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Court grants appeal to allow trial of priest

  [ 2001 (Franciscan)] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Teenage girl. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, www.onein four.org/ news/news 2007/ grants , The Irish Times, ~ April 01, 2007
   IRELAND -- The Supreme Court has granted an appeal by the DPP to clear the way for the trial of a Franciscan priest on charges of indecently assaulting a teenage girl who sang in the church choir.
   The Supreme Court yesterday, by a three to two majority, granted the DPP's appeal against a High Court decision of February 2003 restraining the trial on grounds of blameworthy delay by the prosecution in making important documents available to the defence.
   The majority court found there was no prosecutorial delay and also held that allegedly important documents produced in 2001 after the first and aborted trial of the priest could be inferred to have been in the possession of the defence just before that first trial. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 1, 2007 7:44 AM] (This is the first of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , for Sun April 01, 2007. )
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Conflict escalates between diocese, dissident pastor

  [1990s-2007 Armstrong*] - Episcopalian. Seceded from Church. Money. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Rocky Mountain News, By Jean Torkelson, March 29, 2007
   COLORADO -- An investigation by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado into accusations of "financial wrongdoing" by the Rev. Don Armstrong of Grace and St. Stephen's parish alleges the theft and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money over about 10 years, the bishop said.
   The allegations are listed in a March 27 letter to parishioners of the 2,000-member Colorado Springs church from Bishop Rob O'Neill.
   Armstrong could not be reached for comment. On Monday, he explained to the Rocky Mountain News in broad terms the allegations and denied wrongdoing.
   The bishop's letter was sent a day after Armstrong and nine of the parish's 11-member governing board voted to secede from the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and from the national church as well. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 1, 2007 7:21 AM]

!!!: Court clears way for Christian Brother to challenge abuse laws

  [1960s-70s (A Christian Brother)] - RCC. Penalty difference discriminatory, he says! Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ April 01, 2007
   IRELAND -- The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a Christian Brother to bring a challenge to the constitutionality of laws which provide for maximum sentences for indecent assaults of males which is five times higher than maximum sentences for such offences against females.
   The 1861 law provides for a 10-year maximum sentence for indecent assault of males and a two-year maximum sentence for a first offence of an indecent assault of a female.
   The Brother, who is facing trial on 31 charges of sexually abusing several boys in a residential school in Co Galway on dates in the 1960s and 1970s, claims the laws are a manifest discrimination on grounds of gender and are therefore unconstitutional and in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.

Will lawyers apologize?

  [1800s-1970s - 4 Churches, Provinces] - Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Toronto Sun, By MARIANNE MEED WARD, April 01, 2007
   CANADA -- The federal government has a lot of apologizing to do. But why stop at residential schools?
   I don't mean to make light of the trauma inflicted upon natives at these schools. In previous columns, I've supported their quest not only for an apology for the abuse they endured, but also financial compensation for the promising lives that were derailed into addiction and poverty. The residential schools, for all their lofty ambition to give natives a "good Christian education" (and that itself was problematic), contributed to the decimation of native culture, native pride and in far too many cases individual native lives.
   The government contracted with churches to run the schools. The Roman Catholic and United Churches ran most of them, with a few Anglican and Presbyterian-run schools scattered around. Their goal wasn't simply to educate natives. It was to convert them from their native spirituality to Christianity. But this was a harsh Christianity influenced by the harsh realities of life in Canada from the late 1800s, when the schools first opened, to the 1970s when the last one was closed.

Abuse victim will not lose her home, says Taoiseach

  [2006-07 Republic of Ireland] - Impost on victims. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ April 01, 2007
   IRELAND -- Taoiseach Bertie Ahern again insisted that abuse victim Louise O'Keeffe will not lose her house as the State pursues her for €500,000 in legal costs.
   Ms O'Keeffe, from Cork, is facing the bill after the High Court decided last year that the State was not responsible for the sexual abuse she suffered as a national school student in the 1970s.
   Mr Ahern said that he could not comment on the details of the case, which had been appealed to the Supreme Court, adding that he had made it clear last March that the Government had asked the State Claims Agency, the statutory body that deals with legal fees, to approach the issue of costs in a measured and sensitive way.
   "The agency informed Ms O'Keeffe's solicitor at the time, and on the record, that while the same arrangements would have to be made in respect of costs, there was no question whatsoever of her losing her house, which was the issue."

Police investigate sex claims against priest

  [1966-67 Mons. Smith*] - RCC. 2 girls. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Howard County Times, By Jennifer Surface, Mar/29/07
   MARYLAND -- Baltimore County police are investigating allegations that an Ellicott City priest sexually abused two girls 40 years ago.
   The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore has removed from ministry Monsignor Richard Smith, 67, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, in Ellicott City, following reports of alleged abuse from two women and Smith's admission to some of the allegations, according to archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine.
   Church officials informed Smith's Ellicott City parishioners of the allegations at a community meeting after Masses on March 25, Caine said, adding that many people had trouble coping with the news.
   "The archdiocese is providing as much support and pastoral care as possible to the community," Caine said.

State's indifference to victims

  [1900s-2000s Republic of Ireland] Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, by Mary Raftery, ~ April 01, 2007
   There is something particularly unedifying about the spectacle of a Government Minister slithering away from responsibility. When that responsibility involves the duty of the State to ensure the safety of children, it is especially reprehensible, writes Mary Raftery
   IRELAND -- Minister for Education Mary Hanafin attempted last week to defend the legal tactics of the State, which has recently threatened hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse in national schools that if they did not immediately drop their cases against her department, they would be actively pursued for enormous legal costs.
   It was all the lawyers, she said in an interview on RTé news. She claimed to know nothing about the threatening letters, nor did she sanction them. "It was very much a legal letter going to other lawyers. It wasn't in any way intended to upset or to offend . . . It was never sent to the clients themselves," she said.
   What a relief! It will be a great comfort to victims of abuse that all this business about them having to pay huge costs was merely a housekeeping matter between lawyers, "a legal response to a legal question", according to the Minister in charge.

Cover-ups, Destruction of Documents, Concern for Pedophile Pederast Priests Over Children in Just One Clergy Case on San Diego Archdiocese

  [1977 Daly] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, http://cityofangels 3.blogspot.com/ 2007/03/cover- ups-document- destruction- concern.html , ~ April 01, 2007
   Dive in the files and find the felonies
   "Out came Father John Daly totally naked, holding the doors wide open."
   CALIFORNIA -- It had been one short wet ride after another for days. Now they'd been on this onramp for hours. More rain came and the two boys held out their thumbs as occasional cars and trucks drove past. The Arizona-Calexico region got 14 inches of rain after Hurricane Heather in August 1977, but two teenagers hitchhiking to the Haight Ashbury weren't thinking about the weather.
   Finally headlights approach and stop. The boys don't even look inside the car, just jump in. The driver tells them in an Irish brogue that he works at a Catholic Church where hitchhikers can clean up, even have a bed to sleep in.
   Around two AM the two boys burst out church doors. They tumble into the town of Holtville. Mike vomits on the side of the road.
   "Police, open up," the officers stood with weapons drawn listening to loud thumps coming from inside the room at the back of the church. Then...
   Out came Father John Daly totally naked, holding the right and left doors wide open with the light pouring down on him, all 250 pounds of his body billowing in the rain and early morning light for all to see. [ Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 1, 2007 7:28 AM]

Diocese paid family of deacon after firing

  [1972-74 Deacon Bals] - RCC. 6 females.
   Cincinnati Enquirer, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 01, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland paid $27,200 over nearly three years to the wife and children of a former deacon accused of fondling girls after he was forbidden from working for the diocese, court records show, a revelation that angers his accusers.
   Stephen Sozio, an attorney for the diocese, called the $800 monthly payments to Renee Bals, wife of Jerry Bals, "a stipend to a woman with eight children who was, through no fault of her own, in dire financial straits."
   Court records also show that Jerry Bals was still living in the home in suburban Eastlake when the payments were made from June 2000 to April 2003.
   "It's another example of how the church is taking care of the clergy but not taking care of the people," said Mary Brigid, who accused Bals of groping her over several occasions from 1972 through 1974. Six women sued the diocese in 1994, saying Bals abused them.

Former local priests named on possible abuse list

  - RCC.
   North County Times, Staff and Wire Reports, April 01, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Ten priests who once served at North County churches, including four now deceased, are on a list of 38 priests for whom the Catholic Church says exist credible complaints of sexual abuse during their tenures.
   The list posted on the Web site of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego was released as part of a promise to show its members and the public the extent of its financial jeopardy, which prompted it to file for bankruptcy protection in February.
   Two of the priests served at churches in Escondido, and two served in Oceanside.
   The cities of Vista, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Ramona, Fallbrook, Poway and Temecula each have the name of one priest on the list. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 1, 2007 7:04 AM]

The Dark Legacy of the Indian Boarding Schools

  [> 100 yrs - Churches and Provinces] - Indigenous children.
   The Huffington Post, by Tim Giago, ~ April 01, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- It is not in the least bit uncommon for the thousands of Native Americans pushed through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Church operated boarding schools for more than 100 years, to have suppressed memories.
   I wrote a book of poetry that was published in 1977, called The Aboriginal Sin. A mainstream publisher would never have published the book, but the only Native American publishing house in the Nation, The Indian Historian Press, Inc., instead published it.
   The book is now many years out of print.
   A Cahuilla Indian man from California, Rupert Costo, a man who had been a product of an Indian mission boarding school, read the packet of poems I had written in the 1950s, poems I wrote whenever I had this deep feeling of depression related to my 10 years at a Catholic Indian mission boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM]
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Pastor Facing Sex Abuse Charges

  [~ 2000s Holland -NEW*] - Christian. 3 girls. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   WSBTV, www.wsbtv. com/news/ 11496314/ detail.html , ~ April 02, 2007
   DOTHAN, Ala. -- A Dothan pastor faces more criminal charges after police said a third victim alleged she was sexually abused.
   53-year-old Earl Houston Holland is now charged with nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Holland is being held at the Houston County Jail under a $250,000 bond on each count. He was arrested March 27th and was charged with four counts of sexual abuse.
   Police believe most of the incidents happened during a church-related event at Holland's home and one at the Dothan Conference Center. A District Judge set his bond at a hearing Thursday and made his first court appearance Friday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 2, 2007 11:01 PM]

Police investigating Tillamook priest

  [? 2000s Hoang -NEW*] - RCC. Child.
   The Oregonian, Posted 18:20PM, April 02, 2007
   TILLAMOOK (OR) -- A Catholic priest in Tillamook has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate accusations that he molested a child in Portland.
   The Rev. Joseph V. Hoang, 39, was put on leave March 19 after the Portland Archdiocese received a report of sexual abuse against him, according to church spokesman Bud Bunce.
   Church officials later learned that a criminal investigation by Portland police already was underway, Bunce said.
   Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a Portland police spokesman, confirmed that a detective was investigating child sex-abuse accusations against Hoang, but would not release details, including the victim's age, the severity of the alleged abuse or when it might have occurred.
   Priests and other Catholic officials are automatically placed on administrative leave when potentially credible sex abuse allegations surface, Bunce said. Church officials have not looked into the charges against Hoang and will wait for the police investigation to finish before deciding what to do next, he added.

2nd sex-assault trial begins for former Catholic pastor

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   9News, posted by Jeffrey Wolf , Web Producer, Last updated 7:17:56 PM, Apr/2/2007
   GOLDEN (CO), (AP) - A jury was selected Monday for the second sexual assault trial of a former Roman Catholic pastor convicted last week on separate charges of sexually assaulting a young parishioner in Fort Collins.
   Timothy Joseph Evans, 44, is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust for allegedly fondling a 16-year-old boy between 1995 and 1997 while assigned to the Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada.
   Opening statements were set for Tuesday.
   Evans was convicted last week in Larimer County District Court of two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and one count of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced May 30.

Settlement reached in sex abuse case against Jesuit priest

  [1960s-70s to 2006 Jacobson (Jesuit)] - RCC. Father of 4 (no support), + sex with 7 women + pros. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KTVA, Associated Press, Article Last Updated 03:42:25 PM AKDT, Apr/02/2007
   ALASKA -- A church official says two civil suits were settled against a former Jesuit priest who fathered at least two children and had sex with several women while serving in Alaska.
   Two men and two women from western Alaska will share in a nearly two million dollar agreement, plus therapists fees, in their suit against the Reverend James E. Jacobson. The retired 83-year-old Jesuit priest served in Alaska from the early 1960s to 1976.
   The men sued Jacobson for child support. The women, one of whom is the mother of a male plaintiff, accused him of rape. The Reverend John D. Whitney is head of the Society of Jesus in Oregon.

Angelika: Priest begins evidence and says he has quit death church

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Scotsman, http://news. scotsman. com/scotland. cfm?id=5106 12007 , ~ April 02, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A PRIEST at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial has resigned his position at the church where her body was found, it was revealed to a jury yesterday.
   Father Gerry Nugent, 63, said he had quit the post about two weeks ago, but no further details were disclosed as he began what is expected to be a lengthy period in the witness box.
   The trial has heard that Fr Nugent had claimed to police that he had a sexual relationship with the Polish student.
   Fr Nugent described to the High Court in Edinburgh how he met Ms Kluk, 23, and Peter Tobin, 60, the man who is accused of raping and murdering her.

Catholic League v. Times

  - RCC denies "mental reservation" theory. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   LA Observed, by Kevin Roderick, ~ April 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in New York is upset with the L.A. Times for coverage of the priest abuse cases here. At issue is a story last month that mentioned something called the "doctrine of mental reservation" and that was followed by a correction over the weekend. The league's official email says:
   On March 26, the Los Angeles Times ran an article by John Spano that gave credence to a totally baseless charge by attorney Irwin Zelkin that Catholics are permitted to skirt the truth under oath in order to protect the best interests of the Catholic Church. The piece, "Catholic Doctrine is Cited in Priest Sex Abuse Cases," called into question the veracity of Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, and San Diego Bishop Robert H. Brom.

Polish student loved life, says priest

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Telegraph, By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent, Last Updated 2:24am BST, for Apr/03/2007
   SCOTLAND -- A priest who confessed to sleeping with a Polish student whose body was found in his church told a court yesterday that he admired her vitality and love of life.
   Father Gerard Nugent, 63, also told the jury in the Angelika Kluk murder trial that the man accused of murdering her had quickly won his trust and held a key for the church.
   He was giving evidence at the trial of Peter Tobin, 60, the church handyman, who denies raping and murdering Miss Kluk, 23, and hiding her body under the floor near the confessional in St Patrick's Church, Glasgow.
   Fr Nugent, who said he had resigned from the parish two weeks ago, told the High Court in Edinburgh that he ran an "open door policy" at the church.

Los Angeles Times Slanders Catholics

  - RCC denial. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic League, April 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- On March 26, the Los Angeles Times ran an article by John Spano that gave credence to a totally baseless charge by attorney Irwin Zelkin that Catholics are permitted to skirt the truth under oath in order to protect the best interests of the Catholic Church. The piece, "Catholic Doctrine is Cited in Priest Sex Abuse Cases," called into question the veracity of Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, and San Diego Bishop Robert H. Brom. Zelkin, who is suing the Catholic Church, says that a so-called doctrine of mental reservation allows Catholics to dodge the truth in cases where the reputation of the Church might be sullied.
   Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on this today:
   "The Los Angeles Times was right to run a 'Correction' on this story on March 31, but it was entirely too lame. Instead of saying that Zelkin's accusatory statement regarding Bishop Brom - charging him with invoking mental reservation-was 'based only on the recollections of Irwin Zelkin,' the 'Correction' should have included an apology to Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Brom for leaving the impression that they might counsel lying under oath.

Eulogizing a faithful Catholic -- the mother of a clergy abuse survivor

  - RCC.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, April 2, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The following is the eulogy given by SNAP board member Peter Isely at the funeral of his mother, Magdalene, who recently passed away.
   The Our Father, the prayer my mother, Magdalene, prayed every day of her life begins with the phrase, 'Our Father, who is in heaven.' God, Christ instructs us, is absent from the earth. He is nowhere to be found here. So, the prayer implies, it is truly pointless to look for him.
   When Jesus appeared to Mary and Mary Magdalene at the tomb they mistook him for the gardener. He said to them: 'The one you are seeking for is not here.'
   I asked Magdalene's beloved husband of 30 years, Charles, if he had some instructions for this eulogy. First, he told me not to talk about him, so I won't. Second, he asked me to speak directly about what my mother endured at learning that two of her sons had been sexually assaulted by priests when they were children. I have spoken on ...

Parish Leader Rebuts Accusations

  [1990s-2007 Armstrong*] - Episcopalian. Seceded from Church. Money.
   CBS 4, AP, ~ April 02, 2007
   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (AP) -- The rector of a conservative breakaway Episcopal parish told parishioners he is confident he will be cleared of accusations of financial misconduct.
   All questioned financial transactions have "sound explanations and have been handled appropriately," the Rev. Donald Armstrong said in the letter to parishioners Friday.
   The Colorado Diocese suspended Armstrong in January and barred him from the property of Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish in Colorado Springs, the largest Episcopal parish in the state.
   On Monday, parish leaders voted to leave the denomination and join a Nigerian-linked missionary diocese, leading to Armstrong's return. Parish leaders said they were upset over the liberal direction of the national church, including its position on homosexuality.

Recent cases put spotlight on clergy

  - Religion generally.
   The Coloradoan, By KELLI LACKETT, KelliLackett@coloradoan.com , April 02, 2007
   COLORADO -- Americans have been bombarded in recent years with images of clergy who have fallen from grace.
   Last week the story hit home when a former priest at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish was convicted of child sexual assault and abuse.
   For some, the sex scandals are a culmination of a decades-long trend of parishioners and lay people seeing clergy as subject to human frailties with warts and foibles like the rest of us.
   "I do feel that priests are human beings," said Lois Schmidt, a parishioner and lay leader at Blessed John XXIII University Center, who also was a school principal for 24 years.
   "Justice should be served," she said. "(But) if we can all learn a lesson from this, it is that we all are broken. Everyone has their skeletons in the closet and crosses to bear."

Sexual abuse case a chance to teach

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   The Coloradoan, By KELLI LACKETT, KelliLackett@coloradoan.com , April 02, 2007
   COLORADO -- Shannon Yockey makes it her mission to help parents talk with their children about sexual abuse.
   That's why she and her husband, Rob, talked to their children last week when former Catholic priest Tim Evans was convicted of child sexual abuse.
   Both Kaitelyn, 7, and Stephen, 5, were baptized at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish by Evans.
   "They saw his picture in the paper," Yockey said. "We talk about sexual abuse in our home. We talk about parts of the body."
   The Yockeys have been parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for 11 years. Shannon Yockey, a licensed clinical social worker, leads workshops that teach parents how to talk to their children about sexual abuse. She also is a volunteer for the Larimer Child Advocacy Center.

Continued Calls for Bishop Savas Resignation

  [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
   Orthodox Reform, April 1, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Another call from The National Herald for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese chancellor, Bishop Savas of Troas, "who spoke contemptuously about other members of the Synod", to be reprimanded and removed from his position.
   Savas should have already received an official reprimand from the President of the Eparchial Synod, the Archbishop. It is not only about the problems Savas faces with parishes, but also that he has created serious problems within the Synod.
   The Patriarchate should probably also look into the Savas issue and instruct his boss to do something for the good of the Archdiocese. The synodal hierarchs' recommendation to the Archbishop that Savas be relieved from his chancery duties and assigned to a secondary position with a salary is probably a good suggestion.
   The Archbishop said he has been considering the possibility for several months now, but he has not acted on it yet - just another typical case of indecisiveness until an issue completely deteriorates and becomes more detrimental to the life of the Church.

Protecting Fr. Katinas: A Risky Business

  [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
   Orthodox Reform, April 2, 2007
   NEW YORK -- In the aftermath of the Holy Eparchial Synod in New York on March 14-15 where the Fr. Nick Katinas scandal was debated, another scathing article from The National Herald charges Archbishop Demetrios with endangering the Greek Orthodox Church with his handling of the Fr. Katinas situation:
   ...with his entire approach to the highly sensitive matter concerning alleged pedophilia involving Rev. Nicholas Katinas, the former longtime pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Dallas, Archbishop Demetrios of America's last mask of false piety has fallen. His Eminence has appeared to be completely insensitive toward the victims and their families, even putting the entire Church and our Greek American community at risk, with potentially serious consequences ... the Archbishop's refusal to do what obviously needs to be done - i.e., send Father Katinas to Spiritual Court, as he should have done by now, and proceed to defrock him - leads the Church in America down a dark and dangerous path.

LA Times Slammed For Two Faulty Articles, 'Insulting To All Catholics'

  - RCC denial.
   NewsBusters, ~ April 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is publicly voicing its strong objections to two recent columns in the Los Angeles Times regarding the priest abuse scandal. Both articles contained substantial falsehoods, according to the Archdiocese.
   1. A March 26, 2007, article in the Times claimed that Church officials and employees, when questioned in legal proceedings, could invoke something called " 'mental reservation' - a 700-year-old doctrine by which clerics may avoid telling the truth to protect the Catholic Church." The article quoted Irwin Zalkin, a lawyer for abuse victims, as saying of church officials under oath, "You're never going to know the truth, one way or the other."
   The truth? There is no such doctrine, and the term "mental reservation" is found nowhere in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
   [COMMENT: Neither are some other teachings, such as Limbo (scheduled to be cancelled)!   COMMENT ENDS.]

Retirement watch begins as Egan hits 75

  - RCC.
   The Journal News, By GARY STERN, April 2, 2007
   NEW YORK -- When Pope Paul VI amended Canon Law in 1966 to require that bishops submit retirement papers at the age of 75, Cardinal Francis Spellman was already 77. But New York's long-ruling archbishop died in office the following year, showing early on how fickle the pope can be about accepting those papers.
   Never mind. Whenever a big-name bishop nears the three-quarter century mark, speculation swirls about whether he will be asked by the pope to lean his staff in a corner for special occasions.
   This will be especially today, when Cardinal Edward Egan turns 75.
   From the day Egan came to New York in 2000, becoming the region's 12th Catholic boss, it's been widely believed that he would be the first to leave office alive. He was a Roman at heart, the conventional wisdom held, who would close parishes and schools and balance the budget before being rewarded with a plum spot in the Vatican bureaucracy.
   Then came the national sex-abuse crisis and widespread dissatisfaction with how Egan handled several high-profile cases.

Cleared vicar thanks congregation

  - Wright cleared. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Oxford Mail, By Andrew Ffrench, ~ April 02, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- Father Michael Wright thanked his Oxford congregation for their "fantastic support" during his nine-month ordeal fighting sex abuse allegations.
   And they responded by applauding the vicar who has served them since 1980.
   Father Wright, 69, vicar at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, arrived home at the vicarage on Tuesday after being acquitted of six counts of a serious sexual offence and six charges of indecent assault.
   His congregation held prayers for him during the trial and yesterday they welcomed him back for his first Sunday morning mass since he was cleared.

Sex and Assault Part of Worship in SHELTERED DELIVERANCE

  - Fiction. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   FastPitch, Date Released: Apr/01/2007
   FLORIDA -- What happens when you discover a revered pastor is at the head of one of the largest and most active systems of sexual and physical abuse? For reporter, Crystal Houston - the answer was to find out as much as she could. At the end of the story, however, Crystal may end up losing her life. E. Claudette Freeman's new book SHELTERED DELIVERANCE (Authorhouse Publishing) tells a chilling story of sex, beatings and fraud all under the guise of religion. A master storyteller, Freeman pulls you in with warm reflections of life and a passionate and envious story of romance. Once she has your attention, she smoothly leads you into the demented worship practices of a pastor whose fathered a large part of his flock.

Church opposes more time for victims to sue

  - RCC.
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY WHITNEY WOODWARD, Sun-Times Springfield Bureau, April 2, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (IL) -- A bid to let all childhood sexual abuse victims sue those who harmed them -- even decades after the fact -- has prompted the Catholic Church to take on victim advocates in an effort to kill the measure.
   Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) introduced a bill that would give victims of childhood sexual abuse a two-year period after the bill becomes law in which to sue those responsible, but gutted it after protests from church officials.
   The bill would have opened a window for lawsuits even if the statute of limitations -- or time period in which legal action can be taken -- had expired.
   Four years ago, lawmakers extended the window during which childhood sexual abuse victims can file a suit to five years after "discovering" or recognizing the abuse, or by the age of 28, whichever is later.
   But because of their age at the time of the abuse, childhood victims may not report wrongdoing until it is too late to take legal measures, advocates said.

Priest's alleged victim: 'I'm better every day'

  [Rapp] - RCC. Male.
   The Salt Lake Tribune, By Pamela Manson, Article Last Updated 04:04:58 AM MDT, Apr/02/2007
   MAGNA (UT) -- Former Catholic priest James F. Rapp has been part of Charles Colosimo's existence since he was a boy. Today, although Rapp is no longer near Colosimo, his presence lingers - painfully.
   Colosimo cannot escape memories of the man he says sexually abused him. He sees Rapp's picture when he looks through Colosimo family photos taken at weddings and other major events. He has stacks of legal documents that remind him of his long - and ultimately unsuccessful - lawsuit to hold the Catholic Church liable for his torment.
   But counseling and a book he's writing about a horrific part of his life have brought him peace.
   "I'm in the process of recovering," said Colosimo, who is 45. "I feel like I'm better every day." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 2, 2007 6:52 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon April 02, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Zambia's Monze Catholic Priest found dead mysteriously

  [2006 Hamupunji -NEW*] - RCC. Married woman impregnated. Zambia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   A.N.D., www.andnet work.com/ index?service= direct/0/ Home/story& sp=l270697 , By Mazuba Mwiinga, ~ April 03, 2007
   ZAMBIA -- A Catholic Priest in Monze Diocese of southern Zambia was on Saturday found dead outside Monze Mission Hospital in an incident parishioners speculate to have been self poisoning though Church authorities allude the death to a meningitis attack.
   Fr. Hamupunji, former Parish Priest for Zimba in Kalomo District, died unattended to by anyone before his body was allegedly found close to a day after his death. People close to the church authority in Monze in a telephone interview from Livingstone say that the church is keeping Fr. Hamupunji's mysterious death as normal as possible.
   A former catholic priest student close to Diocesan leadership and wished to be unnamed for fear of being misunderstood, said that Fr. Hamupunji's death is being treated with kid gloves "so that no one gets to know the truth behind his death". He said that the meningitis story making rounds in the church is a cooked up version to hide a 'scandalous version of what might have happened'.
   The source said that Fr. Hamupunji is suspected to have poisoned himself after learning that he had impregnated a married woman and might have received too much pressure from the church leadership and the husband to the woman. He said that the church in Monze is trying by all means to keep the matter from public domain due to recent past adulterous scandals that the church had been handling between Priests and married women. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 3, 2007 7:38 AM]

Pedophile Pastor's Sleazy Porn Game

  [2000s Brock -NEW*] - Baptist. Teenage boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Queerty, ~ April 03, 2007
   NORTH CAROLINA -- It's good to know Ted Haggard isn't the only complete and utter liar in the world. And when we say "good", or course, we mean "bad", especially when considering the details of Baptist Pastor Todd Turner Brock's spectacular fall.
   Heading up North Carolina's Tabernacle Baptist Church for 17-years, Brock's been described as a nice, quiet man, but those days are over. The 42-year old has been arrested for a slew of charges stemming from his stemming of a 17-year old boy. The boy went to Brock after his friend came down with cancer. Sensing the boy's weakness, Brock allegedly initiated a sexual relationship that not only involved oral and anal sex, but bondage and a bit of homemade porn, which Brock allegedly planned to sell.
   After finding out about the illicit and underage interrelations, the unidentified boy's mother went to the police. The police, for their part, enlisted the FBI and set up a sting operation. Using a 17-year old boy as an informant, the boys in blue caught the man of cloth in a web of telephone conversations and emails, thus leading to his arrest.

'Rehabilitated' paedophile jailed over church camp abuse

  [1970s-80s Russell] - Christian. 9 boys. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   ABC, ~ April 03, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A former church youth camp leader has been jailed for at least four years for the sexual abuse of young boys more than 20 years ago.
   The Adelaide Supreme Court judge said she had no option but to jail Trevor John Russell, despite acknowledging that he had already been "fully rehabilitated".
   Russell admitted sexually abusing nine boys in the 1970s and 80s, some of whom he had been trusted to take care of at church youth camps.
   Justice Margaret Nyland said the 57-year-old had served a prison sentence for other child sex offences in the late 1980s and had left jail "genuinely" rehabilitated.

Priest on leave after accusation he molested child

  [? 2000s Hoang*] - RCC. Child. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Seattle Times, The Associated Press, ~ April 03, 2007
   TILLAMOOK (OR) - A Roman Catholic priest in Tillamook is under investigation by police following accusations that he molested a child in Portland, church officials said.
   The Rev. Joseph V. Hoang, 39, was put on administrative leave March 19 after the Portland Archdiocese received a report of sexual abuse, church spokesman Bud Bunce told The Oregonian newspaper.
   Church officials later learned that a criminal investigation by Portland police already was under way, Bunce said.
   Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a Portland police spokesman, confirmed an investigation but would not release details surrounding the case - including the alleged victim's age, the severity of the alleged abuse or when it might have occurred.

Judge: Pastor accused of sex abuse can keep working at church

  [~ 2006-07 Robinson*] - "Gate City Church". Girl.
   Times-News, April 3, 2007
   POCATELLO, Idaho - A youth pastor charged with sexually abusing a minor may continue to work at the church where the crime allegedly occurred, a judge says.
   Joshua J. Robinson, 29, was charged in February with two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexually abusing a minor, for allegedly abusing a teenager starting when she was 15 years old.
   Because of the charges, a no-contact order was issued directing Robinson to stay away from the girl. But last month, 6th District Judge Peter McDermott modified the order, allowing Robinson to return to his job as a youth pastor at Gate City Christian Church in Chubbuck. Robinson is still prohibited from contacting people younger than 18.
   On Monday, Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Cleve Colson asked the judge to reconsider the change. One of the charges against Robinson allegedly took place at the church, Colson said, and the prosecutor's office is worried that the youth pastor still has access to minors at the church. Robinson also is allegedly still participating in a church Web site that is frequented by the congregation's youth, Colson said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 3, 2007 10:14 PM]

Priest confesses on sex and sin

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Scotsman, By STEPHEN MCGINTY AND JOHN ROBERTSON, ~ April 3, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- Catholic priest confesses to affair and to alcoholism
   Father Gerard Nugent returned to alcohol after decade of sobriety
   Angelika Kluk murder trial continues, with Peter Tobin accused
   Key quote: "I took full responsibility. I knew it was wrong. I knew I was doing wrong and I felt guilty. I felt terrible and I knew it had to stop, so that part of the relationship stopped." - Father Gerard Nugent

Trustee: Porn Viewing, Charismatic Prayer Treated Equally in Baptist Missionary Screening

  - Baptist mission volunteers. Pornography used by 50%. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Christian Post, By Lillian Kwon, Christian Post Reporter, 08:38 AM ET, Tue, Apr. 03 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Half of males who apply to serve as a missionary for the Southern Baptist Convention's international mission agency are turned down, according to a Baptist pastor. The primary reason is the use of internet porn.
   Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., received an e-mail from a pastor who recently attended a regional summit of the International Mission Board. The pastor, who preferred to remain unidentified, drew highlights from the summit, including the current statistic of female missionaries outnumbering male ones two to one, according to Burleson's blogpost on Monday.
   The summit drew attention to the pervasive problem of internet porn among men. As much as 50 percent of lay men and clergy said they viewed porn within the past year, as of May 2006, according to the International Bible Society.

Workshops planned for abuse survivors

  - Religions. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   SQLFusion, by Terri Saunders, Local News, Tuesday, April 03, 2007
   CANADA -- The community at large must learn to care for victims of sexual abuse, officials with the Cornwall Public Inquiry say, and a series of workshops is being planned to achieve that goal.
   As part of a number of research projects approved by the commission, the workshops will focus on educating professionals and members of the public on how to deal with adult survivors of abuse and assist them on the path to healing.
   It is often years after the abuse occurs when victims finally come forward to talk about their experiences, officials say, and people need education as to how to receive this information.
   "For people who may receive disclosure of historical sexual abuse, receiving disclosure requires training and emotional support," said Comm. Normand Glaude. "Unless someone is working in a very specific type of job where training already occurs, disclosure may take people unaware.

Sipe Calls for More Action in San Diego

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes (website), www.clerical sexualabuse. com/2007/04/ sipe_calls_ for_.html , April 03, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Last week the San Diego diocese released [the names of] 38 priests accused of molestation or abuse.
   "Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes" author and victims' rights advocate Richard Sipe said that this action does not do enough.
   He told San Diego's NBC affiliate that the list is incomplete and omits the names of several priests who have strong evidence of abuse against them.
   Sipe has challenged the diocese to release thousands of pages of documents that, he argues, will reveal a history of lies and cover-ups.

Illinois Bill to Open Window for Abuse Cases Opposed by Church

  - Religions.
   Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes, ~ April 03, 2007
   ILLINOIS -- The Catholic Church is taking on victims' rights advocates in Illinois.
   A bill in the state legislature would allow victims of clerical sexual abuse to file suit against their abuser even decades after the abuse allegedly occurred.
   Under the proposed legislation, victims would have a two-year window in which to bring cases forward.
   Advocates say that since many victims are quite young when abuse occurs, they may not be able to press charges or express their pain until years after the event-- often long after the statute of limitations has expired.

Judge dismisses some claims against nun

  [1960s Sister Benen Kent (Sisters of St Francis)] - RCC. Girls.
   The Post-Bulletin, www.post bulletin. com/newsmanager/ templates/ localnews_ story.asp?a= 289517&z=2 , By Janice Gregorson, 8:26:15 AM, for Apr/4/2007
   MINNESOTA -- A district judge has dismissed all claims brought by one woman alleging sexual abuse as a child by a now-deceased nun with the Sisters of St. Francis and also dismissed some of the claims filed by a second woman.
   Olmsted District Judge Joseph Chase issued his findings Friday in the cases of Karen Britten of Chicago and Patricia Schwartz of Eden Prairie, Minn.
   The two women filed civil lawsuits last year claiming they'd been repeatedly molested by Sister Benen Kent in the mid-1960s while they were students in Chicago. At the time, they allege, Kent was their piano and music teacher at St. Juliana's parish school in Chicago. Kent, a member of the Franciscan Sisters, died in 2003 at age 85.
   In 2005, Christine Bertrand of Sierre Madre, Calif., filed a similar civil suit against the order.  Bertrand and Britten are sisters.
   Friday's ruling does not affect the Bertrand case.

Opening statements expected in trial for former priest

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   9News, ~ April 03, 2007
   GOLDEN (CO), (AP) - Opening arguments are set for Tuesday in the trial of a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenager.
   It is the second trial for 44-year-old Timothy Joseph Evans in two separate cases.
   He was convicted last month in Fort Collins of sexually assaulting a young parishioner. He is scheduled to be sentenced in that case in May.
   In the Jefferson County case, Evans is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He is accused of fondling a 16-year-old boy between 1995 and 1997 while assigned to a parish in Arvada.

Why People Leave the Church

  - Orthodox. Money, threats.
   Commonweal, John Garvey, ~ April 03, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- We have grown used to people who have problems with "organized religion" and "the institutional church," who say that they are spiritual but not religious, and who pick and choose from things as light as aromatherapy and the less demanding forms of meditation to cobble together a personal devotional observance. This sort of thing can seem fluffy and irritating. But some people who have moved away from churches and synagogues are more serious in their search, and their disenchantments are real and grounded. We should pay attention to them.
   The scandals in the Catholic Church had to do with more than the sexual abuse of children and young men (and, less frequently, young women). They had to do primarily with bishops who seemed more concerned about the way this might reflect on the institution (if the truth were known) than about those whose lives had been blighted. One can see how someone might look at these cowardly people who are said to be successors of the apostles and decide that any truth worth living for might have to be sought, and found, elsewhere.
   My own Orthodox Church has its share of scandals. One in my own jurisdiction has to do with the gross misuse of money, much of it collected for charitable purposes, by chancery officials. It has involved stonewalling on the part of responsible parties and infighting among bishops, as well as the attempt to silence and threaten priests who protested - threats that didn't work. A great many priests and a couple of bishops have demanded an honest accounting, and some healing may come of it. A beginning has been made toward remedying a situation that has made many priests and laypeople distrust the church's administration, but whether it will end in a satisfactory way is unclear.

Priest tells murder trial of his "shame" over sex with Angelika

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 sex-partners. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Herald, ~ April 03, 2007
   EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND -- A CATHOLIC priest told a hushed court today of his shame because he had sex with a Polish student whose body was found in his church.
   Father Gerard Nugent, 63, also told the High Court in Edinburgh that he was an alcoholic.
   The priest, known as Father Gerry, told the murder trial yesterday of his admiration for devout Catholic Angelika Kluk, her vitality and her love of life.
   He told how they first met in the summer of 2005 - when Angelika was only 22. She turned up at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, asking for a place to stay and he offered her a room in the chapel house attached to the church.

Memories called key in abuse suits

  - Repressed memories. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2007
   DELAWARE -- The debate over how humans remember, repress and recover memories may soon reach state courtrooms, as two men who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests in Delaware pursue civil suits.
   If not for the recovery of long-lost memories, the lawsuits -- both alleging abuses that occurred more than 20 years ago -- would be prohibited by Delaware's civil statute of limitations, a law that sets a two-year deadline for filing such claims. Both plaintiffs, Eric Eden and Douglas J. McClure, say they buried the memories of the abuses for years, making them "inherently unknowable," a claim that can prevail over the legal time limit.
   To win, the men must persuade a jury that it is possible for such memories to be inaccessible and that, once recovered, their memories are valid.
   Memory is always part of courtroom debate. What a witness remembers and forgets, and the differences between witnesses' memories, often are the focus of scrutiny and cross-examination.

Pastor Makes Court Appearance On Sex Charges

  [2000s Brock*] - Baptist. Teenage boy.
   WXii12, ~ April 03, 2007
   WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Piedmont pastor who faces sex offense charges appeared in court Monday.
   Todd Turner Brock, 42, of High Point, was assigned an attorney. He has served as the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in High Point for 17 years.
   Brock has been charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, promoting prostitution of a minor, disseminating obscenity and solicitation of another to commit a felony, according to a statement from Kernersville police.
   The Kernersville Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducted the week-long probe.

Guarding against sexual abuse

  - Southern Baptists.
   Baptist Press, by Frank Page, Posted on Apr 2, 2007
   TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--Several days ago, I was interviewed by ABC's "20/20" news for an upcoming program tentatively titled, "Preacher Predators." At the request of several, I agreed to this invitation so as to provide some kind of balance to a program which may well be overwhelmingly negative.
   There has been a great deal of attention given to this subject in recent days. As I said to the reporter, we are willing and able to discuss this issue because even one instance of sexual abuse by a minister is too much. While I do not believe the problem is systemic and large-scale, there have been several reported cases of abuse by trusted members of staff in our churches. Let me help set a few matters clear for you.
   Some persons have accused Southern Baptists of ignoring the issue and hiding behind our polity. Let me clearly state that we believe in the autonomy of the local church as a biblical mandate. We are not hiding behind anything, except the Bible. In fact, the local church is where accountability must be enforced. I call upon every local church to develop written policy guidelines for the care of children and youth. I call upon every church to have a system or policy in place to deal with any accusations made. We must protect children and youth, and the integrity of staff members.

Archdiocese To Abuse Victims: Stop Suing Us

  - RCC.
   WMAQ, ~ April 03, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL): The Chicago archdiocese is trying to stop a measure designed to help victims of childhood sexual abuse.
   The bill allows abuse victims to sue those who harmed them -- even decades after the fact.

Former Pastor Makes First Appearance In Child Sex Offense Case

  [Brock]
   WFMY, ~ April 03, 2007
   WINSTON-SALEM (NC) -- Investigators are still learning the full scope of an abuse case involving a former pastor.
   Todd Brock made his first court appearance today on charges of promoting prostitution and sexual explotation of a minor.
   Brock entered a plea of not guilty.
   Meanwhile Police think there may be more victims. Three other teenage boys claim Brock initiated inappropriate sexual relationships with them also. No charges have been filed yet.

Critics: Diocese Left Dozens Off List Of Priests

  - RCC. Accused of omitting ~ 30 names. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NBC Sandiego, ~ April 03, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Officials from the Catholic Diocese of San Diego say they have named the priests accused of sexually molesting minors in San Diego, but critics are saying that the church's list is missing almost as many priests as it named.
   The diocese's list names 38 clergymen, the churches and schools they worked at and their current status. Some of those named have died or been reduced to laymen, but others have married, retired or resigned.
   An attorney representing some of the victims of the sexual abuse told NBC 7/39 that the list should have been much longer. "The list is missing approximately 30 perpetrators, and when you're naming 38, not including 30 is a sharp discrepancy from the truth," said attorney Andrea Leavitt. "It's almost 50 percent from what should have been included back on there, not included on there."

Former Priest Asks Diocese For Full Disclosure In Sex Scandal

  - RCC.
   NBC Sandiego, ~ April 03, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A former priest is asking the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to reveal the names of all those accused of sexual abuse within the Church, NBC 7/39 reported.
   Last Friday, the names and parishes of 38 priests accused of molestation were released by the Diocese. But former priest Richard Sipe said local Catholics deserve full disclosure of the alleged crimes.
   Sipe has counseled other priests accused of abuse. He's also done ground-breaking research on the scandal and now works as a witness for lawyers suing the church, according to NBC 7/39.
   Sipe said the list is incomplete and claims it omits dozens of names of former priests against whom there is strong evidence of abuse. He has challenged the Diocese to release thousands of pages of documents he said shows a history of lies and cover-ups.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue April 03, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• The Scum Always Rises  [1997+ Cleveland Diocese] - RCC. US$17.5m mislaid. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

The Scum Always Rises

 
An embezzlement scandal closes in on top diocese officials.
   The Cleveland Scene, www.clevescene. com/2007-04-04/ news/the-scum- always-rises , By Bill Frogameni, Published: April 4, 2007 Former Bishop Pilla's secret account allegedly topped $500,000; Walter Novak pic Former Bishop Pilla's secret account allegedly topped $500,000.
   CLEVELAND (Ohio): While a $17.5 million embezzlement scandal plays out in court, the fighting has reached the highest ranks of the diocese -- and appears to be closing in on former Bishop Anthony Pilla and the diocese's former chief accountant, Father John Wright.
   It began in 1997, when ex-CFO Joseph Smith and Anton Zgoznik are alleged to have begun a massive kickback scheme. The U.S. Justice Department claims the two men steered $17.5 million in diocese funds to Zgoznik's companies, which in turn kicked $784,000 back to Smith for "consulting."
   Since 2004, when the scandal forced Smith from his job, Pilla and Wright, the longtime head of the diocesan Financial Office, have generally invoked a "we trusted unscrupulous individuals" brand of defense. But lawyers for Smith and Zgoznik say their clients were merely following orders from the two priests.
   Now the gloves are coming off.
   Defense attorneys want to subpoena financial records from the diocese and other institutions connected to the case. At issue is whether it was common practice for church leaders to use off-the-book accounts to reward valued employees. It's an argument at least partially supported by the feds.
   Smith's indictment refers to a special fund -- created in 1996 by "the then diocesan financial and legal secretary" -- which paid Smith $270,000 in unreported income in addition to his regular salary. Wright was not only the financial and legal secretary at that time, but his name was on the account, according to the feds.
   Philip Kushner, Smith's lawyer, also asserts the diocese used creative bookkeeping to pay Wright, his friends, and relatives over $700,000, and that Pilla had his own secret account in excess of $500,000 that "has never appeared on the [diocese's] books and records." The "Anthony M. Pilla charitable account," as it was called, was used for large cash withdrawals by the bishop, according to Kushner.
   In a church press release, Pilla calls the accusations "scurrilous." Smith and Zgoznik "have resorted to false statements, half truths, and innuendo against [Pilla and Wright]," says the statement.
   The U.S. Attorney's office has filed motions to halt the release of diocese financial data. Church lawyers are also trying to suppress the request.
   But for a church widely stung by the secrecy -- and subsequent payouts -- of its massive pedophile scandal, attempts to once again bar a public viewing of the diocese's inner workings have a familiar ring.
   "I would think that when you're a large, nonprofit religious organization, that you'd want all your parishioners . . . to know precisely every detail of the financial transactions you've ever made," says Robert Rotatori, Zgoznik's lawyer.
   In the meantime, the revelations just keep getting worse for Father Wright. On March 15, Rotatori filed a motion that singles out Marilyn Ruane, an employee of the Catholic Cemeteries Association. (Church officials refuse to say what Ruane's job entails.) Wright, who now heads the CCA, described Ruane as a "friend" in a 2005 interview with prosecutors. He also admitted that he helped the woman get a job at Resultant Corporation, a company that did unexplained business with the diocese.
   Rotatori asserts that Wright arranged for Resultant to be paid over $290,000 through Zgoznik's companies between 1997 and 1999, "in large part for [Wright's] personal purposes." The motion seeks Resultant's financial records to establish how much of that money went to Marilyn Ruane.
   According to a Justice Department interview with Zrino Jukic, an associate of Zgoznik, "Ruane . . . was on the payroll at Resultant Corporation, but didn't work there."
   More to the point: "Ruane was Father Wright's girlfriend."
   That may explain why, according to Rotatori, Ruane made $31,500 when she started at Catholic Cemeteries in 1997, but had catapulted to $81,000 by 2004. If the raises seem a bit outsized for a religious entity funded by the dollar donations of little old ladies, Ruane isn't talking. "I really don't want to comment about that," she said sweetly when contacted by Scene, "but thanks so much for calling."
   Wright's lawyer, Kevin Spellacy, calls the girlfriend claim "a cheap shot," saying it's unfounded. But when asked expressly if the claim is false, he declined comment and refused to put the direct question to Wright.
   In the meantime, Catholics are left to wonder if the same men who ran the pedophile cover-up were draining the collection basket in their spare time. #
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Wed April 04, 2007 edition:


Preacher accused of child sexual abuse takes own life in Alabama

  [~ 2000s Whittaker -NEW*] - Baptist. Suicide alleged. Girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Al.com , www.al.com/ newsflash/ regional/in dex.ssf?/base/ news-28/11756 9695610250. xml&storylist= alabamanews ; The Associated Press, 9:24 a.m. CDT, Apr/4/2007,
   RANGE, Ala. (AP) - A part-time preacher awaiting trial on a charge of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl apparently shot and killed himself Tuesday at his father's rural home, Conecuh County Sheriff Edwin Booker said.
   Stephen Lyle "Steve" Whittaker, 40, of Brewton had served as pastor of the 33-member Beaver Creek Southern Baptist Church in Baker, Fla., until he was charged March 12 with felony sexual abuse of the girl. He was released on $5,000 bond.
   Investigators said Whittaker died Tuesday morning at a residence near Interstate 65 and Alabama 41, north of Brewton.
   Whittaker had been working for a trucking company in Evergreen for a few days and had been living in a travel trailer parked in the yard of his father's residence for about a week, Booker told the Press-Register for a story Wednesday.
   The sheriff said Whittaker left a note giving funeral plans. He is survived by a wife and one child.
   The sexual abuse allegation was investigated by Brewton police.

Sacred Heart priest ousted over money

  [-2007 Dawson -NEW*] - RCC. Money.
   Queen Anne News, ~ April 04, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- Fr. Robert Ivan Dawson was removed from Lower Queen Anne's Sacred Heart Catholic church on March 23 after an audit revealed he had allegedly misspent parish funds, according to Archdiocese spokesman Greg Magnoni.
   "Funds were redirected from their intended use to parish remodeling," he said. That included work on the sanctuary and on a new altar in the basement, said a parishioner who spoke on condition of anonymity.
   "It's just outrageous," the parishioner said. "We had a fine altar; we didn't need to do that."
   "Where the issue was with Fr. Dawson, he diverted funds from ordinary operations to a capital program," explained Magnoni. He compared the problem to Gov. Christine Gregoire dipping into general funds to build more highways. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 4, 2007 5:24 PM]

Gainesville youth pastor charged with child molestation

  [~ 2007 Terrell -NEW*] - Christian. Young male.
   AccessNorthGA , from staff reports, ~ April 04, 2007
   GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA - A 35-year-old Gainesville youth pastor has been arrested in Forsyth County and there are warrants for his arrest in Hall County on charges of child molestation.
   Forsyth Sheriff's Captain Frank Huggins says Phillip Glenn Terrell, of 5122 Timberline Trail in Flowery Branch, was arrested Friday and faces two counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, two counts of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and one count of Cruelty to Children.
   According to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Investigator Jonathan Neville, the case developed when a juvenile male victim disclosed to his parents last week that he had been molested by Terrell. A forensic interview was conducted with the juvenile and this led to the arrest of Terrell.

Police: Minister had sex with teen

  [? -2007 Rankins -NEW*] - "Restoration Full Gospel Baptist". Teenage boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pensacola News Journal, April 4, 2007
   PENSACOLA (FL) -- A Pensacola minister was arrested Tuesday after an investigation determined he had sex with a teenage boy.
   Leon Rankins III, 35, of 3013 Tujaques Place, Pensacola, and 472 Heatherdown Way, Riverdale, Ga., was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child after he turned himself in at the Pensacola Police Department about noon Tuesday, city police said in a news release. He is being held in the Escambia County Jail without bond.
   Rankins is the pastor of Restoration Full Gospel Baptist Church, 900 W. Cervantes St. He also is a registered sex offender, said Detective Tarlanda Gooden.
   Gooden said the latest investigation began on March 20 after the victim's mother contacted police and said her 16-year-old son had been molested by his pastor.

Ex-Geneva County Pastor Charged with Stealing Church Money

  [~ 2000s McQueen -NEW*] - "Solid Rock" Church. Money.
   WTVY, ~ April 04, 2007
   GENEVA, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a former Geneva pastor on theft charges.
   Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams said Steve McQueen faces three counts of first-degree theft for allegedly stealing church funds.
   He said the investigation started about a year ago after members of the Solid Rock Worship Center suspected improprieties.

Trial dates set for church leaders in molestation case

  [1977 Deacon Epling] - Independent Baptist. 6-y-o girl.
   Columbia Tribune, Published Wednesday, April 4, 2007
   PINEVILLE (MO), (AP) - A July jury trial was scheduled yesterday for a McDonald County church deacon charged with rape, one of five leaders of two southwest Missouri church communes accused of abusing young girls from their Baptist congregations as far back as the late 1970s.
   Paul Epling, 54, is the third defendant to have a trial date set.
   Circuit Judge Timothy Perigo scheduled a jury trial for July 24 for Epling, who faces one felony count of rape. Epling has pleaded not guilty to the allegation he attacked a 6-year-old girl in the late 1970s.
   The case is one of several that have arisen since last summer, when at least two young women contacted authorities to allege that they had been sexually abused by church elders over a period of years. They claimed the abuse happened at two related commune-style churches in McDonald and Newton counties. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 4, 2007 7:40 PM]

Convicted Pastor Seeks Leadership Post

  [Lyons] - Baptist. Millions missing.
   ABC 7, 7:03 pm, Wednesday April 04, 2007
   MIAMI (FL) -- The former head of a national organization of black Baptist churches spent four years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from the group.
   Now he wants one of his old jobs back: leader of the organization's Florida chapter.
   The Rev. Henry Lyons, 65, was wildly popular before his conviction and is still highly regarded by many church members.
   He was vying with two other ministers Wednesday to lead the Florida General Baptist Convention, a chapter of the National Baptist Convention USA, which claims to represent some 7.5 million members of black churches nationwide.

Bishop to name new priest

  [1970s Pansza*] - RCC. Girl.
   Times Record, April 4, 2007
   WICHITA FALLS (TX) -- Bishop Kevin Vann of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth will name a new pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Easter Sunday, the diocese announced today.
   Vann will say the three Easter Sunday Masses at the church, located at 421 Marconi in Wichita Falls, the 8 a.m. Spanish Mass, the 9:30 a.m. English Mass and the 11 a.m. Spanish mass.
   No announcement about the appointment will be made prior to the Sunday Masses, the release stated. And Vann would not be available for interviews or media questions.
   Our Lady of Guadalupe has been without a fulltime priest since Father Gilbert Pansza resigned three months ago amid sexual abuse circumstances.

News from the state Capitol

 
   The Boston Globe, April 4, 2007
   HARTFORD, Conn. -- Representatives of the Catholic Church voiced concern Wednesday about a bill that would extend the time frame for people sexually abused as children to seek a criminal prosecution or sue in civil court.
   The legislation, being considered by the Judiciary Committee, would increase the statute of limitations from 30 to 40 years from the date the accuser turned 18 years old. State legislators set the 30-year limit in 2002.
   "The bill before you threatens to deplete the resources -- human and financial -- that support the charitable works of the church," said Nancy Matthews, chancellor of the Diocese of Bridgeport. "The current law, passed in 2002, has already resulted in the additional payment of millions of dollars not just to victims but to the attorneys who represent them."
   The dioceses of Bridgeport, Hartford and Norwich have settled with victims of various priest sex abuse cases in recent years.

Committee OKs bill for sex crime lawsuits

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Juneau Empire, By KEN LEWIS, ~ April 04, 2007
   ALASKA -- A bill that would create a one-year window for lawsuits against perpetrators of decades-old childhood sex crimes passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, despite concerns voiced by an attorney representing Alaska Jesuits.
   Senators gave greater weight to the victims' accounts of their suffering than to the assertion from Anchorage attorney Jim Gorski that the proposal is "a matter best left to the law as it currently exists in the state."
   "The goal of this bill is to get access to the truth for the victims," said Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage.
   The bill, sponsored by Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, would temporarily remove the statute of limitations for lawsuits that are currently barred by time constraints. It would affect incidents that happened before 2001, when lawmakers ended the statute of limitations for criminal charges and lawsuits stemming from child sex crimes.

Diocese, 2 ex-priests are sued

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By MELISSA VARGAS, ~ April 04, 2007
   FORT WORTH (TX) -- Four men who claim to have been sexually abused by Thomas Teczar, and one of them also by James Hanlon, filed two separate lawsuits Tuesday in Eastland against the former priests and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.
   Fort Worth Diocese officials had heard that a lawsuit was looming but had not been officially served late Tuesday, spokesman Pat Svacina said.
   "The bishop will have to take it to counsel to see what's in there and look at it and decide a course of action," he said.
   Three of the men say they were raped or molested at the rectory and one in the bathroom of St. Rita Catholic Church in Ranger by Teczar between 1989 and 1990. The suit claims Teczar gave most of them alcohol beforehand.
   One of the men also claims he was raped by Hanlon from August 1988 to February 1989 and believes Hanlon told Teczar about his vulnerability.

Four men file two lawsuits claiming abuse by priests

  - RCC.
   Houston Chronicle, ~ April 04, 2007
   FORT WORTH, Texas - Four men filed two separate lawsuits against two former priests and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, claiming they were sexually abused nearly 20 years ago.
   Three of the men say they were raped or molested at the rectory and one in the bathroom of St. Rita Catholic Church in Ranger, about 80 miles west of Fort Worth, by the Rev. Thomas Teczar in 1989 and 1990. The suit claims Teczar gave most of them alcohol beforehand.
   One of the men also claims he was raped by the Rev. James Hanlon in 1988 and 1989 and believes Hanlon told Teczar about his vulnerability.
   The plaintiffs, not named in the suit filed Tuesday in Eastland, were ages 12 to 18 at the time, the lawsuit says.

PRIEST: I had a second lover

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Evening Times, by Chris Musson, ~ April 04, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A GLASGOW priest who had sex with Angelika Kluk today admitted having another affair - with a church musician.
   Details of the sexual relationship between Father Gerry Nugent and Sarah Howie were revealed by the priest this afternoon at the High Court in Edinburgh.
   It came a day after he admitted having sex with 23-year-old Angelika, whose body was later found under the floor at his church, St Patrick's in Anderston, Glasgow.
   Peter Tobin, 60, a handyman at the church, is on trial accused of raping and murdering Angelika last September and hiding her body.

Priest cleared of sex charge

  - Hobbs (Benedictine), RCC, not guilty. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   Ealing Times, ~ April 04, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- THE "kindly" Benedictine priest accused of sexually molesting a choirboy during a confession has been cleared.
   Father Gerald Stanislaus Hobbs, a priest at Ealing Abbey for nearly 60 years and a teacher at St Benedict's public school was accused of indecently assaulting the boy in his office more than 20 years ago.
   The 76-year-old priest, who ran hiking and cycling clubs for the boys, joined his hands and mouthed thanks to the jury after they found him not guilty on the charge yesterday.
   The court had heard glowing testimonials from Ealing Abbey's abbot, Father Martin, and a former alter boy who travelled from Geneva to give evidence.

Judge issues sealed order in Jeffs case

  [Jeffs] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Article Launched 01:14:56 AM MDT, Apr/04/2007
   UTAH -- A 5th District judge issued a sealed order Tuesday in polygamist Warren S. Jeffs case, eight days after the sect leader's frail, emaciated and detached appearance shocked observers and raised questions about his physical and mental health.
   Court records do not specify who petitioned the court earlier Tuesday. Medical and psychological filings are among records that court rules allow to be sealed; so are challenges seeking to block use of evidence.
   Last week, Jeffs, 51, displayed none of the bravado that marked his previous court appearances. As the hearing ended, Jeffs stood with a handwritten note and asked "to take care of one matter," but the judge stopped his attempt to speak.
   The message Jeffs penned has not been publicly disclosed, though it is the subject of much speculation. Law enforcement sources say it referred to his leadership of the FLDS church.

Catholics in survey say news helps shape views

  - RCC.
   The Post-Standard By Renée K. Gadoua, Wednesday, April 04, 2007
   UNITED STATES --The news media may be more effective than religious leaders in shaping the attitudes of Roman Catholics, suggests a Le Moyne College/Zogby International poll being released today.
   "Clearly, it looks as if Catholics are looking to the national news for their cues. They aren't going out of their way to see what the bishops are saying," said Matthew Loveland, a sociologist of religion who works with the Le Moyne/Zogby poll.
   Seventy-six percent of respondents in the national poll said they pay "a good deal" or "a lot" of attention to national news. But 52 percent of respondents said they pay "a little" or "no attention" to news about the pope.
   Seventy-five percent said they pay "a little" or "no attention" to news about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. ...
   In response to a question about the status of the church five years after the clergy sex abuse scandal, 23 percent of respondents say the church is stronger, 41 percent say the church is weaker and 31 percent saw no change.

Rector could be investigated

  [- 2006 Armstrong] - Episcopalian. Money allegations.
   Rocky Mountain News By Jean Torkelson, April 4, 2007
   COLORADO -- Leaders of a conservative Episcopal organization co-founded by the Rev. Don Armstrong said Tuesday that they agree with the diocese that the embattled rector should face a church trial on allegations of financial wrongdoing.
   "We do not believe that charges have been trumped up and methods embraced to silence an outspoken critic of the diocese," said a statement released Monday by The Communion Laity and Clergy (CLC), an association founded about three years ago by Armstrong and other conservative priests and clergy in Colorado.
   The statement also says they are ready to acknowledge any evidence that clears "our colleague."
   In December, Episcopal Bishop Rob O'Neill banned Armstrong from his role as rector of 20 years at Grace Church and St. Stephen's parish in Colorado Springs while the diocese investigated charges of "misapplied funds." Armstrong insists he's being persecuted for his orthodox beliefs.

