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Did dance instructor give birth to 13-year-old student's baby?

  [Ms Borrego 2006 -NEW*] - Roman Catholic Church (RCC). Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Caller-Times, www.caller. com/news/ 2007/oct/ 02/police- seek-dna- testing-in- child-sex- case/ , By Mary Ann Cavazos, David Kassabian, 02:07 a.m., October 2, 2007
   CORPUS CHRISTI (TX) – Corpus Christi police are seeking to collect DNA from the child of a dance instructor to see if the infant was fathered by a then 13-year-old student the teacher is accused of sexually assaulting, police said.
   Sandra Borrego, 41, was arrested last week in connection with the sexual assault of the boy who took classes at Most Precious Blood Catholic School in late 2006, said Cmdr. David Torres. The boy told investigators he was assaulted more than once, Torres said.
   Now police want to know if the boy is the father to the child Borrego had this spring, police said.
   Borrego passed a criminal background check and was certified in sexual abuse prevention training offered by the Diocese of Corpus Christi, its spokesman said. (This is the first item of Abuse Chronology: http://www. multiline. com.au/~ johnm/ethics/ ethcont141. htm , and of the Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abusetracker , A Blog by Kathy Shaw, for Mon. October 01, 2007.)
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Group calls for resignation of bishop in sex abuse case

  [1980s Bp Curry -NEW*] - RCC. Let seducer escape. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   LA Daily News, BY TONY CASTRO, Staff Writer, Article Last Updated 03:53:41 PM PDT, Oct/01/2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- A group of clergy sex abuse victims on Monday called for the resignation of Bishop Thomas Curry of Santa Barbara, releasing court documents they say show that the church official actively covered up the prosecution of a priest who sexually molested several children dating to the 1980s.
   The group, called Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, called on Cardinal Roger Mahony to fire Curry if he does not resign at a press conference where they released depositions of both church officials.
   "Less than two decades ago a top L.A. archdiocesan official, Bishop Thomas Curry, deliberately let a suspected serial predator escape the police," SNAP officials said in a statement. "These documents and Curry's own deposition prove that he intentionally let a criminal flee the U.S. to Mexico." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 1, 2007 9:44 PM]

OC Blog Spins for Urell (And Spins and Spins…)

  - RCC [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [2 other layteachers*] [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. [Mr Avila -NEW*] - Didn't know, now he knows. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 4:44 PM, October 1, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Bear with us, gentle readers--this is a long post…
   Though the Weekly anointed Orange Juice as the county's best blog, even the Juicers would admit that the king of the county blogosphere is OC Blog, started and administrated by Jubal, the nom de plume of political consultant and longtime local Republican activist Matt Cunningham. Its politics are unapologetically center-right--it says so on the banner. But we had no idea that OC Blog would also evolve into a mouthpiece for the pedo-priest protectors over at the Catholic Diocese of Orange.
   Yet that's what has happened over the past month, shortly after the news came out that Monsignor John Urell had sought psychological treatment in Canada to treat his anxiety after failing to finish a deposition in one of the Church's many sex-abuse civil lawsuits. Cunningham has strayed from his usual daily news roundups, weekly Raymond Chandler quotes, and regular Diane Harkey apologias to slam media coverage of Urell and trash John Manly, the Newport Beach attorney who has spent the past couple of years suing the Orange diocese over sex abuse in its parishes and schools.

B.C. priest resigns after admitting misconduct

  [Antonio Osorio*] - Anglican. (Promoted same-sex unions). Woman. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Colombia flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, < www.anglican journal.com/ issues/2007/ 133/oct/08/ article/bc- priest-resigns- after-admit ting-mis con duct-1 >; Staff, October 1, 2007
   CANADA -- Rev. Antonio Osorio, a well-known priest in the diocese of British Columbia who championed the cause of same-sex blessings in the church, has resigned from his post after admitting to sexual misconduct.
   The diocese issued a statement Sept. 5 that Mr. Osorio, rector of St. Saviour's church, had been suspended from his duties pending an investigation into allegations he had violated the church's sexual misconduct policy. His resignation was announced Sept. 14.
   The diocese did not elaborate on the complaint against Mr. Osorio, who came to Canada as a refugee fleeing political persecution in Colombia. Mr. Osorio was unavailable for comment. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 1, 2007 1:58 PM]

Priest investigated

  [ 1998 Rowe] - Anglican. Male/s Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Anglican Journal, Staff, Oct 1, 2007
   CANADA -- Police and parole officers in British Columbia are looking into the activities of former Anglican priest Ralph Rowe, a convicted pedophile, according to the Surrey Leader newspaper.
   Mr. Rowe lived in Surrey, B.C., between 1998 and 2007 and investigators have interviewed Rev. Paul Illical, the priest at St. Michael's Anglican church, which Mr. Rowe attended for several years.
   After his first prison term ended in 1998, the terms of his release included avoiding contact with young people and reporting to parole officers. Members of the St. Michael's congregation told the Leader that Mr. Rowe was often seen in the company of a Caucasian male who seemed to be in his early to mid-teens.

Register Fails to Reveal Relationship Between Loftus and Catholic Church

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 11:59 AM, October 1, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Yesterday, Orange County Register crime reporter Rachanee Srisavasdi interviewed the man who claims Orange diocese Bishop Tod D. Brown abused him decades ago.
   Scott Hicks of Fresno claims that he suppressed the thoughts of abuse for years and recalled them only after therapy recovered those memories.
   Recovered memories are always a minefield of allegations, as anyone who remembers the McMartin preschool trials remember, so Srisavasdi quoted UC Irvine's Elizabeth Loftus on the validity of recovered memories for some balance.
   No problem so far: Loftus is famous for disputing recovered memories and frequently serves as a witness for folks accused of sexual abuse.
   What Srisavasdi doesn't reveal is that Loftus has worked for the Catholic Church before to try and save its pedo-priests from the pokey, making her comments questioning Brown's accuser as unbiased as FOX News reporting on the Iraq War.

ND Sect Compared to Jeffs

  - Christians. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KTAR, AP, 11:04am, October 1st, 2007
   PRINGLE, S.D. (AP) -- Former members of a religious sect that has built a large fenced-in compound in the southern Black Hills believe some who live there are practicing polygamy and may be conducting underage marriages.
   Just last week, Warren Jeffs, 51, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was convicted in Utah of two counts of rape by accomplice.
   Jeffs was a fugitive for several years and was suspected to have hidden for a time at the compound about 12 miles southwest of Pringle.

When will church learn lessons about abuse scandals?

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Anglican Journal, by Leanne Larmondin, Oct 1, 2007
   CANADA -- Despite the high-profile controversy over church-run native residential schools in the last decade, it seems that certain quarters in the church still have some lessons to learn about: 1) their work with vulnerable groups; and 2) their association with groups that operate - or appear to operate - under the aegis of the Anglican Church of Canada.
   Allegations of physical and psychological abuse at Grenville Christian College - a private school which educated day and boarding students from junior kindergarten through Grade 12 - will continue to reverberate for some time across the country, especially in the diocese of Ontario, based in Kingston, Ont. (Please see news story, p. 1.)
   (One law firm announced it was drafting a class action lawsuit after being contacted by "over 1,000" - perhaps an exaggeration - potential plaintiffs, though the suit had not been filed, nor were any defendants named, as of press time.)

Sacrilege

  - RCC. Book review. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Crossland Foundation, ~ Oct 01, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- For the first time, an author skilled in investigations with a knowledge of theology and history surveys and analyzes the crisis of the largest institution in the world.
   Most authors flinch when it comes to describing the full horror of the sexual abuse that priests have committed in the Catholic Church. Sacrilege does not flinch. It lets victims tell what they went through and how their bodies and souls suffered.
   Sacrilege exposes the deep roots of the Catholic sexual-abuse scandal as well as its depth and breadth. Sacrilege makes us see what popes, bishops, laity, police, courts, and therapists tolerated in order to preserve the reputation of the Church.
   It calls to count the dissenting theologians and the psychologists who tried to normalize adult-child sex, but does not spare the traditional Catholic mindset that demanded unquestioning obedience to clerical authority.

Il Vaticano benedice le Comunità Incontro

  [Gelmini* + collaborators] - RCC. 50 complainants now. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Il Giornale, ~ Oct 01, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Enzo Pichelli, a coordinator of the Incontrol drug rehabiliation center in Amelia, said the work of the community goes on. "We respect God's will. Facts are speaking," he said. Incontro has received a lot of publicity lately since some men have accused the founder, Rev. Pierino Gelmini, of sexual abuse. The prosecutor's office in Terni is investigating.
   Rev. Pichelli told Il Giornale that "instead of writing lies I would like the press to report the community's concrete deeds." He discussed a letter meant for the Pope and addressed to the Vatican last August that he signed along with other priests that explained their postive experience in the community. The organization has 164 rehabilitation communities in Italy and 74 elsewhere in the world, he said.
   The Vatican Secretary of State, in a letter signed by Monsignor Fernando Filoni, on Aug. 25 gave the community encouragement and affectionate attachment to those who work with more than 12,000 drug addicts each year. The letter was written before new facts surfaced in the investigation of Rev. Gelmini that indicated there 30 new allegations of sexual abuse.
   Monsignor Filoni's letter does not mentioned Rev. Gelmini or the investiation but it does guarantee that the Pope "grants his prayer so that the work of the community, with the grace of God, can continue to promote the recuperation and the human growth of many boys and girls now in the margins of society." He invokes the maternal protection of the Madonna del Sorriso (Madonna of the Smile), a image that is revered in all centers of the Incontro community. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 1, 2007 10:55 AM]
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For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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South Africa: Church Pledges Action On Clerical Sex Abuse Claim

  [1960s Bp Orsmond - NEW*] - RCC. Orphanage boy. South Africa 1994 onwards flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   AllAfrica, http://all africa.com/ stories/2007 10020944.html , Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi), October 02, 2007
   PRETORIA, South Africa -- The Catholic Church has invited a man claiming to have been sexually molested by a deceased bishop to seek audience with a competent Church authority.
   The Church said it noted with great sadness the alleged child sexual abuse of Mario D'Offisi by the late Bishop Reginald Orsmond of Johannesburg during their time together at Boys Town in the 1960's.
   Magazine editor D'Offizi alleges in an autobiography to be released next month that Orsmond sexually abused him during three years at Boys Town in the Magaliesberg.
   Bishop Orsmond - who died in 2002 - is remembered for founding the largest private childcare organization in South Africa, the Boys Town children's home, in 1958.

Priest 'abused' young brothers

  [1960s-70s Keaveney -NEW*] - RCC. 2 boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Argus, By Alison Cridland, ~ October 02, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest repeatedly sexually abused two young brothers in his congregation, a jury was told.
   Dermot Keaveney, 72, befriended the boys while he was working at churches in Brighton and Hove more than 30 years ago.
   The Catholic clergyman is accused of giving the boys treats and taking them for day trips and on holidays before sexually abusing them.
   Lewes Crown Court was told one boy was aged between 11 and 15 when the alleged abuse occurred and the other was about 14 and 15. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 2, 2007 8:19 AM]

Placa transcript: "Reporting laws don't apply to us" - Pedophile priest-lawyer re early strategies for pedophile priests, in 1980s internal church video

  [ 2002 Mons. Placa] - RCC. Abuser advised on strategies for concealment. Abuse allegations too. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 02, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- By 2002, there were enough credible child molest accusations against him for Monsignor Alan Placa to be stripped of his duties as a priest, but not defrocked. So Rudy Giuliani gave his lifelong pal Placa a job at his consulting firm. A few years earlier Placa had handled the legal ministrations for Giuliani to annul his 12-year marriage.
   In a video that recently came in the mail, Monsignor Alan J. Placa tells "church leaders" in the early 1980s about new legal strategies for the church when priests are accused of sex crimes.
   As it turns out, at the same time Placa was creating these legal strategies as counsel to the House of Affirmation, he was committing sex crimes against children himself.
   Here are some select quotes from the video. The entire transcript is copy and pasted at the end of this post.
   PLACA : I'm Father Alan Placa, a priest of the diocese of Rockville Center in New York and also an attorney admitted into practice in New York. The presentation that we're going to offer you is a very brief summary of some of the problems that are involved in the issue of child sexual abuse.

Contempt hearing set for SoCal bishop in sex abuse case

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crosses to Canada. [Mr Avila*] - Didn't know, now he knows. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Jose Mercury News, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer, Article Launched 05:05:31 PM PDT, Oct/01/2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif.–A judge has scheduled a hearing for next week to determine whether Orange County's Roman Catholic bishop should be held in contempt of court for allegedly sending a witness out of the country before he could fully testify in a sex abuse case.
   Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler set a hearing date of Oct. 9 for Bishop Tod D. Brown, according to attorneys for both Brown and the plaintiff. Brown must be present at the contempt hearing.
   Attorneys for a woman who sued over alleged sexual abuse asked for hearing after a high-ranking church official left for Canada for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition before he could be fully deposed in the case.
   Plaintiff's attorney Venus Soltan alleges that Brown ordered Msgr. John Urell, who handled sexual abuse allegations against the diocese, to leave the country because he had potentially damaging information about sex abuse cases.

Spokane Diocese makes first payment to sex abuse victims

  - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Seattle Times, By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press Writer, ~ October 02, 2007
   SPOKANE (WA) – The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has made its first payment into a special bankruptcy trust that will be distributed to victims of sexual abuse by priests.
   The diocese and its 82 parishes wired $11.7 million into the trust on Monday to meet an initial deadline. So far, the trust has received $44 million of the $48 million promised in a settlement with victims. The rest is due by October 2009.
   The victims can expect to receive payments next month.
   "Compensation to victims of sexual abuse is just one small step toward healing for the victims," Bishop William Skylstad said in a news release announcing the payment. "I hope and pray that the entire community [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 2, 2007 9:35 PM]

Former Altar Boy Files Suit Against The Catholic Diocese of El Paso

 
   KTSM, Tuesday, October 2, 2007
   EL PASO (TX) -- The plaintiff claims the abuse, which began in 1968, happened at the Little Flower Catholic Church and lasted for several months. The old church, located in El Paso's Lower Valley, was torn down several years ago, but has been moved to a new facility. The man making the allegations, claims the priest would serve him wine after mass, and then sexually assault him. The abuse he suffered, he says has scarred him for life.

Survey: Christianity's reputation declining among 16-to-29-year-olds

 
   Hot Air, October 02, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The study shows that 16- to 29-year-olds exhibit a greater degree of criticism toward Christianity than did previous generations when they were at the same stage of life. In fact, in just a decade, many of the Barna measures of the Christian image have shifted substantially downward, fueled in part by a growing sense of disengagement and disillusionment among young people…
   I would have guessed the main cause was the pedophile-priest scandal but Barna suggests that it has more to do with increasing mainstream acceptance of gays. The more comfortable people are with them, the more uncomfortable they are with Christianity's hostility to homosexuality.

Giuliani hired the pedophile priest who crafted Church defense of pedophile priests, while a New York pedophile priest predator himself

  [Mons. Placa] - RCC.
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 02, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- How did a predator pedophile priest end up as legal counsel at a center for pedophile priests, crafting Catholic legal strategies for pedophile priests at the same time as he was committing sex crimes against minors himself? Today that same monsignor is close advisor to Rudy Giuliani who is running for President of the United States.
   It's been eerie to watch a DVD I got in the mail last week. The video shows Placa when he was legal adviser in the early 1980s to the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts. On the undated disk, Placa speaks to "church leaders" about how to handle this new problem of child sex abuse showing up in parishes. (A sampling from the transcript of that video is at: http://city ofangels7. blogspot. com with comments about why these comments caught on tape in the 1980s should give you the chills in 2007.)
   Today we know that around the same time this smarmy puffy well fed perpetually smiling Placa is speaking to the camera he is apparently committing sex crimes against children himself.

Rivera o Mahony: ¿quién miente?

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Milenio, ~ October 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- The Superior Court will shortly decide if it has legal authority over Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, primate of Mexico, in a lawsuit filed in the United States by an alleged victim of the Rev. Nicholas Aguilar.
   Lawyers for Joaquin Aguilar allege that Cardinal Rivera and Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles conspired to hide Nicholas Aguilar after numerous accusations were made that he sexually abused minors.

Liquida Roger Mahony la coartada de Rivera

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity?
   La Jornada, ~ October 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- (This links to a Spanish-language story on Cardinal Roger Mahony's deposition regarding what he knew about the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar.)

Mahony denies warning on priest

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrers, Mahony] - Complicity?
   Press-Telegram, By Tony Castro, Article Launched 10:01:11 PM PDT, Oct/01/2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied that his Mexico City counterpart warned him that a priest who transferred to Los Angeles and racked up 19 felony child molestation charges had been suspected of sexual abuse before his arrival.
   In a deposition made public Monday, Mahony refutes statements made by Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera that he had warned Mahony through code words in a letter introducing the Mexican priest to Los Angeles Archdiocese officials in 1988.
   The original letter from Rivera to Mahony said the priest - Nicolas Aguilar Rivera - wanted to move to Los Angeles for "family and health reasons," which Cardinal Rivera maintained in documents were code words used among the clergy to refer to sexual problems.
   In his deposition, Mahony denies knowing such words were code for priests who could sexually abuse children.

Officials Looking For Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

  [1980s + Dominguez] - RCC. 1980s Wanted photos, 2001-07 a fugitive. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBS 2, ~ October 02, 2007
   MURRIETA, Calif. (CBS) -- Riverside County authorities are looking for a former Roman Catholic priest charged with child molestation for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two altar boys at St. James church in Perris in the late 1980s, authorities said Tuesday.
   Jesus Armando Dominguez is named in a January 2005 case of alleged abuse, but much of the documentation has been sealed, according to court records.
   "It's just an outstanding warrant and, until they capture him, it will remain outstanding," said Ingrid Wyatt of the District Attorney's Office, referring to an arrest warrant issued for Dominguez.
   In 2001, Dominguez was convicted of child annoying for soliciting a 15-year-old boy to take nude photos, according to the "America's Most Wanted" Web site, which lists Dominguez as a fugitive.

Priests asked to give their side of GCC story

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Brockville Recorder and Times, ~ October 02, 2007
   ONTARIO, CANADA -- The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario has invited former priests accused of wrongdoing at Grenville Christian College to face the allegations made against them in a church inquiry into the scandal at the now-closed private school.
   Bishop George Bruce has met with an undisclosed number of former students and staff from the campus east of Brockville.
   "We're completing our paperwork," Wayne Varley, diocesan executive officer with the Anglican Diocese of Ontario, said in an telephone interview from Kingston. "The bishop is inviting those who had complaints made against them to meet with him and he will give them time to respond.
   "It is time to move to the next piece of this," said Varley, adding: "The meetings are scheduled privately."

Former Catholic Diocese Accountant Arranged Kickbacks

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newsnet5, ~ October 02, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A jury reached a verdict Tuesday in the trial of a former accountant for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese who faced conspiracy and other charges concerning $784,000 in payments made to a diocese official.
   Anton Zgoznik, 40, of the Cleveland suburb Kirtland Hills, was found guilty of conspiracy and 14 counts that he arranged unauthorized kickbacks to his former boss, Joseph Smith, 50, when Smith was chief legal and financial officer for the diocese.
   Zgoznik sat calmly with his hands folded on the defense table while the verdict was read in federal court. He showed no emotion other than a slight frown.
   The U.S. District Court jury started deliberations Friday afternoon. After a weekend break, jurors resumed Monday morning and returned with a verdict Tuesday afternoon.

Former accountant for Catholic diocese guilty in kickback scheme

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending.
   Ohio.com , Associated Press, POSTED 03:22 p.m. EDT, Oct 02, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH): A former Cleveland Catholic Diocese accountant who funneled $784,000 in kickbacks to a diocese official was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy and 14 other counts.
   Anton Zgoznik, 40, of suburban Kirtland Hills, arranged the payments to his former boss, Joseph Smith, 50, when Smith was chief legal and financial officer for the diocese.
   Zgoznik sat calmly with his hands folded on the defense table while the verdict was read in federal court. He showed no emotion other than a slight frown.

Ex-diocese accountant convicted

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending.
   The Plain Dealer, ~ October 02, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A federal court jury convicted a former accountant at the Cleveland Catholic Diocese of paying kickbacks to the church's former chief financial officer.
   Anton Zgoznik, 40, of Kirtland Hills, was charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, money laundering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice.
   The trial lasted over a month.

Bishop is labelled a 'child molester'

  [1960s Bp Orsmond*] - Roman Catholic. Alcohol. Orphanage boy. South Africa 1994 onwards flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   IOL, By Kashiefa Ajam and Janet Smith, 09:51AM, September 29 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- One of South Africa's most prominent Catholic bishops has been described as a child molester in shocking revelations in a new book.
   Writer Mario d'Offizi pulls no punches in explicit details about his alleged sexual encounters with the late Reginald Orsmond, who was the highly-regarded Bishop of Johannesburg from 1984 until his death in 2002.
   D'Offizi was 13 and a resident of Boys' Town in the Magaliesburg in the 1960s at the time he says he was first abused.
   The celebrated founder of the youth care organisation apparently molested him for three years. D'Offizi's dramatic revelations - which are laid bare in his memoir, Bless Me Father, include descriptions of how he was plied with alcohol before the leading cleric engaged him in a sex act.
   "I went back to the bed and sat down," he writes. "My head started swimming and I felt nauseous. I fought the tears. Father Orsmond's hand fondled my thigh; then he reached for my fly and unzipped it … Then he took my hand and placed it on his private parts."

Church 'shocked' by sexual abuse allegations

  [1960s Bp Orsmond*] - RCC. Orphanage boy.
   IOL, 02:42PM, October 02 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- The Catholic Church says it has noted "with great sadness" allegations of child sexual abuse levelled against former Bishop of Johannesburg and Boys' Town founder Reginald Orsmond.
   "The Catholic Church in Southern Africa has a clear position against sexual abuse of any kind and we have been consistent in strongly condemning this deplorable behaviour within the church and within society as a whole," the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) said in a statement on Monday.

Sex Abuse Allegations Against Former El Paso Priest

  [? 1968 Ochoa] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KDBC, ~ October 02, 2007
   EL PASO (TX) -- The victim's side of the story begins at the Little Flower Church in 1968.
   T.O. Gilstrap, an attorney for the plaintiff said the accused priest, "Sexually abused him (Gilstrap's client) in other ways that's too hard to mention."
   Gilstrap said the alleged victim was 10 to 12 years old and an altar boy at the time of the attacks. He's called John Doe in court documents to protect his identity.
   The alleged abuser is referred to only as Father Ochoa. Gilstrap says Ochoa came to El Paso from Mexico.

Priest on probation for theft is assigned to another Omaha church

  - RC thief back to work. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   World-Herald, BY CHRISTOPHER BURBACH, ~ October 02, 2007
   OMAHA (NE) -- The Rev. Stephen Gutgsell will return to work as an Omaha parish priest Thursday, six months after he admitted in court to stealing $125,000 from his former parish.
   Archbishop Elden Curtiss has assigned Gutgsell to be associate pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Parishioners were notified Sunday in a letter from the parish's administrator, the Rev. Craig Loecker, who is also pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.
   Gutgsell will live in the Blessed Sacrament rectory and assist with the sacramental and spiritual needs of the parish. Loecker will have responsibility for all parish business matters, "including all the aspects of parish finances," the letter said.
   Gutgsell is on probation for stealing $125,000 from St. Patrick Catholic Church in south Omaha. He had been pastor at St. Patrick from 2001 until February of this year, when he resigned after the Omaha Archdiocese went to police with the results of an internal audit of the parish's finances.

Sex abuse by nuns: the unknown story

  - Claim that RCC did not check nuns.
   BBC News, By Christopher Landau, ~ October 02, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The crisis over child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has cost the organisation both in terms of levels of public trust and compensation payouts.
   When American bishops decided in 2002 to conduct an audit of the scale of the problem, their initiative was given a cautious welcome by survivors of sexual abuse.
   But one part of the church was not part of the audit.
   Nuns, officially known as "women religious", do not always fall under the authority of their local bishop.
   This meant they stood outside the remit of the study, even though there are documented cases where Catholic nuns have committed child sexual abuse.

Priest who stole from parish assigned to another

  - RCC puts thief back to work.
   Beatrice Daily Sun, 12:42 PM CDT, Tuesday, October 2, 2007
   OMAHA, Neb. - Catholic officials say they're not worried about putting a priest back to church work while he remains on probation for stealing $125,000 from his last Omaha parish.
   On Feb. 16 the Rev. Stephen Gutgsell admitted in court that he'd stolen the money from St. Patrick Catholic Church, which he had been serving as pastor since 2001.
   Officials from the archdiocese had reported the theft to police after conducting an audit.
   Gutgsell pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception and in April was given five years' probation and told to pay back $40,000 -- the amount the judge calculated Gutgsell could amass over his probation.

Cardinal Mahony Denies

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KNX, ~ October 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (KNX) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied that his counterpart in Mexico City warned him that a priest transferred to Los Angeles had been suspected of sexual abuse.
   In a deposition made public yesterday, Mahony countered statements made by Mexico's top Cardinal, Norberto Rivera, who claimed that he warned Mahony through code words in a letter introducing the Mexican priest.
   The letter stated that the priest, Nicolas Aguilar, wanted to move to Los Angeles for "family and health reasons," which Rivera claims were code words used among the clergy to refer to "sexual problems."
   Rivera said that he granted the priest's request to trasfer to Los Angeles on the condition that Mahony first accept him into serevice in Los Angeles.

Action 7 News Obtains Bishop's 911 Call

  [2007 Bp Pelotte*] - RCC. He saw some Little People. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Action 7 News, ~ October 02, 2007
   Video: Bishop's 911 Call
   GALLUP, N.M. -- Action 7 News has obtained the 911 emergency tapes from a conversation a dispatcher had with Gallup Bishop Donald Pelotte.
   Pelotte called 911 Thursday morning, claiming there were intruders in his home and that he needed police help. Pelotte said three women and one man came into his home wearing masks. He also described them as being between 3 and 4 feet tall.
   When Gallup police arrived, they said they never found anyone in or around the home.
   Below is a copy of portions of the conversation Pelotte had with a 911 dispatcher.
   Dispatcher: "Can you tell me what happened?"
   Pelotte: "They're just moving. They've been quiet. They've been going upstairs in the bedrooms and hiding behind the artifacts. But they don't talk."
   [HUMOUROUS GUESS: To be sure, they would be leprechauns all the way from the Emerald Isle!  Begorrah, they COULDN'T talk, because they only had the Gaelic!  Wait on, that doesn't add up -- one was a leprechauness!   Guinness is good for you! ENDS.]

Nuns Avoid Exile

  [50+yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 150 priests. US$660m. 1940s-90s - 508 victims. 2007 - evicting nuns.
   Santa Barbara Independent, By Barney Brantingham, Monday, October 1, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- In a surprise development, it appears that the three Sisters of Bethany nuns of Santa Barbara will be allowed to live here and continue their work. Their banishment has been lifted, supporters say, and a letter of confirmation from the Catholic order is due this week.
   But as things now stand, they must leave the convent the small Catholic order has occupied for a half-century on Nopal Street next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church by December 31. The Los Angeles Archdiocese says the convent must be sold to help pay the multi-million-dollar settlement of claims by abuse victims of priests.
   A committee led by Anthony Dal Bello is seeking donations to find a new residence for the nuns and office space to continue their work here.

Mexican cardinal says he didn't know priest sent to U.S. was suspected child molester

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Associated Press, Published October 1, 2007
   MEXICO CITY: Mexico's top Roman Catholic cardinal said he was unaware of child molestation allegations against a priest before sending him to work in Southern California, according to a court document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
   Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera said he hinted in a January 1987 introduction letter to Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony that there were concerns surrounding the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar's departure from a post in the central state of Puebla.
   Rivera's comments were contained in an affidavit, dated Sept. 25 and posted online Monday by the Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.
   In a follow-up letter in March 1987, Rivera referred to Aguilar's suspected "homosexuality problems."

Agape Fellowship may sell land to pay claims

  [Hornbuckle*] - Agape. Raped 3 women.
   Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Nathaniel Jones, ~ October 02, 2007
   ARLINGTON (TX) -- Agape Christian Fellowship, faced with lawsuits and owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors and women who sued the church and its pastor for sexual misconduct, could satisfy its creditors by selling land for $1 million.
   The once-thriving church and ministry has struggled to regain its footing since former pastor Terry Hornbuckle was convicted of raping a woman who attended services there. Church leaders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March.
   "We've worked diligently to the best of our knowledge to work to rapidly exit bankruptcy," said Davor Rukavina, a Dallas bankruptcy lawyer hired by the church.

Gallup bishop to meet with diocese about intruder incident

  [2007 Bp Pelotte*] - RCC. Was assaulted, and later saw some Little People.
   Examiner, ~ October 02, 2007
   GALLUP, N.M. -- Officials with the Diocese of Gallup plan to meet with Roman Catholic Bishop Donald Pelotte about an incident last week in which he told police that intruders were in his home.
   Pelotte, 62, recently returned to Gallup.
   He received medical care in Phoenix, Houston and at a private residence in Florida for traumatic head injuries he suffered in an apparent fall at his home on July 23.
   Despite speculation he might have been assaulted that summer day, he and the rest of the diocese have insisted that he was injured when he fell down the stairs at his home.

Jury selection begins in former DeSoto preacher's trial

  [2006 Mar-Sep - Warren*] - Assembly of God. Girl (11).
   Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn@gannett.com , October 1, 2007
   MANSFIELD (LA) - Jury selection is under way in the aggravated rape trial of a former DeSoto Parish pastor who is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.
   Burcham Paul Warren, 51, of Stanley, was indicted last October. The sexual activity is alleged to have happened from March to September last year.
   The child, one of Warren's relatives and a church member, reported the alleged abuse to a teacher.

Court hears arguments in abuse suits

  - RCC. Indigenous children.
   Argus Leader, Associated Press, ~ October 02, 2007
   SPEARFISH (SD) -- The South Dakota Supreme Court was asked to decide whether former students who allege they were sexually abused at two American Indian boarding schools can continue their lawsuits.
   Lawyers for the Catholic organizations that ran the schools told the justices on Monday that the former students waited too long to sue the organizations. Circuit judges in two lawsuits issued conflicting rulings.

Contempt hearing set for SoCal bishop in sex abuse case

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. [Mr Avila*] - Didn't know, now he knows. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KGET, ~ October 02, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A judge has scheduled a hearing for next week to determine whether Orange County's Roman Catholic bishop should be held in contempt of court for allegedly sending a witness out of the country before he could fully testify in a sex abuse case.
   The plaintiff's attorney alleges that Bishop Tod Brown ordered Monsignor John Urell, who handled sexual abuse allegations against the diocese, to leave the country because he had potentially damaging information about sex abuse cases.

Little Egg Harbor priest faces sex-abuse allegation

  [1980s-90s McAlinden*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Press of Atlantic City, By ROB SPAHR, (609) 978-2012, Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2007
   LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP (NJ) -- Parishioners of St. Theresa's Church were still in shock Monday, four days after the parish's longtime priest was removed from his position due to allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor.
   The Rev. Terence O. McAlinden was removed from his position as pastor of St. Theresa's and placed on administrative leave following allegations that he was involved in sexual misconduct with a minor in the late-1980s, according to Rayanne Bennett, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Trenton.
   McAlinden was removed from his position on Friday by Bishop John M. Smith after a Diocesan Review Board determined information it received from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, which detailed the allegations, was credible.
   Last month, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office received a single complaint from a man who said McAlinden sexually molested him multiple times during the late 1980s and early 1990s when he was still a minor, according to Capt. Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
   The man is now in his mid to late 30s, Mohel said.

O'Brien pledges all for most vulnerable

  - RCC.
   Baltimore Sun, By Liz F. Kay | October 2, 2007
   BALTIMORE (MD) -- In a solemn and symbolically rich ceremony, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien was installed yesterday as leader of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, vowing to draw men to the priesthood, intensify the fight against abortion and help the vulnerable who live in the city.
   And he began humbly.
   "I come to you no genius, and with limited talents and abilities … but I pledge to you before God and his people: Whatever I am, and all that I have, I give to you," he said in his homily. …
   The archbishop then said that God sees his image in every human, an image defaced by poverty, discrimination, addiction, crime and "by the horrific sexual abuse of the young."
   He asked God's forgiveness for situations when the Roman Catholic Church had "failed to do its utmost to curb these evils."
   "I pledge, today, that I shall make every effort to ensure that whatever sins of omission or commission have been committed in the past will have no place in our future," he said.

Mahony denies being told priest was suspect

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Daily Breeze, By Tony Castro, ~ October 02, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied that his Mexico City counterpart warned him that a priest who transferred to Los Angeles and racked up 19 felony child molestation charges had been suspected of sexual abuse before his arrival.
   In a deposition made public Monday, Mahony rebuts statements made by Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera that Rivera had warned Mahony through code words in a letter introducing the Mexican priest to Los Angeles Archdiocese officials in 1988.
   The original letter from Rivera to Mahony said the priest, Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, wanted to move to Los Angeles for "family and health reasons," which Rivera maintained were code words used among the clergy to refer to sexual problems.
   In his deposition, Mahony denies knowing such words were code for priests who could sexually abuse children.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue October 02, 2007
• Ncube dismisses any political ambition; Archbishop will keep defending the poor  [2006-07 Archbishop Ncube*] - RCC. Married woman. Zimbabwe flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

Ncube dismisses any political ambition


Archbishop will keep defending the poor
   The Record (R.C. Perth W. Australia weekly), http://the catholic record.org , By Bronwen Dachs, CNS, p 11, October 3, 2007
   CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) - Although he said he is as committed as ever to defending the poor and working for justice in Zimbabwe, retired Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo said he does not have "the slightest interest in entering into politics."
   "I am a clergyman, and my passion is to work for the Church. As such, I shall continue to stand up in defence of human rights, which are part of the Gospel of Christ," the Archbishop said after a week of widespread rumours that he was considering running against President Robert Mugabe in next year's presidential elections.
   Considered the most outspoken critic of Mugabe's leadership, Archbishop Ncube resigned as head of the Bulawayo Archdiocese in early September after being accused of adultery in a case with political overtones.
   "Come rain or high water, in a situation where there is gross oppression, as in Zimbabwe, I shall continue to speak out," the Archbishop said. […]
   "Also, I have seen that many politicians are concerned chiefly with the accumulation of power and wealth, rather than with alleviating the suffering of their people," he said.
   In late September, Archbishop Ncube visited the Denis Hurley Peace Institute in Pretoria, South Africa. […]
   Zimbabwe is crippled by the highest rate of inflation in the world, unemployment of more than 80 percent, and acute shortages of food, foreign currency and fuel.
   Archbishop Ncube is convinced that Mugabe will win the March 2008 elections through intimidation, "using food as a weapon and by mass rigging of the electoral process," Fr O'Leary said.
   The archbishop lamented the split in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change "and placed the blame for this division squarely at the door of Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the larger of the factions," Fr O'Leary said. …
http://www.multiline.com.au/johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm#ncube_dismisses_any
[Oct 3, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed October 03, 2007 edition:


How to catch a sexual predator with your eyes closed

  - Baptists. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Miracle of Mercy, http://miracle ofmercy. blogspot.com/ 2007/10/ how-to-catch- sexual-predator- with-your. html ; ~ October 03, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- In the June 2007, Wade Burleson of Enid asked the convention's executive committee to study the development of a database identifying sexual predators within the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The response to Burleson's resolution was over 8600 Southern Baptist messengers directed this group to study the feasibility of creating a database of ministers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, or who have confessed or been legally convicted.
   After the convention, in September of 2007, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other Clergy, (SNAP) sent a letter asking the members of Bylaws Workgroup of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Dr. Morris Chapman, President of the Executive Committee of the SBC for more information. The letter asks for an update on the progress looking at ways to make kids safer in church. The letter from SNAP also asks the committee for openness and transparency during the ongoing study by asking, "we urge you to set an example of transparency in the study process itself. Be open and transparent about your study's methodology and resources."
   Seems fair enough to me. Especially in light of the overwhelming support from the messengers of the SBC.
   For those who might question why it is necessary to bring this up..here is your answer. I'm a mother. I minister as a counselor/mentor for women who have been released from prison. How many of them have suffered from abuse? Overwhelmingly, most of them. I believe our responsibility as believers is to watch, protect and value children as well as any who are weak or vulnerable and in cases of abuse, children, teens and women are just that. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 3, 2007 6:15 PM]

More On Monsignor Urell & The Orange County Register Answers Diocesan "Spin"

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. [Mr Avila*] - Didn't know, now he knows. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Roman Catholic Blog, ~ October 03, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- In keeping with the fair and balanced policy of providing alternate perspectives on the ongoing Orange County abuse case…
   Three from Gustavo Arellano of OC Weekly: …
   My own thoughts:
   Look, nobody has to believe that John Manly is a saint. That's never been my take on things. I'm sure John Manly wouldn't even claim to be a saint.
   Some have said John Manly is primarily interested in money. I'm not sure if that's an accurate or fair judgment, especially when coming from people who don't want us to rush to judgment, but, let's pretend, for the sake of argument, that it's .
   So what?
   Manly's motives don't alter the facts of the case one iota.
   Look, whatever anyone thinks about this current case, or even Msgr. Urell, I don't think it's a stretch to say there is now, and has been for some time, corruption within the Diocese of Orange. The corruption is theological, liturgical, and moral. It has been detailed here on Roman Catholic Blog for some time now.
   God loves His people so much that he purifies them, and I believe the Diocese of Orange is experiencing a purification right now.

Priest cleared on all lascivious acts

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres. Not charged. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , By Katriana N. Tabanao and Karlon N. Rama, for October 04, 2007
   CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of lascivious acts while hearing confessions of public high school students in Cebu City last November 14 has been cleared of the complaint.
   While Fr. Benedicto Zozobrado Ejares' conduct may have been "inappropriate," it was not "lascivious," the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office said in the resolution dismissing the complaint.
   The complainants decried the decision and are asking for a re-investigation of the case.

Southdown Gambit

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Ron's Log, ~ October 03, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The Southdown Institute is a mental hospital located about 50 km from Toronto. It's a Roman Catholic facility specializing in Roman Catholic clergy, but open to others. I think it's a little odd that a private, religious mental facility would have a flash-only website, but maybe they have a disturbed priest with flash skills residing there. Or maybe they just want to make it harder to find via a Google search. [ www.south down.on.ca ]
   Almost five years ago The Boston Globe published this article about Southdown, written by priest who was a "resident" there.
   Southdown is not primarily a treatment center for pedophiles or child molesters. It was founded in 1965, originally as a place of recovery for alcoholic priests and male religious from across Canada. Over the years, as its holistic and eclectic therapeutic philosophy evolved -- encompassing everything from traditional talk therapies and group process to more cutting-edge things like bioenergetic body work and yoga -- its mission eventually embraced women as well as men, and its client population expanded to include priests and religious from the States.
   Recently, an Orange County priest, Monsignor John Urell was admitted to Southdown for acute anxiety disorder. He broke down while giving a pre-trial deposition in a case involving a female student who had a two-year sexual relationship with a non-clerical coach at a Catholic high school in the 1990s. Despite the judge's order to return to complete the deposition, Urell's attorney says he had to go to Canada because of his ill health "caused by the strain of his prior responsibility for responding to complaints of sexual abuse by others."

Diocesan Lawyers All of a Sudden Uppity

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 crosses to Canada. [Mr Avila*] - Didn't know, now he knows.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 1:04 PM, October 3, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- For decades, the Catholic Diocese of Orange has dealt with survivors of its pedo-priests in secrecy--sealed settlements, claimed ignorance, and always, always, away from a jury. In none of the civil settlements that the Orange diocese signed off on were there any admission of guilt by the priest or diocesan lay employee charged with molestation.
   That's what makes the current strategy by longtime diocesan lawyer Peter Callahan so bizarre. Callahan has represented the Orange diocese on almost all sex abuse cases since the 1990s, including Orange County's most notorious pedophiles, Eleuterio Ramos and Michael Harris. The current case before Callahan and Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown is that of Jeff Andrade, the Mater Dei boys' basketball coach who admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old student during the mid-1990s. Depositions have been going on for almost a year, and the Orange diocese has suffered many a black eye as a result. Yet Callahan is telling the press he relishes taking on Andrade's victim in court. In September, he told Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit he was "quite prepared to discuss (the incident) in front of a jury" and that Andrade's victim "cho[se] to enter into a relationship." Earlier this week, he described a motion by plaintiff's lawyer John Manly to hold Bishop Brown in contempt for allowing Monsignor John Urell to skedaddle to Canada as a "stall technique" and that "Brown was eager to get to trial."

Did John Urell Lie During his Deposition?

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crosses to Canada.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 11:29 AM, October 3, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Supporters of Monsignor John Urell, the former chancellor for the Catholic Diocese of Orange who is currently in some Canadian psychological treatment center to treat his anxiety after failing to finish a deposition, argue that their man is being unfairly hounded by lawyers and the press, that his testimony has no bearing on the Jeff Andrade trial for which he's now being subpoenaed. They base their claims on Urell's half-finished July deposition, in which the monsignor testified he was not in charge of receiving allegations of sexual misconduct for diocesan lay people–only clergy.
   But Urell's assertions contradict the words of his former boss, retired Bishop Norman McFarland. In an Sept. 8 depo for the Andrade case, McFarland had the following exchange with Newport Beach lawyer John Manly (after the jump):
   Manly: Okay. So it was–it was Monsignor Urell's job to deal with these incidents or reports of childhood sex abuse at the diocese during the time you were the bishop?
   McFarland: He was my high right-hand man in it, yes.

Victim, 12, testifies to sexual abuse

  [2006 Warren*] - Assembly of God. Girl (11). United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn@gannett.com , October 03, 2007
   MANSFIELD (LA) -- A 12-year-old girl says the sexual abuse at the hands of a Stanley minister started by tickling.
   It then progressed to him "putting his mouth on my privates," the girl testified Tuesday afternoon. "A lot," was her answer when asked how many times it happened.
   The preacher, Burcham Paul Warren, 51, is on trial for aggravated rape of the girl, who was 11 when the alleged sexual assaults took place. He has pleaded not guilty.
   The girl's testimony Tuesday morning was given only in the presence of court personnel and the jury after District Judge Robert Burgess granted a request from the state and defense to close the courtroom to spectators.

Pastor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 12-year-old girl

  [~ 2004-5 Reyes*] - Iglesia De Dios. Admits. Girl (12) has baby.
   Newsday, October 03, 2007
   HARTFORD, Conn. - A former pastor faces up to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in his congregation who later bore a child.
   Modesto Reyes, 53, pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine in Hartford Superior Court to one count each of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
   The plea means he does not admit guilt, but concedes he would likely be convicted at trial.
   His attorney, William Gerace, said he advised his client to enter a regular guilty plea in hopes of getting a lesser sentence.

Dove finisce l'otto per mille segreto da un miliardo di euro

  - RCC. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Radicali, da La Repubblica, di Curzio Maltese, pag. 34, del 3 ottobre 2007, (= October 03, 2007)
   ITALY -- (For English-speaking readers: Under Italian law, eight percent of each 1,000 euros of taxable income goes to religious organizations. The Catholic Church is a major recipient of this Italian tax money.)
   Where the secret of eight per thousand for a billion euros ends up.
   The Catholic Church each spring presents a well-prepared campaign using newspaper, TV, radio, films and accompanied by the best music, best stories, even unforgettable stories, to explain how people benefit from the tax money the church gets from Italian taxpayers. These ads are masterfully done. In 2005, the campaign cost nine million euros and it was the work of Saatchi & Saatchi, a multinational company.
   The cost of the ad campaign was triple the three million euros donated to victims of the tsunami in southern Asia. However, the ad regarding the tsunami is memorable. It opened showing a fragile village of huts, and from the beach barefoot men watch a dark horizon. The voice over said the day the tsunami arrived, all was destroyed. The logo of the "eight per thousand" flashes onto the screen. The narrator follows by saying that the area was transformed because of the money from the church. The camera zooms in on the boats and nets. Viewers are told that the "eight per thousand" has helped the people affected by the tsunami.
   The Jewish communities, which are smaller, gave 200,000 euros which was six percent of their eight per thousand and by percentage was 20 times more than what the Catholic Church gave. People in Italy believe the money deriving from the "eight per thousand" is given to charities in Italy and abroad because this is what the church presents as a message in the ads.
   In reality, the church's newspaper L'Avvenire confirmed on Sept. 29 only 20 percent of the money the church received went to charity. In Italy, both state and church do not have the courage to discuss the mechanism at the base of the calculation that allows for the "eight per thousand."
   In Spain, money that is not expressly assigned to the church goes to the state. In Europe, the money is given voluntarily by the donors who also can decide not to have their tax money go to churches.
   The lengthy article also includes another quote from Pope Benedict XVI before he became pope. He said that unfortunately history teaches that the church has never a renounced spontaneously the money and privileges unduly given to it and the institution must thank those who eliminated privileges because it helped the church to behave in a better way.
   The Italian state now, especially when Berlusconi was prime minister, is allowing the church to have all sorts of privileges. There are opinions on this issue by both critics and defenders of the Vatican.
   The Italian state in the 17 years since the "eight per thousand" became law has not discussed publicly the mechanism for determining the amounts that go to religious group or the real destination of the money. Other religious groups publicize how money of their money goes for publicity but the Catholic church is the only one to remain silent on how much money it spends on advertising.
   The sole voice to break state silence happened in 1996 when Livia Turco, a Catholic who was then Solidarity minister, proposed assigning some of the "eight per thousand" money for poor infants. Monsignor Attilio Nicora, a papal cashier, quickly answered that the state should not be in competition with the church. Turco said in her naivite she thought her proposal would meet widespread favor, especially from the church, since Italy had the highest rate of infantile poverty in Europe. On the contrary, the church reaction was the harshest. Turco said she remembers the episode with bitterness.

Cleveland diocesan official convicted in fraud case

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 3, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH), (CWNews.com) -- A former financial officer for the Cleveland, Ohio diocese has been convicted of fraud in a scheme involving nearly $800,000 in kickbacks to another former diocesan employee.
   An Ohio jury declared Anton Zgoznik guilty on 14 counts of financial misconduct. The October 2 verdict confirmed prosecutors' charges that Zgoznik had conspired with Joseph Smith, once the chief financial officer of the diocese, in a scheme involving secret payments from diocesan accounts.
   Zgoznik and Smith had argued that diocesan officials were aware of their transactions, and that other officials, including Bishop Anthony Pilla, had also engaged in irregular financial practices. But prosecutor John Siegel said that investigators found no evidence that individuals other than Zgoznik and Smith were involved in the fraudulent practices.

Sex crimes and the Vatican

  - RCC. Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   65er, ~ October 03, 2007
   "Sex crimes and the Vatican" was broadcasted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on 2006-OCT-01. {1} They have placed the complete transcript online. {2}
   1. "Sex crimes and the Vatican" Panorama, BBC One, 2006-SEP-29, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/
   2. Transcript of the program is at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/

New York Law Journal Report on Marci Hamilton's Call to Action to Expand Time for Abuse Claims

  - General community. New book planned. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Voice from the Desert, ~ October 03, 2007
   NEW YORK -- The following excerpt from the New York Law Journal summarizes the September 25th gathering at Cardozo School of Law in New York City where Cardozo Professor Marci Hamilton, legal advisor to victims of sexual abuse in several noteworthy cases around the country; State Representative Margaret Markey of Queens, NY; State Senator Karen Peterson of Delaware; and survivors of childhood sexual abuse called for state and national laws lifting the statute of limitations on sexual abuse victims' lawsuits.
   * * * New York Law Journal Volume 238 Copyright 2007 ALM Properties, Inc. All rights reserved.
   Friday, September 28, 2007
   ADVOCATES SEEK TO EXPAND TIME FOR ABUSE CLAIMS
   Thomas Adcock
   AS A JURY voted on Tuesday to convict the fugitive leader of a Mormon sect on two charges of facilitating the rape of a 14-year-old girl, Professor Marci A. Hamilton of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law hosted a gathering of plaintiff attorneys and mostly middle-aged victims of childhood sex abuse who called on the New York state Legislature to extend statutes of limitations for lodging criminal and civil charges against pedophiles.
   'We have what amounts to a national crisis,' said Ms. Hamilton, whose new book, 'How to Deliver Us From Evil: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children,' is set to be published next spring.

John Paul II Da Vinci Code Opus Dei

  - RCC.
   John Paul II Millstone, ~ October 03, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- October 6 marks the (speediest) canonization of Josemaria Escriba and the Da Vinci Code is again in the news as Opus Dei defend themselves from it. Here is a comment that attests The John Paul II Millstone point that Opus Dei controls the papacy and many secular countries because the Opus Dei's main goal is WORLD DOMINATION as seen in the map of their website. Most of all, this crime investigator attests our original point that Opus Dei was the foremost responsible group in the cover-up of priest-pedophilia, the worst crime in modern church history.
   Pay attention to the details he presents which we highlighted in bold …… and he actually dare declares that "Opus Dei, apart from anything else, is war criminals!"
   Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! And here we are being warned that we are walking on Opus Dei-landmines because of our humble non-profit weblog exposing the Achilles Heel of John Paul II and our mission to America that John Paul II must not be declared a "saint" in American soil and by American lips.

Code blue

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic World News, ~ October 03, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Now here's a pretty example of communication theory in action. It concerns a pederast priest named Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, whom a Mexican cardinal, also named Rivera, sent north to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Rivera the Cardinal insists he gave Cardinal Mahony a coded warning. Mahony denies it. An excerpt from the news story:
   Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied that his Mexico City counterpart warned him that a priest who transferred to Los Angeles and racked up 19 felony child molestation charges had been suspected of sexual abuse before his arrival.
   In a deposition made public Monday, Mahony refutes statements made by Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera that he had warned Mahony through code words in a letter introducing the Mexican priest to Los Angeles Archdiocese officials in 1988.
   The original letter from Rivera to Mahony said the priest -- Nicolas Aguilar Rivera -- wanted to move to Los Angeles for "family and health reasons," which Cardinal Rivera maintained in documents were code words used among the clergy to refer to sexual problems.
   In his deposition, Mahony denies knowing such words were code for priests who could sexually abuse children.
   One is almost tempted to feel a twinge of sympathy for Mahony here, were he not as nimble as his counterpart in assigning to his words ex post facto the meanings that best suit his purposes of the moment. In this case Cardinal Mahony is sitting pretty, since there's no "key" to the cipher that might turn up to embarrass him. Still, were it ever the case that a priest did, in actual fact, want to move to LA for family and health reasons (by which I mean: family and health reasons) how would his bishop send the message en clair?

