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• Hudson vicar placed on leave

  [1994 Poitras -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Minor. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Pilot (Official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston), www.theboston pilot.com/ article.asp? ID=3784 , Posted Dec/1/2006
   BRIGHTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Nov. 27 that Father Steven Poitras has been placed on administrative leave after it received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1994.
   Father Poitras was currently serving as parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Hudson. Ordained in 1994, his first assignment was at St. Michael's in North Andover, but according to archdiocesan spokesperson Kelly Lynch, "the alleged incident did not occur at the parish to which Father Steven Poitras was assigned in 1994."
   The archdiocese notified the attorney general and the Essex County District Attorney's Office "upon receipt of this complaint," the archdiocese said in a statement. (This is the first of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse , for Friday, December 01, 2006.)
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• Robertson pleads to lesser charge

  [1999-2003 Robertson -NEW*]- Christian.
   The Weakley County Press, www.wcpnews. com/dynamic/ 2885756022 63300.bsp , By Sabrina Bates, Chief Staff Writer, ~ December 01, 2006
   TENNESSEE -- After making an appearance in Weakley County General Sessions Court on Wednesday, a former pastor facing rape charges plead guilty to a reduced charge in court.
   Bobby Robertson, 60, of Old Gardner Road in Martin, was arrested on Oct. 11 on one count of rape for alleged sexual relations with a teenager from Feb. 14, 1999 until Feb. 14, 2003 as stated in an affidavit of complaint.
   Robertson, as of Oct. 12, has been out on a $2,500 bond and faced a Class B felony charge carrying a maximum sentence of eight to 12 years.
   According to assistant district attorney Kevin McAlpin, all parties agreed to have the charge reduced to attempted sexual battery and Robertson offered a "best interest" guilty plea Wednesday.

• Pedophiles passed me around, inquiry told

  [1960s] - 5 priests, 3 others. Teenage male. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ottawa Sun, http://ottsun. canoe.ca/News/ BreakingNews/ 2006/12/01/ 2576277.html , Canadian Press, Fri, December 1, 2006
   CORNWALL, CANADA - A former Cornwall man says he was "passed around like a gift" as a teenager in the 1960s among a group of older men he described as a "ring" of pedophiles.
   Claude Marleau, 54, capped off a third day of testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry by telling the commission on Thursday he believes eight men - five of them area priests - who allegedly sexually abused him knew each other and knowingly shared him for their sexual gratification.
   During cross-examination by Dallas Lee, an attorney representing the Victims Group at the inquiry, Marleau suggested the group of men were working together.
   "If you don't qualify the gang who abused me as a 'ring'," said Marleau, "I don't know what (else it would be.)"
   In 2001, Marleau was a complainant in the sex trials of two priests and a city musician. Both priests and the musician were acquitted, but the priest was eventually convicted of similar offences in Montreal and began serving a one-year jail term in September. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:30 PM]

Priest's party gets criticism

  [1980s Stepek -NEW*] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Daily Southtown, By Stephanie Gehring, December 1, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A dinner dance to honor a Burbank pastor is troubling the lawyers for two brothers who claim the priest molested them in the 1980s.
   Stepek is accused of sexually abusing two brothers while he was a priest at St. Symphorosa Catholic Church in Chicago's Clearing community more than 20 years ago.
   While the Archdiocese of Chicago says the event this week is not sponsored by the archdiocese, St. Albert the Great's parish bulletin publicized the dinner dance, and the rectory is taking reservations.
   The Rev. Robert Stepek remains on leave from the church while the abuse allegations are under review. He retains the title of pastor.
   About 350 of his supporters are expected to gather Thursday at Nikos Restaurant in his honor.

Police notified of abuse charge

  [A priest - NEW*] - RCC.
   Star-Telegram, By DARREN BARBEE, ~ December 01, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Even as the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese is under criticism for past handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests, a diocese attorney confirmed Thursday that it has told police of new allegations against a Tarrant County clergyman.
   Within the past month, a person has accused the priest of sexual abuse, said the attorney, John Crumley. He would not give any other specifics, including the name of the priest or the city where he works.
   Crumley said police were notified "as soon as it was reported to us."

Sentencing Set For Rabbi Caught In Sting

  [2005 Kaye*] - Judaism. Internet "boy".
   NBC 4, ~ December 01, 2006
   ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A local rabbi caught going to a house for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with a teenage boy is scheduled to be sentenced today.
   The boy turned out to be a 26-year-old man working for Perverted Justice, a group that exposes adults who use the Internet to arrange sex with children.
   Rabbi David Kaye, from Potomac, Md., was shown on "Dateline NBC" walking into a home in Herndon, Va.

• LA Settlement... Part One

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 500 pending.
   Whispers in the Loggia, http://whispers intheloggia. blogspot.com , December 01, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- In the wake of the Baltimore meeting, word from inside was that the almost 570 pending abuse claims against the archdiocese of Los Angeles were a topic of intense interest among the bishops in their private conversations.
   Within days of the meeting's close, a California judge lifted a three-year freeze on 100 of the cases, allowing them to proceed to the "discovery" phase, where cases are researched in advance of trial. And now, but a week after that decision, it's just been announced that 45 of the suits have been settled for $60 million.
   "This is very important for us," [Cardinal Roger] Mahony said in a telephone interview this morning. "This is a major effort at healing and reconciliation." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:46 PM]

Vatican defrocks two Springfield Diocese priests

  - RCC.
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), The Associated Press, December 01, 2006
   SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- The Vatican has defrocked two Roman Catholic priests who had been barred from parish work in the 1990s under the Springfield Diocese's sexual misconduct policy, the diocese said on Friday.
   The diocese said Pope Benedict XVI this week permanently removed Edward M. Kennedy and Alfred C. Graves from the priesthood. Both men were accused of sexually abusing minors.
   "Both had a number of credible allegations of sex misconduct brought before them," diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said. "Both had been suspended. They were not allowed to present themselves as priests."
   Dupont would not give details of the accusations nor would he specify the number of children who were allegedly abused.
   Graves had been out of the ministry since 1994, Dupont said. There is no Massachusetts phone listing for Graves. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:22 PM]

Mahony Finally Settles with Some Sex Victims

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   LAVoice, ~ December 01, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- How long has it been since L.A. Archdiocese priests were accused of sexually molesting children in their tutelage? The Archdiocese has been haggling with the claimants for four years now.
   Cardinal Roger Mahony did a phoner with the Times to say that the L.A. Archdiocese will pay $60 million to 45 parishioners who were sexually molested by its priests over the years. Some 517 claims are still pending, involving 200 priests and laymen dating back to the 1930s, the AP says.
   Finally.
   While the Times reports a dozen other Catholic institutions in the U.S. have settled with sex-abuse victims, this is the first time Mahony and the Archdiocese have done so ...
   Where does this money come from? How does the Archdiocese have $60 million to throw around? Give it some thought next time you pass the collection plate:
   Ray Boucher, the lead plaintiff's attorney, said the settlement involved 22 priests and was the largest settlement the Los Angeles archdiocese had reached "by far." He said more than $50 million would come from the archdiocese and about $8 million from religious orders.
   [COMMENT: Where does this money come from?  Keep reading these newsitems and the truth will out!  It's bound to hurt somebody!  COMMENT ENDS.]

L.A. archdiocese agrees to pay $60 million in abuse cases

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Los Angeles Times, By John Spano, 8:37 AM PST, December 1, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced this morning that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $60 million to settle 45 claims of clergy sexual abuse.
   The settlement is the first by the church and represents 8% of the 562 cases brought by people who claimed the archdiocese failed to protect them from pedophile priests.
   It is also the first settlement that Mahony has approved in Los Angeles. A dozen other Catholic institutions across the country have settled with victims of clergy abuse.

LA archdiocese to settle 45 abuse cases

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Houston Chronicle, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer, ~ December 01, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it has agreed to pay $60 million to settle 45 lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests.
   The deal is the most significant step to date toward resolving extensive litigation against the archdiocese that has dragged on for years.
   "I pray that the settlement of the initial group of cases will help the victims involved to move forward with their lives and to build a brighter future for themselves and their families," Cardinal Roger Mahony said in a news release.
   Negotiations for the settlement of the uninsured cases have been in progress for at least a year.

List of Catholic abuse settlements

  - RCC. $US 1,500 million cost.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ December 01, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests has cost the U.S. church more than $1.5 billion since 1950. The following is a list of some of the largest known payouts to victims since the crisis intensified in 2002 with revelations that a molester priest was moved among parishes in the Boston Archdiocese without alerting parents or police:
   - Diocese of Orange, Calif., 2004, $100 million for 90 abuse claims.
   - Diocese of Covington, Ky., 2006, up to $85 million for roughly 350 people.
   - Archdiocese of Boston, 2003, $85 million for 552 claims.
   - Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 2006, $60 million for 45 lawsuits. [Presumably more follows]

L.A. archdiocese pays $60M US to settle some sex-abuse claims

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   CBC News, Last Updated 12:54 PM ET | Friday, December 1, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Los Angeles, the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the United States, said Friday it has agreed to pay $60 million US to settle 45 lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests.
   The cases were among more than 500 pending against the archdiocese.
   "I pray that the settlement of the initial group of cases will help the victims involved to move forward with their lives and to build a brighter future for themselves and their families," Cardinal Roger Mahony said in a release.
   Negotiations for the settlement of the cases have been in progress for at least a year.

L.A. Catholics to pay $60 mln on sex-abuse claims

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Reuters, December 01, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the largest in the United States, said on Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 of the more than 500 claims against it claiming sexual abuse by its priests.
   "I pray that the settlement of the initial group of cases will help the victims involved to move forward with their lives and to build a brighter future for themselves and their families," Cardinal Roger Mahony said in a statement.
   Although the settlement covers a relatively small portion of the total number against the archdiocese, it is the first sex abuse settlement Mahony has approved in Los Angeles.
   Mahony told the Los Angeles Times it marked "a major effort at healing and reconciliation," and said he offered personal apologies to victims in meetings that took place this fall.

More time backed for abuse cases

 
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By AMAN BATHEJA, ~ December 01, 2006
   TEXAS -- Local lawmakers say they will support extending the statute of limitations on child sex abuse in the next legislative session, a proposal getting renewed attention following revelations this week that Fort Worth Catholic Diocese officials misled people about sexual abuse by priests and tried to delay victims from taking legal action until time ran out.
   Local lawmakers differed on how far to extend the point at which a child sex abuse accuser could file a criminal complaint or lawsuit and said the chance of such legislation passing next year in Austin would hinge on the details.
   Texas law currently gives accusers 10 years after their 18th birthday to take action.
   Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said that time should be increased because of the delicate circumstances that can cause a victim to take longer to face an abuser.
   "It would be appropriate to give a victim or an alleged victim more time to overcome certain mental anguishes that they may be experiencing," Veasey said. "I think we'd obviously need to debate what would be appropriate for how much more time is needed and to be fair about the situation."

Jehovah's Witnesses in centre of wrangle

  - Jehovah's Witnesses. Swaziland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Swazi Observer, By Mbongiseni Ndzimandze, ~ December 01, 2006
   SWAZILAND -- A misunderstanding between a pastor of the Jehovah's Witnesses and a member of the Makhwane area in Mbabane has resulted in a house and shop being demolished.
   Shop owner Titus Mabilisa is at the centre of the misunderstanding.
   Mabilisa is said to have questioned the expulsion of one of the followers of the faith amidst allegations of attempted rape of a minor.
   It is alleged that after the misunderstanding Mabilisa decided to expel members of the church from the area.

Pastor Out Of Jail

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - "Full Word Ministries". Male, girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC News 4, Reporter Courtney Ward, 11:38pm, Wednesday November 29, 2006
   NORTH CHARLESTON (SC) -- The North Charleston pastor accused of criminal sexual conduct with a church member - who at the time of the alleged incident was a minor - is walking the streets.
   Tyrone Moore, pastor at Full Word Ministries, was released from the Charleston County Detention Center on Monday. State Law Enforcement records show Moore has been convicted twice before of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 16. And under South Carolina law sometimes all it takes is two strikes to strike out.
   "For the second strike rule to kick in that occurs when someone's been convicted of a crime that's considered a most serious offense. Crimes that are most serious offenses include murder, some of your rape cases, criminal sexual conduct cases, criminal sexual conduct cases with a minor," says Scarlett Wilson, Chief Deputy Solicitor for the 9th Circuit.

Murderer priest is jailed for life

  - "Christian" or "Judaist"? Woman stabbed, raped; baby buried alive. South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City Vision, By LLEWELLYN PRINCE, ~ December 01, 2006
   SOUTH AFRICA -- A PASTOR in the Zionist Christian Church was sentenced to life imprisonment for repeatedly stabbing a Nyanga woman, raping her and burying her nine-month-old boy alive in a rubbish heap.
   Acting Justice WP Nagan said during sentence in the High Court that the 32-year-old victim had been so badly and wickedly assaulted that he was forced to conclude that Mbulelo Galimoya was guilty of attempted murder.
   The woman was stabbed so many times with a knife that, had she not received medical treatment in time, she would surely have died. One stab wound just missed her heart. The level of violence of the other stab wounds in her neck, showed that there was an attempt to commit murder.

Priest to the stars tells Kelly: I forgive priest who abused me

  - ? RCC. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Belfast Telegraph, By Eddie McIlwaine, December 01, 2006
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- Father Brian D'Arcy has a confesson to make to Gerry Kelly when they come face-to-face on UTV tonight (8pm).
   "Most days I would say, 'God, why am I at this?'" reveals the cleric, who left home in Fermanagh at 17 to become a priest. Most days, he admits he wishes he'd chosen another way of life.
   And then, Fr D'Arcy, 40 years on and now known as the showbusiness priest, adds: "But having said that, I've always been very happy because I've had a very varied life.
   "I've kept moving round and meeting new people and challenges all the time."
   He maintains that the only reason he's still a priest is that God is calling him.
   He also talks to Gerry about being sexually abused.
   "I've been abused twice. I don't need to talk any more about it in public because, compared to other abuse that I had dealt with in my own life with other people, it wasn't a high form of abuse, but it was real for me and you can't really compare pain and compare suffering and compare abuse."

Editorial: Justice in sight for future sex abuse victims

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Delco Times, Dec/01/2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- For future generations, there is hope for justice. On Wednesday, Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law a package of bills aimed at toughening penalties for pedophiles. Included in the new legislation is a 20-year expansion of the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution.
   Now, alleged victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania have until age 50 to file criminal charges against their suspected abusers.
   Up until about three years ago, they had to file charges within two years of the alleged abuse and no later than age 18. Around 2003, the statute was expanded to age 30.
   The changes in the law are consistent with recommendations made last year by a Philadelphia grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in 2002 to investigate clerical sexual abuse.

Records released on ex-area priest

  [~ 2000s Magaldi] - Sex abuse x2. $US 200,000. Internet trawling, porn.
   Times Record News, By Judith K. McGinnis / December 1, 2006
   TEXAS -- After a months-long legal battle, the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese has made public records that shed light on abuse accusations against the Rev. Phillip A. Magaldi, the priest for four Clay and Montague county parishes from 1990-92.
   The findings are included in documents concerning the cover-up of sexual abuse by priests during the tenure of Bishop Joseph P. Delaney, who headed the diocese until his death in 2005.
   Not long after coming to serve the Texas parishes in 1990, Magaldi was indicted on charges of stealing $200,000 from his former parish in Providence, R.I., during the late 1980s, according to Times Record News file stories.
   Magaldi pleaded guilty to the charges in 1992, was sentenced to two years in prison and stepped down from the Clay and Montague parishes. Stories in the Dallas Morning News at the time reported a judge in the embezzlement case said Magaldi used some of the money for tropical vacations with adolescent boys and once gave a teenager he met in a park enough money to buy a car.

Rendell signs broader laws on child-sex abuse

 
   Philadelphia Inquirer, ~ December 01, 2006
   HARRISBURG (PA) -- Gov. Rendell on Wednesday signed a package of bills intended to toughen penalties for sex offenders who prey on children, including a measure that would make changes recommended by a Philadelphia grand jury that investigated abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
   The legislation would give alleged victims of child-sex crimes until their 50th birthdays to file criminal complaints, 20 years longer than current law allows. Employers and supervisors could be held criminally liable if they know of alleged abuse by employees who care for children but they fail to stop it, and caregivers would have to report suspected abuse regardless of whether the victim reports it.

Christine M. Flowers | Always The Biggest Target.

  - RCC.
   Philadelphia Daily News, ~ December 01, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- SWATTING at giants is always in fashion. No one ever roots for the big guy; the underdog has the sympathy factor.
   It's David vs. Goliath. The colonial army vs. the Redcoats. Look no further than our own Art Museum, to Rocky. Whenever a group or individual has privilege, wealth and tradition on its side, we instinctively tend to oppose it.
   So it is with the Catholic Church. It's hard to argue that the church is an underdog in anything except, perhaps, the court of public opinion. It has all the accoutrements of institutional power, and its reach in both spiritual and temporal matters is enormous. No other single denomination has had more of an impact on western civilization, for good or for bad, than Catholicism. So, yes, it does have resources.
   And maybe that's why it always seems to be open season on the church.

!!!: Victims target priests

  [~ 2000s Magaldi] - Sex abuse x2. $US 200,000. Internet trawling, porn.
   The Dallas Morning News, By BROOKS EGERTON, Friday, December 1, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- An international organization of clergy abuse victims expressed outrage Thursday over the contents of unsealed Fort Worth Catholic Diocese records and urged Bishop Kevin Vann to discipline priests who "enabled or covered up for their abusive peers."
   SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said one of its targets is the Rev. Tim Thompson, pastor of St. John the Apostle Church in North Richland Hills. He failed to tell police of a parishioner's tip that the Rev. Philip Magaldi was trolling chat rooms for minors and had "pedophilic material" on his computer.
   "It never crossed my mind that I should report it to police," Father Thompson said Thursday.
   The unsealed records, which The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram obtained this week after a 19-month court battle, show that Father Thompson did tell Bishop Joseph Delaney about the 2001 tip.
   At that time, Father Magaldi was trying to transfer from Fort Worth to a Florida diocese, having been removed from ministry at least three times - once for stealing from a parish and twice because of sexual abuse complaints. He had been returned to duty twice and, on another occasion, stayed on the job despite church investigators' conclusion that he was "guilty of sexual exploitation."

Advent is for abuse victims, diocese says

  - RCC.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Friday, December 1, 2006
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- After decades of silence on the problem of clergy sexual abuse, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington officials on Thursday dedicated the 2006 Advent season to abuse victims and their families.
   The announcement came the same day a federal judge granted requests by the diocese and Archmere Academy to dismiss a civil suit by a graduate who said a Norbertine priest there had sexually abused him. And it came two weeks after Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli released the names of 20 priests against whom the diocese had substantiated allegations of abuse.
   Saltarelli's Advent announcement urges priests to pray for victims and those affected by their abuse at every Sunday and weekday Mass during the season, which begins Sunday and ends Christmas day. He also asked each pastor to celebrate a special Advent prayer service, Mass or Eucharistic Holy Hour. The Diocese of Wilmington includes 220,000 Catholics, 57 parishes, 19 missions and 38 schools in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 04:16 AM]
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Parole hunt goes global

  [Horowitz] - Judaist. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Japan flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Albany Times Union, By JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST, Saturday, December 2, 2006
   ALBANY (NY) -- One of Schenectady's most notorious sex offenders, a man authorities describe as a cunning predator who victimized children in the United States and abroad without remorse, has jumped parole and an international manhunt.
   Alan J. Horowitz last met with his parole officer June 7, officials say -- one day before authorities believe he hopped a plane from Newark, N.J. to Narita, Japan, not far from Tokyo. Later that month, he dispatched a letter to his parole officer postmarked from Israel, according to an arrest warrant signed this month by a federal judge in Albany.
   Horowitz, 59, a trained rabbi and former adolescent psychiatrist with an Ivy League education, has dual citizenship with the Middle East country, authorities said.
   In the letter, he declared his intention never to return to the United States again -- a clear violation of his parole, which lasts until 2011, court papers said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM]
   [COMMENT: Giving a person holding TWO citizenships just adds to the public's criticism of the judiciary. Many "democracies" have officials with the firmness of jelly and blancmange. COMMENT ENDS.]

Bishop Called In Rape Suit.

  [1999-2002 Mr Maiello] - RCC. Girl, boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, December 2, 2006
   NEW YORK -- Bishop William Murphy - the spiritual leader of Long Island's Roman Catholics - has been subpoenaed to testify in a $100 million civil case against a former youth minister by two young people who were raped.
   Matthew Maiello, 32, of St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, was convicted of rape and sodomy for the molestation of the two teens, one a 16-year-old girl, the other a 15-year-old boy, from 1999 to 2002.

• Disgraced priest avoids jail term for embezzling

  [Kelly] - RCC. $US > 500,000.
   Cape Cod Times, www.capecod online.com/cc times/disgraced priest2.htm , By AMANDA LEHMERT, ~ December 02, 2006
   BARNSTABLE (MA) -- A retired priest pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling more than $500,000 from a Woods Hole church in what the prosecutor called a "wholesale looting."
   The Rev. Bernard Kelly, 73, was sentenced in Barnstable Superior Court to seven years of probation for embezzling from St. Joseph's Church in Woods Hole and filing false tax returns.
   At the plea hearing, Judge Richard Connon chided Kelly for committing the kinds of "evils" he was charged with ridding from the world.
   "Mr. Kelly has brought shame upon himself and his family and his church," Connon said.
   In October, Kelly paid $1.5 million to the Catholic Fall River Diocese as a settlement offer for money he stole from St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Lourdes in Wellfleet.
   The criminal charges against Kelly surfaced after he was interviewed by police investigating the murder of Jonathan Wessner in 2003.

Rabbi sentenced in Web sex sting

  [2005 Kaye*] - Judaism. Internet "boy".
   Washington Times, By Matthew Barakat, ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 2, 2006
   MARYLAND -- A Rockville rabbi ensnared in a nationally televised sex sting was sentenced to 61/2 years in prison yesterday for attempting to have sex with someone whom he thought to be a 13-year-old boy.
   David A. Kaye, 56, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Alexandria in September of enticement and traveling across state lines to engage in illegal sexual conduct.
   Most of the evidence came from a televised sting on "Dateline NBC" that was conducted in conjunction with an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice.
   A Perverted Justice member posing as a 13-year-old boy met Kaye in an online chat room in August 2005, and Kaye solicited sex acts.

O'Grady victim files suit against Irish archdiocese

  [20yrs O'Grady] - RCC. ~ 25 children. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Stockton Record, By Anna Kaplan, December 02, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- A Southern California victim has filed suit against the Irish Catholic archdiocese for sending Oliver O'Grady, who repeatedly abused children during his tenure as a Central Valley priest, to the United States.
   A recent award-winning documentary, "Deliver Us From Evil," profiles O'Grady, his crimes and the way his abuse has affected the lives of his victims. As a priest in Stockton, Lodi, Turlock and San Andreas, he sexually abused multiple children.
   For victims, lawsuits like this one can be a way of coping with their own tragedies as well as trying to prevent abuse from happening again.
   "There are other victims in Ireland who are still trapped in shame and suffering and should get help, and all church officials responsible for the rape of kids should be held accountable," said David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "It's not fair or healthy or just to have wrongdoers get by with crimes because of national boundaries."

Rabbi Gets 6 1/2 Years For Sex Sting

  [2005 Kaye*] - Judaism. Internet "boy". United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC 7, Dec. 1, 2006
   MARYLAND -- A rabbi who was caught in a nationally televised sex sting has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for attempting to have sex with someone posing as a 13-year-old boy.
   David Kaye of Rockville, Maryland, was convicted in September on federal charges of enticement and traveling across state lines to engage in illegal sexual conduct.
   Most of the evidence came from a sting on "Dateline NBC". Last year, an Internet watchdog group member posing as a 13-year-old boy met Kaye in an online chat room, and Kaye solicited sex acts.
   When Kaye drove to what he thought was the boy's home in Virginia, he was instead confronted by a T-V reporter and camera crew and admitted he was there for "not something good."

Church pays for abuse

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   The Times (Britain), by Catherine Philp, ~ December 02, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the US has agreed to pay out $60 million (£30 million) to settle 45 lawsuits alleging sex abuse of children by priests.
   The cases in Los Angeles were among more than 500 lawsuits pending against the Church there for its alleged failure to protect children. Sex abuse by priests has cost the Catholic Church in the US at least $1.5 billion since 1950.

Hundreds of cases remain in litigation

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Los Angeles Times, By Peter Y. Hong and John Spano, December 2, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- How did the church sex abuse scandal emerge?
   Media reports in January 2002 revealed that Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law had knowingly transferred priests with histories of molesting young people, moving them among numerous parishes. Law resigned in December 2002. In 2003, the Boston Archdiocese reached an $85-million settlement with 552 people who said they or their children were molested by priests.
   More than a dozen prosecutors across the country convened grand juries to investigate possible crimes by priests and church officials, though no bishops have been indicted. Thousands of civil lawsuits against dioceses followed, including more than 500 pending in Los Angeles.

Teacher faces 7 charges

  - Baptist.
   Daily Progress, By Rob Seal / rseal@dailyprogress.com | 978-7265; and Matt Deegan / mdeegan@dailyprogress.com | 978-7277; December 2, 2006
   CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA) -- A Charlottesville High School teacher accused of taking indecent sexual liberties with students has been indicted on seven felony charges, authorities said Friday.
   Jonathan Keith Spivey was a choir director at the school until this fall, and is a 19-year veteran of the city school system.
   On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Spivey on seven counts of custodial indecent liberties or custodial sexual abuse. ...
   In addition to his teaching duties, Spivey was music director at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Charlottesville, where School Board Chairman Alvin Edwards is pastor. He did not immediately return phone calls Friday.

2nd lawsuit alleges pastor touched teen

 
   Jackson Clarion Ledger, By Andrew Nelson, ajnelson@clarionledger.com , ~ December 02, 2006
   MISSISSIPPI -- Another lawsuit alleging sexual assault has been filed against a Grenada church and its longtime pastor.
   The Rev. Perry L. Montgomery of First New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is accused of rubbing against and fondling a then-17-year-old man in June 2003, according to a complaint filed Friday in Grenada County Circuit Court.
   Montgomery's attorney, Robert Malouf of Jackson, denied the charges against his client.
   "We deny the allegation and are suspicious about the origins," Malouf said.
   Malouf would not elaborate on their suspicions. He said he had not read the complaint in detail.

Catholics cite scandals for Mass decline

  - RCC. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   The West Australian, 8:45 WST, December 2, 2006,
   AUSTRALIA -- Disillusionment with the Catholic Church in the wake of sexual abuse scandals has contributed to a steady decline in Mass attendance, a report to the Church's 43 bishops says.
   It also cites the restricted roles of women in the Church and a feeling that its leaders are "not intelligent, not vibrant and not relevant" as reasons for the decline.
   Those who have stopped going to Mass who were interviewed for the Church project Disconnected Catholics, published yesterday, complained of the silencing of prominent theologians and other Catholic thinkers, decisions being made without consultation and a Church focused on rules, not compassion.
   Some said their parish priest promoted an anti-intellectual environment where "his word was law and critical thinking discouraged".

LA diocese settles abuse claims

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   BBC News, ~ December 02, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The largest Roman Catholic diocese in the US has agreed to pay $60m (£30m) to settle dozens of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.
   The settlement by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles relates to 45 cases among more than 500 that are pending.
   It is one of the largest settlements since the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal erupted in the US in 2002.
   Archdiocese head Cardinal Roger Mahony said he hoped the money would help the victims move forward with their lives.

Archdiocese in Los Angeles Settles Claims of Sex Abuse

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. 45 to settle, > 500 more to go.
   The New York Times, By CINDY CHANG, Published: December 2, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) , Dec. 1 -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to a $60 million settlement of claims by 45 people against clergymen who had sexually abused them as children, the archdiocese announced Friday.
   The average payment of about $1.3 million to each plaintiff is among the highest in a sexual abuse settlement involving clergy members. In October, the archdiocese settled seven other claims for a total of $10 million.
   The archdiocese will pay $40 million of the settlement from its central operations fund with the rest coming from insurance money and the religious orders of the 25 accused clergymen. The money will not be taken from individual parishes, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the head of the archdiocese, said in a telephone interview.
   Over 500 sexual abuse lawsuits are still pending against the archdiocese, the country's largest. Payouts in those cases would come mostly from insurance, but the archdiocese may have to sell property or reduce ministry services to make up the difference, Cardinal Mahony said.

Mahony's speaking, but he's still silent

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Los Angeles Times by Steve Lopez, December 2, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- It must have been an oversight.
   In his zeal early Friday morning to call reporters and take bows for the $60-million settlement with 45 victims of abuse by Roman Catholic priests, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony forgot to give me a ring.
   Then again, it seems as though victims and their attorneys didn't get a call either. They say they hadn't fully signed off on the deal yet, so they were surprised to wake up to news that Mahony had cranked up his PR machine.
   Had he called me, I surely would have congratulated His Eminence when he said, "The sexual abuse of minors is both a sin and a crime, and there is no place in the priesthood for those who have abused children."
   Oh, all right, so I might not have congratulated him. But I would have had a few questions:
   Are you really going to keep laying all the blame on clergy and none on church leaders who protected molesters for years?

Church to settle with 45 accusers

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Los Angeles Times By John Spano, Paul Pringle and Jean Guccione, December 2, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony said Friday that the Los Angeles Archdiocese had agreed to pay $60 million to 45 people who said they were abused by Roman Catholic priests - a payout that would be among the highest per person since the clergy sex abuse scandal exploded four years ago.
   But within hours, plaintiffs' attorneys said Mahony had "jumped the gun" in announcing a settlement. Raymond P. Boucher, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, confirmed that they were "on the verge of settling" but said "there are still some issues to be ironed out."
   "If we are able to put the finishing touches on this deal, then it will be a historic day," he said. "Forty-five victims have been waiting a year to get these cases resolved, and finally it looks like we are on the verge of doing so."
   The payments cover just a fraction of the 570 claims filed against the nation's largest archdiocese, setting the stage for payouts in the hundreds of millions of dollars to resolve the cases still pending. The cases settled Friday resolve only allegations of abuse in years the archdiocese was either not insured or was underinsured - cases that took place prior to 1954 or after 1986.

She can't forgive Mahony's inaction

  [1960s Rucker] - RCC. 38 girls.
   Los Angeles Times, By John Spano, December 2, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- Mary Dispenza Esfahan was 7 when her parish priest raped her in the auditorium of the Catholic school she attended in East Los Angeles, she recalls. At the time, her mother, who worked in the parish, was chatting with kitchen workers in the next room.
   Eventually, Dispenza became a nun and a teacher at her old school, St. Alphonsus, often meeting with students in the auditorium where she remembers being molested. It was 43 years before Dispenza allowed herself to release repressed memories and confront what had happened in that room. The priest was George Neville Rucker, who has been accused of molesting 38 girls.
   "To face the abuse would have caused me to face the church that I loved, the work that I loved, the faith that I loved," Dispenza said in a recent interview.

Settlement leaves largest questions unanswered

  - RCC. 16 molesters retained.
   Los Angeles Times, By Paul Pringle and Jean Guccione, December 2, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The sexual abuse settlement announced Friday resolves all current civil claims involving molestations that occurred during Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's 20-year tenure as head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
   But it leaves unanswered for now the biggest questions raised by the scandal: how the cardinal and other church officials handled molestation complaints against priests, and whether the archdiocese will bear any criminal responsibility for their actions.
   Mahony has acknowledged leaving 16 priests in the ministry after parishioners complained about inappropriate behavior with children. Five of the priests went on to molest children, including Michael Baker, who was criminally charged with molestation after confiding to Mahony in 1986 that he had abused two boys.

Archdiocese to settle 45 lawsuits

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Ventura County Star, By Tom Kisken, tkisken@VenturaCountyStar.com , December 2, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said Friday that $60 million will be paid to settle 45 clergy sex abuse lawsuits, including cases involving at least six priests who worked in Ventura County.
   Though a lawyer representing the victims said the settlement was not finalized and accused church officials of jumping the gun, the settlement would be the fourth largest in the nation since the priest molestation crisis erupted four years ago.
   Ray Boucher, liaison lawyer for plaintiffs, said the two parties have agreed in principle to a settlement that will include individual payouts ranging from $250,000 to $3.5 million but still leaves more than 600 sex abuse claims against the church. He said the final settlement barrier involves the process through which personnel records of the priests will be released. He was hopeful it would be cleared early next week but would not guarantee it.

Biggest US Catholic Diocese to pay $60m in abuse settlements

  - RCC.
   Irish Independent, ~ December 02, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US is to pay out $60 million to settle sexual abuse claims made against its priests.
   Forty-five of more than five hundred claims against priests in the Los Angeles area are to be settled.

Church to pay $60 million

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   San Gabriel Valley Tribune, ~ December 02, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 sexual abuse lawsuits, marking the largest deal by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to date and the fourth-largest in the country involving the scandal.
   The cases were among more than 500 pending against the Los Angeles archdiocese.
   "It's a day of healing and reconciliation as we move forward with these 45 cases," said Cardinal Roger Mahony. "This is very special for these victims in their moment of healing."
   The claims settled Friday involve 22 priests and include allegations from before the mid-1950s and after 1987 - periods when the archdiocese had limited or no insurance against sexual abuse claims. The 22 priests include Michael Baker, who was assigned to St. Paul of the Cross in La Mirada and St. Hilary Church in Pico Rivera; Richard Henry, who served at St. Joseph Church in Long Beach and St. Madeline Church in Pomona; and Michael Wempe, who had worked at St. Andrew in Pasadena.

Vatican defrocks 2 area priests

  [Kennedy, Graves] - RCC. Boys.
   The Republican, By FRED CONTRADA, fcontrada@repub.com , Saturday, December 02, 2006
   GREENFIELD (MA) -- With a few strokes of a pen, Pope Benedict XVI has severed from the priesthood two men accused of sexually molesting boys in Western Massachusetts. Resolution is not so neat for some of their alleged victims.
   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield was notified this week that the Vatican has defrocked Edward M. Kennedy and Alfred C. Graves. Both served as priests at various parishes in the area and both have been accused of sexually molesting minors.
   "Both had a number of credible allegations of sex misconduct brought before them," said diocese spokesman Mark E. Dupont. "Both had been suspended. They were not allowed to present themselves as priests."

L.A. Archdiocese to pay $60 million in abuse suits

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. Uninsured before mid-1950s and after 1987 !!!
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated Press, ~ December 02, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday that it will pay $60 million to settle 45 sexual abuse lawsuits, the largest payout yet by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and among the biggest resulting from the molestation scandal plaguing the church.
   The cases were among more than 500 abuse claims pending against the archdiocese.
   "It's a day of healing and reconciliation as we move forward with these 45 cases," Cardinal Roger Mahony said. "This is very special for these victims in their moment of healing."
   The claims settled Friday involve 22 priests and include allegations from two periods when the archdiocese had limited or no insurance against sexual abuse claims -- before the mid-1950s and after 1987.

Bishop: Abuse cases mishandled

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Vietnam (South) flag; formerly (Saigon) Vietnam; conquered by N. Vietnam; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Star-Telegram, By DARREN BARBEE, ~ December 02, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- In a sharp rebuke of his predecessor, Bishop Kevin Vann called the handling of sexual-abuse accusations against priests a "huge moral failure" and said he would have done things differently had he been leading the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese then.
   "The challenging thing for me is, all my life, I have always tried to respect my predecessor wherever I've been," Vann said. "But I can't defend the indefensible."
   In an interview with the Star-Telegram on Friday, Vann and the Rev. Michael Olson, the vicar general, listed what they called specific mistakes made by Bishop Joseph P. Delaney and other priests. But Vann said he won't discipline four priests for their roles in dealing with information about accused priests, although he will talk to them about their responsibilities.
   Vann and Olson also discussed two recent accusations against priests. They said the diocese removed an Arlington priest from Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in August because of what they termed "sexual harassment" accusations involving two out-of-state women. Olson said that the case "does not involve criminal activity" and that it is being looked into by a private investigator hired by the diocese's attorney.

Abuse survivor furious at San Francisco archdiocese

  [1969-71 Whelan (Salesian)] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, December 1, 2006
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) -- In July 2006, a jury "found in favor of Joey Piscitelli, a former altar boy who was abused by the Rev. Stephen Whelan, a vice principal, when he was a freshman and sophomore at the high school from 1969 to 1971," according to a story in the Contra Costa Times. Piscitelli was awarded $600,000.
   More on the story can be found here.
   Piscitelli is furious at the San Francisco archdiocese and the Salesian order, to which Whelan belongs, for defending Whelan.
   Piscitelli recently sent the following letter to Bishop George Niederauer:
   Dear Bishop Niederauer,
   I have a letter from your office, written by Bishop John Wester, asking me to participate in letting your 'Investigative Review Board' reinvestigate my claim against your associate pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul, Father Stephen Whelan. Your review board found Whelan credible, and said that I was not. The letter was written before my court trial. This is the same review board that finds all of your priests credible, and the victims not.
   As you know, I won the court case against Whelan and the Salesian order of San Francisco in July of this year. A civil court Jury found Whelan and the Salesians responsible for molesting me as a child. That was an unbiased jury. Not a board handpicked by Bishop Levada.
   Since the court case in July, your pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul, Father Malloy, continues to bad mouth me publicly. The Salesians do also. The Salesians of San Francisco have not apologized and have not done anything remotely close to the 'Charter' concerning treatment of victims and their families after abuse has occurred. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:47 AM]
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• Editorial: Abuse by those in positions of trust sickening  - Judaist; Roman Catholic. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Editorial: Abuse by those in positions of trust sickening

 
   Delco Times, www.zwire.com/ site/news.cfm? newsid=17542989& BRD=1675 &PAG=461&dept_ id=18168&rfi=6 , Editorial, Dec/03/2006
   UNITED STATES: Two stories that made headlines Friday make many people wonder if America is going to a certain place in a handbag. Maryland Rabbi David A. Kaye, 56, was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison for attempting to have sex with someone posing as a 13-year-old boy. The rabbi was convicted in September on federal charges of enticement and traveling across state lines to engage in illegal sexual conduct.
   Kaye's case took on national prominence after he was seen on TV's "Dateline NBC" in a sting that was conducted in conjunction with an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice.
   A member of Perverted Justice posing as a 13-year-old boy met Kaye in an online chat room in 2005 and Kaye solicited sex acts. When Kaye drove to what he thought was the boy's home in Virginia, Kaye was confronted by a TV reporter and camera crew and admitted he was there for "not something good."
   During the rabbi's sentencing, prosecutors provided documentation that proved it wasn't the first time Kaye had engaged in improper conduct with youths.
   Kaye was a rabbi at a congregation in Potomac, Md., for 16 years and at the time of the sting was vice president of a Jewish youth organization called PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leaders and Values.
   While any sex act with an underage person is legally and morally wrong, Kaye's crime seems much worse because of his status in the religious community. After all, if a youngster can't trust a person of the cloth, who can they trust?
   On the same day Kaye was being put away, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the nation's largest, was settling 45 sex-abuse cases for a total of $60 million, according to the Associated Press.
   It was the largest payout yet by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and among the biggest resulting from the molestation crisis that's plagued the church.
   The claims settled Friday involve 22 priests and include allegations from two periods when the archdiocese had limited or no insurance against sexual abuse claims -- prior to the mid-1950s and after 1987.
   Friday's settlement was the largest in California since 2004, when the Diocese of Orange agreed to spend $100 million to settle 90 abuse claims. It was also the fourth-largest in the nation since the clergy abuse crisis erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002, according to an Associated Press review of settlements.
   According to AP, four dioceses -- Tucson, Ariz.; Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore., and Davenport, Iowa -- sought bankruptcy protection from a flood of lawsuits.
   Delaware County has had its share of turmoil involving abusive clergy.
   A grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham in 2002 to investigate clerical sexual abuse released its report in September 2005, naming 63 priests who allegedly abused children as far back as the 1940s -- 43 of whom had connections with Delaware County.
   A new law signed Wednesday by Gov. Ed Rendell will hopefully toughen penalties for pedophiles.
   No matter how stiff the punishment, though, it can never equal the anguish the abuse victims must endure for the remainder of their lives.
   And the fact the abuse came from people in positions of trust makes the crimes worse. ©DelcoTimes 2006 # [Shorter version in Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker section.]
[Dec 03, 06] • For bishops, sex, lies and sealed records; Covering up for priests took precedence over helping abuse victims.  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

For bishops, sex, lies and sealed records

 
Covering up for priests took precedence over helping abuse victims
   The Dallas Morning News, www.dallasnews. com/sharedcontent/ dws/news/ localnews/ stories/ DN-fwdiocese_ 03met.ART. State.Edition2. 3de7c1a.html ; By BROOKS EGERTON, begerton@dallasnews.com , Sunday, December 3, 2006
   For 18 years, Richard Sipe belonged to the brotherhood of Catholic priests. For the last 14, he has been helping their victims across America seek redress from men like Fort Worth Bishop Joseph Delaney -- men who, as last week's unsealing of court records showed, have deceived their flocks and protected predators.
   Time and again, people ask Mr. Sipe why moral leaders would do these things. The San Diego-area researcher explains with a little story, about a priest who challenged a bishop for denying knowledge of a sexual abuse case.
   "Look, Father," the bishop responded, "I only lie when I have to."
   He "has to," Mr. Sipe says, if he thinks it will protect the church's good name. And many shepherds equate "church" with themselves, not their sheep.
   "Clerical narcissism," Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea calls it.
   "They call each other 'your excellency' and 'your eminence,' and they're serious about it," says the Charlotte, N.C., psychologist, who treats sex-crime victims and has researched the Catholic hierarchy extensively. "They really are royalty. Truth is what they say it is."
   These and other students of the Catholic Church's ongoing clergy abuse crisis see much familiar in the revelations about the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese, which resulted from a 19-month legal battle waged by The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
   The material documents complaints of depravity against seven priests who served for years under the late Bishop Delaney: enticing little girls with candy and older boys with booze; fondling kids as they prepared for first communion; masturbating them behind the altar; abusing them with enemas; attempting rape; raping. The bishop and his aides excused much of it away, helping molesters stay in ministry and hiding it all from police.
   The records build on findings that date to 1998, when The News reported that Bishop Delaney had hired two priests with histories of questionable conduct with boys in other states. He retained them after they were convicted of crimes there -- the first for contributing to a minor's delinquency, the second for stealing from a parish and using some proceeds on tropical vacations with boys.
   Bishop Delaney told a judge that the first priest would not work again with boys, but he did. The Rev. Thomas Teczar became a target in a Texas investigation of sexual abuse and left the state with the knowledge of the bishop, who died in 2005. Bishop Delaney gave The News conflicting accounts of the matter. Authorities said he wouldn't aid their investigation.
   Father Teczar faces a criminal trial in Eastland County in February. The Fort Worth Diocese paid two of his victims a settlement totaling $4.15 million last year. Managing the fallout
   None of this happened on new Bishop Kevin Vann's watch, yet he has been struggling to manage the fallout from the court records' unsealing.
   He apologized at a midweek news conference for what the abusers did but not for the cover-ups that Bishop Delaney and his aides orchestrated. "Not being here at the time those decisions were made, I can't say they should have done this or that," he said.
   But Bishop Vann was doing exactly that by week's end, having come under fierce criticism from victims.
   "I can't defend the indefensible," he told the Star-Telegram. He said he planned to talk to, but not discipline, four priests who have been accused of enabling abusers or mistreating victims.
   The News asked him repeatedly to talk about the general mindset of diocesan managers over the last quarter-century, when he was working his way up the ladder in Springfield, Ill. What, he was asked, would explain putting a priest's career above children's safety?
   Bishop Vann, who was a top bishop's aide in Illinois, would not answer.
   There's no good way to have that conversation without addressing the church's broader web of sexual secrecy, said Mr. Sipe, the former priest who consults on civil and criminal clergy-abuse cases. He is the co-author, with the Rev. Thomas Doyle and former priest Patrick Wall, of the recently published Sex, Priests and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2000-Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse.
   Most priests and bishops don't abuse children, Mr. Sipe said. But many, he said, violate their vows of celibacy with adults and end up afraid to challenge more serious misconduct.
   "Celibacy is a myth," Mr. Sipe said. "And getting into this exposes a corrupt system."
   Bishop Vann was surrounded by this culture in Springfield. An August 2006 report commissioned by the diocese there and conducted by a former federal prosecutor found that:
• Previous Bishop Daniel Ryan "engaged in sexual misconduct with adults and used his authority to conceal this misconduct ... the investigation found a culture of secrecy fostered under Bishop Ryan's leadership which discouraged faithful priests from coming forward with information about misconduct."
• A top aide to Bishop Ryan and the current bishop "was involved in sexual misconduct" before two teens attacked him in a city park and nearly killed him. He has been removed from ministry.
• Two other high-ranking veteran priests "are now on leave because of allegations of personal and ministerial misconduct."
   The report did not name four other priests who were implicated in financial misconduct or using computers to access inappropriate Web sites, according to the Springfield State Journal-Register. They reportedly admitted wrongdoing and agreed to undergo rehabilitation.
   Bishop Vann was not mentioned in the report.
   "I have to be responsible now for making the right and just decisions now," he said at last week's news conference. "That's been the principle of all of my life. I've always tried to make the right decision wherever I've been."
   There are other issues to consider when trying to understand cover-ups like the ones in Fort Worth, said Robert Scamardo, a lawyer who formerly worked for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
   First, he said, is that bishops do not consider priests employees.
   "The analogy is that of a parent to a child," said Mr. Scamardo, who spent years in seminary but decided not to become a clergyman. "There is no group more important to a bishop than his priests."
Shortage of priests
   The church's increasingly dire shortage of priests reinforces that bond, he said. And even if a bishop finally concludes that a man should be removed from the priesthood, the Vatican's expulsion process is long and cumbersome.
   Charles Curran, who teaches moral theology at Southern Methodist University and formerly worked as a priest, sees another issue: Bishops tend to have more experience identifying with victimizers than victims.
   Bishops' "primary experience of people doing wrong is the sacrament of penance," or confession, he said. In many cases, the bishops dispense forgiveness and "there is no consideration" of victims.
   "This is the mindset."
   And why don't victims speak up more often and go to the police themselves? Because they are typically devout people steeped in church traditions of secrecy and shame, said Mr. Scamardo, who was abused by a priest and a lay minister as a boy.
   Instead of seeking justice via civil authorities, he said, these victims hope for better from the very people who have betrayed them: "It's this childlike belief that the church is going to do the right thing. You've got to give that up."
   Four years ago, at a landmark meeting of U.S. bishops in Dallas, Dr. Frawley-O'Dea told Bishop Delaney and his brothers from around the country that secrecy was the "cornerstone of sexual abuse." They must all do penance -- make "genuine confessions of failings and remorse," she said at the time.
   She was the only mental health professional invited to address the bishops' gathering, which produced "zero tolerance" reforms and vows of increased transparency.
   The bishops were in free-fall at the time. The Boston Globe had gotten court records unsealed that showed a pattern of violation and concealment much like that now emerging in Fort Worth. The News showed that at least two-thirds of U.S. bishops had left priests on the job after accusations of sexual misconduct.
   The Rev. Wilton Gregory, who was president of the bishops' conference, praised Dr. Frawley-O'Dea at the time and pledged a new day of "openness, forthrightness and courage."
   It hasn't happened, she said, citing the recent events in Fort Worth as but one example: After the Dallas promises, the diocese fought to keep the priests' files sealed, then fumbled in the aftermath.
   "The transparency promise was bull," said Dr. Frawley-O'Dea, author of the forthcoming book Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church. Even now, "whenever they come to a crossroads, they take the wrong turn." #
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• Fliers don't fly on church's property

  [~ 2000s Magaldi] - Sex abuse x2. $US 200,000. Internet trawling, porn. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Dallas Morning News, www.dallasnews. com/shared content/dws/ news/localnews/ stories/DN- priestsider_ 03met. ART. State. Edition1. 3e570e4.html ; By KATIE MENZER / Sunday, December 3, 2006
   NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (TX) -- Minutes after asking people to leave his church property for passing out fliers demanding the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese be more open about sexual abuse, the pastor of St. John the Apostle Church apologized to his congregation for not telling police that a fellow priest might be a pedophile.
   Since the diocese unsealed the personnel files of seven priests Tuesday after a prolonged court battle, Father Thompson has been criticized for telling church officials but not police of a parishioner's tip that the Rev. Philip Magaldi was trolling chat rooms for minors and had "pedophilic material" on his computer.
   A couple [of] members of an international organization known as SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, had planned to pass out fliers at Saturday's Mass, but Father Thompson asked them to leave the property.
   SNAP members moved to the sidewalk off church grounds, but few parishioners who were headed to the 5 p.m. Mass stopped their cars to accept the fliers.

More priests likely to sue

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear, December 3, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- When two brothers confided to a Roman Catholic priest in May that their family priest had abused them years ago, they never intended to face the accused clergyman in court.
   But after the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago removed Rev. Robert Stepek from the pulpit of St. Albert the Great in Burbank last month over the allegations, the priest decided that the best way to clear his name was to sue his accusers.
   Last week, Stepek joined a handful of Catholic priests who have sought to prove in a court of law that the abuse accusations against them are false. He also appealed to the Vatican for a reversal of his removal from the ministry.
   Victims advocates condemn such lawsuits as a threat that will discourage survivors of clergy sexual abuse from coming forward.
   Stepek's suit is "a hardball legal tactic that is unbecoming of an alleged spiritual figure," said Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

• Editorial: Abuse by those in positions of trust sickening

  - Judaist*; Roman Catholic.
   Delco Times, www.zwire. com/site/news. cfm?newsid= 17542989& BRD=1675& PAG=461& dept_id= 18168&rfi=6 , Editorial, Dec/03/2006
   UNITED STATES -- Two stories that made headlines Friday make many people wonder if America is going to a certain place in a handbag. Maryland Rabbi David A. Kaye, 56, was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison for attempting to have sex with someone posing as a 13-year-old boy.
   The rabbi was convicted in September on federal charges of enticement and traveling across state lines to engage in illegal sexual conduct.
   Kaye's case took on national prominence after he was seen on TV's "Dateline NBC" in a sting that was conducted in conjunction with an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice.
   A member of Perverted Justice posing as a 13-year-old boy met Kaye in an online chat room in 2005 and Kaye solicited sex acts. When Kaye drove to what he thought was the boy's home in Virginia, Kaye was confronted by a TV reporter and camera crew and admitted he was there for "not something good." [...]
   On the same day Kaye was being put away, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the nation's largest, was settling 45 sex-abuse cases for a total of $60 million, according to the Associated Press. [...] [Longer version available in date order.] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:25 AM]

• Parishioners stand behind their pastor

  [1987-2000s Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Male, girls.
   The Post and Courier, www.charleston. net/assets/ webPages/ departmental/ news/Stories. aspx?section= localnews&table Id=121133 &pubDate= 12/3/2006 ; BY GLENN SMITH AND NOAH HAGLUND, Sunday, December 03, 2006
   CHARLESTON (SC) -- She was only 11. She'd been molested by a man who taught her to sing in the church choir. Her mother pleaded with a judge to lock him up. He will do it again, the mother warned.
   Just two years later, the same man violated another girl. This victim was just 9. Another mother, another judge. But the message was the same: Please put this man behind bars.
   Tyrone Moore did his second spell in prison - nine years, to be exact - and emerged as a passionate, self-styled preacher of the gospel.
   He soon had a church in North Charleston and a family of his own. He moved into a $193,000 home, drove a Mercedes and watched his congregation grow to more than 1,000 people.
   But authorities say Moore couldn't escape his demons and desires.
   North Charleston police charged the enigmatic pastor Nov. 21 with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male who attended his church. Detectives are investigating reports of additional victims, and more charges are possible, Detective Sgt. Jerry Jellico said.
   The allegations have done little to tarnish Moore's image at Full Word Ministries, the Gordon Street church he founded upon his release from prison six years ago. [...]
   It was during this period in 1987 that Moore molested an 11-year-old choir member who been staying at his grandfather's house. Prosecutors said Moore slept in the same bed with the girl and convinced her to be quiet by promising marriage when she turned 18.
   Moore maintained his innocence but pleaded guilty to the charge in February 1989. He spent 15 months in prison before returning to the community on supervised release. His probation mandated counseling and no contact with children.
   Moore was still on probation when police arrested him in April 1991 for molesting a 9-year-old girl who sang in his church choir. Prosecutors said he had been sexually abusing the girl since she was 6. He reportedly taped her mouth shut and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the attacks.
   The girl's parents wanted Moore to go to prison for life after he pleaded guilty to the charges in September 1991. A judge handed him an 18-year prison term instead. Moore served half that time and became eligible for release, state records show.
   State prosecutors sought to have him declared a sexually violent predator and committed indefinitely to a psychiatric institution for treatment. A judge dismissed the case, and Moore ended up on probation once again in August 2000. [...]

• Elgin pastor's case advances

  - Baptist. [2006 Bujak] - beating girl. [~ 2000s Resh] - molesting girl.
   The Courier News, www.suburban chicagonews. com/couriernews/ news/157448, 3_1_EL02_A4 PADDLE_S1. article ; By NATHANIEL ZIMMER, December 2, 2006
   ELGIN (IL) -- The Rev. Daryl P. Bujak moved a step closer to getting his day in court Friday, when 16th Circuit Court Judge Robert Janes set a date for a hearing on two motions made by the pastor.
   Bujak, 30, was charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery in May.
   Authorities allege he repeatedly spanked a then 12-year-old girl with a piece of wood molding because he and the girl's mother thought she was lying when she said she had been sexually abused by another man.
   The mother has said she consented to the beatings but that she now believes her daughter was telling the truth about the sexual abuse.
   Matthew Resh, 33, of Ingleside, has been charged with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in the case.
   The status of Resh's case could not be determined Friday, as the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office was closed due to the overnight snowstorm.
   The pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Elgin, Bujak is seeking to question potential jurors individually and to exclude the introduction of certain evidence that his lawyer, Ross Bartolotta, said Friday would be prejudicial.
   The hearing was set for Jan. 12. #

Leaders to be in court

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   Neosho Daily News, By John Ford / Associate Editor, 12:16 AM CST, Published: Sunday, December 3, 2006
   PINEVILLE (MO) -- Court dates were set last week for two McDonald County church leaders accused of child sexual abuse.
   Raymond Lambert, 51, and his wife, Patty, 49, were bound over for trial on Monday. Both are to be arraigned Tuesday morning in McDonald County Circuit Court with Judge Timothy Perigo presiding.
   Raymond Lambert is the pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church.
   Raymond Lambert faces a total of seven felony counts: a Class C felony charge of sexual abuse; three Class C felony charges of second degree statutory sodomy, and three Class D charges of second degree child molestation.
   Charges allege he acted in concert with his wife, Patty Lambert, in molesting a girl who was less than 17 at the time of the alleged incident, and of acting in concert with another church member of molesting a girl under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged incident.

