abortion PENNSYLVANIA WFMZ [w th v deo] Author: Dwayne Parker SPRING TWP., Pa. - Just after even ng mass, Tuesday even ng, at St. Ignat us Loyo a Church n Spr ng Townsh p, members were st gett ng over the p erc ng a egat ons fac ng the r pr est, Father C etus Onyegbu e. "I ust wanted to cry. I was at f ve-th rty mass w th our b shop and I ust wanted to cry," sa d Judy Ave a-Ke er. Po ce a ege that Onyegbu e, 44,adm tted to hav ng consensua sex w th an 18-year-o d woman, severa years ago, n the rectory of Our Lady of Perpetua He p n Beth ehem Townsh p, Northampton County. After the young woman became pregnant, off c a s sa d Onyegbu e pa d for an abort on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:53 AM

New Brunswick priest’s name stripped from arena after Moncton Archdiocese admits abuses CANADA Nat ona Post Sarah Boesve d Mar 14, 2012 An Acad an f sh ng v age n turmo over a egat ons a pr est abused oca boys decades ago found cathars s Monday n ght by remov ng the c ergyman s name from the oca arena w thout wa t ng for a p anned p eb sc te. After a qu ck vote at Cap-Pe é, N.B., mun c pa ha , dozens of townsfo k who had attended the counc meet ng wa ked to the arena and cheered as vo unteer f ref ghters pu ed down the s gn from Aréna Père-Cam e-Léger, named after a ong-serv ng pr est and commun ty eader who s now, 20 years after h s death, be ng accused of sexua assau t. The town had p anned a p eb sc te to co nc de w th May s genera mun c pa e ect ons, but a weekend apo ogy from the Archd ocese of Moncton that acknow edged abuses at the hands of Léger spurred counc to ca an emergency meet ng Monday. “To de ay the dec s on to remove the name of Father Cam e Léger by p eb sc te w cause more pa n and uncerta nty from the v ct ms,” read the mot on, passed unan mous y by the counc short y after 7 p.m. Monday. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:50 AM

HOW MUCH MONEY HAS THE CHURCH GOT? POLAND Sunday Catho c Week y M ena K ndz uk The ssues of f nanc ng the Church and sa ar es of pr ests are st ra s ng emot ons. And many env ronments have been repeat ng the myth about the wea th of pr ests for years. The report of the Catho c Informat on Agency shows what truth on th s ssue s. It c ear y resu ts from the document that the Church s ma nta ned from the g fts of the fa thfu n 80%. – The Church s as r ch as the fa thfu are sacr f c a – says Card na Kaz m erz Nycz, the cha rman of the Ep scopa Econom c Counc . Moreover, the system of f nanc ng the Church s a so created by: the econom c act v ty of Church nst tut ons and f nanc ng from the pub c means. A tray not for a pr est There s near y a genera be ef that donat ons on a tray are g ven to pr ests by the fa thfu ; and that pr ests ga n a ot of money every Sunday, whereas a par sh, a church and par sh bu d ngs and not pr ests are ma nta ned from the tray or vo untary donat ons from the fa thfu . However, the ncomes from the tray are var ous, depend ng on a reg on of Po and. As t resu ts from the report of the Catho c Informat on Agency presented n the Ep scopa Secretar a Off ce F nances of the Catho c Church n Po and , the average amount of money on the Sunday tray n a sma v age par sh of near y 1000 nhab tants n the d ocese of Tarnów s 487 z otys. But n a par sh of 3-thousand peop e n the d ocese of B e sko and Żyw ec – t s 2300 z otys, and n a par sh n a c ty, ke the archd ocese of Katow ce – t can be even 4 thousand z otys. However, these are not representat ve data; for we must remember that n Po and there are very poor par shes v ng on the verge of poverty, ke, for examp e, Korytowo n the d ocese of Szczec n and Kam eńsko. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:47 AM

The Monitor | SNAP and the Bishops: Shooting the Messenger | March 13, 2012 UNITED STATES Vo ce from the Desert Dear Fr ends, I m sure most of you have seen today s New York T mes art c e ent t ed “Church Using Priests’ Cases to Pressure Victims’ Network.” I hope that you cons der respond ng to th s mportant art c e by add ng your comments on the NY T mes s te and by v s t ng the SNAP webs te too. SNAP deserves our f nanc a and mora support. The Catho c church n the Un ted States has a ways p ayed two games w th nd v dua surv vors of abuse by ts c ergy—pastora softba and ega hardba . But now we have conf rmat on from a stra ght-ta k ng, know edgeab e p ayer, W am Donohue of the Catho c League, that SNAP as an organ zat on s be ng targeted: “The b shops have come together co ect ve y. I can t g ve you the names, but there s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys.” The USCCB has ssued a den a , but there s amp e corroborat on for Mr. Donohue s assessment. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:40 AM

SNAP president Barbara Blaine asks you to sign a petition to Cardinal Timothy Dolan to s UNITED STATES Voice from the Desert Dear SNAP Members and Supporters: We are extremely grateful for the support you have shown to us today! But since we are doing so well in getting our message out – but the threat to us remains–we want to take advantage of this unique moment and ask one more favor of you. Would you please take the time to sign on to SNAP’s petition and help spread the word about it? It asks Cardinal Dolan (President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) to publicly take a stand against bullying tactics by some church officials and lawyers.. It says: Cardinal Dolan – “Stop the legal bullying!” As the head of America’s bishops, we urge you to publicly denounce, and stop, the bullying tactics used by bishops and church defense lawyers against those seeking help from the support group SNAP, including victims of abuse by clerics, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors and journalists. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Hurting Victims’ Advocates UNITED STATES The New York T mes Ed tor a The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known as SNAP, has p ayed a cr t ca ro e n mak ng pub c the horr f c cr mes of pedoph e pr ests and ho d ng the Roman Catho c Church accountab e for the cr mes. Now the church s us ng a tact c that cou d cr pp e SNAP by embro ng t n cost y t gat on n wh ch t s not a party. As Laurie Goodstein wrote in The Times on Tuesday, awyers for the church and pr ests accused of sex abuse n two M ssour cases have gone to court to compe SNAP to hand over two decades worth of e-ma s and a huge amount of pr vate correspondence w th v ct ms, awyers, w tnesses, reporters, prosecutors and the po ce. The group has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n recent months and ts nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, deposed n the Kansas C ty, Mo., case. SNAP says t has ncurred about $50,000 n ega fees and devoted hundreds of hours of staff t me s nce the subpoenas began. Th s s a strange eve of nterest s nce SNAP s not nvo ved n e ther case and Mr. C ohessy has sworn that he has had no contact w th the accuser n the Kansas C ty case. The church s awyers want nformat on on the network s members and tact cs, go ng beyond the cases. “The rea mot ve s to harass and d scred t and bankrupt SNAP, wh e d scourag ng v ct ms, w tnesses, wh st e-b owers, po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts from seek ng our he p,” Mr. C ohessy sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:32 AM

NY Times Misleads Readers, Carries Water for SNAP UNITED STATES The Med a Report Dave P erre The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP) s s ow y be ng exposed as the d shonest and mean-sp r ted organ zat on that s t, and th s rea ty appears to be upsett ng the New York T mes. Today s paper (Tue., 3/13/12) has p astered a front-page article by re g on ed tor Laur e Goodste n that s arge y a sympathet c portra t of the ant -Catho c organ zat on. Goodste n s narrat ve s pred ctab e: B g Catho c Church: bad and mean. L tt e-o SNAP: nnocent and good. Goodste n gnores SNAP s engthy h story of decept on and nast ness. For examp e, Goodste n wr tes: "[I]n 2002, Amer can b shops met at the r conference n Da as w th [SNAP] members who gave emot ona test mony about the to of the abuse. But re at ons have deter orated s nce then, and SNAP members say b shops now refuse to meet w th them." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:28 AM

'Namen "foute" geestelijken moeten uit straatbeeld' NEDERLAND Een Vandaag [met v deo] In Neder and z n du zenden straten, p e nen, hof es, ondersche d ngen, scho en en kerken vernoemd naar geeste ken. Nu het m sbru kschandaa n de Katho eke Kerk n vo e omvang z chtbaar wordt, zouden a e namen van m sbru kende geeste ken u t het straatbee d moeten verdw nen. Dat ste t één van de s achtoffers van voorma g monse gneur Jan N ënhaus, voorma g hu pb sschop. N ënhaus wordt a s een van de we n gen genoemd n het rapport van de comm ss e Deetman, de comm ss e d e onderzoek deed naar seksuee m sbru k n de Katho eke Kerk. De Mgr N ënhausst cht ng, een st cht ng voor Katho ek onderw s, nam n 2007 de naam aan van N ënhaus. Nu s de st cht ng op zoek naar een n euwe naam. En daar komt hee wat b k ken. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:24 AM

WCASA Statement on Developments in Milwaukee Child Sex Assault Cases WISCONSIN SNAP W scons n The following statement was issued by WCASA, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Wisconsin’s largest advocacy organization for victim/survivors of sex crimes: Recent reports n M waukee Federa Bankruptcy court nd cate that at east 8,000 a eged acts of sexua assau t and abuse were comm tted aga nst ch dren n the Archd ocese of M waukee over the past f fty years. The 570 adu t surv vors of these ch dhood cr mes who f ed a report w th the court are to be auded for the r courage and supported n the r efforts to obta n ust ce. They, and ndeed a of us, are ent t ed to transparency and accountab ty from church off c a s concern ng any po c es and pract ces wh ch have a owed offenders to evade ust ce and eave count ess other ch dren at r sk over these many years. Among the reve at ons surfac ng n the reports subm tted to the court are the ex stence of some 100 a eged c er ca sex offenders, church emp oyees, and vo unteers not yet nvest gated or pub ca y dent f ed as abusers by the archd ocese. Some of these offenders are deceased, but a s gn f cant number are v ng and work ng un dent f ed n the commun ty, some ke y n a profess ona capac ty w th ch dren and fam es. Research on ch d sex cr mes has repeated y shown that most v ct ms do not come forward and report the offense, and when they do t often takes years, f not decades to ta k to someone, much ess ca the po ce. That s why, accord ng to Human R ghts Watch, ess than 1 n 10 ch d mo esters n the Un ted States are known by aw enforcement off c a s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:15 AM