Fr. Rodis stands trial on embezzlement Oct. 25

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m gone. Has wife and children too. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Philippine News, By Maricar Hampton, Oct 03, 2007
   VIRGINIA – Retired Catholic priest Rodney Lee Rodis will be tried October 25 at the District Court of Eastern Virginia in Richmond for allegedly pocketing at least $1 million from two parishes.
   Father Rodis, 51, who hails from the Philippines, is facing felony and embezzlement charges in connection with alleged stolen funds from St. Jude Catholic Church in Mineral and Immaculate Conception Church in Bumpass, both from the Diocese of Richmond.
   Rodis is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange without bond until his trial before District Judge Richard L. Williams. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years on each of the 13 counts filed against him.
   The 'State of Virginia versus Rodney Rodis' was elevated to a Federal District Court during his arraignment last Sept. 6, when he pleaded not guilty to eight counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering.

Parishioners support priest removed from St. Theresa's

  [1980s-90s McAlinden*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Press of Atlantic City, By ROB SPAHR Staff Writer, (609) 978-2012, Wednesday, October 3, 2007
   LITTLE EGG HARBOR (NJ) -- It wasn't the best reason to congregate, but more than a thousand people filled St. Theresa's Church on Tuesday night to hear Bishop John M. Smith explain why a long-time priest of the parish was removed from his duties following accusations that he sexually molested a minor.
   Parishioners filled the church's pews for longer than two hours to find out why the Diocese of Trenton took what many parishioners, according to people who were inside the closed meeting, considered to be swift action to remove the Rev. Terence McAlinden last week after the priest served the parish for almost two decades.
   The special meeting, which was open only to St. Theresa's parishioners. The Diocese of Trenton said Saturday a Diocesan Review Board had determined there was enough credible evidence that McAlinden molested a minor repeatedly from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s to remove him from his position.

Church's response likened to residential schools case

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Globe and Mail, By MICHAEL VALPY, October 3, 2007
   CANADA -- The Anglican Church's entanglement with Grenville Christian College and its initial reluctance to address abuse allegations at the institution are reminiscent of its mishandling of the aboriginal residential schools case, says an editorial in the church's national newspaper.
   The editorial, signed by Anglican Journal editor Leanne Larmondin, appears in the October issue of the paper under the headline, When Will Church Learn Lessons About Abuse Scandals?
   Ms. Larmondin is critical of Bishop George Bruce of the Eastern Ontario diocese, where Grenville is located, for issuing a "pastoral statement" stating that at no time did his diocese have responsibility or control over the school.
   The statement, she says, was "utterly devoid of any 'pastoral' sentiment" - given that three former headmasters were Anglican priests, the school used the Anglican worship liturgy, bishops and other Anglican dignitaries presided at ceremonial occasions and the school flew the Anglican flag.

Suspended priest case forwarded to Vatican

  [1980s-90s McAlinden*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Asbury Park Press, BY HARTRIONO B. SASTROWARDOYO, MANAHAWKIN BUREAU, ~ October 03, 2007
   LITTLE EGG HARBOR (NJ) – John M. Smith, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and members of his staff met in a closed session with parishioners at St. Theresa's Church to discuss the suspension of their pastor from the ministry.
   The visit was in response to allegations made public Saturday that the Rev. Terence O. McAlinden "was involved in sexual misconduct with a minor in the mid-1980s," according to a statement from the diocese.
   The 2 1/2-hour meeting was not open to the public but only to St. Theresa parishioners.
   Those who left the session early declined to comment other than to say that a large number of parishioners had attended.

Priest cleared of charges he touched girls inappropriately

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Inquirer, By Jolene Bulambot, Last updated 08:11pm (Mla time), Oct/03/2007
   CEBU CITY, Philippines--The Cebu City prosecutor's office dismissed on Wednesday a complaint for acts of lasciviousness lodged against a Catholic priest accused of inappropriately touching seven female public high school students during confession in November 2006.
   Cebu City Prosecutor Nicolas Sellon, in a three-page resolution, said there was insufficient evidence to elevate the complaint against Fr. Benedicto Ejares to the Regional Trial Court.
   Ejares was accused of putting his arms around the third year high school students, caressing their arms and backs and toying with the straps of their bras while hearing their confessions at the Abellana National High School on Nov. 14, 2006.
   The resolution, however, said it could just have been the priest's style or habit to touch the penitents during confession and noted that the parts of the body touched by Ejares were not even considered private parts.

Diocese makes changes after $800,000 disappears

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   WKYC, by Kristin Anderson, ~ October 03, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- Guilty.  That's the verdict a jury handed down to a former accountant in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese.
   Anton Zgoznik was convicted on all 15 counts for his role in an elaborate kickback scheme.
   For 7-years he helped steal close to 800-thousand of parishioners' money.
   The guilty verdict of Zgoznik, and the upcoming trial of his boss, former Chief Financial Officer Joseph Smith, is a relief to the diocese.
   "We wanted justice to prevail," said Bob Tayek with the Cleveland Catholic Diocese.

Willoughby Hills accountant found guilty of helping defraud Diocese

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending.
   The News-Herald, Staff reports, Oct/03/2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- After nearly three days of deliberations, a federal jury found a Kirtland Hills man guilty Tuesday of helping to defraud the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
   Anton Zgoznik, a 40-year-old former diocese accountant, had been on trial since Aug. 20 for taking church money in a kickback scheme.
   Zgoznik is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20 by U.S. District Judge Ann Aldrich in Cleveland.
   He was found guilty on all 15 counts of mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, and aiding and assisting preparation of false corporate income tax documents and returns.

Diocese ex-accountant Zgoznik guilty of fraud

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending.
   The Plain Dealer, by James F. McCarty, Wednesday, October 03, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- A stretch in federal prison awaits Anton Zgoznik, a former accountant for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese convicted Tuesday of paying kickbacks to a church official and defrauding the diocese.
   A jury in U.S. District Court in Cleveland returned guilty verdicts on all 15 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Defense attorneys and prosecutors declined to speculate on the range of prison time that Zgoznik faces when he is sentenced in February.
   Zgoznik, 40, of Kirtland Hills, appeared shocked as Deputy Clerk Vicky Kirkpatrick read each of the verdicts.
   He remained free on bond, and left the courthouse with his wife, Renee, and brother, Alexander, without speaking to the media.

Jury Convicts Former Church Accountant

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending.
   The Associated Press, By M.R. KROPKO, ~ October 03, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH), (AP) – A former Cleveland Catholic Diocese accountant was convicted Tuesday of funneling $784,000 in kickbacks to a church official in a scheme to get diocesan contracts for his firm.
   Anton Zgoznik arranged the payments to his former boss, Joseph Smith, from 1997 through 2004 in exchange for diocesan accounting work, federal jurors concluded.
   During his testimony, Zgoznik tearfully denied wrongdoing and said he was a middleman who handled payments between diocesan leaders.
   "The diocese maintains a mentality and atmosphere that encouraged this kind of activity," said his attorney, Robert Rotatori. "He (Zgoznik) thought that he was doing what he had authority to do."

Diocese Speaks Out In Support Of Injured Bishop

  [2007 Bp Pelotte*] - RCC. Assaulted, and later saw some Little People.
   KOAT, ~ October 03, 2007
   GALLUP, N.M. -- Police in Gallup have produced a report from Thursday's call to the home of Catholic Bishop Donald Pelotte.
   It shows the bishop told police he believed four people, only 3 to 5 feet tall and wearing masks, broke into his house.
   Officers found nothing.
   The diocese said the bishop, who is still recovering from a head injury he suffered in July, remains in touch with staff from his home.
   "The bishop is still the bishop. As bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, he is fully in charge of the Diocese of Gallup. That's really where we stand. The diocese continues to function, will continue to function, and we just hope that the bishop will continue to recover," said diocese spokesman Matt Doyle.

State concludes its evidence in a DeSoto minister's rape trial

  [2006 Warren*] - Assembly of God. Girl (11).
   Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn@gannett.com , ~ October 03, 2007
   MANSFIELD – The state concluded its case today against a Stanley minister accused of aggravated rape of an 11-year-old girl last year.
   The defense will present its witnesses today. Many of those are expected to either be character witnesses or witnesses who will testify that the alleged victim was not telling the truth.
   The day ended on an emotional note as several members of the jury, made up of nine women and three men, appeared moved as a father tried to explain the blow to his life as he tried to sort out details of sexual abuse allegations his daughter aimed at his father.
   One female juror on the front row pulled a Kleenex from her purse and another made a quick swipe to her eye as Dusty Warren admitted he initially dismissed his daughter's allegations because there wasn't a question in his mind that his father, Burcham Paul Warren, could have done such a thing.

"Rigorous vetting" for diocesan workers

  - RCC. Northern Ireland (UK) flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  
   Derry Journal, ~ October 03, 2007
   NORTHERN IRELAND -- The Diocese of Derry has introduced a formal recruitment and selection process for people working with children and young people. All those working with the young in a diocesan capacity will now have to submit an application form, reference forms and have a POCVA (Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults) or Garda check.
   The move was announced following the publication of the first annual report of the Diocese of Derry Child Protection Committee this week.
   The group, based at the Pastoral centre in Bishop Street was initiated by Most Rev. Dr Seamus Hegarty, Bishop of Derry to implement 'best practice' in the area of child protection across the Diocese of Derry.
   The committee says that rigorous 'vetting' procedures are now in place in the Diocese of Derry including checks for committee members, diocesan trainers, priests, parish representatives, parish employees and volunteers.

Gentle creatures threaten bishop at home

  [2007 Bp Pelotte*] - RCC. Assaulted, and later saw 4 Little People. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Spero News, By CNA, ~ October 03, 2007
   GALLUP (NM) -- Bishop Donald Pelotte of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico made an erratic emergency call from his home to local police early Thursday morning. An incident report from the McKinley Metropolitan Dispatch Authority reported that Bishop Pelotte, aged 62, told operators "…gentle little people, about 3 to 4 feet tall, and wearing Halloween masks" were in the hall. Bishop Pelotte is reported to have said that he hid in a closet while the people were in his home.
   Three officers were dispatched to the bishop's residence at 6 a.m., where they searched inside and outside his home. They reportedly found no intruders, but twenty minutes later the bishop requested they search again. Again, the officers discovered no intruders.
   The bishop reported four individuals were in his house but gave contradictory information about them. He said one of the individuals had come to visit while the others came inside. He claimed they had been at his home for three hours and would not leave despite his requests. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 3, 2007 1:04 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed October 03, 2007
• Priest cleared.  - RCC. Fr Doyle. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au/  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Priest cleared

   Television news, October 4, 2007
   PERTH: Father Richard Joseph Doyle, 71, of Wilson, today was found not guilty of a charge of sexually abusing a young girl at his holiday home in Moore River in 1984.
http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm#priest_cleared
   [LOOK BACK: January 25, 2006; July 24 and 25, 2007. ENDS.] [Oct 04, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


• School assistant held on suspicion of sexual assault

  [2006 Williams -NEW*] - Christian. Teenage girl. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Union-Tribune, www.signon sandiego.com/ news/metro/ 20071004- 1304-bn04 pastor.html , By Angelica Martinez, BREAKING NEWS TEAM, 1:04 p.m. October 4, 2007
   CHULA VISTA (CA) - An Eastlake High School campus assistant who is also a pastor at a San Diego church has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student, police said.
   Police said Eric M. Williams, 47, is accused of taking the 16-year-old girl out of class to an unoccupied classroom where the sexual assaults occurred. Police said the incidents happened between August and November 2006. The girl reported the incidents to a school resource officer in May.
   Lillian Leopold, a spokeswoman for the Sweetwater Union High School District said Williams was placed on paid administrative leave in May when school officials were notified by police of the accusations.
   Since then, detectives with the Chula Vista Police Department's Family Protection Unit have interviewed more than 25 possible witnesses, including students and faculty from the high school.

6 File Suit Against Mormon Church, Boy Scouts

  [1980s Dykes -NEW*] - Mormons, and Scouts. 6 boys.
   Fox 12, www.kptv.com/ news/14264873/ detail.html , UPDATED 4:55 pm PDT, October 3, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. -- Six men who say they are victims of sex abuse have filed a $25 million lawsuit that alleges the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon Church had an "institution-wide" child abuse problem.
   The lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County circuit court Wednesday. It contends that the men were sexually abused in the 1980s by Timur Dykes, a former Boy Scouts leader and a teacher at a Mormon Church.
   Portland attorney Kelly Clark said Dykes was investigated for child sexual offenses as early as 1981, but he remained in "positions of trust" for at least 4 more years.
   Clark also said the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts "failed miserably to take responsible steps to clean up their organizations."
   Two of the men involved in the lawsuit had filed a past sex abuse suit in January. That case was dismissed and then re-filed Wednesday with four new alleged victims.

Missbrauch: „Kein Sonderrecht für Geistliche"

  [1999 and 2003-06 Father Peter K.*] - RCC. Transferred. Boys. Germany flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   OONachrichten, October 04, 2007
   GERMANY -- The Green party has stated there are no special rights for clergymen. The statement came after a priest in Riekofen was arrested for abusing boys after the bishop reassigned him there after he was convicted of abusing boys in another town.
   The Greens are questioning why a priest, previously convicted of child sexual abuse, was allowed to move into another town and teach religion to young people.
   Ulrike Gote, a spokesman for the Greens, said it must be ensured that nobody convicted of abuse can teach in schools. The spokesman said the Regensburg bishop has not taken personal responsibility for the scandal. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 4, 2007 10:32 AM]

Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori . it

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   L'Espresso, ~ October 04, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti has completely updated his Web site < www.chiesa cattolica dei peccatori.it > which means Catholic Church of the Sinners.
   The parish priest does things seriously. Besides activation of a free "green" telephone line to establish contact with those priests who are living in the same situation -- as he said on the Channel 5 TV program Buona Domenica last Sunday -- he has updated the web site. The site was started a month ago during the tempest raised with his strained relationship with the Bishop of Padua after Rev. Sguotti publicly professed his love for a woman he wants to marry.
   He made the Web site more attactractive and includes an introductory video titled "Whoever hasn't sinned can throw the first stone." He is fighting his battle through the Web and he is building up tools to be able to get financial help. He announced that on Nov. 16-18 he will organize at Abano a meeting to deal with issues related to discrimination by the institutional church against divorced couples that have remarried or those who are separated from their spouses and are living with their new companions.
   His Web site also shows the budget for his new church (La Chiesa Cattolica dei Peccatori). He is currently in the "black" because he received 10,000 euros from his interview with Buona Domenica and 350 euroes offered by a famiy in Abano and by a group of women in Monterosso. He has also earmarked 600 euros to support victims of clergy sexual abuse. Money was spent to set up the Web site and establish the "green" telephone line.
   He has received messages from people who are favorably and opposed to his latest endeavor. One message came from a girl in the parish of San Lorenzo at Abano who said she was impressed with his smile and wants to meet him. She asked him not to give up. Another woman from Bagnoli di Sopra married a divorced man and asked the priest to continue in his parish. A message also came from a priest in Naples who said he shares the battle of Rev. Sguotti.
   Not everyone supports the rebellion of the priest. One person said if he had read the dialogues of the Divine Providence of St. Catherine of Siena he would not take his present course. One writer indicated priests like him belong in jail. A nun told him that God doesn't read in newspapers what people do but reads it within themselves. Another writer told Rev. Sguotti to get a job and support the woman he loves and her son like so many other people do.

Unforgiven

  [1990s or ?+ Roney] - RCC. Girls. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Guatemala flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ 
   City Pages, By Jonathan Kaminsky, October 03, 2007
   NEW ULM (MN) -- With Father Greg Schaffer in town for a visit, Burke took him aside for a frank conversation about Roney, as Burke noted in a memo later obtained in the lawsuit. Roney had abused young girls in the past, Burke told Schaffer, and he needed to know: Was there any chance of that happening in Guatemala?
   Schaffer, who had known Roney for 20 years, told Burke that on Roney's visits to the mission, he spent a lot of time with kids there–mostly with young girls. When Roney read books to the children, Schaffer said, they would sit in his lap and hug him. But Schaffer didn't think it was a problem. He'd never seen Roney alone with a girl, he pointed out, and he'd never received any complaints.
   Burke asked the mission boss to "keep his eye on Fr. Roney's conduct" during his visits, according to the memo, and Schaffer told him he would.
   At the August 18, 1993, meeting of the sexual abuse review board, Roney was a prominent item on the agenda. Speaking before the board, Burke presented his findings on the problem priest's time in Guatemala and handed out Roney's history of abuse, including summaries of the three complaints lodged against him, as well as a contrite apology the priest had written to one of his victims. ("I cried when I read your letter," Roney wrote, adding that he "never intended harm even when I caused it.") Burke presented the board members three options for dealing with Roney: They could advise the bishop to defrock him, recommend that Roney be limited in his work to stay away from girls under 13, or, in the words of the report, they could recommend that the bishop "do nothing."

Paedophile flees town following attack on house

  [O'Grady] Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Irish Independent, Thursday October 04 2007
   IRELAND -- Convicted paedophile Oliver O'Grady has fled Dundalk and does not intend to return, a district court Judge was told yesterday.
   It is believed the former priest, who was convicted in California in 1993 of abusing two brothers and sentenced to 14 years in jail, had been living in the border town for a number of months before his rented home was the subject of a burglary and criminal damage.
   The incident took place in August, a short time after his whereabouts became public knowledge and was reported in the local press.
   A local man, Padraig Owens (32), is before the court charged with burglary and two charges of causing criminal damage.

Pastor Pleads Guilty In Sex Case

  [~ 2004-5 Reyes*] - Iglesia De Dios. Admits. Girl (12) has baby. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Hartford Courant, By STEVEN GOODE | ~ October 04, 2007
   HARTFORD (CT) -- After months of denial, even in the face of two incriminating DNA tests, a storefront pastor entered a guilty plea Wednesday to charges he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old member of his congregation who subsequently bore him a son.
   Modesto Reyes' decision to enter a plea of guilt under the Alford Doctrine to charges of first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor came after jury selection in the case began earlier this week.
   Reyes' plea brought tears to his disbelieving wife, and upset his adult son, who looked on from the rear of the courtroom.
   "I wish he had gone to trial," said Melvin Reyes, 25, outside the courtroom.

Exclusive Brethren accused named

  [Petrie, and another] - Exclusive Brethren. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newstalkzb, 14:32:03, Oct/4/2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- The former senior member of the Exclusive Brethren church facing historical allegations of sexual abuse has lost an appeal for continued name suppression.
   Clive Petrie, 72, appeared in the Nelson District Court this morning. He faces six representative charges of indecent assault, and one of inducing an indecent act.

Sex Abuse Victims Want $25 Million From LDS Church

  [1980-85 Dykes*] - Mormons, Scouts. 6 boys. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KUTV, Written by Doug G. Ware, Email: dware@kutv2.com , ~ October 04, 2007
   SALT LAKE CITY (UT) -- Several men have filed a $25 million lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, claiming that they were sexually abused by a Sunday school teacher more than 20-years ago - and the church did nothing about it.
   The suit is brought by six men in the Portland, Ore. Area who say the incidents of abuse happened between 1980 and 1985 - when they were adolescents. The accused is Timur Dykes, 51, who at the time taught Sunday school at a Portland ward, was an LDS home teacher and local Boy Scout leader.
   Now, Dykes is listed in the Oregon state sex offender registry for a case unrelated to the church allegations. But the lawsuit alleges that Dykes was also a predator in the early 1980s, and the LDS church even knew about it.
   "Both [the LDS church and Boy Scouts] knew everything they needed to know about Dykes," said Kelly Clark, an attorney for the accusers. "[They] kept him in positions with access to children for another several years."

Men sue Scouts, Mormon church

  [1980-85 Dykes] - Mormons, Scouts. 26 convictions since 1983. 6 more boys.
   The Oregonian, By PETER ZUCKERMAN, Thursday, October 04, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Six Portland men sued the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday, seeking more than $25 million for alleged sexual abuse by a church teacher and Scout leader more than 20 years ago.
   The lawsuit contends that Timur Van Dykes, 51, molested Boy Scouts in Troop 719, which was supervised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lawsuit includes two brothers who dropped a previous complaint. It does not name Dykes as a defendant.
   Dykes, a registered sex offender who now lives in Southwest Portland, has been convicted of at least 26 sex crimes since 1983. He is one of about 50 Oregon leaders expelled by the Boy Scouts for sex abuse between 1970 and 1990 and more than 5,100 leaders expelled nationally since 1946, according to confidential Boy Scout files and summaries obtained by The Oregonian.

Church, family members defend Stanley minister charged with rape

  [2006 Warren*] - Assembly of God. Girl (11).
   The Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn@gannett.com , October 3, 2007
   MANSFIELD (LA) -- A Stanley minister's aggravated rape trial is expected to end tomorrow with a verdict.
   Testimony continued this afternoon with more church and family members rising to Burcham Paul Warren's defense.
   Warren, 51, has pleaded not to guilty to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. And those who say they've known him for a decade or more agree he is not the kind of man who would harm a child.
   If convicted, Warren faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Several witnesses who testified Wednesday afternoon are or were Sunday school teachers at South Oak Grove Assembly of God Church in Stanley, the church Warren pastored until his resignation after his arrest a year ago.

Church leaders' failures cited in misconduct case

  [? 1990s-2000s Lawson] - Presbyterian. Talk and internet.
   The Seattle Times, By Janet I. Tu, religion reporter, ~ October 04, 2007
   SEATTLE (WA) -- A Presbyterian fact-finding commission has found that local and regional church leaders did not do enough to prevent a pastor from allegedly committing acts of sexual misconduct.
   The former cleric, Richard B. Lawson, served as pastor from about 1988 to 2003 for a now-defunct ministry that served international students near the University of Washington.
   The ministry's office was in a building owned by University Presbyterian Church (UPC) that served as a residence and gathering place for international students.
   Last year, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) charged Lawson with violating church policy by inappropriately talking about circumcision restoration and sexual pleasure with two adults, one of them a UPC member, and by posting comments on a similar subject on Web sites.

Diocese to seek dismissal of its bankruptcy case

  [50yrs San Diego and San Bernardino Dioceses] - RCC. US$198m. 144 victims.
   Union-Tribune, October 03, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA): The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego will go to court Oct. 25 to ask that its bankruptcy case be dismissed after reaching a $198 million settlement last month with 144 childhood sexual abuse victims.
   Diocese attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case Monday, more than six months after seeking bankruptcy protection against dozens of civil lawsuits.
   The settlement calls for $198,125,000 to be paid in two lump sums next year by the diocese, Catholic Mutual insurance and the San Bernardino diocese, which was part of San Diego's jurisdiction until 1978.

Back to the future

  - RCC seminary advertising for "gays".
   Catholic World News, "Off the Record," ~ October 04, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Remember that much-vaunted "new and serious" Apostolic Visitation of the seminaries that was supposed to clean up Dodge City in the wake of the abuse scandal? OTR has from time-to-time expressed skepticism about the bishops' alacrity in having their own barracks inspected, and whatever findings the Visitation arrived at have heretofore remained under close wraps.
   Some concrete evidence concerning the success of the Visitation is provided by Matt Abbott in regard to the long-notorious St. Vincent's Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. Says Abbott:
   St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary recently sent out two vocation-recruiting catalogs [i.e., its Summer 2007 edition] to prospective seminarians. One version -- which contained only articles and no advertisements -- targeted straight men. The other version -- which did contain advertisements, including [one] with two bare-chested men standing next to each other in a hot tub -- targeted homosexual men.

Nuns' Evictions Pose Perception Problem for Catholic Church

  [50+yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 150 priests. US$660m. 1940s-90s - 508 victims. 2007 - evicting nuns.
   Washington Post, By Karl Vick, Page A03, Thursday, October 4, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- In Southern California, where the Roman Catholic Church has agreed to pay victims of pedophile priests $660 million, the archdiocese is ordering nuns out of convents so the buildings can be sold to fund the out-of-court settlement.
   Here in Santa Barbara, the sins of the fathers are being visited on the Sisters of Bethany. The three nuns living in a modest building on Nopal Street received an eviction notice last month ordering them to be out by Dec. 31. Earlier "would be acceptable as well," the letter said.
   Among those being forced to move is Sister Angela Escalera, 69, who, diabetic and able to get around only with a walker, had hoped to live out her days in the Santa Barbara convent. "This is how the archdiocese is going about getting the money to pay off the victims," said her younger sister, Rosemary Escalera Gutierrez, 64, a former nun in the order.
   "She said: 'It's such a heavy price to pay for such an ugly thing'," said Gutierrez, quoting her sister. " 'Children were being victimized.' "
   The public storm over the evictions has prolonged an excruciating controversy that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles had hoped to begin putting behind it in July when it agreed to payouts to 508 accusers of 221 priests and other male church employees.
   Instead, the new flap has raised the question of how much the church has learned about the crucial business of public perception.
   Gutierrez quoted her sister because church officials slapped a gag order on the nuns. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 4, 2007 8:31 AM]

Man Admits To Fondling Kids At Church Functions

  [2005 Mr Lavertu*] - Baptist. Boys.
   TheDenverChannel.com , ~ October 04, 2007
   FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A 23-year-old Windsor, Colo., man at the center of a church controversy has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges in connection to the fondling of a handful of children at church functions.
   Paul J. Lavertu admitted Wednesday in Larimer District Court to attempted sexual assault on a child and unlawful sexual contact. As part of the plea agreement, six other charges against him were dropped.
   Lavertu surrendered to police in June on the advice of his pastors at Gateway Baptist Church in Loveland, Colo. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM]

Pastor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Girl In Classroom

  [2006 Williams*] - Christian. Teenage girl.
   NBC Sandiego , ~ October 04, 2007
   CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A pastor who worked as a high school resource officer is accused of sexually assaulting a female student on campus, according to police.
   Eric M. Williams, 47, was placed on administrative leave, after the allegations against him surfaced, according to the Sweetwater Union High School District. They said Williams will remain on paid leave until they are notified of the official charges against him.
   Williams, who according to police is also a pastor at a Lomita church, has worked as a campus supervisor since January of 2005. Chula Vista police said they used DNA evidence to connect him to the alleged crime.

Markey pushes change in sex abuse law

 
   Queens Courier, BY JOE POMPEO, 10:44 AM CDT, Thursday, October 4, 2007
   NEW YORK -- Queens Assemblymember Margaret M. Markey last week called on the state legislature to extend the age by which victims of childhood sexual abuse could file criminal complaints.
   "Many victims of these horrific crimes have never received their day in court. They were shut off from justice because of the statute of limitation provisions in our law," said Markey speaking at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law on September 25.
   Under current law, the five-year criminal statute of limitations for unreported child sex-abuse cases in New York is triggered when a victim reaches 18. Markey's bill, currently in the Assembly, would extend the trigger age to 23, giving childhood victims until at least age 28 to file a criminal suit.
   The bill would also provide a one-time, one-year window for victims of any age to seek civil damages for abuse that occurred when they were children. The bill passed the Assembly in 2005 and again, after revisions, in 2006 and 2007, however, its companion bill, co-sponsored by Senator Stephen M. Saland, of Poughkeepsie, has stalled in the senate.

With Malice Toward Nuns

  [50+yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 150 priests. US$660m. 1940s-90s - 508 victims. 2007 - evicting nuns.
   Slate, By Melinda Henneberger, Posted 3:41 PM ET, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- There is a part of me–my inner Republican, you could say–that knew what Tony Snow meant when he said he was quitting his $168,000-a-year job as White House press secretary so he could go make some real dough: "I ran out of money," he explained, and all over California's Rancho Santa Fe, heads nodded.
   As out-of-touch as Snow's remarks were–and perfectly consonant with the income disparities his ex-boss has so tirelessly strived to widen–the mortgage-owing, nice-stuff-coveting part of me had no flagstones to throw. As a friend of mine whispered at a party in the sort of home with light fixtures worth more than my life insurance, "It's hell being in the lower quadrant of the upper 10 percent."
   In no dark corner of my heart, however, can I understand why the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has decided to begin raising the millions it owes to the victims of predatory priests by kicking some elderly nuns who work with poor people out of their Santa Barbara convent.

Priest ruling draws protest

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for October 05, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE Cebu City Prosecutor's Office defended itself from the criticisms after clearing Fr. Benedicto Ejares of acts of lasciviousness, child abuse and sexual harassment.
   The Crusade Against Violence (CAV) described the resolution as "unfair."
   "So what happened to the testimonies of the children? Just because he is a priest they will not charge him? This will follow the case against Fr. Jose Belciña where the victim just accepted payment. We respect the Catholic Church, but the church should also respect justice," CAV Visayas head Thelma Chiong said.

Giuliani Deflects Archbishop's Criticism

  [Mons. Placa] - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Guardian (U.K.), By CHERYL WITTENAUER, Associated Press Writer, 6:31 PM, Thursday October 4, 2007
   CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - Republican Rudy Giuliani on Thursday brushed aside criticism from Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke who said he would deny Holy Communion to Giuliani and any other presidential candidate who supports abortion rights.
   "I'm not running for religious office," Giuliani told reporters during a brief appearance at a coffee bar in a St. Louis suburb. …
   Giuliani had little to say about Monsignor Alan Placa, a boyhood friend who works for Giuliani's security consulting business. On Thursday, national advocates for clergy abuse victims renewed their call for Giuliani to fire Placa, who has been suspended from the Roman Catholic Church over accusations he abused children and covered up abuse by others.
   Placa has defended himself for years over allegations in a 2003 Suffolk County grand jury report that detailed decades-old abuses by priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
   None of the priests was ever prosecuted because statutes of limitations had expired.
   Giuliani called Placa a longtime friend in whom he has a lot of confidence.

What the Hell is Bishop Brown Doing in St. Augustine?

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. [Mr Avila*] - Didn't know, now he knows. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 11:53 AM, October 4, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- As the Catholic Diocese of Orange heads toward a potentially blockbuster civil trial, as diocesan PR flacks spin furiously, Bishop Tod D. Brown is in…St. Augustine, Florida?!
   Yep. His Excellency is there as part of the Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops. Now, we don't hold anything against our Orthodox brethren--Orange County Register columnist Steve Greenhut is Greek Orthodox--but surely there are more important things for Brown to take care of than a millennium-old schism, no?
   Indeed, even as Brown kicks it with some of his fellow bishops, he's still trying to fight off efforts to hold him in contempt. Yesterday, Brown filed a declaration from St. Augustine stating under oath that he had "no knowledge whatsoever of any court order compelling" Monsignor John Urell to "appear at a deposition or trial" prior to shipping Urell off to Canada to treat an acute anxiety disorder. Brown refers to an August 30 order by Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler ordering Urell to appear in court.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu October 04, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Fri October 05, 2007 edition:


Youth pastor faces child sex charges

  [1995 Peterson -NEW*] - River of Life Church. Girl (7). United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   My Fox Tampa Bay, www.myfox tampabay.com/ myfox/pages/ News/Detail? contentId=455 9160&version= 1&locale=EN- US&layout Code=TSTY& pageId=3.2.1 ; 8:07 PM EDT, Friday, Oct 05, 2007
   TAMPA (FL) -- Standing before a judge on charges of capital sexual battery, 31-year-old Justin Peterson was visibly shaken. The youth pastor faces an accusation from his past -- that he molested his 7-year-old cousin, whom he was babysitting 12 years ago.
   Police say the victim, who lives out of state, recently contacted authorities about the allegations, and they began an investigation in September.
   "Eventually we got the victim to do a controlled telephone call, it's a law enforcement technique, you don't need a warrant," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesperson J.D. Calloway. "The victim contacts the suspect in this case, they're having a conversation we're listening and recording."

No charges against accused priest

  [? 2000s Hoang -NEW*] - RCC. Other evidence contradicts girl.
   KTVZ, Associated Press -3:35 AM ET, October 5, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a girl in Portland will NOT face criminal charges.
   Multnomah County deputy district attorney Charlene Woods says evidence contradicted the girl's claims.
   The Reverend Joseph Hoang will remain on administrative leave while the Portland Archdiocese completes an internal review. The attorney for the 40-year-old priest says her client wants to return to his Tillamook parish.

Breaking: Orange Diocese Settles Andrade Case

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest-NEW*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. [Mr Pecharich -NEW*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Breaking News, Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 5:39 PM, October 5, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Scroll down for updates as they come…
   Just received word that the Catholic Diocese of Orange just settled a civil suit filed against it and former Mater Dei High School boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade. Strange, considering diocesan lawyers were publicly proclaiming they were raring to start the trial. And isn't it convenient that they announce it on a Friday afternoon, just as the weekend starts and reporters are busy planning how to lose the weekend in a glass of Jack Daniels? Details as they come over the weekend…
   **UPDATE: The Associated Press is up first with a story. The Orange diocese also settled three other cases involving molestations. Bishop Tod D. Brown's prepared statement: "The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility." We'll spare ustedes [????] the snide, truthful remarks for now--dinner calls…
   **UPDATE: Screw dinner. The settlement means Monsignor John Urell will no longer have to testify, signifies Brown and others can't be put on the witness stand and be forced to tell what they know. "Moral obligation," Bishop Brown? How about the moral obligation John Urell had to report Michael Pecharich to Child Protective Services? How about the moral obligation you had to disclose a molestation allegation per your Covenant with the Faithful, and the obligation to not twist it around to suit your needs?

Pastor wants dismissal in mall fondling case

  [? 2006-07 Adam Barton -NEW*] - "The Chapel." Fondled 2 women. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Beacon Journal, By Phil Trexler Beacon, Friday, Oct 05, 2007
   AKRON (OH) -- An area pastor accused of fondling two women while they shopped is asking a judge to dismiss the case, contending he has passed a lie detector test.
   Attorneys for the Rev. Adam P. Barton of The Chapel are also asking Akron Municipal Judge Eve Belfance to have the two charges of sexual imposition tried separately, if she denies their request to toss out the case.
   In court papers filed this week, Barton's attorneys say retired Akron police Sgt. Sean Matheny gave Barton a polygraph test on Sept. 17.
   "The test results show that Mr. Barton was truthful regarding the essential elements of the offense with which he is charged," attorney Annette Powers wrote in her motion.

Diocese of Orange Settles Abuse Cases

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest-NEW*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Associated Press, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, ~ October 05, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Diocese of Orange said Friday that it has settled four sex-abuse cases, including a case that had threatened to expose the bishop to a contempt of court hearing next week.
   It wasn't immediately known how much the plaintiffs would receive under the terms of the deal, which had been in the works for several weeks as attorneys simultaneously prepared for trial.
   The cases were the first to be filed since 2004, when the Diocese of Orange reached a record-breaking $100 million settlement with about 90 plaintiffs. The lawsuits, the first of which was to go to trial Oct. 15, involved allegations against three lay teachers at Mater Dei High School and Santa Margarita High School, as well as allegations against a priest at a neighborhood parish.
   "The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility," Bishop Tod D. Brown said in a statement. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 5, 2007 10:46 PM]

Mothers of invention

  [1970s-1997 - Grenville Christian College* (Community of Jesus)] - Anglican. Sexual, physical, psychological. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Globe and Mail, By MICHAEL VALPY, From Saturday's Globe and Mail, for October 6, 2007
   ORLEANS, MASS. – They were two overweight boozing housewives who hid their drinking, their harridan brawling and their lesbian affair from all but a few obeisant servants. They lived like royalty with a private plane at their command, a Jaguar, a Bermuda estate and a flat in England.
   In private, they read cheap magazines, consumed vast amounts of food, fought physically and shrieked at each other for hours on end.
   Publicly, they consorted with important figures in American politics and society, and met Pope John Paul II for a chummy chat.
   And having founded an ultra-authoritarian Christian community that attracted the wealthy, the successful and often the mind-bruised to their compound on Massachusetts's Cape Cod peninsula, they reached across the border to embrace Grenville Christian College, the private Ontario school now the subject of great controversy, and a naive hierarchy of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Zimbabwe: Archbishop Ncube Assigned New Job

  [2006-07 Archbishop Ncube*] - RCC. Married woman. Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia/Southern Rhodesia) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   AllAfrica, SW Radio Africa (London), by Lance Guma, ~ October 05, 2007
   ZIMBABWE -- The Catholic Church has assigned the former Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube a new job, nearly a month after he resigned over an alleged adulterous affair.
   Father Martin Schupp, the Apostolic Administrator of the vacant Archdiocese appointed Ncube to be in charge of pastoral programmes in Bulawayo. Archbishop Ncube who retains his title, will be coordinating pastoral work, structures and training courses. He told the Catholic Information Service for Africa, 'In this work I shall assist people in coming closer to God, and this includes promoting human rights and defending the disadvantaged.'

Facts, Fairness Out the Window In LAT Op-Ed Attack On Calif. Bishop

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NewsBusters, By Dave Pierre | 08:28 ET | October 5, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The harm wrecked upon victims of sexual abuse is real and damaging. That is not an excuse, however, for reckless, false, and misleading reporting about Catholic Church officials. Take the egregiously wobbly op-ed from Monday's Los Angeles Times, "O.C.'s wayward bishop" (10/1/07). (For those of you outside California and unfamiliar with the TV show a couple of years back, "O.C." stands for Orange County.)
   Contributing editor Gustavo Arellano goes after Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange in California. Arellano perceives a lack of openness by Brown in reporting about sexual abuse in the diocese. But Arellano's premise falls completely flat in light of a flagrant disregard for honest facts and fairness.

A Critique of a Critique Criticizing My Bishop Brown Critique

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 12:55 PM, October 5, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Google is great, really: a couple of random searches, and voila! You have a media critique. At least that's how Dave Pierre, author of The Media Report and a contributor to NewsBusters, operates with my recent LA Times opinion piece bashing Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown. Under the headline, "Facts, Fairness Out the Window In LAT Op-Ed Attack On Calif. Bishop," Pierre proclaims that my article's premise that Bishop Brown's handling of the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal is horrible and almost worse than the actions of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony "falls flat on its face in light of a flagrant disregard for honest facts and fairness." Pierre then proceeds to try and deconstruct my arguments--and fails spectacularly due to his own ignorance of an ordeal that's continued for the better part of 20 years.
   Pierre begins by trying to excuse Brown's role in the Jeff Andrade matter by pointing out Brown didn't assume Orange's bishopric until almost two years after Mater Dei High School officials let Andrade go. He keys in on my passage describing the current lawsuit against the Orange diocese as one where a former student "alleges that church officials ignored her abuse."

Giuliani says archbishop 'entitled to viewpoint" barring communion to candidate

  [Mons Placa] - RCC. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Jo Mannies, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, Oct/05/2007
   CLAYTON (MO) – Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that voters considering his Republican bid for president should be concerned about his views on the Constitution – not whether he's allowed to take Communion.
   Giuliani, a Catholic, sought to play down any conflict with St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, who has said he would deny Communion to any Catholic politician whose public position on abortion is contrary to the church's teaching. …
   As he spoke, several protesters outside passed out fliers that called for Giuliani to fire Monsignor Alan Placa, a longtime friend who works for Giuliani's security consulting business.
   Giuliani called Placa "one of my two or three oldest friends. I have great respect for him."
   The protesters were with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and included its national director, David Clohessy. The Catholic Church has suspended Placa, who has been accused by a grand jury of sexually abusing children and protecting other clergy members facing similar accusations. Placa has denied any wrongdoing.

Diocese of Orange settles four church abuse cases before trial

  - RCC. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl.
   San Jose Mercury News, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer, Article Launched 05:03:32 PM PDT, Oct/05/2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif.–The Diocese of Orange said late Friday it has settled four clergy abuse cases, including a case that had threatened to expose the bishop to a contempt of court hearing next week.
   It wasn't immediately known how much plaintiffs would receive under the terms of the deal, which had been in the works for several weeks as attorneys simulaneously prepared for trial.
   The cases were the first to be filed since 2004, when the Diocese of Orange reached a record-breaking $100 million settlement with about 90 plaintiffs. The lawsuits, the first of which was to go to trial Oct. 15, involved allegations against three lay teachers at Mater Dei High School and Santa Margarita High School, as well as allegations against a priest at a neighborhood parish.
   "The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility," Bishop Tod D. Brown said in a printed statement.

Nuns Can Stay

  [50+yrs Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. > 150 priests. US$660m. 1940s-90s - 508 victims. 2007 - evicting nuns.
   The Santa Barbara Independent, October 04, 2007
   SANTA BARBARA (CA) -- Due to a change of mind by leaders of the Sisters of Bethany Catholic order, three Santa Barbara nuns can remain and work here but must vacate their half-century-old convent.
   That's because the L.A. Archdiocese plans to sell it to help pay settlements to victims of priest abuse.
   Meanwhile, a group called Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests held a press conference in Los Angeles, calling for the resignation of Bishop Thomas Curry of Santa Barbara.
   They say he actively covered up for a priest accused of sexually molesting several children dating to the 1980s. Curry did not return my call.

CHIESA/ PRETE MONTEROSSO, BETORI: SUO APPROCCIO E' PROTESTANTE

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Alice, ~ October 05, 2007
   ITALY -- Monsignor Giuseppe Betori, secretary of the Italian Bishops Conference, said yesterday that the rebel priest Rev. Sante Sguotti may belong in a Protestant church since these churches take a different approach to ministry.
   The monsignor added that Rev. Sguotti's behavior is causing the church to suffer. He invited the parish priest to think about his position and determine if he belongs elsewhere than with the Catholic Church.

"Forse la sua casa è …

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 05, 2007
   ITALY -- Monsignor Giuseppe Betori, secretary of the Conferenza Episcopale Italianiana, attended the 100th anniversary celebration yesterday of La Difensa del Popolo (The defense of the people) which is the weekly newspaper of the Padua diocese.
   The event was also organized to defend the right of the Catholic church to deal with "secular issues" since the church speaks for the good of the country.
   Answering a question about the Rev. Sante Sguotti, he denied his case is reflection of an ample debate on priestly celibacy. Monsignor Betori said it was a personal problem of a parish priest whose behavior is causing a lot of suffering to the church.
   He added that Rev. Sguotti must ask himself if he really believes that he is part of the church. The monsignor implied with his statements that it was not the Vatican's fault if the priest was expelled from his parish.
   The Padua diocese set today as the deadline when Rev. Sguotti must leave his parish in Monterosso. It is expected that a "sentence" will be issued Monday to expel the priest from the Church of Rome. This outcome can be read from Monsignor Betori's final statement. He said it seems to him that the way Rev. Sgotti deals with problems of priests in the church is very….Protestant. Perhaps his home is in some other place.
   Rev. Sguotti became controversial recently when he declared his love for a woman who he wants to marry while remaining a priest. The Padua bishop removed his priestly faculties and has ordered him from his parish. So far he has refused to go and continues to celebrate Mass there.

Juror in diocesan kickback trial wanted to hear more from Pilla

  - RCC. [~ 2000s Mr Zgoznik*] - RCC. Guilty. US$784,000 for consulting. [~ 2000s Mr Smith*] - Case pending. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Plain Dealer, by James F. McCarty, ~ October 05, 2007
   CLEVELAND (OH) -- Jurors in the diocesan kickback trial left federal court wishing they had heard more testimony from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland's hierarchy, one of the jurors said Wednesday.
   The jury had more than enough evidence Tuesday to convict Anton Zgoznik, a former church accountant, of paying kickbacks to his boss at the diocese and defrauding the church, said the juror, who requested anonymity.
   A secretly recorded, profanity-riddled conversation between Zgoznik and his former business partner helped the jury to see a different side of the pious John Carroll University graduate who acted like an altar boy in court, the juror said.
   "That tape was a defining moment in the case," the juror said. "We were able to hear the two Antons. It showed his real personality. He was trapped with no place to go."
   During three days of deliberations, the jurors couldn't help wondering why Bishop Anthony Pilla was unaware of secret payments being made to diocesan employees, and why defense attorney Robert Rotatori didn't press the bishop harder during cross-examination.

DA drops abuse case against Catholic priest

  [Hoang*] - RCC. Other evidence contradicts girl.
   The Oregonian, By ASHBEL S. GREEN, Friday, October 05, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- Prosecutors have decided not to press charges against a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a girl in Portland.
   The Rev. Joseph V. Hoang, 40, will remain on administrative leave while the Portland Archdiocese conducts an internal review, said Bud Bunce, a church spokesman.
   The family of his accuser also has filed a $6.25 million civil claim against the archdiocese.
   Susan Elizabeth Reese, Hoang's attorney, said her client wanted to return to his Tillamook parish and resume his ministry.
   "We're absolutely thrilled. And Father Hoang is totally gratified. He's totally innocent of any wrongdoing," Reese said.
   Charlene C. Woods, a deputy Multnomah County district attorney, said she decided not to proceed with the case because evidence contradicted the girl's accusations and investigators could not corroborate her claims.

No charges against accused priest

  [Hoang*] - RCC. Other evidence contradicts girl.
   KTVZ, Associated Press, 3:35 AM ET,October 5, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a girl in Portland will NOT face criminal charges.
   Multnomah County deputy district attorney Charlene Woods says evidence contradicted the girl's claims.
   The Reverend Joseph Hoang will remain on administrative leave while the Portland Archdiocese completes an internal review. The attorney for the 40-year-old priest says her client wants to return to his Tillamook parish.

Police, fire and courts

  [2007 Love*] - Baptist. Anaesthetic. 4 teenage boys.
   Peoria Journal-Star, ~ October 05, 2007
   BLOOMINGTON (IL) -- A Dec. 10 trail was set Thursday for a former Bloomington minister and substitute teacher accused of sedating and sexually abusing four boys.
   James Love, 37, was charged in May with four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly sedating and molesting four teenage boys at his home. He remains in jail on $40,000 bond.
   McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Brooks said police seized several computers from Love's home, and at least one image of child pornography was found.
   [LOOK BACK: May 2007 newsitems. ENDS.]

Victim: Defrocked priest hid $80G in assets

  [1950s-60s Janssen] - RCC. 44 complainants including nephew (admitted).
   Quad-Cities Online, By Brian Krans, bkrans@qconline.com , ~ October 05, 2007
   DAVENPORT (IA) -- Attorneys in a civil case against a defrocked Davenport priest want him found in contempt of court for allegedly hiding $80,000 in bonds.
   In May 2005, a Scott County jury awarded already defrocked priest James Janssen's nephew $1.89 million for abuse that he allegedly suffered as a child. Since then, attorneys have been going through Mr. Janssen's assets to discover how much money he has.
   Thursday, attorneys representing his nephew, Jim Wells, wanted Scott County Chief Judge Bobbi Alpers to find Mr. Janssen in contempt of court for allegedly hiding his money.
   "We don't feel that we've gotten a full disclosure," Mr. Wells' attorney, Tom Yeggy.
   [LOOK BACK to May 2005, ethcont112.htm . ENDS.]

Priest in prisoner-sex scandal to stand trial

  [2006-07 Connolly* (Franciscan)] - RCC. US$7607. Male.
   The Tribune-Democrat, By SANDRA K. REABUCK, ~ October 05, 2007
   CRESSON (PA) – A chaplain who ostensibly had sexual contact with an inmate during counseling sessions at the SCI-Cresson and the inmate who allegedly extorted hush money to keep quiet about it will stand trial in Cambria County Court.
   The Rev. Gerard M. Connolly, a Franciscan priest, was a prison chaplain through a contract the state had with his order. Earlier in his career, he was pastor of churches in Windber and Northern Cambria boroughs.
   Connolly also is accused of smuggling in alcohol to the prisoner.
   The prisoner, William Victor, who authorities said was paid $7,600 in "hush" money by the priest, will stand trial on a charge of theft by extortion.
   [LOOK BACK: ~ August 14, 2007. ENDS.]

Minister to find out his fate today

  [2006 - Warren*] - Assembly of God. Girl (11).
   The Shreveport Times, By Vickie Welborn, vwelborn@gannett.com , October 5, 2007
   MANSFIELD (LA) – Stanley minister Burcham Paul Warren today will go home a free man or be escorted in handcuffs across the street to a jail cell to start the rest of his life as a convicted rapist.
   The 51-year-old has been on trial since Tuesday on a charge of aggravated rape. Warren spent hours on the witness stand in a DeSoto courtroom Thursday and proclaimed he did not sexually assault an 11-year-old girl.
   DeSoto Assistant District Attorney Anna Garcie and defense attorney Rick Fayard will present their closing arguments at 9 a.m. today.
   Warren and his wife, Shelia, were the only witnesses called Thursday.

"Die Diözese war gewarnt"

  [1999 and 2003-06 Father Peter K.*] - RCC. Transferred. Boys. Germany flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Mittelbayerische, ~ October 05, 2007
   GERMANY -- Bavarian judicial authorities again confirmed that the Regensburg diocese was warned before employment of the priest called Peter K. in the town of Riekofen.
   Andreas Quentin, spokesman for the higher regional court of Nuremberg, said Richterin, the district court for Viechtach, received in February 2004 a request from the diocese on whether Peter K., who had been convicted of child sexual abuse, could conceivably be used again in municipal work. The court said such work had to be supervised and working with young people would be excluded. The diocese was told the priest could not be used in youth work, the spokesman said. The Regensburg bishop subsequently assigned Peter K. to Riekofen where he taught religion to young people and was later charged with sexually abusing boys in his care.
   When the sexual abuse cases in Viechtach became known this summer, the diocese in a press release said the district court at Viechtach did not have doubts about employment of Peter K. This caused the district court director to issue a rectification.
   Meanwhile the Bavarian education and cultural minister yesterday rejected partial responsibility for employment of the Riekofen priest to teach religion in schools. In accordance with the Bavarian concordat of 1924 the diocese can select the teachers and the ministry must accept that the clergymen are technically qualified. If there was a warning from the court, then it appears not enough care was not practiced, according to Ludwig Unger, press spokesman for the ministry.

Native Island woman speaks of her inner 'death' at N.S. school

  [100yrs - 4 Churches and the Provinces] - Abuse of indigenous children. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Guardian, By JIM DAY, ~ October 05, 2007
   CANADA -- Thunder Child should soon be getting a cheque from the federal government.
   It likely won't be for $28,000 – the average payout expected to start arriving in coming weeks from nearly $2 billion allotted in native residential schools compensation.
   About 80,000 former students can apply for common experience payments – $10,000 for the first year they attended the once-mandatory network of church-run schools, and $3,000 for each subsequent year.
   Thunder Child, the native name of 60-year-old Marie Knockwood, only spent one year at the Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia. By the above formula, she would be looking at cashing a cheque for $10,000.
   She dismisses her eventual compensation, regardless of the amount, as inconsequential.
   "We're not looking to get rich out of anything because natives will never be rich," she said.
   For Thunder Child, the importance of a hard-fought settlement is that all the abuse she and other aboriginal students endured at residential schools has become a point of record.