New claim of abuse is reported

  [A priest]- RCC.
   Star-Telegram, By Darren Barbee, ~ December 03, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Even as the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese is under criticism for past handling of sexual abuse allegations against priests, a diocese attorney confirmed Thursday that it has told police of new allegations against a Tarrant County clergyman.
   Within the past month, a person has accused the priest of sexual abuse, said the attorney, John Crumley. He would not give any other specifics, including the name of the priest or the city where he works.
   Crumley said police were notified "as soon as it was reported to us."
   Also Thursday, a national sex-abuse victims group called on Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann to discipline officials who didn't tell authorities about accusations involving priests accused of sexual abuse.

Scandal could prompt church to sell property

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. 485 more lawsuits.
   Los Angeles Times, By Paul Pringle and Ted Rohrlich, December 3, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Hit with an initial $40-million bill for its share of 45 clergy sexual abuse settlements announced Friday, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles warned that it will have to make cutbacks. And the 485 remaining molestation lawsuits could cost hundreds of millions more.
   The payouts will certainly hurt, but the archdiocese has vast wealth, most of it in land. A Times analysis has found that the archdiocese is the recorded owner of one of the biggest real estate portfolios in Southern California - at least 1,600 properties with an estimated value of about $4 billion.
   What the nation's most-populous Catholic jurisdiction might be willing to sell, however, is likely to feed an ongoing debate within the church over who controls parish property - the prelates governing the institution or the parishioners.

• For bishops, sex, lies and sealed records

  - RCC. Sipe comment.
   The Dallas Morning News, www.dallasnews. com/shared content/dws/ news/localnews/ stories/DN- fwdiocese_ 03met.ART. State.Edition 2.3de7c1a.html ; By BROOKS EGERTON / Sunday, December 3, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- For 18 years, Richard Sipe belonged to the brotherhood of Catholic priests. For the last 14, he has been helping their victims across America seek redress from men like Fort Worth Bishop Joseph Delaney - men who, as last week's unsealing of court records showed, have deceived their flocks and protected predators.
   Time and again, people ask Mr. Sipe why moral leaders would do these things. The San Diego-area researcher explains with a little story, about a priest who challenged a bishop for denying knowledge of a sexual abuse case.
   "Look, Father," the bishop responded, "I only lie when I have to."
   He "has to," Mr. Sipe says, if he thinks it will protect the church's good name. And many shepherds equate "church" with themselves, not their sheep.
   "Clerical narcissism," Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea calls it.
   "They call each other 'your excellency' and 'your eminence,' and they're serious about it," says the Charlotte, N.C., psychologist, who treats sex-crime victims and has researched the Catholic hierarchy extensively. "They really are royalty. Truth is what they say it is." [A fuller version is shown elsewhere on this webpage.]

Sex abuse by clergy affects all religions

  - Religions generally.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By PETE ALFANO, ~ December 03, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- Catholic and Protestant worshippers will dutifully file into churches across North Texas today as they do every Sunday.
   They will listen to sermons, some of which will be tailored for the holiday season and serve as a traditional reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.
   They will listen, but the question is how many will be thinking more about last week's revelations of how the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese covered up allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
   Will there be more empty seats as a result? Will some look up from pews with a wary eye at the man behind the pulpit?
   The Watergate-type cover-up of sexual abuse detailed in diocese documents released by a district court judge Tuesday has saddened and angered people of all faiths, locally and across the nation. There is also a strong sense of betrayal by spiritual leaders, which is devastating to worshippers, religious authorities say.

Group takes case to church

  [~ 2000s Magaldi] - Sex abuse x2. $US 200,000. Internet trawling, porn.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By MELISSA VARGAS, ~ December 03, 2006
   NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (TX) -- A neon green poster reading "Actions protect kids, not words" greeted parishioners gathering Saturday for a 5 p.m. Mass at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills.
   Mary Grant and Kristopher Galland of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, stood outside the church handing out pink fliers. They were later told by the parish priest, the Rev. Tim Thompson, to leave.
   The national victims' group has criticized Thompson and former leaders of the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese over their handling of information about the Rev. Philip Magaldi, who was accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the late 1990s.
   Thompson "never once picked up the phone" to call police about what he knew, said Grant, SNAP's western regional director. She flew in from California to help hand out the fliers with Galland, who leads the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter.

Abuse victim haunted by memories

  [A priest] - RCC. Female.
   LA Daily News, BY GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press, Article Last Updated 09:31:31 PM PST, Dec/02/2006
   CALIFORNIA -- A former nun who says she's haunted by her memory of being molested by a pedophile priest as a young girl hopes a landmark settlement by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will help her heal.
   Mary Dispenza, 67, no longer calls herself a Catholic, no longer attends church and doubts she will be able to reconcile the abuse with her faith.
   "Everything that I knew, all my identity, was wrapped up in the church in one way or another; I was just lost," said Dispenza, who lives in Bellevue, Wash. "I felt we both lost: The church lost me, and I lost the church. And we both had invested a lot in each other for all those years."
   She expects to receive $1.33 million as part of the $60 million the archdiocese said Friday it would pay to settle 45 sexual abuse lawsuits, the largest church sex abuse settlement since 2004. The payments cover cases from periods when the nation's largest archdiocese had little or no sexual abuse insurance - cases before the mid-1950s and after 1987. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:01 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Mon December 04, 2006 edition:


• Herndon Warned of Accused Pedophile

  [1970s-80s Dudzinski - ? NEW*] - RCC. Minors. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Washington Post, www.washington post.com/wp- dyn/content/ article/2006/ 12/03/AR200612 0301112.html ; By Jacqueline L. Salmon, Page B01, Monday, December 4, 2006;
   HERNDON (VA) -- An afternoon of football watching and holiday decorating took a strange detour yesterday for some Herndon residents when they opened their doors to find strangers confronting them with troubling information: One of their neighbors is an accused pedophile.
   Members of two groups representing victims of abusive Catholic priests went door-to-door in the neighborhood, distributing packets of information accusing a former Catholic priest who has lived there for 10 years.
   "Community notification: Protect your children from a credibly accused serial sex offender," the packet's cover reads.
   The 38-page sheaf of material contained information about Edward F. Dudzinski, 56, who last month was among 20 former priests accused by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Del., of sexually abusing children. He served in the priesthood in the 1970s and 1980s.

• Group: Probe of FW priest abuse allegations needed

  [Fort Worth Diocese] - RCC.
   The Dallas Morning News, www.dallasnews. com/shared content/dws/ dn/latestnews/ stories/120506 dnmetclergy. 52e0bb1b.html , By DEBRA DENNIS, 04:45 PM CST on Monday, December 4, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Members of a clergy abuse survival group are calling on the Tarrant County prosecutors to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, delivered a letter to Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry on Monday. The group made the request following last week's release of unsealed Fort Worth Catholic Diocese records detailing abuse allegations.
   Outside pressure is the only recourse to assuring that clergy are prosecuted for their crimes, said Kristopher Galland, founder of the Grapevine chapter of SNAP during a news conference in front of the old courthouse. He wants church leaders who assisted abusive priests arrested for aiding and abetting.
   David Montague, spokesman for Mr. Curry's office, said prosecutors are downloading documents to determine if any cases fall within the statute of limitations.
   The prosecutor's office, he said, is not shy about prosecuting members of the clergy, Mr. Montague said. The statute of limitations for sexual assault of a child is 10 years after the victim has turned 18. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:08 PM]

O'Grady victim from St. Anne's sues Irish archdiocese

  [1970s + O'Grady] - RCC. Minors. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   News-Sentinel, By Ross Farrow, Last updated 06:41:12 am PST, Monday, Dec 04, 2006
   LODI (CA) -- A man who says he was sexually abused by former priest Oliver O'Grady when he was a child attending Lodi's St. Anne's Catholic Church has filed suit against an archdiocese in Ireland where O'Grady attended seminary some four decades ago.
   The lawsuit filed recently in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, alleges that leaders at the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly knew that O'Grady was a sex abuser when he attended seminary there in the 1960s - before he ever came to Lodi and four other parishes in the Stockton Diocese.
   Former Lodi priest Oliver O'Grady, shown being interviewed in Ireland for the recently released documentary "Deliver Us From Evil," which depicts his life as a pedophile. One of his victims, who said he was sexually abused by O'Grady in the 1970s, has sued an archdiocese in Ireland over O'Grady's conduct.
   (Courtesy photo)"These guys knew he was a molester," said Orange County attorney John Manly, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of his client, who is named only John Doe because he doesn't want his identity disclosed.

No Longer Catholic -- No Longer Quiet

  [A priest] - RCC. Child. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Freedom from Religion Foundation, By Joe McGee, ~ December 04, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- My childhood and a good part of my life was stolen by a pervert masquerading as a priest.
   Once, at a motivational meeting about 20 years ago, I heard the speaker make a statement that really rocked me. He said, "A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you anyway." Most people there laughed, but I felt a twinge of pain. My friends, and even my wife, did not know my deepest, darkest secret.
   Not too long after that, I heard someone make the profound statement: "We are as sick as our secrets." That also made my stomach do flip-flops.
   I believe this article is long overdue. About eight or nine years ago, there was an article about me in the Denver Post, but I was anonymous in that one because I still was too afraid to put my name to my story.
   However, my story was published in the Denver Post on Dec. 18, 2005, with all the names and the facts. It took 50 years to summon up the courage to tell the truth.

Jaufmann supporters fail to influence parishioners

  - RCC.
   The Daily Mail, By Andrea Macko, ~ December 04, 2006
   CAIRO (NY) -- While parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo celebrated Mass Sunday morning, a small group of five protesters assembled outside in an effort to raise awareness about the pedophile priest epidemic.

Survivors Warn Residents

  - Christian.
   ABC 7, ~ December 04, 2006
   HERNDON (VA) -- Survivors of clergy abuse descended on a Northern Virginia neighborhood, warning of possible danger.

Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads) by Skip Shea

  - RCC.
   Gotpoetry.com , ~ December 04, 2006
   Tragedy and survival.
   MASSACHUSETTS -- While the Catholic Church abuse scandal of recent years may have already faded from the memory of cable news channels and thus a vast majority of the public consciousness, it is alive and festering for a great many of the survivors of that abuse. Poet and performer Skip Shea is one of these courageous people although for him it no longer seems to boil under the surface, because he has tackled it head on.
   After reading Skip Shea's descriptive book "Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads)" it is apparent that Mr. Shea has gone through the hell of abuse. The difference is at that bottom of hell he turned around and came out intact and was profoundly shaped by the experience. He has survived and emerged with a fury. He taught himself to cope and at the same time learned to maintain a sense of humor.
   Whether this book of 11 poems is a product of his abuse survival or a part of his recovery process does not matter. The book and the work of the poems are an inquest into a life shaped early by evil and then further shaped by the inevitable repression of the experience. The life examination however, does not end at the realization of Mr. Shea's past abuse. It continues to his healing.

Diocese target of sex abuse suit

  [3yrs Maiello] - RCC. $US 150m claim. Minors.
   Newsday, BY ANN GIVENS, ~ December 04, 2006
   ROCKVILLE CENTRE (NY) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre is about to come face to face with its accusers in a sexual abuse case for the first time next week, as two people who were molested by an East Meadow youth minister sue him and the church for $150 million.
   The two plaintiffs, whom Newsday is not naming because they were victims of sexual abuse, said in court papers that leaders at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church and the diocese turned a blind eye for three years as Matthew Maiello, then of Lynbrook, raped and sodomized them. Maiello, who pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy of the two plaintiffs and two others in 2003, served just more than 2 years in prison for his crimes. He now lives in upstate Gilboa.
   "There were reports from people in the youth groups that Maiello was kissing young girls, touching them, seeing them on a one-on-one basis," said Michael Dowd of Manhattan, a lawyer representing the victims. "There was a host of different conduct that was completely ignored."
   Diocese spokesman Sean Dolan would not comment, saying it is the diocese's policy not to discuss pending lawsuits.

Priests' victims are emboldened

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jill Leovy and Jessica Garrison, December 4, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Joelle Casteix knew something had changed when she started to see the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal spoofed on "The Simpsons."
   In one episode, the animated residents of Springfield lapsed into awkward silence in the presence of a Catholic priest. Little more was needed to get across a humorous dig at the church.
   Four years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal exploded in the Boston archdiocese, the men and women who have come forward to tell their stories have shaken not just the Roman Catholic Church. They have also propelled a shift in public attitudes about childhood sexual abuse.
   That was made clear again Friday, when the Los Angeles Archdiocese announced a $60-million settlement that some believe is a precursor to the nation's most costly abuse payout, with hundreds more L.A. cases to be resolved. Victims and their advocates held public news conferences and spoke about their abuse with a frankness that would have been unthinkable 10 years ago.

Cinematical Exclusive: Deliver Us from Evil Director Amy Berg on the LA Archdiocese Payout

  [20yrs O'Grady] - RCC. ~ 25 children.
   Cinematical, December 03, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Yesterday we told you about the big new out of Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Archdiocese announced the payout of $60 million in reparations to 45 victims of clergy sexual abuse. Cardinal Roger Mahony, who heads the Archdiocese, was prominently featured in the Oscar short-listed documentary Deliver Us from Evil, for his alleged role in moving pedophile priest Father Oliver O'Grady from parish to parish, where he preyed on hundreds of young victims.
   The Los Angeles Archdiocese currently has over 500 pending cases from alleged victims of clergy abuse, many of them naming Mahony in his supervisory capacity. Cinematical managed to track down Deliver Us from Evil director Amy Berg, who very graciously agreed to share with our readers her thoughts on Mahony, the payout by the Archdiocese, and the role her film may have played in helping to bring about the settlement.
   Cinematical: We've reported on Cinematical about how your film stirred prosecutors' interest in Mahony and the LA Archdiocese. Do you think your film had an impact on the Archdiocese announcing today a payout of $60 million to 45 abuse victims?
   Amy Berg: I think the attention garnered by the film and the negative and neglectful tone of Cardinal Mahony in my film helped to expedite the settlement. Cardinal Mahony has been fighting to delay settlement for four years now, so I think we can assume the settlement shows how negative public attention is very damaging to him.
   It is my understanding that the settlement was not 100% confirmed and that the church released this to the media before it is completely done and this has upset the survivors and their advocacy group. They basically woke up to this and read about their own settlement in the newspaper. Whose news was this to break? This statement sees like it should have been the victims statement to make if forgiveness and reparation are what the church is after. The mere fact the church release the statement seems like a media play in itself.

Neighbors of ex-Del. priest informed of abuse claims

  [1970s-80s Dudzinski*] - RCC. Minors.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Monday, December 4, 2006
   HERNDON, Va. -- On the first day of the Advent season, which Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli has dedicated to victims of clergy sexual abuse, the allegations against one former Delaware priest came as hard news to his neighbors in northern Virginia.
   A small group of abuse survivors and lay Catholics spent 90 minutes Sunday going door-to-door in Glenbrooke Woods, a community of $600,000 homes where the Rev. Edward Dudzinski lives. When Saltarelli last month released the names of 20 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against them, Dudzinski's name was on it.
   Jim Money, of Herndon; Paul Steidler, of Reston, Va., and Mark Serrano of Loudoun County, Va., wanted the neighbors to know. All are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   Serrano wears a photograph of himself as a boy, about the age when he was first abused by the same New Jersey priest who abused Steidler.

Texas priest apologizes, didn't tell police of allegations

  [~ 2000s Magaldi] - Sex abuse x2. $US 200,000. Internet trawling, porn.
   Family Badge, Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2006
   NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - A church pastor has apologized to his congregation for not telling police about allegations against a fellow priest.
   "I regret not having done that," the Rev. Tim Thompson told his parishioners Saturday night at the St. John the Apostle Church's Mass. "I ask for forgiveness for that failure."
   Minutes earlier, he had asked people passing out fliers demanding the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese be more open about sexual abuse to leave the church property.
   SNAP - the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - is upset over reports that Thompson learned in 2001 of possible "pedophilic material" on the Rev. Philip Magaldi's computer and didn't report it to police.

L.A.'s Catholic archdiocese eyeing ways to settle suits

  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 500 pending.
   The Desert Sun, The Associated Press, December 4, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles could end up selling off some of its vast Southern California land holdings to help cover the cost of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in sex abuse settlement payments.
   The nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese said Friday it will pay $60 million to settle 45 abuse lawsuits. As many as 485 suits are still pending.
   To make the payments, the archdiocese may unload some of its roughly 1,600 area properties, valued at $4 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
   While most of the properties are devoted to churches and schools, the archdiocese also owns oil wells, farm parcels, parking lots, and commercial buildings.
   The debate over whether to sell the land is likely to focus on who controls parish holdings - church officials or the parishioners. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:45 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Tue December 05, 2006 edition:


• Complaint Targets Rector Of St. Thomas

  [? 2000s Mead -NEW*] - Episcopalian. Buttock grab, alcohol, airfare luxury. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   New York Sun, www.nysun.com/ article/ 44630 , By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN, December 5, 2006
   NEW YORK -- Eleven current and former parishioners and a former priest at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue are pursuing a complaint with the Episcopal Diocese against the church's rector.
   The complaint, copies of which were distributed at the church on Sunday, alleges that the rector, the Reverend Andrew Mead, regularly used parish money to purchase cat litter for his cats and "large quantities of alcohol" for personal use, hugged a parishioner's husband for "an excessively long period of time while grabbing his buttocks," and flew first class with his wife to Paris to fire the headmaster of the church's Choir School, who was vacationing there.
   The diocese's eight-member Standing Committee, which listens to allegations of clerical misconduct, is expected to take up the issue later this week for the first time.
   In an unusual step, church officials passed out copies of the complaint following the 11 a.m. Mass this Sunday in order to allay gossip that had been apparently making its way among members of the prosperous 1,600-strong congregation. During the Mass, the congregation's senior lay official, William Wright II, denounced the allegations as "malicious and unfounded" and said the church's leadership continues to back Rev. Mead.

Nun Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children

  [1960s, 4yrs Sister Giannini -NEW*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   TheMilwaukeeChannel.com ~ December 05, 2006
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A Catholic nun who served as a principal at a Milwaukee school has been charged with sexually assaulting children as many as 200 times.
   Investigators said Sister Norma Giannini, now 78 years old, assaulted two of her students in the 1960s when the boys attended St. Patrick's Elementary School at 7th and Washington in Milwaukee, often in the church's convent and school office.
   Giannini was principal of that school at that time.
   According to the criminal complaint obtained by 12 News, one of the victims claims Giannini instructed him to open the buttons on her habit, but he was shaking so badly that he couldn't. She opened her buttons and instructed him to feel her breasts, according to the complaint.

Fresno Priest Takes Stand in Molestation Case

  [1987-90 Swearingen -NEW*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   ABC 30, By Liz Harrison, Dec/04/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A Fresno priest, accused of sexually abusing a teen, told jurors his side of the story Monday. Army Staff Sergeant Juan Rocha claims he was molested while staying overnight with Father Eric Swearingen.
   Father Eric Swearingen has been waiting four years to tell his side of this story. He is a practicing priest at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in North Fresno.
   While on the stand he told of several visits Rocha made to his personal living quarters but the priest denied ever sexually abusing the former altar boy.
   In October of 2002, Staff Sergeant Rocha announced in front of Fresno's Catholic Church offices that he was suing the Fresno Diocese for sexual abuse suffered at the hands of one of its priests.

Group rallies for justice in FW clergy abuse allegations

  [Years - Fort Worth Diocese] - RCC. Secret files extracted. Enabling offenders.
   WFAA, By DAVID SCHECHTER / WFAA-TV , 08:34 PM CST, Monday, December 4, 2006
   FORT WORTH, TEXAS - After hundreds of pages of secret files were released in relation to seven Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth priests accused of sexually abusing children, a national support group is demanding justice.
   Two members of SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, say they want Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry to prosecute anyone in the church who committed a crime.
   Kris Galland, of Dallas, and Mary Grant, from California, both say they were sexually abused by clergy when they were young.
   While both say their incidents did not happen in Tarrant County, in a show of support, the two walked a letter over to Curry's office.
   "We believe it can be very tempting for the DA to sit back passively waiting for the phone to ring," Grant said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM]

San Francisco archdiocese responds to column -- well, sort of; Sixth priest in five months kidnapped in Baghdad

  - RCC.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, December 5, 2006
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) -- Gotta love spokespersons for a diocese. They have to make their bosses look good, no matter the situation or scandal. Good public relations, you see.
   So it is with Maurice Healy, a spokesman for the San Francisco archdiocese. Healy didn't appreciate my Dec. 1, 2006 column, "Abuse survivor furious at San Francisco archdiocese."
   He sent me an e-mail, dated Dec. 4, 2006, saying: "There are many errors of fact in the column regarding claims about what the Archdiocese of San Francisco said, did or didn't do. It would have been good if you had contacted the archdiocese for its perspective. The lack of Salesian comment contributes to an unbalanced piece."
   I responded: "If you would like to respond to the column, I will gladly print your response unedited. But, being that it's my column, I will also give Mr. Piscitelli the opportunity to respond to your response."
   Healy's response?
   "You miss the point in the first place. You did not allow the archdiocese an opportunity to comment on accusations before printing them. This doesn't provide a recommendation for balance/fairness. At this point, I'll leave your column in its state of error."
   So this was my response to his response:
   "No, I didn't miss the point. I don't pretend to be an 'objective' reporter; I'm a columnist, and I don't operate on someone else's idea of 'fairness.' Also, I'm always amused when I give someone the opportunity to respond, and he or she comes up with some excuse for not wanting to do so.

Former pastor released from jail

  [~ 2000s Hughes] - RCC. Cash.
   Ashbury Park Press, BY BOB CULLINANE, December 05, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- The Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, the former pastor of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Rumson who admitted to funding a lavish lifestyle with money drawn from the church treasury, was released from prison last week after serving less than six months of a five-year sentence.
   The former pastor's release is noted on the Web site of the state Department of Corrections, which lists Hughes' release date as Nov. 29.
   The priest, who purchased cars, a boat, a home and vacations with money culled from fundraisers and charity events, began serving his sentence on June 2 at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Wrightstown.
   First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw confirmed Hughes' release Monday, adding that his parole is directed by the state Department of Corrections.

Diocese tracks wayward funds

  [Fay, Fantini a.k.a. Martell] - RCC. $US 1.4m misspent.
   Greenwich Time, By Donna Porstner, December 5 2006
   STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT -- Officials from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport said yesterday they are trying to recoup some of the $1.4 million they claim was misspent by the former pastor of a Darien church.
   Norm Walker, the chief financial officer for the diocese, said yesterday in an editorial board meeting with The Advocate and Greenwich Time that the diocese is seeking restitution from the sale of the Rev. Michael Jude Fay's luxury condominium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Whether the diocese would get any of the money if the property is sold is unclear because Fay owns it jointly with another man.
   Broward County records show Fay and Clifford Fantini, a Philadelphia wedding planner who also goes by the name Cliff Martell, bought the condo for $449,100 in April 2005.
   Even if the diocese gets some of the proceeds from the sale, Walker cautioned, "it's not going to cover what he took."

Judge rejects request for recusal

  [~ 2000s Albany Diocese] - RCC. Suspended a priest for exposing clergy sex.
   Albany Times Union, By MARC PARRY, Tuesday, December 5, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A federal judge has denied a request by John Aretakis, a lawyer known locally for battling the Albany Catholic Diocese, that the judge remove himself from a case because of his personal ties to the church.
   Aretakis' client, the Rev. Robert Hoatson, is suing the Archdiocese of New York and others. Hoatson claims he was suspended from his position as a priest because he exposed clergy sex abuse, according to court papers.
   In an order dated Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Crotty wrote that Aretakis' sworn statement supporting his request for the judge's removal "does not contain any facts" and similarly disparaged Hoatson's own affidavits.
   "This is absolute nonsense," Crotty wrote of one particular series of allegations.
   He added later, "The 'appearances' Plaintiff dredges up are based on a make-believe speculation. Adopting Plaintiff's theory would mean that whenever the fertile mind of a party or a counsel can create a fictional connection, then recusal must follow."

Settling to hide the truth

  [Years - Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 60m for 45. Hundreds more.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jeffrey Anderson, (JEFFREY ANDERSON is a staff writer at the L.A. Weekly), December 5, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- THE $60-MILLION settlement announced last week between 45 molestation victims and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is a brutal reminder that moral crisis cannot be cured through legal compromise.
   In those cases, and the hundreds more yet to be settled, victims want the truth to come out about abusive priests; they also want the perpetrators and those who harbored them, including Cardinal Roger Mahony and his hierarchy, to face consequences.
   Mahony, for his part, wants to put the whole mess behind him and shield from public view any documents that could provide the truth - while also preserving the finances of his archdiocese.
   But here's what is wrong with the mediation approach both sides agreed to: It leads to compromise but not reconciliation. No one can move beyond the past if they don't know what truly happened. No one can prevent relapse without fully understanding what, or who, led to the problem. Now Mahony and his flock of 4.3 million risk the return of a cancer that has stricken the church and eroded its leaders' moral authority.

Church elder pleads guilty to sex abuse

  [~ 1980s Colon - ? NEW*] - ? RCC. Niece.
   Montgomery Advertiser, By Pat Lewandowski, December 05, 2006
   ALABAMA -- The passage of time. It dulls memories. It heals wounds.
   For Teresa Rivera Ward, it did neither.
   More than 25 years after her abuser fondled and degraded her, Ward found justice to be little comfort.
   Roberto Soto Colon, 64, pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse in the third-degree, admitting to touching his niece inappropriately and causing her emotional pain.
   The plea deal was struck as a pool of 33 jurors was asked whether they could judge the case on the testimony and facts presented more than 25 years after the incident occurred.
   Many could not.

Group pushes probe of priests

  [Fort Worth Diocese] - RCC.
   Houston Chronicle, ~ December 05, 2006
   TEXAS -- Members of a clergy abuse survival group are calling on the Tarrant County prosecutors to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, delivered a letter to Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry on Monday. The group made the request after last week's release of unsealed Fort Worth Catholic Diocese records detailing abuse allegations.

Priest hit on bid to KO judge

  - RCC. Whistleblower was punished.
   New York Daily News, ~ December 05, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A Manhattan federal judge ripped a priest's bid to knock him off a case involving the church on the grounds that the judge is an active Catholic.
   Judge Paul Crotty told the Rev. Robert Hoatson he'll be sticking around to hear Hoatson's claims that he was transferred by his New Jersey diocese after airing allegations about sexual abuse involving clergy.
   "What is astonishing to the court is that such a motion would be made and pursued with no factual support," Crotty wrote.
   Hoatson claims Edward Cardinal Egan conspired with the heads of archdioceses in Newark and Albany to remove him from his post at a Newark parochial school.

Police look into abuse claims

  [1994 one of Hoover, Howlett, Reilly, Hanlon, Magaldi, Rentería, Nguyen] - RCC. Boy.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By DARREN BARBEE, ~ December 05, 2006
   NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (TX) -- North Richland Hills police are investigating an allegation of a February 1994 aggravated sexual assault of a boy younger than 14 that was forwarded to the agency by the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese.
   The incident is alleged to have occurred at what is now a strip shopping center in the 7000 block of Northeast Loop 820, North Richland Hills police Sgt. Ken Bounds said Monday. Other details concerning the incident -- including information about the suspect -- could not be released, Bounds said.
   "We think the detective might be able to resolve the case" soon, Bounds said.
   The diocese reported the information to police Nov. 8, Bounds said.
   Diocese leaders have said that they forwarded an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to a local police department within the past month.
   They have declined to name the department or the priest involved. Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann, leader of the diocese, has said only that the unnamed priest was "one of the seven" previously accused.
   He was referring to the Revs. William Hoover, John Howlett, James Reilly, James Hanlon, Philip Magaldi, Rudolf Rentería and Joseph Tu Ngoc Nguyen. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:21 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue December 05, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Wed December 06, 2006 edition:


• Barksdale chaplain faces sex charges in Arizona

  [1983-84 Underwood -NEW*] - RCC. Child. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Shreveport Times, www.shreveport times.com/apps/ pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20061206/ BREAKINGNEWS/ 6120 6017 , The Associated Press, December 6, 2006
   TUCSON, Ariz. -- A chaplain at Barksdale Air Force Base has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused two boys in the 1980s in Arizona.
   The Rev. Gary E. Underwood, a priest assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson and a major in the Air Force, was indicted on eight charges of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation, the Pima County attorney's office said.
   The diocese lists Underwood as being on leave and serving at Barksdale. But under diocese policy, he has been suspended from the priesthood. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:28 PM]

Ex-principal pleads guilty to assault

  [Desmond - NEW*] - RCC. Boy. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Irish Times, December 05, 2006
   IRELAND -- The former principal of one of the biggest primary schools in the southeast of Ireland has pleaded guilty today to six charges of indecent assault.
   Con Desmond (71) appeared at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court today accused of indecently assaulting a boy at his school.
   Mr Desmond was principal of De La Salle National School in Waterford at the time of the assaults. He later became a priest and was living in Cooraclare, Co Clare at the time of his arrest.

The unkindest cut of all

  [? 2006 A pastor -NEW*] - Christian. Girl. Papua New Guinea flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The National, December 6, 2006
   NEW GUINEA -- WE can only hope that the story which ran on our front page yesterday relating to a Vanimo pastor preying on young girls did not happen.
   Police are conducting investigations after a young girl, barely in her puberty, is alleged to have gone to a church to "confess her sins" and is reported to have ended up being raped by the pastor, the person she least suspected.
   That is her story to the police and police alleged further that the same person might have committed many similar crimes.
   While we are not at liberty to comment on whether or not he is guilty of the crimes he is being investigated for, the report prompts a general concern about those members of our communities who abuse their positions of trust and responsibility.

Salesianum priest sex-abuse suit will go to trial

  [1976-85 O'Neill (Salesian)] - RCC. Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted at 4:34 pm, Wednesday, December 6, 2006
   DELAWARE -- A Superior Court judge ruled today that a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a former principal of Salesianum School may go to trial.
   Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. ruled that former Salesianum student Eric Eden could not sue for the 1985 incident he reported to this parents because the statute of limitations had expired. But, Scott ruled, Eden can sue for the more than 930 incidents he did not report because he may have repressed the memory of them.
   The suit, filed in 2004, alleges that the Rev. James W. O'Neill molested Eden, formerly Eric Mazzetti, twice a week from 1976 to 1985.
   According to the lawsuit, Eden told his parents of the abuse in 1985 and they confronted the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the religious order that runs the private Catholic school. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:24 PM]

Victims of 2 Former Corpus Christi Priests to Be Compensated

  [Rucker; Martini*] - 1947-80 38 females; boy.
   Palisadian-Post, by Max Taves, December 06, 2006
   PACIFIC PALISADES (CA) -- When the Los Angeles Archdiocese pays $60 million to settle sexual abuse claims, millions will go to the alleged and confirmed victims of two former Corpus Christi priests.
   The victims of Fathers George Neville Rucker, 86, and the alleged victim of Richard Martini, 51, were among 45 accusers who said they were sexually abused by L.A. priests. No known victims were members or students of Corpus Christi.
   Thirty-eight females have accused Rucker, the former Corpus Christi pastor, of molesting them as children from 1947 to 1980, making him the most cited priest since the L.A. Archdiocese began recording abuse claims in 1930.
   One man said that Father Martini showed 'inappropriate conduct' with him when he was a student at Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in the early 1990s. Although the archdiocese settled with the accuser, it disputes the man's account. Martini is an active priest, working at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Los Angeles.

Catholic priest in Tucson diocese indicted on sex charges

  [1983-84 Underwood*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   KOLD, ~ December 06, 2006
   TUCSON, Ariz. -- A priest assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson has been indicted on charges he sexually abused two boys in the 1980s.
   The Reverend Gary E. Underwood was indicted on eight charges of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation.
   The diocese lists Underwood as being on leave and currently serving as a chaplain at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana.
   But under diocese policy, he has been suspended from the priesthood.
   He's accused of victimizing two boys under the age of 15 in 1983 and 1984 while serving as a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson.

After Second Complaint, Bishop Removed Priest

  - RCC.
   Bishop Accountability, Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/16121798.htm , November 29, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- [See related articles on the Fort Worth files, and the accused priests Hanlon, Hoover, Howlett, Reilly, and Rentería. See also the documents on which this series is based, with links to assignment records and background information.]
   [Note from BishopAccountability.org: We have provided links to the documents quoted and referenced in this article. Our additions are in square brackets. See here for the original article without links to the documents. See also all the released Magaldi documents in batches, and a list of links to selected Magaldi documents.]
   [Go to original webpage for these links, etc.]

Documents from the Secret Archive

  - RCC.
   Bishop Accountability, ~ December 06, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- On this page we provide the all the files from the Fort Worth diocese's secret archive that were released by State District Judge Len Wade, with selected articles about the documents and links to key documents, beginning with Rev. Philip A. Magaldi. Judge Wade released the 700 pages of disputed documents about accused priests Hanlon, Hoover, Howlett, Magaldi, Reilly, and Rentería on November 28, 2006, after two area newspapers - the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News - filed suit to have the documents released.

Priest tries to counter molest accusation

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / 13:25:43, Dec/05/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A church secretary testified today that if she knew a child was staying repeatedly overnight in Father Eric Swearingen's living quarters she would have reported him to his superior.
   Beverly Chavez told a Fresno County Superior Court jury that she knew there were rules against having children stay overnight in the rectory at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Bakersfield.
   Tuesday, Swearingen tried to counter Juan Rocha's accusations that Swearingen molested him at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.
   Swearingen denied molesting Rocha, but said he did allow the 12-year-old boy to stay in the two church rectories. He also testified that he asked Chavez to call Rocha's mother to see whether her son could spend the night in Swearingen's living quarters. He said the church secretary told him it was OK.

Fresno priest testifies he never molested altar boy

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / 04:13:25, Dec/06/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- Providing the chief testimony on behalf of a Fresno priest accused of molesting a former altar boy, a church secretary said Tuesday she can only recall one night when the boy stayed in the rectory.
   Plaintiff Juan Rocha, now 31 and a decorated Army sergeant first class, contends that he spent 30 days over a period of a year and a half sharing a room with Father Eric Swearingen nearly two decades ago.
   In a civil trial that began last week, Rocha has accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.
   He said he allowed Swearingen to molest him because he felt "it was the price I had to pay" to receive gifts from Swearingen and a place to stay.

New laws could subject Catholic church to suits

  - Religions and others.
   The Herald-Standard, By Alison Hawkes, Dec/06/2006
   HARRISBURG (PA) -- Now that criminal laws against child sex abuse have been tightened, victims' advocates are using that political foothold to try to open the Roman Catholic Church and other groups to civil lawsuits and potentially multimillion-dollar damage awards.
   Advocates are pleased that the new criminal laws, requiring reporting of child abuse and extending the time victims have to make criminal complaints to age 50, will help with the prosecution of new child abuse cases.
   But what's left outstanding are the old abuse cases, including the hundreds of victims identified in the 2005 grand jury report on the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which never have had legal closure.
   Advocates say in the new legislative term they will push for a one-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits for past abuses. The idea was one of the grand jury's seven recommendations. It faltered in the Legislature this year even as the recommended criminal changes advanced.

Nun faces indecent behavior charges

  [1960s, 4yrs Sister Giannini* ] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Pioneer Press, BY JOHN HARTZELL, Associated Press, ~ December 06, 2006
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A 78-year-old nun was charged with two counts of indecent behavior with a child Tuesday in connection with incidents involving male students at a Milwaukee elementary school where she taught and served as principal during the 1960s.
   The complaint filed against Norma Giannini in Milwaukee County Circuit Court said many of the incidents took place at a church convent and the St. Patrick's School office.
   One of the boys was 13 when the abuse began, and the other was in the seventh grade, according to the complaint.
   The first count quoted one of the boys as saying that the nun told him in 1965, when he was 13 years old, to open the buttons of her habit, but he was shaking so badly he could not do so. He said she opened her buttons and instructed him to feel her breasts, grabbing his hands and showing him how.

Nun: Church leaders were warned

  [1960s, 4yrs, Sister Giannini*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY KIM JANSSEN, December 6, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Catholic Church leaders were warned more than a decade ago about a former Chicago nun who was charged Monday with sexually abusing two Milwaukee boys, the president of Chicago's Sisters of Mercy community said Tuesday.
   But Sister Betty Smith said a confidentiality agreement with the man who made the allegations against Sister Norma Giannini in 1992 meant that the order of nuns couldn't contact police at the time.
   Giannini, who taught at four Sisters of Mercy schools in the Chicago area and was principal of two, faces two counts of indecent behavior with a child dating to her time as principal of a Milwaukee Catholic school in the late 1960s.
   She abused the boys, who were both 13 when the abuse began, more than 160 times over four years, according to the charges. They allege Giannini urged one of the boys to remove her habit and feel her breasts, with the abuse progressing to having sexual intercourse with both boys.

Alabama Church Leader Admits Sexual Abuse

  [~1980s Colon*] - Jehovah's Witnesses. Niece.
   WSBTV, POSTED 6:02 am EST, December 6, 2006
   PRATVILLE, Ala. -- A church elder has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his niece.
   Roberto Soto Colon admitted touching his niece, Teresa Rivera Ward, inappropriately more than 25 years ago causing her emotional pain and Monday's plea almost assures prison time.
   64-year-old Colon was an elder in the Prattville congregation of the Jehovah Witnesses at the time the abuse occurred.
   A one-year jail sentence is likely. Colon pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in place of a jury trial, where he could have received more than eight years in state prison if found guilty.
   Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds accepted the plea and asked Colon to describe what he did to his niece.

Horatio Alger Fair renamed

  [1860s] - Christian. Old allegation.
   MetroWest Daily News, By Jon Brodkin / Wednesday, December 6, 2006
   MARLBOROUGH (MA) -- Horatio Alger's past as a child molester did not stop him from becoming a famous author in the 19th century, but organizers of a Marlborough street fair have decided to drop his name from an annual event formerly held in his honor.
   The Horatio Alger Street Fair in downtown Marlborough has been held each of the last 11 years, most recently on Oct. 1. The fair, sanctioned by the office of Mayor Nancy Stevens and organized by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be renamed the "Heritage Festival" for next October's event, officials said.
   "It sounds like there's obviously going to be a lot less controversy with a name like that," said City Council President Arthur Vigeant. "I know that the group that does it had the best intentions...and they've run a great fair over the years."
   Alger is famous for writing "rags-to-riches" novels about young boys who succeed under the tutelage of rich older men who take a liking to them.
   Prior to his successful writing career, Alger was a minister at the Unitarian Church of Brewster, a post he was forced to leave in 1866 when church officials said they discovered he had molested two boys.

Affidavit claims pastor threatened to harm alleged abuse victim

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Threat too, Male, girls.
   The Times and Democrat, Wednesday, December 06, 2006
   CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A minister who is a registered sex offender threatened to bury a young church member alive if he said anything about alleged sexual assaults, according to an arrest affidavit.
   Tyrone Moore, 39, was charged last weekend with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which involves threatening a victim with physical harm, North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
   Moore is accused of sexually abusing the man, now 21, over the past four years at the pastor's Goose Creek home, according to an arrest affidavit.
   The man was a member of Moore's church, Full Word Ministries in North Charleston.

Pastor's sentencing in sex abuse case delayed

  [1988-98 Malgren] - Baptist. Girls.
   Ventura County Star, By Raul Hernandez, rhernandez@VenturaCountyStar.com , December 6, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- A judge Tuesday granted a request by the lawyer of a former Thousand Oaks pastor who pleaded guilty in October to four counts of sexually abusing a girl at church events and on the church's school grounds to postpone sentencing.
   William Alan Malgren, 52, is facing up to 11 years and four months in prison.
   Attorney Brandon De Jonge of Downey told the judge that he was just hired by Malgren to represent him and needed more time to look at the case.
   Ventura County Superior Court Judge Bruce Clark set Jan. 16 as the new sentencing date.
   Malgren is in custody on $1 million bail. In October, he pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and two counts of lewd acts on a child under 16. The sexual abuse took place between 1988 and 1989, police said.

Additional charge filed against pastor

  [1987-2006 Moore] - Full Word Ministries. Male, girls.
   The Post and Courier, Wednesday, December 06, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- A North Charleston pastor accused of sexual abuse has been charged with another crime, and authorities say there are more charges to come.
   Tyrone Moore, 39, pastor of Full Word Ministries, appeared in Goose Creek Municipal Court on Tuesday on a charge of performing a lewd act on a child, according to a release from the city of Goose Creek.
   A judge set his bail at $50,000. Stipulations on bail include no contact with children under 17 except for supervised visits with his children, wearing a satellite monitoring device and not going within one mile of his Gordon Street church.
   North Charleston police arrested Moore, a registered sex offender, Nov. 21 on charges of performing sex acts on a 17-year-old male churchgoer in 2002 and 2003.

Nun charged with abuse

  [1960s, 4yrs Sister Giannini*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By DERRICK NUNNALLY and BOB PURVIS, dnunnally@journalsentinel.com , Posted Dec. 5, 2006
   MILWAUKEE (WI) -- A 78-year-old nun who was principal of a grade school at a south side Milwaukee parish in the 1960s was charged Tuesday with having repeated sexual contact with two boys who attended the school.
   Norma Giannini can be prosecuted for the allegations 40 years later because she didn't remain in Wisconsin long enough for the six-year statute of limitations then in place to elapse, according to a criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Giannini moved to Illinois in 1970, the complaint states.
   "I thought I was in love with both of them," Giannini told a panel of the Milwaukee Archdiocese Response to Sexual Abuse in 1996 about sex acts with each of her two accusers while they were under 18 and enrolled in the school at St. Patrick's Congregation, 723 W. Washington St., the complaint says.
   "Once I left Milwaukee nothing ever happened. . . . I still don't understand it," Giannini told the panel.
   The account of her interview with the panel surfaced, according to the complaint, in a Sept. 26 John Doe hearing before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen. Records from the hearing remain sealed.

Priest testifies about alleged overnight stays

  [1980s-90s Swearingen*] - RCC. Altarboy.
   KGPE, Posted 7:05:41 PM, Dec/5/2006
   FRESNO (CA) -- Father Eric Swearingen took the stand Tuesday for the second time in Juan Rocha's civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.
   Swearingen testified that Rocha stayed overnight with him in church rectories three times in the late 1980's and early 1990's, but he denied ever molesting the boy. The incidents took place in Bakersfield, where Swearingen was a priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and later in Fresno at St. Alphonsus Church.
   Although the church had rules against guests in the rectory, Swearingen said he wasn't aware of them and was just trying to help Rocha, who came from a troubled family.
   Rocha is suing the Diocese for damages because of the alleged sexual abuse he says he endured. If the jury finds the Diocese is responsible, Rocha could be awarded financial damages.

Tucson priest is charged in sex abuse

  [1983-84 Underwood*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Tucson Daily Star By Stephanie Innes | Published: Dec.06.2006
   TUCSON, Arizona -- A Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson priest is facing criminal charges for accusations that he sexually abused boys more than 20 years ago.
   The Rev. Gary E. Underwood has been indicted on counts of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation, the Pima County Attorney's Office said. He's accused of victimizing two boys under the age of 15 in 1983 and 1984, Deputy Pima County Attorney Kathleen Mayer said Tuesday.
   "He's innocent and we look forward to litigating," Underwood's attorney, Dan Cooper, said. Cooper said Underwood is currently free on bond, but he would not say where the priest is living.
   Mayer says the molestations occurred while Underwood, now in his early 50s, was a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo del Norte, on Tucson's Northwest Side.

Archbishop fights legal motion in sex-abuse case

  [1990s Doherty] - RCC. Boy.
   Miami Herald, BY AMY SHERMAN, asherman@MiamiHerald.com , ~ December 06, 2006
   MIAMI (FL) -- The Archdiocese of Miami is fighting to keep Archbishop John C. Favalora from being deposed in a civil lawsuit alleging that a retired Margate priest sexually abused a boy in the 1990s.
   Favalora was archbishop during the time that the Rev. Neil Doherty of St. Vincent Catholic Church is accused of molesting the boy. Favalora was also at the helm when the archdiocese placed Doherty on leave in 2002.
   But the archdiocese argues in a September court motion that the plaintiff's attorney, Jeffrey Herman, is trying to harass Favalora.
   Herman said the archdiocese is dodging.
   "They do not want Favalora to have to tell the truth under the oath," said Herman, who has filed about 40 sexual abuse cases involving priests in Florida. "What are they hiding? I think they are running from the truth."

Parish resources shouldn't be used to fete accused priest

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Daily Southtown, December 6, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) - The issue: Anniversary party was publicized in church bulletin and tickets sold through the parish rectory.
   We say: While abuse allegations are being investigated, church must avoid appearance of bias or favoritism toward one side. Use of parish resources to promote party should have been avoided.
   Many of the parishioners of St. Albert the Great in Burbank still think the world of the Rev. Robert Stepek. He's been referred to as "a great priest" who in his seven years as pastor has connected with his community and completely tended to the spiritual needs of a most vibrant southwest suburban Catholic parish.
   These same parishioners have remained loyal to Stepek as he has undergone the greatest crisis of his priesthood. In May, as Stepek was about to celebrate his 25th anniversary as a priest, accusations were leveled that he had molested two brothers in the 1980s.
   Last month, an Archdiocese of Chicago review panel found "there was a reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of minors occurred." Stepek's case now will be reviewed by the Vatican, and he could be defrocked. Stepek retains the title of pastor, but he is not allowed to participate in the ministry, cannot wear a priest's collar and is required to live in a supervised setting away from the parish.

35 sex-abuse lawsuits filed, Chaput reports

  [1954-81 Denver Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 100,000 - 150,000. 35 lawsuits.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Jean Torkelson, December 6, 2006
   DENVER (CO) -- A total of 35 sex-abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Archdiocese of Denver, four more than when Archbishop Charles Chaput first offered a mediation alternative in May.
   Chaput outlined the status of the cases, all involving incidents that occurred between 25 and 52 years ago, in this week's Denver Catholic Register.
   Six of those cases have been settled for "substantial" sums, Chaput said.
   As previously reported, the settlements have varied between $100,000 and $150,000 each, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs.

Indictment against nun in abuse case from 1960s

  [1960s, 4yrs Sister Giannini*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Manya A. Brachear, Published December 6, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Sister of Mercy who taught in Chicago-area Catholic schools for more than three decades has been indicted in Wisconsin over allegations that she abused pupils at a Milwaukee school nearly 40 years ago.
   Sister Norma Giannini is accused of having sexual intercourse with two boys--ages 12 and 13--when they were students at St. Patrick Elementary School in the 1960s. According to a criminal complaint, more than 100 sexual encounters took place in the church's convent, school office and one victim's home.
   Charges are allowable against Giannini, 78, because in Wisconsin the statute of limitations halts if the alleged offender leaves the state. Giannini, who was serving as an 8th-grade teacher and principal at St. Patrick's at the time of the alleged assaults, moved to Illinois in 1969.
   The Sisters of Mercy removed Giannini from service in December 1992 when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee notified them of allegations against her, according to Sister Betty [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:57 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed December 06, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Thu December 07, 2006 edition:


• Former priest named in abuse settlement

  [1970s Fitzmaurice (Benedictine) -NEW*] - RCC. 15 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The-Bee, www.phillipswi. com/bee/index. php?sect_rank= 1&story_id= 206156 , by Patti Wenzel, 08:41:23 AM, Thursday, December 07, 2006
   PHILLIPS (WI) -- A priest who formerly served the Catholic community in Phillips has been accused of molesting at least 15 teenaged boys in the early 1970s when he ran a youth jobs program in partnership with the city of Chicago.
   Fr. Terence Fitzmaurice, who served St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Phillips from 1986-1991 and Our Lady of the North Catholic Church from 1991-1999, was named by the men in a complaint to the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Order of St. Benedict in Lisle, Ill.
   Fitzmaurice retired from active ministry in 1999 and returned to the St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle.
   A spokesperson for Bishop Raphael Fliss of the Superior Diocese (which the Phillips congregations are a part of) said all inquiries about Fitzmaurice were to be directed to the Benedictine Order. [...]
   The victim Walsh referred to, Michael Calvin, 47, spoke publicly about his encounters with Fitzmaurice.
   Calvin said he met Fitzmaurice when he was 13 after he and two friends heard the priest was offering jobs to area youth.
   He visited St. Procopius Parish and was hired in 1971 to paint city property and remove graffiti.
   Over the next three years, Calvin alleges Fitzmaurice would take him and his friends to a building next to the church, which the priest allegedly referred to as "the clubhouse."
   It was in the "clubhouse" that Fitzmaurice allegedly sexually abused the boys. [...] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:49 PM]

• Trainee Priest's Shame

  [2005 McManus -NEW*] - ? RCC. Boy. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Glasgow Daily Record, www.dailyrecord. co.uk/news/tm_ headline=trainee- priest-s-shame-& method=full& objectid =1822 2834&siteid= 66633-name_ page.html ; ~ December 07, 2006
   SCOTLAND -- A TRAINEE priest who sexually assaulted a schoolboy was yesterday put on two years' probation.
   First-aider Daniel McManus, 21, groped the youngster during treatment for a leg injury he got playing football last December.
   The boy later told his mum who spoke to medical friends. They confirmed McManus's treatment methods were wrong. McManus, of Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, last month admitted the attack on the Glasgow secondary school pupil.

Priest on 12 child sex charges

  [1980s-90s McCollough -NEW*] - Church of England, became Roman Catholic. Boys. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Manchester Evening News, by Paul Britton and Nicola Dowling, ~ December 07, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER Church of England rector who became a Catholic priest has been charged with a dozen sex offences against boys.
   John McCollough, 61, is accused of eight counts of indecent assault and four of gross indecency. They are alleged to have happened during his time at the Christ the King with Holy Trinity Church in Spring Street, Bury, in the late eighties and early nineties. He will appear before magistrates in Bury next Wednesday.
   He was the rector there between 1985 and 1995, but is understood to have left to join the Catholic Church in 1997 amid the row over the ordination of women.
   Mr McCollough, who moved to Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, is currently the priest at St Vincent's Church in Dagenham, but has been on 'administrative leave' since the police investigation began.

Jurors to deliberate in priest abuse case

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/07/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- Jurors will begin deliberations today to determine whether a Fresno priest sexually abused a former altar boy nearly 20 years ago.
   The Fresno County Superior Court civil trial pits Father Eric Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit church, one of the largest parishes in Fresno, against former altar boy Juan Rocha, now 31 and a decorated Army sergeant first class.
   Rocha has accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.
   Rocha is seeking damages from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, contending he suffered emotional distress from the alleged abuse.

Judge rules priest sex abuse documents should be public

  [Bridgeport Diocese] - RCC. Abuse cases unsealed.
   Stamford Advocate, Associated Press, December 7 2006
   BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A Superior Court judge has ruled that sealed documents from priest sex abuse cases in the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese should be open to the public.
   Judge Jon Alander's ruling Wednesday is the latest in a long running legal battle pitting the diocese against several newspapers.
   Alander ruled that the public has the right to view sealed court documents from nearly two dozen sex abuse lawsuits against the Bridgeport diocese that were settled in 2001, saying that keeping the documents secret to ensure a fair trial is no longer relevant.
   The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, sought to have the documents unsealed in 2002.

Rabbi considers appeal Kaye sentenced for sex crime charges

  [2005 Kaye*] - Judaism. Internet "boy".
   Washington Jewish Week, by Eric Fingerhut, ~ December 07, 2006
   ALEXANDRIA (VA) -- The lawyer for the rabbi caught in a hidden camera sting of online sexual predators said Tuesday that he and his client are still discussing whether to appeal his conviction on sex crime charges.
   A notice of an appeal must be filed within 10 days of last Friday's sentencing of David Kaye, in which Alexandria U.S. Court Judge James Cacheris sent the Rockville rabbi to prison for 78 months.
   Kaye was found guilty in September of "coercion and enticement" and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor. Those charges were brought after Kaye was featured in a broadcast of the Dateline NBC "To Catch a Predator" series.
   Kaye lawyer Peter Greenspun said he was pleased with the sentence considering that the government had originally asked for a term of 121 months. But, the lawyer said, "that doesn't mean it's not a difficult and harsh ... sentence."

Street fair drops Alger name

  [1860s] - Christian. Allegation 2 boys.
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Elaine Thompson, ethompson@telegram.com , ~ December 07, 2006
   MARLBORO (MA) -- A popular fall street fair will no longer bear the name of Horatio Alger Jr., the 19th century rags-to-riches children's author who was a presumed child molester. But the likeness of the international historical figure who once lived in Marlboro could grace a mural on a downtown building someday.
   The civic committee that runs the fair has decided to change the festival's name to the Heritage Festival because of the child molestation allegations. The story was already generally known and had been reported previously, but the issue arose again when it was reported in an article recently in the MetroWest Daily News.
   "He's a part of the history of Marlboro," said Robert J. Kane of Worcester, a key player with Olde Marlborough Inc. "The 'witches' are part of the history of Salem. They still celebrate that. History is history."
   Olde Marlborough, a recently formed private group, plans to use murals as an outdoor cultural-historical art gallery to promote tourism and the city's history, beautify the central downtown area and boost the city's economy.
   "I'm very disappointed. It's a rotten shame," Mr. Kane said. "From everything I've read and researched, he was never found guilty of anything. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who are famous historically and have a lot of skeletons in their closet. I don't think he had one." ...
   Mrs. Boyle said that organizers learned a couple of years after the fair started a dozen years ago of the allegation that Mr. Alger sexually molested two boys in his parish in the mid-1860s, when he was minister at a Cape Cod church.

Molestation lawsuit against priest, religious order can proceed

  [1976-85 O'Neill (Salesian)] - RCC. Male.
   Fox Carolina, ~ December 07, 2006
   DOVER, Del. -- A New Castle County judge has ruled that a Delaware man who claims he was repeatedly molested by a Roman Catholic priest as a child can proceed with a lawsuit against his alleged abuser and other church officials.
   Superior Court Judge Calvin Scott did, however, dismiss Bishop Michael Saltarelli of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington as a defendant in a 2004 lawsuit filed by Eric Eden.
   Scott said genuine issues of fact exist regarding personal injury and breach of contract claims by Eden, who claims he was molested hundreds of times by the Reverend James O'Neill.

Another Victim Charges Pastor with Sex Abuse

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Threat too, Male, girls.
   WCBD, by Jenny Fisher, Crime Reporter, ~ December 07, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- Another person has come forward, accusing a local pastor of sexual abuse. Tyrone Moore, the senior pastor of Full Word Ministries in North Charleston appeared before a bond court judge Tuesday on more charges involving sexual activity with minors in his church congregation.
   Goose Creek police charged Moore with a lewd act on a child. The 39 year-old was given a $50,000 surety bond. Moore must wear a sattelite monitor and cannot come into contact with children under the age of 17. Visits with his four children must be supervised.
   Also, Moore cannot step within one mile of Full Word Ministries Church. However, even with bond granted, Moore will remain in jail in Moncks Corner because Goose Creek police are planning on serving him with additional arrest warrants Wednesday.

Some charges dropped in church abuse case

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   News-Leader, The Associated Press, December 07, 2006
   PINEVILLE (MO) -- Some charges have been dropped in a case involving five leaders of a southwest Missouri church commune accused of abusing young girls from their congregation as far back as the late 1970s.
   One of the defendants, church deacon Tom Epling, had all counts of statutory sodomy dismissed against him.
   But charges remain against the other four defendants, including Raymond Lambert, 51, the pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church, and his wife, Patty Lambert, 49.
   The Lamberts appeared Tuesday in McDonald County Circuit Court and waived formal arraignment in the upper division of the court. He still faces seven felony counts of child sexual abuse, and she faces one count of child molestation.