A Peculiar Source for Holy Week Meditation

  - RCC. Lawyer says names missing.
   California Catholic Daily, ~ April 04, 2007
   It's Palm Sunday, San Diego Catholics. Open up your bulletins, and see --- molesters.
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The San Diego diocese on March 30 released the names of 38 priests against whom, according to the diocese, "credible allegations" of sexual abuse have been made. The diocese said it and the San Bernardino diocese inserted in bulletins for Palm Sunday notices of the list and where to find it on the diocesan web site. San Bernardino was formerly part of the San Diego diocese.
   Alleged victims' attorney, Irwin Zalkin, however, said he has a list of 31 names not found in the diocese's "credible allegations" list. "This is a list of 'priests with credible claims'? Credible according to whom?" Zalkin said to the San Diego Tribune. "Are [diocese officials] to be the sole judge and jury here? It's misleading when they say these are the credible claims; it insults the victims whose perpetrators are not listed."
   The diocese provided two lists, one with San Diego and San Bernardino diocesan priests and another with religious priests or priests from other dioceses who served in San Diego or the Inland Empire. The lists merely tell when and where they served and say nothing about the allegations against them.

Protecting our children

  - Episcopalian.
   Episcopal Life, By Katharine Jefferts Schori, April 03, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- I had a remarkable encounter recently with a young woman who still bears the scars from abuse she experienced as a child. She has a deep and abiding faith in God, but not much use for religion. She asked me a hard question: "How can your church help to prevent the same thing from happening to other children?"
   It's a haunting question, but it is one that many, many Episcopalians and their congregations are engaged in addressing. How do we answer her question, and the same question that is asked on behalf of those who have not yet found their voices?
   Our baptismal vocation includes helping those voiceless ones find the ability to speak, and it includes speaking on behalf of those who have no helper. As a church, we have learned a great deal in recent years about protecting children in our congregations from sexual abuse. We have perhaps learned less about the often greater need to respond to all kinds of abuse in our communities.

Residential school deadline set

  [1800s-1970s - 4 Churches, Provinces] - Native children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Chronicle, By Michelle Thompson, News Leader Pictorial, Apr 03, 2007
   CANADA -- Residential school survivors must decide whether to accept court settlement money or opt out from a multi-million dollar agreement.
   Last Friday, a residential schools settlement went into place that will provide money for former residential school students across Canada. The federal government and churches will give at least $1.9 billion to former students and their families.
   Those who don't want a payment, or think they could get more money suing the government and churches independently, have until Aug. 20 to remove themselves from the settlement.
   "Some people feel the settlement is inadequate and they don't want to be a part of the agreement," said Joey Caro, communications manager with the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group. "They don't feel it's a fair settlement. They don't feel it's really adequate."

Accused preacher dies of gunshot

  [~ 2000s Whittaker] - Baptist. Suicide alleged. Girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Press-Register, By CONNIE BAGGETT, Wednesday, April 04, 2007
   RANGE (AL) -- A part-time preacher charged last month with sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl apparently shot and killed himself Tuesday at his father's house in Conecuh County, authorities said.
   Shortly after 11 a.m., investigators were called to a residence near Interstate 65 and Alabama 41, north of Brewton, where they found Stephen Lyle "Steve" Whittaker dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Conecuh County Sheriff Edwin Booker and District Attorney Tommy Chapman.
   Whittaker, 40, had been working for a trucking company in Evergreen for a few days and had been living in a travel trailer parked in the yard of his father's residence for about a week, according to Booker.

Chief justice nominee raises no 'red flags'

  - RCC.
   The Advocate, By Brian Lockhart, Published April 4 2007
   CONNECTICUT -- Although her confirmation hearing tomorrow is expected to last several hours, Judge Chase Rogers of New Canaan appears set to become the next chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. ...
   She ruled in several high-profile cases there. Her decisions included ordering Cardinal Edward Egan, of the Archdiocese of New York, to answer questions under oath in a sexual abuse case involving a former Stamford priest; confining Stephen Ferenz, a mentally ill Greenwich man who stabbed his mother to death on New Year's Eve in 2003, to 40 years in a maximum-security mental health facility; dismissing lawsuits opposing construction of the Target department store in downtown Stamford; and allowing Norwalk to seize the Maritime Motors Chevrolet dealership along lower West Avenue for the Reed Putnam redevelopment.

Parents say boy told of priest abuse

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Sue Lindsay, April 4, 2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- Former priest Timothy Evans went to the devout Catholic family's home for dinners, blessed the home, prayed with the family - and sexually assaulted their son during counseling sessions, a Jefferson County jury was told Tuesday.
   Evans, 43, convicted last week in Fort Collins on a similar charge, is on trial in Jefferson County District Court this week on a charge of fondling a 17-year-old boy who was sent to the priest by his parents for counseling in 1996 after they found a witchcraft book in his backpack.
   The parents said they were concerned about their son's interest in a movie about devil worship and witchcraft, prompting them to set up the counseling sessions.
   But after the first session, the boy told his parents that Evans made him uncomfortable. When the boy told the priest he was self-conscious about his body, he said Evans complimented his "big barrel chest" and rubbed it.
   [LOOK BACK: His conviction was reported on March 26, 2007]

Youth Pastor Charged with Child Molestation

  [~ 2007 Terrell*] - Christian. Young male.
   Cumming Home, Published Apr 3, 2007
   GEORGIA -- A 35 year-old youth pastor has been arrested by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigators and charged with child molestation, Sheriff Ted Paxton said today.
   Phillip Glenn Terrell, of 5122 Timberline Trail in Flower Branch was arrested Friday and faces two counts of Aggravated Child Molestation, two counts of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and one count of Cruelty to Children, the sheriff said.
   According to Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Investigator Jonathan Neville, the case developed when a juvenile male victim disclosed to his parents last week that he had been molested by Terrell. A forensic interview was conducted with the juvenile and this led to the arrest of Terrell on the charges listed above.

Testimony begins in priest's 2nd sex-assault trial

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   Denver Post, By Ann Schrader, Article Last Updated 07:02:00 PM MDT, Apr/03/2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- Prosecutors said Tuesday that a Catholic priest betrayed a devout family's trust by groping their teenage son a decade ago during counseling.
   Timothy Evans, 44, of Loveland, is accused of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He was indicted on the charges last August.
   Evans' attorney, Joseph Gavaldon, responded that the case was about "this terrible allegation" that didn't happen.
   The assault allegedly occurred between May 1995 and May 1997, when the son was about 16 years old and Evans was an assistant pastor at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community in Arvada.
   The teenager's family sent him to Evans, who said he could help the boy who had begun questioning religious beliefs.

Priest ordered to pay back stolen money

  [2006-07 Drozd*] - RCC. > $10,000.
   The Beacon, By Linda Seida, Apr/04/2007
   LAMBERTVILLE (NJ) - A Lambertville priest who stole more than $10,000 from the collection plate and used some of the cash to buy vestments and pay for a church's upkeep will be able to clear the theft charge from his record if he completes a 12-month program for first-time offenders and "stays out of mischief," according to his attorney.
   "If you can set an example for doing something stupid but doing it the right way, he's done it," attorney Steven A. Caputo said of his client, the Rev. Marian Drozd.
   The priest "rapidly accepted personal responsibility" and is "certainly remorseful," he said.

Priest: Yes, I Had Sex With Angelika Three Or Four Times

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Glasgow Daily Record, By Gordan Mcilwraith, ~ April 04, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A PRIEST yesterday told a murder trial that he had sex with Polish student Angelika Kluk.
   Self-confessed alcoholic Father Gerry Nugent, 63, admitted: "Yes. Sexual intimacy happened three or four times."
   He told the jury he felt "guilty, ashamed and disgusted" at his own behaviour.
   The priest also revealed that although his income was just £1800 a year, he showered gifts on Angelika - including a £1500 laptop computer.
   But he said he wasn't in love with the 23-year-old, whose body was found under the floorboards inside his church.

Ex-church bookkeeper gets five years for payroll thefts

  [Ms Orlando] - RCC. US$800,000. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Independent, BY KAREN E. BOWES, April 04, 2007
   FREEHOLD (NJ) - A woman who admitted stealing over $800,000 from St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church, Holmdel, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday. As part of her sentence, she must also pay back the money.
   Joan Orlando, 61, Toms River, pleaded guilty on Jan. 22 to theft by deception, a second-degree crime, and failure to pay New Jersey state income taxes, a third-degree crime.
   Orlando's husband, Richard Orlando, 61, was also indicted in connection with the theft. He is pending trial, scheduled for May 21.
   Orlando was employed as the bookkeeper and finance administrator of St. Benedict's beginning in 1998. In her position, she had sole responsibility for, among other things, parish payroll.
   According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Orlando admitted that between 2001 and June of 2005, she submitted inflated salary figures for herself to the payroll processing company. As part of the scheme, Orlando received over $800,000 in excess salary. To conceal the theft, she altered tax records.

Priest tells court of sex shame

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Irish Independent, ~ April 04, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A CATHOLIC priest told a hushed courtroom yesterday that he was ashamed and disgusted with himself after he had sex with a young Polish student who was found dead in his church.
   Fr Gerard Nugent (63) also admitted that he was an alcoholic. He said that Angelika Kluk (23) admired his church services and they often talked and had "intellectual discussions".
   The court heard earlier that he first met her in 2005, and that he gave her free accommodation in a room at the chapel house of St Patrick's Church in Glasgow.
   Fr Nugent was giving evidence in the High Court in Edinburgh at the trial of Peter Tobin (60), the church handyman, who denies raping and killing Ms Kluk and hiding her body under the floor of the church last September.
   Asked by Dorothy Bain, prosecuting, if he had a sexual relationship with the student, he replied in a whisper: "Yes." He said the "sexual intimacy" between them happened about three or four times in August or September 2005.
   He added: "I felt guilty and I felt ashamed and disgusted with myself. I knew I was wrong and I wanted to make it right."
   Love
   He said that he was not in love with Ms Kluk, but agreed that because she was living under his roof he had betrayed a position of trust.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events set

  - "Evil" film etc. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   University of Delaware, 2:58 p.m., April 3, 2007
   NEWARK (DE) -- UD will observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April with lectures, films and more. The programs aim to educate the campus community about sexual assault crimes around the country and discuss ways to prevent them from happening here. Resource booths will be set up from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Monday in April, in the Trabant University Center.
   The month's film series kicks off with Deliver Us From Evil, an Academy Award-nominated documentary about the human cost of rape and abuse, sponsored by SCPAB, with special guest facilitator the Rev. Thomas Doyle, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the Trabant University Center Theatre. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 4, 2007 2:47 AM]

Trial dates set for church leaders in molestation case

  [1977 Deacon Epling] - Independent Baptist. 6-y-o girl.
   Columbia Tribune Published Wednesday, April 4, 2007
   PINEVILLE (MO), (AP) -- A July jury trial was scheduled yesterday for a McDonald County church deacon charged with rape, one of five leaders of two southwest Missouri church communes accused of abusing young girls from their Baptist congregations as far back as the late 1970s.
   Paul Epling, 54, is the third defendant to have a trial date set.
   Circuit Judge Timothy Perigo scheduled a jury trial for July 24 for Epling, who faces one felony count of rape. Epling has pleaded not guilty to the allegation he attacked a 6-year-old girl in the late 1970s.
   The case is one of several that have arisen since last summer, when at least two young women contacted authorities to allege that they had been sexually abused by church elders over a period of years. They claimed the abuse happened at two related commune-style churches in McDonald and Newton counties. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM]

Ex-Geneva County Pastor Charged with Stealing Church Money

  [~ 2000s McQueen*] - "Solid Rock" Church. Money.
   WTVY, AP, ~ April 04, 2007
   GENEVA, Ala. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a former Geneva pastor on theft charges.
   Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams said Steve McQueen faces three counts of first-degree theft for allegedly stealing church funds.
   He said the investigation started about a year ago after members of the Solid Rock Worship Center suspected improprieties.

• Convicted Pastor Seeks Leadership Post

  [Lyons] - Baptist. Millions missing.
   ABC 7 News, www.wjla.com/ news/stories/ 0407/411512. html , Wednesday April 04, 2007 7:03 pm
   MIAMI (FL) -- The former head of a national organization of black Baptist churches spent four years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from the group. Now he wants one of his old jobs back: leader of the organization's Florida chapter.
   The Rev. Henry Lyons, 65, was wildly popular before his conviction and is still highly regarded by many church members.
   He was vying with two other ministers Wednesday to lead the Florida General Baptist Convention, a chapter of the National Baptist Convention USA, which claims to represent some 7.5 million members of black churches nationwide.
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Local volunteer charged with sexual assault

  [1980s Becker -NEW*] - Christian. Girl.
   Sentinel, http://ebs. gmnews.com/ news/2007/ 0405/Front_ Page/008.html , BY JESSICA SMITH, April 05, 2007
   NEW JERSEY -- The president of the Jamesburg Historical Association has been jailed on charges he sexually assaulted a female family member when she was between the ages of 3 and 7.
   Ronald Becker, a former priest, was arrested March 28 at his Raintree Court home in Helmetta following a monthlong investigation that began after the alleged victim reported to police that she had been fondled by Becker on numerous occasions starting 20 years ago, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
   Most of the incidents reportedly took place at a family residence in Jamesburg. Now 26 years old, the victim resides in Florida.

Former pastor gets prison in porn case

  [~ 2000s Paull*] - Methodist. > 17yrs prison. Child pornography. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Plain Dealer, Posted by Mike Tobin, 17:16PM, April 05, 2007
   OHIO -- A former pastor will was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after admitting he had nearly 4,000 images child pornography, including small children engaged in sadomasochistic sex.
   Jerry Paull, 64, pleaded for mercy from U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent, but Nugent told Paull to instead focus on the lifetime of pain he's caused the children in the images.
   "These people have life sentences and they're innocent," Nugent said. "You're guilty. You should be disgusted."
   Paull was arrested in 2004 after investigators seized two computers from his home in Amherst. Paull downloaded several videos and computer images showing prepubescent minors involved in pornography, including children engaged in sadistic behavior, according to his plea agreement. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 5, 2007 8:28 PM]

Former leader Lyons, now parolled, rejected by National Baptist group

  [Lyons] - Baptist. Millions missing.
   Associated Baptist Press, By Hannah Elliott, Published April 5, 2007
   FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (ABP) -- Henry Lyons, the disgraced pastor and convicted felon who campaigned to become president of the Florida General Baptist Convention, was rejected April 4 by delegates at the state convention's annual meeting.
   Attendees at the meeting instead elected James Sampson of Jacksonville, Fla., to lead Florida's oldest predominantly African-American religious group, which is associated with the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. The national convention claims about 7.5 million members.
   Lyons, 65, gained notoriety in 1999 when a Florida jury convicted him of state grand theft and racketeering charges. They also found that, while president of the National Baptist Convention, he stole millions of dollars from convention partners like the Anti-Defamation League. He ended up serving more than four years in state prison and will remain on federal probation until 2008.
   [COMMENT: The Anti-Defamation League has a chequered background, according to some people.   COMMENT ENDS.]

Former chaplain gets probation in sex case

  [2005-06 Sacks*] - Calvary Chapel. Woman.
   News-Times, By Gunnar Olson, The Forest Grove News-Times, Apr 5, 2007
   OREGON -- Rick Sacks, former chaplain of the Forest Grove police and fire departments and former pastor of Calvary Christian Fellowship, pleaded guilty April 4 to two counts of sexual harassment.
   Appearing in Washington County Circuit Court in Hillsboro, Sacks apologized for what the police have described as the "offensive physical touching" of a 23-year-old "vulnerable" woman who was a member of his congregation.
   Sacks, 54, of Forest Grove, also apologized for the "disrepute" he brought on the police and fire departments whose members he once counseled as chaplain.
   "I deeply, deeply regret my actions," he said with a somber demeanor. "I'm sorry to all the people, the young lady and her family, my wife and our family."

Former police, fire chaplain pleads guilty to sexual harassment

  [2005-06 Sacks*] - Calvary Chapel. Woman.
   The Oregonian, Posted 15:35PM, April 05, 2007
   HILLSBORO (OR) -- Richard E. Sacks, chaplain for the Forest Grove police and fire departments and pastor of Calvary Chapel Forest Grove, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of sexual harassment for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a woman from his congregation.
   Sacks, 54, was charged in March with the two misdemeanor counts.
   Megan Johnson, Washington County deputy district attorney, said Sacks kissed the woman in 2005 when she was 21 and told the woman's mother when she confronted him that he would not do it again.
   But in December, Johnson said, after regaining the family's trust, an acquaintance found Sacks in his apartment with his arms around the woman and his hands down her pants.

Priest tells trial of 'weakness' that led to sex with murder victim

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Guardian, by Kirsty Scott, for Friday April 6, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A Roman Catholic priest told a murder trial yesterday that weakness and "lustfulness" had led him into an affair with a young Polish student.
   Father Gerard Nugent, 63, gave details at the high court in Edinburgh of how he and Angelika Kluk, 23, started a sexual relationship after she moved into the chapel house of St Patrick's church in Anderston in Glasgow.
   The priest was giving evidence for a fourth day at the trial of Peter Tobin, 60, who is accused of raping and murdering Ms Kluk and hiding her body under the floor of the church in September last year. Mr Tobin denies the charges. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 5, 2007 8:07 PM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu April 05, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Fri April 06, 2007 edition:


Removed priest diverted funds, says church

  [- ~ 2000s Dawson (Redemptorist) - NEW*] - RCC. Money. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://seattle pi.nwsource. com/local/ 310567_ priest06. html , By JOHN IWASAKI, ~ April 6, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- The priest at Sacred Heart of Jesus, the only Roman Catholic church in Washington served by a worldwide religious order known as the Redemptorists, has been removed for misappropriating parish funds.
   The Rev. Ivan Dawson, 43, diverted money intended for parish operations to a church-remodeling project. Church officials declined to say how much money was involved and said an audit is continuing.
   But the matter has fueled unfounded rumors in the 700- family Seattle parish about Dawson's departure March 23, Sacred Heart administrator Larry Pomada said, even after officials read a brief statement at services that explained Dawson was removed for diverting funds.

Angelika felt like she was 'priest's nice teddy bear'

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Evening Times, ~ April 6, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- ANGELIKA KLUK claimed a priest thought of her as "a nice teddy bear", a murder trial heard today.
   But Father Gerry Nugent was "incandescent with rage" when he discovered her affair with a married man - and Angelika became afraid of his mood swings.
   The apparent change in attitude by Father Gerry - priest at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, where Angelika's body was found - was revealed in court today.
   Church odd-job man Peter Tobin, 60, denies raping and murdering the 23-year-old Polish student and hiding her body under the floor at the church last September. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 6, 2007 6:30 PM]

The Scum Always Rises

  [1997+ Cleveland Diocese] - RCC. US$17.5m mislaid. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cleveland Scene, www.clevescene.com/2007-04-04/news/the-scum-always-rises , By Bill Frogameni, April 4, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- For Cleveland Catholics, it's getting harder to take the words of top priests on faith. Former Bishop Pilla's secret account allegedly topped $500,000; Walter Novak pic
   While a $17.5 million embezzlement scandal plays out in court, the fighting has reached the highest ranks of the diocese -- and appears to be closing in on former Bishop Anthony Pilla and the diocese's former chief accountant, Father John Wright.
   It began in 1997, when ex-CFO Joseph Smith and Anton Zgoznik are alleged to have begun a massive kickback scheme. The U.S. Justice Department claims the two men steered $17.5 million in diocese funds to Zgoznik's companies, which in turn kicked $784,000 back to Smith for "consulting."
   Since 2004, when the scandal forced Smith from his job, Pilla and Wright, the longtime head of the diocesan Financial Office, have generally invoked a "we trusted unscrupulous individuals" brand of defense. But lawyers for Smith and Zgoznik say their clients were merely following orders from the two priests.
   Now the gloves are coming off. [...]
   [AND SEE a longer version above.]

U.S. Catholic Church in Need of Real Reform

  [Decades - RCC]
   Media Monitors Network, by Nicholas Vakkur, (Tuesday, March 27, 2007)
   UNITED STATES -- "In order to begin restoring public trust in the Catholic Church, all members of the clergy who contributed to the scandal, including Bishops and even Cardinals, must be removed from authority, and as required by law, prosecuted."
   Sarbanes-Oxley is a U.S. federal law enacted in response to the rising incidence of corporate and accounting fraud at prominent corporations, as exemplified by Enron, whose annual revenues in 2001 decreased from over $100 billion to nearly zero in a matter of months.
   Enron's market capitalization prior to its collapse was over $60 billion, while its ten year annual growth rate exceeded 50%.
   Enron collapsed primarily because its business-model was inextricably linked to the amount of trust customers placed in its financial integrity.
   Once this confidence withered, Enron"s clients became unwilling to trade long-term natural gas contracts due to a concern they may never be fulfilled.
   The underlying market dynamics are similar to those of a bank run, where panic-driven depositors race to withdraw their funds as quickly as possible.
   A mounting lack of trust quickly envelops into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Former Akron minister sentenced to 17.5 years on child porn charges

  [~ 2000s Paull*] - Methodist. 17.5yrs prison. Child pornography.
   The Columbus Dispatch, 8:12 AM, Friday, April 6, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH), (AP) - A former pastor who subscribed to numerous Internet sites that provide photos and videos of minors engaged in sex acts was sentenced to serve 17.5 years in prison after he tearfully told a judge he never sexually assaulted anyone.
   Jerry Paull of Amherst pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cleveland in January to receipt of visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
   "When you feel sorry for yourself, you should think of those children," Judge Donald Nugent said during the Thursday's sentencing hearing. "You should be disgusted."

'I don't give a damn about her' - what priest said after Angelika vanished

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Scotsman, By JOHN ROBERTSON, LAW CORRESPONDENT, ~ April 6, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A PRIEST said he did not "give a damn" about the Polish student Angelika Kluk, hours after she was reported missing, a court heard yesterday.
   Father Gerry Nugent, 63, made the comment at a time when friends and relatives of Ms Kluk, 23, were worried sick by her disappearance, and he explained it to a jury as something said in drink.
   He denied the reason was that he had known by then that Ms Kluk was dead, and so there was no-one to give a damn about.

Priest Knew Where Body Was Hidden

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
   Glasgow Daily Record, By Gordon Mcilwraith, ~ April 6, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- FATHER Gerry Nugent knew where Angelika Kluk's body was hidden before the details were revealed, it was claimed yesterday.
   Police told the priest to leave his house, saying only that there had been a "significant development". But later that night, he told friends the body of the 23-year-old Polish student was in the church confession box.
   Church handyman Peter Tobin denies raping and murdering Angelika in September last year.
   She vanished from St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, on September 24 and was reported missing the following evening.

Priest admits lust drove him to sex with Angelika

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
   Glasgow Evening Times, ~ April 6, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A GLASGOW priest admitted his "lustfulness" led him to have sex with Angelika Kluk.
   Father Gerry Nugent told the High Court in Edinburgh he took full responsibility for his affair with the 23-year-old Polish student.
   He said: "It was my weakness, my lustfulness."

Mother and daughter charged with stealing from their church

  [~ 2006-07 Ms Thompson, Ms Morgan] - Methodist. Money. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pine Bluff Commercial, 5:43 AM CDT, Friday, April 6, 2007
   EL DORADO, Ark. - A mother and her daughter are out on bond after their arrests on felony theft charges following a months-long investigation of the finances of the church the pair attended and worked for.
   Carol Ann Thompson, 61, a former financial secretary with First United Methodist Church, and her daughter Wendy Thompson Morgan, 37, are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the church where Morgan had once worked in the daycare center.
   Police Capt. David Smith said Thompson agreed to surrender to authorities Thursday after a warrant for her arrest was issued. She arrived along with her lawyer, Eugene Bramlett of Camden, to face a charge of theft of property greater than $2,500.

Finding forgiveness

  - Lutherans agonise.
   Spokesman-Review, by Virginia De Leon, Published April 5, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- He didn't want to lie to his pastor.
   So the man told him everything: The terms of his probation. The years in prison. The fact that he had molested a child.
   He wanted to come to church, the sex offender told the Rev. Steve Nickodemus. He wanted to repent for his sins and seek the grace of God.
   Nickodemus, pastor of Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sandpoint, didn't quite know what to do at first. His church - home of the Little Lamb Preschool and Kindergarten - was full of vulnerable children. Some families also would certainly object to worshipping with a sex offender.
   [DOCTRINE: Remove the wicked from among yourselves. (Bible,1st Corinthians 5:9-13) 

   But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as suits saints. ... Also, do not be getting drunk with wine. ... That he [Christ] might present it [God's community] to himself a gorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;  ... but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:3, 18, 27)
   Do your utmost that you may be found finally by him [God] spotless and unblemished and in peace. (2 Peter 3:14)
ENDS.]

Parents Of Girls Allegedly Abused By Bishop Speak

  [Bishop McCleve*] - Mormon. ~ 2005 three girls, ? 1980s previous girl.
   KUTV, ~ April 6, 2007
   SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Another potential victim has come forward in the case of a former LDS bishop accused of sexually abusing three girls.
   The newest accuser of Timothy McCleve is now 21-years-old. She says the abuse happened years ago.
   And today the parents of the three original accusers talked to 2 News. They say trust and friendship were the cornerstones of their relationship with Timothy McCleve, and the kids seemed to like McCleve's many visits to their home.

Settlement Reached in Polygamist Trust Lawsuits

  [Years - Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Minor.
   KTAR, Associated Press, 9:17pm, April 5th, 2007
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT) -- Six young men who claim they were ousted from a polygamist church have reached a settlement agreement with a state-appointed accountant managing the church's assets, lawyers said Thursday.
   A seventh man who filed a separate lawsuit accusing church leader Warren Jeffs of abuse is part of the settlement. ...
   In August 2004, six of the men - who became known as the Lost Boys - collectively filed a lawsuit claiming they were tossed from the community, their families and their church by Jeffs.
   Two months later, the seventh man, a nephew of Jeffs, filed a separate action, claiming he had been sexually assaulted by Jeffs. The Associated Press does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

Colorado City polygamist to be sentenced April 20

  [Jessop]
   The Daily News, By JIM SECKLER, Thursday, April 5, 2007
   KINGMAN (UT) -- A Superior Court judge will soon sentence one of three remaining Colorado City polygamists charged with having sex with underage girls.
   Vergel Bryce Jessop, 47, will be sentenced April 20. He pleaded no contest Dec. 18 to an undesignated charge of child abuse. He had been charged with sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. His sentencing has been postponed several times.
   Under the plea agreement, Judge Steven Conn will sentence Jessop to three years supervised probation and no additional jail time. Conn will also decide whether Jessop must register as a sex offender.
   The trial for Dale Evans Barlow, 49, will now begin Wednesday after a one-day delay. He is charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.

Diocese transferred funds to parishes, records show

  [2006-07 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$1.5m gifts.
   Union-Tribune, By Jeff McDonald, April 6, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- In the months leading up to its historic bankruptcy filing in late February, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego moved at least $1.5 million from its own accounts to various schools and parishes, according to bankruptcy court records.
   Listed as gifts, the transactions state the diocese has no relationship with the school or parish that collected the money - a declaration that seeks to remove the assets from those being considered by the federal bankruptcy judge.
   The cash transfers were noted in a voluminous record filed March 29 by diocese attorneys. Lawyers representing alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests uncovered the transactions over the past several days.
   "Almost daily I have been discovering what appear to be wrongful transfers of assets," said attorney Andrea Leavitt, who represents several of about 150 plaintiffs suing the Catholic diocese.

Ste. Genevieve in 'shocked silence' over child abuse case

  [30yrs Mr Huck] - RCC. 40 children.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Todd C. Frankel, Apr/06/2007
   STE. GENEVIEVE (MO) -- His stomach churned thinking about the children. All those children.
   Preparing for church services last weekend, the Rev. Jim Hanson considered talking about the children and what Billy Huck is said to have done to them - how Huck allegedly confessed to molesting 40 children over 30 years at the in-home day-care center run by his wife.
   But the priest, like many people here, did not know quite what to say. Everyone knew the Hucks. Hundreds of parents had trusted them to baby-sit over the years. It seemed too much for this rural community of 4,400 to bear.
   So the priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church decided to say nothing.

Priest denies that he ever fondled boy he counseled

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Sue Lindsay, April 6, 2007
   COLORADO -- A former Catholic priest took the stand in his own defense in Jefferson County Thursday, flatly denying that he ever fondled a 17-year-old boy.
   Timothy Evans, 43, on trial for sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, said he met with the boy only once, in June 1996, and that his close relationship with the boy's devout family continued after that.
   "Nobody ever raised an issue with me" regarding the boy, he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 6, 2007 7:56 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri April 06, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sat April 07, 2007 edition:


War over Springs church escalates

  - Episcopalians. Money missing. Secession. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Rocky Mountain News, www.rocky mountainnews. com/drmn/ local/article/ 0,1299,DRMN_ 15_5469987, 00.html , By Betsy Lehndorff, April 7, 2007
   COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) -- The Rev. Donald Armstrong on Friday filed a claim for Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish, escalating the battle with Episcopal Bishop Rob O'Neill over control of the Colorado Springs church. Attorney J. Gregory Walta, representing Armstrong's leadership, filed a complaint in El Paso County District Court, asking a judge to declare that parish property at 601 N. Tejon St. belongs to the local church and not the Episcopal diocese.
   The church property is insured for $17 million, said Armstrong spokesman Alan Crippen.
   In December, Armstrong was banned by O'Neill from the parish while the diocese investigated allegations of what the bishop called "financial wrongdoing" by Armstrong.
   Last month, Armstrong and a majority of the parish's governing board voted to secede from the Episcopal Church. A day later, on March 27, O'Neill wrote to parishioners, outlining some of the allegations against Armstrong. The letter cited an investigation by a church attorney that alleged theft and misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars of parish funds during a 10-year period. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 7, 2007 9:17 AM]

Four Ont. women reach settlement for abuse by priest

  [Sylvestre] - RCC. 59 girls. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Canada.com , by Monica Wolfson, CanWest News Service; Windsor Star, Published Saturday, April 07, 2007
   WINDSOR, Ont., Canada -- Four women who were sexually abused by a priest when they were children will receive an undisclosed sum of money in a settlement reached with the diocese of London in southwestern Ontario.
   The four are among 59 women who have sued the diocese over the abuse committed by Charles Sylvestre, a convicted sex offender and priest. Sylvestre died in prison in January at the age of 84, only a few months into serving a three-year sentence.
   "We are not disclosing the amounts because the women don't want them known and it complicates future settlements," said Robert Talach, who is representing 24 of the women.

Ex-minister sentenced in porn case

  [~ 2000s Paull*] - Methodist. > 17yrs prison. Child pornography. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Beacon Journal, By Carl Chancellor, April 07, 2007
   AKRON (OH) -- A former West Akron Methodist minister is facing years in federal prison after being sentenced on child pornography charges Thursday.
   Jerry Paull, 64, of Amherst, who had served as the minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Akron, pleaded guilty in January in U.S. District Court to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He admitted to having more than 3,700 pornographic images, many depicting children engaged in sexual acts.
   Paull, his family and friends had hoped that more than two dozen letters of support and documentation of Paull's ill health, including heart and diabetic problems, would persuade U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent to be lenient.
   Several of those letters noted that since being charged Paull has been deeply involved with Sex Addicts Anonymous and other treatment programs. In addition, it was noted that Paull never sexually assaulted anyone.

Case Of Former Priest Goes To Jefferson County Jury

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. 1 guilty verdict. 2 boys.
   My Fox, Friday, Apr 06, 2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- A Jefferson County jury has gone home for the weekend without reaching a decision in the case of a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenager.
   It's the second trial for 44-year-old Timothy Joseph Evans in two separate cases.
   Evans is accused of fondling a 16-year-old boy between 1995 and 1997 while he was assigned to a parish in Arvada. Evans is charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Member of church demands an apology

  - RCC. Memorial cards, but police called.
   Toledo Blade, By DAVID YONKE, BLADE RELIGION EDITOR, April 07, 2007
   TOLEDO (OH) -- A member of a North Toledo parish is demanding an apology from his pastor and the bishop after police were called to stop him from handing out cards honoring slain Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.
   "I feel I was being harassed, and the diocese owes me an apology," Mike Drabik, a parishioner since 1993, said yesterday. "I wasn't doing anything evil."
   Mr. Drabik said he began handing out the cards "peacefully" in front of St. Hedwig's Catholic Church on Lagrange Street about 15 minutes before the start of the 7 p.m. Mass on Maundy Thursday, the 27th anniversary of Sister Margaret Ann's death.
   The pastor, the Rev. Marek Ciesla, came out and asked him to stop.

Church settles first abuse suits

  [Sylvestre] - RCC. 59 girls. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Windsor Star, by Monica Wolfson, Saturday, April 07, 2007
   CANADA -- Windsor native Vivian Dobbs flew home to British Columbia Friday a "whole new person" after she accepted a settlement from the diocese of London for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a priest, said her lawyer.
   Dobbs had triumphed over her childhood oppressor and felt free, said Robert Talach, a lawyer representing 24 of 59 women who have sued the diocese over the sexual abuse committed by convicted sex offender and pedophile priest Charles Sylvestre, who died in January.
   Dobbs, 65, is one of four women who will receive an undisclosed sum of money in a settlement reached Thursday with the diocese.

Polygamist sect's 'Lost boys' win land, cash

  - Fundamentalist LDS. Teenage boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Article Last Updated 08:15:48 AM MDT, Apr/06/2007
   UTAH -- Seven young men have partially settled lawsuits that led to the state's takeover of a property trust once overseen by polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs.
   The agreement resolves claims against the United Effort Plan Trust, which has been under court oversight since May 2005, in a deal that includes land, an assistance fund and attorney fees.
   The settlements, which still need court approval, give each plaintiff title to a 3-acre, undeveloped lot near a community park in Maxwell Canyon. The canyon is located in Hildale, which along with Colorado City, Ariz., is home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
   The six men who sued alleged they were "systematically" driven out of the community by the church and Jeffs; the seventh alleged he was sexually abused by Jeffs about 20 years ago.

College Paper Apologizes for Gay Cardinal Article

  [2007 - Students at RC university]
   Associated Content, By Lila, Published April 06, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The Catholic Church in the Philadelphia area is up in arms about a local Catholic University. As an April Fool's Day joke, editors of the St. Joseph's University student newspaper, The Hawk, put out a special annual edition of the paper called The Squawk. In it the students published an article in which the local Philadelphia Cardinal, Justin Regali, admitted he was gay.
   The article, meant as satire, sent heads through the roof. Catholic officials and University administrators were so upset about the article, that the editor of the paper, David Spain, and three others were pressured into issuing an apology to the cardinal and the community. ...
   The editor's apology was posted on the online version of The Hawk. Under the apology, in the area where readers may post comments on the article, one reader , John Petsinger, wrote, "How dare you call Cardinal Rigali gay? It's an insult to gay people everywhere." Another reader lamented that the Church, with its history of sexual abuse, did not deserve an apology for anything.

Priest in prison for having child porn appeals sentence

  [ 2005 Yarrosh] - RCC. US$23,000, child porn.
   The Morning Call, April 06, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A Schuylkill County Catholic priest who is serving a four- to 10-year state prison sentence for having massive amounts of child pornography has appealed his sentence to the state Superior Court and wants to stop the county from destroying the material.
   The Rev. Ronald Yarrosh, 59, former assistant pastor at St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven, has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on whether he can stop the destruction of the magazines, pictures, books and videotapes he kept in a rented storage bin in Hazleton and in a vacant home in Jim Thorpe. District Attorney James P. Goodman said Yarrosh wants to stop the material from being destroyed at least until his appeal is resolved. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 7, 2007 7:27 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat April 07, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sun April 08, 2007 edition:


Ex-church secretary ordered to repay $73,256

  [~ 2000s Ms Zakqan -NEW*] - Presbyterian. US$123,256 missing. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Murfreesboro Post, www.murfrees boropost.com/ news.php? viewStory= 3534 , By LISA MARCHESONI, Senior Writer, ~ April 08, 2007
   MURFREESBORO (TN) -- A former church secretary was ordered to repay $73,256 she stole from First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
   Former secretary Zoya Zakqan, 37, of Fieldstone Drive pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to theft over $1,000. She was sentenced to two years in the Tennessee Department of Correction, but the sentence was suspended. She was ordered to pay restitution.
   Circuit Court Judge Don Ash ordered Zakqan to repay the church after a hearing.
   Church treasurer Richard Baines testified he reviewed the financial documents. He testified Zakqan alone had access to some credit cards and accounts. He found $123,256 missing from the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 8, 2007 12:45 PM]

Rabbi, Teacher, Molester - Ephraim Shapiro's mark on the Baltimore Jewish community.

  [Years - Shapiro - NEW*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys.
   Unorthodox-Jew, by Phil Jacobs, Executive Editor, Baltimore Jewish Times, ~ April 08, 2007
   (Part of a continuing series on child molestation within the Jewish community)
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Photographer Murray Levin has looked through his camera lenses countless times, capturing Jewish weddings, bar mitzvahs and other joyous events.
   The one "picture," he however can't stop focusing on isn't in his camera, but in his 64-year-old memory.
   It's an image of a bar mitzvah lesson at the old Agudas Achim Synagogue. It's the shame that came along with his teacher the now deceased Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, placing his hand down the 12-year-old Murray Levin's pants and fondling him.
   With at least half a dozen maftir lessons, came the rabbi's touch.
   But it wasn't just Murray Levin.
   The former Talmudical Academy teacher, by one influential Baltimore rabbi's estimates, molested hundreds of this area's sons, grandsons and brothers.
   Bob Glickstein, 65, another survivor of Rabbi Shapiro's, figures it could be thousands.

Priest charged with sex attack

  [1977-78 Unnamed priest -NEW*] - RCC. Girl. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent, ~ April 08, 2007
   IRELAND -- AN 83-year-old priest was sent for trial yesterday on charges of indecently assaulting a young girl 30 years ago.
   The Tipperary-based cleric, who cannot be named, is charged with three indecent assaults on the girl when she was aged 11 and 12 at a house in north Dublin in 1977and 1978.

Empire editorial: One-year window an opening for justice

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Juneau Empire, April 08, 2007
   ALASKA -- It dims memories, erases evidence and brings the deaths of witnesses. It also used to trigger the statute of limitations, so that victims could no longer file criminal charges or civil suits against those who raped or abused them.
   The Alaska Legislature, however, is trying to weaken that alliance between time and perpetrators. It is considering opening a one-year window to allow child victims of sex crimes before 2001 to sue their abusers. Lawmakers have already dropped the statute of limitations on charges and lawsuits for child sex crimes since 2001.
   The Roman Catholic Church has put up the strongest fight against this legislation. An attorney for the Alaska Jesuits testified against the bill this week, arguing that judging a case fairly becomes more difficult over time

Family's faith shaken by former pastor

  [2003-04 Simpson*] - Baptist. Baby. 2 girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Fayetteville Observer, By Venita Jenkins, ~ April 08, 2007
   LUMBERTON (NC) -- While teenagers were in one room learning Bible verses at Vacation Bible School, the Rev. Ronald Lee Simpson was in his office making sexual advances toward one of his youth members.
   The 14-year-old girl was called to Simpson's office at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church for arguing with her cousin during Bible class. The boy apologized, then Simpson sent him out of the office. He told the girl to stay. He later asked for a hug.
   "I didn't think anything of it. I thought he was a pastor, and he just wanted a hug from one of his members," said the girl, who is now 18. "When I hugged him, he grabbed my butt. I thought, 'What is this man doing?' "

Hearings start this week in Portland Archdiocese bankruptcy case

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   KGW, Associated Press, Apr/07/2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Hearings scheduled to begin Tuesday on the Archdiocese of Portland's bankruptcy reorganization plan could finally spell out just how much the archdiocese will have to pay to settle the 386 clergy sexual abuse claims that have been filed since 1986.
   At least 169 of those claims have been resolved since the archdiocese became the first Roman Catholic diocese in the nation to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but those claims won't be paid unless the reorganization plan is approved, according to court records.
   No participant in the litigation is allowed to discuss the case publicly because of a gag order imposed by U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan and Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure, who mediated scores of settlements and helped craft the proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan late last year.

Diocese faces $104 million due

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Saturday, April 7, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland will end up paying more than $104 million to settle 386 clergy sexual abuse claims filed since 1984 if its bankruptcy reorganization plan is approved after hearings that begin Tuesday in Portland.
   The total includes at least 169 claims that have been resolved since the bankruptcy was filed in 2004, but won't be paid unless the reorganization plan is approved, according to court records.
   No participant in the litigation is allowed to discuss the case publicly because of a gag order imposed by U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan and Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure, who mediated scores of settlements and helped craft the proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan late last year.

The priest, his lovers, a handyman, and the savage murder of Angelika

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Independent, By Karin Goodwin, April 08, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- The small church of St Simon's in Glasgow is always packed on a Sunday. Today, it will be overflowing as Catholics celebrate the holiest day of the year.
   Glasgow's growing Polish immigrant population favours St Simon's because mass is said in their own language. It is also where the congregation of nearby St Patrick's must now worship. That church has been closed since September last year, when the body of a Polish student was discovered under the floor near the confession booth. Angelika Kluk, 23, was bound and gagged and she had been beaten.
   It was a shocking discovery, but now Scotland is agog at the the extraordinary revelations of illicit sex and alcoholism that have been made during the trial of her alleged killer, Peter Tobin, a handyman at the church. All the more so, since the man who admits sleeping with her and to having a drink problem is Fr Gerard Nugent, the priest at St Patrick's.

Theater favorites take over Syracuse

  - "Sin" write-up. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Post-Standard, By Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, Entertainment columnist, ~ April 08, 2007
   SYRACUSE (NY) -- The local theater scene heats up this weekend with the arrival of three works, including a Central New York premiere and an old favorite.
   For the first time in several years, the BeVard Studio at the Civic Center plays host to a theatrical venture. Simply New Theatre introduces "Kiss of the Spider Woman" Friday at 8 p.m. to Central New York audiences. ...
   The other new work is "Sin: A Cardinal Deposed," an off-Broadway hit by Michael Murphy that deals with the real-life story of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law, who was accused of covering up child abuse. Told through the clergyman's testimony in response to victims' lawsuits, it cast Tom Minion as Law. Also prominent are Robert Fullenham as the prosecuting attorney and Keith Arlington as the defense attorney. Rounding out the cast are Brian Hensley, Andy Godwin and Judy Schmid. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 8, 2007 5:14 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun April 08, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Mon April 09, 2007 edition:


Pope 'did not help girls abused by Florence priest'

  [A priest in Florence -NEW*] - RCC. Girls. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Independent, http://news. independent. co.uk/europe/ article2434 945.ece , By Peter Popham in Rome, April 9, 2007
   ITALY -- "How much suffering there is in the world!" Pope Benedict XVI lamented in his Easter sermon yesterday, naming Darfur, Iraq, Somalia, the Congo, Lebanon and other trouble spots around the globe.
   But there was no space in his list for the abused women of the parish of Regina della Pace ("Queen of Peace") on the outskirts of Florence. For more than three years, these women have been trying to persuade the Church to take vigorous action against a parish priest whom they say persuaded them to have sex with him when they were minors, and continued to do so regularly for years.
   Confronted by their testimony, the church authorities first transferred the priest to another parish, and then out of the diocese. But he remains a priest, and has received only token punishment. In the United States, failure to take firm action against abusive priests left the Church in Boston with a legacy of bitter mistrust and legal bills totalling more than $150m (£76m). In Italy, however, it would appear that the lessons have not been learnt.
   Fr Lelio Cantini, now in his eighties, became the parish priest of Regina della Pace in the mid-Seventies. A self-styled "charismatic", he was accompanied by a clairvoyant woman who had visions of Jesus and drew up lists of those parishioners whom she said were the "elect of God". [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 9, 2007 8:13 AM]

Church treasurer seeks plea

  [~2000s Mr Heide -NEW*] - Calvary Chapel. US$1.2m gone. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Florida Today, BY KEYONNA SUMMERS, April 09, 2007
   VIERA (FL) -- The lawyer for a former Calvary Chapel treasurer, accused of spending $1.2 million of parishioners' money on lavish cross-country and overseas trips, hopes to work out a plea agreement today that would avoid a jury trial.
   Rudolph Heide, 76, of Cocoa faces 30 years in prison if convicted of one count of first-degree felony grand theft. Brevard County Sheriff's investigators said he admitted he used tithes and offerings from the Merritt Island church to fund trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and Europe.
   Court records show Heide surrendered his passport to authorities before his release on $115,000 bond in January.

Lampasas priest indicted on sexual assault of a child charges

  [~ 2000s Rev Wooldridge*, Mr Wood*] - Episcopalian. Boy.
   NBC 6, Updated 6:44pm, Apr 9, 2007
   LAMPASAS (TX) -- A Lampasas grand jury indicted an Episcopal priest on two counts of sexual assault of a child.
   Police arrested Reverend Jim Wooldridge back in January.
   Police began investigating Wooldridge last December after a 16-year old and one of his parents came forward with the abuse allegations.
   Wooldridge had been the longtime director of St. Mary's Episcopal Church before being placed on administrative leave with pay by the diocese before his arrest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 9, 2007 9:16 PM]

Former priest convicted of second sex assault

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   9News, posted by Dan Boniface , Web Producer, written by Erika Matich , Producer, created 1:38:46 PM, Apr/9/2007
   JEFFERSON COUNTY, COLORADO - A former Catholic priest has been convicted of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
   The conviction is the second for Timothy Evans in the last month.
   A jury in Jefferson County convicted Evans Monday for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy brought to Evans for counseling by his parents in 1996.
   The jury heard evidence of three similar incidents with other young men: two teens and a youth pastor at the parish in Arvada where Evans was assigned.

Former priest 'guilty' of second sexual assault on child

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Scripps News, By SUE LINDSAY, Monday, April 09, 2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- A Jefferson County, Colo., jury found former Catholic priest Timothy Evans guilty today of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
   During the trial, Evans, 43, denied he ever fondled a 17-year-old boy he was counseling while a priest at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community in Arvada.
   He claimed to have only met the boy once, in June 1996, and that his close relationship with the boy's family continued after that.

Rolling out more of the red tape

  [~ 1970s Wiebler+] - RCC. Bishop failed to act. Boy.
   Quad-City Times By Barb Ickes | Sunday, April 08, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Mark Powell is patiently limbering up to jump through the latest set of hoops laid out by his alma mater, St. Ambrose University.
   As a teenager in Davenport, Powell was the victim of sexual abuse by priests, including Father Bill Wiebler, who served at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf and was defrocked by the church before his death last year. A former seminary student at St. Ambrose, Powell now is a Protestant minister who has faced his demons.
   One especially painful part of his past is an understanding that has come with adulthood: It wasn't just the priests who failed him. Powell, 47, mustered the courage all those years ago to report what was happening to him.
   He went to Bishop Gerald O'Keefe of the Davenport Diocese and told. The bishop's message was clear: Keep it to yourself.

Church invades plaintiffs' privacy, evades questions, ignores subpoenas, and keeps trying to have it both ways in Pedophile-Pederast Priest Rape Cases

  [2007 RCC] - Disregard privacy, publicise graphic replies, evasion.
   City of Angels, http://city ofangels3. blogspot.com , ~ April 09, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Graphic words about plaintiffs' sex lives are now available online for anyone to read, thanks to defense exhibits filed by church attorneys in March.  Showing flagrant disregard for privacy, church attorneys Hennigan Bennett & Dorman lifted graphic answers by plaintiffs and filed them as exhibits in a motion to strike against those very plaintiffs' cases.
   Attorneys for both sides meet in judge's chambers twice this week, for status conferences on the civil cases as they "fast-track" to jury trials this summer.
   Plaintiffs also request a Discovery Referee, and apparently one is badly needed. Here is what it's like to try to get answers out of the church, from an attempt to depose Msgr. Arthur J. Lirette of Glendale CA a few months back:
   TONY DEMARCO: Monsignor, in your experience in the archdiocese would it have been suspicious for improper sexual relations with a minor, among other things -- if a priest were to allow a minor to stay overnight with them in their living quarters in a rectory?
   CHURCH ATTORNEY HABEL: I'm going to object.... calls for speculation lacks foundation incomplete hypothetical.

Ex-priest guilty in sex case

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Denver Post, By Ann Schrader, Article Launched Apr/09/2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- A Jefferson County jury has found former priest Timothy Evans guilty of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
   After deliberating since late Thursday, the jury reached the verdict this morning. Evans bowed his hand as he was handcuffed, smiling and nodding at his family and friends as he was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.
   He will be sentenced May 31.
   "This is an important one," said prosecutor Zak Phillips. "People are a lot of safer."

'Sin' keeps dialogue going after curtain falls

  - RCC. "Sin" review.
   The Patriot Ledger, By JIM DORMAN, ~ April 09, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- Time does not heal all wounds, but it does add perspective. "Sin: A Cardinal Deposed," Michael Murphy's play based upon the depositions of Cardinal Bernard F. Law's testimony during civil litigation in 2002 and 2003, was first produced in Chicago in 2004. Arlington's Regent Theater presented it later that same year, while the subject was still painfully fresh in the minds of Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
   Now, nearly five years since the story became well known, the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater in Pawtucket, R.I., decided the time was right to put the show on stage again.
   And he added something: In this run, the audience stays afterward and talks with actors, crew, advocates for the abused, and, most poignantly, the abused themselves.
   "This is something in our back yard, something that a lot of people are still dealing with, if not directly, then one or two degrees removed," Tony Estrella, the theater's artistic director, said.

Sex claims rock Catholic Church murder trial

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The New Zealand Herald, By Karin Goodwin, Monday April 09, 2007
   GLASGOW, SCOTLAND -- The small church of St Simon's in Glasgow is always packed on a Sunday. Yesterday it was overflowing as the faithful celebrated the holiest day of the Catholic year.
   Glasgow's growing Polish immigrant population favours St Simon's because Mass is said in their own language.
   It is also where the congregation of nearby St Patrick's must now worship. That church has been closed since last September, when the body of a Polish student was discovered under the floor near the confessional.
   Angelika Kluk, 23, was bound and gagged and she had been beaten.
   It was a shocking discovery, but now Scotland is agog at the extraordinary revelations of illicit sex and alcoholism that have been made during the trial of her alleged killer, Peter Tobin, a handyman at the church. All the more so, since the man who admits sleeping with Kluk and to having a drink problem is Father Gerard Nugent, the priest at St Patrick's.

Catholic Diocese Creates Online Learning Community to Address Abuse

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   PR Web, April 9, 2007
   WINONA, MN (PRWEB) -- The Diocese of Winona ( www.dow.org ) in partnership with Professional Learning Board ( www. professional learningboard. com ) launched an interactive online learning community teaching members of the Catholic diocese about recognizing and reporting child abuse.
   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in its Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates that every U.S. Catholic diocese provide "A 'safe environment' program (that) requires training of parents, ministers, educators, church personnel, volunteers and others regularly involved with minors as to the issue of abuse of children, to include sexual abuse."
   PJ Thompson, Chancellor of the Diocese of Winona, led the effort to create the online safe environment education program. "We are committed through our faith and the USCCB Charter to protect all God's children. An online learning community is the best way we have found to reach virtually all of the people in our diocese that work with children in a religious, education or volunteer capacity."
   The diocese tried reaching its rural audience of over 10,000 through traditional classroom seminars. Thompson added, "It was difficult to fulfill our mission to God and His children. Classroom seminars were inconvenient for our parishioners and comparatively (to online training) very expensive. We needed a better way."

Room for Doubt

  - RCC. "Doubt" review.
   Providence Journal, BY CHANNING GRAY, Journal Arts Writer, ~ April 09, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- There was a time, said playwright John Patrick Shanley, when doubt was considered a sign of wisdom. Today it is perceived as weakness.
   We live in partisan times, said Shanley, speaking from his home in New York. Television commentators spend their time shouting one another down, and pundits are not willing to admit they don't know all the answers.
   "If you go on Chris Matthews and express doubt," said Shanley, "you're going to come out like hamburger."
   Shanley is talking about his award-winning play Doubt, which this week comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center. The show was the toast of Broadway in 2005, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and several Tonys.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon April 09, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Tue April 10, 2007 edition:


Archdiocese of New York is saved from parishioner's theft lawsuit

  [~ 2000s Mons. Woolsey -NEW*] - RCC. < US$½m. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Staten Island Advance, www.silive. com/newsflash/ metro/index. ssf?/base/ news-25/11762 4749866320. xml&story list= simetro ; The Associated Press, ~ April 10, 2007
   NEW YORK (AP) - The Archdiocese of New York has been removed as a defendant from a lawsuit that accuses a Roman Catholic priest of bilking a parishioner in her 80s out of nearly $500,000.
   The state Supreme Court's Appellate Division on Tuesday rejected the argument that church officials were negligent in supervising Monsignor John Woolsey, confessed thief and former pastor of the St. John the Martyr Church on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
   Woolsey, 69, is in prison after pleading guilty in September 2006 to grand larceny in exchange for a sentence of one to four years. He could have gotten up to 15 years in prison if he had been convicted at trial. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 10, 2007 11:18 PM]

Accused 'knew' about floor hatch

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   BBC News, ~ April 10, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A church handyman accused of murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk was aware of the floor hatch under which her body was found, a court has heard.
   Marie Devine, 64, a helper at St Patrick's Church, in Anderston, Glasgow, said a man she had known as Pat McLaughlin saw the trapdoor in use. Mrs Devine said Peter Tobin, 60, was the man she knew as Pat McLaughlin.
   At the High Court in Edinburgh, Mr Tobin denies attacking Angelika between 24 September and 29 September, 2006. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 10, 2007 8:17 AM]

Murder accused 'knew about church trapdoor'

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
   Glasgow Evening Times, ~ April 10, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- THE man accused of murdering Polish student Angelika Kluk knew about the church floor hatch where her body was found, a court heard today.
   Marie Devine, 64, told the High Court in Edinburgh she was one of a group of women who helped priest Father Gerry Nugent in St Patrick's Church, Anderston, Glasgow.
   She described how she cleaned the church and prepared snacks for the congregation after mass.
   Mrs Devine, a lollipop lady of St Vincent Terrace, Anderston, told how a tea urn had been stolen last July from a room off the main church, spilling water on a carpet.

Priest seeks reduced sentence for child porn parole violation

  [ 2005 Yarrosh] - RCC. US$23,000, child porn. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NEPA News, The Associated Press, Apr/10/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- A Roman Catholic priest serving four to 10 years in state prison for violating parole in a child pornography case is seeking a reduced sentence.
   The Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 59, was sentenced in August 2005 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. The Diocese of Allentown relieved Yarrosh of his duties when he was charged in the embezzlement.
   Yarrosh was sentenced to 10 years of probation because police investigating the embezzlement found hundreds of images of child pornography. Officials said he then bought child pornography, took a stripper's 7-year-old daughter to lunch, and drank alcohol, violating his probation.

Judge warns San Diego Diocese of contempt in bankruptcy case

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Los Angeles Times, By Tony Perry, April 10, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A federal bankruptcy judge on Monday ordered three lawyers and two priests from the local Catholic diocese to explain why they should not be held in contempt for allegedly moving to transfer money as well as other actions that were prohibited while the diocese's bankruptcy case is pending.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered the lawyers and priests to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday to explain their actions. The Diocese of San Diego filed for bankruptcy protection in late February in the face of lawsuits by more than 150 individuals who allege that they were sexually abused by priests.
   In a bluntly worded five-page order, Adler wrote that the lawyers appear to have lied to the court and that the priests have apparently lied to the parishes about the Bankruptcy Court's orders.
   Diocese and parish lawyers could not be reached for comment. The diocese office is closed for Easter.

Sex Offenders Test Churches' Core Beliefs

  - Church of Christ agonises.
   The New York Times, By NEELA BANERJEE, April 10, 2007
   CARLSBAD, Calif. - On a marquee outside and on a banner inside, Pilgrim United Church of Christ proclaims, "All are welcome." Sustained by the belief that embracing all comers is a living example of Christ's love, Pilgrim now faces a profound test of faith.
   In late January, Mark Pliska, 53, told the congregation here that he had been in prison for molesting children but that he sought a place to worship and liked the atmosphere at Pilgrim.
   Mr. Pliska's request has plunged the close-knit congregation into a painful discussion about applying faith in a difficult real-world situation. Congregants now wonder, are all truly welcome? If they are, how do you ensure the safety of children and the healing of adult survivors of sexual abuse? Can an offender who accepts Christ truly change?
   [DOCTRINE: There is a text to remove the wicked from among yourselves (1 Corinthians 5:9-13), but many other texts calling sinners to complete reversal of their habits.   ENDS.]

Evans found guilty again

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   The Coloradoan, By Coloradoan staff and news services, ~ April 10, 2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- Tim Evans, a former Fort Collins Catholic priest convicted in Fort Collins last month of sexually assaulting a young parishioner, was convicted Monday in a similar case stemming from incidents at another parish.
   Evans, 44, was convicted in Jefferson County District Court of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. Prosecutors alleged he fondled a 16-year-old boy between 1995 and 1997 while assigned to the Spirit of Christ Parish in Arvada.
   On March 26, Evans was convicted in Larimer County District Court in Fort Collins of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. A man testified that as a teen, he was molested twice by Evans in 1999 in the rectory of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Fort Collins, where Evans was a priest from 1998 to 2002.

Victims group protests on eve of bankruptcy plan hearing

  [50yrs and 2007 Portland Archdiocese (OR)] - RCC. Court exposures stymied. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   KGW, Associated Press, Apr/10/2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- On the eve of what could be the final hearing for approving a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, a victims' rights group protested a gag order by two judges who presided over the settlement leading to the plan.
   "My main concern is that after these past three years we didn't get the transparency we wanted," said Bill Crane, Oregon director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.
   Victims, attorneys and church officials have been prevented from talking about the proposed $75 million settlement contained in the reorganization plan that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris will consider approving on Tuesday.
   "We need to end the secrecy around these cases that keeps people trapped in guilt, shame and blame," said Mary Grant of Long Beach, Calif., the SNAP Western regional director.

Priest found guilty in 2nd sexual assault

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Denver Post, By Ann Schrader, Apr/10/2007
   GOLDEN (CO) -- For the second time in two weeks, Catholic priest Timothy Evans has been found guilty of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
   Evans is the first priest in Colorado to be charged with sexual assault since the clergy-abuse crisis hit the U.S. Catholic Church in 2002.
   After deliberating Friday, a Jefferson County jury reached its guilty verdict Monday morning.
   Evans, 44, of Loveland, bowed his head as he was handcuffed. He smiled and nodded at his family and friends as he was taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Jeffco jury convicts priest of sexual assault on teenager

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Sue Lindsay, April 10, 2007
   COLORADO -- For the second time in three weeks, a Catholic priest was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy who came to him for counseling.
   Timothy Evans, 44, was found guilty Monday of fondling a 17- year-old boy who entered counseling in 1996 after his Catholic parents found witchcraft books in his backpack.
   At the time, Evans was a priest at Spirit of Christ Community Church in Arvada.
   Evans was convicted March 26 in a similar case in Fort Collins while serving at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish.