Judge Expands Abuse Claim Time Limits…Catches Up to Canada

  [Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese] - Christian. Children. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   John McKiggan's Abuse Claims Blog, October 05, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Judge John R. O'Malley denied the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph summary judgment Friday, after hearing arguments based on Powel v. Chaminade, which added new wording to how the statute of limitations can be applied in sexual abuse claims. The ruling allows a court to consider when a plaintiff not only recalled the alleged abuse, but recognized the harm it inflicted.
   O'Malley's decision allowed the lawsuit to proceed to a jury verdict. The Diocese settled within days.
   The ruling means Missouri's law is now similar to Canada. The 1992 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, M (K) v M (H), removed a major barrier to lawsuits by ruling that provincial limitation periods do not begin to run until the plaintiff is reasonably capable of discovering the wrongful nature of the defendant's acts and the nexus between those acts and the plaintiff's injuries. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 5, 2007 6:00 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri October 05, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Man now faces 14 counts in church sex assault case

  [1994-2003 Mr Kelly Grant -NEW*] - Baptist. Children and adults. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Edmonton Sun, www.edmonton sun.com/ News/Alberta/ 2007/10/06/ 4555440- sun.html , By NADIA MOHARIB, SUN MEDIA, October 06, 2007
   CALGARY, CANADA -- Child abuse investigators say three young women summoned the courage to come forward and help police gather enough evidence to lay charges against a man now accused in a church sex-crimes scandal.
   Cops revealed yesterday charges were laid in connection with the alleged offences against the victims, as both youth and adult parishioners, at Centre Street Church between 1994 and 2003.
   The accused, Kelly Malcolm Grant, 43, faces 14 counts, including sex assault, sexual interference with a child under 14 and sexual contact with a youth by a person in authority.
   He is a former youth volunteer at the church and now a parishioner, along with his wife and their three children, at Westview Baptist church.

Scandal brewing at Oral Roberts

  [- 2007 Roberts -NEW*] - Televangelist. Lavish lifestyle. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Yahoo! News, By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press Writer, 6:38 AM ET, Sat Oct 6, 2007
   TULSA, Okla. - Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts' university, or else he would be "called home."
   Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal.
   Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors' expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter's senior trip to the Bahamas, and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay.

Statement by John Manly on Settlement Against Orange Diocese

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest-NEW*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 9:54 PM, October 5, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Here's John Manly, the Newport Beach lawyer who represented four sex-abuse victims of employees with the Orange diocese, on the $6.885 million settlement announced this afternoon:
   Today, Bishop Tod Brown and the Diocese of Orange agreed, at the point of a legal gun and on the eve of trial, to settle four civil cases brought by women who were sexually abused as young girls between 1991 and 1999 by employees of the Diocese of Orange.
   Most of the abuse took place in the mid to late 1990s by staff at Mater Dei High School, Santa Margarita High School, and St. Timothy's and St. Edward's parishes. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 6, 2007 4:35 AM]

Gutachten bescheinigt Pfarrer Pädophilie

  [1999 and 2003-06 Father Peter K.*] - RCC. Was transferred. Boys. Germany flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Pnp, ~ October 06, 2007
   GERMANY -- The priest named Peter K. who was arrested in August for sexually abusing minors in Riekofen was classified as a homosexual pedophile in 1999.
   The Deggendorfer public prosecutor's office said the appraisal was sought at the time the priest was placed on probation for 12 months because of sexual abuse of minors.
   The diocese denied that the that the 39-year-old priest was an incurable pedophile. It relied on a statement from the priest's own therapist who said he was cured.
   It became known last weekend that the court warned the diocese in 2004 that the priest was a pedophile and he should not be placed in a position where he had access to children. The diocese denies it received such a warning. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 6, 2007 5:51 PM]

Priest cleared of sex raps draws flak

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Journal Online, By Fernando M. Cariaso, ~ October 06, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE Crusade Against Violence described the resolution clearing a Cebu City priest of sex charges as "unfair," as the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office defended itself from the criticisms after clearing him of acts of lasciviousness, child abuse, and sexual harassment.
   The priest, Fr. Benedicto Ejares was accused by some 20 public high school students, seven of whom executed affidavits that served as basis for the complaint of sexually molesting them during a confession on Nov. 14. 2006.
   "So what happened to the testimonies of the children? Just because he is a priest they will not charge him? This will follow the case against Belciña where the victim just accepted payment. We respect the Catholic Church, but the church should also respect justice," CAV Visayas head Thelma Chiong said in a statement.

Fuss over psycho report: no such report after all

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls.
   [Get name of publication] ~ October 06, 2007
   Cebu, Philippines -- PHILIPPINES -- FACING heat, the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor is now blaming their dismissal of the child abuse complaint against a priest on the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), saying the agency didn't back its case up with a psychological report.
   Prosecutors handling the case against Fr. Benedicto Ejares hint that they knew of the discrepancy but didn't tell the NBI to correct it as, Assistant City Prosecutor Fernando Gubalane explained in an interview, "they cannot tell the complainant what to do."
   But NBI 7 Director Medardo de Lemos, in a separate interview, said pinning the dismissal on the lack of a psychological report "seems oddly like an afterthought" on the part of the Office of the City Prosecutor.

Seares: Clearing Fr. Ben

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls.
   Sun.Star , By Pachico A. Seares, News Sense, October 05, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- CEBU City prosecutors have found "no probable cause" against Fr. Benedicto Ejares on all complaints of sexual abuse against him: seven acts of lasciviousness and one count each for child abuse and sexual harassment.
   Fr. Ben's conduct, in touching parts of female students' anatomy while hearing their confession at Abellana National School, was improper but not criminal, the fiscals ruled. An alleged criminal act must have all the essential elements of the crime or the case sinks.
   OK, fine. But troubling are some of the things said in the decision.
   First is the implied claim that one cannot be lewd at a public place. If you fondle a woman or a man inside a packed jeepney, it's not sex-driven and not a sex crime.
   What comfort that must give to roaming perverts.

Wenceslao: Jesus Christ's alter ego

  [~ 2000s Ejares] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls.
   Sun.Star , By Bong O. Wenceslao, Candid Thoughts, October 05, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE complaint for acts of lasciviousness against Fr. Benedicto Ejares has been dismissed. Fine. But when I read the arguments presented by investigating prosecutor Alexander Acosta and approved by Cebu City Prosecutor Nicolas Sellon, I thought something was amiss. The reasons ranged from shaky to downright laughable.
   While the prosecutors may have had legal basis for its ruling, its arguments sounded grating to this non-lawyer's ears. My main beef is the prosecutors' use of God and their subjective interpretation of motive to prop up the decision to dismiss the complaint. That strayed far from the usual evidence-based points dished off by lawyers.
   Just because Ejares is supposedly "the alter ego of Jesus Christ" does not mean he could not commit lascivious acts. Whatever happened to priests being human? And toying with the girls' bra a "matter of routine"? How can the prosecutors, who weren't there, be more competent than the students themselves in interpreting the priest's motive?

Malilong: Placing priests on a pedestal

  [~ 2000s Ejares] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls.
   Sun.Star , By Frank Malilong, The Other Side, for October 07, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- THE case of Fr. Ben Ejares must be one of the hottest issues in Cebu today, reader Joey Gonzales wrote from the United Kingdom, because "in your paper alone today (Friday) two of your colleagues also wrote about it."
   The abundant media attention on the prosecutors' dismissal of the criminal complaint against Ejares has obviously not escaped Msgr. Achilles Dakay's notice, too. The media liaison officer of the archdiocese has, according to another paper, bewailed the unwanted publicity and has asked media to drop their coverage of the Ejares case.
   "I wonder what the parents of the girls must have felt of the decision," Gonzales said in his letter. "I am a father to a daughter myself and I was appalled. I am not a lawyer but shouldn't the children deserve something?"
   "Why are you still at it?" asked Dakay. "Why do you continue going after the issue when a ruling has already been made? For me, it's over. A judgment has already been made."

"Imagine dealing with 300 triggered survivors for 4 years"-- Thank you letter to plaintiff attorneys

  - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels,
   City of Angels Lady is buried in videos for work and unable to post, but wants to share this letter: Re interview with Tony DeMarco (September 23 post), ~ October 06, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Tony is a good guy. He handled my case for KBLA for the vast majority of the issues that arose. When I was being deposed his wife was in labor so Paul Kiesel and Cheryl Buchanan handled that.
   I know we all tend to get cynical about lawyers at times and when you look at the behavior of the defense lawyers in these cases it's justified often times…my mind goes back to Cody Stanton's motion for summary judgment in my case.
   But I think most survivors are if they are anything else, pretty good judges of character….their perps excluded of course. Surviving on the street makes that necessary.

Bishop Brom's Memo

  - RCC pewfillers to pay for priests' crimes.
   Union-Tribune, ~ October 06, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- (This is the link to Bishop Brom's memo asking priests of the diocese to donate a month's salary to help raise the $198.1 million settlement with sexual abuse victims.)

Parishioners, priests asked to pay a share

  - RCC pewfillers to pay for priests' crimes.
   Union-Tribune, By Sandi Dolbee, October 6, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Bishop Robert Brom's memo calls on everyone in the diocese to make "a generous contribution" to help cover settlement expenses.
   Priests in the Diocese of San Diego are being asked to donate a month's salary as part of a campaign to help fund the recent $198.1 million settlement to childhood sexual abuse victims. "We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves," wrote San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert Brom in a memo sent this week to about 280 priests. A month's salary ranges from $1,535 for pastors to $1,485 for associate pastors.
   In addition, letters will be sent to the 1 million Roman Catholics in San Diego and Imperial counties asking them to make "a generous contribution," according to Brom's memo. The packets are to be mailed no later than Oct. 26 and will include letters from Brom and the pastor of that person's parish, along with a return envelope.
   Brom said the revenue from the "Embracing Our Mission" campaign will be used to help "cover the expense involved in compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within the family of the church."

O.C. diocese to settle molestation suits

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest-NEW*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$7m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Christine Hanley, October 6, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange agreed Friday to pay nearly $7 million to settle four molestation lawsuits, including one against a former Mater Dei High School coach scheduled to go to trial next week.
   At $1.7 million, the average payout to the alleged victims -- all women -- is significantly higher than the average $1.1 million paid to scores of plaintiffs in an earlier settlement by the Orange diocese and $1.3 million paid to Los Angeles plaintiffs.
   The plaintiffs in the recent cases were students at the time of the alleged abuses between 1990 and 1999 by two Mater Dei faculty members, a Santa Margarita Catholic High School teacher and a choir director who worked at St. Timothy's and St. Edward's parishes.
   The case about to be tried involved a lawsuit filed by a woman identified as Jane C.R. Doe accusing former Mater Dei assistant basketball coach Jeff Andrade of molesting her for more than a year, starting when she was 15. In a deposition taken as part of the lawsuit, Andrade admitted to having had sex with the teenager.

"Dovevo portare le mie …

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 06, 2007
   ITALY -- Things are getting to the point of tragicomedy. The Rev. Sante Sguotti seems not to care about Bishop Mattiazzo, the curia and the opinions expressed by the Secretary General of the Italian Bishops Conference, Monsignor Giuseppe Betori.
   "Did Betoria really speak about me?" he commented. "Has he invited me to go? I don't want to go out of the church and I don't want to become a Protestant. The church belongs to everyone and I will stay in it. If Betoria wants to listen, I'm ready to discuss my proposals with him," the priest said.
   The deadline given by the bishop for Rev. Sguotti to leave the parish in Monterosso passed yesterday. "Must I prepare the bags?" he questioned. "For nothing in the world. I am continuing to do my work in favor of the parishioners. I've not much time to waste. The problem of my presence in Monterosso will be solved only when 40 parishioners will express their will to send me away from the parish."
   It could be that in the next hours the curia will show to be firm and resolve the problem for good. It's unlikely that Bishop Mattiazzo would allow an extension of the order to vacate the premises. It is possible that in coming hours a declaration will be made that the parish is vacant. Who knows if the priest will then decide to prepare his bags or if it will be necessary for carbinieri to be called because of his occupation of the church after the bishop ordered him to leave.
   The "green" phone line is active at 800126949 so that people can contact the Catholic Church of the Sinners. During the first day of operation, the telephone line received 30 calls, Rev. Sguotti said. He added that he got many calls yesterday and has yet to calculate the exact number. Many priests or clergy confessed their relationship with women and women called to tell of their "adventures" with priests. There will also calls from people condeming what has been happening in Monterosso.

Youth Pastor Charged With Sexual Battery

  [1995 Peterson*] - River of Life Church. Girl (7). United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Tampa Tribune, By MIKE WELLS, Oct 6, 2007
   LUTZ (FL) -- A youth minister is facing allegations he molested a young girl a dozen years ago while babysitting her, authorities say.
   Justin Ray Peterson, 31, of 1319 Big Sky Drive, Wesley Chapel, ministers to young adults at River of Life Church in Lutz, according to the church's Web site.
   He was charged with two counts of sexual battery on a person younger than 12 and is in Orient Road Jail with no bail set, records show.
   Hillsborough County deputies arrested Peterson around 2 p.m. Thursday at the church, 410 E. Chapman Road.

Boys Town faces fresh abuse claim

  1960s Bp Orsmond*] - RCC. 2 orphanage boys. South Africa flag, 1994 onwards; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Pretoria News, by Kashiefa Ajam, Edition 1, October 06, 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- The Catholic Church in South Africa could face a class action suit after another former Boys Town student has come forward with more allegations of molestation by the late Bishop of Johannesburg and founder of Boys Town, Reginald Orsmond.
   This week, the Saturday Star, sister newspaper of Pretoria News Weekend, received a call from another man, who cannot be named, who said he had been sexually abused by Orsmond at Boys Town. He said he knew of other victims.
   Bless Me Father, the autobiography of Mario D'Offizi, describes how he was given alcohol before the leading cleric engaged him in sex acts.
   It has now been learned that the other man is planning legal action against the SA Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC).

Ten sex-abuse cases on track

  [4 religious organisations] United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Alaska flag (USA State); www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Anchorage Daily News, The Associated Press, October 6, 2007
   FAIRBANKS (AK) -- Attorneys working with a Superior Court judge have agreed to a schedule to proceed with a slew of clerical sexual abuse cases involving four religious organizations.
   "My goal is to spend some time with you to see where you are and what you need to get the court in a responsive mode," said Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger on Thursday.
   By the end of the day, the 135 cases had been trimmed to 10 cases with all parties agreeing to a timeline to proceed.
   Steinkruger called the clerical sexual abuse cases the most complex litigation within the Alaska Court System next to oil and fisheries negotiations.
   "This is one of the main important issues facing the Yukon-Delta," she said.

Diocese ordered to pay court costs in mistrial

  [1976 Willis] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Burlington Free Press, By Adam Silverman, Saturday, October 6, 2007
   BURLINGTON (VT) -- The statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington must pay more than $112,000 in legal fees for causing a mistrial in a priest-sex-abuse lawsuit this summer, a Chittenden County judge ruled Friday night.
   Judge Ben Joseph issued his decision, which diocesan attorneys were quick to condemn, only days before jury selection is set to begin in the retrial of proceedings brought by James Turner of Virginia Beach, Va.
   Turner, whose lawyer filed the demand that the diocese pay court costs, alleges the diocese did nothing after learning a former Vermont priest molested him at a Latham, N.Y., motel in 1976 after a religious and family celebration of his brother's pending ordination as a priest.
   The payment was necessary, Joseph wrote in a four-page opinion, because lead diocesan counsel David Cleary repeatedly and willfully violated a pretrial order not to question Turner about the nature of an allegedly sexual relationship between the priest, the former Rev. Alfred Willis, and Turner's brother.
   [LOOK BACK: August 22, 2007. ENDS.]

Survivors of pedophile priest to hold vigil

  [Years - Sylvestre] - RCC. 47 girl victims. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The London Free Press (Ontario), By JANE SIMS, SUN MEDIA, Sat, October 6, 2007
   CANADA -- One year after their abuser was sent to jail, the victims of a pedophile Roman Catholic priest plan to gather and remember.
   Tonight, some of the victims of Rev. Charles Sylvestre plan to meet outside Chatham's St. Ursula's parish -- the church with the most victims in the criminal case -- for a candlelight vigil.
   "I think it's a part of our healing," said Lou Ann Soontiens of Chatham, a survivor of Sylvestre's abuse.
   [LOOK BACK: May 26, 2007. ENDS.]

Catholic order shows concern for shot man

  - RCC. A runaway shot at farmer, later won case as sex-abuse victim. New Zealand flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Press, By YVONNE MARTIN | for Sunday, 7 October 2007
   NEW ZEALAND -- The Catholic order whose young charge shot and seriously wounded a Christchurch farmer has shown some sympathy 41 years later.
   Hart Cox, retired at 78, spoke to The Press this week about how the 1966 shooting impacted on his life and that of his family.
   He was shot at point-blank range by a runaway 14-year-old pupil from the neighbouring St John of God Order's Marylands residential school for boys with intellectual difficulties in Middleton.
   Now 55, the gunman received $65,000 compensation from the order for alleged sexual abuse by a religious brother during his time at Marylands.
   He is also claiming $250,000 damages in the High Court from the Crown Health Financing Agency for sexual abuse he alleges he suffered at a former Nelson psychiatric hospital. He has name suppression.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat October 06, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Nalzaro: Church's pro-active stand

  [Ejares*, Mons. Diotay -NEW*, Tapic -NEW*] - RCC. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , www.sunstar. com.ph/ static/ceb/ 2007/10/08/ oped/bobby. nalzaro. saksi.html , By Bobby Nalzaro, for October 08, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- I appreciate the church's pro-active stand on some issues confronting our society and the government. The Dilaab Movement through Rev. Fr. Carmelo Diola is now very active in various causes, like the drug awareness campaign, protection of human rights and the fight against graft and corruption. While others view this as intervening in the affairs of the state and a violation of the constitutional provision that separates the church and the state, I still believe it's a welcome development.
   The church, as guardian and promoter of our moral values, should not only focus on spreading God's teachings and to guide us in a moral recovery program, it should also actively involve itself in the affairs of our government. Church leaders have great influence over our political leaders.
   So the Dilaab Movement has supported the causes of some concerned individuals that exposed shenanigans committed by some of our politicians and government officials, like the overpriced decorative lampposts, the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center and the allegations of money-making ventures of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Arturo "Boy" Radaza. The mayor is accused of demanding huge amounts of money from investors in the city and being involved in the overpriced purchase of computer units.
   But why is the movement mum on issues confronting the church? We didn't hear it comment about the case of Fr. Ben Ejares. In fact, members refused to reveal the identity and whereabouts of Ejares.
   What about the controversial case involving some parishioners in Pardo against their parish priest and his assistant. It has been more than a year since the parishioners sent a petition to Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal asking him to transfer Msgr. Constantino Diotay and Fr. Domingo Tapic because of alleged graft and corruption involving church donations.

Oral Roberts University hires auditors

  [- 2007 Roberts*] - Televangelist. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Science Daily, UPI, Oct. 6, 2007
   TULSA, Okla., (UPI) -- Richard Roberts said he is confident his family will be cleared of accusations Oral Roberts University paid for their horses, hot tubs and plane trips.
   Roberts, the son of 89-year-old Oral Roberts, issued a statement Friday after the university announced plans to hire additional auditors in light of a law suit filed last week by three former ORU professors, The Tulsa World reported Saturday.
   The suit filed against ORU, Roberts and three university administrators, alleges the Roberts family used ORU money to pay for Roberts' housing, horses, hot tubs, plane trips, remodeling of dorm rooms for Roberts' daughters, $51,206 worth of clothes, and phone bills, among other expenses. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 7, 2007 6:14 PM]

Don Sante celebra pure un matrimonio e rinnova la sfida alla Curia: "Se è un prete a moltiplicarsi: apriti cielo!"

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 07, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Santa Sguotti celebrated a wedding and renewed his defiance of the curia.
   The priest said the Lord told people to "go and multiply" but no one knows why here in Italy it appears something to be ashamed of. He said it is not acceptable for a priest to multiply.
   The rebel priest united in marriage Andrea of the town of Cervarese Santa Croce and Charlie, originally from Niger who now lives at Campadoro but it is former parishioner of Monterosso.
   The couple said they decided to be married at Monterosso because Charlie has frequented the parish for a long time, the church at Monterosso is beautiful and to show their solidarity with Rev. Sguotti.
   Many of those who support the priest have diminished in the last week but many supporters remain. Rev. Sguotti, who has been ordered out of the parish by his bishop, said from the altar that the church continues to complicate unions between people. The church should instead help single people to find partners and their twin souls. He added that God is where love is and a person who loves is automatically part of the church and of the Catholic religion, the priest said.
   The church curia has given its signal and that is that Rev. Sguotti must leave the parished. To see the conclusion people must wait for the next few days when an order will come declaring the parish to be vacant.
   The Rev. Romano Frigo, parish priest from Verarese Santa Croce co-celebrated the wedding with Rev. Sguotti.

I was one of the boys Orsmond tried to molest

  [1960s Bp Orsmond*] - RCC. 2 orphanage boys. South Africa flag, 1994 onwards; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Times (South Africa), http://www. thetimes.co. za/PrintEdition/ Insight/Article. aspx?id= 580665 , ~ October 07, 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- I was a student at Boys Town Magaliesberg from mid-1965 to the end of 1968.
   Your article "Boys Town bishop accused of molestation" (September 30), is indeed . The so-called "counselling" by Father Orsmond of boys was an idea I did not take kindly to.
   It is a pity this came out only after Orsmond passed away.
   At the time I was there we were 99 boys, with most of the boys being Catholic and about 10% from other denominations.
   I am of the Anglican faith and was one of the few boys at Boys Town by choice. The Catholic boys were committed by social welfare.

California priests donate to help pay for abuse settlement, ask congregants to contribute

  - RCC pewfillers to pay for priests' crimes. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, October 6, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA): Bishop Robert Brom issued a memo this week asking priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego to contribute one month's salary to help pay for the recent $198.1 million sexual abuse settlement.
   "We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves," Brom wrote in the memo to about 280 priests, whose monthly salary can be as much as $1,535, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Saturday.
   Catholics in the area will also receive letters asking them to make "a generous contribution," according to Brom's memo. Packets will be sent no later than Oct. 26 and will include letters from Brom and parish pastors, along with a return envelope.

San Diego Diocese Seeks Donations

  - RCC pewfillers to pay for priests' crimes.
   Google, The Associated Press, ~ October 07, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA), (AP) – The Catholic Diocese of San Diego is asking parishioners and priests to make contributions to help pay for the recent $198.1 million sexual abuse settlement.
   A memo issued this week by Bishop Robert Brom asked priests to contribute one month's salary, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
   "We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves," Brom wrote in the memo to about 280 priests, whose monthly salary can be as much as $1,535.

Priests To Pitch In On Sex Abuse Settlement

  - RCC pewfillers to pay for priests' crimes.
   CBS 2, AP, ~ October 07, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Priests in San Diego are being asked to contribute one month's salary to help pay for the recent $198 million sexual abuse settlement by the Catholic church.
   San Diego Diocese Bishop Robert Brom issued a memo this week telling about 280 priests, "We cannot ask of others what we are unwilling to do ourselves."
   A priest's monthly salary can be as much as $1,500.

Archdiocese paid millions in sexual abuse claims

  [1958-2007 Miami Archdiocese] - RCC. 49 priests out of 4433, i.e., > 10%.
   Miami Herald, ~ October 07, 2007
   FLORIDA -- One of the most painful episodes in the history of the church, across the country and in South Florida, was the scandal that broke in 2000 about sexual abuse of young people by priests. [FPP thought it was in 2002 that the scandal broke.]
   Between January and June 2000, at least 300 of the nation's 46,000 Catholic priests were removed. Two hundred more were removed later.
   South Florida was not exempt. In a 2007 report titled "Protecting God's Children" on its website at www.miami arch.org , the Archdiocese of Miami says that since it was founded in 1958, allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors have been made involving 49 priests out of the 4,433 priests who have served in that time.
   It said its insurance programs have paid to date $26.1 million in settlement, legal and counseling costs linked to 129 claims involving priests, laity and religious brothers and sisters.

Little Egg sex-abuse allegations shake faith

  [1980s-90s McAlinden*] - RCC. Boy.
   Press of Atlantic City, By ROB SPAHR, 609-978-2012, Sunday, October 7, 2007
   LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP (NJ) -- When scandal casts a shadow over a religious leader, it can consume an entire congregation. Such is the case with the parishioners of St. Theresa's Church here in the wake of allegations that a longtime parish priest sexually molested a minor.
   And it is amid this controversy that a seed of suspicion toward religious leaders can be planted in the opinion of parishioners or an opportunity for forgiveness is born.
   In the case of St. Theresa's, the Diocese of Trenton hopes a majority of parishioners will choose the latter.
   The diocese removed the Rev. Terence McAlinden from his position at the church last week after it deemed there was credible evidence that McAlinden repeatedly sexually molested a minor during a span that stretched from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 7, 2007 9:06 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun October 07, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Ali decries cover-up

  [2 chaplains -NEW*] - Methodist. Children. Fiji flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fiji Times, www. fijitimes. com/story. aspx?id= 72012 , for Tuesday, October 09, 2007
   FIJI -- THE community, more often than not will protect rather than incriminate religious representatives who are accused of abusing people entrusted in their care, says the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.
   Centre Coordinator Shamima Ali said the case involving two Methodist chaplains charged with sexually abusing students in separate institutions within the Lomaiviti group was "only the tip of the ice-berg."
   "We believe there are a lot more cases out there involving those placed in positions of trust," she said.

Bishop expresses 'deep sadness' at case

  [~ 2000s Canon Condell -NEW*] - Church of Ireland (Anglican Communion). Pornography. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ October 08, 2007
   IRELAND -- The Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick, Right Rev Michael Mayes, has expressed "deep personal sadness at the nature of the charges" to which Canon Joe Condell pleaded guilty yesterday.
   "It is even more distressing as Canon Condell has been a long-serving pastor within his parish, where he was held in high esteem, and has played a major part in the administration and leadership of the diocese as a whole."
   He continued: "Child pornography of its very nature portrays the cruel degradation and sexual exploitation of defenceless children for financial gain, and is completely at odds with the nature and purpose of pastoral ministry. Those who help perpetuate this squalid industry by obtaining its products are inevitably involved in betraying the natural trust of children who instinctively turn to adults for help when they cannot protect themselves."

Bishop Brown Still Doesn't Get It

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 3:32 PM, October 8, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Pick up this newspaper this Thursday, when this reporter will have a more in-depth take on the Orange diocese's settling four more sex-abuse cases for about $7 million. In the meanwhile, allow your humble servant to rail about the latest foot-in-mouth case of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown.
   Today, Associated Press reporter Gillian Flaccus filed a report from Newport Beach, where three of the four victims came forth to face the cameras. She also interviewed Brown, who's scheduled to appear in Orange County Superior Court tomorrow to face a contempt-of-court hearing. Flaccus asked His Excellency about the fact that about 15 percent of all the Orange diocese's settled sex abuse cases dealt with Mater Dei and Santa Margarita high schools. "I'm sorry it happened in those two schools, it should not have happened there," Brown responded. "But statistically they are not worse than anybody else."
   Where have we read this before…oh, yes! The Orange County Register Letters to the Editor section today! We turn the mike over to John Richardson of Mission Viejo after the jump:
   The Tuesday, Oct. 4, issue of the Register had an article on page 7 of the Local section titled: "Ex-athletic director gets jail for sex with girl, 14." He was a teacher at Mission Viejo Christian School.

Women Identified In Roman Catholic Settlement

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KNBC, ~ October 08, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Three of the four women who will share a $6.7 million settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange identified themselves publicly Monday for the first time and named the church employees they said sexually abused them.
   The women are Christina Ruiz, 27; Elaina Kroll, 28; and Sarah Gray, 26. The fourth woman attended the news conference at the Newport Beach offices of attorney John Manly, but did not give her name or speak publicly.
   "It just came to a point in their healing where they felt comfortable to do it, especially when the three were together at the same time," said attorney Ryan DiMaria, who also worked on the cases. "They felt strength among themselves."

Former Calgary Church Volunteer Charged With Sex Assault

  [1994-2003 Mr Grant*] - Baptist. Children and adults. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CHQR, ~ October 08, 2007
   CALGARY / AM770CHQR / Canada - A former volunteer at the Centre Street Church has been charged after a police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse.
   43-year-old Kelly Malcolm Grant has been charged with 14 counts including sexual assault, sexual interference with a child under 14 and sexual contact with a youth by a person in authority.
   Police say these offences were alleged to have happened from 1994 to 2003 involving both child and adult church goers. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 8, 2007 7:26 PM]

New sex abuse settlement renews scrutiny of Cal prep schools

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Francisco Chronicle, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press Writer, 15:08 PDT, Monday, October 8, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Bishop Tod D. Brown was lauded three years ago for quickly handling Orange County's share of the nationwide church abuse scandal, reaching settlements totaling $100 million for some 90 victims.
   But a source of nearly a fifth of those cases - two prestigious parochial high schools - continues to haunt the diocese and has now exposed Brown to old allegations of child abuse and the possibility of being held in contempt of court this week.
   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange settled four more lawsuits Friday for just shy of $7 million. Three were filed by former students at Mater Dei and Santa Margarita high schools who said lay teachers sexually abused them.

"Documents regarding Mary Grant exist but could not be located," per OC DA, case cont'd to 10.11.07, plus more Salesian cases released for trial

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [Another lay teacher* and a priest*] - Girls. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 08, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- About 27 attorneys waited for court to start and a gaggle more were in the hallway last Wednesday for a status conference on the clergy cases Los Angeles. Also on calendar that morning was a motion to enforce subpoenas on Orange County law enforcement agencies. In my corner seat I got boxed in by men's crossed legs and briefcases on the floor.
   Attorney behind me: "We got lucky 'cause not only do we represent 30 plaintiffs but we also get money from (names names with lots of zzi's on the end.) (That's plaintiff attorney humor.) Almost all 27 were attorneys I'd never seen before. "My name is {TOTALLY UNINTELLIGIBLE}" said the guy next to me and grinned. "A lot of us who've been around these cases a while like to keep an amount of anonymity."
   "What is the status conference about today?" I asked and the guy with the Italian clients said, "That's what a lot of us would like to know." "The order was vague," piped in another. Soon the court clerk called out and the room emptied as all 27 plus attorneys went into the judge's chambers, then 25 or so came out 30 seconds later. "They only want to meet with the liaisons," the attorney said and they all resumed their seats. I couldn't get out…

Rimosso il parroco innamorato "Non potrà neppure confessare"

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   La Repubblica, ~ October 08, 2007
   PADUA, Italy -- Nothing can done. Support of the village, invocations to change behavior, 800 signatures. The Bishop of Padua has decreed that the parish priest in Monterosso who asked permission to be engaged to the woman he loves must leave the parish as soon as possible.
   There is no room for priests to want to have a fiancee in the Catholic Church. Beginning today, the priest is not in charge of the parish anymore and he cannot hear confessions and he cannot give absolution.
   Much loved and spoken about, Rev. Sante Sguotti admitted publicly to be in love with a woman but not "in a biblical manner."
   The village people have supported their parish priest. A petition with 800 signatures, which is about the total population of the town, was sent to Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo asking him to withdraw his decision to ask the priest to resign from his pastorate.
   "If the opinion of the faithful doesn't concern Mattiazo, then the faithful don't care about it," was written on a white cloth banner hanging in the main street of Monterosso since August when Rev. Sguotti spoke to parishioners during the festival of their patron saint.
   The bishop has already nominated the Rev. Giovanni Brusegan, the bishop's delegate for ecumenism and culture, to become priest of the parish.
   The bishop has ordered Rev. Sguotti to leave the parish no later than Oct. 13.

Dovrà andarsene il parroco-fidanzato

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Corriere della Sera, October 08, 2007
   ITALY -- In the end they have sent Rev. Sante Sguotti away. Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo has officially communicated to the diocese and to parishioners of Monterosso that he has issued a decree today to remove Rev. Sguotti from the parish. Rev. Sguotti has expressed his love of a woman who could be the mother of his child and he asked for permission to be engaged to her.
   The decree was delivered to the priest by the notary of the curia, the Rev. Luciano Barin. The immediate effect is that Rev. Sguotti is obligated to leave the parish as soon as possible but by Oct. 13 and he cannot exercise his priestly functions.
   He also has no faculties to hear confessions or confer absolution. Rev. Giovanni Brusegan, delegate of the bishop for ecumenism and culture, has been designated administrator of the parish of San Bartolemeo at Monterosso.

Redress board costs may top €200m

  - RCC (largely). €714m so far. Children in care. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   One in Four, The Irish Times, ~ October 08, 2007
   IRELAND -- The final bill for the legal and administrative costs of the Residential Institutions Redress Board could rise to well over €200 million, or one fifth of its total costs by the time the board has completed its work, according to Government estimates.
   The figures, released by Minister for Education Mary Hanafin, also show that it has paid out approximately €714 million to date, including €91 million in legal costs alone.
   Answering a Dáil question on the topic last week, Ms Hanafin told Labour Party TD Seán Sherlock that the board, which provides compensation to victims of abuse in orphanages and industrial schools, may need an additional €428 million.

The Aguilar Case

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ October 08, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Documents from the Joaquín Aguilar Méndez Suit against Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal Rivera, and Rev. Nicolás Aguilar Rivera
   On September 11, 2007, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests released documents from Joaquín Aguilar Méndez' suit against Rev. Nicolás Aguilar Rivera, who was charged in 1988 of abusing 10 boys in Los Angeles.
   Despite extradition orders in 1988 and 1993, Aguilar worked as a priest in Mexico until the suit was filed in 2006. He is accused of raping 12-year-old Joaquín Aguilar Méndez (no relation) in 1994, after he fled U.S. authorities and after Mexican bishops and civil authorities knew of the LA accusations.
   This page presents the files in easy-to-download form, including dozens of diocesan documents.

Ultima messa di don Sante senza colpi di scena

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 08, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Romano Frigo, parish priest in Cervarese Santa Croco, said he co-celebrated a marriage of two of his parishioners in the Monterosso parish on Saturday and was not put aside during the ceremony by the Rev. Sante Sguotti. He said he was there in case Rev. Sguotti decided to follow the directives of the curia and vacate his parish. Rev. Sguotti went ahead with the wedding despite prohibitions imposed on him by Bishop Mattiazo.
   During Sunday Mass, Rev. Sguotti behaved as if nothing had happened. He did not speak of the issues he has been raising about priestly celibacy, divorced and separated couples. It seemed to be a normal Mass in the village. It is likely that Bishop Antonio Mattiazo will issue a decree for removal of the priest and declare the parish to be vacant.

Churchgoers' help sought in abuse payouts

  [San Diego Diocese] - Pewfillers asked to help pay for predator seducers' crimes. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Tony Perry, October 8, 2007
   OCEANSIDE (CA) Bishop Robert Brom of the San Diego Diocese is asking priests and parishioners to dig into their pocketbooks to help pay a $198-million settlement for the victims of clergy abuse -- a request that has drawn a pledge of solidarity from many priests but a negative response from some congregants.
   He made his unusual request last week to the several hundred priests in the Roman Catholic diocese, which includes San Diego and Imperial counties, that he heads.
   "We're in solidarity," the Rev. Ray Elam, associate pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Oceanside, said Sunday at one of the largest and most prominent churches in the diocese.
   But there was no solidarity Sunday at St. Mary about Brom's other request: that churchgoers give "generously" to help pay for the sins of predatory priests.
   "Honestly, I don't think people should have to pay," said Joe Anthony, 46, a carpenter and St. Mary regular. "They should go to Rome; that's where the money is."

Good news on U.S. Catholics outweighs bad, says sociologist

  - RCC commentator speaks.
   Catholic Online, Catholic News Service ( www.catholicnews.com ), ~ October 08, 2007
   WASHINGTON (DC), (CNS) -- There is much more good news than bad about U.S. Catholics, said a U.S. sociologist.
   In an Oct. 3 talk at Georgetown University in Washington before receiving an award from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) for his contribution to church research, James D. Davidson, of Purdue University, said the picture that emerges from his 40 years of social research on religion in America shows a Catholic laity that for the most part is involved in the church, knows and affirms its core teachings, is highly educated and is sophisticated in relating faith to public life. …
   When the clergy sexual abuse crisis hit the church in 2002, his secretariat commissioned CARA to conduct a series of surveys on how the crisis affected Catholics and their relationship to the church, running from early 2002 through this year, because he thought it was important to have solid data to help the bishops develop their response to the crisis.
   "The results were sobering, but they did not necessarily support the more apocalyptic visions that the media and others saw in the night," he said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 8, 2007 8:06 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon October 08, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Mater Dei Writes A Lot, Says Nothing

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [A priest*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. [Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, http://blogs. ocweekly. com/navel gazing/ex- cathedra/ mater-dei- writes-a-lot- says-no/ ; Posted by Gustavo Arellano, in Ex Cathedra, Main, 7:31 PM, October 8, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Today, officials at Mater Dei High School sent out a two-page memo to alumni regarding the recent settlement involving the Catholic Diocese of Orange and four young women who claim they were abused by diocesan lay employees during the 1990s. Two of the perpetrators-- Jeff Andrade and Larry Stukenholtz--worked as assistant boys' basketball coach and choir director at the school, respectively. Both of them admitted to their guilt--Andrade in a sworn deposition, Stukenholtz as part of Mater Dei's investigation.
   You'd think Mater Dei would publish the names of Andrade and Stukenholtz in an effort to see if other victims would come forward--ah, who are we kidding? Instead, Mater Dei's letter--signed by school president Patrick Murphy and principal Frances Clare--only stated that they worked at the school during the 1990s and that "The evidence in these two cases…involving the former Mater Dei High School employees clearly indicates that the MDHS Administration at the time informed and cooperated with the legal authorities in an appropriate manner."
   Only one problem with that last sentence--it's not true.
   Court and school records show that Westminster police did investigate Andrade at the time of his abuse of Christina Ruiz in the mid-1990s. But in an exclusive interview with the Weekly (which will be up on Thursday), Ruiz claims the investigation took place only after her parents called the Westminster police. "Mater Dei officials never called the police," Ruiz claims.

Arrest records, opinions, settlements, and sex crimes of additional perps should be excluded as evidence say Salesian attorneys re jury trial Nov. 5

  [Decades - Salesians, including Miani, Lorenzoni, Marguia] - RCC. Many boys. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 09, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Church attorneys for the Salesians want the court to exclude "evidence of Fr. Titian Miani's 2003 arrest," evidence of conduct by "persons other than Miani, Lorenzoni, and Marguia," and my favorite in the arena of thought control, Motion in Limine No. 8: "To preclude expressions of personal opinions and references to litigation and/or settlements… . "
   Defense attorneys filed at least nine motions in limine Oct. 2nd trying to exclude evidence in the Salesians cases which go to jury trial November 5.
   In hearings this morning the Salesians added David Morse from Texas as attorney in the upcoming jury trial. Morse came in to battle plaintiffs for the Salesians in the 2006 San Francisco trials. Today the Court granted leave to allege punitive damages in two of the upcoming cases against the Salesians, and Judgy Haley Fromholz ordered attorneys on both sides to meet and confer on motions to compel documents and answers to interrogatories that the Salesians were trying to beat down.
   I went downstairs to see what information the Salesians were trying to cover up this time and again arcscanweb wouldn't open the clergy case documents. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 9, 2007 9:19 PM]

OC Bishop Faces Contempt of Court

  - CORRECTION. - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [A priest*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. [Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Associated Press, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, ~ October 09, 2007
   (This version CORRECTS that bishop did not enter plea but instead waived his arraignment.)
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A judge began criminal contempt-of-court proceedings Tuesday against the Roman Catholic bishop of Orange County in a highly unusual hearing that marks the first time a U.S. bishop could face jail time in the church sex abuse scandal.
   Bishop Tod D. Brown waived his arraignment for allegedly violating a court order when he sent Msgr. John Urell, a high-ranking church official, out of the country before he could complete his testimony in a lawsuit. He could face a range of punishments from a verbal reprimand to jail time if found in contempt.
   Plaintiff's lawyers had expected Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler to dismiss their contempt filing because the sexual abuse lawsuit that led to it was one of four sexual abuse lawsuits settled last week by the Diocese of Orange for a total of nearly $7 million.

OC bishop waives arraignment in contempt of court matter

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*.
   The Press-Enterprise, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, The Associated Press, ~ October 09, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA) -- A judge began contempt of court proceedings Tuesday against the Roman Catholic bishop of Orange County in a highly unusual hearing that marks the first time a U.S. bishop could face a criminal conviction in the church sex abuse scandal.
   Bishop Tod D. Brown waived his arraignment for allegedly violating a court order when he sent a high-ranking church official out of the country before he could complete his testimony in a lawsuit. He could face a range of punishments from a verbal reprimand to jail time if found in contempt.

O.C. bishop pleads not guilty to contempt

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*. US$6.885m.
   Los Angeles Times, By Christine Hanley, 12:51 PM PDT, October 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Bishop Tod Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange pleaded not guilty today to contempt of court and apologized to the four women who settled their molestation lawsuits against the diocese last week.
   Lawyers made opening statements in the contempt case, which was then continued until December.
   "I want to extend on behalf of the diocese my sincere and compassionate apology to the women who were violated," Brown said outside an Orange County courtroom. Moments later, he came face to face with two of the women, who stayed around to listen to the bishop and his lawyer speak to reporters.
   "To both of you and the other victims, all I can do is repeat my deepest and compassionate apologies," Brown said to Sarah Gray and Christina Ruiz. He stood just feet from the women and was surrounded by reporters and television cameras.

Orange Bishop agrees to sex-abuse settlement

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*. US$6.885m.
   The Orange County Register, By LARRY WELBORN, ~ October 09, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA) -- Orange Diocese Bishop Tod Brown officially agreed in Superior Court today to the terms of a $6.7 million out-of-court settlement with four women who sued claiming that they were sexually abused a decade ago by lay employees of the diocese.
   Brown stood up before Judge Gail A. Andler and said he had the authority to settle the suit on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
   Then he faced a bank of television cameras outside the courthouse and apologized to two of the women who sued after alleging that they were sexually abused a decade ago by a coach and a choir director at Mater Dei High School.
   "To both of you, I offer my sincere and deepest apologies for what happened to you," the bishop said.

Bishop Apologizes To Women Who Received $6.68 Million

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. US$6.68m going. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*. US$6.885m.
   My Fox Los Angeles, ~ October 09, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA) -- The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange offered a personal apology today to four women sharing a $6.68 million child sexual abuse settlement and said payment won't affect services to parishes.
   Bishop Tod Brown made the comments after appearing before Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler to respond to accusations by plaintiff lawyers that he and others did everything they could to deter compensation for the women -- with Brown going so far as sending Monsignor John Urell out of the country while he was still giving a deposition -- before the settlement was reached last week.
   Attorneys for the diocese and the women each accused the other side of clouding the truth in opening statements this morning, and Andler set a Dec. 3 hearing to hear evidence.

Calif. Catholic bishop pleads innocent of contempt of court in sex case

  [Bp Brown*] - RCC. 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*. US$6.885m.
   USA Today, ~ October 09, 2007
   ORANGE (CA) -- Bishop Tod Brown of Southern California's Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange pleaded innocent Tuesday to a criminal charge of contempt of court. The Associated Press reports that according to its review of past cases, this may be the first time a judge has considered whether to hold a sitting Roman Catholic bishop in contempt.
   The hearing was sought by lawyers for an alleged sexual abuse victim. They said Brown sent a high-ranking church official to Canada for medical treatment before he could be fully questioned in the case.
   Msgr. John Urell, who handled allegations of sexual misconduct at the diocese, was sent to the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 6, a week after he broke down during questioning by the lawyers. Brown testified he sent Urell away although he knew Urell "was going to be called back for further deposition."

Fr. Ben won't be suspended yet

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for October 10, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- CEBU Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal thanked the institutions that closed the case of Fr. Benedicto Ejares, who was accused of seven counts of acts of lasciviousness, child abuse and sexual harassment.
   "As I respect other institutions, I also respect their decisions," the prelate told reporters yesterday.
   Asked for the whereabouts of Fr. Ejares, he was brisk in his reply, "As of now, he is in Manila, and that's it."
   After the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office dismissed the complaint against Fr. Ejares, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is planning to file a motion for reconsideration.

Peepee Match Between John Manly, Jubal On!

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [A priest*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. [Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 11:50 AM, October 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Today, Judge Gail Andler refused to dismiss a contempt-of-court motion filed against Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown by his longtime nemesis, John Manly for the recently settled Jeff Andrade case. Read more about the hearing in this Thursday's issue of the paper--for this post, I'll discuss a quien-es-más-macho incident that happened before Judge Andler's court went into session.
   Manly associate Vince Finaldi set his suitcase in Judge Andler's courtroom a bit before 9 a.m. He went outside to take a call. Just as he left the courtroom, in came Matt (a.k.a Jubal) Cunningham, the man behind OC Blog and a fierce Manly critic. Cunningham sat next to where Finaldi was sitting. Neither knew who the other was--or so it seemed.
   When Manly came into the courtroom, Finaldi pointed out Cunningham. Manly yelled at Cunningham, "Hey Matt, want to go see the files?" Manly was referring to the thousands of pages of priestly personnel files that show diocesan complicity in the rapes of innocents.

Peter Callahan: Grade A A-Hole

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [A priest*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.885m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. [Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. [Lawyer] - 2007 said that diocese had reported the abuse. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 12:21 PM, October 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- For the past three years, employees for the Catholic Diocese of Orange have made our list of Orange County's Scariest People. In 2004, it was Bishop Tod D. Brown; 2005 included former diocesan spokesman Joseph Fenton, while last year's edition featured statutory rapist Jeff Andrade. Our Scariest People issue doesn't publish until later this month, but we can reveal the latest diocesan person to make the list: lawyer Peter Callahan.
   Rather than list all the man's sins today, we'll just state one and leave the rest for our Scariest Issue. Today, after a judge ruled against the diocese today, Callahan and others staged a press conference. At the press conference was Sarah Gray, whom [who] won a settlement from the diocese for her abuse at the hands of a former Mater Dei choir director. After Callahan asserted that Mater Dei officials properly handled all sex-abuse allegations for which the diocese was being sued (a claim we went over yesterday), Gray spoke up.
   She told Callahan and a bevy of reporters that no such thing occurred when her parents asked Mater Dei officials to report her abuser (former choir director Larry Stukenholtz) to the proper authorities after they let him go in the late 1990s. Callahan didn't miss a beat.

OC Bishop Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt

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   The New York Times, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Filed at 3:27 p.m. ET, Published October 9, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Bishop Tod Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a criminal charge of being in contempt of court.
   The case may be the first time a judge has considered whether to hold a sitting Roman Catholic bishop in contempt, according to a review of past cases by The Associated Press.
   The contempt hearing was originally sought by attorneys who represent an alleged sexual abuse victim. They complained that Brown had sent a high-ranking church official to Canada for medical treatment before he could be fully deposed in the case.
   The lawyers had expected the judge to dismiss their contempt filing because the sexual abuse lawsuit that led to it settled last week. It was one of four sexual abuse lawsuits settled last week for nearly $7 million.

1st Amendment won't bar priest molestation lawsuit

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   Rhode Island Lawyer's Weekly, By Eric T. Berkman, ~ October 09, 2007
   RHODE ISLAND -- A plaintiff's priest-abuse lawsuit aimed at hierarchy members of the Roman Catholic Church was not barred by the free exercise and establishment clauses of the First Amendment, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
   The defendant hierarchy members, accused of negligently enabling a priest to sexually molest the plaintiff as a minor, argued that the suit should be dismissed because it would require the judge to examine the validity of religious beliefs and interfere with clerical counseling in violation of the First Amendment.
   But Judge Netti C. Vogel disagreed.
   "[The plaintiff's] claims that the church hierarchy negligently hired, supervised and retained a pedophile priest are not deeply rooted in religious belief or practices," wrote Vogel, denying the defendants' motion to dismiss. "Contrary to [the defendants'] contentions, this case can be determined based upon neutral principles of law and will not involve inquiry into church law."

Four down, how many more to go?

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   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, Register columnist, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , ~ October 09, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- One by one they approached the microphones, the three young women. My name is Christina Ruiz, I was abused by Jeffrey Andrade at Mater Dei. … I'm Elaina Koll. I was abused by Albert Schildknecht at Timothy's in Laguna Niguel … My name is Sarah Gray. My abuser was Larry Stukenholtz, the choir director at Mater Dei…."
   While these victims recited the dishonor roll in front of their lawyers' offices at yesterday morning's press conference, standing off to the side near me was a woman I'd met before. Somewhere. In a totally different context.
   "Hi, Frank," she said, sticking out her hand. "I'm (so and so's) friend, remember? We met at …?"
   "Oh, right," I said. "Yes. … And why are you here?"
   She just looked at me, like she kind of expected me to figure it out, and bit her lip and twisted her mouth. "I'm the fourth one," she finally said.
   "Oh. … Ooooh."

Italian priest who declared his love for woman removed as pastor

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   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, Published: October 9, 2007
   PADUA, Italy: An Italian priest who publicly declared his love for a woman has lost his job, the diocese said Tuesday.
   The Rev. Sante Sguotti can no longer work as pastor in his Monterosso parish and cannot hear confessions from the faithful, the diocese of Padua said in a statement. Sguotti remains a priest and can celebrate Mass, however.
   Sguotti made headlines in August when he went on national television to say he was in love with a woman and wanted to be her boyfriend publicly while remaining chaste.
   The case reignited the debate over priestly celibacy, particularly because the woman in question has a young son, whom Sguotti said he had helped name. He dodged direct questions about whether he was the boy's father, saying only that he cannot have a child according to church law.