Pastor appears in court

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Boy, girls.
   The Post and Courier, BY GLENN SMITH, Thursday, December 07, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- The mother of a teenage boy choked back tears Wednesday as she accused Pastor Tyrone Moore of betraying her trust and stealing her son's innocence.
   Investigators say Moore raped and fondled the boy over a two-year period at the pastor's Applebee Court home. The victim, who attended Moore's church, was just 11 years old when the attacks began, according to arrest affidavits.
   The boy's mother told a judge that her son was an innocent before the abuse began. She said she trusted Moore with her child and now there is nothing she can do to reverse the damage. She urged Moore to get help and admit whatever wrong he has done.
   "I don't hate Pastor Moore. I love him," she said, struggling to keep her emotions in check. "But justice needs to be served."

Rocha Trial Set to Go to the Jury

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   ABC 30, by DeAnna McQueen, Dec/6/2006 -
   FRESNO (CA) -- The child sexual abuse trial against a Fresno catholic priest is set to go to the jury. Juan Rocha's attorney isn't giving a figure. But, says his client is deserving of full, fair and adequate compensation.
   Bishop John Steinbock believes Father Eric Swearingen is innocent and showed his support by attending closing arguments. He says, "I am not going to make any comment until after the verdict comes out."
   Army SSG Juan Rocha claims Swearingen molested him when he was an altar boy, over a period of three years. Rocha says it happened while he stayed with the priest at two different rectories; one in Bakersfield and in Fresno at Saint Alphonsus Church. Rocha says the case didn't have to go to trial.
   *Plaintiff Juan Rocha says, "I'm just sad. When I reached out to the church, they just turned away."
   Swearingen, who's now a priest at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in north Fresno , testified he never molested Rocha. In closing arguments, Swearingen's attorney, Carey Johnson, told jurors the biggest issue in the case is Rocha's credibility and says rewarding Rocha money will hurt the entire Diocese.
   Swearingen's attorney says, "It's more than money that's at stake in my view."

Priest accused of sex abuse

  [1983-84 Underwood*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Tucson Citizen, By A.J. FLICK, ~ December 07, 2006
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A former Tucson priest was indicted last month on charges of molestation and sexual conduct with two boys in the 1980s.
   A Pima County grand jury indicted the Rev. Gary Edward Underwood on one count of molestation of a child and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 in one case and six counts of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 in the other case.
   Underwood served at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 7570 N. Paseo Del Norte, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson from March 1983 through September 1987, said Fred Allison, diocese spokesman.
   Underwood, who was assigned to the Archdiocese of the Military USA in September 1987 by the Tucson diocese, has been placed on leave by the diocese because of the allegations, Allison said.
   The military diocese provides chaplains to members of the military.
   The diocese was given information about possible misconduct in June and immediately contacted the Pima County Attorney's Office, Allison said.

Ex-Barksdale chaplain faces sex charges in Arizona

  [1983-84 Underwood*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   The Shreveport Times, By John Andrew Prime, jprime@gannett.com , and Diane Haag, dhaag@gannett.com , December 7, 2006
   LOUISIANA -- A major who served as a Catholic chaplain at Barksdale Air Force Base for just more than a year has been indicted in Arizona on charges that he sexually abused two boys there in the 1980s.
   The Rev. Gary E. Underwood, a priest assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, Ariz., was arraigned Nov. 17 on eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation.
   The allegations involve two boys under the age of 15 for acts said to have occurred in 1983 and 1984 while Underwood served as a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church in Tucson, Pima County Deputy Attorney Kathleen Mayer said. Underwood served at St. Odilia's from 1982 to 1988, she said.
   "(Maj.) Chaplain Underwood has been the senior Catholic chaplain for the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base since 2005," said Col. Daniel Charchian, the wing's commander.

Judge sends priest-abuse lawsuit to trial

  [1976-85 O'Neill (Salesian)] - RCC. Repressed memory. Male.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Thursday, December 7, 2006
   DELAWARE -- A Superior Court judge Wednesday ruled that a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a former principal of Salesianum School may go to trial.
   The ruling gives former Salesianum student Eric Eden a rare opportunity to present evidence to a Delaware jury and try to prove his allegations that a priest sexually abused him. Most such allegations have not made it to court -- criminal or civil -- because of Delaware's statutes of limitations.
   Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. ruled that Eden could not sue for a 1985 incident he reported to his parents because Delaware's two-year civil statute of limitations had expired. But, Scott ruled, Eden can sue for the 900 incidents he did not report because, according to a psychiatrist's report, Eden had repressed the memory of those alleged assaults until clergy sexual abuse emerged as a national scandal in 2002.

Cardinal should discipline priest for suing his accusers

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Daily Southtown, By Barbara Blaine and David Clohessy, December 7, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- It may sound trite, but one question keeps coming to mind since the Rev. Robert Stepek sued two men who say he molested them as kids: What would Jesus do?
   Two men are alleging that the former Burbank pastor sexually abused them years ago. They did what every Catholic bishop asks every victim to do: report the crimes to church officials.
   Now they're being sued for more than $1 million by their former pastor.
   Since 1950, more than 5,000 priests have proven to be, admitted to or been credibly accused of being child molesters. Only a dozen have sued their accusers. Not one of these 12 has prevailed in court. In at least two instances, the priests have been forced to pay damages to the individuals they sued.
   So if history is any guide, Stepek will not get the money he so desperately wants.

At least 3 more accusing priest

  [1970s-80s Reilly] - RCC. ~ $US 1m. 11 + 3 boys.
   Star-Telegram, By DARREN BARBEE, ~ December 07, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- At least three more people say they were sexually abused by an Arlington priest, the late Rev. James Reilly, when they were minors.
   Tahira Khan Merritt, an attorney who represented 11 men who previously accused Reilly of sexual abuse, said she has been recently contacted by three men who accuse him of abuse.
   Merritt was uncertain whether any of the men who contacted her also went to the diocese.
   The Rev. Michael Olson, diocese vicar general, said Wednesday that the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese received information from two people about Reilly after last week's court-ordered release of confidential diocese files concerning six priests, including Reilly, who were accused of such abuse. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:27 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu December 07, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
• LA archdiocese settles 45 abuse cases for $60 million - but says another 500 more to come  [Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 60m ($40m not covered) for 45, ? for 500? United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 

  LA archdiocese settles 45 abuse cases for $60   million - but says another 500 more to come  

 
   The Record (R.C. newspaper in W. Australia), CNS, p 11, December 7, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The US$60 million settlement of 45 cases in which clergy had been accused of sexual abuse is "fair and just," Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said on December 1.
   In a statement, the cardinal also termed the settlement "a positive step forward in the Church's efforts to promote healing and reconciliation for those who have suffered abuse by members of the clergy."
   He also made a personal apology to all victims of abuse by a priest, religious or deacon in the archdiocese.
   "The sexual abuse of minors is both a sin and a crime, and there is no place in the priesthood for those who have abused children," he added.
   The archdiocese said its share of the settlement was about $40 million, with the remainder covered by insurance companies or religious orders. The amount of the settlement "was anticipated and set aside last year," it added.
   "I want to assure you ... that no parishes will be affected as a result of this settlement," Cardinal Mahony said.
   But the cardinal said settlement of the remaining sex abuse claims the archdiocese faces - estimated at more than 500 - "will not be without pain and may require the archdiocese to re-evaluate some ministries, services and nonessential properties."
   "The Archdiocesan Finance Council, the Council of Priests and the deans will continue to work closely together to determine the best way to meet the archdiocese's share of future settlements," he said.
   Settlements in those cases "will require the active participation of the many insurance companies who provided liability insurance during those past years when abuse occurred," Cardinal Mahony said.
   "It is my hope that these insurance companies will join all of us in moving steadily toward a final settlement of these cases as soon as possible." More than 1,000 allegations of clergy sexual abuse have been made in California, in part because of a 2003 law that extended the statute of limitations for such claims.
   In 2004, the Diocese of Orange, created in 1962 from territory of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, agreed to pay $100 million to settle 90 abuse claims.
   In a 2004 report, the Los Angeles Archdiocese said it had settled child molestation cases since 1985 for a total of $10.35 million.
   Of that, it said, the archdiocese paid about $3.75 million, insurance paid about $3.7 million and the remainder was paid by others, such as religious orders, other dioceses or the perpetrators themselves.
   In all, it said, "656 persons have accused 244 priests, deacons, brothers, seminarians and one bogus priest of child sexual abuse. It said 5,000 priests served in the archdiocese during that time.
   The archdiocese also issued a list at that time of "210 priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians in the archdiocese and one bogus priest ... accused of sexual misconduct involving a minor" since 1930.
   It said an additional 33 men who were not listed have been accused. It said there had been no criminal or civil action against 28 of them; in the other five cases, the archdiocese could find no record that the person named in a lawsuit ever existed. #
[Dec 07, 06] Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Fri December 08, 2006 edition:


• Brooklyn Rabbi Awaits Arraignment On Abuse Charges

  [2002-03 Kolko -NEW*] - Judaist. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NY1, www.ny1.com/ ny1/content/ index.jsp? stid=1&aid= 64925 , December 08, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn rabbi is awaiting arraignment Friday on charges he sexually molested a 9-year-old boy at his yeshiva on Ocean Parkway.
   Police charged 60-year-old Joel Kolko with four counts of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
   They say the boy claims he was abused during the 2002-2003 school year at the private school for boys in Midwood where Kolko works.
   His family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the school, claiming it protected Kolko from other sexual abuse allegations. The school denies the allegations.

Pedophilia: Don Turturro, I Won't Return To My Parish

  [Turturro -NEW*] - RCC. Sex abuse alleged. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   AGI, Dec. 8, 2006
   PALERMO, Sicily, Italy (AGI) -- A few days ago, the announcement of his imminent return to his Palermo parish had provoked a debate in church between those in favour and those against.
   Now the former parish priest of Santa Lucia, don Paolo Turturro, who is on trial for sexual abuse, is saving everyone from embarrassment and has announced he will step aside.
   The priest, who is famous for his anti-mafia battles, explained that he met Palermo's archbishop, Salvatore De Giogi:
   "It was a great moment," said don Turturro, who is now in Baucina, near Parlermo, "the cardinal was fatherly and very sweet. Soon I will have a new appointment, I will be a hospital chaplain."

• Hill Country Church Hit With Molestation Accusations

  [~ 2006 Pastor's stepson -NEW*] - "Faith Christian Cowboy Church". 5 boys.
   KXAN, www.kxan.com /Global/story. asp?S=5790 698&nav=0s3d , ~ December 08, 2006
   TEXAS -- At least five boys say they were touched or exposed inappropriately at Faith Christian Cowboy Church on Highway 281, just north of Johnson City.
   KXAN's Hill Country reporter, Connie Swinney, spoke with the families who say they want to see a predator behind bars.
   A group of families tells KXAN they sent their children to the church, and they believed they were safe. But a string of molestation charges has surfaced. Now, some are unhappy about the potential fate of the accused. [...]
   Five Blanco County families are dealing with accusations of child sexual abuse.
   "Everybody wants to see justice done and [to have] him not get away with probation," Zamora said.
   The boys, ages 7 to 10, were allegedly molested at Faith Christian Cowboy Church. The pastor's 16-year-old stepson faces a string of indecency charges. [...] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:39 PM]

• Vicar arrested over sex assault claims

  [1980s + Rabjohns -NEW*] - The Church in Wales (of Anglican communion). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Wales flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   IcWales, http://icwales. icnetwork.co. uk/0100news/ 0200wales/tm_ headline=vicar- arrested-after- claims-ofsex assault 26years ago&method=full& objectid=1822 9913&siteid= 50082-name_ page.html ; Dec 8, 2006
   WALES -- A VICAR has been arrested over allegations of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s.
   It is also believed the Rev Alan Rabjohns, who has been vicar of St Saviours Church in the Splott area of Cardiff for the past 30 years, has been suspended from his job following the claims.
   A spokesman for South Wales Police said, "Following allegations of an historical nature reported to police, a 66-year-old man from the Cardiff area was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries. [...]
   The assistant Bishop of Llandaff, the Dr Yeoman, said, "Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with all those concerned."
   According to the website of St Saviours Church, Rabjohns is married with six children and has been the parish priest since 1976. [...]
   The website says Rabjohns was active for many years in the pro-life movement, being national chairman of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children from 1978 to 1997.
   He has also been involved in the fight to preserve the Orthodox faith in the Anglican Communion as chairman of Cost of Conscience since 1986 and is a founder member and now chairman of Credo Cymru: Forward in Faith, Wales. [...]

• Vatican Upholds Neb. Excommunications

  - RCC. Call to Action, and Catholics for a Free Choice among excommunicated. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Tuscaloosa News, www.tuscaloosa news.com/apps/ pbcs.dll/article? AID=/20061208/ APA/612082708 , By JOSH FUNK, Associated Press Writer, 4:11PM, December 08, 2006
   ROME -- A Vatican official has upheld the 1996 mass excommunication of perhaps hundreds of people in the Lincoln Diocese affiliated with a church reform group and 10 other organizations the diocese considers anti-Catholic.
   A Nov. 24 letter to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in Lincoln from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re said Bruskewitz's excommunication decision "was properly taken within your competence as pastor of that diocese."
   Re leads the church's Congregation for Bishops.
   In 1996, Bruskewitz ruled that membership in Call to Action and 10 other organizations was "perilous to the Catholic faith and most often is totally incompatible with the Catholic faith." The other groups cited include the abortion-rights groups Planned Parenthood and Catholics for a Free Choice, the Hemlock Society, which supports physician-assisted suicide, and several Masonic organizations.
   No other U.S. bishops have issued similar orders excommunicating people for belonging to certain groups.
   Several members of Call to Action appealed the excommunication, and the order was put on hold pending a Vatican decision. An article about Re's letter was posted on the Web site of the diocese's newsletter.
   Call to Action, which claims 25,000 members in 53 U.S. chapters, supports changes to the church including the ordination of women as priests and allowing priests to marry. It has long been critical of how the church handled allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests. [...] [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:31 PM]
   [COMMENT: Regarding Call to Action, it is quite some time since the Faith Purification Programme, Western Australia, e-mailed to suggest that CTA concentrate on allowing priests to marry, and dropped supporting the ordination of women (because RCs oppose that, and the New Testament gives mixed messages about women leading congregations), leaving that campaign to other organisations. Celibacy is the main problem, and is opposed by most relevant New Testament "proof texts". Celibacy causes a skewed assortment of candidates for the R.C. clergy, creates barriers between the ministers and the flock, and helps to build up what some commentators call "clericalism."
   Celibacy, therefore, increases the likelihood of enrolling unusual personalities, AND assists the natural tendency to hide and condone sex abusers in order to avoid bringing public ignomony onto the organisation. This unethical policy, as such often do, has backfired - badly! COMMENT ENDS.]

The power of her fragile heart

  [Years - (Bishop) Shearman, Archbishop Hollingworth, Ms Heinrich] - Anglican. $AUD 100,000. Girl, woman. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
   Sydney Morning Herald, for December 9, 2006
   Beth Heinrich's claims of sexual abuse brought down a governor-general. But it was the betrayal by a man she loved that tore her life apart, writes Linda Morris.
   AUSTRALIA -- There are times of stress and moments of quiet when Beth Heinrich catches herself reciting an intimate prayer her one-time lover, a married member of the Anglican clergy, composed for her.
   The woman at the centre of the Anglican Church's most notorious modern abuse scandal has just been asked whether she is getting on with her life.
   She wonders out loud whether people prefer the truth or a sanitised version of the story, that of a victim making the best of it and moving on. Then she makes it clear that her past is forever her present.
   "It's really, really scary to find myself saying 'Loving Father, Donald and I thank you', and I say to myself, 'What the f--- am I doing?"'
   In August, Heinrich was paid $100,000 in compensation for sexual abuse she claims began in 1954 when she was a teenage schoolgirl in the care of the Reverend Donald Shearman in the western NSW town of Forbes.

Judge grants ex-priest's request for home detention

  [17yrs Toohey] - RCC. Boy + another boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Baltimore Sun, By Jennifer McMenamin, Originally published 12:46 PM EST, December 8, 2006
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Ten months after he sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 18 months in jail for sexually abusing a former student, a Baltimore County judge granted a request today from the priest to release him from custody and allow him to serve the rest of his sentence on home detention.
   A lawyer for Jerome F. Toohey Jr., known as Father Jeff, had asked the judge to release his client either on probation or home detention because the conditions of his confinement at the county jail are "extremely tough."
   Defense attorney Andrew Jay Graham told Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II that Toohey has been kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for his own safety because of threats made against him by other prisoners.
   Thomas Roberts, the former Calvert Hall College student whom Toohey was convicted of abusing after the then-high school sophomore sought counseling from the priest in 1987, told the judge that the 18-month jail term imposed in February was "a lenient one" and he asked Turnbull not to release Toohey.

Ex-choir leader's trial in sex case goes to jury

  [1990s Natividad] - Pentocostal. Girl.
   Sacramento Bee, By Ryan Lillis, Friday, December 8, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- Joel Natividad was hired in early 1998 to help lead the choir at Prayer Mountain Community Church, a Pentecostal church that once sat on 23 secluded acres near Rescue. He soon developed a friendship with a 12-year-old member of the church, asking about her life and family and helping the young girl with her singing.
   In the months that followed, however, Natividad transformed from a teacher and confidant to "an opportunistic predator" who groped and eventually had sex with the girl at least 55 times over the next two years, a prosecutor said during the closing arguments of Natividad's trial Thursday.
   Natividad, now 46, stands charged with 23 counts in Sacramento Superior Court, ranging from lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. His case is in the hands of a jury, which will begin deliberating on Monday.

Yeshiva Denies Knowledge Of Alleged Sexual Abuse

  [2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaist. Boy.
   WCBS, Magee Hickey Reporting, ~ December 8, 2006
   (CBS) BROOKLYN, NEW YORK -- Rabbi Joel Kolko was a well-known and well-respected rabbi at the Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Temimah, according to the Yeshiva's executive director. But Kolko, also known as Yehuda, is now facing four counts of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor.
   Police say a 9-year-old boy is claiming that he was sexually abused by Rabbi Kolko when he was in first grade during the 2002-2003 school year.
   For 37 years, Rabbi Kolko, was a first grade Hebrew studies teacher and was also an assistant principal.
   When word of these allegations of sexual abuse first surfaced last May, Rabbi Yaakov Applegrad, the executive director of the Yeshiva, said Kolko, 60, was asked to leave.
   "At no time did the Yeshiva have any knowledge of anything alleged against Rabbi Kolko," said Rabbi Applegrad. "Nor did any parent ever raise a complaint against Rabbi Kolko."

Moscow pastor may withdraw pleas in Cal. sex crimes case

  [1983-89 Malgren] - Baptist. Girls.
   Times-News, December 8, 2006
   MOSCOW, Idaho - A former Latah County church pastor who earlier this year pleaded guilty to two-decade-old charges of child sexual abuse in a Ventura, California, district court has hired a new attorney and may withdraw his plea.
   William Malgren had been pastor for four years of the New Hope Baptist Church in Moscow, after the abuse incidents that police say allegedly occurred starting in the early 1980s.
   Malgren pleaded guilty on October 18 in California to two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 and two counts of lewd acts with a child under 16 that police say happened on separate occasions in 1983 and 1989.

Vicar in sex abuse arrest

  [1980s Rabjohns*] - Church in Wales. Male. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Wales flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   IcWales, by Lisa Jones, South Wales Echo, Dec 7 2006
   WALES -- A VICAR has been suspended following allegations of sexual assault.
   The Reverend Alan Rabjohns, 66, of St Saviours Church in Splott Road, in Splott, Cardiff, has been arrested following the claims, which date back to the 1980s.
   A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Following allegations of an historical nature a 66-year-old man, from Cardiff, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on police bail pending further inquiry."
   A spokesman for the Church in Wales said: "The Church in Wales' diocese of Llandaff can confirm the Reverend Alan Rabjohns, Vicar of St Saviour's, Splott, Cardiff, has been arrested and is helping police with their inquiries following a complaint.

Priest Convicted Of Sex Abuse On Home Detention

  [1980s Toohey] - RCC. Boy + another boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WJZ, ~ December 8, 2006
   BALTIMORE (MD), (WJZ)-- A former Catholic priest who sexually abused a high school student in Baltimore County in the 1980s has been told by a judge he can serve the eight remaining months of his prison sentence on home detention.
   Jerome Toohey has served ten months behind bars since his sentencing in February. He is expected to be released from custody by tomorrow.
   At the time of the abuse, Toohey was a priest and chaplain at Calvert Hall College high school in Towson.
   Former Calvert Hall student Thomas Roberts went public with his allegations about Toohey. Roberts is now a news anchor for C-N-N Headline News.

Priest Indicted On Sex Charges

  [1983-84 Underwood*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   KOLD, by Leasa Conze, KOLD News 13 at Five Producer, ~ December 8, 2006
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A priest with the Tucson Catholic Diocese has been indicted on charges he sexually abused two boys in the 1980's.
   The Reverend Gary Underwood is accused of victiming the two boys at St. Odilia's Church, on the northwest side, in 1983 and 1984.
   His indictment includes 8 charges of sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation.

Church worker admits stealing

  [~ 2000s Mr Suffoletto] - RCC. > $US 600,000.
   Chicago Tribune, By Barbara Bell, Published December 8, 2006
   ILLINOIS -- A Palatine man who gambled away thousands of dollars belonging to a Buffalo Grove church while working as its business manager will spend a year on work-release in Lake County Jail and make restitution after pleading guilty Thursday to theft in Lake County Circuit Court.
   Donato Suffoletto, 69, stole more than $600,000 from St. Mary Catholic Church's collection plates and from a food fund used for the needy, authorities said. He was originally charged with a felony that would have sent him to prison for at least 6 years, but the charge was reduced in a plea deal.
   Although Assistant State's Atty. Matthew Chancey asked Judge James Booras to send Suffoletto to prison for 4 years, the judge declined, saying Suffoletto is in poor health. Suffoletto will be released from jail only for medical treatment or a job if he is able to find one. In addition, Suffoletto will be on probation for 4 years.

Brooklyn Rabbi Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

  [2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaist. Boy.
   New York Sun, By BRADLEY HOPE, December 8, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn rabbi was arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child yesterday, police officials said.
   Rabbi Yehudi Kolko, 60, who taught at an all-boys school, in May was the target of a $20 million lawsuit by a former student. On Tuesday, another student filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million. Both students say Mr. Kolko sexually assaulted them.
   Mr. Kolko was arrested yesterday at his home at 1249 E. 22nd St. following a long-term investigation, police said.
   He was charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Former Norwich pastor to stand trial in sex abuse case

  [~ 2000s Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   Norwich Bulletin, December 7, 2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- A trial starts Friday for the former pastor at the Norwich Assembly of God who is charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
   Charles Johnson Jr., 53, of 35 Fourteenth St. Norwich has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Sex-rap rabbi is busted in Brooklyn

  [2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaist. Boy.
   New York Daily News, BY NANCIE L. KATZ, ~ December 8, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn rabbi who is being sued for decades of alleged sexual abuse was busted yesterday.
   Joel Yehuda Kolko, 60, likely will face felony charges in the most recent case - the alleged molestation of a 9-year-old boy - as well as the abuse of an adult man, a law enforcement source said.
   "The streets of New York are safer tonight," said Jeffrey Herman, a Florida lawyer who is suing the rabbi for more than $40 million on behalf of three adult victims and the child. "If the allegations are true, he's been an active predator for 30 years. Finally, justice will be served, and the children of New York will be protected."
   Special NYPD child abuse cops arrested Kolko at his Midwood home about 4 p.m. yesterday, just hours after the Daily News ran a story about the latest allegation against him.

Brooklyn Rabbi In Perv Bust

  [2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaist. Boy.
   New York Post, By PERRY CHIARAMONTE, December 8, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A rabbi was arrested yesterday for allegedly molesting students at his Brooklyn yeshiva, police said.
   Joel Kolko, 60, was busted at his home in Midwood after an 8-year-old male student and a former student, now grown, told cops he abused them.
   Kolko was already facing sexual-abuse allegations in a $10 million lawsuit filed Wednesday against Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah.
   Cops acted after seeing the court papers and interviewing the victims.
   A similar abuse lawsuit was filed in May by two men who claimed Kolko molested them more than 25 years ago. It was thrown out due to the statute of limitations.

Police: Brooklyn Rabbi Charged With Sexual Abuse On Child

  [2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaist. Boy.
   WNBC, ~ December 8, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn Rabbi has been charged with sex abuse and child endangerment, police said.
   Rabbi Joel Kolko, 60, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor, police said.
   Police said the alleged victim is a 9-year-old boy who said he was sexually abused during 2002 and 2003.
   The arrest comes after a the New York Daily News reported on a $10 million lawsuit that was filed by a child of "early elementary school" age.

Diocese rejects $1 offer in sex abuse case

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / 04:38:29, Dec/08/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A former altar boy who has accused Father Eric Swearingen of sexual abuse offered to settled the civil case Thursday for $1 - provided Swearingen leaves the priesthood.
   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno immediately rejected the offer, made on the first day of jury deliberations in Fresno County Superior Court. Jurors will resume deliberations Monday.
   The trial pits Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit church, one of the largest parishes in Fresno, against former altar boy Juan Rocha, now 31 and a decorated Army sergeant first class.
   Rocha has accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old. He is seeking unspecified damages from the diocese, contending he suffered emotional distress from the alleged abuse.

Are Baptist leaders doing enough about clergy sex-abuse revelations?

  - Baptists.
   Associated Baptist Press, By Hannah Elliott, Published December 7, 2006
   DALLAS (TX) (ABP) -- Recent sex scandals among Catholic and evangelical leaders are prompting renewed calls for action against clergy sexual abuse. But with research indicating such abuse is more prevalent among clergy -- including Baptists -- than other counseling professionals, abuse-victim advocates are asking if enough is being done.
   Comprehensive studies are difficult to find. But a 1993 survey by the Journal of Pastoral Care found that 14 percent of Southern Baptist ministers admitted to engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior. Seventy percent said they knew another minister who had.
   A 2000 Baptist General Convention of Texas report indicated more than 24 percent of ministers said they had counseled at least one person who had sexual contact with a minister. The BGCT report called the level of sexual abuse by clergy "horrific" and noted that "the disturbing aspect of all research is that the rate of incidence for clergy exceeds the client-professional rate for both physicians and psychologists."
   Christa Brown, an attorney from Austin, Texas, maintains www.stopbaptistpredators.org. She works with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, a volunteer self-help organization of survivors of clergy sexual abuse. She also recently handed out brochures at the annual BGCT convention Nov. 13 in Dallas.

Employee has no right to privacy, inquiry told

  - General population. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ottawa Citizen, by Neco Cockburn, Published Thursday, December 07, 2006
   CANADA -- A publication ban to protect the name of an Alexandria-Cornwall Roman Catholic diocese employee would be a "revolutionary" step that would strike a serious blow to freedom of the press, a court heard Thursday.
   Citizen lawyer Rick Dearden said the diocese employee, who was acquitted in court of sexual abuse, is "caught up in this process and doesn't have a discretionary right to privacy" at the inquiry into historical sexual abuse in the Cornwall area.
   A publication ban to protect the name of the employee, as a person who has been acquitted, would "stand on its head" the way Canadian media have reported on criminal matters, Mr. Dearden said yesterday, adding such a change is something Parliament, not the court, should decide.
   A judicial review at the Ontario Divisional Court heard arguments yesterday after a diocese motion to protect the employee's identity was dismissed last week by Commissioner Normand Glaude.

L.A. Archdiocese settles 45 sex abuse cases for $60 million

  [Years - Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 60m for 45. Hundreds more. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Tidings, December 8, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The $60 million settlement of 45 cases in which clergy had been accused of sexual abuse is "fair and just," Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said Dec. 1.
   In a statement, the cardinal also termed the settlement "a positive step forward in the church's efforts to promote healing and reconciliation for those who have suffered abuse by members of the clergy."
   He also made a personal apology to all victims of abuse by a priest, religious or deacon in the archdiocese.
   "The sexual abuse of minors is both a sin and a crime, and there is no place in the priesthood for those who have abused children," he added.

Bishop focused on improving bookeeping

  - RCC.
   Wilton Villager, By PATRICK R. LINSEY, plinsey@wiltonvillager.com , ~ December 8, 2006
   CONNECTICUT - After a priest allegedly plundered parish coffers last spring, Bishop William Lori is reforming finance practices in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
   Lori and diocese Chief Financial Officer Norm Walker discussed the changes at an editorial board meeting with The Times Tuesday. Lori scheduled the meeting to "look back" on a tumultuous first five years as bishop that included the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and clergy sex abuse scandal.
   "Completing five years seems like a time for a retrospective," he said. Lori said he is working with pastors and parish finance councils to bolster congregations' confidence in church bookkeeping.

Case against Fresno Diocese goes to the jury

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   KGPE, Posted 6:36:29 PM, Dec/7/2006
   FRESNO (CA) -- Juan Rocha's case against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno was handed over to the jury on Thursday.
   Rocha claims Father Erik Swearingen molested him nearly 20 years ago. Swearingen testified during the trial that Rocha stayed overnight with him in church rectories three times in the late 1980's and early 1990's, but he denied ever molesting the boy.
   The alleged incidents happened in Bakersfield, where Swearingen was a priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and later in Fresno at St. Alphonsus Church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:39 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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• Book Led To Alleged Rape Recollection

  [~ 2000 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Day, www.theday. com/re.aspx? re=ee07d1d7- 6f01-4497-a3e4- 7d7082d23a0b , By Karen Florin, Day Staff Writer, Published in Region on Dec/9/2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- A 15-year-old girl who alleges that former Norwich Assembly of God Pastor Charles Johnson Jr. molested her two times when she was 9 or 10 testified Friday in New London Superior Court that she disclosed the incidents to an English teacher last year as the class studied a novel about a teen who had been raped and killed.
   Speaking calmly and articulately on the witness stand, the girl said that reading "The Lovely Bones," by Alice Sebold, had caused "some emotional difficulties."
   The teacher asked the students to write an essay about the book, but the girl said she never completed the assignment. "The more I thought about it, the more it just made me sick," she said.
   She said her teacher asked what was wrong and that she told her that Johnson had molested her. Teachers are so-called "mandatory reporters" of suspected sexual assault, so the girl's disclosure sparked a police investigation that ended with Johnson's arrest on charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:32 PM]

Abuse victims get $2.9M

  [Years - Covington Diocese] - RCC. < $US 3m. Lawyers' 22%. 130 claimants.
   Cincinatti Enquirer, BY JIM HANNAH | December 09, 2006
   BURLINGTON (KY) -- Almost $3 million has been paid to people abused by Covington Diocese priests as part of a settlement reached last year.
   That's the figure contained in a report dated Dec. 6 and filed with the Boone Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
   The report, the sixth that has been submitted since the settlement was reached, states that 117 claims have been decided and that 13 claims were pending.
   Additional claims are being processed almost every day. As many as 350 people could be eligible to submit a claim, according to previous court records.
   About $1.2 million was distributed in October. The amount given out increased by $1.7 million for November. That includes a 22 percent attorneys' fee set by a judge.

News in brief from the San Joaquin Valley

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   San Francisco Chronicle, AP, December 08, 2006
   FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno rejected a former altar boy's offer to settle a lawsuit for $1 on the condition that the priest who allegedly molested him resign.
   Juan Rocha, 31, a decorated Army sergeant first class, filed a civil lawsuit against the diocese and Father Eric Swearingen. He alleges that the priest sexually abused him from ages 12 to 15 when he was an altar boy in churches in Bakersfield and Fresno.
   The priest said he let Rocha live in the two church rectories with him temporarily so the boy could get away from a troubled home, but denied molesting him.
   Authorities in Fresno and Kern counties investigated Rocha's allegations, but no criminal charges were ever filed against Swearingen, the diocese said.
   The Fresno diocese has settled two other sex abuse cases for $875,000 and $650,000. Rocha's $1 offer during the first day of jury deliberations Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court supported his claim that "this case was never about money," said his lawyer Larry Drivon.

Diocese to sell off properties

  [Years - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants.
   Quad-City Times, By Deirdre Cox Baker | Saturday, December 09, 2006
   IOWA -- The home of Bishop Martin Amos and the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Davenport top the list of assets to be sold to raise funds to help victims of sexual abuse.
   "As I was doing some 'housework' over the weekend, I knew this was much more space than I needed," Amos wrote Friday in an e-mail message to the Quad-City Times. "I've asked that rather than try to purchase back this property, we look for something smaller as the bishop's residence."
   Amos could live close to his office in a "fixer-upper" home, a place where he would put his carpentry skills to use. "It's just less for him to take care of" attorney Richard Davidson said, noting that the bishop has no housekeeping staff.
   Three residences and the St. Vincent's Pastoral Center were considered in a proposal discussed Dec. 4 by the Diocesan Corporate Board and its Finance Council, said Davidson, the diocese's bankruptcy attorney, who is with the Lane & Waterman law firm in Davenport. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:32 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Sun December 10, 2006 edition:


• Capitol screenings come with filmmakers

  - RCC. Documovie "Hand of God". United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Olympian, www.the olympian.com/ 105/story/ 54958.html , ~ December 10, 2006
   WASHINGTON -- "Hand of God," a documentary about an altar boy abused by his priest during the 1960s, will be shown tonight, only. Cultrera, who as an adult confronted the Archdiocese of Boston about what happened to him, is the subject of the film and the brother of filmmaker Joe Cultrera. Paul Cultrera will visit the Capitol Theater to speak about the film and his experiences.
   "It's a heavy subject," Thornton said. "But it has some humor."
   "Bad things happen to people, but it doesn't mean that they lose their humor or they lose their smiles," said Joe Cultrera of New York. "I don't like films that try to manipulate you.
   "The fact that Paul retained his sense of humor has gotten him through this whole thing."
   The film, which will be shown on PBS's "Frontline" next month, is a personal story about a family, the filmmaker said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:00 PM]

Award-winning documentary about clergy abuse at Gloucester Cinema next week

  - RCC. Documovie "Hand of God".
   Gloucester Daily Times, By Gail McCarthy , ~ December 10, 2006
   MASSACHUSETTS -- Paul Cultrera lived with a secret for decades.
   The Salem native moved to Gloucester as a young man and he ran the Cape Ann Food Cooperative, a place residents frequented for nourishing foods.
   As a young teenager, he and his family attended St. James Parish in Salem, where the late Joseph Birmingham served as a priest, one eventually accused of sexual abuse of boys in several parishes, including Salem and Gloucester.
   Cultrera stands among the dozens of victims.
   But the process of revealing his story began on Gloucester's Main Street one evening after dinner about 15 years ago while he was having a conversation with his ex-wife, Hartley Ferguson, a local artist and language teacher. The two were sitting in a car outside the restaurant.
   "I told her," Cultrera said. "It was the first time I had uttered anything about it. I was surprised I answered her honestly. But I'm glad she asked because I began to open up."
   His younger brother, Joe Cultrera, a filmmaker, asked if he could create a film about his brother's ordeal. The result was "Hand of God," a documentary, which has won numerous awards, on how the clergy sex abuse scandal affected one family.

Naming of pedophile priests won't quell legislative action

  - Society generally.
   WMDT, AP, ~ December 10, 2006
   DOVER, Del. (AP) -- State lawmakers say more needs to be done for victims of child sexual abuse.
   They plan to pursue action when the General Assembly reconvenes next month to allow victims more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers.
   Currently, the statute of limitations stands at two years. State Representative Greg Lavelle says that needs to be fixed.

Davenport Diocese plans to sell property to pay sexual abuse victims

  [Years - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants.
   KWWL, ~ December 10, 2006
   DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The Davenport Diocese is selling its headquarters and the home of its new bishop to raise funds for victims of sexual abuse.
   The diocese filed for bankruptcy in October as protection against claims of sexual abuse by its priests.
   Now it's liquidating its assets to pay those victims.
   Richard Davidson, the diocese's attorney, says selling the headquarters and the bishop's home is just the first step.
   The diocese also plans to sell some other property, including a 110-thousand dollar home built in 1820 that includes 25 acres. The most expensive property is the tree-filled Saint Vincent's center, valued at four-point-one million dollars.

Archdiocese bankruptcy may be nearing settlement

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   The Seattle Times, By WILLIAM McCALL, The Associated Press, ~ December 10, 2006
   PORTLAND, Ore. - More than two years after the Archdiocese of Portland became the first Roman Catholic diocese in the nation to declare bankruptcy, a settlement with alleged victims of priest sex abuse may be near.
   A pair of judges who have been mediating settlement talks between the archdiocese and attorneys for alleged victims since September have scheduled a Monday news conference at the federal courthouse in Eugene.
   U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan and Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure imposed a strict gag order on attorneys and all parties involved with the case, so there was no confirmation whether a settlement would be announced or any indication of terms, if an agreement had been reached.
   If there is a settlement, it will likely require a new reorganization plan for the archdiocese that will have to be approved by a judge. Creditors, including alleged victims, will have to vote to adopt the revised plan.

Rabbi Accused of Multiple Sexual Abuse at a Brooklyn School

  [1981, 2002-03 Kolko / Yehuda *] - Judaism. Males.
   Playfuls.com , ~ December 10, 2006
   NEW YORK -- Rabbi Joel Yehuda Kolko, 60, former teacher and assistant principal at Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah on Ocean Parkway in Midwood, was arraigned Friday on four counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a boy who was 6 at the time. Among the three adults is a man, 31. Both incidents took place inside the school.
   Both the school and the rabbi face another lawsuit by two former students who say Kolko molested them 25 years ago. "There may be other charges with other complainants, and there is an ongoing investigation regarding Kolko," Assistant Brooklyn District Attorney Marc Fliedner said in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
   Marc Fliedner, assistant DA, said Rabbi Kolko placed his hand on a 6-year-old student's penis during school hours in October 2003. In January 2005, Mr. Fliedner said, Rabbi Kolko forced an adult to place his hand on the rabbi's penis, also inside the school. Apparently there are at least other three adult victims.
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Priest lives spiritually with wife in Parsippany, outside tradition

  - RCC. Married clergy.
   Daily Record, BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, December 10, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- Anthony Padovano knew what he wanted to do with his life when he was a teenager sitting up in bed one night, unable to sleep. He says he had a "quasi-mystical experience," a calling from God, and afterward told his parents he wanted to become a priest.
   He used another word to convey urgency.
   "I need to be a priest," he told his parents.
   Technically, and he says spiritually, he remains a Catholic priest 32 years after he left his church ministry to marry a nun he met while teaching a graduate course on theology. Once ordained, priests always are priests, even though married priests are not allowed to function as clerics within the church. That creates some internal stresses, Padovano said. ...
   Theresa Padovano, 65, his wife, also has become a prominent church critic. She co-founded the northern New Jersey chapter of Voice of the Faithful, formed to provide support to victims of clerical sex abuse and to promote discussions about changes in the church.
   She said a group of married priests and their wives used to get together to provide support for one another. They expected the church to change its stand on celibacy for priests -- but Pope John Paul II closed discussion of the issue. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:32 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

!!!: Priest abuser wore female underwear.  - RCC. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

Priest abuser wore female underwear

 
   Irish Independent, www.unison.ie/ irish_independent/ stories.php3? ca=9&si=1739664& issue_id=14990& eid=261254 ; by Ralph Riegel, December 11, 2006
   IRELAND: AN IRISH paedophile cleric who celebrated Mass and abused his victims while wearing women's underwear regularly took the female lead roles in theatrical productions at his seminary college.
   The revelation came in documents, lodged in a court in California last week, which aim to make an Irish archdiocese financially liable for abuse committed overseas.
   The Irish Independent has learned that the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly has sought to have the case dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, but this has been vehemently opposed by the plaintiff who was abused by Fr Oliver O'Grady.
   The documents lodged in the California Superior Court for San Joaquin have been described by legal experts as stunning.
   They include claims that:
   * Fr O'Grady, who abused the children of parishioners in their homes or while they served as altar boys, was himself abused as a child.
   * His youngest victim was a nine-month-old infant.
   * He was ordained at St Patrick's in Thurles despite having been already refused by another Irish seminary as unfit for the priesthood.
   * St Patrick's annually canvassed US parishes and dioceses to "adopt" its graduates, including Fr O'Grady.
   * Links between California and Cashel and Emly grew so great that fundraising campaigns were run between the dioceses.
   The most disturbing revelations involve the sexual activities of Fr O'Grady while he was in California.
   One document warned: "He developed a fetish for wearing women's clothing, and particularly women's underwear, which he sometimes wore under his priestly garb. He first obtained sexual gratification by masturbating while wearing women's underpants."
   The documents revealed that Fr O'Grady regularly took female parts in theatrical presentations while he was a student at St Patrick's, prompting one reviewer to note that "he seemed at home in the part".
   The Church has resisted any attempt to link abuse in one jurisdiction with church organisations in another country.
   Cashel and Emly insisted that it acted properly at all times and should not be made liable for events that occurred in another jurisdiction.
   The belief is that if a landmark test case established such a trans-national link, the financial consequences for the Church of fighting international compensation cases could prove astronomical.
   In the United States, the Church is facing abuse lawsuits worth an estimated $2bn (€1.5bn), and the compensation already paid out in terms of Fr O'Grady's abuse alone is in excess of $23m (€17.5m).
   O'Grady (60) is now believed to be based in Dublin, though after his deportation from the US he spent some time living in Thurles.
   He was deported after serving a seven-year sentence in a California prison for the abuse he committed in the US.
   The action is listed against a US parish and diocese, but also lists the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly as a co-defendant.
   It alleges that insufficient action was taken by the Irish diocese and the seminary where O'Grady was ordained.
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker brief version is below. ENDS.] [Dec 11, 06]
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Mon December 11, 2006 edition:


GR diocese removes priest for abuse

  [1970s McKenna -NEW*] - RCC. Boy/s. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WOOD, Updated 11:11 AM EST, Dec 11, 2006
   GRAND RAPIDS (MI) -- A Catholic priest was permanently removed from all ministry duties after allegations he abused at least one child in the 1970s.
   Bishop Walter Hurley this morning released a statement announcing that Fr. Michael McKenna is prohibited from wearing clerical clothes and presenting himself as a priest.
   McKenna, 60, was given a medical leave nearly four years ago, and during that time, allegations surfaced about the alleged sexual abuse approximately 30 years ago. After a review, the diocese found the allegations believable.
   McKenna was ordained in 1973 and was assigned to St. John Vianney in Wyoming. He stayed there for three years, and then was transferred to five different parishes in rapid order. McKenna was a parish priest at Sacred Heart in Muskegon Heights from 1976-77, then spent a month at St. Dominic in Grand Rapids. He spent eight months at St. Francis Xavier in Conklin before moving to Our Lady Consolation in Rockford in 1978. The following year he was transferred to St. Charles in Greenville.

A not-so-saintly rabbi in Netivot

  [~ 2006 Cohen -NEW*] - Judaism. Sex harassment; gunmen. Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Haaretz, By Tamar Rotem, ~ December 11, 2006
   ISRAEL -- It was a normal evening in early November. In Netivot, the town of memorial celebrations for saintly rabbis, quiet is something tangible - actually rare. Perhaps this was the reason why there was something disturbing about the quiet that prevailed outside.
   The little ones were already lying in bed in their pajamas when suspicious shadows were seen in the garden outside S.'s kitchen. Looking through the window, she made out three figures, and she felt something bad was about to happen. She knew these were the thugs of Rabbi Yoram Aberjil.
   At that very moment, her husband, A., was at the police station, filing a complaint of attempted assault by people he identified as the rabbi's followers. She was alone with her small children. "I knew that the outer door of the kitchen was not locked. That's how it is in Netivot. My whole body trembled."
   S. pushed the stove against the door and ran to the "safe" room (reinforced against rocket attacks). She frantically emptied the wall closet and put the children into it.
   Meanwhile, the thugs entered the building. They hammered wildly at the door and shouted over and over for her to open it. A neighbor yelled from above: "What do you want here?" They said: "We've come to kill her."
   "I took a carving knife and held it ready. The children started crying. I told them: 'Quiet. If you cry, it will be the end of us.' I held my hand over the mouth of the youngest child. One of the children said: 'Mommy, it's like in the Holocaust.'"
   The intruders continued to bang on the door and shout. Someone called the police, and when they heard the sirens, they ran off. "That night we packed our bags and fled," she related.
   Until a few months ago, Rabbi Aberjil was the rabbi of S. and her husband. [? meaning] The two are in their late 20s, and, like all the members of the community, are newly religious.
   Over the last year, they decided to move away from the crowded community. They found an apartment outside of the area in which the community is concentrated, and moved the children to schools not identified with Rabbi Aberjil.
   In the second week of September, S. relates, the telephone rang, and it was Rabbi Aberjil on the line. "I want you to know that your children are precious to me," he said. "I won't let anyone pick the fruit I planted. The next conversation will be really painful. I will follow you. I have ways of making you disappear in a hit-and-run accident. I will curse your children. I'm telling you, I have powers. Your children will be orphans."
   At the end of October, they asked for help from a series of rabbis, among them the town's chief rabbi, Rabbi Pinhas Cohen. They unwittingly opened a Pandora's box. Other families of yeshiva students also came to Rabbi Cohen and told of threats made by Rabbi Aberjil.
   As a result of conversations with women, two files of evidence were compiled about what could be regarded as sexual harassment. Rabbi Cohen passed the complaints on to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (the country's leading Sephardic rabbi) and to the Chief Rabbinate. Rabbi Yosef gave instructions to establish a special religious court to examine the complaints.

• Priest who Abused CNN's Thomas Roberts Given Lighter Sentence

  [1987-89 Toohey] - RCC. 2 boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Towleroad, www.towleroad. com/2006/12/ cnn_anchor_ thom.html , ~ December 11, 2006
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- CNN Anchor Thomas Roberts expressed disappointment at a decision by Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II to approve a request from Roman Catholic priest Jerome F. Toohey Jr. to serve out the final eight months of an 18-month prison sentence for sexual abuse in home detention rather than in prison.
   Toohey pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexually abusing Roberts between 1987 and 1989 when Roberts was a student at Calvert Hall College High School, a Catholic school for boys. At that time, evidence from a previously dismissed suit by another former student, Michael Goles, was used to obtain a stricter sentence for Toohey. That sentence has all but been erased.
   Said Roberts: "I was let down by a trusted system (the Roman Catholic church) years ago. I fear today that I will be let down again. This was a lenient sentence."
   Goles expressed dismay at the recent decision: "Thomas and I don't get early release. We're stuck with life sentences for what we suffered."
   Toohey, whose behavior his lawyer claimed was the "byproduct of severe alcoholism", has been kept in solitary confinement because of threats of violence from other prisoners. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:16 PM]

Agreement in Ore. priest abuse case

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. 150 victims.
   Jackson News-Tribune, By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer, ~ December 11, 2006
   EUGENE, Ore. - About 150 people who claimed they were molested by priests have agreed to settle their lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland for an undisclosed amount.
   The judge said the archdiocese has more than $50 million from settling litigation with insurance companies, plus sufficient real estate and other assets of its own to cover the claims.
   Three other dioceses - Tucson, Ariz.; Spokane, Wash.; and Davenport, Iowa - also have sought bankruptcy court protection from a flood of lawsuits by people alleging sexual abuse by priests. Tucson emerged from the process in 2005.
   "These are expensive lessons," Hogan said. "All of our hope is, including the archdiocese, is that they have been learned."
   David Clohessy, National Director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is not a party of the agreement, said in a statement that he hoped the agreement would bring healing to the victims.

!!!: Priest abuser wore female underwear

  [20yrs O'Grady] - RCC. ~ 25 children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Irish Independent, www.unison.ie/ irish_independent/ stories.php3? ca=9&si=1739 664&issue_id= 14990&eid= 261254 ; ~ December 11, 2006
   IRELAND -- AN IRISH paedophile cleric who celebrated Mass and abused his victims while wearing women's underwear regularly took the female lead roles in theatrical productions at his seminary college.
   The revelation came in documents, lodged in a court in California last week, which aim to make an Irish archdiocese financially liable for abuse committed overseas.
   The Irish Independent has learned that the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly has sought to have the case dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, but this has been vehemently opposed by the plaintiff who was abused by Fr Oliver O'Grady.
   The documents lodged in the California Superior Court for San Joaquin have been described by legal experts as stunning.
   They include claims that:
   * Fr O'Grady, who abused the children of parishioners in their homes or while they served as altar boys, was himself abused as a child.
   [A fuller version is above.]

Santa Rosa bishop returns to parish after avoiding charges

  - RCC. [1988-2006 Ochoa-Perez*] - Altar boy + 2 others. [2006 Bishop Walsh*] - Let offender escape. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   San Francisco Chronicle, AP, 10 02 PM, Sunday, December 10, 2006
   SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic bishop once threatened with criminal charges for failing to report child abuse allegations returned to lead Mass in the accused priest's parish for the first time since the scandal erupted in May.
   Most Rev. Daniel Walsh, bishop of Santa Rosa, asked St. Francis Solano Church parishioners for forgiveness Saturday for not telling authorities sooner about the alleged misconduct of Rev. Xavier Ochoa, a one-time priest at the church who fled to Mexico before he could be arrested.
   "The time comes when you have to start the healing process," Walsh said after the service.
   Ochoa, 68, admitted his misconduct during an April meeting with Walsh and two other church officials, but Walsh said nothing to investigators until five days after the meeting.

Mystery of parish priest continues

  [Higginbottom] - RCC. No facts released. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Northern Echo, ~ December 11, 2006
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- FRUSTRATED parishioners still do not know why their priest was suspended - two years after the Catholic church removed him.
   On December 10, 2004, Father Michael Higginbottom was withdrawn from St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Darlington, pending an investigation by the Hexham and Newcastle diocese child protection officer.
   Two years on, the congregation do not know why he was suspended, when he will return, or if he will return. ...
   Father Dennis Tindall, the diocese child protection officer leading the investigation, said: "No information can be given at this time. When there is something to report, there will be a statement from the diocese and Fr Michael."

Priest names said not enough; Lawmakers seek longer statute of limitations

  - General population. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Newszap, By Randall Chase, Associated Press, December 11, 2006
   DOVER (DE) -- Catholic church officials in Wilmington have released the names of 20 suspected pedophile priests and dedicated the Advent season to victims of clergy sexual abuse, but state lawmakers say more needs to be done for victims of child sexual abuse.
   Legislators plan to pursue action when the General Assembly reconvenes next month to allow victims of child sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers.
   "We're still stuck with a lousy statute of limitations, and it needs to be fixed," said state Rep. Greg Lavelle, R-Wilmington.
   A New Castle County judge opened the door for victims a little further last week, ruling that the current two-year statute of limitations for civil claims does not apply to a man who allegedly suppressed memories of years of abuse by a Wilmington priest until 2002, when the church sex abuse scandal made headlines.

Portland archdiocese bankruptcy may be nearing settlement

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   The Seattle Times, By WILLIAM McCALL, The Associated Press, ~ December 11, 2006
   PORTLAND, Ore. - More than two years after the Archdiocese of Portland became the first Roman Catholic diocese in the nation to declare bankruptcy, a settlement with alleged victims of priest sex abuse may be near.
   A pair of judges who have been mediating settlement talks between the archdiocese and attorneys for alleged victims since September have scheduled a news conference for today at the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore.
   U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan and Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure imposed a strict gag order on attorneys and all parties involved with the case, so there was no confirmation whether a settlement would be announced or any indication of terms, if an agreement had been reached.

Archbishop's message is that celibacy isn't only key to the Pearly Gates

  - RCC. The marrying RC archbishop. Zambia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   North Korea flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Home News Tribune, by Erick Wakiaga, December 11, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- The archbishop is in the house. Well, sort of.
   Emmanuel Milingo, a Roman Catholic archbishop from the African nation of Zambia, who was excommunicated for ordaining married men as priests, is on a mission. He's been in New Jersey to continue his campaign against celibacy of the clergy by ordaining married priests.
   But Milingo, 76, is not new to stirring up the pot from within.
   In the 1970s, he drew the wrath of some bishops through his exorcism and healing ministry.
   Again, Milingo got in trouble with Pope John Paul II in 2001 when he married Maria Sung in a mass wedding performed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church. Moon is the Korean known for uniting thousands of couples holding photographs of future spouses in mass weddings. ...
   These are the men - and women - that Milingo wants the Roman Catholic Church - tainted by sex-abuse scandals - to welcome.
   For the record, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has spent more than $1 billion to settle the sex scandal.
   Our own Diocese of Metuchen had its share of the scandal. Some of you may remember the case of a priest who was accused of abusing an 11-year-old altar boy in a Hunterdon County church.

Davenport Diocese to sell its property

  [Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Des Moines Register, ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 11, 2006
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- The Davenport Diocese is selling its headquarters and the home of its new bishop to raise money for victims of sexual abuse.
   The diocese filed for bankruptcy in October as protection against dozens of claims of sexual abuse by its priests. Now it's liquidating its assets to pay those victims.
   "This is a first step," said Richard Davidson, the diocese's bankruptcy attorney with the Lane & Waterman law firm.
   St. Vincent's Pastoral Center and three homes were part of a sales plan discussed this month by diocese officials, Davidson said.
   The most expensive property is the tree-filled St. Vincent's, valued at $4.1 million. The other properties include a home built in 1820 that includes 25.5 acres, valued at $110,630. Another home, built in 1900, is valued at $81,740. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:09 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon December 11, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Tue December 12, 2006 edition:


Time ran out in priest case

  [1975-78 McKenna*] - RCC. Boys.
   The Grand Rapids Press, By Charles Honey, Press Religion Editor, Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   GRAND RAPIDS (MI) -- Prosecutors who reviewed allegations of sexual abuse against the Rev. Michael McKenna say the accusations warranted further investigation and possible prosecution if the state statute of limitations had not long since expired.
   A day after the Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese announced McKenna had been removed from ministry for "substantive" allegations of abuse, prosecutors said the evidence indicated a teen boy or boys had been sexually abused by McKenna in the 1970s.
   Bishop Walter Hurley said McKenna is accused of abusing several boys but would not say how many.
   Ed Lis, assistant Kent County prosecutor, said his office reviewed the allegations of a man who said he was abused by McKenna between 1975 and 1978, when the victim was 12 to 15. The man said the incidents occurred in Kent, Muskegon and Newaygo counties, Lis said.
   Despite coming nearly 30 years after the alleged incidents, the accusations were quite detailed, Lis said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 03:06 PM]

• Ex-priest declines deal on charges in motel case

  [Hanley] - RCC. Swung a bat. ~ 12 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Star-Ledger, www.nj.com/ news/ledger/ jersey/index. ssf?/base/ news-5/1165 90190083010. xml&coll=1 ; BY JEFF DIAMANT, Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- James Hanley, the former Catholic priest who admitted molesting about a dozen boys in what was New Jersey's most notorious clergy sex abuse case, declined a prosecutor's plea offer yesterday on charges in an unrelated March incident at a Secaucus motel.
   Hanley, 70, appeared yesterday afternoon in Hudson County Superior Court for a brief hearing, shackled and wearing a green jail uniform and walking with a cane. He has been jailed since late October, when a warrant was issued for his arrest for missing a court date, Assistant Prosecutor Howard Bell said.
   Hanley was indicted in June on charges of possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose and making terroristic threats, Bell said. He will remain in jail until his next court date, Jan. 22, unless he can post his $50,000 bail, which has a 10 percent cash option.
   Authorities say that on March 10 Hanley swung a bat at three employees at the Extended Stay Motel in Secaucus. An officer drew his gun and ordered Hanley to drop the bat, but Hanley did not, prosecutors say. Instead, Hanley turned around and started to walk away, still holding the bat, prosecutors say.
   The officer put his gun back in his holster, kicked Hanley's legs out from under him and arrested him, prosecutors say. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:58 AM]

Archdiocese settles more sex cases

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   The Oregonian, By ASHBEL S. GREEN and STEVE WOODWARD, Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   EUGENE (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland is likely to emerge from nearly three years of bankruptcy and return to normal operations next spring, according to a deal announced Monday by mediators.
   The amount of the settlement won't be made public until next week at the earliest, but insurers for the archdiocese will chip in more than $50 million toward the cost to resolve priest sex-abuse claims, said U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, one of two mediators.
   Nearly 150 cases have been settled during more than three months of mediation. About 20 cases remain unresolved. Hogan expressed confidence that most of the remaining claimants would settle, but said anyone who did not agree to deals would have the right to a jury trial.
   Although Hogan would not discuss financial details, he said the settlement would not include using schools and parishes as collateral. The settlement also includes a fund for priest accusers who come forward in the future.
   The new plan, scheduled to be submitted next week, must be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as well as a majority of the creditors.

