A digest of links to media coverage of clergy abuse.
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April 26, 2015
De Groene Amsterdammer
[Labour MP Marith Rebel and her D66 colleague Magda Berndsen want clarification from the Minister of Security and Justice on the reporting of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church and the transfer of accused clergy by the Church to developing countries. An article in The Green Amsterdam this week shows that the Dutch province of the Congregation Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for years did nothing with reports of abuse by the Belgian Father Jan in Brazil. "The Roman Catholic Church seems to have learned little from the past and the recommendations of the committee Deetman," says Labour MP Marith Rebel.]
door Jeroen Kostense & Katy Sherriff 15-04-2015
PvdA-Kamerlid Marith Rebel en haar D66-collega Magda Berndsen willen opheldering van de minister van Veiligheid en Justitie over het melden van seksueel misbruik door de katholieke kerk en de overplaatsing van verdachte geestelijken door de kerk naar ontwikkelingslanden. Uit een artikel in De Groene Amsterdammer van deze week blijkt dat de Nederlandse provincie van de congregatie Priesters van het Heilig Hart van Jezus jarenlang niks deed met meldingen van misbruik door de Belgische pater Jan in Brazilië. ‘De rooms-katholieke kerk lijkt weinig geleerd te hebben van het verleden en de aanbevelingen van de commissie-Deetman’, zegt PvdA-Kamerlid Marith Rebel.
De laatste jaren duiken steeds meer zaken op van paters die na beschuldigingen van misbruik werden ‘overgeplaatst’ naar de Derde Wereld. In het artikel wordt de zaak belicht van de Belgische pater Jan, die sinds midden jaren negentig een opvangtehuis voor jongens runt in het arme noordoosten van Brazilië. Koos de Rooij, provinciaal-overste van de congregatie van pater Jan, beweert dat de congregatie niet eerder over de beschuldigingen hoorde dan 2011. Toen stapten Belgische slachtoffers die in de jaren zeventig en tachtig door de pater zouden zijn misbruikt naar justitie.
The Daily Beast
It’s a huge deal and major accountability moment for a Church that frankly hasn’t had enough of them. The Vatican is getting it at last.
The resignation of bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph, Missouri last week is a watershed moment in the history of the Catholic Church: the first time that a bishop was directly forced to resign for poorly handling a case of priestly child abuse. Finn was sentenced for maintaining in ministry and failing to report a priest on whose computer a piece of child pornography was found.
Let's acknowledge this first: Since the Catholic sex abuse crisis first came to light 15 years ago, the Church has taken enormous steps to remedy the problem, especially under the too-little-noticed but vigorous guidance of Pope Benedict XVI—including extremely tough accountability rules for priests. And indeed sex abuse cases have dropped precipitously.
But the true underlying problem, and the reason why the sex abuse scandal was such a crisis for the Church, was never with the priests. It was always with the bishops. All religious denominations suffer from sex abuse problems simply because predators look for positions where they have access to children, and Catholics are no worse off than anybody else.
KANSAS CITY (MO)
Sunday, April 26, 2015
BY KANSAS CITY STAR
The departure of Robert W. Finn as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, although overdue, is a step forward for the diocese and thousands of area Catholics.
Finn’s conduct in office made him a symbol of the Catholic church’s failure to adequately address child sexual abuse by priests. He was the first Catholic bishop to be convicted of a crime related to that crisis.
Finn, 62, should have resigned after his 2012 conviction, if not sooner. He received two years of probation for failing to notify law enforcement authorities after pornographic images were found on the computer of a diocesan priest, Shawn Ratigan.
Finn’s decision to place secrecy above his moral and legal obligations enabled Ratigan to harm additional children. The former priest is serving a 50-year prison sentence for producing child pornography.
Finn remained in office despite the scandal, a circumstance that anguished and angered many Catholics. The news Tuesday that Pope Francis accepted Finn’s resignation is a triumph for the lay persons who wrote letters, collected more than 250,000 petition signatures and spoke up for Finn to leave.
By Kristen V. Brown Saturday, April 25, 2015
In the latest scandal to hit San Francisco’s Catholic Church, elementary school parents at Star of the Sea School have renewed calls for the ouster of the parish’s controversial pastor after learning of a decade-old civil court case in which a jury found he inflicted emotional distress on an 11-year-old girl at his former parish in Modesto.
The lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court in 2005 said that when the girl came to the Rev. Joseph Illo in September 2001 to report alleged sexual abuse by another priest, the Rev. Francis Arakal, Illo called her a liar, yelled at her and forced her to confront Arakal.
No criminal charges were filed against Arakal. The jury in the civil lawsuit did not find him liable for any wrongful touching, but awarded the family $20,000 for emotional distress based on how the incident was handled.
“Whether the story was real or not, he had no right to treat a child the way he did as a responsible adult in a position of authority,” said Christy Brooks, a parent of two students at Star of the Sea, a K-8 school. “We really need an explanation from the archdiocese of how this person was vetted and put into a parish that had an elementary school. He is ill-equipped to be sitting anywhere near children.”
By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor April 25, 2015
Americans may have lost their dominance in many sectors of the global economy in the early 21st century, but there’s one industry where we still unquestionably lead the pack: the manufacture of controversy.
American Catholics are no exception, and this week a fresh row broke out over Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official overseas development arm of the US bishops. It turns out that CRS has a non-Catholic employee working in a technical post, nothing to do with faith or morals, who’s in a same-sex marriage.
Predictably, some folks are upset and are letting everyone know about it.
Whatever the merits of the fuss, here’s an observation you won’t find in most American debates: For Catholics in many other parts of the world, the whole thing seems a great example of a “luxury issue,” meaning the kind of argument that only affluent cultures and churches can afford to have. ...
Why it took so long on Bishop Finn.
Now that the story of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has reached its inevitable denouement with his resignation, the main post-mortem curiosity is why it took so long to get here.
The Vatican announced Finn’s resignation on Tuesday, a full 2 1/2 years after he became the lone American bishop to be criminally convicted (albeit on a misdemeanor charge) of failure to report an allegation of child abuse. For most people, the inexplicable part is why it required 28 months for a bishop disgraced in such an utterly complete way to lose his job.
I was in Rome when the news broke, and a colleague in the Vatican press corps suggested the headline should be: “Finn … ally!”
Probably the best way to explain the delay is that it illustrates the dilemma that ensues when the broad significance of a case and its individual details aren’t in perfect alignment.
April 25, 2015
MARI A. SCHAEFER, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Episcopal Academy student was 13, he said, when teacher Richard Perkins Smith gave him and some classmates pornographic magazines.
Smith watched as the boys, wearing only briefs, became sexually excited and "horsed around" with one another, he said.
"He knew damn well what was going on - and he facilitated it," said the former student.
Now a middle-aged man, the former student is among nearly a dozen Episcopal alumni who say Smith sexually abused them decades ago.
In a letter sent this month to alumni and others, officials at the prestigious Delaware County school disclosed that at least 11 former students had come forward to say they were abused by Smith, an Episcopal teacher from 1970 to 1990 and administrator until 1998.
No, but too many Jesuits give Pope Francis a pass, in my view, despite clear Gospel mandates, such as to protect children from abuse. And where today are the Jesuits like Karl Rahner and John Courtney Murray who dared to question earlier unchristian and unhistorical Vatican positions? Why are more Jesuits not at least trying to re-assess the autocratic prior two popes’ ideological mandates such as the continuing ban on artificial contraception, the “non-biblical” exclusion of women from the priesthood, invented papal infallibility, the cruel assault on gay Catholics, the insensitive exclusion of remarried divorced Catholics from communion, the budding and dangerous crusade against Middle East Islam, etc.? Have many Jesuits lost their nerve?
For almost four decades, the intellectual “swat team” priests of the Catholic Church, the Jesuits, had often been suppressed and intimidated by ruthless popes, especially the ex-pope for over three decades. Even outstanding Jesuit educated “ordinary priest” theologians like Hans Kung and Richard McBrien were pressured to be silent on key issues, like challenging the pope’s claim since 1870 to personal infallibility and the purportedly “settled” exclusion of women priests and the “sin” of artificial contraception and other mythical papal claims to non-existent “traditions” that clerical opportunists “discover” and compromised clerics “accept”.
One would have expected under the first Jesuit Pope, Francis, that there would have been an outburst of Jesuit truth telling. Disappointingly, not so as best I can tell. Jesuits, and at times even ex-Jesuits like Gary Wills and Michael Walsh, seem often so thrilled with having a Jesuit pope, that they appear to see mostly good outputs under Pope Francis, no matter what the reality is.
Of course, Jesuits have had their own embarrassing and expensive scandals, including major ones involving child sex abuse, so may have good reasons to be wary of the spotlight. And the seemingly tough ex-bouncer pope has likely leaned on Jesuit superiors to enforce blind obedience. But to their great credit, Jesuits have always had prophetic voices despite scandals and overbearing popes, including the unmatched Karl Rahner among recent prophets.
Significantly, well informed UK journalist, Paul Vallely, in his superb recent biography, “Pope Francis-Untier of Knots”, reports that many Jesuits in Argentina, and even in the UK and Rome, had serious reservations earlier about their Jesuit confrere, Jorge Bergoglio. This likely helped steer the ambitious Bergoglio to become a bishop, unusual for a Jesuit, and to bring him to powerful Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s close attention almost four decades ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
San Francisco Sentinel
Canonical and court documents have come to light from 2003 and 2005 that cast a negative light on the ministry of Priest Joseph Illo during his time in the Stockton, Calif., diocese — including a court ruling that he inflicted “intentional emotional distress” on an 11-year-old girl — have further enraged parents at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea School who have sought the priest’s removal as Star of Sea Parish administrator, according to news stories on KGO Radio and in the National Catholic Reporter and the San Francisco Examiner.
“We do not want Father Illo around children or in our community,” said Christy Brooks, a Star of the Sea parent. “The details of this past lawsuit are deplorable. There is no one, who after reading this lawsuit, would want to have their children near Father Illo. Archbishop Cordileone should remove him immediately from our school and parish. The safety and well-being of our children must be paramount.”
“We believe Archbishop Cordileone was aware of this verdict against Ft. Illo for intentional infliction of emotional distress on a child and still knowingly placed him in our community with foresight and knowledge of his history. That is shocking and unforgivable,” Brooks added. She and a group of parents from Star of the Sea have written and phoned the Archbishop demanding Illo’s removal.
[The presidents of the Bishops' Conference, KNR, Klokk, VPKK and MCU call people who were underage victims of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church to report themselves by May 1, 2015.]
UTRECHT - De voorzitters van de Bisschoppenconferentie, Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen (KNR), en slachtofferkoepel KLOKK, VPKK en MCU waren op maandag 16 maart bijeen en geven gezamenlijk de volgende verklaring af.
De voorzitters van de Bisschoppenconferentie, KNR, KLOKK, VPKK en MCU roepen mensen die als minderjarige slachtoffer werden van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms Katholieke Kerk, op zich voor 1 mei 2015 te melden bij het Meldpunt Seksueel Misbruik RKK.
Men kan zich melden via de website www.meldpuntmisbruikrkk.nl
Meldpunt misbruik RK Kerk
3507 LG Utrecht
Of telefonisch: 030-2306900
Er kan worden volstaan met het indienen van een klacht in enkele korte zinnen.
Kardinaal Eijk, voorzitter Bisschoppenconferentie
Br. C. van Dam, voorzitter KNR
G. Klabbers, voorzitter KLOKK
Mw. A. Knibbe-van Dijck, voorzitter VPKK
B. Smeets, voorzitter MCU
[A person in Poland, who was sexually abused by a priest, has agreed to a settlement with the Diocese of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg and a parish.]
De eerste persoon in Polen die vanwege seksueel misbruik een civiele procedure is begonnen tegen de katholieke kerk, heeft ingestemd met een schikking met het bisdom van Koszalin-Kołobrzeg en een parochie.