Il vescovo non perdona. Don Sante cacciato

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, October 09, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti has four days to pack his bags and say good-bye to the parish at Monterosso. He has until Oct. 13 to leave by order of his bishop.
   As already reported in the decree sent by Bishop Mattiazzo and delivered to him yesterday by the Rev. Luciano Barini, curia's notary, Rev. Sguotti is no longer a parish priest, cannot hear confessions or occupy parish rooms. He has been replaced by Rev. Giovanni Brusegan.
   The rebel priest was not discouraged and a few hours after the decree of removal he was printing a flier in which he explains to parishioners what happened. He has invited them to attend a public meeting to be held at a restaurant called Al Filo.
   The priest said if he remains in the village it must be very clear -- and it is written in the flier -- that not only is he committing a rebellious act but the entire community is also committing a rebellious act that could result in excommunication from the Catholic church.
   He said everyone must without fear examine his or her conscience and decide what is right, what the church wants and whether he or she is willing to renounce his or her normal life and contribute to change history.
   Rev. Sguotti has organized a press conference for tomorrow morning at Lovertino (Vicenza) which is the home where Tamara (or Laura as the priest calls her) has lived since she became pregnant. It is possible that Rev. Sguotti will live there after Saturday, the deadline in which he must leave the parish in Monterosso. Meanwhile, he could make an appeal of the bishop's decision with help of a canon lawyer who has been assisting him since Sept. 7.
   Rev. Sguotti began his adventure as a dissident in mid-August with gossip in the town about his relationship with a woman and about him possibly being the father of her child. Those voices reached the bishop's ears, and the bishop made a parallel between the priest and Satan.
   Then following other surprising event was foundation of The Catholic Church of the Sinners and its Web site. Since opening the Web site there has been an avalanche of sinful confessions of priests and faithful, the battle against priestly celibacy, a paid appearance by the priest on the Buona Domenica television program.

L.A. Archdiocese to close Daniel Murphy High

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   Los Angeles Times, By Sharon Bernstein and Jason Song, October 9, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Citing financial constraints in part caused by its massive settlement with victims of the priest sex-abuse scandal, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is closing Daniel Murphy Catholic High School, a boys academy in the Fairfax District.
   The school, built in the 1950s on the site of a former seminary, has been losing enrollment for more than a decade, said archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg. He said it was too soon to speculate about what might replace the school at the 2 1/2 -acre site.
   The closure was the second blow to the venerable campus, which was rocked last year when the former dean of students pleaded not guilty to numerous counts of child molestation.
   Still, parents and students were stunned by the decision, and praised the school as highly disciplined and culturally diverse.

Giuliani law firm sued by high profile Texan

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   Politico, By Ben Smith, 06:04 AM EST, Oct 9, 2007
   TEXAS -- A prominent Texas Republican has sued Rudy Giuliani's law firm and a close friend and partner of Giuliani's, Kenneth Caruso, alleging that Caruso, the firm and others "schemed and conspired to steal $10 million."
   J. Virgil Waggoner, a Houston businessman and philanthropist, filed the previously unreported suit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan in July. He alleges that Caruso, his former lawyer, conspired with Waggoner's investment adviser to cover up the disappearance of $10 million Waggoner invested through a Caribbean bank, the British Trade & Commerce Bank. …
   Giuliani and his firm have also faced protests for employing a Giuliani childhood friend and Catholic priest, Alan Placa, who was barred from priestly duties after being accused of molesting boys more than two decades ago. Placa has insisted the charges are false, and Giuliani has stoutly defended him.

Love struck priest won't be hearing confession

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   IOL, 01:18PM, October 09, 2007
   ROME, Italy -- A priest who openly professed his love for a parishioner has been defrocked by the Italian Church despite an overwhelming show of support from his congregation, press reports said Tuesday.
   Padua Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo issued a decree on Monday forbidding Don Sante Sguotti to hear confession in Monterosso, near the northern city of Padua, and replaced him with another priest.
   But the daily La Repubblica reported that "only four faithful, all elderly women, attended mass celebrated by the new priest Monday evening, a sign of Monterosso's solidarity with the rebel priest."
   Young people in the town have even had T-shirts made with the inscription "We are all children of Don Sante," alluding to a rumour that the priest had a child with the parishioner, who is reportedly separated from her husband.

Italian priest who confessed his love for woman removed as pastor

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   PR-Inside, AP, 15:16:32, Oct 09, 2007
   PADUA, Italy (AP) - A bishop in northern Italy has removed a priest from his job after he publicly pledged his love to a woman, the diocese said Tuesday.
   The Rev. Sante Sguotti can no longer work as pastor in his Monterosso parish and cannot hear confessions from the faithful, the diocese of Padua said in a statement. Sguotti remains a priest and can celebrate Mass, however.
   Sguotti made headlines in August when he went on national television to say he was in love with a woman and wanted to publicly be her boyfriend while remaining chaste.
   The case reignited the debate over priestly celibacy, particularly because the woman in question has a young son, whom Sguotti said he had helped name. He dodged direct questions about whether he was the boy's father, saying only that he cannot have a child according to church law.

Clerical sexual abuse cases trimmed

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   KTUU, Associated Press, 3:24 PM ET, October 5, 2007
   FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Lawyers working with a Superior Court judge in Fairbanks have tackled the scheduling of dozens of clerical sexual abuse cases involving four religious organizations.
   By the end of yesterday (Thursday), the 135 cases had been trimmed to ten cases.
   Superior Court Judge Neisje (Knee-sha) Steinkruger called the clerical sexual abuse cases the most complex litigation within the Alaska Court System next to oil and fisheries negotiations.

Los Angeles diocese to close catholic high school

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   Examiner, ~ October 09, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Mounting financial pressures due partly to the settlement of hundreds of priest abuse cases have caused the Los Angeles Archdiocese to close a catholic high school.
   The Daniel Murphy Catholic High School will shut down at the end of the academic year, the archdiocese told parents and students in a letter Friday.
   The dioceses' financial woes compounded problems at the all boys school, which had been losing enrollment for more than a decade. The decision to close came after administrators realized they would have had to cut the curriculum to stay open, archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said.

Women ask others to come forward

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   The Orange County Register, By LARRY WELBORN, ~ October 09, 2007
   NEWPORT BEACH (CA) -- Attorney John C. Manly stood up in his law office Monday, hoisted a plastic glass of Champagne, and toasted four women for their bravery in going public with their stories of sexual abuse by Catholic school teachers.
   The women, Manly's clients, have won a $6.685 million settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The diocese has denied any wrongdoing.
   On Monday three of the women agreed for the first time to go public with their names and faces. The fourth woman attended the press conference, but she said she is just starting her healing process and wanted to remain anonymous.

Group seeks firing of college music director in sex case

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   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Kavita Kumar, Oct/09/2007
   MERAMEC (MO) -- The Catholic Church settled a sexual abuse case in California last week against a man who is now the music director at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, prompting demands Monday for his removal from the college.
   Larry Stukenholtz was accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old girl nearly a decade ago at a school where he had previously taught. On Friday, his case and three others were settled with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for a total of $6.7 million.
   Three activists with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, stood outside the college's headquarters Monday, demanding that the college fire Stukenholtz - or at least suspend him.
   "We believe the community college has a sexual predator on its payroll," said David Clohessy, national director of SNAP. "Students and staff should be protected from him."
   Stukenholtz told the Post-Dispatch last year that the accusations against him were "ridiculous" and that he did not abuse anyone. He could not be reached for comment Monday.

For the record

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   Los Angeles Times, ~ October 09, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Abuse settlement: An article in Monday's California section about settlements in sexual abuse lawsuits in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said the Diocese of Orange's insurance and existing treasury would cover all or nearly all of a $100-million settlement reached to end 87 abuse claims there. The settlement, reached in 2004, has already been paid off. A separate $6.7-million settlement announced last week will be covered by insurance and existing diocesan funds.

OC bishop could face contempt of court over sex abuse lawsuit

  - RCC 1990-99. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [A priest*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. < US$6.685m. [Mr Pecharich*] - Girl. [1990s Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KESQ, Associated Press, 7:14 AM ET, October 9, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Bishop Tod D. Brown is expected to appear in court today for a hearing to determine whether he should be held in contempt of court in connection with a lawsuit filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
   At issue is whether Brown should be held in contempt for sending Monsignor John Urell to Canada for psychological treatment before he could complete a deposition.
   Urell was responsible for handling sexual abuse allegations against the diocese.
   He became distraught during a deposition in the case of a 27-year-old woman who said an assistant basketball coach had sex with her multiple times when she was a 16-year-old student at Mater Dei.

Women in O.C. abuse cases speak out

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   Los Angeles Times, By Christine Hanley, October 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Nearly 10 years ago, Sarah Gray stood before her fellow seniors at Mater Dei gushing about a high school experience made richer by the nurturing environment and religion.
   On Monday, her voice cracking and her faith shaken, the former valedictorian stood before reporters and took sharp aim at her alma mater, its administrators and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which runs the school.
   Gray, 26, was one of four women who last week reached a $6.8-million settlement in molestation lawsuits against the diocese. She and two others for the first time publicly talked about their ordeals, describing an atmosphere in which they felt abandoned and victimized by those they had turned to for help.
   "They completely turned on me," Gray said of her Mater Dei teachers and the administration at the Santa Ana school. "The Catholic Church is supposed to protect children."

"At the point of a legal gun"

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   California Catholic Daily, ~ October 09, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) --In the most recent of a flurry of sexual-abuse lawsuit settlements, Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange has agreed to pay $6.885 million to settle four cases brought by women who say they were abused by diocesan employees between 1991 and 1999 (Brown has been the bishop since 1998). The accused were all lay employees of the diocese.
   A diocesan press release about the Oct. 5 settlement quotes Bishop Brown as saying the agreement "represents the moral obligation for the Church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility. By settling these cases I sincerely hope that it will enable the women who brought these actions to begin the process of healing and reconciliation."
   But plaintiffs' attorney John C. Manly in a separate press release countered that Brown's statement was "nothing more, nor less, than a litany of misstatements, misrepresentations, and outright falsehoods." Manly added, "At no point throughout this entire process did anyone from the Diocese of Orange, or their lawyers, say a kind word, offer healing, or do anything other than try to defeat the spirit of these four brave women." The diocese settled the cases "at the point of a legal gun… on the eve of trial," said Manly. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 9, 2007 8:36 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue October 09, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Priest charged with sex assaults

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   BBC News, http://news. bbc.co.uk/ 2/hi/uk_ news/ england/ hampshire/ 7038802.stm , ~ October 10, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A Catholic priest has been charged with a series of sex attacks on teenagers.
   Brian Gerald Rutledge, 68, of Waldegrave Close, Woolston, Southampton, is accused of four counts of indecent assault on two teenagers.
   Hampshire Police said the charges followed an investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 10, 2007 8:07 PM]

Former Charleston church rector faces additional abuse charge

  [1980s Weld -NEW*] - Christian. 2 girls. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Charlotte Observer, The Associated Press, ~ October 10, 2007
   CHARLESTON, S.C. --A former Charleston church rector arrested last month on a child molestation charge now faces additional charges, authorities said.
   George Francis Weld, 61, was charged by Charleston County sheriff's deputies this week with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
   The assault charge involves a female between 14 and 18 years old when the crime allegedly occurred during the late 1980s. The sexual conduct count involved a young woman who was between 15 and 17.

Court hears boys describe abuse by priest

  [1980s Evans -NEW*] - RCC. 23 charges. Boys in Boys' Town. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Herald Sun (Melbourne), By Julian Drape, 07:57pm, October 10, 2007
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia -- A CATHOLIC priest sexually abused a number of teenagers at a boys' home in southern Sydney in the late 1980s, a court has been told.
  Father Paul Evans was dorm master at Boys' Town Catholic boarding school at Engadine at the time of the alleged incidents.
   During committal proceedings in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court today, Magistrate Robyn Denes was told Mr Evans molested the boys in the dormitory and during weekend fishing and camping trips.
   Mr Evans has been charged with 23 child sex offences. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 10, 2007 8:19 AM]

Judge finds that Sikh priest, 76, assaulted niece numerous times

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   The Province, by Joey Thompson, Wednesday, October 10, 2007
   NELSON, Canada -- By the time she turned the final page of the judge's ruling, Karamjeet Kour Singh couldn't make out the words for the tears streaming down her face.
   Not only was the Nelson woman's evidence of a childhood torn asunder by a brutal, sexually abusive uncle believable, the judge went so far as to applaud her for sharing a private tragedy in a public courtroom so that others who suffered similar emotionally crippling incidents as kids would be emboldened to speak up.
   It was soothing medicine for a woman who has been plagued by depression, anxiety, nightmares and troubled relationships for the past 40 years.
   To have the judge believe me, to have someone say he was wrong to do what he did is worth a trillion dollars," said the mother of two, who goes by Vicki Waters.
   "Thanksgiving was the best I've had." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 10, 2007 7:29 AM]

Rev. Underwood's molestation case moved to November

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   Arizona Daily Star, by Stephanie Innes, October 08, 2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- The Rev. Gary Underwood, a Catholic priest accused of molesting three boys at a Northwest Side church during the mid-80s, will not have another court date until November.
   Underwood, who is in his 50s, was supposed to appear for a pre-trial hearing this month, but prosecutor Kathleen Mayer asked for a delay while she works on another case.
   Underwood is the first Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson priest to be accused of sexual molestation since the diocese emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.
   He's accused of abusing three boys - all under the age of 15 - while he was a priest at St. Odilia's Catholic Church.

Bishop Of Orange Apologizes To Young Women

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   The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, October 9, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange apologized personally to two of the four young women whose lawsuits naming the Diocese had been formally settled in Superior Court just moments before.
   In an impromptu news conference in front of the courthouse, Bishop Brown spoke directly to Christina Ruiz and Sarah Luckey Grey, standing nearby, "to both of you, I offer my sincere and deepest apologies for what happened to you."
   The Bishop told the assembled media, "This settlement sends a strong message that this kind of behavior on the part of any diocesan employee is reprehensible, criminal, and sinful and in no way can be tolerated."

The Diocesan Spin Cycle Begins Anew

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   Orange County Weekly, 1:18 PM, October 10, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Barely 24 hours have passed since the Orange diocese's press conference, and already Bishop Tod D. Brown's spinmasters are trying to make His Excellency better than he is. On the diocesan website is a story titled "BISHOP OF ORANGE APOLOGIZES TO YOUNG WOMEN," in which the following is revealed:
   Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Orange apologized personally to two of the four young women whose lawsuits naming the Diocese had been formally settled in Superior Court just moments before.
   In an impromptu news conference in front of the courthouse, Bishop Brown spoke directly to Christina Ruiz and Sarah Luckey Grey [sic], standing nearby, "To both of you, I offer my sincere and deepest apologies for what happened to you.

"Friends of Monsignor John" Already Deletin'

  - RCC. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell*
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano, in Ex Cathedra, Main, 3:26 PM, October 10, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- A support group for embattled Orange diocese Monsignor John Urell isn't even a day old, and already site administrators are deleting messages critical of Urell and his peers' handling of the diocese's sex-abuse scandal. You won't know this from reading their website, of course: they deleted the messages, silly! But this trusty reporter has three of them for you, after the jump:
   One can only wonder what flavor Kool-Aid these people are drinking.

"Non dare ascolto a coloro che ti dicono di lasciare l'abito"

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   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 10, 2007
   ITALY -- A letter to Don Sante:
   "Don't listen to those who tell you to abandon the frock."
   The Rev. Giuseppe Serrone of the Association for Married Priests has made a statement after receiving news of the decree for removal of the Rev. Sante Sguotti from his parish in Monterosso. The decree was issued by Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo of Padua.
   Rev. Serrone said the church's canon law cannot cancel a sacrament received in a valid way and Rev. Sguotti will always be a priest no matter if he is suspended or excommunicated.
   "I had advised him not to reach the point of being expelled. He remains a priest and his acts, even if they are not accepted, have full validity," Rev. Serrone said.
   Rev. Serrone's site at http://nuovisacerdoti.altervista.org contains a letter that people of Grisignano, Vincenza, has sent to Rev. Sguotti.

Open Letter in Support of Msgr. John Urell

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Friends of Monsignor John, ~ October 10, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- For nearly 30 years, you have served the faithful with fidelity, love and courage.
   You have baptized and given First Communion to our children.
   You have lovingly prepared us for Marriage.
   You have spoken the Lord's forgiveness to us in Reconciliation.
   You have brought us words of comfort and hope as we faced life's final chapter.

Urell Supporters Take Out Full-Page Ad in OC Register

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, Naranja News, 10:05 AM, October 10, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- We rarely read past Page Four of the Orange County Register's front page, since anything beyond that is usually Macy's ads and rehashed Associated Press or Reuters blurbs. Indeed, we didn't read past page four this morning until an eagle-eyed reader (gracias, amigo) alerted us to a full-page ad taken out by a group calling themselves "Friends of Msgr. John." The ad in question was an "Open Letter in Support of Msgr. John Urell," the priest who for years handled sex-abuse complaints in the Catholic Diocese of Orange and is currently in Canada seeking anxiety treatment for his prior responsibilities.
   The ad's text can be found on the group's website. In a previous statement, group spokesperson (and Rancho Santiago Community College District board president) John Hanna states, "We are deeply saddened by the cases of sexual misconduct that have come to light over the years and we continue to pray for the healing of all those involved. However, it is fundamental to Catholic teaching that we forgive and minister to those who are suffering and in pain."
   Forgive, forgive, forgive: that's all that Urell's supporters ever talk about. Forgive John Urell for his sins. Hannah was there yesterday in Judge Gail Andler's courtroom when she decided not to dismiss Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown's contempt-of-court charge for allowing Urell to leave for Canada. So were a couple of other Urell supporters (including OC Blogman Matt Cunningham and OC PR queen Meg Waters, although she told me she was in court only as "a friend of Matt."). Hannah talks about "minister[ing] to those who are suffering and in pain." However, I saw none of Urell's supporter so much as go up to sex-abuse survivors Christina Ruiz and Sarah Gray and offer condolences (we didn't even see Cunningham at their press conference the previous day--so much for the other side of the story, eh Matt?).

Interrogatories: Plaintiffs in LA had to answer these questions in civil cases against the Catholic Church

  [2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese] - RCC. Inquiries. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 10, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Attorneys for Cardinal Roger Mahony and the LA Archdiocese sent these interrogatories to plaintiffs in the Clergy Cases which were settled in July 2007.
   After each interrogatory is a code:
   -Provided Answer
   -Responded with objection only
   -Court ruled no response necessary
   PER lead plaintiff firm Kiesel, Boucher and Larson who provided the document to city of angels blog: Where the court ruled "no response necessary", it probably means we had refused to answer, they brought a Motion to Compel and we prevailed. There also may be others in the mix that we had fought not to answer, but the court ruled against us. Where we responded "with objection only" it may mean this was an ongoing fight, there may not have been a Motion to Compel yet.

Don Sante non molla: "Non vado via"

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Corriere della Sera, ~ October 10, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti said he remains a parish priest and his only fault is being in love with a woman. "I'm not leaving," he said.
   The priest of San Bartolomeo parish in Monterosso was expelled from the parish on Monday by a decree from the Padua bishop. Rev. Sguotti held a press conference today at his home in Lovertino.
   "I wouldn't want to be in the bishop's clothes when the papers about me will arrive in Rome. Two or three years will pass but in the end the truth will come out," he said. The priest said in the meantime he considers himself morally to be the parish priest in Monterosso.

Don Sante: 'Non lascio Monterosso'

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   ANSA, ~ October 10, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti said he will not leave Monterosso. He made the statement at his home at Lavertino in Vicenza province. The former parish priest in Monterosso was sent away from the parish by the Padua bishop after a series of indescretions were reported in the press, incuding one allegation that he had fathered a child.
   The priest answered the allegations by saying, "My only fault is to be in love with a woman and to be attached to a child."

Don Sante cerca lavoro come camionista

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 10, 2007
   ABANO, Italy -- Deprived of his job as parish priest in Monterosso and loss of his stipend, the Rev. Santa Sguotti is using his Class E driver license as a source of income. He has sent a resume to a trucking firm.
   Rev. Sguotti is seeking a job as a trucker. He advised parishioners who support him to withdraw their money from the "peota" cash, which is like a community fund, or otherwise the curia will make it flow into its coffers.
   News of the degree from the bishop that removed him as priest of the parish appeared in all local and national newspapers. What has not been said is that following the bishops decree, Rev. Sguotti is without a stipend. The priest was not discouraged and yesterday tried to derive some good from his special E driver license. He rolled up his sleeves and brought his curriculum vitae to a center for employment at Monselice to apply for a trucker job.
   For parishioners nothing has changed. On Monday evening they once again confirmed their loyalty to the priest. More than 200 people gathered at 9 p.m. at the Al Filo resturant. He was forced to use the restaurant since he could no longer use the parish community spaces.
   Among those attending, only one raised his hand to remind the priest of his promises to be faithful to the bishop. The remaining participants showed their unconditional support even if they risked raising the ire of the curia and possible excommunication from the Catholic church.
   The battle is not over. The priest will appeal the decree for his removal on the grounds that the bishop did not respect terms set by the previous agreement, he said.
   The priest said he disagrees with methods of the curia. The curia was not interested to meet the faithful, he said. The curia only delivered the decree for his removal and put a freeze on the parish money. He said the curia has been trying to get the "peota" cash. He asked parishioners to withdraw their money.
   The priest has been ordered to be out of the parish by Saturday. Rev. Sguotti said he has not resigned as pastor. He said he will go away only when the bishop finds him a place to live. The priest said his current home is not in good condition. The priest said he will hold a press conference at his home in Lovertino.

Fall Riekofen: Priester entschuldigen sich für mögliche Missbrauchsfälle

  [1999 and 2003-06 Father Peter K.*] - RCC. Was transferred. Boys.
   Mittelbayerische, ~ October 10, 2007
   GERMANY -- German priests have apologized for one of their members who has been charged with abusing boys in Riekofen.
   Priests of the Regensburg diocese met to discuss the allegations made against Peter K. They had a thorough discussion of the background and effects of this situation.
   Pralat Alois Mostl, secretary of the priests, issued a press statement indicating the priests apology and concern about the situation that unfolded in Riekofen.

Ofrece Ebrard protección personal al arzobispo

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Milenio, ~ October 10, 2007
   MEXICO -- Marcelo Ebrand, who heads government of the Federal District, has offered security to Cardinal Norberto Rivera, primate of Mexico, because the cardinal allegedly has received death threats.

Mexican Cardinal Complains of Threats

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity?
   San Francisco Chronicle, AP, 18:08 PDT, October 9, 2007
   MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's top Roman Catholic cardinal, who is accused in a U.S. lawsuit of protecting an alleged pedophile priest, said he has received threats and will ask the government additional security.
   Norberto Rivera said he feels "always at risk" in an interview broadcast by the Televisa network, after several protesters kicked, pounded and reportedly spat at his car outside Mexico City's cathedral after his weekly Mass.
   It was unclear why the protesters attacked the car, and Rivera has not said who is behind death threats against him.

Boys' Town abuse claims: Court hears accusers' tapes

  [1980s Evans*] - RCC. 23 charges. Boys in Boys' Town. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   ABC, ~ October 10, 2007
   SYDNEY (NSW), Australia -- A court has heard a priest accused of abusing students at a school in Sydney's south asked one of his alleged victims to tell staff he was not a paedophile.
   A committal hearing is being held in Sydney to determine whether Paul Evans will go to trial on 23 charges of child sex offences.
   Evans is accused of abusing three boys during the 1980s at Boys' Town, a Catholic school set up in Engadine to educate troubled teenagers, where he worked as a priest. And see www.cathnews. com/news/ 710/69.php

Vidal says Fr. Ejares in Manila

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cebu Daily News, Last updated 01:05pm (Mla time) October/10/2007
   CEBU CITY, Philippines - Diocesan priest Father Benedicto Ejares may not be in Cebu.
   Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal told reporters on Tuesday that he heard that Ejares was in Manila.
   The prelate would not say whether Ejares would return to Cebu now that he was cleared of charges of acts of lasciviousness by the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office.
   But he said Ejares is considered "incardinated" which means he is still part of the roster of priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Cebu because, the Cardinal said, there is no reason "to throw him out."

Another one bites the dust

  - RCC. Daniel Murphy H.S. to close. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   California Catholic Daily, ~ October 10, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Citing "a decade-long decline in enrollment combined with increased operating costs" and the "severe financial challenges" it faces, the Los Angeles archdiocese has "accelerated the decision" to close Daniel Murphy High School.
   In Oct. 8 archdiocesan news release, the "severe financial challenges" were not spelled out, but the archdiocese has already said it would sell as many as 50 non-parish properties to cover its up to $373-million portion of a $660-million settlement with victims of molestation by priests.
   Thus far, the archdiocese has announced that it will sell its Wilshire Boulevard Archdiocesan Catholic Center (the chancery offices) and a small convent in Santa Barbara to help cover the settlement costs.
   Daniel Murphy High School, located at Third and South Detroit streets in Los Angeles, was opened in 1926 as Los Angeles College, a junior seminary. In 1953, when the seminary moved to San Fernando, the site became a college preparatory school for young men, called St. John Vianney High School.
   Dominicans ran the school from 1956 to 1981, when it was taken over by the archdiocese. The original brick buildings (except for the chapel) were replaced by a new complex in 1966, and the school was renamed after Daniel Murphy, a Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist who gave substantial sums to the local Catholic Church. Murphy died in 1939.

Attempt to clear Brown goes sideways

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, Register columnist, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , ~ October 10, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA) -- Bishop Tod Brown got his day in court yesterday, but it wasn't quite the day he'd hoped. In fact, it was a disaster for him - even beyond the $6.7 million he agreed to pay the four abuse victims.
   Rather than be exonerated of contempt-of-court charges, Brown faces two months of uncertainty and could end up in a proceeding far more taxing than today's, which was little more than a meet-and-greet with Judge Gail Andler.
   The victims, see, would have dropped the contempt allegations as part of the settlement if that was all that stood between them and $6.7 million. But Brown's attorney, Peter Callahan, had Brown stand before Andler and answer to the contempt allegation, so sure is he that it is spurious.

Priest banned for falling in love

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Times, by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent of The Times, ~ October 10, 2007
   ITALY -- In the latest in a series of sexual scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, a priest who declared his love for a woman has been banned from hearing confessions and removed from his pastoral duties.
   Even though he remains a priest and can still say Mass, the effective dismissal of Father Sante Sguotti from his parish in Monterosso near Padua in northern Italy comes soon after another parish priest near the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in France was forced out because he had a girlfriend.
   Catholic worshippers in Asson in south-west France had heard Father Léon Laclos confess that he was having a sexual relationship with one of his parishioners and his contention that being in love had brought him closer to his congregation and to God.
   Both clergy had support from large numbers of their parishioners. The debate could ultimately threaten the Catholic Church in the same way that the row over homosexuality is splitting the Anglican Communion, although the stronger hierarchical structure of the Catholic Church means that in the short-term, it will withstand the dissent without schism, even if the laity and clergy are discontent.

Cornwall sex-abuse inquiry to seek charge against stonewalling witness

  [1950s-2000s General community] Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, Last Updated 4:09 PM ET | Tuesday, October 9, 2007
   CANADA -- A former Cornwall police officer whose whistleblowing about sexual abuse allegations in the community eventually led to the launch of a public inquiry will likely face a contempt of court charge for refusing to testify at that inquiry.
   Judge Normand Glaude, commissioner for the Cornwall public inquiry, said Tuesday that the commission will ask that a contempt charge be brought against key witness Perry Dunlop in divisional court.
   The inquiry is probing the response of authorities in the 1990s to sexual abuse allegations against more than a dozen prominent members of the community starting in the 1950s and spanning decades.

O.C. bishop faces contempt hearing over sex abuse suit

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 sent Mons Urell* to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Christine Hanley, October 10, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA) -- Hoping to clear his name, Bishop Tod D. Brown will face a contempt-of-court hearing to determine whether he violated a judge's orders when he sent a high-ranking church official out of the country before he could complete his testimony in a sex abuse lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
   On Tuesday, Brown waived his right to an arraignment in a move his attorney said was essentially the same as pleading not guilty to the allegation.
   Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler allowed opening statements from both sides before continuing the hearing until December.
   The bishop could face jail time if convicted of the charge.

OC Bishop Faces Contempt of Court

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 sent Mons Urell* to Canada.
   The Associated Press, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, ~ October 10, 2007
   SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The sexual abuse case was settled and Roman Catholic Bishop Tod Brown could have walked away without ever saying a thing about it in court.
   But an attempt to clear his name of allegations he helped a high-ranking church official avoid testifying has made Brown the first U.S. bishop who could face jail time in the church sex abuse scandal.
   A judge began criminal contempt-of-court proceedings against Brown on Tuesday, just three days after he agreed to pay nearly $7 million to settle the lawsuits that led to contempt allegations surrounding Brown's decision to send the church official to Canada.
   Before the hearing, plaintiffs' lawyers said they expected the judge to dismiss the contempt filing because the case had been settled. But Diocese of Orange attorney Peter Callahan insisted the proceedings go forward to clear the bishop's name, and Judge Gail Andler took him up on the offer.

It's not over, Fr. Ben

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cebu Daily News, Last updated 03:39pm (Mla time), October/10/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- The dismissal (for now) of charges against Fr. Benedicto Ejares has reopened wounds instead of providing a clear path to resolve allegations of sexual misconduct by a priest.
   No party is satisfied with the outcome.
   Not even the Cebu Archdiocese can claim the case has been put to rest or that a dismissal of criminal charges has removed the stigma of how the local church dragged its feet in dealing with this elusive shepherd and the children he refused to face after the scandal surfaced a year ago.
   To welcome the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office dismissal of the case is to calmly accept that seven girls, who have nothing personal to gain by making public their individual humiliation, have lied or read too much into a clergyman's "friendly" gesture of caressing their limbs and playing with their bra straps during the sacrament of confession.
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed October 10, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


• Lockeford priest accused of sexual abuse

  [1984-86 Kelly -NEW*] - RCC. Child. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Lodi News-Sentinel, www.lodinews. com/articles/ 2007/10/11/ update/ michael- kelly- web.txt , By Ross Farrow, Last updated 4:39 PM PDT, Thursday, October 11, 2007
   LOCKEFORD (CA) -- Father Michael Kelly, the priest at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Lockeford, has been placed on administrative leave while the Stockton Diocese investigates an allegation that Kelly sexually abused a Stockton child sometime between 1984 and 1986, according to a prepared statement by Bishop Stephen Blaire.
   Kelly denies ever sexually abusing anyone. He confirmed to the News-Sentinel on Wednesday that he is on leave from the diocese, but he said the reason is for a recurring problem with his ulcer. Kelly said he almost died from ulcer problems in 2000, and the problem has returned.
   "I can tell you categorically that in my life, I have not abused sexually a child, or adult - ever," Kelly told the News-Sentinel. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 PM]

Judge Hears Tape, Denies Pastor Bail

  [1993-95 Peterson*] - River of Life Church. Girl.
   The Tampa Tribune, By MIKE WELLS, Oct 11, 2007
   TAMPA (FL) - Halfway through listening to a 30-minute recorded conversation, Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich said he'd heard enough and denied bail for a local youth minister charged with two counts of capital sexual battery on a minor.
   On the tape, Justin Peterson, 31, is scolded and questioned by his accuser, who now is an adult and lives out of state.
   Prosecutors say that from 1993 through 1995, Peterson molested the girl when she was 7 to 9 years old while he was babysitting, and forced her to perform oral sex.
   Peterson ministers to young adults at River of Life Church in Lutz.
   In the taped conversation with his accuser, both mention another girl who prosecutors think is a victim. Assistant State Attorney Shauna Hale asked the judge to deny bail while investigators seek evidence to that effect.
   Hillsborough County sheriff's Detective Travis Valles testified that in January, family members confronted Peterson about the abuse and that he told them he did it.

Priest denies paying boy £20 for sex

  [1960s-70s Keaveney*] - RCC. 2 boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Argus, By Alison Cridland, ~ October 11, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest denied paying a young boy £20 for sex, a jury heard.
   Father Dermot Keaveney, 72, is on trial at Lewes Crown Court accused of sexually abusing two brothers in his congregation more than 30 years ago.
   The alleged victims claim their parish priest repeatedly sexually assaulted them while the clergyman held posts at churches in Brighton and Hove.

Italian priest defies bishop

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 11, 2007
   PADUA, ITALY (CWNews.com) -- An Italian priest has rejected his bishop's demand that he leave his parish, to the delight of journalists who have made his case the object of coverage rivaling a soap-opera.
   Archbishop Antonio Mattiazzo of Padua had announced earlier this week that he expected to receive the resignation of Father Sante Sguotti as pastor of St. Bartholomew's parish in Monterosso. The pastor had become a celebrity by proclaiming his love for a local woman, and raising questions-- still unresolved-- about whether he was the father of the woman's child. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 PM]

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County could face prison time

  - RCC 1990-99. US$6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic News Agency, 10:49 am / Oct 10, 2007
   SANTA ANA (CA), (CNA).-- Yesterday afternoon witnessed the first time that a judge began criminal contempt-of-court proceedings against a U.S. Catholic bishop. The hearing against Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange County could result in a sentence ranging from a verbal warning to jail time.
   On Tuesday, Bishop Brown waived his arraignment for violating a court order, which is the equivalent of him entering a plea of not guilty.
   The bishop caused Judge Gail Andler to open a contempt of court hearing by sending Monsignor John Urell out of the country to receive medical treatment, before he had finished completing his testimony in a sexual abuse lawsuit.
   The attorneys of the plaintiff in the sexual abuse case asserted that Bishop Brown sent Msgr. Urell, who was responsible for handling diocesan sexual abuse allegations, to Canada for psychological treatment before he could conclude his deposition. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM]

Kilnacrott Abbey could fetch €3m-plus for Norbertines

  - RCC. Norbertines will sell 44 acres. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Anglo-Celt, By Sean McMahon, ~ October 11, 2007
   IRELAND -- Kilnacrott Abbey and 44 acres of land have been put on the market by private tender with auctioneer Padraig Smith.
   It is expected that the property, which was once home to notorious paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smith, will fetch in excess of §3m.
   It is expected that the members of the Norbertine Order will build a new residence locally.
   In a statement issued on behalf of the Order this week they say that after much consideration over several years the Norbertine Community has decided to dispose of Holy Trinity Abbey and surrounding lands which comprise approximately 40 acres.

Lockeford priest accused of abuse

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Stockton Record 8:36 PM, October 11, 2007
   STOCKTON (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton has placed a parish priest on administrative leave after a 33-year-old man about a week ago alleged he was sexually abused by the priest sometime in 1984 to 1986.
   The Rev. Michael Kelly, 56, was placed on leave by Bishop Stephen Blaire this week while the matter is being investigated. Kelly was most recently the priest at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford. He was a priest at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton during the time the alleged incident is said to have occurred.
   "He categorically and emphatically denies this ever took place," said Stockton lawyer Albert Ellis, who is representing Kelly. "Father Kelly feels passionate that priests with good names need to stand up and fight these allegations."
   According to diocese spokeswoman Sister Terry Davis, the Stockton Police Department has been notified of the allegation as part of the diocese's policy dealing with allegations of priestly sexual abuse. Davis said Blaire was unavailable for comment today.

Archdiocese begins studying options for new civil law structure

  - RCC re-arranging finances, assets.
   Catholic Sentinel, ~ October 11, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- As the Archdiocese of Portland winds down paying sex abuse claims, it has begun work on restructuring itself under civil law.
   After a consultation process, parishes and archdiocesan high schools will be organized into separate legal entities, though they will clearly still be part of an archdiocesan family.
   The restructuring is part of the reorganization plan church leaders submitted in U.S. bankruptcy court.
   In a letter sent to parishioners last month, Archbishop John Vlazny said the step aims to organize parishes and schools under civil law in a way that "best mirrors the governance model of church law" and to clarify that assets of parishes are separate from those of the archdiocese.

Jane C.R. Doe Speaks

  [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - RCC. Girl.
   Orange County Weekly, By GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Thursday, October 11, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- For the past two years, Christina Ruiz had to keep her mouth shut while strangers freely called the 28-year-old mother a slut. She was Jane C.R. Doe, the anonymous plaintiff who filed a civil suit against the Catholic Diocese of Orange, alleging that church officials did nothing as Mater Dei High School assistant boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade molested her from 1995 to 1997. The lawsuit sparked a wave of name-calling, insinuations and other vile words on Orange County Internet chat rooms, with people claiming to know Ruiz insisting she was a seductress and asked for the unlawful sex. "She was far from innocent," went one typical comment on the Weekly's blog, Navel Gazing. "What a victim! Who poses for a newspaper photo! Get real!"
   "It really hurts," says Ruiz. "But what really hurts is that those people are blind to the reality of what happened at Mater Dei."
   Ruiz spoke with the Weekly in an exclusive interview shortly after she and two other victims of sex abuse at the hands of Orange diocese employees publicly identified themselves for the first time this Monday before the press. The interview was in the offices of Manly, McGuire & Stewart, the Newport Beach law firm that has sued Catholic dioceses across the world for sexual abuse and won four settlements against the Orange diocese totaling $6.685 million last Friday.
   She says the abuse first started in 1995, when Ruiz was a sophomore at Mater Dei and Andrade taught driver's education while moonlighting as an assistant on the school's powerful boys' basketball team. Andrade forced her to fellate him the first time; subsequent assaults took place in Mater Dei classrooms, Andrade's home, hotel rooms--even in the offices of Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight.

Fiddlin' in St. Augustine

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, By GUSTAVO ARELLANO, Thursday, October 11, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Last week, the Orange diocese was in a state of chaos. Former chancellor John Urell rested in Canada, seeking treatment for a psychological ailment his own attorney admitted was triggered by the monsignor's heavy soul from handling diocesan sex-abuse complaints. Church lawyers were telling the press they were ready to fight in court against a young woman who alleged that former Mater Dei assistant boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade molested her during the mid-1990s, even as the attorneys feverishly worked on a settlement. Priests across Orange County told parishioners not to believe what the press published about the Andrade case, while church bulletins contained diocesan-dictated fliers purporting to state the truth.
   While all of this was going on, Bishop Tod D. Brown was in St. Augustine, Florida, attending a conference between Catholic bishops and Orthodox Christian leaders. It was from the Sunshine State where Brown fought a contempt-of-court motion claiming he whisked Urell away so the monsignor wouldn't finish a deposition. This is also where Brown announced on Oct. 5 that the Orange diocese had settled four molestation claims against former lay employees for $6.685 million, just four days before the Andrade case was scheduled for trial.
   It's emblematic of Brown's decade in the Orange diocese to leave his episcopal see at a time of crisis in favor of attending a meeting whose participants have fought for more than a millennia: The latter is an easier headache to bear than the former. For the past five years, ever since the Orange diocese paid Ryan DiMaria $5.2 million to settle a sex-abuse case, Brown has portrayed himself as a national leader in handling sex-abuse cases involving priests and other church employees. But His Excellency's actions over this past month show that he and his inner circle have abandoned all sympathy and righteousness in dealing with sex-abuse victims in the Orange diocese.

Conferenza stampa di don Sante Sguotti, ex Parroco di Monterosso

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Radicale, ~ October 11, 2007
   ITALY -- (The Italian-language press conference called by the Rev. Sante Sguotti after his removal from his parish in Monterosso can be heard at this site.)

Mexican senators call for greater security for cardinal amidst death threats

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic News Agency, 11:04 am (CNA) / Oct 11, 2007
   MEXICO CITY -- Senators from various political parties are calling for greater security measures by the federal and local officials in Mexico City to protect Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, who has recently become the subject of constant death threats. …
   The cardinal has come under fire recently from members of the Survivors Network of Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) for allegedly covering up abuse by a Mexican priest who was sent to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Professors Sue Oral Roberts President

  [- 2007 Roberts*] - Televangelist. Luxury, SMSs to young males.
   The New York Times, By RALPH BLUMENTHAL, October 11, 2007
   TULSA (OK) -- A suit filed by three former professors charges financial, political and personal irregularities by the president of Oral Roberts University, including a claim that he illegally mobilized students to campaign for a Republican mayoral candidate.
   The president, Richard Roberts, the son of the university founder, the television evangelist Oral Roberts, has offered a series of denials. But he declined yesterday to respond in detail to the accusations in the suit.
   The ex-professors, citing a secret internal report by an official of the Oral Roberts Ministries, linked to the university in Tulsa, Okla., sued on Oct. 2. They also contended that the Roberts house on the campus had been remodeled 11 times in 14 years, that the university jet took family members on trips and that the family's university-paid cellphones sent text messages to "under-age males - often between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m."

Secret CIO docs reveal plan to destroy Ncube

  [2006-07 Archbishop Ncube*] - RCC. Married woman. Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia/Southern Rhodesia) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  
   The Zimbabwean, BY CHIEF REPORTER, ~ October 11, 2007
   HARARE -- The Zimbabwean has obtained 'Top Secret' Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) documents revealing a plan to mount phases two, three and four of a sting operation against Roman Catholic Bishop, Pius Ncube, with the express authority of President Robert Mugabe.
   The documents reveal how the CIO plans to bring down Ncube through a three-tier sting that includes an HIV/AIDS saga, an abortion scandal and a further adultery charge involving another married woman.
   The document, reference number DG/mm2/ei Cleric, is an executive instruction to all the divisional heads of the CIO dated "9/14/7" or September 14, 2007.
   It is addressed to heads of the Internal division, Counter Intelligence, Foreign division and CIO assistant directors in Harare, Bulawayo, Midlands, Matabeleland North and South.
   Intelligence sources said the document was drafted a week after press reports that Ncube was forming a political party. He has denied these reports.

Victims no longer cowed by diocese

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , ~ October 11, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The best part of the post-settlement press conference with Bishop Tod Brown and his attorneys was that two of the victims, Sarah Gray and Christina Ruiz, stood alongside the reporters and demanded answers.
   Gray (a Mater Dei valedictorian, Notre Dame graduate and current Ph.D. student, by the way) asked about the discrepancy between what church lawyer Peter Callahan had asserted earlier in the day about law enforcement authorities being properly contacted about the four abuse cases and what Gray's actual experience was. She says she and her parents found no record of a report to police.
   Callahan, rather than answer the question, archly replied: "You had your press conference yesterday." Classy. Reporters, including me, didn't let it drop, however, wanting to know what evidence the church had that it had ever followed up on Gray's complaint with the proper authorities. Finally, in-house diocesan attorney Maria Schinderle whispered to Callahan that Child Protective Services had been contacted in Gray's case.

Politicos rally around priest at center of legal battle

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   The Orange County Register, By RACHANEE SRISAVASDI, ~ October 11, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- A political blogger and the former head of the county Democratic Party have formed an informal Catholic group to support a priest criticized for his handling of past sex-abuse cases and whose medical condition has become the center of a legal battle to hold Bishop Tod Brown in contempt of court.
   Msgr. John Urell broke down during a July deposition in a Mater Dei High School sex-abuse case, and was sent by Brown to Southdown Institute, a psychological treatment center for clergy in Canada. That move caused attorneys for the former student to ask a judge to levy a fine against the bishop or put him in jail.
   Despite settling that sex-abuse claim and three others for approximately $6.7 million last week, diocese attorneys want the Dec. 3 contempt hearing to go forward, saying it would clear the bishop's name.
   On Wednesday, the group, called "Friends of Monsignor John Urell" ran a full-page ad in the Register, called "Open Letter in Support of Msgr. John Urell," who reportedly is suffering from acute anxiety.

Priest for trial on 23 sex charges

  [1980s Evans*] - RCC. 23 charges. Boys in Boys' Town. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Herald Sun, 01:11pm, October 11, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A ROMAN Catholic priest has been ordered to stand trial in Sydney on 23 sex charges involving teenage boys.
   Magistrate Robyn Denes committed Paul Evans today for trial at the NSW District Court, where the case will be mentioned on October 19.
   The committal hearing in Downing Centre Local Court was told Mr Evans sexually abused a number of teenagers at a boys' home in southern Sydney in the 1980s.
   He was dormitory master at Boys' Town Catholic boarding school at Engadine at the time the alleged incidents occurred.

Former priest charged with sex offences

  [1970s, 1980s Rutledge*] - RCC. 2 Teenagers England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   This is Hampshire, By Jenny Makin, ~ October 11, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER Catholic priest has been charged with indecently assaulting two teenagers more than 20 years ago.
   Brian Rutledge, 68, was charged by detectives last night with four counts of assault against two children.
   The allegations against the priest, who lives in Southampton and used to work in the city, relate to the 1970s and 1980s, the Daily Echo understands.
   The alleged offences happened across Hampshire and abroad.

Priest 'absent with permission' by Jesuits

  [ 2003 Knoth (Jesuit)] - RCC. Child/ren. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Chicago Sun-Times, BY SUSAN HOGAN/ALBACH / shogan@suntimes.com / Religion Reporter/ October 11, 2007
   CHICAGO (IL) -- The Chicago Jesuits list the Rev. Bernard Knoth, once a star in Catholic education, as "absent with permission."
   He's been working in the secular business world in Sarasota, Fla., since the Jesuits ruled four years ago that a child abuse accusation was "credible."
   Knoth, 58, works for Global Recruiters Network, which isn't a Jesuit company. His corporate bio reads, "After leaving Loyola in 2003, Bernie decided on a career change."
   As if he had a choice.
   The Jesuits forced the Chicago native to resign as president of Loyola University in New Orleans. He had formerly worked at schools in Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

Prima ammissione di don Sante Tamara è la 'mia compagna'

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Mattino di Padova, ~ October 11, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti made the first admission that a woman named Tamara (who he once called Laura) is his companion. His lawyer, Gianni Biasetto, said the decree that removed him from the parish at Monterosso is weak and they will appeal.
   Rev. Sguotti said he wanted to avoid keeping his companion involved in the story and she will not speak. Contacted by cell phone in late afternoon, the priest said he not only is in love but the woman is his companion. Little cries of a child could be head in the background. The press conference happened at the house in Lovertino on the Via del Castello, where Tamara has been has been living for two years. Rev. Sguotti owns the house.
   The former parish priest said he will speak about decisions taken with parishioners of Monterosso after their meeting on Monday night. Yesterday morning, the lawyer for the Roman Sacra Rota, Claudio Cardinale, affirmed that "the motivations at the basis of the decree of removal, five pages, are very weak" and that the bishop cannot deny the priest any of his rights and canonical support only because he was removed from the Monterosso parish. Rev. Sguotti has not been expelled from the Catholic church.
   Regarding the priest's relationship with Tamara, the bishop's reasoning is as follows: Perhaps someone is dead and someone has seen me speak with the dead person. Now the corpse cannot be found and nobody knows if that person is really dead. But I'm accused to be guilty because the judge believes in what some other person affirms to have seen, even if there is no proof.
   Rev. Sguotti's canon lawyer said he wants to make it clear the curia has no basis to justify the removal and that he is announcing the appeal to the Congregation for the Clergy within the 10 established days set by the canon law code.
   In the meantime, the lawyer said they want to sue those people who went to the Rev. Tiziano Vanzetto, the bishop's chancellor, as witnesses against Rev. Sguotti. One of these people, Armando Villano, a psychotherapist at Montegrotto, openly declared to have reported in August to Rev. Vanzett all he knew about the "priest-father." He also is said to have delivered to the chancellor a piece of paper he got from Olga, a foreign girl, with whom Villani said the priest had a two-year relationship in 2003. The paper listed all aspects regulating his relationship with the girl from whom he wanted to have a child.

Don Sante racconta di essere innamorato ma non dice se il figlio dell'amata è suo

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 11, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti held a press conference yesterday morning in Lovertino on the Benci Colli (Benci hills) and talked of his love for a woman but did not say if he was her child's father.
   The conference was held in the home near where the woman he loves is now living. About 40 people, including reporters, cameramen and photographers attended. Rev. Sguotti, former parish priest at Monterosso, has repeated his being in love with the woman but he did not clarify if he was the child's father.
   He then assailed the Catholic church curia which he said owns 20 percent of the real estate in Padua, but with the money they get only six of 100 priests are paid.
   The priest said he will appeal the decree for his removal issued by the Padua bishop and he'll be close to the Monterosso parish as a "passive resister." He announced publication of his book that tells his story. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Thu October 11, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Suit Against Diocese Expanded to Include Conspiracy Claim

  [1960 Gondek -NEW*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   WBOC, www.wboc.com/ Global/story. asp?S=720 5010 , AP, 11:26 AM ET, Updated 1 PM ET, Oct/12/2007
   WILMINGTON, Del, (AP/WBOC)- A Wilmington man alleged Friday that he was sexually abused as a young boy by a priest who now heads a parish in North Carolina.
   Michael Sowden, 59, claims that Rev. Albert J. Gondek fondled him while he was attending a summer camp in Maryland more than 45 years ago.
   Sowden's attorney, Thomas Neuberger, sent a letter to Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte on Friday, asking Jugis to remove Gondek from his pastorate at Our Lady of the Rosary church in Lexington, N.C.
   "Gondek should be immediately removed from all his positions with your parish and diocese and all his faculties should be suspended so that children can be protected from the threat he poses," Neuberger wrote.

Pastor Jackson charged with sex assault

  [Jackson -NEW*] - ? Christian. Child.
   Kilgore News Herald, October 11, 2007
   KILGORE (TX) -- An investigation that began in June led Kilgore police to arrest and charge a Kilgore man on charges of sexual abuse, Kilgore police detective Tony Stone said this morning. Larry Jackson, 54, of Kilgore, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The charge is a first degree felony offense.

Urell tried to heal as well as conceal

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. [Ramos -NEW*] [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Processed transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , Register columnist, ~ October 12, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- A "Friends of Monsignor John Urell" has formed. They believe, as do I, that Urell is not a molester, that he was sent to a psychiatric facility for treatment of a breakdown that arose from the pressure of dealing with molesters, their victims and the legal fallout.
   What must it have been like to be one of the top officials in the Diocese of Orange and having to try to clean up the mess? To comfort victims while trying to protect the Diocese? By taking a glimpse into the case of a priest the church has acknowledged in documents was a serial molester, Rev. Eleuterio (Al) Ramos, one can get a sense.

Birthday party host in Keller accused of sexual abuse

  [- 2007 Simpson -NEW*] - Sect not named. Children. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Dallas Morning News, By WENDY HUNDLEY and SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / ~ October 12, 2007
   KELLER (TX) -- Police investigators say they want to talk to possibly hundreds of children who may have been victims of a man they say confessed to sexually abusing "multiple" youngsters who attended birthday parties at his home-based business over the past decade.
   An arrest warrant for aggravated sexual assault was issued Thursday for Clinton Don Simpson, 65, a minister and owner of Mr. Don's Whistlestop, a miniature half-mile railroad track Mr. Simpson constructed on his Buckner Lane property.
   Keller police are offering assistance to parents who are concerned that their children may have been inappropriately touched by Mr. Simpson. They urge parents not to question their children themselves because doing so could harm the case. Parents should contact the Keller police directly.