Judge rebukes San Diego Diocese

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese and parishes] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 10, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- In a highly unusual move, a federal judge yesterday ordered attorneys and pastors involved in the Diocese of San Diego's bankruptcy to explain why they should not be sanctioned for attempting to shift funds without authorization.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler's sternly worded order states that Susan Boswell of Tucson, Ariz., lead bankruptcy attorney for the Roman Catholic diocese, and church officials appear to have "conspired with parishes" to illegally create new bank accounts separate from the diocese.
   Adler also noted that the diocese's newly formed Organization of Parishes misrepresented in a memo that she had authorized the 98 San Diego and Imperial county parishes to move their funds to new accounts.
   The judge ordered Boswell, the Rev. Bruce Orsborn, the Rev. Michael Gallagher and attorneys representing the Organization of Parishes to appear before her tomorrow to "show cause why you should not be cited for contempt of court."

Canonization cause commences for beloved Jesuit

  - RCC. Exposer Kunz was murdered.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, April 10, 2007
   SPRINGFIELD (IL) -- The earliest stage of the cause for beatification and canonization of the late Father John Hardon, S.J., is underway. (The lengthy process is described here.)
   I have written about Hardon in recent times; he was a great priest, theologian, writer, and fighter of priestly corruption. ...
   In the November 12, 2006 issue of the Catholic Times [newspaper of the Springfield, Ill., diocese], as well as on a local Catholic radio station, Bishop George Lucas suggested that Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., has no right to operate as a Catholic group without his permission. Using Lucas' reasoning, RCF would have never been allowed to expose Bishop Daniel Ryan's corruption and sexual abuse of teenage boys without Ryan's permission. Lucas seems to believe he is above reproach. How convenient for him, and all bishops, were that true.
   Lucas has also said that 'no competent authority or pastor supervises' RCF's work. In fact, RCF worked under the direction of Father John Hardon, S.J., until his death [in 2000]. Hardon answered directly to the Vatican. Hardon helped RCF with the Ryan case and went to Rome in 1997 on our behalf. It was Hardon who directed RCF to use the services of Father Alfred Kunz, who was murdered in 1998. The murder is still unsolved. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 10, 2007 7:18 AM]

Three More Men Accuse Former Miami Priest Of Abuse

  [~ 1999 Doherty] - RCC. Boy/s.
   CBS 4, ~ April 10, 2007
   (CBS4) MIAMI (FL) -- A former South Florida priest gave CBS4 News a less than warm welcome after we confronted him regarding accusations of unholy acts against children.
   This is not the first time that Father Neil Doherty is accused. He is currently on house arrest awaiting trial for allegedly abusing a young boy, but new victims have come forward this week and they plan on suing the Archdiocese of Miami for failing to protect them.
   As CBS4's Tiffani Helberg asked him through a door that was cracked open if the allegations were [? word missing] , Doherty gave her a curt "not at all", before slamming the door and shutters shut.

Church-linked abuse claims decline in '06

  - RCC. US$866m gone in 2yrs.
   USA Today, The Associated Press, April 10, 2007
   NEW YORK, United States - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops and religious orders received 714 clergy sex-abuse claims in 2006, the second consecutive year that the number of allegations has dropped, according to a new report on the church's child-protection efforts.
   Costs related to abuse cases also decreased - by about 15% over the last year - mainly because of a decline in what dioceses paid to settle molestation cases.
   Dioceses and religious orders paid nearly $399 million in 2006 for settlements with victims, attorney fees and support for accusers and offenders. For 2005, that figure was $467 million, considered the highest for a single year.
   The findings, set for release today, are part of an annual review that the bishops first commissioned in 2002 as they implemented changes to better safeguard children at the height of the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

Church's gambit shakes our faith

  [2006-07 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$1.5m gifts.
   North County Times, By North County Times Opinion staff, ~ April 10, 2007
   Our view: Diocese of San Diego's bankruptcy bid angers judge and raises questions
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Several years have passed since the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal came to light, but the men who run the organization founded by one of history's greatest communicators have yet to master public relations. That is the most charitable explanation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego's latest missteps in its bankruptcy trial.
   On Tuesday, Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered church officials and their lawyers to appear before her to explain why they shouldn't be cited for contempt over an apparent misunderstanding that led to an attempt by the diocese to create new bank accounts for its 98 parishes.
   Except Judge Adler didn't characterize it as a misunderstanding. Her word was "conspired."

Abuse Suit Against Former Priests Settled

  [Kansas City Diocese - 2 priests] - RCC. US$60,000. Sex abuse.
   TheKansasCityChannel.com , ~ April 10, 2007
   KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by two of its priests -- one of whom has since been defrocked.
   The settlement was reached in February after both sides agreed to mediation, the diocese said in a statement issued Tuesday. The settlement does not admit wrongdoing.
   "It was a situation where my client really wanted to get on with his life," said Sam Wendt, the plaintiff's attorney. "I think that's probably the case with the diocese as well."

Clergy sex abuse victims blast gag order

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, ~ April 10, 2007
   Statement by Mary Grant of Long Beach CA, SNAP Western Regional Director, (626) 419 2930
   OREGON -- Tomorrow, Catholic church officials will likely crow at moving one step forward in their bankruptcy protection scam. But tonight, sex abuse victims are mourning.
   We are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). We applaud the dozens of Oregon men and women who have found the strength and courage to come forward and report horrific serial sex crimes and deceitful cover ups of those crimes.
   But we mourn the fact that these brave individuals will never have the chance to expose corruption like some abuse victims have. We mourn the fact that church officials who deceived the police, public, press and parishioners about clergy sex crimes are essentially getting off 'scott free.' We mourn the fact that the same church officials who have operated and still operate above the law are basically getting by with it again.
   [RECAPITULATION: We mourn the fact that church officials who deceived the police, public, press and parishioners about clergy sex crimes are essentially getting off 'scott free.'  ENDS.]

SNAP asks for apology from Greek Orthodox official

  [Katinas] - Greek Orthodox implied critics were blameworthy. Minors.
   Dallas News Religion, ~ April 10, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has sent along along a press release and letter. It deals with the response by a Greek Orthodox church official to sex abuse accusations against Father Nicholas Katinas, former longtime pastor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas.
   Here's what SNAP sent:
   A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is calling upon a Greek Orthodox church official to apologize for his insensitive remarks and to reach out to others who may have been hurt by an accused abusive priest.
   In February, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver sent a letter to parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. The letter was prompted by child sex abuse accusations against Fr. Nicholas Katinas, who was permanently suspended from active ministry in July. In the letter, the bishop claimed that "Satan never sleeps " and implied that those who spoke up about the alleged abuse were somehow to blame.

Charron Says He Feels Peace With Decision

  - RCC.
   KCCI, ~ April 10, 2007
   DES MOINES, Iowa -- Bishop Joseph Charron announced Tuesday that he is retiring due to health reasons.
   He has been bishop of the Des Moines Catholic Diocese for 13 years.
   Charron faced some difficult issues during his tenure, include dealing with one of the biggest controversies in the Catholic Church of priests accused of sexual abuse.

Archbishop Dolan carries message of hope

  - RCC.
   Quad-City Times, By Deirdre Cox Baker | Tuesday, April 10, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- A message of great hope for Roman Catholics worried about the future of their church will be delivered this week in the heart of the Davenport Diocese.
   Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the ballroom of the Rogalski Center, located at the corner of Ripley and Lombard streets on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport. Admission is free.
   "Cast Out to the Deep: The Call for Confidence and Holiness in Today's Church," is a message Dolan delivers to Catholics across the United States, especially in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, said Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for the archbishop.
   [COMMENT: Why wasn't this the policy 50 years ago?   COMMENT ENDS.]

Audit: Boston Archdiocese Met Child Protection Measures

  - RCC.
   TheBostonChannel.com , ~ April 10, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- An independent audit has determined that the Boston Archdiocese has met the child protection safety standards adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the archdiocese announced Tuesday.
   An audit by the Gavin Group found the archdiocese had complied with all 13 of the audited standards after addressing shortcomings in "safe environment training" for children.
   Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said the archdiocese has made major progress in its efforts to protect children.
   "While much has been achieved, I recognize that work must continue to be done in order to maintain safe environments in both our churches and schools," O'Malley said in a statement.

In San Diego, Even The Catholic Diocese May Be Corrupt

  - RCC diocese moved money away.
   California Progress Report, By Bill Cavala (A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento), ~ April 10, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- 150 individuals are suing the Catholic Church in San Diego County alleging sexual abuse by its ordained priests.
   The Church's response was to declare bankruptcy--arguing, in effect, that it didn't have the money to recompense victims even if held responsible by the courts.
   Plaintiff attorney's questioned this action arguing the Church did indeed have the resources needed to pay off.
   Church attorneys, a crafty group, wrote to each parish in the diocese to instruct the priest to move the Church's money to a new account. Such a move was not "hiding funds", it was approved by the bankruptcy judge. Or so said the Church's lawyers.
   When the Judge found out about this effort, she hit the roof.

The Forum: Church scandal reflects ascetical breakdown, authors argue

  - RCC.
   Catholic World News, special to CWNews.com , Apr. 10, 2007
   UNITED STATES (CWNews.com) -- The sex-abuse crisis within the Catholic Church was brought on in large part by a collapse in the traditions of ascetical discipline, especially among the clergy. That is the argument of an important book about the crisis, and after years of research on the topic, I find that argument persuasive.
   Just over one year ago, the Linacre Institute released After Ascetism: Sex, Prayer, and Deviant Priests. Regrettably, the book has received little public attention -- certainly nowhere near the attention it deserves.
   Perhaps this is understandable. The secular media, which have done so much to expose the failings of the Catholic clergy, have little interest in promoting traditional Catholic spirituality. So we couldn't expect the media to recognize the value of After Asceticism.

Judge Says Church Hid Money From Sex Lawsuits

  [2006-07 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$1.5m gifts.
   NBC Sandiego, ~ April 10, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A federal judge threatened to cite attorneys and church officials for contempt for allegedly trying to shelter money from the Dioceses of San Diego's bankruptcy, according to a published report.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered Susan Boswell, the lead bankruptcy lawyer for the diocese, and diocese officials to appear in court Wednesday. She ordered them to explain why they should not be sanctioned for allegedly conspiring to illegally create new bank accounts separate from the diocese, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
   Adler said church officials sent a memo to 98 parishes in San Diego and Imperial counties, which falsely stated that she authorized them to move their funds to the new accounts, the paper reported.

Congregation reacts to priest's removal

  [1966-67 Mons. Smith*] - RCC. 2 girls.
   The View, by Bryna Zumer, April 10, 2007
   MARYLAND -- Robert Donadio wasn't surprised to see an Archdiocese of Baltimore official as the celebrant when he went to Mass March 25. His parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was used to prominent visitors.
   "I just didn't think anything of it," Donadio said.
   But at the close of the service, the officials announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. that day. When congregants gathered in the old parish center, they received the news that their pastor of 11 years, Monsignor Richard Smith, had been removed from ministry.
   Smith was removed following reports of alleged abuse from two women when they were teenagers and Smith's admission to some of the allegations, archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said.

KC priest abuse lawsuit settled

  [1967 Reardon, O'Brien] - RCC. Boy.
   Kansas City Star, ~ April 10, 2007
   NORTHLAND (MO) -- A Northland man has settled a lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and two former priests who allegedly abused him sexually.
   The man, now in his 50s, contends the two priests molested him in 1967 when he was 14 years old. The former priests, Thomas Reardon and Thomas O'Brien, are also named in other pending lawsuits involving allegations of sexual abuse. [Kathy Shaw on April 10, 2007 4:01 PM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue April 10, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Boy resisted paedophile kidnappers  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Boy resisted paedophile kidnappers

 
   The West Australian, www.thewest.com.au , www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=372422 , 14:30 WST, April 11, 2007
   PERTH: A teenage boy repeatedly sexually assaulted while held captive for three weeks has told how he looked for a way to escape and was gagged after trying to scream for help at the start of his ordeal.
   Robbie Sebastian Wheeler, 43, and Victor Leslie Urquhart, 46, are standing trial in the West Australian District Court accused of conspiring to wilfully murder the boy.
   Wheeler and Urquhart have pleaded guilty to a total of 27 charges between them, including deprivation of liberty, and indecently dealing with and sexually assaulting the then 14-year-old boy, in the Perth suburb of Kelmscott between August 30 and September 19, 2005.
   But they have pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiring to kill the boy, for which they are standing trial.
   In a taped interview shown to the jury, the victim, who cannot be named, described how the accused tied and handcuffed him to a bed and then gagged him with a handkerchief and gaffer tape.
   "I was gagged until I agreed not to scream or yell out for help," he said.
   The boy said he watched as Wheeler and Urquhart watched gay pornography videos and masturbated on either side of him.
   "I was just sitting there watching, scared," he said.
   "I was just looking around the room, looking if there was a way out or not."
   The trial continues. #
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[14:30 WST, April 11, 2007]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Wed April 11, 2007 edition:


NBI files raps against priest

  [2006 Ejares -NEW*] - RCC. Confession. School children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , www.sunstar. com.ph/static/ ceb/2007/04/12/ news/nbi. files.raps. against.priest. html , By Karlon N. Rama, for April 12, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 has finally resolved to charge the priest earlier accused of lascivious conduct while hearing confession at a public high school in Cebu City.
   Lawyer Medardo de Lemos, NBI regional chief, filed the complaint against Fr. Benedicto Zozobrado Ejares before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor yesterday afternoon.
   Special Investigator Jed Hife said it took her about four months to close the investigation because she opted to wait as long as she could for the priest to answer the subpoena she had sent last Feb. 23.
   Ejares never showed up.

Fushek case heads to Court of Appeals

  [1984-94 Mons. Fushek] - RCC. Life Teen founder. 7 young males. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Arizona Republic, by Jim Walsh, Apr. 11, 2007
   ARIZONA -- After an eight-month standstill, the case against a former Mesa priest headed to the Arizona Court of Appeals on Wednesday as attorneys debated whether registering as a sex offender is an "embarrassment" or a "life altering effect."
   Prosecutors are appealing an August ruling by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge that suspended Monsignor Dale Fushek is entitled to a jury trial on a series of misdemeanor sex charges where he could be forced to register as a sex offender.
   Judge Douglas Rayes ruled at that time that registering as a sex offender is "a modern day scarlet letter," but Deputy County Attorney Diane Gunnels Rowley said his ruling did not follow the law and set a bad precedent. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 11, 2007 11:17 PM]

Judge orders external audit of San Diego diocese accounts

  [Years - 2007 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. 770 accounts unaccounted for.
   San Luis Obispo Tribune, By ALLISON HOFFMAN, Associated Press, ~ April 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday ordered an external audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, chastising church lawyers for a lack of transparency in court filings.
   U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler grilled attorneys representing both the diocese and a parish organization, as well as two pastors who had sent letters the judge said misrepresented comments made from the bench during an earlier hearing.
   Adler criticized church attorneys for failing to include 770 parish accounts in bankruptcy documents.
   "This is the most Byzantine accounting system I've ever seen," Adler said. "I am mystified."
   In a sternly worded order issued Monday, Adler said attorneys Susan Boswell, Jeffry Davis and Victor Vilaplana, as well as two priests, appeared to have "conspired with parishes" to create new bank accounts separate from the diocese. The judge wrote that the attorneys appeared to have misrepresented facts and may have violated court orders and bankruptcy laws.

Church Sex-Abuse Claims Drop

  [RCC in USA] - 714 claimants in 2006.
   New York Post, By DAREH GREGORIAN, Post Wires, April 11, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The country's Roman Catholic bishops received 714 clergy sex-abuse claims in 2006 - the second consecutive year the number of allegations has dropped, according to a new report.
   Costs related to abuse cases also decreased - by 15 percent over the last year - due to a decline in what dioceses paid to settle molestation cases.
   The findings are part of an annual review that the bishops first commissioned in 2002 as they implemented reforms to better safeguard children at the height of the clergy sex-abuse scandal.

Judge Orders Outside Expert to Assess Diocese Accounts

  [2006-07 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. US$1.5m gifts.
   The New York Times, By JENNIFER STEINHAUER and LAURIE GOODSTEIN, Published April 12, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA), April 11 -- In a move filled with admonishments and anger, a federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of the Roman Catholic Diocese here on Wednesday ordered an outside accounting expert to sort through what she called "the most Byzantine accounting system I have ever seen," and to report directly to her.
   The order was issued in a contempt hearing in which diocese lawyers and priests were ordered to explain why they should not be sanctioned for trying to move church money without court authorization.
   The judge, Louise DeCarl Adler of Federal Bankruptcy Court, also said that she had not "foreclosed" on the idea of appointing a trustee in the case, an extraordinary move if executed. Judge Adler said that the diocese would have to resubmit documents describing its assets, and have them signed by Bishop Robert H. Brom under penalty of perjury.

Dioceses Compliant With Charter, 98 Percent of Volunteers Trained in Child Protection, Independent Audit Shows

  - RCC.
   PR-Inside, PRNewswire-USNewswire / 15:54:13, Apr 11, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC) -- Virtually all U.S. dioceses are compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, according to a report on the 2006 audits conducted by the Gavin Group, a Boston-based company that monitors diocesan adherence to the U.S. bishops' plan to address clergy sexual abuse of children.
   The Gavin Group also reported that based on information provided auditors, "98 percent of the volunteers for whom training is required have been trained."
   The audits examine compliance to the 17-point Charter drafted by the U.S. bishops in 2002 to confront sexual abuse of children by clergy.
   The Gavin Group undertook 11 full audits, most requested by the diocese or eparchy that was audited, and 18 focused audits based on unresolved required actions noted in a prior audit.

Archdiocese plan for reorganization coming to close

  [Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. US$104m. 175 victims.
   The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Wednesday, April 11, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Bankruptcy reorganization may be finalized on Monday for the Archdiocese of Portland, a federal bankruptcy judge indicated Tuesday after a 3 1/2 -hour hearing on the plan.
   If approved, the plan will allow the church to pay 175 victims of sexual abuse by priests, while continuing to operate normally and without having to sell schools or properties of its 124 parishes.
   Court records indicate that the church will end up paying $104 million to people who were sexually abused by priests of the archdiocese since 1984. Of that amount, $77 million will be paid under the reorganization plan to settle 175 claims that have been on hold since 2004, when the archdiocese became the first in the nation to declare bankruptcy on the eve of trials in multimillion dollar lawsuits over clergy sexual abuse.

Vt. diocese found 'not in compliance' in anti-abuse audit

  [Vermont, Cincinnati, Dioceses + 4] - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WCAX, ~ April 11, 2007
   MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont's Catholic Diocese has met most of the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prevent sexual abuse by priests, but came up short in training volunteers, an audit has found.
   Vermont and the Cincinnati diocese were the only two in the country where the training shortfall was reported. Four dioceses refused to participate in the audit by the Gavin Group, based in Winthrop, Mass., said its president, William Gavin, Wednesday.
   It was the second year in a row the Vermont diocese was found not to have met the standard by training all volunteers who work with children to guard against abuse. Diocesan officials said in March of 2006 they would have the work done by June 30.

NBI files raps vs. priest in ANS controversy

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Freeman, By Fred P. Languido and Wenna A. Berondo, Apr/12/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- A priest earlier accused of sexually harassing several students from Abellana National School was formally charged with seven counts of acts of lasciviousness in relation to child abuse before the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office.
   The National Bureau of Investigation yesterday filed seven counts for violation of Article 339 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Article 6, Section 10 (a) of the Republic Act 7610 otherwise known as the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Expoitation and Discrimination and Republic Act 7877 or the Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 against Fr. Benedicto Ejares.
   The NBI found out that Fr. Ejares should be indicted of the above cases after seven of the more than 20 student participants of the Life in the Spirit Seminar at the Abellana National School in November last year accused him of inappropriately touching their private parts.

Rector charged with sexual assault

  [~ 2000s Rev Wooldridge*, Mr Wood*] -Episcopalian. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Killeen Daily Herald, By Kristine Favreau, ~ April 11, 2007
   LAMPASAS (TX) -- A preliminary trial date of May 11 has been set for a Lampasas rector charged with sexually assaulting a child.
   According to Lampasas District Clerk Terri Cox, the Rev. Jim Carlton Wooldridge, 61, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and a charge of indecency with a child who was 15 years old at the time of the alleged event. Wooldridge was indicted on March 14.
   Cox said arraignment for Wooldridge has been waived. The rector was released on an $8,500 bond after his arrest on Jan. 11.
   Also arrested in connection with the allegations was John Christian "J.C." Wood, 20, who was charged with sexual assault, indecency with a child and unlawful possession of a firearm. Wood's total bond was set at $13,000. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 20.

Priest 'was drunk' night body found

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Evening Times, ~ April 11, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A PARISH priest was drunk and upset the night the body of Polish student Angelika Kluk was found in his church, a murder trial heard.
   But parishioner Rita Bonner, 65, of Knightswood, Glasgow, denied to the court that Father Gerry Nugent was scared.
   The 63-year-old priest, who earlier told the trial that he had sex with Angelika in the summer of 2005 when she was only 22, had been ordered by police to leave his home in the chapel house at St Patrick's, Anderston, Glasgow.
   They had been searching for Angelika since she was reported missing four days earlier.

Church worker's diaries detail drunken, erratic behavior by Delray priest

  [42 yrs Skehan, Guinan] - RCC. Took $US 8.6m. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   South Florida Sun-Sentinel, By Missy Diaz, Posted April 11 2007
   FLORIDA -- In her journal entries, Colleen Head, a former employee of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, details how the Rev. John Skehan's drinking and antics ruined her trip to Ireland in 1999.
   Head, now 29, began working at the Delray Beach church at age 15. She was born and raised in St. Vincent's and married there in 2001. Her mother, Terese Roehm Duffey, also worked at the church.
   Sworn testimony of both women has been taken as part of the criminal investigation into grand theft charges against former pastors Skehan and Francis Guinan. Mother and daughter have been granted use immunity by the state and are not being prosecuted, according to their attorney, Michael Salnick.
   The priests are accused of misappropriating as much as $8.6 million from the church.

Judge considers archdiocese bankruptcy plan

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   KGW, Associated Press, Apr/11/2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The judge overseeing the first bankruptcy in the nation filed by a Roman Catholic diocese said Tuesday she expects to decide whether to approve the plan by the end of the week.
   U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris heard only one objection to the reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of Portland during final arguments over a proposed $75 million settlement for alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   Paul and Deborah DuFresne claim their son, Nathan, suffered emotional distress after being labeled a bully and expelled from St. Thomas More school in Portland.
   But Thomas Stilley, an attorney for the archdiocese, noted the case does not involve sexual abuse. He also argued there is more than enough money set aside - at least $3.8 million - for unsettled lawsuits, and the DuFresne case is the only one left.

Judge considering whether priests, attorneys are in contempt of court

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   North County Times, By SCOTT MARSHALL, April 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Two Catholic priests and three attorneys have been ordered to appear in bankruptcy court this afternoon to explain to a judge why they should not be held in contempt of court.
   The order from bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler is based on allegations that the priests and attorneys have tried improperly to transfer money between accounts while the bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is pending.
   The diocese filed for bankruptcy Feb. 28, bringing a halt to sexual abuse litigation on the eve of the first trial of an abuse case in San Diego. The diocese has offered to pay $95 million to settle the more than 140 sexual abuse claims filed against it, but attorneys for those who have sued in connection with alleged abuse by priests have said a fair settlement would be closer to $200 million.

Bishops say diocese meets safety standards

  - RCC.
   The Boston Globe, By David Abel, Globe Staff | April 11, 2007
   BOSTON (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has complied with national child protection safety standards, according to a report released yesterday.
   The report, commissioned by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, found the archdiocese met all 13 conference standards, such as effective responses to allegations of sexual abuse; promoting healing and reconciliation with survivors of clergy sexual abuse; running criminal checks on priests, deacons, and other personnel; and training children to recognize inappropriate touching.
   "While much has been achieved, I recognize that work must continue to be done in order to maintain safe environments in both our churches and schools," Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said in a statement. "Protecting our children and preventing sexual abuse remains paramount."

Diocese settles sexual abuse lawsuit

  [1967 Reardon, O'Brien] - RCC. US$60,000. Boy.
   The Kansas City Star, By JOE LAMBE, ~ April 11, 2007
   KANSAS CITY (MO) -- A Northland man has settled a lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and two former priests for alleged sexual abuse in 1967.
   The man, now in his 50s, contends that two priests molested him when he was 14 years old and that the diocese covered up sexual behavior by the priests for years.
   The $60,000 settlement reached earlier this year after mediation with the Platte County man is among the first by the diocese in a local priest sex case.
   The former priests, Thomas Reardon and Thomas O'Brien, are also named in several other pending sex abuse lawsuits for alleged acts decades ago. In all, about six former or active priests in the Kansas City area have been sued by more than two dozen plaintiffs in the last few years.

Dioceses' attorney to defend herself

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Arizona Daily Star, By Stephanie Innes, Apr.11.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A Tucson attorney was scheduled to appear in federal court in San Diego today to defend herself against claims that her client, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, attempted to shift funds to parishes without court approval.
   Susan G. Boswell is expected to appear before bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler at 2 p.m., along with lawyers for the San Diego Diocese's parishes and its newly formed Organization of Parishes, according to a court order.
   Boswell also represented the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson during its bankruptcy proceedings.
   Adler said Boswell must appear to "show cause why you should not be cited for contempt of court."

Revered DM bishop retires following illness

  - RCC.
   Des Moines Register, BY TONY LEYS AND SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, April 11, 2007
   DES MOINES (IA) -- Des Moines Bishop Joseph Charron retired Tuesday, after a 13-year tenure in which he led the Roman Catholic diocese to stronger financial footing, acted decisively against priests accused of child sexual abuse, addressed the needs of a growing Latino population, emphasized adult faith formation, and encouraged laity to participate in planning.
   The diocese covers the Des Moines area and southwest Iowa. It includes 82 parishes and almost 100,000 Catholics, making it the smallest of Iowa's four dioceses.
   Charron, 67, said he loves his job, but could not continue because of the pain and fatigue from a chronic form of an inflammatory disease. The stress of overseeing the diocese made his condition worse, he said, so he asked for the pope's permission to retire early.

Diocese calls transfers mix-up

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Union-Tribune By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- An apparent attempt to transfer church funds without a federal judge's permission was called a misunderstanding in declarations filed in bankruptcy court yesterday by attorneys representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
   The lawyers were responding to federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler's "order to show cause" why they and certain pastors should not be held in contempt and face sanctions.
   The diocese sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Feb. 27 in the face of numerous lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests in the diocese dating back decades.
   At issue is what the judge said was an apparent conspiracy by church officials and their attorneys to create new bank accounts, separate from diocese accounts, without her permission.

Limited child protection audits find most U.S. dioceses in compliance

  - RCC. 2 failed, and 4 failures weren't audited.
   Catholic Online, By Jerry Filteau, Catholic News Service ( www.catholicnews.com ), Apr/11/2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) - Twenty-seven of 29 Catholic dioceses and eparchies audited in 2006 complied with the church's national standards for child protection programs and the prevention of and response to sexual abuse, says a report released April 11.
   However, four dioceses that were not found in compliance in 2005 refused to participate in the 2006 audit.
   "The overall results of the 2006 audit are encouraging," said Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, chairwoman of the bishops' all-lay National Review Board. But she described the refusal of four dioceses to participate as "discouraging news."

Diocese attorneys threatened with contempt of court

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   The Press-Enterprise, By ALLISON HOFFMAN, The Associated Press, ~ April 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Six weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego are accused of moving to improperly transfer funds to parishes in an attempt to shield assets from any potential settlements with victims of clergy sexual abuse.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler ordered the lead attorney in the case to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Wednesday to explain why she and her colleagues should not be sanctioned for their alleged actions.
   In a sternly worded order issued Monday, Adler said attorneys Susan Boswell, Jeffry Davis and Victor Vilaplana, as well as two priests, appear to have "conspired with parishes" to create new bank accounts separate from the diocese. The judge wrote that the attorneys appeared to have misrepresented facts and may have violated court orders and bankruptcy laws.

Chapel's namesake under fire

  [Mons. McGinn] - RCC. Allegation only.
   The Desert Sun, by Mandy Zatynski, April 11, 2007
   PALM SPRINGS (CA) -- A Palm Springs pastor who may have a high school chapel named in his honor is one of three Coachella Valley priests the Diocese of San Diego says has been accused of sexual abuse.
   The Rev. Malachy McGinn, who died in 1997 after serving at St. Theresa Church in Palm Springs since 1985, was one of 38 priests with "credible" allegations included on a list published on the diocese's Web site March 30.
   Still, officials at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert said they may stick with plans to name their soon-to-be chapel on the school's new campus, which opened at its permanent location last month.
   "The placement of Monsignor McGinn's name on the Web site is the result of an allegation," said DoeDee Rover, president of the Xavier board. "At this point, it would be unfair or unjust to make any determination or alteration concerning the naming of the Xavier chapel."

Church Attorneys Threatened With Contempt Of Court

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved, lied to court. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   CBS 2, AP, ~ April 11, 2007
   SAN DIEGO, Calif., (AP) -- An attorney for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is due in court this afternoon to respond to a judge's threat to revoke her permit to practice.
   U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler accuses the diocese and its attorney, Susan Boswell, of misrepresenting the court's order with regard to parish assets. She is demanding that Boswell show financial transfers to parishes were not attempts to shield assets from any potential settlement with victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   Adler cited a March 29th letter sent by a diocese parish organization to pastors urging them to open new bank accounts and transfer any funds held in accounts under the diocese's taxpayer ID number. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 11, 2007 8:23 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed April 11, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Court sees footage of sex slave's rescue.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Court sees footage of sex slave’s rescue

 
   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au/aap story.aspx? StoryName= 372766 , 15:13 WST, April 12, 2007
   PERTH: A Perth court has been shown dramatic video footage of the moment police rescued a teenage boy held captive as a sex slave by two paedophiles for three weeks.
   As police enter the house where the then 14-year-old boy was being held, they find him sitting on a bed with one of the men.
   In the footage, an officer tells the boy: "You're safe now, that's the main thing."
   A police witness said he asked the boy, who cannot be named, if he wanted to be there and the boy replied: "No, these guys are paedophiles."
   Robbie Sebastian Wheeler, 43, and Victor Leslie Urquhart, 46, are on trial in the West Australian District Court, accused of plotting to wilfully murder the boy.
   Wheeler and Urquhart have already pleaded guilty to kidnapping, indecently dealing with and sexually assaulting the boy between August 30 and September 19, 2005, but have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill him.
   In the video, Wheeler answers the door and police walk into a rear bedroom where they find the boy with Urquhart.
   "They said they were police and I thought 'thank God'," the boy said in a pre-recorded interview.
   Urquhart tells police in the footage he does not know the boy or know that he has been missing for three weeks, and denies indecently dealing with the boy.
   Earlier, real estate agent Sheron Julie Bednarek told the jury she saw two men approach the boy in the street the day he was kidnapped.
   "The little boy didn't talk to him though, he was playing a game," Ms Bednarek said.
   When the men walked off, the boy followed, she said.
   "I was concerned, so I'd written it down."
   Ms Bednarek said she reported what she'd seen to police the next day and was contacted three weeks later when she picked Wheeler out from a police photo identification board, leading police to his home.
   The boy said Wheeler and Urquhart told him they would free him on a set date and even let him cross off the days on a calendar, but then kept changing the date.
   "They said ... they were going to pack up, chain me to the bed and skip the state," the boy said.
   "Once they were there they were going to call police and let them know where I was."
   The boy said Wheeler told him they were going to Sydney but he did not believe his captor.
   Wheeler's lawyer has said his client may have had a "sick fantasy" to kill the boy but there was no conspiracy to actually do so.
   The trial continues. AAP #
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• Witness: 'I saw boy with men'.  - No religion link. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Witness: ‘I saw boy with men’

 
   Perth Now powered by The Sunday Times Online (Perth, W. Australia), www.news.com. au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21533502-2761, 00.html , by Nicoloas Perpitch, April 12, 2007
   PERTH: A WOMAN has told a court she was so concerned at seeing a young boy walk off with two men who approached him in the street that she wrote down the details.
   The female witness was giving evidence in the trial of two pedophiles accused of plotting to murder a teenage boy they kidnapped and held for three weeks.
   Robbie Sebastian Wheeler, 43, and Victor Leslie Urquhart, 46, are on trial in the West Australian District Court accused of conspiring to wilfully murder the then 14-year-old boy.
   Real estate agent Sheron Julie Bednarek told the jury today that on the afternoon of August 30, 2005 she saw one of two men approach the boy.
   "There were two men going across the road . . . and a little boy came along behind and one of the men came back . . . and started talking to the little boy," Ms Bednarek said.
   "The little boy didn't talk to him though, he was playing a game."
   The man then went back to the other man before returning to the boy, Ms Bednarek said.
   "Then they walked off . . . and the boy followed.
   "I was concerned, so I'd written it down."
   The next day, when Ms Bednarek's receptionist told her a boy was missing, she reported what she'd seen to the police.
   Three weeks later, Ms Bednarek picked Wheeler out from a police photo identification board and police raided the home where the boy was being held.
   Wheeler and Urquhart have already pleaded guilty to kidnapping, indecently dealing with and sexually assaulting the boy, but have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill him. #
   The trial continues. #
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Thu April 12, 2007 edition:


Parents Warned About Accused Priest

  [? 2000s Hoang*] - RCC. Child. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KOIN, www.koin.com/ Global/story. asp?S=6361879 , ~ April 12, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- An abuse-victim group is appealing to parents at a local Catholic school where an alleged child molester used to work.
   SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, passed out fliers after school Wednesday at St. Pius in northwest Portland. They warned parents about Father Joseph Hoang, who worked at the school from 2002 to 2004.
   Hoang, accused of molesting a child in Portland, is on administrative leave from his church. The 39-year-old has been the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tillamook since September 2004. The allegations do not involve a church member.
   "There may be a family here that has no idea that this priest has been accused of abuse and has unwittingly welcome Hoang into their home and put their children at risk," SNAP member Mary Grant told KOIN News 6. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 12, 2007 4:53 PM]

'Whistleblower' Catholic Priest Writes to Top Baptists

  - Christians help each other.
   Lawfuel, April 12, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC) - Lawsuit Newswire -- A priest and canon lawyer who first warned of the Catholic sex scandal in the mid-1980s has written to officials of the largest Protestant denomination urging them to act now to better protect kids.
   Father Thomas Doyle of Vienna, Virginia is prodding Southern Baptist officials to consider that, to make children safer, they may need to find "a new way" to institute accountability for Baptist clergy.
   A self-help group for victims of clergy sex abuse has been urging Southern Baptists to do what Catholics and other faith groups have done by establishing a review board to hear molestation reports and instituting a 'zero-tolerance' policy.
   The Chicago-based support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other Clergy (SNAPnetwork.org), delivered those requests to Southern Baptist officials last September. They took no action on SNAP's requests, and said they have "no authority" over autonomous Baptist churches.
   Doyle points out that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also claimed to have "no direct authority" over any diocese, "each of which is civilly and canonically independent." Yet in 2002, after hundreds of victims spoke up and the scandal reached national proportions, an oversight mechanism was nevertheless finally created.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces Appointment of Rev. Gerard McGlone, SJ, PhD, to Key Position

  - RCC. McGlone's thesis was on RC priest seducers.
   Catholic Online, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MEDIA ADVISORY, Catholic PRWire, APRIL 12, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces that Reverend Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., Ph.D., will serve as the Director of Clinical Services for Saint John Vianney Center, which is operated by Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Father McGlone begins the new position in early June 2007. "I am delighted, humbled and honored to be selected for this unique position," said Father McGlone. "Officials at the Saint John Vianney Center were seeking a psychologist who is a priest because they value the integration of psychological and spiritual issues. That kind of approach can have a very positive influence on the future direction of the Catholic Church."
   Father McGlone, a native Philadelphian, is a priest of the Society of Jesus and is currently a member of the Saint Joseph's University Jesuit Community. His academic credentials include a doctoral degree in clinical psychology as well as four master's degrees in theology and psychology. His dissertation topic focused on Roman Catholic clerical sexual offenders and his past research at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been on non-clerical sexual offenders.

Report faults dioceses training

  - RCC.
   Cincinnati Post, Staff and wire reports, April 12, 2007
   CINCINNATI (OH) -- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati was one of only two American dioceses not in compliance with the Roman Catholic Church's national standards for prevention of sexual abuse, a new report finds.
   The report, issued Wednesday on behalf of the National Review Board, the lay group the bishops created to implement their standards, showed that in 2006, only the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont didn't fully comply with the standards.
   Both dioceses needed to complete safe environment training for all volunteers who work with children, said William A. Gavin, president of the Massachusetts-based Gavin group, which did the audits.
   Both dioceses had been very conscientious about working toward full compliance, Gavin said, and he expected they would reach that goal this year.

Hunterdon priest won't take deal in sex abuse case

  [1994-95 Banko] - RCC. Boy/s.
   The Star-Ledger, Posted 11:44AM, April 12, 2007
   NEW JERSEY --A former Hunterdon County priest maintains his innocence in the latest child sexual abuse allegations brought against him and will not accept a plea deal from prosecutors, his attorney said today.
   However, the attorney for the Rev. John M. Banko requested that prosecutors prepare a plea offer for the record as a formality. In a pretrial conference before Superior Court Judge Roger Mahon in Flemington, public defender Peter Abatemarco said the former priest is not guilty of the charges he was indicted on in September.
   Banko, 60, is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence stemming from his 2002 conviction for performing oral sex on a young boy in the sacristy of a Roman Catholic church's community center after two Sunday Masses in the 1990s. The latest charges allege he abused another young boy around the same time as the first. The September indictment claims the victim was younger than 16 when the abuse occurred, and that it took place while Banko was serving as a pastor at a Milford church on or around Sept. 1, 1994, and May 15, 1995.

Priest in sex rap asked: surface

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for April 13, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- FR. BENEDICTO Ejares was urged to surface and answer all charges against him, if only to clear his name.
   Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo believes the priest is still in the country anyway and will not be able to leave, after the Bureau of Immigration placed him in their watch list.
   He also urged the Archdiocese of Cebu to have the priest come forward.

CNN's Roberts speaks about disclosure of sexual abuse as a teen

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Boston Herald, By Mark A. Perigard, Boston Herald TV Critic, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Last month, Thomas Roberts made the most difficult decision of his life.
   The CNN Headline News Anchor revealed to millions of viewers that he had been sexually abused by a Catholic priest when he was a teenager.
   Roberts feared the fallout. He worried about losing his career.
   Since his admission on "Anderson Cooper 360," Roberts says he's been flooded with viewer response - nearly all positive.
   "Since the special aired, the response has been overwhelming supportive and kind and compassionate. There have been some detractors - they will come out of the woodwork - but overall, it has been amazing," he said.

Lawyer urges church to present Fr. Ben Ejares

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Philippine Star, By Fred P. Languido, The Freeman, Apr/13/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- The legal counsel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has urged the Archdiocese of Cebu to present Father Benedicto Ejares and let him answer the charges that the National Bureau of Investigation has filed over his alleged lascivious conduct towards several high school students who participated in a religious seminar five months ago.
   Councilor Gerardo Carillo believes that the church officials are aware of the whereabouts of Ejares contrary to the claim of Msgr. Achilles Dakay that they do not know where the priest is.
   "Dili ko motoo nga wa sila mahibawo kon hain ang pari, kahibawo gyud na sila sa whereabouts," Carillo said over radio station dyLA.
   He added that instead of hiding the priest and let the controversy affect the church they should present him so he can answer the charges.

Priest Involved in Abuse Scandal to Attend Annunciation House Event

  [Cardinal Mahony] - RCC.
   Newspaper Tree, by Jeff Berg, Posted on April 12, 2007
   So why would Annunciation select as this year's recipient Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinal Roger Mahony, who is deeply embroiled in the 550-plus cases of sexual abuse suffered by children at the hands of priests?
   TEXAS -- Annunciation House opened its doors in 1978. Run by well-meaning volunteers, their mission is exclusively to give voices to the voiceless- the poor, the bewildered, the immigrant, and the oppressed. The reward for these volunteers, in part, apparently is to 'live the Good News of the Gospel'.
   The need, being ever present and non-stop, has seen the expansion of their services to five houses, on both sides of the border, which provide temporary shelter, food, and services for those in want.
   The volunteers who staff and live onsite at these refuges commit to a one-year assignment to assist anyone who comes to the doors.
   And Annunciation is Gospel centered, as noted in their mission statement.

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   The Herald, April 12, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A lawyer yesterday accused police of embarking on a "shambolic" search for the Polish student Angelika Kluk, as a jury heard how the man accused of her murder disappeared soon after officers arrived at the church where her body was eventually found.
   Defence QC Donald Findlay listed a catalogue of mistakes he claimed had been made during what was, at the time in September last year, a missing person inquiry.
   The body of Angelika, 23, was discovered four days later under the floor of St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow. Chauffeur Martin Macaskill, 40 - the student's married lover - reported Angelika missing after failing to get any reply to phone or text messages or find her in her room.
   Constable Barry Hendren, 27, who had been on the beat for five months, told the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday how he and constable Caroline Wilson were sent to St Patrick's about 11.30pm on September 25. The officer told the court he and his colleague were met by Mr Macaskill and parish priest Father Gerry Nugent, 63, who earlier told the trial that he too had a sexual relationship with Angelika.

SNAP Comments on Drop in Clergy Abuse Cases

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Voice from the Desert, ~ April 12, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Here is an April 10, 2007, press release from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) on an AP story that said clergy sexual abuse claims dropped last year. The AP story follows the SNAP press release. ...
   Bishops will 'spin' these numbers to claim they've 'turned the corner,' ignoring the fact that the overwhelming majority of victims still haven't and probably won't ever speak up, but will instead continue to suffer in shame, secrecy and self-blame.
   The sad truth is that this entire process is essentially a PR sham based on self-reported 'statistics' given by bishops themselves, the very same men who got us into this mess.
   If the number of cases bishops hear is declining, it may be because more victims are now reporting child sex crimes to police officials, not church officials. But we fear it's because many victims refuse to speak up because they see bishops continuing to posture, stonewall and deceive. It's crucial that witnesses and victims keep speaking up. When victims and witnesses come forward, there's at least a chance for healing, prevention, justice and truth telling. When they stay silent, kids stay at risk and sex crimes stay hidden.

Bill would lift cap on prosecuting child sex crimes

  [Her uncle] - 5-y-o girl.
   Ventura County Star, By Timm Herdt, therdt@VenturaCountyStar.com , April 11, 2007
   SACRAMENTO (CA) -- Lisa Kawai of Camarillo was 42 years old last year when she finally received a sense of justice for a crime that had tormented her since she was 5.
   On Tuesday, she came to the state Capitol in an attempt to ensure that future generations in California will be able to find the same relief.
   Kawai testified in support of a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex crimes against a child. Because Florida has such a law, Kawai's uncle last year was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for molestations of family members that he committed decades ago.

Bishop Skylstad asked to resign

  [50yrs Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 161 survivors.
   Spokesman Review, by John Stucke, April 12, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) -- Four prominent Spokane Catholics have asked Bishop William Skylstad to resign, saying the $48 million bankruptcy deal he struck to settle sex-abuse claims against the Spokane Catholic Diocese is a "complete disaster."
   The four men, Donald Herak, Thomas Tilford, James Workland, and Ronald Caferro, met with and wrote letters to Skylstad and vowed, "we will not contribute one dime to this unfortunate, costly and mistaken mediated settlement."
   The ultimatum to resign underscores fractures within the Catholic community about how best to handle the priest sex abuse crisis that persuaded the bishop to take the diocese into [? bankruptcy administration.]
   "We detect a backlash in the parishes, which we believe will only become more active when the complete details of the settlement are disclosed to the parishioners," they wrote, calling themselves The Committee Seeking the Resignation of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane.

Lincoln Diocese again opts out of sex abuse audit

  [2006 Lincoln Diocese] - RCC.
   Lincoln Journal Star, By BOB REEVES / 05:15:34 pm CDT, Wednesday, Apr 11, 2007
   LINCOLN (NE) -- Once again, the Lincoln Roman Catholic Diocese has been singled out as the country's only diocese that refused to participate in an annual audit of sex abuse data.
   More than 99 percent of dioceses and eparchies nationwide responded to the voluntary survey of sex abuse claims and compliance with bishops' guidelines on protection of children and young people, according to a release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
   Only the Lincoln Diocese and a small Melkite Catholic eparchy in Massachusetts refused to participate. "The Diocese of Lincoln is operating in full compliance with all civil and all laws of the Catholic Church concerning the abuse of minors," Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz said in a prepared statement.
   "The Catholic Church teaches that all homosexual acts and any sexual abuse of minors or others are mortal sins. Such sins and heinous crimes should be appropriately punished by the authorities of the church and the state."

Priest accused of theft was obsessed, jealous, ex-worker's diary says

  [42 yrs Skehan, Guinan] - RCC. Took $US 8.6m. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Palm Beach Post, By Larry Keller, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   DELRAY BEACH (FL) -- Not only is the Rev. John Skehan charged with misappropriating millions of dollars from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, but also he was a drunken, obsessed and jealous man, according to a former church employee.
   Colleen Head, now 29, began working at the church in her teens and was married there in 2001. Her mother, Terese Duffey, also worked at the church.
   Skehan, 79, paid for Head to visit him in his native Ireland in 1999, where he spent summers. In a diary she kept of the trip and turned over to prosecutors, Head described her love of Ireland and her revulsion for Skehan.
   The priest was a drunken driver, obsessed with her and jealous of her relationship with his nephew, Sean Kennedy, Head wrote in the diary.
   "Father Skehan has driven me crazy!" she wrote in one entry. "He is such an ass!"

County will pay $3,000 for O'Connell suit research

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. 2 men shot dead. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Hudson Star-Observer, By Judy Wiff, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- St. Croix County's Finance Committee agreed Thursday to allocate $3,000 for legal research for the judge who is presiding over the O'Connell family's civil lawsuit against Catholic bishops.
   Last August the parents, sister and brothers of Daniel O'Connell filed a lawsuit against U.S. Catholic bishops asking for the names of an estimated 5,000 priests the American church has identified as sexual abusers and predators since the 1950s.
   O'Connell and intern James Ellison were found shot to death at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson Feb. 5, 2002. The O'Connell family and their attorneys claim the murders occurred after Dan O'Connell confronted Father Ryan Erickson of St. Patrick's Church about alleged sexual abuse of boys.
   The civil suit initially named 178 defendants. Nine have since been dismissed.

Porn destruction pending

  [Yarrosh] - Christian. Paying to keep porn evidence stored.
   The Republican and Herald, BY PETER BORTNER, pbortner@republicanherald.com , Apr/11/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA --Tuesday's scheduled hearing on whether to destroy child pornography owned by a former associate pastor of a Schuylkill Haven church has been postponed until the cleric's appeal of his state prison sentence is resolved.
   However, the Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 59, of Orwigsburg, must open his wallet to keep the pornography while he appeals his sentence of four to 10 years behind bars, President Judge William E. Baldwin ruled in a one-page order made available Tuesday.
   "Continued storage (of the pornography) must be at his expense since that material has not been admitted into evidence," Baldwin wrote.
   Baldwin's latest decision vacated his earlier order allowing the destruction of the pornography, which Yarrosh had stored at a U-RENT-IT self-storage business in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, and a vacant house in Jim Thorpe. Yarrosh's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Christopher W. Hobbs, had objected to destruction of the material while he is appealing the sentence.

Attorney won't be cited for contempt

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. New Tax Nos. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Arizona Daily Star, By Stephanie Innes | Apr.12.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday released Tucson attorney Susan G. Boswell from possible contempt of court, but ordered an external audit of the finances of her client, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
   Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler also criticized diocese attorneys for what she described as a lack of transparency in presenting their finances to the court.
   Boswell says a misunderstanding led to claims that she appeared to conspire with the diocese in an attempt to shift money to parishes without court approval.
   In a response filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, Boswell and officials with the Diocese of San Diego said they had no prior knowledge about a memo sent out by the newly formed Organization of Parishes that encouraged parishes to obtain new taxpayer-identification numbers.

Federal judge orders audit of San Diego diocese funds

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. New Tax Nos. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   The Desert Sun, by Allison Hoffman, The Associated Press, April 12, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday ordered an external audit of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego amid accusations church leaders are trying to hide assets to avoid payment to sex abuse victims.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler had earlier threatened the diocese with contempt for misrepresenting facts and possibly violating bankruptcy laws. She criticized church attorneys for failing to include 770 parish accounts in bankruptcy documents.
   "This is the most Byzantine accounting system I've ever seen," Adler said. "I am mystified."
   The contempt threat Monday came six weeks after the diocese sought bankruptcy protection amid lawsuits by more than 140 people who accuse priests of sexual abuse.

NBI files raps vs. priest in ANS controversy

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Philippine Star, By Fred P. Languido and Wenna A. Berondo, The Freeman, Apr/12/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- A priest earlier accused of sexually harassing several students from Abellana National School was formally charged with seven counts of acts of lasciviousness in relation to child abuse before the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office.
   The National Bureau of Investigation yesterday filed seven counts for violation of Article 339 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Article 6, Section 10 (a) of the Republic Act 7610 otherwise known as the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Expoitation and Discrimination and Republic Act 7877 or the Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 against Fr. Benedicto Ejares.
   The NBI found out that Fr. Ejares should be indicted of the above cases after seven of the more than 20 student participants of the Life in the Spirit Seminar at the Abellana National School in November last year accused him of inappropriately touching their private parts.

Priest named, charged in sex scam in Cebu

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children.
   GMA News, ~ April 12, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- Almost five months after the incident, the National Bureau of Investigation finally charged a priest accused of sexually harassing high school students during a Life in the Spirit seminar in Cebu City.
   Sun-Star Cebu reported Thursday that the NBI sought charges against Fr. Benedicto Ejares before the city prosecutor's office Wednesday afternoon.
   The NBI recommended that Ejares be charged with seven counts of acts of lasciviousness in relation to the anti-child abuse law, and a separate complaint for sexual harassment.
   In filing the complaint, NBI regional chief lawyer Medardo de Lemos finally revealed the identity of the priest, whom investigators said failed to answer repeated subpoenas.

Judge considers archdiocese bankruptcy plan

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   East Oregonian, The Associated Press, ~ April 12, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR), (AP) - The judge overseeing the first bankruptcy in the nation filed by a Roman Catholic diocese said Tuesday she expects to decide whether to approve the plan by the end of the week.
   U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris heard only one objection to the reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of Portland during final arguments over a proposed $75 million settlement for alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   Paul and Deborah DuFresne claim their son, Nathan, suffered emotional distress after being labeled a bully and expelled from St. Thomas More school in Portland.
   But Thomas Stilley, an attorney for the archdiocese, noted the case does not involve sexual abuse. He also argued there is more than enough money set aside - at least $3.8 million - for unsettled lawsuits, and the DuFresne case is the only one left.

Diocese has not yet fully completed abuse training

  [Burlington Diocese] - RCC. Nearly there.
   Times Argus, By Kevin O'Connor, Rutland Herald, April 12, 2007
   VERMONT -- Vermont's Catholic Church is one of only two dioceses in the nation that has not fully complied with a toughened policy to prevent sexual abuse by priests, an independent report said Wednesday.
   Bishop Salvatore Matano said the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is one article away from meeting the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" adopted by U.S. bishops five years ago at the height of a priest misconduct scandal.
   Both the Vermont diocese and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have yet to complete "safe environment training" of all volunteers who work with children, according to the Gavin Group, a private auditing firm hired by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Study: Vermont Catholic diocese lags behind in child sex abuse prevention training

  [Burlington Diocese] - RCC. Nearly there.
   Burlington Free Press By Sam Hemingway, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   VERMONT -- The statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington lags behind nearly every other diocese in the country in setting up training programs to protect children from sexual abuse, a new study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has found.
   "It's a message to Burlington that they've got to work harder," said Sister Marie Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the national bishops' organization in Washington, D.C. "Most people were able to meet the requirements."
   The study, a follow-up of a 2005 audit of 18 church dioceses that had failed to establish sex-abuse prevention programs as mandated by the church, said only the dioceses in Burlington and Cincinnati had not complied with the so-called Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Former Broward priest accused of paying boys for sex during counseling

  [1980s Doherty] - RCC. 3 boys.
   Sun-Sentinel, By Madeline Baró Diaz, Miami Bureau, Posted April 12 2007
   MIAMI (FL) -- Three men have accused a former Broward County priest awaiting trial on sexual molestation charges of paying them for sex when they were boys and turning them into prostitutes.
   The allegations in three lawsuits filed Wednesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against the Archdiocese of Miami are the latest naming the Rev. Neil Doherty, former pastor of St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Margate. Each suit seeks more than $25 million in damages.
   The three men, now in their 30s, met Doherty in the 1980s when they were around 10 to 15 years old as part of church outreach programs in Miami, the lawsuits said. At the time, Doherty was serving as a priest in Miami-Dade County.

Portland diocese complying

  - RCC.
   Portland Press Herald, Associated Press, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   PORTLAND (ME) -- The Diocese of Portland was one of 11 Roman Catholic dioceses across the country found to be in full compliance with protocols set in motion in 2002 to safeguard children as a clergy sex abuse crisis battered the church.
   After falling short last year, the Portland diocese is 100 percent complaint in all 13 areas included in the Catholic Church's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, known as the Dallas Charter, said Bishop Richard Malone.
   According to the audit, which reviewed the period from mid-December 2005 to August, all 4,926 clergy, employees and volunteers in the diocese have undergone background checks.

D'Arcy looks back on 50 years as a priest

  - RCC/
   South Bend Tribune, By LYN STEGEMILLER, ~ April 12, 2007
   SOUTH BEND (IN) -- The Most Rev. John M. D'Arcy, bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, finds he has something in common with Frank Sinatra.
   Regrets? Yes, he's had a few but, then again, too few to mention.
   A smiling D'Arcy cites the song lyrics as he talks about his five decades as a Roman Catholic priest. The diocese will mark the 50th anniversary of his ordination with a celebration in Fort Wayne on Sunday. ...
   He arrived with the national priest sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church and was lauded for having sent warning letters to his superiors about priests' misconduct.
   Locally, D'Arcy reported in 2003 that 16 priests had sexually abused 33 children in the diocese since 1950, with the last credible complaint of physical sexual abuse being in 1987.
   It was not hard to know what to do, he says of handling the local situation, but it was "awful" listening to the stories of the victims and their parents. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 12, 2007 7:52 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu April 12, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Accused murder plot duo left notes.  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 

Accused murder plot duo left notes

 
   The Australian, http://theaust ralian.news. com.au/story/ 0,20867,2154 8350-2702,00. html , by Alana Buckley-Carr, April 13, 2007
   PERTH: A HANDWRITTEN murder blueprint outlined the chilling plans of two male lovers to stake out hostels and soup kitchens with the hope of finding a young boy to kidnap and live out their depraved sexual fantasy on, a court has heard.
   Notepads and torn envelopes were presented to Perth District Court yesterday in the trial of Victor Lesley Urquhart, 46, and his lover, Robbie Sebastian Wheeler, 43.
   The men are on trial for conspiring to murder a 14-year-old boy, whom they have already admitted kidnapping and sexually abusing over a three-week period.
   In a day of dramatic evidence yesterday, video footage of the teenager's police rescue was played to the court. The video shows officers presenting Wheeler with a search warrant before the teenager and a topless Urquhart are found sitting on a bed in the back of the house.
   Urquhart can be seen hurriedly putting on a shirt while the boy is asked by police how he has been treated.
   Sergeant Adrian Reynolds told the court the boy told police the men were pedophiles.
   "I was surprised to see (the boy) sitting there on the bed, probably not as surprised as he was to see us," Sergeant Reynolds said.
   The police video reveals the extraordinary conditions the boy was held in, handcuffed to a bed in a small room, with the curtains drawn, television blaring and various sex aids scattered around.
   Also seized from the house, on a busy Perth highway, were notepads with drawings depicting a bigger man having sex with a smaller person.
   Some of the documents read "cover bed in plastic, cruise pref straight boy, dark roads, quiet streets, like to pick the younger the better, give him a drink of valium".
   Other notes said the boy had been asking a lot of questions while another said it was time to get rid of him.
   The jury was also told the men had repeatedly changed their minds about when the boy's captivity would end.
   In recorded police interviews, the boy said: "They were discussing about how one day during the week they were going to pack up the stuff they wanted to take with them.
   "They were going to chain me to the bed and skip the state and they were going to alert the police to where I was."
   He told of being allowed to mark off a calendar, counting down the days to when he would be allowed to go home.
   But the prosecution claims the boy was kidnapped with the men intending to kill him and then dump his body.
   Also giving evidence, real estate agent Sheron Bednarek told of how she helped police find the missing teenager.
   Ms Bednarek was having a cigarette break outside her office when she spotted two men talking to a much younger boy. She said the boy then followed the men further down a busy Perth highway.
   Although she kept watching them until they were out of sight, she did not report the sighting until two days after the boy's disappearance.
   "It was my birthday the next day so I hadn't seen the media," she said.
   Ms Bednarek said she had noted what she had seen in her diary because she thought it was unusual.
   But it was not until three weeks later that police contacted her to view a photoboard.
   Four hours after she identified Wheeler as one of the men she had seen, police attended the house and found the boy sitting on the bed in the back of the house.
   The trial continues. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm#accused
[Apr 13, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Fri April 13, 2007 edition:


Loyola College Removes Priest For Old Allegations

  [ 1994 Ory -NEW* (Jesuit)] - RCC. Many allegations. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WJZ, http://wjz.com/ local/local_story_ 103123500.html , ~ April 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD), (AP) -- Loyola College removed a Jesuit clergy member from its Baltimore campus after learning he had been fired from a Jesuit high school in Dallas 13 years ago because of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and because he acknowledged to serving alcohol to minors.
   Claude Ory, 69, was removed from his position managing the Jesuits' Ignatius House residence last month at the request of Loyola's president, Rev. Brian Linnane, school officials told The Baltimore Examiner.
   Loyola spokesman Mark Kelly said he believed Linnane learned of the allegations involving Ory when he became president in 2005. "The college felt, and the Jesuit Province agreed, that it did not want someone with any of those kind of allegations near campus," Kelly said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 13, 2007 1:49 PM]

Cardinal blames the 60s for Catholic Church abuse

  [2007 Cardinal McCarrick -NEW*] - RCC. Dodges blame. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   New Zealand Herald, www.nzherald. co.nz/category/ story.cfm?c_ id=301&objectid =10434224 , By Simon Collins, for Saturday April 14, 2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- One of the United States' most senior cardinals says the Catholic Church has learned its lesson after paying out US$1.7 billion ($2.3 billion) in legal costs and settlements for sexual abuse by priests and other church officials.
   Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who arrived in Auckland yesterday to speak at a eucharistic convention this weekend, said the Church in the US now had a policy of "zero tolerance" towards any priest found guilty of any sexual offence against a child.
   "If there is one proven case of a priest or religious worker who has improperly dealt with a child, then that person is removed."
   [COMMENT: For decades (? centuries) the RCC used to transfer such people, or make laughable attempts to cure them at monasteries or in modern times at holiday camps pretending to be psychological re-programming centres.  After such "cures", they would be transferred to another parish, and seduce again.  Some of them are in Rome or nearby to this day, and others are being winkled out in various countries.
   Let us hope that the New Zealand people can see right through Cardinal McCarrick's story, helped perhaps by 2 sets of news: The alcoholic priest and the murdered 23-year-old Angelika in Scotland (reported ~ March 29, 2007 onwards), and the U.S. Jesuit named Claude Ory, whose sexploits led to him being removed from one posting in 1994, but he turns up in the Church's employ, now being dismissed again in 2007 (~ April 13, 2007 newsitems).  Or read about centuries of seduction, written by Doyle, Sipe, and Wall: www.multiline. com.au/~johnm/ ethics/ carnalbooks. htm# sexpriests .   COMMENT ENDS.]