Op twaalfjarige leeftijd werd Marcin K. zeven maanden lang door de priester Zbigniew R. seksueel misbruikt. In december 2012 is de priester hiervoor strafrechtelijk veroordeeld tot twee jaar gevangenisstraf. Hoewel de straf werd bevestigd en definitief was, wist de priester om medische redenen de cel te ontlopen.
[Fewer and fewer young men want to become Catholic priests and the number is declining world-wide.]
Zum zweiten Mal ist die Zahl der Kandidaten für das Priesteramt weltweit rückläufig - Hintergrundbericht zum Weltgebetstag für Geistliche Berufungen von Thomas Jansen
Vatikanstadt (KAP) Papst Franziskus weiht am Sonntag 19 Männer im Petersdom zu Priestern. So ist es Tradition zum Weltgebetstag für Geistliche Berufungen, den die katholische Kirche jährlich am vierten Sonntag nach Ostern begeht. Beinahe zu einer Tradition sind auch schon die Klagen über einen Priestermangel in weiten Teilen Europas sowie Nordamerikas geworden, die aus diesem Anlass zu hören sind.
[A Nigerian pastor and his 15 accomplices were arrested by the French police in Nice. The priest is said to be the head of a ring of human traffickers. The man earned several hundred thousand euros and sent money via Spain and Italy to Nigeria.]
Einem Pastor in Nizza wird vorgeworfen, der Kopf eines Prostituierten-Rings gewesen zu sein. Der Geistliche aus Nigeria und 15 weitere Verdächtigte wurden bei einer Razzia festgenommen.
Das Geld schaffte der Banden-Chef in seine Heimat
Der Pastor und seine Komplizen organisierten die Prostitution von etwa 20 Frauen - ebenfalls Nigerianerinnen - in verschiedenen Vierteln der Hafenstadt. Unter anderem soll er die sonntäglichen Gottesdienste genutzt haben, um die Frauen zu kontrollieren. Sie stammten zum größten Teil aus der nigerianischen Metropole Benin-Stadt. Die meisten von ihnen hatten sich vor ihrer Abreise nach Frankreich vor dem Mitglied einer Religionsgemeinschaft verpflichtet, die Schulden für die Überfahrt abzubezahlen.
[ The diocese of Lausanne-Geneva-Freiburg seeks information on abuse cases in the Institute Marini Montet in the canton of Fribourg. Bishop Charles Morerod and members of a working group are seeking information after reports were made of numerous instances of sexual abuse and other abuses between 1930 and 1950.]
Freiburg i.Ü, 24.4.15 (kath.ch) Das Bistum Lausanne-Genf-Freiburg sucht Informationen zu Missbrauchsfällen im Institut Marini in Montet in Kanton Freiburg. Im Auftrag von Diözesanbischof Charles Morerod geht eine Arbeitsgruppe Berichten nach, gemäss derer es in den Jahren 1930 bis 1950 zu zahlreichen sexuellen und anderen Misshandlungen in diesem katholischen Pensionat gekommen sei.
Der Bischof setzte die Arbeitsgruppe im Januar 2015 ein. Zeugenaussagen bildeten einen wesentlichen Bestandteil, um zu verstehen, was damals geschah, heisst es in einer Mitteilung des Bistums. Die Resultate der Untersuchungen sollten bis Ende Jahr veröffentlicht werden. Die Zeugen soll Anonymität gewährt werden, wenn sie es wünschen.
Road to Recovery
MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 25, 2015
Fr. Edson Fernando Costa, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, sexually assaulted a senior citizen woman in 2007 in St. Anne’s Church, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, admitted he did it, and the Archdiocese of Newark knowingly placed him in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Orange, New Jersey without notifying parishioners of his past, thus placing other women at risk of sexual assault.
In April, 2015, one week after sexual abuse advocates demonstrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in West Orange, New Jersey regarding previous alleged sexual abuse by the late Fr. Michael H. Hansen, the Archdiocese of Newark, in reaction to the demonstration, announced that Fr. Edson Fernando Costa would be removed from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and possibly the priestly ministry, but not quietly - the Archdiocese of Newark is allowing the parish to throw him a good-bye party.
A demonstration and leafleting alerting parishioners and the general public of the inappropriateness of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish throwing a party for an admitted sexually abusive priest who finally may be removed from ministry only after sexual abuse advocates demonstrated about another alleged sexually abusive priest and exposed the knowingly unsafe and inappropriate actions of the Archdiocese of Newark regarding Fr. Edson Fernando Costa.
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm.
On the public sidewalks outside Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052 (on the Mississippi Avenue side of the church).
Approximately 6-7 members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.
From April 11 to 12, 2015, members of Road to Recovery, Inc. demonstrated and leafleted outside Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in West Orange, New Jersey in order to alert parishioners and the general public about previous allegations of sexual abuse against a deceased priest, Fr. Michael H. Hansen, who served for several years at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Some parishioners spoke to the demonstrators about their concerns regarding another sexually abusive priest, Fr. Edson Fernando Costa, who is currently assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. According to media reports, Fr. Costa admitted that he sexually assaulted a 72 year-old woman in a church hallway at St. Anne’s Parish in Fair Lawn (Bergen County, New Jersey) on November 15, 2007. Fr. Costa was arrested on June 6, 2008, for criminal and sexual contact. Fr. Costa admitted the crime and entered the Pretrial Intervention Program in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is believed the Archdiocese of Newark knowingly moved Fr. Costa to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in West Orange, New Jersey, and allowed him to continue to serve as a priest without telling or warning the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish about Fr. Costa’s past. It is believed that the Archdiocese of Newark is now removing Fr. Edson Fernando Costa from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish NOT because it is the right thing to do but because they were “caught” once again covering up sexual abuse by priests and allowed a sexually abusive priest to continue to serve in ministry, and the Archdiocese of Newark seemingly has not announced where Fr. Edson Fernando Costa will be going.
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250
A PRIEST sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl during her First Confession and then gave her absolution when he was finished.
Fr John Calnan (76) was jailed for two years for abusing the shocked girl in "a small sweaty kitchenette" of a west Cork school in the 1980s.
Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard Calnan, who stopped working as a priest in 1992 after other abuse allegations, pushed his hand under the girl's dress and inside her underwear.
Calnan of The Presbytery, Paul Street, Cork has multiple previous convictions for indecent assault against both young girls and boys.
He was also convicted of attempted rape of a young girl before the Central Criminal Court in 2012.
[The Bolzano diocese has reported it found 50 cases of abuse and sexual assault.]
50 Missbrauchsfälle und sexuelle Übergriffe wurden der Diözese Bozen – Brixen gemeldet. Mit Prävention und verschiedenen Initiativen will man Kinder künftig schützen. Garantien, so Bischof Ivo Muser, gebe es keine.
Im vergangenen Herbst wurde in der Diözese Bozen – Brixen eine Umfrage durchgeführt, bei der alle kirchlichen Vereine, Organisationen und Einrichtungen, die sich vorwiegend mit und für Kinder und Jugendliche einsetzen, angeschrieben.
[Priest raises serious allegations against Roman Catholic Diocese of Bruges. A young priest has written a letter to the Bishop of Bruge, Jozef De Kesel, saying five years after the sexual abuse scandal and dismissal of Bishop Roger Vengheluwe the lessons of that scandal were not learned.]
Der Brief eines jungen Priesters an den Bischof von Brügge, Jozef De Kesel, sorgt in Flandern für Empörung. Der Priester wirft dem Bischof vor, dass sich auch nach dem Fall Vangheluwe in dem Bistum nichts geändert hat.
Jozef De Kesel, Bischof von BrüggeFünf Jahre nach der Entlassung des ehemaligen Bischofs Roger Vangheluwe, dem sexueller Missbrauch vorgeworfen wird, hat das Bistum Brügge kaum die Lehren aus dem Missbrauchsskandal gezogen. Das melden die Zeitung “Der Morgen” und die VRT unter Berufung auf einen westflämischen Priester.
Pacific News Center
Written by Janela Carrera
However, the Archdiocese of Agana did not allow the documents to be photocopied or photographed and only made them available to view for a limited time in the presence of an employee.
Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana wants to dispel rumors that the controversial Redemptoris Mater Seminary does not belong to them. They refuted claims that the Archdiocese gave the property away and welcomed the public to view the documents on the matter, but they would not allow the documents to be photocopied or photographed.
They offered three reports. First is the ownership report in which the Archdiocese states that an encumbrance report was completed in 2014 by Pacific American Title confirming the owner of RMS to be Archbishop Anthony Apuron.
Second is the Civil Law report, a legal opinion by the Colorado Law firm of Lewis Roca Rothberger LLP, stating that the Archbishop retains control over RMS and has power over the governing boards.
Finally, the Canon Law report in which the Archdiocese states that the Pontifical Council for Interpretation of Legislative Texts determined that even if the Archbishop transferred title of the RMS property, the owner would remain the same.
This, according to the Archdiocese “demonstrates clearly that all rumors, opinions and writings contrary to the documents are showing only slanderous intentions aiming to disturb the communion of the People of God with grave moral responsibility of the authors.”
A priest in West Cork sexually assaulted a girl throughout her First Confession and, afterwards, fixed her clothing back in place and gave her penance.
John Calnan, aged 76, of The Presbytery, 35 Paul St, Cork, was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, with the last year suspended, by Judge David Riordan at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. He had pleaded guilty.
Sgt Maurice Downey said the sexual assault on the girl occurred in the late 1980s. Due to terrible weather on the day, the principal of a primary school asked the priest to hear confessions for the Communion class in the school rather than bringing the children to the cathedral in Skibbereen. Sgt Downey said the confessions took place in a kitchenette at the end of a school hall.
“When the victim entered, he told her to come over to him and she was put standing between his legs turning to look at him. When she began to say her confession he lifted her pinafore and placed his hand inside her underwear and stroked and rubbed her vagina area and put his fingers inside her vagina,” Sgt Downey said.
April 24, 2015
For its victims, child sex abuse is a lifetime sentence, so we support a bill to eliminate New York’s statute of limitations on lawsuits in these situations.
Now, victims of child sex abuse can file a lawsuit up until they turn 23. But their anguish doesn’t vanish with their birthday. Their scars don’t go away.
The victims must struggle every day to carry the weight of what they endured; why should the perpetrators be allowed, after a few years have passed, to move past the possibility that they could one day be called to account?
The chance to get justice is worth preserving.
Truth and justice are ideals, you might think, leaders of the Catholic Church in New York would celebrate.
But despite all the revelations of the past 25 years, the hierarchy of the Catholic Church still is not willing to stand firmly on the side of child victims of adult abusers, especially when those abusers are Catholic priests.
Gazzetta del Sud
Vercelli, April 24 - Vercelli parish priest Father Massimo Iuculano was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors. Police said Father Iuculano lured young boys with text messages, Whatsapp and Facebook and subjected them to "special massages" by claiming to be an expert in sports and physical therapy. The priest has been suspended. Pope Francis has clamped down on predator priests within the Catholic Church, which now works fully with civil authorities on all cases.
di FLORIANA RULLO
Ha abusato di tre ragazzi che frequentavano la scuola che dirigeva solo perché forte del potere dell'abito da sacerdote che indossava. Per questo don Massimo Iuculano, noto in città perché parroco della chiesa Sacro Cuore e dell’annesso oratorio salesiano “Belvedere” di Vercelli, è stato arrestato questa mattina dalla polizia. A raccontare degli abusi sono stati gli stessi ragazzi, quattordicenni e diciassettenni che frequentavano l'istituto Don Bosco di Vercelli. Proprio in quell'istituto, dedicato al sacerdote che aveva a cuore i ragazzi, il prete abusava di loro e della loro adolescenza.