"Friends of Monsignor John" Not Friends to Sex-Abuse Victims

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. 2007 - supporters revealed 6 victims' names.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, October 12, 2007 3:21 PM
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The "Friends of Monsignor John," a support group for embattled Diocese of Orange Monsignor John Urell that counts as members OC Blog founder Matt "Jubal" Cunningham and Rancho Santiago Community College District board president John Hanna, claim they care about sex-abuse victims. Indeed, a page on their website asks readers to "Please pray for these young women [who recently settled civil suits against the Orange diocese], for their healing, their serenity and that their hearts will always remain open to Christ."
   As we wrote before, we didn't see much concern for those women when Urell supporters showed up in court last Monday. And now it can be told that any concern for sex-abuse victims these friends of Urell purport to keep in their hearts is just chasing after wind.
   The Weekly has learned that for the past two days, the Friends of Monsignor John website made available an unredacted version of Urell's deposition, the deposition that made the monsignor go loco. In the course of the deposition, the names of six sex-abuse victims were revealed. None of them consented to having their names revealed to the public, and so the depositions made available to the press and posted online by the Orange County Register had the names redacted. Besides, it's common sense: don't publish the name of a sex-abuse victim without their permission. Try telling that to Friends of Monsignor John. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 12, 2007 6:55 PM]

Bishop Brown Too Nice for Once!

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [1990s Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Processed transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 11:29 AM, October 12, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- On Oct. 9, Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown issued a letter to the county's Catholics explaining his recent $6.685 million settlement with four sex-abuse victims of diocesan lay employees. He talked about apologizing to two of the victims (read a different account here), about how sex abuse is wrong, and all that jazz. Then His Excellency said the strangest thing about Mater Dei High School, where two of the settled cases occurred:
   I want to say a few words to the Mater Dei High School community. You have been through a lot during the past few years over the handling of these painful matters. You are an excellent school, providing a well-rounded learning experience, with first-rate academic and athletic programs but most importantly exemplary faith formation. Your administrators, teachers and support staff are second to none.
   I am proud of your strength and determination to ensure the high quality of the educational experience for your students.
   Either Bishop Brown really is a nice guy, or he's an absolute idiot. Brown shouldn't be offering condolences to the Santa Ana Catholic high school; he should be revoking its charter and subjecting administrators to the stocks. Mater Dei has been Ground Zero in the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal, with more settled cases originating originating from the athletic powerhouse than any other parish. President Patrick Murphy, the same man who wouldn't tell the Mater Dei community who are their latest statutory rapists (former assistant boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade and choir director Larry Stukenholtz), was principal at the time Andrade and Stukenholtz did their evil deeds and Mater Dei teachers and administrators ignored blatant warning signs. Legendary boys' basketball coach Gary McKnight was the man who invited Andrade back to campus. And it's been the poor, tortured Mater Dei community that's been calling Andrade victim Christina Ruiz a slut and worse for years. Mater Dei has been "through a lot," Bishop Brown? What did Christ say about children and millstones?

Meramec Music Director Under Cloud In Sex Case

  - RCC 1990-99. US$ 5.2m + 6.685m. [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - Girl. [1998 Mr Stukenholtz*] - Girl. [Bp Brown*] - 1965 boy. Years - Keeping seductions secret. 2007 allows flight of Mons Urell* to Canada. [Mons Urell*] - Years - Processed transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   The Webster-Kirkwood Times, October 12, 2007
   KIRKWOOD (MO) -- Officials at St. Louis Community College say they are looking into allegations that the music director on the Meramec campus in Kirkwood has a history of sexual abuse.
   Larry Stukenholtz, who has denied the allegations, has been employed by the community college district since 2001.
   Last week, the Catholic Church settled a sexual molestation lawsuit in California in which Stukenholtz was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a school where he was once an instructor. On Oct. 5, Stukenholtz case and three others were settled with the Roman Catholic Diocese in Orange County.
   The amount of the settlement exceeded $6.5 million. Sarah Gray, a victim who was at first unnamed in the action, has decided to go public. She alleged that Stukenholtz raped her in 1998 when he was choir director at Mater Dei High School, a Catholic school in Santa Ana, Calif.

Don Sante: "Ho già ricevuto due proposte di lavoro"

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 12, 2007
   ABANO, Italy -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti will not be a trucker but he has been offerred employment as a salesman. Two companies because of media publicity contacted Rev. Sguotti, the rebel priest of Monterosso, to offer him jobs.
   He has been offered a job as sales representatives in the territory of Padua and Vicenza. "My preference was to work as a trucker," the priest said. He does not like being a sales representatives but he said he will speak to them so he can better understand their proposal.
   Meanwhile, there is a continuing flow of reports to the Web site < www.chiesa cattolica dei peccatori.it > . Three people who said they are victims of sexual abuse by priests reported their abuse on the site. The first report came from a priest from Verona who said he had been sexual molested by other priests when he was an adolescent in seminary.
   The second came from a lay person from Rovigo who said he had been raped by his religion teacher. The third report came from a priest in Rome who he was molested by clergymen before, during and after seminary. From the written words, there emerges a tragedy of violence on minors and the shame which forced them to keep this abuse secret for so many years.
   One of the writers said at least half the priests would like to change the church as it is now. He added that the fact there is no standing upon these issues is confirmation that in the church freedom of speech is zero.
   There is no stopping the battle of Rev. Sguotti, the former parish priest, and Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo. He said his lawyer is working hard on his case and the priest said he intends to sue the four people who spread what he called the slander which caused his removal by the bishop from the parish.
   Rev. Sguotti said regardless of the removal decree by the bishop he intends to be at Monterosso on Sunday to try and co-celebrate Mass.

Catholic priest placed on leave

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Modesto Bee, By MICHAEL G. MOONEY, mmooney@modbee.com , last updated 02:00:42 AM, October 12, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- The Rev. Michael Kelly, pastor of St. Joachim Catholic Church in Lockeford, has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of abusing a 10-year-old boy in the mid-1980s.
   Kelly, 56, has served at a number of parishes in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties, including Our Lady of Fatima in Modesto, St. Jude's in Ceres and St. Patrick's in Sonora.
   During the mid-1970s, Kelly also played an instrumental role in the creation of the Modesto Youth Soccer Association.
   "We categorically deny the allegation," said Albert Ellis, a Stockton attorney who said he has known Kelly for more than 30 years. "It's absurd. It never happened. The guy has a stellar record. He's extremely well-liked and well-respected."

Priest abuse alleged

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy.
   Tracy Press, ~ October 12, 2007
   TRACY (CA) -- A Lockeford priest who was once assigned to St. Bernard's Catholic Church has been accused of child sexual abuse, according to reports published Thursday on newspaper Web sites.
   Stockton Police Detective Roseann Clark confirmed Thursday that the Diocese of Stockton told the department that the Rev. Michael Kelly was recently accused of sexual abuse of a child sometime between 1984 and 1986. She said Kelly has not been arrested and detectives have yet to follow up on the accusation.
   "The victim was not the one who made the initial report," Clark said. "We're still in the process of trying to contact the victim."

Lockeford Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy.
   Fox 40, October 11, 2007
   LOCKEFORD (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton has placed a priest on administrative leave amid allegations that he sexually abused a boy in the 1980s.
   The Rev. Michael Kelly was a priest at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton when the alleged abuse occurred from 1984 to 1986. Most recently the 56-year-old has presided at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford.
   The alleged victim is now 33 years old.

Diocese places priest on leave

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy.
   Stockton Record, By Rick Brewer, October 12, 2007
   STOCKTON (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton announced Thursday it has placed a parish priest on administrative leave after allegations surfaced last week that a boy was sexually abused in the 1980s.
   The Rev. Michael Kelly, 56, was placed on leave by Bishop Stephen Blaire this week while the matter is being investigated. A 33-year-old man said he was sexually abused by the priest sometime from 1984 to 1986. Kelly has been serving as the priest at St. Joachim's Church in Lockeford.
   "He categorically and emphatically denies this ever took place," said Stockton attorney Albert Ellis, who is representing Kelly.
   Kelly was a priest at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton during the time the alleged incident is said to have occurred.

Heir apparent

  - RCC will appoint "enabler/supporter" as bishop.
   California Catholic Daily, ~ October 12, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- The next bishop of Sacramento will be Jaime Soto, currently Auxiliary Bishop of Orange County. The Vatican Information Service announced yesterday morning that Soto had been appointed coadjutor bishop of Sacramento, placing him next in the line of succession when current Bishop William K. Weigand, 70, retires. …
   In 2000, Soto was appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange. He has been a voice for immigrants and something of an activist since his elevation. He has also defended at least one priest convicted of sexual abuse.
   In May 2005, the Los Angeles Times reported that Soto, along with then-Salt Lake City Bishop George Niederauer (now Archbishop of San Francisco), wrote letters to the court on behalf of Father Andrew Christian Andersen during his in 1986 sexual abuse trial. Anderson was later convicted on 26 counts of felony child sexual abuse, but served no prison time. Instead, he was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete treatment facility in New Mexico.
   He was arrested again four years later and charged with sodomizing a 14-year-old boy and violating his probation. He was sentenced to six years in prison in 2005. On May 15, Bishop Soto told the Times, "I do regret writing that letter. I wrote it as a friend. I didn't know the details of the case." [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 12, 2007 8:35 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri October 12, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Taiwan pastor faces 15 years in jail for sex abuse--report

  [~ 1990s-2000s Tang -NEW* + 8 women staffers] - Christian. 13 women. Taiwan (Republic of China, Taipei) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Inquirer, http://news info.inquirer. net/break ingnews/world/ view_article. php?article_ id=94232 ; Agence France-Presse, Last updated 11:44am (Mla time), Oct/13/2007
   TAIPEI, Taiwan--Taiwanese prosecutors have indicted a pastor for sexually abusing 13 women in his congregation and are seeking a 15-year prison term for the man who has a prior conviction for molestation, a report said Saturday.
   Tang Tai-shen, 58, was Friday indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting the women under the pretext of offering sex counselling and videotaping the sessions, the Apple Daily News said.
   Eight female staffers, including Tang's daughter-in-law, in charge of recruiting followers for Tang's movement were also indicted for molesting the women, the report said.

Ex-Bath mayor guilty

  [~ 2000s Ms Fields - NEW*] - RCC. 30mos probation. Money ? US$6000. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Morning Call, By Tyra Braden | October 13, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Former Bath Mayor Elizabeth L. Fields will spend the next 30 months on probation for stealing money from a borough church where she worked as a volunteer secretary.
   Fields, 66, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one felony count of theft. Charges of receiving stolen property and tampering with public records were dropped.
   In addition to probation, Northampton County Judge Stephen G. Baratta ordered Fields, of Bath, to perform 250 hours of community service and undergo a psychological evaluation and any treatment recommended. She also was ordered to make restitution of $6,000 to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 210 E. Northampton St.

Ex-priest jailed for sex with girl, 8

  [1992, 1994 Teekens -NEW*] - Reformed Church of Australia. 18mos prison. Girl. Australia flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn  South Australia, State flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au 
   Adelaide Now, By GAVIN LOWER, COURT REPORTER, October 13, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- A FORMER minister of the Reformed Church of Australia has been jailed for at least 18 months for sexually abusing a young girl.
   Nico Teekens, 67, of Hope Valley, was sentenced in the District Court.
   Acting Judge Andrew Wilson found him guilty on two charges of indecent assault.
   The court heard Teekens sexually abused the girl in 1992 and 1994 when she was aged between eight and 10.
   Judge Wilson said the second incident happened about a year after Teekens had been confronted by the girl's parents over the first. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 13, 2007 9:05 AM]

Vaticano: monsignore, non sono gay

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico -NEW*] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual? Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   ANSA, ~ October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he has sent a note to his superiors and he denies that he is gay.
   He was suspended by Vatican superiors after they realized he had been interviewed anonymously on the Exit television program and discussed his gay sexuality.
   The Catholic Web site Petrus, for which the monsignor had been a collaborator until a few days ago, published some of his statements.
   Monsignor Stenico affirmed he is not gay. "I wanted to write a book, a research about the problem of homosexuality among priests," he said.
   The television station betrayed his good faith, he said. In substance of the interview, the priest said he gave only a study of the issue.

GIG HARBOR: Former pastor sentenced to at least 11 1/2 years for child rape

  [~ 2007 Kerr*] - Church of the Nazarene. 11½yrs prison. Girl (7). United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The News Tribune, October 13, 2007
   GIG HARBOR (WA) -- A former Gig Harbor pastor who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young relative was sentenced Friday to at least 11 1/2 years in prison.
   Stephen Philip Kerr, 31, entered the plea in June to two counts of first-degree child rape. Pierce County prosecutors originally charged Kerr with four counts of first-degree child rape and two counts of first-degree child molestation.
   Until shortly before his arrest in early May, Kerr had served as senior pastor of Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene. He'd been in the position for about two years.
   He voluntarily handed over his ministerial credentials when the allegations surfaced.
   Prosecutors said Kerr tried to have intercourse with a 7-year-old girl, fondled her and showed her sexual movies. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 13, 2007 9:02 PM]
   [LOOK BACK: Charged, reported May 8, 2007. ENDS.]

Pastor sentenced for molesting young girl

  [~ 2007 Kerr*] - Church of the Nazarene. Sentenced. Girls (7 and 2).
   KOMO, By KOMO Staff, ~ October 13, 2007
   TACOMA (WA) -- A pastor in Pierce County was sentenced Friday for molesting a 7-year-old girl. But before the sentence was handed down, the prosecutor told the judge there is probably another victim.
   He said Pastor Stephen Kerr has admitted to also molesting a 2-year-old, but won't say who the victim is for fear he'll face more charges.
   "The state has extreme concerns in this case regarding the fact that there is another victim out there the defendant has not identified who is not getting counseling and treatment," the prosecutor said.
   The Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene was rocked last May when Kerr turned himself in. Investigators say he molested the 7 year-old while showing her child porn.

W. Tennessee Pastor Indicted on Rape Charges

  [2001-06 Haney*] - Baptist. Male.
   WVLT, AP, Posted: 4:54 PM, Oct 13, 2007
   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former church pastor has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure.
   Former Walnut Grove Baptist Church pastor Steven Haney is accused of engaging in a five-year sexual affair with a church member that began when the boy was 15-years-old.
   The 47-year-old man was arrested in July and is free on a $25,000 bond. He stepped down as pastor of the church in November after serving 20 years.

Vatican reveals Templar secrets

  - RCC. A secret document unearthed.
   The Times, ~ October 13, 2007
   VATICAN CITY -- The Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will soon be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it has closely guarded for 700 years.
   It is publishing only 799 copies of the minutes of trials against the Templars, Processus Contra Templarios - Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars, which will sell for €5,900 (£4,115).
   The giant work will come in a soft leather case, with detailed reproductions of original Latin parchments and the wax seals used by the 14th-century inquisitors.
   "Nothing before this offered scholars original documents of the trials of the Templars," said Professor Barbara Frale, a medievalist at the Vatican's Secret Archives.
   [COMMENT: Let us all hope the document is more reliable than the Donation of Constantine!  Why does the Webmaster cynically think this document has been slid into public view because of the great harm done to the RCC by the largely inaccurate but widely read book The Da Vinci Code? ENDS.]

Vatican bars gay priest for "anonymous" TV confession

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual?
   EiTB, Oct/13/2007
   ITALY -- The priest appeared on a TV documentary with three other clerics, to talk about their homosexuality. Then the Vatican suspended the priest for acknowledging homosexual relations.
   The Vatican has suspended a senior priest in the Holy See who acknowledged homosexual relations in a supposedly anonymous television interview, but was identified by superiors from background shots of his office.
   In a major embarrassment for the Roman Catholic Church's hierarchy, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said on Saturday the monsignor, whose name was not released, was suspended from duty pending an internal investigation.
   Local media identified him as a senior figure in a Vatican department which oversees matters relating to priesthood and said he also made regular appearances on Vatican television.

Chiesa ed omosessualità

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual? Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   La7 Blog, ~ October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- (The Italian-language Exit program featuring priests who were interviewed about their homosexuality can be found at this link. One of the priests was a highly-placed Vatican official in the Congregation for Clergy.)

Vatican Bars Gay Cleric After TV Program

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual?
   The Associated Press, By FRANCES D'EMILIO, ~ October 13, 2007
   VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican said Saturday it has suspended a monsignor from a senior post at the Holy See after an Italian TV program using a hidden camera recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.
   The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, an office which aims to ensure proper conduct by priests.
   "Don't condemn me," Stenico said, adding that the program "was done fraudulently" because it used a hidden camera.
   In the program on private Italian network La7, a man identified as a priest is heard saying that he "didn't feel he was sinning" by having sex with gay men.
   Rome daily La Repubblica reported Saturday that Vatican officials recognized the monsignor's office in the background of the program, which aired Oct. 1.

Vatican suspends gay cleric after television interview

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual?
   AFP, ~ October 13, 2007
   ROME, Italy (AFP) - The Vatican has suspended a senior cleric who declared his homosexuality on a television programme, even though his face and voice were made unrecognisable, Italian media reported Saturday.
   "His superiors are treating this situation with the required discretion and respect due to the person concerned, even if this person has committed errors," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the Italian news agency ANSA.
   "The authorities are obliged to act with the necessary severity against behaviour that is incompatible with religious service and the mission of the Holy See," Lombardi said.
   The daily La Repubblica did not name the priest but identified him as an official around 60 years old in the Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican department which manages the 400,000 Catholic priests across the world. …
   The story took another turn later Saturday when Petrus, an online newspaper following Pope Bemedict XVI's pontificate, named him as Tommaso Stenico, a former employee, and cited a letter from him denying he was gay.

Church considers sex-abuse register

  - Anglicans. Australia flag; www.flagaustnat.asn.au / 
   Sydney Morning Herald, by Sarah Price, for October 14, 2007
   AUSTRALIA -- ANGLICAN Church members who have been accused of sexual misconduct or child abuse, or have been found guilty of committing such an offence, could find themselves on a national register.
   Protocols regarding the proposed register are to be debated at the Anglican Church's general synod, which starts in Canberra on Saturday.
   The issue was raised at the last synod, in 2004, but problems with the proposed legislation resulted in it being rewritten.
   Garth Blake, SC, the chairman of the church's professional standards commission, said access to the proposed register would only be available to three people in each diocese - the bishop or archbishop, the delegate of the bishop or archbishop and the director of professional standards.
   [COMMENT: The synod is also going to discuss dropping Christmas and Easter as public holidays! ENDS.]

Prelato Gay Sospeso, In 6 Minuti Di Video La Confessione

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual? Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Tendenze, October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- (This links to an Italian-language site that tells about the Exit television program in which three priests were interviewed regarding their gay lifestyle and also included participation by a boy who said he meets homosexual men, including priests, on certain Web chat sites. One of the priests has been identified as a Vatican official.)

Prete gay, il Vaticano lo sospende dall'incarico

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual? Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Agenzia Radicale, ~ October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- He confessed to being gay in front of cameras of La7 on the Exit program. His voice was camouflaged, his face was obscured. But to no avail for the high Vatican prelate has been identified by Vatican authorities and is being rapidly punished. "I can't deny the facts," conceded Father Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson. He said the Vatican is acting quickly and is handling the issue with due reserve and respect.
   The Monsignor, who works at the Vatican for the Congregation for Clergy, was part of a program led by anchorwoman Ilaria D'Amico, who researched the issue. Her work started with an email in which a gay boy said he habitually frequented Web chat sites for homosexuals and he had met with priests. The cameramen then documented all the phases, from the baiting on the chat room to the registered phone calls to setting the dates of the meetings, and then with a hidden camera they filmed these meetings when they took place.
   The high prelate did not refrain from giving his support to the investigation by giving the anonymous interview, which then provoked intervention of the Holy See. The monsignor, in fact, has been suspended from his job and from his office.

Carvajal: A funny church

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Unusual RCC dogmas debated Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , By Orlando P. Carvajal, Break Point, October 13, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- IT was most unfortunate that the City Prosecutor adlibbed something about priests being the alter egos of Christ. This is only partially because the truth of the matter is all Christians are alter egos of Christ. We and not just priests are supposed to mirror Christ's life in our own lives.
   The young girls who found the courage to express through a legal suit their feeling of being violated by Fr. Ben Ejares's impropriety, to say the least, are also alter egos of Christ. By rejecting Fr. Ejares' inappropriate behavior they became better alter egos of Christ than the priest most probably was.
   The statement is unfortunate because now we can no longer tell whether the City Prosecutor's judgment on Fr. Ben Ejares' case was based on evidence or on this gracious but erroneous preconceived notion of what a priest is supposed to be. The City Prosecutor would seem to imply with the statement that Fr. Ejares could not have done what he was accused of doing, could not have done it because he is Christ's alter ego. This logic simply sucks.

Don Sante, nuovo show in televisione

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. To publish book. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti, the rebel priest from Monterosso, is back on Buona Domenica, the television show with anchorwoman Paola Perego. It's sure we will not forget to remind the audience of the forthcoming release of his book that tells his story.
   The priest said by midday on Saturday he must deliver the drafts to the editor and the book could be in book stores in about 12 days. Despite his book, press conferences and TV shows, Rev. Sguotti does not want to satisfy the curiosity of those who have been following the story fromt he beginning: Is he or is he not the father of a child?
   This time he will get less money for his TV appearance. He is getting 5,000 euros and not 10,000 euros. What will he do with the money? The priest said he will use the money as he did the first time he was on television -- 40 percent will go to the state for taxes, 15 percent for charity, 10 percent for the parish and 35 percent to the Catholic Church of the Sinners at http://chiesa cattolica deipec catori.it .
   Rev. Sguotti yesterday afternoon was guest on "Italia sul due" on the second state radio station RAI (Radio Audizioni Italiane). An interview with the former parish priest was aired in which he repeated the same information that everyone knows.
   Parishioner Emanuel Babolin, president of the local soccer team, spoke from the RAI studio in Venice. Babolin said people love him because he did a lot of favors for the town. They would see him working many times at 7 a.m. and he would spend time with parishioners and boys of the patronato, a local association.
   The program ended with a radio poll in which 65 percent of those responding said they would be happy to accept a married priest into their parish.
   La Difesa del Popolo, the weekly diocesan magazine, dedicated a large amount of space to the story. In an editorial, the Rev. Cesare Contarini, magazine director, concluded with the exhortation, "Brother Rev. Sante, find the way back home."

Vatican bars prelate in gay row

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he tell TV he was homosexual? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, By David Willey, BBC News, Rome, ~ October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- The Vatican has confirmed local newspaper reports that a high-ranking Catholic priest has been suspended.
   The man, who works in the department in charge of clergy around the world, appeared on Italian TV earlier this month admitting that he was gay.
   The unnamed prelate or monsignor was suspended pending further investigations, said chief Vatican spokesman Father Frederico Lombari.
   Monsignor is the title normally given to senior Vatican officials.
   Father Lombardi said that although the case was being treated as confidential, the priest had clearly acted in a way that was incompatible with his status inside the world headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
   The unnamed prelate appears to have acted ingenuously [~ = naively] by appearing on an investigative programme about gay priests on an Italian commercial TV channel.

Keller man accused of sexual abuse turns himself in

  [- 2007 Simpson*] - Church of Christ. Children. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Dallas Morning News, By WENDY HUNDLEY / whundley@dallasnews.com , ~ October 13, 2007
   KELLER (TX) -- The owner of a popular Keller children's attraction who is under investigation for child molestation surrendered to Tarrant County authorities late Friday afternoon.
   Clinton Don Simpson, a minister and the owner of Mr. Don's Whistlestop, turned himself in to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. His bail was set at $150,000.
   Neither Mr. Simpson nor his Fort Worth attorney, Lisa Mullen, could be reached for comment Friday. On Thursday, however, Ms. Mullen said that her client was innocent and his family cautioned residents not to "rush to judgment" about Mr. Simpson. …
   Ms. Mullen said her client, who is also a preacher at Haslet Church of Christ, is an upstanding person and is innocent of the charges.

Apologizing San Francisco Archbishop Has History of "mistakes" Related to Homosexuality

  [Abp Niederauer] - RCC.
   Lifesite By John-Henry Westen, October 12, 2007
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA), (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nearly a week after being filmed giving communion to two gay activists dressed as 'nuns' Archbishop George H. Niederauer has apologized in a column for the diocesan Catholic San Francisco newspaper. In his column, the San Francisco Archbishop repeats statements previously given to LifeSiteNews.com about not being aware of any disruption, nor recognizing any "mock religious garb." (see coverage: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/oct/07101004.html ) …
   In 1986, Niederauer wrote a letter to an Orange County judge asking that a priest convicted of 26 counts of felony child sexual abuse be spared prison time - the priest received no jail time for the offences. Niederauer wrote that the boys involved might have mistaken "horsing around" for molestation. Niederauer later admitted that the letter had been a "mistake." (a copy of the letter is available here: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/docs/orange/andersen/or… )

INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Mexico cardinal knew about child abuse, group claims

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Baptist Press, by Mark Kelly | Posted on Oct 12, 2007
   MEXICO CITY (BP)--Mexico's leading Roman Catholic cardinal knew a Mexican priest might be molesting children when he transferred him to the United States, a victim's rights group has alleged.
   To support their claim, the Survivor's Network of Those Abused by Priests released letters written in 1987 between Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, as well as 1986 police report in which Nicolas Aguilar, a priest in Mexico's Puebla state, was accused of molesting boys during overnight stays.
   The documents had been filed by attorneys defending Rivera against charges in Los Angeles that he and Mahoney conspired to protect Aguilar, according to the Associated Press.

Del. man claims he was abused by priest working in North Carolina

  [1960 Gondek*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newsday, By RANDALL CHASE | Associated Press Writer, 5:20 PM EDT, October 12, 2007
   WILMINGTON, Del. - A Wilmington man alleged Friday that he was sexually abused as a young boy by a priest who now heads a parish in North Carolina.
   Michael Sowden, 59, claims that Rev. Albert J. Gondek fondled him while he was attending a summer camp in Maryland more than 45 years ago.
   Sowden's attorney, Thomas Neuberger, sent a letter to Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte on Friday, asking Jugis to remove Gondek from his pastorate at Our Lady of the Rosary church in Lexington, N.C.

Stockton Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy.
   CBS13, ~ October 13, 2007
   STOCKTON (CA), (CBS13) -- A Stockton priest is accused of sexual abuse decades after the alleged activity took place. Tonight, I spoke with the priest's lawyer who talked about why the accuser is only now coming forward.
   The priest has a congregation in Lockeford, but the molestation allegedly happened at a cathedral in Stockton more than 20 years ago. The anonymous victim, now 33, says Father Michael Kelly molested him while he worshiped at the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
   "But the church is running scared because they've had so many of these claims," says Al Ellis, Kelly's attorney.

Ex-priest loses teaching license after complaint

  [ 2003 Beine, a.k.a. Mar James] - RCC. Not proven indecent exposure, pornography.
   News-Leader, by Cheryl Wittenauer, The Associated Press, October 13, 2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The state has revoked the teaching and counselor certificates of James Beine, a former St. Louis-area priest and teacher accused of sexual misconduct.
   Attorney General Jay Nixon said he filed a complaint with the Missouri State Board of Education in January. He sought the revocation based on Beine's possession of child pornography, his inappropriate sexual contact with a minor and a review of records in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
   The board revoked the certificates Oct. 4.
   Beine, who also goes by the name Mar James, had a lifetime certificate to teach English and Latin in seventh to 12th grades, and a lifetime counseling certificate.

Claim against priest spurned

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Modesto Bee, By SUE NOWICKI, snowicki@modbee.com , and MICHAEL G. MOONEY, mmooney@modbee.com , ~ October 13, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- Don't tell Jean Varni of Modesto that Catholic priest Michael Kelly is guilty of sexual abuse against any child.
   "When he just came to (Our Lady of) Fatima, we were one of the first families he met. It cannot be," said Varni, who has known the priest since he arrived in the Stockton Diocese from Ireland in 1973.
   Kelly, pastor of St. Joachim in Lockeford, has been accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the family's Stockton home in the mid-1980s. The 56-year-old priest was placed on paid administrative leave until the allegation is resolved -- a process that could take years to complete.
   No lawsuit had been filed as of Friday, but the accuser, now 33 years old, is represented by John Manly of Orange County. Manly, who has represented many victims of sexual abuse by clergymen, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Relieving pain of priest abuse isn't just a SNAP

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Peoria Journal-Star by Michael Miller RELIGION BEAT Saturday, October 13, 2007
   ILLINOIS -- It doesn't matter how many cups of mints are on the table at a meeting of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or how much coffee is being brewed - the gathering still reeks of pain.
   The central Illinois SNAP chapter allowed me to attend a support group meeting recently with certain restrictions about what I reported. A SNAP meeting is similar to a 12-step meeting - a lot of potentially embarrassing, confidential information is shared.
   But, also like a 12-step meeting, it's believed that sharing that embarrassing, confidential information helps a victim of sexual abuse by a trusted member of the clergy become a survivor.
   The meeting I attended had only two abuse survivors and the father of an abuse victim who didn't make it, committing suicide earlier this year. Chapter chairman Jeff Jones, a former Pekin resident now living in Rockford, said more abuse victims usually show up at the meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 13, 2007 8:39 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat October 13, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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More allegations against Richard Roberts

  - Televangelist [~ 2000s Mrs Roberts -NEW*] - Young male. [- 2007 Roberts*] - Luxury, SMSs to young males. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KJRH, www.kjrh.com/ news/local/ story.aspx? content_id= 34ac9d61-ca95- 4a35-aac8-854 26e499587 ; Edited by Phil Berman, Email berman@kjrh.com , 11:09 pm, Last Update Oct/12/2007
   TULSA (OK) -- Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts now faces more shocking allegations in a lawsuit filed against him.
   A second petition was filed today in district court that includes the university's Board of Regents as a defendant.
   Inside the petition is a scandal vulnerability assessment which contains a web of new allegations.
   It claims Mrs. Roberts spent the night in the university's guest house with an underage male on 9 separate occasions.
   It states there are 29 photos of Mrs. Roberts and the underage male alone in her sports car after city-wide curfew.

EXTRA: Salesians Religious Order not part of Catholic Church and other ways to conceal evidence in jury trial coming November 5th

  [Decades - Salesians] - RCC. Many boys.
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 14, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- "They say there is no non-privileged information. In other words the Salesians have information they believe is privileged. I'm asking for at the minimum a privilege log." -- Plaintiff Attorney Tony DeMarco
   In an interview below DeMarco talks about his attempts to squeze evidence out of the Salesians in pretrial discovery. But it doesn't matter anyway as according to their Motion in Limine #5 the Salesians really don't have anything to do with the Catholic Church at all.
   Walking into court Thursday at 8:20 the hearing was already in session and Tony DeMarco was saying: "We've received nothing substantive there has been no agreement." Outside we talked on tape:
   DEMARCO: We've got witnesses who testified that they made complaints about Miani, that he sexually molesting kids back in the fifties when they were students at a school run by the Salesians. We've asked for any records they have relating to those students, a fairly reasonable question.
   Especially since those students have absolutely no objection to us getting to those records.
   The Salesians have objected. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 14, 2007 10:52 PM]

Canale 5: Don Sante Non Svela Paternita' Del Piccolo

  [2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website, might join Milingo's Church. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   AGI, ~ October 14, 2007
   Channel 5: Rev. Sante doesn't reveal the paternity of the child
   ROME, Italy -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti appeared today on the Buona Domenica program on Channel 5 and never officially denied having had a child with the woman he declared to love. Today, he made clear he did not want to say who the child's father is in order to keep attention on the issue related to many priests in Italy.
   Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of the late and slain fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and a member of Parliament, harshly reproached the priest. She said if he loves a woman who is also the mother of his child he needs to leave the priesthood and become a volunteer. Rev Sguotti since yesterday was officially deprived of his parish due to a decree from the Padua bishop. However, he celebrated Mass this morning. "I always believed you can't serve God if you never were in love," the priest said during the program. He added the church must give him and other people the possibiity to experience love for it is surely a positive one and the faithful themselves can be better served. Whoever is in love can donate more love, he said.
   The priest will carry his battle to an event Nov. 17-18 at Abano Terme called "Walking towards the full reintegration in the communion of the church for newly formed Catholic couples who had separated from their original married partners, and Catholic couples who were divorced from their original partner and then remarried with a new partner."

"Cara Papa, così non va": Sacerdote critica le costose vacanze di Benedetto XVI

  - Costly holiday of Pope attacked. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Agenzia Radicale, Saturday October 13 2007
   "Dear Pope, that's not good": A priest criticizes the costly vacation of Benedict XVI
   ITALY -- The vacation of Pope Benedict XVI in Cadore last summer are the privilege of a caste and are not near Jesus "who hadn't even a stone upon which to keep his head." These are the words of the Rev. Armando Trevisiol, an elderly priest of the Parish of Carpenedo at Mestre, Venice, who has openly criticizied the cost of the Holy Father's vacation. He put his criticisms into his weekly flier that is handed out to the faithful at the cemetery.
   Rev. Trevisiol, as is reported today in Il Corriere del Veneto, launched his public reprimand after the people had to pay out a million euros for the pope's mountain vacation. The priest has been close to the poor and needy throughout his years of priesthood.
   The priest in his letter to the pope criticized those who badly advised the pope on the expensive vacation. Rev. Trevisiol, much loved in Mestre for his charity work, said the church must set an example to the faithful. "Too many are your sons (the priest underlines in his message) who cannot afford a vacation to allow you to spend two billion lires for a vacation (one million euros," he said.
   "To me, frankly, that vacation appeared excessive," the priest commented. "I say that respectfully and without any act of rebellion," he said. Rev. Trevisiol recalled finally that the church must always be at "the service of the people, of the weakest, not of the powerful."

Vatican Official Insists He's Not Gay

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Washington Post, The Associated Press, 9:13 AM, Sunday, October 14, 2007
   VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.
   In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity."
   Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin.
   "It's all false; it was a trap. I was a victim of my own attempts to contribute to cleaning up the Church with my psychoanalyst work," La Repubblica quoted Stenico as saying.

Giallo sull'outing tv del monsignore "L'ho fatto per smascherare i veri gay"

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   La Repubblica, ~ October 14, 2007
   ITALY -- La Repubblica carried an article today on Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, the Vatican official who was suspended after discussing his homosexuality on Italian television. He now says he is not gay but was doing research on homosexual priests and believes satanists are targeting priests.
   He said he has been a priest for 36 years and has worked for the Roman curia for 25 years. He has been a psychologist for more than 30 years in the Lazio region, which includes Rome as the provincial capital. He said he has always cared about humankind, of its spirit and psyche.
   The monsignor claims he had a plan to unmask homosexuality of a certain number of priests. He said he decided to be a "thief among thieves" in the double role of priest and psychoanalyist. "In this way I discovered that my suspicions were real. That there is a plan of groups of satanists who are targeting priests," he said.
   The monsignor said he found the truth and acted as an informer when he contacted the Web site. He said he invited those people because "for me it was important only to know, not to practice." He said he was only "playing the game" to get information. "Obviously I would never have imagined to become a target myself," he said.
   "I'm a person who doesn't love scandals, who doesn't create them, who isn't lookng for it. On the contrary I try to contain and switch it off. How could I create the scandal I'm accused of?" he questioned.
   "I love the Congregation for the Clergy, its activity, the pastoral care for the priests. My thinking is openly known. At my age you can't cheat," he said.

Sbloccata la cassa peota

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 14, 2007
   ITALY -- "We remind you to abstain from the function of parish priest, from co-celebrating the Sunday Mass and relative functions unless there has been an explicit request on the part of Rev. Giovanni Brusegan." This is from the letter sent to Monterosso by the bishop of Padua regarding the situation of the Rev. Sante Sguotti.
   Be careful, Rev. Sante, don't do things which are beyond your reach. But it is useless to say that the rebel priest will try to co-celebrate the Mass no matter what while it seems unlikely that the substitute priest, Rev. Giovanni Brusegan, would turn his back on the curia only a few days after his appointment.
   If it happens, however, then it can be said a "strange air" in blowing […] the area of Abano for the parish priests.
   Another appointment for the Rev. Sante story, apart from his appearance today on the Buona Domenica television program this afternoon, will be delivery of his appeal against the curia's decision to remove him from his parish. With no fear the former parish priest let it be known he does not consider himself "removed" from the parish at Monterosso.
   One reason is his attempt to co-celebrate Mass and be near his parishioners and community life. He also explained, "I was not able to carry all my belongings from the rectory." He said he hoped the curia would show some humanity and allow him more time to be organized.
   There is some good news for the faithful. Thanks to a letter signed by Attorney Giuseppe Affannato it is possible to get back the funds of the "cassa peota," which is a solidarity fund where participants can get small loans.
   The funds were blocked by the curia the same day it was decided to issue the removal decree against Rev. Sguotti.
   Once again Rev. Sguotti pointed his finger against the "hunger for money" shown by the curia when soon after delivery of the decree it hastened to tighten its hands around the parish cash.

Outed gay clergyman ousted by Vatican

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Kazakhstan News.Net , Saturday, October 13, 2007
   ITALY -- A clergyman who appeared on Italian TV earlier this month admitting that he was gay has been suspended by the Vatican.
   Tommaso Stenico, has confirmed that he appeared on an investigative program about gay priests on an Italian commercial TV channel.
   He told his interviewer that he did not regard himself as being in a state of sin because of his homosexual activities but was forced to keep them secret because of the church's teaching on the subject.

Vatican suspends monsignor seen on TV making advances to man

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man?
   The Plain Dealer, by Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press, Sunday, October 14, 2007
   VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican said Saturday that it had suspended a monsignor from a senior post at the Holy See after an Italian TV program using a hidden camera recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.
   The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, an office that aims to ensure proper conduct by priests.
   "Don't condemn me," Stenico said, adding that the program "was done fraudulently" because it used a hidden camera.

Diocese hopes for $28M in capital campaign

  - RCC to start collecting to build. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Arizona Daily Star, By Stephanie Innes | Oct.14.2007
   TUCSON (AZ) -- Two years after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson is launching a capital campaign, asking donors for $28 million.
   Among other things, the money will go toward buying land for parishes and schools in areas where the population is growing, including Pinal County and Yuma, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas said Friday. The diocese includes some 350,000 Catholics in 74 parishes.
   Kicanas said a feasibility study, combined with support and encouragement he's heard from parishioners and clergy, indicate it's a good time for the diocese to embark on a capital campaign, which will be the first in its history and could last up to two years.

Possible conflict seen in work Satterberg did for archdiocese

  [1950-2002 - 49 priests of Seattle Archdiocese] - RCC. Children.
   The Seattle Times, By Janet I. Tu, religion reporter, ~ October 14, 2007
   SEATTLE (WA) -- Until recently, King County Interim Prosecutor Dan Satterberg served as a legal resource for a board that was helping the Seattle Archdiocese revise its policy for handling reports of sex abuse by priests.
   Satterberg, who is running as a Republican for King County prosecuting attorney, said his role was to make sure any policy complied with state law and that the archdiocese notified prosecutors and police immediately when an accusation came in.
   It's a role that an attorney for many victims in the church's sex-abuse scandal says gives at least the appearance of a conflict of interest - although others disagree.
   Seattle attorney Timothy Kosnoff said the basis for his contention dates back to 2002, when he sent a letter to the King County Prosecutor's Office asking it to look into the cases of 49 priests identified by the archdiocese as having been accused of abusing minors, dating back to 1950.

Priest put on leave in Lexington

  [1960 Gondek*] - RCC. Boy.
   News 14, By News 14 Carolina Web Staff, 01:23 PM, Oct/13/2007
   LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A Catholic priest in Lexington was just suspended after an allegation of sexual abuse nearly half a century ago.
   Father Albert Gondek served as pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary for the past nine years. Friday, Michael Sowden alleged in a civil lawsuit filed in Wilmington, Delaware that Gondek molested him at a summer camp in 1960, at which point the accuser was 12.
   Friday, the diocese of Charlotte immediately put Gondek on administrative leave. Friday, the diocese of Charlotte immediately put Gondek on administrative leave.

Daniel Murphy HS Closing: Archdiocese

  - RCC closing high school.
   Canyon News, ~ October 14, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Daniel Murphy Catholic High School for boys in the Fairfax District will cease to exist at the end of the 2007-2008 school year after an announcement made this week from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The reasons are a decade-long decline in enrollment combined with increased operating costs and severe financial challenges faced by the Archdiocese accelerated the decision to close the school at the end of the current academic year, according to an Archdiocese press release.
   "Despite efforts to increase student enrollment over the past ten years, the student population has continued to decline, and is now down to 231 students," said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese. "A further decline in enrollment would have resulted in the cutting back of the curriculum, negatively impacting the school's ability to offer a quality education to the students. This prospect, combined with the severe financial challenges now facing the Archdiocese, accelerated the decision to close the school in 2008."
   Among those financial situations is the $660 million paid to the victims of the priest sexual abuse scandal that the Archdiocese and Cardinal Roger Mahoney settled in court. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 14, 2007 8:15 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sun October 14, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Bishop Kunonga, Amai Chisamba in sex scandal

  [~ 2000s Kunonga -NEW*] - Anglican. Woman. Zimbabwe flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ZimDaily, http://zimd aily.com/ news/117/ ARTICLE/ 2247/ 2007-10-16. html , by Isabel Panyangara, 00:09:00, for Tue, 16 Oct 2007
   ZIMBABWE -- The Right Reverend of the Anglican Church Bishop Nobert Kunonga has been caught in a shaking [? shocking] sex scandal with the talk-show host Amai Rebecca Chisamba of the popular television serial programme, amid revelations that the much-touted Pius Ncube "sex" saga was nothing considering that the two Harare figures are in the habit of banging each other infinitely, Zimdaily can reveal.
   According to a senior member of the Africa Unity Square-domiciled church Reverend Kunonga and Amai Chisamba are usually seen sneaking into the church premises at odd hours as if they are religiously on church business.
   The official said that the affair has been going on for months and because of the affair Amai Chisamba has been elevated to become deputy chairlady of the Mothers' Union in the Anglican Harare Diocese. Coincidentally Amai Chisamba was also the best "girl" when Kunonga and his wife had a lavish wedding anniversary late last year. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 15, 2007 8:48 PM]

Pastor indicted in aggravated sexual assault of a child

  [ 2006 Arnold -NEW*] - Church of God in Christ. Girl. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Texarkana Gazette, By Lynn Larowe, Oct/15/2007
   TEXARKANA (TX) -- A local pastor accused of fathering the child of a 13-year-old member of his congregation has been formally indicted by a Bowie County grand jury for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
   Willie Fay Arnold, 60, of Texarkana, Texas, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in the home of her grandmother in Texarkana, Texas.
   The assaults happened when no others were in the home on at least three separate occasions, court documents say. The girl reported the incident in March 2006 to the director of a local pregnancy center, according to an arrest affidavit.
   It is unclear whether Arnold is still pastor of a Church of God in Christ congregation in Queen City.
   Investigators say the victim told police and an interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center she had feared telling about the assaults because of Arnold's position in the church and his relationship with her family.

"Voglio fare il prete senza l'obbligo del celibato" Don Sante non si arrende e si appella al Papa

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Messagero, ~ October 15, 2007
   "I want to be a priest without obligation for celibacy"; Rev. Sante doesn't give up and he makes an appeal to the Pope
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti, the priest of a little town near Padua who was removed from his parish because of a relationship with a woman. does not give up and he wants to make an appeal to Pope Benedict XVI.
   "I'll ask the Pope to be dispensed from celibacy and to be allowed to be a priest," he said today at the microphones of R101.
   The priest said at first they said he was guilty and then they prepared to indict him and process him. "Yet even in the canon law there is the rule of first being processed and then you get the penalty only if you are found guilty," he said. Rev. Sguotti has never conceded nor denied being the father of a child.
   "They withdrew my right to confess before the canonical process. It's an abuse of power on the part of the bishop," Rev. Sguotti said. "Even in the church they decided to practice abortion to avoid scandals. In any case, I think it's not obligatory to marry to have children. It's only necessary they are born in the context where they are loved," he said.
   In recent days since the order of removal from his parish was made by Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo, Rev. Sguotti let it be known he would not leave his parish. "I don't leave Monterosso. I'll be the moral parish priest of the town people who do not accept such a kind of imposition on the ground that it is the right of the people to decide who must be their pastor," the priest said.

Holy See Suspends Embroiled Monsignor; Cardinal Calls for Serenity

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Zenit, ( Zenit.org ), OCT. 15, 2007
   ROME -- The Holy See suspended a priest who declared himself a homosexual on an Italian television program.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, who worked at the Congregation for Clergy, is being investigated by the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia.
   The 60-year-old priest claims he is the victim of a trap set by the television station.
   Cardinal Julián Herranz Casado, president of the Disciplinary Commission, confirmed the suspension today in the Italian daily La Repubblica.
   The cardinal affirmed that the Holy See "has promptly intervened already, with suspension," but noted that a final decision will only come with a decision from the commission.
   Cardinal Herranz asked that investigators be allowed to work "with serenity […] away from the clamoring of the media" as they try to clarify the situation, "since the process should not be done in the newspapers, but rather by the institutional structures."

Vatican promises action after priest's gay advance

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man?
   Union-Tribune, By Phil Stewart, REUTERS, 6:45 a.m., October 15, 2007
   VATICAN CITY - The Vatican promised on Monday a speedy investigation into a senior official at the Holy See who was filmed by a hidden camera making homosexual advances, and to discipline him if necessary.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, a top official at the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy which oversees priests around the world, was heard on Italian television telling a young man he was 'hot' and that homosexual sex was not sinful.
   Stenico, who did not know he was being filmed and whose face and voice were distorted in the broadcast, says in his defence that he was only pretending to be gay to learn about people trying to 'harm' the Church with homosexual behaviour.
   Cardinal Julian Herranz, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican would act quickly after suspending Stenico from duty.

U.S. partially backs Vatican in priest-abuse suit

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Courier-Journal, By Peter Smith, psmith@courier-journal.com , October 15, 2007
   KENTUCKY -- The U.S. government has taken the Vatican's side -- at least in part -- in a Louisville-based priest-abuse lawsuit seeking class-action damages from the Roman Catholic headquarters.
   Lawyers for the U.S. State and Justice departments argued in a friend-of-the-court brief that the Vatican can only be sued as a foreign state -- a status that grants it broad protections from lawsuits -- and not as a private religious organization.
   The U.S. government brief defends the constitutionality of the law that sets limits on when foreign governments can be sued, and the right of the president alone, and not the court system, to decide which countries to recognize.
   But the U.S. lawyers didn't dispute a U.S. District Court's judge's ruling that allowed the plaintiffs to sue the Vatican within the limits of the law governing lawsuits against foreign states.

Wife 'sickened to her soul' over improper conduct allegations

  - Televangelist [~ 2000s Mrs Roberts*] - Young male. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CNN, ~ October 15, 2007
   TULSA (OK), (CNN) -- The wife of the president of Oral Roberts University is denying allegations of improper behavior, saying the claims "sicken" her.
   Richard Roberts and wife Lindsay appear on CNN's "Larry King Live" last week.
   Lindsay Roberts, in a statement on the university's Web site, said the allegations against her "sicken me to my soul. … I live my life in a morally upright manner and throughout my marriage have never, ever engaged in any sexual behavior with any man outside of my marriage as the accusations imply."
   The suit, filed earlier this month, has drawn international attention to the private Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, founded by evangelist Oral Roberts, father of university President Richard Roberts.
   The new allegations come in an amended version of the wrongful termination suit filed by three former professors, who say they lost their jobs after reporting that Roberts and his family lavishly spent school money for personal expenses.

Showdown Between Sex-Abuse Survivors, Hanna Tonight

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 10:40 AM, October 15, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- It's hard to argue against survivors of Catholic sex abuse when the subject is the church's sex-abuse scandal, yet that's what Rancho Santiago Community College District board president John Hanna must do this afternoon.
   You'll recall that last week, the spin-friendly group Friends of Monsignor John posted an unredacted version of John Urell's July deposition in which the names of six molestation victims of Orange diocese priests and lay workers were revealed without their permission.
   Hanna is the group's spokesperson, so Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will attend today's RSCCD board meeting and demand the board, "publicly censure their board president for using a new website to disclose the names of sex abuse victims without their permission, force him to withdraw his support of the controversial new 'Friends of Monsignor Urell' group" and "insist that he make a public written apology for the gross and hurtful violation of privacy."
   SNAP also claims the move "was a deliberate attempt to punish those victims and scare other victims into staying silent."

Lawyer wants biker garb banned in courtroom

  [1970s+ Lambert, Mrs Lambert, Mrs Epling; 1976-83 Deacon Epling] - Independent Baptist. Girls. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   KSPR, By Brad Belote, AP, ~ October 15, 2007
   PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An attorney for a woman accused of sexually abusing a teen while part of a fringe church in southwest Missouri wants a judge to ban biker clothing in the courtroom.
   Laura Epling's trial had been set to begin Wednesday but has been rescheduled for November 16th. The motion stems from the potential presence at the trial of Bikers Against Child Abuse, a national group of motorcyclists whose mission is to help and to protect abused children.
   Black leather vests emblazoned with the BACA patch are the groups trademark clothing.
   Epling is charged with one count of second-degree statutory sodomy for allegedly helping the church pastor sexually abuse a 16-year-old girl.
   [LOOK BACK: ~ August 15, 2007, ~ January 09, 2007. ENDS.]

Vatican official suspended in homosexual scandal

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 15, 2007
   VATICAN ( CWNews.com ) - An Italian priest serving in the Roman Curia has been suspended after a television broadcast videotapes in which the cleric made homosexual advances at another man.
   Msgr. Tomasso Stenico confirmed to reporters that he had been suspended from his position in the Congregation for the Clergy. But the Italian priest insisted that he is not an active homosexual, despite the evidence supplied by the television broadcast.
   The "Exit" program that aired on Italy's La7 network on October 1 captured a priest inviting a young man to engage in intimacies, and saying that he did not consider homosexual acts sinful. Although the priest's face was obscured in the television broadcast, his voice and his office were recognizable, and Msgr. Stenico did not attempt to deny that he was the cleric on the film.