Families modify priest abuse suit

  [Roman Catholic Church U.S. bishops] - RCC.
   Pioneer Press, ~ December 12, 2006
   HUDSON (WI) -- Four months after a lawsuit was filed against nearly 200 Catholic bishops seeking names and church reforms, it was amended Monday to focus on identifying priests accused of molestation.
   St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson said the suit was amended to simplify and streamline the lawsuit seeking the names of more than 5,000 priests by the families of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison.
   The goal is to publicize the list, which is only known to the church, according to the lawsuit.
   While an effort seeking priest recruitment changes and other reforms was removed from the suit, Tom O'Connell Jr. said the families will continue to push for them, but wanted the lawsuit to be clearer and more straightforward.

Ex-priest still jailed in incident with bat

  [2006 Hanley] - RCC. Swung a bat.
   Daily Record, BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, ~ December 12, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- James T. Hanley, a former priest who has admitted to sexually abusing children decades ago in Mendham, appeared in a Hudson County courtroom Monday on charges from an incident in which he allegedly brandished a bat during an argument with a hotel manager.
   Hanley spent the past month in Hudson County jail, where he is being held on $50,000 bail after being indicted on third-degree charges of making terroristic threats and possession of a weapon, law enforcement officials said Monday. Hanley has said he was using the bat as a walking cane.
   Howard Bell, an assistant Hudson County prosecutor, said Monday's court appearance was a routine status conference. The public defender representing Hanley did not return a phone call.
   Hanley, former pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Mendham, has been accused of molesting children in Mendham and elsewhere decades ago. He was a central figure in a lawsuit involving more than two dozen victims who received a $5 million settlement from the Paterson Roman Catholic Diocese in 2005.

Tearful mom testifies in former Norwich pastor's sex abuse trial

  [~ 2000 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   Norwich Bulletin, By GREG SMITH, December 12, 2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- Immediately after taking the witness stand Monday, the mother of a girl who claims she was molested by her church pastor broke down in tears.
   The Willimantic woman cried, pausing before completing the spelling of her first name while she was sworn in. She testified about finding her daughter's written account of alleged molestation at the hands of family friend Charles Johnson Jr., former pastor at Norwich Assembly of God.
   Johnson has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. His trial started Monday with testimony from the alleged victim.
   The woman, along with her husband, said she confronted their daughter while living in California, but decided at the daughter's request they would not go to authorities. The mother said her daughter was embarrassed and "adamantly said she didn't want anything done. She didn't want to confront anyone."

Clergy to be profiled

  - Anglican. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   The Courier-Mail, by Renee Viellaris, December 12, 2006
   AUSTRALIA -- FUTURE Anglican Church clergy will endure tough new psychological profiling to weed out potential pedophiles.
   Under a rigorous initiative to be adopted by the Brisbane diocese, about 200 existing clergy, including Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, also will face regular reviews.
   The measures, which could be introduced by next year, are being delayed as psychologists, lawyers and key clergy try to agree on the wording of a questionnaire that addresses intimate personal habits.
   Plans for the strategy, called the safe ministry check, come four years after the diocese was ordered to pay $834,800 to a woman sexually abused as a child by a boarding master at a Toowoomba school. Revelations emerged at the time that former Brisbane archbishop Peter Hollingworth ignored allegations of sexual abuse, forcing his resignation as governor-general in 2003.
   Diocese professional standards director Rod McLary said the new procedures would be among the first in Australia.

Bishop Hurley talks about abusive priest

  [1975-78 McKenna*] - RCC. Boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WOOD, By PATRICK CENTER, ~ December 12, 2006
   GRAND RAPIDS (MI) -- More than 10,500 people nationwide have come forward with stories of being sexually assaulted by priests.
   Fr. Michael McKenna was ordained in 1973, but Monday the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids permanently removed him from the ministry after substantiated claims of sexual abuse with at least one minor.
   24 Hour News 8 talked with the diocese's Bishop Walter Hurley about McKenna. He said the civil authorities were notified in 2003 about the situation.
   "The victims were offered assistance," Bishop Hurley said, "and at this point the parishes have been notified and other victims have been invited to come forward if there are any."

Former priest to appear in court

  [Baker*] - RCC. Boy.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jessica Garrison and John Spano, December 12, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Less than two weeks after Cardinal Roger M. Mahony announced a landmark deal to settle lawsuits brought by 45 people who said they were molested by Catholic priests, the focus of the Southern California clergy sex scandal moves back to the criminal courts.
   Former priest Michael Stephen Baker is due in court today for a hearing; he has been charged with molesting a boy after he had confessed to the cardinal that he was an abuser. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment earlier this year.
   Baker, whose case Mahony has said "troubles me the most," is one of the most reviled ex-priests in a scandal that has implicated dozens of clergy in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, generated 562 claims of abuse and touched three out of every four parishes in the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the nation.
   Mahony has acknowledged leaving 16 priests in the ministry after parishioners complained about inappropriate behavior with children. Baker is one of five who went on to molest.

'Doubt' arouses a buzz

  - RCC. Fiction.
   Des Moines Register, By MICHAEL MORAIN, December 12, 2006
   DES MOINES (IA) -- Basically, it's her word against his.
   She's a prickly old nun, the principal at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. He's a popular young priest.
   She claims he messed around with a 12-year-old boy, the school's first black student. He claims he did nothing wrong.
   Neither has a scrap of proof.
   "Doubt," the play that begins a five-day run Wednesday at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, unfolds with all the tension of a jury trial.
   Only, there's no verdict.

Court appearance adjourned in priest sex abuse case

  [5yrs DeLuca] - RCC. Boy.
   WMDT, AP, ~ December 12, 2006
   SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A Syracuse, New York, court appearance for a 77-year-old priest accused of sexual abuse was adjourned yesterday until January 23rd.
   The Reverend Francis DeLuca, a retired priest from Wilmington (Delaware) was charged in October with five misdemeanors accusing him of repeated sexual contact with a boy in Syracuse.
   Syracuse police say DeLuca confessed to molesting the boy, who is now 18, over a five-year period.

Ore. settlements spare church property

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   Myrtle Beach Sun News, By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press, ~ December 12, 2006
   EUGENE, Ore. - Roman Catholic church and school property are not expected to be part of the settlement agreement reached with the Archdiocese of Portland and 150 people who claim to have been sexually abused by priests who once worked in Western Oregon.
   Ownership of parish and school property had been a major issue in the bankruptcy case the archdiocese filed in July 2004, when it became the first Catholic diocese in the nation to seek protection from creditors as the trial was set to begin in a massive lawsuit over alleged abuse.
   The archdiocese contended that parish and school property was held in trust and not subject to claims, while attorneys for alleged victims argued the archdiocese was the owner and could sell property if necessary to pay any claims.
   U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, however, said Monday that all current and future claims could be covered by the archdiocese without selling off property held by parishes and schools.

Portland archdiocese to settle abuse suits

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   Chicago Tribune, By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press, December 12, 2006
   EUGENE, Ore. -- About 150 people who alleged they were molested by priests have agreed to settle their lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland for an undisclosed amount.
   U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan announced the agreement Monday but would not give a dollar amount. He told reporters the archdiocese, which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, could cover all current and future claims without selling off property held by parishes and schools.
   The judge said the archdiocese has more than $50 million from settling litigation with insurance companies, plus sufficient real estate and other assets to cover the claims.
   Portland was the first archdiocese in the nation to seek protection from creditors when it went to federal bankruptcy court to head off lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by Rev. Maurice Grammond, who has since died. Other priests also were accused of abuses.

Gag order issued in priest sex abuse case

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/12/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A judge presiding over a civil trial in which a former altar boy has accused a Fresno priest of sexual abuse has issued a gag order to prevent lawyers from swaying jury deliberations.
   Judge Donald Black issued his order after Juan Rocha's lawyer, Larry Drivon, said his client had offered to settle the lawsuit in Fresno County Superior Court for $1 - provided Father Eric Swearingen leaves the priesthood.
   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno immediately rejected the offer, made Thursday, on the first day of jury deliberations.
   Jurors will return to court today for a third day of deliberations.
   The trial pits Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit church, against former altar boy Rocha, now 31 and a decorated Army sergeant first class. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:01 AM]

Catholic Church in Oregon settles abuse claims

  [Portland (Oregon) Archdiocese] - RCC. 175 claims.
   Reuters, ~ December 12, 2006
   PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, has settled most of the 175 sex abuse claims filed against it, bringing it closer to emerging from bankruptcy, judges involved in mediating the claims said on Monday.
   The archdiocese was the first in the United States to file for bankruptcy facing claims of sex abuse by some of its clergy.
   Without providing financial details of the settlement agreement, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan told reporters in Eugene, Oregon, the archdiocese's resources "are ample to fund this joint plan."
   In July 2004, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy on the same day a lawsuit stemming from sex abuse allegations was set to begin trial. The lawsuit sought $135 million.

Double Murder by Sexually Abusive Priest Gives Rise to New Wrongful Death Lawsuit

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. Abuse, 2 killings.
   Yahoo! December 12, 2006
   ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 12 / PRNewswire -- A Wisconsin couple whose son was murdered by a bizarre and sexually abusive Catholic priest is "reluctantly" filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Superior Diocese that ordained and hired the cleric.
   Carsten and Sally Ellison of Barron, Wisconsin, filed a civil lawsuit today in St. Croix County Court, Wisconsin, Court File No. 06CV938 assigned to Judge Lundell seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their 22-year-old son, James Ellison.
   He and Daniel O'Connell were shot and killed at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson by Fr. Ryan Erickson in February 2002.
   Days earlier, O'Connell had apparently confronted Erickson, his parish priest, about allegations that Erickson was molesting local children.
   The murders were unsolved for more than two years.
   During interviews with Hudson police in 2004, Ryan Erickson disclosed details about the crime scene that had not been released to the public; as police began to strongly suspect Erickson, he hanged himself outside the church he was then serving in Hurley, Wisconsin.
   Through their extensive investigation the police learned that for years Erickson had engaged in a variety of suspicious and disturbing behaviors, such as allegations of sexual assault; excessive alcohol use; violence against animals, including his own dog; as well as a fascination with guns, usually carrying one on his person.
   This evidence was presented to St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell at a hearing in October 2005, who ruled there was probable cause to believe Erickson had killed O'Connell and Ellison in a "premeditated" fashion.

Parishes stay intact under mediated plan

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. ~ 170 victims.
   The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   OREGON -- No Catholic parish property or school will be sold or encumbered in a far-reaching bankruptcy reorganization of the Archdiocese of Portland announced Monday that will settle as many as 170 legal claims by victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   The reorganization will resolve the nation's first bankruptcy involving a Roman Catholic diocese in response to sexual abuse lawsuits. It also ends the possibility that the parish and school properties could be ruled the legal possessions of the archdiocese, and therefore be used to pay millions of dollars in claims to abuse victims.
   Details of the reorganization plan and the total cost of legal settlements to date will not be released until the plan is filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court next Monday.

Former Pastor Pleads Guilty To Sex Abuse

  [~ 2000s Garcia*] - Baptist. 3 girls.
   WSBTV, POSTED 10:45 am EST, December 12, 2006
   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A former pastor of Spanish ministries at the First Baptist Church of Pelham pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse involving young girls.
   66-year-old Luis Federico Garcia of Alabaster faces three charges of first-degree sexual abuse involving three girls younger than 12.
   He entered the guilty pleas without reaching a sentencing agreement with the district attorney's office.

Preliminary Hearing is Scheduled for Former Priest, Michael Baker

  [Baker*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KNX, ~ December 12, 2006
   LOS ANGELES, CA (CNS) -- A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a reviled ex-priest who allegedly went on to molest, even after confessing to Cardinal Roger Mahony that he was a child abuser.
   Defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in January as he returned from a vacation in Thailand and has been in jail on charges of molesting a boy. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment earlier this year.
   The preliminary hearing set to start is intended to help a judge determine if there are grounds for Baker to stand trial.
   The 58-year-old Baker, whose case Mahony calls the one that "troubles me the most," according to the Los Angeles Times, is one of the most reviled ex- priests in a scandal that has implicated dozens of clergy and generated 562 claims of abuse against the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation's largest.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue December 12, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Wed December 13, 2006 edition:


• Kolko Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

  [Kolko -NEW*] - Judaist. Child. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Jewish Press, www.jewishpress. com/page.do/ 20108/Kolko_ Arrested_on_ Sexual_Abuse_ Charges. html ; By Shlomo Greenwald, Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   NEW YORK -- Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, was arrested Thursday night in his home in Midwood, Brooklyn, and arraigned Friday on four counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
   Kolko, a former first-grade rebbe and assistant principal at Yeshiva Torah Temimah, was released in time to go home for Shabbat after bail was posted.
   On Wednesday, the parents of one of the two alleged victims filed a $10 million suit against the yeshiva, claiming it retained Kolko as a teacher despite knowing about sexual abuse allegations against him. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:19 PM]

Priest in Meta ousted on abuse allegations

  [1980s Schutty - NEW*] - RCC. Minor
   Columbia Daily Tribune, Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   JEFFERSON CITY (MO), (AP) --A priest who was serving in Meta has been relieved of his duties for allegations of sexual misconduct, the Jefferson City Diocese announced.
   The Rev. John Schutty, who was serving at St. Cecilia Church in Meta, was removed from his ministry, effective immediately, after a diocesan review board found credible evidence of the accusations.
   Schutty, 74, who served the Meta church since 1988, was placed on administrative leave on March 29 after a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a minor more than 20 years ago. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:07 PM]

• Rivera ready to comply with courts over child abuse cases

  - RCC. Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Herald, www.eluniver sal.com.mx/ miami/22331. html , ~ December 13, 2006
   MEXICO -- Cardinal Norberto Rivera told Mexican radio Monday that he was willing to cooperate with the courts in his country and in the United States to clear up some cases of alleged sex abuse of minors in which priests were involved.
   "I'm ready to collaborate with any authority because I believe in justice and will always defend children above all others," said Cardinal Rivera, who is also archbishop of Mexico City.
   "We all have to cooperate so that justice is done in Mexico, and of course it grieves me deeply if a Mexican priest has molested children in the United States, so I'm ready to cooperate" with the authorities of that country, he said.
   The cardinal said that he has not yet been summoned to testify in the Los Angeles court that is trying a case of a supposed international conspiracy to protect priests suspected of sexually abusing children in the United States and Mexico.

More than mediation

  [Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. 150 victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Register-Guard, December 13, 2006
   EUGENE (OR) -- The word "mediation" is hardly sufficient to describe the effort required to forge Monday's announced settlement resolving nearly 150 lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland. The suits were filed by people claiming to have been sexually abused by priests in Western Oregon.
   Because of an unnecessary gag order on attorneys and all parties involved in the case, details of the settlement and the bankruptcy reorganization of the archdiocese won't be available until later this month. But the mere fact that U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan and Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure managed to resolve all but 20 claims and to complete a reorganization plan that could allow the archdiocese to resume normal operations after three years of bankruptcy represents a remarkable achievement.
   Consider the formidable challenges that confronted Hogan and Velure when they began secret talks with parties in the case last August: Two judges with very different temperaments and working across jurisdictional lines found themselves confronted with a disparate group of plaintiffs and an archdiocese that had very different ideas about what constituted just compensation for victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   The legal landscape could hardly have been more jumbled with obstacles. There were claims filed on insurance policies written three decades ago. There were the complexities of Roman Catholic canon law, which the archdiocese claimed prevented it from selling individual parishes' property and schools to satisfy judgments. There were the claimants who insisted on their cases going to trial, and the possibility of claims that have yet to be filed. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:11 PM]

James Ellison's parents file suit, allege Diocese was negligent

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. 2 men shot dead.
   Hudson Star-Observer, By Jana Hollingsworth and Judy Wiff, Forum Communications, Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   HUDSON (WI) -- Carsten and Sally Ellison hope to prevent the kind of abuse that they believe led to their son's death.
   The parents of 22-year-old James Ellison, who was shot to death at a Hudson mortuary Feb. 5, 2002, have filed a wrongful death suit against the Catholic Diocese of Superior.
   The complaint alleges that Ellison was killed by Father Ryan Erickson, probably because he saw Erickson shoot his supervisor, mortician Dan O'Connell. It also claims that the Superior Diocese knew about an alleged sexual assault committed by Erickson and never disclosed the information.
   In the civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday, the Ellisons of Barron, Wis., are asking for an unspecified amount of damages for medical expenses, funeral costs and loss of society and companionship. Wisconsin lawsuits don't generally ask for a specific dollar amount.

What if you were abused?

 
   The-Bee by Patti Wenzel, patti.wenzel@mx3.com , 12:24:01 PM, Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
   PHILLIPS (WI) -- It is not unusual to have questions, doubts and fears following the revelation of accusations of alleged abuse on the part of Fr. Terrence Fitzmaurice, the cleric who served Phillips Roman Catholic community from 1986-1999.
   "It would be uncommon to not hear more accusations after something like this comes out," said Peter Isely, Midwest Regional Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
   Isely and SNAP's national director, David Clohessy, said the first thing someone who suspects clergy abuse should do is know they're no alone.
   "They have to know they are not alone," Clohessy said. "And that something like this is never, ever their fault."

Diocese seeking info on former Greenville priest

  [1975-78 McKenna*] - RCC. Boys.
   The Daily News, By Elisabeth Waldon, December 13, 2006
   GRAND RAPIDS (MI) -- No incidents of sexual abuse have been reported by a priest who served Greenville's St. Charles Catholic Church from 1979 to 1988.
   Father Michael McKenna, 60, a priest for more than 30 years in West Michigan, has been removed from public ministry after accusations that he sexually abused boys prior to coming to Greenville. Bishop Walter Hurley of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids said McKenna no longer may wear clerical garments or present himself as a priest as of Dec. 5.
   McKenna no longer has duties within the church, according to diocese spokeswoman Mary Haarman. He "will be expected to live a life of prayer and penance," the diocese said in a written statement.
   "We do know that there were more than one," Haarman said of McKenna's victims.
   McKenna could not be reached for comment. Haarman said she did not know his whereabouts.

• Former USF dean pleads guilty in child porn case

  [~ 2000s Professor Garner] - No religion link reported.
   San Francisco Chronicle, www.sfgate.com/ cgi-bin/article.cgi? f=/n/a/2006/12/12/ state/n162239S95. DTL&hw=usf&sn= 001&sc=1000 ; Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA), (AP) --A former dean at University of San Francisco's School of Education pleaded guilty Tuesday to a child pornography charge under a deal with prosecutors that likely will send him to prison for more than five years.
   William T. Garner, 66, of San Francisco, acknowledged in the plea deal, reached last month, that he knowingly possessed more than 15,000 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts, including images of prepubescent children and violent sexual conduct, federal prosecutors said.
   In addition to serving a 63-month prison sentence, Garner also agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.
   If convicted at trial, he had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
   [PREVIOUS ITEM: See www.usdoj.gov/ usao/can/press/ 2006/2006_ 11_15_Garner. plea.press.html , Case # 06-0746, dated Nov. 15, 2006 ENDS:]

Defrocked priest loses teaching license

  [pre-1991 Cooley] - ? RCC. Child.
   Toledo Blade, December 13, 2006
   COLUMBUS (OH) -- The State Board of Education yesterday revoked the decades-old teaching certificate a defrocked Cincinnati area priest was allowed to hold despite being convicted and jailed 15 years ago on child molestation charges.
   George J. Cooley, 58, was officially removed from the priesthood in 1998 after spending 18 months in prison. But, until now, he continued to hold a certificate to teach in private and parochial schools.
   Cooley opted not to fight the state action, voluntarily surrendering his certificate.
   He was the seventh current or former priest to do so since they were brought to the state's attention by The Blade along with two other priests and a nonpriest teacher and coach. Investigations into the latter cases continue.

Hearing held in N.Y. for accused ex-priest

  [5-6yrs DeLuca] - RCC. Boy.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   SYRACUSE (NY) -- The sexual abuse case against former Delaware priest the Rev. Francis G. DeLuca proceeded this week with a pretrial conference in Onondaga County Court in Syracuse, N.Y., prosecutors said Tuesday.
   No plea agreement has been offered, but it remains a possibility, Assistant District Attorney Kari Armstrong said. The next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23, she said.
   DeLuca, who ministered in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington for 35 years, was arrested in October for sexually abusing a Syracuse teen. The teen, now 18, told his parents DeLuca had molested him over a period of five or six years. Syracuse police say DeLuca confessed after they arrested him.
   DeLuca was removed from ministry in 1993 by former Diocese of Wilmington Bishop Robert E. Mulvee and allowed to retire in Syracuse, his hometown, after similar allegations arose in Delaware.

Speak Up To Stop Sex Abuse Of Kids

  [2000s Reyes] - Christian. Girl (had baby).
   Hartford Courant, by Susan Campbell, December 13, 2006   CONNECTICUT -- Do you know why you're here? the nurses ask.
   And then they wait quietly.
   Sometimes - especially if the child is young - there's no answer. The child simply has no words for what happened. And sometimes the child will say, "Because my daddy [uncle, brother, teacher, pastor] touched me."
   Do you know why you're here?
   In June, Hartford pastor Modesto Reyes was charged with raping a then-11-year-old member of his church, who later gave birth. DNA tests say with 99 percent certainty that Reyes is the baby's father. But during a summer court appearance, Reyes pled not guilty; he's due back in court next week.
   At the time of his arrest, Hartford police said they suspected Reyes had sexually assaulted other neighborhood children, and they asked people to come forward.

Training brings Inland diocese into compliance

  - RCC.
   The Press-Enterprise 10:00 PM PST, Tuesday, December 12, 2006
   SAN BERNARDINO (CA) -- During the past two years, the Diocese of San Bernardino trained more than 105,000 adults and children on preventing sexual abuse of children, bringing the Inland diocese into full compliance with child-protection reforms mandated by the nation's Catholic bishops, independent auditors have concluded.
   The audit findings were released this week by diocesan officials. As part of its programs, the diocese provided 8,000 children at its Catholic schools and another 85,000 children who attend parishes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with age-appropriate training about sexual abuse, personal safety and recognizing perpetrators, said Sister Cathy White, the diocese's coordinator of charter initiatives.
   The audit was part of an annual report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to determine whether the nation's 187 dioceses and eparchies -- Eastern-rite dioceses -- are meeting the goals outlined in a sweeping charter approved by the bishops in June 2002 as they sought to cope with the clergy sexual-abuse scandal gripping the church.

Springfield Diocese, insurers square off in court

  [Years - Springfield Diocese] - RCC. 57 victims.
   WPRI, ~ December 13, 2006
   PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield squared off against seven of its insurance carriers in court yesterday over the disclosure of thousands of pages of church documents.
   The diocese is suing the insurance companies to get them to provide coverage for claims by 57 people who said they were sexually abused by priests.
   The insurers argued in Berkshire Superior Court that the documents will better enable them to see how the diocese handled allegations of sexual abuse by its priests and whether the church fulfilled its obligations to protect the public.

Ex-coach's lawyers say publicity taints case

  [Mr Shields] - RCC. Molesting, videotaping.
   Reading Eagle, By Holly Herman, ~ December 13, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Pre-trial publicity would prevent a fair trial in Schuylkill County Court for a former Pottsville physical-education teacher and coach accused of molesting an athlete and videotaping others who were undressing, defense lawyers argued Wednesday.
   Reading lawyers Emmanuel H. Dimitriou and Kurt B. Geishauser asked Schuylkill Judge John E. Domalakes to move the trial or have an out-of-county jury hear the case involving Daniel M. Shields Jr.
   Shields, 62, a former Nativity BVM High School teacher and football and track coach, is accused of molesting a member of the girls track team, who graduated in 2005, several times during 2004 and 2005.
   He also is accused of videotaping the girl and two other female athletes undressing in a school locker room from November 2004 to May 2005.
   Shields is charged with aggravated indecent assault, sexual abuse of children and related offenses.

Judge's Ruling Leaves Priest Abuse Lawsuits Intact

  - ? RCC.
   CBS 2, ~ December 13, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (CBS)-- A judge's ruling Tuesday clears the way for some lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests to move toward trial, possibly in March, according to an attorney for some of the accusers.
   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz issued a 53-page ruling that left intact most of the allegations made by the plaintiffs, including negligence, sexual battery and sexual assault.
   Although Fromholz's ruling directly related to a relatively small number of cases that have not settled, the judge told attorneys they can expect it to be applied to the 700 to 800 other related lawsuits, as well, said Raymond P. Boucher, the lead counsel for the plaintiffs.
   "These cases are going to be rapidly moving down the road," Boucher said.

Bishop: Ousted priest involved in "tragic" cases

  [1975-78 McKenna*] - RCC. Boys.
   WWMT, 6:38PM, December 12, 2006
   GRAND RAPIDS (MI), (NEWS 3) -- The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids is releasing more information about a sanctioned priest and its revamped process for dealing with sexual abuse allegations.
   The church removed Father Michael McKenna for his involvement with young men in the 1970s. The diocese has handed over the accusations to prosecutors in three counties.
   As for the church's involvement, the bishop says it's a closed case - the product of a new investigative process.
   More than 30 years after starting out at St. John Vianney church, McKenna is out of the Catholic Church, prohibited from wearing clerical clothes or presenting himself as a priest.

Defrocked LA priest to face new sexual abuse charges

  [1985-95 Baker] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Sioux City Journal, ~ December 13, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (AP) -- Investigators have identified a second man molested as a child by a now-defrocked Catholic priest, and additional charges will be filed this week, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday.
   Michael Stephen Baker, 58, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a boy while the priest was living at a rectory. Prosecutors contend he molested the boy for more than a decade until 1995, beginning when he was 7.
   The Los Angeles County prosecutor's office investigated and determined that a second victim was involved, Deputy District Attorney Marc Beaart said in Superior Court.
   Outside court, Beaart declined to provide details but said the accuser did not come forward voluntarily.

Slain intern's family files suit against diocese

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. Abuse, 2 killings.
   St. Paul Pioneer Press, BY KEVIN HARTER, ~ December 13, 2006
   HUDSON (WI) -- Frustrated with what they see as inaction and lack of concern for victims of clergy sexual abuse, the family of one of the two men likely killed by a Hudson priest in 2002 "reluctantly" filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the Diocese of Superior.
   The attorney for Carsten and Sally Ellison filed the lawsuit in St. Croix County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages from the Roman Catholic diocese. The Barron, Wis., family hopes to use any money from a verdict or settlement to establish the James Ellison Foundation for the Protection of Children.
   "We do not want blood money. No proceeds will ever be used for our personal use," said Carsten Ellison, noting that the statute of limitations for filing was near. "If we didn't do something, it just all goes away. We felt we needed to do something for James. It was such a terrible crime. Someone needs to be accountable, to take responsibility for the deaths of our son and Dan O'Connell."
   Diocese officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Insurers call for church records

  [Years - Springfield Diocese] - RCC. Hiding truth still.
   The Republican, By FRED CONTRADA, fcontrada@repub.com , Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   PITTSFIELD (MA) -- With 57 claimants awaiting the outcome, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield faced off against seven of its insurance carriers yesterday over the disclosure of 7,500 pages of church documents.
   Berkshire Superior Court was full of lawyers debating issues such as spiritual counseling privilege, Constitutional religious rights and attorney-client privilege. The diocese is suing the insurance companies to get them to provide coverage for claims by 57 people who said they were sexually abused by priests. In 2004, the diocese settled a suit involving 46 other claimants for more than $7 million.
   The insurers argue that the documents will enable them to see how the diocese has historically handled claims of sexual abuse by its priests and whether it fulfilled its own obligations to protect the public. "The operative question is: What did the diocese know about clergy sexual abuse, and when did it know it?" said John Egan, who is representing Lloyds of London. "Were these claims 'accidents' as defined in the policies?"
   According to lawyers, the documents involve the laicization of some priests and show how the diocese counseled those priests and handled complaints of sexual abuse. John J. Egan, a lawyer for the diocese, said the 7,500 pages fall under a state statute protecting the right to spiritual counseling. Egan told Judge John A. Agostini that the counseling pertained to the sacrament of Holy Orders because some of the priests faced the prospect of being defrocked.

Slain man's family files lawsuit against diocese

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. Abuse, 2 killings.
   Green Bay Press Gazette, The Associated Press, December 13, 2006
   HUDSON (WI) -- The family of one of two men believed killed by a Roman Catholic priest nearly four years ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Superior on Tuesday, claiming church leaders knew about the priest's questionable behavior but did nothing.
   Carsten and Sally Ellison, of Barron, seek unspecified damages for the loss of their 22-year-old son, James, said their attorney Jeff Anderson.
   "Their goal is to hold the diocese accountable," Anderson said.
   If the Rev. Ryan Erickson had been removed from the priesthood or reported to police, "neither of these young men would have lost their life," he said.
   James Ellison, an intern, and funeral director Daniel O'Connell, 39, were fatally shot Feb. 5, 2002, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.

Ex-priest to face more charges, prosecutor says

  [1985-95 Baker] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Jessica Garrison, December 13, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they intend to seek additional molestation charges against defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker on behalf of a second alleged victim.
   Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Beaart said he would file an amended complaint next week against Baker, whose case Cardinal Roger M. Mahony has said is the one that "troubles me the most."
   Baker, who was arrested while returning from Thailand last January, has pleaded not guilty to molestation charges in the earlier case and remains in jail.
   Two sources said separately on condition of anonymity that investigators had been led to the second alleged victim in part through information from Baker's personnel file. The Los Angeles Archdiocese had vigorously fought turning over the personnel files to prosecutors, going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before losing that fight in April. The archdiocese turned over the files soon after. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:25 AM]

SNAP urges Catholics not to donate to Fort Worth diocese

  [Years - Fort Worth] - RCC. Concealing abuse.
   The Dallas Morning News, By ANGELA K. BROWN / Associated Press, Dec/13/2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Local Catholics should not donate to the Fort Worth diocese until its bishop disciplines church officials who concealed sexual abuse, two leaders of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests said Wednesday.
   They said people should donate to groups that help - not hurt - children.
   "It's clear that where the church hierarchy won't take action to protect kids, then the lay people have to," David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, said outside the administrative offices of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. "It is a monarchy, so the options for lay people to pressure a bishop are precious few."
   Clohessy and Kristopher Galland, director of SNAP's DFW chapter, also urged Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann to give authorities all documents revealing any church leader's sexual misdeeds.
   In a statement released Wednesday, diocese spokesman Jeff Hensley said the diocese was aware of "many concerns about the issues surrounding accusations of sexual abuse. We are actively pursuing these matters."

Friends Say Ex-Pastor A Moral Man

  [~ 2000s Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   The Day, in Region News, By Karen Florin, Dec/13/2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- Former Norwich Assembly of God Pastor Charles L. Johnson Jr. loved children and children - including the girl who now claims Johnson molested her five years ago - loved him, according to several friends who testified on his behalf Tuesday in New London Superior Court.
   The defense portion of Johnson's sexual assault trial got under way with about a dozen character witnesses who said he was a man of integrity who took in people in need, traveled to Honduras to comfort orphan children and treated members of his church like family.
   "I've never seen the man do anything that I think is inappropriate," testified Bonnie Nicholson, who said she has known Johnson for 20 years.
   "I'm telling you, I don't think the man could do this. I've watched him many years," she said.

Frontline Explores One Family's Confrontation With Child Sexual Abuse By Catholic Clergy

  [Birmingham] - RCC. < 100 children. FILM 'Hand of God'.
   PBS
   FRONTLINE presents, HAND OF GOD, www.pbs.org/frontline/handofgod , for Tuesday, January 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS
   MASSACHUSETTS -- In recent decades, more than 10,000 children were reportedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in the United States.
   In Hand of God, airing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), filmmaker Joe Cultrera explores the very personal story of how his brother -- Paul -- was molested in the 1960s by their parish priest, Father Joseph Birmingham, who allegedly abused nearly 100 other children.
   Producer Joe Cultrera tells the story of faith betrayed and how his brother Paul and his family fought back against a scandal that continues to afflict scores of churches across the country.
   "I was inspired by my brother's strength of spirit in surviving his abuse," says Joe Cultrera. "His story was unlike any I had seen in the media. I thought a detailed film about his and my family's experience would prove healing and freeing for others."
   Paul Cultrera and his siblings were raised in an Italian-Catholic family in Salem, Mass., and attended an all-Catholic school from kindergarten through high school. From an early age, Paul and his siblings were immersed in the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.

Diocese, bishop face wrongful death suit

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. Abuse, 2 killings.
   The Daily Telegram, By Ron Brochu and Shelley Nelson, Wednesday, December 13, 2006
   WISCONSIN -- Roman Catholic Church officials in Superior today may have become the first nationwide to be served with a wrongful death lawsuit related to sexual abuse by a priest.
   But neither Bishop Raphael Fliss nor diocese spokesman the Rev. Philip Heslin were available to accept the document, filed by parents of James Ellison, who they believe he was fatally shot on Feb. 5, 2002, by the Rev. Ryan Erickson at a Hudson mortuary. Carsten and Sally Ellison of Barron seek unspecified damages for the loss of their 22-year-old son, claiming church leaders knew about the priest's unusual behavior but did nothing to stop it.
   The lawsuit complaint was presented by Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. With Fliss hospitalized in Duluth for hip surgery and Heslin recovering from hip surgery, the civil complaint was presented to their secretary Pat Wildenberg, who declined comment.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed December 13, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Thu December 14, 2006 edition:


• Perv charge vs. 2nd rabbi

  [2006 Lazerewitz -NEW*] - Judaist. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   New York Post, www.nypost. com/seven/ 12142006/ news/regional news/perv_ charge_vs__ 2nd_rabbi_ regionalnews_ patrick_ gallahue_ and_alex_ ginsberg. htm ; By PATRICK GALLAHUE and ALEX GINSBERG, December 14, 2006
   NEW YORK -- For the second time in a week, a respected Brooklyn rabbi has been accused of sexually abusing a boy student at a religious school.
   A suit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court accuses Avraham Mordecai Lazerewitz, described as the spiritual supervisor at the Geres Misivta Bais Yisroel school, of touching a student in April. Lazerewitz groped and improperly touched the victim during a one-on-one help session in the rabbi's office in the Borough Park secondary school, says the unidentified boy's lawyer, Eric Green. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 08:53 AM]

Alleged abuse victims breaks down at inquiry

  [pre-1995 MacDonald] - Christian. Boy. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ottawa Sun, Canadian Press, Thu, December 14, 2006
   CORNWALL, Canada - A man who says he was sexually abused by a city priest broke down in tears after taking the stand Wednesday at an inquiry probing the institutional response to allegations of systemic child sexual abuse in the Cornwall area.
   John MacDonald was answering questions about a letter he wrote in 1995 in which he publicly disclosed the alleged abuse for the first time.
   The letter was written to Rev. Kevin Maloney of St. Columban's Church, and in it MacDonald named Rev. Charles MacDonald as his alleged abuser.
   One part of the letter suggests he may have told his parents about the abuse but Wednesday he said he knows that wasn't the case. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:48 PM]

Jury selection begins in diocese sex abuse trial

  [1999 Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl + 2 others. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Herald, By JUDY RATTNER, December 14, 2006
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- Jury selection began Monday Dec. 4 in a $150 million civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. Two people are suing, claiming they were molested by a youth minister at St. Raphael Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow for three years.
   The youth minister, Matthew Maiello, then of Lynbrook, pleaded guilty in 2003 to rape and sodomy of the two plaintiffs, a man and a woman who were 15 at the time of the abuse in 1999, and two others.
   He served just over two years in prison for his crimes. He now lives upstate in Gilboa, New York. At the time Maiello was sentenced, his victims said they believed his sentence was too lenient. Prosecutors said at the time that Maiello was punished as severely as possible.
   The civil trial, before State Supreme Court Justice R. Bruce Cozzens Jr., in Mineola, is set to call Bishop William Murphy to testify. Murphy was appointed after the abuse by Maiello, but Michael G. Dowd, of Manhattan, attorney for the victims, says he should be held accountable now as the leader of the church.
   In addition to calling both plaintiffs, Dowd said he will present videos that Maiello took of the youths having sex with him and with each other. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 02:26 PM]

Catholic priest in court on child abuse charges

  [1980s-90s McCollough] - Anglican became Roman Catholic. Boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   This is Lancashire, By Staff Reporter, ~ December 14, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic priest has appeared in court to face a catalogue of child abuse charges against schoolboys in Bury.
   John McCollough, aged 61, appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court charged with 12 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency with children during the 1980s and 1990s.
   The offences are alleged to have taken place while McCollough was an Anglican rector at Christ the King with Holy Trinity Church in Spring Street.
   Dressed in a light grey sports jacket and dark trousers, he spoke only to confirm his name and personal details during the 10-minute hearing.

Juror dismissed after hearing of $1 settlement offer

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/14/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A juror in the civil trial of a Fresno priest accused of molesting an altar boy nearly 20 years ago was dismissed Wednesday after he said he overheard shoppers discussing the plaintiff's offer to settle the case for $1.
   On the fourth day of deliberations, the juror told Judge Donald Black that the $1 settlement offer and the plaintiff's demand that Father Eric Swearingen leave the priesthood would influence his judgment.
   Black replaced the male juror with an male alternate, retaining a jury made up of seven women and five men. But with a new juror, the entire panel had to start over on its deliberations.
   The trial in Fresno County Superior Court pits Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Woodward Park, against former altar boy Juan Rocha, now 31 and an Army sergeant first class.

Protesters Object to Reverend John Dooher's Elevation

  - 4-year protest against "enablers".
   The Boston Independent Media Center, by Sophie Yon-Gharbi, Dec 12, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- Just like they have done Sunday after Sunday, right after mass, for the past 4 years, the "sidewalk protesters" gathered once again in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End.
   Except it is 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon and today's mass is not your usual Sunday one: Reverend John Dooher - a high-ranking chancery officer who coordinated sexual misconduct matters, alongside Bishop John McCormack- is being elevated to Auxiliary Bishop overseeing the Boston Archdiocese's South Region.
   It is believed that as a coordinator, John Dooher helped create housing for abusive priests and by remaining silent about the issue, participated in covering-up the sexual abuse.
   Holding signs with the words "Speak Truth To Power" or pictures of children who had endured years of abuse, the protesters manifested their disappointment that once again, the Church was not promoting a "clean Priest".
   Amongst the 15 people watching the stream of priests come in and out of the Cathedral, was Ruth Moore, Co-coordinator of STTOP, one of the organization behind today's protest. "All these Bishops gathered today for the elevation of Dooher… It tells the world that they are complacent of the crimes," she said.

Mother Found Journal About Molestation

  [~ 2000s Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl and her mother.
   The Day, By Karen Florin, Dec/12/2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- The mother of a girl who accuses former Norwich Assembly of God Pastor Charles L. Johnson Jr. of molestation testified Monday that she learned of the incidents after finding journal-like writings in her daughter's room that contained "sexual things."
   "It was about a man pushing her down and putting his hands in her clothes in inappropriate ways," the woman said in New London Superior Court.
   She and her husband confronted their daughter, who told them of the incidents but adamantly refused to report them to authorities, according to testimony from both parents.
   Johnson, 53, is on trial for allegedly molesting the girl, now 15, at his Norwich house in 2000 or 2001. Unbeknownst to the six-member jury that will decide his fate, the girl's mother had also complained that Johnson touched her in inappropriate ways. He resigned from the church after 22 years because of allegations of inappropriate sexual contact by the mother and other adult women, though criminal charges were never filed.

Missouri Church Leaders Accused of Child-Sex Abuse

  [Church leaders] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   NPR, Morning Edition, December 14, 2006
   MISSOURI -- Early next year, the first of several child-sexual abuse cases involving church leaders is expected to be heard in a courtroom in southwest Missouri. The sex charges were filed this summer by women who grew up in a religious community deep in the Ozarks. Most of the accusers and the accused are related by blood or marriage.
   The five women who have pressed charges are all now adults. They attended Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church in Washburn, Mo. If what they say is true -- and that's still to be proven -- they were lured into sexual conduct by some of their church leaders when they were children, one as young as 8.

Sex abuse charge against former Norwich pastor unbelievable, neighbor says

  [~ 2000s Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   Norwich Bulletin, By GREG SMITH, December 14, 2006
   NORWICH (CT) -- Former Norwich church pastor Charles Johnson Jr. has no shortage of support -- as evidenced this week by the number of character witnesses testifying in his defense.
   The defense rested its case Wednesday after five more people took the stand in New London Superior Court to paint a picture of a man who befriended scores of families and children during his years in Norwich.
   Alisha Malerba, neighbors with the Johnsons for 13 years and friends with Charles Johnson's daughter, said the charges are simply unbelievable.
   "He was like a second father to me," she said from the stand Wednesday in court.

Pastor faces more charges in abuse case

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - "Full Word Ministries". Male, girls.
   The Post and Courier BY GLENN SMITH Thursday, December 14, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- Police plan to file additional criminal charges today against Pastor Tyrone Moore after three more boys accused the minister of molesting them in recent years, authorities said.
   Moore, 39, already is charged with sexually assaulting three other young men who attended his church, Full Word Ministries in North Charleston.
   Police in North Charleston and Goose Creek are looking into other potential victims, and investigators said more charges are possible.
   Among the latest victims is a 15-year-old who accuses Moore of molesting him since he was 13, authorities said. Another boy, now 14, alleges Moore molested him since he was 12. The third boy, now 12, told police he was molested at age 11, police said.

A Report Card for 2006 on Efforts to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

 
   FindLaw, By MARCI HAMILTON, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- There is an emerging civil rights movement for children in the United States, which is to say that children are finally actually getting a seat at the public policy table. Moreover, looking back at the past year shows a significant amount of progress on that front.
   City and state child protective service agencies in various states, such as New York, have been under close and critical scrutiny when children have been brutally treated; there is an initiative to create conditions in the schools that will help to abate the child obesity epidemic; and there has been a legislative focus on children, at both the federal and state levels.
   This is not to say, however, that 2006 exhibits an unmixed record when it comes to children's needs. We had both victories for children, and disheartening defeats.
Victories in the Movement for Children's Civil Rights
   Here are some of the victories:
   Charges of statutory rape in a polygamous community were taken seriously by public officials. Notorious polygamist Warren Jeffs, whom I discussed in a previous column, and who is accused of orchestrating "marriages" between underage girls and much older men, was apprehended by authorities and is being tried in Utah.
   Pennsylvania passed useful legislation in the wake of the Philadelphia Archdiocese child abuse scandal. Following the Philadelphia District Attorney's Grand Jury Report on the cover-up of child abuse within the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which I discussed in a prior column, D.A. Lynn Abraham turned to the legislature to repair the holes in Pennsylvania law that had made it impossible for her office to go forward, despite copious evidence of the Archdiocese's culpability. Her proposals spanned both criminal and civil solutions, all of them likely to be effective in bringing greater safety to children, and less comfort to child predators and their facilitators.

Brothers sue Cardinal George

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY CATHLEEN FALSANI, Religion Reporter, December 14, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Two brothers who were sued for defamation last month by a Roman Catholic priest who they say sexually abused them more than 20 years ago responded Wednesday by suing Cardinal Francis George.
   The brothers -- known in court records as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 -- claim the Rev. Robert Stepek abused them in the 1980s at St. Symphorosa parish on Chicago's South Side when they were about 9 and 16 years old.
   A 'vendetta'
   In November -- acting on the recommendation of a review board that concluded there was reasonable cause to suspect the abuse occurred -- George removed Stepek as pastor of St. Albert the Great parish in Burbank. Following church protocol, George then referred Stepek's case to the Vatican for guidance about further action the archdiocese should take.

Lawsuit calls for cardinal to step up

 
   Daily Southtown By Stephanie Gehring December 14, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Saying Cardinal Francis George has fallen short in protecting the two men who have accused a Burbank priest of sexual abuse, attorneys for the two men filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Chicago.
   "In my 23 years I have never seen a cardinal do so little," said Jeff Anderson, who represents the two grown men.
   "The problem is that Stepek went on attack, and (George) has failed miserably in protecting these victims that he promised he'd protect," Anderson said.
   The suit is "designed to make (George) step up" and order Stepek to withdraw the defamation lawsuit he filed against the two men last month, Anderson said.
   The lawsuit Anderson filed Wednesday in civil court ultimately aims to make the archdiocese responsible for any damages that Stepek is seeking from the two men, he said.

It's suit vs. suit in priest case

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Margaret Ramirez, Tribune religion reporter, December 14, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Two weeks after a Roman Catholic priest filed a defamation lawsuit against two brothers who said he sexually abused them, an attorney for the alleged victims struck back Wednesday by suing the priest and the Chicago archdiocese.
   Rev. Robert Stepek, former pastor of St. Albert the Great Church in Burbank, was removed from ministry last month after an archdiocesan review board determined there was reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse of minors occurred. Shortly after his removal, Stepek filed a $4 million lawsuit against his accusers, stating that the sexual abuse allegations were false andretaliation for disagreements between the priest and the two men.
   According to Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Stepek is one of about a dozen priests who have sued their accusers. But victim advocates said the countersuit is believed to be the first ever filed in the U.S. against clergy. The suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court states that Stepek's actions have led the two accusers "to suffer severe and permanent emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem and loss of religious faith." The suit also states that any damage suffered by Stepek was not caused by the accusers but by the archdiocese, which permitted confidential abuse information to become public.
   Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing the accusers, said he is calling on Cardinal Francis George to order Stepek to withdraw his lawsuit and cease and desist from all further action until Vatican proceedings in his case conclude. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:10 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu December 14, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• [Papal preacher wants "penitence day" for sex abuse -- December 15, 2006, ACTUAL DATE.]  - RCC.  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Papal preacher wants “penitence day ” for sex abuse

 
   Reuters, http://today. reuters.com/ news/article news.aspx? type=world News&story ID=2006-12- 15T165035Z_ 01_L1 5792352 _RTRUKOC_0_ US-POPE- PAEDOPHILIA. xml&WTmodLoc= IntNewsHome_ C2_world News-4 ; By Philip Pullella, December 15, 2006
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The only man allowed to preach to Pope Benedict on Friday told the Pontiff he should call a worldwide day of fasting and penitence to ask forgiveness for the Roman Catholic Church's priestly sexual abuse scandals.
   Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose official title is "preacher of the papal household", made the suggestion during a pre-Christmas sermon to the Pope and Vatican officials. [...]
   [COMMENT: I don't see Fr Cantalamessa becoming a bishop soon!  See fuller version below, or visit Reuters' webpage!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Dec 15, 06]

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Fri December 15, 2006 edition:


File leads to removal of local pastor

  [1970s Pansza -NEW*] - RCC. Child.
   Times Record News, By Jessica Langdon / December 15, 2006
   TEXAS -- Less than four months after Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth installed Father Gilbert Albert Pansza - "Father Gil" - as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Wichita Falls, Vann removed Pansza from active ministry because of a sexual abuse admission stemming from the 1970s, a release from the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth said.
   Vann wrote that it was his "sad duty" to announce Pansza's removal, but he made the move to correspond with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
   A review of the diocese's files uncovered an admission from Pansza related to an incident involving the sexual abuse of a minor in the 1970s, which was before Pansza entered the seminary, the release said.
   "We are taking this action on the basis of our discovery of this information in the files," the document continued. "We have removed Fr. Pansza from active ministry because it is the right thing to do in protecting God's people from any potential harm."
   The Diocese of Fort Worth reported that it had not received any accusations against Pansza involving abuse of children since he was ordained as a priest on May 27, 2000.

Midwood Rabbi Faces Kiddie Sex Charges - Cops Say Joel Kolko Sexually Assaulted Yeshiva Students

  [Kolko*]- Judaist. Student. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Kings Courier, By Thomas Tracy, Dec/14/2006
   NEW YORK -- Police arrested Midwood Rabbi Joel Kolko on sex abuse charges last week.
   A Midwood rabbi who had already been accused of being a pedophile was arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old student, officials said.
   Joel Kolko, 60, of the 1200 block of East 22nd Street, was charged with four counts of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor on December 7.
   The rabbi's arrest has Kolko's past alleged victims believing that no one can run away from their past.

$60M LA Clergy Abuse Settlement OK'd

  - RCC.
   San Francisco Chronicle, 17:34 PST, Friday, December 15, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (AP)-- Attorneys representing 45 people who sued the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, accusing clergy members of sex abuse, signed off Friday on a $60 million settlement, according to the lead plaintiffs' lawyer.
   The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said this month that it would pay $60 million to settle 45 cases that dated from prior to the mid-1950s and after 1987 - periods when the archdiocese had little or no sexual abuse insurance.
   Attorneys for the plaintiffs said the archdiocese had gone public with the agreement before all the accusers and their attorneys had reviewed and signed the documents. That process was finished Friday, Ray Boucher, the lead plaintiffs' attorney, said in a statement.
   Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman, welcomed the news. "We had an agreement two weeks ago," he said. "The archdiocese is glad to hear that the ink is dry." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 PM]

Old sins in confession

  - Sex abuse book in A.D. 1051
   Gospelcom, December 06, 2006
   St. Peter Damian was a man with a mission.
   The church reformer was appalled by the sexual immorality of his fellow clergy and their superiors, who often refused to warn the faithful and allowed the guilty to go unpunished. He condemned all sexual immorality, but especially the priests who abused boys after hearing their confessions.
   Damian poured his concerns into a volume called the Book of Gomorrah, which ended with an appeal to Pope Leo IX for reform.
   The year was 1051. The pope praised Damian, but declined to take decisive action. A later pope tried to suppress the book.
   "Anyone who thinks the problems the church has today are new just doesn't know history," said psychotherapist A.W. Richard Sipe, a former Benedictine monk who has served as an expert witness in more than 200 cases of clergy sexual abuse. "There has always been a temptation to try to protect the image of the church, which usually means covering up scandals involving priests and bishops."

• Papal preacher wants "penitence day" for sex abuse

  - RCC. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Reuters, http://today. reuters.com/ news/article news.aspx? type=world News&story ID=2006-12- 15T165035Z_ 01_L1 5792352 _RTRUKOC_0_ US-POPE- PAEDOPHILIA. xml&WTmodLoc= IntNewsHome_ C2_world News-4 ; By Philip Pullella, December 15, 2006
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The only man allowed to preach to Pope Benedict on Friday told the Pontiff he should call a worldwide day of fasting and penitence to ask forgiveness for the Roman Catholic Church's priestly sexual abuse scandals.
   Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose official title is "preacher of the papal household", made the suggestion during a pre-Christmas sermon to the Pope and Vatican officials.
   Cantalamessa said the Church had "wept and sighed" recently over "abominations committed by her very ministers and pastors".
   A U.S. sexual abuse scandal which erupted in Boston in 2002 spread to almost every Catholic diocese in the country. Many priests were prosecuted and payments of millions of dollars were made to scores of victims.

Former Norwich pastor found guilty of sexual assault

  [~ 2000s Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Norwich Bulletin, December 15, 2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- Former Norwich pastor Charles Johnson Jr. this morning was found guilty of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor by a six-member jury.
   Johnson faces a maximum of 30 years in prison, according to assistant state's attorney Theresa Anne Ferryman. Held on $500,000 bond, Johnson is to be sentenced Jan. 26 in New London Superior Court.
   Johnson, 53, of Norwich was accused of inappropriately touching the girl at his home when she was 9 or 10. At the time, he was pastor at Norwich Assembly of God.
   With no physical evidence, prosecution relied heavily on testimony from the alleged victim, members of her family and investigators.

Former priest pleads not guilty to abuse charges

  [1995-99 Evans] - RCC. 2 boys.
   The Coloradoan, By LAURA BAILEY, LauraBailey@coloradoan.com , December 15, 2006
   FORT COLLINS (CO) -- A Fort Collins priest accused of sexually molesting a minor pleaded not guilty in Larimer County Court today.
   Timothy Joseph Evans, 43, pleaded not guilty to four charges stemming from incidents alleged to have happened with a teenager during Evans' tenure at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 5450 S. Lemay Ave., where he served from 1998 to 2002.
   The counts include two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, one count of sexual assault on a child - pattern abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
   Judge Jolene Blair set Evans' Larimer County trial to begin March 19.

Two seek extension of statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases

  [Salesianum School, Archmore Academy] - RCC. 2 males.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted 12:29 pm, Friday, December 15, 2006
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- Two men whose lawsuits against religious-order Catholic priests are pending in state and federal courts called for Delaware lawmakers to resume efforts to change the state's civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse - and give those previously blocked by it their day in court.
   Eric Eden, a former student at Salesianum School, and Navy Commander Kenneth Whitwell, who had attended Archmere Academy, who say they were abused by priests when they were students, called for the changes during a press conference at the office of their attorney, Thomas S. Neuberger.
   Several lawmakers introduced a bill earlier this year to change the civil statute, which limits the amount of time a person can sue for damages. At present, Delaware law allows suits to be filed for two years after the injury.

Former Pastor Guilty of Sexual Assault

  [2001 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   The Day By Karen Florin Dec/15/2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- A New London Superior Court jury found former Norwich Assembly of God Pastor Charles Johnson guilty this morning of sexually assaulting a young girl five years ago.
   One juror, a female day-care provider, wept as the jury was polled by the court clerk.
   Johnson was taken into custody after Judge Stuart M. Schimelman raised his bond from $150,000 to $500,000.

Abuser priest 'brazenly' asks to buy bright children's paper

  [O'Grady] - RCC. Many children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent December 15, 2006
   IRELAND -- NOTORIOUS paedophile ex-priest Oliver O'Grady walked into a Dublin shop to buy coloured paper "like a child would have".
   The convicted sex offender, who is believed to have abused 23 young people including a nine-month-old infant, admitted he was the shamed former cleric in a "very open, almost brazen" manner when asked by the Phibsborough shopkeeper.
   The shopkeeper, called Aidan, told RTE's 'Liveline' programme yesterday that he refused to serve the 60-year-old Limerick-born paedophile and found him to be a "bit strange".
   "I had seen his face a few weeks ago when he was splashed over the papers," Aidan said. "He came in yesterday. He was acting kind of peculiar. He was inquiring about buying a particular type of paper a kid might have, a coloured paper. He used that phrase, which I thought strange because he's an old man.