Le indagini ora si stanno allargando ad altri casi: l'uomo contattava le sue vittime attraverso gli abituali canali di comunicazione giovanile come sms, Whatsapp e Facebook. Ma il sacerdote risultava infatti essere piuttosto attivo anche al di fuori della scuola: in quelle occasioni il prete mentiva sulla sua professione raccontando di essere impiegato in una non meglio precisata società e di essere attualmente in cassa integrazione. Così dopo aver ottenuto un incontro con le sue vittime proponeva loro incontri sessuali in cambio di piccoli regali come ricariche telefoniche o scarpe da calcio.
Press TV (Iran)
A Catholic priest in northern Italy has been busted on charges of sexually abusing young boys in his parish, the local archbishop said.
Police arrested Father Massimo Luculano on Friday on charges of soliciting sex from minors and sexual assault.
His three confirmed victims are a 14-year old Italian boy and two 17-year old foreign boys.
However, Luculano, based in Vercelli, a town to the west of Milan, had developed a dense set of relationships with different people, and older minors for sexual purposes, police say.
Luculano, claiming to be a physical therapist alongside being a priest, lured the young victims using Facebook, WhatsApp or text messages and offering them gift phone cards, soccer shoes and even money in return, investigators say.
The Brown Daily Herald
By JOSEPH ZAPPA
UNIVERSITY NEWS EDITOR
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies David Kertzer ’69 P’95 P’98 secured a Pulitzer Prize Monday for his biography of Pope Pius XI and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Kertzer, who served as provost from 2006 to 2011, said his book, “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe,” illuminated previously undisclosed details about the Catholic Church’s insidious influence on the fascist dictator Mussolini, including how the Pope may have pushed him toward persecuting Italian Jews.
Pope John Paul II’s decision to divulge the contents of papal documents from the time period between the World Wars proved an auspicious opportunity for Kertzer, who has spent much of his career exploring the history of the papacy and its influence on Italian politics. Kertzer said the archives’ availability spurred him to embark on writing a biography of Pius XI and Mussolini, calling it “too tantalizing a topic not to write about.”
Kertzer also capitalized on the accessibility of fascist documents, noting that the espionage Mussolini conducted on the Vatican exposed what was going on “behind the scenes” in the Catholic enclave of Rome.
Millions of Catholics eagerly await Pope Francis' arrival in the United States this fall. Like no other Christian leader in recent years, this humble, empathetic man has moved the world with simple words and deeds of virtue.
Yet whatever pleasant surprises and breakthroughs may be in store during the trip -- which includes a stop in Cuba, speeches before Congress and the U.N., and an outdoor mass that will likely draw millions in Philadelphia -- joy will be tainted by an unmistakable pall. The Catholic Church in America is still weighted by the sex abuse scandal, in the image it projects to those outside the faith, by the financial costs of the settlements, and in how it has divided those who remain in the pews.
I would have liked Francis to witness the conversation I did between two women this week in Kansas City. They spoke in hushed tones, alternating between anguish and tenderness, before parting with an embrace. The women had never met before.
A news conference had brought them together, and they discovered that they had an unholy bond. They believe that, decades ago, they were abused by the same priest, who is now dead. It was long ago, before they married and had children, before their hair began to gray, but the wounds were raw.
By Shavonne Walker
Rowan authorities have filed additional charges against former Kannapolis youth pastor Benjamin Ross Hollifield.
Hollifield, 25, of the 1000 block of Buck Board Lane, Salisbury, was jailed on a $1 million bond following his arrest a week ago.
Investigators and church officials say these incidents occurred between Feb. 15 and March 8 involving a young girl whose family attends the church.
On Thursday investigators charged Hollifield with felony first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was charged last week with four counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of felony statutory rape or sex offense with a minor.
BY DAVID WHISENANT
A former youth pastor at a church in Kannapolis who was charged with sex crimes last week involving young girls is facing a new charge, according to Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten.
Benjamin Ross Hollifield, 25, has now been charged with one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the arrest warrant, the charge said Hollifield encouraged and facilitated a 13-year-old to engage in sexual activity and to submit a photo.
The new charge added $10,000 to the $1 million bond that Hollifield is being held on in the Rowan County Detention Center.
Hollifield, 25, of Buck Board Lane in Salisbury, was arrested on April 17 on charges of taking indecent liberties with children and statutory rape/sex offense with a person age 13, 14 or 15 by a person at least six years older.
New Zealand Herald
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) " Many Roman Catholics in this city named for humble St. Francis are sparring with each other on social media and in letters to newspapers over one figure: Their leader in the faith, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Cordileone is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage in one of the most gay-friendly U.S. cities. He has proposed that staff at archdiocese high schools "affirm and believe" that marriage is between a man and a woman and that sexual relations outside of marriage are "gravely evil." He was scheduled to attend a March for Marriage rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend, but canceled to address unrest over his proposed morality clauses.
"I was expecting some controversy," said Cordileone in an interview this week, "but not to this degree. And I thought we would be able to sit down and work things out."
The Patriot Ledger
By Patrick Ronan
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Apr. 23, 2015
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has taken the closed Star of the Sea church in Squantum off its list of properties for sale, leading former parishioners to assume the building has a buyer.
However, the archdiocese won’t say whether the 58-year-old building, which hosted its final Mass in 2011, is on the verge of being sold.
“We generally do not comment on the sale of property until such time as we have closed,” Terrence Donilon, an archdiocese spokesman, said Thursday.
Meanwhile, in recent weeks the archdiocese has removed the former church’s stained glass windows and crews have been testing the soil at the Bellevue Road property, according to neighbors.
“The archdiocese isn’t telling anyone anything,” said Maureen Mazrimas, co-chair of Friends of Star of the Sea, a group of former parishioners who want to keep the property open as a place of worship.
By Phil Lawler | Apr 24, 2015
Twelve years ago, in an email exchange with an old friend, I predicted that the American hierarchy would finally take responsibility for the sex-abuse scandal when a bishop went to jail for negligence in responding to abuse. Bishop Robert Finn has not actually spent time behind bars, but his conviction on criminal charges, followed by the Vatican’s request for his resignation, should have a half-dozen other bishops looking over their shoulders, wondering whether they will be next.
But will the Finn resignation have that effect? We don’t know yet. We don’t know whether this will prove to be an isolated case. Has the Vatican decided to set new standards, and oust those bishops who have been guilty of negligence? Or was this a unique case, since Bishop Finn was the only American prelate convicted by a civil court? Will the Vatican seek the resignations of popular bishops, or only of those who, like Bishop Finn, have been the targets of media attacks?
If Bishop Finn is just the first of many bishops to be deposed—if mitered heads begin to roll, in this and in other countries—then we’ll have our answer. If not, we may be left wondering for several more years.
How would we know that the hierarchy had made a firm decision to clean up the corruption exposed by this scandal? Here are several potential indicators:
* Bishops would begin making “admissions against interest”—disclosing damaging information before they were forced to do so by the media, police, or whistle-blowers.
* They would demand aggressive criminal prosecution of priests who were guilty of abuse—while at the same time energetically defending priests who were unjustly accused.
* They would instruct diocesan attorneys to stop filing dilatory motions to avoid disclosure of internal Church documents. They would stop settling lawsuits out of court just before the files were opened, or just before the bishop was forced to testify.
BY MARK PATTISON
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, as apostolic administrator of the neighboring Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, said he hopes the coming months will be “a Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph” for the Missouri diocese.
The archbishop was named administrator after the April 21 resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn, and he will serve in that capacity until a successor to the bishop is named.
“I have an awareness of the vitality and beauty of the Catholic community in northwest Missouri,” Archbishop Naumann said in a statement. “Living in the same media market, I am also keenly conscious of some of the challenges and difficulties this diocese has suffered in recent years.”
Archbishop Naumann was referring to Bishop Finn’s conviction in 2012 on one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child abuse. The situation developed after a diocesan priest’s computer was found in 2010 to have contained child pornography, but the diocese did not report the situation to civil authorities for another six months. ...
Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said, “The Catholic League defended him (Bishop Finn) against his critics, some of whom were vicious.”
“Bishop Finn did not take a cavalier attitude toward his (Father Ratigan’s) misconduct. If he had, Ratigan’s problem would have been ignored altogether,” Donohue said in an April 21 statement. “Our prayers are with Bishop Finn, and we thank him for cleaning up the mess he inherited.”
Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, called the resignation of Bishop Finn “a good step but just a beginning.”
“The pope must show that this decision represents a meaningful shift in papal practice — that it signals a new era in bishop accountability,” she said in an April 22 statement.
“What no pope has done to date is publicly confirm that he removed a culpable bishop because of his failure to make children’s safety his first priority,” Doyle added. “We urge Pope Francis to issue such a statement immediately. That would be unprecedented, and it would send a bracing message to bishops and religious superiors worldwide that a new era has begun.”
David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, called Bishop Finn’s resignation “a tiny but belated step forward.”
“One pope has finally seen fit to oust one bishop for complicity in clergy sex crimes. That’s encouraging,” Clohessy said in an April 21 statement. “But it’s only a very tiny drop of reform in an enormous bucket of horror. (Bishop) Finn’s departure will, in the short term, make some adults happier. By itself, it won’t, in the long term, make many kids safer.”
William D. Lindsey
Three more statements about the "resignation" of convicted felon Bishop Robert Finn of St. Joseph-Kansas City, from groups supporting survivors of childhood clerical sexual abuse:
Anne Barrett Doyle at BishopAccountability.org:
Pope Francis’s removal of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph is a good step but just a beginning. The pope must show that this decision represents a meaningful shift in papal practice – that it signals a new era in bishop accountability. This action alone is not unprecedented: both of Francis’s predecessors fired bishops whose handling of abusive priests caused scandal. (See BishopAccountability.org’s list of complicit bishops who resigned or were removed.)
But what no pope has done to date is publicly confirm that he removed a culpable bishop because of his failure to make children’s safety his first priority. We urge Pope Francis to issue such a statement immediately. That would be unprecedented, and it would send a bracing message to bishops and religious superiors worldwide that a new era has begun.
It should be noted too that Pope Francis’s decision on Finn will add fuel to the fire in Chile; calls for the removal of Chilean bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid will intensify. We hope Francis will honor the pleas of Karadima’s victims, of his own Commission members, and of the priests and parishioners of the Osorno diocese, and rescind this disastrous appointment immediately. If Francis means business, he must be consistent.
BishopAccountability.org at Marci Hamilton and Leslie Griffin's blog on rights:
How can Pope Francis prove he is different? He can start by publicly confirming that Finn was removed because he harbored a sexual abuser. Such a modest admission by a pope would be unprecedented, and it would send a bracing message to bishops and religious superiors worldwide that a new era has begun.
More importantly, the Pope must keep cleaning house, and without the same agonizing delay. Sadly, it’s not hard to identify other unfit bishops. Archbishop Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis should be at the top of the list. There’s documentary evidence that children in recent years have been sexually assaulted because of his wanton irresponsibility.
And just as quickly, Francis must reverse his strange and disastrous appointment of Chilean bishop Juan de la Cruz Barros Madrid. Several victims have testified that Barros witnessed their sexual abuse by disgraced priest Fernando Karadima. Francis must ignore the pressure to retain Barros that he likely is receiving from his friend Cardinal Francisco Errázuriz, another enabler of Karadima. The pope instead should honor the pleas of the victims, his own Commission members, and of the priests and parishioners of the Osorno diocese.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
Catholic officials often apologize for abuse, saying “we’ll do better.”
And victims then often criticize them, saying “Words don’t protect kids. Action protects kids.”
Church defenders rebut this by saying “Words DO matter. Words are important.”
Except, apparently, right now. Some church defenders claim that what Pope Francis does or doesn’t say about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn doesn’t really matter.
Victims want the Pope to “come clean” about Finn (who remains a bishop even though he resigned his office this week). Did voluntarily Finn resign? Or was he forced out?
Is Finn gone because he hid child sex crimes? Or because a quarter of his flock walked away in less than a decade?