Priest asks for sentencing delay, citing cancer

  [1999-2006 Fr Fay] - RCC. Admits. US$1.4m missing. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newsday, 12:36 PM EDT, October 15, 2007
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A former Darien priest who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money is asking for a delay in sentencing, saying he is dying of cancer.
   Rev. Michael Jude Fay pleaded guilty in federal court last month to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. Fay resigned last year as pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church.
   Fay, who faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 4, asked that his sentencing be delayed until April. He says his prostate cancer has spread to his bones and lymph nodes and has become resistant to chemotherapy.

Missing Information From LAT in Coverage of Church Abuse Suits

  [1995-96 Mr Andrade*] - RCC. Part of US$6.885m payout. Girl.
   NewsBusters, By Dave Pierre | 22:42 ET, October 14, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- On Tuesday (Oct/9/07), the Los Angeles Times published this story about four women reaching a $6.8 million settlement in molestation lawsuits against the Catholic Church's diocese of Orange County, California.
   The article, by Christine Hanley, exhibits the paper's continuing lack of fairness in coverage of the Church abuse narrative. Hanley's piece omits much important information.
   1. Wrote Hanley,
   The deal came about a week before [Christina] Ruiz's lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial in a case that had already exposed [Orange County Bishop Tod] Brown to a contempt-of-court order, and rekindled the anger leveled at the church. Ruiz accused former Mater Dei assistant basketball coach Jeff Andrade of molesting her for more than a year, starting when she was 15. In a deposition taken as part of the lawsuit, Andrade admitted to having had sex with the then-teenager.
   Although she had reported it before, Hanley conveniently omitted the fact that Andrade was dismissed by the school in April of 1997 after the school suspected a relationship. (A September 12 article by Hanley reported that the two "had sex over a period of about 18 months, possibly hundreds of times, in the gymnasium, classrooms, his house and several times in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to the lawsuit." Simply awful abuse by Andrade.) Police also investigated the case the same year, but they did not file charges.

Vatican promises inquiry into 'gay' priest

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man? Vatican City / Papal flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   RTE News, October 15, 2007
   ITALY -- The Vatican has promised a speedy investigation and disciplinary action if necessary after a senior official who was filmed by a hidden camera was show on Italian television making homosexual advances.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, a top official at the Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees priests around the world, was heard telling a young man he was 'hot' and that homosexual sex was not sinful.
   However, Mgr Stenico, who did not know he was being filmed and whose face and voice were distorted in the broadcast, says that he was only pretending to be gay to learn about people trying to 'harm' the Church with homosexual behaviour.
   Cardinal Julian Herranz, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, said the Vatican would act quickly after suspending Mgr Stenico from duty, but declined to say what sanctions could be brought.

Sex, lies and videotape: turmoil at the Vatican

  | [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Did he make advances to a young man?
   The Guardian (Britain), by John Hooper in Rome, Monday October 15, 2007
   ITALY -- The Vatican was last night at the centre of an unusually public sex scandal after acknowledging it had suspended a senior official who was filmed apparently propositioning a young man in his office.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, a capo ufficio, or section head, at the Vatican ministry responsible for the clergy, insisted yesterday he was not gay. He said he had posed as a homosexual to research a plot by satanists.
   The affair is the latest of several indications that the traditional immunity enjoyed by the Catholic church in Italy over sex scandals is gradually giving way.
   The Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said on Saturday he was unable to deny rumours that the Vatican had suspended one of its top bureaucrats following a report shown on Italian television. A few hours later a website identified the official as Mgr Stenico, a 60-year-old official who ranks joint third in the hierarchy of his department, known as the Congregation for the Clergy.
   A programme broadcast on October 1 by La7 - the only national channel not owned by Silvio Berlusconi or the state - included a sequence it said had been filmed secretly in a Vatican office. The six-minute sequence was said to have been captured by a young man who had come into contact with a Vatican official via an internet chatroom. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 15, 2007 1:43 AM]

Vatican priest caught in TV sex sting

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful.
   The Times (London), Paul Bompard in Rome, ~ October 15, 2007
   ITALY -- A high-ranking Vatican priest has been suspended after a TV programme, using a hidden camera, recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, 60, is the director of one of the three departments that make up the Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican "ministry" for the clergy.
   Yesterday he claimed that he was pretending to be gay in an attempt to unmask a Satanic plot to seduce Catholic priests to homosexuality and thus discredit the Church. "I only pretended I was gay to study how priests are seduced," said Mgr Stenico, a frequent guest on television programmes discussing religious issues. "There are people who go after them … I really believe there is a diabolical plan by groups of Satanists."
   Mgr Stenico admits inviting a man whom he met on a gay website to his office, across the piazza from Saint Peter's Basilica, after expressing an attraction to sado-masochism. What he did not know was that the young man was working for a TV investigation on homosexuality among Catholic priests and went to the tryst with a concealed video camera. The footage was shown this month by La 7, the national TV channel. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 15, 2007 1:34 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Mon October 15, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Alleged pedophile worked with B.C. school, N.S. air cadets

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil -NEW*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. Worldwide search. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, www.cbc.ca/ story/world/ national/ 2007/10/16/ pedophile- cdn.html , Last Updated 6:15 PM ET | Tuesday, October 16, 2007
   CANADA (CBC News) -- The lead suspect in an international pedophile investigation volunteered at a B.C. school and was a chaplain with the air cadets in Nova Scotia.
   Christopher Paul Neil, 32, lived in Maple Ridge, has family in the area and volunteered at Saint Patrick's School in Maple Ridge in 2000 and 2001. The volunteer work was part of his training at Christ of the King seminary, where Neil was studying to become a priest.

Paroled Episcopal rector suspended

  [~ 2000s Tramel -NEW*] - Episcopalian. (Murderer, yet ordained!) Sexual misconduct now alleged. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   San Francisco Chronicle, www.sfgate. com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi? file=/c/a/ 2007/10/15/ BA8MSQ1RG. DTL ; by Matthai Chakko Kuruvila, Monday, October 15, 2007
   SAN FRANCISCO (CA) -- The Episcopal Diocese of California is investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct involving Rev. James Tramel, who became an icon of redemption after he was ordained in prison while serving a sentence for second-degree murder.
   An adult member of Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Tramel's parish, filed the complaint with the diocese Tuesday, and Tramel, 39, was suspended that day from all pastoral, administrative and sacramental duties, according to diocesan spokesman Sean McConnell.
   Parishioners at the church were told of the suspension during Sunday morning services, McConnell said.
   Reached on Sunday, Tramel said Bishop Marc Andrus had instructed him not to speak on the matter. Andrus said the alleged sexual misconduct occurred over time and did not involve criminal activity. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 16, 2007 11:15 PM]

!!!: Woman Sues For Sexual Abuse By Teacher In 1970s

  [1970s Ms Deming -NEW*] - RCC. Girl.
   NBC 6, ~ October 16, 2007
   MIAMI (FL) -- The archdiocese of Miami faced yet another sexual abuse lawsuit on Tuesday when a teacher was accused of a sex crime.
   A woman claimed a teacher sexually assaulted her while she was a student at Monsignor Pace High School in the 1970s.
   According to the lawsuit, the teacher was Mary Deming, who now works in Georgia.
   The alleged victim claimed she told school officials about the abuse, but nothing was done.
   "The abuse went on for a period of years," plaintiff lawyer Jeffrey Herman said.
   "The allegations of the complaint are that this girl reached out for help to several priests with the archdiocese of Miami who worked at the high school, and that all three of these priests concealed it, told her to keep it quiet and failed to help this girl at all."

Parish priest guilty of child sex attacks

  [1960s-70s Keaveney*] - RCC. Convicted. 2 boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Argus, By Sam Underwood, ~ October 16, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A parish priest was today found guilty of 15 sex attacks on two young brothers.
   Father Dermot Keaveney, 72, was convicted of the offences which took place more than 30 years ago.
   He was serving as a priest at various churches in Brighton and Hove at the time of the crimes.
   As Keaveney was taken down to the cells one of his victims shouted: "Die you paedophile."

Federal grand jury indicts former pastor on child pornography charges

  [2001-06 Haney*] - Baptist. Pornography charge too. Male. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Commercial Appeal, By Lawrence Buser, October 16, 2007
   TENNESSEE -- A former Cordova church pastor already facing state charges of sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a five-year relationship was indicted today on federal child pornography charges.
   Steven C. Haney, 47, former head of Walnut Grove Baptist Church at 8801 Walnut Grove Road, is accused of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing pictures.
   The federal charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
   Haney, who was pastor there for 20 years before stepping down last November, also is charged with possession of child pornography.

Former Sonora priest denies allegations of molestation

  [1984-86 Kelly*] - RCC. Boy.
   The Union Democrat, By LACEY PETERSON, ~ October 16, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- A former Sonora priest, placed on administrative leave by the Stockton Diocese following allegations he molested a former parishioner, defended himself in a letter to diocese members, "categorically, unequivocally, and emphatically" denying the claim.
   In his letter to "friends, parishioners and longtime acquaintances," Father Michael M. Kelly asserts his innocence and relates "deep sadness and anger" that he was even sending out a letter to inform people of the allegations set against him.
   "I am totally and completely innocent of this accusation … and I plan to defend my ministry and my honor," Kelly's letter said.
   Father Kelly, now with a parish in Lockeford, was pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora from 1987 to 1997.

Che don Giovanni …

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 16, 2007
   ITALY -- Everyone knew the Rev. Giovanni Brusegan would not have an easy life. But nobody would have guessed that beyond the finger pointing against the bishop's delegate was Rev. Sante Sguotti himself. "Rev. Giovanni can never be found," explained the rebel priest. "I was expecting that he would be more available but that's not the case. He arrives, says Mass and then disappears. For that, when I wrote the calendar for the celebrations I have listed a great number of them so that he'll be forced to be present as much as possible," Rev. Sguotti said.
   "Those who accused me," he continued, "said that I hadn't any time to spend for my parish and now they accept Rev. Giovanni who is always busy and can't look after the parish well," he said. "Yes, he was a good candidate to be regent parish priest of Monterosso but he is, however, often absent.  And besides that his behavior is too much judgmental," the priest added.
   It wasn't enough a lot of letters of solidarity were sent to the rebel priest saying "remain with us," "don't go," "you were much better."
   But even if there was a removal decree, a pledge of obedience to the bishop, the so-called moving to Lovertino, Rev. Sante remains at Monterosso and continuing to use the parish office, the community center and [makes] courageous attempts to co-celebrate Masses.
   Rebellion? Self-inflected wounds? It's soon to say. It is sure, however, that a certain bent for martyrdom was shown by Rev. Sante during the last intervention at Buona Domenica. It was 25 minutes live in which the former parish priest of Monterosso was first massacred by Alessandra Mussolini, then attacked by the guests and finally booed by the public. "I lost seven to one," he commented. "I was only applauded once, perhaps out of compassion. But it's difficult to give intelligent answers to stupid questions. I accepted that as I was in a gym. It's like when one trains for karate to be able to defend oneself in case of attack," he said.

Mexican priest abuse case dropped

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ October 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit against a Mexican cardinal accused of conspiring to move a known child abuser to the US Catholic church.
   The judge said there was not enough evidence to try Cardinal Norberto Rivera in a US court, the plaintiff's lawyer told the Associated Press.
   The plaintiff alleged that Mr [!!!] Rivera sent the priest to the Los Angeles diocese knowing he had abused children.
   Mr [Cardinal is normal title] Rivera, of Mexico City, said he was unaware of claims against the priest.

Lawsuit against Mexican cardinal dismissed in LA

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity?
   Reuters, By Jill Serjeant, ~ October 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) (Reuters) -- A Los Angeles court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera that accused him of conspiring with U.S. Roman Catholic officials to shuttle a priest wanted for sex abuse between Mexico and California.
   Los Angeles Superior Court judge Elihu M. Berle ruled that the U.S. courts had no jurisdiction in the case, which has rocked the Catholic Church in predominantly Catholic Mexico.
   "The court said that this case should be in Mexico, not in California. They dismissed it on a legal technicality not on the merits of the case at all," said Mike Finnegan, a lawyer for the plaintiff.
   The lawsuit was filed last year by former altar boy Joaquin Aguilar Mendez of Mexico City, who said he was raped in Mexico at age 13 by a priest named Nicolas Aguilar Rivera. The suit also claims that Aguilar was shunted between Los Angeles and Mexico City by Catholic Church officials to avoid arrest.

US govt sides with Vatican in child sex abuse case

  - RCC headquarters being sued by lawyer McMurray. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Brisbane Times (Queensland, Australia), by Brett Barrouquere | 6:14AM | for October 17, 2007
   LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The US administration partially sided with the Vatican in a lawsuit seeking class-action damages from the Roman Catholic church and its headquarters for an alleged cover-up of priests sexually abusing children in the United States.
   The US Justice Department and State Department argued in a friend of the court brief that the Holy See may only be sued as a foreign country, not a religious institution, because the US government recognises it as a foreign state. US law provides immunity to foreign countries from most lawsuits.
   The filing to the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals comes in a case brought by three men alleging the Vatican orchestrated a cover-up of US priests sexually abusing children. Louisville attorney William McMurry is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims across the country.

Priest Ordained in Jail Temporarily Inhibited

  [~ 2000s Tramel*] - Episcopalian. (Murderer, yet ordained!) Sexual misconduct now alleged. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Living Church Foundation, Oct/16/2007
   CALIFORNIA -- The Rev. James Tramel, the California priest whose highly publicized ordination occurred while he was in prison, has been temporarily inhibited by the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California.
   Fr. Tramel, rector of Trinity Church, San Francisco, was inhibited from priestly duties Oct. 9 pending the outcome of a formal investigation by the diocese. The ecclesiastical investigation was prompted after an adult under the pastoral care of Fr. Tramel filed a formal complaint alleging that Fr. Tramel had violated the church's policy on sexual misconduct. The complaint does not involve allegations of criminal misconduct, a diocesan spokesperson said.
   "We take allegations of misconduct very seriously in the Diocese of California and will proceed with diligence and the highest level of care," the diocese stated in a release. "The spiritual, emotional, and physical well being of all parties is our utmost concern. Because of this, and in compliance with the canons of The Episcopal Church, further details will not be discussed at this time."

Pius and Impious

  - Pressure on Roman Catholics, now on Anglicans. Zimbabwe flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Christianity Today, by Sheryl Henderson Blunt | posted 08:39AM, Oct/16/2007
   ZIMBABWE -- In July, the state-run media accused a leading opponent, Roman Catholic archbishop Pius Ncube, of committing adultery, leading to his resignation in September. More recently, Mugabe protégé Nolbert Kunonga, the Anglican bishop of Harare, pushed to disband the Central African province of which Zimbabwe's Anglican church is a member. Leaders within the province had angered Mugabe by denouncing his administration's corruption and economic mismanagement.
   Zimbabweans contacted for this story said the president's desperation to stamp out opposition has increased as the country's economic crisis has deepened. Inflation reached 14,000 percent recently, and the International Monetary Fund predicts it could rise to 100,000 percent by year's end. Unemployment hovers around 90 percent.
   "You get the feeling the wheels are falling off," said a white Zimbabwean educator who asked that his name not be used. Pastors in major cities, where protesters have been rounded up by the hundreds and brutally beaten, describe an atmosphere of intense paranoia in which they are regularly subjected to surveillance and intimidation. Government operatives sit in on church services and question churchgoers, they said.

Alleged victims plead v. ruling

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 7 girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for October 17, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- SEVEN teenage school girls are asking the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office to reconsider its earlier ruling clearing Fr. Benedicto Ejares of any inappropriate behavior allegedly committed while hearing a confession.
   They also want Assistant City Prosecutors Alexander Acosta and Fernando Gubalane to inhibit themselves from taking part in any proceedings related to their pleading.
   Instead, the girls, in a motion for reconsideration filed by their lawyer Gerardo Carillo, said they want Cebu City Prosecutor Nicolas Sellon to resolve the matter.
   Carillo, also a Cebu City councilor, said the statements of the victims who said they were shocked by what happened to them could not be taken lightly as a misunderstanding of Ejares' intentions.

Prosecutors oppose delay in sentencing priest

  [1999-2006 Fr Fay*] - RCC. Admits. US$1.4m missing. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newsday, 11:40 AM EDT, October 16, 2007
   NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Federal prosecutors are opposing a request by a priest to delay his sentencing for stealing from his church to support a lifestyle of high-class shopping and travel.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in December after he pleaded guilty last month to a federal fraud charge. He resigned last year as pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien.
   He has asked to have his sentencing delayed until April, after he undergoes chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer which has spread to his bones and lymph nodes and become resistant to traditional chemotherapy.
   Prosecutors say if Fay is sentenced to prison, his reporting date can be delayed to accommodate medical treatments. Authorities also say the Bureau of Prisons can address his medical needs.

Italy's Media Focus on Clergy Abuse Allegations

  - Fr Gelmini not accused in courts. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   National Catholic Register, BY EDWARD PENTIN, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT, October 21-27, 2007 Issue | Posted at 10:57 AM Oct/16/07
   ITALY -- Following a spate of unsubstantiated claims of sexual abuse by priests, Italy's Church leadership fears that an unbalanced media fixation on the issue is coming to its shores.
   In August, a well-known priest who has devoted his life to establishing rehabilitation centers for drug addicts was accused by four former patients of sexual abuse. In the face of widespread media coverage, Father Pietro Gelmini, or "Don Pierino" as he is familiarly known, strongly protested his innocence.
   The 82-year-old priest said the allegations were made by former adult patients who had been thrown out of his Incontro (Encounter) Community for theft. In early September, the Italian press reported that another 50 people had claimed the elderly priest abused them.
   However, none of the accusers have brought formal charges against Father Gelmini, whose community numbers 164 centers in Italy and 74 in other countries.

Priest faces jail for sex attacks

  [1960s-70s Keaveney*] - RCC. Convicted. 2 boys. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   BBC News, ~ October 16, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A former Catholic parish priest is facing jail after being found guilty of 15 sex attacks on two young brothers.
   Father Dermot Keaveney, 72, of Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of offences which took place more than 30 years ago.
   He was serving as a priest at various churches in Brighton and Hove, in East Sussex, at the time of the crimes.
   Keaveney, who had denied the charges, was remanded in custody for sentencing on 13 November.

AP Exclusive: Suspected pedophile in global manhunt worked as chaplain advising young cadets

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, Published October 16, 2007
   TORONTO, Canada: A suspected pedophile, the subject of an unprecedented global Interpol manhunt, worked as a chaplain and counselor advising children for the Canadian military and was studying to become a priest, those who worked with him said.
   Before becoming an English teacher in Asia, Christopher Paul Neil, 32, worked as a chaplain from 1998 to 2000 at an air cadet summer training center in Nova Scotia, said Captain Hope Carr, a public affairs officer for the Canadian military.
   Neil's duties would include spiritual advising for children ages 12 to 18 and teaching a moral issues class, Carr said.
   "If young people were very homesick and having trouble coping away from home at a camp, he would be there to counsel," Carr said.

San Diego diocese seeks to raise $25 million for abuse settlement

  - RC pewfillers to help pay for pervert priests. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   San Jose Mercury News, The Associated Press, Article Launched 12:05:52 PM PDT, Oct/16/2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is asking parishioners to donate $25 million to help pay for its $198.1 million settlement with childhood sex abuse victims.
   The diocesan headquarters and a nearby seminary may have to be sold if the campaign is unsuccessful, Bishop Robert H. Brom wrote in a letter dated Monday that will be sent to parishioners with a note from individual pastors.
   Brom wrote that the he hoped donations would pay the portion of the settlement that is not covered by insurance, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
   "I need your help to cover the expense we incurred recently through compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within the family of the church so that we can continue, without serious jeopardy, the many other aspects of the mission," Brom wrote.

Suspected Pedophile Left Tracks on Web

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Associated Press, By ANGELA DOLAND and JOHN LEICESTER, ~ October 16, 2007
   PARIS (AP) - A suspected pedophile being hunted by Interpol contributed to an online forum for teachers, and police say they believe he wrote under a pseudonym about the risks of catching HIV from oral sex and how to erase pornographic computer files "so no one will see."
   Two teachers who knew and socialized with Christopher Paul Neil, a 32-year-old Canadian now being sought for allegedly abusing young boys, told The Associated Press he wrote extensively online under the pseudonym "Peter Jackson." They described him as a social, fun-loving person, and said no one in their circles suspected him of pedophilia.
   The worldwide manhunt for Neil, who eluded police for years, is now centered on Thailand. Authorities say Neil flew into Bangkok on a one-way ticket Thursday and is still at large.

Bangkok manhunt after internet child-sex suspect identified

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys.
   The Standard, for Wednesday, October 17, 2007
   THAILAND -- Interpol identified a suspected serial pedophile being hunted across Asia as Christopher Paul Neil, a Canadian now believed to be in hiding in Bangkok.
   Neil, 32, whose digitally swirled face in internet photos of child sex abuse was unscrambled by German police computer experts, arrived in Thailand from South Korea - three days after the pictures were released.
   He taught at an international school in Bangkok three years ago.
   In neighboring Cambodia, where police say Neil was photographed sexually abusing small boys, border authorities have been alerted in case he tries to sneak out of Thailand by land.
   Neil, who had been known only by the codename "Vico," was captured on security cameras at Bangkok airport on Thursday. He looks significantly older and balder and is wearing glasses.

More details coming out about world's most wanted alleged pedophile

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys.
   CKNW, ~ October 16, 2007
   VANCOUVER, Canada / CKNW(AM980) -- Neil studied to be a priest at the Christ of the King seminary in Mission.
   Paul Schratz speaks for the Vancouver Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.
   "I don't know if it was their recommendation that he go into teaching. I understand from the seminary that he was not recommended for the priesthood and then he left."
   The college of teachers says Neil never taught in a public school in British Columbia.

Suit Dismissed Against Mexican Cardinal

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Associated Press, By GILLIAN FLACCUS, ~ October 16, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA), (AP) - A judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday against Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera, who had been accused of conspiring with Roman Catholic officials in the United States to transfer a priest accused of sexual abuse between the two countries.
   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle found Rivera could not be held accountable in a U.S. court because the plaintiff didn't have enough evidence against him, said Mike Finnegan, the plaintiff's attorney.
   "It was a legal technicality," he said. "It didn't reach any of the merits of the case, and it didn't get to the key issues in the case, which is Cardinal Rivera's complicity in sending (the priest) to the United States as a child molester."
   The judge's ruling also dismissed claims against the Mexican Diocese of Tehuacan, where the cardinal was bishop at the time he transferred the priest.

Cardinal Herranz: Vatican first to want an "internal cleansing"

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic News Agency, 01:01 pm, Oct 16, 2007
   ROME, Italy / (CNA).- In an interview with the Italian daily "La Repubblica," Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Commission for Legislative Texts of the Holy See, said in response to news of a Vatican official suspended over accusations of homosexual activity that the Vatican is the first to want a "profound internal cleansing."
   "We are the first to want an internal cleansing, but that cleansing will be done with respect for human rights and after the ruling of judicial authorities," he said.
   Cardinal Herranz noted that Msgr. Tommaso Stenico, the priest involved in the scandal that rocked the Vatican this past weekend "has been immediately suspended from his position while he awaits a verdict from the Tribunal."
   Despite the evidence from the program "Exit" which showed him making homosexual advances towards another man, Msgr. Stenico says he is innocent and that he was pretending to be gay in order to discover "the enemies within the Church."

Catholic sex-abuse victims protest at college board meeting

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Orange County Register, October 15, 2007
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   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Two clergy sex-abuse activists attended the board meeting today of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, calling for a written apology from its president regarding the release of victims' identities.
   Joelle Casteix, the southwest regional director for Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, said she asked president John Hanna to sever his ties with "Friends of Msgr. John Urell," a group that recently made headlines when it took a full-page ad in the Orange County Register to support a controversial priest.
   In July, Urell broke down and didn't finish a deposition in a now-settled Mater Dei sex-abuse lawsuit, prompting Bishop Tod Brown to send him to a Canadian treatment center. Urell's medical condition is the subject of an attempt to hold Brown in contempt because Urell left though he was was under court order to testify about his past handling of sex-abuse complaints in the diocese.
   Despite settling lawsuits that usually make such a pre-trial motion moot, diocese attorneys want to proceed with the December 3rd contempt hearing, saying it would clear the bishop's name.

The Continuing Story of the Bunglin' Friends of Monsignor John

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, October 16, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Go visit the website of the Friends of Monsignor John, the brave individuals who sought to publicly support the Catholic Diocese of Orange's longtime point man in its horrendous sex-abuse scandal. Notice anything different? Notice there are no more comments, deleted or otherwise? Notice there are no more depositions, redacted or otherwise? Notice there isn't even the text of the group's full-page ad in the Orange County Register from last week? Granted, websites constantly evolve, but the Friends of Monsignor John are reeling yet again from another callous mistake.
   Yesterday, Newport Beach attorney John Manly--who has sued Catholic dioceses across the world for their pedo-protecting ways--fired another letter to the Friends and its most prominent members, Rancho Santiago Community College District board president John Hanna and OC Blog boss Matt "Jubal" Cunningham. In a previous letter, Manly demanded that the group take down Urell's unredacted deposition because it revealed the names of six sex-abuse survivors without their permission. This time around, Manly was angrier.
   Manly was upset because the Friends had posted an unredacted copy of the Memorandum of Understanding that solidified Bishop Tod D. Brown's $6.685 million settlement between his diocese and four molestation victims of Orange diocese teachers. "You had no right to discover the identity of or client, and you had no right to see an un-redacted version of the Memorandum of Understanding," Manly wrote to Hanna and and Cunningham. "So, where did you get it?"

"Preti gay, la Chiesa farà pulizia"

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Radicali, From La Repubblica, ~ October 16, 2007
   ITALY -- Orazio La Rocca interviewed Cardinal Julian Herranz, jurist and president of the Vatican disciplinary commission. To recap, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico was suspended from his job at the Vatican for having confessed to being gay. Here are the questions and answers.
   La Rocca : Cardinal Herranz what do you think of the Stenico's case?
   Cardinal : It's a case about which I can't now express my opinion. It's better that the competent authorities are allowed to work for the investigators are trying to clarify the episode. It's better they work serenely, far from the clamor of mass media, for processes cannot be made through the newspapers but in their proper place. The Vatican has taken immediate action with a suspension provision. The tribunal will make the final decisions.
   La Rocca: Will it take a long time?
   Cardinal: I don't know. I repeat, let the competent judges work in peace. It's not to be forgotten that it is the Holy See that first is interested in cleaning in its house. Upon conditions a due process will take place to ascertain the real responsibility.
   La Rocca: What are the sanctions that could be decided against Monsignor Stenico?
   Cardinal: I wouldn't like to speak about it. At a general level, crimes committed against the sixth commandment regarding the sexual sphere, canon 1399 of the canon law provides a severe punishment, as far as the elimination of the priest status for that priest who sins with a 16-year-old minor. But it's the general rule and I don't know if that could be applied to this case.
   La Rocca: What's is felt in the Vatican when something like a prelate committing grave crimes or ceding to sexual temptations happen?
   Cardinal: Surely it is sad, but there is also the awareness that these cases happen rarely, even uniquely. They don't touch the community because in the Church, in the Holy See, in the various congregations there are many people, in the laity and clergy, strongly involved to serve the Pope in a serious, determinate and love for the word of Christ. When someone makes mistakes, he is judged according to the canon law or according to the provisions set by the Roman Curia, but always in the respect of the rights, with no prejudice and following a regular process.
   La Rocca: What's the health state of the Vatican on the moral point of view?
   Cardinal: Very well, notwithstanding some isolated cases. That's shown by the fact that the disciplinary commission I preside over isalmost with no work. I repeat, the Holy See 's personnel is highly motivated. We can have someone who makes mistakes but the Church knows how to intervene.

Broken marriages, addictions, Geoghan's murderer, a whole new breed of criminals created by church and its pedophiles

  - RCC seductions, including Salesians, lead to trail of crimes. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 16, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- It's easy to see why the Salesians want to distance themselves from the Catholic Church in the Nov. 5 jury trial in LA. When the whole story comes out about how pedophile priests affected American society it's going to be embarrassing for anyone to associate with the Catholic Church. We haven't even started to gauge the collateral damage done to this country by the pedophile priest epidemic, what advocate Dennis McKeown in Pittsburgh calls the "vicious cycle." Or what Joseph Druce, who murdered John Geoghan last year, describes as "tortuous memories of shame embedded in the soul." Druce's poem is at the end of this post.
   The Salesians don't want to "inflame" jurors by mentioning the LA Archdiocese, the Pope, any settlements paid to victims of Catholic priest sex crimes so far, the name Cardinal Roger Mahony, all of which is understandable considering the LA archdiocese and the Catholic Church's reputation. Salesian attorneys write: "Evidence concerning ADLA and/or Mahony serves no purpose other than to unfairly prejudice defendants by inflaming the jury and creating bias in favor of plaintiffs."
   Problem is the Salesians are just as guilty as the Catholic Church and Mahony and they all are a long way from justice. Consider this: a budding pedophile sees a Catholic priest being a pedophile so he becomes a priest. After decades of watching priests get away with pedophilia, predators become more bold. Look at the increase in violence against children in the United States in the last 50 years, with police finding mutilated bodies of young boys and girls. While priests got more bold with their altar boys, pedophiles graduated from sex crimes against children to violence.

"Mi rivolgerò al Papa per restare un prete"

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, At RADIO R101, October 16, 2007
   "I'll ask the Pope to allow me to remain a priest"
   ITALY The Rev. Sante Sguotti is now present in all media. After two invitations at Buona Domenica, Rev. Sguotti yesterday went on the afr from microphones at Radio R101. This time, too, he blamed Bishop Mattiazzo, proclaiming himself to be an innocent victim.
   "In all this story, first they judged me guilty and then they started the process against me. Yet even in the canon law there is a rule by which first there is a process and afterwards there is the penality," the priest said. This was the outburst of Rev. Sguotti, the rebel priest of Monterosso, made yesterday on the Radio R101 microphones in an interview with Marco Balestri on the Molto Personale (Very Personal) program.
   "They withdrew persmission to confess before the canon law process, which is an abuse of power on the part of the bishop," he said. He later denounced the church for allowing abortions to avoid scandals. "Any way, I don't think it's obligatory to marry for having children. It's sufficent they are born in a context of welcome and love," he said. He said he will ask Pope Benedict XVI to dispense him from the obligation of celibacy while remaining a priest.

RIBELLE & TEMPOREGGIATORE

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. [Spoladore, Ruggero, Girardi]
   Il Gazzettino, October 16, 2007
   Rebel & Temporizer
   ITALY -- He is a rebel and a temporizer. The Rev. Sante Sguotti, priest in love, does not indicate he will bend to the will and dictates of the Paduan curia. His story of barricadero, of a Don Quixote fighting the wind mills of the clerical affectivity, is now able to acquire a meaning: that of uncovering to the public the difficulty of the Padua diocese to handle delicate issues.
   There is an inborn fragility when those who wield power are not capable of gaining due respect. In the Rev. Sante story, Archbishop Antonio Mattiazzo privileged a waiting tactic. As the Roman General Quinto Fabio Massimo wore out Hannibal's troops and avoided a direct clash, the bishop thought that prolonging the canonic procedure, issuing bit by bit his provisions between a delay and another, he would have weakened the desire of the priest in love to fight
   Things didn't go as he hoped and that is clear to everyone. The determination shown during the past days by Rev. Sguotti makes one understand how much the delaying tactic is playing in the priest's favor. Between one appeal and another, from the Congregation of the Clergy to the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican's highest appeal court), the priest has had time to launch other challenges, organize protests, participate in TV programs, give interviews, unveil all the church's shames at the local, national and world level.
   In this picture, his having been removed from the parish seems not to be a big deal as will as the impediment to confess (which was a penality inflicted even to a saint, Padre Pio). Even the probable suspension of "a divinis" or the less likely excommunication would not be insurmountable obstacles. On the contrary, the outcome could be that Rev. Sante will end up as a kind of prophet, a martyr victim of the hierarchy. It remains to be analyzed why the curia played this game -- a losing tactic -- that is on the defense and not on the attack.
   There is someone who says this behavior is inevitable because Rev. Antonio Mazzola, since 1997 to last summer a bishop delegate for the city pastoral council, was not involved in the matter. His capacity of negotiator had solved many thorny issues in the past. Other people say there are other problems (the capacity for a dialogue, for example) and they are connected to the top of the Paduan ecclesiatical pyramid. In any case, it will be useful, for laity and believers, to reflect on the low level of capacity in management of this story. It is too high a price, perhaps too high, in terms of credibility and trustworthiness. It's not to be ignored there ae other cases till unsolved, silent for their nature or temporarily silenced and all of them with the potential to explode.
   Among these cases is one about the Rev. Paolo Spoladore, singer and songwriter, who cannot say Mass in public but who has a big following; the case of Rev. Marino Ruggero, sent away from the parish of Villa Teolo and founder of a pub; the story of the Rev. Marco Girardi, former chaplain at the Padua jail. For these reasons, waiting for the next shocking event it would be better if the curia would study resolutive and more efficent strategies.

The Christian struggle with homosexuality

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New Statesman, by Martin Reynolds, October 16, 2007
   ITALY -- The outing of Vatican highflier Monsignor Tommaso Stenico in a secretly filmed TV sting where he tells a young man he saw nothing sinful having gay sex and then asks the young man if he "likes" him … offers a real insight into the struggle the Roman Catholic Church is having in its home country over homosexuality.
   Not so long ago the idea of exposing a Catholic priest's peccadilloes would have been anathema to most Italian media outlets. The fact that the Vatican has its fair share of gay priests, bishops, Cardinals and Popes was universally known and privately acknowledged but rarely if ever reported there.
   This cosy relationship fractured when countries began introducing legislation recognising the civil rights of homosexuals and giving their partnerships the status of family. The Vatican has been a violent opponent of this process and opposed Civil Partnerships and gay marriage across the world and lately in Italy where the conflict between Church and liberal reformers has been heated.
   An attempt earlier this year to bring civil partnerships to Italy foundered in part due to the massive lobbying from the Vatican and attitudes in Italian society hardened on both sides. Fr Tommaso is just the latest victim in this battle and he will not be the last.

BEWARE THE SATANIC SEDUCERS

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful.
   Irish Independent, ~ October 16, 2007
   ITALY -- Looked at objectively, the Vatican is a gayer place than Bingo night at the George -- all those single men, all wearing their lovely colourful frocks, surrounded by good food and wine in one of the most romantic cities in the world?
   And the latest scandal is suitably flamboyant.
   Monsignor Tommaso Stenico has been suspended after he was caught propositioning a young man in his office. And, officially, the Church is against filthy poovery. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
   Say no more etc.
   Monsignor Stenico, who complained to the man who entrapped him that "you don't fancy me" actually says he has been working a careful double bluff and has been trying to expose a Satanic cult which has been targeting priests for homosexual humiliation.

Former Darien pastor asks for sentencing delay

  [1999-2006 Fr Fay*] - RCC. Admits. US$1.4m missing. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Advocate, Staff and wire reports, October 16 2007
   NEW HAVEN (CT) -- A former Darien priest who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to support a lifestyle of high-class shopping and travel is asking for a delay in sentencing, saying he is dying of cancer.
   The Rev. Michael Jude Fay pleaded guilty in federal court last month to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. Fay resigned last year as pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church.
   Fay, who faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 4, asked that his sentencing be delayed until April. He said his prostate cancer has spread to his bones and lymph nodes and has become resistant to chemotherapy.
   Fay has begun a different chemotherapy designed to delay the cancer. His attorney said in a court filing that those in his condition generally have an expected lifespan of several months, but his doctor cautioned against applying statistics to his case.

Diocese given top grade for charter compliance

  - RCC.
   Pittsburgh Catholic, By C.T. MAIER and ROBERT P. LOCKWOOD, ~ October 15, 2007
   PITTSBURGH (PA) -- The Diocese of Pittsburgh was found once again to be in full compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," following a thorough audit of diocesan policies and practices in August.
   The audit was conducted by The Gavin Group Inc., an independent auditing organization headquartered in Boston. An independent audit is required under the charter guidelines.
   This was the fourth audit conducted on the diocese since 2003. In each of the previous audits, the diocese was found to have met and exceeded the charter's requirements.
   The charter has action articles that call on every diocese to promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of sexual abuse of minors, to guarantee an effective response to allegations of sexual abuse of minors, to ensure the accountability of these procedures and to protect the faithful in the future.

Brom asks Catholics to help pay settlement

  - RC pewfillers to help pay for pervert priests.
   Union-Tribune, By Sandi Dolbee, October 16, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego hopes to raise $25 million in donations to help pay its portion of a $198.1 million settlement reached last month with childhood sexual abuse victims.
   "I need your help to cover the expense we incurred recently through compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within the family of the church," Bishop Robert Brom wrote in a letter to be sent to parishioners in San Diego and Imperial counties.
   If the "Embracing Our Mission" campaign is not successful, Brom said the diocese has only two other properties that could be sold - its headquarters in Bay Park and St. Francis Seminary in Linda Vista.
   Brom's letter, dated yesterday, is part of an every-member mailing that will include a letter from the local priest and a return envelope. The packets are to be sent out by Oct. 26. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 16, 2007 8:00 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Tue October 16, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Wed October 17, 2007 edition:


School rabbi charged with sexual acts with student

  [~ 2000s Stein -NEW*] - Judaist. Student. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   News-Record, www.news- record.com/ apps/pbcs. dll/article? AID=/20071017/ NRSTAFF/ 71017004 ; By Jennifer Fernandez, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007
   GREENBORO (NC) -- The American Hebrew Academy's former director of campus life is facing charges that he had sex with a student, police said.
   Rabbi David Alan Stein, 35, is expected to turn himself in today, Greensboro police Sgt. A.T. McHenry said.
   Stein left the school in the spring, shortly after police began their investigation, police Capt. Gary Hastings said.
   Since then, Stein has been in San Clemente, Calif., living with his parents and working at an insurance company, McHenry said.

Pastor jailed 7 yrs for rape

  [- 2007 Masamba -NEW*] - Samaritan Church. Woman (imbecile) impregnated. Malawi flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Daily Times, BY CAROLINE KANDIERO, 13:48:53, 17 October 2007
   MALAWI -- A Samaritan Church Pastor who was caught pants down by his wife raping a mentally ill woman in a bush was on Monday starting a seven-year jail term with hard labour.
   Robert Masamba of Kanfosi Village T/A Katunga in Chikwawa was arrested by police last week and charged with defiling an imbecile.
   Chikwawa First Grade Magistrate was told that it was not the first time the preacher man had lured the 35-year-old woman into sex. The woman is now pregnant.
   "The suspect admitted the charge and revealed that he had sleept with the victim for three times this year alone," said Chikwawa Police spokesperson Sunday Ngulube.

Catholic Charity director charged in sex case

  [2007 Mr Niece -NEW*] - RCC. Woman. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Palo Alto Daily News, By Michael Manekin / MediaNews, ~ October 17, 2007
   CALIFORNIA -- The director of a prominent Catholic charity in Half Moon Bay offered a Hispanic woman money in exchange for sex after she came to his organization seeking help in finding a job, authorities reported.
   Michael David Niece, 65, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior County to one count of solicitation of an act of prostitution.
   Niece, who runs the Coastside Catholic Worker with his wife Kathy, was arrested and released by police on Aug. 14.
   The alleged victim, a 35-year-old woman who speaks little English, had approached the police earlier that day, and investigators set up a sting operation to catch Niece in the act of solicitation, said Half Moon Bay police Chief Don O'Keefe.

Portland Pastor Arrested On Rape Charges

  [? 2000s Alvarizares -NEW*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 8 women.
   KPTV, ~ October 17, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland pastor accused of rape was arrested Monday at his home in Ridgefield, Wash.
   Police said they linked Sergio Alvarizares, 38, to the sexual assault of eight women who are associated with his church.
   Officers responded to the Casa Del Padre Church on Northeast Alberta Street on a disturbance call last month. When police arrived, they found several members of the church arguing with Alvarizares about allegations of improper sexual contact, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
   Later that night, six women reported sexual assault to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Two more alleged victims have been identified since the initial reports.

Pastor accused of emotional abuse

  [2004 Watson -NEW*] - Lutheran. Emotional abuse alleged.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By William C. Lhotka, Oct/17/2007
   ST. LOUIS COUNTY (MO) -- A college freshman who takes medication for depression and anxiety claims part of her distress stems from emotional abuse by a Lutheran minister in 2004, when she was 15.
   She testified Tuesday in her damage suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court that for three or four months she felt she was under the emotional control of the Rev. Chris Watson. He was then pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, on Sappington Road in south St. Louis County.
   Watson and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are named as defendants in a civil suit. No criminal charges were ever filed against Watson, who resigned as pastor and a minister in 2005.

Woman claims abuse by priest

  [~ 1970 Mons. Barry -NEW*] - RCC. Adolescent female.
   The Denver Post, By Electa Draper, Oct/17/2007
   COLORADO -- A Colorado woman has filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Denver alleging that the late Monsignor Thomas Patrick Barry sexually assaulted her around 1970, when she was an adolescent living with him.
   Denise Eckhardt's complaint, which was filed in Denver District Court, says she suffers from multiple personalities and other psychological disorders.
   The suit said she has recovered once-suppressed memories of sexual abuse through extended psychiatric therapy, and she will continue to require medical and psychological treatment as a direct result of Barry's abuse.
   Barry died April 1, 2003, at the age of 97.

Wanted pedophile suspect taught in B.C.

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Times Colonist, by Meagan Fitzpatrick, CanWest News Service, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
   CANADA -- The Canadian man at the centre of an international manhunt over allegations of sexually abusing children abroad had worked as a substitute teacher in B.C. this year, and had wanted to be a priest.
   The family of Christopher Paul Neil, 32, of Maple Ridge say they are devastated by the allegations and want him to surrender to authorities.
   Neil has been identified by Interpol as the man wanted in the sexual abuse of a dozen young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia. He spent the last several years teaching in various Asian countries and, until last week, was working in South Korea. Police believe he fled to Bangkok on Oct. 11 when he realized he was being hunted. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 17, 2007 6:13 AM]

MEXICO : Cardinal Off the Hook, But Sex Abuse Controversy Rages On

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   IPS, By Diego Cevallos, Oct 17, 2007
   MEXICO CITY, (IPS) - The Roman Catholic Church in Mexico celebrated a legal ruling that dismissed a case against Cardinal Norberto Rivera in which he was accused of protecting an alleged pedophile priest, while the press published Church guidelines in which the clergy are asked to sign a letter releasing the archdiocese of responsibility in case of charges of sex abuse.
   "The charges against Monsignor Rivera were false, as has been demonstrated," Catholic priest Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the archdiocese of Mexico City, told IPS.
   He was referring to a verdict handed down by a judge in Los Angeles, California who ruled Tuesday that he had no jurisdiction to try Rivera, who was accused of conspiring to transfer a priest accused of molesting boys to that U.S. city.
   But "Valdemar is lying, because no one declared that Rivera was innocent," said Eric Barragán, Mexico and Latin America director for the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which sponsored the case against Rivera. "What happened is that the judge argued that he does not have jurisdiction," he commented to IPS. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 17, 2007 11:25 PM]

Are Docs 'Smoking Gun' Of Local Priest Abuse?

  [ 1969 Kraft] - RCC. Boy. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   NBC Sandiego, ~ October 17, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- Some people are calling nearly two dozen pages of letters and documents a smoking gun in a case of a cover-up of local priest abuse.
   NBC 7/39 obtained 23 pages of letters and documents on Tuesday. They appear to be written by a mother and father whose son was molested by a priest almost 40 years ago.
   Two individuals NBC 7/39 spoke with said the letters prove the San Diego Diocese knew about pedophile priests and did nothing about it.
   These letters, which are dated "1969," are addressed to the then-bishop Francis Furey. The victim's name has been blacked out in the letters, in which the parents describe how their son was molested by the Rev. William Kraft, who has since died.
   The mother wrote to Furey that her son was "pale as a sheet," and that "Father Kraft held him real tight from behind." She also said that Kraft "nuzzled in his hair," and then she continued in more graphic detail.

Texans Celebrate State's First Cardinal

  - RCC. Card. DiNardo's record questioned.
   The Associated Press, By MATT CURRY, ~ October 17, 2007
   DALLAS, TEXAS (AP) - Texas Catholics celebrated the appointment Wednesday of one of their two archbishops to become the state's first Roman Catholic cardinal.
   Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston, was among 23 new cardinals named Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict said he would elevate the prelates at a Vatican ceremony Nov. 24.
   "It says something about Texas and how wonderful Texas is in the terms of the growth of our Catholic faith," DiNardo said Wednesday at a news conference in Houston. …
   David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said DiNardo had an "abysmal" record dealing with clergy sex abuse issues while serving as bishop of the Sioux City, Iowa, diocese from 1997 until 2004, and that his record didn't improve in Houston.

Pope Names 23 Cardinals; 1st for Texas

  - RCC. Card. DiNardo's record questioned.
   The Associated Press, By NICOLE WINFIELD, ~ October 17, 2007
   VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new cardinals Wednesday, giving Texas its first "prince" of the Roman Catholic Church in a clear recognition of the growing Latino presence in the U.S. church.
   The appointment of Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston brings the number of American cardinals to 17 - second only to Italy - and increases the American contingent's clout in any conclave to elect a future pontiff.

Sex abuse victims respond to promotion for Houston/ex-Iowa bishop

  [1960s + McFadden] - RCC. Child. Card. DiNardo's record questioned.
   Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, ~ October 17, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- We're disappointed by this choice and believe Catholics should be disappointed too.
   DiNardo's selection rubs even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of clergy sex abuse victims and their loved ones. His record in Sioux City was abysmal. His record in Houston shows no improvement.
   Beginning in the 1990s (and likely longer), Sioux City church officials knew of repeated charges of child molestation against an admitted abuser, Fr. George B. McFadden (dating back into the 1960s). (DiNardo was Sioux City bishop starting in 1997.) For at least five years DiNardo had the chance to disclose McFadden's hurtful actions to police, prosecutors, parishioners, and the public, and to keep McFadden from other vulnerable children. He stayed silent.

Family struggles with aftermath of clergy sex abuse

  - Orthodox Church.
   Orthodox Reform, ~ October 17, 2007
   NEW YORK -- A moving article on the terrible after-effects of clergy sexual abuse was published today on WJBC.com.
   When you think of clergy sexual abuse, people often think of older adults and young children. However, a couple from Bloomington says their son would have been 26 last week, but Eric Iliff never made it because he said he was abused at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. They say the scars he suffered never healed.

Friends of Monsignor John Fully Repentant, Involve More Politicos

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 10:28 AM, October 17, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The bumblin' Friends of Monsignor John got walloped yesterday on the radio by the John and Ken Show, and today in print by Orange County Register columnist Frank Mickadeit for their, well, bumblin' (read our archives for background on the matter, por favor). Mickadeit elicited the first public response on the controversy from the Friends' website administrator and OC Blog god Matt "Jubal" Cunningham, who told Frank the posting of unredacted depositions which revealed the names of Orange diocese sex-abuse victims was a "stupid accident. … We have nothing against the victims. I feel horrible." Good to know. But later on in Mickadeit's column, Cunningham says something strange: "We can understand now that victims would see some of the content as being insensitive."
   Now? Now?! NOW?!?! Only after getting a cease-and-desist letter from victims' lawyer John Manly does Cunningham and the Friends "understand" that previously anonymous sex-abuse victims "would" interpret the posting of their names without permission as being "insensitive"? For all of Cunningham's posts about claiming to sympathize with victims of priestly molestations while simultaneously defending his pastor Urell, Cunningham shows time and time again that he simply doesn't get it. Curiously, he's yet to mention the fiasco on OC Blog, even as readers leave scolding comments.
   Even worse, the Friends aren't out of the woods yet.

More on the Defenders of the Bumblin' Friends

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 3:22 PM, October 17, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- A commentator on my previous post about the latest pee-pee battle between OC Blog god Matt "Jubal" Cunningham and Newport Beach lawyer John Manly pointed out something that deserves further examination.
   The lawyer helping Cunningham and the Friends of Monsignor John, Darren Aitken, not only is Cunningham's former classmate at Servite High School (the all-boys Catholic prep in Anaheim) but is also the son of Wylie Aitken, one of the county's more prominent lawyers and a longtime Democratic Party activist.
   Aitken, in turn, is a proud Catholic who is listed as a Silver Sponsor in this year's edition of the Red Mass, going so far as to join Darren in presenting Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown with gifts of bread and wine to consecrate.

San Diego Diocese in need of a financial miracle

  - RC pewfillers to help pay for pervert priests. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Catholic News Agency, 10:04 am, Oct 17, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) / (CNA).- The financial situation in the Diocese of San Diego is looking grim in the wake of the $198 million sexual abuse settlement. Hoping to prevent the sale of the diocesan headquarters and seminary, Bishop Robert Brom has launched a fundraising campaign called "Embracing Our Mission."
   "I need your help to cover the expense we incurred recently through compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within the family of the church," Bishop Brom wrote in a letter that will be sent to every member of the diocese.
   If the "Embracing Our Mission" campaign is not successful, Brom said the diocese has only two other properties that could be sold - its headquarters in Bay Park and St. Francis Seminary in Linda Vista.
   The appeal is not limited to just the laity. Priests are being asked to contribute the equivalent of one of their monthly salary or $1,535 to help reach the $25 million needed.
   The idea for priests to contribute actually came from the clergy of the diocese. Fr. Charles Fuld, pastor of Ascension Church in San Diego, said he wrote a "very enthusiastic" letter urging people to contribute.

Synagogue settles sex lawsuits

  [~ 2000s Gabriel*] - Judaist. 2 women. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Toronto Star, by Sandro Contenta, 04:30 AM, Oct 17, 2007
   CANADA -- Two women accusing a rabbi of sexual misconduct have agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the rabbi and a prominent Toronto synagogue, their lawyer says.
   The defendants in the case - Rabbi Tobias Gabriel and Beth Tzedec Synagogue - make no admission of fault or liability in the settlement, Simona Jellinek, the women's lawyer, said yesterday.
   Negotiations began after Richmond Hill resident Yona Nadler, 52, filed a statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court last July, alleging she was coerced into a sexual relationship by Gabriel a year earlier.
   Her lawsuit demanded $1.3 million from Gabriel and Beth Tzedec for breach of fiduciary duty and the pain and suffering she claims the relationship caused her and her marriage. The rabbi was accused of abusing the trust of a deeply religious woman.
   [LOOK BACK: Aug 29, 2007. ENDS.]