Lawsuit accuses ex-priest of abuse

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Kansas City Star By TONY RIZZO ~ December 15, 2006
   KANSAS CITY (MO) -- A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses a former Kansas City area priest of molesting a 12-year-old boy during a 1978 trip to Texas.
   The suit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, also alleges that the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph knowingly ignored and concealed the priest's misconduct.
   The former priest, John R. Tulipana, resigned in 1994 after The Kansas City Star reported that the diocese had paid $150,000 in 1989 to a man who alleged that he was molested by Tulipana in 1980 and 1981.
   Bishop Raymond J. Boland, who headed the diocese in 1994, said at the time that his predecessor had received two complaints involving Tulipana. Like the one reported by The Star, the other was handled by a financial settlement.
   In both cases, plaintiff's attorneys required the diocese to sign confidentiality agreements to protect the identities of the alleged victims, officials for the diocese said Thursday. Tulipana underwent psychological evaluations and was cleared to return to the ministry after those complaints.

Former priest dies in wreck

 
   The Express-Times From staff and wire reports Friday, December 15, 2006
   NESQUEHONING | PENNSYLVANIA | A former Lehigh Valley priest who had been accused of offering to pay for sex died Wednesday morning after a car wreck in Carbon County.
   Nesquehoning Borough police said Monsignor Stephen Forish was traveling north on Route 93 across Broad Mountain when he lost control of his Buick LeSabre at 9:31 a.m., according to the Standard-Speaker newspaper in Hazleton, Pa.
   An officer at the wreck just south of the Packer Township line said Forish might have lost control after being stricken by a medical condition. Police said the car veered into the southbound lane "and then off the road into several trees," according to the Standard-Speaker.

Crash kills priest accused of seeking sex

 
   The Morning Call By Kathleen Parrish and Daniel Patrick Sheehan December 15, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The troubled life of Stephen Forish, an Allentown Catholic Diocese priest twice accused of soliciting sex on the street, ended Wednesday morning in a one-car crash on a rain-slicked road in Carbon County.
   Forish, 61, who had left active ministry and was living in his hometown of McAdoo, Schuylkill County, was northbound on Route 93 about 9:30 a.m. when his car veered across the other lane and hit several trees, Nesquehoning police officer Jeff Ohl said.
   "Whether it was driver error or medical, we don't know," Ohl said. "He did have a history of being diabetic. He could have gone into shock or had a heart attack."
   Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik pronounced Forish dead at the scene of multiple injuries. The results of toxicology tests are pending.

Irish paedophile faces sentencing in UK

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [O'Carroll] - Same. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Irish Times, December 15, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A former priest and a paedophile rights campaigner will be sentenced today in London after a massive child pornography collection was found in a secret vault.
   Irishman Thomas O'Carroll (61) a one-time teacher-turned-journalist, of Leam Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing child porn images between January 1994 and July, 2005.
   The library of magazines, videos and slides took years to amass and contained nearly 50,000 illicit images.
   He is a founder member of the now defunct Paedophile Information Exchange, as well as its successor, the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group, both of which he used to campaign for the legalisation of sex between adults and children.
   His co-defendant, millionaire Michael Studdert (67), a ex-churchman, admitted 20 charges of making indecent images of children between January 2001 and the beginning of this year, one of distributing them and one of possession.

Cantor receives six years probation

  [Friedman] - Judaist. Girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Albany Times Union, By MARC PARRY, Last updated 4:29 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2006
   ALBANY (NY) -- A City Court judge on Thursday sentenced disgraced cantor Philip Friedman to six years probation for molesting an 11-year-old girl.
   The former cantor at Albany's Temple Israel must also register as a sex offender under the sentence imposed by Judge William Carter.
   "I wish to apologize to the members of Temple Israel, to Rabbi Paul Silton, and, most of all, to my students," Friedman said in court, according to his lawyer.

Church's insurer settles Blanco monastery abuse claim

  - Russian Orthodox Church.
   Houston Chronicle Associated Press ~ December 15, 2006
   BLANCO, Texas - The insurance company for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has settled a claim by a man who says he was abused as a teenager by monks at a monastery here.
   The settlement agreement, which included a monetary payment, was finalized on Wednesday, church attorney Lin Hughes said today. She declined to disclose how much James Wright Jr. received.
   Wright sued the church, which is no longer associated with the Christ of the Hills monastery, along with San Antonio-businessman-turned-monk Samuel Greene Jr. for abuse. Two other monks and a nonprofit founded by Greene also were named in the lawsuit.
   Wright said he was sexually abused about a decade ago at the Christ of the Hills monastery after being sent there as a teenager for "acting out."

Child Abuse Claim Against Russian Orthodox Church Settled in U.S.

  - Russian Orthodox Church.
   MOSNEWS, ~ December 15, 2006
   TEXAS -- The insurance company for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has settled a claim by a man who says he was abused as a teenager by monks at a monastery in the United States, The Associated Press reports.
   The settlement agreement, which included a monetary payment, was finalized on Wednesday, church attorney Lin Hughes said Thursday. She declined to disclose how much James Wright Jr. received. Wright sued the church, which is no longer associated with the Christ of the Hills monastery, along with San Antonio-businessman-turned-monk Samuel Greene Jr. for abuse. Two other monks and a nonprofit founded by Greene were also named in the lawsuit.
   Wright said he was sexually abused about a decade ago at the Christ of the Hills monastery after being sent there as a teenager for "acting out."
   Calls by The Associated Press to attorneys for Wright and Greene on Thursday evening were not immediately returned.

Victims: Shifflett guilty plea bittersweet

  [Shifflett] - Baptist. Admits 7 charges. Children.
   Star Exponent by Liz Mitchell Friday, December 15, 2006
   CULPEPER (VA) -- It was a yearlong fight for validation, protection and justice. And now it's over.
   The victims in the Charles Shifflett case, bonded by their life changing experiences kept secret for 15 years or more, feel a bittersweet sense of relief.
   In Circuit Court Thursday, Liz Bailey, Woody Leake and Robert Hammonds quietly sat in the courtroom watching their former preacher plead guilty to child abuse charges.
   While Shifflett will carry the designation of a convicted felon for the rest of his life, the victims wish a harsher sentence had been imposed.
   But ensuring a conviction with a compromise was better than risking a jury trial and a possible not guilty verdict, they said.

Pope's Preacher Calls for Abuse Penance

  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Ledger By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer December 15, 2006
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher asked the pontiff Friday to declare a day of fasting and penance to publicly declare repentance and express solidarity with the victims of clerical sex abuse.
   In a strongly worded lecture, he denounced the "abominations" committed inside the Roman Catholic Church "by its own ministers and pastors" and declared that the church "paid a high price for this."
   "The moment has come, after the emergency, to do the most important thing of all: to cry before God," the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in the first of a series of pre-Christmas lectures in the presence of the pope in a Vatican chapel.
   Cantalamessa suggested that the church "indicate a day of fasting and penance, at local and national level, where the problem was particularly strong, to publicly express repentance before God and solidarity with the victims."

More Charges Brought Against North Charleston Pastor

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - "Full Word Ministries". Male, girls.
   ABC News 4 10:48pm Thursday December 14, 2006 Reporter: Courtney Ward
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- Tyrone Moore, the North Charleston pastor accused of molesting several minors, was back in court Thursday afternoon - facing several charges of criminal sexual conduct and lewd act on a minor.
   At first members of Full Word Ministries were saying they didn't believe the charges against their pastor and that they stood being him 100%. Now, a source close to the investigation says several of the church's pastors and ministers have resigned.
   If you blinked, you missed it. Tyrone Moore's bond hearing lasted just minutes. Charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct and three counts of lewd act on a minor under 16 - for three alleged victims - the judge set Moore's bond at an $800,000 surety bond.

Shifflett pleads guilty to charges

  [Shifflett] - Baptist. Admits 7 charges. Children.
   Star Exponent by Liz Mitchell Friday, December 15, 2006
   CULPEPER (VA) -- Charles Shifflett admitted in court Thursday that it was better to take a deal and plead guilty than face a trial.
   The 55-year-old pastor of First Baptist Church of Culpeper was scheduled for a series of four trials, beginning Jan. 17, on seven felony charges of physical and sexual abuse against children.
   Dressed in a blue jacket, gray pants, a white shirt and red tie, Shifflett stood before Judge J. Howe Brown Jr. in Culpeper Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to one felony and six misdemeanors related to child abuse.
   In previous proceedings, his case has attracted a large crowd. But this time, it ended quietly with only a few attending. The highly publicized case was added to the docket only days before, when Shifflett decided to sign the plea.

No verdict yet from jury in abuse case against Norwich ex-pastor

  [2001 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   Norwich Bulletin, By GREG SMITH, December 15, 2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- Former Norwich pastor Charles Johnson Jr. awaits a jury's decision on claims he sexual molested a young girl.
   A six-member jury failed to reach a verdict Thursday and will continue deliberations today in New London Superior Court.
   Johnson, 53, of Norwich is accused of inappropriately touching the girl at his home when she was 9 or 10. At the time, he was pastor at Norwich Assembly of God.
   "The state is asking you to make a decision based solely on the credibility of one person -- a child," said defense attorney Peter Bartinik Jr. Thursday in closing arguments.
   With no physical evidence, prosecution is relying heavily on testimony from the alleged victim, members of her family and investigators.

Letter-writing campaign to protest Bishop Bruskewitz's actions

  - RCC. Call to Action Nebraska still excommunicated.
   By TOM CARNEY, National Catholic Reporter, ~ December 15, 2006
   Nicole Sotelo, codirector of national Call to Action, said her organization intends to mount a letter-writing campaign to Lincoln, Neb., Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, with copies to Bishop William Skylstad, bishop of Spokane, Wash., and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   The Vatican has upheld the 1996 excommunication of Call to Action Nebraska by Bruskewitz.(See related story.)
   Sotelo said the letters will protest Bruskewitz's refusal to comply with the bishops' conference policies on child abuse by clergy, she said.
   Asked about the timing of the campaign, just after an announcement that the Vatican has upheld the excommunication of the Lincoln chapter of Call to Action, she said it would counter Bruskewitz's "attempts to silence" the organization. [Posted by dcoday at 08:17 AM]

$800,000 bail set for pastor

  [Moore]
   The Post and Courier, BY NOAH HAGLUND, Friday, December 15, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) - Congregants from Full Word Ministries embraced outside a courtroom Thursday after their senior pastor appeared in bond court on more charges of sexually assaulting teenage and pre-teen boys.
   About a dozen members of the nondenominational church watched as Municipal Judge Shirley Johnson set Tyrone Moore's bail at $800,000 on the four new charges. Some family members of alleged victims also attended, wearing blue ribbons for child-abuse awareness.
   Shackled and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Moore said little during the hearing. His attorney, Eduardo Curry, acknowledged that some members have left the North Charleston church recently.
   "As always, you have members who come and go, you have differences of opinion," Curry said. "It's like every other family when your leader is absent."

Oakland Diocese gets new chancellor

  - RCC.
   Contra Costa Times, By Rebecca Rosen Lum, ~ December 15, 2006
   OAKLAND (CA) -- A national officer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will take over as chancellor for the 87-parish Oakland Diocese, which covers Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
   The move will mean a return to the Bay Area for Sister Glen Anne McPhee, secretary of education for the national organization, who grew up in Berkeley and attended St. Mary Magdalene Parish there.
   She starts work Jan. 2. As chancellor, she will oversee schooling and communications for the Diocese. ...
   She will oversee Catholic schools, the Catholic Youth Organization, communications, public relations, evangelization and catechetics, or teaching, and the lay ecclesial ministers council. She also will supervise outreach to victims of clergy sexual abuse, including "No More Secrets," a program Flannery created.

Judge delays ruling on trial of ex-coach

  [2004-05 Mr Shields] - RCC. Videoing, molesting. Females.
   Reading Eagle, By Mike Urban, ~ December 15, 2006
   POTTSVILLE (PA) -- A Schuylkill County judge on Thursday delayed deciding whether to move the trial of a former teacher and coach accused of molesting an athlete and videotaping students undressing in a Pottsville high school.
   Daniel M. Shields Jr., 62, a former Nativity BVM High School physical education teacher and track and football coach, is charged with molesting a female member of his track team several times in 2004 and 2005.
   Shields of Pottsville also is charged with videotaping that woman and two other females in a school locker room several times from November 2004 to May 2005.

Diocese reveals another abuser

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Child.
   The Dallas Morning News, By BROOKS EGERTON / Friday, December 15, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- The Fort Worth Catholic Diocese's sexual abuse cover-up scandal widened Thursday, as Bishop Kevin Vann said church officials had left a priest on duty until this month despite his admission that he sexually abused a child in the 1970s.
   The bishop said at a hastily called late-afternoon news conference that officials discovered the admission from the Rev. Gilbert Pansza only recently while "continuing to review the files of the diocese" and now have removed him from his pastor's job in Wichita Falls.
   A Tarrant County judge ordered the diocese to review all clergy files in 2004 and turn over all records of abuse allegations to Dallas lawyer Tahira Khan Merritt, who had filed a lawsuit accusing the diocese of covering up such matters. Those files included nothing about Father Pansza.
   Ms. Merritt reacted angrily Thursday night to Bishop Vann's announcement that the church had left Father Pansza on duty, despite the admission of sexual abuse.
   "This so-called sudden discovery of an additional file raises in my mind serious questions about whether the judicial process was abused," she said.
   "How many more files are yet to be discovered?"

Capuchins name priest accused of sex abuse

  [Daleo (Capuchin Franciscan)] - RCC. Boy.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Friday, December 15, 2006
   DELAWARE -- The Rev. Paul Daleo was "very charismatic with the kids" as a part-time teacher, a brother who knew him recalls.
   Sean Dougherty went to a parish school in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. His family attended church at Holy Child Catholic Church and his mother, Barbara, worked in the diocesan chancery office for a while.
   But the priest Dougherty says abused him when he was an eighth-grader at St. Mary Magdalen School was not a diocesan priest. The Rev. Paul Daleo was a member of a religious order, the Capuchin Franciscans, so his name didn't appear last month when the diocese released the names of 20 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against them. Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli left the release of the names of seven religious-order priests up to their orders.
   When Dougherty saw the list, he called the Capuchins and the diocese. Release Daleo's name, he urged them. Then he called The News Journal.
   "I'm not going to be silent anymore," he said.

Priest ousted for past abuse of a minor

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Before entered seminary. Child.
   Star-Telegram, By TERRY LEE GOODRICH, ~ December 15, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Bishop Kevin Vann of the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese removed a Wichita Falls priest from active ministry on Thursday because of the priest's admission of sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1970s.
   Vann said at a news conference that the decision was made after a review of diocese personnel files. They showed that the Rev. Gilbert Pansza, 55, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Wichita Falls admitted to the abuse in 1998, before his ordination in July 2000.
   Vann said he has reported the incident to law enforcement authorities, including Fort Worth police.
   The abuse occurred before Pansza entered the seminary, Vann said. The late Bishop Joseph Delaney of the Fort Worth diocese consulted with psychological experts, a former chancellor and a former vicar general before ordaining Pansza, said the Rev. Michael Olson, vicar general.

Polygamist Leader To Stand Trial

  [Jeffs]
   TheBostonChannel.com ~ December 15, 2006
   ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A polygamist church leader accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl to marry and have sex with an older cousin in 2001 was ordered Thursday to stand trial.
   Warren Jeffs, 51, pleaded not guilty Thursday in state district court to two counts of rape by accomplice. The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints could face up to life in prison if convicted. A trial was set for April 23.
   Prosecutors said the girl had no choice but to obey Jeffs, whose influence over his followers has been described as extraordinary, dictating everything from where they live to whom they should marry.
   The girl "expressed her disdain, reluctance, opposition and total dislike of sexual relations," Judge James Shumate said.

Orders not obligated to name accused friars

  [5-6yrs DeLuca] - RCC. Boy.
   The News Journal By BETH MILLER, Posted Friday, December 15, 2006
   DELAWARE -- Much has happened in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington since October, when a retired Delaware priest was arrested in Syracuse, N.Y., and charged with molesting a teenager over several years.
   Last month, Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli broke with his previous policy and released the names of 20 priests -- including the Rev. Francis G. DeLuca, 77, of Syracuse -- against whom there were substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
   Saltarelli chose to release the names of diocesan priests, he said, because of concerns after DeLuca's arrest.
   Diocese officials said seven religious-order priests also have credible allegations against them. But Saltarelli left it to the orders to release those names, saying in a letter that he would support them if they chose to do so. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:41 AM]
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• [Battle of Wounded Heart. Five Churches and Canadian governments demeaned and seduced Amerind children for a century. 150,000 children. $5,000,000,000 payout likely.]  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

The battle of

  WOUNDED HEART
   Canada's indigenous leader says if an apology for past wrongs triggers litigation, then bring it on
   The West Australian, "One on One" feature, by Griffin Longley, Weekend Extra section page 3, Saturday, December 16, 2006
Phil Fontaine steps out of the hotel lift like a millionaire in a department store. Little misses his attention, nothing holds it.
   He suggests we talk somewhere else. Somewhere that feels less like an animated IKEA catalogue. So we step out into the Perth spring glare on to Hay Street in search of a cafe.
   Other than the stranger's stutter in his step (he's obviously expecting the flow to come from the other direction) there's nothing to distinguish him from the morning bustle. He doesn't wear the markers of power or influence.
   There's no "master of the universe" suit, no tie and shiny shoes. He wears a chunky silver and turquoise ring on his wedding finger and a long grey ponytail hangs down the back of his blue linen jacket as he rolls the fluid focus of a statesman over his host city.
   Mr Fontaine is the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. He is the most influential aboriginal leader in his country, representing some 700,000 people. He rides the lifts of the powerful, negotiates with prime ministers, meets with world leaders and is in Perth at the invitation of the National Sorry Day Committee to meet local indigenous leaders.
   "Land issues, poverty, self-government and here, the stolen generations; in Canada it is experiences about the residential schools," he says in a voice with the timbre of a jazz musician or a mafia don.
   "They are all major issues for us in Canada and I have learnt through discussions with community leaders in the Aboriginal community and elders that they are major issues in Australia."
   For Mr Fontaine, a survivor of Canada's residential school system, the struggles of Australia's stolen generation are of particular interest. For approximately 100 years Canadian children were taken away from their mothers, fathers and broader families and placed in institutions called residential schools. Devoid of love and the cellular devotion that entwines parents and their children, the residential schools became a structure of neglect to which more than 150,000 children were submitted.
   There were 87 of the schools run by five Christian denominations. Most closed their doors in the late 1970s and early 80s and the last were closed in the 90s. But they left a devastating legacy. Many of the children were abused. Abuse of anyone can leave scars; with children it can disfigure the very emotional blueprint that informs their relationships for the rest of their lives and that is often passed from generation to generation, in a cycle of abuse and suffering.
  [Picture] ‘I attended two residential schools over 10 years. I came out publicly in 1991 with my experience; the abuse that I had experienced, sexual, and physical, and psychological harms that had been inflicted on me ...’   Picture: Robert Duncan  

   Mr Fontaine knows the effect of being raised by the cold hand of bureaucracy from experience.
   "The residential school experience is based on this policy that the government realised that they couldn't kill off the Indians, but what they determined to do was to kill the Indian in the child.
   "I attended two residential schools over 10 years. I came out publicly in 1991 with my experience; the abuse that I had experienced, sexual and physical, and psychological harms that had been inflicted on me; and when I spoke about that I knew that I wasn't alone in this experience. I knew that many, many, had been affected in the same way that I had, and that came to be true."
   The images of Mr Fontaine's revelations on national television are powerful. His then short hair was already greying. He spoke slowly, choking occasionally on grief, of his abuse and most courageously of his fears of acting out his experiences as a perpetrator and continuing the cycle of abuse. Beneath the intelligent, handsome face, was a man fighting feelings of shame and betrayal. It was an act of courage and of pride that helped thousands of others face the demons in their past.
   Through the actions of Mr Fontaine, and others, pressure was brought to bear on the churches and Canadian government and the residential schools became a major public issue. Six years later the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People report was tabled and included a chapter on the residential schools experience. Among its 440 recommendations was one that an apology be made to the survivors of the residential schools.
   In 1998, the Canadian Federal government brought forward a statement of reconciliation that said it was deeply sorry for what governments had done to aboriginal Canadians, and set aside $397 million to establish a healing fund.
   "It became pretty obvious that the statement of reconciliation, plus the healing fund, would accelerate the process of claims being brought forward against the church and the government through the courts," Mr Fontaine says.
   "They had accepted responsibility for what had been done to our people. They recognised and accepted that abuses had been inflicted on our people, and while it wasn't prepared to pay compensation, it was setting aside a significant sum of money to support a healing process. And so it literally opened the floodgates. Individuals started filing claims before the courts and I notice there are approximately 15,000 individual claims before the courts, plus 21 class action law suits."
   It was exactly the scenario that opponents of an apology to the stolen generations in Australia fear the most — that an apology would amount to an admission of culpability and bring on a wave of litigation.
   But, in the view of Mr Fontaine, increased litigation should be welcomed, not feared. Like cancer, abuse and injustice are better treated than ignored, regardless of the pain of treatment.
   "(The acceleration of claims) is absolutely positive because this is a stain on Canada. It has been like a dark cloud over us for years and years and years and sadly not many people knew that residential schools existed. Nor did they know what these experiences did to our people. People didn't know that abuses had been inflicted on innocent students and in many cases we are talking about severe sexual, physical and psychological abuses.
   "It is absolutely positive because it is pretty obvious, and from what I have heard and learnt through my discussions with stolen generation people it is true here as well, that these issues are not going to go away. People will continue to file claims in the courts and will press their case before the courts of public opinion."
   It was a report by the Assembly of First Nations that would eventually lead to the churches, plaintive lawyers, class action lawyers, government and the assembly sitting down and negotiating the biggest settlement in Canadian history. Conservative estimates suggest the final cost of settling the residential schools claims will total $5 billion.
   "This settlement is good for Canada. We will finally be able to turn this heavy page in our history. It is going to take thousands of people to turn it, but once we have then, at last, we can close this chapter. Not that we want to forget about this experience, we need to remember what was done to our people and the consequences and why it is important to Canada that we resolve this."
   Our interview over, I lift my eyes from our table for the first time since he said his first word and I see that every ear in the cafe is turned to our table. There are glances past newspapers — glances that flick over the face, the hair, the ring. Glances taking a mental picture of the man they know is someone of significance. Mr Fontaine has filled the room.
   He asks me where he can find a grungy record store. He's an addict of music and books and looks for rare finds wherever in the world he goes. I'm no help. #
   [RECAPITULATION: For approximately 100 years Canadian children ... the residential schools became a structure of neglect to which more than 150,000 children were submitted. [...]
   ... abuses had been inflicted on innocent students and in many cases we are talking about severe sexual, physical and psychological abuses. [...]
   Conservative estimates suggest the final cost ... will total $5 billion. [...] RECAP. ENDS.] [Dec 16, 06]

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Coach accused of assault suspended by new high school

  [2004-05 Ms Balogh - NEW*] - RCC. Student.
   Courier News, By CELANIE POLANICK, December 16, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- North Hunterdon-Voorhees High School officials have suspended a physical education teacher who has been charged with sexually assaulting a student at her previous job.
   Before she came to North Hunterdon-Voorhees High School, Pamela Balogh, 39, of Bethlehem, Pa., worked at Immaculata High School in Somerville as a physical education teacher and coach.
   Balogh was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said. He declined to comment on other details of the investigation.

Ex-priest sentenced for sex with teen

  [1982-83 Briceño] - RCC. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   East Valley Tribune, By Gary Grado, December 16, 2006
   ARIZONA -- A former Chandler priest was sentenced Friday for having sex with a teenage parishioner 23 years ago, but the man received credit for almost a year of pretrial incarceration and will likely walk out of prison within a few days.
   Judge Warren Granville sentenced the Rev. Joseph Briceno, former associate pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church, to almost 23 months in prison and three years probation - the maximum penalty available under the plea deal reached in October.
   "The trust that was afforded you ... by the community is different than it is for parents and teachers, and you breached that trust," Granville said. "You admitted to breaching that trust." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 09:19 AM]

Former Pastor Convicted of Molesting Young Girl

  [~ 2000 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   The Day, By Karen Florin, Dec/16/2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- As his wife, daughter and two former parishioners watched in disbelief, former Norwich Assembly of God pastor Charles L. Johnson Jr. gave his Bible and other personal belongings to his attorney.
   Found guilty Friday morning of sexually assaulting a young girl, Johnson then departed meekly with judicial marshals.
   The six members of the jury had entered the room with grim expressions, and one, who works with young children, sobbed as Court Clerk Martha Morrarty polled each juror to confirm the guilty verdicts for first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
   Judge Stuart M. Schimelman raised Johnson's bond from $150,000 to $500,000 and set sentencing for Jan. 26.

Church Group Recalls Life Before Sex Abuse Charges

 
   NPR, All Things Considered, by Doualy Xaykaothao December 15, 2006
   MISSOURI -- For decades, the windswept hillside known as Grand Valley Farm -- in the extreme southwestern corner of Missouri -- was home to a small, tight-knit religious community.
   But recently, the farm has gained unwanted attention amid allegations of child sexual abuse. Most of the accusers and the accused are related by blood or marriage. All were members of the small family church.
   All of the accused have pleaded not guilty. Of the several cases, only one trial date has been set for early next year. Whatever the outcome of the legal process, life has changed dramatically for members of the community.

Former youth minister pleads guilty to sex crimes

  [2003, 2005 Porter] - Christian Church. 2 girls.
   Kentucky.com Associated Press ~ December 16, 2006
   GRAYSON, Ky. - A former youth minister from northeastern Kentucky pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree sexual abuse in connection with the alleged rapes of two underage girls in 2003 and 2005.
   Eric B. Porter, 31, was a youth pastor at Gregoryville Christian Church when the crimes occurred, and the victims, ages 16 and 15 at the time, were church members. Porter entered the plea Thursday.
   When he was arrested nearly a year ago, Porter was initially charged with two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one burglary charge. The sex crimes were Class A felonies, which carry a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
   "That's the offer he pleaded to," Carter County Commonwealth's Attorney David Flatt told The Independent of Ashland. "He hasn't been sentenced yet so, obviously, the judge could come back and decide not to accept it."

Time of shock

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Child.
   Times Record News By Jessica Langdon / December 16, 2006
   TEXAS -- Delfina Martinez has attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for 75 years. It's the church where her husband, Agapito - "Pete" - was baptized in 1927.
   She expects sadness to touch this weekend's Masses, and she also hopes the services will shed some light on the situation that stunned her when she heard it Thursday night. Bishop Kevin Vann with the Diocese of Fort Worth removed Father Gilbert Albert Pansza - Father Gil - from active ministry after church leaders discovered an admission in his file concerning an incident of sexual abuse in the 1970s.
   "I was very, very shocked. Very shocked," Martinez said. "I thought, 'Why didn't we know about this before?' "
   Pansza, 55, was ordained as a priest in May 2000. He came to Our Lady of Guadalupe in July, after serving as pastor from August 2002 to June 2006 for churches in Bridgeport, Decatur and Jacksboro.

Ex-pastor could get 30 years after guilty verdict in sex abuse case

  [~ 2000 Johnson*] - Assembly of God. Girl.
   Norwich Bulletin By GREG SMITH December 16, 2006
   NEW LONDON (CT) -- A guilty verdict in the sexual molestation trial of Charles Johnson Jr. was met with tears and disbelief Friday by friends and supporters of the longtime pastor at the Norwich Assembly of God.
   A six-member jury found Johnson guilty of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, which means Johnson, 53, will serve at least two years in prison.
   Held on $500,000 bond, Johnson will be sentenced Jan. 26 in New London Superior Court, where he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
   Some vowed continued support despite the verdict.
   "It's such an injustice. It's wrong, terribly wrong," said family friend and church member Bonnie Nicholson through tears. "This man is not capable of such a thing."
   Johnson of Norwich was convicted on charges he inappropriately touched a young girl whose family was involved in the church and had twice lived with the Johnsons in Norwich.

Although clamor has subsided, abuse victims are still among us

  - Christians.
   Cleveland Plain Dealer, by David Briggs, ~ December 16, 2006
   OHIO -- They are still here among us, the victims of sexual abuse whose courage will not let us turn away.
   In kitchens and living rooms in Avon Lake and Brook Park, in Cleveland Heights and Parma and Lakewood, they revealed what for so long so many of us did not want to hear: the young girl who was raped by a clergyman and then accused by her disbelieving father of being a whore; the teenage boys seduced by religious leaders with simple acts such as movie outings and swimming trips; the silent suffering of scores of boys and girls, now men and women, who were too ashamed even to tell spouses or family members of the violations that have haunted them since childhood.
   Consider how many times these wounded people tried to speak up and were mercilessly turned away by church officials, fellow congregation members and even relatives who refused to acknowledge that a pastor in their church could commit such acts.
   And yet they continued to take leaps of faith, bringing the issue to light by sharing their painful odysseys with reporters including me and my Plain Dealer colleague James McCarty and, before us, Karen Henderson.
   Throughout the country and in Northeast Ohio, the courage of the victims and their families in coming forward has produced great strides toward healing survivors and protecting children. Several denominations have put into place policies for reporting abuse to both civil and religious authorities.
   Often, when The Plain Dealer published the name of a religious leader accused of abusive behavior, Jim and I would hear from abuse survivors who were thankful to learn they were not alone. Some would tell how the victim's bravery gave them the courage to share their burdens with spouses and friends.

Sex Abuse Settlement Reached

  [1962-82 Washington Archdiocese] - US$1.3m. 16 males.
   Washington Post By Alan Cooperman Saturday, December 16, 2006
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said yesterday it has reached a $1.3 million settlement with 16 men who were sexually abused by priests between 1962 and 1982.
   Both the total dollar figure and the amount per victim -- an average of about $81,000 before legal fees -- are small compared with the sums negotiated by some other Catholic dioceses, particularly in California, where two recent settlements totaled $160 million and topped $1 million per victim.
   But the victims in the Washington archdiocese were in a weaker legal position, because all of their potential claims were beyond the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits. In California, the legislature has allowed victims of child sexual abuse to sue for damages no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
   "We feel the amount received by each victim was fair, given the legal defenses raised by the archdiocese," said the victims' attorney, Peter M. Gillon of the firm of Greenberg, Traurig. "These men are all truly suffering psychologically, financially and spiritually, and therefore we all agreed it was best to reach a settlement at this time, even if the amounts were not large." ...
   Terry McKiernan, who tracks sex abuse cases and statistics for bishopaccountability.org, a Boston-based group, said he is skeptical of claims that Washington, or any other diocese, has a much cleaner record than the church as a whole.
   "I think the variation is not so much in performance as in availability of data" on individual dioceses, he said. In places such as Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Manchester, N.H., where grand juries have investigated the church's handling of sex abuse cases, the percentage of abusers appears to be higher, he said.

Mater Dei High is again ordered to release sex abuse allegation information

  - RCC. [Mr Andrade] - Girl. [1998-2006 Mater Dei High School] - Hiding sex abuse.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jennifer Delson, December 16, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- Reaffirming a previous court decision contested by Mater Dei High School, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled this week that the school must release information about allegations of sexual misconduct between teachers and students during a 10-year period ending in 1997.
   The ruling Thursday was part of a 2005 lawsuit filed by a former student who alleged that former Mater Dei assistant basketball coach Jeff Andrade sexually abused her for a year, beginning when she was 15.
   Andrade admitted he had sexual intercourse with the girl, according to court documents.
   Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. Cannon ruled that the Santa Ana school had to provide the documents about any alleged incident during the period Andrade worked at the school. The student's lawyers had argued that allegations could show a pattern of high school administrators covering up sexual abuse.

Statute of limitations under scrutiny

 
   The News Journal By BETH MILLER, Posted Saturday, December 16, 2006
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- Delaware's civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse was in the crosshairs again Friday as two men who say they were sexually abused by priests at Catholic schools called for lawmakers to change the law.
   The men, Eric Eden and Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell, and their attorney, Thomas S. Neuberger, held a news conference Friday morning to press lawmakers to give victims of abuse more than two years to sue.
   On those points, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington agrees and also believes the statute should change, diocese attorney Tony Flynn said.
   State Sen. Karen A. Peterson, D-Stanton, and Rep. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, who sponsored legislation to change the law this year, said Friday they plan to do so again after the General Assembly reconvenes in January. The final version of the bill, granting victims 25 years after their 18th birthday, ran into a limitation of its own in Dover -- the end of the legislative session.

Priest's defamation lawsuit against accusers

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, December 15, 2006
   From a Dec. 14, 2006 story in the Chicago Sun-Times:
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Two brothers who were sued for defamation last month by a Roman Catholic priest who they say sexually abused them more than 20 years ago responded Wednesday by suing Cardinal Francis George.
   The brothers - known in court records as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 - claim the Rev. Robert Stepek abused them in the 1980s at St. Symphorosa parish on Chicago's South Side when they were about 9 and 16 years old.
   In November - acting on the recommendation of a review board that concluded there was reasonable cause to suspect the abuse occurred - George removed Stepek as pastor of St. Albert the Great parish in Burbank.
   Following church protocol, George then referred Stepek's case to the Vatican for guidance about further action the archdiocese should take.
   But Stepek denied having abused anyone, claiming the brothers had a "vendetta" against him, and he filed a defamation lawsuit against the two last month seeking more than $1 million in damages....
   The following is the text of the defamation complaint filed on behalf of Father Robert Stepek:

Ex-church leader gets 2-year term for abusing teen

  [1982-83 Briceño] - RCC. Boy.
   The Arizona Republic by Jahna Berry Dec. 16, 2006
   ARIZONA -- A former Chandler associate pastor who pleaded guilty in October to two felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor likely will serve only weeks behind bars under the laws that were in effect at the time of his crimes.
   On Friday, a judge sentenced Joseph Briceño to nearly two years in prison and three years probation. Briceño, 60, also must register as a sex offender.
   However, since Briceño's crimes were committed in the 1980s, he will have to serve only a fraction of that sentence, about 90 days, his attorney, Karla Momberger said.
   Since he has been incarcerated for about a year, that more than satisfies the sentence, she said.
   Briceño was tried this year on charges of abusing then-teenager Joaquin Bustamante, who attended St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Former priest in Chandler is sentenced to prison for sexual abuse in early '80s

  [1982-83 Briceño] - RCC. Boy.
   Arizona Daily Star The Associated Press Tucson, Arizona | Dec.16.2006
   PHOENIX, ARIZONA - A former Catholic priest was sentenced to prison Friday for sexually abusing a teen more than 20 years ago. Joseph Briceno, who pleaded guilty in October on two felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor, received the maximum sentence possible under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
   Besides serving 1.875 years in prison, he will be on probation for three years and also must register as a sex offender, said Barnett Lotstein, special assistant county attorney.
   The county attorney previously dismissed four other counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of attempted sexual contact and one count of sexual abuse.
   The incidents happened in 1982 and 1983 while Briceno was a priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chandler.

Ex-priest's penalty will amount to just months

  [1982-83 Briceño] - RCC. Boy.
   Tucson Citizen Arizona Republic ~ December 16, 2006
   ARIZONA -- A former Roman Catholic parish priest in Chandler who pleaded guilty to two felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor will likely serve only about three months behind bars under laws that were in effect at the time of his crimes.
   On Friday, a judge sentenced Joseph Briceño to nearly two years in prison and three years' probation. Briceño, 60, must also register as a sex offender.
   But because Briceño's crimes were committed in the 1980s, he will have to serve only a fraction of that sentence, about 90 days, his attorney, Karla Momberger, said.
   Because Briceño has been incarcerated for more than a year, that more than satisfies the sentence, she said.

Call for atonement over priest abuse

  - RCC. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Los Angeles Times By Tracy Wilkinson, December 16, 2006
   ROME - The pope's official pastor Friday called for a worldwide day of fasting and penance to seek forgiveness for the sexual abuse by some priests of "the smallest members" of the Roman Catholic Church.
   Speaking to Pope Benedict XVI and his top associates in a pre-Christmas sermon, Father Raniero Cantalamessa said that the church had paid a high price for "abominations" committed by abusive priests but that deeper atonement was necessary, including a public expression of sorrow and solidarity with victims.
   "The time has come to do the most important thing: cry before God," Cantalamessa said.
   As preacher of the papal household, his formal title, Cantalamessa is the only cleric who pronounces sermons to the pope. In his meditation Friday, he touched on a topic that, while receiving enormous attention in the United States, is only occasionally addressed in public in Rome.

Victims of clergy abuse receive payments

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Los Angeles Times From a Times Staff Writer December 16, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A deal has been finalized for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to pay 45 victims of clergy sexual abuse $60 million.
   Plaintiffs' attorney Raymond P. Boucher announced that the settlement of the victims' legal claims is official, and said they received payment Thursday and Friday. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, who heads the archdiocese, announced the agreement Dec. 1.
   "Forty-five people now have a chance to move forward," said Boucher, who is the lead counsel representing victims. "Thank God for that."
   The deal includes cases that occurred when the archdiocese was not insured or was self-insured. Boucher noted that more than 500 cases remain to be resolved and urged the insurance companies expected by the archdiocese to cover much of the remaining liability to complete negotiations quickly.

Former priest retires as '05 inquiry is aired

 
   Miami Herald BY JAY WEAVER jweaver@MiamiHerald.com ~ December 16, 2006
   MIAMI (FL) -- Ernest Durante kept a low profile as a guidance counselor at St. Thomas Aquinas High School -- until allegations about his priestly past resurfaced this fall.
   A Philadelphia woman who once knew Durante contacted the Fort Lauderdale school to report that he was an ex-priest who had been identified in a 2005 grand jury report on Catholic clergymen accused of sexually abusing children.
   Durante was not charged with any crime, but the report said he "sometimes watched" as a fellow priest sexually abused a 14-year-old male student in 1967 at a Catholic high school in Philadelphia.
   The Philadelphia grand jury report said Durante and the colleague, the Rev. John Schmeer, took the boy to homes they shared in the Philadelphia area and the New Jersey Shore, where they gave him Playboy magazines and introduced him to a teenage girl.

Diocese failed to turn over records on suspended priest

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Child.
   The Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, Dec/16/2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- While Gilbert Pansza was still studying to become a clergyman, he admitted sexually abusing a child in the 1970s to Catholic Bishop Joseph Delaney.
   Two years after Pansza's 1998 admission, Delaney ordained him into the priesthood.
   Despite a 2002 agreement by bishops nationwide to keep known abusers from serving in the ministry, Pansza continued working. He was eventually promoted to pastor and went on to work at parishes in Fort Worth, Bridgeport, Decatur, Jacksboro and Wichita Falls.
   A 2004 order required the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese to hand over records on priests accused of sexual abuse. But nothing about Pansza was surrendered.
   The decisions were made by a previous diocesan administration, said John Crumley, an attorney for the diocese. He didn't learn about Pansza's admission until a few days ago, when Delaney's successor found out, Crumley said.

Abuser's record slipped by

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Child.
   The Dallas Morning News, By BROOKS EGERTON / Saturday, December 16, 2006
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- In 1998, Gilbert Pansza admitted to Fort Worth Catholic Bishop Joseph Delaney that he had sexually abused a child decades earlier.
   Two years later, Bishop Delaney ordained him to the priesthood anyway. In 2002, the nation's bishops agreed that no known abuser could serve in ministry. Father Pansza went on working despite this "zero tolerance" policy and soon was promoted to a pastor's job.
   In 2004, a judge ordered the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese to surrender all its records on priests accused of sexual abuse. It turned over nothing about Father Pansza.
   An attorney for the diocese, John Crumley, said Friday that he couldn't explain any of it.
   The diocese's spokesman, Jeff Hensley, continued his recent practice of not responding to inquiries from The Dallas Morning News.

Papal preacher calls for fast, a day to atone for sex abuse

  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Boston Globe, By Philip Pullella, Reuters | December 16, 2006
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict's personal preacher yesterday urged the pope to call a worldwide day of fasting and penitence to ask forgiveness for the clergy sexual abuse scandals.
   The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, whose official title is "preacher of the papal household," made the suggestion during a pre-Christmas sermon at a Vatican chapel. Benedict was not present.
   Cantalamessa said the church had "wept and sighed" recently over "abominations committed by her very ministers and pastors." He said the time had come for the church to "weep before God," to publicly express remorse, and to show solidarity with the victims.
   The clergy abuse scandal has affected Catholic dioceses across the United States.
   Many priests have been prosecuted and millions has been paid to victims. Scandals have also hit churches in Ireland, among other countries.

Pope's pastor urges day of repentance for sexual abuse

  - RCC.
   Mercury News By Victor L. Simpson Associated Press ~ December 16, 2006
   VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's personal priest asked the pontiff Friday to declare a day of fasting and penance to express the Roman Catholic Church's solidarity with the victims of clerical sex abuse.
   In a strongly worded lecture, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa denounced the "abominations" committed inside the church "by its own ministers and pastors" and declared that the church has "paid a high price for this."
   "The moment has come, after the emergency, to do the most important thing of all: to cry before God," said Cantalamessa, in a pre-Christmas talk delivered in a Vatican chapel. The pope was in the audience. ...
   An advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy said the church should do more than call for penance and fasting.
   "Decisive action protects kids, not nice gestures," Barbara Blaine, national president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a statement. "We'd much rather the pope discipline complicit bishops instead, because that's what is just, appropriate and effective."
   Blaine alleged that hundreds of bishops have covered up thousands of sex crimes.
   Mary Pat Fox, president of Voice of the Faithful, a lay U.S. Catholic reform group created in response to the molestation scandal, said the comments were a hopeful sign that Vatican leaders were beginning to understand the depth of the crisis. However, Fox said church officials should go further by punishing bishops who sheltered guilty clergy.

$60M Clergy Abuse Settlement Approved

  [Decades - Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. US60m. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Lompoc Record ~ December 16, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Attorneys representing 45 people who sued the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, accusing clergy members of sex abuse, signed off Friday on a $60 million settlement, according to the lead plaintiffs' lawyer.
   The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said this month that it would pay $60 million to settle 45 cases that dated from prior to the mid-1950s and after 1987 -- periods when the archdiocese had little or no sexual abuse insurance.
   Attorneys for the plaintiffs said the archdiocese had gone public with the agreement before all the accusers and their attorneys had reviewed and signed the documents. That process was finished Friday, Ray Boucher, the lead plaintiffs' attorney, said in a statement.

Pope's priest calls for sexual abuse penance

  Malta flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   MaltaMedia News, 12:43 CET, Dec 16, 2006
   MALTA -- Pope Benedict XVI's personal priest, Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, asked the pontiff on Friday to declare a day of fasting and penance to express the Roman Catholic Church's solidarity with the victims of clerical sexual abuse, reported Associated Press.
   The plea follows Malta being in the limelight after United States Republican Congressman Mark Foley's claims that he was molested by a clergyman. Gozitan Fr. Anthony Mercieca, had later come forward saying that he had an "intimate relationship" with Mark Foley in the 1960s.
   Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa denounced the "abominations" committed inside the church "by its own ministers and pastors". He added that the church has "paid a high price for this," according to Associated Press. The Vatican said it had no immediate comment on the speech. Although Pope Benedict XVI's reaction was not immediately known, the pontiff recently said the church must urgently rebuild confidence and trust damaged by clerical sex abuse.

Former priest pleads innocent

  [1995-99 Evans] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Coloradoan, By LAURA BAILEY, LauraBailey@coloradoan.com , ~ December 16, 2006
   FORT COLLINS (CO) -- A former Fort Collins priest accused of sexually molesting a minor pleaded innocent in Larimer District Court on Friday.
   Timothy Joseph Evans, 43, pleaded innocent to charges stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred with a teenager during his tenure at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 5450 S. Lemay Ave., where he served from 1998 to 2002.
   Evans is accused of having sexual contact with a boy in the parish who was between the age of 15 and 18 on separate incidents between September 1998 and 1999. He is accused of supplying the youth with alcohol on at least one occasion.
   Charges against Evans include two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, one count of sexual assault on a child - pattern abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
   Judge Jolene Blair set Evans' Larimer County trial to begin March 19. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:47 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.
• Sex sins of church  - RCC. Father Cantalamessa speaks out. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Sex sins of church

 
   The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), p 34, Sunday, December 17, 2006
   VATICAN CITY: The only man allowed to preach to Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontiff he should call a worldwide day of fasting and penitence to seek forgiveness for the Catholic Church's priestly sexual abuse scandals.
   Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose official title is "preacher of the papal household", made the suggestion during a pre-Christmas sermon to the Pope and Vatican officials.
   He said the church had wept and sighed over "abominations committed by her very ministers and pastors".
   A US sexual abuse scandal in Boston in 2002 spread to almost every Catholic diocese in the country. Many priests were prosecuted and payments of millions of dollars were made to victims.
   US church files revealed also that bishops repeatedly transferred priests accused of abusing minors to other parishes, rather than reporting them to police.
   Sexual-abuse scandals have also hit Catholic churches in Ireland and other countries.
   Father Cantalamessa said the time had come for the church to weep before God over the scandal against the smallest of its brothers.
   The church should call "a day of fasting and penitence, at the local and national level, where the problem was worst, to publicly express sorrow before God and solidarity with the victims".
   Such a day would help reconciliation of souls so the church could get back on the path of doing its work with a renewed heart.
   At least one group of victims of priestly abuse said it was not enough. #
   [COMMENT: The U.S.A. had 4 per cent, now approaching 5%, of its R.C. clergy involved in sexual abuse of children and teenagers.  (The Vatican had stoutly maintained that "only" 1% had been caught.)  The discovery of sex abuse in other religions (including non-Christian) has not shown anywhere near so large a percentage, so far.  This figure is under-stated, because religions that still practice murder of critics and "apostates" are unlikely to feature in news reports.  [Dec 17, 06] Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Victims group calls for church's list of offenders

  - Baptists. Secret list. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Denton Record-Chronicle, By Donna Fielder / 01:46 AM CST on Sunday, December 17, 2006
   TEXAS -- A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy members is lobbying the General Baptist Convention of Texas to make public a list the convention keeps of Baptist ministers involved in sexual misconduct.
   Members of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or Clergy (SNAP) handed out pamphlets at the November Baptist General Convention of Texas outlining the problem with the "secret list" and the reasons they believe the ministers' names should be made public.
   But Texas Baptist officials are adamant that the list be kept confidential.
   Emily Row, coordinator of leader communication with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said there are several reasons.
   "This is not a list of people, but a file that includes incidents of clergy misconduct reported by the churches that cooperate within the convention," Row said. "Baptists don't have denominational structure like most denominations. Churches choose to participate or not, and we have no overarching hierarchical system." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 05:55 PM]

Catholic church in new sex abuse row

  [1987-95 Crowley] - RCC. Boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Guardian, by Antony Barnett, investigations editor, The Observer, Sunday December 17, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The Catholic church faces fresh allegations of turning a blind eye to paedophilia after an Observer investigation revealed that one of its priests was allowed to continue working despite warnings he posed a danger to children.
   The priest, Father David Crowley, went on to rape a 10-year-old altar boy, whom he continued to abuse until 1995. Now the victim has spoken publicly for the first time about his ordeal in order to expose the 'scandalous' way he says the church has behaved. He has accused the Rt Rev David Konstant, former Bishop of Leeds, of failing to stop Crowley despite having evidence that the priest was a sex risk to children. In 1997 Crowley was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to abusing boys for more than a decade.
   Konstant was Bishop of Leeds for 19 years, chairman of the Catholic Education Service and headed the church's international affairs committee under Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster.
   Documents show that in 1987 while Konstant was Bishop of Leeds, he was told of an incident where Crowley had 'facilitated' sexual activities between young boys in Huddersfield after allowing them to drink alcohol. A letter seen by The Observer shows that on 12 March that year, Konstant wrote to Crowley telling him that 'the grave scandal' means 'it will not be possible for you to work again as a priest in this diocese'. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:14 AM]

Victims may keep abuse secret for years, experts say

 
   Denton Record-Chronicle, By Donna Fielder / 01:44 AM CST on Sunday, December 17, 2006
   TEXAS -- It is not unusual for victims who were sexually abused as children to wait until adulthood to make the abuse public, experienced counselors say. Feelings of confusion, betrayal and guilt often are so overwhelming that they are suppressed, and sometimes it takes years for a victim to be able to confront what happened, psychologists say.
   Dr. Karen Cogan is a licensed psychologist with a private practice who also works at the University of North Texas Counseling and Testing Center.
   "This has been one of my areas of expertise for many years now," Cogan said. "Often it takes the victim many years to come to terms with what has happened and understand it enough to come forward and tell people. They may have tried and not been believed by other adults in their lives. Who wants to deal with that, having people think it didn't happen or that they brought it on themselves?"
   Telling the story is reliving it, Cogan said.

Two Baptist ministers apologize after women bring forth accusations

  [~ 1990s Reynolds, Amyx] - Baptists. 2 girls.
   Denton Record-Chronicle, By Donna Fielder / 11:08 AM CST on Sunday, December 17, 2006
   TEXAS -- Two Denton-area Baptist ministers have apologized in the wake of lawsuits filed by women who allege the ministers molested them as teenagers.
   Larry Reynolds, pastor of the Southmont Baptist Church in Denton, and Dale "Dickie" Amyx, pastor of the Bolivar Baptist Church near Sanger, were accused in separate lawsuits filed in June of molesting girls who sought their counseling when the girls were 14. Each also was accused of continuing to sexually exploit his position of trust with the girls for several years.
   Different women made the allegations, and the lawsuits are not connected.
   Reynolds said he could not comment for this story, and Amyx gave a one-sentence response when reached by telephone Thursday.
   "I talked to my lawyer and he said to refer all questions to him," Amyx said.
   Each man is accused in the civil lawsuits of crimes that would have been first-degree felonies with possible life sentences had the girls told authorities at the time. Neither girl told anyone about the incidents until the statute of limitations had passed for criminal prosecution. In cases involving juveniles, victims can report a crime until 10 years after their 18th birthday. Both women are now older than 28.

Baptist pastors accused of sexual abuse

  [~ 1990s Reynolds, Amyx] - Baptists. 2 girls.
   WFAA, By DONNA FIELDER / Denton Record-Chronicle, 09:34 AM CST on Sunday, December 17, 2006
   TEXAS -- Two Denton County Baptist ministers have been sued by women who accuse the pastors of sexual abuse when the women were teenagers.
   Larry Reynolds, pastor of Southmont Baptist Church in Denton, and Dale "Dickie" Amyx, pastor of Bolivar Baptist Church near Sanger, were accused in separate lawsuits filed in June.
   Different women made the allegations, and the lawsuits are not related. The suit against Dr. Reynolds has been settled; the one against Mr. Amyx is ongoing.
   Dr. Reynolds said he could not comment.
   "While I would very much like to be able to tell you my side of the story concerning the allegations that were made against me, I am not allowed to do so," Dr. Reynolds wrote in an e-mail to the Denton Record-Chronicle.
   Mr. Amyx, 61, referred all questions to his lawyer, James Harrison, who said it would not be appropriate to comment during pending litigation.

Patrick fills public safety, work force cabinet posts

  [Paquin] - Christian. Child.
   Boston Herald, By O'Ryan Johnson, Updated: 01:01 AM EST, Sunday, December 17, 2006
   MASSACHUSETTS -- Governor-elect Deval Patrick yesterday named former Essex District Attorney Kevin Burke and former state Rep. Suzanne Bump to his cabinet.
   Burke was named head of the Executive Office of Public Saftey, while Bump was selected as director of the Department of Workforce Development.
   Burke, 60, a Beverly resident, served as Essex County's top prosecutor from 1979 to 2002. Among many high-profile cases, Burke prosecuted defrocked Haverhill priest Ronald Paquin for child sex crimes. Paquin later pleaded guilty. Burke now works for Burke and Mawn, LLC, a public safety consulting firm.

Putting the Stop to RSM: (Religiously Sanctioned Molestation)

  - Various religions.
   American Chronicle, by Chris Stevenson, December 16, 2006
   How Churches, Police, Grand Juries, and Judges can work together.
   The mistake they (Jehovah's Witnesses) made was when they began to handle child abuse as an ordinary infraction in the congregation rather than [calling the police] - Barbara Anderson, a former top Watchtower publications researcher and writer
   Early last September a Hunterdon County (NJ) Grand Jury did their job. They indicted a former Pastor of what the Express-Times called "a close-knit congregation of about 630 families." The sub-human's name is "the Reverend." John Banko. He is already in the middle of a 15-year sentence for plugging an Altar boy in '93. According to the Express: "About a year before the new accusations claim, he sexually assaulted a 2nd child," whom attended his church. This charge is for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old who was a member of the lopsided named St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church. How about renaming it St. Edward the Molester Roman Catholic Church? Oh never mind. Some faiths urge their followers to be silent, so they can handle this internally. Here are 3 simple rules to go by if your church is confronted with such a problem:
   1 - Don't let anyone tell you that this is only a "Church matter," a "congregational matter," a "Clergy," "Elder," or doctrinal matter: Your Church heads are as qualified to handle criminal offenses as your cable-guy is qualified to run a nuclear power plant. I hate to sound crude, but it is what it is. Simply contact your local law enforcement agency; police dept. Sheriff's dept. FBI etc. This is not rocket science. Yes God is merciful, but God isn't stupid, he does not want scum representing him. Police Forensic Experts can determine the validity of any accusation. If confirmed as true, he is to be promptly removed from his position (that's right, leave him hanging) and left to the judgment of the only organization he now belongs to, the state or federal judicial system, and the tattooed muscle-bound Aryan Nations brotherhood in San Quentin, Attica, or hopefully Ft. Leavenworth, who await him with open arms. <-- ### THERE ARE 2 more rules -->

Covering a 'Complicated' Story in Missouri

  [Johnston]
   NPR, by Doualy Xaykaothao, Weekend Edition, Saturday, December 16, 2006
   This week, NPR aired several reports about cases of alleged child sexual abuse involving a couple of church leaders in Southwest Missouri. The accusers are church members, most of whom are related to the accused by blood or marriage. All of the accused deny all the charges against them. In this reporter's notebook, NPR's Doualy Xaykaothao shares how challenging it was to gather the story.
   MISSOURI -- I first saw this story in the summer. It seemed to be unusual because of the familial ties between most of the accused church leaders and the accusers. It was also interesting because their place of worship was on a 100-acre-farm in the Ozarks -- a beautiful part of this country that I knew little about. NPR producer Art Silverman and I traveled to Missouri to report on the alleged child sexual abuse cases.
   At an October preliminary hearing in Newton County, a judge swore in an accuser before she testified against one church leader: 63-year-old Pastor George Johnston. He denies all the charges against him. The hearing took place in a small court-room on a rainy day. Apart from the courtroom staff and the lawyers, there were only a handful of observers in the public seating area.