In response, some church defenders say “Oh, the pope’s words don’t matter. What matters is that Finn no longer heads the diocese.”
So which is it? You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Here, by the way, are a few short clarifications about Bishop Finn and Kansas City cover ups.
First, he did not plead guilty (as some news accounts have said). He was found guilty by a judge.
Second, Finn did not “delay” reporting Fr. Shawn Ratigan’s suspected clergy child sex crimes to authorities (as some news accounts have said). Finn never reported them. (Finn’s vicar general called the police, while Finn was out of town. When Finn returned and learned what had happened, he yelled at the vicar general.)
Third, he did not “fail” to call police (again, as some news accounts have said). Failure implies a good-faith attempt that somehow goes awry. Finn is a smart and well-educated man with smart and well-educated advisors, lawyers and public relations experts. He did not “fail” to report Fr. Ratigan’s crimes. He refused to report them and in fact hid them, month after month.
Fourth, Finn did not “endanger kids (as some news accounts have said). Kids were in fact harmed during the months Finn refused to supervise Fr. Ratigan and give the police evidence of his crimes.
Whether it’s with Fr. Ratigan, Fr. James Tierney, Fr. Thomas Cronin, Bishop Joseph Hart or other child molesting clerics in or from KC, minimizing, misunderstanding or misrepresenting what Finn and his top aides did serves no one but the guilty.
A former priest has today been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl during her First Confession in West Cork in the late 80s.
John Calnan - who has an address at The Presbytery, Paul Street, Cork City, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault.
Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victim - who was seven years old at the time - was confessing her sins to Fr Calnan during the Sacrament of Penance when he sexually assaulted her.
In a victim impact statement, she said that her family contacted the school but they were met with denial and consternation, as the church was the most dominant force in the community at that time.
By Nicholas Cafardi
Rejoicing over the recent resignation of Bishop Robert Finn as the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph is unseemly. I take no joy in another person’s distress, and I wonder what the church will do with a bishop who is only 62 years old and has 13 years of active episcopal ministry left. What does the church do with a bishop without a diocese?
Bernard Law, when he first stepped down from the See of Boston, was supposed to live a quiet life of prayer as chaplain for the Alma Mercy Sisters, but we all know how that worked out. A similar call to Finn for a cushy Roman job is out of the question. There is a different pope now.
This is but one of the paradoxes in Finn’s case. Another is: Why did he choose to ignore the Dallas Charter, the compact that he had with his fellow bishops, not to allow sexually abusive priests to remain in ministry? That was a promise that the entire body of American bishops made to the faithful in the United States. How could Finn think that he knew better than his fellow bishops? Did he ever consider the effects of his breach on the rest of the American church, namely the persistence of the doubt that if one bishop was breaking the Charter, others probably were as well, but were just better at not getting caught?
And another paradox: Why did his fellow bishops not call him out publicly for his dishonor? After all, it was their joint promise that he broke. Where was the fraternal correction from the American bishops?In Germany, when the Bishop of Bling, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of the diocese of Limburg, spent $43 million dollars to renovate his palace, the outcry from the German bishops was public and immediate. Within four months, Tebartz-van Elst was gone.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
A 76-year-old retired priest who sexually abused a seven-year-old girl while hearing her first confession has been jailed for two years.
John Calnan, who is no longer in ministry, was sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to sexual assaulting the girl in West Cork in 1989.
Sgt Maurice Downey told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the girl was preparing for her First Holy Communion and Calnan was invited to her school to hear first confessions.
The confessions were being held in an kitchenette area and as Calnan began hearing the girl’s First Confession, he put his hands inside her underwear and digitally penetrated her.
The complainant, now a 34-year-old woman, told gardaí in her statement of complaint made in 2013 that Calnan also appeared to be doing something to himself at the time.
When the little girl finished her confession, Calnan re-arranged her clothing and gave her absolution and penance and told her that she could leave the kitchenette, said Sgt Downey.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, today announced the appointment Major Kevin M. O’Brien, a Rhode Island State Police Officer, as the new Director of Compliance. O’Brien comes to the diocese with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He officially begins on June 1, 2015.
Major O’Brien recently served as detective commander overseeing several units including the Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud, Criminal Identification, Computer Crimes/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and others. He replaces Lt. Robert McCarthy who served in the same capacity since September of 1993.
“We are very blessed to have the services of Major O’Brien who brings a great blend of professional experience, personal integrity, and commitment to the faith, to carry on the outstanding services of Lieutenant McCarthy,” said Bishop Tobin.
“As a member of the Rhode Island State Police for the past twenty three years I have had the honor and privilege to serve and protect the citizens of Rhode Island,” said Major O’Brien. “As I begin this new chapter in my life, I look forward to utilizing the skills and experiences gained throughout my career to now serve in the Diocese of Providence. This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the church that has played such an important part in my life.”
He served previously in the Major Crimes Unit overseeing ten detectives responsible for investigations including burglary, homicide, robbery, financial crimes, sexual assault, and others.
He has received numerous awards and letters of commendations.
O’Brien will be responsible for promoting the principles of compliance in cooperation with various law enforcement agencies throughout the state and among the various Diocesan parishes and agencies. He will have direct oversight for all matters within the Compliance Office; including investigations, criminal background checks and staff supervision. He will also provide support, education, and training to staff to build risk awareness within the Diocese.
[Vatican City, 24.04.2015 (KAP) The Vatican has reacted to the arrest of several terror suspects who may be planning an attack on the Vatican. There was "no cause for special concern," spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Friday. He pointed out that the alleged plans relate to the year 2010 and have remained without consequence.]
Sprecher Federico Lombardi: "Kein Anlass zu besonderer Besorgnis"
Vatikanstadt, 24.04.2015 (KAP) Der Vatikan hat gelassen auf die Festnahme mehrerer Terrorverdächtiger reagiert, die vor fünf Jahren möglicherweise einen Anschlag auf den Vatikan geplant hatten. Es bestehe "keinerlei Anlass zu besonderer Besorgnis", sagte Sprecher Federico Lombardi am Freitag. Er verwies darauf, dass die mutmaßlichen Pläne das Jahr 2010 beträfen und folgenlos geblieben seien.
Die Staatsanwaltschaft in Cagliari auf Sardinien hatte zuvor mitgeteilt, es gebe Hinweise darauf, dass die Verdächtigen damals möglicherweise auch einen Anschlag auf den Vatikan geplant haben könnten. Es gebe einige abgehörte Gespräche, "die klar darauf hindeuten, dass ein Angriff geplant wurde, vielleicht sogar auf den Vatikanstaat", sagte Staatsanwalt Mauro Mura. Die Polizei habe einen mutmaßlichen Selbstmordattentäter aufgehalten, der im März 2010 am Flughafen Fiumicino gelandet sei, so Mura.
Bischof Finn von Kansas City – St. Joseph habe die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen den Priester seiner Diözese nicht als Kavaliersdelikt behandelt, sagt der Vorsitzende der ‚Catholic League’.
Kansas City (kath.net/LSN/jg)
William Donohue, der Präsident der amerikanischen Initiative „Catholic League“, hat Robert Finn, den zurückgetretenen Bischof von Kansas City – St. Joseph, verteidigt. Der Vatikan hatte Finn den Verzicht auf Ausübung seines Amtes nahegelegt, nachdem er gerichtlich zu zwei Jahren auf Bewährung verurteilt worden war. Das Gericht warf ihm vor, Shawn Ratigan, einen Priester seiner Diözese, den Behörden nicht sofort gemeldet zu haben, nachdem auf seinem Computer kinderpornographisches Material gefunden worden war. Kath.net hat berichtet.
Religion News Service - Rhymes with Religion
Boz Tchividjian | Apr 24, 2015
I settled into a window seat of the plane and suddenly found myself in tears.
Last weekend, I had the distinct privilege of meeting with some of the most amazing people on the face of the earth. They gathered together because each had been sexually abused while growing up overseas as children of missionaries. Adding to their pain is the horrific reality that other missionaries perpetrated most of these crimes. To make matters worse, many of these survivors have been re-traumatized by mission agencies that prefer that they remain silent and fade into the darkness. I look forward to devoting a future post to these heroes and what they are teaching me about pain, betrayal, isolation, disappointment, authenticity, joy, hope … the list can go on and on.
As I sat in the plane staring out the window, hoping that nobody would notice my tears, I found myself recalling my work on two independent investigations related to child sexual abuse on the mission field. Dozens of painful memories of interviews with abuse survivors flooded my mind. Their tears, their pain, their tears, their confusion, their tears, their betrayal, their tears, their isolation, their tears, their ongoing disappointments, their tears, their feelings of worthlessness, their tears, and … more tears. My colleagues and I often lament that each of us lost a part of our soul during those agonizing investigations as we confronted the dark underbelly of the professing Christian community.
One of the darkest spots of that underbelly is the silence of missionaries who suspect others of victimizing children, but choose to remain silent and fail to report the crime. Tragically, such silence is all too common. Once in awhile, suspecting missionaries might step forward to voice a concern, only to be intimidated into silence by the leadership. In the meantime, the lives and souls of little ones living in a faraway land are being decimated. The horror of this silence has stayed with me for many years. Can anything be done about overseas American cultures that ignore the suspected sexual abuse of children?
KANSAS CITY (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Friday, April 24
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, email@example.com
Two priests who molested in Kansas City MO are now still priests living or working elsewhere, unsupervised, among unsuspecting families. The new temporary head of the Kansas City diocese should act now to warn others about them.
The credibly accused child molesting clerics are
--Fr. Thomas Cronin of Nevada, who is involved with a homeless women's shelter despite a civil lawsuit in Kansas City (now settled) that charges him with sexually violating a young woman.
–-Bishop Joseph Hart of Wyoming who, as a priest in KC, molested at least six boys. (They have sued and those suits have settled.)
Archbishop Joseph Naumann has said he won’t make dramatic changes. But years of trauma in the Kansas City MO diocese have resulted from bishops doing little or nothing to protect the vulnerable from potentially dangerous priests.
Naumann should take immediate steps to alert police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public about Cronin and Hart. These two predator priests could be assaulting kids and young people out west today. They could be visiting Kansas City, and hurting kids and young people, here this weekend. With real outreach by Naumann, Cronin and Hart might even be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned, sparing others decades of devastating pain.
Presumably, Bishop Robert Finn’s resignation is intended to bring healing to Kansas City Catholics and victims. But wounded adults can heal themselves, with or without action by bishops. But innocent kids and vulnerable adults cannot protect themselves from predators without action by bishops.
Naumann should put announcements in every parish bulletin at the first opportunity, begging those who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Cronin or Hart to step forward and call police.
Léonard veroordeeld omdat hij niet optrad tegen pedofiele priester
Aartsbisschop Léonard is door het hof van beroep in Luik veroordeeld omdat hij niet optrad tegen een pedofiele priester. Dat heeft de advocaat van het slachtoffer bevestigd aan de redactie van Het Nieuwsblad. Léonard moet 10.000 euro schadevergoeding betalen aan het slachtoffer van de priester.
Joël Devillet werd als tiener jarenlang misbruikt door de dorpspastoor van Aubange, een dorpje helemaal in het zuiden van de provincie Luxemburg. Devillet stapte niet meteen naar het gerecht.
‘Omdat ik zelf priester wilde worden. Ik wou geen schandaal’, vertelde hij. Wel bracht hij de katholieke kerk op de hoogte. Met Léonard, die in 1991 de Naamse bisschop werd, had hij een lang gesprek. Het bracht weinig zoden aan de dijk: Hubermont werd overgeplaatst naar een andere parochie, maar bleef gewoon priester.
24 Apr 2015
Italian police said on Friday they were staging a "vast anti-terrorism" operation against an armed organisation inspired by al-Qaeda whose members may have been planning an attack against the Vatican.