Victims' Group Calls For Investigation Of Unidentified Sex Offenders MILWAUKEE (WI) WISN MILWAUKEE -- A M waukee-area c ergy sex abuse v ct ms group s urg ng the state attorney genera to nvest gate who t ca s un dent f ed sex offenders. The 100 un dent f ed nd v dua s came to ght dur ng the M waukee archd ocese s bankruptcy f ng n federa court. Seventy-f ve of them are pr ests. "Th s s a pub c safety concern because the commun ty needs to know where these nd v dua s are, where they re v ng, what they re do ng. Are they work ng w th fam es and ch dren" So th s s a very mportant matter," Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests W scons n D rector John P ma er sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:12 AM

SNAP says alleged offenders pose public safety issue MILWAUKEE (WI) CBS 58 [w th v deo] by Laura Rodr guez V ct ms and surv vors of c ergy sexua abuse say 2 offenders are current y work ng w th ch dren and fam es, but the Archd ocese says both men were removed from the pr esthood even after c v author t es dec ned prosecut on. SNAP says one of these men s now a censed c n ca soc a worker. The other s a funera d rector. "Th s s a pub c safety concern because the commun ty needs to know where these nd v dua s are, where they are v ng, what they re do ng," sa d John P ma er, SNAP W scons n D rector. The press conference s a response to comments made by bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Ke ey dur ng the ast court hear ng on February 29th. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:09 AM

Action against priest in memo PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Inqu rer He had sex with a minor, according to a 1994 document. He will be suspended, a source said. By John P. Mart n Inqu rer Staff Wr ter The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a p ans to suspend a pr est near y two decades after church eaders earned he had sex w th a g r , 17, accord ng to a source fam ar w th the matter. Msgr. R chard T. Powers, 76, who had served n par shes across the reg on and was most recent y ass gned to Ep phany of Our Lord n South Ph ade ph a, w be p aced on adm n strat ve eave pend ng a rev ew, sa d the source, who asked not to be dent f ed d scuss ng a personne ssue. Powers suspens on comes after h s name emerged on a new y d sc osed 1994 nterna church memo that sted 35 area pr ests suspected or accused of abus ng ch dren. Card na Anthony J. Bev acqua a eged y ordered that memo shredded, but a copy was d scovered n a safe n the archd ocese s Center C ty off ces n 2006 and turned over ast month to Ph ade ph a prosecutors. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:05 AM

Meldpunt Seksueel Misbruik RKK NEDERLAND Me dpunt Seksuee M sbru k RKK We kom op de webs te van Me dpunt Seksuee M sbru k RKK, voorheen Hu p & Recht.De kerke ke nste ng Hu p & Recht s overgegaan n de onafhanke ke St cht ng Beheer & Toez cht nzake seksuee m sbru k n de RK Kerk. De door de b sschoppen en de hogere re g euze oversten opger chte comm ss e Bande adv seerde daartoe 24 un 2011 (z e rapport comm ss e Bande ) De st cht ng kent 4 onderde en e k met afzonder ke nformat e op deze webs te: •Me dpunt, het front off ce waar mensen me d ng kunnen maken van seksuee m sbru k; •P atform Hu pver en ng na seksuee m sbru k n de RK Kerk, waar mensen geho pen worden door o.a. vertrouwenspersonen of doorverwezen kunnen worden; •K achtencomm ss e voor seksuee m sbru k n de RK Kerk, waar de k achten behande d worden. •Compensat ecomm ss e voor seksuee m sbru k n de RK Kerk, waar de compensat e kan worden aangevraagd. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:02 AM

Roger Vangheluwe BELGIE De Morgen De zaak-Vanghe uwe b ft beroeren. De onthu ng van pedof e n het hart van het West-V aamse b sdom deed wa gen. Voora de ntr este man er waarop kard naa Dannee s probeerde de k acht van een m sbru kte ongen onder tafe te vegen, was a eszeggend over de (emot one e) nte gent e van de katho eke kerktop n d t and. Tege k strookt de man er waarop b sschop Vanghe uwe weg kwam met de zaak n et met ons rechtvaard ghe dsgevoe : ur d sch gez en b ft h , door ver ar ng, vo ed g bu ten schot. En b nnen het nst tuut dat hem de macht gaf om te m sbru ken, z n de sanct es op z n zachtst gezegd n et echt n proport e. De kerk ontnam hem het recht om voor te gaan n een v er ng, maar houdt hem we net es b nnen haar muren. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:59 AM

Timothy Cardinal Dolan meets with Governor Cuomo NEW YORK News 10 [w th v deo] By Taryn F ts k ALBANY, N.Y.--Abort on, statute of m tat ons for sex abuse and preserv ng Catho c schoo s, a on the st of th ngs d scussed Monday between Governor Andrew Cuomo and T mothy Card na Do an. It s Do an s f rst v s t to A bany s nce be ng e evated to the Co ege of Card na s n February. NEWS10 ABC spoke w th Card na Do an after h s meet ng w th the Governor and o ns us w th what he had to say. Card na Do an says there are more than 70 ssues the church regu ar y advocates for or aga nst, but for meet ngs w th the Governor, they have to narrow t down to ust a few. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:56 AM

Cardinal Turns Other Cheek On Snub By Irish-American Lawmakers NEW YORK New York Da y News BY Ken Lovett In one part of my nterv ew w th Card na Do an that d d not make th s morn ng s co umn, New York s archb shop sa d he ho ds no grudge at group of Ir sh Amer can state awmakers who chose not to honor h m at ts annua d nner ton ght. “I d dn t pay much attent on to t,” Do an sa d of the snub. “I got a good number of ca s from awmakers say ng we d dn t ntend th s. ” My co umn two weeks ago deta ed how t ooked ke Do an was set to be ce ebrated as the guest of honor at ton ght s New York Amer can-Ir sh Leg s ators Soc ety d nner. U t mate y, however, the dec s on was made to nstead honor bera c v r ghts awyer Br an O Dwyer--a move that upset some members of the organ zat on who fe t t was an nsu t g ven Do an s ascens on to card na th s year. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:52 AM

Dolan Calls Child Victims Act "Unjust" To Church NEW YORK New York Da y News BY Ce este Katz T mothy Card na Do an h t A bany for a round of obby ng on ssues c ose to the heart of the Catho c Church, w th those rang ng from abort on to same-sex marr age. Per our G enn B a n, Do an a so spoke at ength about a sub ect arguab y as controvers a as e ther of those: The Ch d V ct ms Act, wh ch wou d extend the statute of m tat ons n c ergy sexua abuse cases. “We fee that th s s terr b y un ust. It s ng es [out] the church and t wou d be -- and I use the word purposefu y -- devastat ng for the fe of the church," Do an to d reporters gathered n the LCA, as you can see from the p c at r ght from B a n s Tw tter feed. "And the governor stens. He s a good awyer. He rem nded us of h s a eg ance to c ass ca ur sprudence that wou d see a great benef t n the protect on of the statute of m tat ons to see that the nnocent of protected and that ust ce s done," he sa d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:49 AM

Three Czechs tell Pope they disapprove of church property return CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Da y Mon tor ČTK 14 March 2012 Prague, March 13 (CTK) - Three Czech act v sts have sent an open etter to Pope Bened ct XVI, te ng h m they d sapprove of the p anned Czech aw on the return of conf scated property to churches and on f nanc a sett ement, they to d ourna sts Tuesday. Wr ter Lenka Prochazkova, h stor an Mo m r Grygar and art d rector Vac av Dvorak sa d n the r op n on the p anned aw s unfounded from the eth ca , h stor ca and ega po nts of v ew and s at var ance w th the const tut on. The act v sts sa d they have odged severa dozens of cr m na comp a nts over the government s b . Prochazkova a one has odged a comp a nt aga nst a members of the cab net on susp c on of abuse of power and breach of trust. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:46 AM

Fundamentalist Mormon church inundates local counties with mailings MINNESOTA West Centra Tr bune By: Caro yn Lange, West Centra Tr bune WILLMAR — County off c a s n west centra M nnesota are scratch ng the r heads try ng to f gure out why they ve been rece v ng arge packets of pr or ty and cert f ed ma ngs from Warren Jeffs, the eader of the Fundamenta st Church of Jesus Chr st of Latter-day Sa nts. Jeffs s serv ng a fe-sentence n Pa est ne, Texas, for rap ng two young g r s that he c a med were h s “sp r tua ” w ves. The bund es of etters and book ets began arr v ng a coup e months ago to many county comm ss oners n the reg on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:42 AM

N.Y. archbishop fights child abuse legislation NEW YORK Peop e s Wor d by: Dan Margo s In a meet ng w th New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Democrat, Card na T mothy Do an stressed that he was reso ute y opposed to the proposed Ch d V ct ms Act, wh ch, he says, "unfa r y" targets the Catho c Church. "We fee that th s s terr b y un ust. It s ng es [out] the church and t wou d be, and I use the word purposefu y, devastat ng for the fe of the church," Do an to d reporters. In actua ty, the b ne ther exp c t y targets nor ment ons the Catho c Church. However, due to the church s ongo ng abuse scanda s, the b t wou d ke y cost the Card na Do an s d ocese and others a good dea of money by mak ng t eas er for v ct ms of pedoph e pr ests to br ng charges. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:38 AM