Iowa Supreme Court rejects lawsuit against diocese

  [1960s Cigrand -NEW*] - RCC. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KWQC, ~ April 13, 2007
   DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a former altar boy who claimed he was abused by a priest during the 1960s at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan.
   The lawsuit, filed in 2004, claimed the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque was responsible because it employed the Reverend Nicholas Cigrand. He died in 1976.
   The diocese filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming Cigrand was never an employee of the diocese, but was an employee of the church, which was a separate legal entity.
   A district judge in Dubuque County dismissed the case after it was found that the man failed to provide evidence to support his claims. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 13, 2007 5:55 PM]

ABC's 20/20 to investigate Southern Baptist sex abuse

  - Baptist.
   Church Executive, By Hannah Elliott, ~ April 13, 2007
   NEW YORK -- With awareness of sexual abuse by clergy in Southern Baptist churches on the increase, a well-known television newsmagazine is taking notice.
   In a show -- scheduled to air the evening of April 13 -- called "Preacher Predators," ABC's "20/20" will examine the problem of sexual predators in Baptist churches as well as those of other denominations. According to ABC producers, the show will also study the unique role that Baptist polity and autonomy can play in perpetuating or resolving the problem.
   Producers said they decided to investigate sexual abuse because several Baptist ministers in states across the South have been prosecuted for sex crimes within the last year.
   Frank Page, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, agreed to appear on the program. Page, in an open letter explaining why he chose to speak in a show he said may prove "overwhelmingly negative," said he spoke to ABC producers because "even one instance of sexual abuse is too much." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 13, 2007 6:02 PM]

Preachers Accused of Sins, and Crimes

  - Protestants, too.
   ABC News, By JIM AVILA, BONNIE VAN GILDER, and MATT LOPEZ, April 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Sanctuaries are designed to make us feel safe. They provide us peace and a place to pray. Bells call the good to worship and warn the evil to stay away.
   This is the kind of American church that a young Christa Brown was drawn to. As a teenager in the 1960s, Brown learned to love music and her God. She grew up in the church, sang in the choir and played the piano.
   But as Brown would find out, churches don't always protect the innocent. Sometimes these sanctuaries shield the guilty and even lure predators to a place where young people gather.
   The Catholic Church has been widely criticized for how it handled instances of priests sexually abusing young people. And a six-month investigation by "20/20" found Protestant ministers, supposed men of God from every denomination, sexually abusing the children who trusted them. The investigation uncovered "preacher predators" in every corner of the country.
   Watch the story on "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. EDT

Activists assail bishop for handling of clergy misconduct

  - RCC shielding offenders.
   Yakima Herald-Republic, By JANE GARGAS, ~ April 13, 2007
   YAKIMA (WA) -- A national organization that monitors clergy abuse strongly criticized the Catholic Diocese of Yakima, asking Bishop Carlos Sevilla in a Thursday letter to apologize publicly for his handling of two cases of alleged misconduct by clergy.
   Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, faxed the letter to the bishop, calling for a diocesan investigation and for more outreach to find victims of abuse.
   "We are writing to you, Bishop Sevilla, because there is compelling evidence that the Diocese of Yakima is continuing a long and disturbing pattern of protecting errant clergy and failing to protect children and youth," the letter stated.
   This is the first time that the group, headquartered in Chicago, has initiated criticism of the Yakima Diocese.

Oregon archdiocese ends bankruptcy with abuse deal

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
   Reuters, April 13, 2007
   PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland formally emerged from bankruptcy on Friday with a $75 million settlement plan after 2-1/2 years of court wrangling over how to pay victims of alleged sex abuse by priests.
   The archdiocese, facing mounting potential financial claims from 175 people who accused clergy of sex abuse, filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2004, the first in the nation to do so.
   Four other dioceses followed suit in the wake of the priest abuse scandal, which erupted in Boston in 2002 and has affected almost every Catholic diocese in the United States.
   "All of the known child sexual abuse claims that precipitated the filing of the bankruptcy petition have either been disallowed or are settled and will be paid in full on the effective date of the plan," the opinion issued by Judge Elizabeth Perris of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon said.

Long Island Catholic church faces sex abuse lawsuit

  [50yrs Rockville Centre Diocese] - RCC.
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, Published April 13, 2007
   MINEOLA, New York State -- America's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese is headed to trial next week in a $150 million (€110.85 million) lawsuit related to a youth minister who raped and sodomized teenagers - part of a wave of lawsuits against U.S. churches since the sex abuse scandal broke five years ago.
   But this case is unique, despite its familiar scenario of youths abused by religious leaders: It could be one of the few decided by a jury, rather than a quiet, out-of-court settlement.
   The U.S. Conference of Bishops estimates abuse-related costs from lawsuits have exceeded $1.5 billion (€1.11 billion), the majority out-of-court settlements. Many of the alleged acts took place long before statutes of limitations expired. On Long Island, a grand jury found nearly two dozen cases of abuse going back decades in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, America's sixth largest with 1.3 million Catholics in 134 parishes.
   "It is rare" for such cases to go to a jury, said Steve Rubino, a New Jersey lawyer who has handled hundreds of other church sex abuse cases. He cited a variety of factors favoring a settlement, including the desire to prevent details of the alleged abuse from going public.

Bishop tells parishioners Catholic community on hook for abuse

  [50yrs Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 161 survivors.
   KHQ, ~ April 13, 2007
   SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Roman Catholic Bishop William Skylstad says today's church parishioners must atone for the actions of pedophile priests decades ago. In a letter in response to calls for his resignation over a proposed $48 million dollar settlement with victims of past clergy abuse, Skylstad says parishioners may not like it, "but that is the way it is."
   The 82 parishes in the Eastern Washington diocese are on the hook for contributing $10 million dollars toward the settlement by the end of this year. The settlement could be approved later this month in U-S Bankruptcy Court in Spokane.
   Four prominent Catholic businessmen wrote Skylstad saying they don't intend to contribute "a cent" to the settlement and urged him to step aside so another bishop could review the payouts. Skylstad replied that the settlement is necessary to bring the church out of the sex abuse crisis.

The no-name controversy in the Catholic Church

  [Decades - USA RCC] - RCC. 635 more victims.
   Spero News, By William Donohue, ~ April 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- On April 11, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released the 2006 report on clergy sex abuse. Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in response, "Rachel Zoll of Associated Press did her usual fine work, but because most of the news was good, her piece was either ignored or drastically reduced by most newspapers. Here are some of the key findings:
   • Of the 635 credible accusations made in 2006, 71 percent of the alleged cases took place between 1960 and 1984. Only 2 percent occurred in 2006.
   • Most-71 percent-of the accused are either dead or have been removed from ministry; some are missing.
   • 80 percent of the alleged victims are male.
   "In other words, the abuse flared during the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ended when AIDS was discovered in 1981.
   [COMMENT: Sex abuse doesn't follow the same public exposure paths as theft or murder!  The victims from the 1980s to the present day will still be coming forward in 30 to 50 or more years.  New current cases are still being reported, so it is obvious that religious leaders (not only Christian) have NOT stopped being tempted, and falling into these sins, AND being hidden by their superiors, in spite of the publicity since 2002.  No wonder someone has written a book called The God delusion!  A big clean-up is needed if the good parts of religion are to be taught with confidence.   ENDS.]

Preacher Predators on 20/20

  - Southern Baptists and others.
   Deep Thoughts, ~ April 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Child sex abuse by Catholic priests has been headline news in recent years, but is the same abuse happening within Protestant churches?
   In a six-month investigation, ABC News' "20/20" found preacher predators in every corner of the country, including several affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) - the largest Protestant denomination. Jim Avila's exclusive report airs on "20/20," FRIDAY, APRIL 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
   Avila's reporting finds that the SBC, an organization of 43,000 independent churches and 16.3 million members - has an overall structure that makes it difficult to police preacher predators. One example includes a profile of a SBC pastor who abused kids in Kentucky and then moved on to do the same to eight boys in Missouri before he was finally sent to prison. In an interview with Avila, the SBC president concedes that there is a problem with tracking predators.

Priest lied to friend over the day that Angelika died

  - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Glasgow Evening Times, www.evening times.co.uk/ news/display. var.1325177.0. priest_lied_to_ friend_over_the_ day_that_angelika_ died.php ; ~ April 13, 2007
   SCOTLAND -- A PRIEST lied to one of his closest friends about where he was on the day Angelika Kluk is thought to have died, a murder trial heard.
   Father Gerry Nugent, 63, who earlier told the court he had a sexual relationship with the 23-year-old Polish student, had been out for a meal with a church helper in Bishopbriggs.
   Soon after he returned to his rooms at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, that Sunday, September 25, he was joined by civil servant Geraldine McGowan, 37.
   Miss McGowan was revealed as the "mystery woman" in Father Nugent's sitting room when Angelika's sister and lover, and then police, searched the church for the girl the following evening.

Priest ousted 13 years after sex allegations

  [ 1994 Ory*] - RCC. Many allegations. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Examiner, by Ron Cassie, Apr 13, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Loyola College removed a Jesuit clergy member from campus last month who had been fired from a Dallas Jesuit high school 13 years ago because of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and admittedly serving alcohol to minors, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus and school officials acknowledged this week.
   In 2002, the Rev. Philip Postell, president of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, admitted he fired maintenance supervisor Claude Ory, now 69, in 1994 after repeatedly hearing allegations of sexual impropriety, providing alcohol to minors and ultimately sexual assault, according to a story published in the Dallas Morning News.

Polygamist plea: One of two still facing trial accepts last-minute agreement

  [Barlow] - Fundamentalist LDS. Girls.
   The Daily News, By JIM SECKLER / 10:26 PM PDT, Thursday, April 12, 2007
   KINGMAN (UT) -- The case of one of two remaining Colorado City polygamists charged with having sex with underage girls ended suddenly Wednesday with a last-minute plea agreement.
   Dale Evans Barlow, 49, was charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor. He pleaded no contest in Superior Court to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor with the sexual conduct charge being dismissed.
   Judge Steven Conn will sentence Barlow June 15 to supervised probation for up to three years. Conn can also designate the charge as a misdemeanor, felony or leave it as undesignated at Barlow's sentencing. ...
   Barlow and seven other codefendants belong to a controversial polygamist sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Colorado City.

Ex-Priest Defrocked Amid Assault Claims

  [1973-2004 Thomas Smith] - RCC. Pricking, whipping, sex. Boys.
   Washington Post, By MARYCLAIRE DALE, The Associated Press, 9:28 AM, Friday, April 13, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- The Vatican has defrocked a former priest accused of sexually assaulting and whipping boys participating in Passion plays, the Philadelphia archdiocese said.
   The Rev. Thomas J. Smith was accused of putting pins in his mouth and pricking the boys until they bled, according to a 2005 grand jury report. He also was accused of whipping boys participating in dramatic representations of the trial, suffering and death of Jesus Christ until they had welts.
   The grand jury called Smith's behavior "depraved and sadistic."
   Smith's alleged actions took place in various parishes from 1973 through December 2004, when the archdiocese removed him from clerical duties after an investigation of sexual misconduct involving one minor was found credible.

$14 million loan to finish school cleared by judge

  [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. New Tax Nos. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
   Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 13, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A federal judge yesterday approved an interest-free, $14 million loan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego to complete a Chula Vista high school. The ruling came in a contentious hearing that foreshadowed another battle in the diocese's bankruptcy.
   The money at issue was the last part of $50 million provided by the nonprofit charity ALSAM Foundation of Utah, which represents the bulk of funding for the $61 million Mater Dei Catholic High School, scheduled to open in the fall.
   Judge Louise DeCarl Adler left undecided the question of whether the $36 million in ALSAM funds already paid to contractors was originally a gift or a loan.
   That was the key argument among attorneys representing more than 150 people suing the diocese over alleged sexual abuse by priests, and those representing the church and the ALSAM Foundation.

Spokane Catholic bishop rejects call to resign

  [50yrs Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 161 survivors.
   The Columbian, By JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press Writer, 5:18 PM EDT, Apr 12, 2007
   SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane Bishop William Skylstad has rejected calls from prominent Catholics to resign over a proposed plan to pay victims of clergy sex abuse $48 million.
   In an exchange of letters with four wealthy businessmen and church contributors who called for him to step aside, Skylstad also rejected demands to scrap the proposed settlement that is contained in a bankruptcy plan.
   The correspondence, obtained by The Spokesman-Review and published Thursday, reveals deep divisions among some parishioners over who should pay to settle claims by abuse victims, and how much.
   In a disclosure statement released in February, individual parishes are expected to contribute $10 million toward the settlement by the end of this year. A fundraising effort has begun.

Archdiocese found in compliance on abuse prevention

  - RCC.
   The Pilot, By Christine Williams, Posted Apr/13/2007
   BRIGHTON, BOSTON (MA) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced April 10 its full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
   The Gavin Group conducted a full, independent audit that found the archdiocese in compliance with 12 of the 13 articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) charter, according to an archdiocesan statement. The 2006 audit year ended on June 30, 2006. By Dec. 31, 2006, the archdiocese was brought into full compliance in all categories.
   Beginning in 2006 the audit no longer covered the calendar year but rather the 12-month period that began in July. The 2007 audit will include data from July 2006 to June 2007.
   During an interview with The Pilot on April 10, Father John Connolly, special assistant to Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, said, "We have made considerable progress over the course of the last year."

Limited child protection audits find most dioceses in compliance

  - RCC. 6 dioceses not complying.
   The Tidings, By Jerry Filteau, ~ April 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES --Twenty-seven of 29 Catholic dioceses and eparchies audited in 2006 complied with the church's national standards for child protection programs and the prevention of and response to sexual abuse, says a report released April 11.
   However, four dioceses that were not found in compliance in 2005 refused to participate in the 2006 audit.
   "The overall results of the 2006 audit are encouraging," said Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, chairwoman of the bishops' all-lay National Review Board. But she described the refusal of four dioceses to participate as "discouraging news."
   Two --- the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., and the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Mass. --- had refused to participate in the 2005 audits as well and were supposed to undergo full audits. The Diocese of Baker, Ore., and the Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark (N.J.) for Syriacs refused partial audits that would have focused on those areas where they did not meet compliance standards in 2005.

More Sex Abuse Cases Reported To Catholic Diocese In 2006

  [Decades - Manchester Diocese] - RCC. 9 more complainants.
   WMUR, www.wmur. com/news/ 11772288/ detail.html , ~ April 13, 2007
   MANCHESTER, N.H. -- A yearly audit of the Catholic Diocese of Manchester has revealed nine newly reported cases of sexual abuse by priests.
   The reports came in 2006 but were from 1954 or earlier, thorough the year 1979.
   Out of the nine cases, eight priests were named by accusers.
   The diocese said that one priest was returned to the ministry after the allegations were deemed not probable. Seven of the accused are no longer priests.

Priest defrocked over abuse cases

  - RCC. [Decades - Thomas Smith] - Many boys. [Decades - Philadelphia Archdiocese] - 63 clergy protected.
   Philadelphia Inquirer, FROM STAFF REPORTS, ~ April 13, 2007
   PHILADELPHIA (PA) -- A Catholic priest accused by the District Attorney's Office of engaging in "depraved and sadistic behavior with many boys" has been defrocked, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday.
   The Vatican approved the Rev. Thomas J. Smith's request to be removed from the clerical state. Smith voluntarily left the active ministry in December 2004, while the archdiocese was investigating an allegation against him of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The allegation was subsequently found credible, and he sought removal from the clerical state, the archdiocese said.
   Smith, whose service with the archdiocese began in 1973 and covered many parishes, was cited in a damning 2005 Philadelphia grand jury report investigating allegations of sexual abuse by local clergy. The report, released by the District Attorney's Office, accused the archdiocese of covering up abuse by at least 63 priests over several decades. Smith was one of the case studies.

Church settles latest abuse case

  [1970s Paulin] - RCC. Another US$115,000. Boy.
   Rutland Herald, By KEVIN O'CONNOR, April 13, 2007
   VERMONT -- Vermont's Catholic Church has agreed to settle the latest of more than two dozen lawsuits accusing its priests of child sexual abuse.
   The statewide Diocese of Burlington will pay Neil Morrissette, 48, of St. Johnsbury, $115,000 in return for him dropping his civil court case against it.
   Morrissette alleges he was 13 when the Rev. George Paulin, now 63, "sexually abused and sexually exploited" him while a parishioner at Newport's St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in the early 1970s.
   Last April, the diocese paid a record $965,000 to settle a similar misconduct case against another priest. Morrissette's lawyer, Jerome O'Neill of Burlington, said Thursday's agreement wasn't as high because he couldn't prove the church had prior knowledge that Paulin, a former Ludlow pastor, had abused others and should have been stopped.

Diocese settles another priest sex abuse case

  [1971-72 Paulin] - RCC. Another US$135,000. Boy.
   Burlington Free Press, By Sam Hemingway, Published: Friday, April 13, 2007
   VERMONT -- The state's Roman Catholic Diocese has agreed to a $135,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by a St. Johnsbury man who said he was sexually molested as a boy by the Rev. George Paulin, lawyers connected with the case said Thursday.
   Neil Morrissette, now 48, alleged that Paulin molested him in 1971 and 1972 at the Morrissette family's home in Newport and at the rectory of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Paulin was the parish priest at St. Mary at the time.
   Under the settlement terms, Morrissette will receive $120,000. The remaining $15,000 will be paid to settle a related legal dispute between lawyers for Morrissette and the diocese that flared up during the case last year.

Parish meeting starts healing dialogue

  - RCC.
   The Coloradoan, By KELLI LACKETT, KelliLackett@coloradoan.com , April 13, 2007
   FORT COLLINS (CO) -- Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke to parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Thursday to open a dialogue about a former parish priest convicted of child sexual abuse.
   More than 200 people gathered in a meeting hall at the church to hear from representatives of the Archdiocese of Denver and voice their feelings and concerns.
   Jeanette DeMelo, director of communications for the archdiocese, asked a reporter to leave the meeting shortly after it began, saying it was a closed meeting.

Stall tactics, needless pleadings, as church tries to strike Rucker cases and avoid production of documents in pedophile priest civil hearings

  - RCC. [RCC] - Stalling, still. [Caffoe] - Many minors.
   City of Angels, ~ April 13, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Hearings next week reveal the ongoing battle as church attorneys try to get cases thrown out of court and set up roadblocks to cases in progress. Meanwhile plaintiff attorneys have to file motions over and over again to get the church to turn over documents that have already been ordered produced by this court.
   This morning Judge Haley Fromholz declared more than 70 cases ready to be put on calendar for jury trial before December this year. Liaison attorneys from both sides met in chambers Thursday in a status conference that resulted in these 70 to 80 cases, where discovery has progressed since November, now being set for trial. Expect a judge's order with details early next week.
   Church attorneys are stalling in the "Pepito & Uranga" case which is set for jury trial August 6, 2007. In a hearing April 17 plaintiff attorney Katherine Freberg requests a court order "compelling the custodian of records of St. John's Seminary, Monsignor Helmut Hefner, to produce documents requested of him at a deposition which documents the deponent failed to produce."
   Judge Fromholz ordered the entire St. Johns Seminary file turned over last year in cases regarding prolific pedophile priest Lynn Caffoe.

Alleged victims may not testify in abuse trial

  [1994-95 Banko] - RCC. Boy/s.
   The Express-Times, By SARA K. SATULLO, Friday, April 13, 2007
   FLEMINGTON | PENNSYLVANIA | A former Milford priest's upcoming sex assault trial may not include testimony from other alleged victims who aren't directly involved in the case, as his first trial did.
   Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Dawn Solari said Thursday she doesn't plan to ask the court to admit testimony regarding "prior bad acts" at the Rev. John Banko's second molestation trial.
   A jury convicted the 60-year-old priest of sexually abusing an altar boy in 2002. He is serving a 15-year sentence at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, N.J. and is awaiting trial in a second case.
   Solari has been considering asking alleged victims to testify against Banko as they did in the 2002 trial. In that trial three men, besides the victim, testified that Banko plied them with fancy dinners and alcohol before trying to molest them. The same three men were not going to testify in the new case, Solari said

More on Toledo Catholic diocese, abortion files

  - RCC. [Toledo Diocese] - Paid for abortions. [1980 Robinson] - Files on abortions? Nun murdered.
   Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, April 12, 2007
   TOLEDO (OH) -- In a Dec. 2006 column, I printed an excerpt from Toledo Blade religion editor David Yonke's book Sin, Shame and Secrets which stated that "privileged" diocesan files "contained reports of abortions paid for by the [Toledo] diocese."
   Yonke's book is about 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.
   To date, the diocese has not commented on Yonke's report of the abortion files.
   And Yonke stands firmly behind his reporting.
   Claudia Vercellotti, of the Toledo chapter of SNAP, shed more light on the matter in a recent e-mail to me:
   "Here's what I know: The Toledo Police asked the diocese for everything on Father Gerald Robinson and received only three pages. After obtaining and executing two no-knock search warrants, they uncovered 145 more pages that had never been turned over to the police. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 13, 2007 1:37 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sat April 14, 2007 edition:


Ex-priest in protective custody

  [1960s+ and 2006 Hanley] - RCC. Allegation: Waved baseball bat. 16 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Daily Record, www.daily record.com/ apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20070414/ COMMUNITIES/ 704140332/ 1203 , BY ABBOTT KOLOFF, Saturday, April 14, 2007
   NEW JERSEY -- A former Morris County priest has been placed in protective custody at the Hudson County jail because of fears he would be harmed by other inmates who learned he's admitted to sexually molesting children, Hudson County authorities said Friday.
   James T. Hanley, a former pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Mendham, has been in the jail since October on charges that he made terroristic threats and was in possession of a weapon after allegedly waving a baseball bat at workers last year during a dispute at a Secaucus hotel.
   The former priest has been isolated from the rest of the jail population "for his own safety," said Kelvin Roberts, deputy director of the Hudson County Department of Corrections.
   [LOOKBACK: See: "Admitted molester confronts accusers", The Star-Ledger, Jan 30, 2006
   AND "Accused molester no longer a priest," Star-Ledger, www.nj.com/ search/index.ssf?/ base/news-3/ 1047626038190650. xml?starledger?nnj ; Mar 14, 2003. ENDS.]

20/20 Airs "Preacher Predators"

  [Years - Ward] - Baptist. > 40 boys.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ April 14, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- On Friday, the ABC show "20/20" aired a report on sex abuse by Protestant clergy.
   Abuse of power by clergy is not just an Orthodox or Catholic issue; it appears in any large system where sinful people have means to exploit their power to fulfill their deviant lusts.
   One account tells of a Southern Baptist pastor who molested over 40 boys:
   Ken Ward is a Southern Baptist pastor and teacher in East Texas, who has admitted to molesting more than 40 boys. He said that being a teacher and minister is the perfect job for a child molester, because it puts the molester in direct contact with young people. "I [was] attracted to a certain child, and in my case, it was primarily prepubescent boys," he said.

Cardinal says church's approach to sexual abuse is working

  [2007 Cardinal McCarrick*] - RCC. Said RCC removed deviants. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   TV 3, ~ April 14, 2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- A visiting cardinal says the Catholic Church in the US is going to extreme measures to protect children from sexual abuse.
   One of America's most senior cardinals, Theodore McCarrick, says the church's zero tolerance approach to sexual abuse has virtually eliminated the problem.
   The policy includes educating children to be on the alert for untoward behaviour by adults and the Church taking immediate action once a complaint is made. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 14, 2007 5:22 AM]

Court rejects appeal of ex-altar boy who claimed abuse

  [1966-69 Clergyman] - RCC. No evidence. Altar boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Des Moines Register, ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 14, 2007
   IOWA -- The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday rejected the appeal of a former altar boy who claimed he was abused by a priest during the 1960s.
   The man filed the lawsuit against the Dubuque Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church claiming the now-deceased priest abused him on several occasions between 1966 and 1969 at the rectory and school at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan.
   His lawsuit was dismissed by a district judge in Dubuque County after it was found that the man failed to provide evidence to support his claims.

Church bankruptcy plan approved

  [50yrs - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. > 175 accusers.
   The Oregonian, April 13, 2007
   OREGON -- As expected, a judge has approved a $75 million plan to bring the Portland Archdiocese out of bankruptcy.
   The plan includes more than $50 million for about 175 people who claimed they were molested by priests or other Catholic officials during the past 50 years.
   The only objection to the plan came from a family who sued over their son's expulsion from St. Thomas More School. They claimed that the $3.8 million set aside for their case might not be enough should a jury award them punitive damages.
   The plan had the support of the archdiocese, groups representing about 400,000 western Oregon Catholics, insurance companies and 175 people who claimed they were sexually abused.
   Although U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Perris released her opinion this morning, she will not sign an order confirming the plan until Tuesday. As a result, a gag order preventing the parties from discussing the bankruptcy remains in effect until then.

Key players, moments in priest sex-abuse cases

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
   The Oregonian, Posted by M. Walden 17:26PM, April 13, 2007
   OREGON -- Here are key players and developments in the priest sex-abuse cases against the Archdiocese of Portland:
   1. Joe Elliott's lawsuit in December 1999 started a flood of priest sex-abuse litigation against the Portland Archdiocese. [...]

Mahony's influence is dwindling in L.A.

  - RCC.
   Los Angeles Times, By Jim Newton and Louis Sahagun, April 14, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- There was a time when Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, leader of the largest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States, was a formidably influential political figure. A decade ago, he was a member of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's inner circle and the spiritual leader of a growing community with exponentially expanding power.
   Today, Mahony remains one of the region's most recognized leaders and a sought-after voice on certain issues. But time, scandal and the shifting demographics of Los Angeles politics have diminished Mahony's might to the point that his recent remonstrations - in which he took to task Fabian Nuñez, the speaker of the California Assembly, for endorsing an assisted suicide bill - have served more to emphasize Mahony's weakness than to deter Nuñez. ...
   If changing politics have diminished Mahony's influence, so too have the dispiriting controversy regarding pedophile priests and charges that the molestation of children was covered up by church officials. Even admirers of the cardinal acknowledge that it is far more difficult for church leaders to issue moral proclamations in the face of the withering allegations against their own leadership.

Relieved Catholics hope for healing, forgiveness

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
   The Oregonian, By NANCY HAUGHT and AIMEE GREEN, Saturday, April 14, 2007
   OREGON -- "Thank God, it is settled."
   That sentiment -- expressed by Thomas Davis, a member of St. Augustine Parish in Lincoln City -- reflects the feelings of many western Oregon Catholics who learned Friday that the Portland Archdiocese's two-year-old bankruptcy is over.
   "We were worried that we might lose our new parish hall," said Davis, who is organist and a cantor at St. Augustine. "Bad things happened, but the archdiocese survived."
   Many parishioners said they were relieved that their churches, schools or other parish property won't have to be sold to pay clergy abuse claims, but many of them want healing and forgiveness to be the next steps in the process.
   "Perhaps now feelings can de-escalate and some healing can begin," said Joan O'Neill, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Portland. For a time, she was active in Voice of the Faithful, a national activist group organized in response to the clergy abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Sex-abuse victims push to suspend statue of limitations

  - General.
   Peoria Journal Star, By MICHAEL MILLER, Saturday, April 14, 2007
   ILLINOIS -- Advocates for sex-abuse victims who are now adults are still hoping to get a limited suspension of the Illinois statute of limitations on civil suits involving sexual assault.
   An Illinois Senate bill introduced in February called for a two-year suspension of the statutes of limitation on sex-abuse lawsuits. That would mean allegations involving decades-old incidents could be brought in civil actions. Current law sets 10-year and five-year limits on such civil actions depending on when the abuse occurred or when memory of it is recovered.
   The pending legislation has been reduced to a "shell bill" while sponsors look for a compromise between victims advocates and church representatives.

Rector to address Episcopal charges of theft, fraud

  [1990s-2007 Armstrong*] - Episcopalian. < US$400,000. Secession.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Todd Hartman, April 14, 2007
   COLORADO -- The Rev. Donald Armstrong today is scheduled to address accusations of theft and fraud outlined by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado in a church version of an indictment.
   The document, called a "presentment," outlines six counts against Armstrong, including allegations he used nearly $400,000 in church funds to cover family expenses, a grant to a friend, his own children's education and other, unknown, expenditures.
   Armstrong, a rector of 20 years at the prominent Grace Church and St. Stephen's parish in Colorado Springs, has denied the charges, and plans to address the allegations this morning at what his spokesman called a "public forum" at the church.

SNAP Calls On Metropolitan Isaiah To Apologize

  [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ April 14, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- An article posted yesterday from the Dallas News Religion Blog takes Metropolitan Isaiah to task for his insensitive letter regarding the Fr. Nicholas Katinas sexual misconduct scandal.
   Leading members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) say the "bishop showed no mercy to the survivors and their families" and use strong language to condemn his letter, saying it "seemed designed to intimidate others into remaining silent."
   This support group for clergy sex abuse victims "is calling upon a Greek Orthodox church official to apologize for his insensitive remarks and to reach out to others who may have been hurt by an accused abusive priest."

Learning from Catholic Abuse Claims

  - RCC. Abuse reports lag by decades. 714 new accusers.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ April 14, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- USA Today reports several statistics from the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference latest annual report on sex-abuse claims. These findings are noteworthy for Orthodox Christians trying to understand the nature and magnitude of sex abuse issues within the Orthodox Church.
   Only 17 of the 714 people who came forward with sexual misconduct complaints against the Roman Catholic church last year were under age 18. This means only 2% of reports came from minors, even though the majority of claims are for crimes against children. This showcases the fact that reports of pedophilia lag by decades, and children are afraid to report what has happened to them.

Holy Trinity Parishioners Call For Katinas To Be Defrocked

  [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
   Orthodox Reform, http://orthodox reform.org/news/ holy-trinity- parishioners- call-for-katinas- to-be-defrocked , ~ April 14, 2007
   DALLAS (TX) -- "We request that Nicholas Katinas be defrocked immediately."
   Thus concludes this frank and compelling letter from Dean Siotos, Parish Council member, 2006-2007, of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas. Eleven other parishioners joined in signing this communication which went out recently to Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Isaiah and Father Kontogiorgis.
   The letter addresses the very terrible situation of Holy Trinity - home parish of Fr. Nicholas Katinas - in the wake of revelations of Katinas' sexual abuse of minors, and the Greek Archdiocese refusal to defrock him.
   Even more disturbing is this revelation from the letter:
   Father Kontogiorgis informed the parish that the current suspension of Katinas is "permanent," while conceding privately the small but existent possibility that the suspension may be reversed, that Katinas could be pardoned, and he could even be reinstated in the future.

$1 million needed to save Marist building

  - RCC.
   Arizona Daily Star, By Rob O'Dell | Apr.14.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- The minimum price to save part of Tucson's history and something unique to Southern Arizona: $1 million.
   That's the cost estimate, in a "Final Historic Structure Report" done by the city, to stabilize the more than 90-year-old Marist College Downtown, at the northwest corner of the St. Augustine Cathedral square, and just to make it structurally sound. ...
   The diocese is coming out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy after paying more than $22 million to settle claims of child sexual abuse by priests. Shaheen said the diocese's priorities are buildings and churches in use, like the 88-year-old Santa Cruz Church on South Sixth Avenue, which requires a new ceiling and supporting trusses.
   "Coming out of bankruptcy, we don't have the funds to put to that building," Shaheen said. "We're working with the city to see if there is something we can do cooperatively," he said, adding that the diocese would turn the building over to the city if the right use can be found.

Other diocesan bankruptcy proceedings moving along

  [Various dioceses] - RCC. Minors.
   The Oregonian, Posted 15:18PM, April 13, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The bankruptcy case involving the the Portland Archdiocese is one of several such cases. Here's what's going on with other diocesan bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States:
   Spokane
   Bishop William Skylstad has rejected calls from prominent Catholics to resign over a proposed $48 million settlement with about 150 priest accusers.
   The settlement includes insurance money and the sale of church properties. Parishes also are expected to contribute $10 million.

Parish starts healing process after former priest convicted

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   9News, written by Brian Willie, Photojournalist; created 3:52:28 PM, Apr/13/2007
   FORT COLLINS (CO) -- Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke to parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Thursday to open a dialogue about a former priest convicted of sexual abuse on a child.
   More than 200 people gathered in a meeting hall on Thursday to hear from representatives of the Archdiocese of Denver and voice their feelings and concerns.
   Jeanette DeMelo, director of communications for the archdiocese, asked a reporter to leave the meeting shortly after it began, saying it was a closed meeting.

Archbishop meets with parishioners after priest's sex conviction

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Summit Daily News, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 13, 2007
   FORT COLLINS (CO) -- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput met privately with members of a parish whose former priest was convicted of sexually assaulting teenage boys.
   About 200 people met with Chaput on Thursday night to discuss the case of Timothy Joseph Evans, a defrocked priest who was found guilty in separate trials of molesting teens while he was at churches in Fort Collins and Arvada.
   Archdiocese spokeswoman Jeanette DeMelo said the meeting at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church in Fort Collins was intended to begin healing wounds the case has left and to help the archdiocese decide how to proceed.
   A reporter for the Fort Collins Coloradoan was asked to leave the meeting.

Judge confirms $75M settlement

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
   Daily Bulletin, The Associated Press, Article Launched Apr/14/2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. - A judge overseeing the bankruptcy filing of the Archdiocese of Portland will confirm a proposed $75-million deal for current and future sex abuse claims against priests and other church officials, according to court documents filed Friday.
   The decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris leaves intact the compensation proposed in a plan negotiated by the plaintiffs and the archdiocese, the first in the nation ever to declare bankruptcy.
   The judge asked lawyers to make one change and draw up final documents for her approval.
   About 175 people who claimed they were molested by priests or other church officials have agreed to settle their cases for about $52 million.

New Charge Filed Against Former Harrisville LDS Bishop

  [Bishop McCleve*] - Mormon. ~ 2005 three girls, ? 1980s previous girl, 4th girl.
   KSL, Ashley Hayes Reporting, 12:04pm, April 13th, 2007
   UTAH -- A former Harrisville LDS bishop was in court this afternoon in Ogden. In addition to a new charge, a judge raised Timothy McCleve's bail.
   An additional felony charge of sexual abuse of a child has been filed in court for Timothy McCleve. A fourth victim has come forward outside of the original family.
   As a result, the judge raised McCleve's bail from $60,000 to $100,000. He's accused of abusing three sisters between the ages of six and 12. The girls came forward after seeing media reports of sexual abuse involving school teacher Frank Lane Hall.

Blogger-activist pastors to press SBC to deal with sexual abuse

  - Baptists.
   Church Executive, By Hannah Elliott, ~ April 14, 2007
   ARLINGTON, TX -- With increasing national attention on Baptist churches' problems with clergy sex abuse, two prominent pastors have said they intend to push for more comprehensive ways to address the problem in the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention.
   Oklahoma pastor Wade Burleson and Texas pastor Benjamin Cole intend to present a motion and resolution regarding the abuse problem at the annual SBC meeting, set for June 12 and 13 in San Antonio, Texas. The two have gained convention-wide attention in the past year for their blog-driven efforts to reform the denomination.
   Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., will bring a motion calling for a study on the possibility of developing a database of Southern Baptist ministers convicted of sexual harassment and abuse. The motion will ask the SBC Executive Committee to report results from the study at the 2008 annual meeting, scheduled for Indianapolis.
   Cole, who leads Parkview Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, will introduce a resolution titled "On Clergy Sexual Abuse."

PEORIA: More sex abuse charges levied against Peoria diocese

  [50yrs - Peoria Diocese] - RCC. 3 more accused.
   Peoria Journal Star, ~ April 14, 2007
   PEORIA (IL) -- Five people sued the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on Thursday, accusing three priests of sexually abusing them when they were minors.
   One of the lawsuits also names OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for an alleged incident there in 1957.
   St. Francis spokesman Chris Lofgren declined to comment. Diocesan spokeswoman Elizabeth Smarjesse said on Friday that the diocese had not been notified of the lawsuits. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 14, 2007 5:04 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat April 14, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sun April 15, 2007 edition:


• Primate attacked on abuse deal

  [1940s-70s North Coast Children's Home -NEW*] - Anglican. 41 complainants. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   The Australian, www.theaust ralian.news. com.au/story/ 0,20867,2156 2996-2702,00.html , by Kevin Meade, for April 16, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- THE leader of the Anglican Church in Australia has been accused of "doing a Pontius Pilate" and ignoring the needs of 41 people who say they were abused as children in a northern NSW orphanage.
   Lawyers for former residents of the home, who claim they were sexually and physically abused by clergy and staff at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore from the 1940s to the 1970s, have accused Archbishop Phillip Aspinall of failing to help them secure a fair compensation deal.
   "He's doing a Pontius Pilate," one former resident, Richard Campion, 59, said yesterday. "He's washed his hands of us."

Southern Baptist Abuse Cases Garnering More Attention, Warnings

  - Baptists. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Christian Post, By Audrey Barrick, Christian Post Reporter, ~ April 15, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Clergy sex scandals have widely been exposed in the Catholic Church, but recent media attention has gone toward Protestant churches, mainly the Southern Baptist Convention, which some fear may be developing a similar pattern to the Catholic Church.
   A six-month investigation was unfolded Friday night on ABC's 20/20 which found "preacher predators" all over the country and shielding themselves in churches. While the investigation uncovered pastors and ministers convicted of some account of sexual abuse from every denomination, the focus was placed on several cases within the largest Protestant denomination in the United States - the Southern Baptists.
   "I predict this program will be a shocker for many around the nation," stated Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., in a Thursday blog post. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM]

Controversial Award

  - RCC.
   KDBC, ~ April 15, 2007
   EL PASO (TX) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony, head of the Archdiocese in Los Angeles, is known for his stance on immigration.
   On Saturday he came to El Paso to take part in a mass and accept an award from immigrants rights group Annunciation House.
   But in the midst of the mass...protesters standing quietly in the corner.
   They represent victims abused by members of the Catholic Church.
   [COMMENT: There does seem to be some congruity between strong pro-immigration action by clergy and other leaders in the English-speaking world, and having non-traditional sex beliefs.  Scholars ought to gather facts to see whether this is just an impression of the Faith Purification Programme director, and see if there is a causative link, or not.  In an era of Political Correctness, a pro-swamping policy would be good "protective cover."   COMMENT ENDS.]

No more shortcuts on Pope John Paul's road to sainthood

  [Pope John Paul II] - RCC. Secrecy on Bank and sex scandals. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Sunday Herald, From Philip Willan in Rome, ~ April 15, 2007
   ROME -- THE DEATH of Pope John Paul II two years ago brought an unprecedented public outpouring of grief, with the millions of pilgrims who thronged St Peter's Square for his funeral calling for him to be recognised immediately as a saint.
   "Santo subito" - "make him a saint straight away" - was the message on the placards waved above the crowd.
   His successor, Benedict XVI, appears to be sympathetic. He has waived a church rule that requires a five-year pause after an individual's death before the canonisation process can begin. In the exceptional case of Pope John Paul II, that period was just three months. ...
   Other critics cite the pope's imposition of secrecy on some of the gravest scandals of his reign: the Vatican bank's involvement in the financial shenanigans that led to the bankruptcy of the Banco Ambrosiano in 1982 and the scandal of sexual abuse by priests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM]

Ex-Springfield minister facing rape charge

  [1970s-80s Klever] - Presbyterian. Several youths. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Delco Times, By CINDY SCHARR, cscharr@delcotimes.com , Apr/15/2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- More than 23 years after leaving his post at the Springfield Presbyterian Church, a former associate pastor was brought back to town to face charges he raped several members of the church's youth group in the 1970s and 80s.
   Trembling and complaining about the cold, Gerald Leroy Klever, 75, stood before Magisterial District Judge Anthony Scanlon Saturday as the charges against him were read: Three counts each of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, both charges felonies; corruption of minors; indecent assault and indecent exposure.
   Klever, wearing jeans, Nike sneakers and a natty navy blue shirt, told the judge the charges against him "were perfectly clear."
   Scanlon set bail at $250,000 cash.

City diocese reports no abuse in '06

  - RCC.
   The Patriot-News, BY JUDITH PATTON, Sunday, April 15, 2007
   HARRISBURG (PA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg said it received no credible allegations of sexual abuse by clerics against minors last year,
   It was the second straight year no such allegations were reported, the diocese said.
   However, the diocese paid $6,865 in 2006 to cover the cost of therapy for victims, spokesman Joseph Aponick said in a news release Friday.

More Hispanics in U.S. Abandon Religion

  - RCC losing Latinos.
   Herald-Tribune, By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, April 15, 2007
   RICHMOND, Va. – On Sunday afternoons, when the local Roman Catholic church holds Mass for Spanish-speaking Catholics, Edgar Chilín is playing soccer in a league with hundreds of Hispanic players.
   As a child in Guatemala, Mr. Chilín attended Mass every Sunday. But after immigrating to the United States 25 years ago, he and his family lost the churchgoing habit. "We pray to God when we feel the need to," he said, "but when we come here to America we don't feel the need."
   A wave of research shows that increasing percentages of Hispanics are abandoning church, suggesting to researchers that along with assimilation comes a measure of secularization. ...
   She said that some of her women friends had stopped going because they became disillusioned with the Catholic Church after the priest sexual abuse scandals.

Protesters Gather At Event For Roger Mahoney

  - RCC.
   KFOX, POSTED 8:11 pm MDT, April 14, 2007
   TEXAS -- Los Angeles Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahoney received the Voice of the Voiceless Award in El Paso Saturday, but the event did not come without controversy.
   "We feel it is totally inappropriate for a complicit bishop who has aided and abetted thousands of child sex crimes and continues to do so today," Mary Grant with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said.

25 protest way church handles sex-abuse cases

  - RCC.
   El Paso Times, By Darren Meritz / ~ April 15, 2007
   EL PASO (TX) -- A small group of protesters at Cardinal Roger Mahony's Mass on Saturday afternoon voiced their contempt of the Catholic Church for its handling of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
   An estimated 25 members of the El Paso Chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests protested at the Mass.
   Dr. Jose Baca, president of the organization, said Saturday that the church's response -- in particular Mahony's -- to widespread sexual abuse by clergy damages the church's credibility on other issues.

Ulster duo's child abuse trial looms

  [ 2005 Fr McGrath*, Mr Adams*] - RCC. 17 charges. Girl (12). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Belfast Telegraph, By Stephen Gordon, Sunday, April 15, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- A Fermanagh priest and a second Northern Ireland man are to go on trial in Liverpool next month facing a catalogue of horrific child sex charges.
   Billy Adams, originally from Newtownabbey, is accused of 13 rapes and a string of other offences against a 12-year-old girl.
   Fr Jeremiah McGrath, from Rosslea, will go on trial alongside Adams at Liverpool Crown Court to face four related charges.
   The pair were arrested and charged back in December 2005 and the trial is set to be heard on May 8.

'God's man for this time'

  - RCC. Bishop D'Arcy spoke out. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Journal Sentinel By Rosa Salter Rodriguez, ~ April 15, 2007
   FORT WAYNE (IN) -- Bishop John M. D'Arcy is sitting at a conference table, thumbing the pages of his well-worn black planner. ...
   Garvey says it was D'Arcy's outspokenness that led him to Fort Wayne. For years, he says, rumors have existed that D'Arcy was transferred from the Diocese of Boston, headed by then-Archbishop Bernard Law, because he had pointed out sexual abuse by priests.
   "He called attention to the sexual abuse of minors while still in Boston," says Scott Appleby, professor of church history at Notre Dame. "That was long before it was a national issue."
   D'Arcy for many years declined interviews on the issue, but as it has unfolded, the scope of his involvement has become more clear.

Windfalls Not Much Luck For Prisoners

  - RCC. Compensation shrank to US$40,000
   Hartford Courant, By ANN MARIE SOMMA, April 15, 2007
   CONNECTICUT -- Bryant Wiseman died in 1999 while being restrained by guards at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, and his mother is suing the state, hoping to receive a significant sum to compensate her for her loss.
   But if a Hartford jury, scheduled to convene next month, awards Elaine Wiseman any money, she'll have to settle a bill with the state: It wants $87,000 from her dead son's estate for the cost of housing and feeding him for two years in the prison.
   The state Department of Administrative Services has collected incarceration costs from current and former inmates who come into what the state considers a "windfall" - money received through an inheritance, the lottery or a legal judgment - since 2001. ...
   A man out of jail without money is going to eventually end up on state assistance, or worse, back in the system," Brignole said.
   In 2001, Brignole represented former inmate Mark Strickland, who won a $250,000 settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport over a sexual abuse claim against a priest in the 1970s. That shrank to $40,000 after the state seized $120,000 for his time at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Montville, and after his attorney's fees were paid.
   The state also collected $12,660 from Strickland that the agency paid for public assistance given to his daughter.
   Today Strickland, who served time for sexual assault and a string of burglaries, lives on the fringe of society in Florida, battling the pain of his abuse, his attorney said.

Five more plaintiffs sue Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria

  [Decades - Peoria Diocese] - RCC. 3 clergy. 5 complainants.
   WQAD, ~ April 15, 2007
   PEORIA, Ill. -- Five more people have sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, accusing three priests of sexually abusing them when they were minors.
   One of the lawsuits filed last week in Peoria County Circuit Court also names O-S-F Saint Francis Medical Center for an alleged sexual abuse incident there in 1957.
   St. Francis spokesman Chris Lofgren declined to comment on the lawsuit, and diocesan spokeswoman Elizabeth Smarjesse said yesterday the diocese had not been notified of the lawsuits. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun April 15, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Mon April 16, 2007 edition:


• Former youth group leader accused of molestation

  [1990s and ? 2006 Mr Jacquez -NEW*] - Presbyterian. Inserted object. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
  San Luis Obispo Tribune, www.sanluis obispo.com/ 183/story/ 17592.html , By Leslie Parrilla, ~ April 16, 2007
   Read the court documents (Warning: Graphic or Sexually explicit information)
   LOS OSOS (CA) -- A former church youth-group volunteer in Los Osos is facing criminal charges for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl, and he was investigated a decade ago for a similar incident.
   Ysidro "Sid" Arthur Jacquez, 35, of Morro Bay pleaded not guilty last week to committing a lewd act on a child and sexual penetration by a foreign object with a person under 16 years of age, according to court records. The felony crimes could carry a state prison sentence, if he is convicted.
   Jacquez was arrested March 23 and released the next day on $50,000 bail, County Jail officials said. ...
   In the alleged incident, the two met while he was working as a youth group leader at Coastal Presbyterian Church, according to a sheriff's crime report and the victim. The Tribune is not identifying the woman because she is the alleged victim of a sex crime.

Page says '20/20' segment one-sided

  - Baptists.
   Baptist Press, by Staff | Posted on Apr 16, 2007
   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Much is being done and more can be done to protect children from sexual predators within Southern Baptist churches, but an ABC News "20/20" segment on the issue April 13 amounted to "yellow journalism," SBC President Frank Page says.
   The segment focused on child sexual predators within Protestant churches, focusing on 10-20 occurrences within Southern Baptists' 40,000 churches. In introducing the 16-minute segment, 20/20's Elizabeth Vargas said, "What surprised us ... is how little is being done to stop it." ABC's Jim Avila used the term "preacher predators." The segment spotlighted a youth pastor who sexually abused minors at a church in Kentucky, and then moved on to a Missouri church and did the same.
   Avila interviewed Page for roughly two hours recently, but in the end used just a few seconds of the interview, and Page said, left out what the denomination is doing to address the problem. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 PM]
   [COMMENT: But, you see, in the New Testament we read that "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit," and that the Holy Spirit came down upon the new converts.  We also read "Go now, and sin no more," and "Be you perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect," and also about being presented to the Father "without spot or wrinkle."   Why would there be any problem of unholiness, then, if the Baptist Church (and the others) were closely following the Christian Greek Scriptures?   COMMENT ENDS.]

"I Was Deceived by the Archdiocese of Denver"

  - RCC. [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys. [Denver Archdiocese]
   Voice from the Desert, Monday, April 16, 2007
   COLORADO --Here are April 16, 2007, press releases by John Doe 10, by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and Jeb Barrett, Denver SNAP Leader
   * * *
   Statement of John Doe 10 - April 16, 2007
   I take this action today not because I want to but because I have to in order to make sure that other children don't have to go through what I did.
   I was sexually molested by Father Tim Evans when I was a child. Father Tim came into my life because of my family's faith in the Church. At first Father Tim was great to me. He talked to me and listened to my concerns. He tried to get me to do the right things. I looked up to and respected Father Tim a great deal. My parents were happy that I had such a great role model like a priest.

On the Wane?

  [50yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 400 cases. AND, credibility loss.
   Whispers in the Loggia, ~ April 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Anyone who's kept a close eye on things Catholic here in the States in recent years would be hard-pressed to deny that the most perilous cost of the sexual abuse scandal hasn't come in the form of the massive settlements with victim-survivors, the diminished Mass attendance in many places, or even the increased shuttering of parishes and schools (as difficult as each of these has been), but the loss of credibility in the church's leadership, a sea change not so much wrought by the abuse itself, but by its cover-up, or even the perception thereof.
   While a recent Zogby poll found that "support for Catholic religious leaders reached the 70 percent threshold" for the second year in a row, at the same time "results suggested that Catholic support for the bishops was directly related to whether those polled were aware of a publicly accused priest in their diocese." By several standards, among the toughest-hit US dioceses has been its largest, the 4.3 million-member archdiocese of Los Angeles.
   Due to a 2002 California law which suspended the statute of limitations for one year in the wake of the clergy-abuse revelations, LA still faces in excess of 400 unsettled civil lawsuits, having already paid out over $60 million in settlements.

Baltimore Rabbis Confront Sexual Abuse

  - Judaism (Orthodox). Israel flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Arutz Sheva, ~ April 16, 2007
   ISRAEL (IsraelNN.com) -- The Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore, an organization of Baltimore's Orthodox Rabbis, issued a letter to their community warning about the dangers of sexual abuse, encouraging parents to talk to their children about recognizing abuse, and instructing the community that the local authorities can be contacted in such an event.

Blanco Tragedy Showcases Need for Caution

  [1990s 5 monks] - Independent Orthodox. Minors. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
  Orthodox Reform, ~ April 16, 2007
   BLANCO (TX) -- Hugh Fallon, one of five monks awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing minors at a Blanco, TX monastery in the 1990s, has issued a disturbing report on the activities at the Christ of the Hills Monastery.
   Fallon claims "its monks bilked worshipers, had sex with each other and used illegal drugs."
   It should be noted that this group was long ago given the boot from ROCOR, the Orthodox jurisdiction with which they had been affiliated (and most Orthodox jurisdictions in turn, are not in communion with ROCOR).

Vengeance Time

  [Dudzinski] - RCC. ? Wrong identity ?
   Commonweal, by Mark A. Sargent, ~ April 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- In November of last year, the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, released the names of twenty former priests about whom the diocese found "credible or substantial complaints of sexual abuse of minors." Most of the twenty are dead. Edward M. Dudzinski, however, was still living - although he had not served as a priest since the 1980s - and resided in Herndon, Virginia.
   When local members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) discovered Dudzinski's location, they went door-to-door in his neighborhood distributing a file of documents with the title "Community Notification: Protect your children from a credibly accused serial sex offender," which they believed established Dudzinski's identity as a sex offender. Dudzinski, however, has never been convicted of, or even charged with, a sexual-abuse crime.

L.I. Catholic Church Faces Sex Abuse Lawsuit

  [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   WNBC, ~ April 16, 2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y. -- The leadership of a Long Island Catholic church was negligent in failing to uncover a youth minister's sexual attacks on teenagers in his care, an attorney for two of the victims argued Monday during opening statements in a rare lawsuit resulting from the nationwide sex abuse scandal to actually go to trial.
   "The question here is not so much about Matthew Maiello -- the sex predator, the beast," attorney Michael Dowd told jurors. "The question here is who let the beast loose? Who let him loose to run free through the flock of Rev. Thomas Haggerty, picking his victims at will?"
   Dowd represents a man and a woman who claimed that as teenagers they were repeatedly abused by Maiello, and that church officials failed to act when confronted by reports that the youth minister was acting inappropriately.
   Maiello pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy in 2003 and served more than two years in prison. Although named as a defendant, Maiello's attorney, Lawrence Carra, said last week that his client would not contest the allegations in the lawsuit and would abide by any verdict.

New suits name ex-Lincoln priests

  [1959-1960s Condon +2 others] - RCC. 5 minors.
   Lincoln Courier, BY MICHAEL MILLER, GATEHOUSE NEWS SERVICE, Published Monday, April 16, 2007
   PEORIA (IL) -- Former Lincoln monsignor Norman Goodman's name surfaced in court papers again last week when five people sued the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, accusing three priests of sexually abusing them when they were minors.
   Another former Lincoln priest, the Rev. Louis Condon, 84, of Moline, is named in the new allegations.
   Kenneth Logan, 62, claims Condon molested him in 1959 and 1960 when Logan was 14 to 16 years old while Condon was at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lincoln.
   Alan Dorsey, 54, alleges Condon sexually abused him during the 1960s while the priest was stationed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Delavan, starting when Dorsey was 7 years old.

Reformists: Diocese plan isn't enough

  [Decades - Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. US$104m going. 175 claimants.
   The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Monday, April 16, 2007
   OREGON -- With the approval of a bankruptcy reorganization for the Archdiocese of Portland expected as early as today, church reformers fear that the archdiocese has succeeded in avoiding public accountability for decades of child sexual abuse by priests.
   The archdiocese will emerge virtually unscathed, at least financially. Payments to 175 claimants will be covered by $52 million from church insurers and a $40 million loan. No parish properties will be sold. No church leaders will be forced to testify publicly about their behind-the-scenes response to specific cases of child abuse by clergy.
   Court records show that once the reorganization is in place, the archdiocese will have paid more than $104 million to settle sexual abuse claims since 1984.

Greek Newspaper Runs Ad in Search of Abuse Victims

  - Greek Orthodox.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ April 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The latest issue of The Orthodox Observer, the official newspaper of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, ran the following ad on page 32, highlighting the Greek Orthodox sexual misconduct policy and encouraging people to call in their complaints.

LI Catholic church faces sex abuse lawsuit

  - RCC. [50yrs Rockville Centre Diocese] - Jury to hear case. [Decades - U.S. RCC] - US$1,500m so far.
   Newsday, By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer, 11:04 AM EDT, April 13, 2007,
   MINEOLA, N.Y. -- The nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese is headed to trial next week in a $150 million lawsuit related to a youth minister who raped and sodomized teenagers – part of a wave of lawsuits against churches nationwide since the sex abuse scandal broke five years ago.
   But this case is unique, despite its familiar scenario of youths abused by religious leaders: It could be one of the few decided by a jury, rather than a quiet, out-of-court settlement.
   The U.S. Conference of Bishops estimates abuse-related costs from lawsuits have exceeded $1.5 billion, the majority out-of-court settlements. Many of the alleged acts took place long before statutes of limitations expired.
   On Long Island, a grand jury found nearly two dozen cases of abuse going back decades in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the nation's sixth largest with 1.3 million Catholics in 134 parishes.

Juror picks under way in diocese suit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   Newsday, By ANN GIVENS, April 11, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Jury selection began yesterday in the civil case against a former Catholic youth minister convicted of molesting four teenagers and against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which is accused of failing to protect his victims.
   The suit, filed in State Supreme Court by two of Matthew Maiello's victims, names Maiello, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty, St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, and the diocese as defendants.
   The suit seeks $150 million in damages.
   Maiello, a former youth minister at St. Raphael, pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy of the two plaintiffs and two others in 2003, and served just more than 2 years in prison.

Sex scandal bishop tells of fleeing the media

  [Years - Bishop Casey] - RCC. Had child. Smuggled away. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Telegraph (Britain), ~ April 16, 2007
   IRELAND -- The former Bishop of Galway has spoken for the first time about his years on the run after he was at the centre of a sex scandal that shocked the Roman Catholic Church.
   Eamonn Casey broke his silence about the Catholic network that smuggled him across two continents after the exposure of his affair with Annie Murphy, an Irish-American divorcee with whom he had a child.
   In his first interview since returning to Ireland last year, Fr Casey revealed that Pope John Paul II did not want him to resign as bishop when told that he had fathered a child.
   He also spoke of the great lengths he went to and the huge distances he travelled to evade the media as he paid his penance in a North American monastery and with a South American mission. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM]
   [RECAPITULATION: ... Pope John Paul II did not want him to resign as bishop when told that he had fathered a child. ENDS.]

!!!: "Compulsive and addictive"

  [< 2004 Lastiri] - RCC puts internet homosexual back into parish! United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   California Catholic Daily ~ April 16, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Father Jean-Michael Lastiri, removed by Fresno Bishop John Steinbock as pastor of St. Patrick's in Merced in 2004 for soliciting liaisons on a homosexual website, once again is in parish work.
   According to the April 8 edition of the diocesan newspaper Central California Catholic Life, Bishop Steinbock appointed Lastiri as administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Fresno on March 7.
   In 2004, parishioners discovered that Lastiri frequented a homosexual website. One Lastiri post read: "Want sex. CA bear visiting Orlando on Friday, 7/23... looking for fun in other bears/admirers..."
   After removing Lastiri from St. Patrick's, Steinbock called Lastiri's participation on the website "totally inappropriate" and said the priest "denied any inappropriate sexual activity on his part and declared he only entertained fantasies through this activity on the Internet."

Retaliation? After Diocese Criticizes Its Coverage, LA Times Slams Cardinal Mahony

  - RCC.
   News Busters, Posted by Dave Pierre 21:30, April 15, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Two weeks ago, we reported (in this NB post) that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles publicly objected to coverage of the priest abuse scandal by the Los Angeles Times. Two articles by the Times in the second half of March contained false information, contended the Archdiocese. One of the articles was cited as being particularly "insulting to all Catholics." Rebuttals to the Times were printed in the archdiocese newspaper, The Tidings, the largest diocesan paper in the United States. (Here and here are the rebuttals.)
   Is the Times now retaliating against Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony for calling the paper out on its falsehoods?
   Yesterday's Times (Saturday, April 14, 2007) parades a front-page article that claims that "Mahony's influence is dwindling in L.A." It's a typical unflattering portrait of its subject. Many would call it a hit piece. The article seems to serve no other purpose except to take a cheap slap at Mahony.