Cagliari chief prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that the suspects were also planning to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A series of raids across the country was targeting 18 people, they said. Some had been arrested in Italy, including the group's suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed to have left the country.
"We don't have proof, we have strong suspicion," said Mario Carta, head of the police unit leading the investigation said when asked for more details on a possible attack against the seat of the Catholic Church.
He said that, in intercepted telephone calls, investigators had heard the suspects say they would launch a "big jihad in Italy," conversations that also suggested a target might be the Vatican.
By Greg Botelho, Don Melvin and Hada Messia, CNN
Rome (CNN) Italian authorities said they launched a "vast anti-terrorism operation" Friday, going after suspects associated with al Qaeda who had discussed a list of targets, including the Vatican.
Some members of the terror cell even had direct contact with Osama bin Laden before his 2011 death in Pakistan, Italy's state-run ANSA news agency reported. Police said they got this information from wiretaps.
Wiretaps and other intelligence revealed the group's plans to carry out terror attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Italy, according to Caligari Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura.
Some evidence indicated the Vatican was among the targets being considered. This talk happened in March 2010, around the time a possible suicide bomber from Afghanistan had entered Italy, Mura said.
[Nine arrests have been made of suspected al-Queda operatives in Italy. There was suspicion they planned to attack the Vatican. Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the theory of an attack has circulated since 2010 and has proved unfounded. He said there is no concern at the Vatican.]
di ALBERTO CUSTODERO
ROMA - E' ancora in corso una importante operazione degli uomini dell'antiterrorismo della polizia contro una cellula fondamentalista con base in Sardegna e legata ad al-Qaeda. Le richieste di arresto sono 18, di cui 9 eseguite nei confronti di otto pachistani e un afgano. Dei nove arrestati, tre sono stati bloccati a Olbia, due a Civitanova Marche e gli altri a Bergamo, Roma, Sora (Frosinone) e Foggia. L'organizzazione - secondo quanto emerso dalle indagini - operava prevalentemente a Olbia e nel Lazio. Il ruolo principale nell'organizzazione fondamentalista era ricoperto da un imam che viveva a Bergamo. Gli arrestati devono rispondere, a vario titolo, di atti terroristici all'estero e favoreggiamento dell'immigrazione clandestina, con la quale si autofinanziavano. Quanto ai ricercati, tre sono ritenuti certamente in Italia, mentre altri risultano emigrati dal territorio nazionale. Fra gli arrestati, due avrebbero un passato da fiancheggiatori di Bin Laden, altri sarebbero autori di numerosi e sanguinosi atti di terrorismo e sabotaggio in Pakistan, compresa la strage del mercato di Peshawar, il Meena Bazar, avvenuta nell'ottobre del 2009 (mappa) in cui vennero uccise più di cento persone.
Dalle conversazioni intercettate è emersa anche la presenza in Italia di due kamikaze: l'ipotesi degli inquirenti è che fosse ricollegabile a un piano di attentato in Vaticano. Il capo della procura della Repubblica di Cagliari, Mauro Mura, che ha coordinato le indagini ha precisato che la circostanza non è al momento "oggetto di contestazione" nei confronti degli arrestati. Dalla Santa Sede, il portavoce padre Federico Lombardi spiega: "Si tratta di un'ipotesi che risale al 2010 e che non ha avuto alcun seguito. Non si tratta quindi di un fatto oggi rilevante e non è motivo di particolari preoccupazioni". Successivamente dagli ambienti investigativi trapela che il possibile attentato terroristico in Vaticano risale effettivamente al 2010 e potrebbe essere sfumato dopo una perquisizione effettuata dalla polizia a casa di uno degli indagati nel marzo di quell'anno. Due kamikaze pachistani erano appena sbarcati a Roma. Quasi contemporaneamente la polizia fece scattare delle perquisizioni.
Il Fatto Quotidiano
Padre Gratien Alabi, il frate congolese indagato per la scomparsa di Guerrina Piscaglia, della quale non si ha più traccia da un anno è stato arrestato a Roma per essere trasferito a Arezzo a disposizione del pm Marco Dioni che indaga sulla scomparsa della donna da Ca’ Raffaello, frazione di Badia Tedalda (in provincia di Arezzo). Guerrina Piscaglia è scomparsa dal primo maggio 2014. Il gip Piergiorgio Ponticelli ha firmato l’ordinanza e i carabinieri hanno fermato il religioso a Roma, in un monastero nel quale padre Gratien si trovava da alcune settimane.
Padre Alabi, che in paese veniva chiamato padre Graziano, è accusato di omicidio e occultamento di cadavere l’imputazione contestata al religioso: “Rilascerò dichiarazioni – commenta l’avvocato del frate Luca Fanfani – solo quando conoscerò le motivazioni che hanno portato il gip a firmare l’ordinanza”.
AREZZO. A mezzanotte del 24 aprile sarebbe scaduto il divieto di espatrio e padre Gratien avrebbe potuto lasciare l'Italia. Ma giovedì 23 i carabinieri di Arezzo l'hanno arrestato. Per il religioso, già indagato per favoreggiamento in sequestro di persona nell'inchiesta sulla scomparsa di Guerrina Piscaglia , la 50enne scomparsa da Ca Raffaello, una frazione di Badia Tedalda (Arezzo) e di cui non si hanno più tracce da un anno, adesso l'accusa è di omicidio volontario e di occultamento o soppressione di cadavere.
Il gip del tribunale di Arezzo Piergiorgio Ponticelli ha firmato l'ordinanza di custodia cautelare in carcere per il religioso congolese di 45 anni. La svolta è maturata nel penultimo giorno utile per l'ordinanza dal momento che il 25 aprile scadeva il divieto di espatrio, imposto al frate sei mesi fa su richiesta della procura di Arezzo. I carabinieri si sono presentati al portone del convento dei Premostratensi in viale Giotto a Roma, all'Aventino, e hanno notificato al frate il provvedimento del giudice. Padre Gratien Alabi è poi salito sull'auto dei militari dell'Arma: destinazione la caserma di Cortona (Arezzo) dove si sono svolte le procedure di rito prima dell'arrivo ad Arezzo, previsto per la tarda serata.
International Business Times
By Umberto Bacchi
April 24, 2015
Italian police have charged a catholic priest with the murder of a Tuscan housewife who went missing last year.
Father Gratien Alabi was held in Rome by detectives investigating the disappearance of Guerrina Piscaglia, 50, who vanished from the village of Cà Raffaello, near Arezzo on 1 May 2014.
The married mother-of-one left her house for a walk on International Labour Day, a public holiday in Italy, never to return.
The 45-year-old clergyman was already a suspect in the case although he was previously facing charges of aiding and abetting a kidnapping or murder and banned from leaving Italy, pending an investigation. He has now been charged with murdering the woman and disposing of the body.
Piscaglia was a parishioner at the local church run by Alabi but detectives have long suspected there was more to their relationship for the two had exchanged a high volume of text messages and phone calls, including on the day of her disappearance, Italian media reported.
By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 21 April 2015)
This Broken Rites article tells how the Marist Brothers harboured a child-sex offender (Brother John William "Kostka" Chute) for more than 40 years, giving him access to Australian Catholic schoolchildren. Broken Rites has ascertained that the Marist Brothers appointed "Brother Kostka" to at least 12 Catholic schools in Australia between 1952 and 1993, ranging from Lismore in northern New South Wales to Marcellin College in Randwick, Sydney, as well as at least one school in Queensland. His final school was Marist College in Canberra, and it was some Canberra pupils who finally got him convicted and jailed in 2008. However, this Canberra court case was confined to crimes committed within the Australian Capital Territory. Now, in 2015, John William Chute is scheduled to face an additional charge in New South Wales, regarding an alleged offence at Lismore.
The new charge in 2015
On Wednesday 18 March 2015, John William Chute was arrested by New South Wales detectives attached to Richmond Local Area Command, near Sydney. He was charged at Burwood Police Station with one count of indecent assault. The police allege that, at a school in Lismore between 1967 and 1969, this religious Brother indecently assaulted a boy who was in year six. Chute was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on a later date. This court hearing would be a brief administrative procedure, for the charge to be officially filed before a magistrate, with a further hearing to follow later.
Concerned Catholics of Guam
For Immediate Release – April 24, 2015
Hagatna, Guam – The Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG) today announced that the organization will be hosting an island-wide prayer rally and motorcade on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The rally is being organized to appeal for justice, accountability, and action from the archdiocese’s leadership, which has remained silent on controversial issues facing the Catholic community on Guam.
Despite repeated letters and requests from members of the Concerned Catholics of Guam to meet with Archbishop Anthony Apuron to begin a dialogue on these issues, Archbishop Apuron continues to hide behind a veil of secrecy and is completely out of touch with the people of God in the Archdiocese of Agana.
“We are again appealing that Archbishop Apuron come to his senses and to reach out, in a genuine and tangible way, to a hurting and divided Church on Guam. We have waited too long and his style of leadership and silence cannot be tolerated any longer,” said Greg Perez, president of Concerned Catholics of Guam, Inc.
“I’m inviting everyone to please join us for this island-wide prayer rally and motorcade to send a clear message to Pope Francis and to Rome that nothing has been done to reconcile and reunite our Church. We want justice, accountability, and a real effort to move our church forward.”
Letter and Email Campaign
Guam Catholics are also being encouraged to begin a second campaign of letters, emails, and phone calls to Vatican officials in Rome concerning the inaction, lack of leadership, and lack of transparency from Archbishop Apuron and the Chancery Office.
Earlier this year, high-ranking Vatican officials visited Guam for what the archdiocese dubbed a “pastoral visit”. Instead the visit was in fact investigatory in nature with a quietly kept schedule of events and meetings with concerned individuals, public officials, and clergy members.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has nominated Father Edward C. Milsec as bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg in Pennsylvania, USA.
The Holy Father also accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, the former bishop of Greensburg, according to Canon 401 §1 of the Code of Canon Law.
Fr. Edward C. Malesic was born on August 14, 1960 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 and a Master in Divinity in 1987 from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. In 1998 he received his Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg on May 30, 1987.
SURVIVORS of historical child abuse have expressed concerns about the future of a long-awaited public inquiry after the Scottish Government postponed a key announcement on its chairperson.
Education secretary Angela Constance had been expected to name the chair and outline the remit of the inquiry in a statement to parliament next week.
But The Scotsman has learned the announcement has now been put off until after the general election, raising fears among campaigners that the scope of the inquiry is to be reduced.
The Scottish Government announced the inquiry in December, which will have the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.
Alan Draper, the parliamentary liaison officer of In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said some survivors were concerned the delay to Ms Constance’s statement was due to the unpopular decision to limit the remit of the inquiry.
He said: “There may be good reasons for [the delay]. It’s been presented to us that it’s to do with the election, but they’ve known about the date of the election for five years. I don’t see that as a good reason.
APRIL 24TH, 2015 KATHLEEN NUTT
A KEY announcement planned for next week regarding a historical child abuse inquiry across Scotland has been put off until after next month’s General Election, it was revealed yesterday.
The statement is now expected in mid-May and victims are furious – believing the delay may be down to ministers trying to avert any bad publicity the announcement generates until after polling day.
Scots survivors are concerned the move could be an indication they will not support what is being planned and follows a series of negative stories about a similar inquiry set up by the UK Government.
Alan Draper, parliamentary liaison officer for In Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), told The National: “There are fears the Scottish Government is trying to narrow the inquiry and doesn’t want anything coming out before the General Election.
“Survivors are yet again left feeling very disappointed.”
(Reuters) - Belgium's senior Roman Catholic cleric, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, has been ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($10,900) in damages for failing to act on allegations of sexual abuse in the 1990s.
The civil case was brought by Joel Devillet, who was abused by a priest while he was a choirboy in the south of Belgium in the late 1980s, when he was 14 years old.