Judge: Catholic School Must Reveal Abuse Records

  - RCC. [1987-97 Mater Dei High School] - Students. [1995-96 Mr Andrade] - Girl.
   CBS 2, ~ December 17, 2006
   (AP) SANTA ANA, Calif. A judge ruled this week that a Roman Catholic high school at the center of a sexual abuse lawsuit must release information about alleged sexual misconduct between teachers and students over a ten-year period ending in 1997.
   Lawyers for a former student say documents about any incidents involving a former assistant basketball coach at Mater Dei High School could show that school administrators covered up sexual abuse.
   The judge also ruled that the former dean of Mater Dei High School must answer questions from lawyers of a woman who says a former school coach molested her.
   The ruling is part of a lawsuit by a former Mater Dei student who alleges she was abused by coach Jeffrey Andrade for two years starting in 1995.

Ex-girls basketball coach charged with sexual assault

  [2004-05 Ms Balogh*] - RCC. Girl.
   Ashbury Park Press, SOMERVILLE (NJ), BY CHAD HEMENWAY, Posted on Dec/17/06
   GANNETT NEW JERSEY- A former Immaculata High School physical education teacher and coach, once described by an assistant as the "Vince Lombardi" of girls basketball at the school, was arrested and charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a female student, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said.
   Pamela Balogh, 39, of Bethlehem, Pa., was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
   The female victim reported the sexual assaults, which usually occurred in Balogh's office at Immaculata High School, began in December 2004 and continued through September 2005, Forrest said.

• Former Priest Pleads Not Guilty To Molesting Teen

  [1995-99 Evans] - RCC. 2 boys.
   CBS 4, http://cbs4 denver.com/ local/local_ story_3501 54459.html , AP, ~ December 17, 2006
   (AP) FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A 43-year-old former Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to sexually molesting a Fort Collins teen.
   Timothy Evans entered the plea in Larimer District Court Friday. He is accused of molesting the teen between 1998 and 1999 while he was assigned to Saint Elizabeth Seton Church.
   He also is accused of providing the teen alcohol. His trial is set to begin March 19.
   [COMMENT: Different school, same man? "Timothy Joseph Evans, 43, of Loveland, Colo., is accused of molesting the teen between 1995 and 1997 at Spirit Of Christ Catholic Community Church in Arvada, Colo." -- TheDenverChannel.com , www.the denver channel.com/ news/10110018/ detail.html , ~ October 19, 2006.   COMMENT ENDS.]

Abuse Claims Are Settled in Washington

  [1962-82 Washington Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 1.3m. 8 clergy. 16 males.
   The New York Times, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 17, 2006
   WASHINGTON (DC), (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has agreed to pay $1.3 million to 16 men who said they were sexually abused by eight priests from 1962 to 1982.
   Although the men began pursuing the claims three years ago, in many instances the statutes of limitation had expired in the jurisdictions where they said the abuse had occurred, said Peter M. Gillon, a lawyer for the group. In addition, two of the men had already lost legal claims against the archdiocese.
   "Our clients were in severe distress, emotionally, psychologically, financially and spiritually, and felt that a settlement was appropriate at this time," Mr. Gillon said as the agreement was announced Friday.
   All eight priests accused by the men have been removed from ministry; seven were prosecuted and one was acquitted.
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Mon December 18, 2006 edition:


Brethren member guilty of indecently assaulting girl, 10

  [Unnamed man - ? NEW*] -Exclusive Brethren. Girl. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Geesche Jacobsen, for December 19, 2006
   AUSTRALIA -- "IN OUR community we really treat each other as if we are really, really close friends," the 10-year-old girl explained to the police officer.
   The girl was talking about her religious community, the Exclusive Brethren.
   And she was explaining how she came to stay with a man who digitally raped and repeatedly indecently assaulted her sister.
   The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was yesterday found guilty in the District Court of four counts of indecent assault and a charge of sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
   Judge Helen Murrell told the Downing Centre jury he was convicted last year of sexual offences against the girl's sister. She refused to continue his bail, pending his sentencing in January.

Court postpones church sex abuse hearing

  [1970s+ Paul Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Neosho Daily News, By John Ford / Associate Editor, 4:07 PM CST, Monday, December 18, 2006
   PINEVILLE (MO) -- A preliminary hearing for one McDonald County church leader facing a child sexual abuse charge was postponed, while a judge ruled there was probable cause to continue proceedings against the wife of another leader.
   Proceedings against Paul Epling, 53, were postponed as his accuser could not be in McDonald County Circuit Court this morning due to illness. Epling faces an unclassified felony charge of rape dating back to Nov. 7, 1978. Dan Bagley, assistant McDonald County prosecutor, said the witness had been admitted to the emergency room over the weekend for a stomach virus, but did not require hospitalization.
   Newton County Division II Associate Circuit Court Judge Greg Stremel set the preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 29. Stremel is presiding in the case after McDonald County Associate Circuit Court Judge John LePage recused himself from hearing the case. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:59 PM]

Pastor sued in sex scandal

  - Pentecostal. Female. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Calgary Sun, By KEVIN MARTIN, Mon, December 18, 2006
   CANADA -- The Pentecostal church is being sued by a Calgary couple after one of its ministers allegedly had a torrid three-year affair with a member of his flock.
   A husband and wife are seeking $200,000 in general damages and an unspecified punitive amount over her sexual relationship with the pastor.
   Their statement of claim, a copy of which was obtained today by the Sun, says the pastor used his influence as spiritual leader to seduce the city woman.
   "(She) at all times felt controlled and manipulated by (the pastor) for sexual favours," the lawsuit states.
   "The frequency of the sexual encounters at the beginning of the situation was very often," it says.
   "There was ... sexual intercourse or other sexual activities between the parties at least one to two times a week.

Archdiocese clears priest in sexual abuse probe, reinstates him

  - Whistleblower Jacques suspended ? 2000, cleared 2006 (?) United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Boston Herald, Associated Press, Updated: 05:47 PM EST, Monday, December 18, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston reinstated a Waltham priest Monday after investigation found no evidence to support a single allegation that he sexually abused a minor about 20 years ago.
   The Rev. Roger N. Jacques, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waltham, was placed on administrative leave in October 2002 pending an archdiocese review of the complaint.
   "The allegation was found to be unsubstantiated and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has confirmed this finding," according to a statement from the archdiocese.
   Jacques was among 58 Boston-area priests who signed a letter questioning the credibility of Cardinal Bernard F. Law and asking him to resign after a string of priests were accused of sexually abusing minors.

Nebraska Call to Action to appeal excommunication

  - RCC upholds excommunication of Call to Action Nebraska.
   National Catholic Reporter, By TOM CARNEY, ~ December 18, 2006
   LINCOLN (NE) -- The Vatican has upheld the 1996 excommunication of Call to Action Nebraska by Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.
   Call to Action Nebraska president Rachel Pokora said her organization met Dec. 9, the day after the affirmation was announced. With help from the national group, she said, Call to Action Nebraska intends to appeal the decision to the Apostolic Signatura - the Vatican equivalent of the Supreme Court - and is seeking an English-speaking canon lawyer to be its advocate in Rome.
   Bruskewitz's excommunication of the group, a local chapter of the national Call to Action church-reform movement, resulted in nationwide publicity a decade ago, with mentions on "NBC Nightly News," CBS' "60 Minutes," and comments by talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The action also prompted public comments from several prelates, including the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadin of Chicago, who said he would not take the kind of action Bruskewitz took.

Letter-writing campaign to protest Bishop Bruskewitz's actions

  - RCC and Call to Action.
   National Catholic Reporter, By TOM CARNEY, ~ December 18, 2006
   LINCOLN (NE) -- Nicole Sotelo, codirector of national Call to Action, said her organization intends to mount a letter-writing campaign to Lincoln, Neb., Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, with copies to Bishop William Skylstad, bishop of Spokane, Wash., and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   The Vatican has upheld the 1996 excommunication of Call to Action Nebraska by Bruskewitz.(See related story.)
   Sotelo said the letters will protest Bruskewitz's refusal to comply with the bishops' conference policies on child abuse by clergy, she said. Asked about the timing of the campaign, just after an announcement that the Vatican has upheld the excommunication of the Lincoln chapter of Call to Action, she said it would counter Bruskewitz's "attempts to silence" the organization.
   "Justice cannot be silenced," she said.

Woman ordered to stand trial in SW Missouri church sex abuse case

  [1970s+ Laura Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   KansasCity.com Associated Press, ~ December 18, 2006
   PINEVILLE, Mo. - The wife of a church official is the fourth person ordered to stand trial in a case of alleged sex abuse of young girls at two southwest Missouri church communes.
   Laura Epling was bound over for trial Monday by Associate Judge Gregory Stremel, after a preliminary hearing in McDonald County Circuit Court during which a former member of the church testified about the alleged abuse, the court clerk's office said.
   Epling faces one count of second-degree statutory sodomy for allegedly helping the Rev. Raymond Lambert molest a then-16-year-old girl at the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church, a commune-like farm in rural McDonald County in far southest Missouri. Epling previously pleaded not guilty.

Courts approve residential schools settlement

  - Governments and Churches. Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, by Solange De Santis Dec 18, 2006
   CANADA -- An agreement that will compensate former Indian residential school students and limit legal liability for the churches that ran the institutions took a step closer to finalization on Dec. 15 when seven courts approved the arrangement.
   Courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon released decisions. Two courts - Nunavut and the Northwest Territories - have yet to rule, but their decisions are expected early in the new year.
   It is the first time so many courts have been involved in the approval of a class action. In his judgment, Ontario Superior Court Justice Warren Winkler wrote that the parties "have asked the courts to depart from the normal practice and approve, as a term of the settlement, the combining of all outstanding litigation relating to the residential schools in a single class action which will effectively be filed in each jurisdiction in Canada if approval of the settlement is granted."

Boston Archdiocese clears priest of sexual abuse complaint

  - Fr Jacques now cleared. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WHDH ~ December 18, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Boston Archdiocese has reinstated a priest, saying investigators found no evidence to support a complaint that he sexually abused a minor 20 years ago.
   The Reverend Roger Jacques, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waltham, was placed on administrative leave in October 2002.
   Cardinal Sean O'Malley says the allegation was unsubstantiated.
   The archdiocese says Jacques is now a priest "in good standing." It did not indicate where he would be assigned.

Prayers seek priest's acquittal

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee By Vanessa Colón / 05:18:26, Dec/18/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- Groups of parishioners have been praying around the clock for a court verdict that would exonerate a pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fresno's Woodward Park.
   Churchgoers began praying in shifts Dec. 10 in support of Father Eric Swearingen, who is accused in a Fresno County Superior Court civil trial of molesting an altar boy 20 years ago. Swearingen has denied the allegation.
   On Sunday, following a Life Teen Mass tailored for youths, about a dozen teens gathered outside the church to show their faith in Swearingen. They held signs with drawn hearts reading, "We [love] you Father Eric."
   "I think it's absolutely ridiculous. There's no way in a million years this could have ever happened," said 16-year-old Brianne Torres of Fresno.

Blanco monks, church settle sex abuse case

  [1998-99 - 3 monks] - schismatic Russian Orthodox Church community. US$500,000. Boy.
   American-Statesman By Molly Bloom Friday, December 15, 2006
   BLANCO (TX) -- James Wright Jr.'s parents sent their 15-year-old son to Christ of the Hills monastery in Blanco County because he was acting out. They thought the Russian Orthodox monks there would give him spiritual enlightenment and maturity.
   Instead, three of the monks sexually abused him over a period of 11 months from 1998 to 1999, according to a suit Wright filed against three of the monks, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the nonprofit Ecumenical Monks Inc., which owns the monastery's land.
   The church, monastery founder Samuel Greene Jr. and monk William Hughes settled with Wright on Wednesday without admitting that they did anything wrong, said Mark Long, Wright's attorney.
   Wright received about $500,000 in the settlement, said Lin Hughes, an attorney for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Monk Walter Christley and Ecumenical Monks Inc. have not settled with Wright, Long said.
   The church broke ties with the monastery in 1999 after an earlier criminal investigation into a 13-year-old boy's claim of abuse by two monks.

Leaflets allege sexual misconduct by minister

  [~ 2005 King] - Disciples of Christ.
   Post-Dispatch By Aisha Sultan Dec/18/2006
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A victims' activist group targeted a minister at Watson Terrace Christian Church on Sunday, distributing leaflets that alleged sexual misconduct in his previous positions.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests distributed a thick dossier on the Rev. Carl King, including copies of court documents of a 2005 restraining order, parts of his divorce proceedings and records about his departure from the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois.
   Church members refused to let a reporter enter the building or talk to King regarding the allegations.
   While the Watson Terrace church is a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination, King is not a recognized ordained minister of the denomination, according to the Rev. Penny Ross-Corona, an area minister for the Southeast Gateway Area of the Christian Church.

Southern Utah won't be out of the spotlight anytime soon

  [Jeffs]
   The Spectrum December 17, 2006
   UTAH -- It's not too often that Southern Utah steps into the national spotlight. Sure, the St. George area is well known for being a retirement destination, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival has helped gain Cedar City notoriety.
   Both of those are things to be proud of.
   But our region hit the national stage again this week when the preliminary hearing for polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs wrapped up with an order for Jeffs to stand trial beginning in April on charges of rape as an accomplice.
   That's not so good.
   It's important that Jeffs finally gets his day in court. The rumors have been floating around for years about sexual abuse of young girls and welfare fraud running rampant among at least some members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At least in this one case - in which a woman has accused Jeffs of forcing her to have sexual relations with her 19-year-old cousin when she was just 14 - Jeffs gets the opportunity to refute the charges and stand up for his faith.

The Dawkins delusion

  - Critique of The God Delusion. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Spiked by Michael Fitzpatrick ~ December 18, 2006
   IRELAND -- There is an old Irish joke, retold here by Richard Dawkins, about somebody in Northern Ireland who responded to a survey question about religious affiliation by declaring himself an atheist. 'Would that be a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?' came the insistent reply. Faced with a similar inquiry, I would be obliged to declare myself a Catholic atheist. By this I mean that I am an atheist by conviction, but a Catholic by upbringing and tribal affiliation.
   I know that some people raised as Catholics blame the Church of Rome for their difficulties in later life, nourishing a particularly degenerate literary genre. As a child taught by nuns and brothers, I endured a fair amount of pious claptrap and casual corporal punishment and some inappropriate sexual interest. But any detriment suffered was far outweighed by a sound education and by exposure to a rich cultural heritage - of art and music, scripture and ritual. For this I retain gratitude, affection and respect.
   Though as an atheist I feel I should welcome Dawkins' diatribe against religion, as a Catholic atheist, I find myself repelled by his crass polemic - and I am not alone (1). In his comments on Catholicism, Dawkins reveals a combination of old-fashioned Protestant anti-Popery with the fashionable contempt of the liberal intelligentsia for any kind of religious faith. Thus he refers to the 'semi-permanent state of morbid guilt suffered by a Roman Catholic possessed of normal human frailty and less than normal intelligence' (p167).
   Discussing the consequences of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland, he suggests that 'horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place' (p317). These are statements of such unmitigated prejudice - and indeed absurdity - that it is shocking to find them in a serious book by a reputable author.

D.C. Archdiocese Pays $1.3M To Men After Alleged Sexual Abuse

  [1962-82 - 8 priests, Washington Archdiocese] - RCC. US$1.3m. 16 boys.
   The New York Sun Associated Press December 18, 2006
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- The Archdiocese of Washington has agreed to pay $1.3 million to 16 men who said they were sexually abused by eight priests between 1962 and 1982.
   Although the men began pursuing claims three years ago, no lawsuits were filed in part because the statutes of limitation had expired in the jurisdictions where the acts allegedly occurred, an attorney for the group, Peter Gillon, said.
   "Our clients were in severe distress, emotionally, psychologically, financially, and spiritually, and felt that a settlement was appropriate at this time," Mr. Gillon said as the agreement was announced Friday.
   The allegations raised by the men stemmed from events that occurred between 24 and 44 years ago, and two of the men receiving settlement money already had lost legal claims against the archdiocese. All eight priests involved in the allegations have been removed from ministry; seven were prosecuted, and one was acquitted.

Accused Baptist minister signs plea deal

  [Shifflett] - Baptist. Admits 7 charges. Children.
   Richmond Times Dispatch BY LIZ MITCHELL MEDIA GENERAL NEWS SERVICE, Dec 18, 2006
   CULPEPER (VA) -- A Baptist minister signed a plea agreement last week that resulted in his conviction on one felony and six misdemeanor charges related to child abuse.
   Charles Shifflett, pastor of First Baptist Church of Culpeper, had been scheduled for four trials beginning Jan. 17 on seven felony charges of physical and sexual abuse against children.
   After months of negotiating, prosecution and defense lawyers came to an agreement that is signed by Shifflett, 55, and the victims. The case was added to Thursday's docket days earlier, when Shifflett decided to sign the plea.
   Shifflett entered an Alford plea, which means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence for a conviction. If the cases had gone to trial, Shifflett could have faced as much as 35 years in prison. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:26 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon December 18, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.ncrnews.org/abuse, Tue December 19, 2006 edition:


High school checked teacher's background

  [? 2005-06 Ms Balogh - NEW*] - Christian. Minor. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Express-Times, By ANDREA EILENBERGER, Tuesday, December 19, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA North Hunterdon/Voorhees Regional High School officials are dismayed by last week's arrest of a physical education teacher now charged with sexually assaulting a former student at a Somerset County school.
   They hired Pamela Balogh last year after a thorough review process, according to a letter the district released Monday.
   The statement is posted on the district's Web site and is intended to keep the community informed, North Hunterdon Principal Michael Hughes said.
   "We want to guarantee the lines of communication are open," Hughes said.
   Balogh, 39, of Bethlehem, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl over a 10-month period while she was her coach and teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J.

School abuse victims to receive damages

  [100yrs - Several Provinces and Churches] - Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Whitehorse Star By STEPHANIE WADDELL ~ December 19, 2006
   CANADA -- "It is time to move on for Indian residential school survivors who want to bring closure to a very dark chapter in the ongoing relationship between Canada and its aboriginal people."
   Yukon Supreme Court Judge Ron Veale made the statement in his recently-released 25-page decision approving the nation-wide residential schools settlement package for the territory.
   For the settlement to take effect, nine courts across the country must approve it. Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are the only remaining regions that have yet to decide. Other jurisdictions have granted their approval.
   Earlier this year, over three days, a packed Yukon Supreme Court heard from lawyers and residential school survivors, all recommending the deal be accepted.
   A total of 28 survivors addressed the court, sharing stories of their experiences in the school system which took first nation children out of their communities and away from their families. At the schools, they weren't allowed to speak their languages nor practise their cultures, Veale noted in his decision.
   The common package would see survivors from all approved residential schools between 1920 and 1997 receive $10,000 for the first year they were there and $3,000 for each year after.

Principal rejects blame for priest

  [~ 2000s McCormack] - RCC. 5 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY LISA DONOVAN, December 19, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago has reprimanded the principal of Our Lady of the Westside School for allowing her boss, the Rev. Daniel McCormack, to teach and coach at the elementary school even after sex abuse allegations came to light, NBC 5 reported Monday night.
   An angry Barbara Westrick, still principal at the North Lawndale school, fired back on the 10 p.m. broadcast, saying the letter of reprimand is proof the archdiocese -- including Cardinal Francis George -- is using her as a scapegoat.
   "For them to accuse me of not taking care of my kids, how dare they," she said, breaking down in tears. "They're the ones who put my kids at risk."
   Westrick said she was never told about a recommendation to remove McCormack from ministry, made before his arrest this year, or about his alleged troubled past. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 07:28 AM]

Snap Group Protests Outside a Southside Church

  - "Watson Terrace Christian Church". Female.
   My Fox, ~ December 19, 2006
   The survivors network of those abused by priests, or Snap, protests outside of a south St. Louis church.
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- Snap claims Reverend Carl King of the Watson Terrace Christian Church had inappropriate contact with a mentally challenged congregant.
   The group handed out court documents to churchgoers, including a restraining order filed on behalf of the woman. Reverend King has not been charged with any crime, but Snap says he was stripped of his Presbyterian ordination for previous misconduct at an Illinois church.
   David Clohessy, Snap National Director said…"In many states its illegal for a minister to have a sexual involvement with a member of their congregation, he's done it twice, in one case with a mentally challenged woman by no stretch of the imagination could consent to a sexual involvement."

Priest convicted in nun's murder hospitalized

  [1980 Robinson] - RCC. Nun murdered.
   Beacon Journal, Associated Press, ~ December 19, 2006
   COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A priest convicted of killing a nun was taken from prison to a hospital earlier this month for a problem related to his kidneys, but his condition is not life-threatening, a state prisons spokeswoman said.
   The Rev. Gerald Robinson was taken to the Ohio State University Medical Center Dec. 7 from the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville. Andrea Dean, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, declined to elaborate further on why he was hospitalized.
   Information about when he was expected to be discharged was also unavailable.
   In May, a Toledo jury found Robinson guilty of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was choked and stabbed to death while she was preparing a hospital chapel for Easter weekend services in 1980. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison.

Ore. archdiocese offers bankruptcy plan

  - RCC.
   Yahoo! By WILLIAM McCALL, Associated Press Writer, December 19, 2006
   PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would pay about $75 million to settle nearly 170 claims of priest sex abuse. Insurance companies have agreed to pay nearly $52 million under the proposal, with the rest of the money coming from various archdiocese assets - but not its parishes and schools.
   The reorganization plan, filed just before midnight Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, said that 143 claims had been settled for $40.7 million.
   It would require the archdiocese to provide up to $13.75 million to pay a remaining 26 claims that have not yet been settled. It also would set up a $20 million fund to pay future claims.

Church official's wife ordered to trial

  - Independent Baptist.
   News-Leader The Associated Press December 19, 2006
   PINEVILLE (MO) -- The wife of a church official is the fourth person ordered to stand trial in a case of alleged sex abuse of young girls at two southwest Missouri church communes.
   Laura Epling was bound over for trial Monday by Associate Judge Gregory Stremel, after a preliminary hearing in McDonald County Circuit Court during which a former member of the church testified about the alleged abuse, the court clerk's office said.
   Epling faces one count of second-degree statutory sodomy for allegedly helping the Rev. Raymond Lambert molest a then-16-year-old girl at the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church, a commune-like farm in rural McDonald County in far southwest Missouri. Epling previously pleaded not guilty.

Bernard: Few knew of the abuse

  [100yrs - Several Provinces and Churches] - Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Chronicle Herald By BILL POWER ~ December 19, 2006
   CANADA -- Sunday mass at the Shubenacadie Indian residential school in the 1940s and '50s was something of a treat for some English-speaking Catholic residents of neighbouring rural communities.
   "The non-natives would come up Sunday mornings from the village to attend mass . . . to see the children singing their hearts out in the choir," former school resident Nora Bernard of the Millbrook First Nation said Monday.
   "A non-native not familiar with the structure and the abuse would think everything was on the up and up," Ms. Bernard recalled in an interview.
   Few local people knew that the children were regularly denied food and clothing and a proper education as well as acceptable health care, not to mention documented cases of sexual abuse, she said.
   "The abuse was horrible," said Ms. Bernard, whose Shubenacadie Indian Residential School Association fought for compensation in this province.

Deliberations in case against priest drag on

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fresno Bee By Pablo Lopez / 04:13:28, Dec/19/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A jury will continue deliberations today in the Fresno County Superior Court civil trial of a Fresno priest accused of molesting an altar boy nearly 20 years ago.
   So far, jurors have deliberated 27 1/2 hours over six days in the trial that pits Father Eric Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Woodward Park, against former altar boy Juan Rocha.
   Rocha, now 31 and an Army sergeant first class, has accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.
   During the trial, Swearingen testified that he never molested Rocha, but allowed the former altar boy to stay temporarily in the two rectories.

Book: diocese paid for abortions

  - RCC. Abortions paid for by the diocese.
   Renew America by Matt C. Abbott December 18, 2006
   TOLEDO (OH) -- By now, many people are at least marginally familiar with the Father Gerald Robinson case in Toledo, Ohio. Robinson was convicted on May 11, 2006 of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a hospital chapel in 1980. He is serving a sentence of 15 years to life.
   David Yonke, religion editor of The Toledo Blade, has written a book about the case; it's titled Sin, Shame and Secrets.
   The following excerpt of Yonke's book (p. 176) contains an allegation that could be described as a bombshell:
   On September 17 (2004), detectives Forrester and Ross again marched into the Catholic Center and went straight to the fourth-floor chancery, this time demanding access to the files in Father Billian's office.
   They reviewed a number of files that were marked 'Privileged,' but found nothing related to the investigation of Father Robinson.
   The detectives left the chancery empty-handed.
   Officially, Sergeant Forrester said the privileged files involved cases of sexual abuse of children by priests. Off the record, a number of insiders, including a diocesan priest, said the files contained reports of abortions paid for by the diocese.

Archdiocese clears priest in sexual abuse probe, reinstates him

 
   The Daily News Tribune Updated: 01:16 AM EST, Tuesday, December 19, 2006 -
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston reinstated a Waltham priest yesterday after an investigation found no evidence to support a single allegation that he sexually abused a minor about 20 years ago.
   The Rev. Roger N. Jacques, former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waltham, was placed on administrative leave in October 2002 pending an archdiocese review of the complaint.
   "The allegation was found to be unsubstantiated and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has confirmed this finding," according to a statement from the archdiocese.
   The findings were immediately communicated to Jacques, who has been reinstated as a priest in good standing, archdiocese spokeswoman Kelly Lynch said. He remains unassigned.

Priest on leave after allegation

  - RCC.
   Newsday BY JOHN MORENO GONZALES December 19, 2006
   LONG ISLAND (NY) -- Suffolk prosecutors are investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct against a Roman Catholic priest in Mattituck, who has also been placed on administrative leave by the diocese, both the church and district attorney's office confirmed late yesterday.
   The "credible allegation" against the Rev. Peter Allen of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church came from a single person and appears to involve one incident, Diocese of Rockville Centre spokesman Sean Dolan said yesterday, declining to provide further details.
   Suffolk district attorney's office spokesman Robert Clifford confirmed that Allen was the subject of a sexual misconduct probe involving one alleged victim, but also declined to offer more information.
   "In terms of criminal charges being levied, that has not happened," Clifford said. "The case is under investigation."

Juror Deliberation Stalled in Trial of Fresno Priest

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   ABC 30, By Liz Harrison, Dec/18/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- Action News has learned a majority of jurors in a sexual abuse trial of a Fresno priest believe he is guilty. However, because it's a civil trial, the priest and the Catholic Diocese of Fresno can still win the case.
   Just half an hour into deliberations Monday morning the jury in the sexual abuse case told the judge their progress toward a verdict had stalled. The jury has been deliberating since Thursday, December 7 but had to start over last week when one of the jurors was dismissed.
   It's a case of alleged sexual abuse that allegedly took place over 20 years ago. Juan Rocha was an altar boy, Father Eric Swearingen was his priest.
   Rocha, who is currently a sergeant in the U.S. Army, claims Father Swearingen molested him while he stayed overnight at two different church rectories, one in Bakersfield and one in Fresno.
   The jury is being asked to answer four different questions. All four must be answered for a verdict in Rocha's favor. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 06:38 AM]

Blind faith

    - Baptists.
   Denton Record-Chronicle, 07:18 AM CST, Monday, December 18, 2006
   TEXAS -- We are all of us sinners, and in desperate need of forgiveness. Forgiveness and redemption are cornerstones of the world's great religious faiths, and are God's gift to imperfect humankind. But silence and reflexive, uninformed absolution are not the same as true forgiveness, and they pose terrible dangers to the innocent among us.
   Two Denton County ministers have been accused in civil lawsuits of sexually abusing young girls in their congregations. One suit has been settled out of court with a payment to the female plaintiff, now an adult. The other, also filed by an adult woman alleging abuse as a teenager, is pending, but court documents show that the accused minister has admitted fathering a child with his alleged victim. As this is being written, both ministers still occupy pulpits in their respective churches, both of them Baptist congregations, one of them associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
   The Baptist General Convention keeps a registry of clergy members involved in sexual misconduct, but it is pretty much a "don't ask, don't tell" proposition. If a congregation does not wish to report an incident of misconduct, it doesn't have to. If another congregation doesn't wish to inquire if a prospective pastor is on the list, there is no requirement that it do so, though the convention recommends it.
   It should be remembered that if the women who filed these lawsuits had taken action at the time of the alleged offenses, they would have been investigated as criminal felonies - rape and sexual abuse of a child - with penalties of up to life in prison. But as we have learned from the Catholic Church scandals in recent years, such victims often remain silent as children; they are unable to handle the guilt and fear that accompanies such abuse.

Catholic Church in Oregon OKs $75 mln settlement

  - RCC.
   Reuters, ~ December 19, 2006
   PORTLAND, Oregon - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, will pay about $75 million to settle at least 170 claims of sexual abuse by its priests as part of a revised bankruptcy reorganization plan, according to legal documents.
   The new plan was filed on Monday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland. It calls for 143 people who claimed they were abused to receive about $40.7 million.
   About $13.75 million will be set aside for 26 people who may either settle or sue the archdiocese and $20 million will cover future sex abuse claims.
   Insurance companies will pay $51.75 million and the remainder will come from archdiocese holdings and loans. No parish or school property will be used to pay the settlement.

Principal Speaks Out On Priest Abuse Case

  [~ 2000s McCormack] - RCC. 5 boys.
   NBC 5 ~ December 19, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- An NBC5 exclusive report Tuesday looked at a new controversy over the Rev. Daniel McCormack, a Chicago Catholic priest accused of abusing five boys at a West Side church and school.
   Now, the principal of that school is accusing the Archdiocese of Chicago of trying to make her the scapegoat for the scandal.
   NBC5's Kim Vatis said that the controversy is brewing as McCormick awaits trial.
   "They're still blaming other people for what they did not do. And I'm angry about it and I'm just fed up," said Barbara Westrick, principal of Our Lady of the Westside School at St. Agatha Catholic Church.
   In a letter to the principal's file dated Oct. 6, the archdiocese's superintendent of schools points to a "serious administrative error" for not reporting a conversation Westrick had with the mother of a victim who went to the principal after McCormick's first arrest.
   Westrik only notified her boss, McCormick, of the parent's comments. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue December 19, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Wed December 20, 2006 edition:


• Bellevue Investigates Minister for 'Moral Failure'

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams -NEW*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines -NEW*] - Silence about molester. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ethics Daily, www.ethics daily.com/ article_ detail.cfm? AID=8308 , by Bob Allen, Dec 20, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN) -- A prominent Southern Baptist mega-church has placed a long-time staff member on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation into allegations he molested a member of his family 17 years ago.
   Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., said Sunday that Paul Williams, a minister of prayer and special projects, confessed the inappropriate behavior to him six months ago, but Gaines agreed to keep it quiet until two weeks ago, when he learned some family members did not agree the matter was resolved.
   But a Web site critical of Gaines' leadership accused the successor to the late three-time Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers of harboring a pedophile and coming clean only after details of the incident appeared in a blog Dec. 14.
   Bryan Miller of the church's personnel committee read a statement at the close of Sunday's morning worship service about what Gaines termed a "church matter."

Priest (62) faces six sex charges

  [1972 Unnamed priest - NEW*] - RCC. Boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, Irish Times, ~ December 20, 2006
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A 62-year-old Catholic priest from the diocese of Derry has been returned for trial charged with six sex offences dating back over 30 years.
   The priest, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty at the Crown Court in Derry yesterday to one charge of indecently assaulting a boy between August 30th and September 30th, 1972. He also denied committing an act of gross indecency with the same boy between the same dates.

Catholic diocese reveals sex-abuse accusation against deceased priest

  [1966 Deragowski - NEW*] - RCC. Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   News-Leader, December 19, 2006
   MISSOURI -- The Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau announced today that in October it received an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor that occurred 40 years ago against one of its priests, Eugene Deragowski.
   Law enforcement officials were informed of the accusation by the person who notified the diocese. The diocese informed the authorities that Deragowski died in 1981 and that there was no record of any other accusation against him.
   The chancellor of the diocese, Monsignor Thomas Reidy, met with the complainant and, in doing so, respected his request for anonymity and confidentiality. Provisions of the diocesan policy on sexual abuse were implemented.
   The complainant was offered counseling, which he did not take advantage of. He has not sought compensation.

Sex assault file involving priest to be sent to DPP

  [1970s A priest- NEW*] - RCC. Girl. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, Irish Examiner, ~ December 20, 2006
   IRELAND -- Gardai have confirmed that a file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to allegation of sexual assault - dating from the 1970s - against a north Cork priest.
   Inspector Senan Ryan of Mallow Garda Station said this week that the complaint related to the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in the Mallow area in the 1970s.
   The priest who is being accused has been questioned, Insp Ryan confirmed and gardai have interviewed the alleged victim and two other individuals.

Diocese pays €285,000 to victims of sex abuse

  [Killaloe Diocese] - RCC. €680,000 so far.
   One in Four, Irish Examiner, ~ December 20, 2006
   IRELAND -- The Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh, confirmed yesterday that the diocese had paid out €285,000 to victims of clerical sex abuse last year.
   The confirmation of the highest annual payout to sex abuse victims by the diocese is contained in the diocesan accounts for 2005 published yesterday.
   The payment of €285,000 brings to €680,000 the total paid by the diocese to victims of sex abuse since 2003.

Alleged child molester facing more counts

  [Mr Overton*] - Community Church. Sexual abuse. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WCAX, ~ December 20, 2006
   GLENS FALLS, N.Y. Another child has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against a Warren County probation officer who was formerly a social services caseworker.
   Thirty-year-old Bradford Overton now faces additional charges including first-degree sexual abuse and coercion. ...
   Overton is also a youth minister at New Hope Community Church in Glens Falls. He's on administrative leave from the probation department and awaiting arraignment.

Pastor accused of sexual misconduct will retire

  [1983-90 Reynolds*] - Baptist. Secrecy deal. Girl.
   Denton Record-Chronicle, By DONNA FIELDER / 08:37 PM CST, Wednesday, December 20, 2006
   DENTON (TX) -- The pastor of a Denton Baptist church accused in a lawsuit of past sexual abuse of a 14-year-old female member of his congregation has announced his retirement, writing that remaining as pastor "is not the right thing to do."
   Dr. Larry Reynolds, 59, pastor of Southmont Baptist Church in Denton, wrote his congregation that he will retire effective Dec. 31.
   Dr. Larry Reynolds plans to retire Dec. 31 as pastor of Southmont Baptist Church in Denton. Many members of the church received a letter from him on Wednesday. Many members of the church, one of the largest in Denton, received the letters Wednesday.
   Dr. Reynolds declined to comment when reached by telephone Wednesday.

Hung Jury Looks Likely in Priest Molestation Trial

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   ABC 30, By Itica Milanes, Dec/19/2006
   FRESNO (CA) -- Another day without a decision from the jury in the sexual abuse trial of a Fresno priest and there are more signs the case could end in a hung jury.
   For the second straight day, jurors said they are stuck on the second question of four, which is "Did Fresno's Catholic Diocese know about the alleged abuse?" Jurors say they've voted at least 10 times, but can't get the 9 "yes" votes needed to move on to the next question.
   Jurors can't seem to agree on whether Fresno's Catholic Diocese knew about the alleged sexual abuse. The question is crucial. If they can't agree the case is over.
   ABC-30 Legal Analyst, Tony Capozzi, says, "The Diocese is on trial here, not the priest. If they can't prove the Diocese knew, the case is over."

Mistrial declared in priest case

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/20/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- After eight days of deliberations, a mistrial was declared today in the civil trial of a Fresno priest accused of molesting an altar boy nearly 20 years ago. At 3 p.m. Judge Donald S. Black announced in Fresno County Superior Court that the jury was "hopelessly deadlocked," thereby ending an emotionally charged trial.
   Before leaving the courtroom, the jury of seven women and five men revealed its votes - 9-3 that Father Eric Swearingen had molested former altar boy Juan Rocha, but 7-5 in favor of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.
   A majority of jurors concluded that the diocese did not know or couldn't have known of Swearingen's alleged sexual misconduct toward Rocha. But nine jurors were needed to render a verdict.

Priest sentenced in Waterford abuse case

  [1980s Bro. Desmond (De La Salle order)] - RCC. Boy. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   RTE News, 19:36, December 20, 2006
   IRELAND -- A priest has been given a three-year suspended sentence for indecently assaulting a young boy in Waterford in the early 1980s.
   Fr Con Desmond was a De La Salle brother and principal of the De La Salle boys' primary school on Stephen Street in Waterford city when the offences occurred.

Priest guilty of sex assaults on boy

  [1982-83 Desmond (De La Salle order)] - RCC. Boy.
   The Irish Times, ~ December 20, 2006
   IRELAND -- A Co Waterford priest has been given a three year suspended sentence for indecently assaulting a schoolboy twenty years ago.
   Fr Con Desmond (71), with an address given as a parish house Knockerra, Cooraclare in Co Clare, assaulted the boy while he was principal of a De La Salle national school in Waterford.
   The court heard he abused the boy three times in his office and three times in a car on unknown dates between January 1st, 1982 and June 24th, 1983.

Bellevue's Gaines should resign, seminary president says

  [2006 - Gaines*] - Baptist. Silence about molester. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Baptist Press, By Staff, Baptist Press, Dec 20, 2006
   CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP)--A call for the resignation of Bellevue Baptist Church senior pastor Steve Gaines has been voiced by the president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, which has a longstanding relationship with the prominent Southern Baptist congregation.
   At issue, according to comments to the Memphis Commercial Appeal by the seminary president, Michael Spradlin, is Gaines' six-month silence after learning of a sexual abuse allegation 17 years ago against a longtime Bellevue staff member.
   "If Steve Gaines found out that a child had been sexually molested by one of his ministers and if he did nothing to address it, then he needs to step down immediately," the newspaper quoted Spradlin as saying in a Dec. 20 article.

Silent Treatment Demands HighProfile Preacher Step Down Says Seminary Prez

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester.
   USA Religious News, Dec 20, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN), (AgapePress) - A crisis at one of the nation's largest Southern Baptist churches appears to be escalating as a seminary president has called for that church's senior pastor to step down for remaining silent about allegations of sexual abuse involving a longtime staff member.
   Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, has been under fire since revealing this past Sunday that Pastor Paul Williams, minister of prayer and special projects at Bellevue, had been put on a paid leave of absence while the church investigates allegations of what it describes as "a past, but highly concerning moral failure" involving Williams. The alleged incident took place 17 years ago when Williams molested a family member. He has been on the Bellevue staff for 34 years, according to one newspaper report.
   After his sermon on Sunday, Dr. Gaines addressed the issue. "As a result of this entire situation, it's obvious that we need operational policies [and] procedures at Bellevue that would be available to give us guidance in these types of situations," he told the congregation. "We've not had those in writing." He shared that he has since instructed the church's personnel committee to devise staff policies and procedures so the church will "be able to have some guidance in these areas should they occur in the future."

Sexual abuse lawsuit filed

  [20yrs O'Grady] - RCC. ~ 25 children. Girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Lodi News-Sentinel, By Ross Farrow, Last updated 06:25:54 am PST, Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- An Orange County attorney who has previously sued former Lodi Priest Oliver O'Grady and the Stockton Diocese on sexual battery has filed another lawsuit, this one by a woman who was once enrolled in Catholic schools in Lodi and Stockton.
   The defendants' names have not been announced, pending authorization by San Joaquin County Superior Court, according to Kathy Frederiksen, legal assistant for attorney John Manly, who filed the lawsuit on Dec. 6.
   However, the lawsuit gives a description of the defendants. The description indicates the plaintiffs are O'Grady, St. Anne's Catholic Church and School in Lodi, Church of the Presentation and School in Stockton, the Stockton Diocese, the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly in Ireland, Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Catholic Church scandals reveal need for parish fiscal transparency

  - RCC. Millions stolen. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic Online, By Michelle Martin, Our Sunday Visitor ( www.osv.com ), Dec/19/2006
   HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Our Sunday Visitor) - The Catholic Church is, by definition, based on faith. But when it comes to handling its finances, faith is not enough, according to diocesan officials and those who study church finances and management.
   The church is not immune to thievery and fraud, a fact that has become all too clear in recent months as financial scandals rocked parishes and dioceses all over the country:
   - In Delray Beach, Fla., two priests were charged in September with skimming more than $8.6 million from St. Vincent Ferrer Parish over decades.
   - In Ohio, the former chief financial and legal officer of the Cleveland Diocese was charged in August with participating in a kickback scheme that brought him nearly $785,000. Joseph F. Smith had left the Diocese of Cleveland and was working as the finance director of the Diocese of Columbus when the 23-count federal indictment, naming him and former Diocese of Cleveland employee Anton Zgorznik, was handed down.

Lawsuits Against Diocese of London on the Rise

  [Years - Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CD98.9, ~ December 20, 2006
   CANADA -- The number of lawsuits against the Diocese of London has ballooned to 41 since Father Charles Sylvestre was convicted. Sylvester was convicted last October of indecent assault against 47 girls.
   A progress report issued today by the Diocese says it's been advised of six more possible claims, and that it is hopeful some of the claims can be resolved out of court with "reconciliation" as opposed to cash.
   In an effort to stop the abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests, Bishop Ronald Fabbro is also seeking to develop a sexual abuse policy.

Baptist pastor attacked for handling of staffer's 'moral failure'

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Ledger-Enquirer, Associated Press, ~ December 20, 2006
   MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sexual abuse allegations have led to the suspension of a longtime minister at Bellevue Baptist Church and to at least one call for the church's senior pastor to step down.
   Bellevue Baptist, a 30,000-member Southern Baptist congregation, announced Monday that Paul Williams has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation of a "moral failure" 17 years ago. The church didn't provide other details on the allegations.
   But some church members have said the claims involve abuse of a child and that the Rev. Steve Gaines, who is senior pastor at Bellevue and a former pastor in Alabama, didn't act fast enough when he found out about them.

Man next door who ran child sex ring

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Northern Echo, [~ December 20, 2006 ]
   From the archive, first published Friday 22nd Sep 2006.
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A PERVERT who led an international child sex ring from his North-East home was last night facing jail.
   Residents of Shildon, County Durham, have spoken of their disgust after learning that the prominent pro-paedophilia campaigner was living in their midst.
   Thomas O'Carroll led a worldwide campaign to legalise child sex from his end-terrace house.
   Last night, he was behind bars, facing a possible ten years in jail after admitting three counts of distributing indecent photographs of children between January 1, 1994, and July 4 last year.
   The 60-year-old author and his accomplice, millionaire Michael Studdert, a former priest from Surrey, were arrested in January after a police investigation involving up to 100 officers.

Archdiocese Outlines $75 Million Settlement, Costing Insurers Almost $52 Million

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. $US 75m (insurance < $52m). 150 accusers so far.
   Insurance Newsnet, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., Dec. 19, 2006
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland late Monday revealed details of a $75 million plan to pay off more than 150 priest sex-abuse accusers and get out of bankruptcy.
   Insurance companies will pitch in nearly $52 million. The rest of the money will come from assets controlled by the archdiocese -- other than parishes and schools.
   The settlement also sets up a $20 million fund for those who came forward after a deadline to file a claim in the bankruptcy, as well as for accusers who have not yet come forward.
   The 100-plus-page settlement plan was filed just before 11 p.m. Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland.

Creditors committee formed in diocese bankruptcy

  [Years - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants.
   The Gazette, By Gregg Hennigan, December 19, 2006
   IOWA CITY, IA - Seven men were appointed today to a committee that will decide how the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport will distribute its assets in its bankruptcy case.
   Court records filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Iowa only name two of the committee members, Mike Uhde of Davenport and Mike Gould of Bradenton, Fla. Both men have said they were abused by the diocese's priests.
   The other five are listed as John Does 13, 18, 23, 55 and 65.
   Before deciding how to distribute the diocese's assets, the creditors committee will determine what exactly those assets are. In court records, the diocese has listed more than $9.1 million in total assets.

Audit: Diocese In Compliance With Guidelines

  [Maine Diocese] - RCC.
   WCSH, Web Editor: Ken Christian, New Media Manager, Created Dec/19/2006, Updated 7:11:12 PM, Dec/19/2006
   MAINE -- Maine's Roman Catholic diocese is in full compliance with church guidelines in conducting background checks on volunteers and employees and providing sexual abuse prevention training for minors in its care.
   Bishop Richard Malone released the audit today.
   Last year, the diocese was found to be falling short in complying with the Catholic Church's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, commonly known as the Dallas Charter. But this year, Malone said the diocese was compliant in all 13 areas that were audited.
   According to the audit, which reviewed the period from mid-December 2005 to August 2006, all 4,926 clergy, employees and volunteers in the diocese have undergone background checks.

Davenport Diocese to sell three properties soon

  [Years - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants.
   Catholic News Service, By Barb Arland-Fye, ~ December 20, 2006
   DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- Three Davenport diocesan properties -- including the house that Bishop Martin J. Amos recently moved into -- were to go on sale by Christmas as part of the diocese's bankruptcy proceedings. A fourth property, the diocese's St. Vincent Center headquarters, will be sold later.
   The Diocesan Corporate Board and Finance Council met Dec. 4 and decided to take action immediately because the property must be sold to compensate the diocese's creditors, victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   Details of the proposed sales will be included in the diocese's reorganization plan, which was to be delivered to the bankruptcy court by Christmas, said Dick Davidson, the diocese's bankruptcy attorney.

Robinson moved to prison hospital

  [1980 Robinson]- RCC. Nun murdered.
   Toledo Blade, ~ December 20, 2006
   COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Gerald Robinson, the Toledo Catholic priest serving 15 years to life in prison for murdering a nun, was transferred yesterday from the Ohio State University Medical Center to the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, a prison spokesman said.
   The 68-year-old retired cleric had been taken to the OSU hospital on Dec. 7 for kidney problems that were considered nonlife-threatening, according to Andrea Dean, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus. No further information on his health was available because of medical privacy laws, Ms. Dean added.
   Robinson will remain in the prison system's medical center until deemed healthy enough to go back to Hocking Correctional Institution in Nelsonville, Ohio, where he is serving his sentence, Ms. Dean said.

Paedophile jailed

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   The Northern Echo, By David Roberts, ~ December 20, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER teacher who led a worldwide campaign to legalise paedophilia from his County Durham home has been jailed.
   Thomas O'Carroll, 61, was the founder of the now defunct Paeodophile Information Exchange and was caught after an undercover police officer infiltrated the group.
   He was arrested at his home in Shildon, County Durham, in January, and charged alongside his co-defendant 67-year-old Michael Studdert, a former priest from Surrey.

As We See It: Diocese of Monterey names first Mexican-American as bishop

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 20, 2006
   MONTEREY (CA) -- It has often been said that the Roman Catholic Church moves slowly, befitting its 2,000 years in existence.
   Shifts must be examined in perspective and historical context, and a single decision can reverberate throughout many believers' lives.
   That's why the announcement Tuesday that Bishop Richard J. Garcia had been named new Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey is more than just "church news."
   The diocese - which comprises the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and San Luis Obispo - is getting its first Mexican-American leader and the church in California only its second Hispanic bishop.
   Garcia, currently auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, will replace Bishop Sylvester Ryan, who is retiring. Ryan, 76, was appointed bishop of Monterey in 1992.
   Ryan has been a popular, pastoral leader. He has been the public face of the regional church through triumphs and even the priest sex-abuse scandals, and his open and genial personality has graced many public events in this county.
   His commitment to education was demonstrated for Santa Cruz County Catholics with his leadership and fundraising that made Watsonville's St. Francis high school a reality, even when many doubted a Catholic high school could ever again succeed here.

Parishioners welcome settlement

  [Years - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. $US 75m. ~ 170 victims. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Oregonian, By ASHBEL S. GREEN and AIMEE GREEN, Wednesday, December 20, 2006
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland's $75 million settlement plan was met Tuesday with a mixture of praise by experts and a sense of relief among parishioners.
   "Hopefully, this is the end of it," said Anna Stufano, a member of All Saints Parish in Northeast Portland. "Hopefully, it will be a new era. And we'll have a different church."
   Stufano also likes to think the settlement will help the victims, who were sexually abused by priests decades ago.
   "They need to move on -- it will be good for them," she said.
   The 135 pages of settlement documents reveal both wins and losses for the archdiocese in the bankruptcy process. Unsettled and future claims could come in far lower than the money set aside, reducing the total settlement to under $50 million -- that's less than the $51.75 million pledged by the insurance companies.

Porn case against priest adjourned

  [Jones*] - RCC. 17 child porn charges. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   Leamington Spa Today, ~ December 20, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- The case of a former Leamington priest accused of downloading child pornography has again had to be adjourned - because experts' reports will not be ready until the New Year.
   Father Anthony Jones appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Monday after his case had been adjourned last month when the judge was told the defence was 'in the process of commissioning our own expert's report.'
   Fr Tony, 56, who was a parish priest at St Peter's Catholic church in Leamington until a police investigation was launched earlier this year, was due to enter pleas to 17 charges of making indecent images of children.
   He is alleged to have downloaded the images, which include one each of the most serious categories as defined by the Court of Appeal, on dates between January 2000 and October last year while he was based in Caversham, Berks, and then Leamington.

Maine diocese in compliance with rules preventing sex abuse

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Bangor Daily News, By Judy Harrison, Wednesday, December 20, 2006
   BANGOR, MAINE - An annual audit shows that Maine's Roman Catholic diocese is in full compliance with national requirements designed to prevent the sexual abuse of children, Bishop Richard J. Malone announced Tuesday.
   The same audit last year found that the diocese had completed background checks of 87 percent of the 4,500 volunteers and employees in its database.
   It also found that 33 percent of the children at its schools or in its religious programs had undergone sexual abuse prevention training.
   "This year, we are 100 percent compliant in all 13 areas of the audit, which was a three-day, very thorough review by independent auditors," Malone said Tuesday during a news conference at the St. John's campus of All Saints Catholic School.

Priest-abuse trials set for next year

  [Campobello] - RCC. 2 girls.
   Chicago Tribune, December 20, 2006
   ILLINOIS -- A Kane County judge on Tuesday set trial dates for two civil lawsuits against a former Geneva priest convicted of sexually abusing two teenage girls.
   Mark Campobello, 41, pleaded guilty in May 2004 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges and is serving an 8-year prison term.
   Each of his victims are suing Campobello, Bishop Thomas Doran and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford for damages in excess of $50,000, claiming the diocese knew of the abuse and did not do enough to stop it.
   Judge F. Keith Brown set one trial for Oct. 22 and another for Nov. 5, leaving open the option for the two cases to be tried together on the earlier date.
   But a mediation scheduled for February could produce a settlement, keeping the suits out of court, said Chicago attorney Michael L. Brooks, who is representing the victims.
   In that event, depositions given by witnesses would remain secret, since the judge has barred the parties involved in the suits from divulging any evidence before trial. In January, Monsignor Joseph Jarmoluk, Campobello's superior at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, will give a deposition detailing what he knew about the abuse, Brooks said.

Bishop: Church meets abuse-prevention goal

  - RCC.
   Portland Press Herald, By ELBERT AULL, Wednesday, December 20, 2006
   PORTLAND (ME) -- Bishop Richard Malone Maine's Catholic Church is now in compliance with guidelines requiring criminal background checks for all employees and volunteers who work with children, according to information released Tuesday.
   Bishop Richard Malone announced that an annual audit found the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is in full compliance with 13 abuse-prevention standards adopted in 2002 after the national clergy sex abuse scandal.
   The results are an improvement over last year, when a similar audit revealed the diocese was one of five nationwide -- out of nearly 200 -- that failed to perform enough background checks. Auditors also determined the diocese's sex-abuse prevention training program failed to meet standards.
   "Sending in the delinquent paperwork and setting up needed training classes were daunting tasks, and it was gratifying to see everyone involved prioritize the safety of children for now and the future," Malone said in a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Jury appears not to favor priest

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/20/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A civil jury appears to have concluded that a Fresno priest molested a former altar boy nearly 20 years ago, but the jurors are stalled on whether the Roman Catholic Diocese knew or should have known of the alleged sexual abuse.
   The jury announced it has voted 9-3 on the first question it must weigh - whether Father Eric Swearingen, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, sexually abused former altar boy Juan Rocha. Jurors did not indicate which way they voted.
   However, jurors were reminded Tuesday that they must answer the four questions before them in sequence - and must vote yes on one question before proceeding to the next question, or the trial is over.
   Rocha, now 31 and an Army sergeant first class, has accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Bakersfield and at St. Alphonsus parish in southwest Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.

Ore. Archdiocese Offers Bankruptcy Plan

  [Portland (Oregon) Archdiocese] - RCC. ? $US 33.75m more.. 175 claims.
   San Francisco Chronicle, By WILLIAM McCALL, Associated Press Writer, Tuesday, December 19, 2006
   PORTLAND (OR), (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that would pay about $75 million to settle nearly 170 claims of priest sex abuse.
   Insurance companies have agreed to pay nearly $52 million under the proposal, with the rest of the money coming from various archdiocese assets - but not its parishes and schools.
   The reorganization plan, filed just before midnight Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, said that 143 claims had been settled for $40.7 million.
   It would require the archdiocese to provide as much as $13.75 million to pay 26 claims that have not yet been settled. It also would set up a $20 million fund to pay future claims.

Teacher Says Archdiocese Using Her In Abuse Case

  [Years - Chicago Archdiocese] - RCC. Children.
   CBS 2, Rafael Romo Reporting, ~ December 20, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL), (CBS) -- The principal of a Catholic school is making some explosive allegations against the Archdiocese of Chicago.
   CBS 2's Rafael Romo reports the allegations stem from a scandal involving a priest accused of abusing children.
   I could not live with myself or look at those children straight in the eye if I didn't tell the truth.
   The principal of the Lady of the Westside Catholic school says enough is enough.
   "They didn't act! They did not act. They covered up, covered up, covered up. That was exactly what they did," said Barbara Westrick.

Lawmakers cut proposal to allow secret meetings

 
   Toledo Blade, By JIM PROVANCE, BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU, December 19, 2006
   COLUMBUS, OHIO - A Senate committee yesterday stripped language from the state's capital budget bill that would have allowed a majority of House committee members to discuss legislation behind closed doors without violating the state's open meetings law.
   The $1.8 billion wish list of borrowing-fueled bricks-and-mortar projects across the state is headed for a full Senate vote as soon as today with the authority for a hike in the Lucas County hotel tax still intact to pay for a new Toledo arena and expanded convention center.
   Current law allows an entire caucus of one political party on a Senate or House committee to meet privately but is silent on whether a majority party on a committee can do the same. Earlier this year, several House Republicans were sued for allegedly discussing amendments behind doors just before voting to strip a bill of a provision allowing the filing of civil suits in decades-old child sexual abuse cases.

Headmaster guilty of child porn

  [Branigan (former Christian Brother)] - RCC. 10,000 porn images. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent, ~ December 20, 2006
   IRELAND -- A FORMER primary school principal found in possession of 10,000 images of children as young as six having sex, has received a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence.
   Former principal of Arklow Boys School, Padraig Branigan, was also found with 200 short films and 100 stories where children were portrayed in a series of sickening and horrific poses.
   A former Christian Brother with an address at The Rise, Mountain Bay, Arklow, the 41-year old pleaded guilty at Wicklow Circuit Court yesterday to one charge of possession of child pornography.