Time for Vatican to purge erring bishops and do so with 'Speed of an ambulance'

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Spirit Daily, By Michael H. Brown, ~ October 17, 2007
   Two events converged last week to tell us it's time for the Vatican to begin a major review of Church hierarchy, and if necessary, a purge.
   One was in the U.S., where an archbishop in San Francisco gave Communion to two congregants dressed in drag. They were part of a homosexual outfit that annually mocks nuns -- and usually does so in a church hall rented to them by nuns. Obscenely, they call themselves "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." …
   The second event was in Rome itself: there, a hidden video showed a monsignor in the Holy See meeting with a man who had posed as a homosexual in a chat room looking for a tryst.
   The official, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, was allegedly invited to have sado-masochistic sex and arrangements were made for a meeting at the monsignor's office in St. Peter's Square. Unknown to Monsignor Stenico, the other man, who said he wanted to expose the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, arrived equipped with concealed video and audio recording equipment.
   It was bad enough that it was a Vatican priest. Worse still, Monsignor Stenico was the capo ufficio, or section head, at the Vatican ministry responsible for the clergy! (He says he was only pretending to be gay.)

Geoghan's murderer names priests who molested him; Riverside Sheriff hunts Father Dominguez, fugitive pedophile; another day in the life of the church

  [1980s + Dominguez (Salesian)] - RCC. 1980s nude photo, 2001-07 a fugitive. 58 charges. [Geoghan] United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 17, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- I thank God daily for landing me here with this story to write. Every document I open, every hearing I attend, another drama plays out in front of me. This week we find another fugitive priest whose [? who's] fled to Mexico. Plus Fr. John Geoghan's murderer forwarded a second poem and this one names the seminarians who molested him. Ah the joys of researching sex crimes in the Catholic Church.
   The January trial concerns crimes of former Salesian Religious Order priest Jesus Armando Dominguez. The Riverside County DA believes "Father Jesse" fled to Mexico in January 2005 right before he was charged with 58 counts of sex crimes against minors. If he's ever caught and convicted he could serve 43 years in prison. "The Warrant is still outstanding on Dominguez, all documents have been under seal since July 12 2005," is all a Riverside DA spokeswoman would say by phone.
   In court Tuesday Judge Haley Fromholz denied plaintiffs' motion to compel the Riverside Sheriff's Department to comply with their subpoena for records on Dominguez. (Case #BC308472) Last week the the Bishop of Riverside tried to get the jury trial continued from its January 28, 2008 date, but Judge Fromholz refused.

Don Sante presenta il ricorso contro la rimozione

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 17, 2007
   ABANO, ITALY -- The rebel priest from Monterosso doesn't give up. His lawyer has delivered the "defensive memory" to the Congregation for the Clergy. The document was attached with 52 pages of probatory documents. German television is also showing interest in the story.
   The Congregation for the Clergy yesterday morning was sent the appeal against the removal issues by Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo. Rev. Sante Sguotti and his lawyer, Marco Cardinale, do not give up. The document was handed to Giovanni Carru, undersecretary of the congregation.
   The appeal consists of 27 pages plus the 52 additional pages of attachments which are documents containing the evidence proving the facts stated in the appeal.
   Even if it was not possible to know the content of their thesis (the documents cannot be made public during the investigation), it seems the rebel priest has good reason to ask for annulment of the decree for his removal.
   Rev. Sante's lawyer has listed a large number of violations in that decree, both procedural and substantive, in addition to more than 10 violations of the canon law relating to positive norms, to "natural-divine" rights and the general principles of canonical equity. All of this is mixed with "numerous and incredible abuses of power" and "incontestable arbitrary acts."
   It seems the battle between the Monterosso priest against the curia is just starting. It is sure that for the final ruling we must wait perhaps three years, but it seems the rebel priest has good cards to pay. "I wasn't lost in the listing of the facts or in academic discussions, the lawyer said. "I can't reveal my arguments. I mainly dealt with facts related to all those many irregularities which have mostly disconcerted me affter many years of experience in this job. I can't know what the outcome will be. It's sure that if there will be a negative ruling I'll represent the case to the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican appeals court).
   Meanwhile, the light of the national media are continuing to shine on Rev. Sante. After the tabloid interview at Buona Domenica, the former parish priest spoke on the microphones of Radio 101 on Monday, yesterday on those of Radio 24 and today he wil be on the first German channel.

Unlikely duo inadvertently outs victims

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, Register columnist, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , ~ October 17, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The "Friends of Monsignor John Urell" made a big mistake when it posted his deposition on its Web site, www.friendsofmonsignorjohn.com . They forgot to redact the names of the sexual-abuse victims mentioned during the five hours of question-and-answer-and-refuse-to-answer Urell underwent last summer. Not all victims have agreed to have their names made public. At least six names were wrongly spun into cyberspace.
   Victims' attorney John Manly immediately sent a letter to Web-site operator and well-known O.C. politico Matt Cunningham that asked: "Are you insane?" Cunningham redacted the names and reposted the deposition, along with an apology saying it was an inadvertent mistake. Cunningham says the unredacted version was up for about 22 hours.
   He called it a "stupid accident. … We have nothing against the victims. I feel horrible." So does John Hanna, another well-known leader of the "Friends."

Abuse claim withdrawn

  - Rev. Dr Hinksman. England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Ic Coventry, Sep 3 2005 [? Oct 2007]
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A WOMAN who filed a High Court writ against a former Coventry Cathedral minister and psychotherapist who she alleged abused her, has withdrawn her claim.
   The woman, who lives in Leamington, was suing The Rev Dr Barrie Hinksman for more than £50,000.
   The writ, filed in July 2003, claimed he abused her during private therapy sessions between 1985 and 1995.
   It was for "damages for personal injuries, loss and damage in consequence of the emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse suffered whilst receiving therapy from [Barrie Hinksman]".
   A spokesman for the Royal Courts of Justice confirmed the case had now been discontinued. The woman has agreed to pay Dr Hinksman's legal costs.

Don't drop case vs Fr. Ben, fiscals asked

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with brassieres at Confession. 7 girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cebu Daily News, By Nilda Gallo, Last updated 04:26pm (Mla time), Oct/17/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- STUDENTS who accused Fr. Benedicto "Ben" Ejares" of acts of lasciviousness have asked the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office to reconsider its resolutions dropping the case against the diocesan priest.
   They said he should be indicted for violations of child welfare rights.
   To strengthen their complaint against the priest, lawyers Gerardo Carillo and Alvin Butch Canares attached to their motion the transcript of the interviews of the seven students of the Abellana National School.
   The interviews, which were conducted by city social workers, described the trauma suffered by the students when the priest allegedly touched their arms, backs and shoulders, the lawyers said.

YOUR VIEW: Church still needs openness and justice

  - RCC. VOTF upcoming national conference. Where RCC needs to amend itself. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   New Bedford Standard-Times, By CAROL MARKEY, (Ms. Markey lives in Mattapoisett), October 17, 2007
   MASSACHUSETTS -- I feel motivated to update your readers on the present status of Voice of the Faithful in the Fall River Diocese. We are still ignored by the hierarchy in this diocese. We are not allowed to meet in our churches but continue to meet in libraries and the Friends Meeting House. We have had speakers, discussions, liturgies, and days of recollection to share ideas.
   Many of us are planning to attend the National Conference of VOTF in Providence on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. (Information on where, topics of seminars, and speakers is available by going to the VOTF web site: www.votf.org.)
   As dioceses across the world continue to pay out multi-millions of dollars to victims of abuse, who will ever know the cost of this scandal?
   The monies paid to lawyers to defend abusers and the money paid as "hush money" over the years will never be known. Meanwhile, victims and their families suffer the trauma caused by those they should most be able to trust - parish priests, teacher priests, and bishops who transfer them from place to place.

Bishop may have stirred 'Americanists' with stand

  - RCC.
   Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA), by Kenneth J. Moynihan, Commentary, ~ October 17, 2007
   WORCESTER (MA) -- A few years ago, when revelations of sexual abuse by priests began to tumble daily from the front page of The Boston Globe, I was able to fit most of the pieces together, sordid as the story was. What various people had done or not done seemed to be in accord with what I understood of the world with one major exception. I could not figure out what the bishops could have been thinking during their long cover-up. In time I learned more, and I think I understood more.
   I raise the question because there are common threads between the controversy over sexual misconduct and the much less dramatic controversy last week between the bishop of Worcester, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, and the president of the College of the Holy Cross, the Rev. Michael C. McFarland. One thread that ties the two stories to each other is what might be called and has been called - the Americanist question. I use the word loosely to refer to the notion that typically American values, especially those related to democracy and individual liberty, might be weakening the attachment of American Catholics to the Roman church and its teachings.
   In an 1899 encyclical addressed to the American bishops, Pope Leo XIII warned that "The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions." The pope condemned the "new opinions" as attempts to "tone down" church teachings.

Judge clears Mexico church leader in suit

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Daily Breeze, By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press, ~ October 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A lawsuit accusing Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera of conspiring with Roman Catholic officials in the United States to shelter a pedophile priest was dismissed Tuesday.
   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle found Rivera could not be held accountable in a U.S. court because the plaintiff didn't have enough evidence against him, said Mike Finnegan, the plaintiff's attorney.
   Steve Selsberg, an attorney representing the Mexican cardinal in Los Angeles, said the judge found no evidence of conspiracy after reviewing a year's worth of discovery collected by attorneys from both sides.

Portland church pastor accused of sex attacks on 8 women

  [? 2000s Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre Church. 8 women. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   KGW, By DAVID KROUGH, kgw.com Staff , ~ October 17, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- The pastor of a Northeast Portland church was arrested for rape and sex abuse Monday, accused of abusing up to eight women.
   Portland sexual assault detectives arrested 38-year-old Father Sergio Alvarizares at his Ridgefield, Washington home after a two week investigation.
   According to Sgt. Brian Schmautz, police were called to a scuffle in front of the Casa del Padre church on NE Alberta on September 30, where some members of the church were arguing with Alvarizares about the accusations.
   Later that night, deputies in Multnomah County got phone calls from six women reporting a sexual assault.

Pastor accused of sexually abusing eight women in Portland

  [? 2000s Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 8 women.
   The Oregonian, The Associated Press, 10:27 p.m. PDT, Oct/16/2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Detectives arrested a pastor accused of sexually abusing eight women associated with a church known as "Father's House," which serves a Spanish-speaking population, the Portland Police Bureau said Tuesday.
   Sergio Alvarizares, 38, of Ridgefield, Wash., was charged with one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape and 10 counts of sex abuse, said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a police spokesman.
   The investigation began on the last Sunday of September, when officers were called to the Father's House on a disturbance call. Several members of the church were arguing with the suspect about allegations of improper sexual contact. Later that night six women called the authorities to report a sexual assault.

Catholic reformers meet in Providence

  - RCC. VOTF. UND's McBrien to speak.
   Providence Journal, By Richard C. Dujardin, Journal Religion Writer, October 17, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- Voice of the Faithful, the organization of reform-minded lay Catholics spawned by the priest sex-abuse scandal that erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston five years ago, will hold its third national convention beginning Friday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
   The two-day event, featuring more than 30 workshops and talks by such luminaries as the Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame, is expected to draw between 500 and 700 participants, according to the group's president, Mary Pat Fox.
   The number is only a fraction of the 4,200 who turned out for Voice of the Faithful's first convention at the Hynes Convention Center in 2002, but organizers say that should not be seen as a decline.

Ruling may end abuse suit against prelates

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Los Angeles Times, By Greg Krikorian and John Spano, October 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A lawsuit accusing the two most powerful Roman Catholic prelates in the Western Hemisphere of negligence was partially resolved Tuesday, when a Los Angeles judge ruled he had no jurisdiction to decide whether Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City had conspired with officials in the U.S. to protect an alleged pedophile priest.
   Barring an appeal or a decision to refile the case in Mexico, the ruling by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle effectively ends the case against Rivera, who was accused last year of concealing the sexual transgressions of a longtime priest.
   In his lawsuit, Joaquin Mendez, now 26, also charged that Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony conspired with Rivera to hide the actions of Father Nicholas Aguilar, enabling him to continue to molest boys in the United States and Mexico for years.
   It was not immediately clear whether the case against Mahony was also resolved. A spokesman for the cardinal said Tuesday that Mendez was among 508 victims of sexual abuse who will share in a landmark $660-million settlement announced by the archdiocese in July.

Mexican cardinal won't face U.S. trial in sex-abuse suit

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity?
   The Seattle Times, By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers, ~ October 17, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- A California judge ruled Tuesday that the Mexican cardinal who leads the world's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese can't be sued in the United States on allegations that he covered up the actions of a pedophile priest.
   Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said his court lacked jurisdiction to hear a civil suit brought against Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City by a Mexican-born man who says he was molested by a priest Rivera once oversaw. Berle said the case should be heard in Mexico.
   The accuser, Joaquin Aguilar Mendez, alleged that Rivera and Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony conspired to cover up the actions of the pedophile priest in the late 1980s and that their actions allowed him to remain a practicing priest in Mexico and abuse Aguilar in 1994.
   The priest, the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, transferred to Los Angeles from Mexico and returned to Mexico after he was charged in Los Angeles with 19 counts of child sexual abuse. The priest is no relation to the cardinal or the plaintiff.
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Youth pastor arrested on child sex charges

  [2007 Page -NEW*] - Baptist. Internet "girl". United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Shelby County Reporter, www.shelby countyreporter. com/articles/ 2007/10/18/ breaking_news/ breakingnews 01.txt ; By JUSTIN AVERETTE / News Editor / Posted 4:41 PM CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2007
   TENNESSEE -- A former youth pastor faces charges of traveling to Tennessee to have sex with a teenage girl.
   Donald Brent Page, 33, was indicted Tuesday by a Memphis grand jury on charges of crossing state lines to have sex with a minor. The Calera resident was arrested Oct. 6 for traveling to Tennessee to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex, according to Memphis FBI.
   The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Page used the online name "badlilboy8898" to arrange a meeting with the girl, who was actually a member of the FBI's Crimes Against Children Task Force. He was arrested at a Memphis apartment with condoms and wine coolers in hand.
   Prior to his arrest, Page served as youth minister of Dogwood Grove Baptist Church in Montevallo. Church pastor Todd Burr said Page called him the night of his arrest to resign. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 PM]

Bradford Church Official Accused Of Sex With Boy

  [2007 Mr Timothy Clark -NEW*] - Baptist. Boy.
   The Morning News, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, ~ October 18, 2007
   BRADFORD (AR) -- A former music director of a church in Bradford is charged with raping a 13-year-old boy.
   Police say Timothy Dean Clark, 38, was arrested Tuesday. Clark was minister of music and outreach at the Bradford Baptist Church in White County. He remained in jail Thursday morning in lieu of $100,000 bond and has a court date set for Dec. 4.
   Authorities say an investigation is continuing into Clark's alleged activities.

Child Porn Possession Gets Former Youth Minister 5 Years

  [2005 Mr Sweat -NEW*] - Baptist. 5yrs prison. Child pornography.
   News4Jax, ~ October 18, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A former Jacksonville youth pastor indicted on two child pornography charges was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment on Thursday.
   A former worker at Lake Shore Baptist Church on Blanding Boulevard, 36-year-old Richard Steven Sweat, of Orange Park, was found guilty of the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography after a three-day trial.
   According to court documents, Sweat downloaded videos of child pornography on Sept. 5 and 6, 2005, using a file-sharing program designed to find and share documents, photographs, music and videos. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 PM]

Motion in Ejares case gets stalled

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Seven days to tidy procedures. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sun.Star , for October 19, 2007
   PHILIPPINES -- AFTER previously failing to secure an indictment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 almost dropped the ball again on the acts of lasciviousness, harassment and child abuse charges filed against Fr. Benedicto Ejares.
   Cebu City Prosecutor Nicolas Sellon, in a two-page order issued late yesterday, found a "procedural defect" in the motion for reconsideration that DSWD lawyer and Cebu City Councilor Gerry Carillo filed.
   Sellon, who earlier approved the dismissal of all charges against the priest, hinted that Carillo and his co-counsel Alvin Butch Cañares cannot represent the high school students because they have not been authorized to do so.
   But instead of throwing away the motion, he gave Carillo and Cañares seven days to correct the lapse by submitting an affidavit of verification signed by the seven Abellana National High School teenagers who complained against the priest.

GUEST BLOG: The Salesians: Record Holder Pedophiles, by Joey Piscitelli

  [Decades - Fr Miani, Fr Dominguez, Bro. Martinez, Fr Whelan, Fr Dabbene, Fr Presenti, Bro. Billante (all Salesians)] - RCC. Children. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   City of Angels, By Joey Piscitelli, October 18, 2007
   "The Salesians fight every victim tooth and nail, an utter disgrace to all Catholics."
   (Editor's Note: Civil cases involving the Salesians Religious Order were not part of the $660 million settlement in LA last July. Jury trials on calendar so far regarding Salesians: Nov. 5 cases involving Father Titian Miani; January 28th cases involving former priest, Jesus Dominguez. Attorneys meet this morning for a status conference on cases involving Brother Ernie Martinez.)
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- There is no Catholic Order's abuse record that I know of that comes close to the Salesians of California. The record number of accused and convicted sex abusers from Salesians of California is by far the largest, and the longest list in the state. In addition, there is no Catholic Order that I know of that fights victims so vehemently and apparently as hatefully as the Salesians based in California.
   I attended Salesians School in Richmond California and was molested by the Vice Principal of the school, Fr. Steve Whelan. About the same time period, Fr. Bernard Dabbenne was made principal of the school, even after a complaint was made that Dabbenne was an abuser. Dabbenne was later convicted of child molestation in San Francisco. An administrator of the same school, Fr. Richard Presenti, an accused serial molester, and an admitted molester, was later made principal of a Salesian School, even after the Salesians knew Presenti was a molester. Bro. Sal Billante, head of the Boys club at the school, was also a serial molester, and was later convicted, and was later to spend several years in San Quentin.

Cardinal grew up in Castle Shannon

  - RCC. Card. DiNardo's record questioned.
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Ann Rodgers, Cindi Lash and Jonathan D. Silver, Thursday, October 18, 2007
   PENNSYLVANIA -- Boyhood friends of Cardinal-designate Daniel N. DiNardo recall a smart youngster who even at the tender age of 12 was preparing for an ecclesiastical life.
   "We would play priest together. In fact, my mother made vestments for him to play in," the Rev. Donald M. Fest of Washington, D.C., said yesterday, reminiscing about his grade school days at St. Anne School in Castle Shannon.
   "It was dreaming. It was acting on a call that we really didn't understand, but we had it in our heart that this is something we wanted to be and do." …
   At least one person spoke against the selection.
   David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said Cardinal-designate DiNardo had an "abysmal" record for dealing with clergy sex-abuse issues while serving as bishop of the Sioux City, Iowa, diocese from 1997 until 2004. He said he was "disappointed" by the selection.
   Mr. Clohessy objected to the cardinal-designate's handling of abuse allegations leveled against a priest, which dated to the 1960s, in Sioux City.

Advocacy Group Seeks Names From Catholic Diocese

  [1961-62 Haas] - RCC. Boy.
   KATV, Reporter: Anne Pressly, Posted By: Scott Munsell, 5:29pm, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
   LITTLE ROCK (AR) -- A victim's advocacy group new to Arkansas is pushing the Catholic Diocese to release names of clergy known to be abusers.
   (David Brown, Jr., Abuse Victim) "For years and years and years, I would wake up in the middle of the night and smell of a very stale, smoky breath--I was smelling the breath of my perpetrator as he was raping me. My wife would ask me, 'What's going on?' And I would say, 'Sinuses'."
   David Brown, Jr. was a student at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee when he met Reverend Paul Haas. What Brown says started as a student-teacher relationship in 1961, soon turned into the unthinkable.
   (Brown) "He abused me and raped me repeatedly. It ended in 1962. He was arrested in Centennial Park in Nashville that summer."

Sex-assault conviction is reinstated

  [1992 Niederstadt] - Baptist. Teenage girl.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Heather Ratcliffe, Oct/18/2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO) -- The conviction of a former Baptist minister from the Bootheel for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl was reinstated Wednesday after twice being overturned in state and federal appeals courts.
   The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis reversed a decision by a three-member panel of its own judges.
   At issue was whether James R. Niederstadt, 55, of Malden, Mo., could be convicted of forcible sodomy despite the fact that his victim was asleep when he fondled her in 1992.
   The teen had been entrusted to him by her parents, who were missionaries abroad. She was ill, and when she awoke to find him fondling her, he told her he had been taking her temperature, court documents say.

Ex-altar boy to fight on against Mexico cardinal

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Washington Post, Reuters, 9:33 PM, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
   MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former altar boy vowed on Wednesday to continue his legal fight against the head of Mexico City's Roman Catholic diocese despite a U.S. court's dismissal of a suit that accused the clergyman of protecting a priest wanted for sex abuse.
   A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that U.S. courts had no jurisdiction in the case against Cardinal Norberto Rivera. The lawsuit rocked the church in predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico.
   Joaquin Aguilar Mendez says he was raped in Mexico at age 13 by a priest named Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, who is wanted on multiple abuse charges in Mexico and the United States.
   He said Cardinal Rivera helped move the priest between Mexico and the United States to shield him from arrest.

Rudy Giuliani and His Moment to Stand Up for Child Sex Abuse Survivors

  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   FindLaw, By MARCI HAMILTON, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- The Republicans appear to have a tin ear for the national tragedy of widespread child sex abuse. Approximately 25% of girls and 20% of boys are sexually abused. Yet 90% of them never go to the authorities. The cost to society in healthcare (resulting from addictions, among other problems), lost productivity, and the deadweight of misery is mind-boggling. The Republicans, though, act as though it is one of those problems that will just go away. Leading Presidential contender Rudy Giuliani is merely the latest Republican to appear callous to the millions of sex abuse victims.
   As I noted in a column written a year ago, the scandal over the inappropriate actions of Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) with congressional pages tarnished not just Foley himself, but Republican leaders too. Then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and his staff failed to act on information about Foley's transgressions long before the rest of us learned about the way pages were being treated. Others who knew Foley was a potential problem, yet failed to act decisively, included House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH); John Shimkus (R-IL), head of the Page Board; Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA), whose page was involved; and Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), chair of the House Republican campaign organization.
   Over the year that has passed since then, these high-level Republicans have not been held accountable. Instead, the scandal disappeared from public view.
   The Republicans had a moment when they could have been heroes to the millions of sex abuse survivors by allying against Foley and his practices. They could have initiated commissions, done studies, and held hearings on this national problem. Instead, after throwing Foley out (as they should have), they chose business as usual.
   Is Rudy Giuliani any different? The evidence to date suggests the answer is "No."
   Rudy Giuliani Has Strong Ties to Alan Placa, Who Has Been Accused of Sex Abuse and Covering up Others' Abuse by a Suffolk County, NY, Grand Jury.

SD Diocese Sends Letters Asking For Abuse Settlement Help

  - RC pewfillers to help pay for pervert priests.
   10 News, ~ October 18, 2007
   SAN DIEGO (CA) -- San Diego Catholics may get a letter from their priest soon, asking for money to help pay the nearly $200 million settlement for alleged sexual assault victims.
   The Roman Catholic San Diego Diocese hopes to raise $25 million through the "Embracing Our Mission" campaign. Last month, the diocese agreed to settle a raft of sexual assault allegations against priests for $198.1 million.
   Bishop Robert H. Brom, in a letter dated yesterday, asked parishioners to help cover the expense "we incurred recently through compassionate outreach to our brothers and sisters who suffered sexual abuse within family of the church."

Scola: "Don Sante? Ce ne occupiamo"

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 18, 2007
   ABANO, ITALY -- The Patriarch of Venice was in Padua yesterday and tried to avoid comment about the rebel priest in Monterosso.
   Scola: "Rev Sante? We are taking care of that." "We have to accept the painful attention with which the church faces this story," he said.
   Cardinal Angelo Scola was in Padua yesterday for an intense full day of ecclesiastical appointments. He did not refrain from answering questions from journalists about the Rev. Sante Sguotti, former parish priest in Monterosso. In particular, the patriarch of Venice was asked to comment during a meeting at the theological faculty of the Triveneto about the rebellion of he priest against his diocese and the decisions taken by Bishop Antonio Mattiazzo..
   "I followed the story by reading superficially the newspapers' headlines," the cardinal answered in a first attempt to avoid the issue. Then with a group of newsmen and TV cameras which had fomed around him, he promptly added, "I believe we can't do anything but to accept the painful attention by which the local ecclesiastical authority has been facing with this story," he said.
   According to the patriarch, the diocese of Padua, which is a suffragan diocese of the Patriarchate of Venice, is looking after the case of Rev. Sante Sguotti "in full respect of the person's rights but, at the same time, in respect of the faith too," he said.

Iowans say DiNardo 'so holy and so fun'

  - RCC. Card. DiNardo's record questioned. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Des Moines Register, By ERIN JORDAN, REGISTER IOWA CITY BUREAU, October 18, 2007
   IOWA -- Catholics in the Sioux City diocese knew Daniel DiNardo -- bishop there from 1998 to 2004 -- was destined for higher leadership roles in the world's largest church.
   DiNardo, now archbishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas, was named a cardinal Wednesday.
   Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new cardinals, tapping two Americans to join the elite ranks of the "princes" of the Roman Catholic Church.
   DiNardo was praised in Sioux City partly because he took a direct approach to the issue of child sex abuse by clergy. He worked with priests and instituted programs to protect children in the future and recommended that one Sioux City diocesan priest with repeated allegations of abuse be removed from the priesthood.

Ex priest appears in court on child sex charges

  [1979-80, 1981-82, 1986-87 Rutledge*] - RCC. 2 teenagers England flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   This is Hampshire, By Clare Kennedy, ~ October 18, 2007
   UNITED KINGDOM -- A FORMER Catholic priest has appeared in court to face four charges of indecently assaulting two teenagers more than 20 years ago.
   Brian Rutledge, 68, stood in the dock at Southampton magistrates during a ten-minute hearing while the charges were read out.
   All of the allegations against Rutledge, of Waldergrove Close, Woolston, who used to work in the city, relate to the 1970s and 1980s.
   He faces one charge one charge of indecent assault between March 1979 and March 1980, one charge of indecent assault on a boy under 16 between September 1986 and September 1987 and a final charge of indecent assault between March 1981 and March 1982.

Thai boy claims abuse by Canadian suspect

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   AFP, ~ October 18, 2007
   BANGKOK, THAILAND (AFP) - Thailand issued an arrest warrant Thursday for a suspected Canadian paedophile who is the target of a global manhunt, accusing him of abusing a nine-year-old boy while trying to find a job teaching here.
   The warrant was issued for 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil, who is accused by Interpol of sexually assaulting 12 boys and posting 200 pictures of the crimes on the Internet.
   Neil was tracked to Thailand after hundreds of people around the world responded to an unprecedented global appeal from Interpol for help finding the man shown in the pictures.
   The Thai boy, who is now 13, came forward after seeing Neil's photo in the newspaper, police Lieutenant General Wimon Pao-in said.

Vatican publicly washes its dirty linen amid homosexual scandal

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Pravda (Russia), October 18, 2007
   ITALY -- As a rule, the Vatican does not wash its dirty linen in public. However, the Holy See had to comment on the latest sex scandal involving a Roman Catholic priest. A Vatican spokesman confirmed Sunday that a high-ranking priest had been suspended following his appearance on a controversial TV program in Italy earlier this month. The priest was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful during the program broadcast October 1 by La7, a private Italian television network. Several colleagues of the priest recognized his Vatican office in the background, despite the fact that his face was blurred and his voice was disguised in the footage. "I cannot deny the fact than the incident has taken place," said Father Federico Lombardi, chief spokesman for the Vatican, in a statement released on Sunday.
   It stands to reason that the Vatican was reluctant to identify the priest, but truth will out or so the saying goes. As it turned out, the priest in question is known as Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, the BBC reports. Monsignor Stenico is relatively high-ranking Vatican official. Before his coming out of the closet, Monsignor Stenico headed an office an office in the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, the main office overseeing all the world's Roman Catholic priests. Although Monsignor Stenico does not deny taking part in the controversial program, he claims he has been misunderstood. "I pretended to be gay in order to gather information about those who damage the image of the church with homosexual activity," the priest insisted in his letter posted on Petrus, a Catholic web site. "I was caught on hidden camera; otherwise I would have never said those words in the first place," Monsignor Stenico added.

International legal tussle may wait alleged pedophile

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Vancouver Sun, by Darah Hansen, Wednesday, October 17, 2007
   VANCOUVER, CANADA -- Canada's sex-tourism law could face a major legal test if federal authorities try to bring home a Maple Ridge fugitive wanted for allegedly raping children in Asia.
   Christopher Paul Neil, 32, is the subject of an international manhunt after Interpol released what appears to be a photo of Neil in connection with the rape of a dozen boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.
   Neil, a private school teacher who once aspired to be a Catholic priest, is believed to be hiding out in Thailand since disappearing from his job at an English-language school in South Korea on Oct. 11. He was caught on camera the same day at Bangkok airport, arriving from Seoul.
   Today, Thai authorities sought their own arrest warrant for Neil after a boy accused him of paying for oral sex. Immigration police at 54 Thai border posts were ordered to keep a close watch for Neil, and to scour tourist hangouts.

This cardinal cannot be sued

  - RCC. [ 1986, 1994 Aguilar Rivera] - Boys sleeping on premises. Altar boy and 7 other boys. [ 1986, 1994 onwards - Cardinals Rivera Carrera, Mahony] - Complicity? United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Mexico flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   California Catholic Daily, ~ October 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City will not be tried in a Los Angeles court on civil charges of conspiring with Los Angeles church officials to protect a priest who allegedly molested a Mexican youth. On Oct. 16, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle said he lacked jurisdiction in the case.
   The lawsuit, filed by Joaquin Mendez, 26, says that in the late 1980s, Rivera, then bishop of Tehuacan, Mexico, conspired with Cardinal Roger Mahony to protect Father Nicolas Aguilar, a priest Rivera sent to the Los Angeles archdiocese. Mahony received Aguilar into the archdiocese after receiving a Jan. 27, 1987 letter in which Rivera wrote that the priest was suffering from "family problems and ill health." Rivera claims he sent Mahony a subsequent letter on March 23, 1987 giving "a brief report on the priest's homosexual problems." Mahony has said he received the first but not the second letter.
   Jeff Anderson, Mendez's attorney, told the October 2006 Los Angeles Mission that "homosexual problems" is code for "a history of sexual abuse."
   Rivera's attorney, Steve Selsberg, says the evidence shows that Rivera did not know Aguilar had been allegedly molesting children when he sent him to Los Angeles. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 18, 2007 9:16 AM]

Aarrrgggh sometimes you've just got to rant and rave

  - RCC and the Salesians. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   City of Angels, By Kay Ebeling, ~ October 18, 2007
   LOS ANGELES (CA) -- With teeth clenched I snarl into the phone, "Who gives a sh--, what the f-- difference does it make." Same reaction I've had every time someone's pointed out an error in logic from a recent blog, as the Salesians are, in fact, not totally part of the Catholic Church. (See EXTRA: Salesians not part of Catholic Church, Oct. 14) Then in that Catholic tone of voice begins the lecture on hierarchy and the difference between a brother and a priest --
   And I'm snarling into the phone. "I don't care if he's a brother or a priest or a monk or a bishop, AND do you think the mom who's kid got raped cares if he's called a priest or a brother?" Alarmed at my own level of rage I stop and look at it more closely. "Because no matter what, the conversation then veers off and you're talking about the hierarchy of the church and who reports to who and you're not talking about the real problem, the pedophile priests."
   "So cut through the crap?"
   "Yeah, Cut through the crap." I shout so loud the neighbors suddenly get quiet.
   Once a week anger management doesn't seem to be enough for me these days as I do research on sex crimes in the Catholic Church. I contemplate the wrestling team in a Pittsburgh Catholic School, a very expensive Catholic school by the way, where parents were sacrificing a lot to pay the tuition, and the boys took part in the wrestling team in some cases because their parents thought it was healthy and good for the soul. And the wrestling instructor, a Catholic priest, kept the kids after class for orgy like parties fueled with liquor and drugs. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 PM]

Diocese responds to Arkansas chapter of SNAP

  - Various religions. SNAP.
   ARKANSAS -- Arkansas Catholic Published: October 18, 2007
   Representatives of the advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a press conference near Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock Oct. 17.
   They announced the opening of a SNAP chapter in Arkansas and asked the Diocese of Little Rock to release the names of all priests who have ever served in Arkansas that have been accused of sexual abuse.
   This request was also made in an open letter to Msgr. J. Gaston Hebert, diocesan administrator, the same day. The letter was also posted on the organization's Web site www.freewebs.com/snapark.
   SNAP has held similar press conferences in recent weeks, seeking to compile a list of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors and "vulnerable adults."

Suspected Pedophile Studied At Seminary

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Mission City Record, By Sheena Jackson, Black Press, Oct 18 2007
   CANADA -- The lead suspect in an international pedophile investigation studied in Mission to be a priest.
   Thai police named Christopher Paul Neil, a 32-year-old Canadian formerly of Maple Ridge, as a suspected pedophile who allegedly appears in 200 Internet images abusing young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.
   Neil attended The Seminary of Christ the King in Mission as a student from 1995 to 1999, Father Abbot John confirmed.
   After he completed his arts studies, he chose to discontinue further studies for the priesthood.
   "We are only just learning about the details of this story as it develops," said Father John. "These are serious allegations of a most reprehensible conduct. Our hearts go out to the victims of all such crimes."

Vatican Sex Sting

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Told young "gay" man gay sex not sinful. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Newsweek, Newsweek Web Exclusive, Updated 10:06 AM ET, Oct 18, 2007
   ITALY -- It's another story the Vatican could have done without. A high-ranking church official in Rome is caught by a hidden camera making what appear to be advances to another man. The scenes, in which the priest questions the Roman Catholic church's teaching on homosexuality, are then broadcast on Italian television.
   That's the position the Vatican, still trying to deal with the long-running fallout from pedophile priests, finds itself in after the official, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico–who has responsibility for matters relating to the clergy–was filmed during an encounter with a youth he was reported to have met on a gay Internet chat room.
   The priest invited the young man to his office after work hours and, during the course of their conversation on homosexuality, started complimenting the youth on his appearance. The young man told the priest he was "about to commit something with me that is a sin in the eyes of God." Stenico, 60, replied: "No, I don't consider it a sin." When the youth questioned how the priest could ignore the church's teaching that homosexual acts are sinful, the priest cut short the meeting and showed him the door–but not before placing his hand on the back of his leg and saying, "You're so hot." The priest asked his guest not to talk with anyone on the way out. …
   The case has raised questions about the extent of homosexuality in the Vatican. Those who dismiss Stenico's explanation believe the priest may be part of a small "underground" gay community of Vatican officials. Some officials readily admit such a community exists, but according to one, "it's not a formal network through which they are able to protect themselves." Others have long regarded Rome as a haven for gay priests, sent to the Vatican because they would not survive in a parish. "Rome's famous for it," said one parish priest in Italy who asked not to be named. "They've got to go somewhere, and so are given something innocuous to do in Rome." For some, that perception was underscored last year, when a senior ranking monsignor was involved in a high-speed police chase after being pulled over in a Rome district known for male prostitution.

Church Members May Seek Legal Action After Pastor Arrested

  [~ 2000s Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 8 women. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Fox 12, ~ October 18, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. -- Several members of a local church said they'll take legal action after their pastor was arrested on rape charges.
   Sergio Alvarizarez was transferred from Clark County to the Multnomah County Jail Thursday morning after his arrest on Monday.
   Police said they linked Alvarizarez, 38, to the sexual assault of eight women who are associated with his church, Casa Del Padre Church. …
   FOX 12 has learned that several members of the congregation are hiring an attorney to try and get back their church donations.

Parish council releases statement about Gondek situation

  1960 Gondek*] - RCC. Boy. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   LEXINGTON (NC) -- The Dispatch, ~ October 18, 2007
   The Diocese of Charlotte of the Roman Catholic Church issued the following statement today on behalf of the parish council of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Lexington. The church's pastor, Father Al Gondek, has been placed on administrative leave after a Delaware man alleged sexual misconduct by Gondek 47 years ago. Check The Dispatch tonight for a full story.
   The parish family of Our Lady of the Rosary Church was shocked and saddened to hear of the allegations made recently against our pastor, Fr. Al Gondek. Fr. Al has denied these allegations. We understand that The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the Catholic Church necessitates his being placed on administrative leave during the investigation. However, we miss him greatly and support him wholeheartedly. We hope that these allegations will be investigated quickly and his good name restored.
   Fr. Al's nine years as our pastor have been characterized by a desire for unity, and he has worked tirelessly to energize our parish for greater spiritual growth, community involvement, and personal interaction. Perhaps nowhere is his vision of unity more obvious than in our Hispanic community. Fr. Al has become a strong advocate for Hispanics, even learning Spanish in his spare time. He has been a driving force behind the Latino Roundtable and served as an effective liaison between Hispanics and the local community. The entire Hispanic congregation wishes to express their gratitude for Father's efforts on their behalf. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM]
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Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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Pastor sentenced in molestation of 13-year-old boy

  [2007 Dew -NEW*] - Praise Tabernacle Church founder. 15yrs to life prison. Boy. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Sacramento Bee, www.sacbee. com/101/story/ 443719.html , By Crystal Carreon, Published 4:32 pm PDT Friday, October 19, 2007
   SACRAMENTO (CA) -- In a Sacramento County courtroom teeming with parishioners, a south Sacramento pastor was ordered Friday to serve up to a life sentence in prison for molesting a 13-year-old boy at a Meadowview library in the spring.
   Frederick Deshawn Dew was sentenced to 15-years-to-life for the aggravated sexual assault of the child on March 8; Dew was also sentenced to an additional seven years for molesting the child.
   Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny handed down the sentence after a morning hearing where Dew addressed the court, with his church supporters seated behind him.
   The founder and pastor of Praise Tabernacle church on 44th Street, expressed sympathy for the victim and his family, but maintained that he was innocent of any crime. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 PM]

Charity director in Half Moon Bay charged with soliciting sex

  [2007 Mr Niece*] - RCC. Woman.
   San Francisco Chronicle, by John Coté, Thursday, October 18, 2007
   HALF MOON BAY (CA) -- The director of a Half Moon Bay charity has been charged with a misdemeanor count of soliciting prostitution for allegedly offering a woman $500 to have sex with him after she asked him for help finding a job, prosecutors said Wednesday.
   Michael David Niece pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court through his attorney. Niece was not present in court, and an answering machine message at the Half Moon Bay home he shares with his wife indicated they were on a pilgrimage in Italy.
   Niece, 65, co-founder and director of the Coastside Catholic Worker charity, is accused of offering to pay a 35-year-old woman for sex after she went to him in August for help finding a job, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Priest Abuse Lawsuit Settled

  [1958 - 1980s Bro. Mueller* (Marianist)] - RCC. Boys.
   KTVI, By JIM SALTER, Associated Press Writer, ~ October 19, 2007
   ST. LOUIS (MO), (KTVI - myFOXstl.com) -- A St. Louis County man who said he was sexually abused by a Vianney High School principal in the mid-1980s has settled a lawsuit with the Roman Catholic religious order that operates the school.
   The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, announced the settlement Friday. Bryan Bacon, 37, of Kirkwood, will receive $160,000 from the Marianist Province of the United States, based in St. Louis.
   The lawsuit is among several alleging wrongdoing by William Mueller, an ex-cleric who worked at several Catholic schools, including Vianney and two others in the St. Louis area.
   Mueller, 71, now lives in San Antonio. A telephone listing for him could not be found. Calls to his attorney's office went unanswered.

Adoption Files Unsealed in Local Greek Priest Investigation

  [2000s Graff*] - Greek Orthodox. Male teen.
   First Coast News, By Jackelyn Barnard, ~ October 19, 2007
   JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Court records involving a First Coast Priest who tried to adopt one of his parishioners have been released.
   The file was sealed until Thursday afternoon, after the boy's family's petition was granted by a judge to have the file unsealed.
   First Coast News obtained the file exclusively on Friday.
   According to court records, the petition for adoption for the boy was filed by The Very Reverend Nicholas Graff in August 2005.
   Graff was the priest at the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church for the last 17 years. Church members say he retired from the post in June.
   Graff states in his petition that he desired to adopt the young man and that, "I have enjoyed a parental relationship with him for the past seven years and wish to legally adopt him as my child and heir." Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM

Seized: How 'Swirly' Paedophile Worked With Boys All His Life

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Daily Express, By Andrew Drummond in Bangkok and Cyril Dixon in London, ~ October 19, 2007
   THAILAND -- THE world's most wanted paedophile was paraded in public yesterday after a global manhunt traced him to a remote bolthole in Thailand.
   Christopher Neil, 32, was flown to Bangkok and put in front of the cameras by police after a tip-off led to his arrest.
   Neil – nicknamed Vico – became the focus of an international search after images of him abusing children were posted on the internet with his face digitally disguised into a "swirl" pattern.
   Yesterday, as Thai police warned he faces up to 20 years in jail, details of Neil's sinister double life emerged, including his work with children as a teacher and chaplain.
   Family and friends described Neil as an ordinary Canadian from a respectable family who had trained as a priest. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 PM]

Group Wants Diocese To Name Accused Priests

  - RCC.
   WAPT, ~ October 19, 2007
   JACKSON, Miss. -- A group is asking the Diocese Of Jackson to name priests accused of sex abuse.
   Members of SNAP, or the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the Jackson diocese should do more to prevent sexual abuse by priests.
   They claim priests who have been accused of abuse but never convicted of sex abuse have been transferred to other dioceses around the country, including Jackson.
   "They are on no lists anywhere because they have not been prosecuted because the bishops have stalled and stalled until the statutes of limitations have run out," SNAP regional director Ann Brentwood said. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 PM

Support grows for St. Andrew's sex abuse memorial

  - RCC.
   Jamaica Plain Gazette, By JOHN RUCH, October 19, 2007
   FOREST HILLS (MA)– The mother of local children sexually abused years ago by a St. Andrew the Apostle Church priest is attempting to get the site officially landmarked as a permanent monument to the abuse crisis.
   Besides preserving the actual building, which is up for redevelopment, Maryetta Dussourd also hopes to see some sort of victims' memorial at the site. The ideas remain vague, ranging from a monument to a museum.
   There are possible sources for inspiration. A monument to survivors of priest abuse was established in 2004 at a still-functioning Catholic church in northern New Jersey. That monument–dramatically shaped like the proverbial millstone around one's neck–was the first of its kind in the nation and possibly the world.
   Another survivors' monument was set up in April at an Iowa church. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Providence Diocese

  [35yrs - 125 clergy of Providence Diocese] - RCC. Children.
   WPRI, ~ October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A national research organization says it has shocking new allegations against the Providence Diocese.
   The group, including three people who say they were victims of clergy sexual abuse, are holding a news conference Friday afternoon.
   They are demanding a full investigation into the diocese after they say church officials admitted 125 priests have been accused of sexual misconduct in the last 35 years. That's a number much higher than had previously been reported. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Canadian accused of internet sex crimes also under investigation in B.C.

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, ~ October 19, 2007
   CANADA -- Christopher Neil, a Canadian arrested in Thailand on suspicion of sexually abusing young boys, is under investigation in B.C., the province's attorney general has confirmed.
   Wally Oppal said the RCMP has received several claims from residents of Metro Vancouver alleging they were abused by Neil, although no charges have been laid in Canada.
   The police investigation in this country is active and has been going on for some time, Oppal said.
   "The RCMP is investigating," said Oppal, "They have sent material over to our office and the criminal justice branch will determine whether or not charges will be laid. But I can safely say that's the direction in which we are now moving."

Gays face fallout after Cornwall paedo witchhunt

  - Claims were "fiction." Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Capital Xtra, by Claude McIntosh / Friday, October 19, 2007
  CORNWALL, Canada – Hollywood scriptwriters would have been hardpressed to come up with a more intriguing plot: a paedophile ring with a membership list of prominent citizens holding wild sex orgies in a secluded cottage a few miles east of this quiet community of 46,000.
   The ring was said to include a Roman Catholic bishop, priests, the Cornwall police chief, other high-ranking police officers, a probation officer, a Crown attorney and some of the community's leading businessmen.
   Vulnerable boys, some as young as 10 years old, were, so the story went, lured to the den of iniquity with gifts and money. The clan used them as personal sex toys with rituals that included men clad in white sheets lusting after their naked, young prey who had candles inserted into their rectums.
   The ring operated with impunity for years, thanks to a membership that included people in positions of power. …
   Leroux's testimony was indeed shocking – but not because it exposed a clan of paedophiles.
   Instead, Leroux, under questioning by inquiry counsel Peter Engelmann came clean.
   The paedophile clan story was made up. A piece of fiction, he said. In fact, many of the people he named in his affidavit were his friends. Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Documents List Previously Unknown Priest Abuse Allegations

  [1950-2002 Providence Diocese] - RCC. 125 clergy accused since 1971, 56 since 1950. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Turn to 10, October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- An advocacy group for church sex-abuse victims said Friday that newly revealed court documents suggest the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has been less than forthcoming about the number of priests accused of sexual misconduct.
   Members of BishopAccountabilty.org passed out copies of the documents near Providence Superior Court.
   The group said the documents show 125 priests in the diocese were accused of sexual abuse since 1971. In 2004, the diocese reported 56 cases of sexual abuse since the 1950s.
   Advocates for alleged sex-abuse victims called for state and federal investigations.
   Judge Netti Vogel ordered the documents released during a court case last year. The diocese told NBC 10 that the court's order was broader and covered a different time frame, which accounts for the difference in numbers.

R.I. priests' abuse cases double, report says

  [1950-2002 Providence Diocese] - RCC. 125 clergy accused since 1971, 56 since 1950.
   Providence Journal, By Tom Mooney, October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence acknowledged in a court document of having more than twice as many priests accused of sexual misconduct in recent decades than it had ever publicly acknowledged, claimed a national group yesterday that tracks cases of sexual abuse by priests.
   The revelation, said the group BishopAccountability.org, came in a case filed by one alleged victim, Christopher Young, which is now before the state Supreme Court.
   In a January document explaining why the diocese couldn't produce all the records asked for, church lawyers said the request was unduly burdensome because since 1971 it had heard allegations "in one way or another" against about 125 priests.
   In a 2004 report – part of national survey on priest sexual abuse following the scandal that broke in Boston – the Providence diocese reported that 56 priests had been accused of sexual abuse between 1950 and 2002.

Report: No. of R.I. priests accused of sex abuse doubles

  [1950-2002 Providence Diocese] - RCC. 125 clergy accused since 1971, 56 since 1950.
   Providence Journal, ~ October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- The Diocese of Providence has admitted that more than twice as many priests as originally reported have been accused of sexual misconduct against children in the last 35 years, according to a national group that tracks such cases.
   The Diocese of Providence has admitted that more than twice as many priests as originally reported have been accused of sexual misconduct against children in the last 35 years, according to a national group that tracks such cases.
   The revelation, said the group BishopAccountability.org, came in a case filed by one alleged victim. In a January document explaining why it couldn't produce all the records asked for, the church said the request was "unduly burdensome'' because since 1971 it had heard allegations against 125 priests, said the group.
   According to Anne Doyle, codirector of the group, the church had previously said it had heard allegations against 56 priests since 1950.

Suspended Vatican Priest Draws Up List of Homosexual Bishops and Clerics

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Said homosexuality not sinful; now has list of gay clergy. Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   AHN, by Gerlie Anobong, ~ October 19, 2007
   VATICAN CITY (AHN) -- A high profile Vatican cleric dismissed after he was exposed on broadcast media making advances to a young man apparently had a list of homosexual priests and bishops in the Roman Catholic Church's principal body, reports said on Friday.
   Sixty-year-old Father Tommaso Stenico had "a detailed dossier" of all the homosexual Vatican clerics with a list of names and incidents involving these priests and bishops working at the Curia, according to a reporter in the news weekly.
   Stenico, who was also engaged in a Catholic television station Telepace, drew up the said list out of disgruntlement at having waited in a long period to be honoured as bishop.

Creep of the Week: Monsignor Tommaso Stenico

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Said homosexuality not sinful; now has list of gay clergy.
   PrideSource, By D'Anne Witkowski, (Issue 1542 - Between The Lines News), Originally printed Oct/18/2007
   "There's a man who leads a life of danger.
   To everyone he meets he stays a stranger…"

   ITALY -- Monsignor Tommaso Stenico, a high-ranking Vatican official, is under fire after being caught on tape putting the moves on a young man and insisting that gay sex wasn't sinful.
   But he can explain. He was just pretending to be gay. You know, to help the church get rid of people who actually are.
   "With every move he makes,
   another chance he takes…"

   This pretending, Stenico told La Repubblica, was done "to better understand this mysterious and faraway world which, by the fault of a few people -- among them some priests -- is doing so much harm to the church."

Parish Predators: Are Daniel DiNardo and Juan Carlos Patino-Arango Cut from the Same Cloth?

  [1960s + McFadden] - RCC. Child. Card. DiNardo's record questioned. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Houston Press, 01:34:53 PM, Fri Oct 19, 2007
   HOUSTON (TX) -- The wet blankets over at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests have issued a statement about Texas's first cardinal. Seems that every time the Catholics want to have fun and build multi-million dollar cathedrals while at the same time paying Vinson & Elkins to drag victims' names through the mud, those SNAP sad-sacks have to bring up that nasty old molestation stuff.
   The latest whining involves Daniel DiNardo, who came out of left field (actually, Sioux City, Iowa) to become the first cardinal from the South. Citing a 2002 article in the Des Moines Register, a SNAP statement claims that DiNardo - who became the Sioux City Diocese's bishop in 1997 - failed to report a priest accused of child molestation to parishioners or police.
   According to the Register story, the Rev. George McFadden was forced into retirement and treatment in 1992, "immediately after the first allegations of sexual abuse were made against him."
   However, McFadden was not formally suspended until 2002, five years after DiNardo become bishop. The story quotes DiNardo as saying "In retrospect, as we look back, we would say that even that limited activity … is not indicated for someone who has abused minors….I can only say that it was wrong."
   David Clohessy, national director of St. Louis-based SNAP, told the Houston Press this morning, "Most bishops have tried to defend the indefensible by feigning ignorance and saying 'Gee, in the '70s and '80s we simply didn't understand pedophilia. Well, you know, this case…was in the 90s, right?….Middle schoolers during this time period knew that child sexual abuse was a crime and should be reported to police. But DiNardo never called 911."