Devillet later studied to become a priest himself and informed the Church of his earlier experience of abuse, but it did little to help him and did not alert justice authorities, an appeals court in Liege said on Thursday.
"At no moment at the church court was Joel Devillet recognised as a victim," the court said in its judgment, adding that Leonard, in his capacity as bishop of Namur in the 1990s, bore some blame.
"The way in which Bishop Leonard treated the case of Joel Devillet constituted misconduct," the court said.
By Jolene Toves
The Concerned Catholics of Guam will be hosting an islandwide prayer rally and motorcade on Sunday, May 3. The motorcade will begin at the mayors offices in different villages and proceed to the Agana Cathedral Bascilica for the prayer rally at 4:30pm. According to CCOG president Greg Perez the rally has been organized to appeal for justice, accountability and action from the archdiocese.
The CCOG has written letters to Archbishop Anthony Apuron requesting financial transparency but they have not received any response. Perez says that the archbishop has remained silent on controversial issues facing the catholic community and is appealing to him reach out.
San Antonio Express-News
DAVID KLEPPER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 23, 2015
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church is opposing efforts in New York to allow sex abuse accusers to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations has expired, warning of dire financial consequences if the state allows plaintiffs to sue decades after the purported abuse occurred.
Currently in New York, victims of child sex abuse have until five years after they turn 18 to file a lawsuit. The same statute of limitations applies to most child sex crimes.
A bill pending in the state Assembly would eliminate the statute of limitations on abuse cases going forward — and create a one-year window to allow anyone to file lawsuits no matter when the abuse occurred. Supporters gathered Wednesday in Albany to push for the bill.
A similar law in California passed in 2002 resulted in dioceses there paying $1.2 billion in legal settlements.
Such a law in New York would cause the church "catastrophic financial harm," according to a statement of opposition from The New York State Catholic Conference, which argues a one-year window would do nothing to stop new cases of abuse while "enriching trial lawyers" by allowing them to file suits relating to "stale lawsuits regarding long-ago charges."
By Mike McAndrew | firstname.lastname@example.org
on April 23, 2015
The Catholic church is opposing efforts in New York to allow alleged sex abuse victims to sue after the statute of limitations has expired.
Currently, victims have only until they turn 23 to seek charges or file a civil suit.
A bill pending in the state Legislature would create a one-year window for anyone to file lawsuits no matter when the alleged abuse occurred.
Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, D-Maspeth, makes reference in the sponsor's memo of the bill to the allegations against former Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine, although the memo does not mention Fine by name.
"The Syracuse University, Penn State University, and the Horace Mann school scandals have shown us that now more than ever we need to change how we view the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse," the memo says.
Two former Syracuse University ball boys, stepbrothers Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, publicly accused Fine in 2011 of molesting them decades before when they were children. Syracuse police and federal prosecutors investigated the allegations for a year before announcing that they would not charge Fine. The U.S. Attorney's office said that it had not developed sufficient credible evidence of a prosecutable offense. Through his attorney, Fine has denied any wrongdoing.
By Rick Bella | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on April 23, 2015
The defense in the trial for Happy Valley Pastor Mike Sperou called several witnesses Thursday who said they didn't recall any detailed discussions by church members of the child sex-abuse allegations against him in 1997.
Sperou's sister, Jackie Mitchell, a teacher in the North Clackamas Bible Community, told a Multnomah County jury she never saw any children in his room. She also said she didn't know why Jennifer Olajuyin and Jessica Watson, who grew up in the church, were interviewed by police detectives.
"I didn't know very much about it," said Mitchell, who is married to Associate Pastor Kevin Mitchell. "I heard they were questioned."
Under cross-examination, Mitchell said she had not heard that her brother had inappropriately kissed her daughter – his niece. Other defense witnesses earlier said Sperou had taken responsibility for his actions and had apologized.
Mitchell also said under cross-examination that she had given birth to an illegitimate child fathered by Assistant Pastor Bill Hartman.
April 23, 2015
Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: April 23, 2015
An Aug. 3 deadline for filing claims against archdiocese prompts campaign
An unprecedented campaign to track down survivors of clergy abuse in the Twin Cities archdiocese is beginning in Minnesota.
Within days, the first legal notices will appear in newspapers across the state announcing, “You May Have a Claim Against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.”
Letters already are in the mail to Catholics who have reported sexual abuse to the archdiocese over the years, telling them of a critical deadline for making a claim. Hundreds of notices to treatment centers, psychological therapists, parishes and schools are in the works.
The urgent message: Anyone who has been sexually abused by a priest in the archdiocese now or in decades past needs to step forward by Aug. 3 if they intend to seek compensation. The news is being blasted out by the church, by victims’ attorneys and survivors themselves.
“This will be unprecedented,” said victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson, whose law firm is spreading the word through its own campaign in social and traditional media.
APRIL 24, 2015 BY SUSAN MATTHEWS
Catholics who donate directly or indirectly (through their parish giving) to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference might be surprised by how their money is being invested. The PA Catholic Conference, the public affairs arm of the Catholic Church in our Commonwealth, actively lobbies against reforming the Statute of Limitations (SOL) for child sex abuse. To be more specific, they hire lobbyists to visit our Representatives and Senators in Harrisburg on their behalf. Money talks and politicians only hear one side. Children can’t afford lobbyists.
I wanted to read about the Conference’s stance on this issue, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on their web site. Why wouldn’t they want to inform the faithful about a key point on their agenda? Why are they hiding this? While I certainly support their pro-life lobbying, I also think children deserve to be protected after they are born.
The current Statute of Limitations (SOL) for child sex abuse puts kids at risk. While the SOL was improved 10 years ago, those reforms were not retroactive. They only applied to future crimes. That leaves child predators, who were never prosecuted, free to live in our communities. For example, think about the priests whose crimes were covered up by the Archdiocese until the SOL ran out. After the scandal was exposed, they were removed from ministry. Where are they living now? They are not registered and predators don’t retire from abusing. But this goes well beyond the clergy. What about the child predators from other walks of life – the family members, the coaches, etc. These lobbyists are helping to give them a free pass in order to protect their client’s assets.
Several states abolished the SOL for childhood sex abuse and created “window legislation.” This legislation opens a two year window during which past victims (whose abuse previously fell outside the SOL) can come forward to name their abuser and press charges.
BY DAN WALTERSDWALTERS@SACBEE.COM
The Catholic Church’s first Latino pope is on the verge of canonizing Junipero Serra, the 18th century Spanish missionary who brought Christianity to California and built the first of the state’s famed missions.
Figuratively, however, the state Senate’s Latino leadership, including President Pro Tem Kevin de León, is thumbing its collective nose at Pope Francis and Serra by voting to remove the missionary priest’s statue from the U.S. Capitol.
The squabble over ethnicity, sexual orientation, revisionist history and political symbolism is making global headlines and is another emotion-tinged conflict for a Legislature already in turmoil over right-to-die and mandatory vaccination bills.
Each state can have statues of two historic figures in the U.S. Capitol, and California’s are Serra, since 1931, and former President Ronald Reagan, who in 2009 replaced 19th century anti-slavery minister Thomas Starr King.
By Allison Pohle @AllisonPohle and Sara Morrison @SaraMorrison
Boston.com Staff | 04.23.15
This September, Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States since he ascended to the papacy in 2013. His itinerary will include stops in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York.
It will not, as of now, include Boston, the epicenter of one of the biggest scandals in the church’s history. In 2002, The Boston Globe reported on a widespread sexual abuse cover-up within the Boston Archdiocese, the effects of which are still felt today.
Although Massachusetts is the second-most Catholic state in the country, and Boston one of the most Catholic major cities, a Pope has only visited us once. That was in 1979 when Pope John Paul II said Mass on Boston Common to an estimated 400,000 people.
Pope Francis has met with some survivors of sexual abuse by priests. He called for a Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, led by Boston’s own cardinal Seán O’Malley. Yet, many victim advocacy groups believe the Vatican does not have an adequate system of justice, and the church has not done enough to punish accused priests.
Some survivors ask: If he is truly interested in making reparations and healing, isn’t Boston the best place to start? Or is it for the best if he stays away?
Boston.com asked three sexual abuse survivors — Ann Hagan Webb, Robert Costello, and Bernie McDaid — to write an open letter to Pope Francis about his visit, and whether or not it should include Boston. The church’s response to the survivors’ letters can be read here.
The Morning Bulletin
Austin King | 24th Apr 2015
NEERKOL Orphanage victim Margaret Campbell, and her lawyer, are making formal representations to the Queensland boss of public prosecutions to review the case against Rockhampton man Kevin Baker.
Yesterday Aaron Kernaghan, Ms Campbell's solicitor, told The Morning Bulletin he was making those formal representations early next week.
Mr Baker allegedly sexually abused Ms Campbell in 1961 at Neerkol Orphanage, the Royal Commission panel was told at its Rockhampton hearing.
In 2002, the Department of Public Prosecutions decided not to proceed any further with legal action against Mr Baker because of several technical legal issues.
Today's online edition of the National Catholic Reporter features a story by Monica Clark about the arrest of Msgr. Hien Minh Nguyen, a priest and former judicial vicar of the Diocese of San Jose, on charges of fraud and tax evasion. According to the article, Msgr. Minh Nguyen was indicted for depositing parish checks, totaling $19,000, into his personal bank account, and failing to report over $1 million in income on his federal tax returns.
Much like the sexual abuse scandal uncovered by the Boston Globe in 2002, this arrest and indictment will come as no surprise to those involved in church governance in the United States. Since as early as 2007 bishops and Chancery officials have been warned that the 'next big scandal' in the Catholic Church would be its financial management, and those same individuals have been called upon to increase internal controls and other protections against misappropriation of funds and other fiscal mismanagement.
Much like the instructions for the handling of sexual misconduct by clergy, these warnings and suggestions have largely been ignored by those in governance in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. And, much like the mishandling of accusations of sexual abuse, significant problems have arisen and then have been deliberately kept from the knowledge of the faithful. The most obvious example of this is the theft of more than $600,000 over a 17-year period by the former comptroller, Scott Domeier, through a scheme of graft and kickbacks. Although Domeier was finally removed from his position in 2012, the irregular accounting practices which he oversaw were hardly a secret. I originally raised concerns about them with the Archdiocesan CFO in 2009, only to be told to stay out of it. It was only when an outside vendor complained that the matter was dealt with.
Domeier was not the first lay employee of the Archdiocese (including the Catholic Spirit) to be charged for such crimes, nor is theft and other forms of fiscal misconduct limited to lay workers. Since the warning from the USCCB in 2007, the Archdiocese has repaid $30,000 taken from estate of a woman under the conservatorship of a parish priest, Father Corey Belden, to avoid prosecution of the priest, who apparently misappropriated the funds to fuel a gambling addiction. It froze parish accounts opened by a foreign priest who was using the parish's tax ID number to 'hold' money that had been collected for charities and dioceses in Africa. In 2012, the Archdiocese conducted a parallel investigation to the criminal investigation by the Maplewood Police Department after Father Rodger Bauman accepted a personal gift of $120,000 from a 99-year-old former parishioner. The Archdiocesan investigation determined that Father Bauman had written out the check himself, because of the diminished capability of the man making the gift. And, in 2013, an internal investigation into an extortion attempt made against an Archdiocese priest (who was also involved in prostitution) turned up evidence that the priest had acquired significant assets, including property, through a scheme of double-dipping and having his parish reimburse him for personal expenses. To my knowledge, all these men remain priests of the Archdiocese.
Brussels (AFP) - A Belgian court on Thursday ordered the Archbishop of Brussels to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a former choir boy subjected to sexual abuse by a priest.
The plaintiff Joel Devillet, now 42, was raped by a priest in southern Belgium between 1987 and 1991. The earliest abuse happened when he was 14 years old and has left him with serious psychological problems.
In 1996 the victim denounced his violator in front of an internal tribunal of the Belgian Catholic Church, which advised him to seek therapy.