Church leader rebuts financial allegations

  [1990s-2007 Armstrong*] - Episcopalian. < US$400,000. Secession. Oppose "gay" and other stances.
   Casper Star Tribune, Monday, April 16, 2007
   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The leader of a breakaway Episcopal parish defended himself against allegations of financial misconduct Saturday, as a theological think tank that he oversees said it was distancing itself from him.
   The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado moved in December to suspend the Rev. Donald Armstrong from Grace Church and St. Stephen's Parish over the allegations.
   Last month, Armstrong returned after the church vestry voted to leave the Episcopal Church, saying they were upset over the liberal theological direction of the national church, including its stance on gay relationships.

Action on child abuse

  - Anglicans to list sex offenders. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Linda Morris, April 16, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A NATIONAL register of clergy and church workers has received the green light after the Anglican Church's highest legal tribunal ruled on laws to tackle sexual misconduct, including pedophilia.
   But when the single centralised register opens this year it is likely to exclude allegations against clergy involving moral indiscretions and affairs between consenting adults. And plans to establish a "white pages" of biographical information on Anglican clergy are also set to be abandoned.
   The church's parliament adopted plans for a database for screening and risk assessment in 2004, part of a strategy to prevent offenders escaping notice by moving from diocese to diocese.
   Church authorities want the ability to check whether lay people or clergy members have been the subject of complaints of sexual misconduct or child abuse before it employed them.

In rare move, jury likely to decide New York church sex abuse lawsuit

  [? 1990s-2000s ? Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, Published April 15, 2007
   MINEOLA, New York State: The United States' sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese is headed to trial this week in a $150 million (€110.8 million) lawsuit accusing church officials of recklessness for employing a youth minister who raped and sodomized teenagers.
   But despite its familiar scenario of youths abused by religious leaders, this case is rare: It could be one of the few decided by a jury, rather than a quiet, out-of-court settlement.
   The U.S. Conference of Bishops estimates abuse-related costs from lawsuits have exceeded $1.5 billion (€1.1 billion), the majority out-of-court settlements.

Lawsuit Goes to Trial Against the Long Island Diocese Over Sexual Abuse of Teenagers

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, Published April 16, 2007
  GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 15 – A rare civil trial involving sexual abuse and the Roman Catholic Church starts here on Monday, and jury selection last week gave a hint of what could come.
   Some potential jurors said the case was too disturbing to hear. Others said they were too angry to serve impartially. One woman, Antoinette Valentino, said she was Catholic but was "enraged against the Catholic Church." She was not chosen. Another woman said, "I'm Catholic and I'm not going against the diocese," and also was excused.
   And a few revealed that they or their relatives had been victims of sexual abuse, although they did not accuse the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

• Ex-minister on new sex, drug counts  [1995-2006] - No religion link reported. 50 charges now. Boys.    

Ex-minister on new sex, drug counts

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , p 30, Tuesday, April 17, 2007
   SYDNEY – Sacked NSW Government minister Milton Orkopoulos faces more than 50 child sex and drug offences after a third alleged victim approached police.
   Mr Orkopoulos, 49, of Belmont North, was refused bail in Newcastle Local Court yesterday after detectives laid 21 fresh charges relating to a 16-year-old boy.
   The teenager allegedly told police he had sex with Mr Orkopoulos and was supplied drugs by the former Aboriginal affairs minister in 1995-96.
   Mr Orkopoulos was dumped by the ALP and resigned from State Parliament after last year being charged with supplying drugs to two other teenage boys and using government funds to pay one for sex.
   Less than a week after the charges were laid against him, Mr Orkopoulos was admitted to hospital following an apparent suicide attempt.
   The married father of three was given conditional bail after his initial arrest on November 8 last year, when he was charged with 30 child sex and drug offences.
   Police laid a further three charges on January 31. They alleged those crimes were committed over nine years, beginning in 1997.
   Yesterday, he was charged with 12 counts of supplying a prohibited drug, six counts of homosexual intercourse with a child aged 10 to 18, and three counts of indecent assault.
   Mr Orkopoulos was remanded in custody ... #

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• Church attorneys stall again, still no Caffoe files from St. John's; will Roger Mahony testify in pedophile priest civil case hearings?

  [50yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. 500 claimants. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, http://city ofangels3. blogspot.com , ~ April 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) – It's getting nasty. No, it's getting OJ Simpsonian, as church attorneys throw obstructions in the face of plaintiffs and LA's 500 plus civil cases against the archdiocese battle toward justice. A motion to compel Roger Mahony to answer interrogatories is on calendar for a May 16 hearing.
   Mahony's tactics seemed to leave the judge and others stunned today. After stalling since last summer, church attorneys now announce the only way they'll turn over St. John's Seminary files on Lynn Caffoe is with the judge's review in camera first.
   Judge Haley Fromholz stared at Katherine Freberg and said, "I don't want to review anything I don't absolutely have to."
   The Church Attorney held his fingers up in Freberg's face and said "The Seminary file is that thick." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM]

Priest, facing sex complaint, 'must show himself' to the cardinal

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Lascivious acts alleged. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , By Nancy R. Cudis, Sun.Star Correspondent, ~ April 17, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE Archdiocese of Cebu also wants the priest accused of lascivious acts to show up.
   Fr. Benedicto Ejares has been accused of committing lascivious acts on high school students while he was hearing their confession during a seminar in November last year.
   National Bureau of Investigation 7 Director Medardo de Lemos filed seven counts of acts of lasciviousness and separate complaints of sexual harassment against Ejares before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor last week.
   Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he cannot issue statements yet on the matter because he has not talked to Ejares.

Abuse allegations against Council Bluffs priest

  [? ~ 1990s Hobt*] - RCC. Child. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, ~ April 17, 2007
   DES MOINES (IA) -- The Diocese of Des Moines announced today that a priest serving at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs is being removed from the priesthood following credible allegations of child sexual abuse.
   Father Phillip Hobt, of the Diocese of Des Moines, has begun the process to voluntarily ask the Vatican for permission to leave the priesthood.
   At the same time, the diocesan Allegation Review Committee completed its investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor involving Father Hobt. The committee concluded the allegation was credible.

Diocese Priest Volunteers To Leave Priesthood

  [? ~ 1990s Hobt*] - RCC. Child.
   KETV, ~ April 17, 2007
   DES MOINES, Iowa -- A priest with the Des Moines Diocese has voluntarily taken steps to leave the priesthood.
   The Rev. Phillip Hobt, who most recently served at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs, was put on leave Feb. 1 by Bishop Joseph L. Charron, according to a news release.
   The move comes after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. A Diocese committee found that the allegation was credible, the release said.

Jewish Times: Rabbi was molester

  [Years - Shapiro*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys.
   The Examiner, by Luke Broadwater, Apr 17, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- Baltimore Jewish Times Editor Neil Rubin knew his paper's Friday article detailing sexual abuse allegations against a deceased rabbi would be controversial. But running the article, he says, was the right thing to do.
   In the April 13 article "Rabbi's Abuse Victims Suffer Years Later," Executive Editor Phil Jacobs recounted the stories of three people who say they were abused by Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, the former principal of Talmudical Academy. Shapiro died in 1989.
   According to some estimates, Shapiro molested hundreds, the article states.

Confronting a Painful Reality

  - Judaist (Orthodox).
   Congregation Shomrei Emunah, ~ April 17, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- I want to talk with you this morning about the problem of sexual abuse in our community.
   When I say "our community" I mean both the American Orthodox community and, specifically, the Baltimore Orthodox community.
   I am sorry to have to speak about this topic at all and I am particularly sorry to have talk about it on Yom Tov. But I am doing so in advance of a letter that you should all be receiving later this week. The letter is a statement adopted by the Vaad HaRabbonim addressing the issue of abuse in our community.
   As difficult as it may be, we feel it is important to address this topic openly and directly because ignorance and silence are two of the greatest allies of abusers. Hidden under the cloud of silence individual acts of abuse can become long-term abuse and small problems can grow into full-blown crisis. And the best antidote for a cloud is sunshine. ...
   First, we must resist the instinct of denial - in all of its forms.
   For many, I believe that this instinct comes from a "good place." We believe that a life based on Torah is holy and ennobling. When confronted with allegations that people who appear to be dedicated to Torah may have engaged in dark and destructive behavior there is an instinct to deny that such a thing is even possible. There is a further instinct to deny - even if it is acknowledged that something may have happened somewhere, maybe, to someone - that this constitutes a "problem in the community."

Washington to star in 'Least of These'

  - RCC. Movie to start in June.
   Variety, By DAVE MCNARY, ~ April 17, 2007
   HOLLYWOOD (CA) -- Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy") will topline indie thriller "The Least of These," written and directed by Nathan Scoggins.
   Project is produced by James Duke and Number 3 Films in conjunction with producers Allison Calleri and Christina K.Y. Lee. "The Least of These" will begin production in Los Angeles in June.
   Washington will portray a priest with a troubled past who's transferred to a Catholic boarding school after the mysterious disappearance of one of the priests. Thesp's feature credits include "Clockers," "Get on the Bus" and "Bulworth."

Jury Likely to Decide Long Island Church Sex Abuse Suit

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   Washington Post, By Frank Eltman, Associated Press, 9:07 PM, Monday, April 16, 2007
   MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- The nation's sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese went on trial Monday in a $150 million lawsuit accusing church officials of recklessness for employing a youth minister who raped and sodomized teenagers.
   In his opening arguments, attorney Michael Dowd told jurors the focus of the trial was not Matthew Maiello, a priest who pleaded guilty to rape and sodomy in 2003, but his superiors.
   "The question here is who let the beast loose? Who let him loose to run free through the flock of Rev. Thomas Haggerty, picking his victims at will?" Dowd said.

Grey's Anatomy star to play priest in thriller

  - RCC. Movie to start in June.
   RTE News (Ireland), ~ April 17, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- 'Grey's Anatomy' star Isaiah Washington is to play the lead role in a new thriller called 'The Least of These'.
   Variety reports that the film tells the story of a priest with a troubled past who is transferred to a Catholic boarding school after one of the priests disappears.
   The film will begin production in Los Angeles in June.

DIOCESE ACCUSED IN 2 KIDS' RAPE HORROR

  [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, April 17, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A 15-year-old boy and girl were raped and sodomized in a Long Island parish by a predator allowed by the Catholic Church to prey on children, a lawyer for the alleged victims said in his opening yesterday.
   Lawyer Michael Dowd told a Mineola jury that Matthew Maiello, a lay youth minister at St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, ordered the teens to have sex with each other and himself and videotaped the acts - a shocking exhibit that will be shown to the jury.
   The lawyer said the Rockville Centre Diocese was negligent in failing to investigate Maiello's background, which included molestations at another parish.

Lawsuit filed against priest

  [1995-99 Timothy Evans] - RCC. Guilty x 2. 2 boys.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Jean Torkelson, April 17, 2007
   DENVER (CO) -- An Ohio man known as John Doe 10 on Monday became the first person to file a civil lawsuit against priest Timothy Evans, a convicted sex offender, and the Archdiocese of Denver.
   Within the past three weeks, Evans has been convicted twice of sexual assault while serving as a priest. One of the cases involved a Fort Collins parish and a victim who now lives in Ohio.
   Zachary Warzel, one of the attorneys for John Doe 10, said he could not comment on whether that was the same man who filed Monday's civil suit.

Washington making amends with pedophilia drama

  - RCC. Film planned.
   TV Guide, 2:57 AM ET, Tue Apr 17, 2007
   NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington is set to star in the indie drama "The Least of These," playing a priest returning to the Catholic high school where he once was sexually abused.
   His character replaces a missing teacher who molested several teenage boys and might have been killed by one of them.
   It is the actor's first new role since derogatory comments he made about gays on the set of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and at the Golden Globes forced him into a much-publicized stint at a treatment center for psychological counseling.

Lawyer: Church ignored signs of abuse

  [1999-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   Am New York, BY ANN GIVENS, ann.givens@newsday.com , 10:20 PM EDT, April 16, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A young woman who was molested by her Catholic church youth minister when she was a teenager choked back tears Monday morning as her lawyer told a jury that church leaders saw signs of abuse everywhere and did nothing about it.
   The woman and a young man, both of whom were raped repeatedly over several years by Matthew Maiello beginning in 1999, are suing Maiello, the East Meadow church where he worked, the priest who supervised him and the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $150 million.
   Newsday is withholding the names of the plaintiffs because they are victims of sexual abuse.
   It is the first time the diocese has come face to face with its accusers in a sexual abuse case in court. Most cases have been settled or they have fallen outside the statute of limitations.

At Trial on Long Island, Priest Defends Hiring of Worker Who Later Abused Teenagers

  [1999-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, Published: April 17, 2007
   GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 16 – As a civil trial over sexual abuse at a Roman Catholic church began on Monday, the lawyer for the two victims who filed the lawsuit accused the pastor of neglecting background checks in hiring the youth ministry director who committed the abuse.
   The employee, Matthew Maiello, later served two years in prison for the statutory rape of the two victims and two other teenagers from the parish.
   "Who let the beast loose to run free through the flock of Father Thomas Haggerty, picking his victims at will?" the lawyer, Michael G. Dowd, said in his opening statement in State Supreme Court here, referring to the pastor, whom he later called as his first witness.

Blame '60s for sex-abuse scandal, McCarrick says

  [2007 Cardinal McCarrick] - RCC. 9th/8th Commandment. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Washington Times, By Julia Duin, April 17, 2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the recently retired archbishop of Washington, blamed the "loose morals" of the 1960s for the massive sex-abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church.
   Speaking at a conference in Auckland, New Zealand, last weekend, he said the priestly sex abusers had been caught up in the sexually lax climate of the 1960s -- an era that he said was "when anything goes."
   "It was Woodstock," he said, according to the New Zealand Herald. "People were smoking marijuana, and the sexual mores went down as all mores went down." [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM]
   [COMMENT: For facts to show that bad clergy have been seducing young boys and some girls for centuries, not just since the 1960s, use www.metacrawler.com  search engine "+clergy +seducing +children".  Or read the book by Doyle, Sipe, and Wall: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/carnalbooks.htm#sexpriests .   COMMENT ENDS.]

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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Wed April 18, 2007 edition:


Youth pastor on trial in molesting

  [2005 Whitacre -NEW*] - Christian. Girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Journal Gazette, www. fortwayne. com/mld/ fortwayne/ news/local/ 17102190.htm , By Rebecca S. Green, ~ April 18, 2007
   HUNTINGTON (IN) -- The trial of a Huntington County youth pastor accused of child molesting began Wednesday, with a nearly daylong jury selection process.
   Kevin Whitacre, 34, is on trial on two counts of child molesting, both Class C felonies punishable by up to eight years in prison. He is accused of fondling a then-10-year-old girl when she visited his family's apartment in Good Shepherd Church, 1280 Hitzfield St., in the summer of 2005. He was arrested in March 2006.
   Whitacre did not know the girl through his work at the church. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 18, 2007 10:04 PM]

12 motions to strike denied today and Mahony's answers say "nothing" in civil cases against church re pedophile priests

  [2006-07 Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC delaying tactics.
   City of Angels, ~ April 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- "Nothing. They're doing nothing," a plaintiff attorney said to me last week and another one said it this morning, "Nothing." The church ignores interrogatories for months, makes empty excuses to delay discovery, is a no-show for depositions that plaintiffs need for trials this summer.
   Roger Mahony, cardinal of Los Angeles, finally responds to interrogatories. . . and says nothing.
   There were tears of relief in court this morning when the judge denied 12 motions to strike in cases concerning George Neville Rucker. One family of survivors was in court and heard their names read into the record twice by their attorney Alex Goldberg and by Judge Haley Fromholz.
   On the left in the back is a church attorney who I keep seeing, I think he's with Hennigan. He has a rubbery face; James Spader could play him. He looks like he might be a proud founding member of Young Republicans.
   Then just to my left is church attorney Donald Woods, lips tight as he reads the judge's tentative order and shakes his head. He's this little leprechaun like guy who whenever I see him I think of my Irish relatives in Chicago. He looks up at me over his reading glasses as I'm typing into my laptop describing him. I smile and keep describing him. He smiles, sort of.

"Vengeance Time"

 
   Whispers in the Loggia, ~ April 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The upcoming Commonweal leads with a brow-raiser of a piece from Villanova Law Dean Mark Sargent on the "moral capital" of victim-survivors, and what happens when it's diminished... dotCom says the mag's "already getting somewhat heated letters about it."

A Chilling effect

  - Various faiths.
   The Spokesman Review, By Virginia De Leon and Sara Leaming, April 18, 2007
   WASHINGTON -- Changing times and a growing awareness of child abuse have led to greater distrust of adults who work with children, prompting stricter rules in churches, Boy Scouts and other organizations.
   That means less one-on-one contact between children and adult mentors, so relationships that could steer at-risk kids away from trouble take longer to build. ...
   He and others believe it's up to the faith community to bring about that healing and restore trust, the essential element that "holds us together as a community."
   "The sexual abuse problems are bigger than the Catholic Church," said Robertson, who meets regularly with Catholic Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane. "It's time for us, as the entire faith community, to work on a combined solution."
   In recent months, the roughly 33 pastors who belong to the Spokane Valley Ministerial Association have been discussing an initiative known as "Healing to Our Community."

Guarding against sexual abuse in the church

  - Baptists.
   Florida Baptist Witness, By FRANK PAGE, Baptist Press, Published April 19, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- A short while ago, I was interviewed by ABC's "20/20" news for an April 13 program titled, "Preacher Predators." At the request of several, I agreed to this invitation so as to provide some kind of balance to a program which may well be overwhelmingly negative.
   There has been a great deal of attention given to this subject in recent days. As I said to the reporter, we are willing and able to discuss this issue because even one instance of sexual abuse by a minister is too much. While I do not believe the problem is systemic and large-scale, there have been several reported cases of abuse by trusted members of staff in our churches. Let me help set a few matters clear for you.
   Some persons have accused Southern Baptists of ignoring the issue and hiding behind our polity. Let me clearly state that we believe in the autonomy of the local church as a biblical mandate. We are not hiding behind anything, except the Bible. In fact, the local church is where accountability must be enforced. I call upon every local church to develop written policy guidelines for the care of children and youth. I call upon every church to have a system or policy in place to deal with any accusations made. We must protect children and youth, and the integrity of staff members.

Priest facing $41M jury fine hires attorney

  [Edward J. Smith (Norbertine)] - RCC. US$41m judgement. Child.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted 3:24 pm, Wednesday, April 18, 2007
   DELAWARE -- The Rev. Edward J. Smith, the Norbertine priest against whom a federal jury awarded $41 million in damages to an alleged victim of child sexual abuse last month, has hired Wilmington attorney Kathleen Jennings to represent him.
   Attorneys for Navy Cmdr. Kenneth J. Whitwell, who said Smith abused him while he was a student at Archmere Academy, reported difficulty locating Smith earlier this month. Attorney Thomas S. Neuberger said his process server had not been able to locate the priest at the Norbertine priory in Middletown where order officials had said he lived, or at his late mother's Philadelphia rowhome.
   Eventually the papers were served on the order's superior, the Rev. James Bagnato.
   Jennings said Tuesday she is in contact with Smith, 60, and has accepted legal documents on his behalf. She would not say where Smith is living.

Archdiocese loses another round in sex abuse cases

  [Harold White] - RCC. 15 cases moving.
   Rocky Mountain News, By Jean Torkelson, April 18, 2007
   DENVER (CO) -- The Archdiocese of Denver has lost its second attempt to have a group of sex abuse cases involving the late priest, Harold Robert White, dismissed in Denver district court.
   Twelve lawsuits moved closer to trial Tuesday when Judge Robert Hyatt rejected the church's argument that the cases should be dismissed because they exceeded the statute of limitations.
   That makes a total of 15 cases involving White which are now moving forward. Last month Judge John McMullen issued a similar ruling on three cases.

Victims Approve Spokane Abuse Settlement

  [50yrs - Clergy of Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 161 survivors.
   CBS News, AP, Apr. 18, 2007
   SPOKANE, Wash., (AP) -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse and parishes that will foot part of the bill to pay them have voted to approve a $48 million settlement, setting the stage for the Spokane Catholic Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy.
   In documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, some 161 people who filed abuse claims, individual parishes and other creditors voted to accept payments outlined in a court-mediated settlement.
   Although the vote was unanimous, many of the victims believe the diocese should do more, plaintiffs' lawyer Michael Pfau said Wednesday.
   "I think the victims have accepted the reality of finite resources and understand that there's some benefit to putting an end to this, and to doing it sooner, rather than later," said Pfau, who represents about half of those who sued.

Silmser videotape played at inquiry

  - General public. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   SQL Fusion, Staff, ~ April 18, 2007
   CORNWALL, Canada - David Silmser may never return to the stand at the Cornwall Public Inquiry, but his voice once again echoed throughout the hearings room today.
   Commission officials, at the request of the Ontario Provincial Police, played a videotape of a statement Silmser gave to police in February 1994 during which he alleges he was sexually abused by both Rev. Charles MacDonald and now-deceased probation officer Ken Seguin.
   Throughout the video, which was not broadcast on the inquiry's website in order to comply with publication bans and confidentiality requests, Silmser is mostly calm and quiet, speaking in a controlled manner about the abuse he says he suffered as young boy and as a teenager.

Diocese to release documents as part of abuse settlement

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Wednesday, April 18, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Previously private personnel files of pedophile priests will be made public under a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of Portland that was approved Tuesday.
   The papers, to be released as early as next month, will include documents showing knowledge and cover-up of the priests' activities by Catholic Church leaders.
   "There is plenty there to cause frustration and anger," said Portland lawyer Kelly Clark, who represented more than 100 people abused by priests over the years and who obtained confidential copies of church records in the course of preparing for trials.

Disrespect For Clergy Is Result Of Both A Secular Society And Lack Of Devotion

  [Years and years] - RCC. Sins caused loss of respect.
   Spirit Daily, ~ April 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- There it was, on a front page, in cold print.
   "There was a time when Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, leader of the largest Roman Catholic diocese in the United States, was a formidably influential political figure," reported The Los Angeles Times last week -- in what should be seen as a sign of our times. "A decade ago, he was a member of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's inner circle and the spiritual leader of a growing community with exponentially expanding power.
   "Today, Mahony remains one of the region's most recognized leaders and a sought-after voice on certain issues. But time, scandal, and the shifting demographics of Los Angeles politics have diminished Mahony's might to the point that his recent remonstrations – in which he took to task Fabian Nuñez, the speaker of the California Assembly, for endorsing an assisted suicide bill – have served more to emphasize Mahony's weakness than to deter Nuñez."
   Inside and outside the Church, a crisis has risen. It is a crisis of respect.

Rabbi Moshe Heinemann Bans The Baltimore Jewish Times

  [2007 Heinemann] - Judaist (Orthodox). Bans information.
   Jewish Survivors, ~ April 18, 2007
   Jewish Survivors of Sexual Abuse Speak Out
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- The following handwritten letter was posted in the Agudah Israel of Baltimore
   "Based on last week's vicious article (regarding rabbi Ephraim Shapiro) in the Baltimore Jewish Times and other articles of the past, it is my opinion that it is totally inappropriate for this publication to be found in any Jewish home." -- Rabbi Moshe Heinemann
   I guess rabbi Moshe Heinemann better warn his congregants to also ban the Baltimore Examiner, because they also published a story on the alleged serial child molester. According to both articles Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro is believed to have raped hundreds of children during his rein of alleged terror. Why should rabbi Heinemann care if one of his buddies allegedly committed more crimes against humanity then most? [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 18, 2007 12:03 PM]

Papers detail church settlements

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
   Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, April 18, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland agreed to pay settlements totaling $600,000 to 15 men who alleged they were molested by a Salem-area priest three decades ago at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Salem attorney Daniel Gatti said Tuesday.
   The settlements ranged from $7,500 to $100,000, said Gatti, who represents the men.
   After a gag order was lifted by two judges, Gatti also spelled out settlements for about a dozen more people he represented in claims against other Catholic priests affiliated with the embattled archdiocese.
   "Many of my cases settled for anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several (settlements) for more than a million and one for as many as two million," he said.

Oregon Sex Abuse Victims in Catholic Church Scandal Awarded Over $50 Million

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. > US$75m. Many victims.
   Salem-News, by Tim King, ~ April 18, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. - A settlement in a Portland, Oregon court means victims of childhood sex abuse in the Catholic Church will be compensated with millions of dollars, and secret files relating to pedophile priests in the Portland Archdiocese that span half a century will be publicly disclosed.
   More than 200 victims will share the amount that slightly tops $50 million.
   More than 89 lawyers were involved in the case at one time or another. All had high remarks for the judges who worked tirelessly in bringing the case resolution.

Priest in sex scandal urged to surface

  [2006 Ejares*] - RCC. Confession. 7 children. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   GMA News, 11:57 AM | Apr/18/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- Now that he has been named and charged for supposedly sexually harassing students at a confession last year, Cebu-based Fr. Benedicto Ejares must now end his hiding and face the music.
   Sun-Star Cebu said the order came from no less than the Archdiocese of Cebu, which said Ejares must face the charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation.
   The NBI Central Visayas regional office earlier filed seven counts of acts of lasciviousness against Ejares before the Cebu City Prosecutor last week for allegedly harassing high school students whose confession he heard during a Life in the Spirit Seminar in November last year.

Metropolitan Isaiah's Letter Questioned

  - Orthodox Christian. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Orthodox Reform, By Paul Cromidas, ~ April 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- (Writer's Note: Like my fellow parishioners, I was saddened and in disbelief when I learned that our long-time pastor was suspended on charges of sexual misconduct. Nevertheless, after reading Metropolitan Isaiah's letter to the parish, I felt that a response was called for.
   (Ironically, I have been writing about the church misconduct issue for some time and that has included criticism of the Metropolitan. He has never responded to any of my articles or correspondence and neither has Archbishop Demetrios. A shorter version of this article appeared as a Letter to the Editor in The National Herald, the Greek-American newspaper, on April 13, 2007.)
[Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 18, 2007 8:15 AM]

Pastor Lied On Stand: Sex Victims

  [1999-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
   New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, April 18, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The two plaintiffs in a $150 million church sex-abuse lawsuit on Long Island angrily accused their former pastor of lying on the stand yesterday.
   "How does it feel to lie under oath, like you just did?" the female victim asked Father Thomas Haggerty, former pastor of St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, after court had recessed for the day.
   The male victim accused Haggerty of fabricating a conversation in which they praised their admitted abuser.
   Haggerty had testified that the victims never reported to him that they were sexually exploited by former youth minister Matthew Maiello, beginning in 1999, when they were both 15 years old.

St. Croix County will pay $3,000 for O'Connell suit research

  [2002 Erickson] - RCC. 2 men shot dead.
   River Towns, By Judy Wiff, Regional Editor, ~ April 18, 2007
   WISCONSIN -- St. Croix County's Finance Committee agreed Thursday to allocate $3,000 for legal research for the judge who is presiding over the O'Connell family's civil lawsuit against Catholic bishops.
   Last August the parents, sister and brothers of Daniel O'Connell filed a lawsuit against U.S. Catholic bishops asking for the names of an estimated 5,000 priests the American church has identified as sexual abusers and predators since the 1950s.
   O'Connell and intern James Ellison were found shot to death at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson Feb. 5, 2002. The O'Connell family and their attorneys claim the murders occurred after Dan O'Connell confronted Father Ryan Erickson of St. Patrick's Church about alleged sexual abuse of boys.

Vengeance Time or Accountability Time?

  [2007 Commonweal] - RCC. Damning the damaged.
   Voice from the Desert Tuesday, April 17, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The April 20, 2007, Volume CXXXIV, Number 8, issue of Commonweal magazine contains an attack directed at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
   The writer is Mark A Sargent, dean of the Villanova University School of Law.
   Sargent's attack is deftly refuted by SNAP whose response is in provided in paragraphs preceded by four dashes (----) and presented in bold font.
   It's clear that Mr. Sargent is carrying water for the bishops and confuses vengeance with accountability and with the desire to protect kids from sexual predators.

"International Traffic in Catholic Priests Who Abuse"

  - Church sends seducers across borders.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, by Richard Sipe and K.K. Murray
   UNITED STATES -- The problem of foreign born or educated priests who come to the United States and subsequently abuse minors is and has been a problem for the American church.

Portland Archdiocese to release documents related to sex abuse claims

  [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
   Portland Tribune, By Ryan Geddes, LocalNewsDaily.com, Apr 17, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon plans to release to the public internal documents about church personnel accused of child abuse over the last 50 years as part of its recently approved bankruptcy settlement, church officials and lawyers for sex abuse claimants announced Tuesday.
   On Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris confirmed the Oregon Catholic Church's proposed Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, which was filed in 2004 after a wave of child sex abuse claims filed against priests and other church employees. That agreement calls for the court to approve about $50 million in settlements and to establish a fund for future payouts of about $20 million.
   Tuesday's announcement went a step further, approving the release of what claimants' lawyers say are previously secret documents detailing accused pedophile priests' activities. Initial releases will comprise "several dozen" documents on fewer than 12 priests, lawyers said, but in the future could become a "virtually comprehensive release of the archives of the past."

"The Just Man Justices"

  - RCC.
   Kingfishers, Dragonflies and Stones ~ April 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Open Letter to BishopAccountability.org and Other Group Advocates for Victims:
   We are a strange country, our America, struggling by, from one justification for our conduct to another, tagging our steps with phrases and slogans, as we go.
  • Sex offenders must be exposed to save our children.
  • Innocent until proven guilty.
  • Statutes of limitations must be abolished.
  • Justice cries out for accountability.
  • A country of laws, not of men.
  • Cover-ups are worse than sexual abuse.
  • Rebels who win revolutions become oppressors.
  • Who will guard the guardians?
       Some of you know me from work I did with Paul Baier on the original database of priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, back in the early days, when Paul and his crew started literally from scratch. That work gives me some right to offer an opinion which has been growing, too slowly, within me. I am very frightened that we Americans have come to despise the Rule of Law and want our justice against those who commit crimes against humanity to be swift and merciless.

    "Fairness? Balance? Honest reporting?"

      - RCC.
       California Catholic Daily, ~ April 18, 2007
       LOS ANGELES (CA) -- LA Times says Cardinal Mahony losing his political clout - but detractors say the newspaper is punishing the archbishop for his public criticism of its reporting
       On April 14, the Los Angeles Times published a front-page story under the headline, "Mahony's influence is dwindling in L.A." The story came just weeks after the cardinal twice took the Times to task for inaccurate and biased reporting. Was the latest Times story payback? Some critics seem to think so.
       "Is the Times now retaliating against Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony for calling the paper out on its falsehoods?" asks Dave Pierre in an April 15 post on the web site NewsBusters.org. "Does the article cite any polls or studies to back up its claim of the Cardinal's supposed 'dwindling influence'? No. Rather, it quotes a potpourri of various individuals, largely unknown, including a Cal State professor (big whoop), the leader of a 'mainly Protestant' activist group, and a minister 'who spoke on the condition that his name not be used.' Good grief."
       While the Boston Globe hounded Cardinal Bernard Law during the clergy molestation scandal, the Times has been fairly easy on Mahony -- until last month's scathing criticism of his handling of the case of abuser priest, Lynn Caffoe -- an article that provoked a public archdiocesan reply. The response, also published in the archdiocesan newspaper the Tidings, said the Times had committed serious factual errors in its reporting.
       [COMMENT: Globe "Hounded" Bernard Cardinal Law?  Come on, he allowed Shanley, who had threatened him and had helped launch a man-boy love association, to continue in the RC priesthood. 
       Times had "serious factual errors" in its reporting?  What about the Vatican, which always has access to all the files of the U.S. bishops, saying that child seduction involved only 1 per cent of the clergy, only to be proved 400 per cent wrong when the big audit reported 4 per cent?  Regular readers of Kathy Shaw's blog know there are new ones every month, so the percentage is slowly rising.  ENDS.]
       [ADVICE: Remove the beam out of your own eye, before trying to remove the speck from your neighbour's!   ENDS.]

    Archbishop, priest accusers express hope that settlement will lead to reconciliation

      [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
       The Oregonian, Posted 18:00PM, April 17, 2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- Key players in the months-long mediation among the Archdiocese of Portland, parishioners and priest accusers finally spoke out today about a $75 million settlement that will bring the archdiocese out of bankruptcy.
       The settlement, signed this afternoon by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Perris, will provide financial relief for about 175 people who say they were sexually abused by priests. The church agreed to release documents linked to the case, and priests will read a letter to parishioners Sunday.
       Archbishop John G. Vlazny expressed relief that the process that began in 2004 when the church sought bankruptcy protection is now finally over.

    Diocese withheld details of abuse, critics say

      [? ~ 1990s Hobt*] - RCC. Child.
       Des Moines Register, By SHIRLEY RAGSDALE, REGISTER RELIGION EDITOR, April 18, 2007
       DES MOINES (IA) -- Advocates for victims of priest abuse on Tuesday blasted the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines for failing to reveal important facts about allegations against the Rev. Phillip Hobt, a former teacher and priest at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs.
       Bishop Joseph Charron, before he retired last week, asked the Vatican to remove Hobt, 42, from the priesthood, the diocese announced Tuesday.
       The diocese received allegations against Hobt in January. He was suspended from ministry in February. After the charges were found to be credible by the diocesan allegation review board, Hobt agreed to submit himself to the Vatican process to remove him from the priesthood, according to Anne Marie Cox, a spokeswoman for the diocese.
       However, the diocese declined to say where Hobt is now living or anything about the nature of the abuse.
       [LOOKBACK: See report of ~ Feb 2, 2007.   ENDS.]

    School must name employees in abuse case

      [1995-96 Mr Andrade] - RCC. Girl.
       The Orange County Register, By RACHANEE SRISAVASDI, ~ April 18, 2007
       SANTA ANA (CA) -- Catholic diocese officials must identify some Mater Dei High School employees accused of sexual misconduct if asked by lawyers for a woman suing over alleged sexual abuse, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.
       The decision allows lawyers for 'Jane C. R. Doe,' as she is identified in court, to inquire about potential abusers who worked at the school from January 1988 to December 31, 2001.
       Jane Doe, a 26-year-old woman and a former Mater Dei student, is suing church and school, alleging former assistant basketball coach Jeff Andrade sexually abused her for two years, starting in 1995.
       Andrade admitted in a deposition that he had sex with the girl.

    Secret files on abusive priests will be released

      [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$75m. 175 claimants.
       The Oregonian, By ASHBEL S. GREEN and STEVE WOODWARD, Wednesday, April 18, 2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- The Portland Archdiocese has agreed to release secret files on abusive priests as part of its $75 million plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
       The files, which won't be made public until next month, will paint the most detailed picture to date of what archdiocese officials knew about sexually abusive priests in Oregon during the past 50 years and what they did about it.
       Kelly Clark, a lawyer who represents dozens of men and women who have reached financial settlements with the archdiocese, said many of his clients could not be satisfied until the record of clergy sexual abuse in western Oregon was revealed.

    Prison chief stepping down

      - Reformer is "asked to leave".
       The Boston Globe, By Andrea Estes, Globe Staff | April 18, 2007
       BOSTON (MA) -- Correction Commissioner Kathleen M. Dennehy, who was appointed to overhaul the state's prison system after the slaying of incarcerated priest John Geoghan, has been asked to leave her post by the Patrick administration, according to administration sources.
       Dennehy, who vowed to create "a more humane system" when she became the state's first woman prison chief three years ago, remains in the post, but in May will join the Bristol County Sheriff's Office, which has earned headlines for its prisoner chain gangs and television ban. The Patrick administration is conducting a search for her successor, the sources said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 18, 2007 7:28 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed April 18, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    • 'Malicious' to punish teacher for telling truth. [Peter Gadeke should be thanked.]  Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/ 
    Whistleblowers Australia say Peter Gadeke should be thanked for exposing sexual abuse in an Aboriginal community – not disciplined

    ‘Malicious’ to punish teacher for telling truth

     
       The West Australian, by JESSICA STRUTT, p 9, Thursday, April 19, 2007
       WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The WA Education Department's disciplinary investigation into a teacher who blew the lid on child sex abuse in a remote Aboriginal community is "bordering on a malicious prosecution", the nation's peak whistleblower group says.
       Whistleblowers Australia national president Peter Bennett said last night that former Kimberley teacher Peter Gadeke's action in emailing The West Australian in May last year from a school computer about the rape of a boy was a clear-cut case of whistleblowing. He said the information disclosed was not confidential because it gave no specific details.
       "It's bordering on a malicious prosecution," Mr Bennett said. "The question is what has priority... government interest or public interest?
      PETER GADEKE’S EMAIL TO THE WEST  
    –Original message–
    From: Peter Gadeke@ [deleted]
    Sent: Monday, 22 May 2006 12:30 PM
    To: Jessica Strutt
    Subject Story???
    Jessica.
    I spoke to the Principal of [deleted] on the weekend and she shared the following with me.
    A boy of 8 years was recently raped by a 13/14 year old boy. The boy was raped previously when he was 2 or 3 years of age by the same boy (I think). The victim was sent to [deleted] for treatment and the community interpreted this as punishment or some how was responsible for this event. Child protection officers interviewed the victim and reported that the boy gave the best evidence ever recorded by a victim in the Kimberleys. The Principal lamented that the rapist still attends the school and that no charges have been laid.
    I am certain this is a story!
    Regards Peter

       "If a matter is in the public interest and it isn't actually releasing specific personal information covered under the Privacy Act, and if it isn't a threat to national security, the economy of the nation or a law enforcement matter under investigation, there should be no bounds of that information being released."
       Alan Carpenter has backed Education Minister Mark McGowan over the issue, saying it would constitute political interference to demand the department put an end to its threat to discipline Mr Gadeke. The department alleges Mr Gadeke, who is on leave but still employed, breached confidentiality under the School Education Act by releasing information about the assault.
       The Premier said while he "took on face value" that Mr Gadeke's actions were well intentioned, it was the wrong way to draw attention to the problem.
      [Picture] Whistleblower: Former Kimberley teacher Peter Gadeke.    Picture: Ian Ferguson  
       "You start taking a big step towards an unfortunate outcome or end position if politicians start intervening in the proper process of the public sector because they don't like things that are happening at a micro level," Mr Carpenter said.
       Since Mr Gadeke emailed The West Australian, at least four people have been charged with child sex offences that allegedly occurred at the community. The West Australian visited the community last June, exposing the sexual abuse and cannabis problems plaguing the town.
       Mr Gadeke's lawyer John Hammond said Mr Carpenter did have the power to stop the investigation, which would discourage other teachers from speaking out in future.
       "Peter Gadeke basically had the welfare of children at heart and he's now being punished. It's sending a dreadful message," he said.
       The Education Department refused to comment. #
    > EDITORIAL     20
    http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm#malicious
       [COMMENT: Someone accused of child sexual abuse is left working in the school, we are told.  And the public had previously learnt that some high official in the Education Department had been dismissed early because of not chasing up sexual harassment allegations between staff members properly.  So readers could ask what is "the proper process of the public sector" that the Premier mentioned.
       Which direction are the PC leaders taking us?  Or is it unfairly backing supporters, and punishing others?  Alongside this newsitem was one headed "Rapist stays free despite fears he'll strike again."  A judge decided to let Robert Anthony Mangolamara go out.  Other government departments had not been helpful in providing the DPP with information.  With a PC cabinet, why wouldn't bureaucrats be PC, too?   ENDS.]
       [CONTACT: GPO Box N 1027, Perth, WA, 6843.  Tel 9842 3177, letters@ wanews. com.au .   ENDS.] [Apr 19, 07]

    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Thu April 19, 2007 edition:


    A sexual abuse settlement reached against former ESL priest and two others

      [1970s-80s Barry -NEW*, Gaiter (Jesuit) -NEW*, Theil -NEW*] - RCC. US$140,000. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Belleville News-Democrat, www.belleville. com/mld/ belleville/ news/breaking_ news/1710 4457.htm , ~ April 19, 2007
       ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis today announced that a financial settlement was reached involving a lawsuit naming three priests accused of sexual abuse of a child, including the Rev. Chester E. Gaiter, a former pastor in East St. Louis.
       Gaiter, a retired Jesuit priest who served at St. Joseph's Church for a year beginning in 1993, was accused of molesting a boy who was attending a religious school in St. Louis in the mid 1980s. According to a spokesman at a Jesuit retirement home in St. Louis, Gaiter, who was assigned in St. Louis at the time of the abuse, is mentally incapacitated and cannot answer questions.
       Pat Noaker, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney who represented the victim, who was not named, said the settlement totaled $140,000 and includes a written apology to the victim and his family from the archdiocese.

    Treasurer charged with stealing $21K from Lambertville church

      [2007 Mr Fleischmann -NEW*] - Presbyterian. US$21,000.
       Courier News, By BRANDON LAUSCH, ~ April 19, 2007
       LAMBERTVILLE (NJ) -- A volunteer treasurer for a Presbyterian church in Lambertville has been charged with stealing more than $21,000 from the congregation's cemetery association, authorities said.
       Russell Fleischmann, 54, of West Amwell was charged with one count of third-degree theft by unlawful taking after stealing the money from the Second English Presbyterian Church's cemetery association, Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office officials said in a statement Wednesday.
       Detective Dan Hurley, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said authorities received a tip from the church and investigated for about six weeks.

    Parish Council Member Expelled After Calling for Fr. Katinas To Be Deposed

      [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
       Orthodox Reform, ~ April 19, 2007
       DALLAS (TX) -- Dean Siotos, who less than a week ago mailed a letter to the Greek Hierarchs critical of their handling of a local priest accused of sexual misconduct with minors, has been expelled from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church parish council, pending formal dismissal by Metropolitan Isaiah.
       Why did the organization of this Dallas church seek to have Siotos removed from the council? Apparently his letter (reported in an earlier article) caused uproar among Fr. Katinas's supporters both on and off of the parish council.
       This letter was co-signed by 11 other parishioners. In it Siotos argued from canon law that known pedophiles such as Fr. Katinas should be deposed. The letter stated: "We request that Nicholas Katinas be defrocked immediately." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 19, 2007 9:47 PM]
       [COMMENT: It seems that the Holy Spirit has deserted yet another of the Christian Churches!  In the Greek and other Orthodox Churches, the ordinary parish clergy can be married, but the bishops (and of course monks) are supposed to be celibate.  How sad – these man-made rules run counter to human nature!  Paedophilia's evil is more likely to be deeply understood by a parent, surely?   COMMENT ENDS.]

    AMUH Omagh priest embroiled in murder case

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       The Ulster Herald (Northern Ireland), ~ April 19, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- AN Omagh-born priest has admitted to having sex with a Polish student before she was murdered and buried under the floorboards of his church in Glasgow.
       Father Gerry Nugent, 63, was been giving evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh at the murder trial of Peter Tobin last week.
       The victim, Angelika Kluk, had been living rent-free at St. Patrick's Church House, in Anderson, Glasgow. The court heard that Fr Gerry gave her a lap-top computer, paid for her to go on trips and even allowed her to use his credit card. He also said he had paid for her to fly to Poland.

    Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman to Star in Doubt Film

      - "Doubt" play now to be film. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Playbill, By Zachary Pincus-Roth, Apr 19, 2007
       HOLLYWOOD (CA) -- Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in the film version of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt.
       Variety also reports that Shanley will adapt the play and will direct the film for Miramax. Scott Rudin is producing the film, which begins production in New York on Dec. 1.
       Streep will play the role of a nun who suspects a popular priest, played by Hoffman, of wrongdoing at a Bronx Catholic School in 1964. Cherry Jones won a Tony Award for playing the role of the nun on Broadway and Brían F. O'Byrne received a Tony nomination for playing the priest.

    Snubbed native school survivors forgive Canada

      [1800s-1970s - 4 Churches, Provinces] - Indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Calgary Sun, By JORGE BARRERA, ~ April 19, 2007
       CANADA -- A major native residential school survivor group has sent a letter to Queen Elizabeth II that forgives Canada and the churches for wanting to "get rid of the Indian problem" through the residential school system.
       The letter was sent to the Governor General's office yesterday to be forwarded to the Queen.
       "In the spirit of our people and the integrity of our collective compassion, it would be prudent to offer forgiveness from the survivors of Indian residential schools to Canada, the Church entities and their descendants," says the letter, signed by Michael Cachagee, chairman of the National Residential School Survivor's Society.

    Church settles suit accusing four priests of abuse.

      [1970s-80s Barry*, Gaiter*, Theil*, Posey] - RCC. US$140,000. Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Christopher Leonard, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Apr/19/2007
       ST. LOUIS (MO), (AP) -- A Missouri man has settled a civil lawsuit against four priests in the St. Louis area he claims molested him during the 1970s and 1980s, an activist group announced today.
       The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the settlement involves three priests who have not previously been accused publicly of sexual abuse.
       The settlement for $140,000 was finalized Monday, said SNAP Director David Clohessy. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 and the victim declined to be identified, Clohessy said.

    Streep, Hoffman have 'Doubt'

      - RCC. "Doubt" play, now to be film.
       Variety, By MICHAEL FLEMING, DAVE MCNARY, ~ April 19, 2007
       HOLLYWOOD (CA) -- Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in "Doubt," the screen adaptation of the John Patrick Shanley play for Miramax Films that begins production in New York on Dec. 1.
       Shanley wrote the script and will direct. Scott Rudin is producing.
       Deals are being negotiated with both thesps.

    Prevention motivated victims to accuse priests

      [~ 50yrs Portland Archdiocese (Oregon)] - RCC. US$104m. 386 claimants.
       The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Thursday, April 19, 2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- The Archdiocese of Portland's pending release of previously secret documentation of child sexual abuse by priests - and what church leaders did or failed to do about it - is a good start toward demonstrating a commitment to preventing child abuse.
       But it's just a start, according to two clergy abuse victims who settled their lawsuits years before the public spotlight focused on the problem in Oregon.
       Church officials and lawyers for abuse victims announced the document disclosure Tuesday as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan that will pay at least $50 million to about 175 people who sued the archdiocese over clergy sexual abuse.

    Letter from Rabbi Moshe Heinemann

      [Years - Shapiro*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys.
       The Awareness Center, April 18, 2007
       BALTIMORE (MD) -- The Following letter was posted in Agudath Israel of Baltimore by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann as a reaction to the Baltimore Jewish Times publishing a story regarding Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro.
       During a meeting with Rabbi Heinemann he disclosed that his issue with the Jewish Times was with the fact that Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro had passed away and that he could not be offered the opportunity to defend himself.
       He also added that over the years the Baltimore Jewish Times has been repeatedly "Orthodox bashing".
       He went to on to say that this was not fair to the family members of Shapiro who did nothing wrong, and it would hurt family members chances of getting a good shiddach (marriage partner).
       Please note that Phil Jacobs, author of the series on sexual abuse in the Jewish community and is the senior editor of Baltimore Jewish Times is an orthodox Jew.

    Cornwall inquiry digs into testimony of 'victim'

      - Mr Silmser's evidence being re-read. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Ottawa Sun, CP, Thu, April 19, 2007
       CORNWALL, Canada – Lawyers at an inquiry probing the institutional response to allegations of systemic sexual abuse in the Cornwall area have found themselves in unfamiliar waters in recent days.
       In an attempt to wrap up cross-examination of the evidence presented by witness David Silmser earlier this year, lawyers are being forced to go over his testimony in his absence.
       Doctors determined in February that Silmser was unable to return to the inquiry for medical reasons.
       Lawyer John Callaghan, who is representing Cornwall police, and other lawyers who didn't have a chance to question Silmser on his testimony are now attempting to scrutinize his evidence before Commissioner Normand Glaude and offer some form of cross-examination through documents and statements as to whether Silmser's take on the process was accurate.

    Bishop Matano is asleep on the job

      [2003-07 Burlington Diocese] - RCC. Not complying. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Times Argus, April 19, 2007
       VERMONT -- Another year has passed and still the Diocese of Burlington has not achieved compliance with the U.S. Bishops' 2002 "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People." After last year's failed audit, Bishop Matano suggested that the diocese would achieve compliance within a few short weeks.
       How many lay people would still have their jobs if they promised a project would be finished within a few short weeks, but a year later they were still waving their arms and offering excuses?
       This sexual abuse crisis in the church is not over. The vast majority of priests are obviously good men with no inclination toward the sexual abuse of children; however, common sense should tell us that the church has not found all of the molesters in the priesthood.
       It generally takes decades for survivors of sexual abuse to come to terms with what happened to them in childhood, and priests who have sexually abused children are not going to turn themselves in voluntarily just because a bishop asks them to.

    Briefs: Archdiocese loses move to dismiss suits

      [2007 Denver Archdiocese] - RCC. Delaying.
       Denver Post, Apr/19/2007
       COLORADO -- A dozen lawsuits filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver and the late Rev. Harold Robert White can go forward.
       District Judge Robert Hyatt ruled Tuesday against an archdiocese motion to dismiss the claims.
       Hyatt found that the plaintiffs' claims are not for the acts of abuse, which allegedly occurred between 1959 and 1978, "but rather for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, negligent supervision, negligent retention, fraud, fraud-intentional nondisclosure, and conspiracy" by the archdiocese.

    Church Perv Pimped Me Out: Gal

      [1999 & 2002 Mr Maiello] - RCC. 5 teenagers.
       New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, April 19, 2007
       NEW YORK -- A Long Island woman testified yesterday that a Catholic youth minister coerced her into sex when she was just 16 and convinced her to have one-night stands with strangers.
       The 21-year-old broke down as she testified in a civil case against the Rockville Centre Diocese and Matthew Maiello, a lay youth minister who admitted to abusing four teens in 1999, two of whom filed the suit against him and the church.
       "I was very afraid of him, Matthew," the tearful witness said. "And he had taken me away from my family and he abused me.

    Southern Baptist Abuse Cases Garnering More Attention, Warnings

      - Southern Baptists and others exposed on ABC's 20/20.
       The Gospel Herald, by Audrey Barrick, Correspondent, Posted 1:30:PM PST, Monday, Apr. 16, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Clergy sex scandals have widely been exposed in the Catholic Church, but recent media attention has gone toward Protestant churches, mainly the Southern Baptist Convention, which some fear may be developing a similar pattern to the Catholic Church.
       A six-month investigation was unfolded Friday night on ABC's 20/20 which found "preacher predators" all over the country and shielding themselves in churches. While the investigation uncovered pastors and ministers convicted of some account of sexual abuse from every denomination, the focus was placed on several cases within the largest Protestant denomination in the United States - the Southern Baptists.
       "I predict this program will be a shocker for many around the nation," stated Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., in a Thursday blog post.

    Woman Testifies About Sexual Abuse by a Church's Youth Ministry Leader

      [1990s youth minister] - RCC. Girls.
       The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, April 19, 2007
       GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 18 – Justice R. Bruce Cozzens Jr. discreetly handed tissues to the witness on the stand Wednesday. She tried to stifle sobs and wiped away tears while she told of being sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic youth ministry leader in the early 1990s.
       As the witness repeatedly struggled to regain her composure, another young woman, in the back of the State Supreme Court room here, also cried. She said she had been victimized in the late 1990s by the same man, in another parish.
       Later in the hallway, the two women – who had never met before this court session – cried again, this time together while hugging. "I'm sorry," the witness, 31, said to the other woman, 23.

    Dad: Church was alerted of priest's threat

      - RCC. [1990s Rockville Centre Diocese] - Was warned of danger. [1999-2000s Mr Maiello] - Boy and girl.
       Newsday, BY ANN GIVENS, ann.givens@newsday.com , April 19, 2007
       NEW YORK -- Five years before Matthew Maiello ever set foot in the East Meadow church where he would molest four teenagers, a parent at a Syosset church told the priest there that Maiello was dangerous, and was ignored, according to court testimony Wednesday.
       It was the first of several unheeded warning signs about Maiello, according to Michael Dowd, a lawyer who is suing the convicted molester, St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Thomas Haggerty -- the priest there -- and the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $150 million on behalf of two of Maiello's victims.
       On Wednesday, a woman testified tearfully that she began a sexual relationship with Maiello in 1993, when she was 16 and he was an assistant youth minister at St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset. Over the next few years, court sources said, the woman said she was destroyed by the relationship and was eventually driven to self-mutilation.

    Diocese loses bid to chuck sex cases

      [Harold White] - RCC. 15 cases moving.
       Rocky Mountain News, By Jean Torkelson, April 19, 2007
       DENVER (CO) -- The Archdiocese of Denver has lost its second attempt to have a group of sex abuse cases involving the late priest Harold Robert White dismissed in Denver district court.
       Twelve lawsuits moved closer to trial Tuesday when Judge Robert Hyatt rejected the church's argument that the cases should be dismissed because they exceeded the statute of limitations.
       That makes a total of 15 cases involving White that are now moving forward. Last month Judge John McMullen issued a similar ruling on three cases.

    Hearing focuses on valuation of cases

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 150 pending.
       Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 19, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- What is the monetary value of the psychological damage caused by being raped as a child by a priest? What about less egregious sexual abuse?
       That issue is at the core of the bankruptcy case filed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. It was a subject that dominated a court hearing yesterday before federal Judge Louise DeCarl Adler.
       Attorneys representing the more than 150 men and women who sued the diocese for alleged sexual abuse by priests and nuns said Adler should look at the 400 clergy-abuse cases already settled elsewhere in California, either through negotiation or jury trials. The plaintiffs' attorneys have placed the "range of value" for those cases at between $1.1 million and $1.6 million each.

    Salem priest is target of lawsuit

      [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. Boy.
       Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, April 19, 2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- Curtis Grecco received a $100,000 settlement from the Archdiocese of Portland, but he still wants a public airing of the sexual abuse that a Catholic priest allegedly inflicted on him and other juvenile inmates three decades ago at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility.
       Grecco, 49, says he was sexually abused six times in the 1970s by the Rev. Michael Sprauer, then MacLaren's chaplain. It happened, Grecco says, while he was locked up in a segregation cell. He was 14 or 15 at the time.
       Now, Grecco seeks retribution.

    Abuse victims, parishes OK $48 million settlement

      [50yrs Spokane Diocese] - RCC. US$48m. 161 survivors.
       The Olympian, By JOHN K. WILEY, The Associated Press, ~ April 19, 2007
       SPOKANE (WA) -- Victims of clergy sexual abuse and parishes that will foot part of the bill to pay them have voted to approve a $48 million settlement, setting the stage for the Spokane Catholic Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy.
       In documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 161 people who filed abuse claims, individual parishes and other creditors voted to accept payments outlined in a court-mediated settlement.
       Although the vote was unanimous, many of the victims believe the diocese should do more, plaintiffs' lawyer Michael Pfau said Wednesday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 19, 2007 7:28 AM]
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    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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    Former teacher accused of sexually assaulting private school student

      [~ 2006-07 Mr Hernandez -NEW*] - El Sendero Christian Academy. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       San Antonio Express, www.mysanant onio.com/ news/metro/ stories/ MYSA042007. assault.kens. 29c82dd4. html , by Marvin Hurst, KENS 5 Eyewitness News, ~ April 20, 2007
       TEXAS -- Police on Thursday arrested a former private school teacher accused of fondling and having sex with a student at El Sendero Christian Academy.
       Matthew Aaron Hernandez, 26, is charged with sexual assault of child. The former private school teacher is out of jail on a $20,000 bond.
       According to an arrest warrant, the mother of a 15-year-old student addressed her concerns about Hernandez giving her son expensive gifts with the school's superintendent, Robert R. Lara, on Jan. 23.

    Sect to help in abuse inquiry

      [1950s-80s Unnamed man -NEW*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 females. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       The Nelson Mail, By DAN EATON and IAN STEWARD - The Press | for Saturday, 21 April 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- The Exclusive Brethren church has pledged to co-operate with police in an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of children.
       Police said yesterday that they started an investigation five weeks ago into allegations of historical sex abuse filed by four women against a member of the secretive sect in the Nelson region.
       Tasman police district commander Grant O'Fee called for people to come forward with information.

    Persinger enters plea to two years in sexual assault case

      [? 2000s Persinger -NEW*] - Bridge of Hope Church. Teenage girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Crossville Chronicle, By Michael R. Moser / mmoser@crossville-chronicle.com , ~ April 20, 2007
       CROSSVILLE (TN) -- The senior pastor of the Bridge of Hope Church in Crossville pleaded guilty Monday to sexual battery by an authority figure and received the maximum two-year prison sentence allowed by law for the class A felony.
       Benji Dale Persinger, 28, 438 S. Stone Rd., who is serving a four-month split sentence out of Fentress County on a similar charge, pleaded guilty to the single charge and now may be transferred to the Tennessee Department of Corrections to finish serving his jail time.
       In both counties, victims in the case were teenage girls who were members of his church.

    Mormon family's sex secrets

      [15yrs - unnamed man -NEW*] - Mormon. Females. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       Brisbane Times, by Christine Kellett | April 20, 2007
       AUSTRALIA -- A Brisbane teenager was quoted religious scripture and banned from taking the sacrament as punishment for molesting a female relative after the girl's parents decided against reporting the offence to police, a court has been told.
       The family instead left it to a church bishop to discipline the boy, but the strategy failed and the teenager went on to commit multiple sex offences against young girls over a 15-year period, ending with the stalking of his wife's 16 year-old sister last year.
       Now aged 29, the man admitted at Brisbane's District Court yesterday to spying on his sister-in-law on eight separate occasions while she used the bathroom.

    Holy Innocents' says priest misused $100,000

      [? 2000s Galloway -NEW*] - Episcopalian. US$100,000. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, By CYNTHIA DANIELS, JENNIFER BRETT, Apr/20/07
       ATLANTA (GA) -- There were Sundays when the Rev. David A. Galloway needed no notes to deliver his sermon at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church. Instead, former congregants recall, his command of the Bible would flow easily into an extemporaneous message.
       "He was a real scholar," said Jack Adams, a member since 1958.
       What congregants may not have not known is that Galloway, the head of one of Atlanta's oldest Episcopal churches, misused more than $100,000 of parish funds, according to the church.
       His preaching career may be over, but the church does not plan legal action.

    Testimony of preacher's wife helped her, lawyers say

      [10yrs Winkler -NEW*] - Christian. Woman.
       CNN, April 20, 2007
       SELMER, Tennessee (AP) -- During the 10 years she was married to a handsome young preacher, Mary Winkler said she never told anyone about the bruises and the sexual humiliation she endured.
       But the preacher's wife accused of killing her husband took the witness stand this week and dredged up every embarrassing detail, talking about the abuse in front of TV cameras and family members.
       That risky decision to testify, her lawyers said, had a powerful effect on the jury and probably explains why Winkler will not spend the rest of her life in prison. (Watch a subdued Mary Winkler describe what happened )

    Honduran police arrest priest wanted on child abuse charges

      [Vasquez] - Christian. Wanted by Interpol. Honduras flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Costa Rica flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, April 19, 2007
       TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras: Honduran police arrested a Costa Rican priest who has been convicted of child abuse in his homeland, officials said.
       Enrique Vasquez, 48, was arrested Wednesday during a routine stop in the Honduran capital, police spokesman Anibal Baca said Thursday.
       Vasquez failed to present a passport and claimed to be a Venezuelan called Strauss, Baca said. However, after an "intense interrogation" he confessed to his identity and it was found he was wanted by Interpol, he said.