German church dialogue mulled GERMANY Catho c Sent ne Catho c News Serv ce The German b shops we come progress n the nat ona d a ogue on the Catho c Church s future, naugurated n the wake of sexua abuse scanda s.The ta ks beg n n June by 30 German b shops and 300 nv ted c ergy and ay representat ves cont nue through 2015, w th each year exam n ng a church task.Severa hundred Germans have c a med mo estat on by pr ests and church staffers s nce a egat ons were made aga nst a Catho c co ege n Ber n n 2010.Under church gu de nes, peop e who work w th Catho c youth must now obta n po ce checks and undergo psych atr c tests, wh e the church s 27 d oceses must have ndependent ombudsmen and experts. Germany s 54 theo ogy facu t es and nst tutes report student adm ss ons have dropped by ha f n the past 15 years. The sharpest dec ne was n Pope Bened ct s nat ve Bavar a.The German b shops we come progress n the nat ona d a ogue on the Catho c Church s future, naugurated n the wake of sexua abuse scanda s. The ta ks beg n n June by 30 German b shops and 300 nv ted c ergy and ay representat ves cont nue through 2015, w th each year exam n ng a church task. Severa hundred Germans have c a med mo estat on by pr ests and church staffers s nce a egat ons were made aga nst a Catho c co ege n Ber n n 2010. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:34 AM

Jeb Barrett: Catholic church playing hardball UNITED STATES Da y Camera JEB BARRETT Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests Denver SNAP Leader I hope peop e are pay ng attent on to what the Catho c Church s do ng across the nat on! Read Tuesday s New York Times article. Every Amer can shou d be outraged by the cont nu ng hardba tact cs of the Roman Catho c Church across the nat on, as they do a they can to s ence the truth of the r h stor c sexua exp o tat on of ch dren and vu nerab e adu ts. They wou d ke noth ng more than w pe to out the most mportant fe ne for v ct ms of sexua assau t by c ergy, so that we can now ca ourse ves surv vors of sexua abuse. Because of what happened to us, we w never know what t wou d be ke to have not been fond ed, raped and sodom zed. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:29 AM

Priest accused of abuse dies IRELAND Ir sh Independent Wednesday March 14 2012 A SENIOR c er c who den ed any wrongdo ng after a comp a nt of ch d sexua abuse was made aga nst h m by a woman ast year has d ed n trag c c rcumstances. Fr John Sweetman had taken eave from par sh dut es n R verchape , Co Wexford, pend ng garda and HSE nvest gat ons. The accusat ons he faced a eged y took p ace 30 years ago when he was a young pr est n h s 20s n Wexford town. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:24 AM

Retired priest bailed over child abuse claims UNITED KINGDOM Craw ey News A RETIRED pr est, accused of sexua y assau t ng ch dren n Craw ey more than 40 years ago, has been re eased on po ce ba . The 73-year-o d man was arrested at h s home near Eastbourne ast Tuesday on susp c on of h stor c sexua assau ts. It fo owed a s x-month nvest gat on by a team of spec a st Sussex Po ce ch d protect on detect ves. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:20 AM

March 13, 2012 Woman assaulted by priest wins court ruling, SNAP responds ARKANSAS Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Barbara Dorr s on March 13, 2012 Late ast week, a L tt e Rock C rcu t Judge Wende Gr ff n (6th Jud c a D str ct) ru ed that a c ergy sexua abuse case w not be d sm ssed and can proceed toward tr a . We are gratefu that th s case w move forward. Fr. Char es Kanu apparent y used h s powerfu pos t on as a c ergyman to counse , then assau t, th s brave woman. After ga n ng her trust, he attacked her. We fear th s s not an so ated nc dent and suspect that others hurt by Fr. Kanu are st trapped n gu t and se f-b ame. We app aud th s woman for hav ng the courage to come forward and the w sdom to report these cr mes to c v author t es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:32 PM

SNAP denounces Church officials' legal hardball UNITED STATES Surv vors Network of Those Abused by Pr ests Posted by Becky P um y Iann on March 13, 2012 We re hearts ck over these ega attacks and the ch ng mpact these church off c a s are hav ng and w have on vu nerab e and hurt ng v ct ms, w tnesses and wh st eb owers. They are cr pp ng our work to protect the vu nerab e and hea the wounded, and rubb ng even more sa t nto the a ready deep and st fresh wounds of hundreds of ch d sex abuse v ct ms and thousands of betrayed Catho cs. And we re scared for v ct ms of domest c v o ence, rape and other sex cr mes who, thanks to Catho c off c a s, must now worry that accused or adm tted sex offenders w try to get the r pr vate ema s n comp ete y unre ated c v awsu ts nvo v ng t gants they ve never meet n p aces they ve never been. We ca on Catho c church emp oyees and members - from Card na T m Do an on down - to pub c y denounce and stop these mean-sp r ted and nt m dat ng attacks. Unt Amer ca s b shops forcefu y condemn and stop us ng these bruta tact cs, par sh oners and the pub c w be eve what Mr. Donahue ma nta ns: that b shops "have come together co ect ve y" to "better toughen up." These hardba ega maneuvers by church off c a s make t harder for c t zens to report known and suspected cr mes and harder for po ce and prosecutors to arrest and conv ct cr m na s. They make t tougher for suffer ng v ct ms to get the he p they so desperate y need and deserve. And they v o ate Const tut ona y-protected freedoms of speech and assoc at on and pr vacy. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:12 PM

DA investigating relationship involving removed priest PENNSYLVANIA WFMZ Author: W Lew s EASTON, Pa. - A Berks County pr est who adm tted to hav ng an nappropr ate re at onsh p w th an 18-year-o d woman s now be ng nvest gated for the same th ng n Northampton County, but th s t me, off c a s sa d there cou d be more to the story. The pr est, C etus Onyegbu e, has adm tted to hav ng sex w th the woman n the rectory of Our Lady of Perpetua He p Church n Beth ehem Townsh p, nvest gators sa d. "The day after her 18th b rthday, n the rectory of Our Lady of Perpetua He p Church, he adm tted to that essent a y," sa d Morgane . "Then she c a ms she got pregnant r ght away and n March was taken for an abort on by th s pr est, and he was w th her and pa d for t." Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 7:00 PM

Letztes Lebenszeichen der Todesstrafe bei Mord mit sexuellem Missbrauch SCHWEIZ NZZ Gross war das Aufsehen, das d e In t anten m t der Lanc erung hrer Vo ks n t at ve für d e W edere nführung der Todesstrafe be Mord m t sexue em M ssbrauch m August 2010 erregt hatte. Nun st s e m t v e wen ger Getöse forme er ed gt worden. (sda) D e Samme fr st st am 24. Februar ungenutzt abge aufen, w e aus der am D enstag m Bundesb att veröffent chten M tte ung der Bundeskanz e hervorgeht. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:57 PM

Saint Margaret Mary Church parishioners in South Euclid 'Thank God' for re-opening announcement OHIO The P a n Dea er By Jeff P orkowsk , Sun News SOUTH EUCLID -- Former, and poss b y future, par sh oners of St. Margaret Mary Church are ecstat c w th the news that the par sh cou d be re-opened. “I sa d Thank you God, thank you God, and then I sa d a Rosary,” sa d par sh member Bobb e French of her react on after hear ng the news that broke March 7. French was part cu ar y nvested n the re-open ng, stat ng, “I sent 14 etters to B shop (R chard) Lennon, two etters to Rome, two to a b shop n Wash ngton, and one to a b shop n New Jersey.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:49 PM

Funny Anonymous Pedo-Apologist OC Catholic Rant of the Day! CALIFORNIA Orange County Week y By Gustavo Are ano Tue., Mar. 13 2012 Every coup e of months, I get a non-sequ tor g oat from a oca Catho c who s a ways too coward y to s gn the r name--best guess s D ocese of Orange B shop Tod D. Brown, but cou d eas y be notor ous outer of sex-abuse v ct ms Matt Cunn ngham. Th s ye ow be y won t even send me an ema -- nstead, they subm t a rant aga nst me w th no return address, no nd cators of the r pende o dent ty. The ema s don t even make sense, but are d rected at me because of my work expos ng a of Orange s nasty pedo-pr ests and the r nast er protectors and even-nast er apo og sts. Th s was h s ast one; here s the atest! To w t: Uh.... Attendance at Catho c churches n Orange County st fu ... Just bought a $58 m on h gh prof e property AFTER pay ng $100 m on n awsu ts ust a few years ago... C ose to HALF of the par shes are n an EXPANSION pro ect of some k nd... Hmmm, Gustavo! Let s ramp up your ant -Catho c hate! I don t th nk a that effort of yours s pay ng off, except that you re he p ng the Church f ter out the f oosy Catho cs because f anybody s nf uenced by your ow-brand c ty-co ege eve work, t wou d be d ots ke you! Heh heh .... must be so frustrat ng be ng you... Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:45 PM

Ex-church officer surrenders, accused of stealing $900k PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ch cago Tr bune March 13, 2012 By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA, March 13 (Reuters) - The former ch ef f nanc a off cer of the be eaguered Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a surrendered to author t es on Tuesday to face charges that she sto e more than $900,000 from the church to pay her cred t card b s. An ta Guzzard , 41, s accused of theft, forgery and other charges nvo v ng the archd ocese, the nat on s s xth- argest, wh ch s ess than two weeks away from the start of a h gh-prof e pedoph a tr a . Mons gnor W am Lynn faces ch d endangerment charges, and a pr est and a defrocked pr est are accused of sexua y abus ng ch dren between 1996 and 1999. Lynn wou d be the f rst h gh-rank ng U.S. c er c to go on tr a n a ch d sex abuse case. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:39 PM