Priest convicted in nun's murder leaves hospital

  [1980 Robinson] - RCC. Nun murdered. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Beacon Journal, Associated Press, ~ December 20, 2006
   COLUMBUS, Ohio - A priest convicted of killing a nun was moved to a prison medical facility Tuesday after spending nearly two weeks in a hospital for a problem related to his kidneys, a state prisons spokeswoman said.
   The Rev. Gerald Robinson was moved to the Corrections Medical Center from the Ohio State University Medical Center, said Andrea Dean, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Both are in Columbus.
   His condition was not life threatening, Dean said Monday, but she wouldn't go into specifics.
   Robinson was taken to the Ohio State hospital on Dec. 7 from the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville.

SNAP members fight to overturn new child sex-abuse law

 
   Toledo Free Press, By Jacob Ruhe, news@toledofreepress.com , ~ December 20, 2006
   OHIO -- Three Ohio leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests planned to return to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to continue to try to invalidate Ohio's new child sex-abuse law on Dec. 19. Claudia Vercellotti, a co-leader of SNAP in Toledo, and Christy Miller and Dan Frondorf, SNAP's Cincinnati co-leaders, are the plaintiffs in the case Vercellotti v. Husted et al.
   The SNAP members seek to overturn the new law on grounds that Republican members of an Ohio House committee on Senate Bill 17 met in violation of Ohio's open-meeting laws prior to the bill's passage. Republican House Speaker Jon Husted, who wasn't on the committee, was present at this meeting according to the SNAP leaders.
   They contend the Republicans who met included a majority of the committee. Though Ohio law allows caucuses to meet privately, it forbids private committee meetings, which it defines as "any prearranged discussion of the public business of a committee by a majority of its members."

Youth minister gets jail for sex charge

  [Mr Ross] - Christian. Assault, sexual, providing alcohol.
   Des Moines Register, ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 19, 2006
   WATERLOO (IA) -- A former youth minister convicted of abusing church youth has been given jail time as well as probation and parole under new sentencing laws for sex offenders.
   Michael R. Ross, 28, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation by a counselor, two counts of providing alcohol to a minor and simple assault.
   Judge Kellyann Lekar agreed to uphold the prosecution's plea offer, which sentenced Ross to five years in prison, suspended to two to five years' probation for the exploitation charge. The judge also imposed a 14-day jail sentence for the simple assault charge, and $500 fines for the alcohol charges.

'People losing trust' in Bellevue pastor, seminary leader says

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester.
   Commercial Appeal, By James Dowd, December 20, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN) -- Alarmed by what he described as a crisis of the faithful at Bellevue Baptist Church, the president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary said Tuesday the senior pastor of the Cordova congregation should resign.
   Dr. Michael Spradlin, head of the seminary that moved across the street from Bellevue this summer, said Dr. Steve Gaines should step down because of his initial decision to remain silent amid allegations of sexual abuse involving a Bellevue minister.
   Church leaders announced Monday that Paul Williams, a Bellevue staffer for 34 years, had been placed on paid leave pending an investigation regarding a "moral failure."
   The alleged incident occurred 17 years ago. Details have not been made public by the church and Williams has not been formally charged with any wrongdoing, but claims of sexual abuse have been posted on the Internet.

Former Pelham pastor pleads guilty to abusing young girls: Garcia to be sentenced on three charges of sexual abuse

  [?~ 2000s Garcia] - RCC. 3 girls.
   Shelby County Reporter, By MEREDITH TOWLE, Updated 5:23 PM CST, Tuesday, December 19, 2006
   PELHAM (AL) -- Luis Federico Garcia, 66, of Alabaster and former pastor of Iglesia La Roca in Pelham pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to three charges of first-degree sexual abuse. The victims were three young Hispanic girls in the church community under the age of 12.
   Assistant Shelby County District Attorney Angela Dunn said the sentencing is at the discretion of the judge, but that the state will ask for the maximum time.
   "We take all sexual offenses seriously," Dunn said. "Mr. Garcia was in an authoritative position and within a church. With the position he held, we will not be lenient in any way."
   Garcia's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12, and he could face up to 10 years in prison on all three counts.

Principal says she's being made 'scapegoat' in priest abuse case

  [~ 2000s McCormack] - RCC. 5 boys.
   WQAD, ~ December 20, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- Barbara Westrick says the boy was sobbing as he told her a Roman Catholic priest who taught and coached at her school had molested him since he was in the fourth grade.
   The principal at Our Lady of the Westside School says she also told Chicago police, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Department of Children and Family Services of the student's allegations right after hearing them in January 2006.
   The Reverend Daniel McCormack faces charges of five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in the alleged fondling of five boys at the school's two campuses and the nearby St. Agatha Catholic Church. He's pleaded not guilty.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed December 20, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Pastor to face trial in sex-abuse case

  [~ 2006 Carlin -NEW*] - Christian. Girl (11). United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Salt Lake Tribune, The Associated Press, Dec/21/2006
   ST. GEORGE (UT) -- A pastor accused in the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old student at a Christian school in St. George will soon go to trial.
   A judge ruled there's enough evidence against 32-year-old Gabriel Carlin to order him to stand trial next month.
   Carlin is accused of molesting a girl, who reported the alleged abuse to her parents and police earlier this year.

Priest indicted for sexually abusing 2 boys

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Herald News, December 21, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) - A Will County grand jury has indicted a Catholic priest who is alleged to have had sexual contact with two teenage boys in 1996 and 1999, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow announced.
   This is the first case of sexual abuse involving a Catholic priest to be charged in Will County since the issue of sexual abuse by priests became a national scandal in 2002.
   Louis Rogge, 76, of Joliet was indicted on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. All of the counts are Class 2 felonies that carry a prison sentence of three to seven years upon conviction.
   Rogge, a priest from the Carmelite Order, was scheduled to surrender to authorities at the Will County Jail on Thursday morning on a $40,000 bond. He must post 10 percent to secure his release while awaiting trial.

Former Catholic brother gets 5 years after admitting molesting boys

  [1970s-80s Holmes (Sacred Heart Brothers] - RCC. 5yrs prison. 2 boys.
   The Boston Globe, By John R. Ellement, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- A former Catholic brother today admitted he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted two boys in the 1970s and 1980s and was sentenced to five years and one day in prison.
   Edward Anthony Holmes, who is now 65 years old and lives in Washington DC, declined to comment after leaving Suffolk Superior Court, where he pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges, including photographing a child for sexual purposes. "I have nothing to say," Holmes said. His defense attorney, Jeanmarie Carroll, also declined comment.
   Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Audrey C. Mark said in court that Holmes was a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary and was assigned to work at the now-closed Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain run by the Archdiocese of Boston. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM]

Mistrial declared for Fresno priest accused of abuse

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   SignOnSanDiego, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 10:25 p.m., December 20, 2006
   FRESNO (CA) - A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the civil trial of a priest accused of molesting a former altar boy nearly 20 years ago.
   After eight days of deliberation, a Fresno County jury said it had decided 9-3 that Father Eric Swearingen molested the boy, but deadlocked 5-7 that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno knew or could have known about it. Nine jurors were needed to render a verdict.
   Superior Court Judge Donald S. Black declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for April 16. Juan Rocha, 31, accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Bakersfield and St. Alphonsus parish in Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.

Leaflets raise alarm about ex-priest

  [1970s Tulipana] - RCC. Boy.
   The Examiner, By ROBERT HITE, Dec 21, 2006
   MISSOURI -- When David Clohessy feels passionate enough about a certain issue he drives across the state of Missouri to tell people about it.
   He and three other members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests passed out fliers Thursday in the Independence neighborhood of John Tulipana.
   Tulipana is a former priest accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in the 1970s, according to BishopAccountability.org. He resigned from the priesthood in 1994.
   "We've been worried about Tulipana for a while," said Clohessy, who drove from St. Louis.
   He said SNAP found out that Tulipana lives on Shrank Road after reading a news article about a lawsuit filed last week against Tulipana. The incident allegedly occurred in 1978.

• Dominican University Presents Lecture on the Church: 5 Years Later

  - RCC.
   Catholic Online, www.catholic. org/prwire/ headline. php?ID=2904 , FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MEDIA ADVISORY, Catholic PRWire, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- Dominican University's Siena Center will present Fr. William Leahy, president of Boston College, in a lecture titled, "The Church in the United States Five Years Later: Reasons for Hope." The lecture will be held on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the university's Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division Street, River Forest.
   In January 2002, The Boston Globe published a series of articles that quickly made Boston "ground zero" in the sexual abuse crisis. Boston College, under the leadership of Fr. William Leahy, responded in September 2002 with its widely acclaimed "Church in the 21st Century" initiative.
   The initiative seeks to bring the Catholic Church from crisis to renewal by engaging the critical issues facing the Catholic community today. The initiative has recommended that the Church share the faith with the next generation, foster relationships among the members of the Catholic community and uphold the Catholic intellectual tradition regarding sexuality and contemporary culture.
   [COMMENT: But, the RC "intellectual tradition" about sexuality is besmirched by some gross mistranslations of the scriptures, and some gross misunderstanding of what they think passes as scripture.  For example, the RCC has an undercurrent of trying to have married women accept as many pregnancies as their husband's ardour and the Church's ban on condoms will produce.  For a link to compare the "translations" of various Churches with what scholars believe is the original meaning, try Pregnancy the aim ... .  That webpage is devoted to discerning the original wording and meanings of the texts.  COMMENT ENDS.]

Embattled Bellevue Baptist faces new conflict: 'moral failure' allegations

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester.
   Associated Baptist Press, By Hannah Elliott, Published December 21, 2006
   CORDOVA, Tenn. (ABP) -- The president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary has called for the senior pastor at one of the largest Southern Baptist congregations in the United States to resign.
   Michael Spradlin, who leads the seminary situated across the street from Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, said Steve Gaines should relinquish the pastorate because of his deliberate silence about sex-abuse allegations against a Bellevue minister.
   On Dec. 18, Gaines announced to the 25,000-member Bellevue congregation that Paul Williams, a 34-year employee at Bellevue, had gone on paid leave pending a church investigation regarding "moral failure."
   Specific details of the case, allegedly involving sodomy with a minor 17 years ago, have not been released to the public, although claims of sexual abuse have been posted on the Internet. Williams, who was unavailable for comment, has not been officially charged with any criminal activity.

Earlier reports of priest's abuse surface in diocese files

  - RCC. [1962-1989 ?+ Sylvestre] - 47 girls. [London Diocese] - Enabling seducer. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, Dec 21, 2006
   CANADA -- Police reports relating to sexual abuse by former priest Charles Sylvestre dating back to 1962 have been found in a London, Ont., diocese filing cabinet, even though it had been believed reports of his abuse were first made in 1989.
   Sylvestre, 84, was sentenced last October to three years in prison after he was convicted of indecent assault against 47 girls.
   On Wednesday, London Bishop Ronald Fabbro said that three documents, dating back to 1962, were found in a diocese filing cabinet.
   In the documents were transcribed interviews with three girls who told police how Sylvestre had touched them and exposed himself.

Joliet priest accused of sexually abusing 2 brothers

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Daily Southtown, December 21, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Catholic priest was indicted in Will County on charges he sexually abused two teenaged brothers he was counseling, the state's attorney's office announced today.
   Louis Rogge, 76, a Carmelite priest, was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Each felony carries a prison sentence of between three and seven years if found guilty.
   The indictment against Rogge is the first criminal sexual abuse case filed against a Catholic priest in Will County since sexual abuse by priests became a national scandal in 2002.
   Rogge was a longtime family friend and a spiritual adviser to both teens. Both youths were 15 years old at the time of the alleged abuse. The first is alleged to have occurred in the summer of 1996, and the second was in the summer of 1999, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said.

Joliet priest charged with abusing teenage boys

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   WQAD, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   JOLIET, Ill. -- Authorities say a Roman Catholic priest in Joliet with a history of child molestation has been charged with sexually abusing two teenage boys.
   Will County state's attorney's office spokesman Charles Pelkie says Louis Rogge was indicted today on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
   Pelkie says the 76-year-old Rogge (ROH'-geh) was a "spiritual adviser" to the victims and a long-time friend of their family.
   He says that in the summer of 1996, Rogge abused one of the boys, who was 15 at the time, and three years later abused his younger brother.

Joliet priest charged with sex abuse

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Matthew Walberg, December 21, 2006,
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Joliet priest who authorities said previously pleaded guilty to child molestation was indicted today for allegedly fondling two teenage brothers.
   Louis Rogge, 76, was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and was expected to surrender to authorities this morning, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State's Atty. James Glasgow.
   Pelkie described Rogge as a "spiritual adviser" to the victims and a longtime friend of their family. He said that in the summer of 1996, Rogge abused one of the boys, who was 15 at the time, and three years later abused his brother, by then 15 as well.
   In 1974, Rogge pleaded guilty to child molestation charges in Athens, Ga., and was sentenced to six years of probation, according to Pelkie.

Swearingen decision draws protest

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Fresno Bee, Dec/21/06
   FRESNO (CA) - A news conference to protest Fresno Bishop John T. Steinbock's decision not to suspend Father Eric Swearingen from his duties will be held this afternoon in Fresno, according to a news release issued this morning by SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   A Los Angeles clergy sex abuse victim who is described as a leader of the nationwide support group is scheduled to address the media in front of the Fresno County Court House on Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno, beginning at 1:15 p.m.
   Swearingen is accused of molesting an altar boy nearly 20 years ago in Bakersfield and Fresno.
   A civil trial in the case ended Wednesday with a hung jury. The jury voted 9-3 that Swearingnen had molested former altar boy Juan Rocha, but voted 7-5 to clear the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno of wrongdoing. A new trial is expected to be held in April.

Kid porn haul Rev gets 4yrs

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Sun, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER vicar and a paedophile rights campaigner were jailed yesterday after a massive porn collection was found at a country mansion.
   Nearly 50,000 magazines, videos, photographs and slides were hidden in a vault behind a wall at the home of millionaire ex-minister Michael Studdert in Hindhead, Surrey.
   It was one of the largest finds of its kind.
   Children - mostly boys and as young as six - had been pictured being raped and tortured.

The Porn Vault

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Mirror, By Graham Brough, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER vicar and an ex-teacher were jailed yesterday after a huge stash of child porn was found in a secret vault.
   Grey-haired Michael Studdert and Thomas O'Carroll kept an Aladdin's Cave of filth behind a bathroom wall. The only way into it was by turning an innocent-looking coat-hook.
   Their sick "library" - dating back 50 years - was found after a huge undercover police operation.

Paedophile rights campaigner jailed for child porn distribution

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner.
   Irish Examiner, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- An Irish paedophile rights campaigner has been jailed in the UK today after a massive "Aladdin's Cave" of child porn was found in a country mansion.
   The library of magazines, videos, photographs and slides - nearly 50,000 images altogether - was stored in a secret vault behind a bathroom wall.
   The collection, which took half a century to amass, was discovered after undercover police infiltrated the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group and its subsidiary, Gentlemen With An Interesting Name. Both championed the legalisation of sex between adults and children.
   Irishman Thomas O'Carroll (aged 61), a former teacher turned journalist, helped run them from his end-of-terrace home in Shildon, Co Durham, within half a mile of four schools.

'Aladdin's Cave' of porn two jailed

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner.
   Guardian, Press Association, 12:28 PM, Wednesday December 20, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A former vicar and an "evil" paedophile rights campaigner were jailed after a massive "Aladdin's Cave" of child porn was found in a country mansion.
   The sickening library of magazines, videos, photographs and slides - nearly 50,000 images altogether - was stored in a secret vault behind a bathroom wall.
   The collection, which took half a century to amass, was discovered after undercover police infiltrated the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group and its subsidiary, Gentlemen With An Interesting Name. Both championed the legalisation of sex between adults and children.
   Irishman Thomas O'Carroll, 61, a one-time teacher turned journalist, helped run them from his end-of-terrace home in Shildon, Co Durham, within half a mile of four schools. According to police he saw them as a base for an "international secret society" of "academic" child abusers to further his twisted aims.

Priest guilty of sex assaults on boy

  [1982-83 Desmond] - RCC. Boy. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Irish Times, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   IRELAND -- A Co Waterford priest has been given a three year suspended sentence for indecently assaulting a schoolboy twenty years ago.
   Fr Con Desmond (71), with an address given as a parish house Knockerra, Cooraclare in Co Clare, assaulted the boy while he was principal of a De La Salle national school in Waterford.
   The court heard he abused the boy three times in his office and three times in a car on unknown dates between January 1st, 1982 and June 24th, 1983.

Ex-priest gets child sex conviction quashed

  [1960s-70s Bellemore (Marist)] - RCC. Boys. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 
   ABC, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   AUSTRALIA -- A former Tasmanian priest has successfully appealed against his conviction for sexually abusing young boys at Burnie's Marist College, in the state's north.
   In February this year a Criminal Court jury found 70-year-old Roger Michael Bellemore guilty on four counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a person under 17.
   It was alleged Bellemore committed the offences in the late 60s and early 70s while working as a teacher at the college.

Ex-priest rejects offer on Hudson bat charge

  [2006 Hanley] - RCC. Swung bat at hotel workers. 12 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Jersey Journal, By JEFF DIAMANT, NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE, Thursday, December 21, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- James Hanley, the former Catholic priest who admitted molesting about a dozen boys in what was New Jersey's most notorious clergy sex abuse case, has declined a prosecutor's plea offer on charges in an unrelated March incident at a Secaucus motel.
   Hanley, 70, appeared Dec. 11 in Hudson County Superior Court for a brief hearing, shackled and wearing a green jail uniform and walking with a cane. He has been jailed since late October, when a warrant was issued for his arrest for missing a court date, Assistant Prosecutor Howard Bell said.
   Hanley was indicted in June on charges of possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose and making terroristic threats, Bell said. He will remain in jail until his next court date, Jan. 22, unless he can post his $50,000 bail, which has a 10 percent cash option.
   Authorities say that on March 10 Hanley swung a bat at three employees at the Extended Stay Motel in Secaucus. An officer drew his gun and ordered Hanley to drop the bat, but Hanley did not, prosecutors say. Instead, Hanley turned around and started to walk away, still holding the bat, prosecutors say.

Defrocked priest's hearing is postponed

  [1985-95 Baker] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Los Angeles Times, From Times Staff and Wire Reports, December 21, 2006
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A hearing on new charges against defrocked priest Michael Stephen Baker was delayed Wednesday and rescheduled for Jan. 4.

Mistrial declared for Fresno priest accused of abuse

  - RCC. [1987-90 Swearingen*] - Altar boy. [Years - Fresno Diocese] - Employed him.
   Monterey Herald, Associated Press, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   FRESNO, Calif. - A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the civil trial of a priest accused of molesting a former altar boy nearly 20 years ago.
   After eight days of deliberation, a Fresno County jury said it had decided 9-3 that Father Eric Swearingen molested the boy, but deadlocked 5-7 that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno knew or could have known about it. Nine jurors were needed to render a verdict.
   Superior Court Judge Donald S. Black declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for April 16.
   Juan Rocha, 31, accused Swearingen of molesting him at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Bakersfield and St. Alphonsus parish in Fresno when Rocha was between 12 and 15 years old.

Chamber Of Horror

  - Christian. [1950s-2005 Studdert] - < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Glasgow Evening Record, By Marie Sharpe, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER priest was yesterday jailed after police found a massive haul of child porn in a secret chamber at his mansion.
   Ex - school chaplain Michael Studdert was caught when an officer pulled a coathook on his toilet wall - and a door swung open.
   Sick photos, magazines and videos were stacked floor to ceiling in the vault at the 67-year-old millionaire's home in Hindhead, Surrey.
   Studdert was jailed for four years at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in London.
   His co-accused Thomas O'Carroll - who founded the now-defunct Paedophile Information Exchange - got two-and-a-half years.
   They were caught in July 2005 when an undercover cop infiltrated their group.
   Peter Zinner, prosecuting, said police swooped after an investigation codenamed Operation Glenlivet.

Family Goes Forward With Grace

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Hartford Courant December 21, 2006
   HARTFORD (CT) -- This is an opportunity for us to step up for a girl who's got a shot at a new beginning.
   It won't change the fact that she is a child who gave birth to a child - the victim, police say, of repeated rape by her pastor.
   Or that the members of the church she was once part of have abandoned her.
   But maybe it will restore her faith in people.
   Or maybe it will make her eyes twinkle the way those who know her say they used to - "before."
   Most likely, it'll just make us feel better. But whatever the reason, I found myself back at the apartment I last visited in July, this time invited by Carol Coburn.

Priest under cloud of suspicion gets new post

  - RCC.
   Yakima Herald-Republic By JANE GARGAS ~ Dec 21, 2006
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A Catholic priest who left Yakima in 2004 while under criminal investigation for allegedly viewing child pornography has been reassigned to a church in St. Louis.
   According to the Catholic Diocese of Yakima, the priest has a supervised ministry as an associate pastor in a St. Louis parish.
   Monsignor Ron Metha, speaking for Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima, said in an e-mail Monday that the priest "was given that assignment by Archbishop Raymond Burke, the Archbishop of St. Louis, after Bishop Sevilla disclosed to him completely all of the events that led to (his) absence from the Diocese of Yakima."
   The priest was assigned last June to a St. Louis parish, which has an elementary school.

With court battles over, McNeese renews ministry

  - McNeese now defends falsely-accused people.
   The Leaf Chronicle By AMY RITCHART Dec 21, 2006
   CLARKSVILLE (TN) -- A clergyman who spent years defending himself against allegations of child abuse has formally reopened - and retooled - his ministry in Clarksville.
   The Rev. La Monte McNeese has established a community service center, L. McNeese Ministries, on Dean Drive, which will be home to his Pentecostal Apostolic church and a variety of human services programs.
   The ministries include those that remained operational during McNeese's court battles - and one new offering.
   The FAITH Agency, a program launched to educate people who have been falsely accused of child abuse, has become a lead program for the church.

Slovenian errant priest sentenced to prison

  [Frantar] - Christian. Male. Slovenia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Makfax 14:35 Dec/21/2006
   LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA -- Ljubljana District Court has sentenced the Catholic priest Franc Frantar to three-and-a-half years in prison for sexual abuse of minor.
   Frantar (59) is the first priest sentenced to jail on pedophile charges in Slovenia, the local media reported.
   The verdict will enter in effect after completion of appeal period. Both the prosecutor and defense lawyer said they would appeal court's ruling.
   The victim, who turned 25 this year, reported the case in 2000. The priest escaped abroad to evade trial. He was apprehended upon an international arrest warrant.

Pelham Hispanic pastor pleads guilty to sex-abuse charges

  [~ 2000s Garcia] - Baptist. 3 girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Alabama Baptist By Grace Thornton, Thursday, December 21, 2006
   PELHAM (AL) -- Several years ago when Luis Federico Garcia, a Hispanic pastor in Pelham, came clean about sexually abusing three girls in his congregation, fellow Pastor Mike Shaw of First Baptist Church, Pelham, did the only thing he knew to do -- grieve and then turn him in immediately.
   After a long legal process, Garcia, 66, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving three girls ages 6, 7 and 8, according to The Birmingham News. At his sentencing Feb. 12, 2007, he could face 10 years for each count.
   "It's such a tragedy that it happened, that he took advantage of those children," Shaw said. From early 2000 until the time Shaw found out about the abuse, Garcia had used the vacant former building of First, Pelham, to house his growing congregation, Iglesia La Roca (The Rock Church).

Gaines wants to remain at Bellevue

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester.
   Commercial Appeal, By Jody Callahan, December 21, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN) -- Appearing subdued and distraught, Steve Gaines told members of Bellevue Baptist Church Wednesday night that he'd like to remain their pastor.
   The embattled Gaines, under fire from some in the religious community for various controversies at the massive church, spoke to several hundred members before their usual midweek service.
   "The past few days have been very difficult times," said Gaines, who took over leadership of the church from the late Adrian Rogers in July 2005. "I'd really like to stay and be your pastor."

Charges against NN pastor dropped

  [Blackwell] - Baptist. Silence about molester of 3 girls.
   Daily Press, BY JENNIFER LATSON, 247-4731, December 21, 2006
   NEWPORT NEWS (VA) -- A judge on Wednesday dismissed charges against a longtime Newport News pastor who was accused of failing to report sexual abuse of three young girls by a man in his congregation.
   Prosecutors agreed to drop charges against the Rev. Floyd Blackwell, pastor of the Miracle Temple Baptist Church on 32nd Street, after he attended a training program on detecting and reporting child abuse.
   Stephanie Pass, a commonwealth's attorney in Chesapeake who prosecuted the case on behalf of Newport News, said she was pleased with the outcome of the case.
   Blackwell was arrested nearly a year ago and charged with obstructing justice and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he was accused of staying silent about a 19-year-old parishioner who had for years been sexually assaulting three girls, ages 7, 8 and 9.

Bellevue Baptist pastor in hot seat

  [1989 Williams] - Baptist. Child.
   Jackson Sun, The Associated Press, Dec 21, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN) - Sexual abuse allegations have led to the suspension of a longtime minister at Bellevue Baptist Church and to at least one call for the church's senior pastor to step down.
   Bellevue Baptist, a 30,000-member Southern Baptist congregation, announced Monday that Paul Williams has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation of a "moral failure" 17 years ago. The church didn't provide other details on the allegations.
   But some church members have said the claims involve abuse of a child and that the Rev. Steve Gaines, senior pastor at Bellevue, didn't act fast enough when he found out about them.

Former Baptist pastor didn't know about abuse allegations, widow

  [1989 Williams] - Baptist. Child.
   Eyewitness News Last Update 7:55:16 Dec/21/2006
   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The widow of long-time Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers said the prominent Southern Baptist leader knew nothing about sexual abuse allegations against a former minister at Bellevue Baptist Church.
   Bellevue, a 30-thousand-member Southern Baptist congregation, announced Monday that minister Paul Williams has been placed on paid leave.
   The church is currently investigating Williams for a "moral failure" 17 years ago. The church didn't provide other details on the allegations.
   Joyce Rogers said that her husband, who died in 2005, had no knowledge of any indiscretion by Williams.

'We see this as a matter of justice'

  [1962-1989 Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   London Free Press (Canada), By JANE SIMS, FREE PRESS JUSTICE REPORTER, Thu, December 21, 2006
   CANADA -- Bishop Ronald Fabbro answers questions from Free Press Reporter Jane Sims about the Charles Sylvestre case.
   Q: Why did you feel it was important at this time particularly to come out with a report that goes into where the diocese is at this point?
   A: First the victims -- I've met with a few for them. It's been hard to hear over the past few months what they've been through. (With) the harm, the horrible abuse that they suffered and affected their whole lives, they're expecting that something good will come of this. Quite rightfully, they expect the church will be preventing abuse. It was important for me to give them a progress report of where I was at and in bringing what I said I would be doing and bringing it to completion.
   The other was the reporting of the 1962 documents. That was important to me as well.
   Q: There are a lot of questions that follow that discovery. It was important for you to disclose that. Can you tell me why?
   A: It was distressing to find out that we had those documents and weren't aware of them. We have an obligation when these claims come forward . . . to do a search of our files and to present to the individuals involved those documents. It is distressing to know we had a document going back to 1962 that we weren't aware of.

Diocese finds it had reports on pedophile priest

  [1962-1989 Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls.
   London Free Press By JANE SIMS, FREE PRESS JUSTICE REPORTER Thu, December 21, 2006
   CANADA -- In a shocking revelation yesterday, the Roman Catholic diocese of London admitted it has been in possession of three police reports from 1962 detailing the sexual abuse of three victims by disgraced priest Charles Sylvestre.
   The Sarnia police reports were found tucked away in the back of a filing cabinet among accounting papers at the diocesan offices and not in Sylvestre's personnel file.
   Their discovery provides the smoking gun for plaintiffs in civil suits showing the diocese knew of Sylvestre's abusive behaviour before he was moved from parish to parish across Southwestern Ontario.
   Chatham-Kent police have been asked to investigate. Failing to disclose the information during the criminal case is potentially a criminal offence, said Chatham-Kent Crown attorney Paul Bailey.

Victim Not Suprised Priest Had Complaints from 1962

  [1962-1989 Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls.
   CD98.9, ~ Dec 21, 2006
   CANADA -- One of former priest Charles Sylvestre's victims says she's not surprised the London diocese has documents of sexual abuse claims dating back to 1962.
   Lou Ann Soontiens of Chatham was abused by Sylvestre in the 1960s and 70s. Up until yesterday, it was believed the first allegations of abuse were made in 1989.

Priest molest civil case ends in mistrial

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / Dec/21/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- The civil trial of a Fresno priest accused of molesting an altar boy nearly 20 years ago ended in a mistrial Wednesday.
   Jurors voted dozens of times on key issues, but never reached the required consensus over eight days of deliberations in Fresno County Superior Court.
   In the end, the jury of seven women and five men answered two of four questions - voting 9-3 that Father Eric Swearingen had molested former altar boy Juan Rocha, but 7-5 to clear the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno of wrongdoing. A majority of nine votes was required for each question.
   The mistrial means both sides will try it again, perhaps in April.

Catholic diocese finds more evidence of priest's sexual abuse

  [1962-1989 Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girls. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ottawa Citizen, by Trevor Wilhelm, CanWest News Service; Windsor Star; Published: Thursday, December 21, 2006
   WINDSOR, Ont., Canada -- The London, Ont., Catholic diocese admitted Wednesday it has evidence that Rev. Charles Sylvestre was sexually abusing little girls since at least 1962.
   Bishop Ronald Fabbro revealed that in October his assistant found copies of statements three victims made to Sarnia, Ont., police in 1962 about how Sylvestre sexually abused them.
   The discovery was upsetting, he said, because it shows police and church officials knew about Sylvestre's transgressions and don't appear to have done anything to stop him.
   "This would confirm that in '62, the diocese did receive a police report,"said Fabbro. "We thought 1989 was the first record that we had.... It was distressing. I was taken aback by that."
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Detectives seek help in priest allegations

  [2007 Lane -NEW*] - ? RCC. Teenage girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Santa Maria Times, By Kimberlina Rocha, December 22, 2006
   CALIFORNIA -- Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives are seeking information from the public as they continue investigating an alleged sexual assault by a local priest against a former St. Joseph High School student.
   Father Timothy Lane, a priest who was teaching at St. Joseph, was transferred to Missouri after an alleged sexual assault in June against an 18-year-old woman who had just graduated from the high school, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Erik Raney.
   The assault allegedly took place at Lane's residence at the St. Joseph seminary at 180 Patterson Road in Orcutt.
   "We've investigated one specific incident of sexual battery," Raney said.

News from the San Joaquin Valley

  [1960s Mons. Pacheco] - RCC. US$750,000. Boy.
   The Mercury News, Associated Press, ~ December 22, 2006
   FRESNO, Calif. - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a sex abuse case with a former parishioner.
   Bishop John Steinbock has publicly apologized to a 54-year-old man who said he was molested by Monsignor Joseph Pacheco, a priest at St. Rita's parish in Tulare, in the 1960s.
   Steinbock acknowledged that Pacheco molested the victim, who was not identified. Pacheco molested several other boys before he died in 1992 at age 60, Steinbock said Thursday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM]

North Charleston pastor faces ninth sex charge

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Threat too, Male, girls.
   WIS, AP, December 22, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC), (AP) -- A North Charleston minister faces another sex charge.
   Goose Creek police have charged 39-year-old Tyrone Moore with assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct. It's the ninth charge they have filed against the founder of Full Word Ministries.
   Moore is accused of simulating a sex act on a 22-year-old member of the church he founded after he served nine years in prison on convictions for two sex-related crimes involving children.

North Charleston pastor faces another charge

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Threat too, Male, girls.
   Myrtle Beach Online, Associated Press, ~ December 22, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - Criminal charges continue to mount against a minister suspected in several sexual assaults, most of them involving males.
   North Charleston Pastor Tyrone Moore appeared in court Wednesday, facing a charge of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, the ninth charge filed by Goose Creek detectives.
   Moore, 39, is accused of simulating a sex act on a 22-year-old member of the church he founded after he served nine years in prison on convictions for two sex-related crimes involving children.
   Moore, a registered sex offender, was arrested last month and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in 2002 and 2003, when he was 17 years old, police said.

Diocese settlement plan sidesteps justice, victims advocates say

  [Decades - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. Evading testimony.
   The Register-Guard By Bill Bishop Friday, December 22, 2006
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Advocates for victims of sexual abuse by priests are analyzing the bankruptcy settlement plan proposed by the Archdiocese of Portland and asking themselves: Where is the justice?
   The bankruptcy, filed Monday on the eve of trials that would have required church officials to testify about what they knew and what actions they took concerning abuse by priests, is aimed squarely at preventing accountability by church leaders, says David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
   The proposed bankruptcy settlement also appears to effectively block the payment of large punitive damage awards - meant as a deterrent to continued bad behavior - to victims who reject the out-of-court settlement, go to trial and win such an award from a jury.
   The lack of financial and personal accountability by church officials hurts not only the victims, but also leaves church members without answers about how the abuse by priests continued over many years and whether church officials are taking effective steps to stop it, Clohessy said.

Teaching broader view of sexuality important to prevent child abuse

  RCC.
   Catholic Telegraph, By Lenore Christopher, December 22, 2006
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- ARCHDIOCESE - Child abuse. In any form, it is reprehensible. The decades in which the church - and society in general - tolerated or was ignorant of sexual abuse of young people in society and, specifically, by priests and laity prompted a malaise, distrust and a rage from which many parishioners have yet to recover.
   For the church, it has been a time of learning, compassion and forgiveness, reaching out to victims, dealing with offenders and taking responsibility. Are we doing enough?
   Although the church did address the immediate issue of protection of children, "there are things we need to do to grow," said Sister of Mercy Fran Repka, psychologist and director of Mercy Professional Services in Cincinnati started in 1994.
   She was one of the members of the original committee that drafted the first Decree on Child Abuse in March 1993, which five years later was revised and renamed the Decree on Child Protection.

Man claims priest beat him badly

  [1980s Stepek*] - RCC. Sex 2 boys, punch 1 boy.
   Daily Southtown, By Kim Janssen, December 22, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- A Burbank priest accused of sexually abusing two boys at a South Side church in the 1980s admitted punching an altar boy in the face just two years earlier, it was claimed Thursday.
   Ken Meyer, now 43, says he was badly beaten in 1980 in a North Side classroom by the Rev. Robert Stepek.
   Stepek -- then a deacon -- confessed to the attack, according to Meyer's mother, Marion, but he was ordained as a priest a year later.
   The Meyers' account of the violent incident stands in stark contrast with Stepek's claim last month that he "was of no danger to any child" and had "never abused any child."

Preacher in court on 9th sex charge

  [1987-2006 Moore*] - Full Word Ministries. Threat too, Male, girls.
   The Post and Courier, Friday, December 22, 2006
   GOOSE CREEK (SC) -- Pastor Tyrone Moore's only travel since Dec. 2 has been under police escort from jail to court for bail hearings on charges of sexual misconduct against male members of his church.
   The founder of Full Word Ministries made the trip once again Wednesday for the most recent charge of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct. The 22-year-old accuser began attending the North Charleston church in 2004, but the incidents occurred at the pastor's Goose Creek home, an affidavit stated. A clothed Moore, 39, lay on top of the victim and simulated a sex act, the affidavit said.
   The arrest warrant is the ninth criminal charge filed against Moore by Goose Creek detectives. Another charge is pending in North Charleston, where police arrested Moore in November for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The alleged victim was a 17-year-old congregant at the time of the offense, which occurred at the church, police said. He's now 21.

Priest charged with sex abuse

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Daily Southtown, By Laurel Jorgensen, The Associated Press, December 22, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Catholic priest previously convicted of child molestation was charged Thursday with sexual abuse after allegations that he fondled two teenage brothers in the 1990s.
   Louis Rogge, 76, of Joliet, was indicted on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an investigation by the Will County state's attorney's office.
   The first boy allegedly was abused in 1996, when he was 15, and the second in 1999, when he also was 15, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State's Attorney James Glasgow.

Priest charged in sex case

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Chicago Tribune, By Matthew Walberg and Manya A. Brachear, December 22, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Carmelite priest convicted of child molestation in Georgia in the 1970s has been indicted by a Will County grand jury on charges of sexually abusing two teenage brothers in the 1990s.
   The indictment returned Thursday against Rev. Louis Rogge, 76, of Joliet charges him with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He surrendered to the Will County Sheriff's Department and was released after posting 10 percent of his $40,000 bail, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State's Atty. James Glasgow.
   Rogge was a "spiritual adviser" to a family when he abused one boy during the summer of 1996 and fondled his younger brother three years later, according to the indictment. The men, now 25 and 22, were 15 when the alleged abuse occurred, Pelkie said.
   Rogge's case is, in a way, the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal writ small: abuse, followed by treatment and restoration to ministry, then more allegations.

Paedophile jailed but police 'disappointed' with sentence

  [1950s-2005 Studdert] - Anglican. < 50,000 porn items. [1994-2005 Mr O'Carroll] - Global sex ring, pro child-sex campaigner. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   Leamington Spa Today, ~ December 22, 2006
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Pro-paedophilia campaigner Thomas O'Carroll has been jailed for child porn offences - but the detectives who caught him are "disappointed" with his sentence.
   O'Carroll, 61, formerly of Leam Street, Leamington, was jailed for two and a half years by a judge at a London court on Wednesday after admitting three counts of distributing indecent photographs of children between January 1 1994 and July 4 last year.
   The former university press officer founded the International Paedophile Child Emancipation Group, which sought to legalise sex between adults and children. Police believe O'Carroll was a figure of admiration for paedophiles around the world. ....
   O'Carroll's co-accused, millionaire former Anglican priest Michael Studdert, formerly of Hindhead, Surrey, received a four-year sentence after police searched his home and found the largest stash of abusive material ever found in the UK - 56,000 images.

Orwigsburg priest fails to win reduction in prison sentence

  [Yarrosh] - Christian. > US$23,000. Porn. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
  Reading Eagle, From our news staff, ~ December 22, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A Schuylkill County judge refused to reduce a four- to 10-year prison sentence for an Orwigsburg priest for violating probation in a child pornography case, officials said Thursday.
   The Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 57, asked Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin to reduce his sentence because no additional charges had been filed against him.
   In August 2005, Yarrosh was sentenced to three to 23 months in Schuylkill County Prison for taking more than $23,000 from St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven, where he was an assistant pastor.
   At the same time, Yarrosh got 10 years of probation for sexual abuse of children. That charge came after police investigating the embezzlement allegations found Yarrosh had hundreds of images of child pornography.

Appeal in priest-sex lawsuit is dismissed

  [1992 Gaffney] - RCC. Girl.
   Reading Eagle By Holly Herman ~ December 22, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- In a win for the Diocese of Allentown, the State Superior Court has upheld a Berks County judge's dismissal of a lawsuit accusing the diocese of covering up the molestation of a former Central Catholic High School student in 1992.
   On Sept. 30, 2005, Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl dismissed the suit filed by Diana L. Vojtasek accusing the diocese of failing to prevent a priest, the Rev. James F. Gaffney, from molesting her.
   Superior Court decided that Schmehl properly ruled the suit was filed 10 years after the two-year statute of limitations for such cases.
   Vojtasek, now 31, of Reading was seeking more than $700,000 from the diocese, Central Catholic and Bishops Edward P. Cullen and Thomas J. Welsh.

Letter from Diocese of Fresno bishop

  [1987-90 Swearingen* cleared] - RCC. Altar boy.
   The Fresno Bee, Dec/21/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- Diocese of Fresno Pastoral Center 1550 North Freso Stret Fresno, California 93703-3788
   My dear people of God at Holy Spirit,
   I think it is important for you to have this information to correct the false and misleading statements that have been given to the media. What I write here hopefully will be reported by the media.
   I first want to thank you again for your support and prayers for Fr. Eric Swearingen. I have never doubted his innocence. He has been a faithful priest for almost 20 years.
   He has never had any other allegation or even complaints against him in all those years. Two police departments, Fresno and Bakersfield, jointly investigated his case and their report was given to the Fresno District Attorney who declined to prosecute.
   He passed with flying colors a lie detector test administered by an expert, who had worked as an expert in this field for the FBI.
   The Diocesan Review Board, set up by the direction of the Charter of the Bishops for the Protection of Children, after examining all the evidence we gathered after the allegation, advised me that there was not sufficient reason to believe the allegation was credible and it was not necessary to remove Fr. Eric from ministry.

Diocese to pay $750,000

  [1960s Mons. Pacheco] - RCC. US$750,000. Boy + other boys.
   The Fresno Bee, By Pablo Lopez / 04:23:26, Dec/22/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno said Thursday that it has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former parishioner who was sexually abused by a priest at St. Rita's parish in Tulare in the 1960s.
   As part of the settlement, Bishop John Steinbock also apologized publicly to a man he said was molested by Monsignor Joseph Pacheco, who died in 1992 at age 60. The victim, now 54, lives in Southern California.
   Steinbock also apologized for statements made by Monsignor John Harguindeguy, who publicly said in 2003 that the victim made false allegations. Since then, Steinbock said, the diocese has learned that Pacheco sexually abused several boys.
   Steinbock's announcement came a day after a mistrial was declared in Fresno County Superior Court in another molestation suit brought against the diocese.

Priest Accused Of Molestation

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Herald News, By Patrick Ferrell, December 22, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) -- A 76-year-old Catholic priest with a sordid past was arraigned Thursday on charges he allegedly had sexual contact with two teenage boys in 1996 and 1999.
   Louis Rogge, 76, from the Carmelite Order, posted $4,000 bail and is free on bond. He was indicted by a grand jury this week on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
   Rogge lives at the St. Elias Priory. He has been out of the public ministry since 2002, when the issue of sexual abuse by priests became a national scandal.
   At the time, the U.S. bishops issued an order to remove from ministry any priest that has had credible allegations of abuse lodged against him. And thus, Rogge was removed and assigned to duties as an archivist at the Carmelites' libraries, according to Father John Welch, Provincial of the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary in Darien.

Ex-Clergyman Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Abuse

  [1976-83 Holmes (Sacred Hearts Cong.)] - RCC. 5yrs prison. 2 boys.
   TheBostonChannel.com ~ December 22, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- A former clergyman was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child sex abuse charges.
   NewsCenter 5's Steve Lacy reported that Edward Anthony Holmes, 65, known as Brother Tony at the Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Jamaica Plain, pleaded guilty to a 17-count indictment in connection with the sexual abuse of two boys when they were between the ages of 10 and 14 and 9 and 15, respectively. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
   The abuse took place at the Nazareth Child Care Center in Jamaica Plain between 1976 and 1983, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. The center has since closed.

Former Catholic brother pleads guilty to raping two boys

  [1976-83 Holmes (Sacred Hearts Cong.)] - RCC. 5yrs prison. 2 boys.
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), The Associated Press, December 21, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- A former member of a Roman Catholic religious order has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to raping and assaulting two young boys he counseled at a youth services center.
   Edward Anthony Holmes, 65, exploited the two boys while he was a counselor at the Nazareth Child Care Center in the city's Jamaica Plain neighborhood between 1976 and 1983, according to Suffolk County District Attorney's office spokesman Jake Wark.
   Holmes, a former brother with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, pleaded guilty to six counts of child rape, 10 counts of assault and battery and one count of posing for nude photographs.

Ex-Catholic brother admits raping boys

  [1976-83 Holmes (Sacred Hearts Cong.)] - RCC. 5yrs prison. 2 boys.
   The Boston Globe, By John R. Ellement | December 22, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- A former Catholic brother pleaded guilty yesterday to repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting two boys in the 1970s and '80s and was sentenced to five years and one day in state prison.
   Edward Anthony Holmes, who is now 65 and lives in Washington, D.C., declined to comment after leaving Suffolk Superior Court, where he pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges, including photographing a child for sexual purposes.
   His defense lawyer, Jeanmarie Carroll, also declined to comment.
   In a victim impact statement read in court, one victim wrote, "I wish I could forgive you, but right now I can't. I hope you find peace with God."
   One victim was repeatedly sexually assaulted between 1976 and 1980, when he was between ages 10 and 14. The second victim was attacked -- and photographed in a sexual act with Holmes -- between 1977 and 1983, when he was between ages 9 and 15.

Archdiocese Reacts to Allegations About One of it's Priests

  - RCC. Probed, then left the city.
   KMOX, Michelle Wirth Reporting ~ December 22, 2006
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Saint Louis archdiocese responds to concerns about a local priest that was transferred to Saint Louis from Yakima, Washington. Reports show the priest was being investigated for viewing child pornography, before he left Washington.

Play report on questionable priest assignment

 
   KMOX, ~ December 22, 2006 ST. LOUIS (MO) --

Priest reassigned to St. Louis was investigated in Wash. state

  [Mitchell] - RCC. Porn, then transferred.
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer By JIM SALTER ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER ~ December 22, 2006
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis was criticized Thursday for failing to disclose that a priest once accused of possessing nude photos of boys has been allowed to work at two St. Louis-area parishes.
   The assignment to St. Louis of the Rev. Darell Mitchell was defended by both the archdiocese and by his former employers at the Diocese of Yakima in Washington state. Mitchell was in Yakima in 2003 when he was accused of having nude pictures of boys on his computer. He was eventually cleared of wrongdoing.
   Still, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the archdiocese was wrong in welcoming Mitchell, and in failing to alert parishioners of the allegations against him.
   "If we're importing (accused) priests secretly, the least we can do is keep them out of parishes, and certainly parishes with schools," SNAP national director David Clohessy said.

Faith in priest was steadfast

  - Jacques reinstated.
   Daily News Tribune By Galen Moore / Friday, December 22, 2006
   WALTHAM (MA)-- When the Archdiocese of Boston reinstated the Rev. Roger Jacques as a priest earlier this week, his former parishioners showed they've kept a candle lit for him since 2002, when he was suspended from the priesthood after being accused of sexually abusing a child.
   Bill Aucoin, who assisted with Masses at St. Joseph's Parish, said he had grown up taught that a priest was "on a higher plane," than the rest of humanity - not to be challenged or questioned.
   Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal broke him of that notion, but his faith in Jacques never wavered, he said.
   "We found out that they were sinners, but there are good ones," he said of the clergy. "We're pretty confident. If he said he didn't do it, we believe him."

Court upholds tossing of case against diocese

  [1990 + Gaffney] - RCC. Girl.
   The Express-Times By JD MALONE Friday, December 22, 206
   PENNSYLVANIA -- The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday upheld a decision to toss out a sexual abuse case against the Diocese of Allentown.
   In a written opinion, Judge Zoran Popovich said Diana Vojtasek's claim of sexual abuse against Rev. James Gaffney was filed after the statute of limitations had expired. Vojtasek alleges Gaffney began molesting her in 1990 while she was a student at Reading Central Catholic High School where he was vice principal.
   Gaffney befriended Vojtasek while she struggled with depression and during their meetings he discussed sexual topics and forced himself upon Vojtasek, according to the lawsuit.
   Vojtasek was 16 when the alleged abuse began. By law she needed to file the suit within two years of turning 18 in 1992. Since the suit was filed in 2004, Popovich ruled that Vojtasek's complaint came "too late in time to avoid the barring effect of the statute of limitations."

Quebec to give about 1,700 abused Duplessis Orphans a total of $26 million

  [1940s-50s] - RCC. 1700 children physically and mentall abused. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   News 1130 By PETER RAKOBOWCHUK 11:44 am December 21, 2006
   MONTREAL, Canada (CP) - Saying it's time to turn the page, the Quebec government has set aside $26 million to compensate the last group of so-called Duplessis Orphans.
   Many of them were the children of unwed mothers who were physically and mentally abused in Roman Catholic Church-run institutions in the 1940s and '50s.
   The orphans were named after Maurice Duplessis, who was Quebec premier at the time.
   Michelle Courchesne, Quebec's minister of social solidarity, announced Thursday the province is putting in place a "reconciliation program" for 1,700 people who were abused in nine institutions.

Gaines' decision creates legal questions

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WMCTV ~ December 22, 2006
   TENNESSEE -- Children's advocates say Tennessee law is clear.
   "It is that every person is required to make a report to an agency like Department of Children's Services if they have reason to believe that someone may, a child may have been molested or abused," said Nancy Williams, with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
   According to Bellevue Pastor Steve Gaines' own words, he didn't just have reason to believe it, he had a confession from one of his ministers, who admitted to molesting a child.
   "In June of this year... I had a confidential meeting with [name removed] and he shared with me regarding this activity that took place some 17 years ago in his family," said Gaines in an address to Church members this week.
   "No matter when it happened, it's got to be reported," said Susan Mackenzie, a Memphis attorney who has represented adult survivors of child sex abuse.

Duplessis orphan can't forget sexual abuse that occurred almost 60 years ago

  [1940s-50s] - RCC. CAN$26m. 1700 children physically and mentally abused. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Brooks Bulletin, By PETER RAKOBOWCHUK, Thursday, December 21, 2006
   MONTREAL, CANADA (CP) -- Martin Lecuyer, now 69, still chokes back tears when he talks about the abuse he first suffered when he was an 11-year-old living in an orphanage north of Montreal.
   "At that time, we thought it was normal to have sex between men," an emotional Lecuyer said Thursday as Quebec announced $26 million in compensation for 1,700 Duplessis Orphans who were abused in Roman Catholic Church-run institutions in the 1940s and '50s. Many other children received the same treatment, Lecuyer told reporters.
   "I saw a lot of kids who were physically abused by a bunch of guys. . .I have this in my head since I was 11 years old. You can't forget that, it's impossible, you can't forget that."
   Lecuyer is one of the last group of so-called Duplessis Orphans to be compensated by the Quebec government.

Victims mull renewed suit

  [Sylvestre]
   London Free Press By JANE SIMS, FREE PRESS JUSTICE REPORTER, ~ December 22, 2006
   CANADA -- After the Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused her as a child was shamed and sent to prison in October, Joanne Morrison says she had "an epiphany."
   "I let go, I was done," she said yesterday from her home in White Rock, B.C.
   Morrison said she moved on from the terrible acts of Charles Sylvestre, 84, a man whose deviant behaviour consumed and damaged her life.
   But Wednesday's revelation by the Roman Catholic diocese of London that three Sarnia police reports from 1962 documenting Sylvestre's abuse were found tucked away in a filing cabinet has the potential to reopen her settled civil case from more than a decade ago.

Too many have stories like Yolanda's

  - RCC clergy. Children. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Dallas Morning News, ~ December 22, 2006
   We've become immune to the horrors, says MACARENA HERNÁNDEZ
   The Dallas Morning News series this week detailing 19-year-old Yolanda Méndez Torres' life of sexual abuse and silence is not an easy read. The issue of violence against women and children around the world is easier to swallow when you don't see an actual picture of the victim, when you don't read the details about the rape, when you don't have to follow her torment from an impoverished village in Oaxaca to a tiny closet in a Dallas apartment, where she was held as a sex slave.
   Most of us would rather forget - especially in this time of celebration and holiday cheer - that violence against women and children is not only on the rise in Third World countries, but at our doorstep.
   Even here, victims like Yolanda, who spent the first five years in America illegally before getting adopted and being granted a green card, are doubly invisible. It's tough enough for U.S. citizens to report sexual assaults, much less girls like Yolanda who don't think our laws protect them at all. ...
   When I read about Yolanda, I couldn't help but think of another child, an 11-year-old girl that I'll call Sandra. I first wrote about her in 2005, after Camargo, Tamaulipas, police went on a hunt for a missing priest in the nearby town of Comales - just 20 miles south of the Rio Grande. As it turns out, the 66-year-old priest, had been raping the child since she was 7. When I met her, she was a tiny girl, malnourished and younger-looking than her age.
   The priest bought her silence with a few pesos, bags of chips and cans of soda. Had Sandra not told a classmate about the abuse, her teacher may have never found out and reported it to Mexico's family welfare organization, who took the case to the police.
   As I interviewed neighbors and church members in the small fishing town, I found that many had long suspected the assaults, but as in Yolanda's story, they blamed Sandra's parents, whom they believed profited from the sexual abuse. Fathers of both girls have denied it. Sandra's father explained to me at the time that "she never told us anything. If I had known what he was doing, I would have killed him, even if I had been sent to jail."

Catholic priest accused of child molestation committed in 1990s

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pravda (Russia), ~ December 22, 2006
   Catholic priest convicted in the 1970s of child molestation was charged with sexual abuse on suspicion that he fondled two teenage brothers in the 1990s.
   JOLIET (IL) -- The Rev. Louis Rogge, 76, was indicted on Thursday on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The first boy was abused in 1996, when he was 15, and the second in 1999, when he also was 15, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State's Attorney James Glasgow.
   In 1974, Rogge pleaded guilty to child molestation in Athens, Georgia, and was sentenced to six years' probation, according to Glasgow's office.

Catholic clergyman in Joliet is charged with sexual abuse

  [pre-1974, 1996, 1999 Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. 2 boys.
   Belleville News-Democrat, Associated Press, ~ December 22, 2006
   JOLIET (IL) -- A Catholic priest previously convicted of child molestation was charged Thursday with sexual abuse after allegations that he fondled two teenage brothers in the 1990s.
   Louis Rogge, 76, of Joliet was indicted on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse following an investigation by the Will County state's attorney's office.
   The first boy allegedly was abused in 1996, when he was 15, and the second in 1999, when he also was 15, said Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State's Attorney James Glasgow.
   In 1974, Rogge pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation in Athens, Ga., and was sentenced to six years probation, according to Glasgow's office.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.ncrnews.org/abuse , Fri December 22, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Sat December 23, 2006 edition:

December 23, 2006

Group wants priest to talk to parishioners

  [~ 2004 Unnamed priest] - RCC. Viewed boy nudes, transferred. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Yakima Herald-Republic By JANE GARGAS December 23, 2006
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A local group is proposing that the Catholic Diocese of Yakima bring back a priest who left here two years ago amid controversy.
   Voice of the Faithful, a Catholic reform group, issued a news release Friday saying that the priest in question deserves better treatment from the church.
   The priest had been under criminal investigation for allegedly viewing child pornography while serving in Yakima. On Thursday, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced that he is serving as an associate pastor at a church in St. Louis.
   The parish has an elementary school.
   Robert Fontana, coordinator of VOTF in Yakima, said the priest never should have been assigned to a parish with a school.
   Fontana argued that the Catholic hierarchy no longer has the prerogative to return a priest to ministry without informing parents first that the priest had been looking at pictures of naked boys.

Seminary head hears Gaines reaction

  - Baptists. [1989 Williams*] - Minor (incest). [2006 - Gaines*] - Silence about molester.
   Commercial Appeal, By Yolanda Jones, December 23, 2006
   MEMPHIS (TN) -- Dr. Michael Spradlin, head of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, has gotten a lot of calls and e-mails in response to recent comments in The Commercial Appeal about a divisive situation at Bellevue Baptist Church.
   In an article Wednesday, Spradlin said he believed Dr. Steve Gaines, senior pastor of the Cordova church, should resign if he knew about sexual abuse by one of the church's ministers but didn't take immediate action.
   During Sunday services, the congregation was told Paul Williams, minister of prayer and special projects and a longtime Bellevue staffer, had been placed on paid leave pending an investigation into what church leaders called a "moral failure" that occurred 17 years ago.