Thomas J. Tobin's Petition for Writ of Certiorari

  [1950-2002 Providence Diocese] - RCC. 125 clergy accused since 1971, 56 since 1950.
   BishopAccountability.org , ~ October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- This publicly filed petition by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence provides a new and shocking admission regarding the diocese's total number of accused priests. Tobin filed the petition in January 2007 to overturn a judge's order that the diocese release abuse documents in a civil case. To show that the plaintiff's request for documents (see "List each incident …") is "unduly burdensome," Tobin explains in the petition that the diocese has known of 125 accused priests between 1971 and 2006 (see "With respect to the interrogatory…").
   After the judge restricted the files to just those involving allegations of child rape and/or intimate sexual contact with a child (see "She did, however, modify …"), Tobin says, he was able to reduce his accused priest tally to 95 (see "By November 1, 2006 when …"). But this modified order would still require him to review and copy 100,000 to 130,000 pages (see "The affidavits and motion …"). Finally, Tobin argues, the documents aren't even relevant – they won't support the plaintiff's attempt to show that when he was abused in 1981, the diocese was routinely mismanaging abusers. That's because, Tobin says, before 1981, the diocese knew of only one bad priest (see "Analysis of the interrogatory …").
   Tobin's admission of 125 accused priests since 1971 is more than twice the total announced by the Providence diocese in 2004.

What I've Been Thinking

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   OC Blog, ~ October 19, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- A reader commented regarding yesterday's Frank Mickadeit column asked, "What were you thinking, Jubal?"
   An excellent and appropriate question.
   I've been thinking about a number of things these past couple of weeks that I've been involved in Friends of Monsignor John. First off, I want to express again how sorry I am about posting the unredacted deposition and Memorandum of Understanding from the recent settlement, and ask the forgiveness of those victims whose names are in them. I posted the deposition so people could read it for themselves and draw their own conclusions, rather than rely on third-hand accounts - but I had no intention of making the names public. I didn't say to myself, "Oh, it doesn't matter that there are victims names in the depo." Mentally, I just didn't think about the names being in there. And the moment it was brought to my attention, I took it down.
   I made a mistake and I am deeply, sincerely sorry for it.
   Monsignor Urell is my pastor. He's been there for me and my family when we've needed him, and when I learned he'd broken down and been hospitalized, I wanted to be there for him. That's why I'm part of Friends of Monsignor Urell (and to clarify some misconceptions in the media, neither John Hanna or I founded the group, and we are the only active politicos in it).

Jubal Speaks

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada.
   Orange County Weekly, Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra, Main, 9:58 AM, October 19, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- Nearly a week after posting an unredacted deposition revealing the names of six Orange diocese sex abuse victims, Friends of Monsignor John Urell webmaster Matt "Jubal" Cunningham posted a lengthy apology on his powerful, widely read OC Blog. Cunningham's mea culpa is rather extraordinary in that his previous commentaries about the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal antagonized sex-abuse survivors and their supporters with his spin for Urell, the Orange diocese's former person in charge of investigation sex-abuse claims who didn't do the greatest of jobs.
   "There were faithful, hurt Catholics who came to the Diocese for help and were treated as potential legal liabilities rather than members of the flock to be shepherded and cared for," wrote Cunningham. "And in my heart, I can't account for that. It saddens and angers me they were treated that way, and I believe victims have every right to seek recompense from the Church and the Church has an obligation to make amends to victims of abuse by its clergy and employees."

SCOOP DI "CHI"

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 19, 2007
   ITALY -- After the weekly magazine "Visto" and now the weekly magazine "Chi", tabloids are filling their pages with photos of Tamara Vecil, the alleged lover of the priest in love. Newspaper stands yesterday had the latest issue of "Chi" which featured photographic reportage about "the woman of the priest."
   The photos were taken by some paparazzi who for days without stop were positioned with powerful telecameras at Lovertino, part of the Albettone in Vincenza province near the border with the Padua province. They were waiting for the woman to get out of "her" home, which is really Don Sante Sguotti's home.
   The patience of the photographers was rewarded on Tuesday when they got the prize. The woman left her home to go to the hairdresser. She would never have thought that such a normal errand would have cost her tens of photographs in one of the major weekly magazines in Italy.
   She made a good face to foul play and went on her way for the appointment at the hairdresser's salon.
   The "Chi" photo service announced existence of the photos on Wednesday evening at "Studio Aperto" where some of the photographs were shown.

Oral Roberts president asks to take leave after accusations of improprieties

  [Roberts] United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Religion News Blog, AP, via the Boston Herald, USA, Oct. 17, 2007
   TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts asked the school's board of regents for a leave of absence Wednesday amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.
   The 58-year-old son of the evangelist who founded the school said he would continue in his role as chairman and chief executive of Oral Roberts Ministries.
   "I don't know how long this leave of absence will last, but I fully trust the members of the Board of Regents," Roberts said in a statement released by the university. "I pray and believe that in God's timing, and when the Board feels that it is appropriate, I will be back at my post as president."

Suspended Catholic cleric has Vatican gay list -- report

  [- 2007 Mons. Stenico*] - RCC. Said homosexuality not sinful; now has list. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Vatican City / Papal flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Inquirer, Agence France-Presse, Last updated 11:16pm (Mla time) Oct/19/2007
   ROME, ITALY -- A high profile Vatican cleric suspended after he was shown on television making advances to a young man allegedly had a list of homosexual priests and bishops in the Roman Catholic Church's governing body, Italy's Panorama weekly reported Friday.
   Father Tommaso Stenico, 60, had "a detailed dossier" of all the homosexual clerics at Vatican "with a list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia," Ignazio Ingrao, reporter for the conservative news weekly said.
   Stenico also sent his superior Cardinal Claudio Hummes a report denouncing the moral degradation within the Curia, which could make the Vatican "tremble," Ingrao said.
   According to Panorama, Stenico, who also worked for a Catholic television station Telepace and owns a white BMW car, also drew up the list out of resentment at having waited so long to be named a bishop.

La Curia processa don Sante per atti impuri

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 19, 2007
   ITALY -- The rebel parish priest has gone beyond any limit. Church officials have started a penal administrative procedure.
   The curia is trying Rev. Sante Sguotti for having committed impure acts.
   It is alleged that he violated the sixth commandment, refused obedience to his superior and incited his parishioners to disobey the bishop.
   From Mount Sinai to Monterosso, the commandments make the rebel priest tremble. To ruin his day yesterday, he received a letter from the curia notifying him of the "starting of the penal administrative trial." Rev. Sguotto at 11 a.m. today will have to appear at the curia to explain his reasons.
   The trial has been started for scandal in "de sexto" matter, meaning it is about the sixth commandment [by RC numbering] that forbids impure acts, for having disobeyed a legitimate superior and for having "incited to disobedience against the bishop."
   These are grave accusations in which Rev. Sante will have to bow his head. The curia in using the sixth acommandement, is saying that it believes the love between Rev. Sante and Tamara (or Laura as the priest calls her) has never been as platonic as he says.
   This is the allegation but as for penance, the priest risks his right to say Mass and be, as it's said in technical terms, "reduced to the lay status." To sum it up, the risk is the former parish priest of Monterosso could also be transformed into a "former priest."
   Rev. Sante's view of the curia does not soften. "The bishop behaves like an absolute tyrant. He only wants to impose his power," the priest eplained. The harsh judgment is extended to the Rev. Giovanni Brusegan, whom he met a few days ago.
   "I found him very angry at me. He accused me of unduly influencing the minds of many people at Monterosso. Then he said I was a hypocrite and a liar," he said. This is very different behavior from one usually seen in Rev. Brusegan.
   No one knows now what the former parish priest is going to do. If he will go to the curia to explain his reasons or if he'll ignore once more the invitation-imposition of the bishop, we will find out during the day. It is sure Rev. Sante does not seem to be frightened even by this trial.
   "The representation of my person by those who want to harm me makes me even appear better than I am for it is their malevolence which made me a personage in the media and on TV," he said. Welcome then to this new decree, the priest said, "I'll be forced to become more famous!"
   If predictions of the rebel priest come, we will have to get accustomed to his presence at Buona Domenica and other TV shows.

City prosecutor takes over case vs Fr. Ben

  [~ 2000s Ejares*] - RCC. Toying with bras. Girls. Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Cebu Daily News, By Nilda Gallo, Last updated 11:54am (Mla time), Oct/19/2007
   PHILIPPINES -- Cebu City Prosecutor Nicholas Sellon will be taking over the case of Fr. Benedicto Ejares, who is accused of acts of lasciviousness filed by seven high school students.
   Sellon yesterday acted on the two motions filed by their lawyers, Gerardo Carillo and Butch Cañares. One motion was to overturn the decision of two prosecutors who recommended that the case against Ejares be dropped. The other motion was for the same two prosecutors to inhibit themseleves from resolving the motion.
   While Sellon denied the motion for inhibition filed against Assistant Prosecutor Alexander Acosta and Reviewing Prosecutor Fernando Gubalane, he would resolve the motion to overturn anyway, since both Acosta and Gubalane voluntarily inhibited themselves from the case, "to dispel any doubt of bias or prejudgment."
   Sellon said there was nothing in the case's records that would show that Acosta and Gubalane had done anything irregular that would merit their inhibition.

Catholic lay group to meet in Providence

  - RCC. VOTF. Rev. McBrien to speak. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Boston Globe, October 19, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A Catholic lay group formed after the priest sex abuse scandal will hold its convention in Providence this year.
   Voice of the Faithful is gathering Friday and Saturday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
   Among the guest speakers is noted theologian Richard McBrien, whose keynote address will open the convention.

Anglican bishop suspends abuse investigation

  - Anglicans. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Globe and Mail By MICHAEL VALPY October 19, 2007
   CANADA -- Anglican officials yesterday put in limbo their inquiry into abuse allegations against two priests who were headmasters of a now-closed private school in Eastern Ontario - angering several former students who accused the church of trying to protect itself from legal action.
   The announcement by the bishop of the diocese in which Grenville Christian College was located near Brockville came two days after a Toronto law firm sent notices to the diocese, the school and one of the former headmasters, saying it represented a group of former students considering civil action.
   Bishop George Bruce interviewed about 40 former students of the school who claimed they variously experienced physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the school.
   He informed them by e-mail yesterday that he had been advised by legal counsel to suspend his investigation until "a possible Ontario Provincial Police investigation arising from similar allegations against the individuals you had complained about as well as the possibility of a civil class-action lawsuit … are resolved."

Aitkens join Cunningham in Urell support

  [Mons Urell*] - RCC. Years - Permitted transfers. 2007 Crossed to Canada. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Orange County Register, By FRANK MICKADEIT, Register columnist, fmickadeit@ocregister.com , ~ October 19, 2007
   ORANGE COUNTY (CA) -- The interesting alliance of liberal and conservative local political leaders involved in aiding a top Catholic priest continues to grow, with the significant addition of Democratic honcho Wylie Aitken's law firm.
   Wylie's son and partner, Darren Aitken, faxed a letter to victims' attorney John Manly this week saying he now represents conservative blogger Matt Cunningham and that he could find "no legal prohibitions on third parties possessing or publishing" the documents Cunningham posted that revealed the names of sexual-abuse victims.
   To catch you up: Republican activist Cunningham, former O.C. Democratic Party Chairman John Hanna (as well as south-county political and communications consultant Meg Waters) last week formed "The Friends of Monsignor John Urell." Their intent: to support the popular pastor and one-time diocesan official who had a mental breakdown during a deposition in July and about a month later was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Canada. Bishop Tod Brown is facing contempt-of-court-allegations that he deliberately sent Urell away so he couldn't testify in a sexual-abuse case.

Canadian pedophile arrested in Thailand

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   PR-Inside, AP, 06:24:42, October 19, 2007
   BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - The Canadian schoolteacher who has become the world's most wanted suspected pedophile was arrested by police Friday in northeastern Thailand, police said. "Bingo! We've got him," police Maj. Gen. Wimol Powintara told The Associated Press.
   The suspect, 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil, was arrested in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima and was expected to be brought to the capital, Bangkok, later in the day, Wimol said. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Fri October 19, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

#### Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker, www.bishop- accountability. org/ abuse tracker , Sat October 20, 2007 edition:


Judging Giuliani by the company he keeps

  [Placa] - RCC. United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Carpetbagger Report, www.thecarpet baggerreport. com/archives/ 13305.html , ~ October 20, 2007
   UNITED STATES -- Last week, after Bernie Kerik's legal troubles got worse, Rudy Giuliani vowed to "check more carefully" into the background of his associated from now on.
   How's that working out? Not too well.
   The man named yesterday by the Giuliani campaign to a law enforcement outreach campaign post in Minnesota was forced to resign a government job in 2004 when proof surfaced that he'd admitted to repeatedly using the word "nigger" in the past, Election Central has learned. …
   * Alan Placa was accused by a grand jury report of sexually abusing children, as well as helping cover up the sexual abuse of children by other priests. Giuliani then put Placa, his life-long friend, on the payroll of Giuliani Partners. (Adds Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks suspected priest abuse, "I think Rudy Giuliani has to account for his friendship with a credibly accused child molester.") [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 20, 2007 3:24 PM]

Ncube adultery case takes new twist

  [2006-07 Archbishop Ncube*] - RCC. Document dates questioned. Married woman. Zimbabwe flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   ZimDaily, by Caroline Murapa, October 20, 2007
   BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE - The adultery lawsuit against disgraced former Archbishop Pius Ncube took a new twist this week after lawyers representing Onesimus Sibanda were compelled to withdraw heads of argument they had filed last month, Zimdaily has learnt.
   The heads of argument were filed under case number HC1883/07 following the cleric's court application which sought to compel Sibanda to reveal specific details concerning the adultery allegations that Ncube stands accused of committing.
   Advocate Nicholas Mathonsi who represents Ncube in a letter addressed to Munyaradzi Nzarayapenga, Sibanda's lawyer, copied to the High Court Registrar and dated 21 September wrote:
   "We notice that on 12 September 2007, you filed heads of arguments in this matter. We wish to bring to your attention that the said heads of arguments were filed prematurely given that our notice of opposition was only filed on 27 September 2007.

Review: Fear, sex are driving forces within Children of God cult

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   San Francisco Chronicle, by Mary D'Ambrosio, Friday, October 19, 2007
   Jesus Freaks -- A Story of Murder and Madness on the Evangelical Edge -- By Don Lattin
   CALIFORNIA -- You couldn't beat it for tabloid fodder: Anointed prophet of a secretive evangelical mission-cum-sex cult slits the throat of an ex-nanny, and then kills himself, in protest against the cult leaders, his parents, for years of sex abuse he says he and many other children suffered. And he made a video first.
   "My question is, you know, what about these [expletive] perverts? You know - aren't they the real terrorists?" suggested Richard Peter Rodriguez, 29, methodically loading bullets into the clip of his Glock 23 on a table crowded with other weaponry.
   "Terrorizing little kids. Driving them to suicide. Isn't that like murdering them, basically? You [expletive] with their minds so much that they can't go on. They really can't go on."
   Don Lattin, the former religion reporter for The Chronicle and one of the nation's foremost writers on alternative religion, had already written about this '60s cult, Children of God, in his Chronicle series "Children of a Lesser God," and his book about child survivors of cults, "Following Our Bliss."

'Orsmond was jealous of the boys'

  [Orsmond]
   IOL, By Kashiefa Ajam, 12:23PM, October 20 2007
   SOUTH AFRICA -- A former Boys Town staffer says it was an "open secret" that the late Catholic Bishop of Johannesburg, Reginald Orsmond, had allowed boys to sleep in his room.
   This comes after at least three ex-students accused Orsmond, the founder of Boys Town, of sexual molestation.
   The woman staffer, whose identity is known to Weekend Argus, said this week that nobody had ever thought it unusual for the boys to sleep in Orsmond's room - but when pop star Michael Jackson was accused of molesting young boys, she had realised the boys might have been abused.
   "It was the 1970s; it never occurred to us," she said. "All of the staff was aware of this. At the time I didn't realise there was any harm in it.

Accused priest to plead guilty in theft case

  [~ 1990s-2000s Rodis] - RCC. US$1m gone. Has wife and children too. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  Philippines flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Richmond Times-Dispatch, By TOM CAMPBELL, October 20, 2007
   LOUISA COUNTY (VA) -- The Rev. Rodney L. Rodis, the retired Roman Catholic priest accused of stealing $500,000 from his Louisa County parishioners, will plead guilty next week rather than go to trial.
   U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams has canceled the bench trial that was to start Thursday. He scheduled a plea-agreement hearing for Rodis at 2 p.m. Friday.
   The agreement with prosecutors had not been filed yesterday. Rodis' initial plea was not guilty when he was arraigned Sept. 6.
   Rodis, 51, was indicted by a federal grand jury Aug. 21 on 13 counts -- eight of mail fraud, two of wire fraud and three of money laundering. The indictment alleges that Rodis wired $515,231 in embezzled money to addresses in the Philippines, his native country.

Merrimack woman honored

  - RCC. VOTF award. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Nashua Telegraph, October 20, 2007
   MERRIMACK (NH) -- Carolyn Disco of Merrimack was the recipient of the Catherine of Siena Award from the Catholic reform group Voice of the Faithful. It is the highest award that VOTF gives to a layperson.
   In announcing the award, the nominating committee stated: "Carolyn has just amazed all of us with her dedication to the support of the abused, attempting to right what is wrong with the hierarchy in New Hampshire as well as throughout the country. Carolyn has provided a wealth of information on a minute's notice with regard to the law, both civil and canon."
   The award is given to those that encounter corruption and crisis in the church and make an effort to end it, according to VOTF President Mary Pat Fox.

Birmingham diocese asked to identify abusive priests

  - RCC.
   BIRMINGHAM (AL) -- The Birmingham News By JEFF HANSEN Saturday, October 20, 2007
   A support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse wants the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham to list names of abusive priests.
   In a sidewalk news conference Friday near St. Paul's Cathedral, Ann Brentwood, Southeast regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called for newly installed Bishop Robert Baker to make public lists of:
   All offending clergy in the Birmingham diocese. All offending clergy who were transferred out of Birmingham to other dioceses.
   All the parishes, hospitals and schools where those offending clergy have worked.
   Brentwood said she has mailed a letter to Baker asking for this information. She and SNAP volunteer Mike Coode took similar letters to Catholic bishops in Little Rock and Jackson, Miss, earlier this week. Next week they will carry similar letters to bishops in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Group Asks Catholic Diocese of LR to Release Names of Predator Priests

  [Haas] - RCC. SNAP informs.
   Fox 16 Reported by: Sandra Kirk Email: skirk@fox16.com Last Update 6:39 pm Oct/17/2007
   TENNESSEE -- Members of a group known as SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, say a pedophile priest was moved from Tennessee to Arkansas in order to teach.  Victims gathered outside Catholic High School off University Wednesday to tell their story. FOX16's Sandra Kirk learned how SNAP is helping other victims.
   The priest no longer teaches at Catholic, he died in 1978. But this chapter of SNAP started in Arkansas just two months ago, to serve as a support group for clergy sex abuse victims. Now, they want people to know they're here and want more victims to come forward.
   David Brown, West Tennessee SNAP Coordinator, remembers Father Paul Haas in vivid detail. "He had a tendency of wearing sandals and back in the 60's that was cool and he would pin a live bumble bee on his shirt…and that was one of his lures to attract children."

Group Decries Abuse By Priests

 
   Arkansas Matters, ~ October 20, 2007
   ARKANSAS -- A group of people who claimed to have been sexually abused by priests are trying to get the attention of local church officials.
   Members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, rallied in front of Catholic High this morning.
   The group's goal is to urge people who saw, suspected, or suffered child sex crimes to come forward.
   Group director David Brown claims a priest who died in the 1970's sexually abused him while he attended school in Memphis--that priest was then transferred and taught for a year at Catholic.

Group Wants Sex-Offender Priests Identified

 
  WLBT, ~ October 20, 2007
   JACKSON (MS) -- A support group for those who have been sexually abused by clergy wants the Catholic Diocese of Jackson to list the names of those pedophile priests.
   At a press conference Thursday, members of SNAP, or Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, urged Bishop Joseph Latino to reveal the names of the accused. The group gathered on the steps of St. Peter Catholic Cathedral in downtown Jackson.
   In a letter to Bishop Latino, they've asked that the church post on their website the names of all admitted pedophiles, what their status is, and where they live. They also want to know when an accused priest from another diocese transfers to Jackson.

"Quello che mi preoccupa …

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura. Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, October 20, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Giovanni Brusegan, substitute parish priest in Monterosso, complained about the behavior of many parishioners who do not have the courage to be free and say what they think while the ardent followers of Rev. Sante Sguotti are instead active and outspoken.
   He accused Rev. Sante of having impeded him in doing his parish work because the former pastor did not promptly give him the keys to parish property. He said that one cannot mix play and reality.

(Ri.Ba.) Don Sante lascia …

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. 2007 Website. Celibate has girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 20, 2007
   ITALY -- There is good news that the rebel priest could leave the parish for good within three months. The decision was made by 40 parishioners who notified the curia. That was the decision set previously by the priest for him to go. He was satisfied for at least there is now some democracy, he said.
   The Rev. Sante Sguotti did not go to the curia to respond to the accusations against him at the trial. There are other accusations against him and tomorrow a special commission will come from Rome to put an end to the story.

Sexual misconduct plagues US schools: Surdy finds more than 2,500 teachers punished in 5 years

  United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   The Salt Lake Tribune By Martha Irvine and Robert Tanner The Associated Press Article Last Updated 05:35:51 PM MDT Oct/19/2007
   EDITOR'S NOTE - Sensational cases make headlines, but the scale of sexual misconduct by teachers in America's schools gets little attention. The Associated Press has spent months digging through public records to document the problem in every state, revealing a disturbing national picture. This story is the first in a three-day series on an overlooked blight on our education system.
   UNITED STATES -- A young teacher in Iowa sheepishly admits that he fondled a fifth-grader's breast. But he doesn't lose his teaching license until one persistent victim and her family go public - 40 years after the first accusation.
   A teacher in Michigan, who'd already lost his license in another state, goes to prison after he films himself molesting a boy.
   These are only a few instances of a widespread problem in American schools: Sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation's children.
   Students in America's schools are groped. They're raped. They're pursued, seduced and think they're in love. …
   The findings draw obvious comparisons to sex abuse scandals in other institutions, among them the Roman Catholic Church. A review by America's Catholic bishops found that about 4,400 of 110,000 priests were accused of molesting minors from 1950 through 2002.
   Clergy abuse is part of the national consciousness after a string of highly publicized cases. But until now, there's been little sense of the extent of educator abuse.

Pastor facing rape charges now under fire for lavish homes

  [~ 2000s Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 8 women.
   KATU, ~ October 20, 2007
   PORTLAND, Ore. - A Portland pastor in court Friday facing numerous charges of sexual misconduct including rape is now under suspicion by former church members of taking money from the church.
   People KATU News spoke to who said they were former members of the Casa del Padre church say the $1.4 million Ridgefield home where police arrested Sergio Alvarizares this week is not his only home.
   They displayed real estate documents that showed three homes listed in the pastor's name and they say they wonder how he paid for them.
   Marco Miranda, a former church member who previously said a woman told him Alvarizares sexually abused her, said "On Sunday they tell us 'hey guys, we get in $40,000 this week, and God that's good, blah, blah, blah.' But then next week he says 'I don't have no more money, guys, we need to get more money!'"
   A former assistant to Alvarizares said that the pastor never let anyone see the financial records of the church.

Updated: Judge doubles bail for pastor accused of rape, abuse

  [2003-07 Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 6 or 8 women. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Guatemala flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ 
   The Oregonian, Posted by mbrence 14:18PM, October 19, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- A Multnomah County judge today doubled bail to $5.8 million after Sergio Alvarizares, a 38-year-old pastor of a Northeast Portland church, pleaded not guilty to 15 sex-related crimes and surrendered his passport.
   The state unsuccessfully sought to raise bail to $10 million, arguing that Alvarizares is a flight risk, has access to funds and might return to his native country, Guatemala.
   "We have a person who leads a lavish lifestyle, who's well-experienced in fundraising and has contacts to a number of foreign countries," argued Chris Ramras, Multnomah County deputy district attorney.
   Instead, the judge doubled the bail, initially set at $2.8 million.
   Alvarizares faces charges stemming from allegations that he raped or sexually abused six women parishioners between January 2003 and March 2007. Some of the crimes allegedly occurred in his church, Det. Jeff Sharp said. Police interviewed eight women.

Cries of abuse, outrage erupt at church

  [2003-07 Alvarizares*] - Casa Del Padre (The Father's House) Church. 6 or 8 women.
   The Oregonian By MAXINE BERNSTEIN Saturday, October 20, 2007
   PORTLAND (OR) -- At least 100 people were gathered for Sunday afternoon prayer at a Northeast Portland church when a woman stood to interrupt the preacher's sermon with some alarming allegations.
   Pastor Sergio Alvarizares, she said, had used sweet talk and lavish compliments to draw her into his office, lock the door and make unwanted sexual advances.
   Soon, other women rose to make similar accusations. A ruckus erupted, and the pastor tried to shout over them from the pulpit, "That's a lie! That's a lie!"
   Church leaders and the pastor's son called police. "The crowd is going wild," one caller said, "… while the pastor is trying to preach." A dispatcher alerted officers: "Complainant says church people inside are out of control… . Everyone is hostile at the preacher."
   The Sept. 30 event at Casa del Padre, a nondenominational Spanish-speaking church, sparked a two-week police investigation that resulted in a 15-count indictment against Alvarizares on charges of rape and sexual abuse.

Diocese's silence doesn't benefit the flock

  [Peoria Diocese] - RCC.
   Peoria Journal-Star by Michael Miller RELIGION BEAT, Saturday, October 20, 2007
   PEORIA (IL) -- The silence coming from 607 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, is nearly as deafening as the bells that ring on Sundays next door at St. Mary's Cathedral.
   Catholic Diocese of Peoria press releases are almost nonexistent these days. That wouldn't be a big deal if things weren't going on, but they are. We used to cover some diocesan events when we knew about them. At the least, we could let you know about them.
   Lately, nobody's telling us about them. …
   It's not just the media getting the cold shoulder from the diocese, though. Some victims of clergy sexual abuse, especially those representing the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, haven't been able to get a response from Jenky to their entreaties.
   A rare communication by the diocese last spring and a recent sermon by Jenky, though, may offer an insight into the institution's attitude.
   After the diocese denied me an interview with Jenky for a story on his first five years as bishop here, a statement was issued that said, "The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria will continue to reserve the right to communicate with his own flock and with neighbors of good will in a manner that he deems appropriate."

Allowing married priests may be group's next goal

  - RCC. VOTF. Fr. McBrien speaks.
   Providence Journal, By Richard C. Dujardin, Journal Religion Writer, ~ October 20, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) – Voice of the Faithful – the Catholic lay group formed in the midst of the anger and frustrations of Boston-area Catholics over the priest sexual-abuse scandal – opened a two-day national convention at the Rhode Island Convention Center yesterday and signaled that it will be gearing up to speak out more forcefully on such topics as a married priesthood and the selection of bishops.
   The Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame and a longtime friend of the group, acknowledged in a keynote speech on the fifth floor of the convention center – not far from where Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was having his bishop's ball – that in his 42 years of public speaking, his speech last night was one of the most difficult and challenging to prepare.
   "Why so? Because I am aware that Voice of the Faithful has reached a crossroads, and that it is in the process of now trying to decide whether to continue on the road it has been on for these past five years or to move in a new direction."
   The priest said it was not his role to throw his lot with one side or the other, but rather to offer his perspective, remarking that while the group has accomplished much in demanding more accountability on the part of bishops in their handling of clergy sexual abuse, it's still not the time for the group to declare victory or to leave the field.

Marianists order settles repressed-memory suit

  [1958 - 1980s Bro. Mueller* (Marianist)] - RCC. Boys.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By Heather Ratcliffe, Oct/20/2007
   KIRKWOOD (MO) – A man who claimed a repressed memory of alleged sexual abuse by a St. John Vianney High School teacher has agreed to settle with the Catholic religious order that operates the school.
   Under the settlement terms, Bryan Bacon will receive $160,000 from the Marianist Province of the United States, a St. Louis-based order. Bacon claimed that Brother William Mueller blindfolded, threatened and molested him in 1985, while Mueller was an assistant principal and religion teacher.
   "I'm certainly relieved its over," Bacon said Friday.  "(The settlement) brings closure to this part of the process."
   The case, filed in 2005, was set for trial Nov. 26 in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

New R.I. report raises questions on clergy abuse

  [Decades - Providence Diocese] - RCC. Since 1971 - 125 (95, now 85, against children) clergy ACCUSED since 1971. 1950-2002 - 56 CREDIBLE allegations since 1950.
   The Boston Globe, By Michael Paulson | October 20, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- Between 1971 and 2007, 125 priests in Rhode Island were accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, including 95 accused of child molestation or sexual assault of a minor, according to a court document filed by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.
   That number is higher than the 56 priests that Tobin's predecessor, Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, reported in 2004 as having been accused of sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002.
   The diocese said yesterday that the discrepancy is because the number reported three years ago included only credible allegations, while the number in the more recent court filing included an unspecified number of allegations that were "vague, anonymous, withdrawn, or ultimately found to be false."
   The diocese also said the higher number, which it said was adjusted to 85 after a careful document review, also includes allegations made after 2002, when a large number of alleged victims came forward as the clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted nationally.

Abuse victims slam church

  [Decades - Providence Diocese] - RCC. 1950-2002 - 56 CREDIBLE allegations.
   The Pawtucket Times, By VINAYA SAKSENA, Oct/20/2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- Several survivors of alleged sexual abuse by clergymen gathered to raise awareness of those abuses on Friday, citing a court document filed by the Diocese of Providence as suggesting that sexual abuse has been more common in the church than the diocese has revealed in the past.
   The group gathered in Jackson Gardner Park, with some members holding signs bearing pictures of victims and accused Catholic church officials, even as rain began to fall at the end of the event.
   Survivors of alleged abuse by priests spoke, as did Anne Barrette Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org , an organization spreading word of abuses discovered or alleged in the church via the Internet.
   In an introductory speech marked by clear, strong emotions, Doyle began by encouraging victims not necessarily to sue, but to speak out, pointing to information in a court document suggesting that more than twice as many victims had been reported in Rhode Island as previously believed.

Del. priest honored for supporting abuse law

  - Rev. Reissmann honoured.
   The News Journal, By BETH MILLER, Posted Saturday, October 20, 2007
   DELAWARE -- The Rev. Richard A. Reissmann is no stranger to those on the outside looking in. The priest, who has served the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington for 44 years, has made it his business to find such people and stand beside them.
   Reissmann, now 69, marched with black leaders in Selma, Ala., in the 1960s, urging the United States to treat its citizens equally. Later, he marched on behalf of the poor in Wilmington, where slumlords were ignoring cries for decent housing.
   His walk to a podium in Dover last spring was no less significant to Delaware victims of sexual abuse. There, the pastor of St. John the Baptist/Holy Angels parish in Newark urged state lawmakers to eliminate a two-year civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse and allow victims of older crimes the opportunity to sue those who had abused them.
   "We must give the courageous ones the opportunity to make their case," he told the legislators. "If we as a society place money, power or privilege as superseding justice, then we are a society that has become tepid, weak and immoral."

'Do we have an epidemic or not?'

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. [Unnamed man] - Daughter. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   National Post, by Adrian Humphreys, Published: Saturday, October 20, 2007
   CANADA -- A 32-year-old English teacher from B.C. allegedly travels to Asia to have sex with young boys and shares pictures of the encounters over the Internet; a married 39-year-old Ontario man simply walks into the next room of his condominium to sexually abuse his toddler daughter and allow others to offensively examine her through an online camera.
   Both appalling cases of child sexual abuse linked to Canada came to wide public attention this week: the first in the global hunt for Christopher Paul Neil, the Maple Ridge, B.C., man arrested in Thailand yesterday, and the second, a father in St. Thomas, Ont., who cannot be named to protect the daughter he admitted in court on Monday to abusing.

Family supports suspected pedophile

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   Nova Scotia News, ~ October 20, 2007
   MAPLE RIDGE, B.C, Canada. – The younger brother of accused Canadian pedophile Christopher Neil says he's relieved his brother is in custody and renewed calls to see him returned to Canada to face any possible charges here.
   His comments came hours after British Columbia's attorney general said police in the province are looking into complaints about Neil related to time he spent as a substitute teacher in the Vancouver area.
   Matthew Neil told reporters gathered outside his basement apartment Friday that he hasn't spoken to his brother since he was arrested and paraded before reporters in Bangkok.
   Matthew Neil said his family is "relieved and we want to see this move forward to the next phase of the event. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 20, 2007 8:24 AM]
////////// End of Clergy Sex Abuse Tracker Sat October 20, 2007
Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Charity Director Accused of Theft

  [Ms Winterbottom -NEW*] - RCC. ~ US$700,000 United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The New York Times, www.nytimes. com/2007/10/ 21/nyregion/ 21thrift. html?_r=1&ref= nyregion& oref= slogin , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published October 21, 2007
   RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Oct. 20 (AP) – The director of a Catholic charity stole about $700,000 in donations and thrift shop proceeds to finance her gambling habit, pouring much of the stolen money into lottery tickets, prosecutors said.
   The director, Pauline Winterbottom, 52, of Greenport, pleaded not guilty on Friday to grand larceny and was ordered held in $100,000 bail. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
   Her lawyer, William Moore, declined to comment on Friday.
   Ms. Winterbottom had run the North Fork Parish Outreach Center for six years, said Lucie Kwon, an assistant district attorney for Suffolk County.
   The charity is based in Southold and run by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Ms. Kwon said auditors discovered the missing money in a review of the parish's books this summer.

Ex-minister denies he manipulated teen

  [? 2000s Watson] - Lutheran. Girl.
   St. Louis Post-Dispatch, By William C. Lhotka, Oct/20/2007
   ST. LOUIS COUNTY (MO) – A former Lutheran minister testified Friday that he never abused a teenager – emotionally or sexually – when he was an associate pastor at the Church of the Resurrection in south St. Louis County and she was 15.
   Chris Watson, accused in a civil suit in St. Louis County, denied claims that he touched her improperly and planted ideas that she was unloved by her parents and suicidal.
   The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is named as a defendant along with Watson.
   The plaintiff, now a college freshman, says Watson manipulated her under the guise of counseling. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 21, 2007 1:21 PM]

Miglior scelta don …

  - Planned intimidation against Rev. Sguotti? Italy flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 21, 2007
   ITALY -- Santino Boza, an entrepreneur in Monselice, offerred the Rev. Sante Sguotti a job in his metallurgy plant. As it turned out, the offer was allegedly a provocation against the rebel priest. Rev. Sguotti took the offer seriously and went to the appointment yesterday afternoon to find out what kind of job was being offerred.
   A member of the Italian Parliament, Ms. Paola Gosis, was also at the meeting. She belongs to the North League (Lega Nord, a party close to the Vatican) who wanted to know why he was rebelling against the church. The entrepreneur, trying to scare the priest, said the job would be heavy and would require a big sacrifice. He had to work as a blacksmith. The priest affirmed he would not mind and would like to start soon.
   The entrepreneur answered that he can only start after Jan. 7 for procedural reasons. "I belong to a peasant's family and I know hard labor," the priest said. "If you need me before that date, even for one day, I'll be available," he added.
   The priest will celebrate 11 a.m. Mass at the restaurant Filo restaurant in Monterosso. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 21, 2007 9:53 AM]

Un via-vai di abitazioni intorno a don Sante

  [~ 2006-07 Sguotti*] - RCC. (Helps illegal immigrants, has 4 houses.) 2007 Website. Girlfriend Tamara = Laura.
   Il Gazzettino, ~ October 21, 2007
   ITALY -- The Rev. Sante Sguotti has been helping illegal immigrants. He explained how he assists those illegal immigrants who are good people but risk being deported because they have no job.
   Rev. Sguotti gets a loan from a bank and buys a house where the illegal immigrant is allowed to live. He continues to pay until the immigrant is able to get a permit to stay legally in the country, find a regular job and earn income to pay back the money. The immigrant then become the owner of the home and continues to pay the mortgage.
   This is the reason Rev. Sante now owns four homes. He bought others for the same reason in the past. Rev. Sguotti has been criticized in the past for being "very rich" and owner of many houses. He now owns four houses, among them onE in Padua, where victims of sexual abuse live, and in Lovertino where he had a press conference a week ago.

Lay Catholic group wraps up national conference in Providence

  - RCC. VOTF. McBrien speaks. United States of America flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   My Fox Providence, ~ October 21, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Catholic lay group Voice of the Faithful wraps up its two-day national conference in Providence.
   And it's signaling it may be preparing to tackle controversial issues such as whether priests should be allowed to marry.
   The group was formed in 2002 amid anger over the clergy sex abuse scandal. But it's recently struggled with fundraising and focus as anger over the scandal has subsided.
   The keynote speaker, Notre Dame theologian Reverend Richard McBrien, says Voice of the Faithful has had success demanding increased accountability from church leadership. But he says it wasn't time to declare victory.

Dave Woods: Faith, not fashion, drives comments

  [Lambert + others]
   The Joplin Globe, ~ October 21, 2007
   MISSOURI -- It's been more than a year since the Globe's readers and online viewers first read about the allegations of child-sexual abuse involving leaders of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church.
   Investigators alleged that the church's pastor, Raymond Lambert, along with other congregation members, sexually abused young girls at the compound the church owns in McDonald County. One of the accused congregation members, Laura Epling, the wife of one of the church's deacons, is charged with second-degree statutory sodomy stemming from the alleged abuse of a 16-year-old girl.
   Epling is to stand trail on the charge in mid-November. Last week, her attorney filed a motion in court to keep members of an activist group, Bikers Against Child Abuse, from wearing their leather biker gear in the courtroom during the trial. Epling's attorney contends the gear is inappropriate for the courtroom and could be unsettling to some jurors.
   Each time an update on this story hits the pages of the Globe, a firestorm of comments soon follows. When the news of this latest motion to keep biker gear out of the courtroom was published, Globe viewers dashed to their computers and the debate on faith – not fashion – flared up again online at joplinglobe.com.

Accused sex offender not under investigation in B.C., says AG

  [~ 2000s Mr Neil*] - RCC. "Swirled" WWW face. ~ 12 boys. Canada flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Vietnam flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags/ , formerly North Vietnam (Communist)  Cambodia flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags  South Korea flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Thailand (formerly Siam) flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   CBC News, ~ October 21, 2007
   CANADA -- Attorney General Wally Oppal says there are no specific allegations against accused child sex abuser Christopher Neil in B.C.
   Oppal says his earlier statements on the matter were misinterpreted and that police are only looking into some tips from the public about Neil, who was arrested in Thailand yesterday.
   "We have no indication, nor are we aware of any complaints to date, regarding individual instances of alleged criminal conduct by Mr. Neil within B.C.," said a press release from Oppal's office late Friday afternoon.

Group wants list of abusive priests

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   The Decatur Daily, ~ October 21, 2007
   BIRMINGHAM (AL), (AP) – A support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse called for newly installed Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Baker to list names of abusive priests in the Birmingham diocese.
   Ann Brentwood, Southeast regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, held a news conference Friday on a sidewalk near St. Paul's Cathedral.
   She called for the bishop to make public lists of all offending clergy in the Birmingham diocese; all offending clergy transferred out of Birmingham to other dioceses; and all the parishes, hospitals and schools where those offending clergy have worked.

Delaware careful to screen teachers

  - Public school sieves not infallible.
   The News Journal, By CRIS BARRISH, Posted Sunday, October 21, 2007
   DELAWARE -- While public and private schools in Delaware follow laws and policies designed to prevent predators from getting jobs and to fire them for sexual misconduct, such safeguards haven't been foolproof.
   Since 2001, 11 public school teachers in Delaware have had their license revoked, and one man employed as an instructional aide and coach lost his permit, for sexual crimes and other sexual indiscretions, state officials said last week.
   Currently one teacher revocation case is pending, and the state is seeking to revoke the permit of one aide.
   The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, which sets rules for 1,200 elementary and high school teachers, said no cases of teacher abuse have occurred in recent years. Cases of sex abuse by priests in and out of schools that have become public in recent years all took place at least 20 years ago, diocese spokesman Bob Krebs said.

Providence diocese revises number of priests accused of abuse

  [Decades - Providence Diocese] - RCC. Since 1971 - 85 priests molested children, including numbers since the 2002 exposures.
   SouthCoast Today, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, October 21, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has lowered its own count of priests accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct since 1971 from 125 to 85 after a review of its documents.
   The higher number was included in a court filing by Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the diocese.
   That count of 125 was much higher than the 56 priests the diocese reported in 2004 that had been accused of sexually abusing a minor between 1950 and 2002.
   But the diocese said on Saturday that the discrepancy is because the number reported in 2004 included only credible allegations. The number in the recent court filing included an unspecified number of allegations that were "vague, anonymous, withdrawn, or ultimately found to be false."

Catholic group accused of not supporting abuse victims

  [Decades - Providence Diocese] - RCC. Since 1971 - 85 priests molested children, including numbers since the 2002 exposures. Critics criticise reform group!
   The Boston Globe, By Anna Badkhen, | October 21, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI) -- As members of Voice of the Faithful met at the convention center for seminars and award presentations, celebrating the group's fifth year, people who said they were victims of priests' sexual abuse gathered outside and criticized the group for falling back on its original pledge to support them and failing to express outrage at a new report citing higher numbers of priests accused of sexual abuse in Rhode Island.
   Voice of the Faithful, a lay Catholic reform group, which once was on the crest of the effort to prosecute abusive priests, did not respond to the report during the conference attended by 600 to 700 people from across the nation, said John Moynihan, spokesman for Voice of the Faithful.
   "We've set an agenda [for the conference] and that's the agenda we're keeping," he said. "We just haven't had the time to absorb it."
   The report, released by a victim advocacy organization Friday, said that between 1971 and 2007, 95 priests in Rhode Island were accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct toward children. In 2004, it was reported that 56 priests had been accused of sexual abuse of a minor between 1950 and 2002.

Diocese revises number of priests accused of abuse

  [1971-2007 Providence Diocese] - RCC. 85 now the revised number.
   WPRI, ~ October 21, 2007
   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- After reviewing its documents, the Diocese of Providence says 85 of its priests have been accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct since 1971.
   That's lower than the diocese's count of 125 that a child sex abuse survivor's group discovered in a court filing.
   Both numbers are higher than what the diocese reported in 2004, when it said 56 priests were accused of child sex abuse between 1950 and 2002.
   The diocese said the number in the court filing was inflated because it included vague, anonymous, withdrawn or false allegations. And after a careful document review, the diocese decreased that count of 125 to 85. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 21, 2007 9:16 AM]
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Anglicans thriving but abuse crisis looms in UK

   The West Australian, www.thewest. com.au , p 18, Monday, October 22, 2007
   CANBERRA -- The Anglican Church is growing after "turning the corner", its Australian synod has been told as it was revealed in Britain that the Church faced a crisis over unchecked child abuse.
   Kenneth Kearon, the Anglican Communion general secretary – the Church's top bureaucrat – told the three-yearly synod of the Australian Church that the Church would survive the debate over homosexual clergy that had brought it close to schism.
   Church numbers had grown to 85 million, he said.
   In Britain yesterday it was alleged that information that could have prevented child abuse had been "lost or damaged", concerns about individuals had been ignored and allegations had not been recorded so the Church had no idea how many paedophiles were in its midst.
   Lawyers warned that the Church faced a crisis as catastrophic as the one that engulfed the Catholic Church and cost it millions of dollars in damages.
   Richard Scorer, a solicitor who has specialised in child abuse cases, said that the Church of England's mistakes amounted to "an appalling, shocking level of negligence" that was likely to leave it open to claims from victims who had been too afraid to speak out in the past.
   The Church plans to launch an urgent investigation on an unprecedented scale.
   Leaked Church documents show that it proposes to look at the records of thousands of clergy, including those who have retired, Church employees, lay workers and volunteers dating back decades in an attempt to find those who have escaped prosecution and identify those who pose "current risks".
   Dioceses will appoint independent reviewers with access to all of their personnel files. These are due to be examined over 18 months.
   The documents show that even if Church wardens, who are lay officials, are found to have previous allegations against them, the Church has no power to suspend them.
   The Church of England had been relatively free of instances of sex abuse until this year. In May, the Rev. David Smith, 52, of Somerset, was jailed for 5½ years for sexually abusing six boys over a period of 30 years and in April, Peter Halliday, 61, a choirmaster from Hampshire, was jailed for 30 months after admitting abusing boys in his church choir in the 1980s.
   London-based Canon Kearon told the synod that, worldwide, congregations were growing, even though the last solid church-going generation was dying. In Australia, Anglican attendances are still declining.
   He said other churches and secular politics were also struggling with questions of sexuality, which had plagued Anglicans since the American Church appointed an openly gay bishop in 2003.
   "I'm very proud that it is the Anglican Communion that is facing up to this issue honestly and squarely in a way that other churches are not," he said. #
http://www.multiline.com.au/johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm#anglicans_thriving_but
   [RECAPITULATION: Richard Scorer, a solicitor who has specialised in child abuse cases, said that the Church of England's mistakes amounted to "an appalling, shocking level of negligence" that was likely to leave it open to claims from victims who had been too afraid to speak out in the past. […] The documents show that even if Church wardens, who are lay officials, are found to have previous allegations against them, the Church has no power to suspend them. ENDS.]
   [LOOK BACK: Re Rev. David Smith: May 4, 2007 ethcont136.htm; Re Mr Peter Halliday ~ April 26, 2007, ethcont135.htm. ENDS.] [Oct 22, 07]

Abuse Chronology: http://www.multiline.com.au/~johnm/ethics/ethcont141.htm
For good teachings to be heeded, a big clean-up is needed.

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


Ireland's Catholic head apologises for sex abuse

  [70yrs + RC clergy in Ireland] - RCC. Children in institutions. Ireland, Republic of / Eire, flag; www.edwardmooney.com/miniflags 
   Gulf Times, www.gulf-times. com/site/ topics/article. asp?cu_no=2& item_no=179881& version=1& template_id= 38&parent_ id=20 ; Published 02:38 AM Doha Time, Monday, 22 October, 2007
   DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland's top Roman Catholic prelate has apologised for the "horrific evil" of sex abuse involving thousands of children placed in the care of clerics in residential institutions.
   Archbishop Sean Brady told a Saturday service for abuse victims he could not "adequately apologise to all those who have been hurt while they were entrusted to the Church's care" over the last 70 years or more.
   "Nothing can ever make up for the terrible wrongs that have been done. But what I can assure you of is my absolute determination to try to change things for the better," said the Primate of All Ireland.
   "I still find it difficult to understand and feel a great shame that some of those who should have been most trusted, some of those who should have protected children, committed such horrific evil and crimes against them," added Brady, due to be made a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI next month. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 22, 2007 1:47 AM]

Carolyn B. Disco: Diocese's new Web site hides some uncomfortable truths

  - RCC. United  States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 
   The Union Leader, By CAROLYN B. DISCO, ~ October 22, 2007
   NEW HAMPSHIRE -- The colorful new Web site launched this month by the Diocese of Manchester ( www.catholicchurchnh.org ) is full of information about issues and activities in the Catholic church across the state. Unfortunately, the child safety section contains misinformation that seriously undermines Bishop John McCormack's commitment to transparency and truth.
   A notation below the entry for the attorney general's audit released last January notes, "The report confirms that the Diocese of Manchester has complied with the letter and spirit of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all articles of the Agreement with the State of New Hampshire, and the diocesan sexual misconduct policy."
   Would that it were so.
   That is a terrible misrepresentation of the findings that noted the Diocese did nothing to verify through documentary means who should actually be on the parish lists of teachers and volunteers working with children; that there was no printout of sex offender registry checks to verify their completion; that there were numerous discrepancies between dates on spreadsheets and databases, and the actual documentation in the files; that there was no formal mechanism to record and track the resolution of issues or non-compliance matters -- to name a few outstanding items. (See pdf pages 30-34 -- audit pages 29-33 -- of the attorney general's audit, available online at www.doj.nh.gov .)
   The most serious charges involved Rev. Edward Arsenault's "word games," and a lack of candor and cooperation with the state's auditors. [Posted by Kathy Shaw on October 22, 2007 1:43 AM]
   [LINK: OR see the A-G's letter to the Bishop at www.doj.nh. gov/publications/ diocese_ Bishop_ Letter_ 2007.pdf]
. ENDS.]

Rhode Island diocese doubles number of accused priests

 
   Catholic World News, Oct. 22, 2007
   PROVIDENCE (RI), (CWNews.com) -- Church officials in Providence, Rhode Island, have revealed that the number of priests accused of abusing children there is twice what had previously been acknowledged.
   In court papers filed in connection with an abuse victim's lawsuit, the Providence diocese said that 125 priests have been accused of molesting children between 1971 and 2006. That number dwarfs the total acknowledged in public statements released in 2004.
   The court papers-- made public by the bishopaccountability.org web site, came in a petition submitted by lawyers for Bishop Thomas Tobin, appealing a court order that called for the release of diocesan records involving sex-abuse complaints against priests. The petition said that the request for documents was unduly burdensome, in light of the number of priests involved. [Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM]

Priest is cleared of sex assault charges

 
   NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast Telegraph By Clare Weir Monday, October 22, 2007
   An Ulster priest has spoken of his relief after being cleared of sexually assaulting a teenage schoolgirl.
   Father Patrick Joseph Crilly, who lives in Desertmartin, Co Londonderry was speaking outside Derry Crown Court after a jury was instructed to find him not guilty of two charges of indecent assault on a date unknown between September 1 1977 and November 1978.
   Prosecution barrister Stephen Fowler QC told the jury that no evidence would be submitted and His Honour Judge Philip Babington instructed the jury to find Fr Crilly not guilty.
   Fr Edward Kilpatrick, who was himself cleared of sexual abuse allegations in 1997, was in the packed courtroom alongside parishioners and the cleric's brother Fr Oliver Crilly, who also serves in a Co Derry parish.