Archdiocese’s statement on embezzlement PHILADELPHIA (PA) The Mercury The fo ow ng press re ease was ssued by the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a after charges were f ed aga nst the archd ocese s former ch ef f nanc a off cer of the Archd ocese. The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a has worked c ose y w th the Ph ade ph a D str ct Attorney s Off ce regard ng the embezz ement of funds by An ta Guzzard , the former ch ef f nanc a off cer of the Archd ocese. On Ju y 13, 2011, the D str ct Attorney s Off ce a erted the Archd ocese to certa n account ng rregu ar t es reported to the D.A. s off ce by a cred t card company. Guzzard was p aced on adm n strat ve eave the fo ow ng day. After a pre m nary nterna forens c f nanc a nvest gat on by the Archd ocese, she was term nated on Ju y 22. Fo ow ng the n t a nvest gat on, the Archd ocese cont nued the f nanc a nvest gat on and shared a f nd ngs w th the D.A. s off ce n August. Est mates show that Guzzard embezz ed more than $900,000 from the genera operat ng fund of the Archd ocese. Donat ons to the Her tage of Fa th ~ V s on of Hope cap ta campa gn and the annua Catho c Char t es Appea were not mpacted. The theft had no effect on the work of the B ue R bbon Comm ss on or the dec s on to c ose or reg ona ze any schoo . Insurance w cover most of the costs for embezz ed funds and a port on of the fees for the nterna nvest gat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:49 PM

Barrington woman charged in thefts from Phila. archdiocese PHILADELPHIA (PA) Cour er-Post Wr tten by JIM WALSH Cour er-Post Staff PHILADELPHIA — A South Jersey woman s accused of stea ng more than $900,000 wh e work ng as a f nanc a off cer for the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a. An ta Guzzard , 42, of Barr ngton a eged y sto e the funds from 2005 unt m d-2011, the D str ct Attorney s Off ce n Ph ade ph a sa d Tuesday. Guzzard , who o ned the archd ocese n 1989, he d mu t p e f nance-re ated posts and was appo nted ch ef f nanc a off cer on Ju y 1, 2011. Author t es sa d an nvest gat on began n Ju y 2011, when Amer can Express contacted the DA s off ce over susp c ous act v ty w th two accounts n Guzzard s name. Invest gators earned Guzzard a eged y used 184 checks from the archd ocese s genera fund to pay her Amer can Express b s over a most s x years. She a so a eged y used 146 archd ocesan checks to pay her persona Chase cred t card. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:46 PM

Bill Donohue: It’s ‘a Lot Less Expensive’ To Fight Victims Of Pedophile Priests UNITED STATES Th nk Progress By Adam Peck on Mar 13, 2012 Th s morn ng, The New York Times pub shed an art c e out n ng the Catho c Church s apparent new strategy for dea ng w th awsu ts brought by the v ct ms of sexua assau t. Name y, f ng ega act ons des gned to cr pp e organ zat ons that support v ct ms of pedoph e pr ests. The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, or SNAP, s the target of one such su t. The church s ask ng a court to force SNAP to turn over 20 years worth of ema correspondence between the group and v ct ms, ourna sts and wh st e-b owers, a demand that SNAP off c a s say wou d cr pp e the r ab ty to cont nue support ng v ct ms of sexua assau t. The church wou d not comment to the New York T mes c t ng a udge s order, but rad ca conservat ve B Donohue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, had p enty of words for v ct ms and the r supporters: “[Donohue] sa d target ng the network was ust f ed because “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church.” … Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:40 PM

Removed Catholic priest under investigation PENNSYLVANIA The Morn ng Ca By Pame a Lehman and Matt Assad, Of The Morn ng Ca 11:16 p.m. EDT, March 12, 2012 A Catho c pr est recent y removed from h s Berks County par sh after acknow edg ng an nappropr ate re at onsh p w th a woman s under nvest gat on n Northampton County for poss b e cr m na conduct w th her when she was 17. Invest gators are try ng to determ ne whether the Rev. C etus Onyegbu e used h s pos t on of author ty at h s former par sh, Our Lady of Perpetua He p Church n Beth ehem Townsh p, to groom the g r for a sexua re at onsh p w th h m, D str ct Attorney John Morgane sa d. Accord ng to a source c ose to the nvest gat on, a day after the g r s 18th b rthday n February 2006, she consented to sex w th Onyegbu e wh e n the rectory off ce at Our Lady of Perpetua He p. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:36 PM

Letter: Diocese outlines abuse case rules ALBANY (NY) A bany T mes Un on REV KENNETH DOYLE Chance or D ocese of A bany The Roman Catho c D ocese of A bany recent y s gned an agreement w th the 14 d str ct attorneys address ng how a egat ons of c ergy sexua abuse of m nors are hand ed. For near y 10 years, the d ocese has fo owed a standard protoco when hand ng sexua abuse a egat ons, based on the recommendat ons of the DAs and an ndependent task force of experts. The new memorandum of understand ng updates the protoco based on the co ect ve exper ence of the ast decade. Much of the T mes Un on s March 6 ed tor a on the top c ("Not the ast word on sexua abuse") was wrong, even though the newspaper had or eas y cou d have had accurate nformat on. Here are the facts: It has been and w cont nue to be our po cy to mmed ate y not fy the appropr ate d str ct attorney of any a egat on regard ng sexua or phys ca abuse of a m nor by a member of the c ergy or emp oyee of the d ocese, regard ess of when such an act was comm tted. It has been and w cont nue to be our po cy to fu y cooperate w th the DA and to defer our nvest gat on unt the DA s nvest gat on s done. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:32 PM

Leo Brown: Setting the record straight about the Catholic priest abuse scandal KENTUCKY KY Forward A fr end of m ne recent y responded to a oca newspaper cartoon w th a etter to the ed tor and a cance at on of h s subscr pt on. The cartoon dep cted a woman be ng harassed by a b shop about her use of contracept on but the b shop then mak ng a forward comment about her tt e boy. Wh e th s cartoon s utter y taste ess, the tru y shock ng e ement of a of th s were the reader comments subm tted on the newspaper s webs te. The sheer gnorance of most nd v dua s regard ng the pr est abuse scanda s astound ng. Our ma nstream med a out ets wou d ead you to be eve that a ma or ty of pr ests were abusers and the numbers of v ct ms n the m ons. W thout m n m z ng the ser ousness of the abuse that d d ndeed occur, t s mportant to take a ook at the facts and et them speak for themse ves. Here s how to start. There s an mportant document known as the John Jay report that out nes the spec f cs of the cr s s w th documented stat st cs. Th s report was comm ss oned by the Catho c Church and ndependent y conducted by the John Jay Co ege of Cr m na Just ce n New York to take a cr t ca ook nto the matter of accusat ons aga nst pr ests to try to get a better understand ng of why th s cr s s occurred n the f rst p ace. To my know edge, th s was an unprecedented move on beha f of the Amer can Catho c church. I have known of no other nst tut on upon d scover ng a weakness of th s nature that has free y chosen an nvest gat on nto the r own operat on, but th s s exact y what the Catho c Church d d. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:29 PM

Scandal rocks church MISSOURI The Ro a Da y News By Shannon Beck The Ro a Da y News Posted Mar 13, 2012 Ro a, Mo. — When Father Joseph Car o of the Chr st Ep scopa Church n Ro a ret red n 1990, he eft beh nd a egacy as a pr est who ed h s congregat on to f our sh. An nterna church nvest gat on recent y comp eted by the Ep scopa Church s D ocese of M ssour may eave Car o w th a new egacy. Accord ng to the Rev. Canon Dan e Sm th of the D ocese of M ssour , an nvest gat on nto reports of a eged sexua abuse of ch dren w th n the church by Car o was recent y comp eted. Accord ng to Sm th, the church has been n contact w th f ve peop e who c a m they were abused by Car o between 1975 and 1985. “We be eve that(sexua abuse) has occurred,” Sm th sa d about the abuse a egat ons and the resu ts of the nterna nvest gat on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:25 PM

SNAP COMES UNDONE UNITED STATES Catho c League On January 2, Dav d C ohessy, the pres dent of the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP), was deposed n M ssour regard ng h s ro e n cases of pr est y sexua abuse. The depos t on was recent y made ava ab e [c ck here]; Catho c League pres dent B Donohue has wr tten a report on t, SNAP UNRAVELS [to read t, c ck here]; t s be ng ma ed to the b shops today. Donohue summar zes h s report as fo ows: Dav d C ohessy c a ms that he doesn t have to turn over most of the requested documents, or answer many of the quest ons. Why? Because SNAP s a rape cr s s center, and therefore ts conf dent a ty s protected under M ssour aw. But when asked d rect y f SNAP s a rape cr s s center, he sa d, “I don t know.” He a so adm tted that he doesn t know what const tutes a rape cr s s center n M ssour . C ohessy counse s a eged v ct ms of abuse for a v ng, yet he adm ts to hav ng no tra n ng whatsoever. He confessed that he does h s un censed counse ng n p aces ke Starbucks; he a so “conso es” h s c ents over the phone. Furthermore, there s not a s ng e emp oyed censed counse or on SNAP s staff. Moreover, he cou d not state a s ng e nstance where SNAP has pa d for a censed counse or to counse a spec f c person. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:22 PM