Child abuse suspects close to ministry

  [Ms Hunicutt, Ms Gardner, Mr Ball] - Gospel of Truth. Several children.
   St. Petersburg Times By ABHI RAGHUNATHAN Published December 23, 2006
   ST. PETERSBURG (FL) -- They studied the Bible and babysat children. And, of course, they put up Christmas lights.
   Angela Hunnicutt, Lytricia Gardner and Wesley Earl Ball were all longtime members of Ted Kresge's Gospel of Truth ministry. They lived in poverty and anonymity, part of the tight-knit group who installed a nationally renowned Christmas display with tens of thousands of lights every year.
   This April, all three were jailed on capital sexual battery charges. Several children have told police gruesome stories of how they were tortured and sexually abused as ministry members looked on.
   Police say they have no evidence that Kresge knew about the abuse, and they have not charged him with a crime. But a review of court records, including depositions from the Kresges and former ministry members, shows that the three defendants were close to the ministry founder.

Former Immaculata coach pleads not guilty to assault

  [Ms Balogh] - ? RCC. Student.
   Courier News By CELANIE POLANICK December 23, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- A former Immaculata High School girls basketball coach pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon in Superior Court in Somerville to sexually assaulting a former student.
   Pamela Balogh, now a physical education teacher at North Hunterdon-Voorhees High School in Lebanon Township, arrived early for the hearing wearing a crisp blue shirt and a dark suit.
   Throughout the hearing, she had a calm, unflinching expression.
   Both she and her attorney, James Wronko, declined to comment.

Ellisons want accountability for son's death, file lawsuit

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. 2 men killed.
   Barron News Shield, December 23, 2006
   WISCONSIN -- The parents of James Ellison, the 22-year-old Barron native likely killed by a priest in 2002, recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Superior Wisconsin, which ordained and hired the cleric.
   Carsten and Sally Ellison filed the civil lawsuit in St. Croix County Court seeking unspecified damages for their son's death.
   A St. Croix County judge ruled earlier this year that Fr. Ryan Erickson likely shot and killed both James Ellison and Daniel O'Connell. Erickson hanged himself outside the church he was then serving in Hurley, Wis., soon after authorities began investigating his possible involvement in the double homicide.
   The family contends the Diocese of Superior knew that there were allegations of sexual assault and other abusive behaviors tied to Erickson, but church officials overlooked them and ordained Erickson anyway. The diocese then placed the priest at St. Patrick's parish in Hudson without disclosing any information regarding his past to its parishioners or clergy.

Appeal Dismissed in Local Priest Abuse Scandal

  [1990s Gaffney] - RCC. Girl.
   WFMZ ~ December 23, 2006
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A victory for the Allentown diocese tonight in a priest abuse lawsuit already shot down once by a Berks County judge.
   The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld Judge Jeffrey Schmehl's 2005 dismissal of a lawsuit that accused Reading Central Catholic High School of failing to prevent sexual abuse by its then-vice principal, Father James Gaffney.
   Diana Vojtasek claims Father Gaffney forced her to have sex with him when she was a student at Central Catholic in the early 90's.

Catholic Diocese To Pay $750K In Sex Abuse Case

  [1960s Mons Pacheco] - RCC. US$750,000. Boy/s.
   CBS 13, ~ December 23, 2006
   FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a sex abuse case with a former parishioner.
   Bishop John Steinbock has publicly apologized to a 54-year-old man who said he was molested by Monsignor Joseph Pacheco, a priest at St. Rita's parish in Tulare, in the 1960s.
   Steinbock acknowledged that Pacheco molested the victim, who was not identified. Pacheco molested several other boys before he died in 1992 at age 60, Steinbock said Thursday.
   The victim's lawyer, Owen Campbell, said he discovered that Pacheco invited several eighth-grade boys to spend the weekend with him at the Tulare church and that church officials never stopped him.

Father Roger Jacques cleared of abuse allegation

  - Fr Jacques exonerated.
   The Pilot (RC paper), Posted Dec/22/2006
   BRIGHTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Dec. 18 that it has fully restored Father Roger Jacques as a priest in good standing.
   Father Jacques was placed on administrative leave in October 2002 due to a single allegation of sexual abuse of a minor approximately 20 years earlier. The allegation was found to be unsubstantiated and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has confirmed this finding.

Archdiocese seeking to remove a priest

  [1960s-70s Mulholland] - RCC. Sadomasochism. Boys.
   Philadelphia Inquirer By David O'Reilly, ~ December 23, 2006
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced it is seeking to permanently remove the Rev. John H. Mulholland from priesthood after finding credible evidence that he sexually abused a minor in the mid-1970s.
   Mulholland was removed from active ministry in September 2005, soon after a Philadelphia grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese reported that Mulholland had a history of sadomasochistic activity with teenage boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
   His case now goes before the Vatican, which can decide to laicize him.

Priests campaign to win back flock

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Levenson | December 23, 2006
   MASSACHUSETTS -- Sensing a wave of disaffection among Roman Catholics in Greater Boston, a tiny community of priests on Beacon Hill is waging an all-out campaign to win them back.
   This week, the Paulist Center launched a three-year, $800,000 advertising and outreach campaign to attract Catholics who feel disenchanted with church teachings on gay marriage and other social issues, stressing that "everyone is truly welcome" at the center and that "questioning is encouraged."
   The center's priests say the pain of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and the closing of parishes in the region has also alienated many Catholics, and they say they want to seize on Christmastime as a moment to bring them back.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat December 23, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Sun December 24, 2006 edition:


Spiritual Remedy For the Damage Done to the Roman Catholic Church by the Sexual Abuse Scandal

  - RCC. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The M+G+R Foundation, A Guest Document by Lee Penn, ~ December 24, 2006
   INTRODUCTION
   On December 15, Fr. Cantalamessa (the preacher to Benedict XVI's household) proposed a Church-wide day of penance for the clerical sex abuse scandal. Mr. Lee Penn has prepared, at our request, a comprehensive commentary addressing Rev. Cantalamessa's spiritual remedy to "...the abominations committed in her womb by some of her own ministers and shepherds."
   Although the comprehensive commentary is essentially what Mr. Penn submitted to us, miguel de Portugal, echoes his evaluation and recommendations. ...
   In his sermon, Cantalamessa said:
   "The Church has 'wept and sighed' in recent times for the abominations committed in her womb by some of her own ministers and shepherds. She has paid a high price for this. She has sought to repair the damage. Strict rules have been laid down so that these abuses do not happen again. The moment has come, after the emergency, to do that which is the most important: to weep before God, to do penance, as God himself has been abused; to do penance for the offense against the body of Christ and the scandalizing of the 'least of his brothers,' more than for the damage and dishonor that has been brought upon us."
   Nevertheless, Cardinal Bernard Law remains in his cushy Roman retirement post as Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major - and he still has the honors of the Episcopacy and the Cardinalship. Other bishops and cardinals continue the Scandal coverup and the worldly efforts at damage control. Priestly perpetrators continue to evade justice, in the US and worldwide. We are not in a time "after the emergency;" contrary to Fr. Cantalamessa, the Scandal continues. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM]

Father Cantalamessa on Those Who Mourn

  - RCC.
   Zenit, Dec. 16, 2006
   VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Advent sermon delivered Friday by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Pontifical Household preacher, in the presence of Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia in preparation for Christmas.
   Preaching in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, Father Cantalamessa began a series of meditations on the beatitudes. ...
   The Church has "wept and sighed" in recent times for the abominations committed in her womb by some of her own ministers and shepherds. She has paid a high price for this. She has sought to repair the damage. Strict rules have been laid down so that these abuses do not happen again. The moment has come, after the emergency, to do that which is the most important: to weep before God, to do penance, as God himself has been abused; to do penance for the offense against the body of Christ and the scandalizing of the "least of his brothers," more than for the damage and dishonor that has been brought upon us.
   This is the condition for bringing good from this evil and for bringing about a reconciliation of the people with God and with its priests.

Yakima priest investigated for child porn now in St. Louis

  [2003 Mitchell] - RCC. Nude boy pictures. Transferred. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KNDO/KNDU ~ December 24, 2006
   ST. LOUIS (MO), (AP) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis is taking criticism today for failing to disclose that a priest once accused of possessing nude photos of boys is now working in St. Louis.
   The assignment to St. Louis of the Reverend Darell Mitchell was defended by both the archdiocese and by his former employers at the Diocese of Yakima in Washington state.
   Mitchell was in Yakima in 2003 when he was accused of having nude pictures of boys on his computer. He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

A second chance for Louisiana church

  - Christians.
   Houston Chronicle By DEBRA LEMOINE The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ~ December 24, 2006
   PONCHATOULA, LA. - A Ponchatoula church shut down amid criminal allegations that some of its members engaged in ritualistic abuse of children is being reborn as a home for a new congregation.
   Christian Life Assembly of God in Hammond is renovating the former Hosanna Church building in Ponchatoula and moving its church there, said the Rev. Gary Wayne Yates of Christian Life.
   Seven members of the former Hosanna Church were arrested and charged in the sexual abuse of three children in April and May 2004. All are awaiting trial, and the first trial is scheduled for August.
   The General Council of the Assemblies of God petitioned the 21st Judicial District Court in Amite last year to take ownership of the former Hosanna Church, which began as an Assembly member church.

THE BANKRUPTCY AND THE SETTLEMENT

  [Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. Children.
   The Oregonian by David Reinhard Sunday, December 24, 2006
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Almost five years ago, on a Wednesday right before Easter 2002, I sat in a pew at St. Michael the Archangel Church in downtown Portland and listened to a priest pour out his broken heart. The Rev. Paul Peri stood in the center aisle that noon and talked about what everyone and no one was talking about: the priest sexual abuse scandal engulfing the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
   This devoted priest shared with his congregants everything they, too, felt: sorrow for the victims, anger toward the men who abused children and brought shame on the clergy, and a sadness for their church. I thought then that Peri's homily and others like it across the land that season were a turning point in the scandal. Catholic clergy and laity had at long last started to speak to each other about the once unspeakable, and there was comfort -- even hope -- in the shared suffering.
   But more suffering was to come, particularly in Oregon. More accusations. More victims. More lawsuits. And humiliation. In July 2004, Portland became the first archdiocese in the United States to file for bankruptcy.

Ohio Catholic bishops offer counseling for abused

  - RCC.
   Spero News, Horizons, Sunday, December 24, 2006
   OHIO -- The Ohio Catholic bishops, through the Catholic Conference of Ohio, have created a new fund, independent of the church, to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The Counseling Assistance Fund is designed to provide counselling or similar mental health services for persons who were sexually abused as minors by clergy or other representatives of the Catholic Church.
   Currently, each Ohio Catholic bishop, through the diocese's Victim Assistance Program, offers survivors of abuse the opportunity to receive counselling or other assistance, to aid in the healing process. This new fund offers another op0tion for healing.
   The new Counseling Assistance Fund will consider claims from those who were abused by clergy or other representatives of the Catholic Church and were Ohio residents at the time. A Web site has been created to assist those wishing to file a claim. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.ncrnews.org/abuse , Sun December 24, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Convert shame over abuse to tears: papal preacher.  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

Convert shame over abuse to tears: papal preacher

 
   The Record (R.C. newspaper in W. Australia), By Cindy Wooden, p 11, Christmas 2006 Calls for a 'day of penance'in every diocese in the world
   VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Catholic Church's tears of shame for the fact that some of its priests sexually abused children should be transformed into tears of repentance, the preacher of the papal household told Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials.
   Offering an Advent meditation on December 15, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said the Church "has paid a very high price" for the sins of some of its priests, is making reparations to the victims, and is adopting "ironclad rules to ensure the abuses are not repeated."
   "The moment has come to do the most important thing: cry before God," the preacher said.
   The Church, Father Cantalamessa said, must mourn "for the offense given to the body of Christ and the scandal given to the smallest of its members, rather than for the damage and dishonour it has caused us."
   Especially in dioceses and nations where the number of cases has been large, he said, there should be an official proclamation of "a day of fasting and penance" to publicly ask forgiveness of God and of the victims.
   Father Cantalamessa also said the guilty priests must be given assistance so that they recognise their sins and reconcile themselves with God.
   "But there is one thing these brothers absolutely must avoid, something unfortunately some are trying to do:  profit from the uproar to lessen their own guilt, giving interviews or writing memoirs in an attempt to place the blame on their superiors and the church community. This reveals a truly dangerous hardness of heart," he said.
   The Capuchin's Advent meditation focused on the passage from the beatitudes that says, "Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted."
   He told the Pope and Vatican officials that the most beautiful tears are tears of joy shed in gratitude for signs of love and forgiveness, but such tears come only after mourning for one's own sins [...]
   [COMMENT: There is no mention here that "these brothers" must be put into a completely different career!  It's too easy to seduce when everyone thinks they are passionless celibates!  They could be replaced with keen married people.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Christmas 2006] Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Mon December 25, 2006 edition:


Church man in the dock after rape of girl

  [2005+ Unnamed pastor -NEW*] - Christian. Rape. Girl (13). South Africa flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Nigeria flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   IOL, ~ December 25, 2006
   SOUTH AFRICA -- A 60-year-old pastor has been arrested in Yeoville in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl, said Gauteng police on Tuesday.
   Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo said the pastor, a Nigerian, was accused of raping the younger sister of a colleague at the shop where he works, in a number of incidents since 2005.
   He allegedly gave her money for her silence.

Here is the text of Pope Benedict XVI's 'Urbi et Orbi'

  - RCC. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, December 25, 2006
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Benedict XVI's "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas Day address, delivered in Italian from the balcony in St. Peter's Basilica. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM]

Ex-clergyman settles with accusers

  [1990s Passmore] - Church of God. 3 girls. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Billings Gazette, The Associated Press, December 17, 2006
   LIVINGSTON (MT) -- A lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by a former Livingston clergyman has been settled for undisclosed terms. Criminal charges against him are still pending.
   Terrence Passmore is accused of sexually molesting three girls nearly 10 years ago while he was a Church of God pastor in Livingston. Passmore denies any wrongdoing. He is scheduled for trial Feb. 5 on charges of rape and sexual assault.
   The civil suit was filed on behalf of the girls, now adults. Their lawyer, Mark Hartwig, said an agreement among the parties prohibits discussing terms of the settlement, which became final last month.

Priest who allegedly abused girls in US currently housed in Ireland

  [1984 Howlett] - RCC. 2 girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   One in Four, Irish Examiner, ~ December 25, 2006
   IRELAND -- A PRIEST who allegedly molested two young girls as well as a number of other people in the United States in the 1980s is currently being housed by a Catholic Order in a Dublin suburb where he is not allowed unsupervised contact with the general public.
   Confidential church files released by court order in the US have shown how Reverend John Howlett allegedly fondled two young girls around 1984.
   He is one of six priests who worked in the Fort Worth diocese where the claims of sexual abuse was not made public. The acts are understood to have taken place while Bishop Joseph P Delaney was in charge at the diocese. Bishop Delaney has since died.

Fresno Priest Issues Letter of Thanks to Congregation

  [1987-90 Swearingen*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ABC 30, Dec/24/06
   FRESNO (CA) -- A Fresno priest plans to return to his church next month after a mistrial in the civil case accusing him of molesting a parishioner.
   Father Eric Swearingen issued a letter to the people of Holy Spirit Church in Northeast Fresno. He thanks them for their prayers and says he'll be back to work on January 8.
   Juan Rocha sued Father Swearingen and the Catholic Diocese, claiming the priest molested him nearly 20 years ago.
   A majority of jurors believed the abuse happened, but they were not convinced the church knew about it.

Pope issues Christmas call to protect children

  - RCC call to guard children. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Reuters, By Philip Pullella, December 25, 2006
   VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict ushered in Christmas at midnight mass on Monday, saying the image of the baby Jesus born in a manger should remind everyone of the plight of poor, abused and neglected children the world over.
   The 79-year-old Benedict, marking the second Christmas season of his pontificate, celebrated the mass for more than 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
   Thousands of others watched on large screens outside on a clear, starry night and millions more tuned in via television or radio round the world.
   "The child of Bethlehem directs our gaze towards all children, particularly those who suffer and are abused in the world, the born and the unborn," the Pope said in his homily, making a reference to abortion.
   "Towards children who are placed as soldiers in a violent world; towards children who have to beg; towards children who suffer deprivation and hunger; towards children who are unloved. In all of these it is the Child of Bethlehem who is crying out to us. It is the God who has become small who appeals to us." ...
   The Catholic Church, particularly in the United States, is still reeling from a 2002 child sexual abuse scandal involving priests. This month a papal preacher suggested the Pope should call a day of penitence to seek forgiveness from God.

Pope Benedict XVI prays for children at Midnight Mass

  - RCC call to guard children.
   Pravda (Russia), December 25, 2006
   VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass in the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica early Monday with an appeal to help children who suffer and are abused, including those forced to beg or serve as soldiers and those deprived of food and love.
   "The child of Bethlehem directs our gaze toward all children who suffer and are abused in the world, the born and the unborn," Benedict said in his homily, in a reference to the Vatican's staunch opposition to abortion.
   He did not indicate if his mention of abuse also referred to many Catholics who have claimed that when they were youngsters they were victims of sexual abuse by clergy in lawsuits and other complaints in the United States and elsewhere.

Who speaks for the least among us?

  - RCC silent on greed. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Leader-Call By Cokie and Steve Roberts, Syndicated Columnist ~ December 25, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- Tis the season of giving - and getting. Reading the business pages of the nation's newspapers reveals that a very few people are getting a very great deal. Most aren't so lucky. That's always been the case, of course, but the disparity between the super rich and everyone else in America is greater than at any time since the roaring '20s, according to a study that was issued even before the recent Wall Street bonus bonanza. In the United States, the richest 10 percent of the country now owns almost 70 percent of the assets. Here's our question: where are the voices of moral outrage?
   Catholic Charities, USA, one of the largest national social service providers, recently released a report on poverty detailing the grim statistics agencies like theirs face every day. Last year, 25 million people visited food banks. More than half of America's adults will spend a year in poverty at some point in their lives. Meanwhile, the mega-rich jet off on their private planes to one of their multiple homes where they might spend more in a day than most families make in a year. But religious leaders remain largely silent on the subject.
   Not long after Catholic Charities issued its startling document, U.S. Catholic bishops convened for their annual meeting. Did they choose to take up the moral issues raised by their own social service agencies? Did they address the fact that many full time working families can't afford homes or health care? No, the prelates decided instead to weigh in against homosexuality and birth control. It's as if they are asking to be ignored. ...
   That scandal so weakened the authority of the church hierarchy that now bishops seem to be using the remnants of their clout to go after the weak, rather than the mighty. Gay couples willing to adopt hard to place children, as they did in Boston, hardly appear worthy targets of Episcopal ire. Wouldn't the bishops' voices serve the public good more effectively if they took on the obscenity of executive compensation in the hundreds of millions of dollars?
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon December 25, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Tue December 26, 2006 edition:


LOVE charity to be disbanded

  - RCC. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Belfast Telegraph, Saturday, December 23, 2006
   IRELAND -- A charity set up to defend priests and nuns wrongly accused of abuse is dissolving this Christmas.
   Campaigner Florence Horsman-Hogan, who founded LOVE, said it was time for those who supported the religious orders to move on with their lives. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM]

Polygamy opponent my woman of 2006

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Tucson Citizen, ~ Dec 26, 2006
   UNITED STATES -- Smile. Be good. Forgive and forget. Little girls grow up with this mantra even in the most democratic cultures.
   It's an insidious form of social control, so prevalent that when the media focus heroic accolades on women, there is a good chance the praise is tied to their passivity.
   Heroines forgive their tormenters. They pray for them. They're heavenly examples of femininity. It almost seems as if women are admired for being victims.
   This is why Flora Jessop gets my nod for this year's most admirable woman of 2006. Flora Jessop was the victim of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Colorado City religious cult known for trading underage girls to pederasts.
   Girls born into this polygamous cult often suffer sexual abuse at the hands of their immediate family, and most are forced into marriage with much older men. During their lifetime of indoctrination, they're told that they're destined for hell if they don't "keep sweet."

Boston Cardinal's Podcasts another First

  - RCC.
   MarketVOX December 26, 2006
   BOSTON (MA) -- Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, leader of the fourth-largest U.S. Roman Catholic diocese, is the first of 186 cardinals worldwide to launch a podcast, reports Reuters. In September, O'Malley became the first U.S. cardinal to launch a blog.
   Cardinal Sean's first video podcast, delivered on Christmas Eve - in English, Spanish and Portuguese - is hosted on iCatholic.com and can be played on demand. Downloadable video podcasts will be available in January. The site features other videos on demand and streams Catholic TV.
   The Boston Archdiocese has relied on the web in part to help repair its reputation after a pedophile-priest scandal in 2002. O'Malley, a member of the Capuchin order, was appointed to head the Boston archdiocese in 2003.

Davenport bishop talks about bankruptcy filing

  [Years - Davenport Diocese] - RCC. $US 10.5m. 25 claimants.
   Des Moines Register, ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 26, 2006
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport says bankruptcy is a turning point as the diocese works to move past the church abuse scandal.
   Bishop Martin Amos, 65, was installed on Nov. 20 to lead the diocese, which includes 106,000 Catholics in 84 parishes in 22 counties. He came to Iowa from the Diocese of Cleveland, where he served as auxiliary bishop. Amos succeeded Bishop William Franklin, who led the diocese since 1994 before retiring.
   During his tenure, Franklin guided the church through the financial crisis which resulted from the sex abuse scandal and forced the diocese to become only the fourth in the country to file for bankruptcy.
   Under that plan, the diocese must trim its $3.64 million budget by $270,000. The diocese has until Feb. 10 to submit a reorganization plan to a bankruptcy judge. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue December 26, 2006 Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont131.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Wed December 27, 2006 edition:


Diocese Appeals Ruling On Secret Files

  [2006 Bridgeport Diocese] - RCC. Hiding truth. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Hartford Courant, By DAVE ALTIMARI, December 27, 2006
   CONNECTICUT -- As expected, the Diocese of Bridgeport has filed an appeal of a Superior Court judge's ruling that thousands of pages of secret court files involving lawsuits against some of its priests be made public.
   The case now appears headed back to the state Supreme Court, and the files concerning allegations of sexual abuse by as many as 23 priests within the diocese will remain sealed.
   Attorneys for the diocese notified the Superior Court clerk in Waterbury late last week that they planned to appeal the decision of Judge Jon M. Alander to unseal nearly all of the more than 12,000 documents that have been under seal since the diocese quietly settled sexual abuse claims by 23 individuals in March 2001.
   The court filing did not indicate on what grounds they plan to appeal Alander's ruling. Hartford attorney Ralph W. Johnson III, who is representing the diocese, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Geoghan's slayer cries foul in suit

  [Druce]
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Bronislaus B. Kush, bkush@telegram.com , ~ December 27, 2006
   WORCESTER (MA) -- Joseph L. Druce, who was found guilty earlier this year of the 2003 prison slaying of pedophile priest John J. Geoghan, has filed a civil suit charging there was a conspiracy to mislead him about the defense strategy employed during his murder trial.
   Named as co-conspirators and defendants in the Worcester Superior Court suit were Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte; Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley; the diocese of Worcester; the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Deacon David Isabelle, a chaplain at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center where the murder occurred; and John H. LaChance, Mr. Druce's defense lawyer.
   A jury on Jan. 25 convicted Mr. Druce of first-degree murder in the Aug. 23, 2003, killing of the 68-year-old Mr. Geoghan - determining that the slaying was premeditated and done with extreme atrocity or cruelty.
   Mr. Druce was already serving a life sentence for murder when he beat and strangled the defrocked priest, a convicted child molester.
   Mr. LaChance had argued his client was not guilty by reason of mental illness and maintained that he lacked criminal responsibility for his actions.

Diocese settles sex-abuse suit

  [1985 Fr. Lehman, Mr Baniewicz, Mons Fushek,] - RCC. Boy.
   The Arizona Republic, by Michael Kiefer, Dec. 27, 2006
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix agreed to pay $100,000 to a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a teen by two priests and a lay minister.
   According to the joint stipulation, which was filed last week in Maricopa County Superior Court, the man who made the allegations agreed to dismiss his civil lawsuit against the priests and church.
   The lawsuit, filed in January 2005, alleged that William Cesolini, now 35, had been sexually assaulted in 1985 by a priest, Mark Lehman, and a former teen minister, Phil Baniewicz. The abuse supposedly took place at St. Timothy's Parish in Mesa, and both men were accused of abusing Cesolini on multiple occasions.
   In the suit, Monsignor Dale Fushek, who was pastor of that parish and co-founded Life Teen, the nation's largest Catholic youth ministry with Baniewicz, was accused of giving alcohol to the teen and then watching and masturbating as Lehman sexually abused Cesolini, then 14. Furthermore, the suit alleged that Fushek acted negligently in not reporting the sexual abuse and that he, Lehman and Baniewicz threatened Cesolini if he reported them.

Bridgeport Diocese appeals court order to open records

  [2006 Bridgeport Diocese] - RCC. Hiding truth.
   Newsday, December 27, 2006
   WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - The Diocese of Bridgeport has appealed a Superior Court judge's ruling that thousands of pages of court files involving lawsuits against priests accused of sexual abuse be made public.
   The case could return to the state Supreme Court, and the files concerning allegations of sexual abuse by as many as 23 priests in the diocese could remain sealed.
   Lawyers for the diocese notified a Superior Court in Waterbury late last week of plans to appeal the decision of Judge Jon M. Alander to unseal nearly all of more than 12,000 documents that have been under seal since the diocese settled sexual abuse claims by 23 individuals in March 2001.
   The court filing did not indicate on what grounds they plan to appeal Alander's ruling. Hartford lawyer Ralph W. Johnson III, who is representing the diocese, could not be reached for comment Tuesday, The Hartford Courant reported Wednesday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM]

Editorial: Breaking silence

  - RCC. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , December 11, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- STEWARDSHIP is hardly a term some will associate with the media in its coverage of sex abuses allegedly committed by members of the clergy.
   During the third quarterly en banc meeting of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) last September, Cebu Archdiocesan spokesperson Msgr. Achilles Dakay criticized the practice of local media to make public the name and photograph of priests accused of abuses but whose guilt has still to be established by the courts or church authorities.
   As a community forum reviewing concerns raised about the media, the CCPC appointed during the same meeting its members, Mia Embalzado of St. Theresa's College and Fr. Aloysius Cartagenas of the San Carlos Seminary, to consult members of the community, including the church and the media, to draw up standards guiding coverage of priests and religious officials.
   [COMMENT: Ah! Switch the blame to the NEWS MEDIA, not the man-made Church rules! COMMENT ENDS.]
[Posted by Kathy Shaw on December 27, 2006 7:40 PM]

Mayor wants 'transparent' probe

  - RCC.
   Sun.Star , December 05, 2006
   PHILIPPINES CEBU City Mayor Tomas Osmeña yesterday asked the Cebu Archdiocese officials to be clear in their policy, whether they will go on keeping the identity of erring priests from the public.
   Osmeña said he cannot issue certifications or recommendations for some priests when he is asked now that he knows there is one priest whose character is questionable.
   "What is the policy of the church, to be transparent or to hide? The mayor is sometimes asked to sign certifications that the priest is a person of good character. But how can I when I know one of them is questionable?" the mayor said.
   "Is the church going to conceal that from the government? It really puts a cloud on everyone else. I'm just asking a question here but these are things that people would like to know," Osmeña continued.

Malilong: Go to the police

  - RCC.
   Sun.Star . By Frank Malilong Jr., The Other Side, December 20, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- MY friend, Gerry Carillo, is already a good lawyer. There is no need for him to play policeman.
   It pains me to watch a government panel, headed by no less than a Cebu City councilor, practically begging someone who is accused of wrongdoing to come out and incriminate himself in the guise of giving the suspect (yes, that is what he is) a chance to air his side. Nice try but it won't work.
   The task of Gerry's panel is purely fact-finding: what really happened inside the confessional during a religious seminar for students at the Abellana National High School. Did one of the priests indeed make immoral advances towards the complaining high school girls in the course of their confession?

Editorials: That Life in the Spirit Seminar

  - RCC.
   Sun.Star , November 25, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- FOR the organizers of the Life in Spirit Seminar (LSS) at the Abellana National School, this should be a damned if you do, damned if you don't case.
   Caught between the idea of shielding a priest from public scorn and the demand for justice from 20 students who complained of harassment, the LSS organizers hedged on the call to identify the accused.
   As a result, they have become targets of criticism and the controversial incident subject of an investigation by the Cebu City Government.
   Claiming ignorance
   It is doubtful, however, whether divulging the name of the priest would have mattered, although it would have redirected much of the criticisms from the LSS organizers to the accused.

Nalzaro: Naming erring priests

  - Christian sects.
   Sun.Star , By Bobby Nalzaro, Saksi, December 06, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- Scandals in the Roman Catholic Church or in other denominations are not new.
   Remember the Iglesia ni Cristo pastor accused of rape by his househelp? The victim sought the assistance of dyMF Bombo Radyo broadcasters, who helped her seek justice. She ended up withdrawing the case. The broadcasters? They are facing libel suits filed by the pastor.
   Leaders of US-based Christian fundamentalists were linked to scandals. Rev. Jim Jones of Jonestown misled his flock into committing mass suicide. Then there were the cases of Jimmy Swaggart, Jesse Jackson and James Baker.
   Bob Stanley, in his article entitled "Scandals Within the Catholic Church," said that an average of 3,500 religious in non-Catholic sects are charged with sexual misconduct every year. In Cebu, scandal hit the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association when its supreme master was charged with parricide.
   The Catholic Church cannot accuse the media of sensationalizing stories involving the misconduct and malfeasance of priests. Media also reported the questionable conduct of leaders from other religions.

Nalzaro: Probe on priest an exercise in futility

  - RCC. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , By Bobby Nalzaro, Saksi, December 23, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- EFFORTS by City Hall and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to look into the case of a "mysterious" priest accused of sexually harassing participants of a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) are but an exercise in futility. Why? Because the priest has fled to the US according to a very reliable source.
   Anyway, I no longer consider the priest "mysterious" because I already bared his complete name in my DYSS radio program, although my editors in Sun.Star and Superbalita are still withholding his family name.
   The priest is Father Ben, but his close friends, especially the older ones, call him Dong Ben. I got his name from a source days after the media reported the incident. My source said His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal summoned Father Ben to the Archbishop's Palace. The cardinal, who is soft spoken, reportedly raised his voice when he confronted the priest about the LSS participants' accusations.

NBI takes over probe on priest

  [2005 a priest] - RCC. Students. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , By Jujemay G. Awit, December 23, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- THE priest who allegedly harassed some 20 high school students will be treated like any other suspected criminal, because of the silence from the Cebu Archdiocese and a religious group.
   The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 scheduled a "friendly dialogue" yesterday on the accusations of students from the Abellana National School (ANS) that a priest inappropriately touched them during a confession as part of a seminar.
   The Life in the Spirit Seminar was organized by the Oasis of Love and the Department of Education (DepEd) and held at the ANS last Nov. 14.
   DSWD 7 invited Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal in behalf of the seven priests who heard confessions during that seminar, Nonito "Dodong" Limchua of Oasis of Love and ANS principal Ernesto Jacel.

Religious group wants no part in investigation of priest

  [2005 a priest] - RCC. Students.
   Sun.Star , December 24, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- THE Catholic group Oasis of Love is pleased that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 will handle the harassment complaint filed by some high school students against a priest.
   Oasis of Love organized the Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) where some 20 students of the Abellana National School (ANS) accused a priest of harassing them during confession.
   The seminar was held last Nov. 14.

Student tags priest from NBI files

  [2005 a priest] - RCC. Students.
   Philstar.com , By Fred P. Languido, The Freeman, for Dec/28/2006
   PHILIPPINES -- One of the participants in the controversial Life in the Spirit Seminar organized by the Oasis of Love and the Department of Education at the Abellana National School last month positively identified the priest accused of inappropriately touching her classmates during confession.
   The third year high school student identified the priest through the pictures shown to her by the National Bureau of Investigation.
   The NBI took over the investigation of the case after the Department of Social Welfare and Development failed to compel church officials to reveal the identity of the priest.
   DSWD regional director Teodulo Romo requested the NBI to take over the investigation when the priest, through the Archdiocese of Cebu, snubbed their invitation for a friendly dialogue with the victims last week.

Five years later

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic Online, Our Sunday Visitor ( www.osv.com ), Dec/27/2006
   UNITED STATES -- Five years ago, the clergy sex-abuse scandal erupted on the front pages of The Boston Globe. In the ensuing firestorm, bishops resigned, dioceses facing big lawsuits went bankrupt and hundreds of priests were suspended from ministry. The scandal has consumed much of the church's focus and energy since 2002 began.
   After implementing the most stringent policies ever for addressing abuse, the church may have seen the worst of it. While some dioceses are still dealing with significant numbers of cases and resultant financial concerns, the ire has waned, the lawsuits have slowed and priests recently ordained have seemed to be avoiding cause for scandal. It's time to take stock of what has transpired.
   First, the formation of seminarians and priests today is more closely scrutinized. The Vatican has recommended against admitting homosexual candidates. Compliance varies among dioceses, but a Vatican-led study of U.S. seminaries – planned primarily for reasons other than the scandal – and other advice has urged the bishops to re-examine their seminaries.
   [COMMENT: Why do RCs read New Testament sections in churches if they don't believe it?  The NT has no record of Jesus founding seminaries.  But it does say (twice) that each congregation leader ought to be a "husband of one wife."  And it says that every man ought to have his own wife, etc. COMMENT ENDS.]

Catholic Diocese of Phoenix settles sex-abuse claim

  [1985 Fr Lehman, Mr Baniewicz] - RCC. Boy.
   Arizona Daily Star, Associated Press, Tucson, Arizona | Dec.27.2006
   PHOENIX (AZ) -- The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has agreed to pay $100,000 to a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a teenager by two priests and a lay minister at a Mesa church.
   According to the joint stipulation filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, William Cesolini agreed to dismiss his civil lawsuit against the priests and St. Timothy's Parish.
   The suit filed in January 2005 alleged that Cesolini, now 35, had been sexually assaulted in 1985 by a priest, Mark Lehman, and a former teen minister, Phil Baniewicz. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on December 27, 2006 9:47 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Thu December 28, 2006 edition:


Wilmington man sues Catholic Diocese, church alleging sexual abuse 50 years ago

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   The News Journal By MIKE CHALMERS, Posted 11:17 am, Thursday, December 28, 2006
   WILMINGTON (DE)] -- A Wilmington man, who said 50-year-old memories of sexual abuse by a parish priest came flooding back to him in 2005, today sued the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and St. Ann's Church of Wilmington.
   Douglas McClure, now 60, said the Rev. Edward B. Carley abused him 200 to 300 times between the time he was eight- and 10-years-old.
   The Diocese has admitted Carley sexually abused children in the 1950s and 60s and apologized for his "despicable actions".
   Carley died in 1998 at a priest retirement community in Connecticut. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM]

Vietnam Vet Sues Church After Allegedly Being Abused By Priest


   NBC 10
   WILMINGTON, Del. -- A former Marine and Vietnam veteran is suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a church in the city, claiming they did nothing to stop a priest from sexually abusing him and other boys in the 1950s and 60s.
   Plaintiff Douglas McClure was a classmate of John Dougherty, who the diocese has already acknowledged was repeatedly abused by the Rev. Edward Carley. Dougherty was an altar boy and Carley was an assistant pastor at Saint Ann's Catholic Church.
   The diocese paid $65,000 to Dougherty to reimburse him for counseling. McClure claims he was molested by Carley two to three times a week over a period of two years, when McClure was between 8 and 10 years old. Carley died in 1998 at age 82.
   A spokesman for the diocese said Thursday he had not seen a copy of the lawsuit and had no comment.

85% of U.S. dioceses report embezzlements


   National Catholic Reporter, By JOE FEUERHERD
   UNITED STATES -- Sacred Heart parishioners and residents of Bath, Pa., were shocked last month when Elizabeth Fields, mayor of the tiny borough, was charged with stealing about $10,000 from the church's Sunday collections. Fields was secretly videotaped in the parish rectory as she allegedly altered the collection tally sheets so the funds she pocketed would not be seen as a shortfall.
   The community's stunned reaction is typical, say experts, but theft at the parish and diocesan level is hardly surprising. In fact, it's the norm.
   A whopping 85 percent of U.S. dioceses have detected embezzlement over the past five years, according to Villanova University researchers. "No question about it, it's a large number," said Charles Zech, director of the school's Center for the Study of Church Management and coauthor of the 15-page paper, "Internal Financial Controls in the U.S. Catholic Church," that details the findings. Supported by a grant from the Louisville Institute, Zech and Villanova accounting professor Robert West surveyed 174 diocesan chief financial officers. Seventy-eight responded.

B'KLYN HOUSE 'THEFT'

[Farkas] - Judaist. Forged power of attorney, home sale.
   New York Post, By ALEX GINSBERG, December 28, 2006
   NEW YORK -- A devious cabal that included a pedophile rabbi stole a half-million-dollar home from a cancer-stricken woman, using a forged power of attorney to sell it and pocket the profits, Brooklyn prosecutors charged yesterday.
   According to investigators, Margaret Franklin's Crown Heights home was stolen in August 2004 after Nathen Farkas, 31, forged a power of attorney, signing Franklin's name, that effectively handed control of her assets to co-defendant Russell Pitt.
   The power of attorney was notarized by a third defendant, Jerry Brauner, 53, a rabbi who had been on probation since 2002 for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy. ...
   Brauner was held in lieu of $85,000 bail for lying about prior sex-abuse convictions when he applied for his notary's license.

Court: Lawmakers overstepped in making priest abuse cases retroactive

- Society in general.
   Central Valley Business Times, December 27, 2006
   LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The California Legislature went too far in trying to make cases of sexual abuse by priests retroactive, the 2nd District Court of Appeal says.
   In affirming Superior Court cases which tossed out two lawsuits because they were not filed in time, the appellate court says the Legislature overstepped its authority when in 1998 it expanded the limitations period for actions against entities that employed or supervised abusers until three years from the date the victim discovers psychological injury occurring after age 18 was due to childhood sex abuse.
   The two cases involved lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton (as a corporate entity) that had been dismissed as being filed too late. After the Legislature reached back in time with its 1998 law, the plaintiffs sued again, but this time the appeals court says the lawmakers meddled in the business of the courts.

FRONTLINE EXAMINES ONE FAMILY'S CONFRONTATION WITH CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY CATHOLIC CLERGY

[50 years RCC] - RCC. 10,000 children. Film discussion.
   Religion News Service, December 27, 2006
   (BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- In recent decades, more than 10,000 children were reportedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in the United States. In Hand of God, airing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), filmmaker Joe Cultrera explores the very personal story of how his brother -- Paul -- was molested in the 1960s by their parish priest, Father Joseph Birmingham, who allegedly abused nearly 100 other children. Hand of God tells the story of faith betrayed and how the Cultrera family fought back against a scandal that continues to afflict scores of churches across the country.
   From an early age, Paul Cultrera and his siblings were immersed in the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church, being raised in an Italian-Catholic family and attending all-Catholic school.
   At 14, Paul became an altar boy at St. James Parish and came under the guidance of Father Birmingham, a young and friendly priest, who often took the boys on trips and invited them to the rectory for pizza parties. It was during a routine rite of confession that Paul's relationship with Father Birmingham changed.

Decision on sex offender treatment delayed

[Desilets] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Milford Daily News, By Danielle Williamson / Wednesday, December 27, 2006
   WORCESTER (MA) -- An ailing, retired Bellingham priest convicted last year of sexual abuse remains in Canada while awaiting a court date to see if he can skip sex offender treatment.
   The Rev. Paul Desilets, 82, formerly of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, was scheduled to appear in front of a judge last Friday in Worcester Superior Court. His defense team, however, moved to postpone the hearing and a new date has not been set, one of Desilets' lawyers said yesterday.
   A judge was expected last week to decide on Desilets' lawyers motion to spend the rest of his life at a retirement home in Quebec.

Planning a day of fasting and penance

- RCC preacher asks Pope to order fast, penance.
   Catholic Online, National Catholic Reporter ( www.ncronline.org ), Dec/27/2006
   Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher, it was reported recently, asked the pope to declare a day of fasting and penance to atone for the "abominations" committed inside the church "by its own ministers and pastors."
   The moment passed with relatively little fanfare, and that is unfortunate, because it is certainly noteworthy that a figure so close to the pope – Father Raniero Cantalamessa – would acknowledge that the crisis is severe. The church "paid a high price," as a result of the scandal, he said.
   Father Cantalamessa also suggested that "a day of fasting and penance" take place "at local and national levels, where the problem was particularly strong, to publicly express repentance before God and solidarity with the victims." We have some suggestions that we'll dare to pass on about how such days of repentance might occur.

More on the Father Stepek case

[1980s Stepek*] - RCC. Sex 2 boys, punch 1 boy.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, December 27, 2006
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The following is the text of a countersuit recently filed against the Chicago archdiocese in response to Father Robert Stepek's defamation lawsuit against his accusers. (There is also this story on the case.)
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Fri December 29, 2006 edition:


3 ex-altar boys sue BR Catholic diocese

  [Springer] - RCC. 16 altar boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Advocate, By ADRIAN ANGELETTE, Dec 28, 2006
   BATON ROUGE (LA) -- Three more former altar boys have sued a one-time Baton Rouge area priest and the diocese, claiming they were sexually assaulted by him in the late 1970s.
   The latest lawsuit, filed Wednesday in state district court in Baton Rouge, brings to 16 the number of former altar boys who claim Christopher Springer sexually assaulted them.
   The lawsuit comes roughly a month after the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge settled a suit with one former altar boy. Terms of the settlement were confidential, though a diocesan attorney said the case was settled for less than $100,000.

Cardinal opens doors to probers, students who griped v. priest

  - RCC. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star, for December 30, 2006
   CEBU CITY, Philippines -- "Whatever they like to do, I do not care," was Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal's reaction to the National Bureau of Investigation's (NBI) inquiry on the alleged harassment of high school students by a priest.
   "I hope to respect the rights of others if they want also to respect my own rights...I have my own rights as an individual," Cardinal Vidal continued.
   The prelate was referring to his right not to name the priest. He clarified, though, that he is willing to cooperate with the NBI if ever he gets a subpoena.
   But he did not categorically say that he will go to the NBI.

Nalzaro: Double standard in priest's case?

 
   Sun.Star, By Bobby Nalzaro, Saksi, for December 30, 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has identified the priest accused of making sexual advances on female students during a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS). But like some media outlets, the NBI has refused to publicly name him.
   Is there double standard in the treatment of priests involved in controversies? Why the refusal to name the priest in the LSS? Had he been an ordinary person, I am sure the media would have treated him differently.
   I have identified the priest in my dySS Super Radyo program days before and in my Superbalita column yesterday. Why? Because my sources are credible and I did some research.

Joline Gutierrez Krueger: From dream to nightmare, this marriage lives on

  [1970s-80s Lovell] - RCC. Boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Albuquerque Tribune, By Joline Gutierrez Krueger, Friday, December 8, 2006
   RIO RANCHO (NM) -- If you've never believed that God works in mysterious ways, you haven't met Tahne Lovell.
   And after you meet her, your emotions work in mysterious ways, fluttering fast as eye blinks from awe to revulsion, curiosity, pity, pride, incomprehension and admiration.
   She had been a happily married Rio Rancho woman, finding love the second time around after a harsh divorce and too many lonely days raising three sons on her own. Larry Lovell, she says, was a godsend.
   They had so much in common, meeting in 1993 at the title company where she worked when he was closing the deal on his new Rio Rancho home and they realized they lived on the same street.
   Like their middle names - Jo and Joseph.
   Like how she left her first marriage in 1991 and how that same year he left the priesthood. Or so he told her.
   "He always said our marriage was made in heaven," she says in the gentle, timid voice of a woman who has seen the backside of life too many times.
   They married in 1995.
   "He had me on a pedestal," the 45-year-old woman says. "He treated me well. I kept thinking, 'Is this real?' "
   But of course it wasn't. The heaven she thought she had found in Lovell became a hellish nightmare when the past he had never told her about caught up with him in 2003 with a knock on the door and a warrant for his arrest on charges that he had sexually molested four San Gabriel Mission altar boys in California in the early 1980s.
   More charges followed, several involving a boy at Sacred Heart parish in Prescott, Ariz., in the 1970s. Several more involving a boy at St. Anthony's Church in Phoenix in the 1980s. All while Lovell was a Roman Catholic priest.

Cardinal Vidal pleads with clergy to change erring ways

- RCC. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Balita, Cebu News, 10:43 AM GMT, Friday, December 29 2006
   PHILIPPINES -- Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, facing a series of cases of priests accused of child abuse and of enriching themselves, on Thursday appealed to members of the clergy under him to change their ways.
   The 75-year-old prelate, who has been under pressure to act on cases of misconduct, spoke at the end of the annual Christmas reunion of diocesan and religious priests in Cebu.
   "Please, my brother priests, what is it that you lack? How much more material things do we need before we say: I have enough? When we stop to face our own poverty, when do we tell ourselves, No more?" Vidal said.
   About 500 priests in the gathering at the San Carlos Minor Seminary in Mabolo, Cebu City listened quietly when the cardinal, who suffers a heart ailment, spoke of the need to remember their roles as trusted stewards and the need to "renew" themselves.

Lawyer hopes N.W.T. will OK residential school deal

[1920-97] - Christian Churches, Provinces. Indigenous children. Canada flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Whitehorse Daily Star, By STEPHANIE WADDELL, ~ December 29, 2006
   CANADA -- A Whitehorse lawyer who has represented numerous residential school survivors hopes judges in the Northwest Territories will follow the rest of the country in deciding to approve the settlement for survivors of the system.
   "This is big step towards the end of the process," Laura Cabott said in a recent interview. She spoke following Yukon Supreme Court Judge Ron Veale's 25-page decision approving the package.
   The deal was reached between first nations, federal government and church leaders. It would see survivors receive $10,000 for the first year they were in the system at an approved school and $3,000 for every subsequent year.
   While the federal government paid for the school system across the country, churches ran the school system from 1920 until the last school closed in 1997.
   In addition to the common experience payment, $125 million would also go to healing programs. Another $60 million would be poured into researching and documenting the survivors' experiences and $20 million would be devoted to commemorative projects.

Archbishop ordered to give answers

- RCC. Avoiding witness stand.
   South Florida Sun-Sentinel, By Sofia Santana, Posted December 29 2006
   MIAMI (FL) -- An attorney suing the Archdiocese of Miami on behalf of a Broward County man who said he was drugged and sexually abused as a child by a local priest can legally force Archbishop John C. Favalora to answer questions, an appellate judge ordered this week.
   The archdiocese in November filed a petition in an attempt to keep Miami attorney Jeffrey Herman from interviewing Favalora. The deposition request came as part of the suit involving allegations against the Rev. Neil Doherty, 63.
   Doherty is a retired priest who last worked at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Margate and was arrested in January on two counts of sexual battery, indecent assault and molestation.
   A 4th District Court of Appeal judge denied the petition Tuesday, court records show.

Diocese faces another lawsuit


   The News Journal, By MIKE CHALMERS, Friday, December 29, 2006
   WILMINGTON (DE) -- Douglas J. McClure says memories of abuse were triggered by news stories.
   Douglas J. McClure said he bottled up painful memories of sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic priest for 50 years, until it all came flooding back to him in 2005.
   Now, the Wilmington resident wants the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wilmington to pay for the trauma he suffered at the hands of the late Rev. Edward B. Carley in the 1950s. He sued them Thursday, seeking financial compensation for the 200 to 300 instances of abuse he said happened when he was 8 to 10 years old.
   McClure claims in his lawsuit, filed in Delaware Superior Court, that a January 2005 story in The News Journal about Carley's alleged abuse of a St. Ann's classmate triggered memories of his own abuse.
   The diocese admitted Carley abused boys and apologized for his "despicable actions" when it announced the $65,000 settlement with McClure's classmate. Carley was one of 20 priests the diocese named in November as having substantial or admitted abuse allegations against them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM
  
  

Monsignor seeks to heal wounds


   SPRINGFIELD (MA) The Republican
   Friday, December 29, 2006 By MARY ELLEN LOWNEY mlowney@repub.com SPRINGFIELD - Newly appointed Monsignor George A. Farland issued a personal apology to victims of clergy abuse in a Christmas Day sermon that included an appeal to gays and lesbians.
   Farland, who is pastor at Sacred Heart Church on Chestnut Street, won a standing ovation at one Mass for his words, which he said are aimed at healing wounds and welcoming those who may feel disenfran- chised within the Roman Catholic Church.
   "If we're going to be a strong church and a healthy church again, I think we have to say, 'I'm sorry,' and, 'You are welcome here.' That's what I'm trying to do," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM
  
  

Diocese sued for alleged abuse by priest


   WILMINGTON (DE) The Daily Times
   WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A former Marine and Vietnam veteran filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a church in the city, accusing them of doing nothing to stop a priest from sexually abusing him and other boys in the 1950s and 60s.
   The diocese has acknowledged that the Rev. Edward B. Carley, who died in 1998 at age 82, abused a young male parishioner during his time as the assistant pastor at St. Ann's Catholic Church, from 1954 to 1962. The diocese paid $65,000 to that parishioner, John F. Dougherty Jr., to reimburse him for counseling he said he needed as a result of the abuse. Dougherty said Carley raped him when he was 10 years old and was serving as an altar boy at St. Ann's, and that Carley abused him repeatedly for several years afterward.
   Douglas J. McClure, the plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Thursday, was a classmate of Dougherty's. Carley molested McClure two to three times a week over a period of two years, when McClure was between 8 and 10 years old, said his attorney, Thomas Neuberger.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM
  
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Sat December 30, 2006 edition:


Former pastor's probation may be revoked

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   The Telegraph, By MAGGIE BORMAN, Dec/30/2006
   CARROLLTON (IL) - A petition was filed this week in Greene County Circuit Court to revoke the probation of former Greene County pastor Jeffery D. Heberlein.
   According to court documents filed Tuesday, Heberlein violated the terms of his probation by refusing to continue a polygraph test given on Dec. 5 at the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Science Laboratory in Springfield.
   In a plea agreement, Heberlein, 43, was sentenced to four years of probation in November in exchange for his guilty plea to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a female minor. As part of the plea bargain, the state agreed not to ask for more than four years in prison.
   Scott County Judge Lois Bell, who presided over the case, gave the defendant four years of supervised probation. The judge also ordered Heberlein to submit to regular polygraph exams at his own expense to monitor his adherence to conditions of probation and treatment, to verify his sexual history and to verify his version of the events in the sexual abuse of the minor. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on December 30, 2006 1:51 PM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker/ , Sun December 31, 2006 edition:


2006 was filled with these days to remember in Morris

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   Daily Record, Sunday, December 31, 2006
   NEW JERSEY -- In a year featuring a record number of drug deaths in Morris County, debates over illegal immigration and property tax relief, and the continuing war in Iraq that took the lives of brave young local people, here are some significant dates: ...
   Jan. 29
   James T. Hanley, former Mendham priest and admitted child molester, angrily confronts some of his victims on a Paterson street. The victims had been warning neighbors about Hanley. They had asked Paterson Roman Catholic Diocese officials to take some responsibility for the former priest, to make sure he continues to go to therapy and is not a threat to children. One local church official responded by saying the diocese does have a moral obligation to do something.
   Days later, a diocese spokeswoman said the first official spoke a little too soon. She said the diocese has no legal responsibility for Hanley, ending talk of moral obligations.

Archdiocese needs cash

 
   Cincinnati Enquirer, BY DAN HORN | dhorn@enquirer.com , December 31, 2006
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- Money is so tight at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that the central office is now taking a bigger share of donations from its parishes' Sunday collection plates.
   Church officials also are considering cutting staff - through attrition and, possibly, layoffs - and are pushing parishes to repay tens of millions of dollars in outstanding loans from the archdiocese.
   Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk said he knows the measures are painful, especially for struggling parishes with their own money problems.
   He said he has no choice: Without more revenue, the 19-county archdiocese could be out of money within three years.
   "If we do nothing, we're in trouble," Pilarczyk said. "The financial policies of the archdiocese will have to be a lot tighter than they have been. The time comes when you run out of money."
   The archdiocese's financial woes have been building for years because of an economic slowdown, rising insurance premiums, declining donations and the costs associated with the clergy-abuse scandal.

Darien parish still healing after financial scandal

  [Fay, Fantini a.k.a. Martell] - RCC. $US 1.4m misspent.
   The Advocate, By Donna Porstner, December 31 2006
   DARIEN (CT) -- The pastor of one of the richest churches in Fairfield County made headlines in May when he was brought down by accusations he stole from the church coffers to wine and dine his wedding planner boyfriend.
   The scandal, which unraveled when the parish fell behind on bills, forced the Rev. Michael Jude Fay to resign as pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien.
   Another priest in the parish and the church bookkeeper blew the whistle on Fay's wild spending habits. A private eye hired by the Rev. Michael Madden and bookkeeper Bethany D'Erario said he documented that Fay racked up more than $200,000 on his parish credit card for airline tickets, limousine rides, designer clothing, alcohol and dinners at elite restaurants. Many of the purchases were made in Florida, where Fay owns a luxury condominium with Cliff Fantini, and in Philadelphia, where Fantini runs a wedding planning business under the name Cliff Martell.

Vatican Reinstates Priest Accused Of Abuse

  - Kiffmeyer returns to duty.
   CBS 5 AP, ~ December 31, 2006
   CINCINNATI (OH), (AP) -- The Vatican has reinstated a priest suspended in 2002 over allegations of sexual misconduct and will allow him to return to active ministry after undergoing counseling, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said.
   The decision to reinstate the Rev. James Kiffmeyer was announced Friday, but church officials had not determined where he will serve.
   Kiffmeyer, who previously taught high school in Cincinnati and Middletown, was accused of abusing two students in 1990 and around 1986, but the students did not report the allegations until 1997 and 2002.

Durbin wanted to make a difference in county

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, 2 Eplings, Johnston] - Independent Baptist. Girls.
   Neosho Daily News, By John Ford / Associate Editor, Sunday, December 31, 2006
   MISSOURI -- Rural Anderson native Janice Durbin knew she always wanted to help people.
   Early in life, she achieved one aspect of that goal by becoming a registered nurse, working 14 years in several hospitals in Missouri, Texas and Florida in that capacity.
   "I decided I liked school, so I got a couple of graduate degrees in history before I went to law school." ...
   Another major case facing the new prosecutor soon is the church sex abuse case.
   Raymond Lambert, 51, pastor of Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church; his wife, Patty, 49; her brother, Paul Epling, 53; and her sister-in-law, Laura Epling, age not available, face a variety of child sexual abuse charges.
   Raymond Lambert's uncle, George Otis Johnston, pastors a spin-off church in Granby, the Grandview Valley Baptist Church. He has been charged with child molestation in McDonald County, and 17 child sexual abuse charges in neighboring Newton County.
   The first of the proceedings, an arraignment for Laura Epling, who faces a charge of second degree sodomy, is set for Jan. 9. Pre-trial conferences for the Lamberts and Johnston are set for Jan. 16, while a preliminary hearing for Paul Epling - who faces an unclassified felony rape charge - has been set for Jan. 29.
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

   * -- NEW*, and in later entries summarising the facts just an asterisk (*), mark clergy who were not known to the public, and probably/possibly not included in previous overall statistics and enumerations of the numbers of seducing etc. clergy.
   will be used to signify before or during that year, or, before or on that date.
   ~ is being used to signify approximately.
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