Devillet failed in a bid to get a criminal conviction and so launched, and won, a civil suit claiming damages from the priest involved.
He also filed a suit to demand compensation from Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the Primate of Belgium, who at the time of the abuse was in charge of the central Namur diocese.
The Liege court of appeal on Thursday said the bishop, who will hand his resignation to the pope when he reaches the maximum permitted age of 75 next month, did not take sufficient measures to deal with the abusive priest, and was told to pay the 10,000 euros ($10,800) to Devillet.
24 APR 2015
THE EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN AT THE NEERKOL ORPHANAGE AS TOLD BY FORMER RESIDENTS AT THE CHILD ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION:
* A 67-year-old woman said she was sexually abused and raped more than 100 times from age 11 by priest Reginald Durham, who forced her to confess her "sins" and gave her absolution.
* Children who ran away were publicly flogged with whips as an example to others.
* Girls were forced to eat "ant sandwiches" under supervision to ensure compliance.
* Altar boys were routinely raped by a priest during Latin lessons.
* Bed-wetters had to stand with the toilet sheet draped over their heads during breakfast.
* Alternatively they were locked in storerooms or cupboards without food or water for up to a day.
A stock whip wielded by a young man paints bloody stripes across a small boy's bare back while several nuns and dozens of children watch on.
Another boy is locked in a cramped cupboard for an entire day without food or water.
His crime? Wetting the bed.
A nun drags another child to the priest's quarters and tells him to be a "good boy", before the man who has supposedly committed his life to god forces him into unspeakable acts.
These are not scenes from a film, but the reality for Queensland children who attended St Joseph's Neerkol orphanage, near Rockhampton.
Former Queensland governor Leneen Forde's 1998-1999 inquiry into institutional child abuse exposed the Neerkol nuns' decades-long reign of terror, which was only brought to an end by the orphanage's 1978 closure.
Now, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing has revealed the full horror of what went on in the dormitories, the yards, the dining halls and the priests' quarters not so long ago.
National Catholic Reporter
Ed Wilkinson Catholic News Service | Apr. 23, 2015
BOOKLYN, N.Y. When Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn celebrated a Mass of Hope and Healing for survivors of sexual abuse by the clergy, the mood was pensive.
After all, this had not been done before in this diocese. It was difficult to judge what the reactions would be.
The liturgy was celebrated the evening of April 15 at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in downtown Brooklyn with more than 100 people in the congregation.
The bishop was joined in the procession by Auxiliary Bishops Raymond Chappetto and Octavio Cisneros, 57 priests and 10 deacons.
"The traumatic experience of sexual abuse clearly destroys peace of mind and soul," DiMarzio said in his homily.
New Jersey Herald
By DAVID KLEPPER
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Church is opposing efforts in New York to allow sex abuse accusers to file lawsuits after the statute of limitations has expired, warning of dire financial consequences if the state allows plaintiffs to sue decades after the purported abuse occurred.
Currently in New York, victims of child sex abuse have until five years after they turn 18 to file a lawsuit. The same statute of limitations applies to most child sex crimes.
A bill pending in the state Assembly would eliminate the statute of limitations on abuse cases going forward - and create a one-year window to allow anyone to file lawsuits no matter when the abuse occurred. Supporters gathered Wednesday in Albany to push for the bill.
A similar law in California passed in 2002 resulted in dioceses there paying $1.2 billion in legal settlements.
Such a law in New York would cause the church "catastrophic financial harm," according to a statement of opposition from The New York State Catholic Conference, which argues a one-year window would do nothing to stop new cases of abuse while "enriching trial lawyers" by allowing them to file suits relating to "stale lawsuits regarding long-ago charges."
"It is wrong to hold innocent people accountable today for the evil actions of long-dead individuals from a different generation," the statement reads.
SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
National Catholic Reporter
Dan Morris-Young | Apr. 23, 2015
Canonical and court documents from 2003 and 2005 that cast a negative light on the ministry of Fr. Joseph Illo during his time in the Stockton, Calif., diocese -- including a court ruling that he inflicted "intentional emotional distress" on an 11-year-old girl -- have further enraged parents at Star of the Sea School who have sought the priest's removal as Star of Sea Parish administrator.
A San Francisco Examiner story posted Thursday reports that a civil case settled in San Joaquin County Superior Court in 2005 ruled that Illo emotionally abused the child when he was pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Modesto and that "the girl was ultimately awarded $20,000 in damages."
According to court documents provided to NCR, the event took place Sept. 11, 2001. The girl reportedly went to Illo to tell him of alleged sexual misconduct against her and her sister in their home about two months earlier by associate pastor Fr. Francis Arakal.
According to a "settlement conference statement" filed in February 2005 by attorneys of the girls' guardian ad litem and mother, Kathleen Machado: "Rather than protect and minister to the 11-year-old ... Fr. Illo breached the child's confidences by forcing the child to confront the offending priest. The pastor and offending priest then called the child a 'liar,' yelled at her and defamed her mother by insinuating to the 11-year-old that her mother was 'fabricating' the allegations ... because 'all [Machado] wanted to do was have sex' " with Illo.
EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA - Two men including a local priest are under arrest and facing child pornography charges.
Bruce Fehr, 54, and Zachary Giebner, 33, were arrested following a two month long investigation.
The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says that both men were downloading child pornography and search warrants were executed Thursday morning at each of their Wilmington Island homes.
Both men are being held at the Effingham County Jail on charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Fehr is a rector of Saint Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church.
According to his biography on the church's website, Fehr was ordained to priesthood in October 2013.
Savannah Morning News
By DeAnn Komanecky
A former teacher and a pastor have been arrested on unrelated child pornography charges.
Bruce Fehr, 54, of Savannah, and Zachary Giebner, 33, of Savannah were arrested following an investigation that began two months ago. During the investigation, investigators with the Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force discovered that both Fehr and Giebner were downloading child pornography. Giebner was a teacher in Bryan County, according to the Effingham Sheriff's Office.
Fehr is the reverend at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Wilmington Island, said Joe Heath, with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Search warrants were executed this morning at each of their Wilmington Island homes where computers were seized and the men arrested. Both men are currently in the Effingham County jail where they face charges for Sexual Exploitation of Children.
By Felicia Abraham
Published: April 23, 2015
SAVANNAH Ga. (WJCL) — The FBI-led Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force has arrested two men on unrelated child pornography charges.
Bruce Fehr, 54, of Savannah, and Zachary Giebner, 33, of Savannah were arrested following an investigation that began two months ago. During the investigation, Investigators with the Southeast Georgia Child Exploitation Task Force discovered that both Fehr and Giebner were downloading child pornography.
Fehr is rector and is in charge of the St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church on Wilmington Island.
Giebner, was charged in November 2013 for inappropriate conduct with a student in Newman, Georgia.
Search warrants were executed this morning at each of their Wilmington Island homes where computers were seized and the men arrested. Both men are currently in the Effingham County Jail where they face charges for Sexual Exploitation of Children.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
. . .According to trusted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo, the just-resigned Bishop Robert Finn is “the third U.S. prelate to resign under a cloud of controversy over his handling of abuse claims,” and each of them spent time in Missouri. The first – Cardinal Bernard Law – headed the Springfield (buckle of the bible belt) diocese while second – Cardinal Justin Rigali - headed our own. Palmo also predicts that “Given the turbulence in Kansas City, it is practically certain that Finn won’t remain in the area, most likely returning across Missouri to his hometown.” (Another local connection: Finn’s temporary replacement is Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, also originally from St. Louis
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Thursday, April 23
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )
Once again Bay Area Catholics learn about serious charges against a priest only through the news media, not from their alleged “shepherds.”
Star of the Sea parishioners have apparently learned via news reports that their pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, was essentially deemed guilty of intimidating a young alleged victim of a predator priest.
[San Francisco Examiner]
When will Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone learn that, in the words of Martin Luther King, “no lie lives forever.” When will he start being honest with Catholics about the misconduct of their priests?
Shame on him, Fr. Illo, and other San Francisco church officials who kept the jury verdict against Fr. Illo hidden.
This isn’t an “allegation” against Fr. Illo. It’s a jury verdict. An impartial, vetted group of citizens heard all the evidence and found that Fr. Illo had indeed mistreated this brave young girl.
(That same jury found the accused predator in this case, Fr. Francis Arakal, not guilty of sexual battery. But we strongly suspect the outcome would have been very different if Fr. Illo, his colleagues and his supervisors had acted responsibly in this case and aggressively reached out to victims instead of intimidating them.)
For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we call on the archbishop to suspend Fr. Illo immediately. Otherwise, Bay Area priests will get the message that it’s OK to yell at a child
Finally, shame on parishioner Vivian Dudro who admitted Fr. Illo’s behavior would have made a child feel “at the very least uncomfortable and intimidated” but also somehow manages to believe there was no misbehavior on the priest’s part even though an impartial jury awarded the girl $20,000.
In a stunning display of callousness, Dudro also said “If there’s anybody who can pump new life into this church, it’s Father Illo.”
She obviously believes that a priest’s alleged skill at growing his flock trumps his proven intimidation of a young alleged child sex abuse victim. Imagine what Jesus might say to her.
And shame on Larry Kamer, one of Cordileone’s public relations team. He said “In this particular case, the police and the jury both found that there was never any abuse and the matter was resolved on other issues.” That’s disingenuous spin.
The jury did find insufficient evidence to deem Fr. Arakal guilty. But they found ample evidence to deem Fr. Illo guilty. Shame on Kamer for twisting the truth, insulting the jury and re-victimizing the brave girl and her family.
Kamer, also encouraged Catholics to express any concerns directly with the parish and archdiocese. He’s wrong. Those who want to protect their kids and learn the truth should contact police, prosecutors, journalists, lawyers and groups like ours. That’s the way to make a difference. Calling biased, self-serving church officials is at best a waste of time and at worst a way to enable cover ups to remain covered up.
By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Apr 23, 2015
The recent positive conclusion to the Vatican’s investigation into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious raises more questions than it answers. The kind words that LCWR leaders are now heaping on the Pope and curial officials do nothing to reassure.
Questions arise because these latest developments are so clearly at odds with the internal LCWR resistance to the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment while it was in progress. This includes a repeated failure to meet the expectations of Archbishop James Sartain of Seattle, the Vatican delegate placed in charge of LCWR reform. Such resistance has been continuously manifested not only in the negative comments of LCWR leadership but in their insistence on continuing to sponsor dissident speakers and honor religious women who reject key portions of the Catholic Faith.
Phil Lawler has already expressed his own doubts about the outcome, which he categorized as “news” because what is now being said contradicts, well, life as we know it. We have, after all, been hearing horror stories about the LCWR for decades.
KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Register
by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 04/23/2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Joseph Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., resigned April 21 — one week after a meeting in Rome with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, where he tendered his resignation.
Bishop Finn’s resignation — a direct consequence of his misdemeanor conviction in 2012 for failing to report sexual misconduct by a diocesan priest — was another clear signal of the determination of Pope Francis and other Church leaders to hold bishops directly accountable for the mishandling of sexual-abuse allegations.
The April 21 daily Vatican news bulletin briefly confirmed that Pope Francis had accepted Bishop Finn’s resignation. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph subsequently released a statement from the bishop, along with the news that Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., will serve as the apostolic administrator of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed. ...
Push for Accountability
The apostolic visitation in Bishop Finn’s diocese highlighted the Vatican’s commitment to hold bishops accountable for failures to remove and report priests who posed a risk to minors, and it reflected ongoing concerns that Bishop Finn had lost credibility with his priests and local Catholics.
Last November, during an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who leads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors that Pope Francis created in March 2014, said Bishop Finn’s status was “a question the Holy See needs to address urgently.”
Lay members of the commission on clergy sexual abuse also called for his removal, but sources on that commission told the Register that they had no power to address individual cases.