Catholic Bishops Still Morally Challenged in Sex Abuse Cases UNITED STATES Young Fem n sts Statement of NOW Pres dent Terry O Ne March 13, 2012 The U.S. Conference of Catho c B shops s at t aga n. In add t on to p ay ng a ma or ro e n the r ght-w ng war on women, the a -ma e h erarchy of the Catho c Church s try ng to s ence an organ zat on ded cated to he p ng women and men who have been v ct m zed by c ergy. The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP) s a t ny organ zat on of a most a vo unteers w th an annua budget of ess than a ha f m on do ars. The threat SNAP poses to the h erarchy of the Catho c Church s not based on ts re at ve strength, but on the power of the truth. So, natura y, the b shops want to squash them ke a bug. How s that for Chr st an mora s? For decades, the h erarchy of the Catho c Church swept accusat ons of sexua abuse under the rug a ong w th ts co ect ve consc ence. Now, n two M ssour cases, attorneys for accused pr ests are nundat ng SNAP w th subpoenas and other tact ca measures that can be v ewed as an abuse of the ega process. The Nat ona Organ zat on for Women wants to know: How much money are the b shops spend ng to demo sh SNAP? Wou dn t that money be better spent estab sh ng processes for root ng out sexua y abus ve pr ests and car ng for the r v ct ms? Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:18 PM

HMH, P.A. Gains First Amendment Victory ARKANSAS Herman Law By Ar ck Fuda March 12, 2012 In a case of f rst mpresst on, an Arkansas Judge recent y re ected the D ocese of L tt e Rock s c a m that the F rst Amendment prevents an adu t par sh oner from br ng ng a neg gent c a m aga nst the D ocese where the v ct m was sexua y exp o ted by her pr est, Father Char es Kanu, dur ng counse ng sess ons. The Court ru ed that re g ous organ zat ons must be he d to the same standard as a other emp oyers and that the Free Exerc se c ause of the F rst Amendment does not a ow the Church to put par sh oner s n harms way. Arkansas has a cr m na statute mak ng t a fe ony for counse ors ( nc ud ng c ergymen) and other profess ona s who are n a pos t on of trust or author ty to use that pos t on to engage n sex. The Court found that the cr m na statute created an ndependent bas s to create a duty of care. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:14 PM

Catholic Church going after those meanie victims of rape and abuse UNITED STATES Hotspyer Stop menac ng us w th your “I was raped by a pr est” comp a nts! F e th s under oh my god: [T]here s a grow ng consensus on the part of the b shops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys. That s W am Donohue, head of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, exp a n ng the Catho c Church s new “get tough” strategy to s ence and shut down those mean e rape and abuse v ct ms and the r advocates, by try ng to bury SNAP n a barrage of cost y and rre evant ega proceed ngs. SNAP s the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests. Accord ng to the New York T mes, t has three pa d staff members, and ts revenue n 2010 was a whopp ng $ 352,903. In other words, compared to the m ghty Catho c Church, t s a pretty sma , not-very-we -funded organ zat on that ex sts so e y to support those who ve been v ct m zed by the Church. Wh ch means, accord ng to Donohue, that SNAP s “a menace to the Catho c Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:11 PM

Haiti sex abuse case brings Freeport subpoena FREEPORT (ME) The Forecaster By Dav d Harry Mar 13, 2012 FREEPORT — A federa c v awsu t about sex abuse n Ha t now nvo ves a oca man. Pau Kendr ck, 62, has been ssued a subpoena by Boston-based attorney Theodore J. Fo kman, who represents the Rev. Pau Carr er n a case be ng heard n U.S. D str ct Court n New Haven, Conn. Carr er s one of 18 nd v dua s and nst tut ons named as defendants by Ha t an Joseph Jean-Char es, who seeks $20 m on from each for sexua abuse he a eged y suffered at the hands of Doug as Per tz. Per tz was emp oyed by Carr er as the execut ve d rector of a res dent a schoo s for boys ca ed Pro ect P erre Tou ssa nt. Accord ng to court records, the schoo was founded n 1997 by Carr er, Per tz and Fa rf e d Un vers ty, a Jesu t schoo n Fa rf e d, Conn. The res dent a schoo s and an ntake center, a near Cap Ha t en, were operated by the Ha t Fund, wh ch was overseen by the un vers ty and Carr er. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 4:08 PM

'Eerst moeten de daders vergiffenis vragen' BELGIE Het N euwsb ad R k Dev é van de werkgroep mensenrechten n de Kerk, heeft bedenk ngen b het p e doo van M eke Van Hecke over meer verg ffen s n onze samen ev ng - ook voor mensen a s Roger vanghe uwe. R k Dev é w we praten over verg ffen s voor mensen a s Roger Vanghe uwe. Maar n et zonder dat Vanghe uwe ze f eerst stappen doet. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:59 PM

Priest’s name struck from village arena following sexual abuse allegations CANADA Toronto Star R chard J. Brennan Nat ona Affa rs Wr ter The name on the oca arena n the French anguage New Brunsw ck v age of Cap-Pe é was a constant rem nder of a t me that town res dents and v ct ms of the ate Father Cam e Léger wou d rather forget. Wh e memor es can t be erased, counc dec ded to do the next best th ng Monday and that was remove Léger name from the front of the arena n the v age where he was pr est from 1959 to the 1980s. Wh e Léger, who d ed 22 years ago, was never charged w th sexua assau t, even the Catho c Church s conv nced that severa n the sma southeastern f sh ng v age were v ct m zed by h m dur ng h s tenure there. As t turns out, when Cap-Pe é res dents were to d ast week they wou d be asked n a May 14 p eb sc te f they wanted to change the name of the oca arena, severa peop e came forward w th a egat ons of sexua abuse. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:54 PM

Catholic Church Files Case against Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests UNITED STATES Ms. Magaz ne Attorneys represent ng the Roman Catho c Church and pr ests who have been charged n two M ssour sex abuse cases have f ed a case n an effort to ega y compe the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP) to d sc ose ts records from the past twenty-three years. The documents requested nc ude correspondences w th v ct ms, w tnesses, po ce off cers, and awyers. SNAP, a network of surv vors of re g ous sexua abuse and the r supporters, s ne ther a p a nt ff nor a defendant n the case. Fem n st Ma or ty Foundat on Pres dent E eanor Smea adamant y spoke out aga nst the outrageous attempts to nt m date SNAP and compe ts records, stat ng, "The b shops are p ay ng hardba w th surv vors of pr est abuse and w th women s ves n f ght ng to m t access to contracept on or abort on even n cases to save a woman s fe. But the b shops are not p ay ng hardba w th wor dw de pr est sexua abuse. The Conference of Catho c B shops needs to focus on stopp ng c er c sexua abuse and the h erarchy s cover-ups." In the past few months, Dav d C ohessy, nat ona d rector of SNAP, and SNAP have been subpoenaed f ve t mes and quest oned extens ve y about SNAP s operat ons by defense attorneys, desp te the fact that SNAP s not a party n the t gat on. S nce SNAP refused to respond to a of the quest ons n the depos t on or subm t a of the subpoenaed documents n Kansas C ty, the attorneys on beha f of the Catho c b shops and pr ests have f ed a mot on, schedu ed for Apr 20, n attempt to compe SNAP to comp y. "The effort to ga n SNAP s records threatens not on y surv vors of pr est pedoph a but a so cou d set a dangerous precedent for v ct m advocates n domest c v o ence or other rape cases," sa d Smea . Ten v ct ms advocacy groups f ed a support ng am cus br ef for SNAP say ng the subpoena n unconst tut ona s nce t v o ates the r ghts of assoc at on and wou d harm v ct ms. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:51 PM

Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group UNITED STATES another o d woman It s t me for anyone who cons ders themse ves to be DECENT HUMAN BEINGS to LEAVE "The Most Ho y roman Catho c Church" -- th s from the N.Y. T mes - p ease fo ow nk to or g na . "Turn ng the tab es" -- another way of say ng --- " n an attempt to avo d prosecut on for proven wrong do ng". The utter mmora ty of the Roman Catho c Church s stunn ng. These are the ev men who c a m some "mora h gh-ground" when they attack the r ghts of women. I ve become qu te certa n they know they w NOT go to he -- they happen to know t does not ex st. They a so know they w not go to heaven -- because I m sure they no onger be eve n that e ther. They do be eve n POWER. They be eve n support ng the RICH. Tax The Church s NOT enough -- break t up. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:49 PM

Judge: Confession, warrant admissible IOWA Waver y Newspapers by Ane a K. D m trova, ed [email protected] .com Pub shed: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 A udge has ru ed adm ss b e statements a Grundy pastor made to aw enforcement n connect on w th charges of th rd-degree sexua abuse and determ ned that, contrary to the defense awyer s assert ons, the search warrant for Rev. Denn s Lee Brown s home was proper y ssued. Judge James Drew den ed the defendant s mot on to suppress nformat on obta ned by two Waver y po ce off cers dur ng a Ju y 7, 2007 nterv ew w th the pastor. At a February hear ng, Brown s attorney, Kev n Enge s, argued that Capt. Jason Leonard and Detect ve Troy Schne der used “know ng y fa se a egat ons” to e c t confess on from h s c ent. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:45 PM

Fired CFO of Philadelphia archdiocese... PHILADELPHIA (PA) Wash ngton Post Fired CFO of Philadelphia archdiocese charged in $900K theft; investigators recoup $150K By Assoc ated Press PHILADELPHIA — A former f nanc a execut ve of the Ph ade ph a archd ocese has been charged w th stea ng over $900,000 from the church. C ty prosecutors say 42-year-o d An ta Guzzard surrendered Tuesday. She was f red n Ju y, weeks after becom ng ch ef f nanc a off cer. Prosecutors say Guzzard used hundreds of church checks to pay persona cred t card b s from 2005 to 2011. The nvest gat on began when Amer can Express contacted author t es. Guzzard s awyer d d not mmed ate y return a message Tuesday. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:40 PM

Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield is placed on leave PHILADELPHIA (PA) De aware County News Network By Patt Mengers [email protected] cot mes.com Because of concerns expressed about the su tab ty for m n stry of the Rev. Lou s C. B er, pastor of St. Franc s of Ass s Par sh n Spr ngf e d, he has been p aced on adm n strat ve eave by Ph ade ph a Archb shop Char es Chaput. Accord ng to a statement re eased by the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a on Monday, “these concerns are not connected to any comp a nt of nappropr ate behav or w th m nors.” “There are a var ety of reasons why a pr est cou d be found unsu tab e for m n stry. As Father B er s s tuat on s current y under thorough exam nat on and no determ nat on has yet been reached, t s not poss b e to prov de further nformat on at th s t me,” archd ocesan off c a s sa d n a prepared statement. A c osed meet ng concern ng the remova of Rev. B er was he d for par sh members at the church Monday n ght. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:35 PM

Philly-area priest ousted, no child sex alleged PHILADELPHIA (PA) Da y Loca News PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a has removed a suburban pr est from m n stry, but off c a s say the case doesn t nvo ve m sconduct w th ch dren. Church off c a s say the Rev. Lou s B er s no onger pastor of St. Franc s of Ass s Par sh n Spr ngf e d, De aware County. They say B er may not serve as a pr est or wear c er ca c oth ng wh e on eave. A church statement says B er s su tab ty for m n stry s under rev ew. He s been a pr est n the Roman Catho c archd ocese s nce 1976. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:32 PM

Delco priest put on leave, diocese says it has nothing to do with contact with minors PHILADELPHIA (PA) Newsworks By Shannon McDona d The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a hasn t sa d much about why a De aware County par sh pr est was put on eave, except that there are not concerns about the pr est s behav or w th m nors. Par sh oners at St. Franc s of Ass s n Spr ngf e d can expect a paroch a adm n strator to take over Pastor Lou s C. B er s dut es, the De co T mes reports. B er has been found unsu tab e for m n stry and w not be perm tted to act or dent fy h mse f as a pr est wh e on eave. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:29 PM

Archdiocese: Pastor's Situation Being Examined PHILADELPHIA (PA) Patch By Les e Tru uck Answer ng med a requests, the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a re eased a statement regard ng the remova of Father Lou s C. B er, Pastor of Sa nt Franc s of Ass s Par sh. B er was pastor of Sa nt Patr ck s Church n Norr stown from 1997 to 2002. He rep aced Rev. Sa vatore R cc o n Spr ngf e d ess than a year ago when R cc o eft the par sh to become a sen or pr est at Our Lady of the Assumpt on n Strafford. The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a re eased the fo ow ng statement: Father Lou s C. B er, Pastor of Sa nt Franc s of Ass s Par sh n Spr ngf e d, De aware County, has been p aced on adm n strat ve eave by Archb shop Char es J. Chaput. O.F.M. Cap. n response to concerns regard ng h s su tab ty for m n stry at th s t me. These concerns are not connected to any comp a nt of nappropr ate behav or w th m nors. An announcement regard ng th s s tuat on was made at a Masses at the par sh th s weekend. Wh e on eave, Father B er w not exerc se h s pub c m n stry, adm n ster any of the Sacraments, wear c er ca garb, or present h mse f pub c y as a pr est. Father B er has not been v ng at the par sh s nce pr or to th s weekend. A paroch a adm n strator w be appo nted by Archb shop Chaput as soon as poss b e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:26 PM

Archdiocese of Philadelphia can’t seem to get enough controversy PHILADELPHIA (PA) R ttenhoused By T m Rona dson As f the Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a wasn t gett ng enough bad press ate y… A ready entrenched n what s sure to be an ug y sexua -abuse tr a , and the death of former Card na Anthony Bev acqua, the Archd ocese w now have to dea w th two new stor es of corrupt on that rose to the surface today. The f rst story, courtesy of the Assoc ated Press, th s morn ng revea ed that the Archd ocese has removed a De aware County pr est from m n stry, but not for “m sconduct w th ch dren.” Th s afternoon, the Inqu rer reported that the Archd ocese p ans to suspend a ongt me pr est that had sex w th a 17-year-o d g r …18 years ago. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:22 PM

Archbishop removes Delaware County parish priest over concerns about his 'suitability' PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Inqu rer By Dav d O Re y Inqu rer Staff Wr ter C t ng concerns about h s "su tab ty for m n stry," Archb shop Char es J. Chaput has removed the Rev. Lou s C. B er as pastor of St. Franc s of Ass s par sh n Spr ngf e d, De aware County. The archd ocese dec ned to dent fy the concerns about B er, who has been a pr est of the archd ocese s nce 1976, other than to say that these d d not nvo ve a egat on of m sconduct w th m nors. "There are a var ety of reasons why a pr est cou d be found unsu tab e for m n stry," t sa d n a statement. B er s "s tuat on s current y under thorough exam nat on, and determ nat on has yet been reached." An announcement of h s remova was made at Masses at the par sh dur ng the weekend, and a c osed par sh meet ng was schedu ed for Monday even ng. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:19 PM

Priest facing suspension — 18 years later PHILADELPHIA (PA) Ph ade ph a Inqu rer By John P. Mart n INQUIRER STAFF WRITER The Archd ocese of Ph ade ph a p ans to suspend a ongt me par sh pr est a most two decades after church off c a s f rst earned that he had sex w th a 17-year-o d g r , accord ng to a source fam ar w th the matter. The pr est, Msgr. R chard T. Powers, s expected to be removed from h s post as a sen or pr est at Ep phany of Our Lord n South Ph ade ph a and p aced on adm n strat ve eave pend ng a rev ew. Powers, 76, who has served at par shes across the reg on s nce be ng orda ned n 1963, cou d not be reached for comment on Tuesday. Messages eft at the Ep phany rectory weren t returned. Donna Farre , a spokeswoman for the archd ocese, dec ned to comment. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:16 PM

Media Release UNITED STATES Nat ona Surv vor Advocates Coa t on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 The Roman Catho c B shops of the Un ted States have dec ded to take a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to the sexua abuse cr s s as ev denced n the hard ba tact c of an dredg ng operat on ega strategy aga nst the Surv vors Network for Those Abused by Pr ests (SNAP). We ca the attent on of Catho cs and a men and women of goodw to the art c e n today s New York T mes. The nd ctment of Kansas C ty/St. Joseph s B shop Robert F nn has certa n y stepped up the fear factor on the Church s part. W th an arch tecture of subpoenas and depos t ons bu t w th the too s of heavy handed nt m dat on th s strategy makes a mockery of Pope Bened ct s ca to “do everyth ng poss b e” to a d surv vors f one assumes he meant t n a good way. The Church s on y out s that ts eft hand doesn t know what ts r ght hand s do ng. For such an organ zat on, const tuted to do good, not to ntroduce the eft hand s strategy to the r ght hand s s a shock ng fa ure. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:01 PM

Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group UNITED STATES The New York T mes By LAURIE GOODSTEIN Pub shed: March 12, 2012 Turn ng the tab es on an advocacy group that has ong supported v ct ms of pedoph e pr ests, awyers for the Roman Catho c Church and pr ests accused of sexua abuse n two M ssour cases have gone to court to compe the group to d sc ose more than two decades of e-ma s that cou d nc ude correspondence w th v ct ms, awyers, wh st e-b owers, w tnesses, the po ce, prosecutors and ourna sts. The group, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, known as SNAP, s ne ther a p a nt ff nor a defendant n the t gat on. But the group has been subpoenaed f ve t mes n recent months n Kansas C ty and St. Lou s, and ts nat ona d rector, Dav d C ohessy, was quest oned by a battery of awyers for more than s x hours th s year. A udge n Kansas C ty ru ed that the network must comp y because t “a most certa n y” had nformat on re evant to the case. The network and ts a es say the ega act on s part of a campa gn by the church to cr pp e an organ zat on that has been the most v s b e defender of v ct ms, and a re ent ess adversary, for more than two decades. “If there s one group that the h gher-ups, the b shops, wou d ke to see s enced,” sa d Marc A. Ham ton, a aw professor at Yesh va Un vers ty and an advocate for v ct ms of c ergy sex cr mes, “ t def n te y wou d be SNAP. And that s what they re go ng after. They re try ng to f nd a way to s ence SNAP.” Lawyers for the church and pr ests say they cannot comment because of a udge s order. But W am Donohue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, a church advocacy group n New York, sa d target ng the network was ust f ed because “SNAP s a menace to the Catho c Church.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 2:20 PM

Former priest and governor arrested UNITED KINGDOM Bexh -on-Sea Observer FORMER h gh-rank ng pr est and cha r of governors at a Bexh schoo Gordon R deout was one of two men arrested on susp c on of sexua y abus ng young peop e th s week. The 73-year-o d (p ctured) was arrested n a dawn ra d on Tuesday morn ng at h s home n F ch ng C ose, Po egate, by detect ves nvest gat ng a egat ons of sex abuse aga nst young peop e n Sussex and London n the m d-1960s and ear y 1970s. A so arrested on the same morn ng was former pr est at St Ph p s Church n St Ph p s Avenue, Eastbourne, Robert Co es, who was ed from h s Upperton Road, Eastbourne, f at and taken nto po ce custody to be quest oned on susp c on of sexua y assau t ng young peop e n the ate 1970s and m d-1980s. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:46 PM