    Civil suit against 3 priests is settled

      - RCC. [1970s-80s Barry*, Gaiter (Jesuit)*, Theil*] - RCC. US$140,000. Male. [Posey] - Male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Kansas City Star, The Associated Press, ~ April 20, 2007
       ST. LOUIS (MO) | A Missouri man has settled a civil lawsuit against three priests in the St. Louis area who he claims molested him during the 1970s and 1980s.
       One of the priests had Kansas City ties.
       The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said the settlement involved three priests who had not previously been accused publicly of sexual abuse. The settlement for $140,000 was made final Monday, said SNAP's director, David Clohessy. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 and the victim declined to be identified.
       The lawsuit named four priests – Thaddeus Posey, Michael Barry, Chester Gaiter and James Theil. The settlement covers Barry, Gaiter and Theil, while the case against Posey is ongoing, Clohessy said.

    San Diego Bishop Answers Victims Face-to-Face

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 140 survivors.
       KPBS, ~ April 20, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The bishop of San Diego's Roman Catholic Diocese was in federal court on Friday. He's answering questions about church finances. The diocese seeks bankruptcy protection amid allegations of sexual abuse. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.
       More than 140 people have sued the diocese on claims of being sexually abused. Today was their first chance to confront the bishop himself, face to face.
       Diana Williams says she was abused as a girl. She lost her faith, her virginity and her innocence. Williams asked the bishop to answer that accusation. He quietly refused. "How can you not respond?", she asked. "How in the name of God can you not?" [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 20, 2007 10:30 PM]

    Followers await self-styled 'Antichrist'

      - Growing in Grace Church opposes celibacy, images, pictures. Guatemala flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  El Salvador flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Honduras flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       MSNBC, ~ April 20, 2007
       GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- He calls himself the Antichrist, wears the number 666 tattooed on his arm and claims a following of 2 million people.
       And Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is coming to Guatemala whether it wants him or not.
       The Central American country has banned the leader of the Florida-based Growing in Grace church, arguing he is a security risk because he provokes conflict with Roman Catholics and evangelicals. ...
       He often takes aim at the Catholic Church – the most powerful faith in Latin America – calling all priests child molesters and saying chastity vows go against the Bible's teachings.
       Members of his church have torn up images of saints and other religious symbols in El Salvador, and marched in Guatemala and Honduras.

    San Diego bishop grilled on abuse before bankruptcy committee

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 140 pending. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Press-Enterprise, By ALLISON HOFFMAN, The Associated Press, ~ April 20, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego endured more than six hours of tense questioning Friday from people who claim they were sexually abused by priests.
       Bishop Robert H. Brom sat silently as seven men and women who have sued the diocese, along with attorneys representing more than 140 plaintiffs, grilled him on subjects ranging from the accuracy of the diocese's asset disclosures to responsiveness to abuse claims.
       The first plaintiff called to face Brom broke down in tears and invoked the name of God to make him answer to claims of abuse she said a priest inflicted on her as a girl. The bishop softly refused to answer.

    Vatican turns down 4 accused priests' appeals

      [Laesch, Williams, Wysocki, Duggan] - RCC banned 3, laicised 1. Minors.
       Detroit Free Press, BY DAVID CRUMM, FREE PRESS RELIGION WRITER, April 20, 2007
       DETROIT (MI) -- After five years of controversy over the removal of priests accused of sexually abusing minors, Catholic leaders in Detroit announced Friday that the Vatican has closed all lingering cases by turning down the last four appeals by accused priests.
       The Vatican gave Dennis Duggan its harshest penalty, laicization, which not only bans him from working as a priest but removes his clerical status and cuts formal ties with him. Duggan was the first priest removed in Detroit when the scandal broke in March 2002. At the time, he was pastor of St. Suzanne and administrator of Our Lady Gate of Heaven, two Detroit parishes that later merged. The accusation against him was from years earlier in his ministry.

    San Diego bishop testifies before bankruptcy committee

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 140 pending.
       CBS 47, Last Update 2:41 PM, Apr 20, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA), (AP) - A woman who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego invoked the name of God today to make Bishop Robert Brom answer to claims of sexual abuse she said a priest inflicted on her when she was a girl. The bishop softly refused to answer.
       Diana Williams responded by asking, "How can you not respond? How in the name of God can you not?"
       She was one of more 140 people who sued the diocese on claims they were abused. Williams spoke at a hearing about the church's Chapter Eleven bankruptcy filing.

    Saintly Bad Behavior

      - RCC. France flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Slate, By James Martin, Posted 12:18 PM ET, Friday, April 20, 2007
       Pope John Paul II
       Recently, word came that the miracle required for Pope John Paul II's beatification may have happened: A French nun's Parkinson's disappeared after her religious community prayed to him to intercede. But amid the growing enthusiasm for the canonization of Pope John Paul II comes some dissent from a surprising place–within the Catholic Church. Not that the dissenters are airing their grievances publicly. Grumbling about someone's canonization is a little like complaining about a co-worker's promotion: It makes you look like a spoilsport.
       The naysayers, mainly on the left, see John Paul not as one of the great religious figures of the age, but as a person with whom they often disagreed, particularly on issues of the ordination of women, the Vatican's response to the sexual-abuse crisis, and treatment of gays and lesbians. The most common arguments against his canonization can be boiled down to two: First, I disagreed with him. Second, he wasn't perfect.

    Abuse suit settled

      [1970s-80s Thiel + 3 others] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Grand Rapids Press, Friday, April 20, 2007
       ST. LOUIS (MO) -- A priest who once taught at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids was accused of sexual abuse in a civil lawsuit settled this week.
       James Thiel was one of four priests named in a 2004 suit in St. Louis Circuit Court by an unidentified Missouri man.
       He said Thiel abused him while serving a St. Louis area parish from 1978 to 1981.

    San Diego bishop testifies before bankruptcy committee

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 140 pending.
       Union-Tribune, By Allison Hoffman, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 1:18 p.m., April 20, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego appeared in federal court Friday to answer questions about church finances amid accusations that the diocese is shielding assets in bankruptcy proceedings.
       About 50 people, including some of the more than 140 people who have sued the diocese on claims they were sexually abused by priests, gathered to watch the sometimes testy exchange between Bishop Robert H. Brom and a federal trustee supervising the hearing.
       U.S. trustee Steven Katzman grew impatient when asking Brom about properties and other assets listed in diocesan filings with the bankruptcy court.
       "Just answer the question," Katzman said at one point.

    4 men accused of sexual abuse barred from working as priests

      [Laesch, Williams, Wysocki, Duggan] - RCC banned 3, laicised 1. Minors.
       WOOD, ~ April 20, 2007
       DETROIT (MI) -- Three Roman Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing minors have been permanently barred from working as priests, and a fourth was removed from the ministry, the Archdiocese of Detroit said Friday.
       Dennis Laesch, Ronald Williams and James Wysocki "have been permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry, are prohibited from wearing clerical clothes and publicly representing themselves as priests," Msgr. Ricardo Bass, Cardinal Adam Maida's delegate for clergy matters, said in a statement.
       Dennis Duggan has been laicized, that is, removed from priestly ministry and excused from the promise of celibacy and other priestly obligations. The other three men remain priests but are restricted in their public ministry, Bass said.

    Healing Old Wounds

      - RCC. [~ 1990s Van Handel (Franciscan] - Boy. [23yrs Franciscans] - 25% were sexual seducers.
       The Santa Barbara Independent, By Nick Welsh, April 19, 2007
       CALIFORNIA -- It was almost 15 years ago that Ray Higgins discovered that his son Michael had been sexually molested by Father Robert Van Handel, a Franciscan monk and former teacher and choirmaster at St. Anthony's Seminary.
       Since then, Van Handel was sentenced to eight years behind bars for sexual abuse and was removed from the priesthood.
       Michael Higgins, for his pain, received a $90,000 legal settlement from the Franciscans, underwent therapy, managed to get sober, got married, had two kids, and holds down a steady job as a probation officer somewhere back East.
       But in all that time, Ray Higgins and his wife Anne – who used to consider themselves "cradle-to-grave Catholics" – have not been able to let go.
       In the early '90s, when the St. Anthony's scandal first surfaced, the Higginses helped lead the charge that forced the Franciscans to conduct an official inquiry into sexual abuse.
       They discovered that 25 percent of the priests and brothers assigned to St. Anthony's over a 23-year period were sexual predators.
       Today, the Higginses are still reaching out to victims of clergy sexual abuse and offering them free therapy.
       Based on his family's experience, Higgins said therapy provided his son the most valuable help he received.
       He added that none of the other organizations bird-dogging the Catholic Church was sufficiently focused and equipped to do the job.

    Brethren troubleshooter stays to deal with sex claims

      [1960s-80s unnamed man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 females. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       New Zealand Herald, By Mathew Dearnaley, ~ April 20, 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- Tony McCorkell has delayed his return to Australia in light of the new sex abuse claims.
       Exclusive Brethren troubleshooter Tony McCorkell has delayed his return to Australia after revelations that New Zealand police are investigating claims that a member of the secretive religious sect had sexually abused children.
       The Brisbane businessman, sent by the church to distance it from political activities of some New Zealand members, said last night that he would stay in this country to deal with the latest controversy.
       Tasman police commander Superintendent Grant O'Fee confirmed yesterday that the police were investigating complaints by four women that they were abused as children by a man in Nelson at various times from about 20 to 40 years ago.

    Dedication set for monument for victims of Catholic clergy abuse

      - Grand Mound RCCs honour survivors. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Courier, April 20, 2007
       GRAND MOUND (IA), (AP) --- A monument honoring the victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests will be dedicated Sunday in a small eastern Iowa town touched by the abuse.
       Parishioners of the SS. Philip & James Catholic Church in Grand Mound will host a ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday to unveil the granite monument. They and members of a group called Catholics for Spiritual Healing raised the $4,000 for the creation and placement of the 3.5-foot-high monument.
       The torch and flame design also depicts an angel and a small boy carrying a Bible.
       The verse is from Luke 12: "There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs."
       [COMMENT: A well-chosen text!  How on earth did the bishops and those higher up ever think they could continue indefinitely "enabling" clerics to seduce the younger generation?  (Purists might say that the intention of the text was not what this comment has in mind.  Never mind.)   COMMENT ENDS.]

    Sex charge vicar free

      - Christian cleric Tague cleared. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       Wigan Today, ~ April 20, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A former Wigan clergyman accused of sexually molesting two teenage girls has walked free from court.
       The Reverend Russell Tague was found not guilty of six offences of indecent assault following a three-day trial.
       Rev Tague was hugged and kissed by weeping friends and relatives as he left court.
       It had been claimed that the 47-year-old repeatedly sexually molested one girl when she was aged between 11 and 16 and indecently assaulted the other girl when she was 15.

    2006 report issued on child abuse in the archdiocese

      - RCC Cincinnati Archdiocese. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       The Catholic Telegraph, ~ April 20, 2007
       CINCINNATI (OH) -- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati continues to act on accusations of child sexual abuse by priests as they are received. In 2006, two new allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were made against two priests of the archdiocese.
       Of the two priests, one was already suspended from active ministry pending final disposition of his case, and the second was placed on administrative leave. His case is also in process
       With regard to the non-compliance determination made by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, all priests, deacons, seminarians, employees and educators have been trained.
       However, there are still 3,047 volunteers in parishes, schools and institutions of the archdiocese for whom it cannot be established that the required training has been received.
       All have undergone background checks and none are permitted to work with children until the training is complete.

    Drop in Number of Abuse Allegations, Rise in Costs

      [U.S. RCC] - Sexual victims still 66% of 2004 figures.
       America Magazine, ~ April 20, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- The number of people who said that as children they were victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy has dropped 34 percent since 2004, according to a national survey of dioceses and religious orders.
       The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University in conjunction with the 2006 audit of U.S. church compliance with child protection policies.
       The annual report on the survey and audit showed the same drop since 2004 in the number of credible allegations made and a 40 percent drop in the number of reported offenders.

    Davenport Diocese Sells Properties

      [Davenport Diocese] - RCC. US$13m to be found.
       WHBF, ~ April 20, 2007
       DAVENPORT (IA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport has accepted offers on two properties it's selling to settle claims of sexual abuse by priests. The diocese, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall, has accepted offers on a duplex previously used as the bishop's house and single-family home not used by the diocese.
       In all, the dioceses is selling four properties. They are part of nearly $13 million in total assets the diocese lists in court papers. All will be liquidated to pay creditors, including dozens of people who claim they were abused by priests.

    Former priest's victims able to move on

      [Decades ago - Hanley] - RCC. ~ 12 children.
       Daily Record, Friday, April 20, 2007
       JERSEY CITY (NJ) -- Lou and Pat Serrano spent Thursday in a courtroom waiting for a hearing featuring the former priest who molested their son. The date was important for other reasons, for something that happened five years ago, when victims got together in Mendham for the first time to talk about the pastor who abused them when they were children.
       James T. Hanley, the former Catholic priest, has admitted to molesting at least a dozen children decades ago, but he never was charged with those crimes because the statute of limitations ran out. The Serranos got to see him in a prison uniform for the first time this past year on charges that he made terroristic threats against Secaucus hotel workers.
       "It has been good to see him in shackles," Pat Serrano said on Thursday.

    Brethren man faces sex claims

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       The Nelson Mail By Vanessa Phillips | Friday, 20 April 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- Three former Exclusive Brethren women have laid complaints with police about allegedly being sexually abused by the same man as children in Nelson.
       A fourth woman is understood to be in the process of laying a complaint in Auckland about the man.
       Constable Sally McBride of the Nelson CIB confirmed that she had received complaints from three women who were former members of the Exclusive Brethren church.
       She also confirmed that the complaints involved allegations of historical molestation of children by one man over four decades.
       The women are understood to be aged between 29 and 61 and to be alleging offending in the Nelson area between the early 1950s and early 1980s.

    Four women accuse Exclusive Brethren elder of sex assaults

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls.
       Earthtimes, ~ April 20, 2007
       WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Four New Zealand women have laid complaints with police alleging they were sexually abused by a senior member of the Exclusive Brethren sect when they were children more than 40 years ago, news reports said Friday. Police in the South Island city of Nelson confirmed they were investigating the complaints, and the church's Australian-based official spokesman Tony McCorkell told Radio New Zealand, "The church and its members will cooperate fully with law enforcement and any other authority to ensure the matter is dealt with transparently, openly and to the satisfaction of the law and the public."
       Constable Sally McBride told the Nelson Evening Mail that the complaints were serious allegations of historical molestation of children by one man over four decades. One victim was reported to be under 10 at the time she was assaulted.

    Brethren abuse claims investigated

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls.
       TVNZ, Apr 20, 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- Police have confirmed a senior member of the Exclusive Brethren church is under investigation after claims he has been sexually abusing children for decades, despite a spokesperson for the church denying all knowledge when the claims were publicised.
       Following a six-month ONE News investigation, it was revealed on Thursday that four women, all former members of the church, laid complaints against the man, claiming they were abused when they were aged between five and 10.
       The alleged abuse stretches back decades. The eldest complainant is now 61 years old, and the youngest in her mid 20s.

    Ex-pastor convicted of child sex abuse

      [2004-05 Robinson] - New Life Christian Center. 26-33yrs prison. Girl. United  States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Wilmington Star-News, April 20, 2007
       NORTH CAROLINA -- The former pastor of a Warsaw church was convicted Wednesday by a Duplin County Superior Court jury of two counts of first-degree rape of a child less than 13 years old and other sex offenses, prosecutors said.
       Thomas Lindell Robinson, 57, also was convicted of two counts each of first-degree sexual offense on a child less than 13 years old and indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to a prison term of 26 to 33 years by Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr.
       Robinson, former pastor of the New Life Christian Center, was charged in January 2006 after allegations were made about the sexual abuse of a girl who went to a day care center on church grounds that has since closed. The incidents occurred between 2004 and October 2005, according to Duplin County District Attorney G. Dewey Hudson.

    San Diego bishop slated for questioning in bankruptcy

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. ~ 2006-07 assets moved. $US 60m. 45 settlements, > 140 pending.
       The Press-Enterprise, By ALLISON HOFFMAN, The Associated Press, ~ April 20, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- More than 140 people who claim they were sexually abused by priests of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego have waited years for answers from church leaders.
       Some will finally have their chance to ask questions on Friday, when Bishop Robert H. Brom testifies before a meeting of the creditors' committee in the diocese's bankruptcy proceedings.
       The committee, which represents parties with financial claims against the diocese, includes a handful of the more than 140 plaintiffs who have filed civil suits against the church alleging abuse.

    St. Louis Archdiocese settles sex abuse lawsuit

      [1980s Gaiter (Jesuit)* + 2 other clergy] - RCC. US$140,000. Boy.
       Belleville News-Democrat, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK, ~ April 20, 2007
       ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Thursday announced a financial settlement involving a lawsuit naming three priests accused of sexual abuse of a child, including the Rev. Chester E. Gaiter, a former pastor in East St. Louis.
       Gaiter, a retired Jesuit priest who served at St. Joseph's Church for a year beginning in 1993, was accused of molesting a boy who was attending a religious school in St. Louis in the mid 1980s. According to a spokesman at a Jesuit retirement home in St. Louis, Gaiter, who was assigned in St. Louis at the time of the abuse, is mentally incapacitated and cannot answer questions.
       Pat Noaker, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney who represented the victim, who was not named, said the settlement totaled $140,000 and includes a written apology to the victim and his family from the archdiocese. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 20, 2007 7:44 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri April 20, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sat April 21, 2007 edition:


    • Abusive priest's past still poses big problems for courts, victims

      [Decades ago - Hanley] - RCC. 12 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Star-Ledger, www.nj.com/ starledger/ stories/index. ssf?/base/ news-11/1177 12965217 3060.xml& coll=1 , BY JEFF DIAMANT, Saturday, April 21, 2007
       NEW JERSEY -- A low point of James Hanley's six months in the Hudson County jail came last winter when a judge considered making it easier for the notorious and transient former priest to leave confinement before trial, as long as somebody -- anybody -- would agree to receive Hanley's court notices at home in the mail.
       Calls went out fast. A nephew refused outright. So did the head of the Garfield rooming house where Hanley, 71, had recently lived. The judge kept Hanley in jail.
       He has remained there since, awaiting trial for a 2006 assault charge that is unrelated to his admitted abuse of children decades ago as a Catholic priest.
       "He had nobody," recalled Patricia Serrano, who watched the court hearing and whose son was among the dozen boys Hanley has admitted abusing. "But I can't feel for him. There are too many people suffering for what he did to them. And their lives have been destroyed. And he was manipulative."

    Group Urges Catholics To Stop Giving To Orlando Diocese

      - RCC.
       WFTV, POSTED: 4:47 pm EDT, April 20, 2007
       ORLANDO, Fla. -- One group is urging Catholics to stop giving money to the Orlando Diocese immediately. The Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, or SNAP, demonstrated outside the Diocese office in Orlando on Friday.
       SNAP said Catholics should donate their money to charitable organizations that help children, instead of the Diocese. SNAP said the Diocese supports sex abuse suspects, like Bishop Carlos Bedoya.
       "We believe that the bishop should be doing much more to help prosecutors locate other victims and evidence and he should be aggressively reaching out to victims urging them to come forward to police," said Mary Grant, SNAP.

    Judge Cancels Upcoming Jeffs' Hearing

      [Years - Prophet Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Girls.
       KUTV, ~ April 21, 2007
       SALT LAKE CITY (UT) -- The judge who was set to try polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs on charges of rape by accomplice has abruptly canceled an upcoming hearing.
       Fifth District Judge James L. Shumate had been scheduled to hold the Monday hearing on whether evidence seized from Jeff's sport utility vehicle when he was captured can be introduced into court.
       Shumate issued a two-sentence order indefinitely canceling that hearing, without explanation. The judge earlier postponed a trial that was set to start this month.

    Pastor acquitted of fondling girl

      [2005 Whitacre*] - Christian. Acquitted. Girl.
       The Journal Gazette, By Rebecca S. Green, ~ April 21, 2007
       HUNTINGTON (IN) -- A Huntington County jury, after more than two hours of deliberation, found a youth pastor not guilty Friday of fondling a 10-year-old girl.
       Kevin Whitacre, 34, went on trial this week on two counts of child molesting, both felonies punishable by up to eight years in prison. He was accused of fondling a then-10-year-old girl when she visited his family's apartment in Good Shepherd Church, 1280 Hitzfield St., in the summer of 2005. He was arrested in March 2006. Whitacre did not know the girl through his work at the church.
       The jury returned the not-guilty verdict just before 9 p.m.
       On Friday, Whitacre testified in his own defense, telling the jury of four women and eight men that he never fondled the girl.

    Cousin of Sex Offender Tells of Complaint at Earlier Church

      [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. 5 teenagers.
       The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, April 21, 2007
       GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 20 - The cousin of a former youth minister who confessed to the statutory rape of four teenagers testified on Friday in a civil lawsuit against St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, saying that years before those crimes, a mother in another parish had complained about the man having sex with her 16-year-old daughter.
       The cousin, Frank Maiello, gave fresh ammunition to two of the minister's victims who are now suing their abuser, Matthew Maiello, the parish, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, in State Supreme Court here.
       Frank Maiello, now a New York City police sergeant, testified that after working with Matthew, his second cousin, at another church where the woman complained, he recommended against Matthew's hiring at St. Raphael's, though he never told the pastor why.

    Brethren co-operate with inquiry

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       TVNZ, Apr 21, 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- A senior member of the Exclusive Brethren being investigated for allegedly molesting children has been given the cold shoulder by the secretive sect.
       And the organisation's troubleshooter has delayed returning to Australia as he helps deal with the claims by former church members of sex abuse within the religious group.
       The accused member will not be attending Sunday's gospel preachings after being accused by four former female members of sexual abuse when they were aged between five and 10.

    Jeffs' attorneys ask justices to move his trial

      [Years - Prophet Jeffs] - Fundamentalist LDS. Girl/s. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Article Last Updated 01:16:16 AM MDT, Apr/21/2007
       UTAH -- Attorneys for polygamist Warren S. Jeffs have asked the Utah Supreme Court to consider whether the sect leader can get a fair trial in St. George, arguing that the odds of a fair hearing in Washington County are unlikely.
       Jeffs' attorneys filed the interlocutory appeal Wednesday, seeking the high court's review of three decisions made by 5th District Judge James Shumate before the case proceeds.
       The state has until May 7 to respond.
       In an April 3 hearing, Shumate refused to reconsider his decision to send the case to trial, to move it out of St. George or deem a section of Utah's rape statute overly vague.

    Sect to help in abuse inquiry

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       Stuff By DAN EATON and IAN STEWARD - The Press | Saturday, 21 April 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- The Exclusive Brethren church has pledged to co-operate with police in an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of children.
       Police said yesterday that they started an investigation five weeks ago into allegations of historical sex abuse filed by four women against a member of the secretive sect in the Nelson region.
       Tasman police district commander Grant O'Fee called for people to come forward with information.

    9 Hearings Next Week, As Civil Cases Against Roman Catholic Archdiocese / Cardinal Mahony Aproach Jury Trials

      [2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. Legal delaying. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       City of Angels April 09, 2007
       LOS ANGELES -- Case Summary Case Number: JCCP4286 THE CLERGY CASES I
       Filing Date: 01/02/2003 Case Type: Judicial Council Coord Proceeding (General Jurisdiction) Status: Pending
       Coordinated Case(s): BC293650 on 07/24/2003 Coordinated Case(s): BC308528 on 01/03/2005 ----------------------------------------------- Future Hearings
       04/24/2007 at 08:31 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Hearing on Demurrer (AND MOTION TO QUASH AND DISMISS(PAPERS FILED ON 3/07)RE: BC306507)
       04/24/2007 at 08:31 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Hearing on Demurrer (AND MOTION TO QUASH AND DISMISS(PAPERS FILED ON 3/07)RE: BC308213) [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM]

    Brethren pledge no cover-up

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       Stuff, By VANESSA PHILLIPS - The Nelson Mail | Saturday, 21 April 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- Exclusive Brethren leaders in Nelson have been spoken to by church officials who are trying to find out more details about former members' claims of sexual abuse in Nelson, an Exclusive Brethren spokesman says.
       The Exclusive Brethren's Australia and New Zealand spokesman, Tony McCorkell, said the church was not trying to cover up the situation, but needed more information about the sexual abuse alleged before it could act.
       Nelson police have received complaints from three former Exclusive Brethren women, which involve allegations of historical molestation of children by one man over four decades.

    Legal clash over church property

      [50yrs San Diego Diocese] - RCC. Property values. 150 victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Los Angeles Times, By John Spano, April 21, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- In an unusual confrontation between church and state, San Diego Roman Catholic Bishop Robert H. Brom was grilled for hours Friday by a bankruptcy trustee, lawyers and seven victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
       In a federal courthouse, Brom and church officials were clearly on the defensive as U.S. Trustee Steven Jay Katzman repeatedly questioned items in bankruptcy papers filed by the church in the face of 150 damage claims by sexual abuse victims.
       Officials, led by Brom, answered "I don't know" dozens of times as they were questioned about the adequacy of the church's disclosures in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where it is seeking to reorganize. The hearing was a bankruptcy procedure in which the debtor is confronted by creditors about the value of property involved in the case.

    Priests from across globe meet here

      - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  European Union (EU) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       St. Petersburg Times, By SHERRI DAY, Published April 21, 2007
       TAMPA (FL) - More than 200 Catholic priests from the United States, England, Wales and Africa are expected to convene in Tampa on Sunday for a five-day meeting that will focus on challenges facing priests in the American church.
       The priests will take part in the 39th annual convention of the National Federation of Priests' Councils, a group that represents about 20,000 priests nationwide. The meeting marks the first time the group has met in Tampa since it formed in the late 1960s to give a voice to priests' concerns around the country. The organization last met in the bay area at its 1975 convention in St. Petersburg. ...
       The meeting consists of a series of workshops with topics that include immigration reform, Christian-Muslim dialogue, risk management strategies and the implementation of the Dallas Charter, which was created to guide church leaders in recognizing and preventing clerical sexual abuse.

    SNAP, priest respond to Commonweal Magazine; The controversy over limbo

      [Dudzinski] - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Renew America, by Matt C. Abbott, April 21, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Commonweal Magazine has a featured article titled "Vengeance Time: When Abuse Victims Squander Their Moral Authority," by Mark A. Sargent.
       Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP, has responded to Mr. Sargent's article in a point-by-point fashion. Because I have not sought permission to reprint the article in my column, readers will have to go to the magazine's Web site to read it. (Click on the link in the first paragraph.)
       The following are many of Ms. Blaine's pointed responses to Mr. Sargent's article.
       Note that Dudzinski's bishop "outed" him as a predator; SNAP didn't. Yet the author criticizes us, not the bishop. So apparently, according to Mr. Sargent, it's okay for a church official to publicly identify a predator, as long as no one tells that predator's neighbors that he lives nearby. (Often, in cases like this, the main reason the predator was not charged or convicted is because the church hierarchy shielded him from law enforcement.)

    Bishop says he doesn't know value of assets

      [2007 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. Understated asset values.
       Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 21, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Bishop Robert Brom and other officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego admitted yesterday that they understated the value of church property by many millions of dollars in its bankruptcy filings.
       But Brom, making a rare appearance in the four-year-old legal battle over allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy, bristled at plaintiffs' attorneys who implied he and other diocese officials were not being truthful.
       "I don't know who knows what the net worth of the diocese is, but I don't know," Brom said under questioning.

    Local priest barred

      [Wysocki, Laesch, Williams] - RCC.
       Times Herald, April 21, 2007
       MARINE CITY (MI) -- A former Roman Catholic priest from Marine City has been permanently barred from working as a priest, the Archdiocese of Detroit said Friday.
       James Wysocki was removed from his position as pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church more than three years ago after he was accused of sexually abusing minors.
       Two other priests, Dennis Laesch and Ronald Williams, also were "permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry," Msgr. Ricardo Bass, Cardinal Adam Maida's delegate for clergy matters, said Friday in a prepared statement.

    Four barred from working as priests

      - RCC.
       The Oakland Press, Web posted Apr 21, 2007
       DETROIT (MI) -- Three Roman Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing minors have been permanently barred from working as priests, and a fourth was removed from the ministry, the Archdiocese of Detroit said Friday.
       Dennis Laesch, Ronald Williams and James Wysocki "have been permanently removed from ecclesiastical ministry, are prohibited from wearing clerical clothes and publicly representing themselves as priests," Msgr. Ricardo Bass, Cardinal Adam Maida's delegate for clergy matters, said in a statement.
       Wysocki was ordained in 1967 and became associate pastor at St. Michael Parish in Pontiac. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat April 21, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sun April 22, 2007 edition:


    The Hundred-Million-Dollar Typo

      - RCC "porkies". United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Southern Cross, By Cyril Jones-Kellett, ~ April 22, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- When the Boston Globe broke the 2002 story that the Archdiocese of Boston had serious troubles with both sexual offender priests and inadequate supervision by bishops, it did a service for the Church, according to several Church leaders who spoke about the issue in later interviews.
       But when lesser news organizations, expending far fewer resources and relying on lower levels of professionalism, became involved with the story, they often seemed to be trying to jump into the scandal frenzy.
       The Dallas Morning News was among the most notable news organizations to fall into this temptation, printing poorly researched and often just ridiculous stories that shed a great deal more heat than light. ...
       Sadly for San Diego, coverage in our local newspaper has tended to be close to the level of the sloppy Dallas Morning News.
       In fact, the San Diego Union-Tribune's coverage raises serious questions about what happens when a city's primary news organization gets frustrated with an institution that it sees as inaccessible, and then takes out that frustration in print. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 22, 2007 9:33 PM]
       [COMMENT: This is an RC publication.  Instead of honouring the news media, it states that The Dallas Morning News was "sloppy," and then attacks its own local paper.  Reality check -- The Dallas Morning News sent reporters overseas to find what had become of RCC clergy creditably accused of child seduction -- and found them.  This RC publication might fool the deluded, but a careful reading of the Kathy Shaw collection of newsitems will reveal that there is a serious honesty problem in many religions! COMMENT ENDS.]

    "I think we just must have had a typo"

      - RCC.
       California Catholic Daily, ~ April 22, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The Southern Cross, newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego, has published a lengthy opinion piece by its editor, Cyril Jones-Kellet, accusing the San Diego Union-Tribune of, among other things, inaccurate reporting, unfairness -- and even "making things up."
       The editorial, entitled "The Hundred-Million-Dollar Typo," and published March 29, was accompanied by a photo of the parish hall of Oceanside's St. Mary, Star of the Sea, with the caption, "San Diego's daily newspaper seems to think this parish hall is a bank."
       Faced with mounting civil lawsuits over allegations of sexual misconduct by priests, the San Diego diocese filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 27. On both its news and editorial pages, the Union-Tribune has reported that the diocese owns "apartment buildings, condominium complexes, commercial developments and undeveloped land."
       That, said Jones-Kellet, is not ...

    More on "Vengeance Time"

      - RCC.
       Voice from the Desert, Sunday, April 22, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Last Tuesday, April 17, 2007 we published a point by point response by SNAP President Barbara Blaine to "Vengeance Time" by Mark A. Sargent (Commonweal 4/20/07). Here, with the author's permission, is additional commentary by Lynette Frankovich on the Sargent SNAP hatchet job (a.k.a. an essay).
       * * * After reading "Vengeance Time" by Mark A. Sargent (Commonweal 4/20/07), one wonders whether or not his article was itself an act of vengeance. His references to SNAP and their advocates as being vigilantes, and his implication that their activism is what has created hostility toward the church, were misdirected at best.
       As documents have proven time and again, the people repeatedly taking the law into their own hands, and blocking attempts for the American judicial system to determine guilt or innocence, and generating hostility by their own volitions, have been, and continue to be, church officials, not SNAP. In addition, as Dean of the Villanova University School of Law, Mark Sargent knows that statutes of limitation and bankruptcy laws were never intended to protect church officials from the evil they perpetrated, and thus are not an "appropriate" use of such "devices" as he states.
       Furthermore, as a (presumed) Catholic, Mark Sargent is well aware the road to reconciliation requires complete and genuine honesty on the part of the offending parties. The hierarchy's continued unwillingness to accurately acknowledge their offenses and the impact of their behaviors remains a reflection of who doesn't "care."
       [COMMENT: The "hierarchy,' that means bishops and other bosses, have been acting as if they are wolves in sheep's clothing, and the blind leading the blind.  Both these texts in the Christian Greek Scriptures can be found in Ethics / Non-marital carnal activity .... ENDS.]

    Clergy Sexual Abuse Bibliography

      - Religions generally.
       Voice from the Desert http://voice fromthedesert. blogspot.com/ 2007/04/ clergy-sexual- abuse- bibliography. html , ~ April 22, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- This bibliography of books on clergy sexual abuse was forwarded to me by Tom Doyle. If you're interested in an MS Word copy of it, e-mail me at frankdouglas62@yahoo.com .

    Sex Offenders Use Pews for Healing, Hiding

      - Religions generally.
       Christian Post By Audrey Barrick Christian Post Reporter 01:47 PM ET Thu, Apr. 19 2007
       UNITED STATES -- It is estimated that half of registered sex offenders are churchgoers. So when the convicted finish serving time in jail, they want to head back to the pews. A lot of churches, however, are not ready to open their doors to the former criminals.
       "I believe churchgoers are fearful and confused. Most churchgoers would agree that Jesus saves all sinners including sex offenders, but fear the offenders attending their church," said Greg Sporer, co-founder of Keeping Kids Safe Ministries. "Churches are not prepared for offenders."
       Sporer serves as a prison therapist working in sex offender treatment programs and studying research. His specialization: church sex offenders.

    Chancery worker begins new fight as abuse advocate

      - RCC.
       Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Bronislaus B. Kush bkush@telegram.com ~ April 22, 2007
       WORCESTER (MA) -- There were times that Frances J. Nugent had no choice but to remove an abused or neglected child from his or her home in the dead of night.
       Unfortunately, because of the lateness of the hour, there was no place to take the youngster.
       In those instances, Mrs. Nugent, who's spent 50 years with state or social service agencies fighting to protect children from harm, would temporarily shelter the child in her own home.
       "It's always been my job to look out for these kids, no matter what," Mrs. Nugent said.
       Now, at 71, she's taken on another fight.
       As co-director of the Office of Healing and Prevention, Mrs. Nugent is likely to be the first person at the Diocese of Worcester's chancery building on Elm Street that a victim of clergy abuse will meet. ...
       "I would never recommend that a victim turn to the Office of Healing and Prevention, unless there was no other choice," said David A. Lewcon, who was abused as a teenager by the Rev. Thomas Teczar, a priest assigned at the time to St. Mary's Church in Uxbridge.

    Dunlop, Silmser contact would have been crux of questions

      - General community. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       SQLFusion by Terri Saunders Cornwall Standard Freeholder 10:00 Friday, April 20, 2007
       CANADA -- Local News - As expected, a significant portion of cross-examination of David Silmser at the Cornwall Public Inquiry by lawyers for the city police would have focused on the man's contact with former cop Perry Dunlop.
       In attempting to show Comm. Normand Glaude Silmser had contact with Dunlop or members of his family on several occasions, John Callaghan pointed to documents which appear to contradict Silmser's own timeline of when he would have spoken with the former police officer.
       Callaghan pointed to testimony Silmser gave earlier this year at the inquiry when he suggested he didn't believe he'd ever met Dunlop prior to an incident in August 1996 when the man showed up on his doorstep with Carson Chisholm, Dunlop's brother-in-law.

    Bishop's Memory Fails In San Diego Catholic Church Bankruptcy Trial

      [2007 San Diego Diocese] - RCC. Rubbery valuations. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       California Progess Report www.california progressreport. com/2007/04/ bishops_ memory.html , By Bill Cavala (A veteran of over 30 years in Sacramento), ~ April 22, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Over a hundred alleged victim's of priestly sexual abuse filed suit against the Diocese of San Diego asking $200 million in damages. The Church countered with an offer of about $95 million which was rejected. Then, hours before the trial was to begin, the Diocese declared bankruptcy.
       The value of the Church's assets would play a large part in any distribution to the victims/creditors.
       The Church claimed that its assets were valued at $96 million.
       But in the Bankruptcy hearing Friday, the Bishop who heads the Diocese admitted he didn't know the value of his assets. [...]
       In one instance Church cemetery property was valued at $11.3 million when the cemetery's manager valued it at $40 million two years ago in a civil case. In another, property for Marian High School, which is soon closing, was valued at $2.8million. Shea Homes had offered $31.5 million for the property last year.
       The bishop insisted that he would tell the value if he knew it and did not like the insinuation that he was not being truthful.
       "I don't know who knows what the net worth of the diocese is, but I don't know", Bishop Brom said under questioning.
       Time for the Confessional? #

    Casey to get special Mass as tribute from Church

      [Casey] - RCC. Disgraced, but to be honoured. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Irish Independent, ~ April 22, 2007
       IRELAND -- THE Catholic Church in Ireland is to privately honour disgraced former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey on his 80th birthday, even though he has not yet been cleared by Rome of sexual abuse allegations.
       The Irish Independent has learned that a special Mass for Bishop Casey will be held in University Church in St Stephen's Green, Dublin, at 5pm on May 8.
       It is to be attended by a select number of invited guests.

    Channel 8 News: Church Leader Sacked After Speaking Out Over Suspended Priest

      [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Children. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
      Orthodox Reform, ~ April 22, 2007
       DALLAS (TX) -- On April 21st, WFAA featured the following news story on the Friday Ten O'Clock news broadcast in Dallas (view the video broadcast online):
       "Church leader sacked after speaking out over suspended priest"
       A high-ranking Dallas church leader has been dismissed from his duties. He says it's for leading the charge for a harsher penalty against a suspended priest accused of molestation. Channel 8's Craig Civale reports.
       They gave the background on Fr. Katinas, the Greek Orthodox priest at Holy Trinity who "... sexually abused minors while a priest before coming to Dallas. He is also currently under investigation by the archdiocese for allegedy abusing a child at Holy Trinity."

    Former priests named in abuse suits getting paid retirement

      - RCC. Pay, pay, and pay. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       KXLY, ~ April 22, 2007
       SPOKANE (WA) -- The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is spending millions of dollars to settle abuse claims lodged against former priests. Now it appears the diocese will also be spending money to pay for the retirement of three priests named in those abuse claims as well.
       Court documents reveal defrocked priests James O'Malley, Theodore Bradley and Arthur Mertens will continue to receive diocese pensions while local Catholics are asked to raise millions to pay for their sex abuse lawsuits.
       Bankruptcy documents say the diocese will continue to pay all priest retirement plans including three priests that the diocese announced were credibly accused of abuse and put the diocese into this situation in the first place.

    Clergy abuse cases decline

      - RCC.
       Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Bronislaus B. Kush, bkush@telegram.com , April 22, 2007
       WORCESTER (MA) -- Reported allegations of sexual abuse against minors by Roman Catholic clergy dropped appreciably last year from 2005 levels, but the expenses related to the charges continue to significantly affect the church, a study commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops shows.
       According to a survey of 99 percent of the country's dioceses and eparchies, allegations of sexual misconduct against children and young people fell by 9 percent.
       Church officials stressed that 70 percent of the reported incidents actually occurred between 1960 and 1984, and they said that 70 percent of the alleged offenders are deceased, had already been removed from the ministry or had left the priesthood or various religious orders. ...
       In the Diocese of Worcester, $124,272 was earmarked for the Office of Healing and Prevention in fiscal 2006 to aid victims.

    Victims, church still trying to pick up pieces

      - RCC.
       Dayton Daily News By Tom Beyerlein Sunday, April 22, 2007
       OHIO -- For years, Christy Miller wanted the priest who sexually abused her as a girl to be punished. Now that Thomas Brunner has been defrocked, she finds that his banishment is "a double-edged sword."
       "On the one hand, you want these men to be defrocked as punishment for what they've done," Miller of Cincinnati said Friday. "But if they're defrocked, the church can wash its hands of them. No one's watching him. He has no lawsuit against him. He has no criminal record. He's more of a danger to children now than he was as a priest."
       Five years after the priest sexual abuse scandal exploded, victims and Roman Catholic church leaders alike are still trying to tally up its successes and failures. They're also still debating what the church community can do to recover from the deep wounds the scandal has inflicted.

    Accused priests remain on payroll

      [Schoettmer, Kuhn, Kelley, Hopp, Kiffmeyer] - RCC. Sex abuse.
       Dayton Daily News By Tom Beyerlein Sunday, April 22, 2007
       OHIO -- Kenneth Schoettmer was convicted of a felony in 2003 and is on Ohio's sex offender registry. In 2004, Thomas Kuhn was convicted of 11 misdemeanor counts of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors. More than three dozen men sued David Kelley, alleging he sexually abused them as boys.
       All three remain priests on the payroll of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
       The national clergy child sexual abuse scandal of 2002 hit home five years this month, when Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk suspended Rev. Tom Hopp for molesting boys. Hopp has since been permanently removed from ministry.
       But he's in the minority. Of 18 area priests credibly accused of abusing youth, 10 are still suspended with pay while they await possible defrocking by the Vatican and one, James Kiffmeyer, was reinstated because the accusers had turned 18 before the abuse occurred. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 22, 2007 3:12 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sun April 22, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Mon April 23, 2007 edition:


    Victim in diocese sex abuse case testifies

      - RCC. [1990s Rockville Centre Diocese] - Was warned of danger. [1999-2000s Mr Maiello] - Boy and girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Newsday, www.newsday. com/news/ local/long island/ny- lisex0424,0, 822228.story , BY ANN GIVENS, ann.givens@ newsday.com , 1:12 PM EDT, April 23, 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) -- A young woman who was molested for years by her church youth minister took the stand in State Supreme Court in Mineola Monday morning to tell her gruelling tale.
       The woman, whom Newsday is not naming because she is a victim of sexual abuse, told how an innocent crush on Matthew Maiello, a youth minister at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in East Meadow, turned into a nightmare, after Maiello began manipulating her into having sex with him, and later with a 15-year-old boy in her youth group.
       The woman and the boy are now suing Maiello, the church, its priest, Rev. Thomas Haggerty and the Diocese of Rockville Centre in civil court. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 23, 2007 2:46 PM]

    Marker dedicated to abuse survivors

      [Decades - Janssen] - RCC. Monument honouring the victims. Children.
       Des Moines Register, BY DREW KERR, April 23, 2007
       GRAND MOUND (IA) -- Mike Hitch was silent for nearly four decades about the sexual abuse he endured as a boy in a Fort Madison church led by the Rev. James Janssen.
       But Sunday he delivered an emotional speech in front of 100 people gathered at Sts. Philip & James Catholic Church in Grand Mound for the unveiling of a monument remembering the children Janssen allegedly sexually abused over decades as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. The monument serves as a reminder, victims say, of the continuing struggle against abuse in all forms.
       Finding the courage to talk publicly about the abuse "took a lot of soul searching," said Hitch, who now lives in Broken Arrow, Okla., and is no longer a practicing Catholic. "It's not just something you can come out and tell, but it's a step you have to take to heal." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 23, 2007 7:42 AM]

    Preventing child sex assault focus of seminar

      - RCC.
       Coloradoan, By Coloradoan staff, ~ April 23, 2007
       DENVER (CO) -- The Archdiocese of Denver is hosting a seminar about preventing child sexual assault from 9 to 11 a.m. April 28.
       The seminar is open to the public and will be held in the parish center at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2200 S. Harrison St. in Denver.
       Leaders of the seminar will include a probation officer and a school principal and facilitators from National Catholic Risk Retention Group's VIRTUS programs, which are designed to prevent and address wrongdoing in the faith community.

    Youth pastor found not guilty

      [2005 Whitacre*] - United Brethren. Acquitted. Girl.
       The Herald-Press By MIKE PERKINS, Editor 12:17 PM EDT Monday, April 23, 2007
       HUNTINGTON (IN) -- In her closing argument, Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison called the child molestation case against Kevin Whitacre "a classic he said/she said."
       The Huntington Circuit Court jury believed what he said.
       After less than 2 1/2 hours of deliberation, an jury of seven men and five women returned verdicts of not guilty in both felony child molesting charges against Whitacre, 33, a youth pastor at Good Shepherd United Brethren Church.
       "We praise God that justice has finally been served in our case," Whitacre said in a statement e-mailed to The Herald-Press Saturday afternoon. "My wife and I want to give Good Shepherd Church our extreme gratitude for their continual support, and for their countless prayers.
       "We continue to pray for (Whitacre's accuser). We thank the jury for an unbiased decision in this emotion-filled case."

    Priest to go on trial over sex abuse charges

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       The Scotsman, http://news. scotsman. com/uk.cfm?id=623532007 , ~ April 23, 2007
       SOMERSET, United Kingdom -- A PARISH priest was set to go on trial today accused of sexually abusing children over nearly three decades.
       The Rev David Smith, vicar of St John the Evangelist's in Clevedon, Somerset, is accused of 15 offences allegedly committed against seven boys aged under 16. #

    Sex abuse survivors dedicate monument

      - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Quad-City Times, By Dustin Lemmon | Monday, April 23, 2007
       GRAND MOUND, Iowa - The monument unveiled outside SS Philip & James Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon symbolizes many things to survivors of sexual abuse, but most of all it's a reminder for everyone not to forget what happened.
       Abuse survivor Mike Hitch was among many who thanked an audience of about 100 people for its support over the years, even when it has not been popular among Catholics to speak up for victims of sexual abuse.
       He noted that many people present Sunday sat through court trials with victims and showed their support through letters to the bishop.

    Brethren man excluded from church

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags   Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
       Crime.co.nz , ~ April 23, 2007
       NEW ZEALAND -- A member of the Exclusive Brethren who is under police investigation for alleged sexual abuse is being kept away from the church.
       Brethren spokesman Tony McCorkell says an elderly man is at the centre of the claims and the church is co-operating fully with police. He is urging anyone with any other claims to come forward and talk with officers.

    Secretive church entitled to privacy

      [1950s-80s - man*] - Exclusive Brethren. 4 girls.
       The Nelson Mail, ~ April 23, 2007
       NEW ZEALAND --As disturbing as sex crimes against children are, it is important to keep a cluster of allegations against an elderly Nelson member of the Exclusive Brethren church in perspective, the Nelson Mail said in an editorial on Monday.
       The claims which recently came to light are historic, covering a period of 40 years, and for that reason alone the police investigation will be a long and drawn-out process. Clearly, it is at a very preliminary stage.
       It is always important to presume innocence until guilt is proved - and it is difficult to establish a case such as this, with specific details often hazy and a likely lack of forensic evidence.

    Polygamist must register as sex offender

      [? 1990s-2000s Jessop] - Fundamentalist LDS. Minor. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       The Daily News, By JIM SECKLER / Sunday, April 22, 2007
       KINGMAN, Utah -- The only issue a Mohave County Superior Court judge faced Friday was whether to order a Colorado City polygamist to register as a sex offender.
       Vergel Bryce Jessop, 47, pleaded no contest Dec. 18 to child abuse. He had been charged with sexual conduct with a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.
       Jessop and seven other codefendants belong to a polygamist sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Colorado City.

    At 75, a Battle-Tested but Unwavering Cardinal

      - RCC.
       The New York Times, By MICHAEL POWELL, Published: April 23, 2007
       NEW YORK -- He has shuttered half-empty churches, faced down disgruntled parishioners and retired an unsightly $20 million deficit, all in the name of putting the Archdiocese of New York on sturdy fiscal legs.
       So the question for Cardinal Edward M. Egan arises: Will this white-haired prince of the Roman Catholic Church follow the lead of other large dioceses and release the archdiocese's financial reports to the public?
       Cardinal Egan considers the idea for a second or two, and offers a smile more suggestive of steel than humor. Wall Street titans sit on his finance council and study his ledgers. The cardinal sees no point in public inspection.

    Diocese making little progress in priest sex abuse cases

      - RCC. 13 claimants.
       Burlington Free Press, By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer, April 23, 2007
       VERMONT -- The state's Roman Catholic diocese has agreed to pay more than $1 million in the past 12 months to settle two cases alleging child molestation by former priests, but is the target of more child sex abuse cases today than it was a year ago.
       Since April 20, 2006, when it paid Michael Gay of South Burlington $965,000 to settle his molestation claim, the diocese has settled one other case. During the period, it was the subject of 12 new lawsuits brought by people claiming that as children they were sexually assaulted by priests.
       The slow court process is unlikely to pick up much speed in the foreseeable future, according to attorneys for both the diocese and the alleged victims.
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon April 23, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Tue April 24, 2007 edition:


    Church Stands by Baptist Youth Pastor Accused of Molesting Minor

      [2004 Miller -NEW*] - Baptist. Minor. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Christian Post, www.christian post.com/ article/ 20070423/ 27050_Church_ Stands_by_ Baptist_Youth_ Pastor_ Accus ed_ of_Molesting_ Minor.htm ; By Audrey Barrick, 05:24 PM ET, Mon, Apr. 23 2007
       LUBBOCK (TX) -- A youth pastor at Lakeridge Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, will stand trial next month for sexually assaulting a minor.
       Blaine Miller was arrested for the sexual assault of a child younger than 17 that occurred in Kirbyville, Texas, in 2004. He was indicted on the charge in May 2005.
       Lakeridge Senior Pastor Merle Fulmer says he believes Miller is innocent, according to KAMC28 local news.

    Nailed?

      [Bishop Brown -NEW*] - RCC. Did bishop leave his own name off list? Boy.
       Orange County Weekly, By GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       CALIFORNIA -- Orange County Catholicism hasn't quite been the same ever since Bishop Tod D. Brown made like Martin Luther and hammered a document to the doors of Holy Family Cathedral in early 2004. That document, titled "The Covenant With the Faithful," featured seven theses that Brown claimed represented a new era of transparency for a diocese long plagued by priestly pedophilia and its cover-up by Church and even county leaders. ...
       But according to church records, that single nail seems to have caught Brown in a lie - or at least an inconsistency between his public pronouncements and the paper trail.
       Documents obtained by the Weekly reveal that church officials have investigated an allegation of sexual abuse against Brown - yet Brown has never uttered a word on the matter.
       On July 3, 1997, a man we'll call Larry (the Weekly doesn't disclose the name of alleged sexual-abuse victims without their permission) wrote to the Diocese of Fresno stating, "I was sexually molested by Father Todd [sic] Brown when I was 12 years old in 1965," while the future bishop served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Bakersfield. During psychological counseling, Larry claimed to realize that "the abuse perpetrated on me by Father Brown was not a fantasy, but a detailed memory." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 24, 2007 10:05 PM]

    Franciscan friar arrested on child-porn charges

      [~2006-07 Bro. Lobo (Franciscan) -NEW*] - RCC. Porn. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Globe and Mail, By OMAR EL AKKAD, April 24, 2007
       CANADA -- A Franciscan friar faces multiple child-pornography charges after Toronto police raided a Roman Catholic church in Scarborough.
       Brother Adley Lobo, 24, had been affiliated with both St. Francis Friary in Caledon and St. Lawrence Martyr Church in Toronto, according to police.
       Brother Lobo became the subject of an undercover police investigation into individuals suspected of downloading child pornography from the Internet.

    Former Santa Clara law professor charged with possessing child porn

      [~ 2007 Mr Madden] - Christian. Child pornography. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       San Francisco Chronicle, by Henry K. Lee, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       SAN JOSE (CA) -- A New York attorney has been charged in federal court in San Jose with possessing child pornography on a computer while he served as a visiting professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, court records show.
       Murdaugh Stuart Madden Jr., 58, a former professor at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., was charged today with one count of possessing child pornography. Madden was named in a document known as an information, which typically signifies that a defendant intends to plead guilty.
       Reached by phone today, Madden hung up on a Chronicle reporter.

    When to start statute of limitations when victim represses memory of crime for decades and other topics at pre-trial hearings re LA Archdiocese

      - RCC drags it out.
       City of Angels, ~ April 24, 2007
       LOS ANGELES (CA) -- As Clergy Case hearings began this morning Judge Fromholz knocked back motions to strike by the church and at one point tempers got short. Tony DiMarco stepped up to say, "Your honor, we provided those certificates some time back and reprovided them again." At the same time Plaintiffs "aren't getting served when motions are filed."
       Lee Potts jumped in: "We did what's required." Di Marco returned: "It wasn't faxed, emailed, mailed, personally delivered." Judge Fromholz literally threw his hands up in the air saying, "This is an argument for another day."
       He was about to grant a motion to strike and dismiss in another case when plaintiff attorney Tony Hale stepped up, "Your Honor, this is a case of clear repressed memory. Hightower is so off point in this case." And the judge said, "Okay, we'll take it under submission."
       The hearings over, DiMarco bristled, and stayed in his seat. He was waiting for Donald Woods church attorney to show up. DiMarco had a deposition with Monsignor R the next day in Santa Barbara only now Woods is arguing he has to file a privacy claim on behalf of Monsignor R first.

    Diocese's Bankruptcy Plan to Be Approved

      - RCC.
       San Francisco Chronicle, By JOHN K. WILEY, Associated Press Writer, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       SPOKANE (WA), (AP) -- A plan to allow the Catholic Diocese of Spokane to emerge from bankruptcy and pay victims of sex abuse $48 million will be confirmed, a judge said Tuesday.
       The settlement requires Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to support an end to statutes of limitations for sex-abuse crimes and write letters of apology to victims and their families.
       The order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams will allow the Eastern Washington diocese to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy it entered in December 2005 in the face of numerous sex abuse lawsuits.

    Ex-youth minister testifies in civil lawsuit

      [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       Newsday, BY ANN GIVENS, ann.givens@newsday.com , April 24, 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) -- From the moment a former youth minister at an East Meadow Catholic church kissed his 15-year-old student, he knew he was breaking the rules, he testified Tuesday.
       Matthew Maiello, now 33, of Stamford, Conn., said he could not recall pulling the girl onto his lap or telling her that God's plan was for them to be together, as she testified Monday. He also could not recall losing his temper when she tried to end the relationship.
       But he admitted that he initiated a sexual relationship with the girl eight years ago and that he pushed her to go further and further with him, until they were having sex several times a week on church property.

    Confessed molester testifies at Long Island church abuse trial

      [? 1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       Newsday, By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press Writer, 7:36 PM EDT, April 24, 2007
       MINEOLA, N.Y. -- A former youth minister who raped and sodomized teenagers at a church testified Tuesday that the parish pastor never asked about his employment history or educational background before he was hired for the $20,000-a-year position.
       "It wasn't discussed," Matthew Maiello, the former youth minister at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, told an attorney for two people who are suing him, the parish, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
       The plaintiffs are seeking $150 million in damages, claiming church leaders failed to uncover or prevent the youth minister's sexual attacks on teenagers in his care.

    Costa Rica Investigates Minor Rape

      - RCC. Costa Rica flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Prensa Latina, Apr 24, 2007
       SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The Sexual Crime Section of the Judicial Investigation Committee investigates the alleged violation to a minor in Costa Rica by four priests.
       Medical staff from Marcial Fallas clinic, in the place of Defenseless in the capital, denounced the case to the authorities after giving assistance to the young woman.
       The mother of a four-month child arrived in to the hospital in an ambulance and told the doctors she has gone to the convent to ask the community priest for help but without money to eat.

    Vicar denies child sex offences

      [30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       BBC News, ~ April 24, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A priest accused of sexually abusing young boys over 30 years encouraged a boy to "kiss and hug" him during visits to his flat, a court has been told.
       The court heard how the alleged victim, now 40, realised later Rev David Smith, 52, of St John's Road, Clevedon had taken advantage of him.
       The parish priest also allegedly indulged in "play fights" with the boy.

    Vicar, accused of sexually abusing boys, brought victim to Malta

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys.
       Malta Star, maltastar.com team , April 24, 2007
       MALTA -- A vicar of the Church of England, Rev David Smith, who is in court proceedings charged with sexual abuse of young boys, had entertained one of his victims on holiday in Malta, the Bristol Crown Court was told.
       One of the victims was allegedly abused from the age of 12. When he tried to break off contact with Rev Smith after he took him on holiday to Malta, foreign press reported. The court was told that Reverend Smith pestered him with letters and phone calls begging to see him.
       In Court, the Church of England was accused that the vicar continued to abuse boys because it failed to act effectively on two separate warnings.

    John Paul II and his Defenders: Vengeance Time

      - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       JPII Millstone, ~ April 24, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- In the latest issue of Commonweal Magazine, a Dean of a School of Law, Mark Sargeant defends the Dioceses against SNAP (note that he singled out David Clohessy, a personal vendetta?) and victims who have "abused their moral authority" because of "the type of civil claims that have bankrupted Spokane and other dioceses" and that "Most dioceses do have some insurance available to help meet the settlements. But to assume that all dioceses will just be carving off fat, and not slicing into bone and muscle, violates common sense."
       SNAP's President Barbara Blaine refuted him stating that:
    --- No dioceses have been "bankrupted." Five (out of nearly 200) have sought bankruptcy protection. There's a huge difference. No diocese is "going under." They are merely reorganizing with the goal of keeping dirty secrets hidden.

    "It takes a village to raise a sexual predator" -- Vicki Polin

      - Judaists.
       Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out ~ April 24, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Vicki Polin has said it a million times: "It takes a village to raise a sexual predator"
       I think the rabbonim of New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles need to be aware that the problem we have with sexual predators is on them. The warnings signs were there, yet they choose to lead our communities to ignore them. It's been much easier for them to blame survivors of sex crimes.
       It's vitally important that all survivors and parents of survivors to make police reports on those who offend. It's not up to our rabbis to conduct investigations. It is also important that survivors of sex crimes file civil suits against those who offend and also those who enable them to continue to rape our men, women and children.

    Conference continued for Johnston

      [? 1970s + Johnston] - Independent Baptist. 17 charges. 2 claimants.
       Neosho Daily News, April 24, 2007
       PINEVILLE (MO) -- A pre-trial conference has been continued for George Otis Johnston.
       Johnston, 64, the pastor of Grandview Valley Baptist Church in Granby, faces one Class A felony count of first degree child molestation in McDonald County.
       Johnston will appear for the hearing at 10 a.m. June 19 before Fortieth Circuit Court Judge Timothy Perigo.
       Johnston also faces 17 felony charges of child sexual abuse in Newton County. Trial on eight of those charges will begin May 22. Jurors will be selected in Cass County, Mo., then transported to Neosho, where they will be sequestered for the duration of the trial.

    San Diego Diocese Seeks To Resume Projects

      - RCC.
       10 News, ~ April 24, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Several parishes are seeking emergency court permission to resume construction projects at seven San Diego Catholic Diocese locations that have been halted due to the diocese's bankruptcy case, it was reported Tuesday.
       The recently formed Organization of Parishes filed the emergency motion late Monday seeking the bankruptcy court's permission to continue the projects, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
       U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler halted funding for the projects earlier this month as the diocese proposed to settle some 150 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.