However, Bishop Finn’s resignation took place immediately after commission members assembled April 12 in Rome for a meeting that discussed his case in the context of a broader consideration of bishops’ accountability.
A source with knowledge of events leading up to Bishop Finn’s resignation, speaking on background, told the Register that he had been summoned to Rome for the April 14 meeting with Cardinal Ouellet and had canceled his appointments last week in order to make the trip.
BY DENNIS SADOWSKI
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Arriving in the Philippines from Ireland in 1969 as a young missionary priest, Columban Father Shay Cullen hardly expected he’d end up fighting a burgeoning sex industry.
More than 45 years later, despite death threats and confrontations with uncooperative authorities, Father Cullen, 72, continues to patrols bars and hotels to free kids from an unimaginably dark world where the value of human life is solely measured by how much many customers a child can see in one night.
Through a foundation which he established in 1974 in the western coastal city of Olongapo, Father Shay has helped thousands of young people escape slavelike conditions and rediscover their dignity.
“We are successful in rescuing and saving these children and giving them a new life, a therapeutic community and a sense of new life and dignity so life can return to these unfortunate exploited young people,” Father Cullen told Catholic News Service.
The People’s Recovery Empowerment and Development Assistance Foundation, known as PREDA, provides runaway, abandoned and trafficked children a safe space where they can confront their life of abuse or slavery. Father Cullen claims a success rate of more than 97 percent with few young people unable to settle into a stable life.
US President Barack Obama follows polls, as all leaders must in a democratic world with a 24/7 media and internet, as well as billionaire media moguls who are not above “buying” political influence even from popes. As a parent, Obama also cherishes children and wants to see his expected successor, Hillary Clinton, continue his family supportive policies.
Obama has tried hard to avoid directly confronting media manufactured Pope Francis, but the pope has given Obama little choice but to begin to confront him directly to protect children, and women as well. Obama’s criminal law officials have confronted the pope indirectly, for example, on priest child pornographers like the one in Kansas City that Bishop Robert Finn harbored, and on priest sexual predators in Puerto Rico where Polish Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was papal ambassador and child abuser-in-chief. It appears Obama’s gloves may now be coming off over protecting children and women from a desperate Roman male theocracy on its last legs.
Indeed, Hillary Clinton and her Jesuit educated husband, Bill, can even be expected to press Obama to take on the pope so Hillary can avoid having to do so in her presidential election campaign. Hillary and Bill earned their positions by personal drive and effort, as compared to the Vatican’s clearly preferred Bush brothers, who are sons of a wealthy US President and grandsons of an investment banker US Senator. The Clintons will not be deterred by a “mere pope”.
The pope’s free US political ride on protecting sexual predators and their bishop accomplices is almost over. Please see my Hillary Clinton vs. Pope Francis in 2015 USA Politics, Electing Bishops & Jeb Bush Too , A Pope, A New US War, Jeb Bush Neocons & Big Oil and Finn’s Law: Police Must Now Handle Crimes Says Pope .
The Clinton’s longtime ally and Obama’s former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Leon Panetta, summarized as a charter member of the US bishops child protection board in 2004 the situation that still persists. Panetta reportedly said, “These dioceses are separate fiefdoms, … It’s an almost medieval organization we’re dealing with. Each bishop runs his own fiefdom. There is very little communication between those dioceses and bishops and indeed, very little communication between bishops and the Vatican. The basic culture that developed is, ‘We take care of our own, we really don’t want to open ourselves up to being questioned by others…’. The key here is going to be whether there is greater participation by the laity. I am just not sure that there’s enough pressure internally to really produce the changes that are necessary. I say that because in some of the interviews with the hierarchy there was clearly the sense that they were anxious to get this whole thing behind them – back to business as usual.”
Panetta was right. It was back to business as usual, regardless of who is pope. Even under Pope Francis, the laity, especially women, continue to be mostly irrelevant, other than for donations. Panetta helped Obama clean up child sexual abuse on US military bases. Hopefully, he will now for children’s sake step up and help Obama and Hillary clean up US religious institutions, including in the Catholic Church — a task he left basically undone over a decade ago.
The pope appears to be making his final desperate push of his brief papacy to install by the end of next year, before he likely retires, a right wing papal ally in the White House, seemingly Jeb Bush, even if lives of children and women worldwide may be needlessly hurt thereby. Obama will resist this. He knows that with no elective office in his future, he can now thwart the pope with less political risk than Hillary would face.
National Catholic Reporteri
Brian Roewe | Apr. 23, 2015
KANSAS CITY, MO. When news broke Tuesday of Bishop Robert Finn's resignation as head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese, a primary question asked: Did he step down on his own, or was he forced out?
The announcement from the Vatican published in its daily bulletin said Pope Francis accepted Finn's resignation "in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law." Canon 401.2 reads: "A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office."
While it's possible the Vatican requested Finn resign, neither the announcement nor canon 401.2 offer clear evidence to that, according to four canon lawyers who spoke to NCR.
Fr. John Beal, professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America, said canon 401.2 places the onus on the bishop to determine if his ministry is compromised beyond repair.
"I'm sure there were lots of people pushing, but the canon itself doesn't say anything about a requested resignation. It leaves the initiative with the bishop," said Beal, who added that, like in the military, government and corporate world, there can be a thin margin between voluntary resigning and being pushed.
At a press conference here Tuesday, Teresa White, an abuse survivor who was part of a 2008 settlement with the diocese, said it was important to know if Finn was forced out.
"I want full accountability, I don't want partial accountability," she said. "I don't want any more smoke and mirrors with the church. I want them to own up to their responsibilities to protect children and young people." ...
Finn is far from the first bishop to have the canon accompany his resignation. In the same bulletin, the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop José Trinidad Gonzalez Rodriguez, 71, of Guadalajara, Mexico, also referenced canon 401.2.
As the canon states, it is triggered in cases of a bishop too ill to continue in the role: for example, Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup, N.M., who resigned in 2008 at the age of 63 after suffering a brain injury the previous year, or Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, Pa., who also resigned at 63 because of what he called "bouts of insomnia and, at times, crippling physical fatigue."
In terms of grave causes, the canon has been used in instances of illicit consecration (Bishop Isidore Fernandes of Allahabad, India, in 2013), sexual relations with adult males (Bishop Francisco Barbosa da Silveira of Minas, Uruguay, in 2009) and financial maleficence (Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, Germany, aka the "bishop of bling," in 2014).
It has also appeared in numerous cases of bishops handling clergy sexual abuse allegations. BishopAccountability.org lists 16 bishops with ties to sexual abuse scandals who either resigned or were removed from 1991 to 2014; of those, six resignations cited canon 401.2. Among them were three Irish bishops (Brendan Comiskey of Ferns, James Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin, and Seamus Hegarty of Derry), Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston.
By TAP INTO EDISON STAFF
April 22, 2015
TRENTON, NJ - Three Orthodox Jewish Rabbis were convicted at trial today for conspiring to kidnap Jewish men in an effort to force them to give their wives religious divorces, referred to as “gets,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Rabbis Mendel Epstein, 69, of Lakewood, New Jersey; Jay Goldstein a/k/a “Yaakov,” 60, of Brooklyn, New York; and Binyamin Stimler, 39, of Brooklyn, New York, were each convicted on Count One of the indictment, conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Goldstein and Stimler were additionally convicted on Count Five of the indictment, attempted kidnapping. Epstein’s son, David Epstein a/k/a “Ari,” 40, of Lakewood, New Jersey, was acquitted on three counts. The jury deliberated three days following an eight-week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
On Dec. 1, 2009, in Lakewood, an Orthodox Jewish man, Israel Markowitz, was assaulted, placed in a van, tied up, beaten and shocked with a stun-gun until he agreed to give his wife a get.
A get is a divorce under according to Jewish law. If a person was married under Jewish law, that person cannot technically remarry under Jewish law without a get.
On Oct. 16, 2010, in Lakewood, another Orthodox Jewish man, Ysrael Bryskman, was assaulted, tied up and beaten until he agreed to give his wife a get.
On Aug. 22, 2011, in Brooklyn, New York, another Orthodox Jewish man, Usher Chaimowitz, and his roommate, Menachem Teitlebaum, were assaulted, tied up, and beaten until Chaimowitz agreed to give his wife a get.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao are poised to file child abuse charges against two clerics of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) who are keeping five minors suspected to be members of a communist group.
Supt. Gervacio Balmaceda, Jr., PNP Region 10 spokesperson, said in an e-mail that IFI’s Bishop Raul Amoricillo and parish priest Rolando Abejo could face cases against Republic Acts 7610 and 7658, both laws covering protection of children.
Mr. Amoricillo earlier claimed that IFI was accorded custody of the five minors who were among the 13 arrested earlier this month by police from Libona, Bukidnon on suspicion that they were members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Upon confirming that the five are indeed minors after they were arrested, the police turned them over to the Libona municipal social welfare and development office.
Mr. Amoricillo, in a press conference last Tuesday, said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office gave custody of the children to one Melvy Anlagan, their relative, who, in turn, requested IFI to take custody of the minors.
In a separate e-mail, DSWD Region 10 Spokesperson Oliver Inodeo clarified that the minors were never under the custody of their agency.
[Horror in Pietramontecorvino: sexual abuse of minor by a former priest who has been arrested.]
Le accuse sono tutte gravissime: dalla violenza sessuale aggravata e continuata alla produzione di materiale pornografico. Tutti reati commessi a Pietramontecorvino, dal 2013 e fino al novembre 2014, da un ex-sacerdote, poi ridotto allo stato laicale, con divieto assoluto da parte della Chiesa di avvicinarsi ai bambini frequentanti la parrocchia del paese.
E' quanto scoperto dal Compartimento della Polizia Postale di Bari che, insieme ai carabinieri della stazione di Casalnuovo Monterotaro e di Pietramontecorvino, hanno eseguito una ordinanza di applicazione della misura cautelare in carcere, emessa dal G.I.P. del Tribunale di Bari, nei confronti di T.G., ex sacerdote, indagato, appunto, per i reati di violenza sessuale aggravata e continuata commessa per induzione, abusando delle condizioni di inferiorità fisica e psichica della vittima, nonché produzione di materiale pornografico attraverso rappresentazioni di pornografia minorile e condivisione di materiale pedopornografico in danno di un minore di quattordici anni.
Headlines from the Catholic World
Vatican City, Apr 23, 2015 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Thursday that Fr. Brendan Cahill, Vicar for Clergy in the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, has been named bishop for the diocese of Victoria, Texas.
In an April 23 statement Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said that Fr. Cahill has been “a faithful priest” in his diocese, and will bring “a wealth of gifts and experiences with him in this new ministry.”
“His appointment is a sign of the Holy Father's care for the needs of the people of Southeast Texas, whose deep Catholic roots continue to be a vital presence in the region,” the cardinal said.
The priest’s “warm and pastoral heart” will be greatly missed, he said, assuring the bishop-elect of his personal prayers and fraternal support in his new mission.
National Survivors Advocates Coalition
Voluntary resignation instead of firing is not justice.
It is part of the dance of a gentlemen’s game.
Yes, Bishop Robert Finn would no longer be the head of the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph under either circumstance but it is important to make the distinction.
The permitting of a voluntary resignation allows Finn to retain the financial support that any retired bishop receives from the Roman Catholic Church and gives him a glide path of exit.
With the resignation coming at age 62, — albeit two-plus years beyond when it should have come and been accepted, – that leaves a lot of years for financial support to continue. That support comes from collection baskets, make no mistake about it.
We’d like to hear in-the-pew Catholics raise a bit of noise about this. Many pew occupiers had and have no difficulty slinging arrows of castigation that frame victims of molestation by priests and nuns as money grubbers.
For justice, the survivors with great courage went/go to court against a Church that had and has no problem lawyering up. Victims have been put through a second torture in having to testify about the molestation they have suffered.
Reparations for survivors are not even discussed within the broad forums of the Church.