Sex offenders from Milwaukee archdiocese ... MILWAUKEE (WI) SNAP W scons n Sex offenders from Milwaukee archdiocese pose child safety concerns, say state and national experts WHAT V ct m/surv vors of c ergy sexua abuse, ho d ng ch dhood photos and s gns, w revea severa current examp es of c ergy who have assau ted ch dren n the M waukee archd ocese who are current y work ng n censed or credent a ed occupat ons that g ve them profess ona access to ch dren and fam es. The examp es are n response to comments made by Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Ke ey n court ast week who suggested that c ergy who have abused ch dren from the archd ocese pose no pub c safety ssue. Accord ng to 350 of 570 v ct m c a ms f ed n court, a ong w th prev ous archd ocesan records tabu ated before the bankruptcy, at east 8,000 nc dents of ch d sex assau t and abuse were comm tted n the archd ocese over the past 50 years by at east 144 c ergy, emp oyees and vo unteers. 100 of these nd v dua s have yet to be dent f ed by the archd ocese as abusers, 75 of them pr ests. V ct ms w re ease a statement, ssued Tuesday morn ng, from WCASA, the W scons n Coa t on Aga nst Sexua Assau t, wh ch represents 46 sexua assau t agenc es and cr s s centers, d sput ng Judge Ke ey s observat ons. A so o n ng surv vors w be the co-d rector of the Boston based B shopAccountab ty.org, the wor d s argest and most extens ve research organ zat on and arch ve ded cated to the c ergy sex abuse cr s s. WHERE Outs de of St. Mary s V s tat on Par sh (where, for over a year, an accused c er c rema ns pastor), 1260 Church Street, E m Grove. WHEN Tuesday, March 13th, 1:30 p.m. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:48 AM

Cleveland bishop still waiting for word from Vatican OHIO Akron Beacon Journa By Co ette M. Jenk ns Beacon Journa re g on wr ter Pub shed: March 13, 2012 The Catho c D ocese of C eve and s st awa t ng off c a word from the Vat can that the dec s on to c ose 13 par shes has been overturned. On Monday, B shop R chard G. Lennon ssued the fo ow ng statement: “The D ocese has not forma y rece ved from the Vat can any decrees from the Congregat on of C ergy concern ng par sh appea s; subsequent y, no response s ava ab e at th s t me. “I am aware of the nterest that these reports have ra sed w th n our commun ty. I assure you, that as soon as I rece ve off c a not f cat on, I w share that w th the commun ty. At that t me, I w beg n a rev ew of the ru ngs w th my adv sers.” The statement s n response to news reports ast week that the Vat can had reversed Lennon s dec s on to c ose 13 par shes, nc ud ng St. John the Bapt st and St. Mary s n Akron. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:27 AM

Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk reageert op uitspraak van Mieke Van Hecke BELGIE Knack d nsdag 13 maart 2012 om 14u12 Brugge - “Wat doet M eke Van Hecke, a s verantwoorde ke van het Katho ek Onderw s met de oud-kerke ke eer d e zegt dat verg ffen s pas moge k s a s de dader verg ffen s vraagt, boete doet en de ge eden schade, zovee a s nog moge k, herste t?”, vraagt R k Dev é van de Werkgroep Mensernrechten n de Kerk z ch af. H reageert daarmee op de u tspraak van het hoofd van het katho ek onderw s afge open weekend. Vo gens haar moet de samen ev ng m d z n en verg ffen s schenken. Ook aan Roger Vanghe uwe. R k Dev é : “ S achtoffers van seksuee m sbru k n de kerk z tten a aren te wachten op het moment dat ze verg ffen s kunnen schenken aan hun daders, maar daarvoor moet eerst d e dader we tot nz cht w en komen. Ste dat e H t er verg ffen s zou schenken terw h nog steeds zou b ven verkond gen dat het u troe en van Joden maar a s een spe et e bedoe d was”. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 10:12 AM

Catholic Church Decides It Doesn’t Need ‘Altar Boy’ Lawyers, Advocate Says; Victims Group Subpoenaed MISSOURI Amer can Bar Assoc at on Journa Posted Mar 13, 2012 By Debra Cassens We ss A group represent ng v ct ms of c ergy abuse s be ng targeted w th subpoenas seek ng two decades of ema s, nc ud ng poss b y correspondence w th awyers. The Roman Catho c Church has obta ned f ve subpoenas n Kansas C ty and St. Lou s for records he d by the group, the Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, the New York T mes reports. One subpoena seeks documents regard ng the awyer for four p a nt ffs su ng a pr est based on recovered memor es, as we as documents ment on ng the pr est and repressed memor es. The a m s to earn whether the awyer v o ated a gag order. The other subpoena a so seeks repressed memory nformat on. Yesh va aw professor and v ct ms advocate Marc Ham ton to d the T mes that the subpoenas are part of a campa gn to s ence SNAP. W am Donahue, pres dent of the Catho c League for Re g ous and C v R ghts, v ewed the act on as part of a grow ng consensus by b shops “that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good awyers to get tough. We don t need a tar boys.” Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:58 AM

Cardinal Law UNITED STATES/ROME Catho c News Agency By Father Rocky Hoffman * I have a quest on regard ng Card na Bernard Law, once res d ng n Boston and now n Rome. It seems ev dent from the notor ety of the sex abuse scanda s n Boston that Card na Law was not on y comp c t but probab y a so nstrumenta n the mov ng around of pr ests (wh ch many of us fa thfu and fe- ong Catho cs ca the Catho c She Game, .e. under wh ch she s the rea abuser). In ght of th s assumpt on, and f th s assumpt on s ndeed va d, t s hard for those of us who try to fa thfu y to “fo ow the ru es” to understand how h s conduct seems to be rewarded by h s ass gnment to one of the ma or bas cas n Rome. Sackc oth and ashes n a remote monastery w th perpetua prayer and penance wou d seem to be more appropr ate! Two of the ma or components of our beaut fu Sacrament of Reconc at on are penance AND reparat on. I see noth ng that g ves ev dence to th s n the fe of Card na Law, nor does he have to return to the scene of h s cr me and see everyday the peop e who he has wounded and whose ves he has destroyed. I saw a suggest on n an art c e by Father James Mart n, S.J. that to fu f the reparat ona aspect of Reconc at on wou dn t t be a beaut fu and hea ng gesture by the b shops n th s country to offer, every Fr day, the Stat ons of the Cross n reparat on for the v ct ms who suffered abuse at the hands of pr ests. I espec a y need he p n understand ng the go d r ng that t appears Card na Law has grabbed as he rode the Vat can merry-go-round, and on the ack of pub c compass on for v ct ms exh b ted n my m nd, by the church as a who e. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:54 AM

Note We are current y exper enc ng nternet serv ce prob ems but the company s work ng to f x the prob em. No, we were not hacked. Tracker post ng w cont nue at fu speed when serv ce s restored but we w use a s ow a ternate method n the meant me. Kathy Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:49 AM

Priest sex abuse victims dispute judge’s observations MILWAUKEE (WI) Fox 6 March 13, 2012, by Ange ca Dur a MILWAUKEE — Loca act v sts want the names of 100 a eged ch d abusers made pub c after a federa udge ru ed that parents shou d not be concerned about sex abusers st work ng for the Archd ocese of M waukee. The Surv vors Network of those Abused by Pr ests, otherw se ca ed SNAP, s ho d ng a news conference Tuesday to d spute the udge s observat ons. Last week, n Bankruptcy Court, federa udge Susan Ke y says she had not found ev dence that peop e shou d be concerned about current emp oyees of the M waukee Archd ocese. The udge made comments n court weeks after advocates for sex abuse v ct ms sa d the Archd ocese faced a persona safety cr s s. “From my ndependent rev ew, w thout an agenda, my rev ew shows there s no pub c safety concern. None whatsoever,” Judge Susan Ke ey sa d. Ke y c a ms that the comments made by SNAP are ust a d stract on. Ear er th s month, awyers for v ct ms of sexua abuse sa d there were 100 new sex offenders dent f ed n more than 8,000 accounts of sexua abuse ( n the r c a ms). Th s number was we pub c zed. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:06 AM

Cap-Pelé removes ex-priest's name from arena CANADA CBC News Cap-Pe é counc voted on Monday n ght to remove former pr est Cam e Léger s name from the oca arena, ess than a week after stor es of sexua abuse became pub c. V age res dents earned ast week they wou d be asked n a p eb sc te on May 14 f they wanted to change the name of the oca arena. That prompted severa peop e to come forward w th a egat ons that Léger abused them when he was a pr est n the area between 1957 and 1980. Archb shop André R chard attended two masses over the weekend n the sma southeastern f sh ng v age and apo og zed for the act ons of Léger. Léger d ed 22 years ago. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 9:01 AM

Cassatie stelt arrest rond Operatie Kelk uit BELGIE De Standaard Het Hof van Cassat e heeft d nsdag het arrest n de zaak rond Operat e Ke k u tgeste d tot 4 apr . De procedures ag rond de zaak s eept a aan s nds un 2010. In un 2010 voerde de federa e gerechte ke po t e hu szoek ngen u t b het aartsb sdom n Meche en, n de kantoren en de pr véwon ng van kard naa Dannee s en n de S ntRomboutskathedraa . Tege kert d waren er hu szoek ngen b de Comm ss e Adr aenssens en b het R ksarch ef n Brusse . Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 8:55 AM