    Recording Reveals Details Behind Fr. Katinas Suspension

      [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors.
       Orthodox Reform, ~ April 24, 2007
       DALLAS (TX) -- New details have surfaced on the Fr. Nicholas Katinas sexual misconduct allegations. Orthodox Reform has received a sound recording of the sermon where the GOA assistant chancellor Fr. Michael Kontogiorgis revealed to a stunned Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church that their long time priest was suspended due to confirmed allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.
       This 29 minute presentation was delivered after a Presanctified Liturgy on February 21st, 2007 at Holy Trinity in Dallas. News reporters from the local press as well as an estimated 400 parishioners filled the church at this meeting.
       Three points jump out as troubling:
       Instead of suspended him pending investigation, a priest accused of sexual misconduct with a minor is allowed to have continued access to children for many months while the archdiocese conducts a lengthy investigation.

    After success, Velure leaves bench

      - RCC.
       The Register-Guard, By Bill Bishop, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- In the wake of his success helping to settle the most public and most complex litigation in state history - the lawsuits of hundreds of sexual abuse victims that triggered bankruptcy for the Archdiocese of Portland - Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle Velure announced Monday that he is retiring July 1.
       Velure, 67, is nationally recognized as a mediator whose work has saved legal fees, delays and frustrations for parties involved in complex lawsuits. His work also has spared public courts the enormous expense of months or years of legal wrangling in complex cases, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan said Monday.
       "I consider him Exhibit A on why state judges in Oregon should have a salary increase," Hogan added. State judges make $95,800 annually.

    O'Grady documentary to be available on DVD

      [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film now to DVD. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       Lodi News-Sentinel, April 24, 2007
       LODI (CA) -- "Deliver Us From Evil," the film documenting the sexual abuse of former St. Anne's Catholic Church Priest Oliver O'Grady, will be available on DVD on May 8.
       O'Grady was a priest in Lodi from 1971 to 1978. He later served at parishes in Stockton, Turlock, Hughson and San Andreas until he was arrested in 1993. He pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual abuse with children under 14 in San Andreas.
       O'Grady was paroled from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione in late 2000 and deported to his native Ireland a short time later.

    DNA test clears priest of link to body

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       Glasgow Evening Times, ~ April 24, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- A PRIEST who admitted having sex with Angelika Kluk gave a DNA sample to detectives investigating her murder, a trial heard today.
       But the High Court in Edinburgh heard no DNA evidence was found to link Father Gerry Nugent, 63, with the body of a Polish student found under his church.
       The Angelika Kluk murder trial has been hearing for a second day from forensic scientist Carol Weston, 33.

    Latest: Angelika priest DNA tested, court told

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
       The Herald, ~ April 24, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- A priest who admitted having sex with Angelika Kluk gave a DNA sample to detectives investigating her murder, a murder trial has heard.
       But the High Court in Edinburgh heard that no DNA evidence was found to link Father Gerry Nugent, 63, with the body of a Polish student found under his church.
       The Angelika Kluk murder trial has been hearing for a second day from forensic scientist Carol Weston, 33.
       Mrs Weston was called in after the discovery of the Polish student's bound, gagged and blood-stained body under the floor of St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow.

    Letter to Editor: GOA Cannot Ignore Responsibility to Defrock Fr. Katinas

      [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. Minors. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Orthodox Reform, ~ April 24, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Editor's note: Catherine Metropoulos has served on the GOA's Clergy Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board for the last four years (click on image at right to view the Board's announcement). Her report that "most of our Board's work has been tabled or stifled" due to factors including "...a total lack of interest on part of our hierarchy" is very troubling - why do the Bishops not take this matter seriously?
       Letter to the Editor of Orthodox Reform:
       "THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE CANNOT IGNORE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO DEFROCK FATHER NICHOLAS KATINAS!"
       April 20, 2007
       Even though a thorough investigation by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has proven that there was in fact, very serious sexual misconduct committed by Father Nicholas Katinas against children, it is my understanding that the Archdiocese is now refusing to defrock him. It is a disgrace and an embarrassment to our Church, as well as an insult to his victims, if Father Katinas is allowed to remain on an indefinite suspension and is not subsequently defrocked.
       Clergy sexual misconduct, especially when those victimized are children, is a very serious offense unlike no other. How our Spiritual Leaders respond to these matters is of extreme importance. It is especially detrimental to the future of our Church if appropriate actions are not taken when these issues arise.
       I have no doubt that Father Katinas was a good priest, had a wondrous ministry, and is loved by many; he would not have been able to commit such heinous crimes against children otherwise! Father Katinas, however, is not above the law. His culpable, despicable actions against children are inexcusable. He abused his sacred position of trust. He inflicted tremendous pain upon his innocent victims; who for them the affects of sexual abuse will never go away. He severely tainted the reputation of our beloved Greek Orthodox Church and that of our clergy.

    Supreme Court refuses to hear former nun appeal

      - RCC. Exposed irregular union, dismissed.
       PennLive, The Associated Press, 2:40 p.m. EDT, Apr/23/2007
       WASHINGTON (DC), (AP) - A former Catholic nun won't be allowed to revive a lawsuit in which she challenged her dismissal as college chaplain at Gannon University.
       The Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal by Lynette Petruska, the first woman chaplain at Gannon.
       Petruska claimed in her lawsuit that she was demoted in 2002 and forced to resign because of her gender, and because she helped expose accusations of a cover-up involving a priest who took a leave of absence after an alleged affair with a woman.

    Court sets guidelines re mental exams & docs; church to produce files for in camera review, in civil cases re pedophile priests, Cardinal Mahony

      - RCC.
       City of Angels, ~ April 24, 2007
       LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Two court orders last week set precedents for the hundreds of cases to follow re mental exams and production of files, as the first jury trial approaches June 11 in LA civil cases against the Roman Catholic Church.
       Judge Haley Fromholz granted the church's motion for a mental examination of plaintiff Pepito in the April 18 hearing, saying his decision on this exam applies to the "numerous coordinated cases" defendant is litigating in California. The previous day in the same case, Fromholz ordered seminary files of Lynn Caffoe to be produced for in camera review in the Pepito & Uranga case set for jury trial August 6.
       The church has to produce seminary files, in Pepito & Uranga and future cases, but for in camera review by the judge before being released to plaintiffs' attorneys.
       Remember:
       ("Judge Haley Fromholz stared at Katherine Freberg and said, "I don't want to review anything I don't absolutely have to." See April 17 post.)

    Porn Charges

      [~2006-07 Bro. Lobo (Franciscan)*] - RCC. Porn. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       CityNews, Monday April 23, 2007
       CANADA -- As a Franciscan Brother, Adley Lobo was expected to adhere to a strict set of monastic vows. But police allege he strayed not only from the high standards set by the Catholic Church, but from the laws of the land as well.
       On Monday, officers arrested Lobo, 24, and charged him with two counts of possession of child porn and one count each of making child porn, and making child porn available to others.
       The arrest of Brother Lobo took place after police executed a search warrant at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, at 2210 Lawrence Avenue East.

    Franciscan Friar Facing Child Pornography Charges

      [~2006-07 Bro. Lobo (Franciscan)*] - RCC. Making and possessing porn.
       AM640 Toronto Radio, ~ April 24, 2007
       TORONTO, Canada -- A 24 year old Catholic friar is accused of making and possessing child pornography.
       Toronto police say the suspect was the subject of an undercover police investigation involving people who were allegedly downloading child pornography online.
       Adley Lobo, a Franciscan Brother, is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.

    Franciscan novice faces child porn charges

      [~2006-07 Bro. Lobo (Franciscan)*] - RCC. Making and possessing porn.
       Toronto Star, 04:30 AM, Apr 24, 2007
       CANADA -- A 24-year-old man studying to be a Franciscan priest was arrested on child pornography charges in Toronto yesterday.
       Police, who had been investigating online child pornography, executed a search warrant at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, on Lawrence Ave. E. near Kennedy Rd., police said.
       Adley Lobo, who was charged with possessing child pornography, and creating and making child porn available, has also been affiliated with St. Francis Friary in Caledon, police said.

    I Was Church Sex Puppet

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, April 24, 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) -- An alleged sex-abuse victim testified yesterday that she was a 15-year-old virgin when a 25-year-old Long Island Catholic youth minister seduced her, made her his "puppet" and had sex with her in church pews and a convent.
       The woman, now 23, testified in the $150 million civil case against the church that for more than two years, Matthew Maiello forced her to have repeated kinky sex with a younger teen boy and that Maiello filmed the sex acts and joined in.
       Maiello, she tearfully claimed, acted as film director and made the teens perform in an X-rated "game show" he called "Strip SAT Review" while he was supposed to be preparing the girl for her SATs.

    She escaped polygamy, and has a story to tell

      - Fundamentalist LDS.
       The Salt Lake Tribune, By Brooke Adams, Apr/24/2007
       UTAH -- It has been three years since Fawn Broadbent and Fawn Holm - who became known as "The Fawns" - made a dramatic flight from their homes in the polygamous community at the Utah/Arizona state line.
       Broadbent, 20, has told the story many times now, on Dr. Phil, Larry King Live (three times), in Teen Vogue and to media from Japan, Germany and, just last week, England.
       But her story of life within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the sect overseen by Warren Jeffs, remains compelling.
       And so she keeps telling it, mostly because it allows her to spread another message, one about what teens experience - and need - once they leave the rigid lifestyle, where little emphasis is placed on education, where boys are funneled into work and girls into marriage.

    Pope Defrocks Former Illinois Priest

      [Vonnahmen] - RCC. Minors.
       Washington Post, The Associated Press, Tuesday, April 24, 2007
       BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- Pope Benedict XVI defrocked a priest accused of sexually molesting teenage boys decades ago while directing a Catholic youth camp, church officials said Monday.
       Robert Vonnahmen, 76, was removed from the priesthood "for the good of the Church," Bishop Edward Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville said in a statement.
       Vonnahmen was removed from priestly duties in 1993 by one of Braxton's predecessors after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused minors. But Vonnahmen, who has denied the allegations, remained a priest because only the pope can defrock clergy.

    Vicar in Malta holiday with alleged abuse victim

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       MaltaMedia News, 1:05:18 PM, Apr 24, 2007
       MALTA -- A British vicar, who allegedly sexually abused young boys over three decades, took one of the victims on holiday to Malta.
       52-year-old Vicar David Smith vicar of St John the Evangelist Church at Clevedon, Somerset, is being charged with 14 counts of sexual assault and indecency against seven boys, between September 1976 and May 2005.
       According to the Daily Express, the Church of England authorities failed to act despite two ­separate warnings about his alleged behaviour.

    Youth Minister Facing Molestation Charges

      [Reeves] - Christian. 2 boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Ohio News Network, 7:07PM, Apr 23, 2007
       DELAWARE, Ohio -- A former youth pastor was in court Monday, facing charges that he molested two boys.
       Robert Reeves was charged with nine counts of gross sexual imposition after two boys said Reeves had sexual contact with them when he was their youth pastor.
       "Mr. Reeves, it's commendable that you turned yourself in, but until you walked into the courtroom I doubt very much you realized the number of years you are facing," said Judge W. Duncan Whitney.

    Church shaken by sex charges vs. ex-ass't pastor

      [1977-83 Klever] - Presbyterian. Girls.
       Philadelphia Daily News, By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com , 215-854-5255, April 24, 2007
       SPRINGFIELD (PA) -- David McNulty once vouched for the then-Rev. Gerald Klever when Klever was seeking a promotion at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Delaware County.
       Ask McNulty today about his former associate pastor, and he'll quote a Bible verse warning that anyone who harms children should be cast into the sea with a millstone tied to his neck.
       Klever, 75, was extradited this month from Arizona to Springfield on charges that he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted girls in the youth group while serving at First Presbyterian from 1977 to 1983.

    Abuse survivors dedicate monument

      - RCC.
       WOI, ~ April 24, 2007
       GRAND MOUND, Iowa -- The eastern Iowa town of Grand Mound has dedicated a monument to victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
       Seven abuse victims were among 100 people who attended yesterday's ceremony outside S-S Philip and James Catholic Church.
       Parishioners and members of a group called Catholics for Spiritual Healing raised the four-thousand dollars for the monument.

    Former Teen Church Abuse Victim Testifies at L.I. Trial

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       1010 WINS, AP, ~ April 24, 2007
       MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A young woman testified Monday that she no longer has faith in God and has trouble maintaining relationships with men after being sexually seduced over the course of several years by a youth minister.
       "I don't believe in God anymore," testified the 23-year-old, one of two plaintiffs in a civil suit against Matthew Maiello, a former minister at St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, Long Island. Also named in the lawsuit are the church, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
       The plaintiffs are seeking $150 million in damages, claiming church leadership was negligent in failing to uncover or prevent the youth minister's sexual attacks on teenagers in his care. They also allege that church leaders failed to properly screen the minister before he was hired.

    Parishes ask court to allow construction

      - RCC.
       Union-Tribune, By Sandi Dolbee, April 24, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- As the San Diego Catholic bankruptcy case nears its two-month anniversary, seven parishes are seeking emergency court permission to resume halted construction projects, and the bishop has sent a letter to parishioners lamenting "adversarial postures" in the proceedings.
       In a "pastoral update" released at services over the weekend, Bishop Robert Brom said the San Diego Diocese's $95 million settlement offer to victims of sexual abuse "will stretch our financial capability to the limit."
       Under the settlement proposal, filed last month as part of its reorganization plan, the diocese would pay half of the $95 million, and its insurer would pay the other half.

    "Deliver Us From Evil" on DVD!

      - "Evil" film going to disc.
       EDGE Boston, ~ April 24, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Featured on over 40 top 10 lists including the Wall Street Journal (Joe Morgenstern), Newsweek (Dave Ansen), and the Los Angeles Times (Kevin Crust), Lionsgate will release to DVD the 2007 Academy Award® nominee for Best Feature Documentary - Deliver Us From Evil. Winner of numerous awards including Best Documentary screenplay from the Writers Guild of America, Best Documentary from the Boston Society of Film Critics, Best Non-Fiction Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and Best Documentary Feature at the IPA Satellite Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, this critically-acclaimed documentary reveals the stunning history of sexual abuse perpetrated by a beloved catholic priest and the institution that protected him at the expense of its followers.

    Vicar denies 14 child sex abuse charges

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       The Guardian, by Steven Morris, Tuesday April 24, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest sexually abused boys over a period of nearly 30 years despite two separate claims by the church that it had "dealt with the matter", Bristol crown court heard yesterday.
       The Rev David Smith, 52, groomed the youngsters during sleepovers at the vicarage and day trips to the seaside, the jury was told. He told them he loved them and later bombarded some of them with letters and phone calls when they attempted to break off contact, the court heard.
       Concerns had been raised with the Church of England on two occasions about the vicar, in 1981 and again in 2001. Despite two complainants being reassured that the matter had been dealt with, Mr Smith was not stopped.

    Vicar's 'string of sex attacks on boys'

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys.
       Daily Express, By Tom Price, April 24, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A VICAR sexually abused young boys over three decades, a court heard yesterday.
       And Church of England authorities failed to act despite two ­separate warnings about his alleged behaviour.
       The Rev David Smith started abusing youngsters while an assistant housemaster at a prep school in 1976 and continued after becoming a parish priest in 1979, it was said.
       The alarm was first raised in the 1980s by the mother of a 15-year-old boy. But church officials simply moved him to another parish, Bristol Crown Court was told.

    Priests removed by the diocese

      [Belleville Diocese]- RCC. 15 priests, 1 deacon. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Belleville News-Democrat, ~ April 24, 2007
       BELLEVILLE (IL) -- The Belleville Diocese has removed 15 priests and one deacon since March 1993 for allegations of sexual abuse of a child or sexual misconduct. Robert J. Vonnahmen is the only one to be defrocked. One priest was cleared and another's status could not be determined Monday.
       These are the men who remain on administrative leave along with the dates they were removed and their assignments when removed:
       March 5, 1993 -- The Rev. Jerome Ratermann, 75, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Belleville.
       March 18, 1993 -- The Rev. James Calhoun, deceased, former pastor at St. Boniface Church in Germantown. [...] [Go to original webpage to get the list in full.]

    Victim of abuse was brought on holiday to Malta, British Court hears

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Di-ve, 1045CEST, April 24, 2007
       MALTA -- A young boy who was allegedly abused by a Vicar of the Church of England tried to break off contact with the man after the latter brought him on holiday to Malta, a British Court has heard.
       The Rev. David Smith, 52, is standing trial over 14 charges of sexual assault and indecency against seven boys between September 1976 to May 2005, but is denying the charges, the Daily Express has reported.
       The Court heard how the alarm was first raised in the 1980s by the mother of a 15-year-old boy, but Church of England authorities failed to act and simply moved the vicar to another parish.

    Vonnahmen defrocked by pope; was accused of sexual abuse of boys

      United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Belleville News-Democrat, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK, gpawlaczyk@bnd.com , ~ April 24, 2007
       BELLEVILLE (IL) -- More than 14 years after he was removed from active ministry following accusations that he sexually abused boys, Robert J. Vonnahmen, who once directed a Catholic youth camp, has been removed from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI.
       Vonnahmen, 76, the former pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Elizabethtown, while never criminally charged, was prohibited in 1993 from performing priestly duties after the Diocese of Belleville conducted an investigation of him and other priests and a deacon in the diocese. Allegations of sexual abuse prompted the investigations, which resulted in 15 priests and the deacon being removed from active ministry.
       Vonnahmen, who has denied allegations of sex abuse, was accused by victims of accosting them at Camp Ondessonk in Southern Illinois. He could not be reached for comment Monday. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 24, 2007 7:14 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Tue April 24, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Wed April 25, 2007 edition:


    Farmersville Church Member Accused Of Sexual Abuse

      [Mr Souder -NEW*] - Christian. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       CBS 11, http://cbs11tv. com/topstories/ local_story_ 115200952.html , Stephanie Lucero Reporting, ~ April 25, 2007
       FARMERSVILLE (TX), (CBS 11 News) -- A Farmersville man may have used a local church to meet people he is accused of sexually abusing.
       After allegations and an investigation a Collin County grand jury has indicted local businessman James Souder. The 42-year-old refused requests from CBS 11 News for an interview.
       Souder has been in the Collin County Detention Center since his arrest in February and some Farmersville residents say they don't want him back in their town.

    Ex-priest at Ft. Lauderdale school

      [Durante - NEW*] - RCC.
       Miami Herald, By JAY WEAVER, jweaver@MiamiHerald.com , ~ April 25, 2007
       FLORIDA -- A former priest who retired from a Fort Lauderdale Catholic high school in December amid questions about his alleged involvement in past sex-abuse incidents has been retained by the school as a consultant through the end of the academic year.
       A group of St. Thomas Aquinas High School parents expressed "tremendous concern" about Ernest Durante, 68, of Hollywood in a letter sent Wednesday to the Archdiocese of Miami. The former guidance counselor has been training another school counselor on administering SAT, Advanced Placement and other exams on the campus.
       The letter, unsigned by the parents, urged Archbishop John Favalora to remove Durante from the school.

    Lawsuit alleges Omaha archdiocese covered up clergy abuse

      [1978+ Lucas] - RCC. Boy.
       Beatrice Daily Sun, By OSKAR GARCIA, 7:48 PM CDT, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
       OMAHA, Neb. - A former parishioner filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Omaha, alleging the archdiocese allowed him to be abused as a teenager by a priest and tried to conceal it.
       The lawsuit, brought by 41-year-old Cary Claar of Springfield, Ore., alleges Father Duane Lucas sexually abused Claar for several years starting around 1978, when Claar was 12 or 13 years old.
       The archdiocese knew or should have known Lucas was a pedophile, and "made no meaningful effort" to restrict his access to children or monitor his behavior, said attorneys Maren Lynn Chaloupka and Kelly Clark in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 25, 2007 10:43 PM]

    Boy 'abused by vicar in vicarage'

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       BBC News, ~ April 25, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A choir boy "feared for his life" after his parish priest sexually abused him at a vicarage, Bristol Crown Court has been told.
       The Rev David Smith, 52, of St John's Road, Clevedon, told the boy he loved him and took him on holiday to Malta, the jury heard.
       The boy, who cannot be named, said he was terrified of being branded a liar if he exposed the abuse.

    The Orthodox Reform Manifesto (1st Draft)

      -- Orthodox Christians. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Orthodox Reform, ~ April 25, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- {Editor's note: While we have not finished the articles of our manifesto, we feel it is in the best interest of community involvement that we publish an early outline of its contents. This is only a summary; the future manifesto will be comprehensive. Please let us know your comments!}
       Summary -- The Orthodox Reform Manifesto consists of policies and procedures, accountability, and ecclesiastical reform to overcome sexual misconduct, establish healing, and restore trust in the Church.
       Preamble -- We believe the Orthodox clergy are called to be holy and beyond reproach. We believe our Bishops are called to be more interdependent and less autocratic. The believe the Faithful are called to respect and be faithful to our Church Canons and Holy Tradition. Openness and dialog build trust; secrecy and apathy destroy the glue that holds us together.

    DNA Tests Clear Angelika Lover & Father Gerry

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       Glasgow Daily Record, By Gordon McIlwraith, ~ April 25, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- NO DNA evidence was found to link Angelika Kluk's married lover or priest Gerry Nugent to her death, a court heard yesterday.
       Jurors were told that DNA samples were taken from murder accused Peter Tobin and nine others.
       Those swabbed included Father Nugent, the priest at St Patrick's Church in Anderston, Glasgow, where Angelika was staying and where her body was found.

    What's happening to our priests?

      - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       National Catholic Reporter, ~ April 25, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- It's a fair question. No matter how much one might wish for a change in the ordained ministry to include married men or women or both, the fact is that at the moment the priesthood is exclusively celibate males, and many are serving under severe strain. Part of the strain, of course, is because of declining numbers and increased demands.
       Not a small part of the strain for some results from the clergy abuse crisis.
       NCR arguably has spent more ink and pages on the clergy sex abuse crisis than any other publication since we first broke the story in 1984. Yet nagging questions of justice continue to pester the community and perhaps none is more significant than the question of justice for priests.
       Joe Feuerherd explores some dimensions of the problem in a story on in today's issue. ( See story) It is a difficult tale to tell because priests in the midst of canonical processes are reluctant to talk. Others are reluctant to criticize a system that too often appears arbitrary and even capricious and is made all the more difficult to assess because much of the deliberation occurs in secret. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 25, 2007 8:47 AM]

    Baltimore: A Time of Mourning and Healing - Case of Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro

      [Years - Shapiro*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys.
       Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speak Out, by Vicki Polin, Executive Director, The Awareness Center, Inc., ~ April 25, 2007
       BALTIMORE (MD) -- Throughout the month of April, 2007 there has been a heightened awareness of child sexual abuse in the Baltimore Jewish Community.
       On April 11th the Vaad Harabbonim's (Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore) published a letter that was sent to homes of many community members. Next came the Baltimore Jewish Times article exposing Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro's alleged past of being a serial child molester.
       Almost immediately after the publishing of the article, Rabbi Moshe Heinemann reacted by posting a sign in his synagogue banning the newspaper. The Awareness Center believes that The Baltimore Jewish Times is the only Jewish newspaper in Baltimore that has the courage to allow survivors of sex crimes an avenue to have their voices heard. The paper is helping to prevent any more children from being harmed.
       With everything that has been happening in Baltimore, we cannot overlook the effect this is having on individuals who live in the community. The entire Jewish community of Baltimore has been put through a whirlwind of emotions.

    Memorial to survivors of abuse by priests dedicated in Grand Mound

      - RCC.
       The Observer, By Mary Rueter, Managing editor, ~ April 25, 2007
       GRAND MOUND (IA) -- A sense of peace descended over a tent in front of SS Philip and James Catholic Church in Grand Mound Sunday afternoon as a memorial to the survivors of sexual abuse by priests was dedicated and blessed.
       For the men who were violated by those their families trusted most, the monument is a symbol of strength and courage.
       "I'm just happy the survivors were able to come together and dedicate this monument - not only for ourselves, but also for others who have been unable to come forward yet," said survivor Michael Uhde of Davenport.

    Sex Minister Has 'Amnesia'

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       New York Post, By KIERAN CROWLEY, April 25, 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) -- A smirking former Catholic church youth minister and admitted sex abuser yesterday took the stand at a $150 million civil trial on Long Island and repeatedly claimed he couldn't remember the answers to questions he was asked.
       Matthew Maiello, who worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre as a lay youth minister, pleaded guilty to abusing four teens, served two years and is now free.
       The man and woman who brought the lawsuit against him and the diocese, refused to sit in the courtroom while he testified.

    "I don't recall, I don't recall" a sure sign he's lying, whether it's a Bushie or a bishop

      - RCC.
       City of Angels, ~ April 25, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Reading a monsignor's deposition in January his answer was "I don't recall, I don't recall," to almost every question. At the same time, the US Attorney General was on the news testifying, "I don't recall, I don't recall" to almost every question in the US Senate.
       Then last week a Bishop Brom deposition came up and to almost every question Brom replied, "I don't recall, I don't recall." Again, as I was reading, there was Gonzales on the news saying "I don't recall, I don't recall." Literally, the words "I don't recall, I don't recall" hit my head from the computer screen and the TV screen at the same time, both times.
       It's not a coincidence when you think about it, more like a clue. The "bad guys" in Washington and Texas, as well as in The Vatican and LA, have twisted the integrity that comes with power so much, they can say under oath I don't remember or I don't recall; because obviously who's ever going to know you're lying? It's the ultimate Teflon. No matter how obvious the crime, as long as you say, I don't remember, no one will ever know if you do or you don't.

    Senate passes bill to allow death penalty in some molestation cases

      - General community.
       American-Statesman, By Mark Lisheron, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
       TEXAS -- The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that stiffens penalties for a variety of sex offenses against children, including the death penalty for offenders who commit a second serious sex crime.
       House Bill 8, passed by a vote of 30-1, will now head back to the House for a review of the amended bill and may be considered in a conference committee of Senate and House members before final votes are cast.
       The House on March 5 passed a version of the bill by a vote of 123-18 after prosecutors, defense attorneys and advocacy groups on both sides of the death penalty debate had voiced concerns.

    Ex-church aide sleazeball

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       New York Daily News, BY RICHARD WEIR, 4:00 AM, Wednesday, April 25th 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) -- A former youth minister at an East Meadow church admitted yesterday that he seduced a teenage girl and boy under his tutelage, and even videotaped them having group sex.
       Matthew Maiello, now 33 and living in Stamford, Conn., confessed to repeatedly having intercourse with the then-15-year-old girl, first on a couch in his basement office in the convent at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in May 1999 and then, over the next three years, at his home, at the victim's home, in a Long Beach motel and on a boat.
       On one occasion, he said, he rushed her out of the Broadway play "Jesus Christ Superstar" after the first act so they could have sex at his Lynbrook home and still drop her off at her parents' home in time.

    Church finances improve with property sales and higher donations

      - RCC.
       Boston Herald, Associated Press, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
       BOSTON (MA) -- The financial condition of the Boston Archdiocese is steadily improving, thanks to a boost in donations and the sale of church property, but big challenges remain before the church can reach its goal of a balanced budget by 2008, according to the archdiocese's annual report.
       The archdiocese said in the report released Wednesday that it reduced the budget deficit for its central administration to $6.3 million for the fiscal year that ended last June 30, compared to a $8.3 million deficit the previous year.
       Archdiocese officials said they were encouraged by the progress, but warned of several looming problems before the church can balance its budget. They include an underfunding of the clergy pension fund, the costs of deferred maintenance on church buildings and the financial struggles of individual parishes.

    Archdiocese asks state high court to dismiss assault suits

      [- 2007 Milwaukee Archdiocese -NEW*] - RCC. Victims' duty, not seducers' and leaders'!
       The Capital Times, by Pat Schneider, ~ April 25, 2007
       WISCONSIN -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee told the state Supreme Court that child sexual assault victims who believe they've also been deceived by a church coverup need to bring that claim to court within a few years of being assaulted.
       Attorney John Rothstein, representing the archdiocese, said Tuesday that such victims have a "duty of inquiry. The plaintiffs can't wait around until the facts find them."
       Rothstein was asking the court to uphold the dismissal in Milwaukee County Circuit Court of four lawsuits -- now consolidated in a single case -- seeking monetary damages from the archdiocese, which the plaintiffs claim fraudulently concealed priests' history of child molestation.

    Clergy witch hunt? – Due process for accused priests is a sham, critics say

      - RCC.
       Catholic Online, By Joe Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter -- ( www.ncronline.org ), Apr/25/2007
       WASHINGTON (DC), United States of America – Four years ago, an adult woman informed her local diocese that a recently ordained priest had groped her. No criminal or civil charges were filed, but the initial investigation showed that the accusation was plausible – that it could have happened, recalled Father Michael Sullivan, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., a priest and canon lawyer who previously served as judicial vicar in the Crookston, Minn., Diocese.
       A diocesan review board, said Father Sullivan, eventually determined that the accusation "was a trumped-up charge." The priest, said Father Sullivan, had "spurned her affections," informing her "that I'm a celibate and we're not going there."
       Still, said Father Sullivan, the bishop rejected the review board's determination and did not allow the priest to return to public ministry. The priest has appealed the bishop's ruling, but the case, said Father Sullivan, is "swallowed up in Rome." The priest currently receives no pay or medical benefits from the diocese, said Father Sullivan.

    Bishop's house offer being questioned

      [Davenport Diocese -NEW*] - RCC. US$170,100 beats US$175,000!
       Quad-City Times, By Dustin Lemmon | Wednesday, April 25, 2007
       DAVENPORT (IA) -- A local Realtor with clients interested in buying the bishop's former home has raised questions about the Diocese of Davenport's decision to sell the property to St. Ambrose University.
       Jill Slyter said she called the listing agent for 2761 Scott St. the second day it was on the market and was told they already had a buyer willing to pay the full price of $175,000.
       Slyter said she was upset to learn the diocese accepted an offer from the university for $170,100. The U.S. Bankruptcy court has yet to approve a motion authorizing the sale of the bishop's home and a single-family house at 803 E. 39th St.

    Protesters rally at diocesan office, criticize bishop

      [- 2007 Belleville Diocese] - RCC. Keeps risky names confidential.
       Belleville News-Democrat, BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK, ~ April 25, 2007
       BELLEVILLE (IL) -- Eight people representing victims of sexual abuse by priests rallied Tuesday outside the offices of the Belleville Diocese, protesting what they say is secrecy by Bishop Edward K. Braxton.
       A spokesman for the diocese could not be reached for comment. Braxton was out of town on business.
       "Bishop Braxton is the only bishop in America who has publicly said when the Vatican rules on an abusive priest, maybe he will tell you and maybe he won't," said Barbara Dorris, outreach director of the Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests based in St. Louis.

    Forum focuses on polygamy woes

      - Polygamy sects.
       Deseret Morning News, By Ben Winslow, ~ April 25, 2007
       ST. GEORGE (UT) – A town hall meeting brought politicians, polygamists, activists and community members together here to vent and share their feelings about reaching out to victims of abuse in closed polygamous communities.
       Hundreds packed the Dixie Center to offer their opinions Tuesday night.
       "Why is there a statute of limitations on rape and molestation?" a person identified as "victim" wrote in comments read to the audience. "How can the women and children get justice when the statute exists?"
       Others pushed for decriminalization of polygamy.

    Man avoids felony in plea

      [2006 Overton] - Christian. 3 boys.
       Post Star, By DON LEHMAN, dlehman@poststar.com , Wednesday, April 25, 2007
       GLENS FALLS (NY) -- Prosecutors have agreed to drop a felony sex abuse charge against a former probation officer who was accused of having improper sexual relations with three boys.
       Bradford K. Overton, 30, of Glens Falls instead pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of forcible touching, agreeing to serve 6 months in Warren County Jail and 6 years on probation.
       He is to be sentenced May 22 by Glens Falls Judge Richard Tarantino.
       Overton pleaded guilty in connection with allegations he fondled the buttocks of two boys, ages 15 and 16, at his home last summer. He knew the boys through a Queensbury church where he was a youth group leader.

    Lawyer stays -- for now

      - RCC.
       The Boston Globe, By Steve Bailey, Globe Columnist | April 25, 2007
       BOSTON (MA) – Kevin Phelan has been a well-respected player in Boston's business and civic life for years. But he lasted only one week after being named to become chairman of Caritas Christi Health Care System, the Catholic Church's hospital chain. His sin: wanting to replace Wilson D. Rogers Jr., the hospital's controversial long time lawyer and his firm. ...
       Rogers was a pivotal player in the church's darkest hour. As the archdiocese's chief lawyer, Rogers negotiated many settlements with the victims of sexual abuse by the clergy, confidential deals that helped mask the scandal and its magnitude for years. O'Malley eventually replaced Rogers as the lead attorney negotiating a broad settlement of claims after he was harshly criticized by victims and their lawyers for his hardball litigation tactics in some of the civil cases and accused of being not nearly so tough on the church's reluctant insurance carriers.

    A path to healing

      [1960s-70s A pastor] - Lutheran. Boy.
       News-Leader, April 25, 2007
       MISSOURI -- Walter Molkenbur carries two letters around with him: one from a former pastor here in town, and the other from the bishop who now supervises this region.
       The 48-year-old Springfield man says the pastor molested him when he was a child, and former Messiah Lutheran Church pastor Henry Wingard has written Molkenbur a letter of apology:
       "I am writing this letter to express to you my deepest regrets for what I did in the past, in reference to sexual advances in the late sixties or early seventies," Wingard writes in longhand. "I surely did not realize then, the harm of my actions and what affect they would have on you. I want you to know that I apologize with my whole heart and I wish God's blessings upon you in the the days ahead. As I look upon the past, I ask for your forgiveness and hope that you will accept my my expressions of sorrow that I extend to you now."

    Sexual Tormentor Testifies, but Victims Can't Bear to Listen

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, Published April 25, 2007
       GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 24 – A former church youth director who confessed in 2003 to the statutory rape of four teenagers took the witness stand on Tuesday in a civil trial, but the two victims who are suing him were not present. They had left the courtroom here earlier, saying they could not bear to see him again.
       The witness, Matthew Maiello, 33, admitted many of the victims' accusations but denied some of their claims. He said repeatedly during his testimony in State Supreme Court here that he could not remember important details, and a few times invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
       Mr. Maiello was imprisoned for two years for his crimes as director of the rock Mass and youth ministry at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, N.Y. The lawsuit is against him, St. Raphael's, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

    Parishes' request to resume construction denied

      - RCC.
       Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer and Sandi Dolbee, April 25, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Construction projects at several parishes that were suspended after the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed for bankruptcy cannot resume now, a federal judge ruled yesterday in response to an emergency request.
       The Organization of Parishes, formed recently to represent the interests of the diocese's 98 parishes, had asked bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler to allow about $122,500 per day to be spent on seven projects between now and May 8, when a hearing is set on the matter.
       Attorneys for the organization filed an emergency motion Monday to resume seven construction projects, arguing that they had been "abruptly stopped . . . causing damages which increase each day construction is suspended."

    NY church abuse trial of Stamford man continues with testimony of molester

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       Stamford Times, ~ April 25, 2007
       MINEOLA, N.Y. [AP] – A former youth minister at a church testified that his parish pastor gave him a directive that included refraining from inappropriate touching of teenagers in his care. A handshake was to be the limit.
       But Stamford resident Matthew Maiello, who raped and sodomized teenagers as the youth minister at St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, agreed when an attorney suggested: "You never for one second intended to follow that?"
       Maiello also testified Tuesday that the parish pastor never asked about his employment history or educational background before he was hired for the $20,000-a-year position.

    Bankruptcy judge confirms Spokane Diocese reorganization plan

      - RCC. US$48m going.
       KGW, By JOHN K. WILEY / Associated Press, Apr/25/2007
       SPOKANE (WA) -- A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday confirmed a Catholic Diocese of Spokane reorganization plan that includes $48 million for victims of clergy sexual abuse.
       The order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams will allow the Eastern Washington diocese to emerge from the Chapter 11 protection it entered in December 2004 in the face of numerous sex abuse lawsuits.
       "This moment marks a beginning of healing for the Catholic church in Eastern Washington," said Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Statement on defrocked priest raises new secrecy questions for diocese

      [Belleville Diocese] - RCC.
       St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Tim Townsend and Angie Leventis, Apr/25/2007
       BELLEVILLE (IL) -- New questions about secrecy within the Diocese of Belleville arose Tuesday over a statement issued by the bishop on Monday in the case of its first defrocked priest.
       In the same news release announcing that the Rev. Robert Vonnahmen had been "dismissed from the clerical state" by the Vatican, Bishop Edward Braxton said the diocese has no obligation to make public the Vatican's decisions about local priests whose penalties fall short of being laicized.
       About a dozen members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and their supporters rallied Tuesday in front of the Diocese of Belleville Chancery to call for greater transparency regarding sex abuse in the church.

    Bishops say claims of sex abuse decline

     
       Intelligencer Journal, By Lori Van Ingen, Apr 25, 2007
       LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. - The number of clergy sexual-abuse allegations has declined for the second straight year, according to a survey of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops released earlier this month.
       According to data collected by Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, the number of "credible" allegations has decreased from 1,092 in 2004 to 783 in 2005 and 714 in 2006.
       More than 99 percent of the dioceses/eparchies responded to the voluntary survey. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 25, 2007 7:48 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Wed April 25, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Thu April 26, 2007 edition:


    Former Minister's sex abuse

      [2002-04 Westley - NEW*] - Baptist. 6 girls. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       Newham Recorder, < www.newham recorder. co.uk/content/ newham/ recorder/ news/story. aspx?brand= RECOnline& category=news NEWHAM&tBrand= northlondon24& tCategory= newsnewham& itemid=WeED26%20 Apr%202007% 2009%3A21%3 A48%3A013 >; 26 April 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM – A FORMER Baptist minister faces years behind bars after he admitted abusing six schoolgirls while working at a church.
       Nigel Westley, 44, a minister at the Harvest Rock Community Church in Bignold Road, Forest Gate, confessed to a senior colleague who turned him in.
       All the children were between nine and 13 years old when they were abused between January 2002 and May 2004.

    Ex-minister sued by sex-offense victims

      [? 2000s Aleshire -NEW*] - Baptist. 2 girls. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       The Columbus Dispatch, By Tom Sheehan, April 26, 2007
       NEWARK, Ohio -- A former Hebron minister, who is spending seven years in prison on sex-abuse convictions, is being sued by the two teenage sisters he victimized.
       The lawsuit, filed last week in Licking County Common Pleas Court, seeks more than $3 million in damages from Lonnie Aleshire Jr., the Licking Baptist Church, the American Baptist Churches of Ohio and its national church and various church officials.

    Church accused of abuse cover-up

      [1980s Mr Halliday -NEW*] - Church of England. 2½yrs prison. Boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       BBC News, ~ April 26, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- The Church of England has been accused of covering up child sex abuse carried out by a former choirmaster.
       Peter Halliday, 61, from Farnborough, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of boys in Hampshire in the late 1980s.
       BBC News has learned he admitted to the offences 17 years ago but left the Church quietly on condition he had no more contact with children.

    Priest pleads guilty to molesting brothers

      [1970s, 1990s Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. Convicted, allowed to continue. 2 boys+. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Chicago Tribune, By Hal Dardick, April 26, 2007
       JOLIET (IL) -- A 77-year-old Carmelite priest from Joliet pleaded guilty today to sexually molesting two brothers in the 1990s, when they were young teenagers under his spiritual guidance.
       Under a deal worked out with the Will County state's attorney's office, Rev. Louis Rogge is expected to spend 30 days in jail and serve four years probation. The priest, who was convicted of child molestation in Georgia in the 1970s and has not been in ministry since 2002, will have to register as a sex offender.
       After accepting Rogge's guilty plea to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt ordered a sex-offender evaluation of Rogge and set sentencing for July 26.

    Putnam man sentenced for sexual abuse of teen cousin

      [~ 2006 Casto*] - Christian. Teenage girl.
       The Charleston Gazette, by Alison Knezevich, ~ April 26, 2007
       WINFIELD (WV) – A Putnam County man will spend up to five years in jail for forcing his teen cousin to strip naked last year so he could photograph and assault her in front of her 2-year-old nephew, a judge ruled Thursday.
       Putnam Circuit Judge Ed Eagloski gave Paul E. Casto, 63, of Hometown, an indeterminate sentence of one to five years for first-degree sexual abuse. Casto, a taxidermist and former pastor, pleaded no contest to the charge in February.
       At Casto's sentencing, defense attorney Greg Campbell tried to make a case for home confinement instead of jail because Casto's wife was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 26, 2007 7:40 PM]
       [LOOKBACK: Feb 13, 07   ENDS.]

    Once-rebel Newport priest quits as rector

      [? 2000s Bunyan] - Episcopalian. Woman.
       Los Angeles Times By H.G. Reza, April 26, 2007
       NEWPORT BEACH (CA) -- A conservative Episcopal priest who helped lead a 2004 revolt against the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles over homosexuality has resigned as rector of a Newport Beach church after a female parishioner complained about unwanted attention from the married clergyman.
       The Rev. Praveen Bunyan, who ministered at St. James Church, resigned last week after confessing to "inappropriate conduct" with the woman, said church spokeswoman Karen Bro. Church officials declined to identify the woman, but another priest said there was no sexual contact involved.
       "He was taken by her, but thank goodness it didn't go any further than that," said the Rev. Canon David C. Anderson. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 26, 2007 8:17 AM]

    Boy 'prayed after vicar's abuse'

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 7 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       BBC News, ~ April 26, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A boy told a jury he prayed for the "strength and courage" to expose the Somerset priest who had allegedly sexually abused him.
       The 13-year-old told Bristol Crown Court the Rev David Smith had taken advantage of him after he joined the choir at St John's in Clevedon.
       He said the vicar had kissed him and abused him after inviting him to the vicarage for roast dinners.

    Parents Upset Over Re-Hiring Of Former Priest

      [Durante] - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       CBS 4, ~ April 26, 2007
       FT. LAUDERDALE (FL) -- Parents of students who attend a Fort Lauderdale Catholic high school are up in arms that a former priest, who retired from his job at the school as a guidance counselor amid questions about his alleged involvement in past sex-abuse incidents, has been hired back at the school.
       Ernest Durante, 68, left St. Thomas Aquinas High School last December after it was discovered that his name was in a 2005 grand jury report on priest sex abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
       St. Thomas Aquinas High School parents were upset when they discovered that the school had re-hired Durante as a consultant.

    Ore. man sues Archdiocese of Omaha

      [Lucas] - RCC. Boy.
       KGW, ~ April 26, 2007
       OMAHA, Neb. -- A former parishioner from Oregon filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Omaha, alleging the archdiocese allowed him to be abused as a teenager by a priest and tried to conceal it.
       The lawsuit, brought by 41-year-old Cary Claar of Springfield, alleges Father Duane Lucas sexually abused Claar for several years starting around 1978, when Claar was 12 or 13 years old.
       The archdiocese knew or should have known Lucas was a pedophile, and "made no meaningful effort" to restrict his access to children or monitor his behavior, said attorneys Maren Lynn Chaloupka and Kelly Clark in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

    Pastor Sentenced on Sex Abuse Charges in Putnam County

      [~ 2006 Casto*] - Christian. Teenage girl.
       The State Journal, by Nicky Walters, ~ April 26, 2007
       WINFIELD (WV) -- A judge on Thursday sentenced a Putnam County pastor who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing his 17-year-old cousin.
       Paul Casto, 63, was accused of taking sexual pictures of his cousin after forcing her to take her clothes off.
       Casto said the victim isn't telling the whole truth.

    New archbishop is a great organizer and planner!

      - RCC.
       City Pages, ~ April 26, 2007
       MINNESOTA -- When the best your coworkers can say is that you're "capable," you may not be right for the job. That "c"-word is the adjective current Archbishop Harry Flynn bestowed on comer John Nienstedt, currently the Catholic potentate of New Ulm. To be fair, in the Pi Press's revealing story, Flynn used the intensifier "such a"--as in "such a ninny," but with the words "capable bishop" used instead.
       Reverend Philip M. Schotzko of St. Peter chimes in with exceptional enthusiasm that, "he considers him 'a good organizer and planner and administrator.'" ...
       In case you missed the coverage, here are some things that Twin Cities Catholics can look forward to after Neinstedt gets his promotion: ...
       The sexual abuse scandal in the clergy is often a problem of false accusations: "What is of immediate concern, I believe, is a social climate that presumes every unsubstantiated charge is necessarily [true]. I remember well the months after the late Cardinal Bernardin was publicly accused. Day after day, the press followed him wherever he went. The pressure must have been enormous. Then came the hour when his accuser confessed that he was mistaken. All's well that ends well, but what about the suffering needlessly endured in the meantime?"

    Why so much attention to Cardinal Egan's unnamed critics?

      - RCC.
       The Journal News, By MARK MCCABE, April 26, 2007
       NEW YORK -- The officers and members of Division 5 Ancient Order of Hibernians as Catholic laymen take offense at the continued defamation of the spiritual leader of our Catholic archdiocese, Cardinal Edward Egan, in The Journal News, particularly as expressed in the reporting of Gary Stern.
       Three front-page articles based on an anonymous letter supposedly written by disaffected clergy was the basis for the slander this past fall. To date, several months later, no clergyman or individual has acknowledged authoring the charges. Would The Journal News have run these kinds of charges on any other religious leader in America? They never have and even serious moral lapses of religious leaders do not receive this kind of coverage.
       Stern and The Journal News on April 2 ("Retirement watch begins as Egan hits 75") once again attack our archdiocesan spiritual leader. In this instance, the cover is a report on a routine administrative requirement that all bishops submit a retirement letter to the Vatican at age 75.

    Rector of OC church resigns, cites "inappropriate" conduct

      [? 2000s Bunyan] - Episcopalian. Opposed "gay" policy and doctrine - but woman trouble.
       San Francisco Chronicle, AP, Thursday, April 26, 2007
       NEWPORT BEACH (CA), (AP)-- An Episcopalian priest who broke with the national church over its views on homosexuality and faith resigned as head of a Newport Beach parish after admitting he engaged in "inappropriate conduct" with a woman parishioner.
       The Rev. Praveen Bunyan stepped down as head rector of St. James Anglican Church last week, church officials said.
       The married priest acknowledged "inappropriate conduct" with the woman, church spokeswoman Karen Bro said.

    Archdiocese cuts $2m from deficit

      - RCC. US$250,000 salaries x 2!
       The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff | April 26, 2007
       BOSTON (MA) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston still faces significant financial challenges five years after the sexual abuse crisis erupted, but has been making slow progress, in large part by selling real estate and cutting staff, church officials said yesterday.
       The archdiocese, for the second year in a row, published on its website a raft of financial information, including annual financial reports for the archdiocesan administration, as well as for dozens of related Catholic organizations.
       This year's disclosure was more extensive than last year's. Among the additions: The archdiocese released the salaries of its top employees, which range from $23,771 for Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley to $250,000 each to the archdiocese's top fund-raiser and chief financial officer.

    Molester says he hid ties to victim from church brass

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       WTNH, AP, Posted 9:15 PM, Apr. 25, 2007
       MINEOLA (NY) (AP) -- A former Long Island youth minister testified today that he never told parish leaders about the close friendship he developed with the family of a teenager he was sexually seducing.
       Matthew Maiello of Stamford, Connecticut, also testified that he seduced and raped his victims, despite an order from the pastor of St. Raphael's Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow, New York, to limit his physical contact with youths to a handshake.
       Two former teenagers, a man and a woman, both 23, who were sexually abused by Maiello are suing him, St. Raphael's, its pastor, the Reverend Thomas Haggerty, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre for $150 million.

    Witness Says Sex Offender Filled Role of a Father

      [1990s-2000s Mr Maiello] - RCC. Boy and girl.
       The New York Times, By BRUCE LAMBERT, Published April 26, 2007
       GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 25 – The witness recalled his troubles as a shy teenager with an alcoholic father and few friends, who cut classes and drank. Then a church youth director, Matthew Maiello, came into his life and steered him on a righteous path, he testified, transforming him with a sense of purpose, achievement and self-worth.
       "This was the guy that was kind of replacing my dad and guiding me through things," the witness said in State Supreme Court here on Wednesday. "It was just overwhelmingly good. It was incredible."
       But when the witness resumes his testimony in a civil trial here on Monday, he is expected to tell the dark side of their relationship: sexual abuse. The young man and a young woman have said that Mr. Maiello induced them in the late 1990s to have sex with each other and with him, often videotaping their activities, and they are suing him, the Roman Catholic parish that employed him, its pastor and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

    Judge has denied request to resume construction projects at several parishes

      - RCC.
       North County Times, ~ April 26, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- A judge has denied an emergency request to resume construction projects at several parishes that were suspended after the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego filed for bankruptcy, it was reported Wednesday.
       Attorneys for the Organization of Parishes, formed recently to represent the interests of the diocese's 98 parishes, filed the emergency motion Monday asking bankruptcy Judge Louise DeCarl Adler to allow about $122,500 per day to be spent on seven projects between now and May 8, when a hearing is set on the matter.
       The attorneys argued the projects had been "abruptly stopped ... causing damages which increase each day construction is suspended," The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

    CofE 'was warned of choirmaster's abuse'

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. Boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       Telegraph, By Natalie Paris and agencies, Last Updated: 11:20am BST April/26/2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A former choirmaster for the Church of England went on to abuse children for years despite his behaviour being brought to the attention of the church.
       Peter Halliday, 61, was today jailed for two-and-a-half years at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to abusing children between 1985 and 1990.
       The CofE received a complaint about Halliday, the organist and choirmaster at St Peter's Church, Farnborough, Hampshire, from a boy's family in 1990.

    Child protection is our priority, says Church of England

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday* + another] - Church of England. Minors.
       Ekklesia, By staff writers, Apr 26, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- The Church of England has this morning stressed its practical commitment to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children within the church community – following allegations in Bristol Crown Court that it failed to stop the alleged abuse of young boys after receiving complaints about a priest, and similar claims by the BBC in the case of a choirmaster.
       The BBC Radio 4 Today programme says it has learned that Peter Halliday from Hampshire, who will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to abusing choirboys over a period of five years, admitted his offences 17 years ago.
       A Church of England spokesperson told Ekklesia that "a fuller, statement on the Halliday case will follow later this morning from the Diocese of Guildford, after sentencing."
       The separate case against a Somerset vicar, being heard in Bristol, is still in process. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 26, 2007 7:52 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu April 26, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    • The church, holiness and sex; AND, What's happening to our priests? 
    From the Editor’s Desk

    The church, holiness and sex

     
       National Catholic Reporter, http://ncr online.org/ NCR_Online/ archives2/ 2007b/042707/ 042707b.htm , (Sighted Apr 26, 07) Issue April 27, 2007
       Claire Schaeffer-Duffy often writes on issues of war and peace, so, I admit, I was somewhat surprised when she turned in a story about consecrated virgins. (See story)
       I didn't know it was a movement of any significance, thinking it a category of Christian life that existed solely in literature about saints of bygone ages.
       I will admit, too, a certain jaded thinking about what I considered the church's obsession with virginity or, more generally, with not having sex.
       I happened to be in Rome in the early 1990s, the very week that the late Pope John Paul II released his personal reflection on women. I got an advance copy, read it and then handed it on to someone in the religious house where I was staying. It is enough to characterize the general reaction to that reflection by saying that when at the house, I could know where the pamphlet was by the howls of disapproval. This group of clerics, at least, wasn't too keen on the pope's ideas about women.
       I also recall that the two nuns enlisted to take questions during a news conference on the pope's new work, Spanish and French as I remember, managed to bring every answer back to the importance of virginity. No matter what the topic of the question, the answer almost invariably involved a discourse on the importance of virginity. And of course, there wasn't any woman enlisted to take questions who was married and evidently had had sex.
       Was it possible, I had to ask on another occasion, that saintly married couples were in such short supply that the pope had to find a husband and wife who were distinctive because at one point in their shared lives they decided to live as celibates?
       And then there was the time John Paul was addressing a group of nuns. Noting that they had given up the chance for motherhood, he told them he considered theirs a superior maternity because, even in their celibate state, they would care for so many.
       I showed my wife, the mother of four, the pope's assessment, breaking it to her that while her "maternity" may have been significant, it wasn't "superior." I'll leave her response unwritten.
       I concede all that is a rather flip reading of events, but it's no secret that the church has fostered, for many of the wrong reasons, a kind of division of goodness and the possibility of holiness on the basis of whether one engages in sex. Simultaneously the church encourages married people to have children and gives voice to all manner of noble notions about marriage.
       It's strange.
       However, I found Claire's story a fascinating look at a group of women who -- whatever one's opinion of the theology behind the movement -- are obviously smart, articulate, remarkably dedicated and thoroughly engaged in the realities of the day.
       They show that we are called in many different ways.
       ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
       What's happening to our priests?
       It's a fair question. No matter how much one might wish for a change in the ordained ministry to include married men or women or both, the fact is that at the moment the priesthood is exclusively celibate males, and many are serving under severe strain. Part of the strain, of course, is because of declining numbers and increased demands.
       Not a small part of the strain for some results from the clergy abuse crisis.
       NCR arguably has spent more ink and pages on the clergy sex abuse crisis than any other publication since we first broke the story in 1984. Yet nagging questions of justice continue to pester the community and perhaps none is more significant than the question of justice for priests. Joe Feuerherd explores some dimensions of the problem in a story on in today's issue. (See story) It is a difficult tale to tell because priests in the midst of canonical processes are reluctant to talk. Others are reluctant to criticize a system that too often appears arbitrary and even capricious and is made all the more difficult to assess because much of the deliberation occurs in secret.
       We'll follow next week with a story by Emiliano Huet-Vaughn that looks at the morale of priests and how their lives and ministry have changed and been reshaped as a result of the abuse crisis. #
    http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm#church
       [COMMENT:   Well, except for a few texts that might have been late entries into the New Testament, most of the Bible seems to have a healthy regard for heterosexual sex, and according to some, has a preference for marriage (with polygamy seemingly approved for centuries in Judaism).  Virginity doesn't seem to figure in the divine promise of a reward to see your children's children unto the third and fourth generation!  ENDS.] [Issue Apr 27, 07]

    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Fri April 27, 2007 edition:


    • Bulgarian Priest Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Underage Girl

      [Clergyman -NEW*] - Christian. Girl. Bulgaria flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Sofia News Agency, www.novinite. com/view_ news.php? id=79939 , Friday, April 27, 2007
       BULGARIA -- A Bulgarian clergyman was arrested Friday for the sexual abuse with an underage girl in the town of Parvomai, Darik News reported.
       The 55-year-old man was the parish priest of three villages around the town. A complaint against him was lodged in the local court, which states he abused sexually a 13-year-old girl.

    Kluk case priest lied 'to his own God' on hidden church hatch, says parishioner

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       The Scotsman, By JOHN ROBERTSON, LAW CORRESPONDENT, ~ April 27, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- THE priest at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial was accused yesterday by a parishioner of lying to a jury and to "his own God".
       Father Gerry Nugent, 63, had said in evidence that he did not know of a hatch in the floor of St Patrick's Church, Glasgow, down which the body of the murdered Polish student had been hidden.
       However, Sarah Howie insisted that he had known about it, "without a shadow of a doubt". She also dismissed Fr Nugent's claim that there had been a sexual relationship between them. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 PM]

    Priest victims hope for historic decision

      [2 priests of Milwaukee Archdiocese] - RCC. 4 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, By TOM HEINEN, theinen@journalsentinel.com , Posted: April 27, 2007
       WAUTOMA, Wisconsin -- In a case that could have broad impact, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments this week over whether four men who say they were sexually abused as minors should be able to sue the Archdiocese of Milwaukee decades later on allegations of fraudulent coverups and negligent supervision of two priests.
       If the seven justices overturn the lower court dismissals of their lawsuits, the men would be able to seek some internal church documents and request trials in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
       The Legislature changed state law in 2004 to make it easier for childhood victims to sue clergy and the religious institutions that supervise them for future acts of sexual abuse, but three decisions by the state Supreme Court in 1995 and 1997 have continued to make it virtually impossible for victims to sue for molestation that occurred many years ago.

    Boy was 'centre of vicar's life'

      [< 30yrs David Smith] - Church of England. 6 boys. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   Malta flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       BBC News, ~ April 27, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A vicar accused of abusing young boys told a teenager he was the "centre of his life" in a series of emotional letters, Bristol Crown Court heard.
       The Rev David Smith, 52, vicar for St John's, Clevedon, wrote to the boy when he ignored his calls, the jury heard.
       "Obviously the centre of your world has moved from a middle-aged vicar to a 19-year-old nubile girl," one read.

    A crusade against abuse

      - Presbyterians.
       Intelligencer Journal, By Lori Van Ingen, Apr 27, 2007
       LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania. -- The "death of a soul" is how Pat and Lou Serrano describe what happened to their son, Mark, and to other children sexually abused by priests.
       The Serranos, of Mendham, N.J., told their son's story to about 20 people Thursday night at Highland Presbyterian Church at a meeting of Parents Reaching Out to Parents of Sexually Exploited Children.
       "He was a lovely, sweet, innocent boy," Pat said. "We lost him when he was 9. We never saw him again. We have a wonderful son now, but we never saw that happy-go-lucky boy again."
       Many years later, the Serranos found out their son was violated repeatedly by their priest from the time he was 9 years old until he was 16.

    Fr. Katinas Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Hits

      [Katinas*] - Greek Orthodox. 3 minors.
       Orthodox Reform, ~ April 27, 2007
       DALLAS (TX) -- Two alleged victims of Fr. Katinas have today filed a lawsuit seeking reparations including punitive damages to deter future such abuses in the Greek Orthodox Church. A third alleged victim, not part of the suit but referred to as 'DZ', gives testimony to their nightmare of abuse.
       The abuses described by one of the plaintiffs occurred numerous times on church property:
       The abominations described herein involved hundreds of acts of sexual perversion over approximately three years, usually every Sunday before or after mass.

    Ex-pastor admits to child sex charges in Smith County

      [? 2000s Hall] - Christian. Grandson (7).
       WDAM, ~ April 27, 2007
       MISSISSIPPI -- A former youth minister and pastor has pleaded guilty to one count of gratification of lust in Smith County Circuit Court, says District Attorney Eddie Bowen.
       Ralph Hall was accused of sexually abusing his then 7-year-old grandson, Bowen said. Bowen said Hall entered the plea Thursday.
       "It saves the family from having to go through the embarrassment and it prevents the kid from having to testify. That's always good because sometimes children don't know how to react to things like this," Bowen said Friday.

    People in pews, church leaders, react to ruling

      [50yrs Portland Archdiocese] - RCC.
       Catholic Sentinel, Apr/27/2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- An ordeal is over for victims of child sexual abuse and Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland, says a Catholic military chaplain and leader in Oregon's ecumenical movement.
       "No one of us in the archdiocese is so presumptuous as to think that this settlement will bring an end to the suffering of those injured," says Father Rick Sirianni, discussing last week's court approval of a plan to end the Archdiocese of Portland's 33-month bankruptcy. "It is more likely the case that the settlement is merely the first step in bringing some closure and healing to the pain they have experienced over many years."
       The pastor of St. Henry Parish in Gresham, Father Sirianni says he is grateful for the Catholic community itself.

    State law, prevailing opinion, exacerbated liability

      [50yrs Portland Archdiocese] - RCC. 140 claims settled.
       Catholic Sentinel, by Ed Langlois, Apr/27/2007
       PORTLAND (OR) -- Lawyers defending the Archdiocese of Portland against allegations of child sexual abuse had to get through a thicket created by Oregon law and culture.
       Few if any other states have such a combination of statutes and anti-establishment opinion making it so hard for employers with a worker accused of sexual misconduct.
       Here are some of the factors:
  • Employers can be held liable for acts of abuse by their employees more easily in Oregon than in any other state. A 1999 case in the Oregon Supreme Court, Fearing vs. Bucher, established automatic vicarious liability for Oregon employers. In most states, supervisors are liable only if they received prior notice that the worker had misbehaved in the past. It was no coincidence that sex abuse suits against the archdiocese began coming in shortly after that ruling. Between 2000 and 2004, the archdiocese settled 140 claims.

    Lawsuit alleges sex abuse by priest

      [~ 1980s-90s Unnamed priest] - RCC. Male.
       The Register-Guard By Rebecca Nolan Friday, April 27, 2007
       SPRINGFIELD (OR) -- A Springfield man is suing the Archdiocese of Omaha, alleging that he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest nearly 30 years ago.
       Cary Claar, 41, asserts in a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Nebraska that the archdiocese knew of the priest's alleged abuse and that church officials, including some in Portland, worked to cover it up.
       Reached at home Thursday, he declined to comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of income, health care costs and attorney fees.

    Murder jury told Angelika priest 'lied'

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers. United Kingdom flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Scotland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Poland flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       Glasgow Evening Times ~ April 27, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- THE priest who had sex with Angelika Kluk knew about a trapdoor in the church floor where her body was found, a murder trial heard today.
       Father Gerry Nugent, 63, has told the High Court in Edinburgh he didn't know about the hole in the floor of his church where the 23-year-old Polish student's body was found.
       But today parishioner Sarah Howie, 45, of Shawlands, Glasgow, told jurors the priest was wrong.
       Mrs Howie claimed Father Gerry knew seven or eight years ago about the trapdoor in the then bare floor which, last September, became the entrance to Angelika's temporary tomb.

    Latest: Angelika trial told priest was "liar and sex pest"

      - RCC. [2006 Mr Tobin*] - Woman dead. [- ~ 2006 Fr Nugent*] - 2 lovers.
       The Herald, ~ April 27, 2007
       SCOTLAND -- The priest who claimed he had an affair with murder victim Angelika Kluk was a liar and a sex pest, a parishioner has claimed in court.
       Father Gerry Nugent, 63, has told the High Court in Edinburgh he did not know about the hole in the floor of his church where the Polish student's body was found.
       The former parish priest also claimed a sexual relationship with parishioner Sarah Howie - before back-tracking and telling the trial he meant only intimacy but not sexual intercourse.
       On Friday mother-of-two Mrs Howie, 45, of Shawlands, Glasgow, told jurors that the priest was wrong on both counts.

    Judge slams affidavit errors

      - General community. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Standard Freeholder, by Terri Saunders, Friday, April 27, 2007
       CANADA -- A judge berated a lawyer representing victims at the Cornwall Public Inquiry Thursday for not ensuring affidavits filed with the commission were accurate.
       Comm. Normand Glaude told Dallas Lee he wasn't interested in hearing excuses for why a number of victim-sworn affidavits contain errors. "We are dealing with a law firm that purports to act in the best interests of these people, and we have people that are swearing affidavits," said Glaude. "I want . . . to bring home to your clients and to your firm that this type of thing cannot happen again."
       Last month, errors were identified in at least two affidavits filed with the inquiry on behalf of members of The Victims Group who are represented at the inquiry by lawyers from the London, Ont.-based law firm Ledroit Beckett. In one case, the affidavit incorrectly named a priest as a perpetrator of abuse when no allegation had been made against the priest by that particular individual, a witness identified at the inquiry as C-10.

    Vermont priest to change plea in sex case

      [2005 Nichols *] - RCC. Teenage male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Burlington Free Press, Friday, April 27, 2007
       ST. ALBANS (VT) $#8211; A priest whose sex case was to go to trial next month has requested a change-of-plea hearing.
       The Rev. Stephen J. Nichols, 47, pleaded not guilty last September to allegations that he fondled a naked 18-year-old. He is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, the only current Vermont priest facing a felony charge.
       His trial was set for May 9. But a change-of-plea hearing has been scheduled for Monday in Vermont District Court in St. Albans.

    Scandal erupts over Jesus seminar speaker

      [Beutner] - Christian. Allegations. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Medicine Hat News, By ANGUS HENDERSON, Apr 27, 2007
       CANADA -- A storm of controversy erupted over the Jesus Seminar on the Road Thursday when two U.S. organizations objected to a retired American priest being one of two presenters, because of unproven allegations of sexual abuse.
       Former priest Edward Beutner is scheduled to speak at the two-day seminar starting Friday at All Saints Anglican Church in Medicine Hat.
       The seminar explores what has been learned about the historical Jesus over the years through the Bible and other historical documents.
       An organization called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held two press conferences in Wisconsin in places where the former priest worked and decried the fact that his bishop hadn't informed Medicine Hat and area residents of the allegations.

    Diocese honored victim's wishes

      - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Des Moines Register, April 27, 2007
       DES MOINES (IA) -- After working hard to make sure we provided accurate and clear information to the Register, I was dismayed to find a headline that not only was misleading, but could encourage people to refrain from coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by priests.
       "Diocese Withheld Details of Abuse, Critics Say," April 18, suggests that in some way the diocese was trying to protect itself. That suggestion would be completely inaccurate.
       Yes, the diocese withheld information that would identify a victim at the victim's request. In fact, even the school president was quoted as saying he did not know details of the allegation. This is a testament to the extent to which the diocese honored the victim's request.

    Parishes prepare for safe environment audit

      - RCC.
      The Tidings, April 27, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- This summer the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops will begin its 2007 Safe Environment Parish Audit throughout the country.
       Each parish/school site will have to demonstrate that they have implemented the list of requirements necessary in order to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
       The Charter, which was approved by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in June 2002, and revised in June 2005, is the guiding vision to help the faithful create a safe environment for children and young people, and to protect young people from child sexual abuse.

    Project Truth inquiry judge unloads on lawyer

      - General community. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Ottawa Sun, CP, April 27, 2007
       CORNWALL, Canada $#8211; A judge berated a lawyer representing victims at an inquiry probing the institutional response to allegations of systemic sexual abuse in the Cornwall area for not ensuring affidavits filed with the commission were accurate.
       Commissioner Normand Glaude told Dallas Lee he wasn't interested in hearing excuses for why a number of victim-sworn affidavits contain errors.
       "We are dealing with a law firm that purports to act in the best interests of these people, and we have people that are swearing affidavits," Glaude said Thursday. "I want ... to bring home to your clients and to your firm that this type of thing cannot happen again."

    Priest accused of abusing boys pleads guilty to sex abuse

      [1996, 1999 Rogge] - RCC. 2 boys. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       ABC 13, Apr/27/07
       JOLIET, IL -- A Catholic priest previously convicted of child molestation has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two teenage brothers in the 1990s.
       Louis Rogge, 76, of Joliet pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Under a deal with prosecutors, he will likely serve 30 days in jail and four years of probation. He had faced a sentence of three to seven years in prison.
       The Will County State's Attorney's office accused Rogge of abusing the first boy in 1996, when he was 15, and the second in 1999, when he also was 15.

    I'm sorry but an apology was what we all expected

      - Church of England. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       The Times, Thunderer, by Mary Ann Sieghart, ~ April 27, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- Turn on the Today programme, and most days you will hear some stonewalling corporate affairs sap, who has undergone "media training" and been told to stick to his script no matter what. It always makes me splutter into my coffee.
       Asked to defend the leaking of an oil pipeline, he will say: "The important thing is that best-practice policies are in place to ensure that clean-up procedures are strictly adhered to, and we at Polluting Petroleum want to assure you that we have the best interests of local people at heart."
       Translation: they're covered in oil and their crops are ruined, but I don't suppose many of them have shares in PP or will make a fuss at the AGM. As long as we get through today, we'll be OK.
       You might expect such flannelling from business people and politicians. But from the Church of England? Surely not. Yet yesterday produced the worst splutterfest ever.
       The hapless spokeswoman was the Rev Pearl Luxon. She had been put up by the Church to talk about its role in failing to prevent a paedophile choirmaster, Peter Halliday, from abusing children. As one of the victims said: "When your first sexual experience is of a 40-year-old man forcing himself on you, it's pretty horrific." But the Church told neither the police nor social services and simply asked Halliday to leave.

    Pervert Protected By Church

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. 3 boys (9-14).
       Mirror, By Richard Smith, Richard.Smith@Mirror.Co.Uk, Apr/27/2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A PERVERT choirmaster who abused three boys cheated justice for 17 years because cynical, self-serving Church bosses decided not to turn him in.
       And Church of England spokesman Rev Mark Rudall cravenly tried to justify their actions yesterday, saying: "What was done was the way things happened in those days."
       Paedophile Peter Halliday - described as a "revolting, fierce bully" - cruelly abused three boys aged nine to 14 between 1985 and 1990. Some were assaulted up to 30 times. And there may be scores more victims.

    Church Blamed As Choirmaster Pervert Is Jailed

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. 3 boys (9-14).
       Daily Express, By David Pilditch, Friday April 27,2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- THE Church of England was accused yesterday of cover­ing up child sex abuse.
       The claim came after a paedophile choirmaster escaped justice for 17 years because officials refused to report him.
       Peter Halliday, 61, admitted he had sexually abused young boys after one of his ­victims raised the alarm.

    Church 's 17yr paedo cover-up

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. 3 choir boys (9-14).
       The Sun, By JAMIE PYATT, April 27, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- THE Church of England was blasted yesterday over a cover-up that protected a paedophile choirmaster from justice for 17 years.
       The row came as depraved Peter Halliday, 61, was jailed for 2½ years for sexually assaulting at least three choirboys on dozens of occasions.
       Attacks went on for five years. But the court heard that when a 13-year-old eventually told a vicar about his ordeal, the Church decided NOT to inform police.

    Local Diocese to make fundraising push

      - RCC seeking US$1m. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       KXLY, by Erik Loney / KXLY4 Reporter, Last updated 08:19:54 PM, Thursday, April 26th, 2007
       SPOKANE (WA) -- In an effort to pay off numerous expenses, the Catholic churches in the Spokane area will be relying on fundraising and church members to help out.
       Starting in May, local catholic churches will take steps to raise more than $10 million to pay bankruptcy, attorney fees and victims of priest sexual abuse.
       This fundraising campaign is being called, "From Justice to Healing and Renewal," and the church hopes that people will step forward to help out their institutions.

    Forgive, forget and forgo censorship

     
       North County Times, By DAVE VAN HOOMISSEN - Commetary, ~ April 27, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- We gratefully congratulate the Hon. Robert H. Brom, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego, for his courageous public admission to our congregation Sunday of widespread sexual abuse among his clergy that has caused bewilderment in the consciences of those who trust our church to be a leader in truth. It is a shocker of a revelation.
       But the real shocker should be that it has all been so unnecessary. It never should have happened -- never would have happened -- except that it was born in a culture of secrecy and censorship that we now have hope will hereafter be exiled to the history of the Middle Ages, where it was born.
       Let's look briefly at the roots of this cancer on the integrity of the Catholic Church as we proceed to excise it and move on to the great work that the Body of Christ is among us to unfold. It is the teaching of the church itself that the clergy are mere men -- just like ourselves -- and that they will be tempted to yield to the flesh just as we are all tempted -- and they will sometimes yield. This is where our complicity comes in.

    Priest set to change plea in abuse case Monday

      [2005 Nichols*] - RCC. Teenage male.
       Rutland Herald, By KEVIN O'CONNOR, April 27, 2007
       VERMONT -- A Vermont priest placed on leave after saying he was not guilty of a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct is scheduled to appear in court Monday to change his plea.
       The Rev. Stephen J. Nichols, 47, is set to appear in Franklin District Court in St. Albans in regard to allegations by the state attorney general's office that he fondled a naked 18-year-old man after taking him to Canada and buying him beer.
       In a court hearing last September, Nichols pleaded innocent, saying in paperwork that his accuser $#8211; a St. Johnsbury man identified only by his initials $#8211; "was the sexual aggressor and afterwards asked for money to keep quiet."

    Priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse

      [1970s, 1990s Rogge (Carmelite)] - RCC. Convicted, allowed to continue. 2 boys+.
       Daily Southtown, By Stewart Warren, April 26, 2007
       ILLINOIS -- An elderly Catholic priest pleaded guilty today to sexually abusing two boys in the 1990s.
       Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt seems inclined to send Louis P. Rogge, 76, a member of the Carmelite order, to jail. When the portly, gray-haired priest stood in his courtroom, the judge implied the state recommended a plea deal that didn't include jail or prison time. Schoenstedt indicated that he didn't agree.
       "I believe that there are reasons ... that I should and would impose a jail sentence," Schoenstedt said.

    Baltimore Roiled by Abuse Charge Against Late Rabbi

      [Years - Shapiro*]- Judaist (Orthodox). Many boys.
       The Jewish Daily Forward by Nathan Guttman | Fri. Apr 27, 2007
       BALTIMORE (MD) -- A series of exposés on sexual abuse at a well-known yeshiva is roiling the Baltimore Jewish community and inflaming the already strained relations between the local Jewish newspaper and the city's sizable Orthodox population.
       The controversy revolves around allegations in the Baltimore Jewish Times that the late principal of the Talmudical Academy, Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, may have molested Jewish students at the school and other youngsters who came to him for bar mitzvah classes.
       In the wake of the allegations, local Orthodox rabbis have delivered sermons on the need to speak out against abuse and do a better job of responding to allegations that do arise. At the same time, the articles have upset members of the city's Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox population who feel that the paper crossed the line by identifying Shapiro $#8211; almost two decades after his death.

    Agudath Israel Opposes Regulation Of Faith-Based Nursery Schools; Health Department Would Require Criminal Background Checks

      - Judaists.
       FailedMessiah The NY Sun reports: ~ April 27, 2007
       NEW YORK -- Several religious groups are fighting a health department proposal that for the first time would require permits for some faith-based nursery schools. ...
       Why the opposition from Agudah?
       "The concept of permitting is offensive to us because the permit process encompasses many things that relate to what actually takes place in the religious classroom," an executive vice president of Agudath Israel, David Zweibel, said. "Who is fit to be a teacher? How many students can there be in the classroom? Things that go to the autonomy of the educational experience, which to us in the religious community is a matter of religious freedom."
       Of course, it might just be that several haredi teachers would fail those background checks.
       Even after Baltimore and the various Brooklyn scandals, including the Rabbi Yehuda Kolko travesty, Agudath Israel has still not learned its lesson. As I have written many times, the only way thugs like Zwiebel will learn is if they are hit hard in the pocketbook or jailed.

    Nursery School Permit Plan Draws Outcry

      - Roman Catholics, Judaists and others oppose reform.
       The Sun By ELIZABETH SOLOMONT Special to the Sun April 25, 2007
       NEW YORK -- Several religious groups are fighting a health department proposal that for the first time would require permits for some faith-based nursery schools.
       Representatives of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Agudath Israel of America, among others, voiced their concerns at a public hearing April 19 on the health department's proposed amendments to article 47 of the city's health code, which regulates child care services.
       The measures, which officials said were designed to improve child safety, would require about 500 nursery programs to obtain city permits, meet certain education standards among teachers, and conduct criminal background checks on their employees for the first time. Currently, religious preschool programs that are attached to elementary schools are exempt from permit requirements, thanks to their longstanding "No Permit Required" status.

    Divisions over Church abuse case

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. 3 choir boys (9-14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       BBC News, ~ April 27, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- The revelation the Church of England failed to tell police about a former choirmaster who sexually abused children in the 1980s has been met with mixed reactions.
       The Church has defended its decision to let Peter Halliday leave the church "quietly" by saying this was the way things were done in the past.
       But child protection experts say the situation was "seriously mishandled" and the police should have been called.

    Statutes of limitations apply too soon for some victims

      United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Sun-Sentinel, by Howard Goodman, Published April 22, 2007
       FLORIDA -- Jeffrey Smith was just 10 years old when the abuse started, 13 when it ended.
       But the impact only grew.
       His mother first saw bad signs when her son was 17 and on an overnight trip with the Civil Air Patrol. Instead of sleeping outside, he locked himself in a car.
       He was afraid to be out there with the other boys, even though the abuse had taken place years before, by a man who taught an after-school class he no longer attended.

    Helping abusers

      - RCC.
       Sun-Sentinel by David Clohessy National Director, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP], St. Louis, MO, Posted April 26 2007
       FLORIDA -- Catholic officials have succeeded again in doing what they've done so well for so long in so many places -- blocking badly needed reforms in archaic, predator-friendly child sex abuse laws.
       Thanks to columnist Howard Goodman for pointing this sad fact out ("Statutes of limitations apply too soon for some victims," Sunday). [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri April 27, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    • Abuse of migrant kids 'covered up'.  [40yrs Fairbridge Farm Schools] - Unofficially Anglican. Former ABC head publishes. Children. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

    Abuse of migrant kids ‘covered up’

     
       The Weekend Australian, by Richard Guilliatt, p 9, April 28-29, 2007
       HUNDREDS of children were abused and neglected over four decades at a child-migrant farm in rural NSW but evidence of that abuse was withheld from government inquiries in Australia and Britain, according to a forthcoming book.
       The Forgotten Children, by David Hill, argues that an Australian children's charity, the Fairbridge Foundation, gave misleading evidence to a 2002 Senate inquiry when it claimed to be unaware of any improper or unlawful treatment of child migrants who lived at the Fairbridge Farm School in Molong, central NSW.
       The book says Fairbridge Foundation's archives contain extensive evidence of mistreatment, neglect or illegal conduct by the form's staff.
       Mr Hill, a child migrant who went on to become head of NSW railways, the ABC and Soccer Australia, called on the Fairbridge Foundation to confront the evidence in its files and abandon its policy of refusing compensation to people who say they were traumatised by their experiences at the farm.
       Fairbridge Farm School was established in 1938 by a British charity, the Fairbridge Society, as a place where poor British children could be sent for education and training.
       Approximately 1000 children passed through the school until it closed in 1974, including Mr Hill and two of his brothers.
       Until now the Fairbridge scheme has been portrayed as among the best of the much-criticised British child-migrant schemes.
       Fairbridge officials in Britain told a 1998 House of Commons inquiry they had no records of abuse occurring after 1938, and officials from the Fairbridge Foundation in Australia told a Senate inquiry into child migration they were unaware of any improper or unsafe treatment of the children at Molong.
       Mr Hill said he was shocked, after being granted access to Fairbridge's archives in Britain and Australia, to discover that both claims were false.
       He said reports of violent punishments, sexual abuse, neglect, substandard hygiene or inadequate food were made over several decades, and caused British officials to briefly black-ban Fairbridge in 1956.
       The ban was lifted because of lobbying from the Fairbridge Society, whose chairman was the Duke of Gloucester.
       Mr Hill said the documents corroborated the first-person accounts of 40 former Fairbridge children who told him of extreme deprivation, sexual abuse and brutal punishments during their childhoods.
       The chairman of the Fairbridge Foundation, John Kennedy, told The Weekend Australian he had not read Mr Hill's book and therefore found it difficult to comment.
       Mr Kennedy, who was not chairman at the time of the 2002 Senate inquiry, said he was unaware of any files in the organisation's archives that would contradict Fairbridge's testimony to that inquiry.
       Mr Hill said he was incredulous at this claim, as he had notified Mr Kennedy three weeks ago that such material existed, and had arranged for a CD-ROM containing some of the files to be sent to him.
       "I would like to see Fairbridge, even at this late stage, pull their heads out of the sand and acknowledge that a lot of damage was done to a lot of kids and take some responsibility for that," he said.
    Inquirer – Page 23
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    [April 28-29, 2007]

    • Abuse was their single lesson.  [40yrs Fairbridge Farm Schools] - Unofficially Anglican. Former ABC head publishes. Children. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

    Abuse was their single lesson

     
       The Weekend Australian, by Richard Guilliatt, p 23, April 28-29, 2007
       Former ABC chief David Hill's investigations into the Fairbridge farm school uncovered forced labour and educational deprivation, writes Richard Guilliat
       LAST year, while researching a book on the British child migration scheme that brought him to Australia as a 12-year-old, David Hill stumbled across the first evidence of what he regards as a long-suppressed scandal.
       Combing through the Sydney archives of Fairbridge Council, the Australian charity that operated the child-migrant farm in rural NSW on which Hill grew up, he came across a 50-year-old volume of meeting records.
       Opening it, he read a passage revealing that in 1956 the charity had been informed its children were "educationally retarded". The passage jolted Hill, because only three years after those records were written, in 1959, he and his two brothers had been sent by their mother on a ship from Britain to Australia on a promise that Fairbridge would provide the boys with a fine education and the possibility of a university degree.
       That promise, Hill realised, had been a lie. In fact, he and his brothers were being consigned to a place where deprivation and forced labour were the norm, damaging many Fairbridge children well into adulthood.
       Since that day in the Fairbridge archives, Hill has uncovered a raft of even more damning revelations about the farms, which have until now been portrayed as one of the most successful of the British child-migrant schemes that operated last century.
       His new book, The Forgotten Children (Random House) shows that the appalling slave-labour conditions, endemic abuses and abysmal educational achievements of these farms were so well known that they were black-listed by British authorities in 1956, a black list that was quietly buried after Fairbridge engaged in behind-the-scenes political lobbying. He also asserts that the Fairbridge organisations gave false testimony to parliamentary inquiries in Britain and Australia when they claimed they were unaware of any unlawful or abusive incidents at their institutions in the postwar years.
       "I always had the view that you could at least say Fairbridge was well-intentioned and that you could give the benefit of the doubt to those who drove the scheme, that they didn't know it was an appalling failure," Hill said this week at his Sydney home. "But they did know. They continued to dispatch poor little children to a scheme that they were made aware was fundamentally flawed. And that has made me angry. It has upset me more than anything I have ever done."
       It's ironic that Hill should be the man to deliver these revelations, because for years he has been held up as the Fairbridge success story. A former head of the ABC, Australian Soccer and the NSW State Rail Authority, Hill built an accomplished business career from the most deprived of beginnings. The son of a poverty-stricken single mother who tried to raise four boys on a domestic servant's income, he arrived in Australia with two siblings, twin brother Richard and 14-year-old Dudley, in 1959. [***]
    http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm#abusewas
    [April 28-29, 2007]

    • HILL, David, 2007, The Forgotten Children; Fairbridge Farm School and its betrayal of Australia's child migrants.
      - Unofficially Anglican.          
       AUSTRALIA and BRITAIN: The author, Mr David Hill, a British child migrant who went on to become head of NSW railways, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and Soccer Australia, called on the Fairbridge Foundation to confront the evidence in its files and abandon its policy of refusing compensation to people who say they were traumatised by their experiences at the Kingsley Fairbridge Farm Schools.
       Brutality is reported in several pages of the book, and sexual abuse on 16 different pages.
       With the help of his wife Ruby, in 1912 Kingsley Fairbridge opened the first Child Emigration Society Farm School in Pinjarra, 80km south of Perth, Western Australia.
       In January 1913 13 boys arrived from Britain, and a further 22 boys arrived in July. (p. 30)
       Mr Fairbridge had envisaged that each boy would leave the farm school with a sum of money and a land grant from the dominion government. (p. 30) (Just like the Bindoon legacy story, not one boy was set up on a farm.)
       Mr A.O.Neville, a Western Australian official, reported around 1913 that the conditions were primitive and the Pinjarra set-up was overcrowded and no real farming was being carried on, so it was not training children for farm work.
       In 1922 a former matron, Miss Williams Freeman, alleged maltreatment of the children at Pinjarra. (p 33) Kingsley Fairbridge sailed to London, where he successfully addressed criticism, and secured more funding.  He returned to Western Australia, but died of a tumour on July 24, 1924. (p 34)
       The Pinjarra farm school continued on, controlled by a British foundation and local management.
       Fairbridge Farm School near Molong NSW, in the vicinity of Orange, had been established in 1938.
       Approximately 1000 children passed through the school until it closed in 1974 (p 290), including Mr Hill and two of his brothers.
       Fairbridge officials in Britain told a 1998 House of Commons inquiry they had no records of abuse occurring after 1938, and officials from the Fairbridge Foundation in Australia told a Senate inquiry into child migration they were unaware of any improper or unsafe treatment of the children at Molong.
       Mr Hill said reports of violent punishments (e.g., with a cut-down hockey stick), sexual abuse, neglect, substandard hygiene or inadequate food were made over several decades, and caused British officials to briefly black-ban Fairbridge in 1956.
       The ban was lifted because of lobbying from the Fairbridge Society, whose chairman was the Duke of Gloucester.
       Another similar but differently-oriented farm school was opened in Rhodesia, the first children arriving in 1946. (p 38)
       There was little or no "parent-type" love or praise for the children, who seem to have spent more than 12 hours a day working, as well as trying to fit in schoolwork.
       Few ever seem to have a proper primary education, let alone secondary or tertiary.  David Hill, backed up by his mother and siblings, was one of the exceptions.
       A SHORTENED VERSION of this review is at Carnal Books # forgotten_children
       MORE DETAILS: Random House Australia, North Sydney; ISBN 978 1 74166 684 7; 362pp, soft covers, 15·5 x 23·5cm (6 x 9¼in), contents, index, endnotes, bibliography and further reading, photographs. (AUS$19.95)
       SEE ALSO "Abuse of migrant kids 'covered up'," and "Abuse was their single lesson," The Weekend Australian, April 28-29, 2007
    http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm#forgotten_children
    [2007]

    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sat April 28, 2007 edition:


    Priest sexually assaulted teen

      [1981-84 Cotter -NEW*] - RCC. Girl (< 14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags   England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       NW Evening Mail, Apr/28/2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- A 60-YEAR-OLD priest from Dalton faces jail for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
       Father Edmund Cotter, who is currently under suspension from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church, which is part of the Diocese of Lancaster, pleaded guilty to three charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday.
       The offences involved a girl under 14 and took place between February 1981 and December 1984 when Cotter was based at St Gregory's RC Church in Preston.

    More mental testing for priest facing sex charges

      [1985-87 Szantyr - NEW*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), By Gary V. Murray, gmurray@telegram.com , April 28, 2007
       WORCESTER (MA) $#8211; A retired priest found mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of sexually assaulting a child will undergo another psychiatric examination.
       The Rev. John Szantyr, 76, of Waterbury Conn., is awaiting trial in Central District Court on charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. The allegations date back to the mid-1980s, when Rev. Szantyr was assigned to Our Lady of Czestochowa parish on Ward Street.
       The assaults are alleged to have occurred from June 1, 1985, to Dec. 12, 1987. The alleged victim is now in his 20s.

    • Motion for Discovery Referee and to compel Roger Mahony to comply with discovery, both hearings May 16th as civil cases prepare for jury trials

      [2007 Cardinal Mahony] - RCC. Not facing the court.
       City of Angels, http://city ofangels3. blogspot. com/2007/04/ motion-to- compel- roger- mahony- to-comply. html ; ~ April 28, 2007
       (Calendar for next week listed below)
       LOS ANGELES (CA) -- It takes a court order to get Roger Mahony to comply with discovery law. On May 16th Katherine Freberg asks Judge Haley Fromholz to compel the archbishop to answer interrogatory questions and produce documents needed for the July 9 Hagenbach cases jury trial. In addition plaintiffs request a Discovery Referee in a hearing May 16th as every time plaintiffs try to depose a witness, the church blocks them.
       When Mahony did respond he gave this answer to almost every question: "Responding party responds that discovery is just commencing. Based on this, current lack of information responding party must respond that it denies this request." (Responding party must respond that he does not respond?)
       "Plaintiffs have filed numerous motions to compel due to Defense Counsel's egregious conduct," writes Tony DeMarco. "Repeatedly defendants have used the tactic of instructing witnesses not to answer appropriate questions designed to illicit information bearing on key elements of plaintiffs' cases. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM]

    Delbarton alumnus hasn't felt welcome since abuse claims

      - Christian.
       Daily Record, Saturday, April 28, 2007
       NEW JERSEY -- Bob Sheridan used to be known as Mr. Green Wave, a member of the Delbarton School Hall of Honor, a former lacrosse star who gave back to his alma mater, the school he loved.
       He planned class reunions, organized fundraisers, volunteered as an assistant lacrosse coach and gave up his Saturday nights a few months a year to coach indoor winter lacrosse. He felt so close to the Rev. Luke Travers, the headmaster, that he invited him to be his guest in 2001 when he was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
       Delbarton was in some ways Bob Sheridan's life -- until he publicly disclosed allegations five years ago that a former teacher who had been a monk and a deacon once tried to molest him. Since then, he has said over the years, he has not exactly felt welcome on campus.

    Experts: Focus on quality of safe environment programs

      - RCC.
       The Tidings By Nancy Frazier O'Brien April 27, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- Now that nearly every U.S. diocese has a safe environment program to protect children against sexual abuse, attention needs to be focused on the programs' quality and effectiveness, which vary widely, a panel of experts told participants at the National Catholic Educational Association convention.
       Two officials of the Boston Archdiocese, where the clergy sex abuse crisis first came to light, and a representative of a nonprofit group working to improve children's well-being addressed an April 12 workshop session at the NCEA convention in Baltimore.
       Teresa Kettlekamp, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Office of Child and Youth Protection, also was scheduled to be at the workshop but was snowbound in Chicago. Her section of the workshop was presented by the other panelists.

    16 months for church embezzler

      [Ms Lack] - Christian. 16mos prison. Money.
       Daily Journal, By Michelle Durand, ~ April 28, 2007
       BURLINGAME (CA) -- The Burlingame church volunteer accused of stealing $6,000 for a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay and drug store shopping spree was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to repay a number of victims, including those for whom she was not convicted.
       Jessica Corbyn Lack, 38, must serve at least half the sentence before being eligible for parole. She receives eight days credit toward her term and returns to court May 18 for a further restitution hearing. Amounts are still pending for a number of sources, including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Planet Pooch, Office Depot and Wells Fargo Bank. Some of them reimbursed the church after Lack's activities came to light.
       Other reported victims, such as the owner of the Cycle Shack in South San Francisco, disputed the amount they were owed, leading to a delay in Lack's sentence while the probation department prepared more restitution statements.

    Suit claims years of abuse by father

      [1985-95 Unnamed minister] - Jehovah's Witnesses. Daughter.
       Daily Press, By RYAN ORR, Apr-28-2007
       APPLE VALLEY (CA) $#8211; A former Apple Valley resident has filed a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse against the Apple Valley Cheyenne Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is named in the complaint as ROE, and her biological father, a church minister.
       Melanie D. Popper, 29, now an attorney in Berkeley, said she is doing this for her healing and for others who might be victims of incest.
       The suit alleges that her father, identified in the suit only as "John Doe," began sexually abusing her when Popper was 8 years old. The alleged abuse continued from 1985 and 1995. The acts may have included rape and oral sex by force or fear, according to the complaint filed in Victorville Superior Court.

    Spirit of trust

      [1985-90+ Mr Halliday*] - Church of England. 3 choir boys (9-14). Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       The Guardian, 11:00 AM, April 28, 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- It was once said that the Church of England could be likened to the proverbial fish that understood how desperately it needed water only when it landed in the bottom of a boat on the end of a hook. Many faithful and sincere Anglicans (and Roman Catholics before them) have only recently grasped just how much the Anglican community relies on trust - now that they have so little of it.
       What the latest church-related sexual abuse scandal has done is to highlight an ongoing erosion of trust. Trust is a social practice. Humans are social beings who swim in an ocean of trust. What happens when this ocean begins to drain away - as is the case with many Christian churches - is that we become sceptical, often cynical and perhaps even a little paranoid.
       The case of the ex-choirmaster, Peter Halliday (jailed on Thursday for 30 months after admitting sex offences from the 1980s), yet again highlights the failure of church leaders to act. Some of the more disturbing aspects of the Halliday case were the attempts by the Anglican Church to control information, prevent public disclosure and silence dissent, even in this case, the anguished cries of abused children and their families.
       In fairness, cultures of this sort are not unknown. Tendencies toward centralisation of power and control of information exist in all institutions. The fact is that well-governed institutions ensure full disclosure of information, institutionalise checks and balances on the exercise of power and establish independent boards to advise and participate actively in choosing the chief executive officer.
       The church is no ordinary institution. For believers the church is guided by the Holy Spirit - a community in which God's saving work is accomplished and God's kingdom proclaimed. But the church is also a human institution, managed by humans with all their failings, including susceptibility to the corruptions of power and mistaken judgment.    [RECAPITULATION: For believers the church is guided by the Holy Spirit ...   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Well!  Believers who believe that are recommended to find the Navigation Bars near the top and foot of this webpage, click on "Religion," find the webpage about spurious scriptures, contradictions, mistranslations, and misinterpretations, and read a few items every day.  They might even find that "holy spirit" is the meaning of all the texts where capital initials are inserted by Church-based translators.   COMMENT ENDS.]

    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat April 28, 2007
    Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont135.htm
    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    #### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker, Sun April 29, 2007 edition:


    Jesuits Recall Durham Priest Amid Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

      [1982 Garrity (Jesuit) -NEW*] - RCC. With adults. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       WRAL, www.wral.com/ news/local/ story/ 1366012 , Posted (but updated later) Apr. 28, 2007
       DURHAM (NC) $#8211; A religious order recalled one of its priests from a Durham parish after it received information involving sexual misconduct 25 years ago.
       Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh announced Saturday that the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus asked the Rev. Stephen M. Garrity, pastor of Holy Cross Church, to return to the Provincial House in Baltimore.
       The Jesuits acted in light of information alleging Garrity engaged in sexual misconduct with adults. The alleged acts did not take place in North Carolina, Burbridge said.

    The Silent Survivors

      - RCC.
       The Register-Guard, By Kelly Clark, Sunday, April 29, 2007
       Cases against the Catholic Church may end, but the struggles of the abuse victims go on.
       PORTLAND (OR) -- Kelly Clark is a Portland trial attorney who has represented nearly 150 people abused as children. As a state legislator in 1989, he co-authored the law banning possession of child pornography in Oregon, as well as the law lifting the statute of limitations in cases of child abuse.Amidst the congratulations going around concerning the long-awaited resolution of the bankruptcy of the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, I have noticed a particular tendency among nearly all involved to want to "move on" and "put the past behind us."
       At one level, I wholeheartedly agree: It is time for this archdiocese to heal. As a lawyer who has represented more than 100 people with claims against the Catholic Church, including 41 in this bankruptcy case, I have pledged my assistance to the archbishop and to his lawyers in doing whatever I can do to facilitate that healing. The archdiocese needs it, the larger faith community needs it and our state needs it. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 29, 2007 1:36 PM]
       [COMMENT: It is NOT only the Roman Catholic Church doing this.  Other religions, including non-Christian ones, are doing the same -- covering up the clergy's and others' sex abuse.   COMMENT ENDS.]

    16 church attorneys at one deposition, no questions answered. Hundreds of documents filed each week, most by church, 20 are notices of new counsel

      - RCC.
       City of Angels, ~ April 29, 2007
       LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Document diving last week I was stunned at the amount of pleadings, motions, and notices filed by church attorneys. Going down four screens, with about 30 documents per screen, there were motions to strike, motions to question jurisdiction, and in one stream 17 notices of Association of New Counsel. I was document diving in search of orders signed by the judge, and did find a couple, but they were from hearings at least two weeks back.
       In January a clerk showed me where paper copies of documents were placed and at that date five file cabinets overflowed into piles on a table in the room. By this week the entire room must be consumed by paper, as are likely the judge and plaintiffs' attorneys. Where is the order from the judge re the April 12th conference that I've been looking for now for weeks?
       Tony DeMarco says 16 attorneys showed up when they tried to depose Francis Weber and "Defense counsel completely frustrated plaintiffs' discovery efforts by repeatedly instructing the witness not to answer." As I document dive, a few motions on screen two are attempts by plaintiffs to get interrogatories from Weber and others.
       And 17, count them, 17 notices of association of new counsel in one afternoon. The eyes blur as you try to read them. With hundreds of church attorneys already knocking out motions by the dozen stopping only to word process in different plaintiffs' names, six church attorneys here a half dozen there flying around the country to depose plaintiffs, why do they need more attorneys?
       [COMMENT: If every clergyman had to have a family, and a regular day job to support himself and family, and to pay for his court costs out of his own pocket, most of the clergy sex abuse of minors would not have occurred in the first place.  Unless the RCC has a radical overhaul, trickery such as shown in the newsitem above will continue.  The longer the trickery goes on, the less credibility the RCC has in the eyes of aware people.   The leaders ought to start believing their own teachings about souls being lost for ever.   COMMENT ENDS.]

    Cheating abuse victims

      [(Christian Brother)] - Boy. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
       One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ April 29, 2007
       IRELAND -- Ron McCartan broke down and cried in Court Number 4 at the Four Courts in Dublin last Tuesday as his family gathered around to comfort him. It had been a seven-year battle, but was a moment he had yearned for almost his entire life. It was also a moment which should have the most profound implications for the largest compensation scheme ever established in this country, writes Mary Raftery.
       Ron is 61 years old. At the age of 10, he was sent to Artane Industrial School, where he was raped repeatedly by one Christian Brother and severely beaten by others. In this regard, as he says himself, he was not unusual.
       "Many, many other boys suffered the same," he told me yesterday. "We've had to live our whole lives feeling humiliated and worthless because of what they did to us as children."

    O'Grady claims he registered with gardai voluntarily

      [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
       One in Four, Irish Examiner, ~ April 29, 2007
       IRELAND -- ONE of Ireland's most notorious paedophiles, Oliver O'Grady, jailed in the US in the 1990s, has claimed he is voluntarily registered with gardaí as a sex offender.
       Disgraced former priest Oliver O'Grady, whose confessions about molesting up to 25 children in the US forms the basis of the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil, has made contact with a Dublin residents' group through his legal representation.
       The priest is living in the Phibsboro area of Dublin and residents had expressed grave concerns that he poses risks to children in a primary school which is just yards from his residence.

    Priest relieved from duty

      [1982 Garrity (Jesuit)*] - RCC. With 5 adults. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       News & Observer, by John Murawski, ~ April 29, 2007
       DURHAM (NC) -- A priest at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Durham was removed from duty last week after admitting to sexual encounters with five people a quarter-century ago, church officials announced Saturday.
       The Rev. Stephen M. Garrity, 67, the pastor at Holy Cross, left North Carolina on Saturday for a weeklong evaluation at an undisclosed treatment center, said Kate Pipkin, a spokeswoman for Garrity's religious order, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. The Maryland Province recalled Garrity.
       Garrity admitted to church officials last week to having inappropriate sexual contact with five adults about 25 to 30 years ago, Pipkin said. At the the time, the adults were ages 18 to 23, about half Garrity's age. He was assigned in Baltimore and Philadelphia, she said.

    Hire sets in motion plan to reuse school

      - RCC.
       The Boston Globe, By Will Kilburn, Globe Correspondent | April 29, 2007
       BOSTON (MA) -- After nearly three years of operating as an all-volunteer organization, the Presentation School Foundation in Brighton took on its first full-time employee this month : executive director Steven Krueger , who will lead the group's efforts to turn the former Catholic elementary school into a community center.
       Krueger is well known to followers of the ongoing fallout from the Boston Archdiocese's clergy sex abuse scandal. In 2002, he was the founding executive director of the Catholic lay group Voice of the Faithful. He later helped an effort to reform statutes of limitations on sex crimes against minors, and worked with a Newton parish whose pastor was fired after he criticized the archdiocese.
       But Krueger, whose position is funded largely by the latest in a series of grants from the Boston Foundation, stresses the point that the foundation has moved beyond its beginnings as an organization of parents who had once hoped to keep the school open.

    Bonita aims to stem sex abuse

     
       San Gabriel Valley Tribune, By Frank C. Girardot, Staff Writer, ~ April 29, 2007
       LA VERNE (CA) -- Less than a decade has passed since the Bonita Unified School District agreed to set aside $100,000 for a program to prevent and identify sexual abuse in the district.
       The fund, a condition of the district's excess liability insurance, grew out of a $2.1 million settlement the district paid in 1999 to a female student molested by David Dangleis, a teacher at San Dimas High School, according to school officials and court documents. ...
       The anti-sexual abuse program was developed by the district and the Agos Group, a Boston-based human resources firm that has also consulted the Catholic Church on similar issues, according to Bob Brinegar, the district's assistant superintendent of human resources.
       Brinegar said the company provides training materials including films that are designed to highlight the profiles of offenders and victims alike.
       [COMMENT: Consulted the Catholic Church?  Let us hope it was for a template of how NOT to handle sex abuse allegations!   COMMENT ENDS.]

    More charges of abuse emerge against pastor

      [Years ago, 2001-05 Allen*] - Shiloh Church. Hitting the behinds of 1 girl, 8 women.
       Star-Telegram, By MELODY McDONALD, ~ April 29, 2007
       FORT WORTH (TX) -- She says the paddlings began when she was in the sixth grade.
       Her family's pastor, the Rev. Sherman Clifton Allen, would order her to grab her ankles, she said, and he paddled her until her bottom turned purple. The woman, now 41, says she was punished if Allen was told that her room was messy, that she had made a bad grade or that she had committed some other infraction.
       In the beginning, the woman said, the pastor made her pull her dress tight. Later, he ordered her to drop her panties. Finally, she said he made her lie nude on the bed during the paddlings.

    Sex abuse victims turn focus to Baptists

      - Baptists.
       Dickson Herald, By ANITA WADHWANI, ~ April 29, 2007
       UNITED STATES -- A half-decade after the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal broke open, Southern Baptist Convention leaders are now facing questions about offenders within their own ranks.
       Abuse victim advocates who criticized the Catholic hierarchy for years are now confronting the nation's largest non-Catholic denomination, highlighting cases of preachers accused or convicted of child sex abuse, including four in Tennessee in the past five months.
       SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is accusing Baptists of not taking strong enough steps to protect children and has called on the Nashville-based denomination to create an independent review board to act on reports of child sex abuse.

    Why SNAP and Not SNAT?

      - RCC.
       California Catholic Daily, Notes from A Cultural Madhouse, By Christopher Zehnder, ~ April 29, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Church records have caught Orange's Bishop Tod Brown "in a lie -- or at least an inconsistency," charged Gustavo Arellano in an April 24 Orange County Weekly "Breaking News" release. Brown, said Arellano, while promising complete disclosure of all sex abuse cases, kept one under wraps. His own.
       In his 2004 "Covenant with the Faithful," Brown promised, "We will be open, honest and forthright in our public statements to the media, and consistent and transparent in our communications with the Catholics of our Diocese." A month later, according to Arellano, the bishop released a list of names of priests accused of molesting youth "in the form of a one-page press release," with the names "bunched together in one paragraph," and no other information. In Dec. 2004, the diocese reached a $100 million settlement with over 90 victims and promised to release the personnel files of priests and diocesan employees accused of molestation. ...
       I admit the priestly molestation crisis has uncovered some rather ugly details of bishops hiding evidence of abuse and shuffling priests from parish to parish, where they could prey on more victims. I confess I myself do not have the highest confidence in the veracity of a good number of men who hold episcopal office. I will even say that many churchmen are getting what's coming to them, in the lawsuits, the public shame, the growing distrust. Too many bishops have not been shepherds, but hirelings; they have not acted as fathers but as CEOs.
       Our anger at the failings of men in the Church, however, must not blind us to justice. I am no fan of Bishop Tod Brown, but, given the evidence against him as detailed in Arellano's article, I am not convinced Brown is guilty. One man's claim that he was molested is not good evidence. It is no warrant to ruin another man's reputation.

    Southtown wins 4 Lisagor Awards

      [Joliet Diocese] - RCC.
       Daily Southtown, ~ April 29, 2007
       CHICAGO (IL) -- The Daily Southtown received four Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism on Friday night from the Chicago Headline Club -- for deadline news reporting, editorial writing, in-depth education reporting and column writing. ...
       And columnist Tim Placher won the column-writing competition for his evocative first-person piece about sexual abuse at the hands of a Joliet Diocese priest and his attempts to involve Bishop Joseph Imesch in confronting the problem. "This is strong, honest and brave writing that will stay with readers for a long time," the judges wrote.

    Examining church sex abuse

      [1980 Unnamed priest] - RCC. Boy.
       Cincinnati Enquirer, BY JOHN JOHNSTON | JJOHNSTON@ENQUIRER.COM , ~ April 29, 2007
       CINCINNATI (OH) -- David Hoehne still fights an emotional and spiritual battle 27 years after he was sexually abused by the priest of his Catholic parish.
       Hoehne was 12 when it happened. He remembers that the headboard of the bed where the abuse occurred was against the western wall. The comforter on the bed was white. He remembers where he sat, where his molester stood, where the abuser's hand went.
       "These memories never leave or fade away," the 39-year-old Akron man told about 150 people on Saturday at a sexual abuse conference at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

    Bishop Daniel Jenky's first five years

     
       Peoria Journal Star April 19, 2002
       PEORIA (IL) -- Jenky announces changes in policies to handle clergy sex-abuse allegations and establishes a commission to review such allegations and make recommendations to the bishop.
       May 30, 2002: The bishop asks seven priests to step down from public ministry after "credible allegations" of sexual misconduct are brought against them. Another priest is accused a week later.
       Sept. 4, 2002: Edward Bush, one of the priests to be accused of sexual misconduct earlier in the year, sues the diocese, Jenky and Monsignor Steven Rohlfs, then vicar general, for defamation of character. "Either Edward Bush is not telling the truth or I am not telling the truth," Jenky said a week later.

    Salem priest to face accusers at trial

      [1970s Sprauer] - RCC. 15 males.
       Statesman Journal, By ALAN GUSTAFSON, April 29, 2007
       SALEM (OR) -- For almost four years, a dark cloud of suspicion has hovered over the Rev. Michael Sprauer.
       The Salem priest, long respected by Catholic parishioners, has been branded a pedophile by his accusers. Since mid-2003, more than 15 men have sued Sprauer, alleging that he sexually abused them while he was chaplain at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in the 1970s.
       Starting Tuesday, Sprauer goes to court for trial of a civil lawsuit pitting him against three of his accusers: Robert Paul Jr., Randy Sloan and Norman Klettke Jr.

    Over 10 years, cardinal lightens his touch

      - RCC.
       Chicago Tribune, By Margaret Ramirez, Tribune religion reporter, Published April 29, 2007
       CHICAGO (IL) -- When Cardinal Francis George stepped into his role as leader of the Chicago archdiocese in May 1997, his flock was still mourning the beloved Joseph Bernardin. The new archbishop realized he was facing a difficult transition and introduced himself humbly: "I am Francis, your neighbor." ...
       In 10 years as archbishop, George has shepherded the archdiocese through painful school closings and shameful sexual abuse scandals. He denounced racism as a sin and marched for immigrant rights. More recently, he waged a battle with bladder cancer.
       In guiding the church and tending to his own struggles, the cardinal was transformed in the eyes of many observers from obstinate outsider to faithful pastor of Chicago's church. Priests and others who initially viewed George as cold and excessively critical now say they see him as personable and compassionate. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 29, 2007 9:22 AM]
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    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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    Interview with Tahira Khan Merritt

      [1983-86 Katinas] - Orthodox Christian. 2 altar boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Orthodox Reform, http://orthodox reform.org/ cases/fr- nicholas- katinas/ merritt- interview , ~ April 30, 2007
       DALLAS (TX) -- Orthodox Reform interviews Tahira Khan Merritt. She represents clients who claim Fr. Nicholas Nikolas [? Katinas], a Greek Orthodox priest, sexually abused them over a period of years while the clients were altar boys at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
       Orthodox Reform: In a nutshell, tell us about this lawsuit.
       Tahira Khan Merritt: The lawsuit involves the sexual abuse by Fr. Katinas of two former altar boys at Holy Trinity between 1983 and 1986.
       Orthodox Reform: Why is this lawsuit necessary?
       Tahira Khan Merritt: The officials who were in charge of Fr. Katinas as well as Fr. Katinas himself must be held accountable for their actions in civil court. Because the victims are now more than 28 years old, criminal charges are not possible. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 30, 2007 8:22 PM]

    VOTF Group Says Diocese Worth $1 Billion

      - RCC.
       Voice from the Desert, ~ April 30, 2007
       BRIDGEPORT (CT) -- On Saturday, April 28, 2007, the Voice of the Faithful affiliate in Bridgeport, Connecticut, held a financial accountability conference at Fairfield University. Among the interesting reports: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has assets estimated at over $1 billion.

    Priest Pleads Guilty To Lewd Conduct

      [2005 Nichols*] - RCC. Teenage male. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       WCAX, April 30, 2007
       ST. ALBANS (Vermont) -- Stephen Nichols, a priest from St. Elizabeth's Church in Lyndonville, plead guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of a prohibited act for lewd behavior.
       As part of his plea deal, Nichols admitted that on 2 separate occasions in 2005, he brought an 18 year old parishioner to Canada. On one of those occasions, the teenager got drunk. When they returned to the priest's Richford home, Nichols tried to fondle him.
       The victim in the case has never been made public, but an advocate read a letter to the court in his behalf.

    "Trust your instincts"

      - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       California Catholic Daily ~ April 30, 2007
       FRESNO (CA) -- In the wake of the clergy molestation scandal, the Fresno diocese, like others, has put in place a religious education program to train students (Kindergarten-12th grade) to respond to abuse. But does this"safe environment program, called "Keeping the Promise," keep the promise it makes?
       According to Bishop John Steinbock's foreword, the program's "Parent Resource and Catechist Guide" was drawn up "to make a practical connection of Christian values to personal and interpersonal safety skill development that may reduce a child's vulnerability without compromising their innocence." Further, "it respects the parents' discretion regarding how and when the more sensitive topics related to child abuse are introduced to their children in regards to individual readiness."
       Parents may opt their children out of safe environment sessions. Parents who participate receive a copy of the guide, which promises them, "Classroom presentations to young children will not teach the proper names of body parts, especially those areas that are often referred to as 'private parts.' Giving specific examples of what is 'good touch vs. bad touch' will not be included..."

    Pastor's removal stuns flock

      [1982 Garrity (Jesuit)*] - RCC. With 5 adults.
       The News & Observer, by Yonat Shimron, Staff Writer, ~ April 30, 2007
       DURHAM (NC) - The removal of the Rev. Stephen M. Garrity as pastor of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church couldn't have come at a worse time.
       Just Saturday, a concrete floor had been poured at the site of the new $2.8 million sanctuary two miles from the church's current location on the campus of N.C. Central University. The 67-year-old Garrity was the force behind the construction and fundraising.
       When he didn't show up for Mass on Sunday morning, members were shocked to hear he had been "recalled" by his religious order, the Jesuits. According to the order, Garrity confessed to sexual relations with five adults 25 years ago. One of those people contacted the Maryland province of the order, which whisked Garrity away before he had a chance to say goodbye.

    Third altar boy claims abuse by priest

      [1986-91 Clonan] - RCC. Another altar boy. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
       Ic Coventry, by Steve Chilton, Apr 30 2007
       UNITED KINGDOM -- ANOTHER former altar boy at one of Coventry's Roman Catholic churches is claiming he was sexually abused by disgraced priest Christopher Clonan.
       Now aged 33 and living in Warwickshire, he is suing the archdiocese for up to £150,000 damages.
       He maintains he was abused over a period of about five years from 1986.

    Local Catholics worry about churches' finances

      - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
       Union-Tribune, April 30, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Collateral damage.
       It's a phrase you expect to hear about Iraq or other wars past and present.
       But some San Diego Roman Catholics are starting to use it about themselves.
       "It's becoming real for parishes," Carl Sarrazolla said.
       Chris Heitman nods. "It's hitting home."
       On a chilly morning outside a bagel shop, these two men, along with fellow Catholic Dan Hughes, sat talking about how the diocese's bankruptcy case is beginning to worry them.

    Questions, hot debate mark legal process

      [1960s Galindo] - RCC. Altar boy + ~ 150 others.
       Union-Tribune, By Mark Sauer, ~ April 30, 2007
       SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Though they have never met, Jose Castro and Dan Hughes have certain things in common. Both were raised as Roman Catholics and both are keenly interested in the outcome of the Diocese of San Diego's ongoing scandal over allegations of child sexual abuse by priests and other clergy.
       Castro, 55, is among approximately 150 men and women who have filed suit against the diocese. He said he was fondled and otherwise sexually abused repeatedly by the Rev. Rudolph Galindo when Castro was an altar boy in the early 1960s at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Otay.
       When he reported the abuse to his mother, Castro said, she beat him; then she marched him down to Galindo. The priest, who now lives in a Texas retirement home and in recent years has admitted abusing children, also beat him, Castro said, and the sexual abuse continued. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on April 30, 2007 6:25 AM]
    ////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Mon April 30, 2007
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    For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

    • Deliver Us From Evil.  [1973 + O'Grady] - RCC. "Evil" film. Dozens of victims. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  

    Deliver Us From Evil

     
       Annals Australasia, annals australasia @nareg. com.au , Movies, p 42, April-May 2007
       All organisations by their socially cohesive nature are self-protective.
       Banks are in relation to fiinancial probity, military forces in relation to courage, police forces in relation to law, academic organisations in relation to scholarship, scientific organisations in relation to empirical truth.
       Even media organisations have been known to practise self-protection in relation to mistakes.
       In other words every organisation protects not so much the person as its raison d'etre. Thus the Catholic Church protects itself in relation to morality and virtue. This is a context writer/director Amy Berg neglects in her documentary about paedophilia, specifically the notorous case of Oliver (known as Ollie) O'Grady in northern California.
       Aggravating the situation, O'Grady was shuffled from parish to parish by diocesan authorities before being brought to book in the US courts.What gives Berg's documentary its horrific fascination is O'Grady's self-exculpation, disconnected from his compulsive immorality.
       Among the John Grierson rules of classic documentary is recording events with minimal intervention. Did Amy Berg always adhere to the rule?
       She has two of O'Grady's victims head for Rome to hand-deliver a letter to Pope Benedict XVI. They have no appointment and are halted by the Swiss Guard. Predictable, of course, but the kind of 'good footage' sought by any pro-active TV producer (Berg's longtime occupation).
       Berg also makes play with the notion that paedophilia is an inevitable outcome of clerical celibacy despite all recent and continuing evidence to the contrary in the secular sphere.
       O'Grady is now back home in Ireland. Ironically, Berg does what she accuses church authorities of doing; she protects O'Grady by not revealing where in Ireland he lives.
       Distasteful, but the documentary should be seen. Implicit in it is a message for all organisations: the more complicated the cover-up, the greater the scandal caused by later revelation.
       How long the scandal of the Temple money-changers had been going on, we do not know. We do know that Our Lord's reaction was swift and effective.
       And the millstone words he used about those who harm little children still resonate. But not, on the evidence of his appearance, with O'Grady, sinner or in secular parlance, psychopath.
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    New Orleans evacuee sues Catholic Charities

      - RCC.
       The Times-Picayune, By Susan Finch, Tuesday, April 17, 2007
       ALBANY (NY) -- A 49-year-old woman who lived in New Orleans almost seven years before Hurricane Katrina sent her packing to her hometown of Albany, N.Y., sued Catholic Charities in federal court there Monday, claiming it broke a promise to provide her a safe place to live if she told her evacuation story to help the agency raise money for others left homeless by the 2005 storm.
       According to Tina M. Zlotnick's petition, the Diocese of Albany and Catholic Charities are pressuring her to leave a rectory they moved her into after forcing her from a $2,700-a-month hotel suite she says they encouraged her to take, helped her pay for and enlisted her help in an allegedly fraudulent effort to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse the cost.
       Zlotnick's lawsuit, whose defendants also include the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Albany and FEMA, claims that because she was housed in a $2,700-a-month apartment when she had a monthly budget of only $600, "the defendants are believed to have billed or obtained reimbursement from FEMA of $2,000 per month over budget for one year, or $25,200 per year for only one victim."
       But Sister Maureen Joyce, head of Catholic Charities in Albany Diocese, called Zlotnick's claim "totally inaccurate."
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    * Abuse of migrant kids 'covered up'.  40yrs Fairbridge Farm Schools reports of violent punishments, sexual abuse, neglect, substandard hygiene or inadequate food were made over several decades. April 28-29, 2007
    * Abuse was their single lesson. AUSTRALIA: Fairbridge Farm Schools' appalling slave-labour conditions, endemic abuses and abysmal educational achievements of these farms were so well known that they were black-listed by British authorities in 1956. April 28-29, 2007
    * Accused murder plot duo left notes.  WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Two men had a blueprint to kidnap and sexually molest, and had a boy prisoner. Apr 13, 07
    * Boy resisted paedophile kidnappers.  PERTH: Robbie Sebastian Wheeler, 43, and Victor Leslie Urquhart, 46, are standing trial in the West Australian District Court accused of conspiring to wilfully murder a kidnapped boy sex victim.   Apr 11, 07
    * Church = "The church, holiness and sex; AND, What's happening to our priests?"  The church's obsession with virginity or, more generally, with not having sex (officially, that is).   Apr 27, 07
    * Court sees footage of sex slave's rescue.  WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Wheelerand Urquhart are on trial in the West Australian District Court, accused of plotting to wilfully murder the boy.   Apr 12, 07
    * Deliver us from evil.  Amy Berg's famous documovie exposing the RCC leaders and Fr Oliver O'Grady.
    * Ex-minister on new sex, drug counts. SYDNEY (NSW), Australia. Former Cabinet minister Milton Orkopoulos; boys, sex, drugs. Apr 17, 07
    * The Forgotten Children; Fairbridge Farm School and its betrayal of Australia's child migrants. Book by David Hill, a former Fairbridge boy, later head of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, etc. 2007
    * Malicious to punish teacher for telling truth.  Whistleblowers Australia say Peter Gadeke should be thanked for exposing sexual abuse in an Aboriginal community – not disciplined.   Apr 19, 07
    * The Scum Always Rises.  CLEVELAND (Ohio): While a $17.5 million embezzlement scandal plays out in court, it has been revealed that former Bishop Anthony Pilla had a secret account allegedly of more than $500,000.  Lawyers are asking questions.   Apr 4, 07
    * Witness: 'I saw boy with men'.  WESTERN AUSTRALIA: A real estate agent was so concerned at seeing a teenage boy walk off with two men who approached him in the street that she wrote down the details, and later told the police.  She gave evidence in the trial of two pedophiles accused of plotting to murder the boy they kidnapped on August 30, 2005, and held for three weeks. April 12, 2007
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