March 12, 2012 Jim Mellett: Vatican cover-ups unfairly tarnish decent priests and nuns UNITED STATES News-T mes J m Me ett Pub shed 05:05 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2012 So Card na Egan has retracted h s apo ogy for h s ca ous nact on regard ng c er ca abuse n the D ocese of Br dgeport. Let us never forget that sexua abuse of ch dren s a fe ony n every state, and not a matter that can be referred for a c er ca referra . Inc dents such as these shou d be reported to the po ce as soon as poss b e. Recent y, I v s ted my grandch dren n Ch cago and ran geo ogy ectures n the r respect ve schoo s. As I ooked out over th s sea of eager, nnocent faces, t dawned on me that hundreds of thousands of ch dren ke these were fond ed, caressed, abused, raped, and sodom zed by Catho c c ergy. The r ves were destroyed and the gu ty pr ests got away w th the r cr mes. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:58 PM

LDS bishop accepts plea deal for failure to report abuse UTAH Da y Hera d J m Da rymp e - Da y Hera d | Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 PROVO -- LDS b shop Amado Ro as stood s ent y bes de h s attorney Monday morn ng, then wa ked out on y m nutes ater w th a new y m nted dea reso v ng a egat ons that he fa ed to report sexua abuse at a church act v ty. Ro as, 32, was charged n September w th fa ure to report ch d abuse, a c ass B m sdemeanor, but Monday accepted a p ea n abeyance agreement w th prosecutors. The agreement requ res Ro as to obey a aws for s x months, after wh ch he can f e a mot on to have h s charge d sm ssed. Ro as s charge stems from a egat ons that a man sexua y abused a 13-year-o d g r at a church party n August. After a water f ght at the party, the g r test f ed dur ng a pre m nary hear ng, the man grabbed and groped her. Accord ng to a po ce report, the g r then to d Ro as about the nc dent. As an ecc es ast ca eader, Ro as s ega y requ red to not fy author t es f an a eged v ct m te s h m about abuse. However, po ce reported that Ro as d d not contact author t es. The man was on y arrested after h s accuser ater to d a schoo counse or about the nc dent. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:55 PM

Lawyers Move for Finn Case to Proceed, and David Clohessy's Deposition Released MISSOURI B gr mage W am D. L ndsey An update on the story of B shop Robert F nn n Kansas C ty, who s under cr m na nd ctment for sh e d ng Father Shawn Rat gan, after ch d pornography was found on Rat gan s computer and after F nn perm tted Rat gan cont nued access to ch dren: as Mark Morr s reports n the Kansas C ty Star ast Fr day, prosecutors have pet t oned the court for the cr m na case to move forward. Th s s n response to a mot on f ed by F nn s awyers ast month to have the charges aga nst F nn d sm ssed w thout tr a . As these ega f ngs come before the court, the depos t on that SNAP eader Dav d C ohessy gave n January n response to court orders n Kansas C ty was made pub c by SNAP at the start of March, and Joshua McE wee reports on t at Nat ona Catho c Reporter, as does N cho as Ph ps at R verfront T mes (St. Lou s)--both w th nks to the fu depos t on. Mark Serrano at SNAP has posted a rundown of what the courts n M ssour are ask ng of SNAP as they demand the d sc osure of nformat on SNAP eaders ma nta n s conf dent a . I ve nked to th s document n the past but want to rem nd readers of t aga n as Dav d C ohessy s depos t on becomes pub c. As Serrano s statement notes, act ng through the r awyers, Catho c off c a s [ n Kansas C ty and St. Lou s] want pr vate, persona records and e ma s nvo v ng hundreds of nd v dua s who have never even heard of or met the accused or the accusers n the two su ts [ n wh ch SNAP depos t ons are be ng demanded]. Th s s a m suse of ud c a processes des gned to crush a support and advocacy group that protects the vu nerab e and hea s the wounded. It s c ever y orchestrated to keep c ergy sex cr mes and cover ups concea ed. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:51 PM

Suspending Fr. Guarnizo MARYLAND Nat ona Catho c Reporter by M chae Sean W nters on Mar. 12, 2012 The Archd ocese of Wash ngton suspended Fr. Marce Guarn zo from m n stry ate ast week, c t ng h s nt m dat on of par sh oners. Guarn zo anded on the archd ocese s -- and the nat on s -radar screen when he den ed Commun on to a esb an at her mother s funera . I have no ns de nformat on about why the archd ocese took the step t d d, but I am bett ng that h s dec s on to deny Commun on ed them to ook more c ose y at the pr est, and they found other nstances of a troub ng ack of udgment. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 6:48 PM

Cleveland parishes await Lennon's response CLEVELAND (OH) Nat ona Catho c Reporter Mar. 12, 2012 Br an Roewe Joyfu n the r v ctory, par sh oners of 13 C eve and par shes who successfu y appea ed to the Vat can a d ocesan dec s on to d sband the r commun t es and shutter the r church doors now awa t the response of the r b shop, the Most Rev. R chard G. Lennon. As they wa t, t s unc ear what st ck ng power Rome s dec s on to reopen the r par shes w have. Those c ose to the par shes v ew the decrees from the Vat can s Congregat on of the C ergy as a andmark dec s on, wh e others see t as a st murky scene where a poss b e appea by Lennon cou d succeed. “Th s dec s on was made on procedura , not substant ve or pastora , grounds,” sa d Jesu t Fr. Tom Reese, a sen or fe ow at Georgetown Un vers ty s Woodstock Theo og ca Center, add ng that f Lennon redoes the process under proper procedure, the c os ngs w ke y stand. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:14 PM

Former Orange County Priest Denis Lyons Facing Criminal Trial CALIFORNIA Jeff Anderson & Assoc ates By: Jeff Anderson 3/12/12 Th s week, former Orange County pr est Den s Lyons s head ng to tr a on four cr m na counts of ewd acts on a ch d under 14. Accord ng to press reports, the tr a has been de ayed for more than two years—desp te the ob ect ons of the Orange County D str ct Attorney s Off ce, wh ch has been eager to try the case and get ust ce for v ct ms. The a eged cr mes took p ace at Costa Mesa s St. John the Bapt st Par sh, wh ch a so houses an e ementary schoo . These cr m na charges are on y the atest n Lyons ong h story of susp c ous and predatory behav or. Secret nterna church f es showed that Orange D ocese off c a s knew the Ir sh-born pr est had a egat ons of abuse dat ng back to the 1970s, but nstead of ca ng the po ce and he p ng v ct ms, they sent Lyons to a church-run treatment center for ch d mo est ng c er cs. Desp te mount ng ev dence, Lyons rema ned an act ve pastor w th comp ete access to ch dren. He was ater transferred to St. Edward s Par sh n Dana Po nt, where he worked w th John Len han, another former Orange County pr est arrested for mo est ng m nors. The Orange County Reg ster ca ed the par sh "scanda - aden," w th at east four former pr ests arrested for sexua y abus ng ch dren. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 5:07 PM

Hackers attack Vatican website 2nd time in days VATICAN CITY Fox News VATICAN CITY – The persona data of ourna sts at Vat can rad o was eaked on ne and the Vat can s webs te hacked for the second t me n severa days -- both attacks be eved to be the work of the amorphous Internet act v st group Anonymous. The group ast week c a med to have taken down the Vat can webs te to protest everyth ng from Catho c doctr ne to the sexua abuse of ch dren. The s te, www.vat can.va, has been naccess b e for parts of Monday afternoon. A statement posted on ne at Pasteb n exp a ns that the group b ames s gna s from Vat can Rad o rad o for caus ng h gh cancer rates -- a reference to a 2010 report by the Nat ona Cancer Inst tute nto deaths near Vat can Rad o transm tters. The group pub shed the persona nformat on to pressure the stat on nto act on. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 3:45 PM

Mo. Prosecutor Want Bishop's Case To Go To Trial KANSAS CITY (MO) KMBC KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County s prosecutor wants a ury to dec de whether a Kansas C ty b shop was requ red by M ssour aw to te po ce about suspected ch d pornography found on a pr est s aptop computer. B shop Robert F nn and the D ocese of Kansas C ty-St. Joseph were charged n October w th fa ng to report susp c ons of ch d abuse aga nst the Rev. Shawn Rat gan after a d ocese computer techn c an found d sturb ng photos on the pr est s computer, nc ud ng a ser es of a young g r w th her gen ta s show ng, prosecutors sa d. Rat gan s fac ng state and federa ch d pornography charges. He has p eaded not gu ty to a of them. The Kansas C ty Star reported F nn s awyers were seek ng to have the m sdemeanor charges aga nst F nn d sm ssed because the b shop sn t the d ocese s des gnated reporter of ch d abuse, thus had no ega duty to report susp c ons to state author t es. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 1:22 PM

Rome- Hacker gang Anonymous targets Vatican again VATICAN CITY AGI (Ita y) (AGI) Rome- The Ho y See s be ng targeted by hackers from the gang Anonymous once aga n. Just days after a f rst attack wh ch generated severa prob ems for the off c a webs te, the hackers are back on the rampage. "It pa ns us to te you that your systems are ess safe than you wou d ke to be eve because, wh e the med a furore focused on the vat can.va b ackout, we took the berty of penetrat ng your system a tt e". The ma n target of the new str ke s Vat can Rad o: " t s now a renowned fact that you use equ pment whose transm ss on strength exceeds ega m ts by far, and the corre at on between exposure to h gh- ntens ty e ectromagnet c em ss ons and ser ous nesses such as eukem a, cancer and others s a so a sad and proven fact. Pos ed by Ka hy Shaw a 12:29 PM

Vatican website hacked for a 2nd time in several days VATICAN CITY CTV (Canada) The Assoc ated Press Date: Monday Mar. 12, 2012 VATICAN CITY — The Vat can webs te has been hacked for the second t me n severa days, an attack be eved to be the work of the amorphous Internet act v st group Anonymous. The group ast week c a med to have taken down the Vat can webs te to protest everyth ng from Catho c doctr ne to the sexua abuse of ch dren. The s te, www.vat can.va, has been naccess